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Screaming Match Between Right Wing Zealot US Senator and AG Barr Scuttles Nomination of Asian-American Woman

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Jessie Liu was the first woman President Donald Trump nominated to become a U.S. Attorney, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly and en masse fired all U.S. Attorneys in 2017.

Now the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Liu was President Trump’s nominee to replace Rachel Brand, the first woman to serve as Associate U.S. Attorney General. Brand left the DOJ in February of 2018 and the office, like many in the Trump administration, has remained vacant since.

But now Liu has pulled her name from consideration after far right wing extremist U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) (photo) reportedly got into a “shouting match” with Attorney General William Barr, according to NPR. Senator Lee, who strongly opposes women’s reproductive rights, felt Liu was not sufficiently anti-abortion.

“The reasons are apparently a mix of ‘not hating abortion enough’ and opposing Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court confirmation,” is how Splinter described the decision to pull her name.

The Associate Attorney General is not supposed to imprint their personal values on decisions the Dept. of Justice makes.

“Interest groups had begun drafting letters to senators about their fears that Liu would not support restrictions on abortion,” NPR explains.

Abortion is legal and has been deemed a civil right under the U.S. Constitution.

“Another key factor: Earlier in her career, Liu had an affiliation with the National Association of Women Lawyers, which sent a letter opposing the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.”

Again, abortion is legal and has been deemed a civil right under the U.S. Constitution.

Liu is one of just ten women who serve as U.S Attorneys. The remaining 83 are men. As a woman and as an Asian-American, she would have brought much-needed diversity to the DOJ.

Her actual position on abortion is not publicly known.

The position remains open.

Oh. And by the way, if the name “Mike Lee” sounds familiar, this is Senator Lee earlier this week:

 

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Die-Hard MAGA Trump Supporters in Arizona Think ‘It’s Very Possible’ States Will ‘Decertify’ the 2020 Election

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Donald Trump’s most recent rally in Arizona brought many opportunities for his supporters to explain why they think the former president will be back in office any day.

Politico spoke to a few MAGA folks on the ground at the event and got their thoughts on what’s next in the Trump movement.

“I hope states decertify the election. I want to hear him say it’s over, we are ready to move on and hold a new election,” Politico cited Ray Kallatsa from Tucson. “I do think it’s possible, very possible.”

His thoughts echo those of pillow mogul Mike Lindell, who spoke to the crowd ahead of the former president. He cited QAnon language.

“Can you feel the storm building? It’s America,” he said using the allusion of “the storm” which is part of the conspiracy group’s messaging.

The storm, “refers to excessive social conflict that is predicted to occur prior to society reaching the point of ‘The Great Awakening,’ explained Murray State University.

See the photos from the event at Politico.

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Virginia’s Republican Attorney General-Elect Fires Dozens of Lawyers Including in Civil Rights Division

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He has yet to be sworn in but Virginia’s Republican Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares has already fired dozens of lawyers, including those working in the Office of Civil Rights, and including those who are not political appointees but career civil servants.

Miyares campaigned on enforcing the law while promising to refuse to allow coronavirus mitigation efforts including masks and vaccine requirements, despite the surging pandemic.

But enforcing the law – certainly specific aspects like civil rights – will be much harder when he is sworn into office on Saturday.

I’ve been told incoming AG @JasonMiyaresVA just FIRED the entire civil rights division in the Attorney General’s office,” tweeted Virginia Democratic state Senator L. Louise Lucas, the President Pro tempore. “My bill helped create and expand the authority that this division uses.”

This whole campaign we had to listen to @JasonMiyaresVA whining about local prosecutors choosing not to prosecute certain crimes- then he gets elected and eliminates an entire division dedicated to enforcing civil rights law. Total hypocrisy and it needs to be SEEN,” she added.

It’s unclear if Miyares has fired the entire civil rights division but the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports he has fired 30 attorneys including “Helen Hardiman, an assistant attorney general who focuses on investigating and litigating against housing discrimination in the Office of Civil Rights.”

“I am not a political appointee. I don’t have a political job,” she says, adding she has 20 cases that are in court or going to trial.

“I don’t want those people who have been discriminated against to be left hanging,” Hardiman said. “I also felt like a cursory email with 24 hour notice was unprofessional. And I’m disappointed that the new administration seems to be signaling that they care less about civil rights issues like fair housing than the current administration.”

On his Twitter page Miyares posted numerous platitudes and promises like, “My oath of allegiance is to follow the law, to respect the code of Virginia, and the people of Virginia As AG, I am going to go back to calling balls and strikes and we are going to enforce the law.”

He also posted tweets attacking coronavirus mitigation policies, saying, “no Virginian should be forced to choose between their job and the vaccine.”

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For the First Time in Jan. 6 Cases the DOJ Has Filed Charges of Seditious Conspiracy

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The U.S. Dept. of Justice raised the stakes one year and one week after the violent and deadly January 6 insurrection, filing charges of seditious conspiracy against eleven people including the leader of the far right anti-government vigilante group Oath Keepers and ten others, CNN reports.

A D.C. grand jury “returned an indictment yesterday, which was unsealed today, charging 11 defendants with seditious conspiracy and other charges for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election,” the Dept. of Justice said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

According to court documents, Elmer Stewart Rhodes III, 56, of Granbury, Texas, who is the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers; and Edward Vallejo, 63, of Phoenix, Arizona, are being charged for the first time in connection with events leading up to and including Jan. 6. Rhodes was arrested this morning in Little Elm, Texas, and Vallejo was arrested this morning in Phoenix.

Nine others including eight members of the Oath Keepers, all of whom have been charged previously, had seditious conspiracy charges added.

Seditious conspiracy charges carry a maximum of 20 years in jail.

UPDATE:
Former federal prosecutor and former Republican Ron Filipkowski:

 

 

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