A tangled web untangles slowly

Mueller caught in a trap of his own making by Thomas Lifson – “If the defendant is demanding a speedy trial, there ought to be a very good reason for denying that right. And Mueller’s excuse is – let’s be blunt – not merely lame, but due to his own misbehavior.”

“I am no lawyer, but the problem with this excuse is obvious to even me: if the case is so complex that extra time is required, then why was the indictment brought in the first place? Why did the special counsel rush the indictment when he now confesses that it was too complex to go to trial?

Andrew McCarthy, who is a brilliant and distinguished attorney and ex-federal prosecutor, agrees with my less well informed opinion that it is too late to make the complexity excuse. He adds an important note about whose rights would be violated

Again, being blunt, it looks to me as though Mueller was showboating, using the justice system for propaganda purposes but without an apparent actual case ready to go forward. I am no expert at all on the canons of legal ethics, but this does sound like an abuse of the federal courts if there was no intent to proceed with a prosecution on a timely basis within the requirements of the law.

Jared Kushner finally gets his permanent security clearance (and what that means about the Mueller investigation) by John Sexton – “there’s no scandal to be found here. Mueller didn’t find any (with regard to Kushner) and Trump kept his word and didn’t show special favoritism. And if the reporting is accurate, Mueller may be wrapping up this part of his inquiry.” Instapundit also cites an Opinion on the Constitutionality of Robert Mueller’s Appointment that argues that there are problems.

Progressives on the Brink by Jeffrey Folks – “Because they view President Trump in these extreme terms, progressives view themselves not as violent extremists, but as “the resistance.” But resistance implies that there exists something worthy of resisting.”

“The resistance was not engendered by anything Trump had actually done. It was just a refusal to accept any candidate who varied from the left’s own line of thinking.

That sort of reaction, reminiscent of what happened with the election of George W. Bush, is a dangerous turn in American politics. It implies that the left refuses to accept any political action that does not accord with their own ideology. The left now demands the right to govern permanently and without opposition, regardless of the outcome of elections. This is evidence that the left today has lost respect for democratic institutions and that, if they were ever to find themselves firmly in control of government, leftists would not willingly relinquish power, even if voted out in a fair election.

One only has to look at the recent election in Venezuela to see his point.

“No American, regardless of party preference, should fail to see the seriousness of these events. The Watergate break-in and the cover-up that followed made for a serious crime, but it was nothing compared to what is now alleged on the part of members of the Obama administration or on the part of Obama himself. Disclosures are at last moving forward, with House committees pressing for FBI and Justice documents and Sen. Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, requesting communications among Bruce Ohr, Christopher Steele, and others relating to the anti-Trump dossier.

It’s also possible, and more likely, that progressives will dismiss the seriousness of whatever crimes have been committed and engage in even more desperate measures. If that happens, only the political will of the American people will stand in their way.

Media Goes Ballistic As It Scrambles To Protect Obama From Growing Spygate Scandal by DCWhispers – “the Establishment Media is desperate to insulate Mr. Obama from being directly implicated in what is quickly turning into the single greatest political scandal in U.S. history.”

“All of the major news outlets are minimizing the shocking implications of Spygate while aggressively pushing third-tier stories involving Michael Cohen and the like. It is their hope the American public will once again fail to pay attention to what is really going on. They are counting on ignorance winning the day.

Some Democrats are said to now be literally screaming at Robert Mueller to do something to stop the mounting Spygate scandal that is encircling Mr. Obama and a number of his media accomplices. Another shoe is sure to fall soon. On whose head remains to be seen.

Ace of Spades notes the absurdity in a Federal Judge Rules That Trump Cannot Block People From His Twitter Feed – “We seem to have nothing but Hawaiian judges now.” and the clarity in the NFL wich comes with a sprinkling of absurdity also – “Last year’s plummet in attendance clearly freaked out the NFL ownership.”

“Our future as conservatives depends on how we respond to left wing cultural and institutional dominance. Are we going to shrug and say that’s just the way it is or at least start taking some small steps toward fighting back?

Is It Really Illegal for Trump to Block People on Twitter Now? By Declan McCullagh – “to rule in favor of the plaintiffs, Buchwald had to find a way to declare @realDonaldTrump to be an official government account.”

“The judge’s logic turns the traditional way of viewing the First Amendment on its head: Your right to free speech doesn’t extend to a right to make someone else, even a politician you have good reason to loathe, listen to you. The Supreme Court expanded on this in a 1984 case, ruling that a “person’s right to speak is not infringed when government simply ignores that person while listening to others.”

In other words, being ignored may hurt your feelings or make you feel sad, but it does not necessarily rise to the level of a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

More Trump: We might need a “phase-in” period for North Korea denuclearization; Update: Trump cancels summit by Ed Morrissey – “It didn’t get quite as much notice as his suggestion for protesting NFL players, but Donald Trump’s comments on North Korea held much more significance.”

“Trump said he preferred an immediate denuclearization of North Korea as the goal of his upcoming summit with Kim Jong-un. However, Trump allowed that it might require more time, suggesting that the US might negotiate a series of steps from both sides — assuming the summit takes place at all:

The significance of these comments is in Trump’s signal of flexibility on process, but not on outcomes

Trump: “Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country” if you don’t stand for the anthem by Ed Morrissey – “Now that Donald Trump has endorsed it, get ready for all sorts of posturing on all sides before the kickoffs in September.” Morrissey ridicules Trump but does see what is happening.

“That last part about leaving the country is Trump’s typical hyperbole. It’s silly, but it resonates among those truly offended by players turning the anthem and the flag into political footballs, so to speak. And let’s not forget that leaving the country was and is a favorite theme among the celebrity ranks of La Résistance, too. That kind of hyperbole plays both ways, unfortunately. At any rate, it’s possible to criticize the players for these displays without having the head of state suggesting they don’t belong in the country at all, just as it is possible to dislike a president without having to declare “America is over!” while making millions from it.

Trump’s undeniably right about one thing: the NFL owners should have addressed this issue when it first started. Rather than deal with a threat to their business model when it first arose, they first hemmed and hawed, and then appeased the activists. Now no one’s happy and their product is being overshadowed by the controversies surrounding it. This rule change won’t improve matters, and Trump’s happy to keep the controversy going for his own purposes. How many times will Trump bring this up in the midterms, especially in the final eight weeks or so when NFL play begins? Every chance he gets.

why such hate for the country that feeds them?

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