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New Hampshire GOP lawmaker 'unapologetic' after getting called out for blatant misinformation about vaccines: report
Democrats in New Hampshire are charging that the credibility of the state's legislature is on the line after a top Republican spread coronavirus vaccine misinformation during a public hearing.
"A routine hearing in the State House turned confrontational last week when the state's health commissioner called out a top Republican lawmaker, Rep. Ken Weyler, for spreading disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. The exchange — between Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette and Rep. Weyler, chair of the House Finance Committee — highlights a conspiracy-driven ideology tied to the pandemic that's on the rise in state Republican politics," New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) reported on Thursday.
The health commissioner noted that 90% of coronavirus hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated, but the Republican lawmaker claimed that number is "in doubt" and argued that the inverse was actually true and people he had spoken to said "90% of those admitted had the shot."
Weyler's false claims were quickly debunked, but that did not stop him.
"Speaking to NHPR Tuesday morning, Weyler was unapologetic and unstinting in his criticism — much of it not founded in data or science — about the efficacy and safety of COVID vaccines and government's role in getting it to people," the station reported. "Weyler, who's about to turn 80 years old, also noted that he's not been vaccinated for COVID."
In response, New Hampshire House Democrats wrote to Republican Speaker Sherman Parkard, urging him to remove Weyler as the chairman of the Joint Fiscal Committee.
"The Fiscal Committee cannot be responsibly led by someone who does not trust state agencies and bases his decision making on information he obtains from unidentified internet sites. Most concerning is that Representative Weyler continued to spread misinformation about DHHS and the COVID vaccine after Speaker Packard reminded him of 'the importance of respecting information provided by our trusted health officials," House Democratic Leader Renny Cushing said in a statement.
"Allowing Representative Weyler to continue in his leadership position would be tacit acknowledgement that the Speaker agrees with his baseless assertions. I strongly encourage Speaker Packard to take swift, decisive action to remove Representative Weyler as Chair and restore the legislature's credibility," Cushing said.
Lawyers for Proud Boys leader made a strange argument for why he should be released -- and a judge slapped it down
On Wednesday, WUSA9 reported that a federal judge swatted aside the argument of leading Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola, who participated in the January 6 Capitol attack and now wants to be released ahead of trial.
"In their most recent motion, filed late last month, [Attorneys Marty] Tankleff and [Steven] Metcalf argued Pezzola's constitutional rights are being violated by the restrictions the D.C. Jail places on his access to the voluminous evidence in the case," reported Jordan Fischer, Eric Flack, and Stephanie Wilson. "The Department of Justice says it has already identified more than 2,300 hundred hours of body-camera footage alone, and another 7,000 hours of video from the U.S. Capitol Police."
But according to federal Judge Timothy Kelly, this argument has no precedent in law.
"There's no case in which a judge reached this conclusion," said Kelly. "It has never been grounds, that I've been able to find, to say that the remedy is that I should release him, as opposed to fix the problem and get him access to the evidence and counsel."
Pezzola, who allegedly stole a riot shield from a Capitol Police officer, is one of several Proud Boys facing serious charges in connection with the Capitol riot. A self-styled "Western Chauvinist" group, the Proud Boys have ties to white supremacy and are known for violent street brawls.
MAGA-rioting former sheriff's deputy gets reamed out by judge for 'outrageous' attacks on fellow cops
A former Tennessee sheriff's deputy who took part on the January 6th MAGA riots got reamed out by a judge on Wednesday for his decision to attack police officers while wearing a "Sheriff" patch.
As reported by Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly, former deputy Ronald Colton McAbee appeared before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan this week to make his case for why he should be released ahead of his trial.
McAbee's lawyers tried to argue that video footage showed their client actually trying to help a Capitol police officer -- and they claimed that he only shoved a separate police officer after the officer shoved him first.
However, Sullivan didn't appear to buy this excuse and called it "outrageous" that McAbee would wear a "Sheriff" patch to a riot where police officers were severely beaten.
"He's raised his right hand, probably put his left hand on the Bible, more than once and swore to administer justice," Sullivan said. "If he didn't do that on Jan. 6, how can the court take any comfort in knowing that he will abide by the court's directives to do certain things going forward?"
Assistant U.S. Attorney Benet Kearney echoed Sullivan's remarks in making his case for why McAbee should be kept behind bars ahead of his trial.
"Frankly, this is a defendant who has taken oaths before. He swore oaths in multiple sheriffs' offices that he would uphold the law," he said. "This is someone who uses his badge and authority when it works for him, and disregards it when it does not."
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