Archive for December 5th, 2017

Awards City

The new Yankees skipper played twelve years in the bigs and played his last ten career games wearing the brick red for the ‘Stros. What was his batting average in those ten games?

H-Town is Awards City for sure. Rack up another couple with Jose Altuve and J.J. Watt earning the Sports Illustrated Sports Persons of the Year Award. This don’t need no ‘splaining. It is well deserved.

Help Commentary figure this one out. Over the years, I have assisted a number of clients in developing opinion-editorial (Op-Ed) pieces on a host of issues. You kind of have an idea who gets to put their John Hancock on the Op-Ed and work with them. Commentary is not a fan of writing an Op-Ed then going to find someone to slap their John Hancock on it.   The following from the Daily Beast is a little wacky:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office filed court papers to the U.S. District Court of D.C. on Monday opposing the release of Paul Manafort on bail later this month due to “newly discovered  facts [that] cast doubt on Manafort’s willingness to comply with this  Court’s Orders.”

According to Mueller, Manafort ghostwrote an op-ed alongside a “long-time Russian colleague” who is “currently based in Russia and assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.” Manafort worked on the op-ed as late as November 30—nearly a month after he was indicted by Mueller’s team. Mueller called for GPS monitoring and a “fully secured bond of unencumbered real estate.”

Mueller noted that even if the op-ed were truthful, it would be a violation of a November 8th court order to “not try the case in the press.”

The editorial, Mueller wrote, “clearly was undertaken to influence the public’s opinion of  defendant Manafort, or else there would be no reason to seek its publication.”

“It compounds the problem that the proposed piece is not a dispassionate recitation of the facts,” Mueller continued.

Former Trump campaign advisor Rick Gates and Manafort are facing a host of charges—including money laundering and failure to register as foreign agents. The two had been under home confinement with GPS monitoring since they were charged on October 30th.

Manafort struck an $11 million bail deal just last week. His wife, Kathleen Manafort, would guarantee another $10 million if the former Trump campaign chief fled the country.

Mueller called for GPS monitoring and a “fully secured bond of unencumbered real estate.”

From 2004 to 2010, Manafort worked as an adviser to pro-Putin Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia after becoming a target in the Euromaidan protests. He returned to Ukraine in 2014 to close Yanukovych associate Serhiy Lyovochkin.

Two years later, Manafort—a long-time resident of Trump Tower—became Trump’s campaign manager. Despite backing by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Manafort was replaced after several months in the job by Steve Bannon.

A spokesperson for Manafort declined to comment for this story.

This is crazy. Did they have someone ready to submit it? Who would agree to weigh in?   Maybe they did have someone. Maybe they have a web of folks of sort.

Of course, the GOP leadership probably doesn’t find anything wrong with this fella drafting an Op-Ed.   The First Amendment thing.

Commentary went to Moody Park yesterday to Vote Early. The previous night’s rains and winds apparently knocked down some campaign signs at Moody. I picked up my client’s signs and put them back up and added a couple of more. I left the other side’s alone.

I have no idea what Alabama is going to do next week. I will say that Alabama has produced some good folks. Hall of Fame great Hank Aaron was born in Alabama.

In his last ten career games, Aaron Boone went 0 for 13 and batted .000 with the ‘Stros of course.

Today is the last day to Vote Early in the HISD and HCC runoff races.


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