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Trump's chances of being hauled before the Capitol riot committee no longer 'farfetched': Dem lawmaker
Appearing on MSNBC in Saturday morning with host Ali Velshi, Rep Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) gave her wholehearted endorsement to reports that the House select committee investigating the Jan 6th Capitol riot may subpoena Donald Trump to appear.
On Friday, Rep. Adam Schiff (DF-CA) opened the door to the prospect the former president and his running mate Mike Pence might be asked to speak before the committee.
Speaking with the MSNBNC host on Saturday morning, Plaskett said the idea is not as "farfetched" as many would believe.
"The chairman of the January 6th committee, [Rep] Bennie Thompson, has suggested that Donald Trump himself may receive a subpoena for information and possibly testimony," host Velshi prompted.
"I think that that's not something that we should consider farfetched." Plaskett immediately replied. "Bennie Thompson has made it very clear that he is going to take this select committee and its members, who are in full agreement with him, wherever the facts may lead them. They're going to be bound by the facts and the law, and if that means deposing the president, they will do so."
"You know, Ali, we've recently seen, even if it's a civil case, that the president has been compelled to give depositions and so his ability to remove himself from depositions in this matter may be farfetched," she continued. "You know, not only the deposition of the president himself, but records related to him. whether those be cell phone, whether those be Twitter accounts, communications with individuals, video tapes, if there are in the White House of what he is doing on that day."
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Democracy may have prevailed in the face of former President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election but unfortunately the "Big Lie" is still a problem.
According to Yahoo! News, the future of democracy is still hanging in the balance because Trump is still pushing his agenda by way of Republican candidates supporting his baseless claims.
"The single biggest issue — the issue that gets the most pull, the most respect, the biggest cheers — is talking about the election fraud of 2020's presidential election," Trump said at a rally held in Iowa as he once again claimed the election was stolen from him.
On nearly all levels of government, there are Republican candidates hoping to receive Trump's support. In order to receive that, they are echoing his post election lies. In fact their political allegiance to Trump has become so prevelant, Democrats have dubbed them as "propagators of 'the Big Lie.'"
Josh Mandel, a Republican Senate candidate in the state of Ohio, has made Trump's big lie one of the key focal points of his campaign.
"I'm the only candidate in this race who's willing to stand up all over Ohio, and all over America, and say that I believe the election was stolen from Donald J. Trump," Mandel said.
When Mandel was asked if he thought his stance would hurt him in the long run, he said, "It's the right thing to do for our country. And I don't care how it impacts me politically."
A number of election experts and political analysts have weighed in with their concerns about the message being conveyed by Trump loyalists running for key positions in government. According to Larry Norden, director of the Brennan Center for Justice, the message is clear.
"We have people who are running explicitly on the platform that the election results would have turned out different if they were in power in 2020," Norden said, adding, "And I think it's going to be up to the voters in the place where they do elect their election officials to say, regardless of party, it's not acceptable to politicize the elections."
Trump has also insisted that Republican voters may be less likely to cast ballots in 2022 or 2024 if the 2020 election is not overturned in his favor.
"If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020, Republicans will not be voting in ʼ22 or ʼ24," Trump said. "It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do."
However Nate Persily, a Stanford Law School professor and election expert, argues otherwise.
"The allegations of voter fraud are more about defining a set of beliefs for a political tribe than it is about persuasiveness, trying to persuade a group about the utility of their vote," Persily said. "I have not seen evidence in the U.S. that those kinds of messages lead to demobilization."
Steve Bannon contacted Jeffrey Epstein over worries about what he would reveal about Trump: new book
According to a report from Business Insider, former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon had a conversation with billionaire child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein where he admitted that, during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, he feared Epsten would run to the press with stories about the New York real estate mogul.
According to excerpts from Michael Wolff's upcoming book, "Too Famous: The Rich, the Powerful, the Wishful, the Damned, the Notorious - Twenty Years of Columns, Essays and Reporting," Epstein believed he could bargain his way out of criminal charges by investigators by turning over information on both Trump and former president Bill Clinton.
According to Wolff, Epstein "believed that he Justice Department had arrested him, under the instruction of then-President Donald Trump, because they wanted information on Bill Clinton, who had flown on his private jet multiple times."
As Wolff wrote, "The White House, through the Justice Department, was looking to press a longtime Republican obsession, and Trump ace-in-the-hole, and get Epstein to flip and reveal the sex secrets of Bill Clinton.Trump, if he was obsessed with Clinton, which he was, was also obsessed with what Epstein knew about Clinton.'"
In his book, the author also recalls a phone call between Bannon -- who is currently being pressed by the House select committee to testify about the Jan 6th insurrection -- speaking with Epstein and admitting he feared what other secrets the jet-setting financier might expose.
As Business insider reports, "Wolff revealed that months before Epstein's death, he visited the billionaire at his infamous $75 million mansion in New York City," during which he claims he witnessed a phone call between Epstein and Bannon.
"During Wolff's visit, Steve Bannon reportedly called Epstein on the phone and told him that he had feared him during Donald Trump's presidential campaign because he thought the financier knew secrets about Trump," Business Insider is reporting.
"You were the only person I was afraid of during the campaign," Bannon told Epstein. "As well you should have been," Epstein reportedly replied, according to Wolff.
The report, which can be read here, also notes, "Wolff wrote that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak was also present at Epstein's house when he visited.
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