2/ Project Lakhta — the effort that Khusyaynova allegedly directed — was first mentioned in the indictments Mueller filed in February against Prigozhin's "troll factory" (the Internet Research Agency).
3/ Mikhailov tipped off the feds to the Kremlin’s use of King Servers for election interference.
I have some important information about Tom Barrack, Jr., that I hope to share soon.
My cognitive skills have been limited recently (#Lupus), which is why I have not completed significant research threads in a while.
This is very important information.
2/ I will do this thread over time to accommodate my disability. Thank you for your patience.
Among Manafort’s U.S. holdings were estates in Manhattan — including one in Trump Tower — Palm Beach, and Bridgehampton, on Long Island. (See Mueller forfeiture).
3/ Two people loaned Manafort money to purchase the latter property: Tom Barrack, Trump’s major campaign funder, and an arms dealer named Abdul Rahman El-Assir, who is suspected of paying kickbacks to secure French weapons deals to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
I agree #NeverTrump Republicans who haven’t left the @GOP have no voice in our dialogue about what we envision for the country.
I do not agree this same position applies to Independent voters, who we should welcome and convince persuasively that we are worthy of their vote.
By “convince persuasively that we are worthy of their vote,” I mean demonstrate to them why liberal policies are best for the American people. We should NEVER compromise our positions in an effort to cater to a conservative demographic.
This convincing takes patience and respect. The dysfunctional attacks upon pundits and point persons of the #NeverTrump movement, while cathartic and justified, are counterproductive and serve to alienate Independent voters, who we actually can win over in real life.
Senator Collins is waning on about interest groups against Kavanaugh but IGNORES dark money interest groups in support of Kavanaugh.
Senator Collins references Kavanaugh’s judicial record. She disagrees w notion he will eliminate ACA protections, pointing to his dissent in Holder. She argues that his views on severability is narrow.
She addresses the concern about Kavanaugh protecting the POTUS. She argues that Kavanaugh defers to legislative authority. She argues Clinton got 2 justices confirmed while under Whitewater investigation and 3 Nixon appointees ruled against Nixon ruled against Nixon.
@SenFeinstein says in the 25 yrs she has served on the committee, she has never seen a nominee behave in such a partisan, angry manner as Kavanaugh behaved, and that he lacks necessary judicial temperament.
1/ Here is what really bothers me about Kavanaugh: he feels he deserves everything he has and will have because he has earned it. This is a uniquely Calvinist-origin ideology. It is also precisely one of the things which **theologically** distinguishes Catholics from Protestants.
2/ The implications are enormous if one considers the reverse scenario: those to whom life has brought hardship are unworthy, lazy, and have not “earned” their way. Protestant-Calvinist thinking is deeply entrenched in American culture, especially at Yale. christianity.com/church/denomin…
3/ If Kavanaugh adhered to Catholic teaching, he would have by this age internalized that it is mandatory we give a preferential option to the poor. He would practice the Corporal Works of Mercy. He would NOT insist that his success is due to his own merit or worth.
I am Brett Kavanaugh’s age. “Roofies” were a thing in the 70’s and 80’s. Two times in my high school, girls abruptly withdrew from school after being “pulled on a train” by several guys at parties. Not once did the offender-rapists leave.
4 players on the American Legion summer baseball team had sex w an unconscious 12-yr old while the rest of the team watched through a motel window. The pitcher broke down crying the next day when he found out her age. Half of the players’ dads were cops.
This things happened often back in the time when Kavanaugh was coming of age. Add in money, cars, and access to alcohol, and those things happened exponentially more often.
), and dissect the “Kavanaugh Catholic” — with the caveat I, too am a Catholic.
2/ First, we all witnessed Kavanaugh last night make several public pronouncements, to wit:
“I was a virgin.”
“I was busy studying.”
“I was the Captain of my football team.”
“I have never sexually assaulted anyone, ever.”
3/ Kavanaugh had his wife by his side, who vouched for him throughout. He also claimed to have spent his career as a champion for women and women’s issues. Neither Kavanaugh nor his wife (whom he met after high school) addressed the bevy of mounting evidence against him.
Word to the wise: what we just experienced in the last 2 hours with the Rosenstein matter is TEXTBOOK malignant narcissistic abuse. They sadistically wear down your defenses until you eventually capitulate or give yourself over to apathy. It is also “white anting” of Rosenstein.
It is also important to understand that Trump and the GOP employ data analytics to scientifically measure and meticulously track trial balloon practice runs on social media and news networks. They are absolutely watching and digesting so as to plan their next move. This is war.
In accordance w the Violence Against Women & Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA 2013”), officers and/or investigators may not require victims of sexual assault to submit to a polygraph test or other truth-telling devices.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE
POLICY AND TRAINING CONTENT GUIDELINES — The Senate Judiciary Committee is doing everything WRONG.
The unwarranted exertion of control by @ChuckGrassley over a putative sexual assault victim violates every single guideline recommendation of the Intl Assoc of Chiefs of Police.
1/ On Aug. 21, the same day Manafort was convicted, Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko announced an investigation into several former Ukrainian officials from the Yanukovych administration who allegedly engaged in business dealings with Manafort. kyivpost.com/ukraine-politi…
2/ His contacts included the most influential oligarchs & politicians in the country, including Serhiy Lovochkin, Rinat Akhmetov, Sergey Tigipko, Borys Kolesnikov, Victor Pinchuk & Andriy Klyuyev. Together, they paid Manafort $65.9m for consulting work. rferl.org/a/ukraine-laun…
3/ Lutsenko is also investigating 3 other cases related to Manafort’s work, and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) is investigating cases pertaining to the “black ledger” that detailed off-the-books payments from Yanukovych’s party to Manafort.
@KellyannePolls reminds me of those drama queens in college who insisted on keeping everyone awake all night after drinking to resolve whatever batshit crazy dispute she had with this and that girl in the group. Nothing got resolved and everyone got emotionally drained.
@KellyannePolls reminds me of this self-righteous RA I had in college. She was little-miss-perfect — the judge of all. Let’s call her “RA Kelly.” One day, RA Kelly called a mandatory meeting of all residents on the hall, wherein she demanded to know “who shit in the tub?!”
It’s laughable that @SenateMajLdr accuses Dems of last minute maneuvering when the GOP had general notice of this allegation back in July and did nothing to investigate it.
Admit it, @SenateMajLdr: you’ve known since JULY about this allegation & did NOTHING to investigate. You didn’t request the FBI enhance its background investigation. You instead gathered BLIND signatures from female high school associates of Kavanaugh w/o telling them details!
1/ Let’s talk about Nixon’s Articles of Impeachment. The Judiciary Committee, with six Republicans joining the Democratic majority, passed three of the five proposed articles of impeachment: obstruction of justice, abuse of power, contempt of Congress.
2/ ARTICLE 1: OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. Note the 9th allegation — use of pardon power to interfere with witness testimony. (watergate.info/impeachment/ar…)
On Pence. There is a school of thought which argues he is Manafort’s man. I disagree. I have always disagreed with this assessment. It is ok to disagree about this point. Pence is an NRA/Koch man, installed by the Devos/Mercer/Bannon faction.
I realize there are articles out there which say Pence was Manafort’s pick and the plane delay, yadda yadda yadda ... I must respectfully disagree. That said, Manafort consented. Pence lied about Flynn. They are all co-conspirators, in my book.
I would also argue that Pence’s ties to Russia and the Kremlin run deeper than Trump’s.
2/ Manafort agrees not to appeal his EDVA matters. Each count to which he is pleading guilty carries a maximum term of 5 years (some of these counts “group” under the federal sentencing guidelines).
3/ Manafort is factually stipulating as TRUE the facts alleged in the EDVA remaining charges and the Statement of the Offense to this plea (will review later in this thread). The Gov’t agrees to dismiss FBAR, FARA, money laundering and other charges in consideration.