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After Idaho debunked MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's claims of mass voter fraud in the state, they want the claims removed from his website, and they want him to pay the state for the cost of investigating his claims, the Idaho Statesman reports.
In a cease-and-desist letter to Lindell on Tuesday, Secretary of State Lawerence Denney and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden asked Lindell to “promptly remove all false statements about Idaho’s elections from your website” and “refrain from making similar statements in the future.”
“Despite knowing your statements about Idaho’s elections are false, you have not removed your ‘Big Lie’ chart and continue to perpetuate your false statements,” the letter stated.
The letter also asked Lindell to send $6,558.83 to the secretary of state’s office to cover the costs of its investigation.
Lindell has been among of most vocal of pro-Trump figures disseminating false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump by mass voter fraud. Idaho official results showed 63.8% of votes went to Trump. But Lindell claims that presidential election results across the state were electronically manipulated to switch 35,357 votes from Trump to Joe Biden.
Read more at the Idaho Statesman.
Fox News viewers reacted with anger to the network's interview with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
The White House press secretary made an unusual appearance on Fox News Thursday for a 14-minute interview. Psaki took questions on voting rights, Russia and crime. The questions were respectful and tough.
But the network's viewers reacted by lashing out at Fox News hosts Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino.
"Dana Perino was basically kissing Jen Psaki's butt during her first FOX interview," one viewer wrote on Twitter. "I can't even muster up anything else worth mentioning, except Paski's answers were just as stupid as the ones she gives in her live press conferences."
"Both @BillHemmer and @DanaPerino are a disaster at asking questions," another viewer said. "The questions are more like statements which gave Psaki help on how to answer them. Perino is better at answering questions than asking them. Hammer [sic] is just plain lost."
Read some of the responses below.
Jen Psaki, first time on with @BillHemmer & @DanaPerino
Was anyone else disappointed in the “softball interview”? As a viewer, I was…🇺🇸🙏🏻🇺🇸
— BlessedInAmerica (@america_blessed) January 20, 2022
Going soft: @DanaPerino talks big but let’s Psaki off the hook by not asking what voter 2020 suppression evidence she has. @greggutfeld @Gutfeldfox @JesseBWatters @BillHemmer
— Independent American (@pdxclone) January 20, 2022
Dana Perino was basically kissing Jen Psaki's butt during her first FOX interview. 🙄 I can't even muster up anything else worth mentioning, except Paski's answers were just as stupid as the ones she gives in her live press conferences.
— CJ4America (@CJ4America) January 20, 2022
What kind of softball interview was that with Jen Psaki on @FoxNews with Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino? Absolutely ridiculous funfest!
— Nate (@ItsElementary__) January 20, 2022
Bill Hemmer is so goddamn annoying. I can’t believe they saddled Dana Perino with him.
— GumShoeshi (@Shoeshi13) January 20, 2022
Both @BillHemmer and @DanaPerino are a disaster at asking questions. The questions are more like statements which gave Psaki help on how to answer them. Peri o is better at answering questions than asking them. Hammer is just plain lost. #FoxNews
— Kit (@RobertW33085693) January 20, 2022
Why would @FoxNews @DanaPerino @BillHemmer have lying Jen Psaki on their network to spread more misinformation about the concerns of the Biden administration? I thought I mistakenly hit the CNN channel.
— Done (@Viper5648) January 20, 2022
Soft ball questions for pesky
Now you know why Direct TV is not dropping Fox
— Phil (@Philo77777) January 20, 2022
Dana Perino acting like middle schooler during Psaki interview…jealous of Hemmer doing a better job…
— VeteranCaregiver (@VeteranSusan) January 20, 2022
Dana Perino asked Jen Psaki what about NY allowing noncitizens to vote when talking voter rights and Psaki was not pressed for an answer
— WCH🇺🇸🦅🇺🇸 @WCH (@heagney_william) January 20, 2022
FOX🤮🤮🤮🤮way to easy on Jen Psaki they talk about nobody asks ? People wanna here with good back up ones that was what FOX said literally this morning ,and u have Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino Good ? Bad soft back up ones .U have WHPS on ur show and ur not asking what u should
— Stephen Twomey Jr (@TwomeyJr) January 20, 2022
Jen Psaki is on Fox News being interviewed by @DanaPerino and Dana is treating her like a rock star she's in awe of. It's disgusting. No tough questions whatsoever. Very much like treatment she would receive on MSNBC.
— wylie coyote (@coal204) January 20, 2022
Ughhhh....crappy interview so far with Psaki and @DanaPerino @BillHemmer
they are letting her speak without calling her out...
May as well just watch the Press Briefing..
Shame...should do better job !
— 🍊Just me👀Cassie🍊❄☃❄❄☃❄☃❄ (@browneyegirl400) January 20, 2022
Even Fox News American newsroom
Does NOT ask nor rebuff PSAKI BULLCRAP QUESTION..Poor job!! Actually terrible job perino and hammer!
— BOB (@intermod48) January 20, 2022
Speaking to CNN "New Day" Thursday morning, former impeachment lawyer Norm Eisen explained that Donald Trump is slowly being defeated, in part, due to really bad lawyering.
Over the past several months, the former president has fought the demand for the National Archives to hand over any documents or details submitted from his administration. According to Eisen, he hasn't done so very effectively.
Legal analysts have said that the likelihood of the court agreeing to hide the documents is slim because the exiting executive has waged executive privilege on anything involving the Jan. 6 attack. At the same time, the requests are coming from Congress, which has a constitutional responsibility to serve as a check on the other branch of government.
"He's failed at every level," Eisen said of Trump's efforts. "And the reason he has failed the Supreme Court road last night is because he simply did not make the showing that he needed to make in order to have these documents held back. It's a balancing test when you're talking about executive privilege, the right of a president to hold back documents. And you've got to show an overwhelming, compelling need for each individual document. And sometimes even a paragraph for a line on a document to be held back, and he just failed to do it. So, once again, Trump was brought down by lousy lawyering."
Trump has struggled to find legal help after years of attorneys only partially being paid or being stiffed entirely. Another reason, according to Joe Scarborough, is that Trump makes for a terrible client because "he lies all the time." That makes him very difficult to defend.
Author and lawyer James Zirin penned the book Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits in which documented Trump's refusal to pay his bills.
"People often ask me: 'how can he bring 3,500 lawsuits or be involved in 3,500 lawsuits?'" the author said in 2019. "The answer is he didn't pay most of his lawyers ... He doesn't pay his lawyers. He doesn't pay his architects, doesn't pay his creditors, goes into bankruptcy."
Well-known lawyers have even turned down the former president. That then results in an inexperienced legal team to litigate executive privilege and other constitutional issues.
Now that the decision has been made, Eisen explained that there will likely be a trove of documents that Americans can see. The Jan. 6 probe isn't from a grand jury, so most of the documents should be public.
"I think, are going to provide further depth to the mosaic" of Jan. 6, Eisen continued. "They're putting together all the pieces of this terrible falsehood. One of the worst in American history — that that election was stolen and we saw the violence of Jan. 6 erupt as a result. Now they'll have call logs, they'll have memos, they'll have speech drafts, they'll have emails and other material from the core people in the White House who were talking to the president about this big lie. I think it will help them to advance the narrative."
He went on to say that the information will help go deeper into the president's inner circle with phone records to and from the White House and how all roads lead to the president.
"What he knew, what he did and didn't do.," said Eisen "These documents will help them very likely make the case and lead to dramatic televised hearings and a report that may very well have a criminal referral or referrals, including against the former president. These documents are absolutely critical inside information."
See the discussion below:
Trump's legal failures are all from bad lawyering www.youtube.com