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April 3, 2021

DDT’s Future: Defending Himself in Court

As Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) remains ensconced at Mar-a-Lago permitting favored ones into his presence, his advisers grow increasingly concerned about the immense buildup of legal investigations and filings. Yet loyalists must tell him he will probably remain safe from lawsuits emanating from his incitement of violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Last week, two Capitol Police officers injured on January 6 while engaged in hand-to-hand combat are suing DDT for inciting his supporters who mobbed the Capitol to stop the Electoral College election of President Joe Biden. Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby assert DDT has the direct responsibility for the insurrection because of his call to riot. Blassingame describes how rioters slammed him into a stone column while shouting racial slurs. Hemby, who was also sprayed with a chemical spray, said his hand and knee injuries still require medical care two months later. Both men suffer emotional trauma. DDT has tried to rework stories of January 6 by calling it a peaceful assembly with “zero threat.”

After breaking free of the crowd, Blassingame helped House members evacuate to a committee room and stayed among the maskless people until 7:30 pm. Hemby couldn’t get medical assistance until 9:00 pm. Part of the lawsuit uses speeches by GOP congressional members such as Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-CA) who stated DDT could be legally liable for inciting the riot.  

Their suit follows ones by Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA). Another political case against DDT filed in late December accuses DDT and the Republican National Committee of conspiring to violate the rights of Black voters. The case asks the judge to not only stop them from any further actions to overturn or undermine the 2020 election but also issue an order forcing them to obtain court approval for demands of recounts or participation in future “post-election activities.” In January 2018, a federal judge in New Jersey lifted the 1982 court-monitored settlement banning the RNC from “ballot security” activities based on the “racial or ethnic composition” of a specific community. In that agreement, the RNC agreed it had tried to intimidate, threaten, and disenfranchise voters through voter roll purges and by paying police officers to patrol polling sites in predominantly Black and Latino areas under the pretense of preventing election fraud.

This lawsuit expands a November case that the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) filed in federal court in Washington, DC, against DDT and his campaign for deliberately focusing fraud accusations on cities with large Black populations, including Atlanta, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia. These claims were brought under the federal Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act.

The Fulton County (GA) DA, Fani Willis, is pursuing an investigation into DDT’s election fraud through his telephone calls begging officials, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, to cheat on counting votes from the 2020 general election in DDT’s favor. Willis is putting together an investigative team, and two grand juries are underway, close to making subpoena demands for documents and recordings. She’s searching for three more lawyers and another investigator.

DDT’s Supreme Court justices, who were appointed to return him to the White House, have rejected the last of three cases to challenge his election loss, the one about absentee ballots in Wisconsin. The other two were about Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Another rejected case asking justices to block the January 5 Senate runoff elections in Georgia was filed by DDT’s loyalist Lin Wood. Democrats won both these elections bringing their total to 50 members.

Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is going to court for over $250,000 from DDT that the state paid to defend the popular vote against his attempt to overturn the vote so he could return to the White House. The request for an order states DDT and his attorneys brought their two lawsuits “in bad faith.”

A New York appeals court is permitting a defamation lawsuit by former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos against DDT because he is no longer in the White House. DDT denied her allegations about sexually assaulting her in 2007, and Zervos wants to depose DDT as part of her lawsuit. She is one of two women suing him for defamation. 

Three cases against DDT are being prosecuted by Roberta Kaplan, well-known for the Supreme Court case U.S. v. Windsor regarding legalized marriage equality. Kaplan is filing civil suits for defamation, fraud, and more fraud against DDT by his niece Mary Trump and writer E. Jean Carroll. DDT had claimed Carroll was lying about his raping her, and Trump’s case is about DDT and two of his siblings depriving her of an inheritance worth millions by lying about the worth of his father’s estate. Kaplan’s third case concerns the relationship of DDT and his three oldest children with a purported pyramid scheme by ACN.

DDT’s biggest problem may come from the New York criminal probe into his business affairs. Prosecutors are examining millions of pages recently acquired in a search for witnesses who can explain these to a jury. The next step is issuing subpoenas regarding the investigation into DDT’s reduction of his tax liabilities by lying about property values. Financial records about DDT’s Chicago skyscraper and his Seven Springs estate in Westchester County (NY) have been subpoenaed. In addition to possible criminal charges filed by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., New York Attorney General Letitia James may file civil charges.

A judge has voided DDT’s non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Jessica Denson, his former Latinx outreach director, ruling it too vague and broad to enforce under New York’s contract law. Although the decision applies only to Denson’s NDA, the same ruling may be possible for all DDT’s NDAs. The judge described the scope of the NDA as “unlimited,” that “campaign employees are not free to speak about anything concerning the Campaign.” The broadness makes the NDA “not reasonable.” Earlier, a campaign arbitrator issued a $50,000 award against Denson for violating the NDA, but it was overturned. Denson believes the NDAs blocked criticism about DDT for the past six years. 

DDT typically required the same secrecy of his companies’ employees and staff before he followed the same practice in his campaign and the White House. First Amendment experts warned him public employees could not constitutionally be forced to swear an oath of secrecy. Last year, DDT’s DOJ used an NDA to file a lawsuit against Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former volunteer adviser to first lady Melania Trump, over Winston Wolkoff’s tell-all book. The suit was dropped days after Biden’s inauguration.

While in the White House, DDT and his top officials indulged themselves in shady deals now coming into the light. They fought key oversight investigations conducted by government watchdogs in at least nine different cases. A high profile one concluded Elaine Chao, wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), abused her position as Transportation Secretary for personal reasons such as helping a family business. In another one, a White House physician, retired Navy rear admiral Ronny Jackson who raved about DDT’s superb health, abused substances while on the job and created a toxic work environment for his staff. 

The revelations can have no consequences because Chao resigned her position after the Electoral College determined Biden as president. Jackson has been elected as a U.S. representative from Texas.

Investigators described almost impossible obstructions: DDT’s attorneys made internal communications off limits because of their confidential nature and demanded to be present at witness interviews. Information was released either extremely slowly or not at all, preventing the ability to assess and correct internal problems in real time. DDT’s ultimate solution to investigations was to fire internal investigators.

Future releases of investigations may be the White House blocking delivery of Puerto Rico’s financial aid after Hurricane Maria and the Commerce Department’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the U.S. census. The Pentagon is also looking into the $400 million border-wall contract DT wanted to award to a subpar North Dakota construction company. The General Services Administration inspector general is conducting a sweeping review of responses to the coronavirus from several different federal agencies. 

Congress will now have the ability to examine records from DDT’s term, blocked from them during the past four years. The Presidential Records Act (PRA) allows former presidents to restrict access to their records for 12 years, but an exception permits release of records to Congress or “any committee or subcommittee thereof if such records contain information that is needed for the conduct of its business and that is not otherwise available.” These can include DDT’s blackmail in Ukraine, Michael Flynn’s lies to the FBI, the January 6 attempted insurrection, White House visitor logs, DDT’s phone logs, and other abuses of power. In the past, Democrats could not get records from the archives, which released them only to the majority party. Democrats now are the majority although they may suffer some delays. DDT can cite privilege, but Biden must uphold his claims. In filing lawsuits, DDT no longer has the support of the Department of Justice and must fund the lawsuits himself with personal lawsuits.

The import of the business lawsuits is beginning to sink into Eric Trump’s perception as shown by his meltdown on the Fox network. He was close to tears when he talked about what his family was facing.

Defending himself from defamation, fraud, and corruption. That is the future of the man who spent the last four years ruling from the White House and now hides in Florida.

March 28, 2021

Biden’s Progress – March 2021

In this great piece, attorney and author Teri Kanefield addresses how dangerous the anti-voting Georgia law could be for Republicans. Her position is that the GOP attempt to win elections by carefully selecting voters could backfire on them. For example, after Wisconsin created voting hurdles in its primaries last April, people showed up in much larger numbers than normal to elect challenger Jill Karofsky over conservative incumbent Daniel Kelly for a state Supreme Court seat. Even conservative courts refused to overturn legal votes when Republicans tried to subvert the will of the people.

Kanefield points out that federal legislation can override draconian GOP laws because Congress has the ability to regulate federal elections, according to Article I, Section 4 of the Constitution. In addition, the 14th and 15th Amendments block states from racial discrimination.

Cook Political Report editor Dave Wasserman posits that citizens are less likely to vote for a party passing “mean-spirited and anti-democratic laws.” What does it say about a party that prevents giving water to voters kept in lines of many hours?

Republicans trying to argue that President Joe Biden has dementia, were crushed by his first press conference in which he made no gaffes in his composed delivery. Some highlights: denying his policies are responsible for a surge of immigrants; keeping an “open mind” about the filibuster if the GOP consistently throws roadblocks in front of voting rights; and expecting to run for re-election with VP Kamala Harris. Biden called the massive GOP attempt to restrict voting access “un-American.” 

Biden called on 10 of 25 journalists during the press conference but hurt Peter Doocy’s feelings when he failed to call on him. (Biden also didn’t answer questions for The New York Times, Reuters, NPR, and Politico.) Fox network’s attempt to make its journalist a martyr to Democratic discrimination didn’t play well with the media outside its own house. In Doocy’s interview with White House press secretary Jen Psaki, he had to agree that she took questions every time he was in the briefing room, Biden has taken questions from Doocy, and for the third time in a few months she will be doing Fox News Sunday the next day. The martyrdom complaint came on the same day that Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit for $1.6 billion for lying to viewers about a stolen election, making it appear like a deflection.

In the Dominion lawsuit, Fox could use the same “Tucker Carlson Defense” that former lawyer for Dictator Donald Trump (DDT), Sidney Powell, employs. In Dominion’s $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Powell for her lies about the stolen election from DDT, she is claiming no one would take her claims seriously. A DDT judge has already ruled against a defamation lawsuit regarding Carlson by saying that no one should believe anything he says. About her frequent and public accusation about Venezuela being part of an election-rigging scheme, Powell said “no reasonable person would conclude” her statements were factual. Author Grant Stern tweeted:

“In deploying The Tucker Carlson defense, Sidney Powell is admitting that her credibility is completely nonexistent.”

If Fox network takes that approach, then everyone will know the truth: no one can trust anything said on the network.

Fox must be worried about Dominion’s lawsuit because host Laura Ingraham cut off DDT when he started delivering his lies about the election being stolen from him. She said he didn’t want to “relitigate” the election. DDT moved on to damn the U.S. Supreme Court which rejected three cases to invalidate election results in states he lost. Ingraham pointed out the high court had “a lot of Republicans.” In addition to Dominion’s $1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox, Smartmatic, a company making voting machines, filed a $2.7 billion suit against Fox for hosts’ lies about the company fixing machines to elect Biden.

A few details from Jonathan Blitzer’s article on what Republicans call, the “border crisis.”

The last three men in the Oval Office faced humanitarian emergencies at the southern border; DDT was the most overwhelmed.

Currently, 18,000 unaccompanied migrant children are in U.S. custody, including 5,000 in holding cells, while the country searches for housing space. Silent during DDT’s separation of families, Republicans now shout “Biden’s border crisis” from the rooftops to divert attention from their refusal to help most U.S. residents. Biden is turning away all single adults at the border and 40 percent of asylum-seeing families under DDT’s Title 42 while the media blames Biden for encouraging migrants to come north. For example, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) lambasted Biden’s “humane treatment of immigrants.”

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has announced the border is closed, but about 550 children come to the border each day. DDT had more families and children seeking asylum at the border in 2019: Central America is also facing the pandemic as well as two devastating hurricanes last fall. Families seek escape from violence, poverty, and government corruption. Resolution of an asylum claim requires almost two and a half years, and DDT’s backlog of 1.3 million cases is 500,000 over those under Obama. By the end of his term, DDT left 70,000 asylum seekers in Mexico and turned away almost everyone at the border, including 16,000 children and 34,000 families. Children are not to be left in facilities maintained by HHS, responsible for placing them with family sponsors, for over 72 hours, but these are almost full, including nine more emergency shelters.

Biden’s administration is working on the problem with an intention to provide more aid to Central America and make the assistance circumvent corrupt officials. The government also wants to process children as refugees in their home countries, a program created by President Obama and eliminated by DDT. Biden is paying the price for DDT’s attempts to hide the “Trump border crisis.”

Pieces of Biden’s progress:

Despite opposition from Sens. John A. Kennedy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), Congress passed the extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) past the March 31 deadline to the end of May with another month for application processing. Because many large businesses were fraudulently awarded these loans for small businesses under DDT, this law prioritizes smaller businesses, those in low income areas, and community financial institutions. The bill passed 92-7 in the Senate and 415-3 in the House.

DOJ has charged 474 people of COVID-related fraud in attempts to steal over $569 million. At least 120 of these people used lax oversight by DDT’s administration. Business owners inflated payroll expenses to get larger loans, and others revived defunct corporations or purchased shell companies with no operations to get loans. In Texas, a man submitted 15 fake applications for $24.8 million in loans for businesses with no employees or salaries. Other fraud is connected to the Economic Injury Disaster Loans Program with another $580 million seized in Colorado.

DHS, originally created to fight international terrorism, is making policy changes to detect and stop domestic violent extremism. Part of the plan is expanding ties to companies searching public data for intelligence and better using the data already being collected. One method is identifying people from social media behavior to find toxic messaging from foreign governments, terrorists, and domestic extremists, scrutinizing them for violence plans.

Biden has withdrawn DDT’s appeal of an earlier ruling to the DC Appeals Court banning DDT’s draconian work requirements to obtain food stamps. DDT’s rule would have created difficulties in states to waive these work requirements despite the increase of food insecurity for 700,000 people during the pandemic.

Biden wishes to cooperate with Russia and China on climate change at the global leaders’ climate summit where Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping have been invited. Hosting the summit, held remotely on April 22 and 23, he plans to unveil a new carbon emissions target to the 40 world leaders.

The DHS Advisory Council of over 30 members has been dissolved and will be reconstituted with a new model. Gone are DDT’s appointments Ken Cuccinelli and Tom Homan as well as Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano. Priorities of the new council, using a demographic makeup to “look like America,” will be immigration, domestic terrorism, and cyber concerns. The past council providing independent advice to the secretary conducts research and provides policy analysis on security issues. Some former members may be called back.

During his mishandling of the pandemic, DDT forced the CDC to use anti-science disinformation supporting his positions. The current administration is cleaning up the “junk” it inherited. In charge is Dr. Anne Schuchat, the second in command who DDT shut up. She’s searching all CDC COVID guidance and advice published during the last administration to permanently kill it. Unfortunately, the mainstream media is still spreading evidence-free statements from former CDC director Robert Redfield, for example that COVID-19 came from a Wuhan lab. The media hasn’t pointed out that Redfield’s past research, one for a HIV vaccine, used data either “egregiously sloppy” or “fabricated,” according to a doctor at clinical pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  

And the Ever Given is still blocking the Suez Canal after five days.

February 23, 2021

DDT’s Lawsuits ‘the Rest of My Life’

With Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) out of Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court may stay out of his legal messes—at least for now. On Monday, the justices’ refused to block a lower court giving DDT’s financial records and tax returns, both personal and corporate, to New York City prosecutors. The grand jury will have eight years of tax returns, 2011-2018, for a grand jury investigation, and last July, the high court ruled 7-2 against DDT’s claim he was immune from prosecution while still in the Oval Office. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority:

“No citizen, not even the president, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding.”

This decision not to hear the appeals court case frees Manhattan DA Cy Vance to continue his criminal probe. Michael Cohen, DDT’s former personal lawyer, has claimed the Trump Organization committed insurance fraud, avoided taxes, and jacked up loan collateral by manipulating real estate valuations. New York state AG Letitia James is pursuing the same information for a civil probe. DDT’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, and his bank, Deutsche Bank, said in the past they will release the information if subpoenaed.

Vance recently issued another dozen subpoenas for the investigation, including one for Ladder Capital Finance, one of DDT’s major creditors for commercial real estate holdings. DDT’s $160 million interest-only mortgage with Ladder on Trump Tower comes due in 18 months.  

Taking part in the inquiry is Mark Pomerantz, who both prosecuted and defended mob figures.

In another New York case, Manhattan prosecutors subpoenaed documents from an engineer working on the Trump-owned 200-acre Seven Springs Estate in Westchester County. In the past decade, DDT’s valuation of the property, purchased in 1995 for $7.5 million, ranged from $25 million to $291 million. In 2014, he deducted $2.2 million in taxes by claiming it as an investment property and then claimed a $21.1 million tax deduction for donating a conservation easement for 2015, not “reflected on applicable tax returns.” DDT tried to build a golf course on the property, but quit after local opposition, and then considered a development with 15 mansions.

DDT’s returns may not be public unless they lead to criminal charges. In that case, the documents could be evidence, allowing them to be public. If those charges lead to conviction, DDT can’t escape it with a pardon, even a secret blanket one he might have made before he left the Oval Office, because it’s a state, not a federal, charge.

In another rejection of DDT, SCOTUS refused to consider cases out of Pennsylvania to block a deadline for absentee ballots three days after Election Day which were postmarked by Election Day in cases from a legislator and from DDT to block Pennsylvania’s certification of election results. The disposition of absentee ballots either way would not have affected President Joe Biden’s win in the state.

Thanks to Fulton County (GA) DA Fani Willis, DDT may also face RICO, an anti-racketeering law to prosecute the mob, in trying to change Georgia’s majority to favor himself. Willis successfully used the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in a case against Atlanta teachers accused of organized cheating by falsifying student standardized scores to improve schools’ standing. Former Georgia public defender Ryan Locke said RICO is used “in a case where someone commits a number of crimes that all lead toward one common corrupt aim.” RICO can be used for using a legal entity, i.e., a government agency or public office, to break the law.

More fallout has come from 60+ frivolous lawsuits claiming, with no evidence, fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Both public officials and private companies want to hold DDT and his GQP (Grand QAnon Party) allies accountable for the rhetoric causing insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. Federal rules prohibit lawyer participation in frivolous suits or use of litigation for such improper purposes as to delay or harass. Laws prevent attorneys from lying in court. Judicial sanctions to discourage bad practices could be monetary penalties or references to disciplinary action.

Michigan and Detroit asked a federal judge to sanction attorneys filing lawsuits falsely alleging fraud in the election. Al Schmidt, GOP Philadelphia City Commissioner facing threats with falsehoods about fraud in vote counting, asks for reconciliation. “Moving on isn’t enough,” he said. Last Friday, a federal judge in D.C. referred a lawyer for possible disciplinary action.

In Wisconsin, lawyers representing the state council of the Service Employees International Union requested a criminal investigation about ten false Wisconsin electors who secretly met at the state Capitol in an attempt to appoint themselves electoral voters for DDT. On the same day Wisconsin convened electoral representatives representing the state’s voters, the illegitimate group signed fake certificates of election with DDT’s name and sent them to federal and state officials. The six laws possibly broken include forgery and falsely assuming the role of public officer.

In New York, Stephen Gillers, a NYU law school professor, helped draft a complaint to investigate DDT’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s conduct and possibly revoke his license to practice law in the state. State rules prohibit lawyers from “conduct that adversely reflects on the lawyer’s fitness as a lawyer.” A court can suspend the lawyer’s license on an interim basis while the disciplinary process is being resolved, sometimes three to four years.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MI), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, is suing DDT, Giuliani, and members of two extremist groups, the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, on the basis of the 1871 Ku Klux Klan law banning violent interference in congressional duties. His representation, NAACP, said other congressional members may join.

Two election technology companies filed multibillion-dollar defamation suits against DDT’s allies for telling lies about the software and equipment. Dominion Voting Systems, with $1.3 billion defamation lawsuits against lawyers Giuliani and Sidney Powell, has a new $1.3 billion suit against the MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. Dominion claims Powell has been evading service of its suit. Smartmatic’s lawsuits have forced conservative media into reversing its lies.

While DDT prepares for his first speech since leaving Washington for Mar-a-Lago, possibly to announce his presidential candidacy in 2024, he fears he will be sued for the rest of his life—sort of like his life before the White House. A few non-political cases:

Former journalist E. Jean Carroll’s lawsuit is still active. After the statute of limitations for rape expired, she is suing DDT for defamation because he said she lied about a rape in a New York department store. Former AG Bill Barr tried to move the case from state to federal court and assign DOJ lawyers to defend DDT, but the new administration dropped that effort.

A one-time contestant on DDT’s former TV reality show The Apprentice, Summer Zervos, has requested a continuation of her suit now that DDT, presently a private citizen, no longer has protection from a deposition regarding alleged sexual assault.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, once a close friend of DDT who advised him for his campaign, is considering a lawsuit because DDT repeated—and falsely—called Scarborough a murderer.

DDT may be in financial trouble despite grifting throughout four years in the White House. Vornado Realty Trust, owning 70 percent of two first-class commercial buildings in New York and San Francisco, may force DDT to sell his 30 percent stake at a discount. With control over DDT’s cash flow, Vornado can withhold money from DDT, who desperately needs the funds to pay for his loan. After a decade, DDT has owned a share worth $784 million with a $285 million share of the debt. Almost $400 million in DDT’s debt partially backed by Trump International Hotel (Washington, D.C.) and the Trump National Doral Golf Resort (Miami) comes due in 2023. Without money to maintain the facilities in good shape, he loses the ability to attract future business.

Since DDT left the White House, members are leaving Mar-a-Lago because of bad food and a depressing atmosphere, lacking even entertainment. Calling DDT an “employee,” however, Palm Beach allows DDT to live at Mar-a-Lago, despite his agreement in 1993 to not stay there for longer than seven days at a time and only three times a year. Neighbors still oppose his residence there.

DDT lost over $120 million in revenue last year, according to his financial disclosure forms, the worst losses at his D.C. hotel, down over 60 percent, and Doral Resort, dropping 44 percent. Revenue amounts for 47 companies declined over 35 percent, and banks and law firms are cutting ties with DDT’s businesses. Gone are three of four banks with DDT’s largest deposits. Even a small event like the triathlon at DDT’s golf course outside Charlotte canceled when the January 6 Capitol attack caused sponsors and vendors to drop out. The event’s founder had canceled another event almost four years after DDT’s comment about “very fine people” among white supremacists,  but he came back to lose again.

And DDT’s supporters think he’s a good businessman.

December 25, 2020

End of 2020: Light from the Dark

On Christmas Day, we should have good news. Here are pieces from the past few weeks.

President-elect Joe Biden has slowed down in making appointments the past week but found a highly qualified replacement for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Connecticut’s commission of public schools Miguel Cardona moved from assistant superintendent in a district of 9,000 students to this appointment in fewer than two years. Born to Puerto Rican parents living in public housing, he first taught fourth-graders before he became the state’s youngest principal at age 28. In 2012, he was named the state’s principal of the year. Billionaire DeVos was educated in private schools, never taught, and focused on giving all her budget to private, preferably religious, schools. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, called him a “very, very solid” candidate.

Cardona’s background includes working to provide technology while pushing to reopen schools during the pandemic. His concern on equity issues led Connecticut to become the first state to require high school courses in Black and Latino studies under his tenure. Biden wants to triple the $15 billion Title I funds supporting high-poverty schools and double the number of psychologists, counselors, nurses, and social workers in schools, provide new money for school infrastructure, and increase federal spending for special education. He also proposed forgiving college debt and making community college free.

California’s governor Gavin Newsom has selected his secretary of state Alex Padilla to replace VP-elect Kamala Harris, making him the state’s first Latino senator from California. The son of Mexican immigrants, Padilla went to MIT, the LA City Council, and the state senate, before his current job. He and Sen.-elect Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) will join four other Latinos in the Senate. With Harris gone, the chamber has no Black woman, but in 26 days the U.S. will have a Black and Indian woman.

The Georgia runoff for two incumbent GOP senators heated up on the day after the general election in early November—court cases to suppress the vote and massive lies from the conservatives. A federal judge agreed on a settlement between civil rights groups and the postal service for measures to guarantee absentee ballots arrive in time for the January 5 election deadline. Georgia postal facilities are required to regularly sweep for undelivered ballots until the election and use expedited delivery services for mail-in ballots, and the plaintiffs agreed to not ask the Washington, D.C. circuit court for any other orders in their cases until after the elections. First class postal service during the past month has suffered serious delays because of Postmaster Louis DeJoy’s attempts, supported by DDT’s DOJ, to dismantle the promptness of delivery services.

A Fulton County judge rejection of a lawsuit permits voters to continuing using drop boxes 24 hours a day until polls close in Georgia on January 6. The county, generally voting Democratic, has a population of over one million. The State Election Board approved the disputed rule earlier this year. Republicans also lost their cases to stop the use of drop boxes, block early processing of mail ballots, and institute stricter signature verification procedures. Plaintiffs were barred from filing new lawsuits, but they can still appeal. Another trauma for Republicans comes from the 76,000 new registrations, 57 percent of them under the age of 35.

Another lawsuit, also rejected by a federal judge, would have removed the ballots of new Georgia residents from the senator runoff in a misreading of the federal Voting Rights Act. That was followed by a demand to the removal of Dominion software and equipment from use in the Georgia election. Conspiracy theorists also claim people are racing to Georgia to vote Democratic.

Over 1.4 million people in Georgia, 132,000 more than in the recent general election, have submitted applications for absentee ballots, down only 4 percent from the number of mail ballot applications at this point in the run-up to the general election. The deadline for requests is January 1. On the first day of early voting, the 168,000 voters had a 27-percent greater turnout than for the first day of the presidential election. Since early voting began on December 14, 2020, 1.3 million people have voted in person, and another 721,000 absentee ballots have also been received. About 5 million people in Georgia voted in November.

DDT has attacked the U.S. people with over 60 lawsuits to disenfranchise their votes, but litigation is now directed at him, for example one accusing him and the GOP of conspiring to violate Black voters’ rights. The case goes beyond a cease and desist; it asks DDT and the RNC to obtain court approval before demanding accounts or other “post-election activities.” A federal judge order barring the RNC from “ballot security” activities was lifted only three years ago after in effect for 36 years. Claims of intimidation, threats, and voter disenfranchisement came from voter roll purges and payment to police officers for patrolling sites in primarily Black and Latino areas. The new lawsuit, under the auspices of the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act, charges the defendants of purposefully focusing voter challenges on cities with large Black populations.

Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, companies making election voting equipment, also threaten defamation charges against DDT’s attorney Sidney Powell and conservative media outlets, demanding retractions of false claims in rigging the election. Fox, Newsmax, and OAN already played the video refuting the fraud. DDT’s campaign told staffers to preserve documents in preparation for a lawsuit. Dominion’s lawyer, Tom Clare, won a $1 million verdict in a defamation lawsuit after Rolling Stone alleged gang rape on the University of Virginia campus. The case was finally settled out of court.

Eric Coomer, director of product strategy and security for Dominion Voting Systems, in hiding after receiving death threats, is suing not only the lawyers but also the conservative networks and pundits along with evangelical radio host Eric Metaxas for “relentless defamation and ongoing threats.” Another defendant, Joseph Oltmann, founded a nonprofit and media business to uncover Antifa activists and also impugned Coomer. He has been branded a traitor to the U.S. a terrorist, and a criminal of the highest order.

Michigan AG Dana Nessel announced her office will file bar complaints against Powell, DDT’s campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and other lawyers who attacked state and local election officials as well as attempted to disenfranchise voters and overturn the election. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) also plans to file complaints against Giuliani and the other lawyers representing DDT and the GOP.

An attorney opposing one of DDT’s election fraud cases has also filed for sanctions against DDT’s lawyers.

Federal judges can sanction lawyers filing cases “for any improper purpose, such as to harass” or who press “frivolous” claims. They repeatedly called out Powell for failing to follow court rules and rejected her efforts to overturn Biden’s win. Attorneys’ ethics rules include similar language prohibiting lawyers from abusing the legal system and bringing frivolous claims.

Maricopa County (AZ) supervisors refuse to comply with subpoenas from the state Senate Judiciary Committee for over 2 million ballots cast in the November election.

A Delaware Superior Court judge threatened to revoke Lin Wood’s legal representation of DDT’s former adviser Carter Page because Wood’s Georgia suit had “no basis in fact or law” and his Wisconsin suit had “multiple deficiencies.” Page is suing Yahoo! News and Huffpost for defamation.  

Among DDT’s chaos in the past week, Robert E. Lee’s statue has been removed from the nation’s capitol. Virginia chose the traitor as one of its two designated monuments in the federal Statuary Hall over a century ago. He led the failed Confederate army during the Civil War and lost his plantation, now Arlington Cemetery. According to Virginia’s commission, a statue of Barbara Johns may replace Lee. In 1951, Johns, 16 years old at the time, led a two-week walkout protesting substandard educational conditions at her segregated all-Black high school. The following litigation became part of Brown v. Board of Education in which the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation. Virginia’s General Assembly needs to approve the commission’s decision. Mississippi has yet to remove the statue of Jefferson Davis, treasonous Confederate president, and Georgia still has treasonous Confederate vice-president Alexander Stephens. At least six other treasonous Confederates are also honored in Statutory Hall.

A split Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled police must have probable cause for a crime to conduct warrantless searches in the state. Of the 2,000 searches a month, 80 percent have been on Black drivers, but police found contraband only 12 percent of the time.  

A Fairfax County (VA) judge ruled the portraits of White judges must be removed for a Black defendant’s proceedings because he cannot get a fair trial from the implied bias.  

The conservative Gallup poll finds that DDT’s approval rating has dropped seven points since the election to 39 percent. Congress gets 15 percent approval. By contrast, Biden’s approval rating at 65 percent is 27 points higher than DDT’s rating at his inauguration in 2016. He never reached higher than 49 percent approval during his four years and averaged 39 percent over the four years.  

December 13, 2020

DDT: Week 203 – Chaos to Cover Disasters

The past week celebrated huge pieces of news: the certification from 50 states for their presidential choices with Joe Biden receiving 306 votes; the Supreme Court rejection of the Texas case in its lawsuit against voting practices in four other states; and the authorization of the Pfizer vaccine, the first one for COVID-19 approved in the United States following the UK use of the vaccine beginning last Tuesday. Congress also passed the National Defense Authorization Act with a veto-proof vote and a one-week extension of the budget bill to stave off government closure for that time.  

Certification of votes: Biden’s 306 votes were the exact number of votes Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) received four years ago, and the losing lawsuit brings DDT’s losses to almost 60. In one win

The Texas loss from the Supreme Court led the state’s GOP to encourage states to secede from the U.S.:

“Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.” 

Supreme Court Rejection: Texas AG Ken Paxton led an insurrection last week against the legal certification of electoral votes with the support of 17 red state AGs and 126 House Republicans. They all lost when the justices unanimously ruled against overturning votes in four swing states to give the Oval Office to DDT. After he heard about his Supreme Court loss, DDT refused to leave his bedroom to join a White House Christmas party. Earlier, on November 14, he had refused to greet the newly elected GOP House members in the White House after Joe Biden was declared the president-elect.

The GOP keeps filing lawsuits: after a federal judge ruled against election fraud in Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court took a case asking for 221,000 ballots in two counties be thrown out with the false claim the jurisdictions didn’t follow state law. In the unlikely event Biden would lose the majority in the state that he won by 20,000 votes, he would lose only 10 electoral votes, still winning with 296 votes—26 over the necessary 270 to become president. All the 38 GOP-appointed judges who have ruled against DDT’s election fraud myth, the most recent, a federal judge in Wisconsin, was appointed by DDT like some other judges ruling against him.

After 126 members of the U.S. House supported Paxton’s case to put DDT back into the Oval Office, Rep. Brad Pascrell (D-NJ) tweeted:

“The 14th Amendment expressly forbids members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that.”

He declared the 126 Republicans trying to overturn the election, violating the Constitution, and attempting to “demolish democracy” should not be sworn into office on January 3, 2021. Pascrell also justified his argument on Article I, Section 5 of the 14th Amendment giving each congressional chamber final authority over membership with a two-thirds vote. Pascrell explained:

“These lawsuits seeking to obliterate public confidence in our democratic system by invalidating the clear results of the 2020 presidential election attack the text and spirit of the Constitution, which each member swears to support and defend, as well as violate the rules of our House of Representatives, which explicitly forbid members from committing unbecoming acts that reflect poorly on our chamber.”

He added that the 126 members supporting the Supreme Court case are “seeking to make Donald Trump an unelected dictator.” Pascrell argued their actions “must be repudiated in the strongest possible terms” because this time “may be without parallel since 1860. The fate of our democracy depends on us meeting that moment.”

After the top GOP House leader, Kevin McCarthy (CA), and VP Mike Pence’s brother, Greg Pence (IN), joined 124 other representatives in the attempted coup, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused the 126 of “subverting the Constitution” and engaging “in election subversion that imperils our democracy.” In her statement, Pelosi said:

“The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. …The pandemic is raging, with nearly 300,000 having died and tens of millions having lost jobs.  Strong, unified action is needed to crush the virus, and Republicans must once and for all end their election subversion—immediately.”  

The GOP attorneys general who did not join the attempted coup explained that states should be able to govern themselves and expressed concern that a precedent of one state suing another could result in Democratic states forcing their procedures on Republican states. Opposing federalism, Ohio AG Dave Yost said the Supreme Court has no right to tell states how to appoint electors, an ideology from conservatives in the past.

Vaccine Approval:

DDT also tainted the approval of the first virus vaccine by threatening to fire the FDA leader, Stephen Hahn, if the Pfizer vaccine is not approved for emergency authorization by Friday. DDT, who called the FDA “a big, old, slow turtle,” tweeted, “Get the dam [sic] vaccines out NOW, Dr. Hahn @SteveFDA. Stop playing games and start saving lives!!!” The authorization was announced later on Friday.

Dr. Charlotte Kent, a CDC manager, has testified to congressional investigators about the order purported by CDC’s director Robert Redfield to delete an email reporting a spread of coronavirus if children gather together. Redfield claimed he instructed agency staffers to ignore the mail but didn’t order its deletion. By law, federal officials are to retain records. When Kent looked for the email from Paul Alexander and Michael Caputo, now departed from HHS, it was missing.

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): Some congressional Republicans did turn on DDT when they voted for the $741 million NDAA in sufficient numbers to overturn his threatened veto if all of them repeated their “yes” votes. DDT was upset because it didn’t contain an amendment removing protection for social media platforms. Twitter is currently marking his false tweets as “disputed” and could drop his account when he no longer has the label of a world leader. He wants a law allowing him to sue the company if is doesn’t do what he wants.

DDT also threatened to veto the NDAA if it changes the names of ten military bases honoring Confederate officers, but the bill does make that change. If he takes no action on the bill by the day before Christmas Eve, it becomes law providing Congress is still in session. An congressional adjournment would make the bill defunct. To keep President Obama from appointing people during a recess, Congress held “pro forma” sessions when one lone person, the Presiding Officer, walks into the room, calls the body to order, and immediately dismisses it without transacting any business. They could do the same to get the NDAA passed if DDT doesn’t veto it.

The Senate vote for NDAA was 84-13, the House 335-78. McCarthy voted for the bill but said he wouldn’t vote against DDT’s veto. If enough Republicans follow the Minority Leader’s example, the NDAA would not be passed during the 116th Congress for the first time in 59 years. Washington Post reporter Paul Kane wrote:

 “It’s another destruction of what it means to be a conservative in the Trump era, as support for a strong national security has been a bedrock of party orthodoxy for decades and decades.”

Budget Continuing Resolution: The government stays open until December 11 after Congress passed a “C.R.” to continue funding for most government programs at the same levels as fiscal 2020 through December 18, 2000. The deadline for the omnibus spending package of 12 appropriations bills was last October 1, but a C.R. put it forward until last Friday. It contains no COVID-19 relief, as many congressional members had hoped. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) both said they would agree to the one-week extension but not vote for the bill again without stimulus checks for people. Sanders is asking for $1,200 per person, a repeat of last March. A House vote of 343-67 vote preceded the final Senate voice vote on Friday. DDT signed the bill late Friday

DDT’s chaos is not only in an attempt to win the election. He wants to use it to hide the problems he faces:

COVID-19: The number of daily cases and deaths increased almost 30 percent from two weeks earlier.

Economy: Since corporations received billions of dollars from earlier virus stimulus bills, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocks the current bill because Democrats want $160 billion to help state and local governments and won’t shield businesses from their intentionally-caused coronavirus injuries and deaths.

Control of GOP: DDT plans to keep the power over Republicans with both the funding and the list of supporters for GOP candidates.

Electoral College votes are set to be cast on Monday. Republicans have promised to agree Joe Biden is president-elect if he receives at least 270 votes. We’ll see.

December 8, 2020

DDT’s Continues Losing Tactics As Deadline Nears

Today’s Transition: President-elect Joe Biden may select retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III as his Secretary of Defense. If confirmed, Austin would be the first Black Pentagon chief. The four-star Army general retired in 2016 as chief of U.S. Central Command, overseeing military operations in the Middle East for three years. Confirmation would require a waiver from the law mandating a service member be out of uniform for a minimum of seven years before eligibility for defense secretary. Jim Mattis received this waiver in 2017 with a large number of Democrats in opposition. Austin supervised U.S. operations withdrawal from Iraq.

Georgia’s second recount shows the “I won” Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) losing the state by 12,670 votes of approximately five million votes cast there. Voter signatures have also been checked twice, and no more audit can be done because privacy laws required the separation of ballots and signatures. Georgia law requires electoral college representatives be selected according to the statewide vote; anything else would be illegal. Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, both Republicans, made these points after DDT demanded Kemp call a special session of the legislature so that Republicans could change the electoral votes to DDT.

Brad Raffensperg, Georgia’s secretary of state, recertified the state’s votes reaffirming President-elect Joe Biden’s majority. He said that “the results remain unchanged” after three counts of “legally cast ballots.” A federal judge also tossed Sidney Powell’s lawsuit to overturn Biden’s victory. (Scroll down to the Introduction to see how disgusted the judge is with the case.) On December 8, the “safe harbor deadline,” states must resolve all election-related disputes. Any votes certified on this date cannot be questioned. Last Friday, DDT’s campaign filed another challenge in Georgia, asking the state to order a new vote after vacating the certification.

In Michigan, a federal judge denied the request for an injunction against vote certification from DDT’s electors filed the day before Thanksgiving. She wrote:

“This lawsuit seems to be less about achieving the relief Plaintiffs seek—as much of that relief is beyond the power of this Court—and more about the impact of their allegations on People’s faith in the democratic process and their trust in our government. Plaintiffs ask this Court to ignore the orderly statutory scheme established to challenge elections and to ignore the will of millions of voters.  This, the Court cannot, and will not, do.”

The Michigan sheriff who attempted to whitewash the threat to kidnap the state’s governor by calling it a “citizens’ arrest” has filed an evidence-free lawsuit alleging voter fraud. The plotters had threatened to execute the governor and other Democratic leaders throughout the United States.

Rudy Giuliani, now in the hospital with COVID-19, had a big influence on Arizona: the legislature shut down for a week because of lawmakers’ exposure to him. He spent over ten hours discussing his evidence-free election fraud theories with at least 13 current and future state legislators as well as two Arizona GOP representatives in the House, Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs. Giuliani wore no mask, flouted social distancing guidelines, and posed for photos before private meetings with GOP lawmakers and legislative leaders the next day. Representatives-elect exposed more legislators and Capitol staff by attending an orientation later in the week. DDT’s team stated Giuliani tested negative before going to Arizona, but negative tests can happen early in the disease’s incubation period of 3-14 days.

DDT’s attempt to have the Supreme Court pick him for the Oval Office comes from Rep. Mike Kelly’s (R-PA) appeal to block all Pennsylvania‘s votes. With no reason given, Justice Samuel Alito, who set the day for his response on the day after the “safe harbor deadline,” has moved the date up one day to December 8. Even if Kelly perseveres, the move affects only 20 electoral votes, leaving Biden with 16 more than he needs to be president and DDT with 18 fewer than he needs to stay in the Oval Office. With Giuliani hospitalized, DDT has appointed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a litigator to address the Supreme Court if the case goes there. Cruz wants the high court to reject all Pennsylvania votes.

Today, in another fury, DDT called the U.S. “a third world nation.” He also—again—attacked Georgia’s GOP governor. Last week, DDT twice called the speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, asking for help in changing the electoral votes from Biden to DDT. The state legislators aren’t changing the electoral college vote but have asked their congressional representatives to challenge the state’s vote on January 6. GOP Rep. Scott Perry said he would do that.

DDT’s lawyer Jenna Ellis also acts as special counsel to the Thomas More Society, a conservative legal organization challenging election results in five states through the new Amistad Project, which employs a coordinated effort to overwhelm courts with repetitive and frivolous lawsuits. Lawyers in the Amistad group include Phil Kline, a former Kansas AG disbarred because of professional misconduct, and a Minnesota attorney wanting to restrict the number of non-Christian and non-Jewish people in the U.S. DDT’s campaign gave $2.4 million to Proactive, the company handling Amistad’s media for communication and videos.

The Thomas More Society focuses on “religious liberty” and appears in the Southern Poverty Law Centers’ “Hatewatch” for its unchristian views toward everyone except straight white Christians. The Amistad Project supports voter suppression, ironic because its name is taken from the ship where kidnapped Africans revolted before they were illegally sold as slaves in Cuba in 1839. Part of the Amistad lawsuits tried to stop county election officials from accepting federal grants for safe elections. Even AG Bill Barr rejected the group’s “voter fraud” evidence.   

As if he’s still running for office, DDT has a huge “vaccine summit” planned for the White House on Tuesday with all the movers and shakers. Pfizer and Moderna, leaders in the vaccine research at this time, won’t attend because they see it only as a PR event to give DDT credit for vaccine development. Another motive for the event may be pressuring the FDA to authorize the Pfizer vaccine, set to publicly examine data later this week. Earlier, DDT alienated Pfizer by accusing the company of deliberately withholding vaccine information until after the election. Other companies involved in distribution such as FedEx, UPS, CVS, Walgreens, and McKesson may send lower-ranking executives.

Like much of the other COVID-19 management bungling, the shortage of vaccine in the U.S. is DDT’s fault. Last summer, Pfizer offered DDT the opportunity to lock in up to 500 million doses beyond the 100 million doses for 15 percent of the population from the government’s $1.95 billion deal. DDT never made the deal, and Pfizer took it to other countries. Now DDT plans an executive order to block other nations from receiving U.S. vaccine supplies until people in this country are inoculated. He probably can’t. Britain starts mass vaccination on Tuesday, and the European Union gets 200 million doses.

Another event on Tuesday is a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing about coronavirus treatments. Chair Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) lead witness Jane Orient, purveyor of conspiracy theories, is head of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, “a group that opposes government involvement in medicine and views federal vaccine mandates as a violation of human rights.” Opposed to federally required vaccinations, she promotes the use of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for the coronavirus. A few weeks ago, Johnson chaired another committee hearing about his suspicions that federal “bureaucrats” are blocking access to the drug, by relying on “disinformation” and “scaremongering.” He derided people opposed to its use for COVID-19 because it “hasn’t been proven effective” and opposes the effective use of mask wearing and social distancing.

Dozens of armed people surrounded the home of Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson demanding she overturn the state’s presidential election results. Their “shouting obscenities and chanting into bullhorns” began soon after Benson and her four-year-old son had finished decorating the house for the holidays. Benson, who supports free speech, said:

“There is a line crossed when gatherings are done with the primary purpose of intimidation of public officials who are carrying out the oath of office they solemnly took as elected officials.”

Rush Limbaugh, supposedly dying of lung cancer and recipient of DDT’s Medal of Freedom, cheered the prospect of violence, referring to Benson as “Michigan’s sex-cretary.” About Benson and the lack of evidence surrounding any election fraud, a demonstrator complained about her decision “to completely ignore all of the credible, credible, fraudulent evidence that has been continually pointed out.”

Today, the 89th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, led to U.S. involvement in World War II. The nation continues its upswing of COVID-19 and downslide from democracy. First Lady Melania Trump commemorated the day by announcing that her new tennis pavilion is ready for play, calling it her “legacy project.”

DDT and his wife may have little chance to use her legacy. The couple plans to spend the holidays at Mar-a-Lago, and people question whether they will return to the White House before the end of his term. His only end-of-term priorities, other than suing to return to the Oval Office, appear to be decisions about who to pardon.

December 5, 2020

DDT: Week 202 – More Losing

The day after states certified 279 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris, making Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) officially the loser, DDT begged Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to call a special session for the state legislature to switch the electors’ votes to DDT. He also wants Kemp to order an audit of absentee ballot signatures although Kemp had told DDT he lacked that authority. Last week, DDT trashed Kemp and said he was sorry he had supported him. Five states still need to certify electoral votes—Hawaii, Colorado, and New Jersey bringing Biden to a total of 306 plus Missouri and West Virginia to give DDT his 232 votes.

After 32 days with no rally, DDT traveled to Georgia, ostensibly to persuade people to vote for the two GOP incumbent senators in January 5’s runoff. He had a few scripted lines about this race being “the most important congressional runoff probably in American history” before running true to form by making people question whether they should vote in a “rigged” election. DDT started out by stating he won the election and rambled for most of the speech, whining and lying.  

In five hours Friday, DDT lost court cases throughout the nation’s six swing states when judges, several of them conservative, either refused the cases or ruled against him. In a Douglas County (GA) machine count, GOP mandated, Biden netted another two votes.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito stalled one case until December 9, the day after the “safe harbor deadline” for certified votes to the Electoral College. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) wants the high court to nullify all his state’s votes and turn over the electoral decision to the GOP state legislature. Alito’s date most likely won’t allow a decision before the final vote on December 14. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court makes the final decision regarding violations of the state constitution, not the U.S. Supreme Court. Also the state’s General Assembly cannot call itself into session until January 5 and lacks authority to overturn the popular vote or its own slate of electors, according to the 1937 Pennsylvania Election Code requiring the popular vote selecting electors.

Forty-six days before Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) leaves the White House, he filled the Pentagon’s assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs with another totally unsuited loyalist. Scott O’Grady will oversee military relationships with NATO members and countries in the Middle East and Africa. His qualifications are claims that DDT won the election in “landslide fashion,” millions of votes were stolen from DDT, and DDT should declare martial law to take the majority of votes. O’Grady also condemned former Defense Secretary James Mattis as a “traitor” and accused Hillary Clinton and George Soros of involvement in a foreign plot against elections. Add to that his support for Sidney Powell, lawyer who can’t even file lawsuits against Biden’s election without massive misspellings and other mistakes. O’Grady joins DDT’s recent acquisitions in the Pentagon such as Michael Flynn’s foreign aide Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) former Russia naysayer aide Kash Patel.

These faithfuls have prevented President-elect Joe Biden from meeting with U.S. intelligence officials of agencies controlled by the Pentagon, including the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence, and other military-run spy services with classified budgets and global espionage platforms. Biden was cleared for these meetings two weeks ago. A Defense Department spokesperson claimed no meetings had been denied before saying the requested meetings could happen next week—over a month after the election allowed DDT’s team to contact intelligence agencies with multibillion-dollar budgets, satellite networks, and vast surveillance authorities. With the delay, the president-elect lacked information about espionage operations regarding Iran, China, Russian, and other of the nation’s adversaries from weapons proliferation to foreign interference in U.S. elections. The CIA gave not only extensive access to senior members of Biden’s transition team but also the agency’s computer system and office space in its area used for visiting VIPs.

DDT also purged the more than a dozen members on the advisory Defense Business Board. Two former secretaries of state, Madeline Albright and Henry Kissinger, were replaced with Cory Lewandowski and David Bossie. Former DDT campaign manager Lewandowski was fired after he became violent with press members; Bossie, DDT’s deputy campaign manager in 2016 and insider on the network Newsmax hosting QAnon, currently runs DDT’s legal efforts to award electoral votes to DDT. Other removed members include retired Adm. Gary Roughead, former chief of naval operations and onetime ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rudy De Leon, a former chief operating officer at the Pentagon considered by then-Defense Secretary James Mattis for a high-level policy role. 

What DDT wants from his new Defense Department leadership:

Continued removal of troops from the world: DDT’s order to take almost all the 700 special-ops military members from Somalia means no guard against terrorists. The removed troops aren’t coming home, however; they’ll go someplace else in Africa.   

Sale of $23 billion in arms and F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates: Congress may vote against the sale with a bipartisan concern the UAE may provide U.S. technology to Russia and China. Joint resolutions, up for vote next week, also point out the sale’s risks to Israel.

Leasing the Pentagon airwave spectrum to a private company: Republicans are backing Rivada Networks to create a nationwide 5G network, but career Pentagon officials stated Rivada may lack the knowledge and the plan may be illegal.

Other supposed DDT loyalists are drifting away. DDT accused both the FBI and his former fixer DOJ AG Bill Barr of election fraud to get Joe Biden elected with crazy claims of people receiving up to four ballots and dead people applying for ballots. Barr had told the public he found no widespread evidence of election fraud.

John Ratcliffe, appointed as director of intelligence to supervise 17 agencies because of his loyalist attitude, said—reluctantly—foreign governments are “amplifying” DDT’s false election fraud claims. He said  their goal is “to undermine public confidence in our democratic processes.”

Citing the Russia-connected OAN network, DDT claims the USPS, led by his loyalist Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, “is responsible for tampering with hundreds of thousands of ballots” because the agency is “a Democratic stronghold.” With 99.9 percent of ballots sent on time, DeJoy’s sabotage on the part of DDT may still have disenfranchised 25,000 to 50,000 ballots by delaying voters’ ballots. The problem might have been much worse without congressional hearings for DeJoy’s postal service and lawsuits against his slowing down the first-class mail.

While DDT pushes to stay in the White House, he only has the false claim of election fraud. Gone is his lie about “best economy in history,” especially after November added only new 245,000 jobs. Unemployment shrank from 6.9 percent to 6.7 percent because people stopped looking for work, but only the well-off bounced back.

Most of the populace is struggling. Employment rate for people making $60,000+ is up, and low-wage jobs are down by almost 20 percent. The Dow Jones went over 30,000 last month—a “sacred number,” according to DDT—while car lines at food banks stretch for miles. Of the 3.4 million leisure and hospital jobs lost in the past nine months, only 31,000—under one percent—returned last month. With surging cases of COVID-19 and little hope for a sizeable stimulus package, layoffs are on the horizon. Airlines are down 81,749 employees in nine months, and Southwest Airlines plans to furlough another 6,800 workers, about 12 percent.

Consumer spending, measured by credit and debit card data, began to fall by the end of October. Thirteen percent of households with children report food insecurity, and one-third of people have difficulty paying household expenses. And November’s job report was based on the pay period through November 12 and surveys of households through November 14—before the coronavirus surge.  

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants the stimulus bill included in the must-pass budget measure to keep the government open after December 11. A bipartisan plan for $908 billion:

  • $180 billion: unemployment benefits ($300 per week on top of existing state unemployment).
  • $288 billion: assistance for U.S. businesses.
  • $160 billion: state and local governments.
  • $82 billion: schools.
  • $45 billion: hard-hit transit agencies including airlines, airports, and Amtrak.
  • $25 billion: housing and rental assistance.
  • $10 billion: U.S. Postal Service.
  • $10 billion: childcare.

Also included is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s line in the sand, a liability shield to protect companies against coronavirus-related lawsuits.

Another line in the sand for McConnell is not bringing a new House bill to the Senate floor, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act. Passed by 228 to 164 with only four Republicans and one independent joining all but six Democrats, the law would remove marijuana from the Federal Controlled Substances Act and expunge many prior convictions for its possession. The government’s five-percent sales tax on cannabis products would go toward grant programs to help people find work, re-entry services, and legal aid if they have been negatively impacted by the War on Drugs. Forty-four states have decriminalized, legalized for medical use, or fully legalized the substance. In a Gallup poll, 68 percent of adults, the highest percentage every recorded, support cannabis legislation; this year, both red and blue states voted to legislate cannabis.

December 5, 2020: DDT still refuses to discuss the huge cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. (208,790) and deaths (2,251). Numbers typically shrink on the weekend because of less reporting. Infections will go over 15 million tomorrow, and deaths will hit 300,000 within a week.

December 3, 2020

Biden/Harris Plan, DDT Fails

President/VP-elect Joe Biden/Kamala Harris:

After his inauguration, Biden will address COVID-19 plan by asking all people in the U.S. to wear masks for 100 days and mandate face coverings in federal buildings and on interstate transportation. Biden also said in an interview he had asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to remain as the government’s top infectious disease expert as well as Biden’s chief medical adviser. Many GOP senators are antagonistic toward Biden, refusing to recognize his election, but he plans to work on a coalition with some of the more moderate ones—Mitt Romney (UT), Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rob Portman (OH), and Pat Toomey (PA). A major question is how Biden will work with Mitch McConnell (R-KY); it depends on whether Georgia adds two Democratic senators in five weeks.

VP-elect Kamala Harris is putting together her staff. For her thus far all-female team of chief staffers, Harris started with Tina Flournoy as chief of staff earlier this week along with Symone Sanders (senior adviser) and Ashley Etienne (communications director). Today, Harris added Rohini Kosoglu as her domestic policy adviser and Ambassador Nancy McEldowney for national security adviser. Harris will work on rebuilding small and medium businesses hurt by the pandemic, focusing partly on coronavirus problems for women and people of color. She will also address education, including children without access to the broadband during the pandemic. Harris has a background in intelligence from her four years on the Senate committee and criminal justice and climate justice reform after her experience as California’s AG and San Francisco DA. She plans to draw on Biden’s vice presidency for Barack Obama as a “model” for shaping her own position.

DDT’s Myth of Election Fraud:

Rudy Giuliani’s lawsuit alleging fraudulent votes in Michigan’s election went completely off the rails when his star witness Melissa Carone testified to ballots being smuggled inside food vans. Even Fox host Lou Dobbs, one of DDT’s greatest defenders, didn’t seem able to swallow Carone’s story. A Wayne County judge ruled her tale “simply … not credible,” but Giuliani still put her in front of a Michigan House panel. Giuliani even shushed her as she rudely insisted on her evidence-free claim tens of thousands of votes were counted multiple times. The video, reminiscent of a Saturday Night Live skit, has been watched millions of times, for good reason.  

Lawmakers listened for six hours to testimony about election fraud like that above from Carone. A favorite, however, was the poll watcher who found election fraud when Black Lives Matter supporters wore rhinestones. 

Wisconsin’s high court won’t hear DDT’s request to eliminate over 221,000 ballots in the state’s two largest counties, telling him the case needs to go through lower courts first. DDT paid the state $3 million for a recount in the two counties where Biden picked up 87 votes.

Georgia may actually have a case of election fraud. Former U.S. attorney Michael Moore, serving the Middle District of Georgia from 2010 to 2015, requested the State Board of Elections to investigate Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) alleged criminal interference in Georgia’s election when he pressured the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to trash valid mail-in ballots. Graham wanted ballots tossed out in all counties with a high rate of “signature mismatch” on voters’ registration forms. Georgia permits voters to “cure” a mismatched signature. Georgia prohibits solicitation to commit election fraud by attempting to cause another person to commit an election-related offense as well as interference with the secretary of state’s official election rules, including asking him to falsify records. From Raffensperger’s account, Graham did both.

In another case of Georgia voter fraud, Bill Price, a Florida attorney, announced he will change his residency to Georgia for two months in order to vote in Georgia for Republicans in the Senate runoff. He encouraged others to join him and gave his brother’s address in Hiram (GA) where he planned to register. Asked if others can register at that address to vote, Price said, “Sure.”

Georgia’s Board of Elections told county election supervisors they could challenge anyone registering to vote who didn’t own a car. Forced hearings could delay a voter past the January 5 vote.  New “rules” require a 90-day advance warning so the Board calls the change a “guidance” directive. At first, this restriction seemed like a poll tax for students, seniors, and the poor, but perhaps they were thinking about Floridians flooding the state to vote for Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

The Republicans biggest concern about the Georgia runoff election is DDT’s appearance there on Saturday, supposedly to support Loeffler and Perdue. First, the state voted against DDT. Even more important, however, is that he will likely launch into how all the votes were rigged, discouraging more Republicans from voting. Polls are not reliable, but Perdue is behind by two points and Loeffler by seven points. DDT’s supporters are telling Republicans to boycott the election unless the GOP incumbents denounce the general election as rigged. In a video, Perdue appeared to acknowledge the legality of Biden’s election when he talked about a Senate GOP majority curbing the Biden administration.

Heidi Stirrup (right), an ally of DDT’s racist adviser Stephen Miller, has been banned from the DOJ because she demanded sensitive information about election fraud and other information to take to the White House. She had been put into the DOJ as a liaison a few months ago to get insider information. She also offered job offers to political allies at high DOJ levels without consulting anyone and tried to interfere in hiring career staffers. DDT has made her a member of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Earlier, Stirrup was central in DDT’s push for hard-line immigration policies and a deputy HHS liaison at the White House where she argued access to birth control encourages “sexual promiscuity.” 

Furious with AG Bill Barr for claiming no widespread election fraud, DDT is considering firing him. DDT is also angry because Barr’s investigator John Durham failed to issue a public report with damaging information about the Russian investigation before the election. White House aides are trying to convince DDT not to fire Barr, but DDT yelled at him throughout a 150-minute meeting yesterday.

Census:

Last Monday, the Supreme Court heard a case from DDT arguing undocumented immigrants—who several conservative justices called “illegal aliens”—aren’t persons as designated for census-taking in the Constitution. DDT has been pushing the Census forward but hit a roadblock with “high complexity” and incorrect handling problems in data issues. The delay until February means DDT can’t exclude some U.S. residents to divide seats in the U.S. House to be more favorable to Republicans.

Congress:

With seven more days before a government shutdown, the Senate confirmed Christopher Waller to the Federal Reserve, hopefully leaving Judy Shelton out in the cold. The 48-47 vote continued partisan positions on DDT’s appointments; all Democrats and one Republican, Kentucky’s Rand Paul, voted against Waller. He is the first member of the board to be seated during a lame-duck session. DDT has appointed all governors except Democrat Lael Brainard into their Fed posts. The institution is supposed to be independent, but nothing for DDT has been independent.

DDT’s recent power play to control Twitter isn’t going well with Republicans. He threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which has easily passed for 59 years, unless it includes the repeal of the liability shield for social media companies. As always litigious, DDT wants to be able to sue Twitter if it fact-checks him or refuses to give him an account, as it can do on January 21. For almost four years, DDT could spew his vile lies on social media because of his classification as a world leader. That disappears after Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Republicans disagree with DDT’s claim that the law, Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, is “a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity.” Conservative Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) declared there is no connection between Section 230 and the NDAA, and other GOP members of Congress have said they will vote for a veto override. Section 230 protects small startups from frivolous lawsuits. Repealing it stifles innovation. Congress can postpone the NDAA until after January 20 if it acts promptly then.  

Republicans rebuked DDT through a variety of provisions in the NDAA. They laid out specific conditions before a president can reduce the military in South Korea and Germany and ordered the Secretary of State to annually report on Russian-sponsored bounties for attacks against U.S. military personnel. Another provision limits military construction funding transferred to domestic projects such as DDT’s wall and mandates federal officials, military, and National Guard “visibly display” both their names and their agencies in protests. The Pentagon cannot provide state and local law enforcement with bayonets, weaponized tracked combat vehicles, and weaponized drones, and most grenades. It includes the renaming of the Confederate-named bases and much more.

Postponing approval of the NDAA until the next Congress—and the next president—might not be a bad idea. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley, the highest-ranking military official, said the Pentagon needs a “reality check” in future defense budgets with other needs such as the coronavirus pandemic. During an event, Milley said, “We have to tighten up and take a much harder look at priorities.” He predicted that budgets could even “decline significantly, depending on what happens.” Milley suggests the Defense Department question the necessity of overseas deployments and bases. The first step is to “breathe new life into the economy.” Sanity may be returning.

Thanksgiving gatherings were a week ago with millions traveling across the U.S. On December 3, 2020, new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.: 218,572 and deaths, 2,918—another 9/11 with one death every 30 seconds. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his employees to have no gatherings before he invited 900 people to one party in an inside venue. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/01/us/politics/white-house-holiday-parties.html  The 20+ parties planned at the White House also don’t require masks. DDT plans to go out with lots of infections. Watch the coronavirus increase during the next several weeks.

December 2, 2020

Seven Weeks until U.S. Presidential Inauguration

Yesterday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey certified the state’s votes; today, Mark Kelly was sworn in to the Senate, bringing the number of Democrats to 48. The state’s other Democratic senator, Kyrsten Sinema, held the Bible during the ceremony. This election adds another state to the list of formerly red Southwestern states with two Democratic senators. The others are New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado. They join the western block of California, Oregon, and Washington to have complete Democratic representation in the U.S. Senate. 

A major goal for Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) in the next seven weeks is drilling in the Arctic, including its National Wildlife Refuge, but big banks may be a stumbling block. All six refuse funding for fossil fuel extraction, with Bank of America joining the other five against DDT’s push for “irreversible harm” to the local ecosystem and communities. Not even DDT’s proposal last month to stop banks from excluding customers changed the banks’ position. The sale, open to the entire 1.5 million acres of the coastal plain, will be after January 17, three days before the inauguration, but oil wouldn’t be extracted for at least ten years. The area is also sacred to indigenous peoples, but the current Supreme Court recognizes only Christianity and Judaism as “religious.”

According to Mark Becker, former chair of Brown County (WI) GOP, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told him in a private call on November 14 that Republicans refuse to recognize Joe Biden as president-elect because it would be “political suicide.” In an editorial for the conservative Bulwark, Becker wrote:

“Senator Johnson knows that Joe Biden won a free and fair election. He is refusing to admit it publicly and stoking conspiracies that undermine our democracy solely because it would be ‘political suicide’ to oppose Trump.”

Johnson led the conspiracy-theory-laden hearings attempting to smear Biden with lies about his son, Hunter Biden. Johnson, who has not responded to Becker’s editorial, may be vulnerable in a 2022 re-election after his unswerving devotion to DDT in a state returning to blue in the midst of surging cases and deaths from COVID-19.

Another judge, this one in Wisconsin, has scolded a DDT lawyer, Sidney Powell, for her ridiculous argument to eliminate the state’s election results. He had a number of other reasons than her idea; the judge wrote:

“There was no indication that the plaintiffs gave notice to the adverse parties of the morning’s motion. There was no affidavit filed with the motion. The complaint is not verified, and there was no certification from counsel about the efforts made to give notice to the adverse parties or why notice should not be required… This motion indicates that the earlier motion was an inadvertently filed draft and acknowledges that the referenced proposed order had not been attached.”

Brad Heath, reporter on crime and criminal justice for Reuters, tweeted:

“Rocky start continues for Sidney Powell’s election-fraud lawsuit in Wisconsin. The judge assigned to the case says her team filed a draft motion by accident and still hasn’t complied with the basic rules for seeking a temporary restraining order.”

In her Georgia case, Powell cited a well-known QAnon leader, Ron Watkins, to challenge the Dominion voting machines. Watkins, not an expert in voting machines, didn’t directly allege fraud in his affidavit. He may have inspired death threats against a 20-year-old contractor for Dominion which included a noose left outside his home. Watkins uploaded two videos showing a Dominion employee transferring data from a voting machine to a laptop and claimed it proved voter fraud. A county employee explained the report was transferred to a laptop because third-party software cannot be installed on voting machines. The contractor’s name was shared on the QAnon’s message board and then widely shared on Twitter and right-wing sites such as Parler. The act was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” according to Gabriel Sterling, voting systems manager for Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, in his press conference asking DDT to step up and stop the madness. DDT continued with his claims about the “rigged” election and shares the videos with his Twitter followers. Watkins stays on as a regular guest on the Russia-connected One America News Network.

Legal expert Rick Hasen has found Rep. Mike Kelly’s (R-PA) appeal to the Supreme Court also ridiculous. Kelly wants an emergency injunction to block all mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania because he thinks they are unconstitutional. No indication of how mail-in ballots violate the U.S. Constitution because the filing declares states can set up their own rules. Any why did Kelly wait until after the election to make the filing when the law has been on the books for almost a year? It’s as crazy as all other “election fraud” lawsuits. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who claimed the virus would end on November 4, is encouraging the Supreme Court to either reject the 2.5 million mail-in votes or reject the entire election results. He probably lacks standing in the case.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and other groups are suing DDT, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the White House to keep them from destroying documents during the next seven weeks. DDT traditionally destroys his tweets, and Kushner uses “non-official messaging accounts like WhatsApp to conduct official White House business.”

When DDT fired Christopher Maier, Pentagon policy official overseeing the military’s Defeat ISIS Task Force and disbanded his office, he weakened U.S. defenses. Maier’s responsibilities were given to two other offices dealing with special operations and regional policies led by DDT’s new appointees in last month’s purge. One of them, Ezra Cohen-Watnick who served as aide to Michael Flynn, is now the undersecretary for intelligence at the Pentagon, and the other, Anthony Tata, couldn’t even be confirmed by Republicans because of his right-wing conspiracy theories. Now scattered across the bureaucracy throughout other agencies,

Maier’s team had communicated with Biden’s transition regarding terrorist threats, relations with allies, and counterterrorism missions. Their scattering will hurt not only present information but also future counterterrorism information. DDT pretends the ISIS threat is gone, keeps his incompetent loyalists at the Pentagon, and undermines Biden. For DDT it’s a win-win; for the U.S. it’s a lose-lose.

In a fight on another front, DDT has been talking with personal and campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani about not only pardoning his family but also himself. DDT mentioned pardons for son-in-law Jared Kushner and Giuliani. To be pardoned, people must admit guilt to crimes. 

Investigators from the Washington, DC’s AG office deposed DDT’s daughter Ivanka Trump in a lawsuit about misuse of inaugural funds. Last January, the AG’s office opened the case about abuse of over $1 million by “grossly overpaying” for event space at DDT’s Washington hotel for the 2017 inauguration. Tom Barrack, chair of the inaugural committee was deposed on November 17. Other people deposed include first lady Melania Trump and Rick Gates, former inaugural committee deputy chair. Gates had told Ivanka he was “a bit worried about the optics of PIC [Presidential Inaugural Committee] paying Trump Hotel a high fee,” and event planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff advised against the price, at least double the market rate. DDT received $175,000 a day for four days. During the Robert Mueller investigation, Gates pled guilty to lying and conspiracy against the U.S.

Last month, DDT pardoned Michael Flynn, briefly his national security adviser. Flynn, a QAnon member, now demands DDT declare martial law and order the military to oversee a “national re-vote.” He follows Sidney Powell’s call for DDT to suspend the Electoral College vote and investigate voter fraud through a military tribunal by declaring the Insurrection Act. Both cite evidence of voter fraud but have none. A third notable, Lin Wood, urges DDT to combat “Communist China’s … nefarious efforts to take away our freedom” through martial law. In a rally, Wood, an Atlanta lawyer, told Republicans to boycott the runoff election for two U.S. senators from the state on January 5. About GOP incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, Wood said:

“They have not earned your vote. Don’t you give it to them. Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election, for god’s sake!”

Wood claimed DDT will be president for another four years and then called for Flynn and Powell to run on a joint ticket in 2024.

In a tweet, Flynn shared a full-page Washington Times ad from We the People Convention with the same plea for martial law. It asks DDT “to temporarily suspend the Constitution” to hold the presidential election re-vote.

DDT may be involved in a pay-for-pardon scheme he gets to keep all the money. Redacted records from the DC District Court reveal a DOJ investigation about money in exchange for a presidential pardon. During a raid on offices, investigators picked up over 50 devices including iPhones, iPads, laptops, thumb drives and computer drives. DDT has commuted 16 people’s sentences and granted 29 pardons since his inauguration, almost all bringing publicity—and perhaps cash.

December 2, 2020: U.S. COVID-19 by the numbers – 203,737 new cases; over 100,000 hospitalizations, and 2,833 deaths—almost as many as on the 9/11 attack. Mike Kel

From Biden’s Sanity to DDT’s Crazy

President-elect Joe Biden is establishing his priorities for his first 100 days: tackling the COVID-19, pushing a stimulus bill for economic recovery, and moving toward racial equality. He also plans to rebuild the Environmental Protection Agency and rejoin the world’s leading powers.  In the meantime, his transition team is working on Biden’s immediate unilateral actions if Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continues as Majority Leader.

VP-elect Kamala Harris has chosen Tina Flournoy, currently Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, for her chief of staff in the White House. Flournoy was assistant to the president for public policy at the American Federation of Teachers, a union representing 1.7 million members, where she led the group’s work in political, mobilization, and human rights and community outreach departments. In the past, she worked for presidential campaigns of Howard Dean and Al Gore.

Thursday, Jake Tapper will conduct a three-hour interview with both Biden and Harris starting at 4:00 pm (ET) and rerunning at 9:00 (ET) the same day.

DDT’s Lawsuits:

In Georgia, a judge said the case to eliminate votes had “precious little proof” but blocked three counties from making changes to their voting machines. QAnon conspiracy theory lawyer Sidney Powell wanted all voting machines in the state impounded. Instead, she can have “a quick inspection” of Dominion machines in the three counties based on her belief that Venezuelan Hugo Chavez set up the fraud before he died seven years ago. Yesterday, Powell retweeted a message calling on DDT to declare an insurrection, prevent the Electoral College from convening in each state on December 14, and use “military tribunals” to investigate alleged election fraud.

Biden’s lawyers and the six electoral college representatives inspected the voting process in a Nevada county to prepare for a hearing on Thursday. Nevada has already certified the state’s six electoral votes.

DDT’s Congress:

DDT’s craziness filtered into Congress: his supporters are considering his moving Biden’s electoral votes to DDT on January 6. “Nothing is off the table,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), agreeing with other House GOP legislators considering DDT’s option. Other possible protesters are newly-elected QAnon representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) who unsuccessfully tried to get 2.5 million votes thrown out of his state, making his own election illegal. Kelly also filed a long-shot petition with the Supreme Court to nullify certification of votes for DDT and himself.  Arizona, where the craziest representatives other than Texas’ Louie Gohmert can be found, have Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs. With David Schweikert, they tried to block the state’s largest county, Maricopa, from certification until after an audit. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), a DDT supporter, has not commented but said on Fox that DDT had won the election before retracting his assertion.

On January 6, 2017, over a half dozen Democrats tried to protest DDT’s vote before then VP Joe Biden, presiding over the session, gaveled them down. A congressional member must put the objection in writing with an explanation and get a member from each chamber to sign it. The representatives at that time did not have any Senate support, and Biden said, “It is over.” VP Mike Pence will preside over the 2021 session, and his boss is the one declaring, “I won! I won.”

DDT’s Violence:

Chris Krebs, former cybersecurity chief fired by DDT after he asserted the honesty of the recent election, insinuated he might pursue legal action against DDT’s lawyer Joe diGenova for public threats against Krebs’ life. On a conservative radio show aired on Newsmax, diGenova told Howie Carr, “[Krebs] should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.”

Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager, asked DDT to condemn the statement, “to step up and if you’re going to take a position of leadership, show some.” The state’s elections workers have also received death threats after diGenova’s declaration of violence against Krebs. Sterling directed another statements to DDT:

“If you want to run for reelection in four years, fine do it. But everything we’re seeing right now, there’s not a path. Be the bigger man and stop, step in, tell your supporters don’t be violent.”

On Sixty Minutes, Krebs blamed Rudy Giuliani, another DDT lawyer, for spreading disinformation about the election which Krebs described as secure and not subject to widespread fraud. DDT criticized Krebs for his agency’s Rumor Control blog with information contrary to DDT’s lies about election fraud and hacking. Giuliani and another DDT lawyer Jenna Ellis stated they “will continue our pursuit of the truth.” The video of Krebs, a lifelong Republican. 

DDT’s Barr (no longer):

AG Bill Barr, willing to do anything DDT wanted for years, now says he finds no election fraud to change the election outcome. He indicated both the FBI and DOJ had investigated claims and attacked one by Powell about programmed voting machines to give DDT’s votes to DDT. The message is a 180-degree turn from Barr’s statements before the election when he frequently warned of fraud from mail-in ballots and reversed DOJ policy to authorize investigation of “vote tabulation irregularities” before votes are certified. GOP senators support Barr’s statements; for example, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said, “I trust [Barr].” They also don’t openly disagree with DDT’s ranting about election fraud. 

DDT is already angry with Barr because his guy, John Durham, didn’t discredit DDT’s political opponents and Barr wasn’t supporting claims of massive fraud. Last weekend, DDT accused the FBI and DOJ of being “involved” in the election fraud. Barr is trying to mollify DDT with his announcement he had appointed Durham as special counsel on October 19, six weeks ago, to examine the FBI investigation of DDT’s campaign, starting in 2016. The appointment could be illegal because the DOJ requires any special counsel come from outside the U.S. government. Durham is a sitting U.S. attorney for Connecticut. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chair of the Judiciary Committee, has asked Barr for an explanation. Barr said he is permitted to circumvent the rules.

DDT’s States (again no longer):

GOP governors in Arizona and Georgia are now receiving DDT’s fury for certifying voting results. DDT told Georgia’s governor to call off its two senate runoffs on January 5, 2021, required by state law because no candidate received at least 50 percent in the general election. His cries of election fraud have already discouraged Republicans from voting.

DDT called the Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey as he was signing the vote certification, but Ducey didn’t take the call. As an alternative, DDT repeated his lies to a meeting of “select” (aka GOP) state lawmakers and maintained his evidence-free position of election fraud. His falsehoods become more fantastical every day. Kelli Ward, Arizona GOP chair, went to court in Arizona to obtain voting information for evidence of fraud. Known as “Chemtrail Kelli,” Ward has a variety of conspiracy theories in the past, including the one about jet condensation containing poisonous chemicals. 

Whither the Senate:

While Biden tries to set up a new administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has a tight agenda for the next eight days before the end of the 116th Congress. Contrary to a century-old tradition, he is pushing through as many appointments as possible, including more inadequate judges, which leaves little time for these issues:

Government Funding: Without a budget by December 11, the government shuts down—again. Once again the Senate may pass a Continuing Resolution to kick the 12 appropriations bills down the road for a while—maybe even past Biden’s inauguration.

Coronavirus Relief: After giving all DDT’s friends money from the March CARES Act, McConnell has shown no interest in helping the people of the United States. His most generous offer has been to release about one-half trillion dollars from the past law. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have dropped the original $3.4 trillion bill to $2.2 trillion passed last May.

Confederate-named Bases: DDT threatens to veto any bill that renames the ten military bases now with names for treasonous Confederate officers. A possible compromise is DDT’s signature in exchange for the repeal of a legal shield for internet companies. He later threatened to veto the National Defense bill of almost $1 trillion in military spending, never questioned in 59 years, if Congress doesn’t hold social media sites legally liable for policing their platforms. According to current policy, DDT can lose his Twitter account after Biden’s inauguration.

Arms Sale: On a bipartisan level, senators may force votes to block DDT’s $23 billion sales of weapons to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Four separate resolutions would nullify DDT’s plan to sell F-35 fighter jets, armed drones, missiles and bombs. Congress has 30 days after DDT’s notification of the sale to stop it. Resolutions need only a simple majority to pass, and McConnell can’t stop a vote on it.

Election Fallout: The certification of Sen.-elect Mark Kelly (D-AZ) on Monday immediately reduces the number of Republicans to 52, possibly eliminating the chance of Judy Shelton’s confirmation for the Federal Reserve at this time—a really good thing! Three GOP senators are opposed to Shelton—Susan Collins (ME), Mitt Romney (UT), and Lamar Alexander (TN).

Republicans promised the end of COVID-19 on November 4, the day after Election Day. U.S. coronavirus on December 1, 2020: 182,276 infections; 2,614 deaths.

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