PHILADELPHIA — An Eagleville man was sentenced to just over three years in federal prison Thursday on charges brought after he drunkenly fired shots into Montgomery County Democratic Committee headquarters last year in protest of what he believed was the stolen 2020 presidential election. Anthony Nero, 49, spent weeks leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots and after unleashing his anger over former President Donald Trump’s loss to President Joe Biden on social media, according to posts federal prosecutors unveiled at Nero’s sentencing before U.S. District Judge Karen S. Marston. In court...
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The View tells Joe Biden it’s past time to fight back: 'When they go low — you go to the Earth's crust'
Michelle Obama's adage "when they go low, we go high, is outdated, according to the co-hosts of "The View."
Speaking about recent poll numbers from CNN showing President Joe Biden underwater on issues, the women argued it's because he's spent his time in office doing the job and not going on the offensive. Even on the issues where he's been successful, they want the president to fight back.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) appears ready to impeach Biden, despite not having any evidence yet of a crime. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) confessed that they don't have the "picture" yet, just the "picture form" – but they're working on it.
"I understand that there are people who specifically feel that they are under the bell jar with the finances," said Joy Behar. "But statistically the economy has gotten better. There are more jobs than we've ever had. Inflation is down. I don't know about gas price, although I'm not sure he's involved with that. But they're mad. The job numbers are very, very good. I mean, last month we had 187,000 jobs. A lot of jobs. And last week he delivered a huge plan to reduce prescription drug costs. Insulin. And the Republican Party votes against that."
Sunny Hostin pointed out that one of the biggest challenges in the economy has been for Black Americans trying to buy a home. The Federal Reserve Chairman has jacked up the interest rates, and the cost of buying a home has become too high for many Americans. The Urban Institute explained, "Black homeowners pay about $250 more per year in interest charges."
Alyssa Farah Griffin agreed, saying that for the Millennial generation, homeownership isn't something that anyone thinks they can achieve until they're in their 40s. She acknowledged, however, that it isn't Biden's fault after an economic crash in 2007 and the rise in college tuition costs.
"Perception becomes reality," she explained.
Behar said that Biden doesn't even mention Trump's name when he speaks out against GOP policies.
"In 2019, Biden said he counseled Hillary Clinton, don't get into the topic of the 'Access Hollywood' tape. When they go low, we go high. It's time for the Democrats to go low and start talking and trashing the other side," said Behar to audience applause.
"I think that they — when someone goes low, you need to go to the Earth's crust," Sunny Hostin agreed. "You need to become small like an ant and you need to meet their energy where their energy is."
It's a similar strategy echoed in 2020 by California Democratic strategist Sean Clegg: “When they go low, we kick ‘em in the nuts."
See their full conversation in the video below or at the link here.
Peter Navarro's criminal contempt of Congress trial is moving quickly and the jury may come to a verdict as early as this afternoon, court watchers say.
Navarro, who has been called a "conspiracy theorist" who holds “fringe” and “oddball” economic views, is a former top Trump White House aide. He advanced "Big Lie" election fraud claims and refused to comply with a February, 2022 subpoena issued by the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack. He was criminally indicted in June of 2022 by a federal grand jury.
The trial began Tuesday in D.C. federal court.
Just before 11 AM Thursday the case was handed to the jury, Politico's Kyle Cheney reports.
"Given the brevity of the case, a verdict is highly likely in the next few hours," Cheney adds, noting: "If convicted, he faces up to one year on each of two counts — one for refusing to testify, one for refusing to provide docs."
"Navarro has long claimed that Trump told him to defy the committee’s Feb. 9, 2022 subpoena and assert executive privilege, a demand he said conferred immunity from having to cooperate with Congress’ investigation," Politico reports. "For months, U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta wrestled with intricate questions about how executive privilege might apply to a former adviser to a former president, whether Navarro’s belief that Trump had invoked the privilege constituted a defense to the charges and how the Justice Department’s decision to charge him compares with its longstanding views of immunity for some senior executive branch officials from compelled congressional testimony."
Wednesday evening, former top DOJ official Harry Litman noted, "Peter Navarro evidence already done, closing arguments tomorrow. Basically, it's an incredibly simple case -- he knew he had to comply with the subpoena, and he still thumbed his nose at it."
Adding the the government called three witness but "Navarro called nobody," Litman predicted: "Look for a quick conviction here."
Donald Trump's frequent social media attacks on judges and prosecutors have come up already in court proceedings, but he's not likely to face accountability for any individual post.
Instead, the whole wave of posts that the former president spews forth could be used against him.
The former president's status as the Republican frontrunner grants him more leeway than most defendants to publicly threaten the prosecution or courts – but judges have a responsibility to protect witnesses and preserve the integrity of trial proceedings that may eventually conflict with Trump's right to free speech, reported Salon.
"Threats aimed at intimidating judges, prosecutors and witnesses, reduce the fairness and accuracy of the proceedings," said Hofstra University constitutional law professor James Sample. "Preserving and protecting due process – a fair trial – is the most fundamental responsibility of a judge."
Trump has been warned his trial date in the federal Jan. 6 case could be moved up from its current start date of March 4 if his statements potentially compromised the jury pool, but all of his social media attacks pose risks to the cases against him.
"Trump's statements that portray his criminal cases as political plots to interfere with the 2024 election risk tainting the jury pool," said former U.S. Attorney Barb McQuade, a University of Michigan law professor and MSNBC legal analyst. "We have seen through his false claims of a stolen election his power to mislead members of the public. Just one juror who buys into Trump's claims can nullify the law and hang the jury, resulting in a mistrial."
Trump may face some type of sanctions or another form of accountability for his comments, but legal experts say one individual statement won't likely land him in hot water.
"If Trump is going to face accountability for past comments, it will be based on the totality of comments occurring on a daily basis in the media," said Nina Marino, a partner with the white-collar criminal defense firm Kaplan Marino. "In terms of impact on the cases against him, the courts will need to weigh his First Amendment right to free speech against the danger of contaminating the jury pool and witness intimidation. Witness intimidation could be demonstrated if potential witnesses were to report that his comments put them in fear."
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