Daily Check-In 08/08/2018

Wednesday, August 8th



The Manafort Trial, Day 7

Day 7 of the Manafort Tax Evasion trial began with Rick Gates in cross-examination.  The defense tried to blow up his credibility even more by alleging that he had multiple affairs and lied about it.  During rebuttal questioning, he outlined that if he lied, the Special Counselor’s office would destroy their plea offer and recommend that he serve every charge against him consecutively, not concurrently.  In that case, he’s looking at over 100 years in jail.

The next witness was Forensic Accountant Morgan Magionos.  He testified about how he was able to trace offshore bank accounts back to Paul Manafort. That included tracing wire transfers from the accounts to high-end luxury vendors.

After that came Michael Welch from the IRS.  He testified that Manafort didn’t pay taxes on at least $16.4 million in unreported income.

Remember, this is a tax evasion and money laundering case.

Counteroffers?  This isn’t a fucking house purchase, this is a goddamned investigation.

The longer this shit drags out, the more I’m convinced that not only will there not be an interview, but that Mueller wouldn’t interview him anyway since Trump is a target, not a subject.

Here’s the thing with the report…

The moment that it hits the House and Senate leadership, it’s up to them whether or not to release it all, release a redacted version, or keep it under wraps.  It’s not a consensus choice, but if even one of them wants to release it, they can release it.  If all but one of them says keep it up under wraps, but one says “fuck that, fuck you, and fuck anyone who looks like you, I’m posting this shit on Twitter now”, they can do that.



Chris Collins

Chris Collins, a Republican congressman from upstate New York, surrendered to the FBI on Wednesday morning on securities fraud-related charges, prosecutors said.

Collins, 68, faces insider trading charges along with his son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron Collins’ fiancée, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York.

The case is related to Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotech company, on which the elder Collins served on the board.

Collins, one of Donald Trump’s early supporters in his bid for president, is expected to appear in federal court later Wednesday in Manhattan.

Wow.  Here’s a link to the indictment.  Chris Collins is a Republican from New York, and was a leading member of the Trump Transition Team.

This sounds like a pump and dump scheme.  The way it works is that a group hypes a company up, selling them as the best thing since the invention of the wheel, puts stock out there, sells a bunch of it to a bunch of marks, then right before bad news hits, all of the principal parties sell their stock at a high price, leaving everyone else with now worthless stock.

Chris Collins telling the world that we should leave Trump’s taxes alone while he was lying to investigators.

AdamParkhomenko: Womp, womp Chris

Here’s Chris Collins at the White House at the time the email was sent.  Here’s a tweet to the actual picture from the call mentioned in the indictment.

Yeah, that happened.  Part of the indictment indicates that Chris called his son at 7:16 PM on the night in question.  The call lasted a little more than 6 minutes.  At 7:17 PM, he was seen walking out of the White House while on the phone.


Four other members of Congress, not including the former Secretary or Health and Human Services Tom Price invested in this company at a discounted stock price after talking to Chris Collins.  At best, he stole their money and cost them a small fortune.  At worst, they’re accomplices.


Rand Paul

All of them are Republicans.  ALL OF THEM.  Not a single one of those senators was a Democrat.



Gee, I wonder how it is that the Russians got their hands on a United States Senate bill that hasn’t been made public yet, that only members of the Senate and their staff would have access to.

I mean, it’s not like a certain Senator from Kentucky with a long history of always taking Russia’s side delivered anything to Vladimir Putin.  Oh, wait…



Going for the Trifecta of Fuckery today is Devin Fucking Nunes.  I’m not surprised that he spoke freely in a room without the press, or that he openly admits to obstructing the Russian Investigation or serving as a firewall for the traitor known as Donald Trump, and not even that even he has his problems with Trump’s tweets and stupid comments.  The only thing I’m surprised about is that someone thought bringing him in to help fund raise was a good idea.



Oh, FFS.  The day when 7th or 8th craziest story of the day is that Omarosa wrote a book is truly a screwed up day.  Ok, enough with the joke about her being able to read and write.  I’m surprised that half the people working for Trump are not functionally illiterate.  What’s really shocking is that she worked at the White House for almost a year, constantly recorded meetings on her phone, and NO ONE CAUGHT HER OR STOPPED HER.



I’ve got a bad feeling we’re going to hear more stories like this heading into the election.  This isn’t “meddling”, this is an Act of War.











Sanctions over Skripal Poisoning

I’m not a betting man, but I’d put good money that this was done without Trump’s approval, sign-off, or input, and that he’ll lose his shit and go all “Putin’s a good guy” like the traitorous shit he is.





















From Claude’s tweet about the Iran Deal, $20 says that the adult children include Jared Kushner.  From yesterday’s post (Daily Check-In 08/07/2018), Kushner’s family sold 666 Fifth Avenue to Brookfield for enough money to get out from underneath their upside down loan.  Brookfield is owned by the Emiratis.  Half of $3.6 billion is $1.8 billion, which is how much Kushner’s family owed on their loan.


That’s it for Wednesday.  The Manafort Tax Trial continues on Thursday, and there’s an update on the Sinclair-Tribune sale.  Also, Space Force.  I’m trying to not laugh while typing that shit.


Thank you, and have a good one.


“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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