According to a report from CNN, former members of Donald Trump's administration panicked after hearing federal officials raided the home and offices of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani fearing that they could be next.
On Thursday, federal investigators armed with a warrant confiscated cell phones and computers belonging to Giuliani as part of an investigation into his dealings with Ukraine that one stunned Trump associate called "overkill."
News of the raid was greeted with dismay by former Trump administration officials as they have come to recognize that Attorney General Merrick Garland is allowing U.S. Attorneys under him to pursue former government officials, reports CNN.
One former Trump adviser, who wished to remain anonymous, told CNN, "This was a show of force that sent a strong message to a lot of people in Trump's world that other things may be coming down the pipeline."
According to the report from CNN's Gabby Orr, "According to the Trump adviser, the raid ignited a sense of fear inside the former President's orbit that Justice Department officials may be more willing to pursue investigations of the 45th president or his inner circle than many Trump allies had previously believed. Two other people close to the former President, who echoed these sentiments, declined to be quoted for this story."
Former Trump officials worry that Giuliani could implicate Trump or other administration officials as part of a plea deal, with one Trump insider saying, "Even the most loyal people have their breaking point," before adding it "wouldn't shock me at all" if the former U.S. Attorney flipped on the ex-president.
Added another, "I think we've seen some more surprising instances of things like that happening, especially with Michael Cohen."
As for Cohen, on Saturday morning he told an MSNBC host that Giuliani's phones and computers could contain a "treasure trove" of information that could be used to pursue former Attorney General Bill Barr, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner.
You can read more from CNN here.
Four attorneys general filed a suit against the website WinRed after a New York Times expose revealed that many Republican donors were scammed out of hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars.
And now newly released court filings show that WinRed has lost their attempt to have the case dismissed.
At issue was an automatically checked box with misleading language that opted them into monthly or even weekly donations in the final days of the 2020 election. Another automatically checked box also took money from donors for any "money bomb" fundraising efforts.
"The practice caused a surge of credit card fraud complaints and the pro-Trump operation ultimately refunded more than 10 percent of what it raised on WinRed in 2020 — $122 million. The Biden operation refunded a far smaller share of its online 2020 fund-raising: 2.2 percent," The Times reported at the time.
Investigations were announced last July by attorneys general Keith Ellison (D-MN), Brian Frosh (D-MD), Letitia James (D-NY), and William Tong (D-CT).
Donald Trump's campaign was forced to return $13 million to supporters as a result of the checked-box scam.
The case will move forward.
NEWS: WinRed's attempt to block records requests \u2014 and subpoenas \u2014 from four state attorneys general was just dismissed by a federal judge in MN today.\n\nThe AG investigations began after NYT story on use of pre-checked recurring donation boxes.\n\nMore TK \u2014>pic.twitter.com/9MISSVGHyE— Shane Goldmacher (@Shane Goldmacher) 1643229670
Trump-loving talk radio host Dan Bongino thought he'd found a way around his temporary suspension -- but now he's wound up getting totally banned after getting caught.
The Daily Beast reports that Bongino had previously been suspended by YouTube for falsely claiming masks do nothing to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Despite that, he attempted to upload a new video onto the platform, which led YouTube to shut him down completely.
“We terminated Dan Bongino’s channels for circumventing our Terms of Service by posting a video while there was an active strike and suspension associated with the account,” a YouTube spokesperson tells The Daily Beast. “When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension. If a channel is terminated, the uploader is unable to use, own or create any other YouTube channels.”
Last year, Bongino spent time feuding with employer Cumulus Media over its vaccination mandate for employees, and even threatened to quit his show there.
So far he has not followed through on that threat, however, and last month he told the Washington Post he was in an "ongoing fight" with the company.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Nearly two weeks after 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram took a Colleyville synagogue hostage for nearly 11 hours, the Department of Justice announced that a man has been charged with selling the hostage-taker a gun. Henry “Michael” Williams, 32, is accused of selling Akram a semi-automatic Taurus G2C pistol on Jan. 13, just two days before the synagogue standoff that the FBI is investigating as an act of terrorism. The weapon was recovered at the scene after federal law enforcement fatally shot Akram, authorities said. Williams was first interviewed the day a...