JACKSON, Mich. — A confidential FBI informant is testifying Friday in a Jackson County courthouse about being embedded for months alongside leaders of a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The informant’s identity is being concealed in court for his safety. Introduced only as “Dan,” an online video feed of Friday's hearing was cut off during his testimony so court observers only could hear him. Dan described learning of the group — known as the Wolverine Watchmen — through a Facebook algorithm that he believed made the suggestion based on his interactions with o...
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In a resignation letter sent out on Thursday, Florida State Rep. Joe Harding said he believed that it was the right decision to resign for the good of Florida so that his constituents would not have to deal with the distraction of the multi-count indictment he got slapped with on Wednesday.
He also defended himself against the charges and sought to "reassure my constituents and the taxpayers that I repaid every penny of the loan I obtained, and I have done my best to fully cooperate with all authorities."
As Click Orlando reported earlier this week, Harding faces charges of wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements over an alleged attempt to defraud the Small Business Administration out of COVID-19 emergency relief money.
"The U.S. Department of Justice said Harding, 35, created bank accounts for dormant business entities and used them to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans," Click Orlando writes. "The indictment accuses Harding of obtaining and attempting to obtain more than $150,000 from the SBA, which was deposited into two bank accounts."
If he is found guilty, Harding potentially faces decades in prison, as Click Orlando notes that the wire fraud charge alone carries a sentence of up to 20 years, while the money laundering charge could potentially tack on an extra decade to his sentence.
Harding's trial is set to begin in January.
Lansing, Mich. — Attorney General Dana Nessel warned recount observers and participants Wednesday against causing disruptions during a statewide recount of Proposals 2 and 3, citing disruptions and concerns at two recounts in Ingham and Jackson counties. Nessel's office had been receiving reports of "threatening behavior and interference" at some recount locations, later clarifying that those reports related to complaints in Jackson County. The department also was contacted by the Ingham County clerk "to relay concerns." "My department is monitoring the situation closely and will not hesitate ...
Former President Donald Trump's efforts to stall the United States Department of Justice's investigation into his handling of top-secret government documents has apparently hit a dead end.
As Bloomberg News reports, the special master ordered to oversee the documents by Judge Aileen Cannon earlier this fall has been officially dismissed, thus freeing the DOJ to access all of the documents it seized from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort this past summer.
The dismissal of the special master came after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which features two judges appointed by Trump, trashed the decision to accord the former president special treatment that they argued no other American under such an investigation would receive.
The DOJ executed a search warrant in August on the president's Mar-a-Lago resort to retrieve top-secret government documents he had continued to stash there despite being given a subpoena to return them.
The former president has since lashed out at the investigation as a "witch hunt" against him, although even former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr has said that the DOJ was fully justified in seeking a lawful search warrant to ensure the proper return of important government property.