President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon granted a full pardon to Alice Marie Johnson, less than 24 hours after she all but endorsed him in a speech during the final night of the Republican National Convention.
Here’s the President with Johnson just an hour ago:
Trump has completely politicized his pardon power. Here he is framing a pardon for Alice Johnson around her showing at the RNC. pic.twitter.com/h9fp2RtRks
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 28, 2020
“I will be forever grateful,” Johnson told about 1500 Trump supporters seated on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday night from the RNC stage. “God bless you. God bless President Trump, and God bless America.”
In 2018 Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence of life in prison without parole, following a campaign by the ACLU and at the request of Kim Kardashian and Jared Kushner. It is not known why he did not grant her a full pardon at that time.
“I was once told that the only way I would ever be reunited with my family would be as a corpse, but by the grace of God and the compassion of President Donald John Trump I stand before you tonight and I assure you, I’m not a ghost,” Johnson said at the RNC. “I am alive, I am well, and most importantly, I am free.”
Attorney Adrienne Lawrence, author of a book on sexual harassment in the workplace, suggested the pardon was “quid pro quo.”
A pardon is more expansive than commuting a sentence because pardoning gives the person back their right to vote, serve on juries, etc.
These are things Alice Johnson likely wanted a great deal. Can’t help but sense this was quid pro quo. https://t.co/mYgkBNTsre
— Staying in the Game (@AdrienneLaw) August 28, 2020
A Daily Kos senior political writer expressed a similar thought:
Quid pro pardon?
— Joan McCarter (@joanmccarter) August 28, 2020
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‘Unbelievable Waste of Time’: Trump Sues Clinton With Typo-Laden ‘Lolsuit’ Mocked by Legal Experts
“In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential election, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts orchestrated an unthinkable plot — one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation’s democracy,” the RICO lawsuit says, according to the New York Post.
Trump lists a huge number of defendants including Clinton, the DNC, Marc Elias, Fusion GPS, former FBI Director James Comey, and many others.
“Acting in concert, the defendants maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty,” it claims, in an apparent attempt to get a court to side with his “fictive” “no collusion” claims.
“The actions taken in furtherance of their scheme — falsifying evidence, deceiving law enforcement, and exploiting access to highly-sensitive data sources — are so outrageous, subversive and incendiary that even the Watergate [scandal] pale in comparison.”
NBC News and MSNBC legal contributor and MSNBC and Peacock anchor and host Katie S. Phang sums up the legal argument: “Unbelievable waste of time.”
Reuters’ legal correspondent Jan Wolfe posts a link to the lawsuit, a copy of the typo-ridden front page, and a fact check that effectively moots the case:
Donald Trump has filed a sprawling RICO case against Hillary Clinton and others, alleging a conspiracy to make him look compromised by Russia.
— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) March 24, 2022
A former federal prosecutor and noted attorney, Ken White, via his Popehat Twitter account:
Dear Former President Trump:
Next time, hire lawyers smart enough not to concede repeatedly in your lolsuit that Russia was a hostile foreign sovereignty.
— RacistAFBabiesHat (@Popehat) March 24, 2022
“It’s difficult to put into words just how deeply flawed and utterly hopeless this lawsuit is,” says CNN Senior Legal Analyst, former federal and state prosecutor Elie Honig.
Former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski notes Trump “should know by now that countersuits and discovery can result in unintended, painful consequences.”
Condé Nast Legal Affairs Editor Luke Zaleski:
Trump’s camp had 200 contacts with Russians. Jared sought a backchannel when the election ended. Flynn lied to the FBI. Trump solicited–“Russia, if you’re listening”—and accepted criminal foreign interference. Manafort gave detailed data to GRU. Stone was in touch with Wikileaks https://t.co/kjRFvizikl
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) March 24, 2022
MAGA-Loving Hat Store Owner Doubles Down on Using the Holocaust Despite ‘Apology’
She’s issued an “apology” but Gigi Gaskins is still using the Holocaust to spread her unique brand of anti-vaxx antisemitism.
Gaskins, the infamous owner of Nashville’s hatWRKS, who decided that selling yellow six-pointed stars that say “not vaccinated” – stars similar to those that Jewish people were forced to wear in Nazi Germany and throughout the Holocaust – was a good idea, is tempering her crusade against the coronavirus vaccine and masks, but hasn’t given up.
On Memorial Day Gaskins wrote a post on Instagram, complete with the American flag, that begins, “always remember, never forget.”
Those words should sound familiar. They are phrases, often used together, people use when talking about the Holocaust.
“‘Always remember, never forget’: Lawmakers, religious leaders on the Holocaust,” was the headline of a 2015 article on the Holocaust.
“Always Remember, Never Forget: The Holocaust and my grandmother’s gift of living memory,” was a 2015 article written by a seventh grader published on Fox News.
A 2007 post on the message board at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for “International Holocaust Remembrance Day” reads: “I will take the time to remember the victims.In my most heartfelt prayers I pray that this will never happen again. My wish is for the world to always remember…Never forget!!!”
Gaskins has merely substituted words for the yellow stars.
Here’s her message in full:
“always remember, never forget ….. what it took to win freedoms, the millions who have died fighting for freedoms, the work & sacrifice to maintain freedoms …. and knowledge that it can slip away before our eyes …..”
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Those freedoms she’s talking about? Freedom from the coronavirus vaccine, freedom from wearing a mask, freedom from lockdowns, and freedom from vaccine passports, as she detailed in this post last month:
In previous posts she has also railed against the “totalitarian march and power grab,” “government overreach,” and “groupthink.”
Gaskins in an earlier post admitted to “insensitivity” for creating the yellow Jewish stars that say “unvaccinated,” while attacking the Black Lives Matter protests.
Matt Gaetz Allegedly Showed Photos of Nude Women He Said He Had Sex With to Lawmakers: CNN
CNN is reporting that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) showed photos of nude women he said he had sex with to fellow lawmakers, including while being on the floor of the House of Representatives. One source told CNN for Gaetz it was a “point of pride.”
“The sources,” CNN adds, “including two people directly shown the material, said Gaetz displayed the images of women on his phone and talked about having sex with them. One of the videos showed a naked woman with a hula hoop, according to one source.”
CNN says the photos are not necessarily connected to the DOJ investigation.
CNN’s Lauren Fox adds that Gaertz, according to sources, “likes to brag about sexual exploits that he had with women.”
The embattled Florida Republican is under investigation by the DOJ for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year old girl and for child sex trafficking, allegations he denies.
Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz allegedly showed nude photos and videos of women he said he’d slept with to other lawmakers, including while on the House floor, sources tell CNN. https://t.co/8E1KlCs6Gh pic.twitter.com/2kqdpPkWCG
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) April 1, 2021
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