Washington (AFP) - Congressional Democrats on Saturday launched a probe into President Donald Trump's "politically-motivated" dismissal of a government watchdog believed to have been investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.The announcement came after Trump told House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi late Friday that he planned to dismiss State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.It was Trump's third abrupt dismissal of an official tasked with monitoring governmental misconduct and abuse since April, and drew criticism even from members of his own party."The firings of multipl...
Saturday afternoon Donald Trump took time off from whatever he does at his Bedminster Golf Resort to fire off two statements; one calling his 2020 election loss the "CRIME OF THE CENTURY!" and another questioning the "courage" of former Vice President Mike Pence and blaming "weak and pathetic" Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for the ex-president's failure to remain on the Oval Office for a second term.
The first statement was both brief and furious, with the ex-president writing, "As our Country is being destroyed, both inside and out, the Presidential Election of 2020 will go down as THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY!"
Reports of the ex-president still raging and trying to spread blame about his election loss gave his critics reason to wonder if he doesn't have something better to do with his time -- as you can see from the comments below:
@RSBNetwork No one cares about your opinion, blogger.— L. Sue Szabo (@L. Sue Szabo)1621099240.0
@RSBNetwork Shouldn't be be golfing?— use your common sense (@use your common sense)1621098073.0
@RSBNetwork Sounds like a confession.— Aaron M (@Aaron M)1621095727.0
@RSBNetwork @GOPLeader nobody is questioning the legitimacy of the election, huh?— snek (((moderna gang))) (@snek (((moderna gang))))1621097538.0
@RSBNetwork That's better. 🤷♂️ https://t.co/3lrypL49pk— JPM (@JPM)1621098294.0
@RSBNetwork https://t.co/FI4shS3lf9— Nolanonymous (@Nolanonymous)1621097801.0
@RSBNetwork Who cares. Doesn’t fat boy have a game of golf to play. Looks like he is having adrenochrome withdrawals— Crag (@Crag)1621097416.0
@RSBNetwork I thought he said that we wouldn't be hearing from him anymore when Biden won the election.— Matthew Lee Terry (@Matthew Lee Terry)1621097891.0
@RSBNetwork Wait a minute. I tought just the other day that Kevin McCarthy said it was time to move on from this r… https://t.co/dyk9o8YQ5v— pattywatty (@pattywatty)1621097680.0
@RSBNetwork Y’all are seriously deranged.— JD (@JD)1621098446.0
@RSBNetwork What a tragic sad little man he is! The destruction and the criminality is of course entirely at his door.— Maisie’s Mum, half way to fully vaccinated 😃💉 (@Maisie’s Mum, half way to fully vaccinated 😃💉)1621097934.0
@RSBNetwork 81 million people think the former guy needs to shut up and sit down.— Christine Dennis (@Christine Dennis)1621101449.0
@RSBNetwork He's extremely delusional. Time for the old mental institution for the former guy.— Canihaveurpants (@Canihaveurpants)1621097798.0
@RSBNetwork Don’t you have some golf to play today, Fatboy?— Steven Levine (@Steven Levine)1621098897.0
@RSBNetwork Our former president is going insane. Okay, more insane. Get him some help. https://t.co/SGF1gKAOD3— Impeachments* Are Forever (@Impeachments* Are Forever)1621098187.0
@Bubblewife @RSBNetwork He's fucked up on adderall— Diatribal (@Diatribal)1621098057.0
@RSBNetwork Fake news— charles (@charles)1621098544.0
@RSBNetwork https://t.co/l42sjB5M5H— Sam Hill (@Sam Hill)1621097770.0
On Saturday, The Washington Post Fact-Checker analyzed a payment made by a political action committee run by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to Frank Luntz, a longtime Republican pollster who has been highly critical of former President Donald Trump — and found that his public explanation for the payment to be suspect.
"Frank has been a friend of mine for more than 30 years," said McCarthy in an interview on "Fox & Friends" two weeks ago. "I've rented a room from Frank for a couple of months, but don't worry, I'm back to — going back to where I normally am, on my couch in my office. But, yeah, we pay fair market rate."
As fact-checker Glenn Kessler noted, that isn't the whole story.
"At the time of his remarks earlier this month, McCarthy's emphasis on a friendship seemed logical. There appeared to be no business relationship between the two men, except for a poll conducted by Luntz in 2000 for yrock.com, which McCarthy started when he was national chairman of the Young Republicans," wrote Kessler. "But Federal Election Commission filings show that the leadership PAC controlled by McCarthy — Majority Committee PAC, or McPAC — paid one of Luntz's companies, FIL Inc., nearly $40,000 in late 2020, just before McCarthy began renting what he described as a 'room' in the recently renovated apartment."
McCarthy claims these payments were for polling. However, the timing between the payments lines up much more with the office space — and well above the market rate for units in the building, which typically go for $1,675 and $2,300 a month -- according to Zillow -- and have bylaws prohibiting leases of partial space or for shorter than six months.
"Luntz appears to have taken possession of his renovated condo as early as Sept. 21, when a resident posted in a Facebook group: 'I ran into our new neighbor today. And shortly after, he posted the following screenshot, to his Twitter account, from the CB [Clara Barton] conference room, where he was interviewing Bob Woodward!!!'" wrote Kessler. "Four days later, FIL Inc. received its first payment from McPAC. It appears to be the only federal committee to pay one of Luntz's companies in the 2020 cycle. (Luntz also received a $1,400 travel reimbursement from the Congressional Black Caucus.)" FIL Inc. also got a $77,900 loan from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the COVID-19 small business loan program.
You can read more here.
'CRIME OF THE CENTURY!' Trump issues furious statements lashing out at Pence and Mitch McConnell for his election loss
On Saturday, former President Donald Trump issued a pair of statements doubling down on the "big lie" that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him — and specifically going after former Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for not doing more to help him stay in office.
"As our Country is being destroyed, both inside and out, the Presidential Election of 2020 will go down as THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY!" wrote Trump in his first statement, following up with a second that said, "The polls were a joke. I won States in a landslide that I was predicted to lose days before the election," Trump added. "Other states had me purposely so far down that it would force people, even fans, to say "Let's stay home Darling. We love our President, but he can't win." ... It's called SUPPRESSION POLLING and it should be illegal."
"The 2020 Presidential Election was, by far, the greatest Election Fraud in the history," continued Trump. "Had Mike Pence had the courage to send the Electoral College vote back to the states for recertification, and had Mitch McConnell fought for us instead of being the weak and pathetic leader he is, we would right now have a Republican President who would be VETOING the horrific Socialistic Bills that are rapidly going through Congress, including Open Borders, High Taxes, Massive Regulations, and so much else!"
Lawyers for detained Capitol defendants have been trying to make the case to judges that Jan. 6 was this one-off, u… https://t.co/bAtYOJm3aK— Ryan J. Reilly (@Ryan J. Reilly)1621095754.0
Trump doesn’t have to actually put any skin in the game when he dashes off rants calling 2020 the "greatest Electio… https://t.co/hPY6nd5xD5— Ryan J. Reilly (@Ryan J. Reilly)1621096967.0
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