Daily Check-In 03/06/2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Cohen’s Evidence

I’ll cover this more in the Cohen section.  The next part, too.

Pardon me, while I burst into flames

 

Security Clearances

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Well, this got interesting.

First, the hearing.  Cohen visited the House Intel Committee to drop off documents.  Him and his legal team walked in with 3 suitcases.  3.  2 carryons and a bag large enough to be checked at the airport.  That’s more luggage than my family took on our last vacation.  According to reports, one of the things he handed over was the hand written edits to his statement to Congress.  You know, the statement that got his ass thrown in jail.  The edits were made by Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow and Abbe Lowell.

Speaking of shady lawyers, we’re getting more on the dangling of pardons.  At some point, a conversation took place between Cohen’s early legal team that wasn’t his legal team and Trump’s legal team with Colludy Rudy.  The reason for the confusion is which liar do you want to believe?

According to Trump’s team, two lawyers that represented Cohen approached them and asked about Trump issuing a pardon for Cohen after his shit got raided.  Two of the three said no, but Rudy said “Ask again later.”

According to Cohen’s team, two lawyers that were not representing him approached Trump’s lawyers before the raid and asked about a pardon.  Two of the three said no, but Rudy said “Ask again later.”

The things the two stories have in common are that the two lawyers asked about a pardon, and Rudy said “Ask again later” while the others said no.  This is where the hair will be split.  And makes perfect sense.  Technically, they weren’t Cohen’s lawyers, so he wasn’t committing perjury when he testified that he didn’t ask for a pardon.  That would be like my wife asking my boss for the day off.

 

 

Undocumented Workers

 

CONGRESS

 

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

 

Grades

 

TRAITOR TOTS

Epstein

Proceedings begin in about 5 minutes.

julie k. brownVerified account @jkbjournalist

The Miami Herald, supported by 32 news organizations, including the NYT and Washington Post, will argue in federal court in NY on Wednesday to unseal Epstein documents. #PerversionofJusticehttps://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article226922729.html …

Service advisory: No live tweet, but I’ll give an update later.

Hearing’s over. The 2nd Circuit panel seemed quite inclined, without ruling, to unseal much of the record. “You can’t possibly be serious,” Judge Cabranes told an attorney for Maxwell, who wanted the entire record to remain sealed. Plus claims against Alan Dershowitz. More TK

Note: Those claims were the ones by Virginia Roberts Giuffre (previously reported). Dershowitz and Giuffre now want the records unsealed; only Maxwell opposes.

Another party in the mix: Mike @Cernovich, whom Giuffre’s attorney Paul Cassell described as a professional “slut-shamer” and Dershowitz “proxy” who acts as his “cat’s paw.” Cernovich also wants the documents released.

Story TK. Long story short: No ruling yet, nor probably much mystery about what the ruling will be. #Sunlight

One more thing for now: At an impromptu post-hearing press scrum, Dershowitz vehemently denied allegations that Epstein, via Maxwell, trafficked Giuffre to him.

The Miami Herald’s attorney summarized Dershowitz’s position, favoring unsealing, this way: “If you put the whole record out, his name is cleared. If you don’t, he’s smeared.” (Guiffre’s attorney Cassell denies this, but all now want docs out.)

“There is a presumption of openness with virtually every document.” – @MiamiHerald and @JKBJournalist‘s attorney, on Epstein trove. Without ruling, a three-judge panel seemed to agree. Some 167 files may see (redacted) sunlight. My story @CourthouseNews:

Note: The Second Circuit releases audio of all oral arguments on its website. Today’s hearing is not yet available, and my quick write-up gives just a flavor of the proceedings. Much more on this to come, after the ruling and sound file go live.

 

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

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…

What is some shitty fucking news?  I’ll take “Thing to Ruin Your Day” for $400, Alex.

 

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Wednesday.  I’m not sure how much I’ll get done this weekend.  We’ve got plans to do things, so I might take a couple days off.  Or at least take it easy.

Paul Manafort gets sentenced on Thursday.  I look forward to him dying in prison of old age.  I’d prefer he died a little quicker, maybe with a chemical shot in the arm at 12:01 AM, but old age will do.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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