FEC reports reveal that Carole Baskin, a controversial wildlife conservationist depicted in the documentary series ‘Tiger King,’ made a $1000 donation to North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in February.
Burr has recently endured controversy of his own, being the subject of a purported insider trading scandal. The North Carolina Republican also recently sold a townhouse to a group owned by a donor and lobbyist affiliated with Burr.
Baskin has become a nationally controversial figure as a result of her appearance in the documentary series. The Florida Big Cat Rescue owner was allegedly the target of a murder-for-hire plot on the part of Joe Exotic, an Oklahoma zoo operator she had engaged in a lengthy legal battle with. Exotic was convicted of soliciting a zoo handyman to attempt to kill her and is currently serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison.
Some of her ex-husband’s friends and family members suspect that Baskin played a role in the unexplained disappearance of Don Lewis, who went missing before a supposed trip to Costa Rica.
Baskin speaks at length about her lobbying efforts in support of the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which would federally ban the breeding and private ownership of animals such as tigers and lions. It’s possible that her campaign contributions to Burr stem from her efforts to advance the legislation.
Another animal industry figure depicted at length in Tiger King, Doc Antle, is also a campaign donor to Burr. Antle owns a private zoo in South Carolina and it’s likely his donations to Burr are intended to lobby against the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
In any case, Senator Burr probably won’t be thrilled to find out a four-figure campaign contributor of his is one of the most controversial people in the country right now, as he weathers the storm of his own alleged insider trading and corruption scandals.
Doc Antle has also given to Burr! (Joe Exotic appears to have not ever given to a political campaign, not even his own…) pic.twitter.com/Y7iwY0oWwj
— Linda Qiu (@YLindaQiu) April 14, 2020
GOP Establishment Threatens President Trump with Impeachment Unless He Denies Election Fraud
Karl Rove is issuing the threat.
Republican Party establishment strategist Karl Rove is informing President Donald Trump that he will likely be impeached unless he stops talking about electoral fraud.
Rove is trying to use the president’s precarious position following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol to pressure him into folding. He appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace to deliver the threat.
Wallace asked: “Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says that he is keeping an open mind about the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, a big difference, sharp difference, from his clear opposition from the very start of the first impeachment trial just a year ago. What do you think, Karl, are the chances that 17 Senate Republicans, and that’s what it would take if all of the Democrats vote for conviction, 17 Senate Republicans would vote to convict Donald Trump and to keep them from running again?”
Rove responded: “Normally we say not much chance, but I think Leader McConnell’s statement is a sign that every Republican Senator needs to take this seriously. I think it’s all going to boil down what’s the president’s defense. Rudy Giuliani charted a very bad course for the president in the morning papers when he suggested that the argument was going to be in there couldn’t have been incitement because all the charges of widespread voter fraud are true. Well, those charges and the so-called experts that the campaign has mustered to advocate them have been rejected by over 50 courts with judges appointed by President Trump, President Obama, Present Bush, President Clinton, and I think even one Reagan justice. So if it’s the Rudy Giuliani defense, there is a strong likelihood that more than 17 Republicans will because essentially that argument is this was justified, the attack on the Capital and the attempt to end the congressional hearing on certifying the election was justified because all these charges are true and frankly they aren’t. They have been given every opportunity to prove them in a court of law and have failed to do so. I think it really boils down to what’s the defense that the president is going to make, and if it is Rudy Giuliani’s defense, I think it raises the likelihood of more than 17 Republicans voting for conviction.”
Big League Politics has reported on how the Republican establishment is joining the Democrats to railroad the president:
Mitch McConnell is reportedly “pleased” about the possibility of Trump’s second impeachment, viewing it as an opportunity to purge Trump from the Republican Party and whatever else Conservative Inc. deems “toxic.”
In a New York Times report published Monday afternoon, Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman write that the outgoing Senate Majority Leader believes Trump committed “impeachable offenses.” McConnell also welcomes impeachment in order to justify dumping Trump and shedding his influence over the GOP.
“Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, has indicated that he wants to see the specific article of impeachment that the House is set to approve on Wednesday, which is expected to draw support from as many as a dozen Republicans, potentially including Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 in the House,” the report reads. “But he has made clear in private discussions that he believes now is the moment to move on the weakened lame duck, whom he blames for causing Republicans to lose the Senate.”
The Times also claims that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, although personally opposed to impeachment, has decided along with “other party leaders” to not formally lobby Republicans to vote “no” and is open to censuring the president. McCarthy discussed with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer a plan to get Republicans on board with a formal censure, but only if Democrats “backed off” from impeachment.
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