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Stewart Rhodes wanted to dress up like the elderly to trick counter protesters into fights: Oath Keeper
Federal prosecutors put three men associated with the Oath Keepers on the stand on Thursday in the third day of the seditious conspiracy trial against five of the organization's leaders.
John Zimmerman, a former Oath Keeper leader in North Carolina, said he grew concerned with remarks by Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes in November 2020.
Politico reported Zimmerman testified about a ruse Rhodes suggested as a way to instigate fights, based on the assumption anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter activists would attack the weak.
“He thought we should dress up as the elderly or be like a single parent pushing a baby carriage. We could entice them to attack us," Zimmerman said. "I told them that’s not what we do."
He reportedly said the scheme would be illegal.
"While much of the trial’s third day of testimony seemed damning for Rhodes, it was less clear how damaging it was to the four other defendants on trial for their alleged roles in the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6," Politico reported. "The testimony from Zimmerman and Adams seemed to underscore the possibility that some of those who traveled to the Washington area in early January might have genuinely believed that they were taking part in security details for speakers or preparing to assist Trump supporters who might come under attack."
Politico reported Zimmerman wore a "drab green face mask" with the words, "Front towards enemy.”
Those words are the directional instructions on Claymore anti-personal mines.
ALSO IN THE NEWS: MSNBC host tears into Ted Cruz
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," anchor Ari Melber tore into Senate Republicans for standing by scandal-plagued NFL veteran and Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker — and focused in particular on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who couldn't even confront reporters' question directly about whether he believed Walker was innocent of the allegations.
Walker, who is running against Democratic Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock, allegedly paid for an abortion for a woman he impregnated, and had a separate child with. And the revelation was immediately followed up by his son, right-wing social media activist Christian Walker, calling his father a liar and accusing him of neglecting, abusing, and threatening deadly violence against his family.
"It would appear Republicans are worried that the facts show that Mr. Walker did pay for this abortion, which, as mentioned, contradicts their entire set of rules they want to install in America for everyone else," said Melber. "So here's how they're dealing with it." He played several clips of Republicans defending Walker — the last one being of Cruz.
"This is an effort by Democrats to hold onto power," Cruz said. "Do you stand by Herschel Walker?" a reporter asked Cruz. To which he replied, "I believe Herschel Walker is going to be the next senator, I'm proud to support Herschel Walker."
"You heard Senator Cruz: when asked if he believed, he said, I believe he'll be the next senator, which is not even claiming to weigh in on this moral issue, which is this individual has evidence — as several sources show whether he did pay for this abortion," said Melber. "So, we are just weeks away from the midterms. You have Republicans struggling to deal with what they have called a moral issue. Or just claiming that it's all a lie."
"We've shown you the facts," said Melber. "People will decide for themselves how to weigh this evidence. And they're also — this is interesting. Goes well beyond the Georgia scandal or the Georgia hypocrisy. They're dodging the question, more broadly of what they're running on, which is banning abortion for everyone.
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President Biden's Thursday announcement that he plans to pardon all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession was not enough to distract those looking to bring down his son.
While Biden's step towards decriminalizing marijuana will positively impact thousands who have lost more than could ever be returned for possession of a substance already legal in many states, Hunter Biden's battles are still in the process of being fought.
According to The Washington Post, federal agents have what they believe to be sufficient evidence to charge Hunter with "tax crimes and a false statement related to a gun purchase," but will it be enough to satisfy those in opposition of the Biden administration who have been calling for young Biden's head on a stake for years.
"There is sufficient evidence to charge Hunter Biden with a crime related to his taxes. I'm sure that's only the tip of the iceberg with Mr. Parmesan," tweets Lauren Boebert. "He absolutely needs be held accountable."
"Hunter Biden isn't getting charged with any crimes. Be serious with that. Have any of you been paying attention to what we've become," says Jesse Kelly, host of 'I'm Right' on The First.
"Joe Biden lied about Hunter Biden's crimes and his involvement -- a new Republican controlled Congress must move to impeach him in 2025," tweets Brigitte Gabriel, Founder & Chairman of ACT For America.
The investigation into Hunter Biden first began in 2018 and was used as a sharp tool by Trump and his supporters in his failed run against Joe Biden, and well after his salty loss. Between then and now, Republicans have accused Hunter — and President Biden along with him — of everything short of stealing the moon.
"So the DOJ is going after Hunter Biden for unpaid taxes on Biden Crime Family graft, but they are not going to consider the actual graft itself," says a Trump supporter on Twitter. "This is like going after Ghislaine Maxwell but giving a pass to the pedophiles!"
"Shame you don't care about the photos of pedophilia on Hunter laptop or the news that Biden made millions directly from Burisma from Ukraine leaders that you support," tweets another Trumper.
According to The Washington Post's report on the possible charges, the agents involved in the Hunter investigation knew months ago that they likely had enough evidence to pursue charges. There's a general feeling that the timing of this information being "leaked" just before November's midterm elections is curious.
"It is a federal felony for a federal agent to leak information about a Grand Jury investigation such as this one," Chris Clark, a lawyer for Hunter Biden said in a written statement. ". . .We expect the Department of Justice will diligently investigate and prosecute such bad actors. As is proper and legally required, we believe the prosecutors in this case are diligently and thoroughly weighing not just evidence provided by agents, but also all the other witnesses in this case, including witnesses for the defense. That is the job of the prosecutors. They should not be pressured, rushed, or criticized for doing their job."
"More often than not, it's the defense camp leaking info on a criminal investigation," says LATimes Legal Affairs Columnist Harry Litman. "Not here w/ Hunter Biden though. FBI would never have told them they have enough evidence to indict and it's been on the US Attorney's desk "for months." Leak has to have originated w/ FBI. & timing also stinks."