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Exclusive: Georgia prosecutor probing Trump taps leading racketeering attorney

Exclusive: Georgia prosecutor probing Trump taps leading racketeering attorney

By (Reuters) - The district attorney investigating whether former U.S. President Donald Trump illegally interfered with Georgia’s 2020 election has hired an outside lawyer who is a national authority on racketeering, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has enlisted the help of Atlanta lawyer John Floyd, who wrote a national guide on prosecuting state racketeering cases. Floyd was hired recently to “provide help as needed” on matters involving racketeering, including the Trump investigation and other cases, said the source, who has...

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Texas utilities can't stick customers with huge bills after storm: Abbott

Texas utilities can't stick customers with huge bills after storm: Abbott

By , (Reuters) - Texas utility regulators will temporarily ban power companies from billing customers or disconnecting them for non-payment, after the deadly winter storm that caused widespread blackouts, Governor Greg Abbott said on Sunday.Abbott called an emergency meeting with state lawmakers on Saturday after reports of many customers receiving bills for thousands of dollars for just a few days’ electricity service while Texas was gripped by frigid temperatures.“Texans who have suffered through days of freezing cold without power should not be subjected to skyrocketing energy bills,”...

Feb 21
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Georgia Secretary of State's office launches probe into Trump's election phone call

Georgia Secretary of State's office launches probe into Trump's election phone call

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Georgia’s Secretary of State’s office opened a probe on Monday into former U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, a step that could lead to a criminal investigation by state and local authorities.Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had faced calls to open a probe after Trump was recorded in a Jan. 2 phone call pressuring Raffensperger to overturn the state’s election results based on unfounded voter fraud claims.“The Secretary of State’s office investigates complaints it receives,” said Walter Jones, a spokesman for...

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Georgia Secretary of State’s office launches probe into Trump

Georgia Secretary of State’s office launches probe into Trump

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Georgia Secretary of State’s office opened an investigation on Monday into former U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, an official in the office told Reuters.Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office had faced calls to open a probe after Trump was recorded in a Jan. 2 phone call pressuring Raffensperger to overturn the state’s election results based on unfounded voter fraud claims.“The Secretary of State’s office investigates complaints it receives,” said Walter Jones, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s...

Feb 8
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Off-duty cops, other officials face reckoning after rallying for Trump in D.C.

Off-duty cops, other officials face reckoning after rallying for Trump in D.C.

By , , (Reuters) - As rioters scaled scaffolding outside the U.S. Capitol, Roxanne Mathai held up her cell phone to record the sea of supporters of President Donald Trump storming America’s bastion of democracy.“We’re going in,” said the 46-year-old Texas jailer, “tear gas and all.”Mathai, a jail lieutenant and 8-year veteran of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, approached the Capitol steps last Wednesday as rioters in front of her breached barricades.Wearing a red, white and blue face mask with a Trump flag hanging from her back, she posed for selfies. “Not gonna lie,” said the mother of...

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January 13, 2021
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U.S. lawmakers say police downplayed threat of violence before Capitol siege

U.S. lawmakers say police downplayed threat of violence before Capitol siege

By , , , , (Reuters) - As the mob swarmed into the U.S. Capitol, Pennsylvania congresswoman Susan Wild took cover, squeezing into a tight aisle in an upper-floor gallery and inching across the floor as supporters of President Donald Trump banged on the doors.“That was when it really started to get scary,” said Wild, 63, describing Wednesday’s dramatic siege of the complex that houses the U.S. Congress. After she fumbled to work a gas mask and briefly lost a shoe while dragging herself toward a door to evacuate, gunfire rang out. Police shouted, “Get down. Get down. Get down!” as people...

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January 8, 2021
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RPT-INSIGHT-U.S. lawmakers say police downplayed threat of violence before Capitol siege

RPT-INSIGHT-U.S. lawmakers say police downplayed threat of violence before Capitol siege

By , , , , (Repeats for additional clients with no changes to text)Jan 8 (Reuters) - As the mob swarmed into the U.S. Capitol, Pennsylvania congresswoman Susan Wild took cover, squeezing into a tight aisle in an upper-floor gallery and inching across the floor as supporters of President Donald Trump banged on the doors.“That was when it really started to get scary,” said Wild, 63, describing Wednesday’s dramatic siege of the complex that houses the U.S. Congress. After she fumbled to work a gas mask and briefly lost a shoe while dragging herself toward a door to evacuate, gunfire rang out....

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January 9, 2021
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Biden identifies more administration officials, Trump vows continued election fight

Biden identifies more administration officials, Trump vows continued election fight

By , , WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden chose more senior aides to lead his administration’s efforts to defeat the coronavirus and rebuild the U.S. economy, and his office confirmed on Sunday he would begin receiving classified briefings that are an essential step toward taking control of national security.As the Democratic former vice president prepared for his move to the White House, Republican President Donald Trump pledged to maintain his legal fight to overturn the result of the Nov. 3 vote even while indicating in comments to Fox News that he was...

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November 30, 2020
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Mississippi state, federal lawmakers seek inquiry after Reuters report of jail beating death

Mississippi state, federal lawmakers seek inquiry after Reuters report of jail beating death

By (Reuters) - A Mississippi legislator and veteran Congressman are seeking criminal charges after Reuters exposed previously unreported details in the 2018 death of inmate Harvey Hill at the Madison County Detention Center.The 36-year-old died in May 2018 after a violent altercation with guards. His family believes he was suffering an emotional breakdown when he lashed out, striking a guard with a lunch tray. Guards kicked and punched Hill, then slammed him into a concrete wall, previously unpublished jail surveillance video obtained by Reuters showed.They led him to a shower, away from...

November 2, 2020
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Special Report: U.S. jails are outsourcing medical care — and the death toll is rising

Special Report: U.S. jails are outsourcing medical care — and the death toll is rising

By , , , , SAVANNAH, Georgia (Reuters) - Matthew Loflin was coughing up blood, struggling to breathe and losing consciousness in his cell while awaiting trial on drug-possession charges in this historic Southern city.“I need to go to the hospital,” he told his mother in a jailhouse phone call. “I’m gonna die in here.”It was March 28, 2014, and his seven weeks at the Chatham County Detention Center had been a blur of blackouts and racing heartbeats.The jail’s senior medical staff – Dr. Charles Pugh and two well-credentialed nurses – agreed he needed hospitalization. But the move was opposed...

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October 26, 2020
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