'Their heads are going to explode': Sen. Roger Marshall goes on bizarre 'deep state' rant to Steve Bannon
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) joined conservative podcaster Steve Bannon on Tuesday to rant conspiracy theories about the "deep state" and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
During an interview on War Room: Pandemic, Bannon asked Marshall to explain why he recently grilled Fauci about his personal finances at a hearing earlier this month. The doctor was later heard on a hot mic calling the senator a "moron."
"Steve, I think we're over the target," Marshall said. "And he is part of this deep state that is actually lying or certainly misleading to the public. So he lied to Congress and the American people at least three times during that last hearing and we proved him wrong."
Marshall's rant continued for 10 minutes with occasional interruptions from Bannon.
"I think he lied saying the NIH has never funded viral gain of function -- happy to go down that trail," the senator remarked. "Dr. Fauci knows that I know. He can't blow these smoke and mirrors in my ear. I understand this viral gain of function. He's been the head cheerleader, the cash cow ... since about 2010."
"Why in your professional opinion is gain of function so dangerous?" Bannon prodded.
"It's more dangerous than a nuclear warhead, right?" Marshall replied. "It's responsible for the death of 800,000 Americans. I think when it's all said and done it's going to be 10 or 20 million people worldwide. So just think about where this virus came from."
The Republican lawmaker went on to claim that inspiration for the Covid-19 virus had come from experiments in a "North Carolina lab" in 2015. Marshall said that was "not enough" for Fauci so he funded research in China, where the virus originated.
Bannon asked Marshall how the American people will react when they find out that Fauci had a role in creating the virus.
"When they come to find out why you didn't get to tell your parents goodbye when they passed away in the nursing home," Marshall ranted, "when they find out why their children missed their senior year of high school, why your kids missed a year or two of school, when they find all this out, it's just going to -- their heads are going to explode, right?"
Marshall also suggested that Fauci has a financial interest in the deaths of Americans.
"Based on his vaccine-only policy, does he have a financial conflict of interest?" Marshall wondered. "Why doesn't he recognize natural immunity? Why doesn't he recognize repurposing medicines like ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine? Why does it have to be a vaccine, a vaccine and only the vaccine?"
"A barber and a bartender can't have a job and he's making almost $2 million a year and he's visibly shaking when we ask him these questions," he added.
Marshall ended the interview by promising that there will be more "bombshells" about Fauci in the coming days.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday "categorically" denied claims by his former chief aide that he lied to parliament about a Downing Street party held during a strict lockdown.
But appearing in public for the first time after days of Covid self-isolation, Johnson also ducked questions about whether he would resign if an internal inquiry establishes that he did lie.
Johnson is battling damaging allegations that he and staff attended boozy events during Covid restrictions, prompting an investigation by senior civil servant Sue Gray.
The revelations have sparked public fury, leading to a double-digit lead in polls for the main opposition Labour party over Johnson's Conservatives, and calls from some Tories for him to quit.
Johnson has apologized for a May 20, 2020 party in the Downing Street garden, telling parliament last week he thought it was a "work event", despite an aide inviting staff to "bring your own booze".
But his combative former senior adviser Dominic Cummings, who has been waging a vendetta against Johnson since leaving Downing Street in late 2020, said he warned his then boss about the event at the time.
"I can tell you categorically that nobody told me, nobody said this was something that was against the rules, that it was a breach of the Covid rules, that it was something that wasn't a work event," Johnson said.
"Frankly I can't imagine why on earth it would have been allowed to go ahead," he told reporters on a visit to a London hospital.
Hanging his head in remorse, Johnson also renewed his office's apology to Queen Elizabeth II after it emerged that his staff held leaving parties during national mourning for her husband, Prince Philip, in April 2021.
Johnson's denials have been carefully worded, appearing to clear him of any personal blame even if there was wrongdoing by staff, and relying on a narrow exemption for work gatherings during lockdowns.
But in the latest of an incendiary series of blog posts, Cummings wrote that he told Johnson that Downing Street was becoming a boozy "madhouse". The prime minister "waved it aside", he added.
"The events of 20 May alone, never mind the string of other events, mean the PM lied to Parliament about parties," said Cummings, adding he was ready to swear to his account "on oath".
Six Conservatives have openly called for Johnson's resignation, although more are reported to have done so in private. Fifty-four letters from Tory MPs are needed to trigger a no-confidence vote.
Asked if he would indeed step down, Johnson said: "We'll have to see what she (Gray) says.
"I repeat my deep apologies to people for mistakes that may have been made on my watch," he added.
Johnson's senior ministerial colleagues have largely rallied round him, urging the public to wait for the conclusions from Gray's investigation, which is expected in the coming days.
But Dominic Raab, the deputy premier and justice secretary, conceded that a proven lie by a minister "would normally under the ministerial code, and the governance around parliament, be a resigning matter".
And in his first on-camera comments on the revelations, powerful finance minister Rishi Sunak said "the ministerial code is clear on these matters".
"I fully support the prime minister's request for patience as this inquiry persists," added Sunak, who is tipped to be a strong contender to take over from Johnson in any leadership contest.
Pressed on whether the prime minister had his unequivocal support, Sunak then broke off the interview and walked off with his microphone still attached.
The opposition Labour party was unequivocal in restating its demands for Johnson to quit following the Cummings blog.
"Boris Johnson clearly knows it's the end of the road," Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said.
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It was reported Monday that Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-FL) ex-girlfriend was given immunity for any of her involvement in possible illegal behavior with her former congressman boyfriend. NBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos explained why it's a genius strategy for the Justice Department in a conversation that made host Aaron Gilchrist laugh out loud.
According to Cevallos, there is a spousal privilege, lawyer-client privilege, and even clergy–penitent privilege, but not girlfriend privilege and certainly not ex-girlfriend privilege.
Cevallos explained it bluntly: "Legal issues aside, prosecutors love to go after someone like an ex-girlfriend because she probably ex-likes her ex-boyfriend."
According to the CBS report Tuesday, "The woman, who CBS News is not naming to protect her privacy, testified in front of a federal grand jury in Orlando last Wednesday. She is viewed as a potential key witness, according to two sources familiar with the investigation. One of the sources said she has information related to the investigation of both the sex trafficking and obstruction allegations."
Florida attorney Aaron Parnas noted that it's bad news for Gaetz and indicates an indictment could be on the way.
Gaetz sits on the Judiciary Committee and Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Gaetz will be removed if indicted.
"Those are serious implications. If it turns out to be true, yes, we would remove him if that was the case. But, right now as Matt Gaetz has said, that it is not true and we don’t have any information," McCarthy said.
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