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Trump challenges riot lawsuits, says fiery speech was official act

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Donald Trump’s lawyer argued in court on Monday that the former president cannot be sued over his fiery speech before the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol because he was acting within the scope of his official presidential duties.
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Trump’s lawyer, Jesse Binnall, said during a court hearing that Trump was “immune,” or shielded, from three lawsuits by Democratic members of Congress and two police officers.

“Executive immunity must be broad,” Binnall said.

The lawsuits, filed by plaintiffs including Democratic U.S. representatives Eric Swalwell and Jerry Nadler, argue that Trump is liable for injuries to police and lawmakers.

Looming large in the case is a Supreme Court case from 1982 holding that presidents are immune from lawsuits over their official acts.

During a five-hour court hearing, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in the District of Columbia pressed lawyers for both sides about the limits of this presidential immunity.

Plaintiffs lawyer Joseph Sellers countered that Trump’s speech was a campaign event, not an official act and said it was “inconceivable” that the Supreme Court intended to shield presidents from lawsuits over this sort of conduct.
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“There is no legitimate role for fomenting an insurrection aimed at Congress,” Sellers said.

The Democratic lawmakers have invoked an 1871 law passed to fight the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan that prohibits political intimidation.

The lawsuits charge that the Capitol attack was a direct consequence of Trump’s actions, including the speech to thousands of supporters who then stormed the building to try to overturn President Joe Biden’s election.

Mehta did not issue a ruling on Monday, saying during the hearing that the litigation raises difficult legal questions.

“If there is one thing this hearing has shown it’s that this is not an easy case,” Mehta said.

At one point, Mehta questioned whether Trump’s remarks in the aftermath of the Capitol siege were intended to encourage rioters.
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“What do I do about the fact the president didn’t denounce the conduct immediately?” Mehta said to Binnall.

“Isn’t that, from a plausibility standpoint, enough to at least plausibly infer that the president agreed with the conduct of the people that were inside the Capitol that day?”

Binnall replied: “The president cannot be subject to judicial action for any sort of damages for failing to do something.”

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives and acquitted by the Senate on a charge of inciting the riot, which is also under investigation by a House select committee.

Swalwell’s lawsuit includes similar claims against Trump allies who also spoke at the Jan. 6 rally, including campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr., and Republican congressman Mo Brooks.

Brooks, representing himself during the hearing, asked Mehta to dismiss Swalwell’s claims against him.

Brooks argued his remarks at the Jan. 6 rally were within the scope of his duties as a House member. A law called the Westfall Act protects federal employees from being sued for actions taken as part of their jobs.

Trump and his co-defendants have argued that their remarks preceding the Jan. 6 attack were political speech protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The two Capitol Police officers who sued Trump are James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby.
 

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Oath Keepers founder pleads not guilty to sedition in U.S. Capitol attack

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PLANO, Tex. — The founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers group, Stewart Rhodes, on Friday pleaded not guilty to seditious conspiracy charges for his alleged role in the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
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Rhodes made a brief initial appearance in federal court in Plano, Texas. He was in the custody of U.S. Marshals, wearing handcuffs and leg irons.

Rhodes and 10 other associates or members of the group were accused by the Justice Department on Thursday of plotting to storm the Capitol by force, in a failed bid to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

Rhodes, 56, is the most high-profile defendant of more than 725 charged so far for allegedly taking part in the attack on the Capitol by former President Donald Trump’s supporters. The riot was fueled by Trump’s false claims that his election defeat was the result of fraud.

The Justice Department will request that Rhodes be detained while he awaits trial, a prosecutor said at Friday’s hearing.
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James Lee Bright, a lawyer for Rhodes, told reporters Rhodes intends to fight the charges.

“He believes he will be found not guilty,” Bright said, adding that Rhodes will oppose the government’s request for pretrial detention.

“He has no reason to flee. He has no passport. He has nowhere to go,” Bright said.

Rhodes and his associates are the first people charged with seditious conspiracy for their alleged role in the attack. That charge can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Another Oath Keeper, Edward Vallejo, appeared in a Phoenix courtroom to face seditious conspiracy charges.

A judge scheduled a follow-up court hearing for Vallejo on Jan. 20 to determine whether the 63-year-old will be detained while he awaits trial. A lawyer for Vallejo indicated he planned to enter a not guilty plea at a future hearing.
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A prosecutor said during Friday’s hearing that the Justice Department will request pretrial detention for Vallejo.

Rhodes founded the Oath Keepers, which believes the federal government is encroaching on its rights. Its membership is largely made up of current and retired military and law enforcement officials.

The indictment portrayed Rhodes as a ringleader who warned his members to prepare for a “bloody and desperate fight” to prevent Democrat Joe Biden from becoming president.

It says he helped rally his members to go to Washington and played a key role in organizing and helping stage logistics for the group, including the establishment of so-called “quick reaction force” teams that stashed firearms outside the city limits.

The indictment also says Rhodes spent thousands of dollars stockpiling gear and weapons, including an AR-15 rifle, night vision goggles and ammunition.
 

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Hillary-Trump presidential battle again in 2024?
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There are rumblings of another Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump face off again in the 2024 federal election, according to the New York Post.

A former top adviser to former President Bill Clinton told WABC radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday “there’s a good chance of it,” if other factors fall into place.

Dick Morris said if Democrats lose control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections, it’s all systems go for a second presidential bid by Hillary, who lost who lost the 2016 presidential election to Trump, with Bill as the head of her strategy.

“Hillary has set up a brilliant strategy that nobody else is able to do,” Morris told Catsimatidis.

“Knowing the people around her, I believe there is only one person capable of that level of thinking — and that’s her husband, Bill. The second the election is over … every Democrat is going to take a shot at (President Joe) Biden and (Vice-President Kamala) Harris. They will be D.O.A.”
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Morris added while no Democrats are publicly criticizing Biden, Clinton, a former secretary of state under Barack Obama, has been warning the party behind the scenes about becoming too cosy with progressive Democratic policies.

“She has set up a zero-sum game where the worse [Biden] does, the better she does, because she’s positioned herself as the Democratic alternative to Biden,” he said.

“Not just to Biden, but to the extreme left in the Democratic Party. The person who staked out the turf first and owns the turf in the Democratic Party is going to be Hillary. It’s a brilliant, brilliant strategy.”

While Trump has yet to announce his intentions for 2024, a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey showed 54% of Republicans chose him as a candidate with their second choice being Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with just 11% of support.
 

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There are rumblings of another Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump face off again in the 2024 federal election, according to the New York Post.

A former top adviser to former President Bill Clinton told WABC radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday “there’s a good chance of it,” if other factors fall into place.

Dick Morris said if Democrats lose control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections, it’s all systems go for a second presidential bid by Hillary, who lost who lost the 2016 presidential election to Trump, with Bill as the head of her strategy.

“Hillary has set up a brilliant strategy that nobody else is able to do,” Morris told Catsimatidis.

“Knowing the people around her, I believe there is only one person capable of that level of thinking — and that’s her husband, Bill. The second the election is over … every Democrat is going to take a shot at (President Joe) Biden and (Vice-President Kamala) Harris. They will be D.O.A.”
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Morris added while no Democrats are publicly criticizing Biden, Clinton, a former secretary of state under Barack Obama, has been warning the party behind the scenes about becoming too cosy with progressive Democratic policies.

“She has set up a zero-sum game where the worse [Biden] does, the better she does, because she’s positioned herself as the Democratic alternative to Biden,” he said.

“Not just to Biden, but to the extreme left in the Democratic Party. The person who staked out the turf first and owns the turf in the Democratic Party is going to be Hillary. It’s a brilliant, brilliant strategy.”

While Trump has yet to announce his intentions for 2024, a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey showed 54% of Republicans chose him as a candidate with their second choice being Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with just 11% of support.
The media would like nothing more , watch this to be a common theme in the coming months . Yikes .
 

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One of the reasons I supported Pete Buttigieg. Don't know what I'll do in 2024.

Heck, don't know if I'll be here. Guess I'll see what's on offer before I worry about it.

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Trump campaign officials, including Giuliani, reportedly oversaw 2020 fake electors' plan

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LOS ANGELES — Officials on Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, led by his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, oversaw efforts to put forward illegitimate electors from seven states that the former president lost, CNN reported on Thursday, citing three sources.
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There were multiple planning calls between campaign officials and Republican Party state operatives with Giuliani being involved in at least one call, one source said, in efforts to stop Joe Biden’s victory when Congress met on Jan 6, 2021.

Trump and officials are facing several probes after failing to accept the election result, which is decided by the electoral college, where each person’s ballot goes toward a statewide tally, requiring the votes of at least 270 electors for victory.

The former president’s campaign lined up supporters to fill elector slots, had rooms for fake electors to meet and circulated draft certificates, CNN reported.

Bob Costello, a lawyer for Giuliani, and Liz Harrington, a spokesperson for Trump, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
 

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Ex-Giuliani associate Fruman sentenced to one year in prison in campaign finance case

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NEW YORK — Igor Fruman, who helped Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani collect damaging information about Joe Biden before he was elected president, was sentenced on Friday to one year in prison after pleading guilty to violating campaign finance law.
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Federal prosecutors in Manhattan had recommended that Fruman, 55, spend 37 to 46 months in prison, mirroring recommended federal sentencing guidelines.

Fruman had sought no time behind bars, saying he had already accepted responsibility and spent more than two years in home confinement since his October 2019 arrest.

The government originally charged the Belarus-born Fruman and another former Giuliani associate, Ukraine-born Lev Parnas, with concealing an illegal $325,000 donation to support Trump’s 2020 failed bid to be re-elected U.S. president.

Fruman’s plea related to an effort to obtain legal, recreational marijuana distribution licenses by donating to candidates in U.S. states where he sought to do business.
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In his allocution last year, Fruman said he understood that foreign nationals could not contribute to U.S. political campaigns, but nonetheless sent a list of officials to whom he planned to donate to a foreign national backing the cannabis venture.

Prosecutors identified the foreign national as Andrey Muraviev, a Moscow-based businessman.

Muraviev’s identity became known during the October trial of Parnas, which ended with his conviction for violating campaign finance laws related to the marijuana licenses and the donation supporting Trump.

No sentencing date has been set for Parnas. Fruman did not enter a cooperation deal with prosecutors in agreeing to plead guilty.

Before the charges against Fruman and Parnas were brought, Giuliani had enlisted the pair to help uncover dirt on Biden and Biden’s son Hunter during Trump’s re-election bid.

Giuliani has not been charged and denies wrongdoing.