News from Trump Today: Unsealed Testimony in Rape Accuser Prosecution as Trump Organization Fined


Joe Rogan Says ‘Idiots’ Had a ‘King’ in Donald Trump

A judge has revealed portions of a transcript of Donald Trump’s filmed testimony stemming from E Jean Carroll’s lawsuit against him.

In his testimony, he repeatedly denied the allegations against him and claimed not to know the woman who accused him of raping her in the 1990s, calling it “crazy work” while threatening to sue her and her lawyers.

Earlier on Friday, the former president’s namesake company was fined $1.6 million after its subsidiaries were convicted of a years-long tax fraud scheme. The New York City sentencing comes days after the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer was sentenced to four months in prison in connection with a sweeping investigation into the former president’s business empire.

The latest developments follow the discovery of confidential documents from President Joe Biden’s time as vice president and ongoing investigations into confidential documents recovered from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed Robert Hur as special counsel to oversee an investigation into Biden’s case, as House Republicans mull over plans to launch their own investigation into the president.


Cigar Smoke, Dogs and No Metal Detectors: The Bizarre First Two Weeks of a Republican-Controlled House

Eric Garcia of The Independent says he recognizes “strange energy” when he feels it. There has definitely been a change in vibe over the past two weeks from the new GOP-controlled House, he writes.

Unsurprisingly, the House has looked like a free-for-all most of the time over the past two weeks — even after a president was elected. The fact that the more moderate Senate followed immediately after the new senators were sworn in gave the House the feeling of a parent giving a teenager the keys to the convertible for the weekend. Without any consequential votes for mandatory legislation, they let the good times roll.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 14, 2023 1:00 pm


ICYMI: Trump repeatedly insulted woman accusing him of rape in recently unsealed deposition

Donald Trump repeatedly attacked a woman who accused him of rape, according to a newly released deposition transcript.

The former president described writer E Jean Carroll as a “crazy” and dismissed allegations that he assaulted her in the dressing room of an upscale department store in New York City in the mid-1990s.

“She said I did something to her that never happened,” Trump said in a sworn statement made public on Friday.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 14, 2023 11:00 am


ICYMI: CNN’s Hard Compilation Highlights GOP Hypocrisy Over Biden Papers

A CNN supercut shows that Republican officials were very concerned about classified documents found on Joe Biden’s properties, but were notably less concerned when classified documents were found during the raid at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, months after Federal agents tried and failed. to get the former president to return them.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 14, 2023 10:00 am


Why Trump, Not Biden, Faces More Danger From New Special Counsel Investigation

Republicans who asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel to oversee a Justice Department investigation into how classified Obama-era documents ended up in Joe Biden’s Delaware home and his former office didn’t have long to wait to see your concerns addressed.

But Trump allies who are demanding “equal treatment” for Biden and the twice-indicted former president – who is facing an ongoing investigation into his alleged illegal withholding of national defense information at his Florida beach club and alleged obstruction of this investigation – are likely to be extremely disappointed.

The IndependentAndrew Feinberg reports:

Alex WoodwardJanuary 14, 2023 09:00


ICYMI: Donald Trump’s company fined $1.6 million for years-long tax fraud scheme

The eponymous company was fined $1.6 million after a New York City jury convicted two subsidiaries of the Trump Organization on charges stemming from what prosecutors described as a years-long scheme to avoid paying payroll taxes. pay, compensating top executives with untaxed luxury perks.

The December verdict on 17 criminal offenses follows an indictment filed last year against the Trump Corporation, the Trump Payroll Corporation and the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, who was sentenced to five months in prison this week.

The former longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization has pleaded guilty to multiple tax crimes stemming from the criminal investigation into the former president’s business empire.

While the resulting fines amount to less than $2 million, the convictions could be used as leverage in a blockbuster $250 million lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who charged the former president with “grossly” inflating his net worth worth billions of dollars in an effort to fraudulently obtain tax and other benefits from insurance companies and financial institutions.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 14, 2023 08:00


Proud Boys gathered to ‘take over the fucking Capitol’ ahead of Trump’s January 6 speech, prosecutors say

Members of the far-right nationalist gang Proud Boys gathered a crowd to “take over the fucking Capitol” at a joint session of Congress called to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election on January 6, 2021.

In opening arguments in a trial of five members of the group accused of seditious conspiracy for their actions leading up to and during the attack, federal prosecutors showed a video taken about 20 minutes before then-President Donald Trump addressed his supporters. at a nearby rally.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason McCullough said the group did not intend to hear the president’s speech; they always planned to bring a crowd to the Capitol to forcibly prevent the transfer of presidential power.

“They expected the ‘normies’ – that is, the civilians – to burn the city to ashes,” he told jurors on Jan. 12.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 14, 2023 06:00


ICYMI: Proud Boys leader’s lawyer blames Trump for ‘unleashing the mob’ in January 6 sedition trial

A defense attorney for former longtime Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has blamed former President Donald Trump for “unleashing that mob” on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol .

Sabino Jauregui – whose client is accused of seditious conspiracy along with four other members of the far-right nationalist gang – said it was Trump who told his supporters to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell”, not Tarrio or members of his team. group.

“Enrique didn’t say that. He didn’t say anything to anyone on Capitol grounds. Turns out he’s the leader of the Proud Boys,” Jauregui said in opening arguments in US District Court on January 12.

Five men, including Tarrio, are charged with seditious conspiracy for their roles in the Capitol riots.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 14, 2023 05:00


ICYMI: Kellyanne Conway writes about Trump’s political ‘assets’ and ‘baggage’

Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway wrote a column for The New York Times newspaper (“The Cases For and Against Trump”) arguing that it would be “foolish” to assume that the former president has a “smooth and safe” path until 2024.

“This is not 2016, when he and his team had the hunger, arrogance, and fragmentation of an insurgent’s campaign and the happy warlike determination of ‘history be damned’ of an underappreciated, understaffed, and underresourced effort. ”, she wrote.

“It’s hard to be new twice,” she said.

Conway says Trump has “political assets to carry him forward and political baggage to hold him back” and will need to rely on “less insults and more perceptions” rather than endless gripes.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 14, 2023 04:00


ICYMI: McCarthy says he will ‘look into’ GOP ties to purge Trump impeachments

Newly elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he will look into requests from his members to eliminate one or both of Trump’s impeachments.

“I would understand why the members would want to introduce this,” he said during a press conference on Thursday. “We would look into it.”

The former president was impeached twice during his term in the House, but was acquitted both times in the Senate. The House adopted two articles against him in his first impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — following his attempts to withhold military aid to Ukraine in exchange for politically damaging information about his then-opponent Joe Biden. A second impeachment on charges of inciting insurrection involved his rhetoric and actions that fueled the attack on the US Capitol.

In the last Congress, a group of more than 30 House Republicans tried a resolution to purge Trump’s impeachment, a move supported by high-ranking Republican Elise Stefanik.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 14, 2023 03:00


What We Know About E Jean Carroll’s Rape Accusations Against Donald Trump

Journalist, writer and columnist alleges that the former president raped her in the dressing room of a department store in the 1990s.

Graeme MassieJanuary 14, 2023 1:53 am

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