Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law

MUELLER; 12/10/2018

After a pause for the mid-term elections, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has lit the afterburners. In the past two weeks, we have seen additional charges brought against Michael Cohen along with a harsh sentencing memo, a lenient sentencing memo for Michael Flynn, and a filing against Paul Manafort to rescind their agreement regarding the charges against Manafort because Manafort has allegedly continued to lie to the Special Counsel. Furthermore, the Cohen sentencing memo hinted at additional charges against unnamed persons, possibly members of the Trump family as well as campaign personnel, and additional areas of investigation. Cohen, in his plea bargain, placed “Unidentified Person No. 1″, clearly President Trump, at the center of the hush money pay-offs to Stormy Daniels and Karen MacDougal.

WHEW. A lot to absorb in a short time. But, what does it really mean? Are there the ‘high crimes and other misdemeanors” listed in the Constitution as grounds for impeachment? Has the President violated the emolument clause of the Constitution?  Will Lassie rescue Timmy from the well? Stay tuned for next week’s episode.

I do not intend to make light of Mueller’s investigation. The number of indictments and guilty pleas or verdicts he has. obtained is very impressive. His work has brought to light the extent of the Russian interference in the 2016 election that continues until now. However, all good things must come to an end. I pray he does not intend to do a Ken Starr and keep finding new things to investigate, thus perpetuating his investigation.

The country grows weary of continued revelations that are spun by the media, desperate for something to report on 24/7, A typical media report goes something like this; “Mr. X was seen entering the courthouse. His shoes needed polishing, which must mean that he is preoccupied with his possible sentence, which HAS to mean that he is going to “tell all” in an effort to get a lighter sentence, which can only mean that the REPUBLIC IS GOING TO FALL IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS”.

Next May will mark the second anniversary of his appointment and investigation.. By then (sigh) we will be deep into the run up to the 2020 presidential campaign. The Nation needs an end to his good work. I sincerely hope that this latest flurry of action means that he is tying up the last loose ends with the goal of delivering his report to whomever at the Justice Department in the near future. Turn over your findings to whoever and let them take it from there. And fade away with the thanks of a grateful nation.

STAY TUNED.

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41; 12/04/2018

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died last Friday. He was, and probably always will be, the last patrician President. Born to wealth and status in Connecticut, he dropped out of college after the Japanese bombed Perl Harbor and joined the Navy at age 18. At 19 he was a… Continue Reading

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  1. I didn’t always agree with his politics…but, always admired him. I hope that we will have some one like him in politics..doubt it, but hope so

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NATIONAL PUNDITRY; 11/19/2018

I might have redeemed myself as a pundit. I predicted a net gain of 30 – 35 Democrat seats in the House of Representatives and 2 Republican gains in the Senate. Tonight the score is Democrats +37 with three still too close to call and Republicans +3 with Mississippi in a run-off voting next week.… Continue Reading

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ELECTION CONCLUSIONS: 11/08/2018

Some conclusions I draw from the election results: House of Representatives. The last tally I heard had the Democrats flipping 34 seats with a handful too close to call. That gives them the majority in the House and allows them to organize, control the committees and set the agenda. Not exactly a ‘blue wave” but… Continue Reading

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MUSINGS ON ELECTION EVE; 11/05/2018

As we await the election results, here are some pertinent thoughts:  Everyone, including the President, appears to agree that the election tomorrow is nothing less than a referendum on President Trump at the mid-point of his Administration. Indeed, the President is actively encouraging people to see the election as a referendum on his performance. After… Continue Reading

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MIDTERMS; 10/22/2018

Early voting started today here in Texas and will continue through November 2. WiIl YOU be a gladiator or just a spectator? Can you spare an hour of your time to be a CITIZEN? Do you care about the future of our Nation, your children, your grandchilldren and, just as important, YOURSELF? Elections have consequences… Continue Reading

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“WHAT DO WE DO NOW”*; 10’12’2018

Deep breath. Deep breath. After being glued to our seats for the Kavanaugh hearings (political theater at its worst), we .now turn our undivided attention to the mid-term election ending on November 6. In some states they are already voting; here in Texas, early voting begins Monday, October 22nd. What’s at stake – just control… Continue Reading

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JUST THE WORST OF TIMES; 10/08/2018

Ugly. Mean-spirited. Demeaning. Destructive. Shocking. All these adjectives, and more, have been used to describe the end of the hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court. Given the hyper-partisan make-up of the Senate, the outcome was essentially pre-ordained. How they got to that conclusion was not. Here are the winners… Continue Reading

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THE HEARING; 09/27/2018

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens It was the best of times in that our constitutional process of selecting persons to fill the highest court in the land was on display, exactly as written in the Constitution. It was the worst of times in the way it… Continue Reading

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FEAR; 09/21/2018

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”. Franklin D. Roosevelt “Real power is – I don’t even want to use the word – fear”. Donald Trump I just finished reading Bob Woodward’s new book, FEAR.  As we know, Bob Woodward is a well-respected chronicler of inside politics, focusing on the White House,… Continue Reading

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