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Robert Mueller’s Grand Jury serves up indicted ham sandwiches

Written By | Oct 31, 2017

WASHINGTON, November 1, 2017 — New York Judge Solomon Wachtler was no fan of America’s grand jury system. In a 1985 interview with the New York Daily News, Judge Wachtler said the citizen panels were so pliable they could be convinced to “indict a ham sandwich.”

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Judge Solomon Wachtler.

And as he later told The New York Times, grand juries “operate more often as the prosecutor’s pawns than the citizen’s shield.”

Ham sandwiches indicted by Grand Jury

That was born out Monday when Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted and arrested ham sandwiches Paul Manafort and Rich Gates on 12 counts of money laundering and tax evasion and for working on behalf of Ukrainian interests without first registering as foreign agents.

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Indicted for money laundering and tax evasion, Rich Gates (left) and Paul Manafort.

Meanwhile, Tony Podesta stepped down as head of the Washington lobbying firm the Podesta Group.

It was on behalf of these lobbyists that Manafort and Gates allegedly furthered the interests of parties with ties to Moscow.

Is the President secretly working to fire Robert Mueller?

Oh, and co-founder of the Podesta Group is Tony’s brother John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chair.

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Tony Podesta.

Adding to the drama was former Trump campaign volunteer, George Papadopoulos, who got stiffed by Russian operatives who promised to deliver emails injurious to Hillary Clinton but never delivered, pled guilty to, wait for it, lying to the FBI.

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Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski.


Watergate Seven indicted by Grand Jury

Back in 1974, federal prosecutors announced the first indictments in the Watergate break-in and cover-up. Among the so-called “Watergate Seven” were:

  1. Attorney General John Mitchell.
  2. Mitchell aide Robert Mardin.
  3. White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman.
  4. White House advisor for domestic affairs John Ehrlichman.
  5. White House counsel Charles Colson.
  6. White House aide Gordon Strachan.
  7. Nixon re-election committee council Kenneth Parkinson.

Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski even managed to convince the grand jury to name President Richard Nixon an “unindicted co-conspirator.”

Special Counsel Robert Muller’s Monday morning indictments failed to live up to the mainstream’s media hype.

It seems, at least in the eyes of the law, the only injured parties in the over-hyped Russian kerfuffle are the Internal Revenue Service and the FBI, not America’s supposedly tamper-prone electoral system.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.