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Former President Donald Trump on Thursday evening claimed he could end the war between Russian and Ukraine in a single day were he still president.
Writing on his Truth Social platform, the former president wrote an all-caps post declaring that he had an undisclosed plan to make Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky come to a peace deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who nearly a year ago launched a completely unprovoked invasion into his country.
"IF I WERE PRESIDENT, THE RUSSIA/UKRAINE WAR WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED, BUT EVEN NOW, IF PRESIDENT, I WOULD BE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE AN END TO THIS HORRIBLE AND RAPIDLY ESCALATING WAR WITHIN 24 HOURS," he wrote. "SUCH A TRAGIC WASTE OF HUMAN LIFE!!!"
Earlier in the day, Trump seemed to take a shot at the Biden administration and other American allies for providing Ukraine with high-powered tanks that the Ukrainians say are needed to drive Russian forces out of their country.
"FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES," Trump said. "Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!"
During his presidency, Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine while he pressured the country to publicly announce a corruption investigation into Joe Biden, who at the time was seen as the toughest general election candidate for Trump to beat in the 2020 election.
Trump also called Putin a "genius" at the start of the invasion, which has now dragged on for several months and has seen multiple Russian military setbacks that have forced its army to retreat from some territories it had seized.
Disgraced former high-powered South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh showed no tears when police arrived at the murder scene of his family, prosecutors said at his trial on Thursday, according to The Daily Beast.
"The first prosecutorial witnesses in the highly anticipated murder trial, several Colleton County Sheriff’s Office first responders walked jurors through body-cam footage of the murder scene at the dog kennels at the Murdaugh estate. The public and media were only allowed to hear the footage on Thursday after both sides asked for only the jury to watch the video due to its graphic nature," reported Pilar Melendez. "As Sgt. Daniel Greene described the pools of blood 'as well as brain matter' around Paul and Maggie’s bodies, Murdaugh was seen at the defense table with his head down crying and shaking his head."
Murdaugh’s face, noted the report, "was notably flushed red and he wiped his tears throughout the morning testimony with a wadded-up tissue as jurors watched the footage, in which barking and howling from several dogs in the kennels could be heard in the background."
However, "Murdaugh’s emotional reaction on Thursday was notable, given it was starkly different than the reaction he displayed to Green and the other officers when he arrived at the crime scene after 10 p.m., about two hours after prosecutors allege the murders occurred," said the report. "'[Alex Murdaugh] was upset but I did not see any visible tears,' Green said on Thursday, adding that Murdaugh was 'nervous, anxious and upset.'"
Murdaugh, who comes from a powerful and well-connected family, already faced separate charges for fraud before the murder case, in an alleged scheme he arranged with a man to fake his shooting death and trigger a $10 million insurance payout to his surviving son.
At the beginning of the case, defense attorneys asked the judge not to bring up "blood spatter" evidence. Prosecutors have already introduced as-yet-unreleased evidence this week, including a blue raincoat Murdaugh wore to his parents' house just after the murders that was covered in gunshot residue.
Questions raised about freshman Republican's finances after he blows off legally mandated disclosures
Rep. George Santos (R-NY) isn't the only freshman Republican facing questions about his personal finances.
An investigation conducted by News Channel 5 in Nashville has found that freshman Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) never complied with federal laws requiring that he make disclosures about his personal finances.
In fact, notes News Channel 5, "not only did Andy Ogles ignore that law during the campaign, he continues to ignore it today."
The law in question requires that Ogles and all candidates for elected office to disclose their assets and unearned income, their liabilities, and sources of income paid by one source that exceed $5,000.
Ogles' office hasn't responded to News Channel 5's questions even though the Tennessee lawmaker's refusal to comply with the law could result in up to a year in prison.
Ogles' defeated Democratic opponent, Heidi Campbell, told News Channel that it was "frustrating" to see Ogles flout the law, which she complied with last year by releasing her personal finance information all the way back in April of 2022.
"We, as Tennesseans, deserve to have representatives who are following the rules," she said.
Ogles was also regularly late in filing campaign finance reporters, which also contained so many discrepancies that Ogles has received four different letters from the Federal Election Commission demanding that they be explained.