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Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, Miles Taylor, revealed the details about why he's leaving the Republican Party after serving as a whistleblower who was trying to fix it.
Taylor is better known as the "Anonymous" author of a New York Times editorial saying there were patriotic Republicans inside the Trump administration trying to safeguard against insanity. But after leaving the White House, Taylor came together with a group of other Republicans to threaten they'd leave the GOP if it officially became the Trump party. A year later, Taylor made it clear: he's done.
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace asked Taylor if he thought the toothpaste could be put back in the tube, at least by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who still has some sway in the party. If he had to tell the truth, Wallace said he probably agrees with Joe Biden on the issue.
"It doesn't matter, though, because he won't say it," Wallace said. "Mitch McConnell won't come close to delivering the condemnation of white supremacy that Joe Biden did today because what? Because they make up part of the Republican coalition? I mean, what is the explanation for why not?"
"Look, the 'why not,' of course, is fear. They're afraid of alienating voters who now share these viewpoints, and it's ironic because they created this situation," Taylor explained. "I mean, as we've talked about before, Nicolle, we now see roughly half of the Republican electorate endorse these conspiracy theories. So, they have been mainstreamed. So now the Mitch McConnells and others of the world may think they are 'behind the scenes,' but they're now beholden to this mob that they created. That's very alarming."
He doesn't think the toothpaste can go back into the tube, noting that they had been discussing this fact for over a year, after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Wallace, who served in the George W. Bush White House, also left the Republican Party.
"The radicalization of millions of people towards these fringe viewpoints means that we are stuck with it," he said. "I mean, if I've learned one thing in the national security community — it is extremely difficult to deprogram people who have reached a radicalized viewpoint. It is extremely difficult to do."
Taylor recalled speaking to a specialist who told him "if you think the past ten years have been bad, you ain't seen nothing yet." The reason is that the overwhelming majority who are just coming to these radical viewpoints are new to it. The more they spend immersing themselves in it the more likely they are to commit violence themselves. The number of people who are in this movement has dramatically increased.
"So, I hate to say it, but at this point if Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy go to bed and grow a conscience and actually start to crack down on members of the republican party over this, it's already going to be too late," he continued. "We are going to be living with domestic terrorism for several years to come because the narrative has already been seeded," Taylor concluded. "The troops, if you will, have already been radicalized on that side, and the threat is living with them."
In another segment, Wallace asked about the radicalization that's taking place on social media sites and the Fox networks. There's a question about tech companies and what is possible from their side about tracking stopping anyone organizing on their platforms. That's not the head of the snake, however. Leadership in the GOP controls what the party stands for, and according to Taylor they're just "making excuses for terrorism."
"Is that worth it?" he asked. "Is any job, Nicolle, in politics worth that? Is it worth a congressional salary to be defending not just Trump and the toxic discourse but to be defending terrorism? I just can't imagine that that's worth it. That's why I would hope these people stand up and show a little bit of moral courage in the face of this."
He explained that he's been a Republican his whole life and has wrestled with what it means to be in the Republican Party today. They are "mainstreaming not just conspiracy theories but violence," he explained. While he tried to save the party and oppose Trump from rising, and worked from within to protect "his reckless impulses."
"We thought we beat him in 2020, but we didn't," said Taylor. "Trumpism is alive and it's well and it's fueling this so what conservatives need to do is convince other conservatives to quit the Republican Party. I'm quitting the Republican Party. I'm done. this is it, and other people need to quit too. That's how we send the message is we show that tribe that the tribe is going to shrink and it's going to go away if they keep behaving this way."
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MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace happened to be interviewing Daniel Goldman when the network reported the breaking news from The New York Times that the Department of Justice had requested interview transcripts from the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Wallace asked the attorney, who served as majority counsel during Trump's first impeachment, for his analysis of the breaking news.
"This is, I think, very good news for those who want accountability for what occurred on Jan. 6," Goldman said. "This is exactly the type of coordination you and I have talked about, Nicolle, that DOJ should be taking a lot of the information that the Jan. 6 committee has developed, and it's the clearest indication we have that this investigation that started with the actual events of Jan. 6 is expanding now into a potential conspiracy to overturn the election, which is a federal crime."
"There's no point in reinventing the wheel once you have gone overt and once you've confirmed that you are investigating this. But it does, as you pointed out, Nicolle, reflect that this is not a narrow investigation into, you know, the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, and whatever relationship Donald Trump may have with them. No, this is a wide-ranging investigation into what is and was a massive, sprawling scheme to overturn the election," he explained.
"And while I know Congresswoman Cheney several months ago focused on obstructing Congress, I think the more appropriate charge to look at is a broader conspiracy to overturn the election, which does not require as much direct proof about the intent of Donald Trump or others to actually obstruct Congress on Jan. 6 but backs it out a little bit at a higher level to talk about their effort to overturn the election," Goldman added.
"And what this letter seems to indicate is that they want access to all of these interviews beyond any potential obstruction of Congress, because we know that the Jan. 6 committee has looked into much more than just the actual events of Jan. 6 and the planning, organizing, and lead-up to that, but they've looked at the broader effort to overturn the election," he said. "And so I do think you're right. it is an indication that the scope of this investigation is as broad as it could be."
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Tom Barrack gets a new 9-count indictment for scoring $374 million from UAE to allegedly push policy to Trump and the GOP
The new indictments for top Donald Trump Inaugural Committee president and fundraiser, Tom Barrack, were filed Monday and published publicly on Tuesday showing nine new charges.
One part of the court documents cite the influence Barrack had on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who allegedly took Barrack's information and demanded a change to the Republican Party platform at the Republican National Convention meeting in 2016 involving the Saudi Royal Family.
The documents say: "The email from Person 1 advised that language 'that was anti the Saudi Royal Family was removed from the platform' of the U.S. political committee associated with the Candidate. The removed language had 'called for the release of 28 pages of sensitive documents gathered during the' investigation of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, which 'allegedly contain information that asserts involvement by the Saudi Government/Royals[.]'"
Legal analyst Marcy Wheeler noted that the documents do not include any of Barrack's not-yet-charged co-conspirators. There were previous suspicions that they would. There were specific questions about Manafort's role with Barrack. Manafort was previously pardoned by President Donald Trump, but such a pardon would not apply to any forthcoming indictments.
Another section of the document details Barrack's "efforts to obtain investments from the United Arab Emirates Sovereign Wealth Funds."
Barrack then secretly lobbied Trump in his ongoing trips to the White House after Trump was in office, the indictment says.