Trump Announces His New Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, List Includes Michele Bachmann
After Meeting With 400 Top Evangelical Christian Leaders, Trump Says He Has ‘Such Tremendous Respect and Admiration’ for His New Group
Donald Trump has just released the names of the people who will head his new Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, and among them are several dozen mostly well-known individuals, including Michele Bachmann, Ralph Reed,Â James Dobson, andÂ Robert Jeffress. The GOP presumptive nomineeÂ been behind closed doors with about 400 of America’s top evangelical Christian leaders, including the heads of several anti-gay hate groups, and some of the most activelyÂ anti-LGBT faith leaders in the nation, since about 8:30 AM today in Manhattan.
The group has no public duties but is expected to be used to convince evangelicals to vote for Trump. A press release states they willÂ “convene on a regular basis.”
Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who grew her political career on the backs of first Minnesota’s and then the nation’s LGBT citizens, is one the list. So isÂ James Dobson, who foundedÂ Focus On The Family and later, theÂ Family Research Council. Also on the list isÂ Jerry Falwell, Jr., son of the anti-gay televangelist who now heads his father’s Liberty University.Â Ronnie Floyd, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention, Bishop Harry Jackson, who worked for several years withÂ NOM, the National Organization For Marriage. Fire and brimstone megachurch anti-gay pastor and Fox News contributorÂ Robert Jeffress, who has called the Mormon faith a cult and is publicly opposed to both Catholicism and Islam, almost as much as he is opposed to LGBT people.Â
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Others on the list include ethically disgraced former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’sÂ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Richard Land.Â
Ralph Reed, who made his name working for Jerry Falwell until he too ran into ethical troubles. He is now the head and founder Â of theÂ Faith and Freedom Coalition, where Trump two weeks ago promised he would protect traditional marriage three days before he promised the LGBT community he is the most pro-gay candidate running for president.
In a statement, Trump said,Â â€œI have such tremendous respect and admiration for this group and I look forward to continuing to talk about the issues important to Evangelicals, and all Americans, and the common sense solutions I will implement when I am President,” as Politico reported.
Some have called into question the ethics of stumping for Trump, given their prior statements:
The second name on Trumpâ€™s evangelical advisor board, A.R. Bernard, said this is May. https://t.co/ztnJFJXoSd pic.twitter.com/ym4Cfutoa3
â€” Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) June 21, 2016
James Dobson was just named to Trump’s evangelical advisory board. Here’s what he told @spulliam in December. pic.twitter.com/lSc8zixg8h
â€” Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) June 21, 2016
Speaking of “crooked” some of Trump’s evangelical board are beyond shady… https://t.co/9GqaNfBWcJ
â€” Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) June 21, 2016
James Dobson, now on Trump’s evangelical board, said in Feb ad: “we could not support” Trump after he accepted SCOTUS gay marriage ruling
â€” Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) June 21, 2016
Inbox – On Trump’s evangelical advisory board: Richard Land, who called Trump a “scam” before endorsing him as the “lesser evil” in the race
â€” Rebecca Sinderbrand (@sinderbrand) June 21, 2016
The full list (below) includes only three women, as NPR’s Matt Katz reported.
23 of the 26 members of Trump’s new Evangelical Executive Advisory Board are men. The 3 women include Michele Bachmann.
â€” Matt Katz (@mattkatz00) June 21, 2016
Â· Michele Bachmann -Â Former CongresswomanÂ
Â· A.R. Bernard -Â Senior Pastor and CEO, Christian Cultural Center
Â· Mark Burns -Â Pastor, Harvest Praise and Worship Center
Â· Tim Clinton –Â President, American Association of Christian Counselors
Â· Kenneth and Gloria Copeland -Â Founders, Kenneth Copeland Ministries
Â· James Dobson -Â Author, Psychologist and Host, My Family Talk
Â· Jerry Falwell, Jr. -Â President, Liberty University
Â· Ronnie Floyd -Â Senior Pastor, Cross Church
Â· Jentezen Franklin -Â Senior Pastor, Free Chapel
Â· Jack Graham -Â Senior Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church
Â· Harry Jackson -Â Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church
Â· Robert Jeffress -Â Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Dallas
Â· David Jeremiah -Â Senior Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church
Â· Richard Land â€“Â President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Â· James MacDonald â€“Â Founder and Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
Â· Johnnie Moore -Â Author, President of The KAIROS Company
Â· Robert Morris -Â Senior Pastor, Gateway Church
Â· Tom Mullins â€“Â Senior Pastor, Christ FellowshipÂ
Â· Ralph Reed –Â Founder,Â Faith and Freedom Coalition
Â· James RobisonÂ – Founder, Life OUTREACH International
Â· Tony Suarez -Â Executive ViceÂ President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Â· Jay Strack -Â President, Student Leadership University
Â· Paula White -Â Senior Pastor, New Destiny Christian Center
Â· Tom Winters -Â Attorney, Winters and King, Inc.
Â· Sealy Yates â€“Â Attorney, Yates and Yates
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Debt Ceiling: McCarthy Faces ‘Lingering Anger’ and a Possible Revolt as Far-Right House Members Start Issuing Threats
As House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) continues to negotiate a deal to avoid a debt crisis, members of the far-right Freedom Caucus are growing furious with him over broken promises he made to them.
According to MSNBC political analyst Steve Benen, with a slim GOP majority in the House, McCarthy is walking a tightrope to get a budget deal passed and may need help from House Democrats if members of his caucus refuse to go along with him.
As Benen points out, in order to win the speakership McCarthy agreed to an easier path for a motion to “vacate the chair” which could end his tenure as Speaker. That could come into play if the Freedom Caucus stages a revolt.
“… as the negotiations approach an apparent finish line, the House Republicans’ most radical faction is learning that it isn’t likely to get everything its members demanded — and for the Freedom Caucus, that’s not going to work,” he wrote in his MSNBC column.
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Citing a Washington Times report that stated, “[Freedom Caucus members] want everything from the debt limit bill passed by the House last month plus several new concessions from the White House,” Benen suggested far-right House Republicans are now issuing veiled threats.
In an interview, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) stated, “I am going to have to go have some blunt conversations with my colleagues and the leadership team. I don’t like the direction they are headed.”
With Politico reporting, “The [House Freedom Caucus] was already unlikely to support a final bipartisan deal, but lingering anger with Kevin McCarthy could have lasting implications on his speakership,” Benen added, “If this is simply a matter of lingering ill-will from members who come to believe that GOP leaders ‘caved,’ the practical consequences might be limited. But let’s also not forget that McCarthy, while begging his own members for their support during his protracted fight for the speaker’s gavel, agreed to tweak the motion-to-vacate-the-chair rules, which at least in theory, would make it easier for angry House Republicans to try to oust McCarthy from his leadership position.”
Adding the caveat that he is not predicting an imminent McCarthy ouster he added, “But if the scope of the Freedom Caucus’ discontent reaches a fever pitch, a hypothetical deal clears thanks to significant Democratic support, don’t be surprised if we all start hearing the phrase ‘vacate the chair” a lot more frequently.”
Prosecutors Tell Trump They Have a Recording of Him and a Witness: Report
Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s Manhattan criminal trial have notified the ex-president’s attorneys they have a recording of him and a witness. The notification comes in the form of an automatic discovery form, CBS News reports, which “describes the nature of the charges against a defendant and a broad overview of the evidence that prosecutors will present at Trump’s preliminary hearing or at trial.”
CBS reports prosecutors have handed the recording over to Trump’s legal team.
It’s not known who the witness is, nor are any details known publicly about what the conversation entails, or even if it is just audio or if it includes video.
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According to the article’s author, CBS News’ Graham Kates, via Twitter, prosecutors say they also have recordings between two witnesses, a recording between a witness and a third party, and various recordings saved on a witness’s cell phones.
Manhattan prosecutors disclosed to Trump a recording of him and a witness in his criminal case. pic.twitter.com/EIz3bvpEkj
— Graham Kates (@GrahamKates) May 26, 2023
Trump is facing 34 felony counts in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case related to his allegedly unlawful attempt to hide hush money payoffs to a well-known porn star by falsifying business records to protect his 2016 presidential campaign.
See the discovery form above or at this link.
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‘Likely to Be Indicted Soon’: Trump Might Face Seven Different Felonies, Government Watchdog Says
It’s no secret the U.S. Dept. of Justice is investigating Donald Trump for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and for his likely unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return hundreds of documents with classified and top secret markings.
Earlier this week Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal reported, “Special counsel Jack Smith has all but finished obtaining testimony and other evidence in his criminal investigation into whether former President Donald Trump mishandled classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort.”
And while it’s unknown if or when Trump will be indicted, a government watchdog says the ex-president who is once again staging a White House run is “likely to be indicted soon.” The organization is offering details on what it claims could be seven felony charges he might face.
“The next criminal charges former President Donald Trump may face could well come from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump’s possession of nearly 300 classified documents — including some marked as top secret — at his Mar-a-Lago residence and business in the year and a half after he left office,” Betsy Schick and Debra Perlin of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) state in a lengthy report published Friday.
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“While Fani Willis’ Fulton County, Georgia investigation into election interference continues, as does a federal investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and Alvin Bragg has already indicted Trump in New York for his role in false statements connected to hush money payments to Karen McDougal and Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) during the 2016 presidential campaign, an indictment by Smith in the Mar-a-Lago investigation would yield the first federal charges against the former president,” CREW notes.
“Trump may face charges ranging from obstruction of justice and criminal contempt to conversion of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material.”
Here is a list of “possible crimes” Trump might be charged with, according to CREW:
Obstruction of justice (18 U.S.C. § 1519)
Criminal contempt (18 U.S.C. § 402)
False statements to federal authorities (18 U.S.C. § 1001)
Conversion of government property (18 U.S.C. § 641)
Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material (18 U.S.C. § 1924)
Removing and concealing government records (18 U.S.C. § 2071)
Gathering national defense information (18 U.S.C. § 793(e))
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CREW also offers that Trump’s attorneys may try to argue several different defenses, including:
No “knowing” removal
Deference to the intelligence community
Challenging the constitutionality of the Special Counsel regulations
Additionally, several reports this week also appear to suggest an indictment might be coming, and soon.
Citing a Washington Post report published Thursday, several top legal experts are predicting DOJ will charge Donald Trump, and those charges will include obstruction and violations of the Espionage Act.
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