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Trump loses another delay attempt for hush money trial, this time over pre-trial publicity

Trump loses final bid to delay trialIn Trump's latest failed bid, he pointed to a private survey indicating that 93% of residents in Manhattan have seen media related to at least one of the criminal investigations he faces. Trump also said a recent documentary about adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who received the hush money payment, jeopardized his ability to get a fair trial.

Daniels' "ongoing publicity tour relating to the documentary has included egregious efforts to prejudice the jury pool while seeking to enrich herself," Trump's legal team argued in a court filing.

However, Merchan said Friday that the proper way to assuage Trump's concerns about pre-trial publicity is to have a thorough and thoughtful jury selection process.

"Indeed, this remedy is supported by the results of Defendant's own Survey which indicates that 70% of New Yorkers could 'definitely or probably' be fair and impartial," Merchan wrote in his decision.

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Third South Dakota tribal nation bans Noem from reservation

Third tribe bars Noem

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has become the third tribal nation to ban South Dakota Kristi Noem (R) from its reservation land.

On Wednesday, the Standing Rock Tribal Council voted to ban Noem from its land for “racially charged” comments she made at town halls events alleging that some tribal leaders are “personally benefitting” from Mexican drug cartel activity on reservations, the South Dakota Searchlight reported.

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‘Are you serious?’: Trump Jan. 6 trial judge shreds rioter who stormed Capitol with mom, rejects ‘hostage’ label at sentencing

Judge ChutkhanU.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan — the same judge overseeing Donald Trump‘s pending election subversion trial — asked quite the incredulous question at the sentencing hearing this week of Antony Vo, an Indiana man convicted of storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 with his mother.

“Are you serious?” she asked.

The judge’s apparent frustration, she would later explain, came because Vo had “doubled down” on his remorselessness about his conduct even as he and his attorney sought leniency.

Vo was found guilty last September on four charges including entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, violent entry or disorderly conduct in a Capitol building or grounds and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

Chutkan ultimately sentenced him to nine months in prison.

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Trump’s latest attempt to delay hush money trial denied by NY appeals court

Trump loses last appeal oto delay trialA New York appeals court on Wednesday declined another bid by former President Trump to delay his hush money trial for the third time this week.

The former president’s lawyers took aim at three rulings by Judge Juan Merchan: refusing to recuse, not delaying the trial until the Supreme Court rules on Trump’s presidential immunity claim, and requiring Trump to seek permission before filing new motions before trial.

Trump is using a maneuver under New York state law, known as an Article 78 proceeding, that involves suing the judge over their decisions.

The filings were placed under seal and are not publicly available. The Hill has requested comment from Trump’s lawyers.

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Bill Barr blasts Trump for call to kill FISA: ‘Crazy and reckless’

William BarrFormer Attorney General Bill Barr on Wednesday denounced former President Trump’s exhortation for Congress to kill the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) as “crazy and reckless” and warned there will be “blood on people’s hands” if the intelligence community’s surveillance authority expires and there’s a terrorist attack on the United States.

Barr, who served in Trump’s Cabinet in 2019 and 2020, noted that Trump at one time supported the expanded surveillance powers authorized under Section 702 of FISA and warned that political “posturing” against extending that authority would be dangerous to national security.

“I think it’s crazy and reckless to not move forward with FISA. It’s our principal tool protecting us from terrorist attacks. We’re living through a time where those threats have never been higher, so it’s blinding us, it’s blinding our allies,” Barr told The Hill in an interview.

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Ex-Trump executive Allen Weisselberg begins Rikers Island jail sentence after perjury plea

Allen WeisselbergDonald Trump’s former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg is returning to jail after pleading guilty to perjury over testimony he gave during a sprawling fraud case targeting the former president’s real estate empire.

Entering a Manhattan criminal courtroom on Wednesday in a dark jacket and blue face mask, Weisselberg was sentenced to five months in prison, weeks after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors to admit that he lied to investigators and a judge probing the former president’s real estate empire.

He spent 100 days at the notorious New York jail last year after he was convicted on a range of tax crimes in a separate case stemming from a sweeping criminal investigation into Mr Trump’s business.

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Some Jan. 6 rioters win early release, even before key Supreme Court ruling

Some Jan 6 rioters being releasedFederal judges have begun ordering the early release pending appeal of Jan. 6 defendants who challenged their sentences even though the Supreme Court is a week away from hearing arguments on whether a key charge brought against them is legally sound.

A Delaware man who carried a Confederate flag into the Capitol will be let go one year into his three-year term. An Ohio man who overran police lines and became one of the first rioters to enter the Capitol will be set free six months into a 19-month term. And a man who entered the just-evacuated Senate chamber with a Trump flag as a cape was released after serving five months of a 14-month term.

If the Supreme Court ultimately determines the charge they faced was legitimate, they and others who are released early pending appeal could be ordered to return to prison — but that is not a certainty.

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