Senator Hawley Goes There, Labels Democrat Party “The Banana Republic Party” – Defends Trump as Soros DA Alvin Bragg Prepares to Bring Charges
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is the latest Republican lawmaker to speak out and defend Trump as the far left Manhattan DA prepares to indict the former president.
In January the Manhattan District Attorney’s office revived its criminal investigation into Trump’s ‘hush payments’ to porn star Stephanie Clifford, AKA, Stormy Daniels and elevated the case from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Trump has been accused of paying Daniels ‘hush payments’ in a scheme to silence her and stop the story about their alleged affair from being published in the National Enquirer.
Trump has denied the affair.
Former Manhattan DA Cy Vance previously dropped the Stormy hush payment probe because he didn’t have a case.
Soros-backed Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg revived the case in January after Trump announced his presidential bid in November.
Hawley labeled the Democrat party “the Banana Republic Party” on Saturday.
“The Democrats used the FBI against parents, they used the FBI against Catholics, they used Big Tech against vaccine critics & anyone who questioned them. Now they want to arrest Trump, their leading political opponent. They are the banana republic party,” Hawley said.
France bans protests outside parliament
The Macron government’s unilateral and controversial decision to raise the retirement age led to massive demonstrations
French police have banned all gatherings in two protest hotspots across from the parliament in Paris, citing “serious risks of disturbances to public order” in a statement issued on Saturday.
The “public thoroughfare in Place de la Concorde and its surroundings” and the area around Champs d’Elysees were declared off limits following two nights of intense public protest against French President Emmanuel Macron’s deeply unpopular decision to introduce neoliberal pension reforms without parliamentary approval.
Police said 61 demonstrators were arrested in the forbidden zones on Friday after throwing bottles and fireworks at the heavily armored officers, who had arrived to disperse the thousands-strong crowd. Police responded with volleys of tear gas. Another 36 were arrested in Lyon after protesters allegedly tried to break into and burn down a town hall.
The reform raises the retirement age by two years, from 62 to 64, by 2030 and requires workers to contribute to the system for 43 years before they can receive a full pension. Macron has argued that the measure was necessary to avoid the country slipping into an irreversible debt spiral. However, two thirds of French voters oppose the move, and opposition politicians argue there are other means of bridging the fiscal gap, such as raising taxes on the wealthy.
While the deeply unpopular measure passed the Senate earlier this week, Macron subsequently rammed it through the National Assembly without a vote using Article 49.3 of the French Constitution, which states that a law can be adopted as long as the government is not censured by a majority of MPs. There was “too much uncertainty” to leave it to a vote, he said.
Unions responded by calling for a weekend of protest and a strike day next Thursday, denouncing Macron’s actions as “a complete denial of democracy.”
Opposition lawmakers on both the left and the right filed no-confidence motions on Friday, which are likely to be debated Monday, sources told AFP. However, these would require the backing of half the opposition Republicans in order to unseat the government, something that French media report is unlikely.
Months of strikes and protests preceded the reform’s passage, echoing the Yellow Vest movement of pre-Covid France, a revolt that also centered on Macron’s controversial neoliberal austerity proposals.
US fighter pilot accused of helping China moved to maximum security jail in NSW
A former US fighter pilot accused of helping train Chinese military pilots has been moved to a maximum security jail in regional New South Wales ahead of his next court appearance.
Former US fighter pilot Daniel Duggan has been moved to the maximum security Lithgow jail
He is accused of helping train Chinese military pilots
Mr Duggan has questioned why he remains in maximum security prison
Daniel Duggan was arrested in October last year by Australian Federal Police at the request of American authorities, who accused him of helping train members of the Chinese military to fly jet fighters.
The federal government late last year approved a request from Washington to extradite the father of six, who became an Australian citizen in 2012, which Mr Duggan's lawyers are fighting.
According to US court documents, an investigation led by the FBI, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Homeland Security Investigations alleged that between 2009 and 2012, Daniel Duggan and others conspired to "export and exported defense services to the People's Republic of China (PRC) in the form of aircraft carrier approach and landing training".
Court documents state that Mr Duggan at times used an alias name of "Ding San Xing" and that he travelled to South Africa on more than one occasion to provide military aviation training to PRC pilots.
Investigators claimed payments totalling more than $182,000 were made to Mr Duggan's company Top Gun Australia between 2011 and 2012.
Under US law, a person must apply for and obtain a license to provide defence training to foreign defence forces.
Mr Duggan did not seek approval, but court documents show that in 2008 he was informed by the US state department that it was a requirement to lodge paperwork before training foreign military personnel.
Authorities in the US allege Mr Duggan breached money laundering and arms export control laws, but he has strenuously denied the allegations and claims he was training civilian pilots.
His lawyers are fighting the extradition, with the matter back before court tomorrow.
They have already filed a submission to the UN Human Rights Commission stating that his treatment constitutes four breaches of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
From Silverwater to Lithgow
“Protest, take our nation back!”
Trump inciting violence again.
Any uprising by the Gravy Seals will be over in 2 Ashli Babbitt’s or better known as… a half a Scaramucci.
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