Daily Check-In 07/20/2018

Friday, July 20th and the weekend

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION: REDACTED PAGE FISA APPLICATION RELEASED, BUTINA HAD MULTIPLE CONTACTS ACROSS GOP, INCLUDING MARK SANFORD’S THANKSGIVING DAY BBQ, MUELLER SUBPOENAS A MADAM

The Sheldon Cooper of Treason is back in the news.  This time, we get the FISA application and renewals.  Yes, they are heavily redacted, but we do learn quite a few things from what is and isn’t there.

First, the surveillance worked.  They gathered quite a bit on Carter Page.  For example, his list of known Russian Intelligence connections nearly tripled from the first application to the last.

Second, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that all of the Traitor Tots that screamed from the top of their lungs that this was poisoned fruit because of Christopher Steele were full of shit.  They lied about how much the FISA warrant was based off of Steele’s work, they lied about what was in the application, and they lied about how Carter Page was an innocent bystander.

Third, we see that the Traitor Tots of Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, et al, have no strategic forethought.  Out of all of the hills to die on, Carter Page was tactically unsound.  Carter Page has had years of contacts with Russian Intelligence, to the point that the FISA court consider him to be an asset of the Russians.  Even worse is that every time he opens his mouth, he sticks his foot in it.  His decisions have been borderline braindead (Daily Check-In 11/07/2017), and when he does decide on a story, he finds the worst way possible to spin it.  The best conclusion I can draw from the Traitor Tots going balls out to protect Carter Page is that they are caught working with him, and they’re assuming that everything Carter knows, the FBI knows.

More information came out about the Red Sparrow this weekend.  Not only did she have extensive communications with GOP high rollers across the government, but she likely influenced several White House hirings, including up to the Cabinet.  She did this by manipulating Paul Erickson, who then put pressure on his GOP friends to insist on hiring someone or not hiring someone.  They put pressure on Trump to not hire Mitt Romney as his Secretary of State, and pushed KT McFarland as Mike Flynn’s Deputy National Security Advisor.

Maria was also at Mark Sanford’s 2017 Thanksgiving Party.  There were about 300 people at his BBQ, and Maria was Paul Erickson’s plus 1.

She also had contacts with people at the Treasury Department.

So, I’d love it to hear someone explain to me how a 29 year old Russian National grad student was able to meet with so many different people in the government, in the lobbying world, and in all of these special interest groups, all the while no one thought her being around was weird or suspicious.

I’m taking a huge grain of salt since Glenn Greenwald wrote this, and he’s basically a stooge for Assange and Putin, but there could be something to this.  Keep an eye out over the next few weeks, especially if someone not Glenn Greenwald reports on this.

This might be the craziest thread I’ve followed in this whole investigation, but Roger Stone has connections to human trafficking, drug dealing, and prostitution.  This is gonna get pretty WTF, so bear with me.

Robert Mueller subpoenaed the madam that provided a high-end prostitute to former New York politician Elliot Spitzer.  This woman, Kristin Davis, is connected to Roger Stone directly through Andrew Miller, one of Stone’s aides who med with Mueller’s team earlier in the week. (Daily Check-In 07/18/2018).  After Spitzer resigned, Davis ran for public office because why the fuck not.  Her campaign manager was Andrew Miller.  In recent years, Ms. Davis has been arrested for providing drugs along with a piece of ass to her clients.

Here’s where it gets really fucked up.  Supposedly Stone, Davis, and Miller share connections to a group called NXIVM.  It’s one of these self-help pyramid schemes for rich people and almost rich people who want to be more right and well-connected.  If they sound familiar, I’ve mentioned them once or twice in the Crime and Punishment sections regarding Allison Mack getting busted for human trafficking, owning sex slaves, and blackmail. (Daily Check-In 04/20/2018).  The Frank Report has been on this shit like black clothes on a goth kid.  Anyway, Roger Stone supposedly has a connection with this group, and got into some trouble with them when he tried to hack to the email of the former leaders of the group looking for dirt on Hilary Clinton back in 2008.

To be honest, I wanted to avoid NXIVM like the plague.  I have enough conspiracy theories and crackpot shit to follow up on without adding a cult that makes look Scientology look normal to the list.  But, now that Roger Stone is neck deep in all of it, it warrants at least a cursory look.  I’ve long since resigned myself to the fact that everything else I cover is connected in one way, shape, or form, and I wanted at least one weird thing to not be involved.  Now there’s a whole new level of crazy to look into.

Fuck.

 

COHEN: LORDY, THERE ARE TAPES

Speaking of weird shit, the New York Times released a story Friday afternoon after Maggie Haberman got a call from Trump and his lawyers bitching about how Michael Cohen recorded their conversations.  They then proceeded to tell Maggie the contents of one of the tapes, which was about Trump and Cohen talking about paying back the National Enquirer for them buying Karen McDougal’s story before the election.  This recorded information was not in the FBI’s possession because the Special Master reviewing the evidence determined that attorney-client privilege applied to this tape, but that Trump’s team of lawyers were getting this out in the press and were waving that right.

Confused yet?  Good.

Michael Cohen recorded a lot of his phone calls, including those with Donald Trump because Cohen is a slime ball who does this, and Trump is a lying narcissistic shit.  When the FBI raided his shit( Daily Check-In 04/09/2018), and they had a Special Master decide that out of millions of record, only a handful were protected by privilege, that information was shared with both Cohen’s team and Trump’s team.  Trump, a man who is famous for recording phone calls himself, lost his shit when he found out Cohen did the same to him, and likely called his enabler Maggie Haberman to bitch about this.  Unlike other times where Maggie released a story to block other bad news from getting out (Daily Check-In 01/25/2018,Daily Check-In 01/26/2018), this time it feels like Trump wasn’t trying to cover something up, but trying to throw Cohen under the bus.

By the way, there are more tapes out there.  I’ll have more on Monday’s post.

 

TRUMP FOUNDATION

Another story that flew under the radar Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is under pressure following the initial civil lawsuit against the Trump Foundation to do more, so this case has been forwarded to the state tax agency for criminal investigation.

Remember, a Presidential Pardon is useless against state crimes.

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET

 

TRAITOR TOTS

During the last couple years, I’ve changed a lot as I’ve learned things.  One of the things I didn’t want to learn was Rand and Ron Paul’s connections to Russia.  They have some long-standing ties back to Russia, and both spouted the same Pro-Russia stances, even when they were at direct odds with their libertarian philosophies.

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

WELCOME TO THE PARTY

 

IMMIGRATION

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR AND THE ECONOMY

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

SCOTUS

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ELECTION 2018

 

THANKS, OBAMA

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

RUMOR MILL

 

 

That’s it for Friday and the weekend.  Since I was late in posting Friday’s post, and the Carter Page stuff came out Saturday night, I said screw it, make it one post, and put it up sometime Monday.  That, and I needed a day or two off.

One of these months, I’ll finish the What’d I miss post from my vacation, as well as looking at old news through the lens of what we now know.  For example, we know that Trump has knows about Putin attacking the United States through his whole presidency, but we haven’t looked at previous stories now that we know.  Like, does knowing what we know make Devin Nunes’s hard-on for killing the 702(c) provision in the FISA Act fit with the new information?

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

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