Daily Check-In 12/08/2017

It’s Friday, and I’m still fighting this cold.  And the cold.  But, the world doesn’t stop because I’m sick.  So, time to take a shot of DayQuil, and time to get to brass tacks.

Let’s get ready for the NEWS DUMP!

RUSSIAN MIDEAST NUCLEAR PROJECT BRINGS COLLUSION AND TREASON INTO FOCUS

Part of removing sanctions on Russia was a proposed project of building many nuclear reactors in the Middle East.

Russian companies would build the reactors, and the United States would use the military to secure the locations.

This project would be the first step in the recolonization of the Middle East.

Nuclear reactors are VERY expensive. Several billion dollars per reactor, and they can generate many times their worth in revenue over their lives.

This is a Trillion Dollar Deal. Sounds like a lot of motivation for some people to sell out their country.

AL FRANKEN TO RESIGN FROM SENATE

This hurts. I like Al, and he’s been one hell of a fighter against Trump.

The good side of this story is that it means that the Democrats are the party of Integrity. They have the moral high ground, and will make each and every Republican answer questions about Trump and Moore.

He may be the first, but he won’t be the last. GOP Representative Trent Franks is resigning immediately over sexual harassment claims, and there are rumors that many more are under fire.

MORE THAN 70 PERCENT OF STEELE DOSSIER IS ACCURATE

Yep. The Dossier is Human Intelligence, which can be a little shaky. Think of it like the first draft of a screenplay. The basic plot points are there, but details need worked out.

TRUMP NAMES JERUSALEM ISRAELI CAPITAL, VIOLENCE BREAKS OUT

MATTIS, TILLERSON OPPOSED JERUSALEM MOVE

These two are related. Trump wants to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, against the wishes of EVERYONE WITH A BRAIN.

MORE UNDISCLOSED RUSSIAN EMAILS TO AND FROM DONNIE JR

Donnie’s about to have a really bad holiday, what with lying to Congress and the FBI.

WIKILEAKS UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

In other news, water is wet. But it’s nice to hear it in the MSM.

RUSSIAN SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE WANTED TO HELP TRUMP IN 2016 ON RUSSIAN SOCIAL MEDIA

Think about this for a moment. Who does this benefit?

EVEN MORE ALL-TIME LOW POLLING NUMBERS

32 percent job approval. Some forms of Cancer have higher approval rates.

Nixon left office at 27 percent.

GP’S FIANCEE SAW MAILS WITH FLYNN, BANNON

Two big takeaways from this story.

George Papadopoulos is punching WAY above his weight class. She is out of his league by quite a bit.

She has seen emails between George Papadopoulos, Mike Flynn, and Steve Bannon.

FBI APPROACHED HOPE HICKS ABOUT RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT TRUMP

Way to bury the lede there, Me.

Hope Hicks, the former model and PA for Trump, now serving as White House Communications Director, interviewed with Mueller’s team for two days recently.

One of the subjects covered was the FBI repeatedly talking to Hope about Russian Intelligence contacts reaching out to Trump and the Campaign/Transition Team.

Notice how I said she was his PA? Personal Assistants often do many crap jobs, including reading and replying to emails. She was the one relaying Trump’s messages and doing the typing for him.

These mails were under surveillance in one way or another, so the FBI knows if she replied, what she replied with, and to whom.

They know. Is she smart enough to save herself, or is she so loyal to Trump that she’s willing to go to prison for him?

That’s it for today. If you get a chance, check out Rachel Maddow’s special on the Steele Dossier.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

-Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 12/06/2017

It’s Wednesday, and I’ve been under the weather the past few days.  Hell, I’m still sick as a dog, so this week will be light on updates, but that doesn’t mean that the world stops.

Here’s a few of the bigger events from the past weekend, and up to today.

GOP PASSES TAX BILL

TRUMP ADMITS TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE ON TWITTER, THEN HIS LAWYER TRIES TO SAY IT WAS HIM WHO WROTE IT FROM TRUMP’S ACCOUNT ON A SATURDAY MORNING.

LATER, JOHN DOWD (LAWYER FROM ABOVE) SAYS THAT A PRESIDENT CAN’T OBSTRUCT JUSTICE.

EMAILS SHOW THAT FLYNN DID NOT ACT ALONE

KREMLIN TRIED TO CREATE BACKCHANNEL TIES TO TRUMP CAMPAIGN THROUGH NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION

TRUMP DIRECTED RNC TO CHANGE UKRAINE POLICIES

TRUMP BENEFITED FROM PENTAGON RENTING APARTMENT IN TRUMP TOWER

MANAFORT COULD HAVE BAIL REVOKED AFTER WRITING OP-ED WITH KNOWN RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE AGENT

HERE’S A LINK TO THE OP-ED

MIKE PENCE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED

MUELLER SUBPOENAED DEUTSCHE BANK FOR TRUMP FINANCIAL RECORDS

RUSSIAN ANTI-DOPING HEAD DIES OF “RUSSIAN HEART ATTACK” FOLLOWING THEIR OLYMPIC BAN

REZA ZARRAB MIGHT BE PUT IN WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM

MUELLER’S TEAM WORKING HARD TO GET RICK GATES TO FLIP ON PAUL MANAFORT, MAY USE SUPERSEDING INDICTMENTS ON HIM

THE STORY OF GP’S ARREST.

TIME PERSON OF YEAR: THE SILENCE BREAKERS

TRUMP ENDORSES ROY MOORE

WHISTLEBLOWER APPROACHED MUELLER IN JUNE WITH FLYNN TEXT MESSAGES AND WARNINGS ABOUT NUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT

FIRST ATTEMPT AT AN IMPEACHMENT VOTE

 

That’s what happened over the last few days.   At least, that’s what I’ve got so far.  Hopefully, I’ll be back to semi-normal in the next couple days.  But, out of everything, the biggest takeaway from the weekend is this…

Donald Trump’s legal team has changed the narrative again.  They are no longer arguing that he didn’t obstruct justice or collude with Russia, but that they aren’t crimes.

Aside from being completely laughable, this argument tacitly implies that Donald Trump and his team did those things.  They’re not saying “He didn’t obstruct justice, and it isn’t a crime.”  They’re saying “A President can’t obstruct justice.”  Those are two different arguments.

The next biggest thing to happen is the acknowledgement that Mueller has Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank.  That bank recently was hit with nearly half a billion dollars in fines for laundering Russian money for many years, and it’s interesting to note that they continue to do business with Donald Trump, even after he sued the bank after defaulting on a loan.  No one else will work with Trump, but DBank keeps giving him money.  Could it be that DBank is receiving matching funds from VEB, VTB, or other Russian banks, and Deutsche Bank is merely the front-facing company in the loan?

Finally, there was an interesting spike in Mike Pence stories in the last few days.  He’s been flying under the radar the last few months, apparently trying to keep his neck clean.  But I noticed something about the stories that were floating around about him.  A general theme.

Pence ratted out his fraternity brothers for having a beer keg in the house.  Pence offered to take over the top spot on the ticket for the RNC on a ticket with him and Condeleeza Rice.  Pence’s wife hates Trump.  Pence sees himself as destined by God to become the President.  Pence continuously made false statements about Mike Flynn’s role in the Transition Team.

There’s a theme, and that is that Mike Pence can’t be trusted.  At least, Trump can’t trust Pence.

This creates a problem for Trump, who is already paranoid AF.  Pence is the one person he can’t fire in the Executive Branch.  There is no statute, provision, or policy on the books which allows for a VP to be removed from office, except by resignation or the impeachment process.  With Trump’s increasing paranoia, these stories build to two possible conclusions.

Pence is angling for Trump’s job, and the only way that Trump can protect himself is to attack Pence.

If I were to wargame this out, Trump attacking Pence on Twitter has a strong likelihood of bringing down the Republican Party as we see it, and creating the split into two parties that I’ve alluded to in The Multi-Party System.

Still, it’s pretty unlikely, but this is 2017, the Hold-My-Beer year.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

GTKYG – Chain of Succession

Welcome back to the “Get to Know Your Government” series.  Today, I want to talk about a subject that might not be known by too many people outside of history buffs and Constitutional Law scholars, but that I feel will be heading to the forefront of conversation in 2018.

The American Presidential Chain of Succession.

As I covered in GTKYG-Presidential Removal Processes, there are a few ways that a presidency can end prematurely.  When that happens, the Vice President assumes the role of President, and under the powers granted to them under the Second Section of the Twenty Fifth Amendment, they are allowed to nominate their choice for Vice President.  This happened when Gerald Ford assumed the presidency following Richard Nixon’s resignation.

But, how far does the chain of succession go?  What if there were a situation where multiple people died at once, or were removed from office?  What happens then?

In that case, it goes down the line to then person in the chain.

Following the President and Vice President, the Speaker of the House is third in line. The Speaker is the elected head of the House of Representatives.  That position is currently held by Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin.

After them, it’s the President pro tempore of the Senate.  This position is an honorary one, awarded to the Senator who has served the longest in the Senate.  Currently, that position is held by Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah.

If, by some chance, all four of these people are unable to assume the presidency, or turn it down, the chain of succession goes through the Cabinet, by order that the position was created, starting with Secretary of State, Treasury, Defense, Attorney General (the original four positions from Washington’s first Cabinet), then through the rest of the positions, in the order that they were added.

CHAIN OF SUCCESSION

Below is a list of those positions, those mentioned above and the Cabinet positions, along with who is in the position, and their party affiliation, if available.  OPEN represents that the position is not currently filled, or has an acting head who has not yet been confirmed by the Senate.

  1. President Donald Trump (R)
  2. Vice President Mike Pence (R)
  3. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R)
  4. President pro tempore Orrin Hatch (R)
  5. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R)
  6. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin (R)
  7. Secretary of Defense James Mattis (I)
  8. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)
  9. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (R)
  10. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue (R)
  11. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (R)
  12. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta (R)
  13. Secretary of Health and Human Services OPEN
  14. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson (R)
  15. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (R) NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PRESIDENT
  16. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
  17. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
  18. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin (I)
  19. Secretary of Homeland Security OPEN

If, and I mean IF, by some infinitesimal chance that everyone in the list above is not able to assume the office of President, then the chain would go through Congress, in order of the leadership bodies first (Majority Leaders, Minority Leaders, Majority Whip, etc.), then through each person in order of their tenure in office.

THE DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

I’m not talking about the ABC show with Keifer Sutherland, but the idea that the show is based off of.

Before any joint session of Congress where the President, Vice President, and Cabinet get together, one member of the Cabinet is chosen to spend the event in a bunker somewhere.  They’re taken to a non-disclosed, secure location, where they’re kept under guard.  This is in case the unthinkable happens.

In case the Capitol is attacked, and everyone inside is killed.

If that were to happen, then the Designated Survivor would be sworn in as President, and they would be tasked with restaffing and rebuilding the government.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

It’s important to understand how things work, especially the government.  If something falls apart, we need to know how it can be fixed.

Really?  Ok, here’s why…

We are in uncharted waters with the Russian Investigation.  I’ve written many times about how many people are tied up with Russia, or have their own looming legal troubles.  There is an above zero percent chance that multiple people in the chain of succession could be indicted at once.

Here’s the list again, along with why they might not be able to, or interested in, taking the presidency.

  1. President Donald Trump (R) – Russia, RICO, Obstruction Investigations
  2. Vice President Mike Pence (R) – Russia and Flynn
  3. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) – Russia, Money laundering at RNC
  4. President pro tempore Orrin Hatch (R) – Clean, but REALLY OLD
  5. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) – NY Fraud Investigations, Russia
  6. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin (R) – Abuse of Public Trust, Taxpayer Funded Trips
  7. Secretary of Defense James Mattis (I)
  8. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) – Russia
  9. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (R) – Abuse of Public Trust, Taxpayer Funded Trips
  10. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue (R)
  11. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (R) – Russia, tied to Putin family in Paradise Papers, Money Laundering ties with Paul Manafort
  12. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta (R)
  13. Secretary of Health and Human Services OPEN
  14. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson (R)
  15. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (R) NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PRESIDENT – Immigrants are not eligible for the Presidency.
  16. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry – Abuse of Public Trust, Taxpayer Funded Trips
  17. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos – Russia.
  18. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin (I) – Abuse of Public Trust, Taxpayer Funded Trips
  19. Secretary of Homeland Security OPEN

The craziest of the rumors I’ve heard have Trump, Pence, and Ryan all being indicted and/or removed from office at once.  If that happens, then Orrin Hatch would be the next in line, but he’s 83 years old, has hinted at retirement, and reportedly might have dementia or Alzheimer’s.  After him, the next clean person in the list is Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense.

Is it likely that we end up with President Jim Mattis?  No.  It’s not impossible, but highly unlikely.  This is one of those crazy scenarios that just isn’t likely to happen.  Then again, I said the same thing about Trump becoming President.

BREAKING THE CHAIN

There is one other part to keep in mind.  Remember when I said earlier that if the Vice President becomes the President, they get to choose their own Vice President?

That could come in to play, and could be used to elevate someone up the chain, especially if there is some kind of Quid Pro Quo in place to provide a stable transition of power.

Let’s face it, Mike Pence is likely to become the 46th President of the United States, and it will happen before 2020.  If it has to happen, I’d rather it happen late next year.  Under the 22nd Amendment, if a Vice President serves more than half of their predecessors term, they can only run for election once.  If they serve less than two years of a term, then they could run for two terms.  If it’s late enough in the year, he won’t be able to cause too much harm, and will be stuck in his own legal quagmire with Russia.

Assuming Mike Pence comes to power, he would get to choose his own Vice President, pending approval of both houses of Congress.  One of the rumors I’ve heard would have him choosing a “safe” choice that would serve as a place holder while he’s going through his own legal mess.  Someone who’s integrity isn’t under question, and knows the lay of the land.

And that’s how we could possibly end up with President James Mattis.

Daily Check-In 12/01/2017

Friday. Remember how I said something big was coming?

FLYNN FLIPPED

December 1, 2017:  The man who led the “Lock Her Up” chants in the Trump Campaign Rallies pleads guilty to lying to the FBI as part of a plea deal to keep his son from facing espionage charges.

Mike Flynn was arrested and charged with one count of lying to the FBI. This is in lieu of other charges, and dependent on his cooperation with the Special Counselor.

Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI during an interview in January about two meetings he had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in December 2016. Those meetings were being monitored by the IC. It didn’t take long for them to catch him in a lie.

Flynn testified today that he spoke to Kislyak under orders from a senior member of the Presidential Transition Team.

Flynn is fully cooperating in exchange for a reduced sentence for him and his son. If he holds out in any way, then Mueller will ruin him and his son.

I mentioned in Flipping Flynn how many people are at risk, and how bad Mueller can destroy Flynn. But understand one thing…

Flipping is like fishing, and the cooperating witness is the bait. You don’t flip a big fish to get little fish. You use them to get a bigger fish.

Who’s the bigger fish than Mike Flynn?

Jared Kushner

Donnie Jr., maybe the rest of the family

Vice President Mike Pence

President Donald Trump

If I were one of them, I’d be shitting a brick right now.

They were blindsided by this. No one is leaking. The White House found out about Flynn’s guilty plea by watching the news.

I wonder how they’ll find out about the next series of indictments.

By the way, Flynn was FEATHERS13.

FEATHERS14 and 15 are airborne. Happy Hunting.

Trump Transition Team.

Leadership

The Trump transition team was led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. It originally had six vice-chairs, which was expanded on November 29, 2016 to thirteen vice-chairs: Ben Carson, Chris Christie (previously head of the transition from May 2016 through election day), Michael Flynn (incoming National Security Advisor), Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Jeff Sessions (incoming Attorney General), with the addition of K. T. McFarland (incoming Deputy National Security Advisor), Gov. Mary Fallin, Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (previously on the executive committee), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Tom Reed, and outgoing Rep. Cynthia Lummis.[74][75][76]

That’s the list of official leadership of the Transition Team, with the following people making up the Executive Committee

  •     Steve Bannon, Trump campaign CEO; named Counselor to the President on November 13
  •     Rep. Lou Barletta
  •     Rep. Marsha Blackburn (moved to vice-chair)
  •     Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
  •     Rep. Chris Collins
  •     Rep. Tom Marino
  •     Rebekah Mercer – director of the Mercer Family Foundation and daughter of major Trump (and Cruz) donor Robert Mercer.
  •     Steven Mnuchin — former partner at Goldman Sachs,[77] incoming Secretary of the Treasury
  •     Rep. Devin Nunes
  •     Reince Priebus — Republican National Committee chairman; named incoming White House Chief of Staff on November 13
  •     Anthony Scaramucci — Hedge-fund manager and founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, formerly at Goldman Sachs
  •     Peter Thiel – Co-founder of PayPal, now a venture capitalist involved in several groups including Clarium Capital and Founders Fund.[78]
  •     Donald Trump Jr.
  •     Eric Trump
  •     Ivanka Trump
  •     Jared Kushner, businessman; husband of Ivanka Trump

Additional executive committee members added on November 29, 2016:

  •     Rep. Sean Duffy
  •     Rep. Trey Gowdy
  •     Rep. Dennis Ross
  •     Pastor Darrell C. Scott
  •     Kiron Skinner

Most of the people here are likely sleeping fitfully tonight.

Shit, another thing, the lawyers that filed this are Zainab Ahmad and Brandon Van Grack. She is THE EXPERT on flipping defendants against their co-conspirators, and he’s THE EXPERT on espionage cases.

Flynn’s plea doesn’t explicitly prevent him from being prosecuted for other crimes, either. They have him on a microscopic leash.

Other stuff happened today, like the GOP trying to ram through their tax plan that only benefits rich people and will cause a recession at best. There’s only one way to cover everything else…

SPEED ROUND!

That’s it for today. I think. I’ll write something this weekend that is a bit more focused. I think it’s time to explain how the Chain of Succession works. Maybe even something on the Justice League.

Take a deep breath this weekend. I don’t know where things go next, but we are living history, and we all need to take a step back, see what is important, and what’s worth fighting for.

Then, get back in the fight. It’s time to save Democracy.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 11/30/2017

It’s the end of November. I wonder if the month will end on a quiet note…

NOPE!

Trump Asked Senators to End Russian Investigation

Over the Summer of 2017, Trump repeatedly asked Senators Richard Burr, Mitch McConnell, and Roy Blunt, and others to find a way to swiftly end the Russian Investigation.

This isn’t a “sources say” or “it was told to us”.

RICHARD BURR WENT ON THE FUCKING RECORD!

So did Mitch McConnell and Roy Blunt.

Other Republican Senators also had similar conversations, but none of them went on the record. Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham are likely on that list.

The excuse they gave to cover for Trump was “He didn’t know, he’s new at this.”

Bullshit. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, and he’s in deep shit BECAUSE he asked the Director of the FBI to do the EXACT SAME THING!

This is textbook Obstruction of Justice, at least with corrupt intent.

Here’s the list of people he asked to end the Russian Investigation:

  • FBI Director James Comey
  • Senator Richard Burr
  • Senator Roy Blunt
  • Senator Mitch McConnell
  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates
  • NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers
  • CIA Director Mike Pompeo

Mercer Funded Project Veritas

The billionaire Mercer family has been funding Project Veritas, in direct violation of the groups filing as a non-political non-profit.

As if any further proof was needed, there is a direct line between James O’Keefe, Donald Trump, Robert Mercer, and Steve Bannon.

Creating propaganda for someone partaking in espionage is itself an extension of espionage, and is a capital offense.

Phillips from PV Attempted to Infiltrate Washington Post for Months

Speaking of Project Veritas, Jaime Phillips tried for months to get dirt on any journalist she could, and attempted to befriend several members of the Washington Post, each under different aliases.

This isn’t just a one-time op, this was an ongoing act of aggression and fraud, and she should be punished accordingly.

White House Leaks Plan to Replace SecState Tillerson with CIA Director Pompeo

Pompeo is a good little sycophant, and this is their attempt to embarrass Rex into quitting.

Erdogan Authorized Iran Gold Scheme

Yep.

Here is a blow by blow of Zarrab’s testimony. It’s a How-To guide on laundering money using gold.

Maddow Clip with 19 Russian Contacts

From Wednesday Night.

Trump Administration Mulls Privatizing Intelligence

Team Trump is floating the idea of using a private company for various Intelligence tasks like counterterrorism efforts, rendition, and covert operations that may fall outside the definition of legal.

In other words, Trump’s personal Secret Police.

Several IC officials said this plan has no chance of getting off the ground.

One piece of the article struck me pretty hard, though.

Amyntor Group is a reclusive company headquartered in Whitefish, Montana, a town of 6,500 residents that recently gained notoriety after a company based there won, then lost, a $300 million contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid. There is no known relationship between the two companies.

Whitefish, Montana. Home of Whitefish Energy and Ryan Zinke.

Old Golf Interview Brings Back Shady Stuff About Trump, Epstein

There is some truly disturbing things in the article, aside from calling a passerby “First Rate Pussy.”

Trump was waiting for his buddy Jeffrey Epstein to show up, and he made some comments about him liking younger girls. He shows up in tow with a girl who is obviously underage, but dressed up to look older.

Nothing happened on the plane with the reporters present, but they did note it was creepy AF.

Epstein has been accused of running a child prostitution ring, and is a convicted sex offender.

From the Archive: Trump and Human Trafficking

Speaking of human trafficking, here is a story that got lost in the noise last year.

Roger Stone’s Time in the Barrel Coming Soon

SPOILER: He was working with the Russians.

Republican Donors Skittish about Giving Donations

Maybe because they can’t get anything to pass?

Scarborough: Trump has Early Stages of Dementia

White House staff told Joe this, which I’m torn about.

On the one hand, dementia is a terrible disease that I’ve witnessed first hand and would only wish on the worst of the worst, like Donald Trump. I used to say no one, but there are some truly evil people in the world, and he’s one of them. The thought of him losing his mind and shitting his pants as his kids ignore him fills me with glee.

On the other, I want him to stay lucid long enough to see his entire world collapse around him, and watch his empire torn down, brick by brick.

Best case scenario, both happen. He keeps his mind long enough to watch everything fall apart, and loses his mind in prison.

That’s it for Thursday. And Friday is looking to be frigging HUGE. Not just a normal news dump, either. The Rumor Mill is a little too happy for a day with a bunch of doom and gloom. They see that much of this is projection.

I’m going to try to get Friday’s post finished on Friday. Not only do I have a lot on my plate this weekend, but I’ve got a feeling I want to see what happens.

EDIT: As of Friday Morning, Mike Flynn is under arrest. More as that develops.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 11/29/2017

Wednesday. But I’m writing this on Thursday.

Jared Kushner Met With Mueller’s Team About Flynn

It is being reported that earlier this month, Jared Kushner met with the Special Counselor’s team for about 90 minutes. The main focus of the interview was Mike Flynn, and most of the questions looked to see if Jared knew anything that might exonerate him over the December meeting in Trump Tower.

I wonder if this evidence would be presented to a Grand Jury.

Mike Flynn Grand Jury Postponed

Well, this is getting interesting. Mueller suspended a Grand Jury looking into Mike Flynn, immediately after rumors of a plea deal break.

The only reasons to do that are if they are no longer required because there is no more investigation, or so much new evidence came in that the investigators need time to parse through it all.

Either way, it doesn’t look good for Trump.

Donnie Jr. Testified Before House Intelligence Committee Behind Closed Doors

This testimony is mostly about unanswered questions from the June 9 meeting, as well as his links to Julian Assange. Hopefully we’ll get a transcript soon.

Maryland and DC AG’s Get Subpoena Power in Trump Emoluments Lawsuit

This is for one of the three emoluments lawsuits against Trump. Or is it four? I’m losing count.

Reza Zarrab used Rudy Giuliani to negotiate extradition deal

Rudy was Reza’s lawyer when he was first arrested and extradited to the United States. They attempted to negotiate a deal with Turkey for a deal that would send him there.

Reza Zarrab is a money launderer who pled guilty to violating sanctions with Iran, and has ties to Mike Flynn.

Trump Retweeted Anti-Muslim Videos from Britain First, a Right-Wing Fascist Party who Loves Putin

In today’s Outrage Du Jour, Trump retweeted racist videos against Muslims from Britain First, a political party in the U.K. that is extremely racist and fascist.

Of course, last year they posted several articles about how great Vladimir Putin’s regime is, and how great he is.

Those posts were removed from the site recently, but are still available to be seen, if one knows where to look.

Trump is Delusional

It’s an opinion piece, but as more and more people recognize it, the scarier things will feel.

Hatch Act Violation Case Opened Against Kellyanne Conway

The Cryptkeeper’s Wife is under investigation for campaigning for a political candidate from an official position in the White House.

Hopefully this ends poorly for her.

Nearly Half a Million Pro-Repeal FCC Comments Came From Russian Emails

More evidence of Russians screwing with our freedom.

People are getting Robocalled about Derogatory Posts Against Trump

This one is a little creepy, and more aggravating than anything else.

That’s it for today. Things are ramping up in the Russian Investigation, even if it doesn’t look like it. We’re now getting confirmation from the MSM of the Special Counselor and Congress talking to family members. In seven months, there are three confirmed arrests, a plea deal that likely produced at least four indictments, and another plea deal in the works.

Justice is slow, but will be served.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 11/28/2017

Tuesday’s News, on Wednesday.

TRUMP TRIED TO LIFT RUSSIAN SANCTIONS BACK IN JANUARY

The Economist wrote a good piece on how White House staffers leaked Trump’s intentions to remove Russian sanctions to members of Congress. This panic led the Senate staffers to craft a law preventing Trump from doing that, pretty much the only piece of bipartisan legislation passed this year.

LEAKED BANK DOCUMENTS CONNECT JARED KUSHNER TO RUSSIAN BANKS

Jared Kushner is in the Paradise Papers. One of his startups, which he didn’t include in his security clearance background check, has ties to a Russian bank under sanctions with the United States.

Funny how he only forgot the incriminating pieces from his SF-86.

MUELLER TO INTERVIEW WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL McGAHN

Don McGahn is the White House Counselor who spoke to Sally Yates about Mike Flynn, and gave notes on Comey’s firing letter. He is in it up to his neck.

REZA ZARRAB PLEADS GUILTY TO VIOLATING IRAN SANCTIONS

Reza was the money launderer that Turkey wanted Mike Flynn to release from US custody. He has been seen working with Mueller’s team, and this could be part of a plea deal.

MUELLER POSSIBLY INVESTIGATING FLYNN’S TIME AT DIA

BuzzFeed filed a Freedom of Information Act request for details on Mike Flynn’s time at the DIA. The response they received was … interesting.

They couldn’t release the requested info because it was involved in an ongoing criminal investigation.

Not something one would expect from an HR file.

MANAFORT ASSOCIATES MEET WITH MANHATTAN DA

Between 10 and 20 business associates of Paul Manafort were formally interviewed by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

Expect to see state charges levied at every player in the game, especially Paul Manafort. Remember, Presidential Pardons don’t work on state charges.

TRUMP, SLAVE LABOR, AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Trump was involved in a lawsuit where he used Polish immigrants making less than half of minimum wage sued over unsafe working conditions in the workplace. That was during the construction of Trump Tower.

RUSSIA POSSIBLY BEHIND CUBA SONIC ATTACKS

This has been a pretty weird story from the start, but it finally looks like there is some tangible evidence behind the Russians being the ones that attacked US Diplomats in Cuba.

That’s it for today. One little piece from the Rumor Mill. According to Countercheckist, FEATHERS14 and 15 are airborne. I still haven’t decoded the other ops with certainty, but I think 11 was George Papadopoulos, 12 was Manafort and Gates, and 13 is Flynn. Keep an eye out for some big news in the coming weeks.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur