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Oct 1, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
REALLY BIG DEAL:

The FBI may be finished with its probe of #Kavanaugh by MONDAY MORNING!!!

That's tomorrow.

The White House & accomplices in the Senate, including Grassley & McConnell, want to pretend they've done a real probe.

We need calls now... nytimes.com/2018/09/30/us/… #CallToAction:

We have a democracy, w/independent institutions, norms & importantly, checks/balances.

But this is the kind of sham probe that occurs in de facto 1-party autocracies (like Russia.)

Call & demand a real probe ASAP. Race against the clock.

theloyalopposition.net/daily-ctas/imm…
Aug 23, 2018 13 tweets 4 min read
The story of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is a complex one with many moving parts. Russian oligarchs & operatives work together using their wealth, influence & connections to advance Putin’s agenda.

Here are 5 key figures you should be aware of.

THREAD Aras Agalarov is “Russia’s Trump”—a real estate mogul close to Putin.

Agalarov hosted Trump’s 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, where his pop star son, Emin performed. They have introduced Trump to many Russian oligarchs & have carried messages between Trump & Putin.
Aug 13, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
#ManafortTrial Day 9 (sorry for delay)

✅Prosecution filing asks Judge Ellis to correct improper statement.

✅Docs & testimony suggest Federal Savings Bank chairman approved $16M in loans to secure a job in Trump admin.

✅D.C. filing confirms Gates’ ongoing cooperation.

1/5 #ManafortTrial Day 9 cont.

Fed. Savings Bank Senior VP Raico’s testimony:

✅Loan process was unusually fast.

✅Bank chairman Steve Calk’s involvement unlike any other loan.

✅Loans granted on Manafort’s terms, even after bank’s president suggested ending negotiations.

2/5
Aug 9, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
#ManafortTrial Day 7:

Summary:

✅Gates testimony ends.

✅Testimony from FBI accountant -CPA & Certified Fraud Examiner M. Magionos

✅Testimony from IRS agent M. Welch (admitted as expert witness)

✅Judge Ellis: "Judges should be patient...I'm not.”

✅8 witnesses left.

1/4 #ManafortTrial Day 7 cont.

Gates testimony:

✅In 2014 FBI interview about Yankovych, he disclosed offshore accounts but not hidden ones.

✅Manafort asked him to meet w/Lyovochkin (pro-Russia politician) re: payments.

✅"No doubt at all [no plea agreement if he lies]."

2/4
Aug 8, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
#ManafortTrial Day 6:

Gates testimony:

✅Pro-Russian Party of Regions politicians (Kolesnikov & Lovochkin) paid Manafort millions via disguised Cypriot accounts.

✅Documentary evidence suggests Manafort controlled foreign accounts.

✅Repeatedly directed to defraud banks.

1/5 #ManafortTrial Day 6 cont.

Gates testified:

✅At Manafort's direction, he fabricated invoices due to offshore banking rule requiring the invoice to have the Manafort-controlled entity name instead of Manafort's.

✅Directed to hide international wire xfers from bookkeeper.

2/5
Aug 7, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
#ManafortTrial Day 5:

Summary:

✅Manafort’s attorneys attempted to show that complicated finances resulted in unintentional errors & Gates was the criminal mastermind.

✅Testimony from senior special agent w/FINCEN, at Treasury.

✅Gates testified.

✅New clashes w/Judge.

1/6 #ManafortTrial Day 5 cont.

Laporta (CPA) testified:

✅Didn't go to Manafort re: Gates suspicions because: “it was [usually] clear Manafort was aware of what was going on.”

✅Knowing that income can’t be disguised as a loan doesn’t require expertise nor is it complicated.

2/6
Aug 4, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
#ManafortTrial Day 4:

The prosecution is awaiting approval to present financial activity summary charts from foreign & U.S. banks:

✅An FBI forensic accountant reviewed 1000s of docs

✅17 domestic & 15 foreign Manafort-controlled entities

✅ >200 international wire xfers

1/4 #ManafortTrial Day 4 cont.

CPA who prepared Manafort’s tax docs from 1997-2014 testified:

✅Manafort repeatedly claimed 0 foreign accounts

✅Was asked by Manafort to lie to bank about properties (bank fraud)

✅Was told 1.5M from Cyprus was loan, not payment (tax fraud)

2/4
Aug 3, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
#ManafortTrial Day 3:

✅Prosecution filed motion asking for a chance to explain why evidence of Manafort’s lavish lifestyle is directly relevant to the crimes charged.

✅Prosecutor Greg Andres: “We have every intention to call [Gates] as a witness.”

washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/…
1/5
#ManafortTrial Day 3 con't

✅J.Maxwell, COO of Big Picture Solutions, testified he was paid $2.2M in international wire transfers & that his client was Manafort, not Gates.

✅M. Regolizio testified he was paid $450K in wire transfers from accounts in Cyprus for landscaping. 2/5
Jul 26, 2018 6 tweets 4 min read
House Freedom Caucus members filed Articles of Impeachment against
Deputy AG Rod #Rosenstein ("Mueller's boss") claiming he hasn't been responsive to their demands for documents regarding the #Mueller investigation.

What does it mean & what do we do? 1/5
thehill.com/policy/nationa… The Articles of Impeachment against Rosenstein have been filed in a parliamentary "end run" around leadership and do not have the support of @SpeakerRyan or @TGowdySC.

No vote is expected anytime soon and it is highly unlikely the House would approve them anyways. 2/5
Jul 25, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
Secretary #Pompeo is currently testifying to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Republican @SenBobCorker, who chairs the Committee, was harsh in his opening statement.

He pointedly confronted Pompeo on Russia, North Korea, NATO & trade.

Here are his Russia comments. 1/4 Corker also confronted the administration's rhetoric on North Korea.

"In the face of these realities [Kim's atrocities], the President has called him very talented, and that he loves his people...Really?" 2/4

#Pompeo
Jul 16, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
URGENT #CallToAction: Given events at the #TreasonSummit, the near future (before Labor Day) will determine if Trump successfully destroys the #Mueller probe & escapes justice.

Time to get focused. Follow these 4 steps to be useful.

1. Call your 3 MoCs!
theloyalopposition.net/daily-ctas/tel… 2. Sign up for Wednesday night's candle-light vigils for the #RuleOfLaw, even if you have to change your plans or drive a distance.

Visit ConfrontCorruption.org to sign up.
Jul 13, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
A DC Grand Jury has indicted 12 Russian military officers for their role in hacking the DCCC, DNC, state election software & more.

The info obtained was released by Guccifer 2.0 & DCLeaks in order to influence the election.

Several Americans communicated w/them per Rosenstein. The goal of the conspirators was to influence the 2016 election, per Rosenstein.

By indicting these operatives of the Russian government, the DOJ is backing up the Senate Intel report determining Russia attacked the U.S.

Trump meets w/Putin tomorrow.
thedailybeast.com/mueller-indict…
Jun 20, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
State of the #TrumpRussia investigation THREAD 1/8:

Despite President Trump's propaganda about #Mueller engaging in a 'Witch Hunt,' the facts betray a different narrative that is an existential threat to Trump's presidency.

h/t @Zac_Petkanas Developments in #Mueller's probe have led to a panicked atmosphere among co-conspirators in the White House & their congressional allies.

There are 5 major reasons for this panic.

1) 23 indictments, 5 guilty pleas & 1 sentencing

2) Michael Cohen is close to flipping.

2/8
Jun 11, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
Putin's Ideological War THREAD 1/8:

Trump & the modern GOP are symptoms of Russian war unleashed upon the U.S. population.

Knowledge is key to winning this war & preventing Kremlin-inspired radicalization of our people.

Must read by @KirkseniyaSF. ⬇️
kyivpost.com/article/opinio… "The Kremlin creates special mini-ideologies...aimed at specific social groups."

The first such group Kirillova discusses is RW ideologically religious. To that end, the Kremlin seeks to target activities & propaganda at Christian groups inclined to "protect Christianity." 2/8
May 17, 2018 26 tweets 14 min read
When it rains it pours. ⛈️

Wednesday was an outrageously busy day in #TrumpRussia news & revelations, so we did our best to summarize for you.

This THREAD is formatted as:

🔹A) What happened?
🔹B) Why is it important?

In conclusion, we remind you what YOU can do to help. 1A) The Senate Judiciary Committee released all transcripts/documents (some redactions) from its investigation into Russian interference and potential Trump campaign coordination. judiciary.senate.gov/press/releases…
May 9, 2018 9 tweets 6 min read
Thanks to Stormy & @MichaelAvenatti, we now have a much greater understanding of how Trump's Michael Cohen-based #PayToPlay funnel works.

It looks a lot like Cohen was selling access & influence.

Graphics h/t @frontera_julie

#TrumpRussia - #KleptoWatch💰

THREAD 1/9 2/9 Avenatti's investigation has uncovered numerous payments to Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, from individuals & entities seeking favor from or access to President Trump. #PayToPlay #FollowTheMoney

Executive Summary: dropbox.com/s/2l7qztjakjpq…
Feb 2, 2018 9 tweets 7 min read
What should we make of the #NunesHoax? [THREAD]

#NunesMemo

h/t @Zac_Petkanas The #NunesMemo confirms that the FBI's counterintelligence investigation began with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, not the #SteeleDossier. The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016
Jan 8, 2018 6 tweets 6 min read
#CallToAction:

Members of Congress controlling the committees investigating Russian interference & #TrumpRussia collusion have selectively leaked information intended to damage the credibility of key witnesses.

We deserve to hear the full context.

#ReleaseTheTranscripts Call members of the House Intel, Senate Intel & Senate Judiciary Committees. Ask them to release the transcripts of Fusion GPS' testimony. Call your Senator/Representative only if they sit on one of the relevant committees. (See lists below)

Telephone numbers can be found here: theloyalopposition.net/rep-finder/

View the full set of talking points on our website: theloyalopposition.net/daily-ctas/dai… Talking points for calling your members of Congress about releasing the Fusion GPS transcripts.A list of members on the Senate Judiciary Committee.A list of members on the Senate Intelligence Committee.A list of members on the House Intelligence Committee.
Dec 25, 2017 7 tweets 5 min read
Instead of a daily call this holiday week, #LoyalO is presenting a 5-part series on the crucial components of US Democracy that we MUST participate in to turn the tide on Trump.

It includes resources on:

🔹Research

🔹Registration

🔹#GOTV

(Hint: Bookmark these resources!) Vote411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related info including:

🔹Absentee ballots

🔹Ballot measures

🔹Election dates & Early voting

🔹Candidate data

🔹ID requirements & qualifications

🔹Polling places

🔹Registration deadlines & forms

#LoyalO Part 1/5
Dec 15, 2017 12 tweets 6 min read
12/15 ☎️ #CallToAction:

The #GOPTaxScam is not a done deal. Leadership claims there's a deal, but they've lied before. (ACA repeal)

We were the difference then & we can be the difference again here.

Call all 3 of your members of Congress today. ☎️🚨

#LoyalO THREAD⬇️ What to say & how to say it: ⬇️

Member of Congress📞#'s ➡️ theloyalopposition.net/rep-finder/

Leave a ☎️voicemail ➡️ takeastance.us

Write an 📧email ➡️ democracy.io/#!/
Nov 29, 2017 13 tweets 8 min read
11/29 ☎️ #CallToAction:

On Tuesday, Republicans cleared a hurdle w/their #GOPTaxScam bill by getting it onto the full Senate floor.

We now need 3 Republicans (just like w/#ACA) to kill it & they may vote as soon as TOMORROW. 🚨🚨🚨

Every 📞 & 📧 counts.

#LoyalO THREAD⬇️ What to say & how to say it: ⬇️

📞#'s➡️ theloyalopposition.net/rep-finder/

Leave a ☎️VM➡️ takeastance.us

Write an 📧➡️ democracy.io/#!/