(1) This is interesting.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is extending his stay at the Department of Justice for at least “a little longer,” according to Tuesday NBC reporting.
Slated to leave in mid-March, Rosenstein has reportedly spoken to Attorney General William Barr about staying for an indefinite amount of time.
The hearings for his replacement are currently scheduled for early April.
Rosenstein extending his DOJ tenure indefinitely pic.twitter.com/MjwCa5hICn— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) March 19, 2019
(2) Trump, on the heels of a 50 tweet weekend is seemingly feeling some pressure and continuing with the “blame the media” tactic.
Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2019
A favorite target of late is Kellyanne Conway’s husband:
A total loser! https://t.co/vm3Vv2f9jf— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2019
(3) Here is a link to the 269 pages released today (PDF) on an application from the media. It is the background documents leading to the search warrant of Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen.
I don’t think they reveal much — except perhaps the fact that the FBI was investigating President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer for nearly a year before agents raided his home and office. Since July 2017 in fact — far longer than had previously been known.
Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, said the release of the search warrant “furthers his interest in continuing to cooperate and providing information and the truth about Donald Trump and the Trump organization to law enforcement and Congress.”
The search warrants used in the raid of Michael Cohen's office, hotel room and home last year have been released, albeit redacted. There's…. a lot of pages pic.twitter.com/rnQucYaEA2— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhimshubber) March 19, 2019
If I recall correctly, the false statement to a bank charge Cohen pleaded to involved him overstating the strength of his financial position — this alleges he was understating it, claiming he was poorer than he was pic.twitter.com/0RHaFMe6Wq— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhimshubber) March 19, 2019
Michael Cohen had lent someone $6m and was earning $60,000 a month in interest from the loan.— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhimshubber) March 19, 2019
(What kind of person needs to pay 12% a year for $6m loan?) pic.twitter.com/LmiafJcmxw
FBI had a pen register on Cohen's Gmail account pic.twitter.com/Fa5GuV1aOc— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhimshubber) March 19, 2019
(This is why you don't use Touch ID or Face ID)— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhimshubber) March 19, 2019
((Also, don't commit crimes, but also don't use Touch ID or Face ID)) pic.twitter.com/d0BtJOphu8
The fact of Cohen's eventual indictment by Mueller made this obvious, but this states explicitly that the special counsel office's had only handed off parts of their investigation into Cohen, not the totality pic.twitter.com/D37FbTfOaY— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhimshubber) March 19, 2019
Curious redaction here. This section deals with money Cohen received via Essential Consultants. Elsewhere, it's fully disclosed that he received cash form Novartis, etc. But here, it references 'foreign sources' but seems to hide their identity pic.twitter.com/mdYu49Wooy— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhimshubber) March 19, 2019
We're told that Cohen received money from Columbus Nova, which we all knew, but there's something else apparently related to his consulting income that is still redacted pic.twitter.com/I9h1ju3rdx— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhimshubber) March 19, 2019
This appears to be Mueller's initial search warrant for Michael Cohen's email.— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhimshubber) March 19, 2019
References false statements to a financial institution, money laundering, acting as an unregistered foreign agent, and FARA violations as possible crimes under investigationhttps://t.co/JP8LsqGp8A pic.twitter.com/Weompg5w91
Done with a first read-through. Main takeaways seem to be:— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhimshubber) March 19, 2019
– Mueller was investigating Cohen early on
– The SDNY hush money probe is ongoing
Intriguing questions raised:
– Who did Cohen lend $6m to?
– Why the redactions around income for foreign sources?