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DC Attorney General Moves Ahead With Trump Inauguration Suit

DC Attorney General Moves Ahead With Trump Inauguration Suit
No Deal

An investigation into alleged self-dealing continues, now that court-ordered mediation between the DC attorney general and the Trump inaugural committee has failed.
Jose Pagliery
Political Investigations Reporter
Updated Jul. 28, 2021 5:17AM ET / Published Jul. 28, 2021 4:07AM ET

The attorney general for the District of Columbia will continue investigating whether Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration committee misspent more than $1 million, after discussions to resolve the matter out of court stalled this month.

The AG’s office has a civil lawsuit against the inaugural committee and the Trump Organization. And this month, the case was forced into mediation, a deal-making session in which a neutral negotiator tries to get different sides to come to an agreement.

While lawyers met on July 14 to discuss resolving the case out of court, the meeting went nowhere.

According to court records, the closed-door meeting resulted in “no agreement reached.” The reason: Investigators are dead set on seeing this case through to the very end, a source with knowledge of the case told The Daily Beast.

That means the case will proceed, as all sides wait to see whether D.C. Superior Court Judge José M. López rules that the local law enforcement agency has already proven its case before trial. The office of the local attorney general, Karl Racine, has a pending motion for summary judgment arguing that the evidence already presented weighs that heavily in his favor.

The local attorney general claims the Trump Organization and Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. were “unjustly enriched” by overbilling the nonprofit inauguration committee. The office wants the judge to force the return of $1.08 million in “misspent charitable funds.” (The AG’s office wants to award that money to another civic-minded nonprofit of its choosing.)


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jul 28, 2021, 05:09 AM (11 replies)

The First Reality-Based Congressional Oversight Hearing in Years

The First Reality-Based Congressional Oversight Hearing in Years
Jim Jordan’s absence allowed the Jan. 6 House select committee to actually do its job.
By Jeremy Stahl
July 27, 20214:33 PM

On Tuesday, the House select committee investigating the insurrection of Jan. 6 held its first hearing. Four police officers who came under assault that day acted as opening witnesses, delivering testimony so powerful that even Republican opponents of the committee had to admit it was “compelling and gut-wrenching.”


The testimony was punctuated by sober and at times incisive questioning from members of the committee, including from Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, who are the only GOP members on the panel. (House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy declined to seat others after two of his selections, Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, were rejected by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi due to their past statements undermining the significance of the attack.) During the hearing, one couldn’t help but wonder what those rejected committee members might have said in response to the brutal testimony from the officers. At the same time, because they were not there, it was actually possible for everyone assembled to focus on the horrific stories that Dunn, Hodges, Gonell, and Fanone were sharing. There was no deranged counternarrative being interjected every five minutes.

Indeed, after 3½ years of covering Democratic oversight efforts since Democrats took back control of the House majority at the start of 2019, I can honestly say that this is the first and only time I can remember witnessing a hearing into misconduct perpetrated by Trump and his minions that maintained its presence in objective reality the whole time. (While the House Intelligence Committee’s hearings during Donald Trump’s first impeachment were illuminating and powerful, they were consistently derailed by partisan nonsense.)

Instead of the usual circus, Tuesday’s hearing was four consecutive hours of clean fact-finding and emotionally constructive first-person witnessing to the horrors of Jan. 6. This was possible only because Jordan (and to a lesser extent Banks) was kept off of the panel. Jordan has previously found enormous success as an oversight arsonist on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee, and on the House Intelligence Committee during impeachment. I know Jordan would have derailed any fact-finding effort into Jan. 6 because he already announced how he would have done it had he been allowed to participate during a press conference with Republican House leadership on the Capitol steps on Tuesday.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jul 27, 2021, 08:02 PM (10 replies)

Why LeVar Burton's Jeopardy! quest feels so meaningful

This man reeks of enthusiasm! Very refreshing.


Why LeVar Burton’s Jeopardy! quest feels so meaningful
LeVar Burton is America’s favorite teacher. He’s a natural fit for the long-running game show that Alex Trebek made a cultural institution.
By Aja Romano@ajaromano Jul 26, 2021, 8:30am EDT

Game shows aren’t exactly known for generating hugely anticipated “event television” viewing — but when LeVar Burton hosts Jeopardy! for five days beginning July 26, he may deliver the rare exception. That’s because Burton’s hosting stint is largely the result of a widespread social media campaign to land him the gig, and many people hope it will be a precursor to his full-time assumption of the role long filled by Alex Trebek.

Burton, who won an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! in 1995, first expressed interest in hosting Jeopardy! at least a decade ago, long before Trebek’s May 2019 announcement that he had been diagnosed with aggressive pancreatic cancer. At the time, Burton seemed to merely be floating the idea that he might succeed Trebek someday, upon the host’s eventual retirement. In 2020, however, after social media chatter about Burton hosting surfaced a few months before Trebek’s death, Burton restarted the conversation.


Throughout its decades-long run, Jeopardy!’s biggest controversies have been minor ones — mostly concerning arrogant winners or card-shark contestant James Holzhauer’s unprecedented mathematical gameplay, which many fans saw as ruinous to the game’s spontaneity and fun. Nothing has sullied either the integrity of Trebek or the game. By contrast, controversies have already brewed around other potential replacement hosts, like Jennings and Dr. Oz, after viewers have questioned things they’ve said and done before. Burton may not only be a popular candidate — he may also be one of the few whose public persona is truly squeaky clean. For a show like Jeopardy!, which began as a more honest alternative to the scandal-laden trivia contests of the ’50s before evolving into a cultural staple, having a host with an equally sterling reputation is critical to its legacy.

That reputation might ultimately be an obstacle to Burton’s originally stated goal of portraying his humanity onscreen; after all, being pigeonholed as a saint may be just as limiting as being pigeonholed as a stereotype. Still, one doesn’t choose sainthood. Perhaps that’s a fitting benchmark in the life of a man who once wanted to be the first Black pope. Whatever Burton does next professionally, his role as mentor to the masses seems fully established.

Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jul 27, 2021, 07:01 PM (2 replies)

David Corn: Here's a Long List of Top Republicans the 1/6 Committee Should Question


Here’s a Long List of Top Republicans the 1/6 Committee Should Question
There’s no telling yet how much of a fight there will be over these witnesses.
David Corn


The much tougher task for the committee will be investigating what Trump and his minions did in the months, weeks, days, and even hours leading up to the assault and what actions Trump and his aides took (or didn’t take) during the seditious riot. These are key elements of the inquiry, and this is the part of the story that Trump and his henchmen do not want to be probed and publicized. Moreover, most of the witnesses to these behind-the-scenes truths are Trump devotees. It was no surprise that the GOP has tried to thwart a 1/6 investigation. A thorough probe would place many prominent Republicans, including members of Trump’s inner circle and his family, in an inconvenient position by demanding from them testimony that would likely not cast Trump in a positive light.

It’s unclear at this point whether the committee will pursue such testimony and how top Trump loyalists will respond if called to appear before the committee. A battle royale could be in the making, testing congressional power. Here’s a partial list of GOPers who ought to be hauled in by the 1/6 select committee. No doubt, its investigators will find others who should be questioned. But as this roster shows, the committee is starting out with a clear and extensive roadmap.


Rudy Giuliani. The onetime personal lawyer and dirt-digger for Trump—whose Manhattan home and Park Avenue office were raided by the FBI—gave one of the most fiery speeches at the pre-riot rally. “Let’s have trial by combat,” he urged the crowd shortly before large parts of the audience headed toward Capitol Hill.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. During the riot, McCarthy appealed to Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and top aide, for help in stopping the assault, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) phoned Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, to ask for assistance. What do this royal couple of Trumpland know about what occurred in the White House while the Trump mob was ransacking Congress? Ivanka was in the Oval Office at the time. Graham, too, should be questioned about his call to her.

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.). As the riot on Capitol Hill raged, Tuberville received a call from Trump. (Trump apparently phoned Sen. Mike Lee, the Utah Republican, by mistake while trying to reach Tuberville.) Presumably, Trump was reaching out to Tuberville about the ongoing GOP effort to challenge the certification of Biden’s victory. Tuberville has said he doesn’t remember all the details of the conversation. Really? He should give testimony.


Donald Trump. Because it was his riot.

Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jul 27, 2021, 06:47 PM (3 replies)

Justice Department Paves Way for Officals to Tattle on Trump About Jan. 6 Insurrection


Justice Department Paves Way for Officals to Tattle on Trump About Jan. 6 Insurrection
Barbie Latza Nadeau
Published Jul. 27, 2021 9:57AM ET
Shannon Stapleton via Reuters

The U.S. Department of Justice has made a decision to not extend executive privilege to its employees who will give testimony in hearings into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, CNN reports. The lack of executive privilege will allow some key witnesses—who include former President Donald Trump’s Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen—to testify about what they saw and heard in regard to Trump’s actions after the loss of the election in November and leading up to Jan. 6., especially with regard to his reported pressure on them to back his bogus theory on voter fraud. At that time, it was reported that Trump toyed with replacing Rosen with someone who might support his baseless fraud claims. The decision does not apply to other potential witnesses in other governmental departments. House hearings begin this morning.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jul 27, 2021, 10:18 AM (0 replies)

Eric Boehlert: Can the media Both Sides an insurrection? They're gonna try


Can the media Both Sides an insurrection? They’re gonna try
Downplaying GOP coverup
Eric Boehlert
1 hr ago


But the press is doing its best to portray the investigation as a partisan event, featuring sniping from Both Sides. (A feud!) “Jan. 6 Select Committee to Open Investigation Amid Political Chaos and Controversy,” read a Washington Post headline on Sunday, insisting a “cloud” hung over the proceedings.

“What terrible, inaccurate framing,” tweeted Cornell University professor of American history Larry Glickman. “The story is not the supposed “cloud” but that the GOP has done everything possible to stonewall an investigation. Stop obfuscating GOP responsibility.”


CNN’s Chris Cillizza threw up his hands, announcing the House select committee’s final report was already useless because Pelosi wouldn’t allow two pro-insurrection Republicans to serve on the panel. (Should the 9/11 Commission have included 9/11 Truthers on the panel?)

In truth, the GOP pullout means the crucial inquiry will be free from internal attempts to derail, delay, and obfuscate by the members hand-picked by McCarthy to expressly prevent a clear accounting. If journalists cared about the investigation itself instead of they shallow optics surrounding it, they wouldn’t have been so distraught by the news Republicans wanted out.


In an effort to push the Both Sides narrative and to give credence to the GOP’s phony outrage, the press also overlooked a key fact. In May, Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly not to support the creation of an elite, independent Jan. 6 commission, akin to the one that delved into the 9/11 attacks. In blocking the common-sense move by the Senate to sponsor a truly bipartisan investigation, Republicans knew that Pelosi and Democrats would then create a House select committee, and they knew Pelosi would have final say over which Republicans served. None of that was a surprise.

By ignoring that key context though, the press perpetuated GOP rhetoric that Pelosi had “stunned” members.

Republicans are trying to cover-up the origins and blame for some of the most dangerous political violence in this country’s history, and the media are helping.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jul 27, 2021, 07:47 AM (7 replies)

Olympic champion Simone Biles is out of the team finals after appearing to injure herself...

Olympic champion Simone Biles is out of the team finals after appearing to injure herself during a vault routine on Tuesday.
By Christopher Brito
July 27, 2021 / 7:42 AM / CBS News


Nothing more at link~

Edit to add: just heard she withdrew herself due to emotional issues, not physical.

Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jul 27, 2021, 06:51 AM (12 replies)

Louie Gohmert, Matt Gaetz, And Marjorie Taylor Greene To Hold Protest Supporting Domestic Terrorists


Posted on Mon, Jul 26th, 2021 by Jason Easley
Louie Gohmert, Matt Gaetz, And Marjorie Taylor Greene To Hold Protest Supporting Domestic Terrorists During 1/6 Hearing

Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Paul Gosar (R-GA) will hold an event during the 1/6 Committee supporting domestic terrorists.

The statement announcing the event:

INBOX: GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene are holding a presser outside the DOJ tomorrow "demanding answers on the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners."

These are four of the House's most prolific downplayers of the attack. pic.twitter.com/KL75a1ERgJ

— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 26, 2021

The 1/6 Hearing Will Likely Be Happening As Republicans Protest In Support Of Domestic Terrorism

The 1/6 hearing is scheduled to start at 9:30 AM ET, which means that the protest for sedition is likely to be staged while the 1/6 Committee is hearing from police officers who were injured during the attack on the Capitol.

Three of the four participants at this event Gosar, Greene, and Gaetz have long been suspected of helping the domestic terrorists with the attack. Gohmert is a QAnon follower who has been one of the most vocal Republicans in downplaying the attack.

What the four House Republicans are doing is openly supporting those who attacked America. They are providing aid and comfort to American enemies.

To put it another way, they are committing treason.

These Republicans are what Speaker Pelosi labeled the enemy within. They are a threat to the nation and need to be removed from Congress.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jul 27, 2021, 06:05 AM (50 replies)

David Crosby's Had It With 'Evil Bastard' Trump and the Rotten Music Industry

David Crosby’s Had It With ‘Evil Bastard’ Trump and the Rotten Music Industry
Anna Webber
The famously outspoken musician opens up about selling his publishing during COVID, streaming services, and why he thinks “Rupert Murdoch should be taken out and shot.”
Jeff Slate
Published Jul. 27, 2021 3:26AM ET


I want to talk to you about our former commander-in-chief—

Ah, jeez.

—because you’ve been calling him out as a con man for as long as he’s been in the public eye. You and I had this conversation 10 years ago about him, before he was even on the radar, politically. Does it feel like he’s ever going to have to pay the piper?

Yes. Probably because he was sloppy. He and his cohorts were sloppy in their crimes. So, he will, probably. I don’t have confidence in the legal system, because it’s too easy to buy your way out of things, and I think that he believes that, too, and that he’s going to be OK. But the Southern District of New York, they know who he is. They know he’s been taking Russian mob money and laundering it into New York real estate for probably 30 years. They’ve watched him do it; they know where the money is coming from. So, the folks at the Southern District may nail him. There are certainly people in there that want to nail him, and they’ve got the goods on him. Whether or not he can buy his way out, that’s a tough one to call.

And your feelings about him since the election and the insurrection?

He’s an evil bastard. He’s done an enormous amount of harm. He ripped the scab off of the racism in this country so that people have to look at it, and maybe that’s actually a bad guy causing a good thing to happen. Because it was there the whole time. There are plenty of people—not just in the South, mind you—who are racist, so it’s better that it’s out in the open so that we can try to deal with it, but that’s a good thing he did unintentionally, while being evil. And he and the other corporate guys who won’t pay taxes? They’re all setting a shitty example. They’re all saying, “Well, cheat if you can, man, yeah, it’s great. Everybody does it.” Well, everybody doesn’t fucking do it. I don’t fucking do it. I pay my taxes because I think I'm a citizen and I think I should. But they don’t feel the need to do that. My beef with [Jeff] Bezos, and even with [Elon] Musk, whom I admire tremendously, is that just because you can beat it, just because you have really clever guys working for you, and you can beat it, doesn’t mean you should. Because you’re setting a shitty example. You’re saying, “I don’t have to do it because I’m clever. I win. Ha-ha.” Well, that means everybody else reads it as, “Oh, the rules don’t count. I’m going to cheat, too.”


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jul 27, 2021, 05:57 AM (11 replies)

Former Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi Dies in Cycling Accident


Former Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi Dies in Cycling Accident
Barbie Latza Nadeau
Published Jul. 27, 2021 5:12AM ET

Mike Enzi, a former U.S. senator from Wyoming, died after a bicycle accident near his home. He was 77. Enzi served as mayor of Gillette and as a state lawmaker before winning a Senate seat in 1996. He had just retired in January of this year after 24 years in Washington. His family wrote on Facebook that the accident happened at 8:30 p.m. Friday evening near his home. He was airlifted to the U.C. Health Medical Center in Colorado and died Monday. “His family expresses their deep appreciation for all of the prayers, support and concern. They now ask for privacy and continued prayers during this difficult time,” his family tweeted from the late senator’s account.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jul 27, 2021, 05:19 AM (1 replies)
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