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‘Donald Trump is going to get indicted’ when New York gets his tax returns: David Cay Johnston

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On Saturday’s edition of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Pulitzer Prize-winning Trump biographer David Cay Johnston predicted that the Supreme Court’s decision on President Donald Trump’s tax returns will lead to an indictment from New York prosecutors.

“What do you think might be out there?” asked host Joy Reid.

“Well, Donald Trump has already had two income tax fraud trials by the state of New York and the city of New York,” said Johnston. “They were civil fraud, not criminal fraud. The New York Times in October of 2018, in this brilliant project on Trump’s taxes based on records we know came from his niece — without question, he and his siblings are major-league tax cheats.”

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“What the district attorney is seeking is the business records, the accounting records, the banking records to 2011,” said Johnston. “If those deviate from what Donald trump put on the tax returns, I expect they’ll indict Donald Trump for criminal tax fraud. How quickly it comes depends on how successful Trump’s lawyers are in delaying and using procedure and interlocutory appeals if they don’t like the federal judge overseeing the case — his rulings.”

“Donald Trump’s immunity from prosecution, it ends on January 20, 2021, if he doesn’t win,” said Reid. “Even if the Biden — let’s say Biden wins and he has an administration and he’s averse to the idea of prosecuting a former president. It doesn’t have anything to do with Vance.”

“Right. Let’s assume Donald Trump has the audacity to resign as president, Mike Pence sworn in, and Pence pardons [him],” said Johnston “The state charges are completely different. The only involvement in the federal government is challenging to seek his remedies in federal court … Donald Trump is going to be indicted if the business records do not match up. They won’t match up. Trust me. I have a lot of his records. They won’t match up.”

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Here’s what white women in a swing county of a swing state think of Donald Trump

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It is no secret to the campaigns of Joe Biden and Donald Trump that the road to the White House runs through places like Michigan’s Macomb County.

It is a swing county in one of a trio of recently reliably Democratic states — Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin — that shocked Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign by breaking for Trump after backing Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

The county, a suburban and exurban area north of Detroit, is the state’s third most populous. Eighty percent of its residents are White. Roughly a quarter of adults have college degrees. The median household income in 2018 was about $60,000. Voters there cast ballots at higher rates than the country overall. It is a so-called bellwether that backed the candidate elected president all but three times in the past 50 years. 

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America only has two weeks to fix voting by mail before November election: report

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On Wednesday, according to NBC News, election law expert and Stanford University professor Nate Persily warned that America needs to create a plan for streamlining and safeguarding the mail-in voting system within two weeks — or it could spell disaster for the November election.

"I think we have two weeks to make the critical decisions that are necessary to pull off this election," Persily told NBC.

The worry is that many states will see a repeat of the problems in New York's primary. New York has traditionally restricted access to mail-in voting, scaled it up rapidly in order to protect people from the coronavirus pandemic, and the result was chaos as confused postal and election officials scrambled to process everything. Six weeks later, many races still haven't been certified, and a federal judge ruled that ballots in one congressional race were improperly invalidated and more must be counted.

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Voter rejection of these 4 GOP women could cost Mitch McConnell control of the U.S. Senate

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Control of the U.S. Senate hinges on the outcomes of a handful of races in November, including several where Republican women are trying to fend off increasingly competitive challengers that include some Democratic women.

Republicans currently hold 23 of the 35 Senate seats up in 2020, and Democrats hold 12. Democrats need a net gain of three or four to take control of the 100-seat chamber. In the 10 or 11 races thought to be competitive this year, Republicans are playing defense in nearly all of them, including four where women are trying to hold onto their seats.

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