Daily Check-In 07/23/2018

Monday, July 23rd

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

A federal judge Monday unsealed the names of five witnesses granted immunity by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify at the upcoming trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The witnesses, who Mueller’s team had sought to keep from public view until they were called to testify, are:

  1. James Brennan
  2. Donna Duggan
  3. Conor O’Brien
  4. Cindy Laporta
  5. Dennis Raico

The unsealed court documents do not provide details about what the witnesses may be expected to testify about. None of the newly revealed witnesses have figured prominently in the case or the coverage of the case to this point.

A person named Dennis Raico was previously affiliated with Federal Savings Bank (FSB), a small Chicago bank that provided Manafort with $16 million in loans shortly after Manafort left the Trump campaign. FSB founder Steve Calk served as an economic adviser to the Trump campaign. NBC has reported that Mueller is investigating whether Manafort promised to secure Calk an administration position in exchange for the loans.

An individual identified as “J. Brennan” was allegedly included in several email chains that Mueller’s team plans to submit for the trial, according to their exhibit list. Brennan is allegedly included on chains with Raico and Laporta about tax returns and a loan agreement. A LinkedIn profile for a James Brennan lists him as vice president commercial and construction loan manager at the Federal Savings Bank.

“Both O’Brien and Laporta work for the accounting firm of Kositzka, Wicks and Company, according to the firm’s website. KWC was Manafort’s accounting firm, according to a person familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg reported.

A “D. Duggan” appeared several times on a list of exhibits filed by prosecutors in the case last week. Duggan was allegedly part of email chains involving proof of insurance for a property at 377 Union St. in Brooklyn, which is known to be a brownstone owned by Manafort that is referenced in his indictment.

Wow.  We’ve talked about Federal Savings Bank before (Daily Check-In 02/21/2018), but not Dennis Raico.  We talked at length about Stephen Calk, and how he allegedly extended these loans to Manafort for an appointment or Cabinet position.  My guess is Dennis Raico was likely a party to that matter.  If he were just a witness, there wouldn’t be a need for immunity.  I can’t say for certain without more research, but he could have been the loan officer that certified the paperwork.  James Brennan was the Vice President of the bank.

O’Brien and Laporta worked at Manafort’s accounting firm, and Duggan has ties to an insurance scam.

 

 

COHEN

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

This last one is kind of big for Jeff Sessions, as this comes awfully close to him.  This case goes straight to the heart of Alabama politics.

 

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

ELECTION 2018

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Monday.  This article is shorter than normal, not because stuff didn’t happen, but I was still catching up on the previous post.  Because of that, this post isn’t as in-depth as most of them are.

On another note, I didn’t notice this until early this morning, but I started this blog a little over a year ago.  July 21, 2017.  368 days and 270 posts later, here we are.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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