What’s with the Mueller>Flynn>Kushner>Trump Connection?
Follow the money trail and divide and conquer.
As a hardcore top notch federal prosecutor Mueller knows that if you follow two very simple but powerful investigative techniques – follow the bad guys money trail and divide and conquer the bad guys – you will always bring the bad guys to justice. Mueller’s experience in dealing with corrupt politicians also taught him that corrupt political underlings never engage in sustained political corruption without the full support and knowledge of their political superiors. Trump’s top foreign policy adviser both during the campaign and in the White House, Michael Flynn, triggered all of these investigative red flags hands down. To Mueller’s way of thinking there is just no way either Trump or Pence could not have known what Flynn was doing with Russia. All Mueller had to do was turn Flynn – and through Flynn demonstrate as much publicly.
Mueller already had intelligence evidence on Flynn’s ongoing communications with the Russians throughout the election as well as during his short tenure in the White House. To make sure Trump would not simply throw Flynn under the bus as a rouge adviser and to prove Trump not only knew but instructed Flynn in his dealings with the Russians, Mueller needed Flynn to provide hard evidence and corroboration of this fact. That Trump knew Flynn was coordinating with the Russian government and that he ordered it, or encouraged it, or looked the other way and then repeatedly lied about it. That Trump worked to cover it up. This would give Mueller a solid obstruction of justice case against Trump. For Mueller, everything would hinge on finding Flynn’s breaking point. One that would bring Flynn to Mueller looking to save his own ass.
Building an airtight indictment against Flynn.
Mueller understood that Flynn’s breaking point relied upon two factors – building an indefensible indictment against him in a little known $15 million Turkish criminal conspiracy case and – in the process taking down Flynn’s son and Jared Kushner, who Mueller suspected to be the real kingpins behind this conspiracy. Mueller would do just this by taking control of and negotiating a plea deal with Reza Zarrab, the Turkish kingpin in the conspiracy. This enabled him to build an airtight indictment against Flynn proving that all three men involved received illegal payments from Turkey and then concealed them from the U.S. government. Flynn would soon come to realize if he wanted to prevent himself and his son from winding up in a federal prison it was time to cut a deal with Mueller and give up Trump. Mueller’s divide and conquer the bad guys was working like a charm.
Becoming cooperating witnesses in exchange for deals.
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All eyes of the other players in the Russian scandal would now turn to trying to position themselves from being the next victim to fall to Mueller. Immediately, several additional Trump advisers rushed to become cooperating witnesses in exchange for cutting deals as well, while they still could. Some would even begun leaking part of what they knew to the media, in order to immediately demonstrate that they had information that could still be valuable to Mueller in taking down Trump. The bad guy dominoes started falling. Simultaneously, while Flynn was spilling his guts to Mueller, Trump and Kushner realized they had to limit Jared’s exposure to the Turkish indictment against Flynn. Neither would publicly address the Flynn situation, nor attack Flynn or the media for reporting the Flynn story. Flynn had just sold them out, a major devastating blow – this meant Trump would have do whatever was necessary to distance Jared from the situation even if that meant getting him out of Washington altogether before Mueller could get his hands on him. Trump considered having Jared resign but instead chose the leaving Washington option as the best dodge and cover option – “Jared would just be going home his job in Washington done.”
Trump sends Jared Kushner home.
So, Trump goes public indicating Jared Kushner’s role in his administration is now a shrinking one. Kushner’s handlers immediately plant stories in the mainstream media such as – a Washington Post article titled “The shrinking profile of Jared Kushner” and a New York Times article titled “Jared Kushner’s Vast Duties, and Visibility in White House, Shrink.” Everyone now starts claiming Kushner’s relevant time in Washington has come to an end while laying the groundwork for him possibly resigning and definitely going home. Everyone, including Mueller, now knows that the most important legal issues surrounding Kushner is how closely he and Flynn were working with the Russian government and finding out just what was said during all those secret meetings with the Russians. Trump wants Mueller to believe Kushner’s role in the White House is not now nor has it ever been that influential. But Mueller is not buying any of it. He now has – followed the bad guys money trail directly to Flynn – he has divided and conquered Flynn and Kushner. Now he has his sights set on bringing to justice the Washington kingpins who instructed these underlings to engage in the willful and sustained political corruption of the country.
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(This is Article #2 in our Corrupt Nation series reporting on the demise of a corrupt U.S. President.)
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