Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris filed suits on Monday against the two parliamentary candidates he attacked last week during a TV panel discussion.
Kasidiaris accused Liana Kanelli of the Communist Party (KKE), who he punched three times, and SYRIZA's Rena Dourou, who he drenched in water, of unprovoked verbal abuses.
The Golden Dawn representative also sued Antenna TV, which hosted the program, of attempting to hold him against his wishes and journalist Antonis Delatolas, who was on the panel, of abuse of power.
Kasidiaris claims that Delatolas called first instance prosecutor Eleni Raikou to ask her to issue an arrest warrant and alleges that the journalist was on unusually friendly terms with the judicial official.
An arrest warrant had been issued for Kasidiaris after the incident on live TV but police were not able to track him down in the 48 hours needed so he could be fastracked through the justice system.
Kasidiaris issued a statement over the weekend saying the incident had been staged with the aim of making him and Golden Dawn look bad.
Kasidiaris was due to appear in court on Monday to face charges of being an accomplice in a violent attack on a student in 2007. The neo-Nazi politician denies driving the car that carried the victim's attackers.
The case, however, was postponed until September 3.
This is an audio clip of a radio interview given by Pat Caddell fingers Obama's National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon as the likely White House leaker of classified operations.
From the beginning I have speculated personally that it was either Donilon or Jarrett. This gives a picture of personality, access, past performance, etc. that leads Caddell, a liberal but somewhat "common sense" Democrat, to the conclusion that it is obviously (to him) Tom Donilon who is the White House leaker.
Most importantly, Caddell asks the question of why Donilon is National Security Adviser in the first place. That is a question I have been asking myself.
CBS News has learned the House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. It's the fourth time in 30 years that Congress has launched a contempt action against an executive branch member.
This time, the dispute stems from Holder failing to turn over documents subpoenaed on October 12, 2011 in the Fast and Furious "gunwalking" investigation.
The Justice Department has maintained it has cooperated fully with the congressional investigation, turning over tens of thousands of documents and having Holder testify to Congress on the topic at least eight times.
However, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says the Justice Department has refused to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents. Those include materials created after Feb. 4, 2011, when the Justice Department wrote a letter to Congress saying no gunwalking had occurred. The Justice Department later retracted the denial.
"The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other valid privilege over these materials and it is unacceptable that the Department of Justice refuses to produce them. These documents pertain to Operation Fast and Furious, the claims of whistleblowers, and why it took the Department nearly a year to retract false denials of reckless tactics," Issa wrote in an announcement of the vote to be released shortly. It will reveal the vote is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20.
Issa says the Justice Department can still put a stop to the contempt process at any time by turning over the subpoenaed documents.
If the House Oversight Committee approves the contempt citation, the matter would likely be scheduled for a full House vote.
For several weeks, there has been closed-door discussions and debate among House Republicans as to whether to move forward with contempt. Some have expressed concern that it could distract from the Republican's focus on the economy in this election year.
Led by Republicans Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Issa, Congress' investigation into Fast and Furious is now in its second year. In the ATF operation, agents allowed thousands of weapons to "walk" into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in the hope it would somehow help ATF take down a major cartel. Some of the weapons were used in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry at the hands of illegal immigrants crossing into Arizona. Mexican press reports say hundreds of Mexicans have died at the hands of the trafficked weapons. The story was exposed nationally for the first time by CBS News in February 2011.
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have called the Republicans' move to find Holder in contempt a politically-motivated "witch hunt."
In 1983, Congress found EPA administrator Anne Gorsuch Burford in contempt for failing to produce subpoenaed documents.
In 1998, the GOP-controlled House Oversight committee found Attorney General Janet Reno in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena on campaign finance law violations.
In 2008, the Democratic-led House Oversight Committee found former White House counsel Harriet Miers and Chief of Staff John Bolton in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether a purge of federal prosecutors by the Bush administration was politically motivated.
Congress went to federal court to seek enforcement of that contempt action, but a compromise was reached with the Executive Branch before any court decision was final.
Holder maintains that DOJ higher-up's emails that reference "fast and furious" are NOT referring to that "fast and furious", but "gunwalker".
Posted by: Frank G ||
So -- what loop holes can the MSM find to NOT cover this? They have yet to say a word about it.... bet they are scrambling now --- Journolist has probably moved on to something other than Twitter, with that 140 letter constant.... much work finding the "talking points" now that this has to be covered.
I know -- It's Bush's fault --- "wide receiver, etc......"
PARIS - Socialist President Francois Hollande looked set to consolidate his grip on power with a left-wing majority in parliament after a first-round vote on Sunday, and may be able to govern without relying on hard leftists hostile to closer European integration.
Initial projections by polling agencies based on a partial vote count suggested his core Socialist bloc could win 283 to 329 seats in the 577-member National Assembly in next Sunday's runoff, shifting the lower house to the left for the first time in a decade.
With Greens allies, the left would have 295 to 347 seats, the CSA polling institute forecast, well ahead of the mainstream conservatives with 210 to 263 seats, and more than the outright majority of 289 needed to give Hollande a free hand.
Give Hollande every opportunity to do what Champ did when he had a majority in the Congress: screw it up so royally and openly that everyone can see it. Then the socialists won't have any excuses in the next election.
The Ipsos institute drew similar conclusions from its own projections based on a partial vote count, while TNS Sofres was the only pollster that put the Socialists and Greens just short of an absolute majority in a worst-case scenario.
The vote was another symbolic advance for the left after it took control of the Senate in 2011 and won the presidency in May for the first time since 1988. A low turnout of less than 60 percent, which analysts say plays against the left, could still curb what might have been a bigger triumph for Hollande as he seeks to steer France through the euro zone's debt crisis.
"without relying on hard leftists hostile to closer European integration."
Darn, once you need a hard leftist he isn't there
Posted by: European Conservative ||
ION ASIAN AGE > EUROZONE BREAK-UP COULD HIT US [India] HARD, WARNS BASU Chief Econ Advisor.
ARTIC > BASU also warns that ...
> Situation will be worse for Indjuh than 2008 Wall Street Bank Crash in US, from which the Global Economy is still recovering.
> Probs from any slowdown in Growth will hit US + CHINA ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.
> Approximately 800 Banks will have to pay up to US$1.3Trilyuhn to the ECB's LRTOS due in December 2014 + February 2015.