I love that Liz Cheney anticipated Trump lickspittle Tony Ornato calling Hutchinson a liar. He came out after the hearing and claimed he never said what she quoted him as saying (that an enraged Trump tried to grab the steering wheel and head to the Capitol on Jan. 6 and lunged at a secret service guy named Engel who tried to stop him, grabbing Engel by the throat). Ornato was a secret service agent who Trump promoted to deputy chief of staff, another unprecedented move in Trump’s führer-like loyalty/promotion program.
Liz Cheney: was Engel in the room when Ornato said this?
LC: did he hear what Ornato told you?
LC: did Engel contradict Ornato?
Hutchinson was under oath. Ornato, who swears, on FOX and in the NY Times, that she is lying, is still loving the taste of his master’s sphincter (Trumpie broke new ground by promoting Ornato from secret service agent to a high ranking member of his administration). That was the best they had, after the damning, uncontradicted revelations about Trump wanting his armed followers waved past the f-ing magnetometers, and the complicity of his inner circle in the armed violence that was planned and carried out on January 6th.
Yes, Ornoto conceded, the president had been in a rage in the limo, but Ornato loyally stated he’d never told that lying traitor anythinglike what she swore he said!And, sadly, that’s all we’ve got for ya, Sir.
Now go say that under oath, Ornato, with fellow patriot Patsy Bologna.
It’s all a big diversion from Biden’s many failures, weak Biden’s many impeachable high crimes and misdemeanorsincluding lying, unprovoked war in Ukraine, out of control inflation and skyrocketing gas prices…
This is why Bill Barr is one of the most despicable and rightfully hated of Trump’s bullying enablers. To save his skin, the most corrupt AG in American history quit right before the armed attack on the Capitol. Then stayed silent about what he knew to be a supremely destructive Big Lie (that he was instrumental in spreading). Now he poses as a voice of reason, an honest arbiter of who is detatched from reality. Here he was, authoritatively spreading disinformation for the entire year before the 2020 election, soundbite courtesy of Fox News.
Check out the mendacious partisan’s short, pure bullshit resignation letter, shortly before the planned Hail Mary violence to overturn the nonfraudulent election :
For the first few years of his term Trump used his unlimited pardon power sparingly , starting with his pardon of pugnacious, racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of contempt of court. Nothing wrong with showing contempt, Trump reasoned, if the judge is a complete fucking asshole who won’t even let you run outdoor concentration camps for dirty brown people in the brutal heat of the desert. After he lost the election in 2020, in a landslide, Trump’s pardoning power went into overdrive. Jared wasn’t lying when he said, under oath, that he was too busy pushing pardons to pay much attention to White House counsel whining about proposed illegal actions by the president. Jared was busy! You can see the full list of Trump pardons here, including the feverish flurry at the end:
Trump granted 237 acts of clemency during his four years in the White House, including 143 pardons and 94 commutations. Only two other presidents since 1900 – George W. and George H.W. Bush – granted fewer acts of clemency than Trump.
His predecessor, Barack Obama, granted clemency 1,927 times over the course of eight years in office, the highest total of any president going back to Harry Truman. Obama’s total was skewed heavily toward commutations (1,715) instead of pardons (212).
From the great Heather Cox Richardson, quoting one of the most vocally opinionated pinheads in Congress, the honorable Louie Gohmert, on the American right to lie:
Navarro was livid at being arrested and handcuffed and put in a cell, saying that if they had just called him and said they needed him down at court, he’d have shown up. (He appeared to miss the point that the subpoena he ignored is basically a call that says, “Hey, we need you down at the court….”) He claims that authorities have violated the Constitution.
Reacting to the arrest, Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told Newsmax, “If you’re a Republican, you can’t even lie to Congress or lie to an FBI agent or they’re coming after you.” He claimed that the grand jury acquitted lawyer Michael Sussman of lying to the FBI about his contact with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign with the argument that “[o]f course you’re gonna lie. Everybody lies!” but that is, of course, not true. The jury said that the Department of Justice, which brought the suit against Sussman, did not prove its case. It is against the law to lie to Congress or to the FBI. Navarro has not been tried yet; he has simply been indicted.