So does he have a point?
Fox News regular, Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Wednesday’s SiriusXM broadcast of ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abram’s show to talk about the hot topics of the day.
For this week, that would have to include the new court filings from special counsel Robert Mueller, regarding former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
What the public got to see of the paperwork filed was close to nothing. It was heavily redacted and we were left with more questions than answers.
That being said, there was enough to really pique the interest of those of us who have been zeroed in on this entire Russia probe from the beginning, along with news of the various key players (and quite a few peripheral ones).
Among the scant bits allowed to be released to the public, we saw that Flynn has, in the past year, given what special counsel is calling “substantial assistance,” since making his plea agreement in December 2017.
It has been so substantial that Mueller recommended to the court that Flynn receive the minimum sentence possible, including and up to zero jail time.
Flynn, who worked with Donald Trump’s campaign team, as well as the transition team, only served three weeks as national security adviser, before being forced out for giving misleading statements to Vice President Mike Pence.
The retired Lt. general neglected to register as a foreign lobbyist, regarding his pro-Erdogan work for Turkey, and likewise failed to disclose his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
On Wednesday, Judge Napolitano approached these issues, and added some predictions of his own.
For starters, he believes the raid on Deutsche Bank earlier this week (as I discussed here) may actually be connected to Trump, saying, “the President himself should be extremely uncomfortable about this.”
Deutsche Bank is one of the only banks left that is still willing to do business with the Trump Organization, given Donald Trump’s horrendously bad track record, when it comes to successful businesses and his nasty habit of not paying his debts.
And yes,I know his fan club thinks he’s a great businessman, but when you cut off the reality TV cameras and actually check the books, you realize he’d be a shoe salesman,if not for his daddy’s wealth.
The raid on Deutsche Bank involved a wide-ranging money laundering and tax evasion scheme, an ugly stain on the bank’s reputation that has been there for quite some time.
But back to Michael Flynn and the Tuesday court filing…
Abrams asked the judge if he felt anyone closer to President Trump’s inner circle could be facing indictments, based on what the public knows, now.
According to Napolitano, yes. We should probably expect to see some of those closest to the president take a fall.
Namely: Donald Trump, Jr.
“Yes,” Napolitano said. “I don’t know who, but I do know that Donald Jr. has told friends he expects to be indicted.”
“Do you expect he’d be indicted?” Abrams asked.
“Yes,” Napolitano answered.
He’s less sure about Jared Kushner, but he thinks Jerome Corsi is probably going to be indicted too.
Trump Jr. could likely find himself in hot water for lying about his own contacts with Russians, given the now-infamous June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting with the Russian lawyer, as well as several Russian officials, ostensibly to talk about damaging “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
Jerome Corsi, an author and conspiracy theorist, who gets most of his attention from pimping his nonsense to the tinfoil hat crowd on InfoWars, has been caught in several lies, regarding his contacts with the hackers that stole DNC emails and released them to the public through WikiLeaks during the election.
Kushner has been implicated in so many dirty deals, it’s hard to know where to begin. It suffices to say, I’m just shocked that he hasn’t been perp walked out of the White House, already.
One other tidbit from the court filing on Flynn is that a previously unmentioned “criminal case” was brought up. Speculation over just what that means is high.
We can go ahead and assume that this drama will play out for some time, as further court filings on Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen are expected before the week’s end, as well.