On Thursday, as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein officially stepped down from the Department of Justice, Attorney General William Barr laughed about being held in contempt of Congress during his speech.
“This must be a record of an attorney general being proposed for contempt within a hundred days of taking office,” he chuckled, to general laughter from the audience.
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Barr in contempt for failure to turn over the unredacted report from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia, which he has been accused of distorting to politically protect President Donald Trump.
The redacted version of the report has already been released to Congress and to the general public. But Barr’s refusal to submit the full report is seen as part of a broader, coordinated attempt by the Trump administration to refuse to comply with any proceeding related to congressional oversight.
It is not yet finalized when the full House will vote on the contempt resolution.
Bill Barr has jokes about being held in contempt of Congress. Because authoritarianism is lulz. pic.twitter.com/4RGAtiIbMV
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 9, 2019
Texas governor busted sending racist call-to-arms a day before El Paso attack: ‘take matters into our own hands’
On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) tweeted out a message of unity and promised to work to reduce violence in his state, in the wake of the shooting in El Paso that left 22 dead and dozens more injured:
Today we had hearings responding to the tragic shooting in El Paso.
We focused on community healing, combating domestic terrorism, reducing hateful ideologies, & keeping guns out of hands of deranged killers while respecting 2nd Amendment rights.
Facebook bans far-right website from pro-Trump advertising after they try to skirt transparency rules
On Thursday, NBC News reported that Facebook has banned the Epoch Times from placing political advertisements, after the right-wing website tried to conceal its multimillion-dollar dark money streams and get around the social network's political advertising transparency rules in its propaganda supporting President Donald Trump.
The Epoch Times had tried to skirt rules by running ads under puppet names like "Honest Paper" and "Pure American Journalism," confusing users about who was really behind the ads.
Former Overstock CEO tells Fox News the Feds wanted him to sleep with Russian spy Maria Butina
Longtime Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne resigned on Thursday after issuing a bizarre press release that caused the company's stock to tank.
Byrne then went on Fox News to claim that federal officials urged him to have a romantic relationship with Russian spy Maria Butina.
He claimed that the government told him they never asked citizens to engage in romantic relationships, but it was "such a national security risk" that the government asked Byrne, then in his fifties, to sleep with Butina, who was at the time in her twenties and half his age.