donald trump – Atos Victims Group http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 21:14:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png donald trump – Atos Victims Group http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/ 32 32 Trump knew he lost election despite being ‘stolen’ from him, Jan 6 investigators say https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/trump-knew-he-lost-election-despite-being-stolen-from-him-jan-6-investigators-say/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 21:14:01 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/trump-knew-he-lost-election-despite-being-stolen-from-him-jan-6-investigators-say/ Donald Trump was well aware that he had lost the 2020 presidential election, despite mobilizing his supporters across the country through his repeated insistence that the election be ‘stolen’ from him, according to the investigation. House committee on the January 6 assault on the Capitol. the explosive court record is seeking documents from attorney John […]]]>

Donald Trump was well aware that he had lost the 2020 presidential election, despite mobilizing his supporters across the country through his repeated insistence that the election be ‘stolen’ from him, according to the investigation. House committee on the January 6 assault on the Capitol.

the explosive court record is seeking documents from attorney John Eastman, a Trump ally widely credited with helping him form his legal basis to overturn the 2020 election results, who the committee says is refusing to comply with a subpoena to appear on unsubstantiated grounds of client-attorney privilege.

This is the first time the panel has argued that Trump and his team “engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” largely on the basis that Trump knew he had, in fact, lost the elections.

Not only was the former US president told “in fairly candid terms” by pundits that he would lose the election shortly after the polls closed, but his allies at the time, including the former prosecutor General William Barr before his resignation, Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, along with various campaign staff, senior advisers and election experts, all told him at various times over the coming weeks that there was no evidence to support his allegation of voter fraud, officials said.

All of his losses in more than 60 trials in seven states, in which he and his team took their voter fraud charges to court, supported the claim that he was aware of his loss, the documents show.

Trump, however, continued to falsely insist that he “won the election by a landslide”, – words that court documents described as an effort to share “dangerous misinformation with the public. “.

In fact, he “began laying the groundwork to cast doubt on the results” even before the election was held.

Here’s why the authorities say it matters:

A potential criminal case against Trump

For the first time, the House committee outlined what could eventually become the basis of a criminal case against Trump — that his continued insistence on winning the 2020 election while being aware he had lost was not not just stubbornness or ignorance, but “a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” the filing reads.

The claim, however, may prove difficult to sustain in court, according to a New York Times To analyse.

A disinformation campaign

The court filing argues that in response to evidence that he did not in fact win the 2020 presidential election, Trump and his team began “extrajudicial efforts to overturn the election results,” which consisted primarily of “aggressive public disinformation”. campaign to persuade millions of Americans that the election had in fact been stolen,” which included advertisements containing false information, according to the report.

“About seventy percent of Republicans think the last election was stolen from Trump. It’s a…lie that has the same functional role of mobilizing and radicalizing people,” Thomas Homer-Dixon, executive director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University, told Inside Edition Digital.

Homer-Dixon is one of the world’s foremost experts on global security threats and has observed potential threats to American democracy for several decades.

Homer-Dixon’s sentiment was echoed by the House committee, which found that “the violent rioters who attacked police, violated the Capitol, and obstructed and obstructed the electoral vote were instigated by the fraudulent campaign of President Trump to persuade the American people that the election was on.” fact stolen,” the court filing reads.

It also led people to “plan for violence,” including traveling to Washington, DC, hoarding weapons and planting pipe bombs, the document said.

An attempt to bribe

In early January 2021, Trump and his team contacted various state officials, sharing “unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud”, asking them to “disregard popular election results” and urging them to “‘decertify’ election results in their states,” the document detailed.

One such conversation included a famous conversation with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, asking him to “find 11,780 votes” for Trump for president.

The panel also claims Trump and his team attempted to bribe the Justice Department, attempting to elevate his political appointee to acting attorney general, knowing he was supporting the false idea that the election results were incorrect. .

Additionally, in the days leading up to Jan. 6, before the actual day, Trump aggressively attempted to “order, direct, or pressure” Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count. votes or cast out voters before he and his team make Pence the center. of Trump’s loss as crowds flooded the US Capitol building, the document said.

Trump’s role on January 6

The House committee’s latest report also alleges various actions Trump took while the assault on the Capitol was underway.

As rioters stormed the building Pence and other House Representatives were in, Trump tweeted, “Mike Pence didn’t have the guts to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution… The United States demands the truth!”

Investigators found that rioters “reacted to this tweet, leading to further violence on Capitol Hill,” including demands “that the vice president be hanged,” according to the document.

Trump largely ignored calls for rioters to stop the siege that afternoon, until hours later when he posted a video in which he said: “[w]I love you, you are very special,” and later tweeting, “These are the things and events that happen when a landslide sacred election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped of great patriots.

The report adds that the attack left several dead, hundreds injured and widespread trauma among government workers, members of Congress and the press.

The House committee’s investigation into the day’s events continues.

Meanwhile, Trump’s allies are scattering

As the House committee’s investigation continues and allies like Eastman come under fire, those once close to Trump, like former attorney general William Barr, appear to have distanced themselves from their former political ally.

In an excerpt from his forthcoming memoir, published by the the wall street journalthe Republican attorney recounted the moment he told Trump there had been no voter fraud and that he would not serve a second term.

The excerpt read: “’You must hate Trump. You would only do this if you hate Trump. “No, Mr. President, I don’t hate you,” I said. “You know I sacrificed a lot personally to come and help you when I thought you were being wronged.” The president nodded, almost involuntarily conceding the point. “But over the weekend you started blaming the department for your legal team’s inability to find evidence of fraud. The department is not an extension of your legal team. Our mission is to investigate and prosecute real fraud. The thing is, we’ve looked at the main claims of your people, and they’re *** bulls. ‘”

Critics, however, said Barr’s upcoming memoir from his tenure as attorney general under former President George HW Bush and Trump may sanitize the truth about what may have happened.

An article published on MSNBC said that in light of numerous previous instances of Barr having sided with Trump’s election conspiracy theories, his recollection of his support for a peaceful transition of power was a way for Barr to “rehabilitate his image”, while another article published by The Guardian stated that various controversies were not acknowledged at all in his memoir.

And after?

Homer-Dixon told Inside Edition Digital that if Trump runs for president again, he has a real chance of winning, which would hurt democracy in the United States.

Homer-Dixon said Trump’s likely goals in a second term are driven by “vindication and revenge” and that a second Trump administration could prove far more destabilizing than the first. “He’s administratively incompetent, but people have consistently underestimated his charismatic ability, his demagogic ability,” Homer-Dixon said. “He has this ability to emotionally connect with his followers in an absolutely vivid and direct way.”

An even bigger problem, however, would be if there were any doubts about the identity of the winner again, as Trump and his team tried to start casting after the 2020 presidential election.

“Major violence is only more likely if the next elections are contested; [if] you don’t know who won and the team that ultimately loses doesn’t accept the result,” he said.

Assuming the most extreme possible outcome, he said: “Maybe the army is splitting along partisan lines and different parts of the army are aligning themselves at different sites. It is a very dangerous situation.

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Prosecutors leading Trump fraud investigation in New York resign https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/prosecutors-leading-trump-fraud-investigation-in-new-york-resign/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 19:31:07 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/prosecutors-leading-trump-fraud-investigation-in-new-york-resign/ Mazars said he did not, “as a whole,” find any material discrepancies between the information provided by the Trump Organization and the actual value of Mr. Trump’s assets. But given what he called “the totality of the circumstances” – including his internal investigation and Ms James’ court documents – Mazars asked the company to inform […]]]>

Mazars said he did not, “as a whole,” find any material discrepancies between the information provided by the Trump Organization and the actual value of Mr. Trump’s assets.

But given what he called “the totality of the circumstances” – including his internal investigation and Ms James’ court documents – Mazars asked the company to inform anyone who received the statements that they “should not be invoked”.

Even with Mazars recanting, a criminal case would likely be difficult to prove. The documents, known as statements of financial position, contain a number of disclaimers, including acknowledgments that Mr Trump’s accountants had not audited or authenticated his claims.

And prosecutors would have to show that Mr. Trump’s penchant for hyperbole has crossed the line of criminality, a tall order when it comes to something as subjective as property values. A case like this could hinge on the testimony of a Trump insider, but prosecutors have not persuaded Mr. Weisselberg to cooperate with the investigation, depriving them of the type of insider witness whose testimony may be crucial to complicated white collar criminal trials.

Another challenge is that Mr. Trump’s lenders might not appear to a jury as sympathetic victims. Lenders, who have earned Mr. Trump millions of dollars in interest, have made their own appraisals of his assets.

Still, prosecutors had moved on.

In the fall, Mr. Vance convened what is called a special grand jury, a panel of 23 randomly selected Manhattanites, to hear complex cases like the one involving Mr. Trump. Over the months, jurors were expected to reconvene to hear witness testimony and consider other evidence presented by prosecutors.

Special grand juries last six months, and at the end of these presentations, prosecutors typically order jurors to vote on whether there is “reasonable cause” to believe the person might be guilty. While it’s not a foregone conclusion that a grand jury will indict the target of an investigation, these panels routinely vote to bring the charges prosecutors seek.

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Fringe agenda to reverse 2020 election divides Wisconsin GOP https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/fringe-agenda-to-reverse-2020-election-divides-wisconsin-gop/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 20:58:37 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/fringe-agenda-to-reverse-2020-election-divides-wisconsin-gop/ MADISON, Wis. – First, Wisconsin Republicans ordered an audit of the 2020 elections. Then they adopted a series of new restrictions on voting. And in June, they authorized the only special counsel investigation in the country in 2020. Now, more than 15 months after former President Donald J. Trump lost the state by 20,682 votes, […]]]>

MADISON, Wis. – First, Wisconsin Republicans ordered an audit of the 2020 elections. Then they adopted a series of new restrictions on voting. And in June, they authorized the only special counsel investigation in the country in 2020.

Now, more than 15 months after former President Donald J. Trump lost the state by 20,682 votes, an increasingly vocal segment of the Republican Party supports a new plan: to decertify the results of the presidential election of 2020 in hopes of reinstalling Mr. Trump in the White House.

Wisconsin is closer to the next federal election than the last, but the Republican effort to overturn the election results here is gaining momentum rather than fading — and drifting away from reality as it goes. measure. The latest twist, which has been fueled by Mr. Trump, false legal theories and a new gubernatorial candidate, is creating chaos within the Republican Party and threatening to undermine its efforts to win this year’s contests for governor and the Senate.

The situation in Wisconsin is perhaps the starkest example of Republican leaders struggling to hold their party together when many of its most spirited voters simply won’t come to terms with the reality of Mr. Trump’s loss.

In Wisconsin, Robin Vos, the Speaker of the Assembly who allowed vague fraud theories to spread unchecked, is now struggling to contain them. Even Mr. Vos’s cautious attempts have turned Holocaust deniers strongly against him.

“It’s a real problem,” said Timothy Ramthun, the Republican state representative who has turned his drive to decertify the election into a budding gubernatorial campaign. Mr. Ramthun claimed that if the Wisconsin legislature decertifies the results and voids the state’s 10 electoral votes — an action with no basis in state or federal law — it could spark a move that would oust President Biden from office. its functions.

“We don’t wear tinfoil hats,” he said. “We are not marginal.”

While support for the decertification campaign is difficult to measure, it wouldn’t take much to have an impact in a state where elections are routinely decided by narrow margins. Mr. Ramthun draws crowds and his campaign has already reignited Republicans’ contentious debate over false fraud claims in 2020. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans in Wisconsin were not confident in the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to an October poll from the Marquette University School of Law in Milwaukee.

“That’s just not what the Republican Party needs right now,” said Rob Swearingen, a Republican state representative from conservative Northwoods. “We shouldn’t be fighting amongst ourselves about what happened, you know, a year and a half ago.”

Wisconsin has the most active decertification effort in the nation. In Arizona, a Republican state legislator running for secretary of state, as well as congressional candidates, have called for a recall of the state’s electoral votes. In September, Mr. Trump wrote a letter to Georgian officials asking them to decertify Mr. Biden’s victory there, but no organized effort materialized.

In Wisconsin, the decertification push has upended Republican politics. After more than a decade of Republican leaders marching in step with their base, the party is dogged by infighting and it is the Democrats who are lining up behind Gov. Tony Evers, who is seeking a second term in November.

“Republicans are now arguing over whether or not we want democracy,” Mr. Evers said in an interview on Friday.

Mr. Ramthun, a 64-year-old lawmaker who lives in a village of 2,000 people an hour northwest of Milwaukee, pushed his decertification to become a sudden folk hero for the Trump wing of the party. Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s former adviser, hosted Mr. Ramthun on his podcast. At parties, he exhibits a 72-page presentation in which he claims, erroneously, that lawmakers have the power to declare Wisconsin election results invalid and recall state electoral votes.

Mr. Ramthun received more applause at local Republican rallies than the leading gubernatorial candidates, and last weekend he joined the race himselfannouncing his candidacy at a campaign kickoff where he was introduced by Mike Lindell, the managing director of MyPillow who funded numerous efforts to undermine and nullify the 2020 election.

Mr. Trump offered public words of encouragement.

“Who in Wisconsin is leading the charge to overturn this fraudulent election?” the former president said in a statement.

It didn’t take long before leading Republicans in the state responded to Mr. Ramthun’s campaign plots. Within days, his two Republican rivals for governor published new plans to strengthen partisan control Wisconsin elections.

During a radio appearance on Thursday, former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, the party establishment preferred candidate, refused to admit that Mr. Biden had won the 2020 election – what she had already conceded last September. Ms. Kleefisch declined to be interviewed.

Yet Mr Ramthun claims to have grassroots energy on his side. On Tuesday, he drew a crowd of about 250 people for a two-hour rally in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Terry Brand, the Republican Party chairman in rural Langlade County, chartered a bus for two dozen people for the three-hour trip. In January, Mr. Brand oversaw the first GOP conviction of Mr. Vos County, calling for the leader’s resignation for blocking the decertification effort. At the rally, Mr. Brand was holding a sign reading “Toss Vos”.

“People are drinking water on this issue,” he said, listening intently as speakers offered both conspiracy theories and assurances to crowd members that they were sane.

“You’re not crazy,” Janel Brandtjen, chairwoman of the Assembly’s Elections Committee, told the crowd.

A speaker linked Mr. Vos, through college roommate and former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, to false claims circulating in right-wing media that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had spied on Mr. Trump . Another was introduced under a pseudonym, then quickly announced herself as a candidate for the office of lieutenant governor.

The rally ended with remarks from Harry Wait, an organizer with a Racine County conservative group called Government HOTan acronym for honest, open and transparent.

“I want to remind everyone,” Mr. Wait said, “that the conspiracies of yesterday may be the reality of today.”

Mr. Ramthun says he has questioned the outcome of every presidential election in Wisconsin since 1996. (He is no exception to the only Republican victory of this period: that of Mr. Trump in 2016.) He has pledged to consider ending the use of voting machines and to conduct a “comprehensive and independent forensic physical cyber auditof the 2020 election – and also of the 2022 election, regardless of the outcome.

Mr Ramthun adopted a biblical slogan – ‘Let there be light’ – a reference to his claim that Mr Vos is hiding the truth from voters. If Wisconsin withdraws its electoral votes, Ramthun said, other states could follow.

(U.S. presidents can only be removed from office by impeachment or cabinet vote.)

It all became too much for Mr. Vos, who before the Trump era was a stable Republican foot soldier focused on taxes, spending and labor laws.

Mr. Vos has often appeased his party’s election conspirators, voicing his own doubts about who really won in Wisconsin, calling for felony charges against Wisconsin’s top election administrators and authorizing an investigation into the 2020 election, which are still ongoing.

Now, even as he draws the line on decertification, Mr. Vos has tried to appease his base and plead for patience. He announced this week that the Assembly plans to vote on a new package of ballot bills. (Mr. Evers said in the interview on Friday that he would veto any further restrictions.)

“It’s just a matter of misdirected anger,” he said, of the criticism he faces. “They once assumed the Democrats were hopeless, and now they’re focusing on those of us trying to find out the truth, hoping we do more.”

Other Republicans in the state are also walking a political tightrope – refusing to accept Mr. Biden’s victory while avoiding taking a stand on Mr. Ramthun’s decertification effort.

“Evidence might exist, it’s something other people are working on,” said Ron Tusler, who sits on the Assembly Elections Committee. “It’s too early to be sure, but it’s possible we’ll try later.”

State Senator Kathy Bernier is the only one of Wisconsin’s 82 Republican state lawmakers to have publicly said that Mr. Trump lost the state fairly, without widespread fraud.

Ms. Bernier, chair of the state Senate Elections Committee, in November asked lawyers for the Wisconsin Legislature to rule on the legality of decertifying an election — it is not possible, have they stated. In December, she called at the end to the Assembly’s inquiry into 2020. Three weeks later, she announced she will not seek re-election This year.

“I have no explanation as to why lawmakers want to pursue voter fraud conspiracy theories that have not been proven,” Bernier said in an interview. “They shouldn’t be doing this. It is dangerous for our democratic republic. They need to step back and only talk about things they know, understand and can do. And apart from that, they should button it up.

Kitty Bennett contributed research.

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Donald Trump must testify in the investigation into his business practices https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/donald-trump-must-testify-in-the-investigation-into-his-business-practices/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 21:01:21 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/donald-trump-must-testify-in-the-investigation-into-his-business-practices/ NY AG Office: Evidence Suggests Trump Organization Committed Fraud Former President Donald Trump’s company is accused by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office of misleading banks and tax authorities. USA TODAY, Wochit A New York judge ruled Thursday that Donald Trump and two of his children are set to testify in a sweeping civil […]]]>

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A New York judge ruled Thursday that Donald Trump and two of his children are set to testify in a sweeping civil fraud investigation led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, summarily denying the ex-president’s request to quash the subpoenas.

Trump must deliver the documents within 14 days, and he, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump must appear for depositions within 21 days, according to an eight-page ruling by State Judge Arthur F. Engoron.

It may not happen so quickly, as Trump’s attorneys have already signaled they will appeal.

In authorizing the subpoenas, Engoron rejected arguments from Trump’s lawyers that James is politically biased against the former president and is using a civil law investigation to advance a criminal case against him.

In a scathing postscript, the judge wrote, “Ultimately, a state attorney general begins to investigate a business entity, uncovers extensive evidence of possible financial fraud, and wishes to interview, under oath, several leaders of the entities, including his namesake. . She has every right to do so.

The New York Attorney General’s Office and the Manhattan District Attorney are investigating whether Trump inflated the value of his assets to secure loans and deflated the values ​​to reduce taxes.

Declaring victory over the decision, James said “justice has prevailed” and “no one will be allowed to stand in the way of the pursuit of justice, however powerful he may be”.

The Trumps “have been ordered by the court to comply with our lawful investigation into the financial dealings of Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization,” she said.

In a written statement, Trump condemned the decision and said, “I cannot get a fair hearing in New York because of the hatred of the judges and the judiciary for me. It is not possible!”

In a statement ahead of a two-hour hearing that preceded Engoron’s decision, James said “evidence continues to mount showing that Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading financial statements to obtain economic benefits”.

Related: Court documents: Mazars, Donald Trump’s accounting firm, cuts ties with Trump Organization

Trump Lawyers: James’ Political Investigation

During the video hearing, Trump’s lawyers claimed inappropriate political bias on the part of the prosecutor. Lawyer Alina Habba, one of the former president’s attorneys, cited a litany of comments James made during his campaign for attorney general, pledging to investigate Trump and his business practices.

“It’s political,” Habba said. “It tainted this entire investigation.”

At one point during a heated hearing, Habba said James was targeting Trump “probably because he can win again” in the 2024 presidential race.

Another Trump attorney, Ronald P. Fischetti, said James was working hand-in-hand with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and trying to use civil court rules to compel testimony in a criminal case, depriving the Trump of their legal rights.

“This is a criminal investigation and she is acting as the district attorney,” he said at one point.

Kevin Wallace, the attorney for the attorney general’s office, said investigators are following the facts.

As for any bias, Wallace quoted longtime former federal prosecutor Robert Morgenthau of a lawyer who was investigated: “A man is not immune to prosecution just because the U.S. Attorney doesn’t like it.” The comment was about the late Roy Cohn, a lawyer whose controversial career included work with 1950s US Senator Joe McCarthy – and with Donald Trump.

Continued: New York attorney general seeks statement from Trump in fraud investigation targeting Trump Organization

Continued: Donald Trump sues New York attorney general in bid to stop investigation into his business practices

Judge says Trump family not ‘protected’ or disenfranchised

During the hearing and in his ruling, Engoron said Trump and his family are not part of a legal “protected class,” which normally includes factors such as race or religion.

Regarding claims that James is carrying out a biased investigation, Engoron asked attorneys at the hearing, “How do we know the motive is Donald Trump’s speech rather than his financial practices?”

In its written decision, Engoron rejected the Trumps’ claim that James improperly solicited the Trumps’ depositions to gain an unfair advantage in the parallel criminal investigation being conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney and James’s prosecutors. This argument “completely misses the mark,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

For one thing, he said, the Trumps’ position “ignores the salient fact that they (the Trumps) have the absolute right to refuse to answer questions that they believe could incriminate them.”

Engoron said the attorney general “continued his civil investigation for over a year without the slightest indication that it was a subterfuge to gather evidence for a pending criminal investigation.”

In a terse statement following the judge’s decision, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said, “The whole system is corrupt.”

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said Trump was “between a rock and a hard place” when it came to the double investigation and the prospect of invoking his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.

“If Trump takes the fifth, it can be used against him in the civil case being worked on by the New York attorney general,” Mariotti said. “If Trump doesn’t take the fifth, the Manhattan prosecutor can use his words against him.”

The judge’s ruling also dismissed the Trumps’ claim that James was pursuing them as part of a political “vendetta.” Engoron said he privately reviewed thousands of documents filed as part of the attorney general’s investigation and determined there was a “sufficient basis” to continue the investigation.

A decision by James not to subpoena Trump “would have been a gross dereliction of duty (and would have broken an oft-repeated campaign promise),” the judge wrote.

Financial ties cut this week

There are signs that investigations into Trump’s business practices are progressing beyond Thursday’s decision to force the Trumps to comply with subpoenas.

A court document filed this week by James said Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars, had severed ties with the family business, the Trump Organization.

In a letter, Mazars told the Trump Organization that the company’s statements about its financial condition “should no longer be relied upon” and that it should notify recipients of the decision.

While Trump’s lawyers signaled their intention to appeal Engoron’s ruling, the judge was quick to challenge Trump’s claim that the civil investigation somehow became moot when the accountants de Mazars revealed that a decade of financial statements from the Trump Organization were no longer reliable.

Continued: Former Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke abused his cabinet position, probe finds

Such claims, Engoron said, were “bold” and “absurd”.

Engoron also wrote that “the impetus for the inquiry was not personal animosity, nor racial, ethnic or other discrimination, (and) not campaign promises”. Instead, it was congressional testimony from Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who said Trump and his aides were “preparing the books” with their various business ventures.

Cohen, who served time in prison for Trump-related campaign finance violations, said in an interview after Thursday’s ruling that Trump may have to take the fifth because his testimony would not help his cause.

“He’s got a lot of issues,” Cohen said. “Let me put it this way.”

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US ‘freedom convoy’ inspired by Canada’s offers to organize trip to Washington | American News https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/us-freedom-convoy-inspired-by-canadas-offers-to-organize-trip-to-washington-american-news/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 16:58:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/us-freedom-convoy-inspired-by-canadas-offers-to-organize-trip-to-washington-american-news/ The effort to launch an American “freedom ferry,” inspired by Canadian truckers who shut down parts of Ottawa for several weeks initially to protest vaccination mandates, is taking shape somewhat haphazardly. At least three national organizations, and a constellation of regional organizations, say they will leave for Washington in early March. A proposed convoy is […]]]>

The effort to launch an American “freedom ferry,” inspired by Canadian truckers who shut down parts of Ottawa for several weeks initially to protest vaccination mandates, is taking shape somewhat haphazardly.

At least three national organizations, and a constellation of regional organizations, say they will leave for Washington in early March.

A proposed convoy is setting out from Fresno, California on March 2, taking the I-10 freeway directly to the capital, where it would arrive on March 6.

“What brings us here tonight is unity, togetherness and an American spirit,” the group’s lead organizer, Kip Coltrin, said on a conference call last week. “Obviously we have a grievance to make to our politicians, to our people in Washington.”

Another organization, which calls itself the “People’s Convoy”, also plans to depart the first week of March from California. This effort is supported by Freedom Fighter Nation, a far-right conspiracy group led by attorney Leigh Dundas.

A third group, “Convoy 4 Freedom”, advertises its own convoy, although its size and organization appear modest in comparison to the others.

The loose nature of the impending protest makes it difficult to determine how many people might join, their goals and the potential for disruption.

In a Facebook video, Coltrin said he was asked how many participants he expected to join on the trek to Washington. “My response was to start laughing – respectfully, of course – laughing and saying, ‘I don’t know.’ But, he insisted, “It will happen. There is no maybe.

Around the world, convoys sympathetic to Canadian truckers, which occupied the area in front of the Parliament Buildings and drew thousands more protesters, formed with varying degrees of success.

The motivation of the American convoys appears as fragmented as its organization. Coltrin said his group’s protest will focus on everything from cross-border vaccination mandates for truckers, to rising inflation, to their mistaken belief that voter fraud cost Donald Trump his re-election. “Remember, we are not just against the government, but against a $200 billion big pharma industry and all of its investors,” he said. Coltrin has repeatedly shared misinformation about vaccines on Facebook, including from QAnon influencer Praying Medic.

Coltrin said in another video, “Patriot Guard Riders, our veterans, come on guys. Three percent: come on, guys. Oath Keepers: Come on guys. The FBI has brought charges against a number of members of the Three Percenters and the Oath Keepers, including its leader, for their role in the January 6 insurrection. Several participants in the conference call said they were present at the Capitol that day.

The “people’s convoy” is led by Dundas, who on January 6 alleged that US officials were working with foreign governments to rig the US election against Trump, and that “we would be well within our rights to take them out and shoot them or hang them”.

Despite this, she was asked by Senator Ron Johnson to speak before the Senate last month to give “a second opinion” on Covid-19.

Dozens of social media pages have popped up announcing and organizing the US convoys, especially on right-wing social media platforms such as Gettr and Gab. A Facebook group to organize logistics and support has nearly 25,000 members.

On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Department of Homeland Security was actively monitoring the possibility of a convoy bound for Washington.

“They are taking all necessary steps to ensure the convoy does not disrupt legal commerce and transportation or interfere with federal government and law enforcement operations,” Psaki said.

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Why Trump’s campaign demands are coming back in the GA primaries https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/why-trumps-campaign-demands-are-coming-back-in-the-ga-primaries/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 20:15:05 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/why-trumps-campaign-demands-are-coming-back-in-the-ga-primaries/ Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, a Republican, was repeatedly reelected in a state where the GOP dominates politically and, in his words, has “20 years of experience calling balls and striking fairly and frankly”. That may not be enough for him to survive a GOP primary challenge and retain his seat. Mr. Wasden was one […]]]>

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, a Republican, was repeatedly reelected in a state where the GOP dominates politically and, in his words, has “20 years of experience calling balls and striking fairly and frankly”.

That may not be enough for him to survive a GOP primary challenge and retain his seat. Mr. Wasden was one of seven Republican attorneys general to opt out of an ill-fated challenge to the results of the 2020 presidential election in other states. And last fall, he declined to join other GOP attorneys general in a letter to President Joe Biden complaining about the vaccination mandates, though he ended up joining the lawsuits against several of them.

His more moderate stances have put him at odds with a growing share of Republicans who are chafing at COVID-19 restrictions and repeating the false claim that widespread fraud cost former President Donald Trump his re-election. Mr. Wasden faces two challengers who are to his right in the Republican primary as he seeks a sixth term as the state government’s top lawyer.

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Ex-president halts bid for Jan. 6 defendants https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/ex-president-halts-bid-for-jan-6-defendants/ Sun, 30 Jan 2022 10:47:09 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/ex-president-halts-bid-for-jan-6-defendants/ CONROE, Texas— Former President Donald Trump holds out the prospect of pardons for the supporters who took part in the deadly storming of the United States Capitol on January 6 if he returns to the White House. “If I run and if I win, we will treat these people fairly from January 6,” Trump said […]]]>
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Wisconsin did not vote to recall Biden’s electoral votes https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/wisconsin-did-not-vote-to-recall-bidens-electoral-votes/ Wed, 26 Jan 2022 23:44:48 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/wisconsin-did-not-vote-to-recall-bidens-electoral-votes/ The claim: Wisconsin lawmakers have voted to withdraw the state’s 10 electoral votes for Biden in the 2020 election A proposal by a Wisconsin state lawmaker to withdraw 2020 statewide electoral votes is being misrepresented on social media and conservative news sites in a bid to push baseless claims that the election was “stolen” from […]]]>

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear challenge to race-conscious college admissions https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/u-s-supreme-court-to-hear-challenge-to-race-conscious-college-admissions/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 15:15:42 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/u-s-supreme-court-to-hear-challenge-to-race-conscious-college-admissions/ Breadcrumb Links PMN Policy PMN News PMN crime Author of the article: Reuters Andrew Chung and Lawrence Hurley Publication date : January 24, 2022 • 23 minutes ago • 3 minute read • Join the conversation Content of the article The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a bid to bar Harvard University […]]]>

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a bid to bar Harvard University and the University of North Carolina from considering race in undergraduate admissions in a case that puts jeopardize the affirmative action policies widely used to increase the number of black and Hispanic students on US campuses.

The judges agreed to hear appeals from a group called Students for Fair Admissions, founded by anti-affirmative action activist Edward Blum, of lower court rulings that upheld programs used by the two prestigious universities to foster a population diverse student. The cases give the court, with its 6-3 conservative majority, a chance to end such policies.

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The lawsuits accused the universities of discriminating against applicants on the basis of race in violation of federal law or the US Constitution. Blum’s group alleged in the Harvard case that the school discriminated against Asian American applicants. In the UNC case, Blum’s group alleged that the university’s policy discriminates against white and Asian American applicants.

Universities have said they only use race as one factor in a host of individualized assessments for admission without quotas, and that limiting consideration of race will lead to a significant drop in student numbers black, Hispanic, and other underrepresented students on campus.

The Supreme Court has a 6-3 conservative majority. American conservatives have long opposed affirmative action programs used in areas such as student hiring and admissions to address past discrimination in the regard to minorities.

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The use of affirmative action has withstood Supreme Court scrutiny for decades, including in a 2016 decision https://www.Reuters.com/article/usa-court-affirmativeaction-idINKCN0ZA08C involving a Blum-backed white student, who challenged a University of Texas policy, though judges restricted his application. The eventual ruling in the new challenge could dilute or potentially eliminate college affirmative action programs.

Blum’s group sued Harvard in 2014, accusing it of violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in connection with any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Harvard is a private university founded in 1636 and located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It receives federal funds.

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The group also sued UNC in 2014, accusing the university of impermissibly using race as a primary admissions factor, in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment Act’s Equal Protection Guarantee. . UNC, located in Chapel Hill and chartered in 1789, is North Carolina’s flagship public university.

The Supreme Court first upheld affirmative action in college admissions in a landmark 1978 decision in a case titled Regents of the University of California v. Bakke who concluded that race could be considered a factor but racial quotas could not be used.

Blum’s group asked the Supreme Court to overturn a 2003 Supreme Court decision in a case called Grutter v. Bollinger involving the University of Michigan Law School which concluded that colleges may consider race as a factor in the admissions process due to the compelling interest in creating a diverse student body.

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Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote in that ruling that she expects “the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary” by 2028.

President Joe Biden’s administration has backed Harvard, telling judges in a court filing not to hear the case. The court’s precedents “correctly acknowledge” that the educational benefits that result from diversity justify race-sensitive measures.

Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, a Republican, had backed Blum’s lawsuit against Harvard.

Students for Fair Admissions said Harvard policies limit Asian Americans to 20% of incoming undergraduate classes and leave them less likely to be admitted than white, black and Hispanic applicants with comparable qualifications . He said in court documents that Harvard “automatically gives racial preferences to African Americans and Hispanics.” Harvard said the challengers misrepresent its policies.

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The Supreme Court’s conservative majority has grown since ruling 5-4 in favor of the University of Texas in 2016, with now-retired conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy joining four liberal justices. The addition of three judges appointed by former Republican President Donald Trump moved the court to the right.

Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court has been hostile to further efforts to address past racial discrimination. In 2013 he struck down https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-voting/supreme-court-guts-key-part-of-landmark-voting-rights-act-idUSBRE95O0TU20130625 a key Voting Rights Act, enacted in 1965 to ensure that minorities could vote. In 2020, the court weakened another key part of this law.

The case is scheduled to be heard during the court’s 2022 term, which begins in October and ends in June 2023.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung in New York and Lawrence Hurley in Washington; Additional reporting by Nate Raymond; Editing by Will Dunham)

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Trump’s proposed executive order would have authorized the National Guard to seize voting machines https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/trumps-proposed-executive-order-would-have-authorized-the-national-guard-to-seize-voting-machines/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 20:54:08 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/trumps-proposed-executive-order-would-have-authorized-the-national-guard-to-seize-voting-machines/ Members of the National Guard march outside the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC, Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Sarah Silbiger | Bloomberg | Getty Images A draft executive order prepared for former President Donald Trump and obtained Friday by Politics reportedly authorized the Secretary of Defense to send National Guard troops to seize voting […]]]>

Members of the National Guard march outside the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC, Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

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A draft executive order prepared for former President Donald Trump and obtained Friday by Politics reportedly authorized the Secretary of Defense to send National Guard troops to seize voting machines across the country in the weeks following the 2020 election.

the order, which was never signed by Trump, would also have appointed a special counsel “to pursue all appropriate criminal and civil prosecutions based on the evidence gathered”, and calls on the Secretary of Defense to release an assessment 60 days after the start of the action, which would have been well after Trump was due to leave office on January 20.

The Politico article includes a facsimile of the full order, but does not say how the news agency obtained the document or whose property it was.

The draft executive order appears to be among the records the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was seeking from the National Archives.

The committee had revealed what it was looking for in the documents in a court filing, and it included “a draft executive order on the subject of election integrity” and “a document containing presidential findings regarding the security of the 2020 presidential election and ordering various actions.”

These documents were given to the committee this week after the United States Supreme Court denied Trump’s request that he is blocking the handing over of the documents.

A representative for Trump did not respond to a request for comment.

It is unclear who authored the draft document, dated December 16, 2020 and titled “PRESIDENTIAL FINDINGS TO PRESERVE, COLLECT AND ANALYZE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2020 GENERAL ELECTIONS.” He repeats arguments made by attorney Sidney Powell and former national security adviser Michael Flynn during a December 18 meeting at the White House.

At the meeting, which was first reported by The New York Times and later confirmed by BNC News, Trump discussed appointing Powell, who had championed numerous false conspiracies about the election, as a special adviser.

The draft order does not identify the person Trump would appoint as special counsel, but refers to the person as “her.”

Powell could not be reached for comment.

The order also bases the need for unprecedented action on Powell’s refuted allegations of widespread voter fraud and foreign interference in elections.

He cites a “medico-legal report” defended by Powell which falsely accused the Dominion Voting System machines of being “intentionally and deliberately designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results”. dominance is prosecute Powell for defamation

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