Despite the best efforts of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to broker a truce this weekend between Donald Trump and the Republican Party, Politico is reporting that the president is about to start a war for control of the future of the party beginning next week.
Even with the bulk of GOP lawmakers defending the ex-president in his second impeachment trial where he was acquitted again, Trump is furious with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and wants to flood the 2022 midterm primaries with a throng of hand-selected candidates who are loyal to him over the party.
According to the report, now that he has left the White House and isn't dependent on Republican lawmakers to support and defend his pet policies, the ex-president feels no compulsion to suck up to members of his own party.
One person close to the former president admitted, "If you're Trump, you don't gotta play nice with these people anymore. You don't have to do the whole fake political thing where you pretend to like people you don't actually like."
Politico reports, "According to three people familiar with the planning, Trump will soon begin vetting candidates at Mar-a-Lago who are eager to fulfill his promise to exact vengeance upon incumbent Republicans who've scorned him, and to ensure every open GOP seat in the 2022 midterms has a MAGA-approved contender vying for it," while noting Trump has a $31 million war chest he will put to good use promoting his hand-picked candidates.
"The planning for Trump's coming revenge tour comes as other top Republicans try to cajole him into working with the party's apparatus ahead of next year's midterm elections, rather than recruiting rival candidates whose bids could complicate primaries and cost the GOP critical seats," Politico's Gabby Orr and Meredith McGraw wrote before adding. "The former president has already set his sights on ousting Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican, and Fred Upton of Michigan, if he forgoes retirement. Both Cheney and Upton voted to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol."
Trump's plan has one GOP lawmaker forecasting turmoil as Trump jumps into the fray.
"A Republican Party that seeks to erase President Trump and fails to understand his appeal to working class voters is destined to lose elections in 2022, 2024 and beyond," tweeted Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN).
The report adds that, "Some rank-and-file Republicans have encouraged the party's leaders to tread carefully as they attempt to distance the party from Trump while he remains exceedingly popular among GOP voters."
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Molly Michael, a former assistant to Donald Trump, is among the witnesses in special counsel Jack Smith's Mar-a-Lago documents case. Smith alleges that Trump endangered the United States' national security by storing classified government documents at Mar-a-Lago — documents that, Smith says, should have remained in Washington, D.C. when Trump left the White House.
In an article published by the Los Angeles Times on September 21, Harry Litman (who hosts the "Talking Feds" podcast) lays out some reasons why Michael could be a "blockbuster witness" in Smith's case.''
"News reports this week led with the startling new detail that Trump sent Michael notes and to-do lists carelessly scrawled on the back of classified documents," Litman explains. "It's a memorable snippet that drives home Trump's indifference to classification and national security. For a prosecutor, however, that was among the least of the revelations from Michael, known as 'Trump Employee 2' in the first federal indictment of the former president."
Michael, according to Litman, has a "singular ability to tell the story of Trump's conspiracy to obstruct justice in unimpeachable terms."
"Michael apparently didn't rush to tell authorities everything she knew, but did draw a clear line at trying to deceive them," Litman notes. "She found and turned over the classified documents with Trump's notations. And she appears never to have hesitated to abide by her legal duty to tell the truth. She also has detailed knowledge of the conspiracy to hide documents from the FBI."
Litman continues, "She dealt personally with Trump and (co-defendant Walt) Nauta. She brought some of the boxes of documents to Trump's residence for his review. And most damningly, when Trump learned that FBI agents wanted to talk to Michael, he told her, 'You don't know anything about the boxes.'" Given the plain evidence that Michael knew plenty about the boxes, and that Trump knew she knew, a reasonable juror could only interpret such an instruction as a patent effort to obstruct justice."
READ MORE: Read Harry Litman's full Los Angeles Times article at this link.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra was displaying manipulation in her recent interview, a body language expert said Thursday.
Body language expert Dr. Jack Brown, who recently spoke out about Mark Meadows' case, is now weighing in on the case of Barra. Barra was confronted in an interview about United Auto Workers going on strike for fair wages, setting in motion a potentially huge disruption to the economy
"You have seen a 34 percent pay increase in your salary, you make almost $30 million," the CNN interviewer said at the time. "Why should your workers not get the same type of pay increases that you are getting leading the company?"
Brown broke down each part of the interview on Thursday, saying that, for the vast majority of this offering, "you'll note that, across its entire width, Mary Barra's forehead is contracted and elevated:
"Pay close attention to the forehead," Brown said, when he updates it. "A constantly/near constantly elevated forehead is *thee* most common and reliable signal that a person is being insincere and/or being manipulative."
Brown also noted that:
"An elevated forehead also elevates the eyebrows. It also often (but not always) elevates the upper eyelids — giving the eyes a wide-open configuration. When done too frequently or in the wrong context, this is a profound red flag."
Former President Donald Trump is antithetical to the Constitution and the framers' vision of how the American military should operate, argued former Defense Secretary William Cohen on CNN Thursday.
This comes after a new article in The Atlanticrevealed the extreme measures Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley and several other military officials had to take to avert the former president's worst impulses.
"This article quotes General Milley as telling friends that if Donald Trump wins back the White House, quote, 'He'll start throwing people in jail, and I'd be at the top of the list,'" said anchor John Berman. "The piece also says, quote, 'At one point during the presidency, Trump proposed calling back to active duty two retired flag officers who had been critical of him, Admiral william McRaven and General Stanley McChrystal, so they could be court-martialed. What goes through your mind when you hear all this?"
"I think we have a lot to fear with a possible re-election or election of Donald Trump," said Cohen. "Donald Trump is the founding fathers' worst nightmare, a man who has no moral character, has no general understanding of the rule of law or respect for the rule of law. And he is someone who is trying to get absolute power by undermining every institution in our government. So he's the nightmare of the founding fathers, and that's what the Chairman had to deal with."
"And thank goodness he stayed on," Cohen added. "He could have retired, or just said, I can't stand it anymore, and that would have created a much more dangerous situation for our allies and our adversaries looking at us saying, wow, the United States really is unstable with an unstable person. That could have been the most dangerous thing for him to have done. So he stayed there and he negotiated his way to be the principle adviser of the President of the United States and the person who worried the most about how erratic, unstable and dangerous he really is."
Pressed by Berman, Cohen said he believes Trump would imprison Gen. Milley and like-minded military officials if given the presidency again. "I think he will do what he says," said Cohen. "He has no respect for the rule of law. He does not believe the law applies to him and anything he might do."
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