DOJ Considering Special Counsel for Trump Cases in Event He Runs for President

Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have reportedly engaged in discussions over whether two investigations involving former President Donald Trump would require the use of a special counsel should he decide to run for president. According to reporting from CNN, which cited numerous sources familiar with the talks, the special counsel would oversee the investigations into the January 6 Capitol attack and Trump’s improper transfer of thousands of government documents from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago estate following his departure from office. The report is the clearest indication yet that the DOJ is moving forward with its inquiries and will…

Nonprofit Watchdog Group Promises to Sue Trump if He Tries to Run For President

A nonprofit government watchdog group has warned former President Donald Trump that if he tries to run for any government office again, they will sue to stop him from doing so. Citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Noah Bookbinder, president and CEO of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), stated in a letter addressed directly to Trump that the organization would “pursue your disqualification” if he decides to run for president in 2024. “The United States Constitution establishes basic qualifications for holding the office of president, as well as circumstances under which an…

Chad: Repression of demonstrations must stop immediately

Reacting to the crackdown against today’s protests and the deaths of demonstrators, Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa said: “Violent clashes occurred this morning between security forces and demonstrators in N’Djamena and elsewhere in the country. According to initial testimonies collected by Amnesty International, the security forces fired live ammunition […] The post Chad: Repression of demonstrations must stop immediately appeared first on Amnesty International.

Expert Says Trump Could Face Perjury Charge If He Lies at Live Jan. 6 Deposition

Members of the House select committee investigating the attack on the United States Capitol building on January 6, 2021, are reportedly split on whether they should allow former President Donald Trump the opportunity to appear on live television to deliver a deposition. During what may have been its final live hearing, the January 6 committee last week voted unanimously to subpoena Trump. After doing so, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said that people close to Trump said he wanted to comply with their order to testify — but only if he could do so during another live hearing. “The…

Jan. 6 Panel Members Propose Reforms to Electoral College Certification Process

Two members of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol submitted a bill that would reform the count of Electoral College votes. The Presidential Election Reform Act — sponsored by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California) — would change aspects of the Electoral Count Act, making it more difficult for elected officials to overturn the will of voters. “Our proposal is intended to preserve the rule of law for all future presidential elections by ensuring that self-interested politicians cannot steal from the people the guarantee that our government derives its…

How Palestinian resistance tore down the Green Line long ago

Israel's consolidation of a single regime unwittingly enabled Palestinians to rebuild their national fabric between the river and the sea. Now, despite their physical dispersal, Palestinians have never been more connected. The post How Palestinian resistance tore down the Green Line long ago appeared first on +972 Magazine.

The Secret Service Text Cover-Up Keeps Getting Bigger

The growing super-scandal surrounding text messages from 1/6 that were deleted by the Secret Service, Homeland Security and now the Department of Defense leaves one grasping for adjectives that fit the moment. Journalist Seth Abramson was unequivocal on Tuesday — “Biggest Cover-up in American History” — and I am hard-pressed to dispute him. “So now we have missing Secret Service texts that could establish contacts between Donald Trump and the domestic terrorists of Stop the Steal, missing DHS texts that would reveal secret lobbying by Trump’s ‘legal team,’ and possibly missing Pentagon texts about *martial law*,” Abramson wrote on Twitter.…

Jan. 6 Committee Has Requested Alex Jones Texts, Sandy Hook Parents’ Lawyer Says

The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol building has asked Mark Bankston, a lawyer representing parents of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, to hand over text messages and other phone data from right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. On Thursday, Bankston revealed that the committee has contacted him regarding the messages, which he had received during the defamation trial that was brought against Jones by the parents of Sandy Hook victims. The committee has not yet announced the request for the data. Jones was found guilty of defaming the parents of…

Trump Claims “Absolute Immunity” Protects Him Against Jan. 6 Civil Lawsuits

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump have filed a legal motion to the D.C. Circuit Court, appealing a judge’s ruling from February that said civil lawsuits against the former president surrounding the January 6 Capitol attack can move forward. In their argument, Trump’s lawyers claim that this and other lawsuits relating to the events of January 6, 2021, cannot move forward because Trump was still in office during the attack and therefore had “absolute immunity” regarding his speech to his loyalists. Absolute immunity is a legal standard that protects presidents from being held accountable for their words or actions if…

Garland Issues Memo Shielding Political Candidates From DOJ Inquiries

A Department of Justice (DOJ) memo approved by Attorney General Merrick Garland extends a policy, which originated under the Trump administration, on how the department can investigate political candidates, potentially giving the former president added protection from federal inquiries as he considers another run for office. The memo, which was first reported on by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, demands that investigators receive written permission from the attorney general before opening inquiries into individuals running for president or vice president, or into senior members involved in their political campaigns. It also limits what DOJ officials can say or how they can…

Steve Bannon’s Contempt of Congress Trial Formally Began Today

The contempt of Congress trial of Steve Bannon, a former White House political strategist for former President Donald Trump, formally began on Monday, with the selection of jurors who will eventually determine his legal fate. Bannon faces two contempt of Congress charges based on his refusal to adhere to subpoenas from the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building. Bannon is the first individual from Trump’s inner circle of former aides and confidantes to be tried due to the committee’s work, although the charges he faces are unrelated to anything the panel has unearthed…

January 6 Committee Subpoenas Secret Service in Search for Deleted Texts

The congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol subpoenaed the U.S. Secret Service Friday evening as the panel attempts to recover text messages that were deleted shortly after oversight officials requested them. “The committee is absolutely determined to get to the bottom of this and to find all of the missing texts,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the panel, told reporters Friday. “They are missing, but in the age of high technology, we should not give up.” In a letter to United States Secret Service (USSS) Director James Murray, Rep. Bennie Thompson…

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