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NRA Bankruptcy Trial Reveals Strange Expenditure Marked ‘Russia’

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A bizarre moment happened in the bankruptcy trial of the National Rifle Association (NRA) Wednesday. According to Law and Crime News investigative reporter Adam Klasfeld, who is there live-tweeting the proceedings, a Russia reference popped up in an odd place.

Looking at expenditures from the NRA, the Brewer law firm sent the NRA an invoice to general counsel John Frazer’s office in 2020 for $59,155.25. It was marked “Russia.”

Firm Ackerman McQueen, the NRA’s former PR firm before their falling out, questioned Frazer about it while he was testifying on the stand. There was an objection, “citing confidentiality,” said Klasfeld. Judge Harlin Hale struck the questions about it from the record.

Ackerman McQueen’s lawyer, Mike Gruber argued it should be stricken, but Judge Hale ruled it out.

Frazer previously testified that he was unaware of the NRA’s Chapter 11 filing. He didn’t find out about it until the day of the bankruptcy.

The trial has been a disaster for the NRA, which has exposed more corruption and lavish spending than previously known. One thing, in particular, was that NRA president Wayne LaPierre lived aboard a 108-foot luxury, massive, luxury yacht after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. He said it was for his protection.

“They simply let me use it as a security retreat because they knew the threat that I was under. And I was basically under presidential threat without presidential security in terms of the number of threats I was getting,” the New York Daily News reported LaPierre saying.

LaPierre also cited “security” reasons for why he needed mosquito spraying at his house, the Washington Post reported. In 2019, LaPierre demanded that the NRA purchase him a $6.5 million mansion, also for his own security, the Wall Street Journal reported.

 

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Ted Nugent Tests Positive for Coronavirus He Called Fake: ‘I Thought I Was Dying’

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Rocker and COVID-19 denier Ted Nugent has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The right-wing rock musician revealed in a Facebook video that he is seriously ill with the potentially deadly virus he has insisted is fake or not very serious, reported Consequence of Sound.

“Everybody told me that I should not announce this,” Nugent says in the video. “I have had flu symptoms for the last 10 days. I thought I was dying — just a clusterf*ck.”

“I was tested positive today, I got the Chinese shit,” Nugent added. “I’ve got a stuffed-up head, body aches. My God, what a pain in the ass. I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days… So I was officially tested positive for COVID-19 today.”

Nugent downplayed the pandemic and various mitigation efforts as recently as last week, and even after his infection questions the safety and necessity of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Yet, even after his own infection, Nugent isn’t about to change his stance on COVID-19, especially when it comes to vaccines,” Nugent says. “Nobody knows what’s in it. If you can’t even honestly answer our questions of exactly what’s in it and why are you testing it on human beings and forcing it on people in such a short period of time.”

 

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Chauvin Defense Falsely Claims Congresswoman Threatened ‘Violence’ and Requests ‘Mistrial’ – Judge Refuses

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After a full day of closing arguments and the judge in the Derek Chauvin trial instructing the jury, defense attorney Eric Nelson falsely claimed U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), who he did not mention by name, had “threatened violence” if the jury does not convict.

“Now that we have U.S. Representatives threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case, it’s mind-boggling,” Nelson told Judge Peter Cahill, asking for a mistrial.

“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” Judge Cahill replied, but he denied Nelson’s request for a mistrial.

Jurors have spent weeks in the case of the now-former police officer who pressed his knee of George Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

After jurors were excused, Nelson, who was criticized by pundits during the trial and for a long and boring closing argument, registered other complaints with the judge.

“I felt this jury should have been sequestered from the very beginning,” Nelson told the judge, repeatedly using the word “mistrial.” He also claimed “prosecutorial misconduct.”

Nelson told the judge the jury had not been instructed to stay away from news stories, the judge and the prosecutor disagreed, providing examples.

The judge scolded elected officials for discussing the trial, calling doing so “abhorrent.”

“I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case,” Judge Peter Cahill said. “Their failure to do so is abhorrent but … a congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a lot. So, motion for mistrial denied.”

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Maxine Waters: Republicans Like Marjorie Taylor Greene Are Using My Words to ‘Send a Message’ to White Supremacists

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U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is denouncing Republicans like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and others who she says are falsely framing her words and trying to have her expelled. Waters, the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee who has been in Congress since 1991, says she is not “intimidated” or “afraid,” and she will “do what needs to be done.”

Waters says the GOP is using her to raise money for Republicans and to “send a message” to white supremacists, the KKK, and groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys.

Greene says she is seeking to “expel” Waters. Others in the House GOP, from Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-GA), along with some in the right wing media, have attacked Congresswoman Waters after she traveled to Minnesota to speak at a Black Lives Matter protest about the police killing of 20-year old Daunte Wright.

“I am nonviolent,” Chairwoman Waters told The Grio. “Republicans will jump on any word, any line and try to make it fit their message and their cause for denouncing us and denying us, basically calling us violent … any time they see an opportunity to seize on a word, so they do it and they send a message to all of the white supremacists, the KKK, the Oath Keepers, the [Proud] Boys and all of that, how this is a time for [Republicans] to raise money on [Democrats] backs.”

“This is a time for [Republicans] to keep telling our constituents that [Democrats] are the enemy and they do that time and time again,” Waters said, describing the GOP’s strategy. “But that does not deter me from speaking truth to power. I am not intimidated. I am not afraid, and I do what needs to be done.”

Waters on Saturday told BLM protesters, “We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

Congresswoman Waters explained what she meant: “I talk about confronting the justice system, confronting the policing that’s going on, I’m talking about speaking up. I’m talking about legislation. I’m talking about elected officials doing what needs to be done to control their budgets and to pass legislation.”

“I am not worried that they’re going to continue to distort what I say,” she added. “This is who they are and this is how they act. And I’m not going to be bullied by them.”

Greene is not the only right-winger taking advantage of an opportunity.

“Other Republicans,” Forbes reports, “called for punishment but stopped short of advocating expulsion: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ‘take immediate action,’ Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) said to ‘sanction‘ Waters, and Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) called to ‘hold her accountable.'”

“If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric,” Leader McCarthy threatened, “I will bring action this week.”

 

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