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Posted on May 17 2018

 

I don’t recall...

 who’s “blocked” number that is...

I don’t recall, ever.

🇷🇺Daddy pickup the phone 🇷🇺

 

 Yes because it’s a Wednesday in the Trump Regime. Which means by 1PM the mental fog that descended upon DC today was particularly brutal, especially if your last name is Trump.

 

May 16, 2018

🔥hell🔥 descended🔥 upon🔥 Donald Trump

🚩9AM Senate Judiciary Transcripts

Link to Trump Jr’s Transcript, here also do a word search no less than 47 times Trump Jr uttered “I don’t recall”. See mini twitter thread from earlier this morning.

 

 

10AM Senate Judicary Hearing with Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower testifies before the Senate Judiciary.  See previous  entry of his written testimony here 

 

See previous Cambridge Analytica entries: here, here, here , here, here, here 

 

 

🚩Sec Pruitt GRILLED by Congress

 

11AM Embattled Ethically Challenged EPA Sec Pruitt, see here, here , here, here, here (where GOA finds he broke the law) and here 

 This exchange with Senator Udall was brutal. 

“There have been reports that you encouraged the use of lights and sirens on your motorcade even though there wasn’t an emergency,” Sen. Tom Udall

 

🚨“I don’t recall that happening,”🚨 Pruitt 

 

Pruitt’s nonresponsive “answer” compelled Sen Udall to rephrase the question;

“You personally requested that on a number of trips,” Sen Udall

 

🚨” No,” Pruitt retorted. “I don’t recall that.”

 

 

 

🇷🇺Trump OGE filings & OGE DOJ referral:

At 1PM the Office of Government Ethics tweeted a link to Trump’s 2018 Financial Disclosures, link to Trump’s 2018 OGE filing, here

The cover letter attached to Trump’s 2018 filing below.

 

See twitter thread which includes the 1999 OLC Legal Memorandum as it relates to legal expenditures and disclosures. Shocking Jones Day Attorney totally got it wrong, also see former OGE Dir Shaub’s Letter to Jones Day.

 

Where Dana Bash reports that Rudy Giuliani says, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller “Will NOT indict Trump”. God think about that for a moment, we are 16 months into the shame of this Administration and a pronouncement like that is being bandied about. What. Fresh. Hell. Is. This?

See my twitter thread which includes a few nuggets of OLC and dueling memos. I still maintain that this has yet to ge determined and that SCOTUS opportunity to render a decision was foreclosed when Nixon resigned.

 

Over the many months since Trump took the oath of office, I’ve had my doubts about various Senators. Specifically last fall I had numerous concerns about Senator Burr, that gave me pause. I was wrong. Totally and absolutely wrong. Senator Burr has repeatedly demonstrated that he takes his Chairmanship duties and has faithfully executed his duties of his office and to the American people, the Senator is without a doubt a honorable and decent man. Don’t get me wrong, ideologically we are polar opposites, but there’s no doubt the man is a patriot. 

 

 

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today held a closed hearing to complete its review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on

“Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.”  The testimony of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Director of CIA John Brennan, and former Director of NSA Mike Rogers will inform the Committee’s final report on this “chapter” of its Russia inquiry.

Chairman Burr said, “The first task in our inquiry was to evaluate the Intelligence Community’s work on this important piece of analysis.  Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions.  There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections.  I look forward to completing the Committee’s inquiry and issuing our findings and recommendations to the American people.” 

Despite the short time frame they had to prepare it, the intelligence community did a very good job with the ICA,” said Vice Chairman Warner.“After a thorough review, our staff concluded that the ICA conclusions were accurate and on point. The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton. In order to protect our democracy from future threats, we must understand what happened in 2016. And while our Committee’s investigation remains ongoing, one thing is already abundantly clear – we have to do a better job in the future if we want to protect our elections from foreign interference.”

 

 

🇺🇸Treasury Whistleblower goes on the record:

Said whistleblower was “alarmed” by what appears to be two out of three SARS reports surrounding Michael Cohen’s First Republic Bank account appear to have been “scrubbed” from the FINCEN SARS database. This employee was alarmed that they did what I think any career Government Employee should do, they blew the whistle and went to the press. 

 

Cohen SARs thread below:

 

 

This is an important datapoint:

Agencies within the Excutive Branch are bound by their Agency’s Giuidelines. For example, the Department of Justice can’t order the Treasury Department to, scrub a SARS report, absent judicial review, essentially a court order. When the New Yorker broke the news about Michael Cohen’s First Republic Bank SARS reports being unavailable in the FINCEN SARS database, I had three thoughts:

1) did FINCEN pull the records as the “request” of the Special Counsel?

2) wait the BSA is a public law, ergo beyond Personal Identifiable Information, like a SSN, DOB, bank account with routing info...the Treasury publishes a SARs report twice a year...why would Cohen’s SARS be pulled?

 

3) Steve Mnuchin is a dirty unethical swamp creature

So I took a step back and ran searches in WestLaw and Lexis Nexis, see 30 USC §310 link to the Government Printing Office(GPO), here

 

This statute establishes FinCEN as a bureau within the Treasury Department and describes FinCEN's duties and powers to include:

  • Maintaining a government-wide data access service with a range of financial transactions information
  • Analysis and dissemination of information in support of law enforcement investigatory professionals at the Federal, State, Local, and International levels
  • Determine emerging trends and methods in money laundering and other financial crimes
  • Serve as the Financial Intelligence Unit of the United States
  • Carry out other delegated regulatory responsibilities

 

The only case I can find is Touhy v. Ragen, 340 U.S. 462 (1951) In non-legese. SCOTUS ruled agencies within the Exective Branch have broad agency power, discretion and authority within their Agency. Conversely another agency can not usurp the power of another agency absent a judicial review. 

“Bank Secrecy Act"

The Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970 (which legislative framework is commonly referred to as the "Bank Secrecy Act" or "BSA") requires U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering. Specifically, the act requires financial institutions to keep records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments, file reports of cash transactions exceeding $10,000 (daily aggregate amount), and to report suspicious activity that might signify money laundering, tax evasion, or other criminal activities. It was passed by the Congress of the United States in 1970. The BSA is sometimes referred to as an "anti-money laundering" law ("AML") or jointly as "BSA/AML." Several AML acts, including provisions in Title III of the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, have been enacted up to the present to amend the BSA. (See 31 USC 5311-5330 and 31 CFR Chapter X [formerly 31 CFR Part 103] ).

 

So there are three total SAR reports two of which have gone MIA. This is problematic because this treasury (permenant) Database is queried by thousands of Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement. By removing Cohen’s SARS that’s eights to Sunday messed up. Like catch 2 or 11 felonies bad..think about it a Federal Employee was so unnerved that these SARS were removed from the system. (sorry for yelling):

 

THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE, EVER

 

The document that’s been making news over the past week is a “suspicious activity report”—the document filed by banks with the Treasury to flag potentially criminal activity. But it’s actually one of three—the smallest of them.-New Yorker Ronin Farrow

 

“The government maintains a database that typically includes all such records. But the whistleblower said an exhaustive search turned up not a trace of the two larger suspicious activity reports.

 

‘The report that has been made public gives clues on what might be in the unaccounted for ones—investigators at Cohen’s bank were looking at foreign transactions, including ones with Russia connections...”

 

Suspicious-activity reports are kept strictly confidential, as a matter of law. “sars are secret, to protect the government and to protect financial institutions,” the former prosecutor told me. “I don’t think there’s a safe harbor for somebody who discloses it.” According to fincen, disclosing a sar is a federal offense, carrying penalties including fines of up to two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and imprisonment for up to five years.

 

🚨The official who released the suspicious-activity reports was aware of the risks, but said fears that the missing reports might be suppressed compelled the disclosure. “We’ve accepted this as normal, and this is not normal,” the official said. “Things that stand out as abnormal, like documents being removed from a system, are of grave concern to me.” Of the potential for legal consequences, the official said,

🚨“To say that I am terrified right now would be an understatement.” But, referring to the released report, as well as the potential contents of the missing reports, the official also added, “This is a terrifying time to be an American, to be in this situation, and to watch all of this unfold.”

 

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