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    The evisceration of Michael Flynn


    In a surprise twist today, a federal judge delivered a withering brushback to anyone hoping Michael Flynn would get off easy for lying to the FBI.
    The big picture: Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan for leniency. But in the courtroom today, Sullivan lashed into Flynn, suggested leniency wasn't coming and told the retired general he should consider delaying the sentencing.

    • "I'm not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense," Sullivan told Flynn.
    • “This is a very serious offense — a high-ranking senior official of the government, making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation while on the physical premises of the White House."
    • "Arguably, this undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out," Sullivan said, referencing Flynn's undisclosed lobbying for Turkey.

    Between the lines: Sullivan also pressed Flynn on statements made by his defenders and lawyers in recent weeks, which suggested he was a victim of the FBI.

    • Flynn statement last week: "General Flynn’s case differs from that of Alexander Van der Zwaan ... a trained attorney who was represented by counsel during the interview; he was interviewed at a time when there was a publicly disclosed, full-bore investigation regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election; and he was given a warning that it is a federal crime to lie during the interview."
    • Flynn today: The retired general declined opportunities to withdraw his plea and said he was "aware" lying to the FBI is a crime. His lawyer also told the judge that Flynn was not entrapped by the FBI.

    What's next: Flynn's sentencing will now be delayed into 2019 as he wraps up his cooperation with the Mueller investigation.
    Go deeper: Here's what Michael Flynn has admitted




    Trump agrees to shut down his charity amid allegations he used it for personal and political benefit
    New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Tuesday that the foundation is dissolving and distributing its remaining funds as her office pursues a lawsuit against the charity, President Trump and his three eldest children, who oversaw the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
    The shuttering of Trump's charity comes after stories in The Post documented apparent lapses at the foundation. Trump used the charity’s funds pay off legal settlements for his private business, to purchase art that decorated one of his golf clubs and to make a prohibited political donation.
    In its investigation, the attorney general’s office found “a shocking pattern of illegality,” Underwood said.
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    As a child growing up i was exposed to the wild west [in the movie sense] Black and White matinee was the focus of many weekend afternoons. Some characters!! Ronald Reagan was one.
    Somewhere between Cagney and Bogart i figured the Presidency could be bought.

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    The US gubmint shutdown which despite current statements to the contrary is Spanky"s doing, affects 7 of 15 cabinet departments and about 800, 000 employees. About half are on furlough, forced unpaid vacation, and half are required to work without pay. They'll get paid when the dispute is resolved, which will definitely be after Thursday, and looks increasingly likely after Jan 3.
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    Sealed Vs. Sealed, the court case driving Washington crazy.


    This much is known.


    An unnamed foreign government owned company (Russian/Chinese/other?) has been subpoenaed by someone, (possibly/likely Mueller) to provide records to a Grand Jury, and is fighting that subpoena. The district court rejected the company's arguments, and it appealed. There was an appellate hearing on Dec 14, where officials cleared an entire floor of the building, so that reporters could not see which lawyers etc. were involved.



    The appellate court ruled against the company, and the company appealed to the Supreme Court to intervene. On Sunday Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts took the very unusual step of staying the district and appellate court's rulings, plus the $500,000 a day fine for contempt, until the Supremes decide if they want to intervene in the matter. The government has until Dec 31st to respond to Roberts.




    Typically, a party appealing to SCOTUS, files a petition for a grant of certiorari, that is public. Not in this case, and the speed with which Roberts acted is also unusual. If SCOTUS decides not to hear the case the appellate decision stands. If they do decide to hear, it would be unheard of for them to do so in private.


    https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/12/14/p...mpression=true



    https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/23/polit...ena/index.html


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    THE INVESTIGATIONS -- "Cell signal puts Cohen outside Prague around time of purported Russian meeting," by Peter Stone and Greg Gordon in McClatchy: "A mobile phone traced to President Donald Trump's former lawyer and 'fixer' Michael Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials, four people with knowledge of the matter say.


    "During the same period of late August or early September,electronic eavesdropping by an Eastern European intelligence agency picked up a conversation among Russians, one of whom remarked that Cohen was in Prague, two people familiar with the incident said. The phone and surveillance data, which have not previously been disclosed, lend new credence to a key part of a former British spy's dossier of Kremlin intelligence describing purported coordination between Trump's campaign and Russia's election meddling operation.


    "The dossier, which Trump has dismissed as 'a pile of garbage,' said Cohen and one or more Kremlin officials huddled in or around the Czech capital to plot ways to limit discovery of the close 'liaison' between the Trump campaign and Russia. ... Both of the newly surfaced foreign electronic intelligence intercepts were shared with Special Counsel Robert Mueller." McClatchy


    -- COHEN REPLIES ... @MichaelCohen212 at 4:21 p.m.: "I hear #Prague #CzechRepublic is beautiful in the summertime. I wouldn't know as I have never been. #Mueller knows everything!"
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    THE INVESTIGATIONS -- "New Jersey AG has obtained evidence of possible crimes at Trump's golf club — and Mueller, FBI are involved in probe," by N.Y. Daily News' Chris Sommerfeldt: "New Jersey prosecutors have collected evidence that supervisors at President Trump's Garden State golf club may have committed federal immigration crimes — and the FBI as well as special counsel Robert Mueller have played part in the inquiry, the Daily News has learned."N.Y. Daily News


    -- "A Holiday Mystery: Why Did John Roberts Intervene in the Mueller Probe?" by Nelson Cunningham in POLITICO Magazine: "A mysterious grand jury subpoena case has been working itself through the D.C. courts since August. ... Speculation heightened two weeks ago when the D.C. Circuit cleared an entire floor of reporters assembled for the oral argument, in order to protect the identity of the litigants. ... And then ... on the Sunday before Christmas, Chief Justice John Roberts personally intervened in this matter."POLITICO Magazine


    MANAFORT LATEST -- TIME'S SIMON SHUSTER in Rhodes, Greece: "Exclusive: Russian Ex-Spy Pressured Manafort Over Debts to an Oligarch": "A months-long investigation by TIME ... found that [Victor] Boyarkin, a former arms dealer with a high forehead and a very low profile, was a key link between a senior member of the Trump campaign and a powerful ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin." Time
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    Yesterday, in a court filing, Manafort's lawyers inadvertently revealed information that provides the strongest evidence yet of Trump campaign collusion with the Russians.



    THE INVESTIGATIONS -- "Manafort Accused of Sharing Trump Campaign Data With Russian Associate," by NYT's Sharon LaFraniere, Ken Vogel and Maggie Haberman: "As a top official in President Trump's campaign, Paul Manafort shared political polling data with a business associate tied to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing unsealed on Tuesday.


    "The document provided the clearest evidence to date that the Trump campaign may have tried to coordinate with Russians during the 2016 presidential race. Mr. Manafort's lawyers made the disclosure by accident, through a formatting error in a document filed to respond to charges that he had lied to prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, after agreeing to cooperate with their investigation into Russian interference in the election.


    "The document also revealed that during the campaign, Mr. Manafort and his Russian associate, Konstantin V. Kilimnik, discussed a plan for peace in Ukraine. Throughout the campaign and the early days of the Trump administration, Russia and its allies were pushing various plans for Ukraine in the hope of gaining relief from American-led sanctions imposed after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine." NYT
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    More trouble piling up if the Buzzfeed report is true............


    "Democratic leaders reacted with fury and demanded an investigation [late last night] following a new report that President Trump personally directed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about the president’s push for a lucrative condo project in Moscow in the lead-up to the 2016 election," per the WashPost:




    • The report by BuzzFeed News' Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier "cites two unnamed federal law enforcement officials who say Cohen acknowledged in interviews with [Mueller's office] that the president directed him to deceive Congress about key facts linking Trump to the proposed deal in Russia."




    • "Democrats said that if the report is accurate, Trump must quickly be held to account for his role in the perjury, with some raising the specter of impeachment."



    From BuzzFeed: "Trump vehemently denied having any business interests in Russia. But behind the scenes, he was pushing the Moscow project, which he hoped could bring his company profits in excess of $300 million."




    • "[T]wo law enforcement sources said he had at least 10 face-to-face meetings with Cohen about the deal during the campaign.




    • "Trump ... supported a plan ... by Cohen ... to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet ... Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations."

    "Make it happen," the sources said Trump told Cohen.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    The US gubmint shutdown which despite current statements to the contrary is Spanky"s doing, affects 7 of 15 cabinet departments and about 800, 000 employees. About half are on furlough, forced unpaid vacation, and half are required to work without pay. They'll get paid when the dispute is resolved, which will definitely be after Thursday, and looks increasingly likely after Jan 3.
    How's matters going now? [18th January]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trow View Post
    How's matters going now? [18th January]
    Well, the previous longest shutdown was 21 days, we're now at 31 days, and the D's rejected Trump's latest offer last Saturday, in which he offered the D's a temporary concession if they gave him a permanent one. Then he tried to freeze Nancy Pelosi out of the negotiations but that didn't work either. Donny is running out of options and being pushed toward a solution he doesn't want, declaring a "State of Emergency". That would set a precedent that a future D Prez could use to bite the R's in the ass. A hostage to fortune........
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    House Dems plan vast Russia probe


    Mueller is just the beginning. House Democrats plan a vast probe of President Trump and Russia — with a heavy focus on money laundering — that will include multiple committees and dramatic public hearings, and could last into 2020.

    • The aggressive plans were outlined yesterday by a Democratic member of Congress at a roundtable for Washington reporters.
    • The member said Congress plans interviews with new witnesses, and may go back to earlier witnesses who "stonewalled" under the Republican majority.

    Why it matters: The reporters, many of them steeped in the special counsel's investigation, came away realizing that House Dems don't plan to depend on Robert Mueller for the last word on interference in the 2016 election.

    • Instead, Dems will use their new subpoena power to produce a voluminous exposé of their own.

    Here's the congressional blueprint, as outlined by the member:

    • At least three committees are already involved: The House Intelligence Committee is taking the lead, coordinating with House Financial Services on money-laundering questions and with House Foreign Affairs on Russia.
    • Democrats are considering ways to uncover what was said in a Trump private meeting with Putin, "whether that's subpoenaing the notes or subpoenaing the interpreter or other steps."

    On Trump family finances, the member said the president is "not in a position to draw red lines."

    • "I am concerned that he may have drawn a red line that the Department of Justice may be observing."
    • "If we didn't look at his business, ... we wouldn’t know what we know now about his efforts to pursue what may have been the most lucrative deal of his life, the Trump Tower in Moscow — something the special counsel's office has said stood to earn the family hundreds of millions of dollars."
    • "Now, most of his stuff isn't building anymore: It's licensing, and it doesn't make that kind of money. So, this would have been huge."
    • "[T]he fact that the president says now: 'Well, it's not illegal and I might have lost the election. Why should I miss out, basically, on all that money?' He may very well take the same position now: 'I might not be re-elected, and so why shouldn't I ... still pursue it?"
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