Daily Check-In 03/07/2018

Wednesday March 7th.

MUELLER HAS DETAILS OF SEYCHELLES BACK CHANNEL MEETING

The George Nader Tree bears more fruit.  This time, it’s blowing holes through Erik Prince’s cover story about the Seychelles Meeting being a “chance encounter.”

According to reports, the Seychelles meeting took place in early January 2017, shortly before the inauguration, and was brokered by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.  There, Erik Prince and his team (including George Nader) met with Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian banker with very close ties to Vladimir Putin, in hopes of establishing back channel communications with Russia.  This was on the heels of the December 2016 meeting in Trump Tower where Jared Kushner and Mike Flynn met with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, where Jared proposed using the comms system in the Russian Embassy to to talk to Moscow without the United States hearing it.

The Seychelles Meeting was an attempt to establish a back channel communication system between Trump and Putin, outside of normal diplomatic channels, and outside of the ability of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Erik Prince is owner of Academi, formerly known as Xe and before that Blackwater, a paramilitary mercenary company.  He claims that he was in the Seychelles to meet with representatives of the United Arab Emirates, and just happened to bump into Kirill Dmietriev.  He had a drink with him at the bar, bullshitted with him for about a half hour, and left.

Here’s a couple things that don’t pass the smell test.

  • Erik Prince lives in Abu Dhabi.  Why does he need to fly to the Seychelles to meet with people works with and lives near?
  • He’s a former Navy Seal and Naval Officer.  A career of military training should tell him that this was fishy.
  • His company works for the Crown Prince.
  • His company isn’t just a bunch of hired thugs, they also have Intelligence gathering operations.  Hell, he even proposed using his company in place of American Intelligence.
  • He donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Trump Campaign.
  • His sister is Betsy DeVos, the wholly and completely unqualified Secretary of Education.
  • His family owns Spectrum Health.  Yes, the same Spectrum Health from the Trump Server debacle.  Voter Rolls – The Easy Target has some information on that.
  • If this was a random meeting in a bar between only Erik Prince and Kirill Dmietriev, why did George Nader take notes on it?

So, we have the head of a mercenary army and intelligence company/brother of a cabinet member, who’s meeting with his neighbors on a resort island, instead of down the street where they work and live, and just happens to meet a banker friend of Putin’s at a bar for a meet and greet, the same day and time he happens to be at the same bar at the same resort at the same island, and his right hand man just happens to take notes on the whole thing, even though he isn’t at the bar?

That is either a truly amazing series of coincidences, or a cover story just got blown.

This reporting kind of contradicts what Erik told the House Intelligence Committee during his testimony.

MR. SWALWELL: In 2016, which –just to summarize, your position today is that you had no official role with the campaign. Is that correct?

MR. PRINCE: That’s correct

MR. SWALWELL: No official role with the transition.

MR. PRINCE: Correct.

MR. SWALWELL: No unofficial role, in your description, with the campaign. Is that right?

MR. PRINCE: Correct.

MR. SWALWELL: And no unofficial role, as you’ve described, with the transition.

MR. PRINCE: I’m in no official capacity at all.

MR. SWALWELL: But —

MR. PRINCE: I am a citizen voter that cares about the wrong direction the country was headed in and how to change it, how to put it in what I thought was a better direction.

MR. SWALWELL: So how would you describe the role of a citizen voter who wrote policy memos for a campaign, made multiple visits to Trump Tower, made six-figure donations to the campaign, and conducted a number of meetings with the campaign’s manager?

MR. PRINCE: Someone who cares about their country.

MR. SWALWELL: Mr. Ranking Member, I’ll yield back.

By the way, lying to Congress is a felony.  Even in a closed hearing.  Even without swearing an oath.

 

TRUMP TALKED TO WITNESSES AFTER THEY SPOKE TO MUELLER

The below tweet sums up this story nicely.

Keep in mind, this is Trump asking the witnesses AFTER they testified to Mueller, not before, so it likely doesn’t meet the legal standard for Witness Tampering or Intimidating  a Witness.  However, Mueller is circling back to ask the witnesses what Trump said and did to them.  If Trump threatened them, or tried to force them to change their stories, or intimidated them in any way, shape, or form, that’s a padddlin’.

 

HOPE HICKS EMAILS HACKED, CLAIM MADE TO HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

There’s three reasons I can think of why she disclosed this to the House Committee.

  • One of her email accounts really was hacked.
  • She thinks this will work as an excuse for not producing requested correspondence.
  • All of the above.

Here’s the thing with email…it doesn’t really disappear.  At least, not very easily.

Email can exist in multiple locations and forms.  It exists on the server of the sender and the recipient.  It exists on the server of any mail system it passed through.  It can exist as a local copy on a phone, tablet, or computer.  It exists in transmission logs that keep track of network traffic.

Hope admits she’s not tech savvy, so either she got phished, or thinks that if she says she was hacked, that can work as an excuse for all of the bad mails sent out from her account.  This argument stretches credulity to the breaking point.

 

NERVE AGENT USED AGAINST SKRIPAL, DAUGHTER

The Russian Embassy – UK Twitter account claims that Sergei was a British spy working for MI6.

As I mentioned on Daily Check-In 03/05/2018 and on Daily Check-In 03/06/2018, Skripal worked on the Steele Dossier.

 

MULTIPLE WHITE HOUSE STAFFERS HAVE SECURITY CLEARANCES PULLED

This is more fallout from John Kelly’s enforcement of the new security clearance rules.  In a normal White House, one or two people not being able to get a clearance would be a major scandal.  Now, it’s not even the worst thing this afternoon.

 

KUSHNER GOING TO MEXICO

I’m wondering if he’s going to try some type of Quid Pro Quo crap that he pulled with Qatar.  See Claude’s tweet below for details.

 

KEEBLER NAZI SUES CALIFORNIA OVER SANCTUARY CITIES

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is picking a fight with California that he will not win.

 

DeVOS DOES NOT MEET WITH PARKLAND STUDENTS DURING VISIT TO SCHOOL

According to multiple students from Twitter, she showed up, gave a speech about therapy dogs, didn’t mention gun reform, pet a doggie for a photo op, and left.

 

SPEED ROUND!

REDDIT HAS NOT HANDED OVER ANY DOCUMENTS TO INVESTIGATORS, DESPITE CLAIMS OTHERWISE

DEMOCRAT TURNOUT IN TEXAS HIGHEST IN 16 YEARS

ELAINE CHAO: TRUMP PUSHED TO KILL MAJOR NYC PROJECT

PUTIN TROLLS U.S., PRAISES TRUMP

DEMOCRATS UNVEIL $1 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN

OP-ED: WHAT ABOUT SOCIALISM?

RUMOR MILL: DICK PICS AND QUID PRO QUO

From Pesach:

I hate to say this, so here’s a screenshot of Pace’s Twitter timeline.  I couldn’t find the original, but get ready for news about Trump Dick Pics.

The whole world is gonna get a little more nauseous.

From Claude:

Yeah, I want to say I’m surprised, but that would be a lie.  This is exactly the kind of mob-like behavior I’d expect from them.  Offer a protection scheme to a shop owner, break their window when they say no, offer protection again, but at a higher cost, then milk them for everything.

Except, Qatar isn’t a mom and pop shop in Queens.

 

That’s it for today.  Well, yesterday.  Wednesday was a busy day, and by the time I could get around to writing, it was already late enough to be early.  Hopefully Thursday is more to my liking.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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