Trump Could Make TRUTH Social Pay Him for Content, Even If it’s Dishonest, Illegal, or Immoral

The more we learn about Donald Trump’s Twitter clone, TRUTH Social, the more it appears to be just another in a long line of scams by Trump whose only purpose is to fatten his wallet and fleece his half-witted flock. The Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), his social media venture, is heading down the same corrupt path as his phony university and his fraudulent charity.

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Mother Jones is reporting on a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Digital World Acquisition Corp (DWAC), the shady shell company that Trump is using to give his enterprise a presence on Wall Street. And, as revealed in the filing, the terms of the licensing agreement with Trump have all of the elements of the unscrupulous brand of business affairs that are the hallmarks of Trump’s malpractice. To begin with, the filling notes that…

“TMTG’s future success will depend, to a significant extent, upon the continued presence and popularity of President Trump. If President Trump were to discontinue his relationship with TMTG due to death, disability, or any other reason, or limit his involvement with TMTG due to becoming a candidate for political office, TMTG would be significantly disadvantaged.”

Relying on Trump’s popularity is a profoundly shaky foundation for success. The twice-impeached, former reality TV game show host lost the popular vote twice and never had an approval rating that approached 50%. A majority of Americans say he’s responsible for the violent January 6th insurrection. And even 49% of Republicans don’t want him to run in 2024.

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What’s the more, the prospects of Trump discontinuing his relationship with his site for the reasons stated (“death, disability, or any other reason”) are almost inevitable. And in any case, Trump isn’t even obligated to post anything at all on the site. However, the filing notes that the site may be obligated to pay him for posting content. So he has wrangled another way to squeeze dough from his dimwit disciples. And the substance of the content he provides has no ethical boundaries. According the the filing…

“TMTG has entered into a license agreement with President Trump wherein neither the personal nor political conduct of President Trump, even if such conduct could negatively reflect on TMTG’s reputation or brand or be considered offensive, dishonest, illegal, immoral, or unethical, or otherwise harmful to TMTG’s brand or reputation, shall be considered a breach of the license agreement.”

That’s a necessary contractual provision with Trump, since he is notorious for “offensive, dishonest, illegal, [and] immoral” conduct. Even now the SEC is investigating whether TMTG and DWAC executives improperly coordinated with each other and engaged in insider trading. They have also partnered with a Chinese firm with a dubious legal past. And the filing even mentions Trump’s prior business failures including…

“…the bankruptcies of Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza, and Trump Castle, and the failures of Trump University, Trump Vodka, and Trump Steaks, among others. […] Digital World said in its filing: A number of companies that were associated with President Trump have filed for bankruptcy. There can be no assurances that TMTG will not also become bankrupt.”

There is considerable speculation on Wall Street that Trump’s social media sham won’t ever get off the ground. DWAC stock price is down about 65% from its recent high just a couple of months ago. And while Trump has said that he won’t go back on Twitter even if Elon Musk’s bid is successful (doubtful) and his account is reinstated, he lies too much for that – or anything else he says – to be taken seriously.

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Meanwhile, Trump’s Twitter ban defying spokes-shill, Liz Harrington, has announced that “I will soon no longer be posting on Twitter. This is a terrible website that is beyond fixing.” She doesn’t say how soon “soon” is (and she is just as likely to be lying as Trump), but the reaction in the replies to her alleged farewell announcement are enthusiastically supportive and downright gleeful:

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BUSTED! Donald Trump Jr Texted Mark Meadows With Illegal Schemes to Overturn the Election

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection continues to accumulate incriminating evidence against Donald Trump and his criminal cabal. The latest disclosure is one that snares Donnie Jr, as well as several of the coup plotters who tried to steal the election and subvert the American democracy.

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CNN is reporting that Don Jr sent text messages to his father’s White House Chief of Staff on November 5, 2020, two days after election day. The votes had not yet been counted in full and no network had called the election for Joe Biden.

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Nevertheless, the Trump gang – including such familiar names as lawyers Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman, and Fox News host Mark Levin – was already hard at work to deny voters the president of their choice. What follows are some excerpts from the CNN story:

“Two days after the 2020 presidential election, as votes were still being tallied, Donald Trump’s eldest son texted then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that ‘we have operational control’ to ensure his father would get a second term, with Republican majorities in the US Senate and swing state legislatures, CNN has learned.

“In the text, which has not been previously reported, Donald Trump Jr. lays out ideas for keeping his father in power by subverting the Electoral College process, according to the message reviewed by CNN. The text is among records obtained by the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021.”

“The November 5 text message outlines a strategy that is nearly identical to what allies of the former President attempted to carry out in the months that followed. Trump Jr. makes specific reference to filing lawsuits and advocating recounts to prevent certain swing states from certifying their results, as well as having a handful of Republican state houses put forward slates of fake ‘Trump electors.'”

“If all that failed, according to the Trump Jr. text, GOP lawmakers in Congress could simply vote to reinstall Trump as President on January 6.

“We have operational control Total leverage,” the message reads. “Moral High Ground POTUS must start 2nd term now.”

“‘We either have a vote WE control and WE win OR it gets kicked to Congress 6 January 2021,’ he texts Meadows.”

The schemes put forth by Trump Jr way back on November 5, 2020, were all carried out – unsuccessfully – by Trump and his co-conspirators in the weeks and months that followed. His text provides more proof that the illegal attempts at staging a coup were contrived even before the votes were all tallied or the election results were officially determined.

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That, however, didn’t stop these wannabe authoritarian conspirators. And as the Committee continues to do its investigation, there will surely be further revelations about how desperate and dastardly these traitors were – and are.

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Matt Gaetz Berates an FBI Official, Over Hunter Biden’s Laptop, Who Has Nothing To Do With It

Among the most disturbingly ignorant Republican members of Congress is Florida’s devout Trump-fluffer and alleged child sex trafficker, Matt Gaetz. Gaetz is notorious for his rabid defense of Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged,” and his crackpot QAnon conspiracy theories.

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On Tuesday Gaetz participated in the House Judiciary Committee’s interview of the FBI’s Cyber Division director, Bryan Vorndran. And predictably, Gaetz turned his time into a circus act that focused exclusively on the wholly fabricated GOP “scandal” surrounding the whereabouts of a laptop computer that belonged to President Biden’s son, Hunter. It’s a subject that the witness had no jurisdiction over or knowledge of. But that didn’t stop Gaetz from wasting everyone’s time and making a fool of himself.

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Mr. Vorndran tried to tell Gaetz that his office wasn’t involved in anything related to the laptop. “We can do this back-and-forth for the next couple of minutes,” Vorndran said to no avail, but “I don’t have any information about the Hunter Biden laptop.” What follows is a portion of the exchange between Gaetz and Vorndran (video below):

Gaetz: So where is it? The laptop?
Vorndran: I’m not here to talk about the laptop. I’m here to talk about the FBI’s Cyber program.
Gaetz: You are the assistant director of FBI Cyber. I want to know where Hunter Biden’s laptop is. Where is it?
Vorndran: Sir, I don’t know that answer.
Gaetz: That is astonishing to me. Has FBI Cyber assessed whether or not Hunter Biden’s laptop could be a point of vulnerability, allowing America’s enemies to hurt our country?
Vorndran: The FBI’s Cyber program is based off of what is codified in Title 18, Section 1030, a code which talks about computer intrusions using nefarious intent.
Gaetz: In December 2019 they turned over this laptop to the FBI. And now you’re telling me right here is that, as the assistant director of FBI Cyber, you don’t know where this is after it was turned over to you three years ago?
Vorndran: That’s an accurate statement.
Gaetz: How are Americans supposed to trust that you can protect us from the next Colonial Pipeline if it seems that you can’t locate a laptop that was given to you three years ago from the first family potentially creating vulnerabilities for our country?
Vorndran: It’s not in the realm of my responsibilities to deal with the questions you’re asking.
Gaetz: But that is shocking that you wouldn’t, as the assistant director of Cyber, know whether or not there are international business deals, kickbacks, shakedowns, that are on this laptop that would make the First Family suspect to some sort of compromise. Mr. Assistant Director, have you assessed whether the First Family is compromised as a result of the Hunter Biden laptop?
Vorndran: As a representative of the FBI Cyber program it is not within the realm of my responsibilities.to deal with the questions that you’re asking me.

WOW! Gaetz is “astonished” and “shocked” that a man who has nothing whatsoever to do with a particular investigation doesn’t have any information about that investigation. And even after repeatedly telling Gaetz that his office is not involved in anything that might have to do with the laptop, Gaetz just repeats his ridiculously irrelevant questions with ever more bewilderment and feigned fury.

The FBI’s Cyber division deals with cybersecurity matters such as online hacking. So Gaetz blowing up at Vorndran is like getting angry at an account at Ford who is unable to tell him how a transmission works. That’s not his job.

For the record, the pseudo-scandal that Gaetz is so obsessed with concerns already debunked charges that Hunter Biden was paid $3.5 million by the wife of Moscow’s former mayor. It’s a charge that Donald Trump has tried to whip up into a wingnut frenzy. But it’s also a charge that has been investigated and found to have no merit.

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PolitiFact did a deep dive on the matter and found that it was nothing more than a rumor started by Senate Republicans. Their allegations contained a key flaw concerning the Rosemont Seneca Thornton investment firm that was cited in a GOP Senate report. However, it was pointed out by Hunter Biden’s lawyer George Mesires that…

“‘Hunter Biden had no interest in and was not a co-founder of Rosemont Seneca Thornton, so the claim that he was paid $3.5 million is false,’ Mesires said in an email.”

This is typical of the sort of hyperactive and warped imagination that produces so much of Gaetz’s garbage pile of asinine accusations. In fact, Gaetz is so far over the top that he has been banned from Fox News. Imagine that. The network that has no problem with cozying up to pathological liar Donald Trump, as well as low lifes like Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, QAnon, Alex Jones, and Vladimir Putin, considers Gaetz to be below their standards. That’s really saying something.

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Admission of Guilt? Trump and Family Seek to Evade Depositions Unless Granted Immunity

Donald Trump already has a public record of criminal activity that is unprecedented among American politicians. Setting aside that he has been impeached twice by Congress, he was also found to have committed fraud with his phony “university,” for which he was ordered to pay out $25 million to his victims. His crooked “charity” was shuttered and he and his family were prohibited from running any other non-profit in New York for five years. And there is still pending litigation against him by women alleging that he sexually harassed and/or assaulted them.

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The legal calamities that are consuming Donald Trump are continuing to pile up. He is currently under investigation by prosecutors in New York, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. He was recently hit with new allegations about his having carting off classified documents to Mar-a-Lago.

No wonder Trump is constantly whining that they wanna put me in jail.” He’s right. The “they” he’s referring to are prosecutors whose job it is to lock up criminals. And on Tuesday Trump appears to have affirmed that these prosecutors have a valid case against him and his family. According to CNN

“Former President Donald Trump and two of his children filed an appeal in their fight against the New York attorney general’s attempt to depose them as part of a civil investigation into the Trump Organization, saying a lower court erred by denying the Trumps’ request to quash their subpoenas for testimony.

“In their appeal filed Monday, Trump and his children Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. argued that if New York Attorney General Letitia James wants their testimony, she should bring them before a state grand jury investigating the Trump Organization, where witnesses receive transactional immunity for their testimony in New York. […]

“James said in court filings in January that her office’s civil investigation had uncovered significant evidence that the Trump Organization used ‘fraudulent or misleading asset valuations to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage and tax deductions’ and that financial statements had numerous ‘misleading statements and omissions.'”

So Trump and his crime family are suing the New York Attorney General to keep from having to give depositions in the case against them unless they are granted immunity. To be clear, this is not a situation where they are resisting subpoenas to testify for fear of self-incrimination. For that they could simply appear and take the Fifth. In this filing they are willing to testify, but are insisting that they be immunized for whatever incriminating information they divulge.

That’s tantamount to a confession that their testimony contains evidence of real crimes. They actually want to testify with immunity so that they can be assured that there will never be any consequences for their unlawful behavior. However, AG Letitia James, isn’t having it. She tweeted that…

“Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump were ordered by a judge to comply with our investigation into Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization’s financial dealings. Despite their appeal of this order, no one can stop our pursuit of justice, no matter how powerful they are.”

It is a rather remarkable thing that a former president and his kin are pleading for immunity in a case that involves their deliberate misrepresentation of their business and its finances. There is abundant evidence of malfeasance gathered from both documents and witnesses. But nothing says “guilty” as definitively as a defendant begging for immunity in exchange for spilling the beans. Who knows, we may even see Trump vs. Trump as the rats try to snitch on each other to avoid prison. Keep the popcorn ready, folks.

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Fox News Buries Story on Accounting Firm Quitting Trump, Declaring 10 Years of Finances ‘Unreliable’

On Monday Donald Trump’s longtime accounting firm announced that they were discontinuing their association with Trump and disavowing his financial reporting for the past ten years as “unreliable.” This comes as Trump is under investigation by the New York Attorney General for lying about the value of his financial assets.

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The Mazars accounting firm’s unprecedented termination of Trump as a client, along with their notice that ten years of his financial reports “should not be relied on,” is a jaw dropping development. It foretells a financial fiasco for the deeply indebted former reality TV game show host. And it suggests that Mazars is cooperating with legal authorities to provide more incriminating information.

Despite the explosive magnitude of this story, Fox News has completely ignored it. There was no mention of it on any of their primetime programs Monday night. There is still no mention of it on their website. It’s almost as if Fox News is purposefully trying to make the story disappear because it reflects so disastrously on Dear Leader Trump. Ya think?

In place of the Mazars story that would ordinarily dominate the news cycle at a journalistically credible operation, Fox News is relentlessly plugging a story that has absolutely no substantive news value. That story concerns a filing by the flagrantly partisan special counsel, John Durham, that rambles on tediously about an attorney who reported suspicious Internet activity between Trump and Russian computer networks.

Fox News has been completely distorting the Durham Nothingburger to falsely claim that it proves that Hillary Clinton was spying on Trump. There is no truth to that whatsoever, and the filing doesn’t even make that allegation. But that didn’t stop Sean Hannity from fictionalizing the story. He ranted that…

“Here’s where this is even worse than Watergate. Not only did they hack into the opposing campaign and steal material like in the case of Watergate, but then they hacked into the office of the president of this great country, according to Durham’s blockbuster filing late Friday.”

To be clear, no one hacked into Trump’s campaign, and no one stole any materials. Nor did anyone hack into the office of the president, and Durham never alleged that they did. Nevertheless, Trump is furious that other news networks weren’t fooled by Durham’s fact-free deflection. And so is Fox News…

It’s ironic that Fox is so outraged by the media properly passing on the Durham probe fabrications, when they are so flagrantly ignoring the real story about Trump’s financial corruption. It’s just more proof that Fox has never been a news network. And it’s why their audience is so pitifully uninformed, or even worse, misinformed, about everything from the Biden economic boom, to the COVID pandemic, to the 2020 presidential election, and so much more. They are the “New Ignorati.” And that’s exactly how Fox News wants them.

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IT’S A DISGRACE! Trump is Terrified that the Jan 6 Insurrection Committee Wants Ivanka to Testify

Last week was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for Donald Trump. It began with his favorite propaganda outlet losing it’s biggest distributor. DirecTV announced that they would cease to carry the One America News Network. The Trump-fluffing, conspiracy spewing OAN derived the vast majority of their revenue from DirecTV and this development puts its future in jeopardy.

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However, Trump’s legal woes were even more catastrophic. The Supreme Court rejected his request to keep his records secret. The New York Attorney General took action to force his testimony in the real estate and tax fraud case. A Georgia district attorney impaneled a special grand jury to probe his efforts to intimidate state officials to overturn their election results. And a bunch of his StormTrumpers (aka Oath Keepers) were indicted for seditious conspiracy for their roles in the January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C.

Further unsettling Trump’s already unstable mental state, is that the House Select Committee investigating January 6th made a formal request for Trump’s daughter Ivanka to testify before the panel. According to CNN the request “revealed explosive new details about the former President’s actions in the days leading up to and on January 6.”

So naturally, Trump has lashed out against the Committee, which he has been doing for weeks. This time his wrath came in an interview with the ultra-rightist Washington Examiner, Trump raged that…

“They are using whatever powers they have. They couldn’t care less. They are vicious people. [and that] It’s a disgrace, what’s going on. They’re using these things to try and get people’s minds off how incompetently our country is being run. And they don’t care. They’ll go after children.”

Trump went on to assert that the investigations against him set “a very bad precedent because it can happen the other way also.” That was a thinly veiled threat aimed at Hunter Biden, the son of President Biden.

For the record, Ivanka Trump is hardly a child. She is a 40 year old businesswoman who held the post of White House Counselor to the President (her father) for four years. She was an eyewitness to Trump’s activities before, during, and after the riots at the Capitol. Her testimony is unquestionably relevant, and her evasion creates suspicion. She is only being asked to provide her account of what happened, and she is not being charged with anything (yet). On the other hand, Trump is threatening Hunter Biden (who has has never had a political job) with criminal prosecution for allegations that have already been investigated.

As usual, Trump’s protestations reflect his fears. The guy who used his office to plot an anti-democratic coup is complaining that Democrats “are using whatever powers they have.” And if Democrats were using all of their powers they would already have had their Attorney General indict Trump, or fired him and appointed an acting Attorney General to do it.

Unlike Trump, Democrats are using their powers legally and in full public view. And as for trying to “get people’s minds off” of other matters, that’s precisely what Trump is doing with this outburst. He doesn’t want people to pay any attention to the avalanche of devastating disclosures that are burying him and his crime family. It is a tactic that he resorts to any time he is in trouble and afraid. Which lately, is almost all the time.

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Trump Explains How He Plans to Steal the Next Election in Video Message to Republican Group

Just over a year ago, Donald Trump and his confederates attempted to stage a coup against the United States. The January 6th insurrection resulted in a violent mob invading the Capitol, interfering with the constitutionally mandated duties of Congress, vandalizing the historic seat of America’s government, causing over $30 million in damage, and injuring more than a 140 police officers.

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Ever since that day, Trump has not only denied any responsibility, he has actually bragged that it was a peaceful and patriotic event, that he “loved” the domestic terrorists who stormed the Capitol, and that the “real” insurrection was Election Day, November 3, 2021. What’s more, Trump has signed on to Tucker Carlson’s crackpot conspiracy theory that the riots that Trump denies took place were orchestrated by the FBI.

The gross criminality of the January 6th seditionists was fueled by Trump’s relentless and baseless assertions that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged.” In the year that has transpired he has utterly failed to provide even a shred of evidence to support his claims. But now he is providing evidence of his own efforts to rig future elections.

In a video that Trump produced for a group of Republicans in Pennsylvania, Trump sought to explain why he thinks they should devote more of their resources to campaigns for offices that have jurisdiction over election processes, such Secretaries of State. He said that…

“We have to be a lot sharper the next time when it comes to counting the vote. There’s a famous saying that sometimes the vote counter is more important than the candidate. And we can’t let that ever, ever happen again. They have to get a lot tougher and smarter.”

Trump is openly articulating a plot to take over the administration of elections so that his apparatchiks can meddle with the voting to fraudulently produce the result he wants. It isn’t enough that Republicans have been passing laws in many states that suppress the votes of Democratic leaning citizens. His authoritarian aspirations now demand that the vote counting functions be put into the hands of his fellow fascists.

For the record, the “famous saying” that Trump is referring to is one that is attributed to one of his tyrannical heroes, Joseph Stalin, who has been reported to have said that…

“I consider it completely unimportant who in the Party will vote, or how. But what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how.”

Whether or not Stalin actually said that is irrelevant. Trump’s believes he did and his reference to it is as clear as day. It is completely in line with Trump’s well documented fixation on notorious dictators. While discussing his record on foreign relations during a recent appearance with Bill O’Reilly, Trump admitted his perverse admiration, saying that the world leaders he “got along best with were tyrants. For whatever reason, I got along great with them.” Which shouldn’t surprise anyone given his affinity for, and subservience to, Vladimir Putin.

This video wherein Trump is quoting what he believes to be Stalin’s method of dealing with democracy should alarm every American. Trump is clearly setting up the 2022 midterm elections as a rehearsal for his own attempt to regain power in 2024. And he isn’t the least bit shy about revealing his nefarious intentions. Which makes it all the more critical that Democrats and honest Republicans (if there are any left) to join together to pass the voting rights legislation currently being debated in Congress. American democracy is literally hanging in the balance.

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Select Committee on January 6th Seeks Testimony From Senior Fox News Trump Flunky Sean Hannity

The House Select Committee investigating Donald Trump’s role in the deadly January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C. has confirmed reports that it has asked Sean Hannity to voluntarily come before the Committee and reveal what he knows about Trump’s behavior leading up to, and during, the Capitol riots.

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There is already abundant evidence of Trump’s flagrant dereliction of duty as he spent three hours watching the his StormTrumpers invading Congress before he took any action to stop it. And even then he only delivered a gushing outpouring of love for the violent, criminal, seditionists.

It was revealed last month that several Fox News hosts had emailed Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, begging him to get Trump to call off his rabid disciples as they were breaking doors and windows, beating police officers, and threatening the lives of members of Congress. Hannity was one of those emailing Meadows, imploring “Can he make a statement, ask people to leave the Capitol?” However, according to Zoe Lofgren, a member of the Committee, there is more where that comes from:

“He is a fact witness. We have in our possession dozens of texts that [Hannity] sent to Mark Meadows and others in his role as an apparent political operative. Indications of his communication with the president and others on strategy. And it’s that that we would like to talk to him about.

“I want to make sure that everyone knows that this isn’t a subpoena. We’ve asked him to cooperate with us as a fact witness out of his sense of patriotism, and we hope that he will respond because we have so many of these texts and pieces of evidence indicating that he was outside of his role as a press person, acting as a political operative.”

Indeed, Hannity was far more than a Fox News host during the Trump occupation of the White House. He served Trump as an adviser, and even campaigned with him What’s more, Hannity’s response to the news that the Committee is requesting his appearance came from his attorney, Jay Sekulow, who has also represented Trump. Naturally, Sekulow jumped to an absurd conclusion that “any such request would raise serious constitutional issues including First Amendment concerns regarding freedom of the press.” Of course, that’s not remotely true considering that the request is for a voluntary appearance and doesn’t involve any of Hannity’s activities on Fox News.

We can expect that Hannity will decline this offer to discuss what he knows about Trump and the January 6th insurrection. And Lofgren’s appeal to Hannity’s “sense of patriotism” was a long shot at best. Hannity isn’t the least bit concerned about the welfare of the nation. He’s too concerned with sucking up to, and defending, Dear Leader Trump, and filling his own pockets with ill-gotten gain from Trump Grifting Enterprises. It remains to be seen if a subpoena will follow Hannity’s refusal to cooperate. Regardless, his complicity is irrefutable.

UPDATE: Trump has chickened out of holding his “news” conference. Presumably because he is too scared that he might be asked questions. So he’s going to unload the same bullpucky at his next cult rally where no one can challenge him:

“In light of the total bias and dishonesty of the January 6th Unselect Committee of Democrats, two failed Republicans, and the Fake News Media, I am canceling the January 6th Press Conference at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday, and instead will discuss many of those important topics at my rally on January 15th, in Arizona.”

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Trump Aide Confesses Coup Plot with Bannon, Cruz, and 100 Congressional Co-Conspirators

The conspiracy by Donald Trump to subvert the Constitution and fulfill his authoritarian aspirations has been well documented repeatedly for the past year. He lost more than sixty lawsuits seeking to overturn the election results because his lawyers couldn’t provide a shred of evidence to support their claims of fraud. And his StormTrumpers domestic terrorism on January 6th failed bully Congress into capitulating to Trump’s power mad demands.

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The evidence of Trump’s treasonous crimes was spelled out in a PowerPoint presentation circulated amongst the conspirators. Accomplices like Alex Jones admitted their complicity – and Trump’s also. And now one of Trump’s closest aides when he occupied the White House has come forward with yet another confession. According to The Daily Beast

“A former Trump White House official says he and right-wing provocateur Steve Bannon were actually behind the last-ditch coordinated effort by rogue Republicans in Congress to halt certification of the 2020 election results and keep President Donald Trump in power earlier this year, in a plan dubbed the ‘Green Bay Sweep.’

“In his recently published memoir, Peter Navarro, then-President Donald Trump’s trade adviser, details how he stayed in close contact with Bannon as they put the Green Bay Sweep in motion with help from members of Congress loyal to the cause.”

Navarro’s account of his own participation in an attempted coup included details about how he coordinated with Republican members of Congress such as Rep. Paul Gosar and Sen. Ted Cruz. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Navarro disclosed that…

“‘We spent a lot of time lining up over 100 congressmen, including some senators. It started out perfectly. At 1 p.m., Gosar and Cruz did exactly what was expected of them,’ Navarro told The Daily Beast. ‘It was a perfect plan. And it all predicated on peace and calm on Capitol Hill. We didn’t even need any protestors, because we had over 100 congressmen committed to it.'” […]

“[T]heir hope was to run the clock as long as possible to increase public pressure on then-Vice President Mike Pence to send the electoral votes back to six contested states, where Republican-led legislatures could try to overturn the results. And in their mind, ramping up pressure on Pence would require media coverage.”

So Navarro’s “perfect plan” was to orchestrate a blatantly unconstitutional usurpation of Congress’ ceremonial duty to certify the election results, followed by having partisan state legislatures defy the will of voters by coronating Trump. And Navarro even affirmed Trump’s guilt in the plot, saying that he “was certainly on board with the strategy,, and noting that Trump referenced the plan during his January 6th speech when he told the crowd that “I hope Mike is going to do the right thing [and] send it back to the states to recertify.”

Navarro lamely attempted to distance himself from the violence that occurred on January 6th, but given the make up of the mob of rioters, and their connections to the plotters, that is just after the fact excuse making. It was Trump who ordered his minions to march on the Capitol.

As confirmation of Navarro’s media coverage strategy, he appeared on Fox News three days before the Trump insurrection on Capitol Hill executing that strategy. He and Fox’s Jeanine Pirro discussed the seditious plot that Navarro is now conceding took place:

Navarro: They stole this. We can prove it. And other things… Breaking news: I would not be surprised to see a special counsel on this. And Vice-President Pence, he has the authority to give that ten day window to do what needs to get done, and I cannot imagine when you look at the facts he won’t vote the right way on that.
Pirro: And you know Peter, the interesting thing is that ten day window, it is something that they can change the date. January 20th cannot be changed. That’s constitutional. But this whole certification, the date can be changed.

Setting aside the fact that they are completely wrong on the law, we now have contemporaneous confirmation of the coup plot as it was being carried out. We know that Trump was on board. So was Fox News. And so were many Republican members of Congress. And we know that Trump is still trying to pull off the plan. He’s still telling the “Big Lie” that the election was “rigged.” And he’s still trying to manipulate the media to achieve his nefarious ends.

Trump has even scheduled a press conference on the anniversary of the January 6th insurrection in order to advance his despotic desires. What we don’t know – despite the abundant evidence and open admissions – is when he and his accomplices will be brought to justice.

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Trump-Fluffing One America News Network (OAN) Was Created and Funded By AT&T

The right-wing media world has been dominated by Fox News for nearly twenty-five years. That remains true today despite the emergence of a couple upstart, and even more extreme, networks, Newsmax and One America News (OAN). However, the newcomers are still too small to present any real threat of competition.

Donald Trump, OAN

Reuters is now reporting that OAN had some help from a prominent media megacorporation. As revealed in court records that were made public, AT&T was an early supporter of OAN, providing the network carriage on its platform when few other cable operators were doing so. According to Reuters

“A Reuters review of court records shows the role AT&T played in creating and funding OAN, a network that continues to spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“OAN founder and chief executive Robert Herring Sr has testified that the inspiration to launch OAN in 2013 came from AT&T executives.

“’They told us they wanted a conservative network,’ Herring said during a 2019 deposition seen by Reuters. ‘They only had one, which was Fox News, and they had seven others on the other [leftwing] side. When they said that, I jumped to it and built one.’

“Since then, AT&T has been a crucial source of funds flowing into OAN, providing tens of millions of dollars in revenue, court records show. Ninety percent of OAN’s revenue came from a contract with AT&T-owned television platforms, including satellite broadcaster DirecTV, according to 2020 sworn testimony by an OAN accountant.”

For AT&T to throw its support behind a pseudo-news network that was already dealing in dangerous conspiracy theories and blatantly dishonest propaganda, is a breach of their obligation to the public that comprises its customer universe. If they wanted a “conservative” network to compete with Fox News there were other organizations that had track records that more closely resembled the practice of journalism. OAN didn’t even exist when AT&T floated the notion that they would carry its programming.

That sort of irresponsible collaboration with a deceitful entity devoted to propaganda is particularly appalling for the the corporate parent of WarnerMedia, the owner of CNN (although CNN will soon be spun off in a deal with Discovery Networks). And the story became even more sordid when OAN disclosed that it had promised to “cast a positive light” on AT&T during its newscasts. That’s a fatal breach journalistic ethics on the parts of both AT&T and OAN.

It’s also notable that CNN has been a frequent target of Donald Trump. He regularly referred to them as “fake” news and even launched a boycott of AT&T in an attempt to get them to interfere with CNN’s reporting. Trump once tweeted…

“After watching [CNN] for a short while, I turned it off. All negative & so much Fake News, very bad for U.S. Big ratings drop. Why doesn’t owner @ATT do something? I believe that if people stoped using or subscribing to @ATT, they would be forced to make big changes at @CNN”

Of course it would have been totally improper for AT&T to try to force editorial changes at CNN. But Trump, being who he is, wouldn’t know that. However, executives at AT&T should have known and repudiated Trump’s suggestion.

The question now is whether Trump will forgive AT&T because of their support for his favorite wingnut mouthpiece, OAN. Although it might just confuse him because they still own CNN for now. This is a recipe for a mental meltdown of some sort. Not that Trump needs any new reasons to freak out.

UPDATE 1/14/2022: DirectV, which is majority owned by AT&T, has announced that it will be dropping OAN:

“The move will deal a significant blow to the fringe outlet. Not only will OAN be removed from the millions of households that use DirecTV as a television provider, it will also suffer a major hit to its revenue.”

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