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Response to triron (Reply #54)

Sat Mar 23, 2019, 08:07 AM

69. Apparently the lying and stonewalling prevented Mueller from obtaining necessary evidence

Manafort and Stone have not cooperated and as experienced political operatives they seem to have acted in ways that left enough plausible deniability for Mueller to not have a strong enough case for indictments. Apparently investigators found no smoking gun evidence in Roger Stone's confiscated materials to prove conspiracy. Stone and Manafort both have been extremely skillful for decades at getting away with unethical dirty tricks in politics without getting nailed for criminality so seems we are lucky that Mueller's team at least nailed them both for some criminal behavior. All the players have insulated Trump from the beginning of campaign so he could claim no collusion.


I just wonder how soon Trump will pardon them in order to further diminish and discredit the entire probe and if he will pardon Stone before his trial. When the Mueller report findings are more clear, his Repub lawyers and political operatives will advise him on optimal time to pardon to minimize any fallout regarding appearance of obstruction that could increase impeachment chances. But as far as political fallout, his loyal base will be happy with pardons under pretext of unfair harassment by biased prosecutors and that Manafort has suffered enough. Then the dirty tricksters can get right back in action keeping Repubs in power the rest of their lifetimes even if they utilize help again from Russia or other foreign entities.

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