During an AM Joy panel discussion on the bombshell revelations that former Donald Trump appointee Michael Flynn was reportedly in contact by phone with one of the president’s attorneys while he was under investigation, a former Watergate prosecutor said Attorney General Bill Barr only has one way to stop the release of the transcripts.
Speaking with MSNBC host Joy Reid, Jill Wine-Banks said that Barr can’t rein in the judge, but can make it difficult for the court order to be obeyed.
“This judge,” Reid asked. “Can William Barr somehow stop that?”
“He cannot stop a judge from ordering it,” former prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks stated, before adding, “Can he stop the production of it? Well, he is still the boss of Mueller and it is Mueller that is being ordered to produce it”
“They obviously will have some problem doing it,” she continued. ” I think we have to move on because right now we’re still talking about process and not the substance. So we’re debating whether or not he can respond to subpoenas or stop them and, the Mueller report, when you read it and you get things like these transcripts, it is the smoking gun.”
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Michael Flynn’s legal team is making bizarre moves — signaling he’s still hoping for a Trump pardon
When disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently hired a new firebrand lawyer, Sidney Powell, it suggested he could be maneuvering to change his legal strategy.
And on Monday, new signs emerged that his legal team is looking to shake things up. Flynn had another status hearing on Monday before Judge Emmet Sullivan as he awaits sentencing for charges brought by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In the hearing on Monday, Powell, who had been publicly critical of the Russia investigation before joining Flynn’s team, requested a security clearance to review documents in the case. This was a surprising move, because the government said that there was no classified information in the documents it had turned over to the defense.
GOP aide — who was arrested for child pornography — jailed for 5 years
Republican political consultant Carter Ballmann received a five-year prison sentence on Monday.
"A former state legislative aide will spend five years in prison for trying to elicit sex from someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but was actually an undercover detective," the Columbia Tribune reported. "U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark on Friday sentenced 25-year-old Carter Clinton Ballmann to five years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons on a single count of attempted receipt of child pornography."
At the time of his arrest, Ballmann served as an aide to Rep. Mark Matthiesen, a Republican of Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Ben Stein: Black people have a ‘very deep attachment’ to feeling like ‘they’ve been victimized’
On Monday's edition of Fox Business' "Trish Regan Primetime," conservative writer and actor Ben Stein complained about how African-Americans refuse to be grateful for what President Donald Trump is doing for them because they have an "attachment" to feeling like "they've been victimized."
"Let me ask you, though, Ben, in this environment, we're now looking at the lowest unemployment rate for black Americans in the history of the United States of America under none other than President Trump," said Regan. "Is any of that loyalty starting to shift? I mean, are traditional black Democrats saying, hey, maybe the Democratic Party has failed me? Maybe I need to rethink this?"