(Reuters) - Parler, a social media service popular with American right-wing users that virtually vanished after the U.S. Capitol riot, re-launched on Monday and said its new platform was built on "sustainable, independent technology." In a statement announcing the relaunch, Parler also said it had appointed Mark Meckler as its interim Chief Executive, replacing John Matze who was fired by the board this month. Parler went dark after being cut off by major service providers that accused the app of failing to police violent content related to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by follo...
Trump DOJ's national security chief almost quit when president demanded he overturn the election: report
Justice Department director of national security John Demers is telling all about his experience in the final months of President Donald Trump's administration.
According to an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Demers described the horrifying scene when he was told to save the 2020 election for Trump using the DOJ.
"I didn't know what was going to happen, I thought that there was a real chance that would be my last day in the department," said Demers in an interview with the Journal ahead of his resignation.
At the time, Trump was threatening to fire the acting attorney general who took over when Bill Barr resigned to spend more time with his family.
Demers said he was "trying to figure out who would sign foreign intelligence surveillance requests and conduct other agency business if he resigned in protest along with other leading officials."
There was a question of timing with Demers's resignation. It came just as the DOJ was being outed for a leak investigation that involved warrants to spy on reporters, members of Congress, their staff and families.
"The 49-year-old Mr. Demers continued to run the national security division under President Biden, the only senior official at the Justice Department from the Trump administration to remain in the job," said the report. "That continuity suggests that, while other parts of the department have shifted priorities, the national security efforts are likely to stay in place, former officials said."
On the way out, Demers is singing his own praises of the work he did over intellectual property in China as part of the 2018 "China Initiative." Critics of the program complain that it has turned suspicion that any Chinese scientist or researcher in the United States could be a spy, increasing racist suspicions.
One case involving a mechanical engineering professor over paperwork errors turned into a criminal offense. Demers painted it as a program that helps protect Chinese citizens in the United States from China, which considers to be fugitives.
Demers was also the one behind the FISA investigation into Carter Page and whether or not it was improperly done by former President Barack Obama's Justice Department.
A Las Vegas man has been arrested for a possible hate crime and attempted murder over an incident that occurred on June 16, KTNV reports.
After police received a call about a man being chased down, they arrived on the scene to find John Arellano, 24, marching towards them yelling, "I hate n***ers. They then fired a non-lethal round at him to take him down. While being place under arrest, Arellano kept saying, "I punched him."
The victim told police that he was walking home from work when Arellano called him a racial slur and punched him in the eye. Arellano then allegedly chased the victim for 7 blocks before police arrived.
"I should have killed that Black guy that I hit," Arellano allegedly told police, also reportedly saying that he was at war with Black people.
Watch KTNV's report on the story below:
The United States government will be reimbursed after fraud was committed by a GOP operative running an election fraud scheme.
"McCrae Dowless pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to two crimes stemming from the investigation into the absentee ballot fraud scheme he's accused of running in Bladen County and other parts of southeastern North Carolina," the Charlotte News & Observer reports. "Neither of the charges dealt directly with the election fraud allegations, however. Instead, he pleaded guilty to two of the four charges he faced related to Social Security disability fraud, and prosecutors agreed to drop the other two charges."
While the charges aren't directly related, they stem from the fact Dowless was running his election fraud scheme while claiming to be too disabled to work.
"Dowless entered the plea minutes before jury selection was about to begin in his trial in Greenville," the newspaper noted. "He also agreed Monday to pay back up to $14,000 to the government as restitution for the disability payments he fraudulently took, but he won't know for two more months what other punishment he might face. Sentencing in his case was set for the week of Aug. 23."
Vice News reporter Cameron Joseph noted the significance of the guilty verdict as Republicans continue to manufacture lies about voter fraud.
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