Police in Orange County, California this week rescued over 100 dogs from the mansion of a pro-Trump political organizer after being tipped off to potential animal cruelty.
The New York Post reports that when police arrived at the house owned by Ed and Jo Reitkopp, they discovered a “poop-filled” mansion with 136 neglected dogs inside.
“There was very little furniture inside of that residence, and there was dog excrement, urine all over, inside, on the floor,” Sgt. Phil McMullen of the Orange Police Department told reporters. “It appeared to be unlivable. The smell was unbearable for me. I’m surprised how people can live in that situation.”
Co-owner Jo Reitkoop runs a pro-Trump organization called Make California Great Again — and her Twitter bio indicates that she’s a believer in the QAnon conspiracy, as evidenced by her use of the hashtag for the QAnon slogan “Where Go One, We Go All.”
Reitkoop and her husband were hit with a misdemeanor charge for animal cruelty, although officials tell local news station ABC 7 that those could be upgraded to felony charges.
According to ABC 7, police have not yet determined “whether the owners were running a puppy mill from inside the home.”
Watch ABC 7’s report on the rescued dogs below.
Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe succinctly debunks Jim Jordan’s defense of Trump
Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe debunked the key defense of President Donald Trump that was offered by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during the first televised hearing in the impeachment inquiry.
Jordan did not address the fact President Donald Trump solicited foreign election interference in violation of federal law, but attempted to debunk the additional charge that there was extortion/bribery.
The Ohio Republican argued that there could not have been a quid pro quo because the aid was eventually released.
But Tribe, who has taught at Harvard Law for half a century and argued three dozen cases before the United States Supreme Court, fact-checked the congressman who never passed the bar exam.
Here are 5 wild moments from the House’s first public impeachment hearing
The impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump entered a new phase on Wednesday morning, when the first public testimony was presented. The two witnesses presented were Ambassador William B. Taylor (who had been in charge of Ukraine-related matters under the Trump Administration) and U.S. State Department diplomat George P. Kent (deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs). And while House Republicans aggressively defended Trump during Taylor and Kent’s testimony, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and other Democrats used Taylor and Kent’s testimony to show why Trump deserves impeachment.
Bill Taylor fires back at Jim Jordan: ‘I don’t consider myself a star witness for anything’
Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, clashed with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Wednesday.
At the first public hearing on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Jordan accused Taylor of being the "star witness" for Democratic lawmakers.
"I don’t consider myself a star witness for anything," Taylor replied after Jordan's time expired.
"They do!" Jordan erupted, motioning toward the Democratic Party's side of the room.
"Please don’t interrupt the witness," Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) cautioned.
"I was clear about that I am not here to take one side or another or to advocate any particular outcome, and let many restate that," Taylor insisted. "And the main thing is that my understanding is only coming from people that I talked to."