Man who threatened to kill Matt Gaetz is arrested: report

A man who made a death threat against Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz just days after the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was arrested last week, POLITICO reports.

Eugene Huelsman was arrested in the Los Angeles area on an indictment from May by a federal grand jury in Pensacola, Florida.

According to the indictment, Huelsman called Gaetz's office and said, "Tell [Gaetz] to watch his back, tell him to watch his children," Huelsman allegedly said. "I'm coming for him, … I'm gonna f---ing kill him ... I'm gonna put a bullet in you and I'm gonna put a bullet in one of your f---ing kids too."

The arrest came within days of Gaetz taking to the House floor last week to complain that the Justice Department hasn't been diligent enough when it comes to threats being made against him.

"I think someone may be trying to kill me and if they are successful I would like my constituents and my family to know who stopped their arrest," Gaetz said last Wednesday.

Speaking to POLITICO, Gaetz said that the case he described on the floor and the earlier episode mentioned in the indictment are not related.

"An indictment was issued in May, and has now been unsealed the week after my criticism," the GOP lawmaker said. "If they if they took our security seriously, they would arrest all of the people who violate federal law and the threats to kill us, not just some of them....I think that the Department of Justice is biased against Republicans."

Madison Cawthorn calls Fauci a 'demon doctor' who 'must never be allowed to escape justice'

During a recent speech on the House floor, North Carolina GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn had some choice words for the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and called for a "formal commission" to investigate him.

"Madam Speaker, today I am calling for the creation of a formal commission to investigate the true origin of COVID-19, the role Fauci played in its creation, the false statements he made to members of Congress under oath, and they the hell Americans are funding the torture of puppies in Africa," Cawthorn said.

In regards to the puppies, Cawthorn is referring to allegations that Fauci's National Institutes of Health (NIH) division funded a lab in Tunisia that conducted science experiments that allegedly mistreated dozens of beagle puppies.

"Americans deserve the truth, and this demon doctor must never be allowed to escape justice," he added.

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Facebook employees slammed Sheryl Sandberg for justifying company exec's public support for Brett Kavanaugh: 'It just feels gross'

When Facebook's vice president of global public policy, Joel Kaplan, sat behind Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate testimony over allegations that he had sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford, hundreds of Facebook employees complained on the company's internal message board that Kaplan appeared to be taking sides on the issue.

Jezebel reports that CEO Mark Zuckerberg agreed that Kaplan showing up being Kavanaugh was a bad idea, but didn't violate any of the company's policies. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also admitted that Kaplan's appearance was a mistake. Kaplan ended up apologizing to company staff said he regretted not consulting with Zuckerberg and Sandberg first.

The following week, Kaplan threw a private party at his home for those who worked on Kavanaugh's nomination. According to report, Kavanaugh and his wife made an appearance at the party. Kaplan also attended Kavanaugh's swearing-in ceremony in 2018.

Responding on the company's message board, Sandberg said Kaplan's presence at the hearings was a mistake because "it unnecessarily injected Facebook into a contentious national debate," but she and Zuckerberg "support his decision to participate."

"For the company, we see a distinction between attending a controversial public hearing about sexual assault on the one hand which we agree was a mistake, on the other hosting a gathering at your home and attending a swearing-in ceremony for a confirmed Justice and close personal friend," she said.

Some Facebook employees responded to Sandberg's message saying that rank and file employees would have been fired for much less.

"Wait, how is attending the hearing a mistake, but attending a public swearing-in ceremony is not? Aren't they both unnecessarily injecting Facebook into a contentious national debate?" one employee wrote.

"I've never read something from leadership that rung so hollow...Why do you draw a false dichotomy between a crushing symbolic moment and supporting a friend?" wrote another. "I've had friends with serious problems and the way I support them is by helping them be a better person - not throwing them a kegger when they make bail."

"I can't help but feel like we are going easy on him because we are excited to have an executive who is best friends with a Supreme Court nominee. It just feels gross," wrote another employee.

Read more comments from Facebook employees over at Jezebel.

Lawyers in Florida AG's own office mocked her support for 'insane' lawsuit to overturn Trump's election loss

When Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody expressed her support for the Texas' attorney general's announcement that he was suing four swing states in a last-ditch attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election, lawyers within her own office called her stance "weird" and "bat-sh** insane," the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Moody signed a co-brief with with 16 other Republican attorneys general urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Texas' case, saying the effort was about making sure the "integrity and resolution of the 2020 election is of paramount importance."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had contended that Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin had "exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the results of the 2020 General Election."

In a December 2020 statement supporting the legal effort, Moody said: "The integrity and resolution of the 2020 election is of paramount performance. The United States Supreme Court should weigh the legal arguments of the Texas motion and all pending matters so that Americans can be assured the election was fairly reviewed and decided."

But as the Tampa Bay Times points out, lawyers within her office mocked the legal rationale behind the case, according to emails the publication obtained. The U.S. Supreme Court later declined to hear the case.

Read more at the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida boater who kept screaming the N-word finally caught after evading police for weeks

Last month in Green Cove Springs, Florida, police received reports of a white man riding around in a small boat near the pier and yelling slurs at Black people. Now, according to News4JAX, the man has been arrested.

The 54-year-old man was reportedly yelling "F***ing n***er" at Black residents from his boat over a three-day span back in August. After a warrant was issued for his arrest, he was arrested on Saturday morning and charged with trespassing and breach of peace/disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

The man was spotted this weekend in a black dingy while he was traveling to a boat that was parked just off the pier.

"Thank you to the Clay County Sheriff's Office's Marine Unit for apprehending him for us today. The City, and County, will not tolerate this uncalled for and uncivilized behavior," the police department wrote.

Embarrassed Republicans fear Trump’s obsession with the ‘Big Lie’ will sabotage their 2022 chances: Politico reporter

Speaking on CNN this Monday, POLITICO's Rachel Bade said that Republican politicians feared that former president Donald Trump would hurt their chances of retaking Congress.

Election fraud "is not a topic that Republicans want to be talking about, obviously. It is embarrassing for them. They think it is going to cause them problems in 2022," she said.

"So what they do, whenever they are asked about this, they change the subject. They try to send a message to Trump and tell him what they want him to talk about. I think for Republicans the midterms are shaping up to be a bit of deja vu. It's like Georgia all over again," Bade added.

Wall Street Journal reporter Josh Jamerson also spoke about Republicans who refuse to disavow the "Big Lie" espoused by Trump and his allies, which claims that the 2020 election was "rigged" by way of mass voter fraud.

According to Jamerson, part of the reason is that Republicans realize that "Trump voters are their voters."

Jamerson harkened back to a rally Trump attended where he was trying to help salvage the political careers of former Georgia senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

"It was clear they were energized by [Trump] and not the senators on the ballot," Jamerson said.

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Legal expert says this is the ‘clearest case for prosecuting’ Trump for the Jan. 6 attack

Writing for Just Security this Monday, legal analyst Albert W. Alschuler says that most scholars and legal experts are missing a key path to prosecuting Donald Trump for his role in sparking the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6., namely the fact that Trump failed to intervene to stop the riot, making him an accomplice.

"Failing to prevent a crime usually does not make someone an accomplice, but it is sufficient when this person had a legal duty to intervene," Alschuler writes. "For this reason, a railroad conductor who failed to prevent passengers from transporting bootleg liquor was himself convicted of transporting the liquor. Similarly, a parent who made no effort to stop an assault on her child was guilty of the assault herself. And a police officer who arranges to be somewhere else at the time of a robbery aids and abets the robbery. This officer can be convicted along with the robbers at the scene."

Alschuler cites Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, where is says a president "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed."

According to Alschuler, Trump ability to enforce the law was "unique."

"Like other public officials, he could have sought the assistance of additional police officers or military forces, but, unlike anyone else in America, he had a less costly and probably more effective way to bring the crime to a halt: He could simply have asked his followers to stop," he writes.

Read the full article over at Just Security.

Legal expert says this is the ‘clearest case for prosecuting’ Trump for the Jan. 6 attack

Local columnist stunned after seeing the GOP ‘propaganda machine’ send a school board meeting into chaos

Writing in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this Monday, columnist Tony Messenger mentioned the "ominous" new post on the website for the Rockwood School District in Missouri.

"Threats of violence against school board members, officials and workers in our nation's public schools can be reported by the public to the FBI's National Threat Operations Center (NTOC) via its national tip line (1-800-CALL-FBI) and online through the FBI website," the post reads.

The post came after an advisory was sent to school boards and law enforcement from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who said school districts should report threats from parents to the Justice Department.

According to Messenger, the fact that such a notice even needed to be posted is a sad commentary "on the political division of our times," adding that the school district has seen multiple resignations of school officials due to threats from angry parents -- angry parents who are "fed misinformation on Facebook and other platforms about masks, vaccines, critical race theory and other topics."

Messenger reviewed a YouTube video showing parents at a school board meeting who were outraged over Critical Race Theory, which isn't taught in Rockwood schools.

"There were comments seeking some books to be banned from the library and, of course, breathless criticism of the mask mandate that was in place at the board meeting and continues in all the public schools," Messenger writes, adding that the school board members "showed tremendous patience sitting there listening to criticisms, most of which were based on falsehoods" that were "fed to them by the Republican propaganda machine, which is pushing the straw-man argument that Garland is trying to tamp down dissent."

Read the full article over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Local columnist stunned after seeing the GOP ‘propaganda machine’ send a school board into chaos

Inquiry into the death of Eric Garner will be reopened to shed transparency on a case that has been 'shrouded in secrecy': report

The death of Eric Garner at the hands of New York City police officers in 2014 will return to public view in what may be the final milestone of the case, The New York Times reports.

A judicial inquiry into Garner's death will begin Monday which will hear public testimony from dozens of witnesses, including several officers involved in the case. As the Times points out, new charges or settlements won't be brought -- the officer who killed Garner while putting him in a chokehold has been fired with no criminal charges, and Garner's family has already reached a settlement with the city.

The hearing, according to the Times, is designed to bring greater transparency to a case that has been shrouded in secrecy.

"I've been waiting seven years, I need answers for this," Garner's mother Gwen Carr said in an interview. "What really happened on that day?"

"There's no justice for Eric because he's dead. For me, there only could be closure," she added.

Read the full report over at The New York Times.

Microsoft warns Russian hacking group is behind a massive and ongoing cyber attack

According to a post from Microsoft on its blog, NOBELIUM, the group behind the SolarWinds attack tried to "gain access to downstream customers of multiple cloud service providers, managed service providers, and other IT services organizations."

Speaking to The New York Times, Tom Burt, Microsoft's vice president of customer security, said the attempted hack is "very large, and it is ongoing." The Times also reports that the hackers seemed to have been backed by Russia's foreign intelligence agency SVR.

In a separate blog post from Microsoft on Sunday, the company says 609 organizations were affected by the attacks.

"This recent activity is another indicator that Russia is trying to gain long-term, systematic access to a variety of points in the technology supply chain and establish a mechanism for surveilling – now or in the future – targets of interest to the Russian government," Burt wrote.

Yet another Facebook whistleblower comes forward as the social media giant is rocked by allegations

A new Facebook whistleblower has come forward, claiming the company prioritizes growth and profits over combatting hate speech, misinformation and other forms of danger to the public, The Washington Post reports.

"The whistleblower's allegations, which were declared under penalty of perjury and shared with The Post on the condition of anonymity, echoed many of those made by Frances Haugen, another former Facebook employee whose scathing testimony before Congress this month intensified bipartisan calls for federal action against the company," the Post's Craig Timberg writes. "Haugen, like the new whistleblower, also made allegations to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which oversees publicly traded companies."

The whistleblower was formerly a member of Facebook's "Integrity team." The whistleblower's documents reportedly contain a quote from "a top Facebook communications official during the controversy following Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election," where Facebook communications official Tucker Bounds allegedly said, "It will be a flash in the pan. Some legislators will get pissy. And then in a few weeks they will move onto something else. Meanwhile we are printing money in the basement, and we are fine."

Read the full report over at The Washington Post.

GOP congressman: Capitol riot defendants are being treated worse than 'blood thirsty murderers' at Guantanamo

Speaking on the House floor this Friday, Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert went to bat for defendants arrested and charged for participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, saying that authorities are treating them worse than prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp in Cuba.

"The reports we've been getting indicate that the folks here that are being held in pre-trial confinement and are being punished, although that's unconstitutional to punish somebody while they are waiting trial and have not been convicted, that they're not treated nearly as well as bloodthirsty murderers that are being held in Guantanamo," Gohmert said.

Gohmert went on to say that he's visited Capitol riot defendants and that it's "tragic that American citizens are being treated so much worse than individuals who want to destroy America."

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Cops held him at gunpoint for 'driving while Black' – now he’s getting $50,000 and an apology

A man who was held at gunpoint by police in Chester, Vermont, during a traffic stop has reached a $50,000 settlement with the town government, the Valley News reports.

The Human Rights Commission found that the Chester Police Department illegally discriminated against Obadiah Jacobs, who is Black, during a traffic stop in 2019 when police were looking for a driver from another town.

"I thought I was going to be arrested or shot," Jacobs said in regards to when police ordered him out of his car at gunpoint. "I couldn't believe this was really happening. I didn't know if I made the wrong move at that point if I would have a bullet shot at me. It was terrifying."

According to Jacobs' attorney, there was no reason for the traffic stop.

"The evidence is clear: He did nothing wrong," attorney Thomas Bixby said. "The vehicle didn't match the description other than him being an African American."

In a statement to its website early this month, the town offered its apologies to Jacobs.

"The town of Chester sincerely apologizes to Mr. Jacobs, recognizing that no arrest or other action was taken as a result of the stop and that no basis was found during the stop to believe that Mr. Jacobs was engaged in illegal activities," the statement read.

"The town of Chester wishes Mr. Jacobs the best in his future endeavors," the statement added, "and hopes that he will feel welcome and secure whenever he has occasion to be in Chester in the future."

The Human Rights Commission's report found that police were looking for a Black man who had been driving a car and waved a firearm at another person in a road rage incident. Jacobs obeyed all commands from police and agreed to a search of the vehicle, where no firearms were found.

When Jacobs asked what the stop was about, Sgt. William Frank told him, "Because yesterday or the day before… allegedly you waved a gun at somebody, pointed a gun at somebody," the report said.

Jacobs replied there was no way it could be true.

When Chester Police Chief Rick Cloud arrived, the report said, Frank told him Jacobs was known as a "player" who would "sling dope."

Read the full report over at the Valley News.

Mike Pence is 'still angry' that Trump endangered him and his family on Jan. 6: report

Speaking to Vanity Fair, a friend of Mike Pence says the former vice president is still upset over the fact that Donald Trump put him and his family in danger on Jan. 6.

Pence is reportedly "still angry that Trump placed his and his family members' lives in jeopardy," Vanity Fair reports, citing Pence's friend. Trump and Pence "still trade phone calls sporadically," according to their advisers.

During the Capitol riot, Trump supporters were caught on video chanting "Hang Mike Pence!"

"I heard at least 3 different rioters at the Capitol say that they hoped to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him from a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor," reported Reuters photographer Jim Bourg. "It was a common line being repeated. Many more were just talking about how the VP should be executed."

Trump and Pence have avoided being seen together in public. Pence is reportedly seeking a 2024 presidential bid.

"He's making real money for the first time in his life," said one longtime friend. "Running for president is also a great way of making six-figure speeches."

Read the full report at Vanity Fair.

Matt Gaetz demands Cheney and Kinzinger get kicked out of GOP while commiserating with Steve Bannon

Speaking on Steve Bannon's Real America's Voice show this Thursday, Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz slammed fellow Republican Liz Cheney, accusing her of conspiring with Democrats to target Republicans who they say are responsible for sparking the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Gaetz even suggested Cheney should be booted from the Republican Party over her actions.

"Liz Cheney is acting in concert with Bennie Thompson and Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi on all these matters," Gaetz said. "And frankly, it's a travesty we haven't kicked her out of the Republican conference right alongside her little buddy, Adam Kinzinger."

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted to refer criminal charges against Bannon to the United States Department of Justice, with nine House Republicans crossing the aisle to vote with Democrats.

The matter will now be turned over to the Department of Justice, which will decide whether to indict Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress.

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