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.”

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