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

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