Kellyanne Conway Says Senate Minority Leader “Should Be Very Careful About Characterizing Somebody In A Legal Sense”
UPDATE: Sen. Reid’s deputy chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, issued the following statement responding to Conway’s threat:Â
â€œIt only took five days for President-elect Trump to try to silence his critics with the threat of legal action. This should shock and concern all Americans.
â€œTrump has always used threats and intimidation to silence his critics. Now he wants to silence a discussion of the acts of hate and threats of violence being committed in his name across the country. Silencing this discussion normalizes hate and intimidates the victims.
â€œThe facts are stark and shocking. Since Trump was elected, acts of hate against Muslims, Jews, women and people of color have spiked dramatically. The KKK is planning a parade to celebrate Trumpâ€™s victory because the KKK sees Trump as their champion. Today, a headline in one newspaper reads, â€˜Popular neo-Nazi site urges readers to troll liberals into suicide,â€™ while another reads, â€˜Post-election spate of hate crimes worse than 9-11.â€™
â€œBut instead of rising to the responsibility of his office, Trump is hiding behind his Twitter account and sending his staff on TV to threaten his critics.
â€œIf this is going to be a time of healing, Trump must take action immediately to stop the acts of hate and threats of violence that are being committed in his name across the country. Trump owes the nation leadership, not petty attempts to silence his critics.â€
Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser for Donald Trump who served as his campaign manager, appeared to threaten legal action Sunday against Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid for calling the president-elect a “sexual predator.”Â
On Friday, Reid issued a statement that read in part, “If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate.”
On Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Conway to respond to Reid’s statement.Â
“I find Harry Reid’s public comments and insults about Donald Trump and other Republicans to be beyond the pale,” Conway said, according to a transcript posted online. “And he should be very careful about characterizing somebody in a legal sense. He thinks â€” he thinks he’s just being some kind of political pundit there, but I would say be very careful about the way you characterize it.”Â
After Wallace interrupted and asked whether Conway was suggesting that Trump might sue Reid, she tried to walk back her statement.Â
“No, Iâ€™m not suggesting that at all,” Conway said. “Iâ€™m suggesting â€” Iâ€™m calling for responsibility and maturity and decency for somebody who has held one of the highest positions in our government, in a country of more than 300 million people.”
Conway then proceeded to blame Reid for anti-Trump protests that have broken out across the nationÂ since Tuesday’s election.Â
“A lot of these protesters are not there peacefully, are not there because they just want to express themselves and make a point or make the difference. They are there for nefarious conditions, they’re booing us, spitting on us. Theyâ€™re causing all kinds of havoc,” Conway said. “You know, he has to stop. He has a responsibility. Harry Reid has a platform to do good here and he ought â€” he ought to rise to the occasion and do that.”Â
Kellyanne Conway says on @FoxNewsSunday Harry Reid’s comments are “beyond the pale,” advises him to be careful in “legal sense”
â€” Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 13, 2016
I want to be optimistic. But jailing/suing Senators who criticize u is exactly the descent into madness we feared. https://t.co/w9OQD7IMrX
â€” Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 13, 2016
Trump administrations threatens to jail democratic senate leader. But the nazi comparison is TOTALLY overblown. https://t.co/d71Mg1GnbI
â€” John Aravosis (@aravosis) November 13, 2016
Incoming administration issuing legal threats against their political opponents. Day 5. https://t.co/DNp0K3aRlE
â€” Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) November 13, 2016
Oh, yes. I’m sure discovery in that case would be fun. But glad Team Trump is of one mind on the whole chilling of free speech thing. https://t.co/OLjAWamH36
â€” Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) November 13, 2016
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Meadows Allegedly Behind Possible Attempt at Witness Intimidation of Cassidy Hutchinson: Reports
Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide and advisor to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, may be the victim of attempted witness intimidation, and the person who may have attempted to intimidate her may be her former boss.
The Guardian on Friday reports “Hutchinson received at least one message tacitly warning her not to cooperate with the House January 6 select committee from an associate of former chief of staff Mark Meadows.”
That message, according to both CNN and The Guardian, was delivered at the direction of Mark Meadows, according to sources both news outlets cite.
One of the messages that the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack posted at the end of Hutchinson’s testimony read: “[A person] let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know that he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”
According to The Guardian, “The redaction was ‘Meadows,’ the sources said.”
CNN similarly reports: “One of [the] people who may have been trying to influence Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony did so at the behest of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to multiple sources familiar with information gathered by the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection.”
Citing multiple sources CNN reports “the ‘person’ referred to in the message, which was redacted in the version projected on a screen during the hearing, was Meadows.”
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi Friday afternoon on MSNBC said there is “no question” that message constitutes “an attempt to intimidate a witness. No question about it,” he stressed.
“When you then add that to the fact that it appears that they provided, her initial attorney to her, Cassidy Hutchinson, you now have a without a doubt, predication to open a federal witness tampering investigation,” Figliuzzi added.
Thursday on Twitter Figliuzzi wrote: “This is witness tampering. Cassidy Hutchinson was the target. They picked the wrong young woman.”
Secret Service Agents Confirm Details Hutchinson Shared About Trump Demanding to Be Taken to US Capitol Jan. 6
Secret Service agents are coming forward to say for months after the January 6 insurrection they heard stories very similar to the account former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson said she was told by a Trump loyalist and White House aide. The right-wing pro-Trump propaganda machine latched on to parts of her story in which she said she was told the outgoing president lunged at an agent, and “grabbed at” the steering wheel of the presidential limo, which on January 6 was an SUV.
Trump “angrily demanded to go to the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and berated his protective detail when he didn’t get his way,” CNN reports, citing “two Secret Service sources who say they heard about the incident from multiple agents, including the driver of the presidential SUV where it occurred.”
That directly supports Hutchinson’s remarks before the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack in her surprise bombshell testimony Tuesday. “The sources tell CNN that stories circulated about the incident,” CNN adds, “in the months immediately afterward the US Capitol attack and before she testified this week.”
CNN also reports that “one source, a longtime Secret Service employee, told CNN that the agents relaying the story described Trump as ‘demanding’ and that the former President said something similar to: ‘I’m the f**king President of the United States, you can’t tell me what to do.’ The source said he originally heard that kind of language was used shortly after the incident.”
Hutchinson had told the Committee a Trump aide, Anthony Ornato, had told her Trump got into the presidential limo, which was not “The Beast,” as right-wing propagandists are claiming, but an SUV, and said: “I’m the f-ing president! Take me up to the Capitol now!”
That closely echoes what agents told CNN.
“The president reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel,” Hutchinson also told the Committee, citing Ornato as her source. “Mr. Engel grabbed his arm, said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing. We’re not going the Capitol.’”
“Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel,” Hutchinson then added. “When Mr. Ornato had recounted this story to me, he had motioned towards his clavicle.”
Watch CNN’s report from Friday below or at this link:
Sources say he “lunged toward the steering wheel in an effort to try and get the detail to take him to capitol hill” pic.twitter.com/QKI8ByLomV
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 1, 2022
Biden Blasts ‘Extremist’ Supreme Court and Promises to Protect Women Traveling Across State Lines to Obtain an Abortion
Calling the U.S. Supreme Court “extremist,” President Joe Biden held a virtual roundtable with nine Democratic governors Friday afternoon to discuss options in the wake of six conservative justices stripping the civil right of abortion from Americans. Biden promised he will protect women traveling across state lines to obtain an abortion and will protect women’s rights to FDA-approved abortion drugs.
The President, fresh off his NATO trip, called the Court overturning Roe v. Wade a “terrible extreme decision in my view, upending lives and impacting on the health and safety of millions of women.”
“I share the public outrage that this extremist court has committed to moving America backwards with fewer rights, less autonomy, and politicians invading the most personal decisions,” he added, echoing remarks he made in Madrid about the Court. The President warned that “if they expand on this decision” it will impact “men as well.”
“As I’ve said last week, this is not over. Last week, I announced two specific actions. First, if extremist governors try to block a woman from traveling from her state that prohibits her from seeking medical help she needs to a state that provides that care the federal government will act to protect her bedrock rights through the Attorney General’s Office. Second, if states try to block a woman from getting medication the FDA has already approved and has been available for more than 20 years, my administration will act and protect that woman’s right to that medication.”
The President warned that “ultimately, Congress is going to have to act to codify Roe into federal law. But as I said yesterday, the filibuster should not stand in the way of us being able to do that. But right now, we don’t have the votes from the Senate to change the filibuster on them at the moment. That means we need two more votes.”
“The choice is clear: either elect federal senators and representatives who will codify Roe or Republicans who will elect the House and Senate will try to ban abortions nationwide. Nationwide. This is going to go one way or the other after November. So let’s remember, the reasoning of this decision has an impact much beyond Roe and to the right to privacy more generally. Justice Thomas himself said that under the reasoning of this decision that the court should reconsider marriage equality and contraception and there’s a lot at stake here.”
Watch the president below or at this link:
Pres. Biden said Congress needs to act to codify Roe v. Wade into law but that “right now, we don’t have the votes in the Senate to change the filibuster.”
“We either elect federal senators who will codify Roe, or Republicans who will … try to ban abortions nationwide.” pic.twitter.com/TVsu2NqdnI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 1, 2022
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