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Buckle up Pennsylvania taxpayers! You've been nominated to foot bill for yet another sham GOP audit
Kerry Eleveld

Arizona's sham audit has gone so stunningly well that Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers plan to launch one themselves. Apparently trashing election equipment and wasting millions in taxpayer dollars on an effort marred by incompetence and GOP infighting is looking pretty enticing. The fact that the people leading the bogus Arizona audit are now COVID-positive and can't even deliver the final report on time is just icing on the cake.

Sign us up! Republican State Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, citing no actual evidence, said GOP lawmakers are pushing for a "full forensic investigation," clearly avoiding the term "audit" since Arizona's has turned into such a debacle.

Corman simply doesn't trust the outcome of the 2020 election. Call it a sixth sense, a fever dream, a craven attempt to score political points, Corman told a right-wing media type, “I don’t necessarily have faith in the results ... I think that there were many problems in our election that we need to get to the bottom of."
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Of course, when Donald Trump's “elite strike force” tried to legally challenge Pennsylvania’s 2020 results last year, they got laughed out of court.

“One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption,” U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann wrote in a blistering ruling on Trump’s attempt to invalidate nearly 7 million votes. “That has not happened.”

But not to be dissuaded by the facts, Pennsylvania Republicans plan to launch hearings into the matter as early as this week, according to The Washington Post.

The Keystone State effort follows Wisconsin Republicans’ attempt to keep Trump's Big Lie alive with their own bogus probe. Republican State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he recently apprised Trump of their efforts to "restore full integrity and trust in elections." Now Reince Priebus, Trump's former chief of staff, has announced Wisconsin lawmakers will shell out "about $680,000, at least to start," in taxpayer dollars to fund the probe. “At least to start” being the operative phrase. Remember, Arizona's so-called auditors trashed all the equipment they examined and now Maricopa County is suing the GOP-led Senate for $2.8 million.

Trump's legal challenge to the 2020 results was also thoroughly rejected by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

But Pennsylvania taxpayers better buckle up. GOP lawmakers are planning an extensive conspiracy-driven adventure into the heart of Trump's never never land.

By his own account, Corman has set "no ceiling" for what is sure to become a costly misadventure.

“This audit is intended to go much further than previous reviews mandated by state law, which have focused on whether the reported counts are ‘accurate,’” Corman wrote in a statement Monday. “The goal of the Senate’s investigation will not be to conduct a recount, but to find any flaws in the system that could be exploited by bad actors and take action to correct those flaws through legislative changes to our Election Code.”


Nothing screams fiscal responsibility quite like launching an entirely baseless probe into a matter that has already been scrutinized by election officials, disproven by recounts, and summarily tossed out of court.
 

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10 Florida school districts tell DeSantis to pound sand on masking—two went for Trump
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More than half of Florida's students are now enrolled in schools that have joined a rebellion against the efforts of Gov. Ron DeSantis to endanger children, according to The Washington Post.

Altogether, 10 school districts in the Sunshine State have voted to implement universal mask mandates in defiance of DeSantis' executive order banning such requirements. On Tuesday, Orange and Indian River counties became the latest districts to adopt masking requirements in order to reduce the risk of children and staff contracting COVID-19 as the state suffers through a withering surge. Now Florida's six largest districts have all adopted mask mandates: Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, Orange, Palm Beach, and Duval. The list also includes two districts that went for Trump in 2020: Indian River and Sarasota.

Combined student enrollment for all 10 counties accounts for roughly 52% of the state's student population, according to the Florida Department of Education.
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DeSantis has promised to take retribution against school officials who defy his ban. The DeSantis-aligned state education board voted last week to defund Alachua and Broward districts—two of the first to require masking—and is currently seeking to learn the salaries of their school board members.

DeSantis' spokesperson is lying about the science on masking, claiming, "There is no empirical evidence to support the assertion that the benefits of forced masking of schoolchildren outweigh the potential harms."
That's a bold-faced lie. Empirical evidence clearly shows that universal masking exponentially reduces COVID-19 transmission in schools. Additionally, no credible studies have shown masking to be harmful to children.

“Because of the concerns that have been raised about whether there are any negative effects of masking on children, there have been now numerous studies done. These studies have unequivocally shown that there are no negative health effects on children from wearing a mask,” Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic doctor and pediatric disease expert, told the Post.

DeSantis has a very public, large-scale revolt on his hands, and he's on the wrong side of both the politics and the science.
 

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Blackwater’s Erik Prince charging $6,500 a person to get people out of Afghanistan
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The dream for people like former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince is to privatize all wars. The brother of billionaire education failure Betsy DeVos, has been making money as a defense contractor for some time now. The big hiccup in his ascent from “rich son of a lighted sun visor seller who interned in former California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s office” to “billionaire war profiteer” was when his Blackwater Worldwide mercenaries murdered innocent Iraqi civilians and were kicked out of the country back in 2007. This has not stopped Prince from running unscathed through corrupt Republican circles, and his recent attempts to privatize the war in Afghanistan, while unsuccessful, have continued to make him rich.

As the Wall Street Journal reports on Wednesday, Prince continues to offer his wartime services to those in Afghanistan—for a price. According to the WSJ, Prince has said he is “offering people seats on a chartered plane out of Kabul for $6,500 per person.” This money also promises to get you to the airport and on the plane, though an extra cost will be applied if you need to travel door to door from home. Now, who has access to the money, and probably more importantly, who has access to Erik Prince’s offer, is the story we will need to follow as the days and weeks continue. There’s a lot of money to be made in Afghanistan. It is one of the reasons there are still so many Americans inside of the country.
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Prince’s move back into the Middle East was singularly the result of a Republican leadership taking back control of our foreign policy. As Rolling Stone magazine wrote in October of last year, Prince made money providing security for interests in mining companies in Africa, serving as the chairman of Frontier Services Group—a company with unseemly ties to Chinese state conglomerate CITIC Group. Former chief executive of Frontier Services Group Gregg Smith told Rolling Stone, “Going forward, we were told, Frontier Services Group is Erik Prince, it’s CITIC, and it’ll be providing security for Belt-and-Road,” a Chinese project for building infrastructure in the developing nations of the world. Smith said he was told by the CIA that “a key company official was affiliated with Chinese intelligence.”

At the same time, Prince’s Frontier Services Group set off alarms when it announced they were building “training facilities” and “security equipment” in an area of China known for the brutal subjugation of the predominantly Muslim ethnic minority Uighurs. Then Prince figured out his way back in,
being connected to Roger Stone, Wikileaks, and the release of the Hillary Clinton emails that made so much hay during the 2016 election cycle.

Prince’s obsession with privatizing the Afghanistan war got some press back in 2018, as he, like so many hustlers, saw an easy mark in former president Donald Trump. Even though Prince’s idea of almost entirely replacing American forces with a smaller mercenary group was shunned by Trump’s initial defense cabinet choices, those cabinet members quickly fell out of favor with Trump. Prince felt that his in was to offer Donald Trump the chance to fulfill the campaign promise of ending the Afghanistan war by offering up a privatized solution. “The president rightly campaigned on ending our endless wars. He has an opportunity to do it,” Prince told Military Times in September of 2018.

A former plans officer and commanding general, U.S. Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan Seth Jones told the Military Times that Prince’s ideas were a touch frightening, “I think it’s a recipe for corruption. I think it’s a recipe for potential for human rights or other abuses by forces on the ground because they are not government forces. [...] When I’ve looked at successful counterinsurgency campaigns since World War II, I see almost no cases of governments essentially contracting out significant parts of a war effort.” Of course, like virtually everyone involved in the military operations of Afghanistan, Jones has been pretty wrong about Afghanistan, writing a month ago about how the Taliban would not necessarily take back the country.

While Trump went ahead and made a classic lame-duck deal with the Taliban, Prince moved forward with ingratiating himself with Trump. Just as our country was about to face its first COVID-29 shutdowns, The New York Times reported Prince’s role in recruiting former intelligence agents—an attempt to infiltrate “Democratic congressional campaigns, labor organizations, and other groups considered hostile to the Trump agenda.” This included work that would help the plans of his useless sister Betsy DeVos.

One of the former spies, an ex-MI6 officer named Richard Seddon, helped run a 2017 operation to copy files and record conversations in a Michigan office of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers’ unions in the nation. Mr. Seddon directed an undercover operative to secretly tape the union’s local leaders and try to gather information that could be made public to damage the organization, documents show.

As TIME reported last month, Prince has been working hard to create a private military and a private weapons manufacturing stake inside of Ukraine for some time. His interests are enormous, and the money and power he looks to have are far greater than a few thousand dollars. For all we know, $6,500 pays for the gas and the guns and the way out of Afghanistan. Prince isn’t necessarily profiting from the ticket prices. But Prince has shown he only has an interest in profiting off war and violence and misery. It will be interesting to see if we ever get a manifest for who buys Erik Prince’s plane tickets. Maybe those ticket prices are simply a favor?
 

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Rep. Matt Gaetz finally discloses book profits and laughter ensues
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After making headlines for allegedly being part of a sex trafficking investigation, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is making headlines again and not just for his marriage. Days after reports of Gaetz eloping with Ginger Luckey, the congressman who confirmed he was under investigation in April on allegations of trafficking a minor for sex made headlines this week for failing to report his book sales—a minor federal violation.

Gaetz committed the crime when he failed to include information about advances, royalties, or terms of agreement with the publisher of his book in a recent financial disclosure submitted on Aug. 10. After questions arose about the missing information, Gaetz amended the disclosure and refiled it on Aug. 16.
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Members of Congress must file their annual House financial disclosure reports by Aug. 13, Business Insider reported.

"The law is clear that book royalty income must be disclosed," Kedric Payne, general counsel and senior director of Ethics at Campaign Legal Center, told Insider. "Indeed, it is difficult to think of a recent example when a lawmaker did not disclose such income. It is well established that voters have a right to know all sources of income for their elected officials."

In 2020, Gaetz published Firebrand: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the MAGA Revolution, celebrating not only the MAGA movement but with insight into his “fun loving” bachelor days in Congress. In the book, he not only describes himself as having an “active social life” but advised members of Congress not to date their staff.

“It’s risky to date in a town where there’s potentially a thin line between love and blackmail, or at least love and bad PR,” Gaetz wrote. “I knew going in how many people had been brought down by sexual missteps in this town, so I set some rules to help me err on the safe(r) side.”

“In Washington, safe sex means in part: no dating lobbyists, no dating your staff members, and I should have added no dating reporters, but I didn’t at first,” he continued. “I’m a representative, not a monk.”

It is ironic that Gaetz would offer dating advice from the perspective of a successful ladies' man since he’s accused of paying a minor for sex—an allegation for which his former friend and associate Joel Greenberg provided evidence to prosecutors in the case. Gaetz denied and defended himself against in an op-ed published in April.

The book was promoted by Donald Trump and his minions, with idiots like Donald Trump Jr. describing the book as a “must-read.” But despite the praise, it seems Trump’s fan base didn’t buy it—literally. According to the amended disclosure, Gaetz made $25,000 in royalties. Firebrand is currently ranked #69,486 in Amazon’s Books category.

The number comes as a surprise since the RNC often boosts book sales of its members. Even Tom Cotton a Republican from Arkansas made $202,500 in royalties from his book, Sacred Duty: A Soldier's Tour at Arlington National Cemetery.


It’s clear now why Gaetz didn’t include his book sales—he was probably embarrassed. But of course, his office gave no reason for why the information was initially missing despite inquiries from different news outlets.

"There was additional documentation needed from the Congressman's book publisher," Jillian Lane Wyant, chief of staff to Gaetz, told Insider. "We are in the process of receiving that information and amending the Congressman's financial disclosure now."

Not only were the reported royalties low, but according to a breakdown by The Daily Beast, the amended document itself raises questions. According to the amended financial report, Gaetz was awarded 60% royalties by his publisher, more than double the typical hardcover royalty rates. Not only do the numbers not make sense, but if Gaetz did only earn $25,000, that means he sold 6,000 copies or fewer of his book over several months. It’s also worth noting that Firebrand was released at an industry-standard $27; less than one year from its on-shelf date, hardcovers cost around $8 on Amazon.


While Gaetz’s sales may be low, he’s not the first member of Congress not to disclose where he’s making money outside of his congressional salary. The Ethics in Government Act requires members of Congress to disclose where they're making money for everything from book deals to stock trades; despite this, many Republicans have a history of failing to disclose their financial earnings. Additionally, for lawmakers to accept royalties, permission must be granted ahead of time by ethics officials under “usual and customary contractual terms,” The Daily Beast reported.

In the end, it is unlikely Gaetz will suffer any consequences for failing to include the book earnings in his original report now that he has belatedly filed an amendment.

“Filing an incomplete financial disclosure report is a violation of both the Ethics in Government Act and the House rules,” Brett Kappel, an attorney who specializes in government compliance at Harmon Curran, said. “The fact that Rep. Gaetz quickly filed an amended report, however, likely means he will suffer no consequences.”
 

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I'm going to miss Book 189, Marbles. So many stories about Biden being an idiot.
 

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WHUT❓ Kayleigh McEnany Tells FOX News There Were "NO CRISES" When Trump Was President
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The commitment by Fox News to gaslight America is among the most conspicuously dishonest campaigns of flagrant falsehoods ever contrived by an alleged "news" enterprise. Their relentless avalanche of lies and shameless promotion of liars is Olympian in its scale and ambition.

The most recent evidence of Fox's fantastical fib factory came on Tuesday evening when Donald Trump's former press secretary (now employed by Fox News), Kayleigh McEnany, guest co-hosted on The Five and participated in a discussion about President Biden's first few months in office. Her preposterous remarks were an exhibition of either her utter aversion to truth-telling, or stage 4 acute amnesia. She babbled that...

"We are eight months into a Biden presidency. Jesse. Wrap your head around that. We still have three years and four months left. Look, when President Trump was President, you didn’t see crisis after crisis. You just didn't see it."



What the Holy F**k? Even after four years of unabashed lying by Trump - who set an unchallengeable record of more than 30,000 lies - it is still startling to hear such malignant mendacity coming out of even a professional deceiver's mouth.

The reality of the crisis-stained Trump administration is so thoroughly contrary that it's hard to believe that McEnany could allow those words to escape her perfidious piehole. What follows is a necessarily abridged archive of Trump's catastrophes:
  • Led about inauguration crowd size
  • Fired National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, for lying to the FBI and VP
  • Fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
  • Fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • Fired FBI Director James Comey
  • Fired Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci
  • Fired ... Oh look them up yourself. There's way to many to list here
  • The Mueller Report that led to 34 indictments, and 10 incidents of obstruction of justice
  • Paid off (and lied about) Stormy Daniels
  • The longest government shutdown in American history
  • Disclosed classified material to Russian ambassador
  • Sided with Vladimir Putin against American intelligence
  • Abandoned nuclear pact with Iran
  • Got laughed at by the entire United Nations
  • Fell "in love" with North Korean dictator, Kim Jung Un
  • Very fine people on both sides at Nazi-attended rally
  • Separated babies from their parents and warehoused children in cages
  • Covered for Saudi murderers of Washington Post journalist
  • Praised QAnon
  • Exits Paris Accords on Climate Change
  • Pardoned accomplices Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon, etc.
  • Tear gassed protesters for a photo-op at a church
  • Multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault
  • Jeffrey Epstein
  • Wasted billions on a useless border wall that Mexico didn't pay for.
  • And Most Notably...
  • Was impeached twice
  • Presided over half a million deaths due to COVID pandemic
  • Incited deadly insurrection
And that's only a partial list. Meanwhile, Joe Biden has...

  • Delivered thousands of dollars to millions of Americans suffering from the pandemic that Trump neglected
  • Reversed dozens of Trump's anti-environmental executive orders
  • Restored Obamacare to the state prior to Trump’s sabotage of it
  • Rejoined the Paris Climate Accords and the World Health Organization
  • Lead an economy to record growth and historically low unemployment
  • Advocates for workers rights and a higher minimum wage
  • Investing in infrastructure and Building Back Better for American families and businesses
  • Pushing legislation for voting rights
  • Managed the effort to get 70% of American adults vaccinated
And Biden is currently getting the U.S. out of the twenty year long Afghanistan war that Trump fumbled so badly. Yet somehow, to McEnany and Fox News, it's Biden who is burdened with crises? Put down the pipe Kayleigh.
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“Fox News’s Kayleigh McEnany keeps the gaslight going”
 

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The CIA has reportedly launched clandestine operations to rescue Americans who remain in Afghanistan, as the U.S. works to evacuate all personnel from the country before President Biden's self-imposed deadline of Aug. 31.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the CIA in recent days has begun covert operations to get Americans in and outside of Kabul out of the country, according to U.S. and other officials.

The operations are reportedly utilizing American military helicopters and ground troops, but they are still under the CIA's jurisdiction, which is common for such missions.

The operations come as the U.S. is working to pull all American citizens and Afghan allies from Afghanistan as the Taliban's grip on the country tightens.

Biden set Aug. 31 as the deadline for evacuating all individuals from the country.

Between early Tuesday and early Wednesday, the U.S. pulled roughly 19,000 people from Kabul, according to a White House official, bringing the total number of people evacuated from the country since Aug. 14 to 82,300.

CIA Director William Burns reportedly met with the Taliban's leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar, on Monday to engage in discussions that likely involved the Aug. 31 deadline, The Washington Post reported, citing U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

Biden earlier this week had been considering extending the U.S.'s presence in Afghanistan past August, but ultimately decided against that.


When asked by The Hill about operations overseas, a CIA spokesperson declined to comment.
 

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A federal judge on Wednesday ordered sanctions against attorneys involved in bringing a legal challenge against Michigan's 2020 election results, including Trump allies Sidney Powell and Lin Wood.

U.S. District Court Judge Linda Parker ordered the attorneys to pay the legal fees of the city and state elections officials involved in the case and referred them to disciplinary authorities in their home district for investigation into whether more serious penalties, including disbarment, are warranted.

In a 110-page decision, Parker blasted the lawyers for seeking to undermine the election results with baseless claims of systemic election fraud.

"The attorneys who filed the instant lawsuit abused the well-established rules applicable to the litigation process by proffering claims not backed by law; proffering claims not backed by evidence (but instead, speculation, conjecture, and unwarranted suspicion); proffering factual allegations and claims without engaging in the required prefiling inquiry; and dragging out these proceedings even after they acknowledged that it was too late to attain the relief sought," Parker, an Obama appointee, wrote.

"And this case was never about fraud—it was about undermining the People’s faith in our democracy and debasing the judicial process to do so," she continued.

Powell and Wood did not immediately respond when asked for comment.......
 
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A man who plotted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) was sentenced to more than six years in prison on Wednesday.

Ty Garbin, 25, was sentenced to six years and three months in prison, three years of probation and a $2,500 fine by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker for his role in the plan to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home, according to NBC News.

Garbin, from Hartland Township, Mich., signed a plea agreement in January in which he admitted to helping put together a plan to kidnap Whitmer and to wipe out a bridge to hamper efforts by pursuing law enforcement.

He also confessed that he and other suspects trained with weapons in Michigan and Wisconsin and said the group initially “discussed the plan to storm the Capitol and kidnap the governor” before deciding to target her at her vacation home.

Government lawyers said Garbin cooperated substantially with their probe and supplied “a wide-ranging insider’s view of the conspiracy,” according to NBC News.

The sentencing guidelines called for up to 17 and a half years in prison, according to NBC News. Garbin and the government, however, reportedly encouraged the judge to take note of his cooperation with the investigation.

Garbin apologized to Whitmer and her family at his sentencing hearing.

“I cannot even begin to imagine the amount of stress and fear her family felt because of my actions. And for that I am truly sorry,” he said, according to The Associated Press........
 

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The baby girl born on a U.S. military evacuation flight out of Afghanistan has been named Reach, the call sign of the aircraft, the top U.S. general in Europe told reporters on Wednesday.

U.S. European Command head Gen. Tod Wolters said defense officials have spoken to the Afghan parents of the girl born on the C-17 as it made its way from a staging base in Qatar to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

“As you can well imagine, being an Air Force fighter pilot, it’s my dream to watch that young child called Reach grow up to be a U.S. citizen and fly United States Air Force fighters in our Air Force,” Wolters joked.

Two other babies were delivered at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany after evacuees touched down in the country.

Wolters said “all three babies are good.”

About 82,300 evacuees have been flown out of Kabul since the country fell to the Taliban on Aug. 15, including 19,000 people in the past 24 hours, the Pentagon officials said earlier on Wednesday.
 

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House committee sends massive document requests targeting Trump involvement in Jan. 6 insurrection
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Even after being booted from office in 2020, Donald Trump made it abundantly clear that he intended to assume the role of kingmaker for Republicans in 2022 and beyond. In short, everything Republicans did from Trump’s departure from the Oval going forward was to be reflected through the prism of Donald Trump over the next four years (at least). For their part, Republicans have dutifully obliged him, many going out of their way to out-Trump each other in groveling before his mercurial, unstable personality. Some of them, such as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have willingly thrown away the lives of their own citizens in this craven exercise of sheer obsequiousness, to the point where they both may have immolated their own 2024 prospects in the process.

But the Trump beast remains unsatiated. Deprived of his megaphone on Twitter, he has taken to staging his familiar carnival-like rallies again, to keep his braying base of voters stoked and loyal. Still, he clearly misses the limelight afforded to him in his former post. His smug, preening performance as he instigated a violent uprising targeting the U.S. Capitol and members of Congress on Jan. 6 was his last real opportunity to capture the public’s attention. So its completely understandable that he would feel a warm, special nostalgia towards that historic day, and especially towards his loyal supporters who cheered the very mention of his name, even as they brutally attacked, assaulted and maimed those Capitol police officers who got in their way.

Trump can now put his worries to rest. His return to the spotlight throughout 2022 is now virtually guaranteed, as the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has issued its initial sweeping requests for documents and other materials attesting to Trump’s direct personal involvement in that day’s searing events, the months leading up to it, and the weeks thereafter.
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As reported by Josh Kovensky, writing for
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The House Jan. 6 Committee sent a vast document request on Wednesday, demanding that eight federal agencies provide information relating to former president Trump’s involvement in the Capitol insurrection.

As Kovensky reports, agencies receiving the far-reaching document requests include the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and Department of the Interior. The FBI, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and National Counterterrorism Center are also subject to the requests.

The panel wants records encompassing Trump’s activities, movements, and meetings on Jan. 6, as well as documents and communications from April 1, 2020 until the end of Trump’s term having to do with attempts to contest the 2020 election results and to “delay or impede” the electoral count.

It appears that the House Select Committee intends to go well beyond “leaving no stone unturned,” as the requests seek information implicating nearly every conceivable person involved in Trump’s orbit, including those targeted by Trump in his failed effort to overturn the election, such as the election officials in Georgia whom he tried to strong-arm into altering that state’s vote tallies. As Kovensky notes, “the requests also encompass communications between the White House and Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, as well as Trump 2020 campaign workers like Brad Parscale and pollster Tony Fabrizio.” Nor are Trump’s domestic terrorist allies forgotten in the investigation, as the Committee seeks records pertaining to “QAnon, the Proud Boys, Stop the Steal, Oath Keepers, or Three Percenters,” according to Kovensky.

POLITICO reporters Nicholas Wu and Betsy Woodruff Swan provide some additional sense of the detailed information sought in these requests.

One segment of the request notably seeks "documents and communications related to the mental stability of Donald Trump or his fitness for office."
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The committee asked the National Archives for “all documents and communications within the White House” involving a host of Trump World denizens, including Hope Hicks, former national security adviser Robert O’Brien, Trump adviser Peter Navarro, Kayleigh McEnany, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, Melania Trump, all Trump’s adult children except Tiffany Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Rudy Giuliani and Roger Stone.
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In particular, the committee asks for records on on any potential or actual changes in senior personnel in the period between the election and Inauguration Day, investigations of voter fraud, “all documents and communications involving Mark Meadows, Kurt Olsen, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, Joseph diGenova, or Victoria Toensing,” and communications between “any DOJ official and President Trump or any other White House official on January 5–6, 2021.”

The request directed to the Department of Justice is particularly comprehensive, seeking communications between Trump and William Barr leading up to the insurrection, as well as exploring the involvement of any DOJ officials, particularly Trump political appointees in that agency who might have assisted his coup attempt. Communications regarding security measures for the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 are also sought, as well as internal discussions between Justice Department officials on possible scenarios if Trump had demanded their assistance in his treachery. Kovensky notes that the request directed to the Department of Defense seeks a trove of information, communications and documents from Kash Patel, the former aide to California Rep. Devin Nunes who was inexplicably elevated by Trump to chief of staff of the Secretary of Defense in the weeks prior to Jan. 6.

As Kovensky writes:

The panel wants documents and communications involving Patel “relating to civil unrest, violence, or attacks at the U.S. Capitol; challenging, overturning, or questioning the validity of the 2020 election results; or the counting of the electoral college vote on January 6, 2021.”

Since the agencies are now controlled by Biden appointees, and since the DOJ under Merrick Garland has essentially waived executive privilege objections to providing such testimony to the committee among its staff, we can expect a thoroughness to this investigation that simply could not have occurred eight months ago. In fact, I would venture that many people in these agencies will now go out of their way to find and provide such materials to the committee.

As POLITICO reports, although the requests require a response within two weeks of their receipt, some extension of time might be necessary (it is the end of summer, after all).

So Trump need not fear. He will in fact be the center of attention throughout the entirety of 2022.

Just like he wanted.
 

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How do you know it's time to change books, Marbles? Is it when the bullshit gets too deep?
 

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L. A. Times: Cop who shot Ashli Babbitt may have kept insurrection from REALLY getting out of hand
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On Monday, the Capitol Police admitted what the rest of the reality-based world already knew—the officer who shot Jan. 6 insurrectionist Ashli Babbitt as she trying to barrel through a broken window in the Capitol building did nothing wrong. Four months after the Justice Department decided against prosecuting the cop, an internal Capitol Police review not only found that the officer didn’t violate internal policy, but that his actions almost certainly saved the lives of lawmakers and staffers.

Hours after that decision came down, Los Angeles Times columnist and former editorial page editor Nicholas Goldberg went further. He argued that by shooting Babbitt, that cop may have very well kept the insurrection from spiraling completely out of control. In case you can’t get through the paywall, Yahoo! News has Goldberg’s column mirrored here.
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Hours after the officer was formally exonerated by his bosses, Goldberg pulled up the video of Babbitt’s final moments. What he saw, to his mind—and to the minds of just about everyone who doesn’t have a MAGA hat glued to his or her head—put the lie to the recent efforts among the deplorables to make Babbitt a martyr.

By now, you know that Donald Trump and his most diehard supporters have branded Babbitt’s death as manslaughter at best and murder at worst. But as Goldberg notes, the video shows anything but a homicide. For starters, Babbitt was front and center in a particularly intimidating moment during the insurrection.

In our first view of Babbitt on the video she’s at the front of an angry mob trying to get through to the “Speaker’s Lobby,” where members of Congress and staff are holed up. She’s screaming at the police, apparently demanding entry.
The crowd is surging. It’s at the doors. “F— the blue!” can be heard. People are bashing at the glass panels on the doors with sticks and flagpoles. Several police officers are doing their best to hold back an entire crowd, but it seems like a losing battle. “Break it down,” yells the crowd.

At the same time, a Capitol Police lieutenant is pointing his gun at the mob—as Goldberg puts it, “an unmistakable warning to stay back,” one that Babbitt would have almost certainly recognized from her Air Force days, when she served as a security guard.

Instead, as we now know, Babbitt got two of her fellow “patriots” to boost her through a broken window in the Speaker’s Lobby. Just as she barrels through, a single shot goes off, and Babbitt falls to the floor—as we now know, mortally wounded.

Goldberg points out that several lawmakers were visible on the other side of that door. That led him to this stark conclusion—had Babbitt made it through, it would have been “inevitable” that the mob behind her would have followed her. His “normal human instinct” led him to draw a further conclusion.

Babbitt crossed a line that had been clearly delineated. The police obviously felt it was a last stand. The potential danger was obvious. Babbitt’s shooting appears to have stopped the forward movement of the crowd. All this happened on a day when the vice president’s life had been threatened, and when police were being savagely beaten elsewhere in the building.
Could the mob possibly have been stopped without Babbitt’s death? Maybe. Perhaps there was a way to have avoided deadly force. But it’s not clear to me what that way would have been — and it is clear that if Babbitt had gone through that doorway, an out-of-control situation would have deteriorated further.

The closest thing to raw footage I’ve been able to find comes from Spain’s El Pais (sorry, embedding isn’t possible because it’s age-restricted). Watching it, it’s hard not to agree with Goldberg—that cop not only prevented the horror of Jan. 6 from spiraling out of control, but may have very well saved the republic.

Due in part to the likes of Trump, Paul Gosar and others irately demanding that his name be released, the Capitol Police haven’t released the officer’s name yet. But at considerable risk to his own safety, he’s revealing his identity for the first time on Thursday night in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt.

Hopefully we can get a truer glimpse of what he saw that day—and knock down, once and for all, any talk of Babbitt being a martyr.