Criminal probe for Trump’s “find the votes” call – National & International News – THU 11Feb2021

Georgia DA investigating Trump's attempt to overturn GA's presidential results by cajoling, threatening state official.

Georgia DA probes Trump’s “find the votes” call. More bizarre riot revelations. Newspaper: Mossad killed Iran scientist. US sanctions Myanmar coup leaders.

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Criminal probe for Trump’s “find the votes” call

District Attorney Fani Willis of Fulton County, GA, has announced an investigation into Georgia’s presidential election and attempts to influence it. Willis has dispatched notces to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Attorney General Chris Carr, all Republicans. In the letter, she instructs the officials to preserve all records related to the administration of the election and any attempts to influence elections officials. Potential areas of interest include:

  • potential violations of state law prohibiting the solicitation of election fraud
  • the making of false statements to state and local governmental bodies
  • conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office
  • any involvement in violence or threats related to the election’s administration

The letter does not name Trump specifically, but a spokesman for Willis says that former President Trump’s Jan. 2 phone call to Raffensberger figures in the investigation. In the call, Trump asked Raffensberger to “find” the 11,780 votes that Trump would need to overturn Biden’s election victory in Georgia. He also implied that Raffensberger could be prosecuted if he failed to comply with Trump’s wishes. Willis’ office also says that no Georgia official is targeted in the investigation

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More bizarre Capitol riot revelations

In the second day of testimony in the Senate trial of Donald Trump, Rep. Joaquin Castro shared more harrowing video of Capitol police under siege on Jan. 6. Castro also cited reports that indicate that, having incited the violence, then-President Trump initially refused to make any attempt to call in the National Guard to support Capitol Police and protect the lawmakers inside. Castro concluded by saying, “On January 6, President Trump left everyone in this Capitol for dead.”

Rioter claims FBI connections

The story has it that Mossad smuggled a one-ton automatic remote-controlled weapon into the country piece by piece. The immense weight was due to an explosive which would destroy the evidence after the attack. 

The paper’s anonymous sources assert that Iran has “secretly assessed that it will take six years” before a replacement for Fakhrizadeh is “fully operational”. Supposedly, his death “extended the period of time it would take Iran to achieve a bomb from about three-and-a-half months to two years”.

Impossible to verify

It is important to note that no other news agency has been able to verify any part of this account. Nor has the Israeli government commented. It is quite possible that this is a carefully crafted piece of propaganda aimed at the White House, which is currently looking for an opening to restore the nuclear treaty with Iran.

Tel Aviv is apparently miffed that President Biden has not yet officially reached out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is currently on trial for corruption and faces a tight election in a matter of weeks. 

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US sanctions Myanmar military coup leaders

Since last week’s military coup in Myanmar, tens of thousands of protesters have been out in the streets daily. In response, police have been firing water cannons, rubber bullets and live rounds to intimidate protesters. One woman is fighting for her life in the hospital after being shot in the head, apparently by a live round.

The international community has widely condemned the coup. President Biden has approved sanctions against military leaders, their families and related businesses. His demands are that the military release elected leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders and restore them to power.

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