Trump’s Lawyer on Fox News Accuses Jack Smith of Contempt of Court – For Doing His Job

This week a federal appeals court will hear arguments relating to Donald Trump’s claim of “presidential immunity” from some the 91 felony charges he is currently facing. It’s a peculiar legal strategy wherein Trump, unlike rational defendants, is choosing to refrain from assertions that he is innocent, in favor of a convincing the court that he is entitled to break any laws that he wants.

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To assist him in this profoundly eccentric defense, Trump has assembled a crack team of attorneys, featuring former parking lot lawyer, Alina Habba. While she has little to no experience in constitutional or criminal law, she does meet Trump’s highest priority for representation: She looks good on TV. Unfortunately for Trump, that doesn’t help him to prevail in any matter of law.

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On Sunday Habba joined Fox News Senior Trump-fluffer, Maria Bartiromo, for a morning mass and adoration of Dear Leader. The services began with Ava Maria offering Habba an opportunity to probe Trump’s latest assault on special counsel Jack Smith.

Bartiromo: First I want to ask you about special counsel Jack Smith. What is President Trump’s reasoning for wanting him to be held in contempt?
Habba: Because he is in contempt. He has clearly ignored the Court’s stay of the decision, the decision is completely disregarded. Just like anything, the radical left are pushing their own agenda.”

So to summarize, the reason Trump wants Smith to be held in contempt is “because he is in contempt.” Which is the same sort of legal genius that holds that a murderer is guilty because he’s guilty. Habba elaborates on her argument by raising the specter of the invisible but ever present “radical left [who] are pushing their own agenda.” Which, of course, has nothing to do with the matters before this court. She then proceeds to explain the details of the case to Bartiromo and the Fox News cult.

“What happened is there was a stay in the proceeding. That means that all actions, all activities on that case must stop until the issue of presidential immunity is addressed. That means that the president would have immunity during the time, as he was sitting president. The same immunity Biden and Obama and everybody else does.”

Habba’s analysis of the law leaves out a couple of critical factors: “Analysis” and “law.” Her assertion that a stay “means that all actions, all activities on that case must stop.” is ludicrous. A stay does not prohibit attorneys on either side from continuing to work independently on their case. Only the court proceedings are paused. If the prosecutor chooses to keep working, but the defense decides to take a break, that is entirely up to them.

Habba is also mistaken with her opinion on “presidential immunity” when she claims that a stay “means that the president would have immunity during the time.” No it doesn’t. The question of immunity, which is the very principle that resulted in the stay, has not been adjudicated and, therefore, Trump cannot be presumed to have it. Particularly the way he defines it that is so preposterously broad that it would indemnify a president from any crime, including murder. Does he really want to set that legal precedent while Joe Biden is still in the White House?

Special Counsel Smith responded to Trump’s contempt charge saying that “the Government intends to comply with its continuing discovery obligations” so that the pretrial schedule can be resumed after the stay is resolved.

Habba also whined that Jack Smith “has continuously filed motions to inundate our team.” That complaint was specifically addressed by Smith in his response. After reiterating that the government has not violated the stay order, he says that…

“Nothing here requires any action by the defendant, and he fails to explain how the mere receipt of discovery materials that he is not obligated to review, or the early filing of Government pleadings to which he does not yet need to respond, possibly burdens him.”

While all of this was going on, Trump was busy posting rambling and incoherent comments on his failing social media scam, Truth Social. Such as his tediously repetitive claim that “The least I am entitled to is Presidential Immunity on Fake Biden Indictments!”

So if anyone is “pushing their own agenda” while the proceedings are stayed, it’s Trump. Likewise, if anyone is violating the court’s stay order, it’s Trump and Habba. At least by their own definitions. All they are really doing is revealing their fear, desperation and ignorance. This may play well among the MAGA minions, but it isn’t going to go very far in a court of law.

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Jim Jordan Tells Fox News that His Best Evidence Against Biden is a Witness Who Exonerated Him

One week into the new year and it is clear that the Republican Party remains hell bent on continuing their desperate and baseless pursuit of pseudo-scandals with which to smear President Biden and his family. They still seem to be mired in the delusion that the American people are hungering for their representatives in Congress to be working on meritless impeachments, rather than legislative initiatives that might actually improve their lives.

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To that end, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Perv) visited with Fox News Senior Trump-Fluffer, Maria Bartiromo, for a little chitchat about his efforts as chair of the House Judiciary Committee to impeach Biden. Never mind that he’s been doing this for a year now, but has failed utterly to produce any evidence, or even a coherent argument, that would justify his shamelessly partisan waste of time and taxpayer money. Instead, he and his GOP confederates have set a modern day record for laziness in legislating.

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The segment began with Bartiromo constructing a convoluted question that was rife with preconception and presumptions of guilt. That led to the following exchange…

Bartiromo: Give us your sense of what the most the damning evidence is that you have so far on Joe Biden regarding bribery potential, money laundering. These are the terms that you and your colleagues have been using. Where is the evidence, and do you believe you’re going to find more from these depositions by the end of January?
Jordan: I do, to the last question. I think the most damning evidence thus far is what we got from Devon Archer.

That’s an astonishing admission on Jordan’s part. Because when Devon Archer, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, testified before Congress, he completely contradicted everything that the Republican shills have alleged for years.

Archer testified, under oath, that Biden never discussed any business dealings or interests with Hunter Biden or anyone else. He said that he knew nothing about alleged bribes paid to the Biden family. He refuted charges that Biden sought to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor in order to benefit his son.

In short, the witness that Jordan claims provided his best evidence against Biden, actually exonerates him of every charge that the Republicans have used to slander the President. And when Jordan’s accomplice in this political character assassination, James Comer, chair of the Oversight Committee, was asked on Fox News if would be able to prove his allegations against Biden, he replied “I sure hope so.” Which is a long ways from “Yes.”

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In addition to the humiliating performance of Jordan above, he also discussed with Bartiromo the matter of Hunter Biden’s alleged failure to comply with a congressional subpoena. The truth is that Hunter did try to comply with the original request to testify in a public hearing. But when Republicans later reneged and insisted that he be deposed in a closed session, Hunter reiterated his agreement to testify publicly.

That dispute led to Republicans declaring their intention to hold Hunter in contempt of Congress. Which is hypocrisy on a grand scale considering that Jordan himself failed to comply with a subpoena from the House January 6th Committee.

Jordan’s blatant act of contempt has now gone on for more than year and a half. Yet Jordan still has the gall to complain about the Hunter subpoena on Fox News, who lies about it. Which just goes to prove that the best words to describe Fox News and the Republican party are “lies,” “hypocrisy” and “contempt.”

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Fox News is TERRIFIED that Obama is Running the Country and is Responsible for Biden’s Success

It must be getting more difficult for Fox News to manufacture scandals that they can attribute to President Biden and other Democrats and to be appalled by. The ones they are coming up with these days are achieving a degree of inanity that exceeds there wildest previous efforts. It’s hard to know whether we should congratulate them, or pity them.

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On Monday morning’s episode of “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo,” Fox’s Senior Trump-Fluffer interviewed a Republican congressman, Richard McCormick, in a segment that sought to disparage the President for his having had the gall to advance in age. It’s the only matter on which they are able to criticize him, considering his historic record in job creation, his leadership of a booming economy, the respect he’s garnered for his international diplomacy, and his support for a broadly popular agenda that includes fighting for reproductive choice, expanding voting rights, and taxing the rich. Meanwhile, Fox News is focusing on malarkey like this…

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The interview was a typically substanceless Fox News assault Biden until Bartiromo got around to a favorite subject on the network: Biden’s age and mental acuity. Never mind that Donald Trump is only three years younger and exhibits way more evidence of both physical and cognitive decline than Biden. The mission on Fox is always to defame Democrats. However, on this occasion they missed their target by a mile…

Bartiromo: So who is running the show here? Does he know what’s going on or is he being directed by President Obama?
McCormick: He definitely doesn’t know what’s going on. And whether he’s being directed by Obama or some other staff member is really questionable. But if you look at his cognitive decline for the last fifty years, we’ve been in, literally in real time, watching this guy in public life and the way he’s talked, he’s being very slick, Clintonesque if you like. He no longer has that cognitive ability. He misinterprets questions. He misinterprets emotions. He doesn’t have a strategy. He doesn’t have any sort of education or ability to interpret new data.

Somewhere deep down Bartiromo knows that the nation has progressed in great strides since Biden trounced Trump, whose “leadership” thrust the nation into recession and burdened it with misery. But Fox News is so averse to giving Biden credit for anything that they have to invent a conspiracy wherein the credit goes to someone else. In this case it is former President Barack Obama.

Bartiromo probably believes that this is a brilliant idea that not only deprives Biden of the accolades he deserves, it also casts the spotlight on the former Black President who her viewers already hate. However, she is, in effect, affirming that the Biden presidency is producing positive results that she has to pretend that he had nothing to do with. She is also shifting attention to the most popular former American president.

As for McCormick, his baseless allegations only make him look more foolish. First of all, Biden has never been regarded as a “slick” orator akin to Clinton. In fact, he is a lifelong stutterer and was known as gaffe machine. But McCormick’s bizarre assertions that Biden misinterprets questions, has no strategy or education, and can’t process new data, are plucked from pure fantasy. Biden has presided over the passage of numerous bills that have benefited the people. He has shown remarkable skill at uniting the world against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and more recently, he has done the same on behalf of both Israel and civilians in Gaza.

The only candidate that is showing signs of mental decline is Donald Trump. He has recently spoken about how he defeated Obama in 2016 (that was Hillary Clinton), and has talked about his current race against Obama (that’s Biden). He mixed up the leaders of Hungary and Turkey. He thinks wind turbines cause cancer and kill whales. And he mistook a photo of E. Jean Carroll, who he has been found liable for defamation and rape, as being his ex-wife Marla Maples.

Also on Monday morning, Trump posted a comment on his failing social media scam, Truth Social, wherein he attempted to explain that his recent fumbling of Obama and Biden were intentional. Yeah, right. He’s done it at least seven times and never once suggested it was sarcasm. His entire post bragging about his alleged mental health actually provides more proof of serious illness…

“Whenever I sarcastically insert the name Obama for Biden as an indication that others may actually be having a very big influence in running our Country, Ron DeSanctimonious and his failing campaign apparatus, together with the Democrat’s Radical Left ‘Disinformation Machine,’ go wild saying that ‘Trump doesn’t know the name of our President, (CROOKED!) Joe Biden. He must be cognitively impaired.'”

So Trump expects people to believe that he did it on purpose in order to make people think he’s nuts? Sure, that makes perfect sense. But he wasn’t finished…

“No, I know both names very well, never mix them up, and know that they are destroying our Country.”

“They” are? So Trump really does believe that Obama is still in power? Trump continues…

“Also, and as reported, I just took a cognitive test as part of my Physical Exam, and ACED it. Also ACED (a perfect score!) one taken while in the White House.”

Yep, Trump took a “test” ordinarily given to detect early signs of dementia. It consists of tasks like counting backwards and identifying an elephant. But even though it is a very easy test, Trump has still never provided the actual results. He just pretended that he could recall five words as long as they are all things immediately in front of him at the time (person, woman, man, camera, TV). But he still wasn’t done with this rambling rant…

“Biden should take one so we can determine why he wants Open Borders, No Energy Independence, A Woke Military, High Inflation, No Voter I.D., Men playing In Women’s Sports, Only Electric Cars & Trucks, A Weaponized DOJ/FBI, and so many other CRAZY things!!!”

Needless to say, Biden doesn’t want any of those things. They are all figments of Trump’s overactive and perverse imagination (see video below). And with regard to “weaponizing” government, that’s almost all he talks about doing in his hoped for next term. Which is all the more reason that it must never happen.

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Fox News Aims at Biden with Crackpot COVID Conspiracy, but Hits Trump as a Puppet of China

The propagandists at Fox News must be getting pretty desperate for potential pseudo-scandals to gin up against President Biden and the Democrats. Every attempt they have made to malign the President has resulted in an embarrassing blowback that drenched themselves in their own slime.

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Ever since Republicans assumed their razor thin majority in the House of Representatives, they have tried to defame Biden as a mastermind of corruption and/or a flailing incompetent. But for some reason their preposterous characterizations of him as a flailing mastermind of corrupt incompetence don’t seem to be sticking. Perhaps that’s because they have zero evidence of any wrongdoing and are utterly incapable of advancing their ludicrous allegations.

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Consequently, Fox News is scraping the bottom of the barrel for new bullpucky to throw at Biden. They are now seeking to reprise long ago debunked conspiracy theories that failed to do any damage to Biden when they were originally offered up as outrage fodder for the feeble-minded MAGA cult. On Fox News’ “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo,” the Trump-fluffing host asked her guest, Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a question that reeks of the bile that Bartiromo is so well known for…

Bartiromo: Is there a chance that China released this virus on America intentionally? Disrupt the country. Get Donald Trump out. Get your man in there, Joe Biden. And they cover it up.
Wenstrup: Well they certainly didn’t try to protect America, did they? So whether it was intentional or accidental, they seemed to be aware of it. And as I recall – and I could be wrong on this – President Xi was telling Donald Trump everything’s okay. And Donald Trump was repeating everything that President Xi said. Now Democrats call president Trump a liar, but it seems that he was just repeating what President Xi said and, obviously, it was more dangerous.

There’s a lot of asininity to unpack in there. Let’s begin with the fact that is beyond absurd to suggest that China created a virus that would kill more than a million of their own citizens, and tens of millions of others around the world, just so they could upset a single election in the United States. What’s more, why would they want to get rid of Trump, who had done a lot of business in China, and has been an ardent admirer of its president, Xi Jinping?

As for Wenstrup’s reply, he seems to think that it was China’s obligation to protect America from COVID, rather than the duty of Trump, the alleged American president. And Wenstrup went on to assert that Trump’s role in protecting Americans consisted solely of “repeating what President Xi said.” Which is a pretty harsh criticism of Trump that Wenstrup doesn’t seem to notice. But actually, it was worse than that. Trump effusively – and repeatedly – praised Xi for his efforts to safeguard the world from the deadly pandemic. He said that…

China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!

…and that…

[President Xi] will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone. Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation. We are working closely with China to help!”

As late as February 29, 2020, Trump was still impressed that “China seems to be making tremendous progress. Their numbers are way down.” And in his own remarks, Trump relentlessly downplayed the known dangers of the virus:

  • “We have it very much under control in this country.”
  • “It’s going to be just fine.”
  • “It’s one person coming in from China.”
  • “We’re doing a great job with it.”
  • “It’s going to have a very good ending for us.”
  • “We’re in great shape.”
  • “We have 12 cases – 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.”
  • “Just stay calm. It will go away.”
  • “You have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
  • “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”

Most of those remarks were made when Trump already knew they were lies. He revealed in tape recorded comments to Bob Woodward – for his book RAGE! – that he knew just how dangerous the virus was, saying that…

“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flus. This is deadly stuff. […] I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down.”

So even if it was a Chinese plot – especially if it was a Chinese plot – it would have been the duty of American leadership to foil it. Instead, it was Trump’s negligence, incompetence, and deliberate malfeasance, that was most responsible for the spread of the pandemic in the U.S. And Trump was aided by a cowed Republican Party that obediently devoured everything their Dear Leader excreted.

Back then, as now, Fox News played its role as Trump’s Ministry of Disinformation. And then, as now, they couldn’t care less who gets hurt.

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Trump’s Lawyer Issues Hysterical Challenge, Daring Hunter Biden to Put Trump on the Stand

The faux bravado of Republicans and their enablers is a key feature of their political psychoses. They relentlessly present themselves as fearless warriors who will face down the most monstrous adversaries on behalf of the pathetic little people who they pretend to represent. It’s a comical contortion of reality wherein they cast themselves as combatants in the wars on everything from Christmas to windmills.

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Much of this macho pretense is inspired by the antics of the infamous Cadet Bone Spurs – aka Donald Trump – who sees himself as the MAGA Messiah, coming to the salvation of his cult disciples who are too feeble to take care of themselves. He may be right about the latter, but he is grossly delusional about the former. Trump is a notorious coward who complains incessantly about his perceived victimhood and describes himself as “the most fabulous whiner.”

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On Thursday morning Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, visited with Maria Bartiromo of Fox News to register her outrage that Trump has been subpoenaed by Hunter Biden with regard to his prosecution on gun and tax charges. According to NBC News

“Hunter Biden asked the judge presiding over his criminal gun charge case to subpoena former President Donald Trump and top officials in his Justice Department, arguing that the investigation into him was the direct result of ‘incessant, improper, and partisan pressure’ from Trump and his allies.

The court filing also issued subpoenas to former Trump associates Bill Barr, Richard Donoghue, and Jeffrey Rosen. It stated that the charges against Hunter were a “vindictive or selective prosecution arising from an unrelenting pressure campaign beginning in the last administration, in violation of Mr. Biden’s Fifth Amendment rights under the Constitution.”

Habba adopted the typically Trumpish air of audaciousness in her response to the subpoenas. Rather than address the matter with rationality or intellect, Habba delivered an impotent challenge that she somehow thought might frighten off Hunter and his legal team. She said that…

“If they are gonna put my client [Donald Trump] on the stand to discuss Hunter Biden, I welc… Go ahead. Go ahead. No, obviously it’s ridiculous. They’re trying to intimidate, and trying to say ‘if you’re gonna attack our kid we’re gonna put you on the stand.’ For what? Saying things that we’ve seen pictures of? Checks that have come from the CCP? Drugs, videos, hookers? I mean, I’m not really sure what their angle is there, but I would advise them to get new counsel.

No, Alina. They are not putting Trump on the stand for the things you mentioned. They are calling him to account for his abuse of power, having improperly used the Justice Department to persecute Hunter and the Biden family. And it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Trump would direct his Attorney General to manufacture allegations against the Bidens and other Democrats. Trump has already declared publicly that he intends to prosecute his political foes if he is reelected.

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Furthermore, none of the things that Habba rattled off would be part of any testimony requested from Trump. How could it be? He has no personal knowledge of any of those matters. And they aren’t even relevant to this case, which involves gun possession and taxes. What’s more, her list of alleged offenses includes the flagrant and already debunked lie about “Checks that have come from the CCP.”

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Habba’s taunting of Hunter to call Trump to testify is absurd considering that the subpoenas have already been issued, so he needs no further prodding. But more to the point, her excitement over the prospect of Trump testifying is hilarious. When Trump testifies he will surely advance Hunter’s defense, and most likely incriminate himself further. So… Go ahead!. Go ahead!

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OH NO! Fox News Frets About Government Shutdown Because it Might Stall the Biden Impeachment

There is less than one week to go before the Republican Congress throws the U.S. government into yet another costly shutdown. In that time the GOP will likely continue debating against itself and making threats aimed at Democrats that will ultimately result in harm to the American people.

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GOP House Squeaker, Kevin McCarthy, has totally lost control of his caucus, Twice he failed to advance a rule allowing the pending appropriations bills to be debated. All of the opposition is coming from within his own party, who seem to believe that a shutdown would actually be beneficial. Sure it is. So long as you don’t ask the millions of Americans who rely on services related to everything from building permits, to interstate and international travel, to financial aid, to veterans benefits, to tax information and filing, and so much more.

SEE THIS: GOP Wants a Government Shutdown Because ‘Most of What We Do is Bad, Hurts the American People’

On Sunday morning GOP Sen. Mike Lee was interviewed on Fox News by their Senior Trump-Fluffer, Maria Bartiromo. During their chat Bartiromo and Lee expressed their deep concern as to the potential disruptions that a shutdown would cause. And in this segment they revealed what they regard as the most pertinent matter facing the nation…

Bartiromo: If we see a government shutdown does the investigation of President Biden stop? We’ve learned so much about what he and his family have been doing in the last decade.
Lee: And those allegations are very troubling. They need to be investigated. And I applaud Speaker McCarthy for launching this inquiry. I am aware of no reason, Maria, why that inquiry could not continue if the government were to shut down temporarily. There is nothing suggesting to me that Congress can’t do its work if that happens. In any event, we shouldn’t use that as an excuse unilaterally to disarm and to accede to whatever the Democrats want.

So with vital government services at risk of being curtailed, the top priority for Bartiromo and Lee is a bogus impeachment inquiry into baseless allegations against President Biden. And Bartiromo’s claim that “We’ve learned so much” about alleged Biden wrongdoing is patently false. To the contrary, every attempt to manufacture some pseudo-scandal actually resulted in proof that Biden and his administration have been extraordinarily honest and ethical.

As for Lee’s reassurance to Bartiromo that the shutdown wouldn’t impede the ill-considered inquiry, he is either placating her wingnut anxieties, or he is woefully ignorant of congressional business. While Congress can continue to operate during a shutdown, each member would make decisions as to which staffers would be considered “essential” and keep working. The others would be furloughed. And while the member would continue to be paid, none of the remaining staff would be until the shutdown was over.

What’s more, offices in other branches of government would be closed or reduced in staff during a shutdown. So any requests made by the GOP’s investigating committees would not be able to be answered. Which would, in effect, shut down their work, other than to whine about how the administration is allegedly stonewalling them.

It’s notable that Lee’s position contradicts that of McCarthy, whose post as House leader is more directly responsible for these considerations. And on this matter McCarthy made it clear that a shutdown would indeed impact any pending House investigations. As reported by Reuters

“The looming U.S. government shutdown that some hardline Republicans, including Donald Trump, are cheering for could slow one of their other priorities: the recently launched impeachment inquiry of Democratic President Joe Biden. […] ‘If we shut down, all of government shuts it down, investigation and everything else,’ McCarthy said in an interview with Fox News.

As usual, the GOP is a cesspool of chaos and lies. And it shouldn’t surprise anyone that what worries Republicans should a shutdown occur does not seem to include the loss of critical services that Americans rely on, including housing and food programs for low-income families and seniors, learning and education assistance for students, job training and placement for veterans and the un- and under-employed.

Their only concern is that a shutdown could stall their brazenly partisan political attacks on Biden and his family. Which is further evidence – as if it were necessary – that Republicans couldn’t possibly care less about the American people. They only care about advancing their lust for profit and power. And to hell with the needs of their constituents. It’s an old story that just gets more repulsive with each retelling.

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Fox News and GOP Impeachment Chair Seek ‘Damning Evidence’ Against Biden, But Can’t Find Any

The Republican Party has given up entirely on even pretending to be interested in governing. Their sole purpose now is to smear President Biden and other Democrats with baseless allegations, insinuations, and wholly fictional conjecture. They are professional scandal mongers, and what’s really sad, is that they aren’t even any good at that.

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It’s been eight months since Republicans assumed their razor-thin majority in the House of Representatives. And in all that time they haven’t managed to pass a single bill of any significance. That includes most of the critical appropriations bills necessary to prevent a government shutdown. They have, however, held dozens of pointless and futile hearings with the intention of staining the reputation of the President. They have even admitted their purpose early on…

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On Friday Fox News Senior Trump-Fluffer, Maria Bartiromo, advanced the pitiful platform of the GOP during an interview with Jason Smith, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. That is one of the three committees that Speaker Kevin McCarthy just assigned to the task of conducting a bogus Biden impeachment inquiry. He joins Jim Jordan’s Judiciary Committee and James Comer’s and Oversight Committee in that purely partisan pursuit.

McCarthy had to break his promise – made just two weeks ago – to only empanel an impeachment inquiry after a vote by the full House. But he knows he doesn’t have the votes, even from his own caucus, to to get that passed. So he proceeded unilaterally.

Before the inquiries have even begun, Republicans have deployed to their positions on right-wing media to poison the public record with propaganda. And to that end, Smith appeared on Fox News with Bartiromo to engage in a revealing, and ultimately humiliating, exchange that began with this question…

Bartiromo: What I want to know is what you believe is the most damning evidence that you all have to suggest bribery – that the President was involved in bribery and money laundering. You’ve told us about the $20 million. Is it more than that? [GOP Rep] Nancy Mace told us that it could be $50 million. What were they getting paid for, and how come they set up twenty shell companies while he was Vice-President? What are these shell companies about?

Notice that Bartiromo planted her propaganda in the question with references to millions of dollars in alleged bribery and money laundering funds. She failed to mention that none of that was ever linked to President Biden, and wasn’t even illegal on the part of Hunter Biden. But Bartiromo nevertheless implies, without proof, that the money was for some nefarious purpose. And if you think that’s bad, the reply she got from Smith was even worse…

Smith: Those are all great questions that we need answers to. Unfortunately, since we released the testimony of the IRS whistleblowers, myself, Jim Jordan, Jamie Comer, have sent sixteen different investigative letters to the Biden administration asking questions and demanding answers. And the have stonewalled us this entire time. That is why we’re going to an impeachment inquiry. It’s because we need these questions answered. But guess what? Joe Biden and his administration is stopping us at every level.”

So the answer to “What is your damning evidence?” is “Those are all great questions that we need answers to.” Smith is confirming that he doesn’t have any evidence, damning or otherwise. Which means that here is no justifiable reason to hold any impeachment inquiry at all. Unless it is just to fish for potential morsels of mud that they can magnify into scandalous misconduct. That is not the mission of a congressional inquiry, which generally requires probable cause to initiate.

For the record, contrary to Smith’s complaint, the Biden administration has provided Congress with thousands of pages of documents per their requests. That includes memos, emails, and bank statements. Smith’s real problem is that there isn’t any hint of wrongdoing in any of that production. And the formation of an impeachment inquiry, without a vote by the full House, won’t have any additional authority to persecute Biden. So the best that they can hope for is to spread more rumors and lies.

When the chairman of the committee that is tasked with conducting an investigation concedes that he has nothing to warrant an investigation, you might think that the whole matter would be dropped. But not with this Republican caucus. They see this as an opportunity to cripple the President’s prospects for reelection next year. And they aren’t going to let up, no matter how much they embarrass themselves with failure.

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WHUT? Trump Tells Fox News He ‘Drained the Swamp’ in DC – By Firing the People that He Hired

As the 2024 Republican presidential primary unfolds, Donald Trump is continuing to execute his bunker strategy by campaigning only in friendly environs. It’s a game plan that affirms the cowardice that has exemplified his approach to politics and life. He refuses to engage anyone in a situation that he can’t control. Which may be for the best since, due to his felony indictments, he doesn’t believe that he has any right to run at all.

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Consequently, Trump isolates himself in a world that consists of only his strictly stage-managed cult rallies, and MAGA media such as Fox News. Although even with regard to the brazenly biased Trump-fluffing at Fox News, his fear of any confrontation, no matter how mild, results in his effecting a frantic retreat. That’s why he is already making excuses to sit out the first GOP primary debate that is being hosted by Fox.

SEE THIS: Trump Previews His Excuses for Chickening Out of the Fox News Republican Primary Debate

Trump has disgorged vicious assaults on Fox News, and insults of the network when it has been less than totally adoring. However, he remains faithful to the network’s most worshipful apostles of Trumpism. Among those true believers is Maria Bartiromo. And due to her unflinching infatuation with Trump, he consented to be interviewed by her.

As expected, the interview was not particularly newsworthy. It was just Trump repeating the same old lies and self-exaltations that he does during every other public appearance. However, he did let slip a confession related to his failure to fulfill the promises he made as occupant of the White House.

When Bartiromo asked Trump what he would have done differently as president, he responded by attacking his own appointees to cabinet posts. He singled out Attorneys General Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions, and “other people I didn’t like,” because they wouldn’t help him commit crimes, evade accountability, or overthrow the government. Which led Bartiromo to ask a fairly cogent follow up…

Bartiromo: “You didn’t drain the swamp like you said you would. You didn’t drain the swamp.”
Trump: I did. I fired [FBI Director James] Comey. I fired a lot of people. A lot of the people I have, I fired.

Indeed. Trump did fire Comey, and many other people that populated his cabinet and his White House staff. There were dozens of such terminations, most due to Trump’s dissatisfaction with their insufficient personal loyalty and their unwillingness to be accomplices to his unlawful acts. And the animosity that he felt toward them was heartily reciprocated. In Comey’s case, Trump explicitly admitted that “If I didn’t fire Comey, I don’t think I would have been able to serve out my term.” That’s an admission that he purposefully interfered with the administration of justice in order to save his own neck.

It’s notable that Trump’s reply to Bartiromo’s question about draining the swamp included only examples of his firing the people that he had hired. In other words, according to Trump, the swamp in D.C. was of his own making. And his efforts to clean it up were confined to “fixing” the problems that he created for himself.

Then again, virtually all of Trump’s problems are those that he created for himself. That’s certainly true with regard to the legal peril that he now finds himself mired in. But his tactic of consorting only with his cult devotees in the media is unlikely to get him out of trouble. in fact, it’s only going to insure that his perception of the world remains utterly delusional.

RELATED: TRUTH THIS: More Americans – Including 25% of Republicans – Believe that Trump is Guilty

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Fox News Senior Trump-Fluffer, Maria Bartiromo, Grills DeSantis on a Flurry of Fake Scandals

The Republican presidential primary is fulfilling its promise to be this season’s most stupendous circus of silliness and psychopathy. It features a cast of Lilliputian candidates who are fighting to see who can be the most solicitous toward the GOP’s Dear Leader, Donald Trump.

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The only contender so far to have slithered out of single digits, other than Trump, is Florida’s aspiring authoritarian, Ron DeSantis, who is managing to lose to both Trump and Mickey Mouse. The DeSantis strategy appears to be focused on capturing the segment of the Republican electorate that thinks that Trump isn’t fascist enough and has too much charisma.

RELATED: DeSantis Issues a Fascist Fatwa on Fox News to ‘Destroy Leftism’ – Meaning Millions of Americans

The DeSantis obsession with what he calls the “woke mind virus” has compelled him to reference that wholly manufactured disease in at least every other sentence. And on Sunday morning he took that anti-woke road show to Fox News, where he spends more time than he does in Tallahassee.

However, on this occasion, DeSantis came face to face with Fox’s most Trump-loving host, Maria Bartiromo. And she greeted him with something that was more of a confrontation than an interview. Each utterance of her repeated inquiries as to what DeSantis would do was like a challenge that assumed he wouldn’t do anything significant (video below).

“I think one of the reasons that Donald Trump is in the lead is because of the corruption and the unfairness of our justice system. I want to know what you’re going to do. What are you going to do about the fact that the FBI worked with Twitter to censor information, amplify lies and suppress truth? What are you going to do about this influence peddling that we see is in plain sight that the Biden family has been doing allegedly, for now, more than a decade? What can you do to straighten things out now that Americans are sick and tired of the corruption they see in plain sight?”

To support her undisguised bias in favor of Trump, Bartiromo’s question enumerated a series of fictional scandals. The first of which was her belief that the American justice system is corrupt and unfair simply because it has recently endeavored to hold Trump accountable for his multitude of crimes. That’s straight out of Trump’s hyperbolic and hostile “Playbook of Pathetic and Vicious Victimhood.”

SEE THIS: Trump Says ‘Deranged’ Special Counsel Staged Photo of Trump with Suspected Obama Stalker

Bartiromo continued with her inquisition asserting such fallacies as “the FBI worked with Twitter to censor information.” That was proved to be a flagrant lie promoted by Elon Musk and Fox News. Then she alleged that there was “influence peddling” by the Biden family “that we see is in plain sight.” Which was just another evidence-free conspiracy theory advanced by Republicans in Congress. And finally, Bartiromo whined that the American people are “sick and tired of the corruption” that she attributes to the Biden administration. The nation is indeed sick and tired of corruption, but most Americans believe that it is Trump who is responsible for it.

SEE ALSO: TRUTH THIS: More Americans – Including 25% of Republicans – Believe that Trump is Guilty

For his part, DeSantis responded to Bartiromo by dodging every one of her questions. He never said what he would actually do about any the phony issues she raised. He merely agreed with her allegations and muttered vaguely that he would fix whatever the heck she thought was wrong.

“”We will end the weaponization of government, […] And I look back at like the Hunter Biden censorship, which was a huge, huge deal to happen in the 2020 election. And yet, you know, those were Donald Trump’s own agencies that were colluding with big tech.”

What wasn’t said was that everything that DeSantis and Bartiromo are complaining about took place during the Trump administration by people that he appointed. So in effect, they are alleging that Trump colluded against himself. It’s a bold and bizarre strategy. But it’s the only one they have. And while it might work on Trump’s cult disciples, it will further alienate the rest of the electorate. So expect more of the same as the primary proceeds. And enjoy the battle between DeSantis and Trump as they try to out-crazy each other.

RELATED: GOP Presidential Poll Reveals Why Ron DeSantis is the Only 2024 Opponent that Trump is Attacking

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Anticipating Failure? Fox News is Already Gaslighting About Imaginary Election Fraud in 2024

The 2024 election cycle has barely begun. There has not yet been a single primary. Many expected candidates haven’t officially announced their plans. No debates have been scheduled. In fact, it hasn’t even been established if there will be debates or who will participate.

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However, the Republican National Committee has been preparing the field for an utterly useless debate season. For instance, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel has decreed that GOP presidential candidates will be prohibited from participating in the RNC’s debates if they agree to any debates sponsored by the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates. She is also demanding that all candidates sign a pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee. And she actually believes that Donald Trump would honor such a pledge, which he has broken in the past.

RELATED STORY: RNC Chair Thinks Trump Would Honor a Pledge to Support the GOP Nominee if it Isn’t Him

In light of this emerging melodrama, Fox News is leapfrogging the debates, primaries, and general election campaigning, and starting early to invalidate whatever the results of the 2024 election might be. Fox has apparently determined that there is no reason to wait until they’ve already lost next November before starting to whine about election fraud and stirring up future violent insurrections?

To that end, Fox News Senior Trump-fluffer, Maria Bartiromo, invited Newt Gingrich on her Sunday morning propaganda program to gaslight their viewers and set the stage for another effort to undermine democracy. Which led to the following exchange…

Bartiromo: Are the Republicans doing enough to ensure a free and fair election in 2024?
Gingrich: Well, I think it’s almost impossible, under current law, to ensure an accurate election. And I think the only Republican strategy in the long run is to pick issues and win by margins so big that they can’t steal them. If you have a very close election Democrats have a passion for stealing them.”

First of all, the assertion by Gingrich that current law makes it “almost impossible” to have an accurate election is based on nothing more than his reality-challenged imagination. He never bothers to cite which laws he’s referring to. And he is ignoring recent history wherein the allegations of election fraud in 2020 by Trump and his confederates (including Gingrich himself) were universally debunked in more than sixty court cases. They were never able to produce a shred of evidence that any voting irregularities occurred.

Gingrich also engages in textbook projection, wherein he accuses his foes of that for which he and his GOP cohorts are guilty. It is the Republican Party that has exhibited a “passion” for “stealing” close elections by filing frivolous lawsuits to invalidate legitimate votes and voters. And more often than not, it is the GOP that has been caught attempting to commit election fraud.

That said, Gingrich should be encouraged to promote a strategy for Republicans of picking issues with which they can win by big margins. Because he’s been so good at it before. Republicans continue to be convinced that harsh anti-abortion laws, racist immigration policies, pandering to corporations and the wealthy, befouling the planet, and manufactured outrages against buzzwords like CRT, DEI, and “wokism” are the key to their electoral triumphs going forward. Those would all be great subjects for the debates with Democrats next year If Trump doesn’t chicken out.

For his part, Trump has already questioned why he should be bothered with debating his nomination opponents. He is presenting himself as the inevitable victor whose “approval” is required before any debates can be scheduled. “I see that everybody is talking about the Republican Debates, but nobody got my approval,” Trump raged on his floundering Twitter ripoff, Truth Social.

Trump continued saying that, “When you’re leading by seemingly insurmountable numbers, and you have hostile Networks with angry, TRUMP & MAGA hating anchors asking the ‘questions,’ why subject yourself to being libeled and abused?” Which is just his way saying that he’s scared of debating and would rather continue libeling and abusing his foes from the safety of his website and his Mar-a-Lago bunker. Then, with the help of Fox News and flunkies like Gingrich, he can cry about the election being “rigged and stolen” from him again.

SEE THIS: Trump Announces that He’s Afraid to Debate Republicans for the 2024 Presidential Nomination

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