CHICAGO — After four weeks and an avalanche of witnesses portraying R. Kelly as the predatory ringleader of a long-running criminal enterprise, federal prosecutors in New York City are expected to rest their case in chief as soon as Monday. And then, all eyes will turn to the singer’s defense. The defense’s case is expected to be significantly shorter. One of Kelly’s current girlfriends could testify. The defense is also likely to call an expert to refute Kelly’s doctor’s testimony regarding his sexual health. The disgraced singer himself has the right to take the stand in his own defense, tho...
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appears to have run out of patience with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Sources tell Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim that Schumer "has warned members they will have to begin confirming non-controversial" nominees such as ambassadors by working on nights and weekends.
The goal, writes Kim, is to make Cruz "feel some political pain (or pain from angry colleagues) over his holds," which have so far completely clogged up Biden's ambassadorship nominations.
"To date, only four of Biden's choices to be a U.S. ambassador to a foreign government have been approved by the Senate — three of them just on Tuesday," Kim reported on Wednesday. "That means Biden is lagging considerably behind his immediate predecessor, Donald Trump, who at this point in his presidency had 22 such U.S. ambassadors confirmed, 17 of them by voice vote, according to data compiled by Senate Democratic leadership aides."
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) told Kim that negotiating with Cruz was like "negotiating with a terrorist," and said that "what he's asking for is to control American foreign policy."
Trump-loving sheriff vows to present ‘proof of statewide election fraud' at Thursday press conference
A Trump-loving Republican sheriff in Wisconsin announced Wednesday that he plans to present "proof of state-wide election law violations" at a news conference on Thursday.
"Members of the media and the press are invited to attend a news conference where Sheriff Christopher Schmaling will unveil the results of an extensive investigation with implications throughout Racine County and Wisconsin," the Racine County Sheriff's Department wrote on its official Facebook page. "At the conclusion of the presentation, Sheriff Schmaling and the lead investigator will be available to answer questions and provide documentation... The news conference is open to the press/media only. The news conference will also be available on the Sheriff's Facebook page."
The Journal Times newspaper reported Wednesday afternoon that no further details about Schmaling's investigation had been released.
"Recounts and a Republican-ordered audit in Wisconsin confirmed that Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by a margin of more than 20,000 votes in the 2020 presidential election," the newspaper reported.
Last September, Sheriff Schmaling was keynote speaker at a Republican event co-hosted by Women for Trump.
In May 2020, Schmaling made news when he refused to enforce Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' coronavirus stay-at-home order.
His department's Facebook post on Wednesday generated hundreds of comments and shares.
"He is so trying to become important in the Republican party," one person wrote of Schmaling.
"Is this within the scope of his position?" another commenter wrote. "Like I'm sure there's a million other things the sheriff could put his time into, human trafficking, child abuse, drugs, just to name a few. But an election that is done and has been done!?!? Like it's gonna change the results somehow?"
Brian Kemp may get primary challenge from former GOP senator whose reelection bid got tanked by Trump: report
On Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein reported that former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) is considering a primary challenge to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.
"In recent weeks, Perdue has called donors and other allies to float the idea, according to eight people who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential matters. Several of them said he's 'conflicted' about a run, while others say he's leaning toward a challenge," reported Greg Bluestein. "Perdue has kept quiet publicly about his plans, and he declined to comment. But he remains close to former President Donald Trump, who encouraged the former U.S. senator to run at a rally in Middle Georgia in September. Trump's allies also recently leaked polls that show Perdue in a strong position."
Perdue narrowly lost his Senate seat Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) in a January runoff, after a fraught and controversial campaign that included a racist attack on Kamala Harris.
In recent months, Kemp has fallen from grace in pro-Trump circles because he told the former president he had no power to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election — although he has sought to mend fences by signing one of the most restrictive voting laws in the country.
He has already drawn a primary challenger from Vernon Jones, a former Democratic state legislator who left the party over his support for Trump.
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