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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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Flynn’s Lawyers File Motion Demanding Federal Judge Grant DOJ’s Request to Drop Case Against Him

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Attorneys for Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI twice, have decided they are not pleased the judge in the case is pursuing possible contempt of court charges and hasn’t blindly granted the Dept. of Justice’s motion to drop all charges against him. On Tuesday Flynn’s lawyers filed a 36-page motion in federal appeals court demanding the judge in his case let him off scot-free.

Joshua Geltzer, the Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and a Georgetown Law professor called the move “Bonkers.”

Last week Judge Emmet Sullivan surprised all parties by tapping a retired judge to criminal contempt charges for perjury were warranted. Flynn swore in court he lied to the FBI, then retracted that plea.

The retired judge, John Gleeson, was also appointed to “present arguments in opposition to the government’s Motion to Dismiss.”

By law the judge is required to rule based on what is best for the people, not Flynn.

Judge Gleeson had penned an op-ed titled, “The Flynn case isn’t over until the judge says it’s over.” In it, he argued the DOJ’s “record reeks of improper political influence.”

“The department now says it cannot prove its case,” Gleeson adds. “But Flynn had already admitted his guilt to lying to the FBI, and the court had accepted his plea.”

In it he also suggested the Dept. of Justice is a party to corruption and political influence.

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirscher, now an NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst, called the move a “stunt,” and “desperate and frivolous.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Trump Unveils New Oddly Familiar Space Force Logo – and Star Trek’s George Takei Jokes He’s ‘Expecting Some Royalties’

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President Donald Trump unveiled his new Space Force logo Friday afternoon, and many immediately noticed a strong similarity to the Star Trek logo. Even the original “Star Trek” series’ actor George Takei had a lot of fun at Trump’s expense – including demanding some royalties.

Many others had a good time as well:

Conservative national security commentator and analyst John Noonan weighed in enough to ruin some of the fun:

 

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‘The President Is Not Very Smart’: George Conway Tells CNN How Trump Played Right Into Adam Schiff’s Hands

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday bragged about withholding key documents from impeachment investigators — and conservative attorney George Conway said that statement would blow up in his face.

During a talk with reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump boasted that Democrats “don’t have all the material” that they need to make their case of the president’s guilt and also asserted that “we have all the material.”

While appearing on CNN, Conway predicted that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) would use this statement as further evidence that the president has violated his oath of office by obstruction Congress, as the reason that impeachment investigators don’t have “all the material” is because the White House has refused to hand it over.

“The president is actually not a very smart man,” said Conway, who is the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. “What he did here, he’s undercutting the arguments that he needs to make to keep the material from coming out. He’s not able to think one step beyond what’s coming out of his mouth — he’s just not that smart. That’s what he did here, he’s undercutting his own defense!”

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