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QAnon goes violent


A lawyer for the man who killed a NYC mob boss says that the suspect is obsessed with QAnon. The suspect believed he had the protection of President Trump and committed the murder to help Trump.

Jeffrey Epstein plea deal must stand, prosecutors tell sex abuse victims


Suspected sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was handed another break by the Department of Justice on Monday when federal prosecutors rejected his victims’ efforts to throw out his plea deal and prosecute him for abusing dozens of underage girls. Federal prosecutors did concede that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Florida failed to treat Epstein’s victims — most of whom where 13 to 16 years old when they were victimized — fairly, but they said that the law gives prosecutors discretion in deciding how to dispose of a case.

US seizes $1B worth of cocaine from ship in Philadelphia


Federal authorities seized 16.5 tons of cocaine worth more than $1 billion from a ship in Philadelphia in one of the largest drug seizures in U.S. history, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Federal, state and local law enforcement agents on Monday boarded the MSC Gayane, a cargo ship docked in Philadelphia’s Packer Marine Terminal, and found cocaine in seven shipping containers, according to a criminal complaint filed in Philadelphia federal court.

InfoWars’ Jones sent child porn to Sandy Hook lawyers


Conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones sent child pornography to the lawyers for the families of the Sandy Hook tragedy, their lawyers said. The law firm representing the families of the 2012 mass shooting stated in court documents filed Monday they have contacted the FBI after discovering child porn in electronic files Jones recently turned over to the Sandy Hook families as a result of their lawsuit against him for calling the tragedy a hoax. Jones claims it’s a setup.

Trump gave Stephanopoulos an earful


ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos spent 30 hours with Donald Trump over two days for a 20/20 interview that aired on Sunday. No surprise, it was filled with alarmingly dictatorial statements. “There’s never been a time in the history of our country where somebody was so mistreated as I have been,” he said—a point with which the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln or the slaves he freed might disagree. “I run the country,” Trump responded, when asked if the president can obstruct justice.

Benghazi suspect convicted on two counts


Mustafa al-Imam was found guilty on two charges, “conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists and maliciously destroying and property at the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi.” As the jury is still undecided on the murder charges, the DC District Court federal judge has sent them back to deliberate.

Flynn hires FBI critic as new his attorney


As Michael Flynn awaits sentencing, he has hired a new attorney, Sidney Powell. Powell is a strong critic of the FBI. While Powell has argued previously that Flynn was “set up” by the FBI, she is saying now that Flynn’s strategy has not changed and he will continue to cooperate with the government.

DOJ may ask Trump to invoke executive privilege over census docs


The Department of Justice on Tuesday threatened to ask President Trump to invoke executive privilege over materials lawmakers have subpoenaed on the 2020 census citizenship question. In a letter sent to House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote that the administration should take that step if the committee votes Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross in contempt.

Jennifer Rubin: Exposing Trump’s criminality


“By blocking or attempting to block Mueller’s investigation, the president was seeking to thwart an investigation into a foreign power’s interference in our election, ‘which would diminish our ability to detect and defend against future threats.’ [Former U.S. attorney Barbara McQuade] reminded the committee that in four instances (‘counts’ in an indictment), all three elements of obstruction were found.”

Nearly 1,700 child sex predators are arrested


In a massive operation called operation “Broken Heart”, federal and local authorities in all 50 states found and arrested nearly 1,700 suspected child predators over a two month period. The operation helped identify hundreds of children who suffered sexual abuse or exploitation.

People are trying to figure out William Barr. He’s busy stockpiling power.


“Attorney General William Barr’s] rising power over the intelligence community has been accompanied by swelling disillusionment with Mr. Barr among former national security officials and ideological moderates. When he agreed late last year to take the job, many of them had cast him as a Republican straight-shooter, steeped in pre-Trump mores, who would restrain an impetuous president. Now they see in him someone who has glossed over Mr. Trump’s misdeeds, smeared his investigators, and positioned himself to possibly declassify information for political gain — not the Bill Barr they thought they knew.”

A close call


A Utah man was arrested after making several thousand phone calls to Congress, threatening to kill several members of Congress. The Pro-Trump man targeted members of Congress that he saw as trying to “destroy Trump’s presidency”.

Renato Mariotti: How Trump could be prosecuted after the White House


“So, for Trump, much more is riding on the next election than remaining in office. The five-year federal statute of limitations applies to obstruction of justice, and obstructing a federal investigation is not a state crime, which means that a reelected President Trump could not be prosecuted for his obstruction in 2017 until he left office in January 2025, which is over two years after the statute of limitations would run. Some have argued that the statute of limitations would be tolled (essentially, put on hold) while Trump was in office, but no court has reached that conclusion and it’s unclear one ever will. For that reason, winning the election might be Trump’s best path to avoid being charged with a felony. The 2020 stakes could not be higher for him.”

Laurence Tribe: Impeach Trump, but no Senate trial


“The point would not be to take old-school House impeachment leading to possible Senate removal off the table at the outset. Instead, the idea would be to build into the very design of this particular inquiry an offramp that would make bypassing the Senate an option while also nourishing the hope that a public fully educated about what this president did would make even a Senate beholden to this president and manifestly lacking in political courage willing to bite the bullet and remove him.”

Former AR state senator murdered


Linda Collins-Smith was found dead in her home with gunshot wounds. Authorities are treating the death as an homicide. Collins-Smith served as an Arkansas state senator from January 2015 to January 2019.

Pelosi wants Trump ‘in prison’


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats pushing for an impeachment effort that rather than wanting to see President Donald Trump impeached, she wanted to see him “in prison.” According to the report, Pelosi made the remark at a meeting on Tuesday night as House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler asked to be able to begin an impeachment inquiry.

Parkland deputy arrested on 11 charges


For his failure to confront the gunman while the Parkland shooting was happening, Scot Peterson has been arrested on 11 charges relating to child neglect, culpable negligence, and perjury. His bail is set at $102,000.

Paul Rosenzweig: Trump is uniquely lawless


“[Former President Bill] Clinton’s invocation [of executive privilege] was related to his own personal conduct with an intern. Those were events that, while significant, were of little systematic import to the nation, and thus, arguably, of less importance to Congress. By contrast, the investigation of Russian interference in our elections that is at the bottom of the special counsel’s investigation is a crucial matter for the nation, and so Congress has greater justification for inquiring into the matter. In short, Clinton’s efforts to resist a review of his actions—efforts which were, in my judgment, properly rejected—were on a stronger footing than Trump’s efforts to evade congressional oversight today.”

House Oversight to hold contempt vote for Barr & Ross


Rep. Elijah Cummings, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said Monday that the panel will vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with a bipartisan subpoena for documents on a Trump administration plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. He gave them until Thursday to comply and raised the possibility of delaying the vote if they cooperate.