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Adulterous GOP Michigan lawmaker resigns, fellow Tea Partier expelled by legislature

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The bizarre and sordid saga of two Republican Tea Party lawmakers in the Michigan House who were having an affair is drawing to a close as one tendered his resignation while the other was expelled by her fellow lawmakers.

In the early morning hours on Friday — and after 14 hours of deliberation — state Rep. Todd Courser stepped down from his state House seat, with his fellow lawmaker, Cindy Gamrat, being ousted by an overwhelming vote, reports the Detroit Free Press.

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Both family values Republicans have been under fire for weeks after Courser was caught trying to self-smear himself with a rumor that he had a gay hook-up with a male prostitute in an alley behind a bar in order to deflect attention from the affair he was having with Gamrat.

Courser’s bizarre and elaborate plan blew up when an aide refused to be a part of the scheme and turned recordings of Courser game-planning the fraud over to local media.

Since that time, Courser has blamed mysterious blackmailers and the “Lansing mafia” for setting him up, while posting rambling messages on Facebook saying he had been forgiven by Jesus.

Faced with expulsion, the father of three issued a simple statement Friday morning stating: “I hereby tender my resignation from the Michigan House of Representatives effective immediately. It has been an honor serving with the dedicated members and staff of the House of Representatives.”

Gamrat, a mother of four, asked the House to simply censure her in lieu of expulsion, however her peers were not feeling charitable and she was booted on a 91-12 vote.

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The saga is not over, with lawmakers adding a resolution to Gamrat’s expulsion vote calling for a Michigan State Police and the Attorney General’s office to continue investigating the matter the over questions of whether the not-so-star crossed lovers may have misused their offices during their brief tenure.

Courser commented that he just wants to move on, stating: “It’s an unfortunate chapter where we’re at, but it’s time to turn a page and go in a different direction and obviously heal, in my own house and in this body as well.”

He added, “It’s been hell.”

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‘Beg to be tried as a white man’: Disgust follows Roger Stone’s light sentence — while people of color sit in jail for less

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Judge Amy Berman Jackson was the target of serious attacks by President Donald Trump's supporters and Roger Stone himself. When the Justice Department encouraged seven to nine years in prison for Stone, Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr freaked out, rewriting the sentencing memo that was ultimately ignored by the new prosecutors.

But Stone wasn't given the hefty sentence that Trump and his followers assumed Stone would get. Instead, he got a fairly light sentence of just over three years.

Leading up to the sentence, Berman Jackson was blasted on Twitter. So, it's unclear how Trump and his followers will manage to attack the judge for the sentence. Some still managed to do it, saying Stone shouldn't have been sentenced to any time at all.

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Trump supporter made death threat to whistleblower’s lawyer one day after president targeted him at rally: feds

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A Trump supporter has been charged with making death threats to Mark Zaid, an attorney who represents the whistleblower who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump over his efforts to extort the Ukrainian government.

Politico reports that Michigan resident Brittan J. Atkinson emailed a violent threat to Zaid just one day after the president held up the attorney's photo at one of his rallies and read some of his tweets.

“All traitors must die miserable deaths,” Atkinson allegedly wrote in the email, which was sent on November 7th. “Those that represent traitors shall meet the same fate. We will hunt you down and bleed you out like the pigs you are. We have nothing but time, and you are running out of it. Keep looking over your shoulder. We know who you are, where you live, and who you associate with. We are all strangers in a crowd to you.”

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‘Um — he threatened to kill a dog’: Twitter reacts to Roger Stone’s trial judge mentioning that he ‘rescued countless dogs’

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As observers anxiously awaited news on the sentencing of longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, reporters have been tweeting live updates on the developments in the courtroom, one of whom was Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff Swan.

"Jackson notes Stone's support for friends and relatives going through hard times," she tweeted, referring to U.S. District lawyer Amy Berman Jackson. "Adds: 'He’s rescued countless dogs and listened and came to the aid of many friends.'"

https://twitter.com/woodruffbets/status/1230539586083938304

The claim of the Stone's affinity for dogs prompted one Twitter user to point out that Stone apparently hasn't always applied that affinity evenly.

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