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Letitia James is getting the job done. Love her. ✔

No paywall: https://archive.ph/Cr9Bl

Trump loses bid to thwart New York inquiry into his business practices | Fri 27 May 2022
The ex-president had sued attorney general Letitia James to block the three-year investigation, which is proceeding

Donald Trump, the former US president, on Friday lost a bid to stop the inquiry by the New York state attorney general, Letitia James, into his business practices, allowing the three-year investigation to move forward.

No paywall: https://archive.ph/zxBek

Trump loses late bid to avoid testifying in New York fraud investigation | Tue 14 Jun 2022
State’s highest court rules against ex-president, clearing way for deposition next month in investigation into his business practices

New York’s highest court has rejected Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to avoid testifying in the state attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices, clearing the way for his deposition next month. [snip]

Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr, agreed last week to answer questions under oath starting 15 July unless the court of appeals decided to step in.

The accompanying photo is priceless.

Interesting and important data point. Thanks, murielm99. (eta)


Stepien is currently advising the campaign of Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman, who is challenging Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming in the state's GOP primary. Cheney is a vocal Trump critic who voted to impeach him and is the vice chairwoman of the January 6 committee. Stepien's firm has received more than $190,000 from Hageman's campaign this election cycle for strategy and fundraising consulting and video production, according to federal election filings.

Stirewalt's testimony was quite good.

It was entertaining when he asked who won the election. He knew the answer and didn't hesitate to give it.

Andrea Mitchell was getting *dragged* on Twitter this morning.

MSNBC screwed up by not setting Mitchell aside and having someone competent handle the daytime coverage. It will be interesting to see what happens Wednesday... if anyone is still bothering to watch MSNBC that day.

Dr. Vicki Hayes @WonderfulwomanK
I had to turn off @MSNBC , because Andrea Mitchell is pushing "the economy" on us as the issue people really care about. News media are complicit in MAKING that the issue instead of whether we lose our democracy or not. Will be watching the @January6thCmte hearing on @cspan.
Quote Tweet Stan Van Gundy @realStanVG · Jun 12
I can’t believe this would be a controversial statement but it will be — inflation is not as big a problem as a U.S. President trying to overthrow the results of an election and inciting an attack on the U.S. Capitol.
10:28 AM · Jun 13, 2022

Just Shana @ShanRussell72
So the general consensus is "I can't or won't watch Andrea Mitchell".
Way to go @MSNBC
You're alienating your own viewers bc you won't listen. That's ok, you don't need our ratings, right? It's a good thing bc mine go to @PBS
Welcome to holding the media accountable.
10:58 AM · Jun 13, 2022.

Beto-crat Christin Resist n @Christin210
I can't watch @MSNBC if Andrea Mitchell is on during the second 1/6 hearing.
If Valium came to life, its' voice would sound like her voice.
10:35 AM · Jun 13, 2022

THEE Most Passionate Twist @Ms_MMMJ
MSNBC decided to create the most unwatchable panel for today's hearing
Katie Tur and Andrea Mitchell
[gif of woman changing channel]
10:23 AM · Jun 13, 2022

Scary Larry? @aintscarylarry
Every time MSNBC has Andrea Mitchell on I say to myself “Damn, she’s terrible. But it could be worse.
Could be Chuck Todd.”
10:26 AM · Jun 13, 2022

It's deliberate, it's powerful, and it seems to be working.

The committee is doing a great job of getting the maximum amount of information into a fairly short time frame with these hearings. Hiring a producer to help them with organization and presentation was a brilliant idea. The Republican testimony they are using, combined with the tightly orchestrated presentation, is much more powerful and persuasive than anyone expected. Kudos to them.

Schmidt masterfully pointed out how damaging tfg could be with nasty tweets.

"It seems almost silly to have to discuss a tweet" -- True, but then he's describing the threats and details about his family that were being put out there. How awful. How absolutely unacceptable.

Interesting angle covered in the comments.

This view seems a bit too complimentary to Miller, but it's worth reading for the discussion of restrained USCP/MPD response and for the leadup to legitimate fears re Kash Patel. Yikes.


subtropolis - Aureas2
Jun 10, 2022 at 02:39:36 PM

Yes, there was a lot of chum-in-the-water ranting about how “Anteeeefah” was going to be there in force. It was central part of their plan to attract bodies to DC that day. Right up there with, “stand back and stand by” and other rhetoric.

Little noticed, btw, was the huge effort to keep people on the Left away on Jan. 6.

But this was a very complex situation. We should be careful regarding the very limited reaction on Jan. 6. It isn’t all that it seemed. As at least one Capitol Police officer has recently stated, if they’d begun firing into the crowd it would have played directly into TFG’s plans, giving him the justification that he was looking for to declare martial law. It’s not as though many in DC, in federal law enforcement, etc. were not clear-eyed about what That Shitbag was attempting to gin up.

Not shooting more of those assholes is an extreme example, though. It also includes the decision not to deploy the National Guard ahead of the event, and the very late appearance of them after the shit hit the fan. The Shitbag even warned his (acting) SecDef to deploy thousands of them. Why was that rejected? Because Miller was concerned that their presence would become a big part of the Kabuki Theatre that President Shitbag was hoping for.

Not only could NG troops have easily become props for the cameras — a made-for-tv drama to justify martial law — but Miller himself might have been removed in the blink of an eye. Imagine that there’d been 40,000 troops — Shitbag’s suggested number — on the streets that day, and then Miller was suddenly replaced by Kash Patel.

tfg asked SecDef to deploy thousands of National Guard? Uh... can't remember details.

PolitiFact - See subtitle "A mention, no clear request." The number was 10,000.

no paywall https://archive.ph/rTkvG

The president, Miller recalled, asked how many troops the Pentagon planned to turn out the following day. “We’re like, ‘We’re going to provide any National Guard support that the District requests’ [emphasis mine],” Miller responded. “And [Trump] goes, ‘You’re going to need 10,000 people.’ No, I’m not talking bullshit. He said that. And we’re like, ‘Maybe. But you know, someone’s going to have to ask for it.’” At that point Miller remembered the president telling him, “‘You do what you need to do. You do what you need to do.’ He said, ‘You’re going to need 10,000.’ That’s what he said. Swear to God.”

Ultimately it was DC mayor Muriel Bowser, not Miller, who was given blame for the lack of significant National Guard presence. One wonders if she could and should have been overruled. In hindsight the miscalculation seems a cold desertion of the relatively few USCP and MPD who were there that day.

On the day before all hell broke loose on the Hill, [Bowser] made it clear the D.C. police (MPD) would be running the show on the 6th, though 340 unarmed National Guard troops had been requested to help with traffic: “The District of Columbia is not requesting other federal law enforcement personnel and discourages any additional deployment without immediate notification to, and consultation with, MPD.”

Given more information or access to intelligence, would she not have made a different decision? Why wasn't she told?

What did Miller think of the criticism that the Pentagon had dragged its feet in sending in the cavalry? He bristled. “Oh, that is complete horseshit. I gotta tell you, I cannot wait to go to the Hill and have those conversations with senators and representatives.

Oh, sweetie. We look forward to it too. As mentioned in the OP, what was your intelligence at the time and where did it come from? Did you share it with those on Capitol Hill planning the security for that day? Why weren't backup Guard troops standing by ready to go at moment's notice when the call came? Could your January 4 Memorandum to the Secretary of the Army have had something to do with that? What were Charles Flynn's thoughts on the matter?

I cannot wait to hear your explanations.

They grudgingly admit tfg is guilty, still take the opportunity for dismissing J6C.

WSJ - https://archive.ph/plWg8

Trying to separate Repubs from tfg as though they were not complicit:

The House inquiry into the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot launched its TV miniseries Thursday night, and the trick for parsing the proceedings is to keep two ideas in tension. Do Democrats want to unfairly besmirch the entire GOP with the Jan. 6 disgrace, while distracting voters from 8.6% inflation and $5-a-gallon gasoline?

What nonsense. Gas prices are high, so investigating sedition is just a political distraction? Good to know WSJ is this civically involved in the fate of the country. Congressional Repubs, in lockstep and with two exceptions, have closed ranks against publicly admitting any wrongdoing on Jan 6, so yes, we can blame the whole party. Get over it.

Pity the people who went to Washington believing this nonsense, not least the more than 800 who have been charged with criminal offenses.

Why? There is no reason to pity the people who, intent on preventing the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next,

- rioted against USCP and broke into a government building, causing injury and death in the process,
- actively searched for and threatened the Vice President and Speaker of the House with bodily harm and/or death,
- trashed the place to the tune of about $30,000,000 while smearing feces on the walls as they went.

No pity here.

NY Post - https://archive.ph/GUvqS

Wow. What a rag.

Tweet #4 - Well, damn.


Jim'sJunkBox @JamesIsaak2
Replying to @MeidasTouch and @TKCapri66
How come nobody reminds people that this wasn’t the first time Trump called for the overthrow of our government. This is what he said after Romney lost to Obama:
11:01 AM · Jun 10, 2022 from Blackman, MI

Digging deeper, deeeeeper.

No competent police chief says the words, "I didn't know I was in charge." Pete, you are the chief. Ultimately, you are always in charge.

Uvalde police chief says he ditched his radio during school shooting response – experts are stunned
no paywall - https://archive.ph/p0uAI

Thinking he was the first officer to arrive and wanting to waste no time, Arredondo believed that carrying the radios would slow him down. One had a whiplike antenna that would hit him as he ran. The other had a clip that Arredondo knew would cause it to fall off his tactical belt during a long run.

Arredondo said he knew from experience that the radios did not work in some school buildings.

Here are three known problems with his radios alone that could and should have been fixed before an emergency arose.

It sounds a lot like the litany of excuses from a child: "I didn't feel good. I forgot. The dog ate it!"

There are so many issues with the account given in this article (serious time compression, constantly changing story, hero narratives, etc) but the radio idiocy jumps out. The excuses about the keys are also inane. If the keyring is so heavy, shouldn't someone have thought of making a skeleton key set? Can't get through the door? There are windows, Sparky. And don't pretend you thought to go to those windows right away.

Why would anyone trust him to continue in his job? He is not qualified.
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