Patterico's Pontifications


Report: Trump Looking to Block Stormy Daniels 60 Minutes Interview

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:30 pm

If this report is accurate, it’s a fool’s errand. The Supreme Court allowed the Pentagon Papers to be published, but they’re going to block this?

Lawyers associated with President Donald Trump are considering legal action to stop 60 Minutes from airing an interview with Stephanie Clifford, the adult film performer and director who goes by Stormy Daniels, BuzzFeed News has learned.

“We understand from well-placed sources they are preparing to file for a legal injunction to prevent it from airing,” a person informed of the preparations told BuzzFeed News on Saturday evening.

It was not immediately clear what legal argument the lawyers would be making to support the considered litigation, and Trump and his legal team often have threatened litigation without following through on those threats in the past.

It’s become increasingly clear that the funds to shut Daniels up were actually paid (not just “facilitated”) by Cohen, who may have been expecting Trump to pay him back. There’s a potential FEC violation if there was never an intent to pay him back and the payment was not reported as a campaign contribution. I place the chances of a successful bid to block the broadcast somewhere around zero.

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 68

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,Music — Patterico @ 12:01 am

It is the fourth Sunday in Lent. The title of today’s cantata is “Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt” (God so loved the world).

Today’s Gospel reading is John 3:14-21:

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

The text of today’s cantata meshes perfectly with today’s Gospel reading, and the music is a perfect companion with which to contemplate the message. The text is available here. The opening chorus is translated as follows:

God so loved the world,
that He gave us His Son.
Whoever gives himself to Him in faith
shall afterwards live with Him eternally.
Whoever believes that Jesus was born for him,
will never be lost,
and no sorrow will trouble him
who loves God and also His Jesus.

If you close your eyes, you can almost see the guy with the giant rainbow afro standing behind me holding up the John 3:16 sign.

Happy listening!

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

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