Sofia (AFP) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev called on Saturday for a resignation of the "mafia-type" conservative government, which he blamed for ordering police raids on his offices this week.The president's legal affairs and anti-corruption secretary and his security and defence advisor were detained for questioning on Thursday and their offices searched as part of two separate probes into influence-peddling and disclosure of state secrets.The searches sparked public anger and brought thousands of demonstrators onto the streets of Sofia to condemn the raids as an attack by the government...
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GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming received a warm welcome while speaking as part of the "A Time for Choosing" speakers series held by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.
"I know at this moment we are confronting a domestic threat we have never faced before and that is a former president who is attempting to unravel the foundations of our constitutional republic and he is aided by Republican leaders and elected officials who have made themselves willing hostages to this dangerous and irrational man," she said.
"Some in my party are embracing former President Trump and even after all we have seen, they are enabling his lies. Many urge we do not confront Donald Trump, that we look away, and that is certainly the easier path. One need only look at the threats facing the witnesses who have come before the Jan. 6 committee to understand the nature and magnitude of that threat, but to argue the threat posed by Donald Trump can be ignored is to cast aside the responsibility that every citizen, everyone must not do that, and we cannot do that."
"As the full picture is coming into view with the Jan.6 committee, it has become clear that the efforts Donald Trump oversaw and engaged in were even more chilling and more threatening than we could have imagined," Cheney said. "As we have shown, Donald Trump attempted to overturn the presidential election and attempted to stay in office and prevent the peaceful transfer of power. He summoned the mob to Washington, he knew they were armed on Jan. 6, he knew they were angry and he directed the violent mob to march on the Capitol in order to delay or prevent the counting of votes."
She addressed the choice facing the GOP.
"The reality we face today as Republicans, as we think about the choice in front of us, we have to choose, because Republicans cannot be loyal to both Donald Trump and to the Constitution at this moment," she said to applause.
"We must not elect people who are more loyal to themselves or to power than they are to our Constitution," she said, to more applause.
After praising Cassidy Hutchinson, Cheney trotted out what sounded like a 2024 campaign line.
"And I want to speak to every young girl watching tonight: the power is yours and so is the responsibility. In our great nation, one individual can make all the difference and each individual must try. There are no bystanders in a constitutional republic and let me say this to the little girls and young women watching tonight, these days, for the most part, men are running the world, and it is really not going that well," she said to cheers and applause.
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Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California on Wednesday revealed a fascinating detail uncovered by her colleagues on the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Lofgren worked for the House Judiciary Committee during Watergate and is the only member of the select committee to have participated in all four modern presidential impeachments.
She was interviewed on Wednesday evening by Anderson Cooper.
"The messages shown by Vice-Chair Cheney at the end of yesterday's hearing seemed to open the door to potential witness tampering," Cooper said. "Is the committee in possession of more messages along those lines? Has that evidence been shared with the Justice Department?"
"Let's just say, we're concerned," Lofgren replied.
"As you know, in a prior hearing, we talked about the hundreds of millions of dollars that the former president raised. Some of that money is being used to pay for lawyers for witnesses and it's not clear that that arrangement is one that is without coercion potential for some of those witnesses," she revealed.
"So, let's just say this," she continued. "It's a concern and anyone who is trying to disway or tamper a witness should be on notice that that's a crime and we are perfectly prepared to provide any evidence we have to the proper authorities."
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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Wednesday that a 158-year old Arizona law declaring that any woman or provider who facilitates a procedure that causes a miscarriage or abortion can face a prison sentence between two to five years is now in effect and effectively bans abortion in the state.
“Our office has concluded that the Arizona legislature has made its intentions clear regarding abortions laws,” Brnovich’s office said in a Tweeted out statement. “(The law) is back in effect and will not be repealed in 90 days by SB1164. We will soon be asking the court to vacate the injunction which was put in place following Roe v Wade in light of the Dobbs decision earlier this month.”
Lawmakers this year passed a law banning abortions after 15 weeks, the bill referenced by Brnovich, but that legislation was designed to go into effect only if Roe was not overturned.
The law states that a “person who provides, supplies or administers” any “medicine, drugs or substance, or uses or employs any instrument or other means whatever, with intent thereby to procure the miscarriage of such woman, unless it is necessary to save her life, shall be punished by (imprisonment) in the state prison for not less than two years nor more than five years.”
The law has no exception for abortion in cases of rape or incest but interim Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell has said she is unlikely to prosecute cases of survivors of rape and incest. The law effectively bans abortion in the state of Arizona except for in cases where the woman’s life is in danger and some have read the law as a possible way to ban Plan B and inuterine devices due to its plain language. The law was first created by the first territorial Arizona legislature in 1864.
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