Joe Maguire, a Manhattan College alum whose life and career we admire, is out as President Trump’s acting director of national intelligence for committing an unpardonable sin. He told the unvarnished truth.A president needs confidence in his appointees. Trump apparently has more trust in Maguire’s replacement, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, despite the fact that he lacks a background in intelligence.But watch that trust evaporate if and when Grenell dares deliver facts the president really doesn’t want to hear.A week ago, a Maguire aide briefed the House Intelligence Committee on a bi...
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Ron DeSantis is furious Greg Abbott stole his idea — Abbott is raging DeSantis kidnapped the immigrants he wanted to deport
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis whined at a GOP event last year that his fellow governor, Greg Abbott (R-TX) has it easy looking good to voters because he has a 1,254-mile border with Mexico that he can blame for all of his problems.
In a New York Times report about the two governors, DeSantis and Abbott, means that the Texas governor "stole the show," from a threat that DeSantis had made earlier this year that he would bus immigrants from Florida to President Joe Biden's home in Deleware.
Once DeSantis made the threat, progressives began questioning how that could impact DeSantis with the conservative Cuban and Venezuelan communities, who would normally vote Republican. But with those groups fleeing to the United States fearing Communism and Socialism and Republicans trying to deport them, it could cause political problems.
DeSantis runs the risk of losing the votes of those communities if he starts deporting their family members. So, DeSantis used another method, he simply kidnapped asylum seekers from Texas, lied to them, and shipped them off.
The Wall Street Journal reported that according to the Border Patrol data, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua are the countries of origin of the majority of border crossers. Deporting those immigrants seeking asylum isn't the best campaign message for DeSantis. At the same time, it's hacking off Republicans in Texas.
"But Mr. DeSantis’s stunt also annoyed an entirely different group — fellow Republicans in Austin, including some of the allies and aides of Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas," the Times reported. "Publicly, Mr. Abbott has not criticized Mr. DeSantis’s migrant flights from his state. 'Every state that wants to help, I’m happy for it,' said Dave Carney, Mr. Abbott’s top campaign strategist."
Behind closed doors, however, Abbott was not happy. No one gave a heads up to anyone where DeSantis took the immigrants so that they could have food and services waiting to help them. DeSantis also didn't tell Abbott he was coming into Texas and kidnapping his immigrants.
"Mr. Abbott had spent months — and millions of state tax dollars — methodically orchestrating a relocation program that, since April, had bused 11,000 migrants to Washington, New York and Chicago," the Times said. "Mr. DeSantis’s adaptation was considerably smaller."
He ultimately got more attention, however, because he flew them on a fancy private plane to Martha's Vinyard. No one knew they were coming and churches and groups were forced to mobilize quickly to help the people when they arrived. Since the island is seasonal, they've since been sent to the mainland, about 25 miles north, where there are more people to offer them housing and services.
"It immediately put the national spotlight on Mr. DeSantis, garnering headlines and earning him praise from Republicans and condemnation from Democrats," the Times noted. "It also led to an investigation by the sheriff in San Antonio and a lawsuit from migrants who said they had been lured onto the planes under false pretenses. Mr. DeSantis grabbed the attention of right-wing America, using Mr. Abbott’s tactic, on Mr. Abbott’s turf, to bigger and more dramatic effect."
Kash Patel is among those that Donald Trump appointed to be his representative to the National Archives. Patel revealed after the FBI search warrant was executed on Mar-a-Lago that he was going to post all of the documents that the FBI took to his own personal website.
According to the abbreviations and markings on the outside of the folders in the photo put in the court documents, Trump had nuclear information that previously fell under the Atomic Energy Act and had been moved to the Pentagon.
Patel was also nearly a nominee to serve as the deputy to the CIA. The actual CIA director, Gina Haspel, reportedly threatened to resign if it happened.
The new Patel children's book paints Donald Trump as "the King," and glorifies the fake story about 2020 voter fraud taking away "the King's" power unfairly.
The Trump aide posted on Truth Social that he was offering a special message for the first 10 buyers of his book at a recent signing. A fan who purchased it posted a photo showing that Patel's message was the QAnon slogan "Where We Go One We Go All," abbreviated awkwardly to WWGOWGA.
Trump has turned toward QAnon recently because they remain among those willing to support him at a time other Republicans are abandoning him for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). Many QAnon conspiracies claim that Trump will retake power or will be somehow reappointed to the White House. The date for this action keeps moving further out after the deadline comes and goes without Trump being reappointed.
See the moment captured by a fan from Truth Social and "re-truthed" by Patel below:
Kash Patel QAnon slogan in signed bookPhoto: Truth Social
'The Monster': Former GOP lawmaker reveals shocking data of calls to and from the White House from Jan. 6 attackers
Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) told "60 Minutes" that his research team created a graph of all of the text messages to and from those involved in the Jan. 6 attack and officials at the White House. He explained that once he saw the data he simply couldn't "unsee" it.
Previous reports of Riggleman revealed that there was a call from the White House to an insurrectionist. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) told CNN on Sunday that the call only lasted 10 seconds and it didn't connect to the insurrectionist, but that the person the White House was calling was in the Capitol at the time.
That wasn't the only call. A number of cell phones belonging to Mark Meadows, Ivanka Trump, Cassidy Hutchinson, and others in the White House were sending and receiving text messages and calls on and around Jan. 6. Riggleman and his team took those calls and texts, and created a kind of data visualization tying each number to each other. It created what he called "The Monster," a line graph that shows startling conduits between Jan. 6 attackers and the White House.
Phone calls from Jan. 6 insurrectionists to White House staff. Photo: Screen capture of data collected by former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA)
"Six pretty big centers of gravity or six groups that we looked at and really it came down to Trump team, Trump family, rally goers, unaffiliated DOJ charged defendants, Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, and others which are state legislators, alternate electors, things like that," Riggleman told "60 Minutes" on Sunday. "When you have those six groups of people you can look at the connections between them."
As "60 Minutes explained," the thick line represents tens of thousands of calls and contacts between the groups. Riggleman also collected the text messages from Meadows, putting them in a spreadsheet and gathering info about who was reaching out to Meadows.
Riggleman joked it seemed like everyone in Washington had Meadows' personal cell phone number.
"We don't have text content, but we do have is how long they talked, when they talked, that is very important," said Riggleman about the calls. "And it really does suggest that there was much more coordination than the American public can even imagine when it came to Jan. 6th."
The graph below shows the version of the chart above zoomed out. It shows the major connectors. One section that is highlighted in blue shows one individual and their calls to and from the group.
Calls from Jan. 6 insurrectionists to White House staff. The second in blue is one individualPhoto: Screen capture from former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) interview.
An example is the five calls weeks before the Jan. 6 attack and one QAnon organizer, Bianca Garcia, who also attended the Jan. 5 parking garage meeting between the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.
"And when you have the White House switchboard and certain other cell phone numbers connected to Bianca Gracia that is a link that needs to be investigated," said Riggleman. "The thread that needs to be pulled identifying all the White House numbers and why we have certain specific people, why they were talking to the White House."
Lofgren told CNN on Sunday that every piece of information and data that Riggleman gathered for the committee has been part of the investigation and they have looked into it further.
See the segment below:
Riggleman: Meadows’ text trove revealed a “roadmap to an attempted coup” | 60 Minutes www.youtube.com
Riggleman: Ginni Thomas’ beliefs were an “open secret around the beltway” | 60 Minutes www.youtube.com