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North Carolina Governor Does Not Bolster His Case

Governor Pat McCrory sat down with NBC News’ Chuck Todd Sunday morning on “Meet the Press.” It didn’t go well. 

The North Carolina Republican has been under increasing pressure for signing HB2, a wide-sweeping anti-LGBT law that bans transgender citizens from utilizing public restrooms that most closely conform to their gender identity, voids all local LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances, and strips local municipalities from passing laws to regulate minimum wages or employment discrimination. 

On Sunday, McCrory told Chuck Todd that he’s facing immense pressure from a group more powerful than the NRA: the Human Rights Campaign. Actually, to be specific, he called HRC the “Human Relations Commission,” proving just how out of touch with their work he is.

And he drew a line in the sand, stating he will not sign a repeal of the “restroom” portion of HB2 – the most contentious portion of a law his own attorney general, and many other legal experts are calling “unconstitutional.”

McCrory also admitted that even though he had been warning the City of Charlotte for months about their proposed nondiscrimination ordinance that ultimately sparked HB2, he had never met with a transgender person to discuss either bill. 

Appearing defensive, McCrory called for more “dialogue,” as he did this week in a Washington Post op-ed. But he bristled when host Chuck Todd reminded him that “you guys debated for, like, one second,” HB2 before passing it. McCrory said the Charlotte City Council’s debate was also short, but it came after a great many hours of listening to testimony from stakeholders, citizens, experts, and nearly anyone else who wished to weigh in. It also came after more than a year of study.

The Governor also claimed that laws surrounding gender identity are new.

“This is a national debate that has literally come on in the last three months,” McCrory told Todd. “No one talked about it until Houston,” referring to that city’s equal right ordinance. That’s of course false. There are reportedly more than 200 laws across the nation that include gender identity.

In perhaps the most curious moment of his “Meet the Press” interview, Gov. McCrory took a swipe at Hollywood, which has come down hard on him for HB2. He suggested they are being hypocritical about LGBT people deserving equal rights because “the new Batman-Robin movie is playing in China,” a country with gross human rights violations.

Another uncomfortable moment came when McCrory boasted that even though corporations are literally moving out of state, taking over 1000 jobs out of state, signing letters urging him to repeal HB2, and entertainers like Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Cirque du Soleil are boycotting North Carolina, a few folks at a local “an African American buffet restaurant” recently thanked him.

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‘Genius’ Madison Cawthorn Mocked for Claiming the Constitution Prohibits Airlines From Requiring Vaccinations

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U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn is once again being mocked, this time for yet again not understanding the very basics of American democracy.

On Thursday the Republican from North Carolina claimed it is “illegal” and unconstitutional for airlines to require passengers to be vaccinated, because “you actually have a constitutionally protected right to free, unrestricted travel within the United States.”

That last part has a tiny shred of truth to it. Just not in the way Congressman Cawthorn thinks.

(Those inteested in the legal mechanics should examine this and this.)

Anyone could take a minute to come up with arguments why his claim is false, including that anyone driving a car is required to have a driver’s license and insurance, and wear a seat belt.

The freshman Congressman was quickly mocked:

 

 

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29 Months Later Bill Barr’s Super Secret Russia Special Counsel Files His Second Indictment – for Alleged Lying

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In April of 2019 then-Attorney General Bill Barr ordered the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut to open and lead an investigation into Russia – not into how Russia has been attacking the United States via cyber warfare, undermining Americans’ trust in American institutions, and using social media to do it, but into whether or not the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been warranted in opening an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, including its investigation of Donald Trump.

On Thursday, 29 months after Barr first appointed John Durham (photo, right) to lead that super-secret investigation, 11 months after Barr secretly turned Durham into a special counsel to ensure the investigation would continue past his and Trump’s tenure, and after spending untold millions of taxpayer dollars, the Dept. of Justice has announced Durham has obtained a second indictment.

“A prominent cybersecurity lawyer was indicted on a charge of lying to the F.B.I. five years ago during a meeting about Donald J. Trump and Russia, the Justice Department announced on Thursday,” The New York Times reports.

The lawyer, Michael Sussmann, “of the law firm Perkins Coie, which has deep ties to the Democratic Party — is accused of making a false statement about his client at the meeting.”

Mr. Sussmann’s defense lawyers have denied the accusation, saying that he did not make a false statement, that the evidence he did is weak and that who he was representing was not a material fact in any case. They have vowed to fight any charge in court.

At issue is who was Sussman working for when he “relayed concerns by cybersecurity researchers who believed that unusual internet data might be evidence of a covert communications channel between computer servers associated with the Trump Organization and with Alfa Bank, a Kremlin-linked Russian financial institution.”

Apparently not at issue is if the Trump Organization or campaign had a secret communications channel to a Kremlin-linked organization.

Frequent viewers of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow are likely familiar with her reporting on Alfa Bank, including this segment from October 2018:

Durham has not obtained any indictment against anyone in Russia, any Russian operatives, any Trump Organization or campaign official, or anyone who may have been involved in Russia’s attack on the United States.

The only other indictment Durham has obtained from his two-plus year investigation? The Times in 2019 reported on a “low-level” FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, who “altered an email that officials used to prepare to seek court approval to renew the wiretap,” on Carter Page, a Trump campaign advisor.

One expert calls the indictment “weak.”

 

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Newly Unredacted Documents Reveal a Litany of Allegations Against Pompeo, His Wife, and State Dept. Staffers

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Newly unredacted records from a whistleblower complaint in the State Department have shed light on more allegations against former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and members of his former staff.

According to documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Pompeo and others were accused of misconduct.

The publication reports: “The alleged misconduct included false or misleading statements to the agency’s legal department, misuse of government resources on personal and political activities potentially prohibited by the Hatch Act, verbal abuse of employees by Mike and Susan Pompeo and directives to staff not to communicate in writing in order to evade transparency laws.”

The unredacted documents come two years after the redacted version of the whistleblower complaint was filed with the State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG is said to have excluded many of the previous redactions in the version of the documents released to CREW.

“The complaint alleges “[s]everal senior career Foreign Service officials who held positions of responsibility within the Executive Secretariat” turned a blind eye to Pompeo’s “questionable activities” and, in some cases, “facilitat[ed]” them, according to CREW.

Employees in the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser “expressed concern that some of these activities may have violated [the] Hatch Act or other regulations,” but the whistleblower was “unaware that any resolution was reached, potentially because senior officials in the Executive Secretariat repeatedly declined to seek clarification or guidance from [the Office of the Legal Adviser] despite requests from subordinates to do so.”

The new documents also detail the aftermath of former Inspector Steve Linick’s removal from his post, which was part of a larger Trump-led effort to oust inspectors. The report also indicated that staff members were “stunned” by the directive.

“[T]his is all so surreal three days later. I’m nervous about the future,” the OIG employee wrote in a May 18, 2020 email. In a later email, the official added, “I just heard Trump say we needed to get rid of the ‘Attorney Generals’ as a whole…Oh dear.”

CREW has also received other documentation as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit aimed at uncovering information about Pompeo’s attempts to hinder the investigation into the allegations of misconduct against him.

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