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Meet the anti-Trumper who helped form a Jared Kusher-backed company that secretly spent hundreds of millions of dollars and paid the president's family members
  • American Made Media Consultants formed in April 2018 with the signature of Ramon Cota, who worked for a company that specializes in "comprehensive business formation solutions."
  • Jared Kushner approved the creation of American Made Media Consultants, which spent almost half of the $1.26 billion in the Trump campaign's coffers, a person familiar with the operation told Insider exclusively.
  • Cota's Twitter account is filled with pro-Joe Biden and anti-Donald Trump tweets and retweets, including a post-election post stating: "Smoked one for RBG. Drank a toast to John Lewis. Bumped Lizzo for Joe and Kamala."
  • Despite its $617 million spending through AMMC, the Trump campaign publicly disclosed little information about the company, including how it used the money.
Ramon Cota of Chicago has repeatedly used social media to profess his support for President-elect Joe Biden, and disdain for President Donald Trump.

According to Delaware incorporation records, Cota signed paperwork in April 2018 that formed American Made Media Consultants — the company that Insider reported spent almost half of the $1.26 billion in the campaign's coffers and secretly paid the president's family members..

Cota listed the Chicago office address of CSC, a Delaware-based company that provides clients with "comprehensive business formation solutions" and bills itself as the "business behind business," in the American Made Media Consultants incorporation paperwork..

Reached through Twitter direct message on Friday, Cota, who does not appear to be involved in American Made Media Consultants' operations beyond helping incorporate it, declined to comment.


He instead sent a GIF of former American Idol judge Randy Jackson with the caption, "Yeah, that's gonna be a no from me, dawg," and a music video by rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle entitled "F--- Donald Trump." Cota added: "I look forward to reading the article, though!".

Cota also referred Insider's questions about his work for American Made Media Consultants, which formed with Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump as company president, to a CSC spokesperson.

That spokesperson, Laura Crozier, confirmed that CSC "serves as the registered agent for many companies nationwide, including American Made Media Consultants." She added that "as [a] registered agent, we have no other connection to them.".

Crozier declined to comment on Cota's work for CSC. Cota's LinkedIn resume lists him working for CSC throughout 2018.

It's not unusual for companies to hire an outside agent to help file incorporation paperwork.

Ilhan Omar blames Trump's 'criminal neglect' for her father's COVID-19 death during interview with MSNBC
  • Ilhan Omar has blamed Donald Trump's "criminal neglect" for her father's death from COVID-19 during an interview on MSNBC. She said: "My father should be here today. So many of our family members should be here today and they're not here with us because we have leaders who didn't care about their lives."
  • On June 16, the Congresswoman announced that her father had died of complications from COVID-19, aged 67, the day before.
  • Omar and her father came to the US in 1995 as refugees from Somalia during the country's civil war and eventually settled in Minneapolis which she has represented since 2019.
... The Congresswoman said: "My father and over 300,000 people have lost their lives because of dangerous criminal neglect by Trump and his administration. My father should be here today. So many of our family members should be here today and they're not here with us because we have leaders who didn't care about their lives.

"The President to this day has not shown an ounce of compassion to the people who have passed away. He has still not acknowledged the devastating loss, so many of us are feeling,"
Omar continued.

Trump contradicts Pompeo as he breaks his silence on SolarWinds cyberattack and shifts focus to China instead of Russia
  • President Donald Trump on Saturday broke his silence about the SolarWinds cyberattack on several US government departments and agencies, questioning Chinese involvement instead of focusing on Russia.
  • Software firm SolarWinds was breached earlier in 2020, when hackers gained access to its systems and put in malicious code in one of its platforms.
  • "Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of...discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!)," Trump wrote.
  • Trump's statement contradicts Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments from the day before.
  • "This was a very significant effort, and I think it's the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity," Pompeo said during a Friday interview.
President Donald Trump on Saturday broke his silence about the SolarWinds cyberattack on several US government departments and agencies, alleging that the "Fake News Media" is exaggerating the breach and questioning Chinese involvement instead of focusing Russia, which contradicts Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Trump, in a set of late morning tweets, threw out the possibility that China may have played a role in the technology-driven security breach.

"The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality," Trump wrote. "I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of...discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!). There could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big, making it an even more corrupted embarrassment for the USA."

... In a bulletin, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) states that the attack severely compromises government networks and the private sector.

"CISA has determined that this threat poses a grave risk to the federal government and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations," the bulletin stated.

Trump's tweets reignite the controversies behind his general defense of Russia throughout his term in office, from his skepticism that the country interfered in the 2016 US presidential election to him not pressing Russian President Vladimir Putin about the country reportedly paying bounties to Taliban-linked militants to target American troops in Afghanistan.

Trump discussed Sidney Powell as voter fraud special counsel in White House meeting, report says
  • President Donald Trump on Friday discussed naming attorney Sidney Powell as a special counsel investigating voter fraud, according to a report from The New York Times.
  • According to The Times, most of his advisors didn't support the plan, including Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney.
  • Trump elevating Powell to such a role would be a stunning turnaround from just last month, when Giuliani and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis said that she was "practicing law on her own" after being purged from the campaign team.
... The Times report cited two people familiar with the talks, and it was not evident whether Trump would follow through with the plan.

... While Giuliani joined the meeting by phone, Powell was at the White House, with the discussions being "raucous at times," according to the report. Other administration officials popped in and out of meeting, with resistance to the proposed ideas coming from White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

Powell reportedly lashed out at other Trump advisors, calling them "quitters."


The president "has been in contact with Ms. Powell in recent days, despite the fact that the campaign last month sought to distance itself from her as she aired wild and baseless claims about Dominion Voting Systems machines, which were used in some states, somehow being connected to a Venezuelan plot to control the election," the Times reported.

... During the White House meeting, there was also "a discussion about an executive order to take control of voting machines to examine them," according to the Times report.

Giuliani reportedly inquired about the Department of Homeland Security seizing control of voting machines but was told that the department could not take such an action.

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