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To: Brumar89 who wrote (27543)10/23/2021 5:31:41 PM
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Looks like the Steve Bannon criminal referral did the trick: major 1/6 witness agrees to testify
Bill Palmer | 10:03 pm EDT October 22, 2021 Palmer Report

Steve Bannon – who is reportedly under criminal investigation in New York – was always going to be highly hesitant to testify to the January 6th Committee, for fear of further incriminating himself in the process. In fact Palmer Report has wondered aloud if the committee made a point of going after Bannon first, knowing he wouldn’t comply, so it could make an example out of him and scare other more valuable witnesses into cooperating.

Sure enough, just twenty-four hours after the House referred Bannon to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution for contempt of Congress, former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark has suddenly agreed to testify. In fact, according to CNN, Clark has agreed to testify as soon as next week.

This testimony is a major coup, from a witness that we (and many others) expected would be hesitant to cooperate. Did Clark suddenly agree to testify because he’s afraid of also being referred to the DOJ for criminal prosecution? There’s no way to know for sure, but it sure feels like it.

In any case, Jeffrey Clark is a big fish. He was the DOJ official who conspired with Donald Trump to try to convince the DOJ leadership to ask the Supreme Court to overthrow the 2020 election result. The Trump-Clark scheme didn’t come close to working; it was shut down by the Acting Attorney General and others at the DOJ, and even if it hadn’t been, the Supreme Court ended up unanimously shutting Trump down anyway. But the Trump-Clark effort ended up serving as the basis for Trump’s false claims of a “rigged” election, and helped lead to the January 6th insurrection.

Clark’s testimony will likely end up being something of a mixed bag. He certainly has to be worried about incriminating himself with his testimony, so he may invoke the Fifth Amendment in response to some of the dicier questions. He also may try to paint things as much in his own favor as he can, just shy of committing actual perjury.

But this isn’t about getting perfect testimony from Clark. This is about getting him to testify at all, so the viewing public can be made more aware of just how ugly January 6th was, and just how directly Donald Trump was involved in planning and inciting it. It’s a huge victory for the committee that Clark is promptly testifying, rather than trying to drag it out. Looks like the hammer the committee dropped on Bannon is producing results already.

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From: Brumar8910/24/2021 8:20:01 AM
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Bob Woodward finds 'seven conspiratorial actions' by Trump and Bannon
by Daniel Chaitin, Deputy News Editor |
| October 23, 2021

Investigative journalist Bob Woodward said his reporting shows "seven conspiratorial actions" between former President Donald Trump and Steve Bannon as part of an effort to overturn the 2020 election.

Claiming to have made a new discovery, Woodward said his book, Peril , which he wrote with fellow Washington Post journalist Robert Costa, lays out the blueprint of a scandal akin to the Watergate controversy that is now under investigation by a House select committee looking into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

"I just looked back at what we have in the book, and quite directly, we have the dots. We didn't connect them, though they're there," Woodward said during a CNN interview Thursday.

"There are seven conspiratorial actions by Trump and Bannon, essentially, to subvert and destroy the process of certifying who the next president is going to be. And when you think about it, it's just like Watergate."

Woodward, who helped expose the 1970s Watergate scandal in the Nixon administration with Carl Bernstein, came on the air after CNN's John Berman played a clip of Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of the Jan. 6 panel, tying Trump to Bannon in the lead-up to the Capitol riot.

"It appears that Mr. Bannon had substantial advanced knowledge of the plans for Jan. 6 and likely had an important role in formulating those plans," Cheney said at the select committee meeting. "Mr. Bannon was in the 'war room' at the Willard on Jan. 6. He also appears to have detailed knowledge regarding the president's efforts to sell millions of Americans the fraud that the election was stolen."

Bannon served as Trump's White House chief strategist for much of 2017. And although he was not a member of the administration around the time of the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 siege of Congress as lawmakers met in Washington to certify Joe Biden's electoral victory, he had reemerged as a force on the outside boosting Trump. Bannon acted as a senior political adviser behind an effort, centered in what allies called a "command center" at the Willard InterContinental Washington hotel, to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Woodward picked up a page of notes and went over some of the "conspiratorial actions" he had mentioned.

"First of all, on Dec. 30, Bannon talks to Trump and says, 'You've got to make a dramatic return to Washington,'" Woodward said, paraphrasing some of the quotes in Peril. "Trump is in Mar-a-Lago, he's going to have the New Year's Eve party down there, but he comes back, and Bannon says to Trump, 'You've got to call Vice President Pence off the ski slopes,' where Pence's staff and advisers have kind of stashed him away because they know in a week he's going to have to certify or decide what he's going to do about who the next president is. And then, Bannon says to Trump, 'Jan. 6 is the moment of reckoning here,' and if we can challenge the legitimacy of Biden, it casts a shadow over the Biden presidency, and then, he says, 'We are going to kill the Biden presidency in the crib.' The violent language, of course, it was manifest, the violence itself, on Jan. 6."

"Then, on Jan. 5, as Liz Cheney was pointing out, Bannon meets with others, including Rudy Giuliani and their phony Republicans, to block the certification of Biden, and then, you put all this in, and Trump put out a phony statement at the time — this is on the public record — saying he and Pence agreed that Pence has the power to walk away and essentially get Trump certified as president. But that's totally untrue," Woodward added.

Despite pressure from Trump and the chaos on Jan. 6, Pence did not try to send the results back to certain states Trump lost in November. In fact, he sent a letter to Congress saying he did not have the power to reject Electoral College votes, dealing a further blow to Trump’s hopes to deny a presidential victory to Biden.

The House voted Thursday to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the select committee. Before that, during her speech , Cheney, a Republican, said arguments made by Trump and Bannon that relevant information sought by the committee is protected by executive privilege "appear to reveal" that Trump was "personally involved in the planning and execution" of the events on Jan. 6.

If the Justice Department prosecutes Bannon and he is convicted, he could face fines up to $100,000 and up to a year in prison. Woodward predicted the Justice Department will go further and appoint a special counsel.

"We have a very clear-cut case. I would suspect it is quite possible that Attorney General Merrick Garland will appoint a special counsel to look at this, because the evidence is so clear for a massive Watergate-style attempt to destroy the process of electing a president," Woodward said.

Its been a year since Trump tried to steal the lost election. When is the special counsel going to be appointed?

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From: kidl10/24/2021 9:57:04 AM
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Money and misinformation: how Turning Point USA became a formidable pro-Trump force

The rightwing group outgrew its origins on campuses to hobnob with Republican operatives and donors – despite some discomfort in the party

he powerful conservative youth group Turning Point USA, which has forged strong ties to Donald Trump and his son Don Trump Jr, has raised tens of millions of dollars from super rich donors and secret backers while pushing disinformation about Joe Biden’s win in 2020, Covid-19 vaccines and other extremist and rightwing issues.

The group is campaigning on college campuses across the US, as well as expanding into rightist media and faith activities and – through its campaign arm – is getting directly involved with elections, where it often supports pro-Trump and conservative candidates.


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From: Brumar8910/24/2021 3:24:59 PM
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Ex-Politician Charged in QAnon Abduction Also Plotted to Attack Vax Clinics, Police SayTERRORISM CHARGES

Corbin Bolies Breaking News Intern
Published Oct. 23, 2021 10:22AM ET

AFP via Getty

It’s one thing to call for the overthrow of your government. It’s another to be a former elected official plotting to terrorize it. French police have charged Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann with terrorism, alleging the former politician plotted with other far-right extremists to attack vaccination centers throughout the country. Daillet had previously advocated overthrowing the government and was already in prison for another incredulous plot—a QAnon-inspired kidnapping of a child in Switzerland for a mother who lost custody. He then embarked on a self-imposed exile in Malaysia before returning to France to face new charges. His lawyer claims Daillet is a political prisoner.

Daillet has been a consistent spreader of conspiracy theories, condemning masks as “scientifically useless” and urging the destruction of 5G cell towers. Still, the latest charges don’t seem to have bothered him: Daillet plans to run for president in France’s upcoming elections.

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To: Brumar89 who wrote (27547)10/24/2021 3:30:29 PM
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About Mark Enyart, Marc Bernier, Phil Valentine, Jimmy DeYoung, Dick Farrel:

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From: Brumar8910/24/2021 4:28:34 PM
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Fox News Contributor Boasts That She’s Sticking it to Joe Biden by Remaining Unvaccinated

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From: Brumar8910/25/2021 8:23:21 AM
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Trump Will 'Kneecap' GOP Presidential Nominee if He Doesn't Run, Says Ex-Republican Lawmaker

Xander Landen

Former Republican lawmaker David Jolly argued Sunday that Donald Trump would end up hurting the GOP presidential nominee in 2024 if he doesn't seek the office himself.

Former Republican Congressman David Jolly argued Sunday that Former President Donald Trump would end up hurting the GOP presidential nominee in 2024 if he doesn't seek the office himself. Above, Trump arrives for a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on October 09, in Des Moines, Iowa."There's no off-ramp for Donald Trump that is gracious and empowers other Republicans behind him," Jolly, who previously represented Florida in the House of Representatives, said in an interview on MSNBC.

"He will say he's not running because the system is rigged and nobody should participate in, and he'll actually kneecap whoever might be the potential Republican nominee behind him," he added.

Jolly was one of several prominent Republicans who left the party after Trump took office.

During his appearance on MSNBC Sunday, host Alex Witt brought up a poll conducted by Grinnell College showing President Joe Biden and Trump were tied in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.

The poll, published by Grinnell and Seltzer & Company on Wednesday, found that Biden and Trump each had the support of 40 percent of likely voters. The survey found 14 percent of voters said they would vote for "someone else," while 4 percent said they were undecided and 1 percent said they wouldn't cast a ballot. Witt also noted that Biden's support among independents has fallen.

Witt asked Jolly what he thinks of the recent polling and "the fact that these are Trump's numbers after January 6," the date when supporters of the former president stormed the U.S. Capitol.

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To: Brumar89 who wrote (27550)10/25/2021 8:24:38 AM
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An alternate view: Why is Trump running for president again? To stay out of jail

Doyle McManus
Sun, October 24, 2021

Throughout his epic, scandal-ridden career, Donald Trump has compiled an astonishing record of impunity, constantly staying one jump ahead of prosecutors, plaintiffs and creditors.
He is the only president to be impeached twice, and acquitted twice by the votes of Republican senators.

He spent almost three years under investigation for what looked like collusion with Russia, only to walk away scot-free.

His former lawyer, Michael Cohen, went to prison for paying hush money to an adult entertainer known as Stormy Daniels, but “Individual-1,” the man who ordered him to write the check, was never held accountable.

That record of escapes would make Houdini envious.

But Trump remains under the gun. He's still in search of escape routes.

A House committee is examining his attempts to overturn last year’s presidential election, including his actions when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

A prosecutor in Georgia is investigating whether he violated state law against soliciting election fraud when he demanded that officials “find 11,780 votes” — the number he needed to undo Joe Biden’s victory in that state.

And prosecutors in New York are looking into allegations that Trump, or at least the closely held family business he runs, committed tax and bank fraud.

But don’t count him out.

“His life has been a series of lessons showing that with aggressive lawyering and a lot of chutzpah, you can achieve almost total immunity,” Norman Eisen, a counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during Trump’s first impeachment, told me.

The former president’s most visible battles are against the Democratic-led House of Representatives, which asked the Justice Department last week to prosecute his former aide Stephen K. Bannon after Bannon refused to comply with a subpoena.

Trump has ordered Bannon and other former associates to stonewall on the grounds that all of his conversations with them are protected by executive privilege.

That’s the legal doctrine that allows a president to protect internal White House deliberations from congressional snooping, a claim Trump asserted broadly when he was president.

In this case, the claim sounds far-fetched: How can a former president assert executive privilege, especially over conversations with someone like Bannon, who wasn’t a government official at the time?

But constitutional lawyers say Trump has several arguments he can make. He’ll probably try them all.

First, a former president does have the right to assert executive privilege. Trump can thank former President Nixon for that, fittingly enough. In 1977, Nixon tried to block the federal government from releasing his presidential papers; he lost, but in deciding the case, the Supreme Court declared that former presidents can assert the privilege under some circumstances.

As for Bannon, the Justice Department has long argued that executive privilege can protect a president’s meetings with nonemployees as long as the discussion covers official business. In January, Bannon reportedly urged Trump to block Congress from certifying Biden’s election, then told listeners of his Jan. 5 podcast: “All hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”

“If the cases are argued on the merits, Trump and Bannon are unlikely to prevail,” Jonathan Shaub, a former Justice Department lawyer who now teaches at the University of Kentucky's law school, told me.

“Executive privilege doesn’t apply to acts taken in a personal or political capacity, and it doesn’t apply when there are concrete allegations of wrongdoing.”

But winning may not be the point.

“In the end, this is all about delay,” Shaub said.

Trump and his supporters know that if they can tie the House committee in knots until the 2022 congressional election, there’s a good chance Republicans will win control of the chamber and kill the investigation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) know that too. That’s a major reason they asked the Justice Department to prosecute Bannon for criminal contempt; it’s faster than a civil suit.

The next step is up to Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland, who has exasperated some Democrats by keeping his distance from the Trump investigations.

President Biden said last week that he thinks Garland should prosecute Bannon and others who reject congressional subpoenas. That was an improper, Trump-style act of presidential jawboning; Garland pushed back, saying he wanted to return the Justice Department to its apolitical norm.

But Biden was right on the merits; without the threat of prosecution, Bannon and others will continue to stonewall.

Meanwhile, Trump has made his defense almost entirely political, not only denouncing the House investigation but praising the mob that invaded the capital.

“The insurrection took place on Nov. 3, election day,” he said in a written statement last week. “Jan. 6 was the protest!”

He’s used the investigation to raise money for his political action committee, which has collected millions.

“The Left will never stop coming after me,” he wrote in an email to donors last week. “Please contribute ANY AMOUNT IMMEDIATELY to make a statement to the Left that you’ll ALWAYS stand with YOUR President.”

And there, no matter how the legal wrangles turn out, lies the answer to a persistent question about Trump: What makes him run?

Ego, surely, in part. A desire to take revenge on his adversaries too.

But two practical reasons, as well.

One is money. Political contributions may be the most reliable revenue stream the Trump family enterprise has at the moment.

The other, equally important, is to bolster his legal defense. As long as he’s running (or even sort of running), Trump can denounce every inquest and subpoena as just another part of a political vendetta. It’s a way to hold his troops together — and to make every prosecutor think twice.

He's notching up another presidential first: He’s running for reelection to stay out of jail.

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To: Brumar89 who wrote (27551)10/25/2021 8:27:10 AM
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Cowboys for Trump Founder Turns on Trump in Conference Speech Over Capitol Riot Charges
October 25, 2021

Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin, who is facing charges in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot, has turned on the former president in a conference speech for abandoning January 6 rioters and failing to deliver on a campaign promise.

Griffin is facing misdemeanor criminal charges in the insurrection on the Capitol on January 6, where he was seen attempting to lead a crowd of rioters in prayer on an outdoor terrace. He supports Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, but denies that he knowingly entered restricted grounds to disrupt Congress certifying President Joe Biden‘s election win.

“We supported President Trump because of his fight for justice as well. And for four years we cried, ‘Lock her up. Lock her up. Lock her up.’ We know she’s a criminal. What did the president tell us? ‘If I was in charge of the law, you’d be in jail,’” Griffin said Sunday at a QAnon conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Mr. President, you’ve been in charge of the law for four years,” he added. “At the end of your four year time, the only ones locked up were men like me, and others like me, that have stood by the president the strongest.”

In 2019, Griffin led a group of rodeo associates to form Cowboys for Trump, who held parades to show support for the Trump administration.

Last month, Griffin defeated efforts to recall him as county commissioner in southern New Mexico. Under state rules, a recall petition needs an amount of signatures that’s equal to 33.3 percent of participation in the last election, and the petition fell short of the required signatures for a special election to be held.

A mob of Trump supporters, emboldened by baseless allegations of a stolen election, stormed the House and Senate chambers on January 6 to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s election win.

Trump released a video on January 7 explicitly condemning the rioters. “Like all Americans I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem,” he said, adding that the mob had “defiled the seat of American democracy.”

More than 680 people have been charged in the insurrection so far and some have argued in court documents that they were merely following the former president’s guidance.

In his legal defense, Capitol rioter Emanuel Jackson, a Washington area man, cited Trump’s remarks at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington D.C., which preceded the riot.

“Fight like hell. We will not take it anymore,” the former president said, as he encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol.

Newsweek reached out to Trump representatives for comment.

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From: Brumar8910/25/2021 9:14:35 AM
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End/ transfer of power. While many played a part in the events of that day, ultimate responsibility rests on the shoulders of Donald Trump. Jan. 6th was an attempted insurrection and Trump is the criminal who led it and should be held accountable.

Atticus Finch

4/ although they did not attain the former president’s goal of overturning the election they did manage to delay Congress from carrying out its duties for hours, a stunning breach of normal order in a democracy that prides itself on a long tradition of peaceful and orderly

3/ gave a speech in which he further attacked the legitimacy of the election and of our democracy before calling upon his supporters to march on the Capitol. Thousands of them obeyed his order and predictable violence resulted. The Capitol and Congress itself was breached and

2/ up his supporters with false claims that the election was rigged and their votes stolen. Once he worked them into a fever pitch he called upon them to come to D.C. on the very day that Congress would meet to carry out its Constitutional task of certifying the election. He then

1/ It’s helpful to be clear about the publically known facts of Jan. 6th. I posted this elsewhere, reposting here: Jan 6th was an attempted insurrection stoked by a president who refused to concede electoral defeat and spent months, starting even before the election, riling

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