Ads Target NBA and LeBron James on China Hypocrisy

Through its Freedom4China campaign, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) is running social media ads targeting LeBron James and the National Basketball Association (NBA). The online ads are directed to the bubble at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where the NBA season is currently underway.

The ads state “Not All Heroes Are 6’9” with an image of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. Clicking through, the viewer is brought to a page highlighting the heroism of the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man.” It reads:

Tank Man’s name is not known, nor is his fate.

Tank Man was filmed in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989, stepping in front of a column of 59 tanks. The day before, the Peoples’s Liberation Army crushed student-led, pro-democracy protests. The death toll is estimated from several hundred to several thousand.

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NBC Asked to Correct Fake Account of Trump Reaction to Shooting

Today, the National Legal and Policy Center called upon NBC News and its White House Correspondent Kristen Welker to correct a blatantly false account of President Trump’s reaction yesterday at his press conference following the shooting that occurred near the White House, where he was escorted from the podium by Secret Service to the Oval Office.

When he returned several minutes later to the podium, there was a flurry of questions by the reporters as to what had occurred, whether he was escorted to the secure bunker in the White House, and other questions about the incident to which the president calmly responded with the basic information that was known to him.

One of the reporters, Kristen Welker, White House Correspondent for NBC News asked the following question at the 6:57 minute mark of the press conference:

Q. Kristen Welker: “Are you rattled at all by this Mr. President?”
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Ethics Group Urges Dismissal of Charges Against General Flynn

General Michael Flynn (Shutterstock)

Tomorrow morning, the full panel of 10 judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will rehear the appeal of General Michael Flynn seeking to have District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan grant the Department of Justice’s motion to drop the charges against Gen. Flynn because of misconduct by FBI agents and government prosecutors for withholding evidence as well as for setting up Gen. Flynn in an FBI interview in January 2017 about his talks with Russian Ambassador Kislyak when there was no underlying criminal investigation to warrant the interview.  

Contrary to the district court rules, Judge Sullivan had appointed a biased former prosecutor and judge as a “friend of the court” to advise him on whether he should grant the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the charges.  Flynn’s attorneys appealed Sullivan’s decision to the D.C. Circuit which ruled last month that Judge … Read More ➡

New York Sweeps Schumer Bar Complaint Under the Rug; Appeal Filed

Today, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) appealed the dismissal of its ethics complaint filed with New York’s Attorney Grievance Committee (AGC) against U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer for his threatening comments made in March on the Supreme Court steps before a cheering activist crowd against Justices Neal Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh during the hearing on a controversial abortion case:

I want to tell you, Gorsuch… I want to tell you, Kavanaugh… you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.

Senator Schumer’s remarks drew a public rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts, the legal community, including the American Bar Association, and many Members of Congress, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, noting that such threats are “dangerous.”

In its one-paragraph dismissal letter dated July 27, 2020, the AGC did not dispute that … Read More ➡

Misplaced Criticism of Stone Commutation

President Trump issued a commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence Friday shortly after the D. C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an emergency motion to delay Stone’s prison report date scheduled for July 14 to September 3.  

Stone, age 67, cited in his motion his medical condition and the 20 positive cases of Covid-19 among prisoners and staff at the prison facility in Jesup, Georgia, where only 45 were tested.  Stone also cited numerous cases where prisoners were either released early from prison or whose entry were delayed because of the pandemic, including attorney Michael Avenatti, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen. Two sex offenders and child pornographers were also released from prison.

“President Trump waited until the court proceedings were exhausted to issue the commutation after seeing that Stone was being treated differently from others and citing the corrupt Mueller investigation,” said Paul Kamenar, attorney for the National Legal and Policy … Read More ➡

Complaint Alleges Misconduct by Mueller Prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky

Aaron Zelinsky

National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), an ethics watchdog group, along with Andrew Miller, a former aide to Roger Stone who challenged the constitutionality of Special Counsel Robert Mueller with NLPC’s support, filed a complaint  against Mueller prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky today with the Office of Professional Responsibility at the Justice Department. 

The 17-page complaint with exhibits alleges ethical misconduct by abusing the grand jury in seeking Mr. Miller’s testimony, misleading the court at a May 29, 2019 hearing about why the government failed to expedite the case after the court of appeals denied the Mueller challenge on February 26, 2019, and switching grand juries on Mr. Miller without informing his attorney and the court.  

“Mr. Zelinsky abused the grand jury by seeking Mr. Miller’s testimony long after Mr. Stone was indicted, which violates Department of Justice policy prohibiting gathering evidence on a defendant after indictment, unless the … Read More ➡

Why Did Minneapolis Police Chief Wait to Arrest George Floyd Killer?

Arradondo and Frey

This opinion piece by NLPC Counsel Paul Kamenar appears on Townhall.com.

In the midst of the rioting following the killing of George Floyd by Officer Derek Chauvin, the Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, asked himself the rhetorical question at a press conference last week: “Why is the officer who killed George Lloyd, not in jail right now? I can’t answer that question.”   The answer is simple as he well knows. His police chief, Medaria Arradondo, decided not to arrest Chauvin on any number of charges, ranging from felony assault, manslaughter, to murder. 

Had he promptly done so at the time he fired Chauvin and the other three officers who assisted him, the community, as well as his fellow officers on the force, would have seen that law enforcement was being responsive and the rioting might have been minimized.

The subsequent complaint against Chauvin filed by the … Read More ➡

‘Slavery Reparations: Revival of a Bad Idea’ (New Monograph)

How did this country get to the stage of widespread rioting, looting and lawlessness in the name of racial justice? It results from the steady diet of fake history dished out at colleges and universities, along with political ideologies that debase the individual in favor of racial group identity. It’s a toxic brew.

National Legal and Policy Center is releasing a new, 65-page monograph by Carl Horowitz titled “Slavery Reparations: Revival of a Bad Idea.” Click on the cover to the right or on the button below to download.

This monograph is our response to the mob, in hopes that at least some people of good will somewhere will allow reason and civil discourse to prevail.

Last summer, the New York Times kicked its program for reparations into high gear. This “1619 Project,” as it is known, rests on the premise that American history, right up to the present, is … Read More ➡

Wall Street Journal Letter: Poor Larry Fink

The Wall Street Journal today published this letter from NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty:

Pity the situation of BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, who finds himself being mau-maued by green activists at his annual stockholder meeting for not doing enough to disinvest from fossil-fuel companies.

One way he can expiate his sins is to disinvest in the 153 China-owned or controlled companies as our organization recently called on him to do. Besides covering up the pandemic spread in Wuhan, Communist China is a major human-rights abuser, “re-educating” Muslim Uighurs in prison camps, conducting digital surveillance of its citizens and cracking down on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Apparently, neither Mr. Fink’s idea of moral and socially responsible investing nor that of his so-called “progressive” critics takes into account these human-rights issues. The sixth circle of Dante’s hell punishes hypocrisy.

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