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If the late Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged partner in sex trafficking can be granted a laptop 13 hours a day to actively participate in her defense, why not January 6 defendants?

The jailhouse accommodation for Ghislaine Maxwell is the most prominent example cited in a bail application for alleged Capitol rioter Dominic Pezzola, submitted to D.C. federal court Friday.

The 43-year-old veteran, now incarcerated in D.C. jail for 150 days, has been effectively shut out of his own defense in violation of constitutional guarantees specifically for defendants, not just their counsel, the filing says.

Not only is Pezzola unable to “adequately” view the voluminous text, audio and video evidence held by the prosecution, but like all other January 6 defendants housed a short drive from the U.S. Capitol, his right to attorney-client privilege is functionally meaningless, his lawyers Marty Tankleff and Steven Metcalf argue.

They raised similar objections about lack of privacy and access to evidence to Just the News two months ago, following brief outrage from Democratic and Republican lawmakers about Department of Corrections policies for January 6 defendants and other D.C. jail inmates.

Pezzola has “literally been in his cell for 22 or 23 hours a day,” the filing says. “It is impossible to have a free-flowing conversation” with their client in these “open cages where there is no confidentiality [and] everyone can hear the conversations[,] including prison guards.”

D.C. jail evidence-review policies also have “the potential to invade attorney-client privilege” and the practical effect of punishing inmates, by putting them in “restrictive housing” for two weeks at a time to privately review CDs and DVDs of evidence on jail-provided laptops.

The lawyers suggested they will seek a new trial or dismissal if these conditions aren’t reversed, citing legal precedents that punish a prosecution for “knowingly arrang[ing] or permit[ing] intrusion into the attorney-client relationship.”

They cited a recent scandal in New York City, where their law practice is based, involving the accidental recording of at least 1,500 attorney-client phone calls by a prison telecom contractor. District attorneys for all five boroughs received the recordings.

“In this case,” the lawyers hold, “a better alternative” to giving Pezzola a laptop is granting him bail, which would sidestep concerns about the D.C. jail not following court orders and infringing his attorney-client privilege.

The jail has a record of discriminating against Pezzola, sending him to “the hole” multiple times without a “reasonable penological reason” but rather as retaliation or harassment, the filing claims. One of these — lasting about two weeks, “without a single disciplinary charge” — happened hours after a broadcast interview with his wife.

Alleging “human rights violations on a daily basis” against January 6 inmates, who are not part of the general jail population, the motion claims “dozens” of them share the same unsanitary nail clippers, exercise is limited at best, access to showers is “nearly nonexistent,” and religious services and haircuts are banned.

It’s not just defense lawyers raising these concerns, the filing says, pointing to a June 24 letter from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to FBI Director Chris Wray, Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police.

She demanded they provide records by July 30 on visitation hours, religious accommodations, solitary confinement, “number of daily meals” and access to attorneys and “potentially exculpatory evidence” for January 6 defendants versus the general jail population.

“If reports surrounding the treatment of these prisoners are true,” including physical violence by guards and needless isolation, “it is an enormous stain on the credibility of our justice system,” which is giving far more lenient treatment to “domestic terrorists” associated with Black Lives Matter and Antifa, Greene wrote.

Unlike with Maxwell, who allegedly arranged Epstein’s sexual encounters with minors, the government can’t come close to showing Pezzola is a flight risk, as the court determined months ago, the bail motion says. His wife and children remain in the same community where he’s lived for more than 20 years.

That leaves only the long-outdated “dangerousness” factors behind his original pretrial detention: Pezzola’s alleged discussions with other rioters of bringing weapons to D.C. and a recovered thumb drive with “instructions for making bombs, firearms, and poisons.” Any terms of his release would prohibit access to weapons.

If not released on his own personal recognizance, he can be placed into the custody of his wife under a “high intensity supervision program” with GPS monitoring, the motion suggests. His co-defendant William Pepe, who is missing from three of his 10 charges, was released on personal recognizance with travel restrictions.

Those three additional charges are not enough to justify continued detention, according to the motion. Two are based on Pezzola picking up a “riot shield” dropped by a U.S. Capitol officer, and the third — obstructing an officer from responding to “civil disorder” — did not stop release on bond for defendant Michael Foy, alleged to have struck at officers “at least 10 times” with a hockey stick.

The filing includes several pages of other defendants who faced “equal or greater criminal charges” and were granted bail or released on their own recognizance. They include actress Lori Loughlin, former police officer Derek Chauvin and Adam Christian Johnson, the January 6 rioter photographed walking off with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern.

Depriving Pezzola the same leniency violates his equal protection rights, especially in light of federal prosecutors dropping charges against the vast majority of arrestees nationwide who looted and rioted following George Floyd’s death, the motion says.

The most serious felony counts against him could also be applied to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, for having “threatened” justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on the steps of the Supreme Court during oral argument in an abortion case.

The lawyers said they would also request discovery for the government’s charging documents against pro-choice Code Pink activists and other protesters who disrupted Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, which were “official proceedings.”

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Three Republican AGs will investigate GoFundMe following removal of Canadian trucker fundraiser

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Three Republican attorneys general pledged to investigate GoFundMe’s decision to take down a fundraiser for Canadian truckers protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the capital city of Ottawa. 

GoFundMe canceled the fundraiser Friday evening, which had raised $10 million. 

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey all said they would look into the matter of the California-based company, citing potential deceptive practices affecting their state residents. 

Morrisey began the trend, as he tweeted on Friday night, “#GoFundMe now won’t honor #FreedomConvoy donations and will instead redirect to other charities? In WV, organizations must not deceive donors and engage in deceptive advertising practices. If you’ve been victimized by a deceptive act or practice, let us know!”

In a reply tweet, Morrisey noted that, “According to their website, #GoFundMe is not automatically refunding the donations. Individuals interested in a refund can submit the form below if they do so by Feb 19, 2022. This will avoid the ‘redirecting’ of the donation.”

Donald Trump, Jr., retweeted Morrisey, saying, “All GOP Attorney Generals should be looking at this & helping to get people their $$$ back so it can be redirected to the truckers. Don’t let @gofundme scam you… call your AGs & let them know. GFM seems to have no problem finding [sic] BLM riots… peaceful truckers should be fine too.”

GoFundMe tweeted an update overnight, saying that it would instead automatically refund all donations to the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraiser. 

“The update we issued earlier enabled all donors to get a refund and outlined a plan to distribute remaining funds to verified charities selected by the Freedom Convoy organizers. However, due to donor feedback, we are simplifying the process and automatically refunding donations.”

The next morning, Morrisey tweeted a screenshot of GoFundMe’s Twitter update, saying, “As a result of YOU weighing in, #GoFundMe has CHANGED its policy for the #FreedomConvoy and will now be AUTOMATICALLY providing refunds to donors. Thanks to everyone who RT’d our message. Little ‘ol WV making a difference! We’re not done yet & will not tolerate shady practices.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted shortly after, likely before seeing the GoFundMe update, because he said, “It is a fraud for @gofundme to commandeer $9M in donations sent to support truckers and give it to causes of their own choosing. I will work with @AGAshleyMoody to investigate these deceptive practices — these donors should be given a refund.”

Landry then tweeted his agreement with Morrissey, writing, “I share the concerns of @WestVirginiaAG. My office will be looking into whether or not #GoFundMe violated our state law. If you are a Louisiana donor to the #FreedomConvoy, please contact my #ConsumerProtection Section! #lagov”

On Sunday, Moody blasted GoFundMe on “Fox and Friends”.

“Think about what occurred here. You have a business that essentially makes money off people, out of the goodness of their hearts, wanting to contribute to a cause that’s important to them. You have a big business that encourages that. They take a percentage,” Moody said, according to Florida Politics.

“They make money when folks raise money through their platform. And then, without any notice to anyone, and no donor knows this before they make a contribution, they’re going to make some political judgment that they think this isn’t a worthy cause anymore, and just shut down after raising millions of dollars,” she added. 

“Folks wanted to help in this protest against heavy-handed government as people historically have done when government has tried to overreach and take away the freedoms of its people. People push back peacefully. And you have a business here that makes money off of people wanting to donate to that, and they just shut it down,” Moody continued.

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Biden Makes Worst Foreign Policy Blunder Since Afghanistan – GOP Goes After Joe For Greenlighting Russia

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Boy, are Democrats having a day! Joe Biden’s press conference last night was an unmitigated disaster. Critics are slamming just about everything he said. But perhaps worst were his comments on Russia.

It’s no secret that Russia is trying to harass the sovereign nation of Ukraine. They’ve even amassed troops along the border, preparing what some fear could be an invasion.

Anything an American president might say right now could end hostilities or trigger conflict. The issue of Ukraine came up during Biden’s presser. I’m sure his handlers thought his comments were supposed to show strength against Putin. Instead, Biden dropped a bomb that might end up being a green light to war.

From Daily Wire:

“IT’S ONE THING IF IT’S A MINOR INCURSION AND WE END UP HAVING TO FIGHT ABOUT WHAT TO DO AND NOT DO,” BIDEN TOLD REPORTERS REGARDING WHAT RUSSIA MIGHT DO…

WHEN ASKED LATER TO CLARIFY WHAT HE MEANT BY “MINOR INCURSION,” BIDEN SAID HE DREW THE LINE AT “RUSSIAN FORCES CROSSING THE BORDER, KILLING UKRAINIAN FIGHTERS,” CNN REPORTED.

Minor incurstion? This is pretty bad. It seems Biden is willing to let Putin do whatever he wants short of an full-on invasion. Republican leaders were not okay with this.

From Breitbart:

THE REMARKS WERE WIDELY SEEN AS UNDERCUTTING U.S. DIPLOMACY THAT HAS TRIED TO STAVE OFF ANY RUSSIAN INCURSION INTO UKRAINE — “MINOR” OR NOT…

SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), WHOSE BILL TO PUNISH PUTIN WITH SANCTIONS FAILED DUE TO DEMOCRAT OPPOSITION, SAID BIDEN’S ANSWERS ON UKRAINE WERE “INCOHERENT AND CATASTROPHIC.” […]

“MOST WORRYINGLY, HE DEFINED DOWN WHAT COUNTS AS AN ‘INVASION’ AND CALLED INTO QUESTION WHETHER WE’D FORCEFULLY RESPOND, WHICH WILL BE READ IN FAR TOO MANY PLACES AS GREENLIGHTING AN INVASION,” HE SAID.

Joe Biden’s comments on Russia’s hostility toward Ukraine are being called his worst foreign policy decision since his deadly Afghanistan withdrawal. His comments did not show the U.S. was ready to defend our ally against Russia. Instead, it appears as if he was giving Putin the green light, as long as he wasn’t going to send “soldiers” into the foreign land.

The phrase “minor incursion” was especially troubling. Russia has more options for attacking Ukraine than just soldiers. They can use cyberattacks, block roads, and disrupt trade moving into Ukraine. Just the fact that Biden suggested he’d tolerate an “incursion,” minor or otherwise, was slammed by critics.

His comments were so bad, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had to do damage control. She released one of several statements hoping to clarify. Once again, she is trying to backtrack something Joe said.

From Breitbart:

WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI ISSUED A STATEMENT WEDNESDAY EVENING IN AN ATTEMPT TO UNDO THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN’S WEAK STATEMENTS ON UKRAINE AND RUSSIA AT A PRESS CONFERENCE JUST MOMENTS BEFORE IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

She tried to project the kind of strength Joe should have during his conference. But a quickly written statement does not carry the same weight as something that comes right out of Biden’s mouth. His handlers should have done a much better job of controlling what Sleepy Joe was going to say.

Biden came out later that day to say that the U.S. is ready to take strong action against any Russian activity, but it may be too little, too late. Putin is a master poker player, and he just got Biden to admit to the world that Joe will hesitate and let Russia do what it wants.

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‘Let The 25th Amendment Discussions Begin:’ Biden’s Press Conference a Total Failure as Reactions Roll in[VIDEO]

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President Joe Biden seemed to confirm the dark suspicions of millions of Americans that he’s mentally unfit during his rambling, two-hour news conference on Thursday.

Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas, who was the White House physician to former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, reiterated his grave concerns about Biden’s mental sharpness.

“He’s totally disconnected from reality,” Jackson tweeted Thursday during Biden’s first news conference in 10 months.

The blundering 79-year-old repeatedly lost his train of thought and slurred his words during the event to mark his first year as president.

“He has NO IDEA what’s going on,” the congressman tweeted. “It’s no surprise he’s been kept locked away in the basement. This is an EMBARRASSMENT.”

Jackson pointed out that Biden completely ignored a question from a White House correspondent about his flailing mental acuity.

“BIDEN JUST IGNORED A QUESTION ABOUT HIS COGNITIVE DECLINE! Something is WRONG with him,” he tweeted. “This man IS NOT qualified to be President!!”

The congressman added: “I am demanding he have a cognitive test NOW. There’s too much on the line, we need to know!”

Jackson was referencing a polite but direct question posed by James Rosen, the chief White House correspondent for Newsmax.

“A poll released this morning by Politico Morning Consult found 49 percent of registered voters disagreeing with the statement, ‘Joe Biden is mentally fit,’” Rosen said.

Biden derisively tried to brush off the question, but a persistent Rosen followed up, asking, “Why do you suppose such large segments of the American electorate have come to harbor such profound concerns about your cognitive fitness?”

The career politician awkwardly replied, “I have no idea.” Then he quickly called on another reporter.

Meanwhile, Biden was widely panned by numerous social media commentators, who said the news conference was an epic disaster.

Breitbart’s Joel Pollak tweeted six words that Biden surely didn’t want to hear: “Let the 25th Amendment discussions begin.” The amendment provides a process for the vice president to assume power if the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

Conservative radio host Clay Travis slammed the “incredibly embarrassing press conference,” saying Biden underperformed despite responding to “a pre-approved list of questioners on a list given to him.”

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY EMBARRASSING PRESS CONFERENCE FOR JOE BIDEN. HE’S READING FROM A PRE-APPROVED LIST OF QUESTIONERS ON A LIST GIVEN TO HIM. IS HE INCAPABLE OF CALLING ON REPORTERS HIMSELF? BECAUSE THAT’S THE ONLY EXPLANATION MOST PEOPLE WATCHING, INCLUDING ME, TAKE FROM THIS.

— CLAY TRAVIS (@CLAYTRAVIS) JANUARY 19, 2022

Media strategist Caleb Hull noted that Biden dismissed his abysmal approval ratings as fake (“I don’t believe the polls”) and even suggested that the 2020 election and the forthcoming 2022 midterm elections could be rigged.

Reminder: The corporate media brutally attacked Trump for making similar remarks.

“Isn’t this everything that made Trump ‘literally Hitler’?” Hull tweeted.

Democrats and their corporate media lapdogs have screeched for the past year that questioning election results is “treason” and “terrorism.”

But if you’re a Democrat, you can call GOP election victories “illegitimate” with impunity.

Hypocritical Democrats and their media minions who disingenuously questioned Trump’s mental fitness for four years are now curiously silent about Biden’s bewildering babbling.

Although people laugh about it, Biden’s faltering mental fitness is not a joke. It is a pressing national security threat that will haunt him for the rest of his presidency.

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