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Anti-Muslim militant Jon Ritzheimer running for Congress after pleading guilty in Oregon standoff

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One of the armed militants who took over an Oregon wildlife sanctuary nearly two years ago is running for Congress.

Jon Ritzheimer, who was sentenced last month to a year and a day in prison for his role in the standoff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, has filed paperwork necessary to run for the U.S. House seat vacated by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), reported the Phoenix New Times.

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The military veteran must also spend another 12 months in a residential re-entry center once his prison term ends, after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to impede federal employees from carrying out their work at the refuge through intimidation, threats or force.

Ritzheimer also won’t be allowed to possess or use firearms after his felony conviction.

He still hopes to be elected to the House of Representatives to finish the two-year term for Franks, who resigned last week over sexual harassment allegations by his staffers — who say he asked some of them to serve as surrogate mothers.

Ritzheimer’s wife is auctioning off one of the only two firearms not seized by the FBI to help pay court-ordered restitution to victims of the armed standoff in early 2016.

The auction is being hosted on the same website briefly used last year by George Zimmerman in an attempt to sell off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin in 2012.

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The Arizona primary will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 27, and the general election is set for Tuesday, April 24.

The winner will then face an August primary and regular November general election if he or she wishes to keep the seat won in February.

Ritzheimer first gained national attention for a series of anti-Muslim rallies he organized in starting in 2015, and for plotting to kidnap a U.S. Senator and arrest her for backing the Iran nuclear deal.

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He also made apparent threats in late 2015 against a Muslim community in upstate New York identified as a terrorist training camp by right-wing media, which was targeted in another violent plot by failed congressional candidate Robert Doggart.

Ritzheimer turned up a short time later in Oregon, where he helped organize and recruit for the weeks-long standoff that left militant LeVoy Finicum dead.

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He gained internet notoriety in viral videos explaining to his children that he was risking his life in Oregon because “daddy swore an oath,” and he also angrily lashed out at an online campaign to send sex toys to the holed-up militants.

Brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy were acquitted for their roles in leading the occupation, although some militants like Ritzheimer took plea deals on various charges.

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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

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