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David Asimov, of Living Oak Court, Bennett Ridge, Santa Rosa, CA, the son of the late science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, was sentenced on March 28, 2001 to six months' home detention with electronic monitoring and three years federal probation for possessing child pornography.

The US Attorney who made that deal with Asimov?  Robert S. Mueller III, who is currently Special Counsel of the United States, investigating President Trump on (phony) allegations of "Russia Collusion."

Why would Robert Mueller give such a sweetheart plea deal to one of the biggest child porn producers in California?  One wonders if Mueller was a customer?  Or did Mueller KNOW many of the customers on Asimov's distribution lists to be high-powered bigshots over whom he could use this info as leverage to further his own career?  Is that how he went from US Attorney to FBI Director?


U.S. District Court Judge Maxine M. Chesney sentenced Asimov after reviewing a series of sealed psychiatric reports, one of which was ordered by the court. Asimov was charged with four federal counts of possession of child pornography with each count carrying a five year sentence,
pleaded guilty to two counts in a plea bargain deal.

There was no forfeiture of any of Asimov's assets in this case, despite his owning a home in Santa Rosa purchased in 1996 for $375,000, and despite his receiving $3,000 per month from his father's estate.

How did Asimov, who possessed one of the largest stashes of pornography in California, skate away from federal prison? A look at the players yields the answer.

Asimov's child porn stash was so big many child victims and perpetrators would have taken a fall, had Asimov been zealously prosecuted at trial.

Asimov would probably have escaped detection, if he had not taken his personal computer to a store when its scanner and color printer malfunctioned. A technician working on the machine discovered images of children engaged in sexual acts with adults. A store supervisor contacted the police.

Asimov's case is not the only case where tips about child porn were generated by store technicians. It seems either child pornographers are stupid about fixing their computers or they are unwitting framed.

The police raided Asimov's four-bedroom home with a search warrant and discovered the largest child porn "processing center" ever discovered in California. "There were thousands of disks, thousands of videos," said Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Gary Medvigy, who personally referred to Asimov's home as a "processing center" for child pornography. "Anything imaginable regarding sex between human beings and human beings, or human beings and animals, was there. Whatever your imagination can conjure up, he had it. It was like walking into a TV studio"

Santa Rosa police seized scores of computer disks and approximately 4,000 videocassettes from Asimov's home, and approximately 1,000 of those videos contained child pornography.

Medvigy said he had evidence to show Asimov distributed child pornography through the Internet ``on at least a few occasions,'' which would constitute a felony. He said Asimov had 14 video machines arranged for high-speed editing and copying, and possessed cases of blank tapes.

In addition to the videotapes and computer disks recovered, police reportedly found video cameras, several VCRs, and a costly table-top scanner to create computer images. "He had a whole lot of editing and mass production capabilities," Santa Rosa Police officer Zamudio said. "We were greeted by thousands of tapes, disks, periodicals, and commercial videos with covers showing child pornography. We spent two days collecting, packaging, and transporting all the items."

The Sonoma County District Attorney J. Michael Mullins covered up the case, let the public believe the feds would prosecute it more thoroughly, and then passed the cover up to then-U.S. Attorney Robert S. Mueller III.

In March 1998, Asimov was arrested in Sonoma County and charged with two counts of felony exploitation of a child and possession of pornography. Asimov faced a maximum state penalty of six years.

The identity of the child whom Asimov alleged exploited was never revealed to the public. Parents and associates of the child never came forward.

Was there a secret settlement in the style of Michael Jackson? Was any effort at all made to identify the children in the tapes?

In Europe, parents who are looking for their missing children or for evidence of child abuse are allowed to view pictures of faces of children depicted in porno tapes which are seized by the police. No one in Sonoma County reported any photo arrays seized from Asimov's home being shown by the police to any parents whose children were exploited or kidnapped.

Asimov was arraigned in Sonoma County Municipal Court, with bail set at $250,000. Asimov spent a few days in jail. His lawyer Andrian said Asimov had the money to post bail, but preferred to attempt to get out on his own recognizance.

In fact, a few days later, Judge Frank Passalacqua released Asimov after having been told no local victims were identified in the porn seized from Asimov's home. Thus, within only a few days of his arrest, Asimov was released, because the police happened to know no local victims were involved. How could they have known so fast?

Obviously, the Sonoma County Court didn't care that victims who were not "local" may have been involved. Someone's child was on those tapes. "As far as local victims, we don't know of any. There are some homemade tapes,'' Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Gary Medvigy told the judge.

Why was a distinction made by the Sonoma County Judge and District Attorney regarding determining if Asimov's tapes involved "local" victims as opposed to non-local victims? What did District Attorney Mullins consider to be "local"? Within Sonoma County? Within California?

Medvigy also acknowledged to Judge Passalacqua that the investigation was still in its infancy because of the massive amount of material taken from Asimov's house. Despite the investigation being in its "infancy", Judge Passalacqua set Asimov loose. By releasing Asimov on his own recognizance, the Sonoma County Judge and prosecutor made it clear that they considered the case to be light weight. There was no pressure on Asimov to turn in any of his confederates or to spill the beans, when he was just lounging around his luxurious home, unemployed and enjoying Santa Rosa life.

Asimov was ordered released on the condition he stay away from children, computers and the Internet. The public was expected to feel safe because Passalacqua sternly told Asimov he would have to comply with a list of conditions, including observing a curfew and allowing a probation officer to search his house at any time, and would have to take random chemical tests and engage in psychological counseling.

In July 1998, before a preliminary hearing commenced which would have put the massive amount of evidence before the public, suddenly Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Gary Medvigy announced that U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco agreed to prosecute Asimov, 46, thus relieving Sonoma County of the prosecution.

Sonoma Superior Court Judge Frank Passalacqua "conditionally'' dismissed the two felony charges against Asimov related to distributing child pornography. Passalacqua stated the charges were dismissed only so federal authorities could file their case and would be reinstated in 30 days if for some reason federal authorities did not proceed.

Medvigy tried to convince the public that the reason for the dismissal was that his office was limited in its ability to investigate the sources and possible distribution of the ``enormous'' amount of child pornography found in Asimov's home. Medvigy also cited the fact that much of Asimov's porn came from the internet and involved out-of-state and international sources, which made it more appropriate for federal authorities to take over.

At this point, J. Michael Mullins apparently wanted the public to believe that the federal government was going to do a much more extensive prosecution of Asimov than Sonoma County authorities were able to do. However, Asimov's attorney shed light on the true reason for the dismissal. Chris Andrian said he believed Sonoma County prosecutors handed the case to the feds because they had weak evidence of any felony being committed.

Deputy District Attorney Medvigy stated about the dismissal, "We had hoped to show that it was not just for his personal viewing pleasure.''

U.S. Attorney Mueller delivered a sweet plea bargain

After having found thousands of images of child pornography in Asimov's "processing center", District Attorney J. Michael Mullins, washed his hands of the matter very carefully. Mullins' office and the Santa Rosa police made public statements that they spent "weeks" analyzing the pornography to determine whether Asimov was involved in production or merely possessed it for personal gratification. "I couldn't tell you if it was for personal use, national use, or international use," Medvigy said. "It's just too early to say."

Asimov was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 1999 on four counts of possessing images of child pornography. Because the grand jury transcript has not been released to the public, the public cannot determine whether evidence of distribution and sale of pornography was ever presented by the U.S. Attorney.

Did the grand jury see all 1000 videotapes of horrendous child pornography found in Asimov's home? If so, why did they only find four instances where pornography was possessed by Asimov?

Did the grand jury see any evidence that Asimov transmitted or received the pornography via the internet on his computer, or manufactured it with his cameras, 14 video machines and high tech scanner?

Who were the little children depicted on the tapes? Was the grand jury given any explanation by U.S. Attorney Mueller?

In December 1999, Asimov pleaded not guilty in federal court, and was released on his own recognizance. Again this type of release put no pressure on Asimov. Asimov enjoyed more balmy days at his Santa Rosa home.

The two previous charges in Sonoma County, included distribution of child pornography and felony exploitation of a child. The federal indictment did not include these charges, and only included lesser charges that Asimov possessed child pornography by downloading images from the Internet into his computer and onto a floppy disk.

The federal charges also included the possession of one videocassette and one foreign magazine with images of children engaged in sex acts.

Each of the four federal counts carried a potential sentence of five years in prison.

In the summer of 1999, U.S. Attorney Mueller engaged in plea deal with Asimov, by dropping two counts.

At this point, Asimov and his attorney were close to obtaining a sentence which would not involve prison or forfeiture of assets.

Did Mueller drop the ball on the Asimov case - or did he deliberately ditch the case to cover things up?

Because of the sealed grand jury testimony and sealed evidence, the public will never know the details about the one thousand of images of child pornography Asimov used and created and stored.

The public is expected to believe that Asimov never distributed any of this pornography.

From whom did he obtain this pornography? No public evidentiary hearings were ever held.

Mueller did a good job protecting child pornographers in California.

Judge Maxine Chesney let Asimov skate federal prison by using psychiatric evidence as a basis for the sentence.

Ultimately, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney gave Asimov an incredibly light sentence. No prison.

The plea bargain limited her sentencing options, yet she still could have sent Asimov to prison for several years. Instead, she took the road laid out for her by various psychiatrists.

Asimov's attorney Andrian hired psychiatrists to examine his client. Then Judge Chesney, herself, appointed a psychiatrist to examine Asimov. Apparently, the psychiatric reports about Asimov and all his problems were somewhat convincing, or at least established a basis in the record for such a light sentence. The public will never know. These reports are sealed.

Judge Chesney was nominated by Senator Diane Feinstein and is the wife of former San Francisco Superior Court Judge Edward Stern.

Judge Chesney served on the San Francisco Superior Court Bench prior to her appointment.

It is clear that Judge Chesney by this sentencing decision has signaled that public that even the biggest pornography processor in California can walk free on the streets. ASIMOV'S LAWYER CHRIS ANDRIAN PLAYED HIS CARDS WELL FOR HIS CLIENT, AS DIRTY AS THOSE CARDS WERE.

Early in the case, Asimov's lawyer Chris Andrian, who has represented many child molesters in Northern California, promoted the theory that his client was a reclusive man. After his sentencing, Andrian said Asimov's arrest made him "look inside himself and try to figure out how he got there," even before Judge Chesney ordered counseling.

The following are various statements made by Andrian throughout the Asimov case.  Andrian said:

* "My take on the guy is that he's a reclusive introvert. If he did any of this it was in the confines of his own home ... It may have been a fantasy world.'' (At the time of Asimov's arrest.)

* "There's no evidence he sold or distributed to any third person." (When Judge Passalacqua dismissed the Sonoma County case against Asimov.)

* Andrian said he believes only a fraction of the material seized by police contains child pornography and many of the videos are for classic TV fare such as ``I Love Lucy'' and `Leave it to Beaver.'' Andrian said he already has hired a local psychologist to evaluate Asimov. He said so far, he has not seen any evidence that his client was involved in distributing or intending to distribute child pornography, even though that is one of the two felonies charged against him. (Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat - when Asimov was released on his own recognizance in Santa Rosa.)

* Andrian described David Asimov as a reclusive, introverted man, who has never been married and has no children. Asimov is not wealthy, he said, and gets a $3,000 monthly stipend from his father's estate. (Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat - when Asimov was arraigned in federal court.)

* Andrian said he has seen limited police reports, but ``he (Asimov) doesn't strike me as in the business of proliferating stuff to others.''|

* Andrian said Asimov gets ``a stipend,'' but said he did not know the amount.

* "I don't know of any evidence that he's selling it (child pornography) anywhere. I don't know that he needs to.''

* "I don't think they ever uncovered any evidence of intent to duplicate or disseminate (child pornography) to any third person. If they had, it would have been charged in federal court.''

* "In the worst-case scenario, if they prove their case, the guy is a consumer, not a producer.''

* Andrian disputes that the amount of child porn was that high, saying Asimov was a collector of all types of videos, including classic TV fare such as ``Ozzie and Harriet'' and ``My Three Sons.'' (Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat.)

* "I want to believe (Asimov) can put this behind him, that he learned his lesson and knows it's not appropriate.''

U.S. Attorney Mueller, District Attorney J. Michael Mullins, the Santa Rosa Police, the FBI and U.S. District Court Judge Maxine Chesney all taught Mr. Asimov his lesson. They also taught a lesson to the children depicted in Asimov's 1000 video tapes, who suffered during the making of these brutal sexual exploitation tapes.

These children, unlike Asimov, will not be able to put this matter behind them. Their fate, if they are still alive, makes Asimov's six-month sentence of six months of sitting at his home with an electronic monitoring bracelet on his ankle, look like a day at the beach.

Hal Turner Commentary

When I first found out about this situation many months ago, I began investigating.  During the course of that investigation, strange things were found.

This story initially broke DURING my August 1 radio show.  I often break stories on my radio show; stories the mass-media simply will not cover, which is why YOU should listen to my show every Wednesday night from 9:00-11:00 PM!  Back to the facts . . .

1) The FEDERAL Grand Jury records of THIS PARTICULAR case are not where they are supposed to be.  Every other case on the court docket is there, just none of the files from THIS case.

2) All the records from the local California Police who effected the first arrest, and the local District Attorney's office, were allegedly sent to the feds.  Those records are completely unaccounted for.  The FBI and Justice Department have no idea where those records are.

I then began reaching out for the Officers involved in the case.  Those from the local police department, others who had worked for the District Attorney's office and some former federal agents.

During that process, I became aware that among those investigators who are still living, there were personal copies made of certain reports.

Copies of reports that were turned over to the feds and subsequently became "unaccounted for."

Certain persons took it upon themselves at the time to make copies of certain files and they kept those copies all these years.

There was a Distribution/Mailing list in Asimov's home. It appears to have been a sort of CUSTOMER LIST; who liked what type of porn and where to send it.

That list was seized during the initial search of the home.  The list has lots of names and mailing addresses on it.  Some of those names are very recognizable.  Some of the addresses are confirmed former addresses of the same very recognizable people.

I will not disclose if I was given a copy or scanned image of a copy of that distribution list but I will say this: Certain people in VERY HIGH PLACES TODAY, have a lot to worry about.

I also reached out to sources in the federal government to see about recordings or transcripts of the federal Grand Jury proceedings, which are secret.

Federal Grand Jury proceedings at the time were manually typed by court reporter using a steno machine.

Those steno machines used a narrow paper sleeve which was later transcribed into regular text.  

All the regular text transcripts/reports are not in the filing location they should be.  

I will not say if the original steno machine Roll is still in the possession of anyone, or if another transcript has been produced from that original steno roll.

I will say this: Robert S. Mueller, III seems to have a problem.  A BIG problem.

I think it  worth saying that I am not suicidal and do not use drugs.  I have NO HEALTH ISSUES, no diseases, no high blood pressure, no clogged arteries.  So if I suddenly turn up dead, it's not natural.

I have taken steps to distribute to other colleagues, information I may have on this story.  Even if I suddenly die, this story will still get out.  

There will be further reporting on this topic.

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    Jane Duncan · 15:08 08/02/2018
    thank you, Hal! Broadcasts at 4am here so always have to download it
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    Jane Duncan · 13:07 08/02/2018
    Can anyone point me to the link for last nights' radio show...always look forward to it on a Thursday and cant find it!
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    Charles Casaburi · 13:00 08/02/2018
    I have been a Washington watcher for a long time whenever anybody is praised to the moon as a paragon of virtue by everybody in Washington you know the guy is a total dirtbag
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    Reginald Fischer · 12:00 08/02/2018
    Our government and entertainment industry are infested with pedophile satanists. Absolutely disgusting and evil.
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    Edwitness · 10:54 08/02/2018
    Are you saying that the low level people who have been arrested are being arrested to get them to turn more evidence over to prosecutors? With all this evidence from this case why don't they take down all these high level sickos now? Stop dragging your feet Trump. Get these guys if you're going to. Otherwise there is something bad going on in this White House too.
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    Nochip4me · 10:10 08/02/2018
    I would wager that most of the people who work in Washington DC and Hollywood have been "compromised".

    Most if not all of them are in on this child sex pedophilia, spirit cooking, using Adrenochrome (human child form), slave trade and human harvesting.

    The fish rots from the head down and our last five Presidents and their administrative heads have all been involved in one way or another with this perverse corruption.

    Trump trying to fight this is like trying to drain a swamp as big as the Pacific Ocean with monsters that would make Moby Dick look like a cakewalk.

    Jimmy Rochester N.y. has the right idea, all these "elite" satanic possessed perverts need to be hung.
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    Chilly8 · 02:28 08/02/2018
    This would have been before 2003, when a mandatory 5 year prison term for Child Porn was enacted into law under the Protect Act.
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    Whitey Bulger Uraniu · 02:23 08/02/2018
    An early example of Mueller covering for his masters; a trend that would continue indefinitely.

    When does it end? Trump is not our last chance, he is THEIR absolute last chance for this to end relatively peacefully.
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    Jimmy Rochester N.y · 01:52 08/02/2018
    Hal you know they are sick people why they do this crap is beyond me.however the only way to cure that situation is with a rope around the neck whacking them in the private parts with a base ball bat.

    That is the only way to cure a child molester in my book.The only problem here in Rochester N.y in Monroe county alone there are over 5,000 sex offenders on the registry here 25% are level one 25 % are level two and Level three there are 50% most of them considered Predicated sex offender.

    Every so often I place on my news blog that a sex offender is arrested because they fail to register or fail to update photo or fail to update there information.

    One Sex offender We deal with is a Raymond Dumas Level 3 Predicated sex offender he on Facebook and on twitter and on Myspace and Instagram and a few others. I send out notice about this guy to all the social media as soon as a parent see it they Block him. Im trying to make it safe for kids But I deal with local media here that give me crap saying that illegal to post about sex offender and i say not it not and tell them to f off.

    im with you hal on this story
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