Former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger was arrested Friday in Clayton County, Georgia, on a fugitive from justice charge, according to Clayton County court records.
Ada County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Patrick Orr told the Idaho Capital Sun via email that von Ehlinger was arrested and in custody at the Clayton County Jail, which is located about 20 miles south of Atlanta. Von Ehlinger was denied bail by a judge on Monday, according to Clayton County records.
As of Monday morning, Orr said he did not know of immediate plans to extradite von Ehlinger back to Idaho or when that might take place.
The Lewiston Tribune first reported a warrant for von Ehlinger's arrest was issued by the Ada County District Court on Sept. 10, following an investigation by the Boise Police Department.
Von Ehlinger, who represented Lewiston in the Idaho Legislature, resigned his seat at the end of April following an ethics hearing in the Idaho House of Representatives over his conduct as a legislator. A 19-year-old intern on the legislative staff said von Ehlinger raped her by forcing her to perform oral sex. Two other female legislative staffers said von Ehlinger made them uncomfortable with unwanted advances.
Von Ehlinger has denied the accusation of rape, saying the sexual activity was consensual.
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Right-wing Christians look to cement their gains under Trump by keeping voters away from polls: report
Right-wing Christians saw their influence expand during Donald Trump's presidency, and they're not about to let voters take that away.
The Christian right became one of the strongest forces in U.S. politics by mobilizing its voters on hot-button issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, but rapidly changing demographics have led right-wing evangelical activists to cement their political gains by embracing voter suppression legislation, reported Vox.
"The 2020 elections revealed genuine concerns in the election process that could threaten election integrity and the very foundation of our Constitutional Republic," said Jason Yates, CEO of the voter mobilization group My Faith Votes, which launched its own "election integrity" initiative that calls some results into question. "Yet, even more dangerous than election fraud is that many Christians have lost confidence in the election system."
Voter turnout among religious conservatives is lower than it used to be -- with white evangelical Protestants now making up just 14 percent of Americans, down from 23 percent in 2006 -- although that dwindling share of the electorate made up more than a third of all Trump voters in the last election.
"Without such broad support for Trump among White evangelicals, [Joe] Biden would have beaten him by more than 20 points," wrote analysts from the Pew Research Center.
That's why religious conservatives are backing "election integrity" bills intended to crack down on voter fraud, despite a paucity of evidence of such wrongdoing, and restricted access to the vote for millions of Americans, especially Black voters, on the basis of Trump's lies about his loss.
"I pray, Lord, that you will do something ... for our election system, that we'll never have another election stolen from us," said Robert Morris, pastor of the Gateway megachurch in Dallas, during a recent conference call with Trump's evangelical allies. "So, Lord, whatever we need to do to fix the electoral process, I pray for that, I pray for our country, and I pray for President Trump and his family … in Jesus's mighty name."
Trump's handler played show tunes to 'pull him back from the brink' and soothe his 'terrifying' rage: new book
Donald Trump's anger was "terrifying," according to his former press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who says the former president constantly berated her and made outlandish requests.
"When I began to see how his temper wasn't just for shock value or the cameras, I began to regret my decision to go to the West Wing," Grisham writes in her new book, "I'll Take Your Questions Now," according to the New York Times, which obtained a copy of the forthcoming tell-all.
"At one point, she writes, Mr. Trump's handlers designated an unnamed White House official known as the 'Music Man' to play him his favorite show tunes, including 'Memory' from 'Cats,' to pull him from the brink of rage," the Times reports.
As it turns out, the aide was Grisham's ex-boyfriend, Max Miller, who reportedly has his own history of anger problems. Grisham and Miller eventually broke up after he allegedly pushed her against a wall and slapped her in the face when she accused him of cheating on her. Miller is now running for Congress in Ohio, and has been endorsed by Trump.
Grisham also writes in the book that she never held a press briefing because, "I knew that sooner or later the president would want me to tell the public something that was not true or that would make me sound like a lunatic," according to the Times.
"The truth was that pretty much everyone eventually wore out their welcome with the president," Grisham writes. "We were bottles of milk with expiration dates. ... I should have spoken up more."
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