🇺🇸 Another Flip...and Maybe One More?
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Right: Latest Migrant Poll Should Scare the Hell Out of Dems Bob McManus, New York Post
Right: Are Biden & Obama on Israel's Side? Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Right: Not One Dime for Gaza Until Hamas Frees All Hostages Senator Josh Hawley, FOX News
Left: Biden's Youth-Voter Problem Is Getting Worse Alexander Sammon, Slate
Left: Millennials & Gen Z Are Tilting Left and Staying There Jamelle Bouie, The New York Times
Left: 'I Killed Him': How Trump Torpedoed Emmer's Bid McGraw & Isenstadt, POLITICO
A Speaker Emerges, Trump Fined, Hurricane Otis
US: Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson elected speaker of the House (NPR)
US: Fulton County DA has discussed plea deals with at least 6 more Trump co-defendants (CNN)
US: Trump day in court sees Cohen testimony and ex-president face $10,000 fine (Axios)
US: Nashville police chief’s son, who was wanted in the shooting of 2 officers, was found dead after a car chase (CNN)
US: DeSantis admin directs Florida universities to terminate student chapters that support 'Hamas terrorism' (FOX News)
World: Hurricane Otis slams Acapulco, Mexico, as Category 5 storm, dissipates inland (Axios)
World: Japan's Supreme Court hands down a landmark transgender rights decision (NPR)
World: Turkey's Erdogan says Hamas is not terrorist organisation, cancels trip to Israel (Reuters)
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Another Flip…and Maybe One More?
Mug shots of Jenna Ellis (left) and Mark Meadows (right). Credit: Fulton County Sherrif’s Office
On Tuesday, Attorney Jenna Ellis entered a guilty plea in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s Georgia election interference case. Additionally, a report from ABC News detailed it had learned from sources that former President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, was reportedly granted an immunity deal in relation to special counsel Jack Smith’s federal case against Trump’s alleged election lies.
Reporting from the Right: Mark Meadows reportedly granted immunity by special counsel on election probe (Blaze Media)
Reporting from the Left: Ex-Trump attorney Jenna Ellis pleads guilty in Georgia election interference case (NPR)
From The Flag: The Meadows report details the federal trial that’s independent of the Georgia trial, although Meadows is also a defendant in the latter trial. It should be clarified that the report about Meadows and the immunity deal has not been confirmed. On the other hand, Ellis’s plea deal marks the fourth defendant to plead guilty in Willis’s Georgia racketeering case. Here’s what both sides are saying.
Mixed: This Is The Price of Associating With Trump vs. These Charges Are Wildly Inflated
“Trump’s stolen election claims keep hurting everyone but himself.” Nevertheless, Willis may have overplayed her hand in this case.
“Willis wildly overcharged the election-interference case and is now picking off some defendants on minor charges.”
Trump seems to be unclear on what Meadows has done but suggests that he would be a “weakling” if he did take an immunity deal.
The Trumpian Tragedy of Jenna Ellis The Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal: “Donald Trump is still pretending that the 2020 presidential election ‘was RIGGED & STOLLEN…’ Meantime, in the real world, three lawyers who assisted with Mr. Trump’s schemes to reverse his 2020 defeat have pleaded guilty to crimes in Georgia. … Mr. Trump in 2020 surrounded himself with kooky advisers, but do they qualify as an “enterprise” under the RICO statute? Such questions aren’t idle, and to ask them isn’t to dismiss all of Ms. Willis’s case. The most straightforward sections of her indictment were the allegations that Ms. Powell, while hunting for phantom fraud, hired a contractor to tamper with election equipment in Coffee County. Ensuring the physical security of voting machines is a legitimate state interest, and it’s toxic to voter confidence for one side to be fiddling with the equipment. But Mr. Trump wasn’t covered by those counts. Ms. Willis’s legal theories remain untested, and if she overcharged her case, it could redound to Mr. Trump’s political benefit, which is what he most cares about.
Jenna Ellis Guilty Plea Underscores the Absurdity of DA Fani Willis’s RICO Case Andrew C. McCarthy, The National Review: “Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis has hyped her prosecution of Donald Trump, Ellis, and 17 others affiliated with the Trump campaign as a racketeering-conspiracy case … What Willis has, instead, is evidence that some state criminal offenses — minor in comparison to those at issue in the typical RICO case — were committed in the course of the campaign’s schemes to overturn the 2020 election. … Because all four guilty-plea defendants are now cooperating with the state, the lack of a RICO plea is telling: Ordinarily, prosecutors require the first cooperators in a major case to plead guilty to the major charges, offering them sentencing leniency in exchange for their testimony against other defendants. Those kinds of pleas convince the public that there is a strong case and put pressure on other defendants to plead guilty. But not only have none of Willis’s cooperators conceded that there was a RICO conspiracy, much less pled guilty to it; none of them faces even a single day of imprisonment.
One more opinion piece from the Right: Trump says Meadows would be a 'weakling' to take immunity deal with prosecutors Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner
Walls Are Closing in on Trump, but Don’t Jump The Gun on Meadows… yet
Trump has prided himself on attracting people into his orbit, but he is seeing many of those same people increasingly turn against him.
“Ellis, who pleaded guilty on Tuesday to making false statements, has gone from never-Trump to Trump acolyte, and back again.”
A lawyer for Meadows denied claims made in the ABC News report, although Trump appears unclear about what may have happened.
Trump rages as former acolytes turn against him under legal heat Stephen Collinson, CNN: “Donald Trump’s wealth, power and fame acted like a magnet for new associates keen to enter his orbit. But now, key figures who sought a share of his reflected glory are turning against him to save themselves. The ex-president absorbed a trio of blows Tuesday that worsened his legal peril… [Jenna Ellis’s] repudiation of her own behavior marks an ominous omen for Trump because it shows that while falsehoods about election fraud are still a potent political force in the GOP and conservative media, it’s the truth that matters in court. Under the legal system, the former president could face a level of accountability that the US political system, which is still buckling under his influence, can’t match. … Each of Tuesday’s legal dramas threatened to undermine Trump’s position in separate cases, to which he has pleaded not guilty, and emphasized how the Republican front-runner’s bid to recapture the White House will be shadowed by his criminal liability.”
How the Trump Train Finally Crashed for Jenna Ellis Kelly Weill, Daily Beast: “The statement might represent the final stop in Ellis’s on-again-off-again ride on the Trump train, as Ellis agrees to work with prosecutors in the case. Ellis did not return a request for comment. … Ellis was a fierce critic of Trump during his 2016 campaign. … By the second year of Trump’s presidency, Ellis had become a strident supporter, defending him while appearing as a “constitutional law attorney” in television appearances. … But as the Stop The Steal movement unraveled, Ellis incurred her former boss’s wrath by making nice with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this spring, shortly ahead of DeSantis’s presidential campaign launch. … Prominent Trump supporters struck back, accusing Ellis of having been “disowned” by Trumpworld. … Days later, she suggested that Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign was enabling harassment against her.”
One more opinion piece from the Left: Mark Meadows Denies He’s Been Granted Immunity to Flip on Trump Alex Nguyen and Matt Young, Daily Beast
Voters Want Georgia Case Handled By 2024
According to an August poll, nearly 7 in 10 voters (68%) say it is important that a verdict is reached in the Fulton County case before Election Day, including 46% who said it is “very important.”
On the other hand, 3 in 5 potential Republican primary voters said they would still be willing to back Former President Trump — both in the primary and general election — if he were imprisoned (Morning Consult).
Do you believe it is likely that more co-defendants will take plea deals?
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Proclamation of Rebellion, Talking Backwards, Disney’s Shell Company
On This Day in 1775: King George III speaks before both houses of the British Parliament to discuss growing concern about the rebellion in America, which he viewed as a traitorous action against himself and Great Britain. He began his speech by reading a “Proclamation of Rebellion” and urged Parliament to move quickly to end the revolt and bring order to the colonies.
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Today, I learned Walt Disney used shell companies and fake names to acquire the land in Orlando that would become Disney World in 1971.