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    The embattled South Dakota Attorney General has blood on his hands, in no small part, because the “distracted” driver had his cell phone in hand a “minute” before he hit and killed Joseph Boever on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 14 on September, 12 2020. What was Jason Ravnsborg distracted by? The Republican AG had been reading headlines on RealClearPolitics and Just the News about “some conspiracy,” as an investigator put it, involving Joe Biden and China. Video shows Ravnsborg being grilled on Sept. 30 by Special Agents of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation about what he was doing the minutes and seconds before the moment of deadly impact. Ravnsborg’s RealClearPolitics browsing history came up around the 56:00 mark of the interview. That moment is below. South Dakota AG Jason Ravnsborg was reading Joe Biden conspiracy theories at John Solomons Just The News website while driving when he slammed...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said Tuesday, Feb. 16, farmers and ranchers across the state are seeing devastating effects from the cold weather on livestock, feed and agriculture products. Commissioner Miller said this could have a dire impact on the food supply chain. “As Texas Agriculture Commissioner, I’m issuing a red alert regarding agriculture and our food supply chain here in the state of Texas,” Miller said. “I’m getting calls from farmers and ranchers across the state reporting that the interruptions in electricity and natural gas are having a devastating effect on their operations. In just one example, dairy operations are dumping $8 million worth of milk down the drains every day because the plants that process that milk don’t have power. Grocery stores are already unable to get shipments of dairy products. Store shelves are already empty. We’re looking at a food supply chain problem...
    Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, who is investigating Google in a multi-state antitrust case and recently launched an investigation into the trading app RobinHood, joined Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow on Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM Monday morning. In the interview, Paxton explained what he is doing to address consumer concerns about RobinHood, the app for retail traders that is embroiled in controversy following its decision to limit trading of shares in GameStop, AMC, and other companies targeted by Reddit community WallStreetBets, a move that benefited hedge funds at the expense of retail investors. “So we’ve sent out these investigative demands, which is really, like interrogatories… to figure out if what looks like happened actually happened,” said the Texas attorney general. “And certainly, I think the world thinks there was collusion between these large companies to potentially protect some of these larger investors against smaller investors banding together. So, we just want...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined "Fox News Primetime" Wednesday to discuss a federal judge's decision to order a temporary hold on President Biden's 100-day deportation freeze. United States District Judge Drew Tipton's decision comes on the heels of a lawsuit brought by Paxton last week.  "We brought this lawsuit for a couple of reasons," Paxton told host Maria Bartiromo. "One, we had an agreement, [with] Texas and Homeland Security, that they wouldn't make any major shifts in immigration policy without giving us sufficient notice to adjust. Second, federal law specifically requires that deportations take place if people are here illegally, and this president has decided to ignore what's been passed by Congress ... which we then think is a violation of the U.S. Constitution."The moratorium set forth by Judge Tipton will last a total of 14 days but Paxton is confident that the ruling will open the eyes of other attorneys general across the nation. CLICK HERE TO GET...
    Surveillance footage has revealed the moment a New Jersey plainclothes cop in an unmarked police car shot dead an unarmed black man on New Year's Day.  Carl Dorsey III, 39, died in the early hours of January 1 after being shot by Newark Police Detective Rod Simpkins near Woodlawn Avenue and South 11th Street in Newark. Officers had reportedly arrived on the scene after hearing gunshots fired in the area.  Security camera video released by the AG Thursday shows Dorsey running across the street as Simpkins exits the unmarked police car.  They appear to collide with each other before Simpkins turns and shoots Dorsey dead in the road.  The video is the only footage so far found of the incident. There is no dashcam or bodycam footage from the killing, because state law does not require plainclothes officers to use it. The state's Attorney General's Office, which is investigating the fatal...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images FBI officials and members of the Department of Justice held a press conference Tuesday to announce updates on the investigation into the pro-Trump mob that violently attacked the Capitol last week — but two key members were missing. Both FBI Director Chris Wray and acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen were absent from the briefing, sparking people to question how “a dead police officer and an assault on the U.S. Capitol intended to kill Speaker Pelosi and the Vice President” didn’t warrant their attendance. While FBI official Steven D’Antuono and interim United States Attorney for D.C. Michael Sherwin were able to deliver coherent updates themselves, viewers of the presser condemned Wray and Rosen for failing to address the nation following a domestic terrorist attack. This is good news, if accurate. No offense to Sherwin, but Wray and Rosen should have been the ones to say this. https://t.co/sIy6ktIzFS — David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January...
    Pro-Trump rioters attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) toggle audio on and off change volume download audio DC Attorney General Karl Racine on WTOP, Jan. 8, 2020 Though some officials have said that prosecuting those involved in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday would be difficult due to the lack of day-of arrests, D.C.’s attorney general said he is going to make every effort to see justice done. Even though hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed their way into the Capitol in an effort to disrupt Congress from affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, arrests were slow-coming and many were able to walk back out of the building unimpeded. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine told WTOP on Friday that he had heard the doubts expressed by Acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. Michael...
    Bradley Cortright January 4, 2021 0 Comments Georgia’s Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan (R) maintains that President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the state’s top elections officials to “find” votes to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory are improper. During an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” Monday, Duncan described Trump’s recent call with Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) as “inappropriate” and a “misuse of energy towards trying to get” the state’s two Republican incumbent senators reelected. He was also asked if he believes Trump’s phone call with the Georgia secretary of state should be referred to Georgia’s attorney general for investigation. “I’m not an attorney, Alisyn, and so I’ll let the attorneys figure that out,” Duncan said. “I am 100% certified to tell you that it was inappropriate, and it certainly did not help the situation.” He continued, “It was based on misinformation. It was based on all types of theories that have...
    Attorney general Barr is reflecting on the calls he made that benefitted President Trump and a few that didn't in his final days in office – as he said the CIA didn't stray beyond its international spy brief in 2016. Barr told the Wall Street Journal he was suspicious that CIA agents – who are barred from spying on Americans – had spied on President Trump's campaign. The president repeatedly alleged publicly he was spied on. But according to Barr, it didn't happen. 'The CIA stayed in its lane,' he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.  Attorney General William Barr defended his tenure in an interview during his final days in office Before his controversial decision to designate U.S. attorney John Durham to probe the origins of the Russia probe, Barr concluded he didn't 'see any sign of improper CIA activity' or 'foreign government activity before July...
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    Tuesday during an appearance on FNC’s “Hannity,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton elaborated on the merits of a lawsuit his state of Texas has against Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, claiming those states violated the election guidelines set by the U.S. Constitution in the 2020 election. Paxton also noted that when a state sues another state, or in this case, multiple states, the case goes directly to the U.S. Supreme Court as the court of jurisdiction. Transcript as follows: HANNITY: Here with more now is the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. First of all, look, I have got it all right here, highlighted all of it, read it cover to cover. Well done. I really — first of all, why you decided to engage in this? Tell us the law and the constitutional principles that are at stake here. KEN PAXTON (R), TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: First of all, you did...
    The left’s paranoia is peaking over the green light Attorney General Bill Barr gave the Department of Justice to look into any credible and “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities. Barr “decided to be Donald Trump’s personal lawyer,” Rep. Adam Schiff sniffs. The AG is “seeding doubts about the legitimacy of the election,” whines Rep. Jerry Nadler. This would be “a good time to impeach” Barr, huffs The Nation’s John Nichols. Please. Barr’s move was narrow, allowing his staff to review only substantial, “clear and apparently credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome” in an individual state. “Specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries,” he said — and his memo didn’t mean the feds have found any such irregularities. No matter. Richard Pilger, the chief of the DOJ’s election crimes branch, resigned in protest, and the left is...
    Amid the stress of the ongoing US election count, anxious TV viewers have enjoyed an unexpected moment of comedic relief on MSNBC.   Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Schapiro was being interviewed by the cable network from his home in Abington on Friday night when his teenage son Jonah wandered into the room.  Video of the incident, which is now going viral on social media, shows the Attorney General speaking via Zoom, completely unaware that the teen had strolled into the frame behind him.  I’m taking his phone away for 24 hours. ???? https://t.co/1OYI8N4LwV— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) November 7, 2020 Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Schapiro was being interviewed on MSNBC from his home in Abington on Friday night when his teenage son Jonah wandered into the room In the short clip, Democrat Shapiro is heard railing against President Trump as the boy walks in texting on his phone.  When Jonah looks...
    Jim Jordan has backed Donald Trump's call for a special counsel probe into the contents of Hunter Biden's laptop, piling pressure on Bill Barr to appoint one.  Jordan, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said it appears that Joe Biden 'mislead the entire country' when he denied knowledge of his son's business deals in Ukraine, but that more questions need to be asked. 'Let's get to the facts, let's figure out exactly how much Joe Biden knew about this,' he told Fox News late Tuesday. 'I certainly hope [there is an investigation before the election.] We're 14 days from the biggest election our country has. 'I think it's only fair that the American people have answers to these questions... what was Vice President Biden's association with his sons's business dealings, how did that all work, what took place here?'  Jim Jordan, senior Republican on the House Judiciary...
    (CNN)Musical guest Megan Thee Stallion used her "Saturday Night Live" performance to call out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his decision in the Breonna Taylor case.During her performance of her hit "Savage," the rapper also used the stage to bring attention to Black men and women who she said needed love and protection.The rapper and her dancers stood in front of a backdrop that said "protect Black women."About halfway through her performance, the sounds of gunshots rang out and Megan Thee Stallion and her dancers paused as audio recording from Malcolm X's 1962 speech "Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?" played in the background."The most disrespected, unprotected, neglected person in America is the Black woman," clips from the recording sounded. "Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair, the color of your skin, the shape of your nose? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top...
    While Bill Barr was rebuked in June by more than 1,250 former employees of the Department of Justice, this week marked the first time a sitting federal prosecutor directly and explicitly called out U.S. Attorney General for having intentionally turned the department into a political tool of the Trump administration. In a letter published in the Boston Globe on Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts James D. Herbert derided Barr’s second tenure as head of the DOJ, saying that his conduct in office “should concern all citizens.” “While I am a federal prosecutor, I am writing to express my own views, clearly not those of the department, on a matter that should concern all citizens: the unprecedented politicization of the office of the attorney general,” Herbert wrote. “The attorney general acts as though his job is to serve only the political interests of Donald J. Trump....
    The South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is a 'coward', according to the cousin of the man he killed with his car last week. Ravnsborg, 44, hit and killed Joe Boever, 55, last week while driving on a rural road near Highmore, South Dakota, a small town with a population of 1,500 people located 50 miles east of Pierre. The AG told a 911 operator he thought he hit a deer or large animal while traveling back to his home in Pierre after attending a fundraising event more than 100 miles away. Joe Boever's cousin Victor Nemec told DailyMailTV in an exclusive interview, 'Jason Ravnsborg is a coward for how he's acted since killing my cousin. I think his first reaction to the situation was how to save his own a**. Instead of telling us what really happened. He needed to do the right thing even if it's going to...
    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Sunday night at a joint press conference with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on Democrats to buy time with procedural tools which she said could include impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr. Earlier in the press conference, Ocasio-Cortez said, “We must also commit to using every procedural tool available to us to ensure that we buy ourselves the time necessary. We must commit to allowing and considering and utilizing every single procedural tool available to us again to buy that time.” When a reporter asked if buying time could include impeachment of President Trump or Attorney General Barr, Ocasio-Cortez said, “Well, I think I am. I believe that certainly, there has been an enormous amount of law-breaking in the Trump administration. I believe that Attorney General Barr are is unfit for office am, and I am that he has...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have united to say 'all options are now on the table' to stall Trump's Supreme Court nomination - including impeaching the president and AG Bill Barr - as they blast Senate Leader Mitch McConnell for his 'blatant, nasty hypocrisy'. AOC and Schumer joined forces for a press conference Sunday night outside James Madison High School in Brooklyn, that both Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Schumer attended.   The two Democrats warned that the rights of Americans are at risk if Trump plows ahead with his plans to appoint a new justice before the election and urged people to put pressure on their Senators to respect Ginsburg's dying wish.  Ginsburg said her 'most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed' in the days leading up to her death Friday. The president on Saturday urged the...
    Attorney General William Barr was heavily critical of the COVID-19 lockdown measures that have been implemented across the world this year, saying they represent an almost unprecedented "intrusion on civil liberties," CNN reported. Barr was speaking at a Constitution Day celebration put on by Hillsdale College in Michigan, when he was asked about the legal ramifications of orders that restrict people from going to church. "You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest," Barr said. "Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history." State and local government leaders in March implemented various levels of stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. Many of those orders were put in place after March 13, when President Donald Trump called for them for 15,...
    Attorney General William Barr claimed that, “other than slavery,” calls for a national lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic were “the greatest intrusion on civil liberties.” Barr spoke Wednesday as part of a Hillsdale College event recognizing Constitution Day, making several comments about the constitutional implications of coronavirus-related lockdowns. (RELATED: ‘Let Me Talk’: William Barr Lashes Out At Wolf Blitzer In Testy Exchange Over Mail-In Voting) WATCH: Attorney General Bill Barr says, other than slavery, coronavirus stay-at-home orders are the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.”pic.twitter.com/OUdGn40B3J — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 17, 2020 “You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest,” Barr explained. “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.” Barr also accused state and local leaders, many of whom had imposed such lockdowns, of treating their citizens...
    Brendan Smialowski/AFP Attorney General Bill Barr is receiving harsh criticism for comments made during a Constitution Day celebration hosted by Hillsdale College, during which he compared stay-at-home orders to abate the spread of Covid-19 to slavery. Yes, that happened. Barr’s comments came after  the event’s host asked Barr to explain the “constitutional hurdles for forbidding a church from meeting during Covid-19.” “You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest,” Barr said. “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.” This portion of a post is where a writer typically explains why a political or media personality’s comments are baseless, causing a stir, or plumb crazy. But in this instance, we leave it to the reader to figure out why staying at home, wearing a mask, and avoiding bars and restaurants to...
    South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said he actually discovered the body of the pedestrian he fatally struck Saturday night — when he returned to the scene a day later. Ravnsborg, in a two-page statement issued late Monday, claimed he didn’t realize he hit Joe Boever, 55, on the side of Highway 14, and had assumed it was a deer until he returned back on Sunday morning. The AG said the crash occurred as he was driving home from the Spink County Lincoln Day Dinner in Redfield around 9:15 p.m. He added he did not have any alcoholic beverages before during or after the event. “I immediately called 911 to report the incident and [Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek] came to the scene,” Ravnsborg said. “I looked around the vehicle in the dark and saw nothing to indicate what I had hit. see also South Dakota AG thought...
    South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (R) said late Monday that he discovered the body of the man he struck and killed with his car last weekend, who Ravnsborg said he initially believed to be a large animal. In a statement, Ravnsborg said he stopped his car and “saw nothing to indicate what I had hit.” Both he and the local sheriff were unable to find anything that night, he said, and the sheriff loaned him his personal vehicle as his car was too damaged to drive. The next morning, the attorney general said, he returned with his chief of staff and found the body of the man, Joe Boever. “I discovered the body of Mr. Boever in the grass just off the roadway,” Mr. Ravnsborg wrote. “My chief of staff and I checked and it was apparent that Mr. Boever was deceased. I immediately drove to Sheriff Volek’s home to...
    On Saturday night, South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, a Republican, was driving home from a South Dakota Republican Party fundraiser dinner when, as he initially told authorities, his car hit something while on a rural stretch of U.S. Highway 14. He says he called 911 right away—around 10:30 PM—and told authorities it was some large animal, possibly a deer. Apparently, it was actually a person. According to his media statement from late on Monday, the state attorney general initially stopped his car and used the flashlight on his cell phone to investigate the area but found nothing except pieces of his car. A sheriff’s deputy, Mike Volek, arrived on the scene to fill out collision paperwork, and according to Ravnsborg’s statement: “At no time did either of us suspect that I had been involved in an accident with a person.” He discovered the body the next day when he returned to the scene. Authorities identified the...
    Attorney General Letitia James won a lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Thursday to stop his administration from not counting undocumented immigrants in the census and as mandated in the U.S. Constitution. James was joined by attorneys general from 21 states plus the District of Columbia and 16 other cities in the suit. Three judges from the Southern District of New York ruled on Thursday that the U.S. Constitution explicitly requires all “persons” to be counted and doesn’t limit the count to only citizens. “The constitution is clear:  every person must be counted in the census,” said James Johnson, the NYC Corporation Counsel, who was a part of the suit. “Every. Person. The stakes for this decision were high. It’s not just about congressional representation, though that is essential, nor is it just about federal support though that is needed. This decision is critical because it validates the yet to...
    AP Photo/Nell Redmond For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, revealed in a court filing on Monday that her office is probing the Trump Organization for fraud and tax evasion. And among the matters her office appears to be scrutinizing is a mysterious debt that has long appeared on his balance sheet: a $50 million loan connected to Trump’s Chicago hotel and tower project that Trump claims to owe himself. In the past, Trump has suggested that this debt represents a loan he repurchased from a lender, but Mother Jones reported last year that the loan may not exist and may be evidence of tax fraud. James’ investigation has not previously been made public, but according to the 68-page filing by her office, New York state prosecutors have been negotiating with the Trump Organization for months to turn over documents...
    Welcome to The Hill’s Convention Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the convention front. LEADING THE DAY: President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeorge Conway withdrawing from Lincoln Project Kellyanne Conway to leave White House at end of month NFL's Goodell to Kaepernick on protesting: 'I wish we had listened earlier' MORE made a surprise appearance at the GOP convention hall in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, as Republicans officially nominated him to be their party’s presidential candidate in the November general election against Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGeorge Conway withdrawing from Lincoln Project Biden: 'No new taxes' for anyone making under 0K Biden dismisses Trump's attacks on his mental fitness: 'Watch me' MORE. The GOP convention has been...
    Imagine for a moment that you were working for U.S. intelligence when you learned the following about some of the people working on the Trump presidential campaign. Paul Manafort, who was the campaign manager, passed sensitive campaign data to a known Russian agent, Konstantin Kilimnik, who was acting as the go-between for Manafort with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Manafort’s presence on the campaign and proximity to Trump created opportunities for Russian intelligence services to exert influence over, and acquire confidential information on, the Trump campaign. That presented a “grave counterintelligence threat.” The candidate and senior campaign officials attempted to obtain advance information about the release of damaging DNC and Clinton emails by WikiLeaks (an organization that was knowingly collaborating with Russian government officials) from Roger Stone, who they believed had inside information. Michael Cohen, who was the candidate’s personal lawyer, reached out to the Kremlin directly to solicit the Russian...
    Letitia James called the National Rifle Association a 'terrorist organization' and promised to investigate it before she was even elected  New York's Attorney General two years ago. She listed the gun-supporting group as one of her priorities during a magazine interview. 'The NRA holds (itself) out as a charitable organization, but in fact, (it) really (is) a terrorist organization,' James told Ebony shortly before she won the 2018 vote. Now, less than two years later, James, 61, is trying to bring down the gun-toting organization claiming corruption and misspending by top officials mean it is beyond redemption, and it should be closed down. She made her move in a lawsuit on Thursday claiming the NRA — the nation's most powerful gun rights organization — was guilty of violating numerous state and federal laws.    New York Attorney General Letitia James (pictured), a Democrat, filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to dismantle...
    Attorney General William Barr on Sunday sounded off on his portrayal in the media and the media’s framing of the ongoing violent protests in Portland, OR. Barr said on Fox News Channel’s “Life, Liberty & Levin” that he has been “appalled” by the blatant violence seen in Portland but lamented that the “partisan” mainstream media are feeding Americans a “lie” when it comes to what they show on their cable stations. “They are projecting a narrative,” Barr told host Mark Levin. “When the word narrative came into currency, I knew we were in trouble because the word narrative really suggests there is no objective truth. There is no real story of what happened, it’s just everyone has their own narrative, and you get to then the press can justify presenting a story that doesn’t really correspond to the objective truth, but it’s our narrative. We have a narrative. You have...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton slammed New York Attorney General Letitia James for trying to dissolve the National Rifle Association and welcomed the organization to his state saying that “in Texas we care about what the founders put in the Constitution.” Paxton made the comment Sunday on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” three days after James announced that her office has filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association and its leadership, including Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. On Sunday Paxton said he is “absolutely” welcoming the NRA to come to Texas because “they have done amazing work over the years defending the Second Amendment.” “I can tell you one thing in Texas that we care about, and I think we will always care about, is God and guns,” he said, explaining that the First Amendment protects free speech and religious expression and the Second Amendment protects the right of people to own guns. James accused the NRA of having "a culture of self-dealing," taking...
    FBI agents arbitrarily used the Logan Act to interview former national security adviser Michael Flynn in order to "set him up to lie," former Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said on Thursday. “[Sally Yates] can spin it as a counterintelligence investigation all she wants, but the bottom line is they were using a law that nobody cares about, including every administration that comes in, they were using that to investigate Flynn and try to get him to lie,” Prior told “Fox & Friends.” Prior, a former deputy director of public affairs at the DOJ, said that the 1799 Logan Act hasn’t led to a prosecution since 1852 and has led to zero convictions, yet it formed the basis to go after the Trump administration. SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM ON FBI USE OF DISCREDITED STEELE DOSSIER, QUESTIONS FOR SALLY YATES Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that when the FBI...
    House Republicans, proving themselves worthy of permanent minority status, had no way to defend against the corrupt actions of Attorney General William Barr during Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing other than to loudly jingle their keys in hopes of distracting the American people. Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, living up to his IQ, literally started banging on the dais as former George H.W. Bush deputy attorney general Donald Ayer relayed that Barr’s politicization of the Justice Department represents a clear and present danger to the country. “I am here because I believe that William Barr poses the greatest threat in my lifetime to our rule of law and to public trust in it,” Ayer said somberly. “That is because he does not believe in its core principle that no person is above the law. Instead, since taking office, he has worked to advance his lifelong conviction that the president should hold virtually autocratic powers.”...
    The partisan divide between House Democrats and Republicans was on full display Wednesday afternoon during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department oversight after Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., allowed the opening statement of a former DOJ official to run long. As Donald Ayer, the former Deputy Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush, continued speaking beyond his allotted five minutes – in which he blasted the conduct of current Attorney General William Barr – Republican members of the committee took issue with Nadler permitting Ayer’s statement to run long. Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, began by continually gaveling over Ayer as he continued to speak while other GOP lawmakers chimed in questioning Nadler on why he was allowing Ayer to keep speaking. READ: COURT'S OPINION ORDERING FLYNN CASE DISMISSAL “Mr. Chairman, this is outrageous,” Gohmert said to Nadler. “Do you have no respect for the rules?” Gohmert added: “Either we...
    The police-free protest zones popping up across the United States are built upon a vicious lie — namely, the claim that most police departments by their very nature are thoroughly corrupt and racist and beyond the reach of reform and repair. Nothing could be further from the truth. And in the upcropping of these free-for-all protest zones, we are witnessing an embrace of lawlessness and anarchy that can only produce the bitter fruits of death and destruction. REP. FRED KELLER: DEMOCRATS WRONG TO OPPOSE REPUBLICAN POLICE REFORM BILL IN CONGRESS Atlanta appears to be the most recent city in which protesters are attempting to establish such a lawless zone. On Tuesday night, three men with guns told Fox News that police were unwelcome in the Atlanta neighborhood surrounding the Wendy’s restaurant where a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks on June 12 after the man resisted arrest and pointed a...
    A law passed in California could impact gun protections across the state, which is why Attorney General Letitia James filed an amicus brief on Monday in support of background checks on ammunition sales. James joins a coalition of 16 attorneys general in support of the State of California in Rhode v. Becerra. The law in question requires gun dealers to conduct background checks prior to ammunition sales. It also requires that ammo sales occur face to face. “The threat of gun violence continues to affect millions of Americans across the country every day, whether they live in New York, California or any other state,” said Attorney General James. “States have the right to take the necessary steps to ensure that their schools, their workplaces, and their houses of worship are not turned into killing fields.
    Attorney General Bill Barr defended Idaho’s law that bans transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports. In a statement of interest filed Friday, Barr said, “Allowing biological males to compete in all-female sports is fundamentally unfair to female athletes.” Barr contended that the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution allows the state to recognize the “physiological differences between biological sexes” in athletics. “This limitation is based on the same exact interest that allows the creation of sex-specific athletic teams in the first place — namely, the goal of ensuring that biological females have equal athletic opportunities,” Barr explained. “Single-sex athletics is rooted in the reality of biological differences between the sexes and should stay rooted in objective biological fact.” On March 30, Idaho’s Republican Gov. Brad Little approved the Fairness in Women’s Sports act, which was scheduled to take effect July 1. All girls’ or women’s sports teams would only be...
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) unloaded on Google in a letter late Tuesday over a debacle that played out on social media in which NBC News ran a hit piece on the conservative publication The Federalist in an apparent attempt to get them demonetized from Google — a move that would damage their business. Far-left NBC News Verification Center reporter Adele-Momoko Fraser published a report claiming: “The Federalist, will no longer be able to generate revenue from any advertisements served by Google Ads. A Google spokesperson said in an email that it took action after determining the websites violated its policies on content related to race.” Once backlash quickly built online from media organizations and from multiple U.S. Senators, Google publicly disputed the claim by NBC News, writing: “The Federalist was never demonetized.” The Federalist was never demonetized. — Google Communications (@Google_Comms) June 16, 2020 Google later suggested that the issue...
    Days after Attorney General William Barr vowed to crack down on violence and illegal acts committed during protests against police brutality, the Justice Department has charged dozens of people with federal crimes, according to a report. Among those charged was a man accused of brandishing a handgun before being tackled by a protester and three right wingers who allegedly planned to incite violence during peaceful protests, Politico reported. The AG said in a press conference Thursday that extremists were capitalizing on the protests that followed the police custody death of George Floyd, noting that 51 people have been arrested for federal crimes tied to violent behavior. “There are some groups that don’t have a particular ideology other than anarchy, there are some groups that want to bring about a civil war,” Barr said. “So we are dealing with, as I say, a witch’s brew of a lot of different extremist...
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Tuesday that overnight attacks on police officers in St. Louis were "horrific and totally unacceptable." "You had police officers being shot at. Four were shot. You had firefighters responding to businesses being burned and they were assaulted and blocked from getting, you know, to do their job to protect us," Schmitt said. "You had a retired African-American police officer who was protecting property [and] was shot and killed. It was broadcast live on social media. You had businesses burned by the assault on the police officers." MACY'S HERALD SQUARE LOOTED AS CURFEW FAILS TO STOP PROTESTERS FROM DAMAGING STORE Schmitt vowed that he would work with federal prosecutors to "bring these people to justice." St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden told reporters earlier Tuesday that two officers were shot in the leg and one was shot in the foot. The fourth was shot...
    In recent days, all America has watched in horror as violent rioters have assaulted bystanders, smashed store windows and set vehicles ablaze in their sick quest to destroy all sense of peace and safety in our nation’s cities. These criminals have killed several of our fellow citizens and injured scores of others. When you look in their faces and listen to their verbal tirades, you detect a cocky and cruel disregard for human life among these marauding miscreants. You might recall seeing that same smirking snarl somewhere else — in the expression of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. That’s because the menaces terrorizing our cities right now share much in common with the bad cops they claim to despise. EX-CINCINNATI MAYOR KEN BLACKWELL: LEADERS IN OUR CITIES HAVE A DUTY TO DO THIS Peaceful protesters and even those practicing nonviolent civil disobedience can lay rightful claim to...
    Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was among the signees of a Friday letter calling for U.S. Attorney General William Barr to investigate the Minneapolis Police Department after Minneapolis resident George Floyd died while being detained by police. Klobuchar, as well as Minnesota Democratic Senator Tina Smith and 26 other Democratic lawmakers, asked the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice to look into what the letter refers to as "racially discriminatory and violent policing" in the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). "Those responsible must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law in order to serve justice for George Floyd and his loved ones," the letter said. "And we must work toward justice for the community, which means ensuring that the MPD accounts for and eliminates any unconstitutional police practices. It is imperative that the Department of Justice do its part toward that end." Newsweek reached out to the...
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