ATLANTA — Few people mention Donald Trump in hearings on Georgia’s latest elections bill, but complaints about his loss in the 2020 election are motivating Republican efforts to again rewrite the rules. Trump’s supporters repeat his allegations of “fraud,” a need for a “forensic audit” and criticism of “Zuckerbucks” donations from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to county election offices during the coronavirus pandemic. Georgia’s elections bill aims to appease them by expanding police investigations, allowing public inspections of paper ballots and restricting nonprofit contributions. The pr...
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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) argued on Sunday that the Department of Justice went too far when it arrested a Catholic man in front of his seven children for assaulting an elderly abortion activist twice.
In a press release last week, the Department of Justice revealed that it had arrested Mark Houck, 48, for "violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which makes it a federal crime to use force with the intent to injure, intimidate, and interfere with anyone because that person is a provider of reproductive health care."
Houck was accused of twice assaulting a 72-year-old volunteer clinic escort.
"In the last few days, we've seen some pretty glaring examples of what appear to be instances of overreach," Lee told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo. "You've got a Catholic father of seven who formed a group designed to encourage young men to be faithful to their commitments arrested in front of his seven children just recently."
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"Wow," Bartiromo replied.
"You've got all these instances of overreach and it's concerning to us all," Lee concluded. "These are all things we ought to be looking into."
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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) predicted on Sunday that former President Donald Trump might be headed to a "self-inflicted" indictment.
During a panel discussion on ABC, Christie said that lies told by Trump and his surrogates were not being backed up in court after the FBI recovered classified government documents from his Mar-a-Lago estate.
"I think these are all self-inflicted wounds by Donald Trump," Christie said. "And you know, one of the things that I always say to clients are, you know, don't out loud fight with the Department of Justice. Like, you know, we'll fight in court and do the things we need to do. He's doing the exact opposite."
"His lawyers aren't fighting any of this in court," he continued. "They're really not. They're not putting forward any of these arguments. He's putting forward all these arguments on television. There comes a point where prosecutors are human too. And you want to keep daring them, they may just actually do it."
Christie was reluctant to predict that Trump would definitely be indicted.
"The more you absolutely antagonize with nonsense arguments on television that your lawyers won't make in court because they're afraid they'll be sanctioned if they do because they have no evidence," the former governor opined, "you're pushing yourself closer to a self-inflicted indictment, and I don't want to see that happen just because I don't think it's good for our country."
"But he's pushing himself in that direction," he added.
Watch the video below from ABC.
ABC host George Stephanopoulos scolded Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) after he pretended not to know whether presidents could declassify documents with their minds.
"Even his lawyers have provided no evidence that he declassified the documents," Stephanopoulos told Barrasso in reference to government documents found at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.
"Trump said this week that as president, he could declassify documents by thinking about it," the host added. "Do you agree with that?"
"I've not heard that one before," Barrasso replied. "I don't know anything about the rules for when a president declassifies documents and information. What I do know is what I'd like to see from a Senate standpoint is I'd like to see the Department of Justice come to us and show us in a classified setting what the information is, what they've done. I thought the raid at the former president's home — I've never seen anything like that."
"Senator!" Stephanopoulos exclaimed.
"It's become political," Barrasso continued. "So I want to get a briefing so that we can then be informed to see what actually happened here."
"That was a rhetorical question," the ABC host shot back. "You know that a president can't declassify documents by thinking about it. Why can't you say so?"
Barrasso paused for a moment and then replied.
"I don't think a president can declassify documents by saying so — by thinking about it," he admitted.
Watch the video below from ABC or at the link.