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Judge rejects Trump’s motion to dismiss E. Jean Carroll sexual assault lawsuit

Judge rejects bid to stop Jean Carroll lawsuit

A federal judge rejected former President Trump’s motion to dismiss a civil sexual assault lawsuit that a woman who has accused him of rape in the 1990s filed against him, ruling that the law that authorizes her to sue is allowed under the New York State Constitution.

Journalist, author and advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, filed her lawsuit against Trump in November after New York’s The Adult Survivors Act (ASA), which gives individuals a one-year window to file lawsuits for old sexual misconduct allegations that have passed the statute of limitations, went into effect. She previously also filed a defamation suit against Trump for calling her a liar over her claims that he raped her and for demeaning her physical appearance.

Trump’s legal team argued that the law violates the state constitution’s due process provisions and is therefore unconstitutional. They also argued that Carroll’s defamation case should be dismissed because it does not meet the necessary standard for relief.

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Michigan Electors Sue Fakes, Claiming 'Fraudulent Scheme' To Steal 2020 Election

Michigan electoral collegeThree Michigan electors are suing a slate of 16 Republicans, claiming they illegally plotted to replace “duly elected and qualified” electors to overthrow Donald Trump’s 2020 defeat in the state.

The fake electors are accused in the suit of a “fraudulent scheme to steal the election and install the losing candidate as President.” Michigan’s 16 real electoral votes were cast for Joe Biden. The fakes went for Trump.

The suit asks a judge to declare that the “fake elector scheme was illegal under Michigan law.” It “attempted to subvert the sacred right of qualified voters in Michigan, enshrined in the state Constitution, to have their votes counted,” the lawsuit states, according to the Detroit News.

Trump and his allies plotted to install fake Electoral College electors in Michigan and six other swing states that were won by Biden, according to the House Jan. 6 committee. The failed plot climaxed with the Capitol riot and is a central focus of the Justice Department’s ongoing criminal investigation.

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Two Trump companies sentenced to pay $1.6M after criminal tax fraud convictions

Trump firms sentencedTwo of former President Donald Trump's namesake companies were sentenced Friday to pay $1.6 million after last month's guilty verdicts on tax fraud charges that scarred his business empire with criminal convictions.

The Trump Corp., which was convicted of nine felonies, was sentenced to a maximum fine of $810,000. The Trump Payroll Corp., which was convicted of eight felonies, was sentenced to a maximum fine of $800,000.

The sentencing came days after former Trump chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg was sentenced to five months in jail for similar tax fraud counts and other charges. The sentence was far lower than the maximum 15-year prison term he had faced because Weisselberg pleaded guilty to all charges in August and then testified against the Trump firms in an agreement with prosecutors.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to investigate Biden classified documents

Special Counsel appointed to investigate Biden documentsAttorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel, Robert Hur, on Thursday to further review the handling of classified documents found at a former office space used by President Joe Biden and at his Wilmington, Delaware, home.

Hur is a former U.S. attorney in Maryland who will return to the government from private practice in Washington. Hur, who also served as a principal associate deputy attorney general during the Trump administration, is expected to begin work in the coming days, according to a senior Justice Department official who was not authorized to comment publicly.

  • Announcement comes hours after new details of second batch: Garland's move comes hours after the White House disclosed Thursday that a second set of classified records had been recovered in a storage space in the garage at Biden's Wilmington home.
  • Details of the first batch: The White House had announced Monday a "small number" of government records were discovered by the president's personal lawyers Nov. 2, while boxes were packed to vacate the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington. Biden had used the office after leaving office as vice president in 2017 until his presidential campaign in 2020.

Proud Boys 'took aim' at U.S. democracy, prosecutor tells Jan. 6 trial

Proud Boys took aim at US democracyU.S. prosecutors on Thursday accused leaders of the far-right Proud Boys group of plotting an assault on American democracy as one of the most high-profile trials to stem from the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack got underway.

In an opening argument, federal prosecutor Jason McCullough told jurors that Proud Boys chairman Henry "Enrique" Tarrio and four other leaders engaged in sedition by using force to try to keep Donald Trump in office after he lost the 2020 presidential election.

"On January 6, they took aim at the heart of our democracy," McCullough told jurors.

The case marks the third time that the Justice Department has charged members of extremist groups with the rarely prosecuted crime of seditious conspiracy, after Trump supporters invaded the Capitol in a failed bid to prevent lawmakers from certifying his November 2020 election loss to Biden.

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Trump campaign officials got subpoena asking new questions about Jan. 6

Jan 6A wide-ranging subpoena sent to Trump campaign officials last month shows new areas of investigative interest as part of the Justice Department’s extensive Jan. 6 criminal probe, according to a copy reviewed by The Washington Post, and lawyers say a grand jury focused on the day’s events and related fundraising has increased its activities in recent months.

A wide-ranging subpoena sent to Trump campaign officials last month shows new areas of investigative interest as part of the Justice Department’s extensive Jan. 6 criminal probe, according to a copy reviewed by The Washington Post, and lawyers say a grand jury focused on the day’s events and related fundraising has increased its activities in recent months.

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Lawyers who enabled Trump in election plot face heightened risk of charges

Trump election fraud lawyersFour lawyers who gave Donald Trump erroneous legal advice that aided his drive to overturn the 2020 US election now face heightened prospects of criminal charges after a House panel released an exhaustive report on the January 6 insurrection, and referred the lawyers for possible prosecution to the justice department, say ex-federal prosecutors.

John Eastman, Jeff Clark, Rudy Giuliani and Kenneth Chesebro played overlapping roles, offering Trump bogus legal cover that included promoting a fake electors ploy to replace electors Joe Biden won with ones for Trump, in an effort to block Congress from certifying Biden on 6 January.

The lawyers’ actions and schemes were cited in an 845-page report last month by the House select committee investigating the events of 6 January, and in the referrals to the justice department, for giving various types of legal support to Trump that enabled parts of his attempted coup.

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