Daily Check-In 02/15/2019

Friday, February 15, 2019 and the weekend.  Remember when I tempted fate yesterday that I would like to take some time off (Daily Check-In 02/14/2019)?

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Manafort

1/Yes, Manafort may have lied to Mueller because he wanted a pardon from Trump. But let me amplify what I told about why he may have been scared of the Russian Mafia.

2/Manafort’s story in some ways resembles that of Eduard Nektalov who I write about in . Manafort had a place in Trump Tower, and Nektalov lived in Trump World Tower. Nektalov was being investigated by the Treasury Dept for money-laundering…

3/Manafort was also involved in money-laundering and, among other vehicles, used a company called Lucicle that was in the name of an associate of Russian crime boss Semion Mogilevich

4/But in May 2004, word got around that Nektalov was cooperating with the feds(just as Manafort seemed to be cooperating w Mueller), and look what happened…

5/ Manafort must have known about this. Yes, he wants a pardon from Trump, but he also knows there are worse fates than spending the rest of your life in prison.

Paul Manafort is Manafucked.  On Friday, the Special Counselor’s Office recommended a sentence on the higher end of the spectrum for his lifetime of being an unrepentant criminal.  That would place his sentence in the 19.5-24 year range, at least.  This is before his sentencing in March for his tax fraud trial, where he’s looking at another 10-20 years.  The big question coming out of there is where or not that sentence will be served concurrently or consecutively.

What’s the difference?  Concurrent sentences are served at once, where the prisoner is in jail for the time of the longest sentence.  Consecutive sentences are served one after the other.

Paul Manafort is 69 years old.  Even a ten year sentence makes his odds of living to the end pretty small.  A 20 year sentence means he’s 89 years old at the end of it.  Two maximum sentences served consecutively puts Paul Manafort at 113 years old when he gets out.

In other words, if he’s lucky, he dies of old age in federal prison.

“But wait,” I hear yelled from Social Media, “What about pardons?”  Manafort is more fucked that way.  I’ve talked about pardons before at GTKYG-Pardon Limitations, but the short version is that if he gets pardoned (won’t be surprised if Trump tries it) and if it gets upheld (highly doubt it), Manafort will be charged with state charges from Virginia, New York, Illinois, and California.

 

Roger Stone’s Gag Order

This is a partial gag order, so Roger Stone gets to talk on television and the internet, but not in front of the courthouse.  This almost seems like a setup, since everything he says can be used against him in court.

Also, Mueller responded to Stone’s request to not have his case linked to the Russian hackers.

 

Roger Stone’s Russian Communications

The reason they linked Roger Stone’s case to the Russian GRU hackers was because THEY FOUND HIS TEXTS, DM’S, AND EMAILS IN THEIR ACCOUNTS!!!  That’s like getting your hands on some dude’s phone and finding your girlfriends naked selfies on it.  Kind of hard for her to deny that she isn’t talking to that douche canoe.

So, let’s recap…

During the investigation, Mueller’s team found evidence of the GRU hacking the DNC and trying to get into Hilary Clinton’s emails.  The GRU used Gmail and Hotmail accounts to communicate with people and to set up fake Twitter accounts.  While searching through that evidence, Mueller’s team found communications with Julian Assange and Wikileaks, which was used to release the mails to the world.  Mueller also found email conversations with Roger Stone.  Seeing as Roger probably doesn’t have his own mail server hosted out of his home, Mueller subpoenaed either his ISP, mail hosting service, cloud service, and/or search engine history.

Notice I didn’t say computer in that list.  Even though they could have subpoenaed it, it wasn’t necessary.  I’m pretty sure I mentioned this before, but a little forgotten fact of our modern world is that no emails truly disappear, even from services like Signal or WhatsApp.  Someone has a version of it somewhere, and that someone is usually the mail hosting company, like Google or Apple.  When a mail is sent, copies are stored on each server it touches and every device involved.  If Roger sent a mail from his iPhone to a GRU officer in Russia using a Gmail account, here’s a short list of where that mail could be found.

  • Roger’s phone.
  • Roger’s laptop.
  • Roger’s iCloud account.
  • Roger’s ISP.
  • Apple’s server farm in North Carolina.
  • Apple’s servers in Europe.
  • Google’s servers in North America.
  • Google’s servers in Europe.
  • The GRU’s Android phone.
  • The GRU’s computer cache.
  • The GRU’s ISP.
  • The GRU’s local server.

That’s 12 places at least where the mail lives.  And Roger would only know about two of them being searched.  The Internet Service Provider, cloud companies, and hosting companies are under no obligation to notify their users about a search warrant being executed for their data.  In fact, depending on the type of warrant, they are prevented from notifying the users that their data was looked at by the United States government.

This is just emails.  Add in services like WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter, and the number of places a message exists grows and grows.

As far as apps that claim to delete messages once they’re read, that’s true, to a point.  If encryption is turned on between both devices AND they’re both set up to delete the messages immediately AND no backups are saved to the device AND no backups are saved to the cloud, then it would be next to impossible for law enforcement to read these messages.

Keep in mind, we’re talking about senior citizens and technology.  They probably had to ask their kids to get their computer on the internet because the “Blue E wasn’t working.”

There’s a dozen places that Robert Mueller could have found Roger Stone’s communications with the GRU.  The worst place for Roger was in the GRU’s own email accounts.  That’s exactly where they were found.

 

Welcome to SubpoenaAndInterviewLand, Population these folks…

Remember, we are always a couple months behind schedule when it comes to who is talking to Mueller and who’s been subpoenaed, but these are important for two reasons.

First, Walleye Sanders delivered the speech covering up Trump Jr.’s actions in the June 9 meeting back in July 2017.  She’s also covered up countless crimes and atrocities performed by this administration over the past year and a half as the Press Secretary.

Brittany Kaiser is the second person from Cambridge Analytica to be interviewed by Mueller’s team following Sam Patten.  Sam Patten pled guilty to FARA violations last summer. (2018 Retrospective). She was their business development manager, and was behind many of their moves coordinating with Facebook and the Trump Campaign.

Also, don’t be fooled by the claims that Cambridge Analytica has gone away.  They’ve reorganized as Emerdata.  Same shady shit, new name.

 

McCabe

Two cabinet officials back in May 2017 were on board with invoking the 25th Amendment.  My guess is Jim Mattis and John Kelly.  Mattis was SecDef and Kelly was SecDHS at the time.

 

Congress

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Inauguration

Ohh boy, New Jersey’s joining the fun.  Remember, state charges cannot be pardoned by the President.

Stormy

 

Maine

 

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION & FAKE EMERGENCIES

This seems like the kind of item I’d spend hours ranting about, and in any normal universe, I would.  These are the kinds of actions that lead to authoritarianism, and will if we don’t stop it.

I’m also certain that Tangerine Tojo will fuck this up in a way that has never been seen before in the multiverse.  He already said in his declaration that “I didn’t need to do this”, then spent the first days of this emergency playing golf.

This is his last desperate attempt to get his vanity project built and keep his mouth-breathing base by his side.  Instead of making bold moves on repairing this country’s infrastructure or ending the Opioid Crisis, he’s trying to get his wall built again.

By the way, it won’t cost $7 billion.  $70 billion, maybe, but nowhere near $7 billion.  And so far there’s been no location scouting, no preliminary work, no bids for contracts, nothing that shows even the slightest bit of progress.  And with less than 2 years left in this term, there’s no way it gets completed by January 2031, let alone January 2021.

 

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

 

Thin Skinned Pussy

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

AIPAC & OMAR

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

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

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

Smollett

Chicago (CNN)Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him that he reported late last month.

Smollett denies playing a role in his attack, according to a statement from his attorneys.

The men, who are brothers, were arrested Wednesday but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of “new evidence.”

The sources told CNN the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement.

Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.” He said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.

The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at a hardware store in Chicago.

Smollett’s attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, issued a statement to CNN Saturday night saying Smollett was angry about these latest developments.

“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” the statement read. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”

Smollett’s attorneys said they expect further updates from Chicago police on the investigation and will continue cooperating with authorities.

“At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to ‘unnamed’ sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels,” the statement read.

Smollett identifies as gay and since 2015 has played the gay character of Jamal on the Fox TV drama “Empire.”

As far as why I hadn’t reported on any possible hoaxes surrounding Jussie Smollet, there were no credible stories backing up the hoax story that I came across until late last week. All of the articles that I saw traced back to poorly sourced stories from RWM sites like Daily Caller or Freedom Wire.

This isn’t the first time that a hoax could have occurred, and it won’t be the last. If Jussie lied about this, he’s an asshole and caused a lot of potential problems.

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

Bill Weld

 

Tulsi Gabbard

 

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for the last few days.  These weekend posts get a little out of hand, but that’s what happens when I roll three days of stuff into one post.

There’s something I want to see.  I want to see reports of people in MAGA hats doing good things for once.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a report about a person wearing a MAGA hat helping old women across the street or pulling over to help someone broken down on the side of the road, or volunteering at Habitat for Humanity or at a soup kitchen.  In the nearly 3 years that this has been a thing, I’ve never once seen or heard a positive story about someone wearing a MAGA hat doing anything that Makes America Great.  I’ve definitely seen stories about people wearing those hats attacking people of color, attacking reporters, committing various crimes and spewing hate.

This is why the Red Hat is the new Klan hood, or SS uniform.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

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