GOProud Endorses Romney: ‘Light Years Better Than President Obama’
GOProud, the gay Republican Tea Party group, today â€œenthusiastically”Â endorsed de-factoÂ Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, claiming the 65-year old is “light years better” than Barack Obama. Mysteriously, GOProud and its two co-founders, Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron, neglected to mention that Romney is against same-sex marriage, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the repeal of DOMA, does not support an inclusive ENDA, and this week appeared with some of the most virulently anti-gay religious icons of the Republican Party and proclaimed straight parents are better than gay parents.
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Exposing their real agenda — being perceived as a source of financial capital –Â Lisa De Pasquale, interim Chair of the GOProud Board of Directors said in a statement, â€œGOProud is prepared to commit significant resources to help make Mitt Romney the next President of the United States.â€
â€œThe Board of Directors of GOProud voted to enthusiastically endorse Governor Romneyâ€™s candidacy for President,â€Â De Pasquale,Â the former Director of CPAC, added.
â€œMost gay Americans â€“ like their straight counterparts â€“ are not better off than they were 4 years ago,â€ said Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud Executive Director.Â â€œThe truth is that gay people are living in the disastrous failed Obama economy too.â€
Today, Bloomberg News reported on an in-house Bloomberg Poll that found that “Forty-five percent of those surveyed in a Bloomberg National Poll say they are better off than at the beginning of 2009 compared with 36 percent who say they are worse off.”
â€œPresident Obama and his friends on the left want this election to be about divisive social issues, because the Presidentâ€™s record on jobs and the economy is indefensible,â€ LaSalvia’s statement added. Â â€œAt this critical juncture, we need a President with the experience and expertise to turn this economy around.Â Someone who knows how the free markets work â€“ former Governor Mitt Romney is that candidate.â€
President Obama, in fact, has decided to act in areas like women’s reproductive rights, civil rights for LGBT Americans, and implementing some of the policies the DREAM Act would have created had Congress done its job and passed it. President Obama also has overseen an economy produce 27 straight months of positive job growth.
â€œNot only does President Obama not understand how the free markets work â€“ he is openly hostile to free market capitalism,â€ LaSalvia’s statement continues. â€œPresident Obamaâ€™s repeated attacks on Governor Romneyâ€™s private sector record underscore this Presidentâ€™s fundamental lack of understanding of how our economy works.Â Instead of demonizing free markets, President Obama should be focused on creating an economic environment that encourages free market investments and creates jobs.â€
As the top image, right, shows, the DOW under President Obama has risen an amazing 54.66%. Under President Bush, the DOW dropped 21.78%.
â€œFor far too long, the gay left in this country has been allowed to dictate what they believe qualify as â€˜gay issues.â€™Â We think that jobs, the economy, healthcare, retirement security and taxes are all â€˜gay issues,â€™ and on every single one of those issues, Mitt Romney is light years better than President Obama,â€ said LaSalvia,Â who does mention that GOProud doesn’t agree with Romney on all issues.
While “jobs, the economy, healthcare, retirement security and taxes are all â€˜gay issues’,” too, certainly, the chart above, “Obamacare” — aka the Affordable Care Act — the fact that President Obama has lowered taxes to rates not seen in six decades, and a host of other achievements, make it clear Jimmy LaSalvia, needs to do his homework.
The Advocate notes:
The statement did not mention Richard Grenell, the openly gay national security spokesman whoÂ resignedÂ from the Romney campaign in May after an outcry from religious conservatives led by the American Family Associationâ€™s Bryan Fischer. Grenell denied that his sexual orientation played a role in his departure, but the tumultuous episode raised questions about the extent to which the candidate would associate publicly with gay advocates.
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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.”
‘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.”
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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