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    Ahead of Tuesday’s Senate impeachment trial, author Tomi T. Ahonen claimed on Sunday that Donald Trump’s financial situation has placed him in a precarious position. The comment came amid a conversation about Trump’s recent public silence, which Ahonen said was due to his attorneys muzzling him for the duration of the proceedings. “Trump attorneys demand pre-payment because Trump never pays afterwards,” he tweeted. “So Trump has already paid for 2 sets of lawyers. They have an off-ramp if Trump speaks without their approval. Trump is broke. He can’t afford 3rd set of lawyers.” Trump lost his first set of lawyers just over a week before the trial is set to begin. As reported by CNN, a person familiar with the situation claimed that the departures stemmed from Trump’s insistence on centering his defense on claims of mass election fraud as opposed to the legality of impeaching a former president. According...
    Washington (CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday said a "room full of lawyers" is working to make the case that raising the minimum wage to $15 squares with Senate rules that threaten its inclusion in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package.The comments come as Biden has cast doubt on the possibility of the wage increase being in the final bill, telling CBS in an interview that aired Friday that he doesn't think "it's going to survive."Democrats are considering using a procedural shortcut known as budget reconciliation to pass the massive piece of legislation through Congress in the face of Republican opposition. While the minimum wage increase was included in Biden's proposal, questions have swirled in recent days around whether it would be possible for lawmakers to use reconciliation to pass the package with it included. The procedural move is intended for bills concerning spending, taxes and debt. "I can tell...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders said he's fighting to include a federal $15 minimum wage provision in the coronavirus relief bill, despite President Joe Biden doubting that it will make its way into the legislation. "Well I hope he is [wrong]," Sanders, who helms the Senate Budget Committee, told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday after being reminded of Biden's reservations on the wage hike. "The president supports the $15 an hour minimum wage. I do. Last poll I saw has 62% of the American people supporting it. Because at the end of the day, we are in the midst of massive income and wealth inequality. People on top are doing phenomenally well, yet we have literally tens of millions of Americans working for starvation wages. You cannot make it in any state in this country on nine or 10 bucks an hour, you gotta raise that minimum wage to 15 bucks...
    Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy said Sunday the House impeachment vote was a 'Soviet Union show trial' as he prepares to preside over the Senate trial this week Republican Senator Bill Cassidy said Sunday the House impeachment trial was unfair and rushed as the Senate prepares to start hearing arguments for and against convicting Donald Trump this week. The Louisiana Republican said the House proceedings and vote were more emblematic of a 'Soviet Union… show trial' than a legitimate Democratic process on reprimanding a person serving higher office in the U.S. 'The president wasn't there, he wasn't allowed counsel, they didn't amass evidence, in 5 hours they kinda judged and boom he's impeached,' Cassidy told NBC's 'Meet the Press' on Sunday morning. Despite the defense of the former president, Cassidy insisted he has an 'open mind' going into the trial.  Just one week after the Capitol storming on January 6,...
    The New York tycoon, based in his luxurious Florida residence, has long been a regular in civil courts, with an army of lawyers ready to step up to defend him as well as attack his opponents. Returning to a simple citizen, he now risks the unprecedented affront of indictment: at least one criminal investigation is aimed at him, led by Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance, a Democrat who has been fighting for months to obtain eight years of tax returns and banking services of the former real estate developer and reality TV star. Initially focused on payments made, before the 2016 presidential election, to two alleged billionaire mistresses, the investigation is now also examining possible allegations of tax fraud, insurance fraud, or bank fraud. The Supreme Court in July ordered the president to turn over the requested documents to the prosecutor, but the tycoon’s lawyers re-requested her to challenge the...
              K&L Gates LLP, the global law firm that employs former U.S. Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN-06), has opened a Nashville office. K&L Gates announced it has set up a Nashville law office with more than 25 lawyers handling health care, litigation, corporate, intellectual property, finance, and construction, and other specialties. The office is located on Second Avenue South. Mary Beth F. Johnston is the managing partner. She concentrates on health law, representing major academic medical centers, hospital and health systems, accountable care organizations and provider networks, and pharmacy and clinical laboratory providers. Johnston said, “Nashville’s status as a leading center for the health care industry of course creates significant and strategic synergies with our national health care practice. In this regard, we are thrilled to have added premier health care transactional and regulatory lawyers to this office at the start. But the city’s strong growth...
    THE LABOUR shadow attorney general has been caught on tape saying Covid is "a gift that keeps on giving" for rich City lawyers, it has been reported. Lord Falconer reportedly said the words during a briefing for a top City firm staffed by millionaire lawyers.  3A recording has been revealed of Lord Falconer saying Covid is 'a gift that keeps on giving' for rich City lawyersCredit: Alamy He inisits he was referring to changes in the law as a result of the pandemic. A source told Mail On Sunday that the peer said he regretted his choice of words. Lord Falconer is a full-time member of the Shadow Cabinet and a partner the international law firm Gibson Dunn, where his duties have included leading its Covid-19 UK Task Force. Labour leader Keir Starmer is now reportedly facing backlash for Lord Falconer's comments. In the explosive recording obtained by The Mail...
    A Michigan attorney who helped Sidney Powell file her election-related lawsuits said he shouldn't face consequences for his role. Gregory Rohl, a trial attorney based in Michigan, was "holding the fort" for Powell and shouldn't be sanctioned or disbarred, he wrote in a federal court affidavit, according to Business Insider. On the day before Thanksgiving, while he was quarantining at home following a COVID-19 diagnosis, he was contacted by “an associate” who asked if he’d help “in litigation involving alleged election fraud in Michigan which is being spearheaded by Sidney Powell and Lin Wood," he said in the affidavit. Rohl agreed to be a local counsel because he found the legal filings from Powell and Wood to be “compelling” and the complaint led him to believe that “if true,” it would likely mean “there was some form of corruption of the electoral process in. Michigan by either internal or external...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — An appeals court wants The Florida Bar to consider taking action against a Panhandle attorney who pursued a high-profile case seeking to force Gov. Ron DeSantis to close beaches because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal, in an order issued Friday, stopped short of imposing financial sanctions against Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder and lawyers who represented him in an appeal of a circuit judge’s ruling in the case. But the panel sharply criticized Uhlfelder and his lawyers, saying that “they knew or should have known that their ‘demands’ that the Governor ‘close the beaches’ were not validly asserted below (in the circuit court) or on appeal.” “There was no good faith legal argument to support a claim for such relief in the trial court, and there was certainly no good faith basis to argue legal error on appeal,”...
    By ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguments begin Tuesday in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump on allegations that he incited the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. A look at five key questions about what to expect when senators hear the case against the former president in the very chamber that was besieged by insurrectionists : _____ WILL TRUMP BE CONVICTED? It's unlikely. While many Republicans were harshly critical of Trump for telling supporters to “fight like hell” and go to the Capitol, their criticism has since softened. The shift was evident during a Jan. 26 test vote. Only five Republican senators voted against a motion that was aimed at dismissing the trial. It will take a two-thirds vote of the 100-member Senate to convict Trump of the impeachment charge, which is “incitement of insurrection." If all 50 Democrats...
    Two migration-background lawyers have been accused of leaking confidential police investigation information to one of Stockholm’s most notorious drug-dealing gangs. Lawyers Ekrem Güngör and Amir Amdouni have been accused of passing on confidential information to the Vårby network, a Stockholm-based criminal outfit that has been a major player in the city’s drug trafficking trade for the last decade. The accusations come after the gang leader was arrested in Spain in October and police raided the criminal organisation in November. Around 20 members of the gang, which is also accused of being involved in shootings, currently face charges, Expressen reports. According to the newspaper, the two lawyers, who have reportedly specialised in defending gang members, used the nicknames “the King” and “the Prince” on the encrypted messaging service Encrochat, which was infiltrated by French investigators last year. Lawyer Linked to Swedish Migrant Clan Gangs Threatened with Expulsion from Bar Association https://t.co/V8Z3CTcyTL —...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguments begin Tuesday in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump on allegations that he incited the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. A look at five key questions about what to expect when senators hear the case against the former president in the very chamber that was besieged by insurrectionists : _____ WILL TRUMP BE CONVICTED? It’s unlikely. While many Republicans were harshly critical of Trump for telling supporters to “fight like hell” and go to the Capitol, their criticism has since softened. The shift was evident during a Jan. 26 test vote. Only five Republican senators voted against a motion that was aimed at dismissing the trial. It will take a two-thirds vote of the 100-member Senate to convict Trump of the impeachment charge, which is “incitement of insurrection.” If all 50 Democrats voted to convict him, 17...
    Jeffrey Epstein and his mother would have said Ghislaine Maxwell was innocent if they were still alive, Maxwell's lawyers said in a court filing. Maxwell, 59, was arrested in New Hampshire last summer before being charged for conspiring to 'entice' and 'transport' minors between 1994 and 1997. In a court filing that argued the US government waiting too long to bring charges, her lawyers said the government turned to Maxwell after Epstein's death because they were 'left with no fish to attempt to fry', reported The Times.  It said witnesses could have died and documents been lost in the time it has taken the government to bring Maxwell to court. For example, they claim Epstein would have testified and told the court Maxwell was 'unaware' of his activities. Jeffrey Epstein (pictured) would have testified to say Ghislaine Maxwell was innocent.  She was arrested in New Hampshire last summer before...
    In an interview with Politico published on Friday, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said that Democrats have a “very compelling” impeachment case against former President Donald Trump. The House of Representatives impeached Trump last month, accusing him of inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government. According to Democrats, at a rally in Washington, D.C., Trump instructed his supporters to storm the Capitol building and overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. The Senate trial will begin soon, but Republicans have made it clear that most of them will not vote to convict the former president. Still, according to Bannon, the procedure could be damaging to Trump, because Democratic senators will try to come up with a compelling narrative to discredit him. “The Democrats have a very emotional and compelling case. They’re going to try to convict him in the eyes of the American people and smear him...
    Lawyers representing former President Donald Trump for his upcoming Senate impeachment trial are being funded by the national Republican party and private campaign funds. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has given $250,000 to the law firms of two of Trump’s attorneys, Jay Sekulow and Jane Raskin, campaign finance reports show according to the Washington Post. People familiar with the matter told the Post that Raskin and Shekulow will receive additional funds from the RNC for their work in January and February. Under current election law, Trump is allowed to use campaign or party funds to cover his legal fees because the impeachment trial is occurring as a result of his status as a candidate or officeholder. (RELATED: There’s A Glaring Unintended Consequence For Democrats Impeaching Trump) President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow arrives at the U.S. Capitol on February 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. Today closing arguments are expected...
    Ghislaine Maxwell attends Polo Ralph Lauren host Victories of Athlete Ally at Polo Ralph Lauren Store on November 3, 2015 in New York City. Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers say a perjury indictment against her should be dropped. They say Maxwell didn't understand what "sexual activities" meant during a deposition. They also said "the 2000s" could mean "the period from 2000 to 2999" and Maxwell can't answer questions about the future. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers are arguing the accused sex trafficker's perjury indictment should be dismissed because she wasn't sure what the lawyer questioning her meant when asking about "sexual activities" with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and underage girls. "What did the examiner mean by 'sexual activities'? Kissing? Holding hands?" her attorneys wrote in a memorandum filed in federal court. "The combination of toys, devices, and activities may be...
    GHISLAINE Maxwell is blaming her arrest on the death of her ex-lover Jeffrey Epstein in prison, new court papers reveal. The British heiress, 59, insists that US prosecutors are only gunning for her because they failed to prevent the paedophile billionaire killing himself in his cell 18 months ago. 4GHISLAINE Maxwell is blaming her arrest on the death of her ex-lover Jeffrey Epstein in prison, new court papers revealCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Maxwell is facing charges that could see her jailed for up to 35 yearsCredit: Reuters Maxwell is facing child grooming and sex abuse charges that could see her jailed for up to 35 years. Her lawyers are now challenging the case against her on multiple grounds, court papers filed unsealed on Thursday show, saying she has been “substituted” for the sex fiend. Attorney Mark Cohen wrote: “One does not need to engage in complex analysis to understand...
    Ghislaine Maxwell, the ex-girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, claims that her prosecution on charges of sex abuse is occurring because she is a “substitute” for Epstein after his death, according to ABC News. Lawyers for Maxwell believe, as stated in Manhattan federal court documents, that in the case brought last July, which could potentially put Maxwell in prison for life, “the government has sought to substitute our client for Jeffrey Epstein, even if it means stretching — and ultimately exceeding — the bounds of the law,” according to ABC News. The lawyers further stated that “The government’s sudden zeal to prosecute Ms. Maxwell for alleged conduct with Epstein in the 1990s — conduct for which the government never even charged Epstein — follows a history that is both highly unusual and deeply troubling,” according to ABC News. The government, the lawyers alleged, was embarrassed after Epstein died in what then-Attorney General...
    Pop superstar, left-wing activist, and Democratic Party backer, Taylor Swift is reportedly being sued by a Utah theme park over the title of her latest album, Evermore. Evermore Park, a medieval fantasy attraction near Provo, filed a copyright infringement suit Tuesday alleging that Swift’s album has caused “actual confusion” among park patrons, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune. CEO Ken Bretschneider alleges in the complaint that after Swift’s album debuted December 11, the search results for his theme park dropped on Google relative to the album.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) In the court documents, the park alleges that confusion with the album was evident as early as the day after the album’s release. Andrea Measom, director of human resources for Evermore, claims that park attendees asked her if the album was the “result of a collaboration between Evermore and...
    Former White House adviser Steve Bannon is encouraging ex-President Donald Trump to turn his impeachment trial into a hearing airing out his discredited voter fraud claims.  'He is not going to be convicted, so we must address November 3. And the best place to adjudicate this is the well of the U.S. Senate,' Bannon told Politico in an interview published Friday. 'It has to be dramatic, it has to be big. It has to be the big lie versus the big steal.'    As of now, Trump is not expected to testify, according to his spokesman Jason Miller, after Democratic impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin, requested he do so under oath next week.  Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon told Politico that former President Donald Trump should use his Senate impeachment trial to air his unfounded voter fraud claims and do so in a 'dramatic' fashion  President Donald...
    More On: ghislaine maxwell Top DOJ officials OK’d Epstein non-prosecution deal: Maxwell lawyers Here’s the latest whine from Ghislaine Maxwell at Brooklyn jail Ghislaine Maxwell claimed to find out about Epstein abuse from the press New court docs reveal a boorish boast Jeffrey Epstein once made about a teen Ghislaine Maxwell is blaming her arrest on her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein’s death — claiming she is being forced to take the fall for the convicted pedophile because prosecutors need a scapegoat, according to newly unsealed court papers.  Lawyers for Maxwell, 59 — who is being prosecuted on sex abuse charges that could put her in prison for life — challenged the case brought against her in Manhattan federal court in papers filed last week and unsealed Thursday, with some redactions. “One does not need to engage in complex analysis to understand what has happened here: the government has sought to...
    The Supreme Court on Friday listed several high profile election lawsuits for consideration at its mid-February conference. The cases include challenges to the 2020 election from Trump lawyers Lin Wood and Sydney Powell, as well as Republican Rep. Mike Kelly's Pennsylvania lawsuit. Nearly every lawsuit takes issue with the expanded use of mail-in ballots by many states. The decision came after the court declined to fast track all election-related litigation in early January. In nearly every plea for expedition, lawyers backing former President Donald Trump told the court that if the cases were not heard before President Biden's inauguration, their success would be unlikely. But after the court pushed them off, many lawyers said that the challenges were still important, and could have long-term implications for election fairness. Trump lawyer John Eastman told the Washington Examiner that even with Trump out of office, it was important to settle...
    Judge Merrick Garland, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. Attorney General, speaks as Biden announces his Justice Department nominees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, January 7, 2021.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Should CEOs be quaking in their Guccis about a crackdown on white collar crime in the Biden administration? Attorneys are bracing themselves and their clients. "Generally speaking, there is a feeling that when Democrats are in power, there's more activity in the white collar world," said attorney Reid H. Weingarten, whose clients have included former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers and former Enron Chief Accounting Officer Rick Causey. Weingarten, a former federal prosecutor and a partner at Washington law firm Steptoe & Johnson, told CNBC's "American Greed" there may be some justification for a crackdown given the massive amount of government aid approved in the past year to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. "Certainly there's a belief...
    Ghislaine Maxwell blames her arrest on ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein’s death, claiming US prosecutors are targeting her as a substitute, newly unsealed court papers reveal. She is being prosecuted on sex abuse charges that could put her in prison for life. Her lawyers challenged the case brought against their client last July on multiple grounds in papers filed last week and unsealed Thursday with some redactions. 'One does not need to engage in complex analysis to understand what has happened here,' her lawyers wrote in the Manhattan federal court documents. 'The government has sought to substitute our client for Jeffrey Epstein, even if it means stretching - and ultimately exceeding - the bounds of the law.' The 59-year-old British socialite (pictured in a court sketch last year) was arrested last July on child sex trafficking charges and has remained jailed on grounds she might flee They added: 'The government's sudden zeal to...
    The non-prosecution agreement that spared multi-millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein federal sex-trafficking charges in the early 2000s was certified at the highest levels of the Justice Department, lawyers for alleged cohort Ghislaine Maxwell charged in court documents unsealed Thursday. In the filing, Maxwell’s attorneys sought to dismiss federal charges she now faces for allegedly procuring underage girls for Epstein and lying about it under oath by claiming she is subject to the same agreement he signed in 2007. The court filing includes a copy of the deal signed by then-Florida federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta and details how the “atypical” agreement, which barred Epstein from facing federal prosecution if he copped to a one-count state indictment, was agreed upon. Maxwell’s attorneys claim in the filing that the agreement was “heavily negotiated over approximately eight months” and was approved by “senior levels of Main Justice in Washington, D.C.” It...
    On February 9, a little more than a month after a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a bid to block Democrat Joe Biden's election victory, all 100 members of the U.S. Senate will meet in their chamber to begin the impeachment trial of the former president on a charge of inciting the rioting.   The January 6 attack, which left five people dead and forced lawmakers meeting to certify Biden's win to either evacuate or hide in their offices, prompted the House of Representatives within a week to impeach Trump for "incitement of insurrection." That made Trump, a one-time New York real estate developer, the only American president to be impeached twice.   FILE - Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) leads fellow House impeachment managers as they walk in the U.S. Capitol to hand-carry an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Financier Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend claims she is being prosecuted on sex abuse charges that could put her in prison for life because Epstein killed himself and prosecutors wanted a substitute to replace him with, lawyers said in newly unsealed court papers. Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers challenged the case brought against their client last July on multiple grounds in papers filed last week and unsealed on Thursday with some redactions. “One does not need to engage in complex analysis to understand what has happened here: the government has sought to substitute our client for Jeffrey Epstein, even if it means stretching — and ultimately exceeding — the bounds of the law,” the lawyers wrote in the Manhattan federal court documents. “The government’s sudden zeal to prosecute Ms. Maxwell for alleged conduct with Epstein in the 1990s — conduct for which the government never even charged Epstein — follows...
    Former President Donald Trump hired two new lawyers for his upcoming impeachment trial – David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr. His attorneys will play a critical role as they defend the former president from being convicted by the Senate, which would mean he couldn’t run for office again. Castor is known for declining to prosecute Bill Cosby in 2005 when he worked as a county commissioner and district attorney for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Castor said that he declined to prosecute Cosby because he said the case was too weak, NPR reported. He’s known to enjoy the spotlight – Politico reported that he often received media attention in the early 2000s when he was known for having a lot of personality and prosecuting high profile homicide cases. (RELATED: President Trump Could Be Impeached. What Happens Next Is Up In The Air) As someone who was seen as a moderate Republican, Castor...
    Former President Donald Trump's legal team accused House Democrats of "playing games" in their attempt to get him to testify at next week's Senate impeachment trial. House impeachment managers wrote to them on Thursday inviting Trump to appear in person and be questioned about what those Democrats contend was his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. In their response, Bruce Castor and David Schoen dismissed it as a "PR stunt" but without closing the door on the possibility. "Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone: you cannot prove your allegations against the 45th president of the United States, who is now a private citizen," they write. "The use of our Constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to try to play these games." Earlier in the day, Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the lead impeachment manager, invited Trump to give evidence....
    Kyle Rittenhouse, who is charged with homicide, is residing in an undisclosed "safe house," his lawyers said, following a motion from prosecutors to rearrest the teenager for failing to disclose his whereabouts. Rittenhouse failed to notify the court of an address change within the mandatory 48-hour time-frame, and the prosecutors subsequently petitioned a judge to up his bond by $200,000 and issue an arrest warrant, county attorneys on Wednesday said. The 18-year-old, who was released from jail following a crowdfunded $2 million bond, was charged with homicide after he allegedly shot three people, killing two of them, during violent August riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse is in an undisclosed location, not on the run, after he received multiple threats against his life, his lawyers said, according to court documents. Senior law enforcement figures advised Rittenhouse's lawyers not to indicate the teenager's actual address over two months prior to the...
    House impeachment managers on Thursday called on former President Donald Trump to testify under oath before or during his Senate trial, which is set to begin next week. Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who is the lead House impeachment prosecutor, wrote in a letter to Trump and his attorneys that their legal brief filed this week "denied many factual allegations." Editorial Cartoons on Donald TrumpView All 455 Images"You have thus attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense," Raskin wrote in the letter. "In light of your disputing these factual allegations, I write to invite you to provide testimony under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial, concerning your conduct on January 6, 2021." In Trump's filing, his lawyers denied that the former president played any role in inciting the Jan. 6 deadly mob that infiltrated the...
    More On: kenosha shooting Wisconsin prosecutors seek arrest, higher bond for accused Kenosha shooter New footage shows police questioning Kyle Rittenhouse after his arrest Accused Kenosha gunman must avoid white supremacists, guns, booze: judge Kyle Rittenhouse flashes white-power sign at bar while out on bond Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse isn’t on the run — he’s in a “safe house” due to repeated death threats, his lawyers said. The revelation comes after prosecutors sought to have the 18-year-old murder suspect rearrested and have his bail increased because he moved without telling authorities. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, is free on a $2 million bond. But in a court filing this week, the teen’s lawyers said he’s not AWOL, but in a safe house — and said authorities knew that, Newsweek reported. Defense attorney Mark Richards said his office spoke to prosecutors as early as November about his client moving...
    Former Fox News guest-booking chief and event planner Laurie Luhn—who left the right-leaning cable channel in 2010 and signed a reported $3.15-million settlement agreement to keep quiet about her decades of sexual and psychological abuse by the late Roger Ailes—says the outlet’s high-powered law firm, Jones Day, is trying to intimidate her. Several prominent attorneys contacted by The Daily Beast agreed that Jones Day was possibly engaging in “bullying,” or “improper” and potentially “unethical” conduct when it sent a male process server to Luhn’s Los Angeles home on the night of Tuesday, Jan. 26. It was the day after Luhn, 60, was deposed in former Fox Nation anchor Britt McHenry’s sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the network and McHenry’s former co-host and alleged harasser George Murdoch, aka former pro wrestler Tyrus. The process server—who rang her buzzer but didn’t identify himself, a still-rattled Luhn told The Daily Beast—delivered court...
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen consulted ethics lawyers before calling a meeting with the government’s top financial regulators to discuss the GameStop stock trading frenzy, according to a report from Reuters. Yellen’s sought an ethics waiver after media reports pointed out that she received $700,0000 in speaking fees from Citadel, LLC.  Yellen has said she would not act in an official capacity in matters involving the firm without receiving a written waiver from Treasury ethics officials. Citadel, alongside another fund, extended a $2.75 billion bailout to hedge fund Melvin Capital Management. Melvin had suffered billions in losses because of its bet against GameStop. Robinhood, the app-based broker that sparked outrage when it restricted trading in so-called meme stocks, is paid by Citadel Securities for privileged access to its users’ trades. Treasury said Wednesday that the meeting would include Yellen and leadership of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve, and Commodity Futures...
    Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz on Wednesday offered to represent former President Trump in his second impeachment trial, telling Fox News he would be willing to resign from his seat in the House of Representatives if asked to join the Trump legal team. Gaetz, R-Fla., told Fox News on Wednesday that he has not been asked to join the former president’s defense, but offered to do so. TRUMP ANNOUNCES NEW LEGAL TEAM FOR IMPEACHMENT TRIAL "I only regret that I have but one political career to give to my president," Gaetz told Fox News. Gaetz told Fox News that he offered to represent Trump through Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows "weeks ago." "When ethics advised that sitting House members couldn’t do it, the conversations ceased," Gaetz explained. Gaetz, though, told Fox News that, if Trump asked him to join his defense, he would accept....
    (CNN)A Texas woman charged in connection with the Capitol insurrection has asked a federal judge to let her travel to Mexico for a "work-related bonding retreat," according to court records. Jenny Cudd, a flower shop owner and unsuccessful mayoral candidate from Midland, wrote to a federal judge on Monday asking for permission to visit Riviera Maya, Mexico, for a four-day retreat this month. The court docket for her case doesn't yet show a response from the judge. She was charged with two misdemeanors -- knowingly entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds -- and was released shortly after her arrest in January. The Justice Department didn't try to keep her jail before trial, an aggressive move they've reserved for the handful of riot-related defendants accused of violent crimes and conspiracies. A lawyer representing Cudd previously told CNN she plans to plead not guilty. Her lawyers have also...
    When Donald Trump filed the first brief in his second impeachment trial late Tuesday, he did the one thing he shouldn’t: tell his big election lie—only bigger and more dangerous because he and his lawyers are now swearing to it. The spirit of Trump suffused the assertions—he won, dammit, and the Senate is going to get an earful about it—couched in legalese and double negatives. The brief denied Trump sought to subvert the election results, which in any event he had the right to “suspect” weren’t valid. Whatever he said, including his speech to the patriots from the lawn behind the White House, is protected speech under the First Amendment and didn’t incite anybody anyway. Then comes a royal head-spinner: “Insufficient evidence exists upon which a reasonable jurist could conclude that the 45th president’s statements were accurate or not, and he therefore denies they were false.” Sit down and then...
              Michigan’s Democrat governor and attorney general took a definitive step to use the levers state power to take end the careers of their political opponents this week. “Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, three Democrats who are lawyers themselves, filed complaints Monday with the Attorney Grievance Commission in Michigan and the State Bar of Texas,” according to The Detroit News. “Their filings ask that Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila and Texas attorney Sidney Powell be disbarred and lose the ability to practice law in their states.” According to Whitmer and her staff of attorneys, Rohl, Hagerstrom, and Junttila should not be allowed to practice law because they participated in lawsuits challenging the results of November’s presidential election. Nessel reportedly claimed that the trio, “based on falsehoods, used their law license in an attempt...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Tuesday, Feb. 2Biden administration moves to provide COVID-19 vaccine to pharmaciesPresident Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday that it is moving to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, freeing up more doses for states and beginning to distribute them to retail pharmacies next week. The push comes amid new urgency to speed vaccinations to prevent the spread of potentially more serious strains of the virus that has killed more than 445,000 Americans.Starting next week, 1 million doses will be distributed to some 6,500 pharmacies across the country, the...
    WASHINGTON - House Democratic impeachment managers and lawyers for Donald Trump on Tuesday laid out their arguments in separate briefs ahead of the former president's Senate trial next week on charges of inciting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.    The House Democratic prosecutors charged that Trump's incendiary words and actions in the run-up to the attack led his followers to descend on the Capitol "like a loaded cannon" to try to prevent the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory over Trump. The riots left five people, including a Capitol Police officer, dead and dozens of others injured.  "President Trump's conduct must be declared unacceptable in the clearest and most unequivocal terms," they wrote.    Trump's defense lawyers rejected the charges and questioned the constitutionality of the trial, saying there is no precedent for trying a president after he has left office. They also...
    It’s an approach that former President Donald Trump has privately decried as “boring” and insufficient late last month, according to a person directly familiar with the matter, but in filings on Tuesday, it was clear that his latest impeachment defense wants to play it safe. Or, at least less reckless than Trump has urged. In preparing for his second Senate impeachment trial, Trump’s advisers and lawyers have told him that keeping their focus on legal arguments concerning free speech and constitutional issues, rather than making—as the ex-president has wanted—Trump’s false claims of massive, pro-Biden election fraud, would be the best bet for acquittal. On Capitol Hill, Trump’s staunchest allies have urged the same. “That’s not a winning argument,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said of the former president’s preferred strategy. Other close Trump advisers have repeatedly explained to him that by focusing on the conspiracy theories that the election was stolen,...
    Lawyers for former President Donald Trump filed their response Tuesday afternoon to the House of Representatives’ brief supporting the article of impeachment that will be the basis for the trial in the Senate that is set to open proceedings Feb. 9. They argue that the trial is unconstitutional, and that the House’s factual claims against the former president are false. Earlier, the Democrat-led House filed an 80-page brief that asserted that Trump had committed “incitement of insurrection against the Republic he swore to protect.” The brief argued that Trump’s speech at the Ellipse on January 6, and his claims of election fraud, incited a crowd to storm the U.S. Capitol. It also argued that it is constitutional to try a former president, and that the impeachment was proper even though the House did not follow any of the traditional investigative processes. House Trial Brief Final by Breitbart News on Scribd ...
    Former President Donald Trump denied Tuesday that he encouraged his supporters to storm the US Capitol last month — and argued that the Senate doesn’t have the authority to hold a trial over his impeachment by the House of Representatives. In a 14-page answer to the sole article of impeachment against him — incitement of insurrection — Trump’s lawyers in the filing reject the idea that he “incited the crowd to engage in destructive behavior” when he spoke near the White House shortly before the January 6 riot. “It is denied that the phrase ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore’ had anything to do with the action at the Capitol as it was clearly about the need to fight for election security in general, as evidenced by the recording of the speech,” lawyers Bruce Castor Jr. and David Schoen wrote. The filing...
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    By Steve Holland | Reuters WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday found a new outlet to air his unfounded claims about voter fraud, using his legal response to impeachment charges against him in the U.S. Congress as a vehicle for his conspiracy theory. Trump’s claim that he was the victim of massive voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election, despite no evidence of it, has not ebbed in the days since he left the White House after spending his last two and a half months in office in a fruitless bid to overturn the results of the election won by Democratic President Joe Biden. Trump’s desire to use the Senate impeachment trial to air his fraud claims was a factor in his parting of ways with five lawyers over the weekend, who wanted to focus on constitutional questions, a source familiar with the situation said. His answer to...
    Washington (CNN)The new lawyers who signed on to lead former President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team bring a curious history of experience with them as they prepare to defend the former President in his second Senate trial. Trump's office announced on Sunday that David Schoen, a seasoned civil and criminal lawyer, and Bruce L. Castor, Jr, a well-known lawyer and the former Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, district attorney, would defend him at the trial, which is set to begin next week. The lawyers, both of whom have legal careers peppered with curiosities, joined Trump's team a day after five members of his defense left, effectively collapsing the team. Trumps legal team argues Senate cant convict him, his speech protected by 1st AmendmentThey're tasked with devising a defense strategy for a former President who faces the impeachment charge of inciting a deadly insurrection at the US Capitol, something that if convicted could...
    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday found a new outlet to air his unfounded claims about voter fraud, using his legal response to impeachment charges against him in the U.S. Congress as a vehicle for his conspiracy theory. Trump's claim that he was the victim of massive voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election, despite no evidence of it, has not ebbed in the days since he left the White House after spending his last two and a half months in office in a fruitless bid to overturn the results of the election won by Democratic President Joe Biden. Trump's desire to use the Senate impeachment trial to air his fraud claims was a factor in his parting of ways with five lawyers over the weekend, who wanted to focus on constitutional questions, a source familiar with the situation said. His answer to the...
    Twitter users are "unites" in their mockery of a typo found in former President Donald Trump's legal defense to his upcoming impeachment trial. In the top line of the document addressing Senate members the response read, "The Honorable, the Members of the Unites States Senate." The typographical error then reappeared in the document's first sentence. CNN anchor Jim Sciutto posted a picture circling the mistakes along with a caption reading, "The 'Unites States Senate' - the world’s greatest deliberative body." The “Unites States Senate” - the world’s greatest deliberative body. pic.twitter.com/rHaUQlzI9P— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 2, 2021 Philip Bump, national correspondent for the Washington Post, tweeted out an image highlighting the error accompanied by the words "nailed it." nailed it pic.twitter.com/vBhd6wAln4— Philip Bump (@pbump) February 2, 2021 Twitter user Gabriel Malor offered a theory explaining the mistake. "Members of the Unites States Senate . . . I'm drunk," he...
    Former President Donald Trump’s legal team called the House Democratic impeachment effort a “violation" of the Constitution as they urged the Senate to toss the case or acquit him in the trial set to start next week. The response to the trial summons follows the House Democrats filing a lengthy impeachment brief on Tuesday morning arguing that Trump had “singular responsibility” for the storming of the U.S. Capitol and that the Senate should convict him for “incitement of insurrection against the Republic he swore to protect.” The Senate trial is expected to begin next Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans each holding 50 seats. The Democratic-led House voted last month to impeach Trump a historic second time on a single article of impeachment, with 10 Republicans also voting in favor of impeachment. Trump has called the impeachment a "hoax.” “The Senate of the United States lacks jurisdiction over...
    ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP / Getty Images Donald Trump’s legal team couldn’t make it one sentence in before making a prominent typo in their argument against his impeachment. Trump’s legal representatives, David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr. submitted a pretrial brief to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in defense of the former president. The document carries the arguments they are expected to make about why Trump cannot be impeached for inciting the insurrectionist mob of his supporters who violently stormed the U.S. Capitol in order to overturn the 2020 election. ????????????THREAD ???????????? The 45th President’s Answer to Article of Impeachment: pic.twitter.com/SWm1h0PQk3 — Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) February 2, 2021 Much of the brief delves into Schoen and Castors’ push to dismiss the impeachment trial on procedural grounds. Unfortunately, people were distracted from that because of a glaring spelling mistake right at the top. Did you catch it? If not,...
    President Donald Trump's new lawyers argued in their first formal response to his impeachment Tuesday that the process is not constitutional because he is no longer president – and that his speech before the MAGA riot was protected by the First Amendment. 'It is denied that the quoted provision currently applies to the 45th President of the United States since he is no longer 'President,' says the filing by lawyer Bruce Castor. 'The constitutional provision requires that a person actually hold office to be impeached,' he writes, citing language about removing a president from office.  The matter of whether a former president can be impeached is disputed by constitutional scholars.  The brief also denies the charge Trump engaged in 'incitement of insurrection,' and defends his speech to supporters at the Ellipse, near the White House, on January 6 where he told supporters to 'fight like hell.' 'It is denied that...
    Ghislaine Maxwell has griped about her prison conditions once again, in a new court filing demanding she be granted access to her laptop because the computers inside the jail are 'very slow.'    The suspected child sex trafficker and former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein is currently being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, as she awaits trial.   In a letter to the federal court obtained by DailyMail.com, attorney Bobbi Sternheim pushed back against the decision to block Maxwell from accessing her computer outside of the working week. The filing also claimed prison guards have 'psychologically and physically abused' Maxwell and that her complaints had been met with 'reprisals'.   Ghislaine Maxwell is demanding access to her laptop on holidays and weekends ahead of her trial in July Maxwell, 59, was arrested last July and has remained jailed on grounds she might flee Sternheim, who has represented...
    WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump endangered the lives of all members of Congress when he aimed a mob of supporters "like a loaded cannon" at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats said Tuesday in making their most detailed case yet for why the former president should be convicted and permanently barred from office. Trump denied the allegations through his lawyers and called the trial unconstitutional.The Democratic legal brief forcefully linked Trump's baseless efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election to the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, saying he bears "unmistakable" blame for actions that threatened the foundation of American democracy. It argued that he must be found guilty when his impeachment trial opens before the Senate next week on a charge of inciting the siege. And it used evocative language to conjure the day's chaos, when "terrified members were trapped in the chamber" and called loved ones "for...
    WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's lawyers denied Tuesday that he played a role in inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol and said that the Senate impeachment trial is unconstitutional.The lawyers filed their brief ahead of next week's trial on accusations that he provoked the siege of the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol through his baseless efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election.THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP's earlier story follows below.WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump endangered the lives of all members of Congress when he aimed a mob of supporters "like a loaded cannon" at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats said Tuesday in making their most detailed case yet for why the former president should be convicted and permanently barred from office.The legal brief forcefully linked Trump's baseless efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election to the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the...
    Lawyers representing former President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham shoots down request for Merrick Garland confirmation hearing Feb. 8 Trump lawyer to make First Amendment case at impeachment trial Biden faces crossroads on virus relief bill MORE on Tuesday detailed the defense they’ll lay out at next week’s impeachment trial, arguing that it is unconstitutional to impeach a former president and that Trump’s speech did not directly lead to the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. The filing from Trump’s attorneys David Schoen and Bruce Castor is in response to the article of impeachment passed last month by the House accusing Trump of “incitement of insurrection against the Republic he swore to protect.” “It is denied that the 45the president of the United States ever engaged in a violation of his oath of office,” the defense attorneys wrote. “To the contrary, at all times Donald J. Trump fully and faithfully...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for former President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the U.S. Senate has no authority to try him as a private citizen on an impeachment charge that he incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In a brief filed a week before his trial is due to begin, Trump's defense team also argued that the Senate has no jurisdiction to prevent him from holding public office in the future. (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Will Dunham) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, crime
    Loading the player... Donald Trump‘s lawyers denied Tuesday that he played a role in inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol and said that the Senate impeachment trial is unconstitutional. The lawyers filed their brief ahead of next week’s trial on accusations that he provoked the siege of the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol through his baseless efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election. Read More: Trump names 2 lawyers to impeachment defense team President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Donald Trump endangered the lives of all members of Congress when he aimed a mob of supporters “like a loaded cannon” at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats said Tuesday in making their most detailed case yet for why the former president...
    U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.Jim Bourg | Reuters Lawyers for Donald Trump on Tuesday denied that the former president incited a mob of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol, or that he tried to stop Congress from confirming President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. The arguments in a 14-page filing from Trump's legal team came one week before his unprecedented second impeachment trial is set to begin in the Senate. Earlier Tuesday, nine Democratic House impeachment managers shared an 80-page trial brief, laying out their case for convicting Trump in the Senate and barring him from ever holding federal office again. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.Related Tags Impeachments U.S. Capitol riot Joe Biden Donald Trump Breaking News: Politics...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In legal brief, Trump’s lawyers deny that he incited the Capitol riot and call Senate impeachment trial unconstitutional. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Donald Trump's legal team is still scrambling to nail down its defense strategy as a deadline looms at noon on Tuesday for the former president to reply to a charge of incitement of insurrection brought by the House last month. Over the weekend, Trump split with his previous team of lawyers, with reports indicating they were unwilling to center their legal strategy on election fraud claims. His new lawyers, which were announced Sunday, have not indicated what defense they have planned for the 45th president. Those who will represent Trump in the Senate trial next week are David Schoen, a Fox News commentator and former counsel to the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and Bruce Castor, a former county prosecutor in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – where Trump's campaign sued over claims of fraudulently counting mail-in ballots. The team shake-up and lack of legal strategy maintains as there's just one week left...
    Former President Donald Trump hired two new lawyers Sunday (Jan. 31) ahead of his February 9 impeachment trial in the Senate after five members of his legal team quit over the weekend.     Trump hired David Schoen of Alabama and Bruce Castor of Pennsylvania to defend him from the charge of incitement of insurrection regarding the January 6 pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.     They replaced Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, Trump’s former leading lawyers. The two prominent South Carolina attorneys left after they and the former president failed to reach agreement on the best impeachment strategy, according to media reports.   Trump wanted to argue there was mass election fraud, but his legal team wanted to focus on the constitutionality of the process, CNN reported.    Who are the lawyers on Trump's legal team?  Schoen: The 67-year-old attended Boston College Law School and then began...
    Reuters February 2, 2021 0 Comments Former President Donald Trump faces a deadline on Tuesday to respond to the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment charging him with inciting insurrection in a fiery speech to supporters before last month’s deadly assault on the Capitol. The deadline comes just days after Trump parted ways with his initial legal team amid a reported dispute over how to respond to the charge. Trump is still contending, contrary to evidence, that his election loss to Democratic President Joe Biden was the result of widespread fraud. The rampage by Trump followers was intended to stop the Senate from certifying Biden’s Nov. 3 election win. Republican Senator John Cornyn – one of the 100 members of the Senate who will serve as jurors in Trump’s second impeachment trial – said that argument would be “really not material” to the charge that Trump’s remarks urging supporters to...
    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump faces a deadline on Tuesday to respond to the U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment charging him with inciting insurrection in a fiery speech to supporters before last month's deadly assault on the Capitol. The deadline comes just days after Trump parted ways with his initial legal team amid a reported dispute over how to respond to the charge. Trump is still contending, contrary to evidence, that his election loss to Democratic President Joe Biden was the result of widespread fraud. The rampage by Trump followers was intended to stop the Senate from certifying Biden's Nov. 3 election win. Republican Senator John Cornyn - one of the 100 members of the Senate who will serve as jurors in Trump's second impeachment trial - said that argument would be "really not material" to the charge that Trump's remarks urging supporters to "fight"...
    Donald Trump doubled down on debauchery yet again with Sunday’s announcement of new attorneys representing the disgraced former president at his second impeachment trial. Attorneys Bruce Castor and David Schoen will now be leading the ex-president’s legal team as he prepares to defend himself before the Senate on the charge that he incited the deadly insurrection in Washington, D.C., on Jan 6. The pair were hired after five previous lawyers quit following reports that he insisted that they use the trial to defend his voter fraud lie rather than making the constitutional case against convicting him now that he’s left office. Let's start with Schoen, who considers himself a civil rights attorney. In a 2020 docuseries on Discovery Channel that chronicled the death of pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, Schoen, who’s also defended wonderful people like Roger Stone, said: “Before he died, Jeffrey Epstein had asked me to take over...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham said Republicans will bring in the FBI if Democrats call witnesses in former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. The South Carolina Republican told Fox News guest host Trey Gowdy on Monday that drawn-out impeachment proceedings would be akin to opening Pandora's Box and said he hopes for a quick vote on whether to convict Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection related to the Jan. 6 siege of Congress. "If you open up that can of worms, we'll want the FBI to come in and tell us about how people actually preplanned these attacks and what happened with the security footprint at the Capitol," Graham said. Citing "mounting evidence that the people came to Washington and preplanned the attack before the president ever spoke," Graham said he is "confident" that a sufficient number of Republicans will vote in favor of acquitting Trump in the evenly split...
    OAKLAND — Since winning the presidency and both houses of Congress, Democrats have indicated their intention to fulfill a campaign promise by President Joe Biden to end the federal death penalty through legislation. But the attorneys for two men accused of murdering a federal officer after meeting through a Facebook page associated with the Boogaloo movement say they’ll believe it when they see it. At a Monday afternoon court hearing for Steven Carrillo and Robert A. Justus, attorneys for both men made it clear that until there is a concrete policy change, they’re proceeding as if death is still on the table for both defendants. The process by which federal prosecutors determine whether to seek death — and the related mitigation efforts to a case — can add months if not years to the legal process. “We can’t assume that statements made on a campaign trail…will filter down to the...
    The California man who allegedly threatened the families of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and a prominent journalist on Jan. 6 is an unhinged drunk who previously threatened police officers and their families, a prosecutor and his own defense attorney revealed in court Monday. Suspect Robert Lemke, 35, was ordered detained at the federal court hearing in the Northern District of California, where a prosecutor revealed his history of making threats against law enforcement. In 2015, Lemke was busted for driving drunk in California with a shotgun in the back of his car — and told the cops who arrested him that he would find their families, Assistant US Attorney Kevin Rubino said in the virtual hearing. After sobering up, Lemke did in fact contact a father and sister of the cops, Rubino added. He also falsely told the cops he was a police officer an Air Force...
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    One of President Donald Trump's new impeachment lawyers says he won't be using the Senate trial to push the president's baseless claims of election fraud – the same issue that prompted the departure of his prior legal team. David Schoen, who Trump announced Sunday would represent him just days before a key impeachment deadline, is rejecting that line of defense.  'I am not a person who will put forward a theory of election fraud,' Schoen told the Washington Post. 'That's not what this impeachment trial is about,' said Schoen, who previously represented longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone, who got a pardon from President Trump after being convicted of lying to Congress and jury tampering. President Donald Trump announced he will be represented in his Senate impeachment trial by lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor. Schoen said he won't put forward a theory of election fraud 'Somebody recommended me to...
    Donald Trump repels integrity of any kind. Anyone who exhibits even a smidge of it must be immediately stricken from his presence, which is exactly what happened this weekend with Trump's top impeachment lawyers. Trump has been insisting that his impeachment defense center around the big lie that he won the election and it was stolen from him. Karl "Butch" Bowers Jr. and four other lawyers on Trump's defense team abruptly quit over the weekend because they refused to mount his defense on a gigantic lie, according to The Washington Post. Instead, they had pushed to make the case that trying a president who was no longer in office was unconstitutional, reinforcing an argument that most mainstream legal scholars reject but that was nonetheless embraced last week by the 45 GOP senators who voted against proceeding with the trial. But the situation was clearly untenable. Trump simply can't function in a world where...
    WASHINGTON -- Former President Donald Trump announced a new impeachment legal defense team just one day after it was revealed that he had parted ways with an earlier set of attorneys with just over a week to go before his Senate trial.The two representing Trump will be defense lawyer David Schoen, a frequent television legal commentator, and Bruce Castor, a former district attorney in Pennsylvania who has faced criticism for his decision to not charge actor Bill Cosby in a sex crimes case.Both attorneys issued statements through Trump's office on Sunday saying that they were honored to take the job."The strength of our Constitution is about to be tested like never before in our history. It is strong and resilient. A document written for the ages, and it will triumph over partisanship yet again, and always," said Castor, who served as district attorney for Montgomery County, outside of Philadelphia, from...
    George Conway offered some less than flattering reasons why former President Donald Trump had a relatively late staffing change for the legal team hired to defend him in the Senate impeachment trial over his alleged role in the Capitol’s deadly insurrection on January 6th.  The vocal critic of Trump, and husband to Senior White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, appeared on Morning Joe and was asked by co-host Mika Brzezinski to opine on news that Trump is changing his legal defense team less than two weeks out. Brzezinski noted a new set of lawyers because Trump reportedly “wants to argue that he won the election.” “I don’t know how many times you can put your hand on a hot stove before you realize that’s probably not a good idea,” she noted, before asking, “what do you make of Donald Trump’s clinging to this strategy?” Conway did not demur in his response....
    The Senate trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin next week.  Trump announced a new impeachment legal defense team on Sunday after he parted ways with five of his impeachment lawyers.  He will now be represented by trial lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor, Jr. His former team consisted of South Carolina lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier and former federal prosecutors Greg Harris, Johnny Gasser, and Josh Howard, who left by Saturday. FAST FACTS Republicans will argue the trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer in office. 45 out of 50 Republicans in the Senate voted earlier this month to dismiss the trial on a point of order brought forward by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.  During his first impeachment trial, Trump's high-profile team of attorneys included Alan Dershowitz, one of the best-known criminal defense lawyers in the country. The former president faces charges that he incited the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6....
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump announced Sunday a new team of lawyers to lead his defense at his second impeachment trial.  Defense lawyer David Schoen, a frequent television legal commentator, and Bruce Castor, a former district attorney in Pennsylvania who has faced criticism for his decision to not charge actor Bill Cosby in a sex crimes case, will represent Trump at the Senate trial that begins next week.  In a statement issued through Trump’s office, both attorneys said Sunday they were honored to take the job.  “The strength of our Constitution is about to be tested like never before in our history. It is strong and resilient. A document written for the ages, and it will triumph over partisanship yet again, and always,” Castor said. U.S. Capitol Police officers stand watch outside the Senate as lawmakers vote on procedures to proceed with the impeachment of former President Donald Trump for...
    Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images. Former President Donald Trump’s new impeachment lawyers are no strangers to seeing their names in headlines: David Schoen represented self-proclaimed dirty trickster Roger Stone (before Trump commuted his sentence) and met with infamous convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein a few days before he committed suicide (but he says Epstein was murdered), and Bruce Castor, Jr. was the district attorney who declined to prosecute Bill Cosby in 2004. News broke on Saturday that the original five attorneys on Trump’s legal team for his second impeachment trial had parted ways with the former president, and Trump had brought on Schoen and Castor to replace them. Stone, a former Trump adviser, was convicted of seven counts of lying to Congress and the FBI and witness tampering, and sentenced to forty months in prison. Stone was due to report to prison last July, but Trump commuted his sentence. Trump’s...
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    WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — A former Montgomery County district attorney and commissioner is on former President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team. Trump on Sunday named two lawyers to his team, one day after it was revealed that the former president had parted ways with an earlier set of attorneys. The two lawyers representing him will be David Schoen, an Alabama attorney, and Bruce Castor, a former prosecutor in Pennsylvania. Trump’s team revealed Saturday that several South Carolina lawyers who were set to represent him at the trial starting next week were no longer participating. Trump, the first president in American history to be impeached twice, is set to stand trial in the Senate on a charge that he incited his supporters to storm Congress on Jan. 6 as lawmakers met to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory. Republicans and Trump aides have made clear that they intend to make a simple argument...
    Former President Donald Trump has finally found lawyers to represent him during his Senate impeachment trial: an ex-prosecutor who declined to charge Bill Cosby and an Alabama attorney with ties to Jeffrey Epstein. Bruce Castor and David Schoen will be replacing no fewer than five other lawyers who split with Trump over strategy days before his trial for inciting the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Trump reportedly wanted the previous lawyers to parrot his false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him—the very accusation that led his supporters to carry out the deadly insurrection. It’s not clear if the new lawyers plan to use that strategy. “It is an honor to represent the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, and the United States Constitution,” Schoen, said in a statement released by Trump. Castor added, “The strength of our Constitution is about to be tested like...
    Savannah Rychcik January 31, 2021 0 Comments Former President Donald Trump revealed who will be representing him during his Senate impeachment trial. David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor, Jr. will lead Trump’s defense legal team. “Notably Schoen has already been working with the 45th president and other advisors to prepare for the upcoming trial, and both Schoen and Castor agree that this impeachment is unconstitutional – a fact 45 Senators voted in agreement with last week,” Trump’s team said in a statement. Schoen added, “It is an honor to represent the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, and the United States Constitution.” Castor continued, “I consider it a privilege to represent the 45th President. The strength of our Constitution is about to be tested like never before in our history. It is strong and resilient. A document written for the ages, and it will triumph over partisanship...
    A day after former President Donald Trump parted ways with the entire legal team for his second impeachment trial, he announced two new lawyers, David Schoen and Bruce Castor, Jr., would now be representing him. News broke Saturday that all five lawyers on Trump’s legal team were leaving, in what was described as a “mutual decision,” but sources also said that Trump had wanted his lawyers to base his defense on his baseless claims that the election was stolen from him. “The big question for me is are these new attorneys going to go along with that big lie defense, that rigged election defense?” CNN legal analyst Elie Honig told CNN Newsroom anchor Pamela Brown. “If you are a lawyer in this situation, look, you have a right and a duty to represent your client zealously and aggressively, but there is a line, and the line you cannot cross is you cannot make a defense that you know is a lie,...
    (CNN)David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor, Jr. will head the legal team for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, his office announced Sunday, a day after CNN first reported that five known members of his impeachment defense team had left.One point of friction with his previous team was Trump wanted the attorneys to focus on his election fraud claims rather than the constitutionality of convicting a former president. First on CNN: Trumps impeachment defense team leaves less than two weeks before trialTrump has struggled to find lawyers willing to take his case as he refuses to budge from his claims of election fraud which has been a serious sticking point.Trump's advisers have been talking to him about his legal strategy and he keeps bringing up election fraud for his defense, while they have repeatedly tried to steer him away from that, according to a source familiar with...
    Donald Trump has announced attorneys David Schoen and Bruce Castor will head the legal team in his second impeachment trial. The former president released a statement through his office calling the trial lawyers 'highly-respected'. He also said that both Schoen and Castor agree that the impeachment is 'unconstitutional - a fact 45 Senators voted in agreement with last week'. Trump's announcement followed reports he parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers just over a week before the trial is set to begin, after the president insisted they argue that the election was stolen from him.  Donald Trump has announced attorneys David Schoen and Bruce Castor will head the legal team in his second impeachment trial  Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, both South Carolina lawyers who were expected to be among the lead attorneys for the case, are no longer with Trump's defense team.  Josh Howard, a North Carolina attorney...
    Former President Donald Trump announced a new legal team to head his impeachment defense after reports of five lawyers leaving the team. In a Sunday evening statement, David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor, Jr. were announced as the new head lawyers for the defense. According to the statement, Schoen has already been preparing with Trump and advisers for the trial. "Both Schoen and Castor agree that this impeachment is unconstitutional - a fact 45 Senators voted in agreement with last week," the statement read. "I consider it a privilege to represent the 45th President," Castor said. "The strength of our Constitution is about to be tested like never before in our history. It is strong and resilient. A document written for the ages, and it will triumph over partisanship yet again, and always." News Donald Trump Impeachment Senate Congress
    News broke Saturday evening that former President Donald Trump parted ways with lawyers who were hired to defend him in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. In an interview with CNN on Sunday, legal analysts and former prosecutor Elie Honig explained the significance of this development. Per Raw Story, speaking with New Day host Victor Blackwell, Honig noted that lawyers generally don’t quit on their clients unless they have a legitimate reason to do so. Reporting suggests that Trump pressured his attorneys to build their case on his debunked claim that Democrats stole the presidential election, the former federal prosecutor said, claiming that it is likely Trump’s attorneys quit because they did not want to base their case on lies. “When you see something like this, what it tells you there was a difference in terms of not necessarily just strategy, but if a defense lawyer believes he is be made...
    Carol Guzy/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Ha ha ha: Former President 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….Greg Harris and Johnny Gasser, two former federal prosecutors from South Carolina, are also off the team, one of the people said. According to a different person with knowledge of the legal hires, Bowers and Barbier left the team because Trump wanted them to use a defense that relied on allegations of election fraud, and the lawyers were not willing to do so….Trump has struggled to find attorneys willing to defend him after becoming the...
    Former president Donald Trump, and former First Lady Melania Trump prepare to depart a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, January 20, 2021.Stefani Reynolds/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins on February 9. And as of now Trump doesn’t appear to have a lawyer for it. On Saturday, the former president parted ways with top lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier in a “mutual agreement,” according to the New York Times and CNN. Thee others lawyers on Trump’s team, including Josh Howard from North Carolina, split too. In total, five lawyers bailed. The squabbling was for the same reason as usual: Trump would not let anyone argue anything except that he won the election. Whatever the case, Trump seems to be without a coherent...