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Gym holds maskless Christmas party in private home — and now city officials are investigating

Officials in Durham, North Carolina, are investigating after learning a fitness studio held a Christmas party in a private residence last weekend during which at least two dozen people gathered without masks, which violates state and local COVID-19 restrictions, WRAL-TV reported.

What are the details?

Triangle Krav Maga posted photos of the party on Facebook, the station said, adding that it featured movies, pizza, “quality booze,” a white elephant exchange and other games, and a sleepover for kids.

“Sure beats sitting at home in a mask, doesn’t it?” a Facebook post noted about the event, which WRAL said was deleted Tuesday morning after the station began asking questions about the party.

TKM owners Molotov Mitchell and his wife, Dr. Greer Gunther, didn’t return multiple requests for comment, the station reported.

But Mitchell posted the following on his Facebook page late Tuesday afternoon:

What did city officials have to say?

Durham officials are investigating the party after receiving at least two complaints about it, city spokeswoman Amy Blalock told the station, adding that the city attorney’s office was preparing a letter to send out Tuesday afternoon notifying Mitchell and Gunther of the complaints and reminding them of existing restrictions.

North Carolina currently limits indoor gatherings to 10 people in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, WRAL said, and people are required to wear masks whenever they’re with those not in their household.

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Krav Maga, which means “contact combat” in Hebrew, is a self-defense and fighting system developed for the Israeli Defense Forces that emphasizes aggression and simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers.

The gym, at 4911 S. Alston Ave., also has kickboxing and firearms classes and provides stuntman training, according to its website.

Mitchell’s online bio states that he has taught hand-to-hand combat and weapons training. He also is a former columnist for the far-right news site WorldNetDaily, and he ran for state Senate in 2014 against Democrat Josh Stein, now North Carolina’s attorney general.

WRAL added that Gunther is in the second year of a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Duke University School of Medicine, and that Duke officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

But the News & Observer reported that some social media posts noted a Duke University psychiatrist at the party and encouraged people to contact the university — and with that Duke health officials issued the following statement Tuesday to the paper:

“At Duke Health, we are steadfast in our support of state public health mandates to fight COVID-19. We expect all of our health care providers to comply with these orders and to live our Duke values, specifically our commitment to caring for our patients and each other. While we do not comment on specific personnel matters, we take employee conduct very seriously and potential transgressions are managed according to our institutional policies and procedures.”

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Florida AG calls for criminal probes into Bloomberg-backed effort to pay felons’ fines so they can vote

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) has called for state and federal law enforcement to investigate the legality of an effort backed by billionaire Democrat Michael Bloomberg that has raised millions to pay off the debts of felons in the state so that they can vote ahead of the November 3 election.

What are the details?

Bloomberg — who has pledged to spend $100 million to help Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden win the White House — announced Tuesday that he helped raise more than $16 million toward a fund launched by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition that has thus far
paid off the court fines of over 31,000 former prisoners in order to restore the felons’ voting rights.

Following the news of Bloomberg’s initiative, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) tweeted, ”
I just spoke to @AGAshleyMoody, she is all over the @MikeBloomberg-connected activities in Florida.”

“There may even be a criminal investigation already underway,” the congressman continued, adding, “Law enforcement all over the country should be looking for the cheating Democrats are going to try in this election.”

In a statement obtained by NBS News on Wednesday, Moody announced, “Today, I sent a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into potential violations of election laws, and I have instructed the Statewide Prosecutor to work with law enforcement and any Statewide Grand Jury that the Governor may call.”

Moody added that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) had asked her to look into the “recent allegations” reported by The Washington Post regarding Bloomberg’s efforts in boosting the plan for restoring voting rights to felons.

WEAR-TV reported:

Moody’s letter references Florida’s statute against paying for votes, referencing a Florida Department of State finding that said “even an otherwise innocuous offering of an incentive simply to vote can run afoul” of state election law.

By offering to help pay felons’ fines to regain their right to vote, Moody claims Bloomberg could be guilty of violating a Florida Statute, which makes it illegal to “directly or indirectly give or promise anything of value to another in casting his or her vote.”

What’s the background?

In 2018, Florida voters passed a constitutional amendment allowing some felons the right to vote after their time had been served, but the state’s Republican-controlled legislature later passed a law requiring the former prisoners to pay all outstanding court fees prior to having their voting rights restored.

The issue has been batted around in the courts, but for now, the state law requiring that felons pay their fees stands leading Bloomberg and his allies to raise funds to pay off the fines in an effort to boost Democratic turnout.

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Massive bags of mail mysteriously dumped in Southern California — and one dump was caught on camera

An investigation was launched last week after massive bags of unopened United States Postal Service mail and packages were discovered at two separate locations in Southern California.

What happened?

In the first incident last Thursday morning, police received a phone call alerting them that “possible stolen mail or whatever was dumped in an alleyway,” Glendale Police Sgt. Christian Hauptmann told the Los Angeles Times. Several hours later, police received a second phone call about more dumped mail.

Fortunately, the second incident was captured on surveillance cameras.

The footage, shared with KTLA-TV, shows a rental truck backing into the parking lot of a medical salon. A man then exits the truck and tosses large bags of mail and packages from inside the truck onto the ground.

“It happened early in the morning, 5:40, and it was a Budget rental — big truck — that backed up to the parking lot. And they’re like, slowly, one by one, they’re dropping the packages,” Lilia Serobian, one of the medical salon’s owners, told KTLA.

She said the truck left a “huge pile” of mail and that the truck was not connected to the USPS.

According to the Times, the second mail drop happened less than one mile from the first.

What did the USPS say?

USPS spokesperson Evelina Ramirez told the Times:

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement, crime prevention and security arm of the Postal Service. In order to preserve the integrity of their investigations and to prevent fundamental unfairness to the subjects of those investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service does not comment on any ongoing investigations.

What’s the background?

The mysterious mail drops come as the USPS has taken center stage in the national dialogue ahead of the November election.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats have pushed for widespread mail-in voting. They have in turn made shoring up the security of the postal service a top priority, even going so far as to spread a conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump was actively dismantling the postal service to manipulate the election.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra actually joined a lawsuit last week to stop routine operational changes at the USPS, furthering the conspiracy.

“The U.S. Postal Service is an American institution. For many, it’s a lifeline — their Social Security or paychecks, their medicine, their connection to loved ones. And for a vast, growing number, it’s their franchise to democracy,” Becerra said in a statement. “President Trump’s sabotage of the USPS is un-American. It’s an attack on free and fair elections and our right to vote. No matter who you support, your right to vote is sacred.”

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Intelwars Investigation Jerry Falwell Jr. Liberty University Tenure

Liberty University orders investigation ‘into all facets’ of operations during Falwell’s tenure as president

Liberty University announced Monday that it has hired a top firm to conduct a “forensic” investigation “into all facets” of its operations during the tenure of its former president, Jerry Falwell Jr., who agreed to step down last week amid a sex scandal involving his wife and former business partner.

What are the details?

Falwell resigned after Reuters published an interview with a former pool boy and business partner, Giancarlo Granda, came forward claiming he had an affair with Falwell’s wife, Becki, and that Falwell would watch the two have sex. Both Falwells acknowledged Becki’s relationship with Granda but denied Jerry had any involvement.

Falwell was already on leave from his leadership duties at the institution he had run for nearly 13 years following an uproar over a picture he posted to social media showing him with his arm around another woman while both their pants were undone.

In a statement posted to Liberty University’s website, the evangelical institution wrote of Falwell:

Some may say that all the signs were there for a long time before last week. It’s certainly fair to say that there were questionable comments made, worrying behavior, and inappropriate social media posts, but all the signs were not there until the start of last week. While we still didn’t know the full scope of the matter, we have learned enough about the past to know that we had no choice but to take the leadership of Liberty University in a new direction.

The school then announced:

We are also committed to learning the consequences that have flowed from a lack of spiritual stewardship by our former president. One of the leading forensic firms in the world has been retained by Liberty University’s Board of Trustees to conduct a thorough investigation into all facets of Liberty University operations during Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s tenure as President, including but not limited to financial, real estate, and legal matters.

Liberty’s statement did not mention Mrs. Falwell, who was also accused last week of performing a sex act on a former student in 2008 when she was an employee of the university.

The Associated Press noted that “A number of Falwell’s family members have worked for the school, including his son Trey Falwell, who on Monday was still listed on Liberty’s website as the vice president of university support services.”

In a statement on Sunday, the Falwells told the outlet they “welcome any inquiry as we have nothing to hide.”

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Videos show man in Colin Kaepernick jersey attacked by military working dogs in fundraiser demonstration — and the Navy is investigating

Naval Special Warfare Command is investigating a video showing a man dressed in a Colin Kaepernick jersey being attacked by military working dogs in a demonstration last year at the Navy SEAL Museum, according to
Task & Purpose, a military and veteran-focused outlet.

The Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, is a nonprofit “dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors,” its website says, according to Task & Purpose, adding that the museum’s board of directors includes seven retired SEALs.

The museum is an independent operation, NPR reported.

What are the details?

The first of two videos show four dogs attacking the man with a red and white Kaepernick jersey in the style of the San Francisco 49ers as an audience watches and an MC narrates the action over a loudspeaker.

In the second video, the same man is lying on the ground while one dog attacks him and apparently “SEALs” dressed in fatigues and holding rifles command the man to “turn over on your belly.” The man replies, “Oh, man, I will stand,” and rolls over as the crowd laughs.


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Kaepernick is a former 49ers quarterback who began kneeling during the national anthem during the 2016 season to protest racial inequality and police brutality; he hasn’t played since that season ended. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has apologized for not listening earlier to players’ concerns about social injustice, and he has encouraged teams to consider signing Kaepernick, ESPN said.

Kaepernick has stayed in the headlines, particularly now that taking a knee appears to be standard operating procedure for most professional athletes in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May and nationwide protests and rioting in support of Black Lives Matter that followed.

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Filmmaker Billy Corben circulated the videos online Sunday noting that the 2019 event in question was a fundraiser. For the second video showing the man with the Kaepernick jersey lying the ground, Corben wrote, “Navy SEALs and Navy SEAL dogs take down Colin Kaepernick for not standing during National Anthem” as if that’s how the video was originally titled.

ESPN said the videos were posted on Instagram last year, but the Instagram links provided by Corben were inactive Monday afternoon.

What did the Navy and the museum have to say?

Naval Special Warfare Command said in a statement Sunday afternoon that officials learned of the videos Sunday.

“The inherent message of this video is completely inconsistent with the values and ethos of Naval Special Warfare and the U.S. Navy,” the statement said. “We are investigating the matter fully, and initial indications are that there were no active duty Navy personnel or equipment involved with this independent organization’s event.”

The museum did not immediately respond to questions about the event, NPR reported.

Anything else?

NPR said the museum — which is on
former naval training grounds — has a history of dramatic demonstrations involving dogs, weapons, and helicopters. The outlet said during a 2019 fundraiser a crowd watched as women were taken hostage by three men wearing black-and-white checkered scarves.

NPR, citing ABC News, said video from a 2018 event shows people in military gear in a standoff with a vehicle that says “Take a Knee.”

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After calling tire mark on rainbow pride crosswalk a ‘gesture of hate,’ cops change tune after interviewing driver

Police in West Vancouver, British Columbia, last week called a tire mark found on a rainbow pride crosswalk a ”
gesture of hate” — but after interviewing the driver who left the mark and reviewing evidence, police are changing their tune.

“It does not appear that this incident was motivated by hate,” Const. Kevin Goodmurphy said in an emailed statement, CTV News reported Monday.

While two charges were laid under the Motor Vehicle Act, the network said police aren’t considering criminal charges.

What’s the background?

The rainbow pride crosswalk at the intersection of 16th Street and Esquimalt Avenue was unveiled June 30:

But a week later — around 4 p.m. last Tuesday — staff inside the West Vancouver Police station heard a loud, sustained squealing sound, City News said.

A tire mark was found on the crosswalk — and police had a theory as to who was responsible for leaving it:

Surveillance video shows the same car from the latter tweet at the intersection and taking a right turn:

Two people appeared to be in the vehicle, the outlet reported.

“This is very upsetting,” Goodmurphy said in a release, according to City News. “For whatever reason, this person has chosen to leave a gesture of hate on a crosswalk that stands for the exact opposite.”

Police tweeted Thursday that they identified the driver they believe is responsible for leaving the tire mark and included a thank you to “those who have come forward with information.”

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All lives matter Black Lives Matter Intelwars Investigation Massachusetts Mayor Police Traffic message

City officials apologize for traffic message that read, ‘The Safety of All Lives Matter’

The mayor and police chief of a Massachusetts city are apologizing to residents for a phrase seen on an electronic traffic sign.

What was on it, you ask? Profanity? Sexual innuendo? Anti-Semitism?

Nope. The offending message read, “The Safety of All Lives Matter,” WCVB-TV reported.

What are the details?

Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle told the station a traffic officer was ordered to change the sign’s wording from a reminder that fireworks are illegal to a more general traffic safety message.

A Melrose resident parked near the sign told a WCVB photographer that the new message read, “The speed limit is 25 mph. Please drive safely. The safety of all lives matter.”

Lyle said Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur told him about the “unfortunate and improper wording” on the traffic sign, the station said.

“I am aware that the phrase ‘all lives matter’ is commonly used as a misguided counter to the Black Lives Matter movement,” Lyle told the station. “The sign was immediately changed and, at the request of the mayor, I launched an investigation, which is ongoing.”

The chief added to WCVB that the traffic officer who posted the message said he didn’t do so with “malicious or political intent” and didn’t realize the totality or impact of what he wrote. Lyle added to the station that the findings of the investigation will be made public.

Lyle also told WCVB he’ll address the matter with all of his officers and, effective immediately, will require all messages on roadways and electronic signs to be approved by his office before going live.

“On behalf of the Melrose Police Department, I sincerely apologize to our residents and anyone who drove past the sign today,” the chief noted to the station in a statement.

‘A trigger’

Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur shared a photo of the traffic sign on his Facebook page Wednesday, WCVB said, adding that Brodeur wrote in his post: “I have ordered that it be taken down immediately and am taking steps to find out how this happened. I apologize to the residents of Melrose.”

Image source: WCVB-TV video screenshot

The traffic sign is still up in the area of 236 Main St. but no longer displays the message, the station said.

“The phrase ‘All Lives Matter’ is a trigger,” Brodeur told WCVB. “It does not lead to an atmosphere where we can make progress, [where] we can have uncomfortable conversations and try to move it forward.”

The resident who disclosed the full wording of the sign said the “all lives matter” wording had been up for a couple of days, the station reported.

“I would prefer that it said anything else but ‘All Lives Matter’ for right now with everything that’s going on,” the resident added to WCVB. “I don’t think that it was, probably, appropriate to have in our city.”

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Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Madame’ Has Been Arrested: Will She Face A Similar Fate?

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We all know Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy high-profile pedophile that flew politicians and celebrities to his disturbing island on the Lolita Express, didn’t kill himself.  Now that his madame has been arrested, perhaps she will not kill herself too while in custody.

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday morning in Bradford New Hampshire where she has been staying in a million-dollar estate. Considering how long she has been on the run, her arrest timing is already suspicious. Washington Free Beacon senior investigative reporter Alana Goodman told “Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday that the circumstances of the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, and alleged madam, were “very bizarre.”

“There were rumors of all different places that she was supposedly at,” said Goodman, co-author of A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein. “I mean, some people claimed maybe [Maxwell was in] Paris. I mean, people had spotted her in Paris. There were claims about London. There were claims about, like, the Israeli embassy and things like that,” Goodman added. “There’s been some pretty wild speculation, but I think generally the idea was people assumed she was out of the country.”

What’s strange is that because Maxwell holds citizenship in France, the country of her birth, she likely would not have been extradited from the European nation had she gone there.  It begs the question, why was she just waiting in the U.S. to be arrested? “So it was very surprising that she is hiding out, really under everyone’s noses in the United States, within driving distance of the U.S. attorney’s office that is prosecuting her right now,” Goodman said.

“I think that a lot of the friends of Jeffrey Epstein who were very relieved after he died are probably pretty terrified at this moment,” Goodman told Carlson, “because I think that Ghislaine Maxwell has every incentive to talk in this situation. And if she even pretends that she might open up, she will likely face the same fate as Epstein.

“Epstein is dead … she doesn’t really have to worry about protecting him or anything else at this point. And I think that [the Department of Justice] also has more leeway to potentially kind of deal with her than it did with Epstein because … he was accused of being the kingpin in this situation.”

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Al Sharpton: Did ‘someone know’ about ‘noose’ when Bubba Wallace was ‘belatedly’ assigned to stall?

Al Sharpton wondered Wednesday if there’s more left to uncover after the FBI concluded that the “noose” found on Sunday in the stall of black NASCAR racer Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway had been there since last October at least and that “no federal crime had been committed.”

“Nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week,” the FBI added. NASCAR characterized it as a “garage door pull rope.”

But Sharpton isn’t convinced it was all just a big misunderstanding.

What are the details?

“The FBI identified it as a noose, and NASCAR said it was a noose or went along with the FBI’s characterization,” he said on MSNBC. “It was a noose. So the question is, even if they did not know that Bubba Wallace was going to use that stall, why was a noose in the stall? It’s clear what a noose represents … did someone know that it was in the stall when they did belatedly assign Bubba there? So, I don’t think this answers a lot of questions, and … I do not think that we’ve seen closure in this particular inquiry.”

What else?

Wallace was angry during his interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday after some condemned Wallace’s initial words in the face of the FBI’s conclusions.

“I’m pissed!” he told Lemon. “I’m mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity.”

Wallace added that he’s “been racing all of my life, we’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that, so people that wanna call it a garage pull and put out old videos and photos of knots, being in, as their evidence, go ahead! But from the evidence that … I have, it’s a straight-up noose.”

“I can confirm that I actually got evidence of what was hanging in my garage over my car around my picker, guys, to confirm that it was a noose, and never seen anything like it,” he added.


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Many NASCAR drivers and employees joined in show of solidarity with Wallace before Monday’s race after it was reported that someone had left a noose as a racial threat against him.

Wallace had previously demanded that NASCAR ban the Confederate flag from its events in order to make them more comfortable for attendees who don’t view the flag positively. Soon after NASCAR banned the flag.

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Principal accused of posting image calling Black Lives Matter a ‘leftist lie’ — and district opens probe

A Pennsylvania public school district has opened a probe after a principal was accused of posting an image calling Black Lives Matter a “leftist lie,” the York Dispatch reported.

Twitter account We See What You’re Doing claimed that Scott D’Orazio — principal of Shallow Brook Intermediate School in Manchester — shared the image on his personal Facebook page. We See What You’re Doing also asked D’Orazio, “Why not here? Why not tweet it from your school? Do Black Lives Matter in your school?”

D’Orazio’s Facebook page is private and cannot be viewed by those not on his friends list, the Dispatch reported.

What did the school district have to say?

William J. Zee, solicitor of Northeastern School District, told the paper he’s opened a probe and is “looking into” the allegation and declined further comment.

Margie Walker, president of Northeastern’s school board, declined comment and said the matter has been turned over to “legal counsel,” the Dispatch reported.

Other district board members did not respond or denied requests for comment, the paper said, adding that Superintendent Stacey Sidle did not return calls.

Repeated attempts to reach D’Orazio seeking comment have been unsuccessful, the Dispatch said.

What is the origin of the image?

The image allegedly posted by D’Orazio appears to be from a video titled “Black Lives Matter Is a Leftist Lie” from conservative comedians the Hodgetwins.

Content warning: Profanity:

In the video, the Hodgetwins traded commentary against Black Lives Matter amid frequent laughter.

“All lives matter,” one of them said, before the other noted that they are “black men, black Americans. I’m not African-American, I’m a black American. I was never born in Africa.”

One of the twins said the reason he can’t support Black Lives Matter is because the organization’s “whole narrative that police officers are hunting down black men on the daily … was built on a lie.”

The Hodgetwins also referred to the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” mantra stemming from the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri — which a black opinion writer from the Washington Post later conceded was “built on a lie.”

“You got to realize what the media’s doing to you,” one said. “That Black Lives Matter organization is just to keep black folks upset because the Democrats want you to vote for the Democrats.”

“Yeah, that’s the whole point of this organization is to keep black people pissed off so they can keep you enslaved mentally like you need them because they’re supposed to be y’all’s saviors,” the other added.

“They’re gonna give you reparations, they’re gonna make your life better,” the first said mockingly. “Ain’t nobody gonna make your life better except you.”

Anything else?

Principal D’Orazio — hired by the district in 2017 — came under fire in 2019 when a member of the school’s nursing staff filed a complaint against him in U.S. District Court accusing him of verbal harassment and a hostile work environment that made her feel anxious and unsafe, the Dispatch reported.

The allegations were not related to race, the paper said, adding that district officials denied several of the claims, including one that they never investigated the issues. The case was settled out of court, the Dispatch said.

(H/T: EAG News)

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Sen. Marco Rubio tapped to head intel committee amid FBI investigation of former chair

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been named Acting Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, after former head Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) stepped aside pending an FBI investigation into questionable stock trades he made ahead of the coronavirus market plunge.

What are the details?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Monday that Rubio had accepted the appointment as intel chairman on an interim basis, saying the senior senator from Florida “was the natural choice for this temporary assignment on the basis of accumulated committee service.”

Rubio responded with a brief statement of his own, saying, “I am grateful to Leader McConnell for his confidence in me to lead the Senate Intelligence Committee during Senator Burr’s absence from the Chairmanship.”

Burr remains a senator, but surrendered his chairmanship of the intel committee last week after the FBI served him a warrant amid an ongoing insider trading investigation regarding his actions following briefings on COVID-19 and ahead of a significant hit to the stock market in the early days of the outbreak.

Burr denies any wrongdoing, and plans to return as chairman once the investigation is concluded despite calls for his resignation from both sides of the political aisle. Prior to the investigation, he had already announced he would not seek reelection.

The Washington Post noted that Rubio had already been expected to head the committee upon Burr’s retirement, but his earlier-than-expected appointment presents a unique situation during the coronavirus crisis.

The paper reported:

Under normal circumstances, Rubio would have to give up his gavel at the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, usually a sleepy panel with little profile that has been transformed into the leading overseer of the $650 billion Paycheck Protection Program created in the wake of the pandemic.

Because of his appointment to run the Intelligence Committee is technically only temporary, Rubio may seek a waiver from GOP rules and ask to retain his chairmanship of the Small Business Committee. Normally, the odds of such a waiver would be very slim, but the seniority ladder would put Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a libertarian, in line to replace Rubio at a critical point in the committee’s history. Some Republicans may be reluctant to put Paul in that position.

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DC police: Sexual assault investigation into Biden now ‘an inactive case’

The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department’s investigation into a sexual assault allegation against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is “now an inactive case,’ a department spokesperson told Fox News on Wednesday.

The MPD provided no explanation for the change in status of the criminal complaint filed by accuser Tara Reade, which the department described as “an active, ongoing investigation” as of one week ago.

What are the details?

Reade claims Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 when she was an aide in his Senate office. She says that she filed an internal personnel complaint against Biden during the time she worked for him, and that her initial complaint was ignored.

Reade’s sexual assault complaint was reported in late March when she came forward to two separate left-leaning outlets, saying that Biden put his hands under her clothes and digitally penetrated her without her consent. As her story began to gain steam, she filed the criminal complaint with the D.C. police on April 9, knowing, she said, that the statute of limitations had run.

On April 22, MPD public affairs officer Kristen Metzger told Fox News of Reade’s complaint against Biden, “This is an active, ongoing investigation that is part of our regular review process.”

But on Wednesday, MPD spokeswoman Brianna Jordon told the outlet, “This is an inactive case and there are no additional details to provide.”

In reaction to the news that the status of the investigation had changed, Reade told Fox News, “I’ve made a police report for safety reasons only. I am outside the criminal statue of limitation. However, by making that police report, it allows a mechanism for me to safety plan and work with a victim advocate. I am willing to cooperate with any law enforcement if there is any inquiry or investigation in the future.”

Biden’s campaign has adamantly denied the allegations against the candidate, but Biden has yet to respond personally to the accusations from Reade at all. Despite numerous televised interviews since Reade came forward, not one reporter has asked Biden about Reade’s claims.

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Tables turn on the Soros-backed Democratic prosecutor who forced Missouri’s GOP governor to resign

St. Louis circuit attorney Kimberly Gardner is facing heat following a seven-count felony indictment against her chief investigator for his actions in a failed prosecution against former Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

Gardner, who was funded heavily by liberal megadonor George Soros during her election, made waves in 2018 when her office led the arrest of then-Gov. Greitens on felony invasion of privacy charges.

Greitens was accused of tying up his mistress, blindfolding her, taking a picture without her permission, and then threatening to release the picture if she ever went public about the affair. Later in the investigation, Gardner’s office charged Greitens with computer tampering as it related to his campaign’s alleged procurement of donor lists.

The governor later resigned after mounting pressure from his colleagues.

But now, many months later, the picture has never been found and both sets of charges have been dropped — and the investigation is coming back on Gardner.

According to a Just the News report, investigators now allege that the Greitens prosecution, which led to the governor’s resignation, was built on false testimony and evidence tampering.

Most significantly, testimony transcripts and court records obtained by Just the News show the woman Gardner built her case around, beautician Katrina Sneed, testified she was asked unsolicited by Gardner’s office to come forward as a witness and that she was actually reluctant to accuse Greitens because the entire story of a photo on his mobile phone may have been a dream.

“And at any point where you were in the basement with E.G. (Eric Greitens) at his home, did you see what you believed to be a phone?” Sneed was asked during an April 6, 2018 pretrial deposition with defense lawyers.

Sneed answered: “So not that’s like a very vivid memory which is the reason why I haven’t talked about it because I don’t know if it’s because I’m remembering it through a dream or I — I’m not sure, but yes, I feel like I saw it after that happened, but I haven’t spoken about it because of that.”

Ahead of the 2018 prosecution, Gardner had hired an out-of-state investigator, William Tisaby, to build the case against Greitens. Tisaby reportedly met with Gardner in early January to gather gather background material ahead of a meeting with the governor’s paramour, Katrina Sneed. Sneed had not contacted authorities with a complaint prior to the meeting.

Gardner would eventually make the allegation that Greitens took a compromising picture of Sneed to use as blackmail, but no photo was ever found.

Last summer, Tisaby was indicted for six counts of felony perjury and one count of evidence tampering stemming from the Greitens prosecution. According to Just the News, Gardner has been ordered to appear before the grand jury in Tisaby’s criminal trial. She can be seen listed as a key witness for the upcoming trial in a copy of the indictment obtained by the news outlet.

The report goes on to indicate that the indictment against Tisaby may implicate his former boss, as well.

Facts disclosed in the Tisaby indictment suggest Gardner herself was complicit in his wrongdoing by staying silent while Tisaby allegedly lied. For instance, the special prosecutors alleged that when Tisaby falsely denied during a March 2018 pretrial deposition in the Greitens case that there was a functioning videotape of the Sneed interview, Gardner did not correct him even as she questioned him.

“There is no recording of this interview?,” Tisaby was asked by Gardner. “None whatsoever,” he answered.

Tisaby’s indictment declared that Gardner’s office had videotaped the sessions and she “failed to disclose the fact for several months.”

Prosecutors say a functioning videotape was found in Gardner’s office, and the camera had not malfunctioned as had been claimed, according to the Tisaby indictment.

Tisaby’s criminal trial is set to begin later this month.

In advance of the trial, for which she is set to appear, Gardner sued the city of St. Louis under a law passed in the 1800s to help fight the Ku Klux Klan, arguing there are “white supremacists” in the police force.

In the lawsuit, she accused city officials, police, and a special prosecutor of a “racially motivated conspiracy to deny the civil rights of racial minorities” interfering with her efforts to crack down on corruption within law enforcement.

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GOP Senate chairman readies first congressional subpoena for Biden-Burisma probe

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is gearing up to issue the panel’s first subpoena in its efforts to investigate corruption questions surrounding Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that formerly employed Hunter Biden as a board member.

In a letter to his colleagues Sunday, Johnson said he planned to hold a committee meeting to issue a subpoena to Andrii Telizhenko, a former Ukrainian diplomat who also used to work for the public firm, Blue Star Strategies, as a consultant. Johnson noted that committee ranking member Gary Peters (D-Mich.) disapproved of issuing the subpoena.

“Blue Star, a U.S.-based government and public affairs firm founded by Karen Tramontano (former deputy chief of staff to President Clinton) and Sally Painter (a former senior adviser for the Clinton administration), was a U.S. representative for a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Holdings,” the letter explained. “As part of the Committee’s ongoing investigation, it has received U.S. government records indicating that Blue Star sought to leverage Hunter Biden’s role as a board member of Burisma to gain access to, and potentially influence matters at, the State Department.”

Blaze Media obtained a copy of the letter, which was first reported by CBS on Monday.

In November, Johnson — along with GOP Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (Iowa) — sent a letter to the State Department requesting records in an effort to “better understand what actions, if any, the Obama administration took to ensure that policy decisions relating to Ukraine and Burisma were not improperly influenced by the employment and financial interests of family members.” That letter pointed to a news report that Tramontano tried to set up a meeting with an Obama State Department official in March 2016.

While the joint November letter says it was “unclear” if the 2016 meeting ever happened, the senators added that “later that month Tramontano and other members of Burisma’s legal team reportedly met with Ukrainian prosecutors.”

In his Sunday letter, Johnson said that the committee has received some records from Blue Star and from Telizhenko, but that the supplied information is not enough.

“Although Mr. Telizhenko expressed his willingness to ‘cooperate fully’ with our investigation, he identified a limited subset of relevant records from his work with Blue Star that are responsive, but subject to a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) in his employment contract,” Johnson’s letter said. “In other words, he cannot provide this responsive information unless he is compelled to do so by subpoena.”

Johnson also told his colleagues that Blue Star has not provided the relevant information and has told the committee “that they will not be producing any more documents,” despite being informed that the committee considers their response incomplete.

“In fact, although the Committee asked Blue Star twice to identify its employees and contractors who worked on the Burisma matter, it never identified Mr. Telizhenko,” the letter continued. “Because Mr. Telizhenko’s records and information would be responsive to the Committee’s requests, and Blue Star has refused to produce them, a subpoena to Mr. Telizhenko for these records is appropriate at this time.”

It isn’t clear precisely what kind of work Telizhenko did for Blue Star or what he would have known about the company’s efforts on behalf of Burisma. However, his name has also come up in other Ukraine-related stories. He helped President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani with efforts to look into the Bidens and Burisma; he also told Politico in 2017 that — while working at the Ukrianian Embassy during the 2016 campaign — he was instructed to assist then-DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa with efforts to dig up dirt on the Trump campaign.

In order to issue the subpoena, Johnson would need the support of a simple majority from the Republican-controlled committee. He is one of a trio of Senate committee chairman who have been looking into questions surrounding Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian Business dealings since last year. The other two include Grassley and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

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The Army rejects President Trump’s nudging and won’t investigate Lt. Col. Vindman over impeachment testimony

Despite President Trump’s nudging, the Army will not investigate Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman regarding his testimony to impeachment investigators, a top leader in the service said Friday.

“There’s no investigation into him,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said at a National Press Club luncheon Friday, according to Politico.

Vindman drew ire from the president after he raised concerns about President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, testifying that he didn’t think it was “proper” for Trump to “demand that a foreign government investigate” former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.

After Trump was acquitted on impeachment charges in the Senate, he quickly removed Vindman from his post on the National Security Council as a part of a staff shake-up in the White House.

Following Vindman’s ousting, Trump said that he imagined the military would “take a look” at the “horrible things” Vindman told House investigators and decide if he deserved disciplinary action.

Trump did defer on the matter, acknowledging it would be “up to the military.” Now it appears they have chosen no further action action against Vindman.

Instead, McCarthy downplayed Vindman’s return to the Army, announcing that he will simply be designated to a “bridging assignment” in Washington before heading to “a senior service college this summer.”

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