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Report: Biden claims ‘gigantic abuse’ of filibuster, despite being used 327 times by Democrats in 2020

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A new report by the Washington Examiner released the number of times Democrats have used filibuster compared to the GOP in 2020.

According to the report, Democrats have used filibuster 327, compared to only once by the GOP.

President Joe Biden has called the filibuster a “jim Crow relic” and said it has been widely abused despite Democrats using it over 300 times in 2020.

Biden declared that the Senate filibuster was “abused in a gigantic way” last year at his first official press conference last week.

“I was going to give you the statistics, but you probably know them, that it used to be that — that from between 1917 to 1971, the filibuster existed, there was a total of 58 motions to break a filibuster that whole time,” Biden said. “Last year alone, there were 5 times that many. So it’s being abused in a gigantic way.”

Following Biden’s speech, Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen told Fox News that there has not been one Republican filibuster since Joe Biden took office.

“Well, first of all he said his justification for possibly getting rid of the filibuster is that it was abused last year in a gigantic way. Who was filibustering last year? It was Democrats. So he’s saying, just for the record, so viewers know, there has not been one, single Republican filibuster since Joe Biden took office. There have been no filibusters.”

“So, all of the filibusters so far, in the last four years, have been Democratic filibusters. What are they filibustering?” he asked.

Thiessen then began listing off a number of initiatives proposed by former President Donald Trump that were blocked by the filibuster:

  • Border wall funding
  • COVID relief
  • Police reform
  • Legislation on sanctuary cities
  • Restrictions on abortion
  • Entitlement reform
  • Immigration reform
  • Lawsuit reform
  • Health care reform
  • Budget cuts
  • Expanded gun rights
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood

“All those things were blocked either by an actual filibuster of the threat of filibuster by Democrats and that is now justification once they have become in power for getting rid of it when the Republicans haven’t even filibusters yet,” Thiessen said.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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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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