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August 5, 2023

Prosecutors ask judge to issue protective order after Trump post appearing to promise revenge

Source: AP News

The Justice Department has asked a federal judge overseeing the criminal case against former President Donald Trump in Washington to step in after he released a post online that appeared to promise revenge on anyone who goes after him.

Prosecutors on Friday requested that U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan issue a protective order concerning evidence in the case, a day after Trump pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to overturn his 2020 election loss and block the peaceful transition of power. The order, different from a “gag order,” would limit what information Trump and his legal team could share publicly about the case brought by special counsel Jack Smith.

Chutkan on Saturday gave Trump’s legal team until 5 p.m. Monday to respond to the government’s request. Trump’s legal team, which has indicated he would look to slow the case down despite prosecutors’ pledge of a speedy trial, then filed a request to extend the response deadline to Thursday and to hold a hearing on the matter.

“Defendant is prepared to confer in good faith regarding an appropriate protective order and hopes the government will accept his invitation to do so,” wrote Trump’s lawyers. They criticized prosecutors for filing their proposal without giving the two sides enough time to discuss.

Such protective orders are common in criminal cases, but prosecutors said it’s “particularly important in this case” because Trump has posted on social media about “witnesses, judges, attorneys, and others associated with legal matters pending against him.”

Prosecutors pointed specifically to a post on Trump’s Truth Social platform from earlier Friday in which Trump wrote, in all capital letters, “If you go after me, I’m coming after you!”

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/trump-election-capitol-riot-indictment-protective-order-71cd642e876c47fff4e1283c15f8ca01

May 25, 2023

'A Peril to This Country': Oath Keepers Founder Gets 18 Years for Jan. 6 Plot

Source: Rolling Stone

Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia, whose members stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, has been sentenced to 18 years for seditious conspiracy. The sentence is the longest yet for a conviction on charges related to the 2021 uprising.

Rhodes was convicted last November of the plot to block, by force, the peaceful transfer of power from Donald Trump to President Biden. The trial exposed Rhodes’ revolutionary rhetoric in the buildup to Jan. 6 and his disregard for the lives of members of Congress who were in danger, encapsulated in his two word message to an associate: “Fuck ‘Em.”

Rhodes and the Oath Keepers had stockpiled weapons in hotels outside Washington, D.C. They hoped that Trump would invoke the Insurrection Act, which they believed would empower them to become a legal militia force and take the fight to Trump’s enemies. In the aftermath of the violence of Jan. 6, Rhodes would tell associates that his only regret was not bringing weapons.

Coming into the hearing, the federal government was seeking a sentence of 25 years for the Oath Keepers founder, a former paratrooper and Yale Law graduate. Rhodes had sought leniency — a sentence of time served — absurdly citing the “public service” of creating the Oath Keepers.

Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/oath-keepers-stewart-rhodes-sentenced-seditious-conspiracy-1234742020/

March 27, 2023

Abortion Wins Elections The fight to make reproductive rights the centerpiece of the Democratic Part

Abortion Wins Elections The fight to make reproductive rights the centerpiece of the Democratic Party’s 2024 agenda.

he question,” New York representative Shirley Chisholm declared in 1969, “is not: can we justify abortions, but can we justify compulsory pregnancy?”

The first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, Chisholm had recently been named the first honorary co-president of NARAL. She was both frank and morally assured in the remarks she delivered to the Republican Task Force on Earth Resources and Population, asking pointedly, “What is more immoral, granting an abortion or forcing a young girl … to assume the responsibilities of an adult while she is still a child?”

Chisholm was speaking during the last period in this country’s history in which American lawmakers were facing the open and urgent question of how to expand access to abortion care via legislative means, though at the time it was not clear which party was going to lead the charge. Chisholm’s 1969 remarks survive in part because they so impressed the chair of the committee, Texas representative George H.W. Bush, that he made the unusual move of entering them into the Congressional Record, explaining that they “deserve widespread attention.”

Two years earlier, California governor Ronald Reagan had signed one of the country’s most liberal abortion laws, permitting “therapeutic” abortions in cases of rape, incest, and threat to the life of the mother. In 1970, New York decriminalized the procedure for any reason prior to the 24th week of pregnancy, and activists won similar victories in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii with support from both sides of the aisle. That same year, the first bill to legalize abortion federally was introduced to the Senate by Oregon Republican Bob Packwood, a man who would fight vociferously for abortion access until he resigned in 1995 amid allegations of serial sexual assault and harassment.

September 22, 2022

Is the justice snowball rolling downhill?

Many have speculated that once things start going bad for the orange fuck, those bad things would multiply, and fast. By all accounts, he's had a terrible week. Judge Dearie has slapped the living shit out of him and Cannon, the 11th Circuit has slapped the living shit out of Cannon, and Letitia James is having him and his family for breakfast. I just read that several GOP senators called his idea of thinking about declassifaction utterly ridiculous.

Is this the justice snowball growing in size and speed as it rolls downhill?

September 14, 2022

House hearings about the Capitol attack on Jan. 6 could resume Sept. 28, chairman says

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON – The House committee investigating the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, aims to hold another hearing Sept. 28, the panel chairman told reporters Tuesday.

But Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said after a meeting of committee members the subject of the hearing hasn't been decided and the schedule could slip. He also said the committee hasn't decided whether to invite former President Donald Trump or former Vice President Mike Pence to testify. Pence has said he would consider it, but lawmakers are leery of lengthy court battles with Trump or Pence.

"The Select Committee has developed a massive body of evidence," Thompson said in a statement Monday. "It hasn’t always been easy... because the same people who drove the former President’s pressure campaign to overturn the election are now trying to cover up the truth about Jan. 6th."

The hearing comes after research during August into several subjects, including how much members of former President Donald Trump's Cabinet discussed removing him from office, fake electors the Trump campaign organized in states President Joe Biden won, and Trump fundraising after the 2020 election.

The committee announced Sept. 1 it wants to hear from Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and conservative firebrand, about his contract with senior Trump advisers about television ads amplifying claims of election fraud in 2020.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/09/13/jan-6-hearings-capitol-attack/8011004001/

September 12, 2022

The latest: Democrats, led by Schumer, have confirmed 80 of Biden's judicial nominations

Source: Washington Post

The Senate on Monday confirmed Judge Salvador Mendoza to sit on the 9th Circuit Court, making him not only the first Latino judge to serve in the Eastern District of Washington, but also the 80th judicial nominee confirmed during the Biden administration.

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) says that more judges have been confirmed under Biden than were confirmed at this point in the Trump, Obama and George W. Bush administrations.

“It’s something we Democrats are very proud of, because the impact of these judges will last for years, if not decades,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “And we are by no means done.”

Mendoza, the child of Mexican immigrant farmworkers, was confirmed by a vote of 46-40.

Schumer said that the Senate will now move on to the nomination of Arianna J. Freeman to serve as a judge on the 3rd Circuit. Freeman, he said, will be the fourth circuit judge nominee the Senate will consider since the beginning of this work period, which started a week ago.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/09/12/biden-boston-cancer-moonshot-jfk/#link-6LJ3C4R2AFARBE7OYI26DXRXVY

That's the entire article in the fast-moving breaking news snippet page on WaPo. No more in the link.
September 9, 2022

Most Americans see Trump's MAGA as threat to democracy: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Most Americans see Trump's MAGA as threat to democracy: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Days after Democratic President Joe Biden gave a fiery speech attacking former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies as an extremist threat, a Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Wednesday found a majority of Americans believe Trump's movement is undermining democracy.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents in the two-day poll - including one in four Republicans - said Trump's "Make America Great Again" movement is threatening America's democratic foundations.

Biden's Sept. 1 speech marked a sharp turn for his efforts to boost Democrats in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, when Republicans aim to win control of the U.S. Congress. read more

Speaking in Pennsylvania, a key electoral battleground, Biden urged voters to reject Trump and extremism. Republican leaders, including House of Representatives minority leader Kevin McCarthy, responded by calling Biden divisive.

Thanks, Joe!
September 7, 2022

Here's an idea: seize Mar a Crapo in an asset forfeiture seizure ...

... as an instrument of crimes committed.

Fuck knows who has been allowed to parade in and out and take a gander at classified information.

September 7, 2022

Imagine if you were the head of the country whose information was breached ...

(re-posted from the Breaking News Thread):

... and so egregiously mishandled, and you have no idea who has seen it, who has had access to it, who might be using it right now. Imagine the panic thinking that an enemy now has information on your military capabilities and schemes, your nuclear capabilities, etc. The security of your nation is compromised.

Then imagine watching as the thief who fucked over your country is still free to keep compromising your military (because he may have made copies), and he's even free to keep having his hate rallies. He's free to keep selling your information. He's laughing because he can do whatever he wants with your country's information and no one is stopping him.

Imagine watching as America - who may even be an ally - is doing nothing about your military secrets being sold and exposed to fuck knows who all.

It's not just that other countries no longer have reason to trust us because this motherfucker exposed their secrets, it's that America evidently doesn't give a shit about your country because they are doing nothing about this.

For the sake of international relations alone, this motherfucker needs to be arrested NOW. For the sake of WORLD PEACE AND SECURITY he needs to be arrested NOW.

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