Speaking to CNN's Don Lemon on Monday, former FBI profiler Jim Clemente explained that the 911 call about Petito and her fiance, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie and bodycam video is textbook domestic violence.
Lemon played the 911 call from a concerned man, saying that he witnessed the couple having a fight where Laundrie allegedly hit Petito several times. The caller described her white van and told police where the car was going. Police then pulled them over where Petito was sobbing.
"I think it's very complicated and nuanced," prefaced Clemente. "But right from the start you could see the difference in their emotional behavior. He was calm. He was a little nervous about what the cops were going to do. Once he got out of the car and he realized he wasn't going to get arrested right away, he was very calm. He was actually very social. He was charming. Whereas, she was in complete distress the entire time. Something much greater than what's described by him."
He went on to describe Petito's behavior as being under Laundrie's control.
"He minimizes his role. He blames everything on her. On the other hand, she takes the blame. She says, 'I get OCD and it frustrates him and I had to apologize to him for my behavior.' That sounds like coercive control," said Clemente. "That sounds like a situation where there's been ongoing domestic violence, and she has basically taken over his controls, the things he wants her to do. If she violates them, she apologizes to him."
He went on to say that the 911 call contradicts what the couple says happened, which is also part of a pattern of abuse. One "that apparently has led to her death," said Clemente.
Laundrie is still missing somewhere in Florida. While Petito is a tragic one, she certainly isn't the only woman facing abuse and who has disappeared over the past several months and even years. According to an ongoing, and growing list by Native Women's Wilderness, "as of 2016, the National Crime Information Center has reported 5,712 cases of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. Strikingly, the U.S Department of Justice missing persons database has only reported 116 cases."
If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence, they can call 800-799-SAFE (7233) or use the hotline's chat or text function.
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the conviction of the missing Native women.
See the full interview with Clemente below:
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Trump is trying to change the story about overturning the election — but memo proves he's lying: NYT's Haberman
Behind the scenes, President Donald Trump and his legal representatives were pressing officials in Georgia and Arizona to overturn the vote of the people for the 2020 election. It became so bad at one point that Trump was even recorded speaking to Georgia officials demanding they "find" the votes necessary, effectively committing voter fraud.
What happened between Trump and the Georgia officials is being investigated by the Fulton County district attorney. Meanwhile, Trump is trying to revise the story, saying that he didn't want Vice President Mike Pence to overthrow the 2020 election he just wanted Pence to throw it back to the states.
The two-page memo from Trump's lawyer, John Eastman, makes it clear that there was not only a discussion but an actual documented plan to overturn the election.
See Haberman's tweet below:
Mary Trump schools the GOP Donald didn't become more unstable after the election — he was already unstable
Dr. Mary Trump, the niece of former President Donald Trump, told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell that she doesn't buy into the idea that her uncle was somehow more unstable" after the election, as Gen. Mark Milley characterized in the new book Peril.
Speaking about the findings from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Dr. Trump explained that her uncle was never really stable, to begin with. So, after the election, he wasn't able to reign it in because he was never capable of it before.
During the summer of the Black Lives Matter protests, Trump wanted to Insurrection Act to shut them all down. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told Trump that he couldn't do that. Trump flew into a rage screaming, "You're not the president! I'm the god damn president!"
"I'm not sure that there's another president in the United States who said anything like that at any point in the Oval Office because every previous holder of that office, I think, was pretty confident at all times who the president was," said O'Donnell.
Dr. Trump agreed, saying that they were confident, but they actually understood how the government worked and Trump never really understood what that role was other than the title.
"Donald had no authority to invoke the Insurrection Act under those circumstances, and the fact that he felt thwarted just tells us how dangerous it is to put somebody in a position of that much power who, one, doesn't understand what his job is, and, two, is unwilling to learn and, three, feels entitled to having absolute control and power," said Dr. Trump. "So, I think that we really dodged a bullet in the sense that Donald didn't have quite enough time to install his cronies at the various departments because he was on his way to doing just that."
She went on to explain that there is a very real need for the government to shore up some of the rules and regulations that could protect the country from someone like Trump in the future.
O'Donnell said that one thing that struck him in the book is how many Republican leaders realized that Trump was exactly what Democrats warned.
"A stream of people from Paul Ryan on, saying 'I just can't believe what this guy is like,' and they all -- I don't get it because he seemed incredibly, totally transparent to me as a campaigner for the president," said O'Donnell. "He was absolutely consistent as a deranged campaigner for the presidency. He was advertising that the presidency will have a deranged person in the Oval Office, and these people ended up being surprised that he really was as crazy as he appeared to be."
Dr. Trump accused the Republicans of trying to revise history and cover themselves after the fact.
"If they were paying the slightest bit of attention, they know exactly who they were dealing with," she said. "He was the same in 2015 as he was in 2020 as he was in 2000, you know? So, it's just a way of changing the narrative away from their responsibility, which they refuse to admit, which is, again, another problem. They didn't stay and try to fix the problem. They ran away from it."
See the interview below:
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