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Trump Openly Embraces, Amplifies QAnon Conspiracy Theories

 
 By DAVID KLEPPER and ALI SWENSON
 

After winking at QAnon for years, Donald Trump is overtly embracing the baseless conspiracy theory, even as the number of frightening real-world events linked to it grows.

On Tuesday, using his Truth Social platform, the Republican former president reposted an image of himself wearing a Q lapel pin overlaid with the words “The Storm is Coming.” In QAnon lore, the “storm” refers to Trump’s final victory, when supposedly he will regain power and his opponents will be tried, and potentially executed, on live television.

As Trump contemplates another run for the presidency and has become increasingly assertive in the Republican primary process during the midterm elections, his actions show that far from distancing himself from the political fringe, he is welcoming it.

He’s published dozens of recent Q-related posts, in contrast to 2020, when he claimed that while he didn’t know much about QAnon, he couldn’t disprove its conspiracy theory.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Breaks Gubernatorial Fundraising Record

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) political operation reported raising $177.4 million through Sept. 9, breaking the gubernatorial fundraising record without adjusting for inflation, a new OpenSecrets analysis of state campaign finance filings found. His reelection campaign has raised over $31.4 million since January 2021, and Friends of Ron DeSantis, his state-level PAC that is not subject to contribution limits, raked in $146 million since January 2019.

Florida voters elected DeSantis to the U.S. House in 2012, where he served three termsbefore resigning in 2018 to run for governor, which he won by less than 34,000 votes. DeSantis’ first term has been defined by culture war clashes – he’s been the public face of polarizing policies including the so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” which prohibits kindergarten through third-grade teachers from discussing gender and sexual identity in the classroom. 

DeSantis took credit Thursday for sending two planes of migrants without notice to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, telling CNN that all American communities should share the “burden.” The latest coordinated effort by Republican governors to protest what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) – who sent buses of migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris’ home in the District of Columbia on Thursday – said are inadequate federal efforts to “secure” the country’s southern border.

Rumors have circulated that DeSantis is preparing to mount a 2024 presidential run, but he’s downplayed his presidential ambitions by saying the media is “just speculating.” Still, DeSantis has toured battleground states and has commented on Washington politics while on the campaign trail. 

One federal political committee, Ready for Ron, asked the Federal Election Commission if it could share a list of over 58,000 supporters and their contact information to “encourage” DeSantis to explore a 2024 presidential bid. The FEC agreed Thursday that Ready for Ron could share the list only before DeSantis was officially “testing the waters” for a presidential run, although the commission still needs to formally vote on the new agreement.

Out of a list of 20 possible presidential contenders compiled by OpenSecrets, DeSantis’ aligned operation raised the most money since January 2021. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) and former President Donald Trump trail behind. 

In November, DeSantis will face former Republican Gov. and Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D–Fla.). Crist resigned from the U.S. House on Aug. 31 to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.

Crist has called DeSantis an “autocrat that would love to be the dictator of Florida.” DeSantis told supporters in a fundraising email Friday that “we face a very serious threat from far-Left Biden sycophants like Charlie Crist.”

A recent poll, commissioned by the AARP and conducted by Fabrizio Ward and Impact Research, found DeSantis with a 3-percentage point lead over Christ. DeSantis had 92-in-100 odds of winning reelection, an analysis by the opinion polling outlet FiveThirtyEight found. 

Crist will also have an uphill battle when it comes to fundraising. His political operation reported raising nearly $20 million through Sept. 9, almost nine times less than the new gubernatorial fundraising record holder.

DeSantis and Crist are scheduled to square off in a televised debate on Oct. 12.

The road to the record

DeSantis already set a new record for gubernatorial fundraising without candidate self-financing, and his new fundraising record surpasses two candidates that contributed tens of millions of dollars to their gubernatorial campaigns.

The previous record-holder was Meg Whitman, who ran unsuccessfully for California governor in 2010. The former eBay, Hewlett Packard and Quibi CEO raised $178.6 million — more than any other gubernatorial candidate since 1990, without adjusting for inflation.

Whitman’s socially moderate Republican campaign gained some momentum from her name recognition as a Silicon Valley executive. Unlike DeSantis, she reached the groundbreaking total by giving $144.2 million to her campaign. Her net worth is $3.3 billion.

Pritzker nearly surpassed Whitman’s record during his 2018 campaign, also through self-financing. Pritzker, a billionaire whose father managed and developed the Hyatt Hotel chain, gave his campaign $172 million and raised $4 million more. 

DeSantis, whose net worth is just $319,000, has not reported personal contributions to his campaign or state-level PAC. But the governor has received donations from several GOP megadonors. 

DeSantis’ reelection campaign has been backed by at least 42 billionaires and members of billionaire families, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Zac Anderson reported. The billionaires come from 15 states and only 17 of them gave to DeSantis in 2018. 

Billionaire space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow made headlines in July when he donated $10 million to DeSantis’ state-level PAC, Friends of Ron DeSantis — the largest single individual contribution in Florida’s record. Hedge fund billionaires Ken Griffin and Paul Tudor Jones are also big donors to Friends of Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis’ largest donor this year is the Republican Governors Association, a 527 organization dedicated to getting Republican governors elected, which gave $17.4 million to his campaign committee and Friends of Ron DeSantis.

The governor’s state-level PAC also received big checks from the Florida Prosperity Fund, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and conservative political group Club For Growth as well as millions in in-kind contributions from the Florida Republican Party.

Trump Once Tried To Pay A $2 Million Legal Bill With A Horse, A New Book Reveals. His Reputation For Shortchanging Lawyers Made The Firm That Helped Him Win The 2016 Election Doubt They Would Get Paid At All.

By David Enrich 5 hours ago

 

  • In a new book, David Enrich takes a deep dive into the 127-year-old law firm Jones Day.
  • Donald McGahn, a partner at Jones Day, left the firm to serve as Trump’s White House counsel.
  • The following is an excerpt from the book, in which McGahn meets Donald Trump for the first time.

In February 2015, Don McGahn arrived at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. McGahn was a star lawyer in conservative circles; he had spent years representing a who’s who of Republican politicians and causes. His crowning achievement had been several years on the Federal Election Commission, where, to the delight of GOP lawmakers, McGahn helped water down campaign-spending regulations and slowed the agency’s rulemaking to a crawl.

These days McGahn was a partner at the international law firm Jones Day, part of a new team devoted to helping Republicans win elections and stay out of trouble. Trump, who was preparing to launch a bare-bones presidential campaign, was trying to bolster his credibility among conservative voters.

That was why McGahn was at Trump Tower

The lawyer rode a golden elevator up to the twenty-sixth floor and was led into Trump’s office. Trump was sitting behind his cluttered desk. After what seemed like an hour of small talk, Trump got to the point. What do you charge? he asked.

“My hourly rate is $800,” McGahn replied.

“No shit,” Trump exclaimed. “Good for you.”

Later that month, Trump began taking steps to show that his easy-to-dismiss candidacy was for real. To underscore his seriousness, he mentioned that he had hired McGahn. “I’m not doing this for enjoyment,” Trump said. “I’m doing this because the country is in serious trouble.” (In perhaps a more telling sign of his seriousness, Trump also noted that he was holding off on another season of Celebrity Apprentice, his NBC reality show.)

One day in the spring of 2015, McGahn took a Jones Day associate over to Trump Tower. The associate was eager to soak up campaign experience, and McGahn figured the fledgling Trump campaign would be an interesting experience for the young lawyer. The associate would get a firsthand glimpse of how some no-frills campaigns functioned. Also, unlike those with professionally run outfits, the Trump folks wouldn’t mind a random lawyer showing up. “I can’t take you to Rick Perry’s campaign, because they’re serious,” McGahn told his colleague.

The meeting was with Cory Lewandowski, who was the campaign’s manager, and Alan Garten, a longtime Trump Organization executive. After sandwiches at the Trump Grill in the building’s lobby, the men moved upstairs to the nerve center of the Trump Organization. They sat in Lewandowski’s little office, down the hall from Trump’s large one.

The meeting was completely unstructured

Lewandowski showed off the campaign’s new letterhead, and he asked for the lawyers’ input on their talking points on issues like abortion (Trump had previously been pro-choice).

Toward the end of the meeting, Lewandowski asked about how to account for the campaign’s use of Trump’s private jet. The campaign would have to reimburse Trump for flights; was it okay if they just guessed how much each trip cost? McGahn patiently informed them that, no, they could not just guess, there were rules about this, and they needed to be followed.

“These guys are morons,” McGahn told the associate afterward. (McGahn disputed the quotes attributed to him, in particular the word “moron.” “I certainly have some go-to phrases, but that is not one of them,” he said. He added that “many of the folks I met in New York were quite sharp and impressive in their chosen fields—though many of them had little or no political experience.”)

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Trump Faces New Legal Problem In DOJ Pressure Allegations

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BY BRETT SAMUELS – 09/14/22

 

Former President Trump is facing a new political quagmire as Senate Democrats open an investigation into allegations he pressured the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate his political opponents. Former U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman wrote in a new book that the Justice Department under Trump pushed his office to pursue criminal cases against former Secretary of State John Kerry and others viewed as political opponents of Trump. 

Democrats, who have been happy to elevate Trump and his conduct in the wake of an FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago estate, will look into the matter, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced Monday night. 

 

“I welcome the investigation,” Berman said Tuesday morning on MSNBC. “The conduct that occurred was so outrageous and unprecedented. A light needs to be shined on it.” 

Berman, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) from 2018 until he was forced to resign in 2020, alleges in his new book that his office was pursuing charges stemming from a guilty plea by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.  

He also cited an investigation into former Trump White House official Stephen Bannon, who was eventually charged and later pardoned before Trump left office. 

 

In another instance, Berman said the DOJ referred a criminal case targeting Kerry to his office days after Trump sent two tweets attacking Kerry for communicating with Iranian officials about the Iran nuclear deal. 

The Justice Department suggested the SDNY cite Kerry using a statute from 1799 that had never been successfully prosecuted, Berman said Tuesday morning. 

The allegations levied by Berman, who ultimately left his post after then-Attorney General William Barr told him he had been fired at Trump’s request, present the latest headache for Trump as he preps for a 2024 presidential campaign.  

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WATCH: Trump Boards Plane Being Loaded With Parade of Comically Heavy File Boxes – 3 DAYS After Feds Asked About Missing Docs

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Donald Trump can be seen boarding a plane along with a parade of groaningly heavy file boxes in a resurfaced video that was taken 3 days after the federal government contacted Trump about missing documents.

Trump is currently under multiple investigations that could result in criminal charges, including Justice Department probes into his mishandling of classified information under the Espionage Act and his conduct surrounding the January 6 insurrection, and a Fulton County probe of election interference.

But it’s the documents seized during the FBI search of  Mar-a-Lago that have dominated news coverage since the raid. Concern has continued to mount with every bombshell revelation, like the court filing that showed that the evidence seized from Mar-a-Lago contained “43 Empty Folders with ‘CLASSIFIED’ Banners” and a total of 48 empty folders with “classified” markings.

Another report said that nuclear secrets of an unidentified country were among the seized documents.On Saturday morning, Meidas Touch posted an intriguing video from last year, writing “Video from May 8, 2021 shows Trump boarding a jet from Florida to Bedminster with multiple boxes bearing a strong resemblance to boxes of top secret materials found at Mar-a-Lago. On May 6, NARA had contacted Trump’s team saying documents were missing and may be at Mar-a-Lago.”

They also posted a link to a timeline of the investigation, which shows that the government contacted Team Trump about the missing papers three days before the video was taken:

May 6: National Archives and Records Administration contacts Trump’s team to say some high-profile presidential documents appear to be missing. “We know things are very chaotic, as they always are in the course of a one-term transition,” Gary Stern, the agency’s chief counsel writes to Trump lawyers. “But it is absolutely necessary that we obtain and account for all presidential records.”

The video is from a May 9 Daily Mail report entitled “Trump jets out of Florida to spend the summer at his Bedminster golf course in New Jersey to escape the heat and plan 2024 election after saying Mother’s Day goodbye to Melania and Barron at Mar-a-Lago” by Lauren Fruen and Rob Crilly.

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THREE PATRONS AND JESUS

A ‘Conservative’, in a wheelchair, entered a restaurant one afternoon and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee. The ‘Conservative’ looked across the restaurant and asked, “Is that Jesus sitting over there?” 

The waitress nodded “yes,” so the ‘Conservative’ requested that she give Jesus a cup of hot chocolate, on him. 

The next patron to come in was a ‘biden’ supporter, with a hunched back. He shuffled over to a booth, painfully sat down, and asked the waitress for a cup of hot tea. He also glanced across the restaurant and asked, “Is that Jesus, over there?” 

The waitress nodded, so the ‘biden’ supporter asked her to give Jesus a cup of hot tea, “my treat.” 

The third patron to come into the restaurant was a ‘Labor’ supporter on crutches. He hobbled over to a booth, sat down and hollered, “Hey there honey! How’s about getting me a cold XXXX beer?” He too looked across the restaurant and asked, “Isn’t that God’s boy over there?” 

The waitress nodded, so the ‘Labor’ supporter directed her to give Jesus a cold beer. “On my bill,” he said loudly. 

As Jesus got up to leave, he passed by the ‘Conservative’, touched him and said, “For your kindness, you are healed.” The ‘Conservative’ felt the strength come back into his legs, got up, and danced a jig out the door. 

Jesus passed by the ‘Bob Katter’ supporter, touched him and said, “For your kindness, you are healed.” The ‘Katter’ supporter felt his back straightening up and he raised his hands, praised the Lord, and did a series of back flips out the door. 

Then, Jesus walked towards the ‘Labor’ supporter, just smiling. The ‘Labor’ supporter jumped up and yelled, “Don’t touch me …. I’m on a disability pension.”

Former Trump White House Lawyer Ty Cobb Calls Him ‘Deeply Wounded Narcissist’ Who Acted In ‘Criminal’ Way To Overturn Biden Win


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  • Former Trump White House lawyer Ty Cobb called ex-President Donald Trump a “deeply wounded narcissist.”
  • In a new interview, Cobb said Trump acted in a “criminal” manner when he sought to have then-Vice President Mike Pence block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.
  • Cobb also said Trump’s conduct on Jan. 6, 2021, while a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol, could lead to him being barred from seeking the presidency.

Former Trump White House lawyer Ty Cobb called ex-President Donald Trump a “deeply wounded narcissist” who acted in a “criminal” manner when he pushed then-Vice President Mike Pence to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.

In a new interview, Cobb also said Trump’s conduct on Jan. 6, 2021, while a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol, could — at least theoretically — lead to him being barred from seeking the presidency.

 

“There is a simple way to disqualify President Trump,” Cobb told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in an interview on “The Takeout” podcast.

“He clearly violated the 14th Amendment of the Constitution’s Article III when he gave aid and comfort and three hours of inaction with regard to what was happening on the grounds of the Capitol,” he said.

“That clearly gave aid and comfort to the insurrectionists,” said Cobb, who added that a joint declaration by both chambers of Congress could on those grounds block Trump from being able to regain the White House.

Spokesmen for Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Cobb’s remarks.

A former federal prosecutor, Cobb from mid-2017 to mid-2018 managed the Trump White House’s legal response to then-special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In the interview, Cobb blasted Trump for what he called “the big lie” in denying after the 2020 election that he had lost to Biden. He also criticized the former president for his pressure campaign on Pence to not certify slates of electors from individual states that gave Biden his margin of victory in the Electoral College.

“Interfering with Pence, saying Mike deserves this when people are shouting ‘Kill Pence,’ I think that’s outrageous,” Cobb said.

“I think interfering with what the vice president was obligated to do, trying to persuade him in a very aggressive effort not to certify the election, and to send certain electors back, I think that was criminal,” he added.

 

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How Much Damage Is This Man Going To Be Allowed To Do To Our Country Before Somebody Says Enough Is Enough And Puts Him In Prison Where He Belongs?

 

Why did this judge not recuse herself from this case? She is being very biased in dragging out the criminal investigation of the person who put her forward as a judge. She is highly conflicted.

Go after the corruptlyingsonofabitchorangemonkey and nail him to the wall!!!!

For 20 months the Archives played nice with this guy and still here we are. Now we find out that Trump likely has more documents that are known to be missing. Lets make this real clear. HE is not the owner of even a scrap of paper from the white house yet he had the gall to take thousands of classified documents thinking he was untouchable. If anyone needs straightening out it is Trump. If it was you or I we would be answering questions from a jail cell.

Anyone else would have already been indicted, tried, convicted and imprisoned long before now. Given Trump’s age and his lousy physical condition, he’ll be dead before he can face punishment for his crimes. Unless he goes to prison for whatever time he has left on earth, justice will not prevail.

Trump says he’s an expert on a lot of things, including ISIS, taxes, technology, nuclear arms and even Sen. Cory Booker.

Campaign finance: “I think nobody knows more about campaign finance than I do, because I’m the biggest contributor.”

(1999.) TV ratings: “I know more about people who get ratings than anyone.”

(October 2012.) ISIS: “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.”

(November 2015.) Social media: “I understand social media. I understand the power of Twitter. I understand the power of Facebook maybe better than almost anybody, based on my results, right?”

(November 2015.) Courts: “I know more about courts than any human being on Earth.”

(November 2015.) Lawsuits: “[W]ho knows more about lawsuits than I do? I’m the king.”

(January 2016.) Politicians: “I understand politicians better than anybody.” The visa system: “[N]obody knows the system better than me. I know the H1B. I know the H2B. … Nobody else on this dais knows how to change it like I do, believe me.”

(March 2016.) Trade: “Nobody knows more about trade than me.”

(March 2016.) The U.S. government system: “[N]obody knows the system better than I do.”

(April 2016.) Renewable energy: “I know more about renewables than any human being on Earth.”

 (April 2016.) Taxes: “I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world.”

(May 2016.) Debt: “I’m the king of debt. I’m great with debt. Nobody knows debt better than me.” (June 2016.) Money: “I understand money better than anyone!

Trump-Appointed Judge Courts Controversy With Mar-a-Lago Order

(Bloomberg) — When US District Judge Aileen Cannon was up for Senate confirmation in 2020, she was pointedly asked whether she’d had discussions about loyalty to then-President Donald Trump before he nominated her to Florida’s federal bench.

“No,” Cannon responded to US Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Suspicions of Trump loyalty again circled Cannon on Monday after she issued a sweeping decision granting the former president’s request to appoint an outside special master to review documents seized by the FBI in its Aug. 8 search of his Mar-a-Lago home. She also ordered the Justice Department to temporarily stop using the documents in its criminal investigation of Trump’s retention of them after leaving office.

Cannon, 41, agreed with Trump’s lawyers that investigation of the former president needed additional “safeguards” because he faced greater risks than ordinary citizens.

“As a function of plaintiff’s former position as President of the United States, the stigma associated with the subject seizure is in a league of its own,” the judge wrote. “A future indictment, based to any degree on property that ought to be returned, would result in reputational harm of a decidedly different order of magnitude.”

‘Courage and Guts’

Cannon held that a special master could determine whether Trump had valid claims of executive privilege over some of the documents. The Justice Department had argued that a former president couldn’t assert executive privilege against the sitting president, but Cannon found that wasn’t settled law.

Trump appeared to praise the judge in a statement Monday in which he said “it takes courage and ‘guts’ to fight a totally corrupt Department of ‘Justice’ and the FBI.”