Daily Check-In 01/16/2018

BANNON SUBPOENAED TWICE IN ONE DAY

Steve Bannon testified before the House Intelligence Committee for about 10 hours. During that time, he was subpoenaed, then subpoenaed again.

Confused? Don’t be.

While Bannon was on his way to Congress, he was notified that the White House was exercising Executive Privilege for the Congressional hearing. At least, that’s what Bannon claimed.

Bannon stonewalled Congress so much they served him with a subpoena to get some answers.

During the day, it comes out that he’s already been subpoenaed by Mueller to appear before a Grand Jury. Because of that, he’s hesitant to answer questions from Congress.

Plus, if he did flip, someone in Congress **cough Nunes cough** might leak it to the White House.

Typically, witnesses are subpoenaed, not suspects. And , this could be a negotiation tactic to get Bannon to come quietly. Another option is that he’s been served to keep his lawyer from influencing his testimony, since the lawyer also represents White House Counsel Don McGahn and Reince Preibus.

STORMY DANIELS, A YEAR LONG RELATIONSHIP, KEITH SCHILLER, AND FOX NEWS

Trump’s Porn Star Girlfriend Stormy Daniels had a story to tell in 2016, and told it to Fox News. They buried the story.

Stormy, real name Stephanie Clifford, claimed to have had a year long sexual relationship with Donald Trump while he was married to Melania, much of it while she was pregnant. Encounters were set up by Keith Schiller, Trump’s bodyguard.

Supposedly, she went to Fox News to make sure that he paid the hush money. They told his campaign about Stormy, and Cohen cut a check.

One thing that’s a little unusual. Cohen released a statement from her that she never had sexual relations with Trump. The statement came from Cohen, not Stormy’s publicist, and was signed with her stage name, not her real name.

FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND REPUBLICANS USING TRUMP PROPERTIES

This is straight up bribery, pay for play bullshit.

Remember, it’s a crime to offer a bribe as well as accept one.

SENATE PROPOSES STRICT SANCTIONS ON ANY COUNTRY THAT INTERFERES IN ELECTIONS

Interfering in an election is an Act of War, but sanctions are a good first step.

The next few stories are from Monday and the weekend.

WENDI DENG MURDOCH, JAVANKA, AND CHINESE INTELLIGENCE

Murdoch? Why does that sound familiar?

Wendi is Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife, has an affair with Tony Blair, and was rumored to have been dating Putin. She’s also been accused of having ties to Chinese Intelligence.

Wendi is also very good friends with Jared and Ivanka.

SPEED ROUND!

ECUADORIAN CORRUPTION

ASSANGE NEEDS A SHOWER

STICK A PIN IN THIS: MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY OFFICIALS INDICTED ON BRIBERY CHARGES

I’m a little confused as well, but several members of the Rumor Mill went all “Oh Snap Mutha Fuckas” over this.

TOP TIP: MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO TIES TO MONEY LAUNDERING IN COUNTRIES THAT YOU CALL A SHITHOLE

That’s it for today.

It looks like the New Year lull is over. I’m not sure what’s around the corner, but I wouldn’t expect any more indictments until either after Trump interviews with Mueller or tries to avoid it altogether.

Also, get ready to hear a lot more about China. The focus so far has been on Russia, but there are some shady ass ties between Trump and China.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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