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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin called the federal raid on former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago a “stunning move by the DOJ and FBI” and implied it could be politically motivated.
In a tweet posted Tuesday morning, Youngkin drew a connection between the news of the search in Florida and prior events in Virginia.
“This same DOJ labeled parents in Loudoun County as terrorists and failed to enforce federal law to protect Justices in their homes,” read the post from the governor’s political account. “Selective, politically motivated actions have no place in our democracy.”
A stunning move by the DOJ and FBI.
This same DOJ labeled parents in Loudoun County as terrorists and failed to enforce federal law to protect Justices in their homes. Selective, politically motivated actions have no place in our democracy.
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) August 9, 2022
The governor’s claim about the events in Loudoun has already been widely refuted by fact-checkers. A controversial letter from the National School Boards Assocation mentioned the arrest of a Loudoun father upset over his daughter’s sexual assault in a school as an example of aggressive behavior toward school boards that could be “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism.” When Attorney General Merrick Garland responded by saying he would investigate and prosecute threats against school boards, he didn’t mention terrorism or Loudoun.
In response to protests over the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Youngkin and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan asked the Department of Justice to enforce a law that bars picketing outside justices’ houses in their states, but no federal prosecutions followed.
Youngkin’s statement didn’t reference Trump specifically, but it was an unusually direct show of support from a Republican figure who kept the ex-president at arm’s length en route to his close win last year in a purple state. Youngkin has been downplaying speculation about whether he might run for president in 2024, a move that could put him in competition with Trump for the GOP nomination.
Controversy over federal law enforcement agencies has particular resonance in Virginia due to the high numbers of federal employees who live in the state.
Facts have been scarce about why the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, what agents were looking for and what federal authorities believe Trump may have done. But Virginia Republicans didn’t hold back expressions of outrage over the move.
“The dangerous precedent the Democrats set yesterday by weaponizing the FBI should anger and frighten every American,” state Sen. Jen Kiggans, the Republican nominee in a close congressional race in the Hampton Roads area, said on Twitter. “All to settle old political scores and silence their political opponents – it’s corrupt and it’s flat out unacceptable.”
The dangerous precedent the Democrats set yesterday by weaponizing the FBI should anger and frighten every American. All to settle old political scores and silence their political opponents – it’s corrupt and it’s flat out unacceptable. https://t.co/V3A6WEJACE
— Jen Kiggans (@JenKiggans) August 9, 2022
Kiggans was responding to an earlier statement from her opponent, Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, a member of the congressional Jan. 6 committee who was pointing to Republican threats to investigate the Department of Justice if the GOP wins back control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“There is no way to defend Trump, only to deflect,” Luria said.
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Authorities in New Mexico believe they have apprehended the suspect wanted for allegedly murdering four Muslim men.
"The shootings were reported around the same area in the eastern part of Albuquerque, and the latest three happened within the span of two weeks. All of the victims were of South Asian descent," CNN reported.
On Sunday, the Albuquerque Police Department released photos of a "vehicle of interesting in the shootings of 4 Muslim men."
Authorities asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers.
"On Tuesday, Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina announced a major development in the manhunt.
"We tracked down the vehicle believed to be involved in a recent murder of a Muslim man in Albuquerque," Chief Medina tweeted.
"The driver was detained and he is our primary suspect for the murders," he explained.
He announced there would be a media briefing later in the day.
\u201cWANTED: APD releases photos of a vehicle of interest in the shootings of 4 Muslim men. If you have any information about this vehicle please contact Crime Stoppers at (505)-843-STOP.\u201d— Albuquerque Police Department (@Albuquerque Police Department) 1659911384
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was subpoenaed by the district attorney's office in Fulton County, Georgia to answer questions about possible voter fraud in the state as Donald Trump pressured lawmakers to change the 2020 election results.
Giuliani, who was serving as the president's lawyer at the time, told the court that he couldn't make it to Fulton County. According to the court documents, Giuliani told prosecutors with information from his doctor ordered him not to fly.
"We do not consent to change the date," Fulton County Deputy District Attorney Will told Costello in an email. "We expect to see your client before the grand jury on August 9, 2022, here in Atlanta. We will provide alternate transportation including bus or train if your client maintains that he is unable to fly."
As it turns out, Giuliani's claim that he couldn't fly also flies in the face of the fact that he has been traveling, as recently as a trip to New Hampshire, according to his tweet.
\u201cHaving fun in #603 with the best entertainment reporter \u2066@conlin_lauren\u2069\u201d— Rudy W. Giuliani (@Rudy W. Giuliani) 1659391609
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The judge wasn't sympathetic to the case, and offered a video call, but Judge Robert McBurney rejected it. While he was supposed to travel to Georgia on Tuesday, it has now been delayed until Aug. 17.
"It's like driving to New Hampshire 3 times, so just do it in 3 legs. You know folks in D.C., and can stay down there. He can set his own itinerary. I'm confident we could figure out a way for the breakdown that will get him to Atlanta that's not an airplane," McBurney said.
Giuliani didn't reveal what health issues preclude him from being able to fly, and the judge agreed to keep those documents under seal.