Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the former friend of first lady Melania Trump, is now claiming that the Trump family tried to tie her to corruption on the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) because she refused to go along with what she describes as their "grifting."
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Wolkoff responded to a Daily Beast report about the Trump committee noting that they tried to make her the fall gal for the corruption.
"It was their friends. It should never have been sent to the PIC. That’s misuse of funding. The Trump Organization being involved in any way and getting the PIC to pay any sort of balance anywhere on their behalf? It just doesn’t seem legitimate,” said Wolkoff, who did inaugural events.
"I never went along with their grift or lies so they punished me by making me the New York Times covergirl of their graft for the Presidential Inauguration. I’ve been working with prosecutors for over 3 years," Wolkoff said in response to the article on Twitter. She tagged former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner.
"Thank you Stephanie @SWinstonWolkoff for taking the kind of principled stand that weak, sycophantic individuals like Meadows, Jordan, Perry, McCarthy & other members of #TheCoverUpCaucus will never take," Kirschner responded.
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Thank you Stephanie @SWinstonWolkoff for taking the kind of principled stand that weak, sycophantic individuals like Meadows, Jordan, Perry, McCarthy & other members of #TheCoverUpCaucus will never take.https://twitter.com/swinstonwolkoff/status/1483178881255366657\u00a0\u2026— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner) 1642453446
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been ratcheting up his criticisms of former President Donald Trump, most recently when he suggested that Trump let Dr. Anthony Fauci pressure him into issuing too many restrictions at the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Conservative writer Jonathan Last, however, believes that DeSantis's gambit is going to massively fail.
Writing in The Bulwark, Last argues that DeSantis is too much of a "smarty-pants" for the GOP base, which wants a more genuine ignoramus on par with Trump.
Among other things, Last notes that DeSantis is being evasive about whether he got a booster against COVID-19, which the GOP will see as a sign of weakness.
"If this turns into a hot war, Trump is going to crush him," Last writes. "Maybe it’s possible to outflank Trump on vaccines, but not if you’re a phony who took the vaccines. Republican primary voters will smell that a mile away."
Last also thinks DeSantis is underestimating the damage that will be done to his long-term prospects if he challenges Trump and loses.
Once you’ve bent the knee to Trump, you have to fight like hell just to keep your station," he writes. "Moving up in the world? Forget about it. Why is this? Because no one who has submitted to Trump after getting clobbered by him is capable of selling the dominance politics that Republican voters want."
Seditious conspiracy charges show DOJ is 'methodically working its way up the chain of command': legal experts
A major bombshell from Attorney General Merrick Garland and the U.S. Department of Justice came on Thursday, January 13 when Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. Harvard University law professor Laurence H. Tribe and former federal prosecutor Dennis Aftergut analyze this indictment in an op-ed published by NBC News’ website a few days later, laying out some reasons why it is a very big deal.
“The monumental lead count of the 17-count indictment alleges that (Rhodes) and his co-defendants, along with unnamed others, were part of a ‘seditious conspiracy,’” Tribe explains. “That crime is, in effect, treason’s sibling.”
The legal experts continue, “Under 18 USC §2384, seditious conspiracy is an attempt ‘to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or…. by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States.’ It is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.”
The indictment on January 13 came only two days after the Boston Globe published a Tribe/Aftergut op-ed in which they expressed skepticism about Garland’s willingness to vigorously prosecute those he described as the “January 6 perpetrators.”
But in their NBC News op-ed, Tribe and Aftergut write, “This historic indictment creates an enormous incentive for the defendants to cooperate with the government and help fulfill Attorney General Merrick Garland’s January 5 commitment to hold ‘all January 6 perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy.’ Four other Oath Keepers, at least, are already cooperating…. As a legal scholar and a former prosecutor who have been critical of the pace and seeming incompleteness of Garland’s investigation, we tip our hats to the attorney general for this enormous step forward.”
According to Tribe and Aftergut, the indictment of Rhodes and other Oath Keepers “confirms that the Justice Department believes the plotters of the Capitol siege specifically intended to overturn the election, prevent the lawful transition of power and shatter our democracy.”
“In addition, the new conspiracy charge sends a message that the prosecutorial door to everyone involved in the seditious scheme has officially swung open,” Tribe and Aftergut argue. “Finally, it shows the Justice Department is indeed methodically working its way up the chain of command of what it believes to be an exquisitely organized, multipronged plot.”