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Writ On Stone

Postby toucana on January 27th, 2019, 10:29 am 

The 24 page indictment against former Trump advisor Roger Stone lists
1 felony count of obstruction of justice
1 felony count of witness intimidation/tampering
5 felony counts of false witness statements to Congress.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/27/opinions/reality-bites-trump-opinion-weekly-roundup-wiedenkeller/index.html

Federal sentencing guidelines on these charges make sobering reading. If they were applied consecutively, the likely sentences would ensure that the defendant spends the next 35 years of their life in jail. Roger Stone who was born in August 1952 would be 101 before he was released from prison.

The hidden part of this story is why the arrest has taken place now, rather than six months ago. The key lies in the fact the Democratic party has taken control of the lower House of Representatives in Congress and now control the chairs of all its committees. Among the most important of these is the House Intelligence Committee which is now chaired by Democratic congressman Adam Schiff.

The House Intel Committee had previously been under the chairmanship of GOP congressman Devin Nunes who quite shamelessly used his tenure as chair of House Intel to to frustrate and obstruct every attempt to investigate the Trump/Russia scandal. One of the ploys used by Devin Nunes and his collaborators Trey Gowdy and Jim Jordan of the House Oversight Committee was to call in senior figures of the Trump administration for private hearings, ask them soft-ball questions intended to provide anodyne answers, and then write exculpatory ‘reports’ that supposedly cleared them of any wrongdoing.

The vast flaw in this scheme was that even closed-door hearings of this type generate verbatim stenographic congressional records of the testimony given. It mattered little that much of of this testimony was either wildly incomplete of heavily perjured, because it wasn’t destined to go anywhere outside of a document safe while the GOP controlled the lower house. But now that the Democrats have taken control of the house and the committees, all of this in camera congressional testimony can now be released and passed straight to Robert Mueller’s team of investigators, who will immediately check the transcripts against their own investigative findings and take appropriate action when they discover discrepancies and lies.

The indictments for perjury pressed against Roger Stone after his arrest on Friday are simply the first of many. Every single member of team Trump who gave dishonest, incomplete, or perjured testimony to congressional hearings within the last eighteen months will face the same fate.

The GOP house minority are now reportedly trying to stall the release of further transcripts to the SCO by refusing to appoint GOP members to house committees in order to frustrate formal votes on this matter.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/26/1829746/-GOP-blocking-House-Intelligence-Committee-from-giving-Mueller-perjury-info-by-not-naming-members
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Re: Writ On Stone

Postby BadgerJelly on January 27th, 2019, 1:24 pm 

And?
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Re: Writ On Stone

Postby Serpent on January 27th, 2019, 2:00 pm 

If they have evidence beyond this, they can always lay more charges later, right?
And they can tell him what those charges will be, how long a sentence they normally receive, and that those charges will be brought on January 21, 2021?
He'll flip.

ETA - I like the heading!
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Re: Writ On Stone

Postby toucana on January 27th, 2019, 5:31 pm 

If they have evidence beyond this, they can always lay more charges later, right?

Yes, they are called superseding indictments in American legal parlance. The charges already pressed against Stone were selected mainly because they happen to be among the very simplest ones for prosecutors to prove.

This recent headline article by Peter Zeidenberg in The Daily Beast explains just how simple a task it will be for prosecutors to gain a conviction, and it also explains why Robert Mueller probably won't even bother trying to flip a witness like Stone.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/no-escape-for-roger-stone-muellers-case-is-a-slam-dunk-and-hes-too-slimy-to-get-flipped?ref=home

The level of detail contained in the indictments is quite striking. They could have been framed in much drier and impenetrable legalese, but the SCO have chosen to adopt a narrative format often called a 'Speaking Indictment' by US lawyers. They have done it this way in lieu of making other public statements or press releases. They prefer to let the indictments do the talking.
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Re: Writ On Stone

Postby Serpent on January 27th, 2019, 7:07 pm 

Well, aww-righhht! I've hated that sob since 1973.
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