Nice catch here by Friend of TPM Rick Hasen. In that bundle of emails from Trump’s defunct ‘election integrity’ commission released to Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, we find this email from Commissioner Christy McCormick. In the email to then Pence Counsel Mark Paoletta, McCormick recommends DOJ lawyer Benjamin Overholt because their “numerous discussions” made her “pretty confident that he is a conservative (and Christian, too).”
Donald Trump is fundraising off creating a new branch of the US Armed Forces, his “Space Force.” He even lets you vote on (what he suggests) will be the official logo for Space Force gear the campaign will sell.
On the Chris Collins story, most of the attention has focused (quite understandably) on the fact that Collins allegedly gave family members a heads up on the news that would lead to the stocks collapse a few days later. That makes perfect sense. But there’s another quite interesting part of the story, which is how and when those other members of Congress bought in.
As I noted in this post, there are five sitting members of Congress who bought Innate Immunotherapeutics, the stock that got Rep. Chris Collins indicted. They are Reps. Lamborn, Mullin, Culberson, Conaway, and Long.
You saw the news that Rep. Chris Collins (R) of New York was indicted for insider trading today. There’s much more here than just Rep. Collins.
It has the look of the kind of scandal that spreads rapidly and could ensnare a number of other members of Congress. I haven’t been able to put all the details together yet. And there’s lots of additional reporting that is necessary. But let me quickly walk you through the key points.