TIM MOORE LAWYERING UP OVER STATE AND FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS: In an interview Monday night, Moore confirmed to WBTV that he had retained attorney Colon Willoughby, who spent nearly three decades as Wake County District Attorney. Moore said he retained Willoughby to review questions that have emerged about work he has handled in his private law practice that may have related to legislation with which he is involved. The Raleigh News & Observer reported in September about a contract Moore had with a Triangle-based pharmaceutical start-up that prompted current Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman to request the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to review. Separately, WBTV has also learned Moore has retained Willoughby to handle potential inquiries from federal investigators who continue to build a case stemming from political donor Greg Lindberg.
DURHAM IMMIGRANT SAMUEL OLIVER-BRUNO IS NOW IN GEORGIA DETENTION CENTER: The man who was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday as he attempted to keep an immigration appointment in Morrisville has been transported to an immigration detention center in Georgia. Meanwhile, supporters held a rally on his behalf in Raleigh on Monday. Samuel Oliver-Bruno is being held at the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia, according to ICE’s detainee locator. ICE agents dressed in civilian clothes arrested Oliver-Bruno on Friday, minutes after he entered the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Morrisville and began to fill out paperwork. Oliver-Bruno was held at the Wake County Detention Center over the weekend, but then was moved sometime Monday morning, the Rev. William Barber II said during a prayer session in front of the Wake County jail Monday morning.
SPECIAL SESSION MAY DRAG ON THROUGH EARLY DECEMBER: uesday marks the start of a lame-duck session of the state legislature – the final session in which GOP lawmakers will hold a veto-proof majority. And with a wishlist of at least six items, including a potentially controversial voter ID bill, they could still be in Raleigh well into December. On a conference call with reporters Monday, state Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said there's no plan to rush the voter ID bill through the process. He said it'll be filed in the House and Senate, but it will not move through both chambers at the same time, unlike other bills backed by the GOP supermajority. Another bill likely to surface on the first day is an economic incentives measure. It hasn't been filed yet, but is already scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Commerce committee Tuesday at 2 p.m. Another agenda item is a restructuring of the state Board of Ethics and Elections, which was ruled unconstitutional by a three-judge panel earlier this month. The decision takes effect Dec. 3, so lawmakers have limited time to enact a new governing structure for the agency.
MANAFORT'S PLEA DEAL FALLS APART AFTER CONTINUALLY LYING TO MUELLER: In the latest filing, Mueller’s team said Manafort “committed federal crimes” by lying about “a variety of subject matters” even after he agreed to truthfully cooperate with the investigation. Prosecutors said they will detail the “nature of the defendant’s crimes and lies” in writing at a later date to the judge. Through his attorneys, Manafort denied lying, saying he “believes he provided truthful information” during a series of sessions with Mueller’s investigators. He also disagreed that he breached his plea agreement. Still, both sides now agree they can’t resolve the conflict, and U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson should set a date to sentence him. Manafort, who remains jailed, had been meeting with the special counsel’s office since he pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. He cut that deal to head off a second trial after being convicted last summer of eight felony counts related to millions of dollars he hid from the IRS in offshore accounts. Both cases stemmed from his Ukrainian political work and undisclosed lobbying work he admitted to carrying out in the U.S. in violation of federal law.
TRUMP PLAYS "SOCIALISM" CARD IN EFFORT TO GET RACIST ELECTED TO U.S. SENATE: President Donald Trump told Mississippians on Monday that a vote for Democrat Mike Espy is a vote for “socialism and open borders” as he urged supporters to elect Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Tuesday’s Senate runoff. “If you let (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi, (Rep.) Maxine Waters and (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer win the Mississippi Senate seat they will try to erase all our gains, reverse all our progress and impose their extreme, job-killing agenda,” Trump told a rally at Biloxi’s Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Hyde-Smith followed up by urging the crowd of about 10,000 to tell friends and neighbors to vote for her to keep the Mississippi Senate seat in Republicans hands. The state hasn’t had a Democratic senator since 1982. Hyde-Smith finds herself in a potentially tight race after a video surfaced from a Nov. 2 campaign event that showed Hyde-Smith saying at a campaign event that she would be “on the front row” if a supporter invited her to a “public hanging.”