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    Spencer Platt, Getty Images Judge Aileen M. Cannon overruled an order from special master Raymond J. Dearie on Thursday declaring that former President Donald Trump’s lawyer must submit to him in writing by September 30th an accounting of all materials seized from Mar-a-Lago. Dearie’s order from late last week read: No later than Sept. 30, 2022, Plaintiff shall submit a declaration or affidavit that includes each of the following factual matters: a. A list of any specific items set forth in the Detailed Property Inventory that Plaintiff asserts were not seized from the Premises on Aug. 8, 2022 Thursday ruling marks the first time the Trump-appointed judge has interfered with the work of the special master, who Trump’s team requested to review all the material seized by the FBI from his private home. Dearie had made the request to clarify whether or not Trump and his legal team truly believe and want to contest the notion that the FBI lied about what was taken. Trump and his allies have repeatedly suggested and outright claimed that federal authorities planted evidence during...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has reportedly told donors that he plans to hammer Trump over unfulfilled promises if the two wind up facing each other in a 2024 Republican primary. Those reportedly include attacks about Trump's border wall and for not having fired Dr. Anthony Fauci Florida Governor Ron DeSantis privately called his former ally Donald Trump a 'moron' and 'f***ing nuts,' according to a Tuesday report detailing the popular Republican leader's recent rise to prominence.  DeSantis' narrow 2018 victory over ex-Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum was widely credited to Trump's support for his campaign - back when DeSantis was a member of the House Freedom Caucus. Their close relationship fractured as DeSantis' star grew. For months neither has been seen directly mentioning the other amid rumors of a possible 2024 clash for the White House. But DeSantis has savagely locked Trump in private, according to Vanity Fair. And while he's thus far demurred from presidential speculation, the Sunshine State governor reportedly told donors that he would face a Trump challenge 'head on.' 'He calls him a TV personality and a...
    Sometimes a Donald Trump story comes along that is so dumb, every late-night comedy host can’t help but make way too many jokes about it. This Thursday was one of those nights. After Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity this week that, as president, he had the power to declassify documents just by “thinking about it,” the late-night pile-on came fast and furious. First out of the gate was The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who expressed deep skepticism that Trump could “declassify documents with his brain” when he couldn’t even “read documents with his brain.” He predicted that Trump would “plead Jedi” at the eventual trial and joked that it would “be the first time in his life that Trump has thought something and not said it out loud.” Seth Meyers used his “A Closer Look” segment to argue that Trump’s claim is a “shaky defense” because it requires you to believe that he’s capable of “thinking” at all. “I mean, even if it was true that the law said you could declassify something just by thinking about...
    by Drew Angerer/Getty Images U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie, who is serving as the special master former President Donald Trump requested to review documents seized from his home, ordered Trump’s lawyers Thursday to make an official declaration if they truly believe the FBI planted evidence. Dearie’s order read: No later than Sept. 30, 2022, Plaintiff shall submit a declaration or affidavit that includes each of the following factual matters: a. A list of any specific items set forth in the Detailed Property Inventory that Plaintiff asserts were not seized from the Premises on Aug. 8, 2022 The special master apparently referred to the multiple claims made by Trump and his lawyers since August 8th suggesting that the FBI planted evidence. “They leak, lie, plant fake evidence, allow the spying on my campaign, deceive the FISA Court, RAID and Break-Into my home, lose documents, and then they ask me, as the 45th President of the United States, to trust them. Look at the I.G. Reports on Comey, McCabe, and others. Things are safer in the middle of Central Park!” Trump...
    Top GOP senators, including the chamber’s number two Republican, categorically rebutted former President Donald Trump‘s claim that he had the power to declassify documents “just by saying, ‘It’s declassified,’ even by thinking about it.” “There’s a process for declassifying documents. And I think it ought to be adhered to and followed,” said Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the minority whip in the U.S. Senate, when questioned on Trump’s comments by CNN’s Manu Raju on Thursday. “And I believe there’s a formal process that needs to go through it, that needs to be gone through and documented. As I understand the executive branch requirements, there is a process that one must go through,” added Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) in a mash-up of answers to Raju. “I think anyone who takes the time to appropriately protect that information and who has taken the time to see what’s in the information, would have serious concerns about how items could be accessed if they’re not stored properly,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) as well to Raju. “So breaking from the former president and his allies...
    Former White House Communications Director Stephanie Grisham dashed Donald Trump’s claim he declassified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate last month. FBI agents executed a search warrant at the residence in August, where they found thousands of government documents Trump was supposed to give to the National Archives upon leaving office. Some of the materials were classified. Trump claims he declassified all documents at his residence. However, his attorneys have not dared to echo this claim in court as they wrangle with lawyers from the Department of Justice in the case. Grisham, who served in the Trump White House, joined Norman Eisen as guests on Tuesday’s OutFront with Erin Burnett on CNN. The host referenced remarks made by Judge Raymond Dearie, the special master appointed by a federal judge to review the documents in question. During a hearing earlier in the day, he told the parties if the government says him the documents are classified and Trump does not dispute this in court, “as far as I’m concerned that’s the end of it.” Eisen underscored Dearie’s remarks. “As the Department...
    The questions are swirling around the gilded corridors of the Elysee Palace. Just what, if anything, has President Emmanuel Macron been up to behind the heavy doors of his private salon — while his wife Brigitte was away? After all, French presidents are notorious for being boudoir-hoppers. On the night Princess Diana died in Paris, for example, Jacques Chirac couldn’t be found. He was eventually discovered sleeping with Italian movie star Claudia Cardinale, rather than his wife. For the fresh rumours about Macron, we can thank Donald Trump. The former U.S. President claims he’s sitting on a whopper of a sexual scandal relating to his erstwhile French counterpart. On August 8, the FBI raided Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, seizing boxes of classified documents as part of a criminal investigation into his alleged mishandling of top-secret material. By now, almost everyone knows that Macron, 44, met his wife Brigitte, 69, when he was a 15-year-old schoolboy and she his 39-year-old teacher, a married mother of three One of the files is being referred to in Paris as — ooh la...
    CNN’s Jamie Gangel reported Thursday she spoke to 18 former Trump administration officials who disputed claims the former President had a “standing order” that allowed him to declassify documents as he saw fit. One of Gangel’s sources called the claim “bullshit.” Last week, reporter John Solomon received a statement he said was provided to him by Donald Trump’s team regarding classified documents that allegedly led to the FBI raid of Trump’s home. Solomon read the statement on Fox News’ Friday edition of Hannity. The statement reads, in part: [Trump] had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken to the residence were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them. The power to classify and declassify documents rests solely with the president of the United States. The statement concluded any “idea that some paper-pushing bureaucrat with classification authority delegated by the president needs to approve the declassification is absurd.” The claim has been disputed all week, and picked apart by former government officials with experience handling classified material. On CNN’s The Lead Thursday, Gangel told...
    CBS staffers are reportedly turning on anchor Norah O'Donnell over her tweet insisting the FBI didn't take Donald Trump's passport as her ratings slump.  On Monday, O'Donnell tweeted that a 'DOJ official' told her that the FBI was 'not in possession' of Trump's three passports, contradicting the former president's claims that three of his passports were taken during the raid at Mar-a-Lago.  Angry CBS sources told the New York Post that the anchor allegedly broke the outlet's strict 'two-source' protocol when she tweeted the claim.  'She's desperate,' one staffer said of O'Donnell, whose show is falling further behind ABC's David Muir and NBC's Lester Holt.   'It doesn't look good. If you're going to attack the POTUS and call him a liar you shouldn't tweet the thing.' Several CBS staffer said they were upset with anchor Norah O'Donnell's tweet insisting the FBI had not taken Donald Trump's passports, as it was revealed they had  Staffers claim O'Donnell broke the outlet's strict 'two-source' policy and that she was getting desperate when she made the tweet amid further decline in ratings against ABC and...
    Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta said that claims former President Donald Trump could declassify documents as he saw fit are “B.S.” Panetta, who has worked with classified materials for decades, explained there is a process for declassifying confidential government information Monday. On CNN’s The Lead, Panetta told host Jake Tapper the Justice Department probe into Trump’s alleged mishandling of government documents must play out in the interest of national security. Panetta said: As somebody involved with intelligence matters, this is a serious issue that involves classified information. The reason we classify information is to protect our national security. And make sure that that information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. And so it is really important that this investigation proceed to determine just exactly what level of classified information was involved here and whether anybody else had access to it. Tapper noted a number of Trump allies have said the former president declassified all documents he took home with him. “Former Trump aides are trying to claim there was a standing order by the president, Donald Trump,...
    Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon went fully conspiratorial with Alex Jones by claiming the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago was part of a “deep state” plot to have Donald Trump assassinated or found with incriminating evidence. Bannon, who was just convicted for contempt of Congress, appeared on InfoWars to continue his rampage against the FBI’s execution of a search warrant on the ex-president’s residence. “I do not think it’s beyond this administrative state and their deep state apparatus to actually try to work on the assassination of President Trump,” Bannon said. “Everything’s on the table. I think his security should be at the highest it’s ever been, and honestly…I think he should have flown down to Mar a Lago this morning, walked out at noon today, and said ‘Hey, I’m running for President of the United States. Suck on that.'” Bannon went on by dismissing the video Trump released on Truth Social that strongly suggested a new run for president. He also complained that “they’re trying to liquidate InfoWars,” referring to the near $50 million Jones has been ordered...
    Former President Donald Trump released a statement on Tuesday attacking the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and repeated a debunked claim surrounding the attack, which has become a standard talking point on the right. “The Unselect Committee of Political Thugs has not devoted one hour to the massive Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election, the reason that hundreds of thousands of people went to Washington on January 6th. When will they start?” Trump said in a statement released by his Save America Pac. “The Unselects also refuse to look at why Crazy Nancy Pelosi and the Mayor of D.C. turned down from 10-20,000 troops. Why is this, I wonder?” he added. On July 26th, the Jan. 6 Committee released a clip of testimony from Trump’s former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller saying there was no order given to have military personal ready ahead of Jan. 6 – including the National Guard. “To remove any doubt: Not only did Donald Trump fail to contact his Secretary of...
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Capitol insurrection dominated Thursday’s debate in Wyoming among U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and her four Republican primary challengers, with Cheney pressing her Donald Trump-backed opponent on whether she agreed with the former president’s claim that widespread fraud cost him reelection. That opponent, Harriet Hageman, said there were “serious concerns” about the 2020 election, but stopped short of repeating Trump’s false claim that drove thousands of his supporters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Even so, Hageman was dismissive of the U.S. House commission vice-chaired by Cheney that has been investigating the insurrection and events leading up to it. “They’re focusing on something that happened 18 months ago. They’re not focused on things that are important to the people of Wyoming,” said Hageman, a Cheyenne ranching and natural resources attorney. Republicans, Hageman said, were being punished for “exercising their First Amendment rights.” She didn’t specify which Republicans were being punished or why, but Cheney pounced on Hageman’s remark as suggesting the insurrection was justified. While Cheney has taken a key role as one...
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) debated her four GOP primary opponents on Thursday night in Sheridan, Wyoming, and called out Harriet Hageman for supporting former President Donald Trump’s allegations that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. “I think that there’s a real tragedy that’s occurring. And the tragedy is that there are politicians in this country, beginning with Donald Trump, who have lied to the American people and people have been betrayed,” Cheney said after her opening remarks during the debate. “He consistently has said that the election was stolen when it wasn’t,” Cheney added before pivoting to the House Jan. 6 committee, which she is helping to lead. “Our hearings, for example, predominantly made up of Republican witnesses, Republican witnesses from the former attorney general, the former deputy attorney general from the head of the Trump campaign, including one individual from New Jersey, Mr. Stepien, who’s now advising one of my opponents in this race, who said that he believes that the election was not stolen,” Cheney added, referring to Bill Stepien who is advising Hageman – Cheney’s main opponent...
    The allegation that a Secret Service agent restrained former President Donald Trump as he tried to take control of the wheel of his presidential SUV on Jan. 6 is farcical and absurd, a former agent told the Washington Examiner. Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified Tuesday that she was told that Robert Engle, the head of Trump's security detail, had grabbed the president's arm as he reached forward from the back seat and tried to take control of the steering wheel to change the vehicle's course to the Capitol building on Jan. 6. Trump, who was irate that his motorcade was instead going back to the White House, then lunged at Engle's clavicle, Hutchinson said. SECRET SERVICE WILL RESPOND 'ON THE RECORD' TO TRUMP MOTORCADE ALLEGATIONS Konstantinos "Gus" Dimitrelos, a former Secret Service agent who was the physical security lead at over 100 events for former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush between 1999 and 2004, said the allegation was nonsensical. "There is not a chance...
    The House select committee probing the January 6 Capitol attack will focus Thursday's hearing on the pressure campaign on Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. One of the witnesses for the third hearing will include retired federal judge J. Michael Luttig, who was involved in advising the vice president's team against claims he had the power to single-handedly block certification of the election results. Luttig, a Republican, will provide on Thursday condemnation of former President Donald Trump's pressure on his No. 2, who as vice president is the president of the Senate. Trump allies insisted that Pence had the ability to stop Congress from allowing Congress from certifying the states' Electoral College votes for Joe Biden to become president. 'It is breathtaking that these arguments even were conceived, let alone entertained by the President of the United States at that perilous moment in history,' Luttig wrote in a statement for the committee's record, which CNN obtained. Luttig said added that American democracy came to the brink last year and says Trump allies 'instigate' a war...
    Former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt described in testimony before the Jan. 6 House select committee how the network sought to thwart attempts from then-President Donald Trump to mislead the public about how elections work. Stirewalt explained that Trump, in claiming the 2020 election was stolen, misunderstood common phenomenon during elections — known as the “red mirage” — in which Republicans appear to win on Election Day thanks to in person voting while Democrats belatedly surge as early and mail-in votes are tallied. “So in every election, certainly a national election, you expect to see the Republican with a lead but it is not really a lead,” Stirewalt said. “When you put together a jigsaw puzzle it doesn’t matter which piece you put in first — it ends up with the same image.” Stirewalt, who served on Fox’s elections decision desk before he was fired by the network last year, noted that Trump was the first candidate who tried to exploit that “quirk” in the U.S. election process by falsely claiming it was evidence of foul play. “We had gone...
    The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot opened its primetime hearing with never-before-seen video of former Attorney General Bill Barr calling “bullshit” on claims the 2020 election was rigged. Committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) opened the hearing with remarks in which he castigated those who have downplayed the riot. He argued the storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob was an insurrection supported by former President Donald Trump. He then ripped Trump’s claims the election was stolen. “Donald Trump lost the presidential election in 2020,” Thompson said. “The American people voted him out of office. It was not because of a rigged system, it was not because of voter fraud. Don’t believe me? Hear what his former attorney general had to say about it.  Thompson then played a new video from a deposition in which Barr said he told Trump his claims the vote was rigged were “bullshit.” Barr said, I had three discussions with the president that I can recall. One was on Nov. 23, one was on Dec. 1 and one on Dec. 14, and I’ve been through sort of the give and take of those discussions...
    Donald Trump has responded to court testimony indicating that Hillary Clinton approved disseminating discredited claims that a 'covert server' in Trump Tower communicated with a Russian bank.  'This is one of the greatest political scandals in history,' Trump told Fox News Digital on Saturday, a day after former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified in a Virginia court.  Mook testified that in 2016 Clinton 'agreed' to share the secret server allegations with the media. The claims were later dismissed by the FBI as unfounded.  'Where do I get my reputation back?' asked Trump. 'For three years, I had to fight her off, and fight those crooked people off, and you'll never get your reputation fully back.' Trump also lashed out at fellow Republicans Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, and his own Attorney General Bill Barr, accusing them of failing to respond more forcefully to the Russian collusion claims. Donald Trump has responded to court testimony indicating that Hillary Clinton approved disseminating discredited claims about a 'covert server' in Trump Tower The testimony came in the trial of former Hillary Clinton campaign...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci was put on the defensive Friday by CNN’s Jakes Tapper about a White House tweet that claimed President Joe Biden did not inherit Covid vaccines. A factually inaccurate tweet from the verified White House Twitter account Thursday made the false claim there were no vaccines when Biden was inaugurated. When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available. In the last 15 months, the economy has created 8.3M jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6% — the fastest decline in unemployment to start a President’s term ever recorded. — The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 12, 2022 The post ignored vaccines were created and were being distributed in the waning days of former President Donald Trump‘s term in office. Tapper pointed the fact out on The Lead, and called on the White House chief medical advisor to correct the record. “I know you don’t tweet from the white house account, but I wanted to raise this because amazingly this White House tweet is still up,” Tapper said, before he read the tweet....
    Ever at the center of the rumor mills, on Friday Elon Musk denied a new report claiming that former president Donald Trump had “encouraged” him to buy out Twitter. The claim originated from Devin Nunes—CEO of Trump’s social media company Truth Social—in an interview with the Fox Business Network on Wednesday. “We’re all for it,” Nunes said. “President Trump, basically before Elon Musk bought it, actually said to go and buy it, because the goal of our company is really to build a community where people are in a family-friendly, safe environment, very much different than Twitter. “Someone has to continue to take on these tech tyrants,” he added. The New York Post shared Nunes’ claims in a tweet early Friday, adding that Musk had been “quietly” influenced by the former president. “This is false,” Musk replied. “I’ve had no communication, directly or indirectly, with Trump, who has publicly stated that he will be exclusively on Truth Social.” The Tesla billionaire has repeatedly said that he will champion “free speech” if his Twitter bid goes through, and in recent weeks...
    Martha MacCallum confronted Devin Nunes on former President Donald Trump’s claim that he will not return to Twitter despite Elon Musk’s recent purchase of the platform. On Monday, Trump told Fox News he was “not going on Twitter” despite Musk’s purchasing of the platform, vowing to stay on Truth Social — the platform he launched following his Twitter ban. “I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump said. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.” MacCallum asked Nunes, now CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group, about the statement on Wednesday. “If President Trump — former President Trump — decides to run again, do you believe that he will never rejoin Twitter?” she asked. “Because he always talked about how much he loved the vehicle that it was for him because it was his direct way to reach people, and boy did he reach a lot of them.” Nunes did not answer the question, instead noting that Truth Social is “Number one...
    While some MAGA Republicans have been praising Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2022 — Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming calls them the “Putin wing of the GOP” — others have claimed that President Joe Biden is to blame for the invasion, insisting that Putin wouldn’t have dared to invade Ukraine if Donald Trump were still president. One such MAGA Republican is Eric Trump, who Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin tears apart in a scathing column published on March 15. “Why didn’t Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine while Donald Trump was president?” Levin writes. “Setting aside the fact that the Russian president has effectively been invading Ukraine since 2014, the reason Putin didn’t wage a full-scale war against the neighboring country while Trump was in office is that, more than likely, he didn’t think the Russian military was ready. At least, that’s the assessment of former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has actual knowledge of this stuff. But what does Eric Trump, who doesn’t know anything about anything, think? Let’s find out!” Levin goes on to discuss Eric Trump’s Monday, March...
    ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images According to a new poll, a slim majority of Republicans now say the GOP should “move on” from former President Donald Trump’s Big Lie — including half of Trump’s own voters. Respondents to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday were asked “Even if neither is exactly correct, which of the following comes closest to your opinion?” Just 23 percent said that “The Republican Party should continue to focus on former President Donald Trump’s claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election,” while an overwhelming 64 percent said “The Republican Party should move on from former President Donald Trump’s claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.” Another 13 percent responded “Don’t know / No opinion.” Even Republicans said the party should “move on” by a wide 13-point margin. A 50.2 percent majority said “The Republican Party should move on from former President Donald Trump’s claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election,” while just 37 percent said the party should continue to focus on the false claims. Among Trump 2020 voters, 48 percent said the...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Former President Donald Trump’s effort to keep White House visitor logs away from the House Select Committee investigation on January 6th was denied by the Biden administration.  Trump’s claim of “Executive Privilege” was opposed by President Joe Biden, who has since directed the National Archives to hand over the visitor logs the committee is seeking. Writing for the New York Times, Michael Schmidt reports: In a letter to the National Archives, Mr. Biden’s White House counsel, Dana Remus, said Mr. Biden had rejected Mr. Trump’s claims that the visitor logs were subject to executive privilege and that “in light of the urgency” of the committee’s work, the agency should provide the material to the committee within 15 days. Mr. Biden had similarly decided last year not to support Mr. Trump’s claim of executive privilege over other batches of White House documents and records sought by the committee. Mr. Trump went to federal court to block the release of those earlier batches but lost. Citing in part the same reasoning as in the earlier case, Ms. Remus told the National Archives that...
    The set of Morning Joe was particularly animated Tuesday morning, and not just because everyone was located in the same 30 Rock studio. What raised the pique of co-host Joe Scarborough? Fox News and other “breathless” reports from conservative media about a recent John Durham motion filing that allegedly “found” the Hillary Clinton campaign had “infiltrated” Trump Tower” servers to develop a false narrative that the Trump campaign was tied to Russia. Anyone who has viewed a bit of Fox News on Monday saw a multitude of segments pegged to a FoxNews.com report from Brooke Singman about John Durham filing a motion about a conflict of interest. The article represented the “Trump was spied” on narrative but shifted the blame from former President Barack Obama (as former President Donald Trump has alleged) to Hillary Clinton. Singman’s report focuses on additional details included in the Durham filing, which included details about former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who was indicted last year for making a false statement to the FBI. The report misleadingly puts the word “infiltrated” in quotes, as though it...
    Jesse Watters falsely claimed that Hillary Clinton paid hackers who planted fake evidence in an effort to show Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government. The Fox News host then used his mischaracterization of the filing to state as fact that Clinton had attempted to frame Trump. On Friday, Special Counsel John Durham filed a motion alleging that Clinton hired a tech executive with legal access to non-public internet data, some of which was allegedly used in an effort to link Trump to Russia. Durham is investigating the probe into Trump that culminated in the Mueller Report, which found no evidence Trump conspired with Russia, but that Trump nonetheless welcomed the country’s help during the 2016 presidential campaign. Watters is certainly not alone among conservative media figures making sensationalistic and false claims about the filing, but the allegation that fake evidence was planted stands out. On Monday, he told his audience, Durham’s documents show that Hillary Clinton hired people who hacked into Trump’s home and office computers before and during his presidency, and planted evidence that he colluded with Russia....
    Special Counsel John Durham was appointed by then-Attorney General William Barr to serve as the Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice in October 2020, while Trump was president Former President Donald Trump excoriated the mainstream media on Monday for ignoring allegations that Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign paid a tech company to 'infiltrate' Trump Tower and White House servers in a bid to establish a link to Russia. Trump said the bombshell claims, detailed in a court filing by Special Counsel John Durham, were 'bigger than Watergate' in reference to the scandal that caught former President Richard Nixon spying on political rivals.  He added that the lack of coverage on the matter on more liberal-leaning networks was a 'scandal' itself, in contrast with the steady stream of pundits and Republican officials weighing in on right-wing outlets. 'Can you imagine that, what should be the biggest story of our time, bigger than Watergate, is getting absolutely no mention, ZERO, in the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC Fake News, NBC Fake News, CBS Fake News, ratings-dead CNN, and MSDNC,' Trump...
    Hollywood should be renamed Chinatown, a Western outpost for the Chinese Communist Party. Foreign money, particularly from China, continues to pervert Hollywood. This is not good. Racism, regardless of the target, is unhealthy and counterproductive. It drives domestic division and animus. For making this obvious point, some people will label me a honky-lover, a sellout, a race traitor. My true crime is sticking to the values I was taught as a Christian. My faith compels me to oppose racism. That has been my passion since childhood. In eighth grade, when my junior high began busing in black kids to further integrate the school, I was chosen as a leader to bring the white and black kids together. I played the same role at my high school, as the captain of our nationally ranked football team. I saw myself as an extension of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of men and women judged by the content of their character and not their skin color. Much of my work as a journalist from 1992 to 2010 focused on analyzing...
    (CNN)On a summer night in Honduras in 2014, Maribel made a choice: She had to leave her home, with her four young children in tow, or risk being killed. With an eye toward the United States, she began the dangerous journey north and arrived at the US-Mexico border where she claimed asylum. Nearly eight years later, Maribel, now living in Maryland, is still waiting for the US to decide if she can stay in the country or if she'll be deported. Maribel, whom CNN is referring to by her middle name to protect her identity, is among the more than 660,000 asylum seekers in the US immigration system still waiting to resolve their cases. This logjam has bogged down the US immigration court system, leaving hundreds of thousands of people often waiting years for a resolution. "I expected a change in this country, assistance. But to this day, I haven't received it," Maribel said in Spanish. Since Maribel arrived, she's lived under Presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The backlog has increased under each president. The Biden administration...
    Fox News host Brian Kilmeade criticized former President TrumpDonald TrumpAbrams fires back at Perdue, Kemp over criticism of maskless photo Biden to visit Israel later this year Manchin crosses party lines in officially endorsing Murkowski MORE on his radio show on Fox Nation Monday over Trump's past remarks regarding false election claims about winning the state of Arizona, which Kilmeade called “an outright lie.” “Right now, nobody cares about 2020,” Kilmeade told a show caller named Logan, who said he was a Trump supporter that found it "cringeworthy" that the former president continued to voice his objection to the 2020 presidential election results in which Trump has repeatedly and falsely claimed was rigged against him. The caller said he was concerned that staying focused on 2020 would hinder Trump's chances should he choose to run in 2024. Referring to remarks Trump made recently at an Arizona rally, a state he has falsely stated he won despite President BidenJoe BidenBiden to visit Israel later this year Working class insecurity and Build Back Better Experts open the door to lifting last mask mandates MORE's victory there, Kilmeade said he spoke...
    Lawyers representing Steve Bannon believe they may have found a way to blow up the government's case against the former Trump advisor – and now say the government breached attorney-client privilege by subpoenaing phone and email records for Bannon's lawyer, Robert Costello, amid their probe. The lawyers say in an explosive new filing they learned of the efforts to get Costello's phone and email records when the government produced 790 documents as part of the case against Bannon, part of the normal document production in a criminal case.  The snooping, in the form of a grand jury subpoena, happened at a time when Costello was meeting with prosecutors 'as Mr. Bannon's attorney, in what he thought were good-faith pre-indictment discussions' – and without indication of any 'taint team' to vet sensitive information.  Their filing includes notes from an FBI agent following two separate meetings the lawyer had with prosecutors while the House Jan. 6th Committee was seeking to obtain Bannon's testimony. While serving as key evidence of Bannon's case on the privilege issue, the FBI documents also map out Costello's...
    Jimmy Kimmel slammed Donald Trump for comments he made at his first rally of the year, hitting at him for baselessly claiming that White people are being pushed to the “back of the line” for Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics. “Donald Trump is back on the road,” Kimmel said on Monday night, adding, “He ranted for an hour and 35 minutes. Maybe it’s me, but the material doesn’t — it’s actually not working. It was kind of like watching the Sex and the City reboot — it needed more Samantha or something.” Kimmel went on to play a clip of the former president telling the Arizona crowd that in New York state, White people are being forced to the “back of the line” for Covid-19 therapeutics. “If you’re White, you don’t get the vaccine, or if you’re White, you don’t get therapeutics,” he said. “It’s unbelievable to think this. And nobody wants this, Black people don’t want it, White people don’t want it, nobody wants it.” The claim is entirely untrue and based on a deep misunderstanding of New York health advisory guidelines, which are...
    Investigators for Georgia's Attorney General shot down former President Donald Trump's claim that 'upwards of 5,000' dead people cast absentee ballots in the key battleground state in 2020, saying the actual numbers was four.  All of the ballots were returned by relatives of the deceased and almost all votes alleged to have been sent in by dead people were found to actually be alive.   Trump repeatedly made the accusation that as many 5,000 dead voters were counted in Georgia's election, which Trump lost by about 12,000 votes.    One such case saw a 74-year-old widow turn in an absentee ballot on her husband's behalf in favor of Trump.      'He was going to vote Republican, and she said, 'Well, I'm going to cancel your ballot because I'm voting Democrat.' It was kind of a joke between them,' Sharon Nelson's attorney told the State Election Board.  Former President Donald Trump's claims that upwards of 5,000 dead people cast ballots in Georgia in his battle against Joe Biden were largely debunked by a Georgia Attorney General's Office investigation A statewide recount of the Georgia...
    Former President Donald Trump told Breitbart News exclusively that he thinks it is “laughable” to claim the media are tougher on President Joe Biden than they were on him. “They are treating him [Biden] with kid gloves,” Trump responded when asked in an interview to respond to a Washington Post column that claimed the media are tougher on Biden than they were on him. This clip from the interview aired on Thursday on Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel. The full interview will air on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel at 11:00 a.m. Eastern this weekend. Breitbart News Saturday runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern every Saturday. Trump appeared on the program to promote his new book, Our Journey Together, a collection of photos from his time in the White House. The book, which is available at 45Books.com, is published by Winning Team Publishing and has now sold more than 140,000 copies since it was first released. Trump’s comments came in response to a column from Dana Milbank in the Post, which...
    Hillary Clinton appeared to take a shot at her longtime political nemesis, former President Donald Trump, in her Twitter sendoff for departing German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. Merkel, of the center-right Christian Democratic Union Party, ceded her place in the Bundeskanzleramt on Tuesday to Chancellor Olaf Scholz, a member of the left-leaning Social Democratic Party. In commemoration, Clinton tweeted a photo of her and Merkel together, with a message praising the 67-year-old chancellor's 16-year tenure. "After a decade and a half in power, Angela Merkel passes on the chancellorship of Germany today,".  "She led Europe through difficult times with steadiness and bravery, and for four long years, she was the leader of the free world. Thank you, Angela." Observers keyed into the penultimate sentence as a very likely shot at Trump, whose often-upfront governance was criticized on the political left both domestically and abroad. Clinton, however, is not the first visible American figure to make the claim that Merkel supplanted Trump as "Leader of the Free World" – a moniker traditionally reserved for the American president, who leads the...
    Three senior White House officials have embarked on a campaign to persuade newsroom executives to be more favorable in their coverage of President Joe Biden, according to a report on Tuesday night. The trio - National Economic Council Deputy Directors David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurti, along with Ports Envoy John Porcari - have been 'briefing major newsrooms over the past week,' according to CNN's media correspondent, Oliver Darcy.  Darcy, in his newsletter, said that their outreach was sparked by concern that Biden was not being treated fairly. Darcy wrote: 'The officials have been discussing with newsrooms trends pertaining to job creation, economic growth, supply chains, and more.  'The basic argument that has been made: That the country's economy is in much better shape than it was last year.  'I'm told the conversations have been productive, with anchors and reporters and producers getting to talk with the officials.' Joe Biden's administration has dispatched a team to try and convince newsrooms to be more positive in their coverage of the president The Biden administration has dispatched John Pocari (left), the ports envoy; David...
    After a recent video surfaced of Rep. Lauren Boebert making anti-Muslim comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar, former President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for the Minnesota Democrat to apologize rather than the Colorado Republican. Without naming Boebert but clearly in reference to the controversy, Trump said in a statement that “Omar should apologize for marrying her brother, committing large-scale immigration and election fraud, wishing death to Israel, and for essentially abandoning her former country, which doesn’t even have a government — Exactly what she’d like to see for the United States!” NANCY MACE TROLLS MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE ON TWITTER IN WIDENING INTRA-HOUSE GOP FEUD Trump has previously accused Omar of marrying her brother, a claim she has dismissed as “absolutely false and ridiculous” and the product of conspiracy blogs. The claim is unproven. Boebert referred to the unproven claim in remarks on the House floor earlier this month, referring to Omar’s “brother-husband” while objecting to the censure of Rep. Paul Gosar for tweeting an edited video depicting him as an anime character attacking Rep. Alexandria...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci laughed off an attack from Senator Ted Cruz in a Sunday television interview, implying the Texas Republican should be investigated himself instead. In an interview with CBS News' Face The Nation, President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser also dismissed Republican criticism of his work as 'lies' and agreed with the notion that GOP lawmakers were using him as a scapegoat. 'Anybody who spins lies and threatens and all that theater that goes on with some of the investigations and the congressional committees and the Rand Paul's and all that other nonsense, that's noise... I know what my job is,' Fauci told host Margaret Brennan. She said, 'Senator Cruz told the attorney general you should be prosecuted.'  Cruz told Attorney General Merrick Garland during a contentious hearing in late October that Fauci should be investigated over accusations he lied to Congress. Fauci laughed off the accusation before appearing to claim that Cruz had a role in the events leading up to the deadly Capitol riot.  'Yeah. I have to laugh at that. I should be prosecuted? What happened...
    (CNN)Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is facing new pressure to cooperate with the House Select Committee investigating January 6 after he was notified Thursday that President Joe Biden will not assert executive privilege or immunity over documents and testimony requested by the panel, according to a copy obtained by CNN. However, Meadows has made clear he has no intention of cooperating with the committee until the courts rule he must do so.White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su wrote to Meadows' attorney, George Terwilliger, informing him of the decision and once again citing "the unique and extraordinary circumstances where Congress is investigating an effort to obstruct the lawful transfer of power under our Constitution."Su notes that Biden has already determined that executive privilege does not apply to particular subjects within the committee's purview, including: "events within the White House on or about January 6, 2021; attempts to use the Department of Justice to advance a false narrative that the 2020 election was tainted by widespread fraud; and other efforts to alter election results or obstruct the transfer of...
    Imagine for a moment House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy leisurely sipping on his morning coffee when he suddenly sees the news that the select committee investigating Jan. 6 has interviewed more than 150 people already in their probe. Fun, right? That heart-attack-inducing moment may have actually occurred Thursday when Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming dropped a bomb. “We’ve had, actually, over 150 interviews with a whole range of people connected to the events, connected to understanding what happens, so that just gives you a sense,” Cheney, the panel’s vice-chair, told Politico. “It is a range of engagements—some formal interviews, some depositions … There really is a huge amount of work underway that is leading to real progress for us.” In other words, the Jan. 6 panel has been burning through witnesses even as they face reluctance from a handful of holdouts close to Donald Trump. It’s been known that the committee has interviewed some Trump officials, like former Trump White House aide Alyssa Farah and former Trump Department of Justice officials like Jeffrey Clark and Richard Donoghue. But by the sounds of...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden was asked by a Fox News reporter on Wednesday about a Wall Street Journal article last week that had reported "the Biden administration is in talks to offer immigrant families that were separated during the Trump administration around $450,000 a person in compensation."The reporter asked Biden if such payments -- which the Journal said "could amount to close to $1 million a family" -- could serve as an incentive for additional undocumented people to try to enter the US. Biden responded, "If you guys keep sending that garbage out, yeah. But it's not true." When the reporter asked Biden directly if "this is a garbage report," Biden replied, "Yeah." Then, offering the first inkling of what specifically he was denying, Biden disputed the "$450,000" figure the Wall Street Journal used.Biden asked, "Four hundred and fifty thousand dollars per person. Is that what you're saying?" When the reporter confirmed, Biden said, "That's not gonna happen." Facts First: The White House says Biden's "garbage" claim on Wednesday was specifically a denial that the administration is considering payments...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Politico Playbook took aim at Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday for his claim that former President Donald Trump campaigned in the state for his opponent “Guess how Glenn Youngkin is finishing his campaign?” McAuliffe said at a campaign event at a Fairfax brewery on Monday evening, the evening before Virginia voters headed to the polls. “He is doing an event with Donald Trump here in Virginia.” Playbook opined on Tuesday: “That was a lie. Trump wasn’t in Virginia and he never campaigned with Youngkin, though he did make the case for the GOP candidate — ‘fantastic guy!’ — during a brief ‘tele-rally.'” McAuliffe has fervently sought to tie his opponent, Glenn Youngkin (R), to the former president, naming Trump 13 times during the 15-minute speech alone. Youngkin, in turn, has attempted to capitalize on the Trump fixation, most recently with an ad this week that featured a montage of McAuliffe saying nothing but “Trump.” RealClearPolitics’ survey compilation showed Youngkin holding a narrow 1.7 percent lead over McAuliffe as of Election Day. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball...
    As the Department of Justice weighs whether to prosecute Steve Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress, President Joe Biden continues to make perfectly clear that protecting democracy is far more important to him than shielding the office of the president from scrutiny. Biden, who holds the power to decided whether to invoke an executive privilege claim, has now twice taken a pass on shielding White House records from congressional investigators. On Monday, White House counsel Dana Remus informed the National Archives that Biden would not assert a privilege claim over a second tranche of records that Donald Trump has sought to keep secret. "President Biden has considered the former President's assertion, and I have engaged in consultations with the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice," Remus wrote, according to CNN. In the letter, Remus indicated that protecting the interests of the republic had weighed weighed heavily in Biden's decision. "President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified, as to...
    A new trove of documents released by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol largely push back on former Trump White House strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonSchiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE’s claims he can’t respond to a subpoena by the panel due to executive privilege. The documents are part of a contempt report released ahead of a scheduled vote for a criminal referral to the Department of Justice after Bannon failed to show for a scheduled deposition, laying out the multiple attempts made to seek his testimony. The report includes a letter from Bannon’s attorney obtained by The Hill and other media outlets, noting a threat from President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE to sue and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House: No basis for Steve Bannon to avoid testifying on Jan. 6 riot; Trump privilege claim ‘not justified.’ Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Confronted on his claim that Republicans “stole” the 2000 election, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe refused to say on Sunday that George W. Bush won that election. CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash played a couple soundbites of McAuliffe falsely saying that Democratic nominee and former Vice President Al Gore won. A third soundbite of McAuliffe falsely claiming that Bush lost the 2004 election was also played. “You’re being criticized for saying, well wait a minute, the Republicans are questioning election integrity when that’s exactly what you did multiple times in more than one election,” said co-host Dana Bash. “First of all, the 2000 election went to the United States Supreme Court. The United States Supreme Court shut down the voting, overruled the Florida Supreme Court and stopped the counting of votes,” replied McAuliffe. “That is quite a difference from what you had in the Trump election where 33, 34 cases, whatever it was, was brought up. Republican judges dismissed them.” “What happened in 2000 was so different,” said Bash. “In 2020, Joe Biden won full stop.” “Fair and square,” said McAuliffe. “But, I guess, going back to 2000, do you think the Republicans stole that...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Friday that President Joe Biden is "cooperating" with requests from Congress' January 6th Select Committee to investigate former President Donald Trump's activities on that day, concluding that "executive privilege is not warranted" for the initial documents that are being turned over. "The administration takes the events of January 6th incredibly seriously, as the president said on its six-month anniversary," Psaki said in response to a question regarding whether the White House will authorize the National Archives to turn over certain documents related to the events of the day. "That day posed an existential crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survive." Amid growing talk that Trump will challenge Biden in 2024, Psaki denied that the denial of privilege was politically motivated. "There's nothing political about working to ensure the vents of Jan. 6 never happen again," Psaki said BIDEN TURNS BACK ON REPORTERS, REFUSES TO TAKE QUESTIONS AFTER REMARKS ON DISMAL JOBS REPORT "The president is dedicated to ensuring that something like that could never happen again, which is why the...
    House Republican Whip Steve Scalise pushed back Monday night against claims from former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham that former first lady Melania Trump refused to meet Scalise after he was shot because she already visited him at the hospital. “This is how the fake news media machine against President Trump and Melania Trump works,” Scalise tweeted. “This never happened. My family went to visit the White House while I was still in the hospital and were graciously given a tour by President and Mrs. Trump.” ???? THREAD: This is how the fake news media machine against President Trump and @MELANIATRUMP works. This never happened. My family went to visit the White House while I was still in the hospital and were graciously given a tour by President and Mrs. Trump. https://t.co/oqwIUebtNg pic.twitter.com/pzJmEq1G1w — Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 5, 2021 Scalise called the story “another pathetic attempt by a disgraced former staffer to tell lies in order to sell books.” “The fact they need to stoop so low to make up verifiably false stories about a shooting victim...
    Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany triggered quite a few critics when she claimed the United States did not see "crisis after crisis" when former President Donald Trump was in office. On Tuesday, August 25, Fox News reported on President Joe Biden's approval rating decline amid the Taliban chaotic takeover in Afghanistan and the accelerated surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations across the United States. However, McEnany turned heads when she attempted to rewrite former President Donald Trump's chaotic history. "We are eight months into a Biden presidency," she said. "Wrap your head around that. We still have three years and four months left. Look, when President Trump was president, you didn't see crisis after crisis. You just didn't see it." She added, "I shudder to think about what COVID would have been like under Joe Biden." Despite McEnany's claims, more than 400,000 Americans died from COVID on Trump's watch. Epidemiologists and other members of the scientific community have repeatedly suggested that this figure could have been much lower if the Trump administration had taken more effective action...