Guinea is racing to contain a deadly Ebola epidemic spreading from its southern forests to the capital Conakry, as neighbouring Senegal closes its border. The European Union pledged 500,000 euros ($690,000) to fight the contagion, while the Senegalese…
'I was disgusted and furious!' Marjorie Taylor Greene melts down over criminal referral for Steve Bannon
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Thursday appeared on Steve Bannon's podcast to rage against the House of Representatives voting to refer criminal charges against him to the United States Department of Justice.
Greene began by recapping the House vote in which 229 representatives voted to hold Bannon in criminal contempt for defying subpoenas.
"Here they are, celebrating voting to hold an innocent American in criminal contempt!" Greene fumed.
Greene then explained how, after the vote took place, she confronted Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) for supposedly lying about Bannon being involved in organizing the January 6th Capitol riots.
They lied about you, they lied about President Trump and I was disgusted and furious!" she said. "So I yelled at them on the House floor! I let Liz Cheney have it, I let Adam Schiff have it, I let Raskin have it! I couldn't contain myself -- I said you people are a joke!"
She then went off on a rant about riots that occurred in the summer of 2020 during protests against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's killing.
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DOJ adds new prosecutors for Matt Gaetz case who specialize in breaking through 'psychological manipulation': report
In an apparent sign of sign of "the complex and high-stakes nature of the inquiry" into whether Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz sex-trafficked a minor, the Department of Justice has added two high-level prosecutors from Washington to the case.
The Washington-based prosecutors recently joined a team of authorities in Florida who've been looking into whether Gaetz violated federal law by providing goods or payments to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex, the New York Times reported Thursday.
Gaetz has not yet been charged and has denied wrongdoing. His alleged "wingman," former tax collector Joel Greenberg, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking the same 17-year-old girl, and is cooperating with the DOJ's investigation.
According to the Times, the Washington prosecutors' expertise includes "dealing with children who have been exploited but may not see themselves as having been victimized, which can complicate trials if they are called as witnesses."
Amanda Kramer, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan who supervised sex trafficking cases for a decade, told the Times that legally, the victim's state of mind is not a factor juries should consider when determining whether laws were violated.
"Technically, the government needs only to prove that the child was underage when the sexual activity occurred and that the child received something of value in exchange for it," the Times reports. "But, Ms. Kramer said, the defense could try to use such witness testimony to confuse the jury or sour the legitimacy of the prosecution, although many judges would most likely shut down such a line of questioning."
Kramer told the NYT: "It's not uncommon for teens who have been trafficked to view themselves as willing participants and not as victims, often as a result of psychological manipulation by their traffickers. That's one of many dynamics that make sex trafficking cases challenging for prosecutors, but it's far from fatal to the case."
Former president Donald Trump's new social media venture appears designed to make him money without taking much risk — by effectively selling his name to someone so they can slap it on a product while he avoids responsibility, according to a new report from the Washington Post.
"Trump began his career in the high-risk, high-reward business of buying and selling New York real estate. But, after he achieved TV fame on 'The Apprentice,' he entered another line of business with far less risk: selling his name to people who wanted to slap it on their products," the Post's David Fahrenthold and Jonathan O'Connell report. "In the heyday of that merchandising business, Trump was paid to lend his name to apartment buildings, eyeglasses, cologne, mattresses, vodka, steaks, coffee, chandeliers, suits — even a brand of urine test. Many of these products failed, but that was not Trump's problem."
The story notes that the former president's own company, the Trump Organization, is facing "unprecedented challenges" in the form of mounting losses, the indictment of chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, and investigations into its financial practices in at least three states. But Trump's social media venture unveiled Wednesday, through the publicly traded Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), could allow him to "enter the tech sector without much risk" and generate revenue "with little work or overhead."
Michael D'Antonio, who has written biographies of Trump, told the Post: "Avoiding being responsible, in any ultimate sense, is a constant in his strategy. If you think of him always looking for ways to try businesses without being truly responsible — combined with his sense that he can do anything — then this is kind of natural."
Gwenda Blair, who wrote a biography of Trump, his father and his grandfather, added: "There's nothing surprising. The only surprising thing would be if he actually put his own money into it. He's always an other-people's-money people guy."
The story notes that this week's launch of TMTG's social media platform, called Truth Social, was "less than impressive." The platform was defaced by pranksters, with a video of a pig defecating supposedly posted by "donaldjtrump."
And there are other potential signs of problems: The CEO of TMTG is listed is listed as Patrick Orlando, whose office address corresponds to a WeWork co-working space in Miami, and the CFO is Luis Orleans-Braganza, who claims to be a member of the defunct Brazilian royal family.
"Trump has previously run one publicly traded company, which included many of his Atlantic City casinos and was called Trump Entertainment Resorts," the Post notes. "The company operated for roughly two decades, starting in 1995. For Trump's investors, it was a disaster: The company lost more than $1 billion, its stock price nosedived, and it filed for bankruptcy three times, in 2004, 2009 and 2014. ... But Trump himself did well: The struggling company paid him more than $44 million in salary, bonuses and other compensation."
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