According to a report from Politico, a former girlfriend of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is in a panic that she may be drawn into his legal woes after speaking on the phone with the woman who is reportedly the key witness against him in the investigation into his possible involvement in sex trafficking.
The report from Marc Caputo and Matt Dixon states that "The revelation raises the possibility that federal prosecutors have two top cooperating witnesses: the woman who was an alleged sex-trafficking victim when she was a minor," as well as longtime Gaetz pal Joel Greenberg who is reportedly working on a plea deal with investigators.
According to the report, Gaetz's ex -- whose name is not given -- has spoken with friends and expressed fear that she was recorded in an attempt to get more information about her former boyfriend.
"Two of her friends, who declined to be identified publicly because of the sensational nature of the case, say she now suspects she was being set up when the alleged victim and another woman involved in the case called her to discuss the lawmaker in what she fears might have been a recorded conference call. The call took place sometime after Greenberg was indicted for the sex crime in August," the report states, adding, "The friends did not provide details about exactly what was discussed, but one recounted that Gaetz's ex-girlfriend said she was opposed to talking to authorities and is now worried that prosecutors might try to charge her with obstructing justice in order to get to Gaetz."
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Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) expressed disgust with Republican counterpart Marjorie Taylor Greene for her latest antics, calling the publicity-hungry Georgia conservative a "trainwreck" who has nothing better to do with her time in Congress.
Speaking with host Alex Witt, Speier was unsparing in her criticism of the Republican who was caught harassing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) this past week.
"What do you make of the back and forth between Marjorie Taylor Greene and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?" host Witt asked. "I mean, it's been described as menacing behavior by Marjorie Taylor Greene. Is there a sense that people aren't necessarily safe when they go to work?"
"Well, I think we're all safe when we go to work," the California Democrat began. "I think Marjorie Taylor Greene is a trainwreck and she continues to want to create theater and she throws a little temper tantrum if they don't want to play with her."
"I think Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn't want to play, and so that somehow made Marjorie Taylor Greene's day not complete because she didn't get the headline she wanted that she was then going to use to fundraise off of," she continued. "I mean it is a sick, sick situation when people will take action just to be able to use that little vignette to be able to raise money on it -- and that's what Marjorie Taylor Greene is doing. She has nothing else to do in Congress."
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'Why are we not subsidizing guns?' OAN guest says white people deserve free guns to protect them from BLM
Conservative activist Rogan O'Handley argued over the weekend that the government should provide firearm subsidies so that people can protect themselves from "looting, violence and murder" that he blamed on Black Lives Matter.
O'Handley made the remarks while appearing on OAN, a conservative news channel.
"America owns more guns than 50% of the planet," O'Handley said. "There are more guns than people in this country. God bless the Second Amendment and our Founding Fathers. I am absolutely loving seeing these huge, huge gun numbers."
The conservative activist went on to praise first-time gun buyers who fear Black Lives Matter protests..
"People that have never owned a gun in their life are looking around and seeing BLM and antifa burning down courthouses, police stations... looting, violence, murder," he said. "And they're saying, you know what? Maybe I have to look at protecting myself and my family. Maybe I should start exercising my constitutional right to keep and bear arms."
O'Handley added: "And I will say I'm in the camp where I think we should actually have subsidies for gun ownership in this country. You know, we subsidize schools, housing, everything. Why are we not subsidizing guns? That's a constitutional right and one of the most important. Very happy to see these huge numbers."
Watch the video clip below from OAN.
'Long-overdue reckoning': Washington Post editorial applauds NRA's comeuppance after years of corruption
In a blunt opinion piece from the Washington Post editorial board, the National Rifle Association was scorched for decades of corruption and self-dealing, saying that gun advocacy group is finally facing a "reckoning."
With a federal judge tossing out the NRA's bankruptcy case after "finding that the nation's largest gun rights groups had filed the case not for legitimate financial reasons but to gain an unfair litigation advantage," the Post's editors applauded the move.
"In a suit filed last August, Ms. James outlined illegal self-dealing that funded the lavish lifestyles of NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, his family and a small group of allies. The actions, according to the suit, contributed to the loss of more than $64 million in three year," the editors wrote. "Testimony during the bankruptcy case buttressed the charges with details of the organization's tax-exempt funds used for wedding expenses, private jet travel and exotic getaways. Mr. LaPierre's private travel consultant testified that he instructed her to alter travel invoices for private jets so as to hide their true destinations. Mr. LaPierre testified he didn't know how his former chief financial officer had received a $360,000-a-year consulting contract after leaving under a cloud, and he admitted to trips on a luxury yacht belonging to an NRA vendor — a conflict of interest he did not disclose."
Noting that New York Attorney General Letitia James has described the NRA as an organization where "the rot runs deep," the editors said the time has come for officials to be held responsible.
"Whether it [the NRA] can be reformed or should be dissolved will be up to the court in New York, but it's good that there will be a long-overdue reckoning," the editors wrote.
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