Republican Liz Cheney broadened her attack on Donald Trump after losing her Tuesday night primary, saying the former president was spreading an “insidious lie” in alleging that the FBI agents who searched his Florida home were politically motivated.
Federal agents seized boxes of documents, some top secret, from the former president’s Palm Beach, Florida, resort last week as part of an investigation into whether critical papers were removed illegally from the White House after Trump left office.
Trump has claimed without evidence that the investigation and the agents involved in it are part of a conspiracy by his political rivals to damage him politically.
“This is another insidious lie,” U.S. Representative Cheney said in a speech conceding her Tuesday night loss. read more She added that Trump “knows that embracing these conspiracies will trigger violence and threats of violence. This happened on Jan. 6, and it’s now happening again.” read more
Cheney drew Trump’s ire by voting to impeach him on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters and going on to play a prominent role in the congressional probe into that day’s violence.
“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others,” Trump said in a post on his Truth social media platform after Cheney conceded her loss.
Trump himself announced the Aug. 8 search of his property, contributing to the Justice Department’s unusual decision four days later to ask a judge to make public the court-authorized warrant that authorized the search.
An armed man with right-wing views tried to breach an FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday. He was later shot dead by police following a car chase.
On Monday, the Justice Department said a Pennsylvania man was arrested on charges of making threats on the social media service Gab against FBI agents. Adam Bies, 46, was taken into custody on Friday in connection with the social media posts, the Justice Department said.
Cheney noted that Trump allies released the names of two agents involved in the search.
“That was purposeful and malicious,” Cheney said. “No patriotic American should excuse these threats or be intimidated by them. Our great nation must not be ruled by a mob provoked over social media.”
Billionaire Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric automaker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and rocket company SpaceX, on Tuesday tweeted that he was buying soccer club Manchester United (MANU.N), without offering any details. read more
Musk has a history of being unconventional, posting irreverent tweets, and it was not immediately clear whether he planned to pursue a Manchester United deal.
Below are some other tweets by Musk – who has more than 103 million followers – which have taken investors, Twitter users, Twitter’s (TWTR.N) board and the rest of his audience than by surprise.
May 13, 2022: “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users.” Twitter had agreed with Musk on his $43 billion takeover of the social media company, after initial hiccups, and its shares fell sharply after Musk’s tweet.
The billionaire later terminated the deal saying that Twitter withheld information about these accounts, and the two sides are currently readying for a trial scheduled to begin Oct. 17 in Delaware.
April 27, 2022: “Next I’m buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in.” Musk’s tweet, an apparent joke, came days after he made his buyout offer for Twitter.
Aug. 7, 2018: “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” Musk was not close to taking Tesla private and had not lined up financing, and the number 420 is closely associated with marijuana use. Tesla shares jumped, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission went on to sue Musk, saying he had misled investors.
April 1, 2018: “Despite intense efforts to raise money, including a last-ditch mass sale of Easter Eggs, we are sad to report that Tesla has gone completely and totally bankrupt,” Musk said in an April Fool’s day tweet. Tesla shares fell 5.1% the following day.
Jan. 27, 2018: “When the zombie apocalypse happens, you’ll be glad you bought a flamethrower. Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!” Musk’s Boring Co sold flamethrowers and hats to raise funds for its Hyperloop transportation project.
July 25, 2017: “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.” Musk was targeting Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc (META.O), who downplayed Musk’s warnings about the danger of artificial intelligence.
March 12, 2015: “The rumor that I’m building a spaceship to get back to my home planet Mars is totally untrue.” Musk has said he wanted his company SpaceX to develop a rocket capable of an unpiloted trip to Mars in 2022, with a crewed flight two years later.
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