Daily Check-In 02/20/2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Let’s all remain calm and see where this goes.  I’m not sure what’s going on here and the sourcing is a little suspect on this story, but the timing does line up with what we’ve heard over the last several months.  We’ll have to see what happens in the next few weeks.

One thing to keep in mind with the Mueller Investigation is that this is an investigation, not a prosecution.  Ken Starr’s multiyear vendetta against Bill Clinton was a prosecution.

Another thing to keep in mind is the pace of the report getting released. Mueller’s team has been working this case for 21 months.  They’ve had a long time to pull this together and perfect it.  The question becomes how long until it goes from the Department of Justice to Congress, and then from Congress to the public?  How long until we see unclassified report?  Will the new Attorney General William Barr do anything to slow that down or obstruct it?

 

 

Keep this in mind when Trump talks about Venezuela.

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

 

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

Mark Harris’ fight for his hotly contested U.S. House seat may have just been undone by his own son.

On Wednesday afternoon, John Harris was called to testify before the North Carolina state elections board for what was the third day of hearings into the claims of election fraud coming from the Ninth Congressional District. The younger Harris, the assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, told the board that he informed his parents as early as 2016 that his father’s campaign may have been engaged with a group using unsavory and illegal electoral practices. Mark Harris did not respond to Splinter’s request for comment.

After beating sitting U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger in last year’s May primary, Harris, a Republican and a controversial pastor, appeared to narrowly defeat Democrat Dan McCready in the November general election when all of the ballots were tallied. That was before the validity of the election victory slowly unraveled, and local reporters revealed that political consultant Leslie McCrae Dowless and the firm he contracted for, Red Dome Group, almost certainly committed widespread election fraud by collecting absentee ballots en masse and stuffing the box. The testimony and emails provided by John on Wednesday contradict Mark’s prior claims of total ignorance, and confirm a December report from the Washington Post alleging that Mark was alerted to Dowless’ tactics as early as 2016.

Following a ten minute break, John returned to testify that his father and Dowless spoke regularly; he added that after John raised the issue of the Red Dome Group’s methods, Mark never mentioned him again in their talks. John told lawyers that he believed Dowless was lying to his parents and that he wrongly assumed his father’s campaign was closely monitoring Red Dome Group’s actions. As the 2018 election passed and the results were heavily scrutinized, John said that he slowly whittled down contact with his parents for legal purposes. According to John, he didn’t alert them that he would be appearing at the hearing on Wednesday.

Testifying against your parents—even when it’s becoming clearer and clearer that they maybe, probably at least knew about sloppily committed election fraud—has got to be tough as hell. But given the receipts, it’s hard to deny that John did just about everything in his power to help Mark out. Maybe next time his dad will listen to reason and…not employ someone committing blatant election fraud.

 

THINKING AHEAD

Deza Campaign

 

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Wednesday.  I’m running low on time, so I’m wrapping things up here.

I’m not sure what to make of the reports of the Mueller Investigation ‘wrapping up.’  There’s still a lot to do, like their Supreme Court case against Company A, but there’s also a lot they’ve done behind the scenes.  After the report comes out, things will now be in the hands of the courts, law enforcement, and Congress.

Something else to keep in mind is the timing of things.  Trump and Pence are both out of the country next week at the same time.  The tin-foil hat part of me thinks they’ll try to make a run for it, but that’s pretty absurd.

Then again, we have a failed Reality TV host with a long criminal past as President.  Nothing is too absurd anymore.  We live in the timeline of weaponized craziness.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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