Eric Trump claims Putin can say Donald Trump is ‘a very strong person’
Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who goes by the name “Ginni,” urged the Trump White House to keep insisting that the Republican won the 2020 election, it turns out.
A cache of 29 messages Ms. Thomas sent to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows after the 2020 election was turned over to the January 6 Congressional investigation. The lyrics show Ms Thomas, a longtime Conservative activist, pressuring Mr Meadows into somehow helping bring down the election, citing various bizarre conspiracy theories.
The news was met with outrage, adding renewed scrutiny to the extremism of Ms Thomas’ politics and the impact her proximity to the Trump circle could have on her husband’s judicial impartiality.
Ms Thomas’ husband, who has not withdrawn from cases involving false claims about the 2020 election or events surrounding the Capitol riot, was recently hospitalized with an unspecified “infection”.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has sued Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, claiming they attempted to rig the 2016 election by associating the former president’s campaign with Russia.
GOP Congressman found guilty of lying to FBI
Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican congressman from Nebraska, was convicted of lying to the FBI about an illegal campaign donation from a Nigerian donor. Mr Fortenberry was convicted of one count of forgery and concealment of material facts and two counts of making false statements.
He now faces up to five years in prison, although there is a possibility he could face a supervised release instead.
Maroosha Muzaffar reports:
Andrew NaughtieMarch 25, 2022 12:47 p.m
Catching up: Everything we know about the lyrics of Ginni Thomas
The texts from Ginni Thomas to Mark Meadows are explosive in context and extreme in content, and they raise profound questions about her husband’s relationship to cases affecting the Trump administration’s post-election activities. The details of what Ms Thomas requested and the bizarre claims she made are worth single out – and The Independent‘s Joe Sommerlad tried it.
Andrew NaughtieMarch 25, 2022 11:50 am
Sarah Palin promotes her “Cojones” and follows the course of Congress
Sarah Palin appeared on Fox News last night to speak with Sean Hannity about her possible run for Alaska’s only seat in the House of Representatives, left vacant by the death of veteran Congressman Don Young.
“I wasn’t going anywhere,” the former governor and run-time vice presidential candidate said. “However, there is a time and a season for everything and if I need a more official platform this season then yes I will throw my hat in the ring.”
That “if” makes it hard to tell how serious Ms. Palin is about a potential campaign or how close she might be to a decision, but the following clip is the clearest glimpse into her thought process yet.
Andrew NaughtieMarch 25, 2022 11:22 am
Liz Cheney hits back at Kevin McCarthy for supporting her rival
Kevin McCarthy, who is under pressure from outside the GOP to sanction members who recently spoke at an openly racist white nationalist conference, has defended his decision to support a key challenger to Liz Cheney, who committed the unforgivable sin of Donald Trump Lying to condemn the 2020 election and joining the January 6th committee.
Asked why he advocated challenging Ms. Cheney while not doing the same to some of his group’s extremist members — Marjorie Taylor Greene, for example, or Paul Gosar — Mr McCarthy told CNN that the Wyoming congresswoman was a ” special case”. In response, their spokesman made this statement:
Andrew NaughtieMarch 25, 2022 10:50 am
Jan. 6 committee to consider criminal contempt of Trump allies Scavino and Navarro
The committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters to prevent confirmation of Joe Biden’s election victory announced it would meet on Monday, March 28.
that of the independent Graem Massie has more details
Andrew NaughtieMarch 25, 2022 10:15 am
Hints of QAnon in the lyrics by Ginni Thomas
Ginni Thomas’ texts to Mark Meadows after the 2020 election not only reveal a strong fixation on the untruth that the vote was stolen; They also point out that Ms. Thomas has been exposed to (at least) some of the most bizarre conspiracy theories about the US “deep state” that have been gaining strength in recent years.
Accordingly Daily Beast According to reporter Will Sommer, who has long focused on movements based on extreme beliefs, the lyrics are laced with QAnon tropes to an extent that should raise serious concerns.
The QAnon conspiracy theory, one of whose core tenets is that the US elite is controlled by a cabal of satanic, cannibalistic pedophiles, has lost some of its relevance since Mr Trump lost the presidency and “Q” stopped posting, but it points still an alarming peak in the number of committed creditors.
The movement’s obsessive fixation on pedophilia and human trafficking has so gripped the Republican base that it has now permeated the party’s elected establishment as well, the White House pointed out during questioning of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Andrew NaughtieMarch 25, 2022 9:30 am
Former US ambassador to Ukraine says possibility of another Trump term ‘worries our allies’
Marie Yovanovitch, a key witness during Mr Trump’s first impeachment trial, spoke to former Obama aide David Axelrod about the Ax files podcast.
Washington’s Gustaf Kilander brings you more details
Schweta SharmaMarch 25, 2022 8:45 am
Ginni Thomas urged the White House to pursue Trump’s ‘big lie’ about voter fraud, texts reveal
Virginia Thomas, a conservative political activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, urged the White House to continue to insist that Donald Trump won the 2020 election, even when state vote numbers showed otherwise, text messages say demonstrate.
Read that of the independent report to learn what the controversial text exchange revealed
Schweta SharmaMarch 25, 2022 08:00
Republicans want Ron DeSantis as Trump’s running mate for 2024, a poll shows
More than a quarter of Republicans who voted in a new poll said they would like to see Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as his vice president when past presidents run for the 2024 election, a poll found
According to a new poll by Morning Consult and Politico, 27 percent of respondents voted for Mr. DeSantis to take over from Mr. Trump’s running mate.
Mike Pence came second with 15 percent of the vote.
Schweta SharmaMarch 25, 2022 6:50 am
Jeff Fortenberry: Republican Congressman found guilty of lying to FBI about illegal overseas donations
US Representative Jeff Fortenberry was found guilty of lying to federal investigators about a foreigner’s illegal contribution to his 2016 campaign.
The Nebraska Republican was convicted on Thursday of one count of forgery and concealment of material facts and two counts of misrepresentation.
Fortenberry had not disclosed the identity of the contributor – Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury – in its campaign filings.
that of the independent Maroosha Muzaffar has details
Schweta SharmaMarch 25, 2022 5:38 am