Today is November 17 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1 – Four more years – Trump freezes 2024 presidential field
From Politico: Kevin Cramer called Donald Trump last week to convey his support for the president’s efforts to contest the election results when Trump dropped a casual aside that snapped the North Dakota senator to attention.
“If this doesn’t work out, I’ll just run again in four years,” Trump said.
Cramer could only chuckle at the president musing about the next presidential race while he’s still in office. But to the lineup of Republican hopefuls with their eyes on becoming the GOP’s post-Trump standard bearer, the president’s remark was no laughing matter.
While Trump’s loss was supposed to trigger a Republican Party reset, his flirtation with a 2024 bid ensures he’ll remain the dominant force in the party and cast a shadow over anyone looking to succeed him. Even the possibility of Trump running again will impede other Republicans from laying groundwork for their own bids — lest they upset Trump and his tens of millions of supporters, many of whom are convinced the election was stolen.
Those who’ve worked for Trump — Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley — are in perhaps the toughest spot of all. Each would have to maneuver around the soon-to-be-former president after spending the last four years aligning themselves with him.
DML: I’ll be discussing this on my podcast this morning!
2 – Ilhan Omar cuts ties with husband’s consulting firm, which raked in nearly $3 million from her campaign
Free Beacon: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) is cutting ties with her husband’s political consulting firm, which raked in nearly $3 million from her campaign committee during the 2020 election cycle.
Omar’s campaign sent an email to supporters Sunday saying she will now distance herself from the E Street Group, which is owned by her husband, Tim Mynett, and Will Hailer.
“So we’ve decided to terminate our contract with Tim and Will’s firm,” the email states. “While many of our close supporters know these two well and have recommended we keep them on — I want to make sure that anybody who is supporting our campaign with their time or financial support feels there is no perceived issue with that support.”
Omar has faced consistent scrutiny over her campaign’s payments to the firm, which the Washington Free Beacon has regularly tracked since the cash flow began last year. Omar’s campaign has paid out nearly $3 million to the firm to cover advertisements, consulting, travel expenses, and production costs. The E Street Group has been the campaign’s largest vendor.
Judicial Watch has filed an official complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics about Rep. Ilhan Omar potential violations of law. Let us know if you agree that Rep. #IlhanOmar SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED by signing the petition HERE: https://t.co/sTYd3hy04u
— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) November 16, 2020
DML: I’ll be discussing this on my podcast this morning – don’t miss it!
3 – Video surfaces of bombshell interview with elections security expert just days prior to Nov 3 election
Just days before Election Day – on Oct. 29, a video was posted of an interview with election security expert Russ Ramsland, co-owner of the Allied Security Operations Group, as he joined Debbie Georgatos on the Dallas, Texas conservative talk show America, Can We Talk?
Ramsland shared warnings about the potential for fraud involving machines used in elections across the country that sound eerily similar to just what Trump lawyers are now saying happened. He explained a former investigation his company conducted in 2019, as they uncovered major proof of the ability of machines to change electronic votes.
“The software is so bad you can easily change the audit trail so you cannot even go back and find out the votes that were changed.”
Speaking of the Dominion Voting System, he said all the data from the voting machines in 28 states in the U.S. goes to a server in Frankfurt, Germany. Ramsland also shared information on a study that another group recently did on the last elections in Oklahoma and Texas, as they discovered that 18,947 people voted in Oklahoma and Texas on the exact same day.
Below is a 2-minute clip from the interview:
“We began to look and realized how easy it is to change votes.”
Election security expert @RussRamsland has performed many investigations on US election machines.
The most *shocking* thing about this interview is it took place just days BEFORE the election. Watch🔻 pic.twitter.com/53Kcxmne2e
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 14, 2020
The entire bombshell interview is below:
DML: I’ll be discussing this on my podcast this morning – don’t miss it!
4 – Georgia recount unearths more than 2,600 uncounted ballots in one county
More than 2,600 ballots in Georgia’s Floyd County that have not been tallied were recently found during a recount in the state for the 2020 presidential election, according to reports.
Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger blamed the problem on Floyd County election officials failing to upload votes from a memory card in a ballot-scanning machine.
Georgia began recounting its nearly 5 million ballots by hand on Friday after President Donald Trump and the Republican Party requested a statewide audit.
The 2,600 previously uncounted ballots in the county marked the most significant issue so far uncovered in the recount process. Floyd County Republican Party chair Luke Martin called the mishap “concerning” but insisted that it “doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue.”
DML: This is just a sampling of a BIG PROBLEM!
5 – Lou Dobbs: ‘Highly reliable source’ says FBI investigating 2020 election results
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs said he received word that the FBI is investigating the 2020 election.
As he discussed President Trump’s legal challenges of the results in some battleground states with attorney Sidney Powell, a member of Trump’s legal team, Dobbs cut in to say a “highly reliable source” informed him that the FBI has an investigative team looking into the election results.
“I do have some news to break here at this moment. I have now received word from a highly reliable source that the FBI does have an investigative team that is now looking into this election. Now, what that means beyond that — but at least its confirmation that they are investigating, and we’ll see what moves,” Dobbs said.
Lou Dobbs announces he’s been informed by a “highly reliable source” that the FBI is now investigating the presidential election pic.twitter.com/EScSZzPOON
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) November 16, 2020
Later in his show, Dobbs interviewed former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who weighed in on the report that the FBI is investigating allegations of election fraud.
100% Transparent: @jasoninthehouse says @realdonaldtrump should be winning awards for his openness & transparency, something we never saw in a Obama-Biden administration. #MAGA #AmericaFirst #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/a1Nzj6Uvm6
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) November 16, 2020
DML: Can we trust the FBI to really investigate? I’ll be talking about this on today’s podcast!
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