[Trump Scandals & Russian Interference] party like it's 2016


    Deripaska & Steele Dossier

    2020 overview if Deripaska/Kilimnik involving, plus Gates admitting how much heavy detailed polling review he & Manafort did with them...

    Belarus downs plane, grabs press reporter


    hmm Ret. Lt. Col. Vindman expresses interest in following these events:

    Greenwald Condemns Hijacking, Arrest of Journalist

    "The strongman president of Belarus sent a fighter jet to intercept a European airliner traveling through the country’s airspace on Sunday and ordered the plane to land in the capital, Minsk, where a prominent opposition journalist aboard was then seized, provoking international outrage.....

    .... in Russia — where the state media described last year’s uprising against Mr. Lukashenko as a Western plot — the arrest met with approval among Mr. Putin’s supporters. Margarita Simonyan, editor of the pro-Kremlin RT television network, wrote on Twitter that Mr. Lukashenko “played it beautifully.” 

    link NYT

    Oh wait, Greenwald has said nothing, perhaps because he is a Putin / Russian intelligence asset, an RT regular who has never once criticized Putin.


    Reminder: RT is propaganda, however smooth or awful it behaves at any moment. The parade of Assange-lovers and others going on have only helped their long game.

    Head of RT, Simonyan-

    I never thought that I would envy Belarus in any way. But now I somehow envy. Old Man performed beautifully.

    3:42 PM · May 23, 2021·Twitter for iPhone


    Minsk not nearest airport!!!

    Javanka's grift

    Amb. Sondland who paid $1m to be ambassador, out another $1.8m for dealing with Rudy & Pompeo & Trump & getting involved with shaking a foreign country down for dirt on a political opponent.

    Expensive pegging your tarnished star to Donald "MadDog" Trump

    Manafort dirtier than ever

    More detail


    Still weird - maybe DoJ wants to retain the right to hide background when it know it's blowing smoke up Congress's ass? Even without Barr? What's Garland thinking?

    DoJ violators help lead DoJ investigation, write DoJ response -

    what could go wrong?

    More DoJ memo fuckery

    (so who's running the asylum now?

    Garland's fine with this?)

    related WaPo's headine this evening:

    related earlier thread


    from May 18 thru May 19


    New Jan 6 analysis

    Or maybe co-opted analysis, dunno

    hah hah hah hah, stuck in the pokey ONLY because Trump won't keep touting his lost cause:

    then there's that our founders apparently thought a dose of violence now and then was healthy? I am interested in what the judge says in response:

    if you haven't heard of it, do note the

      lawsuit filed by House Democrats accusing the organization as well as Donald TrumpRudy Giuliani, and the Proud Boys of conspiring to incite the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in order to prevent Congress from certifying the Electoral College votes.

    I already put this Bratton/Dowd piece on the Policing thread, but I should point out that he makes a comment about Giuliani in the article:

    Trump CFO flip soon


    By rmrd0000 on Mon, 05/31/2021 - 5:32pm |

    Avowed QAnon disciple and confessed felon retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has called for a Myanmar-like military coup in America.

    “It should happen,” Donald Trump’s former national security adviser said in an astonishing declaration at a QAnon conference Sunday.

    Myanmar’s military violently seized control of the country from its civilian government in late January, detained democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and top party members, and killed more than 700 protesters as of early this month. The military justified its action by claiming unproven “election fraud.”

    Flynn presented his dark vision of a military coup and dictatorship in the U.S. in response to a question from the audience at the conference.

    “I wanna know why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here?” an unidentified member of the audience asked Flynn, though he pronounced the nation as “Minnimar.”

    “No reason,” Flynn responded to wild screams of approval. “It should happen.”



    Russia Appears to Carry Out Hack Through System Used by U.S. Aid Organization

    FEC kiss to Enquirer

    Michael Cohen & Stephanie Winston Wolkoff complain about the latest news:

    America's Mayor goes intergalactic

    I thought surely that must be The Onion, but no. #ETTD. Well, at least he's not the type to be too proud to refuse work when he needs money.

    Turns out Rudy had the dirt all along - didn't need Ukraine after all

    Of course it's awful that 2 grown men could indulge in racist banter, since 1 was assuredly in the powerless Driving Miss Daisy role, tho i was curious could there be anything morally wrong with publishing stolen data from someone's laptop, even if it contained the "n" word?

    BTW, a lot of very nasty naughty words are getting a free pass these days cuz they aren't the "n" word. Hiding behind that anonymity has been like a windfall for them: "nope, it was a different n word" - plus nuts, nadz, nose picker, necrophiliac, narcoman, nymphet - they've all been sidelined cuz they ain't bad enough - not like the "n" word - more like "h-e-double toothpicks" bad.

    Part of Trump's appeal has always been the way he projects his own faults on others?

    How's he related to them? How come we don't have a rap sheet on him yet?

    I read the reporters as suggesting sotto voce that he is being used to confirm the accusations against Weisselberg by prosecutors--or like to contradict him--in that they mention they get into all this stuff that he may have been given immunity but then he better damn tell the truth. So he would confirm what Weisselberg is not being truthful about and then they use that to squeeze Weisselberg and turn him against Trump? Again, keeping in mind it's a grand jury and not a trial, which really are fishing expeditions as often as not.

    as to the question of "what happened to Jared?" I note this in the Karni/Haberman latest today At Once Diminished and Dominating, Trump Prepares for His Next Act

    This time around, Jared Kushner, his son-in-law who oversaw his 2020 campaign operation, has mostly dropped out, telling the small circle of advisers around the ex-president that he wants to focus on writing his book and establishing a simpler relationship with Mr. Trump, where he is just a son-in-law. Donald Trump Jr. has stepped in as the most politically involved family member in his father’s life.

    also about this constant player, she is still there

    Susie Wiles, the veteran Florida political consultant whom the former president and everyone in his orbit credit with winning the critical state in 2016 and again in 2020, oversees Mr. Trump’s fund-raising operation from Florida, shepherding the weekly conference call of the skeletal team that still runs the post-presidential operation.

    and these oldies are on the payroll but seemingly not doing much yet:

    Both of his 2020 campaign managers, Bill Stepien and Brad Parscale, are on Mr. Trump’s payroll and still involved in his world. But Mr. Trump is episodically enraged with most members of his team.

    It also interestingly describes that he is quietly commuting now from NJ to his old NY office which is not staffed with many people at all.

    McGahn, McGahn, McGahn!

    Just in: House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler says McGahn provided substantial new info re Mueller — “How dangerously close President Trump brought us to, in Mr McGahn’s words, the ‘point of no return.’”

    — Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) June 9, 2021

    Judiciary Cmte: Trump directed McGahn to write a false statement—knowing that the statement was false, and knowing that carrying out this order might expose McGahn to criminal liability, including prosecution by the Special Counsel. https://t.co/ODuz0Kqmb7

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 9, 2021

    everybody's tweeting about it, she links to the transcript and goes over some pages here

    After a protracted legal fight, former WH counsel Don McGahn finally testified by the House Judiciary Committee re: the Mueller probe, and the committee has just released the transcript: https://t.co/jRnJcwc8i1

    — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) June 9, 2021

    Recall that we already know a lot of McGahn's version of events, since he talked to Mueller: https://t.co/g44EqTjeUv

    As Chair Nadler notes, the agreement reached for McGahn to testify incl. that he could only be asked about publicly avail. info in Mueller report: pic.twitter.com/Zygb5GhfDj

    — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) June 9, 2021

    At least at the start, McGahn is careful to avoid answers that stray from the literal text of the Mueller report.

    Asked about a section saying Trump told Sessions to resign after learning about Mueller's appointment, McGahn replies: "I don't quibble with the syntax." pic.twitter.com/e4cJX5YAoK

    — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) June 9, 2021

    "You rarely leave conversations with President Trump. There's never really a good beginning, middle, and end. It's just -- especially when you're the counsel. You're always kind of around." pic.twitter.com/NfrpJQRBX4

    — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) June 9, 2021

    "You don't recall your reaction ... to learning that the press had reported that the President of the United States was under personal investigation by the special counsel?"

    "I don't recall my subjective impression on the evening of June 14th about a news report. No, I don't" pic.twitter.com/C7QIbNxFcf

    — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) June 9, 2021

    On Trump's request to involve Rosenstein:

    Q "McGahn said he told the President that he would see what he could do."
    A I did say that, yeah. Yeah.
    Q Did you intend to see what you could do?
    A No.
    Q Then why did you say that to the president?
    A I was trying to get off the phone. pic.twitter.com/PpC5HZzVc9

    — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) June 9, 2021

    More on Trump's call to McGahn asking him to get Rosenstein to oust Mueller:

    Q After you hung up with the President on that second phone call, how did you feel?
    A After I got off the phone with the President, how did I feel? Oof. Frustrated, perturbed, trapped. Many emotions. pic.twitter.com/3iku7eIdJF

    — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) June 9, 2021

    is a thread, he picks out things from the article he thinks most important

    Seth Abramson





    1/ "As DOJ investigated who was behind leaks of classified info early in the Trump administration, it took a highly unusual step: Prosecutors subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of at least two Dems on the House Intel Committee, aides and family members. One was a minor."




    Seth Abramson





    2/ "The records of at least 12 people tied to HPSCI were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including those of Representative Adam Schiff of California, then the panel's top Democrat and now its chairman, according to committee officials and two other people briefed on the inquiry."




    Seth Abramson





    3/ "Prosecutors, under the beleaguered attorney general, Jeff Sessions, were hunting for the sources behind news media reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russia. Ultimately, the data and other evidence did not tie the Committee to the leaks." *Unbelievable*.




    Seth Abramson





    4/ I don't believe for a second that this was a "leak investigation." Trump was using DOJ to investigate his enemies. It's Watergate 2.0.




    Seth Abramson





    5/ "An ex-DOJ official who worked on leak investigations says 'In combination with Trump's unmistakable vendetta against Schiff, it raises serious questions about whether the manner in which this was done was influenced by political considerations rather than purely legal ones.'"

    seems like EVERYBODY got a gag order:

    () UPDATE: I've now added a significant update (including new photographs) to the BREAKING NEWS from last night about Donald Trump secretly having contact with an insurrectionist leader—Alex Jones—on January 6. I hope you'll subscribe and RT this widely. https://t.co/xpsskKCgaS

    — Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 12, 2021

    edit to add:


    Nice. Also Greg Palast on Alexander and Georgia


    Marcy McGahn splainer

    Daniel Dale still watching all Trump's statements (as well as fact checking Biden and others now) so we don't have to:

    old news junkies like me will recognize this name wishing Trump a happy birthday and are actually happy to know she is a fan, 'splains a lot:

    think it highlights more than splains

    Russian mercenary porn on screen

    (African edition)


    Kraken action gets sanctioned

    He lost Pootie's attention!

    rubbing it in::

    "Always flatter your opponent." - Pootie rule #1

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