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Prosecutor Accuses Jussie Smollett of Perjuring Himself in Trial’s Closing Argument

Actor Jussie Smollett makes a court appearance at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Illinois, March 14, 2019. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/Pool via Reuters) Chicago, Ill. — Jussie Smollett never wanted police to solve the horrible hate crime that was allegedly perpetrated against him on a frigid morning in January 2019, special prosecutor Dan Webb told the jury during closing arguments Wednesday in the actor’s criminal trial. That’s why Smollett withheld evidence from investigators, refusing to turn over his cell phone to detectives, and declined to provide his medical records from the attack or a DNA sample. That’s why Smollett falsely reported that one of his alleged attackers was white, when evidence points to the two attackers being brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who are … Send a tip to the news team at NR. To Read the Full Story

January 6 Committee to Hold Mark Meadows in Criminal Contempt

Then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to reporters following a television interview, outside the White House in Washington, D.C., October 21, 2020. (Al Drago/Reuters) The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Riot riot confirmed that it will hold former president Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows in criminal contempt for noncompliance with the panel’s orders. “The Select Committee is left with no choice but to advance contempt proceedings and recommend that the body in which Mr. Meadows once served refer him for criminal prosecution,” committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, wrote in a statement released Wednesday. The development comes after Meadows formally announced he would refuse to continue cooperating with the probe, according to a letter obtained by CNN that Meadows’s attorney sent to the committee on Tuesday. “We agreed to provide thousands of pages of responsive documents and Mr. Meadows was willing to appear voluntarily, not under compulsion of the Select Committee’s subpoena to him, for a deposition to answer questions about non-privileged matters,” attorney George J. Terwilliger III said. “Now actions by the Select Committee have made such an appearance untenable.” #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3b90 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3b90 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3b90 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3b90 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3d54 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3d54 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3d54 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3d54 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3df3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3df3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3df3 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3df3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3e84 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3e84 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3e84 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0dcc8b3e84 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } “In short, we now have every indication from the information supplied to us last Friday — upon which Mr. Meadows could expect to be questioned — that the Select Committee has no intention of respecting boundaries concerning Executive Privilege,” Terwilliger added. Given that Meadows did obey the committee’s document and interview requests as recent as last week, it is believed he changed his mind when the panel “issued wide ranging subpoenas for information from a third party communications provider,” according to the letter. His backtrack harkens back to Republican House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy’s promise in August to use the power of a future Republican-dominated Congress to penalize tech companies that turn over private user data to the committee. “As a result of careful and deliberate consideration of these factors, we now must decline the opportunity to appear voluntarily for a deposition,” Terwilliger wrote. He said that Meadows would however respond to written questions presented to him “so that there might be both an orderly process and a clear record of questions and related assertions of privilege where appropriate.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Marxist Seattle Councilwoman Trails in Early Recall Results

Socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant restarts the “Tax Amazon” campaign she led in 2019 with a rally at Washington Hall in Seattle, Wash., January 13, 2020. (David Ryder/Reuters) Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s open Marxist city councilwoman, was trailing in the first ballot drop of her recall election Tuesday night, with the six percentage-point margin expected to shrink as the remainder of the votes are tabulated until December 17. With the votes of 41 percent of registered voters in Sawant’s City Council District 3 accounted for Tuesday, 53 percent said “yes” to ousting Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative party with multiple infractions under her belt. Per Washington law, elected officials can only be recalled for “malfeasance, misfeasance, or violation of their oath of office.” If the recall succeeds, the council will select a replacement, who would remain in the post until the end of 2022. In November 2022, an election would take place to fill the role for the last year of Sawant’s four year term, followed by another general election in November 2023. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b06615 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b06615 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b06615 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b06615 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b0684b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b0684b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b0684b { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b0684b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b06925 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b06925 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b06925 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b06925 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b069ec .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b069ec .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b069ec { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0cd4b069ec .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Despite Sawant’s insistence that the recall was motivated by far-right operatives in the Democratic bulwark of Seattle, the organizers say they’re disillusioned with her disregard for the law and radicalism that doesn’t resonate with the progressive base of the city. Sawant faced three charges in the recall election. First, she allegedly broke the state’s COVID lockdown orders in June 2020 by letting protesters into City Hall for a rally. According to recall organizers, she effectively doxxed Mayor Jenny Durkan by directing a demonstration to her home address. And then she illegally used city funds to pay for her ballot initiative to tax the salaries of high paying tech employees in Silicon Valley. “It’s not about her ideologies,” Henry Bridger II, the director of the recall campaign, told National Review in November. “District 3 is the most liberal district in Seattle, and Seattle is one of the most liberal cities in the nation. We are not focusing on ideologies. I hold some of those ideologies. So, it’s not about who she is, where she’s from, her skin color, her sex, or anything. It’s clearly holding a politician accountable for breaking the law.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Arsonist Sets Fire to Christmas Tree outside NYC’s News Corp Building

In this image obtained from a social media video, a Christmas tree burns outside the Fox News building in New York, N.Y., December 8, 2021. (Twitter:@RajeloNess/via Reuters) A man was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly setting fire to the Christmas tree outside the News Corporation building in midtown Manhattan, which houses Fox News, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Set on fire just after midnight, the tree was quickly consumed by an inferno, emitting smoke and damaging adjacent vegetation planted on the square. The holiday display was positioned in front of the building straddling the commercial Avenue of the Americas. By the time the fire department responded and extinguished the blaze, the tree was significantly burned, leaving a supportive wooden frame behind. The NYPD arrested the alleged arsonist early Wednesday and took him into custody, the New York Post confirmed. Police did not determine a motive for the crime or reveal whether the incident was intended as a political statement, given that the three journalism outlets located in the News Corp office are understood to represent right-of-center media. The NYPD tweeted a statement early Wednesday that read: “Earlier this morning, a 49-year-old man climbed a Christmas tree at 48 St & 6th Ave in Manhattan & lit a fire causing the tree to become engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished & responding officers arrested the suspect, who has been charged for this crime.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Biden’s Pick for Top Bank Watchdog Withdraws

Saule Omarova, President Biden’s nominee to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, answers a question from a Senator during a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., November 18, 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) President Joe Biden’s pick for comptroller of the currency, Saule Omarova, has removed herself from the running for the position after receiving strong criticism from lawmakers of both parties and the banking industry over her aggressive approach to regulating the financial sector. “I deeply value President Biden’s trust in my abilities and remain firmly committed to the Administration’s vision of a prosperous, inclusive, and just future for our country,” she wrote in the letter. “At this point in the process, however, it is no longer tenable for me to continue as a Presidential nominee,” she wrote to the White House in a statement to cancel her candidacy as comptroller of the currency. In a follow-up statement, Biden praised her “deep expertise in financial regulation and her long-standing, respected career in the private sector, the public sector, and as a leading academic in the field.” Despite her qualifications and command of the subject, he said, she was subject to political assaults determined to kill her prospects. “As a strong advocate for consumers and a staunch defender of the safety and soundness of our financial system, Omarova would have brought invaluable insight and perspective to our important work on behalf of the American people,” Biden said. “But unfortunately, from the very beginning of her nomination, Omarova was subjected to inappropriate personal attacks that were far beyond the pale.” After five moderate Democratic senators including Senate Banking Committee members Jon Tester, Mark Warner, Kyrsten Sinema, John Hickenlooper and Mark Kelly opposed her, Omarova was presumed to be dead in the water. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac1f2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac1f2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac1f2 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac1f2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac41b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac41b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac41b { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac41b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac4c0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac4c0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac4c0 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac4c0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac54e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac54e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac54e { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61b0b0ebac54e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } The academic repertoire of the former law professor drew the suspicion of many Republicans, and they grilled her on it during a congressional hearing weeks ago. In one particularly radical work of economic thought, she advocated to “end banking as we know it,” a position that seemed contradictory to the post of the nation’s chief manager of banking. Republicans like Senator Kennedy accused her of being sympathetic to communism given her background growing up in the Soviet Union. “I don’t know whether to call you professor or comrade,” he said. “Senator, I’m not a communist,” Omarova responded. “I do not subscribe to that ideology. I could not choose where I was born.” Based on her writings and pedigree as a former Soviet citizen, Republicans feared that Omarova was a proponent of nationalizing banking and targeting the fossil fuel industry with greater regulation. The nominee had explained, however, that oil and gas companies make up a “very important part of the economy.” More progressive Democratic members on the Senate Banking Committee, such as Senator Elizabeth Warren, endorsed Omarova. Warren blasted Republicans for rejecting Omarova, accusing them of “doing the bidding of giant banks that want to keep gobbling up smaller competitors, want to keep ripping off their customers, and want to keep getting away with it.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

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Prosecutor Accuses Jussie Smollett of Perjuring Himself in Trial’s Closing Argument

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