Just days after proclaiming that he'll do everything in his power to stop 100 percent of President Joe Biden's agenda, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to be trying to walk the statement back.
"One hundred percent of my focus is standing up to this administration," the Kentucky Republican told the press on Wedneday. "What we have in the United States Senate is total unity from Susan Collins to Ted Cruz in opposition to what the new Biden administration is trying to do to this country."
President Biden has said that he'll continue to fight for bipartisan consensus on all legislation, something 87 percent of Americans said that they would like to see, according to an April CNN poll. McConnell's response was complete opposition.
It harkened back to former President Barack Obama's tenure in which McConnell said that his top goal was not policy-related, but to make Obama a one-term president.
"Look, he said that in our last administration, with Barack, he was going to stop everything -- and I was able to get a lot done with him," Biden told reporters Wednesday evening. "Again, look -- everything I'm proposing that be done to generate economic growth, employment, and put us in a position where we can out-compete any other country in the world with research and development, and moving ahead: I pay for it."
According to CNN's Manu Raju, McConnell appears to be walking that back a little.
"I'm anxious on stopping the Biden agenda – depending on what it is," McConnell said, removing the 100 percent.
McConnell, asked about his comment yesterday about being "100%" focused on stopping Biden agenda, offers a qualific… https://t.co/PJ5r8xRatw— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1620330167.0
Questioned about it Wednesday night, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was put in a tight spot, trying to claim that Republicans still work with Democrats on the COVID-19 stimulus. CNN's Chris Cuomo noted that no Republican voted for it. Manchin fumbled around for an excuse but ultimately went down on flames.
Devin Nunes attorney ordered to pay over $20K in legal fees to CNN after judge rules lawsuit 'frivolous'
A federal judge made good on a his warning that he'd sanction the lawyer for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who filed a series of failed defamation suits against media outlets. As Law&Crime points out, U.S. District Judge Richard Bennet ruled that Nunes' attorney, Steve Biss, had "unreasonably and vexatiously" tried to drag on their lawsuit against CNN after the case had already been dismissed with prejudice for failing to state a claim in March.
Despite the dismissal, Biss filed an amended complaint that the judge described as "nothing more than a repetition of the original complaint with no new material factual allegations."
"The original complaint — filed on behalf of Nunes's senior aide Derek Harvey against CNN, former Rudy Giuliani business associate Lev Parnas, and Parnas's attorney Joseph Bondy — stemmed from a November 2020 CNN report that said Parnas was prepared to provide Congress with testimony in connection with Donald Trump's first impeachment proceeding," Law&Crimes Jerry Lambe reports. "CNN reported that Parnas would testify, in effect, that Nunes met with former Ukrainian prosecutor Victor Shokin 'to discuss digging up dirt of Joe Biden.'"
Harvey alleged that CNN falsely accused him of aiding and abetting a crime and sought punitive damages and a gag order.
"Harvey and Biss initially argued that CNN made 20 defamatory statements, but later filed an amended complaint that narrowed that number down to five," Lambe's report stated. "However, Judge Bennet concluded that even the trimmed down complaint contained the same "manifest deficiencies" regarding the statements in question which lacked 'defamatory meaning' and failed to 'plausibly allege material falsity' and 'actual malice.'"
According to Judge Bennet, CNN's request for $21,437 in attorney's fees was reasonable and he ruled as such.
Read the full report over at Law&Crime.
One day after the United States Department of Justice wrote a letter worrying about violations of federal law during Arizona's controversial election audit, one local columnist is demanding Attorney General Merrick Garland take immediate action.
Laurie Roberts, columnist for the Arizona Republican, wrote about the latest in the "insane" process on Thursday.
Roberts wrote about the Arizona audit searching for evidence of bamboo in the paper fibers of ballots.
"And so amateur sleuths in this official state audit are now using UV lights and 5K cameras to check for bamboo. Because if bamboo is found in those ballots then aHA! Enter: China. Or possibly, North Korea.Never mind the fact that not all paper produced in Asia contains bamboo or that not all paper that contains bamboo is produced in Asia," she wrote. "Or that this is INSANE. Senate President Karen Fann has gone waaaay over the edge on this thing, taking a swan dive right off the cliff of reality straight down into the rabbit hole."
"Be assured this audit isn't about bamboo. It's about bamboozling the Republican base in believing that something nefarious happened here in Arizona, once upon a time a model for the nation in how we conduct elections. It's about keeping the contributions flowing and the outrage boiling. It's about accepting no result other than the result that they demand," she explained.
She thinks it's time for the feds -- and mental health professionals -- to get involved.
"Fortunately, the Department of Justice is now asking questions. They should do more than ask. DOJ should get out here, post haste, to protect our ballots from whatever the heck is going on," Roberts wrote. "Oh, and when you come, bring the guys in white coats, will ya?"
Also on Thursday, audit liaison and former GOP Secretary of State Ken Bennett was busted lying about insurrectionist and former state Rep. Anthony Kern counting ballots on which his name appeared.
'WE'RE NOT COUNTING HIS RACE' This is the ballot former State Rep. Anthony Kern, Stop the Steal supporter & present… https://t.co/8X4MMARTls— Brahm Resnik (@Brahm Resnik)1620324621.0
BUSTED: Capitol insurrectionist is counting ballots at controversial Arizona election audit https://t.co/N5QsjDUQsO— Raw Story (@Raw Story)1619813303.0
Arizona GOP kicks out reporter after he tweeted pic of Trump insurrectionist at audit #azaudit https://t.co/JbsGKHaRME— Raw Story (@Raw Story)1619838277.0
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