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Meet the Congressman With a Decades-Long History of Questionable Acts Who Just Called for Joe Biden to Be Prosecuted

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Meet U.S. Congressman Ken Buck, a Republican of Colorado. Buck on Thursday called for President-elect Joe Biden to be prosecuted for supposed crimes after he leaves office.

Biden is not under investigation nor is there any proof he has committed any crimes, but that didn’t stop Buck from making the accusation on live national television.

“The American people are fed up with corruption in Washington, D.C.,” Buck told Fox News. “I think they’re fed up with people selling their office for personal gain, and thats exactly what it appears President-elect Biden did.”

Again, there is zero proof to support that charge.

“If he didn’t do it, we need to have a special counsel to clear the air,” he added, echoing reports that President Donald Trump wants to install one before he leaves office.

Buck, who has a long and disturbing history of ethical and legal missteps, went on to claim, falsely, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller “cleared” President Trump.

“If President-elect Biden is cleared, so be it. If he’s not cleared, we need to proceed with criminal charges against Hunter Biden, and if necessary against Joe Biden when he leaves office.”

Earlier this week Buck spun a false tale on Fox News radio, concluding, “I think that Joe Biden is going to be subject to blackmail if we don’t get to the bottom of this. And so if he does become president, I think it’s very important that we have an independent counsel looking into this.”

Again, zero evidence of any criminal or even unethical conduct by President-elect Joe Biden.

But there is plenty of evidence of inappropriate, questionable, and disturbing behavior from Ken Buck.

Congressman Buck, who for reasons unknown is also the head of the Colorado Republican Party, was one of 126 Republican members of Congress who signed on to the Texas lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to disenfranchise voters in four states that went for Joe Biden. The frivolous lawsuit did not call for the votes in states that went to Donald Trump to be voided.

Buck may not have much of a national profile but local Colorado newspapers have found plenty about him to report.

In May The Denver Post reported Rep. Buck “pressured a local party official to submit incorrect election results to set the primary ballot for a state Senate seat.”

That party official, a local GOP chairman, blasted Buck’s actions, saying he tried to force him to commit a crime: “To say it’s damning is an understatement.”

“You’ve got a sitting congressman, a sitting state party chair,” he said, referring to Buck, “who is trying to bully a volunteer — I’m a volunteer; I don’t get paid for this — into committing a crime,” Eli Bremer told The Post.

Also in May The Denver Post reported that the “Weld County GOP chairman has filed a complaint with the local district attorney and the Secretary of State’s Office accusing an aide to Republican U.S. Rep. Ken Buck and three others of election fraud and corruption.”

“It’s the second accusation of election irregularities to touch Buck,” the Post noted.

Meanwhile, in other instances of disturbing behavior, back in the 1990’s, Buck was the Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Colorado. He was forced to take an ethics class after holding a meeting with defense attorneys.

The U.S. Attorney “called Buck’s conversations with defense attorneys a ‘reckless disregard of your obligation to keep client information confidential,’ according to his letter of reprimand,” The Denver Post reported.

That case involved “a pair of Russian immigrant brothers who ran a gun store and pawnshop,” who were “contributors to the Republican Party.” Buck declined to prosecute the case, despite the FBI believing the store was “an easy place to pick up cheap handguns — commonly known as Saturday night specials.”

In the early 2000’s, as the District Attorney for Weld County, Buck was sued by the ACLU after he raided a tax service and took files of 5000 customers. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled his actions were unconstitutional, costing the county $150,000, as The Denver Post reported.

“The fact that his own agenda was more important than his community or the costs to the community shows a lot about his character,” said Rhonda Solis, a Greeley community activist. “He was wrong, and he didn’t like it.”

And in 2006 Buck refused to prosecute a rape case even though “the suspect virtually confessed, according to a police transcript … of a phone call between the victim and suspect,” according to a report in The Colorado Independent.

 

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National Guard Members ‘Relieved of Duty’ Before Inauguration Over Vetting Concerns: Reports

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About a dozen members of the National Guard have been “relieved of duty” prior to Wednesday’s inauguration of Joe Biden, after vetting of the 25,000 troops deployed to Washington, D.C. began.

Different reasons for removal are being reported.

“The officials say some of this was based on routine background checks against criminal history database. Some was also based on concerns raised by fellow guard members about statements they heard. This was a matter of zero tolerance, these officials say,” , NBC News’ Pete Williams is reporting, according to NBC News colleague Geoff Bennett.

But earlier Tuesday ABC News and other outlets reported that several National Guard members had ties to extremist groups.

“Two Army National Guard members have been removed from the inauguration security mission after vetting found they had ties to far-right fringe groups,” ABC reported.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports 12 National Guard members were removed over ties to extremist groups.

“Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online, according to two U.S. officials. There was no threat to President-elect Joe Biden, they said.”

On Monday Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott expressed anger on news National Guard members were being vetted.

“This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard,” Gov. Abbott cried. “No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard.”

No state’s National Guard has been singled out or identified.

 

 

 

 

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Internet Drags ‘Demagogue’ Pompeo for ‘White Supremacy’ After Saying ‘Multiculturalism’ Is ‘Not Who America Is’

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‘Going Full White Supremacy’

In a shocking tweet barely 24 hours before he will no longer be the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo unleashed a disturbing tweet denouncing “multiculturalism” and claiming it is “not who America is.” He also linked multiculturalism to authoritarianism. The outgoing diplomat, a former GOP congressman and former CIA director,  is being lambasted on social media for his claim.

The United States is built on the histories and heritages of people from other countries who travel to America. By definition, the United States is a multicultural society: “the presence of, or support for the presence of, several distinct cultural or ethnic groups within a society.”

He has spent the past few weeks pushing out a large number of tweets bragging about what he sees as his successes while attempting to position himself as the logical successor to President Donald Trump. On his last full day in office Secretary Pompeo is being called a “demagogue” and is being accused of white supremacy for his remarks.

“Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the -isms — they’re not who America is,” Pompeo tweeted. “They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about. Our enemies stoke these divisions because they know they make us weaker.”

“This country was built on multiculturalism,” CNN’s Keith Boykin said, blasting Pompeo. “That’s why a descendant of Italian immigrants like you could become Secretary of State. You should know this history. If you don’t, you should never have been Secretary of State. If you do and you said this anyway, you’re a demagogue.”

Here’s how others are responding.

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Watch: Congressman Says GOP Rep. Boebert Is Member Who Gave ‘Large Tour’ in Capitol Before Insurrection

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U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) on Monday identified freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) as the member of Congress who gave a “large tour” in the days before the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

“We saw Congressman Boebert taking a group of people for a tour sometime after the 3rd and before the 6th,” Rep. Cohen told CNN late Monday morning, adding that “she had a large group with her.”

“She’s not on the home team,” Cohen said.

Boebert, as many have noted, tweeted Speaker Pelosi’s location – or, to be specific, removal – during the insurrection.

Boebert has been called a members of the “QAnon Caucus,” an unofficial group of lawmakers who support the dangerous conspiracy theory.

Her communications director resigned over the weekend in response to the attempted coup.

 

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