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MSNBC host Joy Reid began her show on Monday by paraphrasing former FBI Director James Comey, saying, "Lordy there are tapes."
She cited the New York Times report revealing Donald Trump's lawyer Evan Corcoran has several recordings of his notes that he took about meetings he had with Trump. Those have since been subpoenaed by the special counsel.
Reid asked former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks what she makes of the fact that there are tapes with his lawyer telling Trump he can't have the documents and he can't keep them.
"This is, again, an accumulation of evidence mounting to the point where I can't see how you can avoid an indictment," said Wine-Banks. "It has to go to trial. It has to be seen by a jury. You have a situation where you have the president on tape, we think. You know, I haven't heard the tape, but based on the reporting, there's a tape where he is saying, 'I have a classified document, so I can't show it to you, which means he knows, A: he has classified documents, and B: he can't show them to anybody, and he hasn't declassified them."
Lawyers are saying that he has to turn over the subpoenaed documents, which Wine-Banks said was a very broad request for "all classified documents." All of the non-classified documents are still the property of the National Archives.
"So, this shows his knowledge, his intent in keeping it, and then you have the fact that this is supposedly a document that is to rebut Gen. [Mark] Milley and show that he was right, he Donald Trump, was right about the Iran situation. That's really serious. That means it's at a classification level that is guaranteed to hurt the government and our security if the information is released. And we hear the rustling of papers. We don't know, it could be he's just holding up a piece of paper. It could be he's lying, and the paper he's discussing isn't about Iran. We don't know. But isn't it a shame that we have a former president of the United States where we can't tell whether his best defense is I was lying and we would believe him because he lies so often, or whether it's actual proof he did it."
Reid also mentioned that she was unaware that there were two grand juries, one in Washington, D.C. and one in Florida.
New York Times reporter Katie Benner explained that the reason that one would have a Florida case is that was the location in which Trump allegedly obstructed justice. The other charges about the documents themselves could be in Washington. She explained it wouldn't be the first time the DOJ brought charges in two different jurisdictions.
Her example was Paul Manafort, who was charged in both Virginia and Washington, D.C.
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Military whistleblower alleges the government is concealing extraterrestrial spacecraft
A man on the military's Unindentified Aerial Phenomena task force is coming forward as a whistleblower to allege the United States government has been secretly retrieving extraterrestrial spacecraft, reported The Daily Beast on Monday.
"Dave Grusch, an Air Force veteran and former member of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, is identifying himself publicly for the first time Monday after the story was first reported by The Debrief," said the report. "Following the piece, he’s made bombshell claims during an interview with NewsNation’s Ross Coulthart, set to air Monday night. He claims that a number of high-level intelligence officers approached him with evidence, including oral testimony and physical documentation of a crash-retrieval program that was being hidden from the UAP task force."
“These are retrieving non-human origin technical vehicles, call it spacecraft if you will, non-human exotic origin vehicles that have either landed or crashed,” said Grusch, who also said in the interview that he has filed a formal whistleblower complaint with Congress and the Intelligence Community Inspector General.
NASA and other space-related agencies have denied any such thing has happened.
"Grusch said the recoveries of partial fragments through and up to intact vehicles have been made for decades through the present day by the government, its allies, and defense contractors," said The Debrief. "Analysis has determined that the objects retrieved are 'of exotic origin (non-human intelligence, whether extraterrestrial or unknown origin) based on the vehicle morphologies and material science testing and the possession of unique atomic arrangements and radiological signatures,' he said."
While there is not any public evidence to support Grusch's claims, UAPs, more popularly known as unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, have become a routine sight, mainly by Air Force pilots. Some of them are ultimately explainable, but many have an unclear origin. The sightings have become so common there is even a nonprofit support group set up for pilots who have had such encounters.
Barstool Sports hits back amid backlash over online sportsbook’s support for Pride month
Barstool Sports is facing backlash over its support for Pride month, and the sports betting blog is hitting back, The Daily Beast reports.
Barstool Sports, which in 2020 launched the Barstool Sportsbook mobile app, became the latest target of right-wing activists after it announced on Thursday that was commemorating Pride month, tweeting a video in which Barstool writer Pat McAuliffe advertises Pride-themed merchandise with proceeds benefiting The LGBT Center of New York.
“Barstool Sports is donating to a group that supports children getting sex changes and hosts workshops for kids to learn drag. Is this what you support @stoolpresidente?” failed Republican House candidate Robby Starbuck tweeted.
“Get woke. Go Broke,” Twitter user @SmoakBloak wrote.
Barstool Sports responded in an online essay titled “Pour One Out For These Poor Fans Who Are Now Boycotting Barstool Due To Our Pride Merch.”
The essay includes a list of social media posts attacking the website over its support for Pride month.
“You'll notice that effectively none of these comments comes from a real account. They're all anonymous, hidden, dare I say…closeted. For these heroes are bold enough to let the world know they will not stand for gay propaganda from their favorite company's twitter account; just not quite bold enough to attach their face to those opinions,” comedian Francis Cellis writes for the website.
“On and on it went: petulant whine after petty sulk after pouty fit after pathetic mope. It was like peering in at some flipped, homophobic version of a liberal arts college safe space forum, where the moderator was passing the mic to every student for a chance to voice their displeasure over… what was it again? What elicited this rage?”
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