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    BOSTON (CBS) – Senate Democrats came up short of the 67 votes needed to convict former President Donald Trump for impeachment on Saturday. Now, Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey says that outcome could have serious repercussions down the line. In a historic vote, the Senate acquitted Trump in inciting the January 6 riots at the Capitol, with only 57 Senators voting “Guilty”. RELATED: Our Family Has Lost Everything: Worcester Court Officer Mourns Loss of 3 Family Members After Deadly House Fire Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell argued it’s unconstitutional to impeach a President who is no longer in office. But Markey now fears the acquittal will empower not only Trump, but his supporters who stormed the Capitol. “It’s a get out of jail free card the Republicans have given him,” Markey said. “And I think we’re now going to reap the whirlwinds from Donald Trump because he will feel there’s no...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the Senate's acquittal of former President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection was a reminder that democracy was fragile, and every American had a duty to defend the truth. "This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile," Biden said in a statement hours after the Senate failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by William Mallard) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, crime
    WATCH: Day 5 of Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment hearing WTOP’s coverage of the Capitol riot President Joe Biden weighed in late Saturday night on former President Donald Trump’s acquittal in his second impeachment trial, saying that democracy is “fragile” and “must always be defended.” “This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies,” Biden said in a statement. The Senate acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial Saturday, voting that the former President was not guilty of inciting the deadly January 6 riot at the US Capitol. The final vote — 57 guilty to 43 not guilty —...
    More from: Michael Goodwin No ‘unity’ in Bidens executive orders: Goodwin With acquittal a foregone conclusion, the real drama is what Trump does next: Goodwin New York Times ties itself in woke knots: Goodwin Take the GOP deal, Mr. Prez: Goodwin Biden brood already cashing in on Joes presidency: Goodwin And so the verdict is . . . Hallelujah. It’s over.  The acquittal of former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial is a fitting outcome to a case that should not have happened. Never before has a former president been impeached and put on trial, and it should never happen again.  This was a show trial, an attempt by Democrats to humiliate Trump after his election defeat and force Republicans to side with him or against him. While the president’s speech before the Capitol riot was at times too angry and bitter, there was nothing in it that could...
    President BidenJoe BidenGraham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Overnight Defense: Pentagon, Congress appoint panel members to rename Confederate bases | Military approves 20 more coronavirus vaccination teams Lawmakers give standing ovation for Officer Eugene Goodman MORE on late Saturday night issued a statement on the acquittal of former President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Graham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Trump told McCarthy that rioters 'more upset about the election than you are': report MORE, in which he said that he was thinking about those who protected the Capitol on Jan. 6, adding that though Republican senators largely did not vote against Trump, the “substance of the charge” was not in dispute. The Senate voted 57-43 on Saturday to acquit Trump of the charge of incitement of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol building. At...
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    Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Joe Biden reacted to the news of former President Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second impeachment trial Saturday, calling it a “sad chapter in our history,” and urging Americans to commit to defending truth and defeating lies in order to “end this uncivil war.” Biden’s statement began with a mention of he and his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, paying their respects to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick while he laid in honor in the Capitol rotunda. Sicknick died after sustaining injuries during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Biden praised the 57 Senators, “including a record 7 Republicans,” who voted to convict Trump “for inciting that deadly insurrection on our very democracy,” highlighting that the vote in both the Senate and the House had been bipartisan. “While the final vote did not lead to a conviction,” Biden continued, “the substance of the charge is...
    PRESIDENT Biden said that "Mitch McConnell believes Trump is guilty" and "morally responsible for the Capitol riots. Biden's comments came after Trump for the second time was acquitted in the Senate – and vowed his Maga journey "has only just begun." 6Joe Biden said that Mitch McConnell believes Trump is guilty as the former president was acquitted for the second time in the HouseCredit: AP - Associated Press 6Donald Trump repeated his claim that he was under a 'witch hunt'Credit: AP:Associated Press 6MAGA supporters stormed the Capitol Hill building following a speech by TrumpCredit: Rex Features 6Trump supporters took over the building as the result in the presidential election was being confirmedCredit: AFP or licensors The Senate vote of 57-43 fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict on Saturday. Biden gave respects to those who stood guard in the Capitol and those who were killed in the violence...
    Donald Trump has privately shared concerns that he could be criminally prosecuted over his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a new report. 'He's worried about it,' one adviser close to Trump told CNN, saying that Trump had remained mostly silent since leaving the White House due to fears of potential criminal liability. After the Senate voted 57-43 to acquit Trump of incitement to insurrection on Saturday, even several top Republicans who voted to acquit suggested that criminal charges could be warranted.  'The ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked,' said Senator Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican who voted not guilty.  'No president is above the law or immune from criminal prosecution, and that includes former president Trump,' Tillis added. Donald Trump has privately shared concerns that he could be criminally prosecuted over his role in...
    President Joe Biden issued a statement late Saturday, hours after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on an article of impeachment for "inciting an insurrection." "While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute," Biden wrote. "Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a 'disgraceful dereliction of duty' and "practically and morally responsible for provoking' the violence unleashed on the Capitol." This is a developing story. Check back for updates.Dom Calicchio is a Senior Editor at FoxNews.com. Reach him at dom.calicchio@foxnews.com.
    (CNN)President Joe Biden weighed in late Saturday night on former President Donald Trump's acquittal in his second impeachment trial, saying that democracy is "fragile" and "must always be defended.""This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies," Biden said in a statement. The Senate acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial Saturday, voting that the former President was not guilty of inciting the deadly January 6 riot at the US Capitol. The final vote -- 57 guilty to 43 not guilty -- was 10 votes short of the 67 guilty votes needed to convict, with seven Republicans finding him guilty....
    The Republican Party still belongs to Donald Trump. After he incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month, the GOP considered purging the norm-shattering former president. But in the end, only seven of 50 Senate Republicans voted to convict Trump in his historic second impeachment trial on Saturday. For Trumps loyalists, the acquittal offers a vindication of sorts and a fresh connection to the former presidents fiery base. And for Trumps GOP antagonists, it marks another alarming sign that the party is lurching further in a dangerous direction with little desire to reconnect with the moderates, women and college-educated voters Trump alienated. Ultimately, the resolution of the impeachment trial brings into clear relief a divide in the GOP that party leaders, donors and voters will have to navigate as they try to regain control of Congress next year and aim to retake the White House in 2024. That...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party still belongs to Donald Trump. After he incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month, the GOP considered purging the norm-shattering former president. But in the end, only seven of 50 Senate Republicans voted to convict Trump in his historic second impeachment trial on Saturday. For Trump’s loyalists, the acquittal offers a vindication of sorts and a fresh connection to the former president’s fiery base. And for Trump’s GOP antagonists, it marks another alarming sign that the party is lurching further in a dangerous direction with little desire to reconnect with the moderates, women and college-educated voters Trump alienated. Ultimately, the resolution of the impeachment trial brings into clear relief a divide in the GOP that party leaders, donors and voters will have to navigate as they try to regain control of Congress next year and aim to retake the White...
    (CNN)In the moments after former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate for a second time in a little more than a year, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell rose to speak. His message was clear: the former President could not be the future of the Republican Party. Even as McConnell voted that Trump was not guilty Saturday for inciting an insurrection -- raising constitutional and specific legal objections -- McConnell's words underscored the challenge for the Republican Party going forward. They are torn between two competing interests: sticking with Trump enough to woo supporters for themselves and erasing Trump's dangerous final days from the GOP's legacy."Former President Trump's actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty," McConnell said on the floor Saturday."Anyone who decries his awful behavior is accused of insulting millions of voters. That is an absurd deflection," McConnell added. "Seventy-four million Americans did not invade...
    The home of Michael van der Veen has been vandalized with graffiti as Donald Trump's impeachment lawyer celebrated the former president's historic acquittal on Saturday. Van der Veen was seen hugging and fist-bumping other members of the team on Saturday, reported USA Today's Christal Hayes. 'We're going to Disney World,' van der Veen said, according to Hayes. Van der Veen's suburban Philadelphia home was defaced with the word 'Traitor' in red paint at the entrance of the driveway and an arrow pointing to the home, a picture posted by The Philadelphia Inquirer shows. Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen was seen fist-bumping other members of the legal team after the acquittal Van der Veen was also pictured hugging other members of the team after the historic impeachment win Van der Veen was overheard by pool reporters telling members of the team: 'We're going to Disney World' Michael...
    More On: impeachment Trump attorney after impeachment win: ‘We’re going to Disney World’ Last-minute delays, missteps dominate Democrats’ impeachment finale Trump thanks senators who cleared him in ‘sad’ impeachment trial, talks of ‘work ahead of us’ Senate votes to acquit Donald Trump in impeachment trial Republicans on Saturday offered wide-ranging reactions to President Trump’s impeachment acquittal. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), who was among the 43 Senate Republicans voting to acquit Trump, tweeted, “Impeachment is not supposed to be political sport where one party seeks advantage over the other at the expense of the country. The merits of the Democrats’ case were not even close.” Trump confidante Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wrote, “For the good of the country I hope this will be the last Senate impeachment where a President is impeached without a lawyer, without witnesses, and a trial record is built on hearsay upon hearsay.” Although he was not...
    Former President Donald Trump celebrated his second impeachment acquittal after his Senate trial concluded on Saturday. The former president asserted that Congressional Democrats pursued the ongoing “witch hunt” because nearly 75 million Americans voted for his re-election. “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country,” Trump wrote. “No president has ever gone through anything like it.” The Senate vote failed 57-43, ending the trial to impeach the former president. The vote failed to meet the two-thirds majority threshold needed to impeach Trump, but seven Republicans joined Democrats in finding the former president guilty. The failed impeachment attempt means that Trump can theoretically run again for president, something Democrats and some establishment Republicans were eager to prevent Trump signaled a future in politics but not necessarily through elected office. “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only...
    By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's unprecedented second impeachment trial ended in acquittal Saturday, the Democratic-led prosecution failing to garner enough Republican support to convict the former president of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S Capitol. Seven Republicans joined unified Democrats, but they fell 10 votes shy of the 67 needed to find Trump guilty. “The failure to convict Donald Trump will live as a vote of infamy in the history of the United States Senate," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat. Even after failing to secure a second term, much of the Republican base remains fiercely loyal to Trump. And many Republican senators are leery of crossing the former president, who is known for seeking retribution. Despite voting to acquit, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said there is no doubt that Trump “is practically and morally responsible for provoking the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment trial ended in acquittal Saturday, the Democratic-led prosecution failing to garner enough Republican support to convict the former president of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S Capitol. Seven Republicans joined unified Democrats, but they fell 10 votes shy of the 67 needed to find Trump guilty. “The failure to convict Donald Trump will live as a vote of infamy in the history of the United States Senate,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat. Even after failing to secure a second term, much of the Republican base remains fiercely loyal to Trump. And many Republican senators are leery of crossing the former president, who is known for seeking retribution. Despite voting to acquit, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said there is no doubt that Trump “is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the...
    After the Senate voted to acquit former President Trump, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Senate passes bill to award Capitol Police officer Congressional Gold Medal We know how Republicans will vote — but what do they believe? MORE (D-Calif.) on Saturday ruled out censuring the former president — an idea that several Republicans had floated in recent days. “Censure is a slap in the face of the Constitution. It lets everybody off the hook, it lets everybody off the hook,” Pelosi told reporters following the Senate impeachment trial at the Capitol.  “Oh, these cowardly senators who couldn’t face up to what the president did and what was at stake for our country are now going to have a chance to give a little slap on the wrist?” Pelosi said while slapping her own wrist.  “We censure people for using stationery for the wrong purpose. We don’t...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/CBS News) — The Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting the January 6 riot at the Capitol in his second impeachment trial. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats in voting guilty for a majority of 57 votes, but Democrats failed to get the two-thirds majority needed to convict. Both Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith voted to convict Trump of incitement charges in the wake of the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters as Congress was voting to affirm the results of President Joe Biden’s election win. RELATED: Senate Votes To Acquit Trump In Second Impeachment Trial (CBS News) A number of Minnesota politicians responded to Trump’s second impeachment acquittal Saturday afternoon. Sen. Tina Smith (D): “The facts and the evidence were overwhelming—former President Donald Trump lied for months to his supporters, summoned them to Washington, and incited a violent insurrection...
    (CNN)Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks from the Senate floor on Saturday after a historic vote to acquit former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.Read his remarks below provided by McConnell's office, as prepared for delivery:"January 6th was a disgrace."American citizens attacked their own government. They used terrorism to try to stop a specific piece of democratic business they did not like. "Fellow Americans beat and bloodied our own police. They stormed the Senate floor. They tried to hunt down the Speaker of the House. They built a gallows and chanted about murdering the Vice President.Read More"They did this because they had been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth — because he was angry he'd lost an election."Former President Trump's actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty."The House accused the former President of, quote, 'incitement.' That is a specific term...
    A prominent progressive group on Saturday called on the Biden administration’s Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against former President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Graham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Trump told McCarthy that rioters 'more upset about the election than you are': report MORE, just moments after Trump's acquittal in his impeachment trial. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) responded to the Senate trial verdict by circulating a petition to its nearly one million members calling on Biden’s nominee for attorney general, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandThere's more to repairing federal courts than Supreme Court expansion  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Day 1 goes to Dems as GOP fumes at Trump lawyers Senate sets hearing for Garland's attorney general nomination MORE, to investigate and prosecute Trump and his associates. “If we want accountability for Trump and...
    Former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Graham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Trump told McCarthy that rioters 'more upset about the election than you are': report MORE’s legal team were celebrating after Trump’s acquittal in his impeachment trial, with one of the members overheard saying “We’re going to Disney World.” Trump’s team was ecstatic with the outcome as they were posing for photos and joking around with each other. Michael Van der Veen, a lawyer for Trump, fist-bumped another member of the team and said “We’re going to Disney World,” according to the Senate's pool reporter on Saturday, USA Today's Christal Hayes. Trump was acquitted after the five-day Senate trial in a 57-43 vote. Sixty-seven votes were needed to secure a conviction, which requires a two-thirds vote. Seven Republicans voted to convict Trump along with every Democrat in the...
    The Senates top Democrat says Jan. 6 will live as a "day of infamy" in American history and  the vote to acquit Donald Trump "will live as a vote of infamy in the history of the United States Senate." Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., took to the Senate floor Saturday to decry the Senates acquittal of the former president on a charge that he incited the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He applauded the seven Republicans who joined all 50 Democrats in voting to convict Trump. He called the day of the riot the "final, terrible legacy" of Trump and said the stain of his actions will never be "washed away." The Senate acquitted Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, bringing his trial to a close and giving the former president a historic second victory in the court of impeachment. Trump is the first...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., blasted Senate Republicans as cowards who refused to stand up to former President Trump and find him guilty in the impeachment trial. "What we saw in that Senate today was a cowardly group of Republicans," Pelosi said of the majority of the Senate GOP who found Trump "not guilty" of incitement of insurrection.  Pelosi joined the House impeachment managers Saturday at a news conference after the Senate acquitted Trump again in his second impeachment trial. The vote 57-43 in favor of conviction, but still 10 short of the supermajority needed. "Justice wasn't done," Pelosi said of the vote.  Pelosi took special aim at GOP Leader Mitch McConnell for delaying the start of the impeachment trial and then saying Saturday he couldn't vote to convict Trump because the trial started after Trump left office.  "You chose not to receive it," Pelosi said of the article of impeachment the...
    On Saturday, the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection against the U.S. government. As CSPAN reported via Twitter, Trump immediately released a statement, praising senators who, in voting to acquit him, “stood proudly for the Constitution.” Trump also slammed the Democratic Party, claiming that liberal lawmakers have been given a “free pass” to excuse violence and purge their political opponents from the public sphere. The former commander-in-chief denounced the impeachment process as a continuation of a “witch hunt” against him, claiming that no president in American history has been treated so unfairly. “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people… who voted for us just a few short months ago.”...
    (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke from the floor of the US Senate on Saturday, immediately following the historic vote to acquit former President Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial. Schumer's office provided a copy of the New York Democrat's remarks. Read the text of Schumer's speech below as prepared for delivery:The case of Donald Trump's second impeachment trial was open and shut. President Trump told a lie -- a big lie -- that the election was stolen, and that he was the rightful winner. He laid the groundwork for this big lie in the months before the election, he told the big lie on election night, and he repeated the big lie more than 100 times in the weeks afterwards. He summoned his supporters to Washington, assembled them on the Ellipse, whipped them into a frenzy, and directed them at the Capitol.And then he watched, as the violence...
    VIDEO20:2820:28Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivers statement after Trump acquittalNews Videos Minutes after voting "not guilty" in Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the former president is clearly to blame for the deadly Capitol riot. "There's no question" that Trump "is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," McConnell said just after the Senate acquitted Trump of inciting the attack. "No question about it." But "the question is moot," McConnell said, because as a former president, "Trump is constitutionally not eligible for conviction." "After intense reflection, I believe the best constitutional reading shows that Article 2 Section 4 exhausts the set of persons who can legitimately be impeached, tried or convicted," McConnell said. "It's the president, it's the vice president, and civil officers. We have no power to convict a former office holder who is now a private citizen," he said....
    Former President Donald Trump has issued a statement, immediately following his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial over incitement of the January 6, 2021 assault on the United States capitol. “It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel, and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree,” the statement says. “I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issue of hte day without malice and without hate.” “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country,” it continues. “No...
    Former President Donald Trump hinted at a comeback as he cheered on being acquitted, for a second time, in an impeachment trial before the U.S. Senate.   'Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,' Trump said. 'In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people.' The former president sent out a statement within minutes of being acquitted Saturday by the Senate, in a vote that saw seven Republicans join with the Democrats, but 10 short of the total needed to convict Trump of inciting the January 6 insurrection.   Former President Donald Trump sent out a statement directly after the Senate voted Saturday to acquit, hinting at a political comeback   In his statement, Trump first thanked his 'dedicated lawyers,' as well as...
    Former President Donald Trump on Saturday thanked his lawyers and senators who voted against his impeachment conviction and foreshadowed his political future in a statement following the 57-43 Senate vote to acquit him of inciting an insurrection.  "I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth," Trump said. "My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country." He added: "This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Graham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Trump told McCarthy that rioters 'more upset about the election than you are': report MORE declared victory on Saturday after Senate Republicans voted to acquit him for a second time, saying that his political movement has “only just begun” and that he would have more to share in the near future. Trump thanked his legal team for “upholding justice and defending truth.” “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people,” he said in the statement. Senators voted 57-43 on whether to convict Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors for “willfully inciting...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Former President Donald Trump is welcoming his second impeachment acquittal and says his movement “has only just begun.” Trump in a lengthy statement is thanking his attorneys and his defenders in the House and Senate, who he said “stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.” He is slamming the trial as “yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country.” And he is telling his supporters that, “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun” and that he will have more to share with them in the months ahead. While Trump was acquitted by the Senate, seven Republicans voted to convict him, making it the most...
    Former President Donald Trump vowed that the United States will soon be hearing more from him after he was acquitted on one impeachment article. "My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country," he said in a statement. "It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree." "Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with...
    After the arguments on Friday of the lawyers of former president Donald Trump during the impeachment trial against him, the Senate is expected to meet again this Saturday, when it could vote to acquit or “convict” Trump. Miami World –Telemundo 51 Donald Trump’s lawyers for his second impeachment trial on Friday accused Democrats of waging a “hate” campaign against the former president, in a hasty defense of the former president’s actions and words prior to the Jan.6 invasion of the Capitol that precipitates the Senate towards a final vote on this historic process. The case is heading swiftly toward a vote, perhaps even Saturday, and possible exoneration in the Senate, where Democrats and Republicans have the same number of seats and where a two-thirds majority is needed for the ex-president to be found guilty. Trump’s attorneys made a condensed presentation that took less than three of the 16 hours they...
    As the second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump barrels toward its conclusion, the inevitable acquittal raises serious questions about the stability of our democracy. Trump lied to the American public about the nation’s election results, pressured state officials to change vote counts and incited a deadly insurrection at the Capitol to try to stop the certification of the Electoral College. It was a direct assault on our democracy that endangered the lives of our elected representatives. Yet it wasn’t enough for most Republican members of the House to vote to impeach, and it apparently won’t be enough for most GOP senators to support conviction. While Trump should be convicted and barred from holding office again, that’s almost certainly not going to happen. What does it mean for the next election, for the future of the Republican Party, for the future of our democracy, for our nation’s standing as a...
    Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial was poised to conclude Saturday following his defense team’s presentation meant to highlight the hypocrisy and holes in the case against him. Trump’s lawyers arrived Friday for the fourth day of the trial with their own loop of footage to counter days of dramatic and carefully edited video from Democratic impeachment managers that attempted to show the former president incited the violent Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol that followed his speech to supporters at a nearby rally protesting the certification of the presidential election results. “This impeachment is completely divorced from the facts, the evidence, and the interests of the American people,” Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen told senators Friday. “The Senate should promptly and decisively vote to reject it. No thinking person could seriously believe that the president's Jan. 6 speech on the ellipse was in any way an incitement...
    Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, was sent to the Senate for “inciting insurgency”. Un “unfair” trial, an act of “political revenge”: Donald Trump’s lawyers on Friday demanded the acquittal of the former president, calling his referral to the United States Senate “absurd” for “incitement to the insurrection ”. “Like all witch hunts initiated by the left over the past four years, the indictment has nothing to do with facts, evidence and American interests,” said Michael van der Veen in beginning the defense statement. Using the same weapons as Democratic prosecutors, he immediately released videos, in particular to show that Donald Trump has regularly presented himself as the protector of “law and order”, but also that his opponents have themselves sometimes held fiery speeches. The 45th President of the United States is notably accused of having launched “Fight like devils” to...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams will step down from his job as top federal prosecutor in Oregon at the end of the month, his office announced Friday. Williams, a 20-year U.S. Justice Department veteran, was first appointed by President Barack Obama in 2015 and reappointed by President Donald Trump in 2017 — and unusual move in a presidential transition when new administrations usually clean house. His last day will be Feb. 28 and his departure comes after President Joe Biden's administration asked for Williams and other presidentially appointed U.S. attorneys to step down in a call last week. Williams oversaw the high-profile trial and ultimate acquittal of Ammon and Ryan Bundy, brothers who staged a 2016 armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. He also oversaw the trial and acquittal of an FBI agent who was accused of firing shots during that occupation. More recently,...
    “Like all witch hunts initiated by the left over the past four years, the indictment has nothing to do with facts, evidence and American interests,” said Michael van der Veen in beginning the defense statement. Using the same weapons as Democratic prosecutors, he immediately released videos, in particular to show that Donald Trump has regularly presented himself as the protector of “law and order”, but also that his opponents have themselves sometimes held fiery speeches. The 45th President of the United States is notably reproached for having launched “Fight like devils” to his supporters, just before they launched an attack on the seat of Congress, where elected officials were in the process of to certify the victory of his democratic rival Joe Biden in the presidential election. “This is ordinary political rhetoric, no different from the language used by all parties for hundreds of years”, pleaded Mr. van der...
    Reuters February 12, 2021 0 Comments Donald Trump’s defense lawyers will make their case on Friday why the former president is not guilty of inciting last month’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, as the Senate races toward a final vote in his impeachment trial as soon as Saturday. Trump’s lawyer David Schoen said the defense team would take “three to four hours” on Friday to lay out its arguments against convicting Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 riot, which sent lawmakers scrambling for safety and resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer. Schoen did not discuss the defense strategy, but Trump’s lawyers have argued his rhetoric was protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and that prosecutors had not directly connected the actions of the rioters to Trump. Democratic prosecutors on Thursday wrapped up two days of arguments for Trump’s conviction, saying...
    “The president (Donald Trump, editor’s note) is very optimistic,” one of his lawyers, David Schoen, said Thursday on Fox News, promising a short presentation of less than four hours. Uno “tragedy” without “any link” with Donald Trump: the defense speaks Friday in the Senate, hoping for a quick acquittal of the former US president accused of “incitement to insurgency” in the assault on the Capitol . President Joe Biden, who has spent more than 35 years on the benches of the upper house of Congress, said he was “impatient” to see what his Republican “friends” would do in the vote that could come this weekend, hoping that they would take “their responsibilities”. From noon (6:00 p.m. HB), lawyers for the 45th President of the United States will attempt to dismantle the arguments of the Democratic prosecutors who, for two days, returned to the bloody attack of January 6...
    A “tragedy” without “any connection” with Donald Trump: the defense speaks on Friday in the Senate, hoping for a quick acquittal of the former US president accused of “incitement to insurgency” in the assault on the Capitol . President Joe Biden, who has spent more than 35 years on the benches of the upper house of Congress, said he was “impatient” to see what his Republican “friends” would do in the vote that could come this weekend, hoping that they would take “their responsibilities”. From noon (6:00 p.m. HB), lawyers for the 45th President of the United States will attempt to dismantle the arguments of the Democratic prosecutors who, for two days, returned to the bloody attack of January 6 in a relentless statement, riddled with shock videos. “The president (Donald Trump, editor’s note) is very optimistic,” one of his lawyers, David Schoen, said Thursday on Fox News, promising...
    Chip Somodevilla, Getty A leading Missouri paper is going after the state’s two senators, Sen. Josh Hawley (R) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R), for “blindly supporting” former President Donald Trump. In a blistering commentary, the editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch torched Hawley and Blunt for “refusing to see Trump’s guilt” ahead of this weekend’s impeachment vote. “The Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump should be an opportunity for Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley to redeem themselves for blindly supporting a man whose conduct was indefensible,” the Post-Dispatch editorial board wrote. “Instead, they continue bringing additional embarrassment to the state after having flirted with the abolition of democracy in favor of keeping a dictator wannabe in the White House.” The paper took specific aim at Hawley for defending his objection to the electoral college vote even after rioters stormed the Capitol. “I will not bow...
    By Susan Cornwell and Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's defense lawyers will make their case on Friday why the former president is not guilty of inciting last month's deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, as the Senate races toward a final vote in his impeachment trial as soon as Saturday. Trump's lawyer David Schoen said the defense team would take "three to four hours" on Friday to lay out its arguments against convicting Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 riot, which sent lawmakers scrambling for safety and resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer. Schoen did not discuss the defense strategy, but Trump's lawyers have argued his rhetoric was protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech and that prosecutors had not directly connected the actions of the rioters to Trump. Democratic prosecutors on Thursday wrapped up two days of arguments for Trump's...
    Senate Republicans, including those who do not plan to vote to convict former President TrumpDonald TrumpNRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized Blinken, UN head share first call after US rejoins Climate Accords, WHO GOP senators met with Trump's impeachment team to talk strategy MORE, say this week’s impeachment trial has effectively ended any chance of him becoming the GOP presidential nominee in 2024. From the viewpoint of some Republican senators, the compelling case presented by House prosecutors carries a silver lining: It means they likely won’t have to worry about Trump running for president again in three years, while at the same time eroding his influence in party politics more generally. Several Republican senators became irate watching videos of the violence and chaos inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, including footage of police officers being called “pigs” and “traitors” and one officer screaming...
    Democratic impeachment managers wrapped up their impeachment case against former President Donald Trump on Thursday, seeking to make it as difficult and uncomfortable as possible for GOP senators to vote for his acquittal. In two days of arguments on the Senate floor, the nine House Democrats prosecuting the case portrayed the ex-president as the primary driver of a deadly pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 to block the vote certifying President BidenJoe BidenFormer Republican officials in talks to form center-right anti-Trump party: report Biden raises concerns with Xi in first call with Chinese leader as president Castro: Trump further incited the mob 'against his own vice president' MORE's victory in the presidential election.  The long and haunting narrative was designed to sway public opinion and the history books as much as the Senate jurors. No more than five or six Senate Republicans are expected to vote to...
    Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTanden seeks to defuse GOP tensions over tweets Google expands election security aid for federal, state campaigns What I learned in 19 weeks of working with progressive Democrats MORE suggested in a tweet Wednesday that an acquittal in former President TrumpDonald TrumpSchoen says Trump team will be 'very well prepared' after criticism Iowa Republicans seek to cut funding for schools with 1619 Project in curriculum Capitol rioter seen smoking in Rotunda arrested MORE’s impeachment trial would only come as a result of “the jury includ[ing] his co-conspirators.” “If Senate Republicans fail to convict Donald Trump, it won't be because the facts were with him or his lawyers mounted a competent defense. It will be because the jury includes his co-conspirators,” Clinton tweeted Wednesday. If Senate Republicans fail to convict Donald Trump, it won't be because the facts were with him or...
    Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate sets hearing for Garland's attorney general nomination Cassidy calls Trump attorneys 'disorganized' after surprise vote to proceed with trial OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate advances nomination of Biden EPA pick Regan | Study: Fossil fuel air pollution linked to 1 in 5 deaths worldwide | Biden gets more time to decide on Dakota Access Pipeline MORE (R-S.C.), one of former President TrumpDonald TrumpSchoen says Trump team will be 'very well prepared' after criticism Iowa Republicans seek to cut funding for schools with 1619 Project in curriculum Capitol rioter seen smoking in Rotunda arrested MORE’s closest Senate allies, reassured Trump Tuesday evening that he will be acquitted on a charge of inciting an insurrection, even though his lawyers received bad reviews after opening arguments.  “I think his team will do better, can do better,” Graham told reporters, summarizing his conversation with Trump. “I reinforced to the president, the...
    More from: Michael Goodwin New York Times ties itself in woke knots: Goodwin Take the GOP deal, Mr. Prez: Goodwin Biden brood already cashing in on Joes presidency: Goodwin Impeaching Trump gets more divisive by the minute: Goodwin Joe Biden’s far-left ‘unity’ will divide us: Goodwin Given that there have been only four presidential impeachments in American history, and given that only one man has twice suffered the indignity, viewers who tuned into the start of Donald Trump’s second Senate trial had a right to expect a buzz of excitement and a sense of drama. What they got instead was buzz-kill and all the drama of watching paint dry. Who knew impeachment could be so lifeless and history so meaningless? Certainly Chief Justice John Roberts knew. His refusal to preside reveals the exercise to be a cheap knockoff rather than the real thing. And it’s impossible to believe the...
    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speculated that while former President Donald Trump will undergo a "lengthy" impeachment trial in the Senate, he will ultimately be acquitted of inciting an insurrection against the government. During an appearance on "America's Newsroom", Lee indicated the text surrounding whether a former president can be impeached isn't clear and that U.S. Senators should operate under an "abundance of caution" in order to avoid future abuse of constitutional law for partisan purposes.  Trump's lawyers are expected to argue that point, while House impeachment managers are prepped to refute it, in an effort that critics argue is intended to prevent a rumored 2024 Trump campaign. TRUMP'S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW MIKE LEE: "It begins with a lengthy diatribe against the former president and I think it ends in his acquittal. Look, one of the things that we'll be beginning with today is talking about the fact that there is a...
    A narrow majority of Americans say they support a Senate conviction of former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, which starts Tuesday. Fifty-two percent of people questioned in a new Gallup poll want Trump convicted, with 45% saying senators should acquit the former president. There was a similar response in an ABC News/IPSOS survey released Sunday, with 56% supporting conviction and 43% backing acquittal. TRUMP'S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW Those numbers are in line with two national polls released last week. Half of all Americans wanted Trump convicted and 45% called for acquittal in a Quinnipiac University poll, and a Marist national poll showed  50% supporting conviction and 41% calling for lawmakers to acquit Trump. The House of Representatives last month impeached the then-president on a charge of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, were killed during the...
    This Tuesday opens in the Senate the second impeachment trial of the former US president, after the one that resulted in his acquittal on February 5, 2020. correspondent in New York Donald Trump has still not emerged from his media isolation, since his stealthy departure from the White House on January 20. But here he is again on the front of the stage, forced and forced. This Tuesday opens in the Senate his second impeachment trial, after the one that led to his acquittal on February 5, 2020. 1 What is Donald Trump accused of?
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) repeated the sentiments of his GOP colleagues on Sunday and explained the outcome of the Senate impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump, which is slated to begin Tuesday, is “really not in doubt.” He predicted it will result in an acquittal as Democrats appear to lack support from enough Republicans to convict him. Graham made clear he does not intend to convict Trump in the Senate impeachment trial despite initially referring to the January 6 event as “a self-inflicted wound.” “It’s not a crime. I mean, the House is impeaching him under the theory that his speech created a riot,” he told Face the Nation’s Margaret Brennan on Sunday. “When you look at the facts, many people had already planned the- to attack the Capitol before he ever spoke.” Brennan referred to the trial memo, which contends that the former president’s pattern of behavior, particularly casting...
    Casey Anthony is planning to make a documentary abut the 2008 murder of her daughter, Caylee. First reported by TMZ and confirmed by DailyMail.com, Anthony, 34, is teaming up with producers Tamra Simmons and Ebony Porter-Ike for the film. The documentary is being filmed 10 years after Anthony was acquitted of her toddler daughter's killing, a contentious ruling that led to her being dubbed 'America's most hated mom.'  It comes two months after DailyMail.com revealed that Anthony filed paperwork for a new company named Case Research & Consulting Services  in hopes of becoming a private investigator.  Casey Anthony is making a documentary about the murder of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008. Pictured: Anthony and Caylee in an undated photo It comes 10 years after Anthony was acquitted of her daughter's killing, a contentious ruling that led to her being dubbed 'America's most hated mom.' Pictured: Anthony reacts to...
    In a piece for The New Yorker, Harvard Law School legal professor Jeannie Suk Gersen argued that the possible acquittal of Donald Trump in the forthcoming impeachment trial could help the real estate mogul emerge stronger. “Given the importance of condemning Trump’s destructive actions, the message sent by an acquittal may be worse than no trial,” she wrote. “And, further, the result may complicate any effort by criminal-law enforcement to investigate and indict Trump for inciting insurrection or even levying war agains the U.S.” According to Gersen, an acquittal could act as “confirmation” for Trump and his supporters’ unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud, which they believe is responsible for Democrat Joe Biden’s victory. “We’ll get the worst of all worlds: a divisive impeachment trial that inflames half the country and that brings no vindication for the other half.”   Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images As reported by Voice...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected any notion that former President Trump is headed for a second acquittal in the Senate during his impeachment trial.  Pelosi on Thursday expressed confidence her House impeachment managers will make a convincing argument to the Senate when the trial kicks off next week for incitement of insurrection.  "They will make the case," Pelosi said Thursday during a Capitol news conference. "But I have great confidence in them and we'll see if it's going to be a Senate of courage or cowards." DEMOCRATIC IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS ASK TRUMP TO TESTIFY UNDER OATH Trump's legal team said putting him on trial for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot would be unconstitutional since he no longer holds public office and therefore the Senate lacks jurisdiction. But Democrats are pressing forward with the impeachment trial because they say Trump must be held accountable and deserves the penalty of being barred from holding...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer left open the possibility Tuesday that Democrats could move to censure former President Donald Trump even if he is not convicted during his impeachment trial. Few Senate Republicans have indicated a willingness to vote against Trump, making the 67-vote threshold required to convict him a dim proposition for Democratic leaders. When asked whether Senate Democrats could pursue a censure, Schumer suggested all options were up for consideration. "I think the president should be tried. I hope he will vote to be convicted," Schumer told reporters. "Anything past that is something we can discuss, but he deserves conviction, nothing less." VideoTrump’s conviction on a single count of incitement of insurrection is considered a longshot after just five Republicans voted in favor of proceeding with the trial. GOP leaders, including Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, have raised questions about the constitutionality of impeaching a former president...
    More On: impeachment Trump denies inciting Capitol riot, says Senate can’t hold impeachment trial First legal briefs filed in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial Graham says GOP will call FBI to testify if Dems demand impeachment witnesses Trump announces new impeachment legal defense team Plans for the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump moved forward Tuesday — even though 45 Republican senators have already signaled agreement with a key defense point. The GOP bloc — which is large enough to ensure acquittal if it holds — last week voted in favor of dismissing the case against Trump on grounds that he’s now a private citizen. Trump echoed that argument Tuesday in a 14-page answer to the sole article of impeachment against him, with his lawyers saying the Senate “lacks jurisdiction over the 45th President because he holds no public office from which he can be removed.” Under the US...
    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Pakistani-British man acquitted of the 2002 gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl off death row and moved to a so-called government “safe house.” Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who has been on death row for 18 years, will be under guard and will not be allowed to leave the safe house, but he will be able to have his wife and children visit him. “It is not complete freedom. It is a step toward freedom,” said Sheikh’s father, Ahmad Saeed Sheikh, who attended the hearing. The Pakistan government has been scrambling to keep Sheikh in jail since a Supreme Court order last Thursday upheld his acquittal in the death of Pearl, triggering outrage by Pearl’s family and the U.S. administration. In a final effort to overturn the acquittal, Pakistan’s government as well as the Pearl family have filed an appeal...
    By KATHY GANNON, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Pakistani-British man acquitted of the 2002 gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl off death row and moved to a so-called government “safe house." Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who has been on death row for 18 years will be under guard and won’t be allowed to leave the safe house, but he will be able to have his wife and children visit him. “It is not complete freedom. It is a step toward freedom," said Sheikh's father, Saeed Sheikh, who attended the hearing. The Pakistan government has been scrambling to keep Sheikh in jail since a Supreme Court order last Thursday upheld his acquittal in the death of Pearl generating expressions of outrage by Pearl's family and the U.S. administration. In a final effort to overturn Sheikh's acquittal, Pakistan government as well as the Pearl...
    By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the release from prison on Tuesday of Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, a ringleader in the kidnapping and murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl by al Qaeda and Pakistani Islamist militants in 2002. Pakistan's government had appealed to the court on Friday to review its decision to free the British-born Islamist and three others convicted in the case, a day after their acquittal by a panel of three judges. The United States also expressed concern over Sheikh's acquittal, and top U.S. diplomat Antony Blinken repeated a call for accountability in his first phone call with Pakistan's foreign minister on Friday. The review panel, headed by Justice Omar Ata Bandyal, stood by the decision to acquit, and recommended that Sheikh should be moved to a "rest house" before being fully released. "He should be moved to a comfortable residential environment something like...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Pakistani-British man acquitted of the 2002 gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl off death row and moved to a so-called government “safe house.” Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who has been on death row for 18 years, will be under guard and will not be allowed to leave the safe house, but he will be able to have his wife and children visit him. “It is not complete freedom. It is a step toward freedom,” said Sheikh’s father, Ahmad Saeed Sheikh, who attended the hearing. The Pakistan government has been scrambling to keep Sheikh in jail since a Supreme Court order last Thursday upheld his acquittal in the death of Pearl, triggering outrage by Pearl’s family and the U.S. administration. In a final effort to overturn the acquittal, Pakistan’s government as well as the Pearl family have filed an appeal...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Pakistani-British man acquitted of the 2002 gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl off death row and moved to a so-called government “safe house.” Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who has been on death row for 18 years will be under guard and won’t be allowed to leave the safe house, but he will be able to have his wife and children visit him. “It is not complete freedom. It is a step toward freedom,” said Sheikh’s father, Saeed Sheikh, who attended the hearing. The Pakistan government has been scrambling to keep Sheikh in jail since a Supreme Court order last Thursday upheld his acquittal in the death of Pearl generating expressions of outrage by Pearl’s family and the U.S. administration. In a final effort to overturn Sheikh’s acquittal, Pakistan government as well as the Pearl family have filed...
    On Friday, Pakistan’s Sindh provincial government submitted a petition to the country’s Supreme Court to review its decision to acquit and free the men convicted of kidnapping and beheading American journalist Daniel Pearl, as reported by Al Jazeera. British national Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three accomplices were acquitted on Thursday more than 18 years after they were found guilty in 2002 of murdering the Wall Street Journal reporter. Thursday’s decision sparked outrage in the United States and caused heightened tension between the courts and Sindh government, which had kept the four men imprisoned through emergency powers. Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan, in January 2002 while working as the South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. Officials were given a graphic video of his decapitation by his kidnappers following nearly a month of ransom demands. Sheikh, who had once been a student at the London School of...
    ISLAMABAD - Authorities in Pakistan on Friday petitioned the Supreme Court to review its decision to free Omar Sheikh and his three accomplices convicted of kidnapping and beheading the American journalist Daniel Pearl, the Pearl family lawyer has confirmed to VOA. The Biden administration has expressed outrage by Thursday’s decision by Pakistan’s highest court to acquit the British national convicted in 2002 of plotting the kidnapping and beheading of Pearl. Hours after the ruling, White House press secretary Jen Psaki also underscored the administration's commitment to secure justice for Pearl’s family. “This decision to exonerate and release Sheikh and the other suspects is an affront to terrorism victims everywhere, including in Pakistan," she said, calling on the “Pakistani government to expeditiously review its legal options including allowing the United States to prosecute Sheikh for the brutal murder of an American citizen and journalist." US "outraged" by the Pakistani supreme...
    ISLAMABAD - Authorities in Pakistan on Friday petitioned the Supreme Court to review its decision to free Omar Sheikh and his three accomplices convicted of kidnapping and beheading the American journalist Daniel Pearl, the Pearl family lawyer has confirmed to VOA. The Biden administration has expressed outrage by Thursday’s decision by Pakistan’s highest court to acquit the British national convicted in 2002 of plotting the kidnapping and beheading of Pearl. Hours after the ruling, White House press secretary Jen Psaki also underscored the administration's commitment to secure justice for Pearl’s family. “This decision to exonerate and release Sheikh and the other suspects is an affront to terrorism victims everywhere, including in Pakistan," she said, calling on the “Pakistani government to expeditiously review its legal options including allowing the United States to prosecute Sheikh for the brutal murder of an American citizen and journalist." US "outraged" by the Pakistani supreme...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan is scrambling to manage the fallout from a decision by the country’s Supreme Court to free the Pakistani-British man accused in the 2002 beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl. The Sindh provincial government on Friday filed a review petition, asking the same court to revisit its decision. But even the lawyer for the Pearl family has said a review petition has a slim chance of succeeding because it is heard by the same judges who voted to free Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh. The case appears to have fallen apart because of the contradictory evidence produced during Sheikh’s original trial in 2002 and the decision by the prosecution at the time to try him and three other accused co-conspirators together. According to the Pearl family lawyer, Faisal Siddiqi, this means that doubt about the guilt of one translates into a doubt about all. Washington has...
    ISLAMABAD - Authorities in Pakistan on Friday petitioned the Supreme Court to review its decision to free Omar Sheikh and his three accomplices convicted of kidnapping and beheading the American journalist Daniel Pearl, the Pearl family lawyer has confirmed to VOA. The Biden administration has expressed outrage by Thursday’s decision by Pakistan’s highest court to acquit the British national convicted in 2002 of plotting the kidnapping and beheading of Pearl. Hours after the ruling, White House press secretary Jen Psaki also underscored the administration's commitment to secure justice for Pearl’s family. “This decision to exonerate and release Sheikh and the other suspects is an affront to terrorism victims everywhere, including in Pakistan," she said, calling on the “Pakistani government to expeditiously review its legal options including allowing the United States to prosecute Sheikh for the brutal murder of an American citizen and journalist." US "outraged" by the Pakistani supreme...
    Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh's acquittal by Pearl’s family and the Pakistani government. Sheikh has been on death row since his conviction in the death of Pearl in 2002. His attorney said Sheikh "should not have spent one day in jail." Attorney Mehmood A. Sheikh, no relation, said the court also ordered the release of three other Pakistanis who had been sentenced to life in prison for their part in Pearl’s kidnapping and death. US 'READY' TO TRY MAN CONVICTED IN DANIEL PEARL'S MURDER, ACTING AG ROSEN SAYS FILE - In this March 29, 2002 file photo, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British-Pakistani man accused in the 2002 killing of the American Wall Street Journal reporter...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh’s acquittal by Pearl’s family and the Pakistani government. Sheikh has been on death row since his conviction in the death of Pearl in 2002. His attorney said Sheikh “should not have spent one day in jail.” Attorney Mehmood A. Sheikh, no relation, said the court also ordered the release of three other Pakistanis who had been sentenced to life in prison for their part in Pearl’s kidnapping and death. “Today’s decision is a complete travesty of justice and the release of these killers puts in danger journalists everywhere and the people of Pakistan,” the Pearl family said in a statement released by their lawyer, Faisal Siddiqi. The three-judge Supreme...
    The Trump impeachment campaign is essentially toast.  Any flickering hope among Democrats to convict private citizen Donald Trump died when 45 of the 50 Senate Republicans voted that the entire proceeding is unconstitutional. It was obvious to anyone who knows Washington that the impeachment drive would start running out of steam at noon on Jan. 20. It was too easy, even for Republicans with serious doubts about Trump’s conduct, to say there was no point in convicting someone who now lives at Mar-a-Lago. It always loomed as the perfect exit ramp. And now we know that is the overwhelming position of the Republican Party. When Rand Paul made a motion Tuesday that the Trump trial should be deemed unconstitutional, all but five of his GOP colleagues agreed. The only defectors--Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse, Pat Toomey and Susan Collins--were predictable. Forget about getting 17 Republicans to vote for conviction;...
    Former President Donald Trump appears headed for acquittal in his second impeachment trial after just five Republicans voted with Democrats to block an effort to declare it unconstitutional. GOP Sen. Rand Paul’s bid to question the constitutionality of trying a former president was blocked on a 55-45 vote. Only five Republicans supported going forward with the trial. That serves as rough proxy for the eventual verdict and is well short of the two-thirds majority necessary for conviction. “Forty-five votes means the impeachment trial is dead on arrival,” Paul said to reporters immediately after the Senate acted. Republican Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Susan Collins of Maine all voted with Democrats to block Paul’s effort, though that doesn’t necessarily indicate any or all would vote to convict. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Paul’s motion “ill-founded” and “premature.” He said...
    Former White House national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off NSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order After insurrection: The national security implications MORE is predicting the second impeachment of former president Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE is also unlikely to end in a conviction and could do more harm to the country than good.  "Like Impeachment 1.0, the 2021 edition is badly conceived, poorly executed, and likely to produce precisely what the first round did: results 180 degrees contrary to the objectives that impeachment supporters say they want," Bolton wrote in the National Review. "Like the first, it is too narrowly drawn (first Ukraine, now the Capitol...
    President Trump's chances for an acquittal in his upcoming Senate impeachment trial are unclear, as most Republicans either refuse comment on how they will vote or say they are undecided. Fox News contacted every Republican who will be serving as a senator after President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, when the trial is likely to begin. Given that a two-thirds majority is needed to convict, seventeen Republicans would have to vote in favor of the impeachment, assuming all 50 Democrats do so. FAST FACTS Only 13 GOP senators volunteered that they will vote to acquit Trump on the House-passed impeachment resolution Only ten Republicans in the House crossed the aisle to support the impeachment resolution, which passed Wednesday. Only ten Republicans in the House crossed the aisle to support the impeachment resolution, which passed Wednesday. The Senate is set to begin Trump's trial on Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., reports said.  Follow below for more...
    President Trump's chances for an acquittal in his upcoming Senate impeachment trial are unclear, as most Republicans either refuse comment on how they will vote or say they are undecided. Fox News contacted every Republican who will be serving as a senator after President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, when the trial is likely to begin. Given that a two-thirds majority is needed to convict, seventeen Republicans would have to vote in favor of the impeachment, assuming all 50 Democrats do so.  But only 13 GOP senators volunteered that they will vote to acquit Trump on the House-passed impeachment resolution, which charged the president with "incitement of insurrection." Based on responses to Fox News and publicly available statements, ten Republicans are undecided. Three refused to comment, and another 24 did not respond, despite repeated requests for comment over two days of inquiries. Only ten Republicans in the House crossed the aisle to support the impeachment resolution, which passed...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court adjourned on Thursday without deciding whether to free the man convicted and later acquitted of the 2002 murder of a American journalist Daniel Pearl. The key suspect in Pearl’s slaying, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, remains in custody while his lawyer has petitioned the top court to free him in keeping with another court’s ruling last month that ordered his release. Pearl’s family and the Pakistani government have appealed the acquittal to the Supreme Court, which resumed its hearing this week. A decision is expected before the end of the month. Sheikh’s lawyer, Mehmood A. Sheikh, has been trying to get his client, who has been on death row for 18 years, freed since his acquittal. The lawyer and Sheikh are not related. Washington has opposed Sheikh’s release and Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments have throw up successive legal challenges to...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The lawyer for a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl said Wednesday that he will petition the Supreme Court to free his client. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the key suspect in Pearl’s slaying, remains in custody in a jail in the southern port city of Karachi, despite the acquittal. Pearl’s family and the Pakistani government have appealed the acquittal to the Supreme Court, which resumed its hearing this week. A decision is expected before the end of the month. Sheikh’s lawyer, Mehmood A. Sheikh, has been trying to get his client, who has been on death row for 18 years, freed since the acquittal. The lawyer told The Associated Press he was demanding freedom for Sheikh in line with an order issued last month by the Sindh High Court. The lawyer, who is not related...
    KARACHI, Pakistan -- Pakistan's Sindh High Court on Thursday ordered the man charged in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl freed, his defense lawyer said. The court's order overturns a Supreme Court decision in September that Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh should remain in custody, while an appeal of his acquittal on charges he murdered Pearl is heard, said Mehmood A. Sheikh, his lawyer. He called for Sheikh, who is no relation, to be released immediately.  The Sindh High Court earlier this year overturned the murder charge and ordered Sheikh freed. Pearl's family have appealed the acquittal as has the Pakistan government. GET THE FOX NEWS APP The Supreme Court is hearing the appeal and will resume its hearing on Jan. 5.
    A federal appeals court indicated it may reinstate charges against Michael Flynn's former business partner while Flynn remains absolved of any liability in the matter. The U.S. government previously had ruled that Bijan Rafiekian had illegally lobbied on behalf of Turkey’s government while working for Flynn’s short-lived Virginia-based firm, Flynn Intel Group, concealing his role from U.S. authorities. That conviction was overturned in 2019 when U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga ruled that prosecutors failed to provide enough evidence. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Friday in a bid to re-examine the case and revive the original conviction, Politico reported. FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2018, file photo, Bijan Kian, whose full name is Bijan Rafiekian, leaves the FBI Washington Field Office in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) All three judges seemed inclined to think the government had a case against Rafiekian. “If you’re going to do...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's embassy in Denmark said on Wednesday that it considered espionage charges brought by Copenhagen against a Russian national to be a "mistake" and that it expected him to be acquitted. A Russian citizen living in Denmark has been charged with espionage on suspicion of having provided information about Danish energy technology to Russia's intelligence service, the Danish public prosecutor said earlier. (Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Russia, crime, Asia, Denmark, EuropeGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan Conflict EscalatesNewsThe Week in Cartoons: Nov. 30-Dec. 4RecommendedAmerica 2020Texas Case a Hail Mary for TrumpAmerica 2020High Court Denies GOP Election ChallengeAmerica 2020Biden Calls on Public to Help Address PandemicBest StatesDivorce Rate by StateNational NewsArmy Disciplines Fort Hood CommandersCoronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from the editors at U.S. News...
    Bombshell text messages unearthed by private investigators working to free jailed Tiger King star Joe Exotic could lead to his acquittal, DailyMailTV can reveal. The messages cast serious doubt over prosecution claims that Exotic - real name Joe Maldonado-Passage - gave a 'burner' phone to alleged hitman Allen Glover in a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin. And in an exclusive audio clip obtained by DailyMailTV, Exotic himself claims he never had the pizza phone in his possession and never gave it to Glover. Exotic was jailed for 22 years after being found guilty of plotting to kill his nemesis and fellow big cat lover Baskin. Central to the prosecution's case was $3,000 lawyers claim Exotic paid Glover for the hit and a pizza restaurant cell phone he gave him so they could communicate. But in critical new evidence uncovered by 'Team Tiger' - a group of investigators and lawyers working...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A British-born Pakistani man who has been on death row over the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl will remain in jail for another three months despite his acquittal by a lower court earlier this year, according to a government order on Wednesday. The development was announced by prosecutors during a brief hearing of the high-profile case at Pakistan’s Supreme Court, which was to decide whether the key suspect in Pearl’s slaying, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, should stay in jail following his acquittal. The court convened on an appeal by Pearl’s family, seeking to keep Sheikh on death row over the beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. According to Faisal Siddiqi, the lawyer representing Pearl’s family, government prosecutor Fiaz Shah told the judges he needed more time for paperwork in connection with the case. The judges then adjourned the hearing till Oct. 21. Siddiqi,...
    ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell returns to Rome after acquittal on sex abuse charges to find Vatican mired in financial scandal. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Rome (CNN)Cardinal George Pell is due to return to Rome Wednesday, a source close to him told CNN Tuesday, marking his first return since his acquittal nearly six months ago on child sex abuse charges and release from prison in his native Australia.The source said there was no official reason for his return beyond that he had always said he wanted to come back to Rome. The source did not know how long Pell planned to stay in Rome.The Vatican would not say whether he will meet with Pope Francis.Pell served at the Vatican from 2014 to 2019 as Minister of Economy, in charge of Pope Francis' financial reforms which largely stalled when he was called back to Australia to defend his name.Cardinal George Pell freed from prison after High Court overturns sex abuse convictionIn 2018, Pell became the most senior Catholic official to be convicted of child sex abuse....
    By Kathy Gannon | Associated Press ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday accepted an appeal by the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl seeking to keep a British-born Pakistani man on death row over the beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The court delayed until next week hearing the appeal over the lower-court acquittal of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been on death row since his conviction in 2002 over Pearl’s killing. The Supreme Court ordered Sheikh to remain in custody but Faisal Siddiqi, the lawyer for Pearl’s family, told The Associated Press on Monday the court will decide next week whether Sheikh will remain imprisoned during the course of the appeal, which could be years. The government has argued against Sheikh’s release, despite his acquittal in April, saying it would endanger the public. But the Supreme Court will rule on that next week,...
    By KATHY GANNON, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday accepted an appeal by the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl seeking to keep a British-born Pakistani man on death row over the beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The court delayed until next week hearing the appeal over the lower-court acquittal of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been on death row since his conviction in 2002 over Pearl's killing. Sheikh had been convicted of helping lure Pearl to a meeting in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi in which he was kidnapped. Pearl had been investigating the link between Pakistani militants and Richard C. Reid, dubbed the “Shoe Bomber” after trying to blow up a flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his shoes. The lower court’s April ruling acquitted Sheikh and three other accomplices, who had been sentenced to...
    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday accepted an appeal by the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl seeking to keep a British-born Pakistani man on death row over the beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The court delayed until next week hearing the appeal over the lower-court acquittal of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been on death row since his conviction in 2002 over Pearl's killing. Sheikh had been convicted of helping lure Pearl to a meeting in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi in which he was kidnapped. Pearl had been investigating the link between Pakistani militants and Richard C. Reid, dubbed the “Shoe Bomber” after trying to blow up a flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his shoes. The lower court’s April ruling acquitted Sheikh and three other accomplices, who had been sentenced to life in jail for...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court is to hear an appeal Monday by the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl that challenges the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani in the gruesome 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The family’s appeal was adjourned earlier this month amid cries of outrage from Pearl’s family and the U.S. government to a lower court’s acquittal of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been on death row since his conviction in 2002. Sheikh has remained in custody since his acquittal under a Pakistani law allowing his remand in custody fearing his release would endanger public safety. A handwritten letter by Sheikh told of his involvement in Pearl’s horrific death in the southern port city of Karachi, Faisal Siddiqi, lawyer for Pearl’s family, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview late Sunday. Pearl, 38, was kidnapped and killed while investigating the link...
    SAN JOSE — A woman was convicted Thursday of child endangerment and being an accessory to her toddler son’s 2016 killing, even after her fiance was acquitted earlier this summer of the murder charge that was the basis of her prosecution. Samantha Torres, 27, of San Jose, had also been charged with lying under oath to protect Manuel Lopez, to whom she was engaged when her 2-year-old son Apollo died Jan. 16, 2016 and was determined to have been the victim of chronic physical abuse and suspected sexual assault. Lopez was charged with a death-penalty murder and sexual assault, and a jury found him not guilty in June after the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office argued that DNA evidence used to implicate Lopez was not conclusive and was analyzed with outdated techniques. But that acquittal had no bearing on Torres’ case, which still centered on the contention that Lopez...
    After his acquittal by the International Criminal Court (ICC), former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo requested a passport to return to Côte d’Ivoire. A request addressed to the Ivorian authorities The former Ivorian president, Laurent Gbagbo, is on parole at Brussels after his acquittal by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Tuesday July 28, Me Habiba Touré, his lawyer announced that he requested a passport to the Ivorian authorities, to return to their country.To do this, he went to the embassy of Ivory Coast at Brussels after several unsuccessful requests for the establishment of a diplomatic passport, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abidjan. “It’s time for him to come home” According to the lawyer, Laurent Gbagbo, 75, is counting on the goodwill of the Ivorian authorities. “Indeed, at the end of his acquittal on January 15, 2019, and the lifting of restrictive conditions on May 28, 2020, it is high...
    Dateline/NBC On tonight’s episode of Dateline NBC, the story of Tom Kolman will likely be examined. Kolman was discovered useless in his automotive, resulting in the invention of a love triangle and a homicide suspect. Early on November 29, 2011, Kolman died within the car parking zone of a Planet Health in Ulster, New York. His spouse, Linda Kolman, found his physique hours later when he failed to indicate up for work. 4 years later, Gilberto Nunez, a former household dentist in New York, was charged and tried for the homicide of his former buddy. Police claimed that Nunez had poisoned Kolman with Midazolam, which is a dental sedative, as a result of he wished Linda all to himself. Nunez was later acquitted of second-degree homicide for Kolman’s dying.Linda Kolman Believes Gilberto Nunez Is ResponsibleOne thing wasn’t proper, Tom all the time confirmed up for...
    Dateline/NBC On tonight’s episode of Dateline NBC, the story of Tom Kolman will be examined. Kolman was found dead in his car, leading to the discovery of a love triangle and a murder suspect. Early on November 29, 2011, Kolman died in the parking lot of a Planet Fitness in Ulster, New York. His wife, Linda Kolman, discovered his body hours later when he failed to show up for work. Four years later, Gilberto Nunez, a former family dentist in New York, was charged and tried for the murder of his former friend. Police claimed that Nunez had poisoned Kolman with Midazolam, which is a dental sedative, because he wanted Linda all to himself. Nunez was later acquitted of second-degree murder for Kolman’s death.Linda Kolman Believes Gilberto Nunez Is Guilty Something wasn't right, Tom always showed up for work…#Dateline tonight at 9/8c with @CanningAndrea. pic.twitter.com/KaUyauKgJC — Dateline NBC (@DatelineNBC) July...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors sought Monday to overturn former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo’s acquittal last year on crimes against humanity charges stemming from his alleged role in post-election violence that killed 3,000 people nearly a decade ago. Gbagbo and former Ivorian youth minister Charles Ble Goude have both been unable to return to the West African nation since their January 2019 acquittals under the terms of their release set by the International Criminal Court. They remain in Belgium and have handed over their passports awaiting the outcome of the appeal. Their trial had been halted at the halfway stage when the court said prosecutors had failed to prove their case. In appealing that decision, the prosecutor’s office said that decision was “legally and procedurally defective such that it cannot have the legal effect of dismissing all charges against M. Gbagbo and Mr. Ble Goude.” No decision is immediately...
    The International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold hearings from Monday to Wednesday to examine the request for an appeal hearing made by its prosecutor following the acquittal of crimes against humanity of the former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo. Fatou Bensouda appealed in September 2019 against the acquittal pronounced in January of that same year against the former Ivorian president and one of his relatives, Charles Blé Goudé. The appeal must demonstrate that the trial chamber committed errors of law and procedure which resulted in acquittal for all of the charges, said Ms. Bensouda. The two men were found not guilty of crimes against humanity committed in 2010 and 2011 during the post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire, which left 3,000 people dead. They were released on conditions in February 2019. The prosecutor of the Court, founded in 2002 to try the worst atrocities committed in the world, believes that the judges...
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