Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump investigations
Donald Trump ultimately lost his battle to block Democratic-led House committees from obtaining his tax returns, staging a sprint of investigators with Democratic lawmakers to vet them before the next Congress is sworn in.
After years of seeking to protect his tax returns from publication, Mr. Trump suffered a final defeat on Tuesday, ironically at the hands of the conservative majority he himself installed on the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, New York prosecutors are awaiting a verdict in the tax evasion trial against the Trump Organization after closing their case on Monday following the appearance of only two witnesses.
And in Washington, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Trump Covid response team member who has become the Maga right’s top target, gave his final White House press conference on Tuesday as he prepares to take his retirement after more than five decades of government service. He remains a figure of hatred for many on the Trump-aligned right, despite the former president refusing to fire him from his administration.
Kanye West “visit Mar-a-Lago”
Kanye West, aka Ye, was recently readmitted to Twitter by Elon Musk after all, but backed out of public acceptance with a threat to go “death con 3” on the Jewish people. And he’s now using his account to brag about his longtime affinity with Donald Trump:
Mr. West’s erratic behavior in recent years makes it difficult to know if anything in this tweet is truth, parody or fabrication.
Andrew NaughtyNovember 23, 2022 2:00 p.m.
Former anti-abortion campaigner claims Supreme Court justice leaked landmark 2014 decision to influential donors
The Supreme Court’s conservatives are under fire again – this time with a second charge involving one of their members who allegedly leaked a ruling before it was publicly announced.
Evangelical minister Rob Schenck, once a prominent anti-abortion leader in Washington DC, says in a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts that he was made aware of the High Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which marked a significant victory for Christian conservative groups.
But Judge Samuel Alito, the member of the Court accused of leaking the ruling, is already denying it, saying he never detected any effort on the part of Mr Schenck to influence the rulings or “extract” them. of the court.
Learn more about the latest scandal shrouding the beleaguered Court’s conservative majority:
Andrew NaughtyNovember 23, 2022 1:30 p.m.
Trump denounces the loss of the Supreme Court
Donald Trump reliably flies away on Truth Social whenever he suffers a legal setback, and it was so after the Supreme Court yesterday sided with Congress in its efforts to keep his tax returns secret. Not only did he sue the court over it, but he also recalled the court’s dismissal of a case challenging the 2020 election results, where it was decided that the group of states bringing the case did not was not qualified to do so.
Andrew NaughtyNovember 23, 2022 1:00 p.m.
Mike Pence walked away from anti-LGBT figures before five people were killed in Colorado shooting
Former Vice President Mike Pence appeared to take a step back from his party’s far-right stance in an interview recorded just days before the deadly attack at a gay nightclub that was blamed on a growing wave of anti-LGBT hate.
Its pivot occurred during an interview with CBS’s Margaret Brennan; it has since been reported that Mr Pence is actively recruiting ahead of a 2024 White House bid.
The former vice president and longtime conservative appeared to back away from the rhetoric adopted by many far-right commentators such as Matt Walsh, Chris Rufo and Tucker Carlson seeking to link American LGBT people to pedophilia in remarks premonitions that took place just a few days ago. before the Colorado Springs shooting.
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John Bowden23 November 2022 12:31
Jury begins to deliberate in Oath Keepers sedition trial
A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four associates, who are charged with seditious conspiracy – the most serious charge to emerge from the Jan. 6 and attack on the Capitol so far. ‘now.
If found guilty, members of the right-wing militia face up to 20 years in prison.
Learn more about this high-profile case that could have serious implications for Justice Department prosecutions on January 6 in the future:
Jury begins to deliberate in Oath Keepers sedition trial
Jurors have begun deliberating in the Capitol riots case accusing Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four associates of a violent conspiracy to prevent the transfer of presidential power from Republican Donald Trump to Democrat Joe Biden
Andrew Naughty23 November 2022 12:00
Supreme Court sides with Congress in Trump tax case
Donald Trump ultimately lost his battle to block Democratic-led House committees from obtaining his tax returns, staging a dead sprint by investigators with Democratic lawmakers to review them before the next Congress is sworn in.
The president had sought for years to prevent his tax returns from going to the House Ways and Means Committee, but on Tuesday he ironically suffered a final defeat at the hands of the conservative majority he himself installed in the highest court in the land.
The House members’ victory on Tuesday means Democratic lawmakers will have the rest of November and December to issue reports based on the findings of the tax returns before committee control is handed over to Republicans in January. Democrats will still be able to release reports beyond that date, but will not have the committee’s authority to seek further documents or evidence.
Andrew NaughtyNovember 23, 2022 11:30 am
Appeals panel seems inclined to reject Trump’s special master order
Donald Trump could be on the verge of a major defeat in his lawsuit against the Justice Department, filed in response to the search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago.
A three-judge panel at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals appears poised to overturn a district judge’s order barring the Justice Department from using documents seized in the August 8 search in home and office of former President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida.
John BowdenNovember 23, 2022 10:30 am
Fauci gives ‘final message’ to Americans in last public briefing after 54 years of service
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House Covid response coordinator appointed by Donald Trump and later made an object of malice by the conservative right, gave his last press conference as director of NIAID on Tuesday.
Addressing Americans in the role for the last time, he urged listeners to get vaccinated and to continue taking common-sense preventive measures against the Covid virus – even as fewer and fewer Americans wear masks and practice social distancing.
At one point the briefing was interrupted by a right-wing reporter who asked for time to ask about the origin of the virus.
John BowdenNovember 23, 2022 9:31 a.m.
Trump posts bizarre video manipulating famous movie scenes on fans flattering him
Former President Donald Trump regularly ‘re-truths’ posts that sing his praises, but one of his most recent posts includes an edited video featuring a bizarre mix of movie scenes in which characters look on in rapt glee. the former president gives speeches and boasts about himself.
As the video scrolls, scenes from movies such as Napoleon Dynamite, Forrest Gump, Gremlins, Kill Bill, Fargo, Ed Wood and more play out, showing characters gathering to watch Mr. Trump boast in more “candid” campaign speeches and public meetings. and-salute.
Watch the bizarre video and learn more about Mr. Trump’s latest attempt to solicit praise from his supporters by The Independent:
John BowdenNovember 23, 2022 08:30
Conservatives complain about Trump special adviser’s wife’s ties to Michelle Obama
Donald Trump and his entourage are angry at the appointment of Jack Smith, a career prosecutor with the Department of Justice, to the role of special counsel determining whether the ex-president will face criminal charges.
The target of their anger is the wife of Mr Smith, who was discovered to be a 2020 Democrat donor and who previously worked on a documentary based on the memoir of Michelle Obama.
Some say the issue parallels left-wing outrage over Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and her role in trying to overturn the 2020 election before her husband speaks out on issues. cases involving the White House and Jan. 6.
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John BowdenNovember 23, 2022 07:30