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Apple Tells Ex-White House Counsel That Trump DOJ Sought His Records In 2018: Reports

The reported disclosure reveals the Justice Department’s extraordinary move to investigate Don McGahn as he served as Trump’s top lawyer.
 

Apple informed former White House counsel Don McGahn and his wife last month that their records were sought by the Justice Department in February 2018 while McGahn was still serving as then-President Donald Trump’s top lawyer, The New York Times and CNN reported Sunday.

The U.S. government barred Apple from telling McGahn about the move at the time, two people briefed on the matter told the Times. The Justice Department’s move to subpoena information about McGahn and his wife was under a nondisclosure order until May, CNN reported. 

Apple’s reported disclosure exposes an extraordinary move by the Justice Department to subpoena records of a then-current White House counsel.
Weeks before his records were subpoenaed, McGahn had reportedly fallen out of favor with Trump for refusing to instruct DOJ officials to fire then-special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who was leading the department’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

There’s no indication as to whether the pursuit of McGahn’s records was politically motivated or which investigation they may have been related to. A source told CNN that Mueller’s team was not behind the subpoena.

McGahn is one of several top officials to have had their records secretly obtained by the Trump DOJ as part of its investigation into the source of leaks related to the Russia probe. Earlier this week, two House Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee said they had been notified that their data had been subpoenaed as part of the DOJ’s investigation. 

In total, the records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee, including aides and relatives of committee members, were subpoenaed in 2017 and 2018, reported the Times. One was a minor.

Apple Tells Ex-White House Counsel That Trump DOJ Sought His Records In 2018: Reports | HuffPost

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Trump Pressured DOJ To Back Election Fraud Claims, New Emails Show

New emails released Tuesday by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee reveal a pressure campaign by then-President Donald Trump and his allies to push Justice Department officials to overturn the 2020 election results.

Documents obtained by the committee show that Trump, his then-chief of staff Mark Meadows and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani repeatedly pressured senior DOJ officials in December and January to advance baseless election fraud conspiracy theories in an effort to keep Trump in power.

Minutes before Trump announced that William Barr was stepping down as attorney general, the president’s assistant sent an email to Barr’s replacement, then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, on behalf of Trump that alleged a “Cover-up is Happening regarding the voting machines in Michigan.”

“Michigan cannot certify for Biden,” the December 2020 email to Rosen stated.

In a statement Tuesday, Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said the documents showed Trump “tried to corrupt our nation’s chief law enforcement agency in a brazen attempt to overturn an election that he lost.”

“Those who aided or witnessed President Trump’s unlawful actions must answer the Committee’s questions about this attempted subversion of democracy,” Maloney said. “My Committee is committed to ensuring that the events leading to the violent January 6 insurrection are fully investigated.” 

Trump Pressured DOJ To Back Election Fraud Claims, New Emails Show | HuffPost

Lara Trump calls on Texans and Arizonans to "get guns and be ready"

Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of Donald Trump, urged Americans living on the Mexico-U.S. border to "arm up and get guns and be ready" to use potentially lethal force amid a recent surge in border crossings by people from Central America. 

"I don't know what you tell the people that live at the southern border," Trump ranted during a Saturday interview on Fox News. "I guess they better arm up and get guns and be ready, and maybe they're gonna have to take matters into their own hands."

"People should never make this dangerous journey here," she continued. "It's bad for Americans. It's bad for the migrants. It's bad all around."

Lara Trump calls on Texans and Arizonans to "get guns and be ready" | Salon.com

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1 hour ago, Tracker said:

Trump Pressured DOJ To Back Election Fraud Claims, New Emails Show

cant charge the president cause of a memo someone wrote twenty five years ago, and stuck in a file somewhere.

even if he does eveything imaginable to seize power.

world's stupidest country.

i before e except after..... s?

 

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From what I can see, there is a window of time- a few months to a year, for the Biden regime to aggressively and legally go after the would-be fascists who supported and rose to power with Trump. After that time, it will seem like old news and convictions will be harder to pursue. Worst of all, each day that passes gives more encouragement to these criminals and increases the chances that American democracy will fade out of existence or mutate into an unrecognizable travesty of democracy. Biden and the Democrats have to stop trying to be nice guys and realize they are in a death match.

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Turtle has told anyone who will listen that if Republicans take back the Senate Biden will never get a SOTUS nomination thru, if that's not a wake up call for them to pack the court I don't know what it will take

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This could have gone in the humour section, but...

 

Economist Robert Reich tears apart GOP's 'dangerously loony' claim Dems caused Chipotle price hike

On June 9, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Mike Berg issued an official statement blaming Democratic policies for fast food chain Chipotle's decision to raise their prices by about 4%. Democrats have been mocking Berg for that statement. But in an op-ed published by The Guardian on June 13, liberal economist Robert Reich does more than mock Berg's claim — he debunks it.

Berg, taking aim at the American Rescue Plan Act of 2022, stated, "Democrats' socialist stimulus bill caused a labor shortage, and now, burrito lovers everywhere are footing the bill."

Economist Robert Reich tears apart GOP's 'dangerously loony' claim Dems caused Chipotle price hike - Alternet.org

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Conservatives follow Fox News' Tucker Carlson to baselessly claim FBI was behind Capitol riot

Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson was quick to give air to a relatively new fringe theory that the January 6 Capitol riot was an inside job hatched and carried out by FBI operatives — and other conservatives pundits were even quicker to buy into the baseless claims. 

On the Tuesday episode of his top-rated Fox News show, hours after military officials and FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress, Carlson claimed that there remain a series of "basic factual matters" to which the nation still doesn't have answers stemming from the riot. 

"Why is the Biden administration preventing us from knowing?" Carlson asked his audience before citing an article posted on the far-right website Revolver News, which was founded by disgraced Trump speechwriter and white nationalist conference speaker Darren Beattie. 

The story penned by Beattie speculated that it wasn't fervent pro-Trump activists who breached the Capitol and took marching orders from Trump, but rather undercover agents of the federal government. 

"Some of the key people who participated on January 6th have not been charged. Look at the documents. The government calls those people unindicted co-conspirators," the Fox host commented. "What does that mean? Well, it means that in potentially every single case, they were FBI operatives," Carlson concluded. "Really! In the Capitol on January 6th."

Conservatives were quick to pounce on the notion after Carlson's promotion of it. 

Conservatives follow Fox News' Tucker Carlson to baselessly claim FBI was behind Capitol riot | Salon.com

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GOP's Jim Jordan outraged after DOJ refuses to investigate bizarre Italian space laser election fraud theory
   
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is outraged over a new conspiracy theory he says the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) refuses to investigate. According to Above the Law, Jordan actually believes Italian laser satellites swayed the 2020 presidential election in President Joe Biden's favor.

"That is a problem," the Ohio congressman said on Wednesday during the House Oversight Committee hearing for Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He referred to a cache of emails that highlighted the Trump White House's mounting pressure on the DOJ to interfere with the presidential election.

GOP's Jim Jordan outraged after DOJ refuses to investigate bizarre Italian space laser election fraud theory - Alternet.org

Trump Goes On The Weirdest Tangent In Rambling Fox News Call

Donald Trump called into Fox News on Wednesday night, and the former president immediately launched into a rambling montage of his rally talking points from the past.

In one of the strangest moments of the interview, Trump revived his grievances against windmills, this time claiming they “kill everything.”  

As president, Trump repeatedly griped about windmills, and at one point even claimed ― falsely ― that they cause cancer.

In reality, his main problem with wind turbines is that he thought an offshore wind farm would ruin the view from his golf resort in Scotland. He sued to stop it from being built, but he lost. The turbines were constructed, and Trump has held a grudge ever since. 

“They’re making windmills all over the place, to ruin our land and kill our birds,” he said Wednesday. “To kill everything.”

Trump Goes On The Weirdest Tangent In Rambling Fox News Call | HuffPost

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USA more like Putin's russia every day

 

'MIAMI — A little-known GOP candidate in one of Florida’s most competitive congressional seats was secretly recorded threatening to send “a Russian and Ukrainian hit squad” to a fellow Republican opponent to make her “disappear.”

During a 30-minute call with a conservative activist that was recorded before he became a candidate, William Braddock repeatedly warned the activist to not support GOP candidate Anna Paulina Luna in the Republican primary for a Tampa Bay-area congressional seat because he had access to assassins. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), who is running for governor. 

“I really don't want to have to end anybody's life for the good of the people of the United States of America,” Braddock said at one point in the conversation last week, according to the recording exclusively obtained by POLITICO. “That will break my heart. But if it needs to be done, it needs to be done. Luna is a f---ing speed bump in the road. She's a dead squirrel you run over every day when you leave the neighborhood.” '

politico.

 

Time to stop pretending such people are "fringe" candidates.  

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The U.S. House voted 415-14 on Wednesday to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday. The bill now goes to U.S. President Joe Biden's desk, and he is expected to sign it into law.

Obamacare okay according to the  7-2 Supreme Court decision.

 

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Fox News caught trying to pass off GOP operatives as parents "concerned" about critical race theory.
A new report sheds light on the backgrounds of the nearly dozen anti-CRT guests featured on Fox News


Fox News failed to disclose to their audience that nearly a dozen guests billed as parents panicked by what they misleadingly label critical race theory being taught to their young children in school are also professional Republican operatives, according to a newly released report. 

The liberal media watchdog organization Media Matters for America details how Fox News has repeatedly failed to mention that their guests, who included right-wing media personalities, GOP strategists and conservative think tank staffers, were far from apolitical despite billing them as your average outraged parent. 

For example, one of the guests who frequently appeared to rail against critical race theory was a gentleman by the name of Ian Prior, who was billed by the network as a "Loudoun County parent" that went "from [a] concerned parent, like many of you, to legal activist." But below the surface, Prior is a Republican operative with deep GOP political roots. The former Department of Justice spokesperson, Media Matters noted, worked "in top communications roles during the 2016 election cycle" including for "the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Karl Rove-fronted super PAC American Crossroads, and the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC that works to elect Republican senators which was founded by allies of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell." 

Fox News caught trying to pass off GOP operatives as parents "concerned" about critical race theory | Salon.com

 

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30 minutes ago, rebusrankin said:

This is from the lawyer for the Capitol Hill Atttack QAnon Shaman

 

“A lot of these defendants … they’re all f—ing short-bus people,” Watkins said. “These are people with brain damage. They’re f—ing r—–ed, they’re on the goddamn spectrum.”

aka  core  Trump supporters.

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12 hours ago, Mark F said:

aka  core  Trump supporters.

If You need further proof:

GOP Congressman: FBI 'participated' in insurrection to 'entrap' harmless protestors and 'frame the MAGA movement'
   
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is demanding the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Justice tell Congress what they know about their own alleged "participation" in Donald Trump's January 6 insurrection, which led to at least seven deaths. Gohmert falsely claims the attack on the U.S. Capitol – which in reality was an attempted coup designed to overturn a free and fair election – was instead a "monumental entrapment scheme used as a pretext to imprison otherwise harmless protestors" and used to “frame the entire MAGA movement as potential domestic terrorists."

News organization The Recount calls Gohmert's assertions "a bullshit baseless conspiracy theory."

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) spews a bullshit baseless conspiracy theory blaming the FBI for organizing the January 6th insurrection to “frame the entire MAGA movement as potential domestic terrorists." pic.twitter.com/LZI5bQfx65
— The Recount (@therecount) June 17, 2021
The Texas Republican congressman, explained on Thursday on the floor of the House that his "friend," Fox News white supremacist host Tucker Carlson "covered this last night," called the conspiracy theory "really disturbing... because we don't like to see government agents stirring up trouble or find that there are criminal acts that would not likely have occurred had not the federal government been participating."

Having no evidence that January 6 was an "inside job," which is what Gohmert is asserting, he goes on to make up possible scenarios, again, without any basis in fact.

"Whether they were actual agents, or an undercover agents, or informants that were working for the federal government. But this is scary stuff this is, This is kind of third world stuff, this is not only third world stuff but this is like Putin-like kind of activity. So, if there were federal agents that were involved on January 6, we really need to know what the FBI knew and when they knew it, and not only that, we need to know how much participation did any of our federal friends either at DOJ, FBI, or any of the Intel Community, what kind of role were they playing?"

GOP Congressman: FBI 'participated' in insurrection to 'entrap' harmless protestors and 'frame the MAGA movement' - Alternet.org

At Long Last, Donald Trump Finally Admits: ‘We Didn’t Win’.  But he did add ominously: “Let’s see what happens on that.”

Amid a rambling, off-the-rails phone interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, former President Donald Trump finally admitted a critical fact: “We didn’t win.”

It was the first time since the presidential election more than seven months ago that Trump has conceded to his successor, President Joe Biden. But he also ominously warned: “Let’s see what happens on that.”

Trump told Hannity Wednesday night: “Shockingly, we were supposed to win easily at 64 million votes, and we got 75 million votes, and we didn’t win. But let’s see what happens on that.”

At Long Last, Donald Trump Finally Admits: 'We Didn't Win' | HuffPost

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Gov. Greg Abbott Makes Texas a ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary State’ by Legalizing Carry of Handguns Without License or Training
Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license or training after Sept. 1. So y'all vacationing in Texas this fall or nah?

In 2019 the state of Texas saw two mass shootings in El Paso and Midland-Odessa that left a total 30 people dead. It was reported that the two shootings marked the sixth and seventh mass shootings that occurred in Texas over that year and the nine years prior. That year, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott—the Donald Trump of people who will never be president (of course, a lot of people also said that about Trump)—pledged to Texans that he and his office would do “everything we can to make sure a crime like this doesn’t happen again.”

Two years later, it turns out—*in my best Tyler, the Creator voice*—that was a lie.

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1 hour ago, Tracker said:

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If You need further proof:

GOP Congressman: FBI 'participated' in insurrection to 'entrap' harmless protestors and 'frame the MAGA movement'
   
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is demanding the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Justice tell Congress what they know about their own alleged "participation" in Donald Trump's January 6 insurrection

First off, I will just say that I take a lot of what Alternet posts with a heaping of salt because they skew and spin hard left to the point of editorializing as much as the hard right wing sites do.

I will say that I saw MTG also swooping in on the Carlson conspiracy, and I really wish a Democrat would jump at this chance and say “given the GOP concerns about the Jan. 6 insurrection and the need for answers, despite the fact that they have already shot down one attempt at a bi-partisan commission to investigate what happened, now that they are seeing the error of their ways and the need to expose what happened and who was involved, I am re-submitting a bill for a full commission. Not just for the protesters, not just the ties to the MAGA rally beforehand. Not just the failed response to pleas for back-up by Capitol police. Not just the possible involvement of members of the House in communication with the President. But everything, including any possible DOJ or FBI involvement, and who they were taking their orders from, and who appointed them to those positions. No cherry picking select targets, let’s do a full examination of everyone. I’m sure my Republican friends, who have so quickly voiced their concerns now given a sober second thought to the incident, will have no objections and will vote unanimously in both the House and Senate to ensure that this is more than just empty baseless conspiracies from a TV talking head, who himself is now endorsing a full investigation.” 

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11 minutes ago, TrueBlue4ever said:

First off, I will just say that I take a lot of what Alternet posts with a heaping of salt because they skew and spin hard left to the point of editorializing as much as the hard right wing sites do.

I will say that I saw MTG also swooping in on the Carlson conspiracy, and I really wish a Democrat would jump at this chance and say “given the GOP concerns about the Jan. 6 insurrection and the need for answers, despite the fact that they have already shot down one attempt at a bi-partisan commission to investigate what happened, now that they are seeing the error of their ways and the need to expose what happened and who was involved, I am re-submitting a bill for a full commission. Not just for the protesters, not just the ties to the MAGA rally beforehand. Not just the failed response to pleas for back-up by Capitol police. Not just the possible involvement of members of the House in communication with the President. But everything, including any possible DOJ or FBI involvement, and who they were taking their orders from, and who appointed them to those positions. No cherry picking select targets, let’s do a full examination of everyone. I’m sure my Republican friends, who have so quickly voiced their concerns now given a sober second thought to the incident, will have no objections and will vote unanimously in both the House and Senate to ensure that this is more than just empty baseless conspiracies from a TV talking head, who himself is now endorsing a full investigation.” 

I hope you are not holding your breath while awaiting a Democrat with gonads to say this.

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1 minute ago, Tracker said:

I hope you are not holding breath while awaiting a Democrat with gonads to say this.

My wife said I was looking a little blue. I said I did not feel sad, she said no that’s not how she meant it. Should I be concerned that things are starting to fade to black?

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11 minutes ago, TrueBlue4ever said:

My wife said I was looking a little blue

maybe you all are related to ...

 

"Blue Fugates

The Fugates, a family that lived in the hills of Kentucky, commonly known as the "Blue Fugates" or the "Blue People of Kentucky", are notable for having been carriers of a genetic trait that led to the blood disorder methemoglobinemia, which causes the appearance of blue-tinged skin.Wikipedia"

If you can say "methemoglobinemia" quickly, three times in a row.... you will be fine.

 

15 minutes ago, Tracker said:

I hope you are not holding your breath while awaiting a Democrat with gonads to say this.

saw a comment by Senator d. feinstein.... she sees no evidence of any threat to American Democracy.

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