Nightside with Dan Rea - Rundown for February 12th, 2021

Lelling Moves On. The United States Attorney for Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling is resigning as of the end of February. He joins Dan to discuss his term in office and what the future may hold for him.

The Defense Team Takes the Floor. After rocky opening arguments, former President Trump's defense team finally got the chance to respond to the charge set forth in the Article of Impeachment, inciting insurrection. The key themes to President Trump's response to the House managers’ case are the unconstitutionality of the impeachment itself and the hypocrisy of the congressional members bringing the charges in regard to inciting language. Does the President have a case for acquittal?

Cuomo Undone. A top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed during a video conference call with state Democratic leaders, that the Governor's office hid the state’s true nursing home COVID-19 death toll because it might lead to federal prosecution. Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor, said Cuomo was concerned about an announced Department of Justice investigation into the nursing home deaths. Should Cuomo resign?

COVID Funerals for Free. New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are now publicizing a 2 billion dollar federal burial reimbursement program which pays families of Coronavirus victims up to $7,000 for funeral expenses even if they are in the country illegally. 200 million of that fund is specifically earmarked for New Yorkers. The program was included in the 300-page COVID relief bill signed by President Trump in December. Is this a good use of taxpayer money?

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