MUELLER WANTS DOCS ON COMEY FIRING/RUSSIANS IN OVAL OFFICE
The New York Times reports, “Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents about some of President Trump’s most scrutinized actions since taking office, including the firing of his national security adviser and F.B.I. director”. White House officials also say “Mr. Mueller is also interested in an Oval Office meeting Mr. Trump had with Russian officials in which he said the dismissal of the F.B.I. director had relieved ‘great pressure’ on him.” Fire up the grill and turn on the fryer, Mueller is preparing the bacon to sizzle.
From The New York Times.
MANAFORT OFFERED OLIGARCH “PRIVATE BRIEFINGS”
In the old days, “private briefings” was a euphemism for sex, not money, treason and foreign collusion. Oh, how times change! The Washington Post reports, “Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin,” Oleg Deripaska. The Washington Post adds, “Paul Manafort made the offer in an email to an overseas intermediary, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past”. According to The Washington Post, the e-mail sent on July 7, 2016 read in part, “If he needs private briefings we can accommodate”. In case you need it spelled out, The Washington Post notes, “investigators believe that the exchanges, which reflect Manafort’s willingness to profit from his prominent role alongside Trump, created a potential opening for Russian interests at the highest level of a U.S. presidential campaign”.
From The Washington Post.
RUSSIA IRAQ KURD’S BIGGEST BACKER, MANAFORT WORKS ON REFERENDUM
Haaretz reports, “Russia, the only major power that has not called on Iraq’s Kurds to cancel a referendum on independence next week, has swiftly become the top funder of Kurdish oil and gas deals, with as much as $4 billion pledged in less than a year”. Haaretz notes “Russian state oil giant Rosneft announced its latest investment last week,” and while “The full value of the deal has not been disclosed officially, but according to industry sources familiar with it, it is worth more than $1 billion.” Meanwhile, The New York Times reports, “Paul J. Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Trump who is at the center of investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is working for allies of the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region to help administer and promote a referendum on Kurdish independence from Iraq.” So no one think Manafort is without work and suffering in some sort of exile on K Street.
UKRAINE REJECTS RUSSIA FAKE PEACEKEEPING OFFER
Voice of America reports, “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dismissed a Russian proposal to deploy U.N. peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine as an effort to legalize its proxies and freeze the conflict.” Voice of America notes, “Poroshenko used his speech at the annual gathering of world leaders for the United Nations General Assembly to accuse Moscow of not contributing to international security, but of being its ‘biggest threat.’” Poroshenko called it “The latest hybrid peacekeeping proposal from Moscow”.
From Voice of America.
POLAND + NATO HOLD DRILLS
The AP reports, “Thousands of Polish and NATO troops have launched major defensive exercises in Poland’s north amid security concerns raised by war games recently held by neighboring Russia and Belarus.” The Dragon-17 exercise involves some 17,000 troops and some 3,500 units of equipment and runs through Sept. 29. For the first time the bi-annual drill is joined by Poland’s new defense force, the Territorial Defense Forces, which train civilian volunteers to support the regular troops.” The AP notes, “Russia and Belarus wrapped up joint weeklong war games on Wednesday.” Zapad is over and Veyshnoria won without firing a single shot.
From the AP.
SENATE JUDICIARY PREPARES SUBPOENAS, SIGN MANAFORT FUCKED TOO
POLITICO reports, “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Wednesday he is preparing subpoenas for two FBI officials about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and he said negotiations to hear from President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort also have broken off.” Could it be because Special Counsel Mueller has an indictment coming so soon? Grassley said Manafort’s lawyers simply were not returning calls. Imagine being so fucked that this committee and defying Congress is on the lower priority problems list. According to POLITICO, “Grassley said a final decision on summoning FBI national security division head Carl Ghattas and Comey’s former chief of staff James Rybicki would have to await a consultation with the panel’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California.” DARKNESS AT NUNES should take notes on how to do things appropriately.
SESSIONS TO SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE NEXT MONTH
CBS News reports, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next month to testify in a hearing on Justice Department oversight”. According to CBS News, “Sessions’ confirmed appearance on Oct 18 will mark the first time Sessions will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee”.
From CBS News.
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WILL TRUMP SAY ANYTHING AS NORTH KOREA GETS FUEL FROM RUSSIA?
Newsweek reports, “President Donald Trump has yet to directly condemn Russia for interfering in last year’s election, and his silence appears to extend to Russian companies linked to North Korea.” Newsweek cites an analysis by Reuters of shipping data, “Despite U.N. sanctions meant to cripple the North Korean economy, ships from the rogue nation earlier this year reportedly left Russian ports carrying fuel as cargo and headed back to their home country instead of to their listed destinations, China and South Korea”. Look what Trump’s friends are up to! More mischief! Recall, Trump spent part of his speech at the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea because nuclear Trump was something 60 million people and the Russian government thought would be a good idea and now we all get to live with the consequences.
TRUMP LOSES HIS ENFORCER
When a mobster loses his enforcer that means the jig is coming undone. The New York Post reports, “Keith Schiller, a longtime aide and bodyguard to President Trump, has left his position at the White House”. He used to sit sentry outside the Oval Office protecting His Heinous the Great Lunatic from Deep State Maoists. Like Trump, Schiller is all about the money as The New York Post notes, “The director of Oval Office operations was also unhappy over having to take a cut in pay to work in the West Wing, where he earned $165,000, much less than the $294,000 he made at the Trump Organization”.
From The New York Post.
MELANIA TRUMP IMAGINES SHE IS SOMEONE ELSE FOR A UN LUNCHEON
POLITICO reports, “First lady Melania Trump on Wednesday called on the international community to better protect and support children, speaking out against bullying and urging parents and leaders around the world to ‘come together for the good of our children because through them, our future will be defined.’” Married to one of the great abusers of women, a genuine bully, who hours earlier had threatened to “totally destroy” another sovereign nation, taunting its leader as “Rocket Man,” Melania made a sartorial choice of a pink parachute to deliver the remarks as if to say fuck everything, nothing matters. Melania said, “No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn.” No, only adults in Trumpistan should. Melania also said, “Show me your civic lessons of today and I will show you your civic leaders of tomorrow,” which makes TRUMPISTAN WATCH laugh a whole lot and hopefully you too, we deserve our laughter now. In attendance was her “former agent,” Paolo Zampolli. So with that in mind, she talked about morality and values. Who does she imagine she is?
OLIGARCH ARAS AGALAROV’S WIFE SELLS MANHATTAN APARTMENT
The New York Daily News reports, “Irina Agalarova, the wife of Kremlin-connected billionaire Aras Agalarov, closed the sale of her pad on W. 52nd Street at the end of June, according to city property records. The two-bedroom property fetched more than $2.8 million, up only $300,000 from what the Agalarovs paid for it last February.” Recall Aras and son Emin were Trump’s hosts for the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013 and helped arrange the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting that has landed Donald “Uday” Trump Jr., princeling Jared and Manafort in so much hot water.
From The New York Daily News.
ACTIVE MEASURES WATCH: INTRODUCING FAKEBOOK ACTIVISM IN FLORIDA
The Daily Beast reports, “Suspected Russia propagandists on Facebook tried to organize more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies in Florida during last year’s election”. What might have happened in 2000 to cause the Russians to have such interest in Florida? According to The Daily Beast, “The demonstrations—at least one of which was promoted online by local pro-Trump activists— brought dozens of supporters together in real life. They appear to be the first case of Russian provocateurs successfully mobilizing Americans over Facebook”. The build up to the Women’s March is tremendous. The Daily Beast report continues, “The Florida flash mob was one of at least four pro-Trump or anti-Hillary Clinton demonstrations conceived and organized over a Facebook page called ‘Being Patriotic,’ and a related Twitter account called ‘march_for_trump.’” The Daily Beast notes, “The Aug. 20, 2016, events were collectively called ‘Florida Goes Trump!’ and they were billed as a ‘patriotic state-wide flash mob,’ unfolding simultaneously in 17 different cities and towns in the battleground state. It’s difficult to determine how many of those locations actually witnessed any turnout, in part because Facebook’s recent deletion” of numerous Russia-related accounts. This is important because “the discovery of the Being Patriotic rallies suggests that the fraudulent activity on Facebook did indeed involve messaging on behalf of Trump, did prompt at least some Americans to rally on Trump’s behalf, and did result in the Trump campaign volunteers subsequently sharing material from those events.”
From The Daily Beast.
FAKEBOOK ACTIVE MEASURES CONNECT RUSSIA TO TRUMP TEAM FLORIDA
The Daily Beast adds, “The layers of deception went beyond Facebook posts and manufactured rallies. When it wasn’t organizing events, Being Patriotic encouraged violence against minorities in incendiary posts.” In Broward County, the local “official” Trump campaign page promoted the events. While the Florida campaign, Susie Wiles chair whose husband Lanny helped get Kremlin lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya a seat at a meeting on the Hill when former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul was testifying said the Facebook page for Broward County was not an official campaign page. Nonetheless, The Daily Beast reports the page was set up by “The ‘lady’ registered as the contact is Dolly Trevino Rump, the Trump campaign’s chairwoman for Broward County who, until this April, was also the secretary of the local Republican Party.”
From The Daily Beast.
SHIT DMITRY PESKOV REALLY SAYS: MORGAN FREEMAN SCARES US
Afterall, all Russia has in its celebrity war chest is a bunch of shitty D-listers like Steven Seagal, Gerard Depardieu, and of course Pamela Anderson is probably on some sort of retainer for her “work” with Julian Assange. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has lashed out at Morgan Freeman over a video the American actor made for a nonprofit, nonpartisan U.S. organization in which Freeman says the United States is ‘at war’ with Russia and calls for investigations into Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” Hey assholes, we did not want this war, we wanted a goddamn election so that’s right, Russia went to war with the whole celebrity and military industrial complexes. Now deal with it, Moscow. To emphasize the point of just how seriously the Kremlin takes this, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty added, “Speaking in Moscow on September 20, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin doesn’t take Freeman’s video seriously.” Remember, never believe anything until the Kremlin denies it! They are so scared. One Morgan Freeman is worth countless Seagals in celebrity currency.
DRUDGE REPORT: THE RUSSIAN DISINFO DIGEST
Media Matters for America reports, “The Russian propaganda effort,” to cover its tracks after the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 by Russian-backed fighters, “received a substantial boost when right-wing internet journalist Matt Drudge highlighted a story on the topic from RT.com”. Of course, Media Matters notes, “After Drudge propelled the RT story to his massive audience, it was picked up by right-wing U.S. conspiracy websites.” According to Media Matters for America, “This was not an anomaly. Drudge has for years used his site as a web traffic pipeline for Russian propaganda sites, directing his massive audience to nearly 400 stories from RT.com and fellow Russian-government-run English-language news sites SputnikNews.com and TASS.com since the beginning of 2012, according to a Media Matters review.” And “Those numbers spiked in 2016, when Drudge collectively linked to the three sites 122 times.”
GREENWALD + RT DRAG IRONY FROM THE BACK OF A TRUCK
Russian state-run RT has a propaganda piece with the headline, and TRUMPISTAN WATCH kids you not, “Greenwald: Terrorism used as ‘pretext’ for mass data collection,” where the flames of Western anti-statist paranoia are fanned without the slightest concern in the world for Russian history and Putin’s rise to power. Terrorism, dear Glenn, can be used as a pretext for so much more than mere mass data collection! Like have you read any Russian history? Any at all? TRUMPISTAN WATCH highly advises Messenger Greenwald read Anna Politkovskaya’s reporting on Chechnya and in particular on how Putin and the FSB used staged apartment bombings across Moscow and Russia to scare the Russian people into accepting the very Russian mafia state rule that Greenwald seems so fond of as of late.
From Russian state-run RT.
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WHY NOT GO SEE MILOSEVIC’S FORMER INFORMATION MINISTER NEXT?
Serbia’s B92 reports, “Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in New York on Wednesday that US president Donald Trump has accepted his invitation to visit Serbia.” Vucic was Slobodon Milosevic’s Minister of Information during the Kosovo conflict. Maybe Ceca and Aca Lukas can perform too?
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