Stormy Daniels Was 'Physically Threatened' to Stay Quiet About Affair, Lawyer Says

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Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

I’m sorry in advance for all the terrible news you’re about to read.

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Stormy Daniels’s lawyer says the porn star was “physically threatened” to stay quiet about her alleged affair with Donald Trump. “The fact is that my client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump,” Michael Avenatti told CNN, who also claims that six other women have come forward to him with “similar stories” about relationships with Trump. We’ll know more details, maybe, on March 25, when CBS is planning to air its 60 Minutes special with Daniels. [CNN]
  • White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, unhelpfully, she has “no knowledge” of the situation with Daniels. [TPM]
  • The three Tennessee Republicans—Reps. Bob Ramsey, Bill Sanderson and Bud Hulsey—who refused to support a measure denouncing neo-Nazis are saying their refusal stems from language calling the groups “domestic terrorist organizations,” which is.... what they are. [TPM]
  • John Kelly wants to assure the public that this Game of Thrones shit at the White House is over. Sure! [The Hill]
  • Everyone at the White House is feuding, pretty much all the time. [Washington Post]
  • We also learned this week that more media personalities might be heading to the White House, including former ambassador to the UN and current Fox contributor John Bolton. [Washington Post]
  • Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Shep Smith are fighting. [The Hill]
  • More racism from a Trump administration official: After Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa told a moving, disturbing story about her grandparents’s experience in internment camps, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke decided to respond by saying, “Konnichiwa.” Hawaii Senator Mazie K. Hirono called his remark “flippant & juvenile.” [CNN]
  • A federal appeals court has ruled that financial investment advisers do not have to act out of the best interest of their clients, overturning an Obama-era protection. Seems bad! [The Hill]
  • Miami commisioners are challenging a Florida state law that penalizes municipal officials for trying to enact local gun control rules. [Miami Herald]
  • Steve Bannon is “fascinated” by (wishes he could bone??) fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. [The Spectator]
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Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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DISCUSSION

My feeling is that Vanessa Trump’s filing for divorce while her father-in-law is still in office is a definitive omen that the walls are crumbling around them. Were Mueller not closing in, there isn’t a chance she would have divorced her husband during the term. Whether this is a ploy by one or both remains to be seen.

While I will be (literally) dancing in the streets when this administration crumbles, the chaos that will ensue hereafter will be overwhelming. More so, since auxiliary governmental offices have been all but dismantled.

Much will depend on whether Mike Pence is also implicated. I fear that this will not be a smooth transition, and that the divisions in our nation will be exacerbated as any trial (impeachment or criminal) nears.

Democrats need to begin planning for the transition since the Republicans have shown themselves only to be concerned with filling their own pockets before the inevitable collapse. No question they are already drawing nefarious plans to personally enrich/politically benefit themselves through the coming chaos.

How do we do this, though?

Perhaps President Obama, in the guise of his new show, might guide us. We need some wise elders about this time to address the nation and give us a moral compass which to follow. Otherwise, we’re in serious collective trouble.