Roger Stone appears to be telling Trump Gov. DeSantis is “a piece of shit”
Georgia’s far-right MP Marjorie Taylor Greene has suffered a setback after a judge denied her bid to head off a case saying she should be banned from holding public office.
Ms Greene is accused by activists of violating the 14th Amendment, which prohibits anyone who has ‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion’ against the US Constitution, over her expressed support for those who attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The MP ruled to have the case thrown out on technicalities, but her motion was dismissed by a judge yesterday. The case will be heard in another court later this week.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has doubled down on his campaign against New York’s investigation into his tax affairs, calling the New York attorney general ‘racist’ in a lengthy statement urging him to focus on other crimes and drop his office’s fraud investigation. The ex-president bizarrely claimed in his statement that his real estate company has “probably done more for New York than virtually any other person or group.”
The head of a major ethics watchdog in Washington says the Justice Department should investigate the hours-long discrepancy in White House call logs from January 6 for acts criminals.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) President Noah Bookbinder urged the Justice Department in a letter this week.
Learn more about The Independents Andre Feinberg:
John BowdenApril 19, 2022 5:47 p.m.
Watchdog calls on DoJ to investigate Trump for ‘deliberate mutilation and destruction of records’
Donald Trump’s tenure would have seen him regularly tearing up pieces of paper that should have been legally kept, forcing his staff to stick them back together as best they could – and since leaving the White House he’s been emerged that he had taken several boxes of documents with him to Mar-a-Lago in a possible violation of the Presidential Documents Act.
It also emerged that White House phone records from January 6, 2021 show hours of blank space where it is well established that Mr. Trump was in the building and communicating by phone with people outside, raising the question. question whether and where his communication records can actually be found.
As pressure on both fronts continues to mount, longtime watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has written to the Justice Department calling for an investigation of the 45th president for “violation of law by willfully mutilating and destroying records”.
Read the full letter here.
Andrew NaughtyApril 19, 2022 4:39 p.m.
Trump announces next Nebraska rally
Donald Trump is increasing the frequency of his campaign-style rallies across the United States and today confirmed he will hold another in Nebraska on April 29. So far, the only guest speaker listed is gubernatorial candidate Charles W. Herbster.
At recent rallies, Mr. Trump has maintained his usual rhythm of bizarre, false and inflammatory remarks, but some have pointed out that crowd sizes appear to be shrinking, not growing.
Andrew NaughtyApril 19, 2022 4:18 p.m.
Analysis: Trump slams a wrecking ball in Arizona Senate race
Donald Trump has already ousted a viable candidate from the race to unseat incumbent Arizona Senator Mark Kelly, one of Republicans’ top targets this year – and now he’s taking on the establishment’s next best hope party.
Like Eric Garcia writes, it’s a sign of how politics has changed in a state that recently turned nationally blue even as its Republican Party races to the fringe:
Andrew NaughtyApril 19, 2022 3:55 p.m.
Republicans boycott presidential debates
Donald Trump has participated in a total of five presidential debates against Democratic rivals (it would have been six if he hadn’t turned down another one against Joe Biden), and his performances have not been well received. That’s likely why, ahead of its scheduled 2024 race, the Republican Party said it would refuse to field candidates for debates unless changes were made.
That said, Bloomberg columnist Hussein Ibish has another view…
Andrew NaughtyApril 19, 2022 3:23 p.m.
Capitol police calm nerves ahead of practice drill
The United States Capitol Police, whose lack of preparedness was one of the most shocking things exposed on January 6, 2021, are currently conducting a “routine training exercise” on the grounds of the complex they are protecting. – and warns people not to be alarmed. the sight of what might look like an emergency. Keep an eye out tonight for tweets misrepresenting what’s going on, deliberately or not.
Andrew NaughtyApril 19, 2022 2:44 p.m.
JD Vance negotiates Trump’s endorsement
JD Vance, the Hillbilly Elegy author and Trump critic turned hardcore Trumpist, celebrates Trump’s belated endorsement he got as he struggles to gain ground in the Ohio Senate primary.
Before transforming into a belligerent right-wing culture warrior, Mr. Vance was an extremely caustic critic of the former president. A message resurfaced in 2016 in which he described Mr Trump as “America’s Hitler” has made the rounds since the endorsement.
Andrew NaughtyApril 19, 2022 2:15 p.m.
Kimberly Guilfoyle meets with the January 6 committee
Kimberly Guilfoyle, a sometimes Fox News host and Trump adviser who is also Donald Trump Jr’s fiancée, reportedly met with the Jan. 6 select committee as its members interviewed the former president’s closest aides – including family members.
She was subpoenaed last month after cutting a voluntary interview short because she objected to lawmakers attending. Ms Guilfoyle spoke at the White House rally ahead of the attack on the US Capitol and also bragged about raising millions of dollars to help fund it.
Andrew NaughtyApril 19, 2022 1:45 p.m.
Notorious Trump attorney claims attorney-client privilege over vast email cache
John Eastman, the attorney whose memo outlining a plan to get Mike Pence to reject the election result has become a key part of the Capitol riot investigation, yesterday filed a court filing in which he claimed privilege attorney-client on some 37,000 emails being requested by the Jan. 6 commission.
As reported by Policy‘s Kyle Cheney, the emails come from his time as a professor at Chapman University, a position he left shortly after the uprising. The judge who ruled on the dispute between Mr. Eastman and the select committee over his communications with Mr. Trump has already ruled that the lawyer and the former president “more likely than not” committed crimes in their efforts to prevent the certification of the election results.
Andrew NaughtyApril 19, 2022 1:14 p.m.
Marjorie Taylor Greene says she is trying hard to stop him from voting
Appearing on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show last night, Marjorie Taylor Greene tried hard to exclude him from the ballot in November because of his past support for people who took part in the January 6 insurrection.
She denied participating in or helping plan the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and in the interview she blamed the effort on “New York lawyers” who “hate the people in my district.”
Andrew NaughtyApril 19, 2022 12:45 p.m.