Daily Check-In 11/20/2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Rumor Mill Reactions

Washington Post confirms that Trump refuses to answer questions about the transition period from November 2016-January 2017.

Scott Stedman added,

Matea GoldVerified account @mateagold

Trump’s legal team was going to submit answers to Mueller last week, but there were “questions raised about the legitimacy of the investigation that we had to discuss and look into,”

What happened in that time period? Here’s a quick list. 1. Erik Prince and George Nader flew to the Seychelles and Prince met a Russian banker in an attempt to set up a secret backchannel to the Russian govt.

George Nader paid Joel Zamel of Psy Group $2,000,000. We still don’t know why.

Michael Flynn called the Russian ambassador and talked about sanctions, something he later lied about.

KT McFarland wrote in an email that Russia “has just thrown U.S.A. election to [Trump]”

The Rosneft deal went through. Christopher Steele alleged that Carter Page and other members of the Trump campaign were offered a brokerage fee of the transaction.

Michael Cohen met with the Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg at Trump Tower.

Maria Butina and top Russian official Alexander Torshin discuss the upcoming selection of the US Sec of State. Christopher Steele would write that Russian officials told the Trump team not to select Mitt Romney.

Jared Kushner met with the head of a sanctioned Russian bank to attempt to set up a secret backchannel.

A flood of Russians, including Vekselberg and Shustorovich donate to the Trump inauguration.

Arron Banks met with the Russian Ambassador to the UK and passed contact information for the Trump team to the Ambassador.

Carter Page, while under a VISA warrant, flew to Russia and spent at least 5 days there.

I’m gonna stop here but you get the point. The transition is an ESSENTIAL part of the Russia investigation. Trump doesn’t want to answer questions about it.

To be honest, I’m surprised this happened as fast as it did.  When Trump said they would submit the answers by Thanksgiving, I assumed he was lying like usual.  But no, his team actually submitted their answers.

Well, some of them.

They’re refusing to answer questions about the Transition Team.  You know, the time when Mike Flynn talked to the Russian Ambassador about sanctions, when Jared Kushner lobbied the U.N. on behalf of Ben Netenyahu, when they had multiple meetings in Trump Tower with oligarchs about setting up a backchannel, and when Erik Prince and George Nader went to the Seychelles for their meeting with Putin’s banker.

The Rumor Mill was pretty excited about this because Trump submitting his answers on this front is seen as the last impediment to the Oncoming Storm.  After scrutinizing these answers, they’re expecting the Justice Train to roll into town.  I tend to agree, but I’m still a little skeptical about the timing.

How long would it take them to review Trump’s answers?  It depends.  If he listened to his lawyers and they wrote the answers, then they’ll be longer and in legalese, phrased in a way to prevent them from being used as an obvious lie.  If Trump really did answer them himself, it might take longer as they debate whether or not crayons are an acceptable writing utensil for legal questions.

 

Special counsel Robert Mueller just filed a new and extensive motion that is being kept under seal for the grand jury, according to Politico reporter Darren Samuelsohn.

The reporter posted a screen capture from the update showing Mueller made the November update as part of “Case Name: In re: Grand Jury Subpoena.” It explained, “The following transaction was entered on 11/20/2018 3:49:22 PM EST and filed on 11/20/2018.”

Another NEW sealed motion just filed — apparently from Mueller — in the mystery grand jury subpoena case we’ve been tracking here at – This one is 3,074 words.

To put 3,000 in perspective, an average 12 point Times New Roman font page will be 250 words when double spaced.  3,000/250 = 12 pages.  That’s a decent length document.  This post with all of the links will be between 5,000 to 6,000 words, but it’s mostly links, and not written by an attorney.

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

…But, Her Emails!!!

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET

It’s a Maggie Haberman story.  That means keep an eye out for what else is coming on the horizon.  There’s a good chance this story was leaked to her to cover up something worse.

 

TRUMP VS. MILITARY

The fact that created mass hysteria over the caravan and then wasted $220M but more importantly thinks OUR Armed Forces are his “play toys”. Fork you, you forking mother forker. How about Trump calls the VA & push for the GI bill paychecks. Oh wait…

Sept 2018, “340,000 students attending school using the GI Bill received slightly smaller housing payments in August”

October 2018 if actually CARED & RESPECTED OUR Military and our Veterans. 1) he’d pick up the goddamn phone and light a fire (bad pun) 2) he’d call the VA & Congress into the WH & demand immediate actions 3) THIS IS BULLSHIT

FTR the Forever GI bill was set to take effect on August 1, 2018, it was delayed until Sept 4th. I wish the MSM would call OUT on the INSANE levels of vacancies within his administration. HUMAN CAPITAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT or lack of

I very rarely highlight the good OR decent Member of the But has long been a vocal champion for our Veterans & occasionally knows exactly what to say. Supporting our Veterans should transcend all party lines = hence bipartisanship

Also I’ve tried to write a blog about how Trump uses our Military like play toys but each time (4 attempts) I’ve gotten so mad I had to walk away The fact the LIED and defended unseemly attack on Admiral McCraven is just despicable

 

WHITAKER

Did Matthew Whitaker share confidential information about Mueller’s investigation with President Trump? Inspector General must investigate now.

 

 

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

KHASHOGGI & SAUDI ARABIA

 

Pompeo: Accessory to Murder After The Fact

Remember when Rex Tillerson was fired as Secretary of State for not being loyal enough? (Daily Check-In 03/13/2018) Apparently that loyalty means covering up a kidnapping, torture, and murder.  If you’re suspect of the source, the Middle East Eye originally broke the Khashoggi killing, as well as many further updates in the case.  Let’s see if this gets picked up by other sources over the next couple weeks.

 

SCOTUS 

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

IMMIGRATION

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR AND ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

LGBT+

 

PUFF, PUFF, PASS

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

CONGRESS

 

ELECTION 2018

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

Those last two links from Seth is like the early version of the Grand Unifying Theory of Collusion.  It starts to lay out exactly how large the scope of this is, but even this doesn’t cover the whole thing.  My guess is that there’s at least a third to a half that’s missing out of this.  Seth’s thread ties together the entire Middle East Clusterfuck with Russia, but he doesn’t go into the deep ties in this thread between organized crime, terrorist organizations, and their associations to rogue states like Russia, and how those connected to shady businesses in the U.S., of which Trump was a part.

I don’t want to sound like a nutter when I say “It’s all connected”, but it’s all connected.  Every time a new sliver of news comes out that shouldn’t be connected in any way to a vast global international conspiracy, some at-first-tenuous link arrives which then turns that sliver into another round of the most corrupt version of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon ever played.

For example, Jamal Khashoggi.  A reporter went missing at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.  That should be a pretty open and shut case, right?  Something happened to him when he visited, and when the Saudi’s couldn’t produce proof of life, he was assumed dead.  Then, things get weird.  Trump jumps up to defend MBS like he was accused of sexually assaulting a minor in an Alabama Senate election, and each day a new story element comes out connecting Trump to Saudi Arabia.  Kushner, Nader, Broidy, Prince, MBS, Zamel, MBZ, and so on.  Everyone and their mother accuses MBS of orchestrating this brutal murder except Trump.  Why?  Because it’s connected to the Russian Investigation.

Another example was NEXIVM.  A few months back I saw some crazy ass stories about a Self-Help MLM turned Sex Cult involving B and C level celebrities, and the leaders of that group were charged with sex trafficking, kidnapping, and human trafficking charges.  That’s pretty crazy, but shouldn’t have any connection to this clusterfuck.  Instead, guess who was a former member of that group, and tried using it to gain dirt on his enemies? Roger Fucking Stone.

And all of this shit doesn’t even include things like Intelligence background connections, media moguls with ties to the mob, or dumb kids with even dumber parents.

Yes, it’s all connected.  No, I don’t own a corkboard covered in cut out pictures tied together with red yarn. But that would be a nice Christmas gift…

 

That’s it for Tuesday.  I’ll try to post something for Wednesday on Wednesday night, but I make no promises.  Thursday is Thanksgiving in the U.S., and most people have off on Friday.  However, it’s not a Federal holiday, which means that government offices like the Special Counselor’s Office are still open.  I don’t know if anything will come out this weekend, but I’ll try to cover it if it does.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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