Daily Check-In 01/31/2018

Holy shit, it’s only Wednesday!

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GAVE MUELLER DOCUMENTS ON THWARTED SESSIONS RESIGNATION FROM LAST JUNE

Back in November, the Department of Justice gave the Special Counselor’s Office documents regarding the attempted resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Back befor Mueller was named the Special Counselor, Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself from any investigations regarding Russia, due to being a member of the Foreign Relations Committee on the Trump Campaign.  He can’t oversee an investigation where he might be investigating himself.

Fast forward a couple months, and Mueller is named the Special Counselor.  Trump had a shitfit, and the Keebler Nazi offered to resign.  This went back and forth until June, when Trump ultimately did not accept the resignation.  That didn’t stop him from publicly blaming Jeff for everything that had gone wrong, and if he’d known that Jeff would recuse, he never would have named him as Attorney General.

This resignation was an end-around method of firing Mueller.  Because Sessions was recused, he had no say over what Rod Rosenstein could order Robert Mueller to do.  But, if Sessions wasn’t in that position, the replacement could then order the investigation to end.

These events took place in the Spring and Summer of 2017, and Mueller received the documents in November 2017.  They’ve had two months to study them, and news is just coming out about them.

Trump is fucked, yo.

 

MUELLER SEEKS INTERVIEW WITH CORALLO

In more Trump is Fucked news, Mueller wants to meet with Mark Corallo, former spokesman for Trump’s Legal Team.

Mark resigned from the team last Summer, following the Donnie Jr. Statement about the Russians that Trump authored and told his son to publish.

From the book “Fire and Fury”

“Corallo, seeing no good outcome — and privately confiding that he believed the meeting on Air Force One represented a likely obstruction of justice — quit,” Michael Wolff reports in his explosive new book “Fire and Fury.”

People are asking “Why now?  Why not earlier?”  Here’s why I think it’s just going down now…

Mark is a lawyer, and was one of Trump’s lawyers.  As much as Bobby can tell people to show up for questioning, they need a damn good reason first.  Doubly so if the person is a lawyer, and double that if they want to ask a lawyer for the President what he saw.  This is a legal hand grenade they’re holding, and if it isn’t handled just right, it could go off in their face.

My guess is they likely will speak to him, voluntarily, and will get some pushback from the White House about executive privilege, or attorney-client privilege, which will be shot down since he was no longer their attorney when they were committing what he felt was a crime.

 

TRUMP ASKED ROSENSTEIN IF HE WAS ‘ON MY TEAM’

Nothing like asking for loyalty when hiring senior members of the Justice Department.

Trump wanted to know where the special counsel’s Russia investigation was heading. And he wanted to know whether Rosenstein was “on my team.”

Rosenstein’s meeting with the President came as Rosenstein prepared to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Trump appeared focused on Rosenstein’s testimony, according to a source briefed on the matter, and he brought it up with the deputy attorney general.

As a further sign of the President’s focus on Rosenstein’s testimony, one of the sources said Trump also had suggested questions to members of Congress that they could ask Rosenstein.

The shit is flying fast and furious now.

 

THE NUNES MEMO IS, AT BEST, A PR CLUSTERFUCK

Here’s what we know so far…

January 31, 2018

FBI Statement on HPSCI Memo

The FBI takes seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and the FBI. We are committed to working with the appropriate oversight entities to ensure the continuing integrity of the FISA process.

With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.

Material omissions of fact.  Fuck.  That’s a very polite way of calling Nunes a lying son of a bitch by use of cherry picking.

 

STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS REVIEW

Here are some takeaways from what was, and likely will be, Trump’s only State of the Union Address…

Trump took credit for Obama’s accomplishments.

Trump asked Congress to end the rule of law by asking for permission to fire career government officials who aren’t working for the “good of the country.”

“Whoever translated it for him from Russian did a good job.”

The scariest part isn’t the crazy stuff Trump says or does, but how servile the Republicans have become.

 

SPYCRAFT 101:  DON’T BLOW YOUR COVER

John Schindler has a great write-up of how Trump’s inactions on implementing sanctions show that he is without a doubt a Russian Asset.

 

TREY GOWDY NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION

Trey Gowdy is not seeking re-election to represent a very safe district in South Carolina.

For a while, he was the only member of Congress that was more of a shill for Trump than Nunes.  However, he’s deciding to go “back to Justice.”  There’s a rumor that he’s angling for a seat on the 4th District Appeals Court.

 

MATTIS WANTS CELL PHONES BANNED FROM PENTAGON

Secretary of Defense James Mattis wants to ban personal cell phones from the Pentagon, following recent security concerns.

Over the past weekend, it was discovered that soldiers using the Strava workout app were unintentionally sharing their locations, and the locations of secret military bases around the world. This, combined with likely unauthorized recordings in the White House by former staffers are pushing this forward.

 

TRAIN CARRYING GOP MEMBERS TO RETREAT IN WEST VIRGINIA CRASHES WITH TRUCK

The members of Congress were on their way to a retreat in West Virginia.

As of this writing, there is 1 fatality.

 

OP-ED:  WHY IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY GASLIGHTING AMERICA?

Here’s an interesting opinion piece that might get lost in the shuffle, given everything else happening today.

 

TRUMP ADMIN SEEKS TO CUT RESEARCH INTO CLEAN ENERGY BY 72 PERCENT

In a “Fuck You” to the future, Trump wants to cut research into clean energy so that this country can focus on fossil fuels.

In other news, next week he plans to ban Spotify to prop up the phonograph industry.

 

STORMY DANIELS ON JIMMY KIMMEL

It’s a crazy ass world when a porn star denies writing a letter signed under their stage name, and they have more credibility than a lawyer representing the President.

I’m not sure how best to describe this, except, WTF?

 

RUMOR MILL:  GOWDY’S GOING TO PRISON

Regarding Trey Gowdy’s decision to not seek re-election, many of the voices in the Rumor Mill come to the same conclusion:

Trey Gowdy is going to prison.

Maybe not right away, but soon.  Gowdy, like Nunes, was part of the Trump Transition Team.  You know, the one that Mike Flynn was a part of and flipped on.  What are the odds that Flynn gave Mueller the dirt on everyone on the team?  I’d say those numbers are between 95% to 99.999999999999999999999999% likely.

Gowdy has also been caught receiving campaign contributions directly from Trump’s PAC on the day that the House Intelligence Committee began its work.

Gowdy isn’t the first, and won’t be the last high-profile Republican to get out while the getting’s good.  Especially as the shitstorm of leaks and information rains down from Justice over the Nunes Memo.

 

That’s it for today, so far.  As I’m writing this, it’s late afternoon, early evening, so something big will happen.  I’ll update when I can.

This day reminds me of an old clip from Dennis Miller Live, when he was talking about watching the O.J. Simpson car chase.  I’m paraphrasing here, but he said something like “I couldn’t help but watch.  Not just because I was transfixed at how weird this shit was, but I kept thinking ‘This is L.A..  This is the only place were we’ll get pulled from this to something even weirder, like a helicopter chase where the Queen of England is blowing Barney the Dinosaur.'”

That’s what this feels like.  I’m half expecting to hear a report about how Donald Trump got pegged by Her Royal Majesty with a 14″ black strap-on.

Now that I’ve put THAT image in your mind…

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 01/30/2018

It’s Tuesday.  At 9PM EST, Trump will deliver his first, hopefully only, State of the Union Address.  Here’s some of what happened today.  A lot happened, so I’m hitting this up News Dump style.  Also, I’m writing this before and during the SOTU, so if something crazy happens, I’ll talk about it here.  Otherwise, I’ll assume it’s the standard issue Trump train wreck, and it’ll be covered here tomorrow.  That, and I’d rather slam my dick in a car door than listen to Trump talk for an hour.

SHEARER DOSSIER, A SECOND MEMO HANDED TO FBI BY STEELE, UNDER SCRUTINY BY FBI

Cody Shearer, a long-time Clinton supporter who has the money and connections to do his own opposition research, did just that against Donald Trump last year, and came to many of the same conclusions that Christopher Steele did.  His research uncovered that the Russians had sexual kompromat on him.  His research also uncovered things that Steele didn’t.

Why am I talking about Cody Shearer?  Isn’t he the guy who voiced Apu Nahasapeemmapetalion?  No, that’s Hank Azaria.  Harry Shearer voiced Ned Flanders and was in Spinal Tap.

The reason I’m mentioning Cody Shearer is that his memo ended up in Christopher Steele’s hands, and he handed that to the FBI.

And the FBI is still looking into some of it’s claims.

Yes, after more than 15 months, the FBI is still digging into some of its claims.  They don’t do that if it didn’t have legs.

I think this memo, dossier, write-up, recipe for treason soufflé has something a lot more important than whether or not Trump likes getting spanked with his own face or enjoys golden showers.   I go into more detail in the Rumor Mill section.

 

TRUMP ASKS SESSIONS TO PROSECUTE MUELLER

In a move that reeks of guilt, desperation, and autocracy, Trump allegedly asked the Keebler Nazi to look into prosecuting Special Counselor Robert Mueller.

Here’s the thought process, and I use that term loosely…

Trump knows the shitstorm he’ll cause by firing Mueller without cause.  But, if Jeff Sessions can find something, ANYTHING to discredit Mueller, they could use that as just cause to fire Mueller.

I don’t have a date for this story, but if it’s like most things leaking out of the White House that incriminates Trump, this likely happened months ago. Or earlier today.  But, I’d venture a guess that this was a few months ago.

Why?

This lines up with the general strategy that Team Trump brought up months ago with targeting the Comey Witnesses in the FBI.  This is the kind of thing that makes sense for someone obsessed with protecting themselves.  It almost feels like something leaked from a defense lawyer who’s trying to save their client’s ass.

 

PAUL RYAN: ‘CLEANSE THE FBI’

When the Speaker of the House uses language straight out of a Banana Republic or some other Fascist regime, we are on the precipice of dangerous times.

This isn’t the language of an innocent man or party.  These are the actions of someone trying to save their ass from prison.

 

MSNBC ANALYST ASKS CONGRESSMAN IF NUNES IS COMPROMISED BY RUSSIANS

Dipshit Cowpoke’s actions don’t make any sense by themselves.  All of his consistent, coordinated attacks against the IC and Law Enforcement communities ultimately make him a target, and Trump has no loyalty to anyone, so he’s putting himself out there as a target.  This doesn’t make any sense.

Unless, he’s been compromised.

Someone’s got some shit on Devin Nunes.  Whether it’s video of him screwing a little boy, or him taking part in planning a kidnapping, someone’s got the dirt on him.

Considering that he’s been Trump’s bitch this entire time, it’s either Trump, the Russians, or both.

 

5 QUESTIONS THE NUNES MEMO NEEDS TO ANSWER

Asha Rangappa asked 5 questions that must be answered in Devin’s 4 page memo for it to be anything other than a partisan PR stunt to try to say that Carter Page wasn’t a Russian Agent.

  1. When did the FBI open their investigation on Carter Page?
  2. Who in the DOJ conducted the Woods review to verify the FISA application?
  3. Which judge approved the memo?
  4. Was the FISA warrant extended?
  5. Has Mueller used anything derived from this investigation?

If these questions aren’t answered, then this is nothing more than a glorified attempt to blow smoke up our asses.

 

SEAN HANNITY PARODY ACCOUNT CATFISHES JULIAN ASSANGE

Remember all of those times I said that Sean Hannity might be under an FBI Investigation?  Well, looks like there’s some fire to that smoke, and it came out in the dumbest way possible.

Over the weekend, Sean Hannity’s twitter account disappeared.  Twitter was purging some bots, and his verified account was removed.  During that time, while the real Sean was fighting to get his account restored, several fakes arose.  One of these fakes was so convincing, an old friend DM’ed the account.

That old friend was Julian Assange.

Julian sent the fake Hannity direct messages and offered some condolences, and offered our Fake Sean some dirt on Senator Mark Warner.  He also said that if he wanted to talk, he knew how to get a hold of him through other channels.

Trump talks to Hannity.  Hannity talks to Assange.  Assange talks to Go-Betweens like Nigel Farage, and those Go-Betweens talk to Russia.

 

CIA DIRECTOR POMPEO MET WITH SANCTIONED SVR DIRECTOR ON UNITED STATES NO FLY LIST

There’s a few questions that need answering, like “Who the fuck let this guy in the country?” and “Why are the heads of the CIA and DNI meeting with him?”

 

POMPEO: RUSSIA WILL INTERFERE IN MID-TERM ELECTIONS

I’m hoping the above story about the meeting was a warning to the Russians to not even try anything, but Trump is a god damned Russian Asset.

Any inaction this year is being complicit in an attack on this country.

 

RUSSIA ANGRY ABOUT TREASURY LIST OF OLIGARCHS

Putin is angry at the United States because the Oligarchs are angry at Putin because they showed up on a list of potential targets for sanctions.

Before too long, sanctions will be the least of their problems.

 

AMAZON, JP MORGAN, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY TO JOIN FORCES AND CREATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY

Just the news of these three giants getting together caused the stocks of several existing insurance companies to drop.

Granted, if the United States had Universal Health Care, we wouldn’t need another health insurance company, but more competition is needed.

 

NYT OP-ED: IS IT TIME FOR REPUBLICANS TO FORM A THIRD PARTY?

This is something that I’ve talked about before in The Multi-Party System.  There isn’t any room in the modern Republican Party for the Trump supporters and the true conservatives.  The only question I have is who will leave first.

 

RICK WILSON: A CONSPIRACY OF DUNCES

This article is definitely worth a read.  Rick Wilson has a way with words that I wish to get to one day.  If I could stay on topic for a few thousand words while dropping a new insult every 10 words, I’d still have a long way to go.

 

HARLEY-DAVISON TO CLOSE KANSAS CITY PLANT

H-D has been coasting for years, and their “loyal fan base” wouldn’t let them innovate and move forward. Any time they would try to expand the lineup or come out with something new and exciting, the “Loud Pipes Save Lives” crowd would bitch and cry about how these new bikes weren’t “true” Harley’s.

Harley-Davidson made their fortunes in the last 30 years by being a symbol of the counterculture of the Baby Boomer youth, which was 20 years before that. They pared down their lineup of almost everything sporty, fast, and nimble, and concentrated on selling rolling sofas to Grandma and Grandpa.

They’ve kept this up for the last 15 years, and have milked the Baby Boomers for all their worth. Meanwhile, younger people see these bikes less as a symbol of rebellion and more as a symbol of a dentist playing weekend warrior.

Harley-Davidson is exhausting their base, and they aren’t bringing new riders to the tent. Most young people that do ride like sport bikes, enduros, adventure bikes, or smaller, cheaper cruisers. By the time a rider has enough money to buy a Harley, they have other things to spend that money on like day care and a mortgage.

There’s an allegory here to be made about the current state of the Republican Party. Two long-term brands that started off as the symbol of rebellion, falling on hard times in the 1970’s, and had to reinvent themselves by committing themselves to their true believers. Now, they’ve committed so hard to their ideals that they’ve painted themselves into a corner. If they don’t change their ways, neither will be around in 20 years.

 

WRAP-UP AND RUMOR MILL: BUT IT GOES TO 11

So, back to the Shearer Dossier.

It hasn’t been released to the public, and likely won’t be for a long time, so there’s no way of knowing what’s in it, but based off of some rumors that I’ve heard, I want to make a couple suppositions about what’s in it.

Cody Shearer is a long-time political insider, but is deep enough in the background that a basic Google search doesn’t pull much up.  So, he’s not out there hogging the spotlight, and he doesn’t have so many enemies that a search for his is overwhelmed.

It looks like he has money and connections.  That means he likely has connections to other people with money, and money people.  People who handle money, and know who else is handling money.

So, what does his memo have in it that Christopher Steele couldn’t verify on his own?

Campaign money laundering.

Something missing from the Steele Dossier that was part of the original corruption rumors was that the GOP had coordinated with the Russians to launder money into the elections, and this was caught on tape by the FBI at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  Part of that rumor was that it had been independently confirmed by opposition research, and that was widely believed to be the Steele Dossier.  Only problem with that hypothesis is that Steele never mentions Cleveland, or the Republican Convention.

So, if Steele didn’t mention it, but it was attributed to him, how does that happen?

That’s where Shearer’s Dossier comes in.  My guess is that his sources in the campaign finance world saw that something was up and clued him in on it.  He followed up with a few more sources, and heard some rumors about the Russians in Cleveland.  At some point, this got into Steele’s hands, who then handed it over to the FBI.

This memo or dossier has been talked about and alluded to for a while, but it didn’t break into the press until today.  Angry White House Staffer was surprised it stayed hidden for as long as it has.  He also claims that the information in it is the reason the GOP is losing their shit right now.

I’m putting a few pieces of this puzzle together, and making more than a few connections, but if Angry is right about this dossier, and that the GOP is going into full panic over the contents of it, and the FBI has spent a year following up on it, then the claim has to be big.  Big in impact and scope.  Big enough to cause the entire party leadership to go full, complete, desperate, self-preservation mode.  Big enough to cause most of the House and several Senators to panic.

What ties them together?

Money.

Cody Shearer knows the money people.

 

That’s it for today.  Like I said earlier, tonight is the State of the Union.  It’s late, and I didn’t hear about the Dotard taking a dump on the floor or anything like that, so I’ll cover it tomorrow.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 01/29/2018

Monday, January 29th.

DEPUTY FBI DIRECTOR McCABE STEPS DOWN

The embattled Deputy FBI Director is taking terminal leave, stepping down, or was forced out, depending on who you ask.

Multiple sources were each saying something slightly different, but it breaks down like this…

Andrew McCabe was scheduled to retire in March at the age of 49 with a full pension.  The initial plan was for him to stay on until March in this position, but suddenly this morning, he announced that today was his last day, and that he was using “Terminal Time” until his retirement date.

Terminal Time:  IIRC, Government employees accrue sick time and it carries over from year to year.  If you don’t use it this year, it adds on to next year’s, and so on.  At the end of 20 years, one could have a few months saved up.  That sounds like a little bit what happened.

Some sources are saying that he was forced out, others are saying that this was a compromise between him and FBI Director Chris Wray so that Wray could get his leadership team in place.

Everyone is freaking out and losing their minds, acting like this is the beginning of the State of the Union Massacre.  A lot of people are jumping to the conclusion that Rosenstein is next, followed by Mueller.  Firing the investigator doesn’t make the investigation or the facts discovered disappear.

He will be replaced by Associate FBI Director David Bowdich.  More on him and this whole situation later on in the Rumor Mill section.

HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE VOTES ON PARTY LINES TO RELEASE NUNES MEMO, TO OPEN INVESTIGATIONS INTO DOJ AND FBI

Dipshit Cowpoke Devin Nunes has gone full traitor. Never go full traitor.

In a complete party line vote, the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee voted to release Devin’s memo, not release the Democrats response memo, and refuse to be briefed by the FBI Director before doing so.

This whole nonsense sounds like a half-assed PR stunt gone wrong.  The Dipshit Who Cried Wolf has once again put himself in a position where he’s battling the Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement of this country.  Now, he’s trying to expose classified information that is vital to protection of the country so he can try to justify his actions in helping Trump.

These are not the actions of a man or a party that is innocent.  This is not the Republican Party I grew up with.  Hell, even the Party of Reagan at least had some scruples and respect for the law.

The Party of Law and Order is openly battling the FBI, the DoJ, and the Intelligence Community.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BELIEVES THAT CARTER PAGE IS A RUSSIAN AGENT

When your case for political bias is extending a search warrant against a suspected spy, you suck at conspiracy theories.

Shortly after the inauguration, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein authorized extending an already existing FISA warrant to keep an eye Carter Page.  This is pretty much rubber-stamping a previous order because they felt that the Sheldon Cooper of Treason was still up to some shit.

Here’s the talking point that will be repeated ad nauseam on Fox News…

Rod Rosenstein was corrupted by the Steele Dossier, even though there’s no evidence he’d ever seen it, had ever heard of it, or even knew who Christopher Steele was.  Further, this completely ignores the fact that THE MOTHER FUCKING DUTCH TIPPED US OFF TO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE MONTHS BEFORE CHRIS STEELE.  If that’s not enough, this point relies on people forgetting the previous talking points that Carter Page was a nobody on the campaign and that the Steele Dossier was a fabricated mess based on rumors and innuendo.

Which is it?

RUSSIAN SANCTIONS DEADLINE PASSES WITH TRUMP DOING NOTHING

While all this shit is going on, the Trump Administration refuses to implement the sanctions that they were ordered to do by Congress last year.

If it weren’t obvious by this point, let me spell it out…

Donald Trump is a Russian Asset.  Whether knowingly and/or willingly will need to be worked out through investigation.

VESELNITSKAYA EXPOSED AS RUSSIAN INTEL IN SWISS CORRUPTION CASE

The Swiss have accused Natalia Veselnitskaya of being a Russian Spy, in a corruption case against a member of the Swiss FCP.

This is also a great article as it goes into further detail about Sergei Magnitsky and the tax fraud he uncovered that ultimately cost him his life.

Remember, these are same people that met with the President’s Campaign Team in his own building.

NEW INFORMATION RAISES MORE QUESTIONS, SAYS MARK WARNER OF SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

While the House Intelligence Committee brings about the end of the Republican Party, the Senate Intelligence Committee has new damning information which raises more questions.

The grown-ups in Congress are actually investigating the Russian Interference, and late last year they received a document dump.  What they found scared the crap out of them. So much so that they feel that their investigation will continue for most of the year, if not longer.

This part of the article seems eerily prescient given today’s news.

Warner also warns about a “coordinated” attack by the president and “Trump zealots” in the House of Representatives to undermine the legitimacy of the investigations against him, an effort Warner says includes the president’s threats to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and other officials as well as a secret Republican memo alleging “shocking” FBI surveillance abuse against Trump that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is now threatening to release. Warner calls out Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in arguably more explicit terms than any Democrat has yet, saying he has read the underlying classified material used in the memo and that Nunes misrepresented it as part of a McCarthyite “secret Star Chamber” effort to discredit the FBI probe of the president.

WHITE HOUSE IN PERJURY PANIC

The Trump White House, his Legal Team, Friends, Enemies, Co-conspirators, anyone who’s ever met him expects Trump to commit perjury if he interviews Mueller.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump is trying to fire Mueller because he believes he’ll get railroaded in his interview by “gotcha” questions, and that he honestly thinks that if he gets rid of him, his problems will disappear.

Trump is dead wrong.

There is no universe in the connected multiverse springing from this one where Trump gets away with this shit.  Sealed indictments exist in multiple jurisdictions against Donald Trump (per the Rumor Mill), and they’ll likely get unsealed upon Mueller’s firing. That assumes he survives the leaks of all leaks as WaPo and NYT run the stories that Mueller asked them to hold back in June 2017 that included the transcripts of the Mayflower Tapes where they have Trump on video asking the Russians for help in the election.

Mueller interviewing Trump is a courtesy at this point, where it will give him a chance to protect himself by throwing his staff and family under the bus.

Which is another reason they don’t want him to talk to Mueller.  About 10 minutes in, he’ll say it’s Ivanka’s fault, like he did in the Jose Andres case. And he was the plaintiff that time!

ANOTHER REPUBLICAN RETIRING

This marks the 33rd Republican in Congress to not seek reelection in 2018.

Trump being less popular than some forms of cancer, combined the with #MeToo movement is making this shape up to be an interesting election year.

538:  MORE RESIGNATIONS IN THIS CONGRESS THAN IN RECENT HISTORY

Combined with the number of Republicans refusing to run for reelection, we’re seeing something historic here.

These are all individual pieces of data, but there’s a lot shaping up for 2018 to be the beginning of the end of the Republican Party.  I know, that sounds like hyperbole, but the version we see today is dying, and will either continue to embrace a smaller and more extreme base year after year, or will have to readjust.

Assuming it survives the rumored RICO investigation.

RUMOR MILL:  A DIFFERENT TAKE ON McCABE

When crazy shit happens, I have a bad habit of getting caught up in the hysteria of the moment.  Everyone starts whipping around like it’s the end of the world, like the sky’s falling, and dogs and cats are getting along.

Eventually, I catch my breath and look for a few people in the Twitter crowd.  I look for the core of the Rumor Mill.  Louise Mensch, Claude Taylor, John Schindler, Eric Garland, Countercheckist, Tea Pain, and the Alt accounts.  What are they doing, and what are they saying.  Are they keeping their cool, or losing their heads?

When James Comey was fired, I did the same thing, partly to see what they were saying, but mostly to console myself that Democracy wasn’t dying in front of my eyes.  What they said and did was interesting.  They talked about how Comey knew this was going to happen, and how he laid out the groundwork for someone at the DOJ to take over for him.  About a week later, Robert Mueller was named the Special Counselor.

When the craziness of all the bad news came out in late October, they kept up the talk about how indictments were incoming by the end of the month.  Right before Halloween, Manafort and Gates were arrested.

Today, once again things feel dark and gloomy, like something terrible is on the horizon.  So, I check out the Rumor Mill and see what they’re saying and doing.

They are … rather calm.  Tea Pain is cracking jokes as usual, Eric is retweeting a reminder that Articles of Impeachment are already on file against Donald Trump, the Alts are hunkering down for a fight, Countercheckist is retweeting quite a bit about RICO and This FBI Raid from last May.  Claude is staying relatively chill, sending out proofs for new campaign billboards, and Louise…

Louise is borderline giddy at McCabe’s leaving.  Not because he wasn’t doing a good job, but with who was brought in to replace him, and the timing.

David Bowdich was a field operative, SWAT team member and sniper for the FBI before he joined the management team.  He’s career FBI, and doesn’t take shit from anyone.  He was promoted to Associated Director by Bob Mueller and named the head of the Los Angeles Field Office, and was the head of the Counterterrorism Task Force.  He was the face of the department following the San Bernardino terror attack.

Andrew McCabe might have been talked into using his accrued sick days, or could have been planning on other things, but Wray is now in a position to chose his second in command at the FBI, and he chose to promote the third in command to second in command.

Wray has already named two other people to leadership positions in the FBI, filling the void left by people pushed out by Trump and the Republicans.  They pushed out Jim Rybicki, and get Zach Harmon.  They pushed out James A. Baker, and got Dana Boente instead.  They pushed out Andrew McCabe, and got a fucking sniper instead.

I’m still skeptical of Chris Wray, and always will be until he puts a pair of cuffs around Trump’s tiny hands.  But his hires are very interesting.  On paper, they look like they could be yes-men, but in reality they are anything but.

As far as McCabe having access to the Trump information, here’s what Louise had to say on that:

If Louise is right on this, then Trump assumed that McCabe knew everything that Comey knew, while the real Deputy working the case slipped under the radar.  McCabe only knew about Trump and Obstruction of Justice, not Russia.  At least, not until he became Acting Director.

Let me put this in gaming terms…

McCabe was the meat shield to take the hits, while Kable was doing a sneak attack.  McCabe drew the ire of the Orange Troll while Kable snuck around, picked his pockets of any valuable info, and stabbed him in the back.

That’s it for today.  Yes, it’s been a crazy day.  I think it’s going to get crazier this week.  The President and his party have refused to enact sanctions against a foreign power that attacked this country, have begun open warfare against the law enforcement community, and are trying to actively make a case to fire anyone investigating this issue.

This is a list of ready-to-go protests around the United States, within 24 hours of shit hitting the fan.  Check your area, sign up if you feel comfortable with that, or hold on to the link if you don’t.  Be ready.  This may come down to a general strike, the likes of which this country hasn’t seen in a century.

We’ll get through this mess, but it’ll get uglier before it gets brighter.

Thank you, and have a good one.

Daily Check-In 01/26/2018

Friday and the weekend.

DETAILS EMERGE IN DUTCH INFILTRATION OF RUSSIAN HACKER CELL COZY BEAR

Here’s what we learned…

  • Cozy Bear, a.k.a. APT29, is located in a University building across the street FROM THE MOTHER FUCKING KREMLIN.
  • The Dutch had access to their security cameras.
  • The Dutch helped the United States State Department fend off an attack from the Russians in 2014.
  • The Russians managed to get a phishing mail into the White House.
  • The Dutch helped the NSA get on the PHONES OF RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE.
  • Every time the Russians began an attack, they’d Google it to see if anyone was talking about it before they did it.

Article 5, mother fucker.

 

TRUMP TRIED TO FIRE DEPUTY AG ROSENSTEIN

This was reported before, part of the Mueller story from 1-25-18, but Trump thought about firing the Deputy AG as well.

Trump wants to fire Mueller, and realizes that as long as Rosenstein is in his position, he can’t fire Mueller. One option that was talked about earlier was firing the Deputy Attorney General, then ordering the replacement to fire Mueller.  Problem is, there’s no guarantee that would work, and we’d enter into a replay of the Saturday Night Massacre.  I think I covered that in Lateral Movement.

 

MUELLER INTERVIEWED FACEBOOK EMPLOYEE ABOUT HELPING TRUMP AND TIES TO RUSSIA

SCO Mueller interviewed employees of Facebook and asked them about how they helped Trump in the election, and how the Russians were involved.

 

TRUMP TARGETED FBI WITNESSES

Trump ordered a strategy of attacking several witnesses to his crimes of Obstruction of Justice in an attempt to discredit them.

Here’s a list of some of the laws that he broke…

18 U.S. Code § 1503 – Influencing or injuring officer or juror generally

18 U.S. Code § 1505 – Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees

18 U.S. Code § 1509 – Obstruction of court orders

18 U.S. Code § 1510 – Obstruction of criminal investigations

18 U.S. Code § 1512 – Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant

18 U.S. Code § 1516 – Obstruction of Federal audit

 

KUSHNER MUST DISCLOSE BUSINESS PARTNERS

A Federal Judge has ordered Jared Kushner to release the names of his business partners in several Maryland corporations that he’s connected to.

For those not familiar, Maryland has very lax requirements when creating a company, and very low taxes.  For a few hundred dollars, one could create an LLC in Maryland on LegalZoom.com and have a fully legal business in a lickety-split.

The reason I think this is big is that once news comes out of who his businesses are connected to, he’ll be even further up shit creek than he already is.

 

STEVE WYNN RESIGNED AS GOP FINANCE CHAIR

Steve Wynn, a casino owner in Las Vegas who was appointed as the Finance Chair of the GOP by Donald Trump, resigned this weekend after news broke on Friday of him pulling a Weinstein.

Pulling a Weinstein: Abusing a position of money and power for sexual favors, up to and including rape, then using said money and power to force their victims into silence.

So far, the Republicans have not returned the money that he donated or raised for them.

 

TRUMP BOOED BY FOREIGN PRESS IN DAVOS

Thanks to Dallas for this story.

Following news broke of Trump trying to fire Mueller broke, The Dotard pulled the same “Fake News” bullshit that he does every single time a story breaks that he doesn’t like.  This time, the Foreign Press at Davos booed him.  Just like he deserves.

 

DIVORCE PUTIN DAUGHTER, LOSE A BILLION DOLLARS

Another example of Russian Kleptocracy at work.

Putin is a thief and a dictator.  This is not the first time that someone who crossed Vladimir.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he “slipped on some tea.

Or, just a good, old fashioned Russian Heart Attack.

 

ALEXEI NALVANY ARRESTED IN RUSSIAN PROTESTS

And here’s another example of Russian Corruption.

The people, especially the young people in Russia, are sick and tired of Putin’s regime.  In a clear and free election, Nalvany would win in a landslide.  But Russia doesn’t have free and open elections.  They rig them to let Putin hold on to power.

After we clean house in America and get our shit under control, we’re coming after the regimes that attacked the United States.  Putin’s Russia, Xi’s China, Erdogan’s Turkey, and the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Don’t think we forgot about you.

 

TRUMP SEEKS RELEASE OF NUNES MEMO

In a surprise to absolutely no one, Trump is siding with his stooge Devin Nunes over the Department of Justice and the FBI.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, Trump has no respect for the rule of law, and thinks he’s above it.  I can’t wait for him to get smashed with the Hammer of Justice.

 

VINNY MAC RAPE ACCUSATIONS FROM 2006

Following the announced restart of the XFL, The Daily Beast released a story reminding us all that Vince McMahon, owner of WWE and a long time friend of Donald Trump, was accused of attempted rape and sexual assault back in 2006.

I’ve heard rumors about some kind of shady connection between Trump and McMahon going back for years, possibly including their friend Jeffrey Epstien.

Vince’s wife Linda is a member of Trump’s Cabinet.

 

That’s it for today.  I might write something else tonight, but if I do, it’ll be short and/or light-hearted.  Then again, I could use a bit of a break.  It’s been a long weekend, and I’m watching wrestling tonight…

Hey, that’s an idea.  How this political situation would work out if it were a wrestling angle.  Angle is wrestling-speak for story.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 01/25/2018

TRUMP TRIED TO FIRE MUELLER BACK IN JUNE 2017.  NEW YORK TIMES SAT ON STORY FOR 7 MONTHS

Back in June, President Donald Trump tried to fire Special Counselor Robert Mueller.  The only thing that stopped him was White House Counsel and long time Trump lawyer Don McGahn threatening to quit.

This happened back on June 12, 2017.  The story wasn’t released until January 25, 2017.  The New York Times, mainly Maggie Haberman, sat on this story for 7 months.

I’m not surprised by this story in the slightest.  Back last summer, there was a concerted effort from the RWM to discredit Mueller for three goofy reasons.  Those were about Mueller hiring lawyers that donated to the Democratic Party, Mueller canceling his membership at a Trump golf course over an argument about fees, and that Mueller had just interviewed for the FBI Director job the day before he was appointed the Special Counselor.  These exact same reasons were repeated ad nauseum on Fox News back in June.  The Rumor Mill sounded the warning bell that Mark Kasowitz, Trump’s lawyer at the time, was doing some digging into Mueller, and that Trump was seriously considering firing Mueller.

I’m also not surprised that they actually tried to fire him back in June.  Trump knows he’s screwed if anyone looks into his past.

I’m also not surprised that Maggie sat on this story for 7 months.  She is an Access Journalist, and thrives off of her ability to get close to Donald Trump.  She can get him to say some stupid stuff on the record, but she also knows that if she goes too far, too fast, she’ll lose that access.

I’m also not surprised by the timing of this.  This is a big story, but it wasn’t the biggest of the day.  This was not the biggest story of the day.  This is a distraction.

What I do find surprising is the hero of this story is none other than Don McGahn.  The same Don McGahn that lobbied Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself, and wrote the rough draft of the Comey firing letter.  Suddenly, in June, he decides that firing Mueller is a step too far for him.

This story, combined with his cameo in the WaPo story from inside the Mueller interrogation room and that him and Bannon share the same lawyer, leads me to think that the rumors of McGahn flipping might be true.  Supposedly, this happened on McGahn’s second interview.  After he saw how screwed he was from the first interview, he decided to flip.

 

DUCTH INTELLIGENCE INFILTRATED RUSSIAN HACKER CELL COZY BEAR, SAW ATTACKS ON UNITED STATES IN REAL TIME.

This is massive. Like, NATO Article 5 massive.

Dutch Intelligence executed an Intel operation against Russia following the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.  It’s been long suspected in the IC that Russia via Russian Separatists shot down the flight as an attempt to discredit the new Ukrainian government after they voted out Yanokonovitch.  Remember, this flight took off from Amsterdam, and was filled with Dutch citizens.

The Dutch worked their way into Cozy Bear, one of Russia’s main hacking cells.

They were in their network.  They know where they’re at.

They were in their servers.  They know what they did.

They were in their security cameras.  They know what they look like.

While there, the Dutch saw, in real time, Russian hackers and spies attacking the United States in Cyberwarfare, directed primarily at affecting the 2016 Presidential Election.

The Dutch informed the U.S. via the FBI that the Russians were attacking us.  This was well before the Steele Dossier ever came to light.  And they weren’t the only foreign Intel agency that warned the United States.

However, the article also states that the Dutch have been very reluctant to share intel since Trump came to office.  Probably because they saw something, but also because the Trump Administration likely tipped off the Russians about the Dutch.

The Dutch were in this system from 2014 to late 2016, early 2017.  But something changed.  One day, they lost access, likely through a firewall change or a security scan.  This might not sound like a big deal, but this was a change in their behavior patterns.  Think about it like this…

People have a tendency to get complacent.  This is true in IT and hacking as well.  They’ll set up an ultra-secure, air-tight, white-listed infrastructure, and then… leave it alone for a long time, until an outside event forces a change.  That could be getting a new computer, the router explodes, moving to a new building, or responding to a new threat.

What likely happened is that someone in Team Trump, like Devin Nunes or Trey Gowdy, leaked this highly-classified information to someone who got it to the Russians.  The Russians were tipped off that their network was compromised, so they updated their firewall and put in new security measures.

I made this observation on Twitter, and Louise herself confirmed it.  That confirmation was then confirmed as being either Devin, or someone else like him.

 

DONNIE JR. JUDICIARY TRANSCRIPTS TO BE RELEASED SOON

Soon, we’ll get to read the transcripts of Donnie Jr.’s hearing.  We’ll get to count how many times he lied to the Senate.

Of course, Mueller’s team gets a copy of this first.  They’re interested in his lies as well.

 

THE COORDINATED GOP EFFORT TO DISCREDIT THE TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

The GOP has been screaming crazy stuff louder than normal recently.  It’s almost like they’re getting ready for some disastrous news that could take down the Trump Administration and anyone associated with them.

 

MUELLER FINISHING UP OBSTRUCTION INVESTIGATION

Maybe the GOP is worried about this?

If Mueller is making moves to set up an interview with Trump, then we’re at the point where near the end-game of this phase.  Interviewing the likely suspect is the last step before the hammer drops.

 

SAM BROWNBACK RESIGNS

Sam Brownback resigns as Governor of Kansas.

After destroying the Kansas economy in a Libertarian Wet Dream Experiment, he’s leaving his job to become an Ambassador at large for Religious Freedom.

Remember, Paul Ryan was his former staffer.  So this is the asshole we have to thank for that spineless shit.

 

RUMOR MILL – BRIGHT LIGHTS OF HOLLYWOOD

Something that I saw on Twitter Friday morning (yes, I’m writing this on Friday) was a nice long thread about how Hollywood is working on MANY Trump related products.  And none of them show him in a good light.  Nor his allies or his enablers.  And it’s not just one or two people or networks, but pretty much everyone.

This will be disastrous for the GOP.  Remember “All The President’s Men”?  I’ve never read the book or read the Bernstein/Woodward articles from Watergate, but I’ve seen that movie at least 40 times.  Every character in that movie has become immortalized, every trope cemented in lore and “Follow the Money” has become THE go-to instruction for uncovering corruption.

These projects are already in motion, and will be made until all of the stories are told.  And that could be a lifetime or two or ten.

In the last few months, two new movies dealing with Nixonian corruption were released to theaters, “Felt” and “The Post.”  “Felt” stars Liam Neeson as FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt, who was Bob Woodward’s source in Watergate that was nicknamed “Deep Throat.”  “The Post” is a movie about the Washington Post uncovering the Vietnam Papers.  It’s directed by Speilberg, starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Bob Odenkirk.

There will be a metric fuckton of movies, plays, TV shows, and web series about Trump and his crimes.  They’ll cover everything and everyone.  Some will be serious, some won’t.  Some will be flattering, most won’t.

I’m looking forward to a Jordan Peele directed love story between Donald and Ivanka starring Kevin Hart as Donald Trump and Leslie Jones as Ivanka.

 

That’s it for today.  I really don’t want to go any weirder than that.  I could, easily.  But I’ll save that for another article.

This weekend might be a little sparse.  Not that news won’t happen today, but real life will be pretty busy.  I’ll write when I can.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 01/24/2018

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018.

MUELLER AND TRUMP CIRCLING ONE ANOTHER

Special Counselor Robert Mueller wants to interview President Donald Trump.  Trump said he’d love to speak to Mueller, even under oath.  Trump’s lawyers had a shit fit because they have the Worst. Client. Ever.

A normal interview does not require anyone to swear to tell the truth, but lying to federal investigator is a crime.  At best, Donald Trump has a tenuous relationship with the truth.  He is a pathological liar.  If this interview lasts more than 10 minutes, he’ll have broken the law.

If Trump were subpoenaed to appear before a Grand Jury, then he’d have to answer questions under oath.

Personally, I don’t think this interview should happen, but it will.  Trump’s only chance is to listen to his lawyers and shut the fuck up.  But, this is Trump.  He won’t listen to his lawyers.  His ego won’t let him listen to people he’s paying.  He views lawyers like his employees, and he treats his employees like slaves.  How dare one of his slaves tell him what to do?  He pays their salary, he’ll do what he wants, and their job is to protect him after the fact.

MUELLER INTERVIEWS CIA DIRECTOR POMPEO AND OTHER INTEL HEADS

This was reported by Reuters.  I found the following to be of particular interest:

In interviews last year with Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers, Mueller’s team focused on whether Trump had asked them to lean on former FBI Director James Comey, the sources said.

 Mueller also asked the officials if Trump tried to shut down intelligence investigations into Russian election meddling and into contacts between Russian officials connected with President Vladimir Putin’s government and associates of Trump or his campaign, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

That’s right, Mueller’s asking them about Trump’s ties to Russia.  Considering that prosecutors don’t ask questions they don’t already have the answers to, Mueller already knows, and wants to know what they know.

POMPEO DELEGATED AWAY 40% OF JOB

On the one year anniversary of his new position, CIA Director Mike Pompeo explained that he had delegated away much of his job.

Shortly after Pompeo took over at the CIA is right when the Russian Investigation hit the main stream press. The people on the inside knew that Pompeo shouldn’t be trusted, and that his loyalties were in question. However, they couldn’t completely cut him out of the loop, he’d have to be involved on some things, but he didn’t need nor want the keys to the kingdom.

What does a mid to upper-level bureaucrat do to keep their boss from screwing up the life’s work of thousands of agents and analysts? Bury the good stuff in the mundane, and make the job so mind-numbing that the new boss wants nothing to do with it. They inundate the boss with reports, analysis, reports about reports, reports about reports about reports, and reports about analysis about reports about analysis about reports. Bury him under every travel request, every equipment requisition, every pointless meeting and committee that is humanly possible.  Slow walk every one of his requests and require triplicate confirmation on the smallest stuff he asks for.  Throw so many things at them that “need DIRCIA approval” that the new boss eventually says “Screw it! You deal with it!” and he throws his hands up in disgust.

I think this is part of what happened. The “Deep State” buried Pompeo in so much minutiae that he delegated it to different department heads, and in doing so inadvertently gave the agents fighting Russia the room to operate without having Trump’s pick get in the way.

RICK GATES HIRES LAWYER THAT SPECIALIZES IN MAKING PLEA DEALS

Holy Mother of Pearl, this is a big deal.  Like, ‘can take down the entire fundraising arm of the GOP’ big.

Rick Gates wasn’t just an aide for Paul Manafort, but was also Tom Barrack’s right hand man during the Inauguration.  As you’ll recall, Tom Barrack was the Chairman for the Trump Inauguration Committee.  The same committee that raised over $110 million, spent maybe $20 million of it, and can’t find the rest.  Rick Gates was the Deputy Committee Chairman.

So, we’ve got a known money launderer, $80-90 million that went missing, a long list of people that donated to this committee in exchange for political favors, and a team of prosecutors that include specialists in white collar crimes.  Now, we add a lawyer who specialty is making deals to keep his clients from dying of old age in prison.

Why would the Special Counselor’s Office make a deal with Rick Gates?  Because he knows where the missing money went, and can tie dozens of people to it.

The SCO’s office doesn’t need Gates to flip on Paul Manafort.  They have enough on Manafort to guarantee he dies in prison of old age, and this is before the superseding indictments fall from the sky.  Manafort’s only chance of not dying in prison in the United States or being extradited to Ukraine for war crimes is to flip on someone hire up the food chain, and he’s shown no desire to do that so far.

But Gates, on the other hand, has a wife and a family with small children.  Plus, he’s tied to the Inauguration Committee, which ties him to Tom Barrack and others.  Gates can provide all of the information on the donors, the banks used, and if anyone received a quid pro quo for their donations.

Just in case Rick needed any more incentive to work with Mueller’s team, he should ask Andrew Fastow.  Andrew was the former CFO at Enron.  Like Rick, Andrew asked his wife to get involved by hiding ill-gotten funds in her name.  The prosecutor in the Enron case went after Lea Fastow, Andrew’s wife and used that to get Andrew to flip on the rest of the board.  The lawyer in that case was Andrew Weissman.  He reported to Robert Mueller.  Just like he does now.

MANAFORT LEGAL TEAM ACCIDENTALLY UPLOADS CASE NOTES TO PUBLIC DOCKET

Paul’s lawyers done fucked up.

Unlike Rick Gates, Paul Manafort is pulling out every trick in the playbook in a long shot attempt at beating these charges.  It doesn’t help when the legal team uploads an internal memo into the public docket, for everyone, including the prosecutors, to see.

FLYNN KEPT WHITE HOUSE IN DARK ABOUT FBI MEETING

Can you believe it’s been one year since Mike Flynn lied to the FBI about his calls to the Russian Ambassador?

This story confirmed a piece that I’d previously reported. Sally Yates had given her information to the FBI and the Special Counselor’s Office.

Also, this story reports that Mike Flynn didn’t have a lawyer present, even though there was one on staff available for him, and that he didn’t think this was about him until well into the interview.

HANNITY THE RUSSIAN MOUTHPIECE, AND HOW THE PARTY OF “LAW AND ORDER” AND THEIR ATTACKS AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT

Mother Jones has a nice write-up about how Russian Trolls are using Sean Hannity to reinforce their talking points.

I’ve mentioned rumors over the last few months about how Sean was, and likely is, under investigation by the FBI for rumored ties to Russia.  Something strikes me as a little too weird for coincidence.

We’ve seen evidence of the White House coordinating stories with Fox News in an attempt to distract from bad news and discredit Trump’s enemies.  Seth Rich, Uranium One, Unmasking, Susan Rice, FBI Text Messages and Secret Societies.  Now, they’re engaging in a full-court press to discredit the FBI and Law Enforcement.  While the rest of the media is at least talking about the likelihood that Trump obstructed justice by trying to kill the Russian Investigation, Fox News is too busy carrying Trump’s water and spouting off short-sighted Pro-Trump and Pro-Putin talking points that only serve to harm this country in the long term.

Fox News and their ilk are why 30% of Americans still support Trump, even after all of the crap he’s done.  I’m afraid that number will hover around that point even as news of Trump’s crimes come to the forefront.

RUMOR MILL – RESTORE THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE

Earlier in this country’s history, we had this thing called the Fairness Doctrine.  It had several components to it, but the two largest parts were restrictions on who could own media companies, and that media companies had to give a factual representation of the news, and had to give equal representation to both sides of a political story.

This lasted until Ronald Reagan’s administration did away with this in the late 80’s.  After that, companies could own television and papers in different markets, and multiple outlets in the same market.  They also didn’t have to give both sides of a story, only what they wanted to tell people to believe.  This led to the rise of Right Wing Media with the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the rest.

Eventually, we end up with media outlets that only tell the story they want to tell, and people that only get news they want to hear. If anything happens that disrupts that narrative, it disappears or gets written off as the ramblings of a madman.

This works for the most part, but something interesting happened during the 2016 election. While evidence of Trump’s crimes were strewn about for anyone to see, and his history of terrible behavior was known far and wide, the media ignored all of this to follow the “Hilary is Evil” storyline. Even as obvious evidence of Russian interference came to light, the story remained the same.

That’s where Eric Garland enters the picture.

In December 2016, he wrote a thread on Twitter called Game Theory. Here’s a link to it. It’s very long, and gives a quick description of what went wrong since the 90’s. It’s one of those things that seems nuts at the time, but feels inevitable when looked at from the future.

But something else happened. He became internet famous, with several hit pieces written about him from various outlets all at the same time. It wasn’t just RWM either, but places like Esquire, GQ, and some technology sites wrote about him. Over the last year, I’ve seen quite a few of them attacking him. The strangest one was when a young woman accused him of “mansplaining” how Intelligence Agencies worked.

Why in the Crystal Pepsi flavored fuck did all of these agencies write hit pieces on a nobody from Twitter in December 2016 on short notice?

How did they all come to the same decision to attack this nobody?

Did they think he wouldn’t keep track of all of this?

Eric wrote his findings Here. He also comes to the same conclusion that I have been saying for a while.

It is long past due to restore the Fairness Doctrine. Our future depends on it.

That’s it for today. Well, yesterday. I didn’t get this posted on Wednesday due to a technical glitch. Thursday is already heating up, as the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that they would release Donnie Jr.’s testimony.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 01/23/2018

Tuesday the 23rd.  Here’s a few things that happened today…

ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS INTERVIEWED BY ROBERT MUELLER LAST WEEK

So, last week there was a large push to discredit the FBI and the Special Counselor’s office.  It started on the 17th.  What else happened that day?

The Keebler Nazi met with Robert Mueller for several hours.

This has been a bad 24 hours for the Evil House Elf.  First, news comes out that he pressured the new FBI Director to fire people that Trump doesn’t like.  Next, this story leaks that Mueller interviewed the Attorney General for several hours about Obstruction of Justice.

Yes, I said leaked.  I think this was selectively leaked by Team Mueller to send a message to Trump.  That message is “We are inside you’re cabinet, and are coming for you.”

 

MUELLER WANTS TO INTERVIEW TRUMP BY END OF FEBRUARY

Speaking of Trump, Mueller has his nuts on a platter, and is coming for him.

From what I’ve learned studying this drama over the last year, prosecutors do not go into meetings like this without already knowing the answers.  They have at least 90% of the answers, and are giving the interviewee a chance to come clean with any extra information or giving them a chance to hang themselves.

Mueller will not accept written answers to questions, he wants the Dotard face to face.  He knows that Trump can’t help but lie, and that he’s an idiot.  He also knows that he’s smart enough to know that Trump is dumb enough to think that Mueller is dumb enough to think that Trump is smart enough to get out of this.

This also gives us a timeline to work with.  Like I’ve said before, I don’t believe we’ll get any new indictments until either after the Trump Interview or as incentive for him to meet.

 

TRUMP ASKED MCCABE WHO HE VOTED FOR

This just came in as I’m finishing up the article, and is highly irregular.  It’s also of very special interest to Robert Mueller.

 

FBI DIRECTOR WRAY NAMES DANA BOENTE AS FBI GENERAL COUNSEL

I’m still skeptical of new FBI Director Chris Wray due to his connections with Trump and Christie, but I’m starting to warm up to him.

Remember when Jeff Sessions asked for Dana Boente’s resignation on Indictment Eve?  In retrospect this was some obvious obstruction of justice, but even at the time it was shady.

Well, Chris Wray just hired Dana Boente as the new General Counsel of the FBI.  This is a classic “Fuck You” maneuver.  Wray’s sort-of boss ordered a restructure of the FBI to remove people that were knowledgeable of Trump’s crimes, so to fill a position he shouldn’t have had to fill in the first place, he hired the most dangerous man that was fired by his so-called boss, and put him in a high profile position that doesn’t require an appointment or political authorization.

 

CONFIRMATION: COMEY MET WITH MUELLER MULTIPLE TIMES LAST YEAR

This confirms some rumors I heard last year that weren’t exactly state secrets, and everyone assumed happened, but it’s now part of the public record.

James Comey, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, was debriefed by Special Counselor Robert Mueller.  Formally.  On the record.

 

TWITTER WARNINGS PISS OFF RUSSIAN TROLLS ON REDDIT

Recently, Twitter sent out letters to many people informing them that they had interacted with known Russian trolls and bots during the 2016 election.  I did not receive one of these since I didn’t rejoin Twitter until last February, but I know a few people who did.  Some of them are members of the Rumor Mill, some are politicians, and a few are some other random people.

However, not everyone who received this notice realizes what it says.  For example, on the The_Donald subreddit, many “people” that received the letter “claim” that they didn’t get involved on Twitter until after the election.

Notice all of the quotes in that sentence?  I’m not sure how to grammatically point out bullshit in a sentence with a quick mark, so I use quotes.

First, T_D is the largest collection of known Russian trolls on the Internet.  Many of the users and most of the mods are Russians.

Second, this article takes an interesting point.  It assumes that these users are people, Americans, and being honest.  I can call bullshit on these comments because I have personally battled at least two of the users mentioned in the article.

Finally, of all of the people they could have found for a quote, the author goes with Glenn Fucking Greenwald.  Of Wikileaks and Ed Snowden fame.

Some left-wing voices also pushed back against the move on the part of the social media company. “Twitter is sending out messages to people telling them that, for their own good, they are documenting that the user has either followed, cited or re-tweeted an account Twitter decided is linked to Russia & its propaganda efforts. That’s not creepy at all,” wrote Glenn Greenwald—the journalist who first reported the Snowden leaks revealing mass government spying in 2013—in a tweet.

Glenn Greenwald is in it neck deep with Wikileaks.  He’s bought their story full-on, and has been pushing their talking points for a while.  And by Wikileaks, I mean Russia’s.

He attacks Twitter for informing users that they were used by or interacted with Russian trolls and bots, claiming a violation of privacy and freedom of speech, he immediately pivots to whataboutism.

“Is Twitter going to track and inform users when they follow, re-tweet or approvingly cite accounts that are linked to western governments and their propaganda efforts, too?” Greenwald asked in a separate tweet, linking to a story about America’s efforts to to influence Cubans on social media.

 Greenwald is a mouthpiece for Assange, Wikileaks, and by extension the Russians.  Whether he knows it or not is the only point left for debate.  Personally, I think he’s dirty AF.  And this is a sentiment shared by all members of the Rumor Mill.

 

GP FIANCEE: GEORGE WILL BE THE JOHN DEAN OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

John Dean was Nixon’s White House Counsel.  He plead guilty to felony charges, then received immunity for his crimes in exchange for testimony against the Nixon White House.

 

BIDEN: MCCONNELL WOULD NOT LET OBAMA CALL OUT RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE BEFORE ELECTION

This confirms a report from last year by the Washington Post that in a closed door meeting before the 2016 election, Obama asked for support from Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan for a joint statement against Russia and the shit they were pulling during the campaign.  Mitch put the kibosh on it, and threatened to claim it was a partisan attack by the President to attack Trump.

Knowing what we know now, Mitch was likely covering his ass and found a way to blame the Democrats at the same time.

Mitch is evil and competent.

 

TRUMP SUPPORTER THREATENED TO KILL CNN EMPLOYEES

Trump’s continuous attacks on media he doesn’t like is going to get someone killed.

 

SCHUMER WITHDRAWS OFFER ON TRUMP’S WALL

This was part of the deal to get a Continuing Resolution signed until February 8 or 9 while a budget is debated.  Since negotiation with Trump is like negotiating with jello, this was getting pulled in a matter of minutes.

 

TRUMP WANTS TO IMPOSE 30% CHINESE SOLAR CELL TARIFF

Fuck Trump.  Solar is the future, coal is dead, and fossil fuels are dying.

 

STORMYWATCH: PAYOFF IS ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION

It’s time for another story about Stormy Daniels.

The watchdog group Common Cause is following up on a train of thought I brought up a couple days ago, that this payoff to Stormy was an illegal campaign contribution.

As if that wasn’t enough, CREW, found a payment in December from the Trump Campaign to one of Trump’s businesses.

Here’s the payment from the Campaign, as well as a tweet from CREW.

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That’s it for today.  It’s been a crazy week so far, and it’s only Tuesday.  As Mueller gets closer to Trump, it’s only going to get weirder.

Hang on to your butts.

Now that we’ve got a timeline for a Trump/Mueller interview, I feel that I should try to do another Wargame article.  I think I have an idea how things could work out.  Then again, it’s all speculation.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur