Breaking: David Vitter Loses Election For Louisiana Governor
Ultra conservative Republican David Vitter, whose anti-gay voting record and 2007 prostitution scandal still dog him today, just lost his bid to replace Bobby Jindal as Louisiana governor.
Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter has just lost his race to be the next governor of Louisiana. The 54-year old Louisiana native has one of the most conservative voting records in Congress, and tried to leverage his ultra conservative record to minimize his 2007 “DC Madam” prostitution scandal.
Democrat John Bel Edwards is the projected winner according to several local news channels.
We won because of you. Thank you for voting to #PutLouisianaFirst! Thank you for the opportunity to lead our state. #lagov
â€” John Bel Edwards (@JohnBelforLA) November 22, 2015
Here’s a Ballotpedia/On The IssuesÂ chart that shows just how far right Vitter is:
This past week VitterÂ decided to capitalize on the Paris terror attacks and the false report that one of the terrorists was a Syrian refugee, to try to save his campaign. HeÂ apparently planted a false story about a Syrian refugee disappearing from Louisiana, which led toÂ Catholic Charities â€“Â which helps refugees â€“Â receiving death threats.Â
Vitter several times has voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, voted to ban same-sex couples from being able to adopt children, and claimed the state’s definition of marriage supersedesÂ the federal definition of marriage, yet positioned his own infidelities, which he has called “sin,” as a strength that makes him a better husband.
Yet just last week, Vitter told supporters that same-sex marriage activists want their viewsÂ â€œshoved down the throats of folks who have sincerely held religious views that marriage is between one man and one woman.â€
He also claimed same-sex marriage would lead to “assaults … on churches, pastors and believers who are trying to live their faith in a quiet but important way.”
Democrat and now Governor-elect John Bel Edwards, was asked about Kim DavisÂ refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“I don’t believe anyone is free to deny those marriage licenses once the Supreme Court has ruled,” he replied.
Vitter circled the wagon and was able to get endorsements from the likes of fellow U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson.
Thanks so much @tedcruz, for your unwavering support of my campaign for Governor. #ElectionDay is tomorrow! https://t.co/LuxZeaZnSb
â€” David Vitter (@DavidVitter) November 21, 2015
#ICYMI Did you see our newest TV ad? I had a great time filming with Willie. https://t.co/TIe8DiBZSC
â€” David Vitter (@DavidVitter) November 13, 2015
It’s believed that Sen. Vitter, who faces a re-election campaign next year, will have a difficult time winning. A loss for Vitter in the Senate could help Democrats take the Senate back.Â
News and responses via Twitter:
I also spoke to @MaryLandrieu: â€œI am so happy that honesty and integrity still count in politics in Louisiana.â€ #lagov
â€” Kevin Litten (@kevinlitten) November 22, 2015
Among most disappointed about Vitter’s loss tonight: his Senate GOP colleagues. They loathe him and wanted him gone. #lagov
â€” Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) November 22, 2015
Great reminder tonight that “conservative” does not protect unethical, ineffective leaders in the Deep South. #lagov
â€” Angela Hanyak (@AngelaHanyak) November 22, 2015
David Vitter may lose in a landslide but at least he ran a campaign he could be proud of . . . oh wait never mind.
â€” Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) November 22, 2015
Okay, it wasnâ€™t a landslide. (under 10%) John Bel Edwards declared winner of Louisiana governor race. #LAgov pic.twitter.com/52Ki58ZZwi
â€” Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) November 22, 2015
WE JUST ELECTED A DECENT DEMOCRAT AS GOVERNOR OF BRIGHT RED LOUISIANA. WHAT DID YOUR BETTER STATE ACCOMPLISH TODAY? #LAgov
â€” Cathy Newman (@cenewman0) November 22, 2015
LOOK: This David Vitter Ad Is Mind-Blowingly Disgusting And Xenophobic
Watch: New John Bel Edwards Campaign Ad Hits David Vitter Below The Belt
Stupid Tweet Of The Day: US Sen. David Vitter
Image: Screenshot via Facebook
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Trump Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.
Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.
Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.
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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”
He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.
Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.
“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”
‘National Security Implications’: Former DOJ Official Speculates on Ruling Ordering Trump Attorney to Hand Over Docs
A former top Dept. of Justice official says a federal judge’s expedited ruling ordering an attorney for Donald Trump to testify against his client before a grand jury and hand over documents very well may be related to “national security.”
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.
Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.
Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.
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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.
“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”
“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.
According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”
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This article was updated to correctly spell Andrew Weissmann’s last name.
RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Trump Appeals After Judge Agrees With Special Counsel on Crime-Fraud Exception and Requires His Attorney to Testify
Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.
Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”
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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.
“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”
Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”
According to an NBC News report from October, Corcoran directed another Trump attorney, Christina Bobb, to sign the letter claiming a thorough search of Mar-a-Lago had been made and all classified or “sensitive” documents had been returned. That was proven untrue after federal agents, executing a search warrant, recovered hundreds of documents with classified markings.
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