Friday. that means it’s time for a news dump.
According to forensics, it was Fancy Bear. They’re the same hacking group that was behind the DNC, Olympic, and Climate Change hacks over the last few years. They also operate under the name APT28, and are state-sponsored Russian hackers.
Russia targeted specific Senators and their staffs, mostly Democrats and Republican critics of Putin and Trump, such as John McCain.
In a crazy ass day, the fact that the Russians attempted to hack several Senators should be the biggest story of the month. This could be interpreted as an Act of War. If a team of Russian Special Ops soldiers were caught breaking into Capitol Hill offices, the bombers would be on standby and ships would be sailing toward Russia right now.
Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, was paid $130,000 a few weeks before the election. Payment was made to her by Michael Cohen, the same Cooley Law School graduate that doesn’t understand how discovery works and recently sued BuzzFeed for defamation of character and libel.
According to the story, Stormy had a sexual encounter with him in 2006, while Melania was pregnant with his son Barron. Stormy was about to go public right before the election, but decided not to at the last minute. Two ABC reporters confirmed with producers on Good Morning America that they were working on validating her story for an on-air interview right before the election when she pulled out at the last minute.
If Trump moving on porn stars sounds familiar, it is. Jessica Drake claimed that Trump kissed her without his permission and offered her $10,000 for sex, while Karen McDougal sold her story to the National Enquirer for $150,000. They never ran the story.
In the book Fire and Fury, Steve Bannon made a comment about how Trump’s lawyer Mark Kasowitz joined the campaign and used to “handle” the women. In light of Combover Caligula’s latest escapades, this handling takes on a whole new meaning.
This should be a hell of a lot bigger than it is.
Trump condo sales that match Treasury’s characteristics of possible money laundering totaled $1.5 billion, BuzzFeed News calculated. They accounted for 21% of the 6,400 Trump condos sold in the US. Those figures include condos that Trump developed as well as condos that others developed in his name under licensing deals that pay Trump a fee or a percentage of sales.
JFC, $1.5 BILLION!
Oh, it’s gets crazier…
The surge was driven by the opening of 11 Trump condo buildings between 2008 and 2010 as Trump shifted his real-estate business from developing high-rises to licensing them. Nine were Trump-licensed, and they drew hundreds of shell companies that paid an average of $1.2 million in cash for a condo. In six of the licensed buildings, cash-paying shell companies bought at least a third of the condos, records show.
Look at that date. 2008 to 2010, right smack dab in the middle of the bursting housing market crash. Property values were dropping like a rock, people were losing homes left and right, yet 1/3rd of his properties were bought by shell companies for at or above market value.
The investigation identified 1,326 all-cash sales – some involving more than one condo unit – to shell companies.
All pretense of “benefit of the doubt” is gone. 1,326 all-cash sales to shell companies.
Yes, there are legitimate reasons why one would use a shell company to purchase property, like a celebrity trying to avoid stalkers, but these types of sales are rare. The fact that so many of them flocked to his properties, and that they executed such sales, screams of being complicit in large scale money laundering.
Here’s the parts that really stood out:
Donald Trump insisted that Eric pay for services and grounds at Trump resorts, even though they could have used them for free, or at least at a discount. You’d have to be a supreme dick to charge extra to use something for a charity event.
This is not Trump’s charity, but his son Eric’s, Curetivity.
Curetivity paid at or above market prices for using Trump properties. Not a discount or family price, but he was charged MORE than some jerk off the street.
This is eerily reminiscent of similar stories about the Eric Trump Foundation and St. Jude’s, after Donald Sr. got involved with the charity. Before, when Eric. and his friends were running it, their expenses for charities was very low, and they received discounts on the properties. After the Dotard got involved, the fees skyrocketed, and they were taken from the money raised by the charities. These fees were often at or above market price, and the expenses were paid for from the money raised by the charities. Expenses went from about $50,000 to over $250,000. It sounds crazy, but was still just a small amount compared to the $16.3 million they raised for St. Jude’s.
Also, from the article, NYAG Schneiderman is looking into this.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a frequent Trump legal antagonist before and during his presidency, opened a preliminary probe into whether Curetivity was improperly benefitting the Trump family. A Schneiderman spokesperson declined to comment on the foundation’s new tax filing, but said “the investigation is ongoing.”
While it was assumed that Dick Durbin was the one who told the press about Trump’s comments, he removed all doubts after Trump denied that he used the phrase “Shithole Countries.”
Of course, Trump only denied saying it after Fox & Friends said he should “walk it back.”
Other members of the meeting, including Lindsey “Don’t release the pictures of me going down on another man” Graham admitted Trump said it. Repeatedly.
This is the world we’re in right now. Remember, this too shall pass.
Trump said … fuck what he said, he was lying anyway. He was looking at the biggest protests in British history. Hitler is more popular in England than Trump.
According to Louise Mensch, who is far more credible than the Dotard, Trump was offended that he was given an unvitation to Prince Harry’s wedding.
The Royal Family hates Trump for many reasons, including the time Trump claimed he would have banged Diana, but would make her take an AIDS test first since she worked with so many orphans.
I shit you not.
Anyway, because he’s the President, he was invited, but he was told that he would have to sit in the back. The far back. Like, might as well be in the next building over.
President Obama, on the other hand, would be seated up front, in the friends and family section. Barrack missed William’s wedding, he was busy that weekend.
Let’s see how “healthy” he is. Considering his listed weight of 267 pounds at 6’4″ puts him at a BMI of 32.5, which is technically Class 1 Obese, doesn’t exercise, eats tons of fast food, and has reportedly ballooned to 345, if his report comes back as anything other than “a heart attack waiting to happen”, I would seriously question the doctor and their findings.
That, or they’re hoping he’ll eat himself to death, and telling him the truth might get him to change his ways.
This isn’t nearly as nefarious as it sounds, but the Trump Hotel in DC, the old Post Office building, successfully challenged to get their Possessory Tax Bill decreased by claiming that the property wasn’t worth $150 million, but just $110 million due to lower profits in 2016 and a delayed launch. The city agreed that it wasn’t worth the original amount, and agreed to the new value.
What’s interesting is that $110 million isn’t far off from the value of the building when it stood empty for years.
He can longer represent Trump and follow his conscience at the same time. If only some other people could do the same.
That’s it for today. I’m not sure what I want to write about this weekend. I had some ideas on Wednesday, but I forget what I wanted to do already. I might do something a little light hearted, like a collection of nicknames for Trump and the Crew. That, or play “Guess the Mole.” Maybe I’ll make a Casting Guide for the inevitable movies and TV series that will come from this whole shitstorm. The weather is supposed to get crazy in my neck of the woods this weekend, so who knows what will happen.
By the way, if you like Science Fiction books, check out Artemis by Andy Weir. I just finished the Audible version today, and it was one hell of a good book.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur