On Thursday morning, Politico reported that Kevin McCarthy had promised Donald Trump that he’d hold a House vote to “expunge the two impeachments against the former president” before the August recess, in an attempt to get back on Trump’s good side after suggesting the ex-president might not be the best candidate for the 2024 GOP nomination. Hours later, McCarthy denied this.

At this time you might be wondering, as part of that denial, did McCarthy forcefully insist that expunging Trump’s pair of impeachments—the first for trying to extort Ukraine into digging up dirt on his political rival, the second for inciting an insurrection—would be some thoroughly repugnant Orwellian shit? Did he point out that it would be an insult to the brave law enforcement officers who protected his congressional colleagues on that dark day in January? Did he unequivocally deny he would ever be part of a movement to do the very thing Politico reported he’d promised to do? Uh, not exactly!

Instead, he merely denied that an official deal to expunge Trump’s impeachments had been struck while nevertheless noting that he would absolutely love to see it happen.

“There’s no deal, but I’ve been very clear from long before—when I voted against impeachments—that they put them in for purely political purposes,” McCarthy told reporters. “I support expungement, but there’s no deal out there.”

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Of course, McCarthy’s claiming that there isn’t an actual deal does not mean that’s true. The reason we know that is because he’s been caught lying in the past, like when he forcefully denied a New York Times report saying he had told colleagues that Trump was at fault for “inciting people” to attack the Capitol building and that he was going to advise Trump to resign…only to be caught on tape saying the things the Times had reported.

Furthermore, there’s obviously no reason whatsoever to give McCarthy—who, again, publicly stated that he does, in fact, want Trump’s impeachments expunged!—the benefit of the doubt here, given that he voted to overturn the 2020 election in January 2021; refused to meaningfully hold Trump accountable for the insurrection during the impeachment proceedings; lied about the riot to get on Trump’s good side; and claimed this week that Trump is only facing an indictment for his attempt to overturn the election because he’s so very popular.

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Surprise: A criminal Trump pardoned has been charged with committing fraud again

All the best people, etc., etc. Per NBC News:

A New Jersey con man with a “bad reputation” who was pardoned two years ago by former President Donald Trump has been arrested again and accused of defrauding investors out of millions of dollars.

Eliyahu “Eli” Weinstein and four other men are charged with fleecing more than 150 people out of $35 million in a “Ponzi-like scheme,” according to an arrest complaint unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Trenton and a statement from the office of the U.S. attorney for New Jersey.

Using the alias Michael Konig, Weinstein and the others formed a company called Optimus Investments Inc. and allegedly began “orchestrating another substantial scheme to defraud investors” shortly after he was released from prison in January 2021—but still on probation, the complaint says. “We allege Mr. Weinstein took part in a new scheme to rip off investors by hiding his real identity,” Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy of the FBI’s Newark field office said in the Justice Department statement. “He was aware his actions were against the terms of his release on a previous investment fraud conviction, and we allege he engaged in criminal activity anyway.”

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