Interesting book on prosecutorial overreach and political power able to crush anyone who challenges it. I am sure anti-Trumpers will read this book and say Papadopoulos got off easy and should have fried for his "crimes", but anyone with a semblance of integrity can understands how this weapon can be used against all of us, will see that misstating a date or email without the advent of having them in-front of you would be almost impossible. Try it. Think back of a customer meeting or meeting with someone and try to remember details about that meeting after a year or more. It would be almost impossible.
Papadopoulos was an ambitious, young, politico that was obvious looking to increase his clout. His "business" is one that puts him at risk from these types of situations. I would not want to be in his role at the time for no amount of money. Now after the Mueller investigation came back with a no collusion decision, I think Papadopoulos' record should be scrubbed.
I feel Trump will pardon him and have his record expunged. That would be the right thing. Sadly, the Left would blow that out of proportion. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but anyone with half an ounce of integrity will see that the discrimination against Republicans both in the media and by the public is unprecedented. I continue to say that in order to normalize this culture of hate towards a specific group , we need to make political affiliation a "protected class". Any attack against someone because of said association, would be tried as a hate crime. Although I do not like regulations, most laws, political parties, and have even railed agains "hate crimes" as they are crimes and should be treated as such, I do not see another way out. Sadly, this behaviors is akin to that of race wars which if you look back in history is a hallmark for one of the political parties.
The book takes you through the 2 year whirlwind of an International Foreign Affair guy associated to a Presidential Campaign. It reads as a novel with hints of cloak and dagger, Presidential Campaigns, law enforcement overreach and a love story all rolled up.
The book is well written and was engaging. I am sure Papadopoulos wishes he had all the details in this book during the FBI meeting. The one takeaway here is NEVER SPEAK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY, AN ATTORNEY YOU TRUST. If you are unclear which should be anything they ask since they have the advent of planning the question well in advance, should be "I am not sure" or "I cannot recall".
I truly hope we get to the bottom of this flagrant overreach of power and corruption so that we can feel more comfortable in helping FBI and other LOE without fear of ourselves being caught up in it.
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Diversion Books (March 26, 2019)