By Jonathan Barrett and Renju Jose SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities issued fresh flood warnings and evacuation orders on Tuesday as torrential rains again pummelled several parts of the country, sweeping away homes, roads and livestock in the worst downpour in more than half a century. The national weather agency has posted severe weather warnings in every mainland state or territory but one, affecting around 10 million people in the country of 25 million, across an area the size of Alaska. "The rain and flood situation does remain dynamic and extremely complex," Prime Minister Scott ...
Justin Clark, an attorney for Donald Trump, reportedly struggled on Tuesday after an appeals court judge asked him to why the former president has more authority than the current president when it comes to decisions about executive privilege.
During a hearing in federal court, Clark argued that Trump should be allowed to invoke executive privilege to prevent the Jan. 6 committee from viewing documents related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"Is there a circumstance where the former president ever gets to make this sort of call?" Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson reportedly asked during of Trump's attorneys.
Judge Patricia Ann Millett presented a hypothetical in which the current president needed to use the former president's documents for national security reasons.
"Wow. Trump lawyer Justin Clark just stepped in it with Judge Millett," justice correspondent Andrew Feinberg reported. "He's telling her that a former president could sue to stop a current president from using a previous administration's records to conduct foreign policy and national security decision-making."
"Clark can't give Millett a situation in which he thinks a court could let a current president use those documents under her hypothetical," Feinberg added.
A judge has previously rejected Trump's attempts to use executive privilege to keep his documents hidden.
Nebraska GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry is facing charges that he lied to FBI agents and other federal investigators in regards to an inquiry into Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, who was illegally funneling foreign money into American political campaigns, including Fortenberry’s.
According to a report from KLKN, Fortenberry submitted a motion asking the court to order federal prosecutors to disclose more information in their case against him. He's also accusing the lead FBI agent in the case of tainting the investigation because of an alleged anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bias.
The motion claims the special agent “appears to have been sharing and ‘liking’ racist images and content on social media platforms even as he led an investigation against congressman Fortenberry, a legislative leader in Middle Eastern affairs.”
A Fortenberry spokesperson said the motion, “highlights the hypocrisy of this California prosecutor withholding critical information from the defense team, including the disturbing possibility of bias on the part of the FBI agent who led the investigation setting up Rep. Fortenberry.
“The defense team is asking the Court to require the government to meet its obligations to produce all the relevant materials to provide some straight answers on questions at the core of this case.”
As KLKN points out, Fortenberry pleaded not guilty back in October to one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators looking into illegal contributions to his 2016 campaign.
The new white supremacy conspiracy theory is that white people will face genocide due to critical race theory: columnist
Writing in the The Atlantic, scholar Ibram X. Kendi did a deep dive into the latest conspiracy theory from the white supremacist community. A report from Fox News' Tucker Carlson detailed the Rwandan genocide and how critical race theory could lead to such a genocide in the United States, but against white people.
“The question is, and this is the question we should be meditating on, day in and day out, is how do we get out of this vortex, the cycle, before it’s too late?” Carlson asked. “How do we save this country before we become Rwanda?”
The logic is that critical race theory is the same thing as Marxism, which it is not. It then falsely claims that Marxism always ends in genocide. It was depicted on a protest sign from the Proud Boys during a Miami protest.
They arrived at the theory because white Americans are now fearful of white teachers instructing "kids to identify in racial terms," Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Arizona Blake Masters claimed. He believes that teaching about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is anti-white and outright racism.
It's a belief held by several Republicans, like Virginia's new governor Glenn Youngkin, who claimed, “What we won’t do is teach our children to view everything through a lens of race where we divide them into buckets and one group is an oppressor and the other is a victim and we pit them against each other and we steal their dreams.”
Final results on the 2021 election in that state showed that there wasn't a backlash against CRT from parents, "it was a backlash of white people," said William Saletan after studying the polling data.
Kendi went on to explain white supremacists have fueled fear and a "white backlash" leading to lies, insults, threats, and the simulated death of anti-racist Americans. White supremacists view anti-racists to be anti-white.