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    Donald Trump and his supporters might’ve hoped John Durham’s special counsel probe would nail the former president’s political enemies for criminal misconduct. Still, Morning Joe snarked that the investigation seems like it’s about to end without unveiling a massive conspiracy of government corruption. The New York Times reported that Durham is nearing the end of his inquiry into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. The probe recently ran into a stumbling block when Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann was acquitted on charges of lying to the FBI. The Times report indicates that the Durham probe won’t end with the prosecution of officials who were behind the Russia investigation. From the report: The grand jury that Mr. Durham has recently used to hear evidence has expired, and while he could convene another, there are currently no plans to do so, three people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Durham and his team are working to complete a final report by the end of the year, they said, and one of the lead prosecutors on his team is leaving for a job with...
    President Joe Biden’s speech this week targeting “MAGA Republicans” earned plenty of outrage from Republicans, but it also brought one to tears. Political strategist Rina Shah appeared with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Saturday and got “very honest” about her reaction to the president’s speech. Shah is a longtime Republican critic of Trump, which Velshi noted when he asked her what other anti-Trump Republicans like Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) can do going forward with the former president still holding so much influence over the party. “We are exactly what Joe Biden said the other night, we are optimists. We are hopeful for America, and I think it’s really important to show that message. Everything feels dark heavy, really heavy, we are in uncharted territory,” Shah said, blasting Trump over accusations he illegally stored and transported classified documents from the White House. Shah then gave unfiltered praise for Biden’s speech, claiming the Democrat gave her “tremendous hope.” Shah told Velshi: What I heard from Joe Biden last night gave me tremendous hope. Actually, to be very honest with you, it made me cry like a child. because it reminded...
    CNN legal analyst Elie Honig argued on Wednesday that the United States Department of Justice had effectively dropped the hammer on former President Donald Trump with its late-night filing detailing efforts to conceal the presence of top-secret documents at Mar-a-Lago. When asked to break down the filing by host John Berman, Honig summed it up by declaring, "The DOJ strikes back." "Clearly DOJ had something on their minds, something was bugging them and they used this filing to unload all of that," he said. "The first thing that I think you take out of this filing is that, forget about these questions about whether DOJ acted too rationally, too suddenly when they executed the search warrant. they had no choice... the extent of the timeline and how long they were misled and lied to by Trump's attorneys, how many chances they gave Trump's attorneys to just hand over the documents... by a subpoena. They had to do this search warrant." Honig also said the filing gave hints about criminal charges Trump and his lawyers may be facing. "One of the...
    Rudy Giuliani said he received a 'cordial' welcome when he testified before a Georgia grand jury investigating attempts to overthrow the 2020 election. The 78-year-old former lawyer for Donald Trump was at the forefront of Trump's efforts to declare the election invalid, with Georgia - a swing state, narrowly won by Joe Biden - of vital importance. Giuliani on Wednesday testified before a grand jury sitting in Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta, and on Sunday spoke for the first time of his experience. 'I was treated professionally by the district attorney's office in Atlanta, in Fulton County,' he told billionaire New York businessman and radio show host, John Catsimatidis. 'The DA came out and shook hands with me at the end.' Rudy Giuliani is seen arriving at Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday to testify before a grand jury Giuliani, seen arriving at the Atlanta courthouse on Wednesday, did not discuss his testimony as he left - but on Sunday said it was 'cordial' Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney, has been investigating interference in the election...
    Paul Manafort, who served as chairman of the Trump campaign in 2016, gave polling data to a Russian businessman believed to have ties to the Kremlin, he conceded in an interview. Manafort admitted to handing over campaign polling data to Konstantin Kilimnik, according to an interview with Business Insider. Kilimnik is believed to have later relayed "sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy" related to the Trump campaign over to Russian spies, the Treasury Department said. MICHAEL COHEN WAS SPYING ON TRUMP'S 2016 CAMPAIGN, BOOK CLAIMS "The data that I shared with him was a combination of public information and stuff for the spring that was. It was old," Manafort told the outlet. Manafort instructed Rick Gates, a campaign official, to print out several pages of campaign data about then-candidate Donald Trump's polling strength in 18 competitive states, an email reviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry revealed. The data were accumulated by the Trump campaign in mid-July, shortly before Manafort met with Kilimnik. Manafort rejected assertions that the printout was turned over to...
    (CNN)Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban headlined the Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas Thursday. He received a boisterous reception, as the audience cheered him on during his blistering attacks on abortion, immigration, LGBTQ rights and more. Julian Zelizer"Victory will never be found by taking the path of least resistance," he said, "We must take back the institutions in Washington and Brussels." Sounding very much like former President Donald Trump, who'll be the keynote speaker this Saturday, Orban said of Democrats: "They hate me and slander me and my country as they hate you and slander you." Orban is not the kind of leader some conservatives were envisioning as a keynote speaker when the organization was founded in 1974, at the height of the Cold War. Back then, the autocratic state was perceived as the direst threat to democracy. Today, the leaders of autocratic states are treated in heroic fashion. Read More The prime minister received a standing ovation when he said: "Now the west is at war with itself. We have seen what kind of future the globalist...
    Jared Kushner's forthcoming memoir details furious accusations from inside the Trump White House over leaking and Bannon's threat to 'break you in half' if the president's son-in-law went against him. But it culminates with Kushner telling the president he didn't oppose a presidential pardon for Bannon, who had been charged with a fraud scheme related to an effort to raise private funds to build border wall. 'Steve was incredibly destructive to your first year in office, but he was there for you on the first campaign when few were,' Kushner told the president, he writes. The excerpts, which were obtained by DailyMail.com, are contained in Kushner's new book, Breaking History: A White House Memoir, which is out next month, and where he labels Bannon a 'toxic' presence in the White House. Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner lays out angry clashes with Steve Bannon inside the Trump White House in his new book Bannon became an outsized presence in the Trump White House, where he served as chief strategist with a wide portfolio and where he kept a white board filled with...
    Former President Donald Trump never issued orders to ready 10,000 troops ready to be deployed to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller told congressional investigators. This assertion, revealed by the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday, clashes with claims made by Trump and his allies, as they argue this was a step the former president did take to protect lawmakers on the day the Capitol riot disrupted lawmakers as they met to certify President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory. “I was never given any direction or order or knew of any plans of that nature. I was surprised by seeing that publicly,” Miller told the Jan. 6 committee in video testimony. “Obviously, we had plans for activating more folks, but that was not anything more than contingency planning. There was no official message traffic or anything of that nature. … That was not part of my plan or the Department of Defense’s plan.” 187 MINUTES: SIX KEY MOMENTS FROM HOUSE JAN. 6 HEARING ON TRUMP’S TIMELINE Former White House chief...
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    A member of the US Secret Service speaks on a cellphone as US President-elect Donald Trump attends meetings at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, November 10, 2016.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images The U.S. Secret Service handed over just one text message thread in response to a subpoena issued by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, according to a letter obtained by NBC News on Wednesday. That development was revealed by the Secret Service in a letter sent Tuesday, the deadline for the agency to hand over a trove of documents related to the insurrection, when a violent mob of then-President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol. The Secret Service and the select committee did not immediately respond to CNBC's requests for comment. The select committee issued the subpoena after being informed that Secret Service texts from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 of that year had been erased as a result of a "device-replacement program." The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service, briefed the select panel...
    Chet Strange/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump blasted President Joe Biden on Tuesday over the news that the Biden administration is looking to “reshape” the U.S. tariffs on China in an attempt to try and bring down inflation. In the statement, Trump also boasted of the $28 billion “gift” he gave U.S farmers – referring to his administration’s costly bailout of farmers as a result of the tariffs. Politico reported on Tuesday, “The administration is likely to announce action to lift a narrow set of tariffs on Chinese imports this month.” “Believe it or not, it is looking more and more like the United States is getting ready to remove the Tariffs on China. This would be a terrible mistake. These Tariffs have brought many Billions of Dollars to our Country, and made affected businesses, such as steel, viable again in the United States,” Trump said in a statement. “Doing this would be the greatest gift that China could ever receive. Our Farmers alone got $28 billion as a gift from me, that came directly out of the Tariffs because...
    Rod Lamkey/CNP via ZUMA Press Wire Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony to the January 6th committee on Tuesday was extraordinary. Hutchinson, formerly a senior aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, had a ringside seat to the attempted coup, and over the course of several hours, she described President Donald Trump’s insistence that armed supporters be allowed to attend his rally; his desire to join the violent mob himself; his attempt to literally take the wheel of the motorcade; his alleged assault on the Secret Service officer who stopped him; and Trump’s support for the protesters’ chants of “hang Mike Pence.” Hutchinson is just 25—Washington has an unusual propensity for piling its biggest responsibilities on either octogenarians or twentysomethings—and her in-person appearance was all the more notable in light of the absence of her boss, the 62-year-old Meadows, who declined to cooperate with a congressional subpoena, but did publish a book. In Hutchinson’s account, she grew increasingly frustrated with what was...
    (CNN)Consider this: 1) Donald Trump's presidency began on January 20, 2017, with a contentious debate between his press operation and the reporters who cover the White House over how large a crowd had attended his inauguration. Trump forced then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer to go in front of reporters and assert it had been "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe." 2) As we learned Tuesday, Donald Trump's presidency effectively ended on January 6, 2021, with the the billionaire businessman fighting with aides to let armed people through the magnetometers so that the crowd would look as full as possible in photographs taken of his address to the "Stop the Steal" rally. "He was very concerned about the shot, the photograph we would get," testified Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, to the 1/6 committee on Tuesday.Read More Those two episodes function as symbolic bookends of the Trump presidency. In a White House in which almost nothing was stable or predictable, the...
    Republican donors who have opened their wallets for Donald Trump are now backing Ron DeSantis as he bids to win a second term as governor of Florida, it has emerged. New campaign filings obtained by Politico show that DeSantis, 43, has received $3.4 million from 10 donors who collectively spent $24 million on Trump's reelection bid. Many of those who donated had never contributed to state-level Florida elections before, and include Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus, 93, who gave DeSantis $500,000. In 2016, he was one of Donald Trump's most generous donors, contributing $7 million. The analysis comes as Trump, 76, faces increasing questions about whether he could beat DeSantis in 2024, if the ambitious governor decides to challenge him. Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis are seen in November 2019. Many Republican megadonors are now backing DeSantis in his November re-election bid Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus has given DeSantis's campaign $500,000 Uihlein and his wife Elizabeth have contributed in excess of $30 million combined over two decades Who's backing DeSantis?  TRUMP SUPPORTERS  William Buckley, a retired venture capitalist with a home...
    (CNN)There's perhaps no more consistent thread in Donald Trump's thinking (and self-image) than the crowds he draws.The day after his inauguration, he pushed then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer to tell the press corps that the crowd on hand was historic."This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration -- period -- both in person and around the globe," Spicer said. "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong." (He has since said he regrets making that ridiculous claim.)Throughout his presidency, Trump would talk about his ability to draw big crowds -- often at deeply inappropriate times. While visiting a hospital that was treating victims of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in 2019, Trump said this: "I was here three months ago. That place was packed. ... That was some crowd. And we had twice the number outside. And then you had this crazy Beto [O'Rourke]. Beto had like 400 people in a parking lot, they said his crowd was wonderful."Read MoreAll of which brings me to this past weekend and Trump's...
    Former President Donald Trump claims he previously drew a crowd larger than the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King did during the historic March on Washington, according to Mediaite. On Friday, June 17, Trump delivered a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual conference in Nashville, Tenn. During his speech, he made it a point to criticize the House Select Committee's investigation into the Capitol insurrection and once again argued that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. He also recalled his speech on July 4, 2020, as he claimed to have drawn a bigger crowd than King did when he delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. “They were there, and nobody ever mentions that, they never show it,” Trump said. “I have never seen it on television where they have a helicopter shot of Washington with numbers of, I won’t say it, because if I say it okay, I’ll get wiped out. You know, it’s very interesting. On July 4, I gave a speech two years ago at the Mall and it was the same...
    Former President Donald Trump claimed Friday he once drew a larger crowd than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during remarks in Nashville, Tennessee Friday. The former president addressed an audience for the annual Faith and Freedom Coalition conference. At one point during remarks in which he railed against the Jan. 6 committee and claimed the 2020 election was “rigged,” he spoke about crowd sizes. In particular, Trump said on July 4, 2020, he drew more people than King did during his iconic 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. “They were there, and nobody ever mentions that, they never show it,” Trump said. “I have never seen it on television where they have a helicopter shot of Washington with numbers of, I won’t say it, because if I say it okay, I’ll get wiped out. You know, it’s very interesting. On July 4, I gave a speech two years ago at the Mall and it was the same Mall [where Martin Luther King Jr gave his speech].” Trump said both settings were identical, as both speeches were delivered in the same location. He...
    WWE wrestling is investigating claims its married, longtime CEO Vince McMahon gave female employees hush money payments, including a paralegal who he allegedly paid $3million after doubling her salary while they were having an affair.  McMahon, 76, is married to former Trump administration official Linda McMahon and the pair have two adult children, one of whom sits on the WWE board along with her father.  According to a report by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, the 12-person board has retained a legal firm to investigate claims that McMahon has been paying female employees off - using his own money - after being accused of misconduct.  The investigation began in April after the board received emails from the friend of an unnamed, 41-year-old paralegal.  McMahon has served as CEO of the multi-billion dollar company since 2009 and is said to be worth $2billion.   WWE wrestling is investigating Vince McMahon over claims he paid women hush money after they accused him of misconduct, including a 41-year-old paralegal who says he gave her $3million after they had an affair  McMahon is married...
    Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images A new article on Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) features an autograph he once received from former President Donald Trump…which was written on a printed article about the investigation into his alleged child sex trafficking. TIME released a joint profile on Gaetz and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), which delves into their incendiary politics, magnetism for controversy, and the influence they hold as leaders of the “MAGA squad.” TIME’s Molly Ball described how she watched Greene join Gaetz at his office one day to tape an episode of the latter’s podcast. As Ball gave details about the set-up in Gaetz’s office/studio, her article included a picture TIME photographer Shuran Huang took of a news article Gaetz kept in a glass case on his desk, which had one of Trump’s grandiose, Sharpie-written notes scribbled on it. Matt, This is Great,” Trump wrote. “Keep fighting — You will WIN!” Looks like Trump autographed an article on Matt Gaetz defending himself against ongoing sex trafficking investigation Trump wrote: “Matt, This is Great…Keep fighting – You will WIN!” https://t.co/LRtvzQeND5 pic.twitter.com/CR2MQ2ljQq...
    The Select House Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot premiered in prime-time on Thursday – it was a predictable flop. The presentation to reveal the committee's findings started at 8:00pm eastern time – just after I put my daughter to bed. Like most Americans, I had other things that I'd rather do. But nonetheless, I asked my husband to turn it on downstairs so I could watch after I was done with her. I presume, like most Americans, I was left thinking: What was the point of that? I remember January 6th, as we all do, as one of our darkest days. I was in Washington D.C. and saw Trump supporters collecting near the Capitol before the riots. I watched it unfold in real-time on television after I got home from work. It was petrifying, an embarrassment to our country and the final nail in the coffin, as far as I was concerned, with President Trump's legacy. The Select House Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot premiered in prime-time on Thursday – it was a predictable flop. (Above)...
    Kevin Kiley, a Trump-endorsed congressional candidate for California’s third district, joined Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM with host Matthew Boyle and warned that the Biden administration is emulating California’s disastrous policies. Kiley commented that this midterm election cycle was about answering the central question, “Are we going to continue to go down this disastrous path that Joe Biden is taking us” – that we “have a preview for up here in California” – or are we going to return to the Trump era policies that gave us a secure border, that gave us the greatest economy the nation has ever had,” and “that gave us safe communities?” Host Matthew Boyle remarked that Kiley has been “battle-tested” from his time in the Republican minority in Sacramento as a member of the California State Assembly, before pointing out that he’ll have to fight “the RINOs there too in Washington” and asking how the candidate will take what he’s learned in California to D.C. Kiley asserted that “if we get the majority, which I do think we will, in Congress, that is not enough. We need to have...
    Georgia GOP Rep. Barry Loudermilk is facing scrutiny from the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol. "Based on our review of evidence in the Select Committee's possession, we believe you have information regarding a tour you led through parts of the Capitol complex on January 5, 2021," Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) wrote in a letter to Loudermilk on Thursday. "The foregoing information raises questions to which the Select Committee must seek answers. Public reporting and witness accounts indicate some individuals and groups engaged in efforts to gather information about the layout of the U.S. Capitol, as well as the House and Senate office buildings, in advance of January 6, 2021," read the letter, which was also signed by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). "In response to those allegations, Republicans on the Committee on House Administration—of which you are a Member—claimed to have reviewed security footage from the days preceding January 6th and determined that '[t]here were no tours, no large groups, no one with MAGA hats on.' However, the Select Committee’s review of...
    Michael Flynn served in the Trump administration for approximately as long as it takes Donald Trump’s languorous, M.C. Escher-like grotesquerie of a colon to pass a Happy Meal. He was our country’s national security adviser for about three weeks in early 2017, during which time he did his level best to make Vladimir Putin’s dewiest wet dreams come true. He was famously fired—by Trump himself—after he falsely denied discussing sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to Trump taking office. According to The Washington Post, the discussions were “interpreted by some senior U.S. officials as an inappropriate and potentially illegal signal to the Kremlin that it could expect a reprieve from sanctions that were being imposed by the Obama administration in late December to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election.” In other words, he cozied up to the murderous Putin regime and was likely dangling sanctions relief in an effort to quickly pay back Putin’s support of Trump and Russia’s financial backing of Flynn himself. So you’d think someone who’d literally received payments from Dipshit Hitler before attempting to make sketchy backroom deals with...
    (CNN)To Kathy Barnette and her ardent supporters in Pennsylvania's Republican Senate primary, former President Donald Trump made a mistake.It's not that Barnette and her supporters don't still support the former President. They do, and many of her backers remain Trump's most fervent defenders. But when the former President endorsed celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz in the Republican Senate primary, it opened a pathway for Barnette to run further to the right, and more in line with the "MAGA movement" than any of her primary opponents."As much as people support Trump, hey, he ain't God," said Gary Smith, chair for the Constitutional Republicans of Western Pennsylvania in Jefferson County who personally plans to vote for Barnette. "He made a mistake. I think it is one of the worst mistakes he has made in his endorsements because Oz is everything we are not."Smith added: "This is Trump country. A year later, all the signs are still up. ... But I would say right now, 90 some percent of our group is probably going to vote for her."Barnette's campaign has been a surprising success...
    An Indiana man once again can patronize his local public library after a federal judge ruled that a ban for life issued against him because of a poem he wrote is unconstitutional. Richard England, 68, had gone to the Jackson County Public Library on Nov. 16, 2020, to return items and check out DVDs, reports The Tribune in Seymour, Ind. While there he wanted to give a library employee a poem he had composed, entitled "The Red Mean." The paper says "the employee, however, was not there at that time. As a result, England decided to leave the poem in a basket on the circulation desk, which contained medical face masks for library patrons, and then left the library without incident." The poem reads: “Know no good, bring out your dead, let them eat cake, off with your head. Before you become Donald Trump’s clone, know Satan’s reward, is only a loan. Liars are losers, haters are cruel, oh what a pity, to die such a fool.” About 15 to 30 minutes after England left, a library employee found the...
    Lynne Patton, a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump and his Save America PAC, hammered President Joe Biden on Breitbart News Saturday for his lack of leadership and help offered to minority communities across the country. Patton, a longtime Trump family aide and former Housing and Urban Development administrator for New York and New Jersey, told Breitbart News’ Jerome Hudson this past weekend on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday that “the difference could not be more stark” between Biden and Trump. She said Trump has constantly talked about economic empowerment, stating that Trump offered the Platinum Plan, which would have been an estimated $500 billion to help black communities, while “Biden has offered $30 million and crack pipes.” “It’s no wonder that over 25 percent of black Americans and 33 percent of Hispanics regret voting for Joe Biden,” Patton continued. “Because we continue to see a reversal of policies that work, and it’s inexplicable. You know, voters today are unapologetically Family First and America First, as we’ve seen by the elections in Texas, Virginia, Ohio, and even New Jersey.” Referring to the success Trump had while...
    The controversial wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Ginni Thomas, would reportedly visit former President Donald Trump during his time in office and advise him on who was loyal and who was disloyal in his administration. The new revelations from Daily Beast reporters Asawin Suebsaeng and Adam Rawnsley further illustrate the deep connections between Ginni Thomas and the Trump White House, which have been made public in various reports in recent weeks. The Washington Post reported last week that Ginni Thomas had texted then White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and advocated on behalf overturning the 2020 presidential election. “Years before she became one of then-President Donald Trump’s most prominent coup supporters, Ginni Thomas was already notorious in his West Wing for, among other things, ruining staffers’ afternoons by working Trump into fits of vengeful rage,” the article begins. “We all knew that within minutes after Ginni left her meeting with the president, he would start yelling about firing people for being disloyal,” a former senior Trump administration official is quoted as saying. “When Ginni Thomas showed...
    Jessica McGowan, Getty Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue (R-GA) claimed Tuesday he was unaware he supported chants at a rally for former President Donald Trump to “lock-up” Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. At a rally on Saturday in Commerce, Georgia, Perdue railed against Kemp and others he said were responsible for the “absolutely stolen” 2020 presidential and January 2021 special Senate elections in the state. He implied Kemp, who Trump disavowed following his loss in the state in 2020, was complicit in a conspiracy to deny the Republican party a chance to keep the White House and Senate. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the rally: And when [Perdue] promised to ensure that those “responsible for that fraud in 2020 go to jail” if elected governor, loud chants of “lock him up!” erupted from Trump supporters gathered at the old dragway in Commerce. Perdue responded to the demands to imprison Kemp, his former political ally turned primary rival, by flashing a smile and a thumbs-up sign to the crowd. The moment was captured on video and shared by AJC reporter Greg Bluestein....
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said during an interview with Time Magazine’s Molly Ball that former President Donald Trump gave Congress “no choice,” thus they had to impeach him. Ball asked, “You were accused of partisanship and being divisive with those impeachments, particularly that first impeachment which had to do with Ukraine. Do you think that looks differently in retrospect? Have recent events highlighted the importance of that?” Pelosi said, “I think in retrospect it looks even more deadly serious that we did that.” She continued, “When the former president did what he did on that phone call with President Zelensky, he gave me no choice. Here was a president who was undermining our national security, undermining the integrity of our elections in a way that was appalling. And he professed to not even know the difference between right and wrong. That was an assault on our Constitution, and there was no choice but impeachment.” Pelosi added, “I don’t think it was partisan at all. I think it was patriotic, I thought it was honoring our Constitution, and the former president...
    Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar called on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from election-related cases during a Sunday TV interview, days after a damning report revealed his wife's attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential results.  'The facts are clear here. This is unbelievable. You have the wife of a sitting Supreme Court justice advocating for an insurrection, advocating for overturning a legal election to the sitting president's chief of staff and she also knows this election, these cases, are going to come before her husband,' Klobuchar said. She told ABC's This Week: 'This is a textbook case for removing him, recusing him from these decisions.'  Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist, pushed 2020 election fraud conspiracy theories in dozens of text messages with ex-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, reports revealed on Thursday.  Thomas urged Donald Trump's former aide to make controversial lawyer Sidney Powell the face of the ex-president's legal defense and appeared to frequently promote QAnon beliefs in texts obtained by the Washington Post and CBS News. The 29 messages are reportedly part of the vast tranche of...
    At this point the staggering miscalculation shown by Vladimir Putin in invading Ukraine is fairly obvious to everyone (except perhaps to Putin himself). He expected a quick victory over Ukraine’s armed forces and he didn’t get it. He expected most Ukrainians would embrace their Russian invaders—or at the very least meekly submit to Russian rule—and he didn’t get that either. He expected a disjointed, tepid response from the NATO alliance, and he got that one wrong as well. But he had very good grounds for at least some of his expectations. Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent interviewed acclaimed historian and Russian expert Timothy Snyder about the motivation for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Snyder believes one of the primary reasons Putin launched this ill-conceived war was a perception that the West—and particularly the U.S.—would fold under the weight of its own internal discord and divisions. The Trump-inspired insurrection that occurred in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021—and the subsequent efforts by Republicans to ignore, sanitize, and whitewash it—provided Putin with the confidence that any U.S. response to his war would simply underscore its...
    (CNN)The White House is targeting Republican senators for their support of judges nominated by then-President Donald Trump who, like Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, had sentenced child pornography offenders below the sentences sought by prosecutors or suggested by guidelines. The pushback comes after Jackson spent more than 22 hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week and Republicans including Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri repeatedly suggested that she had been too lenient in sentencing. Supporters of Jackson have complained that Democrats didn't do enough to put the attacks into context and highlight evidence that she was in line with other federal judges on the issue at a time when guidelines are outdated.Key takeaways from the four days of confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson"Tellingly, the same GOP senators who have leveled these smears voted for Trump-nominated judges who sentenced the exact same crime in the same fashion -- below guidelines that are widely considered out of date and below sentences sought by the prosecution, as is the norm," White House spokesman...
    Records show that California native and congressional candidate Robby Starbuck did not give any financial contributions to former President Donald Trump or Republican candidates prior to his run for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District. The Tennessee Star verified Starbuck gave $40 to WINRED on October 15, 2020, $250 to the Williamson County GOP on July 21, 2021, $500 to the Williamson County GOP on February 3, $100 to the Tennessee GOP on February 28, and an additional donation to the Davidson County GOP in February. Starbuck also claimed other donations to Tennessee U.S. Rep. Mark Green, but those occurred during this FEC quarter reporting cycle. The reporting will not become public until mid-April. Starbuck first began publicly discussing a run for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District as early as July 19, 2020. He discussed a generic run for the U.S. House in May of 2020, well before the August 2020 U.S. Senate primary, which he did not vote in. The Star previously reported that a challenge to Starbuck’s Republican bona fide status was made to the Tennessee GOP, as well as fellow...
    Former President Donald Trump told Maria Bartiromo on Wednesday that “Russia has gotten in deeper than they ever thought possible” because of the “weapons I gave and that the Ukrainians use so well.” Trump’s comment is the latest in a string of remarks in which he claims that he helped to bolster Ukrainian defenses and that Vladimir Putin would not have attacked Ukraine were he still president. Critics have been quick to debunk the claims and recall the fact that Trump withheld Congress-approved military aid to Ukraine unless Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky would announce an investigation into Joe Biden. Trump’s demand from Zelensky led to his December 2019 impeachment and eventual acquittal by the then Republican-controlled U.S. Senate. In January 2020 the Government Accountability Office released a report detailing that the Trump administration broke the law by withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine over the summer. The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg notes of Trump’s attempt to rewrite his presidency, “History will note Trump wanted the US out of @NATO because he thinks it’s a protection racket/country club, his blackmail of...
    Some GOP officials never seem to know when to give up. Despite having absolutely no proof, cries that the election was stolen still seem to ring in the ears of Republicans. Despite legal experts noting that it was impossible, a Wisconsin judge has claimed that there are grounds for the state legislature to “decertify” the results of the 2020 election. The claim follows a review of the election demanded by Republicans, in which individuals in the state assembly hired Michael Gableman, a former state supreme court justice to investigate the election. The 136-page interim report released Tuesday has received widespread bipartisan criticism and has been labeled unnecessary because not only was it poorly done but used $676,000 in public funds. During a presentation of the report Tuesday, Gableman said the state Legislature should “take a very hard look at the option of decertification of the 2020” presidential election. Moments before Gableman presented, Donald Trump encouraged supporters to listen in, BuzzFeed News reported. Both Democrats and Republicans alike rejected the idea and called the move illegal. “Still not legal...
    Although former President Donald Trump was voted out of office 15 months ago and has been gone from the White House for over a year, he hasn’t lost his fundraising abilities. Trump’s political action committee, Save America, according to Bloomberg News reporter Bill Allison, had “$108 million in the bank” at the end of January. But Allison also reports that in January, Save America “didn’t donate any of it…. to the dozens of candidates he’s backing.” “Trump has endorsed GOP candidates running this year, focusing on those who support his baseless claims the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him or are challenging Republican incumbents who opposed him,” Allison explains. “He’s championed more than 140 candidates since leaving the White House, about half of whom are running for federal office. He’s championed more than 140 candidates since leaving the White House, about half of whom are running for federal office. He’s also endorsed politicians running for state and local positions as well as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.” Since July 2021, Allison notes, Save America has “donated just $350,500 to...
    Former President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that Democrats spied on his White House and his New York City apartment as part of espionage campaign that ran after the 2016 election in an effort to undermine the 2020 vote. His wild allegations follow a court filing that has been seized on by Trump allies as proof that his opponents spied on internet traffic to gather dirt during the 2016 campaign.   It comes from Special Council John Durham's probe into the origins of an investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia.  But tech experts say the internet data in question have little value except in highly specialized circumstances. That has not stopped Trump claiming vindication for claims he made in 2017 that Barack Obama spied on him. 'Much of the now-uncovered espionage campaign of the Democrats breaking into the White House and my New York City apartment, took place after the 2016 election as yet another way to undermine the upcoming 2020 election,' he said in one of two emailed statements sent on Wednesday evening after Hillary Clinton had dismissed the...
    Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Donald Trump was reportedly upset when Bill Belichick declined to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year, but the New England Patriots head coach has since reconciled in a sweet way. Trump attempted to bestow the Presidential of Medal of Freedom on Belichick shortly before leaving office, but the Patriots coach politely declined the honor in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. The former president blasted the Patriots coach during an April 2021 interview with New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns for an upcoming book. According to an excerpt obtained by Yahoo Sports columnist Charles Robinson, Trump claimed Belichick “chickened out” by not accepting the honor. Despite his initial angst, Trump says Belichick later kissed and made up with him on the golf course. Trump bragged that it was not only Republican politicians who had crawled back to his side after briefly rejecting him after January 6. One of the rejections that had bothered him the most had come from Bill Belichick,...
    A new bombshell report alleges professional and journalistic wrongdoing by ousted CNN president Jeff Zucker and his colleague Allison Gollust. Zucker announced his immediate resignation from CNN admitting he failed to disclose his consensual relationship with Gollust, CNN's executive vice president and chief marketing officer who is still with the company.  While Gollust's statement suggests her relationship with Zucker blossomed during the coronavirus pandemic, Rolling Stone magazine alleges it began decades earlier and that the "CNN power couple… repeatedly lied about their relationship to their corporate bosses." JEFF ZUCKER'S CNN EXIT: FIERY MEETING, SOMBER CONFERENCE CALL PROVE STAFFERS ALREADY MISS FORMER BOSS "In reality, these sources tell Rolling Stone, Zucker became romantically entangled with Gollust back in 1996, when she was a trainee in NBC’s corporate communications group and he was the married executive producer of ‘The Today Show,’" Rolling Stone reported.  One "insider" told the magazine, "It was the worst-kept secret, but Jeff was seen as untouchable… And their statements [in the memo] are total bulls---." Ousted CNN president Jeff Zucker and colleague Allison Gollust. (Getty Images) The report...
    Candidate and political committee federal fundraising reports due Monday set the stage for key races in the 2022 midterm election cycle and high-profile Republican primaries. The figures show bright spots for Republicans, who project confidence about taking back the House and have a chance to flip the Senate. But it also reflects contentious primaries on the horizon, with those who oppose candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump showing fundraising strength. Here are some highlights from 2021 fourth-quarter fundraising, covering October through the end of December and 2021 as a whole: Liz Cheney out-raises Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman The Republican congresswoman is Public Enemy No. 1 to much of the Trump wing of the Republican Party due to her vocal criticism of the former president and participation in the Jan. 6 House select committee. Liz Cheney has been disavowed by the Wyoming Republican Party and faces one of the most challenging primaries of the year. But she is financed for a fight. Cheney brought in nearly $2 million in contributions in the last quarter...
    By Eric Bradner | CNN Weeks after the House panel investigating the January 6 insurrection was formed, former President Donald Trump’s political action committee gave $1 million to the non-profit organization that employs his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, campaign finance records filed Monday night show. Trump’s Save America PAC on July 26 gave $1 million to the Conservative Partnership Institute, the group where Meadows is a senior partner. The donation came less than four weeks after the House voted to establish a select committee to investigate the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol. In December, the House voted to recommend that the Department of Justice pursue criminal charges against Meadows for refusing to cooperate with the committee’s probe. Trump’s political organization has amassed $122 million in cash reserves, his team announced Monday. The $1 million to Meadows’ non-profit made up most of the $1.35 million in donations that Trump’s PAC disbursed to political organizations and candidates in the second half of 2021. Most of the donations were for $5,000 and went to candidates who Trump has...
    (CNN)Weeks after the House panel investigating the January 6 insurrection was formed, former President Donald Trump's political action committee gave $1 million to the non-profit organization that employs his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, campaign finance records filed Monday night show. Trump's Save America PAC on July 26 gave $1 million to the Conservative Partnership Institute, the group where Meadows is a senior partner. The donation came less than four weeks after the House voted to establish a select committee to investigate the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol. In December, the House voted to recommend that the Department of Justice pursue criminal charges against Meadows for refusing to cooperate with the committee's probe. Trump's political organization has amassed $122 million in cash reserves, his team announced Monday.The $1 million to Meadows' non-profit made up most of the $1.35 million in donations that Trump's PAC disbursed to political organizations and candidates in the second half of 2021.Read MoreMost of the donations were for $5,000 and went to candidates who Trump has endorsed -- and who have embraced...
    Former President George W. Bush is all in, at least in terms of his personal checkbook, in supporting Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for reelection – two Republicans Donald Trump is actively working to take down. Bush very publicly supported Cheney’s reelection campaign with a Dallas fundraiser last fall and is likely to continue his support for his former vice president’s daughter. The latest Federal Election Commission disclosures show Bush gave Cheney $5,800 on October 28, 2021, for both the general and primary elections – the maximum allowed individual donation. Cheney raked in $1.9 million in the last quarter of 2021, a personal record, which left her campaign account with more than $4.7 million cash on hand. Politico reported Monday that Bush had previously donated to Cheney in 2016, but had made no other contributions in 2021 before October. On December 31, 2021, Bush gave Murkowski $2,900 for her primary against Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka, a former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration. $2,900 is the maximum allowed individual donation for a primary candidate. Murkowski...
    Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia and chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty Images Sen. Joe Manchin's reelection campaign raised nearly $300,000 from corporate political action committees and executives days after the conservative Democrat said he would oppose President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion social and climate spending package, according to a CNBC analysis of Federal Election Commission filings. Some of the executives who donated to his campaign also previously contributed to other Republican leaders' political operations, including former President Donald Trump's. Manchin is up for reelection in 2024. His campaign raised just over $1.5 million in the fourth quarter, ending the period with over $6 million on hand. Manchin's campaign has never raised that much money over the October-December quarter, according to a campaign finance expert. Over $280,000 from corporate PACs and influential donors came after Manchin announced on Fox News on Dec. 19 that he would not back Biden's major spending bill, which is known as Build Back Better....
    (CNN)It was one of Joe Biden's shortest answers in his nearly-two hour press conference Wednesday. It was also the worst.He was asked, "How do you plan to win back moderates and independents who cast a ballot for you in 2020 but, polls indicate, aren't happy with the way you're doing your job now?" The President responded this way: "I don't believe the polls."Which, well, what?If you heard echoes of former President Donald Trump in that answer, you're not alone. Read More"If it's bad, I say it's fake," Trump said last year. "If it's good, I say that's the most accurate poll ever." And, back in 2018, Trump told a crowd this about the news more broadly: "Don't believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. ... What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."That's not to equate what Biden did on Wednesday with the four years of misleading and outright lying Trump did as president. They're not the same.And, my guess is that Biden was simply being glib in his response to a question...
    New York's attorney general is seeking a court order to force Donald Trump and his two oldest children to testify in their fraud case, stating that she has 'uncovered significant evidence' of financial misconduct. Letitia James has since March 2019 been looking into the tax affairs of the Trump Organization, after former Trump confidante Michael Cohen shed light on its business practices. James is looking at whether the Trump Organization inflated the value of its assets in a bid to claim tax relief. James said that the former president claimed his Trump Tower penthouse was 30,000 square feet and worth $327 million, when in fact it was 11,000 square feet and worth a fraction of that. He also inflated the value of his golf course in Scotland, and wrongly stated that members of his Westchester club were paying $150,000 to join. The Trumps misrepresented the value to banks, insurance companies and the IRS, James said. Letitia James on Tuesday announced she was seeking a subpoena to force Donald Trump and his two eldest children to testify  Eric Trump, far left, was...
    In newly-unearthed audio, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy endorsed a bipartisan investigation into the Captiol riot on January 6, 2021 and said that former President Donald Trump told him he felt some responsibility for it. The interview on a local radio station in California just days after the attack has resurfaced right after McCarthy said he would not cooperate with the now ongoing Jan. 6 investigation panel. On Thursday, McCarthy was asked by CNN reporter Manu Raju about how he had said he was 'willing to testify' about Jan. 6 but now did not support the select committee hearing. The House Minority Leader interrupted, saying, 'That's not true. Ask your question. I'll verify what's true in there.'  CNN has since unearthed two audio clips in which McCarthy called for the investigation and blamed Trump for the attack.   House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy bristled at questions on Thursday about why he would not cooperate with the Jan. 6 investigation, turning instead to attack House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and saying he had nothing to offer the House probe Former President Donald Trump...
    (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is widely being discussed as a potential 2024 candidate for Republicans -- and he's doing little to knock down that chatter. And, his state of the state speech on Tuesday gave us all a preview of how DeSantis would run if he runs."Florida has become the escape hatch for those chafing under authoritarian, arbitrary and seemingly never-ending mandates and restrictions," DeSantis said, adding that Florida was now "the freest state in these United States." DeSantis repeatedly touted his willingness to buck so-called conventional wisdom during his first term -- particularly when it came to dealing with the spread of Covid-19 in his state. DeSantis made mention of his decision to re-open Florida schools fully in the fall of 2020."We were right and they were wrong," DeSantis said, in what could easily double for a presidential campaign if/when he runs.And, make no mistake: What DeSantis was doing in his speech was positioning himself for just such a run. Which feels like a natural next step from the first three years of DeSantis' time as governor; he has...
    The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is now looking into "a number of names" that had not been previously mentioned after a revelatory interview with former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said Sunday morning. "She had a number of names that I had not heard before, and she had some new ways of looking at it," Raskin said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," adding that she had "identified some lines of inquiry that had never occurred to me." Grisham's interview with the committee happened Wednesday, just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the deadly attack at the U.S. Capitol building by hundreds of Trump supporters seeking to stop the certification of President Joe Biden's election victory. During Trump's term, she served as both White House press secretary and communications director for First Lady Melania Trump, before resigning from the Administration following the attempted insurrection. During her testimony, Grisham also revealed several moments from inside the White House during the chaos of that day — including the fact...
    U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) revealed former Trump White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham named many people he had not heard about in connection with the January 6 insurrection, and promised Americans will be stunned when the House Select Committee on the Attack delivers its report. “America is going to be shocked and surprised at what we all come to learn this year,” Congressman Raskin told CNN Thursday night, one year after the violent and deadly insurrection. He also said that Grisham gave him “a lot of names I had not heard before” and “identified some minds of inquiry that had never occurred to me” prior to her Wednesday interview with the committee. Separately, Grisham on Thursday revealed she and more than a dozen other former Trump officials are meeting next week to discuss how to “stop” the former president, Donald Trump, from succeeding in his attempt to destroy democracy, and to get re-elected.From Your Site Articles