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Report: Trump considering pardon for Steve Bannon

President Donald Trump is considering issuing a pardon for his former adviser, Steve Bannon, according to a new report.

What are the details?

Politico reported the claim Friday, citing “two sources familiar with the matter” while noting that Bannon “was charged with swindling donors to a private crowdsourcing effort to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”

Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News Network, and three others linked to the “We Build the Wall” campaign were arrested in August over allegations that they defrauded donors in the initiative and siphoned off funds from the $25 million haul for personal use. Bannon called the indictment “a political hitjob.”

Following Bannon’s arrest, Trump distanced himself from the former White House aide, saying of the “We Build the Wall” effort, “When I read about it, I didn’t like it. I said, ‘This is for government; this isn’t for private people.’ And is sounded to me like showboating.”

Politico also pointed out that after Bannon was fired from the White House in 2017, Trump said he had “lost his mind.”

According to Bloomberg, Bannon and Trump have been in talks in recent weeks. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the outlet reported that the president sought Bannon’s “counsel on his campaign to overturn his re-election defeat.”

Trump has issued pardons to a number of allies in recent months, including former campaign advisers Roger Stone and George Papadopoulos and former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn—all of whom remain outspoken advocates for the president.

Along with Trump, Bannon has faced censorship from Big Tech since the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building by a mob of pro-Trump protesters that led to the president being impeached a second time by the Democrat-controlled House.

The siege occurred following a “Save America” march where Trump spoke to the crowd about the election being “stolen” from him. ABC News reported that Bannon, Stone, and Flynn all had links to groups promoting the rally.

Bannon’s “War Room” YouTube channel was removed last week, while President Trump has been hit with a permanent ban from Twitter and an indefinite suspension from Facebook and other platforms.

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Franklin Graham casts ‘shame’ on House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, likens them to Judas

Franklin Graham delivered a strong rebuke against the House Republicans who voted with Democrats for impeaching President Donald Trump this week, casting “shame” on the GOP members and comparing their action to Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus Christ.

What are the details?

“Shame, shame on the ten Republicans who joined with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in impeaching President Trump yesterday,” Graham began in a Facebook post on Thursday, telling the members, “After all that he has done for our country, you would turn your back and betray him so quickly?”

The evangelist went on to sing Trump’s praises, listing several of his administration’s accomplishments and lauding him as “the most pro-life president we have ever had.”

“But the House Democrats impeached him because they hate him and want to do as much damage as they can,” Graham continued. “And these ten, from his own party, joined in the feeding frenzy.”

In a Biblical reference to the apostle Judas selling out Jesus before his crucifixion, Graham wrote, “It makes you wonder what the thirty pieces of silver were that Speaker Pelosi promised for this betrayal.”

Graham went on to admit that “President Trump isn’t a perfect person,” and that he doesn’t “support or agree with some of the things the President said and did the last couple of weeks.”

Acknowledging the storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob last week, Graham wrote, “January 6 was a low point in his presidency.”

Graham concluded:

We knew he had flaws when he ran for office in 2016. But I, and millions of others, voted for him because of the platform and policies he promised. I still support those. The Democrats have been trying to get rid of the President since the day he took office. What they did yesterday only further divides our nation. I hope President-elect Biden will keep his word and work for unity as he has said.

The Democrat-controlled House voted 232-197 to impeach President Trump on Wednesday, for allegedly inciting the violence that occurred when his supporters attacked the Capitol following a rally held in protest of his loss to President-elect Joe Biden.

When the House voted last year to impeach Trump the first time, no Republican members of the lower chamber joined Democrats. But ten GOP members voted for impeachment on Wednesday, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a member of Republican leadership.

In announcing her decision, Cheney wrote, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey issues statement on banning Trump

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey issued a statement Wednesday addressing the social media giant’s decision to ban President Donald Trump from the platform for life, explaining the reasoning behind the move while advocating for a “decentralized standard for social media.”

What are the details?

In a lengthy thread, Dorsey began, “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct? I believe this was the right decision for Twitter.”

He explained, “We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”

“That said,” Dorsey continued, “having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications. While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation. And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us.”

Twitter hit Trump with a 12-hour suspension on Jan. 6 over three messages he sent continuing to insist the election was stolen from him the same day a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a siege that left at least five people dead. The suspension came with a warning that future violations of the company’s “Civic Integrity or Violent threats policies” by the president would result in a permanent suspension of his account.

Two days later, Twitter followed through the with threat, banning Trump from the platform for good citing “risk of further incitement of violence.”

The next day, Twitter’s stock took a 6% hit, yet the company continued to purge tens of thousands of accounts allegedly for spreading the QAnon conspiracy theory.

But other companies have joined in the crackdown, with Facebook also banning Trump indefinitely and purging any content that includes the phrase, “stop the steal.”

Some conservatives fled to other social media platforms, particularly Parler, which was then blocked from iPhones by Apple, blocked from Android phones by Google, and taken offline completely by Amazon.

Dorsey addressed that issue in his statement, saying, “The check and accountability on this power has always been the fact that a service like Twitter is one small part of the larger public conversation happening across the internet. If folks do not agree with our rules and enforcement, they can simply go to another internet service.”

He added, “This concept was challenged last week when a number of foundational internet tool providers also decided not to host what they found dangerous. I do not believe this was coordinated. More likely: companies came to their own conclusions or were emboldened by the actions of others.”

Dorsey went on to plug the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, and to advocate for a “decentralized standard for social media” project called Blue Sky.

The Twitter CEO concluded, “I believe the internet and global public conversation is our best and most relevant method of achieving this. I also recognize it does not feel that way today. Everything we learn in this moment will better our effort, and push us to be what we are: one humanity working together.”

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Mitch McConnell says he ‘has not made a final decision’ on how he will vote on impeachment

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has broken his silence on the second impeachment of President Donald Trump, telling colleagues in a note on Wednesday that he “has not made a final decision” on which way he will vote on the matter.

What are the details?

The Hill reported that according to an excerpt released by his office, McConnell wrote, “While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”

The Republican leader’s statement comes the day after The New York Times reported that McConnell “has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing it will make it easier to purge [Trump] from the party.”

Following the House’s voted Wednesday to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” over his actions and rhetoric surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building by a pro-Trump mob, McConnell issued a statement confirming earlier reports that he would not bring the Senate back in session prior to its scheduled Jan. 19 return—despite Democrats’ push for an emergency session ahead of Trump leaving office.

“Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week,” McConnell wrote, explaining, “the Senate has held three presidential impeachment trials. They have lasted 83 days, 37 days, and 21 days respectively.”

“Even if the Senate process were to begin this week, and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office,” McConnell continued. “This is not a decision I am making; it is a fact. The President-elect himself stated last week that his inauguration on January 20 is the ‘quickest’ path for any change in the occupant of the presidency.”

McConnell led the GOP-controlled Senate’s successful quashing of House Democrats’ effort to remove Trump from office via impeachment last year, but the Republican leader has taken a different approach this time by not condemning impeachment as he did before.

CNN reported:

Several GOP sources said on Tuesday that if McConnell supports conviction, Trump almost certainly will be convicted by 67 senators in the impeachment trial. “If Mitch is a yes, he’s done,” said one Senate GOP source who asked not to be named.

Many Republican senators are staying quiet about whether they’ll back conviction — a sign that they, too, could support conviction in an effort to rid Trump from their party.

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Horowitz: The 2022 primaries should begin today

It has nothing to do with Trump, impeachment, or what happened at the Capitol last week. This problem has been festering for years.

How many Republicans are giving voice to your concerns at either the federal or state levels? How many of them are acting against the impending government-corporate crushing of conservatives, corona fascism, open borders, high crime, or China, just to name a few issues? If you can’t fill up a sticky note with names, you know we have a serious problem.

I have personally long believed the Republican Party is irremediably broken. We needed a new party decades ago. With the exception of a random smattering of patriots elected here and there — usually to lower offices and never in leadership positions — Republican elected officials don’t share our values on most issues and won’t fight for us in a meaningful way on a single issue. Contrast that to Democrats, where every member is a pedal-to-the-metal leftist and is willing to fight for their cause in word and in action.

Joe Manchin, the Democrats’ weakest member elected deep in enemy territory, is exponentially more in line with the party’s views than Republican members elected in friendly territory are in synch with the GOP platform. The GOP used to be a mere speed bump in front of the train of socialism; now it greases the skids for anarchy and tyranny. The Republicans are the human shield of the Democrat Party, from behind which they can shoot while using the fake opposition of the GOP to deflect blame for their policies.

Nonetheless, the entire “conservative movement” industry has sunk its teeth into this party and will never let go no matter how much they are told they are not welcome. They always say we must support Republicans no matter what and that the time to fight traitorous Republicans is in the primaries. Well, I’ve been doing that for years, and those fights have been awfully lonely. The primary season begins now. Every conservative with a megaphone, a pen, and a wallet should be focusing on electing state officials who will create sanctuaries for our values and liberties in red states, in addition to those who will fight at the federal level.

Here is a list of governors up for re-election or open seats in winnable states for conservatives that will create immediate opportunities for conservatives to push change at the state level:

Incumbent Republicans Running for Re-election

  • Kay Ivey – Alabama
  • Mike Dunleavy – Alaska
  • Ron DeSantis – Florida
  • Brian Kemp – Georgia
  • Brad Little – Idaho
  • Kim Reynolds – Iowa
  • Chris Sununu – New Hampshire
  • Mike DeWine – Ohio
  • Kevin Stitt – Oklahoma
  • Henry McMaster – South Carolina
  • Kristi Noem – South Dakota
  • Bill Lee – Tennessee
  • Greg Abbott – Texas
  • Mark Gordon – Wyoming

Term-limited Republicans

  • Doug Ducey – Arizona
  • Asa Hutchinson – Arkansas
  • Pete Ricketts – Nebraska

Potentially vulnerable Democrats

  • Laura Kelly – Kansas
  • Janet Mills – Maine
  • Gretchen Whitmer – Michigan
  • Tim Walz – Minnesota
  • Steve Sisolak – Nevada
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham – New Mexico
  • Tom Wolf – Pennsylvania
  • Tony Evers – Wisconsin

Start with the list of incumbent Republicans seeking re-election. Ask yourself how many of them deserve to be re-nominated. How many of them are actively fighting corona fascism? How many of them are downright implementing it with as much enthusiasm as the left? How many of them are with us on the issues of our time? You’d be hard pressed to find more than two or three of them, including in the reddest states in America. Between those governorships and the three open, term-limited seats, patriots have the opportunity to flip at least 10 governorships just in the states with current liberal Republican governors. Then there are eight Democrat governors in states that should be very competitive for us in a midterm with Democrats in power at the federal level.

Now let’s take a look at the GOP senators up for re-election:

  • Richard Shelby – Alabama
  • Lisa Murkowski – Alaska
  • John Boozman – Arkansas
  • Marco Rubio – Florida
  • Mike Crapo – Idaho
  • Todd Young – Indiana
  • Chuck Grassley – Iowa
  • Jerry Moran – Kansas
  • Rand Paul – Kentucky
  • John Kennedy – Louisiana
  • Roy Blunt – Missouri
  • Richard Burr – North Carolina
  • John Hoeven – North Dakota
  • Rob Portman – Ohio
  • James Lankford – Oklahoma
  • Pat Toomey – Pennsylvania (retiring)
  • Tim Scott – South Carolina
  • John Thune – South Dakota
  • Mike Lee – Utah
  • Ron Johnson – Wisconsin

We have 20 Republicans up for re-election in states that should all be winnable in 2022. How many of them do you think represent We the People? You will have a hard time finding more than a few. Only one hand is needed to count them, and that is being generous.

Now multiply this dynamic at the local level, where there are numerous Republican school board members, county commissioners, and state legislators who are also working for the other side. We are the majority opinion among Republicans, yet we are a tiny minority of elected Republicans. This has disenfranchised red America, because there is ostensibly one oligarchy in power that simply goes by two different names.

Until and unless we start a new party or finally unite to run an entirely new slate of candidates in nearly every primary, it is worthless to continue focusing on the Democrats. Trump carried 83% of the counties. Most of them, by next election, should easily have solid patriots as the GOP nominees for sheriff, county commissioners, school board, county prosecutor, and county judge. Have you ever found a blue county where a single elected official is not a full-throated Marxist? Well, that is how all the red county officials should look — but in reverse.

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Report: Mitch McConnell ‘pleased’ with Dems’ move to impeach, thinks it could help ‘purge’ Trump from GOP

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (Ky.) is reportedly “pleased” with congressional Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Donald Trump over last week’s attack on the Capitol building by a pro-Trump mob, according to a report from The New York Times.

The newspaper claims McConnell believes the move could help “purge” the president from the GOP, and that the leader blames President Trump for Republicans losing control of the Senate.

What are the details?

The Times reported that McConnell “has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing that it will make it easier to purge him from the party, according to people familiar with his thinking.”

A spokesperson for McConnell declined to comment on the report, instead directing the outlet to the speech the Republican leader made condemning the attack that left several Trump supporters dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

Reporter Jonathan Martin, who co-wrote the piece, added in a tweet that President-elect Joe Biden “called McConnell yesterday and asked if Senate could dual track impeachment trial and Cabinet confirmations. Far from telling Biden he would not discuss the impeachment, McConnell said he would check with the parliamentarian and get back to Biden.”

Martin pointed to a tweet that he says is “the thinking in McConnellworld,” which read, “As stunning as Rs moving against Trump would be, the alternative is that he sticks around and makes their lives/careers hell for the next four years (at least.) If that’s going to happen anyway, a clean break looks pretty attractive. Now or never.”

CNN noted that Trump and McConnell have not spoken since the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol, and The Washington Post reported that McConnell had ignored the president’s calls the week before.

What else?

The day after the attack, McConnell’s wife, then-Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, became the first of several Trump Cabinet members to resign over the deadly incident.

Meanwhile, President Trump said Tuesday that Democrats are courting “tremendous danger” by attempting to impeach him a second time, calling it “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”

Trump was impeached earlier this year by House Democrats, but the GOP-controlled Senate led by McConnell voted against convicting the president on the articles brought before them at the time.

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Report: President Trump will fight Big Tech’s censorship of conservatives in final days of presidency

President Trump is planning to fight against Big Tech’s censorship of conservatives during his final days in office, a White House adviser reportedly told CNN on Sunday.

The adviser allegedly told the news outlet that the president plans to use “his permanent suspension from Twitter as an opportunity to shift the narrative away from the insurrection on Capitol Hill earlier in the week,” instead spotlighting the left’s attempts to censor conservative ideas and voices.

“This isn’t just about President Trump, but this is literally about the 75 million Americans [who supported him],” the adviser claimed.

Last Friday — after supporters of the president stormed the U.S. Capitol while Congress was in session — Twitter announced that Trump would never again be permitted a voice on the platform “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” Facebook also took action to de-platform Trump “indefinitely,” though the company refrained from instituting a permanent ban on the president, at least for now.

The actions provoked concern that Big Tech’s censorship wouldn’t stop with the president, but move on to affect conservatives at large. Furthering those concerns, tech giants Apple and Amazon have taken steps over the past several days to de-platform Parler, a conservative Twitter alternative, unless the free speech company implemented a content moderation plan.

Meanwhile, some conservative voices on Twitter have reported that the company has purged thousands of their followers in the wake of the Capitol riot. The loss of followers could be due to the company’s removal of QAnon-linked accounts or users voluntarily removing themselves from the platform.

BlazeTV reporter Elijah Schaffer was investigated by CNN and temporarily suspended from Facebook and Instagram over his live reporting of the events inside the Capitol last Wednesday.

“Big Tech and Capitol Hill Democrats seem to have the magic ability to galvanize the Republican base in a way that only they know how to do,” the adviser added in conversation with CNN.

In a surprising assessment of the recent Big Tech censorship of President Trump, even the American Civil Liberties Union, a group which normally fights conservative causes, expressed concern over the “unchecked power” of large social media companies.

“We understand the desire to permanently suspend him now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions — especially when political realities make those decisions easier,” the organization said in a statement.

The report noted it remains to be seen what exactly the president will do — or even can do — at this late stage of his presidency. But it seems certain that in the coming months, calls to strip social media companies of their legal protections under Section 230, a move supported by the president, will likely increase.

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McConnell signals that second impeachment trial won’t happen while Trump is still in office

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a memo to his colleagues Friday spelling out how a second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump might be conducted in the upper chamber if House Democrats follow through with their vow to bring articles against the president next week.

One major detail sticks out in the plan: the soonest the Senate would even consider the matter would be the day before the president leaves office.

What are the details?

The Washington Post obtained the memo, and reported that the Senate “will not reconvene for substantive business until Jan. 19, which means the earliest possible date that impeachment trial proceedings can begin in the Senate is the day before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.”

The outlet noted:

Although the Senate will hold two pro forma sessions next week, on Jan. 12 and Jan. 15, it is barred from conducting any kind of business during those days — including “beginning to act on received articles of impeachment from the House” — without agreement from all 100 senators. With a cadre of Trump-allied senators in the Republican conference, that unanimous consent is highly unlikely.

The Washington Examiner pointed out that this revelation means that McConnell is effectively handing the prospective new impeachment battle in the Senate to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), who will take over as Senate Majority Leader after the inauguration due to Republicans losing control of the Senate earlier this week.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) hailed McConnell’s move on Friday, tweeting, “Completely agree with @senatemajldr‘s analysis that the Senate cannot process the impeachment being contemplated by the House before January 20. I firmly believe impeachment would further destroy our ability to heal and start over.”

Democrats expressed outrage over McConnell’s timeline, with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)—who spearheaded the first impeachment of Trump—telling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, “If Mitch McConnell wants to move with expedition, he knows how to do it. And if he doesn’t, then he will bear the responsibility for whatever dangerous acts this president commits.”

Anything else?

If the second impeachment trial does occur, “there is also a question of who exactly would preside over a trial of a former president,” The Post stated.

The newspaper reported that according to McConnell’s memo, “Senate impeachment rules require Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. preside over a trial of a sitting president, but whether he would have to once Trump is no longer president is ‘unclear.'”

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Twitter bans President Trump permanently citing ‘risk of further incitement of violence’

Twitter suspended President Donald Trump’s account for good on Friday, announcing that the president’s voice on the platform will never return “due to the risk of further incitement of violence” following statements he made before rioters “violently stormed the Capitol” on Wednesday.

What are the details?

In a message from Twitter’s “safety” account, the company declared, “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

The company attached a link to its explanation for Trump’s permanent suspension, noting that the social media giant had warned Wednesday—when it suspended the president for 12 hours—”that additional violations of Twitter rules would potentially result in this very course of action.”

Twitter pointed to two posts from the president on Friday that led to his ban. The first read, “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

The second post read: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

In its analysis, Twitter reasoned that “Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks.”

The company provided a number of bullet points explaining their assessment:

  • President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the Inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets (1, 2) by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an “orderly transition” on January 20th.
  • The second Tweet may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a “safe” target, as he will not be attending.
  • The use of the words “American Patriots” to describe some of his supporters is also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the US Capitol.
  • The mention of his supporters having a “GIANT VOICE long into the future” and that “They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an “orderly transition” and instead that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election.
  • Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.

The Washington Post reported Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and other top executives in the firm received an email this week from roughly 350 Twitter employees demanding “that the company’s leaders permanently suspend Trump’s account.”

The calls for censorship of the president were also made by several congressional Democrats.

On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Trump would be banned from the platform and Facebook-owned Instagram “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”

Fox News’ Sean Hannity announced that Trump has joined social media site Parler, an alternative to Twitter. However, Parler itself is now threatened with being de-platformed entirely.

Buzzfeed News reported Friday, “Apple has given Parler, the social network favored by conservatives and extremists, an ultimatum to implement a full moderation plan of its platform within the next 24 hours or face expulsion from the App store.”

In a letter sent to Parler executives obtained by the outlet, Apple explained, in part:

“We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property. The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.”

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GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski calls for President Trump to resign

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has called for President Donald Trump to resign in the wake of Wednesday’s breach of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, saying the mob that stormed the building was taking “an order from the president.”

Murkowski—who has earned a reputation as a centrist willing to buck the party line—added that if Republicans remain the party of Trump, she may no longer be a good fit.

What are the details?

“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday of Trump, who has less than two weeks remaining of his presidency.

“I think he should leave,” she reiterated, saying, “he said he’s not going to show up. He’s not going to appear at the at the inauguration. He hasn’t been focused on what is going on with COVID. He’s either been golfing or he’s been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing every single person who has been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with [Vice President Mike Pence]. He doesn’t want to stay there. He only wants to stay there for the title. He only wants to stay there for his ego. He needs to get out. He needs to do the good thing, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing a good thing.”

Murkowski went on to say that “there may have been many, many, many, many good Americans who came to Washington, D.C., because they felt strongly in support of this president,” while she blames Trump for inciting that occurred at the Capitol following his speech at the rally that occurred beforehand.

“I will attribute it to the president, who said, even after his vice president told him that morning, ‘I do not have the constitutional authority to do what you have asked me to do. I cannot do it. I have to protect and uphold the Constitution.’ Even after the vice president told President Trump that, he still told his supporters to fight. How are they supposed to take that? It’s an order from the president. And so that’s why they did it. They came up and they fought and people were harmed, and injured and died.”

The Anchorage Daily News asked Murkowski whether she might leave the Republican Party, to which she replied:

“Well, you know, there’s a lot of people who actually thought that I did that in 2010, think that I became an independent. I didn’t have any reason to leave my party in 2010. I was a Republican who ran a write-in campaign and I was successful. But I will tell you, if the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me.”

With Democrats picking up both Georgia Senate seats this week, the upper chamber is now split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, meaning Democratic Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will serve as the tie-breaker after inauguration. Losing Murkowski would weaken the GOP even further, as the Democrats hold a majority in the House and have won the White House.

Anything else?

Murkowski is the first Republican senator to call for Trump to step down, as House Democrats draw up articles of impeachment against the president for the second time.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said Friday that impeachment of the president is “not going to happen” in the Senate.

But another GOP senator, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, told CBS News that if the House brought articles of impeachment against Trump, he would “definitely consider” such a measure.

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Nikki Haley tells RNC Trump’s actions since election ‘will be judged harshly by history’

Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley delivered harsh criticisms of President Donald Trump in a speech to the Republican National Committee on Thursday, telling the audience that her former boss’s actions since the election “will be judged harshly by history.”

What are the details?

“President Trump has not always chosen the right words,” Haley said in her address at the RNC’s winter meeting, according to Politico. “He was wrong with his words in Charlottesville, and I told him so at the time. He was badly wrong with his words yesterday. And it wasn’t just his words. His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.”

The Washington Free Beacon reported that Haley also praised Trump for his foreign policy approach, saying, “President Trump was our first commander in chief to see China for what it really is—the greatest global threat facing America. He held China accountable for its unfair trade, its theft of our secrets, and its egregious human rights record. The United States now sees China with open eyes, and we have Donald Trump to thank for that.”

On the morning of her talk, Haley tweeted that “it would be a conversation about where we are, some hard truths, and where I believe we go from here.”

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, has been floated as a possible 2024 Republican presidential contender, and has campaigned aggressively for GOP Senate candidates. Most recently, she stumped in Georgia for Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who both lost to their respective Democratic challengers earlier this week—flipping the Senate blue.

Haley called the outcome “a major wake up call for the Republican Party and our country.”

Over the past 24 hours, President Trump has faced calls from within his own party to resign, after hosting a huge rally in Washington, D.C., that ended with the U.S. Capitol building falling under siege by his supporters in protest of the presidential election results.

As Congress prepared to certify the Electoral College votes in favor of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday, a mob of hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the building. The rioters overwhelmed Capitol police and even breached the Senate chamber. One woman was fatally shot by an officer when she attempted to climb through a window into the House chamber. Three other protesters died reportedly from medical emergencies.

During the chaos, the president delivered a video message telling the protesters to go home in “peace,” while continuing to insist the the election was stolen.

Since the events on Wednesday, several Trump administration officials including two cabinet members have resigned.

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Joe Scarborough calls for arrest of President Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump Jr. for ‘insurrection’

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough expressed outrage Thursday over the storming of the Capitol Building the night before by Trump supporters, and called for the arrests of President Donald Trump along with his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and son, Donald Trump Jr., for “insurrection” for the language the trio used in speaking to the protesters before they marched to the Hill.

Later in the day, the federal prosecutor handling the investigations of the Capitol breach signaled that the prospect of such high level arrests has not been ruled out.

What are the details?

On his show, “Morning Joe,” Scarborough lambasted the Capitol Hill police for not using more force against the mob, dropping an F-bomb on air, yelling, “Trump supporters walk in and you open the f***ing doors for ’em. You open the doors for ’em and let them breach the people’s house! What is wrong with you?”

“Are we a nation of laws? Are we a nation of one man?” he continued. “Donald J. Trump called for the insurrection against the United States of America. He called for it. Rudy Giuliani called for combat justice. Just an hour or two before this happened. Donald Trump Jr. said ‘we are coming for you.'”

During a “Save America Rally” for Trump supporters ahead of the Capitol siege, Rudy Giuliani called for a ”
trial by combat,” and Donald Trump Jr. issued a warning to GOP lawmakers, saying, “These guys better fight for Trump. Because if they’re not, guess what? I’m going to be in your back yard in a couple of months.” He added, “We’re coming for you, and we’re going to have a good time doing it.”

President Trump ended
his speech to the crowd by encouraging the crowd to walk to the Capitol to give Republicans the “boldness that they need to take back our country.” He insinuated that he would accompany his supporters, but did not do so.

Scarborough told his audience, “That’s insurrection against the United States of America, and if Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump are not arrested today for insurrection and taken to jail and booked—and if the Capitol Hill police do not go through the video and look at the face over every person that invaded our Capitol—and if they are not arrested and brought to justice today, then we are no longer a nation of laws and we only tell people they can do this again.”

Scarborough, a former GOP congressman, has been an outspoken Trump critic after the former friends fell out following the president’s election to office.


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Anything else?

Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., told reporters Thursday that “all actors” involved in the riot on Wednesday could face prosecution.

The Hill reported that Sherwin was specifically pressed about Trump’s speech to his supporters ahead of the storming of the Capitol. “We’re trying to deal with the closest alligators in the boat right now,” he said. “Those are the people who obviously breached the Capitol, created violence and mayhem there and then exited. But yes, we are looking at all actors here, not only the people that went into that building.”

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Mike Pence allegedly enraged at President Trump: GOP senator says he’s never seen the VP as ‘angry as he was today’

Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly enraged at President Donald Trump over the way he has acted this week in response to the 2020 election results, a Republican senator said.

Oklahoma GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe reportedly had a “long conversation” with Pence Tuesday night, during which the normally cool-headed vice president conveyed acute frustration to him.

“I’ve known Mike Pence forever,” Inhofe told local news outlet Tulsa World Tuesday. “I’ve never seen Pence as angry as he was today.

“I had a long conversation with him,” Inhofe added. “He said, ‘After all the things I’ve done for [Trump].'”

Over the last week, Trump pressured Pence to use his vice presidential power while presiding over a joint session of Congress Wednesday to block congressional certification of election results in battleground states. The president then publicly attacked Pence for not carrying out the action Wednesday.

Pence issued a statement to Congress on Wednesday before gaveling in the joint session, in which he concluded that he could not constitutionally claim “unilateral authority” to reject states’ electoral votes.

“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” he wrote in the letter.

In a tweet since removed by Twitter from the platform, Trump responded by saying, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”

The tweet was posted at roughly the same time angry supporters of the president breached security and stormed the U.S. Capitol forcing a lockdown and partial evacuation.

Wednesday’s chaotic events likely did not do anything to mend the two leaders’ relationship. Pence forcefully denounced the mob’s actions while Trump seemed a bit more hesitant to order supporters to leave the Capitol, though he eventually did. Later Wednesday evening, Trump reportedly banned Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, from the White House.

After the situation was de-escalated and brought back to order, Congress reconvened to certify the Electoral College results. After votes were cast and objections defeated, Pence read the pronouncement officially making Joe Biden the president-elect.

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GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler reverses course, drops objection to Biden  electors after Capitol stormed

Republican Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler abandoned her plans to contest the certification of some Electoral College votes for President-Elect Joe Biden on Wednesday night, citing the “siege” on the Capitol building by supporters of President Donald Trump ahead of Congress’ count.

But Loeffler was not alone. The unrest, which included the Senate chamber being breached and left one person fatally shot, caused more than one Republican member to change their minds on challenging the results of the election.

What are the details?

Loeffler vowed Monday during a rally that Trump attended to contest the election results. She said in a separate statement that she would issue her own challenge outside of a coalition of 11 other Republicans organized by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. On Tuesday, Loeffler lost her re-election bid to Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock.

On Wednesday, Trump supporters assembled for a “Save America March” in Washington, D.C., in protest of the election that the president claims was “rigged” against him. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani called for “trial by combat” to the crowd, and the president himself said he would march to the Capitol with his supporters but did not do so.

Upon reaching the Capitol, protesters were able to bypass the police and work their way into the building, breaching the Senate chamber. One Trump supporter died after being shot trying to climb through a window into the House chamber.

Protesters were eventually dispersed from the building and Congress resumed its work, but some Republicans had a different perspective upon their return.

“When I arrived in Washington this morning, I fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes,” Loeffler said when she addressed the Senate. “However, the events that transpired today have forced me to reconsider.

“I cannot now in good conscience object to the certification of these electors,” she continued, “the violence, the lawlessness, and siege of the halls of Congress are abhorrent and stand as a direct attack on the very institution my objection was intended to protect: the sanctity of the American democratic process.”


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Who else reversed course?

At least 14 Republicans went on the record ahead of Wednesday saying that they would contest the Electoral College results in Congress, but a number of them reversed course along with Loeffler. According to The Washington Post, Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) also stood down after previously vowing to join the challenge.

So did steadfast Trump supporter Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who declared on Twitter that she would “vote in support of certifying the electoral college results” after being a part of Cruz’s original coalition.

She also tweeted, “To the protestors that have breached the Capitol building: you are disrupting the democratic process. You should be ashamed of yourself. This is violence. This is a crime. It must stop.”

But other Republicans are sticking with their plans, including Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri who was the first senator to announce he would contest the electoral results.

Hawley spokesperson Kelli Ford told The Hill following the Capitol chaos, “Senator Hawley spoke during the debate on the Arizona objection, but he will object to Pennsylvania once Congress returns to the joint session, and when the Senate and House go back to their chambers for the debate on Pennsylvania, he will yield his speaking time to move toward a vote.”

Hawley said from the Senate floor, “What we are doing here tonight is actually very important because for those who have concerns about the integrity of our elections, those who have concerns about what happened in November, this is the appropriate means, this is the lawful place where those objections and concerns should be heard.”

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San Diego woman fatally shot inside US Capitol was 14-year veteran and ‘strong supporter’ of Trump

A woman was fatally shot Wednesday inside the U.S. Capitol building when a group of Trump supporters stormed the building following a rally protesting the outcome of the 2020 presidential election won by President-elect Joe Biden.

Graphic videos circulated on the internet showing the woman when she was struck along with the chaos of the scene, and now her identity has been revealed.

What are the details?

Ashli Babbit is the name of the victim.
KUSI-TV reported that “she was a 14 year veteran, she served four tours with the U.S. Air Force, and was a high level security officer throughout her time in service.”

Babbit’s husband spoke with the outlet, who relayed that his wife was “a strong supporter of President Trump and was a great patriot to all who knew her.”


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WTTG-TV reporter Lindsay Watts also confirmed Babbit’s identity by speaking with her family. Watts tweeted out a photo of the veteran, saying Babbit “owned a business with her husband” who “did not come to DC” with her.

Babbit’s mother-in-law told Watts, “I really don’t know why she decided to do this.”

Authorities are still investigating the incident and have not released the details surrounding Babbit’s death, including who shot the victim or if anyone has been arrested.

Videos of the shooting viewed by TheBlaze are too graphic to publish, but continue to circulate social media. Fox News host Tucker Carlson took the same stance in his commentary over the incident.

During the siege of the Capitol, protesters stormed the Senate chambers. Video footage of the shooting appears to show Babbit outside the doors of the House chamber, and shows her attempting to climb through a window into the chamber when a shot is heard and she drops to the ground.

She died later at a local hospital.

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Video shows protesters overwhelming police, pushing down barrier in front of US Capitol as siege begins

A video taken by BlazeTV reporter Elijah Schaffer shows protesters overwhelming Capitol Police to push down a barrier ahead of a mob storming the building, in a chaotic scene that unfolded Wednesday following a rally for supporters of President Donald Trump to protest the outcome of the presidential election.

What are the details?

Schaffer shared the footage online, writing, “This is exact moment the siege of the Capitol building began as the two men in front ripped down a preliminary barrier & rushed officers who were behind a 2nd barrier They then encouraged others to follow their lead. Officers appeared to be taken completely off guard.”

Content warning: rough language

In the clip, someone can be heard yelling from a speaker, “Let’s go! F*** this s**t! We pay your bills, you back the f*** off!” as the crowd wearing MAGA hats and carrying Trump 2020 flags approach a line of officers standing behind a fence marked with an “area closed” sign.

“Move!!” the man with the speaker says. “This is our house. We pay your bills.”

People in the front of the crowd then start shaking the fence, with several shouting “move!” and chanting “USA! USA!” as police attempt to hold their ground.

The mob then pushes the fence and the officers several feet along with it, leaving one female officer apparently injured on the ground. One protester then rushed forward to help her as other officers stepped in to assist, while protesters on the other end of the fence struggled with officers in a fight to enter the grounds.

One officer can be seen throwing a punch and trying to put the barrier back in place, but it was too late. The rioters made their way past police, who could be seen chasing after the crowd.

What else?

The footage was taken prior to Trump supporters storming the Capitol, rushing both the House and Senate chambers as Congress was set to certify the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.

One female protester was fatally shot inside the building.

President Trump delivered a video message urging the protesters to go home, saying “we have to have peace” while reiterating his claims that the election was stolen.

Later, the president tweeted, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”

Image source: Twitter screenshot

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BREAKING: Hundreds of Trump supporters breach barricades, fight with police outside US Capitol

Hundreds of Trump supporters breached security barricades and stormed up to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as both chambers of Congress convened to affirm the Electoral College votes cast in the 2020 election Wednesday afternoon.

Thousands had travelled from out of state to gather in Washington in protest of the election, which President Trump and his allies have maintained was fraudulent.

Things appeared to carry on peacefully earlier in the day, but as the joint session of Congress kicked off in the early afternoon, a large group of individuals appeared to storm through outer barricades surrounding the Capitol Building, where lawmakers deliberated inside.

Video posted to Twitter by Washington Post reporter Rebecca Tan showed Trump supporters approaching the rear of the building.

Then, BlazeTV reporter Elijah Schaeffer posted video as the group reached the outside of the building and were confronted by police.

“Trump supporters have breached the Capitol building, tearing down 4 layers of security fencing and are attempting to occupy the building — fighting federal police who are overrun,” he tweeted. “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Thousands, police can’t stop them.”

(Content Warning: Video contains vulgar language)

More video from the scene posted on social media showed a large group of individuals continuing to wrestle with law enforcement outside the U.S. Capitol.

Politco’s Melanie Zanona reported that the Madison building on Capitol Hill was evacuated as a result of the increasingly hostile protests.

It is unclear at this point if the storming of the Capitol was a coordinated or impromptu event. Interestingly, a paper notice found in the National Mall indicated that “a national militia” was being organized to “defend the Constitution and the Republic.” However, there is no evidence connecting the movement from the crowd with the notice.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Trump supporters clash with police in DC protest ahead of Wednesday’s planned rally

Supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police on Tuesday night, on the eve of a planned rally in support of the president’s ongoing challenge to the results of the 2020 presidential election called for President-elect Joe Biden.

Footage on the ground shows pepper spray being deployed by officers and some protesters condemning law enforcement as officers sought to keep the peace at Black Lives Matter Plaza, where counterprotesters had also reportedly congregated.

What are the details?

Trump supporters from across the U.S. converged on the nation’s capital city ahead of the “Save America March” set for Wednesday, when
the president plans to address the rally.

Late Tuesday evening, video from independent journalists and photographs from Getty Images showed skirmishes from the scene and one woman with a bloodied face who said she was assaulted by a Black Lives Matter activist.

Journalist Brendan Gutenschwager reported that Trump supporters and the Proud Boys attempted to enter BLM Plaza but police pushed back against the protesters seeking access. Several clips show officers using pepper spray to push back the crowd, in what the reporter called a “chaotic scene.”

Following pushback from police and the arrests of some Trump supporters, one man was seen on camera berating officers, telling them, “You lost both sides of support. We had your f***ing back, but we ain’t got your back no more!”

Journalist Tomas Morales shared footage online showing a woman badly bloodied, who says on the video that she was hit by a BLM supporter and that the police protected the alleged assailant.

A photographer from Getty Images also documented the woman’s injuries, saying the woman was “struck in the face when police attempted to push back a group of pro-Trump protesters that tried to push through their lines into Black Lives Matter Plaza.”


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According to Morales, as of around 11 p.m. EST, riot police remained “on standby outside of BLM Plaza.”

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Trump is Americans’ Most Admired Man according to a poll; Biden ranks third

America’s Most Admired Man is President Donald Trump, according to a Gallup poll.

For 12 years, former President Barack Obama won the title of America’s Most Admired Man. According to a Gallup poll, Trump broke Obama’s winning streak with 18% of the vote. Obama came in second with 15%, while Joe Biden came in third with 6%.

Pat considered it odd how the president could poll so high among Americans for most admired man after allegedly losing the popular vote in the 2020 election.

“How does he win the presidency of the United States when he’s 12 points behind in admiration of Donald Trump?” Pat asked.

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Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler plans to object to Electoral College certification

Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler announced Monday that she would be among several congressional Republicans objecting to the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory when it is brought up in a joint session on Wednesday.

What are the details?

Loeffler issued a statement explaining her decision:

The American people deserve a platform in Congress, permitted under the Constitution, to have election issues presented so that they can be addressed. That’s why, on January 6th, I will vote to give President [Donald] Trump and the American people the fair hearing they deserve and support the objection to the Electoral College certification process. I have also already introduced legislation to establish a commission to investigate election irregularities and recommend election integrity measures, which I will be working to get passed in the Senate. We must restore trust, confidence, and integrity in our election system.”

The senator’s office noted that she “will object on her own,” not as part of Senator [Ted] Cruz’s Electoral Commission.”

Cruz, a Republican from Texas, announced over the weekend that he and 10 other GOP senators had joined forces and would object to the certification of the Electoral College votes, while calling for the appointment of a commission to conduct a “10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states.”

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) was the first senator last week to announce that he would object to the Electoral College certification.

The same day Loeffler announced her position, fellow Georgia GOP Sen. David Perdue also voiced his support for objecting to the Electoral College certification. But as The Hill noted, “unlike Loeffler, [Perdue] will forfeit his seat until the Georgia races are certified, meaning he will not be in Congress on Wednesday.”

Sens. Loeffler and Perdue declared their positions the day before each of them face Senate runoff elections in Georgia against Democratic challengers, the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

Anything else?

While there is a growing number of Republicans publicly expressing their plans to contest the Electoral College results, there is also a growing number of Republicans voicing their opposition to the efforts.

GOP Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah) and Pat Toomey (Pa.) on Sunday denounced the decision of Hawley, Cruz and other Republicans in seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Since then, several additional high-profile Republicans in the House and Senate have voiced their opposition to objecting to the Electoral College challenge in Congress, including Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.).

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Chad Prather: Leaked audio of Trump phone call has the left melting down

Today, Chad is back in Studio 22 to give his perspective on the Georgia runoff election, the fast-approaching inauguration of Joe Biden, and leaked audio of President Trump that has the Left melting down. Catch “The Chad Prather Show” every Monday-Thursday at 7 PM ET on BlazeTV.

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President Trump awards Medal of Freedom to Rep. Devin Nunes, says he uncovered the ‘greatest scandal in American history’

President Donald Trump on Monday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, citing the congressman’s work uncovering FISA abuses by the FBI targeting Trump’s 2016 campaign.

What are the details?

A statement from the White House announcing the award to Nunes, 47, read:

In 2017, Congressman Nunes launched an investigation into the Obama-Biden administration’s misconduct during the 2016 election – and began to unearth the crime of the century. As a result of his work, he discovered that the infamous Steele Dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. He found that a senior Justice Department attorney was married to one of the architects of the document. He learned that the Obama-Biden administration had issued Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to spy on President Trump’s campaign and illegitimately unmasked several innocent spying victims for political gain.

It concluded, “Congressman Devin Nunes is a public servant of unmatched talent, unassailable integrity, and unwavering resolve. He uncovered the greatest scandal in American history.”

The Washington Examiner reported that Nunes served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee from early 2015 to early 2019. In 2018, the California Republican released a memo raising the FISA abuse concerns. The outlet noted that despite criticism from Democrats over the findings, the December 2019 report by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz “largely vindicated the Nunes memo.”

The statement from the White House further declared:

Congressman Nunes pursued the Russia Hoax at great personal risk and never stopped standing up for the truth. He had the fortitude to take on the media, the FBI, the Intelligence Community, the Democrat Party, foreign spies, and the full power of the Deep State. Devin paid a price for his courage. The media smeared him and liberal activists opened a frivolous and unjustified ethics investigation, dragging his name through the mud for eight long months. Two dozen members of his family received threatening phone calls – including his 98 year old grandmother.

Anything else?

According to CBS News, Nunes is not the only Republican congressman who will receive the Medal of Freedom from Trump. Multiple sources told the outlet that Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) is also expected to be graced with the honor in coming days.

CBS pointed out that Jordan “led the team of GOP lawmakers who defended Mr. Trump during the impeachment trial held by the Senate last year, after which he was acquitted on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.”

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Bill O’Reilly blasts media over ‘DISGUSTING’ coverage of election

Bill O’Reilly told Glenn Beck that the mainstream media’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election was — and continues to be — “disgusting.” He said he doesn’t think the media even wants to know what really happened in November, and he believes the partnership between the media and the far left poses a “danger to the republic.”

Watch the video clip below to find out why:


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House passes bill increasing stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000, in line with President Trump’s request

The House of Representatives passed legislation Monday that would boost the $600 direct payments to some Americans under the recently signed COVID-19 relief package to $2,000, keeping in line with President Donald Trump’s demand to Congress that the checks meet that mark.

But all eyes are now on the Republican-led Senate, where several GOP members have expressed resistance to raising the amount of the stimulus payments out of concern for the mounting federal debt.

What are the details?

Last week, the House and Senate both overwhelmingly approved the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill that included the $600 direct payments to individuals earning less than $75,000. But when it reached President Trump’s desk, he sent it back to Congress and threatened not to sign it, insisting on a number of changes that included increasing the checks to $2,000.

The president ultimately sign the massive legislation over the weekend, and released a statement saying that Congress had agreed to take up a number of his concerns.

“On Monday the House will vote to increase payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000,” he wrote.

The Democrat-led House followed through, passing the payment increase in a 275-134 vote that included the support of 44 Republicans, according to The Hill.

Soon thereafter, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a statement vowing to take up the bill in the Senate on Tuesday, saying, “It can be approved tomorrow if no Republican blocks it” and adding, “there is no good reason for Senate Republicans to stand in the way.”

What about opposition to the bill?

It only takes one senator to block a bill, and more than one Republican in the upper chamber has voiced their opposition to raising payments higher than $600. During debate over the COVID-19 relief package earlier this month, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) twice blocked attempts to raise the payments to $1,200, citing the increase to the U.S. deficit.

Johnson joined five other GOP senators in voting against the coronavirus bill that was included in a massive spending package totaling $2.3 trillion.

Another fiscally conservative Republican who issued a “nay” vote against the bill in the upper chamber was Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), who opined sarcastically in a floor speech, “Why not $20,000 a year for everybody, why not $30,000? If we can print out money with impunity, why not do it?”

But a number of Senate Republicans have also signaled their support for raising the direct payments, including Sens. Josh Hawley (Mo.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.).

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