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Republican Trump foes ask GOP leadership if they still support the Constitution amid his aim to 'terminate' it
Trump wrote on his fake Twitter app Truth Social that he wanted to "terminate the Constitution," because even after two years, he's still suffering from his profound loss in the 2020 election, while the rest of the country has moved on.
Ironically, GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy proclaimed that he would read the Constitution on the first day of Congress, but it comes after Trump proclaimed terminating the Constitution. It was something that Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) asked the GOP leaders about.
"With the former President calling to throw aside the constitution, not a single conservative can legitimately support him, and not a single supporter can be called a conservative. This is insane. Trump hates the Constitution," he tweeted, tagging Reps. McCarthy, Jim Joran (R-OH) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) similarly noted that Trump's comments only confirm what she and the House Select Committee uncovered about him.
"Donald Trump believes we should terminate 'all rules, regulations and articles, even those found in the Constitution' to overturn the 2020 election. That was his view on 1/6 and remains his view today. No honest person can now deny that Trump is an enemy of the Constitution," said Cheney.
There is a "chance" Donald Trump didn't break the law by hiding debt from his 2016 presidential campaign's financial disclosure reports, according to Forbes.
Documents obtained by the outlet show that the then-candidate failed to disclose $19.8 million in debt to Daewoo, a South Korean company with a history of ties to North Korea.
"There is a chance that Trump's omission may have been legal," the report said, noting that Trump may have used a loophole in the law.
"Although officials have to list personal loans on their financial disclosures, the law does not require them to include loans to their companies, unless they are personally liable for the loans. The Trump Organization documents do not specify whether the former president, who owned 100% of the entities responsible for the debt, personally guaranteed the liability, leaving it unclear whether he broke the law or merely took advantage of a loophole."
Forbes also pointed out that Trump may have hidden the debt because Daewoo, at one time, "was the only South Korean company permitted to operate a business inside [North Korea]."
The documents, which were disclosed after being obtained by New York Attorney General Letitia James, said that Trump quickly eliminated the debt after taking office.
"Daewoo was bought out of its position on July 5, 2017," one document explained.
During an appearance on MSNBC's "The Alex Witt Show," legal analyst Lisa Rubin stated unequivocally that Donald Trump's lawyers will be unsuccessful if they ask for a mistrial after last week's closing arguments before a jury that had previously heard evidence of massive tax fraud by the Trump Organization.
According to the analyst, complaints by the former president's attorneys in a Manhattan courtroom will go nowhere if they try to have the weeks of proceedings thrown out.
"Trump Organization lawyers objected to the testimony, they called for a mistrial, the jury heard this potentially damning new information," host Alex Witt began. "Is it fair game to go after Donald Trump at this stage? Or are there grounds for a mistrial?"
"I don't think there are grounds for a mistrial, Alex, and here's why," Rubin began. "First of all, the evidence you are just citing was not newly presented to the jury during closing arguments. It was a document that had come up during the trial."
"And, in fact," she continued. "People who were in the courtroom watching, one of them tweeted, ''I was wondering when I was going to see this document again.'"
"The reason that Donald Trump became a focus of the prosecutors' closing arguments is in fact because the defense opened the door," she elaborated. "When the defense closed for itself, it told the jury, 'Donald Trump has nothing to do with this, put aside how you feel about Donald Trump. The organization, that is the one on trial.' The prosecution then argued to the judge, 'They've opened the door. We said at the beginning that Donald Trump wasn't on trial, and the jury should pay attention to this. But now that they've called attention to him, we have every right to refuse that.'"
"That is a fact of what they did last Friday," she added.
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