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Ex-GOP candidate pleads guilty to mailing a pipe bomb to attorney — and injuring a pregnant postal worker

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A right-wing blogger and GOP candidate pleaded guilty to mailing a pipe bomb to an attorney that detonated and injured a pregnant postal worker.

HuffPost reported that Eric Kriig, a 46-year-old Indiana man, took a plea deal that will land him 29 years in prison for sending the pipe bomb intended for an attorney who filed a defamation lawsuit against him and, as a result, injuring the postal worker in East Chicago, Indiana.

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“Krieg had also mailed a package that included a bullet and a threatening message to another victim who had mocked Krieg in online forums,” the report noted.

A former BP engineer who lost a Republican primary for Lake County Council in 2011 and ran for Lake Co. surveyor in 2012, the former blogger who wrote under the name “buzzcut” will plead guilty to four counts related to the creation and mailing of a “destructive device” and the “malicious use” of explosives.

Krieg said in his plea deal that he had to file for bankruptcy after a person sued him for statements he posted about them on his blog, “Blue County in a Red State.” He also admitted that he had to pay the client of the attorney to whom he mailed the pipe bomb $45,000 due to defamatory statements he made.

“In retaliation for the filing and settling of this lawsuit and other grudges I held, I devised a plan to construct and mail a pipe bomb that I hoped and believed would kill or injure” Krieg wrote in the plea deal. “I constructed his pipe bomb and knew that it contained explosives and items that would produce shrapnel.”

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Trump mounts sexist attack on Pelosi during impeachment hearing: ‘I think the woman is grossly incompetent’

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President Donald Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from the White House on Tuesday.

As impeachment testimony was underway in the House, Trump told reporters in a Cabinet meeting that Pelosi is "grossly incompetent."

The president also said that Republicans are "killing it" in the impeachment hearings.

But Trump took a shot at Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an expert on Ukraine who was testifying at the time.

"I don't know him. ... I never saw the man," he said. "I understand now he wears his uniform when he goes in. No, I don't know Vindman at all. What I do know is that even he said that the transcript was correct."

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‘You ran out of a book signing!’ Donald Trump Jr torn to shreds for questioning Vindman’s heroism

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Donald Trump Jr. questioned the military service of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, and was sprayed with venom.

The president's eldest son posted a link to a Federalist article suggesting Vindman is not a dedicated military officer and public servant, a line of questioning which Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) also pursued during an impeachment hearing.

"Let’s Stop Pretending Every Impeachment Witness Is A Selfless Hero," Trump Jr. tweeted, quoting the piece's headline.

Let’s Stop Pretending Every Impeachment Witness Is A Selfless Hero https://t.co/f2Jq7SdxO9

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‘I’m an American’: Lt Col Vindman laughs off GOP counsel’s attempts to question his loyalty

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman laughed off questions about an offer by a Ukrainian official to serve as that country's defense minister.

The Soviet-born Vindman, who emigrated to the U.S. as a child and later served in the Iraq War, agreed that a Ukrainian official had offered him the government position three times during an official visit for the inauguration of the country's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

"I don't know (why the position was offered), but every single time I dismissed it," Vindman said. "Upon returning I notified my chain of command and the appropriate counter-intelligence folks about the offer."

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