Monday March 12th
Earlier today, the government of Great Britain repudiated the Russian regime and Vladimir Putin for executing state sponsored terrorism on British soil.
The attack was carried out using a military grade nerve agent developed by the Russians called Novichok A-230. It’s 5-8 times stronger than Sarin, and is part of a group of other nerve agents that originated in Russia back in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The same chemical was used in multiple assassinations around the world involving opponents of Russia.
British Prime Minister Teresa May called this attack an “unlawful use of force.”
We are in Article Five territory. Russia attacked one of America’s greatest allies, and it’s not an isolated incident, but the latest in a long line of attacks against Western Democracy.
The White House was silent on this, not even mentioning Russia in their statement.
Below is a statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
When Russia’s own pick for SecState calls out Russia and Putin’s behavior, you done fucked up.
This would be a great time for Great Britain to enact their version of the Magnitsky Act.
I’d like to say that I’m surprised, but considering that Devin Nunes is on SIGINT talking with Carter Page, I’m not. I’m more surprised at the timing of the end of this investigation. We’re almost at the one year mark since the first hearing with then FBI Director James Comey confirming that Trump’s Campaign was under a Counterintelligence investigation.
Their “findings” claim that the Russians were not trying to help Trump. This is in direct contradiction to the findings of the United States Intelligence Community and Mueller’s indictment against the Russians.
Defendant ORGANIZATION had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Defendants posted derogatory information about a number of candidates, and by early to mid-2016, Defendants’ operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump (“Trump Campaign”) and disparaging Hillary Clinton.
But this makes sense, if one ignores or doesn’t investigate Paul Manafort’s connections to Oleg Deripaska, Mike Flynn’s accepting money from Russia Today to show up at a dinner with Vladimir Putin, Donnie Jr. agreeing to meet with the Russians in Trump Tower in exchange for dirt on Hilary Clinton, Roger Stone’s work with Russian hackers and Julian Assange, Huma Abedin’s emails showing up on her husband’s emails after it was in evidence storage for months, the repeated manipulation of social media to benefit Trump, the fact that several states had their voter rolls compromised, the multiple attempted backchannels to talk to Russia outside of the eyes of the U.S. Intelligence Committee, Mike Flynn’s assuring the Russian Ambassador that they would erase sanctions, Jared Kushner’s working with other countries in the U.N. to vote against Obama’s policies on Israel, using a campaign staffer to meet with Russians in London, the multiple meetings between the known Russian asset and the heads of Russia’s largest oil company, the future Attorney General meeting with the Russian Ambassador, or organizing a meeting with the Russians on an island using one of his surrogates as a go-between.
If you ignore all that, don’t call witnesses, issue subpoenas, or do even the slightest bit of investigation, then it makes sense.
In case anyone didn’t catch that, that was sarcasm.
The Republicans didn’t call Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, George Nader, or anyone else cooperating with Robert Mueller.
Below is a letter from the Committee.
“In the coming weeks and months, new information will continue to be exposed through enterprising journalism, indictments by the Special Counsel, or continued investigative work by Committee Democrats and our counterparts in the Senate. And each time this new information becomes public, Republicans will be held accountable for abandoning a critical investigation of such vital national importance.”
One thing to keep in mind. If the Democrats win the House in the Midterm elections later this year, Adam Schiff will be in charge of the Intelligence Committee. Public hearings galore.
Speaking of wrapping things up, Special Counselor Robert Mueller is not announcing a decision on Obstruction of Justice charges against Donald Trump. That way, he can focus on other aspects of the investigation before scaring everyone off.
Think about that for a second.
He’s been looking into Trump for almost a year, and the FBI was working the case for about a year before that. The only interviews left are from Pence, Trump, Trump’s family, and a few of the closest staffers.
He’s not looking at just Obstruction of Justice, but everything. Anything and everything Trump did.
Another reason why will be shown in the Rumor Mill, but there’s an old phrase from Sun Tzu, “Never interrupt your enemy in the middle of making a mistake.” Or was it Napoleon? I know it wasn’t Notorious B.I.G. or Ghandi.
So, not only did Sam go in front of the Grand Jury for over 6 hours on Daily Check-In 03/09/2018, but he’s been asked back for a few more days.
Fun Fact: During an interview with Ari Melber, Sam said that during one of his interviews, the FBI asked him if he had heard anything about Trump paying off women during the campaign to keep silent about affairs. They didn’t ask him if he took part, but they asked if he heard about it. Remember, in a formal interview, the FBI and prosecutors don’t ask questions unless they know the answers to them.
STORMY WATCH, FROM THE STORMYTRACKER 6000 METEOROLOGICAL CENTER
Sorry, “Stormy Watch” sounds like a segueway to the local weather. Here’s what has happened in the last 72ish hours:
- Notary might not have signed the agreement
- Trump’s lawyers will try to stop ’60 Minutes’ from airing Stormy Daniels interview
- Stormy offers to return money in exchange for nullifying deal
Oh, and the FBI asking people about whether or not Trump paid women to keep silent during the campaign.
The March for Our Lives is still on for March 24th. Check here for a nearby location.
There’s three ideas on this. They’re afraid of retribution, the Qataris leaked this to get Mueller to force them to give it to them, or they’re using this to signal to Trump’s team that, from now on, they own their asses.
This is what happens when corrupt criminals put their personal desires over that of the country.
I’ll do a write-up on this team later this week, I hope. This group is nowhere near the caliber of The Justice League, for three reasons:
- Donald Trump does not listen to his lawyers.
- Donald Trump doesn’t keep his mouth shut.
- Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills.
About a dozen law firms turned down representing Trump when Robert Mueller was named as the Special Counselor.i9u
The fact that this is even a race is amazing, but if you know someone that lives in the following towns in Western Pennsylvania, tell them to get out and vote tomorrow*
- Mt. Lebanon
- Castle Shannon
- North Strabane
- Bethel Park
- North Fayette
- South Fayette
- Upper St. Clair
*=If you’re reading this the night of March 12th, then it’s tomorrow. If reading this on March 13th before 8PM EST, then it’s today, and there’s still time. If after 8PM EST on March 13th, then this does not apply unless one has access to a time machine. If so, remember that use of the time machine could adversely affect the Time-Space continuum. You think this one’s bad, in an infinite multiverse, it can always be worse.
RUMOR MILL: UPCOMING INDICTMENTS, PLUS SPICY MIC
The following comes from a new member of the Rumor Mill.
I’m not familiar with @PatriotLouUSA, but Tea Pain vouches for him, and says he’s been pretty spot on when it comes to upcoming legal actions.
What does that mean? Well, let’s look at this tweet from Tea Pain.
We’re in Phase 2, going after the Russian hackers (Cozy Bear, Fancy Bear, Guccifer 2.0) and the Americans that worked with them (expect a bunch of Alt-Right trolls from 4Chan and Reddit). Probably a lot of people we’ve never heard of, but a few Americans will be involved. From the noise we’re getting, this will likely happen within the next few weeks, probably by the end of March.
I just realized something, now while I’m typing. These lawyers are a lot more patient and smarter than I am. Here’s why…
If Mueller’s team made a move against Trump for Obstruction of Justice earlier, everyone around him would circle the wagons, going out of their way to protect him. The family would clam up, they wouldn’t say shit about anything. They would go to ground.
Meanwhile, if Mueller’s team lays off the Obstruction angle, and let’s Trump’s family think they’re in the clear, they will run each other over. They will talk and talk and talk. They’ll do something stupid. Let them think that no one in the Trump team took part in the crimes, and they’ll gladly throw each other under the bus.
Most of the people in the next round of indictments will be low-level players, with Roger Stone being the main possible exception. There have been a lot of leaks about Roger over the last couple months, similar to what happened to Paul Manafort before his indictment. I’m hearing from several different places on Twitter and Reddit about Roger’s name floating to the top of the “Fuck Hard” pile.
Roger could be getting ready for his time in the barrel.
Here’s the newest Spicy Files, courtesy of MadDocPac. Spicy’s been banned from Twitter, following the constant attacks by trolls against her. Claude’s hosting the pages on his site for funding billboards. I will post links to the Spicy Files here from time to time.
That’s it for today. As you can tell, this was a busy weekend and Monday. I’m a little concerned about what’s coming down the pipeline, and how the goalposts are getting moved again. The big talking point from those indictments will be that “The Russians did it, but no one directly in the Trump Team worked with them.”
Roger Stone could be the key.
On one hand, he was a key member of the early campaign, and worked on every aspect of the campaign. At the same time, he was a free agent, doing what he wanted, when he wanted. He officially left the campaign before the convention, but like Paul Manafort, still kept in contact through his favored contacts, like Sam Nunberg.
The Redcaps will move the goalposts again, no matter what. If Americans are indicted, they’ll paint them as lone gunmen, or some motivated patriots (just like Putin said about the Russian soldiers in Crimea and the hackers that attacked us). But if Roger is indicted, especially for crimes involving Russia, there excuse falls apart quickly.
We’ll have to see what happens.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur