Update On The OTHER Russia Scandal

Ken AshfordGun Control, L'Affaire Russe, Political Scandals, RussiaLeave a Comment

In a week of political scandals, it is important that this one doesn’t get lost because, although it doesn’t implicate Trump, it implicates the Republican Party as well as the Republicans’ source of campaign income, the NRA. I’m talking of course about Marina Butina.  I’ve talked about her here and here. Butina was arrested in July after the FBI raided … Read More

Crazy Days

Ken AshfordGeneral corruption, L'Affaire Russe, Middle East, Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It’s impossible to keep up with the news anymore. Here is just today: Donald Trump’s inauguration committee is under investigation. Apparently they managed to spend twice as much as any other recent president for an inaugural celebration that was half the size of any other recent president. Maria Butina pleaded guilty to infiltrating the NRA on behalf of Russia. Trump is now on … Read More

Trump On A Twitter Tear This Morning

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, L'Affaire Russe, Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal Affairs, Trump & Administration, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

He rants about the investigations, Cohen, the wall…. in a largely fact-free tirade. This is creative accounting at best. I don’t know how much the US benefits from the NAFTA 2.0 Trade Agreement (i.e., the USMCA), but by most accounts, it’s not that different from the original NAFTA.  And anyway, the benefits go to manufacturers, farmers, etc. — not the … Read More

Trump’s Reality Tremor

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Polls, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

For all of Trump’s outward swagger, signs are mounting that the White House is deeply rattled. Federal prosecutors now claim Trump personally directed a conspiracy to secure his election in the form of illegal hush-money payments. We’ve learned that Trump negotiated business dealings with Russia throughout the GOP primaries, which he concealed. And there are solid grounds for believing Mueller still hasn’t tipped his hand … Read More

What The Manafort And Cohen Sentencing Memos Really Say

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Uh no. Trump arguably got support from the Justice Department on one point. A few days ago, he tweeted that his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, should “serve a full and complete sentence.” This was in response to Cohen’s argument that he should serve no jail time in recognition of his extensive cooperation with prosecutors. It turns out that the Justice Department agrees … Read More

Document Dump: Cohen Sentencing Memos From Mueller and SDNY

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Mueller’s recommendation for Cohen’s sentencing: and the SDNY’s recommendation, which is far less kinder than Mueller’s: Right now, it really looks like Trump aka Individual-1 has a huge problem not with Mueller (although we know Mueller holds his cards close to the vest), but with his own DOJ.  Campaign finance violations.  Illegal, and if he directed it, potentially fatal.

White House Shake-Ups And Shenanigans

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Trump started today with an anti-Mueller screed — something he started on last night. He just sounds like a crazy old man. He’s feeling the pressure.  More Mueller stuff expected today.  And the Kelly-Trump breakdown is complete — they aren’t even talking, and Kelly is expected to go.  Yeah, yeah. We have heard that before. But multiple outlets are reporting … Read More

The Flynn Sentencing Memo

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A lot of energy was spent by the media in anticipation of the sentencing memo form General Michael Flynn which was filed in court yesterday. Such memos from the Office of the Special Counsel often offer insight into the state of the Mueller investigation, and what Mueller knows. Not this time. The heavily redacted documents provide no such insight. The … Read More

Document Dump: Cohen Sentencing Memo

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The sentencing memo for Michael Cohen, written by his attorneys in the hopes that the judge will grant leniency (due to Cohen’s cooperation), is a trove of interesting tidbits. Cohen, the brief takes pains to argue, is all in on cooperation. The brief begins with a lengthy recitation of Cohen’s cooperation, emphasizing the following key points: “Beginning before the entry … Read More

Trump Doing Deals With Russia — A Timeline

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While Trump pursued financial dealings with Russia that he kept concealed from voters, Trump publicly absolved Russia of blame for DNC hack.Then he called on Russia to hack Hillary’s emails. But over the weekend, the legal team working for Michael Cohen, President Trump’s estranged fixer and personal lawyer, filed a new document requesting leniency, now that Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress … Read More

Aaaand We’re Back: Witness Tampering Before Our Very Eyes

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

After a relatively crazy week last week, tempered by the somberness of the death of former president Geroge H.W. Bush, and the quietness of Trump being at the G20 summit, he’s back again railing on what is clearly weighing heavy on his Mind: Bob Mueller. First of all, who is Scott Free? 📈’Scot-free’: completely free from obligation, harm, or penalty … Read More

Are More Raids Happening RIGHT NOW?

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As Trump is in the air to the G-20 summit, two things are happening which may or may not be related to the Mueller-Russia probe. First, German police raided Deutsche Bank in connection with money laundering exposed in the Panama Papers. “Police officers and tax inspectors entered Deutsche Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt early Thursday morning and seized documents,” reports NPR. “Prosecutors … Read More