By Laura Sanicola (Reuters) - Earlier this month, Loren Hughes, a longtime resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands, noticed specks of an oily substance covering his home, as well as those owned by his neighbors. For Hughes, 46, it brought back memories of the last time St. Croix's long-idled refinery was operating, roughly a decade earlier. The refinery restarted last month, bringing back hundreds of jobs - but for nearby residents, they say it also brought difficulty breathing, headaches and watery eyes. "Sometimes it's like sulfur or rotten eggs. The other smells are unexplainable," Hughes said....
Following a discussion on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on the matter of how much the media should cover Donald Trump now that he is out of office, the president's niece claimed he remains dangerous and should not be ignored.
Speaking with host Brian Stetler about the Saturday "Justice for J6" rally -- in support of the insurrectionists facing jail time for storming the Capitol on Jan 6th -- that fizzled, Mary Trump claimed it was not a sign that the former president's influence is waning.
"I agree with your previous guests that we can't pretend these things are not happening. I have been told many times all we need to do is ignore Donald and this will all go away and that's absurd," she explained. "He's a clear and present danger -- he continues to be propped up by his entire party. The Republican leadership continues to find him useful and continues to help him spread the big lie about the election and big lie about the insurrection."
"So I don't believe we can look away," she told the CNN host. "I'm very glad nothing happened yesterday, but as you said earlier, that doesn't mean we can let our guard down because the right-wing media will spin it in such a way that the rallygoers were silenced somehow or they weren't allowed to exercise their rights, and it's going to continue to be an issue going forward because at the very beginning of the show when you were talking about how they continued to shape their message depending on how it's landing, and unfortunately, they're pretty successful in doing that."
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Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday joked that he was living "rent-free" in the head of former President Donald Trump.
In an interview on Fox News with host Howard Kurtz, Wallace explained why he told Stephen Colbert that he refused to have Republicans on his show to promote the "big lie" that Trump defeated President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
"Trump still takes shots at you over the first presidential debate you moderated last year, saying, you didn't have control," Kurtz noted.
"For a landlord, I'm very grateful that I'm allowed to occupy so much space in Donald Trump's brain rent-free," Wallace replied. "I'm not talking about him, but yet, he still wants to talk about the Sept. 29, 2020 debate."
Wallace pointed out that Trump interrupted Biden "145 times in 90 minutes" during the debate.
"I think that's a world record," the Fox News host said. "I think Guinness should write him up for that."
Watch the video below from Fox News.
According to former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, the last-minute indictment offered up by Special Counsel John Durham won't hold up to scrutiny and was likely intended to hand Donald Trump a weapon to fend off claims that Russia had a hand in his 2016 election.
Earlier in the week, Durham announced an indictment against attorney Michael Sussmann, a former federal prosecutor who previously worked for a law firm linked to the Democratic Party. As NPR reported, "Sussmann is facing a single false statements count in connection with a conversation he had with then-FBI general counsel Jim Baker on Sept. 19, 2016. In that meeting, Sussmann shared information about possible ties between a Kremlin-linked Russian lender, Alfa Bank, and a computer server at the Trump Organization."
With McQuade noting there is very little direct evidence that Sussman lied and that he wasn't hiding his ties to Hillary Clinton which were well known in Washington D.C.. she claimed it was an obvious attempt to come up with one charge before his time as a special counsel ran out.
As McQuade wrote: "A grand jury only needs to find probable cause that a crime was committed to return an indictment, but DOJ policy requires a higher standard. Before putting a person through the expense, burden and stigma of criminal charges, a prosecutor should make a determination 'that the admissible evidence will probably be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction.' This case comes woefully short of that standard."
With that in mind, the former prosecutor speculated that Durham filed his case in such a way that he could throw more fuel on the fire for Trump to use to protest the Russia accusations.
"So why would Durham bother to file charges in a case so rife with issues?" McQuade wrote before adding that one clue may be that Durham's indictment, "...discusses the Clinton campaign's efforts to engage in opposition research on former President Donald Trump, much of it beyond the scope of the very narrow offense with which Sussmann is charged. It may be that Durham is using this indictment as a vehicle to disseminate what he has found to the public so that Trump and his allies can paint a false equivalence between the conduct of the Trump and Clinton campaigns."
The former prosecutor added, "Mueller found that the Trump campaign shared polling data with a Russia intelligence officer, met with Russians to obtain dirt on Clinton, and coordinated messaging around the disclosure of stolen email messages. With this indictment, Trump can now say that it was Clinton who brought information to the FBI about links to Russia in the first place and yet again claim the Mueller investigation was a hoax."
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