The Deep State “Show Trial” Persecution of Roger Stone
The pre-dawn FBI raid on Roger Stone’s home, with CNN conveniently tipped off to be there, shows the deep state “combined arms” machine in action – but the ultimate target is Trump himself.
NOTE: Readers are encouraged to watch former Federal Prosecutor Sidney Powell’s interview with Mark Levin, which airs tonight on Fox, at 10pm Eastern, Sunday, January 27, and to read her excellent book Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, which is most certainly a timely book.
Legal analysis by Attorney William J. Olson
(a veteran Washington D.C. area lawyer)
Legal Warrior Friends —
Through Republican politics, I have known Roger Stone since 1969 or 1970, and pretty much disagreed with him, and from time to time disliked him, since about 1980. But this indictment is absurd.
Again, proving the foolishness of the appointment of the Special Counsel, not one substantive crime was charged — only “process” crimes based on how Roger interacted with an investigation. Mueller got the D.C. Grand Jury to return an indictment with three counts for violation of three elastic statutes, each with huge penalties.
I. Obstruction of Proceedings under 18 USC 1505 (note — not obstruction of justice).
The statute provides:
Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede … the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—
Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.
That statute, like so many other federal statutes, is so broad that it has no meaning. Any lobbyist who warns a Congressmen that he will be defeated at the polls if he holds an investigative hearing could be convicted of violating it.
II. False Statements under 18 USC 1001.
These false statement indictments are brought not for lies, but for statements with which prosecutors disagree. Who investigates prosecutors who make false statements? Really, no one. Does this law even apply to them. Probably not.
Look at the six statements Roger is said to have made that are claimed to have been false and tell me — from this moment on — why would anyone ever testify before a Congressional Committee if he could assert the Fifth Amendment?
Generally witnesses want to tell their story so as to avoid being indicted or thought of badly. But after this, the greater danger appears to be a prosecutor will indict you based on anything you do say. People cooperate with investigations because they believe they have done nothing wrong. Now you might get indicted even if you are right, and you have done nothing wrong, based on how you tried to defend yourself and tell your story.
With everyone taking the Fifth, Mueller may have just ended meaningful Congressional investigative hearings, but he probably does not even know it.
II. Witness Tampering under 18 USC 1512(b)(1).
That statute states:
(B) cause or induce any person to–(i) withhold testimony, or withhold a record, document, or other object, from an official proceeding;
The charge is for an attempt to persuade another person to “influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of” that person in “an official proceeding.” Couldn’t that elastic statutory language include ANY conversation with ANY witness about the substance or scheduling of that person’s testimony?
And again, is this statute ever applied to prosecutors who lean on witnesses?
When did prosecutors end the practice of notifying lawyers for persons who were indicted that their client must present himself on a specified date at a specified time? Answer: when federal prosecutors learned that part of their job is show biz. Prosecutors who want to be U.S. Attorneys, or DOJ officials, or candidates for Congress, or judges, need to get noticed. Anyone think Mueller does not have an ego? Did anyone really think that Roger was going to resist arrest? No — its theater.
The CNN reporter at the scene said he was at Roger’s house at 5 am because of “reporter’s instinct.” This proves the deep state media can lie to us, and that’s “OK.” The FBI can lie to witnesses, and that is “legal.” The CNN video from the raid this morning clearly shows demonstrably evil CNN thugs doing the bidding of demonstrably evil Special Counsel thugs.
I have long urged the repeal of the ENTIRE federal criminal code, and its substitution with a couple of constitutionally-authorized crimes. I am reinforced in that view. There are only a few crimes that are supported by enumerated powers, or other constitutional provisions. http://www.lawandfreedom.com/
If we did not know it before, I hope we all realize that we are on one deep state list or another. If we did not irritate someone along the way in our practices, we were not standing up for truth. The noose is tightening — on us and our clients.
Frankly, I am at a loss to know what to do to resist this particular form of evil. I urge us all to pray as to how to resist a criminal justice system which has grown abusive of the people, and when someone gets an answer to that prayer, please share it.
COMMENTARY FROM STEWART RHODES: The shocking pre-dawn raid on Roger Stone, with the CNN cameras rolling, reminds me of the “show trials” that used to occur in the Soviet Union, with the “dangerous enemies of the Revolution” conveniently filmed or photographed by Pravda as their homes were raided by heavily armed Secret Police and they were brought out at gunpoint, with subsequent public coerced confessions (also filmed by approved state media). CNN is the American Pravda – the official state media of the shadow state/deep state. That is why they were there – they are just as much a gear in the grinding machine of the deep state as is the FBI and the deep state loyal prosecutors.
As Greg McWhirter, a current serving sheriff deputy who serves on our Board of Directors, noted:
The thing that people should be very concerned about, in my opinion, is the fact that CNN was there. Someone in the FBI told CNN to be there, while the indictment was under seal. That is a telltale sign of how far the media and the deep state are in it together to regain control.
The idea of your “run of the mill” FBI agent revealing something from a sealed indictment is crazy. That’s a career ending move. Someone with some real juice told CNN to be there.
Gun rights lawyer David Hardy described it as:
[A]”SWAT team, predawn raid, cameras on hand to film it to make sure everyone gets the message, something that would be a sign of a coup, or coup being thwarted, in a Third World country …
Frankly, at this point in time we do live in a manner of Banana Republic, just one where the regime is more competent at staying in power. And by regime I don’t mean the president. He may be the titular head of state, but the actual regime is well under him, most holding (essentially) life appointments, with little internal control.
Both gentlemen are spot on. And Mueller is the “Attorney General” and Chief Inquisitor of that deep state “actual regime.” In fact, it’s as if we are in a bizarro world flipping of reality where Hillary had won the election instead of Trump, appointed Mueller her AG, and unleashed her DOJ and her FBI on her political enemies.
The deep state is aggressively prosecuting its political opponents, building up to the ultimate prize of prosecuting President Trump for the “crime” of being elected, while the titular Trump DOJ/AG has, to date, prosecuted NONE of the blatant criminals of the deep state. For just one irrefutable example, there has been not even one prosecution for the clear, open violation of the federal statutes against harboring illegal aliens and conspiring to harbor, aid or abet illegal aliens, despite the government of California declaring itself a “sanctuary state” and despite numerous “sanctuary cities” with their leftist politicians thumbing their noses at the supreme law of the land, and, in cooperation with open-border activists, not just encouraging but directly assisting illegals in entering the United States and actively harboring them here.
Why have there been no prosecutions for that? Because the DOJ and FBI are still thick with old-guard globalist deep staters, and because Trump has repeatedly been maneuvered into appointing more of the same into leadership in both the DOJ and FBI. I predict that until that changes, the only prosecutions you will see will be by the deep state, for the deep state. Trump needed to drain the swamp there first, and he is now running out of time.
Founder of Oath Keepers and Yale Law School graduate (yes, that’s how I know how the globalist deep state works).
#RECAP One time adviser/confidant of @realDonaldTrump – Roger Stone – returns to waiting supporters at Ft. Lauderdale home Fri pm – again reiterating he DID NOT lie to lawmakers, tamper w/ witnesses or obstruction after Friday morn @FBI raid in connection w/ Mueller investigation pic.twitter.com/RycBojXwKf
— PaulCBS12 (@PaulCBS12) January 26, 2019