NRA Letter 3 Days After Aurora: Obama Re-Election Means ‘Confiscation Of Our Firearms’
Just three short days after last month’s Aurora, Colorado shooting, the National Rifle Association (NRA) sent a mass mailing fundraising letter that stated President Obama’s re-election will bring theÂ â€œconfiscation of our firearms.â€ The letter, signed by NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre,Â also stated theÂ “future of your Second Amendment rights will be at stake… And nothing less than the future of our country and our freedom will be at stake.â€
â€œThe night of November 6, 2012, you and I will lose more on the election battlefield than our nation has lost in any battle, anytime, anywhere. Or, we will win our greatest victory as NRA members and freedom-loving Americans.â€
The NRA fundraising letter, “dated July 23, which was sent to NRA supporters including to people in Colorado, doesnâ€™t mention the gunfire during the showing of the new Batman movie July 20 in Aurora, Colorado,” a report published today at Bloomberg News states.
The Aurora, Colorado shooting isÂ nation’s largest mass shooting to date, with a total of 70 victims, including 12 people who died.
Bloomberg adds the “four-page solicitation from NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre was sent to drum up funds to underwrite an advertising and grassroots campaign to defeat President Barack Obama and elect gun-rights supporters in Congress.”
The solicitation letter says that Obamaâ€™s re-election would result in the â€œconfiscation of our firearmsâ€ and potentially a â€œban on semi-automatic weapons.â€ The suspect in the Aurora, Colorado killings, 24-year-old James Holmes, had four semi- automatic weapons at the theater, police said.
The letter says the money will be used for â€œhundreds of thousandsâ€ of TV and radio ads, â€œespecially in a handful of key swing states.â€ The group also plans to buy ads in newspapers and on the Internet and send mail to â€œmillionsâ€ of gun owners, LaPierre wrote in the letter.
The â€œextremist rhetoricâ€ LaPierre uses in the letter would offend the â€œmainstream publicâ€ in the days after the Colorado shooting, said Dan Gross, president of the Washington- based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
â€œThey know the public wants answers and solutions to a problem that Aurora is one tragic example of,â€ Gross said. â€œSo this kind of rhetoric isnâ€™t going to fly, but itâ€™s just the kind of rhetoric that helps them raise money behind the scenes with a small group of extremists.â€
Ian MillhiserÂ at Think Progress observes:
For the record, gun rights have actually expanded under President Obama. The most significant guns legislation he signed was a lawÂ allowing people to carry guns in national parks. And Obama hasÂ stubbornly refused to support new gun regulationsÂ even in the wake of three mass shootings â€” Tucson, Aurora and the recent Sikh temple shooting â€” that occurred on his watch.
These facts have done nothing to temper the NRAâ€™s rhetoric, however. Indeed, NRA head Wayne LaPierre claimed last year that Obamaâ€™s entire record of keeping his distance from the guns issue is â€œall part of a massive Obama conspiracyÂ to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country.â€
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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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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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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.”
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