According to a deep dive by Jonathan Swan for Axios, right after the election former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani became a daily visitor to Donald Trump's campaign headquarters where he spouted tales of "deep state" interference in the presidential vote counts that eventually drove staffers from the room.
The report notes that Giuliani -- who has now been accused of accepting cash from wealthy felons to lobby the president for pardons -- was accompanied by attorney Sidney Powell for meetings that included some of the president's most trusted advisers.
As Swan reports, "On the day after the election, Nov. 4, top staff including Stepien, Clark, Miller, general counsel Matthew Morgan and Jared Kushner had gathered at Trump campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. They believed this would be a serious search for a path to 270 electoral votes through credible legal challenges. Then Giuliani, Sidney Powell and a swelling conspiracy crew marched into the room — literally."
What followed was Giuliani and Powell expounding at length about how they believed the "deep state" was behind the president's loss to former Vice President Joe Biden, which led staffers to start filtering out of the room after hearing some of their theories for days in a row.
"A bizarre routine set in," Swan explained. "These meetings would begin with official staff raising plausible legal strategies. Then Giuliani and Powell, a lawyer with a history of floating 'deep state' conspiracy theories, would take over, spewing wild allegations of a centralized plot by Democrats — and in Powell's view, international communists — to steal the election. Bewildered campaign aides would look around the table at one another, silently asking what the hell was going on. One would invariably shuffle out of the room, followed by another a few minutes later. Then another. Then another. The professional staff would reconvene in Stepien's office, about 20 yards down the hall."
The report goes on to note that the former New York City mayor would notice that the room had emptied and was forced to go see where everybody was,
"Eventually, Giuliani would realize that he and his crew were alone in the conference room. He'd walk down the hall and knock on the glass outside Stepien's office, where about eight aides had squeezed onto a pair of couches. 'You guys, where did you go?' Giuliani would say. "This is serious!'" the Axios report states.
According to Swan, for days after the election some of Trump's top advisers, "spent many hours trying to stop the former New York mayor from running to the press or the president and muddling the campaign's legal approach."
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The Daily Beast is reported that a witness who is cooperating with prosecutors can confirm that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was told by former "wingman" Joel Greenberg that he'd had sex with an underage girl.
According to the Daily Beast's sources, the witness was in the same room with Greenberg when he called Gaetz and informed him that a woman they had paid for sex was under the age of 18.
The witness in question is talk radio host “Big Joe” Ellicott, who earlier this week pleaded guilty to charges of paying bribes and kickbacks, as well as illegally selling Adderall.
"While the sources did not know whether Ellicott had discussed the call with investigators, his account would likely be of critical interest, since it would match a key claim Greenberg made separately in a confession letter," The Daily Beast writes.
Ellicott is not the only potentially incriminating witness Gaetz has to worry about, as a grand jury earlier this month heard sworn testimony from one of Gaetz's former girlfriends, who was granted immunity in exchange for testifying.
A San Antonio restaurant is denying allegations of racism after putting up a sign saying, "No saggin of pants or shorts. No durags or wave caps allowed."
Kimiya Factory, a local activist who serves as executive director of Black Freedom Factory, tweeted a photo of the sign outside Bentley's Beer Garden earlier this month.
"Looking for a Racist Bar to attend in San Antonio? Bentleys Beer Garden got it covered," Factory wrote. "Discriminating against Black Hair Products/styles. It’s the anti-blackness for me. #Texas101"
Factory said she wanted to share the image because the establishment's policy "targets specific dress styles commonly associated with Black culture," according to the San Antonio Express-News.
“Bars are places that people should be able to go to enjoy themselves and unwind,” Factory said. “This kind of sign further marginalizes its patrons that enter that bar and are seeking a safe experience from racism.”
Despite Factory's allegation, Bentley's Beer Garden has no plans to take down the sign or change its dress code, according to manager E.J. Rodriguez
“We’re not racist by any stretch of the imagination, we just don’t want that at our bars,” Rodriguez told the newspaper, adding that he wears wave caps and durags, but they are meant to be worn at night.
“They’re not made to come out to the club or to wear in public,” he said, adding that the sign acts as a deterrent. “They don’t come into our bar because it’s just unacceptable in society today. Period."
Looking for a Racist Bar to attend in San Antonio ? Bentleys Beer Garden got it covered \n\nDiscriminating against Black Hair Products/styles. It\u2019s the anti-blackness for me. #Texas101pic.twitter.com/L0Q23CIm7t— Kimiya deniseee (@Kimiya deniseee) 1642096473
Russian TV hosts love Tucker Carlson's pro-Putin rants -- but fear he's hurting his credibility: report
Fox News host Tucker Carlson over the last week has gone all-in for supporting Russia in the current dispute with neighboring country Ukraine.
However, as The Daily Beast's Julia Davis reports, even some Russian media personalities are worried that Carlson is too flawed of a messenger to be effective at swaying Americans to take the Kremlin's side.
One writer at RT cited by Davis, for instance, lamented that "the sole anti-war voice on prime-time cable happens to belong to a man whom liberals believe is a 'white supremacist,'" which they said naturally limited his influence with the broader public.
Ekaterina Kotrikadze, a host at the Russian independent television channel Dozhd, gushed that Carlson is "is one of the brightest personalities of the American conservative television channel Fox News," but then added that "sometimes it seems that he attends advanced training courses at the Russian Foreign Ministry."
And state-run Channel One reporter Ivan Blagoy praised Carlson's rants about America helping the Ukrainian government, but noted that the Fox News host "is predictably being accused of playing along with Moscow."