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Damning new Mo Brooks admission is 'more evidence of his bad intent' at Capitol riot: legal expert

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) admitted to a reporter in an interview this week that he actually wore body armor to the January 6th rally that directly preceded the Capitol riots.

Norm Eisen, a legal expert who served as co-counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Brooks may come to regret making this admission out loud.

"It's more evidence that he knew the dangers," Eisen said, referring to the dangers of the mob of angry Trump fans who attended the rally. "He swore an oath to defend and protect the United States. Instead what he did was he incited an insurrection against his own government. He used those fighting words -- 'Today's the day American patriots are going to take names and kick ass.' It's like he pulled the pin on the grenade and threw that grenade."

This could be trouble for Brooks, who is currently facing a civil lawsuit filed by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) over his role in inciting the rioters who attacked the Capitol.

"[It's] more evidence of his bad intent," Eisen explained.

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Damning new Mo Brooks admission is 'more evidence of his bad intent': legal expert

Frantic Trump threatens GOP senators against giving Biden an infrastructure win

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday night delivered a frantic statement demanding that Senate Republicans vote against the bipartisan infrastructure deal.

"Hard to believe our Senate Republicans are dealing with the Radical Left Democrats in making a so-called bipartisan bill on 'infrastructure,' with our negotiators headed up by SUPER RINO Mitt Romney," Trump began.

Trump then fumed that the bill would give Biden a "win" he could tout in 2022, and also predicted that the infrastructure bill "will be a continued destruction of our Country."

Trump finished off his statement by threatening any Republican who votes for the bill.

"Don't do it Republicans -- Patriots will never forget!" Trump concluded. "If this deal happens, lots of primaries will be coming your way!"

Trump frequently vowed to rebuild America's infrastructure during his four years in office, but he never got anywhere close to a deal that could pass Congress.

Read the full statement below.

'Trump is not happy': CNN reporter says having Capitol cops trash the ex-president was 'devastating' for him

CNN reporter Jamie Gangel on Tuesday said that the first day of the Capitol riot commission was not a good one for former President Donald Trump.

In discussing Trump's mindset, Gangel said that the former president must have been particularly angry that he didn't even have longtime ally Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to make a scene while defending him.

"Donald Trump is not happy," she said. "What happened today is what he didn't want to happen. He did not want any committee, and to your point, he didn't have Jim Jordan or any other allies there fighting back or pushing back."

She also said it must have stung for Trump watching uniformed Capitol police officers trash him and his political movement.

"It also was devastating because four policemen in uniform, four heroes, sat there and in devastating, excruciating detail, talked about how Donald Trump supporters were racist, were violent, were trying to stop democracy," she said. "This was a bad day for Donald Trump."

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Reporter says Trump was miserable watching Capitol cops trash him

New indictment could open 'Pandora's box' for other Trump allies — including Ivanka: CNN analyst

Former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe told CNN's Erin Burnett on Tuesday that the indictment of longtime Trump ally Tom Barrack could pose trouble for former Trump officials if he chooses to cooperate with prosecutors.

During the interview, Burnett noted that Barrack was the chairman of former President Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration, which has also come under scrutiny from prosecutors for potential illegally spent funds.

"They are investigating possible misuse of funds and this could relate to members of the Trump family, right?" she asked McCabe. "Jared and Ivanka were intimately involved with the inaugural committee. Barrack knows anything there is to know about this. Could that be part of what this is about, for Barrack to give information on Trump or Trump family members?"

McCabe said it's not clear that's where this case is headed since the charges against Barrack are not related to his work on the inauguration.

However, he did not shut the door on the possibility all together.

"The indictment itself puts the government in a position of enormous leverage over Tom Barrack, and one of the ways he might try to resolve this big problem he's got is to provide information or evidence to the government on any other investigation," he explained. "That could include the ongoing investigation of the inaugural committee or really anything else. So it really could open up a Pandora's box for other people in the administration."

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New indictment could open 'Pandora's box' for other Trump officials -- including Ivanka

'Most terrified I've ever been': Reporter details learning 'extremely alarming' events of Trump's final days

Reporter Susan Glasser on Friday told CNN's Jake Tapper that she felt personally unnerved while reporting out details of former President Donald Trump's final days.

While discussing her most recent article in the New Yorker about Trump's fights with General Mark Milley in the waning weeks of his administration, Glasser explained to Tapper that it was unprecedented for American military leaders to view the sitting commander-in-chief as a potential national security threat.

"You know, when I first learned about the level of alarm that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs had through the election and all the way into January, I have to say it was probably the most terrified I've ever been as a reporter in several decades," said Glasser, who has also reported from American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

She said she was relieved to see that Milley and other top military commanders had done their best to hold Trump in check, but still found it frightening just how far the twice-impeached former president was willing to go.

"It was extremely alarming," she said. "On the one hand I suppose it's reassuring to understand that we have a class of generals at the very top rank who really do worship, I believe, the Constitution... but this is unprecedented stuff."

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Reporter describes learning 'extremely alarming' details of Trump's final days

'Laughed out of court': Leaked emails show RNC's top lawyer thought Trump election lawsuits were 'a joke'

The Republican National Committee's top lawyer said that the elections lawsuits filed by Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis were doomed to get thrown out of court -- and he advised against the RNC getting involved.

The Washington Post reports that RNC chief counsel Justin Riemer wrote in an email to former GOP spokeswoman Liz Harrington that Trump allies' desperate bids to keep him in the White House were a "joke" that had no chance of success.

"What Rudy and Jenna are doing is a joke and they are getting laughed out of court," he wrote. "They are misleading millions of people who have wishful thinking that the president is going to somehow win this thing."

Riemer turned out to be right, as the Trump lawsuits were all tossed out of court, and the Supreme Court declined to even give a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton a hearing.

"The email from Riemer to Harrington came about six weeks before Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 and it shows that key figures in the party were privately disturbed by the false claims being made about the election by Trump and his supporters — even if they did not say so publicly," the Post reports.

'Literally killing his audience': Viewers shocked after Tucker Carlson links COVID vaccines to eugenics

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday shocked observers when he linked the push to get people vaccinated against the novel coronavirus to eugenics.

During a lengthy rant, Carlson said that allowing the government to push Americans to take the vaccine could lead to a mass eugenics program.

"Can HHS force you to take antibiotics for your TB?" he asked rhetorically. "How about Xanax for your anxiety... And while we're at it, why are we letting irresponsible, defective people reproduce? Vagrants, mental patients, even QAnon people, all are allowed to have children. Why don't we sterilize them? Sound crazy? It's happened before on a huge scale."

There are many problems with Carlson's claims.

First, the government is not physically forcing anyone to take the vaccine but is rather working to mount a door-to-door campaign in areas with low vaccination rates to convince Americans to get their shots if they haven't already.

Additionally, the entire point of getting people vaccinated is they can remain alive so they have the opportunity reproduce in the future -- in other words, the exact opposite of forced sterilization.

Carlson's rant set off a wave of condemnation -- check out some reactions below.

Trump's 'chilling' embrace of Ashli Babbitt shows he's coming around to openly backing the riot: columnist

Former President Donald Trump once again on Wednesday demanded to know the name of the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot MAGA rioter Ashli Babbitt as she tried to break into congressional chambers.

New York Magazine columnist Jonathan Chait describes Trump's willingness to embrace Babbitt as a martyr as a "chilling" development that he believes shows the former president is coming around to supporting the deadly riot waged by his followers to stop the certification of the 2020 election.

"Martyrs are the most potent symbols for a radical movement," Chait notes. "The John Birch Society commemorated an American missionary killed by Chinese communists in 1945 (the first death of the Cold War, the society's followers believed). Horst Wessel, a German storm trooper killed by communists in 1930, inspired an eponymous song that became a Nazi anthem."

Although Trump at least tried to distance himself from the riot shortly after it occurred, Chait argues that he's been emboldened to embrace it because the Republican Party failed to expunge him from its ranks.

"By throwing himself behind this message, Trump is endorsing the most radical interpretation of his presidency," he concludes. "January 6 was not a minor misstep after a successful era, as fans like Mike Pence and Lindsey Graham now say. It was the heroic culmination of a righteous uprising."

Read the whole column here.

Trump's bizarre theory of how he'll be reinstated as president is 'very, very hard' to explain: NYT reporter

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Tuesday told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that former President Donald Trump is still obsessed with being "reinstated" as president, although she struggled in explaining how Trump thinks it's going to happen.

Haberman started off by saying Trump was "laser-focused" on the widely criticized "audits" that his supporters are conducting in numerous swing states.

Once the results of these "audits" are released, Haberman claims, Trump believes that America will have no choice but to let him back into the White House.

"He continues to believe there will be something that will undo Joe Biden's win in one of those states that made Joe Biden president," she said. "That somehow this will either muddy up his victory or that it could end up going to the Supreme Court and then returning the victory to the former president."

Haberman then acknowledged that it's difficult to see how this will actually work.

"It's very, very hard to track the roots of this conspiracy theory and how they suggest it would happen," she said. "But this is something that the former president has been focussed on for many months. This is not just in the dark recesses of the internet."

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Trump's bizarre theory of how he'll be reinstated as president is 'very, very hard' to explain

This Jared Kushner scheme massively backfired at crucial phase during pandemic: new book

The authors of a new book about former President Donald Trump's handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic are spilling additional details about Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's role in mismanaging the public health crisis.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Washington Post reporters Damian Paletta and Yasmine Abutaleb explain how one of Kushner's big initiatives at the start of the pandemic actually backfired and slowed down the national response to the deadly disease that has claimed the lives of more than 600,000 Americans.

The initiative in question was a plan to use big-name pharmacies like CVS and Walgreen's as drive-through testing sites to make it easier for Americans to get quick COVID-19 test results.

"When he came in and wanted to launch that initiative, he actually caused a two-week shortage of testing because all the swabs and a lot of the personal protective equipment had been diverted to this drive-thru site," Abutaleb explained.

Abutaleb and Paletta's book, titled "Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration's Response to the Pandemic That Changed History," goes on sale today.


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