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    Michael T. van der Veen, one of President Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers, once allegedly described the president as a “f-ing crook” according to a report. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Justin Hiemstra, one of van der Veen’s previous clients, said the lawyer used the term to describe the former president. “I’m not sure if [those comments] were made to make me feel more comfortable, or if they were his actual opinions,” Hiemstra told the Inquirer. “He definitely came off as fairly anti-Trump in the context that I knew him.” Hiemstra was represented by van der Veen after he was charged for allegedly trying to illegally hack into a government database to steal Trump’s tax returns. Van der Veen and other lawyers are backing up lead lawyer Bruce Castor to work the president’s case. The Inquirer report also published a marketing email from van der Veen’s law firm criticizing the president for trying...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ confirmation of Joe Biden as winner of the presidential election (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A marketing firm based in Maryland has fired an employee who wore his company badge when he stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Navistar Direct Marketing of Frederick said in a statement Thursday that it was made aware that a man wearing a Navistar badge was seen inside the Capitol during the security breach. The statement said that after the company reviewed the photos, the unidentified employee was fired for cause. No additional details were released. The statement also said that any Navistar worker who demonstrates dangerous conduct that endangers the health and safety of others will lose their jobs, too. A violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in an attempt to overturn the presidential election, undercut the nation’s democracy and...
    A top DC lawyer who was secretly advising Donald Trump in his efforts to overturn Joe Biden's election victory has resigned as a partner at her law firm after being outed on the president's leaked phone call with Georgia's Secretary of State.  The lawyer, Cleta Mitchell, was among the handful of people who participated in the disastrous call where Trump pressured Brad Raffensperger to 'recalculate' Georgia's presidential election results in his favor.  Mitchell's involvement with the Trump campaign was apparently kept under wraps until audio of the call leaked on Sunday.  Her firm, Foley & Lardner, which boasts Major League Baseball among its roster of high-profile clients and has a policy barring its lawyers from representing clients involved in relitigating the presidential election, announced her departure in a statement on Tuesday.    'Cleta Mitchell has informed firm management of her decision to resign from Foley & Lardner effective immediately,' the statement...
    Vladimir Putin's son-in-law bought $380million of shares in a top Russian chemicals firm for just $100 after marrying the president's daughter Katerina, a report by an investigative outlet says.  Kirill Shamalov bought the stake in petrochemicals giant Sibur at a massively reduced rate months after marrying Putin's younger daughter, according to the investigation by iStories.  Putin's private life is so secretive that the Kremlin has never even confirmed the identities of his daughters, although the US government has named Shamalov as Putin's son-in-law and a member of the country's 'billionaire elite'.  Responding to the latest reports, the Kremlin said the investigations into Putin's family were 'lies that are unable to reach their goal'.  Katerina Tikhonova (left), an acrobatic dancer widely believed to be Vladimir Putin's younger daughter, married businessman Kirill Shamarov (right) in 2013 and he is reported to have bought discounted shares in a petrochemicals firm soon afterwards. In...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) affirmed on Monday that President Trump is well within his rights to look into allegations of voter fraud and explore his legal options moving forward in the contested presidential election and reminded Democrats that they spent four years “refusing to accept the validity of the last election.” To the establishment media’s apparent dismay, McConnell is not deeming the presidential election over, nor is he urging Trump to concede. “The president has every right to look into allegations and to request recounts under the law and notably the Constitution gives no role in this process to wealthy media corporations,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday, blasting the projections and “commentary of the press.” “The projections and commentary of the press do not get veto power over the legal rights of any citizen, including the President of the United States,” he continued. “Our institutions are...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 12:55 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden has spoken to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leaders of three of the United States’ most important European allies. Johnson’s support for Brexit and warm relationship with President Donald Trump have made many Democrats wary, but he was nonetheless among the first European leaders to congratulate Biden in a phone call. Johnson’s office said the two men “discussed the close and longstanding relationship” between the two countries and promised to strengthen those bonds in areas including trade and security. In the 25-minute call, they also promised to work on “shared priorities, from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy, and building back better from the coronavirus pandemic,” Downing St. said. “Build back better” is a slogan that Biden and the British government have in common....
    A woman who became an internet meme after repeatedly nodding and giving a thumbs up at President Trump's town hall last week has revealed she and her employees are being targeted by hate mail and bad reviews.  Mayra Joli, a Miami-based immigration lawyer from the Dominican Republic, became known as the 'Nodding Lady' after sitting in the audience directly behind Trump at the NBC News town hall at Perez Art Museum in Miami on Thursday. She told Fox News that since clips of her nodding in agreement went viral, her employees have been contacted and urged to quit, and she has received a string of criticism to her law firm.  'Nobody can call an employer to fire me,' she said. 'What they're doing is calling my employees so they quit.'   Scroll down for video  Mayra Joli, a Miami-based immigration lawyer from the Dominican Republic, became known as the 'Nodding...
    Attorneys at Jones Day, the international law firm that has raked in millions as the Trump campaign’s top outside counsel, have overwhelmingly donated to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign while essentially stiffing the president’s re-election efforts. Individual donations from Jones Day lawyers between January 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 show approximately $90,000 going to the former vice president, while the total given to President Donald Trump was exactly $50, Reuters reported Tuesday morning. According to the report, during that same span, Jones Day, where former White House counsel Don McGahn returned in March 2019 to head up the firm’s Government Regulation Practice, has been paid in excess of $4.5 million for legal work by the Trump campaign. Jones Day is also one of three major law firms that have been working with the campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) to set up a legal network composed...
    Hunter Biden is a 50-year-old American lawyer whose elderly father Joe hopes in just over a fortnight to unseat Donald Trump at the U.S. Presidential election. He’s also a twice-married father of five kids (one via a fleeting affair with a former stripper) who has struggled with cocaine and alcohol addiction for most of his adult life and in 2014, when his dad was Barack Obama’s Vice President, managed to get booted out of the U.S. Naval Reserve for failing a drug test. This week saw a vintage ‘October surprise’ when the New York Post obtained footage of Hunter variously: lying in bed smoking a crack pipe; reclining in the bath with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth; and starring in a 12-minute mobile phone video that, in the newspaper’s words, saw him hoofing class A narcotics ‘while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman’. Most sensationally...
    Oracle shares surged 10 percent in premarket trading on Monday following reports that the computer software firm had won a bidding war to take over TikTok's US operations.  The purported deal came a week before President Donald Trump promised to follow through with his plan to ban the Chinese-owned app in the US unless its parent company ByteDance handed over operations to an American firm. A person familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that Oracle will take over as TikTok's 'trusted tech partner' in the US. They added it is unlikely to be an outright sale.  Last month, Trump threw his support behind Oracle buying TikTok, calling it a 'great company' and saying: 'I think that Oracle would be certainly somebody that could handle it.'  Trump's seal of approval drew renewed attention to his links to Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, who is likely to see a big payday...
    Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi went on the offense in her Republican Convention address, focusing on the Biden family and the political ties she says they benefited from. "Our party's theme tonight is ‘America — the land of opportunity,’” Bondi said. “But for Joe Biden, it's been the land of opportunism, not opportunity.” The Democrats told the American people to look Joe Biden as the model of integrity, she said. "But, when you look at his 47-year career in politics, the people who benefited are his family members, not the American people,” the Florida prosecutor continued. She first pointed to Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his ties to Ukraine. Biden was placed on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma while his father was vice president, despite having no natural gas experience and not speaking the language. “Yet he was paid millions to do nothing,” Bondi said. “He only had...
    TikTok quickly deleted a video it posted Thursday evening featuring Kellyanne Conway's teenage daughter Claudia criticizing the Trump advisor amid the social media app's battle with the president.  The video of the 15-year-old was posted to the app's official Instagram page at around 6pm Thursday but was taken down less than an hour later.  The video featured the teenage TikTok star at the start of a montage of users taking part in the app's #HurtMyFeelings challenge.  A teary Conway makes a peace sign to the camera as she lies on her bed with mascara rolling down her face from crying.  'you think you can hurt my feelings? lol my mom is kellyanne conway,' she wrote.   The video featuring Claudia Conway above was quickly deleted from their Instagram page The teenager criticized her Mom, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, pictured together above The video then moves on to other users who...
    Instagram has come under fire for favoring President Donald Trump, following a report that found the Facebook-owned firm hid negative related hashtags linked to the President - but allowed 'vitriol' content about Joe Biden, according to Tech Transparency Project (TTP). When users searched for Biden-related hashtags, the were shown a number of options, including #creepyjoe and #joebidenpedophile, but tags had disappeared for content regarding the president. BuzzFeed News first contacted the Facebook-owned company about the issue, which said it was not favoritism, but a bug and has since removed all related hashtags from the platform. Scroll down for video  When users searched for Biden-related hashtags, the were shown a number of options, including #creepyjoe and #joebidenpedophile, but nothing was displayed for content about the president Instagram spokesperson Raki Wane said: ‘A technical error caused a number of hashtags to not show related hashtags.’ ‘We’ve disabled this feature while we investigate.’ RELATED...
    Lindsey Graham says Microsoft should take over TikTok to 'keep competition alive and data out of the hands of the Chinese government', after the sale of the app was reportedly put on hold following Trump's announcement.  The senator on Saturday defended the president's decision to take action against the popular video-sharing app, which officials claim poses a national security risk because of the personal data it handles. Graham however, said he was in favor of an American company acquiring TikTok's U.S. operations, rather than banning the app completely.  'To fans and users of#TikTok. I understand your concerns. However President Trump is right to want to make sure that the Chinese Communist Party doesn't own TikTok and most importantly - all of your private data,' the senator tweeted.  'What's the right answer? Have an American company like Microsoft take over TikTok. Win-win. Keeps competition alive and data out of the hands...
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