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LA Times (9/28/2018) - FBI will interview another woman

This was news to me. Sorry if it was already covered.

The FBI moved immediately given the short time frame. By Friday night, agents had sought to schedule an interview with one of two other women who, after Blasey Ford went public, made accusations of their own about alleged assaults dating to Kavanaugh’s days in high school and at Yale University, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation who asked to remain unidentified given the sensitivity of the matter.
FBI investigators contacted the attorneys for the woman and asked to interview her “as early as tonight,” according to one of the sources. Her attorneys countered with a later time, but the interview could occur this weekend, the sources said.


Politico article says the votes aren't there yet for Kavanaugh

Lots of detail in the article.

Senate panel schedules Kavanaugh vote for Friday

09/25/2018 10:32 AM EDT
Updated 09/25/2018 10:07 PM EDT

With Kavanaugh’s nomination in trouble, the White House P.R. offensive is designed to shift the blame for the debacle onto Democrats while trying to shore up GOP support. Yet right now, Kavanaugh doesn’t have the votes to be confirmed, Republicans privately admit.


Roger Stone Offered to Assist His Alleged WikiLeaks Source With Legal Expenses

Roger Stone is so honest, isn't he?

Last year, as investigators examined claims by longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone that he was in contact during the 2016 election with WikiLeaks, Stone asserted that he had only learned about the group’s plans through an intermediary: Randy Credico, a comedian and political activist. Credico has denied being Stone’s go-between. And now he tells Mother Jones that Stone offered to help him pay his legal fees in what Credico believed was an effort to stop him from contradicting Stone’s account of their interactions during the 2016 campaign.

“He knew that I was upset,” Credico says. “He wanted me to be quiet. He wanted me to go along with his narrative. He didn’t want me talking to the press and saying what I was saying.”


Avenatti: "My client is not Deborah Ramirez."


My client is not Deborah Ramirez.


My head is spinning.

New tweets from Avenatti

Michael Avenatti has not always come through with information after suggesting something, but these new tweets are interesting:

All indications are that Dr. Ford is not alone. Buckle up - that includes you Mark Judge. #Basta


And to those that have criticized our media strategy: this will be yet another example of why we used it - because it works!


Breaking! Manafort apparently reaches some sort of plea deal!


Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, sources familiar with the negotiations tell ABC News.

The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expense of trial, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions.


Commentary from Seth Abramson:
Whatever Manafort offered Mueller—maybe it was small, maybe it was big, no sense in speculating—was something at least for now the parties do *not* want public. But media saying that the basis for the plea deal was to save Manafort "stress and expense"... no. Just no. Stop it.


Mulaney, Apatow and Jim Carrey drop from The New Yorker Festival! - Bannon OUT!

These three have dropped out of The New Yorker Festival because Bannon was invited! I love this!

Mulaney, Apatow and Jim Carrey.

All announced within the last hour that due to Bannon, they won't appear at The New Yorker Festival.

EDIT 1: Patton Oswalt drops out too!


Patton Oswalt Retweeted The New York Times
I’m out. Sorry, @NewYorker. See if Milo Yiannopoulos is free?

EDIT 2: Bannon uninvited! Victory!


The New Yorker uninvites Steve Bannon from its festival after news that the former Trump aide would be interviewed there caused a sharp backlash https://cnnmon.ie/2wGr4dR

Manafort jury sends another note! - MSNBC says verdict reached in 8 of 18 counts - GUILTY!


Shimon Prokupecz

Verified account

Following Following @ShimonPro
The Manafort jury has sent another note to the judge. This is the second note today.


Shimon Prokupecz @ShimonPro

Manafort jury has reached verdict on 8 counts, can't reach consensus on 10 counts


Jeffrey Evan Gold

39s40 seconds ago
NEW Manafort's Jury is being polled on whether they can come to decision by end of day on 10 other counts ( 8 are decided)


MSNBC says we'll get the verdict on the 8 counts today because the judge will declare a mistrial for the other 10 counts.


MSNBC says the verdict is GUILTY on at least some of the charges!

NYT: Cohen investigated for bank fraud

New from the New York Times today:

Cohen, Trump’s Ex-Lawyer, Investigated for Bank Fraud in Excess of $20 Million

Federal authorities investigating whether President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, committed bank and tax fraud have zeroed in on well over $20 million in loans obtained by taxi businesses that he and his family own, according to people familiar with the matter.

Investigators are also examining whether Mr. Cohen violated campaign finance or other laws by helping to arrange financial deals to secure the silence of women who said they had affairs with Mr. Trump. The inquiry has entered the final stage and prosecutors are considering filing charges by the end of August, two of the people said.


Manafort trial done for today. Deliberations start tomorrow.

From Zoe Tillman on Twitter:

"We are done for the day. I'll have more soon on closing arguments by proseucotrs and the defense. The jury instructions took more than an hour and a half. The judge then excused the four alternates, and said the jury would begin deliberating first thing tomorrow"

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