Daily Check-In 10/20/2017

Finally. FFS. It’s Friday.

It’s Time. It’s TIME. IT’S TIME. FOR THE NEWS DUMP!

PAUL RYAN ROASTS DONALD TRUMP AT CHARITY EVENT

Speaker Paul Ryan was a guest of honor at the Al Smith charity dinner. Part of it is a comedy routine wear guests tell some jokes. Paul Ryan had more than a few jokes about Trump. Some of them were pretty funny.

BUT HE IS STILL LOSING FRIENDS

Several GOP congressmen have already announced their retirements from the House for next year.

They sense a bloodbath coming for them. Anyone attached to Trump is a target next year.

OBAMA CALLED OUT TRUMP AND HIS POLICIES

I covered this a little yesterday, but here’s another article on Obama speaking about Trump, saying how he’s putting America back 50 years.

BUSH 43 JOINS THE FRAY

Add W to this as well.

JOHN KELLY AND THE REPRESENTATIVE

This one isn’t just weird, it’s downright nuts.

Chief of Staff John Kelly is stuck trying to defend Trump’s Snafu with the soldiers killed in Niger. In doing so, Kelly picked a fight with Rep. Frederica Wilson, who was with Mrs. Johnson when Trump called her.

Kelly’s story was debunked in about 4 seconds, and Walleye Sanders said it’s not appropriate to criticize a 4 Star General. Then Trump called everyone liars, countering what he said.

Here’s a list of 4 Star Generals Trump has criticized. There is a tweet for everything.

The media is tearing Kelly a new one, but #TeamPatriot and others on Twitter is taking a different view on this.

They’re holding true to the idea that Kelly is doing whatever he has to do to keep Trump from doing something stupid. Ok, dangerously stupid which kills a lot of people. Kelly’s statement was carefully parsed out. It sounds bad, carries Trump’s talking points which keeps Trump happy, but doesn’t deny what Representative Wilson said.

Kelly is walking a fine line.

I’m withholding judgment, but I’ll give Louise and the crew the benefit of the doubt on this. They were right with Comey. McCain, and others.

NIGER BASED OFF OF BAD INTELLIGENCE

FBI INVESTIGATES NIGER ATTACKS

THE NIGER RESCUE CHOPPER CONTRACTOR

TRUMP FUCKING WITH THE ACA ENROLLMENT PERIOD

What a fucking surprise.

TRUMP MOB TIES WITH FAT TONY. NO, NOT THE CHARACTER FROM THE SIMPSONS

Supposedly, Fat Tony helped speed up construction of Trump Tower by keeping the unions in check.

WHITE HOUSE EXECUTIVE ORDER ALLOWS FOR QUICK RECALL OF VETERAN OFFICERS TO ACTIVE DUTY

Shit. This is bad. This basically says that at the discretion of SecDef, officers can be brought back to active duty immediately, and in unlimited numbers. This was previously capped at 25 officers per year.

AIR FORCE RECALLING 1,000 PILOTS

This is scary. Hopefully this is all the above EO is used for, and not a useless war.

HOW IN THE CRYSTAL PEPSI FLAVORED FUCK DOES IVANKA HAVE A SECURITY CLEARANCE?

Seriously. How Treason Barbie have a clearance?

JOE ARPAIO STILL GUILTILY

That’s what happens when a pardon is accepted. The conviction stays on the books.

HYPOCRISY METER IS BORKED. PERSONAL EMAIL USE IS OK NOW, PER TRUMP WHITE HOUSE

I … I … I can’t even.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS, FRIDAY EDITION

SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE MEETS WITH RUSSIANS PRESENT AT JUNE 9 MEETING

This was behind closed doors. Otherwise, I would have watched it on C-SPAN. Yes, I’m that big of a nerd.

JEFF SESSIONS IS NEGLIGENT ABOUT RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN NEXT YEARS ELECTION

He has nothing planned for 2018.

THERE ARE MULTIPLE TROLL FACTORIES

Tip of the large collection of frozen water floating in the ocean.

TWITTER GIVES CONGRESS BARELY INFORMATION AT ALL

Either they don’t know how much shit they’re in, or they don’t care.

PAPADOPOULOS TRIED SETTING UP MEETINGS WITH TRUMP AND RUSSIA AS EARLY AS MARCH

I’ve talked about this before, but with so many things, it slipped through the cracks. Members of the Trump campaign tried to work with the Russians at least as early as the Primaries.

@JACK RETWEETED RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA

Holy Fucking Shit, Twitter. Really?

POLAND FIGHTING BACK AGAINST RUSSIA

Poland is fighting against Russia in cyberspace. The Poles don’t like or trust the Russians. They are getting ready for something. They saw what happened in Crimea, and don’t want that to happen to them.

22 stories. In one day.

Jesus Fucking Tapdancing Christ.

That’s it for today. I’ll do something this weekend. Not sure what yet.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Thank you, and have a good one.

Daily Check-In 10/19/2017

Thursday. Arthur Dent put it best.

DISTRACTION DU JOUR – TRUMP TWEETS, TRUMP PROJECTS ABOUT STEELE DOSSIER. FBI GETTING CLOSE, TRUMP FEELS PRESSURE

I don’t like to talk about Trump’s tweets, because this is how he sets up his distractions and diversions.

Today, a little different. He attacked Comey, Clinton, Uranium, the Steele Dossier, and the news.

Why?

Could be that the FBI is hot on his heels?

I have three guesses. Either he’s projecting again based on his own guilt, someone asked him for comments on an upcoming story, or Fox & Friends talked about it.

POTUS 43, 44 BREAK RADIO SILENCE

This could be completely coincidental, but two former Presidents spoke publicly for the first time in a long time, and both had a similar message.

George W. Bush spoke about how we must reject bigotry and hate.

Barrack Obama gave the same message today.

It could be a complete coincidence, but then again, maybe not. Former Presidents receive the same level of Intelligence briefings that the received while in office. They know what happened.

In the last few days, several moderate republicans have spoken out against Trump. They’re setting the field, giving the go-ahead to abandon Orange Julius.

VOTER SUPPRESSION AND IT’S ROLE IN 2016

Mothers Jones has an article describing the effects and methods of voter suppression and how it affected the 2016 election. New Republic followed up with one of their own.

Voter suppression is one part of swinging an election. If entire communities can be prevented from voting, it is a direct attack on Democracy itself.

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA HAS A PROFILE ON EVERY VOTER

Combine this piece with the previous section. If suppression is used, it helps to know who and where to suppress.

WHY IS TRUMP INTERVIEWING US ATTORNEYS FOR NEW YORK CITY?

This is not normal. Not in the slightest. No President has ever interviewed individual attorneys for local jurisdictions. Especially jurisdictions where they live and work. Especially if they are under investigation.

This is a level of corruption we’re not used to in the United States. This is some tinpot dictator shit.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS, THURSDAY EDITION

CIA corrects statement of Director Pompeo

Oligarch with ties to Trump investigated in Monaco.

White House prevents Cybersecurity Czar from testifying.

U.S. Ambassador to United Nations says that a foreign power interfering in elections could be an Act of War.

NFL OWNERS: WE WOULDN’T LET TRUMP BUY AN NFL TEAM.

Donald Trump has a problem with the NFL. They prevented him from buying the Buffalo Bills in 2014.

Shad Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars had an even better takedown of Trump.

Trump has a very long and ugly history with the NFL. He tried buying part of the Giants in the early 80’s, then the Jets. When those efforts failed, he bought the New Jersey Generals of the USFL, a rival league that played in the spring.

He then proceeded to bully the other owners into playing in the fall, and sue the NFL for running a monopoly. His hope was that the NFL would settle, and let the USFL teams join the NFL.

Trump was such a monumental dick that when the jury found in his favor, instead of forcing the NFL to pay millions or billions, the jury awarded $1 to the USFL and Trump. One Fucking Dollar.

I was a fan of the USFL as a kid, and Donald Trump killed it. That’s when I started to hate him.

That’s it for today. I wonder how News Dump Friday will unfold.

Thank you, and have a good one.

Daily Check-In 10/18/2017

HSIOW. Holy Shit, It’s Only Wednesday.

THE KEEBLER NAZI GOES IN FRONT OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, mostly as a check up for how the DOJ is doing.

At least, that was the plan.

Several senators asked Jeff about Russia, Dreamers, Russia, Trump, Russia, and Mueller.

The most interesting parts of his testimony were his back and forth with Senator Al Franken, and Jeff’s attempt at being coy with answering the questions about Mueller.

MEANWHILE, IN THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE …

Corey Lewandowski testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He spent several hours in closed door testimony.

Corey was Trump’s first campaign manager, before he was fired for punching a reporter for Breitbart. He was then replaced by Paul Manafort.

When punching a reporter isn’t even the scummiest thing a campaign manager does, it’s a bad campaign.

ERIK PRINCE FEELS LEFT OUT OF THE INTERVIEW PARTY

Erik Prince hasn’t interviewed Mueller yet. Oh, and that back channel meeting in the Seychelles was a complete coincidence. Nothing shady there…

Said the man who tried to set himself up as a baron or governor of Afghanistan.

OUTRAGE DU JOUR – CONDOLENCES FOR A FALLEN SOLDIER

I don’t mean to belittle or demean the deaths of four Green Berets in Niger (pronounced KNEE Zhair), but Donald Trump knows how to use the media to distract from other problems.

That being said, Trump managed to screw up a condolence call to a grieving widow.

Trump didn’t even know his name. He said that “he knew what he signed up for.” He had SHS smear Obama and John Kelly to the press.

How do you fuck that up?

I’m not sure what’s more depressing, that he fucked this up, or that I’m amazed that he didn’t fuck it up worse.

By the way, the Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon is about a month away. I’m taking bets as to how he’ll fuck that up. My money is on at least two racial slurs and a Hilary Clinton joke.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS, WEDNESDAY EDITION

There were a few things today, and it’s getting late, so let’s go to the TREASON SPEED ROUND!

Judge tosses out Oleg Deripaska’s libel suit against the Associated Press.

@TEN_GOP was a Russian Troll account with over 200k followers.

Trump Team retweeted Russian propaganda week before election.

Trolls posed as a group offering to pay for black people to take self defense classes.

Facebook and Google are involved again.

More details about the IRA.

MAGNITSKY ACT SIGNED INTO LAW IN CANADA

That’s it for today. A little note on the Russian Active Measures Campaign. The IRA is just one front, one face of the operation. The FSB and Putin wouldn’t trust this large of a mission to one group. The IRA is just one player on the field. Like CozyBear and FancyBear, they’re just a player. Putin is the coach calling the plays.

But Putin is vulnerable. If the Oligarchs lose their money, or don’t feel that Putin will get their money back, they could organize and take him down.

On top of that, the Russians themselves are fed up. Their economy might as well be non-existent at this point. It’s less than half of California.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Thank you, and have a good one

Daily Check-In 10/17/2017

Tuesday. Never a dull moment.

NEWS OF INTERVIEWS COMES OUT.

The Senate wants Documents from Flynn Jr. And Chuck Johnson. And Carter Page. None of them are cooperating.

Matthew Tait. Interviewed by Mueller. He’s the British Security Expert recruited by Peter Smith to find and corroborate HRC’s emails from the dark web.

Know who else was interviewed by Mueller?

SHOUTY SPICE MUTHA FUCKA!!!!!!!! Sean Spicer interviewed Robert Mueller for several hours, and grilled him on his statements about Comey’s firing and Trump’s meeting with the Russians in the Oval Office.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS, TUESDAY EDITION

Several Russian stories broke today. Details about the Internet Research Agency came out today regarding their operations, including the fact that they had 100 paid protesters in the USA, and used groups like the Heart of Texas to coordinate their actions.

The Trolls report to Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as Putin’s Chef, Per CNN.

One of Putin’s rivals, an Oligarch that he kicked out of Russia, has gone on the record to say that Putin interfered in the American election last year.

The reporter who broke the Panama Papers story was murdered by a car bomb in Malta. The Russians lost a lot of money when that came to light.

Outbrain, one of the web’s largest advertisers is investigating whether or not the Russians used their ad platform to push propaganda that affected the election.

Here’s another Article about a memo from Natlalia Veselnitskaya.

VICE WATCHES THREE DAYS OF FOX & FRIENDS

Remember when I watched a morning of Fox & Friends? Well, This writer from Vice is much braver than I.

They came to the same conclusions. Fox News isn’t there to inform or educate, but to corrupt and infuriate.

They are propaganda.

FORBES PUBLISHED NEW RICHEST 400 LIST. TRUMP FALLS ALMOST 100 PLACES, LOST $600 MILLION FROM HIS FORTUNE.

I’m surprised he hasn’t lost his fragile little mind yet. One of the stories about Trump over the years was that he would call Forbes and bitch about how low they rated his fortune. How rich someone else said he is affects him so much, that he can’t help but attack them.

He was the only person to ever call and lobby for a better position on the list.

ALABAMA SENATE RACE NECK AND NECK

Well, this is different. Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are basically tied in polling right now.

If by some chance Doug Jones wins a Senate seat in Alabama, the deepest of the deep red south, expect shit to hit the fan.

BANNON COULD CAUSE THE DISASTER HE IS TRYING TO PREVENT

Vanity Fair has a good write up on how Steve Bannon is prepping for battle against the GOP in next year’s elections.

What the GOP fears is that Bannon will be successful in the Primary elections, but will lose to the Democrats in the general elections in 2018.

McCAIN AND TRUMP AT EACH OTHERS THROATS

Trump wants to pick a fight with John McCain. John was a POW who was tortured repeatedly, and has brain cancer. His give a fuck levels for Trump are about zero on a good day.

TOM MARINO OUT AS DRUG CZAR FOLLOWING 60 MINUTES REPORT

Trump’s pick for the head of the DEA withdrew his name following a report from 60 Minutes which showcased his championing a bill which prevented the DEA from going after drug companies for deaths caused during the ongoing opioid crisis.

I had a feeling that Tom Marino was a shady shit when he was the only member of the Foreign Relations Committee to have the same assignments as Dana Rohrbacher, and Marino was on Trump’s transition team.

MORE WOMEN COME OUT TO TALK ABOUT ASSAULTS IN HOLLYWOOD

Not necessarily related to Trump, but I’m inclined to include it. It feels like the floodgates are starting to open on this front, and will spill over.

The fallout of this has caused the value of The Weinstein Company to crater. Tom Barrack, a billionaire friend of Trump,is lining up to purchase TWC.

This will be interesting to watch.

That’s it for today. I’ve got a feeling from this point on, things are going to pick up. Late October and November will some truly historic stuff

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Thank you, and have a good one

Daily Check-In 10/16/2017

Another week in the storm.  Let’s see what happened this weekend and today.

 

PSYCHOLOGISTS MARCH AGAINST DONALD TRUMP

Well, this is new.  Over 100 psychologists and mental health professionals marched against Donald Trump in New York this past weekend, in an attempt to raise awareness about how wholly unfit he is.

I can’t say that I’m completely surprised by this.  I’m not surprised at all that psychologists are trying to speak about against Trump and his Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and how his NPD could literally kill billions of people, but I am surprised that they marched.  And they’re planning more across the country.

 

TRUMP CAMPAIGN PAID OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN LEGAL FEES FOR PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY

From the “No Surprise” files, here comes another report of other people paying Trump’s legal bills.  This time, it’s his slush fund he’s calling a reelection campaign.  Over $1 Million was paid out in the last quarterly filing for his and Donnie Jr.’s legal fees.

So, next time he holds a rally, all those people buying MAGA hats and shirts, they’re paying his legal bills.

So far, his reelection campaign, the Republican National Committee, and the Mercers have paid about $2 Million in legal fees for Donald Trump and his family since May.  That doesn’t include the legal fees of Mike Pence, Reince Preibus, Sean Spicer, or any of the other staffers or people involved.

 

BEWARE MIKE PENCE

I’m not sure who I’m more afraid of, Donald Trump or Mike Pence.  They’re both evil, megalomaniac dick tacos that are living out delusions of grandeur.  But while Donald Trump makes fun of his opponents, and even his friends, Mike Pence lies in wait.

Mike Pence was Paul Manafort’s pick for Vice President.  He is tied at the hip to dark money, and was complicit in all of Trump’s actions with Russia.

Plus, Mike Pence is a slimy politician.  A good one.

Don’t get me wrong, he’s a terrible person and an even worse pick to run this country.  In any normal time, having the President say that you’d “like to hang the gays” should provoke people marching the street.  Tonight, it doesn’t even get it’s own section.

He is skilled, capable, and quite possibly competent.  He has the same, if not a worse agenda for America, but he might be able to pull it off.

 

SECRETARY OF COMMERCE WILBUR ROSS LEFT OVER $2 BILLION IN ASSETS OFF OF DISCLOSURE FORM

What is it this Cabinet and blatant corruption?  Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross left over $2 Billion worth of assets off of his disclosure form when he joined the government.  That billion, with a B.

Did he just randomly forget a couple billion dollars?  No.  He didn’t include his 19% ownership stake in the Bank of Cyprus that he earned for being one of the top two people in the bank.

If you’re wondering why that sounds familiar, think back to Daily Check-In 10/13/2017 where I talked about Paul Manafort laundering $60 Million from Oleg Deripaska.  Half of that money came through the Bank of Cyprus on Wilbur’s watch.  That wasn’t the only time Russian Money suspiciously passed through his bank.

 

MEMO FROM JUNE 9 MEETING – NO MENTION OF ADOPTIONS, ONLY SANCTIONS

Natalia Vesilniskaya released a memo of her notes from the June 9th meeting in Trump Tower with Donnie Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort.  You know, the one that didn’t happen, then was about adoptions, then was about dirt on Hilary?

According to her notes, it was about sanctions and rescinding the Magnitsky Act.  This is the law that puts sanctions on individuals that violate human rights across the globe, originally targeting Putin and his allies, named for Bill Browder’s attorney, Sergei Magnitsky.  If the sanctions are lifted, the Russian Oligarchs will gain access to about $1 Trillion in frozen assets.  That Trillion with a T.  A thousand Billion.  $200 Billion of that is Putin’s.

So, the Russians meet with Trump’s team to get sanctions lifted.  That’s the Quid.  I wonder the Quo was?

 

RUSSIAN TROLLS WATCHED “HOUSE OF CARDS” AS RESEARCH TO UNDERSTAND AMERICAN POLITICS, NOW FOLLOWING ROY MOORE

If this whole saga felt like a reject script from House of Cards, maybe because the participants involved studied it in an attempt to understand American politics.

Speaking of Trolls, Judge Roy Moore, the new Republican nominee in the Alabama Senate race, saw his Twitter followers almost double, many of those new ones are Russian. Cyrillic names, Cyrillic alphabets, following a white guy in Alabama who wants to put his religion above the Constitution.

Those are bots.  Someone paid for them.  Bots aren’t free.

 

INSIDE THE ADULT DAY CARE CENTER

THAT’S THE ACTUAL NAME OF THE STORY! This isn’t some tabloid, this is the Washington Post, the measuring stick of journalism, talking about the inner workings of the White House.

Simply put, it’s like dealing with a toddler, or someone with dementia.

 

PUERTO RICO, DEAD SOLDIERS, AND SEXUAL ASSAULT

Puerto Rico is an unmitigated disaster right now.  It is the kind of logistical clusterfuck that will end with thousands sick, injured, or dead.  As the situation deteriorates, so will whatever support Trump has left from moderates.

The bodies of four American Green Berets were returned home this past weekend.  In a complete break with protocol over the last 20 years, instead of greeting the fallen soldiers when they arrived home, Donald Trump went golfing.  He hasn’t even called their families yet.

My final piece of the night is about some news that broke recently, and is old at the same time.  A couple weeks ago, stories came out about Harvey Weinstein’s lifetime of deplorable behavior.  To date, about 32 women, many of them actresses that are household names, have come forward to describe what he put them through.  Everything from verbal abuse, threats, groping, all the way up to rape.  And he was able to get away with it due to his position.

Sound familiar?

The difference in this story so far is that Harvey is getting punished, though slowly.

Well, Trump’s time might be coming due.

BuzzFeed and NBC News report that Summer Zervos, a woman Trump allegedly assaulted while she was on his TV show, has subpoenaed Trump and his campaign for documents relating to her and and all of the other women that accused Trump during the campaign.

From Reddit user u/wil_daven_, here’s that list…

The list:

  1. Ninni Laaksonen, former Miss Finland. “Trump stood right next to me and suddenly he squeezed my butt” in July 2006.

  2. Jessica Drake. Said Trump grabbed and kissed her without consent, then offered her 10K for sex in 2006.

  3. Karena Virginia. Says she was groped by Trump at the U.S. Open in 1998.

  4. Cathy Heller. Says Trump grabbed her and attempted to kiss her at Mar-a-lago in 1997.

  5. Summer Zervos. Apprentice contestant says Trump started kissing her and grabbing her breasts, began “thrusting his genitals.” 2007.

  6. Kristin Anderson. Said Trump reached under her skirt and grabbed her vagina through her underwear in the early 1990s.

  7. Jessica Leeds. Said Trump lifted up the armrest, grabbed her breasts and reached his hand up her skirt in the early 1980s.

  8. Rachel Crooks. Says she was assaulted by Trump in an elevator in Trump Tower in 2005.

  9. Mindy McGillivray. Says Trump groped her while she was attending a concert at Mar-a-lago in 2003.

  10. Natasha Stoynoff. Says Trump pushed her against a wall and jammed his tongue down her throat at Mar-a-lago in 2005.

  11. Jennifer Murphy. Apprentice contestant says Trump kissed her on the lips after a job interview in 2005.

  12. Cassandra Searles. Says Trump grabbed her ass and invited her to his hotel room in 2013.

  13. Temple Taggart McDowell. Former Miss Utah says Trump kissed her directly on the lips the first time she met him in 1997.

  14. Jill Harth. Says Trump repeatedly sexually harassed her and groped her underneath a table in 1993.

This does not include Jane Doe or Maria Doe.  These are the women that came forward during the campaign.  And three of them have the same lawyer.

Gloria Allred

Yes, the woman who took down Bill Cosby and Gay Marriage in California, one of the women suing Donald Trump for defamation of character.

Why defamation and not sexual assault?  Because the assault is past the statute of limitations, but the defamation took place last year.

Things are going to get weird on this front in the next couple weeks.  Many of the same people who ignored Trump’s assaults are already attacking the Democratic leadership for accepting money from Weinstein over the last several years, without the slightest sense of irony.

 

IN OTHER NEWS

TROLL CHUCK JOHNSON MAXES OUT DONATION TO DANA ROHRBACHER FOLLOWING ASSANGE MEETING

CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS COULD SECRETLY SUPPORT IMPEACHMENT

A LOOK INTO PETER SMITH, GOP ALLY WHO SEARCHED FOR HRC MAILS LAST YEAR, WHO DIED EARLIER THIS YEAR OF MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

JARED KUSHNER STILL SUCKS AT BUSINESS

BAD POLLING NUMBERS IN A GOOD TIME.

TAKE THE INTERCEPT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT

MEMBER OF TRUMP’S VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION BUSTED FOR CHILD PORN

 

That’s it for tonight.  I’m not sure where this week is headed, but stories about Trump hating everyone from Mitch McConnell to Mike Pence, Puerto Rico, the sexual assaults, and now projections about other people’s health make me think something is coming.  I don’t know what that is yet, but keep an eye out for some crazy stuff this week.  I know I will.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Thank you, and have a good one.

Obstruction of Justice

Welcome back to Crime Time, where I do my best to explain the various crimes involved in the Russian Investigation.

Today’s crime is a bit nebulous, a little vague as to what it covers, but has quite a bite.

Obstruction of Justice

QUICK OVERVIEW

Obstruction of justice is the impedance of an investigation, or other criminal matter, usually by someone who isn’t directly under investigation at the time.

In English, that means screwing with the cops, lawyers, or judges.

Obstruction of Justice is often tacked on to other charges like bribery, witness tampering, or destruction of evidence.

EXAMPLES

Let’s say Tony, a mafia boss, finds out that his lieutenant Mike is under investigation for running an illegal casino out of his house. If Mike gets busted, not only does Tony lose a revenue source, but he could get implicated as well.

Tony decides to call in a favor owed to him by a local politician. Tony gets the politician to get the District Attorney to not prosecute the case against Mike. Just to be on the safe side, Tony gets Mike to destroy some evidence that could implicate him, and also puts some pressure on a few witnesses.

Tony did quite a few illegal things, but they all fall under Obstruction of Justice.

PENALTIES

Depending on the jurisdiction, jail time and fines. If the person was in a position of public trust, they’ll get removed from that.

FAMOUS EXAMPLE

Richard M. Nixon. When he gave the go-ahead for his staff to cover up the Watergate break-in, Nixon committed Obstruction of Justice.

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH TRUMP?

On multiple occasions, Trump has attempted to kill the Russian Investigation. He has fired attorneys looking into it, he hired an Attorney General specifically to keep it from getting to him, and has tampered with witnesses and press statements regarding the investigation.

Oh, and he fired the Director of the FBI, gave a false reason for it on paper, then said he did it because of the “Russian thing”, and bragged about it the next day to the Russian Ambassador.

Daily Check-In 10/13/2017

Finally. FFS. It’s Friday.

It’s Time. It’s TIME. IT’S TIME. FOR THE NEWS DUMP!

What’s the News Dump? That’s when organizations and government entities release news at a time inconvenient for the news outlets to report, hoping it will go unnoticed. This White House is notorious for this.

So, I’ll try to wrap up the big stories today.

PAUL MANAFORT LAUNDERED $60 MILLION TO HIMSELF FROM OLEG DERIPASKA.

Yeah. 60 million. From Russia, through Cyprus, to a Delaware company owned by Manafort, named after his daughters.

That’s a lot of fucking money. It’s obscene. It’s so much money, it’s hard to wrap my mind around. This is beyond the pale.

10 million is a lot, but could make sense for one person with a special skill set. 20 million is the upper limit of “well, maybe he’s not up to some shady shit.”

60 million. That’s just too much.

FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF REINCE PREIBUS INTERVIEWS ROBERT MUELLER.

Rinse Penis met with Mueller’s team today.

Fucking autocorrect.

Reince Preibus met with Mueller’s team today. He was the head of the RNC during the election, and later served as the White House Chief of Staff. He was in the room where it happens. He has seen some shit, and knows some shit.

YAHOO! RELEASES STORY ON RT AMERICA TIES TO SPUTNIK IN MOSCOW.

Yeah, this complicates things for RT. By the way, the reporters that worked for them can register for FARA online.

ROGER STONE NAMES HIS INTERMEDIARY CONTACT WITH JULIAN ASSANGE.

The biggest rumored name isNigel Farage of Brexit infamy.

TWITTER SCRUBS RUSSIAN DATA FROM THEIR SYSTEM BEFORE INVESTIGATORS COMPLETE THEIR JOB.

Twitter’s selling point is that when they delete data, it’s gone. Kaput. Buh bye. It’s great for scrubbing history. And covering tracks.

This quote sums it up.

“Were Twitter a contractor for the FSB,” the Russian intelligence agency involved in the 2016 campaign to meddle in the U.S. election, Rid said, “they could not have built a more effective disinformation platform.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if Twitter’s wanton deletion of data is in violation of Sarbanes-Oxley.

Fun fact: SOX was created after the Enron scandal, which was prosecuted by Andrew Weissman and Robert Mueller.

BUT AT LEAST THE TURNED OVER THE 201 ACCOUNTS THEY FOUND.

I’ve seen more than 200 twitter bots in one thread. They aren’t trying hard.

MICHAEL FLYNN’S ASSISTANT SEARCHED THROUGH DARK WEB FOR HRC EMAILS.

This is at least the second third person connected to Flynn that went searching for these mails.

TRUMP SABOTAGES ACA BY CUTTING SUBSIDIES FOR POOR PEOPLE TO AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE.

Obama did it, Trump hates Obama. Kill what the black guy did.

AND THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, TOO.

See above.

TRUMP DOESN’T KNOW THAT HE IS PRESIDENT OF VIRGIN ISLANDS.

This ain’t even in the top fucking 5!

HE ALSO DOESN’T KNOW FLAG PROTOCOL, EVEN THOUGH HE WENT TO MILITARY SCHOOL.

This is the kind of shit that makes me want to drink.

AND HE HATES FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. FUCK HIM.

Fuck Trump. Calling myself and my work as the Press is a bit of a stretch, but the Press doesn’t exist to jerk off the powers that be. We exist to tell the story of what’s going on.

That quote I put in my signature? That means a lot.

MAYBE BECAUSE HE IS THE LOWEST RATED PRESIDENT IN MODERN HISTORY.

Some forms of cancer are more popular than Trump.

BUT HE HAS NO PROBLEM BEING THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT AN ANTI-LBGT CONFERENCE.

Remember when he said he loves the gays? Yeah.

Gotta keep the evangelicals happy. How else can they support the thrice-married serial sexual assaulter who has been accused of raping young teenage girls and paying for his mistresses abortions if he doesn’t persecute the gays?

DEATH TOLL IN PUERTO RICO NOW STANDS AT 49. AT LEAST.

It’s likely much, much higher. This doesn’t include most of the island.

HOW TO TARGET ADS ON FACEBOOK.

$42,000. That’s about how much it cost to sway Michigan.

TURKEY AND MONEY LAUNDERING.

Funny how the Turkish President demanded not only the release of someone with knowledge of their money laundering, but Preet Bhara, the lawyer who was investigating it.

FRENCH INVESTIGATING DANSKE BANK FOR MONEY LAUNDERING TIES RELATED TO THE MAGNITSKY ACT.

Expect to hear some rumblings against the French from Russia.

POLAND WARDS OFF RUSSIAN CYBERATTACK.

Holy Fucking Shit. Poland was attacked by Russia, and this isn’t even in the top 10 stories of the day?

Fuck.

THAT IS JUST ONE FUCKING DAY! 19 stories in one day. Normally, I’ll cover 6 and mention a couple others. This is what we get on a News Dump Friday!

By the way, I’m writing this before watching Rachel Maddow. She’ll have another 32 stories by 9:22.

UPDATE: An update on the Cuban Sonic Attack, Rohrbacher and Chuck Johnson meet with Paul Rand to talk about Julian Assange, and a Fucking Hurricane heading to Ireland?

Jesus Fucking Tapdancing Christ.

That’s it for today. I’ll do something this weekend. Not sure what yet.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Thank you, and have a good one.