‘Ominous’ Joel Greenberg plea deal includes 60 pages of evidence about the crimes of others: ex-prosecutor
Speaking on MSNBC this Monday regarding the recent news that Joel Greenberg, a close confidant of Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, has pled guilty to six federal charges, ex-federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said the 86-page plea agreement given to Greenberg was something he hasn't seen in his career as a prosecutor.
According to Kirschner, a majority of the plea agreement contains "hard corroboration" of the crimes "of not only Joel Greenberg but the crimes of others," adding that the prosecution has laid out "some really troubling crimes."
In a court hearing Monday, Greenberg admitted to a federal judge that he had knowingly solicited and paid a minor for sex.
"I think one of the most ominous features of this plea agreement ... is the last of the six charges Joel Greenberg just pleaded to is a charge for a conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States," Kirschner said. "What does that tell us? Well, of necessity, a conspiracy means you have co-conspirators, because that is a requirement under the law of conspiracy that you agreed with one or more persons to commit crimes against the United States and you took one step towards the commission of those crimes, what we call an 'overt act.'"
"So, we already know by virtue of this plea, there are co-conspirators who are likely to be indicted and held accountable, we just don't quite know who they are," he continued.
Watch the full segment below:
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We've known for decades just how damaging diesel and petrol fumes are for the environment and human health, but the impact of traffic noise pollution on birds is only now emerging.
Young songbirds, just like human infants, are particularly susceptible to noise, and researchers now say roads busy with cars and trucks are making it more difficult for birds to learn to sing.
A new study by Germany's Max Planck Institute for Ornithology says that constant traffic noise is causing "inaccuracies and delays" when young birds learn to sing. It also weakens their immune system.
"Our findings indicate that young songbirds, just like human children, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of noise because of its potential to interfere with learning at a critical developmental stage," said Henrik Brumm, head of the international research project, announcing the findings.
The researchers even believe that traffic noise can alter bird song itself in the long run, as the mistakes birds make when copying other birds in noisy settings will probably accumulate when the songs are passed on, they say.
For the study, published in May, the research team regularly played the songs of adult males to male zebra finch chicks. A group of birds was also exposed to the kind of noise that occurs along busy roads.
The scientists found that the birds from noisy nests had weaker immune responses. Noise is therefore a source of chronic stress in these young birds, they say.
In addition, the chicks' vocal development was severely delayed and their accuracy in learning to sing was significantly lower, they said.
The researchers have been observing zebra finches for some time. In late 2019, they published a study showing that chicks that grew up with road noise were smaller than those from a quiet nesting site.
They were later able to catch up in growth, but long-term consequences cannot be ruled out. Other studies have shown, for example, that birds sing louder and at different times to drown out road noise.
Photo shows GOP congressman barricading door to protect himself from the violent insurrectionists he likened to 'normal tourists'
Far-right Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia has been drawing a great deal of scathing criticism for his recent comments comparing the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building to a "normal tourist visit." But a photo taken during the invasion of the Capitol, Thomas Colson reports in Business Insider, shows Clyde and security helping to barricade a door inside the Capitol in order to protect himself from those "tourists."
During a House Oversight Committee hearing on May 12, Clyde seriously downplayed the horrors of January 6, when a mob of far-right extremists stormed the Capitol in the hope of preventing Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over then-President Donald Trump in 2020. The extremists included members of the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers and QAnon, among others, and some of the Capitol rioters were calling for then-President Mike Pence to be lynched — as they believed he had betrayed Trump by not stopping Biden's Electoral College certification. A hangman's noose meant for Pence was set up outside the Capitol, and one of the rioters was carrying zip-tie plastic handcuffs.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York City has stressed that she feared for her life on January 6. But when Clyde addressed the House Oversight Committee, he said it was a "bald-faced lie" to describe the invasion of the Capitol as an insurrection.
Clyde said, "You know, if you didn't know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit." But in the January 6 photo that Business Insider has published, it's obvious that Clyde is taking the Capitol invasion quite seriously as he helps security barricade the door.
Colson explains, "After Clyde's comments, a photographer shared a photo he had taken of Clyde using furniture to barricade the House against rioters trying to force their way in to disrupt the certification of President Joe Biden's election victory. Several people died in the riot."
The photographer, Tom Williams, has posted the photo on Twitter:
The Rep. Clyde news reminded me of this: UNITED STATES - JANUARY 6: Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., second from top lef… https://t.co/9prxqLXS4g— Tom Williams (@Tom Williams)1621043260.0
Clyde, Colson notes, "also falsely claimed that police officers had not confiscated any firearms from people who breached the Capitol."
Clyde was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020. Following the election, he promoted Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud. And was sworn into the House on January 3, taking over the seat that had been held by former Rep. Doug Collins.
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