DETROIT – Michigan state Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford, and his wife, Meshawn Maddock, who is poised to become the next co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party, have joined a Facebook group where members have discussed the possibility of a civil war, decried a ban on open carry inside the state Capitol and hope for a "big cleanup" of elected leaders. The Maddocks have played a leading role in the effort to overturn Michigan's election results, and the two were in Washington, D.C., when the president's supporters stormed the Capitol building in a deadly assault last Wednesday. Meshawn Maddock ...
Jared Kushner trying to raise Saudi cash after cozying up to crown prince while working for Trump: report
On Friday, The New York Times reported that former President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is trying to raise money for his new investment firm in the Middle East.
"So far, he is having only mixed success," reported Kate Kelly, David D. Kirkpatrick, and Alan Rappeport. "Qatar, whose leaders saw Mr. Kushner as an opponent in the administration, declined to invest in his firm, a person familiar with those conversations said. So did the main Emirati sovereign wealth funds; Emirati rulers saw Mr. Kushner as an ally but questioned his track record in business, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions."
There is one government in the region that is coming to Kushner's aid, however.
"The Saudis are more interested, according to four people briefed on their continuing negotiations," continued the report. "The kingdom's $450 billion Public Investment Fund is negotiating with Mr. Kushner over what could prove to be a sizable investment in his new firm, two of those people said."
In the Trump administration, Kushner was known as the former president's point man for helping to cut diplomatic deals in the Middle East, playing an outsized role in a series of agreements to make several Arab and North African states recognize the Israeli government — often at the cost of the United States legitimizing human rights violations by those countries. He has since founded an institute to promote the ongoing survival of these agreements.
Kushner has presided over some high-profile investment failures in the business world, most notably his failure to turn a profit on a large office tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
On CNN Friday, former Mitch McConnell adviser Scott Jennings slammed Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for her comments joking that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was a suicide bomber.
"Scott, was it just another day at the office and they got these folks in the far right in certain parts of the caucus that they just can't control?" asked anchor Jim Acosta.
"Senator McConnell serves in the Senate," said Jennings. "I guarantee you, I know what he's thinking. It's a garbage comment from a garbage politics. I'm as anti-Squad as the next [Republican], but there's plenty of ways to debate these folks without stooping to this garbage rhetoric. I noted, by the way, that Boebert has been forced to apologize. I assume that didn't happen in a vacuum, but she's of course committed the ultimate sin, which is the people she's being performative for here would say you never should apologize."
"Ultimately this is not the future of the party, not the future of the country, not the future of what any of us wants," added Jennings. "These are not the leaders that we need for America or for the Republican Party."
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QAnon congressional candidate sets up Bitcoin fundraising operation -- and it appears illegal: reporter
Ron Watkins, the longtime QAnon influencer who is now running for Congress in Arizona, has set up a fundraising operation that relies on cryptocurrency -- but one reporter thinks that Watkins may be running afoul of the law.
The Informant's Nick Martin writes on Twitter that Watkins this week started soliciting "no more than $2,000 worth of Bitcoin" in donations from his supporters.
As Martin writes, this is a legally dicey proposition.
"What he doesn't say is that the FEC prohibits anyone from donating more than $100 to a campaign when using Bitcoin," he explains, while adding that $2,000 in Bitcoin donations would be "20 times the FEC limit."
Watkins announced his campaign back in October with a bizarre video in which he invoked God in his decision to run while also doubling down on bogus conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.
"I also want to emphasize that we must stay vigilant and keep up the pressure — both here in Arizona and throughout the country — to indict any and all criminals who have facilitated election fraud," Watkins said. "President Trump had his election stolen, not just in Arizona, but in other states, too."