It’s a question many have asked since the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection was formed: Will former President Donald Trump be subpoenaed for his testimony, and if he is, will he actually have to give a deposition?
According to Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands), the answer is yes.
Plaskett appeared on MSNBC Saturday morning and was asked by host Ali Velshi:
Indeed, Trump was ordered earlier this week to give a videotaped deposition in a case involving some of his bodyguards assaulting protesters outside Trump Tower:
Former President Trump will be required to appear for a videotaped deposition in New York next week, a New York judge ruled Thursday.
“It is hereby ordered…Donald J. Trump shall appear for a deposition on October 15, 2021 at 10 a.m.,” wrote New York State Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez, ruling in favor of a group of Mexican human rights activists who sued Mr. Trump, his business, and his presidential campaign in 2015.
Considering the importance of the work being done by the Jan. 6 committee, it seems likely that a federal judge will also order Trump to give a deposition under oath to the House panel.
The few friends that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has left are terrified to send him text messages or other forms of electronic communications because they assume the FBI is monitoring every move the embattled congressman makes.
Business Insiderreports that the allegations that Gaetz may have sexually trafficked an underage girl have led many who know him to cut all ties:
Matt Gaetz’s friends think twice these days before texting the Florida Republican congressman. “They know that there’s a massive investigation going on,” one Gaetz friend told Insider. “That makes people hesitant to reach out.'”Another of Gaetz’s friends agreed, saying, “It’s a natural sort of reaction. No one wants to inject themselves into anything while there’s 16 dozen people looking into everything that comes into that phone.”
Back in April, Politico reported that federal agents had seized an iPhone belonging to Gaetz:
Gaetz’s predicament as the subject of a serious investigation became clearer this winter when federal agents executed a search warrant and seized his iPhone, according to interviews with three people who were told of the matter by Gaetz, who changed his phone number in late December. Around that time, the sources said, federal agents also seized his former girlfriend’s phone before she went into work in the morning. She declined comment.
Most of those who know Gaetz and the allegations against him are convinced it’s just a matter of time before he’s indicted, arrested, and put on trial on charges that could potentially send him to prison for the rest of his life:
Gaetz’s former classmates at William & Mary Law School recently received a save the date for their 15-year reunion next April. Some joked that Gaetz might attend with federal agents. His former law school classmates are “anticipating his indictment,” said one of his ex-classmates, said the report. For now, Florida politicos, Washington Republicans, and others who know Gaetz say they’re waiting to see what’s next in the legal drama, even though the headlines have died down. “Everybody’s kind of sitting back with popcorn,” said one Republican source who worked with Gaetz in Florida.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) seems to have a pathological need to draw attention to himself despite the fact that such attention usually comes back to bite him right on the ass.
Such is the case with a tweet Jordan sent out regarding vaccine mandates, according to Mediaite:
While many prominent conservatives have spoken out and even banned mandates against Covid-19, few have suggested there should be such prohibitions against all vaccine mandates. But on Tuesday, that’s appeared to be what Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) did, tweeting on Tuesday that his state should ban all vax mandates.
Really? All vaccine mandates should be banned? Does that include childhood vaccinations which keep our kids and school safe? Or would Jordan prefer if students were missing months of classroom time because they were constantly contracting one disease after another? Some would even wind up dead as a result, but at least the congressman would have an issue he could put on a bumper sticker.
That led Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) to fire off a devastating response to Jordan, referencing the sexual abuse scandal that took place while Jordan was a wrestling coach at Ohio State University. It has been alleged that Jordan knew abuse was taking place but didn’t report it to university administrators or the authorities:
That’s what you call burning someone down to the ashes on Twitter.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Sunday that he believes Google “tries to control our thoughts” with their search engine, which is used by more than 88% of Americans.
Appearing on the Fox News show “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy was told by host Maria Bartiromo:
Bartiromo seems to be referring to a report from Forbes that the Justice Department had asked Google to provide data on people who’d searched for the name or address of sexual assault victims. According to that article:
In 2019, federal investigators in Wisconsin were hunting men they believed had participated in the trafficking and sexual abuse of a minor. She had gone missing that year but had emerged claiming to have been kidnapped and sexually assaulted, according to a search warrant reviewed by Forbes. In an attempt to chase down the perpetrators, investigators turned to Google, asking the tech giant to provide information on anyone who had searched for the victim’s name, two spellings of her mother’s name and her address over 16 days across the year. After being asked to provide all relevant Google accounts and IP addresses of those who made the searches, Google responded with data in mid-2020, though the court documents do not reveal how many users had their data sent to the government.
What McCarthy failed to mention, however, is that anyone on the internet can use whatever search engine they choose. Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, and dozens of other sites are also available, and since Republicans are so fond of saying that the “free market” should decide who wins and loses when it comes to competition, a person makes a decision whether or not he or she goes with Google.
Granted, there are legitimate privacy concerns that need to be addressed, but to suggest that Google is trying to control our thoughts is absolutely ridiculous.
Maybe one day Kevin McCarthy can have someone explain how to him how the internet works. Of course, he probably still wouldn’t understand.
It’s been clear for some time now that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) isn’t very bright. Just about every single time she opens her mouth, Greene makes a horse’s ass of herself and proves that her understanding of most issues is superficial at best.
Green’s latest expression of gross stupidity comes as the congresswoman attacks Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.
Appearing on “Real America’s Voice,” Greene began ranting that she didn’t understand why the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin hasn’t been approved by the administration to treat COVID-19.
The reason, of course, is because Ivermectin has never been proven to be the least bit effective against coronavirus.
But according to Greene, Ivermectin is such a great drug that “it even won a Nobel Peace Prize.”
No. It didn’t.
In 2015, scientists William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for showing that Ivermectin is effective at treating infections caused by roundworm parasites.
But that wasn’t all of the idiocy Greene spewed. She also said this:
Yes, and maybe after that they can urge people to inject disinfectant the way the brainless fool who was the 45th president suggested people do to cleanse their bodies of the virus.
Why in the hell do morons like Marjorie Taylor Greene have no problem urging people to take dangerous medications yet refuse to call for everyone to get something as simple as a vaccine? Their outrage over what could truly help this country defeat COVID is nothing more than a way for them to stir up hatred and fear. And all they’re accomplishing is sending more Americans to hospital ICUs and the grave.