‘False prophet’ Kari Lake shredded by AZ columnist after suggesting God would make her governor

Whatever you think of Kari Lake’s claims of election fraud that have been deemed to be baseless by the courts, a newspaper columnist critical of the failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate believes he’s found a role that he believes would suits the former news anchor.

The Arizona Republic’s EJ Montini notes that a Christian group that recognized Lake for her propensity to predict the future, and whiff nearly every time.

“Kari Lake made the group’s list of ‘false prophets,’” Montini wrote in a scathing piece on the far-right figure’s demagoguery as it was described by Faithful America, a Christian organization behind the "False Prophets Don’t Speak for Me" initiative.

“Unlike Arizona governor, it is a position for which she appears to have the qualifications.”

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Montini’s piece, which ran under the headline “Kari Lake still expects God (and the state Supreme Court) to make her governor” followed a gathering Lake held Tuesday at a Mesa church she described as a “prayer event,” and which the columnist described as her “latest prank.”

“We told you we'd bring our election case to the AZ Supreme court and we did,” Lake wrote in a tweet advancing the event. “Now, it's time to pray together for the Supreme Court & praise God with great expectations!”

But if recent history is any indication, Lake’s supporters probably shouldn’t expect much.

Montini notes that an Arizona appeals court judge described Lake’s assertions of election fraud to be “quite simply, sheer speculation.”

“Lake’s arguments highlight election day difficulties, but her request for relief fails because the evidence presented to the superior court ultimately supports the court’s conclusion that voters were able to cast their ballots, that votes were counted correctly, and that no other basis justifies setting aside the election results,” the ruling said.

Lake proceeded to take her case to the Arizona Supreme Court, Montini writes, tweeting at the time: “Pray for our Attorneys. Pray for the Judges. Pray for Justice. Pray for America.”

Lake’s efforts to tap into some form of divine intervention have included a march around Maricopa County’s election, horns blaring, with the expectation of a biblical battle of Jericho-style event where the walls crumble. They didn’t.

“I am not an expert in the ways of the Almighty, but it seems likely that her prayers already have been answered. Just not with the reply she’d hoped to receive,” Montini writes.

Marjorie Taylor Greene hurls incendiary allegations against Manhattan DA as Trump indictment looms

The Manhattan grand jury hearing evidence in the investigation over Donald Trump’s alleged hush money payments to Stormy Daniels is off Wednesday, but Marjorie Taylor Greene is on the case.

The far-right congresswoman from Georgia on Wednesday hurled some of the most incendiary allegations yet against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, accusing the prosecutor, without evidence, of “trying to incite civil unrest.”

“Now it’s time to arrest Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg for prosecutorial misconduct after hiding hundreds of pages of exculpatory evidence!” Greene tweeted Wednesday.

“Bragg is on the verge of indicting an innocent former President and top Presidential candidate against the opposing ruling party.”

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Greene wasn’t the only member of the House Freedom Caucus who to rage tweet against the Manhattan DA on Wednesday.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in a tweet took a not-so-veiled dig at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for not doing more to protect the former president.

“If I were Governor of Florida, I would not allow any Floridian to be hauled before a Soros-backed prosecutor in a blue city over politics. I wouldn’t make an exception to not protect the President of the United States,” Gaetz tweeted.

“Ron DeSantis should be standing in the breach to stop any sort of extradition of President Trump from the state of Florida. The fact that he’s not doing so puts every Floridian at risk who could be the subject of a false allegation.”

But even Gaetz didn’t go nearly as far as Greene, who called for Bragg’s arrest.

“Bragg is breaking the law and trying to incite civil unrest with his Soros funded political war,” Greene tweeted.

“Hold him accountable!”

Trump lawyer could be sidelined over communications with Stormy Daniels just handed to DA: CNN

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has received communications between Stormy Daniels and an attorney representing Donald Trump, CNN reports.

The communiques between the adult-film star and Joe Tacopina date back to 2018, when Daniels was seeking legal counsel, according to her current attorney, Clark Brewster, who indicated the exchanges show that his client disclosed confidential information.

The latest revelation comes as all indications are that Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is nearing a decision on whether to indict Trump over alleged hush money payments to Daniels, and threatens to sideline the celebrity attorney from defending the former president, according to CNN.

Tacopina dismissed the notion that a conflict of interest exists or that Daniels shared confidential information with his office, said he did not meet or speak with Daniels.

But Tacopina during a 2018 appearance with CNN’s Don Lemon said he may have been in contact with Daniels before she found a new lawyer.

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"I can't really talk about my impressions or any conversations we'd had because there is an attorney-client privilege that attaches even to a consultation," Tacopina said in the 2018 interview.

But Tacopina's firm after the video surfaced issued a statement denying that "there was no attorney-client relationship" between him and Daniels.

According to CNN’s Kristen Holmes and Tierney Sneed: “It would ultimately be up to a judge to decide whether the communications amount to a conflict of interest that requires disqualification or some other limitation on the advocacy Tacopina can do on behalf of the former president, if a case is brought against Trump.”

‘Vicious rumors’: Buster Murdaugh gets defensive amid reports of new investigation of teen classmate's death

The 2015 death of a South Carolina teen whose body was found miles from the Murdaugh family’s property may be investigated by local authorities as a homicide, The Daily Beast reports.

Stephen Smith was 19 when his body was found on a backcountry road just miles from the Murdaugh family home in Hampton, South Carolina.

Smith’s death was initially believed to be the result of a hit-and-run collision, but attorneys representing his family said Tuesday that authorities now believe the aspiring nurse was murdered, the report said.

“We have a chance to right eight years of wrongs, and we intend to do just that,” attorneys Eric Bland said in a news release obtained by The Beast.

The announcement follows a statement from convicted murder Alex Murdaugh’s only surviving son, Buster Murdaugh, who on Monday denied involvement in his high school classmate’s death, calling suggestions otherwise “vicious rumors.”

“I have tried my best to ignore the vicious rumors about my involvement in Stephen Smith’s tragic death that continue to be published in the media as I grieve over the brutal murders of my mother and brother. I love them so much and I miss them terribly,” Buster Murdaugh’s statement said.

“I haven’t spoken up until now because I want to live in private while I cope with their deaths and my father’s incarceration.”

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has not yet confirmed Bland’s assertion.

“SLED officials have revealed that they did not need to exhume Stephen Smith's body to convince them that his death was a homicide,” Bland and fellow Smith family attorney Ronnie Richter said Tuesday in a joint statement.

“However, they will be present and participate in any exhumation of Stephen's body to gather more evidence. We are committed to finding out what really happened, and getting the peace and justice the Smith family deserves.”

A South Carolina jury earlier this month convicted Alex Murdaugh for murder in connection with the 2021 shooting deaths of his wife Maggie and their son Paul, and Judge Clifton Newman sentenced disgraced South Carolina lawyer to two consecutive life terms.

The Beast reports that SLED in the aftermath of the verdict announced that the agency would take a fresh look at the Smith case based “based upon information gathered during the course of the double-murder investigation of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh.”

The lawyers representing the Smith family said authorities told them they waited until after the conclusion of Alex Murdaugh’s trial before announcing updated information on the Smith case “out of concern that witnesses would not be as forthcoming under the Murdaugh sphere of influence.”

“Since the conclusion of the Murdaugh trial, more resources have been devoted and will be devoted to Stephen Smith's case,” the lawyers said.

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Watch: Mike Pence gets ‘encouragement’ to challenge Donald Trump in 2024

Mike Pence hasn’t yet decided whether to challenge his ex-boss for the Republican nomination next year, but the former vice president has been traveling around the country in recent months gauging interest, and so far he likes what he hears.

Pence on Tuesday told reporters he plans to decide whether to seek a presidential bid by the summer in a video clip posted on Politico’s website.

“Look, we’ve gotten a lot of encouragement around the country,” Pence said.

The former vice president last year expanded his staff in anticipation of a possible presidential run, Politico reports.

Pence’s staff buildup included the hiring of Ali Kjergaard to serve as communications director for a Pence-aligned non-profit. Kjergaard previously served as a spokesperson for outgoing Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse.

Green energy push enjoys bipartisan support in deeply divided Georgia

Many believe the political winds in Georgia are shifting after the Democrats swept Senate elections in each of the past two cycles. Others say Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s reelection win last year shows that the notion that Georgia is turning blue is overstated.

But regardless of which direction Georgia goes on the red-blue political spectrum, all indications are that the Peach State is embracing the green economy, and that the push to make the state renewable energy friendly enjoys bipartisan support, Religious News Service reported earlier this month.

The recent announcement by Meta that it has partnered with a renewable energy company on three large solar projects typifies Georgia’s embrace of renewable energy.

The projects are expected to create local jobs, improve air quality and public health, and bring some unity to a divided country, the report said.

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“I think there’s broad bipartisan support in Georgia … for securing energy independence, for ensuring that there is a robust supply of affordable energy that’s not destroying our environment.” Democrat Sen. Jon Ossoff earlier this year told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The report notes that Georgia’s GOP-controlled House backed an measure to expand EV-charging stations statewide by a 161-0 margin.

In Cartersville, considered one of the state’s most conservative communities, a $2.31 billion solar panel manufacturing plant is expected to bring 2,000 new jobs.

During his inaugural address earlier this year Kemp said that by the end of his next term Georgia would become “the electric mobility capital of America,” Politico reports.

Tennessee GOP leader survives no-confidence vote amid racy social media controversy

A Tennessee Republican leader has survived a no-confidence vote after revelations surfaced that he repeatedly posted on the Instagram pages of a young gay model, among others who identify as LGBTQ.

On Monday, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally’s GOP Senate colleagues by a 19-7 margin voted to allow the embattled 79-year-old to keep his job, which also includes serving as the state Senate’s speaker.

The staunch conservative who earlier this month backed a law that will criminalize certain drag performances has been facing allegations of hypocrisy after commenting and leaving emojis deemed flirtatious by some on 20-year-old Franklin McClure’s Instagram page.

McNally has posted more than 80 comments on McClure’s photos since June 2020, NBC News reports. His most recent comment was on Feb. 26.

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McNally has since apologized for his social media activity, indicating he didn’t intend to embarrass his friends, relatives and colleagues, according to the report, and said he plans to pause his social media activity after previously saying “had no intention of stopping.”

“I have always been honored, humbled and grateful for the support of my caucus. I remain so today,” McNally said in a statement Monday. “We have a lot of important work left to do as we complete the legislative session, including the budget. I look forward to getting to it.”

In 2020 he shared a post that implied support for violence against Black Lives Matters protesters, and in 2021 he faced backlash after voting against the removal of the bust of a former Ku Klux Klan leader.

Mitch McConnell’s hospitalization fuels retirement rumors: report

Mitch McConnell suffered a concussion earlier this month in a serious fall, and the incident has fueled speculation the Senate’s top Republican may retire before completing his six-year term, RadarOnline reports.

McConnell was hospitalized for six days for injuries he suffered in fall at a Washington DC hotel where he was attending a private dinner. The 81-year-old Senate minority leader was discharged from George Washington University Hospital March 13.

The fall occurred at around 9 p.m. March 8 at the Waldorf Astoria on Pennsylvania Avenue.

A source identified as a Washington D.C. insider told RadarOnline that McConnell may retire before his term runs out in 2027.

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“Mitch has been a lion of the Senate so long that it’s hard to imagine him not being there,” the source said.

“But he’s 81 years old, and this isn’t the first time that he’s fallen. The talk is he may consider stepping down long before his current six-year term expires in 2027!”

Former President Donald Trump spoke disparagingly of McConnell in the aftermath of his fall.

“We do have to do something about Mitch McConnell,” Trump said, according to the report. “He’s a disaster. He gets his 10 guys and they give Biden whatever they want. There’s something going on. It doesn’t make sense.

“Nobody can understand it,” Trump said. “We gotta get him the h--- out. He’s a problem, big problem. In the meantime, I hope he’s feeling well, but he’s a big problem.”

A McConnell spokesperson on the day of his hospital release said the Senate minority leader’s recovery appeared to be going well.”

"Leader McConnell’s concussion recovery is proceeding well and the Leader was discharged from the hospital today,” the spokesperson said.

“At the advice of his physician, the next step will be a period of physical therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation facility before he returns home.”

Startling intel bulletins reveal uptick in violent threats over Trump indictment: report

Law enforcement agencies nationwide are readying for the possibility of civil unrest should Donald Trump be indicted, according to new reporting from Rolling Stone, which obtained government intelligence bulletins documenting the threats.

A surge in online threats followed the former president’s Saturday social media post announcing that he expected to be arrested Tuesday in connection with a Manhattan investigation into alleged hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

The Manhattan case is among four criminal investigations the former president is under. A Fulton County, Georgia grand jury is investigating Trump for election interference, and the Department of Justice is conducting separate probes over the handling of classified documents and Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

The all-caps post on Trump’s Truth Social website included a call to protest that in the view of many echoed his calls to march on the Capitol in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

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The D.C. Fusion Center, an intelligence-sharing network that’s part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Capitol Police on Sunday shared assessments of the threats with law enforcement agencies nationwide, the report said.

The bulletins include calls for a response to a potential Trump arrest more lethal than the Jan. 6 attacks. Several threats were made by those indicating a willingness to die for the cause.

“The DC Fusion Center assesses that potential criminal justice actions taken toward a former US president — or actions perceived to be taken toward the former president — remain a ‘line in the sand’ for [Domestic Violent Extremist] communities and thus have the potential to manifest in violence toward government targets or political officials,” the report said.

The report said Trump’s social media post on Saturday “was met with an immediate increase in violent online rhetoric and expressed threats toward government and law enforcement targets perceived as participating in a political persecution of the former president, as well as calls for ‘Civil War’ more generally.”

Of particular concern to law enforcement are posts from those who view violence as the only possible reaction to the former president’s potential arrest.

According to the DC Fusion Center report: “In one observed post, an anonymous user indicated that the arrest would result in ‘Jan 6*10 + Guns,’ while another observed post stated, ‘It’s now or never. We need to see the true version of January 6.’”

The Federal Highway Administration on Monday also issued a warning of threats to disrupt the national highway system.

According to the security bulletin, “Tactics mentioned included using dump trucks to drop ‘a few tons of gravel on six bridges’ in hopes of making them unusable thereby causing a ‘serious hit to food and economic deliveries’ in and out of New York.”

$1.6B Dominion suit against Fox News could go to trial next month: report

A $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit filed by an electronic voting hardware and software company against Fox News will go to trial next month unless a judge issues a summary judgement in the case, CBS News reports.

Dominion Voting Systems filed the 2021 lawsuit against Fox News and its parent company Fox Corporation alleging the right-wing news outlet made false claims over the 2020 election and provided guests a platform from which they could propagate falsehoods and defamatory statements.

Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric M. Davis was expected to issue a ruling on requests for a summary judgement after a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, the report said. Dominion and Fox News each made separate summary judgment requests.

Should the case go to trial, Dominion will be required to prove that Fox News acted with “actual malice,” meaning it will have to demonstrate that the cable network knowingly made false claims or acted with reckless disregard in spreading unfounded fraud allegations.

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Attorneys representing Fox argue that the case doesn’t meet that standard, since it was merely reporting the allegations of a sitting president and his legal team which had news value.

Dominion’s attorneys allege Fox dropped the ball by failing to characterize the allegations they knew to be false as such.

"Media companies may always report the truth, including reporting on false allegations while explaining that the allegations are false, and Dominion did not sue the many media companies that did just that in 2020," Dominion’s attorneys said.

'Complete shock': School worker blurts out racist remark as Ohio mom drops off her daughter

An Ohio school district employee is facing unspecified “disciplinary action” over a racially charged statement directed at a parent and her daughter, WTOL-Toledo reports.

The Evergreen Middle School parent, who is of Middle Eastern descent, alleges that after she and her daughter entered through a set of doors to the school an employee “just looks at me and my daughter and asks if I have a bomb on me."

The incident occurred in Fulton County, a community of approximately 43,000 residents west of Toledo.

The parent told the television station that she was dropping her daughter off at school during the lunch period when the employee approached them. The parent requested anonymity because her daughter still attends the school.

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"I was in complete shock. I was like, 'Excuse me?'" the mother said. "She's like, 'We just don't let anybody into the building – you wouldn't happen to have a bomb on you would you?'

"And I was in complete shock, I was stuttering. I said (to her), 'I am just here to drop off my daughter.'"

Evergreen Local School District Superintendent Eric Smola in a statement to the television station confirmed that an investigation resulted in the employee facing disciplinary action over the comment.

"Unfortunately, a comment was made last month by one of our teachers to a parent and her daughter that goes against Evergreen's core values," the statement said.

"The exchange has been investigated, addressed and resulted in disciplinary action. While malice was never intended by the employee, we understand the insensitive nature and impact of the comment. The teacher and administration have extended an apology to the student and family involved."

The employee has since apologized to the mother in an email obtained by the news outlet that said: "I would like to sincerely apologize for my insensitive attempt at humor when we were both entering the school building."

But the parent said she isn’t buying the employee’s explanation, noting that had she replied in an “attempt at humor,” she’d have faced consequences.

"When she asked if I had a bomb on me and if I would've ‘humored’ back and replied and said yes, would that have been taken lightly? It wouldn't – they would've had the school on lockdown, they would've had my kids expelled, probably. They would not have taken that lightly if I would have humored back and I said yes," the parent said.

GOP's Matt Gaetz seeks to halt $375M for new FBI HQ over alleged 'nefarious behavior'

Over the last two election cycles Republicans have tried to paint their political rivals as “defund the police” advocates who promote lawlessness and looting, even though only a small fraction of Democrats in fact support such a reallocation of resources.

Now a far-right congressman is proposing a measure that actually would defund law enforcement.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Tuesday announced plans to introduce the “FBI Washington Field Office House Arrest Act.”

The proposal calls for halting $375 million allocated for the FBI’s new, suburban headquarters outside Washington D.C. that is part of the 2022 Omnibus Bill.

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Gaetz’s measure is co-sponsored by fellow Republican congress members Andy Biggs (AZ), Dan Bishop (NC), Paul Gosar (AZ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), and Harriet Hageman (WY).

“There are still good men and women in the FBI whose task and purpose are to defend our country, but the FBI’s weaponized Washington Field Office is rotten to the core,” Gaetz said in a statement.

“Through our investigations in the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, we have uncovered extremely disturbing testimony from FBI whistleblowers that the Washington Field Office is targeting Americans who oppose their corrupt political agenda.

“The cancer at the Washington Field Office has metastasized so large that the entire body is in critical condition. Gifting the FBI a new headquarters larger than the Pentagon would condone, reinforce, and enable their nefarious behavior to levels we have never seen before."

'Civil war': Violent online threats surge ahead of possible Trump indictment

As America braces for what would be the first indictment of a former president in the nation’s history, a surge in threats and violent rhetoric has law enforcement officials alarmed, CBS News reports.

Intelligence sources told the news outlet that the threats are from violent domestic extremists in connection with the potential indictment of Donald Trump. But authorities have not deemed any specific threat to be credible, the report said.

Online posts that include calling for a civil war warned that indicting Trump would be a “red line” that would trigger more violence than the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the report said.

The threats mostly target law enforcement, judges and government officials viewed as central to a “political persecution of Trump.”

Trump has done little to tamp down the rhetoric.

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In an all-caps post on Saturday on his Truth Social website, Trump indicated he expects to be arrested Tuesday in connection with the Manhattan investigation into alleged hush money payments for adult film star Stormy Daniels.

The former president urged his supporters to rally on his behalf.


Manhattan District Alvin Bragg in an email to staffers obtained by CBS News said his office will not be intimidated by such threats.

"We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York," Bragg wrote.

"Our law enforcement partners will ensure that any specific or credible threats against the office will be fully investigated and that the proper safeguards are in place so all 1,600 of us have a secure work environment."

The New York case is among four criminal investigations the former president is under.

A Fulton County, Georgia grand jury is investigating Trump for election interference, and the Department of Justice is conducting separate probes over the handling of classified documents and Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

The U.S. Capitol Police in Washington D.C. plans to have additional staffing Tuesday and Wednesday, the report said.

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How 'Soros-backed' became the right’s go-to trope — and what it really means

The American right has found a quick and easy way to push back against critics. When the going gets tough, they’re turning to what’s become their go-to trope: “Soros-backed.”

Manhattan District Alvin Bragg, who is investigating former President Donald Trump over alleged hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, is now at the center of GOP efforts to link Holocaust survivor and progressive Hungarian-American billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is Jewish, to an accusation tied to a litany of conspiracy theories and historic antisemitic canards.

But he's not the only one.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was quick to play the played the “Soros-backed” card last year in an announcement that he was suspending state attorney Andrew Warren over his views on abortion and trans youth. The likely 2024 presidential candidate disparaged Warren as a “Soros-backed state attorney.”

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump, in a column Monday titled “What it means to be ‘Soros-backed," said that “it’s worth reflecting on what earned Bragg and Warren this appellation — and why it’s become so useful for Republicans and others on the right to deploy it,” noting that the term’s vagueness makes it particularly useful.

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“There’s no reason to think that Bragg is targeting Trump or the Trump Organization because he was indirectly backed by Soros or because he is unusually left-wing,” Bump argues.

“On the other hand, it’s quite obvious that the phrase ‘Soros-backed’ is meant, as with Warren, to cast each as illegitimate and biased.”

The “Soros-backed” trope is not unique to American politics, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

“In far-right circles worldwide, Soros’ philanthropy often is recast as fodder for outsized conspiracy theories, including claims that he masterminds specific global plots or manipulates particular events to further his goals,” the ADL’s website says.

“In the United States, Soros long has been a favored target of the so-called alt right and other right-wing extremists. Their online echo chambers reverberate with conspiracies about Soros, accusing him of attempting to perpetrate “white genocide” and push his own malevolent agenda. In a report published earlier this year that analyzed antisemitic speech on Twitter, ADL found that Soros figured prominently in a significant number of antisemitic tweets.

“One noteworthy allegation claimed that Soros was responsible for the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in August 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. Other tweets referred to his Jewish heritage in pejorative terms and claimed that he’s trying to undermine all of Western civilization.”

The trope has become “useful shorthand” for the right, according to Bump.

“The real reason Bragg and Warren are dismissed as ‘Soros-backed,’” Bump writes, “of course, is that it’s a useful shorthand for several of the right’s favorite targets.”

Added Bump: “Saying 'Soros-backed' simply means 'unacceptably left-wing' with no further delineation required.”

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‘Flagrant abuse of power’: Former GOP aide slams House Republicans over plans to probe Manhattan DA

A former Republican political operative on Monday slammed three House GOP leaders over plans to investigate Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in connection with the prosecution of former President Donald Trump.

Appearing on "The ReidOut with Joy Reid" on MSNBC Monday evening, Kurt Bardella said the case before a Manhattan grand jury is not within the congressional oversight committee’s purview. He described the apparent efforts to interfere with the probe as a “flagrant abuse of power.”

Bardella’s comments followed a letter jointly sent by House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, House Oversight Chairman James Comer and House Administration Chairman Bryan Steil requesting testimony from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and calling his prosecution of the former president an “unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority.”

“I know how investigations are supposed to work. I know what congressional oversight is supposed to look like. This is not that,” Bardella said.

Bardella alleged nefarious intent behind GOP effort to compel the Manhattan prosecutor to testify before congress.

“This is a deliberate effort, a partisan effort to try and interfere and obstruct an ongoing investigation so that they can acquire information, which they will certainly just turn over to Donald Trump and give him a leg up as he tries to mount a defense against what we expect will be a pending indictment,” Bardella said.

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He noted that in defending the former president, Republicans haven’t even claimed Trump didn’t violate the law.

“They don't have anything to say about the alleged criminal activity that Trump and his campaign engaged in," Bardella said.

"They want to just blow right past that and go back to their greatest hits of rhetoric to make this something that isn't, so they can gaslight all of us, and I just don't think it's going to work.”

Bardella said Republicans who are now “brainstorming ways that they can now act as the legal defense entity for Donald Trump to act as the opposition research department for the Trump legal defense team is an egregious waste of taxpayer dollars and in my opinion, a violation of the oath of office they are supposed to take.”

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