Daily Check-In 05/03/2018

Thursday, May 3rd.

 

COHEN:  TO WIRETAP OR NOT TO WIRETAP

I was going to go into this nice, long description of how a wiretap works, but then NBC corrected the story that it wasn’t a wiretap, but a pen register.  Now, I’ve got to explain both, and the difference.

A pen register is when law enforcement sees who calls the target, and who the target calls.  They can’t monitor what the call was about, but can see how long the call lasted, and how often they called.

A wiretap goes a step above the pen register and actively monitors the calls for content.  There are several restrictions on a wiretap.  For example, if the call is privileged communication, or after 30 seconds it the call isn’t about anything criminal, then law enforcement has to hang up.  If the call goes on for a long time, they can check back in to see if the conversation has turned back to illegal stuff.  There’s a scene from Casino where they went through the details.  I tried to find it, but after a half hour of searching and not finding the clip, I give up.

I’m not surprised by this, to be honest.  The Feds were monitoring Cohen’s emails and phone lines for weeks, if not months before they raided his shit.  While checking the phone records, they saw who was calling, and when.  But there are two big takeaways from today.

First, a pen register is used when the Feds suspect that a crime is ongoing.  If there was a past crime, they would just look at the phone records on file.

Second, at least one of the calls they recorded came from the White House.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION:  MUELLER ORDERS 70 BLANK SUBPOENAS, SIDE OF COLE SLAW TO GO

70 blank subpoenas for July.

STORMYGATE/RUDY CROSSOVER CLUSTERFUCK

 

DOCTOR, DOCTOR

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

HAPPY NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY

 

RUMOR MILL

Here’s an interesting hypothesis:  What if Michael Cohen outranks Donald Trump in the mob?  Is that even possible?

I don’t necessarily buy it right now, but it’s 2018.  This is the year that a porn star’s attorney is bitchslapping the combined legal expertise of the White House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it for today.  Today is very light on my information.  Today was a very busy day, and I didn’t spend nearly as much time as I have on the entry recently.  Tomorrow should be back to normal.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

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