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    By Michael R. Sisak | Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — An executive at Donald Trump’s company testified Monday he was afraid he’d hear those famous words — “you’re fired!” — if he went to the big boss with concerns that two top company officials were scheming to dodge taxes on company-paid perks. Senior Vice President and Controller Jeffrey McConney told jurors at the Trump Organization’s criminal tax fraud trial that he didn’t see much upside if he ratted on longtime finance chief Allen Weisselberg or operations chief Matthew Calamari Sr., two of Trump’s most trusted, loyal lieutenants. “I thought if I started refusing or fighting back, I’d probably lose my job,” McConney said near the end of a sometimes contentious fourth day of testimony — a lengthy warm-up act for Weisselberg’s looming turn as the prosecution’s star witness. “Allen was my boss. Who was I going to tell? I wasn’t going to confront him with it. I wasn’t going to argue,” McConney said at another point in his testimony. “I was going to do what he told me to...
    Donald Trump's attorneys agreed to accept the January 6 subpoena for his testimony and documents – days after the panel released it publicly – though former top aide for the ex-president Mick Mulvaney said he will 'never' agree to testify. Attorney's for Trump received the subpoena on Monday, according to Politico, and Dhillon Law Group's Matthew Sarelson accepted service of the subpoena.  Mulvaney, Trump's former acting Chief of Staff, speculated that Trump won't comply, despite mutterings he could agree to testify if it's live and televised. The former president's one-time acting chief of staff said that there is 'zero' significance to the subpoena for Trump's testimony because it won't actually ever happen. 'He could be convicted and sentenced to jail and he could still run for and hold the office of the President of the United States,' Mulvaney told Sky News in an interview Wednesday. Donald Trump's attorneys agreed to receive the January 6 subpoena on Monday – three days after the panel publicly published a copy of the summons  Trump's former acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told Sky...
    A key prosecution witness against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes told her judge Monday that although he visited her home months after her fraud conviction — an incident Holmes is seeking to use as grounds for a new trial — he stands by the testimony he gave in her trial. Holmes is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 18 on four counts of felony fraud, after a jury in January convicted her of defrauding investors in her now-defunct Palo Alto blood-testing startup out of more than $144 million. Legal experts say Judge Edward Davila will likely hand her a multi-year prison sentence. Early in her four-month trial, former Theranos lab director Dr. Adam Rosendorff testified for the prosecution that Theranos had “valued PR and fundraising over patient care,” and that he felt “obligated from a moral and ethical perspective to alert the public” about inaccurate test results. SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – October 17: Dr. Adam Rosendorff, the former lab director at Theranos, runs while leaving the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 17,...
    By LISA MASCARO, FARNOUSH AMIRI, ERIC TUCKER (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — A defeated Donald Trump orchestrated a multi-part plan to overturn the 2020 presidential election in a “staggering betrayal of his oath” resulting in the 2021 attack at the Capitol, the Jan. 6 committee declared Thursday. Statements from Chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney at the panel’s final public session of the year were laden with language frequently seen in criminal indictments. Both lawmakers described Trump as “substantially” involved in the events of Jan. 6. Cheney said Trump had acted in a “premeditated” way. To illustrate what it said were “purposeful lies,” the committee juxtaposed repeated instances in which top administration officials recounted telling Trump the actual facts with clips of him repeating the exact opposite at his pre-riot rally at the Ellipse on Jan. 6. The panel warned that the insurrection at the Capitol was not an isolated incident but a warning of the fragility of the nation’s democracy in the post-Trump era. “None of this is normal or acceptable or lawful in a...
    After The Washington Post published a new bombshell on Trump's Mar-a-Lago documents, legal experts said it would be more likely that the Department of Justice would indict Donald Trump. "A Trump employee has told federal agents about moving boxes of documents at Mar-a-Lago at the specific direction of the former president, according to people familiar with the investigation, who say the witness account — combined with security-camera footage — offers key evidence of Donald Trump’s behavior as investigators sought the return of classified material," the newspaper reported. "The witness description and footage described to The Washington Post offer the most direct account to date of Trump’s actions and instructions leading up to the FBI’s Aug. 8 search of the Florida residence and private club, in which agents were looking for evidence of potential crimes including obstruction, destruction of government records or mishandling classified information." Legal experts quickly weighed in on the reported development. Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti noted in a Twitter thread, during the employee's first interview, he lied to the FBI, denying handling documents. His story changed during...
    InfoWars founder Alex Jones skipped out on testifying at his own defamation trial on Wednesday, saying through his lawyer that he is “boycotting” the proceedings. Jones was expected to testify on Wednesday in a Connecticut defamation trial stemming from his comments suggesting the Sandy Hook school shooting never happened. Jones has since apologized and admitted the mass shooting did occur, but he also announced at his latest defamation trial that he was done apologizing for his past comments. Family members of Sandy Hook victims spoke at Jones’ trial, which is to determine how much Jones owes in the suit. One father gave emotional testimony claiming his son’s grave had been desecrated after Jones made his initial claims about Sandy Hook. Norm Pattis, Jones’ attorney, announced on Wednesday in court that his client was “boycotting” the trial in what he said was a message his client instructed him to give. “He’s boycotting these proceedings because he feels he’s on the horns of a trilemma. If he testifies in under the court’s orders, he’ll be committing perjury. If he violates the court’s...
    InfoWars founder Alex Jones skipped out on testifying at his own defamation trial on Wednesday, saying through his lawyer that he is “boycotting” the proceedings. Jones was expected to testify on Wednesday in a Connecticut defamation trial stemming from his comments suggesting the Sandy Hook school shooting never happened. Jones has since apologized and admitted the mass shooting did occur, but he also announced at his latest defamation trial that he was done apologizing for his past comments. Family members of Sandy Hook victims spoke at Jones’ trial, which is to determine how much Jones owes in the suit. One father gave emotional testimony claiming his son’s grave had been desecrated after Jones made his initial claims about Sandy Hook. Norm Pattis, Jones’ attorney, announced on Wednesday in court that his client was “boycotting” the trial in what he said was a message his client instructed him to give. “He’s boycotting these proceedings because he feels he’s on the horns of a trilemma. If he testifies in under the court’s orders, he’ll be committing perjury. If he violates the court’s...
    Drew Angerer / Congress.Gov via Getty Images California Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu demanded Saturday that GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy remove Rep. Matt Gaetz from the Judiciary Committee, following a Washington Post report that the Florida republican sought a preemptive pardon from Donald Trump in an ongoing sex trafficking investigation. The Post‘s Jacqueline Alemany and Amy Gardner reported on Saturday that, during Trump’s presidency, Gaetz actively sought a pardon in advance in a sprawling Justice Department investigation with allegations of fraud, corruption, and sex trafficking, of which Gaetz is a target. Gaetz was reportedly asking for a pardon because of his alleged entanglement in this wild, sprawling scheme. Never underestimate #FloridaMan’s ability to really make things very, very weird. #flapol https://t.co/MiNzXx6of5 — Sarah Rumpf ???????????????? (@rumpfshaker) September 17, 2022 The latest twist, that he sought a pardon specifically regarding the sex trafficking investigation, is according to an account of testimony given to the January 6 committee, WaPo reports. Johnny McEntee, according to people familiar with his testimony, told investigators that Gaetz told him during a brief meeting...
    A bumbling hitman who tried and failed six times to kill a mob associate and his son would like to work with children when he is released from prison, he told a court in Brooklyn. Ron Cabey, 32, testified on Wednesday that he had been paid $10,000 by a leader of the Bloods gang, Bushawn Shelton, to murder Salvatore Zottola, 45, and his father Sylvester, known as 'Sally Daz'. Sylvester Zottola was shot and killed in October 2018, aged 71, at a McDonald's drive-through in the Bronx. His son survived all attempts to kill him. Prosecutors allege that Shelton was in turn contracted by Sylvester Zottola's son Anthony - brother of Salvatore - who wanted his father and brother dead so he could take over their mafia-connected real estate business. Cabey, who was arrested in June 2018 and is cooperating with prosecutors in the hope of a reduced sentence, spent Tuesday and Wednesday detailing his lengthy criminal career. Ron Cabey, 32, is pictured on Wednesday discussing his career as a robber and then a contract killer Bushawn Shelton (right), a Bloods...
    Convicted fraudster Elizabeth Holmes appeared in court on Thursday Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, 38, has filed a request for a new trial after she claimed her former lab director, Adam Rosendorff, visited her home to express misgivings about testifying against her.  According to court documents, Rosendorff, a key witness for the prosecution, showed up unannounced at Holmes' home to admit his testimony had been twisted by prosecutors.  The Tuesday filing said Rosendorff told Holmes that 'he tried to answer the questions honestly at Ms. Holmes’ trial, but the government tried to make everyone look bad.' A lawyer for Holmes has expressed that this revelation from Rosendorff warrants a new trial, and at a minimum, the court 'should order an evidentiary hearing and permit Ms. Holmes to subpoena Dr. Rosendorff to testify about his concerns.' Holmes appeared last Thursday at the federal courthouse in San Jose, California, where her attorneys argued that no rational juror could have found her guilty beyond a reasonable doubt -- as 12 jurors did find when they convicted her in January. 'Ms. Holmes didn't make misrepresentations'...
    Former Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg departs from the courtroom in Manhattan Supreme Court on August 18 Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization's veteran chief financial officer, pleaded guilty on Thursday in a deal with prosecutors that will see him testify against the former president's family business in October. Weisselberg was charged in July 2021 with an array of financial crimes focused on his and the company's evasion of taxes by failing to declare nearly $2 million in lavish gifts over the years. While his testimony could have earth-shattering consequences for Donald Trump's real estate empire, it's very likely to be limited in what touches the ex-president himself. Despite months of pressure to flip on his boss, the longtime Trump associate instead accepted a jail sentence of 100 days - a fraction of the 15 years he could have gotten - and agreed to give narrower testimony regarding the tax fraud scheme that saw him showered with high-end cars, apartments and tuition for his children. If he ultimately does not testify, prosecutors can ask for a harsher sentence.  Manhattan District Attorney Alvin...
    Newsmax host and staunch Trump defender Greg Kelly whined on Wednesday about former Vice President Mike Pence saying he would consider testifying before the House Jan. 6 committee if asked to do so. Pence, according to Kelly, shouldn’t appear, in part because the committee said “not a word” about Ashli Babbitt, the pro-Trump rioter who was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer (who was later cleared of any wrongdoing) while attempting to breach the Speaker’s Lobby on Jan. 6. “This guy—forgive me—is wooden and weird and not ready, just not ready,” Kelly said of the former vice president. “And how dare he entertain going to this crazy, undemocratic Jan. 6 committee, which didn’t even ask [about or] raise her name: Ashli Babbitt. Not a word about Ashli Babbitt.” Pence told a New Hampshire crowd at a Politics & Eggs event that he would think about appearing before the committee, which received testimony in January from Marc Short, Pence’s former chief of staff. “You know why he wants to go to this committee?” Kelly said. “Because once again they’ll...
    Rudy Giuliani has now been told he is the target of a criminal probe in Georgia surrounding his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election on behalf of former President Donald Trump.  The New York Times reported Monday on the development. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and an election lawyer for Trump, is due to testify in Atlanta later this week.  Rudy Giuliani has now been told he is the target of a criminal probe in Georgia surrounding his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election on behalf of former President Donald Trump The ex-mayor has emerged as the central Trumpworld figure in Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis' investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election in the Peach State.  The Times reported in June that investigators have been focusing in two state legislative hearings Giuliani made appearances at in December 2020.  There he peddled conspiracy theories about rogue voting machines and suitcases stuffed with Democratic ballots, telling lawmakers they couldn't 'possibly certify Georgia in good faith.'  Giuliani was also involved in the scheme to have...
    Paul Newman's drinking was so bad that his long-suffering wife Joanne Woodward once found him lying insensible on the floor, his head bleeding after falling out of bed. She came close to leaving him that night. 'It was one of many, many scenes,' she said. When she did finally snap, bundling their three young daughters into a car and driving to their Malibu beach home, Newman came in hot pursuit, banging on the door and shouting to be let in. She refused and Newman, the blue-eyed actor lusted after by women worldwide, spent several nights sleeping in his car on the drive until they reached a compromise. He couldn't give up the booze completely, he said, but he would stick to beer rather than whisky and the half dozen martinis he was downing every night. Given this was a man who would drink a six-pack of beer at breakfast, it wasn't much of a concession. But, as a new TV series reveals, the episode offers an intriguing insight into how the 50-year partnership of 'Hollywood's golden couple' — long regarded...
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) claims he doesn’t recall speaking to former White House official Cassidy Hutchinson related to key testimony she gave to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Hutchinson, who worked under then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in former President Donald Trump’s administration, testified before the congressional committee that McCarthy was concerned Trump would go with his supporters to the Capitol. She claimed McCarthy called her during Trump’s speech preceding the riot, saying, “the president just said he’s marching to the Capitol. You told me this whole week you aren’t coming up here, why would you lie to me?” CNN’s Manu Raju questioned McCarthy about the claims this week and McCarthy didn’t outright deny the call, but said he has no recollection of it. He also claimed he did not watch Trump’s speech, making the testimony “confusing” for him. “If I talked to her, I don’t remember it. If it was coming up here, I don’t think I wanted a lot of people coming up to the Capitol, but I don’t...
    Fox News Anchor Bret Baier discussed how damning the January 6th House select committee hearings are becoming for former President Donald Trump on Sunday. Last week, the select committee held its eighth hearing investigating the Capitol riots of January 6th, in which it called on former Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger and former Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews to the witness stand in front of Congress. The hearing was framed around the 187 minutes Trump spent in the White House in the midst of the riots, prior to speaking out against them. The committee additionally aired outtakes from a video speech Trump made the day following the Capitol attack. Following the hearing, Trump took to Truth Social and angrily ranted about the two-and-a-half-hour hearing. When asked how much the recent testimony impacts public opinion of Trump on Sunday’s edition of Fox’s MediaBuzz, Baier said that “I think there are some questions that remain, and the biggest is what exactly did he say about the National Guard on January 4th.” “If that’s the case and that testimony comes out,” continued...
    Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois suggested on Sunday that the January 6 committee would not get much use out of a sworn deposition from Donald Trump - because he believes the former president wouldn't shy away from perjury. 'Look, Donald Trump has made it clear that he doesn't mind not telling the truth, let's just put that mildly,' Kinzinger told CBS News' Face The Nation. 'He lies all the time, I wouldn't put it past him to even lie under oath. So I'm not sure what the value is there.' Kinzinger is leading the panel's Thursday primetime hearing, its final planned event in a series of eight presentations. But one or two more could be expected after the committee concludes its investigation and releases a report on the findings, the congressman told Face The Nation. 'This investigation is not winding down,' Kinzinger pledged. 'This is the end of this kind of grouping. I fully expect when the report comes out, we may have a hearing or two around that.'  For now, the Illinois lawmaker said he and his colleagues...
    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A witness and ex-White House staffer reported former President Donald Trump when he reached out following the bombshell testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson. January 6 Committee Vice-Chair Liz Cheney concluded Tuesday’s session by dropping yet another bomb, teasing next week’s hearing by revealing that “President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation, a witness you have not yet seen in these hearings.” “That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump’s call and instead alerted their lawyer to the call. Their lawyer alerted us, and this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice,” Cheney said. On Wednesday night, CNN published a report — co-authored by Ryan Nobles, Dana Bash, Annie Grayer, and Zachary Cohen — that provided new details on the witness, who is a former member of the Trump White House support staff: Former President Donald Trump tried to call a member of the White House support staff who was talking to the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. The support staffer...
    United States Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell nearly lost his life defending the besieged seat of American democracy during the January 6th, 2021 insurrection that was fomented by former President Donald Trump and executed by his militant loyalist hordes. On Sunday, Gonell published an editorial in The New York Times demanding that Trump be held accountable for having "betrayed" him and his uniformed brethren and that Trump should never again be permitted to hold elected office. Ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's blockbuster testimony before the House Select Committee investigating the attack, Gonell began, ushered in a painful reliving of that day's events. READ MORE: Like 'Antigone' burying Polynices, Cassidy Hutchinson sprinkles the dirt on Donald Trump "I felt it was important for me to be in the committee room on June 28 to hear the former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony. Along with three colleagues, I went, even though I knew it would be difficult to relive the horrors I witnessed. Although I experienced firsthand the brutal onslaught of the insurrectionists, I was shocked to hear Ms. Hutchinson...
    (CNN)The Atlanta grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump's 2020 election reversal plots will run into legislative privilege issues if it asks subpoenaed Georgia lawmakers about communication with other legislative members or their staff, a state court judge said Friday.But the judge signaled he'd likely greenlight certain questions about the lawmakers' third-party communications. Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert C. I. McBurney was hearing a motion put forward by members of Georgia's legislature seeking to quash a subpoena in the grand jury's investigation. During a hearing on the motion, McBurney said he wanted to offer general guidelines for what kinds of testimony would be protected by legislative privilege or immunity. The judge did not issue a formal ruling laying out that guidance, but said he would do so soon, as some of the subpoenas are for appearances requested in mid-July. "If the grand jury is investigating alleged criminal actions by third parties -- not the witnesses -- then if their exploration leads to questions of a legislator or her staff members about communications with people outside that legislative sphere that are...
    Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday that he would not be backing former President Donald Trump if he runs for the White House again over his false election fraud claims and behavior on January 6.  'I would not be supporting him for 2024. He acted irresponsibily, during that time he was a risk to the nation, absolutely,' Hutchinson said on CBS Mornings. 'Yes, that was a threat to our democracy, that was a threat to our institutions of government, that's not the behavior we want to see in a responsible president,' he also said.  Hutchinson, who has said he might jump into the 2024 race, reiterated that position Friday because Trump 'disqualified himself, in my judgement, from his actions on January 6 and leading up to that.'  'I want to be a voice for common sense conservatism, and we'll see how that resonates, but let's get through 2022, we have a very important election ahead,' Hutchinson said, adding he wouldn't make a decision about 2024 until after the midterms.  During the interview, Hutchinson called Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony in front of...
    Former President Donald Trump's ex-lawyer Eric Herschmann said he penned the note that Cassidy Hutchinson said she wrote on January 6, which was shown as evidence during Tuesday's explosive hearing.  'The handwritten note that Cassidy Hutchinson testified was written by her was in fact written by Eric Herschmann on January 6, 2021,' a spokesperson for Herschmann told ABC News late Tuesday. 'All sources with direct knowledge and law enforcement have and will confirm that it was written by Mr. Herschmann.'  Herschmann reportedly previously told the House select committee on January 6 committee that he had scrawled the note in question.  Herschmann had worked as a lawyer for Trump within the White House, but cooperated with the House investigation, including saying that some of the plots to overturn the election were 'nuts.'   Hutchinson worked under White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and the handwritten message was written on his letterhead.  She testified that Herschmann was also in the meeting where they discussed something Trump could say to call off the Capitol attack.  'Anyone who entered the Capitol without proper authority should...
    Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday renewed her public call for former White House counsel Pat Cipollone to testify before the January 6 committee in the wake of explosive testimony from former senior Trump administration aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Cipollone warned her that the administration would be 'charged with every crime imaginable' if officials went along with Donald Trump's alleged plan to overturn the election on January 6. Cheney, the committee's vice chair, argued that Hutchinson's testimony and other accounts of Cipollone showing concern about the plot are compelling enough reason for him to testify.  'As we heard yesterday, WH counsel Pat Cippollone (sp) had significant concerns re. Trump’s Jan 6 activities,' the Wyoming Republican lawmaker wrote on Twitter. 'It’s time for Mr. Cippollone (sp) to testify on the record.' She added that 'any concerns he has about the institutional interests of his prior office are outweighed by the need for his testimony.' Hutchinson, the 25-year-old former assistant to Donald Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, spent roughly two hours on Tuesday telling the committee and Americans across the country her firsthand...
    United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) complained on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon about the damning testimony that ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson delivered at the sixth public hearing hosted by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. Hutchinson served as an adviser to former President Donald Trump and his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, both of whom were implicated by Hutchinson as being instrumental participants in the events of January 6th. Hutchinson's recorded deposition was previously featured in the Select Committee's fifth session last Thursday. But according to Graham, Hutchinson's sworn statements – which contained explosive new revelations about what she witnessed during the final days of Trump World – were unenlightening. "Apparently Ms. Hutchinson testified numerous times for multiple hours about what she knew about the events leading up to January 6 and its aftermath. In her previous testimony did she mention the dramatic events described today?" Graham wrote. "If so, her previous testimony should be released. If not, why not?" \u201cIf so, her previous testimony should be released. \n\nIf...
    Former President Donald Trump ridiculed testimony from a former White House aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, about his actions on January 6th. Hutchinson claimed that Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of the presidential limousine, known as “The Beast,” after his January 6 speech to supporters, and steer the vehicle toward the Capitol Building. She testified that she heard details about the story at the White House from Tony Ornato, the Assistant Director of the United States Secret Service Office of Training at the time, while serving the president. In response, Trump referred to Hutchinson’s testimony as a “fake story” on social media. “Wouldn’t even have been possible to do such a ridiculous thing,” he wrote. Hutchinson, an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified about Trump’s actions to the special Congressional committee investigating the Capitol Hill riots on January 6. Trump promised, during his speech on January 6, to march to Capitol Hill with his supporters to protest Congress certifying the 2020 election results. But when the president was told by his security detail they would...
    In some of the most astounding testimony produced so far in the public hearings concerning Jan. 6, Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified to how everyone involved—from Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy to White House attorney Pat Cipollone—worked to keep Donald Trump from joining in the riot already underway outside the Capitol. In spite of this, Trump reportedly insisted on going, and even attempted to grab the wheel of the presidential limousine and assault security chief Robert Engel in an effort to make the Secret Service take him to the Capitol, where members of the Proud Boys had already led the crowd through police lines. As he was leaving the rally at the Ellipse, Trump reportedly instructed Engel, the head of his security detail, to take him to the Capitol. When Trump got into the limo, he had reportedly been told by Meadows that they were going to the Capitol, but Engel told him it wasn’t a secure location and they would instead would go back to the White House. Trump had a “strong, very angry”...
    Dan Snyder is proving more elusive than any of the Washington Commanders' ball carriers. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform says it has been unable to serve the billionaire NFL team owner with a subpoena after he declined to testify at last week's hearing on hostile workplace allegations against the club.  In response to his absence at Wednesday's hearing on Capitol Hill, chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (Democrat-New York) announced her intention to subpoena Snyder to testify this week on allegations ranging from sexual harassment of female employees to intimidation of witnesses and inference with an independent league probe. Since then, Snyder has refused the Committee's attempts to serve the subpoena, according to a spokesperson. 'Mr. Snyder has so far refused to accept service of the Committee's subpoena,' read the spokesperson's statement. 'While the committee has been, and remains, willing to consider reasonable accommodations requested by witnesses, we will not tolerate attempts to evade service of a duly authorized subpoena or seek special treatment not afforded to other witnesses who testified in this matter. 'The Committee will not be deterred from...
    President Donald Trump's White House counsel warned officials against a plan for the Department of Justice to tell states it had concerns about election fraud, describing a draft letter as a 'murder-suicide pact,' according to testimony presented by the House January 6 committee on Thursday. The fifth public hearing of the panel is hearing from former Justice Department officials who were pressured by Trump to help him reverse the 2020 election result.  At its heart, was a plan for Justice officials to tell key states that they had evidence of election fraud. In video testimony, Richard Donoghue, a top official at the Department of Justice, described a key White House meeting in which a more junior figure, Jeffrey Clark, appealed directly to Trump to be appointed acting attorney general so that he could launch fraud investigations. The meeting was heated, as official after official said Clark and his plan were dangerous, including White House counsel. 'And Pat Cipollone weighed in at one point I remember saying, you know, that letter that this guy wants to send that letter is a murder...
    A former White House lawyer colorfully told a Department of Justice official he’d be breaking the law by implementing his plan to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The Jan. 6 committee presented additional testimony on Thursday showing the extent of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to remain in power by claiming the election had been rigged against him. Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) noted that after he lost, Trump sought allies in the Justice Department to help make his case. Eventually, an environmental lawyer named Jeffrey Clark said he would be willing to take up the cause. Trump’s problem was that Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen refused to go along with it. As a result, Trump considered firing Rosen and replacing him with Clark. The committee presented video testimony of Eric Herschmann, who said Clark explained what he would do as acting attorney general to overturn the election: And when he finished discussing what he planned on doing, I said, “Good, fucking”—excuse me, sorry, “Effing a-hole. Congratulations, you just admitted your first step or act you’d take as attorney...
    Andy McCarthy of the National Review weighed in on former President Donald Trump’s legal exposure during Tuesday’s Jan. 6 Select Committee hearing. In a segment with Fox News legal analyst Jonathan Turley and anchors John Roberts and Anita Vogel, McCarthy concluded that the committee presented evidence that Trump is unfit to serve as president and “may be guilty of a crime.” Roberts began the conversation by asking Turley if more Republicans were sitting on the committee how the proceedings might be different. “Well, I think that they were absolutely right about how having the opposing side, not on the riot itself or the elections, but just having questioning from the other side of the aisle would have added greater credibility and I don’t think it would have undermined this powerful testimony,” Turley responded. “These are respected Republicans like the speaker of the Arizona House. And some of this was extraordinarily compelling, you know,” Turley continued, referencing Rep. Rusty Bower’s testimony, which had ended just before their conversation. Turley praised Bowers and noted his recounting of the threats he faced “was really...
    An Arizona Republican gave powerful testimony to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol about refusing to go along with former President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election. Rusty Bowers, the Arizona state House Speaker who voted for Trump, recalled on Tuesday being asked by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to overturn the election results in Arizona, which Joe Biden won. He said, “Well, we have heard by an official high up in the Republican legislature that there is a legal theory or a legal ability in Arizona that you can remove the electors of President Biden and replace them. And we would like to have the legitimate opportunity through the committee to come to that end and remove that.” And I said, that’s totally new to me. I’ve never heard of any such thing. And he pressed that point and I said, ‘Look, you are asking me to do something that is counter to my oath when I swore to the Constitution to uphold it and I also swore to the Constitution and...
    Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump blasted the January 6 Committee hearings on Tuesday and took aim at one of the committee’s key witnesses set to testify. Speaker of the Arizona House, Republican Rep. Rusty Bowers, is scheduled to testify Tuesday regarding the pressure placed on him by Trump and other officials close to the president who wanted Bowers to intervene on Trump’s behalf during the 2020 presidential vote count in the state. Bowers is one of several state election officials Trump pressured to help him overturn the 2020 election results. Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer for the secretary of state’s office, are also set to testify on Tuesday. Trump was caught on tape asking Raffensperger to “find” him the votes he needed to edge out Joe Biden in Georgia and win the state’s electoral votes. “Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers is the latest RINO to play along with the Unselect Committee,” Trump said on Tuesday in a widely released statement. “In November 2020, Bowers thanked...
    Jason Miller slammed the January 6 committee in a video post, accusing the House panel of taking his testimony out of context and using 'selective edits' to imply that Donald Trump knew that he was headed for defeat within days of the 2020 election. A clip of Miller's testimony was shown in the committee's first public hearing, along with other advisers who said they had told the president he could not win. Miller described how Trump received bad news from the campaign's lead data analyst. 'I remember he delivered to the president — in pretty blunt terms — that he was going to lose,' Miller said in videotaped deposition.  Why, asks Miller in his Wednesday night video, didn't the committee play his next answer when he was asked about Trump's reaction to the update from top campaign data aide Matt Oczkowski?  'I replied, quote: "I think it's safe to say he disagreed with Matt's analysis," continuing and I quote, "He believed that Matt was not looking at the prospect of legal challenges going our way.  '"And that Matt was looking at...
    Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is seen on video during his deposition for the public hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 9, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstJonathan Ernst | Reuters Former Attorney General William Barr picked apart claims of widespread fraud during his conversations with President Donald Trump after the 2020 election, but Trump refused to believe that the results were legitimate, Barr said in recorded testimony presented Monday. In comments to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Barr portrayed Trump's election fraud claims as farcical. Barr's testimony, shown at the panel's second public hearing detailing the findings of its probe, portrayed Trump as unwilling to believe his then-attorney general when he dismissed false claims about the election results. "After the election, he didn't seem to be listening," Barr said in describing his interactions with Trump following the former president's loss to President Joe Biden. Barr publicly stated there was no widespread election fraud in an interview...
    During a panel discussion on CNN's "State of the Union" a former key aide to Mark Meadows stunned host Dana Bash by admitting that the former White House chief of staff to Donald Trump destroyed documents after speaking to an associate who also worked for him. Speaking with the host, Alyssa Farah Griffin stated that it was time that all of the truth come out about what was going on at the White House before and after the Jan 6th insurrection. "There is testimony Meadows burned papers in his office after he met with [Rep.] Scott Perry, trying to challenge the 2020 election," host Bash prompted. "Do you think Mark Meadows destroyed documents?" "I've heard it firsthand, I heard it directly from someone with firsthand knowledge so I believe the testimony the committee has," Farah Griffin replied. "I want to note this, related to the two conversations we're having, someone smarter than myself pointed out that in 1974 during Watergate, inflation was 11 percent, yet Congress still investigated the president and was able to work to address inflation and deal...
    By Lisa Mascaro and Eric Tucker | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Donald Trump was told the same thing over and over, by his campaign team, the data crunchers, and a steady stream of lawyers, investigators and inner-circle allies: There was no voting fraud that could have tipped the 2020 presidential election. But in the eight weeks after losing to Joe Biden, the defeated Trump publicly, privately and relentlessly pushed his false claims of a rigged 2020 election and intensified an extraordinary scheme to overturn Biden’s victory. When all else failed in his effort to stay in power, Trump beckoned thousands of his supporters to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, where extremists groups led the deadly Capitol siege. The scale and virulence of that scheme began to take shape at the opening House hearing investigating 1/6. When the panel resumes Monday, it will delve into its findings that Trump and his advisers knew early on that he had in fact lost the election but engaged in a “massive effort” to spread false information to convince the public otherwise. Biden spoke of...
    Donald Trump was told the same thing over and over, by his campaign team, the data crunchers, and a steady stream of lawyers, investigators and inner-circle allies: There was no voting fraud that could have tipped the 2020 presidential election. But in the eight weeks after losing to Joe Biden, the defeated Trump publicly, privately and relentlessly pushed his false claims of a rigged 2020 election and intensified an extraordinary scheme to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. The scale and virulence of that scheme began to take shape under the glare of the House hearing investigating 1/6. When the panel resumes Monday, it will outline the stark reality that Trump and his advisers knew early on that he had in fact lost the election but engaged “in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information” to convince the public otherwise. When all else failed in his effort to stay in power, Trump beckoned his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, the day the Congress traditionally certifies the electoral results from the states, and told thousands of people...
    Donald Trump, the former president who appears to be the target of the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, is being mocked and criticized Friday after appearing to denigrate his own daughter. A portion of Ivanka Trump’s videotaped interview with the committee’s investigators was aired during Thursday night’s primetime hearing. In it, the former president’s daughter is asked how she felt when then-Attorney General Bill Barr said Trump lost the election and the DOJ had found no fraud sufficient to change the results. “It affected my perspective. I respect Attorney General Barr. So I accepted what he said — was saying.” Trump lashed out, both denigrating and appearing to try to cover for his own daughter, saying she “had long since checked out.” “Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, Election results,” Trump said on his Truth Social platform. “She had long since checked out and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!).” Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now an MSNBC/NBC...
    Former President Donald Trump isn't a happy camper following former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr's testimony before the House Select Committee. On Thursday, June 9, Barr delivered a private testimony for the committee investigating the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. Barr admitted that he personally felt like Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud and the election being stolen were "bullshit." Speaking of Trump's push for investigations into voter fraud, Barr also insisted that he had no desire to be “a part of it.” "I had three discussions with the president that I can recall," Barr said. "One was on Nov. 23, one was on Dec. 1 and one on Dec. 14, and I’ve been through sort of the give and take of those discussions and in that context I made it clear I did not agree with the idea of saying the election was stolen and putting out this stuff, which I told the president was bullshit. "And I didn’t want to be a part of it and that’s one of the reasons that went into me deciding to leave...
    Steve Bannon has subpoenaed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the nine members of the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as he prepares to go on criminal trial next month for defying a congressional subpoena.  Bannon, who was Trump's chief strategist, faces two charges of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify or produce documents. He has pleaded not guilty and his trial is due to start on July 18. Now he is trying to turn the tables on his accusers.  Last week, his lawyers subpoenaed all the members of the House committee investigating the events of January 6, along with three staffers and Douglas Letter, general counsel for the House, according to copies obtained by DailyMail.com. They also targeted House Democratic leadership including Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. Jim Clyburn.   Lawyers for Steve Bannon have subpoenaed members of the January 9 House committee and House Democratic leadership ahead of his criminal contempt trial next month House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is among the 16 people summoned to appear in court on July 18...
    Donald Trump has responded to court testimony indicating that Hillary Clinton approved disseminating discredited claims that a 'covert server' in Trump Tower communicated with a Russian bank.  'This is one of the greatest political scandals in history,' Trump told Fox News Digital on Saturday, a day after former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified in a Virginia court.  Mook testified that in 2016 Clinton 'agreed' to share the secret server allegations with the media. The claims were later dismissed by the FBI as unfounded.  'Where do I get my reputation back?' asked Trump. 'For three years, I had to fight her off, and fight those crooked people off, and you'll never get your reputation fully back.' Trump also lashed out at fellow Republicans Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, and his own Attorney General Bill Barr, accusing them of failing to respond more forcefully to the Russian collusion claims. Donald Trump has responded to court testimony indicating that Hillary Clinton approved disseminating discredited claims about a 'covert server' in Trump Tower The testimony came in the trial of former Hillary Clinton campaign...
    In a lawsuit’s never-before-seen testimony, Donald Trump admitted to personally overseeing the compensation of an executive whose corporate perks have been under scrutiny by the Manhattan district attorney, potentially strengthening the case against the former president and his company for tax fraud. Trump’s sworn testimony was filed in New York state court on Tuesday, as part of a lawsuit against the Trump Organization over the way its security guards manhandled protesters outside Trump Tower in 2015. According to a transcript of the Oct. 18, 2021 deposition, Trump repeatedly asserted that he—and only he—oversaw the way Matthew Calamari Sr. was paid for his work as the family company’s chief operating officer. “It would be me,” Trump repeatedly said, when asked who had “authority” over Calamari’s compensation. That would potentially make Trump personally responsible for any tax dodging scheme, and more importantly, is useful evidence in the grand jury investigation that has yet to produce an indictment against him.
    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Actor Johnny Depp returned to the stand Wednesday for testimony in his libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, who he says berated and attacked him constantly during their short-lived marriage. Heard had a “need for conflict, a need for violence” that “erupts out of nowhere,” Depp told the jurors in Fairfax County Circuit Court during his second day of testimony. “And the only thing I learned to do with it is exactly what I did as a child: Retreat.” Heard has accused Depp of physically and sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions. Depp has not yet addressed those accusations in detail, beyond dismissing them on Tuesday as false and heinous. Most of his Depp’s Day 1 testimony focused on his descriptions of a difficult childhood, his rise to fame as an actor after an aborted music career and his early relationship with Heard after meeting her on the 2011 film “The Rum Diary.” The two married in 2015 and she filed for divorce a year later. Taking the stand for a second day, Depp said...
    (CNN)Lauren Young thought she would have a chance to discuss one of her scripts with Harvey Weinstein but instead he masturbated in front of her in the bathroom of a hotel room, she testified on Wednesday."We're just talking," Young said a naked Weinstein told her before groping her.Young, the sixth and final woman to accuse Harvey Weinstein of unwanted sexual advances during his trial, testified Wednesday how Weinstein cornered her in a hotel suite bathroom in 2013. When Young took the stand Wednesday, she testified that she went to an Oscars dinner hosted by Weinstein in February 2012. She didn't talk to Weinstein that night but met a friend of his, Claudia Salinas, and got her contact information. A year later, Salinas reached out to Young to arrange a meeting with Weinstein to discuss a script Young wrote. The three met on February 19, 2013 at the Montage Beverly Hills, a date Young recalled based on emails she kept.Read MoreThese are the women who plan to testify against Harvey WeinsteinYoung said she first met Salinas at the lobby bar and...
    'Secret Service said I couldn’t go. I would have gone there in a minute,' Trump told the Washington Post Donald Trump wanted to march on the U.S. Capitol with his supporters on January 6 last year but was stopped by his Secret Service, the former president claimed in an interview published Thursday.  He shrugged off the furor surrounding the seven-hour gap in White House phone logs that day, which includes the deadly hours during which rioters breached the Capitol.  'Secret Service said I couldn’t go. I would have gone there in a minute,' Trump told the Washington Post in an interview at his Mar-a-Lago resort. The former president once again took aim at lawmakers investigating what led to the events of January 6, claiming he offered to shield her with 'privilege' -- which other reports indicate she did not invoke. The eight-hour interview between Ivanka Trump and the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol was 'shame and harassment,' Trump claimed.  He also denied suggestions that he destroyed call logs or used burner phones...
    LOS ANGELES -- A limousine driver testified Wednesday that he was driving Harvey Weinstein around Beverly Hills in 2013 on the night that prosecutors allege that Weinstein raped an actor at a hotel there.The driver, Alfred "Freddy" Baroth, gave conditional testimony in a Los Angeles courtroom that was recorded on video for potential use at the former movie mogul's trial, which has not yet been scheduled.He testified, based on reviewing records at the limousine company that he owns and drives for, that he was driving Weinstein around Beverly Hills late on the night of Feb. 18, where according to a grand jury indictment Weinstein raped and sexually assaulted the woman.The drive said he drove Weinstein back to the hotel where he frequently stayed, the Peninsula Beverly Hills, at the end of the night, around 1 a.m.He said he could not recall if he took Weinstein that night to another Beverly Hills hotel, the Mr. C, where prosecutors allege the rape took place, but that he took Weinstein there about 15 times in the years he drove for him.Baroth also testified...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A limousine driver testified Wednesday that in 2013 he took Harvey Weinstein to a Beverly Hills hotel where prosecutors allege Weinstein raped an actor. The driver, Alfred “Freddy” Baroth, gave conditional testimony in a Los Angeles courtroom that was recorded on video for potential use at the former movie mogul’s trial, which has not yet been scheduled. He testified, based on reviewing records at the limousine company that he owns and drives for, that in February 2013 he took Weinstein to the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, where according to a grand jury indictment Weinstein raped and sexually assaulted the woman. Baroth also testified to driving Weinstein around the Los Angeles area in 2010, when others of the 11 sexual assault counts against Weinstein in a grand jury indictment are alleged to have happened. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty. Baroth, 74, for years essentially served as the personal chauffeur in California for the New York-based Weinstein. The driver said he had great affection for Weinstein, who treated him well, giving him frequent...
    Joe Mandala, former boss of Travis McMichael, has revealed when he decided to sever ties with his former employee. According to CNN, Mandala provided a witness testimony as part of the federal hate crimes trial against Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan, the three males convicted for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The report includes details about Mandala's reaction to learning McMichael had lied about his involvement in the highly publicized murder. Per CNN: "Joe Mandala, McMichael's former boss at Metson Marine, testified that he first heard about the shooting when McMichael called him on the day it took place. According to Mandala's testimony, McMichael said he had shot and killed somebody. McMichael then asked if Mandala remembered him complaining about break-ins around his neighborhood, Mandala testified. Mandala recalled McMichael was calm and repeatedly said he was attacked, and that the shooting was self-defense." Speaking to the jurors, Mandala admitted that he was "shocked and upset" by what he'd learned. "What he told me was a lie...that that was not what had happened was upsetting," Mandala said....
    (CNN)Witness testimony concluded Friday in the federal hate crimes trial of the three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery -- Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan -- after Travis McMichael's former boss said he fired McMichael for lying to him about his role in Arbery's death.After four days of testimony from 20 witnesses, the government and defense teams rested their cases. Closing arguments are set to begin on Monday. Joe Mandala, McMichael's former boss at Metson Marine, testified that he first heard about the shooting when McMichael called him on the day it took place. According to Mandala's testimony, McMichael said he had shot and killed somebody. McMichael then asked if Mandala remembered him complaining about break-ins around his neighborhood, Mandala testified. Mandala recalled McMichael was calm and repeatedly said he was attacked, and that the shooting was self-defense. McMichael, 36, his father, Gregory McMichael, 66, and their neighbor Bryan, 52, were convicted in November of felony murder and other charges for Arbery's killing. The three White men were accused of chasing down and killing the 25-year-old Black...
    Tou Thao testified in his own defense in a federal civil rights trial on Tuesday  Tou Thao, one of three former Minneapolis police officers on trial for violating George Floyd's civil rights, told a jury on Tuesday he did not realize the black man was being asphyxiated while a white officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes. Testifying in his own defense, Thao, 36, said he assumed Floyd's heart was still beating because he never saw the other officers attempt to revive him as they were trained to do. Thao, 36, is on trial in the U.S. District Court in St. Paul alongside J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane.  All three are accused of violating Floyd's right to receive medical care as he lay dying, unable to properly breathe face down beneath the knee of their former colleague, Derek Chauvin. Cellphone video of the arrest on a Minneapolis road on May 25, 2020, led to protests against racism and police brutality in cities around the world. Chauvin was convicted last year at a separate state trial for the murder...
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