According to a report from the Associated Press, a federal officer emailed his colleagues on January 6th that Donald Trump was in the process of ordering attendees at his "Stop the Steal" rally to march to the U.S. Capitol.
The email, which was obtained by the Associated Press, was sent just as Trump told the attendees to "fight like hell" to overturn the election result.
The Federal Protective Service officer's email read, "POTUS is encouraging the protesters to march to capitol grounds and continue protesting there."
Over an hour later another email was sent out that stated, "CAPITOL HAS BEEN BREACHED. PROTESTERS ARE NOW INSIDE THE CAPITOL."
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The Republican lieutenant governor of Georgia warned that it will harm the GOP at the ballot box if Republicans listen to Donald Trump.
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan argued his case in an opinion column published online by CNN.
After bashing Biden for four paragraphs, Duncan likened Trump to Satan.
"This weekend, former President Trump is hosting a rally in my neck of the woods," he noted. "If the legendary Southern rocker Charlie Daniels were still with us today, his hit song could be re-written as, 'A president went down to Georgia, he was looking for a party's soul to steal.'"
He warned Trump continues to lie about the Peach State.
"Nearly a year after the election, Georgia is still very much on the former President's mind. He continues to be painfully comfortable peddling his baseless conspiracy theories of widespread election fraud. Last week, he fired off a disjointed and juvenile letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger asking him to 'decertify' the results of the election," he wrote.
He warned that listening to Trump would hurt the party in the 2022 midterm elections.
"Republican candidates cannot win general elections around the country if they exert all of their energy in the primary on a litmus test around unfounded election conspiracy theories. When Trump comes to Georgia this weekend, expect him to re-package his 'greatest hits' and once again hijack our great state for his own selfish agenda. It might make for good theater, but it is setting back the conservative movement," he wrote.
In a statement emailed to reporters, Trump confirmed Duncan's fears he would continue to push his "Big Lie" of election fraud that incited the January 6th insurrection.
"I will be discussing the winning results of the Arizona Forensic Audit, which will show 44,000 possibly illegal ballots cast, tomorrow at the Great State of Georgia rally, which will be packed!" Trump wrote, even though the controversial audit confirmed he was an even bigger loser than was announced in November.
On Newsmax Friday, Rudy Giuliani complained that he's not allowed on Fox News anymore to discuss Hunter Biden — and that the network hasn't given him a full reason why.
"What's the problem between you and Fox?" asked anchor Greg Kelly.
"I don't know, they haven't given me a reason," said Giuliani. "They just said I'm banned."
Dominion Voting Systems has sued both Giuliani and Fox News for defamation.
Giuliani suggested it may actually have something to do with the president's son.
Republicans have sought to pursue a story about the FBI probing Hunter Biden, to the point where a Republican member of Congress hounded Secretary of State Tony Blinken about the issue in a hearing earlier this month. Giuliani in particular encouraged former President Donald Trump on the matter, which led to him extorting the president of Ukraine to release dirt on the Biden family — the subject of his first impeachment.
On Friday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Republican Georgia elections director Gabriel Sterling tore into MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for continuing to promulgate conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.
"So Mike Lindell, as you know, has been pushing the lie and continues to do it day by day," said anchor Erin Burnett. "And today, he went on a podcast with the former Trump adviser Steve Bannon."
"If you are a politician and you are running for office, you know what?" said Lindell in the clip. "If you are not thinking about fixing 2020, first, you are not going to win any way and shame on you. If you don't know Donald Trump won that election, you have been living in a cave and you — you're not going to win. I have committed to — that I have said since February, since absolute proof, that we are getting this all — everything — all the evidence I have to the Supreme Court. That will be done before Thanksgiving. That's in stone."
"Gabe, how do you even — how do you even deal with this? Given that it does reverberate and have power?" asked Burnett.
"I don't know," said Sterling. "You sit back and you look at these things and you're like, okay. I feel so bad for you that you feel this way. That you have been lied to this hard. And here's the problem. There are millions and millions of good, hardworking, take care of their kids, god-fearing Americans who listen to this and want to believe it because it's kind of like the 1972 thing, when Nixon won and they talked to a woman in Manhattan who said, I don't know anybody that voted for him. It's the same thing, but more aggravated and more angry."
"Lindell is just off on his own thing talking about a cave," said Sterling. "He is on a different planet. We all know this. I mean, on some level, I actually feel sorry for the man because he's — he's — he was a sort of a, you know, American story of success. And he is throwing away millions and millions of dollars to con artists who are telling him these things. I mean, it's kind of like Rudy Giuliani talking to the president saying, over and over again, you have been cheated. You have been duped. This is all happening and the president wanted to hear that. So he believed it. And it's just terrifying."
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