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Missouri lawmaker says boarding school accused of abuse was conducting 'organized crime against children'
Missouri GOP Speaker of the House Rob Vescovo wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore of the Western District of Missouri last week pleading with her to shut down the Agape Boarding School, saying it has been engaged in “organized crime against children," The Kansas City Star reports.
According to reports, the school has been covering up physical and even sexual abuse at the school.
"...as we have continued to seek justice in this case, it has become apparent that this problem is more far-reaching and contains more deeply-rooted corruption than we are able to address solely at the state level,” the speaker said in his letter. He then slammed Cedar County prosecuting attorney Ty Gaither as “one more in a long line of local officials who have either turned a blind eye to, or helped to cover up, the criminal actions of the staff at Agape.”
Vescovo also accused Cedar County officials, including Judge David Munton, of making closing the school seem like an "unobtainable goal."
"Two hearings have been held since then and the AG’s office has had testimony prepared and recent students ready to take the stand to describe the abuse that boys at the school have endured. Munton refused to let those students testify and delayed action at both hearings," the Star's report stated. "Workers with the state’s Children’s Division have been at the school since Sept. 8 monitoring the students, which Munton ordered and has continued."
Rep. Keri Ingle (D-Lee’s Summit) said that the fact that it hasn’t been shut down already “spits in the face of all laws that protect children.”
“I fully believe that DSS and the AG’s office have proven that there is a significant pattern of abuse ... that there is imminent harm to the children of this facility,” said Ingle. “I believe that both the AG’s Office and DSS are working within the law that we crafted to try to keep children safe. And now the judicial system — everyone from law enforcement, from the local sheriff’s office, to the local prosecutor, to now this judge — are the impediments to keeping these kids safe. … At this point, it’s, I believe, evidence of corruption. It’s a conspiracy now.”
In his letter, Vescovo said a minor was transported across state lines to Agape against his will and was transported by a “company that employs Cedar County Sheriff’s deputies."
“The ties that law enforcement officers have to the school have made it clear the best interests of these young people are not a priority while keeping this hub for children trafficking open for business clearly is," he wrote.
Read the full report over at The Kansas City Star.
According to a deep dive based on financial filings by lawmakers, the Washington Post is reporting that allies close to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) played a major part in making sure Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and other far-right candidates will not be on the November ballot.
It has been previously been reported that Republican groups in North Carolina opposed sending Cawthorn back to Washington, DC after two years of controversy and embarrassing shenanigans, and the Post now adds that McCarthy -- via his proxies -- lent a helping hand to dump Cawthorn before November rolled around.
With McCarthy desperate to shore up his chances to become House Speaker, the Post reports, "Top allies of Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, worked this spring to deny Cawthorn a second term in office, after the Donald Trump-endorsed lawmaker made controversial comments about cocaine use and sex parties in Washington that led McCarthy to announce he had 'lost my trust,' according to multiple Republicans briefed on the effort, which has not been previously reported."
As the report notes, a substantial amount of money was sent to so-called dark money groups with the intent of targeting Cawthorn in an effort to get a more moderate -- and controllable -- candidate on the ballot.
"GOP lobbyist Jeff Miller, one of McCarthy’s closest friends and biggest fundraisers, and Brian O. Walsh, a Republican strategist who works for multiple McCarthy-backed groups, were both involved in an independent effort to oppose Cawthorn as part of a broader project to create a more functioning GOP caucus next year, said the Republicans, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations," the report states before adding, "The allies close to McCarthy have sometimes taken steps to conceal their efforts, as they did in the Cawthorn case, with money passing from top GOP donors through organizations that do not disclose their donors or have limited public records, federal disclosures show."
According to one GOP operative, McCarthy's actions by using others to do his dirty work comes as no surprise.
“McCarthy is a political animal, and he has a lot of political animals working for him. He is not a guy to be trifled with. It’s like they say in the Marine Corps, ‘No better friend, no worse enemy.’ And they mean it, and they act on it," they explained.
You can read more here.
Herschel Walker bellyaches over questions about Trump: 'He's not here in Georgia — Herschel Walker is here'
Georgia Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Herschel Walker distanced himself from former President Donald Trump.
Walker spoke to Fox News on Tuesday during a roundtable with Black business leaders in Georgia.
"You know the former president, just a couple days ago, was up in North Carolina," the reporter noted. "If he comes to Georgia, you'll be standing next to him?"
Walker did not answer with an affirmative yes.
"If he comes to Georgia, like I say, if he comes to do something for me, I'm fine with that," the candidate replied. "I'm still running for this office. I think people want to try to use Donald Trump and this and that."
"Herschel Walker is running for the Senate here in Georgia, not Donald Trump," he continued. "I think everybody would like for Donald to be running but he's not running. They would like him to be running for the Senate, he can't run for the Senate. He's not here in Georgia. Herschel Walker is here in Georgia. I'm running for the Senate and I'm going to win the Senate."
Watch the video below.