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Documentary shows Trump ranting that Kemp and Raffensperger are cowards and 'stupid people': filmmaker
Among the most bizarre things that happened in the final weeks of Donald Trump's presidency is his White House and top adviser Jared Kushner allowed British filmmaker Alex Holder to document 11 hours of the former president, including on Jan. 6, 2021, and the days after.
Speaking to CNN on Saturday, Holder recalled a few unusual moments, the first being Trump's rant about Georgia Republican officials, Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who both refused to overturn the state's election for the president. The comment happened days after former Attorney General Bill Barr told the Associated Press that there was no election fraud in 2020. He was then attacked by Trump in person and publicly.
"President Trump at the time was furious about the position that he found himself in. I'm sitting across him in the White House and he's looking at me directly in the eye and he's saying that there was no way 'that guy,' and he's referring to President Biden, got 80 million votes," Holder recalled. "He starts talking to me about how this thing would be easily resolved. All he needs to do is get the signature verification and starts explaining how it should happen. And the reason it's not, he said, [it] is because the officials in Georgia were not brave enough to listen to him and open up these ballots and compare the signatures. And then he says that actually the reason why they're not doing it aside from being not brave enough, he says, they're stupid people, and he goes on about other conspiracies as well."
Acosta confirmed he meant Kemp and Raffensperger and Holder agreed.
"He said they're stupid people?" asked Acosta again. "And when he goes, you know, on this rant and talks about this stuff, I mean, do you push back? Do you say, hold on, none of is this true?"
"I think when, you know, the attorney general a few days earlier says there was absolutely no evidence to support his claims and the president still a few days later is telling me all these sorts of crazy claims, the idea I might persuade him is probably unlikely. So, I let him have his peace," said Holder. "My job is to record history and this is a unique moment where the sitting president of the United States, the sitting, you know, in the White House looking me in the eye and telling me that he actually won the 2020 election when in fact he didn't."
The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress and the attempt to overthrow the 2020 election has subpoenaed all 11 hours of the film and is reviewing it.
Holder previously told reporters that Trump had a mysterious call on Air Force One with Russian President Vladimir Putin less than two weeks before the election. Trump was supposed to be filming Trump on the plane, but it got canceled due to the call with Putin.
"That stood out to you as being strange?" asked Acosta.
"I mean, he's a world leader speaking to another world leader. I didn't think it was particularly strange. The entire experience was strange. I was on Air Force One," Holder said.
See the interview below or at this link.
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Susan Collins 'had to know this day was coming' when she voted for Kavanaugh and Gorsuch: CNN legal expert
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has become a target after the judges she supported brought down women's reproductive rights and healthcare privacy.
Speaking to CNN's Jim Acosta on Saturday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin explained that it was due to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who stopped former President Barack Obama from being able to appoint a justice to the Supreme Court for almost a year.
"Totally. It's broader than that. The credit or responsibility for the Dobbs decision depending on how you view it goes to Mitch McConnell as much as it goes to Donald Trump. He is the one that prevented Merrick Garland from replacing Anton Scalia. He is the one that pushed through Brett Kavanaugh in spite of the sexual [assault] allegation. He jammed through Amy Coney Barrett in an abbreviated process. Those are the three Trump justices, two if not all three of them wouldn't be on the court but for Mitch McConnell. He is one of the absolutely central figures in the history of the modern Supreme Court."
Acosta brought up Collins as well, showing the video of an interview she did with CNN saying that she believed Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh when they looked her in the eye and said that they believed Roe v. Wade was settled law and legal precedent. Both men lied to the Senate under oath, which could be prosecuted and result in jail time.
"Are you 100 percent certain? Without a doubt that Brett Kavanaugh will not overturn Roe v. Wade?" Dana Bash asked Collins.
"I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh will overturn..." Collins said.
She also released a statement saying the same, that she believed Kavanaugh because he "believes that precedent 'is not just a judicial policy ... it is constitutionally dictated.'"
\u201cRemembering Sen. Susan Collins's statement that she believed Kavanaugh when he said he would uphold the precedent of Roe.\u201d— Sarah Burris \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Sarah Burris \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1656080873
Acosta noted that Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett all gave assurances that they wouldn't overturn such a precedent and yet they did.
"You know, the — it's hard to know where to start," Toobin began. "Susan Collins is nominally an Independent Republican, but who does what Mitch McConnell wants when he needs her. She voted against Amy Coney Barrett because Mitch McConnell didn't need her vote. But he really needed her vote on Brett Kavanaugh. So, I don't know if Susan Collins was really believing Brett Kavanaugh or she was just giving herself a fig leaf to do Mitch McConnell's bidding, as she frequently does in tight circumstances. As for the justices themselves, you know, they were playing a game to get on the Supreme Court. All three of them are lawyers. So, if you parse their words carefully, the way lawyers know how to speak, they did not explicitly promise to uphold Roe v. Wade. They left the impression they would uphold Roe v. Wade, which was enough for Susan Collins. This was a game they were playing, but those of us who studied the reports of Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, the Biden campaign, knew this day was coming. And Susan Collins had to know it too because anyone with any sense had to know it was coming. But it did and here we are."
See the full discussion below:
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Trump was 'reluctant' to praise the SCOTUS justices over the Roe ruling because he's still mad at them: report
According to a report from Jonathan Swan over the differing ways that Donald Trump and former vice president Mike Pence celebrated the Supreme Court's controversial gutting of Roe v. Wade, the Axios correspondent claimed the former president was muted in his response because he still bears a grudge against conservative members of the court.
When the decision was announced Pence's team was already armed with a video of Trump's former running mate praising the ruling to the high heavens that stripped women of their right to get an abortion based upon where they live. On top of that, Pence made the case that he would like to go even further and see a nationwide ban put in place by a, presumably, Republican Congress.
As for Trump, he initially skipped taking credit for placing three justices on the court who ruled against the rights of women, instead giving credit to "God" in a statement.
As Swan of Axios is reporting, Trump's decision to not brag about his part is related to his ongoing grievance with the Supreme Court which has ruled against him as investigators look into his part in the Jan 6th investigation.
According to the Axios report, "Another reason for Trump's reluctance to praise the Supreme Court is because he's still bitterly angry at the conservative justices for refusing to take up his challenges to President Biden's 2020 election victory, according to a source with direct knowledge," with Swan adding, "Trump feels he was let down when it mattered most by the three justices he appointed."
The report also adds, "Trump is deeply cynical and suspicious of the courts in general and even of the Supreme Court, which he's defined more than any president since Ronald Reagan."
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