This morning Donald Trump went on a Twitter tantrum which saw him committing felony witness intimidation against Michael Cohen, felony witness tampering with Roger Stone, and felony obstruction of justice across the board. Even as everyone reacts to the fact that the “President” is committing crimes more blatantly than ever, Congressman Ted Lieu picked up on what Trump fears most.
Ted Lieu pointed to this Donald Trump tweet in particular: “‘I will never testify against Trump.’ This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about “President Trump.” Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!'” Then Lieu, a former prosecutor, spelled out what he spotted in the tweet.
Here’s how Ted Lieu put it: “Setting aside the potential Obstruction of Justice issues raised by the below tweet by POTUS, what it tells me is that Donald Trump fears the testimony of Roger Stone. Oh, and on Jan 3, Democrats in the House control subpoena power.” He’s right, of course. Stone is a self-admitted con artist, and Trump and Stone go back forty years. Stone surely knows where a whole lot of the proverbial bodies are buried.
This also points to why Special Counsel Robert Mueller has placed such a prosecutorial focus on Roger Stone, having spent months hauling one Stone associate after another before a grand jury. Mueller knows that flipping Stone, or even simply exposing Stone’s shared antics with Trump, will go a long way to taking Trump down.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report