Daily Check-In 05/17/2018

Thursday, May 17th.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The former son-in-law of Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, has cut a plea deal with the Justice Department that requires him to cooperate with other criminal probes, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Jeffrey Yohai, COME ON DOWN!  YOU’RE THE NEXT CONTESTANT ON LET’S MAKE A DEAL!

Yohai is Paul Manafort’s former son-in-law, and was a business partner of his on some of Manafort’s real estate/money laundering deals.

Yohai has pled guilty to undisclosed charges that remain under seal.  This is part of the continuing effort to flip Manafort.  Not that I think they need him, but it will make taking down Trump easier, and won’t require burning Intel sources to do so.

$20 says it wasn’t Ghostbusters.

A Russian plane linked to the country’s government flew into the Seychelles the day prior to a 2017 meeting now under review by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to the airport flight data obtained by NJ Advance Media.

Mueller’s team is examining a series of meetings that took place in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, as part of its broader investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

 

COHEN:  FOLLOW THE MONEY & STORMYGATE

From the interview clip, Avenatti’s team has just about finished vetting two women’s stories that match Stormy’s to a T, and there are others in the preliminary stages.

President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has reportedly confided in friends that he’s at his wit’s end with federal investigations into his business dealings, Vanity Fair reported Wednesday.

According to two people familiar with Cohen’s thinking who spoke to Vanity Fair, Cohen is “fuming” over Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti’s release of information about his bank records and has grown weary of all the news coverage surrounding his attempts to sell access to Trump after the 2016 election. Cohen has reportedly confided in friends that he “just can’t take this anymore” and is focused on protecting his family, whom he thinks is suffering because federal investigators want to get to Trump, a friend told Vanity Fair.

I only see two ways out for Cohen.  Either he flips on Trump, or swallows a bullet.

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

They’re more worried about leaks describing how terrible they are, then they are worried about not communicating with each other and solving the country’s problems.

#NEVERAGAIN

I have even worse news coming in the Friday post.  Looks like another school shooting just took place in Texas.  I’ll have more details on the next post.

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

Why, for the love of fuck, does anyone still give a flying rats ass what Rudy Giuliani says?  He’s either senile, a corrupted lying snake, on the take, secretly working to compromise Trump’s team, or a combination of the above.

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

BLUE WAVE

 

GOP:  THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for today. Well, yesterday. I was a little under the weather, and needed to catch up on sleep. Sometimes I need a whole 5 or 6 hours.

Friday’s update will likely be posted on Saturday morning. I also need to update some other pages, thanks to the news about Yohai.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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