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Kris Kobach asks for allegedly fraudulent Bannon wall funds to be ‘unfrozen’ so he can get paid for his work promoting it

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. (Screengrab from NYU GovLab interview)

On Tuesday, Law & Crime reported that former Kansas Secretary of State and longtime Trump ally Kris Kobach was rebuffed by federal prosecutors for trying to “inject” himself into the fraud case against former Trump campaign chairman and adviser Steve Bannon.

“Kobach … is apparently looking to unfreeze We Build the Wall funds so he can get paid for the work he did,” reported Matt Naham. “Kobach has attempted to do this [by] challenging a restraining order that ‘intended to safeguard funds that will be subject to forfeiture following a conviction in this case[…].'”

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“Prosecutors said Tuesday that the We Build the Wall-Kobach request to get involved in the criminal matter was legally baseless and would ‘seriously jeopardize’ an ongoing investigation that may also implicate other people and entities,” said the report. “‘We Build the Wall is not a defendant in this matter, and the fact that the [frozen] Accounts are in the name of We Build the Wall does not permit its intervening now,’ the memorandum said. ‘Additionally, Kobach is neither a defendant nor the owner of the Accounts, and therefore in this context is nothing more than an unsecured creditor with no property interest in the accounts.'”

We Build the Wall was a supposed crowdfunding effort to privately construct a border wall for Trump. Bannon and his partner, veteran Brian Kolfage, have been charged with fraud, with prosecutors alleging that they diverted the proceeds from the crowdfunding effort for personal use.

Kobach was also involved in promoting the crowdfunding campaign, but has not been charged in the alleged criminal scheme.


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Armed ‘sovereign citizen extremist’ arrested at Boston train station: report

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Authorities in Boston arrested an armed extremist at a train station on Thanksgiving.

"A Boston man was arrested last night and charged with illegally carrying a loaded pistol. The defendant, who allegedly purchased a firearm and body armor, and material that could be used to assemble explosives, adheres to the anti-government/anti-authority sovereign citizen extremist ideology," the Department of Justice announced Friday. "Pepo Herd El a/k/a Pepo Wamchawi Herd (El), 47, of Dorchester, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition."

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Texas Republican hasn’t even been sworn in yet and already a GOP congressman is publicly dunking on him

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There was some drama on Twitter on Friday when a four-term Republican congressman dunked on a Texas Republican who won a seat in Congress but has yet to be sworn in.

It started when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) urged President Donald Trump to pardon Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.

Rep.-elect Tony Gonzales (R-TX) called out Gabbard for being "full of more than just turkey."

Snowden and Assange are Russian agents who pose a direct threat to US National interests. Clearly @TulsiGabbard is full of more than just turkey. https://t.co/RI4XgdZRUy

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Biden’s lead in Milwaukee increases after Trump blew millions on Wisconsin recount: report

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President-elect Joe Biden's lead over Donald Trump in Wisconsin extended on Friday as Milwaukee finished their recount.

The Trump campaign had to pay $3 million for the recount in Wisconsin.

"Milwaukee County concludes its recount of the presidential election -- one of two counties where Trump sought a recount in Wisconsin. The results: Biden's lead, currently at about 20,000 statewide, grew by 132 votes," Rosalind Helderman of The Washington Post reported Friday.

Edward-Isaac Dovere of The Atlantic did a quick, back-of-the-envelope economic analysis.

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