Wednesday, June 13th.
THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
In a public court filing, Mueller’s team released two memos from 2013 detailing Manafort’s involvement in efforts to influence debate in Congress and in the U.S. press about the imprisonment of Yanukovych’s main political rival, Yulia Tymoshenko.
In what appears to be an incomplete, draft memo titled “US Consultants — Quarterly Report” and addressed to Yanukovych, Manafort wrote that he had “organized and leveraged the visits of” two Hapsburg group members “to make critical in-roads in how policymakers view Ukraine.”
The memo is dated April 22, 2013. Romano Prodi, a former Italian prime minister and a member of the Hapsburg group, had visited Washington and met with Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and congressional staffers the month before.
“The strategy for the first quarter of 2013 was to heavily engage with the UGS [sic] and US Congress, using a strategy I built called ‘Engage Ukraine’ which focused the dialogue on positive key issues, and away from” Tymoshenko, Manafort wrote in the memo. “One of the most critical goals that we have achieved during this quarter is to prevent the application of any sanctions against the GoU or its officials. We have been able to accomplish this by implementing key messages from the ‘Engage Ukraine’ strategy, many of which resonate with key U.S. officials.”
The memo, which is clearly written with a desire to play up the impact of Manafort’s work for Ukraine in the U.S., goes on to boast about placing op-eds in American publications like the Hill and the Christian Science Monitor and about “pitching our narrative and messaging to key reporters and editors at the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and New York Times.”
Manafort is manaucked. Friday’s the day he either strikes a deal or goes to prison.
The special counsel Robert Mueller’s office filed a protective order Tuesday to limit evidence sharing in the case against the 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities indicted in February as part of the Russia investigation.
They were charged with conspiring to interfere in the 2016 US election by mounting a social-media disinformation campaign to sway voter opinions during the presidential campaign.
In its motion on Tuesday, Mueller’s office cited the risk of revealing to Russian intelligence the identities of “uncharged individuals and entities” believed to be “continuing to engage in interference operations” in the US.
“The evidence in this case will also include numerous reports and affidavits filed in connection with this investigation that describe investigative steps, identify uncharged co-conspirators, and disclose various law enforcement and intelligence collection techniques,” the document said.
Do not be shocked if more indictments against Russians, especially the hackers that did the deeds.
- John Bolton was paid $115,000 to participate in two panels sponsored by foundation of Ukrainian steel magnate
National security adviser John Bolton was paid $115,000 in the past year to participate in two panel discussions sponsored by the foundation of an Ukrainian steel magnate — including one in Kiev last September, during which Bolton reassured the audience that President Trump would not radically change U.S. foreign policy.
Bolton’s appearances at the Kiev event and at another event in Munich this February were paid for by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, according a financial disclosure form released Monday by the White House.
A spokeswoman for Pinchuk, Natalia Vovk, said the group invited Bolton to speak as part of an effort to “attract the best speakers who represent different points of view from the political spectrum of their countries.”
The payment from the Pinchuk foundation was the largest single speaking fee Bolton received in the past year, according to his disclosure. In all, Bolton reported making $747,000 in speaking fees and $2.2 million in total income, including $569,000 from Fox News, for which he was a paid contributor.
Pinchuk has donated more than $10 million to the family foundation of former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. In 2011, Pinchuk met with one of Clinton’s aides at the State Department to relay a message from Ukraine’s president at the time, Viktor Yanukovych. The meeting was described in Clinton emails later released by the State Department.
In 2015, when Donald Trump was a leading Republican candidate for president, Pinchuk’s foundation donated $150,000 to Trump’s personal charity. The payment was for a 20-minute speech to the Yalta European Strategy group’s 2015 meeting in Kiev, made by video conference. The New York Times later reported that Michael Cohen — Trump’s personal attorney — was involved in arranging the payment.
John Bolton accepted money from a Ukrainian oligarch, and the payment was arranged by Michael Cohen.
- Mueller warns that election, politics meddling by foreigners is still happening
- Mueller releases new evidence that Manafort ran unregistered lobbying campaign for Ukraine
- Mueller-friendly Republicans losing patience with probe
- White House counsel McGahn recused his office from Mueller probe
- Robert Mueller files request for 150 blank subpoenas in Paul Manafort case
- Who Is Behind Trump’s Links to Arab Princes? A Billionaire Friend
During the Trump campaign, Mr. Barrack was a top fund-raiser and trusted gatekeeper who opened communications with the Emiratis and Saudis, recommended that the candidate bring on Paul Manafort as campaign manager — and then tried to arrange a secret meeting between Mr. Manafort and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Barrack was later named chairman of Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee.
But Mr. Manafort has since been indicted by the special prosecutorinvestigating Russian meddling in the presidential election. The same inquiry is examining whether the Emiratis and Saudis helped sway the election in Mr. Trump’s favor — potentially in coordination with the Russians, according to people familiar with the matter. Investigators have also asked witnesses about specific contributions and expenses related to the inauguration, according to people familiar with those interviews.
Tom Barrack was the head of the inauguration committee. Rick Gates was his chief of staff. Barrack worked with George Nader on setting up the meeting with the Saudis. Both of those men are Cooperating Witnesses.
- White House increasingly worried about Cohen turning on Trump
- Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case: Sources
- Renato Mariotti: On Cohen
- Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expected to split with his attorneys
- Michael Cohen, Trump’s Fixer, Parting With Lawyers as Federal Investigation Continues – The New York Times
- Rudy Giuliani report: His alleged affair with married woman led to wife seeking divorce
There could be a completely innocuous reason why Michael Cohen is getting a new legal team and telling all of his friends that SDNY was getting the paperwork ready to arrest his ass.
Most likely, Cohen flips. If he flips, he has to cooperate with any and all cases in any jurisdiction. That means Mueller’s work as well.
- RAICESTEXAS: Four Month Old Baby Taken from Father
- Beto O’Rourke visits immigrant detention center: ‘I can only imagine the terror they felt’
- Democrats shut down Pennsylvania Ave to protest Trump’s child separation policy
- California woman ‘in shock’ after ICE agents detain father, a legal resident, outside home
- President of Catholic bishops group calls policy separating migrant families ‘immoral’
- She says federal officials took her daughter while she breastfed the child in a detention center Some 500 children have been separated from their parents in the past month under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy to refer anyone caught crossing the border illegally for federal… cnn.com
What can we do?
Whatever you do, don’t click on the tweet above. If you do, please don’t look up the nearest location and collect supplies like baby formula, diapers, books, and clothes. And don’t tell others about it, either. It would be a shame if thousands of people showed up at each and every detention center. /s.
For those unaware, the /s indicates that the previous statement was sarcastic.
COLD WAR 2.0
- Graham: Trump citing cost for end of war games is ‘ridiculous’
- I Was a Navy Admiral. Here’s Why Ending ‘War Games’ With South Korea Would Be a Grave Mistake
- U.S., Mexico and Canada win joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup
- U.S., Mexico and Canada win right to jointly host 2026 World Cup, edging Morocco and providing needed boost to American soccer
- Dem senator: Trump at G-7 made me ‘embarrassed for our country’
- Scott Thompson: Why does Trump get along better with our enemies than allies? –
- Dem senators move to halt potential US troop withdrawal from S. Korea | TheHill
- Americans Still Love Canada, Even if the President Doesn’t
- Angry Canadians are shopping ‘Trump free’ after attacks on Trudeau
- Trump Says He Got Korea Idea from Putin
- Trump Dismisses Kim Jong Un’s Atrocities: ‘He’s a Tough Guy’
- North Koreans in Canada outraged at Donald Trump’s praise of Kim
How in the Crystal Pepsi flavored fuck did we end up in the timeline where the President of the United States is threatening Canada, but praising North Korea?
Oh, that’s right. Trump is a traitorous piece of shit doing the bidding of China and Russia.
Yes, I put soccer shit in the Cold War section. With the amount of corruption associated to the previous couple choices, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t some grift involved.
- McClatchy: Russians in contact with NRA during 2016 election
- American Medical Association endorses gun control
- Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence
I can’t wait for the NRA to attack the American Medical Association. No, really. I want to see this shitstorm.
THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE
- Trump Has Us So Exhausted That We Basically Shrug At His Daily Violation Of Federal Law
- Fox should fire reporter Kimberly Guilfoyle, who can’t possibly stay neutral while dating a Trump kid
- Trump is everything Republicans said Obama was
- North Korea’s Media Tout Trump Concessions You Won’t Find In The Joint Statement
- Fox News Mocked For Praising Trump’s Kim Jong Un Meeting After Slamming Obama’s Willingness To Talk With ‘Dictators’
- No, Bill Clinton did not give North Korea $3 billion for nothing, as Donald Trump said
- Trump tags US media as nation’s ‘biggest enemy’ after summit
The media is the enemy?
Ok, you narcissistic, parasitic, daughter fucking, racist, rapist, traitorous piece of shit.
I see it as my solemn duty as an American, a believer in Democracy, Decency, and the Rule of Law to stand up against you and your ilk.
I have tried for more than two years to find one redeeming quality about you, and I can’t find anything. Not one piece of information, not one story, not one anecdote that even implies that you have even the slightest shred of humanity, integrity, humility, or decency.
Everyone else, even the criminals you surround yourself with, have something going for them. Mike Flynn is a devoted father. Paul Manafort is organized. Michael Cohen is hard working. Steve Bannon was devoted to his cause.
You… You have nothing. You are duller than a 15 watt light bulb, thinner skinned than a piñata, a complete failure as a businessman and without a shred of creativity.
Either Democracy survives or you stay in power.
I look forward to your perp walk. I may name my next kid after the person that puts you in handcuffs.
WHITE HOUSE CHAOS
- EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide, donors to help wife land job at conservative group
- White House increasingly worried about Cohen turning on Trump
- White House counsel McGahn recused his office from Mueller probe
- Giuliani’s son loses West Wing access
- State Department adviser keeps a list of employees who are loyal to Trump
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders reportedly planning to leave White House
- Sarah Sanders, Raj Shah planning to depart the White House
GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD
Rep. David Valadao, R-California, confirmed Tuesday his family was no longer operating their dairy farm after the Los Angeles Times reported a bank seized the property following his failure to resolve more than $8 million in loans that have not been repaid.
- Republican Rep. Steve King Promotes Well-Known Neo-Nazi On Twitter
- Republican Leaders Silent Full Day After Congressman Retweets Neo-Nazi
- Trumpism again dominates Republican Party
- Republicans embrace the “cult” of Trump, ignoring warning signs
- Paul Ryan Doomed to Finish Out Political Career in a Hell of His Own Creation
- Democrats Score Special Election Upset In Wisconsin District Trump Won Big
- DNC votes unanimously to no longer accept money from fossil fuel companies
- ‘This is not the way America leads’ – POLITICO
- Tim Kaine Calls Out Virginia GOP Nominee Corey Stewart for Stoking ‘Bigotry’ and ‘White Supremacists’
- After Wisconsin’s Walker tried to block election, Dems flip a GOP seat
- Wyden, Gillibrand, Markey, Merkley, Murray and Warren Introduce Bill to Secure Elections
- A third party trying to crash the Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz race is actually a for-profit corporation
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
- McCabe lawyer claims government is withholding documents related to firing
- Man indicted for threatening to kill Sens. Sanders, Harris
PROGRESS IS PROGRESS
- There’s No Power Grid Emergency Requiring a Coal Bailout, Regulators Say
- Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues we are in serious trouble.
- A Top DOI Official Had at Least Six Meetings With the Mining Industry. She Then Helped Cancel a Study on the Public-Health Effects of Mining.
- Attorney General Underwood Announces Win For New Yorkers In Smog Lawsuit Against Trump EPA | New York State Attorney General
FIXING THE INTERNET
SAY GOODBYE TO THE ECONOMY
- The Federal Reserve hikes its main interest rate, likely boosting the cost of credit cards, auto loans and mortgages
- Comcast prepares to bid for Fox, setting up a media smackdown
- Mega-mergers like AT&T and Time Warner crush American democracy
IN OTHER NEWS…
Each star represent an American member of the CIA lost in the field in the line of duty. Their actions, and even their names, are classified. Odd are we’ll never know who they were, or what they were doing.
- Proposal to split California into three states makes November ballot
- Voters will decide if California should be split into three states
This is a thoroughly stupid idea with its roots in Russian propaganda. The groups behind this push get their online support from the Russian Troll Farm.
- Yep, Donald Trump is going to die in prison
- Renato Mariotti: Rosenstein and Nunes Staffers
- Lincoln’s Bible: How far back this goes
- Eric Garland: Back from a Ban
- Twitter Thread on how big is the Alt Right Troll Machine
- Pinche_pi: 75 sets of blank subpoenas
- Lincoln’s Bible: It all started with Prohibition
That’s it for today. This week is building to some pretty big stuff. Friday, both Cohen and Manafort have a day in court, and at least one of them is going to flip to avoid a harsher sentence.
UPDATE: This from Business Insider just came out with the names of the witnesses that Manafort tried to tamper with.
The individuals are Alan Friedman and Eckart Sager, both former journalists based in Europe. Friedman and Sager spearheaded efforts by the Hapsburg Group — a lobbying group consisting of former European leaders — to lobby on behalf of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in Europe and the US.
They wrote a story about the Hapsburg Group, saying that they worked in the US and Europe. Manafort contacted Friedman and Kilimnik reached out to Sager to tell them to change their story and their tune in that the Hapsburg Group only worked in Europe. The journalists contacted Mueller’s team with this information.
The next couple days are gonna be crazy.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur