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Trump Spox: Lawyers Will Conclude Defense Tomorrow

Mediaite reports: Trump spokesperson Jason Miller announced via Twitter that the legal defense team will only need one day, and plans to wrap the impeachment trial defense by Friday. House Managers started opening arguments against President Donald Trump on Tuesday of this week, arguing that the former president incited the deadly and violent insurrection led by his supporters on the …

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Impeachment Trial Turns To Trump’s Lack Of Remorse

The New York Times reports: The House Democrats prosecuting Donald J. Trump resumed their case against him on Thursday, turning attention to the harm caused by the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and the “lack of remorse” by the former president who they have charged with inciting it as part of a desperate bid to cling to power. A day after …

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Reuters: Anti-Trump Republicans Plot Breakaway Party

Reuters reports: Dozens of former Republican officials, who view the party as unwilling to stand up to former President Donald Trump and his attempts to undermine U.S. democracy, are in talks to form a center-right breakaway party, four people involved in the discussions told Reuters. The early stage discussions include former elected Republicans, former officials in the Republican administrations of …

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Resumes Hearing Trial Evidence

The Associated Press reports: Democrats at former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial played audio recordings of police officers begging for more help against rioters storming the Capitol, the fear and panic apparent in many of their voices. As the mob breached the Capitol, one officer told dispatch, “We’re still taking rocks, bottles and pieces of flag and metal pole.” In …

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REPORT: Lewandowski Sought $1.5 Million Pardon Fee

The Atlantic reports: Soon after the November election, a business colleague of Donald Trump’s close ally Corey Lewandowski offered a whistleblower and convicted ex-banker an expensive deal: In exchange for a $300,000 fee up front—plus another $1 million if successful—the two men would push the then-president for a pardon, according to the ex-banker and an associate who heard the pitch. …

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Twitter: Even If Trump Wins In 2024, He’ll Stay Banned

The Daily Beast reports: Donald Trump will never be allowed to return to Twitter—even if he decides to run for president again in 2024, and wins. The social-media company’s CFO Ned Segal appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Wednesday morning, and was asked whether Trump could ever turn to the platform in the scenario that he returns to the White …

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GA County Formally Opens Criminal Probe Into Trump

The New York Times reports: Prosecutors in Fulton County have initiated a criminal investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s election results, including a phone call he made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Mr. Trump pressured him to “find” enough votes to help him reverse his loss. On Wednesday, Fani Willis, the recently …

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Politico: Biden Can Access Trump’s Calls With Putin

Politico reports: Few Trump-era mysteries are as intriguing as what the 45th president said to Vladimir Putin in at least a dozen rambling, off-the-cuff calls and meetings over four years. Understanding what was said between the two could help illuminate whether Trump ever revealed sensitive information or struck any deals with the Kremlin leader that could take the new administration …

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Senate Votes 56-44 That Trump’s Trial Is Constitutional

Reuters reports: A divided Senate voted 56 to 44 on Tuesday to proceed with the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump, rejecting his lawyers’ argument that it is unconstitutional. Most Republicans stood with Trump and his legal team, which contended the Senate cannot convict a person no longer in office. The House impeachment managers, in pressing for the trial …

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Trump Trial Lawyer Sued Him Last Year, Accused Him Of Making “Repeated” False Claims About Voter Fraud

The Washington Post reports: Last year, Philadelphia lawyer Michael T. van der Veen filed a lawsuit against then-President Donald Trump accusing him of making “repeated claims” that mail voting is ripe with fraud “despite having no evidence in support of these claims.” This week, van der Veen is adopting a different posture as part of the team of attorneys defending …

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Wants To Keep Job

CNN reports: Embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has told those close to him he wants to stay in his role under the new president, two sources tell CNN, despite his troubled tenure at the helm of the US Postal Service and his background as a supporter and donor to former President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden faces mounting pressure from …

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GA Opens Probe Into Trump’s Call To Overturn Election

The New York Times reports: The office of Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, on Monday started an investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s attempts to overturn the state’s election results, including a phone call he made to Mr. Raffensperger in which Mr. Trump pressured him to “find” enough votes to reverse his loss. Such inquiries are “fact-finding and …

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NY Court: Double Jeopardy Applies In Manafort Case

CNBC reports: Paul Manafort, the Republican consultant who at one point ran Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, cannot be prosecuted in New York state court for conduct related to his prior federal criminal convictions, a court ruling has ensured. The New York Court of Appeals last week refused to hear an appeal of a lower-court ruling that had barred Manafort’s …

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Giuliani Associate Sentenced For Fraud, Lying To FEC

The Wall Street Journal reports: A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Florida businessman to a year and a day in prison for lying to federal election authorities and for duping investors in a fraud-insurance company after convictions that stemmed from a sweeping investigation that ensnared several associates of Rudy Giuliani. David Correia pleaded guilty last fall to one count …

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Jarvanka Made Up To $640M While In White House

From the watchdog group CREW: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump reported between $172 million and $640 million in outside income while working in the White House, according to an analysis of financial disclosures by CREW. It is impossible to tell the exact amount as the income is sometimes reported in broad ranges. Both Kushner and Trump announced they would not …

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Lawyers: Trump Didn’t Mean “Fight Like Hell” Literally

CNN reports: In his speech on January 6, Trump told the crowd to “fight like hell.” “And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” Trump said. In their brief, Trump’s lawyers argued that Trump’s speech about fighting was metaphorical and he did not call for any violence. “Of the over 10,000 words spoken, …

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Trump Lawyers File Brief Demanding Case Be Dismissed

The Associated Press reports: Lawyers for Donald Trump on Monday blasted the impeachment case against him as an act of “political theater” by Democrats, whom they accused of exploiting for their own party’s gain the chaos and trauma of last month’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. In a brief filed on the eve of the Senate impeachment trial, lawyers for …

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Trump’s Trial Expected To Be Speedy, Few Witnesses

The Associated Press reports: Scheduled to begin Tuesday, just over a month since the deadly riot, the proceedings are expected to diverge from the lengthy, complicated trial that resulted in Trump’s acquittal a year ago on charges that he privately pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on a Democratic rival, Joe Biden, now the president. This time, Trump’s Jan. 6 …

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NYT: Dems Planning “Fast-Paced Cinematic” Case

The Washington Post reports: When the House impeachment managers prosecute former President Donald J. Trump this week for inciting the Capitol attack, they plan to mount a fast-paced and cinematic case aimed at rekindling the outrage lawmakers experienced themselves on Jan. 6, in arguments delivered from the scene of the invasion. Armed with lessons from the first impeachment trial of …

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Trump’s Election Lies Have So Far Cost $519 Million

The Washington Post reports: President Donald Trump’s onslaught of falsehoods about the November election misled millions of Americans, undermined faith in the electoral system, sparked a deadly riot — and has now left taxpayers with a large, and growing, bill. The total so far: $519 million. The costs have mounted daily as government agencies at all levels have been forced …

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