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Trump news today: DA says decision to file charges is ‘imminent’ as judge weighs release of grand jury report

Trump says no documents were found at Mar-a-Lago, only “cool” empty folders marked classified

A judge in Georgia heard arguments Tuesday over the public release of a grand jury report following an eight-month investigation into Donald Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn the results of that state’s 2020 election.

During its investigation, the panel heard testimony and evidence about the abuse and intimidation of election workers, a fake voter scheme, and Mr. Trump’s infamous phone call to election officials to “find” enough votes for his victory.

The report of the special grand jury, which is not allowed to issue indictments, is likely to include a summary of its investigative work and recommendations for charges for alleged misconduct that prompted the investigation and its conclusions.

Lawyers for the former president have claimed they were never involved in the investigation, while Fulton Country District Attorney Fani Willis pleaded to keep the report private for now as her office appears poised to file criminal charges against people identified in the report. called. A decision from her office is “imminent,” she told the judge.

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ICYMI: Secret documents found in Mike Pence’s Indiana home

Former Vice President Mike Pence’s attorney turned over a dozen classified documents to the FBI after they were found at the former Vice President’s home.

A lawyer for Mr. Pence found the documents in Mr. Pence’s new home in Carmel, Indiana, where he was governor and congressman before being tapped as Trump’s vice president.

The FBI and the Justice Department’s National Security Division have launched an investigation into how the documents ended up in Mr. Pence’s home. Mr. Pence’s attorney told CNN that the FBI had asked to retrieve the documents marked classified that night, to which he agreed.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 05:00

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Khashoggi’s widow speaks out against Mike Pompeo’s ‘shameful’ comments

Former Trump secretary of state Mike Pompeo has called slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi an “activist who supported the losing team” and whose murder received too much media attention.

“To be clear, Khashoggi was a journalist to the extent that I and many other public figures are journalists,” Pompeo writes in Never Give An Inch: Fighting For The America I Love.

That is what his widow Hanan El-Atr told The independent that his comments are “shameful”.

“I want to ask Mr. Pompeo if he ever met my husband? Did he ever talk to him? Where does he get this false information from,” she said.

Mr Pompeo has doubled down after facing widespread criticism, responding to a statement from The Washington Post‘s publisher and CEO Fred Ryan condemns his “shocking” and misrepresentation of Khashoggi’s life.

“Americans are safer because we have not labeled Saudi Arabia a pariah state,” Pompeo said. “I have never let the media bully me. Just because someone is a part-time stringer for WaPo doesn’t make their life more important than our military service in dangerous places to protect us all. I have never forgotten that.”

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 04:00

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New Trump photo with mobster pops up one day after outrage over photo of ex-mafia boss

A photo taken in the summer of 2022 shows a grinning former President Donald Trump gesturing a thumbs up as he poses with John Alite, a podcaster and motivational speaker who was once an assassin for the Gambino crime family.

Alite, who confirmed the photo’s authenticity in a phone interview with The independentself-described as a politically independent who supported Trump’s push for criminal justice reform, and said his support for the ex-president is well known.

The Independent was subsequently notified of the photo The Philadelphia Inquirer published a photo featuring the former president and Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino, who ran the Philadelphia Mafia in the 1990s when Mr. Trump was a casino operator in nearby Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 03:00

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Trump withdraws appeal and ends legal battle over New York investigation

Donald Trump has dropped another lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, a second time he has dropped legal action against her after a judge fined him and his lawyers nearly $1 million last week for filing frivolous Affairs.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 01:00

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‘You’re the reason Brian is dead’: Mother of Capitol officer who died after Jan. 6 asks judge for long prison sentence against rioter

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan appended to the government filing against a Capitol rioter who pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer with a dangerous weapon, the mother of a Capitol officer who died after the attack told him, “You you’re the reason Brian is dead”.

Brian Sicknick’s mother, Gladys Sicknick, said the rioter, Julian Khater, is “at the center of our recurring nightmare” after pepper spraying the officer in the face.

The federal prosecutor’s office has demanded seven and a half years in prison.

“Just when the raw nerves are beginning to heal, we are being transported back to the scene of your crime,” she wrote in her letter. “You, among all the other lunatics – you are the reason Brian is dead, Mr. Khater.”

After being hit with pepper spray on January 6, 2021, Sicknick collapsed later that day. He died in hospital the next day. His death was believed to have been of natural causes after a series of strokes.

His partner Sandra Garza filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit this month against Mr. Khater and Donald Trump, accused of inciting the mafia with his baseless stolen election narrative.

Alex Woodward25 January 2023 00:00

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Oath Keepers founder seeks new trial after being convicted of seditious conspiracy for January 6 attack

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes has filed a motion for a new trial after he was convicted in November of seditious conspiracy for his role as leader of the far-right group in the weeks leading up to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The cases mark the first successful jury verdicts of Americans on treason charges in decades, some of the largest trials to date in the federal government’s extensive criminal investigation into the Capitol bombing.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 24, 2023 11:00 PM

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‘Pence’s document crash hampers GOP’s efforts to go after Biden’

The independent‘s Eric Garcia writes that the Republican plans to attack Biden for his classified documents case will always be difficult, but news of Mike Pence’s own incident pokes a hole in their efforts:

Alex WoodwardJanuary 24, 2023 10:28 PM

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Lindsey Graham says he’d be ‘shocked’ if he found anything ‘ominous’ in Biden’s documents case

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters Tuesday he would be “shocked” if the discovery of classified Obama-era documents in his residence and office revealed anything “ominous.”

He said his concerns are similar to those he had about Trump’s possession of documents from his time in the White House, which he fought with federal agencies about being returned. “Why did you do it, what was in the documents, how were they kept, who had access to them,” said Graham.

“Let me just say this,” he added. “I have known President Biden for a long time. I’ll be shocked if there’s anything ominous here.’

Alex WoodwardJanuary 24, 2023 9:23 PM

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Fox News mocked for its latest obsession with culture wars: the “awakened” Xbox

After getting M&M’s to drop its spokes amid right-wing claims that the chocolate cartoon characters weren’t attractive enough, Fox News personalities have identified a new target in the culture wars: Xbox.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 24, 2023 9:15 PM

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ICYMI: ‘Diamond & Silk’ vlogger Lynette Hardaway’s cause of death revealed

The death of Diamond — one half of the pro-Trump duo of Diamond and Silk — sparked widespread speculation following the couple’s amplification of Covid-19 conspiracy theories, including Silk’s own comments at her sister’s memorial service.

A death certificate obtained by the Associated Press revealed that she died of a heart condition.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 24, 2023 9:00 PM

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