Wednesday, May 9th.
FOLLOW THE MONEY: A STORMYGATE/COHEN/RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION CROSSOVER EVENT
“We’re in the shit, now. Somebody’s gotta shovel it.”
– Hercules Mulligan, Hamilton
It’s 10PM, and I’m still organizing this post. Today’s news is like one of those crossover TV shows for DC shows on the CW; every character has a part, it’s complete chaos, and the most annoying character from each show gets too much screen time.
I’m doing this a little different tonight. I’ll describe what happened, and try to organize the news to make sense.
Last night, Michael Avenatti dropped a bomb claiming that multiple companies had paid Michael Cohen. (Daily Check-In 05/08/2018) Among them are AT&T, Novartis, Korean Aerospace Industries, and Columbus Nova, a subsidiary of Renova. Over a million dollars flowed into Essential Consultants, LLC., the same company that paid off Stormy Daniels and Shera Brechard.
So, what happened today?
First, we get the confirmations from each company. Not only did Novartis, AT&T, and KAI all confirm that they paid Michael Cohen, but they each admitted to paying more than reported. Avenatti only release 4 months of payments, but these companies each confirmed a year’s worth of payments.
But each of them claimed, eventually, that they hired Michael Cohen and Essential Consultants for different reasons.
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) (047810.KS) said on Wednesday it had paid $150,000 for consulting services on accounting matters to a firm set up by U.S. President Donald Trump’s private lawyer Michael Cohen.
The arrangement came as the company, backed by state-owned Export-Import Bank of Korea, is competing to sell trainer jets to the U.S. Air Force in an auction that could be worth up to $16 billion.
So, a billion-dollar company says they’re looking for accounting advice from a real estate lawyer? Just as they’re competing for billions of dollars of government funds.
What’s the word I’m looking for? It rhymes with Mibery.
Oh, but the corruption goes even further. From /u/charmed_im-sure
“In addition, Korea Aerospace Industries paid Mr. Cohen’s company $150,000 last November, according to the records. The company, an aircraft manufacturer, has partnered with the American defense contractor Lockheed Martin in competing for a multibillion-dollar contract to provide trainer jets for the United States Air Force that is expected to be awarded this year. A representative for Korea Aerospace declined to comment.”
KAI vice president found dead amid corruption scandal by Yeo Jun-suk Sept 21, 2017
Korea Aerospace CEO Resigns as Prosecutors Probe Chopper Project by Kyunghee Park July 19, 2017
Novartis said it believed Cohen “could advise the company as to how the Trump administration might approach certain U.S. health-care policy matters, including the Affordable Care Act.”
Health care policy. Now Cohen’s an expert on Obamacare. OBAMA WASN’T AN EXPERT ON OBAMACARE!
- Novartis paid nearly $400,000 to a shell company controlled by Trump’s attorney
- Novartis discloses it paid $1.2M to Michael Cohen firm
- Novartis has ended contract with firm linked to Trump lawyer
Novartis, the maker of drugs like Ritalin, paid Cohen 3 times what Avenatti released last night.
- AT&T payments to Trump lawyer more than reported: source | Article [AMP] | Reuters
- Why AT&T’s $200,000 payment to Michael Cohen is a bombshell
- AT&T’s letter to their employees
Now Cohen’s an expert on regulatory reform?
Of course, Avenatti couldn’t help but poke fun at Cohen, and rightfully so.
- Avenatti: Cohen the Renaissance Man
- Companies Try to Explain Payments to ‘Renaissance Man’ Michael Cohen | pluralist
- Michael Cohen Must Be The Most Gifted Consultant In America
I know a little bit about consulting, and one thing that you have to sell the client on is your expertise in the subject matter, and how your expertise can help them. Cohen either has deep levels of experience that are previously unseen by a “real estate attorney”, or he’s being paid for access.
At some point throughout the day, Cohen’s lawyers filed paperwork in court disputing “some” of the findings.
Cohen’s lawyers are arguing that the small dollar amounts belong to different Michael Cohen’s, and dispute about $20,000 worth of charges, out of $4.4 million. They don’t dispute the rest of it, just the tiny dollar amounts, like $675.00 to Taiwan.
Their argument, though, is that because the tiny amounts are incorrect, the whole report is inaccurate.
That’s like getting caught having an affair by a PI, and the PI lists the mistress, the restaurant you met up at, the car you drove to the hotel, the hotel you shagged at, what positions were tried, what you screamed out when you came, what you ordered from room service, and what brand of condom you wore each time, but claiming the report is wrong because you used Durex instead of Trojans.
Back to the events. What did these companies get for their payments?
- A Korean aerospace company caught up in the latest Michael Cohen scandal is ‘well placed’ to win an Air Force contract worth up to $16.3 billion
- What Did AT&T And Novartis Get For The Money They Paid Trump’s Lawyer?
- Stormy lawyer: Transactions suggest Cohen was ‘selling access’ to Trump
- Novartis official: Michael Cohen was ‘promising access’ after Trump election
They got “access.” This is also called pay-to-play. There’s another word for that…
Of course, the calls for more information continue. What else is there? Where did this information come from? Where did it go?
- Avenatti calls on Trump, Cohen to release bank statements
- Why the Revelations About Michael Cohen’s Business Dealings Could Be a Very Big Deal
- How money flowed through Michael Cohen’s multi-purpose shell company
- Money Flowed to Michael Cohen. Where Did It Go?
- Is Michael Cohen’s Essential Consultants L.L.C. a Slush Fund for Donald Trump?
Remember, Trump doesn’t like it when people make money off of “his brand” without him getting a piece of the action, and Trump still refers to Cohen as his attorney.
Not everyone’s happy with this information getting out in the public domain…
Rich Delmar, counsel to the inspector general, said that in response to media reports the office is “inquiring into allegations” that Suspicious Activity Reports on Cohen’s banking transactions were “improperly disseminated.”
Federal law requires banks to file Suspicious Activity Report on any unusual transactions over $10,000. Experts say the information Avenatti published could have come from a Suspicious Activity Report filed by Cohen’s bank to Treasury.
It is not uncommon, of course, for journalists, lawyers and others in the public eye to receive unauthorized leaks of sensitive information. Stipano said hundreds if not thousands of officials in law enforcement and government have access to a database of Suspicious Activity Reports.
Among other things, banks are required to file SARs if the transaction “has no business or apparent lawful purpose or is not the type of transaction that the particular customer would normally be expected to engage in, and the bank knows of no reasonable explanation for the transaction after examining the available facts, including the background and possible purpose of the transaction.”
Collusion is real. Cohen’s ties to Russia are real. The Russians have leverage on Trump.
- Russian Leverage Over Trump Is Not Just a Theory. It’s Now Fact.
- Avenatti Ties Trump Attorney Cohen to $500k Russian Oligarch Payment
- Trump Lawyer Received $500,000 From Firm Linked to Russian Oligarch – WSJ
Ok, it’s just one of Trump’s lawyers connected to Columbus Nova, right?
- Columbus Nova buying Alt Right domains
- Why did Columbus Nova register websites aimed at young white supremacists?
Wait, what? Columbus Nova, a subsidiary of Renova Group, owned by Viktor Vekselberg, owns a bunch of Alt Right website domains?! Now we’re tying in Horseshoe Theory, Trump vs. Bernie, and Racism And Politics Today, plus a lot of Russian interference in other realms.
These revelations are going to tie back to the Republican Party. Remember, Michael Cohen is STILL the Deputy Finance Chair of the Republican Party. (Daily Check-In 04/13/2018)
- John McCain’s warning about dark money is real. Stop campaign finance corruption.
- White House silent on Russian oligarch’s payments to Cohen
- Trump Is Already Freaking Out About the New Cohen Allegations
- How Putin’s oligarchs funneled millions into GOP campaign
Andrew Intrater, according to Mother Jones, is Vekselberg’s cousin. He is also chief executive of Columbus Nova, Renova’s U.S. investment arm located in New York. (FEC records list his employer as Renova US Management LLC.)
Intrater had no significant history of political contributions prior to the 2016 elections. But in January 2017 he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s Inaugural Committee. His six-figure gift bought him special access to a dinner billed as “an intimate policy discussion with select cabinet appointees,” according to a brochure obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.
Michael Cohen. Russian Mafia. La Cosa Nostra (what’s left of it). Corporate Greed. The Republican Party. The Alt-Right. The Internet attacks. The only piece missing from this is the NRA, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find out at this point that they wired money to Cohen for “access” and “insight” on gun rights issues.
By the way, why haven’t we heard about this mess with Cohen from Robert Mueller’s team? The answer will surprise absolutely no one who’s been paying attention.
- Mueller team questioned Novartis last year over Michael Cohen payments
- AT&T: We gave information to Mueller regarding payments to Trump lawyer
- Robert Mueller Has Been Looking Into Payments To Michael Cohen’s Company Since Last Year
- AT&T: Mueller contacted us about Cohen | TheHill
- Seven Questions Answered About Those Payments to Michael Cohen
5. Is the special counsel Robert Mueller looking into these payments?
It appears that he is. Earlier this year, federal agents working for Mueller confronted Vekselberg after he got off a private plane at an airport in the New York area, according to a recent report in the Times. The article said the agents questioned Vekselberg and searched his electronic devices. It also said that members of Mueller’s team have interviewed Intrater, who is the chief executive of Columbus Nova.
Mueller knows. He’s at least 6 months ahead of this story. Mueller’s team interviewed ALL OF THE PARTIES, except Cohen and Trump, last year. After interviewing and reviewing this information, two months later Stormy Daniels hires Michael Avenatti, and they begin their legal crusade against Michael Cohen. A couple months ago, Mueller’s team referred the Cohen case to SDNY. This was all part of the plan.
Trump’s supporters love to claim that he’s playing 4-D chess, or 12-D backgammon. Mueller doesn’t play any fucking games.
THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
- Russian firm tied to ‘Putin’s cook’ poised to plead not guilty in U.S. | Article [AMP] | Reuters
- USA v Internet Reseach Agency update – Mad Dog PAC
- Russian Company in Troll Farm Case Pleads Not Guilty in U.S.
- McCain defends giving dossier to Comey: ‘I would do it again’
- Special Counsel Mueller’s Team Questioned Blackwater Founder Erik Prince
- From /u/PoppinKREAM, a detailed breakdown of how complete and total of a sleaze bag Erik Prince truly is.
Speaking of months ahead, Mueller interviewed Erik Prince sometime this year, after George Nader flipped. My guess is this took place sometime between Daily Check-In 03/22/2018 and Daily Check-In 04/10/2018. It had to take place after George Nader flipped, but not likely in the last week or two. These sources run at least a month behind, and Erik was in the news a few times those weeks. There seems to be a pattern with people showing up in the news while they’re interviewing Bobby Three Sticks.
IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
- Former CIA Chief John Brennan: Trump’s ‘Madness Is A Danger To Our National Security
- Iranian politicians set fire to US flag in parliament
- Obama condemns ‘misguided’ violation of Iran deal as Republicans cheer move
- Iranian supreme leader: Trump ‘made maybe more than 10 lies in his comments’
- Did Trump just put the world in danger for little reason other than to stomp on Obama’s legacy?
- Former Iranian Hacker Exposes Cyber-Efforts – Infosecurity Magazine
Iranian hackers are legit. They’re better than the Russians. Last year, the Wannacry ransomware attack occurred across the world, first hitting Ukraine. It was released by the Russians, likely one of the Bears, but there were several rumors at the time that it originated from Iran. Given what we’ve found out about the elite Iranian hackers (Daily Check-In 03/23/2018), it makes a lot of sense that they built it, and the Russians released it.
THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE
- Donald Trump threatens to ‘take away media’s credentials’ over negative news stories about him
- Trump muses about yanking news media credentials in response to negative coverage
- Trump Admits He Calls All Negative News ‘Fake’
- Trump makes it explicit: Negative coverage of him is fake coverage
- Fox News blacks out bombshell Michael Cohen revelations during 3 hours of primetime coverage
This confirms what we’ve all known, Trump is a thin-skinned shit who attacks anyone who calls him out. I, for one, am glad to be “fake news.”
FIXING THE INTERNET
- Google to ban all ads for upcoming Irish abortion vote
- And for His Next Act, Ev Williams Will Fix the Internet – The New York Times
- It’s official: Congress will vote to bring back net neutrality
COLD WAR 2.0
- 3 Americans freed from North Korea labor camps, Trump says
- North Korea releases 3 Americans as Kim Jong Un prepares to meet Trump
- Hours into his new job, Trump’s ambassador to Germany offends his hosts
WHITE HOUSE CHAOS
- White House requests cuts to children’s health insurance funding
- Trump Expected to Threaten Veto of Farm Bill Without Tighter Work Requirements
- USDA wants public comments on its plan to label GMO foods
- Dem AGs ask Pruitt to halt ‘transparency’ proposal to restrict EPA science
- Trump’s tweets distract us from the biggest scandal of all
- Lawyers Told Gina Haspel Torture Was Legal. But It Never Was.
- Nearly 100 former US ambassadors write Senate opposing Gina Haspel
- Dems urge Trump to drop nominee who represented Russian bank
- McCain urges Senate to reject Haspel’s nomination
- How Do ‘Both Sides’ Realistically Talk About Guns in 2018?
- UK insurance company terminates programs available through NRA
- These Families Of Parkland Shooting Victims Are Still Waiting To Hear From Trump
- Waffle House hero’s alma mater establishes scholarship in his name
GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD
The Handmaid’s Tale is supposed to be a cautionary story, not a blueprint for policy changes.
I’m curious, does this include an exclusion for their mistresses?
- Mitch McConnell Bends The Rules Again To Confirm Trump’s Judges
- Shouting Match Erupts On House Floor Over Chaplain Rev. Patrick Conroy
- High schoolers forced Utah to admit climate change is real
- GOP front-runner for California Senate seat hates Jews, loves Hitler, and wants to destroy the U.S.
- Rachel Crooks, who accused Trump of sexually assaulting her, wins uncontested Ohio House primary
- Trump: Cordray a ‘socialist’ who ‘should not do well’ in Ohio election
- Democratic Women Were Big Winners In Tuesday’s Primaries
- The Daily 202: Primary results confirm 2018 is a terrible year to be a House Republican
- Eric Garland’s warning to journalists writing hit pieces against the investigation.
- Tea Pain on Trump’s anger at Jeff Sessions
- Lincoln’s Bible on the Apprentice Tapes
- A story about Jeffrey Epstein’s “Parties” and Donald Trump
- Ale Thread on Norvatis being interviewed by Mueller’s team in November 2017.
- Russland-Affäre: Mueller ermittelte wegen Novartis-Zahlungen – tagesanzeiger.ch: Nichts verpassen
- A little more on that.
- Louise Mensch’s take on Trump wanting to pull press credentials
- Viktor Vekselberg & Andrew Intrater – Mad Dog PAC
There was a ton of stuff on Twitter today, with a lot of it being directed at the Main Stream Media. This information coming out about Cohen’s ties to the mob, Trump’s ties to the mob, Trump’s taste in young girls, and the blatant corruption at hand is nothing new, and was reported to outlets like the New York Times. What did they do with these stories?
Not a god damn thing.
For one reason or another, which I’ll get to the rumored one in a minute, they didn’t run the truly salacious stories about Trump, and instead concentrated on the fluff, while trying to nail Hilary to the wall. People that claim that Trump is corrupt AF got pushed aside as crackpots or dismissed like we were reporting on the color of the sky.
Why is that? Why did so much of the MSM drop the ball on reporting this historical clusterfuck?
One hypothesis, the one floating around the Rumor Mill, is that all of the MSM was bought and paid for by foreign influence. And this is right, to a point. Many of the major media arms are owned by parties with foreign interests, and a lot of decisions on what to run comes from above.
Another hypothesis, the one I subscribe to, is that we are in truly historic times, and no one has any clue how to proceed. There is no template for a foreign power manipulating the election of the President of the United States to encourage a world-wide crime syndicate to normalize their business functions at the expense of democracy. That means there’s no template for fighting it or reporting about it. All of the normal rules don’t apply. It’s not just an organized crime case, or a political case, a sexual assault case, a white-collar crime case, or a national security case, but all of the above, and more.
Reporters are trying to make sense out of it, but they each have their own speciality. It’s like with police work, they’re specialized into different areas. Homicide, Sex, Robbery, Taxes, Cyber, Auto, etc. There’s some overlap, like the Robbery Homicide Detectives of the LAPD, but it’s not common. Each group of detectives looks at a crime from their angle, but to grasp the whole picture, they need help from all of the departments.
That’s where Twitter and the Rumor Mill come in. Everyone has something they’re good at, but each of them is smart enough to know when it’s time for another person to step in. LB has expertise in the entertainment world, while Louise Mensch has close ties to IC sources. COB has a lifetime of experience in the Navy, while Dr. Kester can psychoanalyze a target in moments. Eric Garland understands foreign policy and how things fit together in the big picture, while Countercheckist and Tea Pain offer IC insights and humor. Me? I make stupid jokes, write, and keep track of what’s going on.
But that’s what is missing from the MSM; they don’t have synergy. Aside from Rachel Maddow or Anderson Cooper trying to bring experts from different fields together, each unit and reporter is acting on their own. They’re working for their own papers, channels, or publishers. Imaging what would happen if the best journalists, researchers, and reporters joined forces to crack this story. Ronan Farrow working with Natasha Bertrand, Betsy Woodruff, Rick Wilson, Michael Beschloss, along with some of the staffs of the Washington Post, New York Times (not the editorial staff), BuzzFeed and TMZ (yes, TMZ) could make some real headlines.
That’s it for today. I’ll see everyone tomorrow.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur