A Miami entrepreneur who led a rural hospital empire was charged in an indictment unsealed Monday in what federal prosecutors called a $1.4 billion fraudulent lab-billing scheme.In the indictment, prosecutors said Jorge A. Perez, 60, and nine others exploited federal regulations that allow some rural hospitals to charge substantially higher rates for laboratory testing than other providers. The indictment, filed in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Florida, alleges Perez and the other defendants sought out struggling rural hospitals and then contracted with outside labs, in far-off cities a...
WISN host Adrienne Pederson grilled Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) about his toxic brand and his low approval ratings.
In an interview on Sunday, Pederson asked Johnson how he planned to win re-election with an approval rating of 35%.
"You will have to get some moderates to vote for you," the host noted, "people who really aren't part of your base. How will you do that as someone who has become a very polarizing figure in politics?"
"First of all, I'm not a polarizing figure," Johnson shot back. "It's just that people in the legacy media call me one and all of the sudden, you become one. I'm not a polarizing figure at all. I'm just trying to convey the truth. I've done a really good job as Wisconsin's United States senator."
"How do you get that 35% approval rating up?" Pederson pressed.
"It's not surprising having survived years' worth of attacks from the legacy media, which again is pretty much the communications apparatus for the Democrat [sic] Party," Johnson replied. "Maybe my poll numbers have slipped."
"So you blame your poll numbers on the media," the host observed.
Johnson then suggested that the poll numbers were "wildly off."
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Ex-prosecutor details questions investigators will have for Bill Barr about Trump's election overthrow attempt
It was revealed this week that former Attorney General Bill Barr is cooperating with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.
Speaking to MSNBC on Sunday, former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade explained that Barr was in a position to observe a lot of what was going on between former President Donald Trump and the Justice Department.
"You know, it's always been a little bit of a mystery as to why he left his position in mid-December of 2020," she recalled, talking about Barr's abrupt resignation with the claim that he wanted to spend Christmas with his family. "Most often, you'll see an attorney general stay around until after the inauguration, and at that point, you'll see the deputy continue to serve in an acting capacity. For him to leave one month short of the expected term was very unusual. We know that they had some differences of opinion after William Barr publicly stated there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election. It seems to me he's likely in the center of many conversations about the executive order, about [Trump's] efforts at the Justice Department — 'say there was fraud and let me do the rest.' I can see why Committee Chairman [Rep. Bennie] Thompson (D-MS) is interested in seeing what Barr has to say."
The conversation then turned to a draft of an executive order that Trump's office penned that would have directed the Pentagon to seize all electronic voting machines.
"What I would be looking for is ways to figure out, was there a conspiracy?" said McQuade. "Were these guys sort of spitballing and exploring what they thought were legal theories or working before, during, and after Jan. 6 to try to maintain power even though they knew it was fraudulent? We now know that none of these claims of fraud had any evidence whatsoever. So, what was going on there? Was this, the charge I would be looking at, was this conspiracy to defraud the United States, and that is an agreement by two or more people to obstruct the lawful execution of the laws of the United States? And if that's what's going on here, I think William Barr can provide a piece of information that could be helpful to the committee in determining whether laws need to fill those gaps, but as a prosecutor, whether laws were broken."
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Chief Jan 6th investigator fired from his state job by Virginia's new Republican attorney general: report
According to a report from the Washington Post, a University of Virginia counsel who has been on leave to help with the Jan 6th investigation has been fired by Virginia's new Republican attorney general.
AG Jason Miyares took over as the 48th Attorney General of Virginia on January 15 and has proceeded to conduct a mass purge of approximately 30 staffers which included attorney Tim Heaphy.
On August 12,2021, Heaphy was designated by House riot committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) as the Chief Investigative Counsel for the Select Committee. In his annoucement he stated, "It’s good news for the Select Committee and for the American people that Mr. Heaphy has agreed to come onboard as our top investigator. Mr. Heaphy is a committed public servant with deep experience tackling complex and high-profile challenges. The Committee will need his expertise as we push ahead quickly on a number of fronts. I’m grateful for his willingness to support the Committee’s work getting answers about January 6th and protecting our democracy."
That didn't stop Miyarres from firing Heaphy, the WaPo reports.
"Tim Heaphy, who had worked at the state school for about three years, was among roughly 30 staffers who were let go by Jason Miyares shortly before he took office a little over a week ago. Democrats have questioned the firings and how they were carried out," the Post is reporting. "Victoria LaCivita, a Miyares spokeswoman, said the attorney general’s office had also fired the counsel for George Mason University, Brian Walther, but offered no explanation for why he was let go. George Mason referred questions about Walther’s firing to Miyares’s office. Walther did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Both Heaphy and Walther are Democrats."
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