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Sally Pipes: Bernie Sanders offers wrong solution to cut drug prices

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6060499893001_6060500525001-vs Sally Pipes: Bernie Sanders offers wrong solution to cut drug prices Sally Pipes fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/person/bernie-sanders fox-news/opinion fox-news/health fox news fnc/opinion fnc article a41f13ef-48fd-5d31-baae-b9bda25b3962

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., again defended his “Medicare-for all” plan Sunday, as he headed from Detroit to the nearby Canadian city of Windsor with a group of diabetics to dramatize the lower cost of insulin in Canada.

Sanders is bound to mention his Canadian trip when he debates nine other presidential contenders Tuesday night to make his frequently stated point that Americans pay too much for prescription drugs and that pharmaceutical companies’ “greed” to blame.

Sanders is right about one thing. Americans pay too much at the pharmacy counter. But drug companies are hardly the culprits. If he really wanted to help patients, Sanders would attack the root of the problem – America’s opaque and convoluted drug pricing system.

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Americans with Type 1 diabetes have seen their drug costs skyrocket in recent years. Between 2012 and 2016, annual spending on insulin for these patients grew from $2,864 to $5,705.

Diabetics aren’t the only ones struggling to pay for their medicines. Nearly one-quarter of Americans find it difficult to afford their drugs, according to one recent poll. Three in 10 say costs have led them to deviate from their prescribed drug regimen.

 If he really wanted to help patients, Sanders would attack the root of the problem – America’s opaque and convoluted drug pricing sys. 

Sanders isn’t alone in blaming these problems on drug companies. More than seven in 10 Americans contend that drug costs are unreasonable. Some 80 percent believe drug company profits are a major reason why.

But this blame is misplaced. In reality, drug companies have relatively little say over how much patients pay at the pharmacy counter. That’s up to insurers and the pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) they hire to design and administer their drug plans.

PBMs determine which drugs a plan will cover. That gives them considerable leverage in negotiations with pharmaceutical companies, which offer discounts to entice PBMs to place their medicines on insurers’ formularies. On average, these discounts reduce list prices up to 30 percent. Discounts for insulin are often around 70 percent.

These savings add up. In 2018 alone, pharmaceutical firms distributed more than $160 billion in rebates and discounts on brand-name drugs.

PBMs pocket some of the rebates themselves, and pass the rest to insurers, who use them to lower premiums across the board. That may save patients a few dollars a month — but it doesn’t do much to reduce their out-of-pocket burden.

Since PBM rebates are shrouded in secrecy, insurers usually base patient cost-sharing responsibilities – like copays and coinsurance – on a drug’s pre-discounted list price.

Say an insulin has a list price of $1,000. An insurer might secure that medicine for just $300, thanks to a 70 percent discount negotiated by a PBM. In theory, a patient with a 25 percent coinsurance should pay $75 out of pocket for that drug. Instead, the patient will typically be on the hook for $250 — 25 percent of the undiscounted list price.

This opaque system is why diabetes patients struggle to afford their necessary medications. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If insurers and PBMs shared savings with patients, everyone would be better off.

By one estimate, making 100 percent of manufacturer discounts available at the point of sale would reduce out-of-pocket spending on diabetes drugs by $3.7 billion a year. That’s around $800 per patient.

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Cutting out-of-pocket costs would save money for health plans as well. When medicines are affordable, patients have an easier time sticking to their drug regimen. This keeps patients healthy and helps avert expensive treatments and hospital visits. All told, insurers could save $435 million a year by passing pharmaceutical discounts to diabetes patients.

If Sanders were truly concerned about making drugs more affordable, he’d support reforms that put cash from PBMs and insurers in consumers’ pockets. Of course, a Canadian caravan is a much better photo op.

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Kelly McGillis says she wasn’t asked to return for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

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Kelly McGillis, who played Tom Cruise’s love interest in “Top Gun,” claims she wasn’t asked to reprise her role in the sequel “Top Gun: Maverick.”

In the 1986 original, McGillis’ character, Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood, is not only Maverick’s lover, she’s also his flight instructor.

Entertainment Tonight asked the actress if she’d attend any of the film’s promotional events, and she was diplomatic yet candid in her response, admitting, “I don’t know how to answer that because one, it hasn’t happened. Two, if and when it did happen, I would have to assess where I am, what I’m doing, what’s going on … I can’t project what I would or wouldn’t do in the future. I have no idea because I don’t know where I’ll be.”

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She added that she hasn’t even seen the trailer for the sequel, noting “Movies are odd things. I don’t really keep in touch with anybody. I think I’ve spoken to a couple of people occasionally, but the truth is, movies are very odd work situations because you have a lot of people who come together from all different parts of the world.”

Jennifer Connelly has a role in the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick,” though it’s unclear what part she’ll play. If she’s going to be Cruise’s paramour in the popcorn flick, McGillis isn’t bitter about it.

McGillis, 62, says she left Hollywood entirely in order to get healthy physically and psychologically.

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“It was very challenging for me to have any kind of sense of self or self-identity or real self-worth other than what I did for a living,” she said of her time as an actress. “And it just — it didn’t become a priority; what became the priority initially was raising my girls and being the best sober parent I could be.”

She added that her “priorities had changed,” but it wasn’t a huge, cathartic decision to quit acting altogether. “It wasn’t like a major decision that I made to leave, it was just that other things became more important,” she explained. “I love acting, I love what I do, I love doing theater, but I don’t know. To me, my relationships to other people became far more important than my relationship to fame.”

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McGillis, who was diagnosed with alpha one antitrypsin, a lung condition, five years ago, says she’s a homebody and can’t remember the last time she ever clocked in anywhere.

“I feel really blessed that I don’t have to work, you know? But I get the option to work, so I’m really blessed in that way,” she says. “Not many people get that option later in life, so I feel very lucky.”

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“Top Gun: Maverick” hits theaters June 26, 2020.

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ can’t dethrone ‘Lion King’ at box office

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The Lion King” rode its circle of life into a second weekend atop the box office and “Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood,” while not quite doing fairytale numbers, gave director Quentin Tarantino his biggest opening ever.

Disney’s photorealistic remake of the Hamlet-themed tale of Mufasa, Simba and Nala, featuring the voices of Donald Glover and Beyoncé, brought in $75 million in North America, according to studio estimates Sunday. Its domestic total of $350 million makes it the year’s fourth highest-grossing film after just 10 days of release.

“Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood” finished a distant second with $40 million in its opening weekend for Sony, but it bested the 2009 opening of Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” by $2 some million and made a strong showing for an R-rated, nearly-three-hour film that was not a sequel or remake and was aimed solely at adults.

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The film with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie as denizens of a 1969 Los Angeles where old Hollywood was fading and the Manson family was rising was more star-powered than Tarantino’s previous eight movies, though the director himself was as big a draw as anyone.

“In our fan survey, over 40 percent of the audience went to see the movie because of the director,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “That’s incredible. You almost never see that. Sony did a great job of putting that cast and certainly Tarantino at the front of the marketing. That collective star power just paid huge dividends.”

‘LION KING’ ROARS INTO NO. 1 AT BOX OFFICE

It’s also the sort of film that’s unlikely to experience a major drop-off in the coming weeks, and its long legs could walk it into awards season given Hollywood’s persistent love for movies about itself.

But with all of that, the film’s opening take was still nearly doubled by “The Lion King” and its broad appeal.

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“‘Lion King’ has appealed to everyone, that’s a second-weekend gross that would be the envy of most films on their opening weekend,” Dergarabedian said.

The two-week take is also a sign that audiences are not yet feeling fatigue for Disney’s live-action remakes in a year that has already seen “Dumbo” and “Aladdin.”

“The idea that remake burnout would be in effect for ‘The Lion King’ has not proven true,” Dergarabedian said. “Some brands are inoculated from that kind of negative speculation.”

That’s even more good news for the ever-dominant Disney, with a live-action “Mulan” slated for early next year and more remakes in the planning stages.

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The rest of the box office top 10 remained essentially unchanged from a week earlier. Sony’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” was third with $12.2 million in its fourth weekend and has earned a cumulative $344 million, “Toy Story 4” was fourth with $9.8 million, and “Crawl” fifth with $4 million.

“The Lion King” could reign for a third week. With major summer releases slowing as fall approaches the only real competition it has opening next weekend is “Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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1. “The Lion King,” $75.5 million.

2. “Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood,” $40.3 million.

3. “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” $12.2 million.

4. “Toy Story 4,” $9.8 million.

5. “Crawl,” $4 million.

6. “Yesterday,” $3 million.

7. “Aladdin,” $2.8 million.

8. “Stuber,” $1.7 million.

9. “Annabelle Comes Home,” $1.56 million.

10. “The Farewell,” $1.55 million.

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Cyprus police arrest British woman who lodged rape complaint, free 7 detained Israelis

A British woman has been arrested after she recanted her claim that 12 Israeli teens gang-raped her at a hotel in Cyprus, according to reports Sunday.

A police official said the seven Israelis still behind bars were released from custody Sunday, Reuters reported.

News agencies reported the 19-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of making a false allegation, the BBC reported. She’s due in court Monday.

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“As I have argued throughout the process, there was no rape in Cyprus,” said defense attorney Nir Jeslovich who represented several of the suspects in court, according to the Jerusalem Post. “The young men who went on a vacation that became a nightmare will go home today, and everyone will return to their homes and families.”

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An Israeli teenager embraced by relatives after being released from Famagusta police headquarters in Paralimni, Cyprus, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Law enforcement in Cyprus arrested 12 Israeli teenagers on July 18 following the woman’s report of being raped by a dozen individuals at a resort popular with foreign tourists.

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One law enforcement official told The Associated Press the woman voluntarily recanted during questioning just after midnight, saying there had been sexual contact with the suspects but she wasn’t raped.

The state-run Cyprus News Agency reported that the woman allegedly told investigators she filed a rape report because she was “angry and insulted” that a number of the Israelis allegedly recorded video of her having sex with some of them.

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One of the teens released last week presented photo evidence showing him sleeping next to his girlfriend at the time of the alleged rape, according to reports.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Massive sturgeon becomes urban legend in Minnesota town

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A massive fish has just become Minnesota’s newest urban legend.

After two boys briefly lassoed the monster, the population of Edina has been on the lookout for the monster. Some want to catch it to move it to a larger body of water, while others just want to catch a glimpse. So far, however, the fish has remained hidden.

The two local boys released footage of the catch on YouTube. It shows them struggling to control the sturgeon. They briefly brought the fish to shore in front of an amazed crowd, before eventually letting it return to the river.

Mac Hoekstra, 12-years-old, and Owen Sanderson, 14-years-old, said they’d been watching the fish for a while, Twin Cities reports. After watching the fish, they developed a plan to lasso it.

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“Me and my friend were tubing down Minnehaha creek when we ran into the sturgeon I have been wanting to catch for 3 weeks now,” Hoekstra wrote on YouTube. “So then I quickly went home made a slip knotted rope and then went back to the creek. When I got there I told my friend to put the loop around its tail and then I would pull it up and then we plan worked and together we caught the monster sturgeon!”

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The fish was measured at about 73-inches long, KTSP reports. It’s estimated that the fish could be about 70-years-old, Twin Cities reports.

Since then, crowds have reportedly been gathering around the 56th Street Bridge hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous fish.

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Also, workers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources attempted to capture the fish but were unable to locate it. They plan on moving it to the Mississippi River, but it seems that the 70-year-old sturgeon has other plans.

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Bernie Sanders dodges question about comparing big pharma executives to murderers

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Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., evaded a question from CNN’s Jake Tapper about his characterization of big pharma executives as murderers during a Sunday interview and promised to appoint an attorney general who would specifically go after American drug companies.

Tapper played a clip from a Saturday fundraiser in Detroit that Sanders attended, which showed the Vermont progressive saying, “Somebody goes out [and] shoots somebody, they’re called a murderer. We all agree with that. Put them away. But what happens if somebody runs a pharmaceutical industry and artificially jacks up the price?” The crowd then responded with chants of “murderer!”

“This is a philosophical issue that we have to deal with,” he told Tapper on “State of the Union.” “If in the case of insulin, people are dying right now. The cost of insulin has soared in recent years. You have three companies who control over 90 percent of the insulin market … people are dying.

“There is strong evidence that there is price-fixing — that these companies simultaneously raise the prices at outrageous levels, far, far, far more than the cost of production. Jake, if I have a product that costs me a few dollars to make and I jack up that price, and you can’t afford it, and you die, what do you call me? So you can call them whatever you want.”

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Sanders’ promised to target pharmaceutical companies if he becomes president, by using anti-trust laws to break up corporate structures and lamented the rationing of medication, despite pushing a government “Medicare-for-all” plan that would add millions of new patients to the health care rolls.

“I will tell you that as president of the United States, we are going to take on the pharmaceutical industry. We’re going to have an attorney general who is going to deal with the incredible concentration of ownership and we’re going to use anti-trust legislation. I’m going right now in a few minutes into Canada. The cost of insulin is one-tenth of the price … same products that we’re paying [for] here in the United States. So you can call the drug company executives whatever you want,” he continued.

“But what they are doing involves corruption, in my view, that’ price-fixing. It involves unbelievable greed where they’re making, as I mentioned, the top ten companies last year made $69 billion in profits — top three insulin companies made $14 billion in profits and people are rationing. One out of four people are rationing their insulin and people are dying. That is unacceptable in the United States of America and if I’m elected president, trust me, they’re not going to get away with that.”

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Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli to present ‘united front’ in court against college admissions scam allegations

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Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are sticking together in their upcoming trial stemming from their alleged roles in the college admissions scandal.

In court documents obtained by the Mercury Press, the former “Fuller House” star and the fashion designer waived their right to separate representation in the case.

“Giannulli and Loughlin are innocent of the charges brought against them and are eager to clear their names,” the couple’s attorneys wrote in a filing this week. “And they believe their interests will be advanced most effectively by presenting a united front against the Government’s baseless accusations.”

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The couple’s attorneys from Latham & Watkins said that their clients want a “common defense” and that they understand the risks, including the frequent legal argument that “the best defense for one client may depend on compromising the defense of the other client.”

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Loughlin and Giannulli’s attorneys said in their filing that contrary to the typical legal belief, “a common defense often gives strength against a common attack … Whatever happens, Giannulli and Loughlin will have their interests fully protected, and the case will proceed without undue delay.”

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Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to admissions scammer William “Rick” Singer to get daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella recruited to the University of Southern California (USC) crew team, despite neither girl ever being a rower.

The pair rejected the plea deal that other parents allegedly involved in the case — including Felicity Huffman — accepted, reportedly because it included jail time. They were subsequently slapped with additional charges of money laundering and conspiracy. They each face up to 40 years behind bars if convicted of all counts.

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Giannulli and Loughlin are due in court on Aug. 27, where they’re expected to announce their co-defense as well as address an alleged potential conflict of interest issue: Latham & Watkins represents the USC in an unrelated real estate dispute.

Previous reports claimed that the disgraced pair would use ignorance as their defense. Sources close to Loughlin and Giannulli claim that the couple believed scam mastermind Singer was a “facilitator.” They allege that Singer didn’t inform Giannulli or Loughlin that their $500,000 was specifically being used as a bribe for the USC rowing coach.

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However, the pair was allegedly aware that Singer wanted photos of their daughters on a rowing machine, but reportedly weren’t explicitly informed as to how the photos would be used.

Sources previously said that while Loughlin and Giannulli haven’t seen eye to eye on everything in the case, they’re fighting the charges “as a team.”

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An insider told People, “Lori in particular has become extremely well-versed in the case. She’s an active participant in her own defense, feels like she’s got a valid defense and that when all the evidence comes out, she won’t be found guilty.”

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Oakland Athletics’ 8-year-old Make-A-Wish signee predicts home run in 5-4 win over Rangers

The Oakland Athletics made a clutch signing before the trade deadline, an addition they say “sparked the W” against the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

The A’s added 8-year-old August Wold to their roster on a one-day contract through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Wold, who lives in the Northern California town of Redding, has suffered from a gastrointestinal disorder that’s required numerous surgeries. His dream is to play for the A’s.

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation partnered with the team to get Wold a mock contract and signing, including a press release announcing the deal.

“This close to the trade deadline, we were excited August Wold was still available, so we have signed August to an A’s contract to be a member of our 2019 A’s team,” A’s General Manager David Forst said at a pre-game press conference introducing their newest player.

As the Little Leaguer’s big league dreams were coming true, he boldly predicted that third baseman Matt Chapman would hit a home run during the game, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. And Chapman didn’t disappoint.

The slugger hit his 23rd homer, a two-run shot, off Adrian Sampson in the fifth inning, helping the A’s to a 5-4 victory. In a post-game tweet, the A’s wrote, “August Wold joined the team, sparked the W.”

As part of the team, Wold donned a green No. 19 Athletics jersey, hung out with players in the clubhouse and watched batting practice on the field. First baseman Matt Olson gave Wold a pair of his gray batting gloves, even though they were a few sizes too big, while pitcher Liam Hendriks helped the young shortstop tape up his bat in the dugout.

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Eight-year-old August Wold waits for Oakland Athletics’ Liam Hendriks to finish taping his bat in the dugout. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The young player eventually stepped into the batter’s box and was credited with the first hit of the game – a single off of Oakland infielder Jurickson Profar. Players from both teams watched and cheered as Wold sprinted down the first baseline.

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Wold has Hirschsprung’s disease, a birth defect in which the infant is missing some nerve cells in a part of the bowel. He was diagnosed when he was 7.

The 8-year-old’s health is far better and “he’s on the road to recovery, hopefully,” said his dad, George.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nunes: Mueller testimony highlighted by ‘lots of questions, and not many answers’

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his long-awaited testimony before House committees on Wednesday and, according to House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., he did not say much of anything.

When it came to questions from Democrats, Mueller repeated what was already revealed in his report. When Republicans challenged aspects of the investigation, he declined to answer.

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“Lots of questions, and not many answers on Wednesday,” Nunes said. He pointed out that after years of investigation followed by Mueller’s report and testimony, there is still no support for a case that the Trump campaign was involved in a conspiracy with Russia.

“I would say one of the main takeaways is we still don’t have any Russians,” he said. “We don’t’ know who the Russians were who supposedly colluded with the Trump campaign. Why? Because there were none, and that’s what we said two and a half years ago.”

Nunes claimed that there is evidence of Democrats colluding with Russians. “We tried to get to the bottom of that, but clearly Mueller and his team of lawyers and 40 investigators and $40 million didn’t bother to look for those Russians,” he said.

Nunes also discussed Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese professor whose tip about Clinton emails to George Papadopoulos is said to have led to the launching of the Russia probe in the first place. Papadopoulos mentioned the supposed dirt on Clinton to an Australian diplomat, who then notified U.S. authorities.

“It is the reason why, the documented reason why, they opened the investigation on July 31, 2016. Now what I mentioned in my testimony and in my questioning, it’s clear that the FBI did not open the investigation on July 31. That’s the paperwork. What we’re trying to figure out is when did  the FBI really start to run the investigation, what types of processes did they use, what was the predicate, because it really looks like they were spying on the Trump campaign.

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Nunes pointed to invitations for a Cambridge University event extended to Trump campaign members Carter Page and Stephen Miller in June. Nunes mentioned that those in attendance included British historian Christopher Andrew and former MI-6 chief Richard Dearlove.

“This is some type of contract-for-hire spying outfit,” Nunes claimed.

Mueller would not answer questions about any of this during Wednesday’s hearing, citing an ongoing investigation. Attorney General Bill Barr has Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham heading a probe of the Russia investigation’s origins.

Nunes called into question Mueller’s very role in his own investigation, speculating that his staff was primarily responsible for the 448-page document that presented the team’s findings.

“It’s clear that Mueller didn’t write the report,” he said.

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Judge orders Louisiana man’s mouth taped shut after he interrupts sentencing hearing

A Louisiana man had his mouth taped shut by a 15th Judicial District Judge, after he repeatedly interrupted during a sentencing hearing on July 18 in Lafayette.

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During a hearing of Michael C. Duhon, who was convicted of money laundering and theft of over 25,000 in February 2019, Judge Marilyn Castle asked a bailiff to tape his mouth shut while witnesses were on the stand. (iStock)

During a hearing of Michael C. Duhon, who was convicted of money laundering and theft of more than $25,000 in February 2019, Judge Marilyn Castle asked a bailiff to tape his mouth shut while witnesses were on the stand.

Her actions stemmed from objections raised by Duhon when Castle had asked him to stop submitting motions on his own behalf, instead of his lawyer, Aaron Adams. Duhon later objected when evidence was submitted in the case and he also tried to argue against the inclusion of evidence but was told again to speak through his attorney, according to The Acadiana Advocate.

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After requesting twice for Duhon to remain silent, Castle finally had enough and ordered his mouth shut.

“During testimony of Tanya Ortego, the Court ordered the Bailiff to tape the defendant’s mouth due to the defendant’s consistent interruption of this court proceeding and multiple instructions from the Court to remain silent,” the minutes said.

Defense attorney Adams objected to the use of duct tape on his client, which was removed following his request. The minutes didn’t say how long the duct tape stayed on Duhon’s mouth, although he did ask the judge to remove Duhon from the courtroom instead of using the primitive method.

The incident also caused a public defender who was present during the ordeal to be charged with contempt after he recorded the series of events. Public defender Michael Gregory was ordered to appear in court last Friday with Castle presiding over the hearing, even though he wasn’t connected with the case or Duhon.

The court order given to Gregory said he violated district court rules “by broadcasting, televising, recording or taking photographs in the courtroom” because he recorded “a portion of the court proceedings during a sentencing hearing and broadcast those proceedings to others.”

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Castle ruled that Gregory was in contempt of court and ordered him to not bring his cellphone or any electronic devices to court for six months and required him to pay a $100 fine, according to KATC.

Duhon was sentenced by Castle to 11 years in prison during the hearing with credit for time served and he was recommended by the judge to be taken to a mental health facility.

Castle’s secretary said the judge “can’t comment because the Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits her from commenting on ongoing proceedings.”

The use of duct tape is controversial but has been allowed in the past. In 1970, the United States Supreme Court ruled a trial judge could gag a defendant during trial, so they could remain in the courtroom without disturbing the proceedings.

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Last year, an Ohio judge apologized after he ordered a defendant’s mouth shut following several outbursts during a sentencing hearing.

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