(Sandy Springs, GA-AP) — Rapper Offset is a wanted man. A report says police in Georgia have issued a felony arrest warrant for the rapper, after he smacked a man’s phone out of his hand at a Target store last month. It then allegedly fell to the ground and shattered.
The man was recording a video of Offset, which shows the rapper hitting the phone. The incident is a felony because of the device’s 800-dollar value.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. Opening a brief hearing today, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler slammed Barr for refusing to testify about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. Barr cited an ongoing dispute with House Democrats over the format of the scheduled hearing. Dems wanted staff lawyers to question Barr, along with House members. Nadler said the Trump administration will not dictate how the House runs its hearings.
Nadler called Barr’s refusal to testify an act of obstruction. Georgia Republican Doug Collins said the only problem is with Democrats. He accused Dems of running a political circus and also called the dispute with Barr a stunt. Collins noted that Barr fielded hours of questions during a Senate hearing yesterday.
Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, during a capitol briefing, was very specific in calling Barr out for lying to lawmakers about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
Pelosi said, “He lied to Congress; if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime.”
Pelosi did not elaborate on what she believes Barr lied about. She also argued that the attorney general is more loyal to President Trump than he is to the American people.
(Washington, DC-AP) — A federal judge is denying a request by the Justice Department to dismiss a lawsuit alleging President Trump is improperly accepting payments from foreign governments while serving in the White House. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued a 48-page ruling that accepts a broad definition of the Constitution’s “emoluments” clause.
The lawsuit was filed by 200 Democrats and claims foreign governments are staying at Trump International Hotel for the purpose of earning favor with Trump by helping him profit financially.
The emoluments clause forbids any person holding public office from accepting presents of any kind from a foreign state unless Congress has given its approval. In his ruling, Sullivan wrote that the Justice Department’s argument ignores the definition of the term set in a vast majority of dictionaries used by the Founding Fathers.
(Washington, DC-AP) — In his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Attorney General Bill Barr is planning to say he did exactly what he told Senators he would do during his confirmation hearing.
Barr does not mention in his prepared remarks the Robert Mueller letter that was disclosed Tuesday in which the Special Counsel criticizes the way he characterized the report. He does say that he promised not to interfere with the investigation, and that he kept that promise.
He also said he would release as much of the report as he could, and pointed out only eight percent was redacted in the public version, and less than two percent in the version Congressional leaders could read. He admits he allowed the White House Counsel and President Trump’s personal attorneys to see the public redacted report prior to its release.
He claims it was so the Counsel could advise the president on executive privilege. He concludes by saying it is vital that the Department of Justice stand apart from the political process.
(Washington, DC-AP) — President Trump is suing to keep his banking records from being given to Congress.
Trump, his family and his businesses filed a lawsuit to stop Deutsche Bank and Capital One from complying with congressional subpoenas demanding banking records. The lawsuit says the subpoenas were issued to harass President Trump by rummaging through his personal finances.
The complaint suggested the subpoenas are purely political. Committees controlled by Democrats in the House are looking into the President’s financial history.
(Opelousas, LA-AP) — A 21-year-old son of a sheriff’s deputy is being charged with burning down three predominantly black churches in Louisiana. Officials said they acted quickly because they were concerned the suspect would strikegain.
Officers said they are still trying to determine a motive. One possibility is that Holden Matthews was a fan of “black metal,” a subgenre of heavy metal. It has had an association with church burnings in other parts of the world. Matthews is accused of burning three churches in Saint Landry Parish over a ten-day period.
(Los Angeles, CA_AP) — Actress Lori Loughlin may have thought the charges against her were bogus. There are several reports that say the former Full House star thought the District Attorney in Boston was bluffing, and believed that she might be able to skate by.
There are also reports that she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli rejected a plea deal. Loughlin and her husband are accused of paying $500-grand in bribes to get her kids into USC and they face hefty fines and prison time.
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — L.A. prosecutors are charging celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti in a 36-count federal indictment. Avenatti has been indicted by a federal grand jury for fraud, perjury, failure to pay taxes, embezzlement and other financial crimes.
The grand jury in Southern California believes that the former lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels stole millions of dollars from five clients and used shell companies and bank accounts to cover it up.
The announcement comes just days after Avenatti was hit with criminal complaints in L.A. and New York. He was arrested in New York for an alleged plot to extort money from Nike.
U.S. attorney in Los Angeles Nick Hanna went over some of the details of the new indictment, including defrauding a paraplegic client of a four-million-dollar settlement then using the cash for his coffee business and auto races. Avenatti allegedly took nearly three-million from another client’s legal settlement and bought a jet. Hanna said that jet has been seized.
(Los Angeles, CA) — The man accused of gunning down rapper Nipsey Hussle is pleading not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. Police say Eric Holder shot and killed the rapper outside of his Los Angeles clothing store last weekend.
The 29-year-old faces a possible life sentence if he’s convicted. He is being represented by former prosecutor Chris Darden, who served on OJ Simpson’s murder trial. Holder is due back in court on May 10th. Police say he shot Nipsey Hussle over a personal dispute.
In related news, Film director Ava DuVernay is commending the media coverage of Nipsey. DuVernay dedicated an honor she received at last night’s Free Expression Awards to Hussle, and said the coverage of his death is a testament to him and to inclusivity in newsrooms.
She also said that “people like him” rarely receive so much attention. Hussle’s death has also been mourned in the African country of Eritrea, where his father is from. Eritrean Minister of Information Yemane Meskel tweeted his condolences to the “iconic recording artist” and his family this week.
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — Los Angeles Police are confirming they have arrested a suspect in the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle.
The LAPD tweeted that Eric Holder has been captured, and thanked the people of the community for their vigilance. Police said the 29-year-old Holder was the main suspect in the murder on Sunday outside Hussle’s clothing store.
LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore said the shooting was a personal dispute between the two men.