STRUCK DOWN: Senate Fails To Pass Democrat Abortion Bill

WASHINGTON (Breitbart)– Senate Democrats on Wednesday failed to pass legislation that would prohibit local, state, and federal governments from preventing abortions.

The Senate attempted to invoke cloture and end debate on S. 4132, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022. The motion failed 49-51, as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) opposed the motion, and it required 60 votes to invoke cloture. The legislation would prohibit government restrictions on access to abortions. Specifically, the legislation states that governments may not limit a healthcare provider’s ability to:

  • Prescribe certain drugs
  • Offer abortion services via telemedicine
  • Immediately provide abortion services when the provider determines a delay risks the patient’s health

The legislation, according to Congress.gov, stipulates:

In addition, governments may not (1) require patients to make medically unnecessary in-person visits before receiving abortion services or disclose their reasons for obtaining such services, or (2) prohibit abortion services before fetal viability or after fetal viability when a provider determines the pregnancy risks the patient’s life or health.

The bill also prohibits other governmental measures that are similar to the bill’s specified restrictions or that otherwise single out and impede access to abortion services, unless a government demonstrates that the measure significantly advances the safety of abortion services or health of patients and cannot be achieved through less restrictive means.

The Department of Justice, individuals, or providers may bring a lawsuit to enforce this bill, and states are not immune from suits for violations.

The bill applies to restrictions imposed both prior and subsequent to the bill’s enactment.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)  sponsored the legislation after Politico leaked a draft Supreme Court opinion that would strike down Roe v. Wade. The Senate Democrats proposed the legislation to attempt to enshrine many of the pro-abortion protections enabled by the landmark Supreme Court ruling.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said in a statement after the vote:

Today’s vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act is a continuation of the left’s mission to undermine the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and prop up their abortion-on-demand agenda. This bill would force states to legalize late-term abortions, remove informed consent laws, and prevent restrictions on gruesome fetal dismemberment procedures. Today, I stood up to the woke mob and voted to protect women and their unborn children.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who voted against the bill, said that the bill “would disenfranchise every voter in Missouri, overturn our state laws – and give the power to DC Democrats.”


Sean Moran of Breitbart contributed to the contents of this report.

Arizona AG Backs Georgia in DOJ Battle Over Election Integrity

PHOENIX– Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has announced he will back Georgia’s effort to challenge a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit which challenges the state’s election reform law.

“As the Attorney General of Arizona, another state where the DOJ is attempting to intimidate local officials, please know that we stand with you in this fight and will do whatever we can to push back against this blatantly political and unmerited attack,” Brnovich wrote to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr in a letter dated June 25.

Referring to Georgia’s voting law as “common sense,” Brnovich said that, in filing its lawsuit, “the DOJ seems more concerned with appeasing far-leftist pundits and radical activists than upholding the rule of law.”

“All states have the authority, and a duty, to ensure public confidence in the integrity of our electoral process,”  Brnovich wrote.

While supporters of the new law say that it’s a measure to enhance election integrity, opponents claim that the legislation is an effort to promote “voter suppression.”

Announcing the lawsuit on June 25, Attorney General Merrick Garland alleged that the law unfairly targets minority voters and is a violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.

“Our complaint alleges that recent changes to Georgia’s election laws were enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of black Georgians to vote on account of their race or color,” Garland said. “Where we believe the civil rights of Americans have been violated, we will not hesitate to act.”

In a statement to the Epoch Times, Gov. Brian Kemp, who signed the bill into law on March 25, said the DOJ lawsuit is an effort by Democrats to prevent a fair election.

“Now, they are weaponizing the U.S. Department of Justice to carry out their far-left agenda that undermines election integrity and empowers federal government overreach in our democracy,” said Kemp.

“This blatantly political action taken by the United States Department of Justice is factually, legally, and constitutionally wrong,”  Georgia attorney general Christopher Carr told Fox News June 28.  “Anybody who will actually read the Georgia law sees it strengthens security, it expands access, and it improves transparency.”

The new law requires state issued photo identification to vote absentee by mail and mandates that secure drop boxes placed inside early voting locations require constant surveillance. Democrats claim the new measures make it more difficult to vote and disproportionately impacts minority voters.

REPORT: DOJ declares New York, Portland and Seattle ‘anarchist jurisdictions,’ moves to cut federal funding

WASHINGTON (Washington Times) — The Justice Department on Monday declared New York, Portland and Seattle “anarchist jurisdictions,” the first step toward revoking federal funding from those cities.

President Trump earlier this month ordered federal agencies to look for ways to cut off federal funding in Democratic-led cities besieged by violence this summer. The Justice Department’s move escalates the criticism Mr. Trump has been leveling at Democrat leaders, blaming them for the rising crime and violence.

The list of cities is expected to be updated periodically, the Justice Department said.

Much of the crime and looting plaguing the cities has been on the rise since Memorial Day when George Floyd, a Black man, died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police.

In a statement, Attorney General William P. Barr said the three cities identified Monday “have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities.”

“When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Mr. Barr said.

“We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens,” he said.

New York Attorney General Letita James said she was readying legal action, calling the designation an attempt by Mr. Trump to “scare the country’ into reelecting him.

“The president should be prepared to defend this illegal order in court, which hypocritically lays out the groundwork to defund New York and the very types of law enforcement President Trump pretends to care about,” she said. “We have beat the president and the illegal actions of his DOJ in court before and have no doubt we will beat them again.”

The Justice Department did not detail which federal funds would be cut from the cities. White House Budget Director Russell Vought is expected to issue guidance to federal agencies about withdrawing funds within the coming weeks.

Mr. Barr said a city can be named an “anarchist jurisdiction” if it forbids police from restoring order amid widespread violence; it has withdrawn law enforcement protection from a geographic area or prevented law enforcement from accessing a certain area; if it has defunded or removed power from the police; or refuses to accept assistance of federal law enforcement.

A city can also be added to the list under any other related factors deemed appropriate by the attorney general, he continued.

Representatives of the cities named by Mr. Barr did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Washington Times.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, earlier this month threatened to sue the Trump administration if it followed through with the funding cuts.

“I believe the president is fundamentally a bully, which I’ve said too many times, and I’ve known him very well for a very long period of time. It doesn’t work in New York because you can’t bully New Yorkers,” he said at the time. We just don’t get bullied. We don’t respond well to it, and I want to talk about facts.”

Mr. Cuomo said he is concerned about the rising crime in New York, but the issue is a local one, not a federal matter.

New York made the list because shootings were up 177 percent between July 2019 and July 2020, the Justice Department said. Amid the rising violence, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council agreed to cut $1 billion from the city’s police budget.

Portland was included because of its more than 100 consecutive nights of violence and protests since the Floyd death. Mayor Ted Wheeler has explicitly rejected federal help as the violence increases.

A skirmish between Trump supporters and Antifa activists last month led to the death of Aaron Danielson. A supporter for the right-wing Patriot Payer Group, Danielson was allegedly murdered by Michael Reinoehl, an Antifa activist killed by authorities days later.

The Portland City Council voted in June to slash its police department budget by at least $15 million.

Seattle, meanwhile, was listed because of its “autonomous zone,” a police-free six-block area in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the Justice Department said.

Seattle voted in August to cut its police budget by roughly $3 million.

Law enforcement was barred from entering the territory where prison-related crime increased by 525 percent in June from the same period last year, according to the Justice Department.

The Justice Department offers funding to support local law enforcement and public safety activities to assist victims of crime, provide technical assistance and training to local police and conduct research.

The two main Justice Department grant agencies are the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office of Justice Programs, which are dedicated to bolstering local law enforcement resources.

It is not clear how much funding from those programs goes to the cities on Mr. Barr’s hit list or if other Justice Department funding programs, such as the Office on Violence Against Women, which doles out funds to combat domestic violence, could be impacted.


Jeff Mordock of The Washington Times contributed to the contents of this report.

TICK TOCK: Gaetz Steps Up Attack Against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Alleging Lies To Congress

WASHINGTON — Rep. Matt Gaetz has filed a criminal referral against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for lying to Congress while under oath, the Florida Republican announced this week.

In a statement, Gaetz alleged that Zuckerberg made materially false statements to Congress while under oath at two separate joint hearings in April 2018.

“Zuckerberg repeatedly and categorically denied his company engaged in bias against conservative speech, persons, policies, or politics and also denied that Facebook censored and suppressed content supportive of President Donald Trump and other conservatives,” the statement reads. Gaetz then went on to allege that James O’Keefe, along with investigative journalists at Project Veritas, uncovered evidence which proved contrary.

“Zuckerberg repeatedly and categorically denied his company engaged in bias against conservative speech, persons, policies, or politics and also denied that Facebook censored and suppressed content supportive of President Donald Trump and other conservatives,” Gaetz argued. “Project Veritas published the results of an undercover investigation featuring two whistleblowers who worked as Facebook’s ‘content moderators,’ revealing that the overwhelming majority of content filtered by Facebook’s AI program was content in support of President Donald Trump, Republican candidates for office, or conservatism in general.”

“This alone is already an indication of bias within the platform,” he added.

In the statement, Gaetz went on to say that he now “questions Zuckerberg’s veracity, as well as his willingness to cooperate with the House’s oversight authority,” and suggested that the Facebook CEO has been “diverting congressional resources during time-sensitive investigations, and materially impeding our work.”

“Such misrepresentations are not only unfair, they are potentially illegal and fraudulent,” said Gaetz.

In addition to referring Zuckerberg to the DOJ for an investigation into the alleged false statements made to Congress by Zuckerberg while under oath, Gaetz personally asked U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday to investigate Zuckerberg’s conduct.

“Facebook’s AI screening content is not politically neutral,” Gaetz wrote in a letter to Barr. “Neither are the moderators hired to review content flagged by the AI program. This stands in opposition to Mr. Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony and violates the ‘good faith’ provision of Section 230(c)(2)(A) of the Communications Decency Act.”

“Accordingly, I respectfully refer Mr. Zuckerberg to the Department for an investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§1001, 1505, and 1621 for materially false statements made to Congress while testifying under oath.”

When asked about whether Facebook harbors anti-conservative bias while testifying before Congress in 2018, Zuckerberg said:

“First, I understand where that concern is coming from because Facebook and the tech industry are located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely left-leaning place. And this is actually a concern that I have and that I try to root out in the company is making sure that we don’t have any bias in the work that we do, and I think it is a fair concern that people would at least wonder about.”

REPORT: Feds Considering Criminal Charges Against Bolton Over Leaked Classified Material

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are preparing to file criminal charges against former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton if it is revealed that his soon-to-be-released memoir contains classified information, according to a report.

The report, published by the Los Angeles Times, comes just one day after the Department of Justice filed motion asking a federal judge to block publication of Bolton’s upcoming book, “In the Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.”

The suit calls for the court to prevent Bolton from “compromising national security” by publishing the 500-page manuscript — which the government described as “rife with classified information,” stating his plan to release the book is in direct breach of his White House employment agreement.

“The United States seeks an order requiring defendant to abide by his contractual and fiduciary duties to complete the prepublication review process and not disclose classified information without written authorization, thereby protecting the national security of the United States,” the suit reads.

“Simply put, defendant struck a bargain with the United States as a condition of his employment in one of the most sensitive and important national security positions in the United States government,” the suit continues, “and now wants to renege on that bargain by unilaterally deciding that the pre-publication review process is complete and deciding for himself whether classified information should be made public.”

In the book, Bolton accused the House of Representatives of committing “impeachment malpractice” and alleged that the President Donald Trump had engaged in greatly more significant impeachable conduct than what he was ultimately accused of.

A White House spokesperson, when reached for comment, called Bolton’s claims “a work of fiction.”

TICK TOCK: Judicial Watch sues Justice Dept. for contents of Anthony Weiner laptop

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Judicial Watch announced Tuesday that it has filed suit against the Justice Department to turn over all emails found on the laptop of convicted New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.

The conservative watchdog group says it wants access to all records relating to the FBI’s investigation into then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. They’re also demanding all communication records between FBI officials regarding Clinton’s knowledge of “illicit activities” involving Weiner, who was married at the time of his arrest to Huma Abedin, vice chair of Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

“The Anthony Weiner laptop-Clinton email cover-up by the Obama DOJ and FBI is central to uncovering the corrupt politicization of those agencies,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement Tuesday. “The same FBI that provided cover for Hillary Clinton was going full bore against then-candidate Trump and this lawsuit aims to uncover the full truth about that corruption.”

As stated on the Judicial Watch website, a separate Judicial Watch lawsuit already uncovered at least 18 classified emails from the Clinton server on the Weiner laptop.

In a related case, Judicial Watch uncovered 424 pages of FBI records that include an email revealing that fired FBI official Peter Strzok created the initial draft of the October 2016 letter then-FBI director James Comey sent to Congress notifying lawmakers of the discovery of Hillary Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop.

The notification, according to the DOJ IG, came a full month after the emails were discovered by the FBI on Weiner’s laptop. The delay, Judicial Watch suggests, may have been the result of anti-Trump bias by FBI official Peter Strzok and others.

At the time of his arrest, it was rumored that Weiner’s laptop contained “secret file” titled “insurance” which supposedly related to Clinton. The contents of the supposed file, although the topic of much speculation, have never been authenticated or revealed.

Weiner was convicted in a sexting scandal in 2017 after sending sexually explicit photos to a 15-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

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DOJ: Trump administration’s crackdown on child sex trafficking results in 67 new indictments

MACON, GA — Charles E. Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, has announced that a Grand Jury, sitting in Macon Georgia, has returned indictments charging 67 individuals. An indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct. All of the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt. “I want to thank our Federal, State and local law enforcement partners for their hard work bringing these cases before the Federal Grand Jury,” said United States Attorney Peeler.

Indictment #1:

DUSTIN CAMPBELL, age 35, of Dandridge, Tennessee, is charged with one count of wire fraud. If convicted, Mr. Campbell faces up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melvin E. Hyde, Jr.

Indictment #2:

MARQUITA TOOMBS, age 49, of Columbus, Georgia is charged in a six count indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit theft of public money and five counts of theft of public money. If convicted, Ms. Toombs faces up to five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charge. If convicted on the theft of public money charges, Ms. Toombs faces up to ten years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on each count.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melvin E. Hyde, Jr.

Indictment #3:

BALBINO PEREZ, age 39, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, is charged with one count of Possession of Counterfeit and Unauthorized Access Devices, one count of Possession of Device-making Equipment and nineteen (19) counts of Aggravated Identity Theft. If convicted, Mr. Perez faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each count related to access devices and two (years) in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each of the aggravated identity theft counts.

JOSE ARANGO, age 43, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, is charged with one count of Possession of Counterfeit and Unauthorized Access Devices, one count of Possession of Device-making Equipment and nineteen (19) counts of Aggravated Identity Theft. If convicted, Mr. Perez faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each count related to access devices and two (years) in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each of the aggravated identity theft counts.

The case was investigated by the Tift County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. McCullers.

Indictment #4:

DEONTAE WATKINS, age 36; TRAVIS TISE, age 40; LATISHA MANNINGS, age 34; ROBERT SHEPARD, age 56; FREDERICK MILLER, age 45; TYQUAN WILLIAMS, age 26; ALEX PRICE, age 40; CHANDRA MARSHALL, age 37; ERICA KINDER, age 40; ETOYO JONES, age 36; LANDIS ROLLINS, age 46; TYRONE KING, age 42; WILLIAM BOOZER, age 53; CLAMINTA MCGRIFF, age 43; and MICHAEL COLLIER, age 48, all of Cairo, Georgia, are charged with one (1) count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of forty (40) years in prison, a $5,000,000 fine, or both, on each count.

The case was investigated by the Bainbridge Department of Public Safety and Cairo Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah E. McEwen is prosecuting the case for the Government.

Indictment #5:

COLBY RAY COCHRAN, age 23, of Warrenton, Oregon, is charged in a five-count indictment with one count of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of coercion and enticement of a minor, one count of transfer of obscene material to a minor, one count of interstate extortion, and one count of offense by a registered sex offender. If convicted, Mr. Cochran faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, up to a maximum of life imprisonment on count one; a mandatory minimum of 10 years, up to a maximum of life imprisonment on count two; a maximum of 10 years imprisonment on count three, a maximum of two years imprisonment on count two;, and a sentence 10 years imprisonment consecutive to counts one, two, and three, on count 5. Each count carries a maximum 250,000.00. A conviction on count one or two carries a mandatory minimum of 5 years, up to a maximum of lifetime supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Clatsop County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Crawford Seals.

Indictment #6:

CODY BROUSSARD, age 34, of Lawrenceville, Georgia is charged with three (3) counts of controlled substance distribution—methamphetamine (Count 1), MDMA (Count 2) and marijuana (Count 3) If convicted, Mr. Broussard faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine, or both as to Count 1, a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years imprisonment and a $1 million fine, or both as to Count 2 and a maximum sentence of five (5) years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine as to Count 3.

The case was investigated by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah E. McEwen.

Indictment #7:

AVERY DANIELLE BAKER, age 36, of Thomasville, Georgia, is charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. If convicted, Mr. Baker faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, and a $250,000 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the United States Marshal Service, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office (Georgia) and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (Alabama) and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonja Profit.

In addition to the above indictments, six individuals were indicted for firearms offenses. All of these cases were brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October, 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Those charged for firearms offenses are:

1. EDWARD WALKER, age 36, of Columbus, Georgia, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted, Mr. Walker faces up to ten years imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. If convicted for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, Mr. Walker faces up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,00, or both. If convicted for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, Mr. Walker faces up to five years imprisonment, which must be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on the drug offense.

This case was investigated by the Columbus Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melvin E. Hyde, Jr.

2. JESSE WARREN, age 25, of Greenesboro, Georgia, is charged in with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine (Count 1), Possession of a Firearm in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Offense (Count 2) and Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon (Count 3). If convicted, Mr. Warren faces a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in prison, a $ 1 million dollar fine, or both, on Count 1; life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, on Count 2 and ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000, or both, on Count 3.
The case was investigated by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Jarrett.

3. TRAVON DIJON WARRIOR, age 25, of Valdosta, Georgia, is charged in Count One with Possession With Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, in Count Two with Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, and in Count Three with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. If convicted, Mr. Warrior faces a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, or both on Count One; and mandatory minimum sentence of five (5) years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine, or both on Count Two, and a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both on Count Three.

The case was investigated by the Valdosta Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonja Profit.

4. MICHAEL WHITTINGTON, age 38, of Woodland, Georgia, is charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine in excess of 5 grams with intent to distribute and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted on count one, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years up to a maximum of 40 years imprisonment, and a fine of up to $1 million dollars, or both. Count two carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years up to a maximum of life imprisonment consecutive to count one, and a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

The case was investigated by the Taylor and Talbot County Sheriff’s Offices and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Crawford Seals.

5. DAVID EARL BUTLER, age 28, of Valdosta, Georgia, is charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. If convicted, Mr.Butler faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The case was investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia C. Bowen.

6. KENNETH DIAMOND FOUNTAIN, age 27, of Valdosta, Georgia, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (Count 1), Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (Count 2), Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime (Count 3) and Possession of Cocaine (Count 4). If convicted, Mr. Fountain faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on Count One; a maximum sentence of five (5) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on Count Two; a maximum sentence of life imprisonment with a mandatory minimum sentence of five (5) years, which would be consecutive to all other sentences, as well as a $250,000 fine, or both, on Count Three; and a maximum sentence of twelve months imprisonment, a $1,000 fine, or both, on Count Four.

The case was investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia C. Bowen.

Finally, 11 individuals were indicted for Illegal Reentry and are subject to deportation proceedings following their sentences, if convicted. Those indicted were:

1. JESUS ALONSO-JAIMES, age 42, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on December 7, 2016 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Alonso-Jaimes was found unlawfully in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia on July 2, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Alonso-Jaimes faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Jarrett.

2. JESUS BELMONTES-GUDINO, age 40, a citizen of Mexico is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on May 4, 2013 and March 2, 2017 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Belmontes-Gudino was found unlawfully in Terrell County, Georgia on April 25, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Belmontes-Gudino faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Crane.

3. CUTBERTO CHARLES-VALERO, age 46, a citizen of Mexico is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on August 23, 2013 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Charles-Valero was found unlawfully in Oconee County, Georgia on June 14, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Charles-Valero faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Easterling.

4. RICARDO GARFIAS-TINOCO, age 38, a citizen of Mexico, is charged in a two-count indictment. In Count One, he is charged with the offense of Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on July 30, 2003 and August 28, 2007 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Garfias-Tinoco was found unlawfully in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia on June 14, 2018. If convicted of Count One, Mr. Garfias-Tinoco faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both. In Count Two, he is charged with the offense of Possession of a Firearm by an Illegal Alien. If convicted of Count Two, Mr. Garfias-Tinoco faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Easterling.

5. MIGUEL GUZMAN-BERNAL, age 22, a citizen of Guatemala, is charged with one (1) count of Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on December 4, 2015 and January 26, 2017 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Guzman-Bernal was found unlawfully in Harris County, Georgia on June 6, 2018 If convicted, Mr. Guzman-Bernal faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Crawford Seals.

6. JOSE FRANCISCO, age 43, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on June 9, 2011 and June 4, 2013 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Francisco was found unlawfully in Lowndes County, Georgia on June 5, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Francisco faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonja Profit.

7. ELIAS LOPEZ-GOMEZ, age 33, a citizen of Guatemala, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on July 30, 2003 and July 18, 2012 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Lopez-Gomez was found unlawfully in Butts County, Georgia on June 8, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Lopez-Gomez faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul McCommon.

8. LUIS MALAGON-GALVAN, age 40, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on June 4, 2015 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Malagon-Galvan was found unlawfully in Colquitt County, Georgia on May 22, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Malagon-Galvan faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McCullers.

9. CARLOS MENDEZ-RAMIREZ, age 38, a citizen of Guatemala, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on March 30, 2015, September 18, 2015 and April 29, 2016 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Mendez-Ramirez was found unlawfully in Berrien County, Georgia on March 18, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Mendez-Ramirez faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Bowen.

10. ABEL MENDOZA-SANCHEZ, age 40, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on March 30, 2017 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Mendoza-Sanchez was found unlawfully in Muscogee County, Georgia on February 14, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Mendoza-Sanchez faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Melvin E, Hyde, Jr.

11. JAVIER PENA-CASAS, age 41, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on February 23, 2008, October 31, 2015 and May 3, 2016 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Pena-Casas was found unlawfully in Madison County, Georgia on June 6, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Pena-Casas faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Easterling.

Questions concerning this release should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

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TICK TOCK: FBI braces as IG’s second report looms

Washington, D.C. (Fox News) — The country is still digesting Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s scathing report on the FBI and the DOJ’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but more bombshells could be looming from the same team of investigators.

Horowitz, a former federal prosecutor, announced in March that he is probing allegations of government surveillance abuse, in light of memos released on Capitol Hill about FBI and DOJ efforts to obtain FISA warrants to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page as part of its Russia investigation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also said U.S. Attorney John Huber is investigating claims of FBI and DOJ misconduct related to these actions, noting that Huber would be “conducting his work from outside the Washington D.C. area and “in cooperation” with Horowitz.

Not much else is known about Horowitz’s review, though in March, the inspector general’s office said it “will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review” if circumstances warrant. The Clinton review took about 18 months.

On Thursday, Horowitz released his nearly 600-page report scrutinizing the actions of numerous figures who played a key role in the Justice Department and FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s email practices while she was secretary of state. That report specifically criticized former FBI Director James Comey, FBI official Peter Strzok, Obama era-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, as well as other officials.

While the report cited instances of bias – or the appearance of bias – Horowitz’s review found “no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations.”

But the report made clear it was only speaking to the Clinton investigation. Most of the officials criticized in Thursday’s report also played significant roles in the early days of the Russia probe, which is looking at whether anyone on the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 election.

“Most of my fellow citizens would say, yeah, I want to know what Russia was doing to us in 2016 but I also want the person that is finding out and investigating it to be free of bias and free of taint,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Thursday on Fox News’ “Special Report.”

One of the most stunning findings concerns texts between agent Peter Strzok and bureau colleague Lisa Page.

According to the report, Page texted Strzok in August 2016 and said: “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.

Strzok was a lead investigator on the Clinton case and later worked the Russia investigation before being removed from that assignment.

On Friday, President Trump took aim at Strzok, pointing out his role in the Russia probe.

“FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who headed the Clinton & Russia investigations, texted to his lover Lisa Page, in the IG Report, that ‘we’ll stop’ candidate Trump from becoming President,” Trump tweeted. “Doesn’t get any lower than that!”

He also tweeted that he now has to “beat a phony Witch Hunt and all of the dishonest people covered in the IG Report.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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