Janet Holliday and Ginger Wallace watch the news together every morning. But as scenes from Afghanistan — where the Taliban has regained control during U.S. withdrawal — played across their television screen on Monday, theyswitched to watching the Food Channel, they told The New York Times. “It was too hard to watch,” Holliday, a retired Army colonel, told the Times. “I just can’t help thinking about what a waste it is. I can’t allow myself to think about how after all that blood and treasure, it ends like this.” Holliday and Wallace, a retired Air Force colonel, met while they were deployed i...
'This was really serious': Maggie Haberman shoots down Trump lawyer's attempt to downplay coup attempt
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Tuesday pushed back on attempts to downplay former President Donald Trump's attempted coup attempt earlier this year.
During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Haberman took issue with pro-Trump lawyer John Eastman's claim that his now-infamous six-point plan to overturn the election was only an "option" the president could pursue that never really got very far.
"To hear that John Eastman apparently claimed that this was a preliminary step and he wasn't suggesting that Mike Pence could just summarily overthrow the election -- based on what Trump was hearing from Eastman... Trump was telling people in the White House and outside the White House in the lead-up to January 6th that this was exactly the power that Pence had," Haberman explained.
Haberman also said that Trump took Eastman's claims about his ability to overturn the election very seriously and wanted Pence to believe them as well.
"Remember that Donald Trump made Mike Pence meet with John Eastman for several hours before January 6th," she said. "It's fine now to say this wasn't really serious, but in fact, this was really serious."
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Sidney Powell claims the boyfriend of Brian Kemp's daughter was ‘blown up in his car’ to stop Georgia audit
Trump-loving conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell is now alleging that a Georgia man was murdered as part of a scheme to prevent Gov. Brian Kemp from conducting an audit of the state's vote, which was won by President Joe Biden.
"I think, what we are dealing with here is pervasive and very, very dark," Powell told controversial far-right Pastor Andrew Wommack on his podcast. "It's organized, it's well-funded, it's pure evil."
"They are willing to kill people à la Kelly Loeffler's aide in GA, who was suddenly blown up in his car on the way to a rally for her. He happened to be dating Gov. Kemp's daughter. Gov. Kemp was considering, I think, at that point a signature audit," Powell said.
"We are talking about trillions of dollars of global wealth at issue here," she said, alleging a murderous international conspiracy.
The only problem is, Loeffler's aide was not "suddenly blown up in his car."
Harrison Deal, the aide in question, "died in a three-vehicle crash on I-16" The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported at the time.
Proud Boy lawyer questions whether Congress certifying the presidential election counts as an 'official proceeding'
Many of the perpetrators of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol have been charged with the federal crime of "obstructing an official proceeding" of Congress because their attack was intended to disrupt the counting of electors to confirm the victory of President Joe Biden.
But according to the Seattle Times, the attorney for one of the attackers, Seattle-area Proud Boy Ethan Nordean, is trying a novel approach by questioning whether the counting of electors really counts as an "official proceeding."
"During a nearly two-hour hearing Tuesday before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, a lawyer for Ethan Nordean argued to Judge Timothy J. Kelly that government prosecutors have misapplied criminal charges against Nordean and three co-defendants under a part of federal criminal law aimed to protect 'official proceedings' from interference," reported Lewis Kamb. "Congress's act to certify Electoral College votes from a presidential election doesn't qualify as an 'official proceeding,' attorney Nicholas Smith argued, because a bevy of case law has defined such proceedings as events involving an investigative purpose or truth-finding inquiry."
Kelly was not convinced by this argument, noting that an official proceeding can be anything "where you have a presiding official gaveling in," the houses of Congress.
Nordean, who was placed under house arrest earlier this year after allegedly leading a swarm of Proud Boys through Washington, D.C. to the Capitol, has reportedly been reduced to raising money online as he struggles "making ends meet."
The Proud Boys, a self-styled "Western Chauvinist" group with ties to white supremacy, played a key role in the Capitol riot, with several members being charged for their involvement.
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