During Elizabeth Holmes' trial, prosecutors portrayed the Silicon Valley wunderkind as the mastermind of a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme, but the stylish diaper-bag backpack she toted to court was a reminder that she's also the new mother to a 6-month-old son. Holmes' maternal role will weigh heavily on her and her baby when it comes time for sentencing later this year. Some legal experts say the Theranos founder, 37, could face more than a decade in federal prison, meaning that she and her son will face an agonizing separation experienced by those who are locked up over the course of a year in count...
Donald Trump's family is facing allegations of having committed "mega-fraud" in New York that is being investigated by the state's attorney general.
"New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged on Tuesday that former president Donald Trump’s business inflated the value of his properties and misstated his personal worth in representations to lenders, insurance brokers and other players in his real estate empire," The Washington Post reported. "In a nearly 160-page filing, James cited multiple examples of Trump allegedly lending his signature to financial statements that estimated the worth of properties in the Trump Organization portfolio and the value of his own fortune — estimates that James’s team has long suggested were misleading and potentially key to taking legal action against the Manhattan-based company."
CNN interviewed former federal prosecutor Elie Honig about the overnight developments in the case.
"This filing — that came out just before midnight — gives us by far the most depth and detail we have seen on this allegation we have heard for years now about the overvaluation of these assets," Honig said. "Let me tell you, this is mega-fraud. That's not a legal term. This is mega-fraud — we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars, preposterous over statements what the properties are worth."
"This is happening on the civil side. We're talking lawsuits here, not prosecutions. That's a separate question," he noted. "Big steps on the civil side."
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"George, I want to start with the phone records for Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle," CNN's John Berman said. "What could turn up in the phone records that could be damaging?"
"I think -- my guess would be, and this is not based on any specific knowledge, but based on the subject matters that the committee is looking into and where these people were positioned, they will look at two things," Conway replied. "One, they will look at the planning and organization for all the things that led up to Jan. 6th. What involvement did people around Trump have in the organization of Jan. 6th? What context did they have with the people who were running the so-called Willard Hotel such as [Rudy] Giuliani and others?
"And the question also is what happened on Jan. 6th when, you know, the things started to go awry on Capitol Hill. What was Donald Trump doing? And that is all extremely important because it goes to Donald Trump's state of mind," he said. "Why was he just sitting there? And Stephanie Grisham said he was watching gleefully."
"Did he try to impede and obstruct the Jan. 6th counting of votes? He certainly did," Conway said. "He did it in a number of ways. He lied his ass off, excuse the language," Conway said.
"Very early for that, George," CNN's Kasie Hunt interjected.
"I'm sorry. I didn't even have my coffee," Conway replied. "He lied his derrière off for two months."
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The Texas secretary of state’s office is having more trouble than usual getting enough voter registration cards to groups who help Texans register to vote.
Sam Taylor, assistant secretary of state for communications, said supply chain issues have made it harder and more expensive to get paper, which means the secretary of state’s office will be giving out fewer voter registration forms to groups ahead of elections this year.
“We are limited in what we can supply this year, because of the paper shortage and the cost constraints due to the price of paper and the supply of paper,” he said.
Grace Chimene, the president of the League of Women Voters of Texas, said it is not unusual for the secretary of state to not have enough forms to fill all the requests it gets from groups like hers ahead of elections. This particular shortage, however, is affecting an important part of her group’s work: registering thousands of newly naturalized citizens.
Chimene said in previous years, her group, which has chapters across the state, has been able to get enough forms to pass out at naturalization ceremonies. Often, she said, the group partners with the state to give out several thousand forms at each ceremony.
“The League in Houston registers about 30,000 new citizens every year through these ceremonies in the past,” Chimene said.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a mix of in-person and remote ceremonies. Chimene said her group has either been handing out voter registration materials at in-person events or they’ve been sending out packets they put together ahead of time to those new citizens.
Either way, the league and their volunteers often ask for thousands of voter registration forms ahead of these ceremonies.
“It’s a really important job that we do and we value it, and I think the new citizens value it also," Chimene said.
Taylor said the secretary of state’s office has been forced to limit each group to 1,000 to 2,000 registration forms per request. He said this shortage is coming at a time when many groups are seeking out new voter registration forms because of a change in Texas’ voter registration laws created under Senate Bill 1, a controversial voting law that went into effect last month.
“The voter registration application changed this year for one reason: It’s because the legislature decided to increase the penalty for illegal voter registration from a class B misdemeanor to a class A misdemeanor,” he said.
Previously, Taylor said that change had to be reflected on registration applications in order for them to be approved. But, after this story was published Tuesday, he clarified that's not necessarily the case.
“While we have made clear to officials and groups that they should not be distributing the old version of the Voter Registration form, county voter registrars may accept completed voter registration applications on the old form, so long as the application is otherwise valid,” Taylor said in a statement Tuesday. “In other words, using last year’s form in and of itself is not fatal to the voter’s registration application.”
Chimene said all these constraints present serious issues for her group as they try to get voter registration materials together ahead of these large naturalization ceremonies.
“We are treating all organizations that request these the same,” Taylor said. “We are trying to fulfill these requests as fast we can. But the fact is we simply don’t have the supply to honor every single request for free applications.”
According to Chimene, this is one of the pitfalls of Texas being among the few states in the country that does not have online voter registration. Supply chain issues are not as big of a problem when you can just direct someone to a website.
She’s also worried about the message this sends to newly naturalized citizens, which she said have been under particular scrutiny by the secretary of state’s office recently. Chimene said the league is worried that newly naturalized, eligible voters are being targeted by the state’s latest focus on potential non-citizen voters.
“We are concerned about it, and we are looking into it,” Chimene said. “It just sort all goes together: not providing the service they are supposed be providing to the citizens of Texas.”
Chimene said the secretary of state’s office has told the league to seek out donations instead of relying on the state for voter registration forms. She said she “didn’t appreciate” this considering the fact her group is a nonpartisan nonprofit. However, Chimene said, her group will try and do what it can.
"We will ask our supporters, we will ask our friends and our neighbors,” she said. “And find out if we could have somebody donate to get this done.”
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