Cup of Joe – August 14, 2023

“Atlanta-area prosecutors investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia are in possession of text messages and emails directly connecting members of Donald Trump’s legal team to the early January 2021 voting system breach in Coffee County,” CNN reports.

“Investigators in the Georgia criminal probe have long suspected the breach was not an organic effort sprung from sympathetic Trump supporters in rural and heavily Republican Coffee County – a county Trump won by nearly 70% of the vote. They have gathered evidence indicating it was a top-down push by Trump’s team to access sensitive voting software.”

“Trump allies attempted to access voting systems after the 2020 election as part of the broader push to produce evidence that could back up the former president’s baseless claims of widespread fraud.”

The Guardian: “Among the state election law charges that prosecutors were examining: criminal solicitation to commit election fraud and conspiracy to commit election fraud, as well as solicitation of a public or political officer to fail to perform their duties and solicitation to destroy, deface or remove ballots.”

“The district attorney is also seeking to charge at least some of the Trump operatives who were involved in accessing voting machines and copying sensitive election data in Coffee county, Georgia, in January 2021 with computer trespass crimes.”

“Many of the allies I don’t know because we have so many allies and a lot of them I don’t know so I don’t know exactly what you’re talking about… I can tell you this. These people want to see democracy, they want to see a nation be great again. Right now our nation is … going to hell. So we have a lot of allies that I don’t know, but they’re allies nevertheless. And I can’t speak to that. Nobody can answer that question. But I can tell you one thing, there was a lot of shenanigans going on with the election.”— Donald Trump, when asked by a reporter about the actions of his allies in the alleged Georgia election interference in 2020.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: “The timeline came into sharper focus on Saturday, when former Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and independent journalist George Chidi separately confirmed that they received notifications they will testify on Tuesday.”

“The developments raise the likelihood that the public should know whether jurors hand up indictments against the former president and others by Tuesday evening. Willis is expected to begin her presentation to grand jurors on Monday.”

Washington Post: “At least 18 people were informed by prosecutors last year that they were targets of the investigation.”

“An Atlanta-area prosecutor has notified at least one witness to appear before a grand jury early next week, the most significant indication of her intention to seek indictments in the investigation of how Donald Trump and others tried to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia,” CNN reports.

“Former Georgia Lt. Gov Geoff Duncan, a Republican, said Saturday on CNN that he has been told to appear Tuesday before a Fulton County grand jury to testify about the efforts by Trump and his allies.”

“The upcoming appearance signals that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is moving forward with a grand jury presentation where she’s expected to seek charges against more than a dozen people stemming from her investigation into the efforts to overturn the 2020 election.”

“If Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janet Protasiewicz does not recuse from lawsuits challenging the state’s legislative boundaries, Republicans who control the state Legislature might consider impeachment proceedings,“ the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

“Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican from Rochester, said in an interview on WSAU he does not believe impeachment should be considered lightly by lawmakers. But he said the idea could move forward if Protasiewicz does not recuse herself on cases he said she ‘prejudged’ during her campaign for a seat on the state’s highest court.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told Newsmax that he could be appointed attorney general if former President Donald Trump is reelected to the White House in 2024.

But he added: “The world is not ready, probably. Certainly Senate confirmation wouldn’t be, but you know, a boy can dream.”

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) “threatened to beat a state trooper and ‘bury’ a West Texas sheriff in the next election after deputies pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him at a rodeo,” the Dallas Morning News reports.

Former Tennessee state Sen. Brian Kelsey (R) was given a 21-month prison sentence Friday for violating campaign finance laws, the Washington Examiner reports.

Politico: “When Joe Biden won, it was generally assumed that his days were numbered. Now, nearly three years later, DeJoy isn’t just still standing atop the U.S. Postal Service, he’s become a critical player in Biden’s environmental agenda, striking a partnership with the president’s green guru, John Podesta, as USPS considers an environmental renaissance of its fleet.”

Mike Pence said he can’t recall any instance when former President Donald Trump told him he knew he had lost the 2020 election, the Des Moines Register reports.

Said Pence: “There was no point in time that the president ever told me that he knew he had lost.”

As Donald Trump was winding through the Iowa State Fair with a huge crowd surrounding him, the Des Moines Register says a reporter asked him: “Did you intend to overturn the 2020 election?”

Trump responded: “You know the answer.”

Then he turned away.

Chris Christie tied Jared Kushner cashing in on his relationship with the Saudis to Hunter Biden making millions overseas in a campaign stop.  Said Christie: “Why would you send Jared Kushner to the Middle East when you have Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo as secretaries of state? Two incredibly accomplished men. You send him?”

He added: “Why? We found out the answer six months after he left office: $2 billion from the Saudis to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, $2 billion, and because he did all this and more with his family. He’s normalizing this conduct.”

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor (D) was fishing off the Florida Keys and hauled in a package that turned out to be 70 pounds of cocaine with a street value worth $1.1 million, the Tampa Bay Times reports. “The family hauled the package, wrapped in layers of fraying plastic and about the size of a microwave, onto Mayor Castor’s boat, bloodied from hours of fishing. A split in the wrapping revealed tightly packed bricks individually packaged.”

“Federal prosecutors have seated a grand jury in San Antonio and called witnesses close to suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to testify,” the Austin American Statesman reports.

“The purpose of the testimony is unclear, but it comes days after Paxton’s attorney confirmed last week that there is an active federal investigation of his client. Federal investigators began looking into Paxton in October 2020 following a report by top aides alleging that Paxton misused his position as the state’s top lawyer to assist a campaign donor, Austin real estate developer Nate Paul, then the target of a separate FBI probe.”

For nearly two years, Madeline Cuomo — sister of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — back channeled with grass-roots activists to help smear her brother’s accusers, the New York Times reports. “It is unclear how much Mr. Cuomo knew about his sister’s efforts. He does not appear to have directly communicated with the supporters. But in the messages reviewed by The Times, some of them sprinkled with typos, Ms. Cuomo repeatedly stated that she was keeping her brother updated and acting at his direction.”

Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX) told a gathering of Christian nationalists that they have been called by God to establish Christ’s kingdom and government here on Earth. Said Cloud: “You know, people say, ‘Well, the Bible is not a political book, and we shouldn’t be involved,’ and I’m just like, ‘Have you ever read it?’ It’s like every single chapter is like dripping in it!”

Washington Post: “The Blue Dog Coalition at its peak boasted 70 members, made up of more moderate Democrats who focused on fiscal stability, national security and working across the aisle to reach common goals — ideals that often led them to spar with the majority of their colleagues who have slowly inched further to the political left.”

“Now, the three young leaders are hoping they can recruit more like-minded candidates, reestablish the power of the group now made up of just 10 lawmakers and challenge the idea that Democrats’ fundamental values can attract only a particular set of voters.”

It looks as if Elon Musk is trying really hard to get out of his cage fight with Mark Zuckerberg, Insider reports. Musk has floated a “noble” debate instead.

Bar authorities in California say the trial to disbar former Trump attorney John Eastman should move forward despite the looming threat of an indictment from Special Counsel Jack Smith.

Ivana Trump’s grave has become overgrown with grass and is barely visible exclusive Daily Mail pictures reveal.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) went on an epic rant on Friday, telling Fox News that Covid-19 was “pre-planned” by unnamed elites. Said Johnson: “This is all pre-planned by an elite group of people” in order to “take total control over our lives.”

“Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is the leading candidate to be the new U.S. ambassador to Israel and could be nominated by President Biden in the coming weeks,” Axios reports.

“If the government continues to weaponize these departments against conservatives and the citizens that are then the taxpayers, you know what’s going to happen to this country… Someone’s going to get so pissed off, they’re going to shoot someone. That’s what’s going to happen. Or we’re going have a civil war or some sort of revolution. That’s where this is, where this is going.”— Michigan state Rep. Matt Maddock (R), in an audio recording made at a fundraiser.

“Argentines head to the polls on Sunday in primary elections, with voters set to punish the ruling center-left Peronist coalition, angry at inflation scraping 116% and a cost of living crisis that has left four in 10 people in poverty,” Reuters reports. “The primary is obligatory for most adults and each person gets one vote, making it in effect a giant dress rehearsal of the general election in October and giving a clear indication of who is the favorite to take the presidency.”

“Chancellor Olaf Scholz used a visit to an AfD stronghold in eastern Germany to intensify his attacks on the far-right party, vowing to push back against ‘enemies of democracy’ and defending an open and free society as the driving force for peace and prosperity in the heart of Europe,” Bloomberg reports.

Times of London: AfD leader says Germany is heading for “Rotherham-style scandal.”

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