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KKK ‘imperial wizard’ who shot at Charlottesville counter-protesters denied bail after claiming ‘self-defense’

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Richard Wilson Preston, a Ku Klux Klan “imperial wizard” who was caught on video shooting at counter-protesters at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August, has been denied bail.

Charlottesville’s Daily Progress newspaper revealed on Thursday that during a hearing that same day, Preston argued that he acted in self-defense from counter-protesters. Nevertheless, the judge presiding over his case denied him bond because he poses a danger to the community

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As Richmond, Virginia’s WTVR reports, the Baltimore-based Klan leader was arrested and charged with firing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school after an ACLU video of the violence at the rally showed the klan leader firing his pistol and shouting a slur at counter-protesters.

You can watch the video of Preston firing at the counter-protesters at the August 12 rally below, via the ACLU of Virginia.

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In 33 years in public service I have never seen a government lawyer lie the way Cipollone did: Ex-CIA director

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Former CIA Director John Brennan was shocked seeing White House counsel Pat Cipollone before the Senate and Chief Justice John Roberts during the opening of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Cipollone told the chamber that Republicans were barred from attending depositions of witnesses in the House. As transcripts show, there were Republicans asking questions of the witnesses. Even the mention of the House depositions by the White House was pointless because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is trying to block the documents, evidence, interviews, and depositions from being entered in as evidence in the Senate trial.

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Lawyers mock president’s attorneys as idiots: ‘It’s impossible to understand what they are even doing’

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President Donald Trump's impeachment trial began in earnest Tuesday as his lawyers argued how perfect his call with Ukraine was. But it was the defense lawyers that earned a lot of questions from lawyers and legal scholars online. Lawyer Jay Sekulow attacked Democrats for things they said during former President Barack Obama's administration.

Jay Sekulow stood to speak before the Senate body to combine all of the president's rage-tweets and put them in the context of legal language. There was no defense of the president's actions, only attacks on Democrats.

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Mitch McConnell blinks and dials back Senate rules on excluding evidence and midnight hearings

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has reportedly changed course on some of the most controversial aspects of his impeachment trial rules.

NBC's Josh Lederman reported that senators will now no longer have to vote to admit each piece of evidence. Instead, evidence will automatically be admitted unless there is an objection.

McConnell's original rules also gave House managers two days for opening remarks. Changes to the rules will allow up to three days for both sides, reports said.

At the last minute, a change to this provision: House evidence now will be admitted automatically unless there's an objection, rather than requiring a pro-active vote to admit it https://t.co/F0O1c6jg0o

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