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Donald Trump's Truth Social platform has seen a significant increase in usage since the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, VICE News reports.
Downloads of the app have increased almost 550% compared to the previous week, according to data shared with VICE.
Trump has railed against the FBI in the days after the raid, and has used Truth Social as main tool to get his message out.
The Truth Social app was downloaded less than 20,000 times the week before the Mar-a-Lago raid. averaging around 2,500 downloads per day. But in the week after the raid, it was downloaded 107,500 times, an average of 13,400 per day.
Trump himself has increasingly used the platform, after being slow to post regularly after it was launched.
"From the beginning, Truth Social has been beset by technical problems. There was initially a huge backlog of users who simply couldn’t get onto the platform. It was also only available on Apple’s platform; there is still no Android app available (it’s 'coming soon,' the company says) and registrations are currently closed for new users, according to platform's website," VICE's report stated. "Still, Truth Social has now been downloaded almost 3 million times, according to Data AI’s figures. This is a fraction of the number of people using mainstream platforms like Twitter or Facebook, and even pales in comparison to the tens of millions of people using far-right sites like Gab every month."
For the second time this week a federal judge has denied U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham‘s attempt to evade a grand jury subpoena requiring him to testify in the investigation of Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, calling his legal argument “unpersuasive.”
U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May Friday afternoon responded to Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis’ request to order the GOP Senator from South Carolina to appear before the Special Purpose Grand Jury (SPGJ).
“Senator Graham’s arguments are entirely unpersuasive,” Judge May writes, as Politico’s Kyle Cheney notes, “and they do not even demonstrate a ‘substantial case on the merits.’ As an initial matter, Senator Graham takes issue with the Court’s recognition that his sole request-to quash the subpoena in its entirety–was built largely (if not entirely) on the premise that Senator Graham will only be questioned about the phone calls, which Senator Graham characterizes as legitimate legislative factfinding exercises and thus completely protected by the Speech or Debate Clause.”
“Instead, Senator Graham maintains that he believes that the ‘other topics’ will simply be used as a ‘backdoor’ for questioning him about the phone calls,” the judge adds. “The problem for Senator Graham is that the record thoroughly contradicts his suggestion that the District Attorney and grand jury simply wish to use questions on other topics as a ‘backdoor’ to asking him about the legislative fact- finding on the phone calls.”
Judge May found Sen. Graham had “no basis” to claim he should not be ordered to testify, and ordered him to testify on August 23.
“The Court finds no basis for concluding that its holdings as to these issues are likely to be reversed on the merits,” Judge May wrote. “Holding otherwise would allow any sitting senator to shield all manner of potential criminal conduct occurring during a phone call merely by asserting the purpose of the call was legislative fact-finding-no matter whether the call subsequently took a different turn.”
Graham still has other avenues to use to try to evade the lawful subpoena.
As Politico’s Kyle Cheney, who broke this development notes, “the question of a stay rests with the appeals court, which received Graham’s case yesterday.”
Judge May appears to strongly agree with DA Willis’ assessment. The judge writes, “the public interest is well-served when a lawful investigation aimed at uncovering the facts and circumstances of alleged attempts to disrupt or influence Georgia’s elections is allowed to proceed without unnecessary encumbrances.”
In her motion Friday morning Willis wrote, “Senator Graham insists that he seeks to delay his appearance before the Special Purpose Grand Jury not just for his own sake, but also for the sake of the separation of powers, federalism, and ‘for the People.’”
“The Special Purpose Grand Jury, however, is the People,” Willis eloquently explained, “a collection of citizens called together to perform their civic duty on behalf of their neighbors and families. They have sacrificed their time, effort, energy, and attention for months in order to investigate matters that affect themselves, their community, and the nation as a whole. The District Attorney asks that this Court deny Senator Graham’s motion in order that he, for a single day, can assist them in that great task without further delay. The People have requested Senator Graham’s testimony and stand ready to receive it. All that is left is for the Senator to meet them.”
GOP candidate announced his school board bid with a Bible verse – then got busted for sexting an underage girl
A Louisiana school board candidate is accused of soliciting nude photos from an underaged girl on Snapchat, The Advocate reported this week.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says a woman contacted them and said her 15-year-old daughter had exchanged messages that were "sexual in nature" with Joshua Schopp, 20, on the platform. The victim reportedly lied about her age to Schopp initially, telling him she was 17.
But even after learning the victim's true age, Schopp continued to ask for nude photos and sent her a video of himself with his genitals exposed -- a video which the mother screen-recorded and handed over to police.
Police conducted a search warrant at his home and found clothing matching the person in the video. Schopp was then arrested and brought to EBRSO headquarters for questioning.
Schopp faces one count of computer-aided solicitation of a minor.
The Republican candidate reportedly told authorities that "he felt pressured to send the photograph but knew it was a mistake."
On his Facebook page on July 21, 2022, Schopp wrote: "It’s now OFFICIAL I am proud and honored to announce my running for Central Community School System-School Board of District 1!!!"
He then cited a Bible verse: “'And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.' Colossians 3:17."