Monday, March 5th. Today’s been a crazy one so far. I’ll give as much time as I can to some of these stories, but there were several bombshells over the past week.
Ok, this one is pretty fucking nuts.
Early in the day, we got a hit list from Mueller’s team that was supplied by an unnamed recipient. The subpoena was asking for information on any and all communications between the recipient and the following people, beginning November 1, 2015.
- Carter Page
- Corey Lewandowski
- Donald J. Trump
- Hope Hicks
- Keith Schiller
- Michael Cohen
- Paul Manafort
- Rick Gates
- Roger Stone
- Steve Bannon
That by itself was pretty big, as we finally get to see one of Mueller’s subpoenas, and we get proof that the Special Counselor is asking for communications between, about, or even mentioning Trump himself.
While Twitter was all atwitter about who leaked this to the press, the Washington Post released the full subpoena.
Screen shots below grabbed off of Twitter.
Sam Nunberg was a staffer in the White House who had a long and… colorful history involving racism, extremism, and being a total and complete dick. He’s been a long time friend of Steve Bannon and Roger Stone, and his ties to Ted Cruz and Cambridge Analytica are definitely worth a look into things as well.
As if this wasn’t weird enough, Sam Nunberg told the Washington Post that he wouldn’t abide by the subpoena, and said “go ahead, arrest me.” Things went downhill from there, as Sam went on every cable news show he could, and proceeded to go completely off the rails and make a push for dumbest person in the Trump Campaign. Which is a pretty high/low fucking bar.
Here’s a partial transcript of his interview with Katy Tur.
Nunberg dropped a bunch of info, everything from saying that Carter Page colluded with the Russians, Trump knew about the June 9 meeting, that Mueller thinks that Trump is the Manchurian candidate, that Roger Stone is the target of a Grand Jury investigation, and that he claims he was offered immunity to testify against Roger Stone, but said no.
If it helps his case, at least one interviewer asked if he was drinking. After he slurred a no, she said she could smell alcohol on his breath.
The consensus opinion from defense lawyers is Nunberg is PWF. Pretty Well Fucked.
The New Yorker has an amazing piece on Christopher Steele with an amazing scoop in it.
Steele talked at length with Mueller’s investigators in September. It isn’t known what they discussed, but, given the seriousness with which Steele views the subject, those who know him suspect that he shared many of his sources, and much else, with the Mueller team.
One subject that Steele is believed to have discussed with Mueller’s investigators is a memo that he wrote in late November, 2016, after his contract with Fusion had ended. This memo, which did not surface publicly with the others, is shorter than the rest, and is based on one source, described as “a senior Russian official.” The official said that he was merely relaying talk circulating in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but what he’d heard was astonishing: people were saying that the Kremlin had intervened to block Trump’s initial choice for Secretary of State, Mitt Romney. (During Romney’s run for the White House in 2012, he was notably hawkish on Russia, calling it the single greatest threat to the U.S.) The memo said that the Kremlin, through unspecified channels, had asked Trump to appoint someone who would be prepared to lift Ukraine-related sanctions, and who would coöperate on security issues of interest to Russia, such as the conflict in Syria. If what the source heard was true, then a foreign power was exercising pivotal influence over U.S. foreign policy—and an incoming President.
“It was as if all criminal roads led to Trump Tower,” Steele told friends.
You read that right. The Russians vetoed Mitt Romney as SecState, and pushed for Rex Tillerson. Remember, Rex was recommended to Trump by Paul Manafort, and Rex is a recipient of the Russian Medal of Friendship for his work in setting up a deal between Exxon and Rosneft worth half a trillion dollars.
So, here’s my guess of the “unspecified channels.”
Vladimir Putin talked to Oleg Deripaska. Oleg talked to Konstantin Kilimink. Konstantin talked to Paul Manafort. Manafort talked to Rick Gates, who was still on the Transition Team. Gates talked to Trump, Pence, and/or Flynn to give them the message from Putin about deep sixing Mitt Romney in favor of someone more … amenable to removing sanctions.
Sergei was poisoned in Salisbury. According to rumors on Twitter, Sergei is one of Christopher Steele’s sources.
So, he missed two previous deadlines to pay Stormy because he couldn’t get a hold of Trump, his final payment was flagged as suspicious by the bank, and he complained that he hadn’t yet been reimbursed by Trump.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Campaign Finance Fraud. Michael Cohen allegedly committed at least two felonies here. Improper use of campaign fund, and failing to declare an in-kind contribution.
Hell, the second one could have been avoided if he had disclosed it after the election. At that point, Trump won, and the FEC disclosure wouldn’t come out until after the inauguration. If he disclosed the payment, all that would have done was confirmed that Trump was a sleazebag. Instead, they out think themselves, and commit at least two felonies.
That’s Cooley Law School of Western Michigan University for you.
This is like the third or fourth government employee to turn state’s evidence against the Israeli Prime Minister in the last few weeks.
When Bibi goes down, a whole ton of connections to Trump and Kusher will come out in the open.
From June 2017, before I started this blog, WaPo covered what Obama tried to do to stop the Russians. Recently on Daily Check-In 01/23/2018, Joe Biden described how Mitch McConnell didn’t do jack shit to stop the Russians.
We’re seeing a pattern here, for one reason.
Mitch McConnell is complicit.
Add it to the pile of crimes. Profiting off of the Presidential Seal is punishable by six months in jail, per occurrence.
Trump’s proposed tariffs would fuck over the GOP donors. Fucking with their money is one thing they won’t abide by.
For once, this isn’t about a scandal.
Thad Cochran is 81 years old and going senile. His aides have had to correct him on several of his votes, and remind him of where he was, and even who he was.
He waited until now to announce his retirement because the person likely to run in his place is tied up in another race.
Panamanian police finally kicked Trump’s team out of the hotel.
I’m not sure what’s going on, but the Battle of Reddit is just getting started.
Remember George Nader from Daily Check-In 01/22/2018? Well, he’s back in the picture. George Nader served as a go-between for the United Arab Emirates and the Trump Administration, specifically Jared Kushner.
Remember, Jared helped the UAE and the Saudis set up a blockade against Qatar after Qatar refused to loan Kushner Company money to get out from under 666 Fifth Avenue.
I haven’t kept up with this scandal, but it looks like We’re already at the seizing yachts phase.
1MDB is an international money laundering scandal involving many countries, including Malaysia, United States, and Switzerland. They look like the company behind the Wolf of Wall Street money laundering case referenced from The Justice League.
Even Leonardo DiCaprio is caught up. He received gifts from one of the principals, including an old Oscar from Marlon Brando.
Good. Couldn’t happen to a bigger prick.
I could talk about the outrage, the despotic dreams, and how Trump thinks he could make this happen, but here’s a quick prediction…
The only way that fat traitorous fuck becomes President for Life is if he dies of a heart attack by the end of the Summer.
She wasn’t one of the 13 indicted Russians from the IRA, but as soon as Russian media said where she was, she tried to wipe her existence from the web.
RUMOR MILL: SAM’S PLEA FOR HELP
An interesting take coming from the Rumor Mill came after Sam’s breakdown and freakout today. At first, laughing and pointing at his craziness, but Claude was the first to say that maybe Sam should seek some help. Throughout the night, the narrative shifted from “look at this idiot” to “is he crying for help?”
Sam was drunk for at least one interview, and might know how screwed he really is. Not just the legal punishments, but Sam knows that Trump and his team are nuts deep in Russian Mob.
Here’s the hypothesis…
Sam’s scared for his life. He’s not a big enough fish to avoid getting whacked, and he can’t depend on a pardon or anything else like that. He’s scared shitless. If he’s out in public, he’s one random stranger away from a Russian Heart Attack.
But, if he makes an ass out of himself on national television, he might get the Special Counselor’s team to take him into custody. His only chance at survival might be getting locked up.
I don’t completely buy this hypothesis, but he’s under a shitload of stress. He became my choice for Most Likely To Pull an R. Budd Dwyer. Shit, I’m worried that not only will he do it, but it won’t even be the most fucked up thing to happen that day.
That’s it for today. If this is how Monday starts out, then we’re in for a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONGGGG week. It’s gonna get crazy. The pace is going to pick up from here. Think about what we got today.
We got proof that Mueller is looking directly at Trump for conspiring with the Russians. We got a story about the Russians choosing the Secretary of State of their choice. We got proof that British Intelligence told the CIA that Trump’s team was talking to the Russians during the campaign. We got a world leader going down in a corruption scandal. We have something that the spineless one Paul Ryan will stand up to Trump against.
It’s gonna get nuts. Fortunately, I’m already nuts, so I’ll be your tour guide.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur