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A Texas landlord who was caught on video using a gun to threaten a tenant has been arrested and charged, WFAA reports.
Denton Police charged 68-year-old Phillip Young with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and family violence.
Police were called to the residence when the tenant reported that Young was threatening him with a gun. Young denied the accusation and refused to show officers the gun.
When the tenant initially declined to pursue charges, police handed the case over to detectives, who followed up with the tenant who said he would cooperate with the prosecution if charges were filed. The tenant also recorded the incident on video, which shows Young clearly trying to intimidate him with a gun.
Young denied that he intended to shoot the tenant, but in an email sent to detectives on Sept. 26, he admitted that he did think about pulling the trigger during the confrontation.
Young was arrested on Wednesday and is currently in the Denton County Jail.
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Obama said America could survive four years of Trump -- but he'd be deeply worried about a second term
In an off-the-record conversation with reporters held in the waning days of his administration, former President Barack Obama expressed confidence that the United States could survive four years of a Trump presidency -- but worried about what would happen if it lasted any longer.
A transcript of the talk, which was obtained by Bloomberg News, shows Obama expressing confidence in American institutions to at least temporarily hold off any attempt by then-incoming President Donald Trump to corrupt them to his own ends.
“I think that four years is okay,” Obama said. “Take on some water, but we can kind of bail fast enough to be okay. Eight years would be a problem. I would be concerned about a sustained period in which some of these norms have broken down and started to corrode.”
Obama also advised reporters to pay close attention to Trump's moves when it comes to politicizing law enforcement, particularly in regards to the United States Department of Justice.
“I’d be paying a lot of attention to that," he said. "And if there is even a hint of politically motivated investigations, prosecutions, et cetera, I think you guys have to really be on top of that.”
Trump repeatedly demanded that the DOJ investigate his political opponents, and was also impeached for trying to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to announce an investigation into President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.
Just days after CNN reported that high-priced Trump lawyer Christopher Kise was being "sidelined" by other lawyers in his efforts to defend Trump from potential charges under the Espionage Act, a new report from the Washington Post is showing new details about why Kise has fallen out of favor.
According to the Post's sources, Kise has tried to get Trump to search for an off-ramp in the DOJ investigation into the twice-impeached former president's decision to store top-secret government documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort and then refuse to return them even after receiving a subpoena.
Kise has reportedly informed Trump that lobbing aggressive attacks on the DOJ makes it much more likely that he will face criminal charges, whereas taking a less combative approach could help convince the DOJ to resole the case "quietly" without charges.
So far, however, Kise's pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
"A Wednesday night court filing from Trump’s team was combative, with defense lawyers questioning the Justice Department’s truthfulness and motives," the paper writes. "Kise, whose name was listed alongside other lawyers’ in previous filings over the past four weeks, did not sign that one — an absence that underscored the division among the lawyers."
Trump paid a $3 million retainer fee to secure the services of Kise, a former Florida solicitor general who was seen by many legal experts as adding some heft to an otherwise lightweight legal team, which also includes former One America New Network host Christina Bobb, Florida insurance lawyer Lindsey Halligan, and Alina Habba, who previously served as general counsel for a parking-garage firm.