You Decide

Read this verbatim transcript and tell me whether it’s from an escaped mental patient or the GOP nominee for the President of the United States.

“I say what would happen if the boat sank from its weight and you’re in the boat and you have this tremendously powerful battery and the battery is now underwater and there’s a shark that’s approximately 10 yards over there. By the way, a lot of shark attacks lately. You notice that? A lot of shark. I watched some guys justifying it today. Well, they weren’t really that angry. They bit off the young ladies leg because of the fact that they were, they were not hungry, but they misunderstood what, who she was. These people are cray. He said there’s no problem with sharks they just didn’t really understand a young woman swimming. Now really got decimated and other people too. A lot of shark attacks. So I said, so there’s a shark 10 yards away from the boat. 10 yards over here. Do I get electrocuted if the boat is sinking, water goes over the battery, the boat is sinking. Do I stay on top of the boat and get electrocuted or do I jump over by the shark and not get electrocuted because, I will tell you, he didnt know the answer. He said, you know, nobody’s ever asked that question. I said, I think it’s a good question. I think there’s a lot of electric current coming through that water, but you know what I’d do if there was a shark or you get electrocuted? I’ll take electrocution every single time. I’m not getting near the shark.”

— Las Vegas (6/9/2024) WATCH ON VIDEO

If Joe Biden gave a speech like that yesterday the 25th Amendment would invoke itself.

Now Comes The Appeal Diversion

Trump and his flock are hoping to distract voters from his 34 felony convictions by confidently vowing to win on appeal.

Let’s see now, Trump has appealed every judgement against him, civil or criminal, from shutting down his charity and his bogus university, to two sexual assault awards, 14 counts of criminal fraud against his company, and a massive bank fraud fine — and so far EVERY SINGLE ONE FAILED.

To recap, as a convicted felon Donald Trump now joins his fellow felons — his campaign manager, deputy campaign manager, national security advisor, foreign policy advisor, political consultant, and personal lawyer.

None of them have won their appeals either, although Trump pardoned a few.

Trump Violates Gag Order Again

This time he is violating the judge’s prohibition against directing others to attack witnesses.

New York magazine’s Andrew Rice said on MSNBC that during the trial he personally witnessed Trump “editing” and “making notations” to quotes submitted by GOP allies before they made them to media outside.

That is a violation of the gag order if Trump is providing daily talking points to surrogates who attack witnesses. The order bans “making or causing others to make” prohibited statements.

When Judge Merchan found Trump in contempt of court a second time last week and fined him again, he made it clear that jail time was the only remaining option. In this instance he is violating the order in the courtroom in front of the judge!

Just yesterday a 5-judge New York appeals unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the gag order, ruling that it  “properly determined that the defendant’s public statements posed a significant threat to witnesses and potential witnesses in this case, ensuring they are free from threats, intimidation, harassment and harm.”

With the trial coming to a close and to avoid an interruption Merchan can choose to wait and put him in jail for gag violations after the trial is finished.

More Smoking Pistols

While witness testimony in Trump’s trial is significant and riveting, prosecutors are also quietly admitting some very damning documents. (See our thread on Trump executive notes showing Cohen was reimbursed for Stormy payments.)

Yesterday we saw documentary evidence of Trump’s connection to the Stormy payoff through reimbursements to Cohen.

1) ​Cohen Reimbursement Listed In Trump’s Signed White House Disclosure Statement

Prosecutors introduced a White House financial disclosure form yesterday that is destined to be featured in their closing argument:

“In 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump’s attorneys, Michael Cohen,” Trump reported in a note at the bottom of Page 45 of the 92-page Personal Financial Disclosure report that he signed. “Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Cohen in 2017. The category of value would be $100,001 to $250,000 and the interest rate would be zero.”  

NOTE: In opening statement his lawyer told the jury the payment was not a reimbursement for expenses.

2) In Civil Case Filing Trump Admitted Cohen Reimbursement Was For Stormy Payment

Trump court filing acknowledging reimbursement to Cohen for paying Stormy:

Donald J. Trump
Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA. These agreements are .very common among celebrities and people of wealth. In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Clifford (Daniels). The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair, despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair. Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction.
May 3, 2018

Smoking Pistols In Trump Trial

From yesterday’s trial testimony (with documents) by Trump company executives — proof the Cohen fee was indeed a cover-up for Stormy payoff, which Trump lawyer denied in his opening statement.

Trump CFO Alan Weisselberg’s contemporaneous handwritten notes recording the underlying scheme – the true reason for payments to Michael Cohen – are written on a copy of the bank account showing the $130,000 hush money wired on Oct. 27 to Stormy Daniels’ lawyer!

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But in his opening statement Trump lawyer told jury that’s not what the money was for. Either they didn’t know about the bank statement handwriting, or that was REALLY REALLY stupid. Telling jury stuff you don’t proof is bad move, other side will crucify you.

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Trump Controller Jeffrey McConney ‘s handwritten notes showing how they got from $130K to $420K (including grossing up x 2 “for taxes”).

At this point it’s ridiculous for Trump lawyers to keep arguing the Cohen money had nothing to do with Stormy.