Daily Check-In 03/28/2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Barr Summary and Mueller Report

At least 300 pages.  The Barr Summary was 3 pages and a cover, yet didn’t contain a complete quoted sentence.  Plus, he’s sending it over to the White House first for them to redact and edit before it gets to Congress?

The Fix is in.  If there’s one thing I’m confident of in this mess, someone from the White House will leak the report almost immediately. They’ll do so with Whistleblower protections, too.

 

 

Butina

 

Kushner

 

The Beat Goes On…

 

Saudi Arabia

 

CONGRESS

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

CULT 45

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

PUERTO RICO

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN, & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

Australia

 

NRA Attacking Parkland Students

 

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

737

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Thursday.  This update is pretty short and light on extra content.  I’m still trying to get back in the swing of things.  This past week has left me exhausted and dejected.  I need some time off from everything, but I can’t get it.  Every time I go to relax or unwind for a few minutes, another person has questions that only I can answer.  I’m ready to take a nap right here at the keyboard, but that would be a bad idea.

I’ll try to rest a little this weekend.  Highly unlikely, but I’ll try.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

The Last Few Days – 03/27/2019

March 22 to March 27, 2019.  My last post before this was Daily Check-In 03/22/2019 right after news broke that Mueller submitted his report to the Department of Justice.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Barr Submits His Summary

Welcome to the crazy spin and deflection part of the investigation.  William Barr, Attorney General for Trump, released a summary that Mueller didn’t find evidence of collusion with Russia, nor did he find enough evidence for an obstruction of justice indictment.

So yeah, the fix is in.

Barr’s summary, which was less than four pages, contains no quotes from Mueller’s report longer than a sentence fragment, has minimal sourcing, and is designed to obfuscate and distract.  It defines collusion so narrowly that only direct and knowing coordination between the Trump Campaign officials that were members of the campaign at the time and direct members of the Russian government, the Internet Research Agency, or the GRU count.  This would not include Roger Stone, who talked with Wikileaks and the GRU since he was not an official member of the campaign at the time.  This doesn’t include Erik Prince or George Nader’s work since they weren’t members of the campaign at the time.  This doesn’t include Paul Manafort or Rick Gates working with Konstantin Kilimnik, since “Kostya from the GRU” isn’t an active member of the GRU.  Their work with Oleg Deripaska doesn’t fit this definition since he isn’t a member of the Russian Government.

So, actions that meet the legal definition of a criminal conspiracy don’t fit for Barr’s definition of collusion.

As far as obstruction goes, Mueller left that to Barr to choose whether to charge Trump.  Barr, who has gone on the record many times saying that a President cannot obstruct justice, did not elect to charge Trump.

Any idea that William Barr is not a bad actor went flying out the window with the appearance of the rule of law.

 

Tweets and stories from before the summary was released

Narrator: We’re still stuck in bad-takesville.

 

Shock and Confusion

 

The Cover-Up

Remember the names of those blocking the release of the report.

 

Congressional Reactions

 

We Want To See The Report

 

Reactions from the Rumor Mill and Beyond

Check the Rumor Mill for the full text of this thread.

 

The Beat Goes On…

We still haven’t seen the report, but it’s important to remember that there is a ton of other work going on.  Including the grand jury investigating Russia, multiple states investigating the Inaugural Committee, 4 or 5 Congressional investigations, and enough work in the state of New York to drown Trump and his family for decades.

 

Supreme Court

 

CONGRESS

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

CULT 45

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

PUERTO RICO

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN, & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Epstein

 

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

BREXIT

 

#NEVERAGAIN

Parkland

 

NRA Australia Interference

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

737

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Avenatti Charged

 

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

I’m not gonna lie: with the possible exception of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, yesterday was the worst I’ve felt since Election Day 2016. I barely slept, tossing & turning & doubting my own sanity. Which is EXACTLY what these traitors want. Some thoughts: [THREAD]

1/ Obvious: Barr’s summary is NOT the full report. People much smarter than me pointed out all the strange things about it:

Greg Olear added,

2 Ari Melber notes there is not a single full sentence quote from Mueller. Neal Katyal tore it to pieces on MSNBC. Barb McQuade said “I’ve never seen anything like this before”. Unbelievably, Mueller was not even consulted about the letter. …

2/ The likeliest explanation is that Barr is a bad actor. I mean, he DID write that asinine attack on the OSC, which prompted Trump to hire him. Maybe he really does feel that way. At best, Barr was a very conservative establishment Republican. At worst? He’s a traitor.

3/ Barr’s absolution does not change the facts on the ground. Trump & his minions REALLY DID meet with Russians—many, many, many times—during 2016. If those meetings don’t constitute coordination/conspiracy/collusion, then what do those words even mean?

4/ At the time, Steve Bannon said they couldn’t collude with the GOP in Pennsylvania, let alone the Kremlin. So: Trump’s excuse for all the Russia meetings is that he’s a stupid, disorganized, ineffectual dipshit. If that’s the case, this is almost worse than him colluding.

5/ But let’s look at what Barr asks us to believe…and Mueller, too, if Barr’s summary winds up being delivered in good faith. [Note: there were reports last week of a squabble between Barr & Mueller…now we can guess why].

6/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Trump hired Paul Manafort, well known to him as a Russian mob actor, to run his campaign.

7/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Dimitri Simes, a top FSB agent, recruited Jared Kushner and organized the Mayflower Hotel event of 27 April 2016, so Candidate Trump could meet Sergei Kislyak in person.

8/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Maria Butina, a Russian spy, infiltrated the NRA’s leadership and slept her way through lower-rung GOP.

9/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Junior, Jared & Manafort met at Trump Tower with two Russian agents and a money laundering expert to discuss “adoptions.” (Bonus: IT WASN’T OBSTRUCTION when Junior and Trump both lied about it).

10/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Carter Page, one of Trump’s foreign policy advisers, spoke at the New Economic School in Moscow, meeting with the Russian Deputy Prime Minister (!) and the CEO of Rosneft (!!).

11/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chair, shared US polling data with a Russian spy.

12/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Kislyak met with Jeff Sessions, JD Gordon, and Carter Page at the RNC in Cleveland—or when they changed the language in the Republican platform, at Trump’s request, to align the GOP position on Ukraine w/Putin’s own position.

13/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Michael Cohen went to “Prague” (or someplace near there) to pay off Russian hackers.

14/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Jeff Sessions, the first Senator to endorse Trump, met with Kislyak in his Senate offices. IT WASN’T OBSTRUCTION when Sessions lied about this meeting to Congress.

15/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Kushner and Mike Flynn snuck Kislyak into Trump Tower for a secret meeting, and IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Kush suggested having a backchannel through the Russian embassy, so Trump & Putin could communicate privately.

16/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when a big-wig at a Qatari shell company met with Trump, Flynn, and Cohen at Trump Tower, in the wake of the Rosneft deal mentioned in the Steele dossier. (Qatar helped facilitate the deal w/the Russian company).

17/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Kushner met Sergei Gorkov, VEB president, at Newark Airport in December 2016, even though VEB was on the sanctions list. IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Gorkov left the meeting and flew directly to Putin to report back.

18/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Erik Prince and Elliott Broidy, shadow reps of Trump, met with a Russian wealth fund manager in the Seychelles.

19/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Cohen and Felix Sater met with a Putin agent at the Loews Regency in NYC in January 2017 to negotiate the lifting of sanctions.

20/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION OR OBSTRUCTION when Trump met with Kislyak and Sergei Lavrov, the chief FSB spy in the US, in the Oval Office the day after he fired James Comey for Russia-related reasons—and at Kushner’s urging.

21/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Roger Stone coordinated with WikiLeaks, a Russian intelligence cut-out, to help Trump in the election. Junior and Senior Trump extolling WikiLeaks was also not coordination.

22/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when the Trump campaign worked with Cambridge Analytica (#CamAnal) to sabotage the election. Or when Trump ordered Bannon to bring Brittany Kaiser from Cambridge Analytica to the US immediately (h/t @TomJChicago).

23/ IT WASN’T COORDINATION when Trump went on TV and begged Russia to hack HRC’s emails.

24/ The obstruction examples are even MORE egregious, and I won’t bother with them here.

25/ Any document, whether authored by Barr, Mueller, or the reincarnated spirit of Otto von Bismarck, can’t JUST tell us there wasn’t coordination. It MUST explain why ALL of these examples listed here ARE NOT coordination. If it can’t, it’s just Vichy PR.

26/ The bad guys are going to gloat today. It’s going to be awful. It’s going to make you want to vomit. Try not to take it in. Try to ignore it.

This is NOT over, no way, no how. The traitors WILL pay for their crimes. SDNY, EDVA and the NY AG are ready to roll. OSC still has Stone, Gates, Flynn to handle. Justice deferred is still justice. WE SHALL PREVAIL. [END]

 

That’s it for the last few days.  More like the past week.  Like I said in my last post, I’ve got my hands full dealing with some family issues.  I hope to get back to a somewhat regular schedule soon, but we’ll have to see how things go.  My father had a massive stroke at some point last week.  I don’t want to go into too many details now, but there’s a lot that I have to deal with.  My brother and I have to take over his finances and care, but he sure as shit didn’t set himself up for success.  I would like to thank everyone that has reached out and offered to help.  Where and whenever possible, I’ll take it.

As much as I’d like to promise to get back to daily updates, I can’t.  Not only do I not promise anything, I also know that there’s so much on my plate now that I have to take some time off here and there to get caught up with those issues.  For example, I now have to take care of his budget while handling mine, and I have to do it while keeping all funds separate.  I don’t want to accidentally pay one of his bills from my account then get put on the hook for it.

It also makes me realize how much I need to do and set up for my family.  If something happens to me, I need to make sure they’re taken care of.  Nothing is promised to us but the here and now.  Tomorrow is just a promise that will one day be broken.

I’m not sure what’s going to happen on any front.  I feel like I’ve missed the last big game with an injury.  I know I could have and should be on the line fighting this battle, but I just can’t stay focused for too long.  It probably also doesn’t help that in the last week I’ve had maybe 4 hours of downtime combined.  I’ve also spent a lot of time on a new subreddit, /r/raisedbynarcissists.  It’s helping me cope with a lot fo stuff I’ve gone through and am going through right now.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 03/22/2019

Friday, March 22, 2019 and the early part of Saturday.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Mueller Report Submitted

Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins:

I write to notify you pursuant to 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3) that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters. In addition to this notification, the Special Counsel regulations require that I provide you with “a description and explanation of instances (if any) in which the Attorney General” or acting Attorney General “concluded that a proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued.” 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3). There were no such instances during the Special Counsel’s investigation.

The Special Counsel has submitted to me today a “confidential report explaining the prosecution or delineation decisions” he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. 600.8(c). I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.

Separately, I intend to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law, including the Special Counsel regulations, and the Department’s long-standing practices and policies. I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review.

Finally, the Special Counsel regulations provide that “the Attorney General may determine that public release of” this notification “would be in the public interest.” I have so determined, and I will disclose this letter to the public after delivering it to you.

Sincerely,

William P. Barr

Attorney General

 

The Mueller Report has been delivered.  That is all we know with certainty.  Everything else is either speculation, disinformation (deza), or a mix of the two.  That especially includes the self-congratulatory reports that Mueller did not find evidence of collusion or will not bring any more charges.  Like I mentioned yesterday (Daily Check-In 03/21/2019), Mueller’s team doesn’t say shit.  I saw a lot of trolls coming out of the woodwork celebrating this like they just won the lottery.  The exact same thing happened with the Nunes Memo, the House Report, and every other piece that was ripped to pieces.  Hell, it was the same people that are celebrating now that did it then.  At this point, they’ve moved the goalposts so far back that anything that doesn’t include a perp walk out of the Oval Office as a victory.

By the way, that unnamed source close to the investigation that was the primary source for the stories saying that there would be no more indictments came from Trump’s team.  Probably Rudy Giuliani himself.

Mueller’s Report will likely contain his actions, his findings, why he did what he did and didn’t do what he didn’t do, why he charged who he charged and why he didn’t charge who he didn’t charge.  This is where the spin will come in.  I fully expect Team Trump to celebrate things like “We didn’t prosecute Person X” while ignoring the second half of the sentence “because we referred their multiple investigations to other jurisdictions.”  If you want to know where those jurisdictions are, look at The Justice League and see where those attorneys came from.  Many of them have returned to their home offices, like Zainab Ahmed to the Eastern District of New York.  Odds are those attorneys are waiting for the signal to push forward on their cases.

The big question is what happens now?  Well, we wait.  We wait until Barr sends his report to Congress.  If his report doesn’t include the full report, expect the House Intel and House Judiciary committees to subpoena the report and Robert Mueller to testify.  If it does include a copy of the report, will it be redacted or not?  If so, who will see the unreacted copy?

According to rumors I’m hearing on Saturday afternoon, Barr is working with Rosenstein and Mueller today and could have something submitted tonight.  This, along with what I have to say in the Coda is why I’m publishing this on a Saturday.

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

CULT 45

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

BOEING

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Friday.  Well, mostly.  This timeline is kicking me in the teeth right now.  I don’t want to go into too many details, but yesterday we discovered my dad had a stroke earlier this week.  I’ll go into more details down the road, but the most “but wait, there’s more” moment of the whole thing is while I’m at the ER giving them information on his health history, I get the notification that the Mueller Report was submitted.

Are you fucking kidding me?

I make jokes about bad timing all the time, but this might actually be the most Fuck You case of bad timing I’ve ever had.  I’d like to say I’m surprised, but I’d be lying.

Needless to say, things will be nuts for the foreseeable future.  I’ll update when I can, but I’m being pulled in about 90 different directions.  I’ll make time when I can, and I’m still in the fight.  I just have to take care of getting an elderly stroke victim to stop screaming obscenities at his nurses.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

Daily Check-In 03/21/2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court will meet behind closed doors on Friday to discuss whether to add cases to the court’s docket next term, including one petition brought by a mystery company related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

If the court denies the case, it will represent the last stop for a company that has been fighting a subpoena issued last year by a federal grand jury in Washington, DC.

For months now, the case has been one of the most closely watched and guarded secrets among Mueller’s work. The company, that calls itself a wholly owned agency of an unnamed foreign state, fought the subpoena arguing it was immune under a federal law called the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act that limits such prosecutorial action.
It also said that complying with the request for documents would violate the country’s own laws.
Looks like we might find out by next week whether this case will keep going, or if it will drastically change.  I still say that it’s the Qatari Investment Authority, or someone very closely associated with them like Glenncore.

This is interesting.  If this sounds familiar, it is.  And not just because of the cries about Hilary’s Buttery Males.  And this combines sloppiness, purposely avoiding public scrutiny, and a blatant cover-up.

Several White House staffers in the Trump Administration, including Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon, used encrypted communications like WhatsApp to discuss the Mideast Marshall Plan.  (I’m working on that piece of the puzzle, but it’s still just a draft.)  This is important for several reasons.

First, this shows an active cover-up to keep their discussions out of official channels.  If this wasn’t a big deal, why not use their official government mail?  Why not use some other chat program that doesn’t use encryption?  Why not just text each other?  The only reason to go this far out of view to have a conversation is because they know it’s not good.

Next, this destroys any and all arguments they made for why Jared should have a security clearance.  If he’s doing this, it’s because he knows what he’s doing is wrong.  If that’s the case, then he can’t be trusted with secrets.

Finally, it also shows that they not as smart as they think they are.  We’ve seen reports for quite a while that WhatsApp was pwned by Intel groups a long time ago.  But even with that, it takes a special kind of stupid to assume that these conversations are secure.

Why?  Because old people can’t tech.

Like I’ve described with emails before, messages in WhatsApp, Signal, and those other encrypted apps exist in multiple places at once.  They’re on the phone, on a computer backup, on a cloud backup, in the browser cache if they use the website.  They’re on backup drives and servers across the world.  And this is duplicated for each and every person in the conversation.  The only way that the encrypted messages stay secret is if everyone involved has it set up properly.  That means no backing up to the cloud, not keeping the conversations on the phone, no screenshots or pics, no backing up locally before deleting, and other security steps.  All it takes is ONE person to save these conversations to the cloud for them to lose their security.

Considering the content of the conversations, this is gonna get ugly real fucking quick.

 

Like has been discussed from yesterday (Daily Check-In 03/20/2019) all the way back to who the fuck knows now, we’re hearing a lot about the Mueller Report coming out ANY DAY NOW.

Don’t buy it until it’s delivered.

Don’t buy the hype or the burying.  Don’t buy into the promises of indictments or people being cleared until it happens.

The minute it does come out, I’ll post it here.  Until then, just sit back, relax, go to the Winchester, and just hang out until it all blows over.  I have a feeling that the craziness will ramp up to 11 when it drops.

 

Yep.  How else can this timeline be described than this?  A rub & tug leads to laundering foreign money to the President in less degrees of separation that I have to Kevin Bacon.

By they way, my Kevin Bacon number is 3 or 4.  I worked on a small project with a guy who worked on film with a couple people that worked with Kevin Bacon.

 

 

 

CONGRESS

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

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

 

McCAIN

 

CONWAY

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN, & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

Brexit

 

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

737

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

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 Thursday.  As far as Friday goes, don’t buy into the hype of the Mueller Report until it actually happens.  Mueller’s team doesn’t leak.  They don’t say shit.  They’re like mimes that had their tongues cut out.  All of the news we’re hearing about an imminent report comes from Team Trump.  It’s coming from Trump, Giuliani, the other subjects and targets, and it’s all either deza or wild speculation.

Do I think it will be delivered soon?  Maybe.  Some signs point to it, but nothing concrete, and I have no insider sources.  Even the Rumor Mill doesn’t know precisely.  I know we talked about this a couple weeks back (Daily Check-In 03/08/2019) and last week (Daily Check-In 03/15/2019), but at this point, I’m in a holding pattern.

Since I mentioned the Middle East Marshall Plan, I think I should really put my ass in gear and get it done.  More pieces of the Grand Bargain are coming into place.

What are those boards called that link people and places together?  Link chart, murderboard?  I should get one of those.  Or make one.  I’m not completely useless in a workshop.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 03/20/2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Busy

This is likely getting blown out of proportion, but media loves nothing more than speculation.  Well, maybe a tragedy involving a white girl.

This came in yesterday (Daily Check-In 03/19/2019), but the short version is that the Washington Post filed a FOIA request for Paul Manafort’s records that were sealed.  This is standard procedure for any major case that the press is interested in.  The Special Counselor’s Office was reaching the deadline for when they had to respond to this request.  They filed an unopposed brief with the court that WaPo signed off on stating that they would like to meet this request, but need some more time due to a heavier than normal workload, and would like until April 1 to meet this request.

This is where the speculation begins.

There are many reasons why they’re busy, and why they picked two Mondays from now for when they could meet this request, but most of the mundane reasons were overlooked for the “OMG The Report is COMING!!! Everyone is getting indicted!!!” response.

Personally, I don’t think this is main reason, but I’m keeping my eyes and ears open for anything out of the ordinary.  This workload backlog could be as simple as a couple lawyers are on vacation or they’re working on something else that’s due next week, but this is the first time that I can recall that Mueller’s team has asked for a delay like this.

 

Butina’s Legal Bills

This is a friendly reminder that ALL secession movements in America have a Russian pumping it in the background.  All of them.

 

 

 

 

CONGRESS

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

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

 

McCAIN

Any normal, non-malignant narcissist would realize that attacking the memory of a dead man less than a year after his death and beloved by the only people that could protect you from the onslaught of impeachment and removal from office would be a bad idea.  Like, a monumentously bad idea.  Like ‘let’s piss on an electric fence’ level of bad idea.  Like ‘let’s invade Russia right before Winter’ level of bad idea.

But Trump isn’t normal.  He’s a malignant narcissist with the emotional maturity of an infant.  He’s incapable of recognizing other people’s needs, and empathy is an alien concept to him.  This also means that he’s incapable of introspection or self-revelation.  He also demands that he be the greatest need of other people’s lives.

What does this have to do with John McCain?  Once again Grandpa was sundowning, and bitching about how McCain was getting love from people.  Probably because stories about the Steele Dossier keep coming up, and John McCain was the first member of Congress to get their hands on it.  Trump heard McCain’s name, and went off.  He went so far over the line of decency that he was getting booed at his own rally.  Some of his own cult were booing him.

 

TRAITOR TOTS

“Dipshit Cowpoke” Devin Nunes

 

CONWAY

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

Brexit

 

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

737

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

Toke up every day? Make it so.

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

IMO there are 3 or 4 major conspiracies that are part of Mueller mandate but yet to be handed down or unsealed. Everyone wanders blindly not knowing what Trump did & what Mueller will find. He will find Russian money in 2016 Trump & GOP campaigns & indict many RNC + attorneys.

Mueller has yet to describe how the Internet Research Assoc content was projected via micro-targeting. I suspect this will include indictments of Parscale and @facebookrelated parties. @twittermay dodge that bullet.

@BernieSanders‘ 2016 team had to know Kremlin was helping him and I expect Tad Devine is a Mueller target. He may have already been indicted. The missing documents in Manafort docket may support that conclusion.

The Russian/Flynn/Emeratti plutonium proliferation conspiracy will finish off the Trump family, DeVoss, Prince, Mercers, Bannon and a number of others. They’re all looking at life in prison & asset seizures & will turn them on each other to survive.

Possible that Mueller will describe the @realDonaldTrumprole in some or all of these charge documents but he may file a final charge that describes Trump’s role in everything in a single all-encompassing denouement: The script for @SpeakerPelosishould she chose to use it.

 

 

That’s it for Wednesday.  I’m going to try to take it a little easier over the next couple days.  I’ll still post, but I feel pretty worn out.  Aside from a short span last summer, I’ve posted and worked on this site every day for almost 2 years.  That can take a lot out of a person.  I’m going to try to do less over the next couple days.  Of course, every time I say that, something crazy happens.

I have several stories that I want to work on.  I think I’ll do some of them this weekend.  Hopefully.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Check-In 03/19/2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Cohen’s Search Warrant

NEW YORK (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller began investigating President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for fraud in his personal business dealings and for potentially acting as an unregistered foreign agent at least nine months before FBI agents in New York raided his home and office, according to documents released Tuesday.

The series of heavily redacted search warrant applications and other documents revealed new details about the timing and depth of the probe into Cohen, who ultimately pleaded guilty to tax fraud, bank fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

The records show the inquiry into Cohen had been going on since July 2017 — far longer than previously known— and that a big part of its focus was Cohen’s taxi businesses and misrepresentations he made to banks as part of a scheme to relieve himself of some $22 million in debt he owed on taxi medallion loans.

Prosecutors were also interested in money that was flowing into Cohen’s bank accounts from consulting contracts he’d signed after Trump won office. Some of those payments were from companies with strong foreign ties, including a Korean aerospace company and Columbus Nova, an investment management firm affiliated with Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg.

Cohen was ultimately not charged with failing to register as a foreign agent.

Many sections of the records dealing with the campaign-finance violations Cohen committed when he paid two women to stay silent about alleged affairs they had with Trump were redacted. A judge ordered those sections to remain secret after prosecutors said they were still investigating campaign finance violations.

Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, said the release of the search warrant “furthers his interest in continuing to cooperate and providing information and the truth about Donald Trump and the Trump organization to law enforcement and Congress.”

 

Oh boy.  I wonder if this is what drove Twitler over the edge this past weekend. (Daily Check-In 03/15/2019)

This won’t be a surprise to many readers here, but we finally received confirmation that Mueller was looking heavily into Michael Cohen’s work immediately after the Special Counselor’s investigation began.

This release shows that Mueller investigation into Cohen initially grabbed onto Cohen’s taxi medallion company that was essentially committing fraud to stay afloat, and that led to the campaign finance violations, FARA violations, and all of the other crimes that he took part in.  Taxi medallions are used in major cities to denote “official” career cab drivers, and are a racket.  Literally, they are barely legal on the best days.  A cab driver would pay tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars for a medallion, then sell that to the next driver.  This worked well until a couple years ago when Uber and Lyft entered the picture.  Michael Cohen ran companies that owned these medallions, sort of like a broker.  The problems came when the value of the individual medallions dropped like a rock, but he owed loans based on the original values.  Think of it like being underwater on a car loan, but a lot worse.

The scariest part of this is once again what we don’t see.  19 pages of redacted text going into explicit details about the campaign finance scheme.  This is what Cohen’s going to jail for.  Why redact it?

As the judge said, it’s part of an ongoing investigation.  If Cohen pled guilty, he’s no longer being investigated.  The only things left are his co-conspirators and their companies.  Per previous reporting, that list is the following people.

Trump, Trump Jr., Allan Weisselberg, David Pecker, Dylan Howard, Keith Davidson, Trump Org, and the Trump Campaign.  Allan, the Trump Org CFO, was granted limited immunity for his testimony and evidence against Cohen.  The same with David Pecker and Dylan Howard of AMI.  Keith Davidson was the lawyer that represented Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, but has said he’s willing to provide all of the information he has on this situation to investigators.  That only leaves people and groups with Trump in the name.  And keeping a file redacted like this is exactly what a court would do if there were sealed indictments on file.

What makes this brilliantly ironic is that the first attempt to get Cohen’s mails from Google didn’t work.  Even though Cohen’s in America, and he’s using Gmail, his account information was stored on servers overseas.  Because of that, Google refused to hand over his information.  This would have stayed this way until Trump signed one of the bills to prevent a shutdown.  Buried in the spending bill was a law that would allow law enforcement to get electronic information on Americans from overseas servers.  As soon as that was passed, Mueller’s team applied for a new warrant, and they saw ALLLLLLLLLL of Cohen’s illegal activities.

Trump signed the very piece of legislation which will destroy him.  Beautiful, ain’t it?

 

Rosenstein Sticking Around

I disagree with the framing of “Mueller report delivery” currently being repeated…Why do we believe Barr hasn’t already received a report? How would we know? At a minimum I imagine Barr has been briefed in detail. I see Rosenstein staying as a sign.

Mueller report delivery is likely a little anti-climatic as to how its being discussed publicly, it won’t be carried on a chariot into the DoJ with a big ceremony. AG Barr took office a month ago, after getting settled, I’d imagine he wanted a FULL update on the SCO investigation

I’d guess by week 3/4, Barr in discussions with SCO types of reports to be delivered, see here for good perspective we’ve already seen key departures SCO in both investigators & prosecutors, signs SCO investigation splintered into multiple jurisdictions

AG Barr if he’s not already received some form of report, I imagine would see it soon, & then he needs and deserves the right to think through what to do about 1 of the most important investigations in our nation’s history. I’d think a month at least to review & think it through

Barr has to make huge decisions affecting institutions & national security, how much to reveal publicly vis-a-vis Russia, what to further investigate, whether a conspiracy charge should be levied or not, and has 3 audiences (POTUS, Congress, Public) all wanting different things

I don’t think anyone right now, to include AG Barr, knows exactly closure of Mueller investigation will be, when report revealed, but a guess might be. Report delivered AG = now or soon, AG decides strategy = April, Congress demands see it = May/June, Public sees “some” = summer

in conclusion, I hope we let our institutions and their leaders take their time, so they can do what’s right. Barr, Rosenstein and Mueller are the only ones that know all the details to make the best decision for the country. Let’s hope, whatever the outcome, they get it right

Regarding Rosenstein staying as a sign, I see it as, Rosenstein offered to leave let Barr pick his own team (normal) & cause he’s seen enough crossfire. Barr arrives, reviews facts 1st time & situation (“wow, this is complicated”) sees need Rosenstein stay help sort things out

Sure Barr criticizes Mueller appointment, Rosenstein said Barr hadn’t seen all the facts, now he has, & unlike our President and Congressmen – Barr, Rosenstein, Mueller are professionals & can disagree at times but still work with each other for the common good

The non-conspiratorial part of me thinks that this is pretty standard.  Barr’s DAG nominee hasn’t been confirmed yet, so the job would go to someone to act as DAG until they’re approved by the Senate, so why go through that hassle for a few weeks or a couple months?

The other part of me thinks that Barr wants Rosenstein to stick around until this mess is further along.  He knows he’ll need a fall guy when the shit hit the fan, and what better fall guy than Rod, the man that led the investigation from the beginning?

 

Deutsche Bank

Trump is a malignant narcissist who built his entire image around being rich and powerful.  Those lies fuel his cult.  When his lies are exposed for what they are, and he’s shown to be the charlatan that he is, how many of his cult will stick around?

Daily Check-In 03/18/2019 showed some of the lengths that DB went to to continuously give Trump more and more money.

 

 

Mueller’s Team

The Justice Department says a senior prosecutor is leaving Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, the latest sign that Mueller’s probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government is winding down. Special Counsel spokesperson Peter Carr confirmed to CBS News that Zainab Ahmad, a top terrorism prosecutor, concluded her detail with the Special Counsel’s office. Ahmad will continue to represent the office on “specific pending matters that were assigned to her during her detail.”

Ahmad, until recently an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has prosecuted more than a dozen international terrorist suspects, traveling all over the world to find witnesses and gather evidence. She has yet to lose a single case she has pursued against an international terrorist suspect.

Zainab Ahmad is returning to the Eastern District of New York.  Remember what I said about the Justice Hydra? (Daily Check-In 04/03/2018)  This is what it looks like.  US Attorneys going to different jurisdictions with their knowledge and likely with their case loads.

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

CONGRESS

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

“Dipshit Cowpoke” Devin Nunes

Not only is parody an accepted and protected form of speech, but Devin Nunes is, unfortunately, a public person.  That makes the bar for defamation so ridiculously high that this will get laughed out of court.

As far as the ‘shadowban conspiracy’ goes, Twitter has cracked down repeatedly on bots.  They do a bot purge every so often.  When they do, there is a direct correlation between accounts that were supported by those bots seeing a drop in their retweets and likes.  This is because the bots that were retweeting them were deleted.

Devin Nunes is the perfect cross between an old person who can’t tech, someone who bought into their own manufactured press hype, and a precious right-wing snowflake who got his feelings hurt.  Twitter will show that Devin’s account was supported by Russian bot farms that were deleted, and once they were deleted, no real people were sharing his tweets.

 

CONWAY

The Conway’s are trying to play both sides against the middle.  They’re trying to keep both their MAGA and NeverTrump street cred.  I don’t buy it.

 

FIGHTING BACK

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

I included the list in yesterday’s post. (Daily Check-In 03/18/2019) Under Wall Project PDF.

 

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

 

STUDENT ISSUES

Operation Varsity Blues

 

Stupid Ideas About Student Loans

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

Bernie Sanders

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Tuesday.  Damn, another crazy day.  Remember when 2 big stories breaking in a day was a cause for freakout?  Pepperidge Farms Remembers.

I want to address something real quick about editing tweets.  Ever since I decided to copy the content of the tweet into the links I post, I’ve always been at odds with how to address edits and changes to them.  Typically, what I’ll do is leave the original as is, but there is the occasional edit I’ll make, but only for typos that the original poster pointed out themselves.  For example, the tweet from Kaz listing the states where the immigrant blacksites are located originally said AK (Alaska) instead of AR (Arkansas).  She corrected herself in a reply, but I edited the tweet itself.  Going forward, I think I’ll notate where and when I make corrections.

For the record, I think I’ve done that less than a dozen times in the past two years, but it still bothers me when I do that.  I feel like I’m changing their words without their permission, even though they admitted it.  I’ll mark the tweet somehow going forward.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 03/18/2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

President Trump has a long history with Deutsche Bank — one that the bank didn’t want scrutinized after he was elected in 2016, The New York Times reports.

More than 20 current and former executives and board members told the Times that despite Deutsche Bank saying Trump was not a top priority, it’s just not true. Beginning in the late 1990s, Deutsche Bank gave Trump loans despite his business bankruptcies and knowing he overinflated his net worth and the worth of his real estate assets. At the time, the German bank wanted to make a name for itself on Wall Street, so it worked with clients deemed risky by other entities, a former employee told the Times.

In 2008, Trump defaulted on a loan and then sued Deutsche Bank, claiming the financial crisis was a “tsunami” and thus an act of God, preventing him from paying the loan back, the Times reports. In 2010, the bank concluded that he was inflating some of his assets by up to 70 percent, yet still gave him a $100 million loan to buy the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami.

One managing director, Rosemary Vrablic — who’d helped get Trump more than $300 million in loans — tried to get Trump a loan in early 2016 for his golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, the Times reports. An executive, Jacques Brand, opposed the loan because of Trump’s divisive rhetoric, Vrablic appealed, and top executives were aghast that the bank was considering lending him money during the campaign, ending the transaction in March.

After Trump’s election, Deutsche Bank commissioned reports to figure out how the bank became so entwined with him, and employees were told they couldn’t even say “Trump” in public, the Times reports. All told, Trump is believed to have received more than $2 billion from the investment banking and private banking arms. The New York state attorney general and congressional committees are now investigating the relationship between Trump and Deutsche Bank. You can read more about the various loans Trump managed to secure at The New York Times. Catherine Garcia

This is interesting.  Not only did Trump lie about his assets to qualify for loans from the only bank that loan to him, but that bank knew he was lying to them and they STILL gave him $2 billion in loans.  This was knowing that Trump would screw them over one way or another.

Deutsche Bank, part legitimate bank and part money laundering front, has loaned Trump more than $2 billion over the last 20 years through several different bankers and executives.  This included the time he defaulted on loans following the housing crisis.  And they still loaned to him after that.

What’s crazy is that they kept giving him money, even though they know that he’s not worth nearly as much as he claims.  They have valued him and his assets at around $788 million.  Less than a billion.  Yet, they still lent him tons of money.

 

The Deputy Finance Chair of the Republican Party had his offices raided last year.

No, not Michael Cohen, the other Deputy Finance Chair Elliot Broidy.

Elliot, who was paid a king’s ransom to try to make the 1MDB money laundering disappear, had his offices raided in association to this and other criminal behavior he participated in last summer.

 

I’d find it funny how fast this has turned from a “Hey, the owner of a rub and tug is partying with Trump” to “This is a potential national security matter.”

 

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

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

 

TRAITOR TOTS

This lawsuit will last about 30 seconds before getting thrown out.  Parody is protected speech.  Dipshit Cowpoke’s gonna Streisand himself.

 

 

CULT 45

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

 

SCOTUS & COURTS

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

Twitter/FB/Reddit/Youtube could track all the clear racists, conspiracies, etc label and them accordingly or ban them. But they never will. Its a problem that isn’t nearly as hard as they make it out to be. They simply don’t want to seem biased against conservatives.

Reddits problems are super obvious and super easy to solve. It tends to be pretty isolated into bubbles of hatred and conspiracy, with an obvious chunk of users who are the problem. Twitter is the same. You could track key words and key accounts into trash heaps.

FB is largely Pages causing the problem. Almost all the trash on facebook is due to conspiracy-minded family or friends sharing Pages. Not things they go out of their way to post from other sites. Though you could also flag content from specific sites quite easily.

Youtube is I think the hardest one to solve because its much harder to know for sure what the specific content of a video is. But mostly they could look at the titles, tags, and users associated with those videos and probably get a pretty good idea of if its a problem.

And you’d rather have systems that over-correct and let users dispute, than one that completely misses huge chunks of problems. Which is what we currently have.

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Monday.

Spoiler for Tuesday, Michael Cohen was under Mueller’s radar back in Summer 2017 and DAG Rosenstein is sticking around for a little while longer.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur