SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Caitlyn Jenner's initial ascent into American social strata was astronomical. Before 1976, she was relatively unknown: a dyslexic kid from Westchester, New York, who had traveled to Iowa on a football scholarship before heading to California to pursue athletic glory. Jenner, who at that point had not yet come out as transgender, sold insurance at night and trained for the decathlon during the day. She relied mostly on her then-wife Chrystie Crownover's income as a United Airlines flight attendant to survive. When Jenner won gold in Montreal on July 30, 1976, she became an ...
These four words in Richard Donoghue’s notes just dragged congressional Republicans into the Jan. 6 probe: columnist
Congressional Republicans were pulled further into the congressional investigation by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol after a bombshell new report by The New York Times.
In a new Washington Post analysis, Philip Bump commented on notes documenting a Dec. 27 call between Trump and acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. The notes were written by Rosen deputy Richard Donoghue.
Bump focused on one note in particular.
“ - P: 'Don't expect you to do that, just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen.'" (pp. 4-5). pic.twitter.com/mFmDeI4AG0
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) July 30, 2021
Bump focused on the last four words where Trump is referring to Republican members of Congress.
"Everything until those last four words was pretty well established. It was clear from the first hours after polls closed on Nov. 3 that Trump was grasping at every conspiracy theory that popped up on websites or in conservative media, a habit that continues unabated. It's long been tricky to determine if Trump actually believes the nonsensical, conflicting or obviously false claims he pushes forward; that he used his familiarity with them as something of a validator in his conversation with Rosen suggests that, to at least some extent, he does," Bump explained.
"What Donoghue's notes suggest is that Trump had fully bought into the effort that would eventually become his Alamo: having Republican legislators block the electoral-vote counting due to take place at the Capitol on Jan. 6," Bump wrote.
Bump noted the questions raised by the notes.
"There have been hints for some time that members of Congress were in contact with the organizers of a protest at the Capitol that day, with one leader of that effort identifying [Rep. Mo Brooks] and two others by name as having 'schemed' with him about how to put 'maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting.' But what about the days before? What, if anything, was the strategy for blocking the electoral votes beyond the objections that actually occurred? How closely was Trump involved in the effort?" he wondered.
Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano had wanted to conduct an Arizona-style vote "audit" of his state's 2020 elections results -- but it's already hit a major roadblock.
CNN reports that Philadelphia County, Tioga County and York County this week all declined Mastriano's request to hand over their election materials and voting machines to a third-party inspector.
"The board cannot agree to the undertaking of your proposed review of the county's election equipment," Lisa Deeley, chairwoman of the Philadelphia City Commissioner's Office, wrote to Mastriano. "Among other things, there is no claim that Philadelphia County's election systems or processes were compromised nor is there any basis to jeopardize the constitutionally mandated secrecy of the votes cast by City of Philadelphia residents."
Deeley also cited the potential for the county to have to replace its entire voting equipment if Mastriano's third-party "inspectors" end up compromising it.
This is exactly what has happened in Arizona when the Trump-backing firm Cyber Ninjas compromised the state's election equipment.
"The letter from Philadelphia commissioners notes that replacing their voting equipment alone would cost more than $35 million and well over a year to implement," writes CNN. "Deeley wrote that cooperating with Mastriano's request would 'render it impossible for Philadelphia to conduct the November 2021 General Election as well as the May 2022 Primary Election.'"
Speaking on Steve Bannon's Real America's Voice show this Friday, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell explained why he pulled all his ads from Fox News after the network refused to air an ad promoting his "cyber symposium" that he claims will reveal evidence for mass voter fraud in the 2020 election.
"Fox News is completely part of the cancel culture," Lindell told Bannon. "They have silenced our voices, and mine being the biggest one ... they won't even report on news or an event anymore, so I said, 'You know what? If you're gonna do that to our country, I'm pulling all my ads, I can't be part of Fox News anymore."
Lindell rambled on for the next few minutes, slamming Fox for rejecting him and claiming that his company lost millions of dollars due to businesses rejecting his products due to his election conspiracy mongering.
"Shame on you, Fox!" Lindell continued. "I think it's disgusting that they won't even report like, the great things that are going on in Arizona, what they find in the audits. Steve, they weren't even there for our real president's rally in Ohio ... what are they hiding from?"
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