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The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office is closing its investigation into a bizarre missing person case in South Carolina, Fox Carolina reported Wednesday.
Duncan Alexander Burrell Gordon, 20, was last early on May 5 as he worked the night shift at Industrial Recycling & Recovery plant in Greer.
He was reportedly atop a plastic shredder when he went missing.
The coroner's office says the shredding machine was examined four times.
"They said the third search is when the material was found under the conveyor belt by a detective. After tests, the material tested positive for human blood. They also said it is consistent with human fat, small pieces of bone and skin particles, and detectives also recovered about 2 ounces of blood," Fox Carolina reported.
However, the company reportedly kept running the machine after Gordon disappeared.
"The company reported to the sheriff’s office that around 60,000 pounds of plastic material had been processed between the time Gordon was noticed missing and the first time investigators arrived to inspect the machine," WSPA reported.
The coroner has informed the victim's family of what comes next.
“We have contacted the family and recycling operation about this matter. We are unable to issue a conventional death certificate in this matter. State regulations require another remedy for the family to get closure because there is nobody. The family has been made aware of the process," the coroner's office said in a statement to Fox Carolina.
The South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the presumed death, WYFF reported.
On Wednesday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," former Republican staffer Kurt Bardella tore into pundits in his former party for telling their voters that Democrats are going to "cheat" to steal the vote in the 2022 midterm elections.
This comes after a report from The New York Times that right-wing talk radio around the country is drilling the idea that the next election will not be fair into the heads of their listeners.
"We talked about the cult-like nature of the Republican Party," said anchor Jason Johnson. "That is not new. That is not rocket science. What I have seen, polling-wise, is since the overturning of Roe, do you think this new push in the right-wing ecosphere — oh, my gosh, we are about to be cheated — is because republicans think this ball was not completely in the bag? This seems to be new rhetoric they are pushing even stronger since the overturning of Roe."
"Jason, here we go," confirmed Bardella. "It's the greatest hits on replay. When Republicans are in trouble, when Republicans sense danger or political fallout, they go back to the greatest hits. They go out to these egregious, ridiculous, debunked lies about the election. It is really absurdity bathed in hypocrisy because as we know, they are the ones who cheat. They are the ones who have used the instruments of power to try to suppress people from participating. They're the ones who know that, when all things are equal and the playing field is level, that they lose elections."
Indeed, Bardella argued, the modern Republican Party sees voter suppression as integral to its very survival.
"That is why they tried to change the voting laws in America," Bardella continued. "2020 was the most free and fair election we have had. We look at how certain states had this recount over and over and over again. It is the most verified election we've ever had and yet Republicans felt to rewrite the voting laws in America. Why? They know they will lose if they keep going down this path and if they don't suppress the vote, they don't have a chance."
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James Comey and Andrew McCabe were hit by extremely rare 'random' IRS audits after Trump called for their prosecution: report
On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that former FBI leaders James Comey and Andrew McCabe — whom former President Donald Trump repeatedly called for to be investigated or imprisoned for not running the agency the way he wanted — were targeted for an extremely rare and invasive type of tax audit that the Internal Revenue Service claims is "random."
"The odds of being selected for that audit in any given year are tiny — out of nearly 153 million individual returns filed for 2017, for example, the I.R.S. targeted about 5,000, or roughly one out of 30,600," reported Michael Schmidt. "One of the few who received a bureaucratic letter with the news that his 2017 return would be under intensive scrutiny was James B. Comey, who had been fired as F.B.I. director that year by President Donald J. Trump. Furious over what he saw as Mr. Comey’s lack of loyalty and his pursuit of the Russia investigation, Mr. Trump had continued to rail against him even after his dismissal, accusing him of treason, calling for his prosecution and publicly complaining about the money Mr. Comey received for a book after his dismissal."
"Among those who were chosen to have their 2019 returns scrutinized was the man who had been Mr. Comey’s deputy at the bureau: Andrew G. McCabe, who served several months as acting F.B.I. director after Mr. Comey’s firing," the report continued. "Mr. McCabe was later dismissed by the Trump Justice Department after its watchdog accused him of misleading internal F.B.I. investigators. Like Mr. Comey, he had come to be perceived as an enemy by Mr. Trump, who assailed him, accused him of treason and raised questions about his finances long after pushing for his dismissal and prosecution, a pattern that continued even after Mr. Trump lost the 2020 election and began trying to overturn the results."
The IRS denies that Trump's IRS commissioner, Charles Rettig, intervened politically against the two. “Commissioner Rettig is not involved in individual audits or taxpayer cases; those are handled by career civil servants,” said the agency in a statement. “As I.R.S. commissioner, he has never been in contact with the White House — in either administration — on I.R.S. enforcement or individual taxpayer matters. He has been committed to running the I.R.S. in an impartial, unbiased manner from top to bottom.”
Former President Richard Nixon famously used the IRS to target political opponents, one of many abuses of his presidency that ultimately culminated in the Watergate investigation and his resignation.
"It is illegal under federal law for anyone in the executive branch — with a few narrow exceptions — to request that the I.R.S. conduct an audit or an investigation of someone’s taxes," noted the report. "Any I.R.S. employee receiving such a request is required to report it to the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration. Those caught violating the law can be sentenced to up to five years in prison."