True Crimes And Misdemeanors: The Investigation Of Donald Trump, By Jeffrey Toobin.
From CNN chief legal analyst and bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin, a real-life legal thriller about the prosecutors and congressional investigators pursuing the truth about Donald Trump’s complicity in several crimes…and why they failed.
Robert Mueller Rejoining The FBI?
Robert Mueller, per Donald Trump came to the Oval Office to ask for his old job back-president Trump repeated this over and over again-in public and in private, and repeatedly in tweets, like this: “Robert Mueller came to the Oval Office (along with other potential candidates) seeking to be named the Director of the FBI. He had already been in that position for 12 years, I told him NO.” Statements by Trump about Mueller wanting the FBI Director job, is completely false-even Fox News reports that Trump lied.
Mueller did not want to return to the FBI. In any event, federal law placed a limit on his tenure and barred his further service in the job.
However, Donald Trump understood the value of repetition even if (especially if) a statement was false in the first place. The president saw most human contact as transactional-the exchange of favors or the pursuit of grievances; policy and principle means little to him. So it was easiest for Trump to explain Mueller’s acceptance of the job as special counsel, which happened the day after their Oval Office encounter, not as an act of public service but as the pursuit of a vendetta, because Mueller didn’t get the Director of the FBI job, makes no sense, he couldn’t legally have it, nor did he want it.
Comparing Mueller To Trump
To compare Robert Mueller to Donald Trump, takes a lot of journalistic balance. At every turn, Mueller chose public service over private gain; Donald Trump did the exact opposite. Mueller earned a reputation for honesty and rectitude; Trump became infamous for his dishonesty and greed.
Robert Mueller had one wife and many lifelong friends; Trump had three wives, many business associates, and few friends. Their career paths reflected their values. After Vietnam, The University of Virginia Law School, and a brief stint in private practice (a couple of times). Mueller spent the next dozen years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, first in San Francisco and then in Boston. He then moved to Washington to serve in George H.W. Bush’s Justice Department, where he ultimately became the assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division. After returning to private law (for a while)-he then became George W. Bush’s Director of the FBI in 2001. The Senate confirmed him unanimously.
Donald Trump’s path in life is better known. Before, becoming President in 2016, he had only ever worked at his families business. There he parlayed his father’s large fortune into a larger fortune of an undetermined size. Trump became into prominence in the 1980s, when New York City was emerging from bankruptcy and real estate market was recovering with it.
During this time period, he had a pair of notable successes, renovating the Grand Hyatt Hotel, next to Grand Central Terminal (with huge support from city government), and building Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue (with help from the laborers of undetermined immigrants). At that point, the nature of his business dealings grew more opaque.
In 1987, when he (Donald Trump) published The Art Of The Deal, his first autobiography, which created his image as a glamorous and successful businessman. (His Ghostwriter said Trump never read the book, much less wrote it).
In the early 1990s, Trump made a disastrous decision, getting into the gambling business in Atlantic City, and his empire nearly collapsed with multiple bankruptcies. His personal life, he had two divorces. At this time, he wasn’t into the real estate business, as much as leasing and licensing his name to an enormous number of products-clothing, wine, water, jewelry, steak, vodka, and a university (of sorts)-none lasted long or made much money for his partners in all these different adventures.
After The Apprentice (and Celebrity Apprentice) in 2004-his brand as a symbol of business savvy and personal extravagance. This show went worldwide and this brought attractions from other countries, which of course Trump latched onto. His businesses or adventures (as I will call them) were mostly based outside of the U.S. as than within the U.S.
A handful of projects, actually came to fruition, but others Trump was paid for the use of his name even if the projects were never built, he kept the money anyway. His dream of building in Moscow, which he has pursued longer than any other foreign undertaking, remains in limbo.
Donald Trump Survives Impeachment
Donald Trump used the tools of mass media, social media, and the power of the presidency, he also relied on the traditional toll of demagogues by refining his legal position to a simple slogan-“no collusion and no obstruction”.
Trump’s campaign chairman went to jail. So did his personal lawyer. His long-time political consigliere was convicted of serious federal crimes, and his national security adviser plead guilty to others. Several Russian spies were indicted in absentia. Career intelligence agents and military officers were alarmed enough by the president’s actions that they alerted senior government officials and ignited the impeachment process.
Yes despite all this, a years-long inquiry led by special counsel, Robert Mueller, and the third impeachment of a president in American history, Donald Trump survived to run for reelection, Why?
Jeffrey Toobin’s highly entertaining definitive account of the Mueller investigation and the impeachment of the president takes readers behind the scenes of the epic legal and political struggle to call Trump to account for his misdeeds.
With Toobin’s superb storytelling and analytic skills, he recounts all the mind-boggling twists and turns in the case–Trump’s son met with a Russian operative promising the Kremlin support. Donald Trump paid a porn star $130,000 to hush up an affair. Rudy Giuliani and a pair of shady Ukrainian-American businessmen got the Justice Department to look at Russian-created conspiracy theories. The author shows how Trump’s canny lawyers used Mueller’s famous integrity against him, and how Trump’s bullying and bluster cowed Republican legislators into ignoring the clear evidence of the impeachment hearings.
About The Author: Jeffrey Toobin
Jeffrey Ross Toobin was born May 21,1960, an American lawyer, blogger, author and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker. During the Iran-Contra affair, he served as an associate counsel in the Department of Justice, and moved from government into writing during the 1990s.
Toobin was born to a Jewish family in New York City in 1960, the son of Marlene Sanders, former ABC News and CBS News correspondent, and Jerome Toobin, a news broadcasting producer.
Jeffrey Toobin attended Columbia Grammar And Preparatory School, and then went to attend Harvard College for undergraduate studies. He covered sport for the Harvard Crimson, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History and Literature, and was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. He then attended Harvard Law School where he was classmates with Elena Kagan and graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. in 1986. While there, he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Toobin has written several books, including an account of the O.J. Simpson murder case. It was adapted as a T.V. series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story which aired in 2016 as the first season of FX American Crime Story, and won nine Emmy Awards.
The Press Reactions
“Authorative…A smart recap of the past four years, punctuated by insider details about the investigations and Toobin’s judgements on the lawyering skills and ethics of various players. The author has no patience for James Comey’s sanctimony and ‘faux humility”…Rosenstein is “out of his depth,” committing legal and political malpractice” by letting Trump use him to justify Comey’s firing. And Barr is “sychophantic,” a “toad” who evolved from “principled conservative to Trump apologist.”—Washington Post
“At some point in the future, it is entirely possible that the full details of Donald Trump’s business affairs, personal imbroglios and political maneuverings will be laid bare to the public. Should that happen, it is easy to imagine much of the world wondering how the man got away with so much for so long. In that hour, readers may well turn to True Crimes And Misedemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump…This work is more than a journalist emptying his notebook of all his interviews and insights. It is more than a legal expert analyzing how the best of talented and committed lawyers could be frustrated by governmental rules and rivalries within the executive and legislative powers in our federal system. Perhaps its highest function is as a condensation of the best evidence against the presidency and character of Donald Trump. a summation offered up much as a prosecutor would do in seeking to sway a jury.”—Ron Elving, NPR.org
This book True Crimes And Misdemeanors is based on dozens of interviews with prosecutors in Mueller’s office. Trump’s legal team, Congressional investigators, White House staffers, and several of the key players, including some who are now in prison. This book is a revelatory narrative that makes sense of the seemingly endless chaos of the Trump years. Filled with never-before-reported details of the high-stakes legal battles and political machinations, the book weaves a tale of a rogue president guilty of historic misconduct, and how he got away with it all.
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