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The inspector general's office is investigating Elaine L. Chao for allegedly using her office to financially benefit her family.

Chao, wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is accused of asking her office staff to make arrangements for her father's company, which has ties to China.

In 2019 the NY Times reported that Chao asked her staff to make business arrangements for herself, her father, James Chao, and sister, including a 2017 trip to China that was later canceled.

Her father, who owns a successful shipping business, was dubbed "Chinese Ship King," according to the Times.

Chao was transportation secretary under former President Donald Trump. The investigating was referred to the U.S. Justice Department, but they declined to look into the matter, according to the NY Times.

"A formal investigation into potential misuses of position was warranted," said Mitch Behm, deputy inspector general for the Transportation Department.

Chao resigned the day after the Capitol Hill riots on Jan. 7, but she claimed the investigation into her father's business dealings was not a factor in her decision to quit.

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The FBI and U.S. attorney are investigating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Democrats are moving to strip Cuomo of his emergency powers while the investigation is ongoing.

Last March, Cuomo issued an order sending coronavirus patients from hospitals into nursing homes, rather than to a Navy hospital ship that was anchored in the NY harbor.

Thousands of elderly nursing home residents died after being exposed to the sick patients.

Cuomo came under fire this month when Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa told a group of key Democrats in a closed-door meeting that Cuomo's administration had initially undercounted the true numbers of deaths of elderly residents by 50 percent.

Queens assemblyman Democrat Ron Kim was among those angry over the revelation. His uncle died in a nursing home.

"You can't hide information because you think you could be politically hurt in the process," Kim said during the virtual meeting.

DeRosa said the administration withheld information requested by the DOJ because “President Trump turns this into a giant political football... He directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us... Basically, we froze because then we were in a position where we weren't sure if what we were going to give to the [DOJ] or what we give to you guys... Was going to be used against us..."

Family members are furious that the Democrats were playing politics with their loved ones' lives.

"We need to get people subpoenaed. We need to get them under oath and find out who knew what when," Republican Assemblyman William Barclay said.

The GOP criticized the DOJ for not ramping up the investigation months ago when it was common knowledge that thousands died as a result of Cuomo's order.
 

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Jerry Harris, star of Netflix's cheerleading docuseries "Cheer," is facing more legal drama amid an FBI investigation into allegations he solicited sex from two minors.

Twin boys, Charlie and Sam, are suing Harris, 21, over sexual exploitation claims.

It was reported on Monday that the flamboyant cheerleader was under investigation amid reports he "solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from a minor".

After Harris' representative categorically disputed the allegations, it emerged on Tuesday that Harris is now being sued by 14-year-old twin brothers, who claimed they were sexually exploited by him when they were just 13 years old.

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In court documents, the siblings, who are Caucasian, alleged they befriended Harris, who is Black, during a cheer competition in 2018, and were "star struck" by him.

Following a torrent of text messages from Harris requesting nude photos from the boys, they met up with Harris in "secluded locations at various competitions".

After their mother found out about the sexually explicit messages, she reported him to cheerleading organization Varsity Brands, who, in turn, reported him to the police.

Harris worked for Varsity at a cheer camp last year.

"As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.

Since Cheer premiere in January, Harris has covered the Oscars red carpet for Ellen DeGeneres, signed endorsement deals with Schmidt's deodorant, Panera Bread and American Eagle and racked up over a million followers on Instagram.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden held a chat with Harris weeks before investigators raided Harris's Naperville, Illinois home.

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Harris was part of Biden's plan to help "win back the internet."

"If the same percentage of young blacks turned out and registered to vote as the average voter, you'd increase voting by several million people, you could change the outcome of elections," Biden told Harris.

During a recent episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast "The Big Ticket," Harris, who was referred to as a "gay icon," said his late mom was watching over him.

"I feel like she's very, very happy and excited for everything that's been going on, and she's really loving it," said Harris, whose mother died of lung cancer when he was 16. "I know she's telling me to always stay humble, because she doesn't want to see me get a big head."

Harris has not been criminally charged in the ongoing investigation.

Harris met his cheerleading inspiration, Gabrielle Union, last month.
 

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Rappers Yo Gotti and Jay-Z have filed a second lawsuit against Mississippi prison officials on behalf of 152 inmates over the "abhorrent and barbaric" conditions prisoners suffer at Parchman Farm.

The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, Feb. 26, against eight defendants including the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The lawsuit follows a similar one filed last month on behalf of 29 more inmates.

The latest suit details the "abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation" prisoners at the facility, also known as Mississippi State Penitentiary, have had to endure over lack of funding and not enough staff.

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"The conditions of confinement at Parchman are so barbaric, the deprivation of health and mental health care so extreme, and the defects in security so severe, that the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the U.S. Constitution," the complaint states.

Additionally, the complaint states that the prisoners, who live in "medieval" conditions at the jail, are rarely able to obtain any medical help they require - leading to inmates "inserting their own catheters, treating their own stab wounds, vomiting up blood, teetering on the verge of diabetic comas, and suffering through seizures without medical care.

Even a broken neck can go without treatment at Parchman, with the inmate being left to suffer through his injury while sleeping on exposed, steel bedsprings with no mattress."

Following the first lawsuit filed in January, an investigation into the conditions at Parchman and three other Mississippi prisons was opened by the Department of Justice. That investigation is ongoing.

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After taking a victory lap last week, James Comey shocked everyone by apologizing for the FBI's "gross misconduct" in obtaining FISA warrants to spy on President Donald Trump's campaign.

Comey headed the FBI from 2013 until he was fired by incoming President Donald Trump in 2017.

After inspector general Michael Horowitz released his long-awaited report last week, Comey called the report "ridiculous" and claimed it vindicated him of any bias toward Trump.

But the inspector general's report found 17 "significant errors and omissions" by the FBI who presented this falsified info to a judge in order to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Trump's 2016 campaign.

Comey was still claiming victory for himself until he sat down for an interview with Fox News Sunday on Dec. 15. He suddenly remembered being responsible for "real sloppiness" over the handling of the FISA warrant to spy on a Trump campaign adviser.

He said his earlier defense of the FBI was "wrong", and that inspector general Horowitz "was right."

Comey's confession sent the liberal news media reeling on Sunday.

According to the Guardian.com, Comey may have changed his tune after President Trump threatened "years in jail."

"I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI had built over 20 years," Comey said on Sunday. "I thought they were robust enough. It's incredibly hard to get a Fisa and [Horowitz] was right: there was real sloppiness. It was not acceptable."

According to the Guardian, Comey's sudden change of heart gives Trump and the Republicans the fuel they need to continue to attack the FBI as the heart of the "deep state".

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