7/12/2022

2024 ELECTION/POLLS/RON DESANTIS: “As Donald J. Trump weighs whether to open an unusually early White House campaign, a New York Times/Siena College poll shows that his post-presidential quest to consolidate his support within the Republican Party has instead left him weakened, with nearly half the party’s primary voters seeking someone different for president in 2024 and a significant number vowing to abandon him if he wins the nomination…

Overall, Mr. Trump maintains his primacy in the party: In a hypothetical matchup against five other potential Republican presidential rivals, 49 percent of primary voters said they would support him for a third nomination.

The greatest threat to usurp Mr. Trump within the party is Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, who was the second choice with 25 percent and the only other contender with double-digit support.”

-Michael C. Bender, “Half of G.O.P. Voters Ready to Leave Trump Behind, Poll Finds,” nytimes.com, July 12, 2022

7/12/2022

2020 ELECTION/INVESTIGATIONS/QANON: “The Jan. 6 select committee plans to make its most complex case yet at its public hearing Tuesday [July 12, 2022]: that Donald Trump’s words and actions influenced extremists and brought them to the steps of the Capitol…

The panel intends to highlight how adherents to the antisemitic, fringe conspiracy theories of QAnon latched onto Trump’s stolen-election claims, as well as how the extremist Proud Boys and Oath Keepers used Trump’s crusade to fundraise for a violent effort to keep Biden from office. Committee members will also get into how the White House pushed forward with plans for a march on the Capitol — one witnesses say Trump desperately tried to join — even as warnings about the likelihood of brutality grew.”

-Nicholas Wu and Kyle Cheney, “Jan. 6 panel zeroes in on Trump’s ‘clarion call’ to extremists,” politico.com, July 12, 2022

7/12/2022

2020 ELECTION/INVESTIGATIONS: “Former President Donald Trump railed against the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol again on Tuesday [July 12, 2022], ahead of a hearing that’s expected to focus on his inner circle’s ties to far-right militia groups.

Trump reiterated his claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, once again referring to the panel investigating the attack on the Capitol as ‘Political Hacks and Thugs’ on his social media platform, while saying that the committee was ‘formed solely for the purpose of bringing down my ‘numbers,’ or worse.’ …

The baseless allegations of widespread election fraud come hours before the seventh in a series of hearings from the committee investigating Trump’s connection to the events of Jan. 6.”

-Kaia Hubbard, “Trump Again Lashes Out at Jan. 6 Committee as Panel Breaches His Inner Circle,” usnews.com, July 12, 2022

7/11/2022

2020 ELECTION/VOTE BY MAIL/WISCONSIN: “On Friday [July 8, 2022], the [Wisconsin] Supreme Court ruled that the Wisconsin Elections Commission acted illegally when it told local elections clerks that they can set up drop boxes as an alternative to the in-person return of absentee ballots. The court affirmed the January decision of a Waukesha County judge who said that absentee ballots must be returned through the mail or dropped off in person to the municipal clerk.

In a number of posts to his social media site, Truth Social, Trump falsely claimed the decision renders votes cast via drop box in 2020 invalid. The former president called the decision a victory for Republicans and ordered Republican leaders in the state Legislature, specifically naming Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), to ‘do something, for once, about this atrocity!'”

-Henry Redman, “Trump calls for decertification of 2020 election after Wisconsin drop box decision,” wisconsinexaminer.com, July 11, 2022

7/11/2022

2020 ELECTION/GEORGIA/INVESTIGATIONS/LINDSEY GRAHAM: “A judge ordered U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham to testify in front of a special grand jury in Georgia investigating former President Donald Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election…

The probe was launched after Trump was recorded in a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call pressuring Georgia’s secretary of state to overturn the state’s election results based on unfounded claims of voter fraud…

Legal experts have said Trump’s phone calls may have violated at least three state election laws: conspiracy to commit election fraud, criminal solicitation to commit election fraud and intentional interference with performance of election duties.”

-Kanishka Singh, “Senator Graham ordered to testify in front of grand jury in Trump election probe,” news.yahoo.com, July 11, 2022

7/8/2022

ANDREW MCCABE/FBI/IRS/JAMES COMEY: “The New York Times… reported Wednesday [July 6, 2022] on James Comey and Andrew McCabe facing unusual IRS audits. It raised the prospect of Donald Trump engaging in Nixonian abuses: Both the former FBI director and his deputy drew the ire of the Republican president, and it seemed like it’d be an incredible coincidence if both were flagged for the kind of scrutiny few Americans ever experience…

The Washington Post reported… that the rare audits really might be a coincidence — as Comey and McCabe became higher profile figures, their incomes grew in unusual ways, making it more likely that they’d be subjected to extra IRS scrutiny…

One former senior official said Trump would rant that people should be investigated and audited, though neither of the two officials who spoke to The Post said they ever heard Trump give specific orders to that effect.”

-Steve Benen, “Trump reportedly wanted IRS audits of his perceived enemies,” msnbc.com, July 8, 2022

7/8/2022

2024 ELECTION: “On Truth Social, Trump referenced a tweet published July 2 that shows results from two separate polls of potential 2024 GOP candidates. One poll conducted on May 18 showed Trump with a 41 percent to 12 percent lead over potential GOP candidate, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a hypothetical matchup.

‘With all the lies and the greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. History…my number went up,’ Trump said in his Friday Truth Social post. ‘MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!'”

-Nick Mordowanec, “Trump Touts Beating DeSantis in 2024 Polls Amid ‘Witch Hunt’ Hearings,” newsweek.com, July 8, 2022 

7/8/2022

2016 ELECTION/EMOLUMENTS: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that former President Donald Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP, must turn over some financial records pertaining to the time period surrounding his 2016 election, as well as his time in the White House, to the Democrat-controlled House Oversight Committee.

The court largely upheld a congressional subpoena for the records, meaning the committee can now obtain documents related to allegations that Trump may have broken the Constitution’s ’emoluments’ clause, which would have prevented him from accepting payments from foreign governments without approval from Congress, or violated other financial disclosure laws.”

-Brandon Gillespie, “US Appeals Court rules Trump financial records must be turned over to House Oversight Committee,” foxnews.com, July 8, 2022

7/8/2022

JAPAN: “Really BAD NEWS FOR THE WORLD! Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dead. He was assassinated. His killer was captured and will hopefully be dealt with swiftly and harshly. Few people know what a great man and leader Shinzo Abe was, but history will teach them and be kind. He was a unifier like no other, but above all, he was a man who loved and cherished his magnificent country, Japan. Shinzo Abe will be greatly missed. There will never be another like him! President Donald J. Trump”

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

7/5/2022

GEORGIA/LINDSEY GRAHAM/RUDY GIULIANA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Seven advisers and allies of Donald J. Trump, including Rudolph W. Giuliani and Senator Lindsey Graham, were subpoenaed on Tuesday [July 5, 2022] in the ongoing criminal investigation in Georgia of election interference by Mr. Trump and his associates. The move was the latest sign that the inquiry has entangled a number of prominent members of Mr. Trump’s orbit, and may cloud the future for the former president.”

-Danny Hakim, “7 Trump Allies Subpoenaed in Georgia Criminal Investigation,” nytimes.com, July 5, 2022

 

7/1/2022

SECRET SERVICE: “Two Secret Service sources told CNN on Friday [July 1, 2022] that they heard about former President Donald Trump lunging at the driver of his presidential SUV on January 6, 2021.

The pair of sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, backed up much of former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s explosive testimony on the altercation in the motorcade vehicle known as ‘the Beast’ after Trump found out he wouldn’t be driven to join his supporters at the Capitol.”

-Jake Lahut, “2 Secret Service sources told CNN that Trump angrily demanded to be taken to the Capitol on January 6, partly confirming Cassidy Hutchinson’s explosive testimony,” businessinsider.com, July 1, 2022

7/1/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/NEW YORK/SOCIAL MEDIA: “Federal securities regulators and a federal grand jury in New York have subpoenaed former President Trump’s social media company as part of their investigations into its pending deal to go public via a blank-check company called Digital World Acquisition Corp., according to a Friday disclosure [on July 1, 2022]…

The investigation continues to expand and could delay or prevent TMTG from going public… At issue is whether or not Digital World Acquisition held merger talks with Trump Media prior to its own IPO, which would have violated securities law. Trump Media operates the Truth Social app, led by former Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). It also has ambitions to expand into video and other media.”

-Dan Primack, “Trump’s social media company gets subpoenaed,” axios.com, July 1, 2022

6/30/2022

INVESTIGATIONS: “…Cassidy Hutchinson also forgot to tell the Unselects that she was desperate to go to Florida with certain others of the Trump staff, long after January 6th had come and gone. If I was so evil, why did she fight so hard to stay a part of the MAGA TEAM? This is all documented in writing! Why did it take her so long to tell (make up!) these ridiculous and obviously Fake Stories, even after previously sitting for four long depositions [for the January 6 committee investigation]? Was it, just maybe, her brand new lawyer? Lying under oath???”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truths by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, June 30, 2022

6/30/2022

DOJ/SECRET SERVICE: “Social Climber Hutchinson lied about my attack on our great Secret Service [in her testimony to the January 6 committee], lied about her writing the White House note, lied about my throwing food at a wall in the Oval Office, & lied about my wanting to be surrounded by ‘people with guns’ during my ‘Go Peacefully and Patriotically’ speech (how crazy is that?), yet no guns were found in the Capitol. These lies, among others, were made UNDER OATH. What is the Justice Department going to do about this? Do we have a two tiered system of Justice?”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truths by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, June 30, 2022

6/30/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/LEGAL: “Former President Donald J. Trump’s political organization and his allies have paid for or promised to finance the legal fees of more than a dozen witnesses called in the congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 attack, raising legal and ethical questions about whether the former president may be influencing testimony with a direct bearing on him…

For months, the committee has suggested that Mr. Trump or those close to him might be attempting to influence potential witnesses. Its members have suggested, for instance, that Mr. Trump may have had a hand in the refusal of Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, to cooperate with the investigation.”

-Luke Broadwater, Maggie Haberman, Annie Karni, and Alan Feuer, “Trump Group Pays for Jan. 6 Lawyers, Raising Concerns of Witness Pressure,” nytimes.com, June 30, 2022

6/29/2022

INVESTIGATIONS: “The lies and fabricated stories being told to the partisan [January 6] Highly Unselect Committee, not only by the phony social climber who got caught yesterday, but by many others, are a disgrace to our, in serious decline, Nation. No cross examination, no real Republicans, no lawyers, NO NOTHING. Fake stories and an all Fake Narrative being produced, with ZERO pushback allowed 

Unselects should be forced to disband. WITCH HUNT!”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truths by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, June 29, 2022

6/29/2022

SECRET SERVICE: “The woman [Cassidy Hutchinson], who was a BIG Trump fan long AFTER January 6th (if her Fake Stories were true, why would she want to be?), was let go and not wanted in Florida, so she made up phony and completely outrageous stories, the craziest of which has already been proven to be a complete lie. The Secret Service said, according to the Media, it wasn’t true. Wow! She has now lost all credibility, just like the partisan Witch Hunt perpetuated by the [January 6] Unselect Committee of political hacks. MAGA!”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truths by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, June 29, 2022

6/28/2022

TRUMP PEOPLE: “I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, other than I heard very negative things about her (a total phony and ‘leaker’), and when she requested to go with certain others of the team to Florida after my having served a full term in office, I personally turned her request down. Why did she want to go with us if she felt we were so terrible? I understand that she was very upset and angry that I didn’t want her to go, or be a member of the team. She is bad news!”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truths by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, June 28, 2022

6/28/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/SECRET SERVICE: “Former President Donald Trump Tuesday denied that he tried to grab the steering wheel of the ‘Beast’ presidential limousine on Jan. 6 after a Secret Service agent told him he couldn’t go to the Capitol…

‘Her Fake story that I tried to grab the steering wheel of the White House Limousine in order to steer it to the Capitol Building is ‘sick’ and fraudulent, very much like the Unselect Committee itself – Wouldn’t even have been possible to do such a ridiculous thing,’ Trump posted on his social media network Truth Social. ‘Her story of me throwing food is also false…and why would SHE have to clean it up, I hardly knew who she was?'”

-Tyler Olson, “Trump denies trying to grab ‘Beast’ steering wheel when told he couldn’t go to Capitol on January 6,” foxnews.com, June 28, 2022

6/28/2022

INVESTIGATIONS: “Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified about a number of previously undisclosed items Tuesday [June 28, 2022]… Hutchinson also testified that Trump threw his lunch against the wall because he was so upset that his aides and the Secret Service hadn’t taken him to Capitol Hill. And she said that, just weeks earlier, Trump also threw his lunch against the wall following an Associated Press interview with his Attorney General, Bill Barr…

Hutchinson also shared new information about another presidential dining room scene, this one from Jan. 6, when she overheard Trump, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone discussing the chants at the Capitol to ‘Hang Mike Pence.’…

When Cipollone implored Meadows to get Trump to try to stop the violence, Hutchinson testified that Meadows responded: ‘You heard it, Pat. He thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.'”

-Matt Fuller, “‘Ketchup Dripping Down the Wall’: Bombshell After Bombshell at Jan. 6 Hearing,” thedailybeast.com, June 28, 2022

6/28/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/SECRET SERVICE: “Former President Donald Trump lunged at a Secret Service agent in a rage in the presidential limousine when told he could not be taken to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a former White House aide testified Tuesday.

“I’m the ‘effing’ president, take me up to the Capitol now!” Trump insisted, according to the aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, describing what she was told had happened in the limo that day by another White House aide, Tony Ornato.

Trump also grabbed the steering wheel of the limo in a fury after learning he would not be taken there, Hutchinson said.”

-Dan Mangan, “Trump lunged at Secret Service agent in rage when told he couldn’t go to Capitol on Jan. 6, aide testifies,” cnbc.com, June 28, 2022

6/28/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed a dozen social media posts in the wake of the testimony of a former top White House aide [Cassidy Hutchinson] before the January 6 committee, calling the staffer a ‘total phony,’ ‘third rate social climber’ and suggesting she was a ‘whacko’ because of her handwriting…

As Fox News’ Bret Baier noted, Hutchinson made her claims under oath while Trump was just ranting online. It is a crime to lie to Congress.”

-Brent D. Griffiths, “Trump rattles off a dozen livid social media posts in 2 hours as ex-aide gives explosive testimony to Jan. 6 panel: ‘A Total Phony!!!’,” businessinsider.com, June 28, 2022

6/27/2022

ABORTION/ENDORSEMENT: “On a sweltering day in Adams County, Illinois, former President Donald Trump spoke in front of thousands of exuberant supporters, highlighting his endorsement of first-term Congresswoman Mary Miller and gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey.

Supporters of former president Trump and Congresswoman Miller were energized after the repeal of Roe v. Wade. Miller called it a ‘victory for white life,’ though her campaign said that comment was a gaffe…

Trump called Miller ‘ultra-MAGA’ and a ‘name to remember.’ Many supporters said they will support Miller after Trump’s endorsement.”

-Harrison Malkin, “Former President Donald Trump gives Rep. Mary Miller a last minute boost,” illinoisnewsroom.org, June 27, 2022

6/27/2022

CONGRESS/INVESTIGATIONS: “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Monday [June 27, 2022] that everything is good between him and Donald Trump as the former president publicly questions whether it was wise to keep more Republicans off of the House January 6 committee…

McCarthy repeated his long-held defense of the decision, arguing that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have only selected Republicans that would have fit her views…

Trump told Punchbowl News last week that he has come to view McCarthy’s decision to pull his preferred slate of picks of Republicans as unwise… ‘I think it would have been good if we had representation.'”

-Brent D. Griffiths, “Kevin McCarthy says it’s ‘all good’ between him and Trump as the former president fumes about the lack of Republicans on the Jan. 6 committee: ‘The right decision was the decision I made,’ businessinsider.com, June 27, 2022

6/27/2022

2020 ELECTION/MEDIA: “Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Sunday [June 26, 2022] said former President Trump was ‘unhinged’ after the 2020 election, and told him to ‘move on’ from claims the election was stolen…

‘The president was unhinged during that period,’ Kilmeade told host Howard Kurtz. ‘I interviewed him at West Point, and he was kind enough to give me a few minutes. I’ve never seen him so angry. That was in between the election and Jan. 6.’

‘As soon as we were done, he just stormed off. And you know how long I’ve known him, for 15 years or 20 years prior to him going to the White House. I’ve never seen him so angry.'”

-Rachel Scully, “Kilmeade: Trump was ‘unhinged’ after election,” thehill.com, June 27, 2022

6/27/2022

DOJ/MIKE PENCE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “John Eastman, the Trump-allied lawyer who wrote memos urging then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election results, said in a court filing Monday that federal agents seized his phone last week…

Eastman’s suit said that the federal agents at first refused to show him the warrant and that when they eventually did, it indicated that his phone had been taken on behalf of the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General.”

-Dareh Gregorian and Ken Dilanian, “Trump-allied lawyer who pushed for Pence to overturn election says federal agents seized his phone,” nbcnews.com, June 27, 2022

6/24/2022

ABORTION/SUPREME COURT: “Today’s decision [relating to abortion], which is the biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation, along with other decisions that have been announced recently, were only made possible because I delivered everything as promised, including nominating and getting three highly respected and strong Constitutionalists confirmed to the United States Supreme Court. It was my great honor to do so! I did not cave to the Radical Left Democrats, their partners in the Fake News Media, or the RINOs who are likewise the true, but silent, enemy of the people. These major Victories prove that even though the Radical Left is doing everything in their power to destroy our Country, your Rights are being protected, the Country is being defended, and there is still hope and time to Save America! I will never stop fighting for the Great People of our Nation!”

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

6/24/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/PARDONS: “Among the many revelations surfaced in the ongoing hearing by the U.S. House committee investigating the riots of Jan. 6, 2021 is that a group of House Republicans — including Reps. Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Scott Perry — sought pardons from former President Donald Trump in his final weeks in office…

None of those mentioned in the hearing actually did secure a pardon, though Trump granted 143 pardons and 94 commutations during his time in office.”

-Virginia Chamlee, “Several House Republicans Allegedly Asked Donald Trump for a Pardon Before He Left the White House,” people.com, June 24, 2022

6/24/2022

ABORTION/MIKE PENCE/SUPREME COURT: “As Republicans across the United States are celebrating the Supreme Court decision Friday to overturn the fundamental right to an abortion established in Roe v. Wade, former vice president Mike Pence is calling for a national ban on the procedure, while former president Donald Trump argued the court’s decision is ‘something that will work out for everybody.’ […]

Trump praised the Supreme Court’s decision in a Friday interview with Fox News. ‘This is following the Constitution, and giving rights back when they should have been given long ago,’ Trump told the network.”

-Mariana Alfaro, Amy B Wang, and Timothy Bella, “Pence calls for national abortion ban as Trump, GOP celebrate end of Roe,” washingtonpost.com, June 24, 2022

6/24/2022

ABORTION/SUPREME COURT: “Former President Donald Trump called Friday’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade ‘the biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation’ — and gave himself credit for the outcome in the controversial decision to undo federal abortion rights.

Trump nominated three of the five conservative Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

That trio provided the margin of victory in the decision, which revoked the constitutional right to abortion that had existed for nearly a half-century.”

-Lauren Feiner and Dan Mangan, “Trump takes credit for end of Roe v. Wade after his 3 Supreme Court justice picks vote to void abortion rights,” cnbc.com, June 24, 2022

6/23/2022

2020 ELECTION/DOJ: “Witnesses described Trump’s desperate efforts to rope the Justice Department into a plot to overturn the [2020] election — trying at every turn to persuade government attorneys to act as an extension of his campaign…

Frustrated that the department’s leadership wouldn’t falsely claim the election was ‘corrupt,’ Trump nearly replaced the acting attorney general with a loyalist, backing down when he was told the move would trigger a cascade of resignations…

He browbeat department leaders, growing more insistent that they weren’t looking hard enough for fraud as Jan. 6, 2021, neared and Congress would certify Joe Biden’s victory.”

-Peter Nicholas and Ryan J. Reilly, “Key takeaways of Jan. 6 panel Day 5: Trump wanted DOJ to promote his interests,” nbcnews.com, June 23, 2022

6/22/2022

GOLF/SPORTS: “So INTERESTING to see the PGA Tour finally start to treat its players fairly now that the LIV Tour has opened to such a big BANG! They have finally increased purses to players, substantially, and I am sure will soon be reducing their massive
executive salaries in order to make things work. The players are now asking, however, why didn’t they raise the purses long ago? Also, what will happen to the TREMENDOUSLY valuable Tax Exempt Status that the PGA Tour now enjoys?”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, June 22, 2022

6/14/2022

2020 ELECTION/INVESTIGATIONS: “Former President Donald Trump released a 12-page statement bashing the Capitol-riot investigation on Monday, saying it was trying to stop him from running for president again…

Trump said in his statement: ‘The January 6th Unselect Committee is disgracing everything we hold sacred about our Constitution. If they had any real evidence, they’d hold real hearings with equal representation.'[…]

Trump also dedicated nearly nine pages of his statement to push baseless conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was rigged, saying his supporters went to the Capitol on January 6, 2021, to hold ‘elected officials accountable for the obvious signs of criminal activity throughout the Election.'”

-Sophia Ankel, “Trump releases 12-page statement bashing the Jan. 6 investigation, saying it is merely to stop him from running for president again,” businessinsider.com, June 14, 2022

6/14/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP FAMILY: “New York’s highest court declined to take up an appeal by former President Donald Trump and two of his adult children, a decision that obligates the Trumps to sit for depositions next month in the ongoing civil investigation into how they valued their real estate holdings.

The New York Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal ‘upon the ground that no substantial constitutional question is directly involved.'”

-Aaron Katersky, “Donald Trump, eldest children to give sworn depositions in real estate investigation,” abcnews.go.com, June 14, 2022

6/14/2022

2020 ELECTION/RUDY GIULIANI/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Rudy Giuliani denied Tuesday [June 14, 2022] that he was drunk when he urged former President Donald Trump to declare victory on election night as votes were still being counted, and said he was ‘disgusted’ by a Trump aide who’d testified otherwise before the Jan. 6 committee.

‘I REFUSED all alcohol that evening,’ Giuliani wrote in a pair of tweets that were later deleted…

Giuliani suggested the pair were trying to get back at him for berating them about their lack of preparedness to combat his numerous baseless and debunked allegations of widespread voter fraud.”

-Dareh Gregorian, “Rudy Giuliani blasts Trump aides over claim he was drunk on election night,” nbcnews.com, June 14, 2022

6/13/2022

2020 ELECTION/INVESTIGATIONS/RUDY GIULIANI/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A drunken Rudy Giuliani advised then-President Donald Trump to declare victory on election night 2020 despite the fact that Fox News had called Arizona for Joe Biden and votes had yet to be fully counted in other battleground states, former advisers to the president told the Jan. 6 select committee…

On Friday, ethical misconduct charges were filed against Giuliani in Washington, D.C., over his baseless assertions in federal court challenging the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election. Giuliani was unsuccessful in his various court challenges to overturn election results.”

-David Knowles, “‘Intoxicated’ Rudy Giuliani wanted Trump to declare victory on election night, campaign staff says,” news.yahoo.com, June 13, 2022

6/13/2022

CAMPAIGN FINANCE/INVESTIGATIONS: “The committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot said that former President Donald Trump’s campaign fundraised off of baseless allegations of election fraud but spent very little of the money on legal action.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said Monday morning [June 13, 2022] that the House select committee would show ‘that the Trump campaign used these false claims of election fraud to raise hundreds of millions of dollars from supporters who were told their donations were for the legal fight in the courts. But the Trump campaign didn’t use the money for that.'”

-Christopher Wilson, “Jan. 6 panel: Trump campaign used ‘big lie’ to raise millions from supporters,” news.yahoo.com, June 13, 2022

 

 

6/13/2022

2020 ELECTION/INVESTIGATIONS/WILLIAM BARR: “Former attorney general Bill Barr… told the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riots in recorded testimony that Trump was making increasingly outlandish claims about rigged voting machines and fraudulent vote dumps that the former president claimed were swinging the 2020 election against him…

‘And I was somewhat demoralized because I thought, “Boy if he really believes this stuff, he has lost contact with — he’s become detached from reality, if he really believes this stuff,”‘ Barr continued.”

-Brett Samuels, “Barr worried Trump was ‘detached from reality’ in aftermath of 2020 election,” thehill.com, June 13, 2022

6/13/2022

2020 ELECTION/INVESTIGATIONS/VOTER FRAUD: “The Jan. 6 committee used its second hearing [on June 13, 2022] to lay out evidence that Donald Trump must have known better: that he was repeatedly informed that his claims of widespread voter fraud were bogus and that he had lost the 2020 election — and he pressed forward in trying to overturn the result regardless.

The question is crucial when it comes to determining whether Trump’s effort meets the legal definition of acting ‘corruptly.’”

-Aaron Blake, “3 takeaways from the second Jan. 6 committee hearing,” washingtonpost.com, June 13, 2022

6/12/2022

2022 MIDTERM/2024 ELECTION/FLORIDA: “Donald Trump in recent months has been telling confidants that he may launch his 2024 presidential campaign early — and that he’s considering launching it in Florida to stick it to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Trump has kicked around staging a large, flashy launch rally (with fireworks, of course) that would announce his White House bid before the 2022 midterm elections, according to three sources familiar with the matter.”

-Asawin Suebsaeng, “Taking Aim at DeSantis, Spooked Trump Considers Launching 2024 Bid in Florida,” rollingstone.com, June 12, 2022

6/10/2022

INVESTIGATIONS: “So the Unselect Committee of political HACKS refuses to play any of the many positive witnesses and statements, refuses to talk of the [2020] Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place on a massive scale, and decided to use a documentary maker from Fake News ABC to spin only negative footage. Our Country is in such trouble!”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, June 10, 2022

6/10/2022

2020 ELECTION/DEMS/TRUMP PEOPLE/WILLIAM BARR: “Bill Barr was a weak and frightened Attorney General who was always being ‘played’ and threatened by the Democrats and was scared stiff of being Impeached. How do you not get impeached? Do nothing, or say nothing, especially about the obviously RIGGED & STOLEN Election or, to put it another way, THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY! The Democrats hit pay dirt with Barr, he was stupid, ridiculously said there was no problem with the Election, & they left him alone. It worked for him, but not for our Country!”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, June 10, 2022

6/10/2022

2020 ELECTION/INVESTIGATIONS: “The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol laid the blame firmly on Donald Trump Thursday night [June 9, 2022], saying the assault was hardly spontaneous but an ‘attempted coup’ and a direct result of the defeated president’s effort to overturn the 2020 election.

With a never-before-seen 12-minute video of extremist groups leading the deadly siege and startling testimony from Trump’s most inner circle, the 1/6 committee provided gripping detail in contending that Trump’s repeated lies about election fraud and his public effort to stop Joe Biden’s victory led to the attack and imperiled American democracy.”

-Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick, and Farnoush Amiri, “Capitol riot panel blames Trump for 1/6 ‘attempted coup,’” apnews.com, June 10, 2022

6/9/2022

INVESTIGATIONS: “The Unselect Committee didn’t spend one minute studying the reason that people went to Washington, D.C., in massive numbers, far greater than the Fake News Media is willing to report, or that the Unselects are willing to even mention, because January 6th was not simply a protest, it represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again. It was about an Election that was Rigged and Stolen, and a Country that was about to go to HELL..& look at our Country now!”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, June 9, 2022

6/9/2022

2020 ELECTION/INVESTIGATIONS/RUSSIA: “The Unselect Committee of political Thugs, essentially the same group who brought you the now fully debunked and discredited RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA HOAX (and many others!), refused to study and report on the massive amount of irrefutable evidence, much of it recently produced, that shows the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen. They want NOTHING to do with that topic because they cannot win on the facts. CANCEL & DENY, call it “THE BIG LIE,” is all they can do. Corrupt Politicians!”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, June 9, 2022

6/9/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/NANCY PELOSI/NATIONAL GUARD: “The Unselect Committee has now learned that I, as President, suggested & offered up to 20,000 National Guard, or troops, be deployed in D.C. because it was felt that the crowd was going to be very large. Crazy Nancy Pelosi turned down the offer, she didn’t like the way it looked. Likewise, the Mayor of D.C. Had they taken up the offer, there would have been no January 6th. The Unselects have ruled Pelosi ‘off limits, no questions.’ The hearing is another political HOAX to counter Inflation etc.”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, June 9, 2022

6/7/2022

FOREIGN AFFAIRS/INVESTIGATIONS: “The U.S. House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee said on Tuesday [June 7, 2022] it had opened an investigation into what it called former President Donald Trump’s failure to account for gifts received from foreign government officials.

Under federal law, U.S. departments and agencies are required to inform the State Department of gifts over $415 its employees received from foreign governments. The law aims to ensure U.S. officials are kept free from foreign influence.”

-Reuters, “U.S. House panel probes Trump’s accounting of foreign gifts,” news.yahoo.com, June 7, 2022

6/7/2022

2020 ELECTION/SECRET SERVICE: “Shortly before pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Secret Service agents scrambled to try to secure a motorcade route so then-President Donald Trump could accompany his supporters as they marched on Congress to demand he stay in power [after losing the 2020 election], according to two people briefed on witnesses’ accounts to congressional investigators.

The hectic events that day followed nearly two weeks of persistent pressure from Trump on the Secret Service to devise a plan for him to join his supporters on a march to the Capitol from the park near the White House where he was leading a rally that he predicted would be ‘wild.’”

-Carol D. Leonnig, Josh Dawsey, Peter Hermann, and Jacqueline Alemany, “Trump call Jan. 6 to ‘walk down to the Capitol’ prompted Secret Service scramble,” washingtonpost.com, June 7, 2022

6/7/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Former White House adviser Peter Navarro appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show Monday night [June 6, 2022], where he complained about his arrest this week for refusing to comply with a January 6 Committee investigation into the Capitol riot.

Navarro’s arrest came after ignoring a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury on Thursday about the Capitol attack…

Navarro was indicted on charges of contempt of Congress on Friday for repeatedly refusing to comply with the House Committee investigating the January 6 riot. He was taken into custody after trying to board a flight at the Nashville airport that same day.”

-Cheryl Teh, “Peter Navarro went on Tucker Carlson’s show to complain he was treated like an ‘Al Qaeda terrorist’ during his arrest in connection with contempt of Congress charges,” businessinsider.com, June 7, 2022

6/6/2022

2020 ELECTION/ELECTORAL COLLEGE/GEORGIA/TRUMP CAMPAIGN: “The Trump campaign directed a group of Georgia Republicans to meet in secret and obscure their objectives in an email obtained by federal prosecutors as part of their recent investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the [2020] election in several swing states…

The Georgia email has not been disclosed publicly until now. It was sent by Robert Sinners, Trump’s election day operations lead in Georgia on December 13, 2020, 18 hours before the group of alternate electors gathered at the Georgia State Capitol, according to multiple sources familiar with it…

The email underscores the Trump campaign’s role in creating false election documents as a way to supplant Joe Biden’s win in Georgia.”

-Katelyn Polantz, Zachary Cohen, and Evan Perez, “Email reveals Trump campaign told fake electors in Georgia to use ‘complete secrecy,’” cnn.com, June 6, 2022

6/1/2022

2020 ELECTION/GEORGIA/INVESTIGATIONS: “Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who was on the receiving end of an infamous Jan. 2, 2021, phone call in which then-President Donald Trump pleaded with him ‘to find 11,780 votes, will testify under oath Thursday [June 2, 2022] before a special grand jury investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election…

Trump said in a Jan. 20 statement that, ‘My phone call to the Secretary of State of Georgia was perfect.'”

-Graham Kates, “Georgia secretary of state to testify to grand jury investigating Trump effort to overturn election,” cbsnews.com, June 1, 2022

6/1/2022

UKRAINE/WAR: “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shut down a Newsmax interviewer who prompted him to say that there would be no war in Ukraine if former President Donald Trump were still the US president…

Zelenskyy said: ‘Well, I believe what’s the most important is the assistance from the people of the United States. They are paying the taxes, and the money being allocated to support Ukraine comes from the taxes, and it’s all of that humanitarian, financial, military support to Ukraine. So I am grateful to the current president of the United States as well as to those in the political parties that support us.’

‘I am sorry if I’ll be saying something that you don’t like, but for us as the country in war, it doesn’t matter whether it’s Democrats or Republicans. It’s the people of the United States that support us,’ he said.”

-Sinéad Baker, “Zelenskyy shuts down Newsmax interviewer who tried to get him to say there would be no war if Trump were president,” businessinsider.com, June 1, 2022

 

5/31/2022

TRUMP PEOPLE: “Former Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro said he has been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury this week and turn over documents related to the Jan. 6 riot, including ‘any communications with formal President Trump and/or his counsel or representative.’

Navarro made the claim in a lawsuit he filed Tuesday against the House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol… [saying] the committee’s own subpoena to him is ‘unlawful and unenforceable’ and should be thrown out by a judge.”

-Allan Smith and Dareh Gregorian, “Ex-Trump aide Peter Navarro says he’s been subpoenaed for Jan. 6 documents,” nbcnews.com, May 31, 2022

5/27/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/NEW YORK: “A federal judge on Friday [May 27, 2022] dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, rejecting the former president’s claim that she targeted him out of political animus and allowing her civil investigation into his business practices to continue…

[Judge] Sannes, who was appointed in 2014 by former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, said James had a legitimate basis for investigating Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, and that Trump failed to show that recent court proceedings seeking to enforce subpoenas on him were ‘commenced for the purpose of retaliation.’”

-The Associated Press, “A judge has dismissed Trump’s lawsuit against New York’s attorney general,” npr.org, May 27, 2022

5/27/2022

2020 ELECTION/GEORGIA/INVESTIGATIONS: “As many as 50 witnesses are expected to be subpoenaed by a special grand jury that will begin hearing testimony next week in the criminal investigation into whether former President Donald J. Trump and his allies violated Georgia laws in their efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state…

[Fulton County district attorney] Ms. Willis is weighing racketeering among other potential charges… Her investigators are also reviewing the slate of fake electors that Republicans created in a desperate attempt to circumvent the state’s voters.”

-Richard Fausset and Danny Hakim, “Up to 50 Subpoenas Expected as Grand Jury Begins Trump Inquiry,” nytimes.com, May 27, 2022

5/27/2022

MEDIA/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “Former President Donald Trump appears intent to launch a subscription streaming video service, even as his company’s flagship product Truth Social has thus far failed to take off.

Trump Media and Technology Group, led by CEO Devin Nunes, is actively beginning to build out the streaming service, and securities filing Friday details what the company has in store…

‘TMTG+ intends to offer programs including, but not limited to blue collar comedy, cancelled shows, Trump-specific programming, faith-based shows, family entertainment, shows that embrace the Second Amendment, and news,’ the filing says.”

-Alex Weprin, “Donald Trump’s Media Company Seeks ‘Cancelled’ Shows, News and Podcasts for Its Subscription Streaming Service,” hollywoodreporter.com, May 27, 2022

5/27/2022

2016 ELECTION/AWARDS/RUSSIA: “In letters dated October 3, 2021, and November 15, 2021, I requested that the Pulitzer Prize Board rescind the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting that it awarded to The New York Times and The Washington Post for their purportedly ‘deeply sourced… coverage… of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connection to the Trump campaign.’ […]

Together with the publications that have obsessively promulgated disgustingly false attacks against me, you have done all you can to destroy my reputation, how do I get my reputation back?…

I again call on you to rescind the Prize you awarded based on blatantly fake, derogatory and defamatory news. If you chose to not do so, we will see you in court.”

-Donald Trump, “Letter to the Pulitzer Prizes,” donaldjtrump.com, May 31, 2021

[Note: Click to read the full text of the letter.]

5/26/2022

INVESTIGATION/NEW YORK: “Former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices, a state appeals court ruled Thursday [May 26, 2022], rejecting his argument that he be excused from testifying because his answers could be used in a parallel criminal probe.

A four-judge panel in the appellate division of the state’s trial court upheld Judge Arthur Engoron’s Feb. 17 ruling, which enforced subpoenas requiring that Trump and his two eldest children — Ivanka and Donald Jr. — give deposition testimony in Attorney General Letitia James’ probe.”

-Michael R. Sisak, “Trump loses appeal, must testify in New York civil probe,” apnews.com, May 26, 2022

5/26/2022

SCOTT PRUITT/TRUMP ADMIN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Scott Pruitt, while in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Trump administration, repeatedly pressured his federal security officers to drive at excessive and sometimes dangerous speeds on routine trips, with sirens and emergency lights on, because he had a habit of running late, according to a federal report released on Thursday [May 26, 2022].

The security officers said they knew this was a violation of federal policies and ‘endangered public safety’ the report said. Among the incidents cited in the report was a 2017 trip in which a special agent drove Mr. Pruitt with the lights and sirens going, in the wrong direction into oncoming traffic, to pick up Mr. Pruitt’s dry cleaning, when Mr. Pruitt was late for an agency meeting.”

-Eric Lipton, “Trump E.P.A. Chief ‘Endangered Public Safety’ by Ordering His Drivers to Speed,” nytimes.com, May 26, 2022

5/25/2022

GUNS/NRA: “America needs real solutions and real leadership in this moment, not politicians and partisanship.
That’s why I will keep my longtime commitment to speak in Texas at the NRA Convention and deliver an important address to America. In the meantime, we all continue to pray for the victims, their families, and for our entire nation-
-we are all in this together!”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth by Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, May 25, 2022

5/25/2022

GUNS/SECRET SERVICE: “Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Leadership Forum on Friday [May 27, 2022]. But audience members at the group’s annual meeting, being held this year in Houston, won’t be able to carry guns during his address…

According to the NRA, the Secret Service is taking control of the hall during Trump’s speech and is prohibiting attendees from having firearms, firearms accessories and knives. Ammunition, laser pointers, pepper spray, toy guns, backpacks and other items also won’t be allowed.”

-Joe Hernandez, “Guns are banned during Trump’s upcoming speech at the NRA conference,” npr.org, May 25, 2022

5/25/2022

2020 ELECTION/ELECTIONS/GEORGIA/GOP: “Former President Donald Trump’s crusade for vengeance suffered two devastating blows after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won their primaries Tuesday despite rejecting Trump’s entreaties to reverse his 2020 election loss.

It’s a huge warning sign for the way Republican voters view the former president’s crusade to punish those who were not willing to overturn the will of the voters in 2020.”

-Nicholas Riccardi, “Takeaways: Trump’s big defeat; election denial backfiring,” apnews.com, May 25, 2022

5/25/2022

ELECTIONS/ENDORSEMENT/GOP: “Former President Donald Trump boasted that Tuesday night’s Republican primary results were a victory for his faction of the GOP, despite losing key races by wide margins…

The former president remains a key player in GOP politics despite Tuesday’s setbacks. His endorsement of JD Vance in Ohio delivered the final push Vance needed to secure the Republican Senate nomination.”

-Anders Hagstrom, “Trump claims victory in Republican primaries despite key losses,” foxnews.com, May 25, 2022

5/24/2022

2020 ELECTION/RUDY GIULIANI: “Donald Trump’s onetime attorney Rudy Giuliani testified to the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack at length on Friday but declined to discuss the involvement of congressional Republicans in efforts to overturn the 2020 election result, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The move by Giuliani to refuse to give insight into Republican involvement could mean his appearance only marginally advanced the inquiry into his ploy to have the then vice-president, Mike Pence, unlawfully keep Trump in office after he lost to Joe Biden.”

-Hugo Lowell, “Rudy Giuliani stonewalls Capitol attack investigators during lengthy deposition,” theguardian.com, May 24, 2022

5/22/2022

2020 ELECTION/2024 ELECTION: “In four crucial battleground states, Republican candidates who falsely contend that Donald Trump won the 2020 election are running for state attorney general.

If they win, they’d serve as their states’ top law enforcement officers and would have the power to use their office to tilt the outcome of presidential elections. If Trump should run again in 2024, and the outcome is close in a handful of states, the actions attorneys general are able to take could also give Trump cover to claim falsely claim victory once again…

Along with the governor and, in most states, the secretary of state, the state attorney general is part of a trio of elected officials who oversee, administer, defend and certify elections and election results. Election deniers are also running in many states for secretary of state and governor.”

-Adam Edelman, “Election deniers who say Trump won in 2020 are running to be top cop in 4 battleground states,” nbcnews.com, May 22, 2022

5/22/2022

ELECTIONS/PENNSYLVANIA: “So, what’s going on with Pennsylvania? Five days now, and watched over by incompetent Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Josh Shapiro. The entire Nation of France was done during the evening of the ONE DAY Presidential Election. USED PAPER BALLOTS, no discrepancies. ARE WE A THIRD WORLD NATION??? Are we becoming Venezuela (YES!).”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth from Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, May 22, 2022

5/22/2022

NEW YORK/SOCIAL MEDIA/TWITTER: “Twitter is in big trouble, has lost all credibility, and is unlikely to see Elon Musk close his ridiculous deal with them after having learned so much about the massive number of Bots and Fake Accounts that people using Twitter must endure. Why doesn’t the Corrupt Racist New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, who just dropped out of the Governor’s race after getting almost no support, investigate them? It would be great politics for a ‘political hack’ like her.”

-Donald Trump, “ICYMI: Truth from Donald J. Trump,” donaldjtrump.com, May 22, 2022

5/20/2022

LAWSUIT/NEW YORK: “Former President Donald Trump has paid a $110,000 fine for failing to comply with a New York attorney general subpoena but risks reviving his contempt order if he fails to provide affidavits by a Friday deadline…

Trump is required to provide those affidavits if New York Justice Arthur F. Engoron is to keep the contempt order lifted. The order imposes a $10,000 fine for every day that the former president fails to comply with the subpoena seeking documents in the attorney general’s investigation of his business.”

-Theresa Schliep, “Trump Pays $110K To NY AG, Still Risks Contempt,” law360.com, May 20, 2022

5/20/2022

2024 ELECTION/ABORTION: “In the weeks since a draft opinion to overturn Roe was revealed, Trump has barely talked about the issue during interviews, at political rallies, and in his social media posts. According to two sources familiar with the matter, this is indeed an intentional and calculated silence. In recent days, Trump has told some of his allies and counselors that “suburban women” and other key voting groups don’t like hearing about the issue, as they are simply more pro-choice than the mainstream of the Republican Party and conservative movement. He has also told several associates that if he went too hard now on the topic of overturning Roe, it would give his enemies the chance to ‘use it against’ him — the strong implication being, according to the two sources, that if Trump ultimately runs for the White House again in 2024, it could be more a political liability than an asset.”

-Asawin Suebsaeng and Adam Rawnsley, “Exclusive: Trump Is Telling Allies His Record on Abortion Could Hurt His 2024 Chances,” rollingstone.com, May 20, 2022

5/19/2022

VLADIMIR PUTIN: “Vladimir Putin ‘had to keep explaining things’ to Donald Trump when Trump was US president, the former White House aide Fiona Hill said.

‘Putin doesn’t like to do that,’ Hill told the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

‘You could see that he got frustrated many times with President Trump. Even though he loves to be able to spin his own version of events, he wants to have predictability in the person that he’s engaging with.’”

-Martin Pengelly, “Putin ‘had to keep explaining things to Trump’, ex-White House aide says,” theguardian.com, May 19, 2022

5/19/2022

2020 ELECTION/MICHIGAN: “Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s top election official… received an especially disturbing piece of information: President Donald Trump suggested in a White House meeting that she should be arrested for treason and executed.

Benson, a Democrat, revealed the alleged remark for the first time in an interview with NBC News. She said she learned of it from a source familiar with Trump’s White House meeting…

Reached for comment, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich said: ‘I have it on good authority that Secretary Benson knowingly lied throughout her interview with NBC News.’”

-Cynthia McFadden, Kevin Monahan, and Alexandra Chaidez, “Michigan election chief: Trump suggested I be arrested for treason and executed,” nbcnews.com, May 19, 2022

5/16/2022

SOCIAL MEDIA/TWITTER: [According to a document by Digital World Acquisition Corp.,] “Trump is obligated to first post to Truth Social, a new social network he’s backing, and can’t publish the same content on another social media site for six hours. After that, he can post to ‘any site to which he has access,’ according to the filing.

The six-hour policy would mostly affect Trump’s Twitter use if he’s allowed back on the platform under potential owner Musk…

Digital World Acquisition has a deal to take Trump Media & Technology Group, which owns Truth Social, public.”

-Jessica Bursztynsky, “Trump’s free to use Twitter if Musk lifts his ban, but he has to post on Truth Social first,” cnbc.com, May 16, 2022

5/16/2022

2020 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/FEC: “Federal regulators have deadlocked on a complaint that Donald Trump’s 2020 White House campaign laundered hundreds of millions of dollars in spending through corporate entities closely tied to the ex-president and his family, according to a ruling document obtained by Insider…

Had the FEC ruled against the Trump campaign, Trump’s committee could have faced significant fines.”

-Dave Levinthal and C. Ryan Barber, “Trump’s campaign committee dodges penalty as federal watchdog deadlocks on complaint it laundered hundreds of millions of dollars,” businessinsider.com, May 16, 2022

5/15/2022

2020 ELECTION/MEDIA: “Donald Trump called out against Fox News on Saturday, claiming that the network ‘won’t even show or discuss’ the 2020 election fraud documentary ‘2000 Mules.’

‘Fox News is no longer Fox News,’ he posted on his TruthSocial account. ‘They won’t even show or discuss the greatest & most impactful documentary of our time, ‘2000 Mules.’ The Radical Left Democrats are thrilled – They don’t want the TRUTH to get out.’”

-Harper Lambert, “Donald Trump Slams Fox News, Suggests CNN ‘Go Conservative,’” thewrap.com, May 15, 2022

5/15/2022

2020 ELECTION: “Former President Donald Trump told supporters on Saturday that he’s writing a book about his baseless claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him and said he’ll title it ‘The Crime of the Century.’

As he spoke for over an hour at an event in Austin, Trump criticized the integrity of the election.”

-Matthew Loh, “Trump told rally-goers he’s writing a book called ‘The Crime of the Century’ about the lie that the presidency was stolen from him,” news.yahoo.com, May 15, 2022

5/15/2022

AFGHANISTAN/GUNS: “Speaking in Austin, Texas, on Saturday [May 14, 2022], the former president took to the stage shortly after law enforcement officials said an 18-year-old white man opened fire on customers and employees, killing 10 at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

‘I think they had a tragic event in Buffalo, just as I’m coming on the stage, tragic event in Buffalo with numerous people being killed,’ Trump said… ‘In 18 months in Afghanistan, we lost nobody,’ the former president continued in an apparent non-sequitur…

Throughout the final 18 months of Trump’s presidency, a total of 22 US service members were reported dead in Afghanistan.”

-Joshua Zitser, “Trump uses Buffalo mass shooting to make misleading boast about lack of US deaths in Afghanistan during his presidency, video shows,” businessinsider.com, May 15, 2022

5/13/2022

CHILDREN/DEMS/UKRAINE: “The Democrats are sending another $40 billion to Ukraine, yet America’s parents are struggling to even feed their children. There is a massive formula shortage, but no one is talking about it—it is a national disgrace. It is unthinkable that in the year 2022 American families are unable to get baby formulas for their children. Families whose children have serious allergies and require ‘elemental’ formula are in even more desperate and dire straits. The pain that mothers and fathers are going through who literally cannot get nutrition for their newborns and infants is a mark of eternal shame on the Democrat Party. America First!”

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

5/10/2022

ENDORSEMENTS: “He’s not on the ballot, but former President Donald Trump is front and center in two high-profile Republican primaries on Tuesday as voters in Nebraska and West Virginia head to the polls.

One week after Trump-backed Ohio GOP Senate candidate JD Vance came out on top in a crowded and divisive primary, thanks in large part to the former president’s recent endorsement, Trump’s continued sway over the Republican Party faces two more stiff tests in primary showdowns that have grabbed national attention.”

-Paul Steinhauser, “Trump center stage in heated GOP primaries in Nebraska and West Virginia on Tuesday,” foxnews.com, May 10, 2022

5/10/2022

SOCIAL MEDIA/TWITTER: “Elon Musk said Tuesday [May 10, 2022] he would reverse Twitter’s ban on former President Donald Trump if his acquisition goes through…

Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the platform in January 2021 following the attack by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol. The company said it made the decision after the Jan. 6 riot ‘due to the risk of further incitement of violence.’ Trump was an avid tweeter and at the time had more than 80 million followers on the platform…

Musk, who is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, on Tuesday acknowledged that Trump said he wouldn’t return to the platform. Still, some people close to him say they expect Trump to return to Twitter anyway.”

-Jessica Bursztynsky, “Elon Musk says he would lift Twitter ban on Donald Trump after deal closes,” cnbc.com, May 10, 2022

5/9/2022

NEW YORK/INVESTIGATIONS: “Former President Donald Trump said he no longer has four cell phones identified by the New York attorney general’s investigation into the Trump Organization’s finances but has turned over his personal phone to be searched as he tries to convince a state judge to lift a civil contempt ruling that so far has cost him $140,000…

Trump also said that since 2010, he does not use email, text messages, or a computer for work. He also said he does not keep documents, files or papers relating to his business at his personal homes.”

-Kara Scannell, “Trump says he has no Trump Organization cell phones and asks judge to end contempt fines,” cnn.com, May 9, 2022

5/8/2022

TRUMP PEOPLE: “Trump called [Mark] Esper’s claims [in his new book about being Defense Secretary under Trump] a ‘complete lie’ in a statement to 60 Minutes, saying that 10 witnesses would back him up.

‘Mark Esper was weak and totally ineffective, and because of it, I had to run the military. I took out ISIS, Qasem Soleimani, al-Baghdadi, rebuilt the military with $2.5 trillion, created Space Force, and so much more,’ Trump said in the statement. ‘Mark Esper was a stiff who was desperate not to lose his job.’ Trump added, ‘He would do anything I wanted, that’s why I called him Yesper.’”

-Paul Best, “Trump spars with Esper over claims that the former president wanted to shoot protesters,” foxnews.com, May 8, 2022

5/5/2022

JOE BIDEN: “Former President Trump on Thursday [May 5, 2022] told Fox News Digital that ‘MAGA is saving America,’ and slammed President Biden for being ‘divisive’ when he called MAGA the ‘most extreme political organization that’s existed in recent American history.’

‘MAGA is saving America,’ Trump told Fox News. ‘Our country is going to hell.’”

-Brooke Singman, “Trump reacts to Biden’s MAGA criticism, says movement ‘saving America,’” foxnews.com, May 5, 2022

5/5/2022

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

In Mr. Esper’s telling, Mr. Trump seemed more emboldened, and more erratic, after he was acquitted in his first impeachment trial…

Among Mr. Trump’s desires was to put 10,000 active-duty troops on the streets of Washington on June 1, 2020, after large protests against police brutality erupted following the police killing of George Floyd. Mr. Trump asked Mr. Esper about the demonstrators, ‘Can’t you just shoot them?’”

-Maggie Haberman, “Trump Proposed Launching Missiles Into Mexico to ‘Destroy the Drug Labs,’ Esper Says,” nytimes.com, May 5, 2022

5/4/2022

ABORTION/SUPREME COURT: “President Donald Trump slammed the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion on Roe v. Wade in an exclusive interview with David Brody that will air on the rapidly growing Real America’s Voice network on Wednesday, May 4 at 3pm EST.

‘I will say the leak was a terrible thing, you are just not used to that for the Supreme Court,’ said Trump. ‘You see so much leaking in our world — in your world, in my world. Although not so much now, it’s very interesting. You know you try and cover those leaks. But you’ve never seen it, or they’ve rarely seen it, in the Supreme Court. It was very shocking, I think. I think it was a very bad thing for the country,’ he continued.

The 45th President also took credit for the expected decision. ‘A lot of people are very happy about [pro-life Supreme Court justices],’ he said. ‘Some people maybe say it’s my fault and some people say thank you very much.’”

-Real America’s Voice, “Donald Trump to Address SCOTUS Leak, Elon Musk, and More in Exclusive Interview Airing on Real America’s Voice Wednesday, May 4,” prnewswire.com, May 4, 2022

5/4/2022

LAWSUIT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP FAMILY: “The Trump family business and President Donald J. Trump’s 2017 inauguration committee have jointly agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the attorney general for the District of Columbia, who claimed that the Trump International Hotel in Washington illegally received excessive payments from the inauguration committee.

The settlement in the civil suit came with no admission of wrongdoing by the Trump Organization, the former president or the inaugural committee.”

-Eric Lipton, “Trump Settles Suit Over Payments to Hotel for 2017 Inauguration,” nytimes.com, May 4, 2022

5/4/2022

LAWSUIT/NEW YORK: “A New York court has rejected an attempt by Donald Trump to halt a contempt order and $10,000 in daily fines levied against the former US president for failing to properly comply with an investigation into his company.

Trump was found in contempt of the court last month for failing to comply with a subpoena… [and] was hit with a $10,000 daily fine by the judge, Arthur Engoron, until he provided the documents sought by James. Trump claims the records cannot be found and attempted to have the fines and contempt order removed…

However, Engoron has turned down this appeal, leaving Trump with $80,000 in fines to date.”

-Oliver Milman, “Court rejects Trump’s attempt to halt contempt order and $10,000 daily fine,” theguardian.com, May 4, 2022

5/4/2022

DONALD JR/INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP FAMILY: “Donald Trump Jr., the son of former President Donald Trump, met on Tuesday [May 3, 2022] with the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.

Trump Jr. was a high-profile surrogate for the Trump campaign and was among the most prominent supporters of his father to push a false narrative about the election results in the period between the 2020 election and January 6, 2021…

A person familiar with the interview said it was conducted remotely, lasted a little more than three hours and was cordial. Trump Jr. answered all the questions and did not assert the Fifth Amendment during the interview, the person said.”

-Ryan Nobles, Annie Grayer, and Zachary Cohen, “Donald Trump Jr. met with the House January 6 committee on Tuesday,” cnn.com, May 4, 2022

5/3/2022

2020 ELECTION/WISCONSIN: “Everyone knows the wisdom embodied in the saying ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ The WSJ’s May 2, 2022 editorial argues that we should ignore the blatant fraud that took place in Wisconsin in the November 2020 election as detailed by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman in his 136 page Preliminary Report issued on March 1, 2022.

To ignore the fraud that Justice Gableman continues to uncover is to allow that fraud to be repeated. Justice Gableman’s Report revealed many illegal and unethical acts including Zuckerberg funded election bribery, illegal ballot drop boxes, and obstruction of evidence gathering. Gableman also revealed that the Wisconsin Election Commission shared access to Wisconsin’s registration system with Zuckerberg funded left-wing activists, disregarded Wisconsin law so that tens of thousands of nursing home residents could be exploited for their votes, and illegally encouraged Wisconsin voters declare themselves ‘indefinitely confined’ under Wisconsin law, thereby avoiding Wisconsin’s voter ID requirements.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, May 3, 2022

5/3/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/NEW YORK: “After handing over millions of pages of documents, perhaps more than any person or entity has ever given before, there is nothing that can be done to satisfy the racist Attorney General of New York State, failed Gubernatorial candidate Letitia James, or the New York State Courts which are biased, unyielding, and totally unfair. With rampant and record setting crime, a 42.8% increase over last year was just announced, and every other unimaginable problem, no wonder everyone is leaving the State, including businesses left and right.

This is a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in history, and it should not be allowed to continue. It is a politically driven Scam the likes of which has never been seen before. If I wasn’t leading in every poll by substantial numbers, this persecution would have long ago ended. The good news is, I have done nothing wrong!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by 45th President Donald J. Trump on Racist Attorney General Letitia James’ Continued Harassment,” donaldjtrump.com, May 3, 2022

5/3/2022

RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A top Trump political appointee delayed a report on Russian election interference in the 2020 election in a way that created the perception that intelligence was politicized, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security watchdog…

The report also found that the appointee, acting Secretary Chad Wolf, who is not named, ‘participated in the review process multiple times despite lacking any formal role in reviewing the product, resulting in the delay of its dissemination on at least one occasion.’”

-Ken Dilation, “Trump appointee delayed report on Russian election interference, federal watchdog says,” nbcnews.com, May 3, 2022

5/2/2022

SPORTS: “Trump once again expressed his feelings about James during a political rally in Nebraska. When the subject turned to transgender athletes, Trump took aim at James.

‘I’ll say this to LeBron James who I don’t like very much,’ Trump said during his speech. ‘I’ll say, ‘LeBron, did you ever have thoughts about going woman? Because if you did I’d love to have you on my basketball team.’’”

-Shandel Richardson, “Former President Donald Trump Goes After LeBron James Over Transgender Athletes,” si.com, May 2, 2022

5/1/2022

2020 ELECTION/MITCH MCCONNELL: “Mitch McConnell and his RINO friends would rather see a Democrat like Biden be president than a Republican like me. It works better for him and his agenda, but it doesn’t work better for our Country. He should have done something about it, and he still should. When a thief robs a jewelry store and gets caught, they have to give back the jewelry. Think of it: The [2020] election was rigged and stolen, we found out how, and Republican leadership doesn’t want to do anything about it. They say, ‘Sir, you’re winning in a landslide, both against Republicans and Democrats. Think to the future, sir. Think to the future.’ To which I say, ‘You can never think to the future until we solve the past, because it will just happen again.’”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, May 1, 2022

5/1/2022

2020 ELECTION: “The New York Times said today, in a major article, ‘Segments featuring Fox’s own reporters consistently drew lower ratings, especially if they were covering stories the audience deemed unfavorable to Mr. Trump.’

The primary thing they don’t want to talk about is the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election. It’s all about that from the Laptop from Hell, to the ballot harvesting scandal, to the Zuckerberg Facebook Unlocked boxes, to cancellation by Big Tech. It’s all having to do with the Election, the most important thing they have ever done, because that’s the one subject they just don’t want to talk about. It was too corrupt, it’s now been proven, and they just want to skate by—they just want this subject to end.

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, May 1, 2022

4/29/2022

2016 ELECTION/2020 ELECTION/OBAMA/OBAMA ADMIN: “I immediately call for the release of all text messages sent to and from Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff during their attempt to overturn the 2016 Presidential Election. They spied on my campaign, they spied on my transition team, and they even spied on the White House while I was in the Oval Office. They did everything they could to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, and stop the “Will of the People” with their Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax, Mueller Scam, and more. I wonder what the texts would reveal? Unlike my Chief of Staff, which show patriotic Americans concerned about illegal and massive Election Fraud in 2020, I say bad things would be revealed.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, April 29, 2022

4/27/2022

LAWSUIT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Former U.S. President Donald Trump has appealed a $10,000-a-day fine and a judge’s contempt ruling over his failure to comply with a subpoena for documents in a case about his business practices, his lawyer said on Wednesday [April 27, 2022]…

The Republican former president denies wrongdoing and has called the probe by the Democratic state attorney general politically motivated.”

-Luc Cohen, “Trump challenges $10,000-a-day fine and NY judge’s contempt ruling,” reuters.com, April 27, 2022

4/27/2022

TRUMP ADMIN: “Boeing disclosed Wednesday [April 27, 2022] that it has lost a whopping $1.1 billion in costs related to its deal with the Trump administration to modify two 747 jumbo jets to serve as Air Force One — and CEO Dave Calhoun admitted the aviation giant ‘probably’ should not have cut the deal in the first place…

Boeing’s deal for the Air Force One jets was cut by then-CEO Dennis Muilenburg and then-President Donald Trump in February 2018.

It requires Boeing, not the federal government, to eat any overruns in the cost of modifying the two Boeing 747 jets.”

-Dan Mangan and Leslie Josephs, “Boeing lost $1.1 billion on Trump Air Force One contract; CEO regrets deal,” cnbc.com, April 27, 2022

4/27/2022

LAWSUIT/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Former President Donald Trump denied under oath knowing anything about a 2015 scuffle his security guards had with protesters outside Trump Tower, but his former lawyer Michael Cohen said Trump ordered the confrontation, according to newly filed court papers…

The protesters filed suit against Trump over the altercation, and the case was scheduled to go trial in New York’s Bronx Supreme Court next month. Trump’s attorneys sought to delay the trial date after a new witness came forward with evidence that’s potentially helpful to the protesters — Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer.”

-Dareh Gregorian, “Trump denied under oath knowing about 2015 attack on protesters, but Michael Cohen says otherwise,” nbcnews.com, April 27, 2022

4/25/2022

RUSSIA/UKRAINE: “Former President Donald Trump blamed the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the ‘rigged’ 2020 presidential election…

‘It’s a shame all those people are dead, all because of a rigged election,’ he said. ‘Because if our election wasn’t rigged, you would’ve had nobody dead.’”

-Andrew Stanton, “Trump Blames Ukraine-Russia War Deaths on ‘Rigged’ Election,” newsweek.com, April 25, 2022

4/25/2022

2024 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/UKRAINE/VLADIMIR PUTIN: “[In an interview with Piers Morgan,] Trump dropped one of the biggest hints yet that he will run for President in 2024, stating: ‘For reasons of campaign finance I can’t say but I think people are going to be very happy [with my decision].’ […]

Calling Putin a ‘genocidal monster,’ Trump repeated claims that the war in Ukraine would never have happened had he still been leading the U.S. as the Russian leader believed the U.S. at that point ‘had more powerful ‘nukes’ than him.’”

-Max Goldbart, “Piers Morgan Finally Shows Unedited Clip Of Donald Trump Talk TV Storm-Off; Blames ‘Incompetent Aide’ & A Trump ‘Simmering With Anger’ But Reality Is Damp Squib,” deadline.com, April 26, 2022

4/25/2022

2020 ELECTION/JOE BIDEN: “Former President Donald Trump visited Ohio on Saturday to tout his chosen candidates for U.S. Senate and a slate of local congressional races for the upcoming primary election…

Trump kicked off his speech early and took hits at the Biden administration for inflation and foreign policy, among other issues. He incorrectly claimed he may have won the 2020 election in Ohio by more than 8 percentage points.”

-Mary Jane Sanese and Haley BeMiller, “Highlights from Donald Trump’s rally in Ohio at Delaware County Fairgrounds,” dispatch.com, April 25, 2022