It’s Friday. Looks like the holiday break is over, and we’re back to the “Jesus Christ on a Cracker, what now?” mentality.
NEW YORK TIMES DROPS BOMBSHELL ABOUT MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE AND INTERFERE IN RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
There’s a crap ton in here. Let me list a couple bullet points.
- Trump had Don McGahn lobby Jeff Sessions to keep from recusing himself from Russia.
- A staffer for Sessions approached a member of Congress looking for dirt on James Comey
- Sessions asked for a friendly media source to release one negative news story a day to discredit Comey
- Trump lost his shit when Sessions recused himself
- Reince Preibus took notes on this
- A White House Staff Attorney told Trump he couldn’t fire the FBI Director without reason, in an effort to keep Trump from doing something monumentally stupid
- Rod Rosenstein made a copy of the original Comey firing letter
- He gave that letter to Robert Mueller
- James Comey gave his memos to Mueller
- Mueller likely has Reince’s notes, and has had this information for a long time.
REPUBLICANS BLOCKING INVESTIGATIONS FOR TRUMP
Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham recommended to the DOJ to investigate Christopher Steele.
Paul Ryan backs Devin Nunes in his attempts to impede the investigation.
These are not the actions of innocent men, but complicit parties in a crime.
“FIRE AND FURY” BOOK BLOWS UP
The book was released today, 4 days early. After Trump’s lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to the author and publisher. It is selling out across the country.
When I convert this blog to a book, I want Trump to attack me. It’s like the Oprah book club stamp, but relevant.
MASS EXODUS IN WASHINGTON BEGINS
Several people announced that they’re leaving their government positions.
Traditionally, there are a few departures after the first year. Some people get in to politics, see it isn’t for them, and cash out with a high paying job.
But not like this. This is a flood of people noping the fuck out and running out the door.
Expect more of them to run after the one year mark.
The one that makes me raise my eyebrow like Spock is Mike Pence’s Chief Counselor. It’s pretty unusual for a lawyer to quit on the eve of the biggest case of his life.
PARSCALE: NO ONE DID ANYTHING WITH JARED KUSHNER OR ERIC TRUMP’S APPROVAL
Natasha Bertrand from Business Insider reports that Brad Parscale, the head of the Trump Campaign’s digital operations, threw Kushner and the Trump son that looks like he sniffed too much glue approved all of the decisions made in the election.
I haven’t seen someone thrown under the bus like this since the Mad Max movies.
KUSHNER DIRECTED FLYNN TO LOBBY FOREIGN OFFICIALS ABOUT U.N. VOTE
I noticed a pattern with a lot of today’s news. They continue to bury Kushner, Trump, and Preibus, but not Bannon.
I wonder why that is?
FROM THE RUMOR MILL: BANNON FLIP?
Here’s a weird one from the Rumor Mill. According to multiple members, including Louise and Countercheckist, Steve Bannon has flipped on Trump.
This is a recent development, as it was reported a few months back that Steve was looking at espionage charges. In the United States, espionage carries a default punishment of the death penalty.
To be honest, I’m torn at this news.
On one hand, I was looking forward to Steve Bannon getting the fate that a traitor to the Republic deserves. He engaged in spreading Russian propaganda, inciting racists and fascists, and actively tried to harm the country and its people.
On the other hand, he was a witness to countless crimes committed by Trump, Sessions, Kushner, Pence, Preibus, and others. He puts Trump in the room with the Comey firing, and connects the Mercer family, Cambridge Analytica, and the Transition Team.
Speaking of the Mercer family, supposedly Rebekah Mercer cut off Steve Bannon. They were rumored to be dating, but that is over.
Now that I’ve scarred everyone with the image of someone voluntarily wanting to fuck Steve Bannon, here’s a picture of a cat staring at another cat.
Special Prosecutor Oscar Torretto keeps an eye on Osi.
Steve is saving his own ass, and likely handed information over to Mueller a long time back. He’s been leaking like a prostate cancer survivor to the press since Trump took office, so it makes sense that someone who thinks they’re the smartest person in the room with a chip on their shoulder would go after his new enemies.
That’s why it strikes me that Trump going after Bannon is the stupidest thing he’s done in at least 20 minutes.
Look at the stories released today and yesterday. Large scoops, all hurting Trump but not Steve.
I’m not saying he was the source on all of it. I’m implying that he was A source, but not THE source.
That’s it for today. At least, that’s what I’m going to write about. I’m still getting back into the swing of things. I want to cover what I missed while sick this weekend.
I’m wrapping this up, battery is low.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur
5 thoughts on “Daily Check-In 01/05/2018”
You accidentally wrote “with” rather than “without” Kushner and Eric Trump’s approval.
You also described Mark Paoletta as Mike Pence’s Chief Counselor rather than “Counsel”.
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Thanks. I didn’t proofread before posting, the phone was down to 6% battery.
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These are minor errors that I wouldn’t have mentioned had they not had the potential to change your meaning or cause confusion.
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