BEIJING (Reuters) - China used coronavirus prevention measures, intimidation and visa curbs to limit foreign reporting in 2020, ushering in a "rapid decline in media freedom," the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) said on Monday. For the third year in a row, no journalists told the group that working conditions had improved, the FCCC said in an annual report based on 150 responses to a survey of correspondents and interviews with bureau chiefs. "All arms of state power - including surveillance systems introduced to curb coronavirus - were used to harass and intimidate journalists, t...
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Former President Donald Trump told Kristen Welker in a soon-to-be-released interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he made the decision to keep former First Lady Melania Trump off the campaign trail for him, because he would rather not have her subjected to attacks, reported The Daily Beast on Friday.
“Honestly, I like to keep her away from it,” said Trump, according to the news report. “It’s so nasty and so mean.”
This comes after the former president dodged questions about Melania in an interview with Megyn Kelly, saying that "the beauty is that mystery."
Melania, who often came under criticism for shying away from normal duties of the First Lady, reportedly was eager to leave the White House and has rarely been in the public spotlight since then. Trump was greeted with a "Where's Melania?" banner earlier this month at a campaign stop in Iowa.
Other reporting suggests that Melania is enraged at the former president for his affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2006, which was the focus of an alleged hush-money payment brokered by the former president and his one-time attorney and so-called "fixer" Michael Cohen.
That case is currently being prosecuted as business fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Donald Trump ally Kenneth Chesebro and fellow attorney Sidney Powell are inching closer to their speedy trial as the judge in the case just sent out 900 jury subpoenas, according to news reports.
Chesebro and Powell both moved for a speedy trial after being charged alongside the former president in Georgia for an alleged conspiracy to overturn the state's election in 2020. Despite both Chesebro and Powell seeking to sever their cases from one another, they both got stuck going to trial together and ahead of other defendants.
Now, the trial appears to be coming into full view.
The Messenger reported:
"Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee on Friday ordered subpoenas sent to 900 potential jurors in the Atlanta area ahead of next month's scheduled trial for Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, two former election attorneys for Donald Trump."
The report states that the "Chesebro-Powell trial is set to begin Oct. 23 amid heightened concerns about security threats to the jury, as well as the prosecutors who brought the case against the former president and his associates."
"McAfee ordered the subpoenas sent in two batches: 450 subpoenas for jurors to appear on Oct. 20, and another 450 for Oct. 27."
"These prospective trial jurors will complete, under oath, juror questionnaires to be prepared by the court and returned to the jury clerk before leaving," McAfee wrote, according to the report.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has released a redacted filing by prosecutors working for special counsel Jack Smith, alleging that former President Donald Trump engaged in new incidents of witness intimidation.
The filing, which was made last week by prosecutors, was known for several days to involve "extrajudicial statements" by the former president. It alleges that Trump's "inflammatory" statements have led to "threats and harassment" against people in the case, and that he "will continue to make similar personal attacks, knowing that they may prompt similar harassment."
However, the government requested that the names of the people targeted and the specific threats that were made be redacted from the version released to the public.
Specifically, the government is seeking the relief that the Court "enter a narrowly tailored order pursuant to Local Criminal Rule 57.7(c) that restricts certain prejudicial extrajudicial statements; and enter an order through which the Court can ensure that if either party conducts a jury study involving contact with the citizens of this District, the jury study is conducted in a way that will not prejudice the venire." Trump's legal team opposes this measure.
Witness tampering already forms some of the charges made against Trump in the case, which also charges him with conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy against rights, for his alleged plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
If the prosecution's allegations are supported, this could put Trump in a tough spot, as the conditions of his bail included that he not commit additional crimes and not contact other witnesses. Some legal experts believe he has already broken these terms.
Trump has denied all charges against him, and has tried to demand that Chutkan recuse herself from the case, because she mentioned him during the sentencing of a January 6 rioter.
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