TRUMP HAD A BAD WEEK. HE HAS NO REVERSE GEAR
Former President Donald Trump has a very bad week – one of his worst since he left office in January. But nothing stops him from moving forward.
Arizona. The so-called “audit” by a Trumpist data firm in Arizona – a state Joe Biden took away from Trump last November – found that Biden actually won the key county there by as bigger margin than finally certified. Trump was enraged by Fox News when its election night “decision desk” called Arizona for Biden, and never resiled from his belief that Arizona was rigged and stolen from him. Trump was wrong — and has been proven wrong. So what does he say?
The Fake News is lying about the Arizona audit report! The leaked report conclusively shows there were enough fraudulent votes, mystery votes, and fake votes to change the outcome of the election 4 or 5 times over.
The House Select Committee investigation into the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Trump hates this investigation. His arch enemy, Republican Liz Cheney, is on the committee; she was stripped of her House leadership position by her party room because she supported the probe into what happened on January 6 and why. The Select Committee has demanded all White House documents relating to January 6. Trump has said he will assert “Executive Privilege” to shield those materials from the Select Committee. But guess what? He is no longer the president. He no longer has the power to invoke Executive Privilege. President Biden has said he has no problem with the committee’s request and is preparing to turn them over.
The Select Committee has also subpoenaed several Trump associates, including his former chief of staff and chief strategist. Their presence is demanded for depositions in the coming days.
Trump could care less:
Trump’s taxes. Trump sued his niece Mary Trump for $100 million to try to punish her for allegedly providing the New York Times with Trump tax returns going back several years. Those tax returns helped form the basis of the indictment of Trump’s CFO of his company in New York. There are reports the Manhattan District Attorney is preparing more indictments before the end of the year.
The latest blockbuster book on Trump’s final year in office, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of the Washington Post, paint a picture of a president obsessed and deranged by his election defeat, in complete denial of the truth, and relentlessly pressuring Vice President Pence to directly overturn the election result on the day Congress met to declare Biden the winner. No president has ever acted in this manner.
But Trump does not go into reverse – ever.
Trump wants all the states he sees as key to him to change their laws to make it harder for citizens to vote and easier for state legislatures – especially if controlled by Republicans – to unilaterally overturn the voting results in their states. Trump won Texas handily last year. But that is not good enough. Taking a cue from Arizona, her wrote Texas governor:
And guess what? The governor immediately agreed, and an audit and legislation are in the works.
Yesterday, Trump took his attack to Georgia– another key state he lost to Biden, a defeat he profoundly despises. He hates all the Republican officials who followed the law, conducted the recounts, and certified Biden as the winner. He hates them so much, he wants them ousted in elections next year. And he hates the governor so much that he told the rally he would rather see a Georgia Democratic leader, Stacy Abrams, serve as governor:
The authors of the leading books on Trump have all concluded that Trump intends to run for the presidency again in 2024. He wants to win. He wants to get back his power. And he wants something else: Vengeance. This is how Woodward and Costa conclude their new book, PERIL, with the words of Brad Parscale, a Trump campaign manager from 2020:
Trump’s base is intact. He has plenty of campaign money. He has the power to sink the pre-selection of Republicans who are insufficiently loyal to Trump. His allies are changing voting laws in key states to keep Democratic voters away from the polls, and to enable Republican officials to change the outcome of the voting.
Recounts that show Biden won, congressional investigations, possible indictments.
Trump has only one gear. Forward.
By Bruce Wolpe, US Political Contributor
Judge sides with Trump in Mar-a-Lago investigation
A United States Federal Judge has sided with former President Donald Trump amid the ongoing Mar-a-Lago investigation
In a move that will likely come as a relief to Donald Trump, a federal judge has ruled that the former president does not have to provide a sworn declaration regarding claims the FBI “planted” evidence in his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Previously, Trump had been required to provide the declaration as part of the review process for the investigation.
But Judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing the Mar-a-Lago investigation, has now pushed back several key deadlines, extending the final date of completion from November to December.
This means that Trump will not have to confirm, under oath, his recent claims the FBI manufactured evidence against him
These are assertions which could be used against him if he is charged with any crimes.
Trump’s lawyers had argued that the president should not be required to provide a declaration, and it seems Judge Cannon has sided with them.
For now, Trump will not have to put his claims on the record.
Ian carves path of utter destruction
After devastating Florida, Hurricane Ian is headed for Carolinas, Georgia
A grim picture of Hurricane Ian’s horrific wreckage emerged Thursday, as millions of people in Florida faced destroyed homes, completely flooded streets and power outages.
The storm’s power turned out to be worse than many had predicted.
Unfortunately, families who did not evacuate have been left stranded as rising water tore through their homes.
So far, hundreds have been rescued from floodwaters, and emergency crews are still struggling to reach some of the most devastated areas.
According to the National Hurricane Center, a storm surge of 12-18 feet hit as destructive waves struck the coast.
Officials say the hurricane knocked out power to more than 2.6 million customers, mainly in southwest and central Florida.
Meanwhile, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) says that the next 72 hours will certainly be the most critical when it comes to rescue missions.
President Biden said there were ‘early reports of what may be substantial loss of life’ saying, that the numbers are still unclear but there are early reports of fatalities.
The President added, “water rescue is critical—Coast Guard deployed 16 rescue helicopter, six fixed wing aircraft and 18-rescue boats and crews. That’s just one element of the many federal search and rescue teams that were pre-staged in Florida.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis detailed the state’s “monumental effort” to help aid recovery and eventually rebuild.
“Those were really difficult images to see but we’re committed to restoring the infrastructure as needed. That is not going to be an overnight task. That is going to require a lot of love and care—it’s going to require a lot of resources, but we’re going to do it because we understand how important it is.”
Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm
Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm as it continues north towards South Carolina
U.S. President Joe Biden says Hurricane Ian could be the deadliest storm in the region’s history, with early reports suggesting substantial loss of life.
Biden spoke at an afternoon briefing at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).
Ian made landfall on Wednesday local time near the city of Fort Myers. It has led to severe flooding, high winds and storm surges.
Several areas remain submerged, and more than 2.5 million homes are without power.
Many residents are trapped in their homes and unable to escape. Search and rescue teams are working around the clock to provide assistance where they can.
5,000 Florida National Guard troops and 2,000 Guardsman from surrounding states have been deployed.
Eight teams with 800 members are carrying out search and rescue operations.
More than 200 public shelters have now been opened, housing around 34,000 people.
The National Hurricane Centre has downgraded Ian to a tropical storm for now but warns it will likely become a hurricane again later.
The entire coast of South Carolina is just the latest region to be placed on high alert as the storm continues north on its path of destruction.
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