Jim Jordan ridiculed after demanding DOJ investigate whether Italian satellites hacked the vote count
On Wednesday, writing for Above the Law, columnist Elizabeth Dye roasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for suggesting in a hearing earlier in the week that the Justice Department should pursue a 2020 election conspiracy theory involving Italian satellites that Trump had pushed in conversation with the DOJ.
"That is a problem," Jordan said, attacking the DOJ officials who had dismissed Trump's rants as "pure insanity." "When the chief of staff to the president of the United States asks someone in the executive branch to do something, and they basically give him the finger, I think that's the problem we should be looking into."
As Dye noted, though, the thing Trump was demanding the DOJ to look into is truly ridiculous.
"To be clear, the Italygate theory is beyond batsh*t," wrote Dye. "It involves Barack Obama amassing a secret $400 million war chest, then cahootsing with former Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to disrupt vote tabulation in key swing states using Italian military satellites. And somehow this was all coordinated at the US Embassy in Rome, according to Brad Johnson, a self-described retired 'CIA Station Chief' and current Epoch Times columnist."
It didn't matter to Jordan that there is no basis for this theory, wrote Dye — nor the fact that Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows violated DOJ independence by making demands of that they investigate.
"Not only did Meadows transgress long-established norms meant to protect the Justice Department from just the kind of political interference he engaged in, but he was also in flagrant violation of the White House's own policy," concluded Dye. "But disregarding flagrant violations is kind of Jim Jordan's bag, so perhaps yesterday's antics should come as no surprise."
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Texas governor's border wall fundraiser is a lot like the effort Steve Bannon was indicted for doing
Steve Bannon was indicted when he attempted to fund a border wall for the United States, but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott thinks he can make it work.
According to CNN reporter Ed Lavandera, Abbott announced Wednesday that Texas would build its own wall and Texans can donate their own land or their money to the project. He didn't say if it would be a state tax deduction or if there would be any financial benefit to the donation.
He also said that he couldn't say specifically "what the project will look like, how many miles will be built or where it will be built."
As policy counsel Aaron Reichlin-Melnick of the American Immigration Counsel pointed out, the last guy who tried to get private donations to fund the wall got indicted.
Bannon and his allies were indicted after the"We Build The Wall" scheme to allegedly defraud donors into giving money to a crowdfunding campaign that would build the wall. In fact, most of the money went to Bannon and those working on the effort.
While Bannon's indictment was dismissed, his co-workers still face charges.
It's still not clear what the governor feels must be done to erect such a structure. The fence is already there and much of it has been repaired. So, it's unclear if Abbott will build an actual wall or another fence or something else. It will likely depend on the amount of money he's able to raise.
The last guy to build a border wall from private donations got indicted for fraud, so... https://t.co/FbN8J0Zkzx— Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@Aaron Reichlin-Melnick) 1623878571.0
JUST IN: Gov Greg Abbott announces Texas will build its own #border wall. He says Texans can donate their private l… https://t.co/qpQ047xuLR— ed lavandera (@ed lavandera) 1623876591.0
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace called the GOP bluff on liberal groups being behind the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Joining Bulwark's Charlie Sykes, former FBI counterintelligence deputy Frank Figliuzzi and NBC's Scott MacFarlane, Wallace asked if Republican officials are so insistent that Antifa and other liberal groups were behind the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol then they should want an investigation into them. Instead, the same far-right officials and media figures continue to deny the Jan. 6 commission.
"This is about the preservation of power," said Figliuzzi. "They will do whatever they need to do to be re-elected to stick with the base as long as Trump is the primary influencer of their party. That's what will happen. I can't — from the national security perspective — can't let the opportunity go to not point out that, as recently as today, Vladimir Putin at his press conference regurgitated the very same message that we have U.S. congressmen send, which is that the people that breached the security at the Capitol were simply looking for their political voice. They were simply looking for some political solutions."
Those members of Congress who refuse to honor the bravery of the Capitol Police, Figliuzzi said, are echoing the same thing as Putin.
"It's becoming difficult to understand the difference whether the message started in Moscow or the message is coming from the GOP, but it is one and the same," he explained. "Isn't it interesting, Nicolle, that the very same members of Congress who will look the other way when a police officer is accused of beating our murdering a Black person through an excessive use of force and will vote against any attempt at police reform, will immediately call it an execution if a police officer protecting the democratic symbol of our country has to use deadly force against a white domestic terrorist? It seems something is incongruous there."
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