HOBOKEN — FBI agents have begun questioning staff aides to Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer to investigate her allegations that members of the Christie administration pressured her to support a development project in exchange for Hurricane Sandy relief money…
Attorney John Eastman has worked to try to block his former employer from handing over approximately 19,000 emails that are being requested by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S.
CNN justice reporter Katelyn Polantz reported from the case that it was established Eastman worked for former President Donald Trump without getting permission from his existing employer, Chapman University. According to his attorney, Eastman worked for Trump during many relevant moments, without asking permission.
Judge David Carter, who is presiding over the case, asked for specifics about what kind of work Eastman was doing for Trump. He admitted to briefing hundreds of state legislators, and also said that he was at the Willard with Trump strategists on Jan. 6 and that he met with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Jan. 3, 2021.
It was ten days later that Eastman resigned from the University.
During the case, CNN reporter Ana Cabrara tweeted that Chapman University decided that they would not help Eastman in his attempt to block his university emails from January 6 committee.
Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff revealed that at one point, the House counsel, Doug Letter, revealed that Eastman authored the memo on how Pence could stop the certification of the 2020 election. Eastman then invoked his Fifth Amendment rights 146 times.
Judge David Carter nails down if he was doing work on behalf of client, when Eastman:\n-briefed hundreds of state leg\n-was at the Willard\n-met w Trump & Pence Jan 3\n\nYes. The client was Trump, Eastman's lawyer answered.— Katelyn Polantz (@Katelyn Polantz) 1643072167
NEW: Chapman University refusing to help former employee John Eastman try to block his university emails from January 6 committee— Ana Cabrera (@Ana Cabrera) 1643070397
At hearing on John Eastman's efforts to block 1/6 committee from getting his emails, Doug Letter, House counsel, reveals that Eastman, law prof who authored memo on how Pence could block certification of Electoral College vote, invoked 5th Amendment 146 times.— Michael Isikoff (@Michael Isikoff) 1643064782
Fresh turmoil hits Wisconsin GOP 'audit' as lawyer says he has 'no idea' if auditor is complying with records requests
On Monday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that an attorney representing Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has admitted to not monitoring whether Michael Gableman, a pro-Trump former state Supreme Court justice conducting a partisan "audit" of the state's 2020 election, is properly complying with an open records request.
"The testimony from Vos' staff attorney, Steve Fawcett, caught the attention of Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn, who started the day's proceedings by saying she didn't understand why Republicans have provided so few records in response to requests from American Oversight," reported Patrick Marley. "Gableman's initial contract with the Assembly requires him to keep a weekly report of the findings of his review. Gableman publicly released a report in November but has never made available any weekly reports. Asked if Gableman has been writing weekly reports, Fawcett said, 'I have no idea.'"
Vos tried earlier this month to block a deposition over the records dispute, but was denied by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
"Assembly Republicans last summer hired former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman to look into the election. His work is expected to cost taxpayers $676,000," noted the report. "Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by about 21,000 votes in Wisconsin. Recounts and court rulings have upheld his victory and independent reviews have uncovered no signs of significant voter fraud."
Gableman has raised eyebrows for controversial moves in his investigation, including attempting to order the Waukesha County Sheriff to arrest the mayors of Green Bay and Madison for allegedly not replying to an email that went into their spam folders.
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Ethics Committee finds 'substantial reason' to believe Republican used his office to score gifts from staff
A Congressional ethics probe revealed in a report Monday that Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) misused his office by soliciting or accepting gifts from those under him and requiring his staff do his wife's errands.
According to the report, cited by Axios, Lamborn's own staffers said that they were required to handle personal errands for Jeanie Lamborn and told to help get their son a federal job.
Transcripts of the probe also show that "Lamborn may have also permitted his chief of staff to compel other staff members to provide gifts to him and his family," Axios characterized.
"And then we would have a Christmas party with like White Elephant and I was advised to get something for the congressman, normally like craft beer," said a staffer in the investigation. "And then for birthday parties, I -- for the Lamborns, we had to have a party thrown. I asked one time what -- if we would be compensated for it, and Dale Anderson just laughed, so we paid out of pocket."
"So the gifts would be for Mrs. Lamborn and the congressman, and we had to make sure that -- I would tell Dale Anderson what we were getting to make sure that it was his approval and also the dollar amount was high enough, and that the congressman and Mrs. Lamborn would be okay with it," said another staffer.
The congressman also revealed that the staff was going to have a "recognition" of his daughter-in-law who became a citizen during COVID and didn't get to have a public ceremony with friends of family there.
When asked about it, one staff explained that the party was ordered by the Congressman himself.
"And then we had one party, naturalization party, that the congressman, and Mrs. Lamborn, and Dale told us that we had to have in 2020 for their daughter-in-law," the staffer said. "And so we threw a party and I -- for that one, because of the ethics classes and everything, the day of, I was like, how am I going to get compensated for this? And, again, Dale Anderson just laughed. So, we decoratd the office. We shut down the office, closed it, and we had food and Dale wanted me to get beer -- we always had beer for the congressman -- and then we had the naturalization party."
When testifying to the ethics committee, Rep. Lamborn said that he never allowed alcohol in his office.
Lamborn's wife has also collected a salary for his campaign as a "strategist and manager." She also provides advice in his official office. The congressman specifically cited the questions about his wife saying that she has a "commitment to her husband's success."
He also said any allegations about his son trying to score a job were "highly exaggerated and false."
"I may have first met back [Lamborn's son] when I first started for Congressman Lamborn, perhaps at a Christmas party or something, but to be honest, I'm not sure I could pick him out from a group," said a staffer identified as Witness 2. "That's how not very often I've met him. Very nice I can recall, so."
" Did you ever help [Lamborn's son] with the Federal job hiring process?" the committee asked.
"I did, yes," the staffer replied. When asked how, the witness continued: "Well, I had, luckily, already prepared materials through my normal constituent services work because we are often contacted by constituents asking for help with how to navigate the Federal job process. So, you know, it begins with USAjobs.com or gov. Well, from there it gets even more complicated. And I had prepared a packet of things that help folks with that whole process, so luckily I had everything ready, and I simply said, hey, I've got just the thing. And so I was very happy to share that information, public information, that anyone can find. And so I just simply compiled it and had it ready for folks when they contacted our office."
The staffer said it was Mrs. Lamborn who asked for help for their son. Rep. Lamborn said that the whole process didn't take the staffer more than 20 minutes and some emails with links to federal job openings.
Rep. Marie Newman (D-NJ) is also being investigated by the ethics committee for possibly promising a federal job to her opponent if they supported her.