Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) used a hearing on Wednesday to allude to sex trafficking allegations against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
The House Rules Committee called the hearing to discuss a criminal referral for Steve Bannon to be held in contempt of Congress after he refused to testify before the January 6 Committee.
Gaetz appeared as a witness at the hearing to defend Bannon.
Torres, a committee member, had no questions for Gaetz. Instead, she hinted at the allegations against him while underscoring the importance of investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"It is unfortunate that we have to look at the moral character of how people deny and try to try and twist the truth around what happened. People died," Torres explained before hinting at the sex trafficking allegations.
"This is not about someone being sexually assaulted or somebody paying to have sex with a young girl or somebody not protecting people that are under their jurisdiction. This is about our democracy," she said.
Gaetz is reportedly being investigated for having a pay-for-sex relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The congressman has denied wrongdoing.
Watch the video below from the House Rules Committee.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) profanely denied a report that he is plotting an exit from the Democratic Party if his demands on the proposed Democratic budget reconciliation bill are not met.
Speaking with CNN's Manu Raju on Capitol Hill, Manchin called the report "bullsh*t" and added that "I have no control of rumors."
Manchin leaving the Democrats would tip control of the Senate back to Republicans if he also decided to caucus with the GOP.
The West Virginia senator has been a major thorn in the side of Democrats' plans to pass a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, although it's not clear that he would necessarily be welcomed by the Republican Party given that he twice voted to convict former President Donald Trump at both of his impeachment trials.
Mother Jones' David Corn reported on Wednesday afternoon that if Democrats did not meet his demands to significantly cut their reconciliation package, "he would declare himself an 'American Independent and he has devised a detailed exit strategy for his departure."
Body camera footage was released showing Florida police tasing a Black autistic man with the mental abilities of a 4 year old, reported the Daily Beast, citing the Orlando news station WESH-2.
The Eustis Police were called about a possible burglary and when they arrived they found the man with severe autism, Louis Grahai, walking around the neighborhood without his shoes. Grahai is unable to speak and can't control his bowels.
The incident report said that the police gave him multiple commands before tasing him until he falls to the ground.
"Get on your stomach!" an officer screams at him. "I don't want to do it again!"
"Hands behind your back. Put your hands behind your back!" the other shouts.
Grahai doesn't seem to understand what they're saying so they tased him again.
His family rushed to him, finding him pinned to the ground, bleeding from his ear.
"Everybody loves Lou. He's lovable, everybody knows he ain't going to hurt nobody," said mother Roberta Crew. Typically he doesn't wander out of the house, she noted. She also revealed that he upon being released from the hospital on Tuesday he continues to have neck and ear damage and must wear a neck brace.
"If he didn't [go] down when you tell him to, what is the next thing you're going to do? Shoot him. That's my worst nightmare," she said.
The Eustis Police swear they did the "best they could" and swear that they used "de-escalation based on the knowledge [officers] had at the time. Had [they] known this was a severely autistic person, I doubt any force would have been used. I think they did everything right. It could have been a lot worse—thank God it wasn't."
The entire video wasn't released, so it's unclear how the incident began or if police tried to talk to Grahai when they first found him.
The network began the report with a warning, "The details of this next report are tough to hear."
See the video below:
Eustis police tased 20-year-old with severe autism multiple times, bodycam footage shows www.youtube.com
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