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September 30, 2013
Donald Trump's lawyers motioned for a summary judgment in the E. Jean Carroll case. If approved, it would mean that the judge would look at nothing more than the evidence presented and the statements given and make a ruling based on that.
In a new filing on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan denied Trump's motion.
"The contrasts between Mr. Trump’s assertions in his Carroll I answer and his October 12 statement show that a reasonable juror could find that his statement had a different effect on a reader than his denials and affirmative defense in his answer," the judge wrote. "For one, 'a reasonable juror could find that [Mr.] Trump was complaining of a far broader and more corrosive conspiracy than anything that was at issue in Carroll I in October 2022,' including based on his statements that Ms. Carroll 'completely made up a story' that is a 'Hoax' and 'changed her story from beginning to end [(in an interview where she was promoting her book)]. .. to suit the purposes of CNN and And [erson] Cooper,' along with his comments about the judiciary and Ms. Carroll's counsel."
The judge explained that the court doesn't decide whether Trump's statement is or isn't "fair and true."
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The Court need not and does not now decide the ultimate issue of whether Mr. Trump's statement is or is not a "fair and true."
"It suffices for the purpose of denying summary judgment that a reasonable jury could find so as a matter of fact. For the foregoing reasons, Mr. Trump's motion for partial summary judgment is denied," the 22-page document closes.
Jeff Sharlet is a prominent expert on far-right extremism in the United States. His investigations have exposed the beliefs of the group that owned the so-called National Prayer Breakfast, the C Street group and "The Family."
Speaking to MSNBC on Tuesday, Sharlet revealed his latest project: exploring the increase in right-wing violence in the U.S.
In a recent Vanity Fair excerpt from his latest book, he describes seeing Boebert in her short Daisy Dukes and her assault rifle. "I am the militia," she told him. The subtitle of his book is "Scenes from a slow civil war."
Another man Sharlet interviewed went by David G. "Things are going down the hole. Fast," he told Sharlet.
"How will I know when things are going down the hole?" Sharlet asked him.
"You get into the city areas, you will see the people," David G. explained. Which people? The "instigators." David G. said. Sharlet would see them fighting in the streets.
"When I say it's going down the hole fast, I'm talking about that. I'm talking about those of us who have less tolerance for the instigators ... So some will resort to, let's just say, other methods," said David G.
During Sharlet's appearance on MSNBC this evening, host Chris Hayes brought up the notion that Americans are "arming" themselves "for the struggle to come."
"I've been reporting on right-wing movements in the United States for 20 years," said Sharlet. "And traveling back and forth across the country since Jan. 6th, I've seen more guns than in all the years before that. And it's not just places like Shooter's Grill, which is sort of leading with guns. But churches — churches that have their own militia. The first militia church I went to, I thought, was a fluke. And then I started to realize churches were arming up with the expectation of civil war. And I think that's different than the gun culture of the past. The doomsday prepper of the fringe has become a mainstay of right-wing culture."
Sharlet confessed that he, like Hayes, has been testing using phrases like "civil war" and "fascism."
"I'm cautious. History moves slowly," he said. "And yet, I think you could call it a kind of cold war, but there are casualties. In Nashville, Tennessee, there were casualties. Women who have a lack of reproductive rights are casualties. Those places are making casualties. And in terms of the gun culture, when you have weekly skirmishes where Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, Proud Boys, showing up with AR-15s outside of libraries, schools, hospitals. We're at a simmer now. We are at a simmer. It doesn't make it inevitable. I don't think we have to call it into being, but I think we have to beware of the threat level."
Sharlet went on to talk about Ashli Babbitt. He noted that when the far right speaks of her, she's described as an innocent, unarmed woman.
"She was carrying a nasty little knife. That's the evidence photo on the cover," said Sharlet. "As soon as I saw her death on Jan. 6th, and you could see the hands of the police officer who killed her, and he was a black man. Because I'm an American and I study American history and mythology, I knew what the right was going to do. And, sure enough, within days, they were telling the same old story. The lynching story."
Sharlet described the mythology of the little white girl attacked by the angry Black man. It's the same "story" that started the attacks in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that resulted in whites burning down the most powerful Black business community in the country and massacring hundreds. The myth is also used by Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird. Sharlet explains it's the same story.
"There's a lot of people who speak of the right as a death cult," he said. "They want to be innocent of history, innocent of race and Ashli Babbitt served as this white martyr. So, now you have a situation where the Proud Boys hand out challenge coins with Ashli Babbitt. 'One more in the name of love,' tweets Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ). #sayhername."
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Expert in right-wing extremism slams Lauren Boebert and those readying for civil war www.youtube.com
A federal judge has ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to give information to Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith about his conversations with former President Donald Trump in the days before the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — something Pence has been fiercely resisting, claiming that this information is privileged.
Speaking to anchor Erin Burnett on Tuesday, CNN legal analyst Paula Reid outlined how significant a development this is in the case.
"You also have some new reporting on the other situation here," said Burnett. "I'm going to talk about that special counsel. The DOJ federal judge ruling that Mike Pence has to testify about January 6th. Interestingly not about what happened on the day of January 6th, but about other things before that has to appear before that grand jury. So Pence himself was just asked about this ruling by the judge, right. He'd fought it. Here's what he said."
"How they sorted that out and what other testimony might be required?" Pence told Greta Van Susteren on Newsmax in the clip. "We're currently reviewing, but look, let me be clear. I have nothing to hide. I have a Constitution to uphold. I upheld the Constitution on January 6th. We're currently speaking to our attorneys about the proper way forward, and as I said, we'll have a decision in the coming days."
"So the special counsel moved on this aggressively," said Burnett. "What exactly do they want from Pence?"
"So this is a big win for the special counsel, because now they're going to be able to ask him about all his conversations with former President Trump in the leadup to January 6th," said Reid. "They're interested in this pressure campaign that Trump and his allies were applying on Pence not to certify the results of the election, in particular that call on January 6th, pretty heated call, that other witnesses have testified about. Now, the former vice president will have to answer questions about that. So this is a big, big win for the special counsel."
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Paul Reid says Pence ruling is "big win" for Jack Smith www.youtube.com