According to a report from CNN, former members of Donald Trump's administration panicked after hearing federal officials raided the home and offices of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani fearing that they could be next.
On Thursday, federal investigators armed with a warrant confiscated cell phones and computers belonging to Giuliani as part of an investigation into his dealings with Ukraine that one stunned Trump associate called "overkill."
News of the raid was greeted with dismay by former Trump administration officials as they have come to recognize that Attorney General Merrick Garland is allowing U.S. Attorneys under him to pursue former government officials, reports CNN.
One former Trump adviser, who wished to remain anonymous, told CNN, "This was a show of force that sent a strong message to a lot of people in Trump's world that other things may be coming down the pipeline."
According to the report from CNN's Gabby Orr, "According to the Trump adviser, the raid ignited a sense of fear inside the former President's orbit that Justice Department officials may be more willing to pursue investigations of the 45th president or his inner circle than many Trump allies had previously believed. Two other people close to the former President, who echoed these sentiments, declined to be quoted for this story."
Former Trump officials worry that Giuliani could implicate Trump or other administration officials as part of a plea deal, with one Trump insider saying, "Even the most loyal people have their breaking point," before adding it "wouldn't shock me at all" if the former U.S. Attorney flipped on the ex-president.
Added another, "I think we've seen some more surprising instances of things like that happening, especially with Michael Cohen."
As for Cohen, on Saturday morning he told an MSNBC host that Giuliani's phones and computers could contain a "treasure trove" of information that could be used to pursue former Attorney General Bill Barr, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner.
You can read more from CNN here.
'You moron': QAnon congresswoman mocked after praising Arizona audit — and demanding one for Georgia
Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) praised the widely-panned Arizona "audit" of ballots in Maricopa County and demanded a similar effort in Georgia.
Greene retweeted Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward linking to an article by John Solomon, a central figure in pushing Russia's narrative about Ukraine that resulted in Trump's first impeachment.
"If Joe Biden won the election then there is no need to worry," Greene claimed, even though it is a fact that Biden did win the election and the Arizona audit has been criticized for lacking any legitimacy.
She wrote that "since Arizona is doing such a great job with the Arizona audit, when will Georgia do the same for ALL of the Republicans in Georgia who have been screaming and demanding a full audit?"
"GA Republican voters who voted for all the Republicans in power want a full audit," she argued. "Why are elected GA Republican leaders refusing to do what their voters ask?"
"A full audit of the Nov 3rd election is needed in GA and the people deserve it," she argued, even though there is no evidence of widespread election fraud other than Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the election, for which he's facing a criminal investigation in Fulton County.
She linked the "Big Lie" issue of election fraud to next year's midterm elections, when voting rights activist Stacey Abrams is expected to challenge GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.
Speaking directly to Kemp, she said, "we need everyone in GA to trust our elections so that we can save Georgia in '22."
Here's some of what people were saying about Greene's Twitter thread:
Georgia already did a full manual recount, and the results stayed the same. You're preying on the uninformed. https://t.co/cDqLDLtJp4— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project)1620324793.0
Cyber Ninjas looking for bamboo because Q believes ballots were flown over from China and placed in ballot boxes? How fuqqing embarrassing is the GQP?
— Laura Costa 💟 (@LauraCo04347099) May 6, 2021
If? He did. It's over, quit gaslighting.
— Sandi (@sandi_fish) May 6, 2021
they did multiple hand counts Q Karen
— Broward Bred 🔥🐬🌮 (@FromRagsToGP) May 6, 2021
We did a full hand count of our election in Georgia and you refuse to accept it
We did signature checks for 15k ballots in Cobb County, found only 2 bad signatures and neither were fraud, and you refuse to accept it
You will never accept Trump lost
— Noble Prize in Sarcasm (@rewegreatyet) May 6, 2021
This has already happened, under the watch of you Rep Gov. the only reason people are concerned about election integrity is because you have no integrity and will not let the results speak for themselves.
— David King (@davidsking2002) May 6, 2021
Georgia already did a full manual recount, and the results stayed the same 🙄
— 🦢🦋SomaPsycheYogi🦋🦢 (@SomaPsycheYogi) May 6, 2021
They're not doing a great job - they're likely violating federal law. https://t.co/MG0nomZqky
— The Fully Vaccinated Dorothea Brooke (@vigilabilis) May 6, 2021
Your peeps conducting the audit literally are trying to avoid all transparency. And the GOP handed the audit to a private company to avoid transparency.
You don't want transparency. You want to lie in secret.
— MT Greene's Llama 🇺🇲🦙 (@GreenesLlama) May 6, 2021
The audit in AZ, is NOT transparent. What are YOU afraid of. Fair audits are done by both parties, not people who supported the insurrection.
— Wendy (@oldWVgirl) May 6, 2021
As a taxpayer, I object to any of my tax dollars going to a shady, trumpanzee firm called “Cyber Ninjas". I hope an impartial judge will rule that neither they nor any other shady group have any legal right to touch ballots.
Your side LOST get over it!
— Chui Bluengold (@Chuibluengold) May 6, 2021
Joe Biden won the election. pic.twitter.com/mgd6eOllFW
— Roastmaster General (@TempleOfJames) May 6, 2021
@mtgreenee @JoeBiden You’re anti-democracy & a #Qanon nut. Putting countless recounts/audits/fantasies in your han… https://t.co/YYBahglTsJ— Michael Steiner (@Michael Steiner)1620324863.0
Why are AZ audit workers forced to sign a NDA? I thought you were advocating transparency?!?!?
— BHill (@bhill5) May 6, 2021
The audit done by conspiracy theorists. Brilliant. Nothing shady there.
— sixfootfourman (@sixfootfourman) May 6, 2021
We've already PAID for several recounts and all of them confirm that Biden won.
Elections ARE transparent. You just don't like the result.
— Laurie Rodriguez (@ProfessorPongo) May 6, 2021
@mtgreenee @GovKemp Since Arizona has bamboo ballots, will Georgia have silk ballots or papyrus ballots? I'm sure y… https://t.co/n5mbVsIdhu— LaserEyesFDR (@LaserEyesFDR)1620324080.0
'It's not National God Day': Pat Robertson's reporter mocked for attacking Biden's National Day of Prayer proclamation
David Brody, a political analyst for Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), is getting criticized for attacking President Joe Biden's National Day of Prayer Proclamation. Brody, a Trump acolyte, slammed the proclamation because it doesn't include the word "God."
President Biden's proclamation clearly was written to be as inclusive as possible, something he has strived to achieve with nearly everything he does.
"Throughout our history, Americans of many religions and belief systems have turned to prayer for strength, hope, and guidance," Biden a devout Catholic, says in the document. "Prayer has nourished countless souls and powered moral movements -- including essential fights against racial injustice, child labor, and infringement on the rights of disabled Americans. Prayer is also a daily practice for many, whether it is to ask for help or strength, or to give thanks over blessings bestowed."
He goes on to talk about the First Amendment protecting "the rights of free speech and religious liberty, including the right of all Americans to pray."
But that wasn't good enough for Brody, a far right wing Christian, who appeared to believe that the proclamation should honor only Christians.
Joe Biden's National Day of Prayer Proclamation has been released and it doesn't even mention God once! How do you release a proclamation about prayer and not mention God at all? Of course it mentions climate change & racial justice. Truly, this is pathetic...and not surprising! pic.twitter.com/czOQx3ioHj
— David Brody (@DavidBrodyCBN) May 6, 2021
Former Trump personal attorney Jenna Ellis chimed in, replying to Brody with this slur:
Who is he praying to?? The BLM gods?
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) May 6, 2021
On social media Brody was blasted.
Why, it's almost as if America is a nation in which there are some people who believe in God and others who don't, and he wants his language to be inclusive of everyone rather than exclusive to theists.
— Dr. James G. Gilmore (@jamesggilmore) May 6, 2021
Which god of the over 4200 religions? Joe respects everyone's religious beliefs, not just yours. You should give him and everyone else the same amount of respect. pic.twitter.com/hMDYuxCUpB
— John Birchman 😷 ⬅️6️⃣➡️ (@johnbirchman) May 6, 2021
I see that "the divine" is mentioned. Why is that not good enough for you? Do you believe in divinity?
— Middle Molly: Fully vaccinated plus SIX weeks! (@MiddleMolly) May 6, 2021
Because not everyone in this country is from the same religion, genius.
— hondo64ou (@hondo64ou1) May 6, 2021
It's "National Day of Prayer" not "National God Day". Not everyone prays the same way.
— ArabSnowflake (@AnisahMichael) May 6, 2021
A national Day of Prayer is not about promoting a specific expression of faith but about prayer as an activity in which each individual connects with their transcendent dimension in order to align themselves with their highest values and wisdom and receive the grace of acceptance
— Constance (@jconstance61) May 6, 2021
The clue should be "many religions". It's a message meant to be all encompassing, not to exalt one religion alone. Biden speaks to all Americans, not just those who worship your preferred deity.
— The Dragon of East Rock is half vaxxed (@eastrockpark) May 6, 2021
It's about the National Day of Prayer not “National Day of God" so it's pretty easy to figure out why it repeatedly references prayer & doesn't need to mention God. Easy, unless of course you're steeped in faux outrage in an effort to rile people up. Not very Christian of you.
— Brent (@brenticles42) May 6, 2021
No, it actually does not, and THAT is the point. He's president for everyone, not just Christians.
— Mark Sniadecki (@MarkSniadecki) May 6, 2021
Which god should Joe Biden have mentioned?
— Dr Robin 😷 (@Robinindfw) May 6, 2021
Because not all of us pray to a god?
— Josh Jakob Architect (@JJakobDesign) May 6, 2021
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that the state will have a civil action against far-right activists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman.
According to the statement from the AG's office, the two men, known for being "dirty tricksters," are accused of using lie-filled robocalls to suppress turnout among Black voters.
The case intervenes in California, Ohio and Virginia proceeding against the conspiracy theorists who were hit with 15 felony charges involving voter intimidation. There were eight counts of felony telecommunications fraud and seven counts of felony bribery after allegedly sowing fears about voting by mail.
"The right to vote is the most fundamental component of our nation's democracy. These individuals clearly infringed upon that right in a blatant attempt to suppress votes and undermine the integrity of this election. These actions will not be tolerated. Anyone who interferes with others' right to vote must be held accountable," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O'Malley in October. "I commend Attorney General Dave Yost and his staff for their diligent work on this investigation. We urge all citizens to get out and vote. Do not let these individuals or others like them succeed."
The New York AG's office said that the group's "shame organization Project 1599" was in violation of state and federal laws for the robocalls. The calls to Black communities claimed that anyone who voted by mail would have their personal information handed over to law enforcement, debt collectors and the government. Approximately 5,500 New Yorkers were targeted by the effort.
A representative for Wohl and Burkman said that the charges are an example of "cancel culture," said the New York Daily News.
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