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Charlie Kirk's group works with sex offender despite Kirk's 'groomer' claims against Target: report

Charlie Kirk, the founder of the right-wing group Turning Point USA, recently accused Target of "grooming" kids by offering Pride youth apparel. Yet that reportedly hasn't stop his organization from being bankrolled by a registered sex offender, new reporting reveals.

Rolling Stone reported that Shawn Bergstrand is a "benefactor" of Kirk, and that his criminal history "opens up TPUSA to charges of hypocrisy."

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Stewart Rhodes' sentencing rant 'unwittingly' exposed 'deepening rift' among right-wingers: extremism expert

According to extremism expert Juliette Kayyem, during Oath Keeper head Stewart Rhodes' rant before he was sentenced to 18 years in prison on sedition charges he threw fellow right-wing extremists under the bus.

As she notes, Rhodes' rage-filled diatribe and defense of his actions leading up to the Jan. 6th insurrection revealed a growing schism among extremist groups.

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Man who served time for Jan. 6 Parler threats demands $370 million for being banned: report

A man who was convicted for threatening a follow-up attack after the Capitol Hill insurrection, and suggested bringing enough people and weapons to overcome any "standing army or police agency," is now suing right-wing social network Parler for banning him for those very threats.

Troy Smocks is suing Parler, which was recently shut down after it was sold, leaving former employees to plot their own new platform, for $370 million, according to a Gizmodo report.

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Trump and Ted Cruz mount last-minute appeals against Texas AG  Paxton's GOP-led impeachment

Embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has received 11th hour support from Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz as he faces 20 counts of impeachment in the Texas House.

Both Trump and Cruz defended the long-indicted Paxton by pointing to his recent reelection and attacking his attackers. Both cited his opposition to Biden and MAGA credentials without addressing any of the allegations against him.

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'A little late in the game': Ivanka Trump's distancing from family won't solve her legal problems

According to a legal analyst and a crisis management consultant, Ivanka Trump's moves away from her family, including her indicted former president father, is part of a planned effort to rebrand herself -- but it may not be of any help as she faces a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization.

As Insider's Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert wrote, "She hasn't changed her name, but Ivanka Trump's image has undergone a major makeover in recent years, as she has slowly separated herself from her father's brand. But, despite the rebirth, Donald Trump's elder daughter remains deeply entwined in his businesses — and legal troubles."

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Hucksters are suckering MAGA supporters into buying worthless 'Trump Bucks': report

According to a report from NBC, scam operations with names like Patriots Dynasty and US Patriots have been selling so-called "Trump Bucks" to fans of the recently indicted Donald Trump with a promise of growing rich -- except they are worth nothing.

NBC's Brandy Zadrozny and Corky Siemaszko are reporting that the Federal Trade Commission has confirmed receiving complaints about the scam and that the Better Business Bureau has given the three Colorado companies involved, Patriots Dynasty, Patriots Future and USA Patriots, an "F" rating with terible reviews pouring in.

According to the report, the companies are "peddling 'Trump Bucks,' which are emblazoned with photos of the former president, and advertising them online as a kind of golden ticket that will help propel Trump’s 2024 bid and make the 'real patriots' who support him rich when cashed in."

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However, as one buyer pointed out, he feels ripped off after taking them to the bank and finding they are worthless.

"John Amann told NBC News he bought $2,200 worth of Trump Bucks and other items over the past year only to discover they were worthless when he tried to cash them in at his local bank. So he’s gone on Twitter to warn other Trump supporters not to fall for this scam," the report states before adding, "Additionally, NBC News has found at least a dozen people like Amann who say they invested thousands of dollars after watching the pitches on Telegram and other websites that strongly suggested that Trump himself was endorsing these products."

Noting that there is no evidence that the former president is involved or even aware of the scam, NBC reports, "Repeated attempts to reach representatives for the companies by phone and email were unsuccessful. But Bank of America spokesman Bill Halldin said he’s heard reports from bank employees of customers coming in to exchange their Trump Bucks for actual cash, but the bank routinely turns them down."

According to Halldin, "It’s hard to put a number on how many people have come in."

As for the 77-year-old Amann, "There’s no way to cash out what I have."

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Key Trump defense in Mar-a-Lago doc case 'off the table' after new revelations: former prosecutor

Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade explained how a report from the Washington Post that DOJ investigators now have evidence that Mar-a-Lago employees working for Donald Trump knowingly hid documents from the FBI will ultimately cripple his attorney's defense options if the former president is indicted as expected.

With reports that the former president's legal team is preparing him for another day in court on possible obstruction and espionage charges, McQuade said that -- if the Post report is accurate -- things just took a turn for the worse for Trump.

"Well, that reporting would really catch the eye of a prosecutor because it suggests potential for obstruction of justice," McQuade told "The Saturday Show" host Jonathan Capehart.

RELATED: Trump in danger of heightened espionage charges after bombshell report: legal expert

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Manhattan DA's discovery list cites book accusing Trump of fathering another child

Lost in the news that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's discovery list turned over to Donald Trump's lawyers contains a reference to an audio tape of a witness speaking with the former president, is a list of books the investigators appear to be relying upon -- and MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin noted one curious inclusion.

As part of "automatic discovery" Bragg's office turned over the information related to Trump’s arrest and subsequent 34-count indictment over allegations he falsified business documents while trying to conceal a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

CBS reported, "some information, labeled 'Limited Dissemination Materials' by prosecutors, will only be available to Trump in the presence of his attorneys."

Reviewing the list, MSNBC's Rubin highlighted the fact that the books containing statements about the former president and his life before and during his presidency were included and one leaped out at her.

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As she tweeted, "In New York state, a defendant is entitled to receive all witness testimony before the grand jury and any and all other witness statements provided to the relevant prosecutor’s office. But here, the Manhattan DA’s office also attached this two-page list of books," before adding, "Why? Because these books themselves may contain relevant witness statements. And it is quite a collection. Yes, it includes journalistic hits like those written by Maggie Haberman, Bob Woodward, Jon Karl, and
@KatyTurNBC, whose book on the 2016 campaign is listed."

Notable, she pointed out, was a book by Dino Sajudin, who once worked as a Trump World Tower doorman.

"But what really popped for me was a book by Dino Sajudin, a onetime Trump World Tower doorman who was paid by the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media, for his story that Trump had a child out of wedlock with a concierge at that building," she wrote before asking, "As the New York Post notes here, Sajudin’s account has been vigorously denied by the woman in question. So is it on the list to show that AMI had a habit of catching and killing stories damaging to Trump? Or for other reasons?"

"In any event, I don’t know why Mr. Sajudin’s book is on the Manhattan DA’s discovery list, but I sure would like to find out. Watch this space," she tweeted before adding, "p.s. @KatiePhang’s memory FTW: She reminds me the payment to Dino Sajudin — and its mischaracterization in American Media’s books & records — is discussed in the DA’s statement of facts" with a screenshot that you can see below:

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‘Likely to be indicted soon’: Trump might face seven different felonies, government watchdog says

It's no secret the U.S. Dept. of Justice is investigating Donald Trump for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and for his likely unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return hundreds of documents with classified and top secret markings.

Earlier this week Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal reported, "Special counsel Jack Smith has all but finished obtaining testimony and other evidence in his criminal investigation into whether former President Donald Trump mishandled classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort."

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Trump in danger of heightened espionage charges after bombshell report: legal expert

According to one legal analyst, if a bombshell report from the Washington Post is accurate, Donald Trump could be facing even more serious charges under the Espionage Act from the Department of Justice.

In a column for MSNBC, attorney Norm Eisen wrote there is already plenty of evidence to indict the former president for obstruction of justice for not returning the stolen government documents hidden away at Mar-a-Lago, but reports that Trump left documents sitting around in plain view and may have shared them with others makes his legal peril infinitely worse.

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'Country last': Don Trump Jr. buried for calling Texas AG’s possible impeachment a 'RINO led witch hunt'

Former President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., is calling the impeachment recommendation for Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton a "witch hunt."

Paxton's, along with many of his Republican allies — including Trump Jr.'s — outrage "comes as the Texas House of Representatives passed 20 articles of impeachment in hopes of removing Paxton from office," earlier this week.

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'Jack Smith is living rent free in Trump's head': Justice correspondent hails documents case

Donald Trump is at major risk in the Mar-a-Lago documents scandal and he has "every reason to be worried," according to a justice correspondent for The Nation.

Elie Mystal was on a panel for MSNBC on Friday night, when he was asked if he thinks an indictment is incoming in Jack Smith's investigation into potentially unlawful conduct such as improper retention of classified documents, or obstruction. Hugo Lowell, The Guardian's political investigations reporter, said reports that Trump was showing the documents to others only adds to his culpability during prosecution

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Embattled Texas AG Ken Paxton calls for protest at the state Capitol

Embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday called on supporters to protest at the state Capitol when the Republican-controlled House takes up impeachment proceedings that could lead to his ouster, The Associated Press reports.

A five-member state House committee on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend Paxton’s impeachment on corruption charges, sending the 60-year-old Republican’s fate to the House for a vote scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

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