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'People Just Disappear for Days or Weeks': Customs and Border Protection Has No Idea What It's Doing with Asylum Seekers

'People Just Disappear for Days or Weeks': Customs and Border Protection Has No Idea What It's Doing with Asylum Seekers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has lost track of their own data in two major programs for asylum seekers, according to an internal audit by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).The Monday GAO report was given the following title: “.” But the numbers, or lack thereof, tell a different story altogether.Roughly half of the individuals who signed up for two pilot programs instituted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in coordination with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) seem to have never received the proper notice that they must appear before an...

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DOJ OIG Investigating Pro-Trump Schemes to Alter Election in 45th Presidency's Final Days. Attorneys Say 'Those Involved Better Lawyer Up.'

DOJ OIG Investigating Pro-Trump Schemes to Alter Election in 45th Presidency's Final Days. Attorneys Say 'Those Involved Better Lawyer Up.'

Wherein Juvenal’s famous quotation becomes an ouroboros of lawyers at the highest levels of the federal government. “” It all depends on the administration, it seems, and the recriminations appear to be coming in quick.The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced early Monday afternoon that it was “initiating an investigation into whether any former or current DOJ official engaged in an improper attempt to have [the] DOJ seek to alter the outcome” of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.According to , DOJ IG Michael Horowitz said his oversight agency would...

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Woman Accused of Stealing Laptop from Nancy Pelosi’s Office May Lose Internet Access as Feds Allege Deepening Cover-Up

Woman Accused of Stealing Laptop from Nancy Pelosi’s Office May Lose Internet Access as Feds Allege Deepening Cover-Up

The woman alleged to have stolen a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the U.S. Capitol insurrection may have encouraged others to destroy evidence while released to her mother’s custody, prosecutors claimed in court on Monday.Prosecutors previously alleged that Riley June Williams, 22, tried to delete her own social media trail to prevent her identification, but they now believe the cover-up continued after a federal judge in Pennsylvania authorized her release to home confinement.“We were aware that she was deleting her own online accounts and possibly, switching...

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Authorities Investigating Explosion at Anti-LGBTQ Church

Authorities Investigating Explosion at Anti-LGBTQ Church

Authorities in Los Angeles County, California are investigating an explosion and vandalism at a controversial area church. Someone set some kind of bomb off at the First Works Baptist Church in the city of El Monte on Saturday, according to authorities in media reports.El Monte police Lt. Christopher Cano said in an that it initially seemed like the windows had been smashed, but it turned out they were blown out from an explosion.There has been no news of injuries, but no news of suspects either. Nonetheless, the church’s history hangs over the incident.“Although we do not yet know the...

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'Constitutionally Illiterate' Tennessee Authorities Arrest Man For 'Posting an Anti-Police Meme' on Social Media

'Constitutionally Illiterate' Tennessee Authorities Arrest Man For 'Posting an Anti-Police Meme' on Social Media

Joshua Andrew GartonSpecial Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and Dickson Police Department on Friday arrested a man accused of posting a fake photograph on social media depicting two men urinating on the grave of a police officer who was tragically killed on duty in 2018. The arrest, and subsequent bond demanded for his release, outraged attorneys who were quick to point out that despite being horrifically insensitive, the doctored photo in question is undoubtedly protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.“This morning, District Attorney General Ray...

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‘Zip Tie Guy’ Who Invaded the Capitol with His Mom Ordered Released Before Trial

‘Zip Tie Guy’ Who Invaded the Capitol with His Mom Ordered Released Before Trial

Spotted at the U.S. Capitol insurrection with and hopping around the Senate while holding , so-called “zip tie guy” Eric Gavelek Munchel’s image was blasted around the world on Jan. 6—as the chilling portrait of what might have happened if rioters found any politicians as they marauded through the building.On Friday afternoon, Munchel was ordered released on bail by a federal judge anyway.“In our society, liberty is the norm, and detention before trial is an exception,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffery S. Frensley announced in explaining his decision.“I asked the government point blank what...

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Texas Supreme Court Silently Denies Alex Jones All Forms of Relief: Sandy Hook Families and Others Can Now Sue Conspiracy Theorist and InfoWars Into the Ground

Texas Supreme Court Silently Denies Alex Jones All Forms of Relief: Sandy Hook Families and Others Can Now Sue Conspiracy Theorist and InfoWars Into the Ground

An empire built on conjecture, conspiracy and a series of fake homeopathic cures for various ailments stands to be sued into oblivion after a Friday ruling by the Supreme Court of Texas.Without comment, the Lone Star State’s highest civil court found that America’s foremost conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, and his flagship media outlet, InfoWars, are subject to liability in four separate defamation lawsuits filed over the past two-plus years. Those lawsuits were filed by parents of children who were killed during the Sandy Hook massacre and by a man Jones and his network falsely identified...

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Lawyer for 'Guy with the Horns and the Fur' Claims His Client Finally Realizes He’s Been 'Duped' by Trump

Lawyer for 'Guy with the Horns and the Fur' Claims His Client Finally Realizes He’s Been 'Duped' by Trump

Al Watkins, for so-called “” Jacob Chansley, 33, is at least partially blaming former President Donald Trump for a deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.Speaking of his client, told St. Louis television station KSDK on Thursday that Chansley “regrets very, very much having not just been duped by the president, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made.”He referred to Chansley as “the guy with the horns and the fur, the meditation and organic food.”The comment about food was a reference to Chansley’s on...

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Dentist-Lawyer Orly Taitz Sues VP Kamala Harris, Claims Trump Impeachment Trial Is Unconstitutional

Dentist-Lawyer Orly Taitz Sues VP Kamala Harris, Claims Trump Impeachment Trial Is Unconstitutional

Orly Taitz, the conspiracy theorist, dentist, and attorney who to contest the reality that Barack Obama was born in the United States, is suing Vice President Kamala Harris and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in an attempt to stop the U.S. Senate from presiding over a trial connected to former President Donald Trump’s .In a Thursday , Taitz said the lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Defend Our Freedoms Foundation, or DOFF, would attempt to persuade a court that any upcoming Trump impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate would be unconstitutional. Her is that the “plain language” of...

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Lawyer with Actual Impeachment Defense Experience to Represent Donald Trump

Lawyer with Actual Impeachment Defense Experience to Represent Donald Trump

A South Carolina lawyer with experience defending a high-profile client in an impeachment will represent former President Donald Trump.As first reported by Punchbowl News’ John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said during a Senate GOP conference call that attorney Butch Bowers would defend Trump against the by the House.This is an important development for Trump because 1) there is a lawyer who will defend him and 2) the lawyer has experience in impeachment representation, having represented former South Carolina Gov. Mark SanfordThis wouldn’t be his first...

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Attorney In 'Kraken' Case Tells Judge That Sidney Powell Didn't Sign Documents Which Bear Her Electronic Signature

Attorney In 'Kraken' Case Tells Judge That Sidney Powell Didn't Sign Documents Which Bear Her Electronic Signature

A group of Michigan plaintiffs who worked with right-wing conspiracy attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood in a failed attempt to keep ex-President Donald Trump in the White House is now seeking to . The plaintiffs, who alleged massive voter fraud during 2020 election cycle, were part of the failed multi-jurisdiction litigation Powell dubbed the “Kraken.”In federal court papers filed Tuesday in the Eastern District of Michigan, Stefanie Lambert Junttila, an , said that the City of Detroit—which intervened in the lawsuit—should not succeed in having the plaintiffs or their attorneys punished...

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New York Attorney General Urges Judge Not to Let NRA's Bankruptcy Filing Put a Stop to Dissolution of Organization

New York Attorney General Urges Judge Not to Let NRA's Bankruptcy Filing Put a Stop to Dissolution of Organization

On the heels of the National Rifle Association’s first federal bankruptcy court hearing, New York Attorney General Letitia James’s (D) office told a judge not to let the gun group try to delay proceedings seeking to dissolve them.James Sheehan, the head of the attorney general’s Charities Bureau, denounced the NRA’s requested delay of those efforts through their federal bankruptcy proceedings as gamesmanship.“The NRA’s apparent attempt to automatically stay this action by filing a notice of suggestion of bankruptcy is exactly the kind of procedural abuse that concurrent exercise of...

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Feds Charge QAnon Adherent Decked Out in MAGA Gear Who Allegedly Claimed He Didn't Mean to Enter Capitol

Feds Charge QAnon Adherent Decked Out in MAGA Gear Who Allegedly Claimed He Didn't Mean to Enter Capitol

Meet “73,” whose face and number were emblazoned on Federal Bureau of Investigation posters throughout the nation’s capital.Pictured several dozens of photographs down on a list of FBI wanted posters for “Violence at the United States Capitol” was “73,” who has since been charged and identified as Michael Perna. Recorded amongst the rioters inside the building on Jan. 6, Perna admitted to being there, according to the .Footage showed him wearing what seemed to be a “Make America Great Again” sweatshirt, and posters seeking the public’s help in nabbing him tagged his mug as “Photograph...

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Trump Pardons Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner's Friend, Former GOP Congressmen, Lil Wayne and Many More

Trump Pardons Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner's Friend, Former GOP Congressmen, Lil Wayne and Many More

Late on Tuesday night, the last night in office for the 45th president of the United States, the White House announced that Donald Trump delivered 73 pardons and 70 commutations as expected. As has been the case in the prior two batches, a number of the wealthy and politically connected were on the receiving end of Trump’s clemency.Much of the anticipation surrounding this final batch of pardons has focused on whether soon-to-be-former President Trump might try to pardon himself, his family members, Rudy Giuliani, or even Trump supporters who raided the Capitol on Jan. 6 and derailed the...

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Trump Signs Executive Order Honoring ‘American Hero’ Who Called Fred Trump a Racial Hatemonger

Trump Signs Executive Order Honoring ‘American Hero’ Who Called Fred Trump a Racial Hatemonger

President Donald Trump released the text of an  on Monday providing additional details for his administration’s planned statuary park—named the “National Garden of American Heroes”—including an exhaustive list of American icons, one of whom famously wrote a song saying that Fred Trump stirred up racial hate.“The chronicles of our history show that America is a land of heroes,” the executive order stated. “As I announced during my address at Mount Rushmore, the gates of a beautiful new garden will soon open to the public where the legends of America’s past will be remembered.”Among the...

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Bill Barr Apparently Told Trump the Stolen Election Lie Was a 'Bullsh*t' Theory That He Could Not 'F***ing Figure Out'

Bill Barr Apparently Told Trump the Stolen Election Lie Was a 'Bullsh*t' Theory That He Could Not 'F***ing Figure Out'

Former Attorney General Bill Barr roughly two weeks after he revealed that he had 1)  John Durham as special counsel and 2) told the Associated Press that that the Department of Justice had found no evidence to support the “Kraken” conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and handed to Joe Biden. Although Trump  Sidney Powell’s Dominion theory was a “crazy” idea that no one believed as of late November, the 45th president was in “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” mode during a heated meeting behind closed doors on Dec. 1. that Barr told Trump bluntly on...

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FBI Charges Woman Believed to Have Stolen Nancy Pelosi’s Laptop During Capitol Riot, Saying She May Have Tried to Sell Device to Russian Intelligence

FBI Charges Woman Believed to Have Stolen Nancy Pelosi’s Laptop During Capitol Riot, Saying She May Have Tried to Sell Device to Russian Intelligence

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Sunday that it was investigating a Pennsylvania woman believed to have participated in the riots at the U.S. Capitol, saying she may have stolen a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and then tried to sell the device to Russia’s foreign intelligence services.According to charging documents filed Sunday in District of Columbia federal court, a witness told the bureau that they had seen video of Riley June Williams stealing the device.“[Witness 1] also claimed to have spoken to friends of Williams, who showed [Witness 1] a video of...

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Former Mike Pence Director of Communications Charged with Felony Perjury in Flint Water Crisis

Former Mike Pence Director of Communications Charged with Felony Perjury in Flint Water Crisis

Jarrod Agen, the former Chief of Staff to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, was arraigned Thursday morning after being indicted by a grand jury on one felony count of perjury for allegedly lying “during an investigative subpoena investigation” involving the Flint water crisis. The allegations involved “giving false statements under oath,” Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa A. Hammoud at a press conference late Thursday morning.The court entered a not guilty plea on Agen’s behalf. The alleged crime carries a possible fifteen year prison sentence under Michigan law. The states:A person who makes a...

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Legal Expert: QAnon Republican Rep. Boebert Should Not Be Allowed Into the U.S. Capitol With a Gun

Legal Expert: QAnon Republican Rep. Boebert Should Not Be Allowed Into the U.S. Capitol With a Gun

Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), a fierce devotee of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, shouldn’t be allowed to enter the U.S. Capitol Complex if she continues to thumb her nose at new security rules imposed after the harrowing Jan. 6 Capitol siege by a mob of Republicans, according to at least one legal expert.“If Rep. Lauren Boebert will not submit to security protocols like any other American she should be denied entrance into the Capitol,” CNN legal analyst Shanlon Wu said . “The First Amendment allows her to be loudmouth – it does not allow her to carry firearms illegally...

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Sen. Ron Wyden Urges IRS to Probe Charities' Roles in Inciting U.S. Capitol Insurrection

Sen. Ron Wyden Urges IRS to Probe Charities' Roles in Inciting U.S. Capitol Insurrection

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) questions Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig at a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee on June 30, 2020.Senator Ron Wyden, the soon-to-be chair of the Finance Committee, urged the Internal Revenue Service on Friday to investigate whether non-profit organizations abused the U.S. tax code to solicit charitable contributions while attempting a violent overthrow of the world’s oldest continuous democracy.“Last week a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol sought to block certification of President-elect Biden’s Electoral College victory, in one of...

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Far-Right Extremists Received High-Value Bitcoin Donations Ahead of Capitol Riots From Possibly-Deceased French Donor: Report

Far-Right Extremists Received High-Value Bitcoin Donations Ahead of Capitol Riots From Possibly-Deceased French Donor: Report

A series of mysterious high-value Bitcoin donations made last month to several right-wing extremist groups and prominent leaders may have been used to help fund last week’s violent siege of the U.S. Capitol, Yahoo News Thursday.The transfer, which took place less than one month before the riots, involved the simultaneous distribution of 28.15 bitcoins — valued at more than $500,000 — from a now-deceased French donor to 22 distinct virtual wallets, many of which cryptocurrency researchers linked to far-right causes. U.S. law enforcement authorities are investigating the transactions to...

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With Real Attorneys Steering Clear, Trump May Have to Settle For Rep. Jim Jordan as Impeachment ‘Attorney’

With Real Attorneys Steering Clear, Trump May Have to Settle For Rep. Jim Jordan as Impeachment ‘Attorney’

President Donald Trump is reportedly having quite a bit of difficulty putting together a legal team for his upcoming second impeachment trial and may end up being represented by a pair of House Republicans who aren’t licensed attorneys, Bloomberg Thursday.According to the report, with essentially all respectable law firms and attorneys preferring to distance themselves from a president facing accusations that he incited an insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol, Congressional Republicans have been discussing the prospect of Reps. Jim Jordan and Elise Stefanik defending Trump during his...

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‘Unf***ingbelievable,' Attorneys Sigh as Trump Lawyer and Kamala Harris Birther Conspiracy Theorist Blames Antifa for Capitol Riots

‘Unf***ingbelievable,' Attorneys Sigh as Trump Lawyer and Kamala Harris Birther Conspiracy Theorist Blames Antifa for Capitol Riots

Professor John Eastman speaking at the pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” rally immediately before the Capitol was stormed.A law professor for President Donald Trump who repeatedly said the 2020 election was rigged and spoke at the rally that immediately preceded last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol baselessly blamed the violent insurrection on “Antifa” on Wednesday.Chapman University law professor John Eastman, who the birther theory that Kamala Harris was constitutionally prohibited from serving as vice president, was the target of backlash after appearing with Rudy Giuliani at Trump’s Jan. 6...

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Staten Island Republican Who Shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ at Protest Apologizes by Saying She Actually Meant to Say ‘Mein Führer’

Staten Island Republican Who Shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ at Protest Apologizes by Saying She Actually Meant to Say ‘Mein Führer’

A Republican politician from Staten Island who screamed “Heil Hitler” during a protest against New York’s coronavirus health protocols issued an apology, saying she actually meant to yell “Mein Führer,” the New York Daily News  on Monday evening.Leticia Remauro, a candidate for Staten Island borough president who previously managed the campaign of Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, filmed and posted the video to her Facebook page during a protest outside of Mac’s Public House late last month. The owners of the establishment had defied state safety regulations prohibiting indoor dining at...

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'Political Cover': McConnell Could Move on Impeachment by Friday, But Legal Experts Suggest the GOP Is Just Playing Games

'Political Cover': McConnell Could Move on Impeachment by Friday, But Legal Experts Suggest the GOP Is Just Playing Games

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) greets Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after delivering his State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC.Update: Multiple outlets have now reported that Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate have foreclosed against says a quick impeachment trial after initially discussing the possibility.WASHINGTON (AP) _ McConnell rejects emergency session for Trump impeachment trial, making delay until Biden presidency all but certain.— Jill Colvin (@colvinj)Combine this with top...

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