Daily Recap — October 2

“The true measure of patriotism is how well one tips their blogger.”

— Thomas Jefferson (or maybe George Washington, I can’t quite remember)


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A NEW DAY, A NEW ATTACK

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Welp, we can officially declare the Kavanaugh operation a failure, judging by how the news narrative has changed. Next up: Trump’s taxes!

The Failing New York Times released a report today on the Trump family’s alleged shady tax dealings, and the state of New York is now investigating as a result. The marriage between police action and media reporting continues to thrive, which everyone should be concerned about. But we’ll tackle that a bit later.

The Times supposedly interviewed former employees and advisers to daddy Fred, and reviewed more than 100,000 pages of documents related to the Trump family business, including bank statements, financial audits and invoices. The documents reviewed by the Times consisted of public records as well as confidential records that included tax returns from Trump’s father and partnerships and trusts.

Let’s see what these deranged moonbats managed to squeeze out this time.


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According to the report, PDT participated in “dubious” tax strategies in the 1990s that allowed him to accrue millions of dollars in additional wealth from his father’s real estate empire.

PDT and his siblings allegedly set up a sham corporation to help disguise otherwise taxable income that came from gifts from their parents.

Fred and Mary Trump left more than $1 billion to their children, which would have resulted in a roughly $550 million tax bill at the time. However, the Trumps paid a total of $52.2 million on that source of income.

The NYT cited records that showed PDT helped undervalue his father’s real estate holdings, which led to a lower tax bill when he and his siblings inherited the properties..

In total, the Times found that PDT received the equivalent of at least $413 million from his father’s real estate empire, which they claim “amounts to fraud.” Here on Earth, something is either fraud or it isn’t. But in Fake News land, spin is good enough. Facts be damned.


 

Within hours later, Sarah Sanders issued a statement slamming the failing NYT and calling for an apology:

“Fred Trump has been gone for nearly twenty years and it’s sad to witness this misleading attack against the Trump family by the failing New York Times,” Sanders said. “Many decades ago the IRS reviewed and signed off on these transactions. The New York Times’ and other media outlets‘ credibility with the American people is at an all time low because they are consumed with attacking the president and his family 24/7 instead of reporting the news.”

Trump attorney Charles Harder said in a statement that allegations of tax evasion are “100% false,” adding that PDT “had virtually no involvement” with the tax strategies used by his family, and instead delegated those tasks to others. 

Harder then took things up a notch and suggested something that every Trump supporter would LOVE to see, threatening that the NYT would face a defamation lawsuit if it suggested PDT participated in a fraudulent tax scheme.

The Donald’s brother, Robert, also issued a statement to the NYT on behalf of the family, saying his father’s estate was closed in 2001 by the IRS, and that his mother’s account was closed in 2004.

“All appropriate gift and estate tax returns were filed, and the required taxes were paid,” he said.


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BIG PICTURE:

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The “paper of record” wasted no time becoming overtly political in their “bombshell story,” urging Dims to call for PDT to release his tax returns or, if he doesn’t, for Congress to request them. Under federal tax law, the chairmen of Congress’s tax committees can request tax returns from the Treasury Department, which can then be reviewed in a closed session.

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This is yet another scheme to gin up Dim enthusiasm for the midterms. “Vote for Democrats and we’ll get Trump’s tax returns” is the message being sent, and rather unambiguously.
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What they don’t tell you is that Donald J. Trump may be the most audited man in America, as it’s been reliably reported that audits have been an annual thing for the Trump Organization and Trump himself for over a decade now. PDT even spoke of this on the campaign trail.
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It’s an utterly believable claim, considering the Obama administration has been proven to weaponize the IRS against political opponents. What are the odds that a particular man gets audited nearly every year?
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In any event, the idea that the Trump family has been getting away with tax fraud to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars doesn’t pass the smell test based on the level of scrutiny they’ve received over the years. Is the IRS so incompetent that these large-scale crimes escaped their hyper-focused radar undetected? I doubt it.
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Now, did PDT likely use tax law to maximize his bottom line in any way possible? Absolutely. He’s bragged about it. And it didn’t hurt him at all politically. Know why? Because everyone tries to get the most out of their taxes. It doesn’t necessarily make one a criminal.
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Bottom line: The “Kavanaugh threw ice back in 1985” stories just aren’t packing the kind of oomph that the #Resistance needs to get their fix, so this hit piece was taken off the shelf and deployed.
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It’s always something.
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SCARE THROUGH THE MAIL

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According to reports, an envelope addressed to PDT contained a substance suspected to be ricin and appeared to be connected to similar envelopes sent to the Pentagon. Two pieces of mail delivered to the Pentagon mail facility yesterday have initially tested positive for ricin.

 

When asked about the letters sent to the Pentagon, a Secret Service spokesman said that “the Secret Service can confirm receipt of a suspicious envelope addressed to the President on Oct. 1, 2018.”
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“The envelope was not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House,” the spokesman continued.
NBC reported that a source within the ongoing joint federal investigation said that based on preliminary investigative activity, the White House and Pentagon letters were believed to be connected and the substance in question was a very crude castor bean concoction that authorities were not technically calling “ricin” until further testing.
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Ricin is very bad stuff. It’s a highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans that has been used in terror plots. It can be used in powder, pellet, mist or acid form. If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system.
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It’s not the way you wanna go, Jack.
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The two suspicious envelopes sent to the Pentagon were addressed to Secretary of Defense Mad Dog Mattis and to chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson. The mail facility is in a separate building on the grounds of the Pentagon, and the two pieces of mail that tested positive never entered the Pentagon building, thank God.
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According to Pentagon spokesperson Col. Rob Manning, all the US Postal Service mail received at the Pentagon mail screening facility yesterday is currently under quarantine and poses no threat to Pentagon personnel.
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“On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon’s remote screening facility,” Manning said in a statement.
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“The envelopes were taken by the FBI this morning for further analysis,” he added.
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.To make things worse, two people were rushed to the hospital early today after being exposed to a white, powdery substance in mail sent to Complyin’ Ted Cruz’s campaign office in Houston.

The piece of mail was delivered to the Phoenix Tower office building on Southwest Freeway in Houston.

Thankfully, the Houston Fire Department said the white powder tested negative for hazardous substances, meaning the two people rushed to the hospital were there just for precautionary purposes.

The two people who were taken to the hospital don’t work for the Cruz campaign.


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BIG PICTURE:

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There is something odd going on here. The letter sent to PDT and the Pentagon brass were clearly part of the same effort. Yet, the same day, a false alarm was sent to a Republican politician’s office a thousand miles away.

There are such things as coincidences, but this one would be a bit of a stretch. Why was actual ricin — or at least the crude beginnings of ricin — sent to several government officials while a fake version was sent to Texas almost simultaneously?

I’m keeping my ear to the ground to see if these events are connected. I don’t have enough information to draw conclusions at this time, but I do have enough to know that something doesn’t add up. 

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TODAY IN KAVANAUGH

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The hopefully-not-corrupt FBI continues to chug along in their investigation of a 40-year old high school party in which a woman was allegedly held down for several seconds.

Yesterday, we noted that PDT had expanded the probe so as to allow the bureau to interview anyone “they deemed appropriate,” despite the fact that the witnesses on the original interview list were provided by Dr. Ford herself.  Today, we have an idea of with whom those interviews will be held.


According to inside sources cited by several outlets, the focus is now on other Kavanaugh high school friends who are listed as attending a July 1, 1982, party on Kavanaugh’s calendar.
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Tim Gaudette, who is listed as attending the party, talked to the FBI, his lawyer said today.
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“I can confirm that Mr. Gaudette interviewed with special agents today, however, we are going to respectfully decline to elaborate on the interview,” said Ken Eichner who represents Gaudette.
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Chris Garrett, who was also listed as an attendee at the party on Kavanaugh’s calendar, also spoke with the FBI.
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“Mr. Garrett has voluntarily cooperated with the FBI inquiry, and has completed his interview,” said his attorney, William M. Sullivan, Jr.
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Another party attendee, Tom Kane, declined to comment about whether he’d been interviewed, answering, “I’d rather not say,” when asked by reporters. Another attendee — Bernie McCarthy — has yet to comment at all.
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Kavanaugh provided the calendar to the Senate Judiciary Committee as evidence that he kept careful notes that summer and never listed a party similar to the one Ford described. Needless to say, neither Ford or her friends were listed on the calendar either.
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At the hearing, however, Rhode Island scumbag Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse pointed to names that Kavanaugh scribbled in on that day and suggested July 1, 1982, could have been the day of the assault because some of the same people named by Ford were at the party described in the entry.
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Those same inside sources suggest another area of interest for the FBI could concern individuals that Deborah Ramirez said were in the room when Kavanaugh allegedly exposed his tallywacker to her during their time at Yale.
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People who Ramirez says were in the room were among the more than 20 names Ramirez provided to the FBI to talk to, but her attorney posted on Twitter today that he had no indication any had been contacted by the FBI.
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One reason the FBI may be hesitant to jump on every lead provided by Ramirez is that Ramirez herself called dozens of people asking whether Kavanaugh had exposed himself to her. When the accuser herself doesn’t know whether she was assaulted by someone, maybe we ought to give the accused the benefit of the doubt. 
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Just a thought.
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Well this wasn’t predictable at all:

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That new, anonymous allegations would surface this week was a foregone conclusion for anyone with the requisite brain cells for basic motor function. The only question was from where they would come and the level of absurdity that would be embraced.

I’m proud to say that I won the office pool by guessing the correct Senator: Kamala Harris!

Sen. Harris, who slimed her way into politics by having sex with a much older San Fran Mayor Willie Brown, publicly announced the existence of a letter that had already been addressed by the Judiciary Committee during the confirmation process. She apparently felt that the letter could gain more currency during the 11th hour pile-on that it did in the previous weeks. As far as Harris is concerned, all that matters is having more headlines about an OMG ANONYMOUS LETTER detailing yet another sexual assault by the monster Brett Kavanaugh.

Here is the letter in full:

Dear, Senator Grassley, et al.

The current situation regarding the accusations made by Dr. Ford against Brett Kavanaugh have prompted me to write you today. I have moved on with my life since he forced himself on me as well. The times were so different, and I didn’t expect to be taken seriously, embarrass my family, be believed at all. I was at a party with a friend. I had been drinking. She left with another boy, leaving me to find my own way home. Kavanaugh and a friend offered me a ride home. I don’t know the other boy’s name. I was in his car to go home. His friend was behind me in the backseat. Kavanaugh kissed me forcefully.

I told him I only wanted a ride home. Kavanaugh continued to grope me over my clothes, forcing his kisses on me and putting his hand under my sweater. ‘No,’ I yelled at him. The boy in the backseat reached around, putting his hand over my mouth and holding my arm to keep me in the car. I screamed into his hand. Kavanaugh continued his forcing himself on me. He pulled up my sweater and bra exposing my breasts, and reached into my panties, inserting his fingers into my vagina. My screams were silenced by the boy in the backseat covering my mouth and groping me as well. Kavanaugh slapped me and told me to be quiet and forced me to perform oral sex on him. He climaxed in my mouth. They forced me to go into the backseat and took turns raping me several times each.

They dropped me off two blocks from my home. ‘No one will believe if you tell. Be a good girl,’ he told me. Watching what has happened to Anita Hill and Dr. Ford has me petrified to come forward in person or even provide my name. A group of white men, powerful senators who won’t believe me, will come after me. Like Dr. Ford, I’m a teacher, I have an education, a family, a child, a home. I have credibility. Just because something happens a long time ago, because a rape victim doesn’t want to personally come forward, does not mean something can’t be true.

Jane Doe
Oceanside, California

Oh good Lord.


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The accuser, like so many others attempting a political hit, just happened to leave out any details that could prove helpful to an investigation. This allows an accuser to get out disgusting, salacious details and connect them to the name of the accused without having to deal with the scrutiny of a falsifiable claim. Like Dr. Ford’s claim, it can’t be proved or disproved, and that’s the point. The Left can run with it as if it’s true, and Kavanaugh, his family and his supporters will be stuck arguing a negative.

And what a coinky-dink that the final paragraph of the letter just happens to reinforce the narrative being pushed by Dims and their media partners concerning how it’s perfectly common for victims of 4-decades old rapes to come forward with their maddeningly vague stories. The letter is written as if it’s a direct response to Dr. Ford’s critics. Hell, it could have been written by Sen. Harris herself for all we know. Nothing can be put past these Marxists at this point, especially when the letter went so far as to bash “white men.” 

It’s a nakedly political letter and an insult to everyone’s intelligence. Unless you’re a Dim, of course. 

I’m so tired of this garbage.


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Swetnick claim falls apart:

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Michael Avenatti’s latest project has been decidedly counterproductive to the Stop Brett Kavanaugh operation, as Julie Swetnick’s claims have fallen apart right before everyone’s eyes. Swetnick backed off some of her outrageous claims in a television interview that aired last night.

NBC, which interviewed her, also said none of the four people she said would corroborate her story have done so. Two didn’t respond to their requests for comment, one had died and the fourth said he doesn’t know who the hell Swetnick is and is pretty sure they never socialized. They also noted her claims differed from the ones made in her sworn affidavit before airing the interview.

In a sworn declaration last week Swetnick said Judge Kavanaugh, as a high school student in the early 1980s, was “present” when she was a victim of a “train” rape. She went further and claimed to witness the two boys purposefully “spiking” drinks to get girls drunk enough for these rapes to occur.

In the NBC interview, though, she said only that she saw Judge Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, hanging around punch containers and giving out cups to girls, but noted she did not know what he may have done.

She also now says she doesn’t know if he was part of the gang rape she says she suffered — but she still suspects him.

“I cannot specifically say that he was one of the ones that assaulted me,” she said, “but earlier at that party, I saw Brett Kavanaugh there, I saw Mark Judge there.”

 
What a bad joke.
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Reports have come forward highlighting Swetnick’s past with legal disputes, including a dismissed lawsuit from a former employer and a restraining order from her ex-husband that was not approved. Her ex-boyfriend also appeared on the Laura Ingraham show last night to tell everyone that Swetnick is completely batshit.

It’s fair to say that Avenatti’s latest anti-Trump effort has been an abject failure.


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So are we friggin voting or what?

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If the GOP is to be believed, yes, we are.

GOP leadership wants to take up the nomination by the end of the week, and senators say they have been told to be “on call” to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination during a rare weekend session. But they’ve been wary of publicly locking down a timetable for floor action — beyond saying a vote will take place “this week.”

A specific timing plan could spook swing votes and/or look like they are rushing the FBI to wrap up its ongoing investigation on Kavanaugh.

Turtle McConnell has been dodgy when asked to provide a clear timeline:

“I’m not going to answer all these hypotheticals. You all know how it works. After you file cloture you have a two-day wait, so it’s not like filing cloture produces an immediate vote,” McConnell told reporters. “What I can tell you with certainty is we’ll have an FBI report this week and we’ll have a vote this week.”

But if Turtle wants to get a final vote done by the end of the week, he would either need to file cloture on Wednesday or Thursday or get an unlikely deal with all senators. Filing cloture Wednesday would set up a vote on ending debate as early as Friday and a final vote likely on Saturday. Waiting until Thursday would push that time frame back a day.

Truth be told, if not for about 3 senators, the vote would have been held already. McConnell has to balance his timeline with any concerns from within his own caucus, specifically from Jeff Snowflake and the two GOP abortion enthusiasts Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins. If all Dims vote no, he only has one senator’s worth of wiggle room.

McConnell wouldn’t rule out that he could file cloture on Kavanaugh’s nomination before the FBI finishes its report and that he also wanted to hear from vulnerable Dim incumbents.

“That’s a decision that I make, and of course we’re interested in hearing from Sen. Manchin and Sen. Heitkamp and Sen. Donnelly,” Turtle said when asked if the three swing-vote GOP senators had told him they were “comfortable” with him filing cloture before they see the FBI’s report.

These guys are finally getting smart.

Murkowski told reporters that she had been in touch with the White House and had “been assured that they’re conducting this background investigation as they do all background investigations, allowing for the investigation to take its course.”

Asked if she would be OK voting if the FBI’s work slips past Friday, Murkowski added: “I don’t know what the status of the FBI report, and I think what we need to do is wait for the FBI to conclude its report.”

If Murkowski is a ‘yes’ vote pending more damning evidence than has already been presented, I think we’re in good shape.


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Liddle Bob Corker seems to think we’re in good shape, too.

Corker said this evening that he is confident Senate Republicans will have enough votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by “no later than Saturday.”

Corker also channeled his inner Trey Vaught, accusing Dims of having “overplayed their hand” in leveling accusations of sexual misconduct and assault by several women and demanding an FBI investigation. He then gave us a snapshot of where the RINO caucus currently sits.

“Cloture may be filed tomorrow … it feels to me like the FBI reports could come in as early as tomorrow, maybe Thursday … my guess is we’re going to vote no later than Saturday,” Corker said. The best part is he said he made that assessment after some “very heartfelt conversations” with his GOP colleagues.

Asked if Kavanaugh will win confirmation, Corker replied “I do.”

Translation: He spoke to the other RINOs and they’re going to vote ‘yes’ unless something changes.

Man, I’ll be glad when all this is done.

See you tomorrow, Trumpers.

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