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    In a second attempt to explain the financial dealings, Omar Rivero claimed on Tuesday that Occupy Democrats is a super PAC and therefore prevented by law from contributing to candidates directly. However, critics quickly noted that the group is actually a hybrid PAC, a classification that allows it to make direct contributions to candidates under certain conditions. Finally, a spokesperson for the organization issued a statement to provide further clarification. "The Occupy Democrats Election Fund has amended its FEC disclosures to more accurately describe payments made to content creators and digital amplifiers after its previous compliance officer erroneously reported the disbursements as 'fundraising consulting,'" the statement read, according to the Daily Caller. “The payments in question funded the Rebel Alliance, a consortium of high-powered liberal Facebook pages that spun out of the Biden campaign collaboration and funded key meme projects for the Georgia Senate runoffs, the Gavin Newsom recall election, and the Virginia gubernatorial race." "We regret that a clerical error led to unfounded speculation, as we are proud of our work in these races and supremely confident that our...
    With less than two months before the midterms, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are pushing legislation to protect election workers. California Sens. Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein are co-sponsors of the bill that would establish grants for states and local governments for the recruitment, retention, training and safety measures for poll workers; cover election workers under federal prohibitions on doxxing; and safeguard election officials’ ability to remove poll observers who attempt to interfere with an election. The bill would also make coercing or threatening an election worker a federal crime, among other things, according to Padilla’s office. “As California’s former secretary of state, I know that election workers are the backbone of our democratic elections,” said Padilla, a Democrat who assumed office in January 2021. “But increasingly, they are facing threats rooted in misinformation and ‘the Big Lie,’ simply for doing the critical work of administering our elections.” “The Big Lie,” as Padilla referenced, refers to the oft-repeated but false claim by former President Donald Trump and his supporters that the 2020 election was fraudulent. FILE – Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif.,...
    Political comedian Bill Maher doesn’t mince words when laying out the reasons why the United States’ 2024 election worries him so much. The host of “Real Time” on HBO has been predicting that former President Donald Trump will run for president in 2024, receive the GOP nomination, refuse to concede if he loses and make another coup d’état attempt — only this time, Maher warns, he will be better equipped to pull it off than he was in 2020. In that type of scenario, Maher fears a full-blown constitutional crisis combined with violence and unrest. Inauguration Day 2025, Maher told CNN in 2021, would be a good time to be on vacation in London. One thing that could derail a 2024 campaign from Trump, according to Maher, is a criminal indictment. But during an interview with ITK on Thursday, September 22, Maher warned that such a prosecution would likely result in violence from Trump supporters — although allowing another coup attempt in 2024/2025 could result in violence as well. READ MORE: Donald Trump will never concede': Bill Maher...
    (CNN)A federal judge denied Mike Lindell's request to reclaim his phone from investigators after it was recently seized by the FBI at a Hardee's drive-thru in Minnesota as he returned from a duck hunting trip.Judge Eric Tostrud said that Lindell, CEO of My Pillow and prominent backer of former President Donald Trump's false voter fraud claims, did not prove that his rights were violated. Tostrud, who is a Trump appointee, also said that Lindell did not properly answer the legal questions required to make such a request. Lindell had alleged that the FBI's recent seizure of his phone may have been an illegal search -- where he was questioned about what he knew around the 2020 election and election machines in Colorado -- without properly being explained his rights or being allowed to leave the drive-thru without handing over his phone.The Justice Department had obtained a warrant, approved by a federal judge, to perform the search, according to the court record.Lindell's challenge followed others from prominent Trump supporters and advisers, who had their own phones seized in investigations related to...
    White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Thursday that President Joe Biden is running for re-election - he just can't phrase it that way yet.   'Well, you know, as he said, he intends to run and that's kind of the formulation he has to give to not like trigger federal election law and require us to file a bunch of forms,' Klain said at the Atlantic Festival in Washington. 'That is definitely his intention. Obviously, something could happen.' Klain was asked about Biden's political future after the president gave himself some wiggle room during Sunday's interview on 60 Minutes.  In his sit-down with Scott Pelley, Biden also pointed to Federal Election Commission regulations, but added, 'it's much too early to make that kind of decision.'  'As he said he's a believer in fate,' Klain continued. 'You know, he's seen all kinds of things in his life, he's not gonna say where he will be in December today.'  'He respects the fact that a lot of things can happen, but it is his intention to run,' the White House chief of...
    (CNN)An obscure legal theory promoted by allies of former President Donald Trump during the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election will soon have its day before the Supreme Court. With the midterm elections -- and 2024 presidential rumors -- serving as a backdrop, the Supreme Court will start a new term next month and take up a voting rights case that could fundamentally change the landscape of election law by turning a dispute over gerrymandering and congressional districts into one that could hypothetically change the way American elections are decided. Voting rights groups fear that the case could lead to the ability of rogue state legislators to act unchecked when it comes to rules concerning federal elections such as the drawing of district lines, early voting rules and voter ID requirements. And a group of chief judges from around the country are worried as well. Analysis: Supreme Court justices respond to public criticism with distance and denial"This case could unsettle almost every aspect of federal election administration," Allison Riggs, chief counsel for voting rights for the Southern Coalition...
    by Victor Davis Hanson   That once distinguished the United States from illiberal regimes following the Orwellian mantra “some are more equal than others” was the hallowed American idea of “equal justice under the law.” The phrase is engraved above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court – an ideal that took centuries to achieve. Yet it is an ancient concept – what the Greeks called isonomia that distinguished classical democratic Athens from its anti-democratic rivals. Isonomia later became enshrined as the central criterion of all Western consensual governments. Does it still exist in Joe Biden’s America? In many ways, no – due both to state and private vendettas as well as state efforts to destroy rather than merely defeat political opponents. Is the law equally applied at the border? Ask yourself whether you are more likely to be hounded by the federal government for not being vaccinated if you are a citizen in the U.S. military, or illegally violating federal immigration law as you storm the southern border? Who needs a passport to leave and enter the United States –...
    Former President Donald Trump is not on the ballot for the November midterm elections, but that has not alleviated the United States Department of Justice's reluctance to indict him for one or more crimes that he is alleged to have committed during and after his White House tenure. On Thursday, ex-federal prosecutor Shan Wu explained in The Daily Beast why adhering to the so-called "60-day rule" is unjustified and pressed Attorney General Merrick Garland to pursue Trump. "To start with, Garland and the DOJ need to tell the American public that no such rule exists. That’s right—the rule doesn’t exist. It’s the DOJ’s equivalent of an urban myth. No actual law or written policy at the DOJ mentions anything about not doing anything within 60 days of anything vis-à-vis criminal charges, involving elections," Wu wrote. READ MORE: Merrick Garland not ruling out prosecuting Donald Trump "This is no secret," he noted. "Commentators including Just Security, Lawfare, and Jeffrey Toobin, plus the DOJ Office of Inspector General have all confirmed the absence of any such written rule and agreed that it’s...
    (CNN)A federal grand jury is examining one of former President Donald Trump's main political and fundraising vehicles, the Save America leadership PAC, in an expansion of the criminal investigation into the events surrounding the US Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.Federal prosecutors issued several subpoenas to former Trump administration officials, former campaign and communications aides and people currently advising Trump or Save America. William Russell, a senior adviser to Trump, was the recipient of one of the subpoenas on Wednesday. According to multiple sources familiar with the subpoenas, which were issued by a grand jury in Washington, DC, the Justice Department is seeking information related to the formation, fundraising and expenditures of Save America, which has amassed more than $100 million in contributions since it was formed in November 2020. According to one source familiar with the language in the subpoenas, investigators may be looking into whether people associated with the Save America PAC defrauded people out of money using claims they knew to be false about the 2020 election being stolen. Some of the subpoenas also requested any information...
    Former President Donald Trump's Save America PAC is being investigated as part of a federal grand jury's wider probe into the January 6 Capitol attack.  ABC News reported Thursday that subpoenas have been sent out to individuals asking for information about the Trump-aligned fundraising PAC, which was formed days after the 2020 election.  The PAC raised money using Trump's false election fraud claims - and more recently sent out asks to potential donors on the heels of the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid.  Former President Donald Trump's Save America PAC is being investigated as part of a federal grand jury's wider probe into the January 6 Capitol attack Save America was launched two days after networks called the 2020 election for President Joe Biden and raised funds using Trump's election fraud lies  Questions were being asked about the timeline of the organization's formation as well as its fundraising activities, ABC News said.  ABC News did not identify the individuals targeted by the subpoenas.  Neither Trump nor the Department of Justice returned the network's request for comment.   Save America PAC was formed on November...
    (CNN)Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters attempted to tone down his position on abortion Thursday, scrubbing his website of his support of a "federal personhood law" and a host of other strict anti-abortion positions while releasing a video in which the Republican nominee took a softer stance on the issue.The shift signals the potency of abortion in the 2022 midterms and the fact that Republicans candidates, many of whom backed tough abortion restrictions during their primaries, now believe they need to soften those positions as they face a broader, less conservative electorate.Masters' website previously said he was "100% pro-life" and noted his support for a constitutional amendment that "recognizes unborn babies are human being that may not be killed" and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and a slew of other legislation that would make it illegal to perform an abortion 20 weeks after conception. Democrats channel abortion anger into swing district success, raising questions about Republican red waveMasters in a 2021 interview labeled himself "unapologetically pro-life" and argued that the "federal government has a role to play" in the abortion...
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge in Atlanta has denied GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham's motion to quash a subpoena, ruling that he must testify before a Fulton County grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.In her written decision on Monday, US District Judge Leigh Martin May sent the case to the Superior Court of Fulton County to hear further proceedings on the US Constitution's "Speech or Debate" clause, the centerpiece that Graham's attorneys argued immunized the US senator from South Carolina from having to testify in this case. "Because the record must be more fully developed before the Court can address the applicability of the 'Speech or Debate' clause to specific questions or lines of inquiry, and because Senator Graham's only request in removing the subpoena to this Court was to quash the subpoena in its entirety, the Case is REMANDED to the Superior Court of Fulton County for further proceedings," May wrote in the ruling.The South Carolina Republican is scheduled to appear as a witness in Atlanta in front of the special...
    A federal judge in Georgia Monday morning denied U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham‘s motion to quash a subpoena from the Fulton County special purpose grand jury investigating efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Politico’s Kyle Cheney was first to report the development. “Senator Graham has direct personal knowledge of conversations with Georgia election officials which have been the subject of public dispute as to the nature of his inquiries and requests, including any implicit or overt suggestions to discard ballots or otherwise alter the election results,” U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May writes. Quoting Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, Judge May notes that “the District Attorney described Senator Graham as a ‘necessary and material witness in [the Special Purpose Grand Jury] investigation’ not only because of his personal knowledge of the phone calls with Georgia election officials, but also because he possesses ‘unique knowledge’ concerning ‘the Trump Campaign and other known and unknown individuals involved in the multi-state, coordinated efforts to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.'” READ MORE: Georgia...
    GOP candidate for the Arizona gubernatorial race, Kari Lake, is taking bold stances in the wake of the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump. Speaking with Steven Crowder on the Thursday edition of his show, Louder with Crowder, Lake was asked about her response toward an out of control FBI force. “Would you — I really think it’s important for our representatives, governor, senators, everyone, to try and apply pressure to Republicans with national influence, to disband the FBI, to make sure that we reduce the scope of the IRS. It’s a litmus test for me now,” Crowder said. “One hundred percent. I agree. And we’re gonna push back with our state’s rights. You know, we’re sovereign states, we are not serfs of the federal government. We created the federal government and now they’re like this big monster that’s taken over our lives. And, and we’re gonna push back here,” Lake said. “We’re gonna push on the 10th amendment and we are going to start taking on these issues from a state’s point of view and a state’s perspective,...
    The state's lieutenant governor easily won the Wisconsin Democratic Senate nomination on Tuesday. Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes on Tuesday decisively won the Democratic primary, securing his party's nomination to run against incumbent Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson in the general election on Nov. 8. Barnes received 78% of the vote after his three main opponents dropped out and backed him in the past few weeks. Johnson won the Republican primary in his quest for a third six-year term despite his earlier promise not to run for more than two terms and a 2011 attempt to amend the Constitution to impose a two-term limit on senators. He has since claimed he did not need to keep his promise because "the country is in a different place today than it was in 2016" and "I just decided, well, I can't turn my back at this moment, our country, I'm in a position where I can, I think, I can help improve things." Barnes, who would be Wisconsin's first Black U.S. senator, is a former community organizer and state legislator who was elected lieutenant...
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Hilton Anatole on August 06, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. CPAC began in 1974, and is a conference that brings together and hosts conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders in discussing current events and future political agendas. Brandon Bell | Getty Images Former President Donald Trump's tax returns must be turned over to the House Ways and Means Committee, a federal appeals court panel said in a ruling Tuesday. The 3-0 decision is the latest legal blow to Trump, who has repeatedly lost efforts in federal and state courts to shield his tax returns and business-related documents from various investigations. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was announced a day after FBI agents searched Trump's residence at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, as part of an investigation into the removal of sensitive documents from the White House when he left office in 2021.CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage: Biden says he's 'not worried' about...
    Washington (CNN)Former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN, the latest sign that the Justice Department's investigation is heating up.Cipollone and his attorneys are in discussions about an appearance before the grand jury, including how to deal with executive privilege issues, the source said. ABC News first reported the subpoena.Cipollone testified last month in a closed-door interview with the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. In its seventh public hearing, the House committee played clips of Cipollone's testimony where he agreed with other Trump officials that there was not sufficient evidence of election fraud and said that he believed Trump should have conceded the election.Last month, the Justice Department brought two top aides to former Vice President Mike Pence, Marc Short and Greg Jacob, in front of a federal grand jury.Read MoreThe moves signal that the Justice Department's investigation has reached inside former President Donald Trump's White House and that investigators...
    Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone was reportedly subpoenaed by a federal grand jury as the Justice Department investigation of the events surrounding the Capitol riot ratchets up. Attorneys for Cipollone are expected to negotiate any appearance with the panel similar to how they negotiated his testimony before the House Jan. 6 committee last month, ABC News reported Tuesday. PAT CIPOLLONE TESTIFIES IN CLOSED-DOOR MEETING WITH JAN. 6 COMMITTEE Federal prosecutors have reportedly been examining efforts to challenge the 2020 election, including the alternate elector scheme, and former President Donald Trump is said to be a subject of interest in lines of questioning as his legal team prepares for possible charges. Last month, Marc Short, the former chief of staff to then-Vice President Mike Pence, and Greg Jacob, who was his counsel, delivered testimony to the federal grand jury. As the White House counsel, Cipollone was privy to the inner workings of the Trump White House and efforts to challenge the 2020 election. Video snippets of his testimony before the Jan. 6 committee last month...
    Washington (CNN)A task force launched by the Justice Department last year to investigate threats against election workers looked at more than 1,000 contacts "reported as hostile or harassing" and said about 11% of those "met the threshold for a federal criminal investigation."The findings were presented at a briefing on Monday with US Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite and a bipartisan group of about 750 election officials and workers from across the country as they prepare for the midterm elections.The Election Threats Task Force, which was created last year to address an increasing number of election workers' concerns over ongoing threats against them, also found that in instances where a source of reported contact was identified, "in 50% of the matters, the source contacted the victim on multiple occasions."Aside from the 11% of the contacts that merited a federal investigation, "the remaining reported contacts did not provide a predication for a federal criminal investigation," the Justice Department said in a news release announcing the findings on Monday. "While many of the contacts were often hostile, harassing, and abusive towards election...
    By Kate Brumback | Associated Press ATLANTA — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is challenging a subpoena to testify before a special grand jury that’s investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others broke any laws when they tried to overturn Joe Biden’s win in Georgia. Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, received a subpoena that was issued on July 26 and orders him to appear before the special grand jury to testify on Aug. 23, his lawyers said in a court filing. Graham is seeking to have the challenge to the subpoena heard in federal court in Atlanta rather than before the Fulton County Superior Court judge who’s overseeing the special grand jury. The senator is one of the Trump allies who Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis wants to question as part of her investigation into what she alleges was “a multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump Campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.” Graham had said repeatedly that he would fight the subpoena once he received it, which happened last week, according...
    ATLANTA (AP) — As promised, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has challenged a subpoena to testify before a special grand jury that’s investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others broke any laws when they tried to overturn Joe Biden’s win in Georgia. Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, received a subpoena that was issued on July 26 and orders him to appear before the special grand jury to testify on Aug. 23, his lawyers said in a court filing. Graham has challenged the subpoena in federal court rather than before the Fulton County Superior Court judge who’s overseeing the special grand jury. The senator is one of the Trump allies who Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis wants to question as part of her investigation into what she alleges was “a multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump Campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.” Graham had said repeatedly that he would fight the subpoena once he received it, which happened last week, according to his lawyers. He has denied meddling in Georgia’s election....
    Peter A. Joy, Washington University in St Louis Grand juries play a major role in the U.S. criminal justice system. And they’re very much in the news these days. A grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, is looking into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in that state. Among the latest witnesses to give testimony to the grand jury was Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Justice Department is in the middle of an investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and it is questioning witnesses before a grand jury as well. Most recently, two top aides to former Vice President Mike Pence were questioned in that probe. A grand jury does not mean that the investigation will lead to any formal criminal charges, which are known as indictments. There was a grand jury that issued subpoenas during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, for example, but no one was charged with any crimes. In order to understand grand juries and their work, I offer the following...
    (CNN)The Justice Department obtained a second warrant to search the cell phone of right-wing lawyer John Eastman as part of a January 6-related criminal inquiry, prosecutors said in a court filing Wednesday. Investigators seized Eastman's phone earlier this month in New Mexico after receiving a warrant to take the device. Agents needed a second warrant to search the contents of the phone, which they received on July 12. Latest moves suggest DOJ investigation of 2020 election is looking at conduct directly related to Trump and his closest alliesThe warrant includes a so-called filter protocol, according to court records, to ensure that investigators do not accidentally obtain privileged information from Eastman's device. The warrant is a critical step in the Justice Department's intensifying probe into January 6, 2021, in which investigators have zeroed in on the efforts by Trump and his close allies to overturn the 2020 election. Eastman was one of the key individuals involved in pushing the plan for then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election on January 6 by rejecting electors from certain swing states. Two...
    Grand juries play a major role in the U.S. criminal justice system. And they’re very much in the news these days. A grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, is looking into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in that state. Among the latest witnesses to give testimony to the grand jury was Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Justice Department is in the middle of an investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and it is questioning witnesses before a grand jury as well. Most recently, two top aides to former Vice President Mike Pence were questioned in that probe. A grand jury does not mean that the investigation will lead to any formal criminal charges, which are known as indictments. There was a grand jury that issued subpoenas during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, for example, but no one was charged with any crimes. In order to understand grand juries and their work, I offer the following explanation of how federal and state grand juries...
    (CNN)For those who have been waiting for a sign that the Department of Justice is criminally investigating former President Donald Trump's role in the effort to overturn the 2020 election, wait no longer. Reporting from major news outlets that a federal grand jury in Washington, DC has taken testimony from Marc Short and Greg Jacob, former Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff and legal counsel, respectively, strongly suggests that the investigation has turned decisively towards Trump and his closest associates. Jennifer RodgersFor months, as the January 6 Select Committee has built and presented a powerful case that Trump committed massive abuses of power and grossly violated his oath of office by scheming to steal the election, one question has kept recurring: where is the Department of Justice in all of this? After all, only DOJ has the power to bring federal criminal charges, and while the committee's presentations have had different goals than proving guilt of specific crimes beyond a reasonable doubt, the evidence presented publicly to date strongly supports, at minimum, a robust investigation of the actions...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland is set to appear for a rare TV interview Tuesday at a time of intense scrutiny on the Justice Department. At least two major investigations are underway that could be areas of focus when Garland is questioned by NBC News anchor Lester Holt. One is the far-reaching Jan. 6 investigation, which appears to be reaching beyond people facing charges for participating in the Capitol riot, and extending to former President Donald Trump and his inner circle. GARLAND AFFIRMS NO ONE OFF LIMITS IN JAN. 6 INQUIRY AFTER ELECTION MEMO LEAK Marc Short, who was former Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, and Greg Jacob, who was his counsel, have appeared before a federal grand jury in Washington, reports revealed on Monday. Garland, who has said no one is off limits following the disclosure of his election year memo, has faced pressure from Democrats and others to take action as the House Jan. 6 committee makes the case that Trump committed crimes in connection to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and conduct...
    (CNN)A federal judge in Atlanta said Monday that she will deny Republican Rep. Jody Hice's request to quash a subpoena to appear in front of a special grand jury investigating efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. US District Judge Leigh Martin May, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, told attorneys at a hearing that she will remand the case back to the Superior Court of Fulton County for Hice to raise any objections to specific questions posed by the special purpose grand jury. Hice received a subpoena last month to appear as a witness in front of the grand jury. The bare-bones subpoena is one page long and does not indicate how Hice relates to the investigation or why Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis wants the Georgia congressman to testify. Hice is one of Trump's political allies in Georgia and has repeatedly spread misinformation about the 2020 election, saying Trump would have won if it was "fair." Hice mounted an unsuccessful Trump-backed primary challenge against Secretary of...
    Former Chief of Staff to then Vice President Mike Pence, Marc Short, reportedly appeared last week before a federal grand jury investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. ABC News reported Short’s appearance before the grand jury on Monday, citing sources familiar with the matter. “Marc Short was caught by an ABC News camera departing D.C. District Court on Friday alongside his attorney, Emmet Flood,” ABC added. Short’s appearance before the grand jury would make the highest-ranking former Trump official to cooperate with the federal investigation. Pence became a primary target of the mob on Jan. 6 as then President Donald Trump claimed Pence had betrayed them by refusing to not certify the election results. “In March, the Department of Justice expanded its criminal probe into the events of Jan. 6 to include preparations for the rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol, as well as the financing for the event,” reported ABC on the investigation, again citing sources familiar with the matter. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland gave a press briefing...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The man who jumped on stage and tried to attack the Republican nominee for New York governor was arrested on a federal charge Saturday.This is breaking news. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.The man who jumped on stage and tried to attack the Republican nominee for New York governor is already out of jail Friday morning.Authorities say U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin was assaulted by 48-year-old David Jacubonis at an upstate event Thursday, but the congressman escaped serious injury.Jacubonis, of Fairport, NY, has been charged with attempted assault."I'm OK," Zeldin said in a statement. "Fortunately, I was able to grab his wrist and stop him for a few moments until others tackled him."Zeldin's campaign said after the attacker was taken into custody, the congressman continued his speech.Zeldin, who is challenging current Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul this November, said said security will be beefed up for the rest of his gubernatorial campaign."All security for all events for later in the campaign will be ramped up," he said. "That's something that started this morning...that will...
    The political events of 2022 have been unprecedented in United States history. On one hand, former President Donald Trump’s numerous critics — from liberals and progressives to centrist Blue Dog Democrats to right-wing Never Trumpers — are hoping that the evidence being skillfully presented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection will lead to Trump facing a federal prosecution and going to prison. But on the other hand, Trump’s diehard loyalists are hoping that he will run for president in the 2024 election, win and return to the White House in January 2025. Never before in U.S. history have Americans asked the question: Will our former president be going to federal prison for promoting a violent insurrection, or will he be returning to White House Oval office three years from now? Trump’s critics fear that U.S. democracy as we know it will cease to exist if Trump becomes president again, and a disturbing report by Axios’ Jonathan Swan describes the ways in which Trump and his MAGA allies would like to “radically reshape”...
    Washington (CNN)The federal investigation into Hunter Biden's business activities is nearing a critical juncture as investigators weigh possible charges and prosecutors confront Justice Department guidelines to generally avoid bringing politically sensitive cases close to an election, according to people briefed on the matter.While no final decision has been made on whether to bring charges against President Joe Biden's son, sources say the probe has intensified in recent months along with discussions among Delaware-based prosecutors, investigators running the probe and officials at Justice Department headquarters. David Weiss, the US Attorney in Delaware, is leading the probe, which dates back to as early as 2018.Discussions recently have centered around possibly bringing charges that could include alleged tax violations and making a false statement in connection with Biden's purchase of a firearm at a time he would have been prohibited from doing so because of his acknowledged struggles with drug addiction. The investigation of the President's son has loomed large among the politically fraught issues Merrick Garland faces as attorney general. Weiss is one of a handful of appointees of former President Donald...
    Sean Rayford/Getty Images Rep. Jody Hice — an ally of former President Donald Trump who helped plot the effort to overturn the election — has dodged a subpoena that would have forced him before a grand jury on Tuesday. Hice was served a subpoena from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to appear before a special grand jury investigating Trump’s effort to overturn election results in Georgia. Hice was ordered to appear Tuesday, but notified Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, on Friday, that he’d be trying to move the issue to federal court and fight it there. “Upholding my responsibilities as a member of this legislative body, I am communicating to you that I have been requested to testify before the Fulton County, Georgia special purpose grand jury on July 19, 2022. Additionally, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1442(a)(l), I will be asking for removal to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia,” Hice wrote, according to a Congressional Record entry flagged by Politico’s Kyle Cheney and Nicholas Wu. That effort has succeeded for the time being,...
    Arizona advocacy groups are seeking to ban Cyber Ninjas, the group hired to run the infamous Maricopa County 2020 election audit, from procuring federal government contracts. Arguing that the Florida-based firm failed to adhere to election auditing standards or adequately comply with public record requests, the Brennan Center sent a letter to the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee on behalf of multiple advocacy groups requesting the "debarment" of Cyber Ninjas. 'LOST, NOT STOLEN': GROUP OF CONSERVATIVES REBUFF STOLEN ELECTION CLAIMS IN REPORT "If Cyber Ninjas is permitted to continue engaging in publicly-funded operations, the company will continue to undermine confidence in our federal elections," the groups argued in the letter. Cyber Ninjas had been hired by the GOP-led Arizona Senate to conduct a review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. Following a string of controversies over its audit, the Cyber Ninjas's report reaffirmed President Joe Biden's victory, finding 261 fewer votes for former President Donald Trump and 99 additional votes for Biden. However, the Arizona Senate referred the findings to the state's attorney general, outlining...
    Former President Donald Trump may have violated five federal laws, based on evidence laid out by the congressional subcommittee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, Business Insider reports. Camila DeChalus, a senior reporter for the outlet, dove into the report on MSNBC on Friday while discussing separate news that the committee is considering subpoenas/a> for both Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence. In DeChalus’ report, multiple legal experts said Trump could potentially be guilty of conspiracy to defraud the government, obstructing an official proceeding, wire fraud, witness tampering, and inciting a rebellion. “The January 6th committee has laid out a lot of evidence over the course of its public hearings and Insider has examined all of this evidence and we found that Trump could have potentially violated five federal laws, everything from wire fraud to witness tampering,” DeChalus told MSNBC’s Jonathan Lemire. The reporter did note that Trump could have a strong legal defense should the Department of Justice choose to move forward with criminal charges. “It can go anywhere from him blaming others in his inner circle, saying...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a news conference in response to President Joe Bidens decision to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Washington, DC.Kent Nishimura | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has asked a federal judge to quash a subpoena for his testimony issued by a Georgia grand jury investigating possible criminal interference in that state's 2020 election by former President Donald Trump. Graham's move in U.S. District Court in South Carolina came after a judge in Atlanta signed the Fulton County, Georgia, special grand jury's subpoena to the Republican lawmaker on Monday. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ordered that Graham, a close ally of Trump, would have to testify on Aug. 2CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage: U.S. calls on Russia to halt forced deportations of Ukrainians, citing war crimes Pharmacies risk violating civil rights laws if they deny access to abortion drugs Trump accused of possible witnesses tampering: Here are the highlights...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Marilyn Mosby is seeking her third term as Baltimore City State’s Attorney and looking to hold off the same two challengers she beat in 2018. Mosby told WJZ on Friday that she expects to prevail in the federal criminal case against her, which she is describing as “politically motivated.” Her court date is September 19 on charges of perjury and falsifying information on a mortgage application. READ MORE: Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Set To Square Off In Monday's Debate“I know I’ve done nothing wrong,” Mosby said. “The citizens of Baltimore City will see that for themselves.” Mosby rose to national prominence in 2015 when she announced charges against the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest. Gray died in police custody. None of the six officers charged were convicted. “We’re one of the first offices in the country to attempt to hold police officers accountable for the death of a black man,” Mosby said of the Gray case. “That accountability, which wasn’t being had in this country, ultimately led to exposure.” Baltimore’s police union has been at odds with...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After polls closed in New Mexico’s primary last month, a worker returning ballots and other election materials to the clerk’s office in Santa Fe was followed by a partisan election observer driving so close that mere inches separated their bumpers. The poll worker was so rattled by the ordeal that she said she may not return for the upcoming November election, according to Santa Fe County Clerk Katharine Clark. The incident is just one of many in which election officials and workers have felt threatened since the 2020 presidential election and the false claims that it was stolen from former President Donald Trump. A federal effort to investigate these threats has so far yielded three prosecutions since it was launched a year ago. In the meantime, the harassment and death threats haven’t stopped against those who have pushed back against the false claims. The threats have contributed to an exodus of election officials across the country, particularly at the local level, and made recruiting poll workers even harder — adding to the challenges...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) fired back against the Department of Justice (DOJ) after recently receiving a letter stating the DOJ is prepared to file a lawsuit against Arizona over an election integrity law. “In addition to free rooms and transportation for those illegally entering our country, the DOJ now wants to give them a chance to vote. It’s another round of Brnovich v. Biden. I will once again be in court defending Arizona against the lawlessness of the Biden administration,” Brnovich told The Arizona Sun Times via email. U.S. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke sent the letter threatening to sue Arizona, and Brnovich responded with a letter of his own, stating he is willing to defend this law, all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) if needed, to protect Arizona election safeguards. He also questioned the Biden administration’s intentions in this potential suit. “It is curious, however, that the Department of Justice would use its resources to challenge a common-sense law in Arizona designed to guard against non-citizens voting, while the Biden Administration...
    Will the Supreme Court endorse this next session? While the Jan. 6 committee hearings are riveting much of the nation as they narrow in Donald Trump as the leader of the attempted violent overthrow of the government, a huckster industry has emerged in the states promoting the basis of Trump’s insurrection, the Big Lie. It’s not just the civically illiterate being taken in, though they—and their dollars—are the marks. The more cynical recruits are the ones who see power and revenge and the potential to take over this country forever. That group includes at least four sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices. The Big Lie hucksters include four key proponents who are crisscrossing the nation to spread disinformation about the 2020 election and anger and distrust in the whole apparatus of elections. Seth Keshel, David Clements, Douglas Frank, and the originator Mike Lindell, are the key fraud influencers identified in an NPR investigation. They’ve held hundreds of community events all over the country spreading the new MAGA gospel of fraud. That’s driving local elections, said Chris Krebs, a former Department of Homeland...
    Ross D. Franklin/File/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.The Department of Justice filed a suit yesterday against an Arizona law that will require people to provide proof of citizenship to vote by mail or in federal elections. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke called the law a “textbook violation of the National Voter Registration Act.” Ever since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013—and even before—state legislatures across the country have found creative ways to roll back the right to vote, from instituting voter ID requirements to limiting mail voting to passing rigged election maps. Arizona has been at the forefront of one part of that movement: a push to require proof of citizenship to participate in elections—an onerous obligation that could prevent many Americans from casting their ballots. In 2004, it passed a ballot initiative that required prospective voters to provide documentary proof of citizenship in addition to completing the federal voter registration form. As Nina Perales of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund told NPR...
    Judge J.P. Boulee of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has upheld the parts of Georgia’s Election Integrity Law challenged by an organization that sends prospective voters prefilled absentee ballot applications. VoteAmerica sued Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to strike down portions of Georgia Senate Bill 202 that add certain requirements for organizations or individuals that mail prefilled absentee ballot applications to potential voters. Georgia SB 202, signed into law by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) in May 2021, includes three provisions that apply additional restrictions to such ballot applications. Under the law, third-party organizations are prohibited from sending absentee ballot applications prefilled with the prospective voter’s required information. They are also prohibited from sending applications to prospective voters who have already requested an absentee ballot. Further, the absentee ballot applications must include the following disclaimer printed on the front of the form: This is NOT an official government publication and was NOT provided to you by any governmental entity and this is NOT a ballot. It is being distributed by [insert name and address of...
    There’s an inherent flaw in the emerging Democratic leadership’s strategy to the end of federal protections for abortion, to put the onus for fixing it on voters. Between racial gerrymanders and voter suppression, the window of opportunity for Democratic voters to save anything is being slammed shut by Republicans and the extremist majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. “Right now, I’m focused on one thing and that’s electing Democratic senators to the United States Senate,” Sen. Gary Peters, Chairman of the Democratic National Senatorial Committee (DSCC) told NBC News. “Our focus in my mind has to be 100% on making sure that we maintain and we expand the Democratic majority in the United States Senate. That’s how we affect real change.” The problem with that is that the Trump-packed U.S. Supreme Court has stacked the deck against that actually working, and are still at it. On Tuesday, in a 6-3 shadow docket ruling, the extremist majority blocked a lower court order that had struck down a racial gerrymander drawn by the Republican legislature in Louisiana. A federal judge had ordered the state to create a new map...
    We start today with Ariane de Vogue of CNN writing that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will become Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson at noon EST today and joins a highly divided SCOTUS.  On the very first day of the term, Jackson will take the seat reserved for the court’s junior-most justice and hear a case that could limit the federal government’s jurisdiction over wetlands protected under the Clean Water Act. The next day, they will hear a redistricting case out of Alabama and explore the contours of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that bars voting practices that discriminate on the basis of race.[...] Still unscheduled are two affirmative action cases challenging admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina. Presumably because of her time serving on Harvard’s board of overseers, Jackson said during her confirmation hearing that she would recuse herself from the Harvard dispute. She still can, however, rule on the North Carolina challenge. The court will also deal with a case concerning a web designer who won’t work with same-sex couples out of an objection to same-sex...
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt by a New Mexico county commissioner to shut down state proceedings against him that seek to remove him from office because of his conviction for trespassing on US Capitol grounds on January 6, 2021. Couy Griffin, an Otero County commissioner and a prominent right-wing conspiracy theorist who was part of the Capitol insurrection mob, returned to national attention earlier this month by refusing to certify the results of recent primary elections in his county, citing baseless claims of election irregularities, which triggered a standoff with state election authorities. The liberal-leaning watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, also known as CREW, says Griffin should be removed from office and banned from running again because of the US Constitution's "disqualification clause," which says any officeholder who later supports an insurrection is no longer eligible to serve. Like-minded activist groups have relied on this same provision to pursue unsuccessful challenges against other Republican officials, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina. The group initiated the...
    By Grant Schulte and Brian Melley | Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation, a $25,000 fine and community service for lying to federal authorities about an illegal campaign contribution, on the same day that voters in his district were deciding on his replacement in a special election. Fortenberry, 61, sat quietly as a federal judge read the sentence in a Los Angeles courtroom. The former congressman resigned in March shortly after a California jury found him guilty in the corruption case. He has maintained his innocence and said he plans to appeal. Fortenberry chose not to address the court. Judge Stanley Blumenfeld Jr. said Fortenberry “turned a blind eye and a deaf ear” to indications that the source of his donations was illicit. “Mr. Fortenberry chose the wrong path,” Blumenfeld said. “He decided to respond with dishonesty rather than honesty, and lying, especially in this context, is certainly a serious matter.” But the judge said he was convinced that Fortenberry’s actions were not representative of...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Just hours after a judge sentences an ex-congressman from Nebraska for lying to federal agents, voters in his district are expected to elect a different conservative Republican to represent the GOP-dominated district. Former U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry will learn Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom whether he’ll get prison time for misleading the FBI about $30,000 in illegal, foreign contributions to his campaign. Back in Nebraska, voters in the nine-term Republican’s district will head to the polls to pick a new representative. Two state lawmakers, Republican Mike Flood and Democrat Patty Pansing Brooks, are running for the seat in the eastern Nebraska district. Flood appears to have a strong edge in the district, which includes Lincoln, parts of suburban Omaha and dozens of smaller, more conservative towns. The district has nearly 68,000 more Republicans than Democrats and hasn’t elected a Democrat to Congress since 1964. Republicans are also outpacing Democrats in early-ballot turnout for the special election, according to the Nebraska secretary of state’s office. In most elections, early absentee votes tend to favor Democrats. For...
    John Eastman, the author of an infamous legal memo that outlined how Donald Trump could claim victory despite losing the 2020 presidential election, said Monday that his phone was seized by federal agents. Eastman claimed that officers 'forced' him to unlock his iPhone 12 Pro and accessed his email accounts, in a court filing first reported by CNN. Half a dozen agents reportedly confronted the right-wing attorney in New Mexico as he was leaving a restaurant with his wife and another person on Wednesday evening last week. The filing also suggests authorities had a warrant to take Eastman's electronic devices.  Eastman 'was forced to provide biometric data to open said phone' and 'was not provided a copy of the warrant until after his phone was seized, and even then, he was only given a copy of the search warrant but not the supporting affidavit referenced in it,' it states. He's now demanding that a New Mexico court force the federal government to return his property, in addition to destroying the records it obtained and barring further access. It's the newest in...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer who aided former President Donald Trump’s efforts to undo the 2020 election results said in a federal court filing Monday that FBI agents seized his cell phone last week. John Eastman said the agents took his phone as he left a restaurant last Wednesday evening, the same day federal law enforcement officials conducted similar activity around the country as part of broadening investigations into efforts by Trump allies to overturn the election results. Eastman said the agents who approached him appeared to be serving a warrant from the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General. The action was disclosed in a filing in federal court in New Mexico in which Eastman challenges the legitimacy of the warrant and asks that a court force the FBI to return his phone. Federal agents last week served a raft of subpoenas related to a scheme by Trump allies to put forward alternate, or fake, slates of electors in hopes of invalidating the election won by Democrat Joe Biden. Also Wednesday, agents searched the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, a...
    Federal agents raided the home of Jeffrey Clark, a senior Justice Department official who pushed Donald Trump's unfounded election fraud claims, on Wednesday as part of a sprawling federal investigation into last year's attack on the U.S. Capitol. It happened a day before the House January 6 committee was due to highlight Trump's failed efforts to pressure Justice Department officials and a plan to install Clark as attorney general. They arrived at his suburban Virginia home in the early morning, according to several reports. An ally, Russ Vought, who headed the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump White House, said Clark had to stand in the street in his pyjamas. 'The new era of criminalizing politics is worsening in the US,' tweeted Vought. 'Yesterday more than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officials searched Jeff Clark’s house in a pre-dawn raid, put him in the streets in his PJs, and took his electronic devices.' Attorneys for Clark did not respond to requests for comment.  Federal agents reportedly searched the home of Jeffrey Clark, a former Department of Justice lawyer...
    Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference, where they announced that Purdue Pharma LP has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges over the handling of its addictive prescription opioid OxyContin at the Justice Department on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.Yuri Gripas | Getty Images Federal agents on Wednesday visited the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, who as a top Department of Justice official was part of a plan by then-President Donald Trump to overturn the results of the 2020 election The unusual visit came a day before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol was set to hear, among other things, about Clark's role in Trump's campaign to pressure DOJ officials toss out President Joe Biden's win. ABC News, which cited multiple sources with knowledge of what that outlet called a search at Clark's home in Lorton, also reported that a neighbor of his saw FBI agents entering and exiting that residence early Wednesday.CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage:...