Happy Hour is just a little earlier today. God I love day drinking.
Former president Donald Trump pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he plotted to overturn the 2020 election in the runup to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump appeared for his arraignment in a federal courthouse in Washington, just blocks away from where his supporters stormed the Capitol to try to keep him in power. A grand jury indicted Trump on four felony counts, including conspiracy to defraud the nation, brought by special counsel Jack Smith.
Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya asked former president Donald Trump to state his full name. Trump stood and started to head toward the podium, but the judge told him he just needed to be the microphone. “Donald J. Trump, John,” said Trump, and later added he is 77 years old. Upadhyaya asked if he had taken any medications that would make it difficult for him to understand today’s proceedings. “No, I have not,” Trump replied.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, the federal judge assigned to the election fraud case against former President Donald Trump has stood out as one of the toughest punishers of rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attack fueled by Trump’s baseless claims of a stolen election
Following Tuesday’s indictment of Donald Trump, Washington, DC, metro police said they are working with federal law enforcement partners to plan for the former president’s initial court appearance on Thursday. “The Metropolitan Police Department is working closely with our federal law enforcement partners to monitor the situation and plan accordingly to ensure the safety of DC residents and visitors,” the department said.
“MPD encourages the public to remain vigilant, if you see something, say something. Please report suspicious activity by calling 911.” The federal courthouse, where Trump is scheduled to appear for his initial hearing Thursday — unless the hearing is held virtually — is several blocks from the US Capitol. Multiple law enforcement agencies operate in the area, including National Park Police, Capitol Police, DC police and the US Marshals Service.
Members of the Proud Boys have been ordered to pay the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church $1.03 million for vandalizing and burning a “Black Lives Matter” sign in 2020 during protests in Washington , DC .
On Saturday, Washington, D.C., judge Neal Kravitz ordered leaders of the Proud Boys to pay more than $1 million in damages to the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. The judgment resulted from a lawsuit filed against named and unnamed members of the extremist street gang by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on behalf of the church.
The judge issued a default judgment, since none of the defendants in the action appeared in court. Several are currently incarcerated, having been found guilty for their roles in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
The Proud Boys is a white supremacist group that aligns itself with former President Donald Trump. The organization was formed in 2016 during Trump’s first presidential election.
The senior pastor of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. William Lamar IV, praised the decision in a statement.
“Our church is rooted in the theological vision that humankind is one family. Institutions like ours must continue to lead the way toward a new narrative and white supremacist institutions must be an erased element,” he said.
Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, was asked for his response as one of the most high-profile gay officials in the Biden administration about an ad posted yesterday from Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign that spliced the Florida governor in between pictures of shirtless men while trying to paint Donald Trump as more LGBTQ-friendly.
I’m going to choose my words carefully, partly because I’m appearing as secretary, so I can’t talk about campaigns and I’m going to leave aside the strangeness of trying to prove your manhood by putting up a video that splices images of you in between oiled-up shirtless bodybuilders.
Who are you trying to help? Who are you trying to make better off and what public policies do you get up in the morning thinking about how to solve?”
Excellent shade from Pete. Saying he’s going to leave aside the homoerotic nature of the DeSantis ad, which actually puts it front and center. He’s a brilliant master of the sly response.
Can we make Pete the permanent spokesperson for the Democratic Party please?
Buttigieg on DeSantis video: I'm going to leave aside the strangeness of trying to prove your manhood by putting up a video that splices images of you in between oiled up shirtless body builders.. pic.twitter.com/fbDpoEBrg7
DeSantis War Room on Twitter captioned the anti-LGBTQ+ themed advertisement, “To wrap up ‘Pride Month,’ let’s hear from the politician who did more than any other Republican to celebrate it…” The video features remarks from the former president Trump indicating support for LGBTQ+ rights, including for allowing transgender people to use the restrooms that correspond with their gender identity, while highlighting DeSantis’ opposition to LGBTQ+ rights.
Caitlyn Jenner accused DeSantis’ campaign of using “horribly divisive tactics!”
“DeSantis has hit a new low,” Jenner wrote on Twitter. (And if anyone would know.)
You can watch the DeSantis ad below.
To wrap up “Pride Month,” let’s hear from the politician who did more than any other Republican to celebrate it…
What we know: • Court appearance takes place at 3 pm ET in Miami • Expected to plead not guilty to 37 counts • Will voluntarily turn himself in before that • Will be fingerprinted digitally • Mugshot will likely not made public • Will not be handcuffed.
Via NBC News:
Amid heightened security and anticipated protests, former President Donald Trump is set to appear Tuesday in federal court in Miami to face charges he misled investigators and mishandled the country’s secrets.
Trump, 76, is scheduled to appear before a magistrate judge at 3 p.m. ET, when he’ll be arraigned alongside his co-defendant and aide, Walt Nauta, 40.
He’s not expected to make any public comments at the courthouse, and he is scheduled to deliver remarks at his estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Tuesday night. The event had originally been planned as a private fundraiser for his 77th birthday, which is Wednesday.
A transcript of the hearing will be released, likely soon after the hearing.
Last birthday as a free man, or just last birthday. I’m not picky.
Charges include: conspiracy, false statements, obstruction of justice, and illegally retaining classified documents under the Espionage Act.
Last night Donald Trump stated he has been indicted on federal charges in Mar-a-Lago case and has to report to courthouse in Miami on Tuesday. This has been confirmed — the first time in history a former president has been indicted on federal charges. Trump was indicted earlier this year in NY in the hush-money payment case.
Former President Donald Trump says he has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Florida – the second indictment he has been handed in recent months. ABC News confirmed the indictment, citing sources. Trump has been a target in a federal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified documents, with special counsel Jack Smith using a second grand jury in Miami to gather new evidence.
The developments came after a period of escalating activity in the federal criminal probe, which has focused on Trump having dozens of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort after he left the White House. The investigation has focused not only on the possession of classified documents, including at the top-secret level, but also on the refusal of Trump to return the records when asked, and on possible obstruction.
Minutes after he announced he’d been indicted on Truth Social, Trump sent out a fundraising appeal citing the charges and released the following video .
I AM AN INNOCENT MAN. THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS TOTALLY CORRUPT. THIS IS ELECTION INTERFERENCE & A CONTINUATION OF THE GREATEST WITCH HUNT OF ALL TIME. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!! pic.twitter.com/kQxMDBBLTM
“Donald Trump is still Donald Trump. CNN’s decision to give him an unfiltered prime-time platform was a callback to the 2016 campaign, even as the moderator, Kaitlan Collins, persistently interjected to try to cut him off or correct him. If viewers were expecting Mr. Trump to have moved on from his falsehood that the 2020 election was stolen from him, he demonstrated once again, right out of the gate, that he very much hasn’t.
Mr. Trump later said he was “inclined” to pardon “many” of the rioters arrested on Jan. 6, 2021, after the attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob during certification of President Biden’s Electoral College win. His avoidance of an unequivocal promise pleased people close to him. “A beautiful day,” he said of Jan. 6.
The audience’s regular interruptions on behalf of Mr. Trump were like a laugh track on a sitcom. It built momentum for him in the room — and onscreen for the television audience — and stifled Ms. Collins as she repeatedly tried to interrupt him with facts and correctives.”
In the end Donald Trump refused to acknowledge he lost the last election. He said he’d pardon rioters at the U.S. Capitol. He condoned sexual assault and smeared a victim. He wouldn’t rule out restoring a policy of separating immigrant families at the border or say if he wanted Ukraine to defeat Russia. He countenanced defaulting on the national debt. And he dodged repeated questions on abortion.
CNN argued that as the 2024 GOP frontrunner Trump was newsworthy, but ahead of the town hall . But many were angered by CNN’s misstep and that became evident when .
Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fl., battled with CNN commentators and hosts Anderson Cooper, Van Jones and Alyssa Farah Griffin after the network aired a live town hall.
“Town halls are for the voters, not for the press or the person who is the moderator,” Donalds said, slamming CNN host Kaitlan Collins for imposing her own views on the public during Wednesday night’s town hall featuring Trump.
Donalds’ wife, Erika Donalds, defended him on Twitter after his appearance on CNN Wednesday.
“So proud of my husband on CNN tonight, interjecting large doses of TRUTH in the middle of their ridiculous biases and rude interruptions.”
The American people aren't speaking about the 2020 election, a liable case after 25+ years, or January 6th.
They are talking about the price of gas/groceries, fentanyl killing Americans 18-45, crime in the streets, & the fear of WWIII.
Has the 5ft 9′, histrionic, loudmouth, Ohio GOP House Rep with the Napoleon Complex met his match?
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Tuesday sued GOP Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio in an extraordinary step intended to keep congressional Republicans from interfering in the office’s criminal case against former President Donald J. Trump.
Lawyers for Mr. Bragg are seeking to bar Mr. Jordan and his congressional allies from enforcing a subpoena sent to Mark F. Pomerantz, who was NY’s former district attorney’ who investigated Trump who decided not to seek an indictment of Trump at that time.
Last month, Mr. Jordan, in his role as the House Judiciary Committee chairman, sent a letter with two Republican colleagues that demanded the district attorney’s office provide communications, documents and testimony about Mr. Bragg’s investigation of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Bragg’s office has accused House Republicans of illegally meddling in a criminal investigation and prosecution without a legitimate purpose. Republicans have fired back that they have oversight powers in relation to Mr. Bragg’s unprecedented step of indicting a former president — one who is also a current candidate for political office.
Mr. Jordan’s committee announced on Monday that it plans to hold a “field hearing” in New York City on April 17th.
A a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office characterized the hearing as a “political stunt”