Postal worker who recanted his recanting is on tape recanting

first_img– Advertisement – O’Keefe and Project Veritas are an essential part of the Republican Party. Which is again both hilarious and terrifying. Because for the next 60-odd days, they’re in charge of the country. Far from being coercive, the recording shows that the investigators “repeatedly reminded Hopkins that his cooperation was voluntary, and Hopkins agreed to sign a document stating that he was not coerced.” One also asked him if he had a lawyer, and Hopkins said a Project Veritas lawyer was on retention “in case there’s anything that happens.” At which point the agent hinted that maybe he should have a personal lawyer and “I would make whatever efforts possible to have that person here.” That’s about as “coercive” as the interview seems to have been. But Hopkins, clearly in way over his head, later talked to O’Keefe and said he felt like he “got played” by the investigators.The ones playing him are clearly O’Keefe and his team, and who knows what they’re promising Hopkins. Hopkins told inspectors that he’s a libertarian who supported Trump. He didn’t understand Pennsylvania’s rules for the election, i.e., that ballots postmarked Election Day could still be delivered through the following Friday. “It’s so weird that we’re picking up ballots because, at this point [after Election Day], they’re no longer valid,” he told investigators when explaining his concern. He thought it was fraud. “You ever feel like you were doing the right thing but you kind of regret it anyways?” he asked the agent.One gets the sense that Hopkins isn’t the brightest of bulbs, a perfect target for being used by O’Keefe in yet another fraud. It would be sadly hilarious because this guy really is being used, except for the fact that the fraud was used to get Sen. Lindsey Graham to call for a federal investigation, after which Attorney General William Barr authorized federal investigations. It is being used in one of the Trump campaign’s challenges to the Pennsylvania vote.- Advertisement –center_img As one of its key pieces of evidence to challenge the election there, the Trump campaign in Pennsylvania is using the James O’Keefe/Project Veritas-promoted story that a postal worker heard a supervisor tell another worker to backdate ballots. That story was debunked by U.S. Postal Service investigators, who spoke to the worker—Richard Hopkins—who recanted. Then he recanted his recanting again via a video Project Veritas sent out in which they said he had been “interrogated” and “coerced” by agents.Showing just how unsteady the foundation is that Trump has built his legal challenges on, The Washington Post got the recording Project Veritas is using to try to keep this ridiculous claim alive. It was recorded by Hopkins, who told the investigators he was recording, and they let him keep doing it. Which was smart. Because in it, he says he made “assumptions” about the snippets of the conversation he’d overheard that were the basis of his claim and his false affidavit. He said the Erie, Pennsylvania, facility where he heard the conversation was noisy and all he heard for sure were three phrases: “ballots on the 4th,” “all for the 3rd,” and “one postmarked on the 4th.” He said he never heard the word “backdate,” but, “My mind probably added the rest.” Then he talked about the affidavit, saying that it was written by Project Veritas and he wasn’t sure of everything that was in it because he was in “so much shock I wasn’t paying that much attention to what they were telling me.” He told the investigators: “They just wanted me to get the affidavit done so they can utilize it in case they need to subpoena me into the court.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Wellington police notes: Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, December 03, 2012:•7:00 a.m. Jaimie M. Aguirre, 43, Wellington was arrested and confined charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.•10:22 a.m. Officers took report of found property of a bicycle in the 200 block of S. C.•11:12 a.m. Officers took report of found property of a bicycle in the 1100 block of E. 7th.•11:53 a.m. Officers took report of found property of a cell phone in the 700 block of S. Blaine.•11:53 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a ladder in the 100 block of E. Harvey.•4:22 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery in the 300 block of S. C.•6:21 p.m. Officers investigated criminal use of weapons in the 100 block of E. Lincoln.•6:21 p.m.  Jason M. Stallings, 35, Wellington was arrested and confined charged with domestic battery and criminal use of weapons.•7:49 p.m. Officers took report of a mental subject.•9:10 p.m. Christopher Eckermann, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeying a stop sign.last_img read more

NASCAR driver gets kicked out of iRacing event while wearing giraffe onesie

first_imgCringe comedy, it seems, is still in vogue.MORE: How does iRacing work?”I got really hot and I sweat a lot,” DiBenedetto said to the camera before letting out an awkward chuckle.Post race recap. I do not feel very intimidating currently but you guys can still sense my rage— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) April 19, 2020DiBenedetto had some fun with his DQ after completing 112 laps. Matt DiBenedetto is one misbehaved giraffe.The NASCAR driver inexplicably decided to don a full animal onesie Sunday afternoon in the iRacing Pro Series before getting booted from the event for intentionally ramming into Ryan Preece. He also recorded a bizarre video while still wearing the costume. Payback! @mattdracing has been parked after this incident with @RyanPreece_.— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) April 19, [email protected]_ cut down on me, spun out due to it, then wrecked me intentionally for his screw up. Send me his damn address I’m ready to throw down 😂— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) April 19, 2020Matt Disqualifidetto— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) April 19, 2020William Byron won the race at virtual Richmond. Timmy Hill finished second and Parker Kligerman came in third.Results from #ProInvitationalSeries race at virtual Richmond:— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 19, 2020The iRacing Series has had strong early returns for NASCAR during the coronavirus pandemic, but has taken black eyes in recent weeks, most notably from Kyle Larson’s use of the N-word while on a live stream last weekend. Larson was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing as a result of the incident. He also lost his main sponsors.The next official iRacing event is scheduled for April 26, at virtual Talladega.last_img read more

Casemiro-Valverde, the Zidane seat belt

first_imgIts presence also improves Fede Valverde, the great revelation of the season, which has played 1,692 ’(56.4% of the total). The Uruguayan does not perform the same when Casemiro is not there, because his presence allows him to pick up and show off his arrival to the attack (two goals and three assists). This afternoon at El Sadar, Zizou retrieves his seat belt … In the two league games that have been lost, Madrid has not passed the draw: 1-1 against Valencia in Mestalla and 0-0 against Athletic at the Bernabéu. This Casemiro course is vital in defense, but also in attack: Four goals and three assists. Casemiro rested against Real Sociedad in Copa del Rey and that explains part of the defensive fragility of Real Madrid last Thursday. The Brazilian does not have a replacement in the template. After Marcos Llorente’s departure last summer, Casemiro remained as the only pure defensive midfielder of the team. To this we must add the fact that he is in one of his best moments of his career.For all this, he has played all games except four (one of them for yellow accumulation). 2,580 minutes, 86% of the total. The data reflects its importance: only a victory in those meetings. And the victory came against Zaragoza, a rival of a minor category, in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey.last_img read more

Chelsea confirm signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid

first_img 1 Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.The midfielder moves to Stamford Bridge as part the deal which sees Thibaut Courtois join Real Madrid on a permanent basis. Mateo Kovacic cost Real Madrid 29 million euros back in 2015 center_img “I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea,” said Kovacic, who is the fourth signing made by boss Maurizio Sarri since he replaced Antonio Conte as manager earlier this summer.“It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club.“It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are very happy to welcome Mateo to the Chelsea family.“He is a perfect fit for us this season, his style is well suited to how Maurizio wants to play and we are sure he will prove to be a valuable asset for the club.”How Chelsea are set to line up this season with Mateo Kovacic and Kepa ArrizabalagaThe deal Kovacic follows the signing of Kepa from Athletic Bilbao.Chelsea paid a world record fee for a goalkeeper, £71.6million, to sign the Spaniard after accepting Real Madrid’s offer for Courtois.Kepa has signed a seven-year contract with the Blues.On sealing his move to Chelsea, Kepa said: “It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life.“So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League. It’s an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.”last_img read more