Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Guilty Dog Barks Loudest

“Well, to try to somehow disrupt the flow of information, the tipping off of witness in advance to what the question was going to be, and listening to — you are reading the questions, and I’m scanning them, it appears to me more that these are questions somebody wrote down after listening to someone else than necessarily the questions that were designed by the prosecutors.”

“We have, this morning, been calling these questions that Mueller propounded, but I don’t believe that that’s actually what these are,” [former special assistant to Robert Mueller, Michael Zeldin] began. “I think these are notes taken by the recipients of a conversation with Mueller’s office where he outlined broad topics and these guys wrote down questions that they thought these topics may raise.”

He explained that the way the questions are written make it pretty obvious.

“Because of the way these questions are written,” Zeldin explained his methodology. “Lawyers wouldn’t write questions this way, in my estimation. Some of the grammar is not even proper. So, I don’t see this as a list of written questions that Mueller’s office gave to the president. I think these are more notes that the White House has taken and then they have expanded upon the conversation to write out these as questions.”
So why does Trump say the questions were " 'leaked'," and then speak of "illegally leaked classified information"?  One is in scare quotes, the other isn't.  Is it because he considers one a leak, and the other authorized?

One of Trump's lawyers is going to have to explain to the "legal genius" that obstruction of justice is a crime that doesn't need an underlying crime in order to be prosecuted.  Simply lying to law enforcement can be obstruction of justice, whether or not your lies conceal another crime that is later brought to court.

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