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Biden celebrates ‘important milestone’ after Senate confirms his 150th federal judge

Biden celebrates judge appointments

President Biden on Tuesday took a victory lap after the Senate confirmed his 150th judicial nominee since he took office, a significant milestone as the White House seeks to put its stamp on the judiciary.

Biden in a statement called it “one of the great responsibilities” for a president to appoint federal judges.

“They oversee cases in which workers fight for safe conditions. They ensure trials are fair and efficient, helping our criminal justice system function. And they issue rulings on fundamental rights — from the right to vote to women’s reproductive rights,” Biden said.

“Today, we reached an important milestone — the confirmation of 150 life-tenured federal judges since I took office,” he added.

Special counsel says Trump's attempts to dismiss federal election case "are meritless"

Jack Smith Special counsel Jack Smith is rebutting attempts by former President Donald Trump to have the election-related indictment against him dismissed in Washington, D.C., according to court filings docketed Monday.

"No other president has engaged in conspiracy and obstruction to overturn valid election results and illegitimately retain power," prosecutors wrote in a nearly 80-page document. "The indictment squarely charges the defendant for this conduct, and the defendant's constitutional and statutory challenges to it are meritless."

The special counsel was responding to a set of motions by Trump's legal team asking federal Judge Tanya Chutkan to dismiss the four federal charges filed against the former president in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. Those charges included conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to obstruct Congress' certification of President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory.Trump pleaded not guilty to all charges and denied wrongdoing while characterizing the case as politically motivated.

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5 memorable moments from Trump’s chaotic testimony in NY fraud trial

Trump infant on standThe highly anticipated testimony of former President Trump in his New York civil fraud trial Monday heaved chaotically between defending his business practices and decrying those involved in the case as politically motivated “Trump haters.”

Months of bubbling tensions between Trump and New York Judge Arthur Engoron reached a boiling point in the courtroom almost as soon as the real estate mogul took the witness stand, with the judge at one point asking Trump’s lawyer to control his client.

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Donald Trump Takes The Stand In New York Civil Case Alleging Financial Fraud

Trump on witness standThe judge presiding over the civil fraud trial of Donald Trump admonished him to keep his answers concise, reminding him and the courtroom that “this is not a political rally” as the former president and leading Republican president candidate began testifying in a lawsuit accusing him of dramatically inflating his net worth.

“We don’t have time to waste. We have one day to do this,” an exasperated Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engeron said at one point. At another, he said, “In addition to the answers being non-responsive, they’re repetitive.”

Trump’s turn on the witness stand, in a case that cuts to the heart of the business brand he spent decades crafting, represents a remarkable convergence of his legal troubles and his political ventures at a time when he also faces criminal indictments while vying to reclaim the White House in 2024.

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Trump family on trial: five takeaways from a week in the New York fraud case

Eric Trump testifiesThe fifth week of the New York fraud trial of Donald Trump ended smack in the middle of a family affair and with another gag order for the combative Trump team.

Trump’s elder sons, Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump, took the witness stand in New York this week and testified they had little knowledge about the financial statements at the center of the case. Next week, Donald Trump is expected to take the stand on Monday, followed by daughter Ivanka Trump on Wednesday.

The New York attorney general’s office has been building its case that Trump, his adult sons and executives at the Trump Organization knowingly inflated the value of assets to boost the former president’s net worth when brokering deals. Judge Arthur Engoron ruled before the trial started that documents prove the family had fudged financial statements to do this. The trial has been about whether Trump will have to pay a fine of at least $250m for committing fraud.

It’s getting closer to the end. The attorney general’s office plans to rest its case against Trump after the family finishes testifying.

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Judge finds Eastman culpable for ethics breaches in 2020 bid to keep Trump in power

Judge finds Eastman guilty of ethics breachesA California judge made a “preliminary finding” Thursday that attorney John Eastman breached professional ethics when he aided Donald Trump’s bid to overturn the 2020 election, a significant milestone in the lengthy proceedings over whether Eastman should lose his license to practice law.

Eastman said Thursday that the extensive disbarment proceedings — which delved deeply into his allegations of election fraud and irregularities, as well as his fringe theories about the vice president’s power to unilaterally choose the winner of the presidential election — had strengthened his belief that the 2020 election was tainted. Now, state bar officials are preparing to present “aggravation” evidence aimed at justifying their call to strip Eastman, a veteran conservative attorney who once clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, of his law license.

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Judge in New York fraud trial extends gag order to Trump’s legal team

Judge extends gag order to  Trump attorneys

The judge overseeing Donald Trump’s $250m fraud trial moved to gag Trump’s lawyers from talking about “confidential communications” between the judge and his staff on Friday.

Judge Arthur Engoron has already fined Trump $15,000 for attacking his clerk on social media and threatened to jail the former president if the attacks continue.

“Failure to abide by this directive shall result in serious sanctions,” warned Engoron.

Engoron revealed that his chambers had been bombarded with threats since the trial began and warned that he would not allow the attacks on his staff to continue.

“The threat of, and actual, violence resulting from heated political rhetoric is well-documented,” Engoron wrote.

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