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Donald Trump took to Truth Social to claim that “our Country is SICK inside, very much like a person dying of Cancer”.
The former president went on to rage on Saturday morning that “the Crooked FBI, the so-called Department of ‘Justice,’ and ‘Intelligence,’ all parts of the Democrat Party and System, is the Cancer”.
“These Weaponized Thugs and Tyrants must be dealt with, or our once great and beautiful Country will die!!!” he thundered on the platform.
Meanwhile, after a year of exhaustive investigations and witness interviews, the House select committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol is expected to refer Donald Trump to the US Department of Justice for a charge of insurrection.
The panel investigating the 6 January, 2021 assault – which was fuelled by the former president’s ongoing election lies – will hold a hearing on Monday to vote on criminal referrals to the Justice Department.
Committee members also are expected to vote to refer charges against Mr Trump for obstruction of an official proceeding as well as conspiracy to defraud the United States government, according to reports.
Trump trading cards spike in price
Donald Trump’s NFTs increased in price following the Thursday launch.
The value of the complete collection passed $2m on Saturday.
On Saturday morning, the price for an NFT was 0.282 Ethereum, a cryptocurrency, according to OpenSea, an NFT trading platform.
That could be converted to around $330 on Saturday, according to Newsweek.
Author Maxmilian Uriarte posted a screenshot from OpenSea on Thursday night showing the NFT price as being 0.078 Ethereum at the time.
The cards were initially listed for $99, or about 0.084 Ethereum.
Gustaf Kilander18 December 2022 09:00
Donald Trump’s NFT images appear to be copied
Gustaf Kilander18 December 2022 08:00
Reporter outlines ‘utterly deranged logic’ revealed in texts between Meadows and Members of Congress
Gustaf Kilander18 December 2022 07:00
New York AG requests Florida judge reject Trump’s attempt to ‘end-run’ lawsuit
New York Attorney General Letitia James has requested that a Florida federal judge reject Mr Trump’s attempt to “collaterally attack and end-run” her lawsuit against the former president.
“This action is Mr. Trump’s second improper attempt to collaterally attack and end-run around rulings that have been issued by the presiding judge in the New York proceedings, Justice Arthur Engoron,” Ms James’s assistant wrote in a motion to dismiss measuring 23 pages.
“This second attempt to evade the New York proceedings and Justice Engoron’s authority should meet the same fate for many, independent reasons,” the legal filing says, according to Law & Crime.
“The premise of Mr. Trump’s suit is that OAG’s investigation and pursuit of the New York proceedings is unlawful and violates his constitutional rights based on public statements made by AG James,” the filing continues. “But this contention is precluded by a final order issued by Justice Engoron upholding the investigation as legally and factually sound and not attributable to animus, which was unanimously affirmed on appeal by the New York Appellate Division. The federal judge in New York made the same findings.”
Gustaf Kilander18 December 2022 06:00
RNC chair running for reelection claims she didn’t ask for Trump’s support
In an interview, McDaniel said she notified Trump of her intention to seek another term but did not explicitly ask for his support. She said she “didn’t think it would be appropriate to be asking for any endorsements” given that party rules require the RNC to remain neutral in the next presidential primary.
McDaniel demurred when asked whether she wanted Trump’s support.
“I think the most important support right now is the members,” she said. “These are leaders in the party, the grassroots leaders.”
California attorney Harmeet Dhillon has emerged as the MAGA favorite to challenge McDaniel, who secured commitments from more than 100 of the RNC’s 168 voting members earlier this month. Dhillon is working aggressively to peel away some of that support ahead of the formal vote at next month’s annual winter meeting in southern California.
Dhillon said she also notified Trump of her candidacy in a brief phone call shortly before she made her intentions public this month. She did not explicitly ask for his endorsement either, although she said the president did not discourage her from challenging McDaniel.
Dhillon, whose law firm earned more than $400,000 representing Trump and his political organizations in the 2022 midterms, said she would leave her law practice if elected chair. The 53-year-old California attorney, who was born in India, also vowed to remain independent in what is expected to be a crowded 2024 presidential primary contest.
Still, Dhillon defends Trump against those Republicans who blame him for the party’s disappointing performance in the November midterm elections. The GOP won a narrow House majority, but a host of Trump’s hand-picked candidates lost key elections for the Senate and governor.
“It’s not any one person’s fault. And I frankly think it’s a little too convenient to say it’s Donald Trump’s fault. Donald Trump hasn’t been the president for the last two years,” Dhillon said.
The Associated Press18 December 2022 05:00
Former Trump assistant dismisses criminal referrals by Jan 6 committee
Sebastian Gorka, who served in the Trump administration during the first half of 2017, appeared on Newsmax to reject the notion that any possible criminal referrals by the January 6 Select Committee would have any impact on the former president.
“They’ve been trying to destroy President Trump for six years and everything they’ve tried to do has failed,” he said.
Gustaf Kilander18 December 2022 04:00
Former Republican blasts Trump allies over late criticism of former president
Former Republican Ashley Pratte Oates appeared on MSNBC blasting Trump allies for finally turning on Donald Trump over his sale of digital trading cards instead of doing so earlier over more serious issues.
“It took THIS to have Republicans start distancing themselves from him. Not the racist rhetoric… it took NFT cards to get us here,” she said on MSNBC.
Gustaf Kilander18 December 2022 03:00
Axelrod predicts problems for GOP regardless of 2024 primary outcome
David Axelrod, a Democratic strategist who served as a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, tweeted on Saturday that “the @GOP knows it has troubles [if] Trump WINS the nomination”.
“But what are the odds that if Trump were to LOSE the nomination, as appears increasingly possible, that he would gracefully accept the outcome and urge his supporters to back the nominee?” he added.
Gustaf Kilander18 December 2022 02:00
Former GOP strategist blasts Twitter, says Trump ‘used it as his toxic cudgel’
Steve Schmidt, the co-founder of the Lincoln Project and former Republican strategist, shared a substack post on Twitter on Saturday in which he blasted the platform.
“Twitter was the weapon of choice for the biggest bully in American history. Trump used it as his toxic cudgel to assault truth & reality,” Mr Schmidt said. “Twitter exposed the cynicism of 99.98% of the Republican elected leadership like an MRI scanner for the soul.”
“Twitter is a cesspool. It always has been,” he added. “It has coarsened society by allowing the instantaneous global transmission of any thought at any moment behind the safety of a keyboard and/or through bots. It is a virtual space and an isolating one.”
Gustaf Kilander18 December 2022 01:00
California Democrat gives Trump credit for investing ‘significant government resources to jumpstart vaccines’
Gustaf Kilander18 December 2022 00:00