NEW per NYT:
IG report says USCP were told BEFORE the 1/6 insurrection that “Congress itself is the target.” but were told "by their leaders" not to use aggressive tactics with the mob
2-"The Capitol Police had clearer advance warnings about the Jan. 6 attack than were previously known, including the potential for violence in which “Congress itself is the target.”
3-"But officers were instructed by their leaders not to use their most aggressive tactics to hold off the mob, according to a scathing new report by the agency’s internal investigator.
More than 100 Corp execs from major airlines, retailers & manufacturers & at least 1 NFL owner held a zoom call Saturday @ ways to show they don't support legislators who support state anti-voting bills: washingtonpost.com/business/2021/…
2-"Executives from major airlines, retailers and manufacturers — plus at least one NFL owner — talked about potential ways to show they opposed the legislation, including by halting donations to politicians who support the bills
3-"and even delaying investments in states that pass the restrictive measures, according to four people who were on the call, including one of the organizers, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale management professor.
Trump went on another grievance tear at the GOP Donor Retreat
Saying Zuckerberg was inv in stealing the election
-$500M was spent on a 'lock box' for 'marked' votes
And calling McConnell a stone cold loser & dumb son of a bitch
Guess it's not going well... nytimes.com/2021/04/10/us/…
2-"As donors and G.O.P. leaders looked on Saturday night, Mr. Trump quickly cast aside his prepared remarks and returned to his false claims that the election was stolen from him.
3-"He referenced “Zuckerberg” and $500 million spent on a “lockbox” from which, he said, every vote was marked, according to remarks described by an attendee. “Biden. Saintly Joe Biden,” he said.
It's going to be really interesting to find out why Trump Org paid Trump's CFO's son Barry Weisselberg $200K/yr & $40K bonuses & kid's tuition/camp fees ($148K) & 2 free apartments
-to manage a public skating rink
Just saying... washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
2-"Donald Trump's company paid a skating rink manager more than $200,000 in annual salary, $40,000 yearly bonuses and provided free company-owned apartments for his family, according to testimony of the employee, Barry Weisselberg, and his financial documents.
3-".. At the time of the deposition, Allen Weisselberg paid for a variety of his son’s other expenses, the documents show, including $7,900 in monthly rent for a non-Trump-owned apartment where the couple later lived, $546 a month for a leased Range Rover Velar SUV
Per WaPo today:
Congress investigation shows that in addition to CDC ofcls 'celebrating' their efforts to change CDC Covid reports, Trump appointees at DHS tried to 'blunt' scientific findings they thought were unfavorable to Trump washingtonpost.com/health/2021/04…
2-"Trump appointees in the Department of Health and Human Services last year privately touted their efforts to block or alter scientists’ reports on the coronavirus to more closely align with then-President Donald Trump’s more optimistic messages about the outbreak
3-"according to newly released documents from congressional investigators. The documents provide further insight into how senior Trump officials approached last year’s explosion of coronavirus cases in the United States.
This morning Manhattan DA investigators seized financial records from the apartment of Jennifer Weisselberg
Incl her ex-husband's bank accounts & credit cards & his statements of net worth & tax filings rel to Trump Org & Wollman Rink washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
2-"'My knowledge of the documents and my voice connect the flow of money from various banks and from personal finances that bleed directly into the Trump Organization,' she said in an interview Thursday.
3-"Investigators, she added, now have her ex-husband’s 2019 and 2020 statements of net worth, his tax returns and copies of Wollman Rink checks from private events that she claims were deposited incorrectly.
Oh my GOD:
Ben Carson is launching an org called 'Little Patriots'
"'It will be something like the Boy Scouts..But heavily exposed to the real history of America'”
And you know it'll be a FOR-profit org, right?!
Just what America's kids need... washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/form…
2-Carson wants to HEAL THE COUNTRY
From what, his actions w/ Trump?
"For the most part, Carson’s newly created American Cornerstone Institute will allow the good doctor to travel the country, in an effort to heal the nation with roundtable discussions about conservative values.
3-"But one thing he’s particularly excited about is using the think tank to launch a program he’s calling Little Patriots. “You probably notice when ISIS goes into a place, they destroy the history; they destroy the monuments..History is what gives you identity.”
2-"Contributors had to wade through a fine-print disclaimer and manually uncheck a box to opt out. As the election neared, the Trump team made that disclaimer increasingly opaque, an investigation by The New York Times showed.
3-"It introduced a second prechecked box, known internally as a “money bomb,” that doubled a person’s contribution. Eventually its solicitations featured lines of text in bold and capital letters that overwhelmed the opt-out language.
AND: "Separately, the prosecutors are also seeking a new round of internal documents from the Trump Organization, including general ledgers from several of its more than two dozen properties that the company did not turn over last year
"according to the people with knowledge of the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive details. The ledgers offer a line-by-line breakdown of each property’s financial situation, including daily receipts, checks and revenues.
DCCC has brought in Marc Elias to rep their case for Rita Hart the Dem who lost Iowa-02 by 6 votes to Mariannette Miller-Meeks before House Admin comm
Zoe Lofgren-a very close ally of Pelosi's- is running that show
GOP are *furious* (!!)
This will get very interesting..
"22 ballots. Hart’s argument centers on 22 ballots her campaign says were not counted but should have been — and which would have led to her victory had they been included in the final vote tally. WSJ’s Kristina Peterson has an overview:
"'[S]ome … were cast through curbside voting but not accepted by the voting machine; absentee ballots that weren’t counted because they were in a box that was marked with a lower number of ballots than it actually contained, leading to confusion;
Trump's gold-plated 757
-a testament to his hedonism
has been sitting idle at an Orange Cty, NY airport, essentially in pieces & not flown since he left the WH
Is he too broke to fix it? cnn.com/2021/03/19/pol…
2-"One engine is missing parts. The other is shrink-wrapped in plastic. The cost to fix and get it flyable could reach well into the high six-figures, a price-tag Trump doesn't appear to be dealing with right now.
3-"Though the current state of his finances aren't public, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the hospitality industry home to so many of his businesses.
On a (leaked) call to TX lawmakers Ted Cruz said Dems want to expand voting rights to ‘illegal aliens’ & ‘child molesters’
& if Dems pass S1 (voting rights bill) GOP won't win again 'for generations'
Welp, he's right about that...
GOP are DESPERATE: apnews.com/article/legisl…
2-"Cruz’s statements, recorded by a person on the call and obtained by The Associated Press, capture the building intensity behind Republicans’ nationwide campaign to restrict access to the ballot. From statehouses to Washington, the fight over who can vote and how —
3-"often cast as ‘voting integrity’ — has galvanized a Republican Party in search of unifying mission in the post-Trump era. For a powerful network of conservatives, voting restrictions are now viewed as a political life-or-death debate,
2-"Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States amid a storm of trans-Atlantic taunts after President Biden said in a television interview that he thought President Vladimir V. Putin was a killer.
3-"Russia’s Foreign Ministry said late Wednesday that it had summoned its envoy in Washington, Anatoly I. Antonov, to Moscow “in order to analyze what needs to be done in the context of relations with the United States.”
Yesterday 21 GOP AGs threatened a lawsuit against Biden admin for the $350B relief bill allotment for city & state pandemic relief
Calling it an imposition of ‘unprecedented and unconstitutional’ limits on their states’ ability to lower taxes
2-"Twenty-one Republican state attorneys general on Tuesday threatened to take action against the Biden administration over its new $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus law, decrying it for imposing ‘unprecedented and unconstitutional’ limits on their states’ ability to lower taxes
3-"The attorneys general take issue with a $350 billion pot of money set aside under the stimulus, known as the American Rescue Plan, to help cash-strapped cities, counties and states pay for the costs of the pandemic.
Remember when Gen Honore said Michael Flynn should be called back to the Military and Court Martialed?
Broke last night that Trump's pardon freed up a DOJ investigation
-it is finished
-& the Army has it 'under consideration' now
Not a CM
2-"Defense Department’s internal watchdog has concluded a long-delayed investigation into Michael Flynn, defense officials said Friday, sending its findings to the Army in a case that could bring tens of thousands of dollars in financial penalties for Trump’s first [NSA]
3-"The investigation focuses on Flynn’s acceptance of money from Russian and Turkish interests before joining the Trump administration, a potential violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause.
WH COS Ron Klain told Punchbowl last night that the WH is considering Shalanda Young for OMB dir, saying Biden first wants to get her Senate confirmed as dep Dir, but that her name "is very much on that list"
Re the border situation, Klain said:
"..we inherited a real mess. We inherited the facilities we have. We are committed to a policy that follows the rule of law and that is humane.
"And we are doing our best to surge capacity to the border, particularly for these children who arrived here without parents, to house them in a way that is safe, to house them in a way that’s humane & help ultimately reunite them with either family they have in this country
Ron Johnson's latest from the Senate floor today:
"In an attempt to criticize the Democrats’ Covid bill, Johnson went to the Senate floor with a chart saying it would take 60,230 years to spend $1.9 trillion at $1 per second. That’s a long time.
"Johnson said humans only developed language about 50,000 years ago. Then there was a quick aside about how Wisconsin was covered with a mile of ice back then, although it melted. Johnson quipped, “Now that’s climate change."
"Then Johnson came back with a different chart that showed a stack of $1 trillion in dollar bills would be 67,886 miles high. Then Johnson talked about stacks of bills to the moon. It was a little confusing and we didn’t understand all of it.
In a rare move today House Dem leadership issued a pressing statement in support of Shalanda Young as new WH nominee for OMB director
This is a highly unusual hard press for the WH
-and if they don't name her will be a very serious snub of Dem House members
Statement: "As longtime Members of the Appropriations Committee, we take great pride in recommending Shalanda Young as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. We have worked closely with her for several years and highly recommend her for her intellect
"her deep expertise on the federal budget and her determination to ensure that our budget reflects our values as a nation. Her legislative prowess, extensive knowledge of federal agencies, incisive strategic mind and proven track record will be a tremendous asset to the
Chris Murphy (Senate Foreign Relations) on Biden's Syria strike:
“I have inherent trust in the national security decision making of President Biden, & I know how seriously he takes Congress's war making powers But Congress should hold this administration to the same standard
"it did prior administrations, and require clear legal justifications for military action, especially inside theaters like Syria, where Congress has not explicitly authorized any American military action.”
WH saying Biden informed Congressional leaders/relevant committees
in advance of the op. But since Biden ordered the strike “to defend U.S. personnel,” he didn’t need any additional authorization from Congress to act.
Readout from Biden's call to SA King Salman today doesn't mention Kashoggi, but human rights came up
Here: "President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to address the longstanding partnership between the United States
"and Saudi Arabia. Together they discussed regional security, including the renewed diplomatic efforts led by the United Nations and the United States to end the war in Yemen, and the U.S. commitment to help Saudi Arabia defend its territory as it faces attacks from Iranian
"aligned groups. The President noted positively the recent release of several Saudi-American activists and Ms. Loujain al-Hathloul from custody, and affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of law.
Here's more on Anthony Aguero, a conservative livestreamer, activist and 'close' associate of Marjorie Taylor Greene's who was in the mob on 1/6 & said (counter the MTG's claims) that 'it was NOT Antifa'
She really needs to close her mouth cnn.com/2021/02/24/pol…
2-Per @KFILE : "'We were all there. It was not Antifa and it was not BLM. It was Trump supporters that did that yesterday. I'm the first to admit it, being one myself,' said Aguero in a video posted on January 7.
3-"'I walked amongst all those people,' he added, later defending entering the Capitol.
Greene and Aguero have worked closely together over the years on causes such as immigration and the border wall and have attended pro-Trump rallies together.