Tuesday, June 5th.
THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
- Manafort accused of witness tampering in Russia probe
- Papadpoulos’s wife asks Trump to pardon her husband in Mueller probe
- Cambridge perch gave FBI source a cover for his outreach to Trump associates
- Judge gives Manafort until Friday to reply to witness tampering allegation
- Roger Stone says he is ‘prepared’ for special counsel indictment
- Judge schedules June 15th hearing on revoking Paul Manafort’s bail in Mueller probe
- Trump doubles down on his criticism of Jeff Sessions
- Paul Manafort tried to hide from the feds using encrypted WhatsApp—but forgot about iCloud – Quartz
Once again, Paul Manafort shows that he’s an old man. Just like how he got busted committing fraud by asking for Rick Gates to make a PDF for him (Daily Check-In 02/23/2018), Paul is up shit creek because he doesn’t understand technology.
Paul used WhatsApp’s encrypted text feature to communicate with former employees to suborn them to commit perjury. WhatsApp includes a lot of features, including automatic backups to iCloud.
That’s right. Paulie Walnuts was unknowingly uploading his encrypted, illegal communications to the cloud. That’s where the FBI, literally, read his texts and mails.
We thus respectfully request that the Department of Justice confirm, in writing, by no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, June 11:
(1) that the following parties have not been given access to the classified information, which executive branch agencies briefed to the “Gang of 8” on May 24, 2018:
- Rudy Giuliani, Jay Sekulow, or any other attorney who represents or has represented President Trump in his personal capacity;
- White House staff, including attorneys from the White House Counsel’s office;
- President Donald J. Trump;
(2) that DOJ and FBI have no plans to convey such information in the future to the President and his attorneys outside of an appropriate judicial proceeding; and
(3) that going forward, DOJ and FBI will not brief additional Members of Congress who are not part of the “Gang of 8” on these matters.
The stakes for McCabe’s appearance, however, are particularly high. The former No. 2 at the FBI is entangled in a separate criminal investigation stemming from an earlier report from the inspector general’s office that concluded he lied to internal investigators. McCabe has steadfastly denied wrongdoing, but any congressional testimony he provides could have serious implications for his criminal case.
“Mr. McCabe is willing to testify, but because of the criminal referral, he must be afforded suitable legal protection,” Bromwich wrote to Grassley. “This is a textbook case for granting use immunity. . . . If this Committee is unwilling or unable to obtain such an order, then Mr. McCabe will have to no choice but to invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.”
- Immigration agents arrest 114 in Ohio landscaper sting
- Hundreds of migrant kids separated from parents are stuck at border stations
WASHINGTON — Border agents and child welfare workers are running out of space to shelter children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S. border as part of the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy, according to two U.S. officials and a document obtained by NBC News.
As of Sunday, nearly 300 of the 550 children currently in custody at U.S. border stations had spent more than 72 hours there, the time limit for immigrants of any age to be held in the government’s temporary facilities. Almost half of those 300 children are younger than 12, according to the document, meaning they are classified by the Department of Homeland Security as “tender age children.”
- UN says US must stop separating migrant children from parents
- Leaked photo shows mass trial with 37 accused illegal immigrants, shackled hand and foot, being processed at once
- Jim Carrey’s New Painting
- White House blasts Merkley after his attempt to visit a shelter for migrant children
- Connecticut Governor Signs Bill Banning Bump Stocks
- Family of Stoneman Douglas student advocate David Hogg ‘swatted’ at home
The family of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg was “swatted” Tuesday morning, causing police to respond to their Parkland home.
A call came into the Broward Sheriff’s Office claiming a hostage situation at the home.
Swatting is the action of making a prank emergency call to bring about a response of armed law enforcement officers.
Since the shootings at Stoneman Douglas, Hogg has been a prominent advocate for gun safety. However, Hogg has been a lightning rod for controversy as some do not approve of his methods, such as holding a “die in” at a Coral Springs Publix last week.
NFL AND TRUMP’S FASCIST ‘CELEBRATION’
- Philadelphia mayor aide mocks Trump with photos of Eagles Super Bowl win crowd size
- Like Donald Trump, Fox News gets caught lying about Eagles
- “So many lies”: Eagles player fact checks Trump after White House invite is nixed
- Philadelphia mayor: I’m frightened that Trump has his hands on the nuclear codes
- Former Eagles player: Obama should invite players over for a BBQ instead
- Eagles Issue Statement In Response to WH
- Eagles respond after Trump cancels White House visit
- Man takes knee during national anthem at Donald Trump’s White House ceremony
- Malcolm Jenkins responds to Fox News and Trump
- President Trump said Eagles players kneeled for the anthem. They didn’t.
- Trump Unable to Remember Words to ‘God Bless America’ at Fake Fan Rally
- Melania won’t attend ‘Celebration of America’ event at White House
WHITE HOUSE CHAOS
- In epic dodge, Sarah Sanders repeatedly refuses to address questions about her own false statements
- Sarah Sanders reluctantly says President Trump is not above the law
- Press aide who mocked McCain is out at the White House
- Kelly Sadler, Aide Who Mocked McCain, Leaves White House
- Sanders lies because that is what this White House does
- State: Bolton tried to blow up N. Korea talks – CNN Video
- Scott Pruitt Has Racked Up At Least 10 New Scandals In Just The Past Month
- Low-Rent Grifter Scott Pruitt Proves No Con Is Too Small
- EPA’s Scott Pruitt enlisted an aide to help his wife inquire about opening a Chick-fil-A
Three months after Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, his executive scheduler emailed Dan Cathy, chairman and president of the fast food company Chick-fil-A, with an unusual request: Would Cathy meet with Pruitt to discuss “a potential business opportunity”?
A call was arranged, then canceled, and Pruitt eventually spoke with someone from the company’s legal department. Only then did he reveal the “opportunity” on his mind was a job for his wife, Marlyn.
“The subject of that phone call was an expression of interest in his wife becoming a Chick-fil-A franchisee,” company representative Carrie Kurlander told The Washington Post via email.
Marlyn Pruitt never opened a restaurant. “Administrator Pruitt’s wife started, but did not complete, the Chick-fil-A franchisee application,” Kurlander said. But the revelation that Pruitt used his official position and EPA staff to try to line up work for his wife appears to open a new chapter in the ongoing saga of his questionable spending and management decisions, which so far have spawned a dozen federal probes.
Pruitt’s efforts on his wife’s behalf — revealed in emails recently released under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Sierra Club — did not end with Chick-fil-A. Pruitt also approached the chief executive of Concordia, a New York nonprofit organization. The executive, Matthew Swift, said he ultimately paid Marlyn Pruitt $2,000 plus travel expenses to help organize the group’s annual conference last September.
Multiple current and former EPA aides, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, said Pruitt told them he was eager for his wife to start receiving a salary. Two said Pruitt was frustrated in part by the high cost of maintaining homes in both Washington and Oklahoma.
EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox declined to comment on Pruitt’s overtures on his wife’s behalf to Concordia and Chick-fil-A.
In any normal universe, not only would Scott Pruitt have been fired by this point, but his criminal corruption trial would have already started.
In today’s episode of “How corrupt is Scott Pruitt?”, he used his office and staff to try to get his wife a job as a Chik-Fil-A franchisee. This violates several federal statutes, including a few felonies.
What I really don’t like about him is that he’s not even the most corrupt member of the cabinet, but he’s taking the brunt of the attacks from the press, letting the rest of those crooks rob us blind.
COLD WAR 2.0
- UN expert calls US income inequality ‘a political choice’
- German politicians call for expulsion of Trump’s Berlin envoy
- Germany wants the new US ambassador to ‘explain what he meant’ about empowering Europe’s far-right
- Swiss Banks Freeze $1Bln of Viktor Vekselberg Russian Oligarch’s Accounts Over U.S. Sanctions Fears
- Putin brags of close Trump relationship
- Putin says he and Trump speak ‘regularly’ – CNN Video
THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE
- Eagles player rips Fox News for using prayer picture as ‘propaganda’
- Fox News is coming under fire for using photos of Eagles players praying during segment on NFL anthem dispute
- Former Fox News reporter: Russians coordinated attack on 2016 election with Trump campaign
- Fox News’ Shep Smith brutally fact-checks Trump’s self-pardon claim by reading the Constitution aloud — on live TV
- Trump’s own team reportedly thinks he’s ‘incompetent and sloppy’ in fighting Mueller’s probe
- ‘He can’t keep the lies straight’: Former FBI special agent breaks down Trump’s pathological deceptions on CNN
- Sara Gilbert Addresses Roseanne Cancellation on The Talk: ‘I Stand Behind the Decision ABC Made’
- McConnell will not bring up bill challenging Trump’s tariffs
- Senate leader cancels part of August recess, forcing vulnerable Democrats to stay in D.C. instead of campaigning for reelection
- Mitch McConnell cancels most of Senate’s August recess
GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD
- David Koch says he’s retiring with health in decline
- The likely next speaker of the House is a mindless sycophant
- Court Orders Recalcitrant LePage To Expand Medicaid In Maine – Talking Points Memo
- GOP senator reveals the truth: Right-to-try bill was a scam tailored to harm public health
- Conservative icon David Koch leaving business, politics
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
- Notorious RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pens Angry Dissent from Supreme Court Bakery Ruling
- White House contractor arrested at checkpoint on attempted murder warrant
- New York State AG on suing over the Fair Housing Act
- Law professors torch Trump legal memo – POLITICO
- Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty on rape and criminal sex act charges
FIXING THE INTERNET
- Apple jams Facebook’s web-tracking tools
- Facebook shared data access with Huawei, other Chinese firms
- Did Facebook allow Chinese firms ZTE and Huawei to access user data? A lawmaker wants to know.
TARIFFS AND CORRUPTION
- America’s allies should respond to steel tariffs with targeted sanctions on the Trump Organization
- Mexico slaps tariffs on U.S. steel, agricultural products
- Exclusive: Mexico set to impose 20 percent tariff on U.S. pork legs – sources | Article [AMP] | Reuters
- Four Corners – Series 2018 Trump/Russia (Part 1) Follow The Money : ABC iview
- Trump’s steel tariffs will cost 400,000 Americans jobs, a new estimate says
- San Juan Mayor Says Trump’s “Total Neglect’ of Puerto Rico Must Be Called Out
- Judge rules Puerto Rico must release death records to CNN, local news
- Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty on rape and criminal sex act charges
- The Miss America Emails: How The Pageant’s CEO Really Talks About The Winners
- Judge: Trump can be deposed in Summer Zervos lawsuit
- Polls begin closing in the biggest primary day until November
- Charlottesville Hate Marcher Elected by Republican Party
James Allsup, 22, attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville,Virginia, where white supremacists chanted anti-Semitic slogans and one allegedly drove a car into a crowd, killing a protester and injuring more. Allsup was filmed marching with Identity Evropa, an anti-immigrant alt-right group. Fallout over the rally led to Allsup stepping down as president of the Washington State University College Republicans, a group he once boasted of taking over. Now he claims he’s on the way to taking over the local GOP.
- Dana Rohrabacher Is All Tangled Up in the Russia Scandal. Today We’ll Find Out If Voters Care.
- The Alabama Sheriff, who jailed a kid after he exposed him for using jail food funds, just lost his bid for reelection.
- Spicy Mic: Who’s hiring the crowds?
- Lincoln’s Bible: Doing this on my own time
- Pete Evans Thread
- Major Alfa Bank-Trump Tower Breakthrough! – Tea Pain
- Mueller Finally Starts to Target Trump’s Israel Ties – Observer
How does one say “Daughter Fucker” in Russian?
That’s it for today. This is me taking it light. It’s been a long day, and the days are only going to get longer from here. I’m not burning out, but I’m in a bit of a rut. This is what my weekend writings are usually used for, but I’ve missed the last couple to freshen my style up. Unfortunately, I have no clue when I’ll get back to that rhythm.
June is going to be nuts, both personally and in the news. We’re a couple days in, and so far we’ve seen a blatant attempt at becoming a despot, a former campaign manager about to get charged with even more crimes, and a fixer getting bitchslapped by the court. It’s only Tuesday of the first full week.
I might need to skip a night or two in the next couple weeks. I’ll have to play things by ear.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur