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« Reply #5520 on: July 09, 2022, 10:21:10 AM »
A far right wing conspiracy theorist admitted to being a liar but is still continuing to promote their lie. This is what the right wing media and the Republican party does to Biden all the time. They make up lies and keep pushing them to their rabid base.

Person behind viral anti-Biden tweet admits it's misinformation — but is keeping it up 'because it's Biden'

A viral tweet that falsely claimed President Joe Biden put a Medal of Honor backwards around the neck of a Vietnam veteran is staying up even though its creator acknowledges that they are spreading misinformation.

As CNN's Daniel Dale reports, the tweet in question used grainy footage of Biden awarding the veteran the Medal of Honor to falsely claim that he placed it on backwards, even though clearer footage shows that the medal was placed correctly.

"The post that generated more than 2.9 million video views was published on Twitter on Wednesday by an obscure account that has sharply criticized Biden and promoted conspiracy theories," notes Dale. "Anti-Biden commentators with six-figure followings then amplified that account's inaccurate tweet, some of them adding their own assertions about how the video supposedly demonstrated that Biden is declining."

Dale tracked down the person who made the viral tweet and they acknowledged that "it's the way the medal is and it's not backwards."

However, the person also said they would not be deleting the tweet "because it's Biden and he deserves the scrutiny."

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« Reply #5521 on: July 09, 2022, 11:35:08 AM »
Trump firm must provide records to Congress: court rules Mazars has 'uniquely pertinent information'



Former President Donald Trump suffered yet another defeat in court on Friday as he lost an attempt to keep his financial records from Congress.

"A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a House committee is entitled to a wide array of records on former President Donald Trump’s finances and business practices, but the court further narrowed aspects of the subpoena the Democrat-controlled House issued to Trump’s accountants in 2019," Josh Gerstein reported for Politico. "If the decision from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals stands, Trump’s former accounting firm Mazars will have to give the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee five years of records on potential inaccuracies in the financial statements of Trump or his business and a little more than two years of records related to the lease with the federal government for the former Trump International Hotel in Washington."

Trump could appeal to the full D.C. court of appeals or try taking his case straight to the Supreme Court.

"Mazars will also have to provide records from 2017 and 2018 on transactions between the Trump Organization and any foreign, local or state government or official," Politico reported. "Two years ago to the day from Friday’s ruling, the justices issued an opinion rejecting Trump’s sweeping claims of executive privilege but declared that lower courts did not do enough to scrutinize the House panel’s purported needs for the information and whether the subpoena was tailored to those needs."

D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan was joined by Judge Judith Rogers in the majority opinion.

“President Trump has uniquely pertinent information that cannot reasonably be obtained from any other source,” Srinivasan wrote in a 67-page opinion. “Still, the Committee’s emoluments-related objectives cannot possibly justify the breadth of documents encompassed by the subpoena. ... We thus narrow the subpoena in several respects.”

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« Reply #5522 on: July 09, 2022, 03:53:39 PM »
Mike Flynn's 'demented behavior' dissected by former Army colleagues: 'I think he's having mental-health problems'



Michael Flynn's former associates are baffled by his behavior since around the time he linked up with Donald Trump.

The retired U.S. Army general was seen last week pleading the Fifth Amendment when asked by the House select committee whether he believed in the peaceful transfer of power, but former close associates watched in horror as chanted, "lock her up," during the 2016 Republican National Convention, reported The Atlantic.

“He spent a lot of time deployed, maybe too much, as it turns out,” said James Clapper, former director of national intelligence. “He spent a lot of time in Iraq and Afghanistan chasing terrorists, and I think that, to some extent, that consumed him.”

A high-ranking officer who worked closely with Flynn in the field agreed with that assessment, saying his time in the war on terror seems to have set him off balance.

“If you spend years hunting terrorists and honing this killing machine,” some people “get unhinged by all that."

Stanley McChrystal, the retired lieutenant general and Flynn's longtime commander and mentor, has been said by friends to be horrified by his statements at the RNC, but he declined to be interviewed by I, and so did Keith Kellogg, another retired lieutenant general and his colleague at the White House.

“Out of the respect for our service together," McChrystal said, "and years of closer friendship, I’m now just going to stay silent."

But the high-ranking officer told the magazine that Flynn may have always had a conspiratorial and extremist mindset that his uniform kept hidden.

“The uniform constrains people’s political and emotional qualities,” that officer said. “You can misjudge a person because they are constrained by the job and the uniform," but when he's out of uniform "the personality that may have been constrained comes out.”

Clapper said his termination by former president Barack Obama humiliated Flynn.

“Getting terminated a year early ate at him,” Clapper said. “He had a grievance, and it just, it was corrosive with him, and he became a bitter, angry man and just latched on to anybody who was opposed to Obama and the Obama administration. That’s my armchair analysis of what happened.”

Numerous sources for the report speculated Flynn had experienced cognitive decline or a psychological disorder, but only one -- Gen. Barry McCaffrey -- agreed to go on record.

“I think he was having mental-health problems," McCaffrey said.

“As people get older, in particular, and as circumstances push in on them,” he added, “every year there’s some fairly small number who have mental-health problems … So yeah, some of them go bad. But Flynn went bad in one of the most spectacular manners we’ve ever witnessed. You know, it wasn’t just bad judgment. It was demented behavior.”

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« Reply #5523 on: July 10, 2022, 12:40:24 AM »
'Two deranged people': Trump's growing alliance with Sarah Palin



According to a report from the Guardian, Donald Trump is headed up to Alaska this weekend where he will headline a fundraiser for former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to boost her run for an open House seat.

As the Guardian's David Smith wrote, it is extraordinary that the former president is traveling such a long distance for a GOP nominee he has endorsed, but there are indications that each has a need for each other as they try and re-launch their politcial careers.

As the report notes, Trump needs a guaranteed win in the midterm elections -- which Palin could provide in conservative Alaska -- to bolster his credibility as a kingmaker, and the former Alaska governor is trying to raise her national profile once again after being shunted off into the political wilderness.

According to Brown University political scientist Wendy Schiller, a Palin win would thrust her into the spotlight to the detriment of other far-right lawmakers.

“She’ll become literally the queen bee of the radical-right women in the party and she’ll get all the media attention. That’s not going to sit very well with people like [extremist congresswoman] Lauren Boebert," Schiller explained.

According to the report, "Trump will also use the Alaska rally to throw his weight behind Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican challenger to the incumbent senator Lisa Murkowski, who voted to convict the former president at his second impeachment trial following the January 6 insurrection. But there is little doubt that Palin will grab the headlines," before adding the former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt -- who plucked Palin from out of obscurity to be the late Sen. John McCains running mate in his presidential bid -- is less than impressed with the partnership between the two headline-hogging former office holders.

Telling Smith, "It’s a rather tedious affair at this point," he added, "The fulminations of two deranged people are newsworthy only in the sense that there’s an open question around whether citizens of a democratic republic are potentially apathetic enough to allow such people a return to political power when their previous associations with it ended in such profound disgrace.”

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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory - Part 2
« Reply #5524 on: July 10, 2022, 01:32:36 AM »
He's on a mission from God: Pennsylvania GOP candidate Doug Mastriano's war with the world



Appears to have gotten out-of-hand with the rise of Billy Graham. Americans thinking they're the Hammer of God and "exceptional". People outside of America laugh at the narcissism and hubris. Unfortunately, it's like Tony Soprano and comes with excessive wanton force.

As a kid, I would watch the Billy Graham crusades on TV and thought his message was doing good. The parts where he associated America with God didn't resonate with me; I guess I thought it was mere rhetoric. Someone indoctrinated in the American school system would take it to heart.

We can see the harm it's done now with the One Percent, the racist Republican Party, Trump and Texans electing the likes of Ted Cruz. They got the Middle Class carrying the burden of taxation and the poor bearing the blunt of inflation. Like Tony Soprano's usage of his "Crew".

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Appears to have gotten out-of-hand with the rise of Billy Graham. Americans thinking they're the Hammer of God and "exceptional". People outside of America laugh at the narcissism and hubris. Unfortunately, it's like Tony Soprano and comes with excessive wanton force.

As a kid, I would watch the Billy Graham crusades on TV and thought his message was doing good. The parts where he associated America with God didn't resonate with me; I guess I thought it was mere rhetoric. Someone indoctrinated in the American school system would take it to heart.

We can see the harm it's done now with the One Percent, the racist Republican Party, Trump and Texans electing the likes of Ted Cruz. They got the Middle Class carrying the burden of taxation and the poor bearing the blunt of inflation. Like Tony Soprano's usage of his "Crew".

Pat Robertson and the rest of these phony preachers have brainwashed a lot of people. The GOP is now a radical religious cult that pushes dangerous conspiracies promoting violence as a means to gain power. Nuts like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert are part of the QAnon cult. And you have the right wing media that recycles lies and conspiracies 24/7.         

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Trump's legal problems set to explode over the next few weeks: report

According to a report from the Daily Beast's Jose Pagliery, Donald Trump and his family are about to enter what the journalist called a "summer of legal hell" as a multitude of his legal problems -- both civil and criminal -- come to a head.

While much of the focus of the former president's legal travails has been on the House select committee Jan 6th hearings attempting to prove that Trump had a hand in the seditious insurrection, as well as the special grand jury in Georgia looking into his attempts to subvert the 2020 election results, the former president is also facing several depositions he must endure tied to lawsuits he and his family are facing.

With former Trump fixer Michael Cohen joking, "I don’t suspect that he’s going to have the free time he has had in the past to play any golf,” Pagliery detailed what the former president is facing over the next two weeks -- and beyond into Labor Day.

"During the week of July 18, Trump and two of his adult children will face tough questions from the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James. Trump, Don Jr. and Ivanka will be asked about the roles they had in personally overseeing the way the family company vastly inflated the monetary value of its properties to land inappropriate bank loans and minimize tax payments," he wrote. "Then, the very next week, the Trump Organization faces trial for the way Trump appears to have directed his security guards to attack protesters who were calling him out for his infamously racist rant about Mexicans when he launched his presidential run in 2015."

Ivanka, Don Jr and Eric are also on the spot at the beginning of August as attorneys will grill them "seeking to prove that the family knew a crappy business phone was a dud but still hawked it as a business opportunity on their Celebrity Apprentice television show. The former president is the final deposition scheduled in the case, which will drag him into a closed-door interview on Aug. 31," adding that new never-seen-before footage from the show is expected to be released.

The report notes that the Georgia investigation being conducted by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is expected to be wrapping up at the end of August which could lead to an indictment based upon Trump's call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger where the former president demanded he find enough votes for him to win the state's Electoral College votes in the 2020 presidential election.

Pagliery wrote, "Of course, it’s entirely possible “ol’ Donny Trump” gets out of all these jams once again. Trump has an incredible record when it comes to avoiding legal and political culpability," before adding, "But the convergence of so many cases against Trump during the next few weeks means any one of these issues could become a real problem for the former president. And just when things couldn’t seem to get any worse, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is expected to take the Trump Organization and its former CFO to trial for dodging city, state, and federal taxes by coming up with a payment scheme that included off-the-books luxury apartments, a flashy car, and tuition at an exclusive school for his grandkids."

Read more here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trumps-summer-of-legal-hell

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Lindsey Graham advised to plead the 5th in Georgia election fraud investigation



According to a former federal prosecutor, there is enough evidence of criminality in a phone call that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made to Georgia election officials that he should consider invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination when he appears before a Georgia grand jury investigating Donald Trump.

Appearing on "The Sunday Show" with host Jonathan Capehart, Glenn Kirschner said the South Carolina Republican may be put in an awkward position if he loses his battle to duck a subpoena as he has vowed to do.

"Glenn, you are the former federal prosecutor here," Capehart began. "How much legal danger is Senator Lindsey Graham in with this investigation?"

"So there are two data points that I think are on either side of that question, Jonathan," he replied. "One, I believe [Fulton County DA] Fani Willis said look, we're not looking at Lindsey Graham as a subject or target of the investigation, just a witness. That's one side. It seems to suggest that she just wants information that he can provide about what Donald Trump did."

"On the hand, [Georgia Secretary of State] Brad Raffensperger has gone on record as saying that these phone calls from Lindsey Graham seem to suggest that I would, I should try to toss out legally cast ballots, as a prosecutor," he continued. "I hear that and I think, Lindsey has a self-incrimination right there; there are arguments on both sides of that."

"Wow," host Capehart exclaimed. "I mean, if a sitting senator claim's 5th amendment right here, which is his right, that would be pretty amazing."

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Georgia Trump grand jury witness bluntly claims Giuliani committed a crime in MSNBC interview



Appearing on MSNBC's "The Katie Phang Show" on Sunday morning, a witness who spoke before the special grand jury in Georgia that is hearing evidence about Donald Trump's attempt to subvert the 2020 presidential election results agreed with the host that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani committed a crime when he tried to assist the former president in his endeavors.

Georgia State Sen. Jen Jordan (D) -- who is currently running to become Georgia's attorney general -- was in the hearing as Giuliani, acting on Trump's behalf, pitched Georgia lawmakers on his case that the election was stolen despite knowing better.

While not getting into specifics about what she told the grand jury, Jordan was more forthcoming about her opinion on Giuliani's criminality.

"As we mentioned, you testified before the special grand jury about the December 3rd, 2020 Georgia Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing. where Rudy Giuliani and others were spreading conspiracy theories about voter fraud in Georgia. Did Giuliani commit a crime before your very eyes?" host Phang asked.

"In my opinion he did," Jordan replied. "But obviously that's not necessarily from me. That's what's significant about this special grand jury proceeding, they are gathering all of the evidence, they are pulling it all together, right? They are trying to kind of draw the line and see who was involved, what was said, what was done. What were the intentional acts that moved this conspiracy forward."

"From my perspective, what we watched in that state Senate hearing was really the scheme that [Trump attorney] John Eastman had put together," she continued. "I call him the architect of anarchy. The scheme he put together was really the implementation of that scheme on the ground."

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Exclusive: Rally organizers issued a call for a bogus grand jury to indict Congress before Jan. 6



Days before the Jan. 6, 2021 attack, an ad hoc group known as the #1LoudVoice Coalition issued a call for a common-law grand jury to convene on the steps of the Capitol and issue an indictment, as Congress was meeting to certify the electoral vote of the 2020 presidential election.

The website for #1LoudVoice, which doubled as a hashtag used to mobilize Trump supporters to attend rallies across the country protesting the outcome of the 2020 election and ultimately the mass convergence in Washington, DC on Jan. 6, features a page listing “coalition members” that bears the names and logos of a at least half a dozen groups that were represented at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Among the listed coalition members is 1st Amendment Praetorian, a security group affiliated with retired Lt. General Michael Flynn; Latinos for Trump, whose president was present during a Jan. 5 meeting between Proud Boys national chairman Enrique Tarrio and Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes; a Bikers for Trump faction; and MAGA Drag the Interstate.

“Acting within our constitutional rights as We the People’s Grand Jury,” the 1LoudVoice website declares, “the signatures below represent those that endorse the public court held on the steps of the nation’s capitol on January 6th, 2021 at 9AM, and the subsequent indictment served by such public court jury composed of 25 or more of We the People.”

#1LoudVoice is described on the website as a coalition “united by our sense of duty to the scripture and constitution, as we navigate through a Revolutionary Refounding to restore American liberties.”

To be clear, a grand jury, as described on the website, has no legal authority or legitimacy. Walter Holton, a former US attorney appointed by President Clinton, told Raw Story that a grand jury must be sworn in and meet under the direction of a federal or state court in order to hold legitimacy and legal authority.

The “We the People’s Grand Jury” concept is drawn from the far-right Posse Comitatus, according to Devin Burghart, who has monitored far-right extremists for the past three decades and heads the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights. Initially conceived by Henry Lamont “Mike” Beach, a former member of the neofascist Silver Shirts, the “citizens grand jury” concept emerged in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1970s.

“In the 1990s, it returned thanks to groups like the Freemen in Montana and other ‘Common Law Court’ groups,” Burghart told Raw Story. “These ideas made a comeback during the pandemic, particularly among more militant COVID denial groups.”

The 1LoudVoice website does not include any information about the coalition’s leadership, but the foremost promoter of the coalition in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 attack was a New Hampshire-based event organizer named Felisa Blazek. ThePatriotParty.rocks website, which promotes events organized by Blazek, includes a tab for a mission statement that includes the #1LoudVoice hashtag. The mission statement contains language about “seven spheres of influence” that explicitly references Seven Mountains dominion ideology, a belief that a select group of zealous Christians should take charge of all realms of society, including government, media and entertainment. The page for Patriot Party’s mission includes a header near the top that reads. “Our Coalition,” with a link to the 1LoudVoice website from which the call for a “We the People’s Grand Jury” was issued.

Blazek referenced #1LoudVoice as a group during a Dec. 30, 2020 conference call that featured Jason Sullivan, a social media strategist who had been briefly contracted by Roger Stone to work on the 2016 Trump campaign. In a recording of the conference call provided to Raw Story, one of the participants can be heard asking Sullivan what group he was with. After initially stating that he was not with any group, Blazek can be heard interjecting. Sullivan responded, “Well, yes. Thank you for correcting me. I just joined with 1LoudVoice. Yes, Felisa’s fantastic and I greatly admire her.”

During the conference call, Sullivan urged participants to “descend on the Capitol,” and to ensure that lawmakers inside the building “understand that people are breathing down their necks.” Earlier in the call, as previously reported by Raw Story, Sullivan said, “That’s why President Trump invited everybody there and said it’s going to be quote-unquote wild. It is going to be wild. All these people are implicated. And when they certify those states, they are certifying their crime…. If they knew that there was election fraud that took place and they were involved, or they witnessed it in some way, and they certified the state, they have sealed their doom."

Then, Sullivan indicated that he was familiar with plans by the so-called “militia.” Members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers have since been indicted in two separate seditious conspiracy cases.

“There’s dates floating around for some of the people in the militia, okay?” Sullivan said during the Dec. 30 conference call. “They will not allow Biden to go into the White House. That’s a fact. I’m not a part of that. I don’t applaud that. I don’t endorse it. I don’t encourage it. But I do have my ear to the railroad. We have all the real-time social media intelligence you could imagine.”

Some of the organizations listed on the “coalition members” page on the 1LoudVoice website told Raw Story they were unaware that their names and logos had been used.

A group called Bikers for America told Raw Story in an emailed statement that representatives “declined this event weeks beforehand.” The statement continued: “We were not interested in speaking or any ‘Citizens Grand Jury.’ We were going solely to support/hear President Trump. Shocked they continue to use our name. We asked them to remove us. Their event was too far away from where President Trump was speaking. We were not going to travel that far and possibly miss his speech. After what happened, glad we refused.”

Paula Crowder Calloway, who organizes the annual Patriot Network Summit in southwest Virginia, told Raw Story she doesn’t know why the logo for her event is displayed on the page for 1LoudVoice coalition members.

“A lot of people contacted me prior to Jan. 6,” Calloway said in a Facebook message. “I can’t recall who they were. I traveled with my local girlfriends, not with any group or organization. As with any event, there is a lot of intentional confusion thrown out there in the weeks leading up. It is my experience that most if not all of this is 1) some idiot trying to get attention, 2) the other side creating division and drawing away focus, or 3) the feds looking to set something up. It’s sad really.”

A representative of Virginia Freedom Keepers, one of the groups listed on the “coalition members” page, told Raw Story that they were unaware of their name being used. Upon learning about it, “messaged the website and asked for our logo and any reference to our organization to be removed immediately.” As of Sunday, all references to Virginia Freedom Keepers were removed from the website.

Virginia Freedom Keepers co-hosted a rally outside the Russell Senate Office Building, one block north of the Capitol, from noon to 4 p.m. on Jan. 6.

Latinos for Trump, whose president Bianca Gracia was present during the Jan. 5 meeting between Tarrio and Rhodes, hosted a previous slot from 10 a.m. to noon.

A website with the URL MAGAFreedomRallyDC.com listed Virginia Freedom Keepers and United Medical Freedom Super PAC as the co-hosts of the noon-4 p.m. segment. Federal Election Commission records show that Virginia Freedom Keepers and Marsha Lessard, the organization’s founder, together contributed a total of $2,500 to the United Medical Freedom Super PAC in the days leading up to the event. United Medical Freedom Super PAC, in turn, paid $6,144 to a Maryland professional audio and staging company six months later.

“We work exclusively on informed consent legislation,” the Virginia Freedom Keepers representative told Raw Story. “We have no interest or involvement in anything election related.”

Asked how Virginia Freedom Keepers became involved in the Jan. 6 event, the representative wrote: “We hosted a medical freedom information stage on January 6th. We were literally permitted in the Russell Senate area. We were not hosting a ‘MAGA Freedom rally.’ We were not there for anything MAGA related. If anyone else created that branding it was not with our permission or consent.”

The website for the event shows Lessard and Christina Skaggs, Virginia Freedom Keepers’ director of operations and advocacy, speaking alongside Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and Leigh Dundas, an anti-vaccine activist who vocally promoted the false claim that the election was stolen from Donald Trump in late 2020.

The Virginia Freedom Keepers representative said the group was forced to hold its event near the Capitol due to “road closures around our preferred location.” Asked to explain why Jan. 6, which coincided with Congress meeting to certify the electoral vote and President Trump speaking at the Ellipse, was chosen as a date for the “medical freedom” event, the representative referred further questions to the organization’s lawyer, Dave Warrington. An email to Warrington for this story went unreturned.

Photos of the rally on ThePatriotParty.rocks website, which has since been taken down, show Blazek and Sullivan at the rally with members of Bikers for Trump and Veterans for Trump.

One group listed among the “coalition members” appears to have embraced the “We the People’s Grand Jury.”

In an email sent out on Jan. 1, Veterans in Defense of Liberty Executive Director Scott Magill announced that his organization “has linked arms with #1loudvoice and will be ‘assembling’ with a multitude of Conservative groups in Washington, DC on America’s ‘Second Birthday — the sixth of January, 2021.”

The logistical details in Magill’s email aligned with the “public court” referenced on the 1LoudVoice website. Magill promised that “there will be a most historic ‘We the People’ event on the steps of the US Capitol at 0900 hrs (9:00 a.m.).”

Magill could not be reached for comment for this story.

In a 2017 video, Magill described a plan “to establish a cavalry division of veteran motorcycle riders.” Liberty Riders, he said, would “function as a peaceful rapid response team to anti-American protests, flag-burning ceremonies, snowflake rallies and et cetera et cetera.”

Blazek did not respond to multiple requests for comment by email and voicemail for this story.

But in an interview with a QAnon-friendly podcaster, she described a radicalization process that began with questioning the official narrative surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, but accelerated in early 2020 when a friend referred her to a conspiracy theory claiming that Americans’ birth certificates are held by the British royal family.

“I traced back to what the Federal Reserve actually is, and it’s just kind of, all roads lead to Geneva, Switzerland,” Blazek recounted. “And I just couldn’t understand all of that. And so, for quite a few weeks I just nose-dived as deep as I could all the way back to pre-Christ, and reconciled the truth. Digging and digging and digging. Consulting rabbis. Consulting ministers. Consulting other ministers who had gone that far. And then through each capillary kind of worked my way back up to the heart of the issue, and landed with the corruption of Deep State and how everything’s really been a lie.”

Blazek’s interest in birth certificates aligns with a tenet of sovereign citizen beliefs, as described by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Sovereign citizen researchers believe, according to the SPLC, that “the government has pledged its citizenry as collateral, by selling their future earning capabilities to foreign investors, effectively enslaving all Americans. This sale, they claim, takes place at birth. When a baby is born in the US, a birth certificate is issued, and the hospital usually advises the parents to apply for a Social Security number. Sovereigns say that the government then used that birth certificate to set up a corporate trust in the baby’s name – a secret Treasury account — which it funds with amounts ranging from $600,000 to $20 million, depending on the particular variant of sovereign beliefs.”

Ideas like the “We the People’s Grand Jury” publicized in the days before the attack on the US Capitol draw on a deep tradition of far-right activism reaching back at least five decades. Devin Burghart from the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights and co-author Robert Crawford described common-law courts in a 1996 report as “self-elected vigilante organizations that claim the authority of law.”

“Like the militias, common law courts are dominated by conspiratorial and bigoted ideas and favor tactics — armed confrontation, threats and pseudo-legal pronouncements — that attack the very basis of democratic society: the rule of law,” they wrote.

An early edition of the “Blue Book,” authored by Posse Comitatus founder Mike Beach, included a warning to officials who would defy common law authority, according to Burghart and Crawford. They would “be removed by the Posse to the most populated intersection of streets in the township and at high noon hung by the neck, the body remaining until sundown as an example to those who would subvert the law.”

Far from being an anti-government movement, as is commonly misconceived, Burghart and Crawford wrote, so-called “Christian Patriots” seek to replace the existing government with a more authoritarian version.

“Closely linked to militias, common law courts and citizen grand juries are part of a system of parallel institutions which constitute a virtual alternative government,” the two men wrote 26 years ago. “These institutions — the armed militias, the Posse Comitatus, common law courts and warehouse banks along with political, lobbying and media organizations — are intended to be the embryo of an exclusive white Christian republic.”

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Fulton grand jury probe of 2020 election conduct zeroes in on Trump’s inner circle



A Fulton County special grand jury is in full swing in its investigation into attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump with the latest string of subpoenas targeting Republican U.S. ‌Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and other Trump advisors.

The South Carolina senator and seven lawyers with ties to Trump and his campaign were subpoenaed last week for the Fulton investigation into whether Trump and his allies illegally interfered in the election that Democrat Joe Biden won by fewer than 12,000 votes.

Even though the latest round of subpoenas say the witnesses should be ready to appear in Fulton as early as Tuesday, don’t expect them to show up at the Fulton County Courthouse ‌that day.

Graham, for one, has vowed to fight his summons, arguing that his calls were made in his capacity as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Attorneys John Eastman, Kenneth Chesebro, Jacki Pick Deason, and Jenna Ellis have also been ‌summoned to talk about the legal strategies used while trying to block Biden’s certification. The court filings say it appears the Trump campaign relied on unfounded claims of massive voting fraud and legal landmines.

At a December 2020 state Senate committee meeting, Giuliani, Eastman and several other Trump-affiliate attorneys declared they had overwhelming evidence of voter fraud and Eastman told lawmakers that they could legally replace the Democratic Party’s slate of presidential electors who were already certified.

Since May 27, the jury has often heard from witnesses deemed ‌more open to speak with prosecutors and the chances of more reluctant witnesses increases as the investigation involves people with close ties Trump.

A large number of people have already testified, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his office’s staff, GOP Attorney General Chris Carr, Democratic Secretary of State candidate Bee Nguyen and Democratic Attorney General nominee Jen Jordan. Nguyen and Jordan are state legislators who gained national attention for challenging accusations of rigged elections laid out at infamous legislative meetings.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who repeatedly refused pressure from Trump and others to call lawmakers to a special legislative session to overturn the election results, is set to record a statement for the jury on July 25.

Georgia State University Professor of Law Clark Cunningham said some of the most interesting revelations in the subpoenas involve a second phone call between Graham and Raffensperger and accusations that Trump’s attorney Chesebro worked with Georgia GOP Party leaders, including Chairman David Shafer, on the illegitimate electoral vote.

The fake elector selection process appears to have been so micromanaged that Chesebro provided a template for the documents used in the Dec. 14 meeting, Cunningham said.

“A real question becomes which side of the scam was David Shafer on,” he said. “Was he an innocent victim or was he on the other side of perpetrating fraud?”

Meanwhile, some of the witnesses sought for the Fulton investigation are overlapping with the Jan. 6th House Congressional committee proceedings, including Eastman, who pleaded the Fifth Amendment during his Jan. 6th testimony.

The U.S. District Court judge in California who ordered Eastman to turn over documents to the Jan. 6th committee said it’s more likely than not that Trump and his lawyer attempted to obstruct a congressional proceeding and tried to defraud the United States by interfering with the election certification process.

In contrast to a typical grand jury, the 23 members on the special grand jury do not have the power to indict anyone, but can make recommendations to Willis, who initiated the investigation in response to a January 2021 recorded phone call when Trump asked Raffensperger to find enough votes to secure his win.

Trump attorney Cleta Mitchell was also on that call and was summoned last week to testify about it.

Cunningham said that if a grand jury subpoena is issued to Trump, it would set off legal challenges. And even if Trump was ordered to appear, Cunningham said he’s not sure anything he might say will add to the former president’s long record of public statements and the volume of documents and testimony presented to jurors.

“Given the amount of resources that would be involved in trying to enforce a subpoena, and the risks that it would somehow bring everything to a halt, if I were (Willis) I certainly would not be in a hurry to do it,” he said. “The grand jury could certainly issue an indictment against the former president without having him appear as a witness.”

Because another secretary of state employee was on at least one of the calls between Graham and Raffensperger, there could be corroboration that Raffensperger’s public account of the call was true versus the South Carolina senator’s public statements that he was merely trying to understand Georgia’s election law and absentee ballot rules, Cunningham said.

Willis has said the investigation could lead to criminal charges spanning election fraud, conspiracy, racketeering, making false statements to state or local officials and for involvement in violence or making threats in elections.

https://georgiarecorder.com/2022/07/11/fulton-grand-jury-probe-of-2020-election-conduct-zeroes-in-on-trumps-inner-circle/

 

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