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November 18, 2022

Ivanka Trump Quits Politics as Dad Launches 2024 Campaign

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1978: In Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones.

Ivanka Trump, former President Donald Trump’s daughter who served in his White House administration, announced that she doesn’t “plan to be involved in politics.”

“While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside the political arena,” Ivanka Trump wrote on Instagram. Her statement came the same evening her father announced that he was running for president again.

“This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family,” she said. “I do not plan to be involved in politics.”

The 41-year-old said she’s “grateful to have had the honor of serving the American people” and “will always be proud of many of our Administration’s accomplishments.”

Ivanka reiterated to Fox News that she’s “extremely close” with her father.

“That hasn’t changed and will never change,” she said. “I’ve had many roles over the years but that of daughter is one of the most elemental and consequential.”

The mother of three described her current situation of living in Miami and working in the private sector as “one of the greatest times of my life.”

“We’re happy where we are right now, and we will continue to support my father — as his kids,” she said.


Sources: Politico | Fox News

October 19, 2022

Trump Hits Back at “Stupid, Big Mouth” GOP Candidate

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1987: Black Monday – Stock markets crash worldwide, including the Dow Jones stock index, which falls 508.32 points (22%) — 4½ times the previous daily record.

Former President Donald Trump hit back at Republican Colorado Senate candidate Joe O’Dea, who recently said he would campaign against Trump if he ran for office again.

“There’s this RINO [Republican in name only] character in the Great State of Colorado, Joe O’Dea, that is running against the incumbent Democrat for the United States Senate, who is having a good old time saying that he wants to ‘distance’ himself from President Trump, and other slightly nasty things,” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social.

“He should look at the Economy, Inflation, Energy Independence, defeating ISIS, the Strongest EVER Border, Great Trade Deals, & much more, before he speaks. MAGA doesn’t Vote for stupid people with big mouths. Good luck Joe!” 

Trump’s retort came a day after O’Dea told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he would “actively campaign against” the former president in the 2024 race.

“I don’t think Donald Trump should run again,” O’Dea said.

“I’m going to actively campaign against Donald Trump and make sure that we’ve got four or five really great Republicans right now,” he added. 

The Senate hopeful responded to Trump on Monday, saying the former president “is entitled to his opinion but I’m my own man and I’ll call it like I see it. Another Biden, Trump election will tear this country apart.”


Source: The Hill

October 18, 2022

DOJ Recommends 6-Month Sentence for Steve Bannon

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1867: Alaska Purchase – The U.S. takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia, having paid $7.2 million.

The Department of Justice says that Steve Bannon serve a six-month prison sentence and pay a $200,000 fine for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena from the House committee investigating Jan. 6, 2021.

Federal prosecutors say that Bannon, who served as the White House’s chief strategist under former President Donald Trump, “pursued a bad-faith strategy of defiance and contempt” and undermined the committee’s investigation.

“By flouting the Select Committee’s subpoena and its authority, the Defendant exacerbated that assault,” prosecutors wrote in court documents.

The federal attorneys allege that Bannon’s “contempt was not aimed at protecting executive privilege or the Constitution, rather it was aimed at undermining the Committee’s efforts to investigate an historic attack on government.”

“To this day, he continues to unlawfully withhold documents and testimony that stand to help the Committee’s authorized investigation to get to the bottom of what led to January 6 and ascertain what steps must be taken to ensure that it never happens again. That cannot be tolerated,” they wrote.

In July, Bannon was convicted on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to sit for a deposition or provide documents. His sentencing is set for Friday.


Source: AP

August 15, 2022

John Bolton Reacts to Assassination Plot Against Him: “I Was Embarrassed at the Low Price”

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1620: Mayflower sets sail from Southampton, England, with 102 Pilgrims.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton quipped that he was “embarrassed” that an Iranian military official only offered $300,000 for his assassination.

The Justice Department recently announced that it had filed charges against Shahram Poursafi, a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), for putting a hit on former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser.

Bolton was asked about the failed plot during a recent interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

“Well, I was embarrassed at the low price. I thought it would have been higher,” Bolton joked. “Maybe it was an exchange rate problem or something.”

According to the Justice Department, starting in Oct. 2021, Poursafi attempted to hire someone in the U.S. to kill Bolton in exchange for $300,000.

The person Poursafi was in contact with was actually an FBI informant — a “confidential human source” (CHS).

Poursafi allegedly told the CHS he had “a second job” for them that would pay $1 million. An unnamed source told CNN the second target was former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


Source: New York Post

March 12, 2022

Bolton: ‘Putin Saw Trump Doing a Lot of His Work for Him’

John Bolton, who served as former President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, said Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t invade Ukraine while Trump was in office because “Putin saw Trump doing a lot of his work for him.”

“I think one of the reasons that Putin did not move during Trump’s term in office was he saw the president’s hostility of NATO. It was widely reported in American media,” Bolton told SiriusXM’s Julie Mason. “And to Putin’s mind, it’s a binary proposition: a weaker NATO is a stronger Russia.”

“Putin saw Trump doing a lot of his work for him, and thought, maybe in a second term, Trump would make good on his desire to get out of NATO, and then it would just ease Putin’s path just that much more,” Bolton added.

In 2018, Trump privately discussed the U.S. potentially withdrawing from NATO. Bolton said he believes Trump would have withdrawn from the alliance if he had won a second term.

“I thought he put his foot over it, but at least he didn’t withdraw then,” Bolton said during a virtual event with The Washington Post on Friday. “In a second Trump term, I think he may well have withdrawn from NATO. And I think Putin was waiting for that.”


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Ex-Trump national security advisor John Bolton says ‘Putin saw Trump doing a lot of his work for him,’ so he chose not to invade Ukraine

March 9, 2022

Barr Grilled During NBC Interview

Former Attorney General William Barr faced tough questions during his Today show interview.

Host Savannah Guthrie asking him why he included positive remarks about former President Donald Trump in his 2020 resignation letter, yet called him “dangerous” his new book.

“You say in your book you were worried about the peaceful transition of power. You even had national security concerns,” Guthrie said. “None of this is present in this resignation letter. Didn’t the American people deserve to know what you knew?”

Barr said he tendered his resignation on Dec. 14, a date by which the 2020 election was already “over for all intents and purposes.” 

“The idea that something could be done later on Jan. 6 was nonsense,” Barr said. “Once the election was locked in on Dec. 14, I tendered my resignation and I knew Trump was going to be leaving office.” 

Barr gave an extended sit-down interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, during which he suggested Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol and show down claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Trump accused Barr of “groveling for the media, hoping to gain acceptance that he doesn’t deserve.” 

Guthrie asked Barr about Trump’s response, saying critics suggest he’s on “an image rehab tour with a lawyerly flair.”

“People who know me know I don’t care much about what people think of me,” Barr said. “I think that’s one of the reasons I was persuaded to take the attorney general job because I wasn’t looking for anything. I don’t have a future career. I’m retired and I felt I could just call them as I see them.”


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NBC’s Guthrie grills Barr: Didn’t Americans ‘deserve to know what you knew’ about Trump?

March 7, 2022

Barr: Trump Furious When Told Election Fraud Claims Were ‘Bulls—t’

Former Attorney General Bill Barr said that former President Trump became “very angry” when Barr told him that there was no evidence that the 2020 election was rigged.

Barr’s comments came during an interview with NBC News.

“I told him that all this stuff was bulls—t […] about election fraud,” Barr said. “It was wrong to be shoveling it out the way his team was. And he started asking me about different theories and […] I was able to tell him that ‘this is wrong because of this.'”

Trump “was obviously getting very angry about this, so I said, ‘Look, I understand you’re upset with me and I’m perfectly happy to tender my resignation, and then […] he slapped the desk and he said, ‘Accepted. Accepted […] Go home. Don’t go back to your office. Go home. You’re done.'”

Trump announced on Dec. 14, 2020, that Barr was resigning from his position. The former president told NBC News that he was the one who requested Barr’s resignation, not the other way around.

Barr also responded to accusations that he was “a toady” for Trump by acting as his personal lawyer, saying he wasn’t one because “I tried to take every issue that came to me and decide […] what I thought was the right thing.”

Barr said Trump never really understood “the role of the Department of Justice [and] to some extent, you know, the president’s role.”


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Former AG Barr said Trump became enraged after being told election fraud claims were nonsense

March 2, 2022

Biden Denies Executive Privilege for Ex-Trump Advisers

President Joe Biden will not use executive privilege to shield two former Trump administration advisers, Peter Navarro and Michael Flynn, from the House select committee’s Jan. 6 investigation.

Deputy White House counsel Jonathan Su wrote letters to Navarro, former President Donald Trump’s trade adviser, and an attorney representing Michael Flynn, Trump’s onetime national security adviser, informing them of Biden’s decision on Monday. 

In the letter to Navarro, Su reiterated that Biden believes an assertion of executive privilege is “not in the national interest” given the “unique and extraordinary nature of the matters under investigation.” 

In the letter to Flynn’s attorney, David Warrington, Su noted that Flynn resigned in 2017  long before the Capitol riot.

“To the extent any privileges could apply to General Flynn’s conversations with the former President or White House staff after the conclusion of his tenure, President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the national interest, and therefore is not justified, with respect to particular subjects within the purview of the Select Committee,” Su wrote. 

But Warrington responded to Su, saying that Flynn had not asserted executive privilege related to the Jan. 6 committee’s subpoena and has not refused to appear for a deposition.

“I do not know whether your letter was prompted by some event, information received, a request by a third-party, or if it is simply the type of letter the White House Counsel’s Office is sending to all former Executive Branch employees who have received such a subpoena,” he wrote. “We certainly did not ask for such a letter.” 


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Scoop: Biden to deny executive privilege for Flynn and Navarro

March 1, 2022

Poll: Ukraine Invasion Wouldn’t Have Happened Under Trump

Most Americans say that Russian President Vladimir Putin wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine if former President Donald Trump had still been in office.

A new Harvard Center for American Political Studies (CAPS)-Harris Poll found that 62 percent of participants believed Putin wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine if Trump had been president.

There appears to be a political disparity with this viewpoint, with 85 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats answering this way.

However, 38 percent of participants believed that Putin would’ve invaded Ukraine even if Trump had been president.

A majority of Americans — 59 percent — believe Putin moved against Ukraine because he saw weakness in President Joe Biden, while 41 percent said that it wasn’t a factor in his decision.

The Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey was conducted between Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 with 2,026 registered voters. The survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics.


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Majority of Americans say Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Trump were president

December 31, 2021

Former Surgeon General Warns Against CDC Guidance

Former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned the public against following the recent update to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines shortening the recommended quarantine duration for asymptomatic people to five days.

“Regardless of what CDC says, you really should try to obtain an antigen test (I know- easier said than done) and confirm it’s negative prior to leaving isolation and quarantine,” Adams tweeted. “There’s not a scientist or doctor I’ve met yet who wouldn’t do this for themselves/ their family.”

“I love the CDC. Grew up wanting to work there and have been one of their most ardent defenders. I never dreamed the day would come when I would advise people NOT to follow their guidance,” Adams wrote in a follow-up tweet.

On Monday, the CDC reduced their recommended quarantine time from 10 days to five for asymptomatic individuals with COVID-19.

“People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter,” the CDC said in a statement.

The update came after the CEO of Delta Airlines wrote a letter to the CDC requesting that it shorten their recommended quarantine time from 10 days to five.

The CDC said the decision was sparked by science that indicated most virus transmission occurs earlier in its course.

But the Biden administration’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, indicated that getting people back to work was the inspiration behind the update.

“The reason is that with the sheer volume of new cases that we are having and that we expect to continue with omicron, one of the things we want to be careful of is we don’t have so many people out,” Fauci told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Monday, adding that he thought the decision was a good choice.

“If you are asymptomatic and you are infected, we want to get people back to the jobs, especially those with essential jobs,” he added.

When asked if it’s difficult for Americans to keep track of the CDC’s changes, Fauci said: “It just makes sense, keeping them out for five days.”

“I don’t think it’s confusing,” he added. “I think it’s a rather crisp recommendation.”


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Trump’s surgeon general criticizes CDC guidance

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