By Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - The impeachment trial of Donald Trump took the U.S. government into new legal territory, highlighting unresolved questions about how to address allegations of misconduct by a president about to leave office. The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, but the Senate acquitted him on Saturday by a 57-43 vote. Here are some of the questions raised by the trial: questions that still lack definitive answers because the U.S. Supreme Court has never had an occasion to weigh in. Is it legal ...
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'Sweet Jesus': Morning Joe reacts to bombshell revelations that Trump stashed nuclear secrets at Mar-A-Lago
Attorney general Merrick Garland confirmed Thursday that he personally authorized the decision to seek a search warrant for Mar-A-Lago, and sources later said documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the classified documents they were looking for -- and the "Morning Joe" host was astonished that Trump's attorney said on Fox News that she hadn't spoken yet with her client.
"Sweet Jesus," he said. "I haven't talked to my client about whether he'd illegally removed nuclear secrets from the White House and taken them down to his country club illegally in Florida. You didn't ask the president that question? I mean, listen, this is a guy who has had contempt for classified information. Of course, he attacked Hillary Clinton for her emails, but as we saw time and again, showed that he had contempt for classified information."
Garland did much more than call Trump's bluff, Scarborough said.
"He called out, with his just-the-facts-ma'am approach, he called out Donald Trump's bluster," he said. "He called out Donald Trump's bluster and his lies, his B.S. You just get the sense that, from the start of this, Trump has known that he is a corrupt politician who has been cornered. So what has he done? He's refused to release the documents. He could have released the documents at any time. Instead, he's been whipping up a frenzy against the FBI and against law enforcement officers. We saw the consequences of that yesterday, most likely, if the reporting is correct."
"Sure enough, just as I've been warning on this show every day," Scarborough added, "the irresponsible voices on the Trump right are ginning up hatred against our FBI, against law enforcement agents, against the very people that they once claimed to support, and while they're whipping them into this frenzy, they're putting the lives -- they're putting targets on the back of FBI agents. They know who they are, and they were still doing it last night on TV, even after somebody tried to break into the FBI bureau in Ohio and cause harm to agents. Yeah, the person is deceased now because he was whipped into a frenzy by these conspiracy theories, just like Jan. 6."
"You look at the possibility that nuclear secrets may be involved here," Scarborough concluded, "and the fact that Trump's own lawyer says, 'Oh, I don't know, maybe nuclear secrets were stolen from the White House and taken down to Mar-A-Lago illegally,' but whatever it is, we understand from the DOJ that it was obviously so critical, that they felt like they had to move immediately."
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US actor Anne Heche is "not expected to survive" after suffering a serious brain injury in a car crash in Los Angeles last week, US media has reported.
The fiery crash left Heche, 53, comatose with a "severe anoxic brain injury," according to a statement from a representative quoted by several outlets on Thursday.
"It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she's being kept on life support to determine if any are viable," the statement said.
It also thanked Heche's well-wishers, along with those caring for her at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital.
"Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit," the statement added.
"More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life's work -- especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light."
Heche has been comatose since crashing her car into a two-story house in the Mar Vista neighborhood on August 5, resulting in "structural compromise and... heavy fire" at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The ensuing blaze took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to contain and fully extinguish, the department said.
Los Angeles police said in a statement on Thursday that they would be conducting tests of Heche's blood, and that investigators intended to "present this case to the appropriate prosecuting office", though they did not specify a charge.
Local media reported the same day that preliminary tests had come back positive for narcotics, though more were needed to ensure the drugs had not been administered in the course of her treatment.
Celebrity gossip outlet TMZ, citing unnamed police sources, said Heche had tested positive for cocaine and fentanyl, with the latter sometimes used for pain relief in clinical settings.
Heche starred in a number of movies from the 1990s including "Six Days, Seven Nights," "Donnie Brasco" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer."
Heche is also known for her role on the soap opera "Another World," for which she won a Daytime Emmy in 1991.
During the 1990s, she was in a high-profile relationship with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
After leaving Venezuela and traveling 41 days north, Gustavo Mendez is now among the migrants arriving in New York on buses chartered by Republican leaders who are vying to make a political point on US immigration policy.
The 40-year-old Mendez, a chef and programming technician, was one of hundreds of asylum seekers that the ultra-conservative Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, bused north in a bid to pressure President Joe Biden's administration to crack down on border crossings.
Abbott who is seeking reelection in November's midterm vote -- has been sending migrants to Washington for months and recently began pushing them to New York, two cities that lean heavily Democratic, a move dismissed by critics as a political tactic to rally conservative voters.
On Wednesday, Manuel Castro, the commissioner of the New York mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, repeated that notion as the latest buses arrived in the city, criticizing Abbott for "using human beings as political pawns" in an effort "to incite anti-immigrant sentiment."
"This is a historic and unprecedented situation. Again, this is a political stunt by Governor Abbott," he said.
Castro condemned the behavior and criticized a lack of communication from Texas officials, but insisted that "New York City is here to support the asylum-seekers that are arriving."
"Our priority is the wellbeing of these individuals and families. Many have arrived, thirsty, hungry and in need of medical attention."
Ambulances and dozens of volunteers awaited the arrival of buses Wednesday.
Some of the asylum seekers are women and children, but many are single men, the majority Venezuelans, who arrive with all of their belongings in a plastic bag or small backpack following a grueling trip that can last some four months.
Since May, some 4,000 asylum seekers and refugees have arrived in New York City, according to local officials, who have voiced plans to open new intake centers to accommodate the influx of people.
They will all receive appointments in the coming months with immigration authorities, who will decide their futures.
Venezuelans, Nicaraguans and Haitians may benefit from the Temporary Protected Status program, which the US Congress established to allow migrants whose home countries are considered unsafe to remain stateside and work for a temporary period.
But for migrants whose cases don't fit into that program, it's a struggle to find footing in a country that won't allow them to work legally, and where they must wait ages for their immigration appointments.
That's the case for Richard Castillo, a 28-year-old Peruvian who arrived in New York with two small children and his wife on May 7 -- and doesn't have an appointment until next March.
They have the bare minimum of food and a place to sleep in a homeless shelter, but do not have the right to work.
They must wear electronic ankle bracelets to prevent attempts to work, under the penalty of being deported.
"They gave me the opportunity to be in the United States, but I don't have the opportunity to work, to grow," he said, tears in his eyes.