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NC GOP Lawmaker Who Wrote Anti-LGBT Bill Blames Charlotte Mayor For PayPal Canceling 400 New Jobs

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PayPal CEO Clearly Stated Decision to Cancel Expansion Was ‘A Result’ of HB2, So Who’s Not Telling the Truth?

Republican State Representative Dan Bishop says Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, and not his anti-LGBT bill, is to blame for PayPal’s decision to cancel a planned $3.6 million expansion in North Carolina that would have created 400 new jobs. 

Bishop is the lead sponsor and author of HB2, the anti-LGBT bill that voids all local LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances in North Carolina and removes local power over minimum wage and employment discrimination laws – handing control over to state lawmakers. On Tuesday, he told the News & Observer PayPal’s decision to cancel their planned expansion was “not about HB2.”

“It is instead about a frenzy that the mayor and her allies on City Council have whipped up,” Rep. Bishop told the newspaper. “I think she might consider that she stop calling in airstrikes on her own position.”

Rep. Bishop is lying, plain and simple. And that’s easily proven. As NCRM reported Tuesday, PayPal CEO and President Dan Schulman on PayPal’s website wrote that HB2 “perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte.”

Schulman clearly wanted there to be no question about his decision or about the reasons for it.

Our decision is a clear and unambiguous one,” he wrote.

It really cannot be any clearer than that. There’s no room for interpretation. Schulman was 100 percent clear and specific. Someone’s lying, and it’s either the CEO who made the decision, or the politician who authored the unconstitutional bill.

Given Rep. Bishop’s performance in an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on March 25, it’s apparent he’s comfortable twisting truth and spreading falsehoods, especially about HB2.

But Bishop isn’t the only one playing fast and loose with the truth. The News & Observer also quoted a joint statement by top North Carolina Republican state lawmakers.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore called it “a radical bathroom policy” by the Democratic mayor and City Council.

“The governor warned her the legislature would take immediate action to protect North Carolina families,” they said in a joint statement. “If Jennifer Roberts, (state Attorney General) Roy Cooper and the far-left Political Correctness Mob she’s unleashed really care about the economic future of her city, they’ll … start telling the truth about this commonsense bathroom safety law.”

Christopher Sgro, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina told The New Civil Rights Movement these comments “absurd.”

“Statements from Representative Dan Bishop, Senator Berger, and other extremist legislators claiming that fault for the backlash to House Bill 2 lies with Charlotte are absurd,” Sgro told NCRM via email today. “These are the same legislators who manufactured a crisis, wasted $42,000 of taxpayer money to stage a political stunt, and rammed through negligent legislation in under 12 hours without a second thought to consequences.”

“Charlotte spent almost a year crafting and considering a non-discrimination ordinance which mirrors those in 100+ other cities across the nation,” Scro continued, calling their efforts “a best practice,” and the North Carolina General Assembly’s “a worst possible practice.”

“It is not the fault of Charlotte’s leaders that Mr. Bishop and a few others did not carefully consider their actions. What Bishop and Berger are claiming is akin to a child breaking the cookie jar and blaming it on the dog. The loss of Paypal and potential loss of many, many other businesses is squarely on the backs of the legislature and Governor McCrory. They’ve made a mess of North Carolina, and they must fix it in the short session of the legislature by repealing HB2,” Sgro concluded.

NCRM Wednesday morning emailed Rep. Bishop, offering him the opportunity to change or clarify his statement. NCRM did not receive a response by the time this article was published.

 

Image: Screenshot via Dan Bishop/YouTube

 

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Trump Could Face 20 Years Behind Bars for ‘Serious Felonies’ at Mar-a-Lago: Legal Analyst

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A legal analyst for ABC News pointed out that former President Donald Trump is potentially facing 20 years in prison for “serious felonies” after the search of his Mar-a-Lago home.

Dan Abrams told ABC host Jonathan Karl that the Department of Justice could indict Trump for multiple crimes after finding classified documents during the search.

“They’re very serious,” Abrams said of the charges. “And the one that’s being talked about most is this espionage act because it has the word espionage in it. But the truth is that when it comes to potential criminal sentences, the obstruction of justice statute is the one with the most potential prison time.”

“There you’re talking about up to 20 years behind bars,” he added. “So these are not sort of minor crimes we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the potential for serious felonies with regard to all three of the crimes being investigated.”

But Abrams threw cold water on the idea that a Trump prosecution would be easy.

“The fundamental question is going to be intentionality,” he opined. “How much do they believe that they did this on purpose? Were they intentionally ignoring subpoenas? Were they literally destroying documents?”

Watch the video below from ABC.

 

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New Analysis Breaks Down GOP’s Flawed Response to the Mar-a-Lago Search

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Republican lawmakers are reportedly at an impasse on whether or not they should be defending former President Donald Trump amid his latest flurry of legal woes. The party is also facing challenges with navigating some lawmakers’ critical assessments of law enforcement over the Trump investigation.

A new analysis is breaking down Republicans’ seemingly flawed response and how it underscores the cracks in the political party’s foundation.

According to Axios, the analysis comes shortly after documents released on Friday, August 12, offered details about the search which reportedly involved “highly classified materials believed stored in violation of the law at the ex-president’s private residence.”

Prior to the release of those documents, Republicans serving on the House Intelligence Committee participated in a press conference where they continued to criticize the investigation, describing it as being politically motivated.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) scrutinized the investigation deeming it a “complete abuse” of authority as she suggested it was being conducted because the former president is considered to be “Joe Biden’s most likeliest political opponent in 2024.”

However, some Republicans on the committee have offered a more leveled approach to the situation. Per The New York Times, “Trump allies have told top Republicans to tone down their criticism of the Justice Department ‘because it is possible that more damaging information related to the search will become public.'”

“It’s incumbent upon everybody to act in a way that’s becoming of the office they hold,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), a former FBI agent, “And that’s not casting judgment on anything until you know all the facts.”

Others have attempted to defend the former president. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said, “You can say nuclear weapons, but there are things that are highly, highly classified, there are things that are not extremely classified.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is now selling merchandise on her website in support of a call to “defund the FBI” while Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) tweeted, “I will support a complete dismantling and elimination of the democrat brown shirts known as the FBI.”

 

Image: Elise Stefanik with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago via Facebook

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Trump Makes False Claims About Classified Documents – And Obama

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Donald Trump is responding to news reports he is under FBI investigation for actions covered by the Espionage Act by making apparently false claims about his mishandling of classified documents and about former President Barack Obama.

“Number one, it was all declassified,” Trump says in a post on his Truth Social site, a claim legal experts say is incorrect. For any president to declassify documents, experts say, there is a process that involves actions being taken on each individual document. They also say the president does not have legal authority to declassify documents related to nuclear weapons.

“Number two,” Trump continues, “they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago. It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request.”

READ MORE: FBI Agents Searched Mar-a-Lago for ‘Classified Documents Relating to Nuclear Weapons’: Report

Again, according to reports, that too is false. DOJ issued a subpoena after the National Archives tried to get all the documents back and Trump still did not comply.

“They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago,” he continues in a separate post on Truth Social. “ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK.”

Again, multiple reports say they did, numerous times.

READ MORE: DOJ Served Trump With Grand Jury Subpoena for Classified Documents Months Before FBI Raid: Report

None of his responses explain why he had at Mar-a-Lago what we now know were at least 35 cartons – 20 retrieved on Monday and 15 earlier this year – of items including confidential, classified, and top secret documents that were required by law to have been handed over to the National Archives.

“The bigger problem is,” Trump says, “what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?”

That is also false.

The National Archives on Friday issued a statement after Trump repeatedly spread the false claim that former President Barack Obama had 33 million documents in his possession.

“President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!” was one of Trump’s false attacks on his Truth Social site.

“The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) assumed exclusive legal and physical custody of Obama Presidential records when President Barack Obama left office in 2017, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA),” the Archives said in a statement posted to its website Friday.

“NARA moved approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area where they are maintained exclusively by NARA,” the Archives added. “Additionally, NARA maintains the classified Obama Presidential records in a NARA facility in the Washington, DC, area. As required by the PRA, former President Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of his Administration.”

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