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Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is sponsoring a bill to grant Kyle Rittenhouse the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor the legislative branch can award to someone.
The bill’s summary says the legislation will “award a Congressional Gold Medal to Kyle H. Rittenhouse, who protected the community of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot on August 25, 2020.”
The bill likely won’t succeed given Democrats control both the House and Senate. It would also require two-thirds of both chambers of Congress.
The medal is given to people deserving of the “highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals or institutions.”
Rittenhouse did not mince his words this week when discussing Kenosha County prosecutor Thomas Binger this week when asked him about his trial and how the prosecution handled it.
During an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Rittenhouse called Binger “a corrupt person” who wanted to use the case to “make a name for himself.”
“In my belief, the prosecutorial misconduct in this case is ridiculous,” Rittenhouse said. “They knew I was innocent, but they still decided to bring these charges to make their name, to have a name. They wanted my head on their shelf.”
“There is this F.B.I. surveillance plane — may remind you — it is illegal to surveil U.S. citizens. But the F.B.I. still had a plane up, and then they tried to twist it and say I was chasing down Mr. Rosenbaum. Never happened,” he added.
“And the funny thing is, we were not provided that drone footage until October and they had it way before and the F.B.I. gave it to them and they compressed that F.B.I. drone video and gave it to us. They gave us a compressed version of that file. Same thing with the drone video. So they had a 4K drone that showed the shooting of Mr. Rosenbaum,” Rittenhouse said.
“And another very, very, very disgrace in this government is with the F.B.I. drone, they called the camera operator of that drone to testify. ADA Binger asked us questions, and then attorney Mark Richards, a great attorney, a phenomenal attorney asked these questions. He asked about the tail number, the state objected,” he continued.
Rittenhouse said: “And then he said he had a letter from the State Attorney, and we weren’t able to ask him the tail number so we can submit our FOIA request, which is still being appealed right now so we can get the complete version of that night on the drone video. He wouldn’t give us the tail number. We weren’t able to ask him what the tail number was because of the 2E (ph) letter that we got the day he testified that, supposedly disappeared from attorney Natalie Wisco, another great attorney’s e-mail. It just completely magically disappeared from her e-mail because the state said they emailed them, but we never got it.”
“Assistant District Attorney Binger is a corrupt person who just wants to make a name for himself and not look at the facts,” he declared.
“I used to be a fan of the prosecutors — not anymore,” Rittenhouse added. “I believe there are still good prosecuting attorneys out there, but he is a prosecuting attorney that wants to make a name for himself and he is supposed to speak the truth and nothing but the truth. But he decided he wanted to lie and try to put me in prison for the rest of my life for defending myself.”
At another point in the interview, Rittenhouse said his legal team is in the process of going after individuals who slandered and defamed him in the media.
When Carlson asked Kyle if he planned to hold “liars to account” who defamed him, Rittenhouse responded, “I have really good lawyers who are taking care of that right now.”
“So, I’m hoping one day there will be some, there’ll be accountability for their actions that they did,” Rittenhouse said.
“Okay, so you’re intent on not, you’re not gonna let that go?” Carlson pressed.
“Like I said, really good lawyers are handling that,” Rittenhouse said.