NUMBER OF STORIES ABOUT NEWS THAT DOESN’T SUCK: 3
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—–ON THE AGENDA—–
DETAILS OF PUTIN MEETING HIS PUPPET, THE FAKE RUSSIAN POTUS
The Guardian reports, “The Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told journalists that the summit will be held in a country other than Russia or the United States. The date and location of the meeting will be announced on Thursday, Ushakov said.” CNN adds, “Helsinki, the capital of Finland, remains a leading site contender for the two leaders’ meeting, people familiar with the planning say. Trump told reporters that Vienna, Austria, also remains an option.”
DEATH CULT GOP TO THROW MUD AT THOSE WITH SOME INTEGRITY
ABC News reports, “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Chris Wray are set to appear on Capitol Hill Thursday, where they are expected to face questions from House Republicans angry over the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations.” You know what stopped being a relevant thing when the Russian occupation and fashy Nazi cockroach invasion started? Hillary’s emails but whatever, let’s continue the farce because it’s not like our nation’s sovereignty is in the hands of a foreign adversary. It’s not like the national security advisor John Bolton just festered in said enemy’s lair yesterday to provide aid and comfort. So it goes.
From ABC News.
HOUSE TO HOLD A VOTE ON CHASTISING DOJ FOR PROTECTING MUELLER
POLITICO reports, “The House is preparing to vote Thursday on a measure chastising the Justice Department for withholding what Republicans say are critical documents connected to special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.” That’s right the GOP death cult has no shame when it comes to protecting their death cult leader, but this we knew! So it goes, “The resolution is unenforceable but would for the first time put the Republican-led House on record demanding sensitive DOJ documents, escalating a confrontation that has so far been confined to a handful of powerful House committees,” POLITICO notes. Oh the truth is so fucking scared, it’s running into a pile of lies and will be terribly bereft if the lying liars lie some more. POLITICO adds, “The resolution repeatedly accuses the DOJ of ‘non-compliance’ with House subpoenas — including several issued by the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. And it demands the agency turn over all requested documents by July 6.” Memo to the death cult GOP: repetition may work for propaganda purposes but it does not alter the fundamental rot at the core of the lies. No lie let alone set of lies lasts forever.
CAPTURED JOHN BOLTON
The Guardian reports, “neocon national security adviser, John Bolton, was at the Kremlin fixing a Trump-Putin summit during next month’s trip. After the Nato summit and his brief visit to Britain, it is likely that the US president will head, probably to Helsinki, for a summit with Putin, and then perhaps attend the World Cup final with him in Moscow the following afternoon.” The Guardian adds, “Bolton’s itinerary has been equally revealing. Between visits to London and Moscow, Bolton spent a day in Rome, where his meetings included one with Matteo Salvini, leader of the Lega and Italy’s new interior minister. That’s another clear message. Italy’s new rightwing government and its most controversial and Trumpian leader is worth talking to. Europe’s traditional leaders – Germany and France – are not.” He also gave his post-Kremlin press conference at Russian state-run Interfax instead of the U.S. Embassy, another clear indication that the man has been captured by a foreign adversary and is not working in the service of U.S. national security. The Guardian notes the only thing Bolton gets a point for is, “Asked whether the US would recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea, he said: ‘That is not the position of the United States.’” However, by now we all know that neither Trump nor Bolton actually represent the United States, so do not cling to this. The Guardian adds, “Bolton, accompanied by the US ambassador to Moscow, Jon Huntsman, also met the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, the defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, and an adviser, Yuri Ushakov, whose portfolio includes US policy.” Because the job of the national security advisor should never be to provide aide and comfort to the enemy, Putin told Bolton, “Your arrival in Moscow has given us hope that we can make the first steps to reviving full relations between our governments,” which tells you that we are not a sovereign nation anymore with these quislings at the helm of the state. Have a drink, even if it is morning. To quote Napoleon, “In victory we’ve earned it, in defeat we need it.” And then get ready to fight like hell when you sober up for a future worth living cause these fuckers are not going to just hand one to any one but Putin, the aggressor.
THE REPUBLIC WAS LONG AGO SOLD FOR SCRAP TO THE ENEMY
Reuters reports, “A search warrant application unsealed on Wednesday revealed closer links than previously known between President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin. In an affidavit attached to the July 2017 application, an FBI agent said he had reviewed tax returns for a company controlled by Manafort and his wife that showed a $10 million loan from a Russian lender identified as Oleg Deripaska.” Reuters adds, “The application to search Manafort’s Virginia apartment was granted, providing key evidence for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments of Manafort as part of his investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.” Reuters notes, “The search warrant application also confirmed that Mueller has been investigating Manafort’s role in a June 9, 2016, meeting that he attended at the Trump Tower in New York between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer and self-professed Kremlin informant who purportedly was carrying damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president.”
QUISLING POMPEO CALLS RUSSIA’S RETURN TO WORLD STAGE “INEVITABLE”
The AP reports, “As the U.S. and Russia finalize plans for a summit, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that President Donald Trump views Moscow’s return to the international fold as inevitable and that ‘trade-offs’ could allow it to rejoin the Group of Seven club of industrialized democracies without giving Crimea back to Ukraine.” Or you know being an actual industrialized democracy. Details! The AP notes, “Pompeo’s comments to the Senate Appropriations Committee came as Trump’s national security adviser met in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin to prepare for a summit between the two leaders next month in Europe.” The AP adds, “In his remarks, Pompeo said he could imagine a series of ‘trade-offs’ with Russia to allow its return to the G-7. He would not elaborate but stressed that the U.S. position remains that Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014, a move that led to its suspension from the G-7.” What sort of trade offs? You quisling shits get to load up the chopper with briefcases full of cash and flee to Rostov forever just like that previous asshole quisling kleptocratic client of Manafort’s Viktor Yanukovych, the former President of Ukraine who fled in disgrace in 2014.
From the AP.
EMIN AGALAROV TRIES WALKING BACK HIS DAMAGING NEW VIDEO
Yahoo! News reports, “A surreal new You Tube video released by a Russian pop singer who is a key figure in the investigations into ties between the Kremlin and the 2016 Trump campaign was a ‘satire’ making fun of ‘some of the things I’ve been accused of,’ the singer said Wednesday. The video — entitled ‘Got Me Good’ featuring a new song by Emin Agalarov — caused a media stir this week because it appears to mock Trump, a onetime business partner of the singer and his billionaire oligarch father, real estate developer Aras Agalarov.” Before releasing this video, the kid would not comment at all on his role in the Trump scandal other than via likes and such of all things Trump on Instagram. As TRUMPISTAN WATCH has met Emin, TRUMPISTAN WATCH can tell you Emin, who grew up in part in New Jersey, is not cruel and sick and probably did not want to damage his relationship with the Trumps. But behind every Agalarov are two of the biggest figures in the Russian mafia: Semion Mogilevich and Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov (the latter was treated as a VIP guest a few seats away from Trump during Miss Universe Moscow in 2013). There is enough leverage possible against the Agalarovs to facilitate this video, which is likely not something Emin wanted to do in his heart of hearts nor does he have much choice however in the matter as the Russian mafia state clearly ordered this up as a message to Trump: we own you. At the end of the day, Emin only cares about his music career.
From Yahoo! News.
TRUMP ORGANIZATION GIVEN ONE MORE WEEK TO REVIEW COHEN FILES
Courthouse News Service reports, “A federal judge gave the Trump Organization an extra week Tuesday to review files that the FBI seized from the president’s embattled attorney, Michael Cohen.” Courthouse News Service notes, “Judge [Kimba] Wood ordered the Trump Organization to complete their review by July 5.”
From Courthouse News Service.
* TRUMP SELF-DEALING CHARITY ORDERED TO DISSOLVE
Bloomberg reports, “President Donald Trump’s personal charity should reach an agreement with New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood to dissolve, resolving much of a lawsuit alleging that the foundation willfully engaged in a decade-long pattern of self-dealing, a judge said.” Bloomberg adds, “At a hearing in state court in Manhattan Tuesday, Judge Saliann Scarpulla told the two sides to work out issues by Aug. 15, including whether Trump’s children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. will agree not to serve on any New York charity board for a year without admitting fault. The rest of the case against Trump would continue, drawing the president into yet another legal battle in the months leading up to the mid-term election in November.” No one is above the law, except for those of course who are.
* NEW COMPLANT AGAINST QUISLING PRO-GUN NRA OVER RUSSIA TIES
Think Progress reports, “A new complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urges the commission to investigate a string of revelations regarding the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) ties to sanctioned Russian officials, as well as the gun lobby’s shifting answers about just how much money it received from Russian nationals. The complaint, submitted last week by the American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF), supplements the ADLF’s initial January filing, which, according to Politico, sparked a preliminary FEC investigation into the NRA’s strange ties to Russians sanctioned by the United States.” Think Progress adds, “The new filing details reports about previously undisclosed trips and meetings — including sit-downs between NRA officials and those connected directly to the Kremlin — and raises fresh questions about how the NRA managed to donate over $30 million to the Trump campaign without disclosing its donors.” Think Progress notes, “The new filing also catalogs the NRA’s shifting response to questions regarding just how much money it’s received from Russian nationals — and just how many Russian nationals have actually sent money to the NRA over the past few years.” Think Progress adds, “After initially claiming that they had received only a single donation from a Russian individual between 2012 and 2018, the NRA later admitted that some 25 individuals had actually sent money. And when Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) asked the NRA for information about its Russian donors, the NRA announced it would no longer answer any of Wyden’s questions.”
From Think Progress.
FBI SECRET SOCIETY, NOT SO SECRET, NOT A SOCIETY #PRIORITIES
POLITICO reports, “Peter Strzok, the FBI agent whose anti-Trump texts have spawned months of conspiracy theories about deep state plots to take down the president, sparred with lawmakers for several ‘feisty’ hours Wednesday in his first Capitol Hill appearance.” POLITICO adds, “Strzok defended his messages as ‘intimate’ conversations with an ‘intimate friend,’ according to those in the room. But after multiple rounds of questioning, no one appeared to have budged. Republicans left the room angry, while Democrats left wondering what all the fuss was about.” POLITICO notes, “Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence agent who helped launched the FBI’s Russia probe in 2016, has become the bogeyman of the Trump universe, portrayed as the original witch hunter in the illegitimate investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials.” And in what can only be termed great news for those into this whole distracting “Deep State” or “FBI Secret Society” sideshow, POLITICO adds, “The hearing may be the first of several congressional appearances for Strzok.”
REALITY WINNER PLEADS GUILTY TO LEAKING NSA RUSSIA HACKING DOC
NPR reports, “Reality Winner, the former NSA contractor accused of leaking classified documents to a news site last summer, has accepted a bargain with prosecutors and pleaded guilty in federal court.” NPR adds, “Winner, 26, was charged with violating the Espionage Act. She was accused of leaking documents that described Russian efforts to penetrate American election systems.” NPR notes, “Her plea bargain calls for her to serve 5 years and 3 months in prison, with 3 years’ supervised release, Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Stephen Fowler reports. The deal still needs to be approved by a judge.” Totally legit that she gets five years but Russian oligarch German Khan’s son-in-law got 30 days. No one is above the law when you are not from money or power.
RUSSIA REARRESTS ELDERLY GULAG HISTORIAN ON CHILD RAPE CHARGE
Agence France Presse reports, “A Russian Gulag historian, Yury Dmitriyev, acquitted of child pornography charges, has been detained again”. Agence France Presse notes, “The authorities’ turnabout in the high-profile case takes place during Moscow’s hosting of the World Cup amid what Human Rights Watch has called ‘the worst human rights crisis in Russia since the Soviet era.’” Agence France Presse adds, “Dmitriyev was detained on Wednesday ‘in connection with a new criminal case,’ defence lawyer Viktor Anufriyev told AFP. He said a court in northwestern Russia, where the historian lives, was scheduled to rule on whether to remand him in custody later Thursday.” Agence France Presse notes, “The 62-year-old Dmitriyev, whose trial sparked an outcry from rights activists and liberals, spent decades locating and exhuming mass graves of people killed under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s rule. Activists had said the case against him was an attempt by authorities to muzzle the outspoken historian who has called attention to one of the darkest chapters in Russia’s history. Dmitriyev had spent more than a year in pre-trial detention.” Agence France Presse adds, “In April, a court acquitted Dmitriyev of pornography charges, in what Russia’s liberal rights community called a rare, nearly unbelievable victory in a country where judges almost always side with prosecutors.” Now, “His defence lawyer said a new criminal case against him apparently centred on the old charge of ‘sexual abuse.’”
From Agence France Presse.
RUSSIA REARRESTS NAVALNY OPPOSITION ACTIVIST ON TERROR CHARGE
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Russian activist Vladimir Dubovsky, the coordinator of opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s regional team in the Far East, has been rearrested shortly after finishing a 15-day jail term. Members of Navalny’s team in the region on June 27 said on social media that Dubovsky was arrested as he was leaving a detention facility in the town of Artyom, charged with placing extremist audio on his VKontakte social-media account.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Activists said Dubovsky will spend the night under police detention. Pretrial conditions will likely be decided afterwards.”
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
DETAILS OF MONEY TRAIL FROM KAZAKHSTAN TO TRUMP SOHO UNCOVERED
McClatchy reports, “A collaborative investigation has found the specific offshore companies used to route into a Trump-branded property more than $3 million linked to a massive fraud case in Kazakhstan.” McClatchy adds, “more than $30 million from an allegedly tainted source was used to finance Kazakh investments in the United States with the help of ex-Trump associate Felix Sater.” McClatchy notes, “Sater’s former company, international real estate and investment firm Bayrock Group, partnered with Trump to build the troubled Trump SoHo tower in New York City. It gave the Trump Organization a license fee for the use of its name and an 18 percent ownership stake in the New York hotel and condo project.” McClatchy adds, “new documents viewed by the reporting partnership reveal the complex winding trail through which money moved eventually to Trump SoHo after first going through offshore shell companies and a now-shuttered bank linked to terror financing. The origin of the money traces to Ablyazov, who was convicted last year in absentia in Kazakhstan for the theft of billions of dollars from Bank TuranAlem, or BTA Bank, which he formerly headed until fleeing in early 2009. The bank was seized by the government, and theft allegations ensued.” McClatchy continues, “In 2016, a lawyer for BTA Bank disclosed to a British court that a private investigator had approached the financial institution with what he said was evidence that a Dubai-based offshore financial planner named Eesh Aggarwal had been building and running a network of offshore companies that were hiding Ablyazov’s money. The private investigator, Stuart Page, presented documents he claimed were taken by Israeli computer hackers from Aggarwal’s computer, the court was told.” McClatchy notes, “Page’s documents suggested that Aggarwal had worked for Ablyazov’s son-in-law, Ilyas Khrapunov, in building and running a network of offshore companies that moved hundreds of millions of dollars between accounts held in a Tanzania-based bank called FBME. That now-defunct financial institution had offices in Russia and Cyprus, and was sanctioned by the U.S. government in early 2016 for what was called involvement in money laundering, terror financing and arms proliferation.” McClatchy adds, “BTA’s own private investigators, seeking to recover what they call stolen assets, began following Aggarwal. In mid-June 2016, noticing that he had flown into Great Britain, lawyers for the bank sought and received an order from a British court to seize him and have him turn over his files.” McClatchy notes, “The documents show that Ilyas Khrapunov — under the codename ‘Elvis’ — was the ultimate beneficiary of a complex web of close to a dozen or more offshore companies and trusts administered by Aggarwal that handled close to $440 million via accounts at the Tanzanian bank.”
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES RACKING UP CHARGES AT TRUMP PROPERTIES
ProPublica reports they “released an interactive detailing at least $16.1 million spent at Trump Organization-managed and branded properties from his campaign, Republican organizations and government agencies since Trump announced his candidacy. The vast majority of the money — at least $13.5 million — was spent by Trump’s presidential campaign.” ProPublica adds they “also found about $340,000 spent by federal agencies. That figure is only a partial tally since it is only for a few agencies and only covers a few months. Many agencies have fought disclosing the information.” ProPublica notes, “Among the examples we know of: In March 2017, the Secret Service paid $27,724.32 at the Trump golf course and resort in Doonbeg, Ireland. The stay was to ‘support E. Trump Visit.’” ProPublica adds, “Then there’s a Commerce Department worker who put $2,700 on his government charge card for a stay at the Trump International D.C., including $336 for valet parking. When we asked the official about it, he told us, ‘I could offer clarity but I choose not to.’” This is not a government, this is a cash grab and a money laundering enterprise.
* TRUMP PANAMA REBRANDED AS A JW MARRIOTT
Bloomberg reports, “The former Trump International Hotel & Tower Panama is trading the name of one famous hotelier for another. The sail-shaped tower will be managed by Marriott International Inc. as a JW Marriott hotel, according to a statement from owner Ithaca Capital. The Miami-based firm, led by managing partner Orestes Fintiklis, took control of the property from the Trump Organization in March after a struggle that included court cases in the U.S. and Panama and the use of a crowbar to strip Trump’s name off the building.” That was a cathartic beautiful moment.
FORMER FAUX NEWS FOX EXEC SLATED TO HEAD WH COMMS SHOP
The New York Times reports, “Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive who was close to Roger E. Ailes, the network’s ousted chairman, is expected to be offered the job of White House communications director”. The New York Times adds, “Mr. Shine, who was forced out as co-president at Fox News last May for his handling of sexual harassment scandals at the network, has met with President Trump in recent weeks about taking the West Wing communications job, which has been vacant since Hope Hicks left the job in March.” The New York Times notes, “it was likely to be announced and that the president had offered him the job. But the move has not been finalized, in part because of the president’s mercurial decision-making process and also because of Mr. Shine’s reluctance to walk into a chaotic West Wing.” The New York Times adds, “As recently as a month ago, Mr. Shine didn’t want the job, according to a person familiar with his thinking. The former television executive was reluctant to deal with all the scrutiny, part of which could focus on his own connection to the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News.” Money says Trump wants him but Shine would be a fool to take the gig. Grab ‘em by the pussy, Billy! We await a second chance at a glorious, shame-inducing downfall, which promises to be even more spectacular than the first.
From The New York Times.
—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–
REMEMBER ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING IS FAKE IN TRUMPISTAN
The Hill reports, “Satellite images from last week show that North Korea is making numerous improvements to the infrastructure at a nuclear research facility”. The Hill adds, “The images, obtained by North Korea analysis outlet 38 North, come just weeks after President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement that called for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.” The Hill notes, “The satellite photos indicate that North Korea is quickly progressing on several adjustments to the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center. The improvements include a new cooling water pump house, multiple new buildings, completed construction on a cooling water reservoir and an apparently active radiochemical laboratory. It is unclear whether the reactor is still in operation”.
From The Hill.
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