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New Evidence Shows It’s ‘Essential’ to Criminally Investigate Trump: Former House Impeachment Manager

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The new information revealed by former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and deputy Richard Donoghue is enough to investigate former President Donald Trump for criminal conspiracy, according to a former House impeachment manager.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday, former House impeachment manager Dan Goldman explained that it’s time for Congress to look at how to put guardrails on elected officials to ensure what Trump did never happens again.

“That’s part of the reason why the two voting rights laws are so important, to make sure that there isn’t voter suppression, and not only that, that elected officials aren’t empowered to overturn the vote of the people,” said Goldman. “Adam Schiff (D-CA) has the Protect the Democracy Act which has a lot of reforms in the post-Trump world. But none of them go — those reforms go to what occurred on January 6th and perhaps even more importantly, what occurred in the lead-up to January 6th. So, it’s not an either/or, it’s that both need to happen.”

He went on to say that it was clear Trump was on the inside of the domestic extremists’ militias who plotted and planned the attack on the Capitol.

“He was at the front of this push and this effort to reverse the election results,” explained Goldman. “And what we’re starting to see is the drip, drip, drip of all of his efforts to do it. And in particular, and perhaps most egregious to date because we will find more, but to date is what he tried to do with the Department of Justice, which was to take an independent agency, traditionally independent, and use it as his political-legal arm to undermine the confidence in the election so that he — knowing, of course, that there was no truth to it, but so that he could use it for corrupt purposes.”

That, he said, demands a deeper criminal investigation into Trump but also of those who served under him.

“It’s not enough to go after the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters, and other domestic extremists where the January 6th criminal investigation has focused, it must continue until it determines what the root causes of January 6th were as well,” he said.”

He also explained that it could be happening already and that he assumes that it is because the questioning of Rosen happened so quickly after the DOJ said that it would wave executive privilege for former department officials.

“I would caution, though, that if I were a prosecutor, I would not be thrilled for a witness, a key witness to be providing testimony to multiple other agencies or departments, such as the Department of Justice IG’s office or the Senate Judiciary Committee,” he said. “Not that he can’t, but it’s just from a prosecutor’s standpoint, you don’t want to have so many inconsistent statements that are bound to occur when you have multiple times testifying under oath or not. But, you know, perhaps this is a bigger issue and the Senate Judiciary needs to hear from him, the Department of Justice needs to analyze its own regulations and how its own employees behave.”

It could be an ongoing investigation behind closed doors that isn’t being publicized.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Wants to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Rittenhouse

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A new bill was introduced Tuesday by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to award Kyle Rittenhouse the Congressional Gold Medal for “protecting the community of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot on August 25, 2020.”

Rittenhouse was acquitted last week of all charges, including intentional homicide, stemming from a fatal shooting that involved two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A third protester sustained injuries from the incident.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor Congress can award an individual or institution, but it’s unlikely to go anywhere as there are currently zero co-sponsors.

“Kyle Rittenhouse deserves to be remembered as a hero who defended his community, protected businesses, and acted lawfully in the face of lawlessness. I’m proud to file this legislation to award Kyle Rittenhouse a Congressional Gold Medal,” Greene said in a statement.

Not to be outdone, a spokesperson for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who has offered Rittenhouse an internship with his office, told The Washington Post in response to Greene’s bill, “We are concerned that awarding Kyle with a Congressional Gold Medal will give him a big head during the internship with our office.”

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Guilty: All 3 Men Convicted of Murder in the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

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Jurors found Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and their co-defendant William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. all guilty of murder Wednesday for the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was killed while  jogging through a neighborhood in Glynn County, Georgia.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement that she is “…grateful the jury has found the three men responsible for the senseless murder of Ahmaud Arbery guilty of their crimes. I am hopeful that this verdict gives Mr. Arbery’s family, and people across America, some level of comfort in knowing that these men are being held accountable for taking the life of an innocent young man.”

The federal trial will occur in February and additional sentencing is possible, including life in prison.

CNN legal analyst Laura Coates explained, “The absence of a viable claim of self-defense” bolstered the prosecution’s case against Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who were found guilty of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery.

“Even when Travis McMichael took the stand and said, ‘No, he never threatened me. No, I don’t recall him trying to take the gun. No, he never shouted at me.’ How could you possibly make a case at that point for self-defense?” Coates said after the verdict was read.

Coates added, “Travis McMichael pulled the trigger. That is not in dispute.The other two men aided and abetted hunting this man down … These are three people who, for all intents and purposes, are laymen. The prosecution did a phenomenal job ensuring that the jurors saw that each of these men were culpable and that there was no self-defense claim.”

The trial jury consisted of 11 White jurors and one Black juror.

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New Video Shows Teen Shot and Killed by Police Had His Hands Up

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A Chinese American teen who was fatally shot by Pennsylvania State Police in December of last year had his hands in the air when police opened fire, new unredacted video shared by NBC News shows.

Christian Hall, 19, was standing on the ledge of a highway overpass when police arrived. When they tried to persuade him to get down, they soon realized he had a gun, which was later discovered to be a pellet gun, and they backed off.

Hall had previously been diagnosed with depression.

Video of the incident originally released by authorities show his hands in the air with the gun on one hand. But when police opened fire, the video was blurred. New unredacted video shows that Hall had his hands in the air for 14 seconds, and kept them in the air as he was being struck with rounds from the police.

The Monroe County district attorney ruled the shooting justified and said the lives of the officers were in danger.

“I would like to see an unbiased investigation take place,” said Gareth Hall, Christian’s father. “I personally would like to see those police officers brought up on charges.”

Read the full report over at NBC News. You can watch the unredacted video below, but viewers should be warned that it’s graphic:

Pennsylvania State Police shoot and kill a suicidal teenager w/ realistic pellet gun, while his hands are above his head from PublicFreakout

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