DML Morning Briefing Aug. 25

Someone gets fired, lawyers get cheated, Trump gets blamed, MORE!

By Katrina Lusteck

Today is August 25. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.

1. 22 reported killed in Independence Day attack in Ukraine
Associated Press— KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces Wednesday launched a rocket attack on a Ukrainian train station on the embattled country’s Independence Day, killing 22 people, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said after warning for days that Moscow might attempt “something particularly cruel” this week.

The lethal attack took place in Chaplyne, a town of about 3,500 people in the central Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukrainian news agencies quoted Zelenskyy as telling the U.N. Security Council via video. The president’s office also reported that an 11-year-old child was killed by rocket fire earlier in the day in the settlement.

“Chaplyne is our pain today,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation.

MY TAKE: A terible tragedy for people who just want freedom. RIP.

2. Uvalde school police chief fired for response to shooting

DML News— Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo was terminated by the district’s board on Wednesday, exactly three months after a shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 children and two teachers dead.

Arredondo, who has been harshly criticized for his response to the shooting, did not attend Wednesday’s meeting, his attorney said.

“Chief Arredondo will not participate in his own illegal and unconstitutional public lynching and respectfully requests the Board immediately reinstate him, with all backpay and benefits and close the complaint as unfounded,” Arredondo’s attorney, George Hyde, wrote in a 17-page letter that was sent out less than an hour before the meeting.

MY TAKE: Finally!

3. AOC Willfully Misses Congressional Financial Disclosure Deadline

Breitbart— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has willfully missed the House Ethics Committee’s financial disclosure deadline of August 13 for the second time in her congressional career.

Ocasio-Cortez is well aware of the Office of Congressional Ethics’ August 13 deadline, according to her spokesperson, who flaunted the committee’s 30-day grace period.

If she were to miss the 30-day grace period, Ocasio-Cortez would face a $200 late penalty. She also filed her financial disclosures late in 2019, providing the documentation exactly 30 days late in September 2020, just avoiding the Ethics Committee fine.

MY TAKE: No surprise here. AOC playing fast and loose with the law, snubbing her nose at the U.S. What’s behind the counter, bartender?

4. Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers sue for over $878K in fees

ABC News— DENVER — A law firm that helped defend Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite convicted of helping the financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls, is suing her, her brother and husband, saying it was never paid for more than $878,000 for its work.

Denver-based Haddon, Morgan and Foreman alleged in a lawsuit filed Monday that Maxwell put her brother Kevin Maxwell in charge of paying her legal fees after she was arrested in 2020 but that he only paid a fraction of what they had charged leading up to and during her trial. Kevin Maxwell urged the firm to keep working on appeal issues after she was convicted despite the unpaid bills and had blamed Maxwell’s husband, Scott Borgerson, for getting in the way of making payments, according to the lawsuit filed in Denver.

The lawsuit alleges that Borgerson formed an LLC to buy real estate to shield his wife’s assets from creditors.

MY TAKE: Another one that sparks no surprise. Her bestie was Jeffrey Epstein. She’s not exactly a pillar of integrity.

5. Democrats Accuse Trump Admin Of Rushing COVID Treatments, Vaccines

Daily Caller— Democrats on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released a report Wednesday alleging the Trump administration pressured health officials to approve unproven COVID-19 treatments and rush authorization of vaccines.

The report alleges former President Donald Trump and his top advisers pushed former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn to grant emergency use authorization (EUA) to unproven treatments like hydroxychloroquine and convalescent plasma. Hahn alleged that top Trump officials pushed the FDA to rush authorization of the first vaccine so it would be available before the 2020 presidential election.

“The Select Subcommittee’s findings that Trump White House officials deliberately and repeatedly sought to bend FDA’s scientific work on coronavirus treatments and vaccines to the White House’s political will are yet another example of how the prior Administration prioritized politics over public health,” chairman James Clyburn said in a statement about the report. “As today’s report makes clear, senior Trump Administration officials undermined public health experts because they believed doing so would benefit the former president politically—plotting covertly with known conspiracy theorists to dangerously push a disproven coronavirus treatment, bullying FDA to change its vaccine guidance, and advocating for federal investigations into those who stood in their way.”

MY TAKE: Here we go! A scramble to point the finger over the vaccine. But who wanted the credit for vaccine enforcement? Biden and the crazy Left. Who insisted they were safe? Fauci and the swamp. Now, who will they blame for the fallout? Their very own personal boogeyman, Trump. Typical.