MIAMI — Florida's updated "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law is unconstitutional, a Miami judge ruled on Monday. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that lawmakers overstepped their authority in creating the law this year that forces prosecutors to disprove a defendant's self-defense claim at a pre-trial hearing. The judge ruled that under Florida's constitution, that change…
On CNN Wednesday, analyst John Avlon laid out the importance of former President Donald Trump's legal battle with Congress and the National Archives to prevent the release of White House communications related to the January 6 Capitol attack — and argued that moving quickly is key to setting a precedent to prevent a similar coup attempt in the future.
"As someone who deals with the National Archives, these are — these papers are the property of the American people. They're not owned privately by the president," said Avlon. "And consistently what we're seeing is this Trump playbook of trying to delay and apply frivolous lawsuits and all that. The underlying issue is to apply the law. Apply the law. This is going to be pressure on Merrick Garland, the question of supporting criminal contempt charges which was done successfully during Watergate, less successfully during the 1980s."
"But this is a — you want an issue of precedent, precedent is an attempt by a sitting president of the United States to overturn an election and execute a coup," added Avlon. "If we don't enforce the laws in this circumstance, to ensure maximum transparency, that is setting up the next insurrection attempt."
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New footage from the Jan. 6 insurrection shows Donald Trump supporters shocking police Officer Michael Fanone with a stun gun.
The clip will air Wednesday night in the HBO documentary, "Four Hours at the Capitol," which details the violent assault that nearly killed Fanone, left five people dead and injured 138 other police officers.
"Get his ass!" shouts someone in the mob, after Fanone was identified as a member of the Metropolitan police department.
A "Blue Lives Matter" flag blows in the breeze as Trump supporters violently assault the police officer, who suffered a heart attack and other near-fatal injuries in the assault.
The documentary was directed by Jamie Roberts and produced by Dan Reed in association with the BBC.
Sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska lashed out after the FBI raided two homes connected to him on Tuesday.
"Deripaska, a politically connected tycoon whose name came up repeatedly in recent investigations involving Russia and the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump, is tied to the home on 30th Street NW through a company incorporated in Delaware, according to property records. Property records also link him to a home in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan that officials said was also searched Tuesday," The Washington Post reported.
Larisa Belyaeva, a spokesperson for Deripaska, said the homes were owned by relatives.
Deripaska's response was noted by Alexander Gabuev of the Carnegie Endowment. A quick translation was provided by John Scott-Railton of Citizen Lab.
Putin ally Oleg Deripaska is throwing his toys out of the sandbox on social media after the FBI raid. (quick trans… https://t.co/6uEzP4pOtK— John Scott-Railton (@John Scott-Railton) 1634728206.0
Oleg Deripaska is so mad at @FBI for searching property linked to him in DC/NYC, that he goes all nuclear on… https://t.co/hR8REpZnkc— Alexander Gabuev 陳寒士 (@Alexander Gabuev 陳寒士) 1634722867.0
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