Tom Boggioni

GOP's Lauren Boebert accused a fellow lawmaker of trying to 'incite a riot' — and it blew up in her face

Reacting to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) encouraging protesters to stay on the streets and demand justice for Black Americans killed by police, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO accused the Democrat of trying to "incite a riot" which led to a flood of commenters noting her part in the Jan 6th Capitol siege that had lawmakers fleeing for their lives.

According to Boebert, "Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?"

Twitter commenters were quick to remind Boebert of her tweets on Jan. 6thn that seemed to be directing insurrectionists as to where they could find House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

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'This is insane': Employees at OAN furious network is still pushing election fraud stories

According to a report from the New York Times, more than a few employees at One America News Network (OAN) are unhappy with their employer because the network is still pushing the narrative that Donald Trump is the legitimate president of the United States -- and they just want it to stop.

The online news network, which became a favorite of Donald Trump after he turned on Fox News for not blindly supporting him and was the first to call Arizona for opponent Joe Biden on election night, is currently roiled by dissent from employees unhappy with the post-election coverage.

According to the Times' Rachel Abrams, as recently as March 28 the network was running a report asserting, "There's still serious doubts about who's actually president," and it is a not view shared by all the employees.

"In interviews with 18 current and former OAN newsroom employees, 16 said the channel had broadcast reports that they considered misleading, inaccurate or untrue," the report states, adding that one producer did admit that the direction the network has taken is concerning.

"Marty Golingan, a producer at the channel since 2016, said OAN had changed in recent years. At the start of his employment, he said, it concentrated more on neutral coverage based on reports from The Associated Press or Reuters. He saw it as a scrappy upstart where he could produce cheeky feature stories, he said," Abrams wrote. "During the Trump presidency, it moved right, Mr. Golingan said. And when he was watching coverage of the pro-Trump mob breaking into the Capitol, he said, he worried that his work might have helped inspire the attack."

"He added that he and others at OAN disagreed with much of the channel's coverage. 'The majority of people did not believe the voter fraud claims being run on the air,' Mr. Golingan said in an interview, referring to his colleagues," the report states. "He recalled seeing a photo of someone in the Capitol mob holding a flag emblazoned with the OAN logo. 'I was like, OK, that's not good,' Mr. Golingan said. 'That's what happens when people listen to us',"

"Allysia Britton, a news producer, said she was one of more than a dozen employees who had left OAN in the wake of the Capitol riot. She criticized some of what the channel had reported, saying it was not up to journalistic standards," the Times report states with Britton confessing, Many people have raised concerns. And the thing is, when people speak up about anything, you will get in trouble."

While OAN has so far avoided a lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems over defamatory comments about election fraud, some employees wish one was forthcoming to change the culture at the network.

"Dominion has sued Fox News and two of Mr. Trump's lawyers, Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sidney Powell, accusing them of making or promoting defamatory claims. A lawyer for Dominion, who did not reply to requests for comment, has said the company is considering further legal action," the report states with producer Golingan saying "some OAN employees had hoped Dominion would sue the channel."

"A lot of people said, 'This is insane, and maybe if they sue us, we'll stop putting stories like this out,'" he said.

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Biden administration using Trump playbook on the GOP and there is nothing they can do about it: report

According to a report from Punchbowl News, President Joe Biden's administration is taking a page out of Donald Trump's playbook and filling high-ranking spots in the government with officials who have a history of opposing positions taken by his predecessor in much the same way Trump appointed critics of former President Barack Obama.

Seeking to undo the damage done during the Trump years, the report notes that Democrats now hold the upper hand with control of the Senate, making it difficult if not impossible for Republicans to block the nominees.

As Punchbowl reports, "If you want to be nominated by President Joe Biden, it doesn't hurt to have been a vocal critic of Donald Trump or his policies. And even better if you wrote an op-ed in the New York Times bashing Trump," before adding, ".... the overall point here is that Biden is truly pushing the envelope when it comes to his sub-Cabinet picks. The Biden White House has made very clear it'll be aggressive in its personnel choices, and in fact may be looking for a partisan fight on some of these picks as a way to put pressure on Senate GOP moderates. As long as the White House can keep Senate Democrats in line, it doesn't matter what Republicans say or do."

That falls in line with reports during Trump's four years when Democrats found themselves powerless to stop the ex-president to pack the courts while at the same time skirting Congress and filling other jobs.

Pointing out that "Cabinet officers get the most headlines, but agency heads and deputy secretaries have an enormous impact on their own," Punchbowl noted that it would be hard for Republicans to nominees based on the previous comments about the just-ended Trump administration.

"I don't like it," Sen John Cornyn (R-TX) lamented, "but under the First Amendment, there's not a lot I can do about it."

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John Boehner busts Mark Meadows with tale about his bizarre 'schizophrenic' behavior

Appearing on "Morning Joe," former House Speaker John M Boehner (R-OH) recalled for the MSNBC hosts the bizarre behavior of former House member Mark Meadows (R-NC) who eventually became Donald Trump's last White House chief of staff.

Boehner, who is out pushing his upcoming book "On The House," was asked about his relationship with various Republican lawmakers during his career and the topic soon turned to Meadows -- and his habit of stabbing Boehner in the back.

"John, you write about Mark Meadows, somebody that I've known, somebody who I have considered a friend in the past, and somebody whose alas, once he gets out of sight, seems unrecognizable," host Joe Scarborough began. "He darts all around. we've seen it time and again, especially during [Donald] Trump's illness and towards the end, his recklessness during the COVID crisis, mocking reporters for wearing masks. You had quite a relationship with him as well and you talk about a time where he got on his knees and started begging you for forgiveness -- tell us about that."

"Well, it was a couple of months after he was elected and sworn in," the former House leader began. "His first day in the Congress in January of 2013 he voted against me to be speaker. I went on to win and a couple of months later, my staff came to me and said, Mark Meadows wants to come in to see you -- sure, I had an open door policy and any member who wanted to see me, I would see them."

"So Meadows comes in and he looks a little nervous and he's sitting on this low couch across from this chair I used to sit in and before i could really say much, he slid off of the couch, onto his knees and put his hands in a prayer position and looked at me and said, 'Mr. Speaker, would you forgive me?" and I said 'for what?' I forgot all about the fact that he had voted against me."

"After the 2014 election, he voted against me again to be speaker and then two months later, wrote me this glowing letter. Listen, he's a nice man, but a bit schizophrenic," he smirked.

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Insiders reveal new details about Matt Gaetz and his Florida pal: 'They’re the embodiment of Trumpism'

In a report detailing the symbiotic relationship between Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and his longtime friend Joel Greenberg -- now awaiting trial on a 33 count indictment ranging from financial crimes to sex trafficking of a minor -- Florida locals admit they are surprised at the turn of events that has the GOP lawmaker fighting for his political career.

According to Politico's Marc Caputo, the two sons of wealthy families who are at the center of a scandal that is being investigated by the Justice Department, are well known for their exploits and associates believe it was only a matter of time before it caught up to them.

"Their relationship is central to the allegations against Gaetz, a fierce Donald Trump ally who denies having sexual relations with a 17-year-old and prostitutes. Together, the taxman and the congressman shared a life-in-the-fast lane existence that contradicted the staid image that most elected officials are careful to maintain," Caputo wrote. "The only-in-Florida political drama has taken one bizarre twist after another in the week since the news broke of the investigation into Gaetz. It's a tale marked by a complicated extortion allegation involving Iran and Israel, alleged sexual crimes, a tangential cameo of a popular conservative cartoonist and even a porn star."

According to local lawyer David Bear, who represents a rival of Greenberg, "You couldn't make this story up, it's so crazy," before adding, "Ultimately, it's about abuse of power and how the Republican Party lost its way with guys like this. As one of the few remaining Never Trump Republicans, nothing could make me happier than seeing Matt Gaetz and his kind being taken down. They're the embodiment of Trumpism."

Noting that the relationship between the two is not one of equals -- with Gaetz a high-profile member of the House and Greenberg toiling in local Florida politics -- an associate of the two said they had one major connection.

"Joel idolized Matt," explained the friend, who asked not to be named and added, "And since they both loved beautiful women and Joel seemed to have endless access to them, it was definitely an additional incentive for Matt to stick around. Also, Joel is one of the funnest people you can hang out with."

According to those who know the two, it was not unusual for them to "share" girlfriends, with Caputo writing, "Gaetz described Greenberg as a 'wingman' to some acquaintances, and even promoted him as a potential congressional candidate. Now some suspect Greenberg might be cooperating with prosecutors to build a case against Gaetz."

Greenberg might have good reason to cooperate since Politico is reporting that friends of his have been speaking with investigators about comments he made.

"Less than a year after winning office, the indictment says, Greenberg engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor and, using his special access to a federal ID system as tax collector, 'obtained, disclosed, transferred, and used personal information of individuals … including individuals with whom [he] was engaged in 'sugar daddy' relationships'," the Politico report states, "Three Greenberg friends — including one who testified before the federal grand jury investigation into Greenberg — told POLITICO they personally heard him boast about his 2017 relationship with a then-17-year-old girl they claim went on to work in pornography."

One other mutual friend reinforced the claim that Gaetz and Greenberg are deeply tied to each other, telling Politico, "Sure, Matt and Joel have a taste for pretty women like any red-blooded American male, but their relationship was personal and political beyond that. They're both MAGA, both into cryptocurrency and they're both really smart."

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Republicans willing to deny Matt Gaetz his biggest weapon if he is indicted for sex with a teen

According to a report from Punchbowl News, House Republicans are making plans to force Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) out of office immediately if he is indicted for having sex with an underage teen, which could hinder his ability to defend himself.

The report notes that the Republican leadership would react as soon as the word came down in the hope that they can deny Democrats a chance to score points by demanding the GOP dump the Florida lawmaker.

According to the report, the immediate dismissal of Gaetz would be unusual in that a lawmaker accused of a crime is usually given the opportunity to stay in office while the legal proceedings play out under the standard of innocent until proven guilty.

"Indicted members usually give up their committee posts while their criminal proceedings unfold, but they stay in office. Think of former GOP Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Chris Collins (R-N.Y.). Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) stepped down as ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee when he was indicted for bribery, was acquitted on some charges and then the rest were dropped and now he's the panel's chairman," the report states. "In all these cases, party leaders didn't push for a resignation. The lawmakers continued to vote. Hunter and Collins even won reelection while under indictment."

However, considering the outrage that the indictment for statutory rape or human trafficking would bring, Republicans are reportedly willing to abruptly oust Gaetz which could stop him from defending himself while using his position of power in Congress.

"If an underage girl is involved, Gaetz won't get the benefit of the doubt from his colleagues. There'll be intense pressure on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other top Republicans to call for Gaetz to leave office and fight the charges as a private citizen. That doesn't mean Gaetz has to go necessarily, but the Republican Conference would want it to happen" Punchbowl reports. "This would be a big problem for Gaetz. A member under criminal investigation wants to stay in office as long as possible. It gives them a public forum to fight any charges, and a seat in Congress is a valuable bargaining chip during plea negotiations."

According to previous reports, Gaetz appears to lack friends in Congress who would come to his defense and that Donald Trump has been warned off from associating himself now following the revelation of the Justice Department investigation.

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Here's what Matt Gaetz should fear the most as feds investigate sex trafficking accusations: ex-uS attorney

Appearing on MSNBC's Ali Velshi, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance claimed the one thing that should keep Rep. Matt Gaetz (R- FL) up at night is if his close associate implicated in possible sex trafficking with him will flip on him in order to avoid a longer prison term.

According to Vance, Gaetz's friend Joel Greenberg is facing a slew of charges that would make him amenable to prosecutors looking to indict the sitting GOP congressman.

"So at the moment, Joel Greenberg is charged with somewhere higher than 30 offenses, felonies right now," host Velshi began. "What do you think is happening right now? Is this an effort to put pressure on Greenberg to provide testimony or evidence against Gaetz?"

"Right now, it looks like Greenberg is the more culpable of the two," Vance replied. "He was involved in a great deal of conduct over a sustained period of time: false IDs, the trafficking issues, the sort of run-of-the-mill public corruption that someone at his level might engage in."

"It is possible, though, that if he's convicted at trial, in an effort to help himself and spend less time in prison, he might be convinced to cooperate against Gaetz and I expect that is one of the hammers prosecutors have over Gaetz's head right now," she added.

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'Major league all-star of grifting': Trump slammed by former staffer for ripping off hospice patient

Appearing on MSNBC early Easter Sunday morning, a former official in Donald Trump's administration claimed he was appalled at a New York Times report that showed that Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign was scamming supporters out of cash with a deceptive recurring payment scheme.

Speaking with host Kendis Gibson, former Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor expressed disgust with the former president.

With Gibson pointing out, "One person in the New York Times reporting was a cancer patient in hospice who couldn't afford utilities or rent," Taylor lashed out at Trump.

"My mother is a hospice nurse, you see how difficult life is for people at end of life and to raid someone of their money at the end of their life has to add onto that hardship for the whole family," he explained. "Look, this is what it made me think of when I saw the New York Times report: Donald Trump one time said he was glad there was a coronavirus pandemic because it meant he didn't have to shake the hands of his disgusting supporters."

"So, on the one hand, Trump doesn't want to shake their hands but he wants to raid their pocketbooks," he continued. "This shouldn't surprise us because this is who the man has always been; he's a major league all-star of grifting. A con artist, as my fellow guest noted; promoting Trump casinos, Trump Universities, Trump mortgages, and the Trump administration which ended up being a scam and we know the Trump campaign was a scam."

"Donald Trump once told me in office -- in an Oval Office meeting that he believed even if he didn't have a reason to sue someone, it was good to sue them because you got them to settle and do what you wanted," he added. "My suggestion for people who have been affected by this is maybe they should consider using Donald Trump's own advice and suing him back."

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Republicans are prepared to dump 'skeevy Florida bro' Gaetz as he becomes 'terminally toxic': MSNBC's Heilemann

MSNBC" Morning Joe" regular John Heilemann claimed on Friday morning that the political career of Rep. Mat Gaetz (R-FL) is likely over as fellow Republicans realize that he is "terminally toxic'" and can only damage them personally and the party from this point forward.

Gaetz, who appears to be facing a multitude of federal and state inquiries into possible sex trafficking and paying for sex, is being buffeted by new revelations almost hourly since the news the Justice Department is investigating him leaked on Tuesday.

According to the MSNBC guest, Gaetz's time in politics will soon be over when he can't find colleagues to defend him.

"We are now learning that this Florida bro, basically, you know, turns out, who's running around with an indicted sex trafficker and has been walking around apparently showing his best pictures off his phone to his friends on the House floor of his sexual -- I don't want to call them conquests. --if you're paying for them they're not conquests, right?" he explained. " So it turns out, by everything we're hearing now, he's skeevy."

"I think it matters if there's a federal charge -- a sex trafficking charge, that matters," he continued. "Regardless whether charges are brought now, I think he, the floodgates are now open and on a political level, a lot of members of Congress in the Republican Party who even if they have saddled up to Trump, even if they accepted Donald Trump, even if they got in bed with the fleas of Donald Trump, they are looking -- looked at people like Matt Gaetz and said, 'man, this is a stinky pile that we're stuck with here.'"

"This is an opportunity for Republicans, I think right now, and in a self-interested way, to be like, let's get away from that and let's take some kind of a purely cynical public relations-driven approach, which is like, get on our high horse," Heilemann added. "No moral standing to take this position, by the way, but to throw Matt Gaetz over the side will make them feel better and they think give them some kind of credibility for having walked away from someone who is clearly, like I said, at this point, I think terminally toxic."

'He's toast': Why Mike Pence's political future looks bleak

According to a report from the Associated Press, former Vice President Mike Pence is working on getting back in the public eye, reportedly with plans to make a presidential run in 2024.

However, as the report notes, his path to a possible Republican Party presidential nomination is fraught with landmines, the largest of which could be Donald Trump's indifference to his campaign or, worse still, the former president still blaming him for not attempting to overturn the 2020 election.

The report notes that Pence is emerging from the wreckage of the failed 2020 campaign with a possible book deal, a contract with a speaker's bureau and the admiration of fellow Republicans for sticking it out for four years under the unpopular former president.

"The former vice president is steadily reentering public life as he eyes a potential run for the White House in 2024. He's joining conservative organizations, writing op-eds, delivering speeches and launching an advocacy group that will focus on promoting the Trump administration's accomplishments," the report states before pointing out that Pence has already encountered a bump in the road when Trump didn't mention him when he listed off some possible contenders.

According to AP's Jill Colvin, "Trump's neglect in mentioning Pence during a podcast interview earlier this month signals the former vice president's unique challenge. For someone who built a reputation as one of Trump's most steadfast supporters, Pence is now viewed with suspicion among many Republicans for observing his constitutional duty in January to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power to the Biden administration, a decision that still has Trump fuming."

With Republican strategist Alice Stewart suggesting that Pence has "... a way of splitting hairs and threading the needle that has paid off in the past," the report notes that his allegiance to the former President may not do him any good if the unpredictable ex-president keeps harping on what he believes was a stolen election and assign partial blame to Pence.

"Skeptics, meanwhile, see another old, milquetoast white man saddled with Trump's baggage, but without his charisma. For these critics, Pence is a sycophant who debased himself for four years to avoid Trump's wrath — only to take the blame when Trump insisted, wrongly, that Pence could unilaterally overturn the results of the 2020 election," the report states. "The anger at Pence took a dangerously personal turn on Jan. 6 when rioters paraded through the Capitol chanting 'Hang Mike Pence' as a mob outside set up a makeshift gallows."

According to longtime Republican pollster Whit Ayres, "In many ways I think his future's in Trump's hands," adding that should Trump continue to blame Pence for not blocking certification of Joe Biden's win, "he's toast."

The AP, report adds, "In the meantime, Pence has tried to project the impression that he and the former president have mended fences, referencing their conversations at a meeting last month with members of the conservative Republican Study Committee."

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