Former US president Barack Obama launched a veiled barb at his successor Donald Trump on Friday, saying there is "a pause in American leadership" on climate change. Since leaving office in January, Obama has been relatively restrained in his comments about Trump, who frequently fires broadsides at his predecessor's policies.
President Joe Biden didn't hold back when Fox News' Peter Doocy was shouting questions at him about inflation.
Biden was meeting with Cabinet Secretaries Monday afternoon and members of the media were in the room for a photo-op where several were shouting questions.
Doocy asked Biden if he thought high inflation would be a political liability heading into this year's midterm elections.
"That's a great asset. More inflation," Biden said, his voice dripping with sarcasm. "What a stupid son of a b*tch."
Doocy tangles in the press room almost daily with Jen Psaki, who frequently corrects him when he spouts misinformation during briefings.
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In the trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights, prosecutors are arguing that they did nothing as Derek Chauvin "slowly killed" Floyd by pressing his knee into Floyd's neck, TIME Magazine reports.
Former Officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are charged with depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under government authority after Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes while the 46-year-old Black man was facedown.
“For second after second, minute after minute, these three CPR-trained defendants stood or knelt next to Officer Chauvin as he slowly killed George Floyd right in front of them,” prosecutor Samantha Trepel, who works for the Justice Department’s civil rights division, told the jury during opening statements. “They chose not to protect George Floyd, the man they had handcuffed and placed in their custody.”
Kueng's attorney, Tom Plunkett, argued that Chauvin called “all of the shots” as the senior officer at the scene, and he said the Minneapolis Police Department did too little to train officers to intervene when a colleague is committing a crime.
"You’ll see and hear officer Chauvin call all of the shots,” said Plunkett, adding that Chauvin was Kueng’s field training officer and had “considerable sway” over his future.
Kueng, who is Black; Lane, who is white; and Thao, who is Hmong American, are all charged for failing to provide Floyd with medical care. Thao and Kueng face an additional count for failing to stop Chauvin.
Read more at TIME Magazine.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis was granted her request to a special grand jury investigation for the pressure campaign against Georgia officials after the 2020 general election. The proceeding will commence on May 2, 2022, and won't exceed 12 months, the court documents say.
The Fulton County D.A.\u2019s request for a special grand jury, to aide its investigation into Trump and election interference, has been granted.pic.twitter.com/E5oUVEIyix— Graham Kates (@Graham Kates) 1643060241
University of Alabama law professor and former federal prosecutor Joyce White Vance explained that the grand jury will have the power to compel the production of documents that previous witnesses may have been unwilling to hand over. It takes a very long time to summon a grand jury, she explained
CNN legal analyst Elie Honig explained that the information that is in the public sphere should have been enough to summon the grand jury but he said that she's been spending the past year doing her own investigation to make the case that there was fraud in the attempt to overthrow the election.
He explained that unlike many grand juries, the "special grand jury" would issue a recommendation for prosecution, whereas a regular grand jury would file the indictment. Honig said that if they don't take that route, she still has the power to take it to a regular grand jury with the request to indict.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota noted that as Willis was doing her own investigation she was asking for cooperation from witnesses who refused to speak to her or turn over documents. With the special grand jury, these people can officially be subpoenaed in the probe.
The letter from Willis specifically cites Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who has refused to cooperate with the probe, but she also noted that there were others. Trump was recorded speaking to Raffensperger after the election demanding that he "find 11,780 votes" so he could overturn the Georgia election results.
This news comes only weeks after it was revealed former President Donald Trump's lawyers met with the prosecutors in the case last year, which then prompted a rant about Democrats being after him.
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CNN senior legal analyst @eliehonig breaks down the next steps of Georgia's investigation into former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn 2020 election results after judges approved a district attorney request for a special grand jury. https://cnn.it/3466EiN\u00a0pic.twitter.com/xyljEF1bwi— CNN Newsroom (@CNN Newsroom) 1643058741
This will be an investigative grand jury that can be used to take testimony & compel production of documents, etc from unwilling witnesses. Why so "slow"? It takes time to summon potential grand jurors & qualify the group.https://twitter.com/Acosta/status/1485712100408401921\u00a0\u2026— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1643056654
There will soon be a GA Special Grand Jury looking at Trump\u2019s efforts to influence his reelection in GA. The Gand Jury appears to be supervised by an able GA judge, and a Harvard Law graduate. None of this is good for Trump but it is good for the USA!https://apple.news/ASIu2Obq7RsWL2PSmJFq83g\u00a0\u2026— John W. Dean (@John W. Dean) 1643061760