Monday Morning Reads – April 16

Happy Monday, everyone! Today’s Morning Reads are late in honor of Ed’s birthday.

News By The Numbers

2020 elections – Let’s get through 2018 before we talk 2020, right? Wrong. A commission will study our election systems and make recommendations on how to revamp it.

105 missiles – Allied forces dropped a total of 105 missiles on chemical weapons facilities last week. Now Russia says another attack will create “chaos”

.001 percent chance – Okay, I made up that number, but it seems to fit. I mean, how many people can claim to be hated by both the Trump AND Obama administrations? Comey!

$90 million – Tom Steyer is in Atlanta today drumming up support for impeachment. He is the Democrats’ largest donor, so the looming question: Will he get involved in Georgia’s races?

58-page report – Senator David Shafer was exonerated of sexual harrasement last week. I never thought it sounded like him and wow I was correct.

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Tom Steyer is in Atlanta today drumming up support for impeachment. He is the Democrats’ largest donor, so the looming question: Will he get involved in Georgia’s races? Sweet Lord, can we please not talk about effing impeachment until the Special Counsel’s investigation is over and the pee tape has been released on DVD and Bluray? The Republicans just ballooned deficits for the foreseeable future and exploded the national debt so that CEOs and lazy trust fund kids could enjoy a massive tax cut; they’re still trying to take away Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits from average Americans because… Read more »

chamblee54
chamblee54

29 people were killed in the United States last week. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/killed-by-police-april-15/

Ellynn
Ellynn
Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

After hearing a radio advert this morning for a gubernatorial candidate, I now realize that I have been wrong about one of the candidates. Apparently, the name which appears on his birth certificate is “Conservative Casey Cagle” rather than just Casey Cagle. The ad mentioned his full name at least ten times, presumably that I might get the idea that he is a conservative.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yeah, but is he a Conservative?

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

I can just see an angry Mama Cagle, standing at the bottom of the stairs, hands on her hips, yelling up to his bedroom: “Conservative Casey Cagle, you come down here right now young man”.

Will Durant
Will Durant

For the purposes of the Republican Primary they all think they have to claim they are to the right of Attila the Hun. They usually try to out Bible the other candidates at this stage as well though it appears this year it maybe lean more to out gunning.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the White House would be rolling out a new round of Russia sanctions today. After a 24 hour delay, the White House has now come out and said that they aren’t sure if there will be new sanctions.

This is what happens when you don’t have a coherent strategy on Syria and lends even more credence to the notion that Friday night’s bombing was an attempt to shift focus from a run of really bad headlines rather than Trump’s heartfelt compassion for the plight of the Syrian people.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Sean Hannity?!?
This is way beyond some made-up reality TV. It’s just too much. Over the top.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. *gasps for air* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

No wonder he’s been so up in arms about the Cohen raid.

Ellynn
Ellynn

If there is no signed agreement, hours billed or exchange of money, is Hannity technically a client?

“Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective. … I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party.” Sean Hannity via Twitter

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If there is no signed agreement, hours billed or exchange of money, is Hannity technically a client? It’s entirely possible for Hannity’s communications to be covered by the privilege even if he didn’t formally retain or pay him. Especially if his expectation was that the communications would be confidential. But I have a hard time believing that Hannity would seek out someone like Michael Cohen for legal advice. When you’ve got the kind of money he has and the kind of access to competent attorneys, there’s no reason you’d ask someone like Cohen for his advice. The most apt analogy… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

To Ellynn ‘s point, doesn’t there have to be monitory “consideration” to establish the confidentiality shield? Even if it’s just a dollar?

Ellynn
Ellynn

I’m thinking these two have not thought out their positions very well.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Noway: No money needs to be exchanged. Think public defenders and pro se representation. Those free consultations with Ken Nugent are also privileged.

Ellen: No, they haven’t. Both men are incredibly stupid, so this shouldn’t be a surprise.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I’m trying to think of any legal matter that doesn’t involve any third party, because they all would at some point, even if that party is not identified when advice was sought. He probably just meant that it didn’t involve any pay-offs to third-party women, or was it that there wasn’t a Yet-Existing matter with any third party…

Noway2016
Noway2016

Is there a hint of scandal, at this point, about the subject matter discussed between Hannity and Cohen?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

People don’t read Playboy for the articles. People don’t go to the strip club for the seafood buffet. People don’t go to Michael Cohen for “real estate” advice.

Moreover, there are severe ethical questions to Hannity covering Cohen without disclosing that Cohen was his personal attorney. Then again, Hannity will tell you that he’s doing an entertainment show, not a news show, so those ethical expectations don’t apply.

Noway2016
Noway2016

So, you’re thinking where there is “scandal” smoke, Sean is in that type of mix, too? He certainly sounded calm when discussing it.

Noway2016
Noway2016

My non lawyer brain is thinking the fruits of this private lawyet raid will be overturned on appeal. I believe the attorney/client shield will be eventually upheld.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I wouldn’t be so confident. The bar for a search warrant on an attorney is already super high. That bar is even higher when it’s the attorney for the President. Better believe every i was dotted and every t was crossed on this one.

Will Durant
Will Durant

$135 million. The cost of the US fired missiles alone in the latest Syrian gesture. Friday night was just another unconstitutional bit of dog wagging.

Benevolus
Benevolus

It’s a jobs program. Need more missiles now.