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Ex-Staffer: Trump Believed China Was Aiming A ‘Hurricane Gun’ At The US

Remember Sharpiegate? It was the time failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump altered an official U.S. government map with a Sharpie marker in order to make it support his incorrect assertion that Alabama was predicted to take a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian in September of 2019.

However, it turns out that Trump had another connection to hurricanes that hasn’t been known until now.

Thanks to some excellent reporting from Rolling Stone, we now know that Trump also asked top White House officials if China was aiming a “hurricane gun” at the United States:

Near the beginning of Donald Trump’s time in office, the then-president had a pressing question for his national-security aides and administration officials: Does China have the secret technology — a weapon, even — to create large, man-made hurricanes and then launch them at the United States? And if so, would this constitute an act of war by a foreign power, and could the U.S. retaliate militarily? Then-President Trump repeatedly asked about this, according to two former senior administration officials and a third person briefed on the matter.

One former Trump official had this to say about the hurricane gun theory:

“It was almost too stupid for words. I did not get the sense he was joking at all.”

And Donald didn’t raise the issue once. He was obsessed with the notion, bringing it up almost every single time a hurricane struck the U.S.:

“The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, tell Rolling Stone that Trump began interrogating national-security officials and other staffers about the alleged weapon during the first year of his presidency, and his question would pop up sporadically until at least 2018. This patently boneheaded line of inquiry from Trump, which has not been previously reported, was merely one instance in an administration overflowing with Trump’s rampantly absurd, conspiracy-theory-powered ideas and policy proposals, many of which were ignored or shot down, thus avoiding additional atrocities.”

With talk already beginning about whether or not Trump will seek the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, it should be fun to hear how the failed ex-president tries to spin and/or deny the hurricane gun allegation. Maybe he can just grab a Sharpie and make the whole thing disappear.

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Jan. 6 Committee Finds A Brilliant Way Around Stonewalling By Former Trump Staffers

Some former staffers who served in the Trump administration have been more than a bit truculent when it comes to cooperating with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, despite the fact that they have been subpoenaed to do so and still face criminal contempt charges for failing to obey a legal subpoena.

But despite the recalcitrance of people such as former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to show up and testify, the committee has still found a way to get inside the offices of those former officials with a brilliant workaround, according to Politico:

Some of the select panel’s most crucial information has come from Trumpworld staffers, who were often in the room or briefed on sensitive meetings, even if they weren’t central players themselves. It’s a classic investigative strategy that’s paid dividends for select committee investigators, many of whom are seasoned former federal prosecutors.

Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) notes that staffers have been instrumental and shining a light on what their former bosses were doing behind the scenes to try and overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election:

“We are definitely taking advantage of the fact that most senior-level people in Washington depend on a lot of young associates and subordinates to get anything done. A lot of these people still have their ethics intact and don’t want to squander the rest of their careers for other people’s mistakes and corruption.”

Among the most notable staffers who have provided invaluable information to the committee are “Cassidy Hutchinson, a close adviser to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Ken Klukowski, who advised former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, have helped the select committee fill in gaps about Trump’s private meetings, calls and efforts to overturn the 2020 election that investigators could otherwise only obtain from the principal players themselves.”

That level of cooperation by those who worked for Meadows, Steve Bannon, and other top Trump officials makes committee members optimistic that they’ll be able to paint a full picture of who did what in the leadup to the violent storming of the Capitol that resulted in the deaths of five people, including a member of the Capitol Police Force.

Having as much detail as possible is essential as the select committee prepares to being public hearings in June, a move that could well seal the fate of several Trump staffers such as Meadows who were allegedly key players in the failed coup attempt, according to Raskin:

“Washington is a place where decision-makers will make decisions but it takes a staff to execute and implement them. Those people are not bound by the kinds of compromising political allegiances that their bosses are.”

Sounds like Meadows, Bannon, and even failed, one-term former President Donald Trump should be very worried.

 

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Ivanka Trump Played A Role In The Overturning Of Roe v. Wade: Report

Though it may sound absurd at first mention, it turns out that Ivanka Trump also played a small role in making sure that Roe v. Wade is on the verge of being overturned by the Supreme Court, according to a fascinating new article from the Washington Post.

According to the report, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had the Supreme Court on his mind when Trump was elected:

He soon called Donald McGahn, campaign counsel to the president-elect, who was slated to become the top White House lawyer. A week later, Leonard Leo, the head of the conservative Federalist Society and a McConnell ally, was sitting with the president-elect and his advisers in Trump Tower in New York with a list of six potential conservative nominees alphabetically typed onto a piece of personalized stationary, according to people familiar with the meeting, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal internal discussions.

Who was also at that meeting? Ivanka Trump, who later became a top White House adviser in her father’s administration:

As incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, came in and out of the room, Leo laid out a road map for Trump on the federal court system, potentially transforming the foundational understanding of rights in AmericaIt was a moment anti-abortion activists had been working toward for decades: The highest reaches of Republican power finally focused, in unison, on achieving the once implausible goal of revisiting the jurisprudence of the 1960s and 1970s, including Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

As a result of that meeting, Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett (all hardline conservative judges) to the highest court in the land, laying the groundwork for the potential end of legal abortion in the United States.

The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion on abortion this past week showed that a majority of the court is now poised to do just that, with three of the five potential votes for overturning Roe coming from justices recommended by Leo, appointed by Trump and confirmed under the leadership of McConnell. At a lunch with more than a dozen others [in 2016] at the powerhouse law firm Jones Day, Trump said he wanted to make the Supreme Court a campaign priority, surprising some in the room, including Leo, a devout Catholic who regularly visits the Vatican. Leo told others it was easy to come up with list of judges that would please the Republican base because there were decades of conservative lawyers in the pipeline.

And now at least five of those conservatives are ready to relegate the United States to third world status when it comes to the issue of reproductive rights.

 

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Trump Wanted To Launch A Missile Strike On Mexico In 2020: Former Secy. Of Defense

In the waning days of his term in office, failed, one-term former President Donald Trump informed then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper that he was interesting in the possibility of launching a “secret” missile strike on Mexico to counter drug production in the country.

Maggie Haberman of the New York Times reports that the disturbing scene is found in Esper’s new book, A Sacred Oath, which is scheduled to be released on May 10:

President Donald J. Trump in 2020 asked Mark T. Esper, his defense secretary, about the possibility of launching missiles into Mexico to “destroy the drug labs” and wipe out the cartels, maintaining that the United States’ involvement in a strike against its southern neighbor could be kept secret, Mr. Esper recounts in his upcoming memoir.

Those remarkable discussions were among several moments that Mr. Esper described in the book, “A Sacred Oath,” as leaving him all but speechless when he served the 45th president.

Mr. Esper, the last Senate-confirmed defense secretary under Mr. Trump, also had concerns about speculation that the president might misuse the military around Election Day by, for instance, having soldiers seize ballot boxes. He warned subordinates to be on alert for unusual calls from the White House in the lead-up to the election.

Asked about his view of Trump in retrospect, Esper had this to say:

“He is an unprincipled person who, given his self-interest, should not be in the position of public service.”

Esper’s book also reveals that all the administration cared about was getting Trump reelected, no matter what had to be done.

One of those harebrained ideas was the use of missiles that would be launched on Mexico, which is an ally of the United States:

“They don’t have control of their own country,” Mr. Esper recounts Mr. Trump saying.

When Mr. Esper raised various objections, Mr. Trump said that “we could just shoot some Patriot missiles and take out the labs, quietly,” adding that “no one would know it was us.” Mr. Trump said he would just say that the United States had not conducted the strike, Mr. Esper recounts, writing that he would have thought it was a joke had he not been staring Mr. Trump in the face.

 

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Rick Perry Gets Fact-Checked For A Lie About The 2020 Election – By Rick Perry

Former Republican Texas governor and Trump White House energy secretary Rick Perry is being contradicted for a lie he told about his role in trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Who fact-checked Perry and caught him lying? None other than Perry himself.

Perry has denied he played any role in the aftermath of the last election, saying he never sent any text messages to then-Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows with ideas on how to invalidate the election.

But a collection of over 2,000 text messages published by CNN on Monday proves that Perry was indeed a part of the plotting, remarking in a text to Meadows:

”We have the data driven program that can clearly show where the fraud was committed. This is the silver bullet. Pam Biondi has seen and agrees!! Rick Perry.”

Yeah, be sure and sign your name to an incriminating text message. That’s a great way to fly under the radar, huh, Rick?

Given the evidence, it appears that Perry was a major player in the coup plot hatched inside the Trump White House that would have led to a declaration of martial law and seizure of ballots from key states such as Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Or, as CNN’s Chris Cillizza noted shortly after the network published the text messages yesterday:

So, in order to now believe Rick Perry’s initial denials, you have to believe:

1. Someone got Perry’s phone without him knowing about it.

2. That same person texted Meadows repeatedly about ways to possibly overturn the election.

3. That person, ingeniously, signed the texts “Rick Perry.”

So, either you believe that or you believe that the texts from Rick Perry’s phone and signed “Rick Perry” were, in fact, from Rick Perry.

As the old saying goes, That dog won’t hunt. Perry is busted, plain and simple. And he’d better hope he has one hell of a good attorney.

Perry was also hit with major mockery for his stupidity on Twitter: