Rep. Darrell Issa was in the U.S. Capitol last week when Rep. Mike Turner approached him and did something rarely done in Congress: He handed him a notice of subpoena requiring Issa to testify in his divorce proceedings
It was the latest chapter in what has become an increasingly rancorous divorce between Turner, a Dayton Republican who has served his southwest Ohio district since 2003, and Majida Mourad, an energy lobbyist who married Turner in 2015 and whom Turner sued for divorce a little more than a year later, citing “fraudulent contract.”
According to filings with the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts, attorneys for Mike Turner, 58, and Majida Mourad, 48, are scheduled for a pretrial call Wednesday afternoon. Their case is currently set to be heard July 20, according to filings with the court.
The decision to subpoena Issa, a California Republican who once served as Turner’s chair on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has drawn renewed attention to the case, which has been wending its way through the court system since May 2017.
“I don’t know what he’s doing,” said Sanford K. Ain, a D.C.–based attorney for Mourad, of Turner’s decision to pull Issa into the case. “I don’t know what his motivation is.”
He said he is not aware of Turner giving a notice of subpoena to any other member of Congress.
In a statement, Ain said Mourad was “saddened” that her marriage did not work out and “she hopes to resolve it quickly in a dignified fashion.”
“I don’t know what he’s doing,” said Sanford K. Ain, a D.C.-based attorney for Mourad, of Turner’s decision to pull Issa into the case. “I don’t know what his motivation is.”
He said he is not aware of whether Turner gave a notice of deposition to any other member of Congress.
ICE Barricades Entrances to Prevent Protestors from Entering Government Building
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers barricaded an employee and visitor entrance Wednesday to prevent activists from performing an “occupation” of the agency’s D.C. headquarters.
Several dozen activists had intended to enter the building to protest Trump administration deportation and border detention policies, but arrived to find temporary fencing and a line of officers blocking their way.
Amid heavy rain, activists chanted slogans anyhow, including “quit your jobs!” at Department of Homeland Security guards and ICE employees who peered from windows.
The protest was organized by Movimiento Cosecha and was advertised in a press release as a demonstration by “undocumented activists and allies,” as similar protests occur in other cities.
NRA Weird Starts Political Campaign Ads Against Ocasio-Cortez
Claiming that 22 year old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a threat to America, the NRA has started pushing political ads that attack candidates that they don’t support.
“Left-wing socialists have infiltrated our nation and want to fundamentally change the country we love,” NRATV host Grant Stinchfield warns. “The socialist movement in America is real. It is dangerous. And it is more powerful than you may think.”
“The socialist movement in America is real, it’s dangerous… The election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who openly despises the very system that makes America the greatest country in the world proves we must take every election seriously.” —@stinchfield1776 #WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/C25QwWsgRv
— NRATV (@NRATV) June 27, 2018
WATCHDOG: NRA Russian Dark Money Funded Pro-Trump Ads Illegally
Watchdogs say an unknown amount of Russian dark money funneled through the National Rifle Association helped Donald Trump win the presidency.
The NRA is claiming they only received a few donations from Russia, but refuses to allow its books to be audited.
Robert Maguire is an investigator with the Center for Responsive Politics, which runs opensecrets.org. He said the dark money loophole that allows nonprofits to take limitless donations without reporting the source means we can’t really tell how much foreign money was spent in the 2016 presidential election.
“It’s safe to assume that what we’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg,” Maguire said. “The problem is that there’s no way to track that.”
But that figure does not include large payments from U.S. subsidiaries of companies owned by Russian oligarchs. Investigators have found such payments went to others in Trump’s orbit.
Direct foreign funding of American campaigns is illegal and could be politically toxic.
Maguire said the problem is that it might also be invisible.
And he pointed out that in the 2016 presidential race, the NRA spent three-times what it had supporting Mitt Romney in 2012 – and the money came just as big GOP donors were distancing themselves from Trump.
“The NRA spent more money than it has in any previous cycle,” Maguire said. “Without the NRA stepping into that vacuum, it would have severely impacted the chances that he would have won the election.”
Maguire said the NRA got what it paid for. After the Parkland shooting, Trump said he might back some gun-control measures – until the National Rifle Association got involved.
“The NRA in a matter of weeks had two private meetings with the president,” Maguire observed; “and we saw those sort of initiatives kind of fade away.”
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