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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #1425 on: August 24, 2018, 02:26:43 PM »
It's prime rib night tonight for Eddie.

Good to be back home, but I miss the rain. I'd give anything to see that rain from last Monday up on the Whittier glacier coming down on my place for just a couple of days.
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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #1426 on: August 24, 2018, 02:41:07 PM »
It's prime rib night tonight for Eddie.

Good to be back home, but I miss the rain. I'd give anything to see that rain from last Monday up on the Whittier glacier coming down on my place for just a couple of days.

I hear William Shatner (Capt. Kirk) has a plan to pipe it down from Alaska to Texas.

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🥩 Recovering from Fillet Mignon Overdose on the Failed LGABLA
« Reply #1427 on: August 24, 2018, 05:09:53 PM »
It's prime rib night tonight for Eddie.

Good to be back home, but I miss the rain. I'd give anything to see that rain from last Monday up on the Whittier glacier coming down on my place for just a couple of days.

I couldn't eat a Prime Rib tonight if you paid me, anymore than I could eat another Fillet Mignon.  In fact I would have even less ability to do that, since Prime Rib slices are larger than Fillet Mignon slices and they are Fattier and Richer also.  About the only distinction between Prime Rib and Fillet Mignon is that it doesn't cost any less, although you do get more Meat for your Money.

I am going to need at least a full week off and probably 2 from eating any Beef at all to get over this Overdosing of Leftover Fillets from the failed Last Great Alaskan Bucket List Adventure, and when I do return to doing my share to destroy the environment by consuming Beef I am going to shift over to eating mostly Raw Meat.  These days I find it more Flavorful with a nicer texture (at least a good cut or else ground up or sliced super thin as a Carpaccio) if it is Raw rather than Cooked, even over the Open Grill which has been my traditional favorite way to prepare meat since childhood.  Besides, the whole BBQ thing is just too much trouble for a single Cripple to waste his valuable time on, I know what the thing will come out tasting like, I have had every cut of meat prepared every possible way you could think of doens if not hundreds of times over the course of my life, I am just doing the same thing all over again.  In general, I remember what all these different preparations taste like without having to taste them all over again.

However, it did occur to me while pondering on this that there are SOME preparations of meats and fish I really liked as a kid but haven't had in YEARS if not Decades.  Jewish Deli food comes to mind in particular.  High on the list of really delicious meat preps I haven't had in longer than I care to remember is good Hot Pastrami on Rye (not the disgusting Boar's Head Pastrami the Food Superstores carry these days) which hasn't been available anywhere I lived for the last 20 years at least.  I'm not sure this epicurean delight is even available in NY Shity anymore, since the Carnegie, Stage, Katz's and Ratner's have all gone Outta Biz.  maybe there is still a smaller Jewish Deli still left somewhere in Forest Hills being run by 3rd Generation Holocaust Survivors, although I doubt that one too.

No good Pastrami I could find to order online, but nowadays I myself have become an EXPERT smoker of meats, and going Online I found some recipes for the brine you should use for a good Pastrami, so once I have recovered from the OD on FM, I'll go and buy a Brisket at 3 Bears and make a full size Pastrami to slice up for really fat laden meaty sandwiches, withJewish Mustard I order online also!  I am hopeful the preparation brings back my memories of my childhood, when I was still Healthy, friends did not resent me and I wasn't a Cripple surviving at the end of the Age of Oil as a Useless Eater in Industrial Culture.  The Good Old Daze, IOW.

The other Jewish Animal Protein I used to really enjoy as a kid was Smoked Whitefish, aka Chubbs.  They are really Oily and when mom or your aunt or grandma serves one to you on your plate you just peel back the skin and then start forking away at the white fish meat inside, pulling it right off the fish bones.  I haven't seen a Whitefish in a Deli or anywhere inthe fish dept of a Food Superstore in probably lnger than the time since I saw some freshly prepared Pastrami, 30 years probably.

In this case, I am NOT sure how to prep a Whitefish for this sort of consumption, and I couldn't find a recipe for prepping one in this way online either.  However, I DID find some smoked Whitefish available for sale and delivery to the Last Great Frontier from the Great White North for $55 for a 3-5 lb Whitefish which should be Air Freight delivered here on next Tuesday.  This is a good deal larger a Whitefish than I used to get in childhood, which were more Personal Sized at around 1/2 lb I would guess today, although this is a long time to remember back.  3-5 lbs will take me several Breakfast to finish consuming, but as I recall smoked Whitefish keeps very well in the fridge so I will just dribble out a few hunks of it with my morning Eggs for a couple of weeks.  I am hopeful I find this a superior eating experience today to either Bacon or Breakfast Sausage as my breakfast meat of choice for a while.

After that, I think I will buy that $70 bag of Ultra-Jumbo Mega-Huge Alaska King Crab @$23/lb and dribble out hunks of that with my eggs.  Not that I have been unable to locate King Crab for the last decade,it is everywhere in this neighborhood and in fact because it is available everywhere you really don't get a craving for it too often, even if you really like it like I do.  Like every other meat or any food at all really, you have to distribute it out and not eat the same stuff too often, no matter how much you like it, how expensive it is and thus proves what a financially successful guy you are or how rare it is to find for sale anywhere you shop.  I think the ideal waiting period between any meal preparations of the same meats or fish is around a week, 2 in some cases for really "Special" meats.  It's really a shame to eat so many Fillet Mignons over the course of 5 days you are sick of eating them.  This cut of beef, I would say once every 2 weeks is about right.  Prime Rib, once a month.  It's just too fatty and rich to have more often than that.  Hamburgers you can have twice a week, but even that is a bit much if you are slabbing up 1/2 lb Burgers nd then lay stuff like 3 slices of Bacon, Avocado slices Blue Cheese dressing and Mushrooms on top of that.  Or you add Chilli!  Acccckkk!  A simple Burger can rapidly turn into a stomach stuffing that makes you as sick of Burgers as I got of Fillet Mignon.  Be careful what you eat!

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🤡 Trumpovetsky Discusses his Impending Impeachment
« Reply #1428 on: August 25, 2018, 12:52:11 AM »
I figured the Diner should have the full copy of the Interview with Trumpovetsky done on Faux Newz.  ::)

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🤡 What happens if Jeff Sessions is fired or quits?
« Reply #1429 on: August 25, 2018, 01:46:14 AM »
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What happens if Jeff Sessions is fired or quits?
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Trump on Sessions: What kind of man is this?

 

 
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Washington (CNN)As President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions continue their war of words, the question has once again arisen of what would happen at the Justice Department is Sessions leaves.
There's no immediate indication Trump is ready to fire Sessions, or that Sessions is ready to quit, but here's what could happen if the attorney general's office is empty:
1. Who is immediately in charge?
If Sessions is fired, then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the current No. 2 at the Justice Department, would automatically take his place -- at least, according to statute and the President's own executive order detailing the succession plan from March.

But just as Trump has been unhappy with Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, he hasn't had kind words for Rosenstein, the man now overseeing the work of special counsel Robert Mueller.
If Sessions and Rosenstein are both fired (or quit), then in that case, Solicitor General Noel Francisco, would elevate to acting attorney general.
And moving even further down the line of succession -- if Sessions, Rosenstein, and Francisco are all gone, then Steven Engel, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, would be the next person taped to serve as acting attorney general. The line of succession after Engel, as of now (based upon which officials have been Senate confirmed), is Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division John Demers, followed by Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Brian Benczkowski, followed by the current US Attorneys for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Northern District of Texas.
2. Can Trump pick someone else entirely?
Yes -- the President doesn't have to follow the usual course, but this is where things could get tricky.
Under the Federal Vacancies Act, Trump can pick anyone who holds a Senate-confirmed position to serve as acting attorney general (subject to certain time limitations) -- but the person he selects as acting cannot then be named as the permanent successor.
By its terms, the law applies whenever a Senate-confirmed officer in an executive agency dies, resigns or is "is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office." But it's an open question as to what happens if the officeholder is instead fired by the President. As a result, legal experts have questioned whether an acting attorney general would be a valid appointment if Sessions is fired. But there's always the question of who has standing to challenge such an appointment, and Rosenstein may not be inclined to take that to court.
3. What about a recess appointment?
Another option is for Trump to announce a replacement for Sessions during the next Senate recess -- a so-called "recess appointment" who could then serve until the end of the next congress.
Trump hasn't hinted at this possibility, but Senate Democrats would almost certainly try to block it.
While Republicans control the Senate now, the only way they can formally adjourn (which would set up a period when recess appointments are available) is to pass an adjournment resolution. However, Democrats can filibuster that resolution, which they would do to prevent Trump from making a recess appointment.
As a result, in a practice that carried over during President Barack Obama's term, the Senate has scheduled several pro forma sessions -- basically it comes into session for a couple minutes every few days -- in order to prevent a long recess that would allow a president to make a recess appointment.
4. What happens to Mueller's investigation if Sessions is out?
Speaking of Mueller -- the recusal is the primary reason Trump has unleashed a fury on his attorney general.
For the time being, only Rosenstein currently has the power to remove Mueller for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of (Justice) Departmental policies" under the special counsel regulations.
But if Sessions is fired, and his replacement doesn't have the same a conflict overseeing the investigation, then Rosenstein would no longer be in charge, and Trump's new attorney general could potentially fire Mueller.
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🤡 Bill Maher Mocks Donald Trump With Savage Hillary Clinton-Themed Burn
« Reply #1430 on: August 25, 2018, 02:15:44 AM »
Notice how GO has shut his Pie Hole now that his President has disgraced the office completely?  ;D  What a GREAT morning!

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“If they lock up any more white Republicans the white NFL players are going to start taking a knee,” added the “Real Time” host.

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Bill Maher used the name of President Donald Trump’s longtime foe Hillary Clinton to poke fun at the chaos enveloping the White House on Friday’s “Real Time.”

“You’ve heard of Black Friday? This week we had Orange Tuesday. They are rolling up the members of the Trump crime family,” said Maher, as he picked apart this week’s conviction of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort on eight charges and the guilty plea of the president’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to a slew of others.

Maher further noted how Reps. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) — who were the first two members of Congress to back Trump’s presidential campaign — have now also been respectively indicted for alleged insider trading and campaign finance violations.

“So many Republicans going to jail, who’s going to be left to lock up Hillary?” Maher asked. “If they lock up any more white Republicans the white NFL players are going to start taking a knee.”
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🐦 The Canary Will Sing
« Reply #1431 on: August 25, 2018, 02:43:00 AM »
Seriously, how can even dumb ass Joe Bageant rubes go into a WV voting booth and vote Repugnant in 2018

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Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, gets immunity deal


He spoke to prosecutors in the investigation into Michael Cohen, but he’s the one who knows all about Trump’s businesses.
By Jen Kirbyjen.kirby@vox.com Aug 24, 2018, 6:40pm EDT


Trump Building in the Financial District, August 21, 2018. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Trump Organization finance chief Allen Weisselberg has been granted immunity in exchange for giving prosecutors information for the investigation into Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen and the hush money payments Cohen made to women during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Trump Organization CFO’s cooperation is the latest twist in the Manhattan US attorney’s office’s prosecution of Cohen, which began with an FBI raid in April. This week, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal charges, implicating the president of the United States in those crimes.

Weisselberg is perhaps not as visible a figure in Trumpworld as Cohen, but he might be even more important. He’s served as the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer since 2000 — so if anyone knows about the company’s financials, it’s him.

Weisselberg was subpoenaed in the investigation into Cohen, though it hasn’t been confirmed that he has actually appeared before a grand jury, according to the Wall Street Journal. He has met with prosecutors, but the information he’s provided — including whether Trump knew about the payments to the women — is still a question.

The raid on Cohen was often seen as the biggest legal threat to Trump, but Weisselberg talking might be an even bigger problem for the president. As the New Yorker’s Adam Davidson, who has covered the Trump Organization extensively, predicted: “Get ready for the Autumn of Allen Weisselberg.”
Weisselberg “knows where all the bodies are buried”

Weisselberg has worked for the Trumps for decades; before joining the company, he worked for Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump. When Trump became president, he handed over the day-to-day control of the business to his two elder sons and Weisselberg.

The CFO had previously been linked to the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006. The charging papers in Cohen’s appear to confirm the connection.

Weisselberg wasn’t named in the charging papers, but he’s listed as “Executive-1,” and he arranged a $420,000 reimbursement to Cohen, which included $130,000 Cohen sent to Daniels ahead of the November 2016 election to keep her quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. Weisselberg worked with another, unidentified, Trump Organization executive to make those payments, though it’s unclear if Weisselberg knew the purpose of the retainer to Cohen.

He was also named on a secretly recorded tape in September 2016, in which Cohen discusses a payoff to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. At one hard-to-decipher point in the tape, Cohen can be heard telling Trump that he’s “spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up …”

At the time of the tape’s release last month, Alan Futerfas, an attorney for the Trump Organization, denied to the Washington Post that Weisselberg had any involvement in the payoff and was merely “a bookkeeper who simply carries out directions from others about monetary payments and transfers.”

But “bookkeeper” might be a bit of an undersell. Weisselberg, again, took control of the Trump Organization with the president’s two sons. He was also listed as the treasurer for the Trump Foundation, which was recently sued by the New York state attorney general’s office for violating state and federal laws. Weisselberg reportedly also did Trump’s personal tax returns for at least some years.

Which means if there’s something sketchy in Trump’s finances, or the finances of the Trump Organization, Weisselberg likely knows about it. He is “deeply familiar with the Trump Organization’s financial housekeeping,” Timothy L. O’Brien, the author of TrumpNation, wrote in Bloomberg on Friday. “Trump — a man who rarely trusts anyone — confided in Weisselberg and relied on him to sign off on details of the company’s most significant deals.”

A former Trump Organization employee told NBC reporter Katy Tur last month, after news of his subpoena broke, that Weisselberg “knows where all financial bodies are buried within the Trump organization. He knows Trump’s net worth. He knows any and every expenditure out of Trump Org was approved by Alan [sic].”

And that might be of interest not just to prosecutors in the Southern District of New York but to special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller has reportedly been interested in the finances and business activities of the Trump Organization, including a failed attempt to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. And Weisselberg might have some answers.
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Re: 🐦 The Canary Will Sing
« Reply #1432 on: August 25, 2018, 04:34:27 AM »
Seriously, how can even dumb ass Joe Bageant rubes go into a WV voting booth and vote Repugnant in 2018?

One by one, apparently.

And these are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of miners who one took up arms against a vicious and corrupt system to defend their families and livelihoods, such that the had to call out the Army to put it down. (Look to the story of the Battle of Blair Mountain, America's largest armed insurrection since the Civil War.)
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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #1433 on: August 25, 2018, 04:46:45 AM »
Brian Benczkowski is Trump's ace in the hole in this scenario. You should look him up. He is a right wing darling and Trump's man in main Justice. He has virtually no criminal law experience (as head of the Criminal Division) but has worked for Alfa bank, run by oligarchs with ties to Vladimir Putin.

If Alfa Bank sounds familiar, remember the server in Trump Tower that kept pinging a Russian bank? (If not, look it up.) Alfa Bank was the bank.

The pieces are in place.
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Re: 🤡 Republicans return to familiar posture during Trump's week of drama
« Reply #1434 on: August 25, 2018, 04:53:30 AM »
Best meal of 2018 without a doubt.
For what I paid, it ought to be.

You ought to try my Leftover Fillet Mignon.  Comes free too.  Blue cheese dressing and a Pinot Noir included.

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I don't doubt it for a moment. Have been reading your food stuff regularly.
A Pinot Noir is a far better choice with beef, but when a boy wants a Manhattan...
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The Tip of the Weisselberg
« Reply #1435 on: August 25, 2018, 06:57:25 AM »
The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Tip of the Weisselberg
Allen Weisselberg, the longtime CFO of the Trump Organization, was reportedly granted immunity by federal prosecutors in exchange for providing information about Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer.


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Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)


Today in 5 Lines

  • Allen Weisselberg, the longtime CFO of the Trump Organization, was reportedly granted immunity by federal prosecutors in exchange for providing information about Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer.

  • President Trump announced that he’s canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming visit to North Korea because “we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

  • Arizona Senator John McCain, who's been battling brain cancer, has chosento stop receiving medical treatment, his family said in a statement.

  • Thomas Frieden, the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was arrested and charged with sexual abuse and harassment.

  • Georgia’s Randolph County voted to keep its polling places open, after the board of elections threatened to close the majority of them.


Today on The Atlantic

  • What Will Happen to Trump?: Tyrants are always abandoned, writes Eliot A. Cohen: “The normal course of events is sudden, epic desertion, in which an all-powerful political figure who loomed over everything is suddenly left shrunken and pitiful.”

  • Will Manafort Get a Pardon?:If the current pattern holds, yes. (Natasha Bertrand)

  • Trump’s New Cause: After expressing admiration for several dictators and human-rights abusers, Trump seems to have finally found an issue he cares about: the plight of white South Africans. (Peter Beinart)

  • Big Ambition: There are five reasons why LeBron James’s new “I Promise” school is different from other public schools. (Alia Wong)

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The Man Who Knows Donald Trump’s Financial Secrets, Has Agreed to Cooperate
« Reply #1436 on: August 25, 2018, 07:04:52 AM »
Some solid reporting here.

Allen Weisselberg, the Man Who Knows Donald Trump’s Financial Secrets, Has Agreed to Become a Coöperating Witness

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August 24, 2018

The news that Weisselberg has accepted immunity suggests that the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer is ready to share whatever information he has. And he has a lot.

Photograph by Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty

In late 2016, I had lunch with a former high-ranking Trump Organization executive, a person who said he was happy to share dirt on his old boss, but who confessed to not having much dirt to share. This executive wrote a list of people whom I might contact to find out about anything potentially illegal or unethical that Donald Trump may have done. At the bottom of the list was the name Weisselberg. “Allen is the one guy who knows everything,” the person told me. “He’ll never talk to you.” I have had nearly identical conversations with different people who work or have worked for the Trump Organization many times since. They all described his role similarly: Allen Weisselberg, the firm’s longtime chief financial officer, is the center, the person in the company who knows more than anyone.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journalbroke the story that Weisselberg had been granted immunity by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York so that he could share information in the investigation of Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney and dealmaker. It is safe to say that the entire world of Trump watchers—those journalists, political folks, and advocates who carefully monitor every bit of Trump news—went bonkers. Weisselberg is the man to whom those people most want to speak. He is also the man who has, for decades, been the most circumspect.

As the C.F.O., Weisselberg tracked the money that came into the Trump Organization and the money that went out of it, former employees told me. I often found myself wondering what the Weisselberg part of the operation looked like. (I called and e-mailed him a few times, but, not surprisingly, never heard back.) Some told me he had a couple of bookkeepers, but that he personally handled most of the paperwork. Weisselberg knew who was paying or lending money to Trump, and he knew to whom Trump was giving money. When Trump became President, he placed his business interests in a revocable trust overseen by his son Donald Trump, Jr., and Weisselberg.

Weisselberg has been notoriously press-shy for decades. I recently conducted a search of Nexis, the news database, and found him mentioned only in a handful of articles before Trump’s Presidential campaign. Most were reviews of his staccato performance on the TV show “The Apprentice,” or mentions that Weisselberg declined to comment on this deal or that.

This summer, though, Weisselberg’s role in the organization came into sharper focus. In a recording that Michael Cohen made of a conversation he had with Donald Trump about a payment to keep secret an affair, Cohen describedsetting up a shell company to pay hush money during the 2016 campaign to Karen McDougal, a woman who claimed to have had an affair with Trump. This week, Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign-finance laws, in part by setting up this secretive payment. He said that he knew at the time that it was illegal to secretly make a payment for campaign-related activity, but he did so anyway at Trump’s direction. Strikingly, Cohen makes it clear on the tape that Weisselberg also knew about the shell company and payment. “I’ve spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up,” Cohen explains to Trump.

It is difficult to hear the tape and not wonder how Weisselberg developed this particular expertise and whether he had deployed it before. More importantly, it offers more justification for Robert Mueller and other federal, state, and local prosecutors to investigate the Trump Organization’s general business practices. The tape suggests that Weisselberg provided guidance for Cohen’s payment, an illegal act designed to influence the election. Since one of the Mueller investigation’s core aims is to understand whether the Trump campaign worked with Russia to sway the 2016 Presidential election, Weisselberg now seems to be a key witness. Worse, for Trump, if Weisselberg, fearing prosecution himself, tells prosecutors of other criminal activity in the organization, that information will likely be referred to other federal and state prosecutors, thus broadening the investigation of Trump’s business.

Weisselberg has worked exclusively for the Trump family for his entire adult life. Shortly after graduating from college, he began working for Fred Trump, in 1970, and then for the young Donald when he entered the business. Weisselberg’s son Barry works at the Trump-run Wollman Skating Rink, in Central Park; his other son, Jack, works at Ladder Capital, which has been a primary lender to the Trump Organization in recent years, when few other lenders would work with a company that had experienced several bankruptcies.

Last month, the New York State Attorney General, Barbara Underwood, sued the Trump Foundation. Weisselberg had been deposed and showed a surprising willingness to give answers that put the President in an unflattering light. In January, 2016, during Trump’s Presidential campaign, his foundation made a series of donations to veterans-advocacy organizations in Iowa that were explicitly designed to gain support for his candidacy. Weisselberg filled out the checks. In his deposition, he volunteered that the Trump Foundation had no procedures in place to insure it followed the law and that Trump himself knew of and directed Weisselberg’s participation in the scheme to pay those Iowa veterans groups. Were Weisselberg eager to protect his longtime boss, he could have answered the questions far more narrowly. It was an early hint that Weisselberg, like Cohen, may not jeopardize his own freedom to defend Trump. News that Weisselberg had accepted immunity so that he could share potentially damaging information in the Cohen case provides more support for the view that Weisselberg is ready to share whatever information he has. And he has a lot.

There are many open questions about how, precisely, the Trump Organization has made and spent its money in recent years. There is, for example, a question about where Trump got more than two hundred million dollars in cash to buy and lavishly upgrade a money-losing golf course in Scotland. In a deal in Azerbaijan, Trump knowingly did business with a family that is widely suspected of laundering money for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The F.B.I. has reportedly investigated the source of funds for a Trump-branded property in Vancouver, Canada; while the Trump hotel in Toronto also has suspicious funding. These are just a handful of the many business deals that Trump has conducted that have signs of possible money-laundering, tax evasion, sanctions violations, and other financial crimes. Many of the key questions about Donald Trump revolve around his funding sources and his business partners: Did he knowingly receive funds from criminals? Did he launder money for criminals? Did he receive remuneration to look the other way when his partners broke the law? Was much of his business built around selling his famous name to make illegitimate projects seem viable? More broadly, where did his money come from? Where did his money go? And how much questionable activity has he hidden from the world? Trump, himself, may not know the exact answers to all of these questions. Perhaps Allen Weisselberg does.

The Journal story and other news coverage suggest that Weisselberg has narrow immunity, related, solely, to the payments that Michael Cohen made to silence two women with whom Trump had affairs. With evidence of that crime in hand, prosecutors can subpoena other records from the company. If they have a reasonable basis to believe another crime has been committed, they can ask Weisselberg about it. Weisselberg, fearing jail time himself, could broaden his coöperation. The fact that Weisselberg has “flipped”— and may flip further—could shift the calculus of other figures in the Trump orbit as well. Weisselberg is a big fish—perhaps the biggest fish of all. Fearing that Weisselberg might implicate them in a crime, any cronies, dealmakers, attorneys, and others who might want to exchange information for leniency from prosecutors, will now do so.

There are now multiple investigations of the Trump Organization being conducted by the special counsel Robert Mueller, the New York Attorney General, The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the Manhattan District Attorney, the Southern District of New York, and—quite likely—other jurisdictions. President Trump is unable to stop most of these investigations. With Cohen and, now, Weisselberg providing information, it is becoming increasingly certain that the American people will—sooner or later—have a far fuller understanding of how Donald Trump conducted business. That is unlikely to go well for him.

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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #1437 on: August 25, 2018, 09:28:25 AM »
So...now all the dirt will be available. Which dirt will they decide to put under the microscope? That is the question.

If there is a smoking gun here somewhere vis a vis Putin and the Russian oligarchs, I suspect there will be a some kind of Nixonian  Solution that lets Individual One (gotta love that one) slip through the cracks and retire to Mar-A-Lago, rather than Leavenworth.

Impeachment would depend on the outcome of the mid-terms. If the Rethuglicans lost bigly, perhaps....but that would mean people would be voting for the Feminista-Queer Party (formerly known as Democrats). That whole agenda is running up against the brick wall known as reality these days.
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Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Reply #1438 on: August 25, 2018, 10:05:03 AM »
45 is as compartmentalized as the Manhattan Project.

I'll bet Mrs. 45 doesn't know half the shit she should !
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« Reply #1439 on: August 25, 2018, 04:06:46 PM »
‘Impeach Trump’ Billboard Surfaces In Georgia, Owner Gets Nasty Surprise 24 Hrs Later


https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/08/24/impeach-trump-billboard-erected-in-georgia-it-doesnt-last-a-day-before-being-yanked-down
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