CHICAGO — Five years ago, then-President Barack Obama chose Chicago’s Jackson Park as the future site of his presidential center, stirring the South Side with the promise of long-overdue transformation and the distinction of being the place where the story of the nation’s first Black president and first lady is told. On Tuesday, the Obamas will return to Chicago and at last kick off construction during a ceremonial groundbreaking with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the Obama Foundation announced Friday. The celebration follows a protracted journey that began in 2016 and,...
Former President Donald Trump and his company are facing a "cash crunch," according to attorney Tristan Snell, who successfully prosecuted the Trump University fraud case while working for the New York Attorney General's Office.
Snell pointed to a recent Forbes report saying that Trump had only $93 million in cash during the final year of his presidency, a significantly smaller sum than he claimed in previous years.
"His properties are all indebted," Snell wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
"The Trumps could potentially owe $100 to $300 million or more in back taxes, restitution, and penalties — and that’s just in the NY AG civil case alone," Snell wrote, referring to Attorney General Letitia James's ongoing investigation of the Trump Organization.
Snell added that Trump has $738 million in debt coming due in the next 2-3 years.
"I am unaware of any business of his currently turning a profit," Snell wrote, adding that the Trump Organization is under indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
"There will likely be a superseding indictment soon, which will also name Trump individually," Snell wrote.
"Trump’s cash crunch helps explain why he needed to strong-arm the Republican National Committee into paying his legal fees for his criminal defense, $1.6 million and counting," he concluded.
Earlier this month, ABC News reported that in October and November alone, the RNC spent nearly $720,000 of its donor money on paying law firms representing Trump in various legal challenges, including criminal investigations into his businesses in New York, according to campaign finance records.
Read Snell's full thread below.
Donald Trump has only $93 million in cash left, according to Forbes. His properties are all indebted. \n\nThe Trumps could potentially owe $100 to $300 million or more in back taxes, restitution, and penalties \u2014 and that\u2019s just in the NY AG civil case alone.— Tristan Snell (@Tristan Snell) 1643315368
Georgetown Law official deletes tweets saying Biden will pick 'lesser black woman' over better SCOTUS candidates
On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that a newly appointed Georgetown Law School executive and former right-wing think tank director is in hot water after a pair of tweets disparaging President Joe Biden's pledge to appoint a Black woman to fill the Supreme Court seat of outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer.
"Former Cato Institute director Ilya Shapiro, now executive director of Georgetown’s Center for the Constitution, wrote, 'Objectively best pick for Biden is Sri Srinivasan, who is solid prog and [very] smart. Even has identity politics benefit of being first Asian (Indian) American. But alas doesn’t fit into last intersectionality hierarchy so we’ll get lesser black woman. Thank heaven for small favors?'" reported Blake Montgomery. "In a second tweet, Shapiro added, 'Because Biden said he’s only consider [sic] black women for SCOTUS, his nominee will always have an asterisk attached. Fitting that the Court takes up affirmative action next term.'"
According to the report, Shapiro has now deleted both tweets and called them "inartful," while Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor denounced the comments as "demeaning," "appalling," and "at odds with everything we stand for at Georgetown Law" in an email.
Shapiro's attacks come as Republicans are attempting to pre-emptively paint Biden's nominee as a radical, even before Biden has chosen who he will nominate.
Biden's commitment to appointing a Black Supreme Court justice is part of a broader project by his administration to diversify the federal bench — not just racially, but also naming lawyers from a variety of backgrounds underrepresented on the judiciary like legal aid, public defense, and civil rights.
A Florida police officer has been fired for repeatedly using his Taser on a Black man who was lying on the ground after being removed from a wheelchair.
St. Petersburg officer Matthew Cavinder was terminated by the city's police review board following the June 2021 incident involving 64-year-old Timothy Grant, which was captured on body-cam video.
"Investigators said the officer used it (the Taser) while the suspect was 'not physically resisting,' but then later wrote in his report that the suspect was resisting with violence," Fox 13 reports.
During a news conference announcing Cavinder's firing on Thursday, police Chief Anthony Holloway said: "I think I looked at that video over 20 times. Today, I still cannot explain why that officer went to his Taser. We train officers every year. Everyone at this police department is trained on de-escalation. There was no de-escalation. He went right to his taser."
Cavinder had responded to a Chevron station to issue a trespassing notice to a panhandler, according to police.
"The officer spoke with Grant, who was in a wheelchair, and learned he had outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court on other charges," according to the Tampa Bay Times, which reported that "the extent of Grant’s resistance was pulling back his arm when officers tried to handcuff him, according to body camera video of the arrest."
In the video, after Cavinder tells Grant he's arresting him, he appears confused and asks the officer to call his mother.
Cavinder threatens to use his Taser on Grant if he doesn't stand up. After Grant says he can't walk, Cavinder tells him to get on the ground.
"Grant lies down, continuing to ask why he’s being arrested, and Cavinder continues to threaten him with the Taser. The officers lift him back into a sitting position and try to pull Grant’s hands behind his back, but he pulls his right arm away," the newspaper reported. "After a few more seconds struggling with Grant’s right arm, Cavinder presses the Taser to Grant’s back and starts to use it on him. Grant yelps 'ow' several times and, after about 5 seconds, Cavinder stops. Cavinder uses the Taser three more times, for between 2 and 5 seconds each time, as Grant yells in pain. Then the video ends."
Cavinder arrested Grant on a charge of resisting an officer with violence, a felony. However, the charged was later reduced to a misdemeanor since he didn't hurt or threaten to hurt the officers.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will decide whether Cavinder, who had been with the department since March 2020, should keep his law enforcement certification.
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