First and foremost: The FBI has seized records from Michael Cohen.
This operation comes from Mueller, not from the New York authorities. It seems unlikely that this new raid concerns pay-offs to women. Therefore, we can only conclude that Mueller believes Cohen to be tied in with the Russia scandal.
My theory of the Cohen tape
. One of the big questions yesterday was "Who leaked the tape?" Since this tape was privileged communication, we have only two possible leakers: Team Cohen and Team Trump. Throughout the day, most commentators presumed that Cohen let the information out. This idea rankled me. Cohen's motive for the release would have been to pressure Trump into stepping forward and paying his legal bills. In other words, the move would have signaled that Cohen wanted to rejoin Team Trump.
Rachel Maddow argued persuasively that Giuliani
made the decision to release this information, in order to switch the conversation away from Helsinki. Trump's morning tweet
goes some way toward verifying Maddow's theory.
Still, I think that the plan was sneakier. Let me explain my reasoning.
Giuliani declared the tape "exonerative," even though, throughout the day, we kept hearing quiet rumblings that this tape is anything but. For example, this writer
claims that it was Trump
(not Cohen) who insisted that payment be made with untraceable cash.
We also heard louder rumblings that other tapes exist -- damning ones.
What if Giuliani's ploy was to bait Cohen or Lanny Davis into blabbing about these details publicly?
I'm not sure of the legal ramifications, but if Davis had revealed privileged materials, the resultant brouhaha would have worked to Trump's favor. Republicans specialize in "doing the Martyrella routine," as one of my exes liked to put it.
I just ran into this story
Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, said in a Twitter post that, when the recording was heard, it would not hurt Cohen. “Any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape.” Reuters has not heard the audiotape.
That's a measured statement. One doesn't expect Davis to do anything foolish.
On a related note:
Yesterday, Michael Avenatti revealed that he bumped into Michael Cohen and offered to represent him! Isn't that a conflict of interest? After all, Avenatti represents Stormy Daniels, who brought a suit against
The only way Avenatti could pull off such a trick would be if Cohen settled things with Stormy Daniels completely and quickly. Avenatti would also have to apologize for calling Cohen an idiot on national television. He may have done that bit already.
Trump's women (again).
Okay, so there's no evidence of a direct connection between this seedy matter
and Der Donald. But don't you think it a little odd that a Russian prostitution ring operated so freely out of a Trump Tower (not the
Here's the web page for the Russian Dolls escort service
. These people have been operating freely for years out of Trump Tower (but not the one that Trump himself lives in).
You'd think that Trump's management people would know
that this was going on. How could they not? If you owned and/or managed a building, wouldn't you make it your business to know about a large-scale, high-end escort service operating out of those premises?
A prostitution service like this -- one which continually imports women from Eastern Europe -- must
have strong links to the notorious Russian gangster Semion Mogilevich. He pretty much runs that racket. Mogilevich connects to Trump himself through Felix Sater. See here
Yet, still, we wait for the media to catch up to, potentially, one of the biggest stories ever told: Donald Trump, our president, is a longtime money-launderer who remains beholden to the Russian mob’s “boss of bosses” Semion Mogilevich.
Semion had loads of money to launder. Trump was a morality-free real estate guy who could no longer get loans from decent banks. A match made in hell.
I don't know if the Russian Dolls service has any link to Trump Escorts, the subject of this post
. I gave up that line of investigation when the WP ran a story pooh-poohing any connection between the escort agency and Trump himself. (Mystique communications
, the new name of Trump Escorts, has changed their website; now it's all white and pink. Despite the bad publicity, they keep doing business.) I note that Mystique and Russian Dolls serve a number of the same cities.
A new BBC documentary (not yet aired) offers fresh evidence that Donald Trump -- a man known for his love of curvaceous women -- has occasionally shown a taste for younger females.
This documentary features new accusers, including Barbara Pilling, who claims that Trump made advances towards when she was 17 after her modeling agency sent her to one of parties he threw, which were typically populated almost exclusively by models save for a handful of significantly older, wealthy men. Models who attended these parties are alleged to have been as young as 14 or 15.
Pilling said that Trump approached her at the party and asked how old she was. When she responded, she claims that he wasn’t put off that she was underage.
“Oh, great. So you’re not too old and not too young,” Trump allegedly said. “That’s just great.”
An anonymous man who said he was at several of these parties told the BBC that there was “a lot of cocaine around.”
“It was kind of like a feeding frenzy,” the man said. “The girls were there as consumables.”
The fashionable new theory is that she helped establish the NRA as a conduit of communication
-- not just money -- between Moscow and the Trumpsters. I haven't yet seen proof, but the idea makes a lot of sense.
You may be interested to learn that Putin sent another one of his whores into France in order to help put LePen in office. The whore's name is Maria Katasonova
I wonder: Was there still another Russian whore working behind-the-scenes in the Brexit campaign? If there was, and if her name was also
Maria, I must presume that I am now living in either a surrealist novel or a New Testament studies class.
Does anyone have a decent theory regarding the Kristin Davis connection? Yesterday, everyone mentioned the matter, but nobody discussed it in depth. The reactions ranged from Wow
. I'd prefer a Why
Here's a guess: Davis, it is said, possessed much blackmail information. It seems very possible that this information -- kompromat -- was used to keep force the Republican party to line up behind Trump. For example, Paul Ryan clearly hated Trump, yet he morphed into one of those people who would applaud if Trump opened fire on 5th Avenue. Fox News (headquartered in NY) used to be somewhat critical of Trump and is now sycophantic. Most of you can guess what I think of Devin Nunes.
I'm not going to say here that Nunes or any other specific individual was blackmailed. What I'm saying is that blackmail as a general theory
would explain a lot.