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

Daily Check-In 01/21/2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

What’s the BuzzFeed?

So far there’s nothing confirmed here, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

 

Colludy Giuliani’s Lubing The Truth Tour

 

Oleg Deripaska

NEW: The TRUMP admin. claimed it forced painful concessions from OLEG DERIPASKA to lift sanctions on his companies. But a confidential document shows he & his allies will retain majority ownership, & he will settle huge debts likely at favorable rates.

The confidential document shows that the TRUMP admin. approved a deal allowing DERIPASKA to “divest” 21M shares of his main co. (EN+) to HIS OWN foundation (Volnoe Delo). The fndtn + Deripaska + his ex-wife + her father will own 57% of EN+ under the deal.

ALSO: deal lifts sanctions on DERIPASKA’s . It’s 22.5% owned by a firm tied to: —Viktor Vekselberg: 🇷🇺 oligarch who attended TRUMP inauguration & drew MUELLER interest. —Len Blavatnik: 🇺🇦-born US/UK citizen who gave $1M to inaugural.

 

Agalarov’s Tour Cancelled

Emin Agalarov, the son of Aras and the singer that performed at the Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, cancelled his tour of the United States and Canada.  He arranged the June 9 meeting with Donnie Jr.

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

Walking through #ATL and separately 2 @TSA agents told me to “keep fighting.” I told them I’m sorry they’re going through this. One said, “Yeah. but we’re still working.” Just breaks my damn heart. It is sinful to make someone work without pay. #TrumpShutdown. Gets worse. At airport bar & young man next to me is carded. I told him to take it as a compliment (they didn’t card me). “Yeah, but you’re not on the business end of a government shutdown,” he said. He serves in Coast Guard & has a family w/ mortgage. He deserves so much better. This #TrumpShutdown is not only hurting the credit ratings of millions of Americans. It’s destroying the credit rating of the moral leader of the world, America. Who in the hell doesn’t pay people who are working?

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

I don’t even know what that means, and at this point, I’m too afraid to ask.

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR AND ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

CONGRESS

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

Beto O’Rourke and Joe Biden have not made a choice yet.  Senator Corey Booker has also been rumored to run.

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

Fuck.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

 “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”

 “I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.”

 “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”

 “I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification,” one day right there in Alabama…”

 “… little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.”

 “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”

 “This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood”

 “With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

“This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!””

 “And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.”

 “Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.”

 “Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And when this happen, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children…”

 “…black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old — spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”” — Martin Luther King Jr.

 

RUMOR MILL

Angela Chen

Keep an eye out for the name Angela Chen.

 

That’s it for Monday.  This entry is short for a few reasons.  Mostly, I’m tired and the machine I’m typing on is about to go through a forced reboot.  If I don’t wrap up now, I’ll lose a lot of work.

I’d like to do a story about the various people that are running for POTUS in 2020.  I’ll try to do something with that in the next couple weeks.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur