As Far Back as 2014, Steve Bannon Was Directing Cambridge Analytica to Test Messaging on Putin

So just what was Steve Bannon up to while serving as vice president of the board of Cambridge Analytica?

According to Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who busted both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook a month ago – no good.

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook apparently struck a deal with the devil, with CA improperly obtaining the information of over 50,000 FB users, in order to craft propaganda before the 2016 election.

Wylie met with Democrats of the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform committees on Wednesday to expand further on his former firm’s activities.

Wylie told Democrats that Cambridge Analytics was a “full service propaganda machine,” that wanted to use collected Facebook data — at the direction of Bannon — to discourage specific groups of people from voting, including those likely to vote Democratic.

“There is one document which I have that specifically says—in bold terms—voter disengagement as an objective in the United States.,” he said, later adding that he had heard Bannon talk about voter disenfranchisement or voter disengagement.

“If by that term you mean discouraging particular types of voters who are more prone to voting for Democratic or liberal candidates, if that’s what you mean by that term, then yes,” Wylie explained.

This is just more proof that Steve Bannon and the alt-right clowns that follow his lead are bad for the political process.

So was that all he was up to?

Nope. If you look back to 2014, Wylie says that Bannon directed the staff to “test messaging,” in regards to Vladimir Putin and Russia’s expansion into Eastern Europe.

You know, like, should the language in relation to Russia’s move in Ukraine be softened?

Oh, wait… that’s something else.

“I can’t explain why it was that they picked Vladimir Putin to talk about in focus groups or to do message testing or to do models on, and why that would be useful to Steve Bannon,” he told Democrats in interviews on Capitol Hill this week. “But what I can say is that they were also testing images of Vladimir Putin and asking questions about Russian expansion in Eastern Europe.”

It’s a peculiar coincidence, I’m sure, and not at all as if there have been operatives attempting to push a pro-Russia agenda on the inside of our nation.

It would also seem that there’s enough smoke here that our lawmakers should all, regardless of party, be interested in scouring over every detail, leaving no stone unturned.

That’s just not how it’s working out, as partisanship seems to be rendering large swaths of our representation impotent.

According to the Democrats that were there with Wylie today, Judiciary Committee Republicans were invited to participate, but they refused, which is why only Democrats are hearing what Wylie has to say.

I can only assume that the mention of “Russia” makes them feel as if they’d be showing disloyalty to President Trump.

Unacceptable.

 

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Despicable Fresno Professor Will Be Enjoying the Freedoms of Life in the United States

Well, this is maddening. It also provokes much debate over issues of protected speech and the continuing downward spiral of civil discourse in this nation.

I’m speaking of the California State University, Fresno professor, Randa Jarrar, and her hateful speech, after the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

We’ve discussed the loathsome Jarrar on these pages before. There’s nothing strong enough that any of us could say to adequately express the complete ugliness of who this person is, inside and out.

Jarrar was the heatless, hate-filled ghoul that responded to the news of Mrs. Bush’s death on social media in this way:

“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” Jarrar wrote.

Jarrar also commented that she was “happy the witch is dead.”

So uncalled for, on every level.

Enough people were outraged that there were calls for the university to fire her. A Change.org petition gathered around 50,000 signatures, calling for her dismissal.

Jarrar, for her part, had boasted that she couldn’t be touched, due to tenure.

In other words, the way college systems are set up in this nation, tenure allows for professors to behave as reprobates and emotional terrorists.

Was that a strong term?

Not strong enough. Again, there are no words to adequately delve the depths of intolerance, hate, wickedness, and what I can only assume to be deep-rooted personal torment, that would lead somebody to say such a thing.

And, as is being reported today, she was absolutely right that her job is fine.

Fresno State President Joseph Castro, speaking after a review of her statements, pointed out that the comments were part of her personal Twitter account, and as a private citizen, they couldn’t do a thing about it.

“Her comments, although disgraceful, are protected free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” Castro wrote. “Our duty as Americans and educators is to promote a free exchange of diverse views, even if we disagree with them.”

As disgusting as it is, I have to agree with him.

We get bent out of shape whenever a conservative speaker is either forced away from our college campuses, or denied a voice through official edict.

Castro pointed out:

“Professor Jarrar’s conduct was insensitive, inappropriate and an embarrassment to the university,” Castro wrote, adding: “On campus and whenever we are representing the university, I expect all of us to engage in respectful dialogue.”

I’m not going to make any assumptions regarding how Mr. Castro would have reacted, had it been a conservative-leaning professor making the same comments about the death of Michelle Obama or Hillary Clinton. For all I know, he’s a stand-up guy and really feels awful about having a creature as despicable as Jarrar attached to his school.

The First Amendment says nothing about protecting us from exposure to obnoxious, ignorant speech. It is, in fact, established to protect the rights of those who have something to say.

Our recourse is to tune out and walk away, or to hold our tongues until the opportunity to give our own opinions may arise.

Jarrar shouldn’t be fired for her hurtful words (and that is painful for me to say). What’s more, there will be many who agree with her, because there’s no shortage of horrible people in this fallen world.

If the school is not holding her accountable (they can’t), it all comes down to how those who oppose her decide to interact.

Hopefully, they choose to walk away, not take her class, dry up the well of impressionable minds she’s given access to, because I have the feeling someone so wretched is beyond civil conversation and the free exchange of ideas.

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Trump VA Pick Earned an Alarming Nickname From White House Medical Staff

Things for Dr. Ronny Jackson just seem to be getting worse.

I’ll reiterate here that much of what has been alleged still lacks substantiation, but senators with the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee are digging into it, having postponed Jackson’s confirmation hearing, in the meantime.

The news first broke on Tuesday that Democrats with the committee are saying they’ve received somewhere around 20 misconduct allegations against Jackson.

I told you earlier this morning about overseas trips, where medical staffers claim he’d become intoxicated, and in one instance, began banging on the hotel room door of a female staffer. It became so obnoxious that the Secret Service had to step in, because they feared he’d wake the president.

It’s a serious charge, considering the need for the White House doctor to be on call, at all times, in the event of a medical emergency with the president. It’s not really a job you can do if you’re fall down drunk.

To that point, there’s even a story of the White House attempting to reach Jackson, on at least one occasion, and after failing to do so, finding him passed out in his hotel room.

Now, further details of the allegations against Jackson are coming out.

Apparently, Jackson had a nickname among the medical staff: “The candy man.”

So what had to happen to get the nickname, “candy man”?

Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that “in overseas trips, in particular, the admiral would go down the aisle way of the airplane and say, ‘All right, who wants to go to sleep?’ and hand out the prescription drugs like they were candy.”

Stunning.

I’m not even going to pretend that a medical professional occasionally dipping into the meds cart for something to help them rest or to ease off a backache is an unusual occurrence. I know it happens. It doesn’t make it right, but it’s not the worst thing in the world, either – as long as it doesn’t become a routine, or it’s not the heavy stuff.

We can’t ever allow ourselves to get comfortable with anyone in the medical profession riding with King Percocet.

All that being said, if this is going on with Jackson enough that it earned him a nickname, then there’s some abuse of the system, if not abuse of substances going on.

“That’s the reports that we got from the people, 20-something people, who got a hold of us and said, ‘We have a problem. This doctor has a problem because he hands out prescriptions like candy.’ In fact, in the White House they call him the candy man,” Tester said.

“That’s not a nickname that you want in a doctor and if you consider the prescription drugs we have a problem with in this country right now, it’s not the example we need to have set,” Tester added.

That’s a good point.

On Tuesday, President Trump seemed to be willing to step away from his VA secretary pick, but Jackson has said he intends to push on, rather than withdraw his name. Hearing that, the White House seemed satisfied and are maintaining their support for him.

For now, the investigation into the allegations against him continue, but if there is even a whiff of truth to any of these claims, then Jackson is simply not a good fit to serve in a Cabinet position.

He’s not even fit to continue on as the White House doctor, so let’s hope Trump has somebody else in the wings.

 

 

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WOW: New Book Details How Part of Hillary Clinton’s Debate Prep Included Abusing Aides

A hilarious new book (I’m assuming this is supposed to be comedy) details how Hillary Clinton prepared for her losing run for the presidency, in 2016.

If you’re like me, you’re wondering how many different takes there can be on just how awful Hillary Clinton was, as a candidate. How many different angles are there from which to consider her fantastic crash-and-burn?

Seriously. She lost to Donald Trump.

I imagine they’ll keep cranking out these tomes for the foreseeable future, given that Hillary Clinton has trouble letting go.

So how did Queen Hillary prepare for debates?

Apparently, by abusing her aides.

“You want authentic, here it is!” Clinton yelled during one preparation session, followed by a “f**k-laced fusillade” about Trump being a “disgusting” human, campaign reporter for the New York Times, Amy Chozick, writes in her new book, according to the Guardian.

“Aides understood that in order to keep it all together onstage, Hillary sometimes needed to unleash on them in private,” Chozick writes in Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling, which was released Tuesday.

Who are the aides that would let someone verbally abuse them, simply because she needed it? If she “needs” to be verbally abusive to keep it all together, there are some emotional problems that need immediate attention.

This is the book by the Clinton acolyte, that further details Clinton’s mewling pity-grab, when she declared that “they” were never going to “let” her be president.

It’s not about “letting” anyone win. It’s about EARNING the trust of the voters and Hillary Clinton couldn’t do that.

But sure, let’s talk about the “empowered woman” needing things given to her, in order to get ahead, then claiming a glass ceiling when it doesn’t happen that way.

The book also points out that the campaign tossed around various slogans, in an attempt to give Clinton the feel of authenticity.

There were 84 slogans bandied about, such as “No quit” and “You’ve earned a fair chance.”

Earned, earned, EARNED!

Not “given,” or “owed,” but earned. Learn the difference.

Also while preparing for debates:

“Hillary would take a couple of steps toward the questioner, make eye contact, empathize,” Chozick writes.

And how did that work out?

Let’s face it: 2016 was a contest of the horribles. It could have gone either way, and in fact, fewer people found Clinton repugnant, but fewer people in the right parts of the country found Trump more repugnant, so he grabbed those important Electoral College votes.

The hope should be that we never have a repeat of 2016 and voters on both sides of the aisle demand better candidates.

Or a competent, serious third party emerges, in the meantime.

 

 

 

 

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Trump Expresses Optimism Over Talks With “Very Honorable” Kim Jong Un (Little Rocket Man, No More?)

Well, this is an unfortunate application of the term.

In agreeing to meet with North Korea’s maniac leader, Kim Jong Un, President Trump is breaking with past American presidents who refused to allow it to appear that the Kims were either legitimate leaders, or that the oppressive regimes they forced their people to live under were acceptable.

All it took to coax Trump to the table was a few vague promises and the notion that this would make him look like the leader who diverted the threat of World War III.

So should we overlook the shoddy track record of North Korea for keeping its promises?

I’m pretty sure Donald Trump is oblivious to all of this. He certainly doesn’t listen to his military advisers.

Trump’s fascination with dictators and foreign strong men is a thing to behold.

He recently congratulated Russia’s Vladimir Putin on winning what was known to be a sham election, even with a card in front of him from his advisers, with the words, in bold, all-capital letters, “DO NOT CONGRATULATE.”

As if Trump would let a chance to bond with his man-crush pass.

Earlier today, Trump expressed his change of heart, regarding the man he once sought to antagonize with the nickname, “little rocket man.”

“He really has been very open and, I think, very honorable from everything we’re seeing,” Trump said of Kim Jong Un during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House.

Very honorable? And he’s saying this in reference to Kim Jong Un?

So this would be the same Kim Jong Un that ordered his brother murdered with a banned nerve agent.

It’s the same Kim Jong Un who routinely imprisons dissidents, starves his own people, and, hey, does anybody remember Otto Warmbier?

Warmbier is the 22-year old American student studying abroad, who thought joining a tourist group traveling through North Korea in 2016 would be a hoot.

He was charged with taking a propaganda poster from a wall at a hotel while there and sentenced to 15 years in one of North Korea’s treacherous prisons.

North Korean officials claim he fell ill with botulism, shortly after arriving and that he had a violent reaction to the medication given to him.

When Swedish embassy officials, acting on behalf of the U.S. attempted to see him, they were denied.

When he was returned to the U.S. in June 2017, his parents claim he was blind, deaf, and howling incoherently. He died shortly after returning home.

North Korea is also listed on the 2018 World Watch List of the most oppressive nations for Christians at #1 – a spot they’ve held for the past 17 years.

North Korea is a nation where the main “religion” is atheism, with the Kim family considered to be “gods” and the only ones worthy of worship. To be found in possession of a Bible or praising the true God could mean imprisonment or death, not just for those discovered, but for their entire families.

But please, let’s leave room to consider that maybe we’ve judged Kim Jong Un unfairly.

Trump went on:

“Unlike past administrations, I will leave the table. But I think we have the chance to do something very special,” he said.

Past administrations never let themselves be pulled to that table, to begin with. There’s that.

And to be clear, this isn’t the first time a North Korean leader has toyed with the idea of ending their nuclear ambitions, only to go back on their word, shortly after.

Trump sees a way to making a real mark on history for himself with this, however, so he’s going for it.

In the meantime, here’s the short version of the horrors Christians face under the regime of the “very honorable” Kim.

 

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Ronny Jackson’s Confirmation Hearing on Ice, as Allegations of Misconduct on the Job Investigated

I brought you the report of the possible delay of the confirmation hearing for President Trump’s pick to lead the Veterans Administration, Dr. Ronny Jackson, earlier today.

Democrats with the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee say that they have received multiple allegations of workplace misconduct by Jackson from current and former White House medical staff.

Those allegations included reports of a “hostile work environment,” excessive drinking on the job, and the improper dispensing of medications.

This is serious stuff, not to be taken lightly.

The confirmation hearing for Jackson was to take place on Wednesday of this week. Now, it appears that won’t be happening.

Given the severity of the allegations, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has decided to postpone the hearing, while they investigate the claims against Jackson.

What’s not clear, or at least, what nobody is saying, is if there were complaints made against Jackson in the preceding 5 years of his service as the White House physician.

Jackson came to the position in 2013, during Barack Obama’s presidency.

The White House is standing by Jackson, and the decision by President Trump to appoint him to the position once held by David Shulkin.

“Admiral Jackson’s record of strong, decisive leadership is exactly what’s needed at the VA to ensure our veterans receive the benefits they deserve,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

Others are saying Jackson should be given an opportunity to defend himself.

This is true. He should, but right now, we’re not really sure what he’s defending himself against. Allegations have been made, but the investigation into those allegations has just kicked off. Let the senators do their part by sifting through what was dropped in their laps this past weekend. They’ll likely be speaking to Jackson soon and hearing his side.

There’s no new date for confirmation hearings set, at this time.

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What Trump Said About His 2013 Moscow Trip and What Actually Happened May Not Be the Same

Tell the truth, and you don’t need a good memory.

Someone should put that on a needlepoint throw pillow for Donald Trump, given that he and truth seem to be operating in different social circles.

According to Bloomberg, some inconsistencies have been found between what Trump has said about his 2013 visit to Russia, and what flight records reveal.

Regarding that trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant, the memos of former FBI Director James Comey show that the president twice mentioned that the reports from the now-infamous Russia dossier could not be true, since he didn’t even stay the night.

He lied.

Social media posts, as well as flight records just don’t match what he felt so important to stress to Comey.

According to Comey’s accounts of his 2017 meetings with the president, Trump said the Moscow trip was so quick that his head never hit a pillow — even for one night. Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017.

The first denial came over dinner at the White House in late January 2017. “He said he arrived in the morning, did events, then showered and dressed for the pageant at the hotel,” and then left for the event, Comey wrote. “Afterwards, he returned only to get his things because they departed for New York by plane that same night.”

On the second occasion in February 2017, Trump “explained, as he did at our dinner, that he hadn’t stayed overnight in Russia during the Miss Universe trip,” Comey wrote.

According to records, on November 7, 2013 Trump boarded a Bombardier Global 5000 private jet owned by Phil Ruffin, his partner in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas, leaving from Asheville, North Carolina, and arrived in Moscow on Friday, November 8, 2013. From there, it was less than an hour drive to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, according to Aras Agalarov, a developer who hosted the pageant.

Trump surfaced online later that day in a Facebook post by the restaurant Nobu Moscow. That night he attended a birthday party for Agalarov.

The next day, Saturday, Nov. 9, Facebook posts showed Trump at the Ritz during the day, and in the afternoon he tweeted that he’d gotten a tour of Moscow. That evening, he attended the Miss Universe pageant, followed by an after-party whose scheduled start time was 1 a.m. — by that time, Sunday, Nov. 10.

One thing he mentioned to Comey that was almost/sorta/kinda true, the Bombardier he had traveled to Moscow aboard didn’t stay for the full night on November 10. It took off in the early Moscow hours, at about 3:38am, Moscow time.

When the jet touched down at Newark Liberty International Airport, just outside New York City, it was still Sunday morning — 4:11 a.m. local time. That evening, Trump tweeted about his return, “I just got back from Russia-learned lots & lots. Moscow is a very interesting and amazing place!”

Did he forget?

Even at his advanced age and with his apparent intellectual shortfall, would he not remember a three-day stay in Moscow barely over four years ago?

He should, so in that instance, why lie, unprompted?

It’s just what he does.

 

 

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Sean Hannity’s Eye-Popping Real Estate Deals Come to Light (So This Is What He Was Hiding)

So was this the “real estate deal” Fox News’ Sean Hannity alluded to, when it was revealed last week that he was Michael Cohen’s “third client”?

A new report in The Guardian notes that Hannity has investments in foreclosed homes, as well as low-income housing in seven states: North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Vermont, and New York.

Some of that investment help came with an assist from the Department of Housing and Urban Development – something not disclosed when Hannity had HUD Secretary Ben Carson on his program

The records link Hannity to a group of shell companies that spent at least $90m on more than 870 homes in seven states over the past decade. The properties range from luxurious mansions to rentals for low-income families. Hannity is the hidden owner behind some of the shell companies and his attorney did not dispute that he owns all of them.

Dozens of the properties were bought at a discount in 2013, after banks foreclosed on their previous owners for defaulting on mortgages. Before and after then, Hannity sharply criticised Barack Obama for the US foreclosure rate. In January 2016, Hannity said there were “millions more Americans suffering under this president” partly because of foreclosures.

There’s nothing wrong with seeing a deal and making an investment. There’s a lot wrong with slamming Obama for Americans suffering under foreclosure, then quietly swooping in to take advantage of that.

So what are the details about the properties?

Among the most valuable are two large apartment complexes in Georgia that Hannity bought in 2014 for $22.7m. The developments are in the cities of Perry and Brunswick, which have higher poverty rates and lower median incomes than the US averages. One- and two-bedroom units in Hannity‍‍‍’s apartment complexes are available to rent for $735 to $1,065 per month, according to brochures.

The Georgia purchases were funded with mortgages for $17.9m that Hannity obtained with help from Hud, which insured the loans under a program created as part of the National Housing Act. The loans, first guaranteed under the Obama administration, were recently increased by $5m with renewed support from Carson’s department.

Hannity has brought up the housing issue on his program before, falsely claiming that home ownership was at a 51-year low. He’s done this several times.

The Georgia mortgages supported by Hud were guaranteed as part of a program aimed at protecting investors such as Hannity who buy rental apartment buildings. The government promises to cover losses if borrowers default on their mortgages. Borrowers pay an insurance premium to Hud in return. Bigger loan guarantees are available if the building houses low-income families.

Paperwork relating to the agreements with Hud, which was filed to county authorities, named Hannity as the principal of the shell companies used to buy the apartment complexes and to borrow the funds. Hannity personally signed several of the documents. A Hud source said Hannity was identified in non-public filings as the 100% owner of the apartment complexes.

Late last month, Hannity’s mortgages were replaced with loans for $22.9m that were rewritten with Carson’s Hud and a new bank. There was no indication that Carson was personally involved in the process. Carson does, however, have the authority to allow Hannity from 2019 to convert the rental complexes into condominiums for sale, which could be lucrative for the television host.

The companies behind the purchases are limited liability (LLCs), and Hannity is listed as either the manager or principal of the companies.

Some of the homes listed were also noted to be lived in by some member of Hannity’s family, or Hannity, himself.

The list of properties bought by the Hannity-linked companies includes multimillion-dollar homes used by Hannity. It also features single-family units priced as low as $50,000 in relatively poor suburbs. In at least two cases, batches of homes were bought simultaneously at a discount, after they were repossessed by banks from their previous owners in foreclosure proceedings.

The entire portfolio connected to Hannity comprises at least 877 residential units, which were bought for a total of just under $89m. Another seven properties bought by the companies over recent years have subsequently been sold on for more than $4m, according to public records.

So he’s raging at President Obama, while benefitting off of those foreclosed homes, and he’s praising Carson on his show, without disclosing that Carson’s department had given an assist with purchasing some of those low income houses he looks to benefit financially from.

So is this illegal?

I don’t think so, but at the very least, it’s rather hypocritical, and you have to wonder if there’s anything else that the “third client” may be hiding.

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Nude Waffle House Killer Was Not a Stranger to Authorities

By now, you’ve probably heard the tragic (and bizarre) story of a nearly-nude man entering a Tennessee Waffle House in the early morning hours of Sunday, opening fire and killing four people.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have identified the shooter as a 29-year old Travis Reinking, of Morton, Illinois. He’s now added to their Top Ten Most Wanted List.

As it happened, Reinking approached the Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee at around 3:25am, fired several rounds with an AR-15 through the window, then entered.

At the time, he was nude, except for a jacket.

A hero on the scene, 29-year old James Shaw, Jr. described a chaotic scene, where what they first heard sounded like plates crashing, only to find out moments later that someone had shot through the windows.

After killing 4 (2 on the outside of the restaurant) and injuring 7 more, Reinking either stopped to reload, or the gun jammed, but Shaw saw an opportunity and managed to wrest the gun away from the shooter, burning his hand on the gun barrel, in the process.

He tossed the gun behind the counter, as Reinking made an escape.

If his nude attack wasn’t bizarre enough, it turns out that he was previously arrested by the Secret Service.

That’s right. He was on the radar of authorities.

In July 2017, the U.S. Secret Service arrested Reinking for being in a “restricted area” near the White House, according to the Secret Service. After the arrest, his Illinois firearms authorization was revoked and local Illinois police seized four weapons.

“Among the weapons seized by those authorities was the AR-15 rifle used at the Waffle House today,” said Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron at a Sunday afternoon news conference.

Remember the story from last summer about a man in a restricted area around the White House, and how after searching his car they found firearms?

This is that guy.

During that event, he was instructed to move away from the restricted area. He informed them he had to speak with the president. They told him he would have to get with a tour group to do that. He reiterated that he was there to speak to the president, referred to himself as a “sovereign citizen” and said he had the right to “inspect” the White House grounds.

For those with questions, “sovereign citizens” are this freakish new, subculture of anti-government people who don’t want to live by the rules of the nation. They want to pick and choose what rules they feel apply to them, ignore everything else. They’re particularly against taxation, and claim no authority but their own.

This is the truly maddening part:

The weapons he had confiscated by authorities were given to Reinking’s father. His father gave them back to him, including the weapon that was used to shoot up the Waffle House.

Reinking remains at large. There is a $2,500 reward for his capture.

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Just How Extensive Is the Relationship Between Sean Hannity and Michael Cohen?

If nothing else, the TV-ready attorney for former Trump mistress/porn star, Stormy Daniels, is consistent.

While speaking on CNN earlier Sunday, Michael Avenatti raised the question of just how entangled Fox News host Sean Hannity is with Trump fixer, Michael Cohen.

“I think that the relationship is going to be far more extensive than Mr. Hannity has led people to believe,” the attorney, Michael Avenatti, said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

“I don’t know that there’s anything nefarious that went on between Mr. Hannity and Mr. Cohen, or that there was any NDA-type involvement or anything of that nature,” he added, using an acronym for nondisclosure agreement. “But what I do know is I think it’s going to be far more extensive than people have been led to believe.”

It doesn’t have to be nefarious. That’s the point. Under normal circumstances, it would just be Hannity and a lawyer. How these circumstances came to be known, however, make it seem questionable.

Cohen’s appearance in court last week was made more newsworthy when he was forced by Judge Kimba Wood to reveal the identity of a third, mystery client – a move he and his attorney did not want to make. When he named Sean Hannity as that client, those in the courtroom that day said that there were an audible gasp from the crowd.

Why was it so important to keep Hannity’s involvement with Cohen hidden?

Cohen’s office and home were raided several weeks ago by federal authorities, investigating the $130,000 payoff of Stormy Daniels, before the 2016 election.

Further, authorities are saying he’s also being investigated for wire and bank fraud.

Hannity, a rabidly loyal defender of President Trump has had Cohen on his Fox News show, multiple times, having a mutual lovefest over the glories of living under the Trump regime.

The thing is, he never bothered to tell anyone that he was a client of Cohen’s.

Then again, he claims he wasn’t a client, that he only asked Cohen’s advice on real estate deals – and wanted him to keep these very innocuous, nothing things quiet. He even gave him $10 to “buy” attorney-client privilege.

I’m no lawyer, but I don’t think that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

I’m reminded of those few hours in January, when Hannity’s Twitter account disappeared.

A sick, bored lady in Texas decided to make a fake Hannity account, as a joke, and all of a sudden she has all of Hannity’s fans gravitating to her, as if she were the real deal. She was really convincing.

Among those who were fooled was WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. In that time, he communicated to fake Hannity about information he had on Democrat Senator Mark Warner (top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee), suggesting they take their conversation to “other channels.”

He didn’t know he was dealing with someone just having a little fun.

What that did, however, is show how low Hannity was willing to go.

Just a few years earlier, Hannity wanted Assange jailed for revealing secrets about U.S. troop movement in the U.S., putting our people at risk in the Middle East.

Now, they’re pen pals.

Also now, Hannity has some secretive connection with the Donald Trump’s fixer.

Avenatti may be right. Hannity has let his Trump devotion lead him into some questionable associations. There’s no reason to believe the connection to Cohen is innocent.

 

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