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February 13, 2023

Judge Orders Partial Release of Fulton County Special Purpose Grand Jury's Final Report

Only three sections of the report will be released but most of the report will be kept secret. You can read the ruling on this link

On Feb. 13, Judge Robert C.I. McBurney of the Superior Court of Fulton County of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit ordered that most of the Fulton County Special Purpose Grand Jury’s final report not be made public until Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis completes her investigation into interference in the 2020 election in Georgia.

McBurney, however, did order that three parts of the report—the introduction, conclusion, and Section VIII (in which the special purpose grand jury “discusses its concern that some [unnamed] witnesses may have lied under oath during their testimony to the grand jury”)—may be published.

You can read the order here or below:
February 12, 2023

Jack Smith should win any executive privilege fight over Pence subpoena

TFG is no longer POTUS and it is clear that executive privilege does not apply to criminal investigations

The news that special counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed Mike Pence raises the question: How will Team Trump use the courts to muck up this latest development in the Justice Department’s probe?

The short answer is that any attempt to scuttle the Pence subpoena on executive privilege grounds should fail.....

o it’s at least unclear whether a former president can claim the privilege, saying nothing of whether the claim would succeed. Plus, the Supreme Court appeal over then-President Richard Nixon’s attempt to avoid subpoena compliance shows that a vague privilege assertion won’t do, and can be overcome by a specific need for evidence. The court observed in 1974’s United States v. Nixon:

... when the ground for asserting privilege as to subpoenaed materials sought for use in a criminal trial is based only on the generalized interest in confidentiality, it cannot prevail over the fundamental demands of due process of law in the fair administration of criminal justice. The generalized assertion of privilege must yield to the demonstrated, specific need for evidence in a pending criminal trial.

Therefore, precedent is on the government’s side. Of course, however, delays from litigating even a losing issue can be a victory of sorts for Trump.

But further dampening the odds of a successful privilege claim is the previous rejection of Trump’s attempt to block Jan. 6 grand jury testimony. As The Washington Post reported in October, that rejection noted that former Pence aide Marc Short, for example, “probably possessed information important to the Justice Department’s criminal investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol that was not available from other sources.” That Pence, too, likely has unique information would help the DOJ in any subpoena fight.

The executive privilege issue has been litigated and TFG has lost everytime
February 11, 2023

I am watching on Zoom, Congressman Adam Schiff's announcement for his senate run

Schiff is a great man and will make a great Senator

Here is the link but you have to go to about 57 minutes in to see the full event

February 10, 2023

Trump's former national security adviser subpoenaed in special counsel probes of classified document

Source: CNN

Former national security adviser Robert O’Brien has been subpoenaed by special counsel Jack Smith in both his investigation into classified documents found at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and the probe related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election, according to a source familiar with the matter.

O’Brien has been asserting executive privilege in declining to provide some of the information that prosecutors are seeking from him, the source said.

O’Brien considered resigning from his post over Trump’s response to the violence on January 6, 2021, but ultimately decided to remain in the job, CNN previously reported. The National Security Council should have been involved in the handling of classified documents at end of the Trump presidency, and O’Brien may have knowledge of how those records ended up at Mar-a-Lago.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2023/02/09/politics/robert-obrien-trump-adviser-subpoenaed-special-counsel/index.html

February 10, 2023

Capitol building's top manager prompts fury with admission he avoided Hill on Jan. 6

This asshole knew that there was going to be an attack and did not take steps to stop this attack

Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton already faced serious allegations of misusing official resources. At his first appearance under oath since a searing report detailed those accusations, lawmakers only discovered more reasons for concern.

Amid blanket denials and evasive answers as Blanton appeared before the House Administration Committee for 90 minutes Thursday, the man in charge of effectively running the Capitol complex said he avoided coming to the Hill on Jan. 6, 2021. He explained that he thought it wouldn’t be “prudent” to drive to work that day, a revelation that infuriated lawmakers on the panel.....

Blanton has a vote on the three-member Capitol Police Board, which is in charge of making decisions about increasing security around the complex and oversees the Hill’s police force. House Administration Chair Bryan Steil (R-Wis.) promised that the committee would soon be looking at possible reorganization of the USCP board.

“I’m outraged that you would be in a comfortable place, sir, while the rest of us were thinking about dying that day and how we were going to come out alive that day,” Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) told Blanton. “Outrageous that you were not here.”

“I find it mind-blowing that the head of the AOC, the leader, knowing what you knew — probably a lot more than we did that day — would not have been in this building ensuring the safety and security not only of the building but of the employees that you lead,” echoed Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.).

An inspector general report found Blanton had misused multiple office resources, including improperly using official vehicles to drive all around the Washington region, as well as to South Carolina and Florida, and had impersonated a law enforcement officer after a family relation experienced a hit-and-run. In his first public address of those accusations, Blanton said he drove his official department vehicle on personal trips in case he had to rush back to the Capitol in a crisis.

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