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‘Smoking Gun’ Phone Conversation Between McDaniel And Trump Is ‘Devastating’ For Both

Already facing a challenge to her continued chairmanship of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Ronna McDaniel is now caught up in the ongoing investigation of the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol as the result of a phone call she had with one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump.

According to former Defense Department special counsel and New York University Law Professor Ryan Goodman, the McDaniel-Trump phone call is “devastating” for both and places them in legal jeopardy.

Appearing on CNN, Goodman was asked by host Kate Bolduan about the phone call, which is now part of the public record thanks to the massive 845-page report from the January 6 House Select Committee, “You see this new evidence, and in this you really do see new evidence of criminal liability here for Trump and his chief of staff, at the very least, Mark Meadows. What evidence is most damning?”

Goodman replied:

“I think the most damning comes under the heading of the scheme to set up these false slate of electors, individuals from the GOP who would have been the electors if Trump had won those states, to certify that he had in fact won states that Biden had clearly won. That seems to just be a federal crime that is a very, very active part of the current special counsel’s investigation. New evidence, brand new that we have not seen before that directs it right at Trump and Mark Meadows.”

He then laid out exactly how the evidence incriminates Trump:

“For example, that one smoking gun so far is a call that Trump makes to the head of the RNC. And he hands over the call to John Eastman to say, we want you to organize the false slate of electors. That’s all we had in the past. We now know she calls Donald Trump back soon after the call and says, I accept your request, which means it’s about him, it’s not about Eastman. And their other lawyers for the Trump campaign who say to the committee that it was Donald Trump who put Giuliani in control of this false slate of electors and what Giuliani was doing, as far as they were concerned, was executing what Donald Trump wanted them to do. That’s pretty devastating.”

That led Goodman to conclude:

“Then there is a bunch of other testimony that we hadn’t heard before from Cassidy Hutchinson, saying that Mark Meadows was significantly involved, following it closely, making dozens of calls to try to operationalize the false slate of electors. I think they’re in some pretty deep trouble with both of those.”

 

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Tuesday Decision By Georgia DA Should Terrify Trump And His Attorneys

A decision announced in court Tuesday by Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis is certain to alarm disgraced former president Donald Trump and his attorneys.

According to CNN, Willis said that a special grand jury impaneled to investigate Trump and some of his allies in their attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the Peach State has recommended indictments for “multiple” defendants and the release those names and the charges against them is “imminent.”

“Decisions are imminent,” Willis told Judge Robert McBurney. We want to make sure that everyone is treated fairly, and we think for future defendants to be treated fairly it’s not appropriate at this time to have this report released.”

Donald Wakeford, Fulton County’s chief senior assistant district attorney, echoed Willis’ remarks:

“We think immediately releasing before the district attorney has even had an opportunity to address publicly whether there will be charges or not – because there has not been a meaningful enough amount of time to assess it – is dangerous. It’s dangerous to the people who may or may not be named in the report for various reasons. It’s also a disservice to the witnesses who came to the grand jury and spoke the truth to the grand jury.”

The judge agreed, promising there would be “no rash decisions.”

“No one’s going to wake up with the court having disclosed the report on the front page of a newspaper.”

Why is this such bad news for Trump and others, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who also allegedly tried to get Georgia election officials to “find” additional votes for the failed ex-president? Simple: If no criminal charges were planned, the report could be made public without any delay.

What happens next? Willis will have to decide if she wants to pursue charges against those identified by the grand jury. And that’s where things could get dicey for Trump, CNN notes.

Willis has previously said she could pursue Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) charges in this case, which would allow prosecutors to bring charges against multiple defendants and make the case that Trump and his allies were part of a criminal enterprise.

Racketeering charges also carry enhanced penalties that could send those charged — if convicted — to decades in a Georgia prison.

Things are about to get very interesting who played a part in trying to overturn the will of the voters, and every eye is now on the state of Georgia.

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Georgia DA Ready To Bring Racketeering Charges Against Trump For 2020 Election Crimes

Ever since the 2020 election and its aftermath, many Americans have been wondering if and when former president Donald Trump would be charged for his role in the scheme to overturn the electoral results and have himself declared head of state for a second term.

Based on new reports from the state of Georgia, it appears the proverbial fat lady is about to sing, and is definitely warming up for her closing aria.

The Washington Post reports that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is on the verge of filing racketeering charges against Trump for attempting to have Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “find” thousands of extra votes that would allow him to claim the Peach State had cast its electoral votes for him.

A special grand jury convened as part of the investigation has completed its work and submitted a report that could include recommendations for charges, a judge announced Monday. The judge scheduled a Jan. 24 hearing to determine whether to release the report publicly. Willis could file charges in the case in the coming weeks.

Imagine the reaction across the world if a DA in Georgia decided to prosecute before U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who is also looking into Trump’s actions in regard to the 2020 election, along with his possible culpability in the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol and the hoarding of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Willis hasn’t been shy when it comes to going after the “big fish” who allegedly played a role in helping Trump meddle with the 2020 results.

She has successfully forced Rudy Giuliani, one of the most outspoken advocates of the former president’s false claims about a rigged 2020 vote, to appear before the grand jury. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) testified after unsuccessfully fighting a subpoena all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn appeared before the panel in December after losing his own court fight.

Willis also won a legal battle to secure testimony from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who was ordered to appear before the grand jury in December — though it’s unclear whether he did because the proceedings are secret.

And now Willis stands on the brink of history, perhaps becoming the first prosecutor to ever file criminal charges against a sitting or former president. Will she take the next step?

Former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann thinks so, and had this to say Monday during an appearance on MSNBC:

“So, to me, this feels not even like the calm before the storm. I mean, to me, we are about to see the final step with Georgia charges against the former president. And the final point I’ll make is, we focus so much at the federal level, but these charges are the ones that can stick, because regardless of whether a Republican went into the White House eventually, these charges are not subject to a federal presidential pardon. So, if you are Donald Trump right now, you have to be really concerned about what is going to happen in Georgia and you can be sure he’s going to start attacking her like crazy, and the system. But these are the charges that I think he should be most worried about.”

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Hannity On Right-Wing Sh*t List After Finally Admitting The 2020 Election Wasn’t Stolen

Forced to admit under oath that he didn’t “for one second” believe the lies Donald Trump and his surrogates spouted in the aftermath of the 2020 election, Fox News host Sean Hannity now finds himself in an unfamiliar position: #1 on the right-wing shit list, branded as a traitor to the MAGA movement.

The Daily Beast reports that a host of MAGA conspiracy theorists — MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, attorney Lin Wood, former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon, and even the failed ex-president himself have soured on Hannity, who was once believed to be in daily contact with Trump while he was still in the White House.

“Sean Hannity is disgusting,” Lindell told The Daily Beast. “He’s a terrible journalist that does not do his job or his diligence” when it comes to “election crime.”

“He doesn’t seem to have any concern over any election problems in the country, and it’s disgusting,” he added.

Asked if he’s expressed such frustration to Hannity, Lindell said he’d “of course” told him, but the right-wing pillow superstar claimed the Fox News host “never got back to me.”

Bannon has even suggested that Hannity needs to face “accountability” for giving “TERRIBLE advice” to Trump. Exactly what accountability Bannon has in mind is unclear, and since he’s a convicted felon, he might want to dial back his public comments or face new charges from the Justice Department.

And then there’s the conservative media world, members of which say they’re done with Hannity.

Hannity’s also been called a “fraud” by conservative commentators. Far-right radio host Stew Peters has labeled the Fox News host a “clown” following his voter fraud boomerang. “He regularly washes and dries Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer’s jock straps,” Peters told The Daily Beast.

Conservative media has also gone after Hannity over his election fraud comments, suggesting Hannity is part of a “fake patriot grift.”

Sources close to Trump admit that the Donald is also disappointed with Hannity.

Still, Hannity could probably dismiss the dissatisfaction of most of the Island of MAGA Misfit Toys if it weren’t for one problem: According to two sources close to Trump, the former president himself is apparently “mad” at Hannity.

“In terms of direct contact with Sean, I think it’s been a while,” a Trump source said.

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“Hannity was his lapdog for years, but just like everyone else who’s been Trump’s bitch at one point or another, the second Trump finds a reason to throw them in the garbage, he takes it,” a Trump adviser told The Daily Beast.

Oh well. Maybe Sean can try to get a position as full-time ass kisser for Ron DeSantis. After all, the Florida governor is said to be looking for acolytes who are willing to worship him and parrot his every word.

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Hannity Admits Under Oath He ‘Did Not Believe For One Second’ Trump’s Claims Of Election Fraud

While he loves to say that he agrees with everything one-term, twice-impeached former president does and says, Fox News host Sean Hannity admits under oath that he actually thinks the ex-president is full of crap.

Under oath in a deposition, Hannity was asked about allegations made by attorney Sidney Powell, who said voting machines made by Dominion Voting Systems were susceptible to fraud, the New York Times reports. And his response was the direct opposite of what he said on his show when discussing the matter of the 2020 election.

At the center of this imagined plot were machines from Dominion Voting Systems, which Ms. Powell claimed ran an algorithm that switched votes for Mr. Trump to votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr. Dominion machines, she insisted, were being used “to trash large batches of votes.”

Mr. Hannity interrupted her with a gentle question that had been circulating among election deniers, despite a lack of supporting proof: Why were Democrats silencing whistle blowers who could prove this fraud?

Did Mr. Hannity believe any of this?

“I did not believe it for one second.”

That was the answer Mr. Hannity gave, under oath, in a deposition in Dominion’s $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, according to information disclosed in a court hearing on Wednesday. The hearing was called to address several issues that need to be resolved before the case heads for a jury trial, which the judge has scheduled to begin in April.

Yes, Fox is being sued for $1.6 billion thanks to people such as Sean Hannity, who parroted the lies from Trump and members of his campaign who tried to suggest the 2020 election had been stolen from the failed former president.

In other words, the Times notes, the testimony from Hannity “is among the strongest evidence yet to emerge publicly that some Fox employees knew that what they were broadcasting was false.”

And there’s also evidence that Fox tried to keep Powell from spreading her lies on their network, yet they continued to give her airtime.

Another previously unknown detail emerged on Wednesday about what was going on inside the Fox universe in those frantic weeks after the election. A second lawyer representing Dominion, Justin Nelson, told Judge Davis about evidence obtained by Dominion showing that an employee of the Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News, had tried to intervene with the White House to stop Ms. Powell. According to Mr. Nelson, that employee called the fraud claims “outlandish” and pressed Mr. Trump’s staff to get rid of Ms. Powell, who was advising the president on filing legal challenges to the results.

All of this suggests that Fox knew they were broadcasting lies yet continued to do so, which is very bad news for the network because it shows a pattern of behavior that supports the assertion they deliberately tried to defame Dominion.

Oh, and it also suggests that Sean Hannity is a lying sack of shit. But then again, some of us have known that for years.