As Trump refuses to appear before the Senate impeachment trial, there’s more lawfare with defamation suits resulting from 2020 election claims:
Here is the 285-page, $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit that election tech company Smartmatic filed today in state court in Manhattan against Fox, Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell: https://t.co/VYwrKETtyS
Intro: "The Earth is round." pic.twitter.com/dZzyPBuIvd
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) February 4, 2021
There are already libertarian pillows pic.twitter.com/qbe87YQCdu
— TreasonousStirHat (@Popehat) February 4, 2021
March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg tweeted on Thursday that he and software developer William LeGate are launching a pillow company to compete against MyPillow, which is led by Trump supporter CEO Mike Lindell.
Driving the news: Lindell is one of former President Trump’s most adamant defenders and has repeatedly shared unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the election since President Biden took office.
Details… Hogg wrote that he and LeGate hope to “sell $1 million of product within our first year” and to launch in about six months.
- “[W]e would like to do it sooner but we have strict guidelines on sustainability and [U.S.] based Union producers,” Hogg added.
- “Mike isn’t going to know what hit him—this pillow fight is just getting started.”
Trump's refusal to testify invites the inference, supported by other facts we know, that on the afternoon of January 6th he sat in the Oval Office watching TV, enjoying the spectacle, and doing nothing to call off his supporters or mobilize the government to deal with them.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) February 4, 2021
Trump defense lawyer says the former President will NOT testify at Impeachment trial.
Attorney: “It’s a publicity stunt in order to make up for the weakness of the House managers’ case.”
There’s no escaping what really happened. Now, in one sense, Republicans are surely relieved Trump isn’t testifying, because he would no doubt reiterate that the election outcome was fraudulent, demonstrating again that he absolutely did want to overturn it, making Republicans look even more corrupt and depraved for acquitting him.
The central strategic goal for Republicans at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is no mystery. Above all, they must avoid taking a stand on what the former president is actually accused of doing: inciting a mob assault on the Capitol and on lawmakers themselves, for the express purpose of violently disrupting the peaceful conclusion of an election he lost.Intriguingly, this task may have been badly complicated by none other than Trump’s own lawyers.
some Trumpists likely believe in a flat Earth that could be round but not spherical, much like a sky that would compel you to spoil vaccines www.washingtonpost.com/…
Trump's lawyers may have committed a big blunder. By contesting Dem claims about his conduct, rather than hewing to constitutional arguments, they will expose just how weak their defense of his conduct really is. His refusal to testify confirms the point:https://t.co/WutLmF3OAL
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 4, 2021
This is a transparent copout. Trump could easily testify or agree to a deposition without sacrificing his claim that the Senate has no jurisdiction to try him. His cowardice is obvious. https://t.co/WpDvmaINqc
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) February 4, 2021
My first column in the @thedailybeast on Marjorie Taylor Greene being the present and future of the #GQP. She's the center, not the outlier. Also, a brief word on how Dems should flex and confront this threat moving forward. Hope you dig it.https://t.co/hRvzj7J6Dn pic.twitter.com/MXR8tTqXmT
— Wajahat "Not Fasting" Ali (@WajahatAli) February 4, 2021