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From Palin To Murdoch, Fox News Turns On Full Tilt Support For Santorum



From Fox News and News Corp Chair and CEO Rupert Murdoch, to Fox Contributor and presidential canditease Sarah Palin, the Fox PR propaganda machine is running on overdrive in full-tilt support for Rick Santorum in tonight’s GOP Iowa Caucuses.

Yesterday, Rupert Murdoch used his brand-spanking new Twitter account, opened New Year’s Eve, to throw his support to Santorum, tweeting from his famously failed iPad on Sunday, “Good to see santorum surging in Iowa. Regardless of policies, all debates showed principles, consistency and humility like no other,” and then on Monday, “Can’t resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum. Only candidate with genuine big vision for country.”

Murdoch, many will remember, fired Rick Santorum almost a year ago, when he declared that anyone who was seriously considering running for President had to leave the Fox News. Santorum at the time said he had not only not decided to run or not, but was never even asked by Murdoch or his people if he were going to run. Perhaps he just listened in on Santorum’s cell phone?

Clearly, Murdoch is pushing Santorum higher into the field because he see that a Santorum upset will generate controversy and viewership.

Curiously, Murdoch did not fire Sarah Palin a year ago, when he axed Santorum and Gingrich, which — to anyone with half a brain — made it clear Palin was never serious about running.

Sarah Palin did, however, back her boss Rupert Murdoch yesterday, on Fox News, voicing support for Santorum — however disingenuous and, well, false.

“Appearing on Fox yesterday, Palin, after being prompted by the host, insisted she respects Santorum because he puts his religion first, but, according to her, not in a ‘judgmental or condemning way’,” reports Andrew Belonsky at Towleroad today:

“He talked about America’s Judeo-Christian foundation, how important it is that we stand strong on it and that we build upon it,” she said. “Not in a judgmental, condemning way when it comes to anybody’s lifestyle.”

Perhaps Palin is thinking of a different Rick Santorum, because I seem to recall the candidate comparing same-sex love with bestiality, consistently using his power to oppress LGBT people and generally being a complete homophobe.

Or maybe she just doesn’t know what the word “judgmental” means, which very well may be the case.

Notice the keywords Palin used: “lifestyle,” and , in the video, she adds, right after “lifestyle,” “Or any individuals.”

Clearly, Palin is trying to massage the extreme hate Santorum has for the LGBT community into smoothing more palpable to Iowans who see his as so extreme as to be un-Christian.

Any gay, lesbian, or bisexual American who supports Santorum or views Fox News as a legitimate source of information needs to reconsider their principles. For Murdoch, Fox, and Palin to all back the candidate — Santorum — who has build his career as a gay-bashing homophobic bible-thumping anti-gay hate monger says far more about them than they realize.

UPDATE: Today’s Wall Street Journal, a cog in the Rupert Murdoch News Corp propaganda machine, just published a scathing op-ed attacking Mitt Romney.

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Trump Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor



Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.

Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.

Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.

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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”

He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.

Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.

“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”

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‘National Security Implications’: Former DOJ Official Speculates on Ruling Ordering Trump Attorney to Hand Over Docs



A former top Dept. of Justice official says a federal judge’s expedited ruling ordering an attorney for Donald Trump to testify against his client before a grand jury and hand over documents very well may be related to “national security.”

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.

Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.

Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.

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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.

“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”

“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.

According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”

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This article was updated to correctly spell Andrew Weissmann’s last name.

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Trump Appeals After Judge Agrees With Special Counsel on Crime-Fraud Exception and Requires His Attorney to Testify



Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.

Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.

Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”

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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.

“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”

Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”

According to an NBC News report from October, Corcoran directed another Trump attorney, Christina Bobb, to sign the letter claiming a thorough search of Mar-a-Lago had been made and all classified or “sensitive” documents had been returned. That was proven untrue after federal agents, executing a search warrant, recovered hundreds of documents with classified markings.

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