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In congressional testimony, Dr. Birx says Trump's negligence likely led to 130,000 COVID-19 deaths
Aldous J Pennyfarthing

During interviews earlier this month with the House select subcommittee on the pandemic, Dr. Deborah Birx conceded that the Trump administration was “distracted” from its work on COVID-19 because of the election, and that the administration’s early failures likely led to as many as 130,000 unnecessary deaths.

The best thing you can say about Birx is that she didn’t want to turn the entire country into a giant McDonald’s Playland ball pit slathered in goopy pestilence like “Dr.” Scott Atlas, the guy who mesmerized Donald Trump with his “let’s murder millions of Americans and just get it over with” pandemic strategy.

While Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator under Trump, appears to have shaded the truth at times last year, she’s now free from the fetters of Führer ****up and can tell the truth—and she’s taking advantage.

The Washington Post:

Birx, who sat for interviews with the subcommittee on Oct. 12 and 13, also detailed advice that she said the White House ignored late last year, including more aggressively testing younger Americans, expanding access to virus treatments and better distributing vaccines in long-term care facilities.
More than 130,000 American lives could have been saved with swifter action and better coordinated public health messages after the virus’ first wave, Birx told lawmakers.
“I believe if we had fully implemented the mask mandates, the reduction in indoor dining, the getting friends and family to understand the risk of gathering in private homes, and we had increased testing, that we probably could have decreased fatalities into the 30-percent less, to 40-percent less range,” Birx said.

I have some sympathy for Birx. I’ve had bosses who thought they knew everything but actually knew bupkis—but nothing can possibly compare to the bumble**** bomb cyclone of chickenshit and flop sweat that is Donald John Trump. So Birx was almost certainly lying last March when she said this of Trump: “He’s been so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data. I think his ability to analyze and integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real benefit during these discussions about medical issues.”

Uh, sure. The only time Trump is ever attentive to the “details and the data” is when he checks to make sure they didn’t short him on his McNugget order again. This is like hyping Mike Pence’s preternatural knack for scoring molly at Burning Man. Not believable, in other words.

So while Birx’s transparent “Trump-loves-the-details” bullshit undermined her credibility, at least she’s fessing up now that his capos can no longer get to her.

Birx also noted that Trump’s election-season push to pretend that he’d done a great job on the pandemic distracted him and his administration from actually addressing the crisis. “I felt like the White House had gotten somewhat complacent through the campaign season,” she told the subcommittee. She also stated that the election “just took people’s time away from and distracted them away from the pandemic, in my personal opinion.”

It’s nice to get confirmation on that from someone on the inside, but that was pretty ****ing obvious when Trump said this during a campaign rally last October: “All you hear is COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID. That’s all they put on, because they want to scare the hell out of everyone.”

He also insisted that the media were going to stop covering COVID-19 after the election, too, because the only reason they ever mentioned it was to make Trump look bad. As if he needed help.

Birx was also asked directly if Trump “did everything he could to try to mitigate the spread of the virus and save lives during the pandemic.” Her answer? A blunt, “No.”

Though that’s a little unfair. Obviously Trump’s suggestions of universally injecting bleach and irradiating our assholes with UV lights would have ended the pandemic in no time—and Scott Atlas would have been tickled pink. And Birx knows this! She was sitting right there when Trump suggested it, looking like a general practitioner whose patient just told her he saves money by doing home colonoscopies with a Polaroid camera and selfie stick.

Of course, once again, a Democrat was tasked with stating the obvious. “The Trump White House’s prioritization of election year politics over the pandemic response—even as cases surged last fall—is among the worst failures of leadership in American history,” said South Carolina Rep. James E. Clyburn, chair of the subcommittee.

That’s pretty apparent, but stating the obvious is by no means a given in Congress these days.
 

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The Justice Department and European police authorities said they arrested 150 people who sold and bought drugs and weapons on darknet forums, using evidence drawn from the world’s largest illegal online marketplace after it was taken down in January. .....
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Most of the arrests announced Tuesday took place in the U.S. and Germany, authorities said, noting that a number of investigations were still under way. The Justice Department is working with authorities in other countries to extradite people to the U.S., Ms. Monaco said.

“With such operations based on information sharing, trust between partners and international coordination, we are sending a strong message to these criminals on the dark web,” said Jean-Philippe Lecouffe, the deputy executive director of Europol, the European Union’s law-enforcement agency. “No one is beyond the reach of law, even on the dark web.”......
 
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.....Black’s personal and professional lives have been in a tailspin since January 2021, when the billionaire announced he was stepping down as CEO of private-equity giant Apollo following
the emergence of his ties to Epstein. An investigation commissioned by Apollo’s board disclosed that Black had paid Epstein $158 million in fees between 2012 and 2017—after Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from a teenage girl. Black’s massive payments to Epstein for purported “tax advice” and “estate planning” struck many on Wall Street as amounting to a preposterously inflated sum for such services.

Black insisted all along that his relationship with Epstein was strictly professional. “I was completely unaware of Mr. Epstein’s abhorrent misconduct that came to light in late 2018,” Black said in January 2021, adding: “I did not engage in any wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct.” But in late March, Black abruptly left Apollo months earlier than expected and then announced he would resign as board chairman of New York City’s Museum of Modern Art......
 

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Wisconsin Senate GOP hastens to audit its own audit after it found no 2020 fraud
Kerry Eleveld

Wisconsin Senate Republicans said Monday they intended to launch a review of the audit they completed just days ago after it apparently showed the state's 2020 elections had been safe and secure.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the state Senate GOP's audit, which wrapped up just a few days ago, will now undergo a further review. Meanwhile, the GOP-led Assembly is conducting a separate, more expansive, and more controversial audit of the state's 2020 elections.

Biden won the Badger State by nearly 20,700 votes, or a little over half a percentage point.
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But now Wisconsin GOP lawmakers are apparently stuck on a hamster wheel of audits attempting to prove widespread fraud that doesn't exist. By jove, even their own audits aren't to be trusted!

"Senate leaders announced their plans just hours after Assembly Republicans disclosed they had hired more attorneys at taxpayer expense to try to make sure their review survives a legal challenge," writes the Journal Sentinel.

Senate Republicans are quibbling about the fact that local election officials in several counties wouldn't let the auditors physically handle their election records based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice. Instead, auditors were simply able to view the records but not touch them.

GOP Sen. Kathy Bernier of Lake Hallie, who chairs the Senate Elections Committee, held a press conference last month in which she batted down some GOP conspiracy theories about administration of the 2020 election.

"I'm sorry, but there is not a reason to spread misinformation about this past election when we have all the evidence that shows otherwise," Bernier said.

But now Bernier says the 2020 election was "sloppy" even though the audit failed to "reveal any sizable or organized attempt at voter fraud."

Fortunately for the Senate GOP, the state's Assembly Republicans are making their colleagues in the upper chamber look like a bunch of geniuses. Assembly Republicans are now embroiled in a costly effort to revive their audit after Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul filed a legal challenge to it.

The Assembly audit is being run by former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who once suggested without evidence that the election might have been stolen. Gableman has also admitted that he has no “comprehensive understanding or even any understanding of how elections work.”

Making matters worse, Gableman’s subpoenas in the matter have been riddled with errors. According to The Washington Post, Gableman "backed off some of his subpoena demands before reversing course again, telling a local radio host that officials would still be required to testify." He has also tried to force one person, state Election Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe, to testify in secret.

Assembly Republicans decided to step in and hire outside attorneys to defend Gableman’s subpoenas even though his budget included $50,000 for outside counsel. The audit is costing taxpayers some $676,000.

Apparently, Assembly Republican didn’t think $50,000 was up to the task of defending Gableman's work.
 

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Coup planner John Eastman blames 'establishment guy' Mike Pence for failing to overturn election
Mark Sumner

The reason that America is still exists is that Mike Pence was just too much of a square to get down with the sweet revolutionary vibe, Daddio. At least, that’s the latest version of the story from former Donald Trump attorney John Eastman.

Technically, Eastman wasn’t a White House attorney. He’s a Federalist Society chairman, the chair of the National Organization for Marriage, a board member of the Claremont Institute, and the director of a “foundation” where its entire role is to use the courts to attack valid elections. (No, really.) He wasn’t an official White House adviser. He wasn’t Trump’s personal attorney or a member of his campaign team. Eastman only stepped into the White House to serve as Trump’s very special insurgency adviser—the guy who dreamed up the plan for Mike Pence to pull the plug on democracy.

Eastman’s plan was simple enough: In his scheme, Pence would just declare that there were questions about the electoral slates in seven states. He would then leave those states out of the count and declare Trump the “winner” with 232 electoral votes. If anyone thought there was a problem with this, Eastman had a backup plan for Republicans in the House to vote Trump in easy peasy.

Everything about Eastman’s plan was either plain wrong, immoral, or illegal—often all three. Eastman himself seemed to acknowledge as much when he told National Review that he was really just noodling around as part of a discussion for Trump’s legal team, that the plan wasn’t serious, and that “anybody who thinks that that’s a viable strategy is crazy.”

Except that when he thought he was talking to Trump supporters, rather than the National Review, Eastman turned right around and agreed that his legal reasoning was “totally solid” and that the reason America still exists is because Pence was an “establishment Republican” with a “myopic view.”
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This isn’t the first time Eastman defended his advice. Far from framing the plan as a thought experiment, Eastman’s memo to Trump actually argues that Pence can count the votes any way he wants. This, says Eastman, is based on “very solid legal authority, and historical precedent.” As for any member of Congress concerned about how Pence might be ignoring multiple states to give Trump a pseudo victory with a fraction of the vote, Eastman declares that “all the Members of Congress can do is watch,”

Speaking with reporters from Undercurrent.tv who approached Eastman as faux fans, the Claremont attorney was happy to champion his plan. Rather than saying that it wasn’t viable, or that anyone would be crazy to take that advice, Eastman insisted that he had been proven right and that it was only the “beltway Republicans” who didn’t really get “the movement” that kept his plan from being implemented.

Eastman also referenced a story in The Atlantic that he claimed called on Kamala Harris to use the strategy that he had outlined to stop Trump from winning in 2024. What that article actually describes isn’t a Trump victory at the polls—it’s a “bloodless coup” in which statehouse Republicans and Trump-supporting state officials flood Washington with pro-Trump electors even in states where he clearly lost.

Even then, the article states that Harris’ role is primarily limited to rejecting invalid challenges, and makes it clear that there’s little she could do if Republicans at the state level refuse to do what Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and others did in 2020: follow the law instead of Trump. Raffensperger is being primaried by a Trump supporter who maintains that Trump “won” Georgia. Secretaries of state and election officials across the nation—even in states that Trump really did win—are finding themselves bullied, challenged, and threatened by Trump supporters who are running for office on the basis of handing Trump the victory no matter what those pesky voters do.

When it comes to the law, Eastman’s memo is ridiculous. So is the idea of sending pro-Trump slates to Washington in states where he lost the vote.

But ridiculous and illegal aren’t the same as impossible. Or even unlikely. Because Eastman is right about one thing: Mike Pence didn’t execute his plan because Pence, at least the 2020 Pence, was a old-school Republican in the sense that he believed the Constitution was slightly more than a rag to wipe his feet—though coming to that conclusion required a lot of thought on the part of Pence.

For 2024, Republicans are past all that.

According to The Washington Post, the House select committee on the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol is expected to subpoena John Eastman. It will be interesting to see how he defends his plan to them.



 
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