Warner a no-show at Registry hearing over failure to file disclosures due to FBI raid

Rep. Todd Warner (R-Chapel Hill) is sworn into the House in Nashville on Jan. 12, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Freshman Rep. Todd Warner (R-Chapel Hill) was a no-show at Wednesday’s meeting of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance to take up his request to waive his campaign finance disclosure requirement due to an FBI raid on his home and office.

Executive Director Bill Young said Warner had indicated he or his attorney would attend the meeting. But nobody appeared on his behalf.

“The FBI confiscated all files and documents related to my campaign including check copies from donations and checking account ledgers,” Warner said in last month’s email first reported by The Tennessee Journal. “They also took all computers and back ups for the campaign and my business.”

Registry member Hank Fincher said nothing prevented Warner from reconstructing his fourth-quarter disclosure from electronic bank records.

“The FBI took my bank records is not much of an excuse,” Fincher said.

The Registry agreed to send a letter to Warner saying the panel doesn’t have the authority to waive filing requirements.

Rep. David Byrd (R-Waynesboro) also missed filing his report while hospitalized for COVID-19. Family members had alerted the panel only the lawmaker had access to the information needed to make the disclosure. The Registry again determined it wasn’t in a position to give Byrd a pass on filing requirements.

22 Responses to Warner a no-show at Registry hearing over failure to file disclosures due to FBI raid

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    Benton Temple says:

    Lock him up! Throw Glen and Robin in too!

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      Cryan says:

      Don’t forget Terri “Lynch Mob” Weaver.

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        Beatrice Shaw says:

        yes…WHAT happened to the investigation of the attempted coup she was involved in. Didn’t she post she was “in the thick of it”? I saw the videos again yesterday of police being bludgeoned to death from others “in the thick of it”. Treasonous

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    Cryan says:

    Todd “Christian Conservative” Warner is the biggest liar in the state.

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    steve cates says:

    Oh, those family values they always tout!!! And all that “christian” talk!!

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      Cryan says:

      To be fair, there isn’t a huge difference between Casada and the church when it comes to fraud, bribery, substance abuse, and homoerotic incest fantasies.

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    David Collins says:

    Hang on there folks! Stuart hasn’t weighed in with this guys Heritage score or whatever that other outfit is he tracks. Shoot, if that score is high enough, in Stuart’s book he can not really do anything wrong, or if he does, his high score gets him a mulligan.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Yes David I would have liked to see Todd’s American Conservative Union score as well but I’m afraid as a freshman legislator he doesn’t have a voting record as yet from which a score can be compiled. However, insofar as he is friends with Robin Smith (ACU-90%) and my friend Glen Casada (ACU-88%) I am confident that his ACU score will be one that will make us all proud once these distractions that have dogged him thus far are out of the way.
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      Fellow conservatives, this very day I looked down to the Alabama bullpen and what did I see, our guy Mo Brooks (Heritage-88%) has taken off his warmup jacket and is beginning to throw a few with an eye toward that 2022 U.S. Senate race. All we need is his candidacy and a Trump endorsement and we will have ourselves one great U. S. Senator.

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        Beatrice Shaw says:

        How would a domestic terrorist supporting a racist be a good deal for anyone? I just DON’T understand the logic in the cult Trump following. Did you not see the police officers being killed in the riots in the news?

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          These are great questions Beatrice and I can only hope that by asking them you are beginning to have doubts about the rabid leftist ideology that you so often espouse. To assist you on this journey I will answer your questions as follows:

          1. If you know of a “domestic terrorist” I suggest you immediately report him to the FBI, but I know of no such person. “Domestic terrorism” is a crime that has certain elements that must be proven in a court of law. Vociferously disagreeing with leftist dogma isn’t one of those elements.

          2. “Racism” is a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capabilities and has various manifestations like set asides in contracting and affirmative action mandates. I don’t know what that has to do with Todd Warner or Mo Brooks neither of whom have any connection with racism that has been brought to my attention.

          3. Trumpidians make up only one part of the mosaic of right-wing politics in this country at this time. How big a part remains to be seen. If those on the left would simply try to find a cure for their Trump Derangement Syndrome and stop making a hero/martyr out of him at every opportunity it would be of great assistance to those of us who are non-Trumpidians on the right who would like to move on into a post-Trump world.

          4. There have been a number of police officers killed as a direct result of the leftist rioting that have taken place over the past nine months. It would be so much better if leftist would simply wait for the result of autopsies when a death has occurred. For example, George Floyd died as a result of a drug overdose, not the police officer. The Capitol Policeman died of natural causes (high blood pressure I believe) and there was no evidence of his being hit with something on his body. So once again the leftist news media were guilty of making matters a bit worse than they already were by their irresponsible reporting. Why do you people watch CNN/MSNBC?

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            MARLE says:

            You have really gone swimming in the Fox news kool aid Stuart! About half (and I’m being generous here) of what you wrote is true. And don’t ask me to dissect each falsehood. When you put so many into one longwinded comment ….well I don’t get paid enough to take on that task.

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            Eddie White says:

            Good work Stuart. You have carefully and accurately dissected the leftist questions posted on this blog. Trump Derangement Syndrome is real and continues to manifest itself in Washington now. The left does not appreciate it when a conservative president stands firmly against them. Trump did. And he may well be the last Republican in our lifetime to do so.

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            Eddie White says:

            One more thought. Shame on the House Republicans for keeping Liz Cheney in her leadership position. We can only hope the good folks of Wyoming send her packing in the next election.

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            Cryan says:

            Stuart is triggered. The Republican Party is disintegrating before his eyes and no amount of posts on this site will change that.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    These people that casually shrug off mandatory meetings with public officials and law enforcement officials are the people that pass for “public servants” in the state of Tennessee. Is this really acceptable behavior for any public official? Aside from actually breaking the laws of the state they took an oath to defend, why do they get away with this stuff so often? Arrest and prosecute a few of them and we might just see a change. It might be a “good ole boys club” as far as the conservative majority is concerned but I doubt the FBI would see it that way.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Of course, the evangelical conservatives call this type of behavior by our public officials “a distraction that has dogged him so far.” But in his support, he is a big buddy of one of the head crooked public official so he is going to be good. A very convincing endorsement indeed.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I have come to the conclusion that the reason the individual we know as “Taxpayer #314” uses a fictitious name is because he is really the famous Inspector Jacques Clouseau of the French Surete and naturally he doesn’t want to reveal his identity. While the Inspector is great at ferreting out crime, he doesn’t express himself very well so it’s hard to decipher what he is trying to say in his 9:24 PM post but apparently Clouseau has found some public official he believes to be “crooked.” Good work Inspector!

      Now Inspector all you have to do is bring the evidence that you discovered to the District Attorney who will decide whether he can present it to a Grand Jury. If the Grand Jury hands down an indictment then Inspector you will have to testify at the trial of the alleged “crooked public official.” If the trier of facts hands down a guilty verdict then, indeed, you have yourself a “crooked public official.” Good luck Inspector Clouseau.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        But if the “trier of facts” hands down an incorrect verdict because he is crooked too…then you have yourself “TWO crooked officials,” witch is more to the point. Or if 50 Republicans hand down a wrong biased acquittal are they ALL guilty??

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    The “inspector” would find it amusing as to how quickly evangelical conservatives are willing and eager to put all so called “distractions” aside, even theft or incitement to rioting to overthrow our government. They constantly bemoan the fact that we “liberals” can’t just forgive and forget and just “move on.” When you refuse to prosecute criminals in a democracy, you soon loose your democracy. You can call that Trump Derangement Syndrome (again another diversion) if you want Stuart, but a true “Inspector” would finish the investigation and charge AND prosecute all those that are guilty, including the former president. Just because the evangelical conservatives have a stranglehold on not prosecuting or selectively prosecuting political corruption at the moment does NOT make it right or acceptable to other law abiding citizens.
    It is not some sort of “Syndrome” to point out political corruption. Why do you object to finishing an investigation without interference from people who simply want to “Move on” and forget any and all wrongdoing. You start out every time with the claim that this is always a “tempest in a teapot.” You would have been the one with his feet up on the table while the court was deliberating the facts in the case because you already have your mind made up and you know all the facts you need to know already. That is the definition of a “Syndrome.”

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    **YAWN**

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