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Donald Trump news today: Jury begins deliberations as Trump allies storm special council

Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump investigations

Jury deliberations begin after the trial of leading members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right self-proclaimed militia who took part in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The defendants are accused of crimes including seditious conspiracy, the most serious charge ever brought against one of the hundreds of defendants arrested in connection with the riots.

During the month-long trial, some of the defendants cried in the stands, and explicit texting between leader Stewart Rhodes and the group’s former lawyer, Kellye SoRelle, was also revealed. The case partly revolves around the group’s alleged belief that Donald Trump would invoke the Uprising Act and “call on them” to overthrow Congress if it had not rejected the 2020 election results.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump and many Republicans are still furious over Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of an independent special counsel to oversee two major investigations into the former president – one about the January 6 attack on the Capitol and the other about Mr. Trump’s March collection of government documents. -a-Lago.

The appointment of Jack Smith to investigate Mr. Trump has sent many in the GOP claiming that Joe Biden and Mr. Garland have “politicized” the Justice Department.

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The indictment rests in the Trump organization’s tax fraud case

Prosecutors in the Trump Organization’s tax fraud lawsuit based their case on Monday earlier than expected, pinning hopes of convicting Donald Trump’s company largely on the word of two top executives who struck deals before testifying they were plotting to avoid taxes on benefits paid by the Trump Organization. company.

Allen Weisselberg, the company’s longtime chief financial officer, and Jeffrey McConney, senior vice president and controller, testified for the most part in the eight-day prosecution’s case, bringing the drama of their own admitted misconduct to a process laden with numbers, spreadsheets, payroll and payroll taxes.

Andrew NaughieNovember 22, 2022 11:15

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Report: Ivanka Trump tried to evade a judge’s order to monitor the Trump family’s finances

Former White House adviser Ivanka Trump tried to evade a court order appointing a special monitor to oversee major transactions of the Trump Organization and people associated with the company, according to Everyday Beast.

John Bowden has a story.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 10:40

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Oath Keepers is a serious test for the Department of Justice

Hundreds of people were convicted of riots on Capitol Hill that left dozens of officers injured, legislators had to flee for their lives, and shook the foundations of American democracy. Now, jurors in the case against the Oath Keepers will decide for the first time whether the actions of any of the defendants on January 6 amount to seditious conspiracy – a rarely used charge that carries both a significant prison sentence and political weight.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 08:40

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The growing list of contenders for Trump’s 2024 White House race — but could history repeat itself?

Memories of the tumultuous 2016 Republican primary hung over the Las Vegas ballroom this weekend as the party’s first major rally of potential contenders for the 2024 nomination.

No less than 10 would-be White House candidates have taken to the stage to lay out their plans to fix the nation – and their party. Details varied, but there was an unusual sense of rebellion in most of the speeches, rarely seen since former President Donald Trump took control of the Republican Party six years ago.

Their main message: Trump can and should be defeated.

But haven’t we already seen it?

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 06:40

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Despite his defeat, Trump says Kari Lake’s election race is ‘not over yet’

Days after Kari Lake’s defeat in the race for governor of Arizona, Donald Trump said she had an “amazing election” and stated that “it’s not over yet.”

Speaking at the event, he stated that “there were many broken voting machines” and claimed they were “mostly in Republican areas.”

Maroosh Muzaffar Reports.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 04:40

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Barr: ‘Increasingly likely’ Trump will be charged with a crime

During a speech on PBS, the former Republican Attorney General was asked about the legal danger the former president faces in light of an investigation into confidential documents the FBI found in Mar-a-Lago.

“Personally, I think they probably have grounds to properly impeach the president … I think that’s increasingly likely,” he said.

The comments came as current AG Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to oversee Mr Trump’s investigation.

“Increasingly likely” Trump will be charged with a crime, says Bill Barr

It is “increasingly likely” that Donald Trump will be “legally” charged with a crime by the Department of Justice, Bill Barr said. During a speech on PBS, the former Republican Attorney General was asked about the legal danger the former president faces in light of an investigation into confidential documents the FBI found in Mar-a-Lago. “Personally, I think they probably have grounds to legally impeach the president … I think it’s increasingly likely,” he said. The comments came as current AG Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to oversee Mr Trump’s investigation. Subscribe to our newsletters.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 03:40

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A special adviser has been appointed to oversee the Trump probes, but what are they really doing?

The appointment of a Special Counsel to oversee the other two significant investigations related to former President Donald Trump brings new attention to the role such prosecutors have played in modern American history.

EXPLANATION: What are special tips and what do they do?

The appointment of a Special Counsel to oversee the other two significant investigations related to former President Donald Trump brings new attention to the role such prosecutors have played in modern American history

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 02:40

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ICYMI: Elon Musk brings Trump back on Twitter, ending two-year ban

Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been reinstated by Elon Musk after being banned for almost two years.

Musk announced Saturday night that he would reinstate the former president’s account after it was banned for inciting violence in the aftermath of the January 6 uprising, which was previously described as permanent.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 01:40

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Trump has been reinstated on Twitter – but will he fully return to the platform?

The former US president has expressed his commitment to his Truth Social platform, he writes Chris Stevenson. But how long will he resist the temptation to return to Twitter?

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 00:44

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The GOP’s bland fundraising spurs post-election infighting

Republican leaders in Washington are looking to blame after some late-game fundraising issues and poor overall results in a number of key races around the country, leading to Joe Biden’s best mid-term performance for an incumbent president in decades. Among the targets: Donald Trump and the head of the GOP Senate campaign arm, Rick Scott.

Many of the GOP candidates in the costly midterm contests were political newcomers to far-right positions who felt outraged by their Democratic opponents. This is a symptom above all of the standard of loyalty that Donald Trump has used in selecting candidates for his endorsement this year.

Read more in Independent:

John BowdenNovember 21, 2022 22:40

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