Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law

THE MUELLER REPORT; 03/24/2019

Well, my friends, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr and it is flopping around like a mackerel on a hot sidewalk.The full report has not been released to the public but Attorney General Barr has provided a summary of the Special Counsel’s most important conclusions.

Before we turn to the conclusions, let’s remind ourselves that the Special Counsel was charged with investigating the Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and any other matter that arose directly from such primary investigation. To that end, the Special Counsel indicted twenty-five (25) Russian operatives and social media experts for interference in the 2016 election. Furthermore, his efforts in this direction served to focus attention on the actual, real threat to our Nation, a threat that continues to this day.

CONCLUSION NO. 1 – NO COLLUSION!

The Special Counsel ‘”did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 United States presidential election.”

Not Manafort, or Donald, Jr., or Jared, or Flynn, or Gates, etc. Or the President himself. Apparently the 100+ contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians did not rise to the level of coordination or conspiracy. (Notice the absence of the word “collusion”, which is not a legal term of art.)

CONCLUSION NO. 2 – OBSTRUCTION

The Special Counsel “did not draw a conclusion – one way or another – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction … evidence developed during the investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction of justice offense…”

While the Special Counsel did not find evidence of obstruction of justice on the part of the President, this conclusion certainly leaves the door open for another prosecutorial agency like the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York or the House of Representatives, to pursue any potential obstruction of justice.

WHAT COMES NEXT?

The President has proclaimed the Special Counsel’s investigation a “witch hunt” from Day One, and he is entitled to feel victorious and vindicated. I am certain the outcome will solidify the President’s base support and possibly bring in a few that were on the fence. To the extent he was distracted by the investigation, the President can now turn his full attention to the nation’s business. His re-election odds just went up a lot.

The Special Counsel’s conclusions are a body blow to the Democrats, especially those focused on impeachment. Undoubtedly they will continue their investigations into the various issues such as the Moscow Tower, security clearances, tax returns, etc. in an effort to find something that they can tout as disqualifying. Good Luck with that.

I personally am thrilled it is largely over. Mr. Mueller conducted his investigation professionally and thoroughly within the bounds of the law and his assignment. I applaud him for his service.

Can we now hope that Congress and the Executive Branch will turn their attention back to the needs of the Nation?

STAY TUNED

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THE SOUTHERN BORDER; 03/11/2019

There is a crisis on our southern border. But, it is not what we think it is. Yes, there are people crossing our border in search of work and a better life. Some may not be nice people; some are smuggling drugs (although statistically most of the drugs come across at legitimate border crossings); many… Continue Reading

2 responses to “THE SOUTHERN BORDER; 03/11/2019”

  1. Gerry Gentry says:

    I see no solution until we elect Statesmen and Stateswomen who will not bow to politics, but solve the problem and risk losing their next election.

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RECENT ITEMS OF SOME INTEREST: 03/01/2019

COHEN TESTIMONY: Michael Cohen, the President’s former personal attorney and all-around fixer, testified before the House Government Oversight Committee his past week for some 8 1/2 hours. I was not able to watch it all but did see about 1 1/2 hours plus all the re-runs. The Republicans played the traditional defense counsel role, trying… Continue Reading

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  1. John Baird says:

    Hi, Fred – enjoyed this month’s blog, as usual. I’m curious, though: which of the Democrats is the “possible exception” to those who would have failed their law school course? Also, I was unaware that you were a Foreign Service Officer for a time – when was that, and what did you do?

    Anyway, Shari and I really enjoyed seeing you and Gerry last week, and look forward to doing it again soon!

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NATIONAL EMERGENCY?; 02/18/2019

First of all, a brief primer on the National Emergency Act. Congress passed the National Emergency Act in 1976 in recognition of the perceived need for the President to have certain powers in the event of an emergency. The NEA terminated all previous national emergencies and formalized the process for the President to declare a… Continue Reading

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TO WALL, OR NOT TO WALL? IS THAT THE QUESTION?; 02/03/2019

To paraphrase from Laurel and Hardy, “This is a fine kettle of fish you have gotten me into!” President Trump and Speaker Pelosi have given a conference committee of Congressional appropriators until February 15th (effectively the 9th) to come up with a formula for funding the 25% of the government that was shutdown for 31… Continue Reading

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JUNIOR HI; 01/23/2019

  “Nancy:  Donnie, I am going to have a party at my House. Everyone will be there. It will be the greatest ever! Will you come? Donnie:   You mean Everyone? Even Chuckie and Steny and Elizabeth and EVERYONE? Of course, I will come to the party at your House. It will be HUUUUGE! Nancy:   Donnie,… Continue Reading

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TEXAS PUNDITRY; 01/22/2019

I believe most of you know I live in Texas. Right after the mid-term election in November, 2018, I ventured some thoughts on the national scene. Here are some observations about my home state For the last 40 years or so, Texas has been the bulwark of Republican presidential elections. You could put Texas in… Continue Reading

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: 01/08/2019

YAWN!! Reminds me of two bull mooses separated by an wall (get it) bugling and challenging each other with full knowledge that nothing was actually going to happen. President Trump attempted to make this a humanitarian, law and order crisis by citing horrible incidents of violence by persons here illegally, as if to say that… Continue Reading

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SHUTDOWNS AND OTHER LUNACIES; 12/30/2018

Today about 1/3rd of the United States government is “shutdown”, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State and the Department of Justice. This means that those persons working in the shutdown departments that are “essential” are still working but not getting paid until after the shutdown, and those persons deemed “non-essential” and furloughed… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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