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Jerry Falwell Jr’s Claim Sharing His Damaging Emails Is a ‘Criminal Conspiracy’ Is ‘Totally Insane’: Legal Expert

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Former Federal Prosecutor Says ‘I Don’t Think Any Law Enforcement Agency Is Going to Be Interested in This One’

Jerry Falwell, Jr. is going to have a hard time convincing federal law enforcement authorities to investigate his latest embarrassing scandal, what he is calling the “theft” of his emails. The Liberty University and Liberty School of Law president is labeling the sharing of emails he has not explicitly denied writing a “criminal conspiracy.” Some of those emails, published in the press, are proving increasingly embarrassing.

Read NCRM’s overview of some other recent Falwell, Jr. scandals here.

The incriminating documents show Falwell has made derogatory comments about faculty and staff, including calling one student “emotionally imbalanced and physically retarded,” a group of students who opted to work out at an off-campus gym “social misfits,” and his school’s police chief a “a half-wit” who is “easy to manipulate,” according to an article in Reuters.

That’s in addition to a damaging article Monday in Politico, which detailed Falwell’s “culture of fear” at Liberty, some racy photos, Falwell allegedly partying with his son Trey at a Miami nightclub, and the Christian university president allegedly bragging about the size of his penis to at least one school official.

Falwell on Tuesday, claiming he was the target of an “attempted coup,” said the FBI would be investigating the “theft” of his emails.

“Liberty owns every single one of those emails,” Falwell told the Associated Press in a phone interview. “It’s our property. They were working for us when they used our server. And our policies make it clear every email sent on our server is owned by Liberty and if anybody shares it with anybody outside Liberty, it is theft. And so that’s the underlying crime.”

“The emails are stolen property,” Falwell told CNN, as Talking Points Memo reported, “and the fact that all these people in different states are joining together and sharing stolen emails with the press makes it a criminal conspiracy.”

Former federal prosecutor disagrees

Reuters, which published excerpts of some of Falwell, Jr.’s emails, notes the ones they were given access to were sent from an Earthlink email domain.

The AP reports the FBI is not commenting, but cybercrime expert and former federal prosecutor Nick Akerman is.

Ackerman “said Falwell’s assertion of a criminal conspiracy is ‘totally insane,'” the AP notes. “Akerman said the ex-board members and employees can share emails with reporters as long as they had authorized access to them and didn’t hack into someone else’s account. He said trade secrets are also protected under the law, but Liberty wouldn’t be able to make a case there either.”

“I don’t think any law enforcement agency is going to be interested in this one,” said Akerman, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney.

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‘I Haven’t Watched for One Minute’ Trump Says About Impeachment Hearing – but He Did Post 20 Retweets About It

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President Donald Trump insists he hasn’t watched even “one minute” of Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, which many – even some on the right – say is damning for his presidency. The American president told a reporter, “I haven’t watched. I haven’t watched for one minute,” calling it “a sham” that “shouldn’t be allowed.”

Trump made his remarks during a bilateral press conference with none other than the president of Turkey, a dictator who Trump appeased at great cost to U.S. foreign policy and safety last month by pulling out U.S. troops from Syria.

The president claimed he was with President Erdogan all day and therefore wasn’t even able to watch. But he did have time to tweet during the impeachment hearing that included two diplomats whose testimony was harmful to him and his claims of wanting only to investigate corruption in Ukraine.

A lot.

20 times the President posted retweets from other Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), top Trump ally U.S. Rep, Mark Meadows (R-NC), House Oversight Committee Republicans, House Republicans, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and The White House. Many of those whom he retweeted he retweeted multiple times.

Here’s Trump insisting he did not watch the impeachment hearings even “for one minute”:

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‘Oxymoron’: Internet Mocks ‘Demagogic’ Jim Jordan on News GOP May Move Him to Intel Committee to Sabotage Impeachment

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“Like the collision of matter and anti-matter”

Republican Leadership is debating moving the ever-jacketless Ohio GOP Congressman Jim Jordan to the House Intelligence Committee in a clear attempt to spy on and disrupt the fast-moving and highly-productive impeachment inquiry. The Intel Committee is the primary committee investigating the president.

Calling him “a fiery supporter of the president,” CBS News reports the discussions among House leadership are “active and serious.”

Some political experts find Jordan’s conspiracy theories and overall disrespectful and belligerent nature inappropriate.

Well-known political strategist Steve Schmidt, a senior campaign advisor to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign and now a former Republican, has previously voiced his opinion of Congressman Jordan:

On the news that Jordan may be added to the Intel Committee, prominent political scientist, professor of international relations, and journalist David Rothkopf weighed in colorfully, describing the effect the GOP is looking for by moving Jordan:

Here’s what some others are saying:

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Trump Tried to Launch #StopTheCoup on Twitter and It Blew Up Hilariously in His Face

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Donald Trump kicked off his Saturday morning on Twitter with a simple attempt to promote the hashtag #StopTheCoup but didn’t get many backers.

But he did get a lot of derision and explanations about what a “coup” really is — along with inspiring the hashtag: #ThePresidentIsACrybaby.

As one commenter noted, “Holding the president* accountable for his actions isn’t a coup… it’s their job. ”

That was the general response, see below:

 

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