Trump lashes out at Gov. Doug Ducey following certification

Re: Trump lashes out at Gov. Doug Ducey following certificat

Postby admin » Thu Mar 24, 2022 7:16 am

Donald Trump Flips (Politically) on Mo Brooks. Could it be that Mo Brooks has Flipped on Trump?
by Glenn Kirschner
Mar 23, 2022



On thing is beyond reasonable dispute: Donald Trump does not like to admits he's ever wrong. Yet he just issued a statement withdrawing his endorsement of Mo Brooks for the US Senate. In other words, Trump issued a statement saying, in substance, Donald Trump was dead wrong to endorse Brooks. Trump claims that his endorsement flip-flop is because Brooks said people should move on from the 2020 election. But that explanation rigns hollow.

This video discusses what Trump's real motivation might be for this endorsement flop-flop.

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“President Trump asked me to rescind the 2020 elections, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House, and hold a new special election for the presidency,” Mo Brooks said Wednesday.
by Bess Levin
Vanity Fair
MARCH 23, 2022

As you’ve probably heard by now, Donald Trump didn’t like the results of the 2020 election and instead of accepting them and moving on with his life like a normal adult, he tried extremely hard to get them thrown out, a campaign that included inciting a violent insurrection that left multiple people dead. Since Trump is currently threatening to run for office in 2024, it’s important to bring this up as much as possible, given the high likelihood he’ll try again to steal a second term. And on Wednesday, one of this loyalest footstools helpfully did just that!

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Representative Mo Brooks, who is running for U.S. Senate in Alabama, said, “President Trump asked me to rescind the 2020 elections, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House, and hold a new special election for the presidency. As a lawyer, I’ve repeatedly advised President Trump that January 6 was the final election contest verdict and neither the U.S. Constitution nor the U.S. Code permit what President Trump asks. Period.”

Brooks’s comments followed Trump’s decision to retract his endorsement of the Alabama lawmaker
, so we’d say take it with a grain of salt except for the fact we all have eyes and ears and know this is exactly what the ex-president aimed to do. In a statement issued Wednesday, Trump claimed Brooks “blew the election” and made a “a horrible mistake” by going “woke” and calling for people to move on from the 2020 election. While the congressman did indeed tell a crowd Republicans should be focused on the midterm elections and 2024, that was last August—and the idea that Brooks is some kind of traitor to Trump’s cause is particularly hilarious given that he’s consistently been one of the ex-president’s most faithful footstools. In addition to speaking at the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol—where he told gatherers to “start taking down names and kicking ass”—Brooks spent much of last year amplifying Trump’s claims of voter fraud, saying there is “overwhelming and compelling” evidence (of which he provided none) that “somewhere in the neighborhood of 900,000 to 1.7 million noncitizens voted in the 2020 presidential election overwhelmingly for Joe Biden.” In a TV ad that aired just last week, the congressman showed footage of his January 6 speech and proclaimed that on that day he “proudly stood with President Trump in the fight against voter fraud.”

Trump, of course, does not tolerate even the slightest hint of perceived disloyalty; plus, there’s the fact that Brooks is behind in the Alabama Senate race, and Trump’s brand is about “winning“ (hence his inability to accept he lost to Biden). Incidentally, Trump has a bit of a history with Alabama Senate races; back in 2017 he endorsed the losing Republican candidate Luther Strange in the state’s primary, only to say he never actually wanted to endorse him. Then he went on to back accused child molester Roy Moore, who also ended up losing. (Moore denied the allegations against him.)


Anyway, it would probably be nice if the congressional committee investigating the event surrounding January 6 got in touch with Brooks for a chat ASAP; though if we know our Trump toadies, and we think we do, publicly proclaiming that the former president tried to get Biden removed from office and himself reinstated doesn’t mean said (former) toad will necessarily start cooperating with the people trying to hold Trump responsible. But Brooks should feel free to prove everyone wrong!
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Re: Trump lashes out at Gov. Doug Ducey following certificat

Postby admin » Wed Apr 06, 2022 11:46 pm

January 6th Committee Has Mark Meadows Text Connecting Trump, Navarro, To Plot To Prevent Confirmation Of Electoral Vote
by Steph Bazzle
Hill Reporter
APRIL 1, 2022

It’s no secret that Donald Trump made open, public efforts to convince Mike Pence, as the vice president at the time, to use powers that Pence didn’t actually have, to prevent the electoral vote from being formally accepted on the record, and thus hold up the election process. However, a text released by the January 6th Committee now shows a contact asking about a call with legislators to delay certification for 10 days.

The January 6th Committee released the text with a statement asserting that Peter Navarro, who has been referred for contempt charges already, must speak to them about his role in the efforts to delay the election certification. Navarro is trying to claim executive privilege on Trump’s behalf to avoid testifying.

The text, from an undisclosed sender, reads as follows:

January 3, 2021
“Mark — I am reaching out because I have details on the call that Navarro helped convene yesterday with legislators as as part of his effort to get Pence to delay certification of the election for 10 days, including that the president participated. Were you on the call when the president spoke?”


Trump’s role in the entire scene, of course, is of particular interest, and the January 6th Committee’s much-sought interview with Navarro could potentially shed light on exactly what the former president said in that phone call, as well as what other legislators were on the call, and whether they should also potentially be interviewed about their own roles in the effort.

In the meantime, the committee continues to seek information about the hours-long gap in White House phone logs from January 6th, and whether it indicates an effort to cover up other calls.
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Re: Trump lashes out at Gov. Doug Ducey following certificat

Postby admin » Thu Apr 28, 2022 8:38 am

Judge Holds Trump in Contempt Over Documents in New York A.G.’s Inquiry
Donald J. Trump was ordered to fully comply with the attorney general’s subpoena and will be fined $10,000 a day until he does, though the ruling may be short-lived.

by Jonah E. Bromwich, Ben Protess and William K. Rashbaum
New York Times
Published April 25, 2022

A New York state judge on Monday held Donald J. Trump in contempt of court for failing to comply with a subpoena from the state attorney general’s office, an extraordinary rebuke of the former president that came as that office suggested it might soon file a long-threatened lawsuit against him.

The judge, Arthur F. Engoron, ordered Mr. Trump to fully respond to the subpoena from the attorney general, Letitia James — who sought records from the former president about his family business — and assessed a fine of $10,000 per day until he satisfied the court’s requirements.

“Mr. Trump: I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously,” said Justice Engoron, before he held Mr. Trump in contempt and banged his gavel.

The contempt order amounted to a judicial condemnation of Mr. Trump’s signature tactic — stonewalling litigation and law enforcement investigations that he has derided as politically motivated, sometimes for years.

That practice has helped him emerge from several inquiries largely unscathed, stymieing a legion of prosecutors, regulators and congressional investigators seeking to hold him to account.

But Ms. James has adopted her own aggressive legal strategy that undercut his long-effective approach, and she now appears poised to take the next step.

After more than three years, Ms. James’s office said on Monday that it was nearing the culmination of its inquiry. During the hearing, a lawyer for Ms. James indicated that her office was preparing to file an action against Mr. Trump in the near future. That action is likely to be a lawsuit.

Ms. James, a Democrat, has previously said that the Trump Organization engaged in “fraudulent or misleading” practices but that she needed to collect additional records and testimony before deciding whether to sue Mr. Trump or his company.

After Ms. James subpoenaed Mr. Trump in December, lawyers for the former president argued that they conducted a thorough search for the records being sought by her investigators and found no new documents to provide. But Justice Engoron said Monday that the lawyers had not provided sufficient detail about how they had conducted the search.

The contempt order could be short-lived. If Alina Habba, one of Mr. Trump’s lawyers, files a sworn statement detailing every step that was taken to locate potential documents, the judge might be satisfied, lawyers close to the case said. Ms. Habba said after the hearing ended that she intended to file such a statement.

Ms. Habba also said she intended to appeal the ruling.

“All documents responsive to the subpoena were produced to the attorney general months ago,” Ms. Habba said. “This does not even come close to meeting the standard on a motion for contempt.”

Mr. Trump has denied wrongdoing and lashed out at Ms. James, who is Black, calling her racist and accusing her of carrying out a politically motivated witch hunt against him.

At the hearing, Justice Engoron objected to an earlier statement from Mr. Trump’s lawyers regarding their efforts to search for documents, calling it “woefully insufficient” and “boilerplate.”

It failed, he said, to outline “what, who, where, when and how any search was conducted.”

The ruling and Justice Engoron’s comments represent a significant victory for Ms. James, whose office is conducting a civil investigation into whether Mr. Trump falsely inflated the value of his assets in annual financial statements.

In a statement, Ms. James applauded the contempt order, saying, “For years, Donald Trump has tried to evade the law and stop our lawful investigation into him and his company’s financial dealings.”

She added, “Today’s ruling makes clear: No one is above the law.”

Although Ms. James does not have the authority to file criminal charges, her civil inquiry is running parallel to a criminal investigation led by the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, who is examining some of the same conduct.

Ms. James’s office is participating in that separate investigation, which had appeared to be nearing an indictment of Mr. Trump earlier this year, before Mr. Bragg raised concerns about prosecutors’ ability to prove their case. Mr. Bragg, also a Democrat, inherited the inquiry from his predecessor after taking office on Jan. 1.

The ruling on Monday is a blow for Mr. Trump as he continues to battle the attorney general’s investigation. Ms. James has sought to question the former president and two of his children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., as part of her inquiry, and lawyers for the Trump family are seeking to block the questioning. (In the fall of 2020, Ms. James questioned another of Mr. Trump’s children, Eric Trump.)

Justice Engoron also ruled in favor of Ms. James as she sought additional documents from Cushman & Wakefield, a real estate firm that valued several of Mr. Trump’s properties while also serving as a broker for his company.

And in March, Justice Engoron ruled in favor of Ms. James, ordering Mr. Trump and his children to be deposed. The Trumps have appealed that ruling.

Justice Engoron, a Democrat, was first elected to the New York City Civil Court in 2003. He was elevated to serve as an acting State Supreme Court Justice in 2013 and elected to the State Supreme Court bench in 2015. In New York, the general trial-level court is called the Supreme Court; the state’s highest court is known as the Court of Appeals.

Earlier this month, lawyers from Ms. James’s office said that Mr. Trump had declined to turn over documents in response to eight separate requests and called for him to be held in contempt and assessed a daily fine of $10,000 as long as he continued not to cooperate.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers had said the requests were “grossly overbroad” and did not “adequately” describe the requested materials. And Ms. Habba said in a document filed with the court last week that Mr. Trump did not have any of the documents that Ms. James had requested, and that any such documents, if they existed, would be in the possession of the Trump Organization.

She added that Ms. James had filed the motion for contempt without warning, “seemingly in an effort to turn this matter into a public spectacle.”

But lawyers for Ms. James’s office said in court on Monday that, over the course of the investigation, they had received only 10 documents from Mr. Trump’s files and that Mr. Trump himself had not turned over any documents in response to the December subpoena addressed to him personally.

Furthermore, one of Ms. James’s lawyers said, Ms. Habba had not provided an adequate description of the search for relevant documents. The lawyer, Andrew Amer, mentioned a number of relevant files known to his office, including those kept in storage closets and file cabinets at Trump Tower.

Kevin Wallace, another lawyer with Ms. James’s office, called for those locations to be searched by a third-party organization, HaystackID, which has overseen the Trump Organization’s production of documents in the case.

Ms. Habba repeated in court that the Trump Organization had searched the locations in question. But Justice Engoron said that explanation was insufficient coming from Ms. Habba in court alone; she would have to attest to the fact the search took place and describe it in the sworn statement to be filed with the court.

After Justice Engoron ordered that Mr. Trump be held in contempt, a lawyer for Mr. Trump’s team said that Haystack would do a review of Mr. Trump’s physical files.

In a separate case in federal court, Mr. Trump sued Ms. James, seeking to halt her civil inquiry and have her removed from the Manhattan district attorney’s criminal investigation. That case is ongoing.

Jonah E. Bromwich covers criminal justice in New York, with a focus on the Manhattan district attorney's office, state criminal courts in Manhattan and New York City's jails.

During his time on Metro, Mr. Bromwich has covered investigations into former president Donald J. Trump and his family business, the fall of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the crisis at the jail complex on Rikers Island, among other topics. @jonesieman

Ben Protess is an investigative reporter covering the federal government, law enforcement and various criminal investigations into former President Trump and his allies. @benprotess

William K. Rashbaum is a senior writer on the Metro desk, where he covers political and municipal corruption, courts, terrorism and law enforcement. He was a part of the team awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. @WRashbaum
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Re: Trump lashes out at Gov. Doug Ducey following certificat

Postby admin » Thu Apr 28, 2022 8:41 am

Trump 'likely' committed crime trying to stay in power, judge says in records dispute
by Tom Dreisbach
NPR
March 28, 20225:06 PM ET

In a remarkable 44-page ruling, a federal judge found it was "more likely than not" that former President Donald Trump violated the law and "corruptly attempted to obstruct" Congress in his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

The court's finding is narrowly focused on a set of documents sought by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and does not have direct legal consequences for Trump himself. The finding could be rejected on appeal, or be contradicted by other judges hearing cases related to the Capitol riot. Still, the ruling is consistent with a legal theory advanced by the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 that Trump and others may have broken the law in their attempts to overturn the election.

"It's enormously significant," said Jonathan Shaub, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law. "This is a thorough judicial analysis that, I think, it's difficult to sort of just brush aside, and it will give the committee's statements that there have been crimes some credibility."

Shaub noted that the charge of obstruction of an official proceeding, which the judge found Trump "likely" committed, has been brought against many Jan. 6 riot defendants.

The ruling arose out of a dispute between the pro-Trump attorney John Eastman and the congressional committee. In the aftermath of the 2020 election, Eastman put together legal strategies and advised the Trump team on how they might overturn President Biden's electoral victory, and met with Trump, then-Vice President Mike Pence and others at the White House.

The Jan. 6 select committee in Congress has since sought documents and testimony from Eastman related to this work, including by issuing subpoenas. Eastman sued to block their release and claimed that some of his communications were shielded by attorney-client privilege.

The judge in the case, U.S. District Court Judge David Carter of California, largely rejected Eastman's arguments and ordered that 101 of the disputed 111 documents be released to the committee.

In one instance, Carter, who was nominated to the bench by former President Bill Clinton, found that the attorney work-product protection (which is similar to the attorney-client privilege) did not protect a document from disclosure, due to what's known as the "crime-fraud exception." Under the law, that protection does not apply to communications made to further an ongoing or future crime or fraudulent activity — in this case, the alleged attempts to obstruct Congress and overturn the election.

Carter described Trump and Eastman's plan as "a coup in search of a legal theory," which "spurred violent attacks on the seat of our nation's government, led to the deaths of several law enforcement officers, and deepened public distrust in our political process."


Still, Carter made clear that his ruling would only directly affect these disputed documents.

"More than a year after the attack on our Capitol, the public is still searching for accountability. This case cannot provide it," Carter wrote. "This is not a criminal prosecution; this is not even a civil liability suit."

In a statement, an attorney for Eastman noted that the court's findings on the crime-fraud exception "were not subject to the presumption of innocence, proof beyond a reasonable doubt, or any of the constitutional protections normally applicable to criminal proceedings." Instead, the judge's finding was on the basis of a "preponderance of evidence" — or, in layperson's terms, "more likely than not."

The statement added that Eastman "respectfully disagrees with the judge's findings" and "asks all persons interested in this case to join him in calling upon the January 6th committee to release all the evidence so the courts and the public can reach accurate conclusions about the matters involved."

Eastman "intends to comply with the court's order," the statement said.

Shaub, who also previously worked in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, said the ruling may put additional pressure on the Justice Department to bring charges against high-level officials involved with the efforts to overturn the election. "I think it's harder to dismiss claims that there have been crimes committed, when you have a judicial finding that there is enough evidence to say that they were planning a crime," said Shaub.

The judge's ruling concluded with a warning that investigators should continue their examination of the Jan. 6 attack in order to protect the rule of law in the U.S.

"If Dr. Eastman and President Trump's plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution," Carter wrote. "If the country does not commit to investigating and pursuing accountability for those responsible, the Court fears January 6 will repeat itself."


A Trump representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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Re: Trump lashes out at Gov. Doug Ducey following certificat

Postby admin » Thu Apr 28, 2022 8:47 am

Donald Trump worried 'dangerous' fruits could be thrown at him by protesters, a new deposition reveals
by Laura Italiano
Business Insider
APR 28, 2022, 02:09 IST

Donald Trump worried that "dangerous" fruits could be flung at him by protesters, according to newly-released excerpts from his sworn deposition for an upcoming trial in New York.

"It's very dangerous stuff," Trump said in the deposition, invoking a fruit-basket worth of potential projectiles, including tomatoes, pineapples, and, perplexingly, bananas. "You can get killed with those things," he said.

Trump expressed his concerns while under oath in October for a lawsuit that alleges he sicced his security on protesters outside Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.

He was being asked about his past statements condoning violence at rallies, including one in 2016 when he told supporters that if anyone threw a tomato at him, they should "knock the crap out of them," and he'd pay the legal fees.

That's when the deposition, which was first reported on in the Daily Beast, turned fruity.

"And you said that 'if you see someone getting ready to throw a tomato, just knock the crap out of them, would you.' That was your statement?" asked attorney Benjamin Dictor, who represents protesters who are suing Trump, his business and his chief of security.

"Oh yeah," Trump answered, according to the transcript. "It was very dangerous."

"What was very dangerous?" the lawyer asked.

"We were threatened," Trump replied.

"With what?" the lawyer asked.

"They were going to throw fruit," Trump said of protesters at the rally, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "We were threatened. We had a threat."

The lawyer followed up: "How did you become aware that there was a threat that people were going to throw fruit?"

Trump answered, "We were told. I thought Secret Service was involved in that, actually. But we were told. And you get hit with fruit, it's — no, it's very violent stuff. We were on alert for that."

Here the lawyer clarified the record.

"A tomato is a fruit after all, I guess," he asked the former president.

"And you know what--" Trump continued.

But he was quickly interrupted, the transcript shows. The lawyers held a brief side discussion on tomatoes. Were they fruit? Or vegetables?

"It has seeds," offered attorney Jeffrey L. Goldman, there to represent Trump's campaign, also a defendant in the lawsuit.

Trump broke in.

"It's worse than tomato. It's other things also," he said, according to the transcript.

"But tomato, when they start doing that stuff, it's very dangerous. There was an alert out that day."

Dictor then asked, "Who were you speaking to when you said --"

"The audience," Trump answered.

"So you were speaking to the audience when you said if they saw someone getting ready to throw a tomato, just knock the crap out of them, would you," Dictor asked.

"That was to the audience," Trump answered. "It was said sort of in jest. But maybe, you know, a little truth to it. It's very dangerous stuff. You can get killed with those things."

Dictor asked, "So you were trying to incentivize people to engage in violence?"

"Objection," said the campaign's lawyer.

Trump answered anyway.

"No, I wanted to have people be ready because we were put on alert that they were going to do fruit. And some fruit is a lot worse than — tomatoes are bad, by the way. But it's very dangerous.

"No," the former president continued, "I wanted them to watch. They were on alert. I remember that specific event because everybody was on alert. They were going to hit —they were going to hit hard."

Dictor then asked, "Do you have any knowledge as to whether or not anybody was found to have tomatoes in their possession on that date?"

Trump said he didn't know. No tomatoes were thrown, he said. Still, "it was a serious threat," Trump continued.

"The speech was good," he added.

Dictor later asked if Trump had expected his security guards to personally "knock the crap out of" any tomato-tossers.

Here, Trump began to muse on the universe of possibilities, fruit-wise, and the potential for widespread injury — and even death — among audience members.

"Well, a tomato, a pineapple, a lot of other things they throw," he said. "Yeah, if the security saw that, I would say you have to — and it's not just me, it's other people in the audience get badly hurt. Yeah, I think that they have to be aggressive in stopping that from happening.

"Because if that happens," he continued, "you can be killed if that happens."

Asked if "getting aggressive" meant "the use of physical force," Trump agreed.

"To stop somebody from throwing pineapples, tomatoes, bananas, stuff like that, yeah, it's dangerous stuff," he said.
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Re: Trump lashes out at Gov. Doug Ducey following certificat

Postby admin » Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:02 am

Lawrence And Rachel Discuss McCarthy Tape On Trump Resigning After Jan. 6
Apr 21, 2022



New audio of a GOP leadership phone call after January 6th proves Rep. Kevin McCarthy seriously considered talking to Donald Trump about resigning after the attack on the Capitol, refuting a vehement denial by McCarthy's office that the House Minority Leader considered having that conversation with Trump. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell and Rachel Maddow discuss.

Transcript

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RACHEL, YOU EARNED AS MUCH OF
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THIS TIME AS YOU WANT.
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YOU DIDN'T EVEN TAKE A FULL
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MINUTE.
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SO YOU BROKE VERY BIG NEWS IN
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THE LAST HOUR.
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ONE IS, THAT THERE IS A TAPE.
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AND IN THE OTHER BIG NEWS IS,
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THERE IS A LOT MORE TAPE.
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IT WAS ONE THING TO PLAY THIS
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TAPE OF KEVIN MCCARTHY TONIGHT,
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WHICH WAS REALLY STUNNING TO
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HEAR.
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BUT THEN JONATHAN MARTIN TOLD
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YOU, IN THAT DISCUSSION, THAT
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THIS IS ONE OF MANY TAPES THEY
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HAVE THAT APPARENTLY THEY WILL
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BE RELEASING AS NECESSARY TO
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PROVE THEIR POINTS FOR A BOOK
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THAT WON'T EVEN BE COMING OUT
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UNTIL MAY 3RD.
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IT SOUNDS LIKE REPUBLICANS IN
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THE HOUSE LIKE, KEVIN MCCARTHY,
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HAVE TO BE WORRYING TONIGHT
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ABOUT WHAT'S IS ON TAPE.
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>> I MEAN, KEVIN MCCARTHY WANTS
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TO BE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.
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THE REPUBLICAN HOPE AN
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EXPECTATION IS THAT THE WIN
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ENOUGH SEATS IN THE MIDTERM
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ELECTIONS THAT THE REPUBLICANS
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WILL BE IN CONTROL AND HE'LL BE
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ELECTED SPEAKER.
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HE'S GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS
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WITHIN HIS CAUCUS ALREADY.
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BUT WE REPORTED TONIGHT, IS
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THAT HE TOLD OTHER REPUBLICANS
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IN CONGRESS THAT HE WAS GOING
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TO CALL TRUMP UNTIL TRUMP HE
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NEEDS TO RESIGN.
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HE DENIED THAT HE SAID IT, HE
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SAID THAT WAS ABSURD, HE DIDN'T
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SAY IT.
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IT'S ON TAPE, HE IN FACT LIES,
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THOSE ANNOUNCE WERE FALSE.
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AND THEN WE LEARNED TONIGHT, A
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SURPRISE TO ME IN MY INTERVIEW
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WITH JONATHAN MARTIN AND ALEX
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BURNS.
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IS THAT, IT'S AMAZING, MCCARTHY
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HAS ALSO DENIED THAT HE SAID
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THAT OTHER MEMBERS, REPUBLICAN
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MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE
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THEIR TWITTER ACCOUNTS, THE
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OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS
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CANCELED FOR THE SAME REASON
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THAT TRUMP DID.
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HE HAS DENIED SAYING THAT, THEY
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TOLD ME TONIGHT, I WAS SHOCKED,
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THAT THEY HAVE THAT ON TAPE
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TOO.
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THAT TAPE WE HAVEN'T YET HEARD
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BUT THEY NOW SAY THEY'RE
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HOLDING IN RESERVE.
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THIS IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR
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KEVIN MCCARTHY, YOU CANNOT JUST
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FLAT OUT LIE ABOUT STUFF LIKE
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THIS.
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PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU'RE
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ALREADY IN PRECARIOUS POSITION
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IN THESE KINDS OF POLITICS.
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IT'S VERY, VERY, VERY BAD FOR
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KEVIN MCCARTHY AND I WILL BE
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SURPRISED IF THERE AREN'T CALLS
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FOR HIS WORK NATION BOTH FOR
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HIS RESIGNATION AND SINEMA
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CALLS RESIGNATION BASED ON THIS
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NEW REPORTING THAT THEY CAN RUN
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FROM BUT THEY CAN HIDE.
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FROM >> NOW NOT TO MAKE IT MORE
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UNCOMFORTABLE FOR KEVIN
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MCCARTHY.
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BUT JUST BECAUSE I'VE ONLY
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HEARD THIS ONCE.
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WE'RE GOING TO RUN THE TAPE ONE
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MORE TIME.
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AND THIS IS AFTER KEVIN
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MCCARTHY SAID TODAY, AND I
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QUOTE, THE NEW YORK TIMES
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REPORTING ON ME IS TOTALLY
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FALSE AND WRONG.
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HE'S COMPLETELY DENYING WHAT IS
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IN THIS TAPE THAT WE'RE JUST
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GOING TO PLAY ONE MORE TIME
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RIGHT NOW.
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LET'S LISTEN TO THIS, RACHEL.
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>> LIZ, YOU ON THE PHONE?
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>> YEAH I'M HERE.
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THANKS KEVIN.
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I GUESS THERE'S A QUESTION.
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WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE 25TH
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AMENDMENT RESOLUTION.
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>> YEAH.
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>> AND YOU ASKED IF WHAT
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HAPPENS IF IT GETS THEREAFTER
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HE'S GONE?
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IS THERE ANY CHANCE?
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ARE YOU HEARING THAT HE MIGHT
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RESIGN?
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IS THERE ANY REASON TO THINK
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THAT MIGHT HAPPEN?
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>> I'VE HAD A FEW DISCUSSIONS.
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MY GUT TELLS ME NO.
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I'M SERIOUSLY THINKING OF
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HAVING THAT CONVERSATION WITH
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HIM TONIGHT.
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I HAVEN'T TALKED TO HIM IN A
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COUPLE OF DAYS.
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FROM WHAT I KNOW OF HIM, I MEAN
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YOU GUYS ALL KNOW HIM TO, DO
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YOU THINK HE'D NEVER BACK AWAY?
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BUT I THINK I'M GOING TO DO, IS
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I'M GOING TO CALL HIM.
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THIS IS WHAT I THINK, WE KNOW
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IT'LL PASSED THE HOUSE.
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I THINK THERE'S A CHANCE IT
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WILL PASS THE SENATE, EVEN WHEN
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HE'S GONE.
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AND I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF
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DIFFERENT RAMIFICATIONS FOR
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THAT.
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NOW I HAVEN'T HAD A DISCUSSION
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WITH THE DEMS, THAT IF HE DID
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RESIGN, WITH THAT HAPPEN?
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NOW THIS IS ONE PERSONAL FEAR I
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HAVE.
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I DO NOT GET INTO ANY
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CONVERSATION ABOUT PENCE
3:54
PARDONING.
3:55
AGAIN, THE ONLY DISCUSSION I
3:56
WOULD HAVE WITH HIM IS THAT I
3:59
THINK THIS WILL PASS.
4:00
AND HE WOULD BE MY
4:01
RECOMMENDATION USES RESIGN.
4:04
THAT WOULD BE MY TAKE.
4:06
BUT I DON'T THINK HE WOULD TAKE
4:08
IT.
4:08
BUT I DON'T KNOW.
4:11
>> RACHEL, CAN I GO BACK TO A
4:14
POINT THAT YOU DIDN'T HAVE TIME
4:15
TO COVER IN THAT DISCUSSION
4:17
EARLIER TONIGHT?
4:18
IT BEGINS, BEGINS WITH LIZ
4:20
CHENEY SAYING, WE WERE TALKING
4:23
ABOUT THE 25TH AMENDMENT
4:25
RESOLUTION.
4:26
SO THERE IS A GIANT STORY IN
4:29
THERE THAT WE HAVE YET TO LEARN,
4:31
WHICH IS WHAT WAS KEVIN
4:33
MCCARTHY SAYING ABOUT THE 25TH
4:34
AMENDMENT AND WITH WHOM AND
4:36
WHAT WAS LIZ CHENEY SAYING.
4:38
THE SHINY APPARENTLY WAS
4:39
RESEARCHING THE 25TH AMENDMENT
4:41
PROCESS.
4:42
AND THEN IT TURNS INTO A RESIGN
4:45
DISCUSSION, THE DISCUSSION THAT
4:47
KEVIN MCCARTHY DENIED.
4:49
BEFORE, BEFORE HE KNEW THAT YOU
4:51
HAD A TAPE.
4:52
THAT YOU WERE GONNA PLAY ON
4:53
TELEVISION TONIGHT.
4:55
>> THE 25TH AMENDMENT THING,
4:57
THAT IS A VERY SOUP AWE IN.
4:58
NOT ONLY HAD THEY'VE BEEN
5:00
TALKING ABOUT THE 25TH MINUTE
5:01
BUT HE WAS ASKING DETAILED
5:02
QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW IT WOULD BE
5:04
IMPLEMENTED AT LEAST ACCORDING
5:06
TO THE WAY THE WAY THE TAPE
5:09
GOES.
5:09
THANKS KEVIN, LIZ CHENEY SAYS,
5:12
THERE IS A QUESTION WHEN WE
5:12
WERE TALKING ABOUT A 25TH
5:14
AMENDMENT RESOLUTION.
5:15
MCCARTHY SAYS YEAH.
5:15
CHENEY SAYS, AND YOU ASKED.
5:18
YOU KNOW, WHAT HAPPENS IF IT
5:20
GETS THEREAFTER HE'S GONE IS
5:22
THERE ANY CHANCE ARE YOU
5:24
HEARING THAT HE MIGHT RESIGN SO
5:29
MCCARTHY AND LIZ CHENEY AND
5:30
PRESUMABLY OTHERS ARE HAVING
5:31
ENOUGH A DETAILED CONVERSATION
5:32
ABOUT THE 25TH AMENDMENT THAT
5:32
THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT
5:33
MIGHT HAPPEN WITH THE 25TH
5:35
AMENDMENT AND ITS
5:36
IMPLEMENTATION IF HE RESIGNS IN
5:38
THE MIDDLE OF THAT PROCESS.
5:39
AND THEY'RE TRYING TO FIGURE
5:40
OUT HOW TO PLAY OUT ON THE
5:41
GROUND.
5:41
AND THEN THEY GET FROM THAT
5:43
INTO YEMEN MCCARTHY IS GOING TO
5:44
TELL HIM TO RESIGN.
5:45
IN MCCARTHY, I WILL TELL YOU
5:48
THIS DENIAL THAT YOU JUST
5:50
QUOTED, LAWRENCE, FROM MCCARTHY
5:51
AND HIS OFFICE TODAY.
5:52
IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.
5:54
NBC NEWS WENT BACK TO
5:56
MCCARTHY'S OFFICE TO MAKE SURE
5:56
THAT DONALD WAS EXACTLY WHAT
5:58
THEY MEANT.
5:58
ASKED AGAIN IF MCCARTHY SAID HE
6:00
WOULD PUSH PRESIDENT TRUMP TO
6:02
RESIGN, THE ANSWER WAS NO HE
6:03
DID NOT.
6:04
WE HAVE MCCARTHY SAYING HERE HE
6:06
WOULD PUSH TRUMP RESIGN.
6:08
MCCARTHY IS FLAT OUT LYING
6:11
ABOUT THIS.
6:11
IT'S VERY DAMAGING TO HIM EVEN
6:13
BEFORE THE LIE.
6:14
BUT THEN LYING ABOUT IT IS JUST
6:16
UNTENABLE.
6:17
YOU CAN'T BE THIS DISHONEST
6:20
ABOUT THINGS THIS BIG.
6:21
AND HOLD A LEADERSHIP JOB
6:23
THAT'S ABOUT TO BECOME WAY
6:24
BIGGER.
6:25
>> WELL YOU CERTAINLY CAN'T DO
6:26
THAT AND HOLD A DEMOCRATIC
6:28
LEADERSHIP JOB.
6:29
WE ARE NOW GOING TO SEE THE
6:31
TEST OF, WE KNOW AS A
6:33
REPUBLICAN YOU CAN LIE LIKE
6:35
THIS IN THE PRESIDENCY AND
6:36
REPUBLICAN VOTERS HAVE NO
6:38
PROBLEM WITH IT.
6:38
AND REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF
6:39
CONGRESS HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT.
6:40
WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT
6:42
HOUSE REPUBLICAN TOLERANCE IS
6:45
FOR THIS KIND OF LYING BY KEVIN
6:47
MCCARTHY.
6:48
AND AS FAR AS THEY MIGHT BE
6:49
TRAIL OF DONALD TRUMP.
6:51
>> THAT'S THE OTHER PART OF IT.
6:53
I MEAN HOW DO YOU THINK THAT
6:54
TRUMP IS GOING TO RESPOND TO
6:55
HEARING ON TAPE COVER MCCARTHY
6:57
SAY I'M GOING TO TELL THERE'S
6:59
GOT TO RESIGN.
6:59
AND TO HEAR, FROM THE SAME
7:01
REPORTERS, IN THE SAME SHOP FOR
7:03
THE BOOK, THE MCCONNELL WAS
7:04
SORT OF GLEEFULLY SAYING YEAH
7:06
THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO GET
7:07
RID OF THAT S.O.B. FOR US.
7:08
>> I MEAN ALREADY, TRUMP AND
7:11
MCCONNELL IS PRETTY, THERE'S A
7:12
LOT OF FRICTION THERE, BUT WITH
7:13
MCCARTHY, TRYING TO A SET OF
7:15
THE SPEAKERSHIP.
7:16
AND NOW TRUMP HAVING THIS ON
7:17
HIS PLATE.
7:18
I MEAN, I WOULDN'T BET ON IT.
7:21
>> AND MANY MORE TAPES TO COME.
7:23


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GOP Leaders Mortified By Colleagues Supporting Trump Insurrection: New NYT Audio
by Rachel Maddow
Apr 26, 2022

Rachel Maddow shares more new audio recordings from New York Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin in which House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise are heard lamenting the extremist language of some of their more radical colleagues and the potential for their words to incite violence.



Transcript

0:00
AND THE WHITE HOUSE NEEDED TO
0:01
ACT AGAINST THE CIA AS WELL.
0:04
ON THE HEELS OF THOSE
0:06
REVELATIONS, TONIGHT, NEW YORK
0:07
TIMES REPORTERS JONATHAN MARTIN
0:09
AND ALEXANDER BURNS HAVE
0:11
RELEASED MORE AUDIO FROM THE
0:12
IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE
0:14
JANUARY 6TH ATTACK.
0:14
THEIR FORTHCOMING BOOK, WHICH
0:16
IS RELEASED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT
0:17
WEEK, IS APPARENTLY GOING TO BE
0:19
ACCOMPANIED BY AN ABSOLUTE
0:20
TROVE OF INCREDIBLY DISTURBING
0:23
AUDIO TAPES, AUTIO RECORDINGS
0:26
OF REPUBLICANS SPEAKING AMONG
0:28
THEMSELVES IN THE IMMEDIATE
0:30
AFTERMATH OF THE JANUARY 6TH
0:31
ATTACK, INCLUDING THIS
0:33
NEWLY-RELEASED DISCUSSION, OF
0:35
HOW DANGEROUS TOP REPUBLICANS
0:37
BELIEVED IT WAS FOUR PRO TRUMP
0:40
REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS,
0:41
TO KEEP TALKING IN VIOLENT
0:43
TERMS.
0:43
THE VIOLENT AND INCENDIARY
0:45
TERMS, ABOUT EVEN OTHER MEMBERS
0:46
OF CONGRESS, THE WAY THEY WERE
0:48
IN THE WAKE OF JANUARY 6TH.
0:52
>> OKAY, THE OTHER THING I WANT
0:55
TO BRING UP, AND I'M MAKING
0:56
SOME PHONE CALLS, I JUST GOT
1:01
SOMETHING SENT NOW ABOUT
1:04
NEWSMAX AND GAETZ, CALLING
1:05
PEOPLES NAMES OUT, SAYING IT'S
1:07
ANTI TRUMP, AND THIS KIND OF
1:08
ATMOSPHERE.
1:11
THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF PEOPLE
1:14
ARE DOING, THAT HAS TO STOP.
1:20
>> --
1:21
LOUIS'S COMMENTS, TO A LOT OF
1:24
MEMBERS HAVE SAID SOME REAL
1:24
CONCERNING THINGS --
1:25
>> DO THEY THINK TO?
1:28
>> MILL WAS AT THE RALLY AND
1:32
THEY WERE KICKING BUTT AND
1:33
TAKING NAMES THING AT THE TRUMP
1:35
RALLY.
1:42
>> GAETZ SAID [INAUDIBLE]
1:45
SPECIFICALLY, I JUST SAW THAT
1:47
ON TWITTER.
1:49
>> I'M CALLING GAETZ, AND
1:52
EXPLAINING TO HIM, I DON'T KNOW
1:54
WHAT I'M GONNA SAY, BUT I'M
1:55
GONNA HAVE PEOPLE CALL HIM.
1:58
BASIC I'M GONNA GET ANOTHER ONE
2:00
FROM THE FBI TOMORROW, THIS IS
2:02
SERIOUS, WE NEED TO CUT THIS
2:03
OUT.
2:09
IT'S POTENTIALLY ILLEGAL WHEN
2:11
HE WAS DOING.
2:12
>> HE'S PUTTING PEOPLE IN
2:14
JEOPARDY.
2:16
WE SAW WHAT PEOPLE WERE DOING
2:18
IN THE CAPITAL.
2:25
>> WE SAW WHAT PEOPLE WOULD DO
2:28
IN THE CAPITAL, THEY CAME
2:30
PREPARED WITH ROPE, WITH
2:31
EVERYTHING ELSE.
2:32
JUST BEFORE THAT, WE HEARD
2:33
LOUISIANA REPUBLICAN
2:35
CONGRESSMAN STEVE SCALISE
2:36
SAYING, ABOUT MATT GAETZ, YEAH,
2:39
THAT'S POTENTIALLY ILLEGAL WHEN
2:41
HE WAS DOING.
2:41
MCCARTHY SAID, WELL HE'S
2:43
PUTTING PEOPLE IN JEOPARDY,
2:44
DOESN'T NEED TO BE DOING, THIS
2:45
HE SAW WHAT PEOPLE DID IN THE
2:47
CAPITAL, PEOPLE CAME PREPARED
2:49
WITH ROPE AND EVERYTHING ELSE.
2:52
THAT AUDIO RELEASED BY THE NEW
2:54
YORK TIMES, THAT'S THE
2:56
REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE
2:57
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2:58
TALKING ABOUT THEIR OWN
2:59
MEMBERS.
3:00
HOW THEY ARE INCENDIARY, CALLS
3:02
TO VIOLENCE, EVEN AGAINST OTHER
3:04
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WERE
3:05
POTENTIALLY ILLEGAL, VERY
3:06
CONCERNING, THREATENING TO THE
3:08
POINT OF MR. MCCARTHY
3:10
REFERENCING THE FBI BRIEFINGS
3:12
HE WAS GETTING, IN THAT SAME
3:15
DISCUSSION.
3:16
IN ADDITION TO THAT RECORDING
3:18
TONIGHT, RELEASED BY THE NEW
3:19
YORK TIMES.
3:20
WE'VE NOW ALSO GOT THE CONTEXT
3:22
FOR WET NICHOLAS BURNS AND
3:24
JONATHAN MARTIN HAVE REPORTED
3:25
HERE ON THIS SHOW LAST WEEK,
3:27
WHEN THEY DESCRIBED KEVIN
3:28
MCCARTHY EXPRESSING
3:30
EXASPERATIONS THE SOCIAL MEDIA
3:32
COMPANIES, THE TWITTER WAS NOT
3:34
CUTTING OFF THE ACCOUNTS OF
3:36
MORE REPUBLICANS, BEYOND JUST
3:38
TRUMP.
3:38
AS REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO USE
3:41
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS LIKE
3:42
TWITTER TO CALL FOR VIOLENCE,
3:43
OR TO OTHERWISE SAY THINGS
3:45
ONLINE THAT COULD INCITE.
3:46
HERE IS THAT TAPE.
3:50
>> WHAT DID MORA SAY DOWN AT
3:53
THAT RALLY, THOUGH.
3:55
>> IT'S THE KICKING BUTT AND
3:58
TAKING NAMES THING IS THE ONE
3:59
I'M SEEING THE MOST FROM
4:00
PEOPLE.
4:01
I DIDN'T WATCH THE SPEECH,
4:04
THAT'S A NUMBER OF MEMBERS SAID
4:06
THAT TO ME, THE USE THAT TERM.
4:08
AND LOUISE SAID --
4:13
DIDN'T YOU SAY SOMETHING A
4:14
COUPLE OF DAYS OUT THAT --
4:16
>> SOMETHING LIKE THAT, YES.
4:20
IT'S INCENDIARY.
4:25
>> I'M, YOU'VE GOT MAXINE
4:29
WATERS AND ALL THAT STUFF TOO.
4:33
I KNOW THE DEMS ARE IN A VERY
4:35
STRONG POSITION RIGHT NOW,
4:38
WE'VE GOT TO START PAYING
4:39
ATTENTION.
4:41
>> BROOKS APPARENTLY SAID,
4:45
TODAY'S THE DAY AMERICAN
4:49
PATRIOTS START TAKING DOWN
4:49
NAMES, AND KICKING BLEEP.
4:52
WHICH IS I THINK A STEP FURTHER
4:55
THAN THE RHETORICAL TAKE.
4:57
>> YOU THINK THE PRESIDENT
4:59
DESERVES TO BE IMPEACHED?
5:03
[INAUDIBLE]
5:07
>> ALL RIGHT, SOMEONE GIVE ME
5:11
THE INTRO OF WHAT THEY SAID.
5:12
>> HAVE EITHER THEM APOLOGIZED
5:15
FOR IT?
5:17
>> I HAVE NOT SEEN THAT
5:19
ANYWHERE.
5:20
BOB >> AND THERE IS AN ISSUE
5:24
WITH ALABAMA.
5:26
HE WAS SAYING SOME THINGS TODAY
5:28
THAT WE SHOULD LOOK, AT
5:29
HONESTLY.
5:30
>> WHAT DID BERRY SAY TODAY?
5:33
>> ALL RIGHT, SO HE DELETED THE
5:36
PERSONAL TWITTER ACCOUNT, BUT
5:38
JAMIE AGREES WITH THE ATLANTA
5:40
JOURNAL --
5:43
ABOUT 22 HOURS AGO, WHILE WE
5:45
HAVE MORE ARRESTS FOR STEALING
5:48
A PODIUM ON JANUARY SIX, THEN
5:50
STEAL AN ELECTION ON NOVEMBER
5:52
3RD, ATLANTA, PHILADELPHIA, AND
5:54
DETROIT, I RECOMMEND YOU START.
5:55
HERE IS VIDEO EVIDENCE OF THESE
5:57
CRIMES AS WELL, HASHTAG
5:59
ELECTION.
6:06
ALSO MADE THIS TWEET ON THE
6:08
SATURDAY NIGHT, AS A CAPITOL
6:09
POLICE OFFICER SHOT AND KILLED
6:11
A WOMAN, AND TRY TO GET LOBBY,
6:13
AND WHO'S TWEETED AT MARJORIE
6:14
GREENE.
6:15
I UNDERSTAND IT WAS A A BLACK
6:18
POLICE OFFICER, THAT SHOT A
6:19
WHITE FEMALE VETERAN, BUT THAT
6:21
DOESN'T FIT THE NARRATIVE.
6:24
>> WHILE.
6:25
OH MAN.
6:30
WE HAVE TO CONFRONT WITH THIS.
6:36
>> CAN'T THEY TAKE THEIR
6:40
TWITTER ACCOUNTS AWAY TOO?
6:41
IT WEIGHS A BLACK POLICE
6:43
OFFICER WHO SHOT THE WHITE
6:44
FEMALE, SAYS CONGRESSMAN BARRY
6:46
MORE, I GASP THEN FOLLOWS ON
6:48
THE CALL, AND YOU HEAR KEVIN
6:51
MCCARTHY SAY CAN'T THEY TAKE
6:52
THEIR TWITTER WORK ACCOUNTS
6:53
AWAY TO?
6:54
YOU HEARD EARLIER IN THE TAPE
6:56
OF THAT CONVERSATION, THIS IS A
6:57
TAPE THAT WAS REPORTEDLY MADE
6:58
ON JANUARY 10TH, SO FOUR DAYS
7:00
AFTER THE ATTACK ON THE
7:01
CAPITOL.
7:02
KEVIN MCCARTHY APPEARING TO SAY
7:04
ABOUT CONGRESSMAN MOE BROOKS,
7:08
YOU THINK THE PRESIDENT
7:09
DESERVES TO BE IMPEACHED FOR
7:10
HIS COMMENTS?
7:12
AHEAD OF THE ATTACK ON THE
7:13
CAPITAL, THEN DESCRIBING WHAT
7:17
CONGRESSMAN MOE BROOKS HAD SAID
7:18
AT THE SAME RALLY WHERE THE
7:20
PRESIDENT SPOKE BEFORE THE
7:21
ATTACK.
7:22
QUOTE, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT
7:23
GOES FURTHER THAN WHAT THE
7:25
PRESIDENT SAYS.
7:25
SO THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT NO
7:26
BROOKS BE EVEN MORE CULPABLE
7:28
THAN PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND
7:30
PRESIDENT TRUMP DESERVING
7:31
IMPEACHMENT FOR WHAT HE HAD
7:32
SAID.
7:36
AND THEN THIS QUOTE FROM
7:38
ANOTHER ALABAMA CONGRESSMAN
7:39
BARRY MOORE, TALKING ABOUT THE
7:40
FACT THAT IT WAS A BLACK POLICE
7:42
OFFICER WHO SHOT A WHITE
7:44
FEMALE.
7:45
GASP, CAN'T THEY TAKE THEIR
7:47
TWITTER ACCOUNTS AWAY?
7:50
AFTER THOSE RECORDINGS WERE
7:53
PUBLISHED TONIGHT, FURTHER
7:54
ILLUST


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Postby admin » Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:26 am

Meadows, Trump Allies Pursued Alternate Elector Scheme Despite Legal Advice Against It
by Rachel Maddow
Apr 26, 2022

Rachel Maddow shares new reporting on testimony given to the January 6th Committee by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Mark Meadows, that Meadows and several Republican legislators were advised of the weak legal basis for Donald Trump's alternate elector scheme but they pushed it anyway.



Transcript

0:00
DEMOCRACY.
0:03
BUT, HERE AT HOME, THE OTHER
0:05
SIDE OF THE SPLIT SCREEN, TODAY
0:06
WAS ANOTHER DAY WHEN WE LEARNED
0:08
HOW CLOSE TO TOAST OUR OWN
0:11
DEMOCRACY HAS BEEN.
0:13
THANKS TO EFFORTS ON THE RIGHT,
0:14
TO TRY TO USE FORCE TO
0:16
OVERWHELM OUR DEMOCRATIC
0:17
PROCESS IN THIS PAST YEAR.
0:19
IN RECENT DAYS, WE LEARNED THAT
0:21
REPUBLICAN UTAH SENATOR MIKE
0:22
LEE PARTICIPATED AVIDLY IN THE
0:24
ILLEGAL SCHEME TO TRY TO GET
0:26
STATES THAT WERE WON BY JOE
0:28
BIDEN TO NEVER LET THE LESS
0:30
SAND FAKE ELECTORS TO CONGRESS,
0:32
SO THEY WOULD BE COUNTED FOR
0:33
TRUMP INSTEAD OF BIDEN IN THE
0:34
ELECTORAL COLLEGE.
0:36
MIKE LEE HAD PREVIOUSLY DENIED
0:38
PARTICIPATING IN SUCH A SCHEME,
0:40
HE SAID HE WAS SHOCKED, SHOCKED
0:41
WHEN HE HEARD ABOUT IT, THOUGHT
0:42
IT WAS CRAZY.
0:43
WE NOW KNOW HE WAS A PROMOTING
0:45
IT AGGRESSIVELY TO THE WHITE
0:47
HOUSE, AND HE WAS TRYING TO
0:48
PULL IT OFF.
0:50
HE WAS PERSONALLY CONTACTING
0:51
OFFICIALS IN MULTIPLE STATES
0:53
THAT HAD BEEN WON BY BIDEN, TO
0:54
SEE IF THERE IS ANY WAY TO GET
0:56
THEIR VOTES COUNTED AS IF THEY
0:57
HAD BEEN CAST FOR TRUMP
0:58
INSTEAD.
1:01
WE HAVE LEARNED, AS WELL, HOT
1:03
ON THE HEELS OF THOSE
1:04
REVELATIONS, TO THE WHITE HOUSE
1:05
CHIEF OF STAFF MARK MEADOWS,
1:06
WAS ADVISED DIRECTLY BY THE
1:09
WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL'S OFFICE,
1:10
BUT THAT SCHEME WAS ILLEGAL.
1:12
THAT SCHEME INVOLVING STATES
1:14
ONE BY BIDEN, NEVERTHELESS
1:16
HAVING THEIR VOTES COUNTED FOR
1:18
TRUMP?
1:18
HE WAS TOLD IN NO UNCERTAIN
1:20
TERMS, THAT THAT WAS ILLEGAL.
1:21
HE WAS REPORTEDLY TOLD THAT
1:23
MULTIPLE TIMES BY THE WHITE
1:25
HOUSE COUNSEL'S OFFICE, AND
1:26
EVEN THOUGH HE WAS INFORMED BY
1:27
THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL'S
1:28
OFFICE SAID THAT THAT SUCH A
1:29
SCHEME WAS ILLEGAL, HE PURSUED
1:31
IT ANYWAY.
1:31
WE HAVE SINCE LEARNED HE WASN'T
1:33
ALONE MARK MEADOWS'S AIDE
1:35
CASSIDY HUTCHISON HAS TESTIFIED
1:38
TO THE JANUARY SIX
1:39
INVESTIGATION, THE THEORY
1:40
REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
1:41
WERE PRESENT.
1:42
SCOTT PERRY OF PENNSYLVANIA,
1:44
REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN MATT
1:46
GATES OF FLORIDA, AND
1:47
REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN LOUIS
1:49
GOHMERT OF TEXAS.
1:50
PERRY, GATES, AND GOHMERT WERE
1:53
ALL PRESENT WHEN WHITE HOUSE
1:55
LAWYERS TOLD MEADOWS AND THEM,
1:56
THAT THIS SCHEME INVOLVING --
2:01
THAT SCHEME WAS ILLEGAL.
2:03
MR. MEADOWS KEPT TRYING FOR IT
2:05
EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD ALL BEEN
2:06
TOLD IT WAS AGAINST THE LAW.
2:09
CNN REPORTS TODAY THAT ONE OF
2:11
THOSE MEMBERS, SCOTT PERRY,
2:12
TEXTED WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF
2:14
STAFF MARK MEADOWS JUST A FEW
2:15
DAYS AT THE ELECTION, THAT THE
2:17
WHITE HOUSE NEEDED TO HAVE THE
2:18
NSA, THE NATIONAL SECURITY
2:20
ADMINISTRATION, IMMEDIATELY
2:22
SEES COMMUNICATIONS RELATE TO
2:24
THE VOTING MACHINES.
2:25
HE THAT SAME DAY TEXT OF THE
2:26
WHITE HOUSE THAT THE CIA WAS IN

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Re: Trump lashes out at Gov. Doug Ducey following certificat

Postby admin » Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:47 am

Marjorie Taylor Greene discussed martial law to keep Trump in power, text messages show
"They stole this election," Rep. Greene texted to Mark Meadows on Jan. 17, 2021.
by Katherine Faulders and Will Steakin
abc news
April 25, 2022, 6:13 PM

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene suggested in a text message sent three days before Joe Biden was sworn in as president that some of former President Donald Trump's staunchest allies wanted to declare martial law to keep Trump in power.

"In our private chat with only Members, several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall law [sic]," Greene texted Trump's then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows, on Jan. 17, 2021, 11 days after a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol to try to stop the certification of the vote.

The messages were revealed Monday by CNN, which said it obtained all 2,319 text messages that Meadows selectively handed over to the House select Jan. 6 committee in late 2021 before he decided not to cooperate with the panel.

The authenticity of the messages was confirmed to ABC News by people who have seen them.

"I don’t know on those things," Greene continued in her exchange with Meadows. "I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and anyone else!"

Last Friday, Green became the first member of Congress to publicly testify under oath about the events surrounding the Capitol attack. When asked specifically about martial law and whether or not she discussed the idea of using it to keep Trump in power with either the former president, his chief of staff, or anyone else in the administration, Greene repeatedly said, "I don't recall."

Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn was one of the first to advocate for martial law. The Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed Flynn in November, requesting documents and testimony in reference to a Dec. 18, 2020. meeting he reportedly attended with Trump in the Oval Office, where seizing voting machines used in the 2020 election was discussed.

One day before meeting with Trump, Flynn told the conservative news outlet Newsmax that Trump "could take military capabilities and he could place them in those states and basically rerun an election in each of those states."

Trump denied reports he was considering attempting to impose martial law, tweeting "Martial law = Fake News."


In addition to Meadows' texts with Greene, the trove of messages published by CNN includes texts Meadows exchanged with other members of Congress, with members of the Trump family, with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, and with various reporters -- including texts exchanged on Jan. 6 while the Capitol attack was taking place.

"Mark I was just told there is an active shooter on the first floor of the Capitol Please tell the President to calm people This isn’t the way to solve anything," Greene texted Meadows during the attack, according to the collection of messages.

"Mark: he needs to stop this, now. Can I do anything to help?" then-Rep. Mick Mulvaney texted Meadows.

"They have breached the Capitol," texted Rep. Barry Loudermilk, to which Meadows replied, "POTUS is engaging."

"Thanks. This doesn’t help our cause," Loudermilk responded.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene texted Trump chief of staff urging martial law to overturn election
Records Mark Meadows turned over to committee investigating attack are missing texts from critical 12-day period
by Hugo Lowell in Washington
the guardian
Tue 26 Apr 2022 01.00 EDT

Days before Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared in a text to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to press for Donald Trump to overturn his 2020 election defeat by invoking martial law, new messages show.

The message – one of more than 2,000 texts turned over by Meadows to the House select committee investigating January 6 and first reported by CNN – shows that some of Trump’s most ardent allies on Capitol Hill were pressing for Trump to return himself to office even after the Capitol attack.

“In our private chat with only Members several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call Marshall [sic] law,” Greene texted on 17 January. “I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next.”

The message about Trump potentially invoking martial law, earlier reported by CNN on Monday and confirmed by the Guardian, came a month after the idea had been raised in a heated Oval Office meeting a month before, where Trump considered ways to overturn the 2020 election.


Meadows did not appear to respond to Greene’s text. But the messages Trump’s top White House aide was receiving shows the extraordinary ideas swirling around Trump after he and his operatives were unable to stop the certification of Biden’s election win on January 6.

Greene – one of Trump’s fiercest far-right defenders on Capitol Hill – also texted Meadows days before the Capitol attack asking about how to prepare for objections to Biden’s win at the joint session of Congress, the text messages show.

“Good morning Mark, I’m here in DC. We have to get organized for the 6th,” Greene wrote on 31 December. “I would like to meet with Rudy Giuliani again. We didn’t get to speak with him long. Also anyone who can help. We are getting a lot of members on board.”

That text message from Greene, who had not yet been sworn in as a member of Congress, a week before the Capitol attack also underscores her close relationship with the Trump White House and an extraordinary level of coordination to obstruct Biden being certified as president.


But the text messages that Meadows did not turn over to the select committee – as opposed to the communications he agreed to produce for the investigation – were perhaps more notable as the panel investigates connections between the White House and the Capitol attack.

The panel is aware, for instance, that Meadows had contacts through December 2020 and January 2021 with organizers of the Save America rally at the Ellipse that descended into the Capitol attack as well as with Trump campaign officials, say sources close to the inquiry.

Yet none of the text messages Meadows produced to the select committee through a cooperation deal agreed last year and in response to a subpoena show any such contacts, raising the specter that he might have deliberately withheld some communications.

The former White House chief of staff appears to have ultimately turned over no text messages between 9 December and 21 December, a critical time period in the lead-up to the Capitol attack during which a number of key moments took place.

Meadows appeared to be aware of efforts by the White House and others, for instance, to send fake Trump slates of electors to Congress. The idea was to have “dueling” slates of electors force then-vice president Mike Pence to discount those votes and return Trump to office.

That scheme – which the select committee believes was coordinated in part by the Trump White House, the sources said – appeared to occur on 14 December, the deadline under the Electoral Count Act for states to send electoral college votes to Congress.

Meadows also was in close contact with Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and others after the contentious Oval Office meeting with Trump on 18 December, as he sought to bar onetime Trump campaign lawyer and conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell from the White House.

But Meadows appears to have turned over no text messages from that crucial period, as allies of the former president started to set their sights on January 6, including the Stop the Steal movement that started to plan a protest at the Capitol around that time.

The seeming omission may be explained in part by the fact that Meadows was communicating about those plans on his personal cell phone – against which the select committee issued a subpoena contested by Meadows in federal court as “overly broad”.

The absence of messages between 9 December and 21 December may also be explained more straightforwardly by the fact that Meadows did not receive any messages during that period. Meadows’ lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

House investigators are not convinced they have been given all the text messages relevant to their subpoena, according to one source with knowledge of the matter, and expect to continue pursuing Meadows’ documents and personal communications in court.

In a motion for summary judgment with respect to Meadows’ records, the select committee said in a 248-page court filing late on Friday that it believed Meadows’ claims for withholding material from the investigation on grounds of executive privilege were baseless.
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Postby admin » Wed May 04, 2022 3:37 am

Georgia special grand jury investigating Trump's election crimes AND Lindsey Graham & Rudy as well
by Glenn Kirschner
5/2/22



Today marks the first day of Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis selecting jurors to sit on the recently empaneled special grand jury. The special grand jury has the power to subpoena uncooperative witnesses, while the previously-empaneled regular grand jury has already heard the testimony of more than 50 witnesses who appeared voluntarily, without the necessity of a subpoena.

DA Willis also indicted that she is investigating not only Donald Trump's Georgia state election crimes, but she is investigating Senator Lindsey Graham and Rudy Giuliani as well for their possible role in Trump's corrupt scheme to overturn the results of the Georgia election.

However, DA Willis also acknowledged that she is pausing her investigating until after the upcoming elections in Georgia on May 24.

This video discuses the outdated "norm and tradition" of pausing law enforcement investigations in the months before an election. In today's political environment, this outdated tradition does nothing more than give nefarious political actors an opportunity to corruptly win an election or reelection. It's time for a change in this outdated tradition.

so the fulton county georgia special
grand jury investigating donald trump's
crimes kicks off in earnest today.
so what's taken so long?
let's talk about why all prosecutorial
norms and traditions
are not necessarily good ones.
because justice
matters.
hey all, glenn kirschner here.
so at long last the special grand jury
in fulton county, georgia,
is about to begin investigating donald
trump's georgia state election crimes.
you remember the one that was captured
on an audio recorded telephone call
between donald trump and brad
raffensberger. you know, just find me
eleven thousand seven hundred and eighty
votes, and corruptly declare me the
winner.
so the special grand jury is about to
start issuing subpoenas.
and you might ask yourself, what has
taken so long?
please put a pin in that; we're going to
get to it in a minute. let's hit some of
the highlights about the investigation
that district attorney fawnee willis has
been conducting thus far,
because she's had a regular grand jury
who has already heard the testimony of
50 witnesses,
but there are another 30 plus witnesses
who refuse to cooperate. no one will
accuse them of being patriots.
so she had to empanel a special grand
jury, because in georgia, only special
grand juries have the power to issue
subpoenas, and compel uncooperative
witnesses to testify. so that's what
district attorney willis has gone about
doing.
here's some of the highlights from the
reporting by the atlanta journal
constitution.
headline: fulton county d.a clarifies
timeline for witness testimony in trump
probe.
and some of the highlights include
that district attorney willis is going
to wait until after the may 24 primaries
to begin subpoenaing witnesses;
however the selection of grand jurors to
sit as part of the special grand jury
starts today, may 2nd.
witnesses will begin testifying
june 1st.
she's assembled a team of 10 prosecutors,
and those prosecutors are investigating
not only donald trump's crimes, but also
senator lindsey graham's call
to raffensberger,
trying to assist trump in getting the
georgia election results overturned,
rudy giuliani's "false claims"
made during a hearing before the georgia
senate judiciary committee,
as well as other matters.
but the investigation has basically been
on hold. it seems like for a number of
months.
and here is why. according to
the article in the atlanta journal
constitution,
"the veteran prosecutor" -- that's d.a willis --
"acknowledged that she's waiting until
after the primaries to avoid the
perception that her actions are
politically motivated, as her republican
critics allege."
now
i want to take up that last point,
the point about
district attorney willis pausing her
investigation
so her republican critics won't be able
to allege
that her investigation is politically
motivated.
you know,
this is a
quaint tradition!
it's outdated. it's passe. it no longer
makes sense
to pause criminal investigations, or to
decline
to take
overt
law enforcement steps,
to hold criminal politicians accountable.
you got to just let them run for
reelection unimpeded
by criminal investigations.
this is beyond outdated, friends. it's
dangerous. think about this. and i'm not
beating up on district attorney willis,
because this is the prevailing norm and
tradition when it comes to prosecutors.
in fact, i'm going to use the department
of justice, and merrick garland, the
attorney general, as an example. there is
a norm and tradition
at the department of justice that in the
months before an election -- seems like
we're always in the months before an
election --
in the months before an election,
we try not to take any overt law
enforcement steps
that could make it seem like the
department of justice is interfering in
an upcoming election, or playing politics.
right. using doj's law enforcement powers
to somehow play politics and interfere
in an upcoming election. but think about
this, friends. in this day and age
merrick garland, obviously appointed by a
democrat, joe biden, so the prevailing
sense is that doj is controlled by
democrats -- not entirely accurate, but
understandable --
merrick garland
could run an investigation
honorably,
ethically,
perfectly,
and he could follow the evidence, follow
the facts, follow the law, and indict a
republican criminal.
and
because he paused the investigation in
the months before an election,
do you think the republicans would say,
"oh,
that really was on the up and up." no.
they're going to cry "foul." they're going
to cry "witch hunt." they're going to cry
"that was a political prosecution",
whether he paused the investigation in
the months before an election or not.
i mean, why in the world,
when we have politicians, we have
insurrectionists in congress running for
reelection, why would we pause
a criminal investigation
into their conduct
in the months before an election? when
they're running for reelection, shouldn't
we be doubling down,
try to prevent criminals from remaining
in congress or getting re-elected?
all we're doing as prosecutors by
following this quaint,
outdated,
norm and tradition,
pausing investigations in the months
before an election,
all we're doing
is giving
criminal politicians a holiday,
a respite.
we're giving them time
to get re-elected unimpeded by criminal
charges.
and we're thereby letting them
continue to undermine our democracy. this
is a norm and tradition
that needs to be let go.
you know, because it feels like
the republicans are
figuratively
forever fighting with dirty bombs and
hidden land mines,
while the dems, you know, just continue to
reach for their muskets
in response.
there are some norms and traditions that
don't make sense.
let the criticism come.
i don't care if the facts and the law
lead us to an indictment the week before
an election primary, or otherwise.
why should we let nefarious political
actors
gain an additional foothold by winning
re-election
before we decide to bring charges? that
is a norm a tradition that makes
absolutely no sense
in today's environment.
so let's
abandon it.
let's abandon it.
let's untie
that one hand that
the dems forever seem to be tying behind
their own back.
we fight fair, but we fight hard. we fight
relentlessly.
because some things are worth fighting
for,
like our democracy,
like removing insurrectionists from our
government,
like not letting insurrectionists win
reelection because we've paused
an investigation.
let's abandon that norm and tradition.
let me finish with this friends.
god forbid if we see the end of our
democracy
in 2024.
i don't want to look back
and see america's tombstone read,
you know: "rest in peace united states of
america,
1776 to 2024,
but at least
the dems didn't violate norms
and traditions."

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friends, as always, please stay safe,
please stay tuned,
and i look forward to talking with you
all again
tomorrow.
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Postby admin » Thu May 05, 2022 10:00 am

Right-wing Rep. Madison Cawthorn caught nude in leaked ‘sexual’ video
The roughly 30-second clip shows what appears to be a nude Cawthorn in a bed thrusting with his groin near the head of an unidentified male
by Jeremy Kinser
Los Angeles Blade
May 4, 2022

In 2014, at age 18, Cawthorn was seriously injured while returning from a spring-break trip to Florida. He was riding as a passenger in a BMW X3 SUV near Daytona Beach, Florida, when his friend Bradley Ledford fell asleep at the wheel. The SUV crashed into a concrete barrier while Cawthorn's feet were on the dashboard.
“If he’s driving, tell him to keep his eyes open. It hurts when you bang the side of your head on the steering wheel because he closed his eyes and hit an embankment.” [???]

-- 36 Women Explain How To Give Orgasmic Road Head, by Adriana

U.S. Representative Mark Meadows nominated Cawthorn to the United States Naval Academy in 2014, but his application was rejected before his 2014 car accident...

During the fall 2016 semester, Cawthorn attended Patrick Henry College, studying political science, but earned mostly D grades and dropped out....

From January 2015 to August 2016, Cawthorn worked as a staff assistant in Representative Mark Meadows's district office. He told the Asheville Citizen-Times he worked there "full-time", but it was a part-time role.

Cawthorn is the owner and CEO of SPQR Holdings, LLC, a real estate investment firm in Hendersonville. The firm was started in August 2019 and reported no income; Cawthorn is its sole employee. As of August 2020, the company had been involved in only one real estate transaction, purchasing a 6-acre property for $20,000, in a foreclosure auction.

The initialism SPQR was commonly used as a symbol of the Roman Empire and stands for Senatus Populusque Romanus ("The Roman Senate and People")....

In the March 2020 Republican primary for North Carolina's 11th congressional district, Cawthorn finished second behind Lynda Bennett, who had been endorsed both by President Donald Trump and Cawthorn's former mentor, Meadows, who had become White House Chief of Staff. But Bennett did not receive the required 30% of the vote to avoid a runoff and Cawthorn won the June runoff overwhelmingly. He was supported by many local leaders and endorsed by Mark Walker, the vice chairman of the House Republican Conference...

-- Madison Cawthorn, by Wikipedia


MeidasTouch.com on Twitter: “Video has leaked which purportedly shows Madison Cawthorn having sex with what appears to be his male cousin. Cawthorn thrusts his penis into his cousins face while naked in bed together, making loud moaning noises.”


WASHINGTON – Republican U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn, the 26-year-old freshman from North Carolina, has experienced yet another provocative social media leak. The latest, a video, shows a nude young man strongly resembling Cawthorn on a sofa ‘dry humping’ in a contextually simulated sexual manner another young male. A wheelchair similar to the type used by the congressman is in the foreground.

The roughly 30-second clip shows what appears to be a nude Cawthorn in a bed thrusting with his groin near the head of an unidentified male person. A male voice can be heard saying, “Oh ma yah yah oh” repeatedly. A male voice can also be heard laughing and saying, “stick it in his face.”



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In the video, which looks to have been shot in a hotel room, a man that appears to be Cawthorn is seen in a state of undress grinding on another person while uttering an exaggerated series of grunts and groans. The other person is only seen for a moment, and has not yet been identified. Others in the room laugh as the not-safe-for-work video continues, until finally someone off camera calls the naked man “Madison” and asks him to stop.

-- Graphic video shows Rep. Cawthorn in compromising scene, by Cory Vaillancourt, Smoky Mountain News, May 5, 2022


The Congressman, who is up for reelection later this month, has drawn scrutiny recently for driving with a revoked license; two attempts to bring a loaded gun through airport security; allegations of sexual harassment; calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug;” reportedly denying a staffer leave when two family members passed away within the same week, and another video that leaked with a male friend placing his hand on Cawthorn’s genitals.

The Congressman, who has been confined to a wheelchair since an accident in 2014, has been one of the most vocal proponents [OPPONENTS!] to anything resembling equality. He’s posed for photos with other politicians who wants to revoke LGBTQ+ rights, such as Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Green, and Lauren Boebert. All have drawn scorn for their backwards-leaning agendas.

There’s an obvious parallel between Cawthorn and former conservative politician Aaron Schock, who was Republican U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 18th congressional district from 2009 until 2015. Schock was under investigation for extravagant spending and eventually came out as a gay man following the release of very explicit photos.

Cawthorn is facing a slew of controversies and questions about misconduct. His recent troubles include allegations of an improper relationship with a staffer and after photos surfaced showing Cawthorn wearing women’s lingerie ― images he said were from a “goofy” game on a cruise ―

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and a video that showed one of his male staff members grabbing his crotch. The latter video has sparked an ethics complaint.



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[Madison Cawthorn] I'm filled with passionate desire.

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I'd like to see your naked body ...

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beneath my [Hemphs?! Hips!?]

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[Stephen Smith] Me, too!

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FIRE MADISON CAWTHORN
American Muckrakers PAC, Inc.
P.O. Box 51
Spruce Pine, NC 28777-0051
(312) 213-6001 - david@firemadison.com

VIA EMAIL

April 27, 2022

Mr. Omar Ashmawy
Staff Director & Chief Counsel
Office of Congressional Ethics
U.S. House of Representatives
425 3rd Street, S.W., Suite 1110
Washington, DC 20024

Re: Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Mr. Stephen L. Smith, Staff to Rep. Cawthorn, Ethics Rules Violations

Dear Mr. Ashmawy:

Greetings to you from Western North Carolina.

I would like to request the Office of Congressional Ethics investigate Rep. David Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) for the following ethical violations:

1. Violation of House Rule XXIII, (1): Cawthorn has attempted to bring a loaded gun on a flight from Asheville, North Carolina, in February 2021 and from Charlotte Airport in April 2022. His actions reflect negatively upon the House. The Transportation Security Administration will have records of these infractions.

2. Violation of House Rule XXIII. (1): Rep. Cawthorn has brought a "4.45-inch dagger" to North Carolina public educational property on four documented occasions, in violation of North Carolina law. The Sheriffs Office in Henderson County, North Carolina. can confirm this.

3. Violation of House Rule XXIII. (3): Cawthorn provides free housing and travel as a gift to an employee of the House. Mr. Stephen L. Smith, in excess of $250.00. (See attachment A)

4. Violation of House Rule XXV. (5): Rep. Cawthorn has provided loans to a member of the House staff, Mr. Stephen L Smith, who is under his supervision. (See attachment B). The repayment by Mr. Smith has not been made and can be confirmed by reviewing Rep. Cawthorn and Mr. Smith's House financial disclosures.

5. Violation of House Rule XXVI: Rep. Cawthorn has not properly filed House financial disclosures regarding gifts and loans to Mr. Stephen L Smith.

6. Violations of House Rule XXIII: The Committee is requested to investigate whether any House Rules or statutes were violated by the relationship between Rep. Cawthorn and his House employee Mr. Stephen L. Smith. Mr. Smith apparently lives with Rep. Cawthorn and various social media postings by them indicate a personal relationship between them, separate and apart from the professional relationship of employer and employee. For example, Stephen L. Smith accompanied Rep. Cawthorn on his honeymoon to Dubai, UAE, in April 2021. (See exhibit B)

I don't think the government should be involved in marriage. You know, I also don't think we should indoctrinate extremely young children and allow them to have life-altering surgeries at a very young age, and change their gender. I have very traditional views myself. I'm straight. I married a woman. But I don't think government should be involved in marriage. I believe it should be between the marriage and God. That's all that matters. It's covenant.

https://www.citizen-times.com/videos/ne ... 161630002/

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GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn said he had a good explanation for missing a series of votes in Congress: he was performing his “service as a husband.”

While honeymooning in Dubai with his new wife Cristina Bayardelle, an Instagram fitness influencer, the 25-year-old GOP freshman said he was “happy” to have missed 15 votes in a single week, calling the bills “Democrat garbage” anyway.

“It just shows how exactly the Democrats feel about the nuclear family in America right now. I was doing the only thing I find more important than my service here in Congress and that was my service as a husband,” the North Carolina lawmaker said during the interview with Real America’s Voice host David Brody.

“If I have to choose between voting with Nancy Pelosi or spending time with my beautiful wife, I’m choosing Cristina every time,” he said.


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For the Past 10 days she has been all that mattered. Grew closer to God, closer to each other, and had nonstop adventure. Excited to be heading back to the greatest country in the world that guarantees basic human rights for all citizens. It appears our current ruling class needs a reminder of what those rights are! Yearning to be back in the fight and now I have the greatest teammate in the world.


Cawthorn came in on the receiving end of some pointed criticism after an Axios report found that he was the tardiest member of the freshman class, missing 16.2 percent of all floor votes. The top five vote-skipping freshman were all Republicans.

Among House Democratic freshman, the dubious honor went to New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman, who missed 2.82 percent.

-- Rep. Cawthorn: My ‘service as a husband’ comes before Congress, by Jon Levine, May 22, 2021, New York Post

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Rep. Madison Cawthorn's soon-to-be ex-wife Cristina admitted that being married to America's youngest Congress member was 'strenuous' and the transition into the spotlight had 'unexpected' difficulties.

Still, she spoke highly of her husband in a statement given to Fox 46 shortly after he announced on Wednesday that they were divorcing just eight months after tying the knot.

'Madison is amazing – we’ve had an incredible journey together. Our marriage, like every marriage, has had its difficulties. The lifestyle shift into public life has been strenuous, and many aspects of the transition have been unexpected,' she said.

North Carolina Republican Cawthorn, 26, announced Wednesday that he and his wife, Cristina Bayardelle Cawthorn, 28, mutually made the 'enormously difficult decision' to divorce after realizing there were 'irreconcilable differences' between them.

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All day today uh everyone on capitol hill is trying to guess who invited the young Nazi to an orgy and uh especially because his wife uh divorced him because um he had been in a serious accident his penis doesn't work and so who so what's his role at the orgy uh anyways in his mouth or something else uh but in any case everyone is trying to guess who so it seems that from what I'm hearing the two main suspects who invited Madison Cawthorn to the orgy or one or the other so one of course everybody guesses Lindsay Graham my theory about that is that you know yeah everybody guesses Lindsay graham because that's the obvious person and it doesn't have any anything to do with reality the thing that people in the know guess and this is the one I think who is the person is a fellow uh North Carolinian and the neighbor of his uh named uh Patrick McHenry who happens to be a closet case and a very very extreme right and uh and and definitely is friendly with um uh with kwan so he was probably the one that invited ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiDI6uMo4Uo


Nerves are complicated, and Cawthorn’s spinal injury could leave him unable to get an erection or not, we don’t know…but the odds that he’s permanently unable to get a penile erection are really high, far, far higher than the background rate of the population. Moreover, because most people don’t understand how complicated nervous systems can be, most people think an injury like Cawthorn’s has a 100% impotence rate.

-- Madison Cawthorn is a jerk, but he’s a complicated jerk, by Pervert Justice, https://freethoughtblogs.com/pervertjus ... is-a-jerk/


'When Cristina and I were engaged, I was not a member of Congress. I felt called to serve and we both agreed that I should run. Our victory was unprecedented, but overnight our lives changed,' he said in a statement posted by his spokesman.

'That change has been both hectic and difficult, it's neither the pace nor the lifestyle we had planned for.'

Cawthorn shot into the spotlight as a 25-year-old firebrand who beat out former President Trump's pick for North Carolina's 11th congressional district, Lydia Bennett.

The congressman has since made headlines for trying to bring a gun aboard a plane, offering acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse a job, and most especially his scorching political rhetoric.

In August, Cawthorn promised 'bloodshed' if there were another 'stolen' presidential election. He called Jan. 6 rioters who have been arrested 'political prisoners' and spoke of efforts to 'bust them out.'

Cawthorn and Bayardelle was wed on April 3, 2021 in an intimate ceremony after sharing a whirlwind romance, in which Bayardelle said she knew he 'was the one' after just months of dating.

'I want to live in the world he creates, I just don’t want to be married to someone changing the world. While we have agreed to be apart now, we still have a great friendship and there’s no ill-will. Madison is a fighter – he will help save this country,' Bayardelle said in her statement on the impending divorce.

Their wedding followed a six-month engagement during which Cawthorn was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward more than 30 women when he attended a Christian college in Virginia for a semester in 2016.

The North Carolina Republican said he and Bayardelle were 'committed to make things work' but quickly realized they were unable to balance his role as a public servant and their marriage.

'From the outset, we committed to make things work, to fight for our marriage, and seek counsel for balancing the enormity of such a transition in life,' Cawthorn explained.

'Together, we realized that balance was not attainable, and that we had irreconcilable differences between us. While it was an enormously difficult decision, Cristina and I have mutually decided to divorce. We ask for privacy as we work through this privately.'

Eight months prior, when announcing their marriage to the public, Cawthorn said marrying Bayardelle, a 28-year-old anesthesiologist assistant and CrossFit athlete, was the 'greatest honor, privilege and adventure of my life.'

The couple, who were introduced by mutual friends, went public with their engagement in October 2020.

Cawthorn, who was paralyzed in a car crash at the age of 21, previously shared how he'd never seen anyone who could do as many pull-ups as Bayardelle, noting that he spent months learning how to kneel so he could propose.

Bayardelle said they instantly 'hit it off' and she knew he 'was the one' after dating for just four months.

Cawthorn, then-25, became the youngest member of Congress in November 2020 after he defeated Democratic rival Moe Davis in a spiteful contest for North Carolina's 11th Congressional District seat.

After his victory, he tweeted: 'Cry more, Lib'.

One day after Cawthorn's win, Bayardelle posted on Instagram: 'Looking forward to the future with you. Words cannot describe how proud I am of you! My fiancé is the youngest congressman and going to make history. Off to DC and I couldn’t be happier.'

The Republican gained regular appearances on cable news claiming that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen, and quickly became a favorite of former President Donald Trump.

He spoke at the 'Stop the Steal' rally on January 6, prior to the insurrection at the Capitol, which left five people, including police officer Brian Sicknick, dead.

In February, it was revealed that Cawthorn's ex-classmates claimed he sexually harassed women at Patrick Henry College in northern Virginia.

The alleged victims said they were warned not to go on so-called 'fun drives' with him in his white Dodge Challenger 'because bad things happened'.

Cawthorn joined the school in fall 2016 at the age of 21 after his 2014 car accident and subsequent recovery delayed his college attendance, making him three years older than the strict Christian, conservative first-year women also attending.


More than two dozen students spoke out about his alleged mistreatment of women on the campus including four women who said they experienced first hand his alleged aggressive, misogynistic, or predatory way toward women.

One woman described sensing a 'danger warning' when she went out for a drive with Cawthorn and he started 'taking me out to the middle of nowhere' while asking questions about her purity ring.

Two resident assistants at the conservative religious college said they would warn young women to stay away from him and female students said they told each other not to end up alone with him.

The congressman denied ever acting in a sexually inappropriate way.

The allegations surfaced in a Buzzfeed investigation, with more than 30 people including 20 former students, their friends and relatives alleging they witnessed, experienced or knew of sexual harassment and misconduct by the congressman around the college campus, at his nearby house and in his car.

In the open letter in October, more than 160 members of the Patrick Henry community accused Cawthorn of 'gross misconduct towards our female peers, public misrepresentation of his past, disorderly conduct that was against the school's student honor code, and self-admitted academic failings.'

The bombshell claims came after one woman, Katrina Krulikas, told World Magazine in August 2020 that Cawthorn had forcibly kissed her in 2014 when he was 19 and she was 17.

Krulikas, who did not attend the Christian college, claimed they were on a drive together when Cawthorn started asking if she was a virgin.

She said he pressured her to sit on his lap, tried to kiss her and when she dismissed his advances tried again by holding her face.

Cawthorn denied the allegation in September but allegedly texted Krulikas last February apologizing that he was 'over the line'.

-- Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn's soon to be ex-wife Cristina, 28, admits there were 'difficulties' in their marriage: CrossFit athlete says shift to public life was 'strenuous' - but they are still great friends and there is no 'ill will', by Morgan Phillips and Natasha Anderson, Dailymail.com, 23 December 2021


7. In addition, the Committee is requested to investigate the financial relationship and activities between Rep. Cawthorn, and the Bitcoin company recently reported on by the Washington Examiner questioning whether Rep. Cawthorn violated House Ethic Rules and U.S. Statutes relating to promoting a product and profiting from that promotion. A link to the news article is here:
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news ... xperts-say
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LGB: lesbian, gay, bisexual...


In addition, I would like to request an ethics investigation into Mr. Stephen L. Smith, a House employee on Rep. Cawthorn's staff, for the following violations of House Ethics Rules:

1. Violation of House Rule XXIII, (3): Mr. Smith accepts free housing and travel as a gift in excess of $250.00 from Rep. Cawthorn. (See attachment A). These were gifts to Mr. Smith by Rep. Cawthorn and neither have disclosed them.

2. Violation of House Rule XXV, (5): Mr. Smith has accepted money loans from Rep. Cawthorn. (See attachment B) The repayment by Mr. Smith has not been made and can be confirmed by reviewing Rep. Cawthorn and Mr. Smith's House financial disclosures.

3. Violation of House Rule XXVI: Mr. Smith has not properly filed House financial disclosures regarding gifts and loans from Rep. Cawthorn.

Please contact me if you would like additional information on any of these allegations.

Sincerely,

David B. Wheeler
Attachment: Exhibit A & B

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Cawthorn and Smith social media post.

They are seen in this video which was distributed on Twitter among various people, discussing suggestive subjects and touching inappropriately.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ypnjy_ ... Uzmzw/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ypnjy_ ... d_facebook


Congressman Cawthorn’s biggest scandals is now in federal court in a suit over his eligibility to run again for reelection.



Cawthorn has seemingly verified the authenticity of the video. In a tweet on Wednesday, he said: A new hit against me just dropped. Years ago, in this video, I was being crass with a friend, trying to be funny. We were acting foolish and joking. That’s it. I’m NOT backing down. I told you there would be a drip drip campaign. Blackmail won’t win. We will.

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The Huffington Post reported that he has also made headlines over allegations of insider trading, trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a plane for the second time and having to surrender his driver’s license after driving with a suspended license.

In late March, he also raised some eyebrows when he claimed that the D.C. elite had previously invited him to orgies and done cocaine in front of him.

Editor’s note: These are links to the video. It is graphic and depicts simulated sexual acts. Viewer discretion is advised: YouTube Link: Here

This video has been removed for violating YouTube's policy on nudity or sexual content


Twitter Link: Here

This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules.


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Home of the Week: Accessible but charming Flat Rock cottage
by Angela Nicholas
Special to Asheville Citizen Times
October 25, 2018
https://www.citizen-times.com/story/lif ... 410288002/

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DID I NOT TELL YOU IF YOU BELIEVE, YOU WILL SEE THE GLORY OF GOD. -- JOHN 11:40

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PRAY ALWAYS AND OFTEN

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BLESS THE FOOD BEFORE US.

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RISE AND LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE.

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EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL BEGINS WITH GOD

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The Movie According to Garp
by Rita Kempley
Washington Post
July 23, 1982

There's a post-Freudian epigram--"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean nobody's following you" -- that puts "The World According to Garp" into perspective. The movie, faithful to John Irving's novel, if not to his narrative, views like a full-scale anxiety attack.

Watching it feels like waiting for your husband to drive home in a thunderstorm and telling yourself, relax, he'll be here any minute. And in your world, he would be. In Garp's, he'd have had a horrible accident and lost both legs.

Lots of parts get lost in "Garp," where the stream of consciousness flows in fits and starts. Episodic scenes shift through the quirky mind of T.S. Garp, but luckily star Robin Williams, familiar with alien intelligence, grasps him; Mork would have liked Garp.

The hero is the bastard of Jenny Fields, a lust-lacking nurse who rapes a mortally wounded tail gunner -- nothing's working but his libido -- to have a child without the bother of a husband. Glenn Close gives an incredible performance as Jenny, drawing sympathy for this prune of a woman, who takes a job at an elite prep school to pay for Garp's education.

The young Garp (James McCall) develops an early avarice for what so revolts Jenny. In his first sexual exploit, the twelvish Cushie (Jillian Ross) teaches him that first she says, "Not tonight, dear, I've got a headache"; then he rips off her clothes. When he rips, the family dog tears off his ear lobe.

His precarious childhood closes at the Fields' ancestral home at Dog's Head Harbor, when he wades into the sea. "Be careful of the undertow," Jenny shouts over surf. Later in life, Garp's young son will mishear the warning, as "Be careful of the Under Toad," the symbol of capricious doom that holds the film together.

Here, there's an abrupt shift of scene and Garp is a full-grown wrestler, who weds the coach's daughter Helen (Mary Beth Hurt) and later becomes a writer. His mother beats him to the press with her autobiography, "Sexual Suspect," which makes her guru of a feminist movement, peopled with mutes who have cut out their tongues in sympathy with a rape victim.

But Garp, despite praise from book reviewers, remains infamous for his lineage. So two fine children later, he becomes a house husband, while Helen, now a professor, becomes the lover of one of her students. (Under Toad enters.) Helen's affair crashes to a tragic climax in the Garps' driveway, where she is leaving her lover. He is castrated when Garp's car crashes into his car; Garp's younger son is killed and his other son loses an eye.



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If I do it, will you leave them? Do you promise?
Yes.
Promise.
I promise.

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It's like a dream!

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[Applause, Music]

-- The World According to Garp


The dismembered Garp family heals with the help of close friend Roberta, a former Philadelphia Eagle who's had a sex change. Roberta, played with extraordinary sensitivity by John Lithgow, is easily the most well-adjusted individual in this menagerie. One can't help thinking that things would have worked out if she and Garp had married, but he stays with Helen. There's more death and anguish, all of it mixed with the obstinate optimism that characterizes Garp.

Williams, might have been more aggressive. Otherwise, director Roy Hill has done about as well as you can when translating word to image, not only through plot, but via the repetition of symbols: primitive, obvious ones -- the toad, a death's head costume, a child's clumsy drawings. After two hours and 20 minutes, all the parables and paradoxes join in a sluggish whole. And we wind up where we began, up in the air without a tail gunner.
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