NOW THE DEATH CULT ELITES BEG THE LEADER TO SPARE THEM
POLITICO reports, “After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, President Donald Trump’s supporters are issuing increasingly bold calls for presidential pardons to limit the investigation’s impact.” POLITICO adds, “The pleas for mercy mainly extend to the four former Trump aides who have already been swept up in the Russia probe: former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. But they don’t stop there.” POLITICO notes, “During a video interview with the prominent alt-right activist Jack Posobiec at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., last week, Flynn’s outspoken adult son, Michael Flynn Jr., encouraged viewers to promote online messages calling for his father’s exoneration and pardon. ‘Just keep pushing out those hashtags, the “#ClearFlynnNow” and the “#PardonFlynnNow,”’ Flynn Jr., said.” Left unspoken is that the bots and Russian disinfo operators will do the rest. Keep dreaming assholes because a lot of people are going to prison, and deservedly so.
BANNON SELLS STAKE IN CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA, RIEFNSTAHL FANTASY
McClatchy reports, “Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon sold his stake in Cambridge Analytica — the controversial data firm Donald Trump’s campaign employed to reach voters with hyper-targeted online messaging — in April, as required by his ethics requirement.” McClatchy adds, “Bannon only notified the government of the sale in November, three months after he had left the White House and one month after McClatchy asked him whether he still had an interest in the company. He was fined for the late report about the sale, joining a growing number of Trump administration officials who have been fined for late ethics filings.” McClatchy notes, “Bannon’s report wasn’t approved by ethics officials at the White House and the Office of Government ethics until February. He also sold his stake in the production company Glittering Steel, LLC in April, according to the report,” which was where he lived out his fantasy of being Leni Riefenstahl. Bannon, you sir are no Leni Riefenstahl.
T REX NOW ALSO ASKS YOU TO STOP BELIEVING YOUR EYES, DOWN IS UP
POLITICO reports, “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pushed back in an interview aired Sunday on claims that he has hollowed out the State Department and said his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin has changed since he joined the administration.” T Rex told the standard bearer “60 Minutes” program Sunday night, “There’s been no dismantling at all of the State Department,” which P.S. is total horse shit. POLITICO adds, “When he was nominated, Tillerson’s close relationship with Putin from his days as an oil executive sparked concern, even among fellow Republicans. But Tillerson said Putin understands that their relationship is now different.” All in all though seems like a pretty amicable separation with no sanctions imposed yet, one that still might allow for some time between the sheets and our country getting fucked up the you-know-what. POLITICO continues, “‘The relationship that I had with President Putin spans 18 years now. It was always about what could I do to be successful on behalf of my shareholders, how Russia could succeed,’ Tillerson told CBS. ‘And I said to him, “I now represent the American people.” And he clearly got, I mean, he clearly understood that as well.’” What does that even mean T Rex?! Where is the money in that?! We don’t belive you. You are a liar.
AMBASSADOR HUNTSMAN MEETS GERASIMOV IN MOSCOW
Russian state-run Tass reports, “Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov and US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman discussed on Monday prospects for bilateral relations in the military sector, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.” The one cliché the state news outlet left out of their story is that fun was had by all.
From Russian state-run Tass.
POST-SCRIPT TO DERIPASKA STEPPING DOWN AS THE HEAD OF RUSAL
Reuters reports, “Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov has agreed to sell a 6 percent stake in Russian aluminium giant Rusal to a consortium of investors led by billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his partners, the consortium said on Monday. The sale will close a chapter at the world’s second largest aluminium producer. Prokhorov’s purchase of a stake in Rusal triggered a long-running battle for control of mining giant Norilsk Nickel 10 years ago.” Reuters could not get comment from anywhere as, “Onexim group, which manages Prokhorov’s assets, and En+ Group, a company controlled by Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska which owns 48 percent of Rusal, declined to comment. Rusal and Vekselberg’s main investment vehicle, Renova, did not provide an immediate comment,” but notes, “The sale will reduce Prokhorov’s share in Rusal to zero.” Reuters notes, “It was not clear whether Vekselberg was trying to boost his influence in Rusal by buying the remaining stake from Prokhorov, while Deripaska is fighting for Nornickel.” Deripaska also just stepped down as head of Rusal last week, an announcement that came on the heels of Navalny’s latest corruption exposé, which placed Deripaska on a yacht with a senior Kremlin aide, Sergey Prikhodko and an escort.
HEAD OF NAVALNY’S ANTICORRUPTION FOUNDATION DETAINED AT AIRPORT
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “The director of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny’s Anticorruption Foundation has been detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, a senior Navalny associate says. Leonid Volkov said on Twitter late on February 19 that Roman Rubanov was detained after passing customs inspection and, according to Rubanov himself, he was afterward taken to a police station. According to Volkov, Rubanov was charged with organizing an unsanctioned rally.”
—–INDICTMENT ROCK CITY—–
YOU GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY
BuzzFeed reports, “Federal law enforcement officials have identified more than $40 million in ‘suspicious’ financial transactions to and from companies controlled by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort — a much larger sum than was cited in his October indictment on money laundering charges.” BuzzFeed notes, “The vast web of transactions was unraveled mainly in 2014 and 2015 during an FBI operation to fight international kleptocracy that ultimately fizzled. The story of that failed effort — and its resurrection by special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigated whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election — has never been fully told.” BuzzFeed adds, “But it explains how the special counsel was able to swiftly bring charges against Manafort for complex financial crimes dating as far back as 2008 — and it shows that Mueller could still wield immense leverage as he seeks to compel Manafort to cooperate in the ongoing investigation.”
EYE OF THE TIGER
CNN reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition, according to people familiar with the inquiry. This is the first indication that Mueller is exploring Kushner’s discussions with potential non-Russian foreign investors, including in China.” CNN adds, “Mueller’s investigators have been asking questions, including during interviews in January and February, about Kushner’s conversations during the transition to shore up financing for 666 Fifth Avenue, a Kushner Companies-backed New York City office building reeling from financial troubles”. CNN notes, “It’s not clear what’s behind Mueller’s specific interest in the financing discussions. Mueller’s team has not contacted Kushner Companies for information or requested interviews with its executives, according to a person familiar with the matter.” CNN reports, “One line of questioning from Mueller’s team involves discussions Kushner had with Chinese investors during the transition”. The New York Times previously reported, “A week after Trump’s election, Kushner met with the chairman and other executives of Anbang Insurance, the Chinese conglomerate that also owns the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York,” CNN notes, adding, “At the time, Kushner and Anbang’s chairman, Wu Xiaohui, were close to finishing a deal for the Chinese insurer to invest in the flagship Kushner Companies property, 666 Fifth Avenue. Talks between the two companies collapsed in March,” again citing The New York Times. CNN also notes, “Also during the transition, Kushner met with Sergey Gorkov, chairman of Russian state-run Vnesheconombank. Kushner testified on Capitol Hill that the meeting was for official US government purposes.”
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
TRUMP IS AN ACTIVE MEASURE WHO AMPLIFIED WIKILEAKS
NBC News reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments on Friday focused only on the social media and grassroots components of Russia’s interference campaign. But they didn’t address the hacked emails from John Podesta and the DNC that WikiLeaks released — and which Donald Trump and his campaign eagerly used during the final days of the 2016 election.” What follows is an abbreviated timeline provided by NBC News of “how Trump talked about the Wikileaks disclosures in the final week before Election Day:”
– October 31 in “Warren, MI: ‘Did you see where, on WikiLeaks, it was announced that they were paying protestors to be violent, $1,500?… Did you see another one, another one came in today? This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove.’”
– November 2 in “Orlando, FL: ‘Out today, WikiLeaks just came out with a new one, just a little a while ago, it’s just been shown that a rigged system with more collusion, possibly illegal, between the Department of Justice, the Clinton campaign and the State Department.’”
– November 2 in “Pensacola, FL: ‘They said about Hillary, she’s got bad instincts right. You know who said that, Podesta. I would fire Podesta so fast. I mean the way he talks about her, whether true, not true, who cares. He speaks so badly about her. Of course he didn’t know there was a thing called WikiLeaks right.’”
– November 4 in “Wilmington, OH: ‘Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks.’”
– November 6 in “Sioux City, IA: ‘Just today, we learned Hillary Clinton was sending highly classified information through her maid. Did you see? Just came out a little while ago, who therefore had total access to this information, completely jeopardizing the national security of the United States. This just came out. WikiLeaks.’”
– November 7 in “Manchester, NH: ‘Hillary has shown contempt for the working people of this country. Her campaign in WikiLeaks has spoken horribly about Catholics and evangelicals and so many others. They got it all down folks, WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks…’”
And keep in mind, this is just the final week. NBC News notes, “Trump insists he and his campaign didn’t collude with Russia.” However NBC News adds, “Mueller’s indictments were notable for their exhaustive detail about how more than a dozen Russians and three companies worked to manipulate American citizens and spread propaganda. Trump’s own national security adviser H.R. McMaster called the evidence in the indictments ‘really incontrovertible.’ But Trump has not expressed alarm at the years-long Russian attempts to undermine the democratic process — or concern about preventing it from happening again in the midterm elections and beyond. In fact, rather than rebuking Moscow, Trump chided McMaster on Twitter for ‘forgetting’ to say that ‘the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians.’” As Michael McFaul, the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia put it, “He looks weak, not only in Moscow but throughout the world.”
From NBC News.
PREPARE TO BARF: OH THIS WILL BE TO ARYAN PRINCESS IVANKA’S LIKING
Business Insider reports, “South Korea is reportedly preparing a lavish reception for Ivanka Trump’s visit next week, the kind that would usually be reserved for a first lady of head of state.” Barf, right? Like who is she, who is she really? But it gets so much worse! Business Insider adds, “Officials are said to be planning to roll out the red carpet ahead of the Winter Olympics – with the ultimate goal of lobbying her father, President Donald Trump, to visit North Korea on a diplomatic trip.” What? You want to send him where to do what? Please tell us this is a troll and that our allies are trolling us for inflicting this Lubyanka shitstain Moscow helped cultivate on the world. So it goes, “Seoul plans to host Ivanka Trump as if she were First Lady, South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo reported on Monday. She is visiting Pyeongchang on February 25 for the closing ceremony of the Olympics,” Business Insider reports because fuck everything. And because fuck everything no one is even pretending we have a constitution, an emoluments clause, ethical concerns anymore, “Officials reportedly also want to ‘lavish’ her three children with presents.” Sorry if you did not make it to that last sentence and are over the toilet now. TRUMPISTAN WATCH wishes you to get well! Get well soon!
From Business Insider.
UDAY DOES INDIA DESPITE ALL PROMISES OF NO FOREIGN BUSINESS
The AP reports, “The eldest son of President Donald Trump has arrived in India to help sell luxury apartments and lavish attention on wealthy Indians who have already bought units in Trump-branded developments.” Transational mafia going to transnational mafia. The Washington Post notes, “Donald Trump Jr. posed for photos Tuesday morning with Indian developers, who are building the complexes in four cities. Later in the week, he is scheduled to make a speech about Indo-Pacific relations at a New Delhi business summit, sharing the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” So gross.
From the AP.
THE BEST PEOPLE: WHEN DEAD CHILDREN ARE YOUR “REPRIEVE”
The Daily Mail reports, “Just days after 17 people were senselessly murdered at a Florida high school, a White House official has said the tragedy was a ‘reprieve’ after back-to-back of scandals in the West Wing.” The best people. The Daily Mail note the anonymous official told The Washington Post in a much larger article about the Parkland, Florida mass shooting, “‘For everyone, it was a distraction or reprieve”. The best people.
From The Daily Mail.
TRUMPISTAN ISN’T NEAR THE DERANGEMENT MAXIMUS OF RUSSIA YET
The Guardian reports, “Russians who don’t vote in next month’s presidential elections risk seeing their country transformed into a gay-friendly state where people in their 50s are eligible for military conscription, a homophobic and xenophobic viral video has warned. The three-minute video, which features professional actors, was uploaded to social media on Friday and Saturday and has been watched by millions of people. The actors say they do not know who ordered the video.” The Guardian notes, “Opposition journalists believe the video was produced by either President Vladimir Putin’s campaign team or the government-controlled election committee. The Kremlin is eager to see a big turnout to underscore Putin’s legitimacy. Alexei Navalny, the opposition figurehead, has been urging Russians to boycott the election, which he says is rigged.” Putin’s campaign slogan is mind numbing: “A strong president. A strong Russia.” A big, strong deranged Russia.
From The Guardian.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
SURPRISE! A RUSSIAN GOT CAUGHT DOPING AT THE OLYMPICS, AGAIN!
The New York Times reports, “The athlete, Alexander Krushelnytsky, is the first from Russia to come under investigation at these Games for using a banned substance, jeopardizing the bronze medal he won last week in the mixed doubles competition with his wife. It also complicates Russia’s effort to rehabilitate its image after a vast state-backed cheating scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games it hosted left it nominally barred as a team from the Games.” The New York Times adds, “The International Olympic Committee had been considering allowing Russia to march under its own flag at the closing ceremony Sunday. But several members now privately suggested that allowing that would risk appearing to appease Russia and could undercut an effort to play up the peacemaking presence of a North Korea delegation at the Games.” The New York Times notes, “Krushelnytsky, in a routine urine check, was found to have traces of meldonium in his system. Use of the drug, a heart medicine that increases blood flow and has been banned from most sports since 2016, has ensnared other Russian athletes in doping cases in the past couple years.”
From The New York Times.
RESISTANCE ADVICE: AMERICA IS SEARCHING HARD FOR HEROES NOW
The Washington Post reports, “At this moment in a fierce, ongoing debate over the future of gun policy in the United States, the voice of high school senior Emma Gonzalez seems to boom louder than those of the National Rifle Association and President Trump. ‘We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we’re going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America … we are going to be the last mass shooting,’ the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student told hundreds of classmates, teachers and supporters on Saturday at a federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, three days after a gunman killed 17 people at the school in Parkland, Fla.” And Gonzalez platform quickly elevated from there as “On Sunday” she “appeared on cable news shows to discuss how the country could respond to gun violence” and “was asked about Trump’s criticism of the FBI on Twitter for failing to act on tips related to shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz.” And herein lies the advice: The Washington Post reports, “‘The best thing for us to do is ignore him and to continue fighting our fight, the fight he refuses to acknowledge,’ she said, calling Trump’s words ‘disgraceful.’” Celebrities have responded! The Washington Post notes, “singer Demi Lovato contacted her after a tweet mentioning Gonzalez, a sign of her message rippling across the country. Later in the day, actress Reese Witherspoon weighed on Twitter: ‘Kids like #emmagonzalez will change the world. Listen to her!’” That is right, the adults have failed and are abdicating responsibility to the children in Trumpistan! And the kids are stepping up because fuck, look at the adults. “We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around. … This is about us creating a badge of shame for any politicians accepting money from the NRA and using us as collateral,” Parkland student Cameron Kasky said on CNN. We’re not playing around; rather, the adults are freebasing covfefe. There is a difference!
From The Washington Post.
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