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Trump Reveals Jan. 6 Committee Illegally Destroyed Their Records and Documents Now That He Has Full Subpoena Power | 8 Aug 2023 | President Donald Trump dropped a bombshell report on his Truth Social platform that the sham committee overseeing the investigation of the January 6 Capitol riot has destroyed their documents and records illegally. On Tuesday evening, Trump wrote: So now that I have full Subpoena Power because of the Freedom of Speech Sham Indictment by Crooked Joe Biden, Deranged Jack Smith, and the DOJ, it has just been reported that the Unselect January 6th Committee of Political Hacks and Thugs has illegally destroyed their Records and Documents. This is unthinkable, and the Fake Political Indictment against me must be immediately withdrawn. The system is Rigged & Corrupt, very much like the Presidential Election of 2020. We are a Nation in Decline!” The Gateway Pundit previously reported that Dr. Jan Halper-Hayes, during a recent interview, said that special counsel Jack Smith made a huge mistake in indicting Trump related to Jan. 6 incident because it gives him the power to subpoena people.

Yet more indictments: Prosecution of 2020 alternate electors in six of seven states likely –The seven states with alternate electors were Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. | 8 Aug 2023 | In Special Counsel Jack Smith’s indictment of former President Donald Trump regarding the 2020 presidential election and Jan. 6, the issue of alternate electors from seven states has become another focal point, as officials — all Democrats — from six of those states determine whether to prosecute. In the federal indictment of Trump last week, Smith charged the former president with four counts, including conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of, and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights. The indictment also acknowledges six unnamed co-conspirators with whom Trump allegedly did “conspire, confederate, and agree” to defraud the country. Under the first count, Smith elaborated on the alternate electors in the seven states, calling them “fake” and “fraudulent.”

Federal judge delivers multiple blows to DOJ special counsel in Trump classified docs case –Special Counsel Jack Smith’s use of out-of-state grand jury to continue investigating case questioned | 7 Aug 2023 | The federal judge overseeing the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump delivered multiple blows to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s efforts in a brief Monday. Judge Aileen Cannon of the Southern District of Florida — who is presiding over the case that stems from a Miami grand jury’s June indictment of Trump — denied the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request for sealed filings, striking two from the record. Cannon also requested additional information from prosecutors about the continued use of an out-of-state grand jury to investigate the case. “The Special Counsel states in conclusory terms that the supplement should be sealed from public view ‘to comport with grand jury secrecy,’ but the motion for leave and the supplement plainly fail to satisfy the burden of establishing a sufficient legal or factual basis to warrant sealing the motion and supplement,” Cannon wrote in the brief, denying the DOJ’s request.

FBI Agent Lied Under Oath About Knowledge of Hunter Biden Laptop – Rep. Jordan | 7 Aug 2023 | FBI Special Agent Elvis Chan made “false statements” under oath about the bureau’s investigation and suppression of Hunter Biden’s laptop, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said on Monday. Mr. Chan, a member of the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force, was deposed in November 2022 on the FBI’s efforts to suppress news of the laptop as it spread across social media just before the 2020 election. According to a transcript of that deposition, the agent testified that he had “no internal knowledge” of the FBI’s investigation of the laptop and only became aware that the agency had the laptop in its possession “when news media outlets posted it, or published it.” …And when asked whether he was aware of any other communications between anyone at Facebook and anyone at the FBI related to the laptop, he replied, “No.” But according to Mr. Jordan, internal documents his committee obtained from Facebook show that those statements were “completely false.”

Trump Prosecutor Donated Thousands to Biden, Cory Booker, the Democratic National Committee –The attorney donated 5,600 to elect Joe Biden and 2,250 to elect Cory Booker. | 7 Aug 2023 | A prosecutor working on special counsel Jack Smith’s cases against former President Donald Trump has donated thousands of dollars to Democrats and to elect Joe Biden as president, according to donation records. David Rody, former head of the Violent Crimes unit in the New York Southern District U.S. Attorney’s Office, left private practice to advise Smith in fall 2022, according to Law dot com. Before joining Smith’s team, Rody donated 2,500 to the Democratic National Committee and 1,000 to Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) in 2022, according to records from the Federal Election Commission. Rody, who left the federal government in 2011 before returning last year, made the bulk of his donations while working in private practice. Other notable donations include 5,600 given to elect Biden in 2020 and 500 to then-candidate Kamala Harris in 2019.

Trump calls for recusal of judge in Jan. 6 case ‘on very powerful grounds’ | 6 Aug 2023 | Former President Donald Trump claimed Sunday there is “no way” he’ll get a fair trial over the election-meddling indictment he faces — calling for a new venue and judge to oversee the federal case. Trump, 77, said his lawyers will be asking for the recusal of Washington, D.C., federal court Judge Tanya Chutkan — who is overseeing the case regarding the ex-president’s alleged attempts to thwart the 2020 election — “on very powerful grounds.” “THERE IS NO WAY I CAN GET A FAIR TRIAL WITH THE JUDGE ‘ASSIGNED’ TO THE RIDICULOUS FREEDOM OF SPEECH/FAIR ELECTIONS CASE,” Trump posted Sunday morning on Truth Social. “EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS, AND SO DOES SHE! WE WILL BE IMMEDIATELY ASKING FOR RECUSAL OF THIS JUDGE ON VERY POWERFUL GROUNDS, AND LIKEWISE FOR VENUE CHANGE, OUT IF D.C.,” he added.

Attorney Stunned After Seeing Trump Indictment, Says Records He Handed Over Are ‘Absolutely Exculpatory’ | 6 Aug 2023 | An attorney who was previously on former President Donald Trump’s legal team and is now representing a prominent Trump supporter says special counsel Jack Smith didn’t review important documents in the case before indicting Trump — and asked his client for them a second time on the day after Trump was indicted. According to CBS News, Timothy C. Parlatore, a former member of Trump’s defense team who is currently working as an attorney for former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, said that he submitted “absolutely exculpatory” documents to the special counsel’s office and was “stunned” by the Tuesday indictment. Kerik — who worked alongside former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in the weeks following the 2020 election as Trump’s lawyers mounted legal challenges in several states — had testified in front of the Democrats’ January 6 committee for eight hours, according to CNN.

Massive 2020 Voter Fraud Uncovered in Michigan – Police Find TENS of THOUSANDS of Fake Registrations, Bags of Pre-Paid Gift Cards, Guns With Silencers, Burner Phones, and a Democratic-Funded Organization With Multiple Temporary Facilities in Several States | 8 Aug 2023 | Two election integrity activists, Phil O’Halloran and Lori Skibo, obtained a copy of the Michigan State Police report and began investigating this story in June… On October 8, 2020, only one month before the 2020 general election, Muskegon, Michigan, city clerk Ann Meisch noticed a black female (whose name was redacted from the police report) dropping off between 8,000 to 10,000 completed voter registration applications at the city clerk’s office. The Muskegon Police Department was contacted and asked to investigate. According to the Michigan State Police report, Tom Fabus, Chief of Investigations for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Office, asked for Michigan State Police assistance with a joint investigation of alleged voter fraud being conducted by the Muskegon Police Department and the AG… Police reported that hundreds of pre-paid cards from “different” companies, along with “dozens of new (burner?) phones” were found in the Southfield raid in Michigan… During their investigation, the police also found partially completed voter registration forms and police found “pelican cases in the room with semi-automatic rifles joined with suppressors and optics and customized pistols.” The police report noted: “One case had 4 rifles and 4 pistols.”

3 dead, 11 wounded in Donetsk shelling – authorities –Ukrainian forces have used U.S.-supplied cluster bombs against civilians in Donbass [aka a war crime] | 8 Aug 2023 | Ukrainian artillery and rocket attacks on the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on Tuesday claimed the lives of three civilians and injured 11 more, among them a child, said the acting head of the Russian region Denis Pushilin. “Throughout the day, Donetsk was under intense fire by the Ukrainian armed forces,” Pushilin said on his official Telegram channel. He said three people were killed and 11 wounded in the three districts of the city of Donetsk and the nearby town of Shakhtyorsk, including a child born in 2012 and a team of electrical workers trying to repair a power line. “All the wounded are being treated by doctors,” Pushilin added.

Ukraine strikes bridges in Crimea with NATO-supplied missiles –Two bridges connecting the peninsula to Russia’s mainland were hit by Storm Shadow missiles, according to local authorities | 6 Aug 2023 | Ukraine has launched a barrage of British-supplied Storm Shadow missiles at two bridges connecting the Crimean Peninsula to Russia’s Kherson Region, according to its acting governor, Vladimir Saldo. Some 12 missiles were fired during Saturday’s attack, with at least three making it through Russian anti-aircraft defenses, Saldo told Rossiya 24 TV channel. The strike damaged two bridges across the Strait of Chongar and the Tonkiy Strait, the official stated… The Chongar bridge attack damaged a rural school and ruptured a local gas pipeline, leaving the nearby town of Genichesk without supply, according to Saldo. Both bridges have hardly been used for military needs and are purely civilian infrastructure installations, he stressed.

Niger closes airspace amid invasion threat | 6 Aug 2023 | Niger’s coup-imposed government has promised “a vigorous and instantaneous response” to any violation of the country airspace as it braces for a potential military intervention after the deadline, set by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum to power, expired on Sunday. “Faced with the threat of intervention which is becoming clearer from neighboring countries, Niger’s airspace is closed from this day on Sunday…until further notice,” the military government announced on Sunday night. The statement warned “any attempt to violate the airspace” will result in a “vigorous and instantaneous response,” as cited by AFP…In the meantime, Bazoum has called for a Western military intervention, claiming that unless the US and ECOWAS help him, Wagner will have an “open invitation” into the region and all of central Sahel “could fall to Russian influence.”

Republicans slam Biden for failing Gold Star families who shared ‘heartbreaking’ testimony after losing loved ones during the botched Afghanistan withdrawal: ‘Blood is on his hands’ –The families of the 13 U.S. service members killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, shared their heartbreaking stories during a public forum Monday | 8 Aug 2023 | Top Republican lawmakers are slamming the Biden administration for failing to provide closure for the Gold Star family members of the U.S. troops killed during the botched Afghanistan withdrawal – who are still seeking accountability nearly two years later. The families of the 13 U.S. service members killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, shared their heartbreaking stories during a public forum in Escondido, California, organized by Rep. Darrell Issa. They said they have been lied to by the Biden administration, which has not taken accountability for the deaths of their children… Darin Hoover, the father of Sgt. Hoover, called out President [sic] Biden and his military leaders including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and demanded they resign “immediately.”

Missouri Democratic Party Account Suggests Setting Fire to Trump Supporter’s Home in Since Deleted-Tweet | 3 Aug 2023 | A social media account belonging to the Missouri Democratic Party appeared to promoted the idea of setting fire to the home of an apparent avid Trump supporter in a now-deleted post. On Monday, Democratic Party activist Jon Cooper took to X (formerly, Twitter) to share a photo of a house covered in flags and signage supporting former President Donald Trump. Mr. Cooper included the caption “What would you do if this was your next-door neighbor?” Mr. Cooper’s X post garnered thousands of replies, including one from an official account for the Missouri Democratic Party, which read “The roof, the roof is on [fire], we don’t need no water, let the ‘insert your word’ burn!” The X post also included the note, “#VoteBlue2024.” The post from the Missouri Democratic Party account included fire emojis and appeared to be a reference to the 1984 song “The Roof is on Fire” by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three. The lyrics to the song go, “The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don’t need no water, let the [expletive] burn.”

Trump leads Biden by 4 points after indictments – poll –In a head-to-head matchup for the party nomination, Trump beat DeSantis by a 65% to 26% margin. | 8 Aug 2023 | Former President Donald Trump leads Joe Biden in a hypothetical 2024 rematch, a recent survey has shown. Trump earned the support of 42% of registered voters in the latest Premise survey, posting a 4-point lead over Joe Biden’s 38% support. Against Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, Biden claimed a modest 2-point lead, edging out the GOP’s second-place candidate by 36% to 34%. The survey, conducted Aug. 2-7, follows special counsel Jack Smith’s indicting Trump on charges related to his efforts to challenge the 2020 presidential election results. The former president stands as the runaway favorite to win the Republican nomination, however, with 54% of registered voters backing him compared to 18% who preferred DeSantis.

Doctors’ Coalition Sues California Medical Board for Insisting ‘White Individuals Are Naturally Racist’ | 6 Aug 2023 | Two doctors, one black, and the other an Iranian-American, have sued the Medical Board of California for its requirement forcing a continuation of medical education courses that are focused on “implicit bias.” Dr. Marilyn Singleton and Dr. Azadeh Khatibi argued that such a requirement violates their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and civil rights. They said that such a requirement lacks evidence regarding its efficacy in the medical field and that the mandate is considered widely controversial among doctors. Do No Harm, an organization that fights for individual patients and against identity politics, joined the doctors in opposing California’s mandate.

Prince Harry’s ‘His Royal Highness’ title removed from royal family’s website | 8 Aug 2023 | Prince Harry’s “His Royal Highness” title was removed from his profile page on the royal family’s website, more than three years after he and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down from their roles as working royals. As part of the agreement made between the couple and the royal family in January 2020, Harry, 38, and Markle, 41, would no longer use their “HRH” titles after stepping back from their official positions. HRH titles, which refers to “his/her royal highness,” are spoken and written in front of the names of princes and princesses, as well as their spouses. Two references to Harry were changed from “HRH” to his title of “The Duke of Sussex” or “The Duke” Tuesday following a report on the oversight that was published by the British outlet Express last Friday.

Burglar takes break from robbing home to cozy up with overly friendly family dog: ‘I love you, too’ | 6 Aug 2023 | So much for man’s best friend. A suspected bike thief in California was seen pausing his alleged crime to pet and cuddle with the victim’s golden retriever, surveillance footage of the home shows. “In a rather peculiar turn of events, as the suspect was about to make his escape, he paused to pet the household dog who had entered the garage,” the San Diego Police Department posted on its Facebook page… The suspect pulls the bike back into the garage, engages the bike’s kickstand and then turns his attention to the friendly dog with pets and belly rubs, the video shows.