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Donald Trump Jr. Appears To Be Part Of An Election Coup Conspiracy With Roger Stone: Report

According to phone records the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection has in its possession, it seems that Donald Trump Jr., son of failed, one-term former president Donald Trump, was involved in a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election with the help of longtime Trump confidant/convicted felon Roger Stone.

That’s one of the explosive revelations from a new book written by former GOP congressman Denver Riggleman entitled The Breach.

The Guardian received an advance copy of the book, which will be published on Tuesday, September 27, and reports:

Stone was one of more than 20 “high-priority targets” but the panel faced an uphill battle identifying his contacts after he refused to voluntarily allow the select committee to obtain his call detail records, forcing investigators to work backwards through associates, the book says.

The select committee was able to construct a detailed map of Stone’s contacts after obtaining the call detail records of Kristin Davis, also known as the Manhattan Madam, who was with Stone at the Willard hotel in Washington DC on the day before and the day of the Capitol attack.

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The number for Stone also connected to a number of prominent Republicans that the January 6 committee believes played different roles in Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, including the Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton, and Arthur Schwartz, an aide to Donald Trump Jr, Trump’s eldest son.

So an aide to Don Jr. was allegedly in contact with Roger Stone as the latter attempted to plan events on Jan. 6 that would result in Congress refusing to certify the 2020 electoral votes and instead sending the election back to the states long enough for alternate electors to be appointed who would cast their ballots for Trump instead of Biden, despite what voters had told them to do. That is the very definition of a soft coup, and it almost happened.

But the larger implication is that the ex-president’s son was intimately involved in efforts to illegally steal an election for his father, meaning he has serious legal liability at the federal level.

The book also has serious implications for the former president, who is already facing charges in Georgia, New York, and in federal court for his hoarding of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

The good news for Donald and his son is that they might be able to request they serve their time at the same federal penitentiary.

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Lindell Gets Handed A Major Court Loss – And It Could Wind Up Costing Him Millions

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been complaining for over two years that his efforts to help overturn the results of the 2020 election have cost him a significant share of his once-thriving business, and a ruling Monday could wind up costing him even more money if he’s found guilty.

Politico reports that Lindell was a handed a major loss from a judge in Minnesota:

A Minnesota District Court judge on Monday denied MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s motion to throw out a lawsuit brought by a voting technology company that claims he defamed it by pushing the false narrative that the 2020 election was stolen.

Smartmatic, a company that provided election technology and services to Los Angeles in the 2020 election, alleges in the complaint that both Lindell and MyPillow defamed the voting tech company by falsely promoting the theory that its machines had been hacked or rigged in favor of President Joe Biden. Lindell is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and has falsely maintained since 2020 that Trump won the election over Biden.

The legal reasoning used by Lindell and his attorneys was flimsy at best and included these specious arguments

  • Smartmatic failed to adequately plea the defamation claim.
  • The deceptive trade practices was unfair because Lindell was acting in a personal, not professional, capacity.
  • Lindell’s comments are protected by the First Amendment.

U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright ruled that Smartmatic has indeed alleged facts sufficient to its claim of defamation and that Lindell acted with actual malice when he made them.

Lindell has also been trying to separate the case against him from his company, which could be bankrupted by a large financial judgement, but Judge Wright also rejected that claim:

The court concluded that MyPillow can be vicariously liable for Lindell’s actions, since the CEO intentionally promoted MyPillow while allegedly defaming Smartmatic in the media and during public appearances. The court also maintained that Smartmatic can pursue its claim that Lindell violated the Minnesota Deceptive Trade Practice law, since the company has alleged sufficient evidence to its claim that Lindell’s statements were made in part to promote MyPillow.

Maybe Lindell can get Trump to give him some money to prop up his failing pillow venture, but that seems unlikely since there are reports that the ex-president is also teetering on financial collapse.

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Hardee’s Trolls Mike Lindell After His Cell Phone Is Seized By The FBI At One Of Their Restaurants

On Tuesday, FBI agents reportedly seized the cell phone of Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow while he was at a Hardee’s restaurant as part of the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation of efforts by former president Donald and some of his supporters to overturn the results of the 2020 election, CNN reported.

Lindell shared on social media and conservative media copies of a subpoena he said was served by the FBI.

In an interview with CNN, Lindell said agents asked him questions about Tina Peters, the Mesa County, Colorado, clerk who is facing state charges connected to a scheme that allegedly allowed an unauthorized person to access voting machines. Peters has pleaded not guilty.

Lindell then went on his podcast, “The Lindell Report,” and remarked:

“Cars pulled up in front of us, to the side of us and behind us and I said, ‘These are either bad guys or the FBI.’ Well, it turns out they were the FBI.”

On Wednesday morning, Hardee’s decided to have a bit of fun with Lindell while also doing a bit of free advertising for its food with this Twitter posting:

“Pillowy biscuits.” Very nice touch.

That was all it took to set off a wave of laughter aimed directly at Lindell.

 

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DOJ Turns Up The Heat On Election Coup Plotters: 40 New Subpoenas Issued

The Justice Department turned the heat up considerably today, issuing 40 new subpoenas and seizing dozens of cell phones as part of the ongoing investigation into efforts by former president Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

The New York Times reports that two of Trump’s senior advisers — Boris Epshteyn and Mike Roman — had their phones taken by the FBI. Epshteyn, who is Russian-American, served as a strategic adviser to Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign. Roman worked in the field of opposition research from 2017 to 2018, and after the 2020 election he was the person who handed the list of fake electors that were to be given to then-vice president Mike Pence. The Trump team had hoped Pence would submit the fake electors to a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in an effort to hold up certification of the electoral vote count.

Trump’s former social media director, Dan Scavino, was also served with a subpoena on Monday, as was ex-New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who set up a “war room” with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Jan. 6 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Justice Department is reportedly focusing in on the activities of Trump’s Save America PAC, which has provided millions of dollars to the ex-president since he left the White House. That would suggest that investigators suspect financial crimes, an alleged specialty of Trump’s that has led to legal problems for him in the past.

Trump is also facing indictment for illegally removing classified documents from the White House and storing them at his Mar-a-Lago resort. That investigation is also gaining momentum as the DOJ now believes Trump still has top secret files in his possession and could be attempting to move them from one location to another to prevent them from being discovered by authorities.

 

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Trump Thought He Could Remain POTUS By Refusing To Vacate The White House: Report

After it became clear that he had lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, failed, one-term former president Donald Trump told aides that he would refuse to leave when the time came for him to vacate the White House, which would allow him to remain as head of state.

That revelation comes from an upcoming book,  Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” written by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, which is due to hit bookshelves on October 4.

CNN obtained an advance copy of the book and notes:

“I’m just not going to leave,” Trump told one aide, according to Haberman.

“We’re never leaving,” Trump told another. “How can you leave when you won an election?”

Amazingly, Trump’s plan to stay in office developed even after he had accepted that Biden was the legitimate winner and next president:

Haberman writes that in the immediate aftermath of the November 3 elections, Trump seemed to recognize he had lost to Biden. He asked advisers to tell him what had gone wrong. He comforted one adviser, saying, “We did our best.” Trump told junior press aides, “I thought we had it,” seemingly almost embarrassed by the outcome, according to Haberman.

But at some point, Trump’s mood changed, Haberman writes, and he abruptly informed aides he had no intention of departing the White House in late January 2021 for Biden to move in.

At one point, Trump told Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, “Why should I leave if they stole it from me?”

Despite his protestations, conspiracy theories, and endless lies about massive cheating in the election, Trump and his allies never provided a scintilla of evidence to support their allegations.

Trump continues to spread disinformation about the last election and was booted from Twitter in January of 2021 for his lies.