Kyle Rittenhouse, who is charged with shooting and killing two men during this week’s violent demonstrations in Kenosha, will remain in Lake County, Illinois, for another month after a judge on Friday allowed a delay in the court process that could send him to Wisconsin to face the allegations. Judge Paul Novak granted a 30-day continuance during a brief online status hearing on Rittenhouse’s potential extradition to Kenosha County, where he faces a murder charge and several other counts. The assistant public defender representing him in the extradition case, Jennifer Snyder, asked for the delay...
Donald Trump's has a key flaw in his efforts to evade a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, three legal experts wrote in a new op-ed published by The Washington Post.
Attorneys Norm Eisen, Joanna Lydgate, and Joshua Perry analyzed Trump's legal case, which is currently before the Court of Appeals in DC.
"As we pointed out in our friend-of-the-court brief to the appeals court, the Constitution’s framers — who led a revolution against a lifelong monarch — gave absolutely no powers to ex-presidents. They affirmatively required sitting presidents to share information with Congress. Trump’s entire argument here rests on urging judges to read into the Constitution powers that the Framers never conferred or even mentioned," they wrote.
They argued that it would be inappropriate for the courts to side with the former president.
"Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday spoke about separation-of-powers principles — that is, the idea that the Constitution requires each branch of government to respect the others. But Trump no longer represents any branch of government. The real constitutional problem here is the specter of inappropriate judicial interference in the work of the elected branches. With the midterm elections less than a year away, the legislative branch seeks records as it contemplates legislation to protect our democracy from future attacks. The sitting head of the executive branch agrees that the records should be turned over. Respect for those other two branches of government is precisely why the judicial branch must work quickly here, avoiding prolonged intrusion into Congress’s legislative sphere and the sitting president’s executive prerogatives," they explained.
They explained that it appears Trump is hoping to delay the subpoena until after the 2022 midterms, hoping it will become void if Republicans win back the House of Representatives.
"Timing matters here. This inquiry by Congress is urgent because our state and local officials are still confronting the ongoing assault on our democracy. The Jan. 6 attack did not happen in a vacuum, and the justice system owes it to leaders from both sides of the aisle and to the American people to get to the truth. To uphold the rule of law, Trump’s arguments should lose here. To protect democracy, they must lose fast," they wrote.
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'No, shame on you!' Sparks fly at Wisconsin hearing after Dem exposes Trump ties to election investigation
Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who is leading a partisan investigation into the 2020 election, clashed with state Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D) on Wednesday.
At a hearing before the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections, Spreitzer challenged Gableman for hiring investigators with a history of working to overturn the 2020 election. Gableman has been previously criticized over the "shamefully biased" investigation.
"It seems that you are firmly in the lane of suggesting that the outcome of the election should have been overturned," Spreitzer pointed out.
"I'm going to stop you right there, Mr. Spreitzer!" Gableman interrupted. "I'm not going to let you put words in my mouth for your cheap political advancement."
"Stop!" the former justice screamed. "I have not said anything about overturning any election! Stop making things up, Mark."
"Then why hire [Ron Heuer]?" Spreitzer wondered.
"Shame on you!" Gableman shouted.
"Shame on you!" Spreitzer shot back. "Why have you hired Mr. Heuer who tried to overturn the will of the people of Wisconsin?"
"I'll get to Ron Heuer in a second," Gableman stated.
"I'd like you to get to him now," Spreitzer pressed.
"I listened to you. You're going to listen to me," Gableman grumbled before saying the election may have been "rigged."
Spreitzer continued to press: "If you wanted this investigation to have the appearance of legitimacy, if you wanted people to withhold judgment and wait for your final report and then to have confidence in that final report, shouldn't you have avoided hiring people who sued to try to change the outcome of the past election? Shouldn't you have avoided hiring people with direct ties to the Trump Organization and, frankly, shouldn't this investigation be headed up by somebody other than you?"
The Republican committee chair then cut off Spreitzer by accusing him of "disparaging" Gableman.
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The new book, The Big Cheat by David Cay Johnston discusses the shocking revelation that while Pam Bondi was being paid by taxpayers, she was also working as a lobbyist.
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi already had a scandal involving former President Donald Trump when she accepted a $25,000 charitable donation from his foundation for her political campaign. After the donation, Bondi shut down the Florida investigation of Trump University, which settled with "students" over fraud after they claimed they were scammed.
But after Bondi left the AG's office, she went to work as a lobbyist for Qatar. Typically, a White House doesn't hire someone who is also working as a lobbyist for a different country, but under Trump, Bondi became a “special government employee" working to defend him in his first impeachment trial.
Trump, on the other hand, was told to shut down his non-profit and give away $2 million in funds.
"Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka Trump were ordered to take training on their legal obligations regarding charitable funds, which they did," noted Johnston.