Better get some nose plugs. This one stinks from top to bottom.
Excerpted from Darren Samuelsohn’s article at politico.com:
The lead Russia investigator asked a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia Tuesday to dismiss a series of criminal charges against Gates, including tax and bank fraud, in exchange for his guilty plea and testimony in the wider probe into the 2016 presidential election.
Gates also secured another win on Tuesday when a different judge granted his request to take his children to Boston next week for their spring break — well outside the 110-mile corridor between his home in Richmond and Washington that he’d previously been confined to for his travels.
The additional leniency comes after Gates agreed to a plea deal last Friday with Mueller that stipulates he must cooperate “in any and all matters” that the special counsel’s office decides are “relevant.”
Translation: “Say what we want you to say, and all your legal problems will disappear. Don’t say what we want you to say, and we’ll nail you for a bunch of charges that will ruin your life. If we can make any of them stick you go to jail and, even if we can’t, the legal fees will clean you out. So, what do you say?”
Can someone explain to me how is this different from “if you turn over a hefty amount of money each week, we’ll give you protection for your store, but if you don’t we’ll take all your money, wreck the store and beat the crap out of you”. So, what do you say?
Welcome to the wonderful world of Mueller ethics.