A new revelation has emerged in the story of embattled Sheriff Scott J. Israel of the Broward County, FL Sheriff’s Office.
Big League Politics contributor Laura Loomer dropped more bombshell news in an interview with 850WFTL this morning, on the heels of her report that Israel will be removed as Sheriff next week.
Not only is Israel inept, he is also a hypocrite.
Israel, who has taken an anti-Second Amendment stance since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead, has retained former FBI Agent and Criminal Defense attorney Stuart Kaplan to defend him.
LISTEN to the explosive interview:
In a massive conflict of interest, Kaplan is also defending Michael and Lisa Morrison, owners of Sunrise Tactical Supply, the gun store that allegedly sold suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz the AR-15 he used in the massacre.
Furthermore, Kaplan is a CNN contributor and guest.
Kaplan addressed the media with fellow defense attorney Douglas Rudman regarding their defense of the gun store owners on February 15:
Not only has Israel hired the same attorney as Sunrise Tactical, but Kaplan’s tenure in the FBI presents another clear conflict of interest. Kaplan speaks as an expert on the FBI regularly for CNN. He has an undoubtable interest in defending the nation’s top law enforcement agency. Yet he will be representing Israel and Sunrise Tactical in potential lawsuits that could pit him directly against the FBI.
Loomer reported this week that Florida Governor Rick Scott has called for the FBI Director Christopher Wray’s resignation over the agency’s handling of the Parkland shooting. Both the FBI and Broward Sheriff’s office were warned multiple times – the Sheriff’s office 35 times – about Cruz’s violent behavior. The negligence of both organizations has been widely discussed.
“During the IG’s testimony last week, FBI director Christopher Wray was asked about the Parkland school shooting. When asked, Wray declined to answer any questions about the shooting and Sheriff Israel, citing that it was an active FBI investigation. Following the Parkland shooting, Governor Scott called for Director Wray to resign over the FBI’s failure to properly investigate Nikolas Cruz, 19, the school shooter whose plans to carry out a school shooting were reported to the FBI twice prior to the shooting on Valentine’s Day.
‘We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. ‘See something, say something’ is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI Director needs to resign,’ Governor Scott said.”
Loomer Passage Ends.
The Sheriff has been particularly outspoken about the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, the same one used by Nikolas Cruz during the Parkland shooting and purchased from Sunrise Tactical supply.
“It produces great carnage. It’s a devastating weapon,” Israel said on MSNBC on February 15, the day after the shooting.
Loomer was quick to nail the Sheriff for his hypocrisy on Twitter:
.@browardsheriff Scott Israel wants you to know that he's SO ANTI GUN & ANTI AR15 that he personally hired Criminal defense attorney Stuart Kaplan, who is also *coincidentally* a former FBI agent who's also representing the gun store owners who sold the #Parkland shooter an AR15.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) July 5, 2018
“[Scott Israel] wants you to know that he’s SO ANTI GUN & ANTI AR15 that he personally hired Criminal defense attorney Stuart Kaplan, who is also *coincidentally* a former FBI agent who’s also representing the gun store owners who sold the
#Parkland shooter an AR15,” she wrote.
Hunter Pollack, brother of Meadow Pollack who was slain in the shooting, also weighed in on Twitter.
“The [Broward Sheriff] who begs for gun control, is being represented by the lawyer who represents the gun store owner that sold 18-1958 his gun. So much corruption, conflict of interest?
#FixIt,” he said.
— Hunter Pollack (@PollackHunter) July 5, 2018
It is also noteworthy that 850WFTL ambushed Loomer, failing to disclose to her that Kaplan would be co-hosting this morning’s episode of the radio show.
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Trump Turns On NRA and GOP Establishment, Endorses Underdog for Georgia Governor
Trump’s endorsement of Kemp puts him at odds with the National Rifle Association, who endorsed his opponent.
In a tweet sure to anger the political establishment, President Donald Trump endorsed Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in his run for Governor of the Peach State. His opponent, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, has been fully embraced by the establishment and with this late endorsement, voters now have a lot to think about before casting their ballot on Tuesday.
Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
Georgia-based publications have called Cagle “the Georgia Capitol crowd’s man for governor” who has received substantial financial support from “lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors.” On the other hand, Brian Kemp has been seen as the underdog who has consistently fought back against the establishment.
Trump’s endorsement of Kemp also puts him at odds with the National Rifle Association, who endorsed his opponent, who they called “a steadfast supporter of the Second Amendment.” But despite organizational support, not everyone in the organization, and the gun rights movement as a whole, seems too thrilled with their endorsement.
Longtime NRA board member Bob Barr came to Kemp’s defense, endorsing him earlier this month. In a statement, Barr said, “As a Board Member of the NRA since 1997, I can say without any hesitation whatsoever, that of the two candidates in the Republican run-off, Brian Kemp is by far the best man to represent us in the Governor’s race.”
The NRA’s endorsement of Cagle likely comes due to the fact that Cagle has long been seen as the front-runner in the race. But to gun rights organizations actually located in the state, the endorsement seems like a slap in the face.
Georgia Gun Owners, headquartered in Kennesaw, has led the charge in support of pro-gun legislation in Georgia and the group didn’t mince words when it comes to Cagle’s record on the Second Amendment. Executive Director Patrick Parsons fired back at Cagle for his refusal to fight for pro-gun Constitutional Carry legislation.
“In my eight legislative sessions working the halls of the State Capitol in Atlanta, I can tell you that Casey Cagle has never lifted a finger for Constitutional Carry,” Parsons stated. “And when there was a chance for a vote on Constitutional Carry on the floor of the Senate in 2017, he didn’t allow it to come up for a vote.”
Along with Georgia Gun Owners, Luis Valdez of The Truth About Guns, questioned Cagle, calling him “no friend of gun owners,” before laying out his record of betrayal for gun owners:
- 2013: SB188 (Campus Carry) was introduced twice within that legislative session but Cagle refused to allow the Georgia Senate to have a floor vote.
- 2014: Cagle wanted to have ‘training requirements’ inserted into HB65 when the bill being debated and amended in the Conference Committee.
- 2016: While hosting a forum with Georgia’s religious leaders; Cagle told them that Campus Carry was not “responsible” and he “does not agree with this and other legislation being pushed upon our state.”
- 2017: The Georgia Legislature passed Campus Carry but Cagle said it was a “thoughtful compromise” when he allowed his College and Career Academies to remain on the exemption list.
- 2017: Cagle sent SB177 (Georgia Constitutional Carry) to die in committee and blocked three additional Pro-Gun amendments to be heard in the Senate.
- 2018: Cagle during an interview with the news stated “Georgia is in a very good position where our gunlaws stand today, and I know of no areas where gun rights need to be expanded in the state.”
President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Kemp, while it may ruffle some feathers, truly shows that he understands what is best for his supporters in Georgia. Trump’s entire presidency has been about fighting back against the establishment, and this endorsement clearly shows that he is committed to that fight.
Georgia’s primary election is on Tuesday, July 24th, and is sure to be a close one.
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