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    Lawyer Michael Avenatti was ordered to pay his former client, adult film star Stormy Daniels, $148,740 in restitution. The restitution is intended to cover outstanding funds owed to Daniels following his conviction in February for swindling roughly $300,000 away from her during a book deal she had for Full Disclosure. Prosecutors alleged he forged her signature to embezzle the funds. MICHAEL AVENATTI PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD AND OBSTRUCTION CHARGES Avenatti previously compensated Daniels for some of the $300,000 he allegedly embezzled from her, and the $148,740 restitution figure is intended to cover the remaining amount. Daniels's onetime lawyer is currently behind bars serving out a prison sentence for multiple crimes. This includes a four-year sentence for the wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges pertaining to the embezzlement Daniels was convicted of in February. It also includes a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for attempting to blackmail between $15 and $25 million from Nike, according to court documents. Avenatti, a public nemesis of former President Donald Trump, is currently appealing the sentencing and conviction against him, Reuters reported....
    (CNN)The Justice Department is appealing a court-ordered special master review of the materials seized by the FBI at former President Donald Trump's Florida home. DOJ is also asking US District Judge Aileen Cannon, the Trump-appointee who ordered the special master, to partially pause part of her order, saying it has halted the intelligence community's review of classified documents.Read the motion for a partial stay of the order here:
    (CNN)The Justice Department is appealing a court-ordered special master review of the materials seized by the FBI at former President Donald Trump's Florida home.The Justice Department filed a notice with US District Judge Aileen Cannon, the Trump-appointee who ordered the special master, announcing its intent to appeal her decision.More on Mar-a-Lago investigation What's happening -- and what's next -- in the Mar-a-Lago probe Takeaways from the ruling granting Trump's request for a special master for Mar-a-Lago documents Here's what a 'special master' is and what it means for the Mar-a-Lago investigation This story is breaking and will be updated.
    L: Joe Raedle/Getty Images R: Twitter.com/Rob Flaherty Multiple news outlets have fact-checked the claim that President Joe Biden ordered the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago resort home, so that ought to settle the matter for skeptics. Most recently, The Associated Press fact-checked the claim that a ruling from District Court Judge Aileen Cannon demonstrates that Biden ordered the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago as part of an investigation of Trump for crimes involving the Espionage Act in the interim. On Monday, Cannon ruled that a special master be appointed to review documents seized during the raid, and enjoined the Justice Department from using the documents in its investigation of Trump for crimes involving the Espionage Act in the interim. But supporters of Trump cherry-picked a phrase from the much-derided ruling to claim it shows Biden ordered the whole thing: Cannon’s 24-page order notes that the National Archives and Records Administration informed Trump on May 10 that it would proceed with “provid[ing] the FBI access to the records in question, as requested by the incumbent President, beginning as early as Thursday, May 12,...
    Trump-appointed District Court Judge Aileen Cannon was only asked two questions by Democrats at her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing. On Monday, Cannon ruled that a special master be appointed to review documents seized during the FBI to search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort home, and enjoining the Justice Department from using the documents in its investigation of Trump for crimes involving the Espionage Act in the interim. That decision has been derided by media figures and experts across the political spectrum, many of whom have noted that Cannon was nominated by Trump. Trump nominated Cannon on May 21, 2020, and the then-GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings for Cannon and four other nominees — J. Philip Calabrese To Be United States District Judge For The Northern District Of Ohio, James Ray Knepp II To Be United States District Judge For The Northern District Of Ohio, Michael Jay NewmanTo Be United States District Judge For The Southern District Of Ohio, and Toby Crouse To Be United States District Judge For The District Of Kansas — on July 29, 2020. At that hearing, Cannon was asked...
    In the final months of his presidency, Donald Trump ordered nuclear energy to be tested on the moon by 2027, as well as the development of nuclear-powered spacecraft that would orbit the Earth, the moon and outer space. He also ordered the development of micro nuclear reactors small enough that they could fit inside a typical shipping truck that zips cargo along the highway. During this period, the media was busy reporting on the Jan. 6 riots, insurrection and false accusations of voter fraud — and few paid attention. However, these orders may offer clues about what was included in some of the ‘Top Secret’ folders squirreled away in Mar-a-Lago. On Dec. 16, 2020, Trump signed the “Space Policy Directive-6,” which set the goal of testing nuclear energy on the moon by 2027. Then on Jan. 5, 2021, — the day before the Jan. 6 insurrection — Trump signed Executive Order 13972, which directed NASA, the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense to study the cost and technical feasibility of using nuclear-powered spacecraft and satellites. Some of these...
    'I knew he was feeling better when he requested one of his favorite meals: a McDonald's Big Mac, Filet-o-Fish, fries and a vanilla shake,' Kushner writes in his forthcoming memoir, Breaking History While former President Trump has not let on to how serious his bout with Covid-19 was, Jared Kushner revealed he knew his father-in-law was on the mend when he requested his favorite 1,800 calorie McDonald's meal.  'I knew he was feeling better when he requested one of his favorite meals: a McDonald's Big Mac, Filet-o-Fish, fries and a vanilla shake,' Kushner writes in his forthcoming memoir, Breaking History, obtained by the Washington Examiner and to be published on Tuesday.  The president announced a positive Covid-19 test on Oct. 2, 2020, just one month before the presidential election. He was quietly taken to Walter Reed Medical Center and left after three days of treatment.  The former president had cut down his order from previous years - during the 2016 campaign he was known to put down two Big Macs, two Filet-o-Fish sandwiches, and a chocolate milkshake.  'As the president recovered...
    By Tierney Sneed | CNN A judge in Colorado said on Tuesday that Jenna Ellis, an attorney who represented Donald Trump during and after the 2020 election, must appear before the Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury investigating the former President’s election schemes. In issuing the order, 8th Judicial District Judge Gregory Lammons stressed the limited role he was being asked to play. This is “one witness in this state testifying in another state,” he said at the end of an hour-long hearing on the matter, which had been initiated by local prosecutors in Colorado on behalf of the Atlanta prosecutors leading the probe. Fulton County investigators have subpoenaed Ellis for grand jury testimony for August 25. However they have offered a range of dates on which she could appear in order to accommodate her schedule, Dawn Downs, a lawyer in the Larimer County district attorney’s office, said in the hearing. During the hearing in the Larimer County courthouse in Fort Collins, Will Wooten, a lawyer in the Fulton County district attorney’s office, testified virtually about why Ellis’ testimony was “material”...
    Fox News aired a doctored photo of the judge who approved the Mar-a-Lago raid during a segment Thursday evening. Fill-in host Brian Kilmeade showed the photo, which falsely depicted Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart getting his feet rubbed by Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The doctored image was derived from a photo of Maxwell and Epstein, according to a reverse image analysis. FBI FIELD OFFICE ATTACKER TELEGRAPHED FAILED SIEGE FROM HIS TRUTH SOCIAL ACCOUNT "This is the judge in charge of the ... warrant, and we'll see if he's going to release it next. He likes Oreos and whiskey," Kilmeade said. Hannity: "I think that's actually a picture of Jeffrey Epstein with somebody putting his head on there. I'm just guessing, I don't know."Kilmeade: "It might be his plane, who knows?"Hannity: "I'll let you determine that in the morning." pic.twitter.com/F7fnHof7Wr— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) August 12, 2022 Kilmeade's comments came during a hand-off to Sean Hannity, who chimed in and noted that the image was doctored. “I think...
    The Department of Justice has been ordered to respond to motions to unseal the warrant used in the FBI's raid of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.  The magistrate judge who allegedly approved the unprecedented search, Bruce Reinhart, ordered the DOJ to file a response to motions to unseal from the Albany Times Union and conservative group Judicial Watch.  Reinhart said the DOJ's response may be redacted 'as necessary to avoid disclosing matters already under seal.' The DOJ now has until Monday to respond.  Appointed to his current position in 2018, Reinhart, who is believed to have signed the sealed FBI warrant, recused himself in June from a lawsuit between Trump and Hillary Clinton because of 'personal bias.' Trump had sued Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and other political entities for promoting stories he had colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign.   Eric said lawyer Christina Bobb was forced to wait at the end of a driveway during the search. Pictured: Armed Secret Service agents stand outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, late Monday, August 8 in...
    The Justice Department must respond to motions to unseal the warrant behind the FBI raid of Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, the magistrate judge who approved the unprecedented search ordered Thursday. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who is believed to have signed the still-sealed FBI warrant approving the bureau’s Trump raid, said the Justice Department must now “file a Response to the Motion to Unseal” following efforts by Albany-based news outlet the Times Union and the conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch requesting that DOJ make the warrant public. Reinhart said the DOJ’s response may be filed “ex parte and under seal as necessary to avoid disclosing matters already under seal,” meaning that the full response may be secret but that “the Government shall file a redacted Response in the public record” too. This is a developing story and will be updated… Justice News Donald Trump FBI
    Former President Donald Trump released a statement on Tuesday attacking the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and repeated a debunked claim surrounding the attack, which has become a standard talking point on the right. “The Unselect Committee of Political Thugs has not devoted one hour to the massive Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election, the reason that hundreds of thousands of people went to Washington on January 6th. When will they start?” Trump said in a statement released by his Save America Pac. “The Unselects also refuse to look at why Crazy Nancy Pelosi and the Mayor of D.C. turned down from 10-20,000 troops. Why is this, I wonder?” he added. On July 26th, the Jan. 6 Committee released a clip of testimony from Trump’s former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller saying there was no order given to have military personal ready ahead of Jan. 6 – including the National Guard. “To remove any doubt: Not only did Donald Trump fail to contact his Secretary of...
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    NEW YORK -- A judge in New York has ordered Rudy Giuliani to appear next month before a special grand jury in Atlanta that's investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia.New York Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber on July 13 issued an order directing Giuliani, a Trump lawyer and former New York City mayor, to appear before the special grand jury on Aug. 9 and on any other dates ordered by the court in Atlanta, according to documents filed Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court.Giuliani's lawyer did not immediately return a call and email seeking comment Wednesday.Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis began her investigation early last year, and a special grand jury with subpoena power was seated in May at her request. In a letter requesting the special grand jury, she said her team was looking into "any coordinated attempts to unlawfully alter the outcome of the 2020 elections in this state."Earlier this month, she filed petitions to compel seven Trump associates, including Giuliani and U.S. Sen...
    Share this: A judge in New York has ordered Rudy Giuliani to appear next month before a special grand jury in Atlanta that’s investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia. New York Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber on July 13 issued an order directing Giuliani, a Trump lawyer and former New York City mayor, to appear before the special grand jury on Aug. 9 and on any other dates ordered by the court in Atlanta, according to documents filed Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court. Giuliani’s lawyer did not immediately return a call and email seeking comment Wednesday.
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks to media outside his apartment building after suspension of his law license in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., June 24, 2021.Andrew Kelly | Reuters Rudy Giuliani has been ordered to testify Aug. 9 before a grand jury in Georgia that is collecting evidence in a probe of possible criminal meddling in that state's 2020 presidential election by former President Donald Trump. Giuliani, who was Trump's personal lawyer at the time, spearheaded legal efforts by the Republican president to overturn the electoral results in multiple swing states that were won that year by President Joe Biden. A former New York City mayor and ex-federal prosecutor, Giuliani is one of a group of Trump-allied lawyers who were subpoenaed to testify before the special grand jury in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta. The same grand jury has also issued a subpoena to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) reportedly had a hand in former NFL star Brett Favre receiving $1.1 million in welfare funding, according to a new court filing. Mississippi Today reports that the latest testimony was provided by a woman named Nancy New. According to New, Bryant "instructed his wife’s friend — whose nonprofit was receiving millions in subgrants from the welfare department he oversaw — to pay" Farve the seven-figure amount. New, a former friend of Bryant's wife, also insisted that he "directed this and other spending, resulting in a massive scandal and what officials have called the largest public embezzlement scheme in state history." New's testimony comes amid the civil lawsuit she is facing from the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The state department is demanding that she repay approximately $19.4 million. Per the report, the department is accusing New and more than three dozen defends, including the former NFL quarterback, of violating federal laws when they "spent or received money from a federal block grant called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families." READ MORE: Republican-led Mississippi welfare fund...
    A Georgia judge ruled that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) must comply with a subpoena issued as part of an inquiry led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis into efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in the state. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said Graham would be required to appear before a special-purpose grand jury investigating the actions of former President Donald Trump and his allies on Aug. 2, "continuing through and until the conclusion" of the witness testimony on or before Aug. 13. LINDSEY GRAHAM FIRES BACK AT FULTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND CHALLENGES SUBPOENA "The court finds that the Witness, based on the substance and timing of the telephone calls he personally made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, is a necessary and material witness in this investigation," McBurney wrote in a court filing Monday reported by Fox 5 Atlanta. "The Witness's anticipated testimony is essential in that it is likely to reveal additional sources of information regarding the subject of this investigation." Graham's subpoena highlighted that he had two...
    A British filmmaker who shot interviews with Donald Trump and his inner circle in the final months of his administration has claimed the former president 'absolutely' knew that his refusal to accept defeat in the election would result in violence.  Alex Holder said Trump was 'incredibly dangerous' because he lived in a 'different reality' where he refused to admit he was wrong and had lost the election to Joe Biden legitimately. Holder amassed more than 100 hours of video, including interviews with Trump and his family from the campaign trail as well as before and after the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, for the documentary 'Unprecedented'. Holder testified before the Jan. 6 House Committee for two hours and handed over footage from the documentary 'pertaining to discussions of election fraud or election integrity surrounding the November 2020 presidential election' after he was subpoenaed.  He also revealed he now has 'two armed guards' for protection following the subpoena, which he fully cooperated with.  Alex Holder said Trump was 'incredibly dangerous' because he lived in a 'different reality' where he refused...
    Trump-linked lawyer John Eastman has been ordered to hand over a new batch of emails that could indicate a crime was committed, a federal judge claimed Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge David Carter directed Eastman to turn over 159 documents of emails to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, including documents that contain details about three meetings Eastman held with a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump helmed by a "high-profile" leader in December 2020. TRUMP DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN STRATEGY TO OVERTURN ELECTION, EASTMAN SAYS "The Select Committee has a substantial interest in these three meetings because the presentations furthered a critical objective of the January 6 plan: to have contested states certify alternate slates of electors for President Trump," Carter wrote in a Tuesday ruling. The latest trove was part of a broader slew of 600 emails Eastman hoped to keep from the Jan. 6 committee, arguing they contained privileged information, CBS reported. He is ordered to deliver the batch of emails to the panel by 5 p.m....
    Peter Navarro, the former Trump presidential advisor who has continued to promote the former president’s “Big Lie,” has been served a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury. Navarro, a conspiracy theorist and the architect of what he calls the “Green Bay Sweep,” a plan to block states’ electors in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, says he was served the summons last week. The New York Times, reporting on the subpoena late Monday night, calls it “the latest indication of an expanding inquiry by federal prosecutors.” Politico adds that a “grand jury subpoena for Navarro would be the most aggressive known step that prosecutors have taken into Trump’s West Wing related to Jan. 6. There have long been indications, though, that federal prosecutors have been laying the groundwork for a broader probe into Trump’s inner circle to examine their role in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election — and stoking the violence that ensued Jan. 6, 2021.” Navarro “disclosed on Monday that he has been summoned to testify on Thursday...
    The number of severe injuries suffered by migrants attempting climb over the border wall in southern San Diego rose by almost five times since 2019 after former President Donald Trump increased the height from as low as 6ft to 30ft. UC San Diego Health revealed it had treated 375 people for high-severity injuries between 2019 and 2021. In comparison, there were only 67 such cases from 2016 to 2019. UC San Diego Health also reported 16 deaths since 2019, compared to zero deaths previously.  The study investigated border wall-related medical facility admissions from January 2016 to December 2021.  'The height increase of the border wall along the San Ysidro and El Centro sectors was touted as making the barrier 'unclimbable' but that has not stopped people from attempting to do with consequential results,' wrote Dr. Amy Liepert, the UC San Diego Health medical director of acute care surgery. At least 375 migrants were hurt and 16 died after falling from 405-mile long border wall between 2019 and 2021 that former President Donald Trump ordered its height to be increased to 30 feet,...
    A judge has lifted a civil contempt filing against former President Donald Trump - assuming certain conditions are met - and ordered him to pay $110,000 in fines to her office. New York Attorney General Letitia James had announced on Monday, April 25, that Trump is being held in contempt of court by the New York State Supreme Court for failing to comply with previous orders to provide documents amid the ongoing investigation into his business dealings. The judge at the time ordered that Trump be fined $10,000 daily, which the former president sought to fight. In New York, Judge Arthur Engoron on Wednesday, May 11 set several conditions that Trump must meet before Friday, May 20, including providing sworn statements describing the Trump Organization's document retention and destruction policy as the investigation continues. The judge also ordered a review of five boxes tied to the former president that were located in an off-site storage facility during the AG's investigation, as well as how Post-It notes - a popular mode of communication in Trump's White House - were handled, according to...
    The New York Attorney General won what she called a “major victory” in her ongoing investigation into former President Donald Trump and his business dealings. Attorney General Letitia James announced on Monday April 25, that Trump is being held in contempt of court by the New York State Supreme Court for failing to comply with previous orders to provide documents amid the ongoing investigation. Earlier story - NY AG Asks Judge To Hold Donald Trump In Contempt Of Court Trump will now be fined $10,000 daily for each day that he continues to violate the court’s orders to produce the documents. The former president was ordered by a judge in February to comply with subpoenas for documents, but James’ office says that rather than meet the Thursday, March 31 deadline, he instead raised different objections. After hearing arguments earlier on Monday afternoon, the judge ordered in favor of the AG. “Today, justice prevailed,” James said. “For years, Donald Trump has tried to evade the law and stop our lawful investigation into him and his company’s financial dealings. Today’s ruling makes...
    Former President Donald Trump has been held in civil contempt of court and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 a day until he complies with the court's orders to turn over key documents. Trump had been ordered to turn over documents to New York Attorney General Letitia James for her investigation into his business practices but he has failed to comply. Nearly three weeks ago, James filed a motion requesting the court hold him in contempt. NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES CONTEMPT OF COURT MOTION AGAINST TRUMP "Mr. Trump, I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously, I hereby hold you in civil contempt and fine you $10,000 a day," New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron declared, per CBS News. A prior court ruling had mandated Trump to turn over documents by March 31. James noted that Trump "agreed to this timeline and never sought to challenge this aspect of the order on appeal." But on deadline day, Trump's lawyers brought forth fresh objections and did not turn over the...
    Donald Trump will have to pay $1.3 million in legal fees to former 'The Apprentice' star and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, a court arbitrator ordered.  Newman, who wrote the first tell-all book about the Trump White House, was awarded the whopping sum on Tuesday, The New York Times reported.  Trump sued Newman in 2018, claiming that she violated a nondisclosure agreement she signed while working for his transition campaign by publishing 'Unhinged.' An arbitrator ruled in favor of Newman in September 2021, but both parties have appealed the size of the award numerous times in the aftermath of the ruling.  This week, a court arbitrator ordered the 45th President of the United States to pay Newman nearly $1.3 million.   'Respondent was defending herself in a claim which was extensively litigated for more than three years, against an opponent who undoubtedly commanded far greater resources than did respondent,' the arbitrator said, according to documents obtained by the Times.  Newman's lawyer, John Phillips, told the outlet he and his client hoped the ruling sends 'a message that weaponized litigation will not be tolerated.'...
    A court arbitrator ordered former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to pay nearly $1.3 million in legal fees to former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday. The decision was affirmed by a tweet from John Philips, her lawyer, who shared screenshots of the ruling as part of the case in which Newman was accused of violating a nondisclosure agreement she signed while working for Trump's campaign in 2016 by writing her tell-all book Unhinged. “Respondent was defending herself in a claim which was extensively litigated for more than three years, against an opponent who undoubtedly commanded far greater resources than did respondent,” the arbitrator said. $1.3 Million Attorney Fee and Cost Order Against the Trump Campaign Issued! (Highest known prevailing party attorney fee assessment against a President or Presidential Campaign). Huge thanks to @OMAROSA for believing in us during this three year ordeal of weaponized litigation. pic.twitter.com/iQ4j6Amfxa— John M. Phillips (@JohnPhillips) April 20, 2022 HILLARY CLINTON MOVES TO DISMISS TRUMP'S 'RUSSIAGATE' LAWSUIT AGAINST HER The award “hopefully will send a message that...
    Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R), a current candidate for U.S. Senate, told Breitbart News that “truth prevails” one day after the Missouri Supreme Court ordered the prosecutor in his case to release her communication records with billionaire Democrat megadonor George Soros. LISTEN: Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle interviewed Greitens, and the two discussed the latest developments in Greitens’ campaign for the U.S. Senate. Greitens opened the interview talking about Friday’s decision by the Missouri Supreme Court that Soros-funded prosecutor Kimberly Gardner must release communications between her and Soros within 30 days. Greitens said Gardner’s investigation into him in 2018 only started because he successfully defeated Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA rioters when they came to Missouri. Greitens said: When Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA came to Missouri, we defeated them, and we showed George Soros, and we showed the left that they could be defeated. And what we now know is it right after that, that George Soros-funded prosecutor you just mentioned, Kim Gardner — she hired a corrupt former FBI agent to build a false case against me. …...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a motion on Thursday to hold former President Donald Trump in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena in the state's civil investigation into the ex-president's real estate empire.  James is also asking for a hefty fine of $10,000 for each day Trump does not hand over documents that a court ordered him to produce.  'The judge’s order was crystal clear: Donald J. Trump must comply with our subpoena and turn over relevant documents to my office,' James said in a statement. 'Instead of obeying a court order, Mr. Trump is trying to evade it. We are seeking the court’s immediate intervention because no one is above the law.' Her office is investigating the Trump Organization for allegedly using false or misleading information to obtain loans and secure deals -- a practice she previously claimed went on for at least a decade.  She subpoenaed him and two of his adult children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., in January. James has been seeking a deposition from all three.   The trio sought to...
    New York’s attorney general formally asked a judge on Thursday to hold former President Donald Trump “in contempt of court” and subject him to a $10,000 daily fine for his refusal to turn over evidence, even after he was ordered to by a state judge. Trump would be subject to the proposed fine every day he does not turn over evidence he’s already been ordered to deliver. Trump and his family corporate empire are under attack by AG Letitia James, whose probe into the company’s alleged bank fraud has reached a turning point. The company has only a month left to turn over evidence, while Trump and two of his adult children face potential grilling by investigators. Following a legal clown show on Feb. 17, New York State Judge Arthur F. Engoron ordered the former president, Don Jr., and Ivanka Trump to sit down for sworn testimony for their alleged role in a long-running business fraud scheme. That order is now making its way through the state’s appellate courts. Importantly, however, the judge also ordered the former president to...
    The New York Supreme Court on Monday ordered The Trump Organization to comply with a subpoena issued by the New York Attorney General's' office within the next month. New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron gave The Trump Organization until April 20 to provide a report detailing "potentially responsive information." "The Trump Organization Report must specify, as much as reasonably possible, the quantities of documents collected, reviewed, and produced, and the quantities of documents reviewed from each device or likely location or responsive records," Engoran wrote. The Hill has reached out to The Trump Organization for comment. This subpoena was issued over two years ago by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) in connection to an investigation into whether The Trump Organization artificially inflated its value to increase its perceived net worth. The judge also ordered that computer forensics company HaystackID, hired to audit the company's compliance with the subpoena issued by the New York Attorney General's office, submit a weekly report detailing its findings, starting one week from the order issued on Monday. Once the first detailed "Haystack Report" is submitted, then the Trump...
    (CNN)A federal judge in California has ordered right-wing attorney John Eastman to turn over 101 emails from around January 6, 2021, that he has tried to keep secret from the House select committee investigating the US Capitol attack.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Former porn star Stormy Daniels was ordered by a federal court to pay Donald Trump $300,000 in attorney fees after it rejected her appeal to another's court ruling in her defamation case against the former president.  In a statement issued on Monday, Trump celebrated the news and said that 'all I have to do is wait for all of the money she owes me.' 'The lawsuit was a purely political stunt that never should have started, or allowed to happen, and I am pleased that my lawyers were able to bring it to a successful conclusion after the court fully rejected her appeal,' Trump said, according to CNBC.  The ruling by the the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit followed an earlier ruling by a lower court that rejected Daniels' defamation suit against Trump after he refuted her claims that they had sex in 2006.  The lengthy legal battle has set a chain reaction of appeals, with attorneys for both parties being convicted of felonies. Former porn star Stormy Daniels (pictured left in 2018) was ordered by a...
    Donald Trump’s campaign organization has been ordered to pay more than $350,000 in legal fees and expenses for trying to enforce an “unenforceable” nondisclosure agreement (NDA) against a former staffer, according to an order entered this month in a nonpublic arbitration case. The March 10 order, which was made public this week by the former staffer’s attorneys, is another setback for the Trump campaign in its effort to use NDAs to try to punish former staffers who publicly criticize or take legal action against Trump. BuzzFeed News reports that an arbitrator found that even though Alva Johnson’s effort to sue Trump failed, the campaign couldn’t invoke a legally unsound nondisclosure agreement. She had accused Trump of trying to forcibly kiss her and raised pay discrimination claims. A judge dismissed that case. As BuzzFeed noted of Trump, "When he ran for president in 2016, many campaign workers were reportedly directed to sign nondisclosure agreements that broadly barred them from sharing information about the campaign or saying negative things about Trump, his family, and his businesses; the agreement specified that the campaign...
    Former Trump administration aide Omarosa Manigault Newman must pay a $61,585 fine for not complying with financial disclosure requirements after being fired from the White House. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sided with the Justice Department and dismissed Omarosa's argument she could not file in time due to confusion over the date of her termination from the Trump administration and because government officials withheld important documents from her. OMAROSA MANIGAULT NEWMAN: JAN. 6 COMMITTEE 'ON THE RIGHT TRACK' WITH KARINA PIERSON SUBPOENA "The question remains … are there two systems of justice in this country. One that allows those who violate the Hatch Act and Emoluments Clause a slap on wrist and the other that orders an unprecedented fine (highest in history) for an alleged unintentional failing to file a form," Omarosa reacted on Twitter following the ruling. Public officials are required to file financial disclosure forms within 30 days in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act. Manigault Newman, a former contestant on The Apprentice, first joined the Trump administration in 2017 as the...
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge has ruled against former Trump administration official Omarosa Manigault Newman and ordered her to pay more than $60,000, in a lawsuit the Justice Department brought against her after then-President Donald Trump fired his former apprentice. The case found that Manigault Newman hadn't complied with federal ethics requirements that public officials file financial disclosures when they leave a government job. Though it revolved around a compliance matter, over the last few years, Manigault Newman's departure and litigation spun into a juicy drama between the powers of the Trump White House and a combatant, well-known personality once in its fold. She had been director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison in Trump's White House. But Trump fired her in December 2017, less than a year after he took office as president. (Trump had fired her previously, on the first season of "The Apprentice.")Since then, Manigault Newman has been publicly critical of Trump, calling him a racist, releasing tapes she recorded in his administration and writing a book about him titled "Unhinged."Read MoreOn Twitter on Tuesday, following...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The findings from a sprawling, taxpayer-funded investigation ordered by Wisconsin Republicans into the 2020 election won by President Joe Biden are expected to be made public on Monday. The report from Michael Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice whose work drew bipartisan criticism, was being turned over to Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in the morning before being made public in the afternoon, a spokesman for Gableman told WLUK-TV. Gableman, his spokesman and Vos have not returned messages Monday seeking comment. Gableman has defended his work as trying to get to the truth of what happened in the election and his work has largely focused on grant money awarded to Wisconsin’s five largest, and heavily Democratic, cities by a foundation run by Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. Vos, who ordered the investigation, has repeatedly said it was not about trying to overturn Biden’s win even though he has faced pressure from some Republican colleagues to do that. Instead, Vos said, the goal was to enact changes before the next election....
    Former President Donald Trump and his two eldest children have been ordered to testify as New York Attorney General Letitia James continues her years-long probe into his company’s business dealings. On Thursday, Feb. 17, James announced that she had won a major victory in her office’s civil investigation into the former president and the Trump Organization’s business practices. Earlier story - NY AG Files Motion To Block Trump Lawsuit Interfering With Her Investigation New York State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump, Jr. must all appear for sworn testimony after they ducked subpoenas compelling them to testify for several weeks. In addition, Trump must also produce additional documents that had previously been subpoenaed by James’ office, which he failed to submit. “In the final analysis, a State Attorney General Commences investigating a business entity, uncovers copious evidence of possible financial fraud, and wants to question, under oath, several of the entities’ principles, including its namesake,” Engoron’s decision reads. “She has the clear right to do so. "As has often been said, that...
    A Manhattan judge rejected a request by former President Donald Trump and two of his children to quash subpoenas in New York Attorney General Letitia James's civil investigation into the Trump Organization. The judge, Arthur Engoron, ordered Trump on Thursday to share documents within 14 days and appear for a deposition in 21 days. Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump were also ordered to appear for depositions within 21 days. Lawyers for the Trumps had sought to block the subpoenas, arguing James is attempting to "circumvent the entire grand jury process" to assist a separate criminal investigation by the Manhattan district attorney's office. This story is breaking and will be updated. News Donald Trump New York Trump Organization
    Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Daniel Donner, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● AL Redistricting: The Supreme Court stayed a lower court ruling that stuck down Alabama's new congressional map for violating Section Two of the Voting Rights Act on Monday, ensuring that the November election will take place using the map Republicans passed late last year. Two weeks ago, a panel of three federal judges ruled that lawmakers were required to draw a second district where Black voters would be likely to elect their preferred candidates, determining that Black Alabamians are "sufficiently numerous" and "sufficiently geographically compact" to allow the creation of a second "reasonably configured" district with a voting-age Black majority. Without issuing a written opinion explaining its rationale, the Supreme Court blocked that order from taking effect pending final resolution of the case, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's three liberal members to oppose the stay. In...
    The Jan. 6 Committee is pushing hard and fast for records belonging to John Eastman, the ex-adviser to Donald Trump who once authored legal memos outlining a scheme to overturn the results of the 2020 election following the 45th president’s defeat by Joe Biden.  Insurrection investigators only recently secured an order from a federal judge in California that forced Eastman to produce no less than 1,500 pages of records per day—all of which are sourced from a 19,000-page tranche obtained by a committee subpoena sent to Eastman’s ex-employer, Chapman University. First reported by Politico Monday night, during a federal court hearing with Judge David Carter, it was House of Representatives general counsel Douglas Letter who urged the judge to hasten Eastman’s production.  The original subpoena to Chapman University from the Jan. 6 Committee cast an extensive net with a request for records created from Nov. 3, 2020, to Jan. 20, 2021.  But even with Judge Carter’s order of 1,500 pages per day reviewed—including a daily log itemizing any documents Eastman wishes to assert privilege over—Letter stressed it would simply take too long for the Trump ally to get materials of the most critical interest...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images A new report details former President Donald Trump’s direct involvement in plots to try and use U.S. national security agencies to seize voting machines as a means to overturn the 2020 presidential election, including ordering Rudy Giuliani to ask the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to do so. The New York Times reported Monday night that “Mr. Trump asked Mr. Giuliani to call Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the acting deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, to ask about the viability of the proposal, according to two people familiar with the matter.” Trump reportedly directed Giuliani, serving as his personal attorney, to specifically inquire about seizing voting machines in three key swing states that could potentially cast enough doubt on the election to change the outcome. The Times noted that Giuliani made the call six weeks after Trump’s electoral defeat to President Joe Biden but before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol aimed at stopping the certification of electoral college results. Cuccinelli told Giuliani that DHS did not have the authority to seize the...
    (CNN)A federal judge is forcing a conservative lawyer who had worked with then-President Donald Trump's legal team to respond to a House select committee subpoena of his former employer for his emails -- setting congressional investigators up to receive access to information they've wanted for months but had not been able to get.A lawyer for John Eastman told a judge on Monday that his client had been working for Trump when he told state legislators on January 2 they needed to "fix this, this egregious conduct" that would put Joe Biden in the White House, when he was in the Willard Hotel with other Trump contacts, and when he met with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on January 3 about blocking the congressional certification of the 2020 vote.The admissions from Eastman's lawyer, Charles Burnham, are the clearest statements yet on how much Eastman was doing on Trump's behalf -- rather than on his own initiative -- in the days leading up to January 6, 2021."That work was done pursuant to representation of the president," Burnham said, when asked specifically...
    An Iranian Princeton scholar has sparked fury for smirking during an interview where he discussed how a US diplomat's wife was unable to sleep over fears she'd be murdered in revenge for the assassination of an Iranian general.   Hussein Mousavian, 65, gave a smile during a recent interview on Iranian TV while discussing the terror former US special envoy for Iran Brian Hook and his spouse are said to fear in the wake of the January 2020 assassination of Qasem Solemani. Mousavian said: 'I went to America and an American told me that Brian Hook's wife can't sleep, she cries and trembles, she told Brian, 'They'll kill you,' since Hook was a partner in the death of Haj Qassem [Soleimani], that's how much they were trembling,' Mousavian said. He was referring to Iran's vow for revenge after the Trump administration carried out drone strikes that killed Iranian extremist officer Qasem Soleimani two years ago.  Mousavian, the former senior negotiator of Iran's nuclear committee who now works as a Middle East security and nuclear policy specialist at Princeton University. There have...
    A federal judge has ordered Martin Shkreli to return $64.6 million in profits after he exponentially boosted the price of a crucial life-saving drug the World Health Organization calls “essential.” Daraprim is used to treat HIV/AIDS and cancer patients and those battling parasitic diseases. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote on Friday handed down her ruling after a December trial in a 2020 case brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and seven states. Judge Cote also imposed a lifetime ban against Shkreli, prohibiting him from working in the pharmaceutical industry ever again, The Associated Press reports. A former hedge fund manager, Shkreli earned infamy for hiking the price of Daraprim from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill. In 2017 he was found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and two counts of securities fraud. READ: Fox News' Peter Doocy: There are Republicans 'that don't agree with voting rights' Last year Shkreli, who is not a not a scientist, physician, or researcher, petitioned the courts to allow him a furlough from jail, insisting he could find...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at his office on March 24, 2021 in New York City.Brendan McDermid | Pool | Getty Images A New York state ethics commission on Tuesday ordered disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to repay more than $5 million he received to write a book about his handling of the Covid pandemic. Cuomo's lawyer immediately vowed to fight the demand for repayment. The order comes a month after the Joint Commission on Public Ethics took the initial step of rescinding its approval for Cuomo to write the book "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic." Among other reasons for reversing the approval, JCOPE cited misleading claims by Cuomo's lawyer that no New York government employees would help to write the book. In fact, investigators have found that government workers were aiding Cuomo with the project at the time his lawyer made the promise last year. "Contrary to the representations made on behalf of Governor Cuomo, and disclosed to the Commission, State property, resources and personnel, including staff volunteers, were used in...
    While publicists aren’t generally known for their threatening demeanor, Kanye West’s right-hand woman sent his to the home of a 62-year-old Georgia election official to threaten her into falsely confessing to bogus charges of election tampering in the days before Jan. 6. The incident happened in the weeks after the 2020 election, according to Reuters, which obtained a police report and body-cam footage of the confrontation and interviewed Freeman. At the time, Freeman and her daughter, Shaye Moss, had been propelled to the worst kind of fame after President Donald Trump’s team released CCTV footage from an Atlanta ballot-counting site, claiming falsely that it was a “smoking gun” clip showing officials ushering observers and reporters out of the room at 11 p.m. to then pull out suitcases of “stolen” votes. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani took it up a notch, saying the footage not only showed the Black mom-and-daughter “stealing votes” but also “passing out dope.” The president invoked Freeman’s name 18 times in a Jan. 3 call with the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, according to a defamation...
    Meadows' memoir The Chief's Chief was released for sale on Tuesday Former President Donald Trump told his then-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to 'bust some heads and make some arrests' when Black Lives Matter activists were protesting outside the White House in Lafayette Square in June 2020, Meadows wrote in his new book. The demonstrators were cleared for Trump's now-infamous photo op holding a Bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church. US Park Police and National Guard troops violently dispersed peaceful protesters blocking Pennsylvania Avenue using tear gas and mounted officers, allowing Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Attorney General Bill Barr and Joint Chiefs Chair General Mark Milley and others to pass through.  Ivanka Trump reportedly came up with the stunt that day, but according to Meadows, Trump had already been agitated that protesters were blocking the street in front of the White House. In his new memoir out Tuesday, titled The Chief's Chief, Meadows wrote that Trump 'was growing anxious' after 'he had given an order for the park to be cleared, and it was not being followed.'...
    Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump ordered his staff to “bust some heads and make some arrests” in order to clear out Black Lives Matter protesters surrounding the White House in summer 2020, according to a book by his former chief of staff Mark Meadows. Trump reportedly gave the order following his June 1st address to the nation regarding the protests and riots sparked nationwide after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd.  The former president walked from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church that same day, as protesters were cleared from Lafayette Park just before his now-infamous Bible stunt. In his new memoir The Chief’s Chief, Meadows wrote that Trump was “growing anxious” while “upstairs in the Residence” that day, adding, “He had given an order for the park to be cleared, and it was not being followed.” “The various law enforcement agencies that were supposed to be under the command of [former Attorney General] Bill Barr were clearly not communicating with one another, and it did not seem that a single arrest had yet been made,” added the...