CleoCatra is enjoying her costume.
I’m offline most of the day only come back to find this story all abuzz on Twitter:
A company that appears to be run by a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist offered to pay women to make false claims against Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the days leading up to the midterm elections—and the special counsel’s office has asked the FBI to weigh in. “When we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false claims about the Special Counsel, we immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation,” the Mueller spokesman Peter Carr told me in an email on Tuesday.
The special-counsel office’s attention to this scheme and its decision to release a rare statement about it indicates the seriousness with which the team is taking the purported plot to discredit Mueller in the middle of an ongoing investigation. Carr confirmed that the allegations were brought to the office’s attention by several journalists, who were contacted by a woman who identified herself as Lorraine Parsons. Another woman, Jennifer Taub, contacted Mueller’s office earlier this month with similar information.
The woman identifying herself as Parsons told journalists in an email, a copy of which I obtained, that she had been offered roughly $20,000 by a man claiming to work for a firm called Surefire Intelligence—which had been hired by a GOP activist named Jack Burkman—“to make accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert Mueller.”
And this is where it gets really, really fun:
Surefire Intelligence describes itself as “a private intel agency that designs and executes bespoke solutions for businesses and individuals who face complex business and litigation challenges.” Surefire’s domain records list an email for another pro-Trump conspiracy theorist, Jacob Wohl, who began hyping a “scandalous” Mueller story on Tuesday morning. Wohl told The Daily Beast that Burkman had hired Surefire to assist with his investigation into Mueller’s past, but denied knowing anything about the firm’s involvement in an alleged plot to fabricate allegations against Mueller when asked why his email address appeared in the domain records. He did not respond when asked by NBC why a telephone number listed on Surefire’s website referred callers to another number that’s listed in public records as belonging to Wohl’s mother.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAA JACOB WOHL?? That little pissant who is constantly at the top of any Trump thread pushing conspiracy theories as bad as his financial advice? Oh pop all the corn and let’s enjoy this moment.
Surely you jest pic.twitter.com/hhYihwjt62
— a plot gone awry (@flowerednews) October 30, 2018
— Marfan Mike (@Marfan_Mike) October 30, 2018
In fairness, I imagine Bar Rafaeli would only work for the very most prestigious of fictitious intelligence firms. https://t.co/ZXGPH2E5kN
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) October 30, 2018
Gateway Pundit, which published the Jacob Wohl-backed dossier filled with wild accusations about Mueller, is back-pedaling fast. They've taken down the file and are now trying to claim Mueller making a criminal referral to the FBI is an abuse of government power. pic.twitter.com/71uWGQjSfI
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) October 30, 2018
"Mom, if you get any federal grand jury subpoenas, don't open them, they're a mistake, just leave them on my futon."
— PickUpTheVoiceMailMomHat (@Popehat) October 30, 2018
Every morning is something new. He’s throwing out some chum to his racist base now:
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump offered a dramatic, if legally dubious, promise in a new interview to unilaterally end birthright citizenship, ratcheting up his hardline immigration rhetoric with a week to go before critical midterm elections.
Trump’s vow to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on US soil came in an interview with Axios released Tuesday. Such a step would be regarded as an affront to the US Constitution, which was amended 150 years ago to include the words: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”
Trump did not say when he would sign the order, and some of his past promises to use executive action have gone unfulfilled. But whether the President follows through on his threat or not, the issue joins a string of actions intended to thrust the matter of immigration into the front of voters’ minds as they head to polls next week.
1/ On birthright citizenship, read the debate in the U.S. Senate, Jan. 30, 1866. The framers of the Civil Rights Act–the immediate precursor to the 14th Amendment, and the first place national citizenship was codified–knew exactly what they were doing.
— Steve Kantrowitz (@skantrow) October 30, 2018
*wakes up* Can’t undo the fourteenth amendment by executive order. *falls back asleep* https://t.co/Oz9yCShW7e
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 30, 2018
The founders set up the constitution so the president can’t do what he’s proposing to do with birthright citizenship. It’s a stunt, like sending the troops to a border for a non-existent invasion.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 30, 2018
You can’t alter the Constitution by executive order. You want to repeal the 14th Amendment, you do it the old fashioned way: By having enough racist hacks on the Supreme Court to render the constitutional rights of people of color meaningless. https://t.co/jkXx48pCEy
— Student Loans ? (@AdamSerwer) October 30, 2018
If Trump said he wanted to reinstitute slavery by executive order, would your headline read, "Exclusive: Trump to Reinstitute Slavery"?
— Anil Kalhan (@kalhan) October 30, 2018
The hell is wrong with these people?
And yes, I’m blaming Trump for this kind of shit. Trump didn’t start racism, but he has stoked the flames and emboldened these shitheads to be proud of the awfulness that they embrace.
The woman who was filmed yelling at a black neighbor in south Charlotte has been fired from her job at Spectrum, the company confirmed Sunday.
As the videos went viral, the woman was quickly identified online as Susan Westwood. A screenshot from a LinkedIn page, which had apparently been deleted by Sunday afternoon, showed that she worked for Spectrum Enterprise in the Charlotte area.
In response to a question from the Observer about whether Westwood was still employed, a spokesperson for Charter Communications — which bought Time Warner Cable in 2016 and changed the cable company’s name to Spectrum — specifically referenced the videos filmed in a Charlotte parking lot.
“The incident recorded in Charlotte is a blatant violation of Charter’s code of conduct and clearly disregards the company’s commitment to inclusion and respectful behavior,” spokesperson Patrick Paterno wrote. “As such, Ms. Westwood’s employment with the company has been terminated, effective immediately.”