A Catholic priest who admitted to transferring nearly $517,000 of parish funds into his personal bank account had been sentenced to seven years in state prison, church officials said Tuesday. The Rev. Douglas J. Haefner, the longtime pastor of St. Matthias Parish in Somerset, admitted to taking the money due to “compulsive behavior” during an audit of the church in 2018, Diocese of Metuchen officials said. At the time, the priest said he took the money intending to pay the $516,985 back eventually. He had overseen the parish for 27 years. Haefner, 68, was sentenced to seven years in state pris...
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo reportedly took advantage of his own sources in order to help advise his brother, Andrew Cuomo, the former governor of New York, through his handling of the outbreak of the COVID pandemic and while the elder Cuomo was facing allegations of sexual harassment.
Texts uncovered by a state probe and transcript of Chris Cuomo's interview with investigators reveal that Chris Cuomo played a much larger role in the behind-the-scenes effort to preserve his brother's reputation than was previously known.
According to a CNBC report, Chris Cuomo was in direct communication with his brother's former top aide, Melissa DeRosa, as early as March, when new allegations were continuing to make headlines.
"Please let me help with the prep," Chris Cuomo wrote to DeRosa in a text message dating back to March 3.
In another exchange, DeRosa reportedly wrote to Chris Cuomo about a "rumor going around from politico" regarding "1-2 more ppl coming out tomorrow," an apparent reference to Andrew Cuomo's soon-to-be accusers.
"No one has heard that yet," Chris Cuomo responded to her.
Days later, Chris Cuomo sent DeRosa an apparent draft of a statement that was to be read aloud by his brother addressing the allegations:
"I understand why they have to say what they are saying. I understand the political pressure I understand the stakes of political warfare, and that's what this is. ... And I understand the conformity that can be forced by cancel culture."
Chris Cuomo also told investigators that he leveraged "sources" who had unique insights into allegations that had not yet been made public. "I would – when asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out," he told investigators.
One source, Chris Cuomo added, speculated that a Cuomo accuser, Anna Ruch, "had been put up to it," suggesting that Ruch's allegations were part of an inside job.
Back in August, Chris Cuomo claimed that he advised his brother to resign, adding that he played no hand in his network's coverage of the scandal.
"I never misled anyone about the information I was delivering or not delivering on this program. I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward," Cuomo stated. "I never made calls to the press about my brother's situation. I never influenced or attempted to control CNN's coverage of my family."
Responding to the newest allegations on Monday, a CNN representative said the network will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity" from its lead primetime host.
Andrew Cuomo officially stepped down on August 10.
'Pursue every avenue': Former FBI official demands MAGA riot committee keep making criminal referrals
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe weighed in on the new moves by the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack to pursue a criminal contempt referral against pro-Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark.
"Jeffrey Clark showed up before the select committee and refused to answer questions," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "How important is it for the committee to try and hold him accountable with contempt?"
"Wolf, I think it is incredibly important that the committee pursue every avenue to hold these witnesses accountable," said McCabe. "Each time, they send a very powerful message to other witnesses also currently under subpoena. We know there are many witnesses who have received subpoenas. We saw several come out last week too, a couple notable witnesses. They have to move forward with the referrals if they have any hope of others considering this seriously and deciding to cooperate."
"When it comes to Steve Bannon's strategy ... how do you interpret his push to have documents released publicly?" asked Blitzer, referring to Trump's longtime adviser who was just indicted for contempt.
"Bannon is playing this for everything he can get out of it," said McCabe. "He is in a very unique position compared to other witnesses. He actually benefits from the attention, he benefits from being perceived publicly as somebody who is putting up a loud fight and pushing back against the committee. The other witnesses are probably not similarly situated. Jeffrey Clark, as an example, is an attorney, someone who likely wants to use his law license for the rest of his career and doesn't want to deal with explaining to a bar he had been indicted and pursued on this. Bannon is in a unique position."
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Fox News' Lara Logan on Monday likened Dr. Anthony Fauci to one of the most notorious Nazi war criminals ever.
While appearing on Fox, Logan criticized Fauci's comments that Republicans are attacking him because he is the most visible representative of the American scientific community.
"This is what people say to me: He doesn't represent science," Logan charged. "He represents Josef Mengele, Dr. Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who did experiments on Jews during the second World War in the concentration camps. And I am talking about people all across the world are saying this!"
In reality, Fauci is one of the world's most respected experts on infectious diseases and has never conducted inhumane medical experiments on Jewish children as Mengele did.
Logan went on to claim that Fauci is responsible for the lockdown policies that have been implemented across the world in response to COVID-19, while neglecting to point out that Fauci cannot force any country to undergo lockdowns to slow the spread of a disease that has killed millions of people.
Watch the video below.
Fox host Lara Logan says that people tell her that Dr. Fauci doesn't represent science, but represents Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor known as the "Angel of Death" for performing medical experiments at Auschwitz: "I am talking about people all across the world are saying this"pic.twitter.com/fF2DAWfG7d— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy) 1638231600