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Rudy Giuliani Promises Revenge Raid of Biden’s House If Trump Wins in 2024

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Many of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies are promising revenge after the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property on Monday. But his former campaign lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, went a step further.

Giuliani predicted to the New York Post that if Trump returns to the White House after the 2024 election, he’ll use the FBI to get back at Biden, claiming it’d be fair play after what Giuliani said was a politically motivated raid to hurt Trump’s political future.

“If Trump gets elected [president], the first thing he’ll do is raid every one of Biden’s houses,” he said.

Giuliani made the comment after warning the raid marked the start of a new era of presidents using the government to persecute their political opponents.

“All of a sudden, you’re the first president of the United States who introduced the banana-republic process of prosecuting your predecessor. We’ve avoided it for 240 years. Trump didn’t do it to Hillary. Ford didn’t do it,” he said.

But Giuliani must have a short memory.

Trump spent his four years as president attempting to weaponize the government to hurt his political adversaries—steps that only failed because of clumsiness and resistance from key officials within his administration. 

Remember that Trump’s first impeachment came because he withheld military aid from Ukraine to pressure them to dig up dirt on Joe Biden’s son Hunter (a scheme that, as the impeachment investigation showed, Giuliani was directly involved in).

There’s also those oh-so-coincidental IRS audits of FBI Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, two men Trump despised and fired. The IRS audited just 5,000 returns the year Comey was “randomly” selected out of the 153 million individual returns filed, according to the New York Times.

Comey, of course, was replaced by Trump with current FBI Director Christopher Wray—a lifelong Republican who likely signed the warrant to search Mar-a-Lago.

And it’s worth remembering that as he tried to reverse his 2020 election loss and stay in power, Trump seriously considered a plan pushed by Giuliani and his onetime national security adviser, former Gen. Michael Flynn, to appoint conspiracy theorist and Trump attorney Sidney Powell as special counsel to investigate the election, and consider Flynn’s calls to use the National Guard to seize voting machines in various states.

Trump only backed off that plan after his more sane advisers told him in a scream-filled White House meeting that they wouldd ignore his orders. Trump also seriously considered firing the acting head of the Justice Department and appointing a lackey to try to reverse his 2020 election loss. He only backed off when his advisers threatened to resign en masse.

Flynn’s reaction to the FBI search was similar to Giuliani’s.

“We have no rule of law in America. We have no faith in the institutions that are suppose [sic] to maintain the rule of law and we have no faith in the people who run these institutions,” Flynn posted on Tuesday. “@realDonaldTrump America has great faith in you. Let’s go get these bastards and Make America Great Again!!!”

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who played a key role in pushing Trump to try to overturn his 2020 election loss, made similar comments in the wake of the search.

“We’re going to have to fight fire with fire,” he said on Fox News. “The way to do it is win elections, win them overwhelmingly and then use the appropriations process to choke down the FBI and choke down the Justice Department and get to the bottom of who approved this.”

House Republicans have already made clear they’ll launch investigations into Hunter Biden as soon as they regain control of the chamber—a likely outcome of this fall’s elections. And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised that they’d get their revenge on the Justice Department for the raid.

“I’ve seen enough. The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization,” McCarthy tweeted the night of the FBI search. “When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned. Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar.”

It’s not unusual for one party to conduct vigorous oversight into an administration controlled by the other party. And it’s not even that unusual to heavily politicize the process‚ like Republicans with the House Benghazi Committee (which McCarthy slipped up and admitted was about damaging Hillary Clinton).

But the “weaponized politicization” that McCarthy and other Republicans are decrying already took place under Trump.

And the remarks from Trump’s top former advisers are not only deeply ironic—they show what could happen if Trump wins back the White House.

Correction: This story initially incorrectly stated that Comey and McCabe were audited by the IRS in the same year. Comey was audited in 2017; McCabe was audited in 2019.



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The worst persons in the world. (Why yes, I am listening to Olbermann's new podcast)
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Far-Right Extremists Are Violently Threatening the Trump Search-Warrant Judge

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Far-right extremists on pro-Donald Trump message boards and social networks are making violent, antisemitic threats against the judge who reportedly signed the warrant that allowed the FBI to search the former president's Mar-a-Lago home.

Multiple members of these toxic online communities are even posting what appears to be Judge Bruce Reinhart’s home address, phone numbers, and names of his family members alongside threats of extreme violence.

“This is the piece of shit judge who approved FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago,” a user wrote on the pro-Trump message board formerly known as TheDonald. “I see a rope around his neck.”

Responding, another user wrote: “Idgaf [I don’t give a fuck] anymore. Name? Address? Put that shit all up on here.” Moments later, a different member replied with what appears to be Reinhart’s current address, phone numbers, previous addresses, and names of possible relatives.

In another post on the same message board, one user commented, “Let's find out if he has children….where they go to school, where they live…EVERYTHING.”

These threats of violence and anti-Semitic slurs on a range of platforms, including 4chan, Telegram, Getter, Gab, and Trump’s own platforms called Truth Social, were first uncovered by Advance Democracy, a non-partisan and non-profit organization that conducts public-interest investigations.

“The threats against Judge Reinhart in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago raid are significant,” Daniel Jone, founder of Advance Democracy told VICE News. “In addition to the antisemitic and violent slurs, we’re seeing his address and other personal information being shared online—with the implied or explicit purpose of ‘real-life’ action.”

This message board where these threats were posted also happens to be the same one where many of those involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot posted threats of violence in the lead-up to Jan. 6.

These threats against the judge, Jone told VICE News, are “all the more alerting given the events of January 6.”

These threats made against Reinhart and his family didn’t occur in a vacuum: Within hours of the FBI searching Trump’s home, the former president’s supporters reacted furiously, calling for civil war and the dismantling of the FBI. As Trump has scrambled to try and explain why his home was searched, he has also pushed conspiracy theories about the FBI supposedly planting evidence

Right-wing news outlets have also tried to connect the judge to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Reinhart worked as a federal prosecutor until 2008, and a day after he quit, he became the defense attorney for a number of Epstein’s employees, including his pilots and a scheduler, according to his 2018 Miami Herald report. The link between Reinhart and Epstein has been weaponized by Trump supporters to incorrectly imply Reinhart was Epstein’s own lawyer, and, by extension, was corrupt and possibly a pedophile. (A small note in light of these accusations: Trump had a long personal relationship with Epstein, and once famously told New York Magazine that he was a “terrific guy.”)

On fringe message board 4chan, one user posted an image of Reinhart with the caption: “About that Judge that signed the search Warrant…Bruce Reinhart once quit his job as a U.S. Attorney to work for Jeffrey Epstein. Another 4chan user wrote in response: “That is a k***. And a pedophile …  He should be tried for treason and executed.”

“The U.S. Marshals are responsible for the protection of the federal judicial process, and we take that responsibility very seriously,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals told VICE News when asked for comment about the threats. “While we do not discuss our specific security measures, we continuously review the measures in place and take appropriate steps to ensure the integrity of the federal judicial process.”

The FBI deferred comment to the U.S. Marshals, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida told VICE News “the Court has no comment.” 

Keegan Hamilton contributed to this report.



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And every one of them should face terrorist threatening charges.
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‘Countdown With Keith Olbermann’

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Keith Olbermann is back, again, this time with a version of his old MSNBC show “Countdown”, in podcast form. Same show you remember, every weekday morning. Olbermann is so good at this — I don’t know how he puts out a show this tight every week, let alone every day. It has me rethinking my daily schedule just so I can make time to listen.

Episode 3, last Wednesday, with his commentary on Vin Scully, is a good place to start.

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deezil
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2nding Gruber. It's a fantastic 30-45 minutes.
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At CPAC, John Schnatter says Papa Johns is now 'down with Little Caesars' since his exit

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John Schnatter, ex-CEO of Papa Johns, said his former company, built around "conservative values," has declined in quality since his exit.

      
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I mean no, it wasn't the greatest when you ran it either, doofus. You're the schmuck with no company and speaking at CPAC.
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For My Next Death-Defying Stunt, I Will Ride My Bike in This Bike Lane

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Get ready, folks. Prepare yourselves for terror. For thrills. For a hair-raising ride through the clutches of death, where the only thing separating me from a barrage of speeding midday traffic is a thin, fading line of paint.

Prepare yourselves for my next death-defying stunt, where I will be riding my bike in—THE BIKE LANE.

You gasp and tremble for good reason. This is no Dutch bike lane with a safe, modern design and well-funded construction. This is an American bike lane—a blood-pumping obstacle course of neglected asphalt and ideas from the 1970s.

Will the people screaming in the audience please calm down? Your fright will not dissuade me!

Now, during my voyage down this strip of pavement that’s about as wide as a paper towel roll and surrounded by large vehicles driven by people who hate me for no reason, I will face many perils. I will face the towering metal rear ends of illegally parked postal trucks. I will face hundreds—nay—thousands of glass shards from shattered Miller Lite bottles. I will face potholes deep enough to turn me and my bike into something out of Picasso’s Guernica. And you will witness me conquer them all in a glorious spectacle of labored breathing and back sweat!

Hurrah!

Watch in awe as I twist and turn through traffic to avoid parked car doors that fly open as I pass! Wince in horror as the bike lane grows narrower and narrower until it disappears, and I must catapult myself onto the sidewalk! Cheer in rapture as I zigzag between wasp-infested construction cones, mysterious piles of sand, and joggers who think this is a special bicycle-themed running track—all while under the constant threat of being pulverized by forty-ton semitrucks with blind spots the size of three grown men!

Don’t look away!

Yes, I may be smacked into oblivion by the side mirrors of an F1-50 that’s passing too closely. And I may be launched into the air by a tech bro driving a Porsche who won’t hear the sound of my rib cage exploding over their subwoofer blaring a Pitbull song. But when you see me barrelling through that lawless six-way intersection and trying to keep track of where the hell I’m supposed to be riding, you’ll experience the rush of a lifetime. One you’ll never forget!

So weep and swoon if you must, gentle onlookers. This is my destiny. I was born to push our country’s infrastructure to its very limits! This is why if I survive riding my bike in this bike lane today, I ask that you all join me tomorrow in rural West Virginia, where I will be driving my Honda Civic slowly across an old, dilapidated bridge that hasn’t been inspected since the Carter administration.

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For my bike riding followers.
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A Copy of Alex Jones’ Cellphone Will Be Turned Over to the January 6 Committee ‘Immediately’

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After Wednesday’s revelation that an attorney for Alex Jones accidentally turned over a copy of his entire cellphone to the lawyers suing him on behalf of Sandy Hook parents, a couple of things were obvious. The first was that Alex Jones must be turning redder than ever; the second was that the Congressional committee holding hearings on the January 6 insurrection would probably want those records, too. In an emergency hearing this morning, an attorney for the Sandy Hook parents, Mark Bankston, confirmed that he’d had requests from “several law enforcement agencies,” including the January 6 committee, to turn over the phone data, and that he intends to do so “immediately.”

As the jury deliberates over how much Jones will be forced to pay in damages to the first set of Sandy Hook plaintiffs, a separate drama is playing out over the phone. In an emergency motion this morning, Jones’ attorney Federico Reynal asked Judge Maya Guerra Gamble to order Bankston and the other plaintiffs’ attorneys to destroy the phone data and return everything they have to him. “I hate to be put into this position by the conduct of plaintiffs counsel, but it appears they want to have a mistrial,” he told the judge.

Bankston retorted that Reynal had sent him the enormous cache of documents, then followed up only with the words “Please disregard” in an email, which, he argued, is legally meaningless. Reynal was required to cite specific privileged documents within 10 days, he said, and state why they were privileged and confidential. Reynal never did that, Bankston added. The phrase “please disregard” on their own “creates no legal duty on me whatsoever,” he said.

Judge Gamble did order some data deleted—namely, confidential psychiatric records for nine plaintiffs, all Sandy Hook parents—in another case. Bankston said that data had already been destroyed, and noted that Reynal hasn’t yet made an appearance in the case and shouldn’t necessarily have had it (the files were clearly passed on from another lawyer previously on the case).

Gamble then asked which specific law enforcement agencies wanted the phone data, and Bankston confirmed the January 6 committee. Jones testified before the committee earlier this year, and Rolling Stone reported yesterday that the committee immediately began preparing a subpoena for his phone data after learning it existed.

Reynal got in one more parting shot before the hearing ended, accusing Bankston of “rooting around” in privileged attorney-client communications stored on the phone.

“The two of you have been with me what feels like 24 hours a day for two weeks,” Gamble said, noting that she wasn’t sure Bankston would even have time to root around.

The jury is expected to continue deliberating through today.



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deezil
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This is just delightful.
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