Of Course Trump Knew! Bank On It | Perspective

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On May 8, 2018 , stunning news broke of Michael Cohen’s shell company Essential Consultants LLC receiving millions of dollars from major US Companies, along with Russian Oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. It was apparently from these millions that Stormy Daniel’s $130,000 hush payment was made, just before the 2016 election.

In the eleven days that have followed, numerous outlets have traced the money and learned that Cohen reached out to major US companies, suggesting it would be very wise for them to drop their current consultants and replace with Essential Consultants. Cohen convinced many corporate contacts that he had the closest ties to President Trump.

Now the big question everyone is asking is whether Trump knew about Cohen’s solicitations and receipt of the millions, particularly Russian Oligarch Vekselberg, who’s on the US sanctions list. Cohen claims “No.” Giuliani asserts “No.” Trump emphatically states “No, I knew nothing.”

Mueller’s investigators are certainly way out in front on this; they’ve likely been tracing the money for six months, and must have an abundance of documentation that when lined up, can divulge answers.

When Mueller’s investigators kicked off this phase of their investigation though, they had to begin with a reasonable hypothesis, which is preceded by a pointed question: Did Trump know what Michael Cohen was doing? (Simple YES or NO; I say YES). Better yet, was Trump the one who suggested Cohen set-up Essential Consultants LLC to raise easy money that would keep Trump financed/protected from all the people he’d wronged? (Simple YES or NO; I say YES).

My certainty that Trump knew is based on the pre-release leaked excerpts of James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty.

“Flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob. The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.” ~ James Comey, ‘A Higher Loyalty’

I believe the pre-release excerpts of Comey’s A Higher Loyalty are the equivalent of bolding and underlining the most significant passages in the book, indicating that Trump uses similar techniques, and has similar behaviors, as a Mob Boss.

Can anyone picture a Mob Boss not knowing what his underlings were doing, especially when it’s a matter of hustling for staggering sums of cash all because of a close personal connection to the Mob Boss? Seems pretty clear that if the “Head of the Family” wasn’t aware, and then found out after the fact, the hustler would be annihilated.

Ergo, Trump knew. Investigators can bank on it. And when they do, they’ll most assuredly find a rich trail of proof.

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Capitalizing on Comey’s Example | Perspective

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“Each celestial body, in fact each and every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having its own function and character, contributes to the whole.”  ~Pythagoras

Reading Comey’s book, listening to all his interviews, processing his professionalism in the face of so many tough questions – after all, at this point, he’s hated by both Democrats and Republicans in equal measure, but simultaneously loved and admired by millions across the globe – I felt enlightened. These past few days, it appeared that the majority of news outlets wanted Comey to know how annoyed they were with him. And how much they objected to his actions regarding Clinton’s email investigation just before the election, and his creating memos while interacting with the newly sworn in Trump. I was stunned by Michael Barbaro’s seeming disdain of Comey while he interviewed him for “The Daily.” (Barbaro was far more neutral with Scott Pruitt and Steve Bannon.)

Yet, Comey maintained an even strain despite the consistent harsh antagonism. He kept plugging away at his answers… proving through his actions what real leadership looks like. I appreciated this. We need more of it. (After watching Session’s Senate Hearing where he couldn’t recall ANYTHING, and Pruitt’s grilling by the Senate EPW Committee where he couldn’t remember anything either… how refreshing that an American leader answered every single question in a public setting. Actually, it was stunning.)

It seems that this type of “step up to the plate without being asked” is the highly beneficial lemonade of Trump’s presidency. It’s the best example of what we all need to do in our own way, in our local communities, professional communities, and any other organization we’re involved with.

“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” ~ General Patton

Thousands and thousands of Americans are jumping in from the sidelines to lead. Hundreds of Republican leaders, who’ve alarmed the world by posing as huge barriers these past fourteen months, are now finally getting out of the way.  (Thank you! Yes, please keep resigning and retiring.) And millions are now awake, eyes open, looking for leaders to guide the way out of all this darkness.

Comey is an anomaly. Maybe that’s the true sign of a truly independent leader. What I admire the most about Comey today, Friday April 20, 2018, is that he’s very gifted, actually skilled, highly experienced at responding to stringent questions without being ruffled. He also walks the talk. I’m grateful for his expertise and his willingness to place himself under an adversary’s microscope in public and walk away without looking back. This is what I believe our founding father’s did in the late 1700’s. They spoke and wrote from the heart. It created massive convulsions in the colonies… which transformed a rough and tumble “experiment” into the bold and mighty United States of America.

Fired FBI Director James Comey has unleashed the American Spirit that has been held captive ever since Trump was elected. His book and his intrepid statements are the path forward.

Look at our American high school students. They make “step up to the plate without being asked” look so easy. They’re impassioned by strong convictions about what threatens their pursuit of happiness. They too are great examples for the country.

Nineteen years ago today, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, two male students massacred peers and teachers for 49 minutes – killing 13 students, 1 teacher and injuring 23 others – before putting bullets through their own heads. This was the first school massacre in modern U.S. history.

Today 170,000 students walked out of class in protest of gun violence in American schools, and in memory of the those slaughtered and injured in Columbine in 1999. These amazing students won’t stop until common sense gun laws are passed. People who truly care about others are what makes change possible. These students truly care about each other.

I couldn’t help but note the irony of Comey’s book dedication: “To my former colleagues, the career people of the Department of Justice and the FBI, whose lasting commitment to truth keeps our country great.” ~ James Comey, A Higher Loyalty

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Nicky Scarfo, Donald Trump, James Comey | Perspective

perspective With James Comey’s long awaited book “A Higher Loyalty” being released today Tuesday April 17, 2018, and with the leaked excerpt making headlines the Friday before the official release (April 13, 2018), which was followed immediately by the bombing of Syria Friday – a news story that ran parallel to publisher Macmillan’s unofficially disclosed excerpts, with some outlets implying that the two were connected in a cause & effect kind of relationship – it may be worth drilling down on one of the critical talking points of Comey’s leaked excerpt. “Flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob. The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.” ~ James Comey, ‘A Higher Loyalty’ This pretty much sums everything up in a pinpointed nutshell. It’s 100% how I’ve felt these past fifteen months… it’s the impression the vast majority of Americans have had ever since Trump was inaugurated. In short, I find Comey’s leaked excerpt particularly significant. It validates our unsettled feelings and concerns about all things Trump. It seems to be the very reason why the book is entitled A Higher Loyalty, and the explanation behind why Comey was fired. But most importantly, this specific paragraph might have otherwise gotten drowned out by the many thousands of other paragraphs that will soon be discussed for days, weeks and months to come. Isolating the exact pinpoint around which all the conflicts circle, is what I’d hope for from the fired Director of the FBI with a higher loyalty who’s releasing his memoir while Tump is still in office, while we’re still battling the many immense polarized issues, all while the Russia hurricane is thrashing our nation from coast-to-coast. Comey’s mastery of skills, and his prowess, which led him to become the Director of the FBI, a career that was cut short because of his patriotism and deep moral convictions… is still incredibly valuable. Comey may have lost his job, but he didn’t lose his skills and knowledge. The above paragraph makes this very clear. “The center point of the circle is the origin of the coordinate plane. It belongs to a multitude of circles, an unimaginably large group of concentric circles that share this point as their center. An infinity of circles share this point as their center.” ~Martin Hauser So then, the answer to our many contentious, grave national concerns while Trump is still our President, is to understand how the Mafia operates. Sadly, the methods prosecutors and law enforcement rely on to deal with the MOB are perhaps the same ones we’ll be forced to use with Trump. Thirty plus years ago, when Trump schemed of being the king of Atlantic City Casinos, he was mentored by Mob Boss Nicky Scarfo and mobster Daniel Sullivan. Nicky Scarfo’s influence over Trump appears to have been substantial and permanent. Decades later, Scarfo’s techniques are now Trump’s trademark. Comey’s statement, noted above, seems 100% accurate. But the most interesting part about Comey’s book, is that it’s written very directly. You immediately process that you’re reading a truthful statement. You don’t doubt that it’s a fact. When someone writes or speaks this way, the burden is placed on the reader. It’s the equivalent of hearing the train sound and knowing that a tornado is spiraling toward you. If a “train” can be heard, no one ever doubts that a tornado is near…or yells “Fake news.” Instead, we simply run for cover. We don’t have to be told to hide in the basement. Rather, we’re keenly aware of the next steps to take. That’s the impact of Comey’s writing style. That these are alarming facts. All Americans should be gravely concerned. We MUST quickly take the next step, which Comey makes very clear involves voting for ethical leaders, thus voting Trump and those like him out of office. Morality matters. In the mean time, all three branches of government, the DOD, every single US agency… in fact, every single solitary American needs to get the 101 on the Mafia if we’re going to weather this storm. I re-watched The Godfather this weekend to get a better handle on it.

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