U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) Friday evening tried to set up a smokescreen, insisting he’s “not focused on scandal” as news breaks his ex-girlfriend has flipped and is now cooperating with federal authorities, just like his former “wingman,” Joel Greenberg.
Gaetz, who is under federal investigation for possible sex trafficking and possible sex with a 17-year old girl, in an interview tried to minimize the charges against his friend, Greenberg, by suggesting he is in jail for defamation. Greenberg was facing dozens of charges, but currently the list stands at just six felonies after he entered a plea deal on Monday. Legal experts expect he is handing federal prosecutors evidence against the Florida GOP Congressman.
Meanwhile, federal authorities investigating Gaetz “have secured the cooperation of the congressman’s ex-girlfriend,” CNN reports.
“The woman, a former Capitol Hill staffer, is seen as a critical witness, as she has been linked to Gaetz as far back as the summer of 2017, a period of time that has emerged as a key window of scrutiny for investigators. She can also help investigators understand the relevance of hundreds of transactions they have obtained records of, including those involving alleged payments for sex, the sources said.” CNN adds, citing people familiar with the matter.
“I’m not too worried about Joel Greenberg,” Gaetz told Newsmax (video below). “Joel Greenberg is literally sitting in jail right now because he originally accused someone d who was innocent – of having had a relationship with a minor.”
Gaetz is accused of having had a relationship with a minor.
“That wasn’t true, it was just a false thing that Joel Greenberg had said, and that’s landed him in quite a bit of trouble.”
Greenberg is not in jail for defamation.
“But I’m not focused on scandal. I’m focused on socialism,” Gaetz said in what appeared to be another road-tested soundbite. “That’s why I’m here in Arizona with Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.”
Hardly a state facing “socialism,” Arizona narrowly broke for Joe Biden but it has a Republican governor and GOP majorities in both chambers of its state legislature.
“We’re going to have about a thousand patriots behind us supporting the Arizona audit and our ongoing efforts for election integrity.”
Matt Gaetz on Newsmax: “I’m not focused on scandal. I’m focused on socialism.” pic.twitter.com/FFCKTGRV3x
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 21, 2021
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‘I’ve Studied So Hard’: Internet Mocks Trump for Bragging He ‘Aced’ a Cognitive Test – ‘His Dementia Is Obvious’
Back in November President Donald Trump was rushed to Walter Reed Medical Center. The White House never told the American people the real reason, claiming he was having a portion of his annual physical done early because he was going to be busy the following year.
POTUS health. WH says Saturday trip to hospital was “routine” & he’s “fine” despite break from past practices. Here is glimpse of Pres Trump and what appears to be WH physician Sean Conley getting into motorcade. Watch. (h/t @WinstonNBC) pic.twitter.com/8ZynFF2ytQ
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) November 17, 2019
Thursday night the President admitted to Fox News’ Sean Hannity that “recently” at Walter Reed he had been given a “cognitive test,” and, he claimed, “aced it.” He added his doctors were “very surprised.”
“I actually took one, when I uh, very recently when, I uh, when I was you know the radical left was saying, ‘Is he all there? Is he all there?’ I proved I was all there, because I aced it,” Trump, sounding as if he realized he should not have mentioned it, told Hannity. “I aced the test.”
The President went on to say his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, “should take the same exact test, a very standard test. I took it at Walter Reed Medical Center in front of doctors and they were very surprised. They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anybody do what you just did.’”
Trump bizarrely bragged to Hannity that he “aced” a cognitive test he took at Walter Reed.
Doctors “were very surprised. They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anybody do what you just did.'”
Is this a normal thing to do during a physical? pic.twitter.com/V1Xm4CQGhI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 10, 2020
As many on social media noted, acing a cognitive test is not something to brag about. The test is often administered amid concerns.
The Washington Post notes that back in January of 2018, Trump took “the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which is designed to detect mild cognitive issues, largely in older people. The 10-minute exam asks patients to identify animals in pictures, draw a clock, and perform basic word-recall exercises.”
On social media some expressed concern over the president’s health, suggesting he might have suffered a stroke last year. Others noted the American people deserve to be told more about his health. And many mocked Trump for bragging about the test.
— Cornel Flows (@FlowsAndolini) July 10, 2020
Even if it were true, “the doctors were *very* surprised I passed a cognitive test” is not really the slam dunk the president thinks it is. https://t.co/7hk0LAFxcZ
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 10, 2020
Why is this moron permitted to be in charge of the nuclear codes? https://t.co/EsfcPjNmEY
— Jag (@jjeffg99) July 10, 2020
A stroke-like incident (see secret trip to Walter Reed) would require a cognitive test, no?
And a doc may be very happy to see a patient able to successfully identify a farm animal, count to 20, or tell a circle from a square.
Amazed, even, when the patient was a known idiot.
— Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann) July 10, 2020
I watched this interview tonight live and was shocked that President Trump revealed that he had recently taken a cognitive test at Walter Reed. Wow. We obviously need to know more about that visit. https://t.co/rWvdAItgZ8
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) July 10, 2020
Trump stumbles & spills his Walter Reed trip included a cognitive test. His trip was urgent, prob after he was incoherent & prob included a sequential MRI. He’s clueless a/b how bad he sounds w/ “The Doctors were very surprised.” His dementia is obvious & they are carrying him https://t.co/TNXfIHOWn1
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) July 10, 2020
Trump passed his cognitive test at Walter Reed. The Doctors put it on a table and he walked right past it.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) July 10, 2020
My mother aced the last cognitive test she was given. Shortly before she died at the beginning of last year, the nurse asked “Who is the president?” My mother’s last words, proving her absolute mental clarity to the end were, “Trump–I hate him.”
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) July 10, 2020
Could *YOU* “ace” Trump’s cognitive test?
1) Where are we right now?
2) What is today’s date?
3) Can you draw a clock that shows the time as ten past eleven?
4) Can you identify pictures of 3 animals?
5) Can you draw a picture of a cube?
— David Frum (@davidfrum) July 10, 2020
Good morning! I woke up early to cram for my cognitive test.
— Hil.i.am (@hilaryluros) July 10, 2020
Lmao — the #SupremeLoser trump is BRAGGING about his cognitive test at Walter Reed, saying he “aced” it.
I don’t think “they didn’t say I was crazy to my face” is something to be bragging about, tbh. SAD!pic.twitter.com/TtwmRtBCAR
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 10, 2020
Wish me luck in taking my cognitive test today and if I don’t ace it I’ll be crushed. I just can’t let @realDonaldTrump be smarter than me. I’ve studied so hard
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) July 10, 2020
It makes me think that mysterious run to Walter Reed last fall was actually for a stroke.
His shirt was open when he got in the limo, so it suggested some sort of cardiac event. A stroke would fit, and that would prompt a cognitive test as well.
— Jedi, Interrupted 🏳️🌈 (@JediCounselor) July 10, 2020
Did Trump just admit he was given a cognitive test during his secret visit to Walter Reid Hospital? Why yes, yes he did. https://t.co/yPUjMT5HEJ
— Mike Madrid (@madrid_mike) July 10, 2020
‘Delusional’: ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli Trying to Get Out of Jail So He Can Find a Coronavirus Cure – Feds Say No
He’s been nicknamed “Pharma Bro” but in hindsight “Hedge Fund Bro” might have been more appropriate for Martin Shkreli, the convicted felon who became “the most hated man in America” for jacking up the price of a life-saving cancer and HIV/AIDS drug from $13.50 to $750 per pill.
Shkreli, who now resides at the Federal Correctional Complex in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, wants to get out of jail, and is claiming his experience as the head of a biotech firm and a drug manufacturer makes him a great candidate to discover the cure for coronavirus. Shkreli, who holds a B.A. in business administration, is not a scientist, physician, or researcher.
“I have always said that if focused and left in a lab, Martin could help cure cancer,” his attorney, Ben Brafman, said in a statement, Patch reports. “Maybe he can help the scientific community better understand this terrible virus.”
Shkreli says, “I am one of the few executives experienced in ALL aspects of drug development,” and adds, “I do not expect to profit in any way, shape or form from coronavirus-related treatments.”
His attorney reportedly filed papers earlier this month asking for a three-month furlough for his client, but it’s not going well for the 37-year old who was convicted on securities fraud charges.
Federal prosecutors are strongly opposing his release, even if temporary.
Attorneys for the Eastern District of New York call his claim he could cure coronavirus “delusional self-aggrandizing behavior,” Patch adds.
“Shkreli’s ‘belief that he can develop a cure for COVID-19, something that has so far eluded the best medical and scientific minds in the world working around the clock, is not only a practice in wild and completely unfounded speculation, but is indicative of the same kind of delusional self-aggrandizing behavior that underlies the defendant’s conduct,'” prosecutors wrote in a memorandum.
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