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Dominion Serves Newsmax, OAN, And Ex-Overstock CEO With Billion Dollar Lawsuits

Dominion Voting Systems dished out more billion dollar lawsuits on Tuesday-- filing defamation complaints against cable channels Newsmax and One America News (OAN), as well as former CEO of Overstock.com Patrick Byrne for allegedly lying about the company's role in the 2020 election.

"The defendants in today's filings recklessly disregarded the truth when they spread lies in November and continue to do so today," said Dominion CEO John Poulos. "We are filing these three cases today because the defendants named show no remorse, nor any sign they intend to stop spreading disinformation. This barrage of lies by the Defendants and others have caused—and continue to cause—severe damage to our company, customers, and employees. We have no choice but to seek to hold those responsible to account."

The Newsmax lawsuit, filed in the Superior Court of Delaware, accused the channel of "creat[ing] an entire brand out of defaming."

In the OAN' lawsuit, filed in the District Court for the District of Columbia, Dominion charged that "facts did not matter" to the network. Instead, "what mattered was feeding the audience the alternate reality OAN had helped create and its audience now expected — even if it was spreading false information."

Byrne, a staunch Trump ally, "continues to stick to his manufactured, inherently improbable, profitable, and demonstrable lies," according to the complaint filed against him. Dominion legal counsel Stephen Shackelford added that Byrne "is responsible for bankrolling and promoting a viral disinformation campaign about Dominion that reached millions of people worldwide."

In response, Newsmax defended its coverage of the 2020 election.

"Newsmax simply reported on allegations made by well-known public figures, including the President, his advisors, and members of Congress -- Dominion's action today is a clear attempt to squelch such reporting and undermine a free press," a Newsmax spokesperson said in a statement.

But as ABC News notes, Newsmax has retracted some of its 2020 election reporting, much of which bolstered Trump's Big Lie, after the right-wing news channel reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by a Dominion employee.

Byrne took a much more aggressive approach, saying through a spokesperson, "Between the imminent release of the Maricopa Audit, and Mike Lindell's current activities in South Dakota, Dominion Voting is about to have a very difficult week. They are simply doing this as a distraction."

OAN has yet to offer a public response to the Dominion lawsuit.

Since far-right Republicans made it their mission to spread baseless lies about the 2020 election, Dominion and other voting system companies have filed multiple defamation lawsuits against the biggest perpetrators.

Back in March, Fox News -- the largest conservative news channel --- was served a similar $1.6 billion lawsuit by Dominion. This followed a $2.7 billion Smartmatic USA defamation suit against the Murdoch outfit.

Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell have also felt Dominion's wrath in the wake of their deranged attempt to overturn the free and fair 2020 election.

"OAN, Newsmax, and Patrick Byrne have knowingly and continuously sold the false story of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election, with Dominion cast as the villain, severely injuring Dominion in the process," said Shackelford, adding, "We are suing to set the record straight, to vindicate Dominion's rights, to hold the Defendants accountable, and to recover damages for the devastating economic harm done to Dominion's business."

Will Prosecutors Indict Mark Meadows For Trying To Overturn The Election?

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows may face "significant criminal exposure" for his prominent role in pressuring the Justice Department (DOJ) to overturn the free and fair 2020 election, according to a timeline published by Just Security and a criminal complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

CREW filed their complaint against both Meadows and Trump last week, claiming the two violated a "criminal civil rights law" and "criminal provisions of the Hatch Act" in their attempt to effort to overturn the election.

"Government officials who try to subvert our republic and undermine democratic rule must be held accountable to the full extent of the criminal law," said CREW President Noah Bookbinder.

The Just Security timeline depicts those offenses in vivid detail.

Meadows And Giuliani

Throughout the course of the extraordinary effort to overturn the election Meadows worked with Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

First contact reportedly started on or around November 12, 2020. According to Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker's book I Alone Can Fix It, Giuliani asked Meadows to investigate claims that allege tens of thousands of "illegal aliens" may have voted in Arizona. Of course, this was debunked— in reality, it was U.S. citizens living abroad who voted legally.

Giuliani and Meadows also created a “parallel track" while Trump's campaign set up a team in Georgia -- a state Biden won despite its history of being a red state, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender.

“A parallel track was underway from the Oval Office where Giuliani and Meadows, who was just returning to work after being sidelined by Covid, started bringing in their own people," writes Bender in his book Frankly, We Did Win This Election.

CREW alleges that in those first few weeks after the election Meadows, Giuliani, and other Trump aides “began a coordinated multi-state campaign to prevent states from counting legal ballots (or to throw out already- counted legal ballots)."

Not 'Sufficiently Loyal'

Meadows also played a significant role in the firing or discrediting of federal officials who pushed back against the administration's outlandish claims of voter fraud— Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper was the first to fall victim. On November 9, 2020, Meadows called Esper to say "the president's not happy… And we don't think you're sufficiently loyal. You're going to be replaced. He's going to announce it this afternoon," according to Leonnig and Rucker.

Lo and behold, four minutes later, Trump tweets: "I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately."

In mid-November or December, Meadows introduced Trump to Jeffrey Clark, whom DOJ officials say “was putting together a secret plan to oust Rosen, the acting attorney general, and force Georgia to overturn its results," according to Bender's book. Meadows denies involvement. He also connected Trump and former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin, who came up with the theory that former Vice President Mike Pence could stop the certification of Biden, according to the New York Times.

Leonnig and Rucker's book quoted one senior official saying, Meadows facilitated the president's being "exposed to crazy people spouting lunatic theories about the election and his ability to overturn it. That is all Meadows."

'We're Going To Get The President There'

It was around this time that Meadows acknowledged to the White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah that he knows Trump lost the election.

"We need to give a graceful exit and acknowledge that Biden won," Farah tells Meadows.

"I know, I know," Meadows responded. "We're going to get the president there."

But not only could Meadows never "get the president there," according to Leonnig and Rucker, "There wasn't any indication that he had even tried."

In fact, it was mere days after this that Meadows expressed his displeasure with former Attorney General William Barr for telling the Associated Press, "to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election."

Leonnig and Rucker report that Barr was surprised Meadows "hated" the news story.

"Meadows sat silently on the opposite side of the dining room, with his arms crossed, a posture that seemed to say, This is DOJ's problem," the two write.

Georgia

At this point, Meadows and Trump were laser focused on Georgia. On December 22, 2020, Meadows took a trip to observe an absentee ballot audit and met with Frances Watson, the lead elections investigator in the Georgia Secretary of State's office.

A day later, Trump gets on the phone with Watson, urging her to find "dishonesty" to overturn the election and says she will be "praised" for doing so, according to the Wall Street Journal. Trump also said it was Meadows who told him to contact her.

"Well you have a big fan in our great chief, right? Chief of staff, Mark," said Trump.

Shortly after this, Meadows "began a separate element of the pressure campaign on DOJ," telling acting Attorney General Rosen to focus on "wrongdoing" in Georgia, according to CREW's complaint.

On January 1, Meadows followed up on allegations "of signature match anomalies" in Fulton County, Georgia.

"Get [Assistant Attorney General] Jeffrey Clark to engage on this issue immediately," he wrote in an email to Rosen.

The next morning, Assistant Attorney General Clark confirmed to Rosen that he "spoke to the source and [was] on [a call] with the guy who took the video," adding that he was "[w]orking on it" and that there was "[m]ore due diligence to do."

"The pressure campaign appeared to have some immediate impact," says the complaint.

Hours later, Trump, Meadows, and other associates made the infamous phone call pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the election

Section 241

In their complaint, CREW first alleges that Trump and Meadows committed civil rights violations, specifically breaking Conspiracy against rights, or Section 241.

Section 241 makes it illegal for two or more persons to "conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States."

"The right to vote for federal offices and the right to have one's vote fairly counted are among the rights secured by Article I, Sections 2 and 4, of the Constitution, and hence protected by Section 241," reads the complaint.

They violated Section 241 by:

Conducting a coordinated campaign to prevent states from counting legal ballots.

Firing or publicly discrediting federal officials who refuted the narrative of purported voter fraud and a stolen election.

Threatening and attempting to intimidate state officials, including Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger, to take steps to overturn the results of the election in their states.

Pressuring DOJ officials to file the lawsuit in the Supreme Court that, if successful, would have overturned the election results in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Pressuring Attorney General Barr and Acting Attorney General Rosen to use DOJ resources to help investigate false allegations of fraud in Michigan and Georgia.

Attempting to fire Acting Attorney General Rosen for refusing to direct the DOJ to support the election fraud claims.

"The ultimate object of the conspiracy was to deprive citizens of their constitutional rights by changing the legal result of the 2020 election," states the complaint.

Hatch Act

The Hatch Act protects federal funds, employees, and programs from political manipulation, according to the CREW.

The complaint notes that criminal prosecutions under the Hatch Act are rare, but not unprecedented. CREW believes that the "egregious" conduct of Trump and Meadows warrants charges under Coercion of political activity – 18 U.S.C. § 610 and Interference in Election by Employees of Federal or State Governments – 18 U.S.C. § 595.

Violations of 18 U.S.C. § 610:

President Trump's verbal abuse of Attorney General Barr for publicly renouncing his election fraud allegations as meritless, causing him to resign, firing CISA Director Krebs, and causing U.S. Attorney Pak to resign, all of which sent the message to others to pursue the allegations or get out.

President Trump's pressure on DOJ officials, including Acting Attorney General Rosen, to support lawsuits seeking to overturn his election loss and to appoint a special counsel to investigate Dominion Voting Systems.

President Trump's pressure on DOJ officials to file the Supreme Court complaint that sought to throw out election results in six states.

Using Mr. Olsen to further apply pressure on Acting Attorney General Rosen and DOJ officials to file the Supreme Court lawsuit through repeated emails and phone calls.

Mr. Meadows' pressure on DOJ officials to investigate various dubious claims of voter fraud in Georgia and elsewhere, including through multiple emails sent to Mr. Rosen.

President Trump's attempt to fire Acting Attorney General Rosen and replace him with Assistant Attorney General Clark, including at the January 3 "high- stakes meeting" at the White House.

President Trump's pressure to fire U.S. Attorney Pak, which resulted in his resignation.
They broke 18 U.S.C. § 595 by:
President Trump's use of his official authority as President to verbally abuse Attorney General Barr, causing him to resign, fire CISA Director Krebs, and cause U.S. Attorney Pak to resign, all for not having more vigorously pursued or supported President Trump's meritless claims of election fraud.

President Trump's use of his official authority as President to pressure Acting Attorney General Rosen to pursue meritless election fraud claims and baseless lawsuits in a White House meeting.

President Trump's use of his White House personal assistant and her official White House email account to send DOJ officials materials alleging election fraud in Michigan, and the draft Supreme Court complaint.

Mr. Meadows' use of his official authority as the White House chief of staff to pressure Acting Attorney General Rosen to authorize DOJ investigations into allegations of election fraud in multiple states, including the request that he assign Mr. Clark to investigate the Georgia election fraud allegations.

Mr. Meadows' use of his official White House email account to convey various baseless allegations of election fraud to DOJ officials.

"Democracy is a precious thing," CREW concludes, adding, "It is your duty, as servants of our Constitution and protectors of our unique experiment in self-governance, to ensure that this perversion of our institutions of government never happens again. The only way to do so is to hold the perpetrators, regardless of their former positions, accountable under the laws they swore to uphold and sought to subvert."

#EndorseThis: Lindell Loses It When CNN Says His 'Proof' Is 'Completely Ridiculous'

MyPillow CEO and deranged election conspiracist Mike Lindell has been been on the warpath since Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, spending millions of dollars to find "proof" that somehow, someway Trump won. But his proof is much like Lindell himself: "completely ridiculous."

During an interview with CNN reporter Drew Griffin, Lindell claimed to have "one piece of 1.2 billion lines of data from the election, OK? Within that will be timestamps when it happened, there'll be flips in there."

CNN talked with nine top cybersecurity experts who said it was "completely ridiculous" and "proof of nothing," as well as counh ty election officials of both parties who confirmed that Lindell's Chinese cyber-hacking conspiracy was literally impossible -- because their voting systems aren't linked to the Internet.

Lindell lost it: "He said that's nothing, huh? Then you didn't hire a cyber expert."

Watch the train wreck below:

Reporter baffled after Mike Lindell shows him 'evidence of nothing' in train wreck interview www.youtube.com

Japan Gave Mike Pompeo A $5,800 Bottle of Whiskey -- And Now It's Missing

The State Department is opening an inquiry into the whereabouts of a $5,800 bottle of whiskey gifted to then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2019 by the Japanese government, the department said Wednesday.

According to a notice filed in the Federal Register, there are no traces of the near $6,000 bottle of whiskey. If Pompeo did, in fact, keep the expensive bottle of liquor, he could be in trouble, as American officials cannot keep gifts that are over $390 without purchasing them.

Details surrounding the booze and its disappearance are very murky at the moment-- it is not even clear that the whiskey ever made it to Pompeo.

When the Japanese government handed the bottle over to the State Department on June 24, 2019, Pompeo was traveling in Saudi Arabia, according to the New York Times. The Guardian, however, notes that the Trump-era official did visit the country that month for a Group of 20 summit.

"The department is looking into the matter and has an ongoing inquiry," the filing said.

It is unusual for the State Department to lose track of gifts and make note of it as they did on Wednesday. According to the Times, similar filings over the past two decades make no mention of any investigations like this one.

Pompeo claims he had no recollection of ever receiving the whiskey and told the Times through his lawyer that he "has no idea what the disposition was of this bottle of whiskey."

According to the notice, Pompeo also received two carpets worth almost $20,000-- both of which were transferred to the General Services Administration.

The mystery of the missing whiskey is just the latest issue to come out of the Pompeo-run State Department.

In April, the State Department's inspector general released a report detailing Pompeo's violation of ethics rules. According to the report, he and wife asked a political appointee and other employees to do favors, such as, "picking up personal items, planning events unrelated to the Department's mission, and conducting such personal business as pet care and mailing personal Christmas cards."

Pro-Trump GETTR Becoming 'Safe Haven' For Terrorist Propaganda

Just weeks after former President Trump's team quietly launched the alternative to "social media monopolies," GETTR is being used to promote terrorist propaganda from supporters of the Islamic State, a Politico analysis found.

The publication reports that the jihadi-related material circulating on the social platform includes "graphic videos of beheadings, viral memes that promote violence against the West and even memes of a militant executing Trump in an orange jumpsuit similar to those used in Guantanamo Bay."

Politico found at least 250 such regular users since early July, most of which follow each other and use hashtags to promote the jihadi material.

The Islamic State "has been very quick to exploit GETTR," Moustafa Ayad, executive director at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, told Politico, adding, "On Facebook, there was on one of these accounts that I follow that is known to be Islamic State, which said 'Oh, Trump announced his new platform. Inshallah, all the mujahideen will exploit that platform.'"

Politico describes the accumulation of terrorist propaganda as "rapid" and called GETTR a "safe haven" for jihadi extremists online, putting the new MAGA alternative to prominent social media apps, like Twitter and Facebook, in an "awkward" position.

Jason Miller, former Trump spokesperson and the CEO of GETTR, dismissed the spike in extremist content, saying, "ISIS is trying to attack the MAGA movement because President Trump wiped them off the face of the earth, destroying the Caliphate in less than 18 months, and the only ISIS members still alive are keyboard warriors hiding in caves and eating dirt cookies."

Miller also flooded his Twitter feed with links to stories that investigate Twitter's problems with ISIS:

According to Politico, however, Twitter works with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, so that the extremist-related material can be taken down as quickly as possible. GETTR has not yet signed up -- but Politico does note that some jihadi posts were eventually taken down on.

"Buried beneath a misleading and inflammatory headline…even Politico acknowledges GETTR has a robust & proactive moderation system that removes prohibited content, maximizing…A.I. technology and human moderation," said Miller.

Since being kicked off of Twitter and Facebook for inciting a deadly insurrection, Trump has been trying to find new ways to interact with his supporters-- none of which have been particularly successful.

Back in May, he launched a blog called "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" that he tried to pass off as a social "platform." The site ultimately failed weeks later due to ridicule and poor readership.

Trump's involvement in GETTR is unknown and he has yet to officially sign up for the platform, but the "true marketplace of ideas" has many links to the former president. In addition to Miller's involvement, Miles Guo, the business partner of former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, is also partially funding GETTR.

Politico's findings further outline the grave dangers that social sites with little to no regulation pose.

"We will come at you with slaying and explosions you worshippers of the cross," wrote an account whose name referenced ISIS. "How great is freedom of expression."

#EndorseThis: Watch Former Anti-Vaxxers Who Survived COVID Plead For Sanity

We have seen plenty of stories about stubborn anti-vaxxers, but what about those vaccine resisters who became seriously ill with the deadly coronavirus that is ripping through unvaccinated communities? As a CNN segment shows, many who survived are singing a different tune now.

"If I live through this," one former anti-vaxxer said of her life-threatening bout with COVID. "I want to go on a mission to try to help people to see that it is not worth not taking the vaccine."

"If it can take a healthy person, you know, and do what happened to my son and it takes his life, then why wouldn't you want to take the vaccine?" said Christy Carpenter, who lost her unvaccinated son.

It's something that every "hesitant" human being should see. Watch:

Regretful COVID patients wish they'd been vaccinated www.youtube.com

Defying Court Order, Ex-Cop Busted In Capitol Riot Buys Dozens Of Guns

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

When Thomas Robertson was granted release by a federal judge in January, the decision was made under a number of very clear conditions. The judge made it clear that he "could not own any firearms, destructive devices or dangerous weapons while his case was pending."

If he owned any firearms, he was given two days to move them. However, Robertson has reportedly failed miserably in holding up his end of that agreement. According to The Washington Post, Robertson was prohibited from owning firearms but just days after his release, local authorities found approximately eight firearms at his home. He was given a reprieve for that occurrence but to no avail.

More recently, prosecutors noted that authorities found a number of disturbing items when Robertson's Ferrum, Viriginia, home was searched last month. According to court records, authorities discovered a "loaded M4 carbine and a partially assembled pipe bomb." Robertson, a former Rocky Mount, Virginia., police officer is "also accused of buying 34 firearms online and "transporting them in interstate commerce while under felony indictment."

In wake of the latest discoveries, prosecutors are now requesting that the judge revoke Robertson's release and issue a new warrant for his arrest as this is considered his second pretrial violation.

In a motion filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 30, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elizabeth Ann Aloi and Risa Berkower laid out their request.

"Because the defendant has shown utter disregard for the Court's orders prohibiting his possession of firearms and other weapons during the time he has been on pretrial release, and because he has further flouted his release conditions through repeated violations of the federal firearms laws, the defendant presents a danger to the community that no release conditions will adequately mitigate," they wrote.

Robertson entered a not guilty plea for all of the charges he is facing in connection with the Capitol riots. His charges include: "obstruction of an official proceeding, aiding and abetting, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building."

MyPillow Guy Mulls Run For Minnesota Governor-- Gets Banned From Twitter

Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and a notorious right-wing misinformer, is reportedly considering a bid for governor of Minnesota, according to Axios. Per separate reports from multiple news organizations, the extremist pillow salesman was also permanently banned from Twitter.

According to the Axios report, Lindell has made no final decisions on his potential gubernatorial run, as he continues focusing all of his attention on "proving his [baseless] claims of election fraud." He will make no final decision until he resolves these "issues," because "why would anybody want to run if they had the same machines with the election fraud?" Lindell said.

So far-reaching is Lindell's smear campaign that Dominion Voting Systems -- falsely accused of rigging the election by the far-right -- included his name in a defamation lawsuit filed on Monday against Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Lindell has not been sued by Dominion yet, but the company has "not ruled anybody out," according to a lawyer representing the firm.

The report came on the same day that Lindell was permanently banned from Twitter -- as many far-right misinformers have been following the deadly MAGA attacks on the Capitol building. A Twitter spokesperson told multiple news organizations, including NPR and CNN, that Lindell's account was removed "due to repeated violations of our Civil Integrity Policy."

An increasing number of major retailers -- including Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl's-- have dropped Lindell's MyPillow products due to backlash that the company's CEO has faced for amplifying Trump's bogus election fraud claims, and his potential role in inciting the violent Capitol riots. He also was caught discussing "martial law" with former President Trump before the end of his term, according to the Washington Post.

Though Lindell's chances of becoming the next governor of Minnesota seem slim, Axios reported that "name recognition and his ties to Trump could give him an edge among GOP voters." This had led to fear amongst top Republican officials who, according to Axios, "think having the unpredictable pillow salesman at the top of the ticket would spell disaster for their efforts to win statewide in 2022."

Biden Sports Strong Opening Approval Numbers

President Joe Biden is off to a blisteringly fast start, making good on many campaign promises in his first days of office. And his efficacy in the Oval Office seems to be doing great things for his opening approval ratings.

"Biden's initial approval higher than Trump's ever was," read a Political Wire headline, referring to a Morning Consult poll. The key figures from the poll:

56 percent of voters approve of Biden's job performance, compared with 46 percent who approved of Donald Trump's performance at a similar point in 2017;
91 percent of Democrats approve of Biden versus 83 percent of Republicans who said the same of Trump at this time four years ago;
52 percent of voters hold favorable views of Vice President Kamala Harris, up two points from pre-inauguration polling, while 40 percent view her unfavorably, down three points over that time frame.

President Biden also showed strong numbers in polls by The Hill with 63 percent approval, and Reuters/Ipsos with 55 percent.



Polls taken regarding specific Biden actions seem to be boosting his initial approval ratings. For example, 69 percent approve of Biden's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Ipsos. Former President Trump struggled to contain Covid-19, with nearly 400,000 Americans dying from the virus on his watc.

The president's reversal of questionable Trump decisions also showed favorable numbers. According to Morning Consult, 54 percent approve of his decision to rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO), 57 percent support Biden rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, and 51 percent support him stopping the construction of Trump's border wall, which was a cornerstone of the former president's 2016 campaign.

Though a lot of Biden policies are seen favorably, others may be much more controversial. Like the president's plan to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which a Rasmussen Reports poll shows is approved by only 36 percent. It should also be noted that a Rasmussen Reports poll show only 48 percent of likely voters approve of President Biden, while 47 percent disapprove. According to a Rasmussen Reports tweet, that poll was "Sponsored by SLANTED from @SharylAttkisson," a former CBS correspondent who has been affiliated with the Heritage Foundation and now works for the right-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group.


ABC News suggests that the strong early showing may reflect a new president's political "honeymoon."

"For Biden, starting his tenure as commander-in-chief in a honeymoon period might afford him more room to maneuver on policy," wrote reporter Kendall Karson. "Particularly on his administration's colossal challenge: COVID-19."


Dominion Sues Giuliani For Over $1.3 Billion To Punish His 'Big Lie'

Dominion Voting Systems is not letting the far-right conspirators who trashed their voting systems to create distrust in American democracy system get away with their lies. Just weeks after handing former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell a defamation lawsuit, Dominion is now issuing a similar challenge to Rudy Giuliani, according to The Washington Post.

Filed in a U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.on Monday, the Dominion action is seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages from the former New York City mayor, who has continuously peddled false election information in an attempt to overturn a free and fair election that Donald Trump lost to President Joe Biden.

The court filing notes that "[Giuliani] was unwilling to make false election fraud claims about Dominion and its voting machines in a court of law because he knew those allegations are false...He and his allies manufactured and disseminated the 'Big Lie,' which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election."

As former President Trump's personal attorney, Giuliani has repeatably uttered unfounded and often fantastic attacks against the voting systems company -- including claiming that Dominion is a "Venezuelan company," that used its software to help deceased Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, fix American elections, according to the Post. It is a claim with no basis in fact.

Dominion issued a warning to the Trump campaign and its staunchest allies to reverse their false claims or be sued for defamation. The warnings were ignored by the campaign and now they are facing the consequences. In addition to Giuliani's $1.3 billion lawsuit, attorney Sidney Powell-- who was one of the most egregious election misinformers-- was also sued by Dominion for "at least $1.3 billion," according to AP News.

Dominion also hinted at more defamation lawsuits to come, listing other prominent far-right election conspirators such "Russell Ramsland, L. Lin Wood, Mike Lindell, Patrick Byrne, Lou Dobbs, Fox News, Fox Business, Newsmax, One America News Network ('OAN'), The Epoch Times, and other like-minded allies and media outlets," all named in the official court document.

The Post quoted Thomas Clare, a Dominion attorney, stating that "the company has not ruled anybody out."

"The U.S. Department of Justice has found no evidence of widespread voter fraud," Dominion stresses on its website. "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) confirmed the 2020 election was 'the most secure in American history,' adding, 'There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.'"

'This Is Insane': Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Won't Let The Secret Service Use Their Bathrooms

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of disgraced President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, also a senior advisor in the Trump administration, certainly view themselves as American royalty, but a recent Washington Post report takes their superiority complex to the next level. According to the paper, the couple didn't let US Secret Service agents, tasked with protecting them, use a single bathroom in their huge mansion.

"Instructed not to use any of the half-dozen bathrooms inside the couple's house," The Post report read. "The Secret Service detail assigned to President Trump's daughter and son-in-law spent months searching for a reliable restroom to use on the job, according to neighbors and law enforcement officials."

To make things even worse, in the Secret Service's attempt to find a bathroom, they had to use precious taxpayer dollars to pay for a porta-potty.

"It came at a cost to U.S. taxpayers. Since September 2017, the federal government has been spending $3,000 a month — more than $100,000 to date — to rent a basement studio, with a bathroom, from a neighbor of the Kushner family," wrote Washington Post reporters Peter Jamison, Carol Leonnig, and Paul Schwartzman.

That's right: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner would rather spend your hard-earned money than just let the Secret Service use one of their 6.5 bathrooms.

The Post also noted that a White House spokesperson denied the report, while a Secret Service spokeswoman declined to answer.

Twitter wasted no time chiming in on the insanity of the report.

"This is INSANE," tweeted Hannah Natanson, a Washington Post reporter.


The Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones Clara Jeffery also chimed in saying, "oh. my. GOD. Javanka wouldn't let their Secret Service detail use any of their SIX bathrooms, so they had to go to neighbors INCLUDING THE OBAMAS to find a toliet. Finally rented a studio, at taxpayer expense. THEY ARE THE WORST."


And that was just the beginning. Enjoy some more Twitter reactions:






Giuliani Could Face Expulsion From New York State Bar Association

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is launching a probe that could lead to Rudy Giuliani's expulsion from its membership, according to an NYSBA blog post. The inquiry will investigate statements President Trump's personal attorney made leading up to the assault on the Capitol by MAGA rioters last Wednesday.

"As the nation's largest voluntary state bar association, NYSBA has a responsibility to defend and protect the rule of law," the post said. "Based on these complaints, and the statement Mr. Giuliani uttered shortly before the attack on the Capitol, NYSBA President Scott M. Karson has launched an inquiry pursuant to the Association's bylaws to determine whether Mr. Giuliani should be removed from the membership rolls of the Association."

The statement they refer to is a comment Giuliani made addressing a crowd of Trump's staunchest supporters at the White House:

"If we're wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we're right a lot of them will go to jail. Let's have trial by combat."

The NYSBA said that Giuliani would be given "due process and have an opportunity – should he so choose – to explain and defend his words and actions," but they "cannot stand idly by and allow those intent on rending the fabric of our democracy to go unchecked."

The news comes the same day that the Treasury Department announced sanctions against the inner circle of Andrii Derkach, the pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker who aided Giuliani's efforts to investigate wrongdoing of President-elect Joe Biden's family, even though the allegations were unsubstantiated, according to Politico.

"Russian disinformation campaigns targeting American citizens are a threat to our democracy," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement, quoted by Politico. "The United States will continue to aggressively defend the integrity of our election systems and processes."

The news organization also noted that "the department had previously designated Derkach himself for sanctions related to foreign interference in the 2020 election in September. But on Monday, the department 'took additional action against seven individuals and four entities' that it alleged were 'part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network' associated with him."

As for the NYSBA probe, Giuliani has a good chance of losing his membership because Politico says that their bylaws "prevent membership for anyone who advocates the overthrow of the United States government or of any state or locality by force or illegal means." But "expulsion from the association would not affect Giuliani's ability to practice law in the state."

The NYSBA also took the time to condemn the president for his part in inciting the violence that led to five deaths and the vandalizing of the historic US Capitol building.

"We must address the root cause of this abhorrent incident," they said. "The blame for which lies first and foremost with President Donald Trump."

Apple, Amazon, And Google Drop Parler For Permitting Far-Right 'Threats Of Violence'

Apple, Amazon, and Google have all placed a ban on Parler, a social media app popular among ultra-conservatives and far-right hate groups, according to the New York Times.

"We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity," Apple's statement announcing their ban on Parler said. "Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people's safety."

Apple even gave Parler the chance to revise its policies, which they did, but Apple claimed that the social media site did not go far enough to justify keeping Parler on their app store.

Both Amazon and Google gave similar reasons for taking the far-right social media hotbed off their platforms.

Google did recognize in their statement that "there can be a reasonable debate about content policies and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content," but they noted that they "require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content," which they claim Parler was not doing.

Amazon's removal of Parler could be the most harmful to the future of the so-called "free-speech alternative to Twitter and Facebook," because they use Amazon as their web-hosting service, the New York Times reported.

"Amazon's move meant that Parler's entire platform would soon go offline unless it was able to find a new hosting service on Sunday," said The Times.

John Matze, Parler's chief executive, said in a text message, "I have a lot of work to do in the next 24 hours to make sure everyone's data (on Parler) is not permanently deleted off the internet," while also accusing big tech of wanting to "kill competition," according to the Times.

The news comes just days after a violent mob stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to disrupt our nation's democratic process. After reports that these far-right terrorists have planned the attacks for months in plain sight on social media platforms, big tech has started to crack-down on both the people and services, like Parler, that made the attack possible. President Donald Trump being banned from almost every large social media platform over the weekend is the biggest example of that.

Here is a list of platforms that have removed/banned President Trump according to Axios:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Snapchat
  • TikTok
  • Apple
  • Reddit
  • Twitch
  • Shopify
  • Google
  • Discord
  • Pinterest
The removals have been met with conservative backlash, but the violence and the undeniable evidence that platform's like Parler and far-right figures like Trump have promoted violence, hate, and are at least partially responsible for the attacks on the Capitol, which was an abomination to democracy and embarrassment to our country.

"Amazon said that it had sent the company 98 examples of posts on its site that encouraged violence and that many remained active," reported the Times.

USA Today reported, "Accounts connected to supporters of Trump, QAnon and far-right anti-government group III%ers explicitly or implicitly call for violence on Parler, with some asserting Wednesday, 'the war begins today.'"

House Physician Warns Congress Members May Have Been Exposed To Covid-19 During Capitol Attack

Members of Congress forced to hide-out as MAGA rioters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday may have been exposed to the deadly Covid-19 virus, according to The Washington Post. The paper quoted an email sent by Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician, to members of Congress on Sunday morning:

"On Wednesday January 6, many members of the House community were in protective isolation in room located in a large committee hearing space. The time in this room was several hours for some and briefer for others. During this time, individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection."

The email did not specify how large the group was, but it was confirmed from a video by Punchbowl News that some Republicans refused to wear masks-- including Reps. Andy Biggs (AZ.), Michael Cloud (TX), Markwayne Mullin (OK), and Scott Perry (PA)-- even though Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-PA) offered masks to those without one, according to the Post.

One House member, Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-KS), disclosed on Thursday that he had received a positive coronavirus test on Wednesday evening," said the newspaper. "But Pat Adams, a spokesman for LaTurner, said Sunday that the congressman was not among the members who were taken to the lockdown area in question Wednesday afternoon."


Experts told ABC News, "The riot on Capitol Hill could end up being a superspreader event," though they will not know for weeks.

Covid-19 continues to rage in the country, as the US broke single-day case records over the weekend-- 269,420 cases Friday and 278,920 Saturday. In total, over 300,000 Americans have died from coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For perspective that is nearly half the population of Washington, DC. And, in the last 24 hours, more people died from Covid-19, 3,700, than people who died in the tragic September 11th attacks.

The overwhelming dangers and statistics were still not enough to convince those Republican Congresspeople to wear masks, leaving their mask-wearing colleagues and staff "furious," said AP News.

No further details have come out regarding the potential exposure.

House Democrats Will Vote On Trump Impeachment Early Next Week

House Democrats are planning to vote on President Donald Trump's second impeachment as early as Monday, according to an Axios report.

"There's just one article in the four-page draft: 'Incitement of Insurrection,'" wrote Axios Reporter Mike Allen. He also noted that "more than half of House Democrats instantly signed on" to the article of impeachment.

"(S)adly, the person that's running the Executive Branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a 60 Minutes interview that Axios included in its report.

The news comes as top Democrats, notably House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are simultaneously pushing for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, according to the New York Times. But Pence is unlikely to move against Trump despite the sharp deterioration of their relationship in recent days.

"If the president does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action," Speaker Pelosi wrote in a letter to colleagues, cited in the New York Times report.

An increasing number of Republicans are jumping off the Trump train, after the pain and humiliation he brought on the country by inciting rioters who stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) demanded Trump's resignation and said she is no longer certain of her own allegiance to the GOP.

"I want him out," she said. "He has caused enough damage."

Sen. Pat Toomey, Republican from Pennsylvania, also said he is open to removing the president, telling Fox News that Trump has "committed impeachable offenses."

Though the House is moving quickly to impeach Trump, soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will not reconvene for official business until January 19 -- the day before Joe Biden's inauguration.

"Again, it would require the consent of all 100 Senators to conduct any business of any kind during the scheduled pro forma sessions prior to January 19," read a memo McConnell sent to every senato. "And therefore the consent of all 100 Senators to begin acting on any articles of impeachment during those sessions."

Republicans Put Each Other On Blast As Party Erupts Over Trump

While the 117th Congress began its first working day, every member of the Republican caucus in both houses confronted a moral quandary: Promote Trump and my own ambitions, or defend the Constitution I swore to protect.

The day began with former House Speaker Paul Ryan blasting the efforts of some of his fellow Republicans to overturn a free and fair election.

In a blistering statement, Ryan:

"Efforts to reject the votes of the Electoral College and sow doubt about Joe Biden's victory strike at the foundation of our republic. It is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans. The Trump campaign had ample opportunity to challenge election results, and those efforts failed from lack of evidence. The legal process was exhausted, and the results were decisively confirmed. The Department of Justice, too, found no basis for overturning the result. If states wish to reform their processes for future elections, that is their prerogative. But Joe Biden's victory is entirely legitimate."
Ryan, who served as Speaker during the first two years of Trump's term, has largely avoided commenting on the news since leaving office, though he did urge soon to be ex-President Trump to accept the results of the election in March, according to The Hill. That was only be the start of a long day that revealed a deepening GOP divide.

Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican, released a joint statement revealing his concern over some of his colleagues planning to overturn the election on January 6 in a vote that is supposed to be ceremonial.

"We, like most Americans, are outraged at the significant abuses in our election system resulting from the reckless adoption of mail-in ballots and the lack of safeguards maintained to guarantee that only legitimate votes are cast and counted," read Massie's statement, released jointly with several colleges including two who signed the amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to throw out votes in states Trump lost.

"But only states have authority to appoint electors," the letter continued. "Our job on January 6 is to determine whether these are the electors the states sent us, not whether these are the electors the states should have sent us," wrote Massie and his colleagues.




Rep. Chip Roy, a Republican from Texas, signed Massie's statement but took his displeasure at the effort to overturn the election a step further -- by releasing his own statement shredding the hypocrisy of many swing-state colleagues. He made a symbolic but strong statement opposing their seating in the new Congress.

"After all, those representatives [who oppose confirming the electoral vote] were elected through the very same systems -- with the same ballot procedures, with the same signature validations, with the same broadly applied decisions of executive and judicial branch officials-- as were the electors chosen for the President of the United States under the laws of those states, which have become the subject of national controversy," Roy's letter read.



Vandals Spray Pelosi And McConnell Homes With Protest  Graffiti

The homes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were vandalized yesterday with spray paint, fake blood, and a pig's head, according to the Washington Post.

The phrases "WHERE'S MY MONEY" and "MITCH KILLS POOR" were scrawled onto Mitch McConnell's Louisville, Kentucky home, reported The Post.

Pelosi's home was similarly vandalized, with "$2k," "Cancel rent!," and "We want everything" spray-painted across her San Francisco home. A pig's head also sat in a pool of fake blood in front of the Speaker's house, according to local police departments and news organizations.




"I've spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest. I appreciate every Kentuckian who has engaged in the democratic process whether they agree with me or not," McConnell said in a statement responding to the vandalism. "This is different. Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society. My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren't too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum."

Speaker Pelosi has not responded to her home being vandalized.

The news comes as Congress has moved at a snail's pace and increased Covid-19 relief checks have not gained traction in the Senate.

Last week, the US House passed a bill to increase $600 stimulus checks to $2,000, as President Donald Trump pushed for larger checks and some of his close allies in Congress obliged. Though it has the support of the president, McConnell refused to put just $2,000 check on the floor, instead opting to put the increased stimulus with other measures-- like Section 230 reform-- that had virtually no chance of passing. It didn't, as the 116th Congress ended Sunday morning, and Americans will now have to wait even longer for much-needed aid, in addition to the $600 they received.

A new Congress will be sworn in today.