‘RIGGED!’: Trump Warns of 20 Percent Voter Fraud If Mail In Votes Permitted

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday warned that if mail in ballots are permitted, the nation could see voter fraud by as much as 20 percent.

“Mail-In Ballot fraud found in many elections. People are just now seeing how bad, dishonest and slow it is,” the president cautioned in a series of tweets. “Election results could be delayed for months. No more big election night answers? 1% not even counted in 2016. Ridiculous! Just a formula for RIGGING an Election.”

“Absentee Ballots are fine because you have to go through a precise process to get your voting privilege,” he continued. “Not so with Mail-Ins. Rigged Election!!! 20% fraudulent ballots?”

During an interview with Fox News‘ “Sunday Morning Futures,” in June, Attorney General William Barr made a similar claims, backing up the president’s concerns, saying vote-by-mail “absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud.”

Lawrence Norden, director of the Election Reform Program for the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York School of Law, told USA Today that Barr’s claim is not based in reality.

“It would be too easy to catch. You just wouldn’t be able to do it,” he told USA Today. “There’s obviously other ways – cyber warfare – of attacking election infrastructure. I think we have to be worried about them. But forging mail ballots is not a serious threat.”

Trump, however, is continuing to stand his ground.

“Because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations history – unless this stupidity is ended,” Trump tweeted. “We voted during World War One & World War Two with no problem, but now they are using Covid in order to cheat by using Mail-Ins!”

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Jail Bound? Ex-FBI Director Andrew McCabe Loses Appeal to Avoid Criminal Charges

WASHINGTON– Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was notified by Justice Department officials Thursday that they have rejected his appeal to avoid being criminally charged for lying to federal agents.

The Justice Department’s decision clears the way for McCabe to be indicted, say legal experts.

The news comes just one month after McCabe sued the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General William Barr, claiming his firing in March 2018 was unlawful. McCabe was terminated by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions after an internal investigation revealed he had disclosed the agency’s probe into the Clinton Foundation.

According to sources, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia informed McCabe’s attorneys last month that charges against their client were being recommended.

McCabe and his legal team formally appealed the recommendation through Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and the U.S. attorney, Jessie Liu, on Aug. 21.

The recommendation of McCabe’s indictment is the latest development in the FBI’s investigations around the 2016 presidential election, when the agency was charged with investigating both Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

McCabe, 51, has often been the subject of President Donald Trump’s rage. The president frequently called for McCabe’s termination on the grounds that he was biased against him and that he had tipped the scales in the FBI Russia probe to favor Clinton. McCabe denied the president’s allegations.

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STOP THE BIAS: Political commentator Jacob Wohl becomes latest casualty in Twitter’s war on conservatives

SAN FRANCISCO — Jacob Wohl became the latest conservative to be banned by Twitter Tuesday after the social media giant suspended his account, claiming the 21-year-old had violated it’s platform’s rules.

Wohl, an outspoken supporter of Israel and President Donald Trump, had garnered more than 180,000 followers prior to his ban.

“The account was suspended for multiple violations of the Twitter Rules,” a Twitter spokesperson said Tuesday, “specifically creating and operating fake accounts.”

Wohl denied those allegations when reached by USA Today for comment on Tuesday.

“I’ve had accounts for my businesses and my future think tank but that’s about it,” Wohl said, adding that all of those accounts had been “nuked” as a result of his suspension. “I’ve not created fake accounts or bot armies or anything like that.”

Wohl is just the latest in a series of conservative commentators and outspoken Trump supporters to be banned by Twitter.

In late 2018 Twitter permanently suspended the account of Laura Loomer, another outspoken supporter of Israel and Trump.

Loomer, who had amassed more than 260,000 followers on the social-media platform prior to her suspension, was banned for “violating Twitter rules against hateful conduct” after she sent a tweet criticizing Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for her Muslim faith.

In the tweet in question, Loomer called Omar “anti-Jewish” and called the Muslim religion one in which “homosexuals are oppressed” and “women are abused” and “forced to wear the hijab.”

“I’ve been silenced in America,” Loomer said in a video posted to YouTube in response to her Twitter ban. “Everything I said is 100 percent true and factual. It’s not malicious, it’s not mean, it’s not hateful.”

In 2018 Twitter was also one of several major social media networks to suspend Alex Jones from their platform.

Jones’ suspension came one day after the Texas-based talk show host tweeted a video of himself confronting a CNN reporter and accusing him of censorship.

In a statement posted to its website, Twitter claimed Jones’ actions violated its platform’s rules against “abusive behavior.”

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REPORT: Trump team prepping for showdown with Mueller

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s legal team is preparing for a long-awaited showdown with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to published reports.

Mueller, who has been carrying out an ongoing investigation into whether or not Trump or any member of his campaign team colluded with Russia to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, has requested the president agree to a one on one interview to answer his questions regarding his investigation.

Thus far, the sit-down has not yet occurred, however Mueller has announced his intent to release a report on his findings.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, says his legal team is preparing a counter attack to rebut any accusations that Mueller may make against his client and, again, defended Trump against allegations of wrongdoing.

“I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime,” Giuliani said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Monday. “Collusion is not a crime.”

Shortly thereafter during an interview with CNN, Giuliani said those who hacked the DNC, not Trump, are the only parties responsible for committing any wrongdoing.

“The hacking is the crime,” Giuliani told the network. “The president didn’t hack.”

Responding to a comment on Twitter, Giuliani agreed with a commenter who claimed the media was “twisting” both his and the president’s words in an effort to build a case for impeachment.

“Excellent observation,” Giuliani replied. “You can investigate an innocent person forever and forever and find nothing. When do we say enough is enough. No collusion, no obstruction. President Trump did nothing wrong.”

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PANIC AT THE DNC: Dems in meltdown mode over Kennedy retirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Breaking news of Justice Kennedy’s retirement Wednesday interrupted a conference call with DNC leaders, prompting audible sounds of shock and anguish.

“Justice Anthony Kennedy has just announced that he’s retiring,” one person announced to the group.

“Ohhhh!” one person yelled in response.

“Oh my God,” another replied.

“Not that he’s done us any good on these recent decisions, but he was the one who was usually persuadeable,” yet another lamented.

The 81-year-old Kennedy announced via statement Wednesday that he was stepping down after more than 30 years on the bench. A Republican appointee, Kennedy held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.

President Donald Trump, who was earlier made aware of Kennedy’s plans to retire, already has a list of 25 candidates lined up to fill the jurist’s spot.

According to reports, the list includes 24 judges and Utah Sen. Mike Lee. The president has said he is prepared to choose a nominee from that list.

The new jurist, whomever that may be, will likely tip the scales in the favor of Conservative causes, particularly in regard to matters relating to hot-button issues such as abortion.

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TRUMPED! NFL mandates players must now stand for national anthem after multiple scoldings from POTUS

Atlanta, Ga. (USA Today) — Amid repeated protests during the playing of the national anthem over the past two seasons, the NFL on Wednesday passed a revised policy that mandates players and team personnel present on the sideline “shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

The revision allows players who would not wish to stand to remain in the locker room. Also under the revision, each franchise will have the power to issue their own policies, which could include fines for players protesting the anthem, under the conduct detrimental provision of the league’s personal conduct policy.

The league also now has the power to fine any franchise that has representatives who do not stand or “show respect” while present on the sideline for the anthem.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the agreement was reached unanimously by owners at the league meeting in Atlanta, but Jed York of the 49ers said his team abstained.

“We want people to be respectful to the national anthem,” Goodell said in a news conference. “We want people to stand. That’s all personnel, and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. We have been very sensitive in making sure we give players choices, but we do believe that that moment is important and one we are going to focus on.”

Several players last season followed in the footsteps of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in the previous year chose to kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest against police brutality and racial inequality. By the start of the 2017 season, there were only a handful of protests during the anthem. Then, in a September rally, President Trump referred to a player who protested social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem as “son of a (expletive).” Many teams and players responded by participating in demonstrations that featured kneeling or standing with arms locked.

“It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic,” Goodell said in a written statement that announced the revision. “This is not and was never the case.”

The NFL Players Association has already taken issue with the policy, which was reached without the union present.

“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy,’ ” the NFLPA said in a statement. “NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.

“The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principles, values and patriotism of our League.

“Our union will review the new ‘policy’ and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”

The new policy reads in full below:

POLICY STATEMENT

The 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope, and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities.

The membership also strongly believes that:

1. All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

2. The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.

3. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed.

4. A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

5. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

6. The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today contributed to this report. 

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‘MORALLY UNFIT’: Former FBI chief James Comey strikes out at Donald Trump in scathing new interview

McLEAN, Va. — Former FBI chief James Comey is swinging back hard against his former boss, President Donald Trump.

In a newly published interview with USA Today, Comey, who was fired by Trump in 2017 for his alleged mishandling of the Clinton email case, calls the 45th president “morally unfit” to hold office.

“I actually believe he’s morally unfit to be president,” Comey told USA Today during an interview at his home in the Virginia suburbs, adding he views Trump as “someone who is able to see moral equivalence in (white nationalist protests in) Charlottesville or to speak and treat women like they’re pieces of meat and to lie constantly and who appears to lack an external moral framework of religion, philosophy or history.”

Further, Comey went on to claim that it wouldn’t surprise him if Trump had been compromised by Russian interests.

“It’s hard to explain some things without at least leaving your mind open to that being a possibility,” said Comey, who also served under former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

“There’s a non-zero possibility that the Russians have some, some sway over him that is rooted in his personal experience,” said Comey, adding, “I don’t know whether that’s the business about the activity in a Moscow hotel room or finances or something else,” referencing now infamous allegations of Trump’s alleged interactions with Russian prostitutes in 2013.

Accusations that Trump had rendezvoused with Russian prostitutes in 2013 stemmed from a dossier prepared by a former British intelligence agent at on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Trump has steadfastly denied the allegations and referred to them as part of an ongoing “witch hunt” to bring down his presidency.

Comey went on to say that his suspicions that Trump may have been compromised by Russian interests were piqued by the president’s reluctance to criticize Russian president Vladimir Putin.

“At least in my experience, he won’t criticize Vladimir Putin even in private,” said Comey. “I can understand why a president…might not want to criticize publicly another leader” in the interests of forging a good relationship. “But privately? Sitting with the person in charge of countering the Russian threat in the United States? Privately not being willing to do that? That always struck me.”

Comey’s comments come as works to promote a new book on his time with Trump, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” a book the RNC has called a “work of fiction”.

President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to respond to some of the allegations in Comey’s book, calling Comey a disgruntled criminal who wrote the book as a form of retaliation.

“Comey drafted the Crooked Hillary exoneration long before he talked to her (lied in Congress to Senator G), then based his decisions on her poll numbers. Disgruntled, he, McCabe, and the others, committed many crimes!” Trump tweeted.

The Republican National Committee has launched a new website, lyincomey.com in an effort to combat many of the allegations in Comey’s book. In it, they call the former FBI chief out on an array of alleged inconsistencies and half-truths they say he’s been caught up in.

Comey, when asked about the allegations in the website, says he believes his credibility speaks for itself.

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THE FACE OF A MAD MAN: Police identify Mark Anthony Conditt as Austin serial bomber

AUSTIN, TX — A man suspected as being the serial bomber who’s acts of terror frightened Austin residents for nearly three weeks has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt.

Police officials identified Conditt as the suspect just hours after the 23-year-old blew himself up inside his car as SWAT team members attempted to take him into custody.

Following up on a myriad of tips, police officials were able to track Conditt after he turned on his cell phone, which phone records show had been in the areas of each of the recent bombings.

Police say tracking the purchase of several “exotic” batteries, which were purchased online by Conditt and used to make the exploding devices also helped them to finger him as their suspect.

“These weren’t your store-bought Duracells,” a law enforcement official told NBC News.

A report published by The Miami Herald shows Partially unsealed federal court documents show that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms were preparing to arrest Mark Anthony Conditt on Tuesday on charges he had received, possessed or transferred destructive devices.

According to the report, A U.S. Magistrate Judge heard by phone Tuesday an ATF agent’s request to issue an arrest warrant for Conditt and signed the warrant electronically.

It was when law enforcement agents attempted to carry out the warrant on Tuesday night, that Conditt killed himself inside his vehicle.

Victor Gonzales, the mayor of Pflugerville, Texas said Conditt lived about two blocks from him in a small, tight-knit town located about 20 miles north of Austin.

Lee Rocha, who has lived in the neighborhood for 28 years, said he’d often see Conditt in town and got the feeling that he was somewhat of a loner.

“I never really talked to him, but I’m not really a conversation person,” said Rocha, who told USA Today that he sometimes saw Conditt at a local karaoke bar. “He sometimes came in with others, sometimes by himself. I didn’t get the sense that he was a popular guy.”

Federal officials praised the FBI and local police forces in their identifying Conditt on Wednesday.

“Hundreds of federal, state and local law enforcement officers worked together to identify and locate Conditt. I was awed by their professionalism, collaborative spirit, and indefatigable commitment to protecting the public,” United States Attorney John F. Bash said in statement. “I send my deepest condolences to the families of Anthony Stephan House and Draylen Mason, and I pray for the recovery of the surviving victims of these monstrous crimes.”

Meanwhile, authorities who say their investigation has led them to a “treasure trove of information” are warning the public that other explosives may still be out there.

“We are concerned there may be other packages still out there, we need the public to remain vigilant, especially today as we go through the investigation,” FBI Agent Christopher Combs, head of the agency’s San Antonio office, told reporters.

Mayor Gonzales concurred with Combs’ comments, adding: “We don’t know where this suspect has spent his past 24 hours, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to make sure that no other devices have been left out in the community.”

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CONSERVATIVES PUSH BACK: DirectTV offers NFL refunds in response to anthem controversy

EL SEGUNDO, CA — DirectTV is offering refunds to angry viewers, outraged over NFL teams who refused to stand for the national anthem.

According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal (https://www.wsj.com/articles/directv-allows-some-nfl-refunds-after-anthem-controversy-1506453159), the satallite TV giant has been bombarded with calls from subscribers to its Sunday Ticket package of NFL games.

Under typical DirectTVcorporate policy, refunds are not issued to subscribers of Sunday Ticket once the season is underway. But the company has decided to make exceptions this season due to the controversy that has risen over players’ decisions to kneel or link arms during the national anthem.

Mark Hoffman, a longtime subscriber to Sunday Ticket, which gives sports fans the ability to watch every Sunday game, told Fox Business News (http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/09/26/directv-allows-some-nfl-refunds-after-anthem-controversy.html) that he canceled his subscription, for which he had paid $280, because he wanted to stand up for what’s right.

“I honestly didn’t think I’d get a refund,” Mr. Hoffman said. “I know their guidelines, I just wanted to make a point.”

The protests, which started last season when quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem to protest what he referred to as “police brutality” against minorities, became a center point of this past weekend’s games after President Trump said that all players in the National Football League should be required to stand during the national anthem.

While many Americans agreed with the president, high ranking members of the NFL were quick to utilize the controversy, reportedly seeing it as a means of drumming up some extra publicity after a multi-season drop in ratings. Owners of several teams ordered their players to either stand down during the national anthem, lock arms or stay behind in the locker room in “protest” until the anthem was over.

That decision quickly seemed to backfire on the NFL as hashtags such as #NFLBoycott and #BoycottNFLSponsors began trending on social media.

Charles Plavk, a veteran from Wisconsin, told Fox Business that he, too, canceled his subscription to the channel from Charter Communications’ Spectrum Cable in response to the controversy. Plavk said when he called to do so, the customer service representative said, “everybody’s calling about that today.”

According to an opinion piece by USA Today called “NFL commits suicide by Trump with politically correct protests” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/26/fl-stop-self-destructive-grandstanding-and-just-play-football-james-robbins-column/701472001/), the NFL has only themselves to blame for choosing the path of political correctness over patriotism.

“The NFL is on a politically-correct suicide course, alienating fans and wrecking ratings. It can thank former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who last year started the fad of refusing to stand for the pre-game national anthem because he did not want to “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” writes columnist James Robbins.

“Sports are supposed to be fun, but these protests are divisive, distracting and pointless,” he continued. “They are a public relations nightmare that the NFL shows no sign of stopping. Goodell and others want to preach about free expression, but most fans probably prefer their football free of guilt-tripping toxic politics.”

Perhaps the NFL failed to get the memo that was sent out by Conservatives upon Trump’s election. The days of political correctness are clearly over.

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AND SO IT BEGINS: WISCONSIN COMPANY TO BEGIN MICROCHIPPING EMPLOYEES

RIVER FALLS, WI — A Wisconsin company announced this week that it will begin microchipping their employees, according to a report published by USA Today (https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2017/07/24/wisconsin-company-install-rice-sized-microchips-employees/503867001/).

The company behind the decision, Three Square Market, which is based out of River Falls, Wisconsin, says the time has come and that others need to step up and follow their technological example.

“It’s the next thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it,” the software development company’s Chief Executive Officer, Todd Westby, said of the move.

More than 50 of the company’s employees will begin having the devices implanted in their hands starting next week, says Westby. Each chip is about the size of a single grain of rice and can be used to purchase items in place of a traditional debit or credit card.

In addition to using the chips to store their financial information, Westby says they will also be able to use the chip to gain access to the company building and log onto their computers.

“We’ll come up, scan the item,” Westby explained, while showing how the process will work at an actual break room market kiosk. “We’ll hit pay with a credit card, and it’s asking to swipe my proximity payment now. I’ll hold my hand up, just like my cell phone, and it’ll pay for my product.”

Each chip costs around $300, the cost of which will be covered by the company. Westby says the chip is implanted between a person’s thumb and forefinger and the data is both encrypted and secure.

Westby says the company plans to market the technology to other major companies, many of which, he says, have already expressed a great deal of interest.

Critics of the technology, however, say microchipping human beings sounds a little too much like “1984” and question the true need for it.

“Conceptually you could get data about your health, and you could [get] data about your whereabouts, how often you’re working, how long you’re working, if you’re taking toilet breaks and things like that,” microbiologist Ben Libberton of the Swedish university Karolinska Institute told Australian ABC (http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/human-body/swedish-company-epicenter-implants-microchips-into-employees/news-story/5c48700ebb54262ae389db085593ab12). All of that data could conceivably be collected. So then the question is: What happens to it afterwards? What is it used for? Who is going to be using it? Who is going to be seeing it?”

Westby says that at this point getting the chip is voluntary and that no employees are being forced to receive the technology. He did not clarify if at any point in the future, however, that may change.

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