JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri House committee has recommended Lee’s Summit Rep. Rick Roeber be expelled from office after finding that he sexually and physically abused his now-adult children when they were young. In the House Ethics Committee’s report released late Monday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers deemed the freshman Republican’s accusers — including his ex-wife and three of his four children — credible. They testified he had committed acts that under Missouri law would constitute “sexual contact” or “deviate sexual intercourse,” according to the report. The committee also found acc...
Trump issues unhinged new statement about 'winning' Georgia -- and gets quickly shot down by fact checker
Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued yet another statement falsely claiming to have won the 2020 presidential election in Georgia -- but a fact checker for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution quickly shot down his false claims.
In his statement, Trump praised Georgia officials for removing over 100,000 names from their voter rolls -- but then demanded to know why those names weren't removed before the last election, which he narrowly lost to President Joe Biden.
"WHAT ABOUT THE LAST ELECTION?" Trump demanded. "WHY WASN'T THIS DONE PRIOR TO THE NOVEMBER 3RD PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, where they had us losing by a very small number of votes, many times less than the 101,789 figure?"
Trump then falsely asserted that "this means we (you!) won the Presidential Election in Georgia."
However, Atlanta Journal Constitution reporter Mark Niesse explained that Trump's claims have zero basis in reality.
"Exactly 0 registered Georgia voters who may be canceled voted in last year's election," he explained. "Voters aren't purged until they miss 2 general elections. Federal law bans list maintenance within 90 days of federal elections."
More trouble for Capitol rioter who put his feet on Pelosi’s desk as feds call for more restrictions
Capitol riot defendant Richard "Bigo" Barnett -- who gained infamy for kicking up his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk and helping himself to a piece of her mail -- lost a round in federal court Friday.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper declined a request from Barnett to travel 200 miles from his Arkansas home to a classic-car swap meet, reports the Westside Eagle Observer of Gravette, AK., Barnett's hometown. Barnett was placed in a 50-mile-radius house arrest -- curiously enough -- while awaiting trial upon his release from federal custody April 28.
In opposing Barnett's request, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary L. Dohrmann "argued that Barnett should be under more restrictions, rather than fewer," the paper reported.
"She noted that Barnett lives on a large piece of property where he has free rein, "which purportedly enables him to work on classic cars."
"Taking advantage of that permission, the defendant held a birthday party on his property," she wrote. "Local law enforcement has been called by third parties to the defendant's home twice, for unverified reasons," she wrote.
"On a different occasion, a police report was taken in a different county from an individual claiming the defendant harassed him in connection with a business deal, but the matter was deemed a civil dispute," Dohrmann wrote.
Barnett's attorney, Joseph McBride of New York City -- seen here attempting to advocate for his client on CNN -- argued that his client had been cleared by Pretrial Services to host the party.
"To be clear, Mr. Barnett did celebrate his birthday at home with approximately 10-12 people who were not at the Capitol on January 6, 2021," McBride wrote. "Nowhere in the conditions of his release is there a prohibition against this. The fact that the government is trying to convert this into some kind of nefarious behavior is demonstrative of the fact that government will stop at nothing to make Mr. Barnett's life a living hell."
"Police went to Barnett's property once, not twice, McBride wrote. That was because someone heard gunfire, but it didn't come from Barnett's property, according to an email Barnett's Pretrial Services officer sent to McBride."
McBride also defended Barnett regarding the civil dispute, in which his client "discovered that several expensive parts, including the engine, had been stripped from" a 1941 Chevy truck for which he had swapped.
"Barnett called the seller several times out of concern of being ripped off," McBride wrote. "The seller then called the police and made a false statement to police, knowing full well that Barnett was on pretrial release and under the supervision of this court. Law enforcement investigated, and determined that Barnett had done nothing wrong."
In his ruling against Barnett Friday, Cooper stated:
"The court is not persuaded that the defendant cannot pursue gainful employment within a 50-mile radius of his home as permitted by the current conditions," according to the order. "The court will consider requests for limited exceptions to the challenged condition for bona-fide employment purposes (as well as for other purposes permitted under the current conditions)."
So, Barnett's post-release conduct remains in dispute, but this much doesn't: His lawyer has scrapped the extremely self-confident tone that his client displayed in a video played to the media after the riot, according to the FBI. In it, he was asked about an envelope he allegedly removed from Pelosi's office
"I did not steal it. I bled on it because they were macing me and I couldn't fucking see so I figured I am in her office. I got blood on her office. I put a quarter on her desk even though she ain't fucking worth it. And I left her a note on her desk that says "Nancy, Bigo was here, you B*tch."
This has become the object of much scrutiny because the note appeared to read "biatd" -- presumably meaning "biatch" -- rather than "b*tch." And because the photo of Barnett with feet on Pelosi's has become one of the more iconic scenes from the riot.
Barnett faces a six-count indictment, that includes a charge for Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon, which carries a 10-year maximum penalty. He is accused on bringing a 950-volt ZAP Hike N Strike Stun Gun Walking Stick into the Capitol building.
You can read the amended FBI arrest statement of facts in the case here.
'You literally started the culture wars': GOP's Lauren Boebert dunked in mockery for playing conservative victim
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) whined that conservatives had been drawn into the culture wars against their will, and she was harshly fact-checked.
"For years, conservatives refused to fight the so-called culture wars and it's gotten us to the point where Critical Race Theory is now mainstream," Boebert tweeted. "If you cede the culture, you cede the country. It's a battle that needs to be fought."
The lawmaker faced a swift backlash.
@laurenboebert Can you explain what Critical Race Theory is and where it’s taught?— JayEff 🏴☠️ (@JayEff 🏴☠️) 1624371066.0
@laurenboebert You've been manufacturing the "culture wars" for more year than I can remember. "The war on Christma… https://t.co/5nBhaon6uD— 100% vaxed! - Jeff (@100% vaxed! - Jeff) 1624372198.0
@laurenboebert Are you going to give another tour before the battle starts?— CB is Big Baby Jesus. (@CB is Big Baby Jesus.) 1624371055.0
@laurenboebert No one has taught CRT. Even if it was being taught, parents can choose to opt out, like we’ve always… https://t.co/cyhWzN0YWz— Caitlin (@Caitlin) 1624371152.0
@TacosAndTaint @laurenboebert I don’t think she’s learned anything more than the phrase.— CJS Photostore (@CJS Photostore) 1624373913.0
@laurenboebert Once again for those in the back. CRT IS A COLLEGE COURSE, IT IS NOT TAUGHT IN ANY OF THE GRADES K-… https://t.co/AXgsz6sF1i— Tardis Traveler (@Tardis Traveler) 1624376658.0
"For years, conservatives refused to fight the so-called culture wars" The Dixie Chicks would like a word. I mean… https://t.co/qOAuxlfkwO— Ethan Grey (@Ethan Grey) 1624373720.0
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