There are supposed to be 435 Members of Congress, but one of those seats is empty. The North Carolina elections board is refusing to certify the election of Republican Mark Harris after stunning irregularities led to an investigation of his slim 905-vote lad over Democrat Dan McCready.
Kim Strach, the executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections “revealed Monday that state officials had uncovered a ‘coordinated’ and ‘unlawful’ effort to collect absentee ballots on behalf of” Harris, HuffPost reports.
At a public hearing Monday, Strach “said investigators had evidence that McCrae Dowless, a political operative working on behalf of the Harris campaign, filled out and mailed in incomplete or blank ballots from both his office and home. She said Dowless paid people in cash to collect requests for absentee ballots and the ballots themselves. The state board also has evidence, she said, that Dowless paid people to falsify signatures on absentee ballots indicating that they had witnessed those ballots being filled out.”
Dowless “is a convicted felon who faced jail time for fraud and perjury,” The Charlotte-Observer reported in December. One woman told a local reporter Dowless paid her to collect absentee ballots, which is illegal. She had said she was not aware it was illegal because Dowless had been doing it for years. The woman, Cheryl Kinlaw, said Dowless “had stacks” of absentee ballots on his desk.
Strach said Harris, who is a far right wing anti-LGBT North Carolina preacher, paid Dowless $131,275.
Harris, according to Right Wing Watch’s Peter Montgomery, “has a track record of opposing LGBTQ equality and abortion rights. Harris was an ally of the anti-LGBTQ Benham brothers in opposition to a Charlotte nondiscrimination law, and he was a driving force behind the campaign that put a ban on same-sex couples getting married into the state constitution; his First Baptist Church contributed more than $50,000 to the campaign. Harris, who says being gay is ‘a choice,’ has said the anti-equality amendment was not about discrimination but about ‘standing up for the values and principles that have been a part of the fabric of American society.'”
Last year First Lady Karen Pence actively campaigned for Harris.
Image by Mark Harris via YouTube
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‘Zero Credibility’: Legal Experts Blast ‘Religious Zealot’ Bill Barr for Politicizing Trump’s Poor Pandemic Performance
Attorney General Bill Barr is getting blasted for a highly-partisan interview he gave to Fox News. Barr’s role as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer is seen as sacrosanct by the American people, who believe the wall between the head of the Dept. of Justice and politics should never be cracked.
The AG attacked the press for waging a “jihad” against Trump’s promotion of an unproven malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, to battle COVID-19, despite it not having been approved, or even appropriately tested for that purpose. And he described President Donald Trump’s early handling of the impending coronavirus pandemic as “statesman-like,” which is false. Numerous reports show Trump was far more aware of how fatal the coronavirus could be and just how much it could disrupt the globe.
“The politicization of decisions like hydroxychloroquine has been amazing to me,” Barr told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “Before the president said anything about it, there was ‘fair and balanced’ coverage of this very promising drug, and the fact that it had such a long track record that the risks were pretty well known, and as soon as he said something positive about it, the media’s been on a jihad to discredit the drug. It’s been quite strange.”
“It’s very disappointing,” Barr also said, “because I think the president went out at the beginning of [the coronavirus pandemic] and really was statesmanlike, trying to bring people together, working with all the governor. Keeping his patience as he as he got these snarky, gotcha questions from the White House media pool and the stridency of the partisan attacks on him has gotten higher and higher.”
That’s false. The media has worked to inform the public that the drug can be dangerous, and even deadly, when inappropriately used. And reporters have tried to let the public know that reports of the drug’s supposed success in treating the deadly virus has been mostly anecdotal.
Here’s one portion of the interview:
Barr says he’s disappointed about partisanship during the pandemic because the President has acted statesmanlike and worked with all the governors while dealing with gotcha questions from the media. He goes on to accuse the media of leading a jihad against Hydroxychloroquine pic.twitter.com/fW2NLDOzB7
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) April 9, 2020
Many legal experts are furious.
CNN Legal Analyst, former federal and state prosecutor:
AG William Barr is a disgrace, a political hack with zero credibility who constantly embarrasses himself and the Justice Department.
His comments sound like they’re from a campaign spokesperson, not the nation’s top law enforcement official.
For example: (1/3) https://t.co/HxGohon3rh
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) April 9, 2020
– Criticizes media for asking not-nice questions of Trump (this is what our top law enforcement official is worried about)
– Claims media on a “jihad” against Trump’s ideas (speaks for itself).
You want to go work for the campaign, fine. Stop dragging down DOJ with you. (3/3)
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) April 9, 2020
Former SDNY Federal Prosecutor:
Barr is adding to his title of Most Dangerous Trump Cabinet Member. He’s now giving reckless advice on health policy (not part of the AG’s job or expertise) in addition to more explicitly espousing political conspiracy theories about the origins of the Russia Investigation. https://t.co/5qqtmtdhxz
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) April 9, 2020
Attorney and commentator:
Bill Barr got called a fucking fraud who deceived the American people by a Republican-appointed federal judge a month ago, and as far as I can tell @IngrahamAngle was too insipid to mention it and mainstream outlets covering her interview are meekly going along with that.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) April 9, 2020
Federal judge, one month ago: “The Court has grave concerns about the objectivity of the process that preceded the public release of the redacted version of the Mueller Report.”
“Attorney General Barr distorted the findings in the Mueller Report.” https://t.co/xDDE3hkOgS
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) April 9, 2020
Managing editor, Lawfareblog:
It’s not an exaggeration to say if we do what Barr says, people will die https://t.co/926Opccfjc
— Quinta Jurecic (@qjurecic) April 9, 2020
Attorney, columnist, pundit:
Just in time for Ramadan, religious zealot AG Bill Barr claims the media is declaring a “jihad” on Trump for his hunch that hydroxychloroquine is a safe drug. After Barr leaves Trump, Im betting that Putin or MBS hires him as his top defender. https://t.co/g2a5yb7t84
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 9, 2020
CNN Chief National Security Correspondent:
In which the nation’s top law enforcement official expresses his opinion on social distancing guidelines, a medical treatment and religious freedom: https://t.co/el7aYyPhbX
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 9, 2020
MSNBC Justice & Security Analyst, former DOJ spokesman:
Statesmanlike! I thought this had to be a paraphrase until I watched the clip. What a joke Barr has become. https://t.co/7J4kxIi7aB
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) April 9, 2020
Former Justice Department prosecutor:
Religious freedom, as guaranteed in the First Amendment, does not mean people must be religious or the government favors religion.
Barr is a danger. https://t.co/ZSQjFTM11Z
— Michael J. Stern (@MichaelJStern1) April 9, 2020
Conservative think tank scholar:
Bill Barr is simply an awful person besides being the worst Attorney General in the history of United States
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) April 9, 2020
Professor at the U.S. Naval War College:
"The greatest evil is now conceived and ordered in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices." – C.S. Lewis https://t.co/0TAnJvM4so
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April 9, 2020
Supreme Court reporter for The Economist:
Bill Barr should go home and hide under his bed https://t.co/98d8wItqAY
— Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) April 9, 2020
Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Knowingly Defrauded Condo Buyers — and Wriggled Out of Prosecution, New Book Charges
“Coordinated, deliberate and knowing effort to deceive buyers”
President Donald Trump’s two eldest children knowingly took part in a fraud scheme to sell luxury condominiums, according to a new book about the family’s business.
The family’s dealings around the Trump SoHo project fell under criminal investigation, which was dropped in 2011, but the new book American Oligarchs: The Kushners, The Trumps And The Marriage Of Money And Power reveals email correspondence that appears to show Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump engaged in fraud, reported The Guardian.
“(Email evidence) showed a coordinated, deliberate and knowing effort to deceive buyers,” wrote journalist and author Andrea Bernstein. “In one email, the Trumps discussed how to coordinate false information they had given to prospective buyers. Because the sales levels had been overstated at the beginning of the sales process, any statement showing a lower level could reveal the untruths.”
Trump previewed the 46-story tower in lower Manhattan during a 2006 episode of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” but sales proved disappointing — especially after business partner Felix Sater’s criminal past was revealed.
Only about 15 percent to 30 percent of the units had been sold by the start of 2009, according to figures filed with state and federal agencies, but the future president’s children presented a rosier picture in public.
Ivanka Trump told Reuters in June 2008 that 60 percent of them had been sold, and Trump Jr. told Real Deal magazine in April 2009 that 55 percent of units had sold, according to Bernstein.
Buyers later sued Trump, complaining that they had been defrauded by inflated sales claims, and the Manhattan district attorney’s office then began a criminal investigation of the case.
Appeals Court Rules Against President – Refuses to Block House Subpoena for Trump’s Financial Records
A Second Circuit Court of Appeals panel has just refused a motion from President Donald Trump asking it to block a House subpoena for his financial records. The subpoena orders two entities, Deutsche Bank and Capital One, to hand over Trump’s financial documents.
The Washington Post reports the court’s ruling states “the public interest favors denial” of the president’s requested injunction.
The court has stayed its decision for seven days to give Trump time to request an extension.
This is the second time a federal appeals curt has refused to block a request for Trump’s financial documents.
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