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Democrats Keep Their Trump Tax Whistleblower A Secret For Now

WASHINGTON ― Democrats have told a U.S. district court that they have evidence that somebody might have interfered with an audit of President Donald Trump’s tax returns ― but they’re still not sharing any details publicly. 

The House Ways and Means Committee is suing the Trump administration for copies of his returns, saying they need to make sure the Internal Revenue Service is properly enforcing tax laws against the president. 

The committee’s attorneys told U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden in a brief last month that since they filed the suit, a government employee has come forward with “evidence of possible misconduct” and potentially “inappropriate efforts to influence” the president’s audit. 

The IRS has audited the sitting president and vice president every year since Richard Nixon got caught underpaying his taxes in the 1970s. Democrats now argue that they need to check that this mandatory audit is done properly. 

Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) told HuffPost on Tuesday that “legal considerations” prevent him from talking about the whistleblower’s material, which Democrats offered to share with Judge McFadden in private. 

“It was volunteered, it wasn’t solicited,” Neal said of the new evidence. “Other than that, I think I probably want to refrain from any talk on that.”

Democrats had hoped the whistleblower would bolster their argument for speeding up the case, but McFadden denied their motion to expedite the proceedings. It’s unclear if he’s taken the committee up on its offer to share details. 

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Yuri Gripas / Reuters Rep. Richard Neal, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, talks to reporters about his request to the IRS for copies of President Donald Trump’s tax returns in the U.S. Capitol on April 4, 2019.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who oversees the IRS, appeared to suggest that he doesn’t know what Democrats have. 

“I’m not aware of any interference,” Mnuchin told HuffPost on Tuesday. “We’ve referred that to our inspector general to look into it.”

A spokesperson for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, an internal agency watchdog, said he had no information to share. 

The tax lawsuit is one of several legal battles that Democrats are fighting to obtain documents and testimony from the Trump administration, which has engaged in an unprecedented level of stonewalling. Trump is the first president in modern times not to divest from his personal businesses or to voluntarily disclose his tax returns, which detail income, charitable giving and taxes paid. 

In a separate case, Deutsche Bank told a court that it has copies of tax returns belonging to Trump or his children that it could hand over to the House Financial Services Committee, which had asked the bank for financial records relating to the Trump family. 

The president’s personal attorneys and the Justice Department have been vigorously fighting the Democrats’ lawsuits and could drag the proceedings out until after November 2020, at which point the documents could lose some of their political relevance.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee said this week that the president’s refusal to comply with subpoenas, along with his efforts to obstruct justice and refusal to divest from his businesses, is pushing them closer to opening an impeachment inquiry. Evidence of misconduct relating to Trump’s taxes would likely bolster support for impeachment. 

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, said he hasn’t been given details on the whistleblower’s material. But the allegation of misconduct related to the president’s audit fits a pattern, he said, pointing to the IRS burying a legal memo that concluded it couldn’t deny a congressional request for the president’s returns.

Doggett also pointed out that Mnuchin served as the finance chairman of Trump’s 2016 campaign. 

“I suppose that all that needed to happen was Trump whispering to his former campaign finance director, Mnuchin, that they weren’t going to do this,” Doggett said.

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Hong Kong Stock Exchange Offers to Buy Its London Counterpart

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Hong Kong’s stock exchange operator said on Wednesday that it was offering to purchase the parent company of the London Stock Exchange in a deal that, if completed, would value the British company at nearly $37 billion.

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited said in a news release that a combination with the London Stock Exchange Group would result in a financial markets company “connecting the established financial markets in the West with the emerging financial markets in the East, particularly in China.” It also said that combining trading platforms would reduce costs.

Shares of the London Stock Exchange Group jumped more than 14 percent in early trading on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the London Stock Exchange said the company did not have an immediate comment.

Hong Kong Exchanges said its offer included both cash and stock valued at more than one-fifth higher than the London Stock Exchange’s trading value as of Tuesday. A deal would be subject to a number of conditions, Hong Kong Exchanges said, including completion of the London company’s deal to acquire Refinitiv, a provider of financial data.

The offer follows a wave of mergers among big stock exchange operators over more than a decade, as they seek to build up more sophisticated trading platforms to compete with the rise of electronic exchanges.

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Boris Johnson’s Suspension Of Parliament Was ‘Unlawful,’ Scottish Judges Rule

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament was “unlawful,” judges at an appeal court in Edinburgh, Scotland, have ruled.

A group of around 70 parliamentarians had appealed against an earlier ruling by a judge at the court that the prime minister’s suspension of parliament was lawful.

The Scottish National Party’s Joanna Cherry, one of the MPs challenging the prorogation, said the House of Commons must now be “recalled immediately.”

Following today’s ruling, she said Johnson’s shutting down of parliament early was a “plot” to stop MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit.

Judge Lord Doherty originally dismissed a challenge against the suspension at the Court of Session last Wednesday, saying it is for politicians and not the courts to decide.

But three judges of the Inner House, the supreme civil court in Scotland, disagreed with Lord Doherty’s ruling.

The British government plans to appeal against the latest ruling to the UK Supreme Court.

This story has been updated.

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WNBA postseason gets underway with pair of first-round games

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After a wild regular season, the WNBA postseason gets underway with a pair of first-round games.

Top seeds Washington and Connecticut don’t play for another week, as the teams earned double byes to the semifinals. Los Angeles and Las Vegas don’t play until Sunday against the winners of Wednesday night’s games.

The first round, single elimination round matches Chicago welcoming Phoenix, and Seattle hosting Minnesota.

The Mercury will head into the Windy City short-handed as they will most likely be without Diana Taurasi. Phoenix’s star guard has missed most of the season with back and hamstring injuries. She’s listed as doubtful for the opening game.

“Hopefully we can win and get her ready for Sunday,” Mercury coach Sandy Brondello said on Tuesday. “But at this stage, I don’t envision Diana playing.”

Taurasi has been the ultimate competitor in do-or-die WNBA playoff elimination games, going 13-1 in her career, with her lone loss coming against Seattle in the semifinals last season. The Mercury have gone 6-0 in the single elimination format since the WNBA first introduced it in 2016. Phoenix is used to playing without Taurasi this season, and Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner have had outstanding seasons, as well as guard Leilani Mitchell.

Chicago is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The Sky are led by guard Courtney Vandersloot, who became the first player in WNBA history to have 300 assists in a season. While experience is on the Mercury’s side, the Sky have won all three games between the teams this season. That includes a 27-point win last week.

In the second game of the night, Minnesota will visit the defending champion Storm. Both teams have been a bit surprising this season considering the players they’ve been missing. Seattle has played this season without reigning MVP Breanna Stewart, who has been out with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. The Storm have also been missing Sue Bird for the entire year after she had knee surgery in May.

Seattle has found other players to step up in the absence of the two stars. Natasha Howard has had an incredible season, playing well at both ends of the court.

Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve had to find a way to restructure the franchise after four key pieces to the Lynx’s dynasty were missing. Lindsay Whalen retired, Rebekkah Brunson sat out because of a concussion and Maya Moore decided to take the year off. Add to that Seimone Augustus missed the first half of the season while recovering from knee surgery and Reeve had a mostly new roster this season.

The one mainstay from the championship run was center Sylvia Fowles, who had another strong season. She was complemented by first-round pick Napheesa Collier, who is a leading candidate for rookie of the year.

Here are a few things to watch for in the playoffs:

RESTING TIME: Washington and Connecticut will have time to heal up and be ready for the semifinals. For the Mystics, it’s a chance to get a few more days for Kristi Toliver to recover from a bone bruise that has sidelined her for the last few weeks. For the Sun, it’s a chance to play a best-of-five series in the playoffs instead of a single-elimination game in which the team hasn’t fared well, losing the last two years to Phoenix.

PLAYOFF NEWBIES: The Las Vegas Aces were the preseason pick by the WNBA’s general managers and coaches to win the league this year. Coach Bill Laimbeer has said all along it’s a three-year plan for the team and this is just the second year. The Aces earned a bye on the final day of the regular season and have the talent to make a deep playoff run. They are led by the dominant front court of A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage.

ROUNDING INTO FORM: The Los Angeles Sparks have been nearly unbeatable at home this season, winning 15 of 17 contests. With Candace Parker, Chelsea Gray and the Ogwumike sisters leading the way, the Sparks have playoff experience and depth. The key though might be the play of Riquna Williams. Los Angeles’ guard was suspended for 10 games because of a domestic violence arrest. She provides the team with a consistent outside shooting presence and has the ability to create her own shot.

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Boris Johnson’s Suspension Of Parliament Was ‘Unlawful,’ Scottish Judges Rule

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament was “unlawful,” judges at an appeal court in Edinburgh, Scotland, have ruled.

A group of around 70 parliamentarians had appealed against an earlier ruling by a judge at the court that the prime minister’s suspension of parliament was lawful.

The Scottish National Party’s Joanna Cherry, one of the MPs challenging the prorogation, said the House of Commons must now be “recalled immediately.”

Following today’s ruling, she said Johnson’s shutting down of parliament early was a “plot” to stop MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit.

Judge Lord Doherty originally dismissed a challenge against the suspension at the Court of Session last Wednesday, saying it is for politicians and not the courts to decide.

But three judges of the Inner House, the supreme civil court in Scotland, disagreed with Lord Doherty’s ruling.

The British government plans to appeal against the latest ruling to the UK Supreme Court.

This story has been updated.

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Brazil indicts model over rape allegation against Neymar

Sao Paulo police say they are indicting Brazilian model Najila Trindade and her former partner over her rape allegation against soccer star Neymar.

Police said Tuesday they indicted the model for procedural fraud, slanderous denunciation and extortion.

Her former partner Estivens Alves is accused of disclosing erotic content, which was then published online.

Trindade went to Sao Paulo police to accuse Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel in May. Neymar denied the accusation and said their relations were consensual.

Prosecutors officially closed the investigation against Neymar earlier this month, citing a lack of evidence against him.

The Associated Press doesn’t name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which Trindade did in several interviews.

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All-America Watch: Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy off to fast start

Jerry Jeudy couldn’t pass up the chance to work out with one of the NFL’s best receivers, a guy he has been watching since high school.

The Alabama star reached out to Antonio Brown over the summer on Instagram while both were training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“I just hit him up and asked if one day we could link up and get some work in,” Jeudy said.

That workout is just one example of how Jeudy, who is off to a red-hot start, has often studied or worked out with star receivers trying to improve his game. In high school, he trained regularly with current Atlanta Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley in south Florida, but he also spent hours on line studying players like Brown, Ridley, Amari Cooper and Julio Jones.

Even after winning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver as a sophomore, Jeudy was trying to improve on things like his mastery of Alabama’s offense and reading coverages more quickly.

“You always want to get better,” said Jeudy, who was named to the AP preseason All-America team presented by Regions Bank. “My motivation was just to get better than I was last year. You should never be satisfied. Just all the little things that you need to work on to be the best receiver you can be. You can never be perfect. There’s always something to work on.”

Jeudy has had two huge games to start the season and is trying to join Justin Blackmon and Michael Crabtree as the only repeat Biletnikoff winners. He had a career-high 10 catches for 137 yards against Duke and then added 103 yards on eight catches with a school record-tying three touchdowns in a rout of New Mexico State ahead of this weekend’s Southeastern Conference opener at South Carolina.

He’s had a much quieter summer than Brown, who was released by the Oakland Raiders and signed by New England over the weekend.

That topic is out of the comfort zone for Jeudy, who comes across as decidedly less flamboyant than the four-time All-Pro.

“That’s Antonio Brown. That has nothing to do with me,” he said. “I’m just focused on what we’ve got going on here.”

Some of Jeudy’s teammates were surprised and impressed when Jeudy posted video on Instagram of his workout with such a big-name NFL player, a fellow Florida native.

“Well he’s from Florida, so of course I guess they’re close but it was kind of surprising to me because I don’t really have a bunch of NFL guys that I’m friends with,” safety Xavier McKinney said. “But I thought it was cool to see him working out with AB.”

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said he has seen growth from Jeudy off the field, too. He cites his leadership but also Jeudy’s other interactions with teammates.

“Before it would just be me and Jerry hanging out all the time,” Tagovailoa said. “Jerry hangs out with a lot of other guys now, he doesn’t just sit and eat with me. Off the field, that aspect, I see a big improvement for Jerry.”

The statistics so far have been a good sign, too.

WHO’S HOT

LSU QB Joe Burrow hasn’t gotten nearly as much hype as some of the more high-profile passers this season, but he delivered in a big way in a top 10 matchup with Texas. Burrow passed for 471 yards and four touchdowns in the fourth-ranked Tigers’ 45-38 win over Texas . He connected with Justin Jefferson on a 61-yarder with 2:27 left.

WHO’S NOT

Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez completed his first nine passes for 180 yards before halftime against Colorado last week. In the second half, Martinez was sacked six times and intercepted once, going 7 of 15 for 110 yards. There was plenty of blame to go around for blowing a 17-0 halftime lead before losing in overtime , of course.

ON THE LINE (Former Auburn offensive lineman and SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic spotlights some of the best blockers in the country)

Texas LT Samuel Cosmi. The sophomore had quite a battle against LSU DE K’Lavon Chaisson last Saturday. He didn’t win every play, but played with tenacity and great effort against one of the best pass rushers in the country.

“Love his demeanor on the field,” Cubelic said. “Plays angry and finishes well. Is violent with his hands and creative in how he gets wins.”

ALL-AMERICA MATCHUP

Michigan State LB Joe Bachie vs. Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin.

Bache is a preseason All-American who has 13 tackles through games against Tulsa and Western Michigan. He’s reached triple digits each of the past two seasons. A big defensive challenge this week is containing the workhorse Benjamin, who has already carried 46 times for 171 yards and been an equally big threat in the passing game. He has seven catches for 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The second-team All-American was held to 69 yards on 24 carries by Sacramento State and now faces Bachie and one of the best run defenses in the country.

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Rick Scott administration rejected federal funds to fight HIV, sending Florida infection rates soaring

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While the Republican senator Rick Scott was governor of Florida, his administration presided over the effective blocking of $70m in federal funds available for fighting the state’s HIV crisis.

New York, which has spent aggressively on HIV and expanded Medicaid, saw a decrease of 30%. HIV diagnoses actually declined in Florida for at least five years through 2013, when they hit 4,315, only to increase by nearly 11% through 2017: the very period when the state missed out on tens of millions of dollars in federal funds.

All told, the Florida health department lost out on $53,837,844 – funding that could have had a profound impact on a growing HIV crisis but went to other states instead. HRSA’s discussions with the Florida health department, the federal agency reported, indicated that budget authority matters were greatest obstacle to the state’s ability to spend these funds.


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Johnny Cash remained devoted to his faith despite drug woes, was nearly killed by an ostrich, book reveals

Johnny Cash suffered a lingering battle against addiction to drugs throughout his life, but the Man in Black desperately tried to find his way into the light.

Pastor Greg Laurie recently detailed the singer’s grueling road to salvation in a book titled “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon.” It features interviews with Cash’s family, friends and business associates to further explore how the star found God before he passed away in 2003 at age 71 from diabetes.

‘AMERICAN PIE’ SINGER DON MCLEAN GETS CANDID ON ‘BOTANICAL GARDENS,’ INSPIRING ELVIS PRESLEY AND JOHNNY CASH

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Greg Laurie recently wrote a book titled “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon.” (Salem Books)

“[Cash] has this bad boy image, this outlaw image, and that was true, but yet deep down inside, Johnny was a very committed follower of Jesus Christ,” Laurie told Fox News. “He was raised in a Christian home. He had lapses in his faith. He returned to it. He fell again. He got on his feet again. He fell again. But I think it was really the intervention of [his wife] June Carter Cash that probably saved his life, and it was her strong faith in God, and… that God came through this time of addiction that he struggled with.

‘SUMMER OF ‘42’ STAR SPEAKS ON SUICIDE TRY, GUNSHOT WOUND AND FAMILY ABUSE

“The reason that Johnny has not joined the pantheon of rock stars who died of drug overdoses or alcohol abuse is because he knew where to turn when he was in trouble, and he turned to the Lord,” continued Laurie. “Sinners thought he was a saint. Saints thought he was a sinner. The reality is, he was both.”

According to Laurie’s book, Cash was born in a dirt-poor, God-fearing household in rural Arkansas during the Great Depression. While serving in the Air Force in the early ‘50s, he met 17-year-old Vivian Liberto and the couple married four years later when he left the service. Cash later became a door-to-door appliance salesman but he was determined to pursue music.

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Johnny Cash was determined to pursue music despite his upbringing. (Salem Books)

The New York Times reported that Cash met guitar-playing auto-mechanics Monroe Perkins and Marshall Grant through his brother Ray, who worked in a garage. They formed a band and performed in church socials and county fairs. In 1954, the group auditioned for record producer Sam Phillips of Sun Records. Cash was signed to a contract by Sun and quickly began touring across the country while Liberto was left alone to raise their four daughters.

IRON MAIDEN’S BRUCE DICKINSON RECALLS MEETING JOHNNY CASH, FIGHTING CANCER IN NEW MEMOIR

It was during the ‘50s when Cash was introduced to amphetamines to fight off-road fatigue — and he became hooked. Cash was allegedly taking up to a 100 pills that he washed down with beer and made frequent trips to Mexico where he could pick up more amphetamines without a prescription. Cash was famously arrested in El Paso, Texas in 1965 for smuggling amphetamines from Mexico. News reports at the time claimed Cash was found with 668 Dexedrine and 475 Equanol tablets in his luggage.

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Johnny Cash was introduced to amphetamines to fight off road fatigue during the ’50s. (Salem Books)

“It started with amphetamines,” Laurie explained. “When he was going on the road, and just trying to stay awake to do his gigs, he had a vulnerability to alcohol, a vulnerability to drugs of all kinds.”

Laurie claimed Cash’s addictions intensified over the years after he endured several shocking incidents.

SUSAN OLSEN TALKS ‘A VERY BRADY BUNCH RENOVATION,’ SAYS VOTING FOR TRUMP GOT HER IN TROUBLE ON RADIO SHOW

“He had an ostrich name Waldo that attacked him [in 1981] and almost killed him,” said Laurie. “In fact, it jumped on top of Johnny Cash, broke four of his ribs, ripped him wide. And if he wasn’t wearing the… giant metal belt buckle, he may not have lived to tell the story of Waldo… Even a dentist broke his jaw later in life, causing him to go on pain meds. So whenever meds were involved, he would have an issue with addiction. It was a struggle for Johnny throughout his life, but he was able to get free of all those things towards the end of his life.”

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Johnny Cash had an unfortunate encounter with an ostrich named Waldo. (Salem Books)

JOHNNY CASH’S FORMER MANAGER TACKLED SINGER’S DRUG BATTLES BUT QUIT OVER RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES, BOOK CLAIMS

Cash himself recalled the shocking encounter in his 2003 book “Cash: The Autobiography.

“All he did was break my two lower ribs and rip my stomach open down to my belt,” he wrote. “If the belt hadn’t been good and strong, with a sold belt buckle, he’d have spilled my guts exactly the way he meant to. As it was, he knocked me over onto my back and I broke three my ribs on a rock — but I had sense enough to keep swinging… so he didn’t get to finish me. I scored a good hit on one of his legs, and he ran off.”

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Author Greg Laurie claimed Johnny Cash’s wife June Carter Cash inspired the singer to renew his faith. (Salem Books)

“…Soon I was going around to different doctors to keep those pills coming in the kind of quantities I needed, and when they started upsetting my digestive system, I started drinking wine to settle my stomach, which worked reasonably well,” he continued. “The wine also took the sharper, more uncomfortable edges off the amphetamines I’d begun adding to the mix because — well because I was still looking for that euphoria.”

WANDA JACKSON DETAILS HER RELATIONSHIP WITH ELVIS PRESLEY, BECOMING A COUNTRY MUSIC SEX SYMBOL

In 1956, Cash made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry and met singer June Carter, the wife of fellow artist Carl Smith, backstage. According to Laurie’s account, Cash reportedly told Carter he would marry her one day. Later that year, Smith and Carter called it quits and eventually joined Cash on the road.

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Johnny Cash with his mother, date unknown. (Salem Books)

The New York Times shared that after a near-fatal drug binge in 1967, Carter persuaded Cash to seek treatment for his drug dependency and rediscover his Christian faith. Cash and Liberto divorced in 1968 and that same year, he married Carter.

RADIO HOST DELILAH SAYS FAITH ‘SAVED MY SANITY’ AFTER SHE LOST TWO SONS: ‘I DID THE BEST THAT I COULD’

“Johnny would be the first to admit that he failed in his first marriage to Vivian,” said Laurie. “He was not a good husband or a good father. He was on the road a lot. He had a lot of issues back then, and that ended in divorce. And then June Carter came into his life, and she became his beloved wife, and probably saved his life because of her firm faith in Christ, and her unwillingness to let Johnny completely destroy himself. Johnny had to ultimately go to rehab to get his life cleaned up, which he did.”

It was also the wake-up call Johnny needed to get his life together.

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Johnny and June Carter Cash in an undated photo. (Salem Books)

“When Johnny made the recommitment to Christ, he’d become very famous, and it was hard for him to go to church because when he would show up, everyone would just stop and stare at him,” explained Laurie. “And when people found out he was going to church, aspiring songwriters would come to him, hoping he would take demos to record executives. And so Johnny was very sporadic in his church attendance. But there’s one man name Jimmie Snow, a minister, who reached out to Johnny and really challenged him to start coming to church, which Johnny did.”

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“Johnny came under what we would call the conviction of the Holy Spirit over Sunday, which simply means that he realized he needed to really get right with God,” Laurie continued. “And he went forward [with] the invitation of the pastor. He got down on his knees with his family, and he prayed, and he asked God to forgive him of his sins. That recommitment was something that carried Johnny right through to the end of his life.”

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Johnny Cash, circa mid-1990s. (Salem Books)

According to Laurie, Cash became a licensed minister and even seriously considered leaving music altogether to become a preacher.

“It was actually his wife June who said, ‘Oh no, Johnny. You have a much larger platform with your music,’” said Laurie. “And so even when he was at the peak of his fame, Johnny always used his platform to talk about Jesus. He was never embarrassed to be a Christian, never ashamed of his faith in any way… He never lost his faith. He just lost his way, and then he found his way back to the Lord again.”

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But Cash’s drug problems weren’t completely over — in fact, Laurie’s book revealed he entered the Betty Ford Center for treatment in 1983. Cash was reportedly treated again after he was released.

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Greg Laurie claimed Johnny Cash wanted to become a preacher, but his wife June Carter Cash told him he would have a greater impact spreading his message through music.

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It was at the Betty Ford Center where Cash met Elizabeth Taylor and the two became friends after learning they were born a day apart. The pair would go on to exchange birthday cards for years to come.

Cash’s career dwindled in the ‘80s, but he enjoyed a comeback in the ‘90s. As for his marriage, Cash and Carter remained together until her death in 2003 at age 73. Cash died a mere four months later.

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Married country singers Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash pose for a portrait at an event on September 1969 in California.​​​ (Salem Books)

Laurie hopes that his book will shed new insight into the man behind the myth and how he relied on faith to help him overcome his demons.

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“It’s a story of a man who’s struggled, a man who stumbled, a man who fell, but a man who acknowledged it,” said Laurie. “Johnny was an honest man. He was an authentic man… But what I want people to take away from reading this book is no matter how badly you’ve messed up in life, God gives second chances. And no matter how many mistakes you’ve made, you can get up and start over again. Johnny Cash did that. And if Johnny could do it, anyone can do it.”

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