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Joel Greenberg’s Plea Deal Spells Doom for Matt Gaetz and Shows Prosecutors ‘Have the Goods’: CNN Legal Analyst

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Scandal-plagued Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-FL) legal headaches keep growing, as his former “wingman” Joel Greeneberg is expected to plead guilty to six criminal offenses, including sex trafficking a minor.

CNN legal analyst Elie Honig on Monday went over some details in Greenberg’s plea deal and said it all adds up to very bad news for Gaetz.

Honig started out by explaining that the nature of Greenberg’s admitted crimes — which will also include identity theft and wire fraud — would normally make him a tough witness for prosecutors to rely on for testimony.

However, Honig said that prosecutors’ willingness to use Greenberg leads him to believe that they have substantial documentary evidence that can back up his claims and overcome jurors’ doubts about his personal honesty.

“There’s a remarkable amount of detail in this document,” Honig said. “First of all, sex trafficking of a minor, the lead charge here, the most serious charge. The document alleges that ‘Greenberg and the minor met at hotels often with others’ — important language — ‘at which Greenberg and the minor engaged in commercial sex acts and Greenberg introduced the minor to other adult men who engaged in commercial sex acts.'”

Honig then noted that the document also contains references to text messages and phone calls in which Greenberg conversed with the minor about setting up sexual encounters with other adult men.

“The prosecutors are letting us know they have the goods,” he said.

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Man Shoots and Kills Atlanta Supermarket Cashier, Wounds Guard Over Mask Policy: Police

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A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store’s mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.

“The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. “The individual is deceased.”

“Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store,” the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store’s door.

“A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That’s when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire.”

 

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‘Trump Was an Unabated Crime Wave’: Ex-Prosecutor Lists the Atrocities

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Donald Trump has legal exposure for a “crime wave” committed while serving as president of the United State, a former federal prosecutor explained on MSNBC on Friday.

Glenn Kirschner told MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi “Donald Trump was an unabated crime wave as president.”

“Even before he became president he committed campaign finance violations with Michael Cohen, for which Michael Cohen went to prison,” he reminded. “Ali, then once he took office we could tick through the felony crimes that we can prove based on the information that has been publicly reported alone, whether it’s the bribery and extortion of President Zelenskiy, the ten counts of felony obstruction of justice meticulously documented by Bob Mueller in volume 2 of the Trump-Russia report for which Bob Mueller famously testified Donald Trump could be prosecuted upon leaving office.”

“There’s something we often forget about which is obstructing congressional proceedings,” he continued. “Remember, Donald Trump instructed all of his executive branch officials, do not comply with lawfully issued congressional subpoenas. And that’s very different from saying let’s go in and assert executive privilege and fight it legitimately.”

“There are so many other offenses. There are countless, avoidable COVID deaths that I think could be pursued by the states. Then, of course, there is inciting the insurrection. We saw it with our own eyes,” he reminded.

“If he is not held accountable, Ali, if we don’t prosecute him then what we are doing is we are encouraging tomorrow’s version of Donald Trump,” he warned. “We have to prosecute today’s version of Donald Trump to send the message that we will not tolerate a run away criminal president.”

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Nadler Says McGahn ‘Shed New Light’ on Trump Obstruction of Justice but Gaetz Claims ‘We’ve Learned Nothing New’

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Don McGahn at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2018

After a 19-month  legal battle House Democrats were finally able to interview former Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn about the Mueller Report on Friday. The interview lasted six hours and just recently concluded.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in a statement announced McGahn testified “at length” and that Trump, “increasingly fearful and unhinged about his own liability, attempted to obstruct the Mueller investigation at every turn.”

“Mr. McGahn was clearly distressed by President Trump’s refusal to follow his legal advice, again and again, and he shed new light on several troubling events today,” Nadler added.

The Washington Post reports McGahn “detailed for the House Judiciary Committee how former president Donald Trump attempted to stymie a federal probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election — bombshell revelations that might once have fueled additional impeachment charges, were they not already public and had it not taken more than two years for Democrats to secure his testimony.”

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who sits on the Committee, appeared on camera late Friday and told reporters, “We’ve learned nothing new.”

“My perception of the events is that Mr. McGahn is unable to identify any unlawful conduct on the part of the president or any other member of the president’s administration.”

“Mr. McGahn is unable to identify anything unlawful on the part of the president or any other member of the president’s administration.”

The Post adds, “Democrats and many legal scholars seized on McGahn’s disclosures as evidence of possible obstruction of justice, a crime.”

 

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