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Duggar mentor sorry for ‘sinful’ touching of women’s feet — but not for sex abuse

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A longtime evangelical mentor of the Duggar family responded to ten women who have accused him of sexual abuse by admitting that he had taken “ungodly and sinful” actions, but denied that he had committed any sexual crimes.

Earlier this month, a lawsuit filed by ten women accused Bill Gothard, founder of Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), of rape, sexual abuse and harassment.

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“Oh no. Never never. Oh! That’s horrible,” Gothard told The Washington Post at the time. “Never in my life have I touched a girl sexually. I’m shocked to even hear that.”

In a document titled “A Further Confession And Request,” which was obtained published by Radar Online this week, Gothard said that God had recently “revealed” to him “the gravity of my words and actions.”

The faith leader observed that he had wrongly selected “certain types of young people, especially young women, to serve at Headquarters, often as my personal assistants.”

“I was very wrong in holding hands, giving hugs, and touching their hair or feet,” Gothard wrote. “All of this can only be described as ungodly and sinful.”

Although Gothard refused to admit the sexual nature of the abuse, he asked that the victims and their families grant him “the opportunity to confess my sins against you and ask you to forgive me.”

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Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principles had been a favorite provider of homeschooling support for the Duggars and other Christian families. And the institute had assisted the Duggars after their son, Josh, admitted sexually abusing multiple girls, including his sisters.

Gothard was forced to step down from the Institute in Basic Life Principles last year after 30 women came forward with allegations of harassment.

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Federal Judges Association calls emergency meeting to discuss AG Barr as crisis ‘could not wait’: report

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The independent Federal Judges Association will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention into politically sensitive cases to help President Donald Trump.

Philadelphia U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe, who heads the group, told USA Today the meeting "could not wait."

Rufe was nominated by President George W. Bush.

She said the group called for the meeting after the Department of Justice interference in the prosecution of longtime Trump accomplice Roger Stone.

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WATCH: Nicolle Wallace breaks down ‘the case against William Barr’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Monday broke down "the case against William Barr" as controversy continues to envelop the Department of Justice.

"Republicans and Democrats who have served in the Justice Department for the past 12 presidents are today calling for William Barr's resignation as our country's attorney general," Wallace reported.

Wallace read from an open letter signed by 2,000 former federal prosecutors and DOJ officials.

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Fox News reports wages rose faster under Obama than Trump after his campaign lashes out at predecessor

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In what was possibly a hint to remind people of his legacy this Monday, former President Barack Obama gave a shout out to the anniversary of his signing of the 2009 economic stimulus package.

“Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history,” Obama tweeted with a photo of his signature on the bill.

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