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Bernie Sanders feuds with Trump lawyer about Biden election win

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Bernie Sanders feuds with Trump lawyer about Biden election win

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed with one of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial defense attorneys on Friday after asking him if President Biden won the 2020 election.

Sanders asked in a written note submitted during the question period of Trump’s trial, “Are the prosecutors right when they claim that Trump was telling a ‘big lie’ or in your judgment did Trump actually win the election?”

Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen asked incredulously, “My judgement? Who asked that?”

“I did!” shouted Sanders, who lost the 2020 Democratic primary to Biden.

“My judgment is irrelevant in this proceeding. It absolutely is,” van der Veen said, as Sanders bellowed a reply across the Senate floor.

According to press pool reporters in the chamber, Sanders shouted back at van der Veen, “No, it isn’t!” and, “You represent the president of the United States!”

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who is presiding over the trial, interrupted the shouting match.

“The Senate will be in order. Senators under the rules cannot challenge the content of the response,” Leahy said.

Van der Veen did not address the validity of the election results in his reply.

“In my judgment, it’s irrelevant to the question before this body. What’s relevant in this impeachment article is, ‘Were Mr. Trump’s words inciteful to the point of violence and riot?’” said van der Veen.

Trump’s defense team spent much of Friday arguing that Democrats are basing a flimsy case on unsubstantiated reports about Trump’s conduct, including after the initial break-in on Jan. 6.

Van der Veen also said that Democrats routinely object to certification of the election results. “When Mr. Trump was elected president, we were told that it was hijacked,” he said.

Democratic impeachment managers argued that the violence that killed four rioters and US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was the culmination of a months-long campaign by Trump to undermine the election results and organize a mob that could intimidate Congress out of certifying Biden as winner.

A vote in the trial is expected Saturday. Democrats must win over 17 Republicans to convict Trump and ban him from holding office again. They are expected to fall far short of the threshold after winning just six GOP votes Tuesday on whether the trial is constitutional because Trump no longer holds office.

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5 officers fired after man kills himself in interrogation room

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Five Georgia police officers have been fired for failing to properly monitor a 60-year-old man who killed himself in an interrogation room — and then mocking his death with a heartless meme, department officials said.

The Savannah Police Department confirmed the terminations Monday in connection to the April 3 suicide of William Harvey, who was found dead in an interview room at police headquarters, where he was being questioned in connection to an aggravated assault.

“Upon discovery of Harvey, officers attempted life-saving measures; however, officers were unable to revive him,” department officials said in a statement. “All officers connected to the incident were placed on administrative leave.”

Evidence showed Harvey died by hanging himself with his own shoelaces and his death was ruled a suicide by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, authorities said.

A subsequent probe by Savannah police and the GBI led to the firing of two officers, Sgt. Michael Kerr and Cpl. Silver Leuschner, and the suspension of a third cop, Officer Matthew White.

Francys Johnson, an attorney for Harvey’s family, said city officials told him the cops didn’t turn on cameras in the room while he was left alone.

“They failed to take the most basic step in policing,” Johnson said. “That’s beyond the pale. We shouldn’t be left to guess what happened in an interrogation room because it should be recorded.”

A second investigation launched in late April regarding a group chat message sent by one unnamed officer with an “inappropriate” hanging meme then led to the termination of three additional officers: Sgt. Christopher Hewett, Cpl. Erica Tremblay and Officer David Curtis.

All of the officers except Curtis appealed their firings to city officials, but the terminations were upheld, department officials said.

Police Chief Roy Minter said Tuesday that he didn’t believe the officers had “any malicious intent” in their actions, but still had to be disciplined, the Savannah Morning News reported.

“They didn’t follow department policy and procedure,” Minter told reporters, claiming there was no larger issue plaguing the department. “Of course, poor decisions have consequences and in this particular situation, it had severe consequences.”

Minter, a 35-year law enforcement vet, said the in-custody suicide of a person left alone in an interview room was a first for him.

“Talking to a couple of Savannah Police Department veterans … to the their knowledge, this has never happened before in the SPD,” Minter said Tuesday.

Minter said he saw video of Harvey inside the room and said it was “hard to watch,” the Savannah Morning News reported.

GBI officials had previously said there was no footage capturing Harvey’s death because officers had left the interrogation room, but Minter acknowledged there was video from the officers’ body-worn camera prior to them leaving.

Minter declined to provide details on the hanging meme that led to three officers being fired, but said their actions were “very inappropriate” and claimed other employees said how “embarrassed they were” by the image, according to the report.

“That tells me we don’t have a cultural issue inside the department,” Minter said. “We have an issue with individuals inside the department who made another very poor decision.”

With AP wires

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7-year-old boy mauled to death by dogs in South Carolina

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A 7-year-old-boy was mauled to death by dogs in South Carolina as he walked through his neighborhood with his brother, cops said.

Young Shamar Jackson and his brother were swarmed by dogs on Sunday as they looked for their pet Chihuahua in Marion, reports said.

Dogs reportedly ripped away Shamar’s clothes as his brother escaped.

“They couldn’t get away because it was so many dogs coming from different directions,” Carnell Jackson, Shamar’s father, said, according to The State newspaper.

The dogs may have been from a neighbor’s yard and come through a hole in the fence, WBTW reported.

The child’s father told the TV station that his wife was told not to touch her Shamar until the police could get him.

“How are you going to tell her to leave her child there?” Charnell Jackson said.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said on Tuesday it seized five dogs and a puppy from a nearby property as part of its investigation, but it didn’t provide any information on if anyone had been arrested or charged.

The sheriff’s office Facebook page said an account was established for people looking to donate to help the family pay Shamar’s funeral costs.

“Shamar tragically lost his life earlier this week in a dog attack near Wilbur Road. Shamar was a straight A student finishing up the first grade at Lake View Elementary,” the post said.

“You may donate at any Anderson Brothers Bank location, simply specify Shamar Jackson Fund.”

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Soldiers tried to smuggle 2 people from Mexico into TX: US attorney

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A Fort Hood soldier and Pennsylvania National Guardsman were busted for trying to sneak two Mexican citizens over the Texas border in the trunk of a car, officials said.

Soldier Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, and Guardsman Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, were in Army uniforms trying to avoid questions when their scheme came to a halt at a border checkpoint, according to a press release from the US prosecutor on Tuesday.

Oppongagyare took a $100 upfront payment and the pair was expecting be paid more for picking up a man and woman in McAllen and driving them to San Antonio, The Associated Press said, citing the criminal complaint.

The guardsman was in the driver’s seat of the car when they were stopped at the Hebbronville Border Patrol Checkpoint on June 13, said a press release from Jennifer B. Lowery, acting US attorney for the Southern District of Texas.

Oppongagyare allegedly said they were traveling from Zapata to San Antonio. The two Mexican citizens were found in the trunk after a secondary inspection, the charges said.

Both men made appearances on Tuesday in front of a magistrate judge and are now being held on $75,000 bonds pending detention hearings, according to the AP. And the migrants are in custody as material witnesses, the AP said.

Oppongagyare and Saint-Joie face up to 10 years behind bars and a fine up to $250,000.

With Post wires.

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