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DOJ Looks to Intervene in Maricopa County Vote Recount

But could the move harbor even more resentment regarding the results?

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We have now put about six month’s worth of daylight between ourselves and the 2020 election, but still some questions remain.

In the afterglow of that fateful contest, a great deal of doubt in the results was fostered and conjured by then-President Donald Trump and his litigious surrogates – including former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  Some believed that the election was rigged via Democratic ballot initiatives, while others, including the aforementioned Giuliani, sought to prove that the voting systems used in several states were arbitrarily switching ballots.

That latest claim saw Giuliani, as well as a number of other Trump acquaintances, slapped with lawsuits in excess of a billion dollars for defamation against Dominion Voting Systems.

Now, as the Arizona GOP continues to take a manual look at the ballots in Maricopa County, the US Department of Justice appears ready to get involved. 

The U.S. Department of Justice expressed concern Wednesday about ballot security and potential voter intimidation arising from the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate’s unprecedented private recount of the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County.

In a letter to GOP Senate President Karen Fann, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said the Senate’s farming out of 2.1 million ballots from the state’s most populous county to a contractor may run afoul of federal law requiring ballots to remain in the control of elections officials for 22 months.

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And that isn’t all:

The Justice Department letter came six days after voting rights groups asked federal officials to intervene or send monitors to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix at the state fairgrounds, where the ballots are being recounted.

“We are very concerned that the auditors are engaged in ongoing and imminent violations of federal voting and election laws,” said the letter sent by the Brennan Center for Justice, the Leadership Conference and Protect Democracy.

It goes without saying that those who already harbor distrust in the results of the 2020 election are not likely to find the thought of a DOJ intervention at all comforting, which could lead to even more resentment among those who’ve long possessed their doubts.

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The Fence is Back, as Capitol Prepares for ‘J6’, Ashli Babbitt Rallies

Things could get sketchy in DC this weekend.

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Washington DC will once again be filled with supporters of former President Donald Trump this weekend, as a massive rally with a few different goals comes to the capital.

Although this time, they won’t all be sporting the iconic red baseball cap – not after a missive issued by one of the event’s organizers who was aiming to help identify interlopers in the crowd.

While the event was originally touted as a way to show solidarity with those arrested during the attempted insurrection of January 6th, 2021, another group who is seeking justice for slain Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt are being described as a potential threat by authorities.

And so the Capitol Police have brought back the fence.

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Workers began installing a fence around the U.S. Capitol late on Wednesday ahead of a protest scheduled for Sept. 18, and police asked the National Guard to be ready to help with security if needed.

A large group is expected at the Capitol on Saturday to protest the arrests and criminal charges against some 600 people in connection with a Jan. 6 riot by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

The tall fence was first erected following the Jan. 6 attack on the building that houses the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. It was dismantled in July.

There will also be plenty of boots on the ground.

The U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday said it has asked the Pentagon to provide National Guard troops if they are needed to help with security.

“The USCP has asked the Department of Defense for the ability to receive National Guard support should the need arise on September 18,” the police department statement said.

Organizers have suggested that they are there for peaceful protests only, and that anyone attempting to create trouble is likely an extremist with the goal of casting a violent pall over the group.

Washington DC will once again be filled with supporters of former President Donald Trump this weekend, as a massive rally with a few different goals comes to the capital. Although this time, they won’t all be sporting the iconic red baseball cap – not after a missive issued by one of the event’s organizers who was aiming to help identify interlopers in the crowd. While the event was originally touted as a way to show solidarity with those arrested during the attempted insurrection of January 6th, 2021, another group who is seeking justice for slain Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt are being described as a potential threat by authorities. And so the Capitol Police have brought back the fence. Workers began installing a fence around the U.S. Capitol late on Wednesday ahead of a protest scheduled for Sept. 18, and police asked the National Guard to be ready to help with security if needed. A large group is expected at the Capitol on Saturday to protest the arrests and criminal charges against some 600 people in connection with a Jan. 6 riot by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The tall fence was first erected following the Jan. 6 attack on the building that houses the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. It was dismantled in July. There will also be plenty of boots on the ground. The U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday said it has asked the Pentagon to provide National Guard troops if they are needed to help with security. “The USCP has asked the Department of Defense for the ability to receive National Guard support should the need arise on September 18,” the police department statement said. Organizers have suggested that they are there for peaceful protests only, and that anyone attempting to create trouble is likely an…

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ROCKED ON THE RADIO: Roger Stone Gets Served, Live, On-The-Air

Did someone really just try to upstage Roger Stone?

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There is little doubt that Roger Stone is a showman.  He is a man who understands the importance of managing the imagery.  He’s an optics-ometrist whose work is often overshadowed by just who it’s for.

Roger Stone also really likes it when things go his way.  He’s uninterested with with spontaneity and chaos, while cultivating in outward appearance of pure disaster in order to keep his political enemies off-guard.

And, in recognizing this facet of the public character we know as Roger Stone, one law firm fired a stunning shot right into the heart of the political provocateur’s ego.

Conservative lobbyist and prominent Trump ally Roger Stone was apparently served with a lawsuit live on air during a radio interview Wednesday.

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Stone appeared to have been served with the lawsuit while speaking on “Tomorrow’s News Today with Joe Hoft & Kell Brazil.”

Stone was in the middle of weighing in on whether former President Trump should run for office again in 2024 when he interrupted himself saying, “Hold on a second, I have a process server at my front door about to serve me in the latest lawsuit.”

But, in typical Stone fashion, he was not to be seen alarmed.

He could be heard telling the process server, “It’s still a fraud, doesn’t matter.”

Once he had received the suit, Stone said to Hoft and Brazil, “This is a big, big stack of papers, which is good because we’re out of toilet paper today.”

Audio of the incident was trending on Twitter on Thursday.

Stone, for all of his faults, still will not be upstaged.

There is little doubt that Roger Stone is a showman.  He is a man who understands the importance of managing the imagery.  He’s an optics-ometrist whose work is often overshadowed by just who it’s for. Roger Stone also really likes it when things go his way.  He’s uninterested with with spontaneity and chaos, while cultivating in outward appearance of pure disaster in order to keep his political enemies off-guard. And, in recognizing this facet of the public character we know as Roger Stone, one law firm fired a stunning shot right into the heart of the political provocateur’s ego. Conservative lobbyist and prominent Trump ally Roger Stone was apparently served with a lawsuit live on air during a radio interview Wednesday. Stone appeared to have been served with the lawsuit while speaking on “Tomorrow’s News Today with Joe Hoft & Kell Brazil.” Stone was in the middle of weighing in on whether former President Trump should run for office again in 2024 when he interrupted himself saying, “Hold on a second, I have a process server at my front door about to serve me in the latest lawsuit.” But, in typical Stone fashion, he was not to be seen alarmed. He could be heard telling the process server, “It’s still a fraud, doesn’t matter.” Once he had received the suit, Stone said to Hoft and Brazil, “This is a big, big stack of papers, which is good because we’re out of toilet paper today.” Audio of the incident was trending on Twitter on Thursday. https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1438231386654117892?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1438231386654117892%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fthehill.com%2Fregulation%2Fcourt-battles%2F572585-roger-stone-served-with-capitol-riot-lawsuit-during-radio-interview Stone, for all of his faults, still will not be upstaged.

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