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

6/14/2022

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

6/14/2022

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/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

6/22/2022

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

6/23/2022

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

6/24/2022

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

6/24/2022

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

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/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

6/27/2022

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

6/27/2022

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

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

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

6/28/2022

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

6/28/2022

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: “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 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

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

6/29/2022

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

6/29/2022

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

6/30/2022

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

6/30/2022

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: “…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

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

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

7/5/2022

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

 

7/8/2022

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

7/8/2022

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

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

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

7/11/2022

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

7/11/2022

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

7/12/2022

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

7/12/2022

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

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

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

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.]

7/13/2022

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

7/14/2022

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

7/14/2022

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

7/18/2022

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

7/18/2022

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

7/19/2022

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

7/19/2022

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

7/20/2022

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

7/20/2022

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

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

 

7/21/2022

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

7/22/2022

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

7/22/2022

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 

7/26/2022

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

7/26/2020

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

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

7/26/2022

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

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

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

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

7/27/2022

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

7/27/2022

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

7/28/2022

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

7/28/2022

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

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

7/31/2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/3/2022

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

8/7/2022

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

8/7/2022

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

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

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

 

8/9/2022

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