During an appearance on CNN this Friday, legal analyst Elie Honig was asked to comment on the recent bombshell report from The New York Times detailing how former President Donald Trump pressed the Justice Department to bolster his bogus voter fraud claims, calling it a "colossal abuse of power."
"I think it's important that we not take this for granted or get numb to it because we've seen plenty of evidence that [Trump] was willing to do anything to overturn the election," Honig said. "Here, we are getting confirmation that he reached out to the Justice Department, which ought to be the last bastion of truth and independence, and just enlist their help ... he essentially asked them to make it up."
Honig went on to reiterate that Trump's actions were an "absolute abuse of power, abuse of presidential authority" and that the DOJ under Trump "deserves some credit" for taking a stand.
"So, this really is an astonishing abuse of power by the president, and there needs to be accountability in Congress and potentially elsewhere."
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Amanda Knox is complaining angrily that the new Matt Damon movie "Stillwater" -- a drama about a young American jailed in Europe for a killing she insists she did not commit -- cashes in on her own ordeal.
Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy while the women were students there.
The trial was a media sensation on both sides of the Atlantic and Knox spent four years in prison before her conviction was overturned in 2015.
"Stillwater" director Tom McCarthy told Vanity Fair magazine this week that his idea was to "leave the Amanda Knox case behind."
"But let me take this piece of the story -- an American woman studying abroad involved in some kind of sensational crime and she ends up in jail -- and fictionalize everything around it," he added.
Knox, now 34, erupted Thursday in a series of tweets.
"Does my name belong to me? My face? What about my life? My story? Why does my name refer to events I had no hand in? I return to these questions because others continue to profit off my name, face, & story without my consent. Most recently, the film #STILLWATER," Knox wrote.
She took issue with Vanity Fair's statement that the movie is "directly inspired by the Amanda Knox saga."
"I want to pause right here on that phrase: 'the Amanda Knox saga.' What does that refer to? Does it refer to anything I did? No. It refers to the events that resulted from the murder of Meredith Kercher by a burglar named Rudy Guede," Knox wrote.
Guede was convicted of the Kercher killing in a separate trial in Italy in 2008. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
In "Stillwater" Damon plays a burly American oil worker who travels to Marseille, France to help his daughter, who is jailed over the killing of her lover.
Knox blasted what she characterized as McCarthy's depiction of her role in the killing.
"That story, my story, is not about an American woman studying abroad 'involved in some kind of sensational crime.' It's about an American woman NOT involved in a sensational crime, and yet wrongfully convicted."
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'Irate' judge yells at MAGA rioter's lawyer after he whines to court about making his client wear a mask: report
The defense attorney representing accused MAGA rioter Dan Goodwyn told a court on Friday that his client must not be forced to wear a face mask while in court -- and got promptly yelled at by the judge overseeing the case.
NBC 4 Washington's Scott MacFarlane reports that the lawyer representing Goodwyn began Friday's virtual hearing by making the case that his client shouldn't have to wear a mask when he makes a physical appearance in court.
"Goodwyn cannot wear a mask... and is not into vaccines," the attorney said, according to MacFarlane.
The lawyer would add that wearing a mask was "like torture" to Goodwyn.
The judge, however, was not having it, and MacFarlane says he became "irate" and started shouting at the lawyer.
"We have a pandemic!" he yelled.
The defense lawyer continued to make his case that Goodwyn must not be forced to wear a mask, at which point the judge threatened to hold him in contempt of court.
A few minutes later, the defense attorney complained about pre-trial services workers being "arrogant" and "prissy" toward his client, which caused the judge to start "screaming" at him, MacFarlane writes.
"This is the angriest I've heard any judge in any Jan 6 case so far," MacFarlane comments on Twitter. "Easily."
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