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  • Witness Testimony Helps Prosecutors Advance Trump Election Case
    Without fanfare, the Justice Department’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election is approaching an important milestone.

    After nearly nine months of behind-the-scenes clashes, Trump’s lawyers have largely lost their battle to limit testimony from some of his closest aides to a federal grand jury. The decisions, in a string of related cases, represent an almost total failure by Trump to constrain the reach of the inquiry and have strengthened the position of Jack Smith, the special counsel overseeing the investigation, as he builds an accounting of the former president’s efforts to retain power after his defeat at the polls.

    Having lost their challenges to grand jury subpoenas and largely failed to limit the scope of their testimony with assertions of executive and attorney-client privilege, a last group of aides is now being forced to answer questions.

    On Tuesday, it was Stephen Miller, an adviser and top speechwriter for Trump, who showed up in U.S. District Court in Washington and spent several hours in front of the grand jury. On Thursday, it was John Ratcliffe, the former director of national intelligence. The process could culminate near the end of this month with an appearance by former Vice President Mike Pence.

    While questions linger over pending appeals and potential efforts by some of the witnesses to delay things further by invoking the Fifth Amendment, the developments suggest that Smith is close to finishing the fact-finding phase of his work and is moving closer to a decision about seeking charges against Trump and others.

    There are no clear indications about when Smith might decide about charges in the case, but he faces pressure on several fronts to keep the process moving.

    The political season could be a consideration: The 2024 presidential race is heating up, with Trump still regarded as the front-runner for the Republican nomination, and the first debate of the GOP primary season has been scheduled for August.

    On the legal front, the looming decision by a district attorney in Georgia, Fani Willis, on whether to seek indictment of Trump on charges related to his efforts to overturn his election loss has placed added pressure on Smith, who must decide whether allowing another prosecutor to go first with similar charges could complicate any prosecution he pursues.

    “The speed of the Georgia state investigation increases the pressure on Jack Smith to move with alacrity and to get his witnesses before the federal grand jury now,” said John P. Fishwick Jr., a Barack Obama appointee who served as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia from 2015 to 2017. “Once the state indictment comes down, it can really bog down the DOJ investigation.”

    Among those who have worked with him, Smith is seen as a diligent manager bent on collecting the information needed to make a decision while remaining cognizant of the time pressures and the highly partisan atmosphere in which he is operating.

    In his first and only public comments — a statement emailed to reporters shortly after his appointment in November — he vowed that the pace of his Trump investigations would “not pause or flag,” noting that he would “move the investigations forward expeditiously and thoroughly to whatever outcome the facts and the law dictate.”

    Smith is also overseeing the parallel investigation into Trump’s handling of classified information after leaving office and whether the former president obstructed government efforts to reclaim the materials.

    Attorney General Merrick Garland, who will ultimately make the decision on whether to indict Trump, has told associates that he will not overrule Smith’s judgment, whatever it turns out to be, unless he believes the special counsel has deviated from departmental standards and procedures.

    Garland, and his top deputy Lisa Monaco, have publicly projected an air of detachment from the case, but they have been following developments in the privilege fights that have been playing out in the federal courthouse that sits just a few blocks from their office. They have been receiving regular briefings from aides who are getting updates from members of Smith’s team, according to two people familiar with the situation.

    The legal battles over privilege began well before Smith was appointed to the special counsel post and have pitted two powerful forces against each other.

    In the course of the investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, federal prosecutors have subpoenaed an army of Trump’s former aides in an effort to have the grand jury hear as many firsthand accounts as possible of his behavior in the White House in the days leading up to the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

    Trump’s lawyers have countered by asserting that any adviser close to the former president should not have to answer certain questions in front of the grand jury because of attorney-client privilege, which protects communications between lawyers and those they represent, and executive privilege, which shields some communications between the president and members of his administration.

    Among the first people to engage in this debate were Marc Short and Greg Jacob, two of Pence’s top aides, who went into the grand jury in July and asserted privilege in response to certain questions, prompting prosecutors to file motions compelling their full testimony. Setting a pattern for the months that followed, Trump’s lawyers fought those motions but ultimately lost their case in front of Beryl Howell, then the chief federal judge in Washington, and subsequently in front of a federal appeals court.

    With the privilege waived, Short and Jacob testified for a second time in October. They were followed two months later by Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin, the two top lawyers in Trump’s White House, who went through the same process.

    The fight dragged on into this year as another round of aides — including Miller; Dan Scavino, a onetime deputy chief of staff; and Scavino’s boss, Mark Meadows, Trump’s final chief of staff — all tried, and failed, to assert forms of privileges. The last skirmish took place just a couple of weeks ago when a new chief judge, James E. Boasberg, turned down efforts to limit Pence’s testimony.

    While getting these witnesses in front of the grand jury has been challenging and time consuming, the accounts they have given — or will eventually give — are only a fraction of the total body of evidence that Smith and his predecessors have gathered.

    Well before Smith arrived, another prosecutor, Thomas Windom, obtained grand jury testimony from pro-Trump figures like Ali Alexander, who organized several prominent “Stop the Steal” events, and from a wide array of state officials involved in a plan to create fake slates of pro-Trump electors in swing states that were actually won by President Joe Biden.

    Windom, who now works with Smith, also oversaw the seizure of phones from lawyers close to Trump, including John Eastman, Jeffrey Clark and Boris Epshteyn. Mike Roman, a campaign strategist who was the director of Election Day operations for the Trump campaign in 2020, also had his phone seized under Windom’s watch.

    Other prosecutors who now work with the special counsel began an inquiry before Smith arrived into Save America PAC, a fundraising operation that Trump created after his loss in the election. As part of that investigation, dozens of subpoenas have been issued to companies that have received money from the political action committee, including some law firms.
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    So nice to have quiet professionalism return to the DoJ
    “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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    • Well, well well, who'd have thought it. Fox news has reached an 11th hour 'settlement' in the defamation suit brought against it by Dominion Voting systems. The settlement was worth 787 million of the 1.6 billion in the original statement of claim. Personally I would have liked to see Fox pay out more but its still a kick in the balls to Fox's (and Rupert's) bottom line. And of course for Dominion 787 million is still a good amount of change.

      In a statement released after the settlement was announced Fox stated that “we acknowledge” the court’s earlier ruling that certain claims that the network’s anchors made about Dominion were false. No doubt made through gritted teeth and with every senior executive and the Murdoch family trying to pretend the whole thing never happened!

      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/...efamation-case

      I wonder whats going to happen with Smartmatic's case now?
      Last edited by Monash; 19 Apr 23,, 01:10.
      If you are emotionally invested in 'believing' something is true you have lost the ability to tell if it is true.

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      • Originally posted by Monash View Post
        I wonder whats going to happen with Smartmatic's case now?
        I was just thinking the same thing

        Fox got off so lightly. The settlement should've included an admission of wrongdoing but that would never have happened, for several reasons.
        “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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        • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post

          I was just thinking the same thing

          Fox got off so lightly. The settlement should've included an admission of wrongdoing but that would never have happened, for several reasons.
          I'm not across the details of the case but if Fox made similar claims about Smartmatic's voting machines to the ones they made about Dominion's (and I'm pretty sure they did) then Fox is almost certain to settle - and sign another large cheque in the process. Hopefully along with another admission that the main claims made in their reports were false.
          Last edited by Monash; 19 Apr 23,, 06:56.
          If you are emotionally invested in 'believing' something is true you have lost the ability to tell if it is true.

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          • Originally posted by Monash View Post

            I'm not across the details of the case but if Fox made similar claims about Smartmatic's voting machines to the ones they made about Dominion's (and I'm pretty sure they did) then Fox is almost certain to settle - and sign another large cheque in the process. Hopefully along with another admission that the made in their reports were false.
            As if on cue....

            Fox News' settlement with Dominion doesn't mean the risk of embarrassment is over, with Smartmatic saying it 'remains committed' to its own defamation case against the network
            • Smartmatic "remains committed" to holding Fox News responsible for alleged defamation.
            • The company made the statement following Fox News' $787 million settlement with Dominion on Tuesday.
            • Smartmatic sued Fox News for defamation in 2021 and is seeking $2.7 billion in damages.
            Fox News may have avoided — for now — the messy drama of its prime-time personalities being questioned over their false claims about voter fraud and the 2020 election. But another company suing it for defamation said Tuesday that it "remains committed" to holding the media outlet accountable for what it says are the harms it has caused to democracy around the globe.

            By settling with Dominion Voting Systems on the first day of a planned trial in Delaware, Fox News — for the sum of $787.5 million — avoided the possibility that hosts such as Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity would have to take the stand and answer questions about whether they truly believed the opinions they espoused on television. The judge in the case had already ruled that Fox News had aired demonstrably false claims about Dominion, which originally sought $1.6 billion in damages. (In a statement, Fox News acknowledged the false statements and said the settlement reflected its "commitment to the highest journalistic standards.")

            Despite ending in a settlement, the Dominion case seriously damaged Fox News' reputation and embarrassed the likes of Carlson, for example, who it was revealed had tried to have a reporter at the network fired for accurately reporting that the 2020 election was not stolen. In internal deliberations, producers and executives admitted that the vote wasn't rigged but expressed concern that they would lose their audience to far-right competitors if they did not promote former President Donald Trump's false claims.

            The risk of further embarrassment has not been completely avoided, however.

            In February 2021, Smartmatic, which sells electronic voting technology, also sued Fox News and those who appeared on the network — including Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell — for defamation, claiming the network had "damaged democracy worldwide" by airing false reports suggesting the company had "fixed and rigged the 2020 election."

            Smartmatic was the subject of conspiracy theories, many hinging on its connection to Venezuela, with Powell claiming it had helped rig elections there. In fact, Smartmatic blew the whistle on fraud in Venezuela, revealing in 2017 that President Nicolas Maduro had "manipulated" the vote for a new, extra-constitutional assembly.

            In a statement on Tuesday, an attorney for Smartmatic credited Dominion's litigation with shedding light on Fox News' internal deliberations — and promised more of the same.

            "Dominion's litigation exposed some of the misconduct and damage caused by Fox's disinformation campaign," J. Erik Connolly, an attorney at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff said in a statement. "Smartmatic will expose the rest."

            The company is seeking $2.7 billion in damages. In addition to Powell and Giuliani, its lawsuit lists Fox News anchors Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro as defendants; Lou Dobbs, a host who left the network in 2021, is also named.

            In February, a New York appeals court, in a 5-0 decision, rejected Fox News' effort to have the case dismissed and ruled that Giuliani and Pirro could remain as defendants. It also opened the door to adding Fox News' parent company, the Fox Corporation, as a defendant. No trial date has been set.


            Smartmatic's case against Powell was last year moved to a court in Washington, DC.

            "Smartmatic remains committed to clearing its name, recouping the significant damage done to the company, and holding Fox accountable for undermining democracy," Connolly said.

            A spokesperson for Fox News did not immediately return a request for comment. In February, however, a spokesperson for the company told Insider the lawsuit was a threat to free speech and a "flagrant attempt to deter our journalists from doing their jobs."

            Before settling with Dominion, Fox News' public relations team said the same thing.

            ________
            “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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            • Somewhere a defense lawyer is slowly banging his head against a book case of law books...

              https://www.cnn.com/2023/04/20/polit...ion/index.html


              My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell ordered to follow through with $5 million payment to expert who debunked his false election data


              By Sara Murray, CNN

              Updated 10:10 AM EDT, Thu April 20, 2023

              Washington CNN —

              My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has been ordered to shell out $5 million to an expert who debunked his data related to the 2020 election, according to a decision by the arbitration panel obtained by CNN.

              Lindell, a purveyor of election conspiracies, vowed to award the multimillion-dollar sum to any cyber security expert who could disprove his data. An arbitration panel awarded Robert Zeidman, who has decades in software development experience, a $5 million payout on Wednesday after he sued Lindell over the sum.
              CNN has obtained arbitration documents and video depositions, including a deposition of Lindell, related to the dispute.

              “Based on the foregoing analysis, Mr. Zeidman performed under the contract,” the arbitration panel wrote in its decision. “He proved the data Lindell LLC provided, and represented reflected information from the November 2020 election, unequivocally did not reflect November 2020 election data. Failure to pay Mr. Zeidman the $5 million prized was a breach of the contract, entitling him to recover.”
              The decision marks yet another blow to the MyPillow CEO’s credibility after he publicly touted unproven claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Lindell has also faced defamation suits related to his election claims.
              “The lawsuit and verdict mark another important moment in the ongoing proof that the 2020 election was legal and valid, and the role of cybersecurity in ensuring that integrity,” said Brian Glasser, founder of Bailey & Glasser, LLP, who represented Zeidman. “Lindell’s claim to have 2020 election data has been definitively disproved.”
              In a brief phone interview with CNN, Lindell said “this will end up in court” and slammed the media and professed the need to get rid of electronic voting machines.
              Lindell convened a so-called “cyber symposium” in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 2021, designed to showcase the data he claimed to have obtained related to the 2020 election. He invited journalists, politicians and cybersecurity experts to attend.
              “The symposium was to get the big audience and have all the media there and then they – the cyber guys – saying yes this data is from the 2020 election and you better look at how they intruded into our machines, our computers, and that was the whole purpose,” Lindell said in a deposition obtained by CNN.

              He also announced a “Prove Mike Wrong Challenge” – in which anyone who could prove his data was unrelated to the 2020 election could win the multimillion payout – to get more traction in the media for his election fraud claims.

              “I thought, well what if I put up a $5 million challenge out there, then it would get news, which it did,” Lindell said in the deposition. “So, then you got some attention.”

              Zeidman signed up for the challenge, agreed to its contractual terms and discovered Lindell’s data to be largely nonsensical.

              While Lindell has made a variety of outlandish and unproven claims about the 2020 election, such as insisting foreign governments infiltrated voting machines, the arbitration panel made clear its judgment was solely focused on whether the data Lindell provided to experts was related to the 2020 election.

              “The Contest did not require participants to disprove election interference. Thus, the contestants’ task was to prove the data presented to them was not valid data from the November 2020 election,” the arbitration panel wrote.

              “The Panel was not asked to decide whether China interfered in the 2020 election. Nor was the Panel asked to decide whether Lindell LLC possessed data that proved such interference, or even whether Lindell LLC had election data in its possession,” according to the arbitration panel. “The focus of the decision is on the 11 files provided to Mr. Zeidman in the context of the Contest rules.”

              The panel’s decision ticked through each of the data files provided Zeidman, determining repeatedly that the data was unrelated to the 2020 election.

              It’s unclear when or if Zeidman will ever be able to collect his payout. Lindell recently told right-wing podcaster and former Trump administration official Steve Bannon that his company took out nearly $10 million in loans as he battles defamation suits related to his false election claims.

              During his deposition, Lindell said he was never concerned someone might actually win the challenge.

              “No, because they have to show it wasn’t from 2020 and it was,” Lindell said, chuckling.

              “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
              Mark Twain

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              • DOWN GOES FRAZIER!!
                DOWN GOES FRAZIER!!!!
                DOWN GOES FRAZIER!!!!!!

                https://www.cnn.com/2023/04/24/media...ews/index.html


                Tucker Carlson out at Fox News

                By Oliver Darcy and Marshall Cohen, CNN

                Updated 12:02 PM EDT, Mon April 24, 2023



                Tucker Carlson speaks during 2022 FOX Nation Patriot Awards at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on November 17, 2022 in Hollywood, Florida.



                Jason Koerner/Getty Images/FILE
                CNN —
                Fox News and Tucker Carlson, the right-wing extremist who hosted the network’s highly rated 8pm hour, have severed ties, the network said in a stunning announcement Monday.
                The announcement came one week after Fox News settled a monster defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million over the network’s dissemination of election lies.
                Fox News said that Carlson’s last show was Friday, April 21.
                Tucker Carlson was a key figure in Dominion Voting Systems’ mammoth defamation lawsuit against Fox News, which the parties settled last week on the brink of trial for a historic $787 million.
                In some ways, Carlson played an outsized role in the litigation: Only one of the 20 allegedly defamatory Fox broadcasts mentioned in the lawsuit came from Carlson’s top-rated show. But, as CNN exclusively reported, he was set to be one of Dominion’s first witnesses to testify at trial. And his private text messages, which became public as part of the suit, reverberated nationwide.
                Dominion got its hands on Carlson’s group chat with fellow Fox primetime stars Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, and a trove of other messages from around the 2020 presidential election.
                These communications revealed that Carlson told confidants that he “passionately” hated former President Donald Trump and that Trump’s tenure in the White House was a “disaster.” He also used misogynistic terms to criticize pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell and reject her conspiracies about the 2020 election – even as those wild theories got airtime on Fox News.
                The lawsuit exposed how Carlson privately held a wholly different view than his on-air persona.
                Carlson did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.
                This is a developing story…

                “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
                Mark Twain

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                • Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
                  Tucker Carlson out at Fox News
                  I'm sure it was an amicable and mutual decision by all concerned.

                  Only question now is, which Fox personality will the Kremlin rely on to spread their propaganda now that Tucker is out?
                  “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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                    “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
                    Mark Twain

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                    • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post

                      I'm sure it was an amicable and mutual decision by all concerned.

                      Only question now is, which Fox personality will the Kremlin rely on to spread their propaganda now that Tucker is out?
                      He'll end up as the lead commentator on RT...cuts out the middleman.
                      “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
                      Mark Twain

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                      • Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post

                        He'll end up as the lead commentator on RT...cuts out the middleman.
                        Apparently the poor bastard didn't even know it was coming

                        Tucker Carlson Didn’t See It Coming

                        Tucker Carlson, who was apparently fired by Fox News today, had these final words on his show last Friday: “We’ll be back on Monday.”
                        “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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                        • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post

                          Apparently the poor bastard didn't even know it was coming
                          HAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHA HAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAH...

                          -takes breath-

                          HAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHA HAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAH AHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHH AAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAH AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHA HAHHA
                          “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
                          Mark Twain

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                          • Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
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                            Gooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllll
                            Trust me?
                            I'm an economist!

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                            • Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post

                              He'll end up as the lead commentator on RT...cuts out the middleman.
                              You rang?

                              Top Kremlin propagandist tells Tucker Carlson he should run for president and 'You are always welcome in Russia and Moscow'



                              Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson
                              • Vladimir Solovyov is a notorious Russian propagandist.
                              • He says Tucker Carlson should run for President of the United States.
                              • Back when Carlson had a Fox News show he would often parrot Kremlin talking points.
                              The US Department of State describes Vladimir Solovyov as perhaps "the most energetic Kremlin propagandist around today."

                              Solovyov is also, apparently, a Tucker Carlson fan.

                              On Telegram, Solovyov says that after he learned that Carlson and his long time cable network, Fox News, were parting ways, he sent him an email.

                              "You have our admiration and support in any endeavor you choose for yourself next, be it running for president of the United States (which you should totally do, by the way) or making an independent media project. We'll happily offer you a job if you wish to carry on as a presenter and host!"

                              Soloyvov also welcomed Carlson to visit Russia.

                              RT, the Russian state television network focused on a US audience, also appeared to offer Carlson a job today.

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                              Carlson is popular with Russian propagandists because, back when he had a show on Fox News, he would regularly use his air time to share points of view on the war in Ukraine that were eerily similar to Russian talking points.

                              Last year, he said the war, which was started by Russia when it invaded a neighboring independent country, was "designed to cause regime change in Moscow" and was also "payback for the 2016 election."

                              In March 2022, Mother Jones obtained a directive the Kremlin gave to state-friendly media outlets in Russia: "It is essential to use as much as possible fragments of broadcasts of the popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson."

                              Now that Carlson doesn't have a show, that directive will be more difficult for the next little while. But many of Carlson's American fans are very hopeful he'll end up on OANN or Newsmax soon.
                              _______
                              “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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                              • Second Trump-hired firm found 2020 fraud claims were ‘all false’

                                A second firm hired by the Trump campaign to investigate fraud in the 2020 election said all of Trump’s fraud claims were false, the firm’s founder told The Washington Post

                                The Trump campaign hired Simpatico Software Systems and its founder, Ken Block, to investigate fraud claims all over the country after the 2020 election.

                                “No substantive voter fraud was uncovered in my investigations looking for it, nor was I able to confirm any of the outside claims of voter fraud that I was asked to look at,” he told the Post. “Every fraud claim I was asked to investigate was false.”

                                Block said he recently met with special counsel Jack Smith, the federal investigator into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

                                Campaign finance records show the campaign paid Block’s firm about $750,000, starting just days after the election.

                                A similar firm, Berkeley Research Group, was hired by the Trump campaign to investigate fraud claims. Like Simpatico, Berkeley did not find evidence of fraud or that the election was stolen.

                                A Trump spokesperson did not address claims in the Post report, but he did deride its findings.

                                “This is nothing more than a targeted, politically motivated witch hunt against President Trump concocted to try and prevent the American people from returning him to the White House,” spokesperson Steven Cheung said. “Just like all the other fake hoaxes thrown at President Trump, this corrupt effort will also fail.”

                                Block did not specify which claims his firm investigated or what methods he used, citing Smith’s investigation.

                                He has repeatedly spoken publicly that Trump’s claims were false, recently cheering on a court order that MyPillow CEO and conservative figure Mike Lindell must pay up a $5 million promise to a man who disproved his false election conspiracies.
                                ___________

                                I forget, where did we land on this....? Oh right, several states violated the Constitution, and therefore Biden actually lost.
                                “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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