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Donald Trump news today: Pence sought for questioning in Jan 6 probe over attempt to overturn election

Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump investigations

The Justice Department is reportedly seeking to question Mike Pence as part of its ongoing investigation into January 6 and Donald Trump’s months-long attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

Mr. Pence, his vice president, was in the capital at the time of the attack to participate in the certification of the results. His life was directly threatened by rioters during the attack and his security team was forced to rush him away to a safe position just a few feet from where attackers had breached the building.

Since then, Mr. Pence has made it clear that Mr. Trump’s actions during the riots endangered his family. The news is the first confirmation that the Jan. 6 DoJ investigation has finally been expanded to the highest levels of the White House after months of prosecutions of minor offenders and members of a right-wing militia charged with seditious conspiracy.

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Prosecution rests in Trump Organization tax fraud case after only two witnesses

New York City prosecutors hope to convict former President Donald Trump’s eponymous real estate and licensing firm of violating state tax laws by paying top executives for apartments, cars and other benefits without reporting the cost, as compensation finished presenting their case against the Trump Organization on Monday.

Prosecutors dropped their case earlier than expected after testifying in court over the past eight days from two of the company’s top executives.

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Among those who testified was Allen Weisselberg, the company’s former CFO.

Read more from Andrew Feinberg on New York’s efforts to prosecute the Trump Organization:

Prosecution rests in Trump Organization tax fraud case after only two witnesses

New York City prosecutors hope to convict former President Donald Trump’s eponymous real estate and licensing firm of violating state tax laws by paying top executives for apartments, cars and other benefits without reporting the cost, as compensation finished presenting their case against the Trump Organization on Monday.

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 8:20 AM

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Conservatives are bemoaning Trump’s special counsel’s wife’s ties to Michelle Obama

Conservatives are outraged after it emerged that the wife of the prosecutor appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to determine whether to face criminal charges against Donald Trump is apparently a Democratic donor who was involved in a documentary about Michelle Obama.

Jack Smith, a career prosecutor at the Justice Department, was wiretapped by Garland earlier this month to make the decision on Mr Trump’s legal fate. Notably, it followed Trump’s announcement that he would be visiting the White House for a third time.

Read more about how Mr. Smith is connected to both Ms. Obama and Joe Biden, the man Mr. Trump has accused of arming the Justice Department:

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 7:20 AM

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Trump slams Bill Barr for saying it was becoming increasingly likely that ex-president would face criminal charges

Calling him “sloppy,” “weak” and a “disgruntled former employee,” Donald Trump this week addressed his former attorney general after Bill Barr suggested he thought it was now likely federal prosecutors would charge him with keeping of documents at Mar-a-Lago.

Mr. Trump also claimed that the Mar-a-Lago documents case was a hoax. “He doesn’t know about the document fraud and as a lawyer and former AG shouldn’t be talking.”

Read more about Mr. Trump’s latest meltdown in response to the betrayal of a former ally:

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 06:20

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Judge warns Trump he needs a lawyer days before E Jean Carroll expected to file a rape case

A federal judge warned Donald Trump to rule on his lawyers, and fast, pending an indictment from writer E Jean Carroll who accused Trump of raping her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.

The warning came Tuesday, at a conference in a libel suit filed by Ms. Carroll after Trump called the writer’s accusations, first aired in an excerpt of her memoir published in New York magazine, false and an attempt to publicize to generate.

“Your client has known for months that this is coming, and he would do well to decide who represents him in it,” U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan told Alina Habba, the former president’s attorney in the defamation case, on Tuesday.

Read more about the new developments of the case The independent:

John BowdenNov 24, 2022 5:20 AM

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Why do Democrats care about Donald Trump’s tax returns?

The Supreme Court has dealt a final blow to Donald Trump in his years-long battle to shield his tax returns from Congress.

It was a victory for the Democrats on an issue that now seems almost antiquated – the question of Mr Trump’s finances faded into the background for many in the media and the Democrats, especially after January 6 and Mr Trump’s attempts to undo the 2020 elections.

Now that the House Ways and Means Committee is ready to receive copies of Mr. Trump’s tax returns from many years, it’s worth looking back to refresh our memory of why those documents are exactly so important.

John BowdenNov 24, 2022 4:20 AM

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Tucker Carlson guest says shootings will continue until gender-affirming care’s “evil agenda” ends

Twitter users who supported gay and transgender Americans reacted with shock and disgust after a guest on Tucker Carlon’s hugely popular Fox show claimed more attacks like the Colorado Springs shooting would happen unless doctors stopped treating them. providing voluntary gender-affirming care to any American. .

It was a moment that was seen as a direct threat of violence by those who spread the video on Twitter and came as some conservatives vociferously protested being associated with the same rhetoric now accused of inspiring the attack.

Read more about the right’s reaction to what appears to be the most violent act specifically targeting a gay community since the Pulse nightclub shooting:

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 3:20 AM

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Trump’s long-plagued bid for the White House is quiet in its first week

Ever since he left the White House in defeat last year, Donald Trump has been teasing the prospect of a third presidential campaign. But in the week since he officially announced his candidacy, the former president has been unusually quiet.

There has been no mass kick-off meeting at the stadium, remarkable for one who has made such events a feature of his public life. His recently restored Twitter account, which sparked his political rise nearly a decade ago, is silent with its more than 87 million followers.

With parts of the GOP openly rebelling, is Donald Trump really still the leader of the party?

John BowdenNov 24, 2022 02:27

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Montana man gets 3 years in prison for role in Capitol riots

A Montana man who was among the first to illegally enter the U.S. Capitol as Congress ratified President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election has been sentenced to just over three years in prison.

Joshua Hughes, 39, and his brother, Jerod Hughes, 37, pleaded guilty in August to obstruction of an official proceeding.

Learn more about this trial and others involving Jan. 6 defendants as the DoJ expands its investigation into former President Donald Trump himself:

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 1:20 AM

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One setback after another for Donald Trump – but does it really matter?

The bad news keeps coming for Donald Trump. In the wake of some of his high profile endorsements getting the thumbs down from the electorate came his energetic launch speech for 2024. Videos showed some of his own guests trying to escape as he endlessly sauntered, whined and squinted for all he’s worth used to be. Even Fox News took a break for a while, perhaps to give their viewers a much-needed break.

Absent from the speech were high-profile supporters, including his own daughter and former assistant, Ivanka. But that is no reason to sideline the former president, writes Phil Thomas in The independent:

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 00:24

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Like a Thanksgiving turkey, Joe Biden was “pardoned” by the midterm elections

If there was a particularly light-hearted joke about Joe Biden this week when he pardoned Chocolate and Chip turkeys brought from North Carolina, it was understandable: The now 80-year-old Biden left for a family gathering in Nantucket, having just had given how the Democrats enjoy a midterm election result that hasn’t improved in 20 years.

By staving off a potential “red wave” and managing to hold on to the Senate despite its low approval rating, a turbulent economy and historic preeminence that says parties occupying the White House tend to thump in this cycle, the midterms may have also acted as the Democrats’ own kind of presidential pardon.

Andrew Buncombe has more on the president’s deferment The independent:

John BowdenNovember 23, 2022 11:15 PM

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