According to documents obtained by The Daily Caller, an organization backed by Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris—and many Joe Biden supporters—posted bail for the release of a child abuse defendant.
Timothy Wayne Columbus, a 36-year-old man, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He allegedly sexually abused an 8-year-old girl in 2015.
A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 25, but he was later released on bail.
His bail money was provided by the Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF).
Weeks ago, Harris and many Biden supporters asked their supporters to make donations to the MFF so that the organization would pay the bails of those arrested for the riots following the death of African-American citizen George Floyd.
“If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” Harris wrote on June 1.
The charges against Columbus
According to the arrest warrant, Columbus was a friend of the victim’s family, and he regularly visited and spent time with her.
According to the young woman’s story, who is now about 13 years old, her friend “‘Tim,’ laid her down on his couch and held her while he unbuttoned and pulled down her pants.'” The victim stated that she was then “sexually penetrated by the man.”
The victim stated, “Tim told her not to tell anyone and continued to penetrate her.” The victim did not tell anyone what happened at the time but years later told a family member,” the arrest warrant describes.
After being arrested this year, Columbus denied the charges. He was finally released after posting a bail of $75,000.
The origin of the bail money
The bail money works as a guarantee to ensure that the defendant will appear in future court calls. If a person pays the bail and then shows up when requested by the court, that money is returned.
Before leaving, Columbus signed a document requesting that the bail money be returned to the MFF, which shows that the MFF paid your bail.
Although the document does not state the amount the defendant paid for the bail, a July 1 order registered on the Minnesota courts’ website indicates that Judge Tamara Garcia ordered the bail, according to Fox News.
Controversy over MFF money
Last month, FOX 9 reported that MFF had raised $35 million following the death of George Floyd.
A recent update to the organization’s website indicates that it has spent at least $3,475,000 to post bail in recent months. Only 6 percent, or $210,000, has gone to freeing protesters and rioters arrested in the riots following Floyd’s death.
Since MFF claims that it “not make determinations of bail support based on the crimes that individuals are alleged to have committed,” Columbus is not the first alleged violent criminal that the organization has helped release.
FOX 9 cites the case, for example, of Darnika Floyd, who was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly stabbing her friend to death. MFF put up $100,000 to set her free.
Although he faces sexual assault and kidnapping charges, Christopher Boswell was also released after the liberal organization put up $350,000. It is worth mentioning that Boswell had been convicted twice of sexual assault.
The controversial Democratic support for MFF
In addition to Harris, numerous Biden supporters have promoted the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
“While massive criminal justice and immigration reform is needed immediately we have to do what we can now. Let’s continue to support @MNFreedomFund,” tweeted a Biden supporter named Patrick McCarthy.
“Cash bail is discrimination against the poor and must be abolished. Let’s keep up this support for the @MNFreedomFund. Who’s next?,” said another named Sal DeFrancesco.
Reuters reported several other Democratic supporters who posted their donations to the MFF on social networks as a sign of support for the organization.
The Republicans and Donald Trump’s campaign have strongly criticized Harris, Biden, and Democratic supporters who have supported MFF and even donated to the organization.
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have to answer for why they supported a group that helped a man accused of sexually penetrating a child,” said Steve Guest, Director of Rapid Response for the Republican National Committee.
Quoted by Fox News, Tim Murtaugh, Director of Communications for the Trump 2020 campaign, also harshly questioned Biden and his supporters.
“His staff mocked police as worse than ‘pigs,’ called for defunding the police, and now we know his campaign helped bail out violent criminals, rapists, and would-be cop killers,” he said.