Many things happened. Here are some of the things. This is TPM’s morning memo.
A jury on Thursday ruled against Project Veritas, the conservative organization that runs so-called “black ops” to fabricate damning content about its political enemies, in the lawsuit by a Democratic consulting firm, but not before Project Veritas’s own attorney stated in his closing statement that his clients engaged in “deception, deception, and dishonesty,” as the New York Times put it.
- And that’s a good thing, argued the lawyer, because that’s how Project Veritas “can speak truth to power.”
- It was all part of Project Veritas’ journalistic mission., according to the lawyer. The jury wasn’t buying it.
- Project Veritas was ordered to pay $120,000 to the consultant, which had accused the organization of illegal wiretapping and fraudulent misrepresentation as part of its espionage operation in 2016.
- Project Veritas still faces a federal investigation into its role in the Ashley Biden diary scandal. No charges have been filed against the group in that case.
Suspected neo-Nazi insurrectionist sentenced to prison
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, a former Army Reservist who was reportedly an outspoken and proud neo-Nazi, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for attacking the Capitol on Jan. 6.
- A speaker at one of Trump’s rallies use The Hale-Cusanelli case as an example of the persecution allegedly suffered by the accused on January 6 only because they violently forced their way into the Capitol building to keep their leader in power after he lost an election.
- This guy had tried to defend himself by claiming during one of his hearings that he didn’t know that Congress was meeting on Capitol Hill, and that the reason he didn’t know was because he was from New Jersey (full quote: “I know this sounds idiotic, but I’m from New Jersey”). Jersey TPM readers, did you also discover for the first time on January 6 that members of Congress work on Capitol Hill?
Russia organizes fake referendums in Ukraine
In a major escalation in its invasion of Ukraine, the Russian government on Friday thrown out a series of bogus referendums in four Russian-controlled territories in Ukraine, marking the beginning of Moscow’s annexation of parts of the country.
- The referendums will last five days, but the process is pure spectacle, of course. Russia has already decided to absorb those territories.
- The four territories include the breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, as well as the provinces of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. Organized referendums are being held for those areas even though Russia does not have full control over them.
Special teacher tells Trump to shut up or shut up
Things are still not going well for the former president in the Justice Department’s Mar-a-Lago documents investigation: U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie, also known as the judge Trump chose to be the special master on the case, ordered his legal team to prove the former president’s claims that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago and that some of the documents were protected by executive privilege.
Oz is sending very sad emails to his followers
Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz’s campaign has been sending out emails complaining about how poorly he is doing in fundraising and polling, the daily beast reports.
- The Oz campaign has sent 23 emails since Monday, and all of them are reportedly from the TV doctor being sad. who is falling behind Democrat rival John Fetterman and really needs your help please.
- “Yes…this is bad” one of the emails allegedly lamented.
- And Oz doesn’t keep misery in his own situation: On Monday, he allegedly sent an email stating that “[r]Eight now, Democrats are CRUSHING Republicans in Senate races across the country.” And according to the Daily Beast, the title of that email was “It would be humiliating.”
Judge won’t let MyPillow Guy get his phone back
a federal judge shot down MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s request for the Justice Department to return his phone, which he had seized at Hardee’s last week.
- lindell claims who does all his business on his cell phone because he doesn’t have a computer.
- Wondering what’s going on with the Pillow Man? Here is your answer.
GOP Sen. Braun Eyes Indiana Gubernatorial Run
Graham a little doubtful of Trump’s telepathic declassification skills
When asked about Trump’s claim that he can declassify things just by “thinking about it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) saying CNN yesterday that “the process is probably more complicated than that.”
Alex Jones Confronted With His Trash Talk About The Judge In Libel Trial
Witness this moment in the Sandy Hook Families libel trial against far-right milliner Alex Jones:
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