Bomb report, dueling Pence speech disrupt Trump’s Washington return

WASHINGTON — If it’s Wednesday… The Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. …Donald Trump demands the death penalty for drug dealers and again falsely claims he won the 2020 presidential election. … An anti-Greitens group is spending big in the Missouri Senate. … A new survey shows Sen. Raphael Warnock in the Georgia Senate, as well as Gov. Brian Kemp in the Georgia Gov. (although both leads are within error). … And the DCCC is getting backlash from Democratic lawmakers for meddling in Michigan-03.

But first: On the very day that Donald Trump made his first visit to Washington, DC since leaving the White House a year and a half ago, Attorney General Merrick Garland told NBC’s Lester Holt that the Justice Department could prosecute anyone — and anyone — for the accountable for what happened, will be held accountable on January 6th.

“We will hold accountable everyone who was criminally responsible for attempting to disrupt the flow, the legitimate, lawful flow of power from one government to the next,” Garland said.

Then, just a few hours later, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department is indeed investigating Trump’s actions in a criminal probe focused on efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

“Prosecutors questioning witnesses before a grand jury — including two senior advisers to Vice President Mike Pence — have in recent days asked about talks with Trump, his attorneys and others in his inner circle trying to get Trump allies through certified electors replace Joe Biden won in some states,” according to the Post.

The New York Times added that federal prosecutors “have in recent days been directly questioning witnesses about former President Donald J. Trump’s involvement in efforts to reverse his election loss.”

And NBC’s Pete Williams confirmed this morning that the Justice Department has been asking questions about Trump’s actions prior to Jan. 6, according to an administration source familiar with the investigation.

The official says it would be incorrect to describe it, meaning the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into Trump. But it IS correct to say that the DOJ is investigating Trump’s actions as part of his criminal investigation.


To round out Trump’s day yesterday, his former vice president – Mike Pence – delivered his own speech in DC, in which he appeared to undermine Trump’s efforts to reinvigorate 2020.

“Some people might focus on the past, but elections are about the future,” Pence said.

Putting them all together, Tuesday was a rough day for Donald Trump.

Tweet of the day

Data Download: The number of the day is…$6.2 million

That’s how much a super PAC opposing former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens spent on ads leading up to next week’s GOP Senate primary, surpassing every other outside group and candidate in the race, according to AdImpact.

The super PAC, known as the Show Me Values ​​PAC, has attacked Greits on the airwaves, running ads highlighting recent allegations of domestic violence by Greits ex-wife, which Greits denies. The onslaught of negative ads was a “game-changer” in the race, said a Missouri GOP strategist who appeared to be dragging Greits to third place in recent primary polls.

Read more about the group’s impact on the Senate race on the Meet the Press blog.

Other numbers to know:

12%: That is how much online fundraising fell for GOP campaigns and committees during the second quarter of fundraising, reports The New York Times.

552: How many days between Trump’s last day in office and his speech in the nation’s capital on Tuesday, according to NBC News’ Vaughn Hillyard.

5 years: The prison sentence for a Trump supporter who assaulted police officers during the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

74%: The percentage of New Hampshire residents who said they probably or definitely do not want President Biden to run for re-election in 2024, a survey by the University of New Hampshire found.

Midterm Summary: On Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, the time of the crisis is approaching as Republicans and Democrats prepare to select the candidates they hope will defeat two incumbents — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican Senator Ron Johnson, respectively. And Tuesday brought some notable developments in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Former President Trump is taking his roadshow to the state next week for a rally to bolster his gubernatorial election, businessman Tim Michels, along with what his PAC called the “entire Wisconsin Trump ticket.” But despite Trump’s approval, Johnson has said he will not attend the rally because he wants to remain neutral in the gubernatorial primary and not be seen tripping another candidate. Also on the support front, former Lt. gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, the other frontrunner in the gubernatorial campaign, won support for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday.

Michels’ bid received another boost yesterday from the Club for Growth Action, which booked more than $1.1 million on TV and radio (including a series of ads on Fox News, per AdImpact), which appears to be the case an attempt to tank clover fish.

Elsewhere in the campaign:

Georgia Senate/Governor: A new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll is the latest to show split-ticket momentum in the two state-leading Georgia races — while Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock narrowly leads Republican Herschel Walker by 3 points, Republican Gov. Brain Kemp leads Democrat Stacey by 5 points Abrams (both are within error).

Pennsylvania Senate: Republican Mehmet Oz’s campaign told NBC News’ Sahil Kapur that Oz would support a bill that will ensure the protection of same-sex marriages.

Wisconsin Senate: The Senate Democratic primary could boil down to this who presents the best eligibility argumentreports the HuffPost.

Total Wyoming: GOP Rep. Liz Cheney returns to the airwaves for an $80,000 TV ad buy per AdImpact.

Michigan-03: A handful of Democratic lawmakers are Demolition of the DCCC on the plate on the decision to promote a major challenger to Republican Rep. Peter Meijer. DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney responded to the criticism saying the move “makes sense” because “our focus is on winning 218 seats”.

Michigan-13: Democratic State MP Shri Thanedar new position shows his son describing him as “Superman” for raising him and his siblings as a single parent and criticizing attack ads as lies.

New York-12: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., told in a new ad for Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler in his primary against his colleague Carolyn Maloney.

Ad: Democratic group pursues Dixon in Michigan governor

A Democratic Outgroup titled “Put Michigan First” (ie supported by the Democratic Governors Association) pursues Republican Tudor Dixon in the Michigan governor’s race, reports Fox News. The group reserved nearly $2.1 million worth of airtime from Wednesday through the Aug. 2 primary, per AdImpact.

The group’s ad claims that Dixon wanted to disappoint state police. A narrator tells the viewers“Tudor Dixon’s dangerous budget could cut as much as $500 million from state police across Michigan and threaten funding for thousands of law enforcement agencies.”

“Tudor Dixon’s devastating plan would mean fewer cops on the streets and make Michigan less safe,” he concludes.

ICYMI: What else is happening in the world

The Hill portrays Sen. Elizabeth Warrens return to campaigning.

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