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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory - Part 2
« Reply #6256 on: June 07, 2023, 12:10:31 AM »
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MAJOR BREAKING NEWS—

Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has testified before a federal grand jury hearing evidence in the investigations being led by Special Counsel Jack Smith, the New York Times reports.

Meadows is a key player in both the stolen documents investigation as well as the investigation into January 6th and Donald Trump’s election interference.


Mark Meadows Testified to Grand Jury in Special Counsel Investigation of Trump

Mr. Meadows, the final White House chief of staff under Donald Trump, is seen as a potentially key witness in the documents and Jan. 6 inquiries.



Mark Meadows, the final White House chief of staff under President Donald J. Trump and a potentially key figure in inquiries related to Mr. Trump, has testified before a federal grand jury hearing evidence in the investigations being led by the special counsel’s office, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Mr. Meadows is a figure in both of the two distinct lines of inquiry being pursued by the special counsel appointed to oversee the Justice Department’s scrutiny of Mr. Trump, Jack Smith.

One inquiry is focused on Mr. Trump’s efforts to cling to power after losing the 2020 election, culminating in the attack by a pro-Trump mob on the Capitol during congressional certification of the Electoral College results on Jan. 6, 2021. The other is an investigation into Mr. Trump’s handling of hundreds of classified documents after he left office and whether he obstructed efforts to retrieve them.

It is not clear precisely when Mr. Meadows testified or if investigators questioned him about one or both of the cases.

For months, people in Mr. Trump’s orbit have been puzzled by and wary about the low profile kept by Mr. Meadows in the investigations. As reports surfaced of one witness after another going into the grand jury or to be interviewed by federal investigators, Mr. Meadows has kept largely out of sight, and some of Mr. Trump’s advisers believe he could be a significant witness in the inquiries.

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Mr. Trump himself has at times asked aides questions about how Mr. Meadows is doing, according to a person familiar with the remarks.

Asked about the grand jury testimony, a lawyer for Mr. Meadows, George Terwilliger, said, “Without commenting on whether or not Mr. Meadows has testified before the grand jury or in any other proceeding, Mr. Meadows has maintained a commitment to tell the truth where he has a legal obligation to do so.”

Mr. Meadows was a polarizing figure at the White House among some of Mr. Trump’s aides, who saw him as a loose gatekeeper at best during a final year in which the former president moved aggressively to mold the government in his image.

Mr. Meadows was around for pivotal moments leading up to and after the 2020 election, as Mr. Trump plotted to try to stay in office and thwart Joseph R. Biden Jr. from being sworn in to succeed him. Some of them were described in hundreds of text messages that Mr. Meadows turned over to the House select committee that investigated the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol before he decided to stop cooperating. Those texts served as a road map for House investigators.

But Mr. Meadows also has insight into efforts by the National Archives to retrieve roughly two dozen boxes of presidential material that officials had been told Mr. Trump took with him when he left the White House in January 2021. Mr. Meadows was one of Mr. Trump’s representatives to the archives, and he had some role in trying to discuss the matter with Mr. Trump, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Mr. Meadows is also now connected tangentially to a potentially vital piece of evidence that investigators uncovered in recent months: an audio recording of an interview that Mr. Trump gave to two people assisting Mr. Meadows in writing a memoir of his White House years.

Mr. Meadows did not attend the meeting, which took place in July 2021 at Mr. Trump’s club at Bedminster, N.J. During the meeting, Mr. Trump referred to a document he appeared to have in front of him and suggested that he should have declassified it but that he no longer could, since he was out of office.

That recording could undercut Mr. Trump’s claim that he believed he had declassified all material still held at his properties for months after he left office.

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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory - Part 2
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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory - Part 2
« Reply #6257 on: June 07, 2023, 12:19:23 AM »
Certainly not going to make Donald Trump happy tonight': MSNBC host on bombshell Mark Meadows report



The New York Times published a bombshell report that former Donald Trump chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has appeared before the grand jury for both the 2020 election probe as well as the classified documents probe. This could reportedly make Trump very upset.

MSNBC host Ari Melber explained that Meadows was among those on the Trump staff to serve as a representative to the National Archives in the final days of the presidency.

"Then there's this," Melber read from the Times. "And this is new as well. Mark Meadows' lawyer, telling The New York Times that Meadows maintained a commitment to tell the truth where he has a legal obligation to do so. The answer is no, not in MAGA land, not with a president who demands that everyone basically attack everything as a witch-hunt. The obligation to tell the truth, the signal he's sending to people in the probe as well as certainly any prosecutor who might ever judge him is 'I'm on board cooperating.'"

The Times also mentions that, when it comes to the coup plot, Meadows remains a key witness to the special counsel.

"His lawyer seems to think it's a good time to remind everyone he's cooperating, which isn't going to make Donald Trump happy tonight," Melber also said. "And this is all coming out on one of the busiest weeks we've ever seen in the special counsel probe."

Renato Mariotti, former U.S. attorney, told Melber that a key piece of the Jan. 6 Committee's investigation came from Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified last year that she observed many conversations between Meadows and others in the White House ahead of and on Jan. 6. She also testified she witnessed Meadows burning documents once or twice a week.

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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory - Part 2
« Reply #6258 on: June 07, 2023, 03:45:30 AM »
It now turns out Mark Meadows has already testified against in BOTH Jack Smith probes.

Earlier today the New York Times reported that Mark Meadows had already testified against Donald Trump to the grand jury in Jack Smith’s January 6th probe. Now ABC News is reporting that Meadows has also testified to the grand jury in Jack Smith’s classified documents probe.

This still doesn’t make clear whether or not Meadows has cut a cooperation deal and “flipped” on Trump. By court order, Meadows was required to testify about every Trump crime that he witnessed but didn’t participate in. Any deal would only be to allow Meadows to also testify about the Trump crimes that incriminated Meadows.

Deal or no deal, we now know that Mark Meadows has testified in both of Jack Smith’s major criminal cases against Donald Trump. And remember, this didn’t happen today. The media is reporting that Meadows testified at some unknown point in the past. It’s starting to feel like Meadows is the one tipping off the media about having testified, so he can get the resulting headlines out of the way before the Trump indictments come down.

What really stands out is that it’s starting to feel as if Jack Smith is treating his two major Trump probes as if they’re actually one big probe. At the least, Smith appears to be bringing both probes to completion at the same time – making it convenient for indictment purposes.

Every right wing Republican that texted Mark Meadows for a pardon should be terrified as well. Only someone who thinks they're guilty of a serious crime would ask for a pardon.


 

Mark Meadows testified before grand jury in special counsel's Trump investigation, sources

The breaking news about Mark Meadows' testimony before the grand jury in the special counsel's Trump investigations just got worse.

ABC News is now reporting that sources say "Meadows answered questions on both Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election and Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents."

Meadows is a key figure in both of these investigations. This should absolutely terrify Trump


https://abc7news.com/mark-meadows-testifies-donald-trump-grand-jury/13351793/

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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory - Part 2
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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory - Part 2
« Reply #6259 on: June 07, 2023, 11:02:30 AM »
Pro-Trump 'True the Vote' leadership accused of using donations for personal gain



Conservative activists Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips used the nonprofit True the Vote to enrich themselves, according to a complaint filed to the IRS.

On Monday, the nonprofit watchdog group Campaign for Accountability called for an investigation into True the Vote, which has made repeated false claims about voter fraud in elections. The complaint said True the Vote may have violated state and federal law when the charity used donations to issue loans to Engelbrecht, its founder, and lucrative contracts to Gregg Phillips, a longtime director. The organization also failed to disclose the payments to insiders in its tax returns, including excessive legal bills paid to its general counsel at the time, who filed election-related lawsuits in four states, the complaint said.

“Such disclosure lapses heighten suspicion regarding whether True the Vote and or its current or former officers and directors intended to conceal the payments from the public or IRS,” the complaint said. The self-dealing contracts and loans were first reported by Reveal.

Engelbrecht started Texas-based True the Vote in 2010 after getting involved in Tea Party activism in the Houston area. Over the years, she and Phillips have promoted probes into voter fraud in their fundraising efforts, but they have failed to deliver evidence of such activity for years. The pair catapulted to national prominence when conservative provocateur Dinesh D’Souza featured the nonprofit’s discredited work in the film “2,000 Mules,” which played in theaters across the country.

Engelbrecht and Phillips have defended their voting work, and their attorney has previously said there was nothing wrong about the loans and contracts. Engelbrecht and Phillips did not respond to requests for comment.

“The so-called Campaign for Accountability filed this IRS complaint as a form of harassment,” a True the Vote spokesperson wrote in response to questions. “The complaint is without merit and we believe it will be terminated in due course.”

The federal government allows nonprofit organizations to operate tax-free, and in return they are required to disclose substantial information about their finances to make sure donor funds are used appropriately. Charities like True the Vote are also not allowed to engage in certain political activity.

“I hope that the IRS and other applicable authorities take seriously what appears to be a pattern of bad behavior by Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips, and that makes the pursuit of accountability that much more important,” said Michelle Kuppersmith, executive director of Campaign for Accountability. The organization previously filed a separate complaint in 2020 about True the Vote engaging in political activity with Georgia’s Republican Party. The IRS did not respond to that complaint.

The group’s legal woes have mounted following the D’Souza movie. A Georgia voter sued the pair and D’Souza for defamation because he said he was wrongfully accused of committing voter fraud. The case is pending. A state investigation found the voter was dropping off ballots for himself and family members, which is legal. Former Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office asked federal authorities to investigate True the Vote’s finances after Engelbrecht and Phillips did not produce purported evidence on voter fraud to investigators in 2022.

James Bopp Jr., the former general counsel, is now suing True the Vote in federal court for breach of contract for nearly $1 million in unpaid legal bills dating back several years, according to court records obtained by ProPublica. True the Vote has countersued Bopp’s law firm, denying the unpaid invoices and accusing it of engaging in fraud and substandard lawyering, the records show.

In an interview with ProPublica, Bopp said that True the Vote’s counterclaim has no merits. “We were shocked they responded this way. They did nothing but praise our work,” he said. “This is what unscrupulous people will do when they try to avoid the repayment of debt.”

In January, ProPublica and The Dallas Morning News reported Engelbrecht and Phillips created another charity, the Freedom Hospital. It aimed to help children and elderly people affected by the war in Ukraine with medical care. Its website, which has since been taken down, said it raised halfway to $25 million for a mobile hospital. ProPublica and the News found the effort never materialized. Attorneys for Engelbrecht and Phillips said that it was a good-faith effort and that his clients only raised $268 for the project through PayPal. Lawyers said donations were returned “at Mr. Phillips’ direction.”

In its most recently available tax return, True the Vote in 2021 raised about $1.7 million but fell $289,157 into the red. The 2021 return no longer includes Phillips as a director. In 2020, the organization raised $5 million. For 2019, the organization had given a reporter and the IRS two widely different tax returns that were riddled with inconsistencies over key questions about governance and Engelbrecht’s $113,000 loan. At the time, True the Vote said it planned to file an amended return. It does not appear to have been filed with the IRS.

Despite Texas law stating directors of nonprofits can’t receive loans from their own organizations, Engelbrecht — who was a director and an employee at the time — regularly received loans from the nonprofit, ranging from about $40,000 to $113,000, according to tax filings. She also earned a salary.

Phillips first joined True the Vote as a board member in 2014. Phillips received at least $750,000 related to a research analysis contract. The Campaign for Accountability, in its complaint, raised questions about what, if any, services were actually rendered.

Bopp was paid approximately $280,000 over a seven day period related to filing and supervising attorneys on election-related lawsuits to challenge the results in key states, according to court records. Originally, there were seven lawsuits planned to be filed, but Bopp filed only four. He quickly withdrew them. Bopp previously justified the costs to file the complaints as legitimate because each state had different laws.

“Such legal fees seem excessive for a few days of work in lawsuits that never proceeded past an initial complaint and which The Bopp Law Firm voluntarily dismissed shortly after filing,” the complaint said.

In 2020, True the Vote did not report those contracts in its tax returns, which are required for contracts above $100,000. “Ms. Engelbrecht, as President of True the Vote, appears to have voluntarily and intentionally filed a false, incorrect, and incomplete Form 990,” the complaint said.

Read More Here: https://revealnews.org/article/true-the-vote-big-lie-election-fraud/



Mark Meadows testified before grand jury and could be part of Jack Smith's probe into Trump: report



Former chief of staff Mark Meadows has been largely quiet recently, New York Times reporter Mike Schmidt told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday, and they wondered why that might be.

As it turns out, Schmidt explained, it's been discovered that Meadows, a "potentially key figure in inquiries related to Mr. Trump, has testified before a federal grand jury hearing evidence in the investigations being led by the special counsel’s office, according to two people briefed on the matter."

There are two investigations under Smith – one relates to the classified document scandal and the other goes to the Jan. 6 attack and the attempt to overthrow the 2020 election. Meadows has been a large part of the latter, though it isn't clear which investigation he testified in.

The Times characterized Meadows as a polarizing figure in the Trump White House, who served as nothing more than a glorified gatekeeper. Lately, Trump's aides and allies have been confused about why Meadows has kept his head down. "Some of Mr. Trump’s advisers believe he could be a significant witness in the inquiries," Schmidt said.

Trump himself has asked about Meadows, those familiar with the president's conversations told the Times.

Meadows' lawyer George Terwilliger, said, “Without commenting on whether or not Mr. Meadows has testified before the grand jury or in any other proceeding, Mr. Meadows has maintained a commitment to tell the truth where he has a legal obligation to do so.”

Read the full report at the New York Times here: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/06/us/politics/mark-meadows-testified-trump-grand-jury.html



Jack Smith grand jury to meet in Florida to hear testimony in Trump documents case

A federal grand jury is expected to meet in Florida to hear testimony about former President Donald Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the grand jury is part of the investigation conducted by special counsel Jack Smith. It's separate from a Washington, D.C. grand jury that's been hearing testimony in the documents case.

People close to the investigation said Smith was trying to tie up loose ends before a possible indictment.

NBC News confirmed that a grand jury was meeting in Florida.

"Why prosecutors are using multiple grand juries, and whether they are ready to seek an indictment in either jurisdiction is unknown," the NBC News report noted. "The Justice Department declined to comment on the investigation."

On Monday, attorneys for Trump met with officials at the Department of Justice to argue he should not be indicted.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/doj-donald-trump-lawyers-document-probe-e8c8e7c3

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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory - Part 2
« Reply #6260 on: June 07, 2023, 10:48:57 PM »
When multiple major news outlets reported yesterday that Mark Meadows had testified against Donald Trump to the DOJ grand jury, it wasn’t clear if this meant that Meadows had merely given the minimum testimony required under the law, or if he’d cut an actual immunity deal and given more broad testimony against Trump. Turns out it’s reportedly the latter.

Meadows is preparing to plead guilty to multiple charges as part of a limited immunity deal he secretly cut with the DOJ, according to breaking reporting from the Independent. Meadows testified to the grand jury as part of that deal. It’s still not being reported how long ago this happened.

Nor is it being spelled out precisely what’s “limited” about Meadows’ immunity. But given that he’s pleading guilty on several charges, and that these charges are presumably crimes that he and Trump committed together, it seems pretty clear that he gave up Trump pretty severely. By the way, this same reporting says that Trump could be indicted as soon as tomorrow.

Donald Trump is getting indicted under the Espionage Act and it could happen is soon as TOMORROW. Also, Mark Meadows cut an IMMUNITY deal against Trump and will plead guilty to felonies of his own.

Trump is headed to prison! 

Prosecutors ready to ask for Trump indictment on obstruction and Espionage Act charges

The Independent has learned that prosecutors are prepared to ask grand jurors to vote on charges as early as Thursday

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-indictment-espionage-prosecution-charges-b2353397.html

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Re: Donald Trump Indicted!
« Reply #6261 on: June 08, 2023, 12:02:02 AM »
The news: Trump is being indicted tomorrow.

Mike Pence: That’s it, I’m officially entering the 2024 race.

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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory - Part 2
« Reply #6262 on: June 08, 2023, 12:08:54 AM »
Criminal Donald said this the last time he was indicted in Manhattan and less than 10 people showed up to protest. Donnie is going down for espionage.


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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory - Part 2
« Reply #6263 on: June 08, 2023, 02:16:43 AM »
Trump continues to surge in the polls amidst an impressive group of Republican contenders.  Meanwhile Old Joe is in free fall (both figurately and literally) against loons like RFK Jr.  What a contrast.  All the more amazing since Ukraine Joe has the complete support of the leftist media and corrupt establishment.