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Claims he didn't know Cohen prior

Clay Higgins (R- LA-03) reintroduced himself to the nation last week, swapping out his “Cajun John Wayne” costume with an oversized vest and tie and using his perch on the House Oversight Committee to ask former Trump fixer and personal lawyer Michael Cohen a series of baffling questions that made it abundantly clear the congressman had not done his homework.

“Clay Higgins questioning Cohen and attending his senior prom in the same day,” joked Aaron Eisenberg on Twitter.

In fact, Higgins claimed he never really even knew of Cohen until that very morning, which may seem utterly impossible to believe about any sentient American adult, let alone any member of Congress.

But for those who have followed Higgins’s career and ascendance to elected office, his sartorial choices are unsurprising, and his claim of ignorance is plausible.

Higgins capped off the day with an appearance on CNN, carrying with him a six-pack of Yuengling that he pledged to split with anchor Chris Cuomo.

Xia and Prunty arrested

Only a week before, one of the congressman’s top aides, District Director Jerod Prunty, tendered his resignation after being charged and arrested with two counts of “pandering,” which, as it is apparently being applied in this situation, is a euphemism for human trafficking. The state’s most recent iteration of the statutory definition of pandering dates back to 1978; it provides for significant civil penalties and mandatory jail time. The statutes on human trafficking were only codified in 2005 and are effectively a way to heighten penalties in certain circumstances, particularly when a victim is under the age of 21. La. Rev. Stat. § 14:84(A) defines pandering as “any of the following intentional acts”:

According to The Advocate,

Prunty's arrest His arrest is related to the arrest of eight others last week in connection with human sex trafficking, pandering and prostitution involving five Lafayette Parish massage parlors, according to John Mowell, public information officer with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office.

Our media partners at KATC TV3 obtained the following statement from Higgins' office:

"We are shocked and saddened to learn of allegations against Jerod. His arrest is deeply troubling. Jerod has been placed on administrative leave, pending investigation and adjudication."

https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/news/crime_police/article_d7ad0a50-32d0-11e9-a2b4-f789b809e37e.html

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8 arrested for prostitution, human trafficking at Lafayette massage parlors https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/news/crime_police/article_38383980-2fd4-11e9-bc98-179292b1574c.html

https://www.bayoubrief.com/2019/03/03/district-director-for-u-s-rep-clay-higgins-at-the-center-of-alleged-human-trafficking-ring/?fbclid=IwAR3IJHQ_EYgu0dobeDi8NPQ7ZiSF2fU0Af2vhaNzHjgQdTQi6Yr3sOnXNBc

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