Aug 12, 2022
Republicans Have No Idea How to Respond to the Latest Reporting on the Mar-a-Lago Raid
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In the days since the FBI raided former former President Donald Trump’s home, the Palm Beach club Mar-a-Lago, Republicans have treated it as the tyrannical act of an out-of-control Democratic administration, conspiratorial social media spaces have hummed with talk of revolution, and an armed Ohio man was killed trying to enter an FBI field office.But it’s only in the last day that the why behind all of this drama began to come to light.
For several days, the press wondered what kind of document recovery had prompted a raid on a former president’s home. On Thursday night, the Washington Post reported that the FBI was looking for documents related to nuclear weapons. Trump, the Justice Department believed, might be keeping documents that are critical to national security and classified at the highest level, in violation of the law. “If the FBI and the Department of Justice believed there were top secret materials still at Mar-a-Lago, that would lend itself to greater ‘hair-on-fire’ motivation to recover that material as quickly as possible,” David Laufman, a former head of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section told the Post. Trump responded Friday morning, calling the reports about nuclear weapons documents a “hoax.”
On Thursday, the Justice Department responded to the outcry from the right by asking the court overseeing the matter to release the warrant used to execute the raid, if Trump agreed. Trump announced on his social media site, Truth Social, that he would not oppose its release. But that’s not a formal agreement. Trump has until 3 p.m. on Friday to officially tell the court overseeing the case to release the warrant.
Meanwhile, Republicans are testing various strategies for how to respond to the revelations. Some have decided to downplay the seriousness of keeping nuclear documents. “It depends on what the nuclear information is,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. Along similar lines, the conservative writer Rich Lowry intimated that stealing some classified nuclear information and refusing to return it would not merit a federal raid. “Given the track record of these people, it better prove to have been the blueprint of hypersonic missile, or something similar,” he tweeted. At least one of Trump’s allies has defended Trump by claiming that Trump had declassified the documents, though Trump could not have unilaterally declassified some nuclear information.
And then there’s Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who told reporters Friday morning that “there needs to be real accountability here”—not for Trump, of course, but for Attorney General Merrick Garland, whom Hawley said should be impeached and removed from office.
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The View’s Alyssa Farah Griffin claps back at haters amid nasty on-air arguments
ALYSSA Farah Griffin has clapped back at her haters, and even her new co-workers, amid a slew of on-air controversies and off-air criticisms.
The View host has only been on the morning show for a few months, yet already she's had to deal with calls for her removal.5New co-host of The View Alyssa Farah Griffin has seemingly been attacked by her colleagues and viewers since day oneCredit: ABC 5The former White House official took the conservative seat on the panel this seasonCredit: ABC
Alyssa joined The View for season 26 as the show’s conservative host after a series of guest appearances.
She took the seat once occupied by Meghan McCain, who quit suddenly last year after having her fill of battling it out with her more liberal co-hosts.
Enter Alyssa this season. The White House director of strategic communications for the Trump administration has been an early target for any type of rage against Republicans.
The 33-year-old has often found herself in the crosshairs of comments hurled at her co-hosts, but she tells USA Today it's all just part of the job.READ MORE THE VIEWNO JOY? The View's Whoopi explains why Joy will miss multiple shows HOW'S BARBARA? Inside The View creator Barbara Walters' secret health crisis
"I've got like reptilian-thick skin," she said. "If things are lobbed at me, I can defend my career, I can defend the policies I've worked on, I can defend my viewpoint."
The former government worker admits her new role is a far cry from Washington politics, where keeping one's mouth shut is key, or you risk, in her words, "sparking an international conflict."
"You have to be so careful and decisive with your words (in Washington), and you're often speaking on extremely heavy topics and extremely complex topics.
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Alyssa said her role was to give only as much information to the public as they need, and nothing more.
"This is the opposite, where we're told, 'Spill your guts, share personal things, go off the cuff'."
But opening her mouth means opening herself to attacks.
"We have five women at a table who are highly opinionated, and never have a shortage of things to say. So to make sure that you're able to get in with your viewpoint, it's a learning curve.
The rookie says she's looking to her peers for advice, but sometimes it's not that easy, especially when it comes to her seemingly ongoing tit-for-tat with Sunny Hostin.
"Sunny's extremely assertive, and it's something she has a real talent for it, and I see how she commands a table and commands the audience," Alyssa reflected.
But Sunny hasn't been shy about challenging the newbie, especially when it comes to her former job.
Just a few weeks ago, Sunny slammed Alyssa's political and cultural knowledge, after challenging the one-time White House aide during a heated debate live on-air.
It all happened after Alyssa made a baffling revelation.
“I remember watching [Trump's] ‘Proud Boys stand back and stand by’ comment, and honestly I’d never even heard of the Proud Boys,” she confessed.
An astonished Sunny replied: "That’s so odd to me because I think if you hear someone telling a white supremacist group that is known for violence, stand by- "
Alyssa cut her off, continuing her self-defense: "But I didn’t even know who they were, did you know who they were?"
"Well of course, I’m in the business of knowing these things," Sunny fired back. “Quite frankly, not to push too much on you, it was your job to know about that, right?”
The former Trump administration communications director tried to explain that while she had top security clearance, she didn’t know who the Proud Boys were because she was never briefed on them, then seemingly passed the blame.
But it wouldn't be the last time Alyssa was attacked by a co-worker.
Just this week, fellow newbie Ana Navarro threw some major shade during a heated political discussion.
The battle began as the ladies of The View discussed recent remarks from Donald Trump, aimed at Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, that some found threatening and racist.
Ana pulled no punches in describing the former president: "This is on-brand for Donald Trump. He was a racist before being president, he was a racist as president, and he’s going to be a racist until the day he dies."
But then, she seemed to draw her attention to Alyssa, who before joining the show served as the Trump administration's communications director.Read More on The US SunLUCKY ESCAPE Amazing photos show how Brian Laundrie's parents avoid Hurricane Ian's wrathDOUBLE BLOW Debbie Collier's daughter suffered another family tragedy before mom's murder
"And all of those people who enabled it, all of those people who defended it because they wanted to be near power, they own this too, because they voted, they supported, they worked for, they enabled, they fortified, and they emboldened a racist."
The republican host tried to defend herself, responding: "I’m guilty as somebody who hoped to see the best in him. Hoped he had a vision and he wasn’t as bad as the worst of what we saw. But I’m here to tell you guys at home, he is worse than what you see."5Alyssa says her thick skin helps get her through the dayCredit: ABC 5She took the role after Meghan McCain abruptly quit last yearCredit: AP 5Fans are convinced Alyssa may not make it to next seasonCredit: ABC Topics
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