‘He Has Already Charged a Leading Law Firm in Washington, D.C. To Send a Certified Letter to Senator Graham’
For nearly a year â€“ really, for years â€“Â rumors have been flying thatÂ Donald Trump has inappropriate and undisclosed ties to Russia. They were fueled by statements Trump and his family members made before he entered the presidential race, and fueled by statements he and his family made after he entered the presidential race. Those rumors exploded as Trump refused to make one negative remark about Vladimir Putin, they exploded when Trump called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, exploded when Trump ally and former advisorÂ Roger Stone announced Wikileaks would deliver an amazing October surprise that would change the race, exploded when it became clear that Trump associates â€“Â including Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Mike Flynn, Jared Kushner,Â J.D. Gordon, and Roger Stone â€“Â have ties of some form or another to Russia,Â exploded when Trump refused to fire Mike FlynnÂ â€“ despite his ties to Russia, and exploded when Trump repeatedly refused to release his tax returns.
Trump once claimed he and Vladimir Putin were good friends, had bonded in the green room during the taping of a “60 Minutes” episode even though they were taped on separate continents and that never, ever happened.
The list goes on and on and on.
Is there collusion between Trump â€“Â or his family, or business associates, or campaign associates, or transition team associates, or White House associatesÂ â€“ and Russia? We don’t know, but there sure area lot of red flags (no pun intended.)
EarlierÂ Tuesday Senator Lindsey Graham said that while he has no knowledge or evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians, or any inappropriate business dealings, he would like to see any if it exists.
â€” Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 9, 2017
On Tuesday afternoon, Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced a way to get all these (and so many more) rumors and accusations behind this White House.Â
â€” ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 9, 2017
â€œThe President, obviously,Â was aware of Sen. Grahamâ€™sÂ suggestion after he made itÂ today and heâ€™s fine with that,â€ Spicer told reporters during the daily briefing. â€œHe has no business in Russia.Â He has no connections to Russia.Â So he welcomes that.â€
â€œIn fact, he has already chargedÂ a leading law firm inÂ Washington, D.C. to send aÂ certified letter to Senator Graham to that point, that he has noÂ connections to Russia,â€ Spicer added. â€œSo that should be a really easy look.â€
Very quickly Twitter began to mock Spicer and Trump for suggesting thatÂ sending aÂ certified letter would shed any light on the facts or would resolve this disaster.
@lachlan Wow, a certified letter from a law firm! That means the law firm gets a receipt from the post office!
â€” John Kenney (@johnlkenney) May 9, 2017
Hahahahahaha! “Certified” LOL. How about getting it notarized and making sure there’s a signature of receipt and tracking number? https://t.co/jJAaOmpoFL
â€” Simon Jessey (@scjessey) May 9, 2017
â€” #StandIndivisible (@octoberskeye) May 9, 2017
@Amy_Siskind Wait, certified? If he opts for Return Receipt, game over.
â€” R. Judas Brown (@RJudasBrown) May 9, 2017
@JoyAnnReid Only his base would believe the term â€œcertifiedâ€ imports legal significance. It is the equivalent of sending it return, receipt requested.
â€” SpinDoctor (@SpinDr) May 9, 2017
And certified just means the Post Office sends you a receipt saying that your letter was delivered or not and who signed for it. https://t.co/Mw2zH7ZhaW
â€” Leanna Cowan (@Laighe) May 9, 2017
Obama should have sent a certified letter to trump telling him where he was born! That would have solved the birther issue!
â€” Lisa Moraitis (@LisaMoraitis1) May 9, 2017
â€” stumblingstudio (@stumblingstudio) May 9, 2017
“Certified” mail just means it has a tracking number/confirmation of receipt
Actually certifying may mean he has to show his tax returns https://t.co/DNzUHr6pfy
â€” Tim Mak (@timkmak) May 9, 2017
A certified letter? Like the one from his doctor that said Trump would be the most fit of any POTUS delivered by limousine for a quick sign? https://t.co/Hd8GGCJKwL
â€” meta (@metaquest) May 9, 2017
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‘Absolutely Repulsive’: Some House Republicans Are Now Wearing an Assault Weapon Lapel Pin
At least three House Republicans this week began wearing pins in the shape of an assault weapon on their clothing. U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY), U.S. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), and U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) were all caught on camera with the pins, leading some to express outrage.
U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) was among the first to circulate images of the two Republicans wearing the pins.
“Where are these assault weapon pins coming from? Who is passing these out?” he asked.
Where are these assault weapon pins coming from? Who is passing these out? pic.twitter.com/CVtzNHX9k2
— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) February 1, 2023
Aaron Fritschner, the Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), captured an image of Congressman Clyde wearing the pin on his tie.
they’re not sending their best pic.twitter.com/q7uO6MZHbH
— Aaron Fritschner (@Fritschner) February 1, 2023
“Absolutely repulsive,” Duke University Professor of Global Health and Public Policy, Gavin Yamey said in response to the assault weapon pins. “We have mass shootings almost daily, and the Republicans are wearing assault weapon pins FFS.”
One of the Members wearing the pins, Congresswoman Luna, on Wednesday also participated in a House Natural Resources panel debate to push back on Democrats’ attempt to ban firearms inside the Committee’s hearing room.
She tweeted later, “The same Democrats who are voting to send firearms to Ukraine are telling me I can’t carry one.”
Politico reports the meeting (video below) was “raucous.”
Sociology professor and author Samuel Perry observed, “Republican members of congress are wearing AR-15 lapel pins. That’s not just tone deaf. We find Republicans value gun rights more than any other right, including freedom of speech or religion. No need for a flag or cross pin. The gun is both their patriotic & religious symbol.”
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U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) also pointed to National Gun Violence Survivors Week.
“While gun violence continues to be the leading cause of death for children in our country,
@GOP members are wearing assault rifle pins during #GVSurvivorsWeek. Shameful.”
American historian of Christianity Diana Butler Bass did not mince words: “Always said it was just a matter of time before the GOP replaced the cross with an assault rifle. Guns are their god.”
Democratic Texas state Rep. Gene Wu said the GOP “has stopped playing coy and is now openly and unabashedly praising mass shooters. Will there be special versions to celebrate specific mass shootings?”
Professor of International Relations Nicholas Grossman said: “Legislators from party that defends recent coup attempt by their up-til-recently—and possibly still—party leader replace traditional patriotic flag pin with a pin depicting a rifle.”
California state Sen. Dave Min weighed in, saying, “The debate over 2A [the Second Amendment] has never been about 2A. It’s about ‘disrupting’ civilized society as we know it, and trolling the ordinary Americans concerned about our insane levels of gun violence. That’s why it’s the biggest assholes who are most loudly touting irresponsible gun access.”
The addition of the assault weapon pins to Republican Members’ clothing comes on the heels of U.S. Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) distributing grenades to fellow Members last week. In a note he declared they are “inert.”
— Morgan Phillips (@_phillipsmorgan) January 26, 2023
See video and photos above or at this link.
Kyle Rittenhouse to Face Wrongful Death Lawsuit After 100-Hour Hunt to Find Him
Kyle Rittenhouse, who skyrocketed to fame in right-wing circles after shooting and killing two protesters during a social rights march in 2020, is now facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the victim’s father, according to PBS.
The lawsuit was filed by John Huber, the father of one of the two victims, and also includes city officials and police officers. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman dismissed motions from the city officials, police officers and Rittenhouse to dismiss the civil rights case in its entirety.
Huber’s lawsuit states that Rittenhouse conspired with police officers to intentionally cause harm to the protesters who were marching in reaction to the shooting of Jacob Blake, who was injured by a Wisconsin police officer.
Rittenhouse, an Illinois resident, drove to the demonstrations in Wisconsin and was a minor at age 17 at the time.
In the ruling Adelman said Huber’s death “could plausibly be regarded as having been proximately caused by the actions of the government defendants. Huber was killed after Rittenhouse was running after he shot and killed his first victim in the parking lot of a car dealership and Huber hit Rittenhouse with a skateboard to disarm him. After falling to the ground Rittenhouse fatally shot Huber and wounded another protester Gaige Grosskreutz, who also has filed a civil lawsuit against Rittenhouse.
Huber’s lawyers and private investigators needed over 100 hours to locate Rittenhouse to serve him with the civil lawsuit paperwork, eventually serving him at his sister’s house. Rittenhouse’s lawyers tried to argue the case should be dismissed because he was not properly served. The judge dismissed that claim.
Rittenhouse has become a popular Republican right-wing speaker at public events and has nearly 1 million followers on Twitter.
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Jacob Blake was shot and injured, but not killed, as originally reported.
Hunter Biden Is Fighting Back
After years of being the right wing’s punching bag, Hunter Biden is fighting back.
The 52-year old attorney, investor, lobbyist, father of five, and Navy veteran who just happens to be the son of the President of the United States, is calling for state and federal investigations into how his personal, private information from his now-infamous laptop was disseminated, according to CBS News.
Biden is also threatening a defamation lawsuit against Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
The “flurry of letters to the Delaware attorney general, the Department of Justice, the I.R.S. and attorneys for Fox News and Carlson,” CBS reports, “represent an aggressive new strategy for the president’s son, who is facing long-running, as well as new probes promised by , according to a source familiar with Biden’s approach.”
“This marks a new approach by Hunter Biden and his team,” the source told CBS News. “He is not going to sit quietly by as questionable characters continue to violate his rights and media organizations peddling in lies try to defame him.”
Biden lost his mother and sister in a car crash injuring him and his brother when he was just two years old, and later, that same brother, Beau Biden, the longtime Delaware Attorney General, died from an aggressive cancer of the brain.
CBS reports Biden’s “computer data that was turned over to the FBI showed no evidence of tampering or fabrication, according to an.”
But The Washington Post last year hired two forensic investigators, and they reached different conclusions.
“From a forensics standpoint, it’s a disaster,” said Jake Williams, who the Post describes as “a forensics expert and former National Security Agency operative who once hacked the computers of foreign adversaries.” The other investigator, Matt Green, the Post says is “a Johns Hopkins University security researcher who specializes in cryptography.”
“The drive is a mess,” Green told The Post.
The Post found that “the lack of what experts call a ‘clean chain of custody’ undermined Green’s and Williams’s ability to determine the authenticity of most of the drive’s contents.” The “clean chain of custody” refers to the fact that countless individuals have had access to the hard drive.
“The vast majority of the data — and most of the nearly 129,000 emails it contained — could not be verified by either of the two security experts who reviewed the data for The Post,” the newspaper reported. “Neither found clear evidence of tampering in their examinations, but some of the records that might have helped verify contents were not available for analysis, they said. The Post was able in some instances to find documents from other sources that matched content on the laptop that the experts were not able to assess.”
Meanwhile, CBS News also reports that in a ” letter sent Wednesday, Biden attorney Bryan Sullivan demanded that Fox News and Tucker Carlson devote airtime to retracting statements made about Biden paying ‘rent’ to his father, ‘in what Mr. Carlson implied was essentially a money laundering scheme to finance President Biden’s lifestyle prior to his election … and alluding to Mr. Biden having unauthorized access to classified documents because of his presence at President Biden’s house.’ Sullivan writes that the claims were false, and even after others acknowledged as much, Carlson continued to make them.”
“The letter, which cites California’s defamation statute, notes that the Daily Caller website retracted an article that made similar claims.”
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