Mueller’s Teaming Up With NY AG Schneiderman Takes Trumps Pardon Power off the Table
Together they may have just taking away Trump’s Trump card.
“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its investigation into Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, according to several people familiar with the matter.”
“The cooperation is the latest indication that the federal probe into President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is intensifying. It also could potentially provide Mueller with additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger investigation into Trump’s campaign, as Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes.”
There you go: it shows Mueller’s investigation is intensifying-just in case you missed all the previous signs-like the 3 AM raid on Manafort’s house or the reports that Mueller wants to know if Trump knew about Donald Jr’s Russia meeting in June, 2016, and if he knew the purpose.
We do know that regarding that Russia meeting, everytime you look into it with a little more depth, it turns out that Trump was even more involved than initially claimed. First he learned about the story on the news while on the Middle East trip, then he helped with Jr’s response; then it was that he dictated it. Now we know that the same guy who set it up was also in on the Trump Tower in Moscow deal we’ve been hearing about so much lately.
Back to Politico. Turns out Mueller and Schneiderman have been collaborating for some time on investigating Trump.
“The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case, these people said. One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering.”
“People close to Manafort say the team has pressured him by approaching family members and former business partners. A number of other firms and people who have worked with him have received subpoenas.”
But in this latest potential collaboration between Mueller and the NY AG, the issue of Trump using(abusing) the pardon power looms large, especially after his indefensible pardon of Sheriff Joe.
“State and federal prosecutors believe the prospect of a presidential pardon could affect whether Manafort decides to cooperate with investigators in the federal Trump investigation, said one of the people familiar with the matter.”
“While Trump has not signaled any public intention to pardon Manafort or anyone else involved in the Russia investigations, the president has privately discussed his pardon powers with his advisers.”
But the Joe Arpaio pardon can e seen in that light-as him trying to reassure Manafort, Flynn, et al. that they need not worry as Trump will pardon them. But he can’t pardon anyone charged with state crimes.
“Donald Trump’s ability to issue presidential pardons has been the ultimate weapon looming over Robert Mueller’s investigation. Trump could potentially pardon himself of any crimes. More importantly, he could dangle a pardon to his former staffers to encourage them not to supply Mueller with any incriminating information on Trump. Mueller is apparently handling his investigating like the prosecution of a mob boss, pressuring underlings to flip on the boss. Trump’s advantage is that, unlike a mob boss, he can give out an unlimited number of get-out-of-jail-free cards. Trump has reportedly mused in public about using the pardon — and his pardon of Joe Arpaio flaunted his willingness to use it on behalf of a political ally, even in outrageous fashion.”
“But there turns out to a flaw in Trump’s strategy. The presidential pardon only applies to federal crimes. As NBC reported last night, it is possible for state governments to press charges in some of the alleged crimes committed by Trump’s cronies. “You would have to find that one of those [election] crimes occurred in New York,” Jennifer Rodgers, a former federal prosecutor, told NBC. Of course, some of the alleged crimes almost certainly did take place in New York. And sure enough, Josh Dawseyreports, Mueller is teaming up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering,” he notes.
By the way, that Trump can pardon his way out of this even at the federal level.
“10 legal experts on why Trump can’t pardon his way out of the Russia investigation.”
“It may prove to be one of the stupidest things he has yet done.”
And he’s done just a few stupid things. Yes, I’m understating things wildly.
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