One day after footage was released of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., fleeing the Senate Chamber as rioters supporting former President Donald Trump overtook the the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the senator vowed not to run from voters. Then his former opponent across the aisle vowed to spread his words. On Saturday afternoon, former Sen. Claire McCaskill shared a video first posted by the Democratic National Committee. “I am not backing down. I’m not going to apologize. I’m not going to cower. I’m not going to run from you,” Hawley said at the beginning of the video. The clip is from Hawley’s speech...
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Hours after Donald Trump suggested setting aside provisions in the Constitution because he believes the 2020 election was stolen from him, he was back to complaining about his legal problems in a Manhattan courtroom.
Taking to Truth Social, the former president complained that the prosecutors never should have brought a case against the Trump Organization for ducking paying taxes on employee benefits.
According to Trump, the case is both a "witch hunt" and a "scam."
"The D.A.s small and uneventful 'Fringe Benefits' case (as opposed to Rape, Murder, or any one of many forms of Violent Crime which is taking place now in New York City at Record Levels), is a case the likes of which has never been charged or tried in such manner before (it is usually a small civil case, if even a case at all. Witch Hunt!)," he wrote.
"At Summation, the prosecutor made statements that weren’t true or factual in order to help his bad & nonexistent facts, and was called out by the Judge. SCAM!" he added.
The former president did not indicate what Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Joshua Steinglass was admonished about, however NY1 reported Judge Juan Manuel Merchan had words with Trump attorney Susan Necheles, with the report adding, "Necheles said the error wasn’t intentional and apologized to the jury when she resumed her argument after a half-hour break."
Appearing on MSNBC early Sunday morning, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance said that the in the past week Donald Trump suffered defeat after defeat in the courts and now the Department of Justice has all it needs to go after the former president on multiple fronts leading to indictments.
Speaking with MSNBC host Katie Phang, Vance called the past seven days 'the worst legal week that Trump has ever seen."
"Let's shift to other investigations," host Phang prompted. "Now NBC News spotted former White House lawyers Pat Cipollone and Pat Philbin at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Politico is reporting that they appeared in front of at least one grand jury; this is while there are several ongoing probes into Donald Trump. How concerned should Donald Trump and his team be, seeing those two attorneys again at that courthouse, right, now giving repeat performances before a grand jury?"
"Last week, in my judgment, was the worst legal week that Trump has ever seen," Vance replied. "The fact that these two are testifying in front of the grand jury is a big part of that."
"We do not know if they were testifying exclusively about January 6th," she elaborated. "There are reports that their subpoenas came from one of the DOJ lawyers who was reportedly working on that aspect of what is now the special counsel's investigation. They could also have testified about Mar-a-Lago and the documents case as well."
"This is a really intriguing part of what is going on here," she continued. "It is unprecedented for there to be a criminal investigation into a former president after he's out of office."
"I want to ask you: House select committee is meeting on Friday trying to decide if they will make referrals to the DOJ," host Phang asked. "Seems to me that the DOJ obviously doesn't have to wait for those referrals to happen. You've got special counsel Jack Smith now who's been appointed. Do you think the DOJ is actually going to wait for the possibility of referrals from the 1/6 committee at this point?"
"No. It is clear the DOJ is now full steam ahead," Vance replied. "There was that first year that Merrick Garland was attorney general and we did not see signs of active investigations. But the committee has done its job, has really jolted the seriousness of these issues into our awareness. We all knew that they were serious. The point here is the serious legal possibility of criminal exposure. DOJ is full steam ahead."
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'Anathema to the soul of our nation': Donald Trump pilloried for his demand to cancel the Constitution
The White House on Saturday afternoon responded to former President Donald Trump's demand for the "termination" of the United States Constitution over non-existent "fraud and deception" in American elections, which he continues to claim cost him the presidency in 2020 and that he is expecting Republicans to embrace in his 2024 reelection campaign.
Trump wrote on his struggling fake Twitter app Truth Social:
ELECTION INTERFERENCE AT A LEVEL NEVER SEEN BEFORE!!!
So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great 'Founders' did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!
He went on to add:
UNPRECEDENTED FRAUD REQUIRES UNPRECEDENTED CURE!
I wonder what Mitch McConnell, the RINOS, and all of the weak Republicans who couldn’t get the Presidential Election of 2020 approved and out of the way fast enough, are thinking now?
There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the elections of 2022, or 2020, or any other major historical contest, let alone that which was pervasive enough to affect the results. And the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next – which Trump has attempted to upend through his lies and ultimately by mounting an insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021 – is a key tenet that holds the American democratic experiment intact.
White House Deputy Press Secretary and Senior Communications Adviser for Strategic Response Andrew Bates touched on those points in a statement:
The American Constitution is a sacrosanct document that for over 200 years has guaranteed that freedom and the rule of law prevail in our great country. The Constitution brings the American people together – regardless of party – and elected leaders swear to uphold it. It's the ultimate monument to all of the Americans who have given their lives to defeat self-serving despots that abused their powers and trampled on constitutional rights. Attacking the Constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the soul of our nation, and should be universally condemned. You cannot love America only when you win.
The Democratic National Committee also fired back at Trump, as reported by Politico:
Donald Trump lost by 7 million votes in 2020 and his calls to undermine our democracy cost his party key races in 2022. The continued silence by Republican leaders, including his potential primary competitors, shows a MAGA party that is beholden to Trumpism, his divisive rhetoric, and his extreme positions.
Democratic lawmakers denounced Trump as well.
Congressman Don Beyer of Virginia tweeted:
Days after Trump dined with men who praise Hitler and the Nazis, he demands the ‘termination’ of the Constitution’s electoral process so he can be illegally reinstated. Trump’s words and actions are unacceptable, they stoke hatred and political violence, and they are dangerous. Every Member of Congress swore an oath to 'defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.' Donald Trump has openly declared himself an enemy of the Constitution, and Republicans must repudiate him.
Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz said:
Trump just called for the suspension of the Constitution and it is the final straw for zero republicans, especially the ones who call themselves ‘constitutional conservatives.
New York Representative Richie Torres noted that "January 6 was Donald Trump’s attempt at terminating the US Constitution. He’s a repeat offender."
California Congressman Eric Swalwell, who regularly faces death threats, stated that "every congressional reporter should demand responses from Congressional Republicans about Donald Trump’s call for the Constitution to be terminated … how many of them called themselves 'Constitutional conservatives' during the Obama years???"
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar said that "Trump just called for the suspension of the Constitution to overturn the 2020 results. Georgia VOTE. You stood tall against Trump and his minions last time. A win for [incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael] Warnock is another win for democracy."
While outrage over Trump's "truth" was not exclusive to the left, few on the right have stepped up to rebuke Trump. One exception, however, was ex-United Nations Ambassador and National Security Adviser John Bolton, who posted that "no American conservative can agree with Donald Trump's call to suspend the Constitution because of the results of the 2020 election. And all real conservatives must oppose his 2024 campaign for president."