U.S. Attorney General William Barr is set to accuse House Democrats on Tuesday of attempting to cover up abuses of power in the government’s investigation of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and his administration, for Russia “collusion.”
Ultimately no “collusion” was found — and there is currently a criminal inquiry into the investigation itself.
In a blistering statement prepared for his House Judiciary Committee testimony Tuesday, Barr plans to accuse Democrats of attempting to discredit him because he has pursued the “Russiagate” scandal.
Ever since I made it clear that I was going to do everything I could to get to the bottom of the grave abuses involved in the bogus “Russiagate” scandal, many of the Democrats on this Committee have attempted to discredit me by conjuring up a narrative that I am simply the President’s factotum who disposes of criminal cases according to his instructions. Judging from the letter inviting me to this hearing, that appears to be your agenda today.
Barr was threatened with a subpoena and potential impeachment by Chairman Jerry Nadler (D‑NY) if he did not testify, and he agreed to do so.
The bulk of his prepared testimony deals with ongoing controversy regarding allegations of racism among police, and ongoing “Black Lives Matter” riots.
In his statement, Barr begins by acknowledging the legacy of the late civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis (D‑GA), who is lying in state in the U.S. Capitol this week. Later, Barr addresses the issues raised by the killing of George Floyd, noting that while “the overall number of police shootings has been decreasing,” recent events “strike a deep chord in the black community.” Barr says that the cause is not “deep-seated racism” among police, but rather “a complex mix of factors.”
In a pluralistic society like ours, composed of many races and ethnicities, we all must strive not to reduce each other to stereotypes or to allow those stereotypes to govern our treatment of our fellow citizens. Rather, we have a basic and overriding obligation to treat each other as individuals, created equal and entitled to the benefit of the doubt rather than assumptions based on skin color.
Demonizing police, he says, hurts black Americans, who are the primary victims of crime. “When the police are attacked, when they are defunded, when they are driven out of urban communities, it is black lives that will suffer most from their absence.”
Barr then comments on the ongoing riots:
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction on innocent victims. The current situation in Portland is a telling example. Every night for the past two months, a mob of hundreds of rioters has laid siege to the federal courthouse and other nearby federal property. The rioters arrive equipped for a fight, armed with powerful slingshots, tasers, sledgehammers, saws, knives, rifles, and explosive devices. Inside the courthouse are a relatively small number of federal law enforcement personnel charged with a defensive mission: to protect the courthouse, home to Article III federal judges, from being overrun and destroyed.
What unfolds nightly around the courthouse cannot reasonably be called a protest; it is, by any objective measure, an assault on the Government of the United States.
Remarkably, the response from many in the media and local elected offices to this organized assault has been to blame the federal government. To state what should be obvious, peaceful protesters do not throw explosives into federal courthouses, tear down plywood with crowbars, or launch fecal matter at federal officers. Such acts are in fact federal crimes under statutes enacted by this Congress.
As elected officials of the federal government, every Member of this Committee – regardless of your political views or your feelings about the Trump Administration – should condemn violence against federal officers and destruction of federal property. So should state and local leaders who have a responsibility to keep their communities safe. To tacitly condone destruction and anarchy is to abandon the basic rule-of-law principles that should unite us even in a politically divisive time. At the very least, we should all be able to agree that there is no place in this country for armed mobs that seek to establish autonomous zones beyond government control, or tear down statues and monuments that law-abiding communities chose to erect, or to destroy the property and livelihoods of innocent business owners. The most basic responsibility of government is to ensure the rule of law, so that people can live their lives safely and without fear. The Justice Department will continue working to meet that solemn responsibility.
Nadler raised eyebrows Sunday when he denied that there was violence associated with ongoing riots in Portland, which Barr describes in his statement in detail.
Nadler — a key figure in Trump’s impeachment — called the riots a “myth.”
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As all of you know due to the COVID-19 our Golf Outing will have some limitations. Please get your 4‑some together as soon as possible. If for some reason we are unable to golf, we will refund your money or apply toward next year golf outing. Thank you for your support.
Sangamon County Republican Central Committee thanks all who attended and the volunteers who worked the drive-thru lunch to honor the heroic individuals during these uncertain times which was held on Saturday, July 18th. We were fortunate to have extra lunches and they were taken to the workers at St. Johns and Memorial Hospital. Lunches were taken to most of the Fire Departments. They were very appreciative. Thanks to Don Gray, Sangamon County Clerk for providing the pulled pork for the sandwiches, Jim Allmon, Sangamon County Coroner provided a bag of chips, and Brad Carlson, Rich Berning and Alysse Aiello Hewell of the Capital Township Republican Team provided a cookie. Water was also handed out.
Thanks to all.
Rosemarie Long, Chair of the Sangamon County Republican Party
|Weekly Update | July 25, 2020|
|Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that “Federal prosecutors implicated Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Friday in a brazen, Chicago-style bribery scheme involving ComEd that allegedly went on for years and involved payments to Madigan associates exceeding $1.3 million.”|
Mike Madigan must resign from office immediately. Our state and the people I represent have suffered from his corruption for far too long. Elected officials should be held to a standard higher than ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ Madigan has been at the center of many scandals, some involving corruption, for years. It’s far past time that he step aside so we can begin to restore our state’s tarnished reputation. We won’t be able to clean up corruption in state government until Madigan is out of office.
An endowed scholarship has been established at Lincoln Land Community College as a memorial to Frank and Cinda Edwards. The Edwards Family Memorial Scholarship is funded by contributions made by family and friends.
It is designated for a Chatham Glenwood High School graduate enrolled full-time in LLCC’s associate degree nursing program.
Frank and Cinda Edwards, Glenwood High School alums, were known for their community service. Cinda, an LLCC nursing alum, was a member of the LLCC Board of Trustees from 2007–2013 and served as chair for two years. She was appointed Sangamon County Coroner in 2011. Cinda was awarded the 2015 LLCC Honored Alum Award and was recognized as the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Honored Alum in 2016. Frank served in the Illinois National Guard and worked for the Springfield Fire Department, retiring as chief in 2002. He then served as Springfield’s Ward 1 Alderman. He also served as interim-mayor from December 2010 to April 2011.
Samantha McCarrel of Pawnee has been named the first recipient of the Edwards Family Memorial Scholarship. She has worked as a certified nursing assistant in the cardiac unit at St. John’s Hospital while also attending classes full-time and maintaining a 3.82 GPA. In the last year, she has earned several awards from patients and colleagues.
“I have learned how much I enjoy helping people and working together in a team environment,” McCarrel says. She plans to continue working at St. John’s Hospital as a registered nurse after graduating from the LLCC associate degree nursing program in spring 2021. She also plans to pursue a master’s degree in nursing to one day teach.
At the recent Springfield Airport Authority Board Meeting, Mayor Jim Langfelder attempted to oust Chairman Frank Vala. After a passionate speech from Chairman Vala on the success the airport has seen over the last 14 years, the Mayor’s attempt failed. Below is the speech Chairman Vala delivered and a recent interview with AM Springfield’s Sam Madonia.
With almost 18 years serving on this board, 14 of those years serving as Chair I want to thank all the past and present board members for their cooperation and involvement in the growth and development of Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.
When I was appointed, this airport did not even have Abraham Lincoln included in its official name, the only entrance was a dangerous crossover, buildings were in disrepair, and the parking lot full of holes. We never had a workable jet bridge or handicapped bathrooms or a classroom for Lincoln Land School of Aviation and with Susan Shea’s effort we even have directional signs on our state
The upgrades and road improvements along with a solid financial base are accomplishments that we have done with the full cooperation of my fellow board members. We can all hold our heads high. I don’t know of any other government body that can make that claim. I am grateful to Mark Hanna and his staff for all the time and outstanding effort that they have contributed to this effort. Without their dedication, I believe we would not be where we are.
On a personal note, I would like to say that during my term as chair I have not taken any of the monthly stipend offered to the board nor have I charged any storage fee for the Abraham Lincoln statue that will be going on display in the airport.
In conclusion, I want the board to know that the decision to replace me was a political move by the Mayor and I caution you to watch the airport money because Langfelder in 6 years has taken a multi-million dollar reserve and turned it into a large City Government debt and will be looking to see how much Airport money he can get his hands on to cover his mismanagement of city finances.
Earlier this week, I pushed to reform our broken political system in Illinois and once again, Speaker Madigan dismissed the need for ethics reform in Illinois. Today, we see why.
The announcement against ComEd and “Public Official A” and the ongoing investigation of Cook County Property tax corruption are another sad commentary on the state of our state. The deep federal investigations into the highest members of the Democratic Party and their abuse of the Cook County property tax system is finally coming to light.
For too long, one man, Speaker Madigan, has held so much power, and the old axiom holds true: power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The chance for ethics reform this session has been blocked. Any hope for real property tax reform has been stalled. The system has been rigged to benefit those in power, and to keep the Democratic Party in control while the citizens of Cook County and Illinois suffer.
Today, I hope, is a day of awakening for citizens of Illinois. We sit here in a bankrupt state, burdened by the actions, or in many cases inaction, of the Democratic Party of Illinois that through Speaker Madigan has held the reins of power for decades.
The allegations presented today are troubling and downright depressing. Speaker Madigan needs to “speak” up on this issue, and if the allegations are true, he needs to resign immediately. Just as important, I hope that members of the General Assembly in the majority party, the Democratic Party, have the courage to finally stand up and demand an explanation of their leader that they have for decades elected to rule.
The citizens of Illinois deserve so much better.
Live on WMAY Circuit Clerk, Paul Palazzolo and Larry Hemingway from the Springfield Urban League discuss the upcoming Expungement and Record Sealing Summit. The Summit is October 3rd, those interested must sign up either by phone or online at sangamoncountycircuitclerk.org by August 1st. For this event only, the $120 filing fee will be waived, registrants only have to pay $30 for fingerprinting.
I’m Charlie McGorray and I’m running for Illinois State Representative in the 96th District. I’ve spent my life serving the community, and am seeking to be elected to bring a common-sense, working-class voice to Springfield. I was born and raised in Decatur and graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1968. I graduated from Olney Central College in 1970. I enlisted in the US Army and was trained/assigned to the 171st Infantry Brigade for two years. After returning home, I was employed at Firestone as a Production Supervisor. In 1981, I joined the Decatur Fire Department, where I retired as Captain in 2007. From 2010–2014, I owned and operated McGorray’s Golf & Grille, employing up to 40 great staff members.
Over the last few years, I have helped a few Decatur startups get going, including National Foodworks Services and Door 4 Brewing Co. I am happily married to my wife Vicki, and we love our West-end historical Decatur home that we share with our pup Emmitt. I have been involved with many community organizations over the last few years, including the Decatur Celebration, DAAC, Baby Talk, Governor Ogilvy’s Mansion, and the Smokin’ Decatur BBQ Fest.
I have been blessed to call Decatur my home throughout my life. I’ve enjoyed a life of service in both the US Army and the Decatur Fire Department. I’ve been fortunate enough to start a small business and employ people in my hometown.
Frankly, it’s gotten really tough in Illinois because of poor leadership in Springfield. We’ve forgotten how to keep our finances in check and we’ve forgotten that small business is the engine that drives our economy in Illinois. In the 96th district, our representative almost always votes with Chicago to the detriment of the people of the 96th District. The solutions to our problems aren’t hard. They simply require common sense. I will fight to bring back fiscal responsibility, ethics reform and pro-business policies for the people of Illinois. Together, we can start to solve Illinois’ problems and make Illinois a bright and shining star in our country again. I’m asking for your support.