Trump News: Giuliani ‘asked for Michigan voting machines,’ as watchdog calls for Mar-a-Lago ethics probe

Trump attempts to turn things around by claiming he was the victim of a coup attempt

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has sought to clarify his position on the Republican National Committee’s motion to censure Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for participating in the investigation into the attack on the Capitol on 6 January. Speaking to a Capitol Hill reporter, Mr. McCarthy insisted that the motion’s language describing “legitimate political speech” did not apply to the riot, but to a handful of unspecified government officials. GOPs who are supposed to be stalked by the select committee on which the two censored Republican lawmakers sit.

He still takes a very different stance from his Senate counterpart, Mitch McConnell, who yesterday condemned the events of January 6 as a violent insurrection – and remarked that “the question is whether or not the RNC should isolate members of our party. who may have different opinions from the majority. That’s not the RNC’s job.”

Meanwhile, right-wing media and various Republican lawmakers are loudly proclaiming that Joe Biden wants to distribute ‘crack pipes’ and set up ‘injection sites’ across the country in response to the harm reduction plan. administration drug. Fox News hosts lingered on the story for hours on air, leading the Department of Health and Human Services to denounce much of the coverage as “blatant disinformation”.


Donald Trump Jr. and Republicans continue to defame ‘crack pipes’

Donald Trump Jr and other prominent Republicans on Wednesday continued to spread misinformation about a federally funded drug addiction program aimed at helping drug addicts.

Mr. Trump Jr posted his second tweet in as many days referencing the program, which exists as a federal grant funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, for the purpose of giving out “crack pipes to Americans.

He and other Republicans like Senator Roger Wicker of Kansas spewed nonsense about the Biden administration sending drug paraphernalia to black Americans in recent days, and refined the phrase “crack pipes.” despite the fact that the program focuses on the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States, presumably due to the racist overtones of connecting black people to crack use.

Mr. Wicker made a very similar reference to the program on Wednesday during a press conference hosted by Senate Republicans.

John BowdenFebruary 9, 2022 8:53 p.m.


Madison Cawthorn threatens consequences if kept out of the poll

Madison Cawthorn, a congresswoman from North Carolina and a Capitol riot conspiracy theorist, issued a warning to state officials who are considering disqualifying him from the ballot because of his support for the Capitol insurgency.

Mr. Cawthorn is one of the most prolific propagators of absurdity regarding the attack on Capitol Hill of any congressional lawmaker. He has raised bizarre conspiracies of “false flag” operations and alleged government interference, without any evidence presented by him or his office, for months.

In an interview with Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast on Wednesday, he warned of the possibility of violence if North Carolina Democrats were successful in pushing him out of the 2022 ballot because of his support for the riot that overwhelmed his place of work on January 6.

“It will only lead one place if you want to try to take away the right of the people to vote for their chosen one,” the congressman told host Steve Bannon. “This is heading down a very dangerous path.”

John BowdenFebruary 9, 2022 8:09 p.m.


Jen Psaki rips GOP over mischaracteristics of drug policy

White House press secretary Jen Psaki criticized a number of GOP politicians who misinterpreted facts or shared nonsense about a plan that would provide federal funding for safe injection sites and other drug treatment measures.

Ms. Psaki ripped into Republicans who have spread false claims about a $30 billion federal plan to fund efforts to minimize harm, including the risk of overdoses from illicit drug use as states- United continue to fight the rise of fentanyl and other substances that have begun showing up in illegally purchased narcotics.

Republicans have widely criticized the program, erroneously labeling it with racist overtones as a plan to provide “crack pipes” (although heroin and fentanyl are the main focus) to poor Americans, and especially Black.

“This agenda is focused on risk reduction strategies,” Ms. Psaki said, while criticizing the “misinformation” shared by GOP politicians on the issue.

John BowdenFebruary 9, 2022 7:42 p.m.


Kellyanne Conway transferred Trump’s message to evangelicals, NYT reporters say

Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway was the driving force behind Donald Trump’s appeal to evangelical voters, a book by New York Times says the journalist.

Book by author Jeremy Peters Insurrection details how Ms. Conway, a key player in his 2016 candidacy, helped the New York businessman break through with rural religious voters who would otherwise have been put off by his remarks.

“To make their opposition to abortion less judgmental and unsympathetic, Conway advised them to talk about a personal experience, such as seeing their unborn child’s ultrasound for the first time. For years, Trump had told the story of a “friend” whose wife he claimed had become pregnant unexpectedly. The couple were leaning towards an abortion but then changed their minds and ended up with a beautiful and talented child, as Trump would say,” reads Mr Peters’ book.

John BowdenFebruary 9, 2022 7:14 p.m.


Pence called ‘Manchurian candidate’ on Steve Bannon show

Former Vice President Mike Pence was the target of fury from two former Trump White House officials on Tuesday after they reaffirmed that he had no authority to stop certification of the 2020 election in a speech.

Mr Pence found himself at the center of criticism from his ex-boss and other Trump loyalists like former UN ambassador Nikki Haley this week after he said in a speech on Friday that Donald Trump was ‘wrong’ to say that he could have prevented Joe Biden from being elected president by interfering in the Electoral College process.

Olivier O’ConnellFebruary 9, 2022 5:53 p.m.


Ethics watchdog calls for DOJ investigation into Trump’s cache of Mar-a-Lago recordings

A Washington ethics watchdog known for his fierce criticism of President Donald Trump during his four years in office has issued a new call for the Justice Department to investigate the president and his team on the developments regarding documents that should have been returned to the National Archives.

Citizens for Accountability and Ethics in Washington (CREW) wrote to the Justice Department on Wednesday urging the agency to investigate the status of document transfers to the National Archives after it was revealed this week that Mr. Trump’s team was currently continuing to find documents that were expected to be turned over to authorities in January 2021.

John Bowden has the last.

Olivier O’ConnellFebruary 9, 2022 5:33 p.m.


More reports on Giuliani’s involvement in efforts to seize voting machines

the Washington Post has this story reporting that as part of his chaotic effort to help overturn the 2020 election, Rudy Giuliani asked a Michigan prosecutor to turn over their county’s voting machines to Trump’s legal team.

Mr Giuliani was supposed to appear by January 6 for an in-person deposition this week, but apparently refused to attend. The committee meets on Friday to discuss its next steps.

Andrew NaughtyFebruary 9, 2022 5:15 p.m.


A great Covid moment: New York drops mask mandate

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has officially dropped her state’s indoor mask mandate, marking a major turning point for a state that was once one of the hardest hit places by the pandemic in the world.

Andrew NaughtyFebruary 9, 2022 4:59 p.m.


Republican Governors Association breaks with Trump in Georgia

Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is re-elected this year – and Donald Trump has endorsed his opponent, former Sen. David Perdue, largely because of Mr Kemp’s refusal to endorse the false claim that his state had been stolen for Joe Biden in 2020.

But in a sign that Mr. Trump’s control over the GOP may not be as absolute as it sometimes seems, the Republican Governors Association cut an ad for Mr. Kemp, not his rival.

The eventual Republican nominee will almost certainly take on Democrat Stacey Abrams in November, pitting them against one of the opposing party’s most recognizable national figures.

Andrew NaughtyFebruary 9, 2022 4:45 p.m.


McCarthy clarifies his view on the infamous ‘legitimate political speech’ motion

Kevin McCarthy, who has been passing reporters on Capitol Hill for the past few days, gave a slightly clearer explanation of his views on the RNC’s motion to censure Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney. Like Mitch McConnell, he agrees the riot itself was not “legitimate,” but he also denies the motion applies to anyone but a handful of Republicans outside of Washington.

NBC’s Garrett Haake reports:

Andrew NaughtyFebruary 9, 2022 4:19 p.m.