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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #870 on: February 15, 2019, 01:54:57 pm »
Taxing Waters Rising


SNIPPET:

The place was packed with guys like me 40+ white working class/farmers, hey it’s rural Wisconsin, and they were all bitching about one thing. Taxes.

It wasn’t the quietly disgruntled sort of mildly irritated bitching. It was a seething sort of muted rage that comes from people who are seriously pissed and are looking for someone to blame kind of bitching. Then ol’ Chuck Grassley appears on the TV pontificating about taxes. Ho Boy. Spark meet gasoline 💥. Even the owner and waitresses lost their ****. I think “Bald faced **** liar” was the mildest term I heard used and that was a waitress. Could be wrong though. It was loud.

Everyone and I do mean every single person in that establishment started comparing just what they had to cough up in taxes or just how small their return was going to be if they got one compared to last years. People were going to be short 5k minimum on their refunds. Others were in the hole to the IRS up to 12k. Vacations were being canceled. Repairs and purchases are being postponed. Vehicles are not going to be purchased.

Then the farmers started bitching about who they were going to sell soybeans to. What should they plant? Corn? Soybeans? It’s time to order seed you know? How can I make a profit if I can’t sell what I grow? Is this China **** going to be sorted out soon? Who gives a **** about a border wall I need **** laborers. Does that fat orange bastard really know what the **** he’s doing? 50% of these people voted for Trump, Walker and Duffy. Now granted there were some MAGA hat wearing folks in there and a couple spouted off about staying the course and talking points. My did that go over well. Not.
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The word Schadenfreude comes to mind.
Can't say we didn't see this coming. BUT it really is the dems fault for running Hillary :icon_scratch: (who was damaged goods).
AJ

Well, hindsight is 20-20, but there is no doubt the gears were jiggered and the skids greased to coronate Miss It's-My-Turn. As someone who worked for, contributed and supported Bernie all the way, nothing was more apparent.

I don't doubt that Robert Mercer helped the Russians aim to social media gunsights in several states for the election (as he did for the Brexit referendum), but the enthusiasm gap was palpable.  I specifically recall going on a weekend excursion to a cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks in October, 2016. NE North Carolina is conservative country, but not the sort of gap-toothed, sister-fu cking, tobacco-dipping rural  horror show you might imagine. Driving south, we noted the preponderance of Trump signs: some yard signs, some great big suckers, but many dozens of them along the main drags. And not a one for Hillary.

I ain't makin' it up.


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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #871 on: February 22, 2019, 01:56:39 pm »
I already said, more than a year ago, that I'd vote for Sanders.

   

Sanders is the only left leaning candidate with the ethics and gravitas to be POTUS, in my opinion.




One other thing. I think the USMIC can co-opt any POTUS, after they are elected. It's metastatic cancer at the end stage. You can't kill the cancer without killing the host.

True.  :(



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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #872 on: February 22, 2019, 04:57:00 pm »
HOW AMY BERMAN JACKSON GOT ROGER STONE TO STEP IN IT AND THEN STEP IN IT AGAIN 

February 22, 2019/88 Comments/in 2016 Presidential Election, Mueller Probe /by emptywheel

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As you no doubt have heard, Amy Berman Jackson imposed a gag on Roger Stone yesterday in response to his posting a picture of her with a cross-hairs on it.

But I’d like to look at how she did so, not just because of the way she crafted it to withstand what may be a legal challenge from Stone’s lawyers, but for how she got Stone on the hook for lies that may get him jailed anyway.

At the beginning of the hearing, she puts Bruce Rogow, Stone’s attorney, on the record about several issues. She gets him to certify that the post in question came from Stone’s Instagram account, as well as the timing of its posting and removal.

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https://www.emptywheel.net/2019/02/22/how-amy-berman-jackson-got-roger-stone-to-step-in-it-and-then-step-in-it-again/
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #873 on: February 28, 2019, 09:31:08 pm »
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 👍 Grills Michael Cohen, Laying Out Plan to Probe More Trump Crimes
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #874 on: February 28, 2019, 10:14:42 pm »
Will Republicans Hold Trump to the Same Standard They Did Nixon ?

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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #876 on: March 01, 2019, 03:04:52 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Our House is being DELIBERATELY Divided BY CAPITALISTS=FASCISTS. WHY? Because CAPITALISM is a  FAILURE and CAPITALISTS would lose power if the SOCIALIST SOLUTION to the CAPITALIST FAILURE, REQUIRED to fix our CATASTROPHIC economic, environmental and cultural problems, is voted in by WE-THE-OVERWHELMINGLY-PRO-GREEN-NEW-DEAL-PEOPLE.

So, SOCIALISM is hysterically demonized 24/7 as a "danger to freedom and liberty" (see Orwell). In the run up to the 2016 election, ALL the (ethical) STOPS were pulled out to label as "Socialists" the CAPITALIST Water Carriers (i.e. Obama AND Hillary) of the Dumocratic WING of the Wall Street CAPITALIST Party in order to FOOL AMERICANS into voting in a member of the Repukian WING (Trump) of the Wall Street CAPITALIST Party.

In the run up to 2020, the in-your-face demonization of all things Socialist as the "failed horror of Venezuelan horrors" will continue.

Hopefully, the American public will not fall for those vicious lies again. Watch this and learn what these ethically challenged CAPITALIST bastards enthusiastically will DO to cling to their Profit Over People and Planet DESTRUCTIVE POWER.

 

 
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #877 on: March 02, 2019, 02:02:24 pm »
THE MAY 18, 2017 MEETING WITH TRUMP , JAY SEKULOW , AND MICHAEL COHEN

February 28, 2019/76 Comments/in 2016 Presidential Election, emptywheel, Mueller Probe /by emptywheel 👍👍👍

One of the things that happened in yesterday’s Michael Cohen testimony is that Gerald Connolly seems to have dated a meeting between the President, Cohen, and Jay Sekulow: May 18, 2017. That’s based off a May 16 email that refers to a Thursday meeting.

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Gerry Connolly: There was an email from a special assistant to the President to a Deputy White House Counsel, and the email is dated May 16, 2017 and it says, and I quote, POTUS, meaning the President, requested a meeting on Thursday with Michael Cohen and Jay Sekulow. Any idea what this might be about, end-quote? Do you recall being asked to come to the White House on or around that time, with Mr. Sekulow, May of 2017?

Michael Cohen: Off the top of my head sir, I don’t. I recall being in the White House with Jay Sekulow and it was in regard to the document production as well as my appearance before the House Select Intel.

Thursday that week would have been May 18.

As Cohen lays out in the rest of the clip, at the meeting Trump told him to cooperate but then repeated the lines (Cohen says he knew) Trump wanted him to use: There is no Russia, there is no collusion, there is no deal. This stuff has to end.

If that is, indeed, when Cohen and Sekulow started working on Cohen’s perjurious testimony, it is remarkable timing. This post has a timeline of Cohen’s evolving lies. Of note, the timing in May looks like this:

May 9: Trump fires Jim Comey

May 16: Trump asks for a meeting with Sekulow and Cohen

May 17: Rod Rosenstein appoints Mueller

May 18: Cohen, Sekulow, and Trump meet during which Trump lays out the party line

May 30: Cohen says he won’t cooperate with HPSCI

May 31: HPSCI subpoenas Cohen and his law firm


Among other things, this means that Trump was laying out a party line even before Mueller got appointed. It also means that They recognized the risk of this testimony before the HPSCI request moved to a subpoena.

Remember, according to his testimony yesterday, Cohen claimed Sekulow edited his testimony, including by foreshortening the time during which the Trump Tower deal remained active during the election (though Sekulow denies it).

As I disclosed last July, I provided information to the FBI on issues related to the Mueller investigation, so I’m going to include disclosure statements on Mueller investigation posts from here on out. I will include the disclosure whether or not the stuff I shared with the FBI pertains to the subject of the post.

https://www.emptywheel.net/2019/02/28/the-may-18-2017-meeting-with-trump-jay-sekulow-and-michael-cohen/
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #878 on: March 02, 2019, 03:07:15 pm »
Maxine Waters makes stunning revelation about Donald Trump’s international finances

Bill Palmer | 9:09 am EST March 2, 2019

Palmer Report » Analysis

Donald Trump spent the past two years hurling one dishonest, vicious, and outright racist insult at Congresswoman Maxine Waters after another. That didn’t work out too well for Trump, as she’s now Chairwoman Maxine Waters, and she happens to be in charge of a House committee that has the power to dig deep into Trump’s international finances. Waters just revealed that she’s got him by the you-know-what.


Maxine Waters appeared on the Chris Hayes show on MSNBC on Friday night and announced that her staffers are now working directly with Deutsche Bank, with regard to the series of suspicious loans that the bank has made to Donald Trump over the years. While Deutsche Bank has made previous claims to the media that it was cooperating with investigators, this is the first time one of the investigators has publicly confirmed that the bank’s cooperation is for real. So what does this mean?


Back in early 2017, a major British newspaper reported that U.S. and UK regulators had busted Deutsche Bank for laundering billions of dollars of Russian money into the hands of clients in a handful of cities including New York City. Palmer Report pointed out at the time that this lined up rather conveniently with the “loans” that Deutsche Bank kept floating to New York City resident Donald Trump, even after he became a poor credit risk – and much of the money never was repaid.


Maxine Waters now has her hands on the Deutsche Bank records that will show precisely how and why it kept floating money to Donald Trump even after no other major bank was willing to lend him a cent. This is going to expose the money trail from the Kremlin to Trump. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for, and Waters now has it. 

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https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/maxine-waters-stunning-revelation-donald-trump-international/16373/
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« Reply #879 on: March 03, 2019, 07:16:38 pm »

Trump and Netanyahu Scandals a Very Dangerous Moment – Wilkerson & Jay

March 3, 2019

Desperate men do desperate things; two leaders facing corruption charges may more aggressively push their Iran regime change agenda – Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay


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PAUL JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay.

The testimony of Michael Cohen to the House Oversight Committee was a very revealing look into the state of America’s political culture. One could talk about it for a long time, but it was perhaps at the very end of the hearing, when Cohen does his final statement, the most chilling contribution was made. First here’s how he started things off. I know everyone’s heard this so many times by now. But here’s a little bit from his opening statement.

MICHAEL COHEN: I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience.

I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.

PAUL JAY: Cohen, under questioning and in his opening statement, laid out some specific things that lead one to conclude that Donald Trump broke the law. They seem to have President Trump on bank fraud and various kinds of tax evasion. There is an argument that goes that a president can’t be indicted while he’s in office. Well, here’s what Cohen suggested–that if Trump loses the election in 2020, perhaps he won’t leave office.

MICHAEL COHEN: Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power.

PAUL JAY: Now joining me to talk about that, and other parts, other things that fall out of the Cohen testimony, is Colonel Larry Wilkerson. Larry is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Thanks for joining us again, Larry.

LARRY WILKERSON: Good to be with you, Paul.

PAUL JAY: So what do you make of that? He’s talking about what, that there’ll be an election. He loses the election, or there will be something staged, perhaps, that might lead to not having an election. What do you make of what Cohen says?

LARRY WILKERSON: This was not a surprise to me because about a year ago in the Senate when I was working on the preliminary lobbying efforts to get the United States out of the war in Yemen, I encountered a senator who–a long-serving senator of the Republican Party–who asked everyone to leave his office. He asked me to ask my people to leave. And he asked his people to leave, including his chief of staff. And he said, I have a question for Col. Wilkerson. It calls on his military professional expertise.

So they all left, and we were alone in the office. And he looked at me and he said–looked at his watch, and he said, I’ve got to go vote in a few minutes. But I want to give you a scenario and ask you a question. The scenario is this. Let’s say that we come on the midterms and lose one or both the Houses. And let’s say that after that, the articles of impeachment that even now are being crafted in the House by, largely, the Democrats, if not exclusively Democrats, they become something that Republicans, my party, is interested in. And all of a sudden we move towards that. And here’s the scenario. We go over to the White House with the leaders of Congress, both parties, just as they did, basically, with Richard Nixon after Watergate. And we say to the president “You have two choices, Mr. President. You can suffer these very powerful articles of impeachment. We guarantee you you’ll be removed from office, and after that we’ll prosecute you and your family to the full extent of the law, which is perfectly legal. Or here’s your alternative, Mr. President. You can resign, as Richard Nixon did, and we won’t prosecute you or your family. You have a choice.”

I said, OK. That doesn’t sound like all that implausible a scenario to me. And the senator said, yeah, but here’s my question to you. Trump won’t leave, and he calls to the streets his legions. And as you know, his legions are the most well-armed legions in America. In fact, his base owns probably 75 to 90 percent of the guns in America. And the FBI will tell you that. What’s the military going to do? the senator asked me. My response I won’t share with you, but it was a very, very serious response. And it vouchsafe to talk about the military, the constitutional crisis, and other things.

PAUL JAY: Well, that was, that was actually my next question: What would the military do? Because it’s not just about people in the streets, because if the police and military play any normal role, I don’t think Trump has that kind of force in terms of, you know, people with guns and such. But if he uses, you know, quasi-legal constitutional means, what does that mean? That there’s a staged event like some kind of terrorist attack, or some other kind of national emergency that’s used as an excuse not to have the elections, or not to implement the results of the elections. What would the military do? And it seems to me if Trump is in any way entertaining these kinds of ideas, he better make sure that the leaders of the military are his people. So my question is: Are they?

LARRY WILKERSON: Now, this is the dilemma. And what you’ve just painted is not really, I think, a part of reality. The reality would be that others would see through a declaration of a national emergency, or even a declaration of war; even if it were to order the military to deploy to places like Iran, or North Korea, or whatever. Because I think the leadership would refuse. The leadership of the military has a bifurcated loyalty, if you will. Not just mentioning the Constitution, which is the ultimate loyalty, but they’re loyal to the legislative branch, which is basically that branch which commissions them and approves their stars, and the executive branch.

So when you’re talking about the leadership under a scenario like this, a declaration of a national emergency clearly aimed at deflecting attention from the president, or keeping the president around longer than the statute legislation says for the elections and so forth, is in my view nonsense, because the military would never adhere to that. They’d never follow that. They’d go straight to the Congress. And the Congress would turn it over, I hope. Even my Republican idiots like Mitch McConnell in the Senate would see the dire necessity to take action there, and wouldn’t allow their lust for power and money to overcome totally their desire to keep the Republican tack. I hope. Notice I say “I hope.”

PAUL JAY: Well, that was my next question. Because when you look at those hearings with Cohen, at least the Republicans on that committee, and some we’ve heard who weren’t on the committee that are agreeing with them, the, I don’t know, complete overt, banal partisan defense of Trump, and attempting to destroy the character of Cohen, which one understands to some extent, but zero interest in what seems like rather overt corruption, that these guys seem to be–have decided they’re either they’re going for bust with Trump, that they’re so worried about being primaried by Trump forces and that Trump seems so powerful within the Republican Party. I mean, CPAC is on now, and every speaker, virtually, is a love letter to Trump, including Lindsey Graham, who used to be a big critic of Trump.

Like, if we can have these conversations, and obviously a year ago a Republican senator was already thinking this through, well, obviously they’re thinking it through, and coming to the conclusion that they’re not even giving themselves some plausible deniability to distance themselves from Trump.

LARRY WILKERSON: But there’s political space here, Paul. There’s still political space. I wish there weren’t, but there is. And let’s face it, Cohen destroyed himself. The Democrats and others attacking him, Republicans or Democrats, or whatever, they didn’t hurt Cohen. Cohen destroyed himself. And his credibility is suspect here. The reason that we can say we believe most of what he said, I don’t think it’s based on Cohen’s character. It’s based on, I think, a growing and sure knowledge of Trump’s character. The man has lied over 8,000 times from the bully pulpit of the presidency of the United States. This is a foul character we have in the White House. There’s no question about that. There are people in his base who understand that, but cling to him because he promises them things like the reversal of Roe v. Wade, like a homophobia unprecedented. He promises them these things, and so they cling to him in some desperation, now.

When all this comes to a head, when he calls, as it were, someone to the streets, armed or unarmed, when he tries to linger, I think the institutional architecture of this country is going to rip his guts out, and he will no longer be president. If it doesn’t, I’m moving to New Zealand forthwith.

PAUL JAY: You better do it quickly, because the New Zealanders have already made it illegal for foreigners to buy property because so many billionaires are buying up property in New Zealand.

LARRY WILKERSON: Got my tickets. I have some contacts in the MFAT in New Zealand from my days at the State Department.

PAUL JAY: So what do you make of this supposed precedent or legal thinking that a president can’t be indicted while in office? I mean, let’s go back to the hearings, first of all. Here’s Ro Khanna about–where it appears Trump is really cornered. Let’s play that clip.

RO KHANNA: I just want the American public to understand the explosive nature of your testimony in this document. Are you telling us, Mr. Cohen, that the President directed transactions in conspiracy with Allen Weisselberg, and his son Donald Trump Jr., as part of a criminal conspiracy of financial fraud? Is that your testimony today?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

PAUL JAY: So if that’s correct, and apparently in these hearings they’re going to build this argument out even more, they have him on, essentially, bank fraud; lying to Deutsche Bank to get some big loan to buy the Buffalo Bills. And here’s AOC, where there’s the potential issue of avoiding real estate taxes.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: According to an August 21, 2016 report by the Washington Post, the President claimed in financial disclosure forms that Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida was worth more than $50 million. He had reported otherwise to local tax authorities, that the course was worth “No more than $5 million.” Mr. Cohen, do you know whether this specific report is accurate?

MICHAEL COHEN: It’s identical to what he did at Trump National Golf Club at Briarcliff Manor.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: To your knowledge, was the President interested in reducing his local real estate bills? Tax bills?

MICHAEL COHEN: Yes.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: And how did he do that?

MICHAEL COHEN: What you do is you deflate the value of the asset. And then you put in a request to the tax department for the deduction.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: Thank you.

PAUL JAY: So all these things, I believe, are being pursued by the prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, which is not under the control, directly, of the White House or the DOJ. They can’t really stop that prosecution. Where does it come that he can’t be indicted for this? That’s kind of bizarre, given the whole American revolution was supposed to be about not having a king.

LARRY WILKERSON: Specifically in this case I think if you look at the real world, and particularly the real political world, the world of the United States being, if you will, the world’s security and foreign policy financial and economic leader, you say to yourself, well, if you could indict a sitting president that would be a horrible precedent, because politics being what it is, particularly today, you’d be doing that all the time. And the president would have no time to run this vast empire that we put together. And that’s a real world argument that I would entertain.

At the same time, I think it’s a 50/50 purely legal, now–just purely legal–it’s a 50/50 case as to whether or not this can be done. And ultimately the Supreme Court would have to be the 51, put it on the side of the majority and say yes, it can be done, or it can’t be done. And I think that’s remotely–a remote reality here with Trump. I think what we’re going to see is we’re going to see him removed from office through constitutional means before 2020, or we’re going to see him removed by the election in 2020. I don’t know which it will be. I suspect the latter. But it’s going to be that way. And then the crunch comes. Does he depart peacefully? Does he leave and go back to his television, and so forth? One wonders. Because you just pointed out why he might not leave, in a very, very realistic sense. He’s going to jail for the rest of his natural life. New York will see to that.

You know, Paul, I have never met a New Yorker to this day–and I spent some time in New York–who likes Donald Trump. They hate him. They hate his guts. The taxi drivers. The sedan drivers. The restaurant owners. The bar owners. The people in New York, they hate Donald Trump. That ought to tell you something about Donald Trump.

PAUL JAY: Let me add one thing to this, because I don’t think we can look at this just from the point of view of Trump and his own vulnerability here. But Netanyahu in Israel is in the midst of his own scandal up to his eyeballs. The thing that might save him from going to jail is if somehow he can win the next election and create the same kind of scenario, that are you really going to put a sitting prime minister in jail? So there’s a convergence here. And add to that the John Bolton factor and the forces he represents who want regime change in Iran, and have wanted it for more than a decade. Will they give up this chance, the Trump presidency, of a moment in history where they may get the play out this very aggressive agenda which they’ve not been able to implement before on Iran?

So Trump’s in such a predicament. Netanyahu, the Bolton agenda, which is also very much the Netanyahu agenda, to try to have regime change in Iran, it seems to me you put it all together and we’re in a hell of a dangerous period over this next two years. And again, at the very beginning of our conversation, I think a lot of this is going to come down to how does the leadership of the American military respond to all this? And two, does he start to significantly change who is the leadership of the American military?

LARRY WILKERSON: That would be a dire sign, if that were to take place. I mean, beyond Jim Mattis, for example. But your scenario is one that concerns me. I think it is the most likely adverse scenario to develop. And you’re right to point at both capitals, Jerusalem and Washington. That Netanyahu would do something, even before the election, or after the election’s taken place and the results are adverse, to make it appear to the Israeli public that he’s essential, like starting a war with Iran. And dragging the United States into it, dragging John Bolton into it, as you’ve intimated, willingly, and several other neoconservatives in the administration, or close to it. That worries me. That a wag the dog–you know, the tail wagging the dog scenario, that does present, to me, a possibility. Not a probability, but a possibility. And that’s worrisome.

PAUL JAY: All right. Thanks for joining us, Larry.

LARRY WILKERSON: Thanks for having me.

PAUL JAY: Thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.

https://therealnews.com/stories/trump-and-netanyahu-scandals-a-very-dangerous-moment-wilkerson-jay
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #880 on: March 05, 2019, 03:05:21 pm »
PUZZLING THROUGH THE HOUSE REQUESTS 
March 4, 2019/67 Comments/in 2016 Presidential Election, emptywheel, Mueller Probe /by emptywheel

In this post, I’ll try to make sense of the requests House Judiciary Committee sent out today.

The requests — which they’ve run by Mueller and SDNY — don’t all make sense. Generally, people are being asked for the documents they’ve already turned over (or had seized) to some investigation. A lot of this is boilerplate, though, so some people are being asked for documents they don’t have.

Alan Garten gets a request, but not Alan Futerfas, in spite of the fact that both Trump lawyers were involved in coaching June 9 meeting testimony.

It excludes some obvious intelligence targets — it doesn’t ask for documents concerning Oleg Deripaska, and Sergei Millian is not on this list — but not others — like WikiLeaks.

Ivanka Trump and Sam Patten are not included.

This is a first run of either the most important association or some surprising ones. I’ll be doing rolling updates of this after more detailed review of the request letters.

CONTACTS WITH RUSSIANS
I’ve split this into those who were named in requests for documents detailing contacts with Russians, which includes the following, Trump himself, and Konstantin Kilimnik:

Trump Campaign (letter, document requests)
Trump Organization (letter, document requests)
Carter Page (letter, document requests)
Erik Prince (letter, document requests)
George Papadopoulos (letter, document requests)
Jared Kushner (letter, document requests)
Jeff Sessions (letter, document requests)
Jerome Corsi (letter, document requests)
KT McFarland (letter, document requests)
Michael Cohen (letter, document requests)
Michael Flynn (letter, document requests)
Paul Manafort (letter, document requests)
Rick Gates (letter, document requests)
Roger Stone (letter, document requests)
Tom Bossert (letter, document requests)

Those requested for documents showing communications with Russians and the list above:

Christopher Bancroft Burnham (letter, document requests)
Jason Maloni (letter, document requests)
Paul Erickson (letter, document requests)

MEETINGS WITH PUTIN
Allen Weisselberg (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Brad Parscale (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Christopher Bancroft Burnham (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Corey Lewandowski (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Don McGahn (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Donald Trump Jr. (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Eric Trump (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Erik Prince (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Hope Hicks (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Reince Priebus (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017
Rick Gates (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017 and November 11, 2017
Rhona Graff (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Roger Stone (letter, document requests)
Roger Stone (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Steve Bannon (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018
Tom Bossert (letter, document requests) July 7, 2017, November 11, 2017, July 16, 2018, and November 30, 2018

JUNE 9 MEETING
This category, like the contacts with Russians one, I’ll split onto those named and those asked about the June 9 meeting. The former are here:

Anatoli Samochornov (letter, document requests)
Donald Trump Jr. (letter, document requests)
Irakly Kaveladze (letter, document requests)
Jared Kushner (letter, document requests)
Paul Manafort (letter, document requests)
Rinat Akhmetshin (letter, document requests)
Rob Goldstone (letter, document requests)
These people were asked about the June 9 meeting but are not named.

Alan Garten (letter, document requests)
Don McGahn (letter, document requests)
Hope Hicks (letter, document requests)
Jason Maloni (letter, document requests)
Mark Corallo (letter, document requests)
Steve Bannon (letter, document requests)

TRUMP TOWER MOSCOW
Allen Weisselberg (letter, document requests)
Donald Trump Jr. (letter, document requests)
Felix Sater (letter, document requests)
Jay Sekulow (letter, document requests)
Matthew Calamari (letter, document requests)
Michael Cohen (letter, document requests)
Ronald Lieberman (letter, document requests)
Sam Nunberg (letter, document requests)
Sheri Dillon (letter, document requests)
Stefan Passantino (letter, document requests)

SANCTIONS RELIEF
Carter Page (letter, document requests)
Erik Prince (letter, document requests)
George Papadopoulos (letter, document requests)
Jared Kushner (letter, document requests)
Jason Maloni (letter, document requests)
J.D. Gordon (letter, document requests)
Jeff Sessions (letter, document requests)
Jerome Corsi (letter, document requests)
KT McFarland (letter, document requests)
Michael Cohen (letter, document requests)
Paul Manafort (letter, document requests)
Rick Gates (letter, document requests)
Roger Stone (letter, document requests)
Tom Bossert (letter, document requests)

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND SHARING OF POLLING DATA
Alexander Nix (letter, document requests)
Brad Parscale (letter, document requests)
Brittany Kaiser (letter, document requests)
Cambridge Analytica (letter, document requests)
Concord Management and Consulting (letter, document requests)
Jared Kushner (letter, document requests)
Julian David Wheatland (letter, document requests)
Paul Manafort (letter, document requests)
Rick Gates (letter, document requests)
Sam Nunberg (letter, document requests)
SCL Group Limited (letter, document requests)
Tony Fabrizio (letter, document requests)

PETER SMITH EFFORT
Jerome Corsi (letter, document requests)
John Szobocsan (letter, document requests)
Matt Tait (letter, document requests)
Peter Smith (Estate) (letter, document requests)
HUSH PAYMENTS AND CATCH-AND-KILL
Allen Weisselberg (letter, document requests)
American Media Inc (letter, document requests)
David Pecker (letter, document requests)
Donald J Trump Revocable Trust (letter, document requests)
Dylan Howard (letter, document requests)
Jared Kushner (letter, document requests)
Keith Davidson (letter, document requests)
Matthew Calamari (letter, document requests)
Michael Cohen (letter, document requests)
Ronald Lieberman (letter, document requests)
Steve Bannon (letter, document requests)

CORRUPT BUSINESS INTERESTS (INCLUDING EMOLUMENTS)
Alan Garten (letter, document requests)
Allen Weisselberg (letter, document requests)
Andrew Intrater (letter, document requests)
Christopher Bancroft Burnham (letter, document requests)
Columbus Nova (letter, document requests)
Donald Trump Jr. (letter, document requests)
Erik Prince (letter, document requests)
58th Presidential Inaugural Committee (letter, document requests)
Flynn Intel Group (letter, document requests)
Frontier Services Group (letter, document requests)
George Nader (letter, document requests)
Jared Kushner (letter, document requests)
Kushner Companies (letter, document requests)
Matthew Calamari (letter, document requests)
Michael Cohen (letter, document requests)
Michael Flynn (letter, document requests)
Michael Flynn Jr (letter, document requests)
Ronald Lieberman (letter, document requests)
Sheri Dillon (letter, document requests)
Stefan Passantino (letter, document requests)
Tom Barrack (letter, document requests)
Viktor Vekselberg (letter, document requests)

OBSTRUCTION (INCLUDING WHCO ADVICE)
Annie Donaldson (letter, document requests)
Don McGahn (letter, document requests)
Eric Trump (letter, document requests)
Hope Hicks (letter, document requests)
Jared Kushner (letter, document requests)
Jason Maloni (letter, document requests)
Jay Sekulow (letter, document requests)
Jeff Sessions (letter, document requests)
KT McFarland (letter, document requests)
Mark Corallo (letter, document requests)
Reince Priebus (letter, document requests)
Sean Spicer (letter, document requests)
Steve Bannon (letter, document requests)
Tom Bossert (letter, document requests)

PARDONS
Michael Cohen (letter, document requests)
Michael Flynn (letter, document requests)
Paul Manafort (letter, document requests)
Rick Gates (letter, document requests)
CONTACTS WITH WIKILEAKS
Jerome Corsi (letter, document requests)
Julian Assange (letter, document requests)
Michael Caputo (letter, document requests)
Randy Credico (letter, document requests)
Roger Stone (letter, document requests)
Sam Nunberg (letter, document requests)
Ted Malloch (letter, document requests)
Wikileaks (letter, document requests)

GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATION REQUESTS
Department of Justice (letter, document requests)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (letter, document requests)
General Services Administration (letter, document requests)
NRA (letter, document requests)
The White House (letter, document requests)
Trump Campaign (letter, document requests)
Trump Foundation (letter, document requests)
Trump Organization (letter, document requests)
Trump Transition (letter, document requests)

As I disclosed last July, I provided information to the FBI on issues related to the Mueller investigation, so I’m going to include disclosure statements on Mueller investigation posts from here on out. I will include the disclosure whether or not the stuff I shared with the FBI pertains to the subject of the post.

https://www.emptywheel.net/2019/03/04/puzzling-through-the-house-requests/
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #881 on: March 05, 2019, 10:19:43 pm »


March 5, 2018

Anthony, we launched Project Accountability as a way to let influential members of Congress know their constituents and the country support impeachment proceedings. Yesterday, New York Congressman Jerry Nadler announced that the House Judiciary Committee will launch a probe into Donald Trump’s 🦀 obstruction of justice, campaign finance violations, and abuses of power.
 
When 7.5 million Americans raise their voices, our representatives have no choice but to listen. Let’s keep telling powerful members of Congress to do the job we elected them to do: Hold Trump accountable.
 
Since launching our effort to demand action from Rep. Nadler, we have collected 76,809 petition signatures, made 5,727 phone calls, and sent 767 emails urging him to start impeachment hearings — now he’s investigating Trump.
 
Anthony, watch our new video of Rep. Nadler’s constituents delivering the petition to launch impeachment hearings to his office, and thank him for taking this promising first step toward impeachment.


This is such a crucial time to keep up momentum while impeachment is front and center. If we can demand action from more members of Congress, we can expose Trump’s crimes and corruption, and finally begin the process of impeaching him.
 
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #882 on: March 06, 2019, 06:47:19 pm »
By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

PUBLISHED March 5, 2019


The Democratic Blue Dog 🐘😉 Coalition released this photo with their latest inductees on November 27, 2018.



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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #883 on: March 06, 2019, 08:39:05 pm »
Stopping the Oppression of the Supermajority!


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Tim Wu wrote in the New York Times about the Oppression of the Supermajority.

We Are Not Politically Polarized on Important Issues - So Just Stop It!

75% of Americans want higher taxes for the uberwealthy, 67% want guaranteed maternity leave, 83% are asking for stronger net neutrality protections, 60% are in favor of better privacy laws and 92% want Medicare to negotiate lower drugs prices. The list goes on.

Why are “we” not being heard?



Once Banned 1918 Flu Being Studied in Secret?
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The public was not informed. The United States is uniquely vulnerable because we have no national health care program.

Canada and Mexico and all of Europe and parts of South and Central America do, but we don’t.  So no matter what kind of vaccine or treatment we come up with to stop the spread of the next version of the deadly flu of 1918, we’re going to have a problem because so many people can’t afford to go to the doctor - or don’t even have a doctor - and will instead walk around contagious, spreading the illness.

Our lack of sick leave compounds it; people who are sick will still go to work in our restaurants and taxis and sneeze on us and our food, increasing the velocity of the spread of the next big disease, whether it be flu or SARS or some new virus that North Korea or another foe could drop into our country.

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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #884 on: March 06, 2019, 09:11:43 pm »
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Peterr 👍👍👍 says:

March 6, 2019 at 6:16 pm

It’s like the GOP folks who spent years running up deficits for wars and tax cuts for the rich suddenly raging about deficits when Dems are in control.

It’s like Reagan and his crew demanding that SCOTUS and the courts hew to the narrowest reading of the law, then they turn around and give Congress the middle finger by secretly selling arms to Iran in violation of US sanctions, compounded by using the proceeds to support the Nicaraguan Contras, also in violation of US law.

It’s like Eliott Abrams engaging in war crimes in Central America, getting convicted of lying about it to Congress, getting pardoned by Poppy Bush, then coming back under Trump to be a special envoy related to the mess in Venezuela and Central America, and Abrams getting righteously indignant when questioned about his very relevant behavior by an uppity brown non-Christian female member of the House Foreign Relations committee. “How dare you want to talk about my history of lying to Congress when I come here to testify . . .”

And let’s not even get into the GOP folks who rail against abortion then pay for one when their mistress gets inconveniently pregnant . . .

Eli Lake’s behavior is not a bug . . . it’s a feature.

Read the TRUTH FILLED article the above comment was posted under:

March 6, 2019/44 Comments/in Intelligence /by emptywheel


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