Daily Check-In 04/04/2018

Wednesday, April 4th.  This post will be very light on the writing.  I’m getting a late start tonight.  I’m hoping this doesn’t become a pattern, but sometimes life happens.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION: MUELLER STOPPING SUBJECTS IN AIRPORTS

One argument I ran into on Reddit about this was someone saying that Trump and Pence would recreate history, a la Nixon and Ford.

This assumes that Pence would give Trump a pardon, he isn’t neutered in the process, and that he’s still VP when this goes down.

I’m having a hard time nailing down Pence’s loyalty, but he doesn’t strike me as willing to sacrifice himself to save Trump, especially if Trump is looking down the barrel of serious charges against the state.

Next, the political costs would be too great for Mike to pardon Trump, or anyone in the administration. Commutation of some sentences might be acceptable for a few people, but assuming the worst, pardoning people charged with Conspiracy Against The United States, Espionage, and Treason would destroy his presidency.

Plus, Pence was the head of the Trump Transition Team, the same group that Mike Flynn was working for when Flynn was caught on tape with the Russian Ambassador. Pence’s only defense at this point is that he didn’t know what his subordinates were doing. If even one of the cooperating witnesses fingered Pence, he’s done for. Remember, there is no constitutional protection guarantee for a Vice President. Spiro Agnew was indicted while in office and forced to resign.

The last option of Pence leaving office before Trump is far-fetched, but goes to show how screwed up things are. The fact that this is even a possibility that must be entertained is absurd. But, here we are.

Mueller’s team is having the FBI stop people of interest as they cross through customs, where there’s a bit of a no man’s land of legal rights.  They’re stopping these people, interviewing them, digging into their connections to Trump and American politics, and either making copies of their electronic devices or seizing them outright.

The article doesn’t name the oligarchs, but there’s some info in the Rumor Mill.

Roger Stone appeared on the InfoWars radio show the same day he sent an email claiming he dined with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — and he predicted “devastating” upcoming disclosures about the Clinton Foundation.

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS: McMASTER RESISGNS, PRUITT MAKES CASE FOR MOST CORRUPT CABINET OFFICIAL

 

IMMIGRATION: TRUMP HATES BROWN PEOPLE

 

SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY

 

RED STATE TEACHER STRIKES

 

CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?

 

RUMOR MILL:  WHO WAS STOPPED AT THE AIRPORT?

From the thread…

Oleg Deripaska’s M-SAWO 2/28/18 Moscow-Teterboro. Something is happening in NY… Vekselberg’s P4-MIS flew from Thailand, Abramov’s D-ALEX from Moscow to Newark, Abramovich’s LX-GVI from LA to Teterboro and Blavatnik’s N671LE from Europe to Teterboro, all on the same day, 2/28🤨

We already know Oleg Deripaska, but who are the others?

Viktor Vekselberg, owner and president of Renova Group, personally worth $13.6 billion.

Alexander Abramov, owner of Russia’s largest steel producer, personally worth $4.3 billion.

Roman Abramovich, owner of Millhouse LLC investment company and Chelsea Football Club, personally worth $10.8 billion

Len Blavatnik, founder of Access Industries, Russian-born American and British citizen, major philanthropist, personally worth $21.2 billion.

So, we have 4 billionaires landing in New Jersey.  3 in Teterboro right outside of New York, and 1 in Newark, all on the same day, all on a Wednesday.

Why?  What happened that day?

Daily Check-In 02/28/2018 saw Paul Manafort appear in court, and several stories aired about Russian trips during the campaign.  Daily Check-In 03/01/2018 let it out that Mueller was looking to indict the Russian hackers at Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, working for the GRU.

I’m not exactly sure why they met in New York (maybe they had Hamilton tickets?), but it sounds like Mueller’s team was waiting for them.

Remember, this is all rumor and supposition, but if these four met for some nefarious reason, and used their cell phones or laptops to communicate, getting stopped in customs  by the FBI makes for a very bad day.  It’s like going through a DUI checkpoint followed by a colonoscopy. No matter how it goes, it ends with a sore ass.

 

 

That’s it for today.  Like I said, it’s late, and I’m tired.  Let’s see how Thursday goes.  I might be offline for most of Friday night, but I’ll try to gather some stories earlier in the day.  I don’t like to talk about personal details here, but I might be unable to write that night.  I’ll see what happens.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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