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    Loading the player... Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers just over a week before his Senate trial is set to begin, two people familiar with the situation said Saturday. Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, both South Carolina lawyers, are no longer with Trump’s defense team. One of the people described the parting as a “mutual decision” that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case. Both insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations. One said new additions to the legal team were expected to be announced in a day or two. Read More: Former Trump White House staffers struggle to find work: report U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One upon his return on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) The upheaval injects fresh uncertainty into the makeup...
    Reuters January 31, 2021 0 Comments Former U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly parted ways on Saturday with the two lead lawyers working on his defense for his Senate impeachment trial, a source familiar with the situation said, leaving Trump’s legal strategy in disarray. Butch Bowers and Deborah Barberi, two South Carolina lawyers, are no longer on Trump’s team, the source said. The source described the move as a “mutual decision.” Three other lawyers associated with the team, Josh Howard of North Carolina and Johnny Gasser and Greg Harris of South Carolina, also parted ways with Trump, another source said. A third source said Trump had differences with Bowers over strategy ahead of the trial. The president is still contending that he was the victim of mass election fraud in the Nov. 3 election won by President Joe Biden. It leaves Trump’s defense team in turmoil as he prepares for...
    Less than two weeks before his second impeachment trial, former President Trump has parted ways with two key members of his legal team. South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers, who was expected to be the lead attorney, and Deborah Barbier are no longer part of his team, Trump spokesman Jason Miller said Saturday night. "The Democrats' efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country. In fact, 45 Senators have already voted that it is unconstitutional. We have done much work, but have not made a final decision on our legal team, which will be made shortly," Miller said.  A Trump adviser told CBS News the decision was mutual. CBS News has reached out to Bowers and Barbier for comment. CNN, which first reported the news, has also said that three other attorneys have left the legal team.     Mr....
    Former President Donald Trump parted ways with five of his impeachment lawyers just over a week before his Senate trial is set to begin, Fox News has confirmed.Fast Facts South Carolina lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier have left the defense team, a source said. Trump was impeached earlier this month for "incitement of insurrection" over the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots.  South Carolina lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier have left the defense team, a source said. Trump was impeached earlier this month for "incitement of insurrection" over the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots.  South Carolina lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier and former federal prosecutors Greg Harris, Johnny Gasser and Josh Howard had left the defense team by Saturday, a source said, calling it a mutual decision.  The source said the lawyers left over a difference of opinion on the direction of the defense's argument.  ...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's lies and his insistence that the November election was rigged against him may have turned out to be a bridge too far for the attorneys who were slated to defend him in his upcoming Senate impeachment trial in a little more than a week. But his party has stuck with him. After a brief flirtation with reason and sound judgment in the weeks following the January 6 siege at the Capitol, the Republican Party has decided to honor their deep and often blind allegiance to Trump, choosing to overlook his role in inciting the deadly insurrection rather than pay the price of crossing him and his base next year at the ballot box. The collapse of Trump's legal team amid a disagreement over legal strategy, which CNN first reported Saturday night, stood in stark contrast to the slow crawl of Republican elected leaders back into the...
    Former President Donald Trump has abruptly parted ways with five lawyers handling his impeachment defense, just over a week before the Senate trial is set to begin, people familiar with the situation said Saturday. Those departures include his lead lawyer, Butch Bowers, a person familiar with the situation said. Four other lawyers who were reported to be joining, including Deborah Barbier, a criminal defense lawyer in South Carolina, are also leaving, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. Trump had pushed for his defense team to focus on his baseless claim that the election was stolen from him, one person familiar with the situation said. A person close to Trump disputed that that was the case but acknowledged that there were differences in opinion about the defense strategy. However, Trump has insisted that the case is “simple” and has told advisers he could argue it himself. (Aides contend he...
    WASHINGTON - Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers little more than a week before his trial, two people familiar with the situation said Saturday. FILE - Attorney Deborah Barbier speaks to reporters outside the federal courthouse in Charleston, S.C., April 29, 2016.The change injected fresh uncertainty into the makeup and strategy of his defense team. Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, both South Carolina lawyers, left the defense team in what one person described as a "mutual decision" that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case. The two people familiar with the legal team discussions insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations. One said new additions to the legal team were expected to be announced in a day or two. FILE - Attorney Butch Bowers speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., Sept. 10,...
    Butch Bowers, the lead attorney that was slated to represent former President Trump during his second impeachment trial, has left the legal team, according to multiple reports.  Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). announced that Bowers, a South Carolina attorney, would act as the Trump legal team's "anchor" during the trial. "I think [Trump’s] gonna have a good [legal team]," Graham said. "Butch Bowers I think will be sort of the anchor tenant. I’ve known Butch for a long time, solid guy. And I think, you know, over time, they'll put the team together." Now, with less than two weeks to go before the impeachment trial is set to begin, Bowers is reportedly no longer on the defense team, two attorneys close to the situation told Politico.  Deborah Barbier, another South Carolina lawyer, has also dropped off the Trump legal team, one person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The decision...
    WASHINGTON -- Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers little more than a week before his trial, two people familiar with the situation said Saturday. The change injects fresh uncertainty into the makeup and strategy of his defense team.Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, both South Carolina lawyers, have left the defense team in what one person described as a "mutual decision" that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case.The two people familiar with the legal team discussions insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations. One said new additions to the legal team were expected to be announced in a day or two.Bowers and Barbier did not immediately return messages seeking comment.Trump is set to stand trial on the week of Feb. 8 on a charge that he incited the riot inside the U.S. Capitol. Republicans and Trump aides have made clear...
    WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers little more than a week before his trial, two people familiar with the situation said Saturday. The change injects fresh uncertainty into the makeup and strategy of his defense team. Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, both South Carolina lawyers, have left the defense team in what one person described as a "mutual decision" that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case. The two people familiar with the legal team discussions insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations. One said new additions to the legal team were expected to be announced in a day or two. Bowers and Barbier did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Trump is set to stand trial on the week of Feb. 8 on a charge that he incited the riot inside the U.S. Capitol. Republicans and Trump...
    Two of Donald Trump‘s defense attorneys are no longer representing the ex-president accused of inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, CNN and The New York Times reported late Saturday.  The lawyers, Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, “were expected to be two of the lead attorneys” for Trump, Kaitlan Collins tweeted. News — With a little more than a week before his impeachment trial is set to begin, President Trump’s legal team is up in the air. Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, who were expected to be two of the lead attorneys, are no longer on the team, @GloriaBorger & I are told. Story TK. — Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 31, 2021 Per @JasonMillerinDC, final decision on team hasn’t been made but will be soon. “The Democrats’ efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional & so bad for our country. In fact, 45...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers little more more than a week before his trial, two people familiar with the situation said Saturday. The change injects fresh uncertainty into the makeup and strategy of his defense team. Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, both South Carolina lawyers, have left the defense team in what one person described as a “mutual decision” that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case. The two people familiar with the legal team discussions insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations. One said new additions to the legal team were expected to be announced in a day or two. Bowers and Barbier did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Trump is set to stand trial on the week of Feb. 8 on a charge that he incited the riot inside the U.S. Capitol. Republicans...
    Two lawyers who had joined former President Trump's legal team amid his looming second impeachment trial have parted ways with his legal team. South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers, who was expected to be the lead attorney, and Deborah Barbier, are no longer part of his legal team, Trump spokesman Jason Miller said Saturday night. "The Democrats' efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country. In fact, 45 Senators have already voted that it is unconstitutional. We have done much work, but have not made a final decision on our legal team, which will be made shortly," Miller said.     A Trump adviser said the decision was mutual.  This is a developing story. It will be updated. First published on January 30, 2021 / 8:33 PM © 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. Trending...
    (CNN)With a little more than a week before his impeachment trial is set to begin, President Trump's legal team is in tumult. Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, who were expected to be two of the lead attorneys, are no longer on the team. A source familiar said it was a mutual decision for both to leave the legal team. "The Democrats' efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country. In fact, 45 Senators have already voted that it is unconstitutional. We have done much work, but have not made a final decision on our legal team, which will be made shortly," former Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller told CNN.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    DONALD Trump's national security team reportedly started working with Joe Biden's transition group before the election. O'Brien confirmed the early conversations in a "Passing the Baton 2021" meeting on Friday morning. 1O'Brien made the comments on FridayCredit: AP:Associated Press The National Security Adviser also claimed that his department started to work with the Biden transition team earlier than others. O'Brien also suggested that they were working together before the results of the 2020 election were determined. Most read in NewsSIGNING BLITZBiden under fire for signing over 40 orders to 'undo damage Trump has done'SLAIN ARTIST'Beyonce's rapper cousin' shot dead at Texas apartment'DUPED''QAnon Shaman' 'willing to testify at Trump impeachment after feeling "betrayed"'RAPE HELLSoldier who raped mum as daughter slept said her clothes were 'an invite' for sexTERROR TWINSWest faces DOUBLE threat as ISIS and al-Qaeda plot bloodthirsty resurgenceSOMETHING STINKSCovid sufferers left disgusted at certain smells & feeling sick for months...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has added three additional criminal defense lawyers to his impeachment defense team, bringing the current number of attorneys representing him next month to five.Johnny Gasser and Greg Harris, two prominent South Carolina defense lawyers, have agreed to defend Trump along with Joshua Howard, a North Carolina defense lawyer. "We're on the team," Harris confirmed to CNN Friday. CNN previously reported that Gasser and Harris, law firm partners, had been approached. Harris confirmed the legal team is now five attorneys but declined to comment on whether they will add additional lawyers.Harris referred questions to Butch Bowers, the South Carolina lawyer who is spearheading the defense. Read More"He's putting it together. He's making assignments," Harris said. "We've got a lot of work to do."Howard disclosed in a court filing that he had joined Trump's defense, asking a judge to postpone an arraignment citing his need to be in...
    MAR-A-LAGO, Fla. -- Just two weeks ago, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy declared Donald Trump culpable in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. By Thursday, he was seeking his political support.A private meeting between the two men at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort signaled a remarkable turnaround in the former president's stature among elected Republicans. In the immediate aftermath of the insurrection Trump inspired, the idea that he would enjoy any sort of kingmaker role in his post-presidency seemed highly unlikely.But following an initial wave of condemnation, Republicans appear to be warming toward Trump, fully aware that his supporters are poised to punish anyone who displays disloyalty. With that in mind, party leaders are working to keep Trump in the fold as they focus on retaking the House and Senate in 2022."United and ready to win in '22," McCarthy tweeted after their meeting. Both he and Trump issued statements outlining their...
    Just two weeks ago, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy declared Donald Trump culpable in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. By Thursday, he was seeking his political support. A private meeting between the two men at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort signaled a remarkable turnaround in the former president’s stature among elected Republicans. In the immediate aftermath of the insurrection Trump inspired, the idea that he would enjoy any sort of kingmaker role in his post-presidency seemed highly unlikely. But following an initial wave of condemnation, Republicans appear to be warming toward Trump, fully aware that his supporters are poised to punish anyone who displays disloyalty. With that in mind, party leaders are working to keep Trump in the fold as they focus on retaking the House and Senate in 2022. “United and ready to win in ’22,” McCarthy tweeted after their meeting. Both he and Trump issued statements outlining their...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump has added two more former federal prosecutors from South Carolina to his impeachment legal team, according to one of the lawyers. “It is confirmed,” Greg Harris, an attorney in the capital city of Columbia, told The Associated Press on Thursday when asked if he and former acting U.S. Attorney Johnny Gasser had been added to the team that will craft a defense for Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment trial, set for the week of Feb. 8. Harris is a former county and federal prosecutor with expertise in white-collar cases. He’s currently in private practice with Gasser, who has also been a prosecutor at the local and federal levels, serving as South Carolina’s acting U.S. Attorney for more than a year. He went into private practice with Harris. Both attorneys have experience in public corruption cases, with both representing Republican state Rep. Rick Quinn on charges...
    Since leaving office and being replaced by President Joe Biden, Donald Trump has spent most of his time at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, remaining out of the spotlight. On Thursday, Trump’s team released a statement and a photograph of the former president, C-SPAN reported via Twitter. Trump held a meeting with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and discussed the Republican Party’s efforts to win back the lower chamber next year. The meeting “was a very good and cordial one,” the statement said. “They discussed many topics, number one of which was taking back the House in 2022. President Trump’s popularity has never been stronger than it is today, and his endorsement means more than perhaps any endorsement at any time.” Trump’s team noted that polling predicted the GOP would lose House seats in the 2020 election, but the opposite actually happened, with more than a dozen conservative...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With the 2021 MLS season on the horizon, Inter Miami CF announced Wednesday the signing of Fort Lauderdale CF goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira. Castanheira, 25, comes from the team’s USL League One team, Fort Lauderdale CF. His contract will include a club option for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. “Dylan is a promising young goalkeeper who can learn a lot from being in the First Team environment, training with the other goalkeepers and generally preparing as much as possible for his opportunity to earn minutes with the team,” said Inter Miami CF Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson. More from CBSMiami.com Donald Trump Launches ‘Office Of The Former President’ In Florida ‘It’s A Sad Place’: Mar-A-Lago Members Leaving Following Former President Trump’s Return Florida Commissioner Refuses To Quit After Pence Comments, ‘He’ll Face Pitchforks And Torches For Failing To Overturn The Presidential Election’ Castanheira made 11...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has expanded his impeachment legal team by tapping a former prosecutor-turned-criminal defense lawyer, an addition that comes as Trump and his allies scramble to prepare a defense with less than two weeks until the Senate trial. The addition of Deborah Barbier, a lawyer with a reputation for tackling high-profile, controversial clients, is the second attorney to join from South Carolina. Last week, Trump announced that Butch Bowers, an experienced political attorney who has represented numerous Republican elected officials, including former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, would lead his legal team.The all-South Carolina legal team has surprised some attorneys, even those in the Palmetto State, but it underscores the outsized influence of one of Trump's most loyal allies, Lindsey Graham, the state's senior Republican senator, who recommended Bowers to Trump. It also highlights the challenges Trump was experiencing in building a legal team as his previous lawyers...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump is adding another South Carolina attorney to his impeachment legal team, according to a trial lawyer group in the state. In an email sent to South Carolina members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, group chairman Wallace Lightsey wrote that Deborah Barbier — a former federal prosecutor-turned-defense attorney who specializes in white-collar crime — had been hired to join Butch Bowers in crafting a defense for Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment trial, set for the week of Feb. 8. “Regardless of one’s personal view of Mr. Trump, it says a great deal about Debbie’s skill and reputation as a trial lawyer that she was chosen for this task,” Lightsey wrote in the email, obtained by The Associated Press. “We know you will acquit yourself well (even though some of us may be hoping that your client is not).” Neither Lightsey nor Barbier returned...
    The White House on Monday admitted it has no idea how many doses of COVID-19 vaccine it has, with a 20 million discrepancy between the number of doses the CDC says it has sent out versus how many have been reportedly administered. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday was asked for a ballpark figure on how many doses currently exist in the country. She responded: "Weve been here for five days to evaluate the supply so that we can release the maximum amount while also ensuring that everyone can get the second dose on the FDA recommended schedule." "So the confusion around this issue, which we acknowledge, there is some confusion, it speaks to a larger problem, which is what we’re inheriting from the prior administration, which is much worse than we could have imagined." The Biden transition team complained early on, the Trump administration was not communicating...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump is still working to assemble a full legal team for his Senate impeachment trial, people familiar with the matter told CNN on Monday, even as he has begun to craft a defense strategy with Butch Bowers, the South Carolina lawyer who has agreed to represent him in the historic proceedings.Bowers -- a respected lawyer from Columbia, South Carolina, who once worked in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush -- has been in conversation with Trump in recent days, according to two people familiar with the matter. Bowers was connected to Trump by Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is also helping to add new lawyers to the team. RELATED: Biden tells CNN Trump's impeachment trial 'has to happen'Charlie Condon, a former South Carolina attorney general who now works in private practice in Charleston, has been approached about joining the legal team, two...
    President Joe Biden’s top cabinet picks signaled during their confirmation hearings last week that the new administration would continue some of former President Donald Trump’s tough policies towards China.
    "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic is seeking pardon from President Joe Biden after former president Donald Trump refused to grant him freedom during his last few hours in the White House. Emails obtained by TM reveal, Exotic, who has long supported Trump, has now had a change of heart. In the correspondence, Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, reportedly said he has faith in the Biden administration and is confident the president can make a difference in criminal justice and prison reform. He further stated, Vice President Kamala Harris could "help clean up the corruption in the DOJ and other agencies." According to TMZ, Exotic added he lost respect for Trump following the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. Trump pardoned 73 people, including his former aide Steve Bannon and rapper Lil Wayne, early Wednesday, as some of his final acts before exiting the White House. Exotic, who...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Monday will reinstate the Covid-19 travel restrictions on non-US citizens who have been in Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and much of Europe, a White House official confirmed to CNN.Biden will also extend the restrictions to travelers who have recently been to South Africa, the official said.The step, which was first reported by Reuters, comes just one week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order lifting the restrictions on travelers from these countries effective January 26. The Biden transition team vowed at the time that the new administration would not lift the restrictions."With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Twitter. "On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26. In...
    Former Trump White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said during an extended interview for the “Facing Forward ” podcast that the Trump administration had no full-time team in the White House working on the response to coronavirus. When asked about President Joe Biden’s executive orders on the pandemic, Birx said, “I was an N of 1. So having a team at the White House that can respond to this is going to be really, really important.” Brennan said, “You said you were just one. You were coordinator of the task force. What do you mean you were just one?” Birx said, “There was one full-time person in the White House working on coronavirus response.” Brennan said, “How is that possible?” Birx said, “That’s what I was given. So what I did is, I went to my people that I’ve known all through the last years in government, all 41,...
    t is disappointing that with less than a full week in office, the Biden administration seems intent on misrepresenting Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration program to develop and distribute safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics — a program with success unparalleled in the history of public health. In reporting on COVID vaccination efforts, CNN quoted anonymous Biden administration officials claiming they were left no vaccine distribution plan. One official CNN quoted said: "There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch." This statement is demonstrably false. Fortunately, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and someone I worked with closely, has publicly contradicted this. FAUCI DEBUNKS CNN REPORTING, SAYS BIDEN'S VACCINE ROLLOUT NOT 'STARTING FROM SCRATCH' As of Sunday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 41.4 million doses of...
    Athletes have disputed Rep. Madison Cawthorn's claims he was training for the Paralympics, calling them a 'joke' and saying 'it's like a kid saying they want to play in the NBA when they're on their fourth-grade basketball team'.  Cawthorn, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2014 car crash, previously suggested in social media posts he was training to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. In a May 2020 podcast he also said: 'I had an opportunity for the Paralympics for track and field'.  But named Paralympic stars have cast doubt on these claims saying they had never met him, that some of the events he spoke about don't even exist in the athletic calendar and that his claims are regarded as a 'joke' among the Paralympic community.  Cawthorn's name is also not included in the International Paralympic Committee's list of athletes - a register of around 4,000...
    Five junior staffers have followed former President Donald Trump from the White House to Florida to set up his personal office and plan his next moves. The team is using a property at Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club to get organized, said a former White House official who is familiar with the situation. “It sounds a bit like a pool house,” he said. Trump arrived in Florida on Wednesday with a small staff drawn from the junior ranks of the White House — similar to the way previous presidents adjusted to life after office. Margo Martin, a White House press assistant who was a familiar sight at Trump press interactions cajoling journalists into (and then out of) the Oval Office or other locations, is handling communications. The rest of the team includes Nick Luna, formerly the then-president’s body man (or personal assistant); Will Russell, director of the Trump White House...
    Bracelets to prove that one underwent the diagnostic test. The mandatory use of the mask. The distance between the desks. The clearest signs that there is a new boss in the White House are public health measures due to the coronavirus. It’s in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s White House, which was the epicenter of no fewer than three COVID-19 outbreaks, the true magnitude of which remains unknown as aides refused to speak publicly about it. While the Trump administration was characterized by disregarding safety recommendations, Biden’s team is determined to apply the strict regulations that they ask all Americans to stop the transmission of the virus. It is part of an overall campaign by President Joe Biden to lead by example, an ethic he applied during his presidential campaign and with his transition team. “One of the great tragedies of the Trump administration was its refusal to acknowledge that...
    More On: joe biden Jill Biden visits National Guard troops, thanks them with cookies Letters to the editor —Jan. 23, 2021 De Blasio pleads with Biden for quick action on COVID vaccine shortage Schumer pushes Trump impeach trial to Feb. 8 as Biden preferred Just days in office and President Biden is already moving to end-run good government by ordering the Justice Department to start restoring an Obama-era practice that funds liberal groups instead of actual victims of alleged wrongdoing. The Trump administration put the kibosh on such slush-fund payments in 2017. As then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions put it: “When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people — not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power.” One notable abuse was a $17 billion...
    Bracelets to prove that one underwent the diagnostic test. The mandatory use of the mask. The distance between the desks. The clearest signs that there is a new boss in the White House are public health measures due to the coronavirus. It’s in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s White House, which was the epicenter of no fewer than three COVID-19 outbreaks, the true magnitude of which remains unknown as aides refused to speak publicly about it. While the Trump administration was characterized by disregarding safety recommendations, Biden’s team is determined to apply the strict regulations that they ask all Americans to stop the transmission of the virus. It is part of an overall campaign by President Joe Biden to lead by example, an ethic he applied during his presidential campaign and with his transition team. “One of the great tragedies of the Trump administration was its refusal to acknowledge that...
    January 22, 2021 7:53 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The White House criticized China on Friday for trying to “deepen the partisan division” in the United States by sanctioning several members of former President Donald Trump’s team, and made it clear that this will not soften the policy towards Beijing of the new US president, Joe Biden. The White House spokeswoman, Jen psaki, referred to the matter during his daily press conference to the announcement that China made on Thursday, just after Biden’s inauguration, in which it sanctioned former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other Trump Administration officials, for “violate” the sovereignty of the Asian country. “China’s sanctions on more than two dozen former Trump administration officials, and the fact that they were announced on the day of the inauguration, are apparently an attempt to deepen the partisan divide” in the United States, Psaki said. “Americans...
    (CNN)It was yet another historic week in Washington, as Former President Donald Trump departed for Florida, amid looming talks an impeachment trial on the Hill. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden was sworn in with Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black and Southeast Asian woman to occupy that role. Biden has already zeroed in on what he calls the biggest issue facing Americans --- the coronavirus pandemic. This week, the US officially surpassed 400,000 deaths. Monday Trumps' snub of Bidens historic in its magnitude Biden crafts inaugural address to unify a country in crisis Tuesday Biden's Covid team is nervous about what the Trump team hasn't told them Capitol riot investigators narrow in on extremist groups and military-style coordination Read More THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to say on Friday whether President Joe Biden will stand by his predecessor’s determination that China was engaged in “genocide” against Uighurs, an ethnic minority. “The previous administration, on their way out the door, declared that China’s human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims were ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide,'” a reporter noted in a question at an afternoon White House press conference. “Does the president agree with that determination, and will he keep it?” “I know that our secretary of state is just about to get confirmed,” Psaki said, referring to Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken. “I know he will be reviewing a number of the decisions and assessments that have been made. Obviously, the president has spoken before to the horrific treatment of Uighurs, but I don’t have anything more for you on it. I can check with our national security team and see if...
    Former White House Chief Usher Timothy Harleth was gone from his job before Joe and Jill Biden arrived at the White House on Inauguration Day, leaving the new first couple awkwardly standing at the front door, waiting to go inside.  What remains unclear is who fired the man in charge of the White House residence, whose job it was to make sure such awkward events don't happen. The blame is being pointed at both outgoing President Donald Trump and the Bidens. 'It happened before we walked in the door,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at her briefing on Friday when asked who fired Harleth. But a former senior administration official with President Trump told DailyMail.com that the firing came at the request of the Bidens.  'The head usher enjoyed the confidence of the Trump family throughout his tenure. Any suggestion that his resignation was at the direction of...
    WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to send the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, launching the start of the former president's trial on a charge of incitement of insurrection over the deadly Capitol riot."There will be a trial," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in making the announcement Friday. "It will be a full trial, it will be a fair trial."Trump is the first president to be twice impeached and the first to face a trial after leaving office.While the transmission of the article launches the trial proceedings, the schedule ahead remains uncertain as the Senate, now in Democratic control, is also working to swiftly confirm President Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees and tackle the new administration's legislative priorities.Biden says the Senate can do both and Schumer said he also speaking to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell about the "timing and duration" of the...
    Some soon-to-be-filled roles reflect a similar focus. The lead candidate for a recently established National Cyber Director role is Jen Easterly, the current head of resilience at Morgan Stanley, an Obama administration veteran and a co-creator of Cyber Command. Biden is poised to nominate another Obama White House member, Rob Silvers, to direct the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Former President Trump fired the previous CISA head, Chris Krebs, after he indicated there was no evidence of digital tampering with the 2020 presidential election. This is a “world-class” team of cybersecurity experts, Microsoft VP Tom Burt said in a statement. The moves are a sharp contrast with the Trump administration, which generally downplayed cybersecurity. Although the previous government did elevate the role of Cyber Command and help establish an Integrated Cyber Center to coordinate responses, it also dropped the White House’s Cybersecurity Coordinator role, shrank the State Department’s digital diplomacy...
    WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday proposed delaying Donald Trump’s impeachment trial until mid-February, giving the former president’s legal team time to mount a defense. In a statement, McConnell said he had offered a proposed timeline to new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) which would see the House present the impeachment articles to the Senate on Jan. 28 and allow Trump’s legal team 14 days to prepare their pre-trial brief. “Senate Republicans are strongly united behind the principle that the institution of the Senate, the office of the presidency, and former President Trump himself all deserve a full and fair process that respects his rights and the serious factual, legal, and constitutional questions at stake,” McConnell said. “Given the unprecedented speed of the House’s process, our proposed timeline for the initial phases includes a modest and reasonable amount of additional time for both sides...
    U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.Rob Carr | Getty Images U.S. President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump may disagree about many things, but China isn't one of them. Biden's team has shown early signs that it agrees with the previous administration on several "extremely touchy" issues concerning China, an American public policy expert said on Thursday. The "early signals" show that the Biden administration "may change the tone and tenor of the conversation with Beijing — but they're not really gonna change the policy," said Lanhee Chen, director of domestic policy studies and lecturer at Stanford University. He pointed out that Antony Blinken, Biden's nominee for Secretary of State, said during his confirmation hearing this week that he agreed with the previous administration's assessment that China committed genocide against the minority...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Testing wristbands are in. Mask-wearing is mandatory. Desks are socially distanced. The clearest sign that there’s a new boss at the White House is the deference being paid to coronavirus public health guidlines. It’s a striking contrast to Donald Trump’s White House, which was the epicenter of no less than three separate outbreaks of COVID-19, their true scale not fully known because aides refused to discuss cases publicly. While the Trump administration was known for flouting safety recommendations, the Biden team has made a point of abiding by the same strict guidelines they’re urging Americans to follow to stem the spread of the virus. It’s part of an overall effort from President Joe Biden to lead by example on the coronavirus pandemic, an ethos carried over from his campaign and transition. “One of the great tragedies of the Trump administration was a refusal to recognize that many...
    WASHINGTON - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial by a week or more to give Trump time to review the case. House Democrats who voted to impeach Trump last week after he was accused of inciting the January 6 Capitol riots have signaled they want a quick trial as President Joe Biden begins his term, saying a full reckoning is necessary before the country and Congress can move on. But McConnell told his fellow GOP senators on a call Thursday that a short delay would give Trump time to prepare and stand up his legal team, ensuring due process. Indiana Senator Mike Braun said after the call that the trial might not begin "until sometime mid-February." He said that was "due to the fact that the process as it occurred in the House evolved so quickly,...
    More On: impeachment Pelosi offers update on Trump impeachment trial timeline Biden put on a show of ‘unity’ — will he stick to it?: Devine Mitch McConnell’s betrayal hurts the nation: Goodwin How New York City ‘built’ Donald Trump WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday proposed delaying Donald Trump’s impeachment trial until mid-February, giving the former president’s legal team time to mount a defense. In a statement, McConnell said he had offered a proposed timeline to new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) which would see the House present the impeachment articles to the Senate on Jan. 28 and allow Trump’s legal team 14 days to prepare their pre-trial brief. “Senate Republicans are strongly united behind the principle that the institution of the Senate, the office of the presidency, and former President Trump himself all deserve a full and fair process that respects his rights...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly proposing to give former President Donald Trump until February to get ready for his impeachment trial in the Senate. McConnell told Republican senators that he would ask Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to give Trump until early-February to give him and his team time to prepare for the trial, Politico reported. The Republican leader said Tuesday that Trump and his allies were responsible for provoking rioters to storm the Capitol and commit acts of vandalism which postponed the electoral college certification process. Schumer made it clear that he will move forward with the impeachment of Trump in a Tuesday speech. In a floor speech, Schumer called Trump’s presidency the most “chaotic and divisive president that can ever be remembered.” He also mentioned three issues he hopes the Senate will tackle in the coming weeks: “a second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, the confirmation of President...
    Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump has no legal team or strategy prepared for his impending Senate impeachment trial, according to an NBC report, despite the harsh reality that it may begin next week. The House of Representatives already voted to impeach Trump for the second time in his presidency last week, but the former president still has to face the Senate trial, and a number of senators, Democratic and likely several Republican ones, are certainly hoping to ensure he can never become president again. The initial impeachment resolution charged Trump with “incitement of insurrection,” adding that he provoked his supporters at a Jan. 6 rally, sparking the following deadly attack on the Capitol. “Members of the crowd he had addressed … unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the vice president, and congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly,...
    President Donald Trump waves from a car as he drives past supporters in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., January 20, 2021.Marco Bello | Reuters Ex-President Donald Trump is not prepared for his Senate impeachment trial despite the fact that it could begin as early as next week. Trump, who is charged with inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by a mob of his supporters, still has not assembled a group of lawyers to defend him at what will be his second impeachment trial, NBC News reported. He also has no clear legal strategy for the trial, according to NBC. Democratic senators, and likely a number of Republican ones, hope to convict Trump and then vote to bar him from becoming president ever again. The failure to prepare for the trial is consistent with Trump's behavior this month, where he did little actual work related to the presidency....
    Joe Exotic in 2013. Sue Ogrocki/AP Images Joe Exotic says that he was "too innocent and too GAY" to be awarded a presidential pardon by Donald Trump in a Tweet posted Thursday. The "Tiger King" failed to receive clemency from the outgoing president despite continued lobbying efforts by his legal team. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Joe Exotic has spoken for the first time after failing to receive a last-minute presidential pardon from Donald Trump.  The 57-year-old "Tiger King" star, who is currently serving a 22-year jail sentence for plotting to kill his rival Carole Baskin as well as several counts of animal cruelty, had been publicly petitioning Donald Trump to grant him clemency for some months. But he did not make it onto the final list of 143 names granted pardons or commutations on Trump's last day in office. Joe Exotic — whose real name...
    From the very beginning of the pandemic, Donald Trump bragged on how great the vaccine distribution was going to be. All the way back on May 15, 2020—when Trump was still pretending he also had a national strategy for testing—Trump compared the coming vaccine roll out to the Manhattan Project. “That means the full power and strength of the military,” said Trump. There was going to be incredible planning, with lots of “logistics.” According to Trump, the military would  “deploy every plane, truck and soldier required” for vaccine distribution. In what must be a shocking revelation for everyone … Trump lied. The military was never put in charge of vaccine distribution. Instead, it was contracted out to private companies. But that wasn’t the end of the problems with the distribution. While Trump and former HHS Secretary Alex Azar talked up a “federal stockpile” of vaccine that they were handing out carefully to make...
    President Biden is bringing in Silicon Valley executives into his new administration, in contrast to the Trump administration, which had an occasionally hostile relationship with such companies. At least 10 different Biden transition team members or advisers previously worked at tech giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google. Furthermore, several transition team members worked in the Obama administration before joining one of the tech firms and then later joined the Biden team. This has led to GOP accusations that Big Tech companies are in cahoots with the Democratic Party. Tech companies also face allegations of partisanship through censorship. Former President Donald Trump has a more contentious relationship with Big Tech companies, especially after being banned by most social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in the past two weeks after the violent Capitol attack on Jan. 6. There were very few high-level tech executives who worked in the...
    Donald Trump's impeachment trial could last a mere three days once the Senate begins the proceedings as the former president struggles to find lawyers to represent him. Trump spent his first afternoon out of office at his Mar-a-Lago residence on the phone with allies. He had two queries: asking if GOP senators will vote to bar him from ever running for office again, two people with knowledge of the calls told The Daily Beast.  He also asked what lawyers should represent him in trial. The former president is having trouble finding a legal team to represent him. Members of his first impeachment legal team, including Jay Sekulow and former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, aren't interested.  Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, is one of the people who spoke to the former president on Wednesday and confirmed the former president's troubles.  '[Trump] said, 'I really don't know the lay...
    Joe Exotic's legal team says they are "disappointed" former President Trump failed to pardon the "Tiger King" star as he continues to serve a 22-year prison sentence. Trump issued more than 100 pardons and commutations early Wednesday as one of his last tasks at the White House ahead of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' inauguration ceremony. Private investigator Eric Love, who is part of Exotic's legal team, tells Fox News he's not guilty of his convicted crimes. "140 million Joe Exotic fans had a hard time getting out of bed this morning. We are as disappointed that [Trump] did not sign Joe’s Pardon, as we were confident [Tuesday] that he would. It is only because of you 140 million fans that Joe’s Pardon was even a possibility. Since his trial, the evidence has made it clear that Joe is not guilty but, rather, he is a victim of the persons he...
    (CNN)Newly sworn in President Joe Biden and his advisers are inheriting no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to speak of from the Trump administration, sources tell CNN, posing a significant challenge for the new White House.The Biden administration has promised to try to turn the Covid-19 pandemic around and drastically speed up the pace of vaccinating Americans against the virus. But in the immediate hours following Biden being sworn into office on Wednesday, sources with direct knowledge of the new administration's Covid-related work told CNN one of the biggest shocks that the Biden team had to digest during the transition period was what they saw as a complete lack of a vaccine distribution strategy under former President Donald Trump, even weeks after multiple vaccines were approved for use in the United States."There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch," one source said....
    Twelve minutes before noon on Wednesday, President Joe Biden was sworn into office as the nation’s 46th president. Seven hours later, the United States reported more than 4,409 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, according to data collected by the COVID-19 Tracking Project. The Biden administration came into power with purpose and an extensive agenda to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but purpose and planning only gets you so far—particularly when the president’s team is only just now getting a clear picture of how badly the previous administration had managed the crisis. “What we’re inheriting from the Trump administration is so much worse than we could have imagined,” Jeff Zients, the Biden administration’s COVID-19 czar, said in a call with reporters Wednesday. “We don't have the visibility that we would hope to have into supply and allocations.” “I think we have to level-set expectations,” added Tom Frieden, the former director for...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- State capitals across the country were on high alert today, after warnings about possible armed protesters "storming" state offices.The I-Team's Dan Noyes traveled to Sacramento to monitor the situation. The only protesters he found - a crowd of about 120 anti-fascists from around Northern California.RELATED: Heavily fortified statehouses around the US see small protestsThe 1,000 National Guard troops were front and center, with an enhanced presence of CHP officers at the State Capitol complex. The only significant group of protesters today were anti-fascists.Antifa Sacramento had put out a call for supporters from around the state to come here and face off with right-wing groups who never showed up.One group of antifascists gathered at Fremont Park in Sacramento, some armed with sticks and shields. They discussed plans, and passed out helmets.RELATED: Woman accused of laptop theft from Pelosi's office during Capitol riot arrestedThey marched to the state...
    President Biden signed an executive order shortly after his inauguration on Wednesday that rescinded the Trump administration’s controversial 1776 Commission. The order rescinding the commission comes just days after the Trump administration generated widespread backlash following its commission’s release of the 1776 Report, which was written response to The New York Times’s 1619 Project. The report, which was released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day earlier this week, went after critical race theory and pushed back on criticisms that the Founding Fathers were “hypocrites” for defending slavery. “This charge is untrue, and has done enormous damage, especially in recent years, with a devastating effect on our civic unity and social fabric,” the commission wrote in the report. “Many Americans labor under the illusion that slavery was somehow a uniquely American evil,” it continued. “It is essential to insist at the outset that the institution be seen in a much broader...
    President Biden is taking aim at more than 100 Trump-era environmental deregulatory actions, but it could be many months before any of those targets are dismantled. The Biden administration will have to wade through the lengthy rule-making process in order to pull back a large number of the actions it is seeking to undo. If the Biden team wants to set stricter standards, as Biden has indicated he wants to for greenhouse gas emissions from cars, oil and gas production, and power plants, it could take even longer. In those instances, federal agencies will also have to navigate negotiations with companies about where to set emissions restrictions and face likely legal challenges from anti-regulatory groups and Republican-led states. “Changing the direction of the regulatory ship takes a while. In most departments, it’s a very slow-moving thing,” said Myron Ebell, energy and environment director at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute,...
    This moment belongs to all of us: Black women exult as Kamala Harris walks into history Live updates: Inauguration underway as Biden, Harris near big moment Carol Baskin reacts to Joe Exotics failure to get pardon Although Joe Exotic and his team are disappointed that Donald Trump failed to pardon the "Tiger King" star on his way out of office, there is one person ecstatic about the decision: Carole Baskin. © Broadimage/Shutterstock Carole Baskin A happy Carole told TMZ, "If I understand the notice I got from the prison system, he's already gotten another month added to his sentence by not obeying prison rules." In the waning hours of Trump's presidency, there had been murmurs that the outgoing POTUS may issue a pardon for the flamboyant "Tiger King" star, who is serving a 22-year prison sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot to kill Carole, his chief rival,...
    Joe Exotic has lashed out at Donald Trump for deciding not to pardon him, accusing the former president of homophobia and saying he only pardoned his 'corrupt friends'. The reality TV star, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, had desperately hoped for a reprieve from the outgoing president. Exotic has served roughly two years of a 22-year sentence after he was convicted on 17 federal charges in 2019 for animal abuse and an attempted murder-for-hire plot on Carole Baskin.  'I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump,' he tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.  He bitterly referenced the former president's son, who said he felt Exotic had been treated harshly.  'I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post.  'Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends...
    Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday she wrote letters for President Joe Biden’s highest-ranking press officials as they undertake their new positions, The Hill reported. “Wishing all the best to President @JoeBiden’s incoming press & communications team,” McEnany tweeted. (RELATED: Kayleigh McEnany: It Has Been ‘A True Honor’ Serving As Press Secretary) “Left these notes for @PressSec, @K_JeanPierre, @SymoneDSanders & @KBeds –sending my prayers as you begin your service to the American People!” McEnany tweeted. Wishing all the best to President @JoeBiden’s incoming press & communications team. Left these notes for @PressSec, @K_JeanPierre, @SymoneDSanders & @KBeds — sending my prayers as you begin your service to the American People! pic.twitter.com/CFsVGSRDiC — Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) January 20, 2021 Press secretaries traditionally pass down a “flak jacket” to their successors, The Washington Post reported in 2017. Former Press Secretary Sean Spicer is the most recent of the...
    More On: tiger king Joe Exotic, with limo waiting outside prison, fails to get a pardon ‘Tiger King’ star Jeff Lowe must turn over cubs due to alleged abuse Joe Exotic’s team so confident of pardon that limo is waiting near prison ‘Tiger King’ star’s dad reportedly dead from coronavirus The Tiger King deserves the same treatment he gave his animals, says Carole Baskin — and that does not include a presidential pardon. The nemesis of Joe “Exotic” Passage was pleased if not surprised that outgoing president Donald Trump did not include the incarcerated Netflix docuseries star on his long list of last-minute pardons and commuted sentences. “I think only Joe’s team and the media were ever even thinking about a pardon for Joe,” Baskin told BuzzFeed News. “There is no benefit, other than a feeble attempt to deflect attention, for anyone to pardon someone who walked up to...
    “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin taunted co-star Joe Exotic after former President Donald Trump did not come through with a pardon. Baskin told TMZ that she was thankful that Joe Exotic didn’t get the pardon in a statement published Wednesday. The pardon was never confirmed, but Exotic’s team was convinced the former documentary star was going to be set free. His team reportedly even had a limousine waiting about a half mile outside of the prison, according to Newsweek. Joe Exotic’s lawyers were so confident he would be on Trump’s pardon list they even hired a limo to pick him up from prison in Texas. https://t.co/3pMVsvqZiI — BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) January 20, 2021 The Tiger King did not receive one of the last-minute pardons. (RELATED: Carole Baskin Now Owns Joe Exotic’s Zoo After Winning Lawsuit) “If I understand the notice I got from the prison system, he’s already gotten another...
    Tiger King does not get pardon after Trump administration | Netflix In the last moments of the Administration of Donald trumpIt seems like Joe Exotic isn’t getting a pardon after all. You might also be interested in: Team ninja has news of a new « Ninja Gaiden » Hours before Oval Office powers are formally transferred from Trump to President-elect Joe Biden, Trump and their team published a list of 143 people who were receiving pardons and sentence commutations. Exotic’s name, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is not on the list. Early Tuesday morning, news broke that lawyers for the eccentric reality TV personality had prepared a limousine and an entire squad of « beauty ”to pick up Exotic from prison in case the pardon came. Shortly after Exotic became a household name due to its inclusion in the popular documentary series Netflix’s “Tiger King”,...
    National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy. On his first day in office, President Joe Biden will sign a broad executive order mandating that the United States rejoin the Paris climate agreement and restore greenhouse gas limits that Donald Trump has weakened. Gina McCarthy, Biden's national climate adviser, told reporters Tuesday, "We know rejoining [Paris] won't be enough, but along with strong domestic action, which this executive order kicks off, it is going to be an important step for the United States to regain and strengthen its leadership opportunities." Formal rejoining will take 30 days, which starts with a letter today to the United Nations requesting that the U.S. be allowed to reenter the agreement that was designed to reduce emissions and the impacts of the global climate crisis. Biden will also launch a review of the Trump regime’s rollback of environmental protections. According to a description of the executive order provided by the...
    President Biden on Wednesday will issue a slew of executive orders related to immigration, reversing some of the most controversial of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies -- a sign of Biden’s early focus on immigration in his first days in office. Biden will sign an order putting an end to what he describes as "the Muslim ban" -- which refers to the travel bans placed on predominantly Muslim and African countries due to national security concerns.  BIDEN TO SIGN 17 EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, ORDERS TO REVERSE TRUMP POLICIES, RESTORE OBAMA-ERA PROGRAMS ON FIRST DAY The 2017 list, which included countries such as Iran, Yemen, Somalia and Syria, saw multiple revisions -- including the addition of Venezuela and North Korea -- and was expanded in 2020 to include a number of African countries. The initial 2017 ban saw protests at airports when it was implemented in the early days of the...
    Netflix Joe Exotic's legal team sent Insider a short statement following the "Tiger King" star's failure to receive a presidential pardon.  "Score remains 0:0 at the end of the first quarter. After an aggressive first quarter Hail Mary, team tiger didn't score.  Three quarters to go," his attorney Brad Small wrote. Joe Exotic is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for plotting to murder Carole Baskin.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Joe Exotic's legal team has spoken for the first time following the "Tiger King" star's failure to receive a presidential pardon from Donald Trump.  Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence after being convicted of plotting to murder his "Tiger King" rival Carole Baskin, as well as several counts of animal abuse, did not make the list of  140 pardons and commutations awarded by Donald Trump on Wednesday...
    “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic failed to win a pardon from President Trump — even though the jailbird’s legal team was so “confident” in one they had a limo ready to whisk him away. Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was not on the list of the more than 100 pardons and commutations that Trump issued early Wednesday. “It is the President’s Constitutional right to Pardon and we have to accept and respect his use of discretion. Our mission is just and continues,” Exotic’s lawyer, Francisco Hernandez, wrote on Facebook. Eric Love, who spearheaded Exotic’s bid for freedom, had been optimistic earlier about Exotic’s prospects of being released from Fort Worth’s Federal Medical Center. “We’re confident enough we already have a limousine parked about half a mile from the prison. We are really in action mode right now,” he told Metro.co.uk . Joe Exotic was not pardoned by Donald...
    PHILADELPHIA -- US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said Wednesday that he has been asked to leave his role as the nation's top doctor by incoming President Joe Biden's team."I've been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been the honor of my life to serve this Nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health," Adams tweeted. Ive been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been the honor of my life to serve this Nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health. See my full statement at: https://t.co/pCkbpealt8— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) January 20, 2021The Washington Post had first reported Wednesday that Biden was expected to ask for Adams' resignation and select an acting surgeon...
    More On: Joe Exotic ‘Tiger King’ star Jeff Lowe must turn over cubs due to alleged abuse Joe Exotic’s team so confident of pardon that limo is waiting near prison ‘Tiger King’ star’s dad reportedly dead from coronavirus Joe Exotic’s legal team headed to DC for ‘high level’ meeting “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic failed to win a pardon from President Trump — even though the jailbird’s legal team was so “confident” in one they had a limo ready to whisk him away. Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was not on the list of the more than 100 pardons and commutations that Trump issued early Wednesday. “It is the President’s Constitutional right to Pardon and we have to accept and respect his use of discretion. Our mission is just and continues,” Exotic’s lawyer, Francisco Hernandez, wrote on Facebook. Eric Love, who spearheaded Exotic’s bid for freedom, had...
    Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson urged the Democrat victors of the 2020 presidential election to move past the outcome and avoid plotting a post-inaugural war on Republican opponents. Transcript as follows: CARLSON: It’s weird to say it, but this is the last day of the Trump administration. If you supported Donald Trump, that’s a sad thing to face after four years. On the other hand, if you didn’t support Donald Trump, if you’re one of the many in our professional class who have made hating Donald Trump the very center of your life, this has got to be a pretty good day for you. You won. Your party now has control of everything. By tomorrow afternoon, Donald Trump will be gone for good. You’ve got exactly what you wanted. You should be thrilled about that. You ought to be celebrating. But they’re not celebrating....
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The stretch limousine that sat outside the federal prison in Fort Worth on January 19 left empty — this after President Donald Trump’s flurry of pardons didn’t include one for “Tiger King” Joe Exotic. His team had been confident that a pardon was coming… even having a hair and wardrobe team on-hand to whisk away the zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star, who is now serving a 22-year federal prison sentence. But he wasn’t on the list announced early Wednesday morning. Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison for violating federal wildlife laws and for his role in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his chief rival, Carole Baskin, who runs a rescue sanctuary for big cats in Florida. Baskin was not harmed. Maldonado-Passage, who has maintained his innocence, was also sentenced for killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and...
    Tiger King fans were left 'absolutely livid' on Wednesday after Joe Exotic missed out on a pardon from Donald Trump.   On Tuesday night, the outgoing president, 74, granted clemency to former White House aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations issued during his final hours in office. In total, the full list of recipients was said to be 143. Trump, however, did not name  Joe Exotic, 57, Julian Assange, 49, or Edward Snowden, 37, who were all expected to be considered for clemency. 'Livid': Tiger King fans were left 'absolutely livid' on Wednesday after Joe Exotic missed out on a pardon from Donald Trump (pictured in show still)  Trump did pardon other high-profile names and rappers Lil Wayne, 38, and Kodak Black, 23, who were prosecuted on federal weapons offenses.   Joe Exotic's legal team had expected a pardon from the outgoing president and were even ready to pick him up in a...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One name missing in President Donald Trump’s flurry of pardons is “Tiger King” Joe Exotic. His team was so confident in a pardon that they’d readied a celebratory limousine and a hair and wardrobe team to whisk away the zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star, who is now serving a 22-year federal prison sentence in Texas. But he wasn’t on the list announced Wednesday morning. Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison for violating federal wildlife laws and for his role in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his chief rival, Carole Baskin, who runs a rescue sanctuary for big cats in Florida. Baskin was not harmed. Maldonado-Passage, who has maintained his innocence, was also sentenced for killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records. A jury convicted him in April 2019. In his pardon application filed in...
    TIGER King star Joe Exotic has NOT been pardoned by Donald Trump, despite his legal team having reportedly hired a limo to whisk him away from prison. The outgoing president granted clemency to Steve Bannon, Lil Wayne and 141 others in a late flurry of last-minute decisions just before 1am on Wednesday – hours before Biden's inauguration in Washington DC. ⚠️ Read our Inauguration Day 2021 live blog for the very latest news and updates on Joe Biden's swearing-in 9The 57-year-old star will remain holed up in a Texas jail Credit: Splash News 9Exotic's legal squad had reportedly hired a Dodge truck limousine to take the star off to a secret hideaway for recuperationCredit: Copyright JDMC But there was no pardon for Joe 'Tiger King' Exotic, who is serving a 22-year prison sentence in FMC Prison in Texas for animal cruelty and plotting to kill his nemesis, Carole Baskin. Eric Love, who is...
    Private investigator Eric Love, who is part of Joe Exotic’s legal team, said Tuesday evening he was confident the 'Tiger King' star would be receiving a pardon from President Trump before the president's term ends Wednesday. "We will be standing by waiting for President Trump’s confirmation of the Tiger King Joe Exotic," Love said from inside a limousine waiting to pick Exotic up from a Texas prison if he is pardoned and released, KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City reported. "Much love to the fans. Thank you so much for all the support. God bless. We’ll see you as soon as we get the pardon." On Monday, Love said "I am absolutely confident that we are going to receive the pardon tomorrow. We worked very hard on it," according to KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. 'TIGER KING' STAR JOE EXOTIC BOOKS STRETCH LIMOUSINE, EXPECTING PARDON FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP He added his team has brought supplies...
    (CNN)The Biden transition team has declined to give outgoing acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller office space and resources for his transition out of the role, according to a Biden transition official. In the past it has been a courtesy to provide transitioning office space and resources to departing secretaries of defense."Given Mr. Miller's acting capacity in that role, as well as reduced staffing and occupation of the Pentagon and auxiliary offices during Covid-19, we deemed it appropriate not to extend that perk in this instance," the official said. Miller was named acting secretary on November 9.CNN has asked the Department of Defense for comment.Biden Transition Analysis: What does Biden's diverse Cabinet mean for a divided country Biden crafts inaugural address to unify a country in crisis Biden administration braces for new wave of migrants as it rolls out new immigration plans MAP: Full presidential election results The...
    Fox News has laid off one of its political editors Chris Stirewalt and more than a dozen other staffers as part of a 'post-election restructuring'. Stirewalt, 45, who had been with the network for more than a decade, was part of Fox's election night team that correctly called Arizona for Joe Biden long before other networks in a move that infuriated Donald Trump and his supporters. In addition to Stirewalt, at least 16 editorial staffers from the Fox News Digital department have been laid off.  Some of those staffers include senior editors and reporters who have been with Fox for a decade, the Daily Beast reports.  Sources have described the Fox News lay-offs as a 'blood bath' initiated by editor in chief Porter Berry who is a former Sean Hannity producer, and appears intent on remolding the network to be more align with the pro-Trump views on Hannity.  Chris Stirewalt, who...
    (CNN)States across the country say they're running low on coronavirus vaccine supply, with many officials insisting the vaccine delivery numbers reported by the Trump administration don't align with what they are seeing on the ground.From New York to Tennessee to West Virginia, officials are clamoring for more doses of coronavirus vaccine. And officials in those states said that federal tallies suggesting they have thousands of doses sitting on the shelves don't accurately reflect the supply of vaccine on hand.JUST WATCHEDJohn King: It's a horrific time to become president ReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHJohn King: It's a horrific time to become president 01:47 The confusion around vaccine supply -- and the gap between what officials said is happening locally and the numbers the Trump administration is reporting -- presents an immediate challenge for the incoming Biden administration.A source close to the Biden transition team said there is enormous concern among the incoming...
    Republicans were adamant in 2017 that Trump's national security team be ready to go on 'day one.' For Biden? Not so much. President-elect Joe Biden's national security team will not be fully assembled by the time he's officially sworn in on Wednesday, with confirmation hearings for his nominees only beginning on Tuesday. The contrast is stark, given the previous push by Republicans, who currently control the Senate, to ensure Donald Trump's national security team was ready to go on "day one." According to a report from the anti-corruption watchdog group Accountable.US, numerous Republicans who are current members of the Senate pressed hard for Trump's nominees to be confirmed quickly back in 2017, yet have been relatively silent as Biden prepares to take office with a pending Cabinet and national security team.
    Joe Exotic's legal team expect a pardon from President Donald Trump 'very soon' and are ready to pick him up in a limo from a Fort Worth prison to immediately get his hair done before seeing his husband Dillon Passage. Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, has served roughly two years of a 22-year sentence after he was convicted on 17 federal charges in 2019 for animal abuse and an attempted murder-for-hire plot on Carole Baskin. Maldonado-Passage, 57, who owned and operated the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, shot to fame after Netlfix released its hit Tiger King series at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Exotic's legal team expect a pardon from President Donald Trump 'very soon' and are ready to pick him up in a limo from a Fort Worth prison to immediately get his hair done before seeing his husband Dillon Passage ...
    President Donald Trump is expected pardon around 100 people in his final full day in office Tuesday. The Tiger King, Joe Exotic, and his legal team are so confident that Exotic made the list that they have a limousine and style team ready to go near the prison Exotic is currently serving in. Eric Love, who is leading Exotic’s legal team, said, “We have a good reason to believe it will come through,” reports the New York Post. “We’re confident enough we already have a limousine parked about half a mile from the prison. We are really in action mode now.” The limo being parked near the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, where the Netflix star is currently incarcerated. Love told the Sun in a separate interview that once they get word of the pardon coming through, the limousine will pick up the legal team as well as...
    DONALD Trump could pardon Tiger King Joe Exotic on his last full day as president after new evidence was released in Exotic's case. Trump is reportedly planning to issue more than 100 pardons on Tuesday, and the eccentric star of the 2020 Netflix series Tiger King is confident he will be among them, according to his legal team. * Read our US Politics live blog for the latest news on Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Wednesday's inauguration 6Joe Exotic's legal team believes the reality star will get a presidential pardonCredit: Splash News 6Trump is reportedly planning to issue more than 100 pardons on TuesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty Exotic's legal team, dubbed Team Tiger, told The Sun that they are so sure he will receive a pardon, they will have a limo waiting for him outside FMC Prison in Fort Worth, Texas, where he's being held. Exotic, 57, was convicted of...
    Joe Exotic’s legal team is so confident the “Tiger King” star will get a pardon from President Trump on Tuesday that they have a limo parked near his prison — and hair and makeup at the ready. “This time tomorrow, we’re going to be celebrating,” Eric Love, who is leading Exotic’s bid for freedom, told Metro.co.uk in an interview Monday afternoon. “We have good reason to believe it will come through,” he said of a presidential pardon for the Netflix star, who is serving 22 years for trying to hire a hitman to kill zookeeper rival Carole Baskin. “We’re confident enough we already have a limousine parked about half a mile from the prison. We are really in action mode right now,” he said of a stretch limo near the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth in Texas. Once word of a pardon comes through, the driver will pick up...
    JOE Exotic’s lawyers are so confident Trump will pardon the Netflix superstar today that they have booked a limo to pick him up from jail.  But with just one day left as President of the United States, will Donald Trump free the Tiger King?  6Joe Exotic's legal team are so confident he will be pardoned they have hired a limo to take him away from prisonCredit: Splash News Will Donald Trump pardon Joe Exotic?  Donald Trump is expected to pardon over a hundred people today in his final day as President.  Speculation is rife over who the President will pardon in his final hours in office, with concerns the President could attempt to preemptively pardon his close family, or even himself.  One hopeful felon is Tiger King star Joe Exotic.  Currently caged for 22 years for plotting to kill big cat rival Carole Baskin, Joe Exotic is “praying” that he...
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    By Sara Murray, MJ Lee and Kristen Holmes | CNN With the hours dwindling until Joe Biden is sworn in — officially taking the helm of the US government during its worst health crisis in 100 years — a sense of nervousness has set in among those advising the incoming President on the pandemic. The overarching, nagging concern: “They don’t know what they don’t know,” said a source close to the Biden Covid-19 team. Biden is set to inherit a nation grieving hundreds of thousands of Americans who have perished from the virus, a health care system buckling under the strain of the pandemic, new variants of the disease popping up around the world and a public that is both stressed about the prospect of when they can get vaccinated, as well as dubious about whether to trust the vaccine when it’s their turn in line. Multiple officials familiar with...
    (CNN)With the hours dwindling until Joe Biden is sworn in -- officially taking the helm of the US government during its worst health crisis in 100 years -- a sense of nervousness has set in among those advising the incoming President on the pandemic.The overarching, nagging concern: "They don't know what they don't know," said a source close to the Biden Covid-19 team. Biden is set to inherit a nation grieving hundreds of thousands of Americans who have perished from the virus, a health care system buckling under the strain of the pandemic, new variants of the disease popping up around the world and a public that is both stressed about the prospect of when they can get vaccinated, as well as dubious about whether to trust the vaccine when it's their turn in line.Multiple officials familiar with the transition said the lack of full cooperation and transparency from the...
    Joe Biden’s team even plans to strengthen the measures applied to international travel. Lreopening US borders to Europe and Brazil is not on the agenda, said future White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Monday, contradicting a previous announcement by President Donald Trump. “Now is not the time to lift restrictions on international travel,” said Jen Psaki, on his Twitter account, who is officially due to take up his duties as spokesperson for new President Joe Biden on Wednesday. President Donald Trump announced on Monday the next reopening of American borders to European nationals in the Schengen area, to the British, Irish and Brazilians as of January 26. This decision is linked to the establishment, on the same date, of an obligation to present a negative screening test for the coronavirus upon entering the United States, said the Head of State in a press release....