Tuesday Open Thread | Following the Money Never Fails : Immunity Everywhere You Look

Last week was a week of legal deals.

The beginning ‘ deal’ worked out by Michael Cohen, where he admitted, under oath, in open court, that he broke election law under the orders of the President of the United States. That’s important.

But, the word of the week was IMMUNITY.

Two people long in the universe of Dolt45, received IMMUNITY.

The first was, David Pecker, publisher of the National Enquirer.

In a wild story, it seems as if Pecker had all these secrets inside of a safe. We do know that he was involved in the payoff to the Playboy Model McDougal, and later in the week, the story from a doorman at Trump Tower. Just how many times did the National Enquirer pay off people for Donald Trump?

A couple of stories about Pecker and his practices at the National Enquirer:

Pecker’s past practice puts POTUS in a pickle, precludes Pulitzer
Rachel Maddow looks back at how David Pecker programmed the National Enquirer to promote Donald Trump and trash Hillary Clinton through the 2016 campaign, though he is now reportedly cooperating with investigators in the Cohen case and maybe more.

National Enquirer stockpiled scandal stories, including Trump’s

Jeff Horwitz, reporter for the Associated Press, talks with Rachel Maddow about David Pecker’s practice at American Media Inc. of buying the rights to scandalous stories, including Donald Trump’s, and keeping them in a safe for use as bargaining leverage.

We don’t know how many times, but the Prosecutors know. Pecker flipped because doing what he did exposed the COMPANY to legal liability via the Prosecutor, and an indicted company, especially one trying to refinance it’s debt…well, the line of credit possibilities would dry up. So, it wasn’t too hard to see why he flipped. Pecker’s flipping also backs up the story that Michael Cohen told in open court. Pecker takes away from the convenient ‘ he said/ he said’, if it was just Cohen vs. Dolt45. But, it’s Cohen, Pecker, and probably Cohen AND Pecker’s TAPES vs. Dolt45.



But, the bombshell shoe that was dropped, was the revelation that Allen Weisselberg had been granted immunity.

Allen Weisselberg?

Who is that?

Only THE moneyman for the Trump Organization. Not only did he work for Dolt45, but also his racist Pappy. He’s been with the family THAT long.

You don’t grant immunity to someone like Allen Weisselberg for nothing. You grant immunity to him because you want bigger fish. You want someone to explain to you the financial questions that you have about the Trump Organization. You grant immunity to a man like Allen Weisselberg because you are FOLLOWING THE MONEY.

Donald Trump’s long-time money man given immunity in Cohen case

David Fahrenthold, political reporter for The Washington Post, talks about the revelation that Donald Trump’s long-time money man, Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg, was granted immunity by prosecutors in the Michael Cohen case

Weisselberg immunity likely means prosecutors seek ‘bigger fish’

Joyce Vance, former U.S. attorney, talks about the legal implications of Donald Trump’s right-hand-man in business being granted immunity by prosecutors in the Michael Cohen case, and the likelihood that prosecutors have their sights set on a “bigger fish” than Cohen.

Who would have thought that a Porn Star’s lawsuit could bring us to this point?

But, this is the truth. And, it wasn’t the sex with Stormy or McDougal that would get Dolt45 in trouble. His supporters don’t care about his lack of morals, because they showed their lack of character by voting for him. No. The point of these two women was always about FOLLOWING THE MONEY. The money got us Cohen, and Pecker and now Allen Weisselberg. The money is bringing the spotlight on the Trump Organization and Trump Foundation – two crooked organizations if there ever was one. The money is bringing the attention of all sorts of legal entities that aren’t named Robert Mueller, III, and for crimes that aren’t pardonable by a President.

It’s a tale as old as it gets:
The Money Never Lies.

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64 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Following the Money Never Fails : Immunity Everywhere You Look

  1. rikyrah says:

    Why Trump’s role in the FBI headquarters project matters
    08/28/18 12:50 PM—UPDATED 08/28/18 02:08 PM
    By Steve Benen


    In a press statement, the Virginia congressman said, “When we began this investigation, the prospect that President Trump was personally involved in the government-led redevelopment of a property in close proximity to the Trump Hotel was dismissed as a conspiracy theory. Now, the president’s involvement in this multi-billion-dollar government procurement which will directly impact his bottom line has been confirmed by the White House Press Secretary and government photographs.”

    This might seem like a dry topic for a political debate – no one has ever used references to the General Services Administration as click-bait – but there may be a real story here.

    For those unfamiliar with D.C., the Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently located along Pennsylvania Avenue, about four blocks east of the White House.

    It’s also about a block from the Trump International Hotel, which the president still owns and profits from. If the current FBI headquarters were redeveloped in its existing space, it’d benefit Trump’s investment: many of the hotel’s rooms have a view of the bureau’s current home.

    All of which makes it interesting that the White House was directly involved in the talks about plans for the building. In fact, the Washington Post reported that the GSA’s inspector general concluded that the agency’s officials “may have misled Congress about the White House’s role in canceling a decade-long search for a new FBI headquarters campus in the Washington suburbs last year.”

    Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration – which manages federal real estate – met with President Trump, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and budget director Mick Mulvaney over the course of two meetings on Jan. 24.

    In a congressional hearing discussing the project three months later, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) asked Murphy, “To your knowledge, was the president or anyone else at the White House involved in those discussions, either with your predecessors, people you’re working with now, or yourself?”

    Murphy responded by saying: “The direction that we got came from the FBI. It was the FBI that directed to GSA as to what its requirements would be. We obviously did coordinate, given that it is a substantial budget request, we coordinated that request with OMB to provide for funding but the requirements were generated by the FBI.”

    Murphy did not, however, mention the White House meetings as part of her answer.

  2. rikyrah says:

    10-year-old tennis phenomenon Summer Chandler meeting her idol,@serenawilliams, is the ultimate proof that representation matters. https://t.co/GyotisGJs0 pic.twitter.com/tdHiCkha09

    — ESSENCE (@Essence) August 27, 2018

  3. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    Between 2014 and 2016, 16 million people were purged from voting rolls nationwide — an increase of 33% from a decade ago. https://t.co/yk8F5Dw5Xk

    — Brennan Center (@BrennanCenter) August 28, 2018

  4. rikyrah says:

    Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will lie in repose here at @TheWrightMuseum on Tue. 8/28 & Wed. 8/29 from 9am to 9pm on both days. The viewing will be open to the public. Exhibits and other museum operations will be closed during this time. pic.twitter.com/w3mDm4f0Dd

    — The Wright Museum (@TheWrightMuseum) August 26, 2018

    • majiir says:

      Melania really needs to shit her @ss down somewhere quick. She’s as much of a bully as the dotard, so her BE BEST campaign is full of sh*t. If Michelle Obama had done something like this, we’d have never heard the end of it. I’m sick and tired of this WH’s BS.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Sorry for the previous double post.

    And, if this business was Black?


  6. Hey, everyone!

    I’m so lost without my computer. Folks here are feeling sorry for me. They know I haz a sad😕

  7. rikyrah says:

    DA PHUQ?

    There is no good intention in charging $999 for a textbook https://t.co/IAH5hPMkXX

    — ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) August 27, 2018

  8. rikyrah says:


    How the black middle class was attacked by Woodrow Wilson’s administration
    February 8, 2016 4.51am EST Updated February 18, 2018 3.39pm EST

    When Woodrow Wilson arrived in the nation’s capital in March 1913, he brought with him an administration loaded with white supremacists. Wilson’s lieutenants segregated offices, harassed black workers and removed black politicians from political appointments held by black men for more than a generation.

    Racism had always been a part of life in Washington and its government buildings, but the U.S. civil service had never been formally segregated prior to Wilson’s inauguration.


    Wilson’s policies halted growth of black middle class in DC
    Black men and women who worked in Washington, DC, at the turn of the 20th century were functional members of the national government doing the nation’s business. Their numbers grew steadily well into the new century, as I have detailed in my book, Racism in the Nation’s Service. In 1912, every dollar printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing bore the signature of James C. Napier, a black man who served as Register of the Treasury.

    Black men also served as auditor of the Navy Department, U.S. Consul in Cognac, France, and Collector of the Port of New York. More than 400 African Americans, mostly men, worked as white-collar clerks in Washington, some in supervisory positions over white workers. The politically savvy, educated, and reasonably well-off black population in the capital represented the highest ideal of progress for African Americans.

    The decent salaries of government clerks supported a full and dynamic life in a capital city with comparatively little racial discrimination. Washington was an island of possibility for ambitious black men and women at a time when racism cordoned them off from most of the economy and set ceilings on the jobs they could get.

    Never free of racism or hardship, DC and its federal offices offered nonetheless a promising future for African Americans in a nation in which disfranchisement, peonage, violence, and terror were becoming the hallmarks of black life.


    Reclaiming’ the capital for white supremacists
    Yet, when the 1912 elections handed Democrats executive and legislative control over Washington, many administrators and congressmen arrived with a more specific goal of redeeming the capital for white supremacy.

    “Long ago we determined that the Negro never should be our master,” explained one of Wilson’s administrators, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury John Skelton Williams. Williams vowed “stern, final, definite prohibition” of any “social or political equality.”

    Wilson appointed white men to important executive positions usually held by leading black politicians, and racist bureaucrats went out of their way to humiliate, demote, and dismiss ordinary black clerks. (I describe the case of one such clerk here.)

    It was the end of Washington’s heyday as the center of elite black America; the nation’s capital now stood for a nationwide ethic of white supremacy.

    The changes that occurred under the Wilson Administration drew not just from a belief in black inferiority but also the presumption that “racial mixing” caused corruption in American institutions. African Americans needed to be kept down because they were troublesome to the proper functioning of American society.

    Equality and efficiency for white Americans was predicated upon racial segregation.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Devin Nunes’s Curious Trip to London
    The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee flew to London to gather intel on Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who compiled the dossier alleging Trump-campaign ties with Russia. But MI5, MI6, and GCHQ didn’t seem interested.

    9:10 AM ET

    Earlier this month, as all eyes were on the courtroom dramas unfolding in Virginia—where President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman was just convicted on bank- and tax-fraud charges—and in New York—where the president’s longtime personal lawyer pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and implicated Trump in a crime—the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee was in London, seeking out new information about the former British intelligence officer and Trump-Russia dossier author Christopher Steele.

    According to two people familiar with his trip across the pond who requested anonymity to discuss the chairman’s travels, Devin Nunes, a California Republican, was investigating, among other things, Steele’s own service record and whether British authorities had known about his repeated contact with a U.S. Justice Department official named Bruce Ohr. To that end, Nunes requested meetings with the heads of three different British agencies—MI5, MI6, and the Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. (Steele was an MI6 agent until a decade ago, and GCHQ, the United Kingdom’s equivalent of the National Security Agency, was the first foreign-intelligence agency to pick up contacts between Trump associates and Russian agents in 2015, according to The Guardian.)

    A U.K. security official, speaking on background, said “it is normal for U.K. intelligence agencies to have meetings with the chairman and members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.” But those meetings did not pan out—Nunes came away meeting only with the U.K.’s deputy national-security adviser, Madeleine Alessandri. The people familiar with his trip told me that officials at MI6, MI5, and GCHQ were wary of entertaining Nunes out of fear that he was “trying to stir up a controversy.” Spokespeople for Alessandri and Nunes did not return requests for comment, and neither did the press offices for MI5 and MI6. GCHQ declined to comment.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Jailed Russian hacking suspect seen as potential source of info

    Rachel Maddow shares a Bloomberg report that a Russian hacker, Yevgeniy Nikulin, being held in a San Francisco jail for breaking into LinkedIn and other sites is seen as potentially having information for investigators on 2016 election hacking as well.

  11. rikyrah says:

    My Man, Chuck. He’s my favorite of the MSNBC legal analysts :)

    Low chance of deal for Manafort without cooperation, information

    Chuck Rosenberg, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about a Wall Street Journal report that Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sought a plea deal with Robert Mueller’s prosecutors on charges in his second trial and what the terms of such a deal would look like.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Trump White House fails at simple decency in McCain response

    Rachel Maddow excoriates the Donald Trump administration for its utter failure to summon the common decency required to not screw up its response to the death of Senator John McCain.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Judges demand NC rectify gerrymandering as election draws near

    Rachel Maddow reports on a ruling by a three-judge panel that North Carolina’s gerrymandering is unconstitutional and must be corrected before the 2018 midterm election.

  14. rikyrah says:


    It’s about to get crazy, so buckle up…

  15. rikyrah says:


    During Cohen’s plea last week….guess what the Government held back to be able use later?
    They held back the option to BRING FORTH RICO CHARGES. They can pull these charges up – if they want to.
    Uh huh
    uh huh

  16. rikyrah says:

    Manafort looked to cut a deal with Mueller in second trial: WSJ

    Rachel Maddow relays breaking news from the Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort sought a deal with Robert Mueller’s prosecutors on charges in his second federal trial.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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