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Trump Facing 37 Felony Charges, Indictment Unsealed

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Trump Facing 37 Felony Charges, Indictment Unsealed

The United States Secret Service is preparing for Trump’s appearance in federal court in Miami on Tuesday, after a grand jury indicted him on 37 criminal counts relating to his handling of secret documents.

In connection with Trump’s attendance, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stated that the agency “will not seek any special accommodations beyond what would be required to ensure the former President’s continued safety.”

While outlining the accusations against the former president, the Justice Department special counsel who filed them says in his first public speech that the country has “one set of laws that apply to everyone.”

According to the indictment, Trump kept sensitive materials in his Florida estate’s restroom and shower, as well as a ballroom, storage, office and bedroom.

Prosecutors stated that between the end of Trump’s administration in January 2021 and the August 2022 search, “tens of thousands of members and guests” visited the “active social club” of Mar-a-Lago. They contended that Trump “nonetheless” kept documents “in a ballroom, a bathroom and shower, office space, his bedroom and a storage room.”

According to the indictment, some of Trump’s boxes were held in one of Mar-a-Lago’s ornate ballrooms for two months. A photograph contained in the indictment shows boxes arranged in rows on the stage of the ballroom.

Trump is facing 37 felony accusations stemming from classified document misuse.

According to the accusation, he reportedly disclosed a Pentagon “plan of attack” and transmitted a classified map connected to a military operation.

The paper is the Justice Department’s first formal acknowledgement of a criminal investigation against Trump stemming from the retention of hundreds of records at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Walt Nauta, a Trump assistant who was spotted on surveillance camera removing boxes at Mar-a-Lago, was charged alongside Trump.

The indictment charges Trump with inappropriately removing hundreds of boxes from the White House and transporting them to Mar-a-Lago, many of which included classified material.

The criminal accusations were made public by the Justice Department on a stormy day in which two of Trump’s lawyers, John Rowley and Jim Trusty, resigned from the case for reasons that were not immediately clear. Walt Nauta, a former adviser, is accused of conspiring with Trump.

Trump is scheduled to appear in court for the first time in the case on Tuesday, a day before his 77th birthday.

Because Trump would serve any sentences he received consecutively if convicted, the maximum prison time he might face is 20 years for obstruction of justice, the most serious accusation.

Trump has asserted his innocence. He went after Smith on social media once the charges were unsealed.

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“He is a Trump hater – a deranged ‘psycho’ who should not be involved in any ‘Justice’ case,” Trump tweeted on his Truth Social platform.

The indictment of a former U.S. president on federal charges is unprecedented in American history, and it comes at a time when Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for president next year.

According to Reuters, Trump’s legal problems have not diminished his appeal among Republican supporters.

However, the allegations brought against him on Friday may provide ammunition for his Republican opponents in the presidential election to challenge his national-security credentials. So far, they have overwhelmingly supported him.

“It’s impossible to bet against Trump’s staying power with the Republican base,” said Matt Bennett of Third Way, a center-left think tank. “However, the conduct charged in this indictment is even worse than we expected – that could be a breaking point.”

Trump and his supporters have painted the case as political vengeance by Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, although Biden has remained silent.

Biden Silent Over Trump

Meanwhile, the White House stated that President Joe Biden had no prior knowledge of the charge, and he later declined to comment when asked about it by reporters.

According to three people familiar with the matter, the federal investigation into President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents appears to be nearing its conclusion, even as the probes into former Vice President Mike Pence and former President Donald Trump have reached or appear to be nearing their conclusion.

Hur was appointed as a special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland in January after sensitive records from the Obama administration were discovered at the president’s former office in Washington, D.C., and his residence in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Biden allies were irritated that Garland appointed a special counsel in Biden’s case to demonstrate equitable treatment for the current and former presidents, but did not name a special counsel in the Pence probe, according to two people familiar with the situation.

According to a person familiar with the private discussions, Biden aides were also irritated that the Justice Department had closed its investigation into Pence, finding no wrongdoing, just days before he planned to declare a 2024 bid for the Republican nomination to defeat Biden.

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Judge Rules Donald Trump Defrauded Banks And Insurers While Building Real Estate Empire

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NEW YORK — On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency, and he ordered that some of the former president’s companies be removed from his control and dissolved.

In a civil lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and his company deceived banks, insurers, and others by grossly overvaluing his assets and inflating his net worth on documents to secure agreements and loans.

As punishment, Engoron ordered that some of Trump’s business licenses be revoked, making it difficult or impossible for them to conduct business in New York, and he stated that an independent monitor would continue to supervise Trump Organisation operations.

Without a successful appeal, the order would revoke Trump’s authority to make strategic and financial decisions regarding several of his most valuable properties in the state.

Trump railed against the decision in several statements, labeling it “un-American” and part of an ongoing plot to harm his reelection campaign.

He wrote on his Truth Social site, “My civil rights have been violated, and a federal or state appellate court must reverse this horrible, un-American decision.” He asserted that his company had “done a magnificent job for New York State” and “conducted business flawlessly,” describing the event as “A very sad day for the New York State System of Justice!”

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On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

His attorney, Christopher Kise, stated that an appeal would be filed, labeling the decision “completely disconnected from the facts and governing law.”

A few days before starting a non-jury trial in James’ lawsuit, Engoron’s ruling is the strongest rejection of Trump’s carefully manicured image as an affluent and intelligent real estate magnate turned political powerhouse.

Engoron discovered that Trump, his company, and key executives repeatedly lied about his wealth in his annual financial statements, garnering benefits such as favorable loan terms and reduced insurance premiums.

The judge stated that these tactics crossed the line and violated the law, refuting Trump’s argument that a disclaimer on the financial statements absolved him of wrongdoing.

“In the world of the defendants, rent-regulated apartments are worth the same as unregulated apartments; restricted land is worth the same as unrestricted land; restrictions can vanish into thin air; a disclaimer by one party casting blame on another party exonerates the other party’s lies,” Engoron wrote in his 35-page ruling. This is a fantasy world, not the actual universe.

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On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

Manhattan prosecutors considered filing criminal charges for the same conduct but ultimately decided against it, leaving James no choice but to sue him and seek penalties designed to impede his and his family’s ability to conduct business.

The summary judgment rendered by Judge Engoron resolves the primary claim in James’ lawsuit, but several others remain. In a trial beginning on October 2, he will deliberate on these claims and James’ request for $250 million in penalties. Trump’s attorneys have requested a postponement from the Court of Appeals.

“Today, a judge ruled in our favour and found that Donald Trump and the Trump Organisation engaged in years of financial fraud,” James said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting the rest of our case at trial.”

In their motion for summary judgment, Trump’s attorneys argued that there was no evidence that their client’s actions had injured the public. They also argued that the statute of limitations prohibited many of the lawsuit’s allegations.

Noting that he had previously rejected these arguments, Engoron compared them to the narrative of the film “Groundhog Day.” He fined five defense attorneys $7,500 each as punishment for “engaging in repetitive, frivolous” arguments but denied James’ request to sanction Trump and other defendants.

James, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit against him and the Trump Organisation a year ago, alleging them of routinely inflating the value of his assets, including skyscrapers, golf courses, and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, by billions.

Engoron discovered he consistently overvalued Mar-a-Lago, exaggerating its value by up to 2,300% on one financial statement. Additionally, the judge reprimanded Trump for misrepresenting the size of his Manhattan apartment. Trump asserted that his three-story Trump Tower penthouse was nearly three times larger than it was and valued it at $327 million.

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On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

“A disparity of this magnitude, by a real estate developer calculating his own living space over decades, can only be considered fraud,” wrote Engoron.

Eric Trump insisted on X following the ruling that his father’s claims about Mar-a-Lago were accurate, writing that the Palm Beach estate is “estimated to be worth well over a billion dollars, making it arguably the most valuable residential property.” He described the decision and the lawsuit as “an attempt to destroy my father and evict him from New York.”

Under the terms of the ruling, the limited liability companies that control some of Trump’s most valuable properties, such as 40 Wall Street, will be dissolved, and a receiver will assume control over their operations. Trump would lose the authority to recruit or fire employees, rent office space, and make other crucial decisions.

Kise stated after the decision, “The decision seeks to nationalise one of the most successful corporate empires in the United States and seize control of private property despite the fact that there is no evidence of any default, breach, late payment, or complaint of harm.”

The presumptive Republican nominee for next year’s election faces several legal issues, including James’ suit. In the past six months, he has been indicted four times: in Georgia and Washington, D.C., for conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss, in Florida for stockpiling classified documents, and in New York for falsifying business records related to hush money paid on his behalf.

In a separate criminal case last year, the Trump Organisation was convicted of tax fraud for assisting executives to evade taxes on perks such as apartments and vehicles. The company received a $1.6 million sanction. Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime finance chief, pled guilty and served five months in prison.

James’ office previously charged Trump with misusing his charitable foundation to advance his political and business interests. As a penalty, Trump was ordered to donate $2 million to charity, while his charity, the Trump Foundation, was dissolved.

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Trudeau Liberals Hold Late-Night Meeting On Fighting Back

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When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

According to an invitation obtained by the Toronto Sun, on Tuesday, the Trudeau Liberals gathered their caucus for an “information session.”

Brad Redekopp, a member of the Conservative Party, posted a photo of government vehicles waiting outside West Block to transport ministers home after the event.

To comprehend how peculiar this is, one must comprehend the tempo of Official Ottawa. This late-night meeting is uncommon, particularly the night before the routinely scheduled weekly caucus meetings.

House Speaker Anthony Rota resigned due to the invitation and recognition of 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the Ukrainian Parliament. As is now common knowledge, Hunka served in a Nazi SS division during World War II.

His presence in the audience has caused Canada and Ukraine interminable humiliation. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine by claiming that there are Nazis who must be eradicated. Zelenskyy’s support for an SS division member has provided Putin with the propaganda tools he desires.

The Russian government is already circulating false rumors that the Ukrainians have issued a commemorative stamp for Hunka.

When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

As of Tuesday evening, the PMO verified that he and Zelenskyy had not spoken since the Parliament incident. While it is understandable that Trudeau would not want to apologize to Canadians in front of the cameras, it is shocking that he has not contacted his “good friend” Zelenskyy since the story broke.

Ukraine is not the only issue currently plaguing the leader and his team.

India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, indirectly accused Canada of harboring militants during a speech at the United Nations. In a subsequent interview, he reiterated that the Trudeau administration has provided no proof or evidence to substantiate its claim that India was involved in the June execution of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Modi administration has utilized Indian media as a weapon against Trudeau domestically and internationally. In a conflict of public relations, Trudeau and, by extension, Canada are losing.

The Hindu Forum of Canada’s attorney sent a letter to the government on Tuesday, expressing safety concerns and requesting that Nijjar ally Gurpatwant Singh Pannu be denied entry into the country. At approximately the same time, the Muslim Association of Canada criticized Trudeau for his remarks regarding parental demonstrations over gender issues in schools last week. MAC condemned Trudeau’s stance.

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2023: Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion

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King is in custody. In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder thanked the Swedish and Chinese governments for their assistance in securing the release of Pte. King.

As there are no diplomatic ties between the United States and North Korea, the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang has traditionally negotiated on behalf of the United States.

During the King case, a Swedish embassy spokesman confirmed that Sweden acted “within its role as a protective power” for the United States in North Korea.

The US Department of State and the White House did not comment on the matter immediately.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for the King family stated that “no substantive comment” was expected at this time.

His relatives have previously informed US media that he faced discrimination while serving in the United States military.

According to reports, his mental health deteriorated during his time in South Korean custody.

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Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion.

Claudine Gates, the mother of Pte. told the Associated Press last month that her son had “so many reasons to come home.”

She stated, “I cannot imagine him ever wanting to stay in Korea when he has family in the United States.”

Pte King’s release by North Korea after 71 days is rapid compared to other Americans the country has previously detained.

Analysts hypothesized that Pyongyang may have used the American soldier as a diplomatic bargaining tool.

Mick Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and CIA paramilitary officer, told the BBC that Pte King’s return to US custody is “a good thing,” even though he “is a young man who made mistakes.”

Mr. Mulroy continued, “He is an American soldier, so it was imperative that we did everything possible to bring him home.”

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