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Indicted Election Clerk Says Lauren Boebert ‘Encouraged’ Her To Commit 10 Crimes

An election clerk in Mesa County, Colorado who has been charged with 10 criminal counts claims that she committed the violations after being “encouraged” to do so by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).

Tina Peters, according to a report from The New York Times, has in the past made bogus allegations that the 2020 election was stolen, fueling right-wing conspiracy theories that failed, one-term former president Donald Trump was the victor, even though multiple recounts and election audits in several key battleground states have yet to uncover a shred of evidence that would support any voter fraud:

“Ms. Peters was indicted on 10 criminal counts related to the effort to copy voting equipment software, including attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation, conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, identity theft and first-degree official misconduct.”

Peters now claims that what she did was at the behest of Boebert, alleging that the congresswoman “encouraged me to go forward with the imaging” of voting machines.

A spokesperson for Boebert denied that Peters insisted the election clerk was making false claims.

In the past, however, Bobert has been supportive of Peters, remarking in a statement she issued:

“Many of the constituents I represent have expressed concern about the ongoing investigation into Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters. At my request, I recently received a briefing from District Attorney Dan Rubinstein. He addressed my concerns about the involvement of the FBI and the absolute necessity for the presumption of innocence to be extended to all of those being investigated. As many of you know, I have been a vocal opponent of the overreach and targeted nature of the FBI’s activities on a national level. It was clear from our conversation that the District Attorney is being responsible in his approach and conducting his work in as timely and professional a manner as possible, as well as providing local oversight of the FBI’s role. I will continue to be briefed as the investigation proceeds and can reassure everyone that I will continue to advocate for fairness, timeliness, and strict adherence to the proper investigative process.”

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Matt Gaetz Keeps A Framed Article About The Sex Trafficking Allegations Against Him In His Office

Consider the following scenario: You’re under investigation for a heinous crime involving the sexual exploitation of underage girls, a crime for which you could well spend the rest of your life in prison.

Having been suspected of such a crime, would you frame a newspaper detailing your alleged deeds and keep in your office for all the world to see?

If you said there’s no way you would ever frame such a thing and display it, then you’re normal.

Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, however, is far from normal, and now we have proof of just what a freak he is thanks to a revealing article from Molly Ball of Time, who recently spent a few days with Gaetz and his cohort, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and what she found out is not only eye-opening, it’s downright disturbing at times.

The MAGA Squad has spent the past year building their power, and now they’re preparing to wield it. If McCarthy—or any other Republican—wants to be Speaker, he’s going to have to go through them. And he’s not getting their votes without meeting their demands, which could include things like prosecuting Fauci, ousting Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, or even impeaching President Biden. The purpose, they say, isn’t amassing power for themselves. It’s shaping the agenda—and reshaping what the Republican Party stands for.

And then there’s the portion of Ball’s article about Gaetz keeping that framed news article about the sexual trafficking allegations. The article, it should be noted, was autographed by none other than failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump. How’s that for irony? Apparently suspected sexual predators have great admiration for each other:

Greene and Gaetz make small talk as his staffers set up the livestream on Rumble, a conservative-friendly social-media site. “On two Sunday shows, they had a big discussion of how irrelevant we are,” Gaetz confides to Greene, who sits next to him at a long table surrounded by klieg lights. On the wall of the cramped congressional-office-turned-podcast studio, there’s a black-and-white poster for S.J. “Jerry” Gaetz, the congressman’s grandfather, that dubs him “North Dakota’s Most Progressive Mayor.” In a glass display case, there’s a handwritten note from President Trump, scribbled in Sharpie on an article about Gaetz defending himself against a federal sex-trafficking probe involving the transportation of a 17-year-old across state lines. “Matt, This is Great,” Trump wrote. “Keep fighting – You will WIN!”

What does Gaetz hope to accomplish before he is likely indicted on charges of sexual trafficking? To hear him tell it, he just wants to try and transform the GOP into a MAGA cult, even though he didn’t use that word:

“I need backup,” Gaetz says. “If I don’t get a bunch of folks through these primaries and into this expected Republican majority—if [the new GOP members] are all just here to cash the lobbyist checks, shuttle the PAC money to leadership and earn their frivolous attaboys along the way—I don’t have much of a fighting force.”

Make no mistake. Gaetz and Greene both want more power, and if they get it, this country will be a much crueler and dumber place as a result.

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Trump Facing Fraud Charges After Bilking Supporters Out Of $250 Million For Bogus ‘Election Defense Fund’

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol revealed Monday that failed, one-term former president Donald Trump likely committed yet another crime in connection with his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Senior investigative counsel Amanda Wick noted:

“The Trump campaign knew that these claims of voter fraud were false yet they continued to barrage small-dollar donors with emails encouraging them to donate to something called the ‘Official Election Defense Fund.’ The select committee discovered no such fund existed.”

Committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) also touched on the subject of the bogus defense fund:

“Mr. Chairman, at this time I would ask for unanimous consent to include in the record a video presentation describing how President Trump used the lies he told to raise millions of dollars from the American people. These fund-raising schemes were also part of the effort to disseminate the false claims of election fraud.”

That means Trump and anyone else associated with the fake election defense fund can be charged with wire fraud, according to former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, who explained on MSNBC:

“If [Trump] is using a lie as a false pretense to collect money from people, that could also be a charge of wire fraud, so, in that way, we may have seen an expansion of the potential liability here.”

Wire fraud, it should be noted, is defined as:

Wire fraud occurs when interstate wirings are used in furtherance of a criminal act. In order for a defendant to be convicted under 18 U.S.C. 1343 for committing wire fraud, the follow elements must be satisified: (1) the defendant must have been engaged in a scheme to defraud; (2) the scheme must have involved material misstatements or omissions; (3) the scheme resulted, or would have resulted upon completion, in the loss of money, property, or honest services; (4) the defendant must have used interstate wirings in furtherance of scheme to defraud; and (5) the defendant used or caused the use of interstate wirings.

The crimes allegedly committed by Trump continue to mount.

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Lauren Boebert Under Criminal Investigation After Reimbursing Herself $22K For Driving 38,000 Miles!

Even if she does manage to win reelection in November, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) may wind up spending more of her second term in a courtroom than the nation’s capital because she’s about to be put under the microscope by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.

The New York Times reports that Boebert is being investigated because she allegedly ““inflated the mileage she logged on the campaign trail in 2020 and then used more than $20,000 in reimbursements from donors to pay off years of tax liens on her restaurant.”

If it can be proven that Boebert did indeed use campaign funds to pay off tax liens, she could be forced to repay the money and also be sent to prison.

The complaint against Boebert was filed by the same group that recently helped take down Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) in his primary, American Muckrakers PAC, and one of its leaders, David B. Wheeler, is making it clear he wants to see the same fate for Boebert, remarking:

“We helped fire Madison Cawthorn. Now it’s Lauren Boebert’s turn.

“I think we’re gonna go after Lauren Boebert in Colorado in a similar way. I think we’re gonna engage in that race pretty quickly.”

The claims Boebert made about how many miles she allegedly traveled are nothing short of absurd:

The allegations have bounced around liberal circles since The Denver Post first reported in February 2021 that Ms. Boebert had cashed two checks from her campaign totaling $22,259 for mileage reimbursement, a figure that equated to 38,712 miles — well more than 24,901-mile circumference of the planet.

The Denver Post also explained just how ridiculous Boebert’s reimbursement claim is:

“Boebert would have had to drive 36,870 miles in just over seven months between April 1 and Nov. 11 to justify the second payment. Boebert’s reimbursements to herself in one year eclipse her predecessor’s reimbursements over 10 years.”

Boebert’s predecessor, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), reimbursed himself “$9,797 from campaign coffers for all travel expenses — including airfare — during a decade representing the same district.

Could it be any clearer that Boebert has used her campaign (and potentially her time in office) to grift off taxpayers, the very same thing her political idol, failed one-term former President Donald Trump, did during his four years in office?

Additionally, Mediaite notes that Boebert’s actions would leave her open to criminal charges on two fronts:

The investigation takes on an additional level of potential criminality as Boebert is accused of using the reimbursed funds to pay off tax liens filed against her restaurant. The Times notes that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment filed liens totaling $20,000 against Boebert “from August 2016 to February 2020 for failure to pay unemployment premiums on her business, Shooters Grill.”

“As you are both fully aware, utilizing an illegal source of funds or ill-gotten funds to pay off a tax lien is illegal in Colorado and under federal law. That is the very definition of ill-gotten funds,” reads the Muckrakers complaint to Colorado’s attorney general.

Maybe, when all is said and done, Boebert will also lose her restaurant, Shooters Grill. That would be the ultimate in karmic justice.

 

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Former Impeachment Attorney: Donald Trump Will Be Indicted By The DOJ For His Role In Jan. 6

An attorney who served as co-counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during the first impeachment and trial of President Donald Trump in 2020 says he’s convinced that the Justice Department under Attorney General Merrick Garland will indeed indict failed, one-term former President Donald Trump for the role he played in the January 6 attack on the Capitol and attempt to overturn the results of the last presidential election.

Norm Eisen appeared on Michael Cohen’s “Mea Culpa” podcast, and discussed the upcoming public hearings of the House Select Committee on the January 6 attack, noting that the panel is clearly ready to lay out what they’ve found as a result of their investigation.

With the indictment of former Trump administration trade adviser Peter Navarro having taken place late last week, Eisen told Cohen:

“I do think that Merrick Garland is going to — well there’s already signs that they’re working their way up the ladder.”

What good did it do to indict Navarro for contempt of Congress, Cohen asked Eisen, adding:

“What more do you need? I don’t think the DOJ is any better now than under Trump.”

But Eisen wasn’t buying into Cohen’s cynicism, making a bold prediction about what he sees happening:

“Garland is a man of integrity. I believe that the career prosecutors are investigating these cases are going to take a hard look because the evidence substantiates the existence of federal crimes against Trump or those around him. And if it does, they’re going to make a recommendation. He’s not going to play politics.”

Garland is indeed a man of integrity, and that’s why he’s exactly the sort of attorney general this country needed after the stench left behind at the DOJ by Jeff Sessions and William Barr, both of whom were little more than lapdogs for Trump.

The Jan. 6 committee’s first public hearing — which will be held this Thursday and televised on every network in prime time — should tell us exactly what to expect from Garland and the DOJ, and based on early reporting, the opening night will feature videotaped testimony from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, both of who could sink the twice-impeached ex-president, according to the Washington Post:

The committee also has video recordings of interviews with Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, that some inside the process believe will make for gripping television. Although the committee has not made a final decision, people familiar with the investigation believe the panel will screen footage of testimony from Ivanka Trump and Kushner — including Trump’s account of her father’s actions in the West Wing on Jan. 6.

A source close to the committee told The Post:

“Everybody will pay attention when Jared and Ivanka talk on video.”

Everybody will include the DOJ and the attorney general.