Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner noted that the new lawsuit from President Donald Trump against his niece, Dr. Mary Trump, and the New York Times was a big mistake on his part.
MSNBC's Alex Witt played an interview from Saturday with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said that they should all fight the lawsuit. Witt asked if that was the easiest path in the lawsuit.
"Yeah, perhaps threaten that Donald Trump will have to sit in a deposition," suggested Kirschner. "I think he would be hard-pressed after the first question, 'please state your name,' to sort of answer truthfully any other question moving forward if he was grilled by a skilled examiner. So, you know, it looks like this is Donald Trump weaponizing civil lawsuits. And I don't think it sort of escaped us that about 24 hours after we learned there may be more indictments coming in the New York district attorney prosecution of the Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg, 24 hours later Donald Trump files a $100 million lawsuit against his niece. This to me feels like a tactic, it feels like a distraction more than anything else."
They went on to discuss the subpoena of Steve Bannon by the Jan. 6 select committee and Kirschner explained that if Bannon's lawyers are smart at all they would warn him to use his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. He explained that based on the comments unveiled in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's new book Peril, Bannon was essentially pushing sedition.
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Rich GOP businessmen struggle to ‘give the rubes exactly what you think they want, good and hard’: analysis
The style of Republican businessmen who once dominated the party when it was largely dominated by the country club class are struggling to connect with the extremist base that has dominated the GOP in the era of Donald Trump.
In a new analysis for the Nevada Independent, David Colborne examined how this trend is impacting two Republicans running for statewide office in the 2022 midterm elections.
"Dean Heller and J.D. Vance have quite a bit in common. Both men attended private universities — Dean Heller received his degree in business administration from the University of Southern California; J. D. Vance went to law school at Yale," he explained. "Both men are also now running for statewide office as Republicans — governor, in Dean Heller's case, while J. D. Vance is running for Senate in Ohio. To succeed, they both need to rebrand themselves, fast."
Colborne wrote that both GOP candidates were once "prominent Never Trumpers" who are now attempting to run on his MAGA message.
"The problem for both of them is, less than a decade ago, it was largely assumed there were two kinds of Republicans — successful conservative capitalist businessmen and the voters who grudgingly supported them," he explained. "Sure, few people trust, much less like, angry conspiracy theorists, bloodthirsty racists, or loudly hypocritical Bible thumpers, but nobody really likes conservative businessmen, either."
Their wealth is no longer insulating them from the whims of the GOP base.
"It's also hard to be politically active without becoming openly contemptuous of most of the people you have to talk to, especially when you're the sort of person who always has a few million in the bank to fall back on," he explained. "That's a problem for Heller and Vance, who both grew accustomed to wealth and connections keeping them safely unmoored from the worst vicissitudes of Republican opinion while they pursued their careers. Now they have to find some way to relate to, and gain favor from, some of the most stubbornly, persistently unlikeable people on the planet — the very same people they sought to rise above and avoid when they enrolled in college."
He described the approach both are using to imagine what the GOP base wants.
"When you view your audience with thinly veiled contempt but still need something from them, the obvious approach is to embrace your inner H. L. Mencken and give the rubes exactly what you think they want, good and hard — which is exactly what both Heller and Vance are doing," he explained.
Read the full analysis.
The FBI has reportedly launched an investigation after police officers in Missouri were seen allowing a K-9 unit to attack a restrained man.
In an email, Woodson Terrace police Chief Randy Halstead told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his office is "fully cooperating" with the investigation, which was prompted by a cell phone video that caused outrage online.
The video shows two officers pinning a Black man to the hood of a car while another officer approaches with a barking police dog.
"I know he ain't siccing that dog on him!" someone can be heard shouting.
Seconds later, the K-9 officer allows the dog to bite the suspect's legs. The attack continues until the man falls to the ground.
The department later defended the move in a press release.
"On Monday, 09/20/2021 at approximately 7:18 am our officers responded to a local business for a subject trespassing and refusing to leave," the statement said. "Upon the officers arrival the subject left the business and was located by the officers walking towards another business."
The statement went on to suggest that the officers suspected that the man was guilty of using narcotics.
"The officers advised the subject to place his hands behind his back but he refused and when the officers attempted to place the subjects hands behind his back the subject resisted and refused to comply," the statement continued. "The subject was then warned several times that if he did not comply the K9 would be released. The subject continued to resist causing minor injuries to one of the officers so the K9 was released and the K9 gained control of the suspect's foot. The suspect went to the ground and the K9 was pulled off the subject."
Watch the video below.
Woodson Terrace Police in Missouri let a K-9 loose on a man. Every officer here should be terminated immediately. pic.twitter.com/zgI2qHCYjo
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) September 26, 2021
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