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Jan. 6 defendant who sprayed line of police sentenced after tearful apology

Jan.6 defendant sentenced to 68 months

A Jan. 6 defendant who sprayed a chemical irritant at about 15 police officers — and later bragged about it in a video interview — was sentenced Wednesday to 68 months in prison. This is one of the stiffest Jan. 6 sentences handed down to date.

Daniel Caldwell, a 51-year-old Marine Corps veteran, delivered a tearful apology in court to the officers he sprayed, expressing remorse for his actions that day and pleading with U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly for mercy.

But Kollar-Kotelly repeatedly described Caldwell as an “insurrectionist” and noted that his deployment of chemical spray at officers created such an intense cloud that it nearly broke the depleted police line by itself. Though no officers directly attributed their injuries that day to Caldwell’s actions, Kollar-Kotelly said his actions undoubtedly contributed to their physical and psychological trauma.

“You’re entitled to your political views but not to an insurrection,” the judge said. “You were an insurrectionist.”

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Hunter Biden attorneys call for criminal probes into figures involved in disseminating laptop contents

Hunter Biden

Lawyers for Hunter Biden are requesting that federal and state investigators look into those who accessed and spread his personal data from his stolen laptop, including Rudy Giuliani and a number of allies of former President Trump, in a series of letters sent Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

The letters to the attorney general of Delaware, the Department of Justice and the IRS allege that a number of right-wing figures trafficked the information that was stolen from Hunter Biden’s laptop and used it to weaponize attacks against him and his family.

It is the first time Hunter Biden’s legal team has publicly acknowledged that it was his personal data that was found on an abandoned laptop at a Delaware repair shop. The offensive against his agitators mark a new strategy in Hunter Biden’s legal maneuvers as House Republicans have teed up their investigations into the president’s son.

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White House bids farewell to Klain, as Zients officially slips into chief role

WH bids farewell to Klain

President Biden on Wednesday hosted an official transition event to kick off Jeff Zients’ role as chief of staff and to thank former chief of staff Ron Klain for his service since the beginning of the Biden administration.

Klain, at the event, gave a going away nod to Biden’s re-election campaign, which has not formally been announced.

“I look forward to being on your side when you run for president in 2024,” he said to applause from the dozens of White House aides at the event.

Klain rattled off work out of the White House over the last two years. Not bad, he said, for a 2020 presidential candidate who was “written off for dead.”

“It is never a good bet to bet against Joe Biden and this team,” he said, getting emotional.

FBI finds no classified papers in search of Biden’s Delaware beach home

No doc found at Biden's beach homeThe FBI found no classified-marked documents during a planned search of Joe Biden’s vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Wednesday, a person familiar with the matter said, as federal investigators continued to look into the potential mishandling of classified information.

The search was consensual and performed with the cooperation of Biden and his legal team, who previously searched the property and found no marked documents.

The FBI took some materials and handwritten notes from Biden’s time as vice-president.

In a statement earlier on potential mishandling of classified information.Wednesday announcing the search, Biden’s personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, said: “Today, with the president’s full support and cooperation, the Department of Justice is conducting a planned search of his home in Rehoboth, Delaware.

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Arizona's Secretary Of State Says Kari Lake's Tweet Broke State Law

Kari Lake

Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes (D) on Monday requested an investigation and “appropriate enforcement action” against Kari Lake, the defeated election-denying Republican gubernatorial candidate, over a tweet that allegedly violates state law.

In a letter addressed to the state’s attorney general, Kris Mayes (D), Fontes argues that Lake’s post from Jan. 23, in which she falsely claims nearly 40,000 ballots were “illegally counted,” referencing an illustration with 16 voter signatures, violates a subsection of Arizona law.

“The protections afforded by this subsection prohibit posting any information derived from voter registration forms or precinct registers to the internet, and under no circumstance may a person other than the voter or an statutorily authorized person reproduce a voter’s signature,” Fontes writes in the letter, cited by MSNBC.

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Nikki Haley to launch 2024 presidential bid in Charleston on Feb. 15, taking on Trump: sources

Nikki Haley t o announce run for presidecyFormer South Carolina governor Nikki Haley will formally launch her 2024 presidential run on Feb. 15, becoming the first Republican to jump into the field to challenge Donald Trump, according to multiple sources familiar with her plans.

Haley has teased her presidential run for weeks, including a tweeted video this week in which she said: "It's time for a new generation to lead."

Aides are putting together a Feb. 15 announcement event in Charleston, S.C., according to three sources familiar with her plans who spoke to USA TODAY on condition of anonymity.

Teasing her announcement on Twitter, Haley said: "My family and I have a big announcement to share with you on February 15th! And yes, it’s definitely going to be a Great Day in South Carolina!"

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Trump-DeSantis rivalry approaches boiling point

Trump v DiSantis

The long-simmering tensions between former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are nearing a boiling point amid signs that DeSantis and his team are actively moving toward a 2024 presidential run.

DeSantis’s national ambitions have long irked Trump, who sees himself as the Florida governor’s political benefactor and the GOP’s presumptive 2024 nominee. But Trump’s frustration became more apparent over the weekend, when he called out DeSantis during his first major campaign swing.

“If he runs, that’s fine. I’m way up in the polls. He’s going to have to do what he wants to do, but he may run,” Trump told The Associated Press in an interview after a campaign appearance in South Carolina on Saturday. “I do think it would be a great act of disloyalty because, you know, I got him in. He had no chance. His political life was over.”

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