- by Gitabushi
One of the principles of our Judicial system is that human nature is immutably unable to maintain a conspiracy in the face of legal pressure. Everything: the long interview sessions, the separation of cronies to see if they can keep their stories straight, asking people to repeat stories over and over to see if there are discrepancies, the offering of lighter sentences to the first that admit guilt: this is all designed to use Games Theory (Prisoner’s Dilemma, mainly, but others, as well) to find out who broke the law.
It doesn’t always work. Some people are better liars. Some threats of retaliation are convincing enough to keep lips sealed. Sometimes the pre-coordination and memorization of stories works.
But other times, it works.
James Comey’s book just came out. Look what has already happened:
This is just after the pressure of one person saying things to protect himself that his cronies could see as throwing them under the bus. So they have been doing some hypovehiculation of their own.
And there are others. Obama is implicated in this.
Susan Rice wrote an email to herself, attempting to cover her vulnerabilities.
And Rosenstein could get dragged in, as well as Sally Yates.
With the exception of the Susan Rice email, this *all* happened just from Comey releasing a self-serving memoir.
Now compare to the Trump Administration. Trump is not known for message discipline, right? Several people have been fired from positions of power. Having been fired, they would then have motivation to leak about criminal behavior, and would be in a position to do so, even with signed Non-Disclosure Agreements. That alone should provide evidence of guilt, but there has *also* been a Special Prosecutor investigation nearly everything it can on Trump: not just collusion with Russia, but also irregularities (if any) in the transition process, and actions taken dozens of years before he won the GOP nomination.
And yet? Nothing.
A few people have been convicted or “confessed” to the “crime” of lying to the FBI. These are process crimes, and are not related to any actions that Mueller should be investigating.
The FBI could surveill you for a week to get proof of your activities, review it a hundred times until they had your words and actions memorized, and then give you *one* chance in an interview to, at the drop of a hat, provide an account that matches exactly with what they collected via surveillance. If there is any discrepancy, they will accuse you of lying. Any hesitancy in response, or any change to your response, will only only give them more evidence that you lied.
This should not be a crime. It should only be a crime if the action underlying their questions is a crime. One guy was convicted because he was a lawyer who talked to one of Trump’s lawyers, but didn’t admit it to the FBI. Horrors!
But I digress.
When you point out that after a year of investigation, Mueller has uncovered no evidence of criminal actions connected to his specified target topic, and that the convictions are only for process violations unrelated to the specified target topic, the response is that this is a tactic to put pressure on the foot soldiers to provide evidence on higher-ups.
Even with this pressure, Mueller has found nothing. And we know he found nothing, because his office has never been able to keep from leaking any news that hurts the President.
In contrast, the Obama cronies are at each other’s throats after just one fiction story.
It is obvious who broke the law. No honor among thieves…and conspirators, it seems.