9/19/2022

FBI/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: “Did you see that the FBI Agent who was in charge of the Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax is being ‘investigated’ for being paid by Russia while working in, of all places, the FBI. In other words, the people that were investigating me for Russia involvement (Mueller Report proved No Collusion!) were actually the ones involved with Russia. This could only happen to me!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 19, 2022

9/19/2022

2020 ELECTION/GEORGIA: “Atlanta, Georgia, is number ‘1’ in the Country in murders and heinous crimes, especially on a per capita basis—even worse than now-fabled Chicago, yet the District Attorney there is spending almost all of her waking hours, which aren’t many, on attempting to prosecute a very popular president, Donald J. Trump, who got more votes in 2020 than any sitting president in the history of the United States. She is basing her potential claims on trying to find a tiny word or phrase (that isn’t there) during an absolutely PERFECT phone call, concerning widespread Election Fraud in Georgia, with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and many lawyers and other officials who were knowingly on the line, had no problems with the call, and didn’t voice any objections or complaints about anything that I said on the call which could be construed as inappropriate. A strictly political Witch Hunt!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 19, 2022

9/19/2022

TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “The Radical Left controlled NARA (the National Archives and Records Administration), now becoming more famous than ever, placed a ‘Harmful Content Warning’ on The Constitution of the United States, labeling our Country’s governing document as ‘harmful,’ among other things. This Warning includes the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. Remember, this is the group wrongfully complaining about me—and instigating the Raid on Mar-a-Lago.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 19, 2022

9/18/2022

QANON/RALLY/SOCIAL MEDIA: “Former President Donald J. Trump appeared to more fully embrace QAnon on Saturday [September 17, 2022], playing a song at a political rally in Ohio that prompted attendees to respond with a salute in reference to the cultlike conspiracy theory’s theme song…

Aides to Mr. Trump said the song played at the rally was called ‘Mirrors,’ and it was selected for use in a video that Mr. Trump played at the conservative meeting CPAC and posted on his social media site, Truth Social. But it sounds strikingly like the QAnon theme song.”

-Alan Feuer and Maggie Haberman, “Trump Rally Plays Music Resembling QAnon Song, and Crowds React,” nytimes.com, September 18, 2022

 

9/16/2022

QANON: “After winking at QAnon for years, Donald Trump is overtly embracing the baseless conspiracy theory, even as the number of frightening real-world events linked to it grows.

On Tuesday [September 13, 2022], using his Truth Social platform, the Republican former president reposted an image of himself wearing a Q lapel pin overlaid with the words ‘The Storm is Coming.’ In QAnon lore, the ‘storm’ refers to Trump’s final victory, when supposedly he will regain power and his opponents will be tried, and potentially executed, on live television…

He’s published dozens of recent Q-related posts, in contrast to 2020, when he claimed that while he didn’t know much about QAnon, he couldn’t disprove its conspiracy theory…

Earlier this month, Trump chose a QAnon song to close out a rally in Pennsylvania. The same song appears in one of his recent campaign videos and is titled ‘WWG1WGA,’ an acronym used as a rallying cry for Q adherents that stands for ‘Where we go one, we go all.'”

-David Klepper and Ali Swenson, “Trump openly embraces, amplifies QAnon conspiracy theories,” apnews.com, September 16, 2022

9/15/2022

DEMS/MITCH MCCONNELL: “Mitch McConnell is giving the Democrats everything they want. He is their lapdog! He didn’t stop trillions of dollars in spending by refusing to use the Debt Ceiling as a negotiating tool. He gave it up for nothing. Now he wants to give Manchin the thing he wanted in order to destroy America, and even the People of West Virginia. How about his tax on coal? The Republican Senate must do something about this absolute Loser, Mitch McConnell, who folds every time against the Democrats—and he’s only getting worse!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 15, 2022

9/15/2022

PUERTO RICO: “New details have emerged about former President Donald Trump’s alleged desire to have the United States acquire the island of Greenland while in office. According to a forthcoming book, the former president at one point even suggested to aides that the U.S. could trade Puerto Rico for it…

According to the book, former national security adviser John Bolton even had his aide Fiona Hill ‘assemble a small team to brainstorm ideas. They engaged in secret talks with Denmark’s ambassador and produced an options memo.’

While Bolton thought that “an outright purchase was not feasible,” Trump ‘kept pushing,’ the authors write.”

-Virginia Chamlee, “Donald Trump Reportedly Wanted to Trade Puerto Rico for Greenland,” people.com, September 15, 2022

9/15/2022

DOJ/INVESTIGATIONS: “A federal judge on Thursday [September 15, 2022] rejected the Justice Department’s request to resume a key part of its inquiry into former President Donald J. Trump’s handling of sensitive government records and appointed an outside arbiter to review thousands of documents seized last month from his Florida residence…

In her 10-page decision, Judge Cannon appointed a special master suggested by the Trump legal team and agreed upon by the government: Raymond J. Dearie, a semiretired judge from the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York.”

-Charlie Savage, Alan Feuer and Glenn Thrush, “Judge Keeps Block on Inquiry Into Mar-a-Lago Files and Names Special Master,” nytimes.com, September 15, 2022

9/13/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI/INVESTIGATION: “The Justice Department on Tuesday blasted efforts by former President Donald Trump’s lawyers to delay its investigation of classified documents seized at his Florida resort, while a magistrate judge unsealed some previously redacted information relating to the FBI’s search of Trump’s club…

The [DOJ] filing noted that the documents had ‘markings signifying that their unauthorized disclosure ‘reasonably could be expected to result in damage to the national security,’ including “exceptionally grave damage,”’ and it said any delay causes ‘irreparable harm’ to the government and the public…

Trump’s attorneys have suggested in court filings that the documents were declassified and that they are his personal records and belong to him — contentions the Justice Department ridiculed in its new filing.”

-Dareh Gregorian and Tom Winter, “’Irreparable harm’: Justice Department warns against further delay in Trump documents probe,” nbcnews.com, September 13, 2022

9/13/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/FBI/INVESTIGATION: “U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Tuesday unsealed additional portions of the heavily redacted affidavit used to justify the raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home…

One newly unsealed portion of the affidavit revealed that Trump, in addition to the original 15 boxes of records provided to the National Archives and Records Administration, produced additional documents bearing classification markings in response to a grand jury subpoena…

Reinhart signed the FBI’s warrant for the raid on Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 5, giving the FBI authority to conduct its search — a document the judge unsealed along with the property receipt from the raid. FBI agents took approximately 20 boxes of items from the premises, including one set of documents marked as ‘Various classified/TS/SCI documents,’ which refers to top secret/sensitive compartmented information.

Records covered by that government classification level could potentially include human intelligence and information that, if disclosed, could jeopardize relations between the U.S. and other nations, as well as the lives of intelligence operatives abroad. However, the classification also encompasses national security information related to the daily operations of the president of the United States.”

-Brooke Singman, David Spunt, and Jake Gibson, “Judge unseals additional portions of heavily-redacted Trump Mar-a-Lago affidavit,” foxnews.com, September 13, 2022

9/13/2022

TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “The National Archives has informed congressional aides that it is still unsure whether former President Donald J. Trump has surrendered all the presidential records he removed from the White House, even after months of negotiations, a subpoena and a search of his Florida property, according to the House Oversight Committee…

[Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York] said the archives staff had informed the committee staff during a call in late August of its uncertainty about the status of the material, which Mr. Trump was required by law to return.”

-Luke Broadwater, “Archives Is Unsure Whether Trump Surrendered All Records, Panel Says,” nytimes.com, September 13, 2022

9/12/2022

DOJ/INVESTIGATION/PAC: “Sitting on top of more than $115 million across several political committees, Donald Trump has positioned himself as a uniquely indomitable force in the GOP who would almost certainly have the resources to swamp his rivals if he launched another presidential campaign.

But that massive pile of money is also emerging as a potential vulnerability. His chief fundraising vehicle, Save America PAC, is under new legal scrutiny after the Justice Department issued a round of grand jury subpoenas that sought information about the political action committee’s fundraising practices…

The investigation is one of several criminal probes Trump currently faces, including scrutiny of how documents with classified markings wound up at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.”

-Jill Colvin, Brian Slodysko, and Eric Tucker, “Trump’s PAC faces scrutiny amid intensifying legal probes,” apnews.com, September 12, 2022

9/9/2022

HILLARY CLINTON/LAWSUIT: “A U.S. judge has thrown out former President Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, saying the former president ‘is seeking to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him… And this Court is not the appropriate forum,’ Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida wrote…

‘We vehemently disagree with the opinion issued by the court today,’ Trump attorney Alina Habba said in a statement.”

-Erin Doherty, “Judge throws out Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary Clinton,” axios.com, September 9, 2022

 

9/8/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI/INVESTIGATIONS: “Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s team may not have returned all the classified records removed from the White House at the end of his presidency even after an FBI search of his home, U.S. prosecutors warned on Thursday, calling it a potential national security risk that needs investigation.

That revelation came in a Justice Department court filing asking U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon to let it continue reviewing about 100 classified records seized by the FBI at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate while it investigates whether classified documents were illegally removed from the White House and improperly stored there.”

-Sarah N. Lynch, “U.S. reveals more classified records may be missing in Trump probe,” reuters.com, September 8, 2022

9/7/2022

NEW YORK/STEVE BANNON/TRUMP PEOPLE/WALL: “Former United States President Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon has been indicted in a new criminal case in New York, and is expected to turn himself in on Thursday [September 8, 2022]…

The Washington Post, citing people familiar with the situation, reported the indictment was expected to ‘mirror aspects’ of earlier federal charges lodged against Bannon, which alleged he had duped thousands of people into donating funds they were told would be used to build Trump’s promised wall along the border between the US and Mexico.

In his final hours in office in January 2021, Trump pardoned Bannon of the federal charges.”

-Al Jazeera, “Steve Bannon expected to turn himself in after new indictment,” aljazeera.com, September 7, 2022

9/7/2022

FBI/HILLARY CLINTON: “Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Tuesday [September 6, 2022] that the ‘right is trying to make this about me again,’ as Republicans increasingly make comparisons between how she was not charged in a 2016 FBI investigation into her use of a private email server and the ongoing probe into former president Donald Trump’s handling of sensitive government documents.

‘I can’t believe we’re still talking about this, but my emails…’ Clinton tweeted. ‘The fact is that I had zero emails that were classified.’”

-Bryan Pietsch, “As FBI probes Trump, Clinton says GOP ‘trying to make this about me again,’” washingtonpost.com, September 7, 2022

9/7/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI: “Monday’s decision by a US federal judge to stop the investigation of Donald Trump’s seizure of classified documents until a ‘special master’ reviews them has thrown the political and legal worlds into uproar – pitting those who believe the ex-president has special legal privileges against those who think he should be treated like any other citizen.

The procedural victory for Trump means the Department of Justice will have to press pause on its effort to determine whether the former president may have illegally run off with classified documents from the White House and kept them at his home in Mar-a-Lago.

Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, agreed to his request that a special master, a kind of independent mediator, review the roughly 11,000 documents that the FBI discovered and seized when it searched Mar-a-Lago last month…

The justice department can appeal Cannon’s ruling, but the court of appeals that would probably hear the appeal is heavily dominated by Trump-appointed judges. Cannon herself was appointed to the federal bench by Trump in 2020.”

-J Oliver Conroy, “Why did a judge grant Trump’s request for a ‘special master’?,” theguardian.com, September 7, 2022

9/7/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/FBI: “Not only did the FBI steal my Passports in the FBI Raid and Break-In of my home, Mar-a-Lago, but it has just been learned through court filings that they also improperly took my complete and highly confidential medical file and history, with all the bells and whistles (at least they’ll see that I’m very healthy, an absolutely perfect physical specimen!), plus personal Tax Records (Illegal to take), and lawyer/client/privileged information, a definite NO, NO. Days of the Soviet Union!​“

-Donald Trump via Mark Moore, “Trump compares FBI to USSR after tax, medical docs taken in Mar-a-Lago raid,” nypost.com, September 7, 2022

9/6/2022

FAKE NEWS/IMPEACHMENT/RUSSIA: “The Fake News Mainstream Media, Democrats, and RINOs are obsessed with pushing the latest Witch Hunt against me.

All American Patriots know that I always do everything “by the book” and that this Hoax will fail miserably just like the Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and all other attempts, perpetrated by the same people, to weaponize Law Enforcement against the 45th President, me. We have to rescue our great Country.

Make America Great Again!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 6, 2022

9/6/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/FBI/NUCLEAR: “A document describing a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, was found by FBI agents who searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and private club last month, according to people familiar with the matter, underscoring concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about classified material stashed in the Florida property.

Some of the seized documents detail top-secret U.S. operations so closely guarded that many senior national security officials are kept in the dark about them… such documents were stored at Mar-a-Lago, with uncertain security, more than 18 months after Trump left the White House.”

-Devlin Barrett and Carol D. Leonnig, “Material on foreign nation’s nuclear capabilities seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago,” washingtonpost.com, September 6, 2022

9/6/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI: “In a legal victory for former President Donald Trump, a federal judge on Monday granted his request for a special master to review documents seized by the FBI from his Florida home and temporarily halted the Justice Department’s use of the records for investigative purposes…

The order came despite the strenuous objections of the Justice Department, which said a special master was not necessary in part because officials had already completed their review of potentially privileged documents.”

-Eric Tucker, “Judge grants Trump bid for special master in document search,” apnews.com, September 6, 2022

9/5/2022

DOJ/FBI: “Remember, it takes courage and ‘guts’ to fight a totally corrupt Department of ‘Justice’ and the FBI. They are being pushed to do the wrong thing by many sinister outside sources. Until impartiality, wisdom, fairness, and courage are shown by them, our Country can never come back or recover—it will be reduced to being a Third World Nation!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 5, 2022

9/4/2022

RALLY: “It’s impossible to explain how great the people last night were in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The level of love they have for our Country is both unbelievable and highly impressive—it is more than anyone would ever know. If the Radical Left Lunatics that work so hard to destroy our Country could just get a little bit of the love, energy, enthusiasm, spirit, and patriotism that we witnessed last night, our Country would go to the top of every list like a rocket ship. Thank you to everyone who attended the Rally last night. It was a two-hour speech, and the only disappointment was that they were screaming, ‘Please, please, go longer.’ They love our Country, and I love them!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 4, 2022

9/2/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI: “The Justice Department on Friday [September 2, 2022] filed a more detailed list of documents taken in its raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, including dozens of classified documents and folders with classified markings…

The document includes little that was unexpected. A different federal judge unsealed a less detailed property receipt last month which showed that the FBI took several boxes of documents from Trump’s property, which included ‘Various classified/TS/SCI documents.’ Trump, meanwhile, has complained publicly that the FBI took documents and items allegedly unrelated to its investigation.

However, the Friday filing does underscore the massive amount of material the government took from Mar-a-Lago, including many government documents.”

-David Spunt, Bill Mears, and Tyler Olson, “Trump FBI raid: DOJ releases more details on documents taken from Mar-a-Lago,” foxnews.com, September 2, 2022

9/2/2022

JOE BIDEN: “President Biden on Friday [September 2, 2022] said he does not consider any Donald Trump supporters to be a ‘threat’ to the U.S., though he said the failure to condemn violence for political gains was ‘inappropriate.’

The president’s comments were in answer to a question from Fox News’ Peter Doocy who asked if Biden considered all Trump supporters to be a threat to the country less than a day after he blasted ‘MAGA Republicans’ in a speech Thursday.”

-Caitlin McFall, “Biden says Trump supporters not a threat to country after speech blasting ‘MAGA Republicans,’” foxnews.com, September 2, 2022

9/2/2022

TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY/WILLIAM BARR: “In his sharpest critique of his former boss, former attorney general William P. Barr said there is no reason classified documents should have been inside Donald Trump’s personal residence in Florida after he was no longer president.

‘No, I can’t think of a legitimate reason why they could be taken out of government, away from the government, if they are classified,’ Barr said in an interview with Fox News that aired Friday [September 2, 2022]…

‘People say this was unprecedented,’ Barr said Friday, ‘but it’s also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and put them in a country club, okay?’”

-Azi Paybarah, “Barr says no ‘legitimate reason’ for Trump to have classified documents,” washingtonpost.com, September 2, 2022

9/2/2022

2016 ELECTION/2020 ELECTION/FBI/RUSSIA/SOCIAL MEDIA: “In a 24-hour period this week, former President Donald J. Trump posted to his social media platform, Truth Social, 88 times, amplifying one conspiracy theory after another.

Among his unsupported claims: A retiring F.B.I. agent was behind both the search of his Mar-a-Lago property on Aug. 8 and the investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to Russia; a forthcoming report will prove widespread corruption against his 2016 campaign; and he should be reinstalled as president because the 2020 election was fraudulent.”

-Stuart A. Thompson, “Trump Embraces Conspiracy Theories He Only Winked at Before,” nytimes.com, September 2, 2022

9/1/2020

INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Ex-President Donald Trump and his former longtime accounting firm have agreed to turn over some financial records to the House Oversight and Reform Committee in a deal that will end a lawsuit over their prior refusal to do so, that panel and Trump’s lawyers said…

The deal does not cover a separate lawsuit involving the House Ways and Means Committee, which is seeking Trump’s federal tax returns from 2015 through 2020…

The committee sought the documents in 2019 as part of its investigation into Trump’s conflicts of interest involving his businesses while serving as president and his foreign financial ties.”

-Dan Mangan, “Trump and accounting firm agree to give financial records to House Oversight Committee in deal to end court battle,” cnbc.com, September 1, 2022

9/1/2022

2020 ELECTION/PARDONS: “Donald Trump said on Thursday [September 1, 2022] he would pardon and apologize to those who participated in the deadly attack on the US Capitol on January 6 if he were elected to the White House again.

‘I mean full pardons with an apology to many,’ he told Wendy Bell, a conservative radio host on Thursday. ‘I will be looking very, very strongly about pardons, full pardons.’

Five people died in connection with the attack and more than 140 law enforcement officers were injured.”

-Sam Levine, “Donald Trump says he plans to pardon US Capitol attack participants if elected,” theguardian.com, September 1, 2022

9/1/2022

JOE BIDEN/GOP: “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic…

Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology… But there is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country.”

-Joe Biden, “Remarks by President Biden on the Continued Battle for the Soul of the Nation,” whitehouse.gov, September 1, 2022

9/1/2022

GOP/JOE BIDEN/TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “President Biden traveled to Independence Hall on Thursday [September 1, 2022] to warn that America’s democratic values are under assault by forces of extremism loyal to former President Donald J. Trump, using a prime-time address to define the midterm elections as a ‘battle for the soul of this nation.’

In a 24-minute speech, Mr. Biden blamed his predecessor for stoking a movement filled with election deniers and people calling for political violence. He went out of his way to declare that not all Republicans embrace extremism, however, and he said that defending democracy would require rejecting Mr. Trump and his ideology in elections this fall.”

-Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Michael D. Shear, “Biden Warns That American Values Are Under Assault by Trump-Led Extremism,” nytimes.com, September 1, 2022

8/29/2022

2020 ELECTION/SOCIAL MEDIA: “Former President Donald Trump demanded reinstatement as president or ‘a new Election, immediately’ after news that Facebook temporarily limited a controversial story about Hunter Biden’s laptop in users’ news feeds before the 2020 election.

Trump was responding to Facebook, now Meta, CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comments on Joe Rogan’s podcast that a New York Post story about the laptop ‘fit the pattern’ of polarizing content, including “Russian propaganda,” that the FBI had warned the company about.”

-Nicole Gaudiano, “Trump demands reinstatement as ‘rightful’ president or ‘a new Election, immediately!’ as some Republicans seek distance from him,” businessinsider.com, August 29, 2022

8/29/2022

HILLARY CLINTON/LINDSEY GRAHAM: “Senator Lindsey Graham’s prediction on Sunday [August 28, 2022] that a prosecution of former President Donald J. Trump would lead to ‘riots in the streets’ added an element of menace to the fraught decisions facing Justice Department officials as they consider next steps in the investigation of Mr. Trump’s handling of classified material…

‘If they try to prosecute President Trump for mishandling classified information after Hillary Clinton set up a server in her basement, there literally will be riots in the street. I worry about our country,’ he said.”

-Jonathan Weisman, “Graham Predicts ‘Riots in the Streets’ if Trump Is Prosecuted,” nytimes.com, August 29, 2022

8/29/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI: “FBI agents have already finished their examination of possibly privileged documents seized in an Aug. 8 search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, according to a Justice Department court filing Monday [August 29, 2022] that could undercut the former president’s efforts to have a special master appointed to review the files.

The ‘filter team’ used by the Justice Department to sort through the documents and weed out any material that should not be reviewed by criminal investigators has completed its review.”

-Devlin Barrett, “Trump’s Mar-a-Lago documents already examined by FBI, Justice Dept. tells judge,” washingtonpost.com, August 29, 2022

8/26/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/FBI/INVESTIGATIONS: “FBI agents sought court permission to search former president Donald Trump’s home this month after reviewing 184 classified documents that were kept at the Florida property after he left the White House…

FBI agents dressed in polos and khakis executed the search warrant at the Palm Beach estate, carting away an additional 20 boxes of items from a bedroom, office and a first-floor storage room, according to an inventory of what was retrieved from the property that was made public earlier this month…

Some material recovered in the search is considered extraordinarily sensitive, two people familiar with the search have said, and could reveal carefully guarded secrets about U.S. intelligence-gathering methods. One of the people said the information is ‘among the most sensitive secrets we hold.’”

-Devlin Barrett and Perry Stein, “Affidavit to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago says 184 classified files found in January,” washingtonpost.com, August 26, 2022

8/26/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI: “A redacted version of the affidavit used to justify the August 8 search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property was unsealed Friday [August 26, 2022].

The heavily blacked-out document nevertheless showed that, in the 15 boxes that Trump initially sent to the National Archives, 184 documents had classification markings, including 25 marked as top secret…

[U.S. Magistrate Judge] Reinhart wrote that the DOJ had ‘met its burden’ of showing why portions of the affidavit should be redacted, including that the disclosure would reveal identities of witnesses, law enforcement agents and uncharged parties…

The action followed months of dispute between Trump’s team, the Justice Department and the National Archives over his complaints with the Presidential Records Act, which mandates that presidential records belong to the government, not the former president. DOJ attorneys issued a subpoena for additional records last spring, as well as security footage, but reportedly had reason to believe that additional boxes were being held at Mar-a-Lago.”

-Ted Johnson, “Court Unseals Redacted Version Of Affidavit Used To Justify Search Of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Property,” deadline.com, August 26, 2022

8/26/2022

2024 ELECTION/JOE BIDEN/POLLS/RON DESANTIS: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fares better in a hypothetical head-to-head 2024 matchup against President Biden than former President Donald Trump does, according to a new YouGov poll out Friday.

If the next presidential election comes down to a choice between Biden or Trump, the incumbent comes out on top at 39 percent to 36 percent. But pitted against DeSantis, Biden would end up in a closer race.

In that scenario, 36 percent said they would support Biden, while 35 percent would back the Florida governor.”

-Max Greenwood, “DeSantis fares better than Trump in one-on-one Biden matchup: YouGov poll,” thehill.com, August 26, 2022

8/25/2022

DEMS/JOE BIDEN: “Joe Biden and the Radical Left Democrats have just orchestrated another election enhancing money grab, this time to the tune of $300,000,000,000—and just like I predicted, it’s coming right out of the pocket of the working-class Americans who are struggling the most! Crippling inflation, unaffordable energy prices, and WAR—all things that should never have happened. But if that wasn’t enough, now Americans are bailing out College Administrators who fleeced students, and those who opted for Degrees there was no way they could afford. America is a nation in decline, and the cliff into oblivion is within sight. Stop voting for Democrats! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, August 25, 2022

 

8/25/2022

SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Former President Donald Trump has run into a significant setback with trademarking the name for his social media platform, Truth Social.

According to a filing released this month and tweeted by Josh Gerben, a trademark lawyer, Trump’s social media app had its application refused by the US Patent and Trademark Office because its name bore too much resemblance to the names of other business entities.”

-Cheryl Teh, “Trump’s Truth Social platform had its trademark application rejected because its name wasn’t unique enough,” businessinsider.com, August 25, 2022

8/24/2022

DEMS/GREEN NEW DEAL/MITCH MCCONNELL: “The Democrats have Mitch McConnell and his lovely wife, Elaine ‘Coco’ Chao, over a barrel. He and she will never be prosecuted, as per the last paragraphs of this story, as long as he continues to give the Radical Left the Trillions and Trillions of Dollars that they constantly DEMAND. He was afraid to use the ‘Debt Ceiling Card’ in order to stop the most expensive waste of money in our Country’s history, to be spent on the Green New Deal, which will only cause one thing, a Depression. These expenditures are something our Country can never recover from. Mitch McConnell is not an Opposition Leader, he is a pawn for the Democrats to get whatever they want. He is afraid of them, and will not do what has to be done. A new Republican Leader in the Senate should be picked immediately!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, August 24, 2022

8/23/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI/INTELLIGENCE: “President Donald J. Trump took more than 700 pages of classified documents, including some related to the nation’s most covert intelligence operations, to his private club and residence in Florida when he left the White House in January 2021, according to a letter that the National Archives sent to his lawyers this year.

The letter … described the state of alarm in the Justice Department as officials there began to realize how serious the documents were…

[T]he letter could further implicate Mr. Trump in a potential crime. It confirmed, for instance, that the former president had kept at Mar-a-Lago documents related to Special Access Programs, some of the nation’s most closely held secrets, before the F.B.I. searched the property.”

-Alan Feuer, “Trump Kept More Than 700 Pages of Classified Documents, Letter From National Archives Says,” nytimes.com, August 23, 2022

8/22/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI: “They [the FBI] demanded that the security cameras be turned off, a request we rightfully denied. They prevented my attorneys from observing what was being taken in the raid, saying ‘absolutely not.’ They took documents covered by attorney-client and executive privilege, which is not allowed. They took my passports. They even brought a ‘safe cracker’ and successfully broke into my personal safe, which revealed…nothing!

[We are] now demanding that the Department of ‘Justice’ be instructed to immediately STOP the review of documents illegally seized from my home.

ALL documents have been previously declassified. We are demanding the appointment of a SPECIAL MASTER to oversee the handling of the materials taken in the raid. We are further demanding that the DOJ be forced to turn over a REAL, without ‘plants,’ inventory of my property that was taken and disclose where that property is now located.”

-Donald Trump via Brooke Singman and Bradford Betz, “Trump files motion seeking independent review of docs seized during FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago,” foxnews.com, August 22, 2022

 

8/22/2022

2022 MIDTERM ELECTION/CHINA/MITCH MCCONNELL: “Donald Trump launched a new line of attack against Mitch McConnell over the weekend… for what he believes is a lack of support for the GOP’s 2022 midterm candidates…

‘Why do Republican Senators allow a broken down hack politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage hard-working Republican candidates for the United States Senate?’ Trump wrote on his social media platform Saturday. ‘This is such an affront to honor and to leadership. He should spend more time (and money!) helping them get elected, and less time helping his crazy wife and family get rich on China!'”

-Aaron Parsley, “Trump Insults His Former Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao and Her Husband, GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell,” people.com, August 22, 2022

8/22/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/2022 MIDTERM ELECTION/DOJ/FBI: “Former President Trump and his legal team filed a motion Monday evening seeking an independent review of the records seized by the FBI during its ‘unprecedented’ and ‘unnecessary’ raid of Mar-a-Lago earlier this month, saying the decision to search his private residence just months before the 2022 midterm elections ‘involved political calculations aimed at diminishing the leading voice in the Republican Party, President Trump.’…

According to the motion filed Monday evening [August 22, 2022] in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Trump and his legal team are seeking an order to appoint a special master to review the records obtained during the search…

Trump said he is ‘now demanding that the Department of ‘Justice’ be instructed to immediately STOP the review of documents illegally seized from my home.’”

-Brooke Singman and Bradford Betz, “Trump files motion seeking independent review of docs seized during FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago,” foxnews.com, August 22, 2022

8/20/2022

LIZ CHENEY: “Trivia question: Who’s got less charisma, Brian Stelter or Liz Cheney. I say Liz Cheney, because Stelter could have gotten more votes than she did the other night in Wyoming – She lost by 40!”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truths by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, August 20, 2022

8/19/2022

IMPEACHMENT/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA: “Never in our Country’s history has there been a time where law enforcement has been so viciously and violently involved in the life and times of politics in our Nation. Even in light of the fact that they violated the Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, the Mueller Witch Hunt, lied many times before Congress, and on many occasions put out fraudulent information before the FISA Court, they continue. They have no shame. They are destroying our Country!”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, August 19, 2022

8/19/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI: “When will people realize that the atrocities being perpetrated by the FBI and DOJ having to do with the Raid and Break In of my home, Mar-a-Lago, or after years of other atrocities and unthinkable violations of freedom and the law, this has been going on for years, from the moment I came down the golden escalators in Trump Tower, right up until the present. At some point you have to look at what took place in the past to determine what is going on in the present….

….and nothing has ever happened like that which is going on in our Country right now. The law enforcement of our Country has become that of a Third World Nation, and I do not believe the people will stand for it–between Fraudulent Elections, Open Borders, Inflation, giving our Military to the Enemy, and so much more–how much are we all expected to take?”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, August 19, 2022

8/19/2022

2022 MIDTERM ELECTION: “A major motion pertaining to the Fourth Amendment will soon be filed concerning the illegal Break-In of my home, Mar-a-Lago, right before the ever important [2022] Mid-Term Elections. My rights, together with the rights of all Americans, have been violated at a level rarely seen before in our Country. Remember, they even spied on my campaign. The greatest Witch Hunt in USA history has been going on for six years, with no consequences to the scammers. It should not be allowed to continue!”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, August 19, 2022

8/18/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/FBI/TRUMP ADMIN: “When FBI agents found top secret documents at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, the former president and his staff claimed the docs were actually declassified by a mysterious ‘standing’ declassification rule. Now, the feds are investigating Trump’s alibi to see if anyone besides Trump heard about it.

Two people familiar with the matter tell Rolling Stone that the FBI has begun asking former Trump administration officials whether they’ve heard of the so-called ‘standing order’ Trump claims to have given…

John Bolton, who served as Trump’s national security adviser from 2018 to 2019, told The New York Times he was unaware of any such order and called the assertion ‘almost certainly a lie.'”

-Adam Rawnsley and Asawin Suebsaeng, “FBI Questioning Trump’s National Security Staff About His Top Secret Document Alibi,” rollingstone.com, August 18, 2022

8/18/2022

IRS/CONGRESS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP TAXES: “Former President Donald Trump asked the full bench of the DC US Circuit Court of Appeals to review a recent appellate panel ruling okaying the Internal Revenue Service’s release of Trump’s tax returns to a House committee…

The ruling was not set to go into effect immediately, and under DC’s federal circuit rules, Trump had several weeks to appeal it. But last week, the House committee asked the appeals court to take certain procedural steps that would speed up the timeline of the appeal.

In a separate filing Thursday, Trump opposed that request and said that if the full DC Circuit opted not to rehear the case, the ruling should be put on hold so that Trump could seek the Supreme Court’s intervention.”

-Tierney Sneed, “Trump appeals ruling backing IRS release of tax returns to House to full DC Circuit,” cnn.com, August 18, 2022

8/18/2022

DOJ/INVESTIGATIONS: “A federal judge on Thursday said he is inclined to unseal at least some of the probable cause affidavit used to secure a search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate and ordered the government to submit proposed redactions…

During a hearing that lasted just over an hour, Jay Bratt, a top counterintelligence and national security official at DOJ, argued the ‘very detailed and lengthy’ document needed to be kept completely under wraps because it contains ‘substantial grand jury’ information in a ‘unique’ case with ‘national security overtones.’

He also said the government is ‘very concerned about the safety of the witnesses’ in the case whose identities could become compromised if the affidavit is unsealed.”

-Marc Caputo, Dareh Gregorian and Rebecca Shabad, “Judge says he’s inclined to unseal parts of Mar-a-Lago search affidavit, orders government to submit redactions,” nbcnews.com, August 18, 2022

8/18/2022

TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “One of Donald J. Trump’s most trusted executives pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring with Mr. Trump’s company to carry out a long-running tax scheme, an admission that painted a damning picture of the former president’s family business but did not advance a broader investigation into the man himself…

Under the terms of the plea deal, if Mr. Weisselberg testifies truthfully at the upcoming trial, he will receive a five-month sentence. Mr. Weisselberg, who was facing up to 15 years in prison, must also pay nearly $2 million in taxes, penalties and interest.”

-Jonah E. Bromwich, Ben Protess, and William K. Rashbaum, “Allen Weisselberg, a Top Trump Executive, Pleads Guilty in Tax Scheme,” nytimes.com, August 18, 2022

8/13/2022

POLLS: “Just received the strongest poll numbers I have ever gotten, and the largest amount of campaign contributions from the ‘people.’ The public gets the ‘Scam,’ but this time much earlier than all of the others!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, August 13, 2022

8/12/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/OBAMA: “The National Archives and Records Administration issued a statement Friday in an attempt to counter misstatements about former president Barack Obama’s presidential records after several days of misinformation that had been spread by former president Donald Trump and conservative commentators…

In its statement, NARA said that it obtained ‘exclusive legal and physical custody’ of Obama’s records when he left office in 2017. It said that about 30 million pages of unclassified records were transferred to a NARA facility in the Chicago area and that they continue to be maintained ‘exclusively by NARA.’

Classified records from Obama are kept in a NARA facility in Washington, the statement said.”

-John Wagner, “National Archives counters Trump’s baseless claims about Obama records,” washingtonpost.com, August 12, 2022

8/12/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/FBI: “The search warrant used by the FBI during their raid of Former President Trump’s Florida residence was unsealed on Friday.

The warrant includes a list of seized property. It states that the ’45 Office,’ all storage rooms, and all other rooms used by Trump and his staff were searched.

The unsealed warrant states: ‘All physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 793, 2071, or 1519, including the following.

18 USC 793 — Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

18 USC 2071 — Concealment, removal or mutilation

18 USC 1519 — Destruction, alteration or falsification of records in Federal investigations'”

-Fox News, “Search warrant for President Trump’s Florida residence unsealed by judge,” foxnews.com, August 12, 2022

 

8/12/2022

NUCLEAR/OBAMA: “President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, August 12, 2022

8/11/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI/INVESTIGATIONS: “Former President Trump on Thursday said his team was ‘cooperating fully’ in the Justice Department’s investigation into his alleged improper handling of classified records when he left office, stressing that the FBI’s raid at Mar-a-Lago was ‘out of no where and with no warning.’ …

‘They asked us to put an additional lock on a certain area – DONE!’ He continued. ‘Everything was fine, better than that of most previous Presidents, and then, out of nowhere and with no warning, Mar-a-Lago was raided, at 6:30 in the morning, by VERY large numbers of agents, and even ‘safecrackers.’’

He added: ‘They got way ahead of themselves. Crazy!’

Trump, in another post, wrote: ‘Just learned that agents went through the First Lady’s closets and rummaged through her clothing and personal items.’

‘Surprisingly, left area in a relative mess,’ Trump wrote. ‘Wow!'”

-Brooke Singman, “Trump says Mar-a-Lago raid was from left field and ‘with no warning,’ says he was ‘cooperating fully’ with FBI,” foxnews.com, August 11, 2022

8/11/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/FBI/INVESTIGATIONS: “Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday [August 11, 2022]  that he ‘personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant’ for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and that the Justice Department filed a motion earlier in the day to make the warrant public…

Trump defended himself in a statement posted to his Truth Social media platform after Garland’s remarks, claiming that his lawyers were ‘cooperating fully’ and had developed ‘very good relationships’ with Justice Department officials.”

-Jonathan Allen, Vaughn Hillyard, Peter Nicholas and Carol E. Lee, “Garland says he moved to unseal Trump search warrant, defends DOJ from attacks,” nbcnews.com, August 11, 2022

 

8/11/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/FBI/INVESTIGATIONS/NUCLEAR: “Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation…

Material about nuclear weapons is especially sensitive and usually restricted to a small number of government officials, experts said. Publicizing details about U.S. weapons could provide an intelligence road map to adversaries seeking to build ways of countering those systems. And other countries might view exposing their nuclear secrets as a threat, experts said.”

-Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey, Perry Stein, and Shane Harris, “FBI searched Trump’s home to look for nuclear documents and other items, sources say,” washingtonpost.com, August 11, 2022

8/10/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Former President Donald Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment right more than 440 times Wednesday in refusing to answer questions at a deposition by lawyers for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating the Trump Organization’s business practices…

Trump answered just one question — his name — and then cited the Fifth on every other question he was asked during the deposition, his lawyer Ronald Fischetti told NBC News.

Trump also read aloud a statement in which he called James’ probe ‘the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country,’ and accused the Democratic attorney general of ‘openly campaigning on a policy of destroying me,’ Fischetti said.”

-Kevin Breuninger and Dan Mangan, “Trump took Fifth Amendment more than 440 times in refusing to answer New York attorney general’s questions,” cnbc.com, August 10, 2022

8/9/2022

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/FBI/INVESTIGATIONS: “Federal agents searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday [August 8, 2022] in part because they believed additional classified information remained at the private club after the National Archives retrieved more than a dozen boxes of White House documents from the resort earlier this year, people familiar with the matter said…

The Justice Department has been looking into the former president’s handling of official records as well as his actions around the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Monday’s search is separate from the Jan. 6 investigation, the people familiar with the probe said. Mr. Trump has denied wrongdoing and casts the investigations as part of a long-running campaign by Democrats.

Legal historians couldn’t recall another case in recent history in which the FBI searched the home of a former president.”

-Sadie Gurman, Alex Leary, and Aruna Viswanatha, “FBI Search of Trump Property Prompted by Concerns Over Sensitive Documents,” wsj.com, August 9, 2022

8/8/2022

2024 ELECTION/DEMS/FBI: “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections. Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before. They even broke into my safe! What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, August 8, 2022

8/7/2022

TRUMP’S HEALTH: “Former President Donald Trump said that former White House doctor Ronny Jackson loved looking at his body, while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday [August 6, 2022].

‘He was the White House doctor. He was a great doctor. He was an admiral, a doctor, and now he’s a congressman,’ Trump said while Jackson looked on from the audience.

‘I said, ‘which is the best if you had your choice?’ and he sort of indicated doctor because he loved looking at my body. It was so strong and powerful.’

Trump also claimed that Jackson told him that he was ‘the healthiest president that ever lived.'”

-Alia Shoaib, “Donald Trump said White House doctor ‘loved looking at my body’ as he boasts about his health in CPAC speech,” yahoo.com, August 7, 2022

 

8/7/2022

DEMS/MITCH MCCONNELL: “Former President Trump laid into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday [August 7, 2022] after Senate Democrats passed their long-awaited health care, tax and climate package.

‘Mitch McConnell got played like a fiddle with the vote today by the Senate Democrats,’ Trump wrote on Truth Social…

Trump has repeatedly criticized the top Senate Republican, whom the former president calls ‘Old Crow,’ since leaving the White House after the duo’s relationship soured over McConnell’s acceptance of President Biden’s victory in 2020.”

-Zach Schonfeld, “Trump says McConnell ‘got played like a fiddle’ on Democrats’ spending bill,” thehill.com, August 7, 2022

8/7/2022

EDUCATION: “Former President Donald Trump called for the US Department of Education’s abolition during his Saturday [Sugust 6, 2022] speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Trump told a crowd that prohibitions need to be brought in on teaching ‘inappropriate racial, sexual and political material’ to American schoolchildren.

‘If federal bureaucrats are going to push this radicalism, we should abolish the Department of Education,’ he continued.”

-Joshua Zitser, “Crowd cheers as Trump calls for the abolition of the Department of Education, video shows,” businessinsider.com, August 7, 2022

8/7/2022

2020 ELECTION/ENDORSEMENT/MICHIGAN: “The Republican nominee for Michigan attorney general led a team that gained unauthorized access to voting equipment while hunting for evidence to support former President Donald Trump’s false election-fraud claims, according to a Reuters analysis of court filings and public records.

The analysis shows that people working with Matthew DePerno – the Trump-endorsed nominee for the state’s top law-enforcement post – examined a vote tabulator from Richfield Township, a conservative stronghold of 3,600 people in northern Michigan’s Roscommon County…

Under state law, it is a felony to seek or provide unauthorized access to voting equipment.”

-Nathan Layne, “Exclusive: Trump-backed Michigan attorney general candidate involved in voting-system breach, documents show,” reuters.com, August 7, 2022

8/3/2022

LAWSUIT/SOCIAL MEDIA/TWITTER: “A federal judge on Wednesday [August 3, 2022] stayed former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit demanding YouTube reinstate his social media account pending Trump’s appeal of the dismissal of his case against Twitter…

Trump wants the judge to order YouTube to restore his account after being indefinitely suspended so that he can sell merchandise on the video platform. Facebook and Twitter also suspended his accounts following the Jan. 6, 2020, attack on the U.S. Capitol amid concerns that he might incite further violence.

Trump filed four class actions against the tech companies and their CEOs in July 2021 in a bid to challenge the suspensions. In his lawsuit against YouTube, he claims the ban stifles public debate and imperiled his donor platforms, dampening his ability to communicate his endorsements of candidates.”

-Natalie Hanson, “Trump war with YouTube stayed until Twitter fight ends,” courthousenews.com, August 3, 2022

8/2/2022

2020 ELECTION/NANCY PELOSI: “The Unselect Committee of Political Thugs has not devoted one hour to the massive Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election, the reason that hundreds of thousands of people went to Washington on January 6th. When will they start? The Unselects also refuse to look at why Crazy Nancy Pelosi and the Mayor of D.C. turned down from 10-20,000 troops. Why is this, I wonder?”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, August 2, 2022

8/2/2022

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: “Great spending time with my friend, Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary. We discussed many interesting topics—few people know as much about what is going on in the world today. We were also celebrating his great electoral victory in April.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, August 2, 2022

8/2/2022

DEFENSE/TRUMP ADMIN: “The Defense Department electronically wiped the phones of some former top officials who served under then-President Donald Trump, including deleting text messages related to last year’s attack on the US Capitol.

Government lawyers made that admission in a court filing tied to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by American Oversight, a government watchdog group…

Details of the missing DOD texts come on the heels of revelations that some US Secret Service text messages and those of former Department of Homeland Security officials surrounding Jan. 6, 2021 events also are missing…

But, the government’s filing states, ‘when an employee separates from DOD or Army he or she turns in the government-issued phone, and the phone is wiped.’”

-Billy House, “Jan. 6 Missing-Text Case Widens to Trump-Era Pentagon Officials,” bloomberg.com, August 2, 2022

8/2/2022

2020 ELECTION/LAWSUIT/POLICE: “A federal judge on Tuesday [August 2, 2022] denied former President Donald Trump’s bid to dismiss three lawsuits brought by police officers injured in the Jan. 6 riot, rejecting his assertion that he is ‘absolutely immune’ from the claims.

The lawsuits, brought on behalf of four U.S. Capitol Police officers, seek to hold Trump liable for emotional and physical injuries they sustained when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol and disrupted the [2020 election] electoral vote count.”

-Dareh Gregorian and Daniel Barnes, “Judge dismisses Trump’s ‘immunity’ claim in Jan. 6 lawsuits,” nbcnews.com, August 2, 2022

8/2/2022

2020 ELECTION/INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel under former President Donald J. Trump who tried to stop some of his more extreme efforts to overturn the 2020 election, has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating activities in the lead-up to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, a person familiar with the subpoena said…

Mr. Cipollone is the highest-ranking White House official working for Mr. Trump during his final days in office who is known to have been called to testify by federal investigators.”

-Maggie Haberman and Luke Broadwater, “Justice Dept. Subpoenas Pat Cipollone, Trump White House Counsel,” nytimes.com, August 2, 2022

7/31/2022

RUSSIA/SPORTS: “Former President Donald Trump lashed out Sunday [July 31, 2022] at American WNBA star Brittney Griner as ‘spoiled,’ and indicated he wouldn’t make any deals to get her out of prison in Russia because she ‘makes a lot of money.’

Griner was arrested in Moscow in February as she entered the country for a tournament when officials discovered vape cartridges with cannabis oil in her luggage.

Trump claimed on the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show that Griner entered Russia ‘loaded up with drugs.’”

-Mary Papenfuss, “Trump Sides With Russia Again, Calls Jailed American Brittney Griner ‘Spoiled,’” yahoo.com, July 31, 2022

7/28/2022

LEGAL: “Former President Donald Trump is claiming ‘absolute immunity’ in all civil suits pertaining to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

Trump’s preliminary statement to the court has been released, in which the former president’s legal team dismisses the possibility of civil suits against Trump entirely, citing presidential immunity.

‘This appeal requires the adjudication of a simple but important constitutional issue regarding the separation of powers: whether the scope of the presidential absolute immunity continues to reach the outer perimeters of presidential responsibilities or whether the immunity can be undercut if the presidential act in question is unpopular among the judiciary,’ the statement read.”

-Timothy H.J. Nerozzi, “Trump asserts ‘absolute immunity’ in civil suits around Jan. 6 actions,” foxnews.com, July 28, 2022

7/28/2022

2022 MIDTERMS/2024 ELECTION/GOP/LEGAL: “The Republican National Convention would stop paying for former President Donald Trump’s legal expenses if he announces he’s running for president in 2024, according to a Thursday report.

The RNC is currently bankrolling several legal cases for Trump, including personal lawsuits and government investigations into him. That flow of cash would end once he announces his candidacy for president in 2024, according to ABC News. Some see the move as an incentive for Trump to delay announcing his candidacy at least until after the 2022 midterm elections, which Republicans are already poised to win.”

-Anders Hagstrom, “Trump will lose RNC funding for legal bills if he announces 2024 candidacy: report,” foxnews.com, July 28, 2022

7/28/2022

9/11/SAUDI ARABIA/SPORTS: “Former President Donald Trump on Thursday defended hosting a Saudi-funded tournament at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., by casting doubt on any connection between Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

When asked to respond to harsh criticism from families of Sept. 11 victims who are urging Americans to protest the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament, Trump suggested there was still uncertainty surrounding the attacks.

‘Well, nobody’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11, unfortunately, and they should have,’ Trump said.”

-Zoë Richards, “Trump defends hosting Saudi-backed golf tournament by falsely claiming ‘nobody’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11,'” nbcnews.com, July 28, 2022

7/27/2022

2020 ELECTION/LAWSUIT: “I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements against me. I will also be commencing actions against other media outlets who have defamed me and defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 Election. I will never stop fighting for the truth and for the future of our Country!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, July 27, 2022

7/27/2022

2020 ELECTION/LAWSUIT: “Former President Donald Trump said in a statement Wednesday that he had notified CNN he was intending to file a defamation lawsuit against the news outlet for its refusal to back his discredited claims that election fraud accounted for his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race.

‘I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements against me,’ Trump’s statement said. ‘I will also be commencing actions against other media outlets who have defamed me and defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 election.'”

-David Knowles, “Trump notifies CNN of ‘intent to file’ defamation lawsuit regarding his unproven election claims,” news.yahoo.com, July 27, 2022

7/26/2022

2024 ELECTION: “Former President Trump predicted voters will ‘rescue America’s future’ in November’s midterm elections and warned that Democrats are trying to ‘damage’ him in an effort to prevent him from getting ‘back to work’ for the American people — a possible hint at a 2024 presidential bid.

The former president’s remarks came during the America First Policy Institute summit in Washington, D.C., Tuesday [July 26, 2022], marking his first visit to the nation’s capital since leaving the White House in 2021…

‘We have to do so much,’ Trump said. ‘We need to save our economy and stop the inflation crippling American families. We have to rescue our schools from the Marxist teachers’ unions. We need to completely demolish the corrupt education bureaucracy and liberate our children.'”

-Brooke Singman, “Trump predicts voters will ‘rescue America’s future’ in midterms, hints at 2024 presidential run,” foxnews.com, July 26, 2022

7/26/2022

2020 ELECTION/ELECTORAL COLLEGE: “Previously undisclosed emails provide an inside look at the increasingly desperate and often slapdash efforts by advisers to President Donald J. Trump to reverse his [2020] election defeat in the weeks before the Jan. 6 attack, including acknowledgments that a key element of their plan was of dubious legality and lived up to its billing as ‘fake.’…

In emails reviewed by The New York Times and authenticated by people who had worked with the Trump campaign at the time, one lawyer involved in the detailed discussions repeatedly used the word ‘fake’ to refer to the so-called electors, who were intended to provide Vice President Mike Pence and Mr. Trump’s allies in Congress a rationale for derailing the congressional process of certifying the outcome.”

-Maggie Haberman and Luke Broadwater, “‘Kind of Wild/Creative’: Emails Shed Light on Trump Fake Electors Plan,” nytimes.com, July 26, 2022

7/26/2022

MITCH MCCONNELL: “Former President Donald Trump gloated over a poll identifying Mitch McConnell as the least popular US senator…

In the latest attack in his feud with the Senate minority leader, Trump posted a screenshot Monday [July 25, 2022] of a Morning Consult poll on his Truth Social page. It was accompanied with the comment: ‘See what I can do to people? This was an easy one!’

Trump has attacked McConnell over statements the senator made after the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, which were recently replayed at a public House hearing on the insurrection…

[The poll] found that 62% of respondents disapproved of McConnell’s performance, while 31% approved and 7% didn’t know.”

-Mia Jankowicz, “Trump escalates feud with Mitch McConnell, claiming credit for his long-standing status as least popular senator,” businessinsider.com, July 26, 2022

7/26/2022

2024 ELECTION/ENDORSEMENT/RON DESANTIS: “In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Monday [July 25, 2022], Mr. Trump said he would vote for Mr. DeSantis’s re-election in November but quickly turned to his role in helping Mr. DeSantis four years ago. ‘If I didn’t endorse him, he wouldn’t have won,’ Mr. Trump said.

‘I get along with Ron very well,’ he added, before mentioning ‘a very good poll this weekend’—an unscientific straw poll of young conservatives at the Tampa conference that showed him beating Mr. DeSantis by a wide margin [in the 2024 election].”

-Alex Leary, “Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis Jockey for Position Ahead of Potential 2024 Showdown,” wsj.com, July 26, 2022

7/26/2022

ENDORSEMENTS/MEDIA: “Incredible how The New York Times just never gives up. One of their third-rate columnists wrote a story on Saturday saying that, despite almost universal victories in every major race, Trump may be losing his power. The article, written by Ross Douthat, doesn’t cover ‘minor’ events like the fact that on Tuesday, in the Great State of Maryland, Dan Cox, a person not known but strongly Endorsed by me, absolutely destroyed the Endorsed and highly campaigned for candidate of RINO Governor Larry Hogan. This was a big upset. Fox News said it couldn’t happen!

Likewise, with my Endorsement, J.D. Vance came from low in the polls to the front of the pack in Ohio. Dr Oz was also losing substantially, but went up like a rocketship once he was Endorsed by me…

I will say that there are disadvantages to having this never before seen Endorsement power. I endorsed Mitch McConnell, who was going to lose in a record fashion, and he ended up winning. I endorsed Brian Kemp in Georgia, who was going to come in last place, and he won in a landslide. And I Endorsed some others who have not been good to me, but I will never be good to them either.

The true story is that my Endorsements have been, by any standard, amazing—stronger than ever seen before in our Country’s history. If the opposite case were true, I would be fine with strong reporting on it, but as long as it’s not, report the News correctly and accurately. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, July 26, 2022

7/26/2020

DOJ/INVESTIGATIONS/JOE BIDEN/MIKE PENCE: “The Justice Department is investigating President Donald Trump’s actions as part of its criminal probe of efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Prosecutors who are questioning witnesses before a grand jury — including two top aides to Vice President Mike Pence — have asked in recent days about conversations with Trump, his lawyers, and others in his inner circle who sought to substitute Trump allies for certified electors from some states Joe Biden won [in the 2020 election], according to two people familiar with the matter.”

-Carol D. Leonnig, Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey, and Spencer S. Hsu, “Justice Dept. investigating Trump’s actions in Jan. 6 criminal probe,” washingtonpost.com, July 26, 2022

7/26/2022

CRIME/HOMELESSNESS/NATIONAL GUARD: “In his first speech back in Washington since losing a second term as President, Donald Trump… said the government should ‘remove’ thousands of homeless Americans and put them in tents on ‘large parcels of inexpensive land in the outer reaches of the cities’ with ‘permanent bathrooms’ and ‘medical professionals.’ He said the U.S. should ‘execute’ drug dealers, praised how China prosecutes criminals, and called for a ‘return to stop-and-frisk policies in cities.’ If he were still running the country, he said, he would override governors and mayors and send the national guard to neighborhoods with high crime rates.

The former President laid out a dark vision of the country since he left office. ‘We’re a war zone,’ he said, adding, ‘There is no longer respect for the law and there certainly is no order. Our country is now a cesspool of crime.'”

-Brian Bennett, “Trump Calls for Moving Homeless to ‘Tent Cities’ in First D.C. Speech Since Leaving Office,” time.com, July 26, 2022

7/22/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/MITCH MCCONNELL: “Former President Trump on Thursday[July 21, 2022] vented his anger with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) during the House select Jan. 6 committee’s hearing…

Trump appeared to lose his temper after the Jan. 6 committee played a clip of McConnell’s speech on the Senate floor during Trump’s second impeachment trial in which he blamed the former president for inciting the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

‘Is this the same Mitch McConnell who was losing big in Kentucky, and came to the White House to BEG me for an Endorsement and help? Without me he would have lost in a landslide. A disloyal sleaze bag!’ Trump posted on Truth Social, his social media platform.”

-Alexander Bolton, “Trump slams McConnell as ‘disloyal’ amid Jan. 6 hearings,” thehill.com, July 22, 2022 

7/22/2022

2020 ELECTION/STEVE BANNON/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Stephen K. Bannon, the right-wing podcaster and longtime confidant of former president Donald Trump, was convicted Friday [July 22, 2022] of contempt of Congress for his refusal to provide documents or testimony to a House committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack.

Bannon, 68, is the closest person to Trump to be convicted of a crime amid the fallout from the attack on the Capitol, which occurred as lawmakers met to formally tally the 2020 presidential election result. The contempt case involved legislative efforts to investigate the Jan. 6 violence and what led up to it, however, rather than the actual events of the day.”

-Spencer S. Hsu, Devlin Barrett, and Katie Mettler, “Steve Bannon found guilty in Jan. 6 contempt of Congress trial,” washingtonpost.com, July 22, 2022

7/21/2022

ELECTORAL COLLEGE/MIKE PENCE: “Mike Pence told me, and everybody else, there was nothing he could do about the Electoral Vote Count—it was etched in stone. But if so, how come the Democrats and RINOs are working so hard to make sure there is nothing a VP can do. This was a major event, because everybody ganged up and said that Mike had no choice, he could not send the slates back to the States (which is all I suggested he do) for possible retabulation and correction based on largescale Voter Fraud and Irregularities.

This may have proven to be an Election-changing event, so we would have no inflation, inexpensive gasoline, be energy dominant, have no war or largescale death with Russia and Ukraine (this conflict never would have happened), would have left Afghanistan on same timetable, but with dignity and strength, and would have kept Bagram Air Base, not had dead soldiers, taken out all American hostages, and would not have given the Taliban $85 billion worth of first-class military equipment. What a difference it would have made if the State Legislatures had another crack at looking at all of the Fraud, Abuse, and Irregularities that have been found. Our Country would have been a different place!”

–Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, July 21, 2022

7/20/2022

2024 ELECTION/DEMS/FEC/PAC: “A Democratic super PAC filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday [July 20, 2022], seeking to force officials to take action against Donald J. Trump for all but running for president in 2024 without having declared himself a candidate.

The suit comes more than four months after the group, American Bridge, lodged a complaint with the F.E.C. against Mr. Trump. The complaint argues that he has been behaving like a 2024 presidential candidate while avoiding the oversight of the commission by not filing a statement of candidacy.”

-Maggie Haberman, “Democratic Group Sues the Federal Election Commission Over Trump’s 2024 Hinting,” nytimes.com, July 20, 2022

 

7/20/2022

2024 ELECTION/MIKE PENCE: “Former Vice President Mike Pence is becoming increasingly brazen in his willingness to counter former President Donald Trump.

The two will hold dueling events in Arizona on Friday as they stump for rival candidates who offer dramatically different visions of the Republican Party in a critical battleground state. Days later, they will once again cross paths as they deliver major speeches on the same day in Washington, D.C.

The encounters mark a more confrontational phase in the fraught relationship between the former running mates and once close confidantes who could soon find themselves competing against one another in the 2024 GOP presidential primary if they both ultimately choose to run.”

-Jill Colvin, “Trump, Pence rivalry intensifies as they consider 2024 runs,” apnews.com, July 20, 2022

7/20/2022

TRUMP FAMILY: “Former President Donald Trump was greeted by fans as he attended the funeral of his first wife Ivana in New York City on Wednesday [July 20, 2022].

Outside of Frank Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan, Trump supporters called out to him as the former president prepared to walk out of the location following the procession of the casket, telling him ‘We love you,’ and shouting ‘2024!’ …

The former president attended his ex-wife’s funeral a week after he announced her death on his social media platform Truth Social last Thursday, remembering her as ‘a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life.’

Trump and Ivana were married for 15 years and had three children together.”

-Katherine Fung, “Donald Trump Greeted at Ivana’s Funeral With Fans Calling for 2024 Run,” newsweek.com, July 20, 2022

7/19/2022

WISCONSIN: “So what’s Speaker Robin Vos doing on the Great Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling declaring hundreds of thousands of Drop Box votes to be illegal? This is not a time for him to hide, but a time to act! I don’t know his opponent in the upcoming Primary, but feel certain he will do well if Speaker Vos doesn’t move with gusto. Robin, don’t let the voters of Wisconsin down!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, July 19, 2022

7/19/2022

2020 ELECTION/WISCONSIN: “Robin Vos, the speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, said in a Tuesday interview that the former president called him last week and encouraged him to decertify Joe Biden’s win in the state — 20 months after the 2020 election…

‘It’s very consistent. He makes his case, which I respect,’ Vos told the news outlet. ‘He would like us to do something different in Wisconsin. I explained that it’s not allowed under the Constitution.'”

-Erin Snodgrass and Hannah Getahun, “A top Wisconsin election official says Trump called him last week urging him to decertify Biden’s 2020 election win in the state,” businessinsider.com, July 19, 2022

7/18/2022

AWARDS/RUSSIA: “The Pulitzer Board has taken away any shred of credibility it had left with its ‘response’ regarding the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, which was awarded to The New York Times and The Washington Post for blatant fake news. Instead of acting with integrity and providing transparency, the Pulitzer Board is running cover for the biggest reporting failure in modern history: the fake Russia Russia Russia collusion hoax…

The only way The New York Times and The Washington Post should get a possible Pulitzer Prize would be in a new category—disinformation, for helping to perpetrate a false story created and peddled by Crooked Hillary Clinton, the DNC, and certain lowlife Democrats…

I will continue doing everything possible to right the wrong caused by the 2018 Pulitzer Prize and also to right the wrong being done by the January 6 Committee of Unselects, where there is no Due Process, no Cross-Examination, no real Republican members, and no legitimacy. It is a witch-hunt of the highest level, the likes of which has never been seen in our Country before.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, July 18, 2022

7/18/2022

TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Joe Rogan went after former President Donald Trump during a recent podcast episode… 

‘He’s on Adderall,’ Rogan proclaimed. ‘Do you think he’s on Adderall?’ …

‘I heard they would put his name in [CIA] briefings multiple times to keep him interested,’ Rogan said… ‘He’s a man baby.'”

-Candice Ortiz, “Joe Rogan Calls Trump a ‘Man Baby,’ Theorizes He Was on Adderall During His Presidency,” mediaite.com, July 18, 2022

7/14/2022

TRUMP FAMILY: “I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City. She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life. Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her. Rest In Peace, Ivana!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, July 14, 2022

7/14/2022

2024 ELECTION: “I feel very confident that, if I decide to run [in 2024], I’ll win… In my own mind, I’ve already made that decision… I think a lot of people would not even run if I did that [announced before the November 2022 midterm elections] because, if you look at the polls, they don’t even register. Most of these people. And I think that you would actually have a backlash against them if they ran. People want me to run.”

-Donald Trump via Olivia Nuzzi, “Donald Trump on 2024: ‘I’ve Already Made That Decision’ The only question left in the former president’s mind is when he’ll announce.,” nymag.com, July 14, 2022

7/13/2022

DEMS/ECONOMY: “Inflation just hit ANOTHER 40-year high of 9.1%, which is terrible for our Country. Fuel prices up 60%, Airfare up 34%, Eggs up 33%—how can people survive this? How can businesses survive this? Our Country is so weak right now because the Radical Left Democrats have no clue what they are doing. All they want to do is ‘get Trump,’ and they are willing to destroy our Nation to do it. America will not allow this to go on for much longer. Don’t vote for the Radical Left Democrats, vote for America First Republicans—Save America!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, July 13, 2022

7/12/2022

MEDIA/POLLS: “The failing New York Times is down 40% year-to-date because they are Fake News. Their reporters are dishonest, and their front page has become a work of total fiction, not news. They hate our Country, and they hate reporting the truth, which is why America is not respected and our Nation has never been weaker. Instead, they obsess over January 6, just like they did over Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, the Mueller Witch Hunt, and Russia, Russia, Russia. The New York Times will continue to decline because people no longer believe their reporting is even close to being true. Fake polls, phony stories, and made up quotes—they are a disgrace to journalism and have set it back many many years. THE NEW YORK TIMES IS TRULY THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, July 12, 2022

[Editor’s Note: A New York Times poll released July 12, 2022, stated that Donald Trump had lost support for his presidential bid among Republicans.]

7/12/2022

CELEBS/TWITTER: “Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Monday night [July 11, 2022] to respond after former President Donald Trump criticized him after he signaled his intent to withdraw from purchasing Twitter for $44 billion.

After Trump publicly criticized Musk — calling him a ‘bulls— artist’ — at a rally in Anchorage, Alaska. Musk tweeted that he thinks it’s time for Trump to ‘hang up his hat & sail into the sunset.'”

-Lawrence Richard and Lorraine Taylor, “Elon Musk responds to Trump calling him a ‘bulls— artist,’ says there should be maximum age for presidency,” foxnews.com, July 12, 2022