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George Conway Urges ‘Criminal’ Probe Into Allegations Trump Attempted to ‘Coerce’ AG

Attorney George Conway called for a “criminal investigation” into former President Donald Trump over his alleged attempt to “coerce” acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to declare that the 2020 election was “corrupt,” despite no evidence to support the claim.

Handwritten notes from a December phone call between Trump and Rosen said Trump told the acting attorney general to “just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me” and Republicans in Congress, the Associated Press reported at the end of July.

Conway, the husband of former Trump senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, argued in a Friday morning interview with MSNBC that this alleged action by Trump was criminal and amounted to attempted coercion of the Justice Department.

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A tale of two chambers: Trump’s power holds in House, wanes in Senate

The infrastructure debate dominating Capitol Hill this summer is highlighting the sharp contrast between the chambers when it comes to the influence of former President Trump over the GOP.

Nearly 20 Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), broke with Trump this week to support a massive infrastructure package, providing President Biden with a big win and reflecting the diminishing hold his predecessor has on the upper chamber.

But the story is likely to be much different in the House, where Trump retains a muscular grip and GOP leaders have deemed his support vital to both the party’s prospects of winning back the chamber and their individual aspirations for rising in the leadership ranks.

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New records show how fiercely Trump DOJ loyalists fought to help — and resist — his effort to steal the 2020 election

Clark’s letter was, “in other words, a road map to overthrowing the will of voters,” The Washington Post’s Philip Bump wrote Wednesday. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) told MSNBC on Wednesday night that Clark had drafted similar letters to six states Trump lost, encouraging Republicans to overturn President Biden’s win.

Rosen and Donoghue flatly refused. “There is no chance that I would sign this letter or anything remotely like this,” Donoghue emailed Clark a few hours after receiving the draft. Rosen added later he “confirmed again today that I am not prepared to sign such a letter.”

“By itself, this back-and-forth is probably without precedent,” Bump writes. “But slotted into the other events we know were occurring at the same time, we see just how desperately Trump was scrambling to gain a toehold in his efforts to upend a Biden presidency” — and how close he came.

On Jan. 3, for example, Trump nearly replaced Rosen with Clark in a fraught Oval Office meeting. On Wednesday, Politico published an email senior DOJ official Patrick Hovakimian wrote in preparation for Rosen’s expected ouster. Rosen had “repeatedly refused the president’s direct instructions” to misuse the DOJ’s “law enforcement powers,” so he and Donoghue “resign from the department, effusively immediacy,” Hovakimian’s unsent email said.

University of Texas Law professor Steve Vladeck said “Clark’s (insane) draft letter lays bare” that Trump’s legal effort was always just a “thinly veiled cover for overturning the result of a democratic election.”

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What Mike Fanone Can’t Forget

Mike Fanone—wiry, bearded, his arms and neck covered in tattoos—nursed a Modelo at the bar and took it all in again. It had been four months since the day Fanone nearly died defending the Capitol—the day a self-described redneck cop who voted for Donald Trump was beaten unconscious by a mob waving Thin Blue Line flags and chanting “U.S.A.” The day Fanone, a narcotics officer with the D.C. metropolitan police department (MPD) who’d planned to spend his evening shift buying heroin undercover, voluntarily rushed to defend the seat of American democracy and wound up in hand-to-hand combat with a horde hellbent on unstealing the election. The day Fanone was dragged down the Capitol’s marble stairs, beaten with pipes and poles, tear-gassed and stun-gunned. The day he pleaded for his life as they threatened to shoot him with his own gun, telling the rioters he had kids, until they relented and spared him.

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U.S. prosecutors offering plea deals to allegedly violent Jan. 6 defendants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors are offering plea deals to a group of six people accused of forming a “shield wall” of stolen police equipment as they battled officers in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a federal prosecutor said on Thursday.

At a status hearing for six defendants facing felony riot charges, Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Jackson told U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden that prosecutors had already made plea offers to some of the defendants and that all defendants would receive offers by later on Thursday.

Prosecutors allege in court documents the accused rioters used police riot shields and batons to attack uniformed officers guarding the Capitol and that crowd members could also be “overheard planning and implementing a rotation of rioters to have the ‘fresh’ rioters up front” to form a “shield wall” to stop police from using pepper spray.

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GOP Congressman Mo Brooks asks court to grant him immunity from January 6 suit

Washington — Republican Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama is asking a federal court to grant him immunity from a lawsuit alleging he incited the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Brooks argued in a filing with the U.S. district court in the District of Columbia he was acting within the scope of his employment as a member of the House when he delivered a speech at a rally outside the White House on January 6.

After his speech and remarks from former President Donald Trump, scores of the former president’s supporters descended upon the Capitol and breached the building in an attempt to stop Congress from reaffirming President Biden’s win. Five people died and hundreds of people, including law enforcement protecting the building and lawmakers inside, were injured.

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Donald Trump Asks ‘Dedicated’ Supporters To Pay To Carry Misspelled ‘Trump Offical Card’

Donald Trump wants his supporters to carry so-called “Trump Cards” with them — and, as part of his latest fundraising gimmick, is even giving them a say in the design with a handful of options, one of which misspells the word “official.”

In two emails sent to supporters on Wednesday, Trump’s Save America political action committee requested the former president’s followers consider carrying the red-and-gold object resembling a credit card to show their devotion to the 75-year-old politician, according to Business Insider.

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You shouldn’t miss this massive bombshell in Trump’s ongoing election fraud lie

Unless you have been living on another planet for the past six months, you know by now that Donald Trump leaned on state and national officials in the final days of his presidency to force investigations into made-up claims of widespread election fraud in the 2020 race.

But the story keeps getting worse – as we learn more and more about the extremes that Trump-loyal officials were willing to go to in an attempt to overturn the election, with zero proof or evidence to do so.

The latest bombshell came Wednesday with the revelation that Jeffrey Clark, a top official at the Justice Department, composed a draft letter – which he urged acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and acting deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue to sign onto – that said the DOJ had “significant concerns that may have impacted of the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia.”

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Trump to DOJ last December: ‘Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me’

Former President Donald Trump pressured acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to declare that the election was corrupt in an attempt to help Republican members of Congress try to overturn the election result, according to notes of a December 2020 call Trump held with Rosen and acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue.

During the December 27, 2020, call, Trump pressured Rosen and Donoghue to falsely declare the election “illegal” and “corrupt” even after the Justice Department had not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud.
“Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen,” Trump said on the call, according to Donoghue’s notes.

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So, hey, it’s August — is Trump being “reinstated” as president or what?

The highly anticipated month of August is finally here, but so far Donald Trump has yet to be reinstated as president.

Many in TrumpWorld have been led to believe — and pushed others to believe — in a grand and “inevitable” to nullify the 2020 election due to baseless claims of fraud, Trump remains far from the reins of power in Washington. Admittedly it’s very early in the month, but the prospects for any sort of Trump reinstatement, powered by a thus-far-imaginary Supreme Court decision, are fading more and more with each passing hour.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, the likely originator of the idea that Trump would return to power this month, has been boosting the August date for at least the last two months. Until recently, that is, when he began walking back the idea, admitting that his timeline might be off by a few months but saying the momentous occasion would occur on “God’s time.”

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Biden has a better handle on economics than Trump – but there are still risks

About half a year into Joe Biden’s presidency, it is time to consider how his administration’s economic doctrine compares with that of Donald Trump and previous Democratic and Republican administrations.

The paradox is that the “Biden doctrine” has more in common with Trump’s policies than with those of Barack Obama’s administration, in which the current president previously served. The neo-populist doctrine that emerged under Trump is now taking full form under Biden, marking a sharp break from the neoliberal creed followed by every president from Bill Clinton to Obama.

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It’s Not About Trump, the My Pillow Guy, or the Insurrectionists. It’s About the Money.

Jane Mayer of The New Yorker, indefatigable dark-money gumshoe, has made another major bust, this time in the area of The Big Lie and the lushly financed ratfcking infrastructure of the American right. She begins with the extended farce that is dragging on in Arizona, largely because it has been designed to drag on in Arizona, and elsewhere. She points to Patrick Byrne, the founder of Overstock.com, as one of the major sugar daddies behind this particular exercise in weaponized futility. But Mayer also emphasizes the fact that the entire conservative dark-money machine has been turned away from some of its traditional purposes and put behind a national effort not only to suppress the franchise, but also to delegitimize the electoral process itself. One engine supplies the power to the other.

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The dirty little secret about Trump’s endorsements

Former President Donald Trump boasts his winning endorsement record any chance he gets, but is his seal of approval really all it’s cracked up to be? In the latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza breaks down the numbers that show Trump’s picks aren’t quite as unbeatable as he wants you to think.

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