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Author Of The Steele Dossier Says The Pee Tape ‘Probably Does Exist’

Former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele — who provided information for the “Steele Dossier” — has finally decided to speak out and explain why he compiled the document and whether he believes the contents of the report are true.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, Steele admitted that parts of the dossier cannot be cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but the former MI6 agent says one of the most salacious details is indeed factual: The infamous “pee tape” of Donald Trump with two Russian prostitutes who urinated on a bed that had once been used for former President Barack Obama.

That led Stephanopoulos to inquire:

“So how do you explain if that tape does indeed exist, why hasn’t it been released?”

Steele:

“Well it hasn’t needed to be released?”

Stephanopoulos:

“Why not?”

Steele responded:

“Because I think the Russians felt they got pretty good value out of Donald Trump when he was president of the U.S.”

Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, said in his book, Disloyal, that he looked but never located the tape in Russia:

“But I do know that the decision to go to The Act in Vegas in 2012 was made by the Agalarovs and the Russian men certainly seemed hugely entertained in a venue that boasted golden showers and fairly bristled with the energy of sex for sale. They were the same men who hosted Trump in Moscow in 2013, so it doesn’t seem entirely impossible that the amusements of a golden shower were again part of the Boss’s festivities.”

The failed, one-term former president has repeatedly denied he ever engaged in such a scene with prostitutes while he was in Moscow, even referencing it recently:

In a private speech at [a Republican donor] retreat Thursday, Trump cast himself as the GOP’s savior, saying he had brought the party back from the brink of disaster and helped Republicans hold seats on Capitol Hill—failing to mention that the party lost the White House and control of both the House and Senate under his presidency. “It was a dying party, I’ll be honest. Now we have a very lively party,” he said, to a room of senators, donors and lobbyists, according to a recording of the event obtained by The Washington Post, before boasting of all the endorsements and telephone town halls he had done in the 2020 cycle.

In Trump’s address, one of the final events of the retreat, the former president focused on re-litigating grievances he has retained since leaving office…. Unprompted, he brought up an unsubstantiated claim he had interactions with prostitutes in Moscow before he ran for president. “I’m not into golden showers,” he told the crowd. “You know the great thing, our great first lady—‘That one,’ she said, ‘I don’t believe that one.’”

To paraphrase the Bard of Avon, The tangerine-tinted buffoon doth protest too much.

 

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Ex-DOJ Official Facing Disbarment And Criminal Charges For His Part In Trump’s ‘Election Subversion Scheme’

After it became clear that voters had chosen Joe Biden to be the next president, then-assistant attorney general Jeffrey Clark went into action at the Justice Department, actively trying to get states such as Arizona and Georgia to overturn their results and declare Donald Trump the winner, even though he had lost by an overwhelming margin.

Those actions, in what is being called a coordinated “election subversion scheme,” now have Clark facing disbarment and the possibility of being charged with criminal offenses for his efforts to interfere with the election, according to The Guardian:

The mounting scrutiny of the ex-assistant attorney general, who led the justice department’s environment division for almost two years and then ran its civil division, was provoked by a report from the Senate judiciary committee whose Democratic chairman, Richard Durbin, has asked the DC bar’s disciplinary counsel to examine Clark’s conduct and possibly sanction him.

The panel’s exhaustive 394-page report followed an eight-month inquiry, and included voluntary testimony from former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy, Richard Donoghue, revealing how Clark schemed privately with Trump about ways to pressure Rosen to help launch an inquiry into baseless charges of voting fraud in Georgia and other states that Joe Biden won.

Former DOJ inspector general Michael Bromwich says Clark clearly crossed the line and should indeed face sanctions for his actions:

“It’s no mystery why Clark is playing hard to get with Congress. He faces a meaningful threat of criminal liability based on the facts contained in the Senate report.

“The Senate report provides overwhelming evidence that Jeffrey Clark became a witting pawn of Trump’s in trying to launch a coup in the justice department, which would then serve as the launching pad for the broader coup whose aim was to overturn the results of the election.”

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) echoed Bromwich, noting:

“Either Jeffrey Clark was an enterprising sycophant looking to score points with a transactional president, or he was a cog in a much larger election-theft scheme. Clark’s testimony under oath will be very important to arrive at the full truth, which is why it’s very hard to imagine he avoids testifying – either before Congress or a grand jury.”

Testimony from Clark could also implicate others inside the administration — former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Mike Pence, and Trump — in the attempted coup that reached its apex on Jan. 6 when thousands of pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol and staged an illegal insurrection.

Additionally, if any members of Congress played a role in the Capitol attack and were part of the larger conspiracy, they too could be facing expulsion from Congress and referral to the Justice Department for criminal charges including sedition.

Those most likely to be implicated include Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX and Josh Hawley (R-MO), along with GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Jim Jordan (OH), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA).

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Pro-Trumper Who Lost Congressional Bid By 20 Points Now Claims She Won: ‘The Election Was Stolen’

 

Laura Loomer is a far right conspiracy theorist who also happens to be (surprise!) a fanatical supporter of failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump.

Loomer ran for a congressional seat in Florida during the 2020 election and got her clock cleaned, losing by over 80,000 votes, a full 20 points behind the Democrat, Rep. Lois Frankel, who emerged victorious in the 21st district of the Sunshine State.

But Loomer is now claiming (much like the orange menace who was once president) that she lost because the election was stolen from her.

Appearing on a podcast hosted by Joe Pags, Loomer had this to say:

“I won. I won, the election was stolen, just like it was stolen from Donald Trump. I won my election.”

Loomer’s comments set off a firestorm of ridicule on Twitter:

There’s an old expression, “Lose with dignity and celebrate with grace.” Clearly, Republicans have no idea what that means.

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#TrumpInHiding Trends After GOP Bars Donald From VA Governor Race

There’s an incredibly contentious (and closely watched) gubernatorial race taking place in the state of Virginia which pits Democrat Terry McAuliffe against Republican Glenn Youngkin, and it’s bringing lots of attention to the state as a possible harbinger of what can be expected in the 2022 midterm elections.

As you’d expect, Democrats have been sending their political stars to Virginia to campaign for McAuliffe. Among those who have made an appearance for the Democrat: President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden; former President Barack Obama; and Stacey Abrams.

You’d think the GOP would counter with the biggest name in their party, former President Donald Trump. But they haven’t, and Youngkin has taken great pains to distance himself from the Donald, The Hill reports:


Democrats are trolling Donald Trump over Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin’s efforts to distance himself from the former president, including by flying a plane near his Mar-a-Lago resort asking why Youngkin won’t let Trump campaign with him in Virginia.

Add to that a brilliant video from the good folks at MediasTouch, and what you have is a viral posting along with a trending hashtag on Twitter: #TrumpInHiding. Here’s the video:

Since that video was posted on social media, the new hashtag has been used nearly 32,000 times by Twitter users, sending it through the proverbial roof and no doubt enraging Trump, who can’t respond because he’s banned from Twitter and Facebook.

Want to see some of the tweets trolling Trump? Of course you do:

 

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New Poll Shows Arizona Democrats Are Ready To Replace Kyrsten Sinema

Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s refusal to support reform of the Senate filibuster and vote in favor of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda have her in big trouble with Democratic voters in the Grand Canyon state, according to a new poll which suggests that Sinema will likely face a primary challenge when she seeks reelection in 2024.

The poll, according to HuffPost, was conducted by the progressive group Data for Progress:

“Her opposition to President Biden’s agenda is setting her up for an incredibly tough Democratic primary,” said Sean McElwee, one of the co-founders of Data for Progress, while acknowledging that 2024 is a long way away. “She will be facing immense headwinds.”

Seventy percent of prospective 2024 primary voters have a negative opinion of Sinema, with just 24% expressing a positive view of the first-term senator. Nearly half have a “very unfavorable” opinion. For contrast, 85% of primary voters have a favorable opinion of Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), who is also in his first term.

The poll named four potential challengers to Sinema in a hypothetical Democratic primary: Rep. Ruben Gallego; Rep. Greg Stanton, the former mayor of Phoenix; Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego; and Tucson Mayor Regina Romero.

If those four were to run in a primary (which is unlikely), Gallego would garner 23% of the vote to Sinema’s 19% and Stanton’s 13%.

However, in head-to-head matchup with Sinema, all four of the challengers would best the current Arizona senator by double digits:

All four potential challengers have massive leads: Ruben Gallego leads Sinema 62% to 23%; Kate Gallego has a 60% to 25% edge; Stanton leads 59% to 24%; and Romero leads 55% to 26%.

President Biden could play a major role in the 2024 Arizona Senate primary, too, as he is still very popular with Democrats in the state. However, it’s unclear if the president would support a primary challenge to Sinema.

Other recent polls have also shown that Sinema is losing support among Democratic voters:

Morning Consult survey from earlier this month found that 46% of Democrats approved of her job performance, while 40% disapproved. Overall, voters were split on her performance, with 42% approving and 42% disapproving.

If Sinema does wind up preventing passage of Biden’s ambitious domestic agenda, 2024 could wind up being a very bad year for the incumbent senator.