Trump asks court for new trial in E Jean Carroll's civil case: report

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday asked for a new trial in the civil case brought against him by writer E. Jean Carroll after a jury found him liable for sexually abusing and defaming her, Reuters reported.

Trump’s lawyers said the jury’s $2 million judgment for the sexual abuse portion of the verdict was “excessive” because the jury had found that Carroll was not raped and she didn't suffer any resulting diagnosed mental injury.

As for the $2.7 million award for the defamation claim, Trump's lawyers argued it was “based upon pure speculation.”

Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a dressing room at New York's Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s, and defaming her by calling her allegations a hoax.

The jury found him liable for sexual abuse but not rape.

Man shoots 13-year-old girl as she shops with mother in Walmart: report

A man walked up to a 13-year-old girl who was with her mother at a South Carolina Walmart and randomly shot her, WSB-V reported.

According to a witness, the shooter walked straight up to the girl on Wednesday night and shot her while she was shopping for clothes. “She was with her mom, she was actually looking at a pair of shorts, and out of nowhere a guy just walked up and shot her and it actually went through her arm and into her abdomen,” Kari Johnson told WJBF.

Stephen Foreman, 32, was arrested by police, who say he had no relationship to the victim. The victim was identified as Ashton Rickard.

Her mother says the bullet lodged in her back and broke her arm. She underwent one surgery for her injuries and may need another.

Foreman has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. Police still do not know a motive for the shooting.

Billionaire Trump supporter offers to buy CNN: report

Billionaire John Catsimatidis suggested he's considering making an offer to buy CNN from its parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, saying that if he were to take over the network, all he'd want from compensation is "$1 per year,” The New York Post reported.

Speaking to The Post, Catsimatidis, 74, said that it would be "up to the investment bankers to come up with the numbers" in regards to how much he'd pay.

“We could always bring partners in, but I want to run the place,” he said. “We are capable of putting down a substantial amount of money.”

“I’d go run the place tomorrow morning, and all I’d want is $1 per year and a piece of the upside,” Catsimatidis, who is a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, said.

There is no suggestion that Discovery has any interest in selling CNN.

“Whoever is running that company is wrong,” Catsimatidis said, adding that if he were to take over the network, he'd continue recently ousted CEO Chris Licht's push to make the network more bipartisan.

“I want the truth, not opinions,” Catsimatidis emphasized. “If people say there’s two truths, let’s voice both truths and let the viewers decide.”

Herschel Walker investigation ongoing months after GOP Senate hopeful conceded: report

Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker conceded his defeat over six months ago, but the office of the Georgia secretary of state is still investigating questions about if he was eligible to stand, The Daily Beast reported.

The question mark revolves around where he kept his home – candidates must be residents of the area if they're elected to represent it. Walker listed a home in Atlanta as his campaign address, but then disclosed in a financial disclosure statement that his family rented it out.

People familiar with the matter tell The Beast that the investigation, which was launched on Nov. 28, 2022 by the Georgia secretary of state, is still open. Speaking to The Beast, election law expert Anthony Michael Kreis said he was surprised that the investigation hasn't been closed yet.

“I was always skeptical of the idea that Herschel did anything unlawful in terms of the residency issue,” Kreis said. “Residency questions are typically really easy ones, and while this was politically sketchy, I always thought it was a non-issue as a legal matter, so I’m surprised that it would take this long to close the investigation.”

Questions about Walker's residency reemerged in late November when CNN reported that he took a homestead tax exemption he claimed in both 2021 and 2022 for his home in Texas, which is only available for a “principal residence."

Walker "had claimed the Texas exemption on the home since 2012. But all the while, he maintained one of the most recognized names in Georgia, as a University of Georgia football star in the early 1980s — even though he left school early in favor of a professional career in the U.S. Football League," The Beast's report stated.

“The key factor is whether the person moved to their primary residence with the intention to stay,” Kreis told The Beast.

Read the full report over at The Daily Beast.

'Anchorman' actor charged for rioting on Jan 6: report

An actor who appeared on shows including "Mr. Show,” “Arrested Development,” "Bob's Burgers" and in the movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" has been arrested and charged in relation to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, NBC News reported.

Jay Johnston was charged with felony obstruction of officers during civil disorder as well as other misdemeanors.

Prosecutors say Johnston entered the upper west tunnel to the Capitol and "assisted at least three other insurrectionists by pouring water on the rioters' faces" after they were hit with pepper spray. He then used a stolen U.S. Capitol Police shield to fight against police alongside other rioters, the report said.

No one has told me I’m being indicted': Trump reacts to report that DOJ ready to charge

Former President Donald Trump took to Truth Social Wednesday as The Independent published a bombshell report that the Department of Justice could ask a grand jury to indict the former president as soon as Thursday.

"No one has told me I'm being indicted," he wrote.

He continued, "and I shouldn’t be because I’ve done NOTHING wrong, but I have assumed for years that I am a Target of the WEAPONIZED DOJ & FBI, starting with the Russia, Russia, Russia HOAX, the 'No Collusion' Mueller Report, Impeachment HOAX #1, Impeachment HOAX #2, the PERFECT Ukraine phone call, and various other SCAMS & WITCH HUNTS," Trump wrote.


A grand jury has been listening to testimony regarding Trump allegedly keeping classified documents in his Mar-a-Lago home. The Independent reported the DOJ was eyeing indictment on obstruction and espionage charges.

Former Florida State University football star Travis Rudolph found not guilty of murder

Former Florida State University football star Travis Rudolph was found not guilty of murder Wednesday in a case that involved a shooting that left one man dead, WPTV reported.

After the shooting outside Rudolph's home two years ago, he was charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Police say four individuals arrived at Rudolph's house after an argument between Rudolph and a woman he was dating at the time. After an altercation took place outside, Rudolph retrieved a gun and fired shots as the individuals drove away.

Rudolph's defense team claimed he was the victim and acted in self-defense. The prosecution argued that Rudolph was not in any immediate danger when he fired the shots.

Chris Licht had no idea he was about to be fired by CNN: report

Chris Licht, the former CEO of CNN, didn't see his ouster coming, according to the New York Post's Page Six.

Sources speaking to Page Six said Licht had meetings scheduled right up to the point where he was told of his firing. On Wednesday, he announced that he was stepping down from his position.

Licht was beset with troubles during his tenure, from a collapse in ratings to a wave of backlash over the network's town hall that featured Donald Trump, followed by a devastating profile in The Atlantic.

Licht was reportedly completely caught off guard when he was told he was being replaced by an interim leadership team -- news that was brought to him by the CEO of CNN's parent company Discovery, David Zaslav.

“As of last night, he was expecting to be in meetings on Wednesday,” a source told Page Six. “He wasn’t expecting this. Definitely not so soon, anyway.”

Comer starts contempt of Congress proceedings against FBI director over Biden document

James Comer (R-KY) moved to hold FBI Director Christopher A. Wray in contempt of Congress Wednesday for not fully complying with a subpoena to produce a document that he says contains allegations from a confidential informant about President Joe Biden and his family, The Washington Post reported.

“To date, the FBI has refused to comply with our lawfully issued subpoena and even refused to admit the record’s existence up until a week ago,” Comer said in a statement Wednesday as he released the contempt resolution. “The FBI created this record based on information from a credible informant who has worked with the FBI for over a decade and paid six figures.”

According to Comer, who is the House Oversight Committee Chairman, the informant has firsthand information regarding a foreign national who claimed to have bribed Biden while he was vice president.

Comer said the committee will vote on the resolution this Thursday.

Read the full report over at The Washington Post.

Pig blood vandals accused of attacking home of Derek Chauvin defender's ex-wife

Vandals accused of covering the home of a woman connected with the George Floyd case with pig blood have gone on trial, ABC 7 reported.

The victim, identified in court only as "Jane Doe," had her California home splashed from end to end with pig blood and a severed pig's head was left on her doorstep. During her testimony Tuesday, Jane Doe said she is a former police officer with the city of Santa Rosa and the ex-wife of Barry Brodd, who was a use of force expert in the Floyd case who testified in the defense of now-incarcerated former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin was found guilty of killing Floyd by kneeling on his neck, a death that sparked days of furious protests nationwide.

Brodd said just this April that he felt Chauvin was justified in his actions.

Jane Doe testified that even before the attack took place, she was concerned about being targeted and installed a surveillance camera that ended up capturing the vandals.

Two more defendants are accused of also using pig blood to cover a statue in the Santa Rosa shopping plaza.

The hearing will continue Wednesday.

Shooting at 10-year-old's funeral kills 1 in Washington DC: report

A shooting at the funeral of a 10-year-old girl left one person dead and another injured in Washington, DC, Tuesday, ABC 7 reported. The service had been for a 10-year-old girl that was shot and killed by a stray bullet on Mother's Day.

Officers arriving at Washington National Cemetery found a man and woman suffering from gunshot wounds. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a hospital, ABC reported.

Police say the victims were in a dispute "not directly related to the funeral."

"We believe that this was a dispute totally unrelated to what was going on with the funeral, the circumstances leading up to the funeral, the circumstances into the investigation in Washington, D.C. This was totally independent of that," Prince George's County Police Department Major David Blazer said.

One person has been arrested, police said.

On May 14, 10-year-old Arianna Davis was shot while riding in a car with her family. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died days later.

Jan 6 rioter who broke through Capitol windows with baseball bat is sentenced

A Pittsburgh man who was seen in images using a baseball bat to smash through windows in the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, has been sentenced to 51 months in prison, reported.

Jorden Robert Mink, 29, was also sentenced to 36 months of supervised release and was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution. He was charged with assaulting, impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon, theft of government property and aiding and abetting.

Prosecutors say Mink shattered a window on the Capitol building with a baseball bat and started removing property, which he handed to people in the crowd outside. He was also seen using the bat to shatter another window.

He was also seen spitting at police officers and throwing several objects at them.

Mothers of children killed by reckless drivers launch hunger strike to force new law

Two mothers who lost their children to reckless drivers have launched a hunger strike in an effort to force New York state to let New York City set its own speed limits, Streets Blog reported.

Amy Cohen, who lost her 12-year-old son Sammy, said the discomfort of a hunger strike is nothing compared to what she endured after her son's death.

“People ask, ‘Won’t it be hard to not eat anything for a couple days?’ And I share that every day is already very hard. In the first two years after Sammy died, I hardly ate," she said.

"Truthfully, I thought if we just all starved, I wouldn’t have to live this life anymore,” said Cohen, whose son is the inspiration for the "Sammy's Law" bill. “Sammy experienced so much pain because … the car went right over his torso. If he can endure that pain and struggle for his life for five hours, and not make it, I can make a few days without food.”

If passed, Sammy's Law would allow New York City to set speed limits below 25 miles per hour. It was first brought in 2020 but was put on the shelf after some lawmakers expressed reservations about its provisions.

“You guys rarely see me cry. But I’m just angry, angry that some assembly members reach out to our community when we lost a member to say, ‘I’m sorry, I’m here with you,’” said fellow hunger striker Fabiola Mendieta-Cuapio, whose 5-year-old son Bryan was killed by a driver in 2006.

“But now, when we need your support, when we need you to be transparent, you’re hiding. That’s not OK. We need to pass Sammy’s Law today, no more excuses.”

Read the full report over at Streets Blog.

Another Republican claims FBI's Biden informant is in fear for life

Speaking to The New York Post this Tuesday, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) claimed that an informant who allegedly has information about a $5 million bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden is afraid for their safety.

“The American people deserve to know if their sitting President sold out his country,” Mace told The Post. “The FBI originally would not confirm the existence of the document; then it magically appeared."

“Then the government told us the whistleblower wasn’t credible and the contents of the document couldn’t be verified,” she said. “Come to find out the Obama Administration thought the whistleblower was credible when they hired this individual."

“Now the FBI also has told us the whistleblower can’t come forward publicly because they fear for his safety," she continued. "If the FBI can’t verify information, investigate potential crimes, or keep people safe, what exactly are they good for?”

Mace became the second GOP lawmaker to make the claim after Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) said Monday that the FBI fears for the informant's safety, saying on Twitter that the FBI said the whistleblower could “be killed if unmasked, based on the info he has brought forward about the Biden family.”

On Monday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY) announced that he plans to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress for not complying with the subpoena of an FBI document alleging the scheme.

“The claims made in the document are consistent with what we found and disclosed to you all in Romania. It suggests a pattern of bribery where payments would be made through shell accounts and multiple banks,” Comer said.

Read the full report at The New York Post.

Man admits to sending death threats to Indiana congressman while drunk: report

An Indiana man has been charged after he allegedly threatened state GOP Rep. Jim Banks, the Indiana Capitol Chronicle reported.

Aaron L. Thompson, who was arrested last Friday, allegedly called Banks' office at least eight times in April and left several threatening messages. He was charged with intimidation and harassment.

Speaking to U.S. Capitol Police. Thompson admitted he was intoxicated when he called Banks, adding that he disagreed with the congressman's political views.

In one of his messages. Thompson said he owned a gun and would use it.

“Here’s the choice. Your daughters grow up without their dad or you grow old without your daughters,” Thompson allegedly said. “… boom, boom you pick …”

Thompson also said he hoped Banks died in a car crash or “(got) his brains blown out."