Senator Nikema Williams was arrested November 12th as demonstrators protested the state’s gubernatorial election.
From inside the Capitol building, Williams was restrained by officers, her hands tied behind her back as protests ensued. Alleging she was singled out for her race, the Georgia Senator spoke with reporters to provide her account of the day’s events.
“I was not yelling. I was not chanting. I stood peacefully next to my constituents because they wanted their voices heard, and now I’m being arrested”
Concerned about voter suppression, the group gathered at the Capitol building to ensure they would be heard. Senator Williams was attending a special session on Tuesday morning when she saw the protestors and decided to join them.
— Maya T. Prabhu (@MayaTPrabhu) November 13, 2018
“Justice was not upheld yesterday”
Protestors chanted “Count Every Vote” when they were joined by Senator Williams, but she was not alone. Representative David Dreyer also joined the protests. Agreeing that Williams that treated unfairly he states:
“For some reason, Senator Williams was treated differently than I was treated.”
Dreyer says he went at the same time and for the same reasons as Williams, but he was not arrested. Georgia House Democrats have also chimed in. Stating they believed the arrest was beyond troubling, they went on to say it was “even more troubling that it is in conjunction with a citizen speech about counting every vote”.
Insisting she was arrested on the same grounds as others, the Georgia Department of Public Safety maintains they were just. The department highlights that state law does not allow the disruption of legislative sessions or meetings of other lawmakers. Continuing that they asked protestors to disburse three times, they believe they were fair in their arrests of those who refused.
Senator Williams has been charged with “violating Georgia law”. Jail records show that she was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and preventing or disrupting general assembly sessions of meetings of other members. Both charges are misdemeanors.
Count Every Vote
The voter suppression protest was ignited over claims that Brian Kemp exploited disenfranchised voters’ rights on Election Day. Having remained in his position as Secretary of State, he also drew fire for not resigning from his role before beginning his campaign. Abrams, who fought to have voting times extended across the state on Election Day, is hopeful that a runoff election can still be forced.
Locked up! Michael Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison
Trump’s Ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison! After pleading guilty to nine federal charges, the fixer has found himself a one way ticket to Club Fed.
You are going to jail! Periodt!
Michael Cohen stood before Judge William Pauley and tearfully apologized to his family and the people of the United States. Cohen cried:
“Recently, the President tweeted a statement calling me weak and it was correct, but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.”
While Cohen’s lawyers had argued against a prison sentence on the grounds of his cooperation with Mueller, he will still face 36 months for 8 charges. For the Mueller charge, he faces an additional 2 months as well as a $50,000 fine. As of now, he has to turn himself in March 6th, 2019.
Cohen pleaded guilty just 13 days ago.
Trump Exposed for Employing Undocumented Maid
Donald Trump has been exposed for employing undocumented workers. In a story broken by the New York Times, Victorina Morales says she isn’t the only one.
With more than five years of employment behind her, Ms. Morales has recently received a certificate from the White House Communications Agency. Inscribed with her name, the award commends her “outstanding” support. There’s just one problem — Morales is an undocumented immigrant.
Victorina Morales came to the United States from Guatemala, crossing in 1999. Leaving her life as a corn farmer, Morales applied to and was hired at the Trump property in 2013 with phony documents. In her interview with The Times, Morales admits she knows she was not the only worker who was in the country illegally. But salacious comments have inspired her and others to reveal Trump’s hypocrisy.
“We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money. We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation”
“There are many people without papers”
Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign, the issue of border security and the fight to protect the American workforce has been a priority. However, Trump has a history of staffing his properties with migrant and undocumented workers. Despite signing a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order in 2017, Trump’s companies have hired hundreds of foreigners.
Though Trump and his Organization allege there is no evidence executives knew of their immigration status, lower level management was aware. Staff at the Bedminster location claim supervisors went so far as to help workers evade detection. The Trump Organization, which owns the property, had this to say:
“We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices.”
The White House has yet to release a statement.
Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty, Admits Lying to Congress
This afternoon, Michael Cohen plead guilty in a New York federal court. With new charges mounted against him regarding the Russia-Trump deal, Cohen cracked.
The latest breakthrough in the Mueller probe has Trump upset! Cohen has admitted to lying about the details of the Russia-Trump deal to “be consistent with the president’s political messaging. Having previously pleaded guilty to charges filed in Manhattan, Cohen has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors.
Court documents show that Cohen lied about the “Moscow Project”– Trump Organization’s attempt to pursue a branded property in Russia. Displeased with this shocking revelation, Trump alleged that Cohen is lying to receive a reduced sentence.
Rudy Giuliani was quick to come to Trump’s defense.
“Michael Cohen is a liar. It’s no surprise that Cohen lied to Congress. He’s a proven liar who is doing everything he can to get out of a long-term prison sentence for serious crimes of bank and tax fraud that had nothing to do with the Trump Organization…With regard to the hotel proposal in Moscow, the President has been completely open and transparent.”
Cohen previously served as Trump’s personal attorney and professional fixer. He was notably involved in the Stormy Daniels coverup as well as bank fraud.
Cohen, who once claimed he would take a bullet for Trump, is now facing 5 years in prison and a potential $200,000 fine. This plea is separate from the charges he faced in relation to campaign finance charges.
According to ABC, outside the courtroom, Cohen’s lawyer said his client will “continue to cooperate with the investigation.” Having pledged to “put family and country first”, Cohen is making his power play by turning on his former employer.
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