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Four members of the Toledo City Council, all Democrats, were arrested and charged in a bribery scheme by federal law enforcement authorities on Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, Larry Sykes, and Garrick Johnson, were involved in a scheme that extorted money from business owners in the Ohio city in exchange for favorable council votes. The FBI began its investigation into the council members in early 2018.

Each of the accused members could face up to 10 years in prison for the bribery charges, and up to 20 years on the extortion charges.

Also charged in the scheme was an attorney who is accused of helping orchestrate the crimes.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz issued a statement calling it a terrible day for the city.

“I am shocked and heartbroken by today’s arrests. This is a terrible day for Toledo — and for everyone who believes in the good that can be accomplished through public service,” Kapszukiewicz said.

“I have no tolerance for public officials who abuse the trust of the citizens,” he added. “I encourage all Toledoans to say a prayer for our city and for the hope that justice will be done in this case.”

Kapszukiewicz went on to remind Toledo citizens that the accused are innocent until proven guilty.

Mark Wagoner, the chair of the Lucas County Republican Party, called for the resignation of all four Democrats.

“Democrat domination of Toledo city politics has consequences, and today we see them. Lucas County Republicans have long pointed to the culture of corruption within the City of Toledo and have put forward quality candidates to end Democrat domination,” he said.

Councilwoman Harper is reportedly the executive director of the Lucas County Democratic Party.

Here’s a local news report about the arrests:

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47 Comments
Patriot1951 July 3, 2020
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They're DEMOCRATS! What'd you expect?
bobp July 2, 2020
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All pavement apes as usual !
Sandra Cloud July 2, 2020
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All purple Democrats. Typical. How many more cities are run by others just like them? Chicago,Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA, etc etc. And they sure want to take over Congress and the White House.
Rae July 2, 2020
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Did they act individually or as a group? Are conspiracy charges also appropriate? Any time 2 or more conspire ...
Byrne July 2, 2020
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THIS IS TYPICAL DEMOCRAT OPERATIONS. THIS IS JUST THE WAY THOSE BASTARDS DO BUSINESS; THEY SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH IT. THE STORY TELLS IT ALL. BLACK BANK ACCOUNTS MATTER.
Art LaPella July 2, 2020
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I thought the main reason for campaign contributions was to buy influence, which is a nice name for bribery. Political campaigns would be almost impossible without it. This is not a call for more campaign finance regulation - that only transfers power from the bribers to the regulators, and anyway those rules apply mainly against Republicans, certainly not unions. But with a smaller government, there would be less need to bribe officials.
Frank Campo July 2, 2020
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Anyone surprised?
Mike July 2, 2020
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Is anyone surprised? The NaziCrats give new meaning to corruption.
jimmie c boswell July 2, 2020
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the little fish are less threatening than the jaws of the bigger fish swimming freely. the bigoted prejudiced democrat electorate do not care about the corruption of leadership in their own party as their leadership does not care about them.
souperd July 2, 2020
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Notice the systematic racism in play here. A disproportionate number of black lives were arrested here. Black Lies Matter!! I'm shocked. . . NOT!
Big D July 2, 2020
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Whoa, 4 crooks of color who'd ever believe it, LMAO, they're no different the the rest of the black trouble makers, all out for a fast buck. They are just more scum and slime, lock their azzes up for the max allowed. The crooks need to see just what people think of them. Honesty pays too!
bumperkm July 2, 2020
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One of their leaders admitted that they are all well trained Marxists. Do not vote for anyone except Republicans on November 3, 2020.
Gerry July 2, 2020
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4 down and at least a thousand demoSCUM/rino trash to go !!!!!
Dillydallylalala4509 July 2, 2020
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Anyone heard from our beloved honest republicans as of late? They are just as corrupt as any dipocrap. 2 senators 1 from Oklahoma (lankford) and 1 from (Wisconsin) Johnson want to abolish Columbus day. Another republican wants to make it easier to use Law Enforcement ( Indiana) (braun) senator. All wimps and no backbone. There is not equal justice under the law. A major problem with our leadership. Go Trump!
Henry Fechner July 2, 2020
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Imagine how shocked and surprised I was when I learned that they were all Democrats and people of color. Not!
Jon Wisdom July 2, 2020
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I agree with the mayor. They are innocent until proven guilty. Will nancy pelosi accept that the police officers in Minnesota are innocent until proven guilty?
James July 2, 2020
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The real Question is will anything happen or is this just another smoke screen.
Beto July 2, 2020
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BLM- Black Larceny Matters.
Stephen Russell July 2, 2020
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Wonder how many more nationwide per city, LA CA has had some probes & arrests 2 but not on this scale
Matt July 2, 2020
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Corrupt Democrats!?! Well fuck me sideways, who'd have ever thought it possible!? (Said no sane person EVER!)
Matt July 2, 2020
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A case of Toledo Steal.
neo July 2, 2020
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And this my friends is why the democrats use voter fraud to obtain an office...
Greg Torchia July 2, 2020
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Bye -Bye Commie LARD asses-1776
Darth Rageous July 2, 2020
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*in a mock German Nazi accent: "Achhh...meine einkleine kindern of ze american democrat party. Fear not. For I am der billionaire philanthropist und I can bail you out of ze prison fer your crimes...for it is of no consequence to pay zziss "einkleine" pittance of bail. Und IF...ze american people will successfully prosecute you, I will zzzzend-in my BLM & ANTIFA Gestapo...& burn ze city uff Toledo...to ze ground. Your new fuhrer...hass made sure of this. Seig HEIL!" ~George Soros Seriously though... Do you think anything will truly follow through because of what we truly SEE here? I would like to see EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE progressive-socialist, fascist, corrupt, deep-state sellouts...from these 4 criminals...all the way to Obama & Hillary prosecuted. That includes ANYONE with a (D) or (R) next to their name in Herr Soros' pocket. THEN...go after the source: George Soros himself.
Michael July 2, 2020
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Lock them up! Lock up every Democrat politician, they're all fucking crooked corrupt bastards!
LST July 2, 2020
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Don't stop there, ALL demonrats ought to be arrested, they're all corrupt scumbags.
SFC D. Monk July 2, 2020
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B L M ? Why do they turn on their own ? Here in Shitcago they are not race specifiic, they screw everybody.
Trump 2020 July 2, 2020
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This is why we have no respect for you. *We measure you buy the content of your character, Not by the color of your skin. Thank God marked you Kane.
Proud vet July 2, 2020
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What’s the surprise if you invest is the whole Democrat party they’re all corrupt they wouldn’t be Democrats, I’m sorry I keep using the word Democrat I mean communist they are corrupt to the core. Anyone would vote for a communist a.k.a. Democrat votes for the death of their children’s future and their enslavement!
Trump 2020 July 2, 2020
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This is what happens when you get democrat leadership. This happened in New Orleans, this happened in Chicago, corruption all the time.
USJoeLiberty July 2, 2020
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Investigate every democrat in congress and see how many arrest there are... There will be more arrested than left.
Eddie July 2, 2020
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BLM graduates ...learned well.
Nathan M. July 2, 2020
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Corrupt black Democrats? Imagine my shock.
Philip AK Brown July 2, 2020
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Stupid piss for brains Glad they are gone
DEP July 2, 2020
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DO YOU TRULY BELIEVE THEY WILL BE PUNISHED❓⚖️⚖️❓ NOOO WAY...blm AND OTHER TERRORIST GROUPS WILL THROW A TANTRUM...AND THAT WILL END THAT‼️⚖️⚖️⚖️⚖️‼️
Rebecca July 2, 2020
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Where you find a bunch of Democrats, you will find corruption. Never fails. Need to look no farther.
binkyxz3 July 2, 2020
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(un)Holy Toledo !
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Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, believes that former President Donald Trump “let us down.”

Haley’s remarks come as the former president’s legal team prepares to present its defense of Trump during his second impeachment trial in the Senate.

In a Politico interview published Friday, Haley, former South Carolina governor, said that “we shouldn’t have followed” Trump.

“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said in an extensive profile. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

She also told the outlet that she has not spoken to Trump since the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, and takes issue with his remarks condemning former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to reject the Electoral College vote.

“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” she expressed. “I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”

The former ambassador, who many people are speculating may run for the White House in 2024, also added that Trump will never accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“There’s nothing that you’re ever going to do that’s going to make him feel like he legitimately lost the election,” she explained. “He’s got a big bully pulpit. He should be responsible with it.”

Haley also warned that many people still love the former president and will not stop supporting him just because he is out of office.

“I know how much people love Donald Trump,” she admitted. “I know it. I feel it. Whether it’s an RNC room or social media or talking to donors, I can tell you that the love they have for him is still very strong. That’s not going to just fall to the wayside. Nor do I think the Republican Party is going to go back to the way it was before Donald Trump. I don’t think it should.”

Haley added that people, instead, should “take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party.”

“[I]t’s bigger than the party,” she insisted. “I hope our country can come together and figure out how we pull this back.”

Referring to Haley’s possible 2024 ambitions, Politico’s Tim Alberta wrote, “Since last fall, I’ve spent nearly six hours talking with Haley on-the-record. I’ve also spoken with nearly 70 people who know her: friends, associates, donors, staffers, former colleagues. From those conversations, two things are clear. First, Nikki Haley is going to run for president in 2024. Second, she doesn’t know which Nikki Haley will be on the ballot.”

Haley also said that she didn’t believe Trump had a chance of winning in a 2024 election scenario.

“I don’t think he can,” she admitted. “He’s fallen so far.”

“I think his business is suffering at this point,” she added. “I think he’s lost any sort of political viability he was going to have. I think he’s lost his social media, which meant the world to him. I mean, I think he’s lost the things that really could have kept him moving.”

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The Democrats demonized President Trump for using the word ‘fight’. Trump’s attorneys responded today with a collage of clips from each of the Democrats in the room using the word ‘fight’.

This portion of today’s events on Capitol Hill was excellent. The Democrats claim that because President Trump used the word ‘fight’ in his speech on January 6th in Washington D.C. However, what every Democrat in that room forgot was that they too had used the word previously in political speech.

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The White House announced on Friday that it was suspending Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo after a report surfaced alleging that he sexually harassed and threatened a female reporter who was getting ready to publish a report revealing that he was dating a reporter who had previously been tasked with covering Democrat Joe Biden.

“The confrontation began on Inauguration Day, January 20, after [Politico reporter Tara] Palmeri, a coauthor of Politico’s Playbook, contacted [Axios political reporter Alexi] McCammond for comment while one of her male colleagues left a message for Ducklo,” Vanity Fair reported. “Ducklo subsequently called a Playbook editor to object to the story, but was told to call the Playbook reporters with his concerns. But instead of calling the male reporter who initially contacted him, Ducklo tried to intimidate Palmeri by phone in an effort to kill the story. ‘I will destroy you,’ Ducklo told her, according to the sources, adding that he would ruin her reputation if she published it.”

“During the off-the-record call, Ducklo made derogatory and misogynistic comments, accusing Palmeri of only reporting on his relationship—which, due to the ethics questions that factor into the relationship between a journalist and White House official, falls under the purview of her reporting beat—because she was ‘jealous’ that an unidentified man in the past had ‘wanted to f***’ McCammond ‘and not you,’” the report added. “Ducklo also accused Palmeri of being ‘jealous’ of his relationship with McCammond.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said following the report that Ducklo has been suspended for a week over the incident.

“TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki wrote on Twitter. “He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President.”

“In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret,” she continued. “With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”

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“The Vanity Fair piece indicates that Politico editors reached to the WH after the incident first occurred and the WH acknowledged it was inappropriate,” Spectator editor Amber Athey wrote on Twitter. “But they clearly didn’t have any interest in disciplining Ducklo until his behavior was made public.”

New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi wrote on Twitter: “I covered Donald Trump for 6 years. It is saying something that this behavior — from a Biden official — shocks me.”

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