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Street photography: Crosswalker

I took this on a lunchtime walkabout, the summer before last in Ottawa.

The crosswalk is under about four grey inches of ice and slush right now. The dreams lie buried, but they will rise again!
Posted by The_jackalope | Mon Jan 29, 2018, 01:38 PM (4 replies)

Mueller got Gates to roll by going after his wife

Same prosecutor (Weissmann), same MO he used with with Enron's Fastow

Rick Gates, once the man ‘in the corner,’ is now a central figure in Mueller investigation

Among friends in Richmond, Gates’s frequent overseas travel and ties to Russian oligarchs have long been the topics of good-natured jokes, according to people who know him. But his new high-profile role as a target of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has revealed startling details about his life.

While Gates listed $2.2 million in assets in 2011, he filed a 2016 credit application saying he had a liquid net worth of $25 million and that his wife was worth $30 million, according to a filing by prosecutors. Gates controlled as many as 30 bank accounts in the past six months, including several in Cyprus in which he held more than $10 million, according to court documents. In August, his wife transferred more than $1 million to a joint brokerage account, the filings said.

“That just blew my mind, I couldn’t believe it,” said one of Gates’s associates, who requested anonymity to describe personal interactions with the consultant. The associate, like others who know him, had thought Gates “lived modestly.”

Posted by The_jackalope | Tue Jan 23, 2018, 11:10 PM (8 replies)

CNN: Gates may be negotiating with Mueller

Exclusive: New signs Gates may be negotiating with Mueller's team

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates has quietly added a prominent white-collar attorney, Tom Green, to his defense team, signaling that Gates' approach to his not-guilty plea could be changing behind the scenes.

Green, a well-known Washington defense lawyer, was seen at special counsel Robert Mueller's office twice last week. CNN is told by a source familiar with the matter that Green has joined Gates' team.

Green isn't listed in the court record as a lawyer in the case and works for a large law firm separate from Gates' primary lawyers.

Green's involvement suggests that there is an ongoing negotiation between the defendant's team and the prosecutors. At this stage, with Gates' charges filed and bail set, talks could concern the charges and Gates' plea. The defense and prosecution are currently working together on discovery of evidence.

The rats are all trying to grab the last deck chair as the Trumptanic continues to take on water.
Posted by The_jackalope | Tue Jan 23, 2018, 10:11 PM (2 replies)

Some decent speculation on why Baker was reassigned

It might all revolve around Comey's firing and making sure there's a solid obstruction case. Seems like reasonable speculation to me, especially considering who is speculating: a former FBI Special Agent, Counterintelligence Division.
Posted by The_jackalope | Tue Jan 23, 2018, 10:07 PM (6 replies)

So is the Gang of Four getting any more love here lately?

I mean Eric Garland, John Schindler, Louise and Claude.

The reason I ask is that Garland has just published a thread on an analytical study he did called GRINGO11. The report, which is not published in its entirety for reasons that should become obvious, tracks deza publications, along with troll and bot attacks, along with a wealth of background information on the originators and interconnections of the attack sources. He mentions the "Gang of Four" specifically as targets of such attacks. He put the attacks on a timeline that is based on "bad news for Trump" news stories. Guess what pattern emerged?

He says democracy isn't toast yet, but we need the Fairness Doctrine back ASAP.

Click through the tweet for the thread:
Posted by The_jackalope | Tue Jan 23, 2018, 09:03 PM (0 replies)

A theory about Bannon's lawyer's phone calls to WH

No telephones are normally allowed in a SCIF, so the calls would have been made during breaks in the proceedings. Calls during a break could have been made out of earshot of other participants.

Burck might have two calls: one call to the WH, to set up the WH to make press statements about it, then a second call to Mueller's office to get the instructions that Bannon actually followed.

I know, we'll never know. But it does satisfy the two criteria - what the WH said to the press, and the likely fact that Bannon is a cooperating witness. One call as cover to fake out the WH, the second call for reals.

On edit: I don't know what that would do to Burck's conflict of interest position vis a vis the WH.
Posted by The_jackalope | Thu Jan 18, 2018, 11:19 AM (2 replies)

Bannon refused to answer House panel's questions about time in White House

Source: Politico

President Donald Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon refused to answer questions Tuesday from the House intelligence committee about his time in the White House, prompting panel members to subpoena him on the spot, according to a person familiar with the interview.

Bannon appeared before the committee as part of its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, speaking just weeks after a falling-out with Trump over comments he made in an explosive new book.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) confirmed Tuesday that he issued a subpoena for Bannon. “Of course I authorized the subpoena," he told reporters. "That’s how the rules work.”

The source said Republican lawmakers — including Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and former federal prosecutor Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) — were frustrated that Bannon was not more forthcoming. Bannon did not invoke executive privilege, the source said.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/16/steve-bannon-congress-testimony-subpoena-341492

Stock up on the popcorn, it's showtime!
Posted by The_jackalope | Tue Jan 16, 2018, 05:42 PM (4 replies)

Let's go, 2018 - we're all counting on you. And by the way...

Posted by The_jackalope | Sun Dec 31, 2017, 07:26 PM (2 replies)
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