NC PROUD BOY RAN COMMUNICATIONS FOR CAPITOL ATTACKERS: The indictment says that after Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio was arrested in Washington on Jan. 4, on charges stemming from an earlier rally, Donohoe expressed concern that encrypted communications that involved Tarrio would be compromised. Prosecutors say Donohoe created a new channel on the encrypted messaging application and took steps to destroy or “nuke” the earlier one. The evening of Jan. 4, prosecutors say, Donohoe then posted on the new channel and other messaging boards that he had been told that planning needed to stop. “Everything is compromised and we can be looking at Gang charges,” he wrote, according to the indictment. “This comes from the top.” By the next day, on the eve of the protest, prosecutors say the Proud Boys had created a new messaging channel called “Boots on the Ground” that they could use in Washington. Eventually more than 60 members did communicate that way, including Donohoe.
DEM LAWMAKERS WANT INVESTIGATION OF CATAWBA CASINO LAND DEALS: The letter questions whether there were any “closed door hearings” where local leaders “might have received information that could be used to gain improper benefits." It also says unnamed properties were "bought by a nearly untraceable network of LLCs, sometimes by entities that do not seem to have any legal organization or registration.” House Speaker Tim Moore isn't mentioned in the letter, but that's part of the subtext for some signers. Moore, R-Cleveland, is from Kings Mountain, is the county attorney for the Cleveland County Board of County Commissioners and, years ago, represented Kings Mountain landowners working with developers on the casino proposal, The Carolina Journal reported in 2014. Meyer said he couldn't point to specific allegations, saying he wants to know more about "who’s bought up the properties" near the casino site and "what are their business relationships?” Rep. Cynthia Ball, D-Wake, said she signed after being told "there’s some monkey business going on." "Some under-the-table conversations … that’s the way it was described to me," Ball said. "The reason I signed the letter is, if indeed’s that true, then we need the attorney general to investigate."
24 NC INDIVIDUALS (out of 4.5 Million) CHARGED WITH VOTER FRAUD RELATED TO 2016 ELECTION: Two of the defendants were charged earlier this year with unlawful voting in the 2016 general election, a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for eastern North Carolina said. More than 15 other defendants, including four whose indictments were unsealed Friday, were charged with falsely claiming U.S. citizenship to register to vote, according to a list the government released of those charged and their nationalities. The two charged with unlawful voting also are accused of false claims of citizenship. Several people also have been charged with naturalization fraud and the misuse of immigration visas and other documents. Those charged are listed as being from Mexico and several central American countries, as well as from France, Yemen, Iraq and Nigeria and other countries. Each defendant was charged individually, and there are no conspiracy charges, according to the news release.
TRUMP'S MAR-A-LAGO CLUB PARTIALLY CLOSED AFTER STAFF ARE INFECTED WITH COVID: The Trump Organization declined to say how many workers were affected. The Palm Beach club — which includes the former president’s home as well as restaurants and banquet facilities — has dozens of employees during the winter season. “Out of an abundance of caution we have quarantined some of the workers and partially closed a section of the club for a short period of time,” a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization said in a statement to The Post. In January, a Florida state representative asked the county to shut down Mar-a-Lago after photos from a New Year’s Eve event showed that many guests were not wearing masks. In response, Palm Beach County sent the club a formal warning letter, saying that Mar-a-Lago had violated county code and could face fines up to $15,000 if there was another violation. Omari Hardy, the state representative who had asked for Mar-a-Lago to be closed down, said workers were paying the price of the club’s lax mask policy. “No one around the president wears a mask. The guests at Mar-a-Lago have photographed themselves partying and carousing not wearing masks,” said Hardy, whose district includes a town just a few miles from Mar-a-Lago that is home to many essential workers who staff the clubs and restaurants on Palm Beach. “Now the workers, who can least afford to get sick, are paying for it with their health.”
PRESIDENT BIDEN AND VP HARRIS SPEAK OUT FOR ASIANS BEING ATTACKED DURING PANDEMIC: “They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed. They’ve been verbally assaulted, physically assaulted, killed,” Mr. Biden lamented after a meeting with leaders of Atlanta’s Asian-American community that he described as heart-wrenching to be part of. “It’s been a year of living in fear for their lives,” the president said. Mr. Biden expressed empathy for the victims’ families, who he said were left with “broken hearts and unanswered questions.” And he said Americans should take responsibility for failing to express enough outrage about the targeting of people of Asian descent during the pandemic that has gripped the country. The vice president offered little doubt about what she believed and whom she blamed for stoking the violence, alluding to — without directly naming — former President Donald J. Trump, who repeatedly blamed the pandemic on what he called the “China virus.” “For the last year, we’ve had people in positions of incredible power scapegoating Asian-Americans,” she said. “People with the biggest pulpits spreading this kind of hate.” The Biden administration, she said, would not “stand by” in the face of racial violence. “Whatever the killer’s motive, these facts are clear,” she said. “Six out of the eight people killed on Tuesday night were of Asian descent. Seven were women. The shootings took place in businesses owned by Asian-Americans. The shootings took place as violent hate crimes and discrimination against Asian-Americans has risen dramatically over the last year.” During his first week in office, Mr. Biden signed an executive order directing his government to work toward stopping “anti-Asian bias, xenophobia and harassment.” On Friday, he urged Congress to pass the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, which he said would “expedite the federal government’s response to the rise of hate crimes exacerbated during the pandemic.”