Monday, May 7, 2018

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#1  From the editors today:
In the world according to Trump, the president knows what he’s doing, and it’s working just fine. Be the bully and keep them guessing. Apply this to allies as well as rivals — because in the end what’s the difference? Disdain institutions that the U.S. spent decades building — because what did they ever do for us? In the real world, this approach will prove enormously damaging to the country, as well as to America’s friends.
#2 Bernstein:
[paraphrase] Trump's cabinet is in chaos. He's fired people with no coherent plans for replacements.  
 #3 Ponnuru:
[paraphrase] What's hype in the media coverage of Trump? 1. There's a constitutional crisis. 2. Some act (like firing Mueller) will end the Trump presidency. 3. Stormy Daniels doesn't matter. (To millions, including millions of supporters, it does matter.)
 Commenters, ADD YOUR OWN TOPICS. Let the commenting begin. It'll start slowly.


#4. Sunstein:
Summary and analysis of possible obstruction of justice by Trump, with a historical framing. 
"Even if a candidate for president did not collude with a less-than-friendly foreign power, or have any relationship with it, presidential obstruction of an investigation into that issue would be a serious offense — from the standpoint of the impeachment clause, at least as serious the first Article of Impeachment against President Nixon."
#5. CNN:
[I'm not a big fan of CNN. I just tuned in to see primary result, but they have a huge story about payments to Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer and fixer.] "In a memo posted online Tuesday afternoon, Avenatti alleged that Cohen received the following payments after the 2016 election: approximately half-a-million dollars from a company linked to Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin; nearly $400,000 from pharmaceutical giant Novartis; $150,000 from Korea Aerospace Industries and $200,000 from telecommunications conglomerate AT&T."

12 comments:

Tony White said...

Trump's rollout of Guiliani as his "go to" guys was an unmitigated disaster -- as there is no cohesion between Trump and his "advisers."

ModeratePoli said...

@Tony, I think Guiliani is trying to get Trump to move on his ridiculous story that he knew nothing about Stormy. But Trump is a stubborn idiot, which is partly how he gets himself in trouble.

ModeratePoli said...

About Guiliani: “He was well aware that at some point when I saw the opportunity, I was going to get this over with,” Giuliani said. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/i-was-going-to-get-this-over-with-inside-giulianis-explosive-stormy-daniels-revelation/2018/05/03/6937ac52-4ee6-11e8-84a0-458a1aa9ac0a_story.html?utm_term=.dc8f005b858b

Tony White said...

Exactly M.P. [for once we agree on something!]. Everyone with half a brain knew that Trump knew about the "Stormy payoff" from the beginning, yet their strategy of denial went on. When Guiliani come out a week or two ago and contradicted those earlier statements regarding "the deal," I thought for sure that was the correct and legal way to approach the matter. Now, I'm unsure which story was/is the "right" way to go! 'Upvote' for your keen sense of how the world REALLY works.

Fish Head said...

How goes the strike? Lurked around BV a bit and it appeared comments were way down. The new format is pretty sucky. I'll be back soon. How long are we striking? They'll miss our deep thinking, congenative sarcasm and General smartassedness.

ModeratePoli said...

@Fishy, The strike is a week, so until next Sunday. My opinion is that the comment 3 out of 4 threads seemed pretty good. More dehttp://moderatepoli.blogspot.com/2018/05/tony-white-organizing-bloomberg-strikers.html?showComment=1525740638707#c298534874397252600tails here:

johnny sunshine said...

The big news today hasn't appeared in Bloomberg yet. It's that both the Times and Post are digging into the increasingly apparent fact that Trump's personal fortune has relied on money laundering for some time now, though they don't quite say it out loud.
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/robert-mueller-must-expose-trumps-crooked-business-empire.html

And that some Republican donor/organization/cabal paid the same ex Israeli spies who worked for Weinstein to try to dig up dirt on former midlevel Obama staffers involved with the Iran deal.

ModeratePoli said...

I'm really struggling today. I badly want to comment in disagreement with posters saying that Hillary was a much better candidate in 2008. Aaarrrggghhh.

I thought the Sunstein piece was very good, and very sober. I'm not quite sure that I agree with him that the most important task for Trump's lawyers is to demonstrate that Trump hasn't obstructed justice. I would think that the most important task would be for the lawyers to nail down the truth first, and then build the defense. However, nailing down the truth with Trump and his cast of toadies can't be easy. Most of them seem to be foreigners to truth, even more than most politicians. And building a defense when Trump thinks he always knows best is a nightmare.

Tony White said...

HRC was a horrible Democratic presiential candidate, so bad, in fact, that it allowed Trump to barely win the election. The DNC was firmly behind her long before the start of the 2016 campaign. The Democratic nomination process was NOT neutral to whom it wanted to see as President. It illustrated how it was on cruise control without considering better candidates.

ModeratePoli said...

#5. That's a huge story by CNN. It's also the first time I've seen an interview with Avenatti. That guy is so sharp. He is just representing Stormy Daniels right now, and perhaps he's mostly a litigator, but he is ripping apart the facade around the cushy relationship Trump has. And, remember, there's a relationship between Cohen and Hannity too.

ModeratePoli said...

To everyone, does this Essential Consultants look like a slush fund? I don't know that the amounts of money would matter to Trump, but the convenience could have been very helpful. (Note, I know this is speculation. However, the corporation had a purpose, or more than one, so what was the purpose?) Maybe the original plan was that Cohen was paying everyone, and getting income from these companies, and not directly from Trump -- deniability. However, that story ran afoul of campaign finance laws, and Trump has no explanation in reserve. Thus the muddling by Giuliani.

I notice that there are very few conservative voices weighing right now. It's not going to stay that way. Stormy wasn't a huge story but this looks so much bigger.

johnny sunshine said...

I think this is gonna be the next big story going forward, though it's as yet unproven. The idea is that Elliot Broidy wasn't the one having the affair and creating a child and asking for the abortion with the (other) Playboy model, and paying $1.6 million through Cohen to keep the "problem" child quiet. It was Trump. I find the argument completely convincing. And I think it'll become clear pretty soon that the money was coming from Russia.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/theory-playboy-model-had-affair-with-trump-not-broidy.html