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Far-Right Extremists Received High-Value Bitcoin Donations Ahead of Capitol Riots From Possibly-Deceased French Donor: Report

Far-Right Extremists Received High-Value Bitcoin Donations Ahead of Capitol Riots From Possibly-Deceased French Donor: Report

A series of mysterious high-value Bitcoin donations made last month to several right-wing extremist groups and prominent leaders may have been used to help fund last week’s violent siege of the U.S. Capitol, Yahoo News Thursday.The transfer, which took place less than one month before the riots, involved the simultaneous distribution of 28.15 bitcoins — valued at more than $500,000 — from a now-deceased French donor to 22 distinct virtual wallets, many of which cryptocurrency researchers linked to far-right causes. U.S. law enforcement authorities are investigating the transactions to...

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With Real Attorneys Steering Clear, Trump May Have to Settle For Rep. Jim Jordan as Impeachment ‘Attorney’

With Real Attorneys Steering Clear, Trump May Have to Settle For Rep. Jim Jordan as Impeachment ‘Attorney’

President Donald Trump is reportedly having quite a bit of difficulty putting together a legal team for his upcoming second impeachment trial and may end up being represented by a pair of House Republicans who aren’t licensed attorneys, Bloomberg Thursday.According to the report, with essentially all respectable law firms and attorneys preferring to distance themselves from a president facing accusations that he incited an insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol, Congressional Republicans have been discussing the prospect of Reps. Jim Jordan and Elise Stefanik defending Trump during his...

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‘Unf***ingbelievable,' Attorneys Sigh as Trump Lawyer and Kamala Harris Birther Conspiracy Theorist Blames Antifa for Capitol Riots

‘Unf***ingbelievable,' Attorneys Sigh as Trump Lawyer and Kamala Harris Birther Conspiracy Theorist Blames Antifa for Capitol Riots

Professor John Eastman speaking at the pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” rally immediately before the Capitol was stormed.A law professor for President Donald Trump who repeatedly said the 2020 election was rigged and spoke at the rally that immediately preceded last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol baselessly blamed the violent insurrection on “Antifa” on Wednesday.Chapman University law professor John Eastman, who the birther theory that Kamala Harris was constitutionally prohibited from serving as vice president, was the target of backlash after appearing with Rudy Giuliani at Trump’s Jan. 6...

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Staten Island Republican Who Shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ at Protest Apologizes by Saying She Actually Meant to Say ‘Mein Führer’

Staten Island Republican Who Shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ at Protest Apologizes by Saying She Actually Meant to Say ‘Mein Führer’

A Republican politician from Staten Island who screamed “Heil Hitler” during a protest against New York’s coronavirus health protocols issued an apology, saying she actually meant to yell “Mein Führer,” the New York Daily News  on Monday evening.Leticia Remauro, a candidate for Staten Island borough president who previously managed the campaign of Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, filmed and posted the video to her Facebook page during a protest outside of Mac’s Public House late last month. The owners of the establishment had defied state safety regulations prohibiting indoor dining at...

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‘Cocaine Mitch’ Reportedly Pleased End of the Line for Trump Train in Sight

‘Cocaine Mitch’ Reportedly Pleased End of the Line for Trump Train in Sight

It appears that President Donald Trump’s once impenetrable dam of Republican allegiance and fealty in Congress may finally be breaking after Trumpism hit too close to home for lawmakers last week at the U.S. Capitol.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has reportedly told his colleagues and associates that he is pleased Democrats are impeaching the president for a second time, believing that the move will help him distance the GOP from Trumpism, according to a Tuesday from the New York Times.Democrats in the House of Representatives on Monday formally introduced a single article...

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Brooklyn Judge’s Son Who Stormed Capitol Is Caught on Video Days Later Leaving Home Wearing Project Veritas ‘Shadow Banned’ Hat

Brooklyn Judge’s Son Who Stormed Capitol Is Caught on Video Days Later Leaving Home Wearing Project Veritas ‘Shadow Banned’ Hat

Aaron MostofskyThe of a Brooklyn judge who joined pro-Donald Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol Building was leaving his New York City home on Friday wearing a hat bearing the logo of James O’Keefe’s far-right activist group “Project Veritas.”The and video, by the New York Post, show Aaron Mostofsky—the son of Kings County Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Mostofsy (D)—carrying a couple of plastic bags and a suit on a hanger as he left his brick apartment building.  The hat he is wearing bears clear “Project Veritas” verbiage and appears similar or identical to one shown on Twitter in an...

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Trump Campaign Attorney, Telling Judge His Services Were Used to ‘Perpetrate a Crime,' Moves to Withdraw as Counsel

Trump Campaign Attorney, Telling Judge His Services Were Used to ‘Perpetrate a Crime,' Moves to Withdraw as Counsel

A Trump campaign lawyer told a federal judge that he can no longer represent the president in a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s election results, saying his legal work was used by President Donald Trump to criminally incite Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.Attorney Jerome M. Marcus on Thursday filed a Motion for Leave to Withdraw as Counsel in the Trump campaign’s action against the Philadelphia County Board of Elections.Marcus cited to of the Pennsylvania’s Rules of Professional Conduct, informing U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond that his client—the president’s campaign—had “used...

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This Is the Democratic DA for Atlanta Looking to Investigate Trump’s Phone Call with Georgia’s Secretary of State

This Is the Democratic DA for Atlanta Looking to Investigate Trump’s Phone Call with Georgia’s Secretary of State

Fulton County DA Fani WillisThe newly-elected district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia isn’t wasting any time easing into the new role, vowing on Monday to impartially investigate President Donald Trump for allegedly attempting to manipulate the state’s presidential election results should the case be referred to her office by the state’s election board.“Like many Americans, I have found the news reports about the President’s telephone call with the Georgia Secretary of State disturbing,” Fani Willis , noting that a member of the election board had already the Election Division of the...

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Georgia Election Board Member Demands Secretary of State Investigate Trump for ‘Solicitation to Commit Election Fraud’

Georgia Election Board Member Demands Secretary of State Investigate Trump for ‘Solicitation to Commit Election Fraud’

One of five members on Georgia’s state election board (SEB) on Sunday evening demanded that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) open an investigation into President Donald Trump, telling Raffensperger that the president’s efforts to “manipulate” the state’s election results likely constituted crimes under the Georgia Election Code.David Worley, an attorney and the lone Democrat on the board, said that Trump’s with Raffensperger on Saturday—during which the president repeatedly attempted to coerce the secretary to “find” enough votes to swing the election in his favor—likely...

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Court Strikes Down Gov. Cuomo’s Order Limiting Capacity in Houses of Worship Because It ‘Discriminates Against Religion on Its Face’

Court Strikes Down Gov. Cuomo’s Order Limiting Capacity in Houses of Worship Because It ‘Discriminates Against Religion on Its Face’

A federal appellate court in New York struck down Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pandemic-related executive order capping the maximum number of people permitted in houses of worship, holding that it violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.“We thus REVERSE and REMAND in part, directing the district courts to enjoin the Governor from enforcing the Order’s 10- and 25-person capacity limits,” the court ruled. “We VACATE and REMAND in part for the district court to determine in the first instance whether the 25% and 33% capacity limits can satisfy strict scrutiny.”A three-judge panel on...

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Federal Judge Dismisses Lin Wood’s ‘Astonishingly Speculative’ Lawsuit Aimed at Georgia’s Runoff Elections and Dominion Voting Machines

Federal Judge Dismisses Lin Wood’s ‘Astonishingly Speculative’ Lawsuit Aimed at Georgia’s Runoff Elections and Dominion Voting Machines

A federal judge in Georgia on Monday rejected a lawsuit filed by attorney Lin Wood, which sought to challenge the constitutionality of election procedures implemented ahead of Senate runoff elections. Wood, a lawyer who has been involved in a number of post-election lawsuits, has once again failed to notch a victory in court.“For the following reasons, Wood lacks standing to pursue his claims. Accordingly, the Court need not reach the merits of Wood’s TRO argument, and this case will be dismissed,” U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten of the Northern District of Georgia—an appointee of George...

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Leading New Texas Rebellion, Louie Gohmert Sues Mike Pence Because VP Lacks Authority to Overturn Joe Biden’s Election Win

Leading New Texas Rebellion, Louie Gohmert Sues Mike Pence Because VP Lacks Authority to Overturn Joe Biden’s Election Win

A Texas hardliner is once again leading a against the future Joe Biden presidency.Led by Lone Star State Rep. Louie Gohmert, a coalition of outgoing President Donald Trump’s right-wing loyalists asked a federal judge on Sunday to gut a post-Reconstruction era law in order give Vice President Mike Pence the power to determine the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Jan. 6, 2021.Gohmert’s cohorts include ex-“Kraken” plaintiff Tyler Bowyer and the Arizona Republican Party’s chairwoman Kelli Ward, whose call for Trump to was widely interpreted as pining for the president to establish...

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No, President Trump Cannot Pardon Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

No, President Trump Cannot Pardon Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

Kyle RittenhouseIn the wake of President Donald Trump for political allies and the well-connected on Tuesday evening, social media users began speculating about the possibility that the president would also be granting clemency to Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen drove across state lines in August and killed two men in Kenosha, Wisconsin. As several attorneys point out , however, the presidential pardon power extends only to federal crimes and the 17-year-old Rittenhouse does not face federal charges.The rumors appear to stem from a misunderstood tweeted by a Black Lives Matter activist...

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Judge Orders Steve Bannon Submit to an Interview Under Oath in FTC’s Investigation Into Cambridge Analytica

Judge Orders Steve Bannon Submit to an Interview Under Oath in FTC’s Investigation Into Cambridge Analytica

A federal judge this week ordered former presidential advisor and Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon to submit to questioning as part of the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into a data breach at Cambridge Analytica, the National Law Journal.According to the report, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper sided with the agency, ruling that Bannon complying with the FTC’s civil investigative demand would not prejudice the former Breitbart executive chairman in his upcoming trial in New York. (In that case, Bannon is with money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.)Issuing a...

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Mike Pence Cannot Block the Certification of Joe Biden’s Victory When the Senate Formally Counts Electoral College Votes on Jan. 6th

Mike Pence Cannot Block the Certification of Joe Biden’s Victory When the Senate Formally Counts Electoral College Votes on Jan. 6th

President Donald Trump’s quest to overturn the results of the 2020 election have been rejected at every turn, resulting in an unprecedented string of court losses that have left the former “Apprentice” host and his supporters to pursue increasingly impractical efforts to remain in power. Chief among the latest exercises in futility is Trump imploring Vice President Mike Pence to prevent ratification of Joe Biden’s victory when the Senate counts the Electoral College votes next month.The Electoral College formally selected Biden as the next U.S. President on December 14 when each state’s...

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Dominion Attorneys Send Brutal Letter to Trump Campaign’s ‘So-Called Star Witness’ Mellissa Carone

Dominion Attorneys Send Brutal Letter to Trump Campaign’s ‘So-Called Star Witness’ Mellissa Carone

Attorneys representing Dominion Voting Systems this week, warning of imminent litigation,  that an array of President Donald Trump’s allies cease and desist from making false and “defamatory” claims that the company somehow “rigged or improperly influenced” the 2020 presidential election. The list of individuals and entities sent such letters was long, but perhaps no letter was as scathing as the one sent to Mellissa Carone, the former Dominion contractor and self-proclaimed whistleblower whose testimony before Michigan lawmakers went viral in early December.Dominion, which supplied...

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‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic Drops Lawsuit Against DOJ Under Belief That Trump Has Received His Pardon Petition

‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic Drops Lawsuit Against DOJ Under Belief That Trump Has Received His Pardon Petition

Joe Maldonado-PassageJoseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Tiger King star Joe Exotic, is hoping to join the ranks of Paul Manafort and Roger Stone by landing himself a presidential pardon before Donald Trump leaves office next month. To that end, the “gay, gun-toting redneck” and has dropped his lawsuit against the Department of Justice, telling a federal judge that he believes the president has personally received his pardon petition.“In this action, Joe Exotic sought to require the acting United States Pardon Attorney to forward his Pardon Petition and a recommendation to the...

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Legal Experts Destroy Wishful Thinking That Trump’s Pardons May Be Invalidated

Legal Experts Destroy Wishful Thinking That Trump’s Pardons May Be Invalidated

President Donald Trump issued a slew of controversial pardons this week, using his executive clemency power to benefit his friends and allies, including a spate of former advisers who either pleaded guilty or were convicted of crimes in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling. While many of Trump’s critics denounced this exercise of power, an erroneous theory claiming that Trump’s pardons could be invalidated went viral on social media and caused significant backlash from experts in the legal community.The fallacy was first introduced by Seth...

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Women File Lawsuit Alleging Non-Consensual Gynecological Procedures at ICE Detention Center: ‘The Most Medical Way of Being Raped You Could Possibly Experience’

Women File Lawsuit Alleging Non-Consensual Gynecological Procedures at ICE Detention Center: ‘The Most Medical Way of Being Raped You Could Possibly Experience’

A group of women detainees at a Georgia facility run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are suing the agency, alleging that they were subjected to abusive and non-consensual medical treatment by an ICE-contracted gynecologist and faced retribution when they tried to speak out.The 160-page complaint, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, seeks class action status and alleged harrowing experiences of more than 30 women currently and formerly detained at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) who were placed under the care of Dr. Mahendra...

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Trump’s Banker at Deutsche Bank Resigns Amid Scandals and Escalating Investigations into President’s Finances

Trump’s Banker at Deutsche Bank Resigns Amid Scandals and Escalating Investigations into President’s Finances

Less than two weeks after it was reported that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office was ramping up its investigation into President Donald Trump’s finances, the president’s key contact at Deutsche Bank has resigned her position with the international money lender, the New York Times Tuesday.Rosemary Vrablic, 60, stepped down from her role as a managing director and senior banker in Deutsche’s wealth management division, bank spokesman Daniel Hunter told the Times. Though the specific reason for Vrablic’s departure remains unclear, the bank in August opened an internal investigation into...

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House Democrats, Vowing to Continue Investigation When Biden Is President, Urge Appellate Court to Rule on Trump Tax Returns Subpoena

House Democrats, Vowing to Continue Investigation When Biden Is President, Urge Appellate Court to Rule on Trump Tax Returns Subpoena

Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Monday implored the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to rule on whether a congressional subpoena for President Donald Trump’s personal and business financial records can be enforced rather than punting the case back to the district court level.A three-judge panel on the court  the subpoena, issued to Trump’s private accounting firm Mazars USA, but heard oral arguments on the matter for a second time in late October after the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the case back to the Circuit Court.Committee General Counsel Douglas...

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Federal Judge Rejects Georgia GOP’s Attempt to Prevent Newly Registered Voters from Participating in Senate Runoff Elections

Federal Judge Rejects Georgia GOP’s Attempt to Prevent Newly Registered Voters from Participating in Senate Runoff Elections

A federal judge on Friday rejected the Georgia Republican Party’s request to prevent newly registered voters from casting a ballot in the state’s upcoming Senate runoff elections, reasoning that the party lacked standing. The judge denied a request for temporary restraining order prohibiting new residents who voted for a Senate candidate in another state from voting in the Jan. 5 elections, according to .The theory here was that some voters might've voted in Nov for senators in other states then moved to GA & voted in the Senate runoff. The GOP, w/o evidence about which or how many people...

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Republicans Are Trying to Disqualify Newly Registered Voters from Participating in Senate Runoff Elections (Update)

Republicans Are Trying to Disqualify Newly Registered Voters from Participating in Senate Runoff Elections (Update)

UPDATE: Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, a George W. Bush appointee, denied the GOP on Friday afternoon. The judge found that the plaintiffs lacked standing.The theory here was that some voters might've voted in Nov for senators in other states then moved to GA & voted in the Senate runoff. The GOP, w/o evidence about which or how many people did this, wanted to segregate absentees for future investigation.Judge Lisa Wood said no.— Alan Feuer (@alanfeuer)It’s like déjà vu all over again.A federal judge has denied TRO in this case, ruling that plaintiffs don’t have standing+wouldn’t satisfy...

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Texas and Several Other Red States File Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google, Accusing Tech Giant of Deceptive Trade Practices

Texas and Several Other Red States File Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google, Accusing Tech Giant of Deceptive Trade Practices

Ten Republican state attorneys general filed an antitrust lawsuit on Wednesday accusing Google of abusing its advertising technology services and alleging that the tech giant illegally created a monopoly by killing or acquiring the competition, entering into unlawful agreements to manipulate the market.The complaint, filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas, was joined by Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton posted a video about the lawsuit on social media announcing the lawsuit...

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15 AGs, Citing Trump’s ‘Utter Disregard’ for Recordkeeping Laws, Ask WH Counsel to Tell Executive Office Staff Not to Destroy Documents

15 AGs, Citing Trump’s ‘Utter Disregard’ for Recordkeeping Laws, Ask WH Counsel to Tell Executive Office Staff Not to Destroy Documents

Donald TrumpAttorneys general from 14 states and the District of Columbia on Wednesday reminded President Donald Trump that, even though he only has a month left in office, he and his administration are still subject to federal laws requiring certain records be maintained and preserved.In a three-page letter, the coalition of Democratic AGs requested that White House counsel Pat Cipollone take the requisite steps to ensure that officials in the Executive Office of the President—including President Donald Trump—understood and complied with the Presidential Records Act (PRA). Enacted in the...

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