Mary Rose Corkery


President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will have their microphones muted during Thursday’s debate when it is not their turn to speak, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday.

The rule was created in order to avoid the interruptions and crosstalk seen during the first presidential debate, according to The New York Times. The commission noted the campaigns might not be pleased and both Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump’s aides were informed of the rule on Monday.

“We realize, after discussions with both campaigns, that neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures announced today,” the commission said in a statement.

“One may think they go too far, and one may think they do not go far enough. We are comfortable that these actions strike the right balance and that they are in the interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held,” the statement continued.

Each candidate will have two minutes to answer the moderator’s questions, during which time his opponents microphone will be muted. After each have responded, both microphones will be unmuted so the president and form Biden and Trump can debate freely.

The commission said after the first debate that “additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” the NYT reported. Those planning the debate were hesitant to make changes after Trump withdrew from the second debate when it was switched to virtual.

“President Trump is committed to debating Joe Biden regardless of last minute rule changes from the biased commission in their latest attempt to provide advantage to their favored candidate,” Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, said in a statement.

Trump will question Biden about the former vice president’s son, Hunter Biden, and China because the debate concerns foreign policy, Stepien added.

“If the media won’t ask Joe Biden these questions, the President will, and there will be no escape for Biden,” Stepien continued.

The Biden campaign and the Commission on Presidential Debates did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Author: Mary Rose Corkery

Source: Daily Caller: Donald Trump, Joe Biden Mics Will Be Muted For Portions Of Final Debate

Republican Senator Josh Hawley urged Attorney General William Barr Thursday to launch a civil rights investigation into the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office that is “threatening to prosecute” the McCloskey family.

In a letter to Barr, Hawley wrote that Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s decision to investigate lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey was an “unacceptable abuse of power and [a] threat the Second Amendment.”

The McCloskeys were investigated after confronting protesters with firearms, Gardner’s office said in a statement. Protesters broke down the gate to McCloskey’s home and marched the driveway in St. Louis, Missouri on June 28, according to video of the incident.

Gardner’s office is “threatening to prosecute not the trespassers, but the McCloskeys” and permitted police to seize the McCloskey’s firearms, Hawley wrote, citing a KMOV4 article. The police have filed for warrants, but no charges have been filed against the McCloskeys, KMOV4 reported Thursday.

“Her office has seized their firearms, and police have applied for warrants in the case, with an indictment believed to be imminent,” Hawley wrote.

“This morning I have asked the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the St Louis Circuit Attorneys Office,” Hawley said on Twitter Thursday.

“Targeting law-abiding citizens who exercise constitutionally protected rights for investigation & prosecution is an abuse of power,” Hawley said.

Hawley said Gardner and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office is following a “politically-motivated pattern” in prosecuting the McCloskeys while refusing to prosecute violent protesters who were arrested, according to press release from Hawley’s office. Hawley said the McCloskeys were within their Second Amendment rights to protect their home.

“There is no question under Missouri law that the McCloskeys had the right to own and use their firearms to protect themselves from threatened violence, and that any criminal prosecution for these actions is legally unsound,” Hawley wrote.

Gardner told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an email that she was “deeply disappointed that a U.S. Senator would intervene in a local matter that is under investigation.”

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office tweeted Thursday that it “will not be bullied by a sitting U.S. Senator or anyone else” and will continue the investigation.

Sen. Hawley did not respond immediately to the Daily Caller News Foundation for comment.

Author: Mary Rose Corkery

Source: Daily Caller: Sen Hawley Asks Barr To Look Into St Louis Prosecutor’s Investigation Of The McCloskey Family

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