MIAMI — Tony Haber had grabbed a six-pack of Mi Cristal beer at a Latin grocery store in Miami when an older customer in line pointed at his purchase and scolded him. The beer in his hand, Mi Cristal, was owned by the Cuban government, the man insisted. And he yelled at Haber with increasing ferocity that he was propping up Cuba’s communist regime with his purchase. Customers turned to watch. The cashier froze. Haber had no choice but to leave the beer and hurry out of the store. He did it even though he knew something the customer didn’t: The beer he was buying was his own. Haber is the owner...
The Department of Justice's decision to add two high-level prosecutors to its investigation of Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is a sign that the case is "growing," and that he should "worried," according to one former federal prosecutor.
The Washington-based prosecutors recently joined a team of authorities in Florida who've been looking into whether Gaetz violated federal law by providing goods or payments to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex, the New York Times reported Thursday.
Maya Wiley, a former civil prosecutor in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told MSNBC on Friday that, "There's no question that adding these prosecutors means the case is growing."
"What we've heard is that the prosecutors they're adding are seasoned prosecutors on public corruption and sex crimes, so that also suggests the direction in which the case is expanding, and that's really one that Matt Gaetz has to worry about, because they're related to the things he's apparently being investigated for, that he himself has publicly said he's being investigated for," she said
"I don't think there's any question he has something to be concerned about. We should be very clear, though, we don't know the direction of the investigation," Wiley added.
But she quickly noted that when Gaetz's alleged "wingman," Joel Greenberg, agreed to cooperate with the investigation, Greenberg's attorney said, "Matt Gaetz will not be happy."
"The case is growing, so they're growing the team. It's that simple," Wiley said. "You don't go to the Finals if you're in the NBA without your best players, and that's what's happening here, and that signals that this case is growing. And given the nature of the case, remember, this is a sex trafficking allegation, and it includes public officials, so that's why I'm not surprised to see expertise in public integrity, public corruption, as well as sex crimes."
According to the NYT's report, the new prosecutors specifically have expertise in "dealing with children who have been exploited but may not see themselves as having been victimized, which can complicate trials if they are called as witnesses."
Maya Wiley on Matt Gaetz probe (MSNBC) www.youtube.com
'The man whispering in Trump's ear': CNN's Borger explains why Jeffrey Clark's Capitol riot testimony is crucial
On Friday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," political analyst Gloria Borger weighed in on former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark testifying to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack.
"Clark is set to be, as I pointed out, the first Trump administration official to comply with a subpoena, with a subpoena for an interview with the select committee," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Could this change, potentially, the trajectory of this investigation?"
"I think... that he is a very important witness, no matter how they get his information, quite honestly," said Borger. "The Senate Judiciary Committee, which issued a 400-page report, said that he tried to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power, that he was the man whispering in Donald Trump's ear, yes, we can figure out a way to get this election overturned."
She then detailed some of the actions Clark took during his efforts to keep Trump in the White House.
"He is the person communicating with folks in Georgia, saying that they need to, you know, recount votes," she said. "You know, he was a person inside the Justice Department telling other attorneys, okay, you know, we need to announce publicly that we are investigating fraud because we believe there is a real possibility that there was widespread fraud. As you know, [former Attorney General William] Barr said there wasn't, and the people sitting with him and the president in a meeting in January ... said, we're not going to do this, and if you guys decide to go ahead with your plan, we're leaving. So he is central."
Gloria Borger on Jeffrey Clark's testimony to Congress www.youtube.com
Fight breaks out in Florida school after video shows white students spewing racial slurs and wearing KKK-style sheet
Parents at a Florida high school this week were outraged after a video started circulating on social media platform Snap Chat showing two white students spewing racial slurs while one of them wore a KKK-style white sheet.
News4Jax reports that video of the two white students had been filmed over the summer, but was uploaded this week and sent over Snap Chat to several of the Black students who attend the Yulee High School in Nassau County.
The school said that the video "resulted in a physical altercation involving several students" and added that "disciplinary actions consistent with the district's code of conduct have been given to students involved in the altercation and in sending the Snap Chat video."
One parent, who asked not to be identified, told News4Jax that they were sickened by the video and they criticized the school for suspending Black students who apparently took part in the altercation.
"It's disgusting," they said. "The fact that this kid that made this vile, nasty, distasteful video is still walking around campus while you have kids who confronted him to defend themselves are sitting at home is two-thirds of the problem."
Parent Melissa Ricks, whose child was one of those suspended, told News4Jax that "this is an issue of outward racism in our school that's not being brought awareness to."
Watch News4Jax's report below.
Parents, students furious over video of Nassau County kids using racial slurs, wearing white hood www.youtube.com
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