Former President Donald Trump seemed to have taken a lesson from renowned actor Jerry Stiller – as he publicly aired his grievances in a Christmas message.
The ex-president took to Truth Social on Christmas Eve to sound off on the FBI, the Department of Justice and ‘Radical Left Marxists’ as he decried the recent findings of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots.
He also took aim at Special Prosecutor Jack Smith, who has taken over the Mar-a-Lago probe and the Justice Department’s investigation of the efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, and his documentarian wife.
The post comes just days after the January 6 Committee submitted its final report, accusing Trump of a criminal conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election — and urges Congress to consider banning the former president from ever holding public office again.
Former President Donald Trump hit out at the FBI, the Department of Justice and ‘Radical Left Marxists’ as he decried the recent findings of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots in a bizarre Christmas message. The ex-president is pictured in 2017
The ex-president aired his grievances against the government and hit out at a special prosecutor investigating his role in the January 6th riots and the classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate
‘Merry Christmas to EVERYONE, including the Radical Left Marxists that are trying to destroy our Country, the Federal Bureau of Instigation that is illegally coercing and paying Social and LameStream media to push for a mentally disabled Democrat over the Brilliant, Clairvoyant and USA LOVING Donald J Trump, and, of course, the Department of Injustice, which appointed a Special ‘Prosecutor’ who, together with his wife and family, HATES ‘Trump’ more than any other person on Earth.’ the ex-president wrote.
‘LOVE TO ALL!’ he concluded the flagrant message.
Among the many grievances listed in that message are the revelations that the FBI paid Twitter executives $3.5million for ‘processing requests’ as it worked with them to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Journalist Michael Shellenberger released documents last week showing that the Bureau handed Twitter executives the large sum of cash to handle its requests.
One former Twitter employee even wrote in a February 2020 email that the company’s Safety, Content & Law Enforcement (SCALE) had instituted a ‘reimbursement program’ in exchange for devoting staff hours to ‘processing requests from the FBI’.
The former president has been embroiled in legal battles as a special prosecutor works to determine whether he is responsible for the January 6 insurrection and whether he broke any laws by keeping classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate. Trump is pictured in November
Much of the accounts the FBI asked Twitter to ban were linked to conservatives and ‘foreign influence operations’.
Twitter had initially believed the Hunter Biden laptop story was ‘Russian disinformation,’ and it was revealed last week that Jim Baker, Twitter’s top lawyer and ex-FBI general counsel, personally intervened to say it should be banned.
He told Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security, that the laptop story should be censored — just one day after getting a top secret briefing from his former FBI colleagues.
He wrote: ‘There are some facts that indicate the materials may have been hacked. We simply need more information.’
Baker went on to write: ‘I’m guessing we are going to restrict access to their article as [a] violation of our Hacked Materials policy.’
One of the many lurid images that was found on Hunter Biden’s forgotten laptop
A damning email released last week showed that the FBI paid Twitter executives $3.5million for ‘processing requests’
The ex-president, who is now seeking re-election in 2024, also hit out at Special Prosecutor Jack Smith, and his wife, Katy Chevingy, a documentarian.
Attorney General Merrick Garland last month named Smith as the Special Prosecutor in charge of the criminal probe into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents, which he took to his Florida home after leaving office last year.
Smith is also charged with investigating the former president’s role in the January 6 insurrection — and it will ultimately be up to him to decide charges against Trump.
He has previously overseen a variety of high-profile cases, including prosecuting a sitting U.S. senator, prosecuting war crimes at The Hague as well as cases against gang members who murdered NYC police officers.
Earlier this month, he subpoenaed officials in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin for any communications with the former president or his aides and allies.
He is said to be looking to obtain records of communication from Dane County, Wisconsin; Maricopa County, Arizona; Wayne County, Michigan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to The Washington Post.
But even before he sent out the subpoenas, Republicans were trying to drag Smith’s reputation for his wife’s production in leftist films and donations to Biden’s presidential campaign against Trump.
Katy Chevingy is listed on IMDb as a producer for Michelle Obama’s 2020 documentary Becoming – a tid-bit conservatives are seizing now that her husband will be in charge of the inquiries into Trump.
They are also seizing upon OpenSecrets revelations that Chevingy donated $1,000 to Biden’s 2020 campaign in 2020 to diminish Smith’s credibility.
In the aftermath, Trump issued a statement saying: ‘This fully weaponized monster, Jack Smith, shouldn’t be let anywhere near the political persecution of ‘President Donald J. Trump.’
‘I did nothing wrong on January 6th, and nothing wrong with the Democrats’ fix on the Document Hoax, that is, unless the six previous Presidents did something wrong also,’ Trump wrote in a trio of posts that railed against Smith and the FBI as well as Smith family members last month.
Trump also took aim at Special Prosecutor Jack Smith, and his documentary filmmaker Katy Chevingy, who produced Michelle Obama’s 2020 documentary Becoming
The Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection released its findings on Thursday. Its report largely blames Trump for the violence
In another Christmas Eve post, Trump slammed the January 6 Committee for its report
And in another post on Christmas Eve, Trump slammed the January 6 Committee for its report on Thursday, which found the former president guilty of inflaming the January 6 riots.
‘The Unselect Committee’s January 6h Report is a Hoax, no different than RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, and all of the other Scams that the Disinformation laden Democrats have been planting for years,’ he wrote.
‘If I weren’t leading by a lot in the Polls, against both parties, this continuation of falsehoods and lies would nd quickly,’ Trump claimed, writing: ‘I won in 2016, did much better in 2020 (RIGGED!), and the Radical Marxists don’t want to run against me or MAGA in 2024.
‘I had almost nothing to do with January 6th,’ he added. ‘FREE SPEECH!’
Trump and his aides ‘engaged in 200 acts to pressure officials to overturn state results’
In its report, the committee estimated that from the election to Jan. 6, the president and aides made hundreds of efforts to pressure officials.
Targets included states he lost but that had GOP-led legislatures such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona.
This included at least:
68 meetings, attempted or connected phone calls, or text messages, each aimed at one or more State or local officials
18 instances of prominent public remarks, with language targeting one or more such officials
125 social media posts by Trump or senior aides targeting one or more such officials, either explicitly or implicitly, and mostly from his own account
His remarks came just one day after the former president released a five-minute long video in which he claims the January 6 Committee findings were a ‘monstrous lie.’
‘The unselect committee did not produce a single shred of evidence that I in anyway intended or wanted violence at our capitol,’ Trump said. ‘The evidence does not exist because the claim is baseless and a monstrous lie.
‘There was no insurrection and there was not going to be an insurrection. It was made up by these sick people,’ Trump said, before he sought to downplay the events of that day.
‘The events of January 6th were not an insurrection,’ Trump insisted. ‘They were a protest that got tragically out of control and which the left has been weaponizing ever since.
‘The committee cut the part of my speech out where I encouraged protestors to make their voices heard peacefully and patriotically, but nobody ever says that,’ Trump bemoaned.
During the video, the former president also defended his actions of January 6, 2021 arguing against the select committee’s conclusion that he did not respond to the riot for 187 minutes.
He said that he issued two tweets urging ‘peace and respect’ within 25 minutes of the Capitol being breached together with a follow-up statement half an hour later.
‘I told protestors to go home with peace and respect,’ Trump insisted.
Trump also repeated his claim that he had ‘urged the deployment of 10,000 to 20,000 National Guard troops’ before the riot ‘to keep the event safe.’
Such a claim has been directly refuted by the committee in the executive report, with President Trump’s own acting secretary of defense Christopher Miller directly refuted the claim when he testified under oath, according to the report.
The former president also denied a story that was revealed during the committee hearings how Trump ‘lunged for the steering wheel’ of his presidential limo.
Blaming the committee Trump stated: ‘They pushed an absurd and discredited story where I supposedly lunged for the steering wheel in an attempt to commandeer a presidential limo and they believe that story. Nobody believes that story!’ he said.
Trump also continued to push the false claim that the election was stolen noting how the topic was not mentioned by the panel.
‘The election was a corrupt disaster,’ he stated.
Trump went on a diatribe following the release of the report claiming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had ignored his recommendation for troops to be in used in Washington, D.C. — a claim repeatedly rejected by fact checkers
The committee’s final report holds Trump ultimately responsible for the 2021 Capitol insurrection
But the committee laid out in its 845-page report how Trump nd his allies tried 200 different ways to pressure officials into overturning state results from the 2020 presidential election.
‘The central cause of January 6th was one-man, former President Donald Trump, who many others followed,’ it reads. ‘None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him.’
‘The Committee believes that those who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and then, on January 6th, engaged in insurrection can appropriately be disqualified and barred from holding government office—whether federal or state, civilian or military …’ it concludes.
The report traces Trump’s lies about widespread election fraud to conversations with some of his allies ahead of Election Day, evidence that his plan was ‘premeditated,’ the committee says.
After he carried out that plan by questioning the legitimate results on election night — ‘Frankly, we did win this election,’ he told the TV cameras — he purposely disseminated false allegations of fraud.
Many of Trump’s White House advisers told him the lies were not true, according to multiple committee interviews, and his campaign lost a series of lawsuits challenging the results. But the former president did not waver.
The false claims ‘provoked his supporters to violence on January 6th,’ the committee wrote. Trump summoned them to Washington and instructed them in a fiery speech to march to the Capitol even though some ‘were angry and some were armed.’
And after the violence started, Trump waited hours to tell them to stop. That was a ‘dereliction of duty,’ the committee said.
The report lays bare how Trump and his allies sought to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election before he spoke to supporters about going to the Capitol on January 6
The report ultimately blames the former president for the violence at the Capitol
Much of the information included in the report was already publicly available
But it includes some new nuggets, including a text message sent by a Trump aide, which suggested the president would be enjoying the spectacle of his supporters going berserk.
‘POTUS I’m sure is loving this, Trump’s speechwriter Robert Gabriel texted someone at 2:49 p.m.
The report follows a deeply difficult week for Trump, that included the release of his long-hidden tax returns.
And on Monday the committee referred four criminal charges to the Department of Justice, accusing the former president of insurrection, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of an act of Congress.
It stems from the way Trump spread false claims of election fraud, before delivering a fiery speech on the morning of January 6.
He publicly vented at Vice President Mike Pence for not going along with his plan to reject ballots cast for Biden, and the called-on supporters to march on the Capitol.
He then waited hours — watching the violence unfold on television — before making a public statement.
And even then, 187 minutes after the violence began, he signed off by telling supporters: ‘We love you, you’re very special.’
But following the release of the report, the former president went on a diatribe, claiming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had ignored his recommendation for troops to be in used in Washington, D.C. — a claim repeatedly rejected by fact checkers.
‘The highly partisan Unselect Committee Report purposely fails to mention the failure of Pelosi to heed my recommendation for troops to be used in D.C., show the ‘Peacefully and Patriotically’ words I used, or study the reason for the protest, Election Fraud,’ he wrote on Truth Social with a characteristic display of capital letters and misspellings. ‘WITCH HUNT!’
The four major investigations former President Donald Trump is facing
Former President Donald J Trump is facing a slew of criminal and civil investigations into his actions, both while in business and while he was in office.
There are now four major ongoing probes involving the ex-president, who has already announced his intention to run again in 2024.
1. The DoJ’s probe into the classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago
Trump is facing a federal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified documents after FBI agents conducted a raid at Mar-a-Lago and seized several boxes of documents marked ‘classified.’
The Bureau characterized some of these documents as ‘classified/TS/SCI,’ a designation that refers to ‘sensitive compartmented information’ — information ‘concerning or derived from intelligence sources, methods, or analytical processes’ that the government typically treats with extraordinary caution.
Documents containing this kind of information are normally stored in specialized facilities designed to prevent the information from getting out — rather than in the personal residence of a former government official.
For obvious reasons, the FBI hasn’t been especially forthcoming about what was in the documents seized from Trump, but the Washington Post previously reported that the documents seized in the search include ‘classified documents relating to nuclear weapons.’
This image contained in a court filing by the Department of Justice on August 30, 2022, and partially redacted by the source, shows a photo of documents seized during the August 8 FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate
The FBI is now investigating whether Trump may have violated a provision of the Espionage Act, which makes it a crime to ‘willfully’ retain certain national security information that ‘the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation.’
Violations of the relevant provision of the Espionage Act can lead to a prison sentence of up to 10 years, but it is still unclear whether Trump will face criminal charges for allegedly stealing these documents — or whether those charges will come anytime soon.
2. The Justice Department’s probe of January 6
Last month, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith to investigate ‘whether any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election, or with the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021.’
It remains unclear just how closely that investigation is actively investigating Trump’s own role, however — and, if so, how close it is to an indictment against the former president.
But earlier this month, Smith subpoenaed officials in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin for any communications with the former president or his aides and allies.
He is said to be looking to obtain records of communication from Dane County, Wisconsin; Maricopa County, Arizona; Wayne County, Michigan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to The Washington Post.
Trump has previously refuted the election results in those counties.
3. The Georgia election investigation
Last year, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office asked a Georgia court to convene a special grand jury ‘for the purpose of investigating the facts and circumstances relating directly or indirectly to possible attempts to disrupt the lawful administration of the 2020 elections in the State of Georgia.’
That includes the Trump campaign’s attempt to create a slate of fake members of the Electoral College who would fraudulently tell Congress that the state’s electoral votes were cast for Trump, when in fact, the state went for Joe Biden.
Willis informed these 16 fake electors that they are targets of the investigation — meaning that they are at risk of criminal charges.
She is also targeting Rudy Giuliani, who testified before the special grand jury this summer and has been informed that he is a target of the investigation.
As part of the investigation, Willis is examining two phone calls between Graham and Secretary Raffensperger, where Graham allegedly ‘questioned’ Secretary Raffensperger and his staff about certain absentee ballots ‘cast in Georgia in order to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump.’
There are a few Georgia criminal statutes that Trump’s broad efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and specifically his ‘find 11,780 votes’ phone call with Raffensperger, might violate.
One such law makes it a crime to willfully tamper ‘with any electors list, voter’s certificate, numbered list of voters, ballot box, voting machine, direct recording electronic (DRE) equipment, or tabulating machine.’
And while no evidence has yet emerged that Trump personally tampered with any of these items, Georgia law also makes it a crime to, ‘with intent that another person engage in conduct constituting a felony,’ solicit another person to commit such a felony. Meanwhile, another state law specifically makes it a crime to engage in ‘criminal solicitation to commit election fraud.’
If convicted of either crime, Trump ‘shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than three years.’
4. The New York investigations into the Trump Organization
Trump’s businesses are also the subject of two financial fraud investigations, on of which could end up with criminal charges against the former president and his family.
Letitia James, the New York attorney general, has spent the better part of three years investigating whether the Trump Organization, Trump’s flagship company, misled either banks or tax officials about the value of its assets — allegedly inflating their value when seeking a loan from a bank, or minimizing their value in order to reduce taxes.
James even deposed Trump as part of this investigation, although Trump spent that interview repeatedly invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
James’s investigation is civil and not criminal, but it could potentially lead to an extraordinary sanction against Trump and his businesses.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is is investigating allegations that Trump’s company misled lenders and tax authorities about asset values
In a civil lawsuit filed against Trump in September, James seeks to bar Trump from serving as an officer in any New York business, ban the Trump Organization from buying commercial real estate in New York for five years, and force Trump’s business to give up $250 million in money that was allegedly obtained by fraud.
Additionally, James announced that she would file a criminal referral with federal prosecutors, which could lead to a new federal investigation being opened against the former president.
Donald Trump’s fraud case will head to trial in October next year to finally face-off with New York Attorney General Letitia James in the case against himself, his three adult children and the Trump Organization.