Daily Check-In 04/27/2018

Friday, April 28th.  This is going to be a long one.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION:  VESELNITSKAYA IS A SPY, ADMITS TO BEING AN INFORMANT

The Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower in June 2016 on the premise that she would deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton has long insisted she is a private attorney, not a Kremlin operative trying to meddle in the presidential election.

But newly released emails show that in at least one instance two years earlier, the lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, worked hand in glove with Russia’s chief legal office to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud case against a well-connected Russian firm.

Ms. Veselnitskaya also appears to have recanted her earlier denials of Russian government ties. During an interview to be broadcast Friday by NBC News, she acknowledged that she was not merely a private lawyer but a source of information for a top Kremlin official, Yuri Y. Chaika, the prosecutor general.

Natalya Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with top Trump campaign officials at Trump Tower in 2016, admitted to being an informant for a top Kremlin official, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: Veselnitskaya previously denied having ties to Russia’s government and insisted she was a private attorney. The revelation now raises questions about who she was working for when she met with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner in 2016. The meeting is a focus of Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation.

What she said: “I am a lawyer, and I am an informant … Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.”

What she did: She “worked hand in glove with Russia’s chief legal office to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud case against a well-connected Russian firm,” the NYT’s Andrew Kramer and Sharon LaFraniere write.

How we know: Newly released emails, obtained by Dossier, an organization run by a former tycoon and anti-Putin campaigner, reveal Veselnitskaya’s ties to the Kremlin official. And when presented with the emails in an interview with NBC News’ Richard Engel, she revealed she had been informing the official.

Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian Lawyer Spy that met with Trump’s team during the June 9th meeting, admitted in an interview with Richard Engle that she was “an informant” for the Crown Prosecutor of Russia, their equivalent of our Attorney General. She was caught editing legal documents that originated from the Crown Prosecutor, and modified them to work on a case she worked on.

The Swiss called her a spy a couple months back. (Daily Check-In 01/29/2018)

But the Russians only reached out to Trump before the election, right?

The outreach from the Russians after the 2016 election was one of the new details that stemmed from the release of the Republican report on the Russia investigation, as well as a lengthy Democratic dissent that disputed the Republican conclusion there was no evidence of collusion between Trump’s team and Russia.
In the dissent, Democrats cite a November 28, 2016, email from publicist Rob Goldstone to Trump’s assistant, Rhona Graff, which said that “Aras Agalarov has asked me to pass on this document in the hope it can be passed on to the appropriate team.”
“Later that day, Graff forwarded to Steve Bannon the email with Agalarov’s document regarding the Magnitsky Act as an attachment, explaining, ‘The PE [President Elect] knows Aras well. Rob is his rep in the US and sent this on. Not sure how to proceed, if at all.'”
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the intelligence panel, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Friday that Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya reached out to the Trump family after the election with a request to follow up on efforts to repeal the Magnitsky Act, the 2012 Russian sanctions the US enacted over human rights abuses.

Wow.  November 28th, 2016.  That’s less than a week before Jared Kushner’s and Michael Flynn’s meeting with the Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in Trump Tower. (Daily Check-In 12/01/2017). Of course, they wanted to talk about the Magnitsky Act.

But I’m sure that the Russians wouldn’t try to contact the Trump Team through other methods, right?

Washington (CNN)The National Rifle Association is setting aside years of documents related to its interactions with a Kremlin-linked banker, as the gun-rights group appears to be bracing for a possible investigation, according to sources familiar with the situation.
The NRA has faced fresh scrutiny from congressional investigators about its finances and ties to Alexander Torshin, one of the 17 prominent Russian government officials the US Treasury Department recently slapped with sanctions. The gun-rights group has said it is reexamining its relationship with Torshin, who is a lifetime NRA member, in the wake of the sanctions.
The renewed attention has highlighted the close-knit if sometimes uneasy alliance between top NRA officials and Torshin — a relationship that ensnared members of Trump’s team during the presidential campaign, inviting further congressional scrutiny.

Ok, so the Russians used the NRA to establish contact with Team Trump through Jeff Sessions and the Foreign Policy team.  I’ve been on the NRA’s nuts like a tick on a dog’s dick for a while, (Daily Check-In 10/2/2017 and Daily Check-In 01/18/2018) but this is the first I’ve heard about them using the Keebler Nazi to get Trump to talk to the Russians.

But it’s not like these activities started back during the infancy of the campaign, right?

Oh, For Fuck’s Sake!

On their way to meet with Putin at the Russia Today Gala, they met with Kislyak at the Ambassador’s OWN FUCKING HOUSE?!  Really?!

This not only puts the seeds of treason being planted, but also directly implicates Mike Flynn Jr.  Flipping Flynn described several of their crimes, and that Flynn likely flipped to save his son’s life.

Of course, Mike Flynn is now a cooperating witness.  I wonder if he thought for a second about his battle if he didn’t cooperate.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Fuck you Manafort!

This was a Hail Mary by Paul Manafort.  He had no realistic chance of getting the criminal charges dismissed through a civil lawsuit, but he could disrupt things and force Mueller to expose his plans against him.

But fuck that noise.

 

HIJINKS ON THE HILL:  HOUSE INTEL REPUBLICANS CLAIM NO COLLUSION EVEN AFTER TRUMP CAMPAIGN MET WITH ADMITTED SPY, CATHOLIC PAUL RYAN FIRES CATHOLIC HOUSE CHAPLAIN FOR DOING GOOD CATHOLIC THINGS LIKE PRAYING FOR POOR PEOPLE

House Intelligence Committee Republicans released a redacted version of their final reportfrom a year-long probe into Russia’s “multifaceted” influence operation, which accuses the intelligence community of “significant intelligence tradecraft failings” in determining that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election to help President Trump.

The report generally absolves Trump and his associates of wrongdoing, finding “no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.” The report does, however, criticize both the Trump and Clinton campaigns for “poor judgment and ill-considered actions,” such as Trump campaign officials’ decision to meet with a Russian lawyer offering compromising information on Hillary Clinton in Trump Tower in June 2016.

It also criticizes the Obama administration for a “slow and inconsistent” response to mounting Russian threats.

House Intelligence Committee Democrats refused to endorse the report, claiming that the GOP intentionally steered the investigation away from scrutiny of the president as well as manipulating the interview schedule, refusing to issue subpoenas, and otherwise undermining the integrity of the probe, which they believe is still incomplete.

House Intelligence Committee Republicans stated that the report is based on interviews with 73 witnesses and a review of over 300,000 documents.

The Republicans in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence just declared war on the United States Intelligence Community.  It will not end well for the Republicans.

Giving it a quick glance, this is one of the most twisted, ridiculous, partisan hack jobs that has ever come out of Congress.

Here’s a link to the report.

Nearly all of their findings can be debunked using OSINT (open source intelligence) like this blog, and ignore obvious things like facts.

The only thing it does, aside from piss off the IC, is give Trump the release and vindication he’s been looking for.

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If I was in the prediction game, I’d say that we’re going to hear a lot about Devin’s role in leaking Intel to Portugal in the next week, and several other skeletons in his closet will be coming out soon.

I have not had a chance yet to read the minority view, but there was a ton of interesting information.

One of those pieces was the case of the blocked caller ID.

On June 9th, 2016, Donnie Jr. received three calls before the meeting.  The first and last were from people known to the investigation and related to the meeting.  The middle was a blocked number.  So, the call log was Meeting Member, Blocked, Meeting Member. All right in a row on a private cell phone that wasn’t widely circulated.

So, who was the blocked number?

According to testimony and research, Donald Trump uses a blocked number.  Karen McDougal confirmed this in her interview with Anderson Cooper. (Daily Check-In 03/22/2018).

Was the blocked number a bill collector, or Donald Trump?  This sounds like an important piece of information, and an easy one to get.  A subpoena or two to some telephone companies would identify the numbers and who owns them.  This should be something that the whole investigation wants to get to the bottom of, right?

Wrong.  The GOP blocked any and all efforts to find out whose number that was, and instead ran interference for the Trump Campaign.

Don’t worry about the phone number too much.  Mueller has it.

He is the Republican representative from PA-7, and is the 45th Republican member of Congress to retire this in this session.

Funny how it is that as soon as old white men stand to make money from weed, there’s a consistent push to legalize it.

The Hill reported that four different sources ― two Democrats and two Republicans ― said Conroy was told he had to quit or he would be fired. There’s been no reason given for why he was let go, but Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) tells HuffPost that his GOP colleagues have pointed him to a prayer that Conroy made on the House floor last fall amid the debate on the GOP tax bill.

I know good Catholics, good Christians, and good people.  Paul Ryan is none of the above.

 

COHEN/STORMYGATE

My question is what was the condition of these phones, what types, and how old were they?

I can see how a family could easily have a bunch of old phones lying around from the last decade or so. Between my wife and I, we probably have a dozen iPhones floating around the house, but only two are in use at one time. The kid isn’t old enough for his own phone yet, but in the next upgrade cycle or two, he’ll get one of our hand me downs. In that case, I can see how a man would have 16 phones in his house.

That said, it’s still a lot of phones to have lying around, and the Feds aren’t likely to bust a search warrant by grabbing a pile of phones belonging to the family. They probably had phone numbers, s/n’s, sim card numbers, and a bunch of other identifying info from the last few months, which indicates that these phones were active over the last few months. That’s some shady ass shit.

The judge is putting this on hold for 90 days.  Why 90 days?  Because Cohen will likely be indicted by then.

So, the mobbed up lawyer who had to take out a second mortgage to pay a porn star $130,000 somehow had enough money laying around to loan $26 million to one of his buddies that owned a taxi medallion business?

 

COLD WAR 2.0

After 65 years, the two countries on the Korean Peninsula are finally ending their war.  It’s about time, but I’m suspicious about all of the underlying factors.

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

I’m sure that if I worked at the White House, I’d need a ton of drugs, too.

Here’s a great post about how the bad people around Trump have suffered.

If you ever feel bad about 45, think of how good his associates’ lives would be if he lost in 2016 and enjoy a little schadenfreude:

Adm Jackson would be up for promotion – instead he’ll head towards retirement

Manafort, Gates and Cohen would be happily taking money from oligarchs

Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer would be running an RNC on the cusp of major 2018 gains

Steve Bannon would be a primary kingmaker with a fully funded outrage machine

Keith Schiller and Hope Hicks would be making good money as top aides to Trump TV

Melania Trump would have returned to a life of lazy luxury, easily ignoring her husband’s myriad affairs

Michael Flynn and Popadopalous would be rich from lobbying for authoritarian governments like Turkey

The Mooch ~~would still be married to his wife and ~~ would have witnessed the birth of their first child

Tom Price would still be a congressman and head of a major committee

Rex Tillerson would still be CEO of Exxon have happily retired without being humiliated for a year before being canned on the can

Gary Cohn would still be at Goldman Sachs

H R McMaster wouldn’t have had to retire

And Finally –

Donald Trump wouldn’t have to wake up every morning knowing that he will fail in the biggest, most humiliating way possible, as his precious empire crumbles and the presidency he won turns into the dictionary definition of a Pyrrhic victory.

They made their choices. And they will all end up with nothing.

Edit: Mr. and Mrs. Mooch made up! You can make up the “suck his own cock” reference from there

Edit 2: for the “drain the swamp crowd”, this group consists of true public servants whose lives have been wrecked (McMaster), unqualified individuals who would never be near the White House in another administration, and individuals with sketchy/problematic pasts. These staffing failures begin and end with Trump’s belief in loyalty over quality.

A second note – he’s not “draining the swamp”. He brought a lot of this flotsam with him. Our institutions (the media, DoJ, FBI, the courts, congressional oversight) are pushing them out.

Edit 3: I forgot some!

Paul Ryan wouldn’t be retiring as Speaker

Rob Porter wouldn’t have been outed as a wife beater

Don Jr. wouldn’t have gotten divorced

 

WORLD LEADERS AND TRUMP

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

GOP:  THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

I was almost starting to like RedState.  They offered good insight from a conservative point of view without going full MAGA.

PUERTO RICO

I look forward to one day welcoming Puerto Rico into statehood for the United State of America.

Espero algún día darle la bienvenida a Puerto Rico a la estadidad para el Estado de los Estados Unidos.

I hope Google didn’t fuck me on that translation.  Mi espanol es muy mal.

 

SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY

Funny how it is that a tax cut for the wealthy that increases uncertainty on the middle class results in lower consumer spending.  That’s crazy talk, like saying the grass gets wet when it rains.

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

According to the sources, Yiannopoulos had been expecting to instead receive significant financial backing from the banking heir and cryptocurrency billionaire Matthew Mellon. But those hopes were dashed with Mellon’s unexpected death from an apparent drug overdose on April 16.

As sad as I would be about seeing Tom Brokaw get hammered on his accusations, I will doubly enjoy watching Milo suffer.

Besides, I’m getting used to watching my childhood heroes fall.  I grew up in the 80’s with Hulk Hogan, Joe Paterno, and Bill Cosby as some of my idols.

 

TIME FOR A CIVICS LESSON

Connecticut is looking to join the National Popular Vote Coalition.  The idea behind this is pretty simple; states that join the coalition will pledge their votes in the electoral college to the winner of the national popular vote.  When a plurality of the electoral votes are pledged to the coalition, then the winner of the popular vote will also automatically win the electoral college as well.

Currently, including Connecticut, 11 states have pledged 165 electoral votes.  270 is needed to win the election, so another 105 votes are needed to enact the coalition.

 

RUMOR MILL

I recommend reading all of the threads.  Especially the craziness of the last one.  Eric’s ideas only sound crazy when compared to normal reality, and not the clusterfuck of this timeline.

 

That’s it for today.  This is one of the longest daily entries yet.

Thanks to the House Intel Committee, I have an idea for an article in the next week or two.  I’m going to debunk their findings, using my findings, as far as possible, and see how much of their findings can be disproved using open source intelligence.  I want to see how much I’ve gotten so far.

That assumes I get time to write this weekend.  I have a very busy weekend ahead.

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 04/26/2018

Thursday, April 26th

 

COHEN: FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS GO ON FOX & FRIENDS

WTAF?  What in the actual fuck?

Trump had a phone-in interview with Fox & Friends this morning.  Normally, I would just chalk this up to a planned distraction, but this went off the rails faster than a broken roller coaster.  Trump claimed that Cohen only did a “tiny, tiny little fraction” of his legal work.

Cohen’s legal defense, which Trump’s lawyers were also arguing, was that the two had so much privileged communications that it would be nearly impossible to sort through it all.

Trump just shot that argument like 2Pac.  He fucked Cohen harder than Stormy Daniels was fucked in Lust Connection.

He fucked him so bad that the prosecutors dropped their objections to the idea of having a third party go through his paperwork because there is so little to go through that would be covered by attorney-client privilege.

Cohen’s defense was shot out of the sky.  His hopes and dreams crushed like a can of Pepsi. He’s looking at serious jail time, and the person he’s been loyal to more than anyone else throws him under the bus.

His only out is to flip.  Not only can he deliver the President, but half of the scumbags and wanna be gangsters in New York.

 

STORMYGATE

“So, Mika, you are familiar with the fact that a week ago, Judge (Kimba) Wood ordered Michael Cohen’s attorneys to disclose all of his clients for the last three years,” Avenatti said, “and there were three clients listed — three clients listed. Do you recall which three?”

Brzezinski listed Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity and Republican donor Elliott Broidy — but Avenatti said she was making the same mistake everyone else had.

“No, no, no,” he said. “Mr. Trump, the Trump organization and Sean Hannity. Mr. Broidy was not disclosed in open court as one of Michael Cohen’s clients.”

Co-host Joe Scarborough asked the attorney what that meant.

“I think at some point we are going to find out, if in fact, the client in connection with the ($1.6 million) settlement was, in fact, Mr. Broidy. I’m going to leave it at that.”

Avenatti wouldn’t say it, but the implication seems clear.

Cohen negotiated a $1.6 million hush money payment to a Playboy model who became pregnant during an affair and then had an abortion.

News reports had identified Broidy as the client who agreed to pay the woman in installments over two years if she agreed to remain silent about the relationship — but Avenatti said Cohen’s lawyers ruled him out in open court.

That would leave Trump, or possibly Hannity, as the likely clients who arranged the payment.

Three clients.  Trump, Hannity, and Trump Organization.  Since it’s kind of difficult for a company to get a model pregnant, that narrows the list down a bit.

I’m not saying that Trump knocked up a model and used Elliot Broidy as a cut-out to pay her, but Michael Avenatti has been Johnny-on-the-Spot with all of his guesses.

“Michael would represent me, and represent me on some things. He represents me, like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me,” Trump said. “And you know from what I see, he did absolutely nothing wrong.”

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

The panel voted 14-7.  All 10 Democrats on the committee, plus Thom Tillis, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, and Chuck Grassley.

This Jill Stein.

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WHITE HOUSE CHAOS: CABINET CORRUPTION

Let’s see if Ronny still has a job when this all said and done.

Somehow, he has a new job.

How the fuck does he still have a job?

This mutha fucka acts like his job was to accept jobs.

Something that most Presidents had:  a person whose job it was to find people who could actually do their jobs.

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

I have no clue who Diamand and Silk are.  When I first heard their names, I thought about Prince’s twin singers/dancers Diamond and Pearl.

DiamondsandPearls

Imagine my confusion when, after rationalizing a possible reason why Prince’s old singers were testifying before Congress, when I clicked on an article and found that not only was I completely wrong, but horribly disappointed.  I had “Sexy MF” ready to roll.

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA/FACEBOOK

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

GOP:  THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Licking the pudding pop takes on a whole different meaning in Cell Block D.

 

RED STATE TEACHER STRIKES

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it for today.  It’s been a long day, and I’m relaxing by watching the NFL Draft.  At this point, I watch out of tradition and withdraw from football, but I find it ridiculous how much hype and drama is associated with grown genetic freaks playing a children’s game.  But the whole concept of the draft is nuts and completely anti-capitalistic.

Think about it.  Companies from across the country select, in inverse order of their performance from the previous year, from a collection of employees that fill various positions.  Salaries are predetermined, based on what order they were hired.  The new hire has no choice but to relocate to the the city of the company that hired them, and they have no choice in where they work.  If they refuse to sign a 4 year contract with their new company, then they aren’t allowed to work for the next year, and reenter the pool of eligible employees, to go through the process again.  The company gets to choose whether they can exercise an option year on the contract, and if they’re really good, the company can force them into a contract extension for another year or two.  By this point, the person has passed the average career length for their field, and likely will get little to no chance at freedom in choosing where they work.  Meanwhile, the worst people in the hiring pool, the ones that don’t get selected, have some freedom as to where they go.

On top of all that, these new hires are expected to be the saviors of their companies.  In no other field is the new college grad expected to know anything, let alone have the hopes and dreams of the entire company on their shoulders.

It’s funny and nuts at the same time.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

Daily Check-In 04/25/2018

Wednesday, April 25th.

 

COHEN:  COHEN TO PLEAD FIFTH IN STORMY DANIELS CIVIL SUIT

Michael Cohen, the personal attorney to President Donald Trump, has declared his intention to plead his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in regards to nearly every question he could be asked in his civil lawsuit against Stormy Daniels.

What is the Fifth Amendment?

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

There are several parts of the Fifth Amendment, including the basis of Eminent Domain, Double Jeopardy, establishment of military courts, and use of indictments from a Grand Jury, but when most people talk about the Fifth, they’re referring to the protections against self-incrimination.  In a criminal case, a defendant cannot be forced to testify against themselves.

Notice how I said a criminal case.  Civil cases do not have this type of protection, under normal circumstances. In a civil case, a defendant can be compelled to answer questions regarding their actions.  They cannot claim this protection, under normal circumstances.

The main exception to that is if there is a current criminal investigation, since testimony in a civil case can be used as evidence in a criminal case.

Here is the official filing.

What has Trump said on the record about the Fifth Amendment?

“The mob takes the Fifth Amendment,” Trump said at a campaign event in Iowa later that month. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

That’s a one-off, right?

“Why do u take the 5th if you have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide?” – Sean Spicer

Wow, it’s almost history is coming back to bite them in the ass.

 

HANNITY MAY HAVE BENEFITTED FROM FRAUDULENT AUCTIONS

Oh, this is getting good…

“Brock did not use his own money to pay Doughty and Sullivan for not bidding competitively at the December 6, 2011 auctions; rather, he used money that outside investors had given him to acquire foreclosed properties,” the memorandum says, “To keep his investors informed, Brock instructed an employee to send them invoices documenting the payments that he made.”

The employee dutifully prepared an invoice documenting a $3,770 payoff for the Lakewood house. The sum seems altogether reasonable considering that county records show Brock paid only $21,130 for a house that had been purchased back in 1999 for $95,000 and subsequently carried a mortgage of $155,000.

The memorandum does not identify the investor who provided the payoff funds. Property records show that title to the house did pass from Brock to a Cobb County entity called The First Real Estate Corporation, though no purchase price is recorded and the property passed that very same day to one of Sean Hannity’s shell myriad companies, SPMKX GA LL.

Wow. This guy, Jeffrey Wayne Brock, would show up at the courthouse with a couple buddies for a property auction, and they conspired to bid low, keeping the house value down. Then, after purchasing the house for his investment company, he sold it to one of Sean Hannity’s shell companies THE VERY SAME DAY.

Think back to shows like Flip or Flop, where they buy a property from a government auction. For the auction to take place, many places require pre-registration, and a minimum number of participants, likely 3. That way, the government will get a fair number of bids. But, what if those three people were all working for the same common goal? That is a conspiracy to commit fraud, and is illegal in most places.

They misrepresented themselves to get in the auction in the first place. Brock’s buddies lied about wanting to bid on the house, and took the spot of an active bidder. Then, after a tiny battle back and forth, they’d let Brock win the auction at a very low price, far lower than anyone expected. Brock would then pay his buddies out of the money he received from his investor, and likely included that money in the transaction cost of the property back to the investor.

This reeks to high heaven, and is shady AF. What could make it illegal activity for Hannity is if he had prior knowledge of this scheme, and possibly what the purchase price of the property was. If it was very low, like just a small profit for Brock, this could be evidence that Hannity was in on the conspiracy.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

The documents filed late Monday by prosecutors in the office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, show that the FBI had interviewed Manafort in March 2013 and again in July 2014. Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates, who also held a top role with Trump’s campaign, was interviewed by the FBI in July 2014, the documents show.

I wish I could be surprised, and say that maybe this was a one-off, but who am I kidding?  Manafort being a criminal is why he was hired.

The Cohen investigation is being run by the US Attorney; the Justice Department’s Tax Division and the National Security Devision at DOJ both also signed off on the charges to Manafort, so separate and apart from the Special Prosecutor, those charges exist, ensuring the investigations will persist separate and aside from the role of the Special Counsel’s office.

The Manafort search warrants came from the FBI’s International Corruption department, signed off by the US Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia. The Special Counsel’s team has already rooted their investigation in all these other offices which will survive and presumably sprout new trees.

I talked before (Daily Check-In 04/03/2018) about Mueller’s dead man switch, and this is another way to short circuit any advantage Trump thinks he would get by firing Mueller.  He can’t stop this part of the investigation because it originates from the International Corruption Department in the FBI.  The Special Counselor’s Office is simply coordinating matters.

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS:  PAY FOR PLAY, EPA, AND DUI IN THE VA

Seriously, what the fuck is going on with this timeline?  The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the government organization that is supposed to protect us from corporate corruption, just admitted to accepting bribes while in Congress.  In any normal universe, this would the top story of the month.  This timeline, it’s not even in the top five of the day.

Pruitt’s Plan: Blame others.  Scott Pruitt has two interviews before Congress tomorrow, and I’m wondering how bad this could be.

Gee, what a surprise.  The doctor that said Trump was healthy (Daily Check-In 02/08/2018) has poor judgement.

 

TRUMP ORG AND CORRUPTION, FROM THE WATER IS WET DEPARTMENT

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

GOP:  THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY

 

BLUE WAVE

 

TRUMP HATES BROWN PEOPLE, THE IMMIGRANTS EDITION

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

Lincoln’s Bible on Mob Myths

This thread is definitely worth checking out.

 

That’s it for today.  I think this weekend I’ll update the Cast of Characters.  I didn’t get to that this past weekend, and I don’t like leaving things hanging.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 04/24/2018

Tuesday, April 24th.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

According to the latest court filing by the Mueller inquiry, which is defending a warrant attached to a raid on Manafort’s home in July 2017, part of what the FBI were hunting for were “communications, records, documents, and other files involving any of the attendees of the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, as well as Aras and [Emin] Agalarov.”

Here’s a PDF

They listed among the items seized documents pertaining to bank accounts opened in his wife’s name.

Not their names, or his name, but his wife’s name.

Congratulations, Kathleen Manafort! You are now a subject in the Mueller Investigation, and will be used to get your husband to flip on Donald Trump. If your husband refuses to play ball, you will be charged as an Accessory to Money Laundering, Accessory to Bank Fraud, and as an Accessory to commit Wire Fraud. You will get to spend the rest of your life in prison.

If anyone’s wondering if Mueller or his team would ever go after a spouse to get a witness to turn states evidence, ask Lea Fastow.

 

 

COHEN:  HANNITY’S REAL ESTATE EMPIRE JUST GOT SHADIER

In 2012, a shell company linked to the Fox News host bought 11 homes in Georgia that had been purchased by the dealer, Jeff Brock, following foreclosures. Brock transferred the properties to corporate vehicles that sold them on to the Hannity-linked company at a profit.

Brock pleaded guilty in 2016 to federal charges of bank fraud and conspiracy for his role in an operation to rig foreclosure auctions between 2007 and 2012. He was sentenced to six months in prison and had to pay more than $166,000 in fines and restitution.

Some of the houses sold on to the Hannity-linked firm in 2012 had been acquired by Brock from banks later named by prosecutors among his victims. But the justice department declined to identify specific properties sold in the rigged auctions. Hannity has not been accused of any wrongdoing and there is no evidence he was aware that Brock was involved in fraud.

In February 2012, the Hannity-linked company spent about $540,000 buying 10 single-family houses in Georgia’s Fulton, Cobb, Clayton, and DeKalb counties, according to county records. It bought an additional DeKalb county property later that year for about $60,000.

The company was formed in Georgia days before the February purchases by an attorney for Hannity. It was registered to the offices of Henssler Financial, Hannity’s wealth managers. As a limited liability company (LLC), it was not required to report its actual owner to Georgia regulators. Hannity is not mentioned in the company’s publicly available filings.

Brock had bought the 11 Georgia houses in foreclosure auctions in 2011 and 2012, after the previous owners defaulted on mortgages. He transferred the properties to five LLCs. Brock was the registered agent for two of the five LLCs and a colleague at Key Property was the agent for another. Then the Hannity-linked company bought the houses from these five LLCs, paying a total of $600,000.

Where payment information was clear in the records, it indicated that the sales created significant profits. One four-bedroom home in College Park that Brock bought for $14,000 in January 2012 was sold to the Hannity-linked company for $47,000 the following month. Another in Forest Park, for which Brock paid $19,000 in October 2011, was sold on for $55,000.

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

TORONTO ATTACK

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

GOP:  THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

STORMYGATE

 

PUFF, PUFF, PASS

 

TEXAS; GERRYMANDERING AND RACIST JUDGES

 

ARIZONA; SPECIAL ELECTION

 

SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY

 

RUMOR MILL

 

 

That’s it for today.  Something came up tonight, so I won’t be adding any commentary tonight.  I’ll be back to my normal routine tomorrow.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 04/23/2018

Monday, April 23rd and the weekend.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

So, here’s the short version:

Took off from Asheville, 9:15PM Thursday Nov 7.

Landed Moscow 6:15AM Friday, Nov 8.

Saturday, Nov 9, Trump was pictured at the Ritz, tweeted he got a tour of Moscow. This is the next day, so he must have spent Friday night in Moscow, right?

Sunday, 1AM, November 10- Trump attends Miss Universe Pageant After Party.

Take off from Moscow, 3:58AM, Sunday, November 10.

Land at Newark 4:11AM Sunday, November 10.

Trump claims the allegation can’t be true, because he never even spent a night in Russia, but the travel shows otherwise.

Trump told James Comey multiple times that he wasn’t in Russia long enough to sleep.  While it’s possible that he didn’t sleep in the hotel, it strains credulity.

Trump notoriously sleeps only a few hours a night, typically about 4-6.  Assuming he slept on the plane right up to landing, and didn’t succumb to jet lag, he’s trying to push the tale that he was up for two days straight.  Not a lot of senior citizens can stay awake without assistance for that long.  And by assistance, I mean drugs.  Lots of drugs.  Coke and other uppers.

So, he took enough drugs to kill a small horse to stay awake and party for two days, or he slept in Russia, thus leading credence to the pee pee tape rumors.

Here’s an old article from last summer, where Bloomberg recreates Trump’s Two Nights of Parties in Moscow Echo Years Later.

I mentioned this for the first time on Daily Check-In 04/18/2018.  Looks like New York is working fast.

Two words:  Sealed Indictments.

Flynn Jr. is now saying his father never lied to Pence about his interactions with Kisylak. Which, if he is telling the truth, would mean:
  1. Pence, who has said he had no knowledge of the conversations Flynn was having with Kisylak and other Russian officials, actually did know.
  2. Trump’s reason for firing Flynn doesn’t hold water since the former national security adviser didn’t lie to Pence.
  3. Flynn chose to lie to the FBI about his dealings with the Russians during the transition but told the truth to the incoming vice president about those same interactions.

Flynn Jr. is not a very bright man.  This time, his stupidity may have accidentally tripped over the truth and shone a light on how much Mike Pence knows.

Flipping Flynn lays out how much trouble both Mike Flynn’s are in.

UPDATE: Just as I was finishing up, I ran across This article showing that Flynn Jr. is a subject of the Russian Investigation.  This leads credence to the standing hypothesis that Daddy Flynn flipped to protect his son.

Might have something to do with the fact that she’s a Russian spy.  Natalia Veselnitskaya is a cut-out for Russian Intelligence.  Even the Swiss called her a spy (Daily Check-In 01/29/2018).  If Mueller’s team or the FBI show up to interview her, they’re taking her back with them into custody.

 

COHEN: SEAN HANNITY’S REAL ESTATE EMPIRE

The records link Hannity to a group of shell companies that spent at least $90m on more than 870 homes in seven states over the past decade. The properties range from luxurious mansions to rentals for low-income families. Hannity is the hidden owner behind some of the shell companies and his attorney did not dispute that he owns all of them.

Sean Hannity, the man who sang about the evils of Obama’s government, built a real estate empire based off of government loans.

On the surface, this looks shady, but might not be illegal.  If everything was done above the board, then he’s just a rich old white guy benefiting off of the pain and misery of poor people.

Thanks to this post from Reddit /u/Diosjenin for tying the threads together:

You’re still missing it. It’s right at the end.

In footage unearthed this week that was broadcast on Fox News in January last year, Hannity mentioned having discussed an unidentified $2bn property venture in Dubai with Cohen.

“I said, ‘I’m interested in that deal myself,’” said Hannity.

It just so happens that Donald Trump also dabbled in a $2b property venture in Dubai with Michael Cohen.

It also just so happens that Donald Trump habitually uses large construction projects as a means of money laundering for shady friends (such as this project here).

It also just so happens that the United Arab Emirates, the country where Dubai is located, has served as a facilitator for back-channel Trump-Russia communications, and has used unregistered agents to influence US foreign policy up to and including pushing to fire Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

Which means Sean Hannity has probably partnered with Russia to launder money through real estate, in exchange for… something.

Wonder if that has anything to do with Julian Assange accidentally contacting the wrong Sean Hannity to offer dirt on ranking Senate Intelligence Committe Democrat Mark Warner via “other channels”.

So, we have Sean Hannity, Michael Cohen, and Donald Trump all involved in the same Dubai deal, likely as payoff for his work with the Russians.

By the way, Sean Hannity has been under an FBI Counterintelligence investigation since at least last August (Daily Check-In 8/3/2017).

 

#NEVERAGAIN

Reinking threatened someone with an AR-15 then drove to a public pool and exposed himself to others, said the USA TODAY Network’s Tennessean, citing police records. He has also threatened to kill himself and said he thought singer Taylor Swift was stalking him, according to the Associated Press.

Another case of White, Right-Wing, Domestic Terrorism.  This guy was crazy enough that law enforcement took his guns from him and gave them to his father, his next of kin.  His father then gave his son back his guns, and four people are dead because of it.

 

COLD WAR 2.0

Two words:  Magnitsky Act.  Freeze and seize their assets around the world.  Freeze the accounts of everyone they hang out with, they’re related to, and they know in passing.

Remember when Republicans gave a shit about using unsecured communication methods to relay classified information?  Something something buttery males.

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE/TECH WOLRD PROBLEMS

 

STORMYGATE

Jessica Drake, an adult-film star who claims she refused a $10,000 offer to have sex with Donald Trump after meeting him at a Lake Tahoe golf event in 2006, says Stormy Daniels told her Daniels was threatened by someone to stay silent about Daniels’ alleged sexual tryst with Trump.

“She actually told me about the threat twice,” Drake said. “So the first time she told me about the threat was shortly after it happened. She relayed the experience to me. I said something like, ‘I’m so sorry, I can’t even imagine. What are you going to do?'”

Know what’s more trustworthy than one porn star accusing Trump of using his goons to threaten her?  Another porn star backing it up from years ago.

 

RED STATE TEACHER STRIKES

 

SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY

 

GOP:  THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

BLUE WAVE

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

73 years of marriage, and less than a day after her funeral, George HW Bush is in intensive care in the hospital.  It’s like The Notebook, but in this case Ryan Gosling ran the CIA for a couple years.  Still a better story than Drive.

 

RUMOR MILL

 

 

 

That’s it for today.  Quite a few things happened over the weekend, but I still don’t think we’ve gotten to the bottom of the Sean Hannity story.  Until and unless Cohen’s emails show that his is all he worked with Sean on, I’m waiting for even worse stuff to come out about him.  The rumors floating around him involved quite a bit of SIGINT on him, as well as some sexual kompromat.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 04/20/2018

Friday, April 20th.  4-20.  Happy Weed Day, if you’re into that kind of thing.

 

COHEN IS FUCKED HARDER THAN STORMY DANIELS IN BONE APPETITE (2003, FROM THE INTERNET ADULT FILM DATABASE (YES, THAT REALLY IS A THING))

The consensus thought is that Michael Cohen will flip on Donald Trump as soon as charges are brought against him.  Cohen loves to talk tough, but he’s probably never been in a real fight in his life, and you never know how you’ll react until you get punched in the face.  He’s bragged about how he would take a bullet for Trump, but there is a world of difference between taking a bullet and spending 30 years in prison.

Remember on Daily Check-In 04/18/2018 when I said to keep an eye out for Keith Davidson?  Looks like we don’t have to wait to find out news about him.  He’s already working with the feds against Cohen.  My guess is that they found some incriminating evidence against Davidson, and gave him a simple option; work with them against Cohen or look at a VERY long prison sentence and disbarment.

On top of his federal problems, Cohen owes $174,000 in back taxes on his taxi cab companies.  Those tax problems are on top of his other legal issues.

There’s only one word that describes how I feel watching Michael Cohen squirm.

Schadenfreude.

 

DNC SUES TRUMP FOR RUSSIAN COLLUSION

Coming right out of the Watergate playbook, the Democratic Party has sued the Trump Campaign, the Russians, and all of the players in Federal Civil court in SDNY in Manhattan.  You know, the same place that’s going through Trump’s lawyer’s documents with a fine toothed comb.

It would be a shame if Trump had to split his attention among another lawsuit.

 

STORMYGATE:  STORMY SUES TRUMP FOR DEFAMATION

Look, another lawsuit!  This time because Donald Trump called a woman he was involved in a civil lawsuit with a liar.

Gee, I REALLY hope he can focus his energies and doesn’t have to deal with ANOTHER lawsuit.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION:  McCABE SUES TRUMP FOR DEFAMATION, WRONGFUL TERMINATION.  SESSIONS THREATENS TO RESIGN IF ROSENSTEIN IS FIRED, DID TRUMP SLEEP IN MOSCOW?

That’s at least two lawsuits filed and another promised in ONE FUCKING DAY.

And Rudy?  That fucker hasn’t been in a courtroom since the 80’s.  He’s brash, obnoxious, and under investigation for passing on classified information from FBI agents to the press.  Which may be the only use he has in this case.

 

COMEY DON’T PLAY THAT:  FALLOUT FROM THE MEMO RELEASE

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS: STOLEN VALOR

Claiming to serve and fight when one didn’t is such a scummy, slimy, cowardly move, and that kind of claim is easy to prove or disprove.  It’s not like anyone could look up the division, find out where it was headquartered, contact the base, and ask someone to look up the personnel records from over almost 30 years ago.  Or, track down a few soldiers from that unit and ask them “Did you serve with this guy?”

Fuck Pompeo, and fuck Pruitt.  I haven’t talked about him enough, but his corrupt ass really needs to spend some time in the barrel.

 

#NEVERAGAIN

19 years ago, two kids rolled in to Columbine High School and shot up the place, in what was at that the time the worst shooting in a school.  Since then, over 200,000 school aged kids have been exposed to gun violence in this country, while the Republican Party accepted more and more money from the NRA to block any and all attempts at gun control, no matter how common sense the ideas were, like keeping guns out of the hands of people with violent criminal histories or mentally unstable people.

An entire generation of kids grew up under the specter of violence in school.  And we let it happen.  Gen-X, Gen-Y, the Boomers, all of us let this happen.

We need to stand with this next generation to solve this problem.

 

TRUMP ORG AND CORRUPTION, FROM THE WATER IS WET DEPARTMENT

These stories about Trump calling reporters to leak stories about him have been circulating since the 80’s, but it looks like a reporter found their old collection of tapes where “John Barron” talked about how great Trump is.

If that name looks familiar, Trump later named his last son Barron.

 

SMALLVILLE AND SEX TRAFFICKING

Ok, this is pretty fucking weird, and I know it doesn’t have anything to do with Russia, politics, or treason.

A couple weeks ago I ran across a story from Artvoice posted on Reddit about a self-help multi-level-marketing system that is actually a pyramid scheme sex cult.  I didn’t catch all of the details, but it was just weird enough to might have a piece of truth to it.

Well, turns out that Clark’s blonde friend from Smallville was running a sex cult, complete with branding her slaves with her initials on their vaginas.

This is 2018, that will be the craziest thing to happen for at least 20, maybe 25 minutes.

 

SMOKE’EM IF YOU GOT’EM

 

GOP:  THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

That last article was from Fox Business, claiming to have insider information about the Mueller Investigation.  I’m calling bullshit.

Mueller’s team has been a black box.  No one knows what they’re doing until they do it, and any info that does come out only comes from the defense attorneys that get interviewed.  On top of top of that, Fox News Channel is under a counter-intelligence investigation.

So, why in the Crystal Pepsi-flavored fuck would anyone from the Mueller team talk to Fox Business and Fox News?

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

 

CA CREW

 

RUMOR MILL:  90 DAYS

We’ve entered a new phase, where multiple investigations in several jurisdictions are taking place simultaneously. Mueller’s work in EDVA and DC, Cohen and the DNC lawsuits in SDNY, and now EDNY subpoenaed Jared’s businesses over their rent-control scam.

4 federal attorney offices are actively investigating people close to the President.  And they know they’re screwed.  Even Cohen’s own lawyer expects him to be indicted within 90 days.

I find 90 days an interesting time, and makes me think that we’re going to see a major change in the strategy.

Why?  That’s how long it would take to change New York state law to remove double jeopardy protection for people pardoned in federal court.  I mentioned in Daily Check-In 04/18/2018 about the efforts to amend New York 40.20.  If that change goes through, then it’s game on, as New York won’t have to worry about what crimes get pardoned.  If anything, the pardons would make it easier for them to charge people in state court, since as I mentioned before in GTKYG-Pardon Limitations that accepting a pardon is an admission of guilt and waives their fifth amendment rights against self-incrimination.

 

That’s it for today.  I’m not sure what I will write this weekend.  Most likely, I will update the Cast of Characters.  Maybe I’ll start up a tally with all of the known lawsuits floating around.  We’ll see where things go from here.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 04/19/2018

Thursday, April 19th.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Tonight, at 9PM EST, just as Jim Comey was sitting down at Rachel Maddow’s desk, redacted versions of his memos are released.  While he’s a guest on the largest rated Cable News show, on an episode that Rachel has been plugging for weeks.

She is reading the memos to him.

Here’s the link to the memos.  Want the direct PDF link?  Have fun.

I’m amazed by this move.  This is brilliant.  The DOJ knew that the memos would leak to Fox News and the Right Wing Media in minutes, and they would release their tiny little selections, and we would be on the defensive.  Instead, DOJ releases the memo on their own, and gets it out in the open,

Rachel asked Comey how it would be possible to end the investigation.

I actually don’t think that you could accomplish that by firing Director Mueller.  I think you’d have to fire everybody in the FBI and the Justice Department to accomplish that in practice, given the commitment of the people in those organizations.

I think I’m going to sleep a little better tonight.

Rosenstein, who brought up the Mueller probe himself, offered the assurance during a meeting with Trump at the White House last Thursday, a development that helped tamp down the president’s desire to remove Rosenstein or Mueller, the people said.

After the meeting, Trump told some of his closest advisers that it’s not the right time to remove either man since he’s not a target of the probe. One person said Trump doesn’t want to take any action that would drag out the investigation.

Just remember, cops and lawyers don’t have to tell the truth to suspects under investigation.  While it could be a courtesy, what in any of this implies that Donald Trump deserves courtesy?

 

COMEY DON’T PLAY THAT

 

COHEN

Spicy Mic’s thread on Alan Futerfas…

 

STORMYGATE

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

IN A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

 

GOP:  THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

Unable either to repeal Obamacare or to design a better alternative, President Trump has spent the last year engaged in a multifaceted campaign of sabotage against his predecessor’s legacy: weakening the law’s consumer protections and eliminating its individual mandate. Trump is symbolically peeing in Obama’s bed.

Later this year, Republicans in Congress will have to lie down on that pee-soaked mattress. The Urban Institute has calculated that the various acts of legislative and executive sabotage against the law will increase premiums on the individual market by an average of 18 percent. Republicans in Congress have already formulated a plan to explain away the disaster their party engineered, reports Caitlin Owens. And the plan, astonishingly, is to explain to their voters that higher premiums is the necessary sacrifice they must make to help relieve low-income households of the burden of paying the individual mandate…

 

BLUE WAVE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

WASHINGTON—The real-estate company run by the family of White House adviser Jared Kushner in mid-March received a federal grand-jury subpoena for information related to paperwork the company filed in New York City concerning its rent-regulated tenants, according to people familiar with the matter.

The subpoena, part of an investigation by prosecutors in the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office, came shortly after an Associated Press article about the company having filed documents that said it had zero rent-regulated tenants, when in fact it had hundreds, an omission that relieved them of certain rules governing developers.

 

SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

RUMOR MILL:  DIPSHIT COWBOY’S SCORES ON HIS OWN GOAL

Once again, Devin Nunes done fucked up good.  Every time he thinks he has a fool-proof plan, it blows up in his face.  It happened with the memo, his midnight ride to the White House, and it’s happening with the Comey Memo.

He thought, and I use that term loosely, that he would take these memos, deliver them to the White House and Hannity at Fox News, and use those places to release what they thought would help them the most.

Instead, someone released the memos to the press. destroying his thunder and putting the whole memo out there, preventing it from being used as propaganda.

 

That’s it for today.  I’m curious how this works out tomorrow, but I’d put money down that The Dotard spews shit from the shitter in a 5am twitter rant.  Something something “Lyin’ Comey, BAD! MAGA! No Hookers!”  Then, he’ll contradict himself…again.

Why do I have a feeling that the history classes covering this time period in school will require parental permission slips?

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”