U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz is lawyering up. The Florida Republican who allegedly is under DOJ investigation for possible child sex trafficking and for a possible sexual relationship with a 17 year old has hired two white collar criminal defense attorneys, including one with strong ties to Donald Trump and to the former President’s former attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and one who represented a high-powered Democrat, according to NBC News’ Garrett Haake.
Isabelle Kirshner represented former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who was accused of physically abusing women he was romantically or sexually involved with.
Marc Mukasey for several years has represented Trump, and currently still is, according to a Yahoo News report this week.
Mukasey is the son of Michael Mukasey, the noted former federal prosecutor and Bush 43 U.S. Attorney General. A 2019 Yahoo News report by Hunter Walker and Luppe B. Luppen calls Marc Mukasey “the lawyer at the center of the Trump universe,” and says he “has long-standing professional and personal ties to Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.”
“Marc Mukasey grew up spending holidays with Giuliani and was something of an extended family member to the former New York mayor, who is also one of the president’s closest confidants,” the reports says. “Mukasey told Yahoo News he sees himself as an ’emergency room doctor’ for clients who find themselves on trial.”
Mukasey has represented “a rogues’ gallery of clients linked to infamous scandals,” including “a top aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal. Mukasey also secured a non-prosecution agreement for a doctor who leaked confidential information to a hedge fund as as part of what the New York Times called ‘the largest insider trading scheme on record,’ and he represented Halliburton, which was contracted by BP, to work on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig prior to the disastrous oil spill disaster there.”
But among Mukasey’s most infamous clients is former Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher who was charged with ten offenses, including allegedly killing a 17-year old ISIS prisoner who was sedated, then posing with his corpse.
In addition to Trump’s attorney, Marc Mukasey, representing Gallagher, Trump personally and very publicly intervened in the legal proceedings, tweeting his support for the Navy SEAL.
Gaetz has not been charged with any crime and denies all the allegations.
NBC News reports a “spokeswoman working for Gaetz outside his congressional office, Erin Elmore of the Logan Circle Group, said Friday that he has hired attorneys to push back against the swirl of allegations.”
“Matt has always been a fighter,” Elmore told NBC News. “A fighter for his constituents, a fighter for the country, and a fighter for the Constitution. He’s going to fight back against the unfounded allegations against him. His legal team, led by Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner, will take the fight to those trying to smear his name with falsehoods.”
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Federal Prosecutors: Josh Duggar Had Over 200 Obscene Images of Underaged Kids – Some of Children as Young as 5
Federal prosecutors told a judge on Wednesday that former “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV star Josh Duggar had more than 200 obscene images of underaged children, including images of child sexual assault, downloaded to his computer, and some of the images were of children as young as 5 years old.
The prosecutors, from the Dept. of Homeland Security, according to TMZ, “say witnesses, including friends and family, brought up Josh’s alleged addiction to porn in interviews with law enforcement.”
The sexual abuse material dates back to a raid conducted in November of 2019. There has been no statement from the DOJ explaining why it took so long to arrest the 33-year old, or if anyone in the Trump administration had been protecting him.
The website Radar published testimony from Homeland Security Special Agent Gerald Faulkner.
“In May of 2019, [an Arkansas police officer] identified a computer participating in the known sharing of photos and videos of child pornography,” Faulkner said, claiming the computer contained one two-minute video showing two underage females and a male performing sexual acts on children, as well as 65 images of a female “consistent with child pornography.”
Radar also reports that during the 2019 raid “Duggar was reportedly not informed of the reason for the investigation at the time,” but “he is said to have asked authorities if someone had downloaded child pornography onto his computer.”
Faulkner said that when he asked Josh about the explicit content of children – reportedly ages 5 to 10 – that was found on his computer, Duggar responded, “I’d rather not answer that question.”
Duggar is the father of six children, with a seventh on the way. He remains in jail while a judge considers if he should be allowed out on bail.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
Florida Principal Under Investigation for Beating 6 Year Old With Wooden Paddle for Breaking $50 Computer Part
Florida elementary school principal Melissa Carter is being investigated by the Clewiston Police Department and the Department of Children and Families for allegedly beating a 6-year old student with a wooden paddle after notifying her mother she would be charged $50 for breaking a computer part.
The mother, who speaks Spanish and reportedly did not fully understand the letter she received, went to Central Elementary School to make the payment but instead was taken to the principal’s office where she learned she was to watch Carter and a staffer, who is also now under investigation, Cecilia Self, paddle the young girl, Law & Crime reports.
“The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I’ve never hit my daughter like she hit her,” the mother (who is not being named to protect her daughter,) crying, told WINK in Spanish. “I had never hit her.”
She says the principal was screaming, and she saw no cameras in the office so she secretly recorded the scene.
“Nobody would have believed me,” the mother said. “I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realize what’s happening in this school.”
She told WINK she feared if she had tried to stop the principal from beating her child she might “be in jail.”
Brent Probinsky, the family’s attorney, told WINK what took place is “aggravated battery” and called the principal “sadistic.”
“They’re using a weapon that can cause severe physical harm.”
Corporal punishment is allowed in some Florida school districts but not the one where this beating took place. According to WINK corporal punishment is specifically not allowed in the district.
Watch video (caution: disturbing and graphic) via WINK:
DOJ Slapped Aside Trump Holdovers to Raid Giuliani After Months of Delays: Report
According to a report from NBC/New York, plans to raid the home of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani languished for months in the Justice Department and only came about due to new leadership under President Joe Biden.
On Thursday, the home and office of Giuliani was the subject of a raid with federal agents “collecting phones and computers as part of their probe into whether he broke U.S. lobbying laws by failing to register as a foreign agent related to his work,” the report states.
Those plans had been on hold dating back to the Trump Administration when the Justice Department was headed by Attorney General Bill Barr.
Under the Biden administration — and in particular under newly appointed Attorney General Merrick Garland — the Justice Department is dusting off the files and proceeding with multiple investigations that had stalled out.
According to NBC, “It’s not clear exactly why Justice Department officials chose this particular moment to strike, but it wasn’t out of character for the agency under new Attorney General Merrick Garland. The move was just one in a series of headline-making decisions by a department moving quickly to assert itself in investigations and policy setting,” adding, “The FBI action in New York on Wednesday was especially notable both because of the high-profile nature of the Giuliani investigation and because of the vigorous debate the search warrant question had produced inside the Trump-era Justice Department.”
The report goes on to note that prosecutors were set to go after Giuliani — who had been giving legal advice to former president Donald Trump — last fall but there was infighting within the U.S. Attorneys’ office over the political implications with an election on the horizon.
According to NBC, any dissent about going after Giuliani was pushed aside under the new leadership.
“Prosecutors in New York wanted last fall to serve a warrant on Giuliani as part of an investigation into whether he had failed to register as a foreign agent over his dealings with Ukrainian officials. But that request was rebuffed by officials in the deputy attorney general’s office in Washington. In a dispute over investigative tactics, they raised concerns both before and after the election and did not sign off on a warrant, multiple people familiar with the matter have said,” the report states. “A new leadership team under Garland apparently reached a different conclusion, though it is not clear on what grounds. The new deputy attorney general, Lisa Monaco, and John Carlin, her top deputy, have both previously led the department’s national security division — which is responsible for enforcing the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA — and will presumably be engaged in the investigation as it moves forward.”
The report goes on to note that, under Garland, multiple investigations are moving into high gear “including a tax probe into President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and a investigation into potential sex trafficking and public corruption by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz.”
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