Daily Check-In 9/19/2017

Tuesday. What could happen on a Tuesday?

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE HAS PAID $230,000 TO TRUMP LAWYERS

Per Politico a couple minutes ago, the RNC has paid nearly a quarter of a million dollars for Donald Trump’s criminal attorneys. More legal fees were also paid by his presidential campaign.

This is ridiculous, outrageous, but not illegal. Private campaign funds can, and have been used for legal expenses since 2008 when Obama eschewed public financing. Usually, these fees are for recounts, random lawsuits from vendors, little things like that. Trump is the first president to use campaign funds to pay for lawyers in a criminal investigation.

The part that should upset every person in this country is that a purported multibillionaire won’t pay his own legal fees.

The part that should piss off every Republican is using party money to pay for these lawyers. Money that could be used to finance a congressional race is instead paying for a traitor’s lawyers.

FEC MEMBER RECEIVED DEATH THREATS FOR PROPOSING ONLINE CAMPAIGN RESTRICTIONS

From Quartz, a Federal Election Commission member spoke out in 2014 about applying the same disclosure restrictions to online ads as television and print. That ended in her leaving the FEC, and receiving multiple death threats.

Ann Ravel predicted the Russian interference in 2014, and even used them as the primary reason why these restrictions should be put in place. The vote was 3-3 along party lines. All the Democrats voted for the restrictions. The Republicans voted against it.

COHEN SCREWED UP, WILL BE TESTIFYING BEFORE SENATE IN PUBLIC

When the Senate Intelligence Committee tells you to STFU, you STFU.

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s long time personal lawyer, released a press statement about his planned testimony to the SIC behind closed doors. They didn’t like that.

The SIC canceled their scheduled meeting today, and told Cohen that they’ll see him in public testimony. He can either show up willingly, or they can subpoena him. His choice.

DONNIE JR. WANTS TO GET RID OF SECRET SERVICE PROTECTION

In other news, Don Jr. wants to get rid of his Secret Service protection. He claims that it’s so he can get some privacy.

If this were a D&D game, I’d be making a sense motive/bullshit check right now.

Don’t be surprised if he tries to flee the country. Don’t also be surprised if he tries, and gets picked up almost immediately.

These people aren’t bright.

There’s a very good chance that every Intelligence agency around the world has eyes on all the kids. Australia knows when Eric drops a deuce. France knows when its Tiffany’s time of the month. Germany knows that DJ is planning to flee, and will know before either Donald Trump will know, and one of them will be the guy running.

TRUMP MAKES AN IDIOT OUT OF HIMSELF IN UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

HUCKABEE-SANDERS COULD BE GUILTY OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, PER SENATOR.

FACEBOOK TO TESTIFY PUBLICLY BEFORE SENATE.

HURRICANE MARIA IS A CATEGORY FIE HEADED FOR PUERTO RICO

7.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HITS MEXICO CITY

I had an idea about writing an article about money laundering. I have a feeling it’ll be pretty important to understand the basics. Call it a hunch.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Thank you, and have a good one.

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