Tuesday, April 17th. Tax Day in the United States.
- Judge Hands Defeat to Trump and Cohen Over FBI Raid: ‘You’ve Miscited the Law’
- Trump is reportedly worried and in ‘dark moods’ over scrutiny of his shadowy lawyer Michael Cohen
- Cohen may not be attorney enough for attorney-client privilege
- Every Embarrassing Story Michael Cohen Tried to Squash
- The Michael Cohen Case: A Definitive Guide to Key Players
- Stormy Daniels’ lawyer gives ominous warning to Michael Cohen’s associates: ‘Anyone that had any contact with this man in the last 20 years should be very concerned’
- How a Porn Star Became More Credible Than the President
- Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Predicts Michael Cohen Will Turn On Trump
- Michael Cohen Will ‘Flip’ On Trump Under Threat Of ‘Decades’ In Prison, Stormy Daniels’s Lawyer Says
- Stormy to Release Sketch of Man Who Threatened Her Over Trump
- Stormy Daniels: ‘This isn’t what I want to be known for’
- Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Reveals Sketch of Man Who Allegedly Threatened Her
- Here’s a sketch
He looks like a douchier, Dollar Store version of Tom Brady.
- Second Playmate says she had long affair with Trump
- A new Playboy model just revealed her affair with Trump and she has photos to prove it
Oh, here we go again.
Barbara Moore was the December 1992 Playmate of the Month.
COMEY DON’T PLAY THAT
- James Comey got so freaked out by the fact he never saw Trump laugh he trawled YouTube looking for clips
- Comey: Trump won’t criticize Putin, even in private
- Comey: Trump’s pardon of Scooter Libby was ‘an attack on the rule of law’
- Comey on Trump calling for him to be jailed: ‘This is not OK’
“President Trump, I don’t follow him on Twitter but I get to see his tweets tweeted, I don’t know how many, but some tweets this past couple of days that I should be in jail. The president of the United States just said that a private citizen should be jailed. And I think the reaction of most of us was, ‘meh, that’s another one of those things.’ This is not normal. This is not OK,” Comey told NPR in an interview broadcast Tuesday morning. “The reason I’m talking in terms of morality is, those are the things that matter most to this country. And there’s a great danger we’ll be numbed into forgetting that, and then only a fool would be consoled by some policy victory.”
“This is not some tin pot dictatorship where the leader of the country gets to say ‘the people I don’t like go to jail.’ Our Lady Justice wears a blindfold. And the reason all those statues all over the country have a blindfold is, that’s the way it has to be,” Comey told NPR. “Lady Justice can’t be peeking under the blindfold to see if Donald Trump wants her to convict so-and-so and not convict so-and-so. If we lose that, we’ve lost the rule of law, and so there’s great danger in the president of the United States saying ‘you should be in jail.’”
THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
- 500 former DOJ officials sign petition to protect Mueller, Rosenstein
- Judge Rules to Unseal 11 Cases Related to Starr’s Clinton Investigation
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Back in the 90’s, Ken Starr was the Special Counselor investigating Whitewater, a land deal involving the Clinton family. That morphed into corruption in Arkansas, a couple claims of sexual assault, and eventually Bill Clinton lying under oath about getting a blowjob from Monica Lewinsky.
Throughout the whole process, there were several court cases that were heard, but many of the documents were sealed. On Monday, a judge decided to unseal 11 cases related to the Clinton Investigation.
Before anyone gets off a tizzy screaming “But Hilary” or “Why are reliving this crap?”, this is actually a pretty cool thing. These cases dealt with unprecedented legal items at the time, like “Can the White House be subpoenaed to turn over their visitor logs?” or “Are physical descriptions of the President’s penis admissible in court?” or “Does attorney-client privilege extend to all matters that take place in front of an attorney?” Prescient questions that we’re asking today.
- Model claiming to know ‘a lot’ on Trump, Russia due in Thai court
- Several House Republicans endorse bill to protect Mueller
COLD WAR 2.0
- Trump just blocked his own administration’s Russia sanctions
- Trump Scraps New Sanctions Against Russia, Overruling Advisers
- Trump Enraged After Finding Out He Stood Up to Putin
- Israeli intelligence reportedly says Trump’s Syria strike failed, didn’t take out much of anything
- In Cuba, the Castro era ends this week as Raúl steps down as ruler
- Meet the Russian-Owned Firm Creating an Army of Traveling ‘Proxies’ – Foreign Policy
- Russian hacking: Up to 400 Australian companies caught up in cyber attacks blamed on Moscow
- Journalist who exposed Russia’s secret mercenaries in Syria mysteriously fell to his death – VICE News
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK
- Second Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says ‘sex compass’ app gathered more Facebook data beyond the 87 million we already knew about
- Cambridge Analytica Had Exclusive Rights to Breitbart Data, Says Ex-Director
- The CEO of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company compared Trump propaganda tactics to Hitler
- Facebook may have to register as agent of ‘foreign influence’ in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian
WHITE HOUSE CHAOS
- Pruitt upgraded to a larger, customized SUV with bullet-resistant seat covers
- Trump’s top energy adviser is leaving the White House
THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE
- Mueller is now ruining Trump’s second-favorite TV show
- Fox News Stands By Sean Hannity After Trump Lawyer Reveal
- Sean Hannity’s Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers The Fox News host denies that Michael Cohen was ever his lawyer—but Hannity was represented by a pair of legal advisers who also have close li… theatlantic.com
On May 25, 2017, KFAQ, a radio station based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, received a cease-and-desist letter signed by two lawyers for Hannity: Victoria Toensing and Jay Alan Sekulow. Toensing’s signature sits above her name and that of her husband Joseph E. diGenova, the members of diGenova and Toensing LLP, who are identified as “Counsel for Sean Hannity,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Atlantic. Sekulow is also identified in the letter page as a “Counsel for Sean Hannity.”
Sekulow is now the only known personal attorney for President Trump working full-time on the response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry. Sekulow recently announced that diGenova and Toensing had been hired to join him, before reversing course. The letter to the radio station was sent before Sekulow joined Trump’s team.
- Senator Dick Durbin’s letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
- Broadband advisor picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges
The advisor, Elizabeth Pierce, is the former chief executive of Quintillion, an Alaska-based fiber optic cable provider operating out of Anchorage. In her capacity as CEO, Pierce allegedly raised more than $250 million from two New York-based investment companies using forged contracts with other companies guaranteeing hundreds of millions of dollars in future revenue. Pierce resigned from Quintillion in August of last year, and she stepped down from her role in Pai’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) the following month.
“As it turned out, those sales agreements were worthless because the customers had not signed them,” US attorney Geoffrey Berman said in prepared remarks, as reported by the WSJ. “Instead, as alleged, Pierce had forged counter-party signatures on contract after contract. As a result of Pierce’s deception, the investment companies were left with a system that is worth far less than Pierce had led them to believe.” Pierce was trying to raise money to help build out a fiber optic system that would wire Alaska with high-speed internet and better help connect it to networks in other US states. Pierce was charged with wire fraud last Thursday and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
- Sandy Hook Parents Have Just Hit Alex Jones With Defamation Lawsuits
- The NRA Admits to Taking Money From Russian Contributors
- Bank of America stops financing for makers of ‘military style’ rifles
- HeadCount Home – HeadCount Friday, April 20th is another planned walkout and/or day day of service. Part of this is an organized voter registration program.
GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD
- Alexandre Bissonnette searched online for Trump more than 800 times before killing six men at mosque
Did I go through the complete list of victims? No.
There is one victim. None of us want talk about him.
But given my age, I have the courage to say it. This victim, his name is Alexandre Bissonnette.
Alexandre, before being a killer he was a victim himself. Before planting his bullets in the heads of his victims, somebody planted ideas more dangerous than the bullets in his head.
This little kid didn’t wake up in the morning and say ‘Hey guys instead of going to have a picnic or watching the Canadiens, I will go kill some people in the mosque.’ It doesn’t happen that way.
Day after day, week after week, month after month, certain politicians unfortunately, and certain reporters unfortunately, and certain media were poisoning our atmosphere.
-Imam Hassan Guillet
- Paul Ryan could get a pension of $84,930 a year—here’s how that compares to most Americans
- Anderson Cooper confronts GOP lawmaker: You haven’t heard the president lie?
- GOP Rep. Charlie Dent says he will leave Congress earlier than expected
- List of Congresspeople not running for reelection
- Gay Republican group banned from Texas GOP Convention
- Missouri AG: We Have Evidence Gov. Greitens Committed Felony – The Daily Beast
- Attorney General Hawley says he has evidence Gov. Eric Greitens committed a felony
- Missouri AG Hawley: Greitens committed ‘potentially criminal acts’ involving veterans charity Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is under investigation by the attorney general’s office over his use of a list of donors belonging to a veterans charity to benefit his 2016 campaign. kansascity.com
- Missouri lawmakers return to work under Greitens cloud JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers head into the final weeks of this year’s legislative session with allegations of sexual misconduct against Gov. Eric Greitens apnews.com
- Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Face Special Prosecutor Over Bid to Erase History
A Phoenix judge denied Arpaio’s request to erase his conviction entirely, saying in October that the presidential pardon didn’t “revise the historical facts of this case.” The appeals panel, by a 2-1 vote, said that since the U.S. Justice Department won’t defend that ruling, an outside lawyer must be appointed to argue against Arpaio.
SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY: SPECIAL
TAX DAY DAY BEFORE TAX DAY SPECIAL
- Trump breaks his tax returns promise — for the third year in a row
- China slaps 179% charge on US sorghum imports
China’s Commerce Ministry said Tuesday that customs officers will charge importers a fee of about 179% on US sorghum after an investigation found the shipments were unfairly subsidizedand damaging Chinese producers.
Sorghum is a grain that is used to feed livestock and make a liquor that’s very popular with Chinese drinkers.
China is the largest buyer of American sorghum products. Its imports of the crop were worth about $960 million last year, according to Chinese customs data.
Yes, I had the exact same question. What the hell is sorghum?
- Trump’s tariffs will raise prices on televisions for US consumers, study shows
- IRS experiences technical difficulties on last day Americans can file taxes
- IRS online filing system experiencing technical difficulties as millions of Americans scramble to meet Tax Day deadline
- IRS to extend tax deadline by one day after agency’s Tax Day technology collapse
CAN WE GET BACK TO POLITICS?
- Supreme Court says Sotomayor breaks shoulder in fall at home
- New Jersey Becomes 13th State to Adopt Automatic Voter Registration
- Supreme Court Strikes Down as Vague Part of Immigration Law
- Trump Judge Neil Gorsuch Defends Undocumented Immigrants, Sides With Liberal Supreme Court Justices in Immigration Case
- Trump gives ‘blessing’ to talks between North, South Korea as he meets Japan’s Abe
- Trump says U.S. and North Korea have had direct talks at ‘very high levels’
- Barbara Bush, matriarch of American political dynasty, dies at 92
RUMOR MILL: CALLING A MOBBED-UP SPADE A MOBBED-UP SPADE
Lincoln’s Bible has made digging into Trump’s mob ties into an art form. Now that Jim Comey called Trump’s presidency a Mob Coup, it’s time to go back and look at all of the hard work he did.
Spicy Mic posted Russia’s Telegram ban is a big, convoluted mess | The Verge earlier. Russia is trying to ban Telegram, a messaging app that is not infiltrated by Russian Intelligence. Problem is, their attempts at turning it off are breaking everything else. Spicy’s holding on to something related to this, and she’s teasing that it’s big. Let’s wait and see.
It’s nice to see the MSM picking up what we’ve been talking about for over a year.
That’s it for today. I was going to get into more detail, but something came up in the real world that I have to take care of.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur