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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Building walls, oppressing immigrants, stirring up racial hatred, denying science, trashing the fourth estate, lying and lying and lying, disrupting the international rules-based order. No thanks.

    Need a less disruptive POTUS


    There was more to what he represented than you are giving him credit for...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigboii View Post

    Need a less disruptive POTUS


    There was more to what he represented than you are giving him credit for...
    I can’t think of anything, except telling some European states to start paying 2% into defence as part of NATO. That was the one thing I agreed with.

    Moving the embassy to Jerusalem, encouraging Nazis, cozying up to authoritarians and thereby encouraging them, pulling out of the Paris Agreement - all bad.

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    US Supreme court dismisses case on Trump blocking Twitter critics

    The United States Supreme court set aside a federal appeals court ruling that former President Donald
    Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked critics on Twitter.

    The U.S. Supreme Court set aside a federal appeals court ruling that former President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked critics from following his Twitter account.

    The case had already lost its practical impact given Trump’s election defeat and Twitter’s Jan. 8 decision to permanently ban his @realDonaldTrump account for glorifying violence.

    But the two sides in the case continued to spar over the fate of the appeals court decision. Before Trump left office, the Justice Department asked the justices to wipe away the precedent, while those suing him sought to keep it intact.

    The appeals court said a social media account run by government officials can become a constitutionally protected “public forum” if used to conduct official business. The Supreme Court has said the government may not discriminate in a public forum on the basis of a speaker’s views.

    The case involved seven people blocked after criticizing Trump, meaning that when logged onto the social media site they couldn’t see his tweets, reply to them or retweet them. Those seven sued along with Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute. Twitter Inc. wasn’t involved in the case.

    Trump set up his Twitter account in March 2009 and brought it with him to the White House, where it became one of his favorite means of communication. Trump used the account to announce new policies, fire Cabinet secretaries, and later make unfounded claims of election fraud.

    Justice Department lawyers argued that the ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would leave officials powerless to keep their social media pages from being overrun by harassment, trolling and hate speech. The Twitter users said government officials would still be able to block threats and obscenity and could take such steps as limiting the number of replies one person can post within a specified time frame.

    The case, which was renamed after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, is Biden v. Knight First Amendment Institute, 20-197.

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    Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/20...-twitter-criti.


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    Trump addresses GOP as power to shape national debate wanes

    WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump insists he’s enjoying his life off Twitter. The press releases his aides fire off on an increasingly frequent basis are more “elegant,” he says. Plus there’s no risk of backlash for retweeting unsavoury accounts.

    But since Trump was barred from major social media channels after helping incite the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, his power to shape the national conversation is being tested.

    Trump transformed from a reality television star to a politician and president by bending the tools of communication and the media to his will. He still connects with his supporters through his releases and appearances on Fox News and other conservative outlets, where he repeats misinformation about the 2020 election. And he remains a powerful force in the Republican Party, with a starring role Saturday at a Republican National Committee event that will be held at his Mar-a-Lago club.

    Still, the sway over American life he once enjoyed appears to be eroding — at least for now.

    “It’ll never be the same for Trump unless he’s a candidate again,” said Harold Holzer, an historian who is director of Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute and wrote a book about presidents and the press. “I don’t think it’s unnatural for coverage to diminish. I’m sure it’s tough on his ego, given how much oxygen he sucks up and how much ink he generates, but it’s not unnatural for an ex-president to get less attention.”

    It’s been a dramatic adjustment nonetheless. Trump’s tweets used to drive the news cycle, with CNN, MSNBC and Fox News often spending dozens of hours a week combined displaying his missives, according to a GDELT analysis of television news archives. Since he was barred from Twitter and other platforms, Trump can no longer speak directly to large swaths of his audience and must now rely on his supporters and conservative and mainstream media to amplify his messages.

    To compensate for the ongoing blackout, Trump aides have been pumping out statements and endorsements that often sound just like the tweets he used to dictate. “Happy Easter to ALL, including the Radical Left CRAZIES who rigged our Presidential Election, and want to destroy our Country!” read one sent from his political action committee. (“Happy Easter!” was the more subdued version offered by his official government office.)

    At the same time, Trump has been ramping up his appearances on conservative media — even sitting down with his daughter-in-law for her online program. But few of those comments have reverberated as mainstream outlets, long criticized for allowing Trump to dictate coverage, have become increasingly wary of repeating his falsehoods, especially pertaining to the 2020 election.

    While Trump still garners coverage, Google search results for his name are at their lowest point since 2015, as noted this week by The Washington Post. And on late night TV, some have tried to scrub him out entirely, with “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert refusing to say his name.

    After five years of wall-to-wall Trump, the contrast is jarring.

    “He was unlike any prior president in the amount of oxygen he sucked up. But he increasingly resembles many former president in how little oxygen he now gets,” said Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary to George W. Bush. While that is the reality for any former president, Fleischer argued that Trump continues to “loom large” in the party and could return to the spotlight if he chooses to run again.

    And though his dominance of cable news has dropped precipitously from its peak in fall 2016, when he was mentioned tens of thousands of times a month, per GDELT data, he remains a presence on cable news channels nonetheless.

    “Two months out of office, he’s still roughly where he was in March of last year when the pandemic largely displaced him,” said Kalev Leetaru, the project’s creator. “It shows that even two months out of office, he’s still looming large.”

    While most of Trump’s statements garner relatively little coverage, some, like one that blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as “a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack,” dominated news coverage, with CNN, in particular, running with it for more than 44 minutes.

    “President Trump is the greatest news generator in American history,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said, insisting, “There was never this type of media interest in the post-Presidential careers of Clinton, Bush or Obama.”

    Others see it differently.

    “I think he lost all momentum when he got pulled from the platforms. Politics is about momentum and he has none now,” said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley.

    While Trump has tried to inject himself into news coverage, Brinkley said his comments are largely treated as add-ons to coverage focused on other matters. “Where it used to be he was shooting tweets like Zeus, they were like thunderbolts from up high, and now it’s little squeaks from the mouse of Mar-a-Lago,” he said.

    Yet Trump remains a commanding figure for the Republican Party. His endorsement is highly coveted heading into the 2022 Republican primaries. And he continues to publicly flirt with running again for president in 2024.

    And Holzer believes Trump could reemerge if he is allowed to rejoin Twitter or goes through with much-hyped plans to launch his own social media outlet, as aides have said he is still considering.

    GOP strategist Alex Conant argued Trump’s power “is waning by the day” as other Republicans make plans to run in 2024, and said Trump could be taking a more strategic approach if he wants to remain part of the daily conversation.

    “When you’re president of the United States, it’s very easy to insert yourself into every news cycle. But once you’ve left office, it has to be more strategic,” Conant said, arguing Trump could have announced a book, sat for primetime interviews, or delivered a series of major speeches about the future of the party.

    Fleischer, too, argued Trump could have greater influence by following in the footsteps of presidents Bush and Obama, whose statements garner attention because they are rare.

    “The risk for a former president is you risk starting to be seen as former senators or former congressman or contributors who are on TV on a somewhat regular basis. A former president should be at an elevated posture,” he said. “But Donald Trump has always done things differently with some success.”
    Source: https://winnipeg.citynews.ca/2021/04...-debate-wanes/.


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    The New York attorney general's office says it is investigating the Trump Organization "in a criminal capacity".

    A spokesman for the state's top prosecutor, Letitia James, said the inquiry into Mr Trump's property company was "no longer purely civil".

    Ms James has been scrutinising the ex-Republican president's financial dealings before he took office.

    The Trumps deny wrongdoing and say the inquiry by a Democratic prosecutor is a political vendetta.

    Ms James' spokesman, Fabien Levy, told the BBC on Tuesday: "We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the Organization is no longer purely civil in nature.

    "We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA. We have no additional comment."

    The statement did not say what turned the inquiry from civil to criminal in nature, or whether the former president himself might be personally implicated in any allegations.

    Six legal battles looming for Trump
    Ms James launched a civil inquiry in March 2019 into claims that Mr Trump had inflated the value of his assets to banks when seeking loans, and understated them to lower his taxes.

    Her office has also been seeking documents on four Trump Organization properties in Manhattan, upstate New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr said in court documents last August that his office was investigating alleged "protracted criminal conduct" at the Trump Organization.

    Mr Vance's legal filing cited newspaper articles about purported bank and insurance fraud at the company.

    The Manhattan district attorney has also been investigating whether any of Mr Trump's financial records were doctored to cover up hush-money payments to two women in 2016 who say they had affairs with him.

    Mr Vance's office said in February it had obtained Mr Trump's tax returns as part of the investigation, after a long legal battle.

    Throughout his presidency, Mr Trump resolutely refused to reveal his tax returns, despite coming under great pressure to do so.

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    They will eventually get Trump on a unpaid parking violation which will vindicate the 50 lawyers working around the clock trying to find something they can charge him with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    They will eventually get Trump on a unpaid parking violation which will vindicate the 50 lawyers working around the clock trying to find something they can charge him with.
    Indeed - and his parking violation will make headline news worldwide.

    The media will not admit it, they miss Trump.

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    Trump got away with everything before and went on to become the POTUS. not sure what can they do to him now?

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    Even if wrongdoing could be attributable to Former President Trump, he will be protected and there will be some flunky or other that will take the fall for him and get thrown under the bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Even if wrongdoing could be attributable to Former President Trump, he will be protected and there will be some flunky or other that will take the fall for him and get thrown under the bus.
    Mueller had 22 lawyers working for him trying to frame Trump and failed spectacularly, investigations are usually done without the media trying to sell evidence to the public for the prosecution. If Trump has committed a crime then take him to court and present the evidence to a judge and let justice take its course, its not a good look when the trial is in the media.

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    Donald Trump has said he is being "unfairly attacked", as the former US president's family business becomes the subject of a criminal investigation.

    The Trump Organization has been the focus of a civil probe by the New York attorney general over whether it falsely reported property values to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits.

    But on Wednesday, the office of Letitia James announced that it was "no longer civil in nature", adding: "We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA."

    In response, Mr Trump referred to himself in the third person as he accused Ms James, who is a Democrat, of having "literally campaigned on prosecuting Donald Trump even before she knew anything about me".

    Writing on his blog (he remains banned from Twitter), the Republican said: "She said that if elected, she would use her office to look into 'every aspect' of my real estate dealings.

    "She swore that she would 'definitely sue' me.

    "She boasted on video that she would be, and I quote, 'a real pain in the a**'."

    He also stated that the investigation is "corrupt" and a "desperate search for a crime", as he accused the district attorney's office of "going after me for years".

    "Our movement, which started with the great election win of 2016, is perhaps the biggest and most powerful in the history of our country," Mr Trump added. "But the Democrats want to cancel the Make America Great Again movement, not by Making America First, but by Making America Last."

    "No President has been treated the way I have," he continued. "With all of the crime and corruption you read about with others, nothing happens, they only go after Donald Trump."

    Mr Trump had previously branded the inquiry a "witch hunt".

    Ms James is looking into whether The Trump Organization falsely reported real estate values to get loans and receive tax and economic benefits.

    This includes inflating the value of assets to secure higher lending and undervaluing properties to get tax breaks.

    Among the properties in question are two in New York - his northern Manhattan estate and his eponymous tower.

    Others include a hotel in Chicago and a Los Angeles golf course.

    Manhattan's district attorney Mr Vance, also a Democrat, has been investigating Mr Trump's pre-presidency business dealings for more than two years.

    While the exact nature of that probe is not known due to US grand jury rules, Mr Vance's office has revealed in court filings that it was investigating "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct" at The Trump Organization, including tax and insurance fraud and falsification of business records.

    Mr Vance's investigation started after Mr Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen allegedly paid two women to be silent about claimed sexual relationships with Mr Trump in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

    Mr Vance has sought evidence from the former daughter-in-law of The Trump Organization's chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg

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    Former US President Donald Trump's company and its finance chief have been charged with tax-related crimes.

    Allen Weisselberg, 73, turned himself in to New York authorities on Thursday. He was later charged with concealing $1.7m (£1.2m) worth of income.

    Prosecutors say the 15-year-long scheme helped executives evade taxes by giving benefits, such as rent and school fees, that were hidden from the authorities.

    Lawyers for the firm and Mr Weisselberg have pleaded not guilty to tax fraud.

    No charges were brought against Mr Trump personally, though prosecutors said the former president had signed some of the cheques at the centre of the case.

    The Trump Organization is a family holding company that owns hotels, golf clubs and other properties - and the cornerstone of a global brand that encompassed book deals, TV shows and Trump-emblazoned skyscrapers.

    The criminal charges are the first to arise from long-running investigations into alleged fraud by both the Manhattan district attorney and the state attorney general.



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    New York's attorney general has issued subpoenas to Donald Trump and his two eldest children in connection with a civil probe into the former president's business practices and family company.

    The subpoenas to Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump to testify in the investigation were disclosed in a filing with a New York state court in Manhattan on Monday.

    Letitia James also subpoenaed Mr Trump to give evidence.

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    Trump is a massive crook. He has defrauded people out of their money, has been engaged in shady business practices all his life, is a morally and ethically corrupt individual. He has cheated on his wife several times and has proven time and again he has no respect for women.

    AND YET.... there are people here who think "they" are out to get him. LOL


    Kut khani hai to aa jao idher, khushbo laga ke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    New York's attorney general has issued subpoenas to Donald Trump and his two eldest children in connection with a civil probe into the former president's business practices and family company.

    The subpoenas to Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump to testify in the investigation were disclosed in a filing with a New York state court in Manhattan on Monday.

    Letitia James also subpoenaed Mr Trump to give evidence.
    But Trump himself is not charged as yet.

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    Donald Trump's family business misrepresented the value of some of its biggest assets by hundreds of millions of dollars, according to documents filed by the New York attorney general.

    Letitia James accuses the Trump Organization of using "fraudulent or misleading asset valuations" to get loans, insurance and tax breaks.

    It is Ms James' strongest language yet, as she tries to get Mr Trump to testify in her civil investigation.

    Mr Trump denies any wrongdoing.

    The former president, a Republican, has called the investigation into his business practices a politically motivated witch-hunt by Ms James, who is a Democrat.

    She opened a civil inquiry in 2019 into claims that - before he took office - Mr Trump had inflated the value of his assets to banks when seeking loans.

    Mr Trump's lawyers are trying to stop Ms James from questioning the former US president and his children, and he has sued her to try to halt the probe.

    Ms James's civil case is separate to an ongoing criminal investigation in Manhattan into the organisation's business practices.

    Her latest court filing on Tuesday is the first time the allegations being levelled at the Trump Organization have been detailed with specific examples.

    They involve six of his properties in New York and Scotland, and the "Trump brand".

    For example, his large property in Westchester county, north of Manhattan, was valued by the Trump Organization at $291m in 2012 (£189m at the time), however an appraisal in 2016 valued it far lower, at just $56m, the court filing says.

    The attorney general also alleges that Mr Trump's lavish three-storey penthouse in New York's Trump Tower was valued based on a size of 30,000 sq ft (2,800 sq m), but it is in fact 10,996 sq ft.

    The court filing claims that at least two false statements were made to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - the main tax body in the US - that "substantially overstated" the value of two properties to get a tax break.

    Ms James says this is evidence that the Trump Organization "used fraudulent or misleading asset valuations to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions."

    The latest court documents are part of legal action the New York attorney general is taking against the former president, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr and his daughter Ivanka Trump to force them to testify and answer questions as part of the civil investigation.

    In a statement, Ms James said "the Trumps must comply with our lawful subpoenas... because no one in this country can pick and choose if and how the law applies to them."

    The initial summons prompted Mr Trump's lawyers to sue Ms James in an attempt to stop the investigation, accusing her of violating his constitution rights by pursuing a partisan inquiry.

    Ms James says she wants to question his children in particular because Donald Trump Jr helps to run the family business and has certified the company's financial statements, while Ivanka Trump "negotiated and secured financing" for Trump properties.

    She has already questioned another of Mr Trump's sons, Eric Trump, who partly took over control of the company when his father became president in 2017.

    Letitia James's inquiry into Donald Trump's dealings is a civil investigation, meaning it could result in a fine or lawsuit.

    The criminal investigation into the Trump Organization is now being run by the new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg. He is using some of the evidence Ms James's team says it has uncovered.

    In July, the Trump Organization and its finance chief, Allen Weisselberg, were charged over an alleged 15-year-long scheme of helping executives evade taxes by giving benefits, such as rent and school fees, that were hidden from the authorities.

    Lawyers for the firm and Mr Weisselberg have pleaded not guilty to tax fraud.

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    In the heady days between Donald Trump’s defeat in November 2020 and the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, an executive order was prepared. It commanded the defense secretary to seize voting machines in battleground states, as part of Trump’s “big lie” that the vote was rigged.

    The draft executive order, obtained and published by Politico, was never sent and its author is unknown. It was part of a cache of documents handed over to the House committee investigating the January 6 violence, after the supreme court ruled this week that Trump could not shield himself from oversight on grounds of executive privilege.

    The disclosure of the draft order adds to evidence of the lengths to which Trump and his close advisers were prepared to go to keep him in the White House, against the will of the American people. Under the draft order, the defense secretary would have been required to carry out an assessment of the voting machines “no later than 60 days from commencement of operations”.

    That would have pushed the chaos that Trump assiduously attempted to sow around Joe Biden’s legitimate victory well beyond the handover of power at the inauguration on 20 January.

    The publication of the document will provoke intense speculation as to who wrote it. Politico pointed out that at the time the draft order was dated, 16 December 2020, the idea of seizing voting machines in key states was being vigorously promoted by Sidney Powell, a controversial lawyer who had Trump’s ear at the time.

    The document outlines the seizure of voting machines by the Pentagon under federal emergency powers. That would in itself have been incendiary, as it would have amounted to a dramatic display of federal over state power of the sort normally fiercely resisted by Republicans.

    The author of the draft order seeks to justify such a contentious move by regurgitating conspiracy theories. For example, pointing to voting machines, the document says there is “evidence of international and foreign interference in the November 3, 2020, election”.

    It names Dominion Voting Systems, a leading provider of voting machines that has become the target of rightwing conspiracy theorists and big lie merchants. Dominion has sued several purveyors of false claims that its products were used to swing the election from Trump to Biden.

    “Dominion Voting Systems and related companies are owned or heavily controlled and influenced by foreign agents, countries, and interests,” the draft order falsely claims.

    The draft also singles out Antrim county, Michigan. Claims that voting machines in that county were compromised have been thoroughly rebutted, including by state election authorities.

    A second document was also leaked to Politico from the new mountain of paperwork received by the January 6 committee. Titled Remarks on National Healing, it appears to be the text of a speech Trump never delivered.

    The tone of the speech is striking because it stands in stark contrast to the approach Trump actually adopted in the wake of the Capitol violence. Still president for two weeks, he attempted to belittle the significance of the day.

    Had this alternative speech been given, Trump would have sent out a very different message. It describes January 6 as a “heinous attack” that left him “outraged and sickened by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem”.

    The text added: “The Demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy.”

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    Washington: Documents ripped up, stuffed down the toilet or carted off to Florida -- the list of former US leader Donald Trump's alleged flouting of laws on preserving presidential papers grew longer and more bizarre Thursday.

    Trump's shredding of many previously accepted norms of presidential decorum was part of his populist attraction to Republican supporters. But now the National Archives, which is in charge of preserving presidential records, reportedly wants Trump investigated over, among other things, his habit of literally tearing up White House papers while in office.

    According to The Washington Post, the Archives requested the Justice Department open a probe into Trump's practices.

    This came after the government records office confirmed Monday that it had recovered 15 boxes of documents from Trump's Florida estate, taken with him when he left Washington following his reelection defeat.

    Among the documents were official correspondence with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un -- "love letters," as Trump described them at the time. Similarly included in the Florida stash was a letter outgoing president Barack Obama had left for Trump in the Oval Office.

    Last week, the Archives confirmed reports that Trump had torn up documents, some of which have since been taped back together.

    Under the 1978 Presidential Records Act (PRA), which was passed in the wake of the Watergate scandal, US presidents are required to transfer all emails, letters and other work documents to the National Archives.

    Trump denies any wrongdoing. In a statement Thursday, he characterized his dealings with the Archives as "without conflict and on a very friendly basis."

    "The media's characterization of my relationship with NARA (National Archives) is Fake News. It was exactly the opposite! It was a great honor to work with NARA to help formally preserve the Trump Legacy."

    Down the toilet

    But on Thursday, a new twist developed.

    A new book on Trump's time in office claims that a White House toilet would jam after attempts to flush away office papers, Axios reported.

    The upcoming book "Confidence Man," by New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman, says that "staff in the White House residence periodically discovered wads of printed paper clogging a toilet -- and believed the president had flushed pieces of paper," according to an exclusive preview by Axios.

    The book, based in part on Haberman's post-presidential interviews with Trump, reports that the Republican has told people he remains in touch with North Korea's Kim.

    Trump likewise denied the toilet story.

    "Also, another fake story, that I flushed papers and documents down a White House toilet, is categorically untrue and simply made up by a reporter in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book," he wrote.

    Haberman's book is set to be published October 4. The veteran Times journalist has been on the Trump beat for a decade and long had unrivaled access among journalists to the property tycoon-turned-politician's inner circle.

    The controversy is gaining traction in the Democratic-controlled Congress, where a special committee investigating the January 6, 2020 assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters is struggling to obtain the ex-president's records.

    On Thursday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in Congress announced it was opening its own investigation into the wandering records.

    "I am deeply concerned," committee chairwoman, Representative Carolyn Maloney, said. "I am also concerned by recent reports that while in office, President Trump repeatedly attempted to destroy presidential records, which could constitute additional serious violations."

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    Clinton campaign paid tech workers to dig up Trump-Russia connections: Report
    Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign paid an internet company to “infiltrate” servers at Trump Tower and the White House in order to link Donald Trump to Russia, a bombshell new legal filing alleges.

    The Friday filing from a Department of Justice prosecutor tasked with investigating the origins of the FBI’s Russian probe served to throw cold water on Democrats’ longstanding allegations of collusion.

    Special Counsel John Durham filed a motion related to potential conflicts of interests in connection with the case of Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who is charged with lying to the feds, according to Fox News.

    Sussmann allegedly told the FBI he was not working on behalf of Clinton when he presented the agency with documents that supposedly linked the Trump Organization to a Kremlin-tied bank two months before the election.
    Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign paid an internet company to “infiltrate” servers at Trump Tower and the White House in order to link Donald Trump to Russia, a bombshell new legal filing alleges.

    The Friday filing from a Department of Justice prosecutor tasked with investigating the origins of the FBI’s Russian probe served to throw cold water on Democrats’ longstanding allegations of collusion.

    Special Counsel John Durham filed a motion related to potential conflicts of interests in connection with the case of Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who is charged with lying to the feds, according to Fox News.

    Sussmann allegedly told the FBI he was not working on behalf of Clinton when he presented the agency with documents that supposedly linked the Trump Organization to a Kremlin-tied bank two months before the election.
    Records showed he “repeatedly billed the Clinton Campaign for his work on the Russian Bank-1 allegations,” which involved an investigative firm, a tech executive, cyber researchers and numerous employees at internet companies, the motion reportedly stated.

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    Trump denies claim he flushed WH records as House panel opens probe
    In 2017, Sussmann provided “an updated set of allegations” about then-President Trump’s Russian connection to another government agency, the motion said, according to the outlet.

    Among the accusations leveled at that time was that suspicious DNS lookups by Russian-affiliated IP addresses “demonstrated Trump and/or his associates were using supposedly rare, Russian-made wireless phones in the vicinity of the White House and other locations,” the motion reportedly said.

    The allegations “relied, in part, on the purported DNS traffic” that Tech Executive-1 and others “had assembled pertaining to Trump Tower, Donald Trump’s New York City apartment building, the EOP, and the aforementioned healthcare provider,” according to Fox’s report.

    Durham said his office found “no support for these allegations,” claiming the supposed evidence Sussmann provided was incomplete and skewed.

    Trump said he was vindicated by Durham’s filing in a Saturday evening statement, adding there was a time that Sussmann’s alleged crime “would have been punishable by death.”

    https://nypost.com/2022/02/13/hillar...a-connections/

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    Truth Social: Banned from Twitter, Trump returns with a new platform

    Donald Trump's social-media platform, Truth Social, has launched, in a limited form, on the US Apple App Store.

    The app had similarities to Twitter, commentators noted - Mr Trump was banned from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube last year.

    And some early users had difficulties registering accounts.

    Project lead and former congressman Devin Nunes said it was expected to be fully operational by the end of March.

    Some of those trying to register had been told: "Due to massive demand, we have placed you on our waitlist," the Reuters news agency reported.

    Created by the year-old Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), Truth Social had previously been made available to about 500 beta testers.

    Last week, Donald Trump Jr shared a screenshot of his father's first "truth" on the social network: "Get ready. Your favourite president will see you soon."

    Truth Social has already had one update for "bug fixes", according to the App Store, and is now on version 1.0.1.

    Last autumn, pranksters discovered a test version of the app website and, according to the Washington Post, adopted the username donaldjtrump.

    Twitter banned the former president following the 6 January 2021 US Capitol riot, saying he had broken its rules on the glorification of violence.

    And commentators have highlighted, among other things, Truth Social buttons that resemble those relating to Twitter's reply, retweet and "like" functions.

    On its website, Truth Social describes itself as a "'big tent' social-media platform that encourages an open, free and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology".

    Mr Trump wants Truth Social to champion "free speech" and eschew the "censorship" of sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

    It is a common view among conservatives that Silicon Valley social-media companies are curtailing free speech by removing posts and users.

    "We cannot use any of the big tech companies," Mr Nunes, who resigned from Congress in December to become TMTG's chief executive, told the conservative Newsmax network.

    "So we're having to build this from scratch."

    Mr Nunes has vowed Truth Social will be a "censorship-free experience".

    But any social-media platform on the App Store, and Google Play, has to remove content that breaks the rules.

    And a truly uncensored platform would soon be frozen out.

    At his zenith on Twitter, Mr Trump had more than 88 million followers.

    But none of the other alternative platforms presenting themselves as censorship free, such as Gettr, Parler, Gab and Rumble, has attracted audiences comparable to those of the big social networks.

    Companies such as Twitter "have had years to develop their platforms and build their audiences", points out Darrell West, a senior technology innovation fellow at the Brookings Institution think tank.

    "I just think he's going to discover it's a lot harder than he realises," he said.

    "If this were easy, I think he would have done this six months ago."

    Last year, Apple and Google removed Parler from their stores, for failing to take down posts they said threatened violence and contained illegal activity.

    It was allowed back but only once it had agreed to Apple and Google's terms of service.

    "There simply is no way to avoid big tech," Mr West says.

    "Even if he has his own platform, if he's violating their terms of service, they could basically push his app out of their app store, which would make it very difficult for him to build an audience."

    Gettr, which also advocates "free speech" and looks like Twitter, was founded last year by Mr Trump's former adviser and spokesman Jason Miller.

    "It's not like there's the dummies' guide to creating a social-media platform," he told BBC News.

    "You've got to find good talent.

    "And quite frankly, there are a lot of people who are just scared... because people worry what it's going to be like if I have something on my resume that challenges one of the big tech companies."

    Truth Social will also have to be robust enough to repel hackers.

    "We have so many people who don't want to see us be successful... even foreign governments and other bad actors,'' Mr Nunes said.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-60419008

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    Donald Trump being fined $10,000 per day over failure to supply documents to court

    The former US President's business practices are being investigated by the New York attorney general, who says she has found "significant evidence" the Trump Organization relied on "misleading valuations" for more than a decade.

    Donald Trump is being fined $10,000 for every day he fails to supply documents requested in the civil case into his business.

    The former president was found in contempt of court on Monday in New York for not producing the documents subpoenaed in the state attorney general's civil probe of his business practices.

    He has been ordered to pay $10,000 (£7,600) a day until he gives the attorney general the documents.

    Mr Trump was unsuccessful in quashing the subpoena then failed to hand over the documents by a court-ordered 3 March deadline, which was then extended to 31 March at his lawyers' request.

    Justice Arthur Engoron ruled Mr Trump was in contempt because there were "repeated failures" to hand over materials and it was not clear the ex-president had conducted a thorough search for the documents.

    "Mr Trump, I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously. I hereby hold you in civil contempt," the judge told the courtroom, although Mr Trump was not present.

    State Attorney General Letitia James is investigating whether the Trump Organization misstated the values of its properties to obtain favourable loans and tax deductions.

    She said she has found "significant evidence" suggesting the Trump family company's financial statements for more than a decade "relied on misleading asset valuations and other misrepresentations to secure economic benefits".

    How the Trump Organization valued the Trump brand and properties, including golf clubs in Scotland and New York, and his own penthouse flat in Midtown Manhattan's Trump Tower, have all been questioned by the attorney general.

    Mr Trump's lawyer, Alina Habba, said the Trump Organization was "right on schedule" with its production of documents.

    She insisted she went to great lengths to comply with the subpoena and even travelled to Florida to ask the former president specifically whether he had any documents that would comply with the demand.

    "The contempt motion is inappropriate and misleading," she said.

    "He complied. There are no more documents left to produce by President Trump."

    Ms Habba said the investigation was a "fishing expedition".

    "This is a political crusade," Ms Habba said. "The attorney general's investigation has seemingly become aimless."

    Mr Trump has called the investigation a politically motivated "witch hunt".

    A criminal investigation is running alongside the civil probe by the Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg.

    https://news.sky.com/story/donald-tr...court-12598987

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    Trump says he wont go back on twitter.

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