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After a bombshell report that a Donald Trump staffer questioned a Mar-a-Lago IT worker about the functioning of security cameras at the club – specifically how long footage stayed available – former federal prosecutor Shan Wu theorized that the only reason they would care is if they were worried about something being seen.
Speaking to CNN's John King on Wednesday, Wu first addressed recent New York Times reports that special counsel Jack Smith is interviewing Trump's former cyber-security chief Chris Krebs. He was the aide that called the 2020 election the safest in history as the former president mounted a conspiracy campaign that the election had been stolen from him. Krebs was subsequently fired via tweet.
Wu said that reasons Smith, who is investigating classified documents found a Mar-a-Lago and Trump's part in attempt of overturn the 2020 election, might be looking at Krebs including trying establish Trump's state of mind, or to link to some of the financial aspects of the Jan. 6.
"Money and power always entwine," Wu said. "Perhaps the next best thing is to make money off the fraud that you're pushing out there. So, I think they are looking at both of those. And certainly, Krebs could be — the firing offense — would be valuable not only to the efforts by Trump to stay in power but also to the continued fundraising that we know is being looked at carefully too."
But it was the Mar-a-Lago piece of the story that could be the most damaging. The Washington Post reported Tuesday on the incident with the security cameras at the former president's country club.
"The employee allegedly had a conversation with an IT worker at the site about how the security cameras worked and how long images remained stored in the system," the Post reported, citing a person familiar with the investigation.
Reports earlier this month indicated Smith might be looking for evidence that Trump tampered with the security cameras, CNN reported.
"You're not really concerned about retention policies unless where there's documents, video or audio you want to go away," Wu explained. "That's what that suggests. Why would you ask about that if you're not worried about the surveillance being there?"
The calendar the Post cited showed the conversation was in mid-July 2022, more than a month after the FBI visited Mar-a-Lago to collect some documents on June 2. It was a few weeks later, on Aug. 8, 2022, that the FBI executed a search warrant.
A report from the week following the 2022 search said the feds obtained surveillance videos that showed aides moving boxes around in the days before the search.
See the full conversation with Wu below or at the link here.
Why would you ask about surveillance if you weren't worried: ex-prosecutor on Mar-a-lago tapes youtu.be
Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) blasted Chick-fil-A on Wednesday because the conservative restaurant hired a Black director of diversity.
During an interview with host Charlie Kirk, Bishop argued that Chick-fil-A should not have a diversity, equity, and inclusion director. He connected the controversy to a bill to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
"Be clear about your values, and having a DEI director or mission statement, I think, is inconsistent," Kirk told Bishop. "Congressman Dan Bishop, you're from the South, Congressman, really quick. What's your thoughts on the Chick-fil-A situation?"
"I totally agree with what you said," Bishop replied. "And I think the principle you just outlined probably has some applicability to the [debt ceiling] subject we're going to discuss."
Bishop insisted conservatives "cannot change or depart" from their ideology.
"In fact, that's where we've got to certainly stand up for the principle and the truth where the abhorrent conduct comes from a putative ally, someone we've relied on," he remarked. "It's very disappointing, but you cannot make it better by papering it over and letting it roll."
The lawmaker segued into a discussion of the nation's debt limit.
"So we're talking about the debt ceiling bill that is on the floor today," he said. "And I've been very out front and very critical of it and done everything I could to bring condemnation down upon it because it violates every principle that we should stand for."
Conservatives have moved to boycott Chick-fil-A for allegedly being too "woke" despite a history of defending the restaurant's Christian founders.
The musician brother of Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) has finally had enough.
Charles Tuberville, an Oklahoma-based singer, guitarist and songwriter, responded to recent remarks by the Alabama Republican in support of white nationalists serving in the military and questioning whether inner-city teachers knew how to read or write, reported AL.com.
“Due to recent statements by him promoting racial stereotypes, white nationalism and other various controversial topics, I feel compelled to distance myself from his ignorant, hateful rants,” Charles Tuberville posted on Facebook. “What I’m trying to say is that, I DO NOT agree with any of the vile rhetoric coming out of his mouth. Please don’t confuse my brother with me."
Charles Tuberville has played since the 1970s with a wide variety of blues, rock and roots music performers, including Leon Russell, Freddie King, Bobby Keys, Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Vivino, Kenny Neal and B.B. King.
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