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John Kennedy on Afghanistan withdrawal: ‘A circus parade of bad decisions’

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) appeared on Hannity Wednesday to rail against President Biden’s bad decision-making when it came to Afghanistan. Meanwhile, his state is recovering from Hurricane Ida.

“The last soldier left Afghanistan on August 30. It was an ignominious day whether you think we should have been in Afghanistan or not,” Kennedy said. “The withdrawal was a circus parade of bad decisions. Some of my colleagues in Washington are trying to spin it otherwise, Sean, but this one is un-spinnable. You can put perfume on a pig, but it still stinks.”

Likely, Kennedy was referring to Sen. Hirono (D-HI) blaming the botched withdrawal on former President Trump. She appeared on CNN Tuesday. “This is a situation that was very much on, in my view, the Trump administration,” Hirono said at the time.

Then, Kennedy saluted those who gave their lives in the evacuation effort. “The 13 servicemen and women who lost their lives in the withdrawal were and are lions,” Kennedy said. “If nothing else, they are the reason you ought to stand up for The National anthem.”

But Kennedy still has all of the stranded Americans on his mind. “Now we are out, but it’s not over. We left Americans behind,” Kennedy said. “We don’t know how many. That’s unconscionable. And we have to get them out. And the message that the Biden administration needs to be sending to the Taliban today is this: ‘Until we get all of our people out, if you, the Taliban, hurt a hair on their head, we will chase the killers down like a hound from hell, and we will kill you and hurt you the entire time you are dying.’ Period. End of discussion.”

Finally, the Louisana senator also advocated for Afghan allies, saying he wouldn’t want to leave any behind either. As of Monday, the U.S. military evacuated over 123,000 people. Among them were Americans and Afghans.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Stormy Daniels lawyer in Trump trial, Michael Avenatti, sentenced to prison for stealing millions from clients

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Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against former President Donald Trump was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Avenatti was sentenced for stealing millions of dollars from his clients. He was also fined a whopping $10 million.

U.S. District Judge James v. Selna said “Avenatti’s sentence in Southern California will be served after he finishes a five-year term for separate convictions in New York” reported the Associated Press.

“This was the last of three major federal criminal cases to wrap up against the 51-year-old Californian. Avenatti is currently serving prison time for stealing book proceeds from Daniels — who sued to break a confidentiality agreement with Trump to stay mum about an affair she said they had — and for trying to extort Nike if the shoemaker didn’t pay him up to $25 million” adds the AP.

Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., used the news of Avenatti’s conviction to bring up an old Tweet of his. On October 11 2018, Avenatti predicted Trump Jr. would be going to prison: “Donald Trump Jr. will be indicted before his birthday on 12-31-18. If you doubt my prediction, please check my record over the last 7 months. #winning.”

Trump Jr. is getting the last laugh. Jr. tweeted Avenatti’s 2018 prediction with the Associated Press headline of the conviction: “BREAKING: Incarcerated lawyer Michael Avenatti sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for cheating clients out of millions of dollars – AP.”

Earlier this year Avenatti plead guilty to “four counts of wire fraud and a tax-related charge despite not reaching a plea deal with federal prosecutors, saying he wanted to be accountable and spare his family further embarrassment” added the AP.

“He was accused of negotiating and collecting settlement payments on behalf of his clients and funneling the money to accounts he controlled, and spending it on his own lavish lifestyle, including a private jet.”

The Associated Press  also went into further detail on Avenatti’s court hearing:

“Despite the significant advantages that this defendant had — a first-rate education, a thriving legal career — he chose to commit the deplorable acts in this case time and time again,” prosecutor Brett Sagel told the court in Santa Ana. “The defendant is just another criminal who thinks the law is something that applies to other people.”

His voice breaking, Avenatti apologized to the clients he bilked, including two who told the court about how losing the money and their trust in someone they thought had their back upended their lives.

“I am deeply remorseful and contrite,” Avenatti said. “There is no doubt that all of them deserve much better, and I hope that someday they will accept my apologies and find it in their heart to forgive me.”

Authorities in California said Avenatti carried out what amounted to a “sophisticated Ponzi scheme” by collecting settlement payments on behalf of vulnerable clients and using the money to fund his exorbitant lifestyle.

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