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« Reply #930 on: August 05, 2022, 08:35:26 AM »
Liz Cheney schools Fox News host after he goes to bat for 'indefensible' fake Trump electors scheme



The scheme to overthrow the 2020 presidential election using fake Trump electors in states President Joe Biden carried has been broadly panned as illegal by legal experts. Even John Eastman, the far-right lawyer who drafted the memo outlining the scheme, admitted in private to Trump that there was no real basis for it in law.

But according to Fox News commentator Mark Levin, it was a perfectly valid scheme. On Monday, he told his viewers, "That is to be resolved by the United States Congress. That is not a crime either. You might not like it. You might think it's weird, you might think it's unethical, but it's not a crime."

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), one of two Republicans on the House January 6 Committee and a key voice against Trump from the right, begged to differ, criticizing Levin's remark in a Twitter thread on Tuesday.

"The Eastman memos & fake elector scheme are indefensible," wrote Cheney, tagging Levin's account. "On the memos: Eastman took the opposite legal position a month before the election; he knew all 9 Justices would rule against him; & he admitted it was illegal in an Oval Office meeting & afterwards. White House lawyers said it was illegal too. The fake electoral slates were obviously false, and were transmitted to multiple federal officials for purposes of obstructing the electoral count. None of this is ambiguous."

"Watch the hearings, and read the opinion of the federal judge who concluded that Eastman and Trump likely violated two criminal statutes," concluded Cheney.

This comes amid recent reports that the Justice Department is zeroing in on Trump in its investigation into various schemes to overturn the election.

Read Here: https://twitter.com/RepLizCheney/status/1554451948115468298

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« Reply #931 on: August 05, 2022, 08:43:51 AM »
Lawsuit seeks Rep. Maddock’s removal from Nov. ballot for allegedly ‘engaging in insurrection’


State Rep. Matt Maddock and Michigan GOP co-chair Meshawn Maddock attend a right-wing rally at the state Capitol, Feb. 8, 2022 | Laina G. Stebbins

A lawsuit seeks to remove state Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford) from the Nov. 8 general election ballot due to what were called “his violations of his oath of office and attempts to illegally overturn the 2020 election while pushing the Big Lie.”

The suit, filed with the Michigan Court of Appeals (COA), was brought by Oakland County voter Lee Estes, who alleged that Maddock “has ‘engaged in insurrection’ in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and therefore is ineligible to serve as a candidate for or a member of the Michigan Legislature.”

A similar suit brought by Estes sought to disqualify GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley from Tuesday’s ballot, but was eventually rejected by the COA as having been filed less than 28 days before the primary, and thus “did not speedily request relief.”

Kelley, who is charged for his actions during the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection attempt, ended up finishing fourth in the gubernatorial race, behind right-wing commentator Tudor Dixon, businessman Kevin Rinke and chiropractor Garrett Soldano. Kelley has refused to concede and claimed to the Advance, without evidence, that there were.”unprecedented oddities” in the election.

As it did with the Kelley lawsuit, the liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan assisted with research and financial support for the latest litigation.

“Before, during and after the November 2020 election, Matt Maddock was one of the ringleaders who sought to use illegal means – in violation of his oath of office – to try to overturn a free and fair election,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Actions have consequences and Maddock’s actions surrounding the 2020 election demand accountability. He’s spread lies and misinformation, attempted to subvert the will of voters, and betrayed the oath he swore to uphold.”

Progress Michigan further alleges Maddock helped organize a “mob that descended upon the former TCF Center in Detroit in an illegal attempt to stop the counting process, spread misinformation and lies about the election results, signed onto clearly frivolous lawsuits, and was part of a cadre of Republican activists and elected officials who posed as fake electors in a plot to overturn the results of the November 2020 election.”

Maddock was one of 11 Republican House members to put their names to briefs in a failed lawsuit that sought to overturn election results and one of five GOP legislators who attempted to enter the Michigan Capitol on Dec. 14, 2020, with a slate of 16 fake Republican electors. One of whom was his spouse, Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock. They are close allies of Trump.

Matt Maddock did not respond to a request for comment.

Maddock will face Democratic candidate Sarah May-Seward in the November election, after both ran unopposed in their respective primaries on Tuesday.

May-Seward told Michigan Advance that she supported the decision to bring the matter to court.

“Elected officials should be held to their Oath of Office and the Constitution,” she said. “If the court finds that Matt Maddock violated either of these, he should accept the rule of law.”

https://michiganadvance.com/blog/lawsuit-seeks-rep-maddocks-removal-from-nov-ballot-for-allegedly-engaging-in-insurrection/

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« Reply #932 on: August 05, 2022, 03:22:29 PM »
In new letter seeking leniency from judge, Jan 6 defendant Ben Larocca writes: "If the Trump rally never happened, then the officers.... and their family members would never have to suffer".


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« Reply #933 on: August 05, 2022, 06:39:59 PM »
Jan. 6 committee and federal investigators have asked for Alex Jones' phone records, Sandy Hook attorney says
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/04/politics/alex-jones-texts-federal-state-investigators-january-6/index.html

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« Reply #934 on: August 05, 2022, 10:57:10 PM »
Mick Mulvaney reveals what he told Jan. 6 committee about Trump



Donald Trump's former White House chief of staff encouraged Americans to watch the Jan. 6 committee hearings.

Mick Mulvaney, who served as Trump's acting chief of staff from January 2019 until March 2020, has consistently defended the House Select Committee against partisan attacks, saying that Republicans should view the hearings and keep an open mind about the findings -- and he described his own experience testifying before the panel in an op-ed published by the Charlotte Observer.

"The committee itself was exactly what I had expected. It was professional: the staff lawyers who interviewed me were diligent, courteous, and well-prepared," Mulvaney wrote. "But it was undeniably political: the committee does not exist to determine whether Donald Trump’s face should go on Mount Rushmore; it exists to try to damage him politically. And there is certainly no one on the committee who considers it their responsibility to defend him. To the contrary, every single person involved most likely believes it is their job to make him look bad."

Mulvaney said he had little information to share about Jan. 6, when he resigned from his post as special envoy to Northern Ireland, but he said the panel was keenly interested in a Nov. 3, 2021, text he sent to Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, Jared Kushner and others from the Trump campaign after McDaniel said on a campaign call that Trump had lost Arizona.

“I’m getting this sinking feeling that everyone other than me thinks we have lost this election," Mulvaney said in the text. "I am out there telling everyone we haven’t. If people know something I do not, I would appreciate it if you would let me know. It is better for me not to do TV, and keep my mouth shut, than to do TV and say we have a chance when the people in the know know that we do not.”

Mulvaney, who was national co-chair of Catholics for Trump and acted as a media surrogate for the campaign, said the committee's interest in his text helped him understand what they hoped to accomplish in their investigation.

"One case the committee has been trying to make in the hearings is that people at the campaign knew Trump lost the 2020 election and told him so," Mulvaney wrote. "Indeed, many have already testified to exactly that. The committee will likely use my text as additional evidence on that point. Would that text have seen the light of day but for the committee? Unlikely. Might it convince people that even members of his innermost campaign circle knew that Trump had lost the election? Perhaps. But the text is truthful and accurate. And it was coming from someone who not only voted for the president, but worked in his administration and campaigned to get him re-elected. If it helps anyone make up their minds, on their own, that Trump lost the 2020 election, then it has some value."

"The committee is bringing facts to light that people would otherwise never see," he added. "That doesn’t change just because it is biased. If it sheds light on the truth of Jan. 6, then it has value. People should watch, and make up their own minds."

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/article264178476.html

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« Reply #935 on: August 06, 2022, 04:32:24 AM »
DC federal court unseals Jan 6 case against Kasey Hopkins of Kansas. Hopkins is among a number of defendants accused of entering private Capitol office of Sen Jeff Merkley. 

Charging documents say Hopkins is seen posing for photo next to statue of Winston Churchill.





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« Reply #936 on: August 06, 2022, 04:39:17 AM »
Sentencing in Jan 6 case of Matt Baggott. Feds seek prison time, arguing he threw object at police, grabbed at police baton (he's yet another accused of "fist pump")

Baggot to argue his "biggest regret is allowing himself to be emotionally moved by the energy of the crowd".






Baggott becomes the latest Jan 6 defendant to say he's "stepping away" from political news. Not engaging on social media or "getting riled up" over it.

Very common to hear at sentencing hearings in Jan 6 cases. Judges rarely, if ever, press defendants on this point.

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« Reply #937 on: August 06, 2022, 04:46:37 AM »
US Justice Dept will seek 8 years in prison in Capitol riot case of former Rocky Mount, Virginia police officer Thomas Robertson. Robertson packed a gas mask, food rations, large wooden stick. And feds say he posted selfie in Capitol captioned "I am f***ng PROUD of it."




Prosecutors also submitted alleged texts from Robertson in 2021

Including: "Never f** with someone who is prepared to die in battle" ..."They may get the chance. Call me an insurrectionist so many times and I will oblige you”.


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« Reply #938 on: August 06, 2022, 04:53:23 AM »
Friday's court hearing in the seditious conspiracy criminal case against Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes turned out to be what experts expected. 

This case is set for trial next month, despite request for delays from the defendants.


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« Reply #939 on: August 06, 2022, 09:35:14 PM »
It’s important to understand that Trump’s lawyers are not “in talks” with the DOJ. His lawyers just planted that in the media, so Trump will believe that they’ve got a handle on this, which they do not. The DOJ doesn’t negotiate the terms of a probe with its criminal targets.

The DOJ is not going to naively open its books to Trump’s lawyers and hand them an advantage. Especially *this* DOJ, which appears to place even more of a premium on secrecy than the DOJ historically has.

If Trump were a mid level guy who could be of value to the DOJ by flipping a bigger fish, then sure, they could be “in talks” about that. But Trump is the big fish, and thus has nothing to offer the DOJ – unless Trump wants to testify in his defense, which would be dumb of him.

 

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