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Dad of Covington student Nick Sandmann backs Kentucky’s anti-doxxing bill in emotional testimony

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Dad of Covington student Nick Sandmann backs Kentucky's anti-doxxing bill in emotional testimony

A Kentucky measure aimed at tackling “doxxing” – the intentional sharing of someone’s private information on the internet – passed a state Senate committee on Wednesday, with the father of a Covington Catholic High School student offering emotional testimony.

Ted Sandmann, father of Nick Sandmann, appeared before the Senate State and Local Government Committee to speak out about how his teen son became the epicenter of a Jan. 18 controversy involving his son, some of his schoolmates and some protesters near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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“My son, Nicholas Sandmann, was the victim of the most sensational Twitter attack in the history of the internet,” the elder Sandmann said, according to a report by the Courier Journal of Louisville.

“My son, Nicholas Sandmann, was the victim of the most sensational Twitter attack in the history of the internet.” 

— Ted Sandmann, father of Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann

Nick Sandmann and the Covington students were initially accused of causing a confrontation with an elderly Native American man and taunting him with chants, after a video of the event went viral. But subsequent videos and the students’ own statements revealed that they were actually verbally accosted by a group of black street preachers who were shouting racially charged, homophobic insults at them a Native American group.

The father said that “selectively edited” videos of his son’s encounter were shared on Twitter, and drew abusive comments, such as “Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid?”

The latter comment — which remained online early Thursday – was shared by left-wing author and producer Reza Aslan with his nearly 300,000 followers.

Ted Sandmann added that due to the incident, his son had to endure online abuse, threats and ridicule.

“It shows how far out-of-control social media has become,” he said.

“It shows how far out-of-control social media has become.”

— Ted Sandmann, father of Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann

The bill to crack down on doxxing, sponsored by state Republican Sen. Wil Schroder, easily passed the committee, though some lawmakers expressed concern about whether the proposal would overcome free-speech hurdles.

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The measure, according to the Courier Journal, would provide more recourse against people who spread personal information and make threats on the internet.

It would also make a make it illegal to publish personal information online about a minor that could be used to identify someone with the purpose of causing harm, abuse, or making threats.

Under the law, individuals breaking the law would face a misdemeanor charge that could be elevated to a felony if physical harm or financial loss resulted from the actions.

Sandmann said during the hearing that the incident turned the family’s life upside down and affected his innocent son.

“We are still a far way from winning back my son’s reputation,” he said.

Since the Covington controversy, the legal team representing the Sandmann family has sued the Washington Post for $250 million in compensatory and punitive damages for the paper’s coverage of the incident.

Last week, the newspaper published an editor’s note admitting that subsequent information either contradicted or failed to confirm accounts relayed in its initial article.

The editor’s note was slammed by Sandmann’s legal team, which accused the paper of trying to  “whitewash” the encounter. They claimed the Post action was “too little and too late.”

“The Washington Post rushed to claim leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullies who falsely attacked, vilified and threatened Nicholas Sandmann, an innocent 16-year-old boy,” a statement posted on the law firm’s website said.

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“The Friday night efforts by the Post to whitewash its wrongdoing were untimely, grossly insufficient and did little more than perpetuate the lies it published – lies that will haunt and adversely impact Nicholas for the rest of his life.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report added.

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Bernie Sanders’ hiring of non-American campaign advisers may violate federal election laws, complaint says

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New spokeswoman for Bernie Sanders won't be able to vote for him in 2020 -- she's an illegal immigrant

Bernie Sanders was hit a complaint this week, claiming his presidential campaign violated federal election laws by employing non-Americans in advisery positions.

A new complaint by the Coolidge Reagan Foundation filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) notes that three members of the Sanders campaign are foreign nationals, which appears to be a violation of federal election laws that prohibit foreign interference.

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Maria Belén Sisa, Sanders’ deputy national press secretary who joined the campaign last month, was among the staffers named in the complaint, as first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. Sisa claims to be an illegal immigrant whose residency is protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program for assisting illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Sisa recently caused an uproar after invoking an anti-Semitic “dual allegiance” trope of Jewish Americans while defending Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and questioning whether American Jews, including Sanders, were loyal to the United States.

The complaint notes that Sisa not only got a salary from Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, she also contributed money to it and is now serving in “an advisory position” in the 2020 campaign – all of which are “direct and serious violations” of federal election laws.

“Senator Sanders and Bernie 2020 is permitting a foreign national, Ms. Sisa, to serve in an advisory position which allows her to directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of persons with regard to election-related activities in violation of FEC regulations,” the complaint reads.

“Senator Sanders and Bernie 2020 is permitting a foreign national, Ms. Sisa, to serve in an advisory position which allows her to directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of persons with regard to election-related activities in violation of FEC regulations.”

— The complaint

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According to the FEC rules, foreign nationals, who aren’t lawfully admitted permanent residents, cannot directly or indirectly participate in political campaigns. Such individuals are also barred from making political contributions.

The complaint also names two other foreign nationals on the Sanders’ 2016 campaign, immigration activists Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas, who worked as the campaign’s national Latino outreach strategist and press secretary for Latino outreach, respectively.

“Due to the high profile of Cesar Vargas, Erika Andiola, and Maria Belén Sisa as leading activists in the undocumented community, there is reason to believe that respondents are ‘foreign nationals’ within the meaning of 52 U.S.C. § 301219b)(2), and in violation of 11 C.F.R. § 110.20 (i) and A.O. 2004-26, directly or indirectly participated in the decision-making process of persons with regard to the election-related activities of Bernie 2016,” the complaint continued.

“There is reason to believe, having previously employed Ms. Sisa, that Bernie 2020 is currently, and knowingly, permitting a ‘foreign national’ … to directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of persons with regard to the election-related activities of Bernie 2020.”

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The complaint calls on the FEC to investigate both the 2016 and the current presidential campaigns and take action to curb the violations.

“The Commission should determine and impose appropriate sanctions for any and all violations,” the complaint read. “Further, the Commission should enjoin respondents from any future violations and impose any necessary and appropriate remedies to ensure respondents’ future compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act.”

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Democrats vow to keep investigating Trump despite Mueller's conclusions, no new indictments

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Congressional Democrats vowed Friday to keep investigating President Trump, his family, and associates despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapping up his Russia investigation with no new indictments.

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‘There needs to be a reckoning’ for those who spread Russia collusion narrative: Mollie Hemingway

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews livid over Mueller report: ‘How could they let Trump off the hook?’

Those who spent the last two years pushing the narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election need to be held accountable, the Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway argued Friday.

Earlier in the day, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed in its report on the Russia investigation to the Department of Justice and it was announced that no new indictments would be forthcoming.

During Friday’s All-Star panel segment on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Hemingway — along with Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti and Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason — weighed in on the breaking news that reverberated throughout Washington.

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Hemingway began by noting that the “Russia narrative” predates the Mueller probe, having begun circulating during the 2016 election after the creation of the infamous Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier, which pushed the theory that then-Republican candidate Donald Trump was a “Russian agent.”

“We have, for the last three years … frequently [witnessed] hysteria about treasonous collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 election,” Hemingway told the panel. “The fact [is] that there are no more indictments coming and the fact [is] that all of the indictments that we’ve seen thus far have been for process crimes or things unrelated to what we were told by so many people in the media was ‘treasonous collusion’ to steal the 2016 election.”

“If there is nothing there that matches what we’ve heard from the media for many years, there needs to be a reckoning and the people who spread this theory both inside and outside the government who were not critical and who did not behave appropriately need to be held accountable,” she added.

“The people who spread this theory both inside and outside the government … and who did not behave appropriately need to be held accountable.”

— Mollie Hemingway, senior editor, the Federalist

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Mason told the panel that there’s likely “some relief” in the White House, particularly from Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and top adviser. And while he insisted it was “too early” to draw major conclusions, he later added that those who attacked Mueller’s credibility throughout his investigation will have to walk back their hostility if he concludes that there was no collusion, including President Trump.

Meanwhile, Continetti suggested that the Mueller report could be the “greatest anticlimax in American history,” and that the entire investigation could be “for nothing” because it was “an investigation without a crime.” He did, however, insist that the “battle will continue” as the White House will fight Congress on transparency of the Mueller findings.

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