Daily Check-In 05/01/2018

Tuesday, May 1st.  May Day.

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

This is an interesting development.

In a tense meeting in early March with the special counsel, President Trump’s lawyers insisted he had no obligation to talk with federal investigators probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

But special counsel Robert S. Mueller III responded that he had another option if Trump declined: He could issue a subpoena for the president to appear before a grand jury, according to four people familiar with the encounter.

Mueller’s warning — the first time he is known to have mentioned a possible subpoena to Trump’s legal team — spurred a sharp retort from John Dowd, then the president’s lead lawyer.

“This isn’t some game,” Dowd said, according to two people with knowledge of his comments. “You are screwing with the work of the president of the United States.”

Trump’s team threatened to not talk to Robert Mueller’s team, and Mueller responded with a threat to subpoena his ass.

We’ve known this was a possibility, even a likelihood, since the rumors of interviews started, but it’s all been hypothetical, not much basis in reality.  Now, it hasn’t only entered the realm of reality, but hangs in the air like Damocles’s Sword.

Bobby Three Sticks wouldn’t make this threat lightly.  He wouldn’t threaten a subpoena without sign-off from DAG Rosenstein, a team looking at privileged information and where it falls, investigators review every possible angle and the legal team has gone through all of their evidence with a fine-toothed comb.

Dropping this bomb is like threatening divorce.  It’s not done lightly, and once it’s used, everything changes.

By the way, we’ve got a good idea where the questions came from…

After investigators laid out 16 specific subjects they wanted to review with the president and added a few topics within each one, Sekulow broke the queries down into 49 separate questions, according to people familiar with the process.

Jay Sekulow’s notes.  That explains the following stories:

The leaked questions had some grammatical errors that those close to Mueller claim he wouldn’t make.  So Jay took the subjects, wrote a few questions out of those, then what?

What happened March 5?  Daily Check-In 03/05/2018 Sam Nunberg went nuts.  Daily Check-In 03/06/2018. George Nader flipped, Mueller was looking into Cohen’s activities, and Stormy sued Trump.  The legal teams meet, and two weeks later Jon Dowd nopes the fuck out of Team Trump.  Probably because he saw his actions in the list.  (Dangling a pardon for Flynn Daily Check-In 03/28/2018)

Here’s some more articles about those questions.

“There have been people who have been making threats privately & publicly against me for quite some time & I think they should understand by now the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted.”

COHEN

Michael Cohen, already under pressure from a federal criminal investigation into his business and financial dealings, has been hit this month with more than $185,000 in new state warrants for unpaid taxes on his taxicab companies.

Added to his previous tab, that brings the total to $282,000 owed to New York state by 16 taxi medallion-holding companies owned by Cohen or members of his family, including Mad Dog Cab Corp., Smoochie Cab Corp., Golden Child Cab Corp. and N.Y. Futon Taxi Corp. A lawyer for Cohen declined to comment.

DOCTOR, DOCTOR

In February 2017, a top White House aide who was Trump’s longtime personal bodyguard, along with the top lawyer at the Trump Organization and a third man, showed up at the office of Trump’s New York doctor without notice and took all the president’s medical records.

The incident, which Dr. Harold Bornstein described as a “raid,” took place two days after Bornstein told a newspaper that he had prescribed a hair growth medicine for the president for years.

In an exclusive interview in his Park Avenue office, Bornstein told NBC News that he felt “raped, frightened and sad” when Keith Schiller and another “large man” came to his office to collect the president’s records on the morning of Feb. 3, 2017. At the time, Schiller, who had long worked as Trump’s bodyguard, was serving as director of Oval Office operations at the White House.

“They must have been here for 25 or 30 minutes. It created a lot of chaos,” Bornstein said, who described the incident as frightening.

A framed 8×10 photo of Bornstein and Trump that had been hanging on the wall in the waiting room now lies flat under a stack of papers on the top shelf of Bornstein’s bookshelf. Bornstein said the men asked him to take it off the wall.

Bornstein said he was not given a form authorizing the release of the records and signed by the president known as a HIPAA release — which is a violation of patient privacy law. A person familiar with the matter said there was a letter to Bornstein from then-White House doctor Ronny Jackson, but didn’t know if there was a release form attached.

“He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter,” Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. “I just made it up as I went along.”
The admission is an about face from his answer more than two years when the letter was released and answers one of the lingering questions about the last presidential election. The letter thrust the eccentric Bornstein, with his shoulder-length hair and round eyeglasses, into public view.

Here’s a video, even better hearing his passion.

COLD WAR 2.0

Remember this, then think back to Brexit and the fallout from that.  Part of the backlash to Brexit was a reinvigoration of the Scottish independence movement.  Which, guess who pushed the propaganda for that?  Ding ding ding!  If you guessed Russia, give yourself two points.

#NEVERAGAIN

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

GOP:  THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IN DEAD

BLUE WAVE

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

The Bible he ate wasn’t cooked, marinated, or even slathered in ketchup.  He just ate it straight up.

Eating that much pulp and fiber could really mess up his digestive system long term.  If he doesn’t change his diet, he’ll never make it to be an old man.

Oh, shit… Nevermind.

Did Roy Moore not pay attention  to a fucking thing that happened to Bill Cosby?  Suing his accusers led to discovery, which led to even more shady ass shit.

The number of reported sexual assaults is up 15%, but they’re claiming this as a victory on two fronts.  First, more people are coming forward to report sexual assaults, and less assaults are happening.

SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY

RUMOR MILL: WHO OWNS WHAT?

Here’s a good roundup of what happened throughout the day.  They’re doing a similar thing to what I’m doing, but look better and have a staff.  Not exactly rumors, but I don’t have a section for them yet.

That’s it for today.  For the last couple days I’ve been listening to “Thug Notes” on audiobook.  It’s a pretty good book.  It describes literary classics in gangsta terms.  Which leads me to another issue.

I have a tendency to write like what I’m reading or listening to.  Whether it’s music or a book, I mimic what I’m exposed to.  So, if my writing gets a little crass, or I start talking like I’m a straight up gangsta, or start flexing, that’s why.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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