Sarah Huckabee Sanders‘ credibility is at its lowest point ever. On March 7 she told reporters: “There was no knowledge of any payments by the president’ on the payment to Stormy Daniels.
Sarah Sanders in March: “There was no knowledge of any payments.” https://t.co/ZXJLPSAnNw
Sarah Sanders today: “This is something we at the White House can’t comment on, and I would refer you to [Giuliani’s] comments and the president’s tweets from earlier this morning.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 3, 2018
But President Trump’s new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, on Fox News Wednesday night told a very different tale. He admitted that President Trump reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, which makes Huckabee Sanders’ statement in March false.
Outside the White House Thursday morning, reporters angry they had been lied to cornered the press secretary as she tried to enter the building. And they demanded answers.
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) May 3, 2018
She refused to provide them.
“This is something we at the White House can’t comment on, and I would refer you to [Giuliani’s] comments and the president’s tweets from earlier this morning,” CNN’s Manu Raju noted via Twitter.
.@jonkarl: “Did you know that the president did not tell the truth when he said that he didn’t know about the payment?”@PressSec: “There’s ongoing litigation. I’m not going to be able to comment, no matter how many times you guys ask the same question.” pic.twitter.com/U30Z3yDixa
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) May 3, 2018
Dan Pfeiffer, the former Senior Advisor to President Obama, weighed in:
If Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the Trump press team have any dignity left they would resign tomorrow in protest.
They don’t so they won’t
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) May 3, 2018
Some expressed similar thoughts, others noted that comedian Michelle Wolf calling Sanders a liar at the White House Correspondents Dinner was warranted:
I’m sure that Sarah Sanders will present her resignation tomorrow morning since Trump made her lie to the American people. Correct?
— Simon Owens (@simonowens) May 3, 2018
Glad we had that several day conversation about the appropriateness of a comedian’s joke about how Sarah Sanders lies all the time. https://t.co/ERnmb7gUFu
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 3, 2018
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) May 3, 2018
For today’s press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets 3 options: resign, tell the truth, or prove Michelle Wolf was right.
Just in time for #WorldPressFreedomDay
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) May 3, 2018
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Trump’s DHS Chief Delayed and Altered Report on Russian Election Interference Because It ‘Made the President Look Bad’
Chad Wolf, Trump’s Acting Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) who was unlawfully installed, delayed and altered a federal government intelligence report on Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election because it “made the President look bad.”
A new Homeland Security Office of Inspector General report says Wolf for months delayed a report that was initially titled, “Russia Likely to Denigrate Health of US Candidates to Influence 2020 Electoral Dynamics.” It later was altered to “blunt” the focus of Russia’s attack on Democratic nominee Joe Biden by adding claims about China and Iran’s alleged attempts to denigrate then-President Donald Trump, who was running for re-election.
“A Tuesday report from DHS’s Office of Inspector General concluded that DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) wrongly let politics interfere with the dissemination of the report, which documented a Russian disinformation campaign surrounding President Biden’s mental acuity,” The Hill reports.
“I&A employees during the review and clearance process changed the product’s scope by making changes that appear to be based in part on political considerations, potentially impacting I&A’s compliance with Intelligence Community policy,” OIG concluded in a report that found that “DHS did not adequately follow its internal processes.”
The Inspector General’s report says “the Acting Secretary [Wolf] asked the product be held because it made President Trump look bad and hurt President Trump’s campaign — the concept that Russia was denigrating candidate Biden would be used against President Trump.”
The Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis “also told us he took contemporaneous notes of the meeting, a copy of which we obtained. The notes…read ‘AS1 – will hurt POTUS – kill it per his authorities.’”
The Office of Inspector General “concluded Wolf’s interference and other changes violated requirements that require intelligence products to be objective and independent of political consideration,” The Hill adds.
‘Smoking Gun’: Former US Attorney Labels Don Trump Jr’s Election Texts ‘Powerful Evidence’ of Fraud
Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show” with host Jonathan Capehart, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance made the case that Don Trump Jr’s texts about overturning the 2020 election results — coming just a few days after the public went to the polls — could end up being the “smoking gun” investigators are looking for.
Reacting to the CNN report that the oldest son of former president Donald Trump was pitching suggestions to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on how to remain in power, Vance called the texts “powerful evidence” that could be used in a criminal indictment.
“Is this proverbial smoking gun, especially after the Ginni Thomas texts?” host Capehart asked.
“It feels like it could be a smoking gun,” Vance conceded. “This is two days after the election, the election result hasn’t been called yet, but Donald Trump Jr. is already acting on the assumption his father is going to lose the election and, of course, the entire predication that his father has for maintaining that everything he did after the election, up to and including the march on the Capitol, was legitimate was this notion that he had not legitimately lost the election.”
“So to the extent that this becomes a powerful piece of evidence that they were aware that they had lost, that they were aware it wasn’t fraud and they were going to have to come up with these alternate schemes, including fake slates of electors to get across the finish line, this really could be very powerful,” she added.
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Virginia “Ginni” Thomas demanded Congressional Republicans take the fight to overturn the 2020 election to the streets after Donald Trump lost his re-election bid to Joe Biden.
Thomas, a veteran far-right activist and lobbyist, and spouse to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is under fire after multiple news organizations Thursday reported on 29 texts she exchanged with then-Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows demanding he work to overturn the election.
“Shortly after the 2020 election,” NBC News reports, Ginni Thomas “sent an email to an aide to a prominent House conservative saying she would have nothing to do with his group until his members go ‘out in the streets,’ a congressional source familiar with the exchange told NBC News.”
That email was sent to “an aide to incoming Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks, R-Ind.,” saying “that she was more aligned with the far-right House Freedom Caucus.”
“Just days later,” NBC adds, Texas GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert “appeared at a ‘Million MAGA March’ near the White House and told Trump supporters: ‘This was a cheated election and we can’t let it stand.’ He talked about ‘revolution.'”
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