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    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Anyone else surprised he's exercising (kinda, not that golf's an actual sport, but still)?

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    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Quote Originally Posted by mmmm8 View Post
    Anyone else surprised he's exercising (kinda, not that golf's an actual sport, but still)?
    Well, I strongly prefer visualizing this image over other images in which he engages in, um, physical activity...

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    Cohen goes to jail on March 6

    Manafort will be sentenced on March 13 (he just lost his plea deal)

    And then there's this guy:

    Manafort-linked lobbyist Sam Patten to be sentenced in April
    BY MORGAN CHALFANT - 02/13/19 01:58 PM EST

    Sam Patten, a GOP consultant with links to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, will be sentenced in April for illegally lobbying on behalf of a political party in Ukraine, a federal judge in Washington said Wednesday.

    Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing Patten’s case, issued an order setting Patten’s sentencing for April 12 at 10 a.m.

    He pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent for Ukraine's Opposition Bloc last August and agreed to cooperate with government prosecutors, including special counsel Robert Mueller. The U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. handled his case on a referral from Mueller’s office.

    Patten has attracted some attention since his guilty plea, particularly as a result of the disclosure in court filings that he admitted to using a U.S. citizen as a “straw purchaser” to obtain tickets to President Trump’s inauguration for an unidentified “prominent” Ukrainian oligarch. Patten, who also admitted to lying to the Senate Intelligence Committee about the tickets, was not charged with crimes in connection with those admissions.

    Federal prosecutors reportedly subpoenaed Trump’s inaugural committee for documents last week, signaling that authorities are looking into whether foreigners illegally donated to the organization.

    Patten also has links to a Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian business associate of Manafort who is suspected of ties to Kremlin intelligence. Kilimnik was charged along Manafort with witness tampering last year, but is believed to be in Russia and out of reach of U.S. prosecutors.

    Details about Patten’s cooperation with the government have been sparse; prosecutors have twice filed status reports under seal in his case, keeping any information about his cooperation from the public realm. On Monday, prosecutors filed their latest status report under seal.

    Jackson’s order signals that prosecutors and Patten’s defense attorneys have agreed he is ready for sentencing. Often prosecutors try to postpone a defendant’s sentencing until they believe his cooperation is finished. The development signals prosecutors have finished gleaning any information from Patten that they need for ongoing investigations.

    The judge ordered both parties to file sentencing memoranda -- which could offer details about Patten's cooperation -- by April 5.

    Manafort was charged in October 2017 in connection with Mueller's investigation with several crimes related to his lobbying on behalf of pro-Russian forces in Ukraine. He was convicted of bank and tax fraud in Virginia last August before pleading guilty to two additional charges to avert a second federal trial in Washington, D.C.

    Manafort agreed to cooperate in Mueller's investigation as part of the deal, but it collapsed weeks later after the special accused him of lying to investigators on a range of subjects.

    Manafort is expected to be sentenced later this year.

    --This report was updated at 2:22 p.m.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    McCabe says he quickly opened FBI investigation of Trump for fear of being fired

    By Matt Zapotosky and John Wagner February 14 at 11:46 AM

    Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Thursday that he authorized an investigation into President Trump’s ties to Russia a day after meeting with him in May 2017 out of fear that he could soon be fired.

    “I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion that, were I removed quickly or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace,” McCabe told CBS.

    His comments marked the first time that McCabe has publicly addressed why he opened an investigation into Trump following the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, whose post McCabe took over.

    CBS broadcast a portion of an interview scheduled to air in full on “60 Minutes” on Sunday.

    “I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency, and won the election for the presidency, and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage, and that was something that troubled me greatly,” McCabe said, recalling his first meeting with Trump.

    About two hours after the clip aired, Trump blasted McCabe on Twitter, calling him “a disgrace to the FBI and a disgrace to our Country.” The Justice Department also disputed some of what McCabe contended.

    “Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a ‘poor little Angel’ when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax — a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey,” the president wrote, referring to an FBI investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server while secretary of state, in addition to its probe of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    Trump wrote that McCabe “gave Hillary a pass.”

    Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a “poor little Angel” when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax - a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey. I.G. report on McCabe was devastating. Part of “insurance policy” in case I won....

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2019

    ....Many of the top FBI brass were fired, forced to leave, or left. McCabe’s wife received BIG DOLLARS from Clinton people for her campaign - he gave Hillary a pass. McCabe is a disgrace to the FBI and a disgrace to our Country. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2019

    Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) issued a statement saying that the CBS interview made it “imperative” that McCabe appear before his committee to answer for “what appears to be, now more than ever, bias against President Trump.”

    In the clip that aired on CBS, McCabe did not address specific evidence that led him to believe Trump should be investigated personally.

    It has been previously reported that the FBI began to explore at that point whether Trump was trying to obstruct justice, in part by firing Comey, and whether Trump personally was of concern from a counterintelligence perspective.

    McCabe opened the case so quickly that some at the Justice Department were concerned that he might have acted too hastily because of Comey’s removal, people familiar with the matter have said.

    In a statement to CBS, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said McCabe had “opened a completely baseless investigation into the president.”

    In the interview, McCabe also apparently addresses allegations he made in memos documenting discussions with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.

    It has been reported previously that McCabe alleged in the memos that Rosenstein suggested wearing a wire to surreptitiously record the president and that Cabinet members considered invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

    During an appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Scott Pelley, the correspondent who interviewed McCabe, described the discussions of the 25th Amendment as “counting noses” — or speculating on where various Cabinet members might stand on the question.

    Pelley said McCabe disputes the assertion, advanced by defenders of Rosenstein, that the deputy attorney general was not serious about wearing a wire. Pelley said McCabe took the idea to FBI lawyers for a discussion afterward.

    That, too, has been previously reported, though McCabe has never before publicly described his allegations.

    In a statement, a Justice Department spokesman said McCabe’s recitation of events — at least according to a transcript reviewed by officials — was “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”

    The spokesman repeated Rosenstein’s imprecise disputes with McCabe’s version of his comments on wearing a wire and invoking the 25th Amendment, saying: “The Deputy Attorney General never authorized any recording that Mr. McCabe references. As the Deputy Attorney General previously has stated, based on his personal dealings with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the DAG in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment.”

    The spokesman also disputed that Rosenstein spoke with McCabe about appointing a special counsel and claimed, for the first time, that after Robert S. Mueller III was installed in the post, Rosenstein “directed that Mr. McCabe be removed from any participation in that investigation.”

    The meaning of that was not immediately clear. At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June, the month after Mueller was appointed, McCabe, appearing with Rosenstein, talked of the FBI’s providing resources to the special counsel — implying he was still involved at least in that respect.

    “We have a robust relationship with the special counsel’s office, and we are supporting them with personnel and resources in any way they request,” he said.

    At the same hearing, McCabe confirmed he was fully familiar with the scope of Mueller’s investigation, though he noted that Mueller was still sorting out some details of it. And that some month, he signed a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant that would allow the FBI to continue surreptitiously monitoring former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, one of the early subjects of the Russia probe.

    As the clip of McCabe’s interview aired on CBS, the Atlantic published an excerpt of McCabe’s book, in which he describes his interactions with the president after Comey’s firing.

    In one encounter that he seems to view as particularly troubling, McCabe wrote that Trump pressed in an Oval Office meeting to visit the FBI, even though he had just fired its well-liked leader.

    In McCabe’s view, Trump was trying to enlist McCabe in a plan to send a sinister message to employees.

    “In this moment, I felt the way I’d felt in 1998, in a case involving the Russian Mafia, when I sent a man I’ll call Big Felix in to meet with a Mafia boss named Dimitri Gufield,” McCabe wrote. “The same kind of thing was happening here, in the Oval Office. Dimitri had wanted Felix to endorse his protection scheme. This is a dangerous business, and it’s a bad neighborhood, and you know, if you want, I can protect you from that. If you want my protection. I can protect you. Do you want my protection? The president and his men were trying to work me the way a criminal brigade would operate.”

    A frequent punching bag for Trump, McCabe was fired from the bureau in March just 26 hours before he could retire, after the inspector general presented Justice Department leadership with allegations that McCabe had authorized a disclosure to the media and then lied repeatedly to investigators about it. The timing of the firing cost McCabe a significant portion of his retirement benefits.

    In his tweet Thursday, Trump characterized the inspector general’s report as “devastating.”

    McCabe alleged that his termination was politically motivated and meant to discredit the bureau and the ongoing Russia probe.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  5. #3380

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Matthew Miller
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    Really something how this just keeps happening...on Russian interference in the election, on Afghanistan, and now North Korea.

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    This is the filing I've been waiting for today. The SCO says evidence in Roger Stone's case was found in accounts that were searched for the GRU case, in which 11 Russian military officers were charged with a conspiracy to interfere in the election.

    In other words, following the evidence from the Russian side of the investigation led the Special Counsel's Office to Roger Stone. Consider the implications of that.

    More detail from the filing. "Several of those search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone's communications with Guccifer 2.0 and Organization 1 [Wikileaks]."

    This part in particular about the use of the accounts "to discuss the timing and promotion" of the release of the stolen emails stands out to me. Of course, it doesn't say whether Stone participated in any of those discussions.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Angry Staffer

    More Angry Staffer Retweeted southpaw
    So, recapping:

    Evidence in Stone’s case was discovered while looking at the Russians who were charged with interfering in our election.

    We also know Stone was directed by a senior campaign official to contact Wikileaks.

    Wikileaks = Russian Intelligence = Collusion

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    New Jersey Attorney General Sends Subpoena to Trump Inaugural Committee
    Subpoena is second this month sent to committee, which is under criminal investigation by Manhattan federal prosecutors

    By Rebecca Ballhaus
    Feb. 15, 2019 5:45 p.m. ET

    Trump’s inaugural committee has received a civil subpoena from the New Jersey attorney general, whose Consumer Protection Division is conducting an investigation into the fund, a committee spokeswoman said Friday.

    This marks the second subpoena the committee has received in recent weeks. Last week, the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office issued a subpoena to the committee for documents related to how it raised and spent more than $100 million on 2017 inauguration festivities, according to people familiar with the matter. Last year, that office opened a criminal investigation into the fund’s raising and spending of money.

    A spokeswoman for the inaugural committee said it was “in contact with staff” regarding the request from the New Jersey attorney general. The spokeswoman said last week the committee was reviewing the subpoena from New York prosecutors and that it intended to cooperate.

    It wasn’t immediately clear what the New Jersey attorney general is investigating. The attorney general’s consumer affairs division “protects the public from fraud, deceit and misrepresentation in the sale of goods and services,” according to its website. That inquiry is a civil one, while New York prosecutors’ investigation is a criminal one.

    The New Jersey subpoena was first reported by ABC News.

    None of the top five largest vendors the inaugural committee has disclosed in tax returns were based in New Jersey. A handful of donors to the fund lived in New Jersey, according to Federal Election Commission records.

    The New York subpoena requested documents related to the committee’s donors and spending, according to a copy viewed by The Wall Street Journal, including communications about any payments made directly by donors to vendors—which would flout disclosure rules.

    Federal prosecutors are also seeking documents related to a Los Angeles financier who gave $900,000 to the committee through his private-equity firm and once registered as a foreign agent working on behalf of the Sri Lankan government, according to the subpoena.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  9. #3384

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Every con has a "shelf life". A good grifter knows when to cut and run.

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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