Trump Tweets an Attack on Roger Stone Juror for Thursday’s Open Thread

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President Impeached has tweeted 8 times and retweeted once so far for Thursday.

The non-Stone tweets.

Former Mayor of New York Mike Bloomberg responded via Twitter.

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.

Previously on As the Stone Turns

Monday.

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.

Tuesday.

Starting @ 12:57 a.m. D.C., time President Impeached reacted to the Sentencing memo.

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.

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.

His attacks were not limited to the memo or the Prosecutors who worked with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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.

@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.

Wednesday.

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.

AG Barr is expected to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31st, 2020.

Thursday.

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.

According to the Tennessean, Tomeka Hart, spoke out on Wednesday defending the four prosecutors, Aaron Zelinsky, Jonathan Kravis, Adam Jed, and Michael Marando, who handled the Stone case.

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.
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.

Tennessean 02/12/2020.

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.
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.

Tennessean 02/12/2020.

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.

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.

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.”

December 14th, 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.”

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