Audit leader looks like an 'absolute fool' — but is 'inspiring late-night comics': Arizona columnist
"Whoa. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors isn't fooling around. This GOP-dominated board on Monday proved that not all Republicans have lost their ever-living minds since Nov. 3, when Donald Trump lost the election," Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts wrote on Monday. "The supervisors took the Arizona Senate's Cyber Ninja auditors to school on how elections are run. And as for Senate President Karen Fann, the person who ordered this bizarre proctological exam of Maricopa County's vote? They made her look like an absolute fool. Actually, they didn't make her look at like a fool. She did that all by herself."
Roberts blasted the audit.
"This audit has had disaster written all over it from the moment Fann bowed to the conspiracy crowd and hired Trump's ninjas to audit an already audited election," she wrote. "Fann, R-Prescott, has repeatedly said this exercise in embarrassment isn't about overturning the state's election results. But that's exactly what it's always has been about, whether she knew it or not."
The county called upon Fann to end the audit.
Roberts concluded that the audit was "inspiring late-night comics."
What it also boils down to is this: Senate President Karen Fann turned over our ballots, our personal information… https://t.co/o6mG8ii9Wv— Laurie Roberts (@Laurie Roberts)1621304931.0
Yet again Fox News questioned coronavirus vaccines during primetime broadcasts.
On Monday, Fox personality Laura Ingraham ranted about mask wearing, while suggesting oppositions to vaccines will be a campaign issue.
"Mandating the masking of children, though? That is going to go down as a very dark chapter for the Democrats and the public health experts who advocated it," Ingraham argued.
She suggested a conspiracy to encourage vaccinations, while suggesting it will be a campaign issue for Republicans.
"Democrats and their union buddies are hoping, though, that mask rules for kids will force parents to relent and get their kids vaccinated even if they're uncomfortable with that," she said. "But here's some advice for the left. Injecting children with an experimental vaccine for a disease they rarely get sick from and don't efficiently spread is a nonstarter for most parents. It's going to cost you votes, and possibly help you lose you control of congress and the presidency. Frankly, it's disgusting.
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Legal experts sounded the alarm after a bombshell court filing was unsealed showing the Department of Justice under Bill Barr attempted to use a secret grand jury subpoena to learn the identity of a parody account on Twitter that is critical of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).
"The Justice Department under President Trump secretly obtained a grand-jury subpoena last year in an attempt to identify the person behind a Twitter account dedicated to mocking Representative Devin Nunes of California, according to a newly unsealed court document. But Twitter fought the subpoena, as well as an associated gag order barring the company from talking about it publicly. Twitter executives raised skepticism about whether the Justice Department might be abusing federal criminal law-enforcement power to retaliate against a critic of Mr. Nunes, a Republican who is a close ally of Mr. Trump, in violation of the First Amendment," The New York Times reported Monday.
The subpoena was withdrawn after Biden took office, but the new documents show Twitter blasting the subpoena.
"It appears to Twitter that the Subpoena may be related to Congressman Devin Nunes's repeated efforts to unmask individuals behind parody accounts critical of him. His efforts to suppress critical speech are as well-publicized as they are unsuccessful," Twitter wrote in a motion opposing the unmasking of the author. "Given Congressman Nunes's numerous attempts to unmask his anonymous critics on Twitter—described in detail herein—Twitter is concerned that this Subpoena is but another mechanism to attack its users' First Amendment rights."
"Over the past two years, Congressman Nunes and his campaign committee have brought at least nine lawsuits—including in this district—against individuals, the media, and one research and intelligence firm for either their disagreement with his political actions and policies, publishing statements that Congressmen Nunes deemed critical of himself, or hosting critical statements with which Congressman Nunes disagreed," the social media company argued.
The account in question said it was about "silencing" critics.
There's nothing remarkable about me. I'm a basic smartass with a Twitter account. So then why am I being sued by a… https://t.co/vgWdz2qWWv— Devin Nunes' Alt-Mom (@Devin Nunes' Alt-Mom)1621287466.0
Legal experts blasted Barr's DOJ for the subpoena. Former Southern District of New York Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Signorelli called for an investigation of the Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) who signed subpoena.
This outrageous subpoena was issued by AUSA Michael J. Friedman. He should have refused the assignment. Instead, h… https://t.co/BVC47DWfvz— Richard Signorelli (@Richard Signorelli)1621302565.0
Michael Friedman may not be the only attorney facing investigations over the subpoena.
Former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman, who served as the majority counsel in Donald Trump's first impeachment trial, said Barr should lose his license to practice law.
What possible basis could Barr’s DOJ have to issue this subpoena? This appears to be Barr using the awesome power o… https://t.co/IhSDfBG2ws— Daniel Goldman (@Daniel Goldman)1621288139.0
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