FORT WORTH, Texas — A man with Fort Worth ties who helped organize the rally that preceded the Capitol riot is asking supporters to send him money to a UPS box on Golden Triangle Boulevard after he was banned from major social media platforms. Ali Alexander, 35, was a leader of the 2020 "Stop the Steal" movement, which spread false claims about fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Alexander attended Fossil Ridge High School and has lived in Fort Worth, but his whereabouts following the Capitol riot are unknown. The day before the Jan. 6 riot, Alexander was captured on video leading chants ...
Newly elected Southern Baptist president says the church has an obligation to stop the 'fables' of QAnon
On CNN Wednesday, anchor Erin Burnett interviewed Pastor Ed Litton, the incoming president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Litton, a political conservative who has been described as a moderate in steering the church through cultural issues, was reluctant to acknowledge the extent to which the QAnon conspiracy theory has infiltrated evangelical churches — but agreed that faith leaders have a role to play in stopping it.
"There is a recent poll that shows 25 percent of white evangelicals believe in the QAnon conspiracy," said Burnett, playing some clips. "CNN spoke to a retired Southern Baptist pastor in Mississippi and he said it was solid conservative thought. Pastor, have you encountered this?"
"I have not," said Litton. "I don't know many pastors who have. It's a fringe problem and so almost 50,000 Southern Baptist churches, most pastors are faithfully teaching God's word. They will open the Bible and bring messages of life to people. Conspiracy theories are across the culture. There are all kinds of fringe elements to believe a lie."
"You're taking issue [with] the poll with 25 percent, and another pastor said it's more like 10 percent of the congregation," said Burnett. "Do you feel any burden, obligation, responsibility to try to stop this, whether you define it as fringe or not?"
"Well, no, it is fringe but yes, I have an obligation with my people, especially that I teach on a regular basis, to not listen to fables," said Litton. "The scriptures are very clear about that, and so to build your life on the word of God. At that time the foundation of our lives. And so the Bible is very real and it deals with real-life issues and so yeah, there are conspiracy theories and people that follow those things, and our people, our pastors, you will find are faithfully shepherding their flocks with the word of God."
Ed Litton on QAnon presence in Southern Baptist churches www.youtube.com
On Wednesday, writing for The Washington Post, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance laid down suggestions for Attorney General Merrick Garland on how to reform the Justice Department after years of political influence and manipulation by the Trump administration.
Her advice comes at a time when Garland has taken fire from allies for controversial decisions, including moving to block the release of a DOJ memo explaining the decision not to charge former President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice in the Mueller investigation — and at a moment when the department is reeling from reports Trump officials used it to spy on members of Congress and their families.
"That's a shocking departure from the respect for the separation of powers that prevented even President Richard M. Nixon, with his list of enemies, from investigating members of Congress," wrote Vance. "What's less shocking is that Garland didn't know about this case sooner — and may yet not know about other Trump-era projects, especially considering the widespread concerns about the politicization of the department. The problem cases don't identify themselves. Files don't come with bright yellow stickers that say 'Warning!' and 'Danger!' It will take a top-to-bottom review of the Justice Department to root them out. And it has to happen fast.
Vance laid out some simple steps for Garland to begin sorting out the problem.
"One critical step is for Garland to commit to transparency. He can depart from the Justice Department's culture of reserve, a culture that avoids much in the way of public explanation," said the report. "The department can't publicize the details of investigations in progress because it could compromise them, endanger witnesses or smear the reputations of people who are never charged. Disclosure of grand jury proceedings is prohibited by law. But the Justice Department can be transparent about the way it works and its decision-making process. It can openly discuss why it takes certain legal positions, especially when institutional interests are at stake."
"Garland's the Justice Department has difficult decisions ahead, ones that will not please everyone," concluded Vance. "The only way to navigate this complicated landscape is to be open and candid about what is taking place; to be willing to explain decisions and why the Justice Department believes they are the right ones ... This may not be the traditional way things are done at the Justice Department, but it is the right way for this troubling moment."
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'They have it': Mueller prosecutor says if DA has documents and Trump's comptroller — it's over for Weisselberg
In a shocking moment Wednesday, former senior prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann agreed with Michael Cohen that Allen Weisselberg is about to be out of options.
Speaking to MSNBC's Ari Melber, Weissmann followed an interview with Cohen in which the former Trump attorney said that he has turned over every document and all of the evidence necessary that could link Allen Weisselberg to illegal behavior.
"As Michael Cohen said, and, as you know, I rarely agree with him but I think he is right here, having the comptroller as somebody who appears to be cooperating is really significant. If I were the CFO, Weisselberg, and I knew the comptroller was cooperating and that the Manhattan District Attorney's office has all of the documentation, assuming there is some crime there, they're going to have it because they now have a witness and they have the documentation."
In the second half of the interview, Weissmann addressed the recent decision by the Justice Department to drop the investigation and lawsuits against John Bolton for allegedly disclosing classified information in his book. Weissmann made it clear that there were statements and a paper trail proving that Bolton did what was asked by the compliance office. That office signed off on the book.
See Weissmann's interview below:
Mueller prosecutor says if DA has documents and Trump's comptroller — it's over for Weisselberg www.youtube.com
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