Daily Check-In 02/08/2019

Friday, February 8, 2019 and the weekend.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, privately complained that he was ordered by president Donald Trump to write the notorious memo justifying the firing of the FBI director James Comey, according to Comey’s former deputy.

Andrew McCabe writes in a new book that Rosenstein, who has publicly defended the memo, lamented that the president had directed him to rationalise Comey’s dismissal, which is now the subject of inquiries into whether Trump obstructed justice.

Rosenstein made his remarks in a private meeting at the justice department on 12 May 2017, according to McCabe’s memoir, which also accuses Trump of operating like a criminal mob boss and of unleashing a “strain of insanity” in American public life.

McCabe recalls Rosenstein being “glassy-eyed”, visibly upset and sounding emotional after coming to believe the White House was using him as a scapegoat for Comey’s dismissal.

“He said it wasn’t his idea. The president had ordered him to write the memo justifying the firing,” McCabe writes. Rosenstein said he was having trouble sleeping, McCabe writes. “There’s no one here that I can trust,” he is quoted as saying.

McCabe’s book, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, is due on sale later this month. A copy was obtained by the Guardian prior to its release.

One of the long lasting threads that has been begging to be pulled ever since this mess started was why did Rod Rosenstein write the memo that justified firing James Comey?  Why would he voluntarily do that?

Turns out, just like was surmised earlier, he was ordered to.

According to a new book by Andrew McCabe, DAG Rosenstein told him that he was ordered to write a memo about James Comey that gave a justification to fire him.  This lines up with a report Louise broke almost two years ago where she said that Rosenstein was ordered to write two memos, so as to not draw too much suspicion from him.  The first was a recommendation to keep Comey on board, while the other was a justification to fire him.  Trump used the justification memo and fired Comey, putting Rosenstein in the middle of the shit sandwich.

 

Manafort

 

Stone

 

Butina & Erickson

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Inauguration

Cavalier Consulting. 1701 West 31st Street in Austin, TX. 78703.  $3,999,585 for ticketing services?  This smells like financial crimes.

Remember what I said a few days ago about round numbers in the real world? (Daily Check-In 02/04/2019). That applies here.  That number is $415 shy of 4 million.  And a lot of other purchases and expenses that come out to very round numbers.  Smells like money laundering.

 

Illegal Immigrants Working for Trump

 

 

THE ULTIMATE COCKFIGHT: BEZOS’S PECKER VS. DAVID PECKER

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is personally funding an investigation into how his texts ended up in the hands of the National Enquirer — and an associate of Roger Stone’s is now being questioned.

The Daily Beast reports that the investigation has questioned Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ mistress, Lauren Sanchez. Bezos’ personal security consultant, Gavin de Becker, confirmed as much on the record. Equally interesting, though, is that Sanchez is an associate of numerous individuals in President Trump’s orbit, including former advisers Roger Stone and Carter Page.

When reached for comment by The Daily Beast, Stone denied hacking Bezos’ phone, despite not actually being asked if he had done it. When this was pointed out to him, Stone replied, “You are busted. You are not a journalist. No one believes anything you write.” Stone had previously gone on InfoWars to claim he was about to be accused by The Daily Beast of hacking Bezos’ phone, which, again, the publication never suggested.

Investigators are leaning toward the belief that the leaking of Bezos’ texts to the Trump-friendly National Enquirer was politically motivated, the report says. Bezos owns The Washington Post and has been a frequent target of Trump’s, and de Becker says “strong leads point to political motives.” Documents reportedly show Sanchez discussing theEnquirer‘s reporting on Bezos’ affair with Stone and Page after it was published. But Sanchez himself has apparently insisted to investigators that the “deep state” was probably responsible for the leak. Naturally, they have “not taken that possibility seriously.” Brendan Morrow

 

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

Failure to Follow the Global Magnitsky Act

 

Physical

 

 

TRAITOR TOTS

Whitaker

 

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

VIRGINIA

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

Trail of Tears

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

KHASHOGGI & SAUDI ARABIA

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

Foreign Influence on the Internet

 

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

He still looks like an evil ass, but less cartoonish this way.

 

That’s it for the last few days.  It’s been pretty busy, and there are a lot of threads I’d like to follow up on.

For starters, who is Cavalier Consulting?

Did the Saudis use Pegasus to get the Bezos pics?

Why do I suck so much at time management when posting the weekend and Friday article?

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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