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What did Trump know and when did he know it? A damning timeline is emerging

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No collusion! No collusion! Donald Trump has spent the last two years using his Twitter account and every microphone he can find to howl about the “witch hunt” and claim there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. With the release of Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a timeline has emerged and at first glance, it appears to be quite damning for Donald Trump and his core campaign staff, including Don Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort. The now infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with the Russians began with an email from Rob Goldstone, publicist for Russian billionaires Emin and Aras Agalarov. Here are the details of that email, from the Senate Intelligence Committee transcript:

“The crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras ” — I took that to mean Aras Agalarov — ” this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its  government’s support for Mr . Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.”

That email set into motion a series of calls and emails that culminated with the Trump Tower meeting. The emerging timeline of those calls and emails creates an undeniable pattern that appears to show that the Goldstone email and the impending meeting were widely discussed by Don Jr., Manafort, Kushner and possibly (or likely) even Donald Trump himself.

Philip Bump of the Washington Post summarized the timeline:

  • June 3, 10:53 a.m.: Trump Jr. emails Goldstone. “I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. … Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?”
  • June 3, 11:09 a.m.: Goldstone emails Agalarov. “He wants to speak personally on the issue with you early next week.”
  • June 3, 11:26 a.m.: Agalarov emails Goldstone. “Great.”
  • June 6, 8:44 a.m.: Agalarov emails Goldstone. “Trumps son call. Any news?”
  • June 6, 8:51 a.m.: Goldstone emails Agalarov. “Not yet but he said when he returns to NYC which for sure is after tomorrow as it’s the Super Tuesday final elections tomorrow in California where trump will be “crowned” the official nominee[.] Most likely he will return Wednesday and I will set up call “
  • June 6, 9:00 a.m.: Agalarov emails Goldstone. “Ok”
  • June 6, 12:40 a.m.: Goldstone emails Trump Jr. “Let me know when you are free to talk with Emin by phone about this Hillary Info — you had mentioned early this week so wanted to try to schedule a time and day”
  • June 6, 3:03 p.m.: Trump Jr. emails Goldstone. “Rob could we speak now?”
  • June 6, 3:37 p.m.: Goldstone emails Trump Jr. “Let me track him down in Moscow[.] What number he could call? “
  • June 6, 3:38 p.m.: Trump Jr. emails Goldstone. “My cell” (the number is redacted)
  • June 6, 3:43 p.m.: Goldstone contacts Agalarov’s band manager Pavel Klychko and then emails Trump Jr. “Ok he’s on stage in Moscow but should be off within 20 Minutes so I am sure can call”
  • June 6, 4:04 p.m.: Agalarov calls Trump Jr. Call logs suggest that the call lasts between 60 seconds and two minutes.
  • June 6, 4:27 p.m.: Trump Jr. receives an incoming call from a blocked number. It lasts for four minutes.
  • June 6, 4:31 p.m.: Trump Jr. calls Agalarov. The call lasts for three minutes.
  • June 6, 4:38 p.m.: Trump Jr. emails Goldstone. “Rob thanks for the help.”

Emphasis added on this portion of the timeline:

June 6, 4:27 p.m.: Trump Jr. receives an incoming call from a blocked number. It lasts for four minutes.

Who did Don Jr. receive a call from, using a blocked number, that lasted four minutes? A call that was sandwiched between two calls to Emin Alagarov? Donald Trump is widely known to contact people from a blocked number. Junior was asked about this in his testimony, but this was an issue he just can’t seem to remember.

Q. Does your father used a blocked number on his cell phone or on any phones that you call him on?

A. I don’t know.

Q. So you don’t know whether or not this might have been your father?

A. I don’t.

It’s curious that he can’t recall whether his father ever contacts him from a blocked number. Corey Lewandowski has previously testified that Donald Trump’s primary residence has a blocked number. Junior’s memory was also quite fuzzy on the question of whether Donald Trump had a hand in crafting the misleading statement about the Trump Tower meeting.

Q. To the best of your knowledge, did the president provide any edits to the statement or other input?

A. He may have commented through Hope Hicks.

Q. And do you know if his comments provided through Hope Hicks were incorporated into the final statement?

A. I believe some may have been, but this was an effort through lots of people, mostly counsel.

With the new timeline above and the fact that Donald Trump Jr. was promised “very high level and sensitive information” from the Russian government and the fact that Junior set up the meeting with the highest echelon of the Trump campaign during a such a frantic time in the campaign, it is hard to imagine a scenario where Donald Trump himself remained unaware of the meeting and the details. After all, Amy Siskind reminds us that shortly after that Trump Tower meeting is when Trump first began talking about Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails.

Quite the coincidence, indeed.

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Everyone Can’t Stop Laughing After George Zimmerman Reveals He’s Millions In Debt With No Income

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Everyone Can’t Stop Laughing After George Zimmerman Reveals He’s Millions In Debt With No Income

 

George Zimmerman, the ‘man’ who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, is $2.5 million in debt and has no income, according to paperwork in his misdemeanor stalking case. That was revealed after Zimmerman filed in Seminole County court to be represented by the Public Defender’s Office, which has since been granted. The conservative hero is in trouble for stalking and harassing a private investigator. Public Defender Blaise Trettis filed a not-guilty plea for Zimmerman and a request for a jury trial on his behalf. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the killing of Trayvon Martin that brought Zimmerman down, but this might do it.

Social media users looked for fucks to give, but apparently, everyone has run out.

I don’t know who would lend that human train wreck $2.5 million but it doesn’t look like they’ll ever get it back.


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Impeachment is NOT the best punishment for Trump. This is.

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Impeachment is NOT the best punishment for Trump. This is.

 

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Jeez, quit boiling up the tar, and stop plucking the damn chickens will ya?!? It all comes out right in the end, just hear me out. Wadda you have to lose, you’re already reading, aren’t you?

Let’s be honest, shall we? In the current circumstances, impeachment is a pipe dream. Even if we retake the House in November, by the time that the newly minted Democratic led committees could finish doing fair, responsible investigations and generate articles of impeachment to vote on, we will already be in the run up to the 2020 elections, and nobody will have the stomach for that kind of political upheaval. Besides, Democratic oversight would effectively rein in the madness, and the passage of progressive House bills for the Senate to shoot down would basically emasculate the rest of Trump’s term. Also, when you come right down to it, impeachment is not an effective punishment for The Tiny Thumbs Diktator.

When one is convicted of a crime, one is sent to prison and loses his or her freedom. What is the ultimate punishment that comes with impeachment? Removal from office. Short and sweet, the ultimate deterrent of impeachment is personal and professional shame. Quick show of hands! Who thinks that Der Gropinfuror has one modicum of shame in his entire, portly carcass? Trump has spent his entire life forgiving himself for and justifying his excesses. And he has already laid the groundwork to fleece his undying supporters that he is actually a martyr, politically crucified for the purity of his cause. As long as 41% of the country believes him, the rest of us can kiss his ass. Trump will never feel shame for being impeached, because he will refuse to acknowledge his crimes that led to his impeachment in the first place.

But be of good cheer, there really is a much more suitable punishment, and it’s one that he can’t avoid, or wriggle his way out of. The most common axiom applied to the execution of the Mueller investigation is three simple words, “Follow. The. Money.” In terms of the Trump-Russia investigation, it is meant to follow Trump’s byzantine finances to look for illicit connections to Russian or other foreign sources that could be used as a point of leverage over him as President. But confirmation of those crimes would logically lead only to impeachment, and that event is unlikely.

BUT! Investigating possible illicit ties to Russia that could affect Trump’s Presidency are not the only times you can follow the money. Mueller’s probe into Trump’s Russia connections has given him almost unprecedented access to Trump’s financial records. Good Lord, a bank in Cyprus even turned records over to the FBI in it’s investigation into Paul Manafort. Just because a financial crime may not directly involve the Russia investigation doesn’t mean that a crime wasn’t committed. And as we have already seen with Michael Cohen, Mueller is not shy about taking incriminating evidence he finds that he can’t use, and turning it over to prosecutorial agencies that can use it.

Rumors and speculation have swirled around the Trump organization for years. Possible bank fraud. Possible money laundering of Russian rubles through his overpriced schlock condos in New York, and his luxury golf properties. Suspicious circumstances around a property he bought in Florida, and sold soon afterwards for double what he paid for it, to a Russian oligarch no less. Allegations of Russian money laundering through an exclusive Trump branded property in Panama City, to the point that the actual owner of the property used armed security guards to try to keep Trump employees from accessing the property. And don’t forget his aborted Trump Tower in Baku, Azerbaijan, where you can’t even plow a driveway without the proper payoff to the ruling oligarch family. If ever there was a mechanism in place to uncover and connect the dots on this kind of complicated financial tomfoolery, it’s the Mueller investigation. And all of it can be routed to the proper jurisdictions for criminal prosecution.

But. But. But. If Trump even gets a whiff of an upcoming prosecution for unrelated financial crimes, he’ll just preemptively pardon himself, and his family. OK, fine. Simple solution? Don’t prosecute Trump, prosecute his COMPANY! The constitution permits a President to pardon an individual for his crimes, nothing authorizes him to pardon a company or corporation. If any of these crimes were committed, they weren’t committed via Trump’s personal bank and checking accounts, they were funneled through his company books. Follow. The. Money. And then take it, all of it. The Enron trial alone proved how effectively the government can dismantle a criminally liable company when they choose to.

For Hair Furor, this would literally be a fate worse than death. Trump can, at least in his own mind, con his way out of the shame and humiliation of an impeachment as a political “witch hunt.” But to be exposed to the world as nothing more than a common criminal, and not a very good one, since he got caught? His ego couldn’t survive that. Criminal fines and restitution would cripple the company, and if the feds played their hand right, it is possible that the prosecution could fall under the RICO statutes, allowing them to confiscate even more. And what survives? Investors and builders would come out of the woodwork to file civil suits against the Trump organization for lost contracts and properties, picking the carcass clean. Best of all, whether Trump survives the stress or not, a successful prosecution would strip his Satan’s spawn of any hope of an inheritance.

Can this actually happen? Who knows. It all depends on the depth of Trump’s greed, and his willingness to break the rules to get the money. Personally, I think that Trump has been erasing lines since day one, and if his current situation is anything to go by, he isn’t very good at covering his tracks. If he’s dirty, the FBI should have no problem connecting the dots. But you must admit, the thought of His Lowness spending the rest of his miserable existence shacked up in one of Jared’s rent controlled slums, and binge watching The Apprentice reruns, beats having to listen to him blather about his “witch hunt” impeachment hands down.


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NRA Demands ‘Common Sense Limitations’ On Media’s Ability To Report On School Shootings

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NRA Demands ‘Common Sense Limitations’ On Media’s Ability To Report On School Shootings

The NRA has decided to match calls for common sense limitations on who can purchase a firearm by demanding that the First Amendment be completely ripped up.

On Thursday, the NRA’s propaganda network (yes, they have one if you were not previously aware) tweeted a clip calling for limitations on the media’s ability to report on school shootings.

“It’s time to put an end to this glorification of carnage in pursuit of ratings because it’s killing our kids,” NRATV’s Colion Noir actually said. “It’s time for Congress to step up and pass legislation putting common sense limitations on #MSM‘s ability to report on these school shootings.”

While the Second Amendment is immensely important to the National Rifle Association, it’s clear that the First Amendment isn’t since they are calling for laws restricting what the media can and can’t report.

In February, Bloomberg reported that gun stocks have been suffering volatility recently, with sales falling off in recent years and some court decisions that are unfriendly to the gun lobby:

Tuesday’s headlines underscored that the trade in gun stocks is becoming more nuanced with more moving parts and greater uncertainty. On one hand, the Trump administration advanced a ban on “bump stocks” (but not guns) and Florida legislators voiced opposition to reviving any attempt to ban assault rifles. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court handed down a pair of adverse decisions for the gun lobby and a Quinnipiac poll showed support for gun control at the highest ever in the poll’s history.

It remains to be seen how the lack of a major legislative threat could affect gun sales. Sturm Ruger on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter revenue and earnings this missed the sole analyst estimates. 2017 sales fell 21 percent from the prior year, to $522.3 million.

The NRA is worried, and when the NRA is worried, it’s cause for celebration.

Watch this dumbass propaganda piece below:

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