Daily Check-In 02/14/2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

McCabe

Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director and former acting director of the FBI, told CBS’s 60 Minutes that meetings were held at the Department of Justice to discuss invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.

In the brief time period between former FBI Director James Comey’s firing and the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein considered wearing a wire in meetings with Trump, according to McCabe, in an interview with 60 Minutes. Upon Comey’s firing, McCabe became the acting FBI director. The New York Timesreported the same information in September 2018, which DOJ at the time said was a sarcastic suggestion.

Although the portion of the interview with McCabe has not yet been released, CBS’s Scott Pelley said McCabe told him the idea of removing Trump from office “came up more than once and it was so serious that he took it to the lawyers at the FBI to discuss it.” McCabe and others at DOJ were “counting noses” in an effort to predict who in the president’s Cabinet, including Vice President Mike Pence, would vote to force Trump from office, according to Pelley.

We all knew McCabe would take aim at Trump in his book, but his contempt for Sessions is staggering. Depicts him as addled, fixated on immigrants, racist. My review of the McCabe book in WaPo

FBI was better off “when you all only hired Irishmen,” Sessions said in one diatribe, acc to McCabe. “They were drunks but at least they could be trusted.”

The book has inevitable new gem on Trump-Putin. President refused to believe intel officials that North Korea had test fired ICBM. NK didn’t have that capability, he insisted, saying he knew this “because Vladimir Putin had told him so.”

McCabe goes much farther than Comey in acknowledging the FBI liked tipped 2016 election to Trump. “As matter of policy, FBI does everything possible not to influence elections,” he writes. “In 2016, it seems we did.”

One of my takeaways from the McCabe book: Trump administration’s reputation for baseness and dysfunction has, if anything, been understated and too narrowly attributed to the president.

One of the regularly scheduled meetings with the attorney general, deputy attorney general, and some of their staff came two days later, on Friday, May 12. After the meeting, I asked the deputy, Rod Rosenstein, if he could stay behind. In part I wanted to talk with him about ground rules governing the separate investigations of the Russia case by the FBI and the Senate Intelligence Committee. Rosenstein had oversight because the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, had had to recuse himself owing to his own interactions with Russians during the campaign. But my main message was this: I need you to protect the process.

After speaking to these points, Rod shifted his gaze. His eyes were focused on a point in space a few yards beyond and behind, toward the door. He started talking about the firing of Jim Comey. He was obviously upset. He said he was shocked that the White House was making it look as if Jim’s firing had been his idea. He was grasping for a way to describe the nature of his situation. One remark stands out. He said, There’s no one that I can talk to about this. There’s no one here that I can trust.

He asked for my thoughts about whether we needed a special counsel to oversee the Russia case. I said I thought it would help the investigation’s credibility. Later that day, I went to see Rosenstein again. This is the gist of what I said: I feel strongly that the investigation would be best served by having a special counsel. I’ve been thinking about the Clinton email case and how we got twisted in knots over how to announce a result that did not include bringing charges against anyone. Had we appointed a special counsel in the Clinton case, we might not be in the present situation. Unless or until you make the decision to appoint a special counsel, the FBI will be subjected to withering criticism that could destroy the credibility of both the Justice Department and the FBI.

Remember a while back when Andrew McCabe was fired?  I said something along the lines of “wait until the book comes out” to hear how much of a clusterfuck this really was.

Turns out, it was worse than we thought.  And if this accounting is true, Andrew McCabe may have saved the Republic.  After Comey was fired, there was little time for him to act, and there was a good chance that he would be fired soon as well.  His first act was to open an investigation into Donald Trump for Obstruction of Justice.  That way, he created a record of events and if someone tried and make this whole mess disappear.  His actions also gave Rod Rosenstein time to appoint Robert Mueller as the Special Counselor.

 

 

 

Good.  Let’s see what Kremlin Barbie knows.

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

Now we enter the “How much can he fuck this up” phase.

There’s two ways this whole “National Emergency” thing ends.

The most likely way is that this get shot down in the courts after everyone from California to Carlos Santana files a lawsuit against it.

The least likely way is that it is successful in starting the wall, but it ends there.  The project ends quickly, and the next person in office now has a precedent set to use the excuse of a national emergency to enact any and all actions that they couldn’t get passed through Congress.

 

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

 

Let’s Get Physical!

 

TRAITOR TOTS

Barr

 

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

AIPAC & OMAR

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

Spicy Mic: The Parkland Victims

 

  • Alyssa Alhadeff, 15
  • Martin Duque, 14
  • Nicholas Dworet, 17
  • Jaime Guttenburg, 14
  • Luke Hoyer, 15
  • Cara Loughran, 14
  • Gina Montalto, 14
  • Joaquin Oliver, 17
  • Alaina Petty, 14
  • Meadow Pollack, 18
  • Helena Ramsey, 17
  • Alex Schachter, 14
  • Carmen Schentrup, 16
  • Peter Wang, 15
  • Scott Beigel, 35
  • Aaron Feis, 37
  • Chris Hixon, 49

“… Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag…” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

The (Russian) Anti-Vaxxers

 

 

 

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Thursday.  Friday brings us a signing to avoid a shutdown, a botched emergency announcement, and a Republican challenging Trump in 2020.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 02/13/2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Effectively Amy Berman Jackson just ruled that, by a preponderance of the evidence, Paul Manafort lied about conspiring with Konstantin Kilimnik DURING the campaign and in early days of Trump Admin. https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.190597/gov.uscourts.dcd.190597.509.0_2.pdf …

But nbd. I mean Richard Burr, having not interviewed the most important witnesses, says he has no evidence of “collusion.”

Now to be clear: The prosecutors didn’t prove a conspiracy. They just convinced ABJ that Manafort was lying about what he was doing with the GRU-linked Russian right smack in the middle of the campaign.

HEY @nytimes!?!?!? Now that Amy Berman Jackson has ruled the version of that August 2 polling data handoff you reported was a lie, NOW will you issue a correction?

As a reminder: SCO says that Manafort lied about passing polling data to Kilimnik bc if he told the truth Trump wouldn’t pardon him.

Paul Manafort is guilty…again.  His plea deal has been thrown out, and he’s been convicted of even more charges.  He’s looking at another 10 years in prison in addition to the 10 years he was looking at for his tax fraud trial.  How long will he be in prison?  Let’s do the math.

Paul Manafort is 69 years old, and not in great health.  69 + 10 + 10 = Dying of old age in prison.

No matter what else happens today, take joy in the fact that this traitorous piece of scum will never be free again.

 

 

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

AIPAC & OMAR

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

 

 

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

Opportunity Lost

 

 

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

 

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

 

That’s it for Wednesday.  I’ve had a hard time keeping focused the last few days.  The grind of keeping up with everything for the last couple years has been just that… a grind.  I might take it a little easy over the next couple days.  Of course, that means that we’ll get every indictment unsealed and the pee tape published on PornHub.

The next couple days might be light.  Except for Parkland.  Thursday is the one year anniversary of the massacre and the beginning of the movement.  I want to talk about that more tomorrow.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 02/12/2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

“Qatar started looking into how its name got involved into the deal and found out it was because of a fund it co-owned,” said one of the sources. “So QIA ultimately triggered a strategy revamp.”

The QIA declined to comment.

Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc bailed out 666 Fifth Avenue via its real estate unit Brookfield Property Partners, in which the QIA acquired a 9 percent stake five years ago. Both parent and unit declined to comment.

The QIA’s strategic shift was made late last year, according to the sources. It offers a rare insight into the thinking of one of the world’s most secretive sovereign wealth funds.

The revamp could have significant implications for the global investment scene because the QIA is one of the world’s largest state investors, with more than $320 billion under management.

So let me get this straight…

The Qataris, after being approached by the Kushner family for a loan on 666 Fifth Ave and turned it down and had their country blockaded until they worked out a deal for the building, ACCIDENTALLY lent $1.3 billion for a 99 year lease on a building?

Are you fucking kidding me?  Giving out over a billion dollars isn’t something one accidentally does.  I’ve accidentally left my wallet at home, or accidentally said those inside voices on the outside, but I’ve never accidentally paid off a billion dollar loan to remove an extortion racket.

But the next question is, why now?  Why would Qatar Investment Authority make this announcement now?  Why announce that this transaction was a mistake right after it’s completed?  Why wait until the mystery company’s case heads to the Supreme Court.

I think that’s why.  There’s some news about the mystery case coming down the pipeline, and QIA is neck deep in the whole thing.

 

“If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,” said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in an interview with CBS News last week.

Burr was careful to note that more facts may yet be uncovered, but he also made clear that the investigation was nearing an end.

“We know we’re getting to the bottom of the barrel because there’re not new questions that we’re searching for answers to,” Burr said.

On Tuesday, Burr doubled down, telling NBC News, “There is no factual evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

Sen. Mark Warner, D.-Va., ranking member of the committee, told reporters in the Capitol Tuesday that he disagrees with the way Burr characterized the evidence about collusion, but he declined to offer his own assessment.

“I’m not going to get into any conclusions I have,” he said, before adding that “there’s never been a campaign in American history … that people affiliated with the campaign had as many ties with Russia as the Trump campaign did.”

Democratic Senate investigators who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity did not dispute Burr’s characterizations, but said they lacked context.

“We were never going to find a contract signed in blood saying, ‘Hey Vlad, we’re going to collude,'” one Democratic aide said.

Are you fucking kidding me?

I’ll wait until the final report from them, but something’s up.  I’m not sure what, but something’s up.

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

El Paso

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

El Paso Violence

 

DEALING WITH RACISM

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

There is a very easy way to stunt the growth of tools and networks currently being used to destroy democracy.

Step 1: Require notification to individuals via email every time details of that person are transferred to a “partner”, “affiliate”, “subsidiary”, or similar entity.

Step 2: Make the penalties for violating that rule hurt like a motherfucker. Meaning in terms of both financial consequences and personal freedom (i.e. Put executives in prison for repeat violations. Yes, it is that serious.)

The simple requirement of forcing companies to send an email saying “Hey, here I am, sharin’ yer datas with these shady d00ds over here!” will put a stop to much of it.

 

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

If the Climate Change conversation was framed more like “A giant meteor is going to hit and cause a series of terrible things in 12 years if we don’t stop it” I have a feeling GND would look more like it was the bare minimum required and less like a radical pipe-dream

But that is the reality. We hit seemingly impossible goals, or we suffer the consequences of a world that is fundamentally different that we won’t be able to fix. Its up to us to decide.

Scientists have been warning about this for 30 years now. Blame the people who chose to ignore the warnings. We wouldn’t need to meet such impossible expectations had anyone done their jobs this entire time.

 

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

Are we not doing phasing anymore?  How is that not a thing?

 

That’s it for Tuesday.  In the next few weeks, things are going to happen.  Too many events line up for the end of the month for nothing to happen.  I’m not guaranteeing anything, but don’t be surprised, either.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 02/11/2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

June 17, 2016 – Psy Group CEO Joel Zamel is in Russia, and chats with George Nader, looking to “raise money for a social-media campaign in support of Trump.” July 1, 2016 – Psy Group’s ownership transfers to a BVI company with countless connections to Russian finance. August 3, 2016 – Zamel meets with Trump Jr, Nader, Erik Prince and pitches social media campaign to support Trump. After the election – Zamel brags to Nader that he conducted a secret campaign that helped Trump win. Nader pays Zamel $2,000,000 for unknown reasons. We know that Psy Group’s sister company is owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Slipenchuk. Guess who was at the St Petersburg Forum where Zamel was looking for Psy Group investors? Mikhail Slipenchuk.

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

THE ULTIMATE COCKFIGHT: BEZOS’S PECKER VS. DAVID PECKER

The brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress, Lauren Sanchez, supplied the couple’s racy texts to the National Enquirer, multiple sources inside AMI, the tabloid’s parent company, told The Daily Beast.

Another source who has been in extensive communication with senior leaders at AMI confirmed that Michael Sanchez first supplied Bezos’ texts to the Enquirer.

The leaked texts, published last month, included notes from Bezos like, “I want to smell you, I want to breathe you in. I want to hold you tight.”

AMI has previously refused to identify the source of the texts, but a lawyer for the company strongly hinted at Sanchez’s role during a Sunday morning interview on ABC.

“The story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had given information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story. It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez,” attorney Elkan Abramowitz told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

El Paso

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

OMAR & AIPAC

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Monday.  Yes, it’s short on editorializing.  To be honest, I’m tired.  It’s not a good sign when it’s this early and the week and I’m already looking forward to a day off.

I don’t want this to sound like nothing happened.  Stuff happened.  A cameraman was attacked at Trump’s MAGA Rally.  AMI says they got the Bezos texts from the brother of the mistress, and he has ties to Stone and Manafort.  Still ignores the Saudi connection, and suddenly the National Enquirer is a reputable source for investigating their own activity?

Tuesday has some stuff coming about Qatar.  Also, I have to update The Indicted with Paul Erickson.  I forgot to do that last week.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 02/08/2019

Friday, February 8, 2019 and the weekend.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, privately complained that he was ordered by president Donald Trump to write the notorious memo justifying the firing of the FBI director James Comey, according to Comey’s former deputy.

Andrew McCabe writes in a new book that Rosenstein, who has publicly defended the memo, lamented that the president had directed him to rationalise Comey’s dismissal, which is now the subject of inquiries into whether Trump obstructed justice.

Rosenstein made his remarks in a private meeting at the justice department on 12 May 2017, according to McCabe’s memoir, which also accuses Trump of operating like a criminal mob boss and of unleashing a “strain of insanity” in American public life.

McCabe recalls Rosenstein being “glassy-eyed”, visibly upset and sounding emotional after coming to believe the White House was using him as a scapegoat for Comey’s dismissal.

“He said it wasn’t his idea. The president had ordered him to write the memo justifying the firing,” McCabe writes. Rosenstein said he was having trouble sleeping, McCabe writes. “There’s no one here that I can trust,” he is quoted as saying.

McCabe’s book, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, is due on sale later this month. A copy was obtained by the Guardian prior to its release.

One of the long lasting threads that has been begging to be pulled ever since this mess started was why did Rod Rosenstein write the memo that justified firing James Comey?  Why would he voluntarily do that?

Turns out, just like was surmised earlier, he was ordered to.

According to a new book by Andrew McCabe, DAG Rosenstein told him that he was ordered to write a memo about James Comey that gave a justification to fire him.  This lines up with a report Louise broke almost two years ago where she said that Rosenstein was ordered to write two memos, so as to not draw too much suspicion from him.  The first was a recommendation to keep Comey on board, while the other was a justification to fire him.  Trump used the justification memo and fired Comey, putting Rosenstein in the middle of the shit sandwich.

 

Manafort

 

Stone

 

Butina & Erickson

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Inauguration

Cavalier Consulting. 1701 West 31st Street in Austin, TX. 78703.  $3,999,585 for ticketing services?  This smells like financial crimes.

Remember what I said a few days ago about round numbers in the real world? (Daily Check-In 02/04/2019). That applies here.  That number is $415 shy of 4 million.  And a lot of other purchases and expenses that come out to very round numbers.  Smells like money laundering.

 

Illegal Immigrants Working for Trump

 

 

THE ULTIMATE COCKFIGHT: BEZOS’S PECKER VS. DAVID PECKER

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is personally funding an investigation into how his texts ended up in the hands of the National Enquirer — and an associate of Roger Stone’s is now being questioned.

The Daily Beast reports that the investigation has questioned Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ mistress, Lauren Sanchez. Bezos’ personal security consultant, Gavin de Becker, confirmed as much on the record. Equally interesting, though, is that Sanchez is an associate of numerous individuals in President Trump’s orbit, including former advisers Roger Stone and Carter Page.

When reached for comment by The Daily Beast, Stone denied hacking Bezos’ phone, despite not actually being asked if he had done it. When this was pointed out to him, Stone replied, “You are busted. You are not a journalist. No one believes anything you write.” Stone had previously gone on InfoWars to claim he was about to be accused by The Daily Beast of hacking Bezos’ phone, which, again, the publication never suggested.

Investigators are leaning toward the belief that the leaking of Bezos’ texts to the Trump-friendly National Enquirer was politically motivated, the report says. Bezos owns The Washington Post and has been a frequent target of Trump’s, and de Becker says “strong leads point to political motives.” Documents reportedly show Sanchez discussing theEnquirer‘s reporting on Bezos’ affair with Stone and Page after it was published. But Sanchez himself has apparently insisted to investigators that the “deep state” was probably responsible for the leak. Naturally, they have “not taken that possibility seriously.” Brendan Morrow

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

Failure to Follow the Global Magnitsky Act

 

Physical

 

 

TRAITOR TOTS

Whitaker

 

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

VIRGINIA

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

Trail of Tears

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

KHASHOGGI & SAUDI ARABIA

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

Foreign Influence on the Internet

 

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

He still looks like an evil ass, but less cartoonish this way.

 

That’s it for the last few days.  It’s been pretty busy, and there are a lot of threads I’d like to follow up on.

For starters, who is Cavalier Consulting?

Did the Saudis use Pegasus to get the Bezos pics?

Why do I suck so much at time management when posting the weekend and Friday article?

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 02/07/2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Manafort

I may have missed something in the case but I find it odd they held a sealed hearing on Monday and releasing a redacted transcript so soon. Link to transcript

I may have missed something in the case but I find it odd they held a sealed hearing on Monday and… TRANCRIPT-of-SEALED-BREACH-of-PLEA-HEARING-USA-v timinhonolulu.com          

One thing I didn’t know was Manafort testified for two days before the grand jury. See Monday’s transcript: Pages 23-24.

Spot the Issue: What grand jury? Don’t think it could be Stone’s. But the issue is they would not have unsealed it if that grand jury had not handed down an indictment. It would violate Rule 6(e). Look;s like it’s . 😎

This says “Espionage” to me.

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Bezos’s Pecker vs. Pecker

HOLY COW. In a medium post, says that David Pecker and AMI threatened to release embarrassing photos unless Bezos agreed to stop investigating them and released a statement saying he didn’t have anything on them! He included emails in the post.

2. Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in the world (who happens to be CEO of the 2nd most valuable company in the world), published an email from a top AMI exec noting that they had Bezos’ dick pics and threatening to publish them. I will never get over this.

3. I mean the fact that David Pecker and AMI were attempting to blackmail the richest man in the world while they are cooperating with the US Attorney on the Trump investigation is something else. I mean….I will truly never get over this post.

4. Congratulations

5. Oh Boy

6.

Yashar Ali: A source familiar with the matter tells me that Lavely & Singer, Marty Singer’s law firm, did not know in advance that Bezos would be posting this essay. Nor did they know that Bezos would be publishing the threatening emails that AMI sent them. They found out when we did..wow.

7. A reminder that and broke the story last week that Bezos had launched a private investigation into how his texts to Lauren Sanchez leaked. That investigation led to all of this…

Scumbags gonna scumbag.

Last summer, it came out that AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer, and its chairman David Pecker were granted immunity from federal prosecution for their assistance in the Michael Cohen case.  AMI performed a catch and kill on Karen McDougal’s story, and they coordinated this with Trump through Cohen.  They were granted immunity.  Part of that deal includes them not engaging in any other illegal activity, or else they could risk losing their deal.

Enter Jeff Bezos.

For those not aware, Bezos is the founder/chairman/CEO/first employee of Amazon and is currently the richest person in the world.  He owns the Washington Post and bought Whole Foods with a spare $15 billion he had lying around.  I still think he made a screw up on Alexa and tried to order groceries from Whole Foods, but Alexa heard it as “Okay, buying Whole Foods.”  By the time he went to cancel the purchase, it already cleared the bank.

WaPo is supposedly doing an in-depth piece on the National Enquirer, Saudi Arabia, and how it all ties back to Trump and Kushner.  This may or may not include hard evidence of Jamal Khashoggi’s death.  At some point during this investigation, Jeff Bezos’s personal text messages and pictures ended up in the possession of the National Enquirer.  They ran with some of this information, and threatened Bezos that if he didn’t call of the investigators, they’d release his “below the belt selfies.”

In other words, they said “Tell the world we did nothing wrong, or we publish your dick pics.”

There’s a long list of things I’d rather do than try to extort and blackmail the world’s richest man with an IDGAF attitude, and that list would be even longer if I was involved in an immunity deal with the Federal Government.  Apparently David Pecker doesn’t agree with me.

Neither does Jeff Bezos.  The mother fucker wrote an essay on Medium explaining everything, telling how AMI and the National Enquirer tried to extort him, and then he PUBLISHED THE GODDAMNED EMAILS FROM AMI’S LEGAL TEAM!  Including the one that said that AMI would keep the pics and release them if he ever said that there was some shady shit going on between the National Enquirer and the Saudis ever again.

I don’t know what’s going to happen from here on out, but one thing I truly enjoy is that the lawyers for AMI found out about this letter when the press reached them for comment AFTER it was published.  That’s some scorched earth shit right there.

Full disclosure, I subscribe to the Washington Post.  It’s free for a while for new subscribers with Amazon Prime, and $3 a month after the trial.

 

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A INDIVIDUAL-1

 

TRAITOR TOTS

Whitaker

How many gallons of flop sweat will come from his head?

 

CONGRESS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

VIRGINIA/RACE RELATIONS

 

SCOTUS & COURTS/#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

KHASHOGGI & SAUDI ARABIA

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Thursday.  I’m wrapping things up a little early on some sections.  I didn’t get a chance to read the Manafort stuff, and I’m running behind on a few other things.

Whitaker testifies on Friday before Congress.  And there’s some even weirder shit with Bezos.  Supposedly his mistress had connections to people in Trumpworld, including Roger Stone.

WHY THE FUCK DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO INTERCONNECT?! CAN’T WE HAVE ONE GODDAMNED PILE OF CRAZINESS THAT ISN’T TIED TO EVERYTHING ELSE LIKE SOME FUCKED UP GAME OF SIX DEGREES OF KEVIN BACON?

Sorry about that.  I should calm down more.  It’s not healthy for my Caps Lock key.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 02/06/2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

House Reopens Investigation

IT’S ON LIKE MOTHER FUCKING DONKEY KONG, BITCHES!!!

Not only did the Democrats reopen the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, but they’re expanding to include other countries, and to include which Americans helped them, “including members of Congress.”

I hope that Adam Schiff stared right at Devin Nunes as he said that.

 

Transcripts

The first step that the new committee performed was authorizing the official transcripts of the interviews to Mueller’s team.  This follows up on their promise to make this the first order of business.

Mueller needs the official transcripts from Congress.  Without them, he can’t charge anyone with Lying to Congress or Perjury regarding their testimony.  It’ll take a few days for them to get the official transcripts, a little bit of time to compare the official ones with the unofficial ones they already have, then a few weeks to take the cases to the Grand Jury and get indictments.

Some people are going to have a VERY bad end to Winter.

 

Erickson Indicted

It’s about time.  Paul Erickson, Maria Butina’s boyfriend, is indicted on multiple charges of money laundering and wire fraud.

He wasn’t indicted on being a spy for the Russians, but my guess is that these charges are place holders to get him to cop to a plea deal.

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

STATE OF THE UNION

2szkef

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

Epstein

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

VIRGINIA

Here’s the hard truth on Virginia: 1- Virginia was the capital of the South not by accident 2- It has never, in any real way, dealt with this history 3- Since the 60s, it has struggled to rectify the glorification of the sacrifice of southern sons … /1

…(see: everything named for Robert E Lee, even now) with needing to confront the history of oppression, slavery, and cruelty this sacrifice was conducted to preserve (see: the Civil War was for “economic reasons”) 4- Decades of avoiding this confrontation is why we’re here…/2

…Charlottesville, battles over Confederate monuments, neo-Confederates running for Senate as Rs 5- It’s no mystery how a culture that has preserved this duality has projected racial bias onto younger generations, over and over 6- the best thing we can do is break the cycle /3

7- Which means leadership willing to confront their own bias, expose how engrained it is, including in elite culture, and willing to discuss it openly, condemning it in explicit terms so the younger generations learn something… /4

… And then doesn’t laugh all this off behind closed doors and continue on, promoting another generation with same bias. 8- this is not a problem of individuals. It is systemic. It is not just Virginia. But wouldn’t it be nice if they would be the seed for something better. /5

Like I mentioned on Daily Check-In 02/01/2019, Virginia has a pretty racist past.  I remember growing up in the 80’s and 90’s and hearing about some of the stuff happening down in Virginia, and it was … not surprising, really.  I grew up in the suburbs between Pittsburgh and Pennsyltucky.  Racism was a common thing in our neck of the woods.  My hometown was full of people who moved there from the city neighborhoods and inner suburbs because they were getting ‘too rough’ or ‘the schools were better’ or ‘there was less crime’.  All of these were euphemisms for fewer black people.

What I see with all of this stuff in Virginia now is what I saw growing up in the 80’s and 90’s in Pennsylvania.  There was a split between people who were so accustomed to racism they didn’t see a problem with it, and those that tried to do better.  I grew up in a very racist town, but some of us tried to do better.  Some parents had no problems with passing on their hatreds, while others worked their ass off to raise their kids better than they were raised.  My mom fell into the latter category, and did her damndest to make sure that we treated people based on how they deserved to be treated, not on the color of their skin.  But her generation had a lot to answer for.  Now, her generation is mostly dying off, and their kids look back at their actions with disgust.

That’s where Virginia is at.  The current leadership is the first generation that is truly trying to make a choice between letting go of past hatreds or hold onto the traditions of youth.  Meanwhile, most of the rest of the country had this conversation a long time ago.

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

This was uttered by Katrina Peirson.  If that name sounds familiar, she was the contemptuous waste of skin that was flashing White Power hand signs during Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing. (Daily Check-In 08/14/2018). I know that’s a weird thing to say, and as much as she deserves to be called something worse, but calling her a cunt is an insult to cunts.  She lacks both the depth and warmth that are typically associated with one.

She wasn’t the only one on the Right Wing to make a Klan comment, nor was she the only one with racist tendencies to do so.  It’s actually a little funny that the first thing they thought was Klan rally.  Maybe they feel a little nostalgic?

 

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

Gabbard

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

I know the focus right now is on Trump’s crimes and 2020 — and it should be — but I can’t wait to get back to having honest conversations about politics. I hope we can recover from the hyper-partisan environment we’re currently trapped in, but I honestly don’t know. 1/4

One thing I do — and that I strongly encourage everyone try — is spend time every day reading something, or talking to someone, that I disagree with. This should be intelligent material; I’m NOT encouraging anyone to go read Jacob Wohl or anything like that. 2/4

I’ve found when we drop the “keyboard courage” and actually engage with people who we might not agree, two things happen: 1. We understand them a little better 2. It’s harder to be hostile, because you realize different ideas don’t automatically make someone a bad person. 3/4

Take me for example: I started my Twitter journey as a disgruntled person who identified as Republican who was just here because Trump sucks. Two years on Twitter taught me that I align much more with moderate Democrats than I do anyone from what I *thought* was my party <fin>

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

Lanny and Susan Wiles

Keep an ear out for those names.  They were able to get Natalia Veselnitskaya a front row seat to a Congressional hearing featuring Russian Ambassador Michael McFaul.

 

That’s it for Wednesday.  Like I said earlier this week, it’s going to be nuts.

I was expecting the Erickson indictment to come in, but I wasn’t expecting it to be for money laundering and ripping off old people.  That is a bit of a surprise.  At least until I think about how much of a scumbag he truly is.  Then it makes perfect sense.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur