Daily Check-In 11/16/2017

Thursday

Mueller subpoenaed Trump Team for Russia-Related Documents

This story just came across the wire, but this is big.

Mueller subpoenaed the Trump Team for any documents related to their contacts with Russians during the 2016 election.

I know I’ve talked about this before, or at least it sounds like it, but this is a little different.

First, it’s proof that a subpoena has been issued against people currently in the White House.

Second, Mueller feels like they’re not getting everything. Before now, the campaign team has been voluntarily sharing information, but if they’re getting subpoenaed, it’s bad. Subpoenas are used for two reasons by prosecutors. They gain new information, and they show what is being withheld.

Finally, look at the timing. Mid-October. Before the Manafort arrest, but after George Papadopoulos pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

What I think happened was that George provided them with a ton of information, and when they realized that Trump was holding out, they issued this subpoena.

Kushner Received Wikileaks Mails

Speaking of subpoenas, the Senate Judiciary Committee gave one to Jared Kushner.

Why?

Because Jared didn’t share his emails about Wikileaks with them.

How do they know about those mails? Not only were they mentioned in the news, but they have copies of those mails from other people. They have copies that Jared sent to others, and from other people sent to Jared.

He’s not that good at this, is he?

Chuck Johnson, The Go-Between

Chuck Johnson is a name we’ll hear a lot more going forward. He was the go-between for Julian Assange and Roger Stone. He arranged a meeting between Assange and Dana Rohrbacher to discuss a possible pardon.

And Chuck also worked on the campaign.

Trump Worth 1/10 of Stated Value

This isn’t such a surprise given Trump’s personality and history, but after studying his revenue streams, Trump’s New York Business has been externally valued at far less than what Trump has claimed.

Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner to be Interviewed Soon

Two high level members of the White House are set to interview with Mueller’s team in the next week. Hope Hicks and Jared Kushner.

Prosecutors don’t ask questions without knowing the answers ahead of time. At this point, they are setting a trap for them, baiting them for a lie.

My guess is that Hope tells the truth, but Jared lies.

Flipping the Turk

This is worth checking out. One of the people in a December 2016 meeting with Mike Flynn and Turkish Representatives was indicted several weeks ago in Southern District New York.

Earlier this week, that man was released on his own recognizance. It could be nothing, but the Rumor Mill is buzzing about this. This could be a cooperating witness against Flynn, Rudy, and a few others.

Wait and see.

Senator Al Franken Accused of Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

Al Franken was accused of sexual assault and harassment while on a USO tour in 2006.

Short version: one of his comedy sketch ideas involved a kiss, and there was a photo of him “groping” a woman while sleeping.

Al’s Response is Here. He accepts responsibility, knowing that sometimes his comedy ideas are in bad taste years later, and he calls for an ethics investigation on himself.

The Multiple Times Trump has been Accused of Rape

Just in case anyone has forgotten.

That’s it for today. I’m not sure what’s coming tomorrow, but I’ve got a feeling it’ll be unexpected. Also, I’m trying a different format tonight. Partially to see how it looks, and mostly because by the time I realized I did it this way, I was already halfway through the article. Oh well.

Thank you, and have a good one.

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