NEW YORK — A juror who potentially jeopardized Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking conviction while on a media tour after the trial asked a judge Wednesday to see a questionnaire allegedly revealing he wasn’t forthcoming about his own experience with sexual assault. The juror, Scotty David, told reporters he played a crucial role in convincing his fellow jurors to find Maxwell guilty by revealing during deliberations he’d been sexually abused as a child. But the 35-year-old admitted he could not recall if he’d disclosed the same information when asked about it during jury selection, before the...
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots his issued subpoenas to several attorneys who issued legal challenges aimed at blocking President Joe Biden's win, including Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis.
Giuliani notoriously filed dozens of lawsuits aimed at blocking key swing states from certifying their election results, only to lose every single one.
Powell, meanwhile, infamously floated a baseless conspiracy theory claiming Dominion Voting Systems conspired with the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez to rig the election for Biden.
Ellis wrote a series of legal memos that falsely claimed that Vice President Mike Pence had the power to unilaterally reject certified election results, thus kicking the election back to Republican-controlled state legislatures.
"The Select Committee is looking into the causes that contributed to the violence on January 6th, including attempts to promote unsupported claims of election fraud and pressure campaigns to overturn the 2020 election results," Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said in announcing the subpoenas. "The four individuals we’ve subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former President about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes."
'Crazy like a fox': Mike Lindell blasted for using election lies to sell pillows in new defamation suit
Mike Lindell is knowingly spreading lies about the 2020 election "for the noble purpose of selling his pillows," according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by Smartmatic.
The voting machine company's complaint accuses the MyPillow CEO of defamation and deceptive trade practices, Forbes reported.
Smartmatic's lawsuit alleges that Lindell “intentionally stoked the fires of xenophobia and party-divide for the noble purpose of selling his pillows.”
According to the company's attorneys, Lindell knowingly spreads "lies" about the company's machines switching votes "because he wants to be seen as a champion of a deceptive message that still sells."
“Crazy like a fox. Mike Lindell knows exactly what he is doing, and it is dangerous,” the 136-page complaint states. “The country will sleep better at night knowing the judicial system holds people like Mr. Lindell accountable for spreading disinformation that deceives and harms others.”
Smartmatic's voting machines were used only in Los Angeles County during the 2020 election, and there is no evidence of any related widespread fraud, according to Forbes.
"Smartmatic alleged that because of Lindell’s claims, the company’s valuation has gone from being 'in excess of $3.0 billion' before the 2020 election to less than $1 billion now," Forbes reported. "Smartmatic is asking for an unspecified amount in monetary damages and attorneys fees, as well as for an order that would require Lindell and MyPillow to 'retract their false statements and implications fully and completely.'"
In addition to Lindell, Smartmatic has previously sued Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, as well as Fox News, Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN) for spreading false claims about its machines.
Lindell is also facing a $1.3 billion defamation suit from Dominion Voting Systems.
Dominion, the primary target of right-wing conspiracy theories, has also sued Powell, Giuliani, Fox News, former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, Newsmax, OANN and several anchors.
"Lindell has refused to back down from his baseless claims of widespread election fraud despite the litigation being brought against him, and filed a lawsuit in June against Dominion and Smartmatic accusing the companies of 'weaponizing the litigation process to silence political dissent and suppress evidence' of fraud," Forbes reported. "Lindell voluntarily dismissed that lawsuit in December to instead file counterclaims in Dominion’s defamation lawsuit against him."
Former Arizona Oath Keeper at the center of Capitol riot conspiracy theories will speak to Jan 6 committee
Ray Epps, who was seen in video taken on Jan. 6 just before the Capitol riot encouraging "Stop the Steal" rally attendees to march to the Capitol and breach the building, will sit for a transcribed interview with the House Select Committee investigating the riot, POLITICO reports.
Epps has been at the center of speculation from pro-Trump figures who say, without concrete proof, that he was an FBI plant who was trying to carry out an entrapment scheme. In November, Epps met with the committee and told them he had no connection with the FBI or any other law enforcement agency.
Epps did not appear to join in the violence and his lawyer claims he was never in the Capitol building.
"Part of the theory promoted by Trump supporters is based on the FBI’s decision to remove Epps’ face from a Jan. 6 suspect list six months after the attack," reports POLITICO's Kyle Cheney. "The list contains images and videos of rioters who were caught on camera in the crowd but who have not been identified or tracked by the bureau."
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