Trump Denies He’ll Spend Time on “Celebrity Apprentice,” But Acknowledges “Big Stake” in Show
Role Presents Yet Another Apparent Conflict of Interest for President-Elect
I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2016
Reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are rediculous & untrue – FAKE NEWS!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2016
In response to reports this week that he’ll remain executive producer of the “Celebrity Apprentice” while serving as president, Donald Trump claimed early Saturday on Twitter (above) that he’ll spend “zero time” on the show.Â
“I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it,”Â Trump wrote, referring to show creatorÂ Mark Burnett.Â
He went on to call a report by CNN suggesting that he’ll work on “Celebrity Apprentice” during his presidency “ridiculous (SIC),” “untrue” and “fake news.”Â
It’s unclear which CNN report Trump was referencing, but on Friday the president-elect’s own adviser, Kellyanne Conway, suggested during an interview with the network that he would work on the show in his “spare time.”Â
Kellyanne Conway on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” role as president: He’ll do it in his spare time https://t.co/8hYzlOotQi
â€” CNN (@CNN) December 9, 2016
Regardless of how much time, if any, time Trump spends on “Celebrity Apprentice,” the bigger issue is the potential conflicts of interest his role as executive producer could create.
Trump spokeswoman Holly Hicks described him Friday as a “part owner” of the show, and he is expected to collect fees per episode at least in the low five figures.Â
The New York Times reports that Trump’s conflicts of interest could range from “coziness with the brands that advertise on the show to his relationship with the network that airs it,” which is NBC.Â
“NBCâ€™s parent company, Comcast, is a media conglomerateÂ regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, which Mr. Trump will now oversee,” the NYT wrote. “And sponsors of the showâ€™s new season â€” including Carnival Cruise Line and Welchâ€™s â€” may have their own priorities in Washington.”
Robert M. Stern, former president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles, which focuses on ethics reform, too the NYT that if NBC wants to cancel the show because of ratings, the network might have second thoughts if they fear retaliation from the FCC.Â
And ratings could certainly become in issue if Trump’s opponents launch a boycott. Preston Beckman, a former top executive at NBC and Fox, told the NYT he “wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a hashtagÂ on Twitter, #BoycottTheApprentice,Â as we get closer to the premiere,” which is set for Jan. 2.Â
â€œThe most significant action that people who feel uncomfortable with this can take is just to not watch the show,” Beckman said. Â
Reaction from Twitter below.Â
Will profit from it while in White House. But not work on it. And to PEOTUS that is fine. https://t.co/iKOpmOTajh
â€” Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) December 10, 2016
You mean the “rediculous” report where your own spokesperson says you’ll do it in your spare time? https://t.co/Qt2lxR7YYa https://t.co/xwDhR3dijY
â€” Jeremy Hooper (@goodasyou) December 10, 2016
Note: The CNN report was that he got a cut of product placement $, which he doesn’t deny https://t.co/zHYAgnB3IW
â€” Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) December 10, 2016
Then why keep the producer credit? https://t.co/HHh5ce8fAQ
â€” Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) December 10, 2016
Thanks, but what do you really think about reports Russia tried to help you win the White House? https://t.co/ywGzIm7z5d
â€” Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) December 10, 2016
Ok… But did Putin try to influence the outcome of The Apprentice?
â€” Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) December 10, 2016
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Trump Desperate to Keep Any Possible Criminal Evidence From Supreme Court: Legal Expert
Donald Trump’s decision to allow one of his lawyers to speak before a grand jury on Friday morning, instead of appealing all the way to the Supreme Court, may have been made out of fear of what the justices on the nation’s highest court might see if they reviewed the case.
According to MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin, under normal circumstances, the former president would have dragged out a legal fight over attorney-client privilege that would have kept attorney Evan Corcoran from testifying under oath about Trump’s possession of government documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort that led to the FBI showing up with a warrant.
As Rubin notes, the fact that Trump let Corcoran testify over three hours raised eyebrows.
“For one, yes, it is indeed unusual, if not unheard of, for a lawyer to be litigating against a party one day and then testifying under court-ordered examination by that same party the next one,” she wrote before suggesting Trump and his legal team were looking at the long game when he might need the predominantly conservative Supreme Court to lend him a helping hand.
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Writing, “Trump has made clear he believes this Supreme Court — controlled by conservative justices, three of whom he appointed — owes him one,” she added, “My hunch is that Trump’s team let Corcoran’s testimony happen because of what’s likely involved in any request to pause, much less, review a crime-fraud-related ruling: the evidence.”
“Put another way, if Trump had petitioned the Supreme Court to stay Corcoran’s testimony and document production, the justices would have seen some, if not all, of what Judge Howell and the three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit have already reviewed: proof that Trump misled Corcoran and engaged in criminal conduct,” she elaborated.
Rubin went on to note that Trump would likely appeal any conviction to the Supreme Court, writing, “And for someone whose one last hope, if he is ultimately charged or tried by any of the multiple entities now investigating him, is that same Supreme Court, letting the justices see evidence of his alleged crimes now would be a bridge too far.”
“Trump can’t afford to lose the Supreme Court yet,” she suggested.
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No TX Congressional Republican Will Say If They’re Attending Trump’s Rally in Waco – Will He Have Trouble Filling Seats?
Donald Trump‘s Saturday campaign rally in Waco, Texas, falls during the 30th anniversary of the 51-day siege that community is known for, when 86 people died after a failed ATF raid on an anti-government religious cult suspected of illegally stockpiling firearms amid allegations of sexual abuse, statutory rape, and polygamy.
Experts have been warning for a week that Trump’s choice of Waco, synonymous with violent anti-government extremism, was no accident. His rhetoric this week, including most recently Friday when he warned of “potential death & destruction” should he be indicted, has been seen as encouraging violence.
NCRM was among the first news outlets to report experts’ concerns over Trump’s choice to hold a rally in Waco during the 30th anniversary of the deadly siege.
Not a single congressional Republican from Texas will say they are attending, nor has the town’s GOP mayor, according to a report from Insider, which contacted over two dozen Republican lawmakers and other elected officials.
“None of the 30 Texas Republicans Insider contacted about the event said they were going,” Insider reveals.
“Most of the 30 GOP members contacted about Donald Trump’s inaugural visit to the site of a 30-year-old standoff between cult leader David Koresh and federal authorities did not respond to requests for comment about whether they intended to rally with the scandal-plagued candidate and perhaps say a few kind words,” Insider reports.
“Rep. Pete Sessions, a Waco native who now represents the surrounding 17th congressional district, praised Trump for shining a light on his hometown but said he’d have to miss the spectacle,” Insider adds. “Aides to Rep. Troy Nehls, one of the four House Republicans from Texas who have formally backed Trump’s 2024 run, told Insider he wouldn’t be heading to Waco because of a prior commitment in Washington, DC, this weekend.”
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Meanwhile, in addition to guest list challenges – the campaign refused to tell Insider who the guest speakers will be – Trump may have trouble filling seats.
Mary Trump, the ex-president’s niece who opposes him, has been running a campaign to get anti-Trump Americans to “sign up” for tickets to the Saturday rally, in the hopes of being able to turn away supporters.
Let’s fill this venue with empty seats.https://t.co/3tGSfan5iw
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) March 24, 2023
“Donald has a rally in Waco this Saturday,” she also said via Twitter. “It’s a ploy to remind his cult of the infamous Waco siege of 1993, where an anti-government cult battled the FBI. Scores of people died. He wants the same violent chaos to rescue him from justice.”
“But we can stop him. If we book the 50,000+ venue, we can make sure most of the seats are empty when the traitor takes the stage,” she said. “We can no longer fail to hold powerful men accountable for their crimes against our country.”
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‘Utter Cowardice’: Jim Jordan Blasted for Telling Reporter He Can’t Read Trump’s Violence-Threatening Post Without Glasses
Countless GOP lawmakers over the years have professed ignorance over Donald Trump’s tweets as reporters ask them to respond, often claiming they hadn’t read them, but House Republican Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan took that performance to a whole new level Friday afternoon.
NBC News senior national political reporter Sahil Kapur asked the Ohio Republican congressman to weigh in on Trump’s social media post threatening “potential death & destruction” if he gets indicted.
“Jordan said he hasn’t seen Trump’s post,” Kapur said via Twitter. “When I showed [it] to him on my phone, he said he can’t read well without his glasses.”
“He added he’s reviewing DA Bragg’s letter,” Kapur added.
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Jordan, who didn’t need glasses to appear on Fox Business just two days ago (photo) is getting blowback.
VICE News Deputy DC Bureau Chief Todd Zwillich explained the progression.
“The stages of ignoring incitement,” he tweeted. “2016: I don’t respond to tweets —> 2018: I havent seen the tweet —-> 2023: I literally can’t see the tweet.”
“Utter cowardice,” declared former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh. “Not at all the @Jim_Jordan I knew & served with in Congress 10 yrs ago. Or…maybe it is.”
“The sheer dishonesty and cowardice of these people,” lamented MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, echoing Walsh’s remarks.
Government watchdog group Citizens for Ethics said the “extent to which Trump’s backers in Congress are going to not condemn [his] calls for violence are ludicrous.”
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Some tied Jordan’s inability to see the post to his apparent inability to see or remember all the Ohio State wrestlers who say they complained to Jordan when he was their assistant coach, about being sexually harassed or assaulted by the team doctor. To this day despite numerous reports and people publicly coming forward, Jordan denied it ever happened.
“Apparently, Jim Jordan is unable to see wrestlers being sexually abused or Donald Trump social media posts,” attorney and Republican turned Democrat Ron Filipkowski tweeted.
“Well, @Jim_Jordan has shown before that he has trouble seeing threats right in front of his nose, so this checks out,” tweeted historian Kevin M. Kruse.
But Jordan’s Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee may have served up the best response: “Why do you need your glasses to condemn violence @Jim_Jordan?”
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