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    Right after Bo Hines won a crowded primary for Congress in North Carolina, a visitor to the Republican hopeful’s campaign website would immediately find his declaration that he was “100 percent Pro-Life” and “100 percent Pro-Trump.” Just a click away was a section focused on “life and family” issues, which professed Hines’ position that “life begins at conception” and his commitment to “protect the rights of the unborn.” Naturally, the first thing greeting any visitor to the site was the grinning face of Donald Trump—and his endorsement of Hines’ campaign. Today, all of that is gone. As Hines faces stiff competition from a Democratic rival in a swing suburban district, all but one of the images and invocations of Trump previously on his site have been removed, as have all references to abortion. Trump only appears in a photoshopped image with Hines in his site’s section on border security. The 27-year-old conservative would hardly be the first candidate, of either party, to adjust their brand post-primary in hopes of winning over independent-minded voters in the general election. But the...
    The House select committee issued a subpoena over the weekend to Wisconsin House speaker Robin Vos seeking his testimony about a July phone call with Donald Trump. The panel wants Vos to testify Monday, but the Wisconsin Republican is suing to block the subpoena, which he argues is outside the scope of the committee's authority and posed an “undue burden” by requiring his cooperation on such short notice, reported Politico. “Speaker Vos’ conversations with former President Trump pertained to a recently decided Wisconsin Supreme Court decision about Wisconsin election law and any actions that could be taken in response to this decision moving forward,” the lawsuit states. “These topics do not pertain to the events of January 6th, or even (to construe the authorizing resolution broadly) the events leading up to it or its immediate aftermath.” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the select committee chairman, told Vos his interactions with the former president was relevant to the panel's investigation and proposed recommendations, but the lawsuit contends that the subpoena was timed to coincide with the public hearing scheduled for this week....
    Outgoing Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney has vowed to do 'whatever it takes' to stop former President Donald Trump from becoming a Republican Presidential nominee. Cheney, a vocal critic of Trump, refused to say if she would prefer the Democrats to hold their majority in the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections.  Cheney, who is leading the House investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, argued that voters must be aware of the power some Republicans, who continue to make unfounded and false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, have in the Republican party. She said that the threat posed by those Republicans, like Marjorie Taylor Green and Lauren Boebert, who are challenging the election results may outweigh her policy differences with the left. Outgoing Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney has vowed to do 'whatever it takes' to stop former President Donald Trump from becoming a Republican Presidential nominee Speaking about whether she would prefer it if the Democrats won the midterm elections in November, Cheney, 56, said on Saturday: 'It's a tough...
    (CNN)Republicans' chances of beating Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona are fading, a sign of the broader struggle the party is experiencing of late as it fights to retake the Senate majority, according to one prominent political handicapper.On Thursday, the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter moved the Arizona race from its "toss up" category to "leans Democratic," signaling that Kelly now has the advantage over Republican nominee Blake Masters.In explaining the ratings change, Cook Political Report Senate editor Jessica Taylor notes that Kelly has crushed Masters in fundraising --- and that has translated into a massive edge in terms of TV ad spending. "Democratic groups and Kelly have spent or reserved nearly $65 million during the general election period, compared to almost $16.2 million for GOP groups and Masters," she writes. (Taylor adds that Masters' campaign isn't running any ads at all this week.)Masters' past controversial statements -- he has praised the Unabomber, suggested that the January 6 attack was a false flag operation, theorized that the US should not have gotten involved in World War I or II,...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Former President Donald Trump railed against his Vice President Mike Pence Thursday over a House bill that would prevent the Senate’s presiding officer from blocking election results. Trump cited the passage of the bill as evidence Pence could have blocked the results of the 2020 election, which he has spent nearly two years claiming was stolen from him. The Presidential Election Reform Act seeks to amend title 3 of the U.S. Code as it relates to reforming “the process for the counting of electoral votes, and for other purposes.” The bill passed in the House 229-203, with nine Republicans voting in favor of it. None will be in the House next year after they either lost their primaries or chose retirement. On Truth Social, Trump claimed the bill proves Pence could have chosen to block electors from states he contended cheated. “The House just passed a Bill which prohibits the Vice President from doing what all the ‘great’ Democrat & RINO legal scholars said he couldn’t do, ‘under any circumstances,’ regarding sending election results back to State Legislatures,”...
    Fox News anchor Bret Baier reportedly pushed the network’s president to rescind the election night call of Arizona for President Joe Biden amid pressure from former President Donald Trump’s campaign. According to the forthcoming book “The Decider” by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser (in an excerpt reported on by Insider), Baier — who was on the anchor desk for Fox’s 2020 election night coverage — fired off an email during the broadcast to Fox News president and executive editor Jay Wallace noting the blowback from the Trump campaign. “This situation is getting uncomfortable,” Baier reportedly wrote. “Really uncomfortable. I keep having to defend this on air.” The email also noted, “The Trump campaign was really pissed.” The Fox News anchor believed the network was “holding on for pride” after its Decision Desk called Arizona for Biden. Fox News was the first network to project that the Democrat had won the state, and it proved a pivotal call. Baier, according to the new book, was pushing to reverse it. “It’s hurting us,” Baier added. “‘The sooner we pull it —...
    Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney has introduced her own version of legislation to reform the Electoral Count Act that she says would prevent future attempts by former President Trump or others to try to 'steal' a presidential election.  The legislation, which follows a separate effort in the Senate, comes after experts identified ambiguities in the 1887, which sets out the procedures for certifying and counting the electoral votes for president. Trump leaned in imprecise language in his repeated demands that former Vice President Mike Pence refuse to accept votes that were counted and certified by states.  The overturn effort featured in Trump's second impeachment, as well as probes by the House Jan. 6th Committee. There is a Justice Department investigation of the 'fake' electors scheme. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., introduced legislation to reform the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which governs how Congress proceeds with the the Electoral College vote in presidential elections 'Our proposal is intended to preserve the rule of law for all future presidential elections by ensuring that self-interested politicians cannot steal from the people the guarantee that our...
    The 2022 primaries are over and the midterm elections have progressed to the general election campaign as Democrats seek to defy history and hang on to their slim congressional majorities. Republicans have been heavily favored for months because President Joe Biden is relatively unpopular and the party in power tends to lose ground in their first midterm election. But the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, the easing of gas prices, and Biden’s modest approval rating bump following a flurry of activity on Capitol Hill has made the red wave look less fearsome in recent weeks. Now it’s time to take a look back on what we learned in the primaries and see how the outcomes could affect the results in November. TROUBLE IN PARADISE FOR THE GOP? A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FLORIDA POLLS Impeachment was bad news for Republicans, especially in the House. Only one of the 10 House Republicans who voted for former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment, this time over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to disrupt Biden’s election, is likely to still be in...
    Donald Trump offered a defeated and depressed Rudy Giuliani 'a way back to center stage', after the former mayor of New York City fell on hard times following his failed presidential bid, a new book reveals.  Details of Trump and Giuliani's longtime partnership - as well as their disagreements - are laid bare in upcoming biography, Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America's Mayor, by author and journalist Andrew Kirtzman, released Tuesday.  Giuliani made a return to politics in 2016, when he joined Trump's presidential campaign, during which he faithfully agreed to take the heat for the several scandals and allegations that emerged on the campaign trail.  He was the only person to defend the then-presidential candidate in TV interviews following the disastrous release of the Access Hollywood tapes that showed Trump making lewd comments about women.  But even then, Trump belittled his right-hand man, telling him he 'sucked', was 'weak' and had 'low-energy' despite him volunteering to appear on the Sunday shows when everyone on his campaign backed out, according to the book.  Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani...
    By Michelle R. Smith | Associated Press BATAVIA, N.Y. — The crowd swayed on its feet, arms pumping, the beat of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” thumping in their chests. The people under the revival tent hooted as Michael Flynn strode across the stage, bopping and laughing, singing the refrain into his microphone and encouraging the audience to sing along to the transgressive rock anthem. “We’ll fight the powers that be just/Don’t pick our destiny ’cause/You don’t know us, you don’t belong!” The emcee introduced him as “America’s General,” but to those in the audience, Flynn is far more than that: martyr, hero, leader, patriot, warrior. The retired lieutenant general, former national security adviser, onetime anti-terrorism fighter, is now focused on his next task: building a movement centered on Christian nationalist ideas, where Christianity is at the center of American life and institutions. Flynn brought his fight — a struggle he calls both spiritual and political — last month to a church in Batavia, New York, where thousands of people paid anywhere from a few dollars to up...
    (CNN)Investigators probing efforts to meddle with the 2020 election results in Georgia are seeking testimony from Harrison Floyd, a leader with the organization Black Voices for Trump, about his alleged role in a plot to pressure a Georgia election worker to falsely admit election fraud. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said that Floyd, a Maryland resident, is a "necessary and material witness" for the investigation and asked him to testify before the special purpose grand jury on September 28. Floyd did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment. In a new court filing, Willis said Floyd arranged a meeting between Fulton County election worker Ruby Freeman and Trevian Kutti, known as a former publicist to R. Kelly and Kanye West. Kutti, a Chicago resident, traveled to Freeman's Georgia home and spoke with the election worker at a local police precinct as officers supervised in January 2021, according to court documents obtained by CNN and public records from the Cobb County Police Department. Read More"The witness possesses unique knowledge concerning the substance of Kutti's conversations with Ruby Freeman, the...
    Fulton County investigators are pursuing testimony from Harrison Floyd, the former director of Black Voices for Trump who allegedly put an ex-Kanye West publicist in touch with a Georgia election worker. Floyd's testimony is pertinent to the district attorney's inquiry of whether crimes were committed in Georgia following the 2020 election, investigators argued, citing a Reuters report about how Floyd put publicist Trevian Kutti in contact with election worker Ruby Freeman. Kutti allegedly threatened Freeman that she would be arrested if she didn't admit to committing voter fraud. LINDSEY GRAHAM DENIED MOTION TO QUASH FULTON COUNTY SUBPOENA, SCORES PARTIAL WIN "Kutti made a lengthy telephone call to the witness on speakerphone so that he could join in the conversation with Freeman. During the telephone conversation, in the presence of the witness, Freeman was pressured to reveal information under the threat of incarceration if she did not comply," prosecutors wrote in court documents. Freeman "had been publicly accused of committing election fraud by individuals associated with the Trump campaign," prosecutors said. The purpose of the meeting was...
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has emerged as the latest subject of interest for the Jan. 6 committee. Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) revealed on Thursday that the panel sent Gingrich a letter requesting a transcribed interview to provide information for the investigation into the Capitol riot and efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. "Information obtained by the Select Committee shows that Mr. Gingrich was in contact with senior advisors to President Trump regarding television advertisements that relied upon and amplified known false claims about fraud in the 2020 election and that Mr. Gingrich was involved in various other aspects of the scheme to overturn the 2020 election and block the transfer of power, including after the violence of January 6th," reads a press release from the committee. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER This story is breaking and will be updated. More from Examiner Trump muses of pardoning Jan. 6 rioters and government apology September 01, 2022 06:10 PM Biden to portray GOP as pushing country 'backwards' during prime-time address September 01,...
    Mario Tama/Getty Images CNN’s KFile revealed on Monday that the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Arizona, Blake Masters, has continued to edit his website to “remove language” supporting former President Donald Trump’s debunked claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Masters also reportedly removed from his website “a section arguing the country would be better off if Trump was still the president.” The KFile report, written by Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck, comes just days after NBC News first reported that Masters’s campaign website was scrubbed of the candidate’s pro-life positions including his support for “a federal personhood law” that “recognizes that unborn babies are human beings that may not be killed.” Such a law would effectively ban abortion nationwide. KFile also reported that Masters’s website removed language that hinted at the so-called great replacement conspiracy theory, associated with the far-right and white nationalists: A review of Masters’ website by CNN’s KFile showed he also removed controversial language saying Democrats were trying to “import” a new electorate — language that has drawn fire for mirroring far-right conspiracies that...
    (CNN)Arizona Republican Senate nominee Blake Masters removed language from his website following his primary win that included the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, along with a section arguing the country would be better off if Trump was still the president. A review of Masters' website by CNN's KFile showed he also removed controversial language saying Democrats were trying to "import" a new electorate -- language that has drawn fire for mirroring far-right conspiracies that Democrats are trying to weaken the power of native-born Americans of European descent through mass immigration of non-White immigrants. Both stances were on Masters' website on August 1, the day before he won the Republican primary to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in the closely watched Senate race. The sections were gone by August 26, according to screenshots from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. Masters's new campaign posturing comes as a flurry of Republican candidates nationwide attempt to distance themselves from unpopular or divisive policy positions, particularly about abortion and the legitimacy of the 2020 election, ahead...
    By Kate Brumback | Associated Press ATLANTA — The prosecutor investigating whether Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia is seeking to compel testimony from more allies of the former president, including former chief of staff Mark Meadows and lawyer Sidney Powell. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis filed petitions Thursday seeking to have Meadows and Powell, as well as James “Phil” Waldron, who met with Meadows, and former Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn, testify before a special grand jury in Atlanta next month. Meadows, Trump’s final chief of staff, and Powell, a dogged advocate of the president’s false claims of widespread election fraud, are among the highest-profile members of Trump’s circle to be summoned to testify in the probe, joining other top figures including Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. It further raises the legal stakes for the former president as he weighs a 2024 presidential bid. Because they don’t live in Georgia, Willis has to use a process that involves getting judges in the states where they live to...
    (CNN)A busy month of high-profile elections wrapped up Tuesday, leaving just a handful of remaining states on the map that will hold their primaries after Labor Day. But with less than 11 weeks to go, both parties are increasingly shifting their focus to the general election fight. Here is what the elections that took place in August can tell us about the broader political landscape heading into November. 1) Democrats are gaining momentum. The red wave that was brewing for much of the election cycle now seems to be receding. In two special House elections in New York and one in Minnesota this month, Democrats outperformed Joe Biden's vote share in those districts during the 2020 election. That suggests 2022 may be shaping up to be a more neutral political environment compared to recent wave elections in 2018 and 2010. Read More The major reason for this shift appears to be the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Democrats have campaigned heavily on the issue since then, and abortion rights advocates scored an overwhelming victory on a constitutional...
    After the 2020 presidential election, Rep. Scott Perry was among the Pennsylvania Republicans who promoted the Big Lie and encouraged efforts to throw out the election results in his state — and on January 6, 2021, Perry voted against certifying then-President-Elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over then-President Donald Trump. On August 9, Perry reported that three FBI agents had taken his cell phone as part of a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of the post-election events of late 2020/early 2021. And now, according to Politico, he is suing to prevent DOJ investigators from viewing the phone’s contents. “FBI agents seized Perry’s phone on August 9 and transported it to the custody of DOJ’s inspector general, which has helped lead the inquiry into the push by Trump and his allies to replace Department leadership as part of a broader drive to keep Trump in power,” Politico’s Kyle Cheney reports in an article published on August 24. “Investigators have cited Perry as a key participant in that effort given his help connecting Trump with Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ official whom...
    Data from election systems used in the 2020 election obtained by Trump-allied lawyers was reportedly downloaded dozens of time by several allies of former President Donald Trump. Files that had been copied from multiple voting systems by a group of experts from tech firm SullivanStrickler tasked with assisting Trump's legal team during the aftermath of the 2020 election were downloaded by a podcast host, a former pro-surfer, a meteorologist who made appearances on Fox News, and self-described former “seduction and pickup coach,” the Washington Post reported. TRUMP ALLIES PURSUED COPIES OF VOTER SYSTEMS IN SWING STATES: REPORT “Likewise, the firm was directed by attorneys to distribute that data to certain individuals,” SullivanStrickler said in a statement to the news outlet. The firm said that it “had [and has] no reason to believe that, as officers of the court, these attorneys would ask or direct SullivanStrickler to do anything either improper or illegal.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER This is a breaking story and will be updated. More from Examiner ...
    As talk of the 2024 Republican Primary heats up, former presidential nominee Mitt Romney discussed the potential candidates from his party, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.  Romney spoke at the South Valley Chamber of Commerce in Sandy, Utah on Thursday and told the audience he believes Cheney would have no chance of winning the presidency. While Cheney has spoken recently about running, Romney asserted 'I don’t know if she really wants to do that. She would not become the nominee if she were to run. I can’t imagine that would occur.' 'I’m not going to encourage anyone to run for president. I’ve done that myself, and that’s something I’m not doing again,' said the Senator from Utah, who lost the presidential election in 2012 to Barack Obama. Cheney was handed a massive 37-point defeat in her Wyoming primary against Harriet Hageman, and indicated she may attempt a presidential run Mitt Romney, who represents Utah in the US Senate, discouraged Cheney from running and said 'she would not become the nominee if she were to run' Cheney earned only 28.9 percent...
    Voters in two states cast their ballots in primary races on Tuesday, helping to shape several key elections that may sway control of Congress in November. Most races in Wyoming and Alaska were called soon after the polls closed in each of the states, leaving few unanswered questions about who would advance to the November ballot. Former President Donald Trump loomed large in several of the races, ousting one of his most high-profile challengers from Congress and boosting others to a primary victory. FULL COVERAGE OF THE 2022 MIDTERM ELECTIONS Here are the biggest results from last night’s primary elections: Liz Cheney ousted from Congress One of the most consequential, but least surprising, results of the night was the ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), offering Trump his most high-profile primary win yet against House Republicans who voted to impeach him in 2021. Cheney, one of two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and one of 10 who voted to impeach Trump, was one of the former...
    She has been a fierce critic of Liz Cheney throughout their battle to win the Republican primary in Wyoming. But Harriet Hageman and former Vice President Dick's daughter were once close allies and even branded themselves 'friends'. The state's new House representative worked on her now rival's US Senate campaign in 2014 and introduced her on stage as a 'proven, courageous, conservative'. Yet their relationship appears to have soured in recent years, with the former launching numerous tirades against her competitor over the last few weeks. Hageman herself has seen her fair share of criticism, being branded the 'Wicked Witch of the West' for often appearing in all black outfits. Meanwhile the 59-year-old has been repeatedly targeted for her climate change denial stance as well as devout loyalty to former president Donald Trump. But it appeared not to bother voters in Wyoming on Tuesday night as she came up trumps against Cheney in the fiercely-contested primary. The ousted congresswoman was already looking ahead to a political future beyond Capitol Hill that could include a 2024 presidential run. Harriet Hageman (right) campaigns alongside Donald Trump Jr....
    Washington (CNN)Eleven of the "fake electors" who participated in a plan to subvert the Electoral College have asked a judge to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from her probe into the Republican effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. The group argued in a new court filing that they are each "inextricably intertwined" with Republican state Sen. Burt Jones, a fake elector who Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney recently ruled cannot be investigated by Willis after she hosted a fundraiser for Jones' Democratic opponent.Last month, Willis' office revealed that all 16 fake Trump electors in Georgia who signed on to an "unofficial electorate certificate" that was ultimately sent to the National Archives in late 2020 are targets of an ongoing criminal investigation.The fake GOP electors specifically requested that the court "reconsider its order limiting the scope of the DA and her office's disqualification and instead order that the disqualification applies to the entire investigation and all subsequent proceedings," according to a court filing from their attorneys."Indeed, because Senator Jones has been removed from this...
    (CNN)Tonight's primary election is a crucial test for Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney. She has been one of former President Donald Trump's biggest and most outspoken critics in the Republican Party. Today, the three-term conservative congresswoman faces multiple Republican opponents, including the Trump-endorsed attorney Harriet Hageman. Although Cheney voted in line with Trump's agenda 92.9% of the time, her vote to impeach the former President in January 2021 led to her ouster as GOP conference chair. A year later, the Republican National Committee took the unprecedented step of formally censuring her for serving on the House January 6, 2021, committee. Now voters will decide her future in the House. For Cheney, tonight's election represents another chapter of a tumultuous political career.
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is behind an effort to block bills that could ensure US elections are more secure, Axios reported Monday. The bills were Sen. Mark Warner's (D-VA) plan to ensure that after the Russian interference in the 2016 election, a foreign country could never do it again. According to Blackburn, however, they're a "federal power grab." One of the bills would make campaigns call the FBI if they were ever approached by a foreign power and offered election assistance. During the 2016 election, Trump's campaign was offered "dirt" on opponent Hillary Clinton, and operatives met with the person offering the information in Trump Tower. A different bill would fund the Election Assistance Commission, which would ensure that voting machines weren't connected to the internet. Republicans claimed after the 2020 election that the machines were being hacked and that was how foreign countries were able to decide U.S. elections. The Senate Intelligence Committee released the third section of their report on the security of the election in 2016 and noted that it was "not well-postured" to counter it again....
    Primary voters in four states headed to the polls Tuesday night to determine several contested races in key elections that might sway control of Congress in November. Voters cast their ballots in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin, with most races called by late Tuesday. Additionally, some victors emerged from primary races that were left uncalled from last week, ousting one House Republican who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump last year. FULL COVERAGE OF THE 2022 MIDTERM ELECTIONS Here are the biggest results from last night’s primary elections: Trump-backed candidate wins another proxy war against Pence endorsee Tim Michels won the Republican nomination for Wisconsin’s governor, setting the stage for what is expected to be one of the toughest elections this year with implications for how the 2024 presidential election will be carried out in the crucial swing state. The Republican-controlled legislature has repeatedly tried to pass tighter election laws over the last few years that have been blocked by incumbent Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, prompting several GOP candidates to vie to...
    Voters in four states - Vermont, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Minnesota - headed to the polls Tuesday for another round of primary races.  In Wisconsin, there's a proxy battle between former President Donald Trump and his estranged ticket-mate, former Vice President Mike Pence, over who Republicans should put up against Democratic incumbent Tony Evers for governor.  Trump picked construction magnate Tim Michels over the state's former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who is being supported by Pence and former Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who Kleefisch worked under.  Both Trump and Pence have traveled to Wisconsin to campaign for their preferred candidate.  PROXY FIGHT: Former President Donald Trump (right) picked Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tim Michels (left) to take on Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers While former Vice President Mike Pence (right) campaigned for the state's former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (left). He appeared with her in Pewaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday  However another candidate, state Rep. Tim Ramthun, could also play the role of spoiler.  While the trio of Wisconsin candidates have parroted Trump's election fraud falsehoods, Ramthun has pushed that he wants to decertify the 2020 election result...
    While her opponents were campaigning in Alaska, Palin was taking center stage in Dallas.LM Otero/ AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.Decked out in sequins, a GOP-red blazer, and a necklace with a star of David that led some observers to wonder if she had converted to Judaism, former Alaska governor, former vice presidential candidate, and a current GOP congressional candidate for Congress, Sarah Palin took the stage at CPAC-Texas last Thursday. “She’s Back! An Interview with Sarah Palin,” was going to focus on her return to politics after well over a decade.  Interview host and CPAC vice-chair Charlie Gerow introduced her as “one of the leaders in the conservative movement” before they embarked on a twenty-minute conversation that included plenty of misinformation about the integrity of American elections. Palin and Gerow hit many of the cherished Republican talking points that attempt to undermine faith in the electoral process including Dominion voting machines, mail-in ballots, and ranked-choice voting. This year, Alaska instituted ranked-choice voting for its primary in order to select...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that he was concerned about the FBI's raid of former President Donald Trump's home Mar-a-Lago - despite their 20-month estrangement. 'I share the deep concern of millions of Americans over the unprecedented search of the personal residence of President Trump,' Pence tweeted Tuesday afternoon. 'No former President of the United States has ever been subject to a raid of their personal residence in American history.' On Monday, Trump confirmed that FBI agents had raided Mar-a-Lago, after media reports said agents were spotted leaving the ex-president's Florida home and private club.  Trump raged against the move, saying it represented 'dark times for our Nation,' pushing that the Biden administration was going after him as a political target.  'After years where FBI agents were found to be acting on political motivation during our administration, the appearance of continued partisanship by the Justice Department must be addressed,' Pence also said.  'Yesterday's action undermines public confidence in our system of justice and Attorney General Garland must give a full accounting to the American people as to why...
    Welcome back to WTOP’s election update! After this week, we’ll return in October for the general election, unless events warrant a special edition. Local elections | Nick Iannelli Former Md. governor set to campaign for Cox Maryland’s Republican nominee for governor, Del. Dan Cox, does not have the support of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, but he has earned the support of a man who used to be governor. Former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich told Fox 5 Baltimore he would campaign for the party’s statewide candidates, including Cox. “I’m excited about this fall’s elections and the many opportunities our Republican candidates have to hold and pick up seats up and down the ballot,” Ehrlich said. “I look forward to working with the state party and our GOP candidates to hold the governor’s mansion, pick up key county executive and congressional seats and add additional seats to our General Assembly delegation.” Ehrlich served as governor from 2003 to 2007. He will step into a role that would traditionally be carried out by Hogan. Hogan has been heavily critical of Cox, who is...
    Hardline Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban received a hero's welcome at a major conservative conference in Texas on Thursday, as he urged the American right to learn from his multiple election successes. He implored his audience not to pull their punches in a culture war with globalizing liberals. And he described how Hungarian state institutions defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  But he made no mention of the racism controversy that followed him to the U.S., after he promised to prevent Hungary becoming a 'mixed race' nation. Instead he said supporters needed to trust their Judeo-Christian tradition and face down criticism from opponents in uncompromising style. 'We have to be brave enough to address even the most sensitive questions, migration, gender and the clash of civilizations,' he told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas. 'Don't worry, a Christian politician cannot be racist. 'So we should never hesitate to heavily challenge our opponents on these issues. Be sure Christian values protect us from going too far.' Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was the main attraction...
    Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are preparing for possible charges from the Department of Justice in relation to his attempts to overturn the 2020 election, according to new reports. Trump’s legal team has begun strategizing defense arguments, and the former president was briefed during at least two meetings over the summer, according to internal communications obtained by Rolling Stone. However, the efforts became more urgent after blockbuster testimony from ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson about Trump’s efforts to join rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. DOJ INVESTIGATING TRUMP IN JAN. 6 INVESTIGATION: REPORT “Members of the Trump legal team are quietly preparing, in the event charges are brought,” one person familiar with the situation told the outlet. “It would be career malpractice not to. Do the president’s attorneys believe everything Cassidy said? No. … Do they think the Department of Justice would be wise to charge him? No. But we’ve gotten to a point where if you don’t think criminal charges are at least somewhat likely, you are not serving the president’s best interests.”...
    On Tuesday, July 26, the research firm Engagious conducted two focus groups on Republican voters in Missouri — and found that many of them are moving away from former President Donald Trump as a possible candidate for the 2024 presidential election. Two Engagious members, company president Rich Thau and intern Jill DiTommaso, discuss the focus groups in an article published by the conservative website The Bulwark on August 1. “Curious to hear what declining GOP support for Trump actually sounds like — and to get a sense of what’s animating it — we took the opportunity, on July 26, to probe that topic, and various others, in two focus groups,” Thau and DiTommaso report. “The respondents were not our usual Trump-to-Biden swing voters, but rather, 13 Missouri Republicans who, even at this late date, remain undecided in the state’s August 2 GOP Senate primary. Disclosure: The research was sponsored by Arnold Ventures.” The Republican voters that Engagious spoke to a week ahead of Missouri’s GOP primary election on Tuesday, August 2 generally weren’t overly critical of Trump from a...
    Welcome back to WTOP’s weekly election update! WTOP’s team of reporters will keep you informed on the latest through November on primary and election races in the District, Maryland, Virginia and nationwide. Local elections | Nick Iannelli Voters in the D.C. area are digging political newcomers It looks like the D.C.-region is trending toward candidates for governor with no political experience (not to say it’s a bad thing). The Democratic nominee in Maryland’s race for governor, Wes Moore, is not a politician. He’s a bestselling author and former chief of a large nonprofit organization focused on poverty. Moore is heavily favored to win in November in deep blue Maryland, as he faces Republican Del. Dan Cox. If Moore is elected, it would be similar to Virginia’s governor’s race from last year, when voters elected Republican Glenn Youngkin, a former private equity executive who had no prior political experience. Hogan attacks GOP nominee Cox Not only is Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan not supporting Cox; he now seems to be actively campaigning against him. In a CNN interview, Hogan said he...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump is dismissing a recent report that the Department of Justice is investigating his actions surrounding a “fake elector” scheme designed to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The Washington Post reported Tuesday evening a story that revealed Trump’s actions were part of an ongoing investigation into the fake elector scheme, though it fell short of precisely saying Trump himself was under criminal investigation. A small but noteworthy detail. That report coincided with a New York Times report focused on emails it had obtained that were exchanged between Trump campaign officials and its advisors that discussed the “fake elector scheme.” And on the same day, Attorney General Merrick Garland appeared in a rare interview with NBC News Lester Holt and insisted that nobody was above the law, including former presidents who may be near to announcing a reelection bid. So it is in this context that Trump took to his own social media platform Truth Social and posted what he likes to call a “truth,” though it’s clearly just his opinion. “Just more disinformation by the...
    (CNN)A federal judge in Atlanta said Monday that she will deny Republican Rep. Jody Hice's request to quash a subpoena to appear in front of a special grand jury investigating efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. US District Judge Leigh Martin May, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, told attorneys at a hearing that she will remand the case back to the Superior Court of Fulton County for Hice to raise any objections to specific questions posed by the special purpose grand jury. Hice received a subpoena last month to appear as a witness in front of the grand jury. The bare-bones subpoena is one page long and does not indicate how Hice relates to the investigation or why Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis wants the Georgia congressman to testify. Hice is one of Trump's political allies in Georgia and has repeatedly spread misinformation about the 2020 election, saying Trump would have won if it was "fair." Hice mounted an unsuccessful Trump-backed primary challenge against Secretary of...
    In Fulton County, Georgia, which includes Atlanta, District Attorney Fani Willis has been conducting a thorough investigation of former President Donald Trump’s activities in her state following the 2020 presidential election. One of the Republicans Willis has been scrutinizing as part of her investigation is Georgia State Sen. Burt Jones, who promoted Trump’s false claim that the election was stolen from Trump in the Peach State. But on Monday, July 25, Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney barred Willis’ office from investigating Jones. McBurney, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Tamar Hallerman, didn’t bar other prosecutors from probing Jones’ post-2020 election activities. But he did bar Willis’ office from doing the investigating. “That means another set of prosecutors will determine whether to subpoena the Jackson Republican, whether to categorize him as a target of the investigation or whether any charges should ultimately be brought against him,” Hallerman reports. READ MORE: Fulton County DA may request Trump testify under oath as his allies are notified of possible indictments: report McBurney wrote, “An investigation of this significance, garnering the public attention it...
    Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis photographed in her office on Jan. 4, 2022.Ben Gray | AP A judge Monday effectively barred a Georgia prosecutor from investigating one of 16 Republican "fake electors" for former President Donald Trump, ruling that a recent campaign fundraiser she hosted for that man's political opponent disqualified her. In the same order related to state Sen. Burt Jones, Fulton County Judge Robert McBurney also denied a motion by 11 other Trump electors who sought to quash a grand jury subpoena issued at the behest of county District Attorney Fani Willis. Willis may continue to investigate them — and Trump himself — for possible criminal meddling in Georgia's 2020 election. But Monday's order related to Jones, who is the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, is an embarrassing loss for the prosecutor. Her investigation is considered the biggest threat to Trump in terms of potential criminal liability. Willis and her special prosecution team were barred from issuing a subpoena to Jones, from categorizing him as a subject or target of the grand jury probe, and from...
    A Georgia judge disqualified Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis Monday from overseeing a key aspect of her inquiry into whether crimes transpired during the 2020 election. Willis is disqualified from subpoenaing or criminally investigating state Sen. Burt Jones, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, because of a fundraiser she attended last month for a potential rival of Jones. The state senator had been a focus of her inquiry. JUDGE REBUKES GEORGIA PROSECUTOR INVESTIGATING TRUMP "An investigation of this significance, garnering the public attention it necessarily does and touching so many political nerves in our society, cannot be burdened by legitimate doubts about the District Attorney’s motives," Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney wrote, siding with Jones's motion to disqualify her. Willis had participated in a fundraiser for Democratic lieutenant governor hopeful Charlie Bailey, who was mired in a runoff for the Democratic nod for lieutenant governor, a race he ultimately won. Roughly $32,000 had been raised for Bailey's campaign at the fundraiser, according to Jones's lawyers. "The District Attorney does not have to...
    By The Associated Press Through eight hearings, 20 live witnesses and dozens of hours of recorded testimony, the House Jan. 6 committee has focused its case squarely on former President Donald Trump. The committee has disclosed stunning evidence about the Capitol insurrection over six weeks of hearings, laying out in vivid detail what it calls an “attempted coup” by Trump as he desperately sought to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Culling material from more than 1,000 witnesses, lawmakers have shown that officials inside the government fought Trump’s schemes at every turn, calling them “nuts” and “unhinged.” From jaw-dropping testimony to shocking video and never-before-seen documents, revelations came fast during the tightly scripted hearings. The moments that stood out: ‘An attempted coup’ The first hearing, aired in prime time and watched by more than 20 million viewers, set the stage for the next seven. It laid out the conclusion that the panel would come back to in every hearing: that Trump conspired to overturn his own defeat, taking actions that sparked the violent insurrection at the Capitol...
    Through eight hearings, 20 live witnesses and dozens of hours of recorded testimony, the House Jan. 6 committee has focused its case squarely on former President Donald Trump. The committee has disclosed stunning evidence about the Capitol insurrection over six weeks of hearings, laying out in vivid detail what it calls an “attempted coup” by Trump as he desperately sought to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Culling material from more than 1,000 witnesses, lawmakers have shown that officials inside the government fought Trump’s schemes at every turn, calling them “nuts” and “unhinged.” From jaw-dropping testimony to shocking video and never-before-seen documents, revelations came fast during the tightly scripted hearings. The moments that stood out: ‘AN ATTEMPTED COUP’ The first hearing, aired in prime time and watched by more than 20 million viewers, set the stage for the next seven. It laid out the conclusion that the panel would come back to in every hearing: that Trump conspired to overturn his own defeat, taking actions that sparked the violent insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021,...
    (CNN)The House select committee investigating the Capitol Hill insurrection concluded its series of eight hearings this week with a presentation intended to be the final piece of its narrative puzzle that painted former President Donald Trump as responsible for the violent attack on the US Capitol -- and more broadly, American democracy -- on January 6, 2021.Over the course of the two months' worth of hearings, the committee tapped into the hundreds of taped depositions, as well as key witnesses who testified live, to present a devastating case that Trump sought multiple avenues to try to overturn the 2020 presidential election even after he was told he lost, that the former President knew ahead of time January 6 could turn violent, and that he chose not to act when his supporters attacked the Capitol and put the lives of lawmakers -- not to mention his own vice president -- in danger.The most damning accounts came not from Trump's political opponents but his inner circle at the White House, as multiple former Trump White House and campaign aides gave firsthand accounts...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Through eight hearings, 20 live witnesses and dozens of hours of recorded testimony, the House Jan. 6 panel has focused its case squarely on former President Donald Trump. The panel has unveiled stunning evidence about the Capitol insurrection over six weeks of hearings, laying out in vivid detail what the panel calls an “attempted coup” by Trump as he desperately sought to overturn Joe Biden’s election. Culling material from more than 1,000 witnesses, lawmakers have shown that officials inside the government fought Trump’s schemes at every turn, calling them “nuts” and “unhinged.” From jaw-dropping testimony, to shocking video, to never-before-seen documents, revelations came fast during the tightly scripted hearings. Here are the moments that stood out: ‘AN ATTEMPTED COUP’ The first hearing, aired in prime time and watched by more than 20 million viewers, set the stage for the next seven. It laid out the conclusion that the panel would come back to in every hearing: that Trump conspired to overturn his own defeat, taking actions that sparked the violent insurrection at the...
    Welcome back to WTOP’s weekly election update! WTOP’s team of reporters will keep you informed on the latest through November as primary and election races heat up in the District, Maryland, Virginia and nationwide. Local elections | Nick Iannelli Hogan will not vote for Republican nominee While Del. Dan Cox won the Republican nomination in the Maryland governor’s race, he didn’t win — and won’t win — the support of the current Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Hogan spokesman Michael Ricci said Hogan would not endorse or vote for Cox. Ricci declined to confirm whether or not the governor would support the Democratic nominee for governor. “All I can confirm today, is he will not support Mr. Cox,” Ricci said. It marks the end of a contentious campaign that has been described as a clash over the fate of the Republican Party, pitting two distinctly different factions of the GOP against one another. Cox, a far-right lawmaker endorsed by former President Donald Trump, defeated Kelly Schulz in Tuesday’s primary election. Schulz is a former Maryland Commerce Secretary who Hogan endorsed, while...
    Former President Donald Trump was at times irate as he filmed a video in which he vowed an “orderly transition” to power a day after the U.S. Capitol was attacked. Outtakes from a prepared speech about handing over the keys to the Oval Office from Jan. 7, 2021 show there were some things Trump simply refused to say. After the violence on Jan. 6, Trump finally agreed to cede control of the White House. He made a video fearing his cabinet members might invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office, Jan. 6 Committee member Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) said during Thursday’s hearing. During multiple takes, the former president slammed his hand on the podium and stopped talking out of frustration. At one point, Trump said: I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack yesterday, and to those who broke the law, you will pay. You do not represent our movement. You do not represent our country. And if you broke the law — you can’t say that. I’m not, I already said, “you will pay.” The demonstrators who...
    An election official in Wisconsin has shed light on the recent phone call he received from former President Donald Trump. According to Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Trump is still attempting to pressure him into "purportedly rescind the Badger State’s 2020 electoral votes, even though there is no legal way to do so and no ground to even consider such an action," The Independent reports. However, there is no legal basis for such action to take place. During a recent interview, Vos detailed the phone call he received. READ MORE: This hypnotherapist and failed politician helped fuel the never-ending hunt for election fraud in Wisconsin “It’s very consistent — he makes his case ... he would like us to do something different in Wisconsin, I explained that it's not allowed under the Constitution,” said Vos, adding that Trump “has a different opinion." The call Vos has detailed occurred on Tuesday, July 19, according to the news outlet. The former president is reportedly attempting to try and take advantage of a recent Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that will...
    Sean Rayford/Getty Images Rep. Jody Hice — an ally of former President Donald Trump who helped plot the effort to overturn the election — has dodged a subpoena that would have forced him before a grand jury on Tuesday. Hice was served a subpoena from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to appear before a special grand jury investigating Trump’s effort to overturn election results in Georgia. Hice was ordered to appear Tuesday, but notified Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, on Friday, that he’d be trying to move the issue to federal court and fight it there. “Upholding my responsibilities as a member of this legislative body, I am communicating to you that I have been requested to testify before the Fulton County, Georgia special purpose grand jury on July 19, 2022. Additionally, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1442(a)(l), I will be asking for removal to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia,” Hice wrote, according to a Congressional Record entry flagged by Politico’s Kyle Cheney and Nicholas Wu. That effort has succeeded for the time being,...
    Secretaries of state should move to block former President Donald Trump from ballots in 2024 over his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and his efforts to thwart the 2020 election, a legal advocacy group argued this week. SEVEN NOTABLE MOMENTS FROM THE HOUSE JAN. 6 HEARING ON TRUMP AND EXTREMIST GROUPS The groups Free Speech For People and Our Revolution, the latter founded by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) after his 2016 presidential bid, said this week they would ask secretaries of state to sign a declaration that they would not permit Trump to run for any future office, arguing he violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. That section states that those who have taken an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and subsequently engage in "insurrection or rebellion against” the United States must be barred from office. “Secretaries of State have a duty to ensure that candidates who seek to appear on their state ballots meet the constitutional qualifications for serving in public office,” Alexandra...
    (CNN)South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is aiming to quash a subpoena for his testimony before an Atlanta-area special grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. "I just filed a motion to quash the subpoena. We'll see what the court says," the Republican senator told CNN on Wednesday, after his lawyers filed in federal court in South Carolina to block the subpoena.Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is leading the investigation into Trump and his allies, said in court filings that the grand jury needed to hear from Graham about at least two calls Graham made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff in the wake of the 2020 election. "During the telephone calls, the Witness questioned Secretary Raffensperger and his staff about reexamining certain absentee ballots cast in Georgia in order to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump," Willis wrote in her court filing seeking Graham's testimony. "The Witness also made reference to allegations of widespread voter fraud in the...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a news conference in response to President Joe Bidens decision to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Washington, DC.Kent Nishimura | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has asked a federal judge to quash a subpoena for his testimony issued by a Georgia grand jury investigating possible criminal interference in that state's 2020 election by former President Donald Trump. Graham's move in U.S. District Court in South Carolina came after a judge in Atlanta signed the Fulton County, Georgia, special grand jury's subpoena to the Republican lawmaker on Monday. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ordered that Graham, a close ally of Trump, would have to testify on Aug. 2CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage: U.S. calls on Russia to halt forced deportations of Ukrainians, citing war crimes Pharmacies risk violating civil rights laws if they deny access to abortion drugs Trump accused of possible witnesses tampering: Here are the highlights...