According to a report from Politico, a former girlfriend of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is in a panic that she may be drawn into his legal woes after speaking on the phone with the woman who is reportedly the key witness against him in the investigation into his possible involvement in sex trafficking.
The report from Marc Caputo and Matt Dixon states that "The revelation raises the possibility that federal prosecutors have two top cooperating witnesses: the woman who was an alleged sex-trafficking victim when she was a minor," as well as longtime Gaetz pal Joel Greenberg who is reportedly working on a plea deal with investigators.
According to the report, Gaetz's ex -- whose name is not given -- has spoken with friends and expressed fear that she was recorded in an attempt to get more information about her former boyfriend.
"Two of her friends, who declined to be identified publicly because of the sensational nature of the case, say she now suspects she was being set up when the alleged victim and another woman involved in the case called her to discuss the lawmaker in what she fears might have been a recorded conference call. The call took place sometime after Greenberg was indicted for the sex crime in August," the report states, adding, "The friends did not provide details about exactly what was discussed, but one recounted that Gaetz's ex-girlfriend said she was opposed to talking to authorities and is now worried that prosecutors might try to charge her with obstructing justice in order to get to Gaetz."
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'Dollar Tree is a favorite': Millionaire Lara Trump complains about dollar store price increase to $1.25
Fox News' Lara Trump lamented that the Dollar Tree has raised its prices on items from $1 to $1.25 given the inflation and supply chain issues. She then implied that she shopped there, which is an unusual claim given her husband's net worth of $300 million.
The host noted that any parent knows that the best place to go for decorations for a kid's birthday is the Dollar Tree. Lara and her husband Eric Trump have two children, both of whom are under five years old.
Lara explained that all parents are looking for things to keep children occupied for as long as possible as cheaply as possible and that Dollar Tree is "a favorite of so many parents across America."
A profile on Lara Trump detailed her luxe life with "multiple homes, celebrity personal trainer, workouts in a gym overlooking Central Park."
She was previously attacked in a moment of "privilege" when she told government workers that they should be proud of their sacrifice during the longest government shutdown in history, which happened under her father-in-law from 2018 to 2019.
"Lara Trump faced an onslaught of accusations Wednesday that she's a rich, privileged, out-of-touch socialite — a Marie Antoinette for 2019 America — after she made comments that seemed to downplay the plight of 800,000 federal workers who are not getting paychecks during the government shutdown," said the Mercury News.
"During the week, Eric and Lara Trump reportedly are 'in town,' living in a three-bedroom, 'white-glove' condominium in Trump Parc East that Eric purchased in 2007 for $2,036,500," said the report, citing Business Insider. "Units in the complex, 'nestled at the entrance of Central Park,' boast spectacular views, concierge service, high ceilings and woodburning fireplaces. 'Everything is at your fingertips in one of New York's exclusive buildings,' the building advertises."
It was just last week that Trump said that the increase in turkey costs came as a result of a liberal war against Thanksgiving.
Throughout the interview, Trump was careful not to say that she shopped at the Dollar Tree. Clark Deals outlines some of the best deals at Dollar Tree this holiday season.
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CIA releases detailed report about what it was like to give Trump infrequent 'presidential daily briefing'
The CIA released the latest chapter of the ongoing history of Presidential briefings, Micah Zenko tweeted over the weekend. According to the information provided by the U.S. spy agency, Trump didn't much care about national security, while Vice President Mike Pence did the "daily briefing" six days a week. Previous reports cited anonymous sources, but the CIA report detailed the specifics on the record. The report went even deeper into what agents experienced, noting Trump's rants and other issues.
By the time that the 2020 election rolled around, Beth Sanner was the one briefing Trump. The so-called PDB, "Presidential Daily Briefing," actually only took place twice a week under Trump and lasted about 45 minutes, with the overwhelming majority involving Trump's ranting.
"Even during times when President Trump publicly expressed great irritation with the IC—most notably in 2019 when an IC employee filed a whistle-blower complaint concerning the president's efforts to have Ukraine investigate a political opponent, Joe Biden—briefings continued as usual and Trump' s demeanor during the sessions remained the same," said the report. "After the 2020 election, PDB briefings also continued for a period of time. When Sanner briefed the president before he went to Mar-a-Lago for the holidays, he commented that he would see her later. The briefings were to resume on 6 January but none were scheduled after the attack on the Capitol."
By contrast, Pence so regularly held a "presidential daily briefing" that he had briefers to his home and gave them a commemorative medallion as a gift. They offered him a certificate of appreciation as he left office, the report continued.
The report also confessed that no briefing was as bad as Trump's other than Nixon.
"For the Intelligence Community, the Trump transition was far and away the most difficult in its historical experience with briefing new presidents,". The only (and imperfect) analogue was the Nixon transition, when the president-elect effectively declined to work with the IC, electing, instead, to receive intelligence information through an intermediary, National Security Advisor-designate Henry Kissinger," the report also explained. "Trump was like Nixon, suspicious and insecure about the intelligence process, but unlike Nixon in the way he reacted. Rather than shut the IC out, Trump engaged with it, but attacked it publicly."
James Clapper also wrote in his book about Trump's inability to focus during briefings as a candidate. After taking over the White House, Clapper left and Trump brought in his own team.
"Clapper recalled, Trump was prone to 'fly off on tangents; there might be eight or nine minutes of real intelligence in an hour's discussion,'" the report recalled. "The irreconcilable difference, in Clapper's view, was that the IC worked with evidence. Trump 'was 'fact-free'—evidence doesn't cut it with him.'"
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) was denounced after tweeting that the new COVID variant was nothing more than an election ploy. Speaking to CNN's Jim Acosta on Sunday, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, said that he doesn't even consider Jackson to be a doctor anymore. He's a "former doctor."
Dr. Reiner, who serves as a professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, explained that misinformation coming from Jackson is the key reason 50 million Americans continue to refuse to get vaccinated.
"It comes from people like Ronny Jackson, people who doubt the severity of this pandemic, people who have doubted the consequences of not getting vaccinated, people who have doubted the efficacy of masks," he continued. "So now as a new potentially dangerous variant is identified, you see this anti-science coming from a former doctor. I call him 'former doctor' because that's how he behaves. He behaves as a former doctor."
Acosta jumped in saying, that such a comment isn't typical for people like Dr. Reiner. Doctors don't generally trash their colleagues.
Dr. Reiner noted that Jackson is the kind of conspiracy theorist who called former President Barack Obama "a deep state traitor" when Obama was serving as his commander in chief at the time. Obama was also the president who promoted Jackson to a "flag rank." So, if Jackson is going to make such complaints about Obama, he certainly accepted promotions from the person he purports to hate so much.
"We're still dealing with disinformation," said Acosta. "That's probably the biggest threat out there right now." He went on to say that Jackson has become "the doctor of disinformation for the far right."
"I mean, he's betrayed so much. He's become an embarrassment," Acosta closed.
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