Tommy CarcettiTommy Carcetti's Journal
I don't mean that in the sense that an embarrassing joke photo of you from years ago might surface, or that there might be a few vague, unsubstantiated claims that you grabbed women's rears while posing for photos with them. While that might be enough to derail a career, we're looking at something a little more serious than that.
No...while that might be your idea of having one's "turn in the barrel" to you, what awaits you in the next weeks....months....and years....is actually going to be much, much, much worse than that.
What we're talking about is the indignities of your arrest, arraignment, court appearance after court appearance after mind-numbing court appearance, and--since we know you think somehow think you'll be able to beat it all--a very public trial.
And you won't beat it. You think you will because you are a haughty, narcissistic vain asshole of the highest degree, but Robert Mueller cleaned the clock of your old business partner Paul Manafort, and he's going to do the same with you.
You're going to lose it all, Roger. That home on the ocean in Florida--gone. Your assets--seized. Those outrageous outfits you like to wear--traded for prison scrubs. Social media accounts.....please. They'll be gone.
Even those dumb ass Panama Jack hats you like to wear will be a thing of the past, Roger. They're not coming with you.
You might think you'll end up with three years, like Michael Cohen, and sure, you think, you can handle that.
But you're not getting three years, Roger. Sure, Michael Cohen was a weak little coward who mistakenly thought that being one of Donald Trump's goons would somehow give his life purpose and meaning. And of course, it didn't, and he realized that all after the fact and after the search warrant.
But you're far worse than him, Roger. You're a pathological piece of shit. Your track record over the decades--the lives you've ruined, the injustices you've caused--underscores that fact.
So no, Roger, you won't be getting away with three years. You're going to be doing some hard, hard time.
And here's the thing, Roger--you're not exactly a spring chicken there. You're already 66 years old. Time's a'ticking.
You will die in prison, Roger. When you die, it won't be surrounded by your wife or your son or your grandkids in your bed or even at some hospital or nursing home. It will be at an infirmary at some Federal Correctional Facility out in the middle of BFE.
And you--the great political fixer Roger Stone--will die all alone.
And when you die, after the fact, they'll shove your remains into a plastic bag for your loved ones to claim, like you are piece of dry cleaning or lost luggage at the airport.
And that is how it will end for you, Roger.
You'll be known as Roger Stone, the fixer and dirty political trickster who sold out his country and died in prison.
I hope it was all worth it, Roger. That living the way Roy Cohn taught you--tearing people apart, always lying, always spinning, never admitting the truth--was somehow the way you wanted to live.
If not....well, too bad, so sad.
Welcome to the Barrel, Roger Stone.
Back in July, the Special Counsel's office indicted multiple Russian military intelligence (GRU) officers for various hacking related offenses during the 2016 election season.
In the middle of the indictment, Mueller drops an interesting little tidbit:
The conspirators--aka GRU--set up the Guccifer 2.0 account and communicated with several individuals known to associate with political figures. This includes the ever lovely Roger Stone (any chance we get an indictment of him before the new year?) as well as a Florida based blogger and political consultant by the name of Aaron Nevins.
Based on the timing and the Nevins connection, it's believed that the alleged leak by Guccifer 2.0 to the mystery candidate means the candidate requesting that info was from Florida. Here's a story from Politico that lays it out:
The big question of course is....who is the candidate?
A lot of speculation has centered on Rep. Brian Mast, who was elected the representative of Florida's 18th District in 2016. The reason is obvious--Nevins acted as a political consultant for Mast during his 2016 campaign. So it immediately creates the specter of motive and opportunity.
I'm a little bit skeptical Mast is the man, however. Mast is essentially a run-of-the-mill, boring, typical back bencher Republican congressman. Besides from having an admittedly sympathetic military resume, there's nothing really remarkable about Mast's behavior either before or after he was elected that suggests he was one to engage in--shall we call it--light treason. Unlike, say, Dana Rohrabacher, there's no major red flags about Mast that suggest he is one to conspire with Russian military intelligence. If he's hiding those sort of sentiments, he's been hiding them pretty well.
Other Florida-based congressional candidates who've been bandied about as suspects include Rep. Matt Gaetz of the 1st District and the now Governor-elect but then representative of the 6th District, Ron DeSantis. And opposed to Mast, some of their behavior since 2016 and their attitudes towards the Mueller investigation have been a little bit more suspect.
But I think we still are forgetting another suspect, one who I think has both strong motive, opportunity and red flags galore.
That would be Tim Canova, who was Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's primary opponent in 2016. What makes me suspect Canova is things in the indictment that might be overlooked.
Notably, the indictment says the person was a "candidate." There's no mention whatsoever that the person was actually elected to office in the end. Moreover, there's nothing that says that the candidate was seeking information for the purposes of the general election. And with that in mind, the information was released on August 15th, which was roughly two weeks before the Florida primary elections. People assume it was a Republican seeking information for the general election and that Republican was the ultimate victor. That's not necessarily the case.
Why else Canova? Because he has multiple red flags and motive to seek that information:
1. The release came just a couple weeks after Guccifer 2.0's leak right before the DNC convention. That leak created a huge embarrassment for DWS, so much so that she was forced to step down as chair of the DNC before the convention started. So DWS was certainly in the crosshairs for the Russian hackers. And who would benefit most from another hack that involved DWS but DWS's own primary opponent, that being Tim Canova.
2. Canova acted in ways that were rather unconventional for what you might expect a Democrat from Broward County to act. For example, on more than one occasion, he appeared on the radio show of Joyce Kaufman, a right-wing extremist who was almost named the congressional chief of staff for one-term Tea Party firebrand Allen West.
3. Throwing the race for the congressional seat of the one-time DNC chair into chaos and creating division amongst Democratic voters (in order to suppress turnout) is the typical MO of Russian interference actions in elections.
4. Canova is based in Broward County, where Nevins (and his father, Buddy Nevins) have made a well-known name for themselves in political circles. And while Roger Stone has a more national footprint, he too is based out of Broward. So both of Guccifer 2.0's contacts had close ties to Broward.
4. Since that election, Tim Canova has quit the Democratic party.
5. Since that election, Tim Canova has heavily criticized the Mueller investigation and explicitly expressed doubt that it was Russia who hacked the DNC, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.
6. Since that election, Tim Canova has engaged in spreading wild conspiracy theories similar to the ones being spread over social media by Russian propagandists, such as the claim that the DNC and the Clintons were behind the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.
And yes, on the day of the apparent release (August 15, 2016), Tim Canova did get a few very interesting messages from followers on Twitter.
Now, as tantalizing as this might seem, it's not quite a smoking (or smocking) gun for Canova. Delivering materials via a Twitter post is a rather public way that leaves the risk of exposure if it were indeed a response for a request for hacked materials. Furthermore, the Guccifer 2.0 WordPress link doesn't actually contain any materials related to the DWS-Canova race (District 23). (For that matter, it doesn't contain any info on the race for Gaetz or DeSantis' district, either, although it does contain info on the race for Mast's district.)
So more likely than not this was just a coincidence and just some zealous followers of Guccifer 2.0 wanted to pass on this material to Canova (which is still very, very odd, don't you think?). But there's nothing in the Indictment that says the materials sent to the mystery candidate were part of the WordPress post; it's possible and likely they were sent using more encrypted means.
That all being said, with DWS already being in Guccifer 2.0's crosshairs before these documents were leaked, with Canova's curious subersive and disruptive behavior both before and after the leaks, and the various connections to Broward County, I think a further inquiry into the possibility that Tim Canova was the mystery candidate is warranted.
That's a quote from the HBO Miniseries "Angels in America," based on the Tony Kushner play of the same name.
It comes at a point where the infamous fixer/lawyer/McCarthy figure Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS--a disease Cohn never wanted to admit having--in his hospital bed. He is "visited" by a vision of Ethel Rosenberg, a woman whose execution (aided by numerous dirty tricks and maneuverings on Cohn's part) Cohn considers the absolute pinnacle of his professional career.
The most devastating part about Rosenberg's quote to Cohn is how absolutely true it was, and still is. Not only did Cohn die a disgrace--disbarred and inflicted with a disease that was a testament to his utter hypocrisy--but Cohn's reputation has actually gotten worse over time, not better. When some high profile figures with controversial pasts die, we naturally attempt to find the silver linings and find good accomplishments and attributes amongst the bad.
Any attempt to rehabilitate Cohn, however, would be absolutely futile. He lived and died the nasty, corrupt, contemptible son-of-a-bitch that he was, and like the fictional Rosenberg apparition declared, there was no good that could be gleaned from his life. It was a total waste, never to be celebrated, and too broken to be rehabilitated.
But even after his death in 1986, Cohn was the curse that kept on cursing, and we are still dealing with his impact to this very day. Because it was Cohn who took people like Donald Trump and Roger Stone under his fetid wing and encouraged their public, brash, thoroughly corrupt and unapologetic pugnacious styles. In turn, Trump attempted to mold his own attorney Michael Cohen directly after Cohn. While it worked for years, we are now seeing a reckoning for Trump for his unequivocal embrace of Cohn's mantras.
Aided no doubt in good part by a search warrant of his apartment that shook like an earthquake, Cohen decided (probably in his own best interest more than anything else) that he didn't want to have the legacy of Roy Cohn, Donald Trump and Roger Stone to be his dying legacy. He didn't want people saying about him, "Better that he never lived at all."
For Donald Trump, however, that quote from Rosenberg to Cohn will ultimately follow him to the grave. His life will be viewed as a complete waste. He will die one of the greatest villains to America that this nation has ever known, a man complete without redemption. He will die as someone who was so eager to enrich and empower and promote himself that nothing would ever stop him, not even the pause of thought as to whether one should commit treason just to get one self elected the most powerful man in the world.
Like the Roy Cohn that Kushner imagined, Donald Trump is now being haunted by the legacy of his own mentor, and in a brutal twist of irony it is none other than Roy Cohn himself. In the end, a man who helped fuel a Red scare as to others' supposed collaboration with the enemy helped in an indirect fashion to bring on the most infamous case of such treason the country will have ever known.
And in the end, when Trump draw his last, it will be he who people will say, "Better that he had never lived at all."
In case anyone wanted to see the scene with Cohn and Rosenberg from Angels in America, here it is:
Al Pacino and Meryl Streep do an absolutely phenomenal job in their respective parts. Streep's simple rendition of "Tumbalalaika" is utterly haunting.
When the Flynn story broke last year, Ross had reported that Flynn had contacts with the Russian ambassador both before and after the election.
However, there was a huge outcry because it was insisted that we only knew that Flynn had met with the ambassador only after the election, not before.
Trump threw a fit, Ross was suspended and then ultimately fired.
But it appears he was indeed right.
And I think he deserves an apology.
Report: Flynn Said He Was In Touch With Russian Ambassador During Campaign
John Angelillo/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
By Allegra Kirkland
December 13, 2018 11:42 am
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has told associates that he spoke to Russias ambassador to the U.S. during the 2016 campaign about how the two countries could work together on key foreign policy matters if Donald Trump was elected, Mother Jones reported Thursday.
Two associates of the short-lived national security advisor told Mother Jones that Flynns contact with Sergey Kislyak predated the previously reported communications that the pair had during the post-election transition period.
One associate told the publication that Flynn and Kislyak proposed a situation in which Moscow would work with the Trump administration to end the Syrian civil war in exchange for an end to U.S. sanctions against Russia.
Another said Flynn spoke of talking to Kislyak about Syria, Iran and other foreign policy matters that the two countries could work together on if Trump took office.
Flashback to January 6, 2018. Trump blames Ross for tanking the stock market.
Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrump · Jan 6
Brian Ross, the reporter who made a fraudulent live newscast about me that drove the Stock Market down 350 points (billions of dollars), was suspended for a month but is now back at ABC NEWS in a lower capacity. He is no longer allowed to report on Trump. Should have been fired!
3:57 AM - 6 Jan 2018
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