Jerry Nadler Demands Reforms To 'Massively Abused' Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Jerry Nadler Demands Reforms To 'Massively Abused' Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Prior to the Congressional recess, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) questioned witnesses about FISA reforms and qualified immunity.

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Hillary Clinton was in a giddy mood shortly after a Georgia grand jury slapped ex-President Donald Trump with another indictment in relation to the 2020 election interference case. While appearing on Monday’s (Aug. 14) episode of The Rachel Maddow Show at the same time the news was announced, the Former First Lady couldn’t hold back her laughter.

“I can’t believe this,” Clinton said through giggles as she settled into her chair.

When Rachel Maddow admitted that she wasn’t expecting to speak with the politician under such circumstances, Clinton cheekily replied, “Nor me, Rachel. It’s always good to talk to you. Honestly, I didn’t think that it would be under these circumstances. Yet another set of indictments.”

Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 election, was scheduled to appear on the MSNBC show to discuss a recent op-ed she wrote. While she may have been smiling from ear-to-ear at the start of the segment, she soon turned serious when Maddow asked if she feels any bit of satisfaction since “most of the country” didn’t believe her warnings that Trump “was going to try to end democracy.”

“It’s hard to believe. I don’t feel any satisfaction,” Clinton said. “I feel great — just great profound sadness that we have a former president who has been indicted for so many charges that went right to the heart of whether or not our democracy would survive.”

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The former Secretary of State added that it’s a “terrible moment for our country to have a former president accused of these terribly important crimes,” before pointing out that there is satisfaction in knowing that the justice system is “working.”

“The only satisfaction is that the system is working,” she said. “That all of the efforts by Trump and his allies and enablers to try and silence the truth and undermine democracy have been brought into the light. And justice is being pursued.”

Trump is currently facing another 13 counts which include “violating Georgia’s anti-racketeering law, conspiracy, false statements and asking a public official to violate their oath of office,” according to The New York Post. Moreover, 18 of his allies were also indicted — including his former attorneys Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis and Kenneth Chesebro.

“I hope that we won’t have accountability just for Donald Trump and if there are others named in these indictments along with him for their behavior but we will also have accountability for a political party that has just thrown in with all the lies and the divisiveness and the lack of any conscience about what has been done to the country,” Clinton said elsewhere in the interview.

The Rachel Maddow Show airs on Monday nights at 9/8c on MSNBC.

"I can’t believe this," Clinton said of the (fourth) indictment.
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Second Political Leader Killed in Ecuador in Less Than a Week

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — The unprecedented violence shaking Ecuador claimed the life of another political leader Monday, bringing the number of politics-related slayings within the last four weeks to three, including that of a presidential candidate.

The fatal shooting of Pedro Briones, a local leader of Revolución Ciudadana, the party of former President Rafael Correa, was confirmed by Luisa González, the frontrunner in Sunday’s special presidential election and member of the same party.

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The shooting happened in the northern province of Esmeraldas. Details were not immediately available.

“Ecuador is experiencing its bloodiest era,” González tweeted. “A heartfelt hug to the family of colleague Pedro Briones, fallen by the hands of violence.”

The killing of Briones, who was a political leader in a rural area of San Mateo de Esmeraldas, came less than a week after the South American country was rocked by the assassination in broad daylight of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, who had a famously tough stance on organized crime and corruption. Villavicencio was killed at the end of a political rally in Quito, the capital, despite having a security detail that included police and bodyguards.

Their slayings followed the July 26 fatal shooting of the mayor of Manta, Ecuador’s third largest city. Agustín Intriago, 38, had recently been re-elected to a term that began in May.

Thousands of people have been killed over the past three years in Ecuador as the country has transformed into a major drug trafficking hub and cartel-aided local gangs battle for control of the streets, prisons and drug routes. Crime and violence have dominated the discussions around Sunday’s election.

In an interview with The Associated Press, González said she revamped her security detail following Villavicencio’s killing but continued to refuse to wear a bulletproof vest, arguing that she is a Christian woman.

“I have faith in God; he is the one who takes care of us,” she said.

Should she become president, she said she plans to take a tough stance on crime, cleaning up police forces, increasing control along the country’s borders, and investing in equipment for law enforcement.

González criticized the government of President Guillermo Lasso for lacking control inside detention facilities, which she said prisoners and organized crime have turned into their productive and recreational centers.

At least 400 inmates have died since 2021 during various riots.

On Saturday, authorities moved the leader of one of the country’s most powerful gangs, Los Choneros, into a maximum-security prison. Villavicencio had accused the group and its leader, Adolfo Macías, alias “Fito,” whom he linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, of threatening him and his campaign team days before the assassination.

The gang boss was moved out of a jail with lighter security into a maximum-security prison in the same large complex of detention facilities in the port city of Guayaquil. The transfer occurred after about 4,000 soldiers and police officers raided the jail where Macías was being held and seized weapons, ammunition and explosives.

In response, jail inmates on Monday protested and hung signs demanding Macías be transferred back.

“We want peace return Fito,” read one of the signs visible from the road outside the complex, which dozens of police officers and members of the armed forces guarded after supporters of Macías arrived on motorcycles to protest his relocation.

Authorities have not disclosed a motive for Villavicencio’s killing. An Ecuadorian judge on Friday ordered preventive detention for six Colombian men described by authorities as being suspected of involvement in the slaying. The FBI is assisting in the investigation.

Authorities did not immediately release details of Briones’ slaying.

The country’s National Police tallied 3,568 violent deaths in the first six months of this year, far more than the 2,042 reported during the same period in 2022. That year ended with 4,600 violent deaths, the country’s highest in history and double the total in 2021.

Associated Press writer Gonzalo Solano contributed to this report from Quito, Ecuador.

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SAN CRISTOBAL, Dominican Republic (AP) — The death toll from a powerful explosion near the capital of the Dominican Republic rose to 10 on Tuesday as firefighters searched through smoldering rubble, authorities said.

More than 50 people were injured

in Monday’s explosion at a bustling commercial center in the city of San Cristobal, located just west of Santo Domingo. At least 36 of the injured remained hospitalized, according to Joel Santos, minister of the presidency.Local media reported that an additional 11 people are missing.

President Luis Abinader was expected to travel later Tuesday to the site, where authorities were still trying to extinguish a fire amid collapsed buildings and charred vehicles.

The country’s 911 system said the explosion occurred at a bakery in the city’s center, a bustling area known as “Old Marketplace” where people buy goods ranging from vegetables to clothes. The fire then spread to a hardware store next door and a nearby furniture store.

Among the victims is a four-month-old baby who died from head trauma and a woman who worked at a bank, officials said.

Santos said the government is launching an investigation to determine whether the business where the explosion occurred was operating under the proper regulations.

It wasn’t clear what caused the explosion, and authorities have not provided a preliminary estimate of damages.

“Unfortunately, these catastrophes have an order of priority: save lives, save assets, ensure that the incident is extinguished and then assess damage,” Santos said at a press conference.

San Cristobal, the birthplace of dictator Rafael Trujillo, was the site of another explosion nearly 23 years ago. An arms depot exploded in October 2000, killing at least two people and injured more than two dozen others, forcing authorities to evacuate thousands.


Associated Press reporter Dánica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico contributed.


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