Rudy: There Are 183 Cohen Tapes Dealing With Years 2016-2018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

The issue for me is we may be in for a bumpy August if there is anything juicy in the 183 Cohen Tapes Rudy Giuliani alleges exist. I am of the opinion that it’s a big nothingburger unless Trump forced someone, anyone to have an abortion at some point in the last two years. It doesn’t have to be Shera Bechard, it just has to be someone.

The point of all of this is the president is a raw dogging hound dog. It’s obvious the base has long ago factored in his rakish behavior and the only thing that might leave a political welt is if you could PROVE he not only paid a woman to have an abortion, but that she felt PRESSURED to do so. If you could prove that, you got yourself an earth shattering story. One for the ages.

But our only option at this point for that, Shera Bechard, simply isn’t viable anymore. Elliot Broidy got her pregnant, end of story. So the more stories of women Trump’s had affairs with over the years come out, the more the base look up to him as some sort of stud.

Then there’s this:

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Of The Cohen Tapes: We May Be In For A Bonkers August

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Now, for some time I thought Donald Trump got Shera Bechard pregnant and using Elliot Broidy as a fall guy, paid her $1.6 million to get an abortion. I now 100% don’t believe that happened.

But the surreal thing is that there could be dozens of women where something similar to that did, in fact, happen, but without the fall guy — Trump simply got Michael Cohen to make the problem “go away.” And by problem, of course, I mean the woman had an abortion.

August is a pretty bad month, so it’s very possible that while we’ll get final, absolute confirmation that Elliot Broidy got Shera Bechard pregnant, not Trump, there’s a good chance we’re in for some pretty shocking tapes. I only say this because the elites go on vacation in August and inevitable big things happen then because, well, God hates them. 🙂

I have no inside information, so this may all be bullshit. But that’s my current theory.

Pondering What’s In Those ‘Hundreds’ Of Cohen Tapes

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

It pretty obvious at this point, at least to me, that while we may be in for something of a bumpy few weeks, it’s likely that nothing too astonishing is going to come out from any attention Cohen Tapes. I say this because, well, Team Trump would have fought a whole heap of a lot harder to prevent prosecutors from getting them if there was anything all that damaging in them.

One thing I disagree with my “partner in crime” about is what happens if there’s a tape of Michael Cohen conspiring with Keith Davidson against Shera Bechard. He says it’s a big meh because, well, Elliot Broidy was the father and so fuck it. But I disagree for us, personally. I believe *anything* found in those tapes will be rolling thunder in the public consciousness for about 24 hours, no matter what’s in them.

Hence, even though he and I have settled that Trump isn’t the daddy — even though logically he should be — he and I are bound to get a least a little bit of attention for no other reason than I (by in extension HIM) have been involved in at least trying to figure out what the fuck happened. I say this knowing full well that it will be New York Magazine’s Paul Campos who will get the bulk of the attention, no matter who the Shera Bechard babydaddy is.

But, whatever. I have very low expectations. No tape may exist and even if it does, we may never hear it. So if nothing else it’s existence or lack thereof has given me something to write about.

Something Weird Is Going On

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I have no idea what is going on. The only thing I can compare it to is I feel like an asteroid has struck the earth on the other side of the planet and the water has suddenly drawn away from the shore. I know this means something, but what, exactly, leaves me at a loss.

Given what little I have to work from, I would speculate someone knows something — something big — might be about to happen and that yours truly might be affected by it. Or let me put it another way — the circumstances I find myself in are identical to what they would be if what I think might be about to happen, were about to happen.

What I am concerned about is that even though Elliot Broidy is obviously Shera Bechard’s babydaddy, that there might be a Cohen Tape that will throw that back into the spotlight in a big way.

Or something.

I honestly have no idea what could possibly be about to happen. Maybe I’m totally blowing this out of proportion. But only time will tell I guess.

Is Something Up With Don Jr.?

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Editor’s Note:
NEVER MIND.

Now, let me begin by saying that this is so whacked out, so out there, so quick to be proven to be just me being paranoid that the shelf-life on this post may be counted in minutes rather than hours or days.

But something weird is going on.

My partner in crime on the Shera Bechard front….is quiet. And he posted a big old picture of Don Jr. on his Twitter feed. And he’s made it very clear in the past that he would be quick to vanish if he felt he needed to. But by writing this post, it should bait him into yelling me for writing something so stupid.

Weird, bruh. Weird.

Probably means nothing.

Right? Right?

Like A Bad Penny, Keith Davidson Pops Up Again, This Time In The Cohen Tapes

By Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Let me be clear — just because there may be tapes of Keith Davidson talking to Michael Cohen doesn’t mean Shera Bechard will get roped into any controversy associated with the Cohen Tapes that allegedly exist. From what I gather, the tapes might have Cohen and Davidson talking about the Stormy Daniels situation, not anything to do with Bechard.

Or, put another way, there’s nearly zero possibility that there will, at last, be some big revel that indicates it was Trump, not Broidy who got Shera Bechard pregnant. It’s just not going to happen. We may hear Cohen and Davidson talking about something that could be interpreted as a violation of campaign finance law, but there won’t be any bombshell where they talk about the “truth” of what happened.

We know the actual truth, Elliot Broidy got Shera Bechard pregnant, end of story.

I will go so far as to say, even if there’s a tape of Michael Cohen and Keith Davidson going into explicit detail of how they’re going to pressure Bechard to have an abortion in exchange for $1.6 million, if Broidy’s the father, it will barely make a blip in today’s modern media landscape.

If it’s Trump, Trump’s got an enormous problem on his hands, but it’s not Trump so we’re just going to have to accept we’re ruled by a vile, mad tyrant for the foreseeable future.

#FOTUS: Just A Little Idle Noodling About Elliot Broidy, Shera Bechard & Trump

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I feel confident that the theory that Trump, not Elliot Broidy, was Shera Bechard babydaddy has been put to rest. There’s totally no there there. Any number of things might ultimately save us when it comes to our tyrant American Caligula leader, but, alas, it’s not going to be Paul Campos of New York Magazine no matter how hard he may try or we may wish it.

Having said all that, there continue to be lingering, somewhat puzzling, issues with fact that it was, in fact, Elliot Broidy who is responsible for all this pointless, useless speculation.

1. There’s no proof of a Bechard – Broidy romance.
Someone who knows a lot more about this than me says, “meh” to this, saying he’s not surprised. That doesn’t stop me from cocking an eye, tapping my noggin and saying, “Hmmm.” You’d think that there would be some proof, somewhere that would put an end to all of this continued — and unfounded — speculation. A picture, a voice mail, hell, even a text or an email. No one stray email exists between the two of them that someone could leak? What the what?

2. Bechard picking Keith Davidson to represent her.
I used to think she was lying about this, but now I don’t. But all I gotta say is, history is pretty freaky. The entire Broidy Did It theory rests on Bechard picking Davidson completely independent of Trump. Apparently, that’s what happened. Doesn’t stop me from scratching my head incredulously, but that’s actually 100% apparently what happened.

3. Broidy picking Michael Cohen to represent him.
What really gets people talking about this is not so much Keith Davidson representing Shera Bechard, but that Elliot Broidy would have the president’s personal fixer Michael Cohen represent him in this legal matter as well. Of course, we know it happened because Davidson looked up Broidy, saw he was on the RNC with Cohen and the rest took care of itself. That’s why the notion that Bechard was casually referred Davidson by a friend grows in significance every time you find yourself reviewing this issue. That Broidy “wasn’t thinking straight” when he passed over his actual lawyer (yes, I know his wife represents him in most things) to use doofus Michael Cohen in an NDA that he felt was $1.6 million’s worth of embarrassment is unusual. (At least to me.) But that, apparently, is what actually, in fact, did happen.

4. That $1.6 million figure for the NDA.
I think that’s a lot of money, and given that Broidy’s stopped paying, apparently he does, too. He’s only paid, I think, $400,000 of the total and that seems generous to me. Given who he is and how chill his wife is, I would see him being a lot more comfortable with something closer to $200,000.

5. That Broidy stopped paying Bechard.
Why would Broidy stop paying Bechard if it was so embarrassing? But not paying, he only brings the whole thing back into the news again. Broidy has a knack for doing something really stupid PR-wise that stirs the pot and gets people talking again about the very subject he doesn’t want people to talk about: his relationship to Shera Bechard. But maybe sees his romance as a given now and he just doesn’t want to spend any more money than he has to. For him, to a certain extent, this is over for him.

This is over for me, too, but I keep going for my morning walk and finding reasons to if not doubt the Broidy Did It theory, at least have cause to revisit it. But I would definitely say that barring something really astonishing dramatic in the near term, that this will fade away. Broidy had better not screw up AGAIN if he wants everyone to forget about this.

Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.

#FOTUS: Woah Buddy. The Elliot Broidy, Shera Bechard, Trump Train Rumbles Along

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Now, before I begin let me get some stuff out of the way. I’m just some shmo with no life, no career and obsessive personality. That’s all I got. Meanwhile, Paul Campos is a law professor and he gets published in New York Magazine while I write a self-published blog that usually gets about 20 page views a day.

Having said all that, let’s get into it.

Campos, bless his heart, is still completely convinced that Elliot Broidy was Trump’s fall guy in the Shera Bechard matter to the tune of $1.6 million. I will give him this — the logic of his argument is absolutely, 100% airtight. Logically, Donald Trump, not Elliot Broidy banged Shera Bechard, got her pregnant ’cause he raw dogs and using his now well-established script, used Michael Cohen and Keith Davidson to fix the problem. Along the way, there was probably — so goes the argument — a quid pro quo for an abortion that may, or may not, have been coerced.

So why am I so sure that it was Broidy and not Trump? Good question. Let’s just say I have my sources and they are enough for me to pretty much feel completely comfortable thinking this all stems from the somewhat surreal co-incidence of Bechard picking Keith Davidson randomly to represent her.

Now let’s go through what Campos thinks and pick it apart.

(1) Broidy, who has a history of bribing public officials, met twice in the Oval Office with Donald Trump, to lobby for the interests of his client, the United Arab Emirates. The second of these meeting took place on December 2nd, 2017, that is, the day after the first payment was made to Shera Bechard. A few days after that, Broidy’s defense contractor firm signed a $600 million deal with the U.A.E.

This is a prime example of how the airtight internal logic of the Broidy as fall guy theory leads you to what you think are obvious conclusions. But in reality, if you work from the assumption that Broidy is the father, then the above is just white noise. Broidy also met Trump (as I understand it) BEFORE the first payment occurred to Bechard, so what we’re using as some indication that Trump is the father is really just another bit of circumstance that doesn’t really mean what we think it means. Remember, once you work on the assumption that Bechard randomly picked Davidson to represent her, then the sequence of events that disproves Trump as the father makes a lot more sense.

(2) Last week, Broidy suddenly announced that he considered the NDA “void,” and he wasn’t going to make any more payments (he had made two of the scheduled eight). Significantly, he announced his decision to do so to the WSJ.

The reason this is significant is, because, like so many other aspects of this strange case, announcing to the media his decision to stop making payments seems to make no sense in terms of basic litigation strategy. If Broidy’s lawyer on this matter, Chris Clark, thinks he actually has some legal ground for voiding the NDA, the standard tactic would be to approach Bechard’s lawyer Peter Stris, present the argument, and try to hammer out some sort of settlement that would make sense to both parties under the circumstances. Simply announcing to the world that you’re not going to pay any more guarantees that you’ll be sued. It also throws this story, which Broidy’s lawyers keep swearing he’s desperate to keep out of the news, back onto the front page.

I can honestly say Campos makes a very strong point with this point. Even though I feel this issue is settled and Broidy’s the father he keeps committing forced errors that make no sense what so ever. It’s like he wants to screw Trump over as much as possible by keeping the story in the news. It really doesn’t make any sense. But if you work on the assumption that Trump has nothing to do with any of this, then Broidy’s just a screw up.

(4) Two days later Bechard sued Broidy, Bechard’s original lawyer Keith Davidson, and Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti filing her complaint under seal, meaning that, unless a judge ruled otherwise, the complaint would remain unavailable to the public. Yesterday, Avenatti went to court to get the complaint unsealed. The judge refused to do so, but did provide him with a copy (he hadn’t seen the complaint until then). Avenatti has already scheduled a deposition with Bechard for next week.

Per the Daily Beast, the lawsuit includes “troublesome claims that Broidy wouldn’t want to become public.”

To me, the fact that Avenatti would know what’s under seal and hasn’t said anything publicly to indicate that there might be some there there definitely seems to mean that there really isn’t any there there. Avenatti is a lawyer, he’d figure out some way to freak out, to get the speculation going without breaking the court seal. But as far as I know, he’s not said anything at all about what he may or may not have learned about any Trump connection.

A little later down the post, Campos writes:

(5) There is still not a shred of evidence that Elliott Broidy had ever met Shera Bechard, at least not before he started forking over huge tracts of cash to her last December.

This is another one where I will concede the point to Campos. It’s a head scratcher that there’s no photographic evidence of any affair between Bechard and Broidy given the continued interest in the matter.

Anyway, as I keep saying, if there was any rock hard evidence that Trump was somehow involved that came out, I might black out in shock for a few minutes. I totally, 100% believe Broidy is the father and I only keep writing about any of this because it’s interesting and Broidy keeps screwing up.

Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.

#FOTUS: Michael Cohen, Elliot Broidy, Shera Bechard & The Trump Crazytrain Express

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I have finally come up with an easily understandable explanation for what happened with Shera Bechard and Elliot Broidy. What happened with them is the same thing that happened when John Wilkes Booth decided to kill Lincoln. There was an existing assassination plot floating around Washington D.C, he heard about it, and decided to use it. So the reason why it’s so difficult for people to believe it wasn’t Trump is because what they’re seeing is Trump’s existing method of dealing with a problem being used by someone else.

Some news — first, our favorite blowhard opportunist Michael Avenatti got the goods on whatever is inside the sealed complaint that Shera Bechard filed in her effort to get the rest of her $1.6 million hush money from Elliot Broidy. Avenatti has been completely silent on this issue, so that would indicate that he knows 100% that there’s no there there.

Meanwhile, a Huffington Post article says two anonymous sources say Bechard and Trump have never met each other. But they provide no proof that Broidy and Bechard know each other. And they’re anonymous. So the crazy train continues to rumble along for another day.

#FOTUS: Another Trip To Crazytown – Was Elliot Broidy Trump’s Shera Bechard Fall Guy?

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I have to be careful what I write on this one because people who absolutely believe it was Trump who got Shera Bechard pregnant will rage if I don’t at least give some credence to the #FOTUS theory, while those who actually know what happened will shame me for giving the theory any remaining credence at all.

The latest weird thing to happen to give the #FOTUS (Campos) Theory people something to cling to is the Shera Bechard’s complaint demanding she get paid by Elliot Broidy was immediately sealed for 20 days. Given all the embarrassing things that could possibly be included in the complaint, it makes sense that this would happen.

At the crux of the #FOTUS theory is how if you don’t know the truth — that it was Elliot Broidy who got Shera Bechard pregnant — the logic of it being Trump who did is so addictive, so nearly absolute in its obviousness that it’s damn near impossible to shake off. I say this as someone who feels he knows what really happened.

What really, absolutely happened, the thing that caused all this confusion and speculation in the first place is Shera Bechard picked Keith Davidson to represent her. Once that happened, the rest took care of itself. Davidson looked up Broidy, saw that he knew the president’s fixer Michael Cohen through the RNC and ta-da: a conspiracy theory is born.

In hindsight, it seems as though the people involved were not thinking very clearly. I mean, I know apparently Broidy’s wife is his lawyer, but we know for a fact that he does, in fact, have an actual lawyer he could have used instead of doofus Michael Cohen. And Broidy was actively trying to weasel his way into the good graces of the Trump Administration so he could sell access to Arabs for something like $600 million. But it’s not that they weren’t thinking clearly, they just didn’t think any of this would come to light. They had no idea that Cohen’s offices would be raided.

So if you simply say that Bechard was lying about randomly being referred Davidson, then the whole thing falls apart and it becomes pretty clear that it was, in fact Trump. Too bad that even I now think she’s telling the truth. It’s surreal that it happened, yes, but unless something truly astonishing happens, unless something that makes my mouth literally drop in shock occurs pretty quick, then the conventional wisdom is correct — Elliot Broidy got Shera Bechard pregnant and because she was referred Keith Davidson, for a few days we all thought Trump was the father.

It’s a testament to the low opinion we have of Trump that it’s so addictive for us to think he was somehow involved in all of this. But he wasn’t. We have to stop kicking the can down the road in some sort of vain attempt to keep our conspiratorial hopes alive. There’s no there there. None. Zip. Zilch.

It really hurts me as a liberal to admit that, to admit that Trump is in the clear on this one, but it’s the truth. For once Trump just happened to be connected to some shady — not thinking clearly — characters while he, himself, didn’t actually do anything wrong.

The sooner all of us come to grips with that, the better.