Controversial former Trump White House official Stephen Miller dodged questions about his knowledge of the 59 fake electors who signed their names to fraudulent election certificates as Trump supporters attempted to overturn the 2020 election.
On Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco suggested there are "ongoing investigations" into criminal referrals over the incident submitted by multiple state attorneys general.
Sixteen Trump supporters signed the phony documents in both Georgia and Michigan. Eleven signed in Arizona, ten in Wisconsin, and six in Nevada.
On Dec. 14, 2020, Stephen Miller suggested he was aware of the scheme during an appearance on Fox News.
“As we speak, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote, and we are going to send those results to Congress,” Miller, then a senior White House advisor, told Fox News.
HuffPost White House correspondent S.V. Dáte reported Thursday that Miller "hung up" on him when called for comment.
Miller's comments where controversial at the time they were made. That evening, his comments were ridiculed by The Daily Show host Trevor Noah.
"Damn, that's extreme man," Noah said. "I mean, why stop there? Why not just send those alternate electors to an alternate Congress and then have them upheld by an alternate Supreme Court and then he can become president of an alternate country."
In a prescient note, three weeks before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Noah worried about the impact of Miller's talk of alternate electors.
"But here's what worries me, if none of these legal or political schemes work out, Trump's people might try to take things into their own hands," showing clips of the Proud Boys and Alex Jones.
Efforts by Pennsylvania U.S. Senate hopeful David McCormick to transform from the CEO of the world's largest hedge fund into a "full MAGA" candidate ran into a brick wall after former RNC official and Bulwark columnist Tim Miller uncovered an interview from after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"What could the Full MAGA possibly entail?" Miller wondered. "After not all that much digging, I found that McCormick had agreed to an interview at Bloomberg’s 'The Year Ahead' virtual summit three weeks after the siege of the Capitol. The description of this event seemed somewhat globalist cuckesque to me, so I was anxious to hear what it sounded like when Mr. McCormick spoke truth to power on behalf of We the People."
McCormick's response to a question about moving forward after the insurrection, in Miller's listening, "sure doesn’t seem to be on message for the Breitbart crowd. Nothing about Antifa false flags, or 'late night dumps,' or great patriots. It doesn’t feel MAGA."
But what Miller described as the "good sh*t" came when McCormick was asked about jettisoning Trump.
"Well, um, I’d say that it’s extremely important to recognize that President Trump tapped into that level of frustration and anxiety, you cannot wave your hands and that goes away, that’s very meaningful and those frustrations and anxieties remain unaddressed. So embracing that, and the feeling that that sector of our country needs to be well understood and brought into the fold, is a thing I think we have to embrace going forward," McCormick said. "I think what we have to not embrace is the divisiveness that’s characterized the last four years and the polarization, and I think the president has some responsibility, a lot of responsibility for that, and I think that this last dark chapter at the Capitol . . . history will look very unfavorably on that and all the people that were involved in that."
Miller said it sounded like a Mitt Romney interview.
"McCormick describes the MAGA base as 'that sector,' as if he is analyzing the prospects of an ETF category in his portfolio," he wrote. "He states explicitly that Trump didn’t address this sector’s legitimate concerns during his four years in office. Then he says that Trump has 'a lot of responsibility' for the divisiveness in the country and that history will look unfavorably on him and everyone else involved in the insurrection."
Miller concluded that McCormick "would be in the vein of all the corporate moderate squishes the Republican party put up in the pre-Trump years, with an added dollop of rhetoric about how leaders need to respond to the distressed-asset class of MAGA Americans."
That clashes with efforts to brand McCormick as a "full MAGA" candidate.
"And yet Breitbart and the other performative nationalists on McCormick’s payroll seem ready to shine that turd: The campaign’s high command plans to use their previous experience with Glenn Youngkin as the model to git ’er dun," Miller wrote. "Their theory of the case is that with unlimited resources, some shamelessness, a vow to put no other gods before Trump, and a bit of coaching on how to talk to the rubes, they can put shiny MAGA wrapping paper on this globalist, Jeb Bush-supporting, $20,000 fountain pen of a human."
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'Bad news seems to keep coming': Morning Joe compares Trump's legal woes to Boris Johnson's political bleeding
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough compared British prime minister Boris Johnson's political bleeding to Donald Trump's legal woes.
Newly revealed emails suggest Johnson authorized the evacuation of cats and dogs from a British charity in Afghanistan as people were scrambling to flee the Taliban, a potential scandal that comes on the heels of investigations into parties he attended in violation of coronavirus restrictions, and the "Morning Joe" host wondered whether that was enough to bring him down.
"I wonder if what we're seeing in Britain may be coming to America soon, where a bloviating right-wing nationalist who seems to be able to get away with just about anything and defy political gravity may be finally getting his comeuppance," Scarborough said. "We see in Britain one small nick after another small nick that actually may cause Johnson to bleed out there."
"Over here," he added, "it seems every other day Donald Trump has a setback, either in New York state or the United States Supreme Court or in Georgia with the grand jury. The bad news seems to keep coming for him here, as well."
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