Washington (AFP) - Can Donald Trump refuse to turn over his tax returns and financial records to Congress and New York prosecutors? The Supreme Court takes up this politically charged question on Tuesday, and it may use the occasion to better define the limits of presidential immunity.The high court's nine justices, confined at home by the novel coronavirus pandemic, will question lawyers for both sides by telephone in a highly anticipated session to be broadcast live.The hearing, initially set for late March, is being held now to allow time for the justices to render a decision before the pre...
Donald Trump was blasted by the top elections official in Maricopa County on Saturday after releasing a statement about the controversial Arizona audit.
"The entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED!" Trump claimed.
Republican Stephen Richer said that is not true.
"I'm literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now," Richer noted.
"We can't indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country," he explained. "This is as readily falsifiable as 2+2=5. If we don't call this out..."
KPNX-TV reporter Brahm Resnik says the falsehood originated from the Arizona audit and Senate Republicans.
"We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer." Maricopa County's GOP Recorder - a top elections official on the j… https://t.co/91zqDRDKSH— Brahm Resnik (@Brahm Resnik)1621113882.0
Iran has promised the Palestinian Hamas movement its support in the fight against Israel in the Gaza conflict.
In a telephone conversation with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, the commander of the al-Quds Brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, General Esmail Qa'ani, assured Hamas of his full support on Saturday, Iranian state media reported.
For his part, Haniyeh thanked Iran for its support and said, according to al-Alam news channel, that the fight against Israel was not just Hamas' but of the entire Islamic world.
The Islamist Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by the EU, among others, and has control of the Gaza Strip. Militant Palestinians have been firing rockets at Israel from there for days.
The Israeli army has been reacting with airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza.
Earlier, the Iranian foreign minister had cancelled at short notice a visit to Austria planned for Saturday after the government in Vienna hoisted the Israeli flag on its buildings.
The main topic of the meeting would have been the negotiations under way in Vienna to renew the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.
Iran considers Israel its arch-enemy and supports anti-Israeli resistance groups, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza and the Hezbollah militia in southern Lebanon.
The entire Iranian leadership had this week "strongly condemned Israel's brutal and cruel crimes" against the Palestinians.
Nevertheless, Iran is keeping a low profile in the latest conflict. One reason, according to observers, is the nuclear negotiations, which Tehran does not want to jeopardize.
The main issue there is the lifting of US sanctions, which have plunged Iran into an economic crisis over the past two years.
CNN's Jim Acosta on Saturday explained why Americans need to choose a side in the Republican Party's war on the truth.
Acosta's segment aired after Donald Trump released a statement on Saturday repeating his "Big Lie" about the election and describing his loss in all-capital letters as the "CRIME OF THE CENTURY."
"Did the insurrection really end on January 6th?" Acosta asked. "Or is it still happening in front of our lives?"
"It''s been more than four months since the riot, but the truth of what happened that day is still under siege," he reported.
Acosta detailed multiple instances of Republicans lying about the insurrection of Trump supporters seeking to overturn the 2020 election, which Trump lost to Joe Biden.
"It's pretty simple: the insurrectionists betrayed this country on January 6th, and some Republicans in the House have been betraying it ever since, by denying the truth," Acosta.
"This isn't about bullsh*t, this is about betrayal, betraying your country," he said. "As long as the 'Big Lie' lives on, the insurrection hasn't really ended. That's because this is a war on the truth. It''s a war. whose side are you on?"
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