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october 2019 by joha04
Trump’s Impeachment saga stems from a political hit job gone bad
To understand how Trump wound up the target of a House impeachment inquiry, it’s first necessary to understand why he was so obsessed with finding dirt on Biden that he pressured Ukraine’s president in a July 25th phone call to “do us a favor” and investigate Biden and his son, Hunter. The notion that Hunter Biden and his father could be complicit in Ukrainian corruption was first aired in a 2018 book, Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, by conservative author Peter Schweizer. The book and its author had a purpose and a lineage.

Schweizer, an editor at Breitbart News, is the president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), a nonprofit group whose board chairwoman and major donor is Rebekah Mercer, a prominent Trump supporter and benefactor of right-wing causes.

Schweizer and Steve Bannon, GAI’s founding chairman, deployed a staff of lawyers, investigators, and forensic data scientists to scour public records, corporate filings, and the dark web to compile damning evidence that Hillary and Bill Clinton behaved unethically by associating with unsavory, favor-seeking foreign donors through their work with the Clinton Foundation. Bannon, the project’s mastermind, had a specific goal in mind. He wasn’t interested in firing up conservatives, who already despised the Clintons. He wanted GAI’s findings presented in non-partisan fashion to independents and Democrats who were considering supporting Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid.

As Bannon had intended, the whiff of corruption attached itself to Hillary and became a major theme of the media’s coverage, poisoning her image. “They’ve enriched themselves while playing up the worst cast of characters in the world,” Bannon argued of the Clintons at the time. Material from GAI even showed up on the front page of the New York Times.

Clinton’s subsequent loss in the 2016 election was proof of concept.

So Schweizer and GAI sought to repeat the trick. Looking ahead to 2020, it wasn’t hard to foresee that a moderate, two-term vice president like Joe Biden, popular across the party, was likely to run for president and be a good bet to win. Nor was it difficult for GAI to turn up examples of ethically questionable behavior by Biden’s family members and publish the information in Secret Empires.

But Secret Empires didn’t have anything like the effect on Biden that Schweizer’s last book had on Clinton—it pretty much came and went.

Rather than the wall-to-wall cable news coverage his Clinton book produced, the impact of Secret Empires landed almost exclusively in conservative media, much to the frustration of Bannon, who griped about it at the time.

This is important for two reasons. First, the political effectiveness of projects like Clinton Clash and Secret Empires rests on their ability to enter the public’s consciousness as something other than “conservative attacks.” The information needs to be legitimized—or “weaponized,” to use Bannon’s term—through the mainstream press. A damaging story published on the front page of the New York Times has infinitely more political utility for conservative partisans than the same story appearing on

By this past spring, it was clear the Biden attack was stuck in the conservative ecosystem. And here’s where Trump enters the story—and inadvertently kicks off the whole impeachment saga: Trump may be the single most devoted consumer of conservative media, absorbing hours of it each day. He was mainlining the Biden coverage as part of his daily media diet.

Impatient to advance a story he believed would damage Biden, Trump tapped Giuliani.

On the same day the transcript became public—even as Republicans began to recognize the danger it poses to his presidency—Trump was still trying to force the Biden story into the news by misconstruing and exaggerating one of Schweizer’s central claims in Secret Empires. Trump told reporters: “When Biden’s son walks out of China with $1.5 billion in a fund and the biggest funds in the world can’t get money out of China and he’s there with one quick meeting and he flies in on Air Force Two, I think that’s a horrible thing.” (In a statement, a lawyer for Biden called this a “gross misrepresentation” and said “Mr. Biden has not received any return or compensation on account of this investment or his position on the board of directors.”)
Bannon  propaganda  corruption  Clinton  Biden  impeachment.inquiry  Trump 
october 2019 by kye
Rather than demonise judges & journalists (the - playbook) should recall that Parliament makes…
moggy  trump-  bannon  from twitter
september 2019 by ianjindal
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“what we would call ‘far-right’ it’s really basically just centre, centre-right”…
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may 2019 by re_present
Ja, da har Dagsrevyen slått fast at Bannon verken var farlig eller skummel. Og dermed kan krysse av for op…
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may 2019 by aslakr
Ja, da har Dagsrevyen slått fast at Bannon verken var farlig eller skummel. Og dermed kan krysse av for op…
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may 2019 by Arnte
Turf war breaks between Bolsonaro's sons and Brazil's vice president | World news | The Guardian
Spat points to ideological rift between two factions while some see it as distraction
Olavistas  Bannon  the  movement  bolsanero  brazil 
april 2019 by harcesz
L’improbabile avventura di Steve Bannon in Europa - Alessio Marchionna - Internazionale
Steve Bannon è in piedi sulla cattedra al centro della biblioteca Angelica di Roma, sotto i soffitti a volta e circondato degli scaffali in legno che conservano alcuni dei volumi più rari e preziosi del mondo. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  bannon 
april 2019 by cristianconti

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