Pro-Trump Sheriff's 'Ludicrous' Voting Probe Denounced as Private Investigators Question Clerks
Michigan's Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf launched the investigation despite Trump winning there by double digits.Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf has claimed, as has Trump, that there was voter fraud leading to President Joe Biden's win in the 2020 election. This claim has led the sheriff to open an investigation into voting machines in Barry County, as officials there have denounced the probe as "absolutely ridiculous and ludicrous," CBS local affiliate News Channel 3 reported on Friday.
On July 24, 2019, special counsel Robert Mueller III testified before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees House about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Now, two years later, much has changed in the world, especially for former President Donald Trump, whose life was demonstrably affected by the Mueller report. © Brandon Bell/Getty Images Tony Daunt, a member of the Michigan State Board of Canvassers, criticized former President Donald Trump for being a "malignancy" and leading people "astray" with his election "lies." Trump prepares to speak during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hilton Anatole on July 11 in Dallas.
Throughout his historic testimony, Mueller, who led the investigation into Russia's interference and whether Donald Trump's associates aided those efforts, declined to offer many personal opinions related to the findings in the 448-page report he had submitted that April.
Mike Lindell Claims 'Real Totals' From 2020 Election Are Trump 80M, Biden Below 68M
Lindell has also said that his "cyber symposium" this month will reveal new evidence of voting machine fraud orchestrated by China. He also said that he has technological experts examining "packet captures" of voting machine data to show exactly when and where election fraud occurred.This evidence, he added, will convince the Supreme Court to vote unanimously to reinstate Trump into office by the fall.Lindell's claims that machines from Dominion Voting Systems flipped votes from Trump to Biden during the 2020 election compelled the company to file a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against him in February.
However, he did offer a stark warning about Russian meddling in American politics: "They're doing it as we sit here."
"I hope this is not the new normal," he said, "but I fear it is."
His report pointedly noted that Congress had the authority to decide if Trump had obstructed justice and then could take further action if it was deemed warranted. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, remarked on July 24 that "Robert Mueller's report is an impeachment referral, and it's up to Congress to act."
And act Congress did, with the House of Representatives impeaching Trump in December 2019, though the Senate acquitted him a few months later in February 2020.
Trump's world looks drastically different than it did the two years when Mueller gave his testimony. In fact, much has changed for the former president since the last anniversary one year ago.
Caitlyn Jenner says she would support Donald Trump if he runs in 2024
Caitlyn Jenner, who is running for governor of California, said she would back Donald Trump if he runs for President in 2024 because she does 'not like what's happening in this country right now'.Jenner, who is running for governor of California, said she would back Trump because she does 'not like what's happening in this country right now'.
On July 24, 2020, Trump was still president, and he was still tweeting. Not only did he lose the 2020 U.S. presidential election, but he has also since been banned from Twitter.
He was also impeached by the House a second time, this time for incitement of insurrection. Once again, he was acquitted by the Senate.
Before that impeachment, though, Trump was the nation's leader during an unprecedented pandemic, and he also contracted the coronavirus.
Even now—and even after losing numerous lawsuits attempting to overturn the results of the election—he continues pushing debunked claims of election fraud during appearances on conservative news outlets and at rallies around the country.
This week, The Washington Post reported Trump's political action committee ostensibly formed to fund challenges to the election results raised about $75 million in the first half of this year, yet the PAC spent none of the money on audits or other election-review measures.
Arizona GOP Lawmaker Booed Off Stage at Trump 'Protect Our Elections' Rally
Arizona State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita fled the stage after repeatedly failing to speak over loud boos from the audience.Arizona State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita was booed off stage at a rally featuring former President Donald Trump.
As has been the case for most of Trump's adult life, his name also hasn't been out of the news. Sometimes, this attention comes from association, like his company and its longtime finance chief being charged in early July for what prosecutors called a "sweeping and audacious" tax fraud scheme [Trump himself was not charged].
Other times, his name makes headlines after he releases statements on any number of subjects. On Friday, for instance, he ridiculed the Cleveland baseball club for changing its name from the Indians to the Guardians.
Mainly, though, Trump appears to be plotting his future these days.
Some ideas he's teased have already seemingly been dropped, such as launching his own social media platform. Instead, he debuted a blog, but then that shut down after 29 days. [However, Jason Miller, a former top Trump advisor, launched Gettr early this month that courts conservatives.]
Other big-picture plans remain unclear, but the former president seems to be building up to something important, with many speculating another run for the White House in 2024. Many pundits, in fact, spend more time not asking "if" he will run, but "who" will be his running mate, with most agreeing it won't be Mike Pence.
DC Attorney General Moves Ahead With Trump Inauguration Suit
The Attorney General for the District of Columbia will continue investigating whether Donald Trump’s 2017 Inauguration Committee misspent more than $1 million, after discussions to resolve the matter out of court stalled earlier this month. The AG’s office currently has a civil lawsuit against the Inaugural Committee and the Trump Organization. And earlier this month, the case was forced into mediation, a deal-making session in which a neutral negotiator tries to get different sides to come to an agreement. While lawyers met on July 14 to discuss resolving the case out of court, the meeting went nowhere.
Recent news may at least mean Trump might be done facing repercussions from the Mueller report. On July 2, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared away court decisions where the House Judiciary Committee was told it could access secret grand jury records from key witnesses in the Mueller investigation.
The decision means the House now won't get those grand jury records, thus ending Congressional Democrats' attempts of finding out what witnesses said confidentially under oath about their interactions with Trump during the 2016 campaign.
The Justice Department under Trump had tried to block the release of those grand jury documents for two years. President Joe Biden's Justice Department reportedly also didn't see the need to continue pursuing the matter.
Should he want the GOP nomination, though, the job presently appears to be his for the picking. A poll from the John Bolton Super PAC, released on July 19, found 46 precent of likely Republican primary voters said they would back Trump being the nominee. That was the highest level of support for any potential Republican candidate polled by more than 30 points.
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Mike Lindell Says He's Losing $1M a Week Because Fox News Refused to Air Voter Fraud Ad .
"I want nothing to do with them if they're going to ruin our country and decide on events you have," Lindell said of Fox News. He was once their biggest advertiser."They're disgusting, what they've done to our country," Lindell said of the network while speaking on War Room, a show on Real America's Voice, a right-leaning media network. The host is hosted by Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist under Republican President Donald Trump.