On CNN Tuesday, former federal prosecutor Laura Coates reacted to the new subpoenas from the House January 6 Committee targeting pro-Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, and Boris Epshteyn.
"People are probably wondering to themselves, what took so long?" said Coates. "These were people that were prominent in the media for their role in promoting the Big Lie which, in part, developed into the January 6th insurrection. But the timing of it is so critical here because it's the end of the investigation, toward the end of more than 300 witnesses at this point in time by the committee. I'm assuming they've had all those people to lay the foundational bricks to corroborate in anticipation of their testimony. And as a prosecutor, why you do that is because you want to have all of your I's dotted and T's crossed to compare their statements against other statements and build enough evidence to decipher truth from fiction."
Coates then explained that it will likely be worth the wait for these two witnesses, as the committee has had months to compile and corroborate evidence.
"That these people, the most prominent of all and up to, of course, the president of the United States, the former president, having them at this juncture is really telling me that they were building, in many respects, a lot of corroborating evidence that could support and substantiate early witnesses and now they're going to compare what they say now," added Coates. "And I note Sidney Powell, for one, has civil lawsuits already in terms of defamation and her statements on Dominion, as does Giuliani. So they have that wealth of evidence as well."
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Ron DeSantis would be "far more dangerous" than Donald Trump as leader of the MAGA world because he's "more savvy" and "doesn't have the pitfalls," according to former U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-FL).
In the wake of Sunday's New York Times piece about growing tensions between the Florida GOP governor and the former president, Jolly described their relationship as "icy."
"No one learned better at the knee of Donald Trump than Ron DeSantis, but no one in American politics has more successfully used Donald Trump than Ron DeSantis — and I mean used almost in a personal way," Jolly said Tuesday on MSNBC. "Ron DeSantis was an early spokesperson for Trump on Fox News, not because he supported Trump, but because he wanted to be the frontrunner for the governorship."
Jolly pointed to DeSantis' infamous pro-Trump 2018 campaign ad in which the GOP gubernatorial candidate taught his young daughter to "build the wall" using toy blocks.
"But the moment Ron DeSantis got elected, he was nowhere to be found, he was not a Trump surrogate," Jolly said. "He used Donald Trump to get to Tallahassee."
He added that DeSantis' recent proposal to create a special police force to monitor elections is not about "selling Donald Trump's big lie."
"He's not out there saying Donald Trump should have been elected, and the certification shouldn't have gone through," Jolly said. "He's not carrying water for Donald Trump. What he's doing is, he's taking the powerful part of the big lie, and using the part that benefits Ron DeSantis. This is about 2024 and about securing Ron DeSantis' pathway to the GOP nomination."
After host Nicole Wallace called Trump and DeSantis "two tarantulas in a bowl," saying "may the more vicious spider prevail," she asked Jolly, "Who is more dangerous in charge of the MAGA base?"
"Ron DeSantis is far more dangerous than Donald Trump because he's more savvy, he's more coy, and he doesn't have the pitfalls that Donald Trump does," Jolly said.
"Florida is not free," he added. "It's a narrative that Ron DeSantis is very successfully selling, which is what makes him dangerous, because in Ron DeSantis' narrative of freedom, he's actually knee-capping democracy right now for the people of Florida, and he will successfully do it on a national stage should he get to the White House."
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CNN is reporting that the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots has subpoenaed and obtained phone records from both Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
The records obtained by the committee include call logs that show whom Trump and Guilfoyle had been talking with and the duration of their calls. The records do not contain any details about the contents of their phone calls and text messages, however.
"It appears to be the first time the select committee has issued a subpoena that targeted a member of the Trump family, in what marks a significant escalation of the investigation into Trump's role in the January 6 insurrection," writes CNN. "The decision to subpoena communication records involving the Trump family underscores the aggressive tack the committee is taking as it races to complete its investigation while battling Trump in court over access to documents from his administration."
News of the phone records broke shortly after the House Select Committee issued subpoenas to former Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, who were instrumental in promoting former President Donald Trump's false claims about the 2020 presidential election.