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Former prosecutor who quit Trump-Russia probe says she left over concerns with Barr

Nora DannhennyA former federal prosecutor who helped investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe said Wednesday she left the team because of concerns with then-Attorney General William Barr’s public comments about the case and because she strongly disagreed with a draft of an interim report he considered releasing before the election.

“I simply couldn’t be part of it. So I resigned,” Nora Dannehy told Connecticut state legislators during her confirmation hearing as a nominee to the state Supreme Court. It marked the first time Dannehy has spoken publicly about her sudden resignation from the probe overseen by former special counsel John Durham.


Merrick Garland faces down Republican attacks over Hunter Biden inquiry

Merrick Garland

Merrick Garland faced down the latest Republican attacks on the justice department’s handling of Hunter Biden and other issues on Wednesday, vowing to “not be intimidated”.

The House judiciary inquiry came just a week before the Joe Biden impeachment hearing, which will also focus on the scope of Hunter Biden’s legal troubles and alleged corruption. Both are part of the Republican party’s ongoing attempt to erode trust in federal institutions such as the Department of Justice and its FBI arm, claiming they are partisan actors.

“Our job is to pursue justice, without fear or favor. Our job is not to do what is politically convenient,” Garland said in his opening statement. “Our job is not to take orders from the president, from Congress or from anyone else about who or what to criminally investigate. As the president himself has said, and I reaffirmed today, I am not the president’s lawyer. I will add I am not Congress’s prosecutor.”

TVNL Comment: The disrespect shown Merrick Garland was an outrage.  The man has spent a lifetime in public service and had to sit through a rude attack by clowns called Republicans.


Former White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson Claims Rudy Giuliani Groped Her

Cassidy Hutchinson

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former Trump White House aide who gave key testimony before the House Jan. 6 committee, writes in her new memoir that Donald Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani groped her.

Hutchinson said the former New York City mayor put his hand under her blazer, then her skirt, according to The Guardian.

“I feel his frozen fingers trail up my thigh,” she wrote, according to The Guardian. “He tilts his chin up. The whites of his eyes look jaundiced. My eyes dart to [Trump adviser] John Eastman, who flashes a leering grin.”

“I fight against the tension in my muscles and recoil from Rudy’s grip … filled with rage, I storm through the tent, on yet another quest for Mark [Meadows].”


Democrats Continue Special Election Streak In Pennsylvania, New Hampshire

New Hampshire state house

Democratic candidates easily won special state legislative elections in both Pennsylvania and New Hampshire on Tuesday night, continuing the party’s streak of strong performances in special contests, providing a good omen for 2024 and giving Democrats a better chance of holding two swing state legislative chambers.

In Pennsylvania, former congressional aide Lindsay Powell won in a safe blue seat in Pittsburgh, meaning the party will maintain its 102-101 edge in the state’s House of Representatives. Republicans control the state senate in the Keystone State, while the governor is Democrat Josh Shapiro.

In New Hampshire, whose 500-member state house is the largest in the nation, Democrat Hal Rafter won a previously Republican-held seat northeast of Manchester, narrowing the Republican edge in the state house to just 198 Republicans to 197 Democrats. Democrats are heavily favored in a special election scheduled for November, meaning the party could soon split control of the chamber and break the GOP trifecta controlling state government.


Democrats Continue Special Election Streak In Pennsylvania, New Hampshire

Gen. Charles "C.Q." BrownThe Senate overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to advance the nomination of Gen. Charles “C.Q.” Brown to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the first military nomination to advance in the chamber since Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) began his blockade seven months ago.

Brown, an Air Force general, is set to replace outgoing Chairman Mark Milley, whose term ends Oct. 1. A vote on final passage on Brown to fill the post will take place Wednesday evening.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) earlier Wednesday moved to set votes on the three military leaders — Brown, Gen. Eric Smith to become commandant of the Marine Corps and Gen. Randy George to serve as chief of staff of the Army — in an attempt to ward off a plan by Tuberville to force votes on Smith in the coming days, a move that is rarely put to use by rank-and-file senators in the minority.


'Mob boss': former White House lawyer Ty Cobb blasts Trump over new developments in Mar-a-Lago case

Ty Cobb

Former White House lawyer Ty Cobb compared his former boss and President Donald Trump to a "mob boss" in an interview with CNN Tuesday.

Cobb's comments were in response to new developments in the federal case against Trump related to his handling of classified documents and on charges of obstruction of justice.

Trump reportedly advised his former assistant Molly Michael to tell investigators that she knew nothing about boxes of classified documents discovered at Mar-a-Lago, according to the New York Times.

"You don't know anything about the boxes," Trump told Michael, according to the report.


Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) Implements Automatic Voter Registration

Josh Shapiro

Pennsylvania is adopting an automatic voter registration system for anyone who obtains a driver’s license or other state identification card, state Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) announced on Tuesday.

Pennsylvanians can still choose not to register when they are obtaining ― or renewing ― their IDs, but they will have to proactively opt out of the process to do so.

Shapiro had the power to make the change without passing a new law.

“Pennsylvania is the birthplace of our democracy, and as Governor, I’m committed to ensuring free and fair elections that allow every eligible voter to make their voice heard,” Shapiro said in a statement. “Automatic voter registration is a commonsense step to ensure election security and save Pennsylvanians time and tax dollars.”

Pennsylvania is the 24th state to adopt automatic voter registration.



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