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.
Romney Speaks Out For Stronger Gun Background Checks in Utah Race
Mitt Romney used his first big speech as a Utah Senate candidate to call for action to prevent another deadly mass shooting like the one at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.
The former GOP presidential candidate said it’s “wrong and unacceptable for children in our schools to fear for their lives” and that shootings will keep happening unless action is taken to prevent them.
Romney made the remarks at a speech Friday night before core members of Utah’s Republican Party at a party fundraising dinner in Provo.
Romney says he would support an effort in Congress to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers but said states will have to come up with solutions like enhanced school security and special teams that intervene with children who may be having emotional issues.
McMaster: Incontrovertible Evidence Russia Helped Trump
The national security adviser to President Trump said Saturday that the new FBI indictments show indisputably that Russians meddled in U.S. elections.
During the Munich Security Conference in Germany, H.R. McMaster said “with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible” that Moscow meddled in the 2016 campaign.
He also scoffed at any move to work with Russia on cybersecurity, saying “we would love to have a cyber dialogue when Russia is sincere about curtailing its sophisticated form of espionage.”
McMaster’s remarks follow the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies by a federal grand jury for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential elections. The case brought by Robert Mueller, special counsel for the Justice Department, details a sophisticated plot to wage “information warfare” against the U.S.
On Friday, the DOJ announced charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election. The charges included conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants were also charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.
The indictments come as part of Mueller’s larger investigation looking into possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign associates and Russia. Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion.
$26 Million of Inauguration Money Paid to Company That Didn’t Exist
$26 million to an event planning firm that didn’t exist only weeks before the inaguration according to reporting by the New York Times.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, also serves as a senior advisor to the first lady, although she is not paid for her White House work. The inaugural committee reported paying $26 million to WIS Media Partners, a limited liability company that Wolkoff set up in late 2016 specifically to collect this money.
The problem is also there is no sign the company actually did any work, or submitted bills — but that was just paid the money.
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