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Illinois state rep’s daughter arrested for attacking political opponent with a staple gun

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A political battle in Illinois got bloody this month — literally.

Bob Zwolinski was a candidate for state representative, running against Cynthia Soto. He reported being attacked with a staple gun outside his Chicago office this month. Soto’s daughter, Jessica, and Bradley Fichter, both 26, were arrested in connection with the attack that left Zwolinski’s face bloodied, according to NBC5.

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The two were charged after Zwolinski told the station that he was punched, choked, kicked, hit with a beer bottle and stapled in the head with a staple gun.

“The girl was screaming, ‘This isn’t your territory! This is Soto’s territory!’ while I was being pummeled on the ground,” he told the Chicago Sun Times.

Frank Avila, an attorney for both Soto and Fichter, said Fichter was defending himself in the scuffle and Soto was not involved at all. He wondered why Zwolinski chose to do media interviews before going to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.

“He was doing inteviews with a staple in his head,” Avila said, and wondered whether Zwolinski had in fact stapled his own head.

According to police, both Soto and Fichter were arguing with Zwolinski before hitting him with a bottle and a metal object, according to the Sun Times. Both are scheduled to appear in court Friday.

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Zwolinski posted a photo of himself to Twitter showing a bleeding laceration in his forehead, with the message, “Politics is a contact sport. Apparently that’s literally the case.”

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Soto defeated Zwolinski in the election Tuesday, despite the bizarre accusations.

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Viewers baffled as GOP counsel appears to push anti-Trump talking points during Yovanovich cross-examination

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House Republican impeachment inquiry attorney Steve Castor on Friday baffled viewers with a line of questioning that appeared to be beneficial to House Democrats' case for impeaching President Donald Trump.

Among other things, Castor referred to ambassador Bill Taylor as a man of integrity and also didn't challenge former ambassador Marie Yovanovich's story that she had been the subject of a smear campaign launched by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

In fact, Castor's line of questioning was so friendly to House Democrats, that some Twitter users joked that he was a "deep state plant" who's secretly helping to impeach the president.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

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Marie Yovanovitch made a ‘mockery’ of Trump’s dismissal of the ‘deep state’ with her testimony: CNN’s David Gregory

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CNN contributor David Gregory used his time during a panel segment on the impeachment testimony of Marie Yovanovitch to hammer President Donald Trump for attacking the diplomat on Twitter as she spoke -- then said she had made a "mockery" of his [Trump's] dismissal of the "deep state."

According to Gregory, viewers might think he was naive to believe the president would not get personal and go after Yovanovitch, but that he was honestly stunned.

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