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Just putting this out there now so it can be bookmarked: the $15,000/month the RNC is paying former Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller looks to be—based on what we know—a federal crime. It's hush money so he won't reveal what he knows of the events of November 8 and November 9, 2013.
2/ A Trump aide told The Daily Caller Trump had "people" on his door at the Ritz on November 8, 2013 and Emin offered prostitutes. Schiller says no one was on the door, Trump pal Emin didn't make the offer and...despite being a bodyguard... he {ahem} "doesn't know" what happened.
3/ Suddenly, after his testimony exonerating Trump's friend and *absolutely impossibly* saying that he left his principal's door unguarded in a hostile place where they were expecting attempts at blackmail *and doesn't know what happened*... he gets $15,000/month. WAKE UP, MEDIA.
4/ Schiller's story (a) doesn't match the story of the Trump aide quoted by The Daily Caller, (b) doesn't comport with his SOP from guarding Trump's door in other {er} highly leveraged situations, and (c) *makes no sense whatsoever* coming from a bodyguard in a hostile situation.
5/ Now we learn, today, clear as day, without any fuzz on it, that the RNC and Trump campaign were giving out $15,000/month "jobs" as hush money to people with stories to tell. And bless Lara's heart—she pretended that she'd just seen that $15,000/month figure for the first time.
6/ And this ISN'T a frivolous matter. The question at hand, which it seems we all know the answer to, is whether there's a criminal conspiracy at the White House to commit a federal felony—witness tampering—to hide that the President of the United States is COMPROMISED by Russia.
7/ To be even clearer, the question of whether there is a criminal conspiracy to tamper with Schiller—a known federal witness in an investigation of the president's (and others') actions—is AS SIGNIFICANT a question, given the testimony being tampered with, as ANY OTHER we have.
8/ I'm sure Schiller wants to be loyal; I'm sure he views discretion as part of his job; I'm sure he likes Trump. I'm sure he thinks Trump's sex life is a private affair—which it WOULD be were he NOT President of the United States. Blackmail on POTUS is a national security issue.
9/ Having looked at this from the standpoint of a criminal investigator—work I used to do—I'll now look at it from the standpoint of a criminal defense lawyer, which is also work I used to do: if Mueller can squeeze Schiller he'll get FAR more than the events of November 8, 2013.
10/ Trump trusted Schiller so much that he brought him to *business dinners*, for instance the June 15, 2013 Las Vegas meeting—with 4 people later involved in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting—at which he decided to take $20 million from Agalarov to bring Miss Universe to Moscow.
11/ On the list of Trump-Russia witnesses who really know a *ton*, you have Flynn (nabbed), Gates (nabbed), Manafort (awaiting verdict), Cohen (possible cooperator), Sater (possible cooperator), (Erik) Prince and Schiller. I'd put them before Jared, Ivanka, Sessions, and Bannon.
12/ Here's why: Schiller knows who Trump met with. Did he meet Kislyak in Trump Tower in December 2016? Gorkov? Did he call or meet Putin in November 2013 (as Trump *sometimes* claims he did)? Was he in secretive transition meetings with Flynn and K.T. McFarland? See what I mean?
13/ So if you're watching cable news today and someone says, "Oh, this Omarosa thing with Lara Trump is just *silly*!" I can tell you that's not an attorney or investigator, and if it is, it's one who knows little to nothing about the Trump-Russia investigation. It's that simple.
14/ I learned as an investigator that it's not always the fact you discover that matters—it's the additional discoveries the fact leads you to. Any investigator or criminal lawyer sees that what Omarosa revealed today can LEAD TO critical breaks in the Trump-Russia investigation.
15/ Schiller has a rarified type of testimonial evidence that even major players in the Trump-Russia story (Flynn, Manafort, Gates and so on) *don't*—Donald Trump's daily, often secretive movements and schedules. Mueller should want Schiller in the bag *right now* and *bad*. /end
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