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Indiana man planning attack on LGBT festival was fleeing arrest for child molestation

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James Wesley Howell was already under investigation for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old girl when he was arrested for allegedly planning to do “harm” to the Los Angeles LGBT Pride festival, the Indianapolis Star reported.

“He understood that this child molesting investigation was ongoing and he was in imminent danger of being arrested,” said Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.

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The girl’s mother alerted authorities about the alleged molestation on June 2, three days after the alleged encounter between her daughter and the 20-year-old suspect inside his car at a park, and shortly before his last reported sighting in the state.

“They crawled in the back seat and did things they should not have been doing,” the mother reportedly said in a police interview.

Howell was charged with one count of child molestation on Wednesday, a day after he was charged in California with unlawful possession of an assault weapon and explosives.

According to the Star, the Indiana girl Howell allegedly molested did not consider herself to be victimized and discussed marrying Howell when she turned 18. However, he reacted angrily when confronted over the encounter by a family friend, calling himself a “sociopath with an automatic” and threatening to kill not only himself, but police officers and members of the girl’s family.

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If convicted of molesting the girl, Howell faces up to 17 years in prison. He faces up to nine years and eight months in prison if convicted in California. His bail has been set at $2 million, citing a “significant public safety danger.”


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‘Aimed squarely at Rube Nation’: Former Republican stunned by GOP lawmakers spouting Ukraine conspiracy theories

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Tom Nichols, a former Republican and a current professor at the Naval War College in Rhode Island, found himself utterly stunned by Rep. Devin Nunes's (R-CA) questioning of impeachment inquiry witnesses Bill Taylor and George Kent during Wednesday's hearings.

During his questioning, Nunes regularly befuddled both Taylor and Nunes when he brought up issues related to the Crowdstrike conspiracy theory that claims that the Ukrainian government, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Reacting to this, Nichols said that Nunes's performance wasn't aimed at persuading the general public, but only Fox News-watching Trump supporters.

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George Kent destroys right-wing conspiracy theory Ukraine interfered in 2016 election: ‘No factual basis’

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent debunked a right-wing conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine -- not Russia -- who intervened in the 2016 election.

Kent was interviewed by former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman, who is currently serving as a senior advisor and director of investigations for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

"Are you aware this is all part of a larger allegation that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election?" Goldman asked.

"Yes, that is my understanding," Kent replied.

"To your knowledge, is there any factual basis to support the allegation that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election?" Goldman asked.

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‘Devastating testimony’: Experts stunned after Bill Taylor drops an ‘unexpected bombshell’ at impeachment hearing

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Ambassador Bill Taylor on Wednesday dropped a new bombshell during impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives.

During his testimony, Taylor revealed one of his aides had overheard a conversation between President Donald Trump and European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland in which the president pressed the ambassador to get Ukraine on board with "the investigations" into former Vice President Joe Biden.

This conversation occurred on July 26th, or one day after Trump's infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he repeatedly pressed for the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation of the company that had formerly employed Biden's son.

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