The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it is unsealing the indictment of the former head of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood and his mother who were arrested in Oklahoma City.
The grand jury handed down a 12-count indictment on June 1, 2021, in charges of Chance Alen Wilson who lived in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester and his mother Deanna Dannett Wilson of Wayne, Oklahoma.
"It is alleged that Chance Alan Wilson, using contraband cell phones from his prison cell, organized and led a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine throughout Oklahoma and surrounding states," said the Justice Department. "He allegedly relied on a network of individuals outside of prison to distribute methamphetamine, collect proceeds from that distribution and launder those proceeds."
The investigation revealed that Wilson's mother was his source on the outside, accepting large sums of drug money, which she used to purchase assets including a manufactured home.
Authorities are continuing to release new video from the January 6th insurrection by supporters of Donald Trump seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
"Justice Dept. just released horrifying new footage from 1/6. Feds say this is ex-NYPD officer Thomas Webster (red jacket) wielding a flagpole, rushing at police & tackling a cop to the ground. DOJ released this after legal action by CNN and other outlets," CNN's Marshall Cohen reported.
Webster has been charged with seven counts of federal crimes that include federal prosecutors describing the flag pole in question as a "deadly or dangerous weapon."
NEW: Justice Dept. just released horrifying new footage from 1/6. Feds say this is ex-NYPD officer Thomas Webster (… https://t.co/Wj8BDJ6olI— Marshall Cohen (@Marshall Cohen) 1623966157.0
Criminal complaint against Thomas Webster.Screengrab.
Ted Cruz smacked down for lying that voting rights bill would register 'millions' of non-citizens to vote
On Thursday, writing for CNN, fact-checker Daniel Dale eviscerated Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his lie that the Democratic voting rights legislation currently under consideration in the Senate would register millions of non-citizens to vote.
Cruz, at a hearing this week on the bill, said that the For the People Act "directs" state officials "to break the law and register millions of people to vote who are not eligible to vote because they are not United States citizens" and "automatically registers to vote anyone who interacts with the government."
"All of these Cruz claims are false," wrote Dale. "Automatic voter registration does not mean that everyone living in a jurisdiction is automatically registered if they have any dealings with the government. Rather, it means that eligible citizens are proactively registered unless they opt out, rather than requiring them to opt in. More than a third of US states already have automatic voter registration, and there is no evidence that undocumented immigrants are being registered to vote in large numbers there."
"And here's a critical piece of context: Current federal law, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, also requires only an affirmation of citizenship for voter registration — in other words, no hard proof is required to register for federal elections now either — and there is no evidence of undocumented immigrants registering to vote in large numbers these days," wrote Dale. "Noncitizens face severe possible penalties, including prison time and deportation, for falsely claiming to be citizens in order to register or vote."
The For the People Act has little path in the Senate, as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has voiced opposition to certain provisions. Manchin has proposed an alternative, slightly more modest voting rights package, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said he intends to oppose this as well.
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