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Odds of a January 6 prosecution for Donald Trump just went up: Legal expert
New reporting this week revealed that special counsel Jack Smith secured testimony from former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, a massively important figure who was close to former President Donald Trump for years. That could make insurrection-related charges more likely.
A key takeaway, said New York University law professor Ryan Goodman on CNN's "OutFront," is that the January 6 investigation — long considered less likely than the classified documents investigation to produce charges against Trump — should not be ruled out so quickly.
"If you had [Meadows] and he really did give you those keys to the kingdom — we don't fully know that yet, but if so, how much — how does that change your view on the potential slate of charges related to January 6th?" asked Burnett.
"I think it really rachets up the likelihood that there will be charges against Donald Trump for January 6th, and especially the false slate of electors, which we know is one of the most robust parts of the investigation and there would have to have been court approval of the Justice Department's criminal theory of the case, because they have approved search warrants in that case," said Goodman.
The key question to ask here, argued Goodman, is "Why would they give Meadows immunity?"
"They would give him immunity because he could go — he could give them access to the star suspect," Goodman added. "That's the reason that you would give somebody immunity who otherwise has a lot of criminal jeopardy on his own. That's the deal. And so that's why it's enormously significant if he's cooperating."
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‘Shame on them’: Marjorie Taylor Greene says lawmakers who support Ukraine aid don't want world peace
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Tuesday slammed members of both parties over their support for Ukraine amid the Eastern European country’s ongoing conflict that began with Russia’s unprovoked invasion last year.
“I’m going to fight Ukraine funding,” Greene told reporters in an exchange captured on video she posted on Twitter.
“I’m purely disgusted with this town that they are so bloodthirsty for murder and death in Ukraine. Ukrainian civilians are being killed constantly, Russian soldiers are dying, and Ukrainian soldiers are dying, and then other people that go there to fight this war are dying."
The congresswoman continued:
“I can't understand why Washington can't be focused on world peace and bringing these two countries together to end that war, rather than beating their chests and beating their war drums and demanding the American people pay for it. I think it's I think ridiculous and shame on them. Shame on them.”
Despite her opposition to aiding Ukraine, Greene said she didn’t believe her views would compel her to abandon her support for the party’s leadership.
“That isn't about supporting the leadership team, they bring votes to the floor and that's what happens here,” Greene said.
“I will whip against it. I will message against it. I'm already doing it. They already know, I've already told them, and I'll continue the message against it.”
Greene said the money would be better spent funding border security addressing domestic issues such as homelessness and the Fentanyl crisis.
“Why are we funding Ukraine? I cannot comprehend it,” Greene said. “Normal people don't get it. Washington so stupid for things like this.”
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\u201cI will not vote for Ukraine funding and I will whip against it.\n\nPoliticians in Washington are beating the war drums and demanding the American people pay for it.\n\nWashington is so stupid for things like this.\u201d— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1686092785
Raccoon corpse and racist message left for Oregon city officials trigger investigation
Police have opened a hate crime investigation after someone targeted city officials in Redmond, Oregon, with a threatening racist message left with a dead raccoon, reported The Oregonian on Tuesday.
The gruesome display was first discovered by Mayor Ed Fitch, to whom the message was partially addressed.
"The Redmond Police Department said in a press release that the sign mentioned Fitch and Councilor Clifford Evelyn by name. Police provided a photo but intentionally blurred what the sign says 'to maintain the integrity of the investigation,' said Heather Cassaro, a city spokeswoman," reported Bryce Dole.
“I feel bad for Clifford," said Fitch in a statement on Monday. "It seems there’s some people in town that can’t accept the fact that Clifford is Black and is on the City Council."
Racist threats and attacks have gained national attention all over the country in recent years — and political officeholders are not immune from becoming targets themselves.
In 2019, Tonga Turner, the first Black woman to serve as mayor of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, stepped down while detailing a deluge of racist abuse and threats against her, including slur-filled voicemails and her tires being slashed, and even a former town commissioner doodling swastikas right in the meeting where she was describing the attacks. And last year, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) was harassed by a neighbor who drove past her house multiple times shouting "go back to India" and threatening to kill her.
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