Daily Check-In 03/05/2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Schiff Hires a Mob Prosecutor

Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has hired a veteran prosecutor with experience fighting Russian organized crime to lead his investigation of the Trump Administration. Last month, according to a committee source, Daniel Goldman, who served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2007 to 2017, joined the committee’s staff as a senior adviser and the director of investigations.

Dan Goodman has extensive experience taking down the mob, and Adam Schiff thinks he’s the perfect man to investigate Donald Trump.

Think about that, for just a second.

The head of the House Intelligence Committee, who has access to tons of classified info and was forced to sit on the sideline for two years, hired a prosecutor who has experience in investigating and attacking organized crime from SDNY.  He didn’t go with a national security expert or an expert on tax law, he went with a mob buster.

For a long ass time, I’ve posted stories and tweets from Twitter personalities like Lincoln’s Bible and Greg Olear where they hammer home Trump’s long time mob connections, going back to Fred Trump and Fred’s daddy.  They were tied to the Genovese crime family since before Donald was born.  When the feds broke the backs of La Cosa Nostra back in the 90’s, the remnants of the five major families were sucked up by the Vor, or Russian Mafia.  That’s who has owned Trump for the better part of two decades.

Here’s an example that’s slid under the radar for a long time.  Roy Cohn.  Imagine if a gay Alan Dershowitz had the moral compass of Michael Cohen circa 2016 and the likability of pancreatic cancer.  That was Roy Cohn.  The only reason I bring up the gay part was that he spent the 50’s working with Joe McCarthy hunting down and persecuting gays by accusing them of being Communists during the Red Scare, yet he was a ‘confirmed bachelor’ who died of AIDS in the early 80’s when the vast majority of early AIDS patients were gay men.  I’m not religious, but if I were I’d rest easy with the knowledge that this scumbag was burning in Hell.

He was the shadiest of shady lawyers in the 1970’s, representing every major gangster in New York.  John Gotti, Carlos Gambino, Tony Salerno, Carmine Galante.  And Fred and Donald Trump.  Roy represented actual mob bosses, and Trump.  Hell, Trump viewed Roy as a mentor until his AIDS became better known.

Roy was eventually disbarred after being caught perjuring himself multiple times, tampering with evidence and threatening and/or bribing witnesses.  He eventually was disbarred.

He was the definition of a mob lawyer, and he worked for Trump.  And that’s why Goldman’s experience in going after the mob is needed for going after Trump.

 

Roger Stone

 

Manafort

 

Ty Cobb

 

Digital Ops

 

Kushner Criminal Referral

 

Security Clearances

The following is from a comment I made on Reddit:

A POTUS can recommend an exception to the normal security process be granted for an individual, but it also depends on the level of access.

There are three main security access levels at play.  Secret, Top Secret, and Sensitive/Compartmentalized or SCI.  I’ll go with SCIF for the last, since that’s the physical location where the information can be read.  Anyone going for a security access of any level has to submit to a background check.

Normally, anyone who can’t get past that, or thinks it’s too hard or too much of a hassle wouldn’t proceed.  If they pass the eval for Secret access, then they can go through the FBI check for Top Secret access and CIA for SCIF access.

A POTUS has the authority to grant a temporary access on a need-to-know basis to any level, and they can also declassify intelligence.  However, that temporary access usually only lasts for a short time.  For example, let’s say a diplomat had conversations with an espionage target.  They might be read in on this case to provide insight on the target, or become an asset to flip the spy.  They wouldn’t know anything about other projects, but they would have access for this mission.

The difference in the Kushner case is that Trump wants to give Kushner and Ivanka a SCIF access without a time limit.  The FBI said no way before their guy Kline pushed through the Top Secret access.  The CIA won’t approve the SCIF access because they know they’re dirtier than Pig Pen.

 

Fox News

 

 

CONGRESS

Judicial Committee

I said yesterday Daily Check-In 03/04/2019 that I’d have this list.  Okay, here we go…

  1. Rinat Akhmetshin, present at the June 9 meeting.
  2. American Media Inc., parent company of National Enquirer.
  3. Julian Assange, head of Wikileaks.
  4. Christopher Bancroft Burnham, member of Trump Transition Team. Named to a board position in a company owned by Oleg Deripaska the day after sanctions were lifted.
  5. Steve Bannon, former advisor to Trump and Campaign head.
  6. Tom Barrack, head of Trump Transition Team.
  7. Tom Bossert, KT McFarland’s former boss and first point of contact after talking to Mike Flynn.
  8. Matthew Calamari, long time Trump Org member.
  9. Cambridge Analytica, Big Data company that microtargeted political ads.
  10. Michael Caputo, Trump confidant and advisor.
  11. Michael Cohen, former RNC Deputy Fincance Chairman and long time personal attorney to Trump.
  12. Columbus Nova, A U.S. investment firm linked to a Russian company called Renova Group, which is owned by the oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.
  13. Concord Management and Consulting, Russian company paying for the Internet Research Agency (Troll farm).
  14. Mark Corallo, former Trump spokesman.
  15. Jerome Corsi, involved in the Roger Stone/Wikileaks/GRU debacle.
  16. Randy Credico, involved in the Roger Stone/Wikileaks/GRU debacle.
  17. Keith Davidson, original lawyer for Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal, and Shera Bechard.
  18. Sherri Dillon, former Trump attorney accused of making false statements to the Office of Government Ethics.
  19. Annie Donaldson, former Chief of Staff to White House counsel Don McGahn.
  20. Paul Erickson, boyfriend of Maria Butina and GOP operative.
  21. Tony Fabrizio, pollster who worked for Paul Manafort.
  22. FBI.
  23. Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor.
  24. Michael Flynn, Jr., member of Trump Campaign, Transition team, and Flynn Intel Group.
  25. Flynn Intel Group, company owned by Michael Flynn that worked with Turkish officials as unregistered foreign agents.
  26. Frontier Services Group, a company created and led by Blackwater founder Erik Prince.
  27. Alan Garten, Chief Legal Officer for Trump Organization.
  28. Rick Gates, Paul Manafort’s right hand man, Deputy Campaign Chairman, and Chief of Staff of Trump Inaugural Committee.  The longest serving of the Cooperating Witnesses.
  29. General Services Administration, the government entity that maintains all emails and similar stuff.
  30. Rob Goldstone, present at the June 9 meeting.
  31. J.D. Gordon, member of the Trump Foreign Policy Team.
  32. Rhona Graff, Trump’s secretary.
  33. Hope Hicks, former White House Communications Director and member of campaign.  Suggested the false statement to cover up the June 9 meeting.
  34. Dylan Howard, editor for the National Enquirer.
  35. Trump Inaugural Committee.
  36. Andrew Intrater, founder of Columbus Nova.
  37. Department of Justice.
  38. Brittany Kaiser, member of Cambridge Analytica’s team that worked for Trump.
  39. Irakly Kavelade, the U.S. representative of the Crocus Group, the company owned by Aras Agalarov.
  40. Jared Kushner.
  41. Kushner Companies.
  42. Corey Lewandowski, former Trump Campaign Chairman.
  43. Ronald Leiberman, Vice president of management and development at the Trump Organization.
  44. Ted Malloch, conservative writer in Britain who was used as a go-between for Stone/Trump and Wikileaks.  Also has unusual ties to Russia and Brexit.
  45. Jason Maloni, Manafort’s spokesman.
  46. Paul Manafort.
  47. K.T. McFarland, Michael Flynn’s right hand woman on the Transition Team.  Nominated for Ambassador to Singapore.
  48. Don McGahn, former Trump lawyer and White House Counsel.
  49. George Nader, former Trump advisor, worked closely with Erik Prince, and has myriad connections in the Middle East.
  50. National Rifle Assocation, lobbying organization and launderer of Russian money.
  51. Alexander Nix, former CEO of Cambridge Analytica.
  52. Sam Nunberg, involved in the Roger Stone/Wikileaks/GRU debacle.
  53. Carter Page, member of the Trump Foreign Policy Team.
  54. George Papadopoulos, member of the Trump Foreign Policy Team.
  55. Brad Parscale, head of Trump’s digital work in 2016.
  56. Stefan Passantino, former deputy White House counsel in charge of ethics.
  57. David Pecker, head of the National Enquirer.
  58. Reince Preibus, former head of Republican National Committee and White House Chief of Staff.
  59. Erik Prince, head of Xi (formerly Blackwater), backchannel between Trump and Russia, brother of Betsy DeVos, involved with health insurance company involved with the Alfa Bank/Trump Server situation.
  60. Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  61. Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, the ‘blind trust’ that should be running the Trump businesses.
  62. Anatoli Samochornov, translator that was present at the June 9 meeting.
  63. Felix Sater, owner of Bayrock, worked on Trump Tower Moscow project.
  64. SCL Limited Group, parent group of Cambridge Analytica.
  65. Jay Sekulow, Trump attorney.
  66. Jeff Sessions, former Attorney General.
  67. Estate of Peter Smith, the man who attempted to get Hilary Clinton’s emails from Russians on the dark web.
  68. Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary.
  69. Roger Stone, Ratfucker.
  70. John Szoboscan, partner of Peter Smith.
  71. Matt Tait, a former British spy who was among the first to connect Russia to material stolen from the DNC.
  72. Eric Trump, son of Donald Trump.
  73. The Trump Campaign.
  74. Donald Trump, Jr., son of Donald Trump, and the dumbest mother fucker in the history of dumb mother fuckers.
  75. Trump Foundation, their charity.
  76. Trump Organization, their businesses.
  77. Trump Transition Team.
  78. Viktor Vekselberg, Russian oligarch who owned Columbus Nova.
  79. Allen Weisselberg, Trump Org Chief Financial Officer.
  80. Julian David Whetland, Cambridge Analytica’s CEO until its dissolution and the chairman of SCL Group, the predecessor to Cambridge.
  81. White House.
  82. Wikileaks, front for Russian Intelligence.

Somehow I ended up with 82 names, but I’m not sure why.  For those of you that have followed this site for a long time, I’ve talked about almost every name on this list repeatedly.  It’s been a while for some of them, and a few of them confused me or didn’t jog my memory.

 

 

Oversight

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

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

 

Grades

 

Saudi Arabia

 

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

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

 

That’s it for Tuesday.  Damn, that’s a long list.  And it’s not even a complete list.  Ivanka’s not on it, Matthew Whitaker’s not on it, Sam Clovis isn’t on it, and several more.  Nadler says that this is the first wave, so they’ll probably get letters around the time the first wave of subpoenas come out for those refusing to cooperate.

Wednesday brings Cohen back to testify behind closed doors to the House Intel Committee.  His team brought three suitcases with them.  Could be interesting.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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