The National Rifle Association has gone under the scope of national scrutiny again after last week’s deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school.Â The Second Amendment organization’s latest offense came after it decided to tweet a GIF from the hit NBC show “Parks and Recreation” on Wednesday night.
An Indiana police officer has been charged for alleged sexual misconduct involving a 16-year-old, WNDU reports.
This Tuesday, South Bend Police Officer Timothy Barber was charged with six counts, including Child Seduction, a Level 5 Felony, Child Seduction, a Level 5 Felony, Public Indecency, a Class A Misdemeanor, Official Misconduct, a Level 6 Felony, Public Nudity, a Class B Misdemeanor, Official Misconduct, a Level 6 Felony.
"These allegations are disturbing and have no place in SBPD or the City of South Bend," said Mayor James Mueller. "Chief Ruszkowski and SBPD will continue to work with partnering agencies and will move immediately to place this officer on unpaid leave until the conclusion of the legal process."
"We will always be dedicated to protecting and serving our community and we take all crimes and allegations seriously; even those involving our officers," said SBPD Chief Scott Ruszkowski. "The officer was immediately relieved of duty two weeks ago when we were made aware of these allegations. Now that criminal charges have been filed, I will ask the Board of Public Safety tomorrow to place him on unpaid leave pending the criminal trial."
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."
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