Trump news today: Trump in mob photo scandal as Georgia judge weighs whether to release grand jury report

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Trump says no documents were found at Mar-a-Lago, only “cool” empty folders marked classified

A judge in Georgia will hear arguments Tuesday over the public release of a grand jury report following an eight-month investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of that state’s 2020 election.

The panel heard testimony and evidence about the abuse and intimidation of election workers, a bogus voter scheme, and Mr. Trump’s infamous phone call to election officials to “find” enough votes for his victory.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump — who appears ready to leave his Truth Social posting regime behind and return to Twitter as he seeks the Republican nomination for president in 2024 — is facing questions after he posed for a photo and “thumbs up” flashed with a notorious Philadelphia mob boss. his Trump International Golf Club West Palm Beach earlier this month.

Joey “Skinny Joe” Merlino served nearly 12 years in prison after being convicted of racketeering in 2001, including racketeering, making books, and receiving stolen property.

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Trump fires at McConnell over debt ceiling battle: ‘stone cold CROOK’

On his Truth Social account, Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell either “the WORST negotiator” in politics or a “stone-cold CROOK” after the Republican senator insisted the U.S. would not default on its debts and expected negotiations with the Biden administration would take place. prevent a disaster.

“There can be no other explanation for why he has become such a stamp for the Democrats. Republicans, use the debt ceiling to get it all back!” Trump said Monday.

House Republicans, meanwhile, are urging the White House to agree to major budget cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling after GOP lawmakers voted three times during the Trump administration to raise the debt ceiling.

“Ultimately, I think the most important thing to remember is that America should never default on its debts. That never happened and it never will,” McConnell told reporters last week. “We will end up in some kind of negotiation with the government about the circumstances or conditions under which the debt ceiling will be raised.”

Alex WoodwardJanuary 23, 2023 5:46 PM

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What’s at stake in the Georgia Grand Jury investigation?

A special grand jury investigating whether Trump and his allies illegally attempted to reverse his defeat in Georgia’s 2020 election has completed its work. But key questions remain as a judge hears arguments about opening up the grand jury’s findings:

Alex WoodwardJanuary 23, 2023 5:20 PM

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Breaking: Capitol rioter who put his feet on Pelosi’s desk found guilty

About two years after his hit with viral fame, the man who bragged about writing a “dirty note” to Nancy Pelosi after leaning back in her chair and putting his work boot on her desk has been found guilty of all eight charges against it.

Richard “Bigo” Barnett last week testified for his defense in one of the high-profile trials related to the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. The jury took just two hours to reach a verdict.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 23, 2023 5:07 PM

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Donald Trump may have to wait months for Twitter return due to Truth Social contract

Trump is currently subject to a “social media exclusivity clause” that requires him to post “all social media communications” to his Truth Social for six hours before posting to rival platforms, according to recently disclosed FEC filings.

The rolling six-month contract expires in June and Trump has no intention of renewing it, sources said Rolling stoneas he plans to use all channels available for his 2024 presidential campaign.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 23, 2023 4:20 PM

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ICYMI: Trump turns memorial to vlogger Diamond into campaign speech — and complains service didn’t last 15 minutes

The former president struggled to meet the vote of a memorial service for Ineitha Lynnette Hardaway, better known as “Diamond” of the pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk, reports The Independent’s John Bowden.

Speaking Saturday at the North Carolina rally, Trump sounded more like a candidate giving a stupid speech than an ex-president memorializing a valued friend or political ally.

At one point, he even joked that the service had lasted much longer than the “15 minutes” he was promised to make his remarks and leave.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 23, 2023 3:45 PM

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A brief history of Donald Trump’s war on the media

After ‘leaking’ a draft of what became the US Supreme Court ruling to strike down Roe against WadeMr. Trump has repeatedly demanded that the journalist and outlet that published the draft be thrown in jail if they don’t reveal their source, accelerating the former president’s public war on the media.

“It won’t be long before the name of this slime is revealed,” he said in a statement posted to his Truth Social account on Jan. 19.

It follows a pattern of attempts to undermine and blacken a press he once relied on to develop his public persona as a self-made success model he used to propel himself to the White House.

Facing a wave of criminal investigations, convictions against his company and credible allegations of wrongdoing in his second bid for the presidency, the former president threatens to jail journalists and file lawsuits to challenge First Amendment protections. to take:

Alex WoodwardJanuary 23, 2023 3:25 PM

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McCarthy to block Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy gave committee seats to far-right conspiracy theorists Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar after they were removed by House members in the formerly Democrat-led chamber.

Now the Republican leader has vowed to remove Democratic members Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from their seats on the House intelligence committee, escalating his clashes with Democrats as he clings to a slim GOP majority that cedes authority to a far-right flank.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries wrote a letter to Mr McCarthy arguing that he has no valid reason to block his nominations.

“It is my understanding that you intend to break with the long-standing House tradition of deferring to the recommendations of the minority party’s intelligence committee and deny seats to Deputy Member Schiff and Representative Swalwell,” Mr. Jeffries wrote in the letter obtained by The Washington Post. “Denying seats to duly elected members of the House Democratic Caucus goes against the serious and level-headed mission of the Intelligence Committee.”

Alex WoodwardJanuary 23, 2023 3:00 PM

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Fulton County Judge Rules Release of Grand Jury Report on Trump Election Crimes Investigation

Two weeks after the dissolution of a grand jury investigating whether Trump and his allies broke the law in his attempts to overturn the 2020 election, a judge will decide whether to release the panel’s final report.

The 23-member special grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, met for eight months and heard from prominent Trumpworld figures, including Rudy Giuliani and Lindsey Graham, as well as Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and dozens of other witnesses, who questioned the attempts of the former president to undermine the outcome of the election in the state.

The case addressed the abuse and harassment of election workers in the state, Trump’s bogus voter scheme and Trump’s call for Georgia election officials to “find” enough votes for his victory in the state, which has been confirmed by several audits that Joe Biden won.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis could file criminal charges following the public release of the report, which Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney will rule after a hearing in the case on Tuesday.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 23, 2023 2:33 PM

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Federal judge rules DeSantis wrongfully suspended twice elected state attorney

A federal judge has ruled that Florida governor (and likely 2024 Donald Trump rival), Ron DeSantis, unconstitutionally suspended an elected prosecutor who criticized the governor’s stance on abortion and transgender health care, but the judge said that he was not authorized to return the prosecution. to the office.

John BowdenJanuary 23, 2023 2:00 PM

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ICYMI: Trump responds to Monterey Park shooting by complaining about January 6 defendants’ treatment

“10 dead in California shooting, horrible weapon-wielding ANTIFA protest against our amazing Atlanta police force — nothing will happen to them despite a night of rage and destruction,” the former president wrote on Truth Social. “Yet, due to a rigged election, our Jan. 6 protesters had their lives ruined despite no one being killed except the real Patriot Ashli ​​B. This situation will be fully rectified after the 2024 elections. Thank you!”

John Bowden23 January 2023 13:30

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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