COMER: “We can’t track down the informant.”
“Rep. James Comer (R-KY) revealed on Sunday that Republicans had lost track of a top witness in the investigation of President Joe Biden and his family.
During an interview on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo asked Comer about evidence he had of Biden’s alleged corruption.
“You have spoken with whistleblowers,” she noted. “You also spoke with an informant who gave you all of this information. Where is that informant today? Where are these whistleblowers?”
“Well, unfortunately, we can’t track down the informant,” Comer replied. “We’re hopeful that the informant is still there. The whistleblower knows the informant. The whistleblower is very credible.”
Comer, the missing “whistleblower informant” and other nutball conspiracies
The new and razor thin Republican majority in the House of Representatives is proving that it is wholly unfit to govern and has no real interest in doing so. For the three months that they have been in charge, they have produced nothing but transparently partisan and meritless smear campaigns against President Biden, his family, and other Democrats.
This sorry state of state affairs is a result of the GOP’s deliberate and openly articulated mission to bring down the President and to buttress their own illegitimate seizure of power and perversion of democracy. From the day that they assumed their majority they have pursued political vendettas, while ignoring the needs of the nation and the American people.
So instead of legislation protecting children from mass shooters, or maintaining women’s reproductive health rights, or resolving immigration issues, or preventing a catastrophic debt default, Republicans are desperately trying – and failing – to sabotage the Biden presidency.
Among the worst offenders is James Comer, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee. The maliciousness of his crusade to cripple the progress made by Biden and congressional Democrats has been matched by its ineptitude, dishonesty, and failure. And all of that was on display when he visited with Fox News on Sunday to spread more propaganda. In an exchange with Fox’s Senior Trump-fluffer, Maria Bartiromo, Comer announced that the star witness in his political persecution has gone missing.
Bartiromo: Hold on Congressman. Did you just say that the whistleblower, or the informant, is now be missing?
Comer: Well, we are hopeful that we can find the informant. Remember that these informants are kind of in the spy business.
Bartiromo: Stunning breaking news story this morning that some of these people now may be missing. Mr. Chairman, we’re certainly going to be covering and reporting your findings.First of all, Comer doesn’t actually say that the alleged informant is missing. He just says that he can’t find him. He even implies that the so-called whistleblower is merely a secret operative who could just be concealing his own whereabouts for some unspecified reason.
That, however, doesn’t stop Bartiromo from insinuating some sinister scheme that invokes the possibility that harm has come to the spook and that, of course, the evil Biden team is responsible for it. Naturally, there is no evidence whatsoever for any of that, but when has Fox News ever cared about trivialities like evidence?
A more likely scenario is that Comer doesn’t actually have a witness at all, Or he doesn’t have one who has any credibility, and who wouldn’t just embarrass the Republicans further. So all of Comer’s shocking accusations for the past several weeks could just be fabrications, and now that he is being called upon to put up or shut up, he whines that he is unable to find the witness that he promised would blow the lid off this supposed scandal.
It’s interesting that this mysterious witness disappeared just a few days after Comer released a report by his Committee that was ridiculed for it’s prodigious lack of anything incriminating related to Biden. The New Republic reported that…
“The House GOP accused Joe Biden and his family on Wednesday of engaging in business with foreign entities—but were unable to provide any actual evidence linking the president to any wrongdoing.
“House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer released a 65-page memo detailing a sprawling investigation into Biden and some of his relatives, particularly his son Hunter Biden. Nowhere in the massive document was there a specific allegation of a crime committed by Biden or any of his relatives.”
That’s typical of GOP and Fox News scandal-mongering. They make furious proclamations of alleged wrongdoing, but they have nothing to back any of it up. Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, ranking member of the Oversight Committee, responded to the report that Comer issued saying that…
“Once again Chairman Comer has failed to provide factual evidence to support his wild accusations about the President. He continues to bombard the public with innuendo, misrepresentations, and outright lies, recycling baseless claims from stories that were debunked years ago.” […]
“As Republicans use their oversight powers to advance this tiresome and aging smear campaign, they refuse to honor their public commitment to investigate former President Trump and former senior White House advisor, Jared Kushner, their hundreds of LLCs, and the billions of dollars they collected directly from autocratic and corrupt foreign governments.”
Comer joins House Squeaker Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan, the GOP chair of the House Judiciary Committee, as the leaders of the Bogus Scandal Caucus. Jordan was recently humiliated (for the umpteenth time) when he tried to coerce adverse testimony from Mark Pomerantz, a former New York prosecutor who had investigated Donald Trump’s hush money payments to adult film star, Stormy Daniels. That investigation eventually led to a Grand Jury indicting Trump for thirty-four felonies alleging the falsifying of financial records.
These are the sort of charlatans who are currently leading the Republican Party with the aid of their spinmeisters at Fox News. They have no interest in performing any of the duties expected of elected representatives. They are fully devoted only to embarking on hostile and futile campaigns to denigrate their opponents and, moreover, democracy itself. And unfortunately, with the regard to the latter, they are pretty damn good at it.
A panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday morning scorched Donald Trump over a Mother’s Day post he made on his Truth Social platform with one panelist calling him “unhinged” and host Joe Scarborough saying his words showed what a “bitter” man he has become.
Conservative Charlie Sykes kicked off the discussion by pointing to the post and asking if Republicans are paying attention to the path Trump is going down, and he cited Trump’s Mother’s Day tweet as prime evidence.
“Happy Mother’s Day to ALL, in particular the Mothers, Wives and Lovers of the Radical Left Fascists, Marxists, and Communists who are doing everything within their power to destroy and obliterate our once great Country,” Trump wrote on Sunday. “Please make these complete Lunatics and Maniacs Kinder, Gentler, Softer and, most importantly, Smarter, so that we can, quickly, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!”
Sykes was amazed that Republicans were still willing to line up behind Trump despite such unhinged ravings.
“How can Republicans look at that and go, ‘Yeah, let’s spend the next two years defending this guy, and let’s put him back in the Oval Office’?” he asked rhetorically. “I mean, one of the things we’ve seen over the last week is a reminder, in case anybody has forgotten exactly who Donald Trump is, what he is going to be like, and what he is going to demand of his fellow Republicans in terms of ignoring his conduct or defending his conduct.”
Host Scarborough then shared more traditional Mother’s Day wishes from President Joe Biden, and claimed the former president is exposing himself as a “bitter diseased soul.”
Mara Gay of the New York Times cut right to the chase and called Trump “unhinged.”
“He hasn’t been chastened by January 6th, by the indictments, by the E. Jean Carroll case, by reality,” she contributed. “Then the Mother’s Day statement which was particularly unhinged.”
“This is the reality, is that American people seem to be in the polls,” she added. “They’re looking at options, that much is clear. What they’re seeing is the same old unhinged behavior from Donald Trump.”
Here you are — all rolled into one 6-minute video with their own words.
The Conservative Republican movement in America is a case study in what fear does when it fully grips a group of people; the emotional net result of being weaned for decades on a steady diet of culture war rhetoric, targeted disinformation, racial stereotypes, incendiary sermons, and plain ol’ white nationalism.
In this environment, the human heart become unable to manufacture empathy for the other, as it finds encroaching enemies everywhere it looks.
Someone in the grips of this kind of prolonged enmity can no longer seek the common good, because it doesn’t recognize how our fortunes are tethered together.
They become terrified of all difference: losing the ability to see the beauty or worth in anyone who does not look or talk or think or believe or vote or worship or love the way they do.
Having long-since jettisoned any notions of understanding a different perspective or being willing to thoughtfully engage a difference of opinion, they now know only how to boycott and ban.
In the absence of any intellectual creativity regarding the complex challenges of crime, of hunger, of sickness, of violence; people default to a simple strategy of blaming, condemning, and eradicating.
Worst of all, when fully addled by this continual exposure to irrational fear, this life becomes a zero-sum game where anyone else’s gain is interpreted as their loss.
At that point, human beings lose the ability or the desire to collaborate or compromise with anyone. They exist solely in a battle posture against those they’ve come to believe are imminent threats, which includes an ever-expanding portion of humanity.
And now we find America brutalized by a group of people who are fiercely and unrelentingly at war—with everything.
They rage against the LGBTQ community,
people of color,
against the rights of women,
against immigrants, and Muslims and Jewish people.
They go to battle with scientists,
with medical professionals,
with the FBI.
They crusade against election results,
against the Media,
against the Constitution.
They mount their incessant brutal assaults upon athletes and entertainers,
upon librarians and school teachers,
upon theme parks and drag queens,
upon beer companies and participation trophies.
To hell with the sick and the poor; with the evaporating natural resources and the rapidly-warming planet; with the unemployed, underserved, and underfed; with the daily mass assassinations at schools and shopping malls. To hell with sorrow and need and loneliness. Those inconveniences merit no urgency, garner no grieving, elicit no such passion. War, after all, is hell—even if it means putting others through it.
It must be an exhausting existence to be terrified by so much and hostile to so many. I try to imagine what it feels like to be so viscerally sickened by the breadth of diversity around me and relentlessly in a fear-birthed battle posture toward it—but I can’t. Many of us can’t.
If there is a sharp dividing line in America now, this is it. It is the line between joyful people and miserable people; between those who live open-handed toward the world and those whose fists are balled-up tightly; between people who are compelled by compassion and those fueled by anger; between people who want a bigger table—and those feel the table is their birthright.
Mark Pomerantz, a former prosecutor who consulted for the Manhattan district attorney, is going after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) after he demanded Pomerantz appear before the subcommittee on “weaponization” in government.
Jordan has called on District Attorney Alvin Bragg, but he has refused, citing pending litigation and noting that the Congressional committee didn’t oversee his office.
Pomerantz appeared before the subcommittee for six hours on Friday, and he opted to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. The case concerns the New York probe into Donald Trump and the hush money payments to former adult film star Stormy Daniels. Jordan, who is an avid Trump supporter, is going after many of the investigations against the former president.
When Bragg entered the DA’s office, some of the prosecutors claimed that he refused to prosecute Trump despite the evidence they’d collected. Pomerantz left the office, and began work on a book about his experience. Not long after the book dropped, the grand jury announced the indictment of Trump under 34 felony charges.
In his “Justice Matters” video cast, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner cited one of Pomerantz’s comments attacking Jordan using a veiled reference to Jordan’s past refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas. He also explained that Jordan had put barriers in his own way that will stop him from getting what he wants from Pomerantz and others in the Bragg office.
“[Pomerantz] called out Jim Jordan for unlawfully defying a congressional subpoena, blowing off a congressional subpoena,” Kirschner began in the video. “To be clear, that constitutes the crime of contempt of Congress. Yet now, the criminal is issuing subpoenas to others, expecting them to comply. I think that qualifies as irony, at a minimum.”
“We are gathered here because Donald Trump’s supporters would like to use these proceedings to attempt to obstruct and undermine the criminal case pending against him, and to harass, intimidate, and discredit anyone who investigates or charges him,” Pomerantz also said in his opening statement.
Kirschner explained that since the past public statements, there is now litigation which means Pomerantz is governed by a different set of rules than before an indictment.
Pomerantz’s opening statement also explained that previous comments from those in the news and at the DA’s office indicated that he could be criminally liable. As such, it gives him the opportunity to declare his Fifth Amendment rights.
Kirschner agreed, saying that it would make him nervous if prosecutors were talking about something he did that might be illegal. He explained he would likely make the same move because anything that is said under oath could be used against him in court.
If Jordan truly wanted Pomerantz to give information, they could go to court and pursue the claim, saying that Pomerantz doesn’t have the right to claim the Fifth.
“Here’s the problem: Jim Jordan has been yelling, and screaming, and yammering about how this whole prosecution in New York against Donald Trump is a witch hunt, political retribution. Donald Trump committed no crimes. He doesn’t deserve to be prosecuted,” Kirschner described Jordan’s claims.
Essentially, Jordan is alleging that the prosecutors committed crimes themselves by bringing charges against Donald Trump. If that is his claim, Kirschner explained that Jordan couldn’t go into court and compel any of the D.A.’s office staff to testify or fight back against any Fifth Amendment pleas.
Donald Trump on Saturday posted a doctored video on social media that showed CNN’s Anderson Cooper giving his controversial monologue about the dangers exposed by the network’s Trump town hall, but interspersed with clips and images of President Joe Biden instead of the former president.
After Trump’s New Hampshire town hall, Cooper defended the network while acknowledging public anger about platforming Trump, and enabling him to double down on debunked election fraud claims and further insult a woman he was just found liable for sexually assaulting and defaming. Cooper saw his fair share of criticism for the speech, including being accused of “gaslighting” Americans by his own friend.
The speech has already been used in memes and in fake clips. Trump himself posted a doctored clip of the same Cooper monologue, but twisted to portray Cooper mocking CNN.
In the new clip, Cooper’s words are mostly unchanged, but the video is edited to make it appear as though Cooper is referencing Biden and not Trump.
“I want to say something about what we witnessed about last night’s town hall,” Cooper can be seen saying as a video of a Biden town hall appears on the screen. “It was disturbing.”
When Cooper talks about Trump’s repeated false statements at the town hall, saying it was difficult to fact-check in real time Trump’s wave of lies, a video of Biden talking about the Covid-19 vaccines appears on screen.
My Pillow Chief Executive Officer and election denier Mike Lindell is asking the public to buy stock in his business, Lindell TV, to gain back the millions he spent in an effort to overturn the 2020 election.
Former GOP prosecutor Roy Filipkowski shared a clip of Lindell’s recent Right Side Broadcasting (RSB) Network interview via Twitter, writing, “Mike Lindell announces that he has spent over $40 million trying to overturn the election and he needs help. So, he says he is going to allow people to ‘buy stock’ in Lindell TV: ‘I want every person out there to have a little piece of the pie.'”
Lindell said, “For the next couple weeks — could be for two to four weeks — we’re offering stock to the public,” adding “This is gonna be amazing!”
The RSB host interrupted the conspiracy theorist, saying to viewers, “Hang on a second, he spent over 40 million dollars,” before the Lindell continued, “I spent over $40 million, and I need help. We need help making our voice bigger. I can’t tell the details. The lawyer says, ‘I will only let you tell this much.'”
The CEO’s offer comes after CNN reported last month he was ordered to pay $5 million to software developer Robert Zeidman, who sued the voter fraud conspiracy theorist over his 2020 election false claim.
According to The Washington Post, “Zeidman had examined Lindell’s data and concluded that not only did it not prove voter fraud, it also had no connection to the 2020 election,” adding, “He was the only expert who submitted a claim, arbitration records show.”
Russian authorities will launch construction of a village outside Moscow for conservative-minded Americans and Canadians next year, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Thursday.
Russia has for years positioned itself as a bastion of “traditional” values in contrast with Western liberalism as its relations with the West have deteriorated over its 2014 annexation of Crimea and 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Timur Beslangurov, a migration lawyer at Moscow’s VISTA Foreign Business Support, claimed that “around 200 families” wish to emigrate to Russia for “ideological reasons.”
“The reason is propaganda of radical values: Today they have 70 genders, and who knows what will come next,” RIA Novosti quoted Beslangurov as saying, echoing President Vladimir Putin’s frequently deployed grievances against Western countries’ comparative gender freedom.
“Many normal people emigrate and are considering Russia, but they’re faced with huge bureaucratic problems with Russia’s migration law,” he said.
He said the Moscow region administration has greenlit the construction of the expat village and that it will be financed by the relocating families.
The lawyer further claimed without offering evidence that “tens of thousands” of foreigners without Russian roots would like to move to Russia for similar ideological reasons.
The construction of a migrant village for Americans and Canadians has not yet been publicly announced by officials.
Russia, which has ranked among the worst countries for expats in recent years, experienced a major downturn in tourism and other foreign arrivals after the invasion of Ukraine.
Still, Federal Security Service (FSB) data recorded an uptick in visits for tourism, work, study and business to Russia in early 2023.
The luxury Trump Towers at Sunny Isles Beach in South Florida reportedly welcomed a different type of visitor on Thursday: the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The raid by the FBI on the property, for which former president Donald Trump has a licensing deal to use his name, was reported by Miami Herald.
“A squad of FBI special agents, assisted by local police, descended on Trump Tower III at 15811 Collins Ave. to carry out a search of unit 4102,” the outlet reported. “It’s owned by a shell company, MIC-USA LLC, that is controlled by two Russian businessmen, Oleg Sergeyevich Patsulya and Agunda Konstantinovna Makeeva, according to state corporation records.”
Miami Herald further reported:
“On Friday, a spokesman for the FBI’s Miami field office said it ‘was conducting court-ordered law enforcement activity in the vicinity of that location,’ but provided no other information.”
“On Friday, a spokesman for the FBI’s Miami field office said it ‘was conducting court-ordered law enforcement activity in the vicinity of that location,’ but provided no other information.”
The area is reportedly known as “Little Moscow.”
“Sunny Isles Beach has been dubbed ‘Little Moscow’ by locals because it’s home to many Russian expatriates,” according to the report. “Some expressed concerns about a backlash against their affluent beachfront community after the Russian military invaded Ukraine last year and the U.S. government started pursuing sanctions against oligarchs who hide their wealth in real estate in South Florida and other parts of the country.”
The shell company reportedly bought the three-bedroom, three-bath unit residence at Trump Tower III for $1.65 million 10 years ago.
“In 2020, BAC Florida Bank, which provided financing for the purchase, sued Patsulya and Makeeva, claiming they defaulted on their $975,000 mortgage,” the article states. “The dispute was resolved later that year, though it’s not clear how from the court records. MIC-USA, controlled by the two Russians, continued to own the 41st-floor unit at Trump Tower III.”
One of Trump’s favorite scams is licensing his name to condos and real estate ventures. Prospective buyers are given brochures with Trump’s name on the future luxury property. Not reading the fine print, they don’t realize that Trump has nothing to do with the venture other than letting them use his famous name. He disavows any further responsibility, they get ripped off, and Trump goes laughing all the way to the bank
CNN was expecting a ratings bonanza after the E. Jean Carroll verdict, but instead, Trump drew fewer viewers than the last CNN town hall that he did in March 2016 (3.2 million), and it was nearly eight times fewer viewers than the 2015 Republican primary debate that CNN hosted (23 million).
Trump isn’t a huge ratings draw. CNN could have gone out and hired Tucker Carlson and pulled the same or better numbers than they got with Trump……
The fact that Trump didn’t draw an audience means that the ratings magic is long gone. Trump fatigue is real, and if the CNN town hall was a high water mark for his return to mainstream media, it is a bad sign for the Republican hopes of winning back the White House in 2024.