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    Joseph Mifsud Was Just Fined $57,000. He Missed His Whole Trial Because Police Couldn't Find Him.

    The Maltese professor at the center of the Trump-Russia probe, described by lawyers as a "ghost," was convicted by an Italian court after not turning up for a single day of his own trial.

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/articl...-was-fined-57000-in-absence-after-missing-his
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    Needs one with a pair of dicks.
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    Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti talk Michael Cohen's guilty plea, her arrest in Ohio | The View



    "Daniels and Avenatti discuss the latest developments in Michael Cohen's case, Daniels' Ohio arrest and more on "The View.""

    Stormy Daniels announces new book 'Full Disclosure' | The View



    "Daniels details her new book and explains why she decided to publish it now on "The View.""

    Stormy Daniels, Attorney Michael Avenatti On Rudy Giuliani's Comments | The View



    October surprise: Stormy Daniels to release tell-all book on Trump | POLITICO

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    Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump, revealed on Wednesday that she has penned a tell-all book that will be released on Oct. 2.

    Daniels made the announcement on The View, telling the hosts that the book will be called "Full Disclosure" and that she will share more details about her interactions with Trump.

    “Yes. It's full disclosure. That's why I named it that,” Daniels said, when asked by co-host Joy Behar whether the memoir will dish about the night she allegedly spend with Trump in a hotel room in 2006.

    Daniels has emerged as a major political figure after going public with her alleged affair and suing the president for defamation. The controversy escalated when Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani revealed that the president had repaid Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, for the hush money deal that Cohen struck with Daniels in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

    On Wednesday, Daniels said she's been working on the memoir for the past decade and that while it will detail interactions with Trump, it will also be about her career as a porn star as well as her personal life.

    Continued at https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/12/stormy-daniels-book-deal-815841
  5. https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/...non-Great-Awakening-Subreddits-493096041.html
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    No Last Call at Trump Hotel: D.C. Board Rejects Liquor License Challenge | The New York Times

    Excerpt:

    In the end, the board unanimously declined to pursue the complaint, punting a decision to review the case until next spring. The group also said it would review a claim that the hotel had served alcohol to a minor.

    More at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/12/us/politics/trump-hotel-liquor-license.html
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    Manafort seeking plea deal with special counsel that would avoid cooperation ahead of second trial: Sources | ABC News

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    Sources tell ABC News that Mueller’s office is seeking cooperation from Manafort for information related to President Donald Trump and the 2016 campaign. Manafort, however, is resisting and his team is pushing prosecutors for a plea agreement that does not include cooperation, at least as related to the president, sources said.

    More at https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/man...l-counsel-avoid-cooperation/story?id=57777687
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    Bob Woodward's Fear sells more than 750,000 in first day | The Guardian

    The veteran Washington reporter’s unflattering portrait of Trump White House gets ninth printing to meet extraordinary demand from US and beyond

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    Simon & Schuster said yesterday that it sold a combined total of more than 750,000 copies of the book on its first day on sale in the US. The publisher has now ordered a ninth printing, bringing the total number of hardbacks in print in America to more than 1.15m.

    “Bob Woodward’s Fear is selling with the force of a cultural phenomenon, in extraordinary numbers across the board, in hardcover, ebook, and audio editions,” said S&S president Jonathan Karp. “Based on immense pre-publication and ongoing interest, the reading public clearly has an enormous appetite for what we believe, as Woodward says, is ‘a pivot point in history’.”

    More at https://www.theguardian.com/books/2...re-than-750000-in-first-day-trump-white-house

    Amazon Confuses Bob Woodward For L. Ron Hubbard, Sending Reviews For Fear Tumbling | Gizmodo Australia

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    A mysterious (hilarious?) bug appeared to temporarily drag down the Amazon customer rating for Bob Woodward’s new book about the Trump administration’s first year in office.

    On Wednesday, reviews on Amazon for the just-released Woodward book Fear became intermingled, somehow, with reviews for an L. Ron Hubbard novella by the same name. A significant number of the negative reviews attached to Woodward’s book — orders for which have outpaced Amazon’s supply — referenced the Church of Scientology founder’s psychological thriller, as seen in the screenshot below:

    Continued at https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/09/...on-hubbard-sending-reviews-for-fear-tumbling/
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  9. ^A sinister turn of events at Amazon, indeed.

    Too early to say if the Special Counsel needs to become involved, but if some government spokeshole appears and blames it on some 'third-rate Russian hackers' we'll know what's afoot.

    What's scientology doing in the Trump thread, and how seriously do we need to take this?

    We must be told.
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    What The Fuck Is That Guy's Problem?!
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    ^
    Trump claims without evidence that 3,000 people did not die in Puerto Rico hurricanes, blames Democrats for inflating toll
    • President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed the most recent official death toll from hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico last fall.
    • Trump suggested Democrats tried to "make me look bad" by highlighting the number of people who died in the wake of the storms "when I was successfully raising Billions of dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico."
    • In August, the Puerto Rican government raised the official death count dramatically to 2,975, after maintaining for months that only 64 people had died.
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    San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz fired back at Trump in a tweet of her own.

    "Success? Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success? If he thinks the death of 3,000 people os a success God help us all."
    https://twitter.com/CarmenYulinCruz/status/1039609845744377859

    More at https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/13/trump-says-3000-people-did-not-die-in-puerto-rico-hurricanes.html
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    Trump Plans To Pay Millions To Mexico So It'll Deport Undocumented Immigrants | HuffPost

    The money will reportedly help Mexico pay transportation for thousands of Central Americans trying to reach the U.S.

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    Remember President Donald Trump’s insistence that Mexico would pay for his border wall? Well, it seems it’s the U.S. that’ll be shelling out millions to its southern neighbor in exchange for helping Trump in his crusade against immigration.

    The Trump administration recently sent a notice to Congress saying it plans to divert $20 million allocated for foreign assistance to help Mexico deport up to 17,000 undocumented immigrants from the country, according to a New York Times report published late Wednesday.

    The money would reportedly help Mexico pay for the plane and bus fares of deportees. Central Americans attempting to flee to the U.S. via Mexico will be the main target of the initiative.

    A Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman confirmed the plan to the Times, saying the administration was “working closely with our Mexican counterparts to confront rising border apprehension numbers.”

    Continued at https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-mexico-deportation-20-million_us_5b9a06a4e4b041978dbfd00e
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    Cooper to Woodward: This part of book was terrifying | CNN



    "CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to veteran journalist Bob Woodward about his new book, "Fear.""

    Woodward says he has ‘boxes of recordings’ to back claims in Trump book | TheHill

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    Veteran journalist Bob Woodward claims he has “boxes of recordings and documents” to back up the accounts made his explosive book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.”

    In an interview with CNN host Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night, Woodward said he recorded “almost all” of the interviews he conducted with current and former Trump administration officials for his new book, which President Trump and the White House have repeatedly sought to discredit.

    “The deal was I would interview somebody, they would be a confidential source,” Woodward told Cooper. “I know who they are, they're describing specific events.”

    “Often there are diaries or notes or documents supporting it,” the journalist added.

    Woodward, the reporter who rose to fame for uncovering the Watergate scandal, said that several times during interviews with current and former officials that the subject would request to go off the record, which Woodward said he refused to allow.

    "A couple of times people would say 'I wanna go off the record,' " Woodward said. "And I said 'no.' "

    "In every case, maybe except one, said 'ok, I'll tell you anyway on deep background,’ ” Woodward said.

    "When somebody looks at this in 20, or 30, or 40 years, boxes of recordings and documents, they will see that this was very carefully done," Woodward continued. "I can argue with a straight face that an ardent Trump supporter would read this and have to pause. Because whether you like Trump or don't like Trump, it's a management issue."

    Continued at http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brief...-he-has-boxes-of-recordings-to-back-claims-in
  14. Fear Book gets confused on Amazon with L,Ron Hubbard's book Fear.
  15. This shit you couldn't make up.



    Heeelayreeeuss
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    Dianne Feinstein Withholding Brett Kavanaugh Document From Fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats

    By Ryan Grim, The Intercept, September 12, 2018

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    Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have privately requested to view a Brett Kavanaugh-related document in possession of the panel’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, but the senior California senator has so far refused, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

    The specific content of the document, which is a letter from a California constituent, is unclear, but Feinstein’s refusal to share the letter has created tension on the committee, particularly after Feinstein largely took a back seat to her more junior colleagues last week, as they took over Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings with protests around access to documents.

    The letter took a circuitous route to Feinstein, the top-ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. It purportedly describes an incident that was relayed to someone affiliated with Stanford University, who authored the letter and sent it to Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat who represents the area.

    Different sources provided different accounts of the contents of the letter, and some of the sources said they themselves had heard different versions, but the one consistent theme was that it describes an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school. Kept hidden, the letter is beginning to take on a life of its own.

    Eshoo passed the letter to her fellow Californian, Feinstein. Word began leaking out on the Hill about it, and Feinstein was approached by Democrats on the committee, but she rebuffed them, Democratic sources said. Feinstein’s fellow senators want their own opportunity to gauge whether or not the letter should be made public, rather than leaving it to Feinstein to make that call unilaterally. The sources were not authorized to speak on the record, and said that no senators on the committee, other than Feinstein, have so far been able to view the letter.

    The woman who is the subject of the letter is now being represented by Debra Katz, a whistleblower attorney who works with #MeToo survivors. Joseph Abboud, an attorney at Katz’s firm, said that the firm was declining to comment. Emma Crisci, a spokesperson for Eshoo, declined to comment on the letter her office sent to Feinstein, saying that the office has a confidentiality policy when it comes to constituent casework. A spokesperson for Feinstein did not respond to requests for comment.

    Update: September 13, 2018

    Feinstein has released a statement Thursday afternoon acknowledging the existence of the letter. “I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities,” she said.

    Source: https://theintercept.com/2018/09/12/brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-dianne-feinstein/

    Senate Democrats Have Referred A Secret Letter About Brett Kavanaugh To The FBI

    By Lissandra Villa and Paul McLeod, BuzzFeed News, September 13, 2018

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    Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have referred a letter concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI.

    The contents of the letter have been closely guarded by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as California Rep. Anna Eshoo, who originally received the letter and shared it with Feinstein, according to sources familiar with the matter. But whispers of what it contains have made the rounds across Capitol Hill over the past week.

    Continued at https://www.buzzfeednews.com/articl...mocrats-have-sent-a-secret-letter-about-brett
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    Donald Trump's absolutely mind-boggling assault on facts is actually picking up steam

    Donald Trump has said more than 8 things that aren't true every day of his presidency

    Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

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    On his 601st day in office, President Donald Trump broke what many people might have assumed was an unbreakable barrier: He said his 5,000th thing that was either totally false or partially untrue.

    That's according to the count being kept by the invaluable folks at The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog. And, what's even more amazing than a President who is averaging -- repeat: averaging -- more than eight untruths a day is this: Trump's penchant for saying false things is exponentially increasing as his presidency wears on.

    In Trump's first 100 days, he averaged 4.2 falsehoods a day. That number has almost doubled in the intervening 500 days -- propelled by Trump's increasing willingness to be completely untethered from facts for longer and longer periods of time.

    This anecdote from the Post writeup is absolutely staggering:

    "On Sept. 7, President Trump woke up in Billings, Mont., flew to Fargo, N.D., visited Sioux Falls, S.D., and eventually returned to Washington. He spoke to reporters on Air Force One, held a pair of fundraisers and was interviewed by three local reporters.

    In that single day, he publicly made 125 false or misleading statements — in a period of time that totaled only about 120 minutes. It was a new single-day high."

    From Sept. 4 to Sept. 13, Trump averaged 32 false of misleading claims a day. 32 a day!

    Stop for a minute and think about that. If you tried, I'm sure you could find a way to say 32 things a day that weren't totally true. But you'd almost certainly have to work at it. You'd have to be consciously focused on it.

    And yet, that's the average number of things that the President of the United States said that weren't true over a 10-day period this month.

    There's a tendency -- even among Trump's staunchest opponents -- to greet that fact with a shrug. After all, anyone paying even the least bit of attention to politics knows that Trump says lots and lots of things that aren't true. And it's also inarguable that Trump's supporters do not care about his casual relationship with the truth; Trump decries any sort of fact-checking as the byproduct of a "fake news" media, and his backers believe it.

    But taking for granted the fact that the President of the United States is engaged in a historic assault on the idea of facts, truth and neutral arbiters isn't something any healthy democracy should do.

    And I think that's even more true when you realize that Trump's factlessness isn't slowing or staying steady. it is accelerating. Rapidly.

    Consider what that acceleration tells us: That Trump is retreating more and more into a reality of his own making, a reality that bears little resemblance to what we would all agree are established facts and figures.

    It's not clear -- at least to me -- whether he is doing this because he can and wants to test the limits of how far people will unquestioningly follow him ("I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters.") or because he truly believes that what he is saying are the real facts.

    Both options are concerning. But to my mind, the latter -- Trump is unaware of how far into his own alternate reality he is and continues to clip -- is more worrisome. A President wholly disconnected from reality poses all sorts of troubling and scary questions about how Trump deals not only with domestic problems but, more concerningly, international issues like those related to Russia, North Korea or Syria.

    For me, the words of Bob Woodward, who spent more than a year reporting on the state of the White House for his new book, are both deeply relevant and deeply haunting on this subject.

    "I've never seen an instance when the President is so detached from the reality of what's going on," Woodward said earlier this week. "This has not been treated seriously enough. Some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security."

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/politics/donald-trump-truth-facts-lies/
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  18. SHOCKING New Evidence In Trump Tower Meeting Investigation

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    Tentative deal reached between Manafort and special counsel: Sources | ABC News

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    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, sources familiar with the negotiations tell ABC News.

    The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expense of trial, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions.

    Manafort and his most senior defense attorneys spent more than four hours Thursday in discussions with a team of special prosecutors who are involved in the ongoing investigation into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    ABC News spotted the team arriving in a dark SUV Thursday morning, pulling into a secret entrance out of public view at the building where Special Counsel Robert Mueller is based.

    Continued at https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ten...ort-special-counsel-sources/story?id=57809113
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  20. "ANSWER THE QUESTION!!" Sheldon Whitehouse CONFRONTS Brett Kavanaugh on Trump & Corporate Corruption

  21. MANAFORT AGREES TO PLEA DEAL

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    McRaven resigned from Pentagon board days after criticizing Trump | CNN

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    Retired Adm. William "Bill" McRaven resigned from the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Board last month, just days after issuing a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.

    "I can confirm that Admiral (ret) William H. McRaven resigned from the Defense Innovation Board, effective August 20, 2018," Pentagon spokesperson Heather Babb told CNN in a statement. "The Department appreciates his service and contribution on the board."

    The Defense Innovation Board serves as an independent advisory committee to the Pentagon specializing in issues related to technology and innovation. McRaven's picture has been removed from the board's website.

    While his departure was first reported by Defense News on Thursday, the Pentagon confirmed that McRaven, the former head of Special Operations Command, officially resigned last month, just four days after he authored a blistering op-ed in The Washington Post slamming Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's clearance.

    "Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation," McRaven said of Trump's unprecedented use of a presidential authority over the classification system to strike back at one of his prominent critics.

    "If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be," he added, also volunteering to have his own clearance revoked in an act of solidarity.

    McRaven also defended Brennan as "one of the finest public servants I have ever known."

    "Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him," McRaven wrote.

    "Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency," he added.

    McRaven, who resigned as chancellor of the University of Texas at Austin earlier this year, is widely respected among the tens of thousands of active and retired special operators.

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/politics/mcraven-pentagon-advisory-board-trump/
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    In plea deal, Paul Manafort pleads guilty to reduced charges and agrees to cooperate with special counsel probe

    By Del Quentin Wilber, Los Angeles Times

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    Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has agreed to plead guilty to reduced charges and to cooperate with special counsel Robert S. Muller III in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, prosecutors said Friday, marking a dramatic about-face for the former Trump deputy.

    The plea deal, announced Friday in federal court in Washington, will allow Manafort, 69, to avoid a second trial on charges stemming from his lucrative work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine before he joined the Trump campaign.

    Andrew Weissman, one of the prosecutors, told U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson that Manafort would plead guilty to conspiring against the United States and conspiring to obstruct justice. He said Manafort had agreed cooperate with the special counsel investigation as part of his plea.

    Weissman said the remaining five charges against Manafort would be dropped at sentencing or upon completion of his successful cooperation.

    The plea deal is mixed news for the White House. It could provide Mueller with new evidence or leads to chase in a politically sensitive probe that President Trump has relentlessly denounced as a “witch hunt” but that already has led to more than two dozen indictments.

    But it also avoids a federal trial, scheduled to start on Sept. 24, that would keep Manafort’s criminal charges in the headlines before the November midterm elections.

    Manafort is the fourth Trump campaign aide or administration official to plead guilty as a result of the Mueller investigation.

    The longtime Republican political strategist was scheduled to stand trial in Washington on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, making false statements and obstruction of justice.

    He was convicted last month in Alexandria, Va., on eight charges of bank and tax fraud, also related to his work in Ukraine and could face up to 80 years in prison. The jury could not reach a verdict on 10 other counts.

    Continued at http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-manafort-plea-20180914-story.html

    Paul Manafort agrees to cooperate with Robert Mueller's prosecutors – live updates | The Guardian

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    Federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told the court that Manafort has agreed to cooperate apparently in exchange for the government dropping the remaining charges against him.

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has released a brief statement on Manafort’s deal, per a pool report:

    “This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign. It is totally unrelated.”

    More at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...nald-trump-robert-mueller-latest-live-updates

    Del Quentin Wilber‏ @DelWilber 11 minutes ago
    As part of plea, Manafort is going to forfeit several properties and a bunch of bank accounts to the U.S. govt.

    Del Quentin Wilber‏ @DelWilber 7 minutes ago
    As part of plea, Manafort agrees to cooperate. That entails: sitting down with special counsel, not always with his lawyer, and answering all questions. He will have to provide requested documents. And he has agreed to testify in court if needed. He must be truthful.

    Del Quentin Wilber‏ @DelWilber 2 minutes ago
    "I plead guilty," Manfaort says. Paul Manafort has just pleaded guilty to conspiring against the U.S. and conspiring to obstruct justice. He is the fourth Trump campaign aide or admin official to plead guilty in Mueller’s probe.

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Aug 22
    I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” - make up stories in order to get a “deal.” Such respect for a brave man!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Aug 22
    A large number of counts, ten, could not even be decided in the Paul Manafort case. Witch Hunt!
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    Manafort is cooperating with Mueller. 8 legal experts explain what that means for Trump.

    Spoiler alert: it’s not good.

    By Sean Illing, Vox

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    Paul Manafort has finally flipped.

    The president’s former campaign manager pleaded guilty in court on Friday to two felonies: conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Part of Manafort’s plea deal includes an agreement to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — including offering interviews and briefings to the special counsel’s office, handing over documents, and testifying in other court proceedings.

    It’s not clear why Manafort agreed to flip after a year of refusing to do so. Nor do we know the extent of Manafort’s cooperation, or what he actually knows about Trump and any possible collusion with Russia. But Manafort’s cooperation is still a big deal, since he was one of the first people Mueller targeted.

    So how worried should Trump be? And how does Manafort’s cooperation impact the Mueller probe? To find out, I reached out to eight legal experts.

    Their full responses, edited for clarity and style, are below.

    Continued at https://www.vox.com/2018/9/14/17860648/paul-manafort-plea-deal-cooperating-mueller-trump
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    Trump’s Calls to Manafort Going Straight to Voice Mail

    By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

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    Donald J. Trump placed “a large number” of phone calls to his former campaign manager Paul Manafort on Friday morning, and all of them went straight to voice mail, White House sources have confirmed.

    The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the number of voice-mail messages that Trump left for Manafort was somewhere in the range of twelve to three hundred.

    Trump reportedly continued to leave messages for Manafort until his mailbox was full, after which Trump hurled his phone across the room, narrowly missing Mike Pence’s head.

    Speaking to reporters, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, downplayed the significance of Manafort’s failure to pick up after Trump called him several hundred times.

    “Phones can be tricky sometimes,” she said. “You saw what happened when he tried to call the President of Mexico.”

    While other Administration officials were mum on Manafort’s deal to coöperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation, Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said that it was “actually fantastic news,” because “it means I’ll get to be on TV a lot.”

    Source: https://www.newyorker.com/humor/bor...alls-to-manafort-going-straight-to-voice-mail
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    Michael Cohen Is the Latest Former Trump Ally to Talk to Mueller

    In the wake of Manafort’s plea deal, sources confirm that it is now common knowledge among Cohen’s inner circle that Trump’s former lawyer has been in contact with the special counsel’s office.

    By Emily Jane Fox, Vanity Fair

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    Attorneys for Donald Trump were dealt another major blow on Friday as Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of a deal that involved pleading guilty to two conspiracy charges. Andrew Weissmann, a prosecutor from Mueller’s office, explained to the judge that as part of the deal, all other charges against Manafort will be dropped at sentencing or “at the agreement of successful cooperation.” Under the agreement, Manafort agreed to forfeit four properties and multiple bank accounts, along with cooperating with investigators by participating in interviews, providing documents and testifying in court.

    Manafort is one of a number of members of Trump’s inner circle who have cut deals with the special counsel’s office, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Manafort deputy Rick Gates. In recent weeks, it has also become common knowledge among close friends of Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, that Cohen is talking to the Mueller team, according to people familiar with the situation. (Cohen did not respond to request for comment, nor did his attorney, Guy Petrillo. A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.)

    The extent and purpose of those talks is not entirely clear. Last month, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of tax evasion, lying to a bank, and campaign-finance violations. During his allocution in front of a packed courtroom, Cohen read carefully chosen words stating that Trump had directed him to make payments to two women who had alleged affairs with the then-candidate, implicating the president as his co-conspirator. Trump subsequently criticized Cohen, contrasting his disloyalty with the contemporaneous actions of Manafort, who he tweeted had “refused to break” by making up stories in order to get a deal. “Such respect for a brave man!” he added. (Trump has denied sexual relationships with both women, and has maintained that he did nothing wrong.)

    For months, Cohen has appeared to signal his willingness to cooperate with the government, both with the Southern District of New York and the special counsel’s office. While prosecutors for the Southern District did not initially approach Cohen about a cooperating agreement before he pleaded guilty, many speculated that he could still cut a deal in the months between the plea and his sentencing in December. Those familiar with Cohen’s thinking were unsure about what he might have to offer prosecutors, but because he had worked so closely with Trump and his family for more than a decade, it was assumed that he could potentially be a useful corroborating witness.

    It is a remarkable reversal from a year ago, when Cohen told me he would take a bullet for the president. But Cohen has now been squeezed financially, emotionally, and legally in a way he could not have imagined. Since last month, his primary concern has been his family—what a prison sentence could mean for them, and what his financial situation will look like, given his mounting legal bills and lack of income. He had expressed to friends that he was willing to share what he knows, both because he wants to be on the right side of history, and to spare them. As one longtime friend of Cohen’s put it to me, “He doesn’t feel he needs to go out of his way to protect Trump anymore, particularly because Trump has gone out of his way to hurt Michael.” Earlier this week, Cohen and his attorney sat down with New York state tax-department officials, who subpoenaed him last month as part of their inquiry into the Trump Foundation.

    According to people close to him, Cohen closely watched the White House’s reaction to his allocution in court last month. He listened as Trump railed against anyone who makes a plea deal, telling Fox News that cooperating with the government “almost ought to be outlawed.” And he has bristled at the feeling that he has taken the fall for a man who has refused to take any responsibility or face any consequence himself. In conversations with Mueller’s team, he is making good on what he told ABC earlier this summer: that his loyalty to Trump is no longer his lodestar.

    Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/09/michael-cohen-mueller
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    READ: Rudy Giuliani Revises Statement on Paul Manafort's Plea Deal to Remove 'Paul Manafort Will Tell the Truth'

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    As the news broke Friday that Paul Manafort, former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, had entered into a cooperation agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trump’s TV lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted that it had nothing to do with Trump.

    Trump lawyer Giuliani asserts in statement after Manafort plea deal that the plea has "nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign" and says that "the President did nothing wrong."
    — NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 14, 2018

    “Once again, an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign,” Giuliani said in a statement. “The reason: the President did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth.”

    Not long after his initial statement, however, the former New York City mayor had changed his tune.

    “The president did nothing wrong,” Giuliani reiterated, omitting his previous assertion that Manafort would tell the truth.

    Giuliani in first statement after Manafort plea deal:
    "the President did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth.”
    Giuliani in revised statement after Manafort plea deal:
    "the President did nothing wrong."
    — NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 14, 2018

    Giuliani said earlier this week that Trump and Manafort had a joint defense agreement in place, but that a potential cooperation agreement between Manafort and Mueller wasn’t of concern because Trump, allegedly, did nothing wrong.

    Twitter’s reaction to Giuliani: ‘really, like, really?’

    Flipping isn't flipping.
    — Steven Paley (@stevenpaley1) September 14, 2018

    More at https://secondnexus.com/news/rudy-giuliani-paul-manafort-plea-deal/
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    A Sexual-Misconduct Allegation Against the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stirs Tension Among Democrats in Congress

    By Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, The New Yorker

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    On Thursday, Senate Democrats disclosed that they had referred a complaint regarding President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the F.B.I. for investigation. The complaint came from a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both in high school, more than thirty years ago.

    The woman, who has asked not to be identified, first approached Democratic lawmakers in July, shortly after Trump nominated Kavanaugh. The allegation dates back to the early nineteen-eighties, when Kavanaugh was a high-school student at Georgetown Preparatory School, in Bethesda, Maryland, and the woman attended a nearby high school. In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. She was able to free herself. Although the alleged incident took place decades ago and the three individuals involved were minors, the woman said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result.

    In a statement, Kavanaugh said, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

    Kavanaugh’s classmate said of the woman’s allegation, “I have no recollection of that.”

    The woman declined a request for an interview.

    In recent months, the woman had told friends that Kavanaugh’s nomination had revived the pain of the memory, and that she was grappling with whether to go public with her story. She contacted her congresswoman, Anna Eshoo, a Democrat, sending her a letter describing her allegation. (When reached for comment, a spokesperson for Eshoo’s office cited a confidentiality policy regarding constituent services and declined to comment further on the matter.)

    The letter was also sent to the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. As the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein was preparing to lead Democratic questioning of Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing weeks later. The woman contacted Feinstein’s office directly, according to multiple sources.

    After the interactions with Eshoo’s and Feinstein’s offices, the woman decided not to speak about the matter publicly. She had repeatedly reported the allegation to members of Congress and, watching Kavanaugh move toward what looked like an increasingly assured confirmation, she decided to end her effort to come forward, a source close to the woman said.

    Continued at https://www.newyorker.com/news/news...ugh-stirs-tension-among-democrats-in-congress
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