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Michigan man gets 5 years in prison for role in U.S. Capitol riot
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Publishing date:Sep 16, 2022 • 19 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation

WASHINGTON — A Michigan man was sentenced on Friday to five years in federal prison for his role in the U.S. Capitol attack by a mob that disrupted Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.


Chief Judge Beryl Howell also sentenced Anthony Robert Williams, 47, of Southgate, Michigan, to three years of supervised release after his prison term and ordered him to pay $2,000 in restitution and a $5,000 fine, according to a U.S. Justice Department news release.


In June, a jury convicted Williams of a felony count of obstructing the Jan. 6, 2021, joint session of Congress for certifying the Electoral College vote. Jurors also convicted him of four related misdemeanor offenses.

Prosecutors had recommended a prison sentence of five years and four months for Williams, who was arrested in Detroit in March 2021.

In a Facebook post three days after the riot, Williams called himself an “Operation Swamp Storm veteran” and referred to Jan. 6 as the “proudest day of my life.” He added that it “felt like the founding fathers were smiling down on us in that room, and I guarantee my dad and gramps, both vets, would be proud.”


“Williams’ participation in the riot was purposeful, extensive, enthusiastic, and remorseless,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing.

Outside the Capitol, Williams stole water bottles that police intended to use for decontaminating themselves from chemical spray, according to prosecutors. They said Williams entered the Capitol through the Senate Wing doors and joined other rioters in overwhelming police officers in the Crypt area.

“Williams advanced to the Rotunda where he celebrated with other rioters and smoked marijuana,” prosecutors wrote. “When the police tried to force Williams out of the Rotunda, he joined with other rioters and actively resisted and mocked the police.”

Williams’ attorneys requested a sentence of 15 months of incarceration.

“Mr. Williams has learned from his experience and from listening to the testimony at trial and during jury selection. He will not become involved in something like this ever again,” they wrote.

More than 870 people have been charged with federal crimes for the conduct on Jan. 6. More 260 of them have been sentenced, with roughly half of them receiving a term of imprisonment ranging from seven days to 10 years. Only five other Capitol riot defendants have been sentenced to a longer prison term than Williams.
 

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U.S. Justice Dept asks appeals court to allow review of classified docs in Trump probe
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Publishing date:Sep 16, 2022 • 10 hours ago • 3 minute read • Join the conversation

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department on Friday asked a federal appeals court to let it resume reviewing classified materials seized in an FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate.


In the filing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the Justice Department said the circuit court should halt part of the lower court decision that prevents prosecutors from relying on the classified documents in their criminal investigation into the retention of government records at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach after his presidency ended.


The department also asked that a third party appointed to examine all the records taken in the federal raid at Trump’s part, Senior U.S. Judge Raymond Dearie, not be permitted to review the classified materials.


The government asked the appeals court to rule on the request “as soon as practicable.”

Trump’s attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


In the unprecedented search of the former president’s property, the Justice Department has said it is investigating the retention of government records – some marked as highly classified, including “top secret” – as well as obstruction of a federal probe.


The Justice Department must now convince the Atlanta-based appeals court, with a conservative majority, to take its side in litigation over the records probe. Trump appointees make up six of the 11 active judges on the 11th Circuit.

The government’s motion comes after U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Thursday rejected the same requests from the Justice Department.

Cannon, whom Trump appointed to the bench in 2020, had said she would tell Dearie, who is filling the role of a “special master” in the case, to prioritize the classified records in his review, which she set a Nov. 30 deadline to complete.


There were roughly 100 classified documents among the 11,000 records gathered in the FBI’s court-approved Aug. 8 search at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

If Cannon’s ruling stands, experts said, it would likely stall the Justice Department investigation involving the government records.

The government’s Friday filing at times directly took issue with Cannon’s prior decisions in the case. Prosecutors said the judge cited court papers from Trump’s lawyers that suggested the former president could have declassified the documents marked as classified, but those legal briefs stopped short of claiming Trump did so.

“The court erred in granting extraordinary relief based on unsubstantiated possibilities,” the government lawyers wrote.


The Justice Department also criticized Cannon’s direction that classified records be disclosed to Dearie and Trump’s lawyers as part of an outside review of all records taken in the search, and described the former president’s attorneys as potentially being witnesses to “relevant events” in the criminal probe.

The department is also looking into possible obstruction of the probe after it found evidence that records may have been removed or concealed from the FBI when it sent agents to Mar-a-Lago in June to try to recover all classified documents through a grand jury subpoena.

Trump’s lawyers had opposed the government’s latest requests to Cannon, telling the judge in a Monday filing they dispute the government’s claim that all the records are classified, and that a special master is needed to help keep prosecutors in check.


Trump’s attorneys instigated the litigation over the records investigation last month, seeking a third party to go over the materials taken by federal agents and determine if any should be shielded from investigators. The former president’s legal team argued that some materials could be covered by attorney-client privilege or executive privilege – a legal doctrine that can shield some presidential records from disclosure.

Cannon granted that request in a Sept. 5 ruling, rejecting Justice Department arguments that the records belong to the government and that because Trump is no longer president he cannot claim executive privilege.

Dearie said earlier on Friday he will hold his first hearing on the privilege review for the seized documents on Tuesday, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn.
 

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Donald Trump not invited to Queen Elizabeth's funeral
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Publishing date:Sep 17, 2022 • 20 hours ago • 1 minute read • 60 Comments

Former U.S. President Donald Trump has been invited to a memorial service for Queen Elizabeth in Washington.


The 76-year-old businessman was left off the guest list for the funeral in London but received an invite from the British government for the “Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”, according to The Telegraph newspaper.


The service will take place at Washington’s National Cathedral, which can hold around 1,700 people, on Wednesday.

The cathedral has previously hosted state funerals for former U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.

Queen Elizabeth’s U.S. memorial service is being arranged by the British embassy in Washington.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden has accepted an invitation to the Queen’s funeral in London on Monday.


White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the invitation was transmitted as a diplomatic note from the protocol directorate of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with Biden accepting.

She said: “The invitation was extended to the U.S. government for the President and the First Lady only.”

In a previous statement about Queen Elizabeth after her death, Trump wrote: “Melania and I are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Together with our family and fellow Americans, we send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom during this time of great sorrow and grief.

“Melania and I will always cherish our time together with the Queen, and never forget Her Majesty’s generous friendship, great wisdom, and wonderful sense of humor. What a grand and beautiful lady she was–there was nobody like her!”
 

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Trump rape accuser plans new lawsuit against former U.S. president
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Publishing date:Sep 20, 2022 • 14 hours ago • 2 minute read • 20 Comments

NEW YORK — A writer who accused Donald Trump of raping her more than a quarter-century ago plans to file a new lawsuit against the former U.S. president, whose lawyer called the effort “extraordinarily prejudicial.”


In a letter made public on Tuesday, a lawyer for E. Jean Carroll said the former Elle magazine columnist plans to sue Trump for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress under New York state’s Adult Survivors Act.


That law, recently signed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul, gives adult accusers a one-year window to bring civil claims over alleged sexual misconduct regardless of how long ago it occurred.

Carroll has accused Trump of raping her in late 1995 or early 1996 in a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Midtown Manhattan.

Trump has denied raping Carroll and accused her of concocting the rape claim to sell her book.

Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan said her client plans to sue Trump on Nov. 24 when the state law takes effect, and that the claims and Carroll’s existing defamation case against Trump could be tried together in February 2023.


In a letter responding to Kaplan, Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba said Trump “adamantly” objected to combining both cases, after both sides finished gathering evidence for trial, and that it was “extraordinarily prejudicial” to add the new claims.

“To permit plaintiff to drastically alter the scope and subject matter of this case at such time would severely prejudice defendant’s rights,” Habba wrote. “Plaintiff’s request must be disregarded in its entirety.”

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Kaplan also said she now wants Trump to testify under oath at a deposition, to better understand his “theory of the case,” despite her saying in February that a deposition wouldn’t be needed.

“To be clear, the deposition of defendant need not take very long,” Kaplan said.


Kaplan’s letter is dated Aug. 8 and Habba’s is dated Aug. 11. They were made public on Tuesday afternoon. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan oversees the case.

Trump faces an array of litigation and investigations, including into his efforts to undo the 2020 U.S. presidential election and refusal to turn over various documents.

In August, Trump invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination more than 400 times during a deposition by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is conducting a civil probe into his namesake Trump Organization’s business practices.

Trump and Carroll are still awaiting a decision by the federal appeals court in Manhattan over whether Carroll’s defamation case can proceed at all.


Carroll sued in November 2019 after Trump, then in his third year in the White House, told a reporter that Carroll made up the rape claim and that he did not know her and “she’s not my type.”

Trump has argued that he was shielded from the lawsuit by a federal law that provides immunity to government employees from defamation claims.

Both sides argued their appeals last Dec. 3.

Carroll’s lawyers have said they want to obtain a DNA sample from Trump to compare against a dress Carroll claimed to have worn during the alleged rape.

The case is Carroll v Trump, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 20-07311.
 

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So... who is indoctrinating kids again?
 

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Donald Trump, adult children sued by New York AG for fraud
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Publishing date:Sep 21, 2022 • 17 hours ago • 4 minute read • 47 Comments

NEW YORK — Donald Trump, his family business, and three of his adult children were sued on Wednesday by New York’s attorney general, who accused them of overvaluing the former U.S. president’s assets and net worth through a decade of lies to banks and insurers.


Attorney General Letitia James filed her civil lawsuit in a New York state court in Manhattan, accusing the Trump Organization of “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation” in preparing financial statements from 2011 to 2021.


She also said Trump, who has long used his net worth to burnish his image and fame as a successful businessman and politician, inflated his wealth by billions of dollars to help his company obtain favourable financial terms on transactions, including lower interest rates and cheaper insurance coverage.

The 214-page complaint also names Trump’s adult children Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump as defendants, as well as longtime company executives including former Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg.


The lawsuit adds to the many legal problems Trump faces.

These include a criminal probe in Georgia over his efforts to undo the 2020 presidential election, and a federal investigation into his handling of presidential records, prompting an FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Aug. 8.


The Trump Organization manages hotels, golf courses and other real estate around the world, and had been under investigation by James for more than three years.

James, a Democrat, said the values of 23 assets had been “grossly and fraudulently inflated,” and her office uncovered more than 200 examples of misleading asset valuations.

Those assets included marquee properties such as Mar-a-Lago in Florida and Trump’s penthouse apartment atop Manhattan’s Trump Tower, James said. The lawsuit seeks to recoup at least $250 million of alleged improper gains.


“Claiming that you have money that you do not have does not amount to the ‘art of the deal,’ it’s the art of the steal,” James told a news conference, alluding to Donald Trump’s 1987 memoir. She called the “pattern of fraud and deception” used by Trump and the Trump Organization “astounding.”

Trump, in a statement posted on Truth Social, called the lawsuit “Another Witch Hunt by a racist Attorney General” who was pursuing the case for political gain.

James is Black and running for reelection in November. Trump has not announced whether he will run for president in 2024, but would likely be a Republican frontrunner.

While the case does not involve criminal charges, James said Trump repeatedly violated several state criminal laws and may have violated federal criminal law, and asked U.S. prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service to investigate.


A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Damian Williams in Manhattan declined to comment.

‘DISASTERS OF THE WORLD’
James wants to remove the Trumps from power at their company, and prohibit Trump and his adult children from serving as corporate officers or directors in New York.

She also wants to install a monitor for the Trump Organization, and bar the company and Trump from buying commercial real estate in New York or borrowing money from state-chartered banks for five years.

The lawsuit said Trump’s scheme was designed to fraudulently induce banks to lend money more cheaply, coax insurers into provide coverage for higher limits at lower premiums, and obtain tax benefits.

James said Trump pretended his Trump Tower apartment was 30,000 square feet, when it was actually 10,996 square feet, and that its $327 million valuation in 2015 was “absurd” because no New York City apartment had sold for $100 million at the time.


She also said Trump valued Mar-a-Lago as high as $739 million by pretending it could be developed for residential use, and that it should have been valued closer to $75 million.

James said her office rejected settlement offers from the defendants, but “our doors are always open” for negotiations.

She said Trump could try to move his company or borrow elsewhere, but that would not excuse him from his obligations in New York.

“There cannot be different rules for different people in this country or state, and former presidents are no different,” James said.

The attorney general opened her probe after Michael Cohen, who was Trump’s lawyer and fixer before turning on him, said in congressional testimony that the former president had inflated some asset values to save money on loans and insurance.


Trump was called to testify under oath at a Aug. 10 deposition for the probe, where he invoked his right against self-incrimination under the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment more than 400 times.

“The Attorney General’s Office has exceeded its statutory authority by prying into transactions where absolutely no wrongdoing has taken place,” Alina Habba, a lawyer for Trump, said in a statement, calling the accusations “meritless.”

Donald Trump Jr tweeted that James was “weaponizing her office to go after her political opponents!”

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has separately charged the Trump Organization with criminal tax fraud, and is preparing for an Oct. 24 trial.

Weisselberg has pleaded guilty and is expected to testify against the company, which has pleaded not guilty.

“Our criminal investigation concerning former President Donald J. Trump, the Trump Organization, and its leadership is active and ongoing,” Bragg said in a statement.
 

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Trump docs probe: Court lifts hold on Mar-a-Lago records
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Publishing date:Sep 21, 2022 • 12 hours ago • 4 minute read • Join the conversation

WASHINGTON — In a stark repudiation of Donald Trump’s legal arguments, a federal appeals court on Wednesday permitted the Justice Department to resume its use of classified records seized from the former president’s Florida estate as part of its ongoing criminal investigation.


The ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit amounts to an overwhelming victory for the Justice Department, clearing the way for investigators to continue scrutinizing the documents as they consider whether to bring criminal charges over the storage of of top-secret records at Mar-a-Lago after Trump left the White House. In lifting a hold on a core aspect of the department’s probe, the court removed an obstacle that could have delayed the investigation by weeks.


The appeals court also pointedly noted that Trump had presented no evidence that he had declassified the sensitive records, as he maintained as recently as Wednesday, and rejected the possibility that Trump could have an “individual interest in or need for” the roughly 100 documents with classification markings that were seized by the FBI in its Aug. 8 search of the Palm Beach property.


The government had argued that its investigation had been impeded, and national security concerns swept aside, by an order from U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon that temporarily barred investigators from continuing to use the documents in its inquiry. Cannon, a Trump appointee, had said the hold would remain in place pending a separate review by an independent arbiter she had appointed at the Trump team’s request to review the records.

The appeals panel agreed with the Justice Department’s concerns.

“It is self-evident that the public has a strong interest in ensuring that the storage of the classified records did not result in ‘exceptionally grave damage to the national security’,” they wrote. “Ascertaining that,” they added, “necessarily involves reviewing the documents, determining who had access to them and when, and deciding which (if any) sources or methods are compromised.”


An injunction that delayed or prevented the criminal investigation “from using classified materials risks imposing real and significant harm on the United States and the public,” they wrote.

Two of the three judges who issued Wednesday’s ruling — Britt Grant and Andrew Brasher — were nominated to the 11th Circuit by Trump. Judge Robin Rosenbaum was nominated by former President Barack Obama.

Lawyers for Trump did not return an email seeking comment on whether they would appeal the ruling. The Justice Department did not have an immediate comment.

The FBI last month seized roughly 11,000 documents, including about 100 with classification markings, during a court-authorized search of the Palm Beach club. It has launched a criminal investigation into whether the records were mishandled or compromised, though is not clear whether Trump or anyone else will be charged.



Cannon ruled on Sept. 5 that she would name an independent arbiter, or special master, to do an independent review of those records and segregate any that may be covered by claims of attorney-client privilege or executive privilege and to determine whether any of the materials should be returned to Trump.

Raymond Dearie, the former chief judge of the federal court based in Brooklyn, has been named to the role and held his first meeting on Tuesday with lawyers for both sides.

The Justice Department had argued that a special master review of the classified documents was not necessary. It said Trump had no plausible basis to invoke executive privilege over the documents, nor could the records be covered by attorney-client privilege because they do not involve communications between Trump and his lawyers.


It had also contested Cannon’s order requiring it to provide Dearie and Trump’s lawyers with access to the classified material. The court sided with the Justice Department on Wednesday, saying “courts should order review of such materials in only the most extraordinary circumstances. The record does not allow for the conclusion that this is such a circumstance.”

Trump has repeatedly maintained that he had declassified the material. In a Fox News Channel interview recorded Wednesday before the appeals court ruling, he said, “If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying ‘It’s declassified.”’

Though his lawyers have said a president has absolute authority to declassify information, they have notably stopped short of asserting that the records were declassified. The Trump team this week resisted providing Dearie with any information to support the idea that the records might have been declassified, saying the issue could be part of their defense in the event of an indictment.


The Justice Department has said there is no indication that Trump took any steps to declassify the documents and even included a photo in one court filing of some of the seized documents with colored cover sheets indicating their classified status. The appeals court, too, made the same point.

“Plaintiff suggests that he may have declassified these documents when he was President. But the record contains no evidence that any of these records were declassified,” the judges wrote. “In any event, at least for these purposes, the declassification argument is a red herring because declassifying an official document would not change its content or render it personal.”

— Colvin reported from New York.
 

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Donald Trump Jr. compares sister Ivanka’s breasts to Oakville trans teacher's prosthetic
Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Publishing date:Sep 27, 2022 • 16 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation

Oh, brother.


Donald Trump Jr., son of well, you know, and brother to Ivanka Trump, thought it would be hilarious to roast his sister on Instagram – by pitting her aesthetically against the transgender teacher in Oakville.


“Wheels on the shopping cart be like,” reads the graphic above four photos – three of Ivanka and one of the Oakville Trafalgar High School teacher, each wearing pink.

The text implies that one of the photos is like a squeaky or broken wheel, a meme made famous on Reddit in 2019, so you know how behind the times Don Jr. is with his online jokes.



Not that it needs to be said, but the one photo of the teacher is clearly the sore thumb.

“Sorry @ivankatrump, but what kind of big brother would I really be if I showed restraint and didn’t post this???” the 44-year-old executive vice president of the Trump Organization posted.

He tagged his sister as well as @mitchmidnight, who has created a few memes about the Oakville teacher including one mocking Adam Levine’s recently leaked DMs.

It doesn’t appear that Ivanka has commented on Don Jr.’s post, but perhaps she pranked him behind the scenes. Or gave him the equivalent of his post: a noogie.


While many responded with the laugh/crying emoji, others called Ivanka’s big brother a “creepy weirdo” and “just sick.”


The Halton District School Board has staunchly defended the teacher, but Education Minister Stephen Lecce reached out to the Ontario College of Teachers raising the issue from a professional standards point of view.

“In this province, in our schools, we celebrate our differences, and we also believe that there must be the highest standards of professionalism when in front of our kids,” Lecce told reporters on Friday.

“And on that basis, I’ve asked the Ontario College of Teachers to review and to consider strengthening those provisions with respect to professional conduct, which we think would be in the interest of all kids in Ontario.”


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Donald Trump wins ruling in rape accuser Carroll's defamation lawsuit
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Publishing date:Sep 27, 2022 • 21 hours ago • 3 minute read • Join the conversation

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court set aside a judge’s ruling that Donald Trump could be sued for defamation by E. Jean Carroll after denying he raped her, though it stopped short of declaring the former U.S. president immune from the author’s lawsuit.


In a 2-1 decision on Tuesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan asked an appeals court in Washington to weigh in on whether the laws of that district shielded Trump from liability.


But the Manhattan court also accepted Trump’s argument that he qualified as a U.S. government “employee” when he allegedly defamed Carroll, a condition underlying his immunity claim.

A dissenting judge, Denny Chin, would have let Carroll pursue “at least some” claims, saying “Carroll’s allegations plausibly paint a picture of a man pursuing a personal vendetta against an accuser.”

Carroll sued Trump in November 2019, and had been hoping to go to trial as soon as next February.

She had accused Trump in a June 2019 book excerpt of having raped her in late 1995 or early 1996 in a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in midtown Manhattan.


Trump, then in his third year in the White House, responded to her accusations by telling a reporter he did not know Carroll, that “she’s not my type,” and that she concocted the rape claim to sell her book.

Alina Habba, a lawyer for Trump, said in a statement she was “extremely pleased” with Tuesday’s decision, saying it would “protect the ability of all future presidents to effectively govern without hindrance.”

Roberta Kaplan, a lawyer for Carroll, said in a statement she was “confident” the District of Columbia court would let the case proceed.

On Sept. 20, Kaplan said Carroll planned to sue Trump for battery and inflicting emotional distress even if the defamation claims were thrown out.

She cited a new state law, the Adult Survivors Act, which gives adult accusers a one-year window starting on Nov. 24 to bring civil claims over alleged sexual misconduct occurring long ago.


‘WE DO NOT PASS JUDGMENT’
Trump claimed he was shielded from Carroll’s lawsuit by a federal law immunizing government employees from defamation claims.

He also said letting the case proceed could unleash a flood of frivolous lawsuits whenever presidents spoke.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan had found that Trump was not a government employee, and that even if he were, he exceeded the scope of his employment when talking about Carroll.

Asking the D.C. Court of Appeals to address the second issue, Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi said the district’s law was “genuinely uncertain” and the matter was “of extreme public importance.”

“We do not pass judgment or express any view as to whether Trump’s public statements were indeed defamatory or whether the sexual assault allegations had, in fact, occurred,” he wrote.


Chin, in his dissent, said Trump was not serving “any purpose of the federal government” when he discussed Carroll.

“In the context of an accusation of rape, the comment ‘she’s not my type’ surely is not something one would expect the President of the United States to say in the course of his duties,” Chin wrote.

The case became more complex in 2020 when the Department of Justice, acting at the behest of then-Attorney General William Barr, sought to substitute the government as the sole defendant.

That would have ended Carroll’s case, because the United States had not waived its immunity from defamation claims.

In a somewhat surprising move, the Biden administration essentially adopted its predecessor’s argument, while criticizing Trump for making “crude and offensive comments” in response to Carroll’s “very serious” accusations.

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump’s reality television show “The Apprentice” who accused him of sexual assault, ended her own defamation lawsuit against Trump last November. Trump had called her claims a “hoax.”

The case is Carroll v Trump et al, 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Nos. 20-3977, 20-3978.
 

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Trump objects to expediting appeal in special master case: court filing
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Publishing date:Oct 03, 2022 • 19 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump on Monday objected to a Justice Department request for an expedited ruling in the special master case involving documents seized by the FBI in an August search of the former president’s Florida home.


“The government has not and cannot possibly articulate any real risk of loss or harm resulting from a more deliberative process,” Trump’s lawyers said in a filing in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


The U.S. Justice Department on Friday moved to expedite its appeal of an order appointing a special master to review records the FBI seized from Trump’s Florida estate.

The department said its inability to access the non-classified documents is still hampering significant aspects of its investigation on the retention of government records at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

The Justice Department asked the appeals court to order that all papers be filed in the case by Nov. 11, and hold any necessary hearing in the case as soon as that briefing is completed.

Trump’s lawyers on Monday proposed a Nov. 21 deadline for all papers to be filed.

Trump’s team also opposed expediting oral arguments in the case, according to the filing, saying January 2023 would be an appropriate time frame.
 

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Trump sues CNN claiming defamation, seeks $475 million in punitive damages
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Publishing date:Oct 03, 2022 • 13 hours ago • 1 minute read • 22 Comments

Former U.S. president Donald Trump sued CNN for defamation on Monday, seeking $475 million in punitive damages and claiming that the network had carried out a “campaign of libel and slander” against him.


Trump claims in his lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that CNN had used its considerable influence as a leading news organization to defeat him politically.


CNN declined to comment on the case.

Trump, a Republican, claims in the 29-page lawsuit that CNN had a long track record of criticizing him but had ramped up its attacks in recent months because the network feared that he would run again for president in 2024.

“As a part of its concerted effort to tilt the political balance to the left, CNN has tried to taint the Plaintiff with a series of ever-more scandalous, false, and defamatory labels of ‘racist,’ ‘Russian lackey,’ ‘insurrectionist,’ and ultimately ‘Hitler,'” the lawsuit claims.


The lawsuit lists several instances in which CNN appeared to compare Trump to Hitler, including a January 2022 special report by host Fareed Zakaria that included footage of the German dictator.

Trump, who in 2020 lost a re-election bid to Democrat Joe Biden, has not said whether he would seek re-election.

The lawsuit comes as the 76-year-old former president faces considerable legal woes, including a criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for retaining government records at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida after leaving office in January 2021.

Trump was sued last month by New York state Attorney General Leticia James, who has accused him of lying to banks and insurers over the value of his assets.

And a congressional committee is investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, focusing on the former president’s role in the attack.
 

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Trump sues CNN claiming defamation, seeks $475 million in punitive damages
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Publishing date:Oct 03, 2022 • 13 hours ago • 1 minute read • 22 Comments

Former U.S. president Donald Trump sued CNN for defamation on Monday, seeking $475 million in punitive damages and claiming that the network had carried out a “campaign of libel and slander” against him.


Trump claims in his lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that CNN had used its considerable influence as a leading news organization to defeat him politically.


CNN declined to comment on the case.

Trump, a Republican, claims in the 29-page lawsuit that CNN had a long track record of criticizing him but had ramped up its attacks in recent months because the network feared that he would run again for president in 2024.

“As a part of its concerted effort to tilt the political balance to the left, CNN has tried to taint the Plaintiff with a series of ever-more scandalous, false, and defamatory labels of ‘racist,’ ‘Russian lackey,’ ‘insurrectionist,’ and ultimately ‘Hitler,'” the lawsuit claims.


The lawsuit lists several instances in which CNN appeared to compare Trump to Hitler, including a January 2022 special report by host Fareed Zakaria that included footage of the German dictator.

Trump, who in 2020 lost a re-election bid to Democrat Joe Biden, has not said whether he would seek re-election.

The lawsuit comes as the 76-year-old former president faces considerable legal woes, including a criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for retaining government records at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida after leaving office in January 2021.

Trump was sued last month by New York state Attorney General Leticia James, who has accused him of lying to banks and insurers over the value of his assets.

And a congressional committee is investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, focusing on the former president’s role in the attack.
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