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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki used a question from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy to remind the public that former President Donald Trump had incited an insurrection with his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
During a White House press briefing on Monday, Doocy suggested that President Joe Biden had broken a promise not to interfere with the Department of Justice because he had spoken about the prosecution of Trump supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
"The president continues to believe that Jan. 6 was one of the darkest days in our democracy," Psaki explained. "He also continues to believe that the Department of Justice has the purview and the independence to make decisions about prosecutions."
"You say that that is his view but that is not what he said," Doocy pushed back.
"I just conveyed what his view is and that is also how he has operated, how he has governed and how he will continue to govern," Psaki insisted.
Doocy continued to press by noting that Biden had vowed not to "do what former President Trump does" by using the Department of Justice as a tool against his enemies.
"Well, since you give me the opportunity," Psaki replied, "the former president used his office to incite an insurrection, he put political pressure on senior DOJ officials to propagate lies about the election to the point where they threatened to resign en masse. I think there's hardly a comparison there."
Doocy refused to accept the answer, noting that Biden had said that he would not pressure the Justice Department.
"And he has not," Psaki remarked as Doocy protested.
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The federal government has seized two vehicles, and is threatening to seize a lake house, allegedly purchased illegally with COVID-19 relief money by a Kansas City-area businessman.
The property was seized from several real estate companies incorporated in Kansas by Joseph Campbell, with most operating under a version of the name Titan Fish.
According to a complaint filed by the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas, in early 2020 Campbell submitted 20 applications to the Small Business Administration for federal disaster loans made available under the CARES Act.
Most were deemed duplicates of other applications, the complaint says, and five were granted.
Campbell's companies received nearly $1 million in aid that was supposed to be used to pay debts, payroll and other bills that could have been paid had the COVID-19 pandemic not occurred.
According to an affidavit filed by Richard Littrell, a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Campbell's applications contained false information and he used the money he received to purchase two vehicles and a lake house in Morgan County, Missouri.
“Based on the information set forth in this affidavit, there is probable cause to believe Campbell committed violations of wire fraud and money laundering," said Littrell, who conducts money laundering investigations as part of the Kansas City Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.
Littrell later added that there is probable cause that the vehicles and property “were purchased with proceeds derived or obtained from the wire fraud violations."
The two vehicles — a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 and a 2017 Ford Explorer — have been seized by the government. The lake house has not yet been seized.
Campbell did not respond to a request for comment Friday.
Danielle Thomas, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas, said she cannot comment on open cases beyond what is available in the public record.
Titan Fish, based in Shawnee, Kansas, is described on its website as “special situation investors that focus on unique investment opportunities in real estate, energy and other real assets."
The company garnered attention in 2017 when it purchased the former Rockwood Golf Club in Independence for $550,000 from a company that had owned the property for several years.
Just months after that purchase, the Independence City Council voted to buy the golf course from Titan Fish for $1 million in order to use it to build a solar farm.
The deal drew FBI scrutiny over a series of donations to Independence Mayor Eileen Weir days before she voted to approve the purchase.
Those donations came from four political action committees connected to lobbyist Steve Tilley, a former state lawmaker and longtime friend and adviser to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.
Tilley's lobbying firm represents Independence's utility and the company chosen to operate the solar farm.
In 2019 Tilley began representing Titan Fish, and a year later was part of a proposal involving Titan Fish to repurpose a power plant owned by Independence.
Titan Fish and Tilley severed ties shortly after details of the proposal were made public.
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Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr will go on trial in New York in February on charges he groped three women, a judge ruled Monday.
The "Jerry Maguire" star's trial had been due to start in April 2020 but was postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic.
New York Judge Curtis Farber set a new date of February 1, 2022, Gooding's attorney Peter Toumbekis told AFP via email.
Since 2019, some 20 women have accused Gooding of sexual assault or sexual harassment.
The 53-year-old is accused of inappropriately touching one women in a restaurant in Manhattan in September 2018.
He is also accused of pinching a second woman's buttocks at a nightclub the next month and of grabbing another woman's breast without her consent at a New York bar in June 2019.
Gooding has denied the charges but could face jail time if found guilty.
In a separate civil case filed last year, a woman accused Gooding of raping her in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013.
He became known for his role in the movie "Boyz n the Hood" (1991) before his Oscar win for best supporting actor in 1997 for American football movie "Jerry Maguire."
Gooding's would be the latest high-profile trial of a celebrity to have come out of the #MeToo movement following the convictions of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and R&B singer R. Kelly.
© 2021 AFP
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