On Tuesday, every U.S. senator is expected to be sworn in as jurors in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump and, according to USA Today, the former president will face a slew of accusations and possibly witnesses against him but won't have much help on his own side.
With former Trump impeachment lawyers Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz and former White House counsel Pat Cipollone out of the picture this go around, the former president will be relying on attorney Butch Bowers of South Carolina who once represented former GOP lawmaker Mark Sanford during an impeachment trial (which he won) but later turned into an ethics probe.
Outside of Bowers, Trump will find his support slim with many GOP senators taking a hands-off approach while at the same time indicating that they will likely not impeach the former president.
As one GOP consultant explained, Trump is thin on support because he is considered damaged goods and doesn't have the weight of still being president to use as reason to join his team.
According to Alex Conant, a GOP strategist who worked for Sen. Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential campaign, "It's much easier for a sitting president to find aides than a former president."
"I think everything about this case, especially how politically toxic Trump is with a lot of people, means there's not a lot to be gained by representing Trump right now," he added.
Conant also suggested that the defense Trump is going to present is leaving GOP lawmakers cold.
"Anything is possible with Trump. I just don't think that Republican senators are going to be sympathetic to the fraud claims," he explained. "That isn't going to help his standing in the Senate. I'm honestly curious what Trump does here."
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President Donald Trump suffered a humiliating loss Tuesday when his anointed candidate in Texas lost her primary runoff for Congress. Now he's trying to avoid a repeat for the GOP primary special election in Ohio's 15th Congressional District next week.
According to CNBC, the former president has thrown $348,081 worth of advertising into the race from his political action committee. This time around, Trump is supporting a former lobbyist for the coal industry.
In addition to using money to boost him, he also recorded a robocall for the race and welcomed the lobbyist on stage during his Ohio rally in June.
"The former president has staked his entire political brand on his status as a kingmaker in the Republican Party. A second loss for a Trump-backed candidate in as many weeks would put a serious dent in Trump's aura of invincibility," the report explained.
The report went on to say that the purchase suggests that Trump's team believes that the former president's endorsement isn't enough to lead to a win for his candidate.
"For Trump, this race is about much more than Ohio politics," said CNBC. "The former president has staked his entire political brand, and his nascent aspirations to run for president again in 2024, on his status as a kingmaker in the Republican Party."
Report details how Jim Jordan's 'cultish behavior' catapulted him to the 'highest ranks of the House GOP'
During the Obama years, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio was a frequent source of irritation to then-Rep. John Boehner and his successor as House speaker, former Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Neither Boehner nor Ryan appreciated the Ohio congressman's abrasive, in-your-face tactics. But Jordan's prominence among House Republicans only increased during Donald Trump's presidency, and journalist Olivia Beavers examines that prominence in an article published by Politico this week.
The 57-year-old Jordan, who was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, was a founding member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus — which, Beavers notes, "made legislative life hell for (House Minority Leader Kevin) McCarthy's two predecessors in Republican leadership," Boehner and Ryan. Boehner has described Jordan as a "legislative terrorist."
Combative, overbearing and shrill, Jordan fit right in with the MAGA movement after Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Jordan has been a vigorous Trump defender, from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation to the former president's two impeachments. And since becoming House minority leader, McCarthy has, according to Beavers, found it expedient to ally himself with the Ohio congressman.
"Of course, Trump himself played a major role in Jordan's journey from the fringes to the highest ranks of the House GOP," Beavers explains. "The former president got involved in the McCarthy-Jordan leadership race in 2018 to smooth tensions between the two, and Jordan's support of the bombastic Trump is as critical to his rise this Congress as it is to Rep. Liz Cheney's (R-Wyo.) fall."
Jordan was recently among the five Republicans who McCarthy picked for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select committee on the January 6 insurrection. Pelosi, however, rejected Jordan, as she wasn't about to let him turn her committee into a circus. And McCarthy, in response, withdrew all five of his picks — even the three Pelosi was willing to accept.
Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, discussing Jordan with Politico, commented that he has "led the charge" with the type of "cult-ish behavior" that has "contributed to profound dysfunctionality and debasement of a proud and major political party."
Beavers says of Jordan, "His embrace of shutdown politics and political brawls, his avid defense of Trump at every turn, his skill at lobbing attacks at his opponents — not to mention his ties to a sexual abuse scandal on the Ohio State University wrestling team — mean Jordan will be forever infamous among Democrats. Among them, Pelosi is seen as heroic for blocking Jordan from the January 6 probe."
Here's how a progressive woman tricked a MAGA rioter into giving up incriminating info on a dating app
New details are emerging on how progressive women used dating apps to identify and solicit confessions from supporters of Donald Trump who at the Capitol during the January 6th insurrection.
Andrew Taake was arrested for pepper-spraying officers and hitting them with a metal "whip-like device." Taake was identified by law enforcement officials after he posted incriminating information about his actions on dating app Bumble.
HuffPost senior justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly interviewed the woman who helped identify the suspect.
The woman is a "20-something communications professional" in DC identified in the story only as "Claire." She deleted her pink Women's March "p*ssy" hat and identified herself as a conservative and began swiping yes on men in the DC area.
She eventually started chatting with a man named "Andrew."
"Were you near all the action?" Claire asked.
"Yes," Andrew replied. "From the very beginning."
He pushed outlandish claims that it was antifa who attacked officers.
He also recounted being "sprayed" during the incident "all while just standing there."
They kept chatting and Claire was eventually able to track down his real identity.
Claire reportedly got three men to admit they were at the insurrection.
"I basically just asked, 'Wow, crazy, tell me more' on repeat until they gave me enough," Claire said. "One of my friends was like, 'You basically got all these confessions just being, like, 'Haha! Then what?'"
In April, Robert Chapman was arrested after being identified on Bumble.
"We are not a match," was the final message sent by the woman who outed him.
Six months ago, a D.C. 20-something was watching the Capitol attack unfold on TV. Outside her window, MAGA fans who… https://t.co/eN2u3NEArh— Ryan J. Reilly (@Ryan J. Reilly) 1627591312.0
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