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Donald Trump and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

Donald Trump didn't have a very good Wednesday, but by Thursday it became clear that this is potentially the worst week of the ex-president's life.

If he thought losing the election was bad, now it turns out there are a slew of investigations that all seem to be converging like a bowling ball to a pin.

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A former special counsel compared the Ivanka letter to what DOJ lawyers have said in court — here’s what he found

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol sent a letter to Ivanka Trump asking for some of the information to confirm some of the facts that other witnesses have told them.

Among the details in the letter from committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), include questions about Former President Donald Trump's efforts to persuade Pence that he could throw the 2020 election back to the state legislatures to decide.

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Watergate lawyer explains how Supreme Court handed Congress the keys to put Trump in prison

Watergate lawyer Nick Ackerman spoke with CNN Thursday after a late-night decision from the Supreme Court and said that former President Donald Trump is finally starting to face consequences for his actions. He even went on to suggest that if the evidence proves Trump intentionally tried to stop Congress then the former president could be on the hook for up to 20 years in prison.

"If you took it from Donald Trump's standpoint, he truly believes the three people he appointed to the Supreme Court have to be loyal to him. That they owe him," said Ackerman. "He looks at it as a quid pro quo type of arrangement he's used to in business. The fact of the matter is these Supreme Court justices stick to the rule of law and in this particular case what they did is they relied on the 1974 decision of U.S. v. Nixon where Nixon tried to do the same thing and conceal his office tapes from the prosecutors based on executive privilege. What the court did was essentially adopt the same decision that was given in Nixon. I mean, this was history repeating itself."

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InfoWars Jan. 6 case could reveal a lot about the case against Ali Alexander and militia members: expert

InfoWars' Owen Shroyer appeared at his hearing Thursday before United States District Judge Tim Kelly in a case that legal analyst Marcy Wheeler said could be an indication of what to expect for event organizer Ali Alexander's case and that of some militia members. Shroyer's lawyer filed a motion to dismiss, which was quickly denied.

"There is no doubt in my mind that probable cause for an arrest existed here," Judge Kelly said.

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Trump is being brought down by bad lawyers: impeachment attorney

Speaking to CNN "New Day" Thursday morning, former impeachment lawyer Norm Eisen explained that Donald Trump is slowly being defeated, in part, due to really bad lawyering.

Over the past several months, the former president has fought the demand for the National Archives to hand over any documents or details submitted from his administration. According to Eisen, he hasn't done so very effectively.

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Booted Pro-Trump 'influencers' are having trouble building followers on new right-wing networks

After Jan. 6, members of the MAGA community have fled traditional social media sites for right-wing alternatives. However, as the Washington Post reported Thursday, sites like Telegram may have seen a big surge after Jan. 6 but it's barely grown since.

Social media users at the big sites might be happy about the shift of the far-right away from trolling those who critique or mock former President Donald Trump. However, the far-right is now quietly scheming behind closed doors without much observation from their opposition.

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This is how the New York AG says Trump misled the IRS: report

The 115-page supplemental documents and narrative submitted by New York Attorney General Letitia James outline two instances of possible tax fraud by the Trump Organization as part of an extensive investigation into the company's financial documents.

According to the filings, there were two cases in which former President Donald Trump's company misled the IRS

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Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio explains why he doesn't think the Trumps 'can wriggle out this time'

In a conversation with CNN and former impeachment lawyer Norm Eisen, Donald Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio said that he doesn't think the former president will be able to "wriggle" out of the fraud accusations this time around.

D'Antonio explained that in the past, the Trump Organization has managed to get away with a lot more. However, there were additional regulations and laws passed that protect against corruption.

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Here's why prosecutors think Oath Keepers returned to the scene of the crime on Jan. 7

BusinessInsider reported Wednesday that a group of Oath Keepers returned to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 7 after the violent attack that left 140 law enforcement officers injured.

Prosecutors recently filed documents alleging that Edward Vallejo and allies went to the Capitol to "probe their defense line." He and the men had a kind of Capitol patrol around the building. Vallejo specifically told his group chat, "We'll be back to 6am to do it again. We got food for 30 days."

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Trump Organization responds to detailed fraud case by personally attacking the New York AG

President Donald Trump has been banned from social media, forcing him to send out statements via press releases. Such was the case after a filing from New York Attorney General Letitia James.

James' office filed an extensive statement of facts in the case involving fraud around the Trump Organization. Numerous allegations are cited with supplemental documents from the AG. In one case, Trump was quoted falsely inflating the size of his penthouse by three times. Another case revealed Trump tried to get appraisers to grossly exaggerate the value of his massive Georgian Mansion, Seven Springs. Ivanka Trump was on the hook as well, as she was the primary person dealing with Deutsche Bank. According to the documents, Ms. Trump "caused misleading financial statements to be submitted." Eric Trump was questioned for six hours, answering over 500 questions by using his Fifth Amendment rights.

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Donald Trump lied about his Trump Tower apartment — saying it was larger than his upstate mansion: NY AG

New York City is notorious for small apartments, but former President Donald Trump frequently showed off his large penthouse apartment at the top of Trump Tower, but it apparently wasn't quite as big as he claimed.

Trump not only lied about the size of his inauguration size, the size of his Jan. 6 rally, and ultimately his election vote size, he also allegedly lied about the size of his Manhattan apartment.

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Appraiser for Trump Org property: 'It seems like they are hiding something'

At the heart of the Trump Organization probe in New York is the accusation that the president grossly inflated assets to banks and on loan documents in an effort to inflate his wealth.

According to supplemental information for the petition filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, "other testimony and documents have been withheld under assertions of privilege, including assertions on behalf of Mr. Trump himself: for instance, Sheri Dillon, a respondent in OAG’s motion that began this proceeding, was Mr. Trump’s personal tax counsel."

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Eric Trump spent six hours pleading the Fifth Amendment more than 500 times

Every American has the right to not incriminate themselves in court or in a deposition. According to the court documents for New York Attorney General Letitia James' probe of the Trump Organization, Eric Trump spent six hours doing exactly that.

Showing screen captures of the court documents, lawyer Luppe B. Luppen quoted a revealing piece in the filing that showed the middle Trump son fought against answering any questions asked about the Trump Organization, out of fear that it would incriminate him.

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