RUETERS EXCLUSIVE! We’ve Got ‘Em: Trump’s Jan 6th Records; Oval Office Transcripts Detail Plot to Overturn 2020 Election Results, Pardon Bannon (Again), Smuggle Resolute Desk to Mar-a-Lago, and More Shit You Just Can’t Believe

November 14, 2021

By Andrew Squibley and Arthur Bushwhacker, Convinced Critical Thinker Aaron Rodgers to Take “Ivermectin Vaccine”

“Democracy Dies in Darkness…and Possibly in the National Archives”

WASHINGTON (Rueters) – The Orange Menace, long a fan of so-called strongmen from Russia’s Putin to China’s Xi and, closer to home, former Mafia godfather John Gotti, threatened Vice President Mike Pence with “bad things” if he refused to reject electoral results that would name Joseph R Biden the next US president, according to a transcript obtained by Rueters of a White House meeting the day before Congress was to formally certify the 2020 election result — a Capitol tradition interrupted by thousands of insurrectionists.

Meeting in the Oval Office Jan 5th with Pence and several others in his official and unofficial inner circle, No. 45 was recorded telling the vice president, “MAGA will hate you (for not blocking certification of the presidential election results) and bad things happen when MAGA hates you,” a reference to his die-hard Make America Great Again followers.

Trump is fighting release of his presidential records, claiming executive privilege in an effort to prevent the House select committee investigating the insurrection at the Capitol Jan 6th from determining what role the former president and his aides and enablers may have played in the day’s deadly events.

The Orange Menace received a reprieve late last week from a three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that blocked temporarily, at least, transfer of the disputed documents to the congressional committee which has sent requests for information to a number of federal agencies, including the National Archives, the custodian of the Trump administration’s White House records.

The committee asked for “all documents and communications within the White House” on that day, including call logs, schedules and meetings with top officials and outside advisers, including Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman who argued Pence had constitutional authority to stop congressional certification of the presidential election result, a position widely disputed by liberal and conservative legal scholars alike.

The National Archives was set to send 46 documents over which Trump claims executive privilege on Friday. It has already handed over 90 non-contested records. Friday’s handoff would have included White House call logs, video logs and schedules related to January 6 as well as three pages of handwritten notes from Trump’s then-chief of staff. More than 700 documents would come later in the month and beyond.

Oral arguments in the case are scheduled before the judicial panel Nov. 30th. The losing party might ask for an expedited hearing from the US Supreme Court which has very full schedule in its current term that began Oct 3rd.

The tranche of Trump White House documents leaked to Rueters over the weekend included a transcript of that Jan 5th afternoon meeting in the Oval Office with No. 45; Pence; chief of staff Mark Meadows, legal team members Guiliani, Eastman, and Sidney Powell; former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who pushed for Trump’s declaring martial law; former White House senior adviser Steve Bannon who predicted again “all hell would break loose” on Jan 6th; and, inexplicably, Kanye West whose last visit to the White House left staff, news media and Americans generally confused about the reason for his being anywhere near the Oval Office.

Following is a transcript from the Jan 5th Oval Office meeting:

Copy of personal notes from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Jan 6, 2021

Trump, sitting behind a noticeably empty Resolute desk, with Morticia Addams impersonator in this 2019 official White House photo. Says the Orange Menace, “I like my workspace to be uncluttered, like my beautiful mind.” Yes, he actually said that. (Photo courtesy White House)
By comparison, No. 44, seen here in 2017, actually used the Resolute desk for work. (Photo courtesy White House)

Other bizarre Trump Administration behavior has come to light from a Rueters review of official documents received in the last 48 hours, including plans to make off with the famous Resolute desk, a fixture of the Oval Office for the past five presidents.

The desk, built in the mid-19th Century, was a gift from the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria to President Rutherford Hayes in 1880. The 1,300-pound desk was built from the oak timbers of the British Arctic exploration ship HMS Resolute.

Trump was recorded in the Oval Office instructing Meadows to have the desk relocated to No. 45’s South Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago. “I really like it even though I don’t really use it all that much. It’s probably worth a few bucks on eBay. I think if you put it in a crate along with Lincoln’s bed and (John) Kennedy’s archive of Asian condoms, no one will notice it’s gone. You can find something in the basement to replace it, I’m sure.”

Destined for Mar-a-Lago? Lincoln’s bed in the White House (below) was scheduled for a change of scenery until numerous long-time employees tipped off incoming Biden Administration officials to check Trump’s moving vans “very closely.” (White House photo)

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