Daily Check-In 12/17/2018

Monday, December 17, 2018

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Flynn’s Buddies Get Indicted

Grand Jury Indicts Turkish National Who Directed and Paid Michael Flynn in Anti-Gülen Influence Campaign

DOJ Announcement:

An indictment was unsealed today charging Bijan Rafiekian, aka Bijan Kian, 66, of San Juan Capistrano, California, and Kamil Ekim Alptekin, 41, of Istanbul, and a Turkish national, with conspiracy, acting in the United States as illegal agents of the government of Turkey, and making false statements to the FBI.

According to allegations in the indictment, the two men were involved in a conspiracy to covertly influence U.S. politicians and public opinion against a Turkish citizen living in the United States whose extradition had been requested by the Government of Turkey. The plot included using a company founded by Rafiekian and a person referred to as “Person A” in the indictment [Michael Flynn]. The company, referred to as “Company A” in the indictment [Flynn Intel Group], provided services based upon Person A’s national security expertise.

Flynn’s March 2017 FARA Filings:

News Coverage:

Prior Coverage:

Remember when Mike Flynn was accused of organizing an attempted kidnapping of a Turkish cleric?  Or the time Mike Flynn attended a breakfast with Devin Nunes and senior diplomats from Turkey?  Or the about-face that Flynn took in relations to Turkey after they paid his company $600,000?

Bijan Kian, the second in command of Flynn Intel Group, was involved in all of that. He worked as an unregistered lobbyist for Turkey, in violation of FARA guidelines.  On Monday, he and Kamil Alptekin were indicted on charges of not registering as a foreign agent.  But that’s not all of it.

There’s a thing in journalism called “burying the lede.”  This is when the main point of the story is lost deep in the weeds.  Like, if your spouse comes home and tells you about their day and they start with lunch, how their boss is a jerk, their coworkers are mean, and the building burned down and they’re the prime suspect.  That last part is the most important thing they said, but they buried it at the end.

The lede in this story isn’t that Bijan Kian worked with Mike Flynn to take Turkish money, but both Bijan and Mike Flynn worked on the Trump Transition Team WHILE TAKING MONEY FROM TURKEY UNDER THE TABLE.  They were crafting national security for years to come while taking Erdogan’s blood money.

Putting another country’s interests above your own while leading major government initiatives.  Sounds pretty damn close to treason.

 

Flynn

This is just beautiful.  After Flynn tried to pull “But I was entrapped when I lied to the Feds” last week (Daily Check-In 12/14/2018), the judge felt that cherrypicking from the 302 was a chickenshit move by his legal team, and ordered Mueller’s team to release a redacted version of the 302 form.  The FD-302 form is the form that an FBI Agent fills out immediately after interviewing someone.  Here, we can see Flynn lying, and that the focus of his lies wasn’t so much to protect himself but to shield Trump from Russian connections.

Shit’s about to get interesting.

 

Disinformation

Gee, it’s almost like I’ve been talking about this for a year and a half.  Oh, wait, I HAVE.

One new development is how they’re moving the goalposts after this report.  We’ve gone from “There was no interference” to “No coordinated interference” to “there was only a little interference, but it didn’t make a difference”.  Watch out for this thread in the coming days, with talking heads saying things like “there wasn’t any vote totals changed” and “how many people really get their news from Reddit or Facebook?”  This is a deflection from the point that people were marketed to and thus changed their voting choice.

 

How Many?

Investigations by the Special Counsel

  1. The Russian Government’s Election Attack
  2. WikiLeaks
  3. Middle Eastern Influence
  4. Paul Manafort’s Activity
  5. The Trump Tower Moscow Project
  6. Other Campaign and Transition Contacts With Russia
  7. Obstruction of Justice

Investigations by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York

  1. Campaign Conspiracy and the Trump Organization’s Finances
  2. Inauguration Funding
  3. Trump SuperPAC Funding
  4. Foreign Lobbying

Investigations by the US Attorney for the District of Columbia

  1. Maria Butina and the NRA

Investigations by the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia

  1. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova
  2. Turkish Influence

Investigations by New York City, New York State, & Other State Attorneys General

  1. Tax Case
  2. The Trump Foundation
  3. Emoluments Lawsuit

7+4+1+2+3 = 17.  17 investigations.

 

Comey

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

Mob Talk

 

Shutdown

 

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

KHASHOGGI & SAUDI ARABIA

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

IMMIGRATION

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

CONGRESS

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Monday.  The week is looking like it’s going to be a weird one.  A spoiler for Tuesday, there’s some weird shit happening at Flynn’s sentencing.

Before I wrap it up for the day, I’m going to update The Indicted to include Bijan and Kamil.  Something to keep in mind with them; they’re indicted, but Flynn isn’t.  That tells me two things:

  1. He’s cooperating against them and several others to avoid this fate.
  2. If he fucks around, “Person 1” will become Michael Flynn in a New York Minute.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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