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Kyle Rittenhouse Facing Federal Charges As DOJ Is Called On To Review Case

Accused Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty by a jury of his peers today, with NBC News reporting:

Rittenhouse was charged with reckless homicide in the slaying of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and intentional homicide in the death of Anthony Huber, 26.

He also faced a charge of attempted intentional homicide for severely wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, a 27-year-old paramedic from suburban Milwaukee who was there that night volunteering his medical services, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety.

But Rittenhouse is not in the clear legally. He could still face federal charges, and the Justice Department is being called on review the case and see if he should be charged.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted out a call for the DOJ to take a close look at Rittenhouse:


Specifically, Rittenhouse could face being charged with federal civil rights violations and a hate crime. That decision will have to be made by the DOJ, and it could impact future cases of this type when protesters are targeted by those who disagree with them.

So while Kyle Rittenhouse may be in the clear for the moment, there’s a very good chance he’s going to be back in court very soon, and his luck will eventually run out.

 

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Bartiromo Screamed At Barr When He Refused To Steal The 2020 Election For Trump: Report

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo got into an enraged shouting match with then-Attorney General William Barr because he refused to say there had been widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new book from Jonathan Karl that will be released on Tuesday.

CNN reports that Bartiromo was livid that Barr wouldn’t join the attempt by some in the Trump administration to delegitimize the results which clearly showed Joe Biden would be the next president:

“Betrayal,” by ABC’s chief Washington correspondent Jon Karl, highlights Bartiromo’s damaging role as a promoter of reckless lies about the election.

In the book, which comes out on Tuesday, Karl writes that “Bartiromo had once been a widely respected and trailblazing financial journalist. As a correspondent for CNBC, she was the first television reporter to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Now she had her own show on Fox News and she was using it to boost a series of unfounded allegations designed to overturn a presidential election.”

Barr confirmed to Karl that the conversation with Bartiromo did indeed take place and that he refused to budge when she demanded he cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election:

“She called me up and she was screaming,” Barr told Karl on the record. “I yelled back at her. She’s lost it.”

Karl said he reached out to Bartiromo for a response, because, “after all, it’s highly inappropriate for a journalist to call the attorney general and demand he do something related to a criminal investigation.”

“Bartiromo did not respond,” Karl wrote, “but a Fox News spokesperson did get back to me and denied Barr’s account of the conversation on Bartiromo’s behalf.”

As we long suspected, Fox News and other right-wing media outlets such as Newsmax and One America News were all part of the larger conspiracy to stage a coup that would allow Trump to remain in power indefinitely. The riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6 were also part of that plot, and are being investigated by the House Select Committee.

Every single person who played any role in the attempt to destroy this republic and our representative democracy should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. That includes Maria Bartiromo, who should also be shown the door by Fox.

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Former US Attorney: DOJ Is Moving Slow On Indicting Bannon – But That’s A Good Sign

Three weeks ago, the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection made a referral to the Justice Department for criminal contempt of Congress against former Trump administration staffer Steve Bannon when he refused to obey a subpoena for his testimony.

In those three weeks, many of us who believe in the rule of law have wondered: Is the DOJ ever going to file charges against Bannon? Or will he be allowed to get away with a crime most of us would face jail time for committing?

According to former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, the delay in charging Bannon is actually a very good sign.

In an op-ed she wrote for MSNBC, Vance notes:

There’s an old saying prosecutors like to repeat to one another: If you shoot at the king, you’d best not miss. Roughly translated, that means don’t indict a suspect before your evidence is in place. The government bears the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the highest standard of proof we use in our legal system, and to meet that burden, the prosecution must have admissible evidence of guilt. Prosecutors can’t rely on what everyone thinks they know or what people believe. Ensuring they have evidence to establish every element of a crime, even in a matter that seems as self-proving as this one, takes time and effort.

Silence, Vance continues, doesn’t necessarily mean inaction:

The basics of preparing to indict, including obtaining evidence the prosecution needs in an admissible form, can take time. Subpoenas have to be authorized, cut and served on people and entities from which prosecutors seek information. It takes time for subpoenaed materials to be returned to the grand jury. While there’s no way to know whether the Justice Department is using grand jury subpoenas to compile evidence in this case, it’s entirely possible. That process can add weeks before prosecutors have the essential evidence they need to indict.

The delay could also mean that Bannon is being investigated for more than one crime, and prosecutors have to gather all the evidence before they bring formal charges.

However, she concludes, everything is working the way it’s supposed to, and we just need to learn to be patient:

So as we wait, frustrated and concerned, we must remind ourselves that there are good reasons for prosecutors to take the time to do a thorough and thoughtful job. That we want a system of government in which the rule of law works, not one that responds to crowds that loudly chant “lock him up.” And that while it’s not easy to live through the struggle to restore a functioning democracy, the hard work and even the waiting are worth doing.

Bannon’s day before the bar of justice is coming. We just have to try and be patient. But imagine the celebration when it happens.

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Key DOJ Figure In Effort To Overturn 2020 Election Will Testify To House Jan. 6 Committee On Friday

In the weeks after it became clear that former President Donald Trump had indeed lost the 2020 election to President Joe Biden, one assistant attorney general at the Justice Department began working overtime to get top DOJ officials to come forward and sign on to what has since become known as “the Big Lie.”

That man was Jeffrey Clark, and he will be giving a deposition under oath to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection on Friday, according to both The Hill and CNN:

Clark, who was subpoenaed by the committee in October, was set to appear before the committee last week, but got a brief delay after splitting with his attorney. A source familiar confirmed that Clark will sit for a closed door deposition with investigators from the special House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. 

Clark, the former acting Civil Division assistant attorney general, won Trump’s favor after being introduced to the president by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), another staunch defender of Trump’s efforts in the days after he lost the election.

Clark, it should be noted, will be acting against the direct instructions of Trump, who has told former administration officials to ignore subpoenas from the Jan. 6 committee.

In its subpoena to Clark, the committee noted:

“You proposed that the department send a letter to state legislators in Georgia and other states suggesting that they delay certification of their election results and hold a press conference announcing that the department was investigating allegations of voter fraud.”

Trump’s plan, it has since come to light, was to fire then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and replace him with the more pliable Clark, who would then use the Justice Department to do the former president’s bidding and declare the presidential election invalid.

Clark may also have information relevant to investigations of the violent attack on the Capitol which took place on Jan. 6 while Congress was meeting in joint session to certify the Electoral College votes that would officially make Biden the 46th President of the United States.

Just the fact that Clark is agreeing to give a deposition under oath is a major blow to Trump and other former top officials in the previous administration.

Trump could be facing charges of inciting an insurrection, attempting an overthrow of the legally elected government, and other felonies if the House Select Committee makes criminal referrals to the Department of Justice.

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Peter Doocy Suggests Biden Meddled With The DOJ And Gets Steamrolled By Jen Psaki

Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy must be a glutton for punishment, because he keeps trying to zing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and she keeps making him look like the douchebag he is.

At Monday’s press briefing, Doocy said that President Joe Biden had broken his promise not to meddle in the Justice Department when he suggested last week that anyone who ignores a subpoena from the Jan. 6 House Select Committee should be referred for criminal charges.

Psaki immediately made it clear that she wasn’t going to let Doocy hijack the press briefing:

“The president continues to believe that Jan. 6 was one of the darkest days in our democracy. He also continues to believe that the Department of Justice has the purview and the independence to make decisions about prosecutions.”

Doocy countered:

“You say that that is his view but that is not what he said.”

Psaki told the Fox reporter:

“I just conveyed what his view is and that is also how he has operated, how he has governed and how he will continue to govern.”

Doocy then tried to make a comparison between Biden and Trump, saying Biden had vowed not to “do what former President Trump does” and use the DOJ to punish his enemies.

And that’s when Psaki rolled right over both Doocy and the failed, one-term former president:

“Well, since you give me the opportunity, the former president used his office to incite an insurrection, he put political pressure on senior DOJ officials to propagate lies about the election to the point where they threatened to resign en masse. I think there’s hardly a comparison there.”

Exactly. Donald Trump incited an insurrection, tried to use the Justice Department to overturn the 2020 election, and repeatedly insisted that the DOJ protect him from an investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

There is no comparison between what Trump did with the DOJ and Biden make an off-the-cuff remark about what should happen to those who ignore lawful subpoenas.

Also, Donald Trump is a crook, a con man, a sexual predator, and a traitor. Joe Biden is none of those, and he also has a brain and a heart, both of which Trump lacks.