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Head of congressional office tasked with investigating sexual misconduct accused of assaulting multiple women

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The chief counsel for the Office of Congressional Ethics — the agency tasked with investigating claims against congresspeople accused of sexual misconduct — has been accused of physically and verbally assaulting women.

As Foreign Policy reports, OCE staff director and chief counsel Omar Ashmawy is the subject of a lawsuit alleging he screamed at and physically attacked three women at a bar on Valentine’s Day 2015, including the bartender.

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As FP notes, Ashmawy’s name was listed on documents pertaining to sexual misconduct investigation of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).

Along with the assault allegations, the federal lawsuit against Ashmawy also accuses him of “threatening to use his position as staff director and chief counsel of the Office of Congressional Ethics to induce a criminal proceeding to be brought against Plaintiff and/or others.”

In a statement to FP, Ashmawy denied the allegations and said he is the victim.

“To be clear, I did not harass anyone that evening, physically or verbally,” he wrote. “To the contrary, I was the victim of a wholly unprovoked assault for which those responsible were investigated, arrested and charged. Any allegation to the contrary is unequivocally false.”

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Louisiana judge admits to exchanging racist texts with cop boyfriend about courtroom employees

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Appearing on a local TV station on Sunday, a district court judge in Assumption Parrish in Louisiana owned up to racist comments she made about African-American employees in her courtroom that she texted to her then-police officer boyfriend.

According to WAFB, Judge Jessie LeBlanc initially denied using the N-word about a black sheriff’s deputy and a black law clerk in her district when texting with former chief deputy, Capt. Bruce Prejean, with whom she was involved while both were married.

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Julian Assange lawyer tells court: After pardon fell through, Trump administration resorted to ‘extortion’

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An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the Trump administration of extortion in a London court on Monday.

The WikiLeaks attorney appeared at Woolwich Crown Court along with U.S. prosecutors, who argued that Assange should be extradited the United States, where he faces 18 charges and up to 175 years in jail.

Attorneys for Assange previously told the court that former Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) tried to broker a pardon deal between the White House and Assange if he would agree to say that Russia was not the source of hacked Democratic Party emails.

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Black teens shocked after basketball announcer calls their names ‘disgusting’

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A longtime announcer at high-school basketball games in Oklahoma sparked outrage last week when he said that black players on the Crooked Oak High School lady's basketball team had "disgusting" names.

Local news station KFOR reports that the announcer made the remarks during a game between Crooked Oak and rival Newkirk High School on Friday.

In a video taken at the game, the announcer can be heard saying, "The Crooked Oak Lady Ruff Necks, now their names are pretty disgusting."

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