Friday, March 9th.
Sam Nunberg testified before the Special Counselor’s Grand Jury today for more than 6 hours. Unlike Monday, he appeared sober, calm, and not the least bit insane.
The more I think about Sam, the more I think his little outbursts were an attempt to send a message. What that message is, and who the recipient was is up for debate.
6 hours. That’s a lot of questions to answer.
Back in 1985, George was busted coming in to the country with “inappropriate pictures of naked boys” from one of his trips to the Middle East. His house was searched, but the search warrant’s language was too vague, and evidence acquired during the raid was disallowed in his trial.
I don’t know how this is going to play into the whole mess. Trump’s team might try to use this to attack George’s character, but if that’s the case, how does that explain a decades worth of contact?
Andrew Laufer (@lauferlaw) said to keep an eye on this, as this will come back up. He’s one of the lawyers I follow on Twitter, and was digging into the Jane Doe Lawsuit I briefly mentioned on Daily Check-In 10/16/2017. I’ll go into more details about that when that comes back around.
Bobby Three Sticks has a letter that Trump wrote a postscript to Putin, damn near begging him to show up to the pageant.
How in the Crystal Pepsi Flavored Fuck did Robert Mueller get his hands on this letter?
This went from Trump’s team to Putin’s team. There’s a VERY short list of people who would have access to that. Figure that maybe they made a copy of the original and kept it on file somewhere, only a handful of people would know where it was and where to look. There is the possibility that they have a scanned copy, since Trump is a luddite. That’s the most likely explanation.
This letter establishes a pattern of behavior and motive to work with Putin. It was the first public overture from Trump to Putin.
One last thing I find weird about this is the postscript says that Trump looks forward to seeing the “beautiful” women. I might be reading a little too much into this (I know, I know, I’m writing a blog about conspiracy theories, but still) but I think this was Trump’s attempt not only at making sure that Putin would come, but also making sure that Trump’s desires for women would be met. Putin saw this, and decided to supply Trump with what he asked for…women. Okay, women might be a little generous since the rumors were that they were VERY young looking. The Steele Dossier mentions Trump’s use of the sex industry in St. Petersburg and Moscow, as well as several items of sexual kompromat, including the Golden Shower tape that allegedly was created after the Miss Universe Pageant.
I’m wondering if Putin took this letter, and decided to use it, and Trump, to his advantage.
I highly doubt that Mueller would ever accept that, but if he did, I’d laugh my ass off if he finished the interview with the words “I promised to finish the investigation phase of your client. I’m done with the investigating phase, now I begin the prosecuting phase. Mr. President, we are indicting you on the following charges….” and then Mueller unrolls an old scroll that’s 90 feet long, and a staffer is writing new charges on the last few feet while Robert’s reading it.
Maria Butina is Alexander Torshin’s protege, and was at a campaign rally where she asked Trump about “damaging” U.S. sanctions on Russia. After rambling for a minute or two, he said he’d get rid of them, because he’s friends with Putin.
He’s tried to reset more times than an old Nintendo. So far he’s removed the staff, tapped on it, blew on it, and slapped it. What he should try to is hold it by his tiny little hands until it catches, then slam it down and start playing.
It still comes back to Russia, but let’s not forget China, Israel, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. They’re his playmates in TreasonFest.
- Stormy to appear on ’60 Minutes’
- Stormy plans to test dress for Trump’s DNA
- Lawyer: ‘Cover-ups matter’
- Cohen used Trump Organization email address and was addressed as working for Trump in settlement negotiations
- Just even using the Trumporg.com email address for this is illegal
- 5 days after payoff, Trump Org billed Trump Campaign $129,999.72
- Cohen says the payment came from a Home Equity line of credit, and that he deposited it to his LLC account in Beverly Hills
- Stormy’s Lawyer, Michael Avenatti, on CNN
From the WaPo story:
Common Cause‘s Paul Ryan (himself a former lawyer with the Campaign Legal Center) noted on Twitter that the use of Trump Organization resources likely violates 11 CFR 114.2(f). That reads, with our added emphasis:
“Corporations and labor organizations (including officers, directors or other representatives acting as agents of corporations and labor organizations) are prohibited from facilitating the making of contributions to candidates or political committees, other than to the separate segregated funds of the corporations and labor organizations. Facilitation means using corporate or labor organization resources or facilities to engage in fundraising activities in connection with any federal election …”
“The use of the Trump Organization email is evidence that Cohen’s services were, at least in part, being paid for by the Trump Organization,” Noble said in an email. “That would be an illegal corporate contribution to the campaign even if the company did not pay the $130,000.”
Michael Cohen has got to be one of the worst lawyers alive. At least, not in the respectable sense of the word. He’s like the Dollar Store version of Saul Goodman; he does the illegal shit that his clients shouldn’t do.
Also, in that ABC article, it says that Rosen is the lawyer in this case for BOTH Cohen and Trump. If Cohen acted on his own, how can the lawyer represent them both in this case? The only way this ends without hurting Trump is if Cohen gets run over, and that would be a major ethics problem for his lawyer.
This raises the age of long rifle purchases in Florida to 21, adds a 3 day waiting period, and allows for some teachers and school employees to conceal carry.
It took about 20 minutes for the NRA to file a lawsuit against this law. I haven’t read their lawsuit, but I’d put $20 down that they’re not suing to keep teachers from carrying guns.
This book comes out on Tuesday. Looks like it’s getting added to the Audible queue.
Sergei’s son’s death is now being treated as suspicious. Possibly a homicide.
This isn’t the first time that Russians have assassinated people on foreign soil, and unfortunately it won’t be the last time.
Gee, could it be because Putin’s writing them for Trump?
This is a beautiful thing.
PA-18 is so heavily gerrymandered to support Republican voters, the Democrats didn’t even run against Tim Murphy the last couple elections. Trump won this district by 20 points. In a normal time, this wouldn’t even be a contest.
In 2018, things are different. Not only are people sick and tired of Trump’s crap and the sniveling nature of the sycophants that call themselves the Republican Party, but the times are changing.
The fact that Conor Lamb is doing as well as he is, and that the Republicans have funneled so much money in to the district is already a moral victory for Lamb. But if he can pull off an actual win, it should be an interesting election season.
When Country Music is catching up, shit’s about to get real.
Country Music is a very conservative form of music, playing to a very conservative crowd. I’m not going to get into a debate about the merits of different types of country music, or different artists, or that modern country is just catching up to pop music from the 1990’s, or that Stadium Country is Mad Libs sung by men who have never worked a day in their life.
RUMOR MILL: CLAUDE GETS DDOS’ed
Claude Taylor’s Political Action Committee MadDogPac, is under attack by the NRA. They’ve been battling each other the last few days, but now someone **cough**NRA friendly hackers**cough** have DDoS’ed his website, MadDogPac.com. The store’s still up for now.
That’s it for today. It’s going to be a busy weekend for me IRL, but hopefully I’ll get a story or two done on Sunday. One thing I’ve been thinking about is filling out some of the descriptions in the Rumor Mill. Either that, or talk about Three Stooges Syndrome.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur