“Ty Cobb, who was a White House lawyer during former President Donald Trump’s administration, suspects the Justice Department investigation into whether Trump mishandled White House documents — some of them highly classified — is really about a broader inquiry into potential crimes related to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot and efforts to overturn the 2020 election,” CBS News reports.
Said Cobb: “It is about the bigger picture, the Jan. 6 issues, the fake electors, the whole scam with regard to the ‘big lie’ and the attempts to… cling to the presidency in a desperate fashion.”
Former Trump White House lawyer Ty Cobb called Donald Trump a “deeply wounded narcissist” who acted as a “criminal” when he pushed then-Vice President Mike Pence to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win, CNBC reports.
His idea to keep Trump from being president again: “There is a simple way to disqualify President Trump He clearly violated the 14th Amendment of the Constitution’s Article III when he gave aid and comfort and three hours of inaction with regard to what was happening on the grounds of the Capitol That clearly gave aid and comfort to the insurrectionists.”
“Federal law enforcement officers scoured social media to identify threats to FBI buildings and agents and issued internal warnings about possibly armed protests in the days after the FBI searched former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate,” Bloomberg reports.
Politico: “As polls show his reelection race getting tighter, Marco Rubio is treading carefully when it comes to the investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents.”
“That’s because, while the former president remains popular among Florida GOP voters, Rubio is also the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee — a historically bipartisan panel with jurisdiction over the potential national security risks stemming from Trump’s possession of top-secret documents.”
President Biden will attend the late Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, NBC News reports.
“South Carolina senators rejected a ban on almost all abortions Thursday in a special session called in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade after five Republicans, including all the chamber’s women, refused to support it,” the AP reports.
CNN: “While volunteer partisan observers have always been trained by political parties and non-profit groups in Michigan, the Wayne County GOP had also invited poll workers — people hired and paid by the local clerk’s office. They are in charge of running the election, and their responsibilities can include checking voter IDs, counting ballots, and even securing voting equipment at the end of the day. Poll workers are required to engage in non-partisan training overseen by the local clerk and are only identified as Republicans for the purposes of making sure there is equal representation of both major parties working the election, according to the Michigan Bureau of Elections.”
“During the Wayne County training call, obtained by CNN, the presumption that Democrats cheat — thus justifying Republican rule-breaking — permeated the discussion. It offers a snapshot of one of the ways Trump-backing, MAGA-minded conspiracy theorists are intervening in the election process across the country, sometimes encouraging poll workers or volunteer observers to violate election rules in hopes of finding evidence that Democrats might be doing the same.”
“It’s an approach election experts fear could spur chaos and conflict in November’s mid-term elections and in 2024.”
A federal lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) calls for Michigan to “re-run” the 2020 presidential election over unproven and debunked claims of election fraud nearly two years after Michigan voters elected now-President Joe Biden by more than 150,000 votes, the Detroit Free Press reports.
“Authorities in Michigan are investigating how a missing voting machine from the state wound up for sale on eBay last month for $1,200,” CNN reports.
“Republicans who support former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election would gain the power to open up access to their states’ voting machines if they win in November — a prospect that security experts call potentially catastrophic for American democracy,” Politico reports.
“Already, unvetted outsiders have examined voting equipment or inspected the devices’ sensitive computer code in counties in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania, bypassing longstanding security protections — in many cases with the support of Trump allies overseeing local elections. Now Republicans who embrace the former president’s conspiracy theories are running for governor or secretary of state, offices that would give them even broader authority to allow like-minded activists and consulting firms to conduct so-called ‘audits’ of the entire voting systems in key states.”
A federal judge has thrown out Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, saying the former president “is seeking to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him.”
The Atlantic: “Ukrainian officials, defending their country against Russian aggressors, began doing something in July that seemed odd, even counterintuitive: They started speaking loudly and regularly about their plans to liberate Kherson—a key southern city that Russia seized only a week after invading Ukraine on February 24. Indeed, the Ukrainians telegraphed their intentions in a way that the Russians could not mistake. This was like waving a red cape at an angry, incompetent bull. Almost immediately, rumors proliferated that the Russians were racing reinforcements to Kherson to prepare for the Ukrainian attack.”
“Goading the Russians into doing so seems to have been the Ukrainians’ exact goal. Fighting in Kherson plays to Ukrainian strength far more than to the Russians’. Russian occupiers in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas, where the war had been concentrated from April until July, can operate very close to the Russian border, seem to have solidly functional rail lines, and are currently trying to pressure the Ukrainians from two sides at the tip of the fighting around the town of Siversk. Fighting in Kherson, by contrast, nullifies almost all of Russia’s advantages in the Donbas. The Russians are at the edge of their supply lines, while the Ukrainians can maneuver around them.”
Wall Street Journal: Ukraine’s eastern advance puts forces close to key town.
Punchbowl News: “We expect the Jan. 6 committee to hold a hearing this month, sources familiar with the matter tell us. One date being tossed around is Sept. 28. The committee has a retreat next Tuesday to discuss its path forward.”
“Justice Neil Gorsuch said Thursday that the Supreme Court’s investigation of the May leak of the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade was continuing, and that a report on the incident is coming,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Like other justices, Justice Gorsuch condemned the leak of the draft opinion, and suggested it had been intended to affect the outcome of the abortion case.”
Gorsuch also echoed other justices’ suggestion that the leaker was trying to manipulate the final decision in the Dobbs case. We’ll almost certainly never know for sure whether the leaker did meaningfully impact the high court’s final decision, but the leak did reportedly scuttle Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ (long-shot) efforts to convince justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett not to kill Roe entirely.
Gas prices are expected to continue their downward trend after Labor Day and into the fall, with some states possibly seeing a dip below $3 per gallon, CNBC reports.
“The Federal Reserve appears to be on a path to raise interest rates by another 0.75 percentage point this month in the wake of Chairman Jerome Powell’s public pledge to reduce inflation even if it increases unemployment,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Applications for U.S. unemployment insurance fell for a fourth straight week to the lowest since May, suggesting demand for workers remains healthy despite an uncertain economic outlook,” Bloomberg reports.
“One in 10 American households struggled to feed their families last year, with more than 5 million families missing meals and cutting portions due to poverty,” The Guardian reports.
“The University of Michigan survey of consumer sentiment measures how U.S. consumers feel about their personal finances, business conditions and buying conditions. Recent surveys have shown that consumers have rarely felt more downbeat about all of these measures,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“President Biden is headed to the battleground state of Ohio, where he will speak at a groundbreaking ceremony for Intel’s new $20 billion semiconductor manufacturing facility,” the Washington Post reports. “The event offers Biden a chance to tout the $280 billion Chips and Science Act passed by Congress in July that subsidizes domestic semiconductor manufacturing and invests in science and technology innovation.”
“The event is expected to draw politicians from both parties, including Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) and Sen. Rob Portman (R). It also has political implications as Democrats try to sell voters on their accomplishments ahead of the midterm elections in November.”
“President Biden slammed Republicans for what he called taking credit for legislation that they opposed during an appearance at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting,” The Hill reports. Said Biden: “They ain’t got no shame! They don’t have any shame!”
“More than 10.5 million children have lost one or both parents during the coronavirus pandemic — nearly double the previous estimates,” the Washington Post reports.
Jonathan Bernstein: “Congressional Democrats need to get the ball rolling on ending the risk of defaulting on the nation’s debt. If they don’t tackle this before the current term ends, we run the risk that a Republican House majority will be irresponsible enough to allow a default to happen.”
“That’s why the Democrats should seize the opportunity during the lame-duck period after the Nov. 8 midterms to eliminate the borrowing cap entirely.”
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the continuing effects of the pandemic have hobbled countries around the globe, but the relentless series of crises has hit Europe the hardest, causing the steepest jump in energy prices, some of the highest inflation rates and the biggest risk of recession,” the New York Times reports.
“The fallout from the war is menacing the continent with what some fear could become its most challenging economic and financial crisis in decades.”
Wall Street Journal: “European energy ministers are debating plans for an intervention in the continent’s energy markets at an emergency meeting that is aimed at tamping down soaring electricity prices.”
“Diplomats said many countries—including the European Union’s biggest economies, Germany and France—appeared to agree ahead of Friday’s meeting on the idea of imposing a cap on the revenue earned by nuclear, renewable and other nongas producers of electricity, and redistributing the money to businesses and consumers.”
“Other measures under discussion include a plan to cut electricity use during peak demand this winter and a temporary cap on the price of natural gas imported from Russia. Some governments want the price cap extended to other sources of gas.”
The European Central Bank announced the largest interest rate hike in the central bank’s 24-year history on Thursday — three-quarters of a percentage point — as the eurozone battles record inflation stoked by an energy crisis, Axios reports.
“Democrats and liberal groups, determined to find a way to bar former President Donald Trump from returning to office, are preparing a variety of ways to disqualify him, including drafting new legislation and readying a flurry of lawsuits seeking to use an obscure clause in the Constitution to brand him an insurrectionist,” the New York Times reports.
“The plans amount to an extraordinarily long-shot effort to accomplish what multiple investigations of Mr. Trump have failed to do: foreclose any chance that the former president could regain power, whether voters want him to or not. They reflect the growing concern among Democrats and liberal activists seeking to find a way to end the political careers of the former president and the officials who helped him try to cling to the presidency, including through several new and in some cases arcane strategies.”
“The founder of the far-right Oath Keepers fired his attorneys on Tuesday, just a few weeks before he’s slated to go on trial for seditious conspiracy over his group’s alleged involvement in the breach of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021,” Politico reports.
“In a 20-page filing, Stewart Rhodes complained that his previous attorneys, Phil Linder and Lee Bright, had not mounted an aggressive enough defense and had left him without complete access to the evidence Rhodes intends to present at trial. Rhodes also previewed new elements of the defense he hopes to lay out, and has asked for a delay in the scheduled Sept. 26 trial date.”
A Pennsylvania man who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, only to be turned in by an ex-girlfriend after he called her a “moron” for not believing the presidential election had been stolen, was on Tuesday sentenced to spend nine months behind bars, NBC News reports.
Donald Trump tore into Fox News, accusing the network of promoting the Democratic agenda. Said Trump: “Wow! Fox News is really pushing the Democrats and the Democrat agenda. Gets worse every single day. So many Dems interviewed with only softball questions, then Republican counterparts get creamed.”
Donald Trump threatened Fox News with a lawsuit for running political ads produced by “the perverts and lowlifes” of the Lincoln Project.
Said Trump: “I thought they ran away to the asylum after their last catastrophic campaign, with charges made against them that were big time sleaze, and me getting many millions more votes in 2020 than I got in 2016. The Paul Ryun (sic) run Fox only has high standards for ‘Trump’ ads, but not for anyone else. The Perverts should not be allowed to ‘false advertise,’ and Fox News should not allow it to happen. See you all in Court!!!”
The new German owner of Politico sent an email to his closest executives asking if they should meet up to pray for Donald Trump’s re-election, the Washington Post reports. When asked about the email, Mathias Döpfner initially denied it existed: “It has never been sent and has never been even imagined.” When confronted with a printout of the email, he explained that he may have sent it “as an ironic, provocative statement in the circle of people that hate Donald Trump.”