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Federal grand jury subpoenas ex-Trump WH counsel Cipollone in 2020 election probe, source says
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GOP’s new ‘bathrooms, bedrooms and race’ mantra on display at ‘fascist’ CPAC summit: report



The Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas was a sign of a troubling fascist direction being chosen by American conservatives.

"Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban won over the crowd at CPAC Texas on Thursday, arguing that his nationalist agenda in Hungary aligns with the goals of the American conservative movement – and sounding a lot like the conference’s upcoming Saturday keynote speaker, former President Donald Trump," CNN reported Thursday. "The right-wing European leader hit guaranteed applause lines – including telling the Texas crowd that 'Hungary is the Lone Star State of Europe' – and criticizing liberals, the news media and the Democratic Party."

During his speech, Orban said he predicted tomorrow's headlines in America would declare, "Far-Right, European Racist and Anti-Semite, Strongman, Trojan Horse of Putin, Holds Speech at Conservative Conference.

MSNBC anchor Mehdi Hasan described it as fascism and displayed a list of ten Republican election deniers on the ballot.

"They do not believe in liberal democracy," Hasan said. "And so today, in 2022, I'm sorry to say the Republican playbook is Viktor Orban playbook, and you can call that what you want, but I'm going to continue to call it fascism.

Anne Applebaum, author of the 2003 book Gulag: A History and the 2020 book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism, posted to Twitter four reasons that CPAC "admires" Orban.

"He bent the rules, changing his constitution and altering voting laws in order to remain in power, indefinitely," Applebaum wrote. "He destroyed the independent media; nothing remains but a few websites."

"He doesn't keep his homophobia, his anti-semitism or his racism a secret," Applebaum continued. "He moves, walks and talks like a Ruritanian dictator from a movie."

NYU Prof. Ruth Ben-Ghiat, the author of the book Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present, noted that Fox News host Tucker Carlson traveled to Hungary in 2021 to hype Orban.

"Orban's appearance today at CPAC is the outcome of a carefully cultivated relationship," she said. "He can be the Big Man mentoring the GOP in how to wreck a democracy."

In May, after CPAC held a summit in Budapest, Ben-Ghiat wrote, "we can also see Orban's impact on things like the rollback of reproductive rights in the U.S. Former Vice President Mike Pence previewed the Supreme Court opinion in Budapest last fall as a speaker at Orban’s 'Summit for Democracy' where 'pro-family' agendas, meant to increase the 'right' kinds of births (white, Christian births) twinned with anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ platforms."

Stuart Stevens, the Lincoln Project strategist who has worked on five GOP presidential campaigns, posted, without attribution, “This is why we have always fought: we are willing to mix with one another, but we do not want to become peoples of mixed-race.”

"That’s not David Duke, it’s Viktor Orban, the star of CPAC, the new darling of American conservatism," Stevens noted. "Bathrooms, bedrooms & race. That’s who they are."

Reflecting on the embrace of Orban by the far-right, civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill noted, "over 400,000 Americans were killed in WWII-a war in which 88% of the soldiers were white. And yet we see so many Americans (mostly white) so readily defile the sacrifice of their grandparents and forbears who fought in WWII and defeated fascism, by embracing the rise of fascism here."

"And perhaps that’s because so many who fought fascism abroad were still prepared to tolerate, embrace or promote white supremacy and racism at home. And there’s the rub," Ifill wrote. "Orban and Trump’s rhetoric is not alien to this country. It had been pushed to the margins. But it is not alien."

And that’s why we have to confront and grapple with the contradictions of our history," she counseled. "So that we can understand what calls will resonate in times of fear and stress-calls that repeat earlier unresolved contradictions and threaten the project of building a healthy multi-racial democracy."

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Mini Trump is at it again.

Suspended Florida prosecutor hits back at Ron DeSantis and reveals suspected motive



On Thursday, Florida Politics reported that Andrew Warren, the Democratic state prosecutor of Hillsborough County, Florida, is hitting back at Gov. Ron DeSantis after he moved to suspend him from office.

“People need to understand this isn’t the Governor trying to suspend the one elected official," said Warren. “This is the Governor trying to overthrow democracy here in Hillsborough County.”

Florida is unusual among states in that county prosecutors are elected directly, but that the governor has the authority to suspend them from office. DeSantis took this action against Warren, a progressive prosecutor who was elected on criminal justice reform, because of his refusal to enforce the state's 15-week abortion ban and prohibition on gender-affirming care for children. In his place, DeSantis has installed Susan Lopez, a right-wing lawyer he previously appointed as Hillsborough County Judge.

“We’re protecting people’s rights; we have fought so hard for public safety and fairness and justice," Warren said. "If the Governor thinks he can do a better job, then he should run for state attorney — not President. The Governor wants to do his sideshow with his cronies. I’m the one who’s upholding the law.” He added that regarding abortion and gender-affirming care prosecutions, "None of those cases have been brought to us. We’re not anticipating those cases being brought to us," and urged any concerned to ask the county sheriff if any such cases are even being investigated.

“I think the Governor is trying to make a good impression on the Iowa caucus voters,” Warren added.

This comes as DeSantis, thought to be a potential presidential rival to former President Donald Trump in 2024, wages furious culture wars on a number of fronts, even playing chicken with a federal requirement that schools protect LGBTQ students' rights as a condition of receiving meal funding.

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Trump's legal team now in 'direct communication' with DOJ officials about J6 criminal investigation: report



Attorneys for Donald Trump, the former president, are now in direct talks with officials from the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

CNN in its breaking news exclusive calls it "the first sign of talks between the two sides as the criminal probe into January 6, 2021, accelerates."

"The talks revolve around whether Trump would be able to shield conversations he had while he was president from federal investigators," including "whether any communications that witnesses from the Trump West Wing had with the former president can be kept from a federal criminal grand jury under Trump's claims of executive privilege."

Legal experts generally default to executive privilege resting with the sitting U.S. president, but DOJ has also not prosecuted former top Trump officials, including Mark Meadows, after Congress voted to convict him on contempt charges for not cooperating with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack's investigation.

"Mark Meadows could be a key witness," CNN reveals.

"Trump has specifically been counseled to cut contact with his former White House chief of staff," CNN adds, "whose actions leading up to and on the day of the US Capitol insurrection have been deeply scrutinized by the House panel."

"In recent months," CNN states, "the former President has ignored advice from some of his advisers to avoid speaking with former and current aides who have become entangled in the House select committee's probe into January 6 and may become part of the criminal investigation, people familiar with the matter told CNN."

NYU professor of law and former Special Counsel at the Dept. of Defense, Ryan Goodman, pointing to the Meadows news offered this insight: "Sounds like Trump team worried Meadows will flip and cooperate with DOJ."

Read More Here: https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/04/politics/trump-justice-department-january-6-criminal-investigation/index.html

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Trump likely to be criminally charged in DOJ election probe along with other former White House officials, Obama AG Holder says

- Former President Donald Trump “probably” will be indicted on criminal charges along with former White House officials as part of a Justice Department investigation of efforts to reverse the 2020 election results nationally, ex-Attorney General Eric Holder said.

- But Holder suggested Trump is more likely to first face possible criminal charges from a Georgia prosecutor investigating Trump and allies for attempts to undo President Joe Biden’s win there.

- “I expect you’re going to see the pace of this investigation or these investigations pick up,” Holder said.




Former President Donald Trump “probably” will be indicted on criminal charges along with officials in his White House as part of a Justice Department investigation of efforts to reverse the 2020 election results nationally, ex-Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview Thursday.

But Holder suggested that before that happens, Trump is more likely to first face possible criminal charges from the Georgia state prosecutor who is investigating attempts by Trump and his allies to undo President Joe Biden’s win there in 2020.

Holder, who led the Justice Department during the Obama administration, made those predictions during an interview with the SiriusXM Urban View satellite radio show Joe Madison The Black Eagle.

Madison asked Holder whether he would seek to indict Trump if he still were attorney general.

Holder demurred, saying he did not have access to all the material that the Justice Department currently has regarding Trump.


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But he told Madison that, based on his experience as a federal prosecutor who filed public corruption cases against elected officials, as “more evidence is elicited, you will see people start to cut deals.”

″My guess is that by the end of this process, you’re going to see indictments involving high-level people in the White House, you’re going to see indictments against people outside the White House who were advising them with regard to the attempt to steal the election,” said Holder.

“And I think ultimately you’re probably going to see the president, former president of the United States indicted as well,” he said.

The Justice Department reportedly is presenting evidence and testimony before two federal grand juries in Washington, D.C., one of which is eyeing a plan by Trump’s lawyers and others to have so-called fake electors claim that the then-Republican incumbent won the election in their individual states.

The other grand jury is investigating events leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, when a mob of Trump supporters interrupted for hours the confirmation of Biden’s Electoral College win by Congress.

Pat Cipollone, who served as Trump’s White House counsel, has been subpoenaed to appear before one of those grand juries, multiple news outlets reported Wednesday.

For weeks after the November 2020 popular election, Trump falsely claimed that he defeated Biden and argued his Democratic opponent’s Electoral College victory was based on widespread ballot fraud in several swing states.

The former president since leaving the White House has continued to dispute the 2020 election results and has said that the investigations into his conduct and that of his allies are politically motivated witch hunts.

Holder in his interview said the pace of the Justice Department investigation into election meddling is likely to proceed in the same way that a character in the Ernest Hemingway novel “The Sun Also Rises” answered when another character asked how he went bankrupt: “Gradually, then suddenly.”

“I expect you’re going to see the pace of this investigation or these investigations pick up,” Holder told Madison.

But Holder also said that he expected the Justice Department to “go dark” and not take public action in the case until after this fall’s midterm elections.

The department in a long-standing practice in the months leading up to elections does not tend to file criminal charges or issue statements that might influence the outcome of elections.

“You watch the Justice Department in 2023,” Holder said.

“But I think before that, I expect something coming of that prosecutor in Atlanta,” he added.

That Georgia prosecutor, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, is presenting evidence and testimony to a special grand jury empaneled to investigate possible criminal meddling in her state’s election by Trump and his surrogates.

That grand jury has issued subpoenas to a number of fake Trump electors, as well to the former president’s lawyers and to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

“I think in terms of time, that is the more advanced” investigation, Holder said Thursday.

“The case is in some ways less complicated,” he said, noting that Trump is known to have phoned Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the state’s top election official, on Jan. 2, 2021, and pressured Raffensperger to help find enough votes to overcome Biden’s margin of victory there.

“You have the former president on tape saying, ‘Find me 11,780 votes,’” Holder said.

“Now people argue: ‘What was his intent?’” Holder said, referring to questions about whether Trump had criminal intent in asking such a question.

“Really?” Holder said sarcastically. “Put that before a jury ... Regular people, looking at the evidence, I think, will get to what I think is an appropriate conclusion.”

“So my eyes are on Fulton County first. Look at the Justice Department in 2023,” Holder said.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/04/trump-and-white-house-officials-likely-to-be-criminally-charged-in-election-probe.html

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Revealed: Trump election PAC funneled $60K to Melania's fashion stylist for 'strategy'

According to a report from USA Today, a PAC affiliated with Donald Trump's attempt to allege election fraud in the 2020 presidential election paid out $60,000 to the fashion consultant for former first lady Melania Trump.

The report from USA Today's Erin Mansfield explains that fashion consultant Hervé Pierre Braillard received four payments starting April 7 and ended on June 24 for what was described as "strategy consulting" with no further explanation as to that means.

Explaining why donor money that was supposed to fund the legal battle over the 2020 election that the former president insists was stolen from him, Trump "Save America" spokesperson Taylor Budowich stated, "Mr. Pierre serves as a senior advisor to Save America, involved in event management and special projects."

The report continued, "The payments offer a window into one of the many ways Trump, who is not a candidate for any federal office, is allowed to use money in the PAC, which has raised more than $100 million since it was registered in November 2020."

According to Michael Beckel, of political reform group Issue One, the expenditure deserves federal scrutiny.

“If you are going to a political function and trying to buy a new dress or a new tuxedo, that’s typically something that the FEC would say campaign funds should not be used for,” Beckel explained.

He added, "So it really raises questions if leadership funds are being used to pay for something like a new dress or new clothing that campaign funds could not be used for legally."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/08/05/save-america-melania-trump-designer/10130359002/?gnt-cfr=1

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Fox News mocked for ‘desperately’ trying to spin ‘blockbuster’ jobs report into attack on Biden

The propagandists at Fox News are trying to find ways to spin Friday's excellent jobs report and economic news into an attack on President Joe Biden and Democrats. It's not going well for them.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July jobs numbers Friday morning as scheduled.

CNN called it a "massive jobs surprise." Even CNBC's conservative editor Rick Santelli, who sparked the Tea Party movement with an on-air rant, heralded the jobs report as "a whopper."

Analysts overall expected the report to find about 258,000 new jobs created, but it was more than double that, with 528,000 new jobs. Unemployment dropped slightly to 3.5%, which is far below the 5% mark economists used to use as a marker of "full employment."

Economists cheered the results, with even those often more pessimistic finding the jobs report excellent news. Overall, many made clear there is no recession, and predicted inflation will come under control as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, and as the price of gas has dropped tremendously, with some stations now selling at under $3.00 a gallon.

Meanwhile, Fox News decided to use the White House's prediction that the jobs numbers would not be great against them.

The Daily Beast's media reporter Justin Baragona posted a screenshot of Fox News's chyron that blasts the White House for not getting the estimate right. A casual observer, say, in an airport, would likely assume the jobs report was bad and blame the Biden administration.

It reads: "WH Misses Forecast on Lower July Jobs Growth."

Media Matters' Eric Kleefeld notes how Fox News Business's Larry Kudlow, a former Trump top advisor, and former Trump advisor Kevin Hassett both predicted the jobs number would come in exactly the same as what the Biden White House predicted, and were preparing since Thursday for bad news:

Attorney Brad Moss, a frequent social media commenter, observed: "Fox News is desperately trying to spin this blockbuster jobs report against Biden. If Trump was in office, they'd be running celebration videos complete with champagne."

Jut after 8:30 AM ET when the report was released "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade immediately mocked President Joe Biden as they shared the numbers.

Fox News Business' Charles Payne was on set to discuss the report. Looking for the negative spin he announced that the jobs number was the best since March, adding the numbers had "been trending lower since March sequentially."

Begrudgingly admitting "it's a really good number," he pivoted to "participation" in the workforce. he called it "amazing that we have not gotten back up to the same level of participation" since before COVID.

But as CNBC reported: “private sector payrolls are now higher than the February 2020 level, just before the pandemic declaration.”

https://www.rawstory.com/fox-news-mocked-for-desperately-trying-to-spin-blockbuster-jobs-report-into-on-biden/

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Watch: Indiana Republican tells colleague that she'll have to carry fetus to term even if it has no chance of survival



A Republican state lawmaker in Indiana this week told a Democratic colleague that his proposed amendment to his state's abortion laws would force her to carry a nonviable fetus to term even if it had no chance of survival.

A video posted by Heartland Signal shows that Republican Indiana State Rep. J. Michael Davisson being grilled by Democratic State Rep. Carey Hamilton about a proposed amendment to make abortion illegal even in the case of lethal fetal anomalies.

"I'm thinking about situations all mothers might face," Hamilton said while addressing Davisson on the Indiana State House floor. "Say at 17 weeks I had an ultrasound and was told that the fetus is failing to thrive and has no chance of survival, with this amendment, is it true that I would have to carry that fetus to term?"

Davisson paused for a few seconds and asked Hamilton to rephrase her question.

Hamilton responded by more or less repeating her original question while emphasizing more strongly that the fetus in question had no chance of survival.

She then asked again, despite the fetus having no chance to survive, if the bill would force her to carry it to term.

"Yes," Davisson replied.

According to local news station WLFI, Davisson's amendment failed in the Republican-dominated Indiana state legislature by a count of 35 in favor to 65 against.

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IN state Rep. Engleman (R) introduces an amendment to eliminate rape and incest exceptions in the new anti-abortion bill. Rep. Fleming (D) asks if that would prevent a 5th grader (10-year-old) rape victim from getting abortion care.

Engelman sighs: "It... It does."


Watch: https://twitter.com/i/status/1555282122830745602


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IN state Rep. Davisson (R) argues for requiring forced birth of non-viable fetuses.

Asked what he would tell children of a mother going through pregnancy resulting in stillbirth: "[None] of us are guaranteed tomorrow. We must accept death as a consequence of life."


Watch: https://twitter.com/i/status/1555303016101732353

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‘It changes my view’: Bill Barr now thinks DOJ is ‘taking a hard look’ at Trump



Former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr has modified his views on the Department of Justice investigation into the efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

CBS News correspondent Catherine Herridge interviewed Barr after the DOJ subpoenaed former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin, his deputy.

Herridge asked, "do the new grand jury subpoenas suggest that the Justice Department is squarely focused on former President Trump?"

"I think it definitely is a significant event," Barr replied.

"It changes my view of what's been going on," he continued. "From my standpoint, it looked to me like the department was really focusing on the lower-level people. As you know, since the election they've been going after the people who went into the Capitol."

"And I didn't think they were paying that much attention to the higher-ups and were sort-of leaving it to the congressional committee," Barr explained. "But this suggests to me that they're taking a hard look at the group at the top, including the president and the people immediately around him who were involved in this."

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Hannity’s fall amid rise of The Five and Jesse Watters shows GOP moving on from Trump: analysis



The shifts in editorial focus and audience attention at Fox News may signal a shift in the direction of the far-right movement in America, according to a new analysis.

Daily Beast correspondent Justin Baragona examined the situation at Fox News under the headline, "How ‘Loyal Dog’ Sean Hannity Went From King of Fox News to Has-Been."

"During the Trump administration, Sean Hannity was on top of the world. With the ouster of his longtime Fox News colleague and nemesis Bill O’Reilly in April 2017 over sexual misconduct allegations, Hannity quickly rose from second fiddle to the most-watched host in cable news. And he stayed there for years," Baragona wrote. "But towards the end of Trump’s term, Tucker Carlson—who essentially replaced O’Reilly in primetime—supplanted Hannity as the top dog at Fox News. Conservative cable viewers seemed far more interested in Carlson’s brand of taking Trumpism’s far-right nationalism, fervent anti-immigrant rhetoric, and COVID trutherism and running with it over Hannity’s increasingly stale Trump boosterism (and insatiable Hillary Clinton obsession)."

Hannity was known as the "shadow chief of staff" during the Trump administration.

"Having already risen to a solid third place in Fox News viewership by the 2020 election, the late-afternoon panel show 'The Five' —featuring popular Fox News veterans Greg Gutfeld and Jesse Watters—eventually passed Hannity for second place in August 2021, and hasn’t looked back since. In fact, the culture war-driven gabfest has even overtaken 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' as the most-watched show in all of cable news. (Carlson’s show, however, regularly draws more viewers in the coveted 25-54 advertising demographic.)"

Watters was rewarded with the show "Jesse Watters Primetime" which quickly became one of the top five shows on cable news.

"Hannity’s show was able to claw its way to a third-place finish for the second quarter of the year, pulling in an average of 2.73 million total viewers to Watters’ 2.69 million, while beating Jesse Watters Primetime in the advertising demographic by nearly 50,000 viewers," The Beast reported. "But June and July, separately, told a different story. Watters once again edged out Hannity in total viewership in June while closing the gap in the 25-54 demographic. The following month, Watters expanded his lead in overall audience by more than 100,000 viewers and came within 13,000 of Hannity in the key advertising demographic."

Baragona also examined the shift in focus at Fox News.

"The sustained ascendancy of Carlson, Gutfeld, and Watters—more 'own the libs' culture warriors than card-carrying Trumpists—while Hannity, a member of Trump’s inner circle, continues to sink cannot be simply chalked up to a growing perception that the network is distancing itself from Trump’s cult of personality," Baragona wrote. "Instead, the most likely explanation comes from Hannity’s inability to evolve with the changing right-wing media landscape—one that has long moved into darker ideological terrain after decades of loyally defending and touting the Republican Party above all else."

For analysis, Bargona interviewed Matthew Sheffield, who was a right-wing media figure and founder of NewsBusters before growing disenchanted with the movement.

“The fundamental thing about Hannity is that he's not an ideas guy. He’s a cheerleader,” Sheffield said. “He is not a creative person. He just wants to have the same guests on all the time talking about the same things. And for the more angry, reactionary, Christian types, that’s just not enough for them anymore. They want more anger, more ambitiousness. And they certainly don’t want to hear what Lindsey Graham has to say.”

On Friday, Tammy Bruce guest hosted "Sean Hannity Tonight."

Read More Here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-loyal-dog-sean-hannity-went-from-king-of-fox-news-to-has-been

 

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