Monday April 30th and the weekend. This was supposed to be a shorter post,
THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION: NYT HAS THE QUESTIONS MUELLER WANTS TO ASK TRUMP
- Mueller Has Dozens of Inquiries for Trump in Broad Quest on Russia Ties and Obstruction
- What Mueller Wants to Ask Trump About Obstruction, and What It Means
The New York Times got their hands on a series of questions that Mueller’s team wants to ask Donald Trump in their interview, and it’s likely that Jon Dowd, or someone from his office, gave these questions to the press.
Back in March, Jon Dowd was Trump’s lead lawyer, but fought hard against his client’s desire to interview Robert Mueller. (Daily Check-In 03/22/2018). He knew, like every sane person, that Trump would lie his ass off and incriminate himself in a matter of seconds.
Let’s take a look at the questions. The following is from Reddit /u/McIgglyTuffMuffin
What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?
What was your reaction to news reports on Jan. 12, 2017, and Feb. 8-9, 2017?
What did you know about Sally Yates’s meetings about Mr. Flynn?
How was the decision made to fire Mr. Flynn on Feb. 13, 2017?
After the resignations, what efforts were made to reach out to Mr. Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon?
What was your opinion of Mr. Comey during the transition?
What did you think about Mr. Comey’s intelligence briefing on Jan. 6, 2017, about Russian election interference?
What was your reaction to Mr. Comey’s briefing that day about other intelligence matters?
What was the purpose of your Jan. 27, 2017, dinner with Mr. Comey, and what was said?
What was the purpose of your Feb. 14, 2017, meeting with Mr. Comey, and what was said?
What did you know about the F.B.I.’s investigation into Mr. Flynn and Russia in the days leading up to Mr. Comey’s testimony on March 20, 2017?
What did you do in reaction to the March 20 testimony? Describe your contacts with intelligence officials.
What did you think and do in reaction to the news that the special counsel was speaking to Mr. Rogers, Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Coats?
What was the purpose of your calls to Mr. Comey on March 30 and April 11, 2017?
What was the purpose of your April 11, 2017, statement to Maria Bartiromo?
What did you think and do about Mr. Comey’s May 3, 2017, testimony?
Regarding the decision to fire Mr. Comey: When was it made? Why? Who played a role?
What did you mean when you told Russian diplomats on May 10, 2017, that firing Mr. Comey had taken the pressure off?
What did you mean in your interview with Lester Holt about Mr. Comey and Russia?
What did you think about Mr. Comey’s June 8, 2017, testimony regarding Mr. Flynn, and what did you do about it?
What was the purpose of the September and October 2017 statements, including tweets, regarding an investigation of Mr. Comey?
What is the reason for your continued criticism of Mr. Comey and his former deputy, Andrew G. McCabe?
What did you think and do regarding the recusal of Mr. Sessions?
What efforts did you make to try to get him to change his mind?
Did you discuss whether Mr. Sessions would protect you, and reference past attorneys general?
What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the news of the appointment of the special counsel?
Why did you hold Mr. Sessions’s resignation until May 31, 2017, and with whom did you discuss it?
What discussions did you have with Reince Priebus in July 2017 about obtaining the Sessions resignation? With whom did you discuss it?
What discussions did you have regarding terminating the special counsel, and what did you do when that consideration was reported in January 2018?
When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?
What involvement did you have in the communication strategy, including the release of Donald Trump Jr.’s emails?
During a 2013 trip to Russia, what communication and relationships did you have with the Agalarovs and Russian government officials?
What communication did you have with Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and others, including foreign nationals, about Russian real estate developments during the campaign?
What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Mr. Putin? Did you discuss it with others?
What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding Russian sanctions?
What involvement did you have concerning platform changes regarding arming Ukraine?
During the campaign, what did you know about Russian hacking, use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign?
What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?
What did you know about communication between Roger Stone, his associates, Julian Assange or WikiLeaks?
What did you know during the transition about an attempt to establish back-channel communication to Russia, and Jared Kushner’s efforts?
What do you know about a 2017 meeting in Seychelles involving Erik Prince?
What do you know about a Ukrainian peace proposal provided to Mr. Cohen in 2017?
edited to include questions in case someone can’t access the article for any reason
There’s about 4 dozen questions here, and I’d put real money down that Mueller’s team has the answers to all of them. A good prosecutor doesn’t ask a question in an interview they don’t already know the answer to. And we’re talking about The Justice League.
Need more proof that they know the answers? Look at Cooperating Witnesses. More than half of those questions involve people on that list. The rest involve law enforcement officials like James Comey, Sally Yates, and Andrew McCabe, who were cooperating with Robert Mueller from Day 1. (Daily Check-In 9/8/2017, Daily Check-In 03/19/2018)
- CNN, news orgs ask court to unseal Manafort court docs
- Trump-allied House conservatives draft articles of impeachment against Rosenstein as ‘last resort’
- Sen. Warner holds round table with local defense contractors about security clearance process | Military | fredericksburg.com
- Did Donald Trump Jr. Admit to Violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?
- Trey Gowdy says House Intel report doesn’t fully vindicate Trump on Russian collusion – CBS News
- Grassley says he wants to release transcripts tied to 2016 Trump Tower meeting
- Trump offers wild new explanation for why his son met with a Russian agent
- Rinat Akhmetshin: Low-Hanging Fruit for Trump-Russia Investigators
- Jill Stein Has Turned Over Hundreds Of Documents To Congress As Part Of The Russia Probe
COHEN: FBI MET WITH RUSSIAN MMA STAR
The FBI has interviewed a Russian mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter with ties to President Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, The Associated Press reported on Sunday.
Affliction Entertainment was an MMA company started by the Affliction clothing brand. The UFC banned their equipment when they learned that Affliction was starting up their own company.
Affliction partnered with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Their primary shareholder was Donald Trump, and their COO was none other than Michael Cohen.
The fighter, Fedor Emelianenko, is a multi-time MMA champion who also happens to be one of Vladimir Putin’s favorite fighters. Affliction made Emelianenko their star attraction.
Affliction had two pay per views in 2008. Their third was cancelled less than two weeks beforehand due to one of the fighters popping a piss test for steroids, and they couldn’t find a replacement for the main event in time.
Trump demands the spotlight everywhere he goes, and all of his business ventures look more like efforts at Money Laundering than actual business ventures. What makes this look even more ridiculous is what we’ve learned in the past couple years about Trump’s business ties, his desires to work in Russia, and the general shadiness and corruption surrounding sports.
There are so many ways to launder, lose, and find money in sports, it should be criminal. Actually, many of them are. For example, fixing fights, outsourcing the fight promotion to a subsidiary of the parent company, or throwing VIP Only parties that hide and mix the cash flow can all be used as methods of cleaning dirty money through sports. And I haven’t even talked about endorsements, sponsorships, or media access rights yet.
So, we have a known Russophile and alleged money launderer, and his fixer, running a sports business that had deep ties to the betting community (read: organized crime), who’s star attraction has ties to the head of the country he’s been trying to work with since the 1980’s. And, it’s an interesting enough connection that the FBI thought it was worth looking into.
This is gonna get interesting.
- The National Enquirer goes after Michael Cohen, which seems kind of ominous for Trump’s ‘fixer’
- Trump-Allied National Enquirer Turns on Michael Cohen: ‘Secrets & Lies!’ | Mediaite
$20 says that the FBI found incriminating evidence against AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer.
- Trump campaign has paid portions of Michael Cohen’s legal fees: Sources
- After Sean Hannity Bought a Georgia Apartment Complex, Eviction Orders Spiked 400 Percent
- Porn star Stormy Daniels sues President Trump for defamation
- Stormy Daniels lawyer: Trump in ‘panic mode’ over Michael Cohen
- Stormy Daniels sues Trump for defamation over ‘con job’ tweet
WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER: SWINE CLUTCHING AT PEARLS, A SPECIAL TWIST ON “THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE”
- Conservatives walk out of White House Correspondents’ Dinner over brutal jokes aimed at Trump and his team
- At the White House correspondents’ dinner, the buzz was reduced to a snore — until Michelle Wolf showed up
- The Washington Post: The scene at the White House correspondents’ dinner
- The Washington Post: Top White House official suggests the administration won’t offer early sanctions relief to North Korea
- WHCA Statement
- AltScalesOfJustice thread on the WHCA statement
- Fired CNN host Reza Aslan: “It’s time to treat Donald Trump as an enemy of the state”
- CNN’s Ana Navarro Says Michelle Wolf’s Critics Are Acting Like ‘Snowflakes’
- Michelle Wolf’s WHCD Honesty Is What America Needs Right Now
- Since when did ‘perfect smokey eye’ become an insult, America?
- Michelle Wolf Fires Back at New York Times Reporter Maggie Haberman Over WHCD Criticism
Hey mags! All these jokes were about her despicable behavior. Sounds like you have some thoughts about her looks though?
- Don’t Get Angry About Mean Insult Comics If You Helped Put One in the Oval Office
- CNN’s Cuomo rips conservative over correspondents’ dinner: It’s ‘obvious hypocrisy’
- ‘Morning Joe’ Host Wonders, Amid Michelle Wolf Controversy, Where Outrage Was When Trump Called Him a ‘Murderer’
- ‘Pathetic’: To Shield Elites From Deserved Ridicule, WHCA Apologizes for Michelle Wolf’s Epic Performance
- Trump can threaten and use vulgar language but Michelle Wolf can’t tell jokes?
- Trump supporters share the most “junk” news, conspiracy theories: study
I’m not going to fan the flames on this one. This is another case of faux outrage by the same people that enable Trump and his ilk to attack democracy and decency every day. It’s like accusing someone of being bigoted against bigots. “How dare you be mean about the meanest person alive? How dare you say a known liar and racist is a liar and a racist? That makes you just as hate-filled as them”. Fuck those people and that line of thought. One group is enabling a liar, thief, racist, and rapist. The other is calling out the enablers.
MEANWHILE, IN MICHIGAN HIDING FROM MEAN COMEDIANS…
- Trump went to Michigan and didn’t talk about Flint
- Trump was outrageous in Michigan. So where’s the outrage?
- The 57 most outlandish, outrageous and offensive lines from Trump’s Michigan rally
- Eric Garland: Trump just admitted to Veselnitskaya being a spy
Seriously. That just fucking happened. Donald Trump admitted that the Russian Lawyer was working for the Russian Government, and he said it’s coming out now because Putin was afraid of how tough he was.
Sometimes, I can’t even.
- NRA Convention Bans Guns To Protect Mike Pence. Parkland Survivors’ Jaws Drop. | HuffPost
- MoveOn Petitions – Demand Mike Pence cancel his speech to the NRA convention on May 4
- Parkland shooting survivors cry hypocrisy after NRA bans guns during Pence speech
- Trump expected to address NRA’s annual meeting
- Guns banned from NRA event for Pence’s safety. Parkland survivors ask, why not for us?
- Donald Trump Promised Parkland Families He’d “Do Something.” Now, He’s Speaking at the NRA’s Annual Meeting.
- The myth that civilian gun ownership prevents tyranny
Wait, the NRA won’t let guns in the hall for the Vice President’s speech? After all that bullshit they cried about how only good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns, and we need more guns for safety, they want to ban guns from their convention.
Fuck the NRA.
WHITE HOUSE CHAOS
- Trump calls on Sen. Tester to resign over release of allegations against White House doctor – The Washington Post
- Ronny Jackson won’t return to old job as Trump’s physician
- Pence’s doctor alerted WH aides about Ronny Jackson concerns last fall
- Trump’s former VA pick won’t return as his personal physician: report | TheHill
- The Justice Department Deleted Language About Press Freedom And Racial Gerrymandering From Its Internal Manual
- Mick Mulvaney Used Old Campaign Funds to Cover Interest Payments on His Loans
- CREW Files Complaint Against Mick Mulvaney
- How Trump and Sessions cherry-picked data to blame immigrants for lower wages
- Sessions aide pledged loyalty to Trump’s agenda in order to be hired
- Pompeo starts Mideast tour with call for new Iran sanctions | Article [AMP] | Reuters
- Kelly says Trump is an idiot, mocks his policy ignorance, say officials
- Trump’s pick to lead ICE, who touted surge in immigration arrests, steps down
- The Washington Post: Kelly denies calling Trump an ‘idiot,’ says news report is ‘pathetic attempt to smear people’
- U.S. EPA grants biofuels waiver to billionaire Icahn’s oil refinery – sources
- EPA Grants Waiver to Oil Refinery of Billionaire Former Trump Adviser Carl Icahn
- In Amazing Coincidence, Billionaire Who Advised Trump on Regulatory “Reform” Got Huge Regulatory Exemption for His Oil Refinery
GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD
- Conservatives Will Never Get the Respect They Crave. They Don’t Deserve It.
- Republicans for the Rule of Law
- Fake Green Party Candidate Exposed as Having Ties to Republican Congressman
- GOP civil war in Ohio threatens another special election loss
- Michael Flynn Is Back on the Campaign Trail in Montana to Unseat Jon Tester
- New emails show Tennessee law enforcement focused on counter-protesters at a neo-Nazi event
- Devin Nunes Is the Emblematic Republican Hack of the Trump Era
- The racial demons that help explain evangelical support for Trump – Vox
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK
- WhatsApp founder plans to leave after clashes with parent Facebook over privacy, strategy
- Foreign Office officials met Cambridge Analytica over Trump | UK news | The Guardian
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
- Lawman Keeps $750K In Inmate Food Funds, Buys Beach Home, Blames Media
- To find Golden State Killer suspect, investigators first found his great-great-great-grandparents
COLD WAR 2.0
- The Washington Post: North Korea wants outsiders to observe closure of its nuclear test site, South says
- Israel’s Netanyahu to make ‘significant’ announcement on Iran | Article [AMP] | Reuters
- This Could Be The Real Reason Why North Korea Stopped Its Nuclear Missile Tests
- Putin, Macron, agree on need to preserve Iran nuclear deal: Kremlin | Article [AMP] | Reuters
- Mystery solved: Why Trump-Macron friendship tree vanished
PARIS (AP) — The French president’s office says there’s nothing mysterious about the disappearance of an oak tree he planted on the White House lawn.
It was put in quarantine, like other plants or animals brought into U.S. territory.
The sapling was a gift from French President Emmanuel Macron for his state visit to U.S. President Donald Trump last week.
An official in Macron’s office said Monday that Trump insisted on holding a symbolic planting ceremony alongside Macron despite the quarantine requirement. The official said both sides knew all along that the tree would go later into quarantine.
A pale patch of grass now covers the spot.
The oak originally sprouted at the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood in northern France, where about 2,000 U.S. troops died fighting a German offensive.
For once, nothing nefarious happened.
- South Korea’s president thinks Donald Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize
- The Washington Post: Israel says it holds a trove of documents from Iran’s secret nuclear weapons archive
SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY
- T-Mobile and Sprint announce plans to merge
- Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Merger That’s Poised to Change the U.S. Telecom Landscape
- Senate Democrats set up net neutrality showdown
- Marco Rubio: There’s ‘no evidence whatsoever’ that Trump’s tax bill has helped American workers
- Trump delays steel and aluminum tariffs for Canada, Mexico and European Union
- Rep. Devin Nunes is no longer ‘safe’ in his race for re-election, forecaster says
- Ex-Bush ethics official to run for Franken’s former Senate seat as Dem: report | TheHill
- Former George W. Bush ethics lawyer ditches GOP, to seek U.S. Senate in Minn. as Democrat
- MSNBC’s surging ratings fuel Democratic optimism
TRUMP ORG AND CORRUPTION, FROM THE WATER IS WET DEPARTMENT
- Trump Warns Countries to Support U.S. Bid for 2026 World Cup
- Fire breaks out at Trump Tower in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku
- In court, Trump’s fortunes are plummeting (Opinion)
- Bill Gates told Trump that being his science adviser is ‘not a good use of my time’
- Australia to invest miliions in Great Barrier Reef restoration and protection
Look forward to this when I eventually bend space and time, and get around to writing my piece on Maggie Haberman.
That’s it for today. Remember on Daily Check-In 04/27/2018 I said I was going to write about the House Intel Report? Well, I did. I spent 5 hours working on that Sunday night. Then another hour with tech support trying to recover the post that magically disappeared. 2800 words disappeared into the ether. More than 50 links, gone. All that work, just…
Was I upset? Yeah. But this ain’t my first rodeo. I’ve lost work before, and it’ll happen again. I adjust my workflow to avoid a catastrophic failure, and move on. Shit happens, it’s how we deal with it when the Poop Parade comes to town.
I’m going to redo that piece, work on it over the next several days, and republish it.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur