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Trump uses the January 6th playbook –
Says the “temperature has to be brought down,”
Yet Trump repeats attacks on the FBI over Mar-a-Lago search!
BREAKING: Rudy an investigation target, Lindsay must testify!

Rudy Giuliani
Credit: Justin Lane/EPA, via Shutterstock via The New York Times

Breaking News:

+ The New York Times: Giuliani is a target of a Trump election inquiry in Georgia

+ CBS News: Graham must testify before Georgia grand jury investigating Trump, judge rules

+ The Washington Post: Trump-allied lawyers pursued voting machine data in multiple states, records reveal [Andrew Weissmann: The only federal criminal law that seems to encompass all of what Trump and his soldiers were reportedly up to is RICO.]

+ Politico: DOJ says release of Mar-a-Lago affidavit would harm ongoing criminal probe

+ CNN: Trump White House lawyer Herschmann subpoenaed by federal grand jury investigating January 6

Trump follows January 6th Playbook

+ Andrew Weissman Tweet: Trump’s contacting DOJ last week to ask how he can lower the threat of violence is just like his telling 1/6 rioters on one occasion to “peacefully” act after telling them to fight like hell. Both times, he actively provoked the violence by disseminating lies. Blood on his hands.

+ The Hill: Trump says temperature ‘has to be brought down’ after FBI search, then repeats attacks Former President Trump on Monday said his aides have reached out to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to offer “whatever we can do to help,” saying the “temperature has to be brought down” after a spike in threats against law enforcement following the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago estate.

“Whatever we can do to help — because the temperature has to be brought down in the country,” Trump told Fox News. “If it isn’t, terrible things are going to happen.” 

At the same time he talked about taking the temperature down, however, Trump repeated attacks on the FBI over the search for classified documents that took place at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last week.

Trump defended his supporters’ attacks in his interview, saying they are “not going to stand for another scam,” describing the FBI’s past investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as a “witch hunt.”

“People are so angry at what is taking place,” he said.

+ The New York Times: Trump’s Shifting Explanations Follow a Familiar Playbook – The former president and his allies have given often conflicting defenses of his retention of classified documents, without addressing why he had kept them. [accessible text here]

+ Andrew Weissman Tweet: Let’s stop falling for Trump’s diversionary tactic of focusing on his latest absurd “defense” du jour —and instead keep asking why he still has not said why he took the documents, why he did not return them, and what he did with them and/or or was planning to do with them?

Posted by Steve on August 15, 2022 at 11:35 am | Permalink

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