Friend of Liz Cheney Claims the Lawmaker Orchestrated High-Profile Attack on Trump in His Final Days

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Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is all but gone from her lofty position as the House Republican Conference Chair.

In an article that is worthy of Pravda, the New Yorker’s Susan Glasser unwittingly provides Republicans with an additional reason to give her the old heave ho.

Glasser spoke to Eric Edelman, a friend of Cheney’s, who served as a national security advisor to her father, Dick Cheney, during his time as Vice President.

She writes, “Edelman revealed that Cheney herself secretly orchestrated an unprecedented op-ed in the Washington Post by all ten living former Defense Secretaries, including her father, warning against Trump’s efforts to politicize the military. The congresswoman not only recruited her father but personally asked others, including Trump’s first Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, to participate.”

“She was the one who generated it, because she was so worried about what Trump might do,” Edelman told Glasser. “It speaks to the degree that she was concerned about the threat to our democracy that Trump represented.”

Some readers may recall this piece which was published on Jan. 3, just three days before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. It was entitled, “Opinion: All 10 living former defense secretaries: Involving the military in election disputes would cross into dangerous territory.”

First, a quick scan of the signers’ names, which included Ashton Carter, Dick Cheney, William Cohen, Mark Esper, Robert Gates, Chuck Hagel, James Mattis, Leon Panetta, William Perry and Donald Rumsfeld, showed ten men who despised former President Donald Trump. These men would likely sign anything if it meant hurting Trump.

The Jan. 3 editorial was no different than the October 2020 letter claiming the Hunter Biden laptop story was actually Russian disinformation, which was signed by more than 50 former senior US intelligence officials. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s prompt, strong public denial of their premise, that there was no intelligence to support the arguments made by the 50 former officials, did not reverse the damage done by the letter. In fact, Biden used the letter as “evidence” during a debate when Trump raised the issue of his son’s laptop.

Both were intended to undermine then-President Trump.

The Jan. 3 letter which Cheney’s friend claims she “secretly orchestrated,” was based on conspiracy theories that were being advanced by Democrats in the weeks following the November election.

These theories were rooted in various ideas about how best to deal with the destructive riots spreading throughout the U.S. last summer in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. There were calls among Republicans for the President to invoke the Insurrection Act to quell the violence and the looting.

In an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro which aired on Sep 12, Trump was asked about “reports of left-wing demonstrations being planned across American should be win reelection.” He told Pirro that “we’ll put them down very quickly if they do that. We have the right to do that. We have the power to do that if we want. Look, it’s called insurrection. We just send in and we, we do it very easy. I mean, it’s very easy. I’d rather not do that, because there’s no reason for it, but if we had to, we’d do that and put it down within minutes, within minutes.”

Clearly, he was talking about ending the riots which were widely expected across the country if he won, but Democrats put those remarks together with messages from far-right groups on social media to set a new narrative as they have done since his candidacy in 2015.

On Election Night, Trump was prevailing in many, if not all of the swing states, when suddenly counting stopped. When counting resumed in the early hours of the next morning, Biden inexplicably had taken the lead. Although the many irregularities that occurred on and after Election Day is beyond the scope of this article, the odd patterns were the reason Trump’s legal team hoped to gain access to the voting machines for forensic analysis.

At the same time, posts from individuals falsely claiming to be Trump began circulating on social media suggesting he planned to invoke the Insurrection Act to remain in office. (Below, I present a Reuters fact check which debunks those posts.)

There were also legitimate calls on the right for Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act to gain access to the voting machines.

On December 14, the editorial board of The Epoch Times wrote: “Trump should use those [presidential] powers as president to safeguard the future of our republic and arrest those who have conspired to deprive people of their rights through election fraud. The Insurrection Act enables Trump to use the military to seize the key electoral evidence in contested states and deliver a transparent, accurate accounting of the vote. Our system is in crisis. Trump should act to restore the rule of law. Through opening the books, honesty can defeat fraud. The wishes of the majority of the people will be realized and communism defeated. Our system is in crisis. Trump should act to restore the rule of law.”

Several days after this editorial was published, Politico highlighted it in a widely read article entitled “MAGA leaders call for the troops to keep Trump in office.”

And suddenly the new false narrative that Trump would invoke the Insurrection Act to remain in office began to gain traction.

In January, Reuters published a fact check: “Donald Trump has not invoked the Insurrection Act to hold on to power.”

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Will Trump Run in 2024? Mark Meadows Puts the Odds at Better Than 50-50

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Mark Meadows, who served as former President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff from March 2020 through the end of his term, spoke to conservative commentator and radio host Sebastian Gorka on Wednesday. Gorka asked Meadows to “give us your expectations” on the possibility of a Trump run in 2024. “Every day he’s got another statement he’s making. He’s opened his office. He’s doing political endorsements. Are you feeling good Mark?”

“I’m feeling great about President Trump’s willingness to serve once again in the Oval Office,” Meadows replied. “I can tell you this, he’s making all the preparations necessary. He’s being encouraged by his friends and former staffers.”

“But, ultimately, what I think you will see is a vision for America that didn’t stop on Nov. 3, didn’t stop on Jan. 20, and we need to reengage,” he said. “So he’s getting major encouragement, and I would say this: I would put the odds at better than 50-50 that he runs again, and everybody should take note of that.”

(Relevant portion starts at 6:00 in the video.)

Gorka brought up the “establishment GOP and RINO sub-class” and asked Meadows if they would lose their stranglehold on conservative politics. “What else do we need to do? … Give them some advice.”

“They need to stay in the fight. Do not believe that this battle is over. In fact, if anything, it’s ramping up with those that are Republican In Name Only, the establishment, the swamp’s trying to fight back to make sure that they don’t remember a President Donald Trump,” Meadows told Gorka. “The fighters that are actually fighting for your values and my values and for we the people. Let them hear from you.”

Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet for the first six weeks or so after leaving the White House and moving into his Mar a Lago home with his family.

All of that changed on March 1 when he delivered his much anticipated first major post-presidential speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He came roaring back to the delight of his supporters.

Since then, he’s been actively preparing for a Republican comeback in the 2022 midterm elections. He’s been endorsing candidates and finding primary opponents for those whom he “disfavors.”

He continues to issue statements about items in the news.

He is also planning his own social media platform. According to his former advisor, Jason Miller, that will happen relatively soon.

In an appearance on Fox News’ “Media Buzz” last month, Miller said, “I do think that we’re going to see President Trump returning to social media in probably about two or three months here with his own platform. And this is something that I think will be the the hottest ticket in social media. It’s going to completely redefine the game and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly President Trump does. But it will be his own platform.”

“I can’t go much further than what I was able to just share, but I can say that it will be big once he starts,” he explained. “There have been a lot of high powered meetings he’s been having at Mar a Lago with some teams of folks who have been coming in. And I got to tell you, there have been – it’s not just one company that’s approached the president. There have been numerous companies.”

Does all of this add up to a Trump run in 2024? I guess we’ll see.

New Emails Raise Big Questions About Overnight Ballot Counting in GA

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Although anti-Trumpers inside the Georgia Secretary of State’s office have repeatedly tried to end speculation surrounding events that occurred at the Fulton County State Farm Arena ballot-counting center on Election Night, they’ve never succeeded.

Over the weekend, Just the News’ Daniel Payne obtained several internal emails from Fulton County election workers via an open records request which appear to raise even more questions about what actually took place that night.

Two poll workers, both of whom have signed sworn affidavits, claim that at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, a county official “told workers to stop working for the night” and to return the following morning at 8:30 a.m. to resume counting ballots, according to Payne.

He informs readers that “nearly half a dozen local and national media outlets, meanwhile, reported being told that absentee ballot-counting had ceased at around 10:30 p.m. and would resume the next day. Several reports cited county spokeswoman Regina Waller for that information.”

JTN contacted Waller in December, who confirmed that counting had continued after most workers had left. Waller told JTN that she had “stated to all media … that although several workers were released to go home, a small team remained behind to assist with scanning ballots.”

Payne said it’s “unclear why no media outlets” have reported this.

One of the emails Payne received last weekend was sent by Waller to Jessica Corbitt, the Director of Fulton County External Affairs, State Farm Arena spokesman Garin Narain, and two other officials at 10:22 p.m. on Nov. 3. It can be viewed here.

Contrary to Waller’s admission to JTN in December that a small team had continued working after 10:30 p.m., Payne’s take on this email is that Waller “appears to indicate that the ballot-counting team had dispersed by around 10:30 p.m.”

Waller wrote: “The workers in the Absentee Ballot Processing area will get started again at 8 am tomorrow.” Waller addresses logistics for the press in the remainder of the email.

Upon viewing this email, Payne emailed Waller to ask for clarification. Waller wrote that the email “was in response to a question received asking when all workers would return.” He asked her if she would provide the email she was responding to, but she did not reply.

The second email obtained by Payne was written at 11:15 p.m. by Fulton County Interagency Affairs Manager Fran Phillips-Calhoun to Corbitt, Waller and two others. This email also throws the “timetable of ballot-counting on Election Night” into question.

Phillips-Calhoun writes, “FYI –  SOS [the Secretary of State’s office] just sort of threw the team under the bus stating that ‘we had a great day, but we decided to throw in the towel for the night even though the public is waiting…’ on results.”

Payne notes that “Phillips-Calhoun did not specify what message from the Secretary of State’s office she was referring to. The county worker did not respond to requests for comment.”

The sworn affidavits of the two poll watchers mentioned above confirm “some controversial aspects of the news reports from that night.”

The first statement is from Michelle Branton, a Georgia Republican Party Field Organizer. She claims that at approximately 10:30 p.m., “a woman [in the ballot-processing room] yelled to everyone to stop working and to return the next day at 8:30 a.m. … “Nearly all of the staff workers” left the State Arena. The statement says that Regina Waller and a “small number of workers” remained.

The other sworn statement belonged to Mitchell Harrison, who was from the Georgia Republican Party as well. He had worked with Branton that night and he also reported hearing the official, believed to be Waller, instruct workers to stop working “sometime after 10 o’clock,” and said that “all but 4 election employees” left the facility.

According to Payne, “both Branton and Harrison said they had been directed by a GOP supervisor to obtain the number of ballots scanned and the number remaining to be scanned. Both claimed to have asked Regina Waller for that information three separate times; Waller eventually told them to find the information on the state’s website.”

Payne reports, “the two left State Farm Arena ‘shortly after 10:30 p.m.’ and said that some time after returning to the Fulton County Board of Elections Warehouse, they became aware that ballot counting was still continuing at the arena.” He adds that “Harrison said he and another worker eventually returned to to the Arena ‘just before 1:00 a.m.,’ upon which ‘we were told counting had been going on, but had just ended in the last few minutes.'”

The conflicting statements of Regina Waller are far from the only “irregularities” that have come to light since Election Day.

We all remember the rather remarkable videos of election workers pulling several cases of ballots out from under a table with a tablecloth after Waller had dismissed workers on Election Night.

If ever there was a smoking gun, that video was one. The media came to the rescue and collectively reported that the video had been debunked.

It had not been debunked. The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway found what the media, including The Washington Post, was calling a “Big Tech-backed “fact” “checking” outfit.”

Hemingway wrote, “…a  group called Lead Stories published a ‘hoax alert’ falsely claiming to have debunked the security video. The Washington Post, Newsweek, and other outlets followed along, criticizing non-leftist journalists for giving the video traction. In fact, none of the claims made by the Republicans were debunked.”

“Lead Stories’ “fact” “check” says government officials told them everything was fine with the counting, that the ballots were in “containers — not suitcases,” and that “party observers were never told to leave because counting was over for the night,” she added.

No problem. Fox News joined other establishment media outlets that afternoon to report that the incident had been “immediately dismissed, however, after Fran Watson, the chief investigator from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office “filed a sworn statement in federal court claiming that video presented last week at a state Senate meeting does not show voter fraud, as was alleged by President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani.”

No rational explanation was ever given for that episode. The news cycle simply moved on and it was forgotten.

Fran Watson. Where have we heard that name before?

Watson spoke to then-President Donald Trump on December 23 and briefed the deputy secretary of state, Jordan Fuchs, afterward.

Fuchs later misrepresented the phone call in a conversation with a Washington Post reporter who printed a story about the lies. It went viral.

When the Wall Street Journal published an audio recording of the call which revealed the actual words that had been said, The Post was forced to issue a rare and embarrassing correction.

For nearly three months, knowing that the original Washington Post story misquoted the President, Fran Watson and Jordan Fuchs remained silent. House Democrats even used the words Trump had not uttered in that phone call as evidence in his second impeachment trial.

Early on Election Night, it was reported that a pipe had burst at the State Farm Arena and that it would be necessary to stop counting the votes temporarily. It turned out that a urinal had overflowed early in the morning on Election Day.

The Trump legal team challenged thousands of votes they believed were fraudulent. Below is a list published by The Federalist.

  • 2,560 felons
  • 66,247 underage registrants
  • 2,423 people who were not on the state’s voter rolls
  • 4,926 voters who had registered in another state after they registered in Georgia, making them ineligible
  • 395 people who cast votes in another state for the same election
  • 15,700 voters who had filed national change of address forms without re-registering
  • 40,279 people who had moved counties without re-registering
  • 1,043 people who claimed the physical impossibility of a P.O. Box as their address
  • 98 people who registered after the deadline, and, among others
  • 10,315 people who were deceased on election day (8,718 of whom had been registered as dead before their votes were accepted)

Nearly five months have passed since the November election. Memories may have faded. Records may have been shredded. People have had time to cover their tracks and get their stories straight.

But it’s possible that if investigators keep digging they just might come across something that’s been overlooked, something that someone forgot to “take care of.”

New Poll Delivers a Warning to Establishment Republicans; ‘When You Strike at a King, You Must Kill Him’

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A new Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll finds that, despite the drama of Jan. 6 and the farcical Senate impeachment trial that ensued, Trump’s support remains “largely unshaken.”

The survey of 1,000 Trump voters was conducted between February 15 and 19 by landline and cell phone. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 points.

If Trump were to create a new party, 46% of those surveyed would join him, while 27% would not. The remainder were undecided.

50% say GOP should become “more loyal to Trump,” even at the cost of losing support among establishment Republicans.

19% say the party should become less loyal to Trump and more aligned with establishment Republicans.

54% expressed stronger loyalty to Trump the person than the 34% who said they were more loyal to the Republican Party.

(Note: The creation of a third party is a bad idea. The larger point is that so many remain loyal to him.)

For most Trump voters, this is personal. The results speak for themselves.

Trump is seen as a fighter. He rarely backs down. Far more than most politicians, he delivered on his campaign promises. He loves his base and they love him back. Never in my lifetime have I watched a candidate stir up so much emotion from his supporters. Perhaps most important of all, he loves America. He is the most patriotic president since Ronald Reagan.

These results may come as a surprise to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who sanctimoniously denounced the former president shortly after the Capitol riot, on the Senate floor on the afternoon of his acquittal and again two days later in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. These actions triggered calls for his resignation from the Senate leadership position he holds by Republican Party officials in his home state of Kentucky. McConnell is 79 years old and won’t face re-election until 2026.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appears frequently on Hannity and talks tough. But his words are rarely followed by actions. Following the Jan. 6 capital riot, the (mostly) cowardly senator quickly folded. He told colleagues, “All I can say is count me out. Enough is enough.” It was time to move on from the election.

These are the same people who had control of the House and the Senate for the first two years of Trump’s presidency, an opportunity they squandered in many ways. Had then-House Speaker Paul Ryan not been such an anti-Trumper, the Trump Administration could have accomplished so much more. How many times did Paul Ryan counsel Trump to leave funding for his border wall out of spending bills only to lose the opportunity forever after the 2018 midterms?

Pollsters interviewed Republican Brandon Keidl, 27, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a small-business owner. “We feel like Republicans don’t fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day. But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don’t ever push back.”

Other findings (via USA Today):

73% say Biden wasn’t legitimately elected. Most don’t want their representatives to cooperate with him, even if that means gridlock in Washington.

80% say they would be less likely to vote for a Republican candidate who supported Trump’s impeachment.

80% say the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump were motivated by political calculations, not their consciences.

62% say congressional Republicans “should do their best to stand up to Biden on major policies, even if it means little gets passed.”

26% say congressional Republicans “should do their best to work with Biden on major policies, even if it means making compromises.”

4% say the impeachment trial made them less supportive of Trump…42% say it made them more supportive…54% say it didn’t affect their support.

90% say the former president isn’t guilty of inciting an insurrection…80% say the crowd would have stormed the Capitol even if Trump hadn’t urged them to “fight like hell” at a rally outside the White House that day.

59% say they want him to run for president again in 2024…29% do not.

If he runs, 76%, would support him for the nomination…85% would vote for him in a general election.

Trump voters aren’t ready to acknowledge Joe Biden as president despite his margin of victory of 7 million votes nationwide.

The authors of the USA Today piece wrote that many “senior GOP figures who had hoped Trump’s decisive defeat for reelection and his subsequent impeachment might mean a post-Trump era was poised to begin.”

Trump’s decisive defeat? It was anything but decisive. Trump’s supporters (myself included) are finding it very hard to move on from the election because we are convinced that fraud occurred. Trying to present Biden’s victory as fact, in light of all the unexplored evidence, is just gaslighting the American public. Maybe that’s why the left tried to distract from the election results by impeaching the President again.

With over 1,000 sworn affidavits testifying that fraud had occurred, why were McConnell and so many other members of the Republican establishment so willing to accept Biden’s victory and move on?

The Republican Party does not need or want members who voted for Trump’s impeachment in the House like Liz Cheney (R-WY) or for his conviction in the Senate like Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

Did those who voted against him do so to disqualify him from running in 2024?

Very possibly.

I believe it may have been Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.”

When the chips were down for Trump, he was deserted by many who should have supported him. The results of this poll indicate that, unfortunately for the RINOs, the former president still remains a king or a kingmaker inside the Republican Party.

Establishment Republicans would be wise to recognize this.