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21 August 2018

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Paul Emery

Trump does have a Court Jester George of perhaps a professional fool. His name is Rudy G.

’’’M’’’

yes Paul, I think Rudy is currently auditioning for the position,,,

Paul Emery

Victory for Mueller- Manifort guilty of 8 felony counts, Cohen and Manifort will be flipping coins for jailhouse bunks.

Jeff Pelline

Two of Trump's closest confidents are now felons. You can't make this stuff up!

Account Deleted

Paul at 1:42 - "Victory for Mueller...". Whoopee. Absolutely nothing to do with the election or Russia or Trump.
Cohen got caught cheating on taxes. Again - nothing to do with the election or Russia or Trump.
So Cohen will fabricate a story about Trump and the girlies that will make Mueller happy and Mueller will let Cohen go free after cheating on millions in taxes.
Why didn't the govt bother to charge Cohen and Manifort for these crimes committed long before Trump was POTUS?
Funny how the govt works.

Todd Juvinall

What a hoot. Paul Emery like all liberals falls for the "shiny object" strategy. Mueller has nothing and I expect the witch hu8nt to end soon as he strayed from his charge. But Paul Emery is staring at the shiny object and cannot look away. Mindless honeyfish.

Robert Cross

Sorry scotty boy and toddles BUT, Cohen testified under oath that trump directed him to make unreported hush money payments to Stormy and the others before the election. This is a clear violation of campaign finance laws, which has everything to do with the election. Will trump testify to anything under oath? According to Rudy G. to do so would be a 'perjury trap' because trump would probably lie.

scenes

“would complete the takeover of the US Government by the wealthy classes as only the independently wealthy people could afford to hold a Congressional seat.”

That's a pretty weak argument.

The best one I've heard is that Congressional staff ends up becoming more important since the elected officials would never get to learn their jobs.

As a practical matter, I think that's also fairly weak in a lot of cases. When you see how incredibly stupid a Maxine Waters or Hank Johnson is, I mean, just listen to them speak, it's fairly obvious that their employees do the real lifting in that office.

scenes

Come on everyone, give Paul his victory. Well done. It's embarrassing to Trump if nothing else and who knows, one of those guys might cough up some tidbit that can bring down the government.

Any slight push towards the precipice has got to feel good. For all I know, in 100 years, the conflagration that Paul is hoping for might actually end up with a good result.

Todd Juvinall

Robert Cross | 21 August 2018 at 06:48 PM
No he did not say that BoobieC. He said he paid the babes and that he billed Trump for work he did not do. You people just make it up.

Bill Tozer

Robert Cross. I would hold my horses if I were you. Non Disclosures agreement to are legal. If Cohen used campaign funds to pay the black mailers with campaign funds, that is a no-no. Trump paying for the NDAs out of his pocket or corporate pocket is legal. I would just sit and wait, but be my guess.

“And Trump would probably just lie”. No, it’s called a perjury trap. They never charged Scotter Libby for leaking about the CIA office chair warmer Valerie Flume or whatever her name was. They were after Cheney and Bush to bring them down. They got Libby on a perjury trap by jailing a reporter and feeding her bogus information, then asking her leading questions. And she thought at the time she was telling the truth...until she realized she got duped. And she never wrote one article about Libby, lol. They never charged Martha Steward with insider trading. They got her on a perjury trap. Do you know why Bubba said “it depends on what the definition of is is”? He saw the perjury trap laid out before him.

Everybody (Leftinistas) says Trump is stupid, losing his mind, needs to removed from office via the 25th Amendment, lost his mind. Ok, if that is true, then all Trump has to say is “I cannot recall”. Works like a charm.

Don Bessee

From the Hill -

This obviously is not the set of crimes that special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to pursue. As noted by the openly skeptical trial judge in this case, Mueller clearly was pursuing President Trump and not these particular crimes. The question now is whether these convictions will further concentrate Manafort on flipping against Trump. If not, Mueller could be left looking like the guy who showed up at a bass fishing competition with a trophy deer head. It may be an impressive eight count buck of a defendant, but still is not the game he was supposed to catch.

The question rather is who should have prosecuted Manafort and why.

There is an incoherent element to the case brought by the special counsel. Mueller transferred the investigation of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to the Southern District of New York despite those alleged crimes being related in part to the 2016 election and, in a surprise deal with prosecutors, Cohen pleaded guilty earlier in the day to eight counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations. Yet, Mueller retained an array of financial crimes by Manafort that are far removed from the election. The only reason for this was to obtain leverage.

Trump, however, could give Manafort precisely that benefit with a presidential pardon. Indeed, unlike Cohen, who could easily face state charges, the legal jeopardy for Manafort is more solidly based in federal claims that can be fully addressed in a pardon. Manafort thus far has been “all in” on that strategy. He has remained silent and loyal to Trump.

Conventional wisdom holds that this prosecution was a clever play for leverage over a key potential witness. In the end, however, this move on Manafort could prove to be a serious miscalculation. By not transferring the financial crimes to the local district attorney, Mueller gave Manafort a better chance for a pardon by making himself part of the calculation.
If Mueller had transferred the case, he still would have had the leverage from any conviction but would not have given Trump the rationale for issuing a pardon as a way of confirming what Trump portrays as a runaway federal investigation. In such a scenario, Manafort ultimately would emerge as the only true winner, not because of his innocence, but because of his associations. If that windfall scenario plays out for Manafort, the man he may want to thank is not Trump but Mueller.

http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/402922-manafort-guilty-verdicts-raise-chances-of-pardon-by-trump

Collusion?

Collusion?

Collusion?

;-)

Account Deleted

from Crossed Up Bobby - Hey, this wealthy lawyer that admitted he is a multi-million dollar tax cheat "...testified under oath" - Hilarious! Bobby the lefty is down with wealthy tax cheats.
But guys! - he testified under oath!
So - an admitted liar and millionaire tax cheat is now Bobby's go-to guy for truth!
You can not make this shit up.
And when do we get the Russian connection, Bobby?
Bobby?

Don Bessee

Collusion?

Collusion?

Collusion?

;-)

Robert Cross

Scotty boy -- It seems a federal court is calling it the truth as are the law enforcement agencies and defense council, tax cheat and all. I think I will go with their opinion over yours.

Bill -- It has nothing to do with the NDAs, it's about the money. Among other things, Cohen pleaded guilty to two counts of making illegal campaign contributions, he stated that he made those payments “at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” (an as yet unnamed person that is obviously trump) for the purpose of" influencing the election." That the purpose was to influence the election makes them unreported campaign contributions. Legal experts agree that if trump was out of office he too would have been indicted because they were made at his behest and because he repaid Cohen it makes him a co-conspirator in the commission of a felony.

About the perjury trap, trump himself said that whatever he said would be considered a lie even though it was true. Truth has become a political football it seems. The truth is the truth, the perception of what the truth is becomes a wholly different matter beyond a reasonable doubt.

Bill Tozer

First and foremost, I apologize to Dr. Rebane for not staying on the Scattershots topic. Yesterday was indeed eventful, yet no excuse. After this comment, I shall refrain from mentioning yesterday in this Scattershots.
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Robert Cross @ 11:19 pm
Well, legal experts do not agree. But, in times like these, we are all legal experts on campaign finance laws. My starting point is the former FEC chairman who crafted the law. Suddenly everybody knows the complexities and big grey areas of campaign finance laws. Thus, my hold your horses comment. The rest was just filler.

Lanny Davis has spent his career as a FRIEND OF BILL and was/is the point man the Clinton Machine always sent out in front of the cameras to run the spin. Not a trial lawyer, as most lawyers never see the inside of a courtroom. In fact, Lanny Davis’s current job classification as described for the past few years is PR, specializing in crisis management...for Democrats.

In fact, I see this whole Meuller thang as Meuller representing the Democrat Party at taxpayers’ expense.I have seen nothing to change by mind.

I will leave you, Mr. Cross, with an old story:
Abraham Lincoln once asked some folks that if you called a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs would a dog have? They replied five legs. “No, the dog would have four legs” countered Abe. Calling a dog’s tail a leg does make it a leg. Calling something a campaign donation or expense, doesn’t make it a campaign donation or expense.

fish

Posted by: Bill Tozer | 22 August 2018 at 07:28 AM

"Lanny Davis has spent his career as a FRIEND OF BILL and was/is the point man the Clinton Machine always sent out in front of the cameras to run the spin. Not a trial lawyer, as most lawyers never see the inside of a courtroom. In fact, Lanny Davis’s current job classification as described for the past few years is PR, specializing in crisis management...for Democrats."

Yes.....Lanny was easily the most unctuous of the Clinton sycophants! Bill could have been caught with "little Bill" jammed up a 12 year old girl and good ol Lanny would be all over media explaining why it was in the best interests of the nation.

Lanny would have been a first rate PR flak for the Catholic church!

Todd Juvinall

Trump
did not have a bad day. The people persecuted by the swamp had a bad day. And you may be next. Hillary and the left get a pass while R's get the shaft. Duncan Hunter and his wife? My goodness, the man is a war hero if I recall. Anyway there is no crime the left can commit that gets them in the same soup as a R. And the people see this disparity and are not happy. You may be the next railroaded American conservative.

Account Deleted

"It seems a federal court is calling it the truth..."
Right now it's a tax cheat singing a song that Mueller wants to hear so he can wriggle free of a long prison sentence.
I think you had better wait to see how this comes out.
In any event, no Russia, no collusion, no meddling.
Just some old crimes the govt couldn't be bothered with until it was convenient.

Todd Juvinall

Trump seems to have energized the lazy ass prosecutors to finally do their jobs. But nothing on Trump. He is too smart for all of those pointy headed swamp rats. I think the country's people that have a brain see the "injustice" of the swamp rats when they are in the crosshairs of a "reformer". All their money and time and effort to discredit those that expose their crookedness. And people like Emery and his minions are all in for that. Wait until those people come for him. Who will speak out for him? No one.

'''M'''

Oh Todd that's so cute!!! The Orange caped crusader is your hero !!!

fish

Posted by: '''M''' | 22 August 2018 at 09:17 AM

The Orange caped crusader is your hero !!!


.....and you are mine dugsKKKi.....anyone who rocks an adult diaper so unashamedly........Superhero!

Todd Juvinall

I think Trump makes a better hero than Che "M". Your hero was a killer. Tri,p was just a "humper".

Paul Emery

Trump writes about Manifort:

” Such respect for a brave man!"

So Trump is feeling sorry for Manifort for being found guilty of multiple tax felonies. Poor guy, such a nice man. Hmmm isn't that what Al Capone was found guilty of? Makes sense then that anyone found guilty of tax evasion would gather Trumps sympathy, Trump tweets:

"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!"

Bill Tozer

Re: update 22 August: Trump had a bad day.

Depends how you look at a bad day. At first glance, politically it was. And yes, the sudden cacophy of exploding heads about “trying to influence an election via campaign funds” could potentially lead to a slippery slope and big mess for anyone running for office. Spending money by a candidate to feed the press coffee and croissants to butter them up? The possibilities are endless.

While I totally understand the media feeding frenzy once the sharks smelled blood in the water, I am puzzled by the whole thing. Didn’t everybody know that Cohen paid off ones like Stormy who came knocking years after the fact looking to get some shakedown money weeks before the election? Wasn’t that old news? Didn’t Cohen do that to protect his boss/client Donald Trump? Who out there who even casually follows the news did not hear about that months ago? Remember CNN’s “24/7 All Stormy All The Time”? The celebrity status her lawyer became overnight, like Ms. Democratic Socialist Cortez? Is this new news?

Reminds me of earlier this month (first week in August, 2018) on a quiet no news Sunday, suddenly the press went on a feeding frenzy about the purpose of the Trump Tower meeting was to get dirt on Hillary! They were foaming at the mouth. Nevermind Trump more than a year earlier said that was the purpose of the meeting...to get dirt on Hillary...at least 3 times? Weren’t there already Congressional hearings on the matter, didn’t Punchy call Jr a greaser multiple times because of that meeting? Or was that Jarred? I get “the greaser” confused. Like, it’s old news....but repackage as something new, lol.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent. That's politics!
7:07 AM - Jul 17, 2017
https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/886950594220568576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E886950594220568576&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonexaminer.com%2Fopinion%2Fcolumnists%2Fbyron-york-on-a-quiet-sunday-trump-tower-mania-strikes

Newsflash: There is no limits on how much a candidate can contribute to his own campaign.
Newsflash: Cohen copped a plea for a crime that is not a crime. He plead guilty to a something that is not a crime. It’s only a crime if it’s an unreported campaign donation or expenditure. It’s only a campaign expenditure/contribution unless there is another reasonable explanation for the expenditure. Not wanting his wife to know or not wanting to look bad are reasonable other explanations. But, you guys can put on your lawyer hats and go at it.

Bottomline: Not really a bad day at all. Not any worse that the Gold Star Dad or a host of others I can think of off the top of my head from Access Hollywood audio tape to the release of the Golden Shower Dossier. In fact, the Dems should just drop the pretense and write up the Articles of Impeachment today, if they haven’t done so by last night or last month.

Real Bottomline: This Cohen thang is just charade. They don’t need no stinking Cohen. As suggested a couple of weeks ago, just convict Trump of spitting on the sidewalk in the kangaroo court in the press, call it a misdemeanor, and impeach the sumbitch.

Hmmm. Did the Clinton Campaign declare the campaign funds used to pay for dirt with the Dossier (with its scandalous tantilazing details) to influence an election? Nevermind, that ain’t the point, is it?

Todd Juvinall

Yes Paul Emery, Trump respects people and has friends he supports no matter what. Sort of like the old "liberal mantra" of love unconditionally. If you had a friend or a kid you might then understand him.

Paul Emery

Trump supports friends Todd? You can't believe that. Look at what he said about Attorney General Sessions being Mr Magoo for example.

Don Bessee

Just because you were madam liar liar pantsuits on fire's adviser does not mean you know what you are doing!

Michael Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis on Wednesday mistakenly promoted a nonexistent website where he said supporters could donate to his client's legal fund -- but the site didn't stay dormant for long.
It now redirects to President Trump campaign website donaldjtrump.com, which urges visitors to contribute to re-elect the president and "Make America Great Again."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/22/cohen-lawyer-in-solicitation-snafu-promotes-nonexistent-website-that-now-leads-to-trump-campaign-homepage.html

;-)

Don Bessee

Here is little rain on the socialist/dem parade -

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/22/dershowitz-trump-more-correct-than-his-critics-are-with-claims-about-daniels-mcdougal-payments.html

;-)

Paul Emery

This was the company that Trump used to make the pay off payments to his Playboy babe. It's Chairman ghas now flipped on Trump,


American Media Chairman and CEO David Pecker is cooperating with federal prosecutors investigating Michael Cohen’s payments to women alleging affairs with President Donald Trump.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Pecker has knowledge of what Trump knew and when he knew it and he’s giving that information to the prosecutors.


Pecker gave a payment to Karen McDougal under the guise of a writing agreement for the National Enquirer.

Under oath Tuesday, as part of his plea agreement, Cohen alleged that he committed the actions on behalf of Trump.

Todd Juvinall

No crime Paul Emery. You and your Pecker were probing the wrong alley.

Bill Tozer

@ 8:51
You and your Pecker were probing the wrong alley.

That’s what I would call a bad neighborhood.

Don Bessee

Its the economy STUPID ya'all socialist/dems, we don't need no stinkin' china badges to move sweet Texas crude! That's only one state, lets not forget the fraking great natural gas production that's will go the EU!

Total U.S. oil exports in may hit a record of 2 million bpd, with Houston-Galveston’s share of the total at a record-breaking 70 percent, from an average of about 50 percent since the middle of 2017, the EIA said.


Meanwhile, however, Texas is on track to become the biggest oil producer after Russia and Saudi Arabia, according to production estimates by HSBC, quoted by CNN. If the estimates turn out to be correct, the Lone Star State will be pumping almost 6 million bpd in 2019.

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Texas-Exports-More-Oil-Than-It-Imports-For-First-Time-Ever.html

Yee Ha! ;-)

Russ

Reposted from Sandbox:

You Just Do Not Get It

Our lefty commentators just do not get it? Here is as clear explanation by Salena Zito on Why Trump’s supporters won’t care about Cohen and Manafort’s convictions.

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s news that both former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his lawyer Michael Cohen were found on the wrong side of the law in separate court cases, the question asked most frequently by the press, Democrats and “Never Trump” Republicans is, “Where do Trump voters go now?”

The answer is the same that it has always been since they first started asking it Nov. 9, 2016: With Trump.

This new conservative populist coalition is not the fluke the political class hoped it was. Donald Trump did not cause it, he is just the result of it, so no matter what he does, it continues. It is predicated on them, not him.

The coalition is a strike at not just tone deafness in both Congress and the White House but also high levels of incompetence, negligence and shoddy performance at agencies, as well as inept social services, a bloated and incompetent bureaucracy, endless wars and multinational agreements and treaties that don’t benefit average people.

These voters knew who Trump was going in, they knew he was a thrice-married, Playmate dating, Howard Stern regular who had the morals of an alley cat. They were willing to look past all of that because of how institutions had failed their communities for three consecutive presidencies.

Right now the value of Trump to the Trump voter is he is all that stands between them and handing the keys to Washington back over to the people inside Washington. That’s it. He’s their only option. You’ve got to pick the insiders or him.

Read the rest HERE: https://nypost.com/2018/08/22/why-trumps-supporters-wont-care-about-cohen-and-manaforts-convictions/

Update: @SalenaZito
Follow Follow @SalenaZito

So this is interesting…@facebook took down my post of my reporting for the @nypost — I’ve received nine separate messages from readers telling me the same thing has happened to them. ‘sup @facebook ?

Facebook censorship of conservative point of view? YES!

Bill Tozer

Great article Russ. Says it all. We have no place else to go.

Another antedolal story, but compliments Russ’s great lik above.

Yesterday, (Wed) I heard a elderly lady on the radio. Life long Democrat, voted R first time ever in 2016. Religious lady to boot. When asked about how this Cohen-Manafort news will affect her view of Trump, she immediately said we all knew he was a “playboy” long ago. She said she has “no use for his Tweets”, refuses to follow or read his tweets, and wishes he would cut them out. But, she is sticking with Trump. There is no other alternative, voting for liberals “not an option” said the life long Democrat Party voter and she has had a long life.

When pressed what Trump should do now.....fire Meuller, pardon Manafort, she said what Trump should do is get back to holding rallies and soldier on.
Agree. Just soldier on. As the Lefties moralize us and appear dumbfounded that anyone could not abandon Trump now, we knew he was a regular on Howard Stern a long time ago and Trump is still hands down better than any Leftist option. It’s a no brainer.

Russ

Clapper: Obama Launched the Intelligent Community Assessment of Trump Campaign.

Did Obama weaponized foreign Intelligence Community to attack a domestic target? Yes, Next Question?

Truth be told, when this editor tried to look at the tweet it appeared she is blocked. Others are claiming Twitter is saying they’re not allowed to see it … Maria herself asking her followers if they can see the tweet speaks volumes.

Yup, this was an amazing admission, basically claiming Obama ‘set off’ the original investigation which led to the Mueller investigation, but what’s even stranger is that Twitter would feel the need to perhaps ‘hide’ this tweet. Is Clapper admitting Obama started this mess not part of a healthy conversation, Jack?

https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2018/08/23/amazing-admission-maria-bartiromo-hints-twitter-may-be-hiding-damning-clapper-obama-tweet/

Bill Tozer

Russ,
This is how I see it. Granting immunity to the National Enquirer publisher already. going back to 1990 with his relationship with Trump and get him to say anything they want him to. They can make life rather uncomfortable for any who oppose. Remember Manafort? Pulled his wife out of the shower at 6:00 am with guns drawn, then not only got his bail nixed, they tossed him in prison. Not on the yard, mind you, but kept him in solitary confinement.
CEO Pecker will be sure to “compose” to avoid any poking around his own closet and now there is no way to disprove anything. Under immunity. He will be going to state court in NY soon enough and be deposed. No cross examination. Bet he has some wild stories to tell over cocktails about the baby with the horns of devil and man gives birth to self stories over the years, but I digress.

Add Cohen’s deal. For both: no trial, no judge, no challenging, no cross examination, just whatever they say. And no rulings by a federal judge to see if what Cohen pleaded to was even a crime committed on count 7 and 8. It’s all whatever MSNBC says, whatever the prosecutors say, whatever Lanny Davis say. They can weave this into a unindicted co-conspirator of the crime.....Trump did a conspiracy involving a criminal activity to influence an election...snagged by campaign finance law!

Bottomline. They know they cannot indict Trump, so all this playing to the impeachment report. The Russian Collusion story didn’t come up with something, the obstruction of justice is dead for now, the Tower will be just allegations of criminal activity or open questions about plotting with the Russians, and....voila....we have a nice impeachment report full of insinuating things that are real crimes or sound like real crimes, but close enough for handgrenades and TDS.

Then we will go through months and months of hearings and writing up the Articles of Impeachment...it’s already written, just adding unchallenged stuff now that sound real bad. The media is going out it 24/7 and MSNBC is feeding it to the masses as their ratings soar. This whole hoax started before Inaugnation Day. They were talking about impeaching Trump before he was even sworn in.

Then the Senate will not conflict. And no “crimes” happened while Trump was in office, but they are doing the full on carpet bombing now and as we were warned early on, this Russian thing has legs. It’s all they got. And we fell for it by trying to explain the facts to our lower companions across the aisle.
This time I won’t explain too much. Waste of time, unless you are in a ‘I just gotta win a argument’ mood. a will watch them come running over here out of breath with pieces of paper in their hands with the smoking guns saying “Cohen swore under oath! Here, look!”, til the cows come home. Or whatever the next big thing coming every few days.

Meuller is writing his own Golden Shower Dossier. His audience is the Dems. Oh, BTW, I have yet to hear one contrary opinion to their narrative on Comcast owned NBC, MSNBC or Amy’s of the N’s. Even some on Fox are being played. Rating, baby!

Bill Tozer

ROFLMAO. It’s true. Whatever the Industrial Stength TDS Cartel accuses Trump of doing, back here on Earth they themselves are actually doing.... times ten. What, they mentioned impeach 270 times or so since yesterday.

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/curtis-houck/2018/08/23/cnn-segment-complains-giuliani-trump-are-playing-politics-fear

Bill Tozer

Well I be. Pat Buchannon of all folks laid it out. I figured he would be talking about China and was waiting for some other writer to put it all together from the National Review or The Federalist or NY Post or the Hill or WSJ. Pat is first...the first on many to come. Be careful what you wish for.

Welcome to my parlor said the spider to the fly.

https://www.wnd.com/2018/08/do-democrats-want-an-impeachment-fight/

George Rebane

PaulE 1021am in the Sandbox - Here's the next paragraph to your quote, "Few observers dispute that farm murders are a problem in South Africa, which has an overall murder rate of about 34 per 100,000 people, one of the highest in the world. But some farmers’ organizations and right-wing groups contend that the black majority government is not doing enough to protect white farmers, who they say are particularly vulnerable to attack."

But the point you want to divert from is that white farmers' land will be expropriated by the ANC-government of South Africa. And in the process white farmers will be murdered, as they were in Zimbabwe. But more importantly, SA, the former jewel of sub-Sahel Africa, will become yet another failed state completing the ongoing spread of misery over its black population. And that will beg the question in spades (not to be found in the lamestream media), why are sub-Sahel Africans uniformly incapable of forming beneficent governments?

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