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Prosecutors in the case of Riley Williams, who broke into the U.S. Capitol and stole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the Jan. 6 riots, want the court to know that she attended pro-Trump rallies featuring a white nationalist podcaster weeks before the Capitol riot, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Prosecutors plan to show Williams' attendance at rallies featuring Nick Fuentes and other evidence of her “extreme views” in the months leading up to riot.
"The documents said Ms. Williams, 25, of Mechanicsburg, wore a green 'I’m with Groyper' T-shirt when she helped push a mob past police officers who were trying to protect the Capitol on Jan. 6. The so-called Groyper army is a white supremacist group with leaders, including Mr. Fuentes, who attempt to 'normalize their ideology by aligning themselves with ‘Christianity’ and ‘traditional’ values ostensibly championed by the church,' according to the Anti-Defamation League," the Post-Gazette's report stated, adding that evidence of prior bad acts usually cannot be introduced to show a defendant’s propensity to commit similar crimes.
IN OTHER NEWS: Trump mocked for ‘sidelining’ his new $3 Million attorney
“Namely, the defendant attended other rallies held in objection to the 2020 Presidential election…and even adopted imagery and beliefs associated with various movements hostile to the peaceful transfer of power," prosecutors said.
Williams has been under house arrest since Jan. 21, 2021, with specific court-approved exceptions for work, health care treatments, court appearances. She was also approved for two visits to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. She has been charged with obstruction of an official proceeding; assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; theft of government property; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricting building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a capitol building; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol building.
Read the full report over at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
A newly unearthed 2019 interview with Trump-backed Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano reveals that he advocated charging women with murder if they get abortions.
NBC News reports that Mastriano told Pennsylvania radio station WTIF three years ago that he believed women who get abortions should face the same kinds of penalties that people get when they murder someone.
Mastriano was being asked about legislation he proposed that would bar abortions after a fetal heartbeat is first detected, which usually comes roughly six weeks into pregnancy.
"OK, let’s go back to the basic question there: Is that a human being?" Mastriano said of the fetus. "Is that a little boy or girl? If it is, it deserves equal protection under the law."
He was then pressed if he was specifically calling for women who get abortions to be charged with murder.
"Yes, I am," he replied.
In recent interviews, Mastriano has tried to downplay abortion as a central issue in his gubernatorial campaign, and has instead said it would be a matter for state legislatures to handle.
"My views are kind of irrelevant because I cannot rule by fiat or edict or executive order on the issue of life," Mastriano told right-wing network Real America's Voice.
Trump mocked for ‘sidelining’ his new $3 Million attorney: ‘Must have given him actual legal advice’
It's no secret Donald Trump has been virtually unable to hire highly-respected attorneys to defend him in the many legal and civil cases he is facing for a variety of alleged crimes and misdeeds, including his actions surrounding fraudulent efforts to overturn a free and fair election and the January 6 insurrection, his retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents, and his alleged real estate and tax fraud cases, and more.
Trump did manage to hire what many consider a qualified and respected attorney for his legal issues surrounding his classified documents case.
Chris Kise, the former solicitor general for Florida, agreed to work for Trump but only if he was paid up front.
Thanks to Trump's massive fundraising operation Kise is being paid millions, effectively by Trump supporters.
Kise is also no longer leading the case.
CNN reports Kise "has been sidelined from the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation less than a month after he was brought on to represent Trump in the matter, two sources familiar with the move tell CNN."
"Kise’s hiring came with an unusual price tag of $3 million, paid for by Trump’s outside spending arm. The retainer fee, paid upfront, raised eyebrows among other lawyers on Trump’s team, given the former President has a developed a reputation for not paying his legal fees."
Legal experts are mocking Trump for sidelining his top attorney.
"Obviously this means the lawyer must have given Trump actual legal advice," teased George Conway.
"Which is just RUDE," replied attorney Ken White.
MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst and anchor Katie Phang asked, "So Kise is a $3 million dollar benchwarmer?"
"Trump is already throwing over Chris Kise after signing a $3M retainer and convincing him to leave Foley & Lardner? That seems ... not smart," says Liz Dye, who writes about law and politics. "Chaos monkey gonna chaos monkey, I guess."
Dan Berman, CNN Politics managing editor for legal, immigration, and the Supreme Court serves up the perfect headline: "Trump's 3 Million Dollar Man is sidelined already."
LA Times columnist Harry Litman, a frequent guest on MSNBC and a former U.S. Attorney offered perhaps the most amusing response:
"The one credible lawyer that Trump has hired in years, Chris Kise, paying $3M up front, now has been demoted and is no longer leading the MAL defense. Must be Trump's payback for the fix he's now in w/ Judge Dearie. He thinks he's Goldfinger/Dr.No but he's really Austin Powers."