President Impeached has tweeted 8 times and retweeted once so far for Thursday.
The non-Stone tweets.
Mini Mike Bloomberg is a LOSER who has money but can’t debate and has zero presence, you will see. He reminds me of a tiny version of Jeb “Low Energy” Bush, but Jeb has more political skill and has treated the Black community much better than Mini! https://t.co/qIef5VhjDr— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
Mini Mike is a 5’4” mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians. No boxes please. He hates Crazy Bernie and will, with enough money, possibly stop him. Bernie’s people will go nuts!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
Former Mayor of New York Mike Bloomberg responded via Twitter.
.@realDonaldTrump – we know many of the same people in NY. Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown. They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence.— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 13, 2020
I have the record & the resources to defeat you. And I will. https://t.co/fO4azmZaUg
Let them fight https://t.co/L9T4UJJcwa— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 13, 2020
DRAIN THE SWAMP! We want bad people out of our government!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
I’m seeing Governor Cuomo today at The White House. He must understand that National Security far exceeds politics. New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes. Build relationships, but don’t bring Fredo!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
Fredo =’s Chris Cuomo.
Once again President Impeached has attempted to Obstruct Justice in plain sight.
A pox on every Senator and House Republican, save Mitt Romney.
The Stone Tweets.
Now it looks like the fore person in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias. Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the “Justice” Department. @foxandfriends @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
Fox & Friends' lead story has the president of the United States putting Justice Department in scare quotes.— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) February 13, 2020
Left, Fox & Friends, 6:03 a.m.
Right, Trump, 7:57 a.m. pic.twitter.com/gigbI4tz9t
Next up is a chyron quote.— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) February 13, 2020
Left, Fox's Hannity, 9:31 p.m.
Right, Trump, 8:00 a.m. pic.twitter.com/1yVPmDVwmy
Devin Nunes is defending Roger Stone by pushing the notion of "Mueller misconduct" and comparing the Mueller report to the Steele dossier pic.twitter.com/UH1BqVWbvh— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 13, 2020
Previously on As the Stone Turns…
Prosecutors asked a federal judge, Amy Berman Jackson, to consider imposing a 7 to 9 year prison term to informal Trump campaign and longtime friend Roger Stone. Stone is due to be sentenced following his fall 2019 conviction for lying to Congress, Obstruction of an Congressional Investigation, and witness tampering, next week.
Disgraceful! https://t.co/nNXEjJuVyw— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
As the News Blender reported on Tuesday the Department of Justice, led by Attorney General William Barr, reversed course issuing a second sentencing memo, this time sans sentence recommendation. Shortly before the filing of the new DOJ sentencing memo, four of the Prosecutors involved in the Stone matter withdrew from the case, with one, resigning his position with Justice altogether.
President Impeached was asked about his involvement in getting the DOJ to back off it’s original recommendation. He said he wasn’t involved, but he had the “absolute right,” as President to be involved if he wanted.
Asked about Roger Stone, Trump says he has an “absolute right” to tell the Justice Department what to do pic.twitter.com/AZRv9Aff7P— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 11, 2020
The I’m not involved President Impeached continued to attack the DOJ’s original sentencing memo on Tuesday night starting at 8:40 p.m. D.C., time.
All starting to unravel with the ridiculous 9 year sentence recommendation! https://t.co/6baxv3Lvuk— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
His attacks were not limited to the memo or the Prosecutors who worked with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure? How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking! https://t.co/Fe7XkepJNN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
As the News Blender explained on Wednesday, Jackson placed Manafort, the former Trump Campaign Manager in “SOLITARY CONFINEMENT,” following his trying to tamper with witnesses.
He wasn’t finished.
…And a swamp creature with “pull” was just sentenced to two months in jail for a similar thing that they want Stone to serve 9 years for. A phony Mueller Witch Hunt disgrace. Caught! https://t.co/6baxv3Lvuk— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn’t ever even have started? 13 Angry Democrats?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
Prosecutorial Misconduct? https://t.co/ignPtwRQUG— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
@IsraelUSAforever asked if it wasn’t time to offer Stone a full pardon.
Not to be out done on Tuesday, the Impeached President according to the Washington Post, withdrew the “the nomination of former U.S. attorney Jessie K. Liu of the District of Columbia to a high-ranking Treasury Department post after being lobbied by critics of her office’s handling of cases, including ones inherited from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, two people familiar with the decision said.”
One of the cases she took over after Mueller’s departure as Special Counsel was the Stone case.
Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought. Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
Two months in jail for a Swamp Creature, yet 9 years recommended for Roger Stone (who was not even working for the Trump Campaign). Gee, that sounds very fair! Rogue prosecutors maybe? The Swamp! @foxandfriends @TuckerCarlson— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
On Wednesday CNN reported that Judge Jackson denied Stone’s request for a new trial according to a notice from the court. According to them, the decision was made last week prior to the “eruption,” over the DOJ’s sentencing memo filed on Monday.
The reason Stone requested the new trial?
Stone argued that his trial should be reheard because one juror should not have been allowed to be on the panel, according to the partially redacted order. He claimed he deserved a new trial “because the Court failed” to strike a juror from the jury pool “for bias because (the person) is employed in a division of the Internal Revenue Service” that worked with the Justice Department on criminal tax cases, and because the juror said he or she had read the news about Stone’s arrest and about the case. The judge had asked if that had given the juror any opinions about the case, and the juror responded, “No.” The juror’s name was not disclosed.CNN 02/12/2020.
During an Oval Office meeting, President Impeached was asked if he was planning to pardon Stone and he said “I don’t want to say it.” He went on to call the sentencing memo a horrible “disgrace,” once again he says he didn’t get involved with the DOJ’s decision to reverse the sentencing recommendation.
President Trump: "The fact is Roger Stone was treated horribly…Roger Stone for doing – nobody even knows what he did."— CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2020
Q:"Are you considering a pardon for Roger Stone?"
Trump: "I don't want to say that yet." pic.twitter.com/PCnqpyU8dg
AG Barr is expected to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31st, 2020.
READ IT HERE: Letter from @HouseJudiciary confirming AG Barr will testify before the Committee on March 31st to address concerns regarding his leadership of the DOJ and the President's improper influence over the Department and our criminal justice system. pic.twitter.com/W5YHly85BL— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) February 12, 2020
And now we’ve reached today’s episode of As the Stone Turns.
As posted up top, the President of the United States* aka President Impeached attacked a private citizen, again, via tweet over her role as a jury foreperson.
In a Facebook post, posted in full at the Tennessean, Hart explains, that for months she remained silent, worried about her safety, then she remained silent over fear of politicizing the matter.
But I can’t keep quiet any longer.Tennessean 02/12/2020.
I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis–the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial who have all resigned from the case in response to the DOJ’s interference with their sentencing recommendation.
She goes on to say:
The prosecutors who have now resigned did a masterful job of laying out every element of every charge, backed with ample evidence. As foreperson, I made sure we went through every element, of every charge, matching the evidence presented in the case that led us to return a conviction of guilty on all 7 counts.Tennessean 02/12/2020.
It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice.
Hart also shares a fellow juror, Seth Cousins op-ed that was posted in the Washington Post in November of 2019, she explains her reasons for sharing the opinion piece writing, “I am sharing the November 22, 2019 op-ed of Seth Cousins, another juror–and not just because he said this: “My favorite person on the jury was an African American woman from Tennessee.””
Cousins was juror number 3, he writes that after the jury reached a guilty verdict on all seven counts posed to them, he was:
taken aback by the accounts of pundits and politicians that our decision was somehow the product of a deeply polarized, partisan divide. Let me be clear: We did not convict Stone based on his political beliefs or his expression of those beliefs. We did not convict him of being intemperate or acting boorishly. We convicted him of obstructing a congressional investigation, of lying in five specific ways during his sworn congressional testimony and of tampering with a witness in that investigation.Cousins Op-ed 11/22/2019.
He explains that given the public attention surrounding the case, that the court took steps to prevent the jurors from being harassed or “improperly influenced. Each morning, we assembled at a building several blocks away and made our way to the parking garage, where federal marshals would load us into vans with tinted windows for the trip to court. On arrival, we moved through the building via a freight elevator and back corridors.”
Cousins notes that the evidence in the case against Stone was “substantial,” and went almost entirely “uncontested.” The dispute he says between the Government and Stone was whether Stone had lied while under oath.
He also explains that the Attorney’s defense of Stone’s lying while under oath could be summed up in two words: So what?
Cousins concludes by writing:
At a time when Americans are increasingly distrustful of their institutions, I am thankful that our legal system affords a fair and open process by which one’s peers critically examine the facts. To denigrate that process is undemocratic and dangerous. While I know not everyone will respect the outcomes that I played a part in, I also know that does not matter. What matters is the truth and the process for discovering it. What matters is the power held by a randomly selected group of citizens fulfilling a duty that goes back centuries.Cousins Op-ed 11/22/2019.
NBC News is reporting that Jessie Liu has resigned from the Trump* Administration.
Senate-confirmed Jessie Liu is out as US Atty and Barr’s close aide Tim Shea is in as acting US Atty without Senate confirmation, just as key decisions are being made for Flynn, Stone and McCabe. Just a coincidence? https://t.co/HYwNL7xhlx— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) February 13, 2020
So to recap President Impeached has attacked the Department of Justice, the Federal Judge overseeing the Stone case, a person he nominated to the Treasury Department, a two-month sentence of a person he won’t, probably can’t name from 2018, and a private citizen doing her civic duty.
And if that’s not enough he has now attacked his former Chief of Staff John Kelly via tweet.
When I terminated John Kelly, which I couldn’t do fast enough, he knew full well that he was way over his head. Being Chief of Staff just wasn’t for him. He came in with a bang, went out with a whimper, but like so many X’s, he misses the action & just can’t keep his mouth shut,.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
….which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that “John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.” Wrong!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
First, Kelly’s obligation is only to keep classified intelligence a secret, something President Impeached can’t even do.
Second, the most insecure man on the planet also roped in Kelly’s wife, which is forgive my language a “dick move,” but as he’s a dick. I guess we shouldn’t expect otherwise.
Third, Kelly left his post in December of 2018, at the time as the News Blender reported President Impeached confirmed the departure to reporters on the South Lawn, saying, “John Kelly will be leaving — I don’t know if I can say retiring, but he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.”
WATCH: President Trump says Chief of Staff Kelly will leave at the end of the year, tells reporters "I appreciate his service very much." pic.twitter.com/kCiSCD6vHe— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 8, 2018
December 14th, 2018…
I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction. Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2018
….I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2018
So what did the “GREAT PATRIOT,” do to earn President Impeached mean tweets?
He told students at a Drew University event on Wednesday night that, “Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council aide and impeachment witness President Donald Trump fired Friday, was just doing his job,” The Atlantic reported.
As the News Blender reported Vindman, his twin brother, and U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, were dismissed in a move that in no way was “retaliation,” for Vindman’s testimony or Sondland’s. Nope.
The Atlantic goes on to explain that over the, “75-minute speech and Q&A session, Kelly laid out, in the clearest terms yet, his misgivings about Trump’s words and actions regarding North Korea, illegal immigration, military discipline, Ukraine, and the news media.”
Kelly Quotes in part:
He [Vindman] did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave. He went and told his boss what he just heard.
Through the Obama administration up until that phone call, the policy of the U.S. was militarily to support Ukraine in their defensive fight against … the Russians. And so, when the president said that continued support would be based on X, that essentially changed. And that’s what that guy [Vindman] was most interested in.
[When Vindman heard the president tell Zelensky he wanted to see the Biden family investigated, that was tantamount to hearing] an illegal order. We teach them, ‘Don’t follow an illegal order. And if you’re ever given one, you’ll raise it to whoever gives it to you that this is an illegal order, and then tell your boss.
[on North Korea] He will never give his nuclear weapons up. Again, President Trump tried—that’s one way to put it. But it didn’t work. I’m an optimist most of the time, but I’m also a realist, and I never did think Kim would do anything other than play us for a while, and he did that fairly effectively.The Atlantic.
We can probably all assume this 2800 plus worded post, will not be updated today. For thoughts on the Stone matter, check out “Stonewalling.”