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Trump adviser Giuliani asks judge to throw out $1.3 billion lawsuit over his 'big lie' election claims

Trump adviser Giuliani asks judge to throw out $1.3 billion lawsuit over his 'big lie' election claims

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani asked a judge on Wednesday to throw out a voting machine company’s $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit relating to his false claims about the November 2020 presidential election being rigged.Giuliani’s lawyer said in a court filing that Dominion Voting Systems’ lawsuit should be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, and because the company has not adequately justified its request for money damages.The filing said Giuliani denies defaming Dominion, adding that the former New York City mayor would present a more forceful...

Apr 7
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Conservative news outlets, accused of election falsehoods, air disclaimers

Conservative news outlets, accused of election falsehoods, air disclaimers

By , (Reuters) -Businessman Mike Lindell appeared on the cable network Newsmax last month and launched into a baseless conspiracy theory blaming a voting machine company for fraud in the 2020 presidential election.After muting Lindell’s microphone, a Newsmax anchor told viewers that the My Pillow Inc founder’s claims were unsubstantiated and unverified. The anchor then read a prepared statement that included: “Newsmax accepts the (election) results as legal and final.”Lindell, an ardent ally of losing presidential candidate Donald Trump, refused to drop the subject, and the anchor stormed...

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U.S. judge criticizes prosecutors over '60 Minutes' interview about probe into Capitol attack

U.S. judge criticizes prosecutors over '60 Minutes' interview about probe into Capitol attack

By , (Reuters) - A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday criticized the U.S. Justice Department for speaking to the media about the ongoing investigation into the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by former President Donald Trump’s supporters.Slideshow In an unusual court hearing, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said he was “surprised” by remarks prosecutor Michael Sherwin made to the CBS television program “60 Minutes,” and troubled by a New York Times article that cited anonymous Justice Department sources.“I found it troubling that sources within the Department of Justice were...

Mar 23
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U.S. Justice Department says will file 100 more cases over Capitol attack

U.S. Justice Department says will file 100 more cases over Capitol attack

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it expects to file criminal charges against more than 100 additional people who allegedly participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, in what it described as probably the most complex investigation it has ever handled.More than 300 people already face charges stemming from the siege, which left five people dead and more than 130 police officers injured as thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump tried to prevent Congress from certifying his election defeat.The Justice Department made the...

Mar 12
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Trump aide who stormed U.S. Capitol broke ‘oath to protect America,’ judge says - National | Globalnews.ca

Trump aide who stormed U.S. Capitol broke ‘oath to protect America,’ judge says - National | Globalnews.ca

Want to discuss? Please read our first.AdvertisementClose XAAA man appointed to the U.S. State Department during the administration will remain in jail while he awaits trial on charges that he took part in the deadly storming of the and assaulted police officers, a judge said on Tuesday.U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui in Washington said during a court hearing that he was denying a request by Federico “Freddie” Klein, 42, for pretrial release.The judge said Klein’s status as a government employee at the time of the Jan. 6 attack was troubling and suggested he would pose a danger to the...

Mar 9
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Explainer: Trump's acts as president are 'fair game' for criminal charges

Explainer: Trump's acts as president are 'fair game' for criminal charges

By (Reuters) - Donald Trump’s legal troubles are far from over, despite his acquittal in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial that ended on Saturday.U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell noted this just moments after voting to acquit Trump, saying the courts are the proper forum for holding the former president accountable for his role in the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters.“President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office as an ordinary citizen,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “He didn’t get away with anything. Yet.”Here’s an...

Feb 16
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Explainer: The legal questions left unanswered by Trump's impeachment trial

Explainer: The legal questions left unanswered by Trump's impeachment trial

By (Reuters) - The impeachment trial of Donald Trump took the U.S. government into new legal territory, highlighting unresolved questions about how to address allegations of misconduct by a president about to leave office.The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, but the Senate acquitted him on Saturday by a 57-43 vote.Here are some of the questions raised by the trial: questions that still lack definitive answers because the U.S. Supreme Court has never had an occasion to weigh in.Is it legal to hold an...

Feb 17
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Woman may have tried to sell Pelosi computer device to Russians, FBI says

Woman may have tried to sell Pelosi computer device to Russians, FBI says

By (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement is investigating whether a woman took a laptop computer or hard drive from U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol and tried to sell the device to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing.An FBI agent disclosed the detail in an affidavit released on Sunday night that outlined a criminal case against Riley June Williams, a Pennsylvania woman accused of unlawfully breaching the Capitol building and directing people to Pelosi’s office.The theft of electronic devices from congressional...

January 18, 2021
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Explainer: Can Trump pardon himself? Would the courts reject the move?

Explainer: Can Trump pardon himself? Would the courts reject the move?

By (Reuters) - As he prepares to end a tumultuous four years as U.S. president facing potential legal jeopardy, Donald Trump has discussed the possibility of pardoning himself, according to a source familiar with the matter. But there are questions about whether a president’s broad executive clemency powers under the U.S. Constitution would permit such action.The Justice Department has previously taken the view that the Constitution does not allow a sitting president to be indicted, but a former president enjoys no such protections.Here is an explanation of the potential constitutional...

January 16, 2021
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Judge blasts U.S. Rep Maxine Waters for 'abhorrent' comments about Chauvin trial

Judge blasts U.S. Rep Maxine Waters for 'abhorrent' comments about Chauvin trial

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.The judge overseeing the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday harshly criticized U.S. Representative Maxine Waters' remarks on the case, saying she might have given the defense grounds for appeal in the event of a conviction.Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill said during the closing moments of Chauvin's trial that it was abhorrent of Waters, a Democrat from California, to tell protesters it would be unacceptable for the former officer to be...

Apr 19
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