President Donald Trump’s oldest political adviser, Roger Stone, plead not guilty to charges that he lied to investigators in relation to special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
On Friday, ex-federal prosecutor Paul Butler appeared on MSNBC with Ari Melber to explain the connections between Stone and Trump, and why he expects Roger Stone to flip.
Butler doesn’t believe Trump’s claims that he’s not facing possible prosecution in the Stone case.
“I don’t believe the president, in part because he wasn’t coherent [in a New York Times interview] even yesterday. At first, he said that Rod Rosenstein had directly told him that he was not a target and then he said well, maybe he told my lawyers and the reporter asked, ‘Well, when?’ He couldn’t remember,” said Butler. “So there’s a specific definition in the Department of Justice handbook which I looked at every day when I was a prosecutor. A target is someone who is about to be indicted. The specific phrase is ‘when the prosecutor has substantial evidence linking him to the commission of a crime.’ Almost certainly, in the southern district, Donald Trump, or Individual-A, as the prosecutor there likes to call him, is a target of that investigation.”
Trump seems to be making denials with the understanding that he can’t be indicted, Butler said.
“Maybe because he did do something wrong and he doesn’t want the investigation to proceed?” Butler said. “This is a way of really embracing his formal status as president as a defense since he knows better than anybody else that the policy of the Department of Justice is that a sitting president can’t be indicted.”
The director of the documentary Get Me Roger Stone said the “cockroach” of American politics is not likely to go quietly.
Butler said he thinks Stone will flip given that he doesn’t have much of a defense.
“But if he’s looking at 10 years if he’s convicted, at least, which means he will be 77,” Butler said. “We’ll see how much of a firebrand he is then. That’s why I think he’s probably going to make a deal.”
“You think he could crack?” asked Melber.
“He doesn’t have a defense, Ari. The defense to false statements is ‘I told the truth.’ Robert Mueller has a whole cadre of text messages and e-mails that suggest that he did not tell the truth,” Butler said.
‘He blew it!’ Keith Olbermann erupts over Trump’s ‘stupid and dull’ debate performance — ‘the oxygen of his rise to power was gone’
On his new political show on YouTube, commentator Keith Olbermann ripped into President Donald Trump for his performance during the final presidential debate. Olbermann said that Trump "ran out of bullsh*t" as he tried to attack his rival Joe Biden.
"I don't mean to say that he was honest," he clarified. "It seems he was lying and manipulating reality at an even higher rate than usual. But with a few momentary exceptions, the salesmanship, the oxygen of his rise to power, was gone."
Olbermann said Trump needed "a debate knockout." Instead, the incumbent president just appeared "stupid and dull."
Mary Trump sheds light on the president’s bizarre pattern of psychological projection
President Donald Trump's niece, psychologist Mary Trump, appeared Friday on CNN to discuss her uncle's behavior during the recent president debate.
CNN host Anderson Cooper noted that Tony Schwartz, who is best known for ghostwriting "Trump: The Art of the Deal," has said "that when the president attacks people, the words he uses, the attacks he wages against other people are really things that are true about himself."
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"It is amazing how much projection there is and I don't know if that's the term," Cooper said.
Trump gets schooled by a historian for comparing his achievements to Abraham Lincoln’s
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“The most important thing in a time of crisis is for a president to be willing it take responsibility. One of FDR’s aides once said when things are going on right, people don't have to think a lot about the character demanded by the presidency. He can just stay in that old picture frame,” she told CNN host Chris Cuomo.