Daily Check-In 02/21/2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

The Mueller Report

Mueller’s mandate was a fact-finding mission. If he is indeed wrapping up soon, it’s because he has a clear idea of what happened in 2016. After the fact-finding is complete, the necessity of a Special Counsel almost goes away. Federal prosecutors can handle any future charges.

Which is why I emphasize again, Mueller finishing up his work is not synonymous with the Russia investigation ending. Quite the contrary.

A Democratic House ensured that matters that Mueller didn’t investigate (Russian money laundering into Trump properties, reportedly) will be run to ground by Congress.

This began with Trump firing Comey because the FBI was investigating Russia. It will end with local, state, federal and Congressional authorities picking up where Mueller leaves off.

 

Okay, I’ve been thinking about possible explanations for Mueller wrapping up and delivering a report as soon as next week. Here’s the most plausible take I have come up with… …and it’s more positive than negative. 1/

Mueller, as we know, is a Special Counsel not a Special Prosecutor. He was appointed as a specific result of Comey being fired and was effectively tasked with playing a role closer to a head of the FBI than a federal prosecutor. His role is primarily investigatory. 2/

We all see Mueller as more of a prosecutor than a head of the FBI though… even though his primary credential for the Special Counsel role post-Comey was his tenure as the Director of the FBI BEFORE Comey. When you view Mueller’s work through that lens it makes more sense. 3/

Mueller has been tasked with unraveling Russian election interference and any involvement by the Trump campaign. That is, overseeing the investigation right up to the point of potentially recommending charges and prosecutions… and then handing over the findings. 4/

That’s less toothless than it sounds. While it doesn’t feel like a route to justice, it is no different than how the FBI typically works. The FBI doesn’t prosecute per se. They unravel crimes and then engage prosecutors to seek indictments and pursue prosecutions. 5/

In a way, we’ve all been conditioned to see Mueller as a one-stop investigator/prosecutor. We’ve seen his work produce a long list of high-profile indictments and, naturally, played that forward to expect he’d drop indictments all the way to the Oval Office. 6/

However, if you look at those indictments through the above lens (Mueller as investigator not prosecutor) it seems clear he has primarily targeted valuable sources of further information. He hasn’t indicted any dead ends. He has targeted people with something to offer. 7/

It started with Flynn and Papadopoulos. Then Gates and Manafort. Then Cohen. Now Stone. He has targeted people with info and significant incentive to give it up. He has skipped people who will likely never roll over on Trump – like Junior. 8/

In other words, he has been pursuing indictments as INVESTIGATIVE TOOL first rather than as prosecution end points. Mueller’s explicit task was to unravel the full story of Russia’s election meddling and the Trump camp’s involvement. That’s what he has been doing. 9/

His task was never to oversee both the unraveling of the story AND the prosecutions of all identified law-breakers because again, he’s a proxy for Comey… not the Attoeney General. Which brings us to the news reports that he’s wrapping up his work and drafting a report… 10/

Following the above line of thinking, Mueller’s work would be completed when he felt he had satisfactorily completed the investigation. That is, when he had unraveled the story to the point of being able to lay it out in detail supported by evidence. 11/

If Mueller has reached the point of writing a report, it means he feels he has gathered all the evidence he needs to lay out the full Trump-Russia narrative. That is not only not a bad thing; it represents an inflection point that will be nerve-racking but likely positive. 12/

Mueller having a comprehensive story to tell is the tipping point. It’s the moment when we go from a slow drip-drip-drip of indictments to a firehose of information on the whole sordid affair. 13/

Before going further, let’s take one quick side trip to something Andrew McCabe revealed this week… In multiple interviews, McCabe explained that his primary focus in the days before Mueller joined was on Trump-proofing the evidence and investigations. 14/

Meaning, making it impossible for Trump or his allies to bury or destroy evidence or kill the investigation in one fell swoop. McCabe hasn’t explained what steps the FBI took but we can make an educated guess. 15/

The most logical way IMHO would be to both federate and matrix the work. Meaning: 1) Federate – distribute portions of the investigations to multiple teams in multiple places 2) Matrix – interlace the work across those teams so each was working as a leader and contributor 16/

By both distributing investigative work to multiple groups and having those multiple groups working collaboratively, investigations and evidence couldn’t be “disappeared” without essentially shutting down everyone and everything. Firing one person wouldn’t help… 17/

Bringing it back around to Mueller… Again, he was the former Director of the FBI. It is absolutely impossible to believe that McCabe didn’t both brief him on those safeguards and work with him to strengthen them over the past 21 months. 18/

A logical way to do that? Distribute the myriad cases resulting from Mueller’s work back down into the FBI. Federate and matrix. Doing so would eliminate the risk that justice could be thwarted by merely burying Mueller’s report. 19/

If Mueller’s report died in William Barr’s bottom drawer, Justice would die along with it. If each chargeable offense was independently being pushed forward by the FBI / DOJ prosecutors, Barr would have to thwart case after case after case one by one. Too public to stand. 20/

This is already too long, so I’ll wrap it up… If Mueller is truly writing his report, we can anxiously await its arrival with eagerness rather than dread. It will likely be comprehensive, damning and obstruction-proof. It isn’t an endpoint. It’s the turbo moment. 21/

Trump sees the Mueller report as the final chapter. A retrospective summary. A backward-looking document. Instead, it’ll likely be an analysis and roadmap. It’ll lay out the myriad cases against myriad actors… …and it’ll make clear those cases are already en route. 22/

Don’t lose sleep worrying about the Mueller investigation or report. The train can’t be stopped at this point. One big reason: it isn’t one train. It’s myriad trains on myriad tracks overseen by engineers far smarter than the orange-faced doofus in a conductor’s hat. 23/23

As I discussed a little yesterday Daily Check-In 02/20/2019, but it looks like we’re hearing more and more about how this report might be the real deal.  This will not be the end of the chaos, but will accelerate it.

 

Roger Stone’s Gag Order

Following the little stunt Roger pulled earlier this week (Daily Check-In 02/18/2019,Daily Check-In 02/19/2019), this is the best case scenario for him.  By all rights, he should be in jail.  Instead, he’s under a VERY strict gag order.  If he says shit about the case, Mueller, or anyone involved, he goes to jail.

I’ve got $20 that says he doesn’t last a week without doing something stupid.

 

McCabe

 

Saudi Arabia

Really?  In the middle of all of this, he’s having ANOTHER sit down with MBS?

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Inauguration

 

Cohen

This could get interesting.  The hearing is scheduled for next week.

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

Epstein

Finally some good news on the Epstein case.  The plea deal that let this serial pedophile rapist get away with his crimes was done illegally.  The victims and government will have 15 days to reach an agreement on the immunity deal.

There’s a good chance that at least part of this case gets reopened.  Especially if one of the new women was moved across state or international lines for sex.  That’s trafficking, and there’s currently no statute of limitations on that at the federal level.

 

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

This is from Florida, so the story gets even more screwed up.

The SWAT showed up to arrest the mayor of the town for performing black market medical procedures and surgeries out of his house.  One of his patients had to go to a hospital to fix the mayor’s mistakes.  He was a doctor, but hasn’t had a medical license since 1992.

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

RUMOR MILL

No, this isn’t the theory that Captain Picard is far superior to Captain Kirk.  This is the theory that in a criminal world, people will rise to fill a niche, if that niche is profitable enough and the risk/reward calculation is worth it.  It’s just like how a person might go about starting a small business to fill a market need, but with crime instead of something legal.

For example, let’s say John moves to a new town looking for some ass, but can’t find a hooker to save his life.  After thinking about it some, he decides that he’ll fix that by becoming a pimp.  He gets a few women to work for him while he provides protection, sets up client visits, and other things that prove the phrase “pimping ain’t easy.”  He could have done anything else in this town, but since there was a need for prostitution, he filled that void.  He may venture into other crime ventures in the future like selling drugs or selling mattresses with the tags ripped off, but for now he’ll stick to selling sex.  Since there is no legal alternative for selling sex in this market, John will continue to stay in business.

In this theory, organized crime arises to fill a void left by the market.   If people don’t have a legal alternative to acquire a good or service, they’ll resort to illegal methods.  Conversely, if there is no legal entity providing a service, the criminal organization will fill that void.

Need some real life examples?   Okay.  Remember the late 90’s and early 2000’s and the early days of the MP3?  Well, I’m old enough to remember.  In the pre-iTunes days, getting music on the internet was either a legal pain in the ass or illegal and easy.  No one figured out how to sell music without screwing things up.  Each label had their own way of selling music, and they all sucked.  They were either tied down with enough DRM to make the music nearly unusable, or the selection was terrible.  If you wanted any decent music, it was either buying a Compact Disc and ripping it, borrow it from a friend or the library, or go to Napster, Bearshare, or Limewire to download some sketchy files.  It wasn’t until iTunes came along and made purchasing music easier and better than stealing it.

During the collapse of the Soviet Union, things went to shit.  Businesses still needed their deliveries, but the cops weren’t getting paid and said Poshol nahuj, or Fuck off.  Products still needed to move and need protecting.  That’s where the mafia stepped up.  For a fee, they’d make sure that the trains ran and the food got delivered.  Over time, the Russian mafia would filter in to every aspect of Russian life, until the criminals and the government could no longer be separated.

 

 

That’s it for Thursday.  Almost time for the weekend.

Rachel Maddow had a great episode on the history of the decision making behind the OLC’s memo on whether or not a President can be indicted.  It’s definitely worth a look.  The main crux of the show, and the argument that I’ve made for a while, is that there is no clear and concise decision on whether a President can or cannot be indicted while in office.  I’m firmly in the indict camp since the decision is very flimsy.

A spoiler for Friday: Robert Kraft was busted for soliciting a prostitute in Florida.  He’s the owner of the New England Patriots.  I guess fucking the rest of the NFL for the past twenty years wasn’t enough for him.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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

Daily Check-In 02/19/2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Saudi Nuclear Deal

Several current and former Trump administration appointees promoted sales of nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia despite repeated objections from members of the National Security Council and other senior White House officials, according to a new report from congressional Democrats.

The officials who objected included White House lawyers and H.R. McMaster, then the chief of the National Security Council. They called for a halt in the nuclear sales discussions in 2017, citing potential conflicts of interest, national security risks and legal hurdles.

Yet the effort to promote nuclear sales persisted, led by retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who served briefly as President Trump’s national security adviser, and more recently by Energy Secretary Rick Perry. The possible nuclear power sale was discussed in the Oval Office as recently as last week.

Details about these internal White House battles are contained in a 24-page report released Tuesday morning by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The report is based on documents obtained by the committee and the account of unnamed whistleblowers inside the White House who said they were distressed at the continual effort to sell the power plants.

Committee Republicans said Tuesday they were not included in the drafting of the detailed report and had not received a copy until Monday night. They said they had not had a chance to fully assess it.

The report includes a wide range of allegations and suggests the involvement of a long list of high-profile people in Trump’s orbit.

Neither the White House nor individuals named in the report immediately responded to requests for comment Tuesday.

The Cummings report notes that one of the power plant manufacturers that could benefit from a nuclear deal, Westinghouse Electric, is a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, the company that provided financial relief to the family of Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser. Brookfield Asset Management took a 99-year lease on the family’s deeply indebted New York City property at 666 Fifth Avenue.

“Multiple whistleblowers came forward to warn about efforts inside the White House to rush the transfer of highly sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of the Atomic Energy Act and without review by Congress as required by law — efforts that may be ongoing to this day,” the report says.

The whistleblowers also “warned about a working environment inside the White House marked by chaos, dysfunction and backbiting. They noted that White House political appointees repeatedly ignored directives from top ethics advisers who repeatedly — but unsuccessfully — “ordered senior White House officials to halt their efforts.”

The Oversight Committee report, which focuses on the first three months of the Trump presidency, may have special relevance this week as Kushner begins a trip to the Middle East.

This is part of what’s being called the Grand Bargain Theory. Even though the primary focus of the investigation is Russia and their efforts to attack America, they weren’t alone. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the partners in this mess.

One thing to keep in mind with this conspiracy is that not everyone involved had the same goals. KSA wants to build their own nuclear weapons. Russia wants to get rid of sanctions and the Magnitsky Act. Israel wants to keep Iran out of power in the Middle East. The Billionaire Class wants to recolonize the Middle East. (Why else did Tom Barrack name his project company Colony?) Criminal organizations want to have a place to easily launder and spend their money, and China wants to be the big player in the world.

The Saudi Nuclear Plants are just a part of this. KSA gets the tech they want to strike Tehran, the Russians get a crapton of money through building the plants, Qatar makes money through Brookfield and Westinghouse, and the U.S. makes money by providing security for the plants, and people like Erik Prince make money hand over fist providing the mercenaries for the project.

This is big.  Like Andre the Giant riding an elephant big.  Not only did several whistleblowers come forward about this, and that it helps illuminate why Trump has been so friendly to MBS, but now we know that the House Oversight Committee has opened an investigation into this.

 

Flynn

Remember, Michael Flynn spent a long time working on the Saudi Nuke Deal.  He’d been involved in this plan since before he was working with Turkey.

 

McCabe

Okay, there’s a lot to unpack here, but the biggest piece of news coming out from this today is that while serving as Acting FBI Director after James Comey’s firing, Andrew McCabe briefed the Gang of 8 on Trump’s Counterintelligence Investigation.

The Gang of 8 are the Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, and the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Here’s who we know that were in the room:

  • Mitch McConnell
  • Paul Ryan
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Chuck Schumer
  • Devin Nunes
  • Adam Schiff
  • Richard Burr
  • Mark Warner

I’ve gone into extensive detail about McConnell, Ryan, and Nunes helping Trump pull off attacking the United States, and I’ve also talked about this meeting or a meeting like this before, but here’s confirmation that this meeting took place, the Republican leadership knew, and that all of their actions they’ve taken to attack the FBI are not based in fact.  All of the maneuvers and tricks the Republicans have pulled in the last two years have been to derail an investigation that they were briefed on during its infancy, so all of the cries about it being unfair or a witch hunt are not only bullshit, but known bullshit.

McCabe wanted to keep news of this from getting to Trump, but as soon as he saw Devin Nunes walk in, he knew that the chance of that was less than zero.  Nunes was Trump’s mole in the House, and did everything he could over the last two years to trip up and derail any investigation into Trump.

 

Roger Stone

That happened faster than I expected.  Roger has a court date on Thursday.  His best case scenario is a complete and total gag order from the judge without jail time.  I’m expecting him to have his bail revoked and be remanded to prison.

 

Rosenstein and Rosen

I hope to have more information on this over the next few days.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI developed a backup plan to protect evidence in its Russia investigation soon after the firing of FBI Director James Comey in the event that other senior officials were dismissed as well, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.

The plan was crafted in the chaotic days after Comey was fired, when the FBI began investigating whether President Donald Trump had obstructed justice and whether he might be, wittingly or not, in league with the Russians.

The goal was to ensure that the information collected under the investigations, which included probes of Trump associates and possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, would survive the firings or reassignments of top law enforcement officials. Those officials included special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed eight days after Trump fired Comey in May 2017.

“I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground and if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why they made that decision.”

It’ll be a long time before we find out the details of this plan, but I have a feeling this will be covered in history books of the future.  The Comey Firing and the days immediately following were the catalyst for the Special Counselor’s investigation, and everything that’s happened since.

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was unequivocal when he told lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee that he did not discuss any investigations with President Donald Trump.

“At no time has the White House asked for, nor have I provided, any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel [Robert Mueller’s] investigation or any other investigation,” Whitaker said while testifying about his oversight of the Justice Department earlier this month.

But a bombshell report from The New York Times published on Tuesday raises questions about whether Whitaker was entirely forthcoming when he denied having any conversations with the president about ongoing investigations into him.

According to The Times, as federal prosecutors in New York investigated Trump’s role in several hush-money payments during the 2016 campaign to women who say they had affairs with him, Trump called Whitaker in an effort to exert control over the probe.

During the call, Trump reportedly asked Whitaker whether Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, could be put in charge of the rapidly expanding investigation. Berman is an ally of Trump and has recused himself from the investigation because of his ties to the president.

It’s unclear what Whitaker did after the phone call, but there is no indication that he took any concrete steps to exert control over the investigation. But The Times reported that he did tell associates at the Justice Department that the Manhattan US attorney’s office needed “adult supervision.”

“Adult supervision”?  That’s rich, coming from Mr. Big Dick Toilet Scammer.  Also, nice way to lie to Congress.  Ask Roger Stone how well that worked out for him.

If someone asks for an example of Obstruction of Justice, tell them the tale of the President who tried to get his buddy to take over an investigation into his other buddy.  And if Trump was asking this of Whitaker, it’s a godddamned certainty that he did this with Sessions, too.  How many times did he ask Comey to make the the Flynn investigation “go away”?

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

Bernie Sanders

Fuck. Bernie. Sanders.  Need a reminder why? Trump vs. Bernie is a good place to start, but since then the Independent senator voted against the Global Magnitsky Act and enacting sanctions against Russia.  He also readily accepts money from the NRA, and his online presence is fueled by Russian bots.

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Tuesday.  Damn, that’s a lot of shit.  And it will keep accelerating over the next couple months.  Especially now that the Saudi Nuclear Deal is out in the public eye.

Like I said yesterday (Daily Check-In 02/18/2019) I think I’ll start working on the Grand Bargain page.  I should also update the Russian Hypothesis as well.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 02/18/2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

McCabe

 

Stone

The countdown to Stone getting sent to prison is on.  Judges don’t take kindly to death threats.

 

Cambridge Analytica

 

Rosenstein

We’ve talked about this before, and the timing of mid-March lines up with previous reports, but it also lines up with the rumors about part of the Mueller report being released, and Rod’s statement that he wouldn’t leave until it was released.

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION & EMERGENCIES

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

Republican Mark Harris initially appeared to have defeated Democrat Dan McCready by a razor-thin 905-vote margin on election night last November. That apparent victory was never certified, however, due to allegations that the GOP cobbled together their win through the use of absentee ballot fraud. At the center of those allegations is GOP campaign operative McCrae Dowless.

At a Monday evidentiary hearing conducted by the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE), a campaign worker employed by Dowless detailed several  aspects of the Republican campaign’s alleged efforts to steal the election for Harris in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The same woman also said that when the alleged scheme was discovered, Dowless instructed her to lie about their efforts.

Lisa Britt was the first witness to give testimony at the NCSBE hearing. In her opening statement, Britt admitted that she did not tell the truth to a local news station about unlawfully collecting absentee ballots in violation of state law. During this interview–which was conducted in Dowless’ kitchen–Britt said that she and others employed by Dowless did nothing illegal during the 2018 midterm election. During Monday’s hearing, Britt walked all of that back.

Britt began working for Dowless in June or July of 2018 and said that she was paid according to the number of people she registered for absentee ballot request forms–and when she picked up absentee ballots. For every 50 ballots requested or obtained, Dowless would pay Britt and others between $125-175, she said.

“I took the signed, sealed ballot,” Britt said during her testimony about one specific ballot entered into evidence. “That ballot was turned back in with the other ballots I had collected that day.”

Britt said that she and other members of the Dowless team collected several unsealed ballots and opened them to ascertain who voters had selected. When voters had left certain races blank, Britt said, she and others would fill those races in for the Republican candidate. Britt also said that she was instructed to make copies of all absentee ballot request forms and that she kept them in a folder. The original forms, she said, were given to Dowless. Additional copies were also allegedly made for Bladen County Improvement Association PAC’s Lola Wooten–who Britt says was in Dowless’ office at least once a week.

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Monday.  Tuesday’s got some interesting things happening.  I have another reason to not like Bernie Sanders, Roger Stone has a new court date, and the House Democrats release a report on the Saudi Nuclear Deals that Mike Flynn worked on.

Looks like I should really work on that Grand Bargain story to tie things together.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur