Daily Check-In 02/28/2018

Wednesday February 28.

MUELLER LOOKING INTO RUSSIAN TRIPS BEFORE CAMPAIGN STARTED,TRUMP’S ATTEMPT TO FIRE SESSIONS LAST SUMMER,AND DID TRUMP KNOW ABOUT THE HACKED EMAILS

Three things that I’ve learned covering the Trump-Russian Investigation.

  1. Mueller’s team is airtight.  This ship doesn’t leak.
  2. The information we do get is at least a few weeks old, if not a month or two.
  3. Prosecutors don’t ask questions they don’t already have the answers to.

In a span of a day, maybe day and a half, we have confirmation that Mueller isn’t just looking into an Obstruction of Justice charge, or money laundering performed by Paul Manafort, or lying about a press briefing, or just what the Russians did.

Robert Mueller’s coming for all of it.  All of them.  For everything.  He knows what they did, who did what, and how they did it.

When a prosecutor asks a question in a formal interview, they’ve already seen the evidence.  They’ve heard the tapes, read the transcripts, and read the email chains.

So, when they ask a staffer “Did prostitutes visit Donald Trump’s suite?” or “Did Trump say that he wanted to fire Jeff Sessions because he couldn’t protect him from Mueller?” or “Did Donald Trump know about the DNC emails from Russia?”, they’re not asking for new information, they’re asking to confirm what they already know.

 

KUSHNER’S BUSINESS GOT LOANS FROM COMPANIES AFTER WHITE HOUSE MEETINGS

Jared Kushner’s business received loans from Apollo Global Management and Citigroup, but only after they had meetings with Jared Kushner in his official capacity as Senior Advisor.

This is a full-blown, super-duper, someone’s going to jail scandal, but it gets worse.

According to this Twitter thread, Apollo Global also owns Xe Services a.k.a. Academi.

Don’t recognize that name?  Neither did I.  Years ago, they used to be called Blackwater.  Yes, Blackwater, the private “security” firm owned by Erik Prince, brother of Betsy DeVos and a supposed Chinese Intelligence Asset.

One of Apollo’s largest investors is Qatar.

So, we have a White House advisor, in debt by over a billion dollars, unable to get a permanent security clearance, reading the most sensitive intelligence that the country has, meeting with foreign officials in private settings, then receiving loans following these meetings.

The next part of the story will be what he gave up for that money.  I’m afraid that he put people’s lives in danger by selling out national security secrets.

 

NEW YORK STATE ASKS BANKS FOR INFORMATION ON KUSHNER BUSINESS TIES

This is New York state coming for Jared’s financial information.  Outside the jurisdiction of a Presidential Pardon.

 

HOPE HICKS RESIGNS

I guess you could say that the White House lost all Hope.

The White House has No Hope Left.

All Hope is lost.

The Communications Director is a Hope-less job.

Okay, okay, that’s enough puns.  I swear.

This comes on the heels of Hope’s 9 hours of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, during which she said that she sometimes lies for Trump.  This didn’t go over well as Trump reportedly berated her today.

Maggie Haberman from the New York Times says that this move was planned months ago, and has nothing to do with the testimony, Hope’s multiple meetings with Mueller’s team, Trump’s tirade, or that if she doesn’t flip, she’ll spend her 30’s in Federal prison.

Yeah, and I wear hats because they look cool, and not because I’m bald and trying to protect my scalp from sunburn.

Then again, there’s no Hope for some people. 🙂

 

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS TO STOP SELLING ASSAULT STYLE RIFLES, RAISE PURCHASE AGE TO 21

Sometimes I love Dick’s.  Wait, that came out wrong, let me try again.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, which also owns Field & Stream, announced today that effective immediately, they will no longer sell assault style rifles like the AR-15, and are raising the age for firearms and ammunition purchases to 21.

Walmart followed suit in the afternoon.

 

MANAFORT PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO NEW CHARGESTRIAL DATE SET FOR SEPTEMBER 17

I love it, especially later in the summer.

Sorry, I said I was done with the puns earlier, but sometimes I just can’t help myself.

Assuming that Paul Manafort doesn’t plead guilty and cop a deal beforehand, this trial, which the prosecution predicts will take 20 days just for their side, will put this case in the national spotlight during the midterm election season.  Each and every day, from Mid-September through October, Trump’s Campaign Manager will be front page news.  Right along advertisements for Democrats running for office, showing how their opponents supported a corrupt President Trump.

1974 saw a Blue Wave due to Watergate, as many of Nixon’s staff went on trial before the election.  We could easily see the Stupid Watergate version of this.

 

SPEED ROUND!

A STUDY INTO HOW CONSPIRACY THEORIES FORM ONLINE

SOMETHING’S FUNNY ABOUT THE NRA

GET READY FOR JAVANKA/KELLY ‘DEATH MATCH’

CONCEALED CARRY LEADS TO 15% INCREASE IN VIOLENT CRIME

TRUMP PANAMA HOTEL

SEC TO LAUNCH PROBE INTO CRYPTOCURRENCY IPO’S

ZINKE MEETINGS UNDER INVESTIGATION, ESPECIALLY HIS MEETING WITH THE NRA

RICK WILSON WRITES ABOUT JARED KUSHNER

OBAMA: ‘REAGAN WOULD ROLL OVER IN HIS GRAVE’ IF HE SAW HOW MANY REPUBLICANS APPROVED OF PUTIN

SESSIONS, ROSENSTEIN, FRANCISCO HAVE DINNER IN SHOW OF SOLIDARITY AGAINST TRUMP

TEACHER TRAINED TO CONCEAL CARRY FIRES HANDGUN IN SCHOOL

STUPID WATERGATE: TRUMP’S ENEMIES LIST

30 TOP SECRET CLEARANCES PULLED

 

RUMOR MILL: POSTIMUS MAXIMUS POST ON TRUMP TIES TO RUSSIA

I’ve described before how much PostimusMaximus’s work has meant.  He was the first person that I saw online that was able to put many of the pieces together and tied everything up in a nice little package.  Well, as nice as possible considering the size, scope, and just general clusterfuckery of the whole situation.

Very early in the morning, he (I assume he’s a he, but could be a she, it, both, other, or a sentient shade of the color blue) posted a point-by-point breakdown of the CNN story about Mueller asking about Trump’s time in Russia from before he announced his candidacy.

As I said, PM broke this down piece by piece.  Everything from Trump’s history with Russians running a gambling ring out of Trump Tower to the type and amount of komprmat on Donald Trump, and even catching Donnie Jr.’s reaction to the Goldstone email wasn’t shock or outrage, but pleasant surprise, like finding out your crush is DTF.  (That’s down to fuck for us old heads).  He covers all of it.

I highly recommend reading his work.

 

That’s it for today.  At least, that’s all I have time for today.  I may start cutting down on some of the stories that I cover, or engage in more speed rounds.

We are entering a new phase of the investigation.  The narrative of Mueller coming after Trump is finally being laid out in the main stream press.  This will take months as the smaller fish flip on bigger fish, but three groups have to be addressed before Mueller vs. Trump takes place.

First, the conspirators that helped the Russians attack America.  I think this will be next since they were mentioned in the Russian indictments.

Next will be the propagandists, the ones that spread the Russian message and protected Trump from reality, and have pushed so many people against their fellow citizens.

Next are the benefactors, those that profited from the chaos.  I wanted to put them before the propagandists, but they use them as a shield and a weapon.

After those three are addressed, then we can get to the main event.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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