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GOP Leaders McCarthy, Scalise, Stefanik Silent on Alleged Fraudster Congressman-Elect Accused of Massive Lying



The header on George Santos‘ Twitter account is a photo of him and House GOP caucus chair Elise Stefanik, who endorsed the Republican congressman-elect.

She also fundraised for him.

Now she’s silent.

Last month, Rep. Stefanik was happy to take credit for the election of her fellow New York Republican, George Santos, who flipped a blue district red.

Her campaign called it “a team effort led by GOP House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik,” and Stefanik herself told the far-right wing website Breitbart, “I am proud to have led this effort,” saying she had been “working tirelessly to help elect hardworking candidates,” including Santos.

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Congressman-elect Santos is making headlines this week, after a New York Times investigation appears to have proved he lied about where he worked, lived, and went to college. That bombshell report also painted a damning portrait of a man who went from being evicted twice over $12,000 in unpaid rent, to seemingly rolling in cash, even self-funding a winning congressional campaign as a gay Jewish Republican, all in just a few years.

Now, as Santos’ soon-to-be constituents have been protesting outside a Long Island home he claimed to live in – he does not, according to a local news outlet – some are asking if Republicans will allow Santos to be seated in the House of Representatives.

Curiously, the likely next Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, has said nothing about Santos. McCarthy is desperately seeking 218 votes to win the Speaker’s gavel, and has been coming up short since even before Election Day.

Santos has pledged to support McCarthy’s bid for Speaker, and the GOP Leader has little to no wiggle room.

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“We have the opportunity of a lifetime to deliver real results for the American people. We MUST give the gavel to @kevinomccarthy,” Santos tweeted Sunday evening, likely aware the impending Times story was about to drop, “to ensure we stop the disastrous policies the Dems have pushed for the last 2 years. I encourage my colleagues to join me! Our country depends on it.”

Republicans’ number two leader, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, soon to be the House Majority Leader, has also said nothing about Santos.

Whoever become the next Speaker has the ability to block Santos from being seated, a rare event but under the circumstances one that some are demanding happen.

“House Republicans have remained silent on Santos,” The New Republic notes. “When they take control of the House in a few weeks, their majority will be by just a few seats. If he were forced to resign, there’s no guarantee another Republican would take his place. He ran unopposed during the primary, and he won his district—which went for President Joe Biden in 2020—by just eight points.”

The Office of Congressional Ethics has also been silent, but that is more likely circumstantial.

As TNR also notes, Democrats largely have not called for Santos’ resignation.

And while CBS News New York reports, “Calls grow for Congressman-elect George Santos to resign after allegedly lying about his background,” it doesn’t say who is calling for his resignation.

Monday evening Santos posted a statement from his attorney that does not deny any of the allegations, but tries to paint him as a victim of Democrats.


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‘Bad News’ for Sidney Powell as First Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia RICO Case Takes Plea Deal: Legal Expert



The first of 19 co-defendants in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ RICO and election interference case against Donald Trump has pleaded guilty in what is being described as a “plea deal.”

“Under the terms of an agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, Hall pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit computer theft, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, and conspiracy to defraud the state,” NBC News reports. “Under the terms of the deal, he’s being sentenced to five years probation.”

CNN previously reported “Hall, a bail bondsman and pro-Trump poll-watcher in Atlanta, spent hours inside a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office when voting systems were breached in January 2021. The breach was connected to efforts by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists to find voter fraud. Hall was captured on surveillance video at the office, on the day of the breach. He testified before the grand jury in Fulton County case and acknowledged that he gained access to a voting machine.”

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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a professor of law and frequent MSNBC contributor, says Hall “was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell on Jan 7 for the Coffee County scheme involving voting machines. If he’s cooperating, it’s a bad sign for her.”

Hall’s plea deal “spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell,” says former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU Law professor of law. Goodman posted a graphic showing the overlap in charges against Hall and Powell, which he called “alleged joint actions.”

See the graphic above or at this link.


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Far-Right Republicans Kill GOP Bill to Keep Government Running in ‘Embarrassing Failure’ for McCarthy: Report



With a shutdown less than 36 hours away, far-right Republicans in the House of Representatives Friday afternoon voted against their party’s own legislation to kept the federal government running. Democrats opposed the content of the bill and voted against it. Just 21 far-right members of the GOP conference were able to effectively force what appears to be an all but inevitable shutdown at midnight on Saturday.

“HARDLINE HOUSE RS take down stopgap funding bill. 21 GOP no votes. 232-198,” reported Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman just before 2 PM Friday.

NBC News reported that a “band of conservative rebels on Friday revolted and blocked House Republicans’ short-term funding bill to keep the government open, delivering a political blow to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and likely cementing the chances of a painful government shutdown that is less than 48 hours away.”

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“Twenty-one rebels, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a conservative bomb-thrower and a top Donald Trump ally, voted Friday afternoon to scuttle the 30-day funding bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, leaving Republicans without a game plan to avert a shutdown. The vote failed,” NBC added. “The embarrassing failure of the GOP measure once again highlights the dilemma for McCarthy as his hard-liners strongly oppose a short-term bill even if it includes conservative priorities. It leaves Congress on a path to a shutdown, with no apparent offramp to avoiding it — or to quickly reopen the government.”

A bipartisan group of at least 75 U.S. Senators has passed two bills this week that would keep the government running. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has refused to allow it to come to the floor for a vote.




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‘Wannabe Dictator’: Milley Appears to Slam Trump After Ex-President Suggested He Should Be Executed



General Mark Milley, the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military advisor to the President, during his retirement speech Friday appeared to deliver strong criticism of former President Donald Trump, who appointed him to that post but since has waged war against him.

One week ago the ex-president had said that “in times gone by” General Milley would have been executed for treason. Trump in 2021 had called for General Milley to be “tried for treason.”

“Trump’s rhetoric is dangerous, not just because it is the exact sort that incites violence against public officials,” professor of global politics and political scientist Brian Klass wrote at The Atlantic after Trump’s most recent attack on the Chairman, “but also because it shows just how numb the country has grown toward threats more typical of broken, authoritarian regimes.”

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Trump had written, “if the Fake News reporting is correct,” General Milley “was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH! A war between China and the United States could have been the result of this treasonous act.”

Milley was acting within his duties in a White House approved conversation, according to Klass.

On Friday, Milley appeared to blast Trump.

“We don’t take an oath to a tribe. We don’t take an oath to a religion. We don’t take an oath to a king, or queen, or a tyrant, or dictator. We don’t take an oath to a wannabe dictator,” Milley declared. “We don’t take an oath to an individual. We take an oath to the Constitution, and we take an oath to the idea that is America, and we’re willing to die to protect it.”

“Every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Guardian and Coast Guardsmen, each of us, emits our very life to protect and defend that document, regardless of personal price to a country.”

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Vanity Fair on Thursday reported General Milley “said he has taken security precautions to protect himself and his family after Donald Trump all but called for his execution last week.”

Watch Milley’s remarks below or at this link.


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