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According to a Florida-based former U.S. attorney, Donald Trump's dreams of a political comeback after a bitter defeat in the 2020 presidential election could be derailed by any number of criminal investigations looking into his personal finances, his attempt at election interference in Georgia and his involvement in the Jan 6th insurrection.
With the Associated Press reporting "Trump facing legal, political headwinds as he eyes comeback," as heads to Conroe, Texas for a "Save America Rally" on Saturday, on MSNBC legal experts Laurence Tribe and ex-federal prosecutor Dennis Aftergut claimed, "Back in the real world, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday it was investigating the Trump campaign’s bogus elector slate scheme, which has quickly become a focus of the House select committee investigating Jan. 6."
That view was also reflected by AP which reports, "The probes, which are unfolding in multiple jurisdictions and consider everything from potential fraud and election interference to the role he played in the Jan. 6 insurrection, represent the most serious legal threat Trump has faced in decades of an often litigious public life. They’re intensifying as a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found Trump’s iron grip on the GOP may be starting to loosen."
After pointing out that the former president is bleeding support with the new poll showing 44 percent of Republicans don't want Trump to run again, the report listed off Trump's higher-profile legal difficulties before highlighting the fact that Republican Party rivals for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination are running low key campaigns as they await his fall with AP reporting, "...his effort to freeze the field of Republicans eyeing the 2024 field has been uneven," and then adding, "As Trump tries to move forward, so do the legal cases against him."
Noting the investigation of Trump in Georgia, where a grand jury is looking at whether he broke the law by "trying to pressure Georgia officials to throw out President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election," possible criminal charges from Manhattan's new District Attorney Alvin Bragg who is looking at the Trump Organization and the House Jan 6th committee now looking at fake electors working with the Trump White House to steal the election, former federal prosecutor David Weinstein claimed the former president has never been confronted by criminal charges befiore and may have little idea what awaits him.
"Until now, Trump’s legal problems have largely been relegated to 'money things, with various lawsuits seeking payouts," explained Weinstein before adding that what Trump now faces is "...more significant, because with those comes the potential exposure to criminal punishment.”
“If they can prove intention, knowledge, involvement in an ongoing conspiracy, that’s potential criminal exposure, something he’s never faced before” he elaborated.
The United States is paying athletes to "create disturbances" during the Beijing Winter Olympics, Chinese state media reported Saturday.
The accusations come just a week before the start of the most politicised Games in recent memory and immediately drew a denial from the US embassy in China.
China Daily newspaper, citing "sources familiar with the matter", said there was a plot by Washington to persuade athletes to "play passively" or refuse to take part in competitions and "express discontent toward China".
"The sources stressed that Washington's plan is a new example demonstrating attempts by some anti-China forces in the United States to politicize sports and maliciously disrupt and spoil the Beijing Winter Olympic Games," the article said.
In return the United States will offer financial compensation and work to protect the reputations of athletes who cooperate, according to the paper.
Washington is leading a diplomatic boycott of the Games by a group of Western nations over China's human rights record, in particular its crackdown on Muslim Uyghurs in the western region of Xinjiang that the United States has labelled "genocide".
The countries taking part in the boycott are not sending officials to Beijing for Friday's opening ceremony but their athletes will participate in competitions.
The US embassy in Beijing on Saturday denied the accusations reported in China Daily.
"We were not and are not coordinating a global campaign regarding participation at the Olympics," an embassy spokesperson said in an email to AFP.
"US athletes are entitled to express themselves freely in line with the spirit and charter of the Olympics, which includes advancing human rights."
The embassy said Beijing was seeking to "deflect attention from their egregious human rights record".
"We expect the PRC to ensure the safety and well-being of our athletes -- and all athletes -- competing in Beijing and to respect their human rights and fundamental freedoms," the spokesperson said.
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi had already urged the United States on Thursday to "stop disrupting" the Olympics during a phone call with his American counterpart Antony Blinken.
Adding to the acrimony surrounding the Games, Germany's top official for snowboarding on Monday said he feared Covid-19 tests were being exploited in Beijing to exclude stronger athletes.
But Michael Hoelz offered no evidence for his claim and health officials in Beijing told a briefing Saturday that there was no reason to question the credibility of the tests.
"The PCR test we adopt follows the standards of the World Health Organization and other international standards," said Huang Chen, an official with the Olympic organising committee's Covid prevention office.
He said the testing procedures were agreed at a meeting of Chinese and foreign experts from the International Olympic Committee.
Dr Brian McCloskey, chair of the IOC's Medical Expert Panel, said the group of experts "are satisfied with the standards we are working to".
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Tens of thousands of Vietnamese on Saturday bid farewell to the late monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh -- one of the world's most influential religious leaders -- ahead of his cremation ceremony in the country's Buddhist heartland.
The Zen master, who was credited with bringing mindfulness to the West and whose reach in Buddhism was seen as second only to the Dalai Lama, died aged 95 a week ago at the Tu Hieu Pagoda in the central city of Hue.
His remains were brought to an open cremation site on Saturday morning, followed by a crowd of tens of thousands including Buddhist monks in yellow and brown robes and followers dressed in grey.
The procession chanted Buddhist prayers and, unlike ordinary Vietnamese funerals, there were no speeches.
"We must bid farewell to our Master. He plays an important role in my family's life, helping us through our most difficult moments," said Do Quan, a follower who travelled from Hanoi with his wife and son.
Widely known as the father of mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote more than 100 books on the practice and hosted retreats worldwide.
He spent nearly four decades in exile advocating for religious freedom around the world after being barred from his homeland for calling for an end to the Vietnam-American War.
In 1967, US civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize, telling the committee in a letter: "this gentle Buddhist monk from Vietnam is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity".
Vietnamese authorities permitted him to return to the communist country in 2018, but plainclothes police kept watch outside his pagoda compound, closely monitoring his activities.
"I don't understand why even now, the Vietnamese state did not send top leaders to pay tribute to this great man," said a follower who identified himself only as Nam from Ho Chi Minh.
"He deserved so much more. But I think he did not need authorities' support. He was among the people, that was the greatest thing of all."
A convoy of hundreds of cars and motorbikes -- many decked out with flowers -- escorted Thich Nhat Hanh's coffin from the Tu Hieu pagoda to the cremation site.
Along the ancient Hue streets, locals kneeled down in prayer.
"The number one man among Hue people," said local resident Vu Van Hiep.
The revered monk's body will be cremated in two days.
He requested his relics be divided up and partly housed at the Tu Hieu Pagoda, as well as sent to his Zen teaching organization Plum Village's locations worldwide, including to France.
Tributes to the monk have flowed from all over the globe, including from the Dalai Lama, world leaders and Hollywood.
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