Daily Check-In 01/30/2019

Daily Check-In 08/13/2018Wednesday, January 30, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Deza and Stolen Docs

In October 2018, one or more actors made statements claiming to have a stolen copy of discovery produced by the government in this case. The subsequent investigation has revealed that certain non-sensitive discovery materials in the defense’s possession appear to have been altered and disseminated as part of a disinformation campaign aimed (apparently) at discrediting ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. political system. These facts establish a use of the non-sensitive discovery in this case in a manner inconsistent with the terms of the protective order and demonstrate the risks of permitting sensitive discovery to reside outside the confines of the United States.

In short, Mueller is arguing that if non-sensitive information has been used in attempts to discredit his investigation, how much worse would things be if sensitive information was shared that “identifies sources, methods, and techniques used to identify the foreign actors behind these interference operations.”

“Unwarranted disclosure of that information overseas, in a country adverse to this litigation, would allow that country and actors in that country to learn of these techniques and adjust their conduct, thus undermining U.S. national security interests, including investigations into the conduct of those foreign actors,” he said, noting that there is no incentive for these foreign actors not to act in bad faith.

“The Court would have no ability to enforce compliance with the other provisions in the protective order by the ‘officers and employees of Concord Management and Consulting LLC’ because those individuals are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Courts,” Mueller said. “And Concord’s proposed order would apply to every piece of sensitive discovery in the case, including sensitive discovery containing personal identifying information and sensitive discovery implicating national security interests.”

I can’t say that I’m completely surprised by this development, but holy shit.  This is a big development, and shows just some of the lengths that the Russians are willing to go to to derail Mueller.

Concord Management is the company indicted alongside the IRA and Russian Troll Fram. (The Indicted). The company was the only entity from that indictment that responded in court, and they proceeded to go nuts, asking for everything from all work the CIA has ever done to trying to get the case thrown out because reasons.

Something that’s been bandied back and forth in these legal fights was Concord’s lawyers at Reed Smith argued that all evidence should be given to their client as part of discovery.  Remember that the Discovery Process is the part of a legal battle where the defense gets to view the evidence against them and build a defense.  Earlier this year, Mueller gave Concord’s lawyers access to non-sensitive documents and evidence.  Shortly thereafter, someone with a Russian IP address contacted a reporter and told them they had the Mueller documents.  The reporter forwarded that info to Mueller’s team, and what they saw was shocking.  The link led to a “unique folder structure” not used by Mueller’s team but known to them.  The documents inside were mostly junk files, with some stuff edited to make it look like Mueller had nothing.

There’s only two ways that the troll got their hands on this info.

  1. Reed Smith gave them direct access.
  2. Reed Smith gave Concord direct access, and Concord gave the troll access.

Either way, someone’s in some serious trouble.

 

Stone

 

Meeting Putin

 

NRA

From TDB:

A former NRA president hoped to win access to Vladimir Putin on a trip to Moscow, according to an email from one of the trip’s organizers. That organizer, Republican operative Paul Erickson, also said the trip could have “enormous diplomatic consequences.” The email, sent in November 2015 and reviewed by The Daily Beast, came just months before the Kremlin’s election meddling went into full gear.

In the email, Erickson wrote that an official with the Russian Central Bank had made a tantalizing, though tentative, offer to former NRA president David Keene: an interview for his newspaper with Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the time, Keene was the opinion editor for The Washington Times, a conservative newspaper. He had previously helmed the NRA, and he maintained close ties with its top officials. And he was one of the small group of people on the trip.

From the ABC article:

The December 2015 trip, which involved meetings with senior Kremlin officials, has attracted increased scrutiny in the wake of the arrest and guilty plea of gun rights activist and alleged Russian agent Maria Butina, who was involved in planning the trip. After months of silence on the matter, the NRA’s outside counsel William Brewer told The New York Times that NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre “was opposed to the trip” and even prohibited staff members from joining the delegation out of concern that it would be perceived as officially sanctioned.

Emails sent by NRA officials before the trip, as well as photos taken during the visit, offer greater detail about the organization’s role in arranging the excursion.

In one email, an NRA employee appears to help Butina make travel arrangements for a delegation that included former NRA president David Keene, future NRA president Pete Brownell, NRA fundraiser Joe Gregory, NRA benefactor Dr. Arnold Goldschlager and his daughter Hilary, Outdoor Channel CEO Jim Liberatore, and prominent NRA advocate and Trump campaign surrogate David Clarke, then the sheriff of Milwaukee County.

So, we have the former President of the NRA trying to gain access to Vladimir Putin, and a group of NRA bigwigs going on a trip to Moscow during a presidential campaign.  The same campaign where they spent unprecedented amounts of money for the GOP after they moved to a Pro-Russian stance.

 

Deripaska

 

WikiLeaks

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

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

Putin

 

Biglyest Brain

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

CONGRESS & ELECTIONS

 

Voting Rights

Once again, the turtle says the quiet part out loud.

If your only defense against making it easier for people to vote is that they would vote against you, you are the problem.

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

Apple and Facebook have never gotten along, but this ups their acrimony to a whole new level.

Facebook used their internal development certificates to push a tracking app aimed at teenagers to trick them into spending money.  This is a blatant violation of the Apple Store guidelines and the Apple Development rules.  In response, Apple turned off Facebook’s ability to distribute and ultimately develop iOS applications.  This shuts down their in development apps and internal beta apps.

I don’t know how much longer this will go on, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this go either way.  They could agree to a quick fix, or they could escalate this into a full-scale digital war where Apple removes all of Facebook’s apps from their devices.  It shouldn’t get that far, but at this point in the timeline, I wouldn’t be surprised either way.

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

Eat the Rich

 

The Foxconn Con

This is what happens when we give public money to large corporations: they fuck us.  Wisconsin already gave Foxconn $4 billion, and they won’t see a penny of that. That could have gone to infrastructure, schools, pension funds, health care, or to developing the local economy, but now it’s wasted.

Get ready to hear a whole bunch of Wisconsin GOP members claiming that they have to cut social programs because of this.

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

Schutlz

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Wednesday.  Thursday’s looking like it’ll be a weird one.  Ben Carson has a photo op with someone he shouldn’t, we see more stuff about the NRA trip to Moscow in 2015, and the class war continues.

Thursday might be a little short or different.  It’s still very cold here, and the kids are sick.  That makes it difficult to spend as much time researching as I’d normally spend.  I’ll have something up, but not sure how in-depth it will be.

I’d like to write a story about this emerging battle between the billionaire class and the progressives.  I want to stay neutral in any story about those groups, but it’s very hard for me to do so.  I grew up in the world of Reagan, where the rich were treated as special and the poor as useless.  I’ll go into more detail later on, but I’m worried that anything I write about that subject will be tainted by bias.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 01/29/2019

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Trump Met With Putin…Again

A Kremlin official said today that, despite what the WH claimed, Trump & Putin had a sit-down meeting at the G-20 summit, during which they discussed Syria policy. Three weeks after G-20, Trump abruptly ordered US troops to withdraw from Syria. my latest

Context of the G-20 summit: -Trump & Putin were scheduled to meet -Cohen reveals damning new details about Trump Tower Moscow deal -Trump cancels Putin meeting -Kremlin refuses to accept cancellation -WH goes on the record saying no meetings, even pull-asides, are scheduled. 1/

Caroline Orr Retweeted Caroline Orr

So the Kremlin got the White House to go on the record saying there were no scheduled pull asides between Trump & Putin at G-20. And then two months later, the Kremlin leaks details of a sit-down meeting between Trump & Putin. 2/

Caroline Orr @RVAwonk

Context of the G-20 summit: -Trump & Putin were scheduled to meet -Cohen reveals damning new details about Trump Tower Moscow deal…

Putin was accompanied by a translator when he met with Trump after a dinner at the G-20 summit. Trump was accompanied by… Melania. “The four of them sat at a table and were among the last to leave,” 3/

It really looks like a strategic move by the Kremlin to get the White House to go on the record denying any plans for a G-20 meeting. Also strategic: Leaking details of the meeting just as the Trump admin takes a position on Venezuela that the Kremlin really doesn’t like. 4/

Was Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria part of a deal he discussed with Putin at G-20? Did Trump make any promises about Venezuela during that meeting? We have no idea. Trump didn’t bring a note-taker, translator, or anyone from his administration to the meeting. 5/

What we *do* know: Putin just fired a warning shot at Trump to remind him that he has receipts from all of their encounters, and he’s not afraid to use them. i.e., Trump is compromised. None of us know what else Putin is holding over Trump’s head. We just know there’s more. 6/

No, this wasn’t about G20 2017, or the Helsinki Meeting.  This happened during the G20 2018. (Daily Check-In 11/30/2018). Remember how there was no meeting planned between the two of them?  Looks like they met and talked.  Only Trump, Melania, Putin,  and Putin’s translator.

No Americans were present.  No members of the United States Government.  Just Trump and his handler.

What did they discuss? We may never truly find out. What instructions did Putin give Trump?  Let’s look at the timeline of events to find out.

  • Trump ramps up his rhetoric on shutting down the government.
  • Trump announces that the U.S. is pulling out of Syria and Afghanistan.
  • Word circulates that Trump wants to pull out of NATO.
  • He then removes sanctions on Oleg Deripaska, giving him a deal sweeter than Sweet Tea.
  • Reports come out about Trump going to ridiculous lengths to hide what he talked about with Putin.
  • U.S begins talks with the Taliban.
  • Trump declares victory over ISIS.
  • ISIS kills more U.S. troops in Syria.
  • U.S. Intel announces that Russia and China are already plotting to interfere in the 2020 election.
  • Trump once again attacks the Intel Community, claiming he knows more than they do.

Considering how far he’s gone to keep this meeting off the books, and that this isn’t the first time he’s done this, there are only one logical conclusion:

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, is an Asset of the Russian Federation, and is being used to forward their goals at the expense of the United States.

 

Roger Stone

Speaking of traitors who deserve to hang for their crimes, Roger Stone was arraigned.  As expected, he pleaded not guilty to the seven felonies he’s been charged with.  Also not surprising are his attempts to scream about how poorly he’s been treated, how this is a vast conspiracy, blah blah blah.

Remember, this fucktard recently lost a lawsuit and was forced to issue several apologies for lying on Infowars. (Daily Check-In 12/18/2018).  Why anyone would put him on the air and expect anything less than a lie is either an idiot or corrupted.

 

Here is a list of companies that do not fit the qualifications to be fighting Mueller subpoena battle: -Rosneft -VTB -Sberbank -Deutsche Bank -Bank of Cyprus -Gazprom

You can add Alfa Bank to this list as well. The company must: -Be WHOLLY owned by a foreign government -Have US office(s)

Qatar Investment Authority certainly seems to make the most sense here. It is fully owned by the Qatari government, Cohen met with QIA official during transition, has US presence.

Also: The subpoena was issued shortly after Cohen’s places were raided. Zainab Ahmad, a Mueller prosecutor and Middle East expert, was spotted at the courthouse.

My guess for this has been QAI and/or Glenncore, the company in charge of brokering the Rosneft sale.  Both have multiple offices in the United States, and can be pressured to comply with the government or lose business.

 

Deripaska

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

Mnuchin

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

Jussie Smollet

They tried to lynch Jussie Smollett. These 2 men reportedly hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him before beating him, yelling “This is MAGA country” as they left. Will we hear the president condemn this hate crime committed by his supporters? No. This is America in 2019.

An update on the “MAGA country” line: is reporting beyond what TMZ said. ABC reports “At the time of the attack, Smollett told police the suspects yelled “MAGA country.”” It was reportedly Jussie Smollett himself who claimed this was said.

Even more details. This fully explains the initial police statement denying that the attackers yelled “MAGA country.” We now have confirmation from Chicago PD that in a follow up interview, Smollett himself said “MAGA country” was yelled.

Remember last week when a bunch of obnoxious teens got in trouble for being racist little shits and the media world screamed that the Red Had wasn’t racist?

Yeah, fuck’em.

Here we have a situation with an actual attempted lynching of a gay black celebrity, and I’ll put money down that not one of those white ass hats will defend this young man who was almost murdered by the same kind of racist assholes that they spent last week surrounding and protecting.

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

. on gun violence: “We’re not missing good ideas. We could pass an assault weapons ban and universal background checks. We’re not missing tragedies. The very worst have happened. So what’s missing? People in the Congress who have the courage to act.”

“This is going to sound harsh, but I think somebody should have required every member of Congress to go into a room…with no press…and look at the autopsy photos of those babies [after Sandy Hook] and then vote their conscience.”

“We have to stop believing that false choice. You can be in favor of the second amendment and want smart gun laws. You can be in favor [of ] and understand there is no reason why we have assault weapons that can kill babies and police officers.”

“Too many communities are grieving the loss of lives that should never have been taken.”

This is a great idea and well overdue, but it should be expanded.  Take all of the members of Congress, all members of the Government, all of the lobbyists, all of the members of the NRA, everyone who wants to own a gun, hell take EVERYONE and take them to a morgue and show them the bodies of those who died from gun violence.  Make them see the bodies of the children who died needlessly.  Show them the crime scene photos as well.  Then, if they still think gun control is bad, take them to the grieving parents and make them tell these parents who get to bury their little baby why their child deserved to die and why they think that there shouldn’t be any type of gun control. And force these people to do this for each and every gun murder in this country.

Then, they can have all the guns their tiny little dicks can handle.

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

Schultz

 

Harris

 

 

RUMOR MILL

Howard Schultz is worth $3.8 billion. That he is somehow intimidated by a freshman Congressional rep is the dumbest narrative in history.

It’s more blazingly obvious media Op to distract from Mueller and the Dem House’s progress. If you want to keep a Republic, stop falling for every fake horseshoe clickbait Op they throw at you and ask: Why?

Also, if you think that business prepares you for political leadership, get your heart surgery done by a jazz guitarist. They studied a lot and have dexterous hands. That should cross-over easily, right? Test the theory.

 

That’s it for Tuesday.  Things might be a little late getting posted for Wednesday.  I’m getting a late start to that post today, and my current work setup isn’t working well today.

I’m working from home today due to the cold.  Unfortunately, so is the wife.  When we both are he, I work in the basement.  It’s an unfinished basement with minimal heating.  I’ve had to venture upstairs every half hour to warm up.  Yeah, I’m just bitching about this, but it’s hard to type when my hands are cold.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 01/28/2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Roger Stone

A defense attorney for Andrew Miller, who’s fighting a subpoena from Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, learned Monday afternoon that the special counsel still wants witness testimony for a federal grand jury.

Paul Kamenar, the defense attorney, says the assertion from Mueller’s team made clear to him that Mueller and the Justice Department are considering an additional indictment of Roger Stone or have plans to charge others.

As I mentioned yesterday Daily Check-In 01/22/2019, things are going to get crazy from here on out.  There’s a couple directions this could go, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Stone’s associates get charged next, on the way to making the connection to Julian Assange.

 

Whitaker

 

Deripaska

According to bios released by En+, they include Nicholas Jordan, former co-CEO of Goldman Sachs’s Russia business; Carl Hughes, ex-vice chairman of Deloitte’s global energy and resources division; Joan McNaughton, who served as the UK’s director general of energy;  and Christopher Bancroft Burnham, chairman and CEO of Cambridge Global Capital LLC, a private investment advisory firm with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

“Mr. Burnham is a globally recognised expert in the implementation of accountability and transparency, and the implementation of best practice in government, corporations, and inter-governmental organisations, having served as Under Secretary General for Management of the United Nations [where he worked alongside Trump’s current national security adviser John Bolton] and Under Secretary of State for Management (acting),” the En+ release says. “Mr. Burnham is a former Vice Chairman at Deutsche Bank Asset Management and co-founded and led Deutsche Bank’s direct private equity group, RREEF Capital Partners. Mr. Burnham is also a former Assistant Secretary of State for Resource Management and Chief Financial Officer of the US Department of State.”

The En+ release makes no mention of one other notable position Burnham also held: member of Donald Trump’s presidential transition team.

Burnham’s office did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Deripaska’s. OFAC directed Quartz to a statement posted on its website but declined to provide further details about Burnham’s appointment.

Sounds a hell of a lot like a Quid Pro Quo to me.  Immediately after the sanctions are released, a member of the Trump Transition Team gets named to the board.

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

CONGRESS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Azriel Clary, one of Kelly’s alleged victims featured in the Lifetime series Surviving R Kelly, was reportedly flown from Palm Springs to Phoenix to Orlando in May 2015. At the time, she was only 17 years old. Clary’s family says the flights were arranged by Kelly’s personal assistant. The family has not heard from Clary since 2016 and believe she may be Kelly’s “sex slave.”

If the allegations are true, Kelly would be in violation of the Mann Act — the federal law that makes it illegal to transport a minor across state lines for purposes of sex, debauchery or prostitution. Punishment for such a crime is up to 10 years in a federal prison.

R. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, denied to TMZ that Kelly violated the law and said he was unaware of any investigation. Representatives for the singer also point to a handwritten note from Clary’s mother in which she gave Kelly’s assistant consent to care for her daughter.

The FBI has also been in touch with the family of Jocelyn Savage, another one of Kelly’s alleged sex slaves, TMZ reports.

Since the airing of Surviving R Kelly, there’s been renewed scrutiny over Kelly’s alleged misconduct. While his attorneys maintain that the singer is innocent of all allegations, Kelly himself has ben hiding out in Chicago’s Trump Tower and was recently admitted to the hospital with panic attacks. He’s also been dropped by his longtime record label, and his manager was arrested for making terroristic threats against Kelly’s accusers.

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Monday.  After the last couple days, it’s nice to get a little bit of a breather.  And by that, I mean that it wasn’t a complete and total clusterfuck.

Now that we’re in Phase III, expect to see some weird shit.  We’re about to see some historic levels of flailing around.  Not just from Trump, but also from those that benefit from him and the GOP policies.

Take Howard Schultz for example.  Here’s another rich guy who labels themselves as a “Centrist Independent” and is contemplating running, but won’t make up his mind until later.  If he runs, it’ll be as a third party candidate, and most likely against a Democratic nominee like Warren or Harris.  You know, one of those “evil lefty socialists” who think that rich people should pay their fair share of taxes.  The nightmare scenario is the “Centrist” (Read: Corporate Shithole) declaring a third party run and trying to siphon votes off of Warren/Harris, which would allow Trump to win.  Of course, this assumes a hell of a lot, like Trump will run in 2020.  I personally think that has a very small chance of happening, like less than 25%.

I’m not sure what’s coming around the corner, but I will always remember this phrase from a poster I had as a kid:

The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.

I’m just one giant fucking ray of sunshine, aren’t I?

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 01/25/2019

Friday, January 25, 2019 and the weekend

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Roger Stone

“Roger’s relationship with Trump has been so interconnected that it’s hard to define what’s Roger and what’s Donald,” Manafort told a Netflix film crew during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The documentary, “Get Me Roger Stone,” was released in April 2017, but filmmakers followed Stone and his associates around as they managed Trump during the 2016 Republican primary and general election.

Manafort added later in the film that in terms of “Roger’s relationship with Trump, they both see the world in a very similar way.”

“If Trump is elected president, I think Roger will see one more very significant impact he’s had on world history,” Manafort said.

Looks like it’s Roger Stone’s time in the barrel.  This comment comes from a tweet he made in August 2016 where he claimed it would soon be John Podesta’s time in the barrel.  This was shortly before WikiLeaks released a bunch of mails the Russian GRU stole from him.  Several of the emails were edited to make Podesta’s statements look worse.  Roger coordinated the release of these mails with WikiLeaks, who stood in as a front for Russian Intelligence.

I reported on Thursday Daily Check-In 01/24/2019 the existence of a sealed indictment from D.C., and the Rumor Mill got all atwitter.  Turns out, it was for good reason.

At 6 AM EST, a small CNN crew was camping out in front of Roger Stone’s house.  His neighbor Chad Johnson formerly Ochocinco, was getting ready for his morning jog.  Suddenly, several FBI agents wearing bullet proof vests approached the house with weapons drawn.  They knocked on his door, yelling “FBI, OPEN THE DOOR!”  After a moment lights turned on and the door opened.  Shortly after, the FBI agents escorted Roger Jason Stone, Jr. from his house and arrested him.  He was released on a $250,000 promise bond.  Must be nice being rich.

Roger is charged with seven felonies.  One of them is Obstruction of Proceeding, since his lies impeded Congressional investigation.  Counts two through six are his various lies to Congress, and one count of Witness Tampering.  The lies are documented below:

Count

False Statement

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2

STONE testified falsely that he did not have emails with third parties about the head of Organization 1, and that he did not have any documents, emails, or text messages that refer to the head of Organization 1.

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3

STONE testified falsely that his August 2016 references to being in contact with the head of Organization 1 were references to communications with a single “go-between,” “mutual friend,” and “intermediary,” who STONE identified as Person 2.

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4

STONE testified falsely that he did not ask the person he referred to as his “go-between,” “mutual friend,” and “intermediary,” to communicate anything to the head of Organization 1 and did not ask the intermediary to do anything on STONE’s behalf.

5

STONE testified falsely that he and the person he referred to as his “go-between,” “mutual friend,” and “intermediary” did not communicate via text message or email about Organization 1.

6

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STONE testified falsely that he had never discussed his conversations with the person he referred to as his “go-between,” “mutual friend,” and “intermediary” with anyone involved in the Trump Campaign.

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His witness tampering charge stems from Roger Stone telling Randy Credico to ‘Stonewall it. Plead the fifth. Anything to save the plan.’  Stone also threatened Credico multiple times, including at least one attempt on Randy’s dog.  That’s fucked up.

I’m not going to go through this indictment line by line, but let me cover the basics.

Roger Stone, a senior official on the Trump Campaign until August 2015 and an unofficial  advisor throughout the election, worked with Organization 1 (WikiLeaks) through Person 1 (Jerome Corsi) and a contact of Corsi’s in Britain (Nigel Farage) to acquire the stolen emails from the Clinton Campaign from. the Head of Organization 1, who lives in the Ecuadorian Embassy (Julian Assange).  Stone was in contact senior Trump Campaign officials, and one of them inquired directly about the timing of the email releases (Steve Bannon).  After one of these conversations with Person 1 (Corsi), it was suggested by their “friend in the embassy” (Assange) that “Would not hurt to start suggesting HRC old, memory bad, has stroke – neither he nor she well.”  Immediately after that, the Right Wing Media and the Trump Campaign began hammering home the point that HRC was old, sick, etc.  Communications between Stone and Senior Advisor (Bannon) continued throughout the campaign.

After the election, Stone claimed that Person 2 (Randy Credico) was his point of contact with the Head of Organization 1 (Assange), and completely hid his dealings with Person 1 (Corsi).  Stone did his best to keep Person 2 (Credico) quiet, including threatening to kill his dog, have his attorney disbarred, and threatened physical harm to him.

I truly appreciate a few things with this indictment.

First, it directly references the Russian GRU case from last summer.  In a way, it’s part of that case.

Second, it’s all low hanging fruit.  Sure, a couple conspiracy charges would be nice, but each of these charges is very easy to prove.  For witness tampering, all they would need are phone records and acknowledgement that it was Roger who sent the texts.  For the lies, all it would take to prove the lies are the transcripts from his interview and his emails and texts.  Obstruction could be a little harder, but if Mueller has proof that Stone was trying to hamstring the invetigation by lying or chording lies, they’ve got him on those.

Next, the charges are both directly related to collusion and aren’t at the same time.  The MAGA Hat crowd will gladly point out that Stone wasn’t charged with anything conspiracy related, and their cult leader will gladly go through the cycle of “No collusion, Witch Hunt, Stone had little contact with the campaign” cycle that he went through with Manafort, Cohen, and Flynn.

Further, Stone was treated like the common criminal that he is.  Mueller didn’t give him any advance warning.  He didn’t tell his attorney to have him show up at the courthouse at 9AM. He didn’t give a courtesy call minutes ahead.  Mueller felt that if Stone knew he was going to be arrested, he would likely try to flee, destroy evidence, or make some kind of crazy last stand.  For people who’ve never seen an arrest warrant being served, this was pretty tame.  At least Roger’s door is still standing.

Finally, during all of the coverage, it came out that Mueller has not interviewed Roger Stone at all.  Not once in 20 months.  That tells me two things.

  1. Mueller was waiting until he had Stone by the balls before even approaching him.
  2. Stone was a target from day 1.

There are different rules for dealing with targets as opposed to subjects.  Investigators can’t directly interview targets without jumping through a lot of hoops.  If he was that big of a target, then he was screwed from the beginning.

As far as the timing goes, I’ll talk about that in the Coda.

 

Paul Manafort

Stone and Manafort are tied at the hip.  And Manafort’s looking at dying in prison.

 

Oleg Deripaska

Remember that they did this on a Sunday afternoon to avoid press coverage.

 

Jared Kushner

 

Chris Christie

 

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COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Cohen

 

Undocumented Workers

Remember when it came out that Trump hired a bunch of illegals to work at his golf courses last month? (Daily Check-In 12/07/2018). It looks like during the shutdown, many of them were fired.  Keep an eye on this.

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

Flights Grounded

 

Shutdown Ends

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

Glenn Greenwald

 

CONGRESS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

January: Utah man, 27, threatened mass shooting because he was a virgin and had never dated Florida man, 21, executed five women in a bank New Jersey man, 39, opened fire at UPS and took two women hostage Louisiana man, 21, fatally shot girlfriend, parents and three others

Pennsylvania man, 21, fatally shot 3 men and injured an ex-girlfriend before shooting himself. California man, 48, ambushed and fatally shot a woman officer as she adjudicated a traffic accident. Pennsylvania man, 27, bludgeoned, stabbed and shot a woman who broke up with him.

Florida man, 60, fatally shot ex-girlfriend and shot her friend, saying he was trying to “get rid of the Devil” Oregon man, 36, fatally shot a woman on a first date after meeting online New Mexico man, 33, fatally shot his 3-year-old one day after missing a custody hearing

Florida man, 39, shot his wife and her parents after accusations of of adultery Louisiana man, 26, shot and killed his girlfriend, a police officer, while she was preparing to leave for work Florida man, 21, shot 3 family members who didn’t want him dating their 15-year-old

Still doing January…

Alabama man, 19, shot a woman he was simultaneously assaulting while driving. Four women shot at a Newark candlelight vigil for teen car crash victims. No arrests made. Ohio woman fatally shot while walking dog. Her body was found by a woman shot in the head a few months prior.

Two Louisiana women were fatally shot near an apartment complex. No suspects arrested North Carolina police found a woman shot to death after responding to a domestic violence call. A suspect is in custody A New York woman was shot on a Buffalo metro bus. No suspects arrested

Gun violence is a women’s issue: An American woman is fatally shot by a current or former intimate partner every 16 hours; most mass shootings involve domestic violence; American women are 11X more likely to be murdered with a firearm than women in any other developed nation.

Text JOIN to 644-33 to help @momsdemandfight domestic gun violence.

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

RUMOR MILL

  1. I have been watching the DC dockets since late 2017. There are a lot of reports today of multiple new cases filed in DC. The last case number filed is 19-cr-20. Stone, that was filed yesterday, is 19-cr-18. There is one remaining sealed docket in the 2019 dockets. 19-cr-9.
  2. I recall spotting some new number prefixes. I have to research when but today I saw an account posting a report of multiple sealed dockets in the prefix “sc” presuming it to be the Special Counsel. I went to the dockets and none appear in 2017 with the “sc” prefix.
  3. Then I looked at 2018. Here is the last one that all appear to be sealed noting that I just checked about 20 to arrive at this as the last one. It could mean that there were 3,580 separate filed dockets under the “sc” prefix for 2018. I that is likely.
  4. Here is the last “sc” prefix that I can find for 2019. 163 through the current time. So what could they be? I looked at the CM/ECF handbooks and can find no report of the prefixes. If you file in Federal Court your are accustomed to
  5. these prefixes: cr=criminal cv=civil mj=magistrate judge gj=grand jury mp= miscellaneous proceeding. (I think but have to check) So what could “sc” be? My first thought was “sc” was a Show Cause for things like contempt proceedings related to jurors who didn’t show up.
  6. The “mj” filings are often search warrants. Also arrest warrants. So as of this time, the last 2019 “mj” number is 19-mj-18 that shows is sealed. The last “mj” docket I can fine in 2018 is 18-mj-166 that was originally filed on Dec. 28, 2018. That was the year with “sc” cases
  7. Now how about 2017 when the there was no “sc” prefix? The last number for “mj” filings in 2017, is 1,022. So what does this all “possibly” mean? My best analysis: In 2017 when the scope of the mj filings was becoming apparent the Clerk’s created the “sc” prefix. Because “mj”
  8. numbers are often later exposed to the public they would show the scope of the warrants that have been issued. So during 2017 there were possibly 1,022 warrants issued. 2018 they may have issued 3,580. And so far in 2019 they have issued 163.
  9. So they averaged 9 a day during 2018. And about 7 in 2019. As I have reported the scope of Mueller’s task is huge. He needs to essentially bring down the entire Russian mob in the US. From the number of warrants it looks to me he may be doing that.

 

It’s Barrel Time!

Just as a reminder to everyone, encrypted messaging doesn’t mean that it’s secured, or even encrypted from endpoint to endpoint.  Remember how Paul Manafort got screwed because he uploaded his messages to iCloud to back them up?  That backup unencrypted them, and made it very easy for law enforcement to get their hands on them.

 

Bernie

Fuck Bernie.  Trump vs. Bernie is an older article, but still accurate.  Plus, Bernie’s actions toward Russia, or lack thereof to be specific, leave much to be desired.

 

 

That’s it for the last few days.  Yep.  That all happened.  And things are gonna get crazy from here on out.  Like Chief said above, we’ll see some crazy, horseshit moves to delay investigations and protect Trump.  He looks weak and vulnerable right now, and it’s only going to get worse as we get deep into phase three.

Oh, let me explain the phases.  Spicy came up with them as an explanation of how the Mueller Investigation would proceed.

Phase I – name Russians
Phase II – detail methods used
Phase III – Indictment – American Confederates who aided and abetted Russians
Phase IV – Trump & Family

Phase I and II were the first few indictments.  Indicting the IRA, the GRU, and describing how the Russians interfered with the election are the basis of these phases.  There were a few Americans indicted up to this point, but all of them were either flips for other crimes like Sam Patten, or were rolled up to set up future work like Flynn and Cohen.

Roger Stone changes that.  His indictment has been widely viewed as the beginning of Phase III.  Roger was the ring leader of the Trump Campaign’s work with WikiLeaks, and by extension the Russians.  Stone was one of the main architects of this conspiracy.  With Stone getting indicted, it sends a signal that we’re entering the phase where the traitors that worked with Trump and Russia will get arrested.  Some of the small fish will be given a choice to either flip on a bigger fish or go down hard.  The bigger fish won’t get that choice, and the worse they did, the more they’ll need to deliver to save their asses.  Look at Mike Flynn, for example.  The guy committed espionage and treason against the United States, but could get off with time served and probation.  That only happens if he delivered more than FedEx.

For Roger Stone to have a chance at saving his hide, he’d have to deliver Assange, WikiLeaks, Bannon, Hannity, Alex Jones, Fox News, all of his henchmen, and several others.  And the Trump family, too.

I don’t know if he will flip, but either way I look forward to it.  If he does flip, it will be on some bigger fish that authorized his dirty tricks.  If he doesn’t, then he can see how popular his Nixon back tattoo is in the prison shower.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 01/24/2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner’s application for a top secret clearance was rejected by two career White House security specialists after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on him — but their supervisor overruled the recommendation and approved the clearance, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The official, Carl Kline, is a former Pentagon employee who was installed as director of the personnel security office in the Executive Office of the President in May 2017. Kushner’s was one of at least 30 cases in which Kline overruled career security experts and approved a top secret clearance for incoming Trump officials despite unfavorable information, the two sources said. They said the number of rejections that were overruled was unprecedented — it had happened only once in the three years preceding Kline’s arrival.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information, said the Trump White House attracted many people with untraditional backgrounds who had complicated financial and personal histories, some of which raised red flags.

So, let me get this straight…

The White House under Trump submits a request for Jared Kushner to receive a Top Secret clearance, but it gets denied after he edits it OVER 40 TIMES!!!  That should have been the end of that, but here comes Carl Kline, the new patsy for the Trump Administration.  He overrules the career agents so that Kushner can get his access.  Then, he sends it to the CIA for a SCI access, and they’re like “WTF?  How did this shit get Top Secret in the first place?”

Carl Kline, that’s how.  And not just Kushner.  According to this report, it happened with at least 30 other people.  30 people who shouldn’t see America’s secrets, yet have access.

With that access, Kushner used that intel to prop up MBS and help himself.

 

Cohen and the Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Cohen intends to comply with the interview demand next month, his attorney said Thursday.

The development comes one day after Cohen postponed his public testimony to a House committee.

Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Cohen, disclosed the subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee in a one-sentence statement. He later said the two sides had agreed on a Feb. 12 interview.

The Senate Intel Committee isn’t fucking around.  Cohen is scheduled to appear on February 12th.  No word yet if it will be public or private.  I’ll update as it comes out.

 

Skripal Sanctions

 

Deutsche Bank

 

Emin

 

NRA

 

Sealed Indictment

Gee, I wonder what that could be… SPOILER FOR FRIDAY!!!

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

CONGRESS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

Venezuela

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

RUMOR MILL

 

The Ming Show

I spent way too much time creeping on Ming’s timeline.

 

That’s it for Thursday.  I’m running behind on Friday, and it’s a big one so far.  I’ll go into details on the next post, but something something time in the barrel.  Also, we find out what happens when too many air traffic controllers call off on the same day, and Tangerine Tojo prepares to make an announcement from the Rose Garden.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

Daily Check-In 01/23/2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Cohen Witness Intimidation

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is postponing his plan to testify before Congress in February because of concerns about his family’s safety, according to Cohen’s adviser Lanny Davis.

Davis cited “ongoing threats” to Cohen’s family from Trump and the president’s current personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in the decision to postpone his Feb. 7 appearance before the House Oversight Committee.

That appearance had been set for a month before Cohen is due to surrender to begin a three-year prison sentence for multiple crimes, some of which relate to Trump.

A spokesman for committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as well as spokesmen for the White House and Giuliani, had no immediate comment on Cohen’s decision.

Trump as recently as last week had urged people to “watch” Cohen’s father-in-law, Fima Shusterman, who was placed on probation in the mid-1990s after pleading guilty in a case in which he was charged with conspiring to defraud the IRS.

I can’t say that I’m completely surprised by this, but wannabe mob bosses are gonna do mob shit.  That includes threatening the families of witnesses.  But I also think Rick Wilson is right: this shit is gonna blow up in Trump’s face.

Here’s why…

Trump is desperate to stay in office, as he thinks it’s the only thing keeping him from prison.  Cohen testifying publicly before Congress could be the nail in the coffin of his administration.  Congress is a lot closer to beginning impeachment proceedings than they’ve ever been, but need a good reason to start it.  The BuzzFeed report from Daily Check-In 01/17/2019 seemed like a great starting point, but Mueller’s response on Daily Check-In 01/18/2019 tampered that a bit.  The two most likely events that will lead to impeachment beginning would be Mueller releasing his report or Cohen testifying to Congress.  Trump’s trying his damndest to stop both of them.  But his efforts to stop them will also be his downfall.

If Cohen does not testify, which it looks like that’s what is going to happen, and it’s for the reasons that he stated about being intimidated and pressured by Trump, that itself is an impeachable offense.  He’s trying to pull an end-run around Mueller by shutting down the government, the very thing Mueller needs to do his job.  Both of these actions are Trump flailing about, trying to save himself.  They’re not his last lines of defense, but damn close.

 

Colludy Giuliani’s Lubing the Truth Tour

The big reason that Rudy keeps going on TV for Trump about Russia is that no one else can or will.  To use a sports analogy, Trump is down to his back bench players.  He doesn’t have anyone else who can come in to the game and take Rudy’s spot, and he can’t recruit anyone good enough to do the job.  He’s stuck with Rudy because his only other options are rejects from the waiver wire.

 

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

OCTOBER 2013: DNI Clapper warns shutdown could help enemies recruit US spies

cc: “This is a dreamland for foreign intelligence service to recruit, particularly as our employees already …

[subjected] to furloughs driven by sequestration, are gonna have even greater financial challenges.” “”I’ve been in the intelligence business for about 50 years. I’ve never seen anything like this,” Clapper added during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday [OCT 2013]…

“Clapper said the loss of income from sequestration and the shutdown could make members of the intelligence community more susceptible to bribes. ” That was in 2013. does that put our current state in a new light for you? it should.

I briefly referred to an idea about the true purpose of the shutdown above, but I’ll address that in the Coda.

 

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

Trump vs. The Military

Once again, look at all of Trump’s actions and ask “Is this what someone defending the United States would do, or are these the actions of someone trying to hurt us?”

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

CONGRESS

 

FIGHTING BACK

Poll Dancing

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

The Red MAGA Hat is the Klan Hood or the Nazi Swastika of the 21st century.  For those on the inside, it’s a symbol to rally around, something to unify around for a common though generally undefined cause.  For everyone else, it’s a symbol of hatred, bigotry, and evil.  Wearing the MAGA hat sends a message to everyone else that screams “I’m afraid of anything different and will turn that fear to hatred in a nanosecond.”  And just like the other symbols mentioned, the MAGA hat hides and obscures the person.  It’s no longer your cool cousin who likes to party and drive off-road, they’re now the racist asshole who took too much pleasure in Trayvon Martin’s killer getting away with it.

Generations from now, children will be disgusted to find MAGA hats hidden in the attic when they’re cleaning out Grandpa’s house.  The image of that old, sweet man who gave them candy and money at the holidays will be changed to one of a hate-spewing asshole.

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Singer

For a while, I’ve debated whether or not to include male on male harassment and assault here.  I haven’t put any Kevin Spacey stuff in this section, because I was focused too much on the Women’s part of the #MeToo movement.  I’m changing that stance going forward, because not only does that type of sexual exist, but it’s a lot more pervasive than known and operates under the same position of abusing power.

 

COLD WAR 2.0

Venezuela

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR AND ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

I don’t know about anyone else, but I enjoy watching Ming work.  Remember, everything is speculation until concrete evidence comes out, and people are innocent until proven guilty.  Even if they act like the guiltiest mother fuckers in the history of guilty mother fuckers.

 

That’s it for Wednesday.  Except one thought about the shutdown.

This might sound like a crazy conspiracy theory, but what if the shutdown was launched not to get the border wall, but to kill the FBI and the Mueller Investigation?  What if the wall was just an excuse that Trump used to drag this out so that every facet of the government that could harm him would suffer?  What if this were done on purpose?  Would it look any different than it does now?

One large piece of evidence against that hypothesis is that it would require forethought and planning, something Trump is not capable of.  Also, if that were the case, Dotard would have tweeted about it by now.

I think it’s an added side effect of his main plan, but one that will cost him in the end.  The approval polls are killing Trump and the Republicans.  They see how Mitch McConnell has turned into Trump’s Bitch, and refuses to do his job.  The outlook for Senate Republicans is bleak in 2020, and an extended shutdown will cost them the majority.  If Mitch doesn’t make a move to end the shutdown soon, I wouldn’t be surprised if the GOP Senators decide to name a new leader.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 01/22/2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

NRA

This is coming from CNN and it cites Sam Nunberg as the source, but it lines up with what we’ve been reporting since at least November 2017 (Daily Check-In 11/20/2017).  Special Counselor Robert Mueller’s investigative scope includes the Trump Campaign’s ties to the National Rifle Association and their role as a middleman for Russian influence and money.

Let’s cover this with a brief history lesson.  Back in the fall of 2012, the U.S. was in an election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.  While this was going on, the Senate was debating the Magnitsky Act.  Putin really didn’t want this to go forward, so he would need to find a way to kill this if it became law.  The Russians realized that both parties could be influenced through their donor networks, but the Republicans were more susceptible than the Democrats.  Plus, Putin didn’t like Obama or anyone he surrounded himself with.  Russia sends Alexander Torshin to become best friends with the head of the NRA, and even gets invited to watch the election with the NRA leadership.  Over the next few years, Torshin and his protege Maria Butina wiggle their way into the NRA, and find out how to get direct influence over the Republican Party.

Money.  Lots and lots of money.

The NRA helps the Kremlin launder a lot of Russian money into the Republican Party by the use of it’s lobbying groups, PAC’s, and Super-PAC’s.  Especially the ones that aren’t required to disclose who donated to them.  The Russians gave money to stand-ins in the United States like Len Blavatnik, a Ukrainian-born American citizen, and those stand-ins take the money from Russia and donate it to the NRA.  The NRA then doles out that money, along with other funds they’ve accumulated to hide the source, out to Trump and other major GOP candidates in 2016.  This is done in coordination with the GOP leadership, like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

What’s interesting about this isn’t that Mueller is looking into the NRA, but we have confirmation that they’ve known for a while.  Sam Nunberg interviewed with the grand jury back on Daily Check-In 03/09/2018.  That’s almost a year ago.  Since then, Maria Butina was arrested for being a Russian spy and a whole lot of other insidious connections between the Russians and the GOP have come to light. (2018 Retrospective)  If they knew this 9 months ago, they’ve only learned more information since.

Personally, I look forward to the destruction of the NRA, at least in its current form.

 

Nine days after Donald Trump won the presidency, as scores of supporters clamored for meetings with his transition team, the Hollywood producer of “The Apprentice,” Mark Burnett, reached out to one of Trump’s closest advisers to see if he would sit down with a banker who has long held ties to Russia.

The banker, Robert Foresman, never got the role he was seeking with the fledgling Trump administration. But he has recently attracted the attention of congressional investigators as one more name on an expanding list of Americans with established ties inside the Kremlin who appears to have been seeking access to the newly elected president’s inner circle, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Foresman, who is now vice chairman of the Swiss bank UBS’s investment arm, lived for years in Moscow, where he led a $3 billion Russian investment fund and was touted by his new company as someone who maintains connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. Reached by phone, Foresman declined to comment. Attorneys he has hired, including one in Washington who was hired to deal with the congressional probe, also declined to discuss the matter.

Remember the name Robert Foresman.  I’ve got a feeling we’ll hear more about him in the future.  As well as Mark Burnett’s shenanigans.

 

What’s the BuzzFeed?

On Monday, his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said “the proposal was in the earliest stage,” and he went on to tell the New Yorker that “no plans were ever made. There were no drafts. Nothing in the file.”

However, hundreds of pages of business documents, emails, text messages, and architectural plans, obtained by BuzzFeed News over a year of reporting, tell a very different story. Trump Tower Moscow was a richly imagined vision of upscale splendor on the banks of the Moscow River.

I’m waiting for Colludy to say “We drew plans, but nothing else was done,” only for that statement to be followed with a BuzzFeed report that they obtained construction permits, financing, and started selling condos.

These aren’t just a few sketches done by the art department, these are full-on plans.  An architectural firm was hired, locations scouted, financing settled.  This wasn’t a spur of the moment event, this took time.

 

Colludy Giuliani’s Lubing The Truth Tour

 

 

 

Roger Stone says on Instagram that Jerome Corsi has told Mueller the following:

-Corsi told Stone that John Podesta’s emails were stolen -Stone knew about the Access Hollywood tape in advance and told Corsi to “do something about it”

-The memo that Corsi wrote about the Podesta’s business dealings in Russia was a cover up. -Corsi’s InfoWars job was a hush money agreement.

Of course this comes from Roger Stone so take it with a huge grain of salt – but he clearly believes that Corsi has flipped on him and is cooperating with Mueller.

This follows Stone going after and others who have cooperated with Mueller.

Take everything Roger says with a grain of salt.  The only reason it’s here and not in the Rumor Mill is that it’s being reported by Scott Stedman, who has broken a few major stories of his own.  Plus, I think there’s something to this, that Stone is using this as a signal to others on Team Trump.  If you can’t whisper a secret without being caught, scream it out so loud others ignore it.

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

Here’s my really hot take on these kids:

They’re assholes.  Racist, misogynistic, privileged assholes.  And most of them will almost certainly grow up to be bigger assholes.  A few of them might not become bigger assholes when they’re older, and for them, I have hope.

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

BREAKING: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe approves Magnitsky Report 95-3 calling on all Council of Europe member states to pass Global Magnitsky Acts in their countries to sanction human rights abusers

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe report also calls on the EU to keep Sergei Magnitsky’s name on their EU Magnitsky Act initiative, and not appease Russia by deleting it as currently proposed by the Dutch government

The PACE report also chastises Russia for their persistent abuse of the Interpol Red Notice system targetting me and my campaign for justice for Sergei Magnitsky

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

CONGRESS

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Tuesday.  Expect the trickle of Trump-Russia news to continue from BuzzFeed over the next few days.  I have nothing to base this on, it’s just a hunch.  They got called out for being inaccurate, and will counter that by providing every receipt they have.

Also, I’m trying to track the Ming-Lindsey Graham stuff.  I have no clue who or what Ming is, but it has made it its mission over the next month to blow him out of the water.  I’ve talked about the rumors surrounding the Senator before, but if something arises from this, I’ll report on it here.

Quick spoiler for Wednesday: Everyone hates Trump.  New polling numbers are out, and even the generous ones show his popularity slipping.  It’s still in the 30’s, but sliding further each day.  If his support drops below 30%, expect the GOP Establishment to abandon him like they do a new black mother who they kept from getting an abortion.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur