According to a report from Politico, close allies of Donald Trump are now worried that his second impeachment trial could have a long-range impact on his ability to resurrect his political career because the Democrats will likely focus on the horror of the Jan. 6th storming of the Capitol that the former president is accused of inciting.
While it is likely that few, if any, Republican Senators will vote along with Democrats on the articles of impeachment, associates of the president are saying the ex-president will sustain renewed damage by the nationally televised reliving of that day's events.
Worse still, the report states, the ex-president is already damaged goods in the eyes of some Republicans.
"The former president, whom House Democrats have accused of inciting the rioters at a rally earlier the same day, is already hemorrhaging support within the GOP. Recent public polls have shown a sharp decline in support among Republican voters for a potential Trump comeback bid in 2024," Politico reports. "And a widely televised trial that reminds voters and lawmakers of the disturbing moments when MAGA devotees assaulted law enforcement officials and broke into the Capitol building could harm his future political aspirations even more."
Even former White House advisor Steve Bannon, an ardent backer of the president running again, is worried about the fall-out.
"The Democrats have a very emotional and compelling case," explained Bannon. "They're going to try to convict him in the eyes of the American people and smear him forever."
According to the report, Trump's attorneys are also worried about the path the trial may take and hope they can limit the scope to the constitutionality of the trial.
"Trump's legal team appears to have similar trepidations that next week's proceedings will turn into a high-profile retelling of the riots and his role in them," the report states before adding, "The concern among Trump's allies that the trial will be a relitigation of the events at the Capitol underscores the degree to which next week is being viewed as a public relations matter for the optics-obsessed former president. Still, there is little Trump's team can do to stop the trial from veering towards a discussion of Jan. 6, since the impeachment managers are likely to focus intensely on the riots — and could, indeed, call witnesses to testify about what happened."
The report adds, "People familiar with Trump's strategy say his defense attorneys David Schoen and Bruce Castor hope to keep the trial 'short and sweet' — not wanting to entangle themselves in a lengthy debate over whether their client's comments at the 'Stop the Steal' rally outside the White House qualify as inciting speech, or legitimize the prosecution's arguments by focusing on Jan. 6."
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GOP lies about Jan. 6 are the beginning of a three-part plan that's worse than al Qaeda: ex-Breitbart staffer
Amid the conversation of the downfall of the Republican Party, former Breitbart staffer Kurt Bardella explained that the GOP, as an organization, is just as complicit.
Speaking to MSNBC on Sunday about the ousting of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Republicans attempting to rewrite the history of Jan. 6, Bardella predicted that it is only going to get worse as the party goes all-in on the "big lie."
He noted that through the 2000s, the Republicans were all about fighting terrorism, patriotism, war and protecting America from those abroad. Now it has taken a 180-degree turn toward promoting terrorism.
"In reality, the threat that we are facing right now at home in our own backyard from one of the two major political parties in this country has put democracy on its edge," he explained. "We are teetering very, very close right now. I don't think people realize what's happening. But what we have seen now is a Republican Party that, even on the day of the insurrection that night, went back into the chambers of Congress and voted against approving a free and fair election. This is a three-part play that we're seeing right now. Act one was the November election.
"Act two is the 2022 midterms," he continued. "And if Republicans somehow get control of one of two chambers of Congress, I guarantee you in 2024, if they don't like the results of the election, they will not certify them and they will create a Constitutional crisis, the likes of which we have never seen — putting democracy on edge and under threat in a way that it never was during the attacks of al Qaeda, during everything that we experienced in the 2000s. All of the alarmist rhetoric we heard from Republicans about terror and war and terrorism, well, guess what? The threat we are seeing right now from the Republican party is far bigger than any of that."
He went on to explain that after watching Republicans pretend like Jan. 6 was "patriots" or "tourists," is really only the beginning of the next steps of the GOP plan.
"What you're going to see is when you have one of the two political parties make excuses, apologize, rewrite history for the violent insurrection effort on January 6th, you're going to see more of that," said Bardella. "When the Republican Party sits up in a congressional hearing like they did this week and say, 'Oh, it was just like any kind of tourist day,' you're telling these people to keep doing it, to do it more, to get more violent because the Republican Party will run cover for you. They are the getaway driver for these democratic arsonists."
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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) plans to speak at a rally in Mesa, Arizona on Friday, but there's a question of what his former wingman Joel Greenberg intends to say to prosecutors in his plea agreement.
Greenberg has likely already given all of the information he has to prosecutors and investigators. The paperwork for his guilty plea is already filed, but on Monday, he'll officially plead guilty to six crimes in court. MSNBC host Yasmin Vossoughian quoted Gaetz at a Republican retreat over the weekend, denying that he ever took money for "naughty favors." Gaetz claimed that the real crimes are members who take favors for votes, a.k.a. earmarks.
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner told MSNBC on Sunday that it was "obscene" to equate sex trafficking of a minor as nothing more than a "naughty favor." It was even worse to compare it to normal practice in government.
"That's Matt Gaetz announcing, 'Sure, you may have caught me doing all sorts of stuff wrong, but you know what, Congress does stuff wrong all the time, including earmarks,'" Kirschner said. "That could be turned on its head and viewed as an admission of guilt, but we'll have to see how the prosecutors choose to play that. It looks like based on the Greenberg plea agreement, which is something I never saw in my 30 years as a prosecutor, I think the prosecutors are going to have sort of an embarrassment of riches when it comes to criminal conduct of others."
While serving as a prosecutor, Kirschner explained that when he was working with someone who might become a cooperating witness, they would limit the immunity until it was clear what information they had.
"Everything they tell us about the criminal activity of others, we go out and investigate," he explained. "We see if we can corroborate to make sure that the aspiring cooperator is telling us the truth. And if the information is really blockbuster, for example, if that aspiring cooperator can give us significantly bigger fish on the criminal food chain, then we might make them a generous plea offer. I've never seen one quite so generous as somebody who's charged with 33 federal felony counts and he's permitted to plead guilty to just six and the prosecutors will dismiss 27 points."
He went on to say that of the 86 pages in the plea agreement, "I saw all of the receipts."
He then read a key piece of the indictment that he picked out that should "send shudders through anyone who was involved in doing dirt with Joel Greenberg.
On page 30, he explained, prosecutors wrote, "'Greenberg also introduced the minor to other adult men,' plural, 'who engaged in commercial sex acts with the minor in the middle district of Florida.'"
"Boy, it looks like they have the receipts on those other men," said Kirschner. "They haven't named them yet, but I have a feeling we're going to learn who they are very soon, and one of them may very well be Matt Gaetz."
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Taking a break from her usual trolling of Democrats on Twitter, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) made a request from her followers to share their favorite verses from the Bible and -- as you can probably guess -- she was flooded with comments calling her out for her own transgressions while being urged to live the teaching of Jesus for a change.
After a simple "What's your favorite Bible verse?" ask, the gun-toting conservative lawmaker was deluged with an assortment of critical comments and creative non-Biblical responses.
@laurenboebert I don’t know why you continually set yourself up like this, but I can’t wait to see the comments 😂😂😂 https://t.co/OhwyYXVh3d— andrea (@andrea)1621189740.0
@laurenboebert "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you we… https://t.co/VGm01JqpZN— Seriously (@Seriously)1621190485.0
@laurenboebert “And thou husband’s tiny peen shall remain within thy holy zipper in the presence of minors.” Boebert 6:9— Basement Patriot (@Basement Patriot)1621190177.0
@laurenboebert Weak of the soul are those that strap weapons to their thighs.— Sal (@Sal)1621190317.0
@laurenboebert Give away your guns before you ask about the Bible— Michaela Charlesworth (@Michaela Charlesworth)1621190294.0
@laurenboebert Give onto Cesar what is Cesar's, and onto God what is God's. Conclusion: Separation of church and s… https://t.co/7UYFo98Kzv— Julian (@Julian)1621189927.0
@laurenboebert He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain… https://t.co/9NJNYBAVTr— lddangelo (@lddangelo)1621190557.0
@laurenboebert In this incredibly specific context, 1 Timothy 2:12. "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have… https://t.co/0XGsOP2IHZ— Drew Cooper (@Drew Cooper)1621189984.0
@laurenboebert I see what you’re doing here... trying to get the evangelists to donate to you, so you can grift.— H-PBR (@H-PBR)1621189870.0
@laurenboebert She needs you to tell her cuz she hasn't read it. It wasn't on the GED study guide so why waste the time reading it.— God of Libtards (@God of Libtards)1621190090.0
@laurenboebert The one that says ppl like you and trump are going to face judgement— Hot pie (@Hot pie)1621190031.0
@laurenboebert "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" is one of the Ten Commandments found in the Hebrew Bible a… https://t.co/mdNJA68mN1— Scapper 💙 (@Scapper 💙)1621189794.0
Since Lauren "La Boba" Boebert asked what's your favorite Bible quote: Isaiah 1:17 "Learn to do right; seek justic… https://t.co/dzkMN1HwDi— Liberal Librarian (@Liberal Librarian)1621192589.0
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