Law enforcement officials in Waller County, Texas, on Wednesday reportedly arrested Jacob Aronowitz, a field director for Democratic U.S. House candidate Mike Siegel (photo), after asking Siegel’s political affiliation.
What did Aronowitz do to get arrested?
He delivered a letter from Siegel to a clerk on the county executive’s staff. The letter was a proposed solution to the local government’s attempts to prevent students from a historically black university, Prairie View A&M University, from voting. Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall first reported the news, and interviewed Aronowitz by phone on Wednesday.
Noting the attempts by the local government to prevent students from Prairie View A&M from voting goes back decades, Marshall notes there was even a Supreme Court case in 1979 over their voting rights. He adds that the students are now facing “a new set of obstacles” imposed by county officials.
The specific issue we are confronting is that students registered at a campus address ON THE ADVICE OF THE COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICIAL. Now, just as voter registration closed, the County announced a new burden on voting rights. This is unacceptable. (3/x)
— Mike Siegel for Congress (TX-10) (@SiegelForTexas) October 10, 2018
Prairie View A&M has about 9500 students. About 60 percent are women and over 80 percent are Black. Waller County has about 43,500 residents, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
On Wednesday when Aronowitz presented Siegel’s letter to the clerk, he took a photo of himself doing so, apparently to prove he had, in fact, delivered the letter. That clerk reportedly got upset and called a bailiff.
Shortly after, Aronowitz walked out of the courthouse and was “surrounded by a court bailiff, a sheriff’s deputy and a city police officer.”
At this point Aronowitz called his boss, Mike Siegel, who also happens to be a civil rights attorney. Siegel was on the phone as all this took place, so he could hear what was going on.
Marshall explains that “it seems like … the law enforcement officers weren’t happy with Aronowitz but weren’t clear what exactly they could charge him with or if they could arrest him. After Aronowitz explained what he was at the courthouse to do and then identified himself, one of the officers asked Aronowitz which party his candidate was with.”
Aronowitz told them Siegel was a Democrat. A couple minutes later the phone went dead and Aronowitz was placed under arrest for what he was told was “48 hour investigative detention.”
Siegel tweeted out the arrest and a copy of the letter Aronwitz had delivered:
Just learned that my field director was arrested while delivering our letter. He told police he was working for me and the officer asked, “what party is he?” Now Jacob is under 48 hour investigatory detention in Waller County. #TX10 https://t.co/W4vlLzc6HJ
— Mike Siegel for Congress (TX-10) (@SiegelForTexas) October 10, 2018
Apparently, after Siegel got involved, law enforcement officials released Aronwitz. But he has to appear in court November 7 – the day after Election Day.
Talking Points Memo doesn’t mention this much, but Siegel is trying to unseat powerful Republican Rep. Michael T. McCaul, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. McCaul happens to be one of the wealthiest members of Congress.
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Ex-Prosecutor Delivers Bad News to Trump About His Reported ‘Pocket Self-Pardon’
Discussing the myriad of legal problems Donald Trump now faces after leaving office involuntarily, Chuck Rosenberg, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was asked on MSNBC about the reported “pocket pardon” the former president is rumored to have issued to himself before leaving office.
Speaking with host Jonathan Capehart, Rosenberg said that pardon — should it exist — is not the get out of jail free card that the ex-president may believe it is.
“I want to ask one more question because there’s a possibility that I heard earlier on MSNBC this morning, the possibility of Donald Trump issuing himself sort of a pocket pardon — a pardon that he granted himself in secret. One, is that something that a president can do, and, two is that even legal?’ host Capehart asked.
“Yeah, so great question,” Rosenberg replied. “The Constitution doesn’t preclude a secret pardon. The Constitution doesn’t require a written pardon. The Constitution’s limits on pardons are only two: that it be for a federal offense and that it not be in cases of impeachment — that’s it, that’s all the Constitution tells us about limitations on pardons.”
“So could there be a secret or pocket pardon, Jonathan? Possibly, sure,” he continued. “By the way, it would not protect him against any case brought by a state prosecutor. So we talked earlier about Georgia or the state of New York. Even if there was a pocket or secret pardon, it would not preclude charges by state officials.”
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Just hours before Donald Trump’s impeachment attorneys will present their defense of the former president in his Senate impeachment trial on inciting the January 6 insurrection his longtime aide and advisor Jason Miller bragged the lawyers were assisted by three top Republican Senators: Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Lee.
During an impeachment Senators act as jurors. They take an oath to deliver “impartial justice” – not to aid in the defense of the accused.
“But I’ll tell you, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee. These are some smart guys with some very good ideas, and I think President Trump is going to get the absolute best defense today, and it was a real honor to have those senators come in and give us some additional ideas so we’re appreciative for that yeah it,” Miller told Newsmax (video below).
Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs adds:
Trump adviser Jason Miller mentions @SenMikeLee @SenTedCruz @LindseyGrahamSC 3 times, implying they’re with Trump. Said they came to impeachment team’s war room in room S-211 to help lawyers. “It was a real honor to have those senators come in and give us some additional ideas.” pic.twitter.com/ip7nJzLFhT
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On Thursday many on social media were aghast when it was reported those three Senators had been caught advising Trump’s defense attorneys.
Cruz freely admitted his complicity.
“We were discussing their legal strategy and sharing our thoughts,” the Texas Republican Senator told CNN.
David Schoen, one of Trump’s attorneys, defended getting advice from the jury.
“There’s nothing about this thing that has any semblance of due process whatsoever,” he said, demonstrating his lack of respect for the constitutionally-defined process.
Here’s Jason Miller on Newsmax admitting that Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Lee not only met with Trump’s lawyers but are literally helping with Trump’s impeachment defense. Cruz, Graham, and Lee are supposed to be jurors. pic.twitter.com/jJOciPdk1K
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“Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) were both away from their desks, for instance, while Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) was in the basement on his phone, CNN’s Manu Raju reported,” Forbes adds.
“Many within the chamber were preoccupied with other activities: Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) were reading papers, while, according to CNN’s Jeremy Herb, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) ‘had a blank map of Asia on his desk and was writing on it like he was filling in the names of the countries.'”
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