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GOP consultant and anti-pot advocate sues former opponent for disclosing his medical marijuana card

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A Republican consultant whose firm represents a number of anti-marijuana clients filed suit against his former political opponents for allegedly disclosing his medical marijuana card, bakersfield.com reports.

Matthew Martin is the treasurer of the Kern County Young Republicans and an employee of the GOP consulting firm Western Pacific Research, which represents Jacquie Sullivan—the Bakersfield, CA councilwoman who’s the face of a “Kern County-Get Off the Pot” effort.

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“We’re suffering a deficit right now of motivation and morality,” Martin said in an interview last month. “This is another means to keep people high, sitting on their couch and they’re not out there fighting for what they believe in or working for their families.”

Martin did concede there are legitimate uses for pot, bakersfield.com reports.

For all of his public advocacy against marijuana, Martin himself uses the Schedule I drug per his doctor’s orders, according to an email obtained by The Californian. Now, Martin alleges former Bakersfield mayoral candidate T.J. Esposito and former Bakersfield City Councilman Mark Salvaggio released his “protected health information” to influence the public policy on the use of marijuana.

Martin says Esposito emailed him on Oct. 22 and threatened him with the release of information about his personal marijuana use.

“[Esposito] made threats and demands on Martin and insinuated that Martin should attempt to influence the clients of his employer and attempt to influence public votes and public policy in favor of Esposito and the proliferation and commercialization of marijuana or the protected health information,” the suited alleges.

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An attorney for Esposito refutes that claim.

“That position is a complete fabrication,” Gabe Godinez said. “We’re going to fight that vigorously.”

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Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman posted a fascinating update about a photo of impeachment figure Lev Parnas.

The photo shows Igor Fruman -- who, like Parnas, is under federal indictment -- sitting closely next to Rudy Giuliani and Parnas.

Haber said a source informed her that in the picture, Parnas can be seen wearing a "Presidential Service Badge," linking to the Wikipedia entry on the pin.

"The Presidential Service Badge (PSB) is an identification badge of the United States Armed Forces which is awarded to members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard as well as other members of the Uniformed Services, such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States," Wikipedia explained.

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Trump’s big-money Florida fundraiser expected to bring in $10 million — from only 100 people

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President Donald Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago on Friday after receiving a formal summons from the U.S. Senate informing him of his impeachment trial.

The president will be attending a Friday evening campaign fundraiser.

The recipient of the money is Trump Victory, which is a joint fundraising committee set up by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.

“Tonight’s Trump Victory fundraiser is expected to raise $10 million with approximately 100 people in attendance," the campaign told the White House pool reporter.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1218264289225728000

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Lev Parnas has Trump ‘unnerved’: ex-FBI official says the president doesn’t know what he ‘has up his sleeve’

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President Donald Trump is "very nervous" about what Lev Parnas may have on him, a former top FBI official suggested on MSNBC on Friday.

Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence was interviewed by MSNBC's Peter Alexander.

The host played clips of Trump denying any relationship with Parnas.

"Well, I don't know him, I don't know Lev Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken -- which I do with thousands of people," Trump argued. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't where he comes from. I can tell you this -- I don't know him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."

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