Jim Jordan slammed for 'particularly offensive' remarks about Tyre Nichols' beating death

During an appearance on "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) expressed dismay at the beating death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols at the hands of five Memphis police officers — and then dismissed the idea that new laws need to be implemented to stop police abuse.

Speaking with host Chuck Todd, the Ohio Republican stated, "I don't know that there's any law that can stop that evil that we saw," before later adding, "But no amount of training's going to change what we saw in that video."

That led GOP campaign consultant Susan Del Percio to pounce on the new House Judiciary Committee chairman for blowing off the idea that changes need to be made.

Appearing on MSNBC, she stated, "There are so many things that have happened over the years that should be bringing both parties together but they don't."

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"What I find particularly offensive about Jim Jordan's argument about no law would change what happened in this incident," she said, continuing, "It's the same line that they use when it comes to gun safety. It's not about the individual. As horrific as it is and of course, it is for that family member. But what it represents is having a systemic problem in policing our cities"

"Yes, there are things that we can do federally, there are things that need to be looked at," she lectured. "Such as qualified immunity — getting rid of that. What's really painful and a little bit to Don's point, when you look at the five officers that committed those hard crimes, they'd all begun in the police department for a relatively short period of time; anywhere from 2 to 5 years. They should have been trained properly. They've been in the 'new policing' if you will, for the last 5 to 10 years."

"This is systemic. It has to be addressed and we can't simply defund the police or abolish the whole system because we still need policing in our cities and states," she continued. "There does have to be an open dialogue. I think the most important thing at the national level is getting that qualified immunity off the table."

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Legal expert: 'Alarming' that Georgia judge seems set to quickly make Trump grand jury report public

During an appearance on MSNBC's "The Sunday Show," former Department of Justice official Harry Litman said he believes a Georgia judge is prepared to release a special grand jury report on Donald Trump's attempt to tamper with the 2020 election vote results over Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' objections.

If that happens, all hell will break loose for the prosecutor who will then be put under an even bigger spotlight.

According to the former prosecutor, the imminent release — if it happens — is "alarming."

"Why wouldn't they want the grand jury report released?" host Jonathan Capehart asked. "Shouldn't the public see it? But if what it is is a roadmap to the investigation, I get it. But if the judge rules that the final report should be released, Harry, what do you think we will learn?"

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"Quite a bit," he replied. "And as [former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance] says it's not just the roadmap. At this point, that will suggest and recommend certain charges that she's not ready to do."

"She is really not ready," he suggested, "and it is a little bit, I think, alarming because I think the judge is going to decide on this this week and he will give a couple days grace for the Court of Appeals but she could be, all of the sudden, on the rollercoaster without her seatbelt and everything else buckled and prepared."

"I think we're gonna see this report and see it before trial," he added. "I think it is quite likely there are multiple people that it will recommend indicting. She is not ready to sign off and replicate everything in that report. But man, it behooves her to get ready immediately because the events could be outside of her control quite quickly."

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New Hampshire's GOP governor shoots down Trump's presidential hopes after 'mundane' speech

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" the morning after Donald Trump gave a speech in his home state, the Republican governor of New Hampshire dismissed both the former president's remarks and his chances of being the GOP presidential nominee in 2024.

Speaking with host Dana Bash, Gov. Chris Sununu laughed when the CNN host pointed out he didn't make an appearance by Trump's side on Saturday.

Asked about Trump's speech itself, he got right to the point.

"One of the reasons he became the Republican nominee in 2016 is because he won the first primary state, your state of New Hampshire. Could he do that again?" host Bash asked.

"Oh, he could. I don't think he will, but he could," Sununu replied. "You know, one thing, obviously, he started his campaign after the election in '22 that obviously had a lot of stumbling blocks that he is trying to overcome."

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"He comes to New Hampshire and frankly, he gives a very mundane speech," Sununu continued after smiling. "The response he received is, he read his teleprompter, stuck to the talking points and he went away. So he's not bringing that fire or energy I think that a lot of folks saw in '16, in many ways it was a little disappointing to folks."

"Even he acknowledged it wasn't his best," he added. "He came to a pre-determined crowd not one of his big rallies. I think a lot of folks understand that he's going to be a candidate, but he'll have to earn it and that's New Hampshire. Even if you're the former president, you have to come to earn it, person-to-person."

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'Going too far': Evidence of 'Trump's lasting legacy' found in 5th Circuit of U.S. Court of Appeals

While the focus on Donald Trump's influence on the judiciary is normally centered on the three associate justices he appointed to the Supreme Court — Amy Coney Barrett, Brent Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch — his impact is also being strongly felt in New Orleans where the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals resides and has been cranking out rulings so extreme it has created tension among the judges.

According to a deep dive by the Washington Post, Trump's imprint on the courts is on full display since he appointed a half dozen judges to that court who are described as "young, ambitious and outspoken" and have shaken things up with their disdain for previous rulings.

As the Post's Ann Marimow wrote, "Their rulings have at times broken with precedent and exposed rifts among the judges, illustrating Trump’s lasting legacy on the powerful set of federal courts that operate one step below the Supreme Court. Even some veteran conservatives on the court have criticized the newcomers for going too far."

Noting that four of the six served as advisors to Texas lawmakers, Marimow added, "With their provocative, colloquial writing styles, the judges are elevating their profiles in far-reaching opinions and public appearances, calling out 'cancel culture,' wokeness and sometimes even one another."

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Chief among them is Judge James C. Ho, who has called for a boycott of Yale Law School students as law clerks because of free speech policies at their school that he finds deplorable.

According to the report, the 5th Circuit has now become the go-to court for conservative activists looking for a sympathetic ear.

In an interview, Steve Vladeck, a University of Texas School of Law professor, explained, "These are the most conservative federal judges in the country having cases specifically brought so that they can decide them at a time when the Supreme Court is reversing some of their decisions, but not all of them. There’s nothing to lose."

A former 5th Circuit law clerk who now works at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution at Georgetown Law agreed.

“The reason it seems like there’s so much fire coming from the 5th Circuit is that they are getting really divisive cases,” explained Alexa Gervasi. “If you send controversial cases to the 5th Circuit, you’re going to get controversial opinions.”

"Of the 17 full-time spots on the 5th Circuit bench, 12 are held by judges nominated by Republican presidents and four by judges picked by Democratic presidents. One seat remains unfilled by Biden. The appeals courts almost always hear cases in three-judge panels drawn mainly from the court’s full-time judges, making the odds of having more than one Democratic pick on any panel unlikely," the Post report notes. "But the combination on the 5th Circuit of big personalities and aspirations — and the large volume of highly charged cases — makes the New Orleans bench a standout."

Gervasi added that there is stiff competition when it comes to writing opinions, explaining, "Everyone wants to have their say. I don’t think that’s just posturing for the Supreme Court.”

The report added, "Just as the Supreme Court’s conservative majority, with a trio of justices picked by Trump, has gravitated away from the restrained, go-slow approach of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., so too has the 5th Circuit issued rulings that depart from precedent or the decisions of other appeals courts. Two of the new judges used to work for members of the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc: Andrew Oldham is a former clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who wrote the opinion eliminating the nationwide right to abortion, and Ho, a former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas."

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'Low energy Donald': Trump buried for 'monotonous' kick-off speeches in New Hampshire and South Carolina

Donald Trump's first two speeches touting his 2024 Republican Party presidential bid before smaller crowds in New Hampshire and South Carolina ended up being a rehash of old complaints and with a few lines that garnered applause but his demeanor was lacking the usual fire once seen at his raucous rallies.

On the morning after the speeches, MSNBC host Katie Phang shared clips of the president speaking and noted the lack of enthusiam from the former president when one considers how important the first foray into public in 2023 was to his third presidential bid with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and a bevy of GOP lawmakers nipping at his heels.

As the MSNBC host pointed out, the president's uncharacteristically short speeches were nothing less than monotonous.

"Do you guys remember low-energy Jeb?" Phang began, referencing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, "That was the moniker Donald Trump branded on the former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush while they competed with others for the Republican nomination in 2016."

"Well, now it seems like we have a low-energy Donald," she continued. "Here was Donald Trump yesterday when he tried to kick his third white house run into high gear."

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After showing a clip of the subdued former president telling the crowd, "So, we're here. We start, we begin. I want to thank New Hampshire for the warm welcome outside. We are so far ahead in the polls, both in New Hampshire -- one came out this morning, very nice poll -- we are way ahead. We had a tremendous period of time. We had a tremendous thing happening just two and a half years ago," Phang noted Trump's demeanor.

"King of the monotone," she pointed out, "Despite Trump saying he is leading in the polls the reality is so far he is the only Republican who has even announced a run for president."

"Trump's first lethargic campaign stops of the 2024 race come as sources are telling NBC News that [Rep.] Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is angling to be his vice president," she added. "The MAGA conspiracy theorist/insurrectionist/election denier reportedly sees herself as someone who can bridge the divide between the party's far-right hard-liners and it's 'establishment wing.'"

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'All washed up': Republican insider says Trump needs to 'move on' because 'he's bleeding support'

Donald Trump kicked off his bid for the 2024 Republican Party presidential nomination on Saturday with two speeches before smaller crowds in New Hampshire and South Carolina, and one Republican insider didn't see him turning his slide around with both speeches being a rehash of old complaints.

According to a report from the Guardian's David Smith, both of Trump's speeches were low-key affairs before smaller audiences as the president tries to reboot after his 2024 announcement in November which was "widely derided for its absence of sparkle or swagger."

According to longtime Republican pollster Frank Luntz, those two speeches likely have not stopped Trump's slide as he suggested the former president is "all washed up," as Smith put it.

Speaking with the Guardian, Luntz said his polling with GOP voters shows the former president is losing supporters to Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and maybe it is time for Trump to step aside.

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“How much Trump has fallen is a big deal and how much DeSantis has gained is a big deal,” Luntz began.

After he added, "DeSantis is so far ahead of where Barack Obama was against Hillary Clinton [in the Democratic primary in 2007] because that’s the closest parallel,” Smith wrote that the pollster, "predicts that DeSantis will be the Republican nominee in 2024."

"I used to think that Trump was the prohibitive favorite but, now that he’s below 50% and the first vote is still a year away, he’s bleeding support," he elaborated. "I talk to Trump people. We did a focus group on him a few weeks ago. They all still appreciate all that he did. They still think he was one of the greatest presidents in American history. But there’s too much drama and too much controversy and they’ve had enough. The conclusion from them is: Mr Trump, thank you for your service, this country is grateful, but it’s time to move on.”

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Trump's overwhelming need for attention could lead to him bailing on Truth Social: NYT

Now that Donald Trump has been given the go-ahead to begin posting again on Facebook, the former president is reportedly weighing breaking with his own troubled Truth Social to bolster his 2024 presidential run.

According to a report from the New York Times, the former president has become a much more prolific poster on Truth Social as he ramps up his 2024 presidential bid, with a noted increase in boosting conspiracy theories popular with the QAnon crowd.

As the Times Maggie Haberman and Ken Bensinger wrote, Trump's new access to Facebook and Twitter, after owner Elon Musk intervened, is a powerful draw for Trump who was able to use those two platforms to prop up his political endeavors.

While the former president is under contract to post his thoughts — or "truths" — at Truth Social first and then wait six hours to share them elsewhere, he does have a loophole that allows him to post elsewhere if it "specifically relates to political messaging, political fund-raising or get-out-the-vote efforts at any time.”

While he has yet to take advantage, the report notes that it is only a matter of time because the former president needs a boost for his flagging third run for the presidency.

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"According to people close to Mr. Trump, he is aware that a return to those platforms would risk starving Truth Social of its largest draw. But it may be that his desire for more income, they said, is outweighed by the enormous attention that Facebook and Twitter can provide him as he runs again for president," the Times is reporting.

According to Rashad Robinson, the president of Color of Change, Meta could also benefit from Trump's return.

"Facebook has more followers than Christianity,” Robinson explained. "Corporations like Facebook have continued to find ways to profit off Trump even as they’ve condemned him. It’s not just that they let Donald Trump back on their platform, it’s that they benefit from it.”

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George Santos House staffers 'trying to find the route to get out' as investigations pile up

Now that Rep. George Santos (R-NY) has settled into the House despite the cloud of investigations that grows darker each day, his House office is still engaged in staffing up which, in turn, has become an object of fascination for House aides who work for other lawmakers and who believe that a Santos job is a bad career move.

According to a report from the Washington Post, the controversial lawmaker who lied his way to a midterm win has filled key positions, but there is no telling how long they will be employed should one of the investigations bear fruit and lead to his ouster from the House.

As the WaPo's Joe Flynn and Meaghan Heim wrote, "Taking a job for Santos could prove dicey for staffers. In conversations with more than a dozen former and current Republican and Democratic lawmakers and staff members, many wondered if those who go to work for Santos, particularly higher-level staffers, would ever be able to find another congressional office that would hire them."

Adding that "It’s hard enough to get offices up and running in normal circumstances, but Santos is under intense media scrutiny," the report continued, "For staffers who have opted to work for Santos, a future on Capitol Hill could prove difficult to negotiate," said George McElwee, who served as chief of staff for former GOP congressman Charlie Dent from Pennsylvania and was also president of the House Chiefs of Staff Association.

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Speaking with the Post, McElwee suggested those who have been hired are probably painfully aware about what the future might bring and are likely looking to make a move if a job presents itself.

“Particularly for staff in those senior roles, people are going to wonder why they’re there. Why are they continuing on?” he explained “And it’s probably going to hurt them at some point in their job prospects.”

He added, "A lot of the folks in his office probably have an eye to the door and they’re trying to find the route to get out. They know it’s not a stable environment for them in their political future.”

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'Politically stupid' Trump is killing off any chance of hanging on to a key voting bloc: analyst

Donald Trump's ongoing war with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will likely blow up in his face should he manage to become the Republican Party's 2024 presidential nominee because he refuses to halt the racist attacks on the GOP leader's wife.

In a column for Bloomberg, longtime political observer Robert George suggested that, had the former president confined his attack to McConnell, that would be politics as usual -- particularly for Trump.

However Trump can't seem to get off a shot at the Kentucky senator without taking a swipe at his wife, former Trump administration official Elaine Chao by repeatedly calling her "Coco Chow" and pointing out her Chinese heritage while questioning her ties to China.

In a recent post on Truth Social, Trump wrote, "Does Coco Chow have anything to do with Joe Biden’s Classified Documents being sent and stored in Chinatown? Her husband, the Old Broken Crow, is VERY close to Biden, the Democrats, and, of course, China.”

According to George, Trump's using Chao as a cudgel against McConnell will drive away Asian American voters who tend to be more conservatively , but also represent a growing and powerful voting bloc.

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As George put it, Trump's racist smears are not only "repugnant" but "politically stupid."

"There’s at least anecdotal evidence over the last several elections that Asian Americans are becoming more conservative on crime, education and possibly the economy," he wrote before explaining, "In New York state, not only did Asian American voters move significantly rightward during 2022’s gubernatorial election, they also helped Republicans pick up four US House seats. And an Asian American Republican ousted a 36-year incumbent Democrat on the New York City Council."

"Trump’s animus is almost pathological," George suggested. "And Republicans can’t excuse his behavior as just belligerent pettiness stemming from Chao’s resignation after Jan. 6 or the many times Trump was criticized by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chao’s husband. How else to explain Trump’s odd mocking of Virginia Governor Glen Youngkin’s name: 'Sounds Chinese, doesn’t it?' Could the insult have anything to do with Youngkin’s status as a possible 2024 candidate?"

According to the columnist, Trump is providing advertising fodder for Democrats in 2024 who will most certainly use his comments to target Asian American voters.

He added, "There are at least two ways for Republicans to avoid sabotaging their emerging relationship with the fastest-growing minority group in the country. They can denounce Donald Trump when he goes off on one of his racist rants, as he inevitably will. And they can nominate a presidential candidate who doesn’t have racist baggage."

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Watch live: Trump kicks off 2024 presidential drive with speech before New Hampshire GOP

Donald Trump is kicking off his 2024 presidential campaign in New Hampshire today with his first major speech of 2023.

The former president will be speaking in a small high school gym before a crowd made up of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.

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What Memphis police videos didn't show before cops beat Tyre Nichols

Following the release of four videos that showed Memphis police officers pulling 29-year-old Tyre Nichols from his car, kicking and beating him, and then standing around after they propped his body against a car the Washington Post put some context as to what led up to the traffic stop that led to the young Black man's death by interviewing the Memphis police chief.

The report from the Post contains all four videos and documents the barely audible comments and overtalk as the officers forced him to the ground, cursing and assaulting him as he tried to protect himself.

Describing one key video taken from an elevated security camera and not from a police officer's body cam, the Post reports, the video "shows Memphis police delivered at least two kicks and two baton strikes, and five punches to Tyre Nichols’s face. Two officers are seen struggling with Nichols, who is lying on the pavement, as they appear to try to handcuff him. At 8:34 p.m., a third officer can be seen exiting a police car and approaching them. After appearing to say something, he then takes a kick at Nichols, though it is unclear whether he makes contact with his head or another body part, as the officer appears to slip."

The report adds, "The officer appears to say something else — then takes another kick or swipe with his right leg, appearing to aim at Nichols’s arm."

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In an interview with the Post, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis admitted that there is no video showing the initial traffic stop, stating the officer who "stopped Nichols was driving a brand-new unmarked car that was not equipped with dashboard cameras."

The WaPo report adds that Davis explained, "she doesn’t know why the officer was in an unmarked car, or how the initial encounter between Nichols and the officer unfolded."

Speaking with the Post she added, "this officer and the other officer that joined were already ramped up about Mr. Nichols in his car. If something did happen we don’t know what it was. They allege that he was driving on the wrong side of the road but we have not been able to prove that.”

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Big money donors avoiding Trump have forced him to run a 'small scale' presidential campaign

This weekend Donald Trump will attempt to make the first big splash of his 2023 presidential campaign with a visit to New Hampshire and South Carolina that will be decidedly smaller affairs than the raucous rallies he has previously held before adoring crowds at large venues.

Trump's first stop in New Hampshire will be in a tiny high school gym before a reported 200 Republican Party regulars — and not before cheering crowds as he starts off "small-scale," writes the New York Times' Michael Bender.

According to his report, fundraising has become an issue for the former president as big-money former donors have either moved on to other GOP candidates expected to make a run or are waiting to see how the Republican Party primaries pan out.

According to Bender, Trump's third run has the hallmarks of his first run in 2016 when he was considered a curiosity and not a serious candidate.

"Mr. Trump’s attempt to drape himself with the typical trappings of a traditional campaign is an unspoken acknowledgment that he begins the race in one of the most politically vulnerable positions of his public life. He remains the clear front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, yet the solidity of his support seems increasingly in doubt," Bender wrote for the Times before adding, "Longtime donors have been reluctant to recommit. Leaders in the Republican National Committee are openly encouraging other candidates to run."

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According to former Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) who previously supported Trump, he has his work cut out for him.

“There’s no question former President Trump has lost some people — independents, some people in his base — so he’s got to come out of the gate slowly,” he explained before suggesting, "He’s got to work to get them back.”

As the report notes, the ones he really needs to come back are the big donors.

"Mr. Trump has largely relied on small online donations but has shed support from some deep-pocketed donors and has struggled to secure commitments from others," the Times is reporting. "In recent weeks, two longtime Republican financiers — Bernie Marcus, the Home Depot founder, and Miriam Adelson, a physician and philanthropist and the widow of Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate — have not committed to matching their previous financial support for his campaigns, according to people familiar with the discussions who insisted on anonymity to speak about private conversations."

Added former Trump booster Renacci, who is withholding his support at this time, "Former President Trump was a great candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016. But at this stage of the game, we need to look at who the candidates are and see if there is someone who cannot only take us in a new direction but also not split the American people in the process.”

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'It's a mistake' to believe murder case against cops who beat Tyre Nichols to death 'will be easy': legal expert

According to CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig, the criminal charges filed against the five Memphis police officers accused of murdering 29-year-old Tyre Nichols by beating him to death are justifiably "aggressive," but he cautioned that the prosecution won't be easy.

Speaking with host Michael Smerconish, the former prosecutor said each of the five accused cops, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III, Justin Smith and Tadarrius Bean, are facing seven charges each and that a jury — should defense attorneys not seek to have them tried separately — will have to come back with 35 verdicts.

According to Honig, "it is a mistake" to think the prosecution will "easy" because jurors can't convict if they have any doubts.

Honig also took up the matter of the failure to provide Nichols with medical help as he lay on the ground after the savage beating.

"So the theory here is failure to render aid or failure to render medical aid," he told the host. "Now, this is a really important point legally because this is the sort of new development that we're seeing in some of these police cases. We saw in the Derek Chauvin trial in the killing of George Floyd. The theory around all of those officers is, in addition to causing George Floyd's death, they failed to render aid."

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"That was a fairly novel legal theory at the time, but the jury accepted it, and now we're starting to see that type of theory brought to bear more often," he continued. "It's some of the lesser charges but still significant lesser charge; the official misconduct charge and official omission charge if you look further down the charges here. The theory is by standing around doing nothing, first, I would think that tells you something about their mind-set, their intent. They didn't care what happens to him and that's a crime in and of itself. And we're seeing prosecutors do that kind of theory used much more aggressively in charging some police officers and with some success."

"Bottom line, do you expect there to be more charges?" host Smerconish pressed.

"I don't expect there to be more charges," Honig replied. "I don't think there's a first-degree charge to be had here, as you said that involves an intentional premeditated killing, prosecutors plainly must have considered that charge — I don't think the proof is there. I think they've charged this as aggressively as they can charge it. I'm all in favor of charging aggressively; that's what I used to do as a prosecutor, Michael, but the risk is if the jury thinks you have overcharged, that could actually backfire because that can compromise your credibility."

"The prosecutors really took an aggressive approach here, I think it was warranted, but I do not think it is a safe assumption that everyone is going to be convicted across the board," he added.

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Profanity-filled tirades and threats about grassroots dominated RNC meeting

Ronna McDaniel was re-elected to a fourth term as the Republican National Committee on Friday after staving off challenges to her leadership, but she will now have to deal with bitter recriminations that burst out into the open at the RNC get-together in California.

According to a report from Politico, things got personal and ugly as the vote neared with a surrogate for failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake creating scenes by confronting lawmakers and GOP officials at the hotel where the meeting is being held.

As Politico's Natalie Allison wrote, "The at times fierce, two-month-long race sparked debates about how the RNC has managed its finances and fared in recent elections. It also saw some members — on both sides of the contest — publicly calling into question the character of their colleagues, putting McDaniel and her allies on the defensive and forcing the incumbent chair to assemble an aggressive whip operation to shore up her support."

As the report notes, GOP activists who were opposed to McDaniel serving another term managed to alienate delegates.

One of those was conservative gadfly Charlie Kirk who complained, "I think the RNC is going to have a lot of trouble raising small-dollar donations, a lot of trouble rebuilding trust. Going into 2024, the apparatus that should be a machine and clicking on all cylinders and firing on all cylinders is going to be in a trust deficit.”

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As for more direct confrontations, Allison wrote one was a supporter of both RNC head candidate Harmeet Dhillon and Lake who caused scenes as voters were being lobbied before the final tally.

"Kirk wasn’t the only Dhillon ally whose aggressive advocacy ended up turning off members of the committee. Caroline Wren, who most recently ran Kari Lake’s gubernatorial campaign in Arizona, got into a heated exchange with Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones on Thursday night in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria," Politico is reporting. According to three people familiar with the confrontation, Wren, who has been Dhillon’s top adviser in her campaign for chair, told Jones: 'Everyone knows you’re here f*cking whipping votes for Ronna.' She proceeded to call him a 'f*cking sell out,' adding that, 'the grassroots will never support you again.'"

The report adds, "A person familiar with the conversation said Wren had also approached Jones two other times this week, once while he was speaking with an RNC member, during which she called him 'the f*cking enemy,' and another time as Jones was speaking with Lake, during which she called him a 'sellout.'"

Wren attempted to downplay the conversations, denying that she used profanity and stated, "she was frustrated with Jones because he had previously been a public supporter of Dhillon."

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Trump insiders question 'seriousness' of 2024 run as new hire expected to 'rankle' activists

Donald Trump will make his first major foray out into the world for his 2024 presidential campaign with a visit to New Hampshire on Saturday where he will reportedly make an announcement that is expected to raise eyebrows among Republican Party activists.

The former president will appear in a high school gym before approximately 200 GOP faithful, and Politico reports that he will announce the hiring of outgoing New Hampshire GOP head Stephen Stepanek to oversee his campaign in the state — which is not expected to be greeted with universal approval.

With the Washington Post reporting that there is a general sense of "Trump fatigue" in the state, with one key Republican bluntly stating "Trump has run his course," Politico is reporting the former president won't be helping his case with the selection of Stepanek — and that has some Trump insiders questioning how serious the former president is about his third presidential run.

"The choice of Stepanek signals a potential return to the roots of Trump’s 2016 campaign in the state that handed him his first primary win that year. Trump lost New Hampshire by a fraction of a point in that general election. Four years later, the state slipped away from him badly, as he lost to President Joe Biden by 7 points," Politico's Lisa Kashinsky wrote before adding, "But Stepanek’s involvement is also likely to rankle some Republican activists. State committee members were clamoring for a change in party leadership after a disastrous election in which the GOP’s slate of hard-right, pro-Trump congressional candidates got pummeled and the party lost seats in the state Legislature."

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Writing that the choice of Stepanek will do "little to quell concern among some of Trump’s former allies in the state about the seriousness of his operation," Kashinsky added, "Associates from Trump’s past campaigns have expressed frustration with what they describe as lackluster — or nonexistent — communication since his November launch. At least one key ally was left in the dark about the former president’s visit this weekend, his first trip back to the state since 2020."

Noting that GOP activists in the state have shown a desire to check out other potential GOP presidential nominees, New Hampshire consultant Jim Merrill claimed the former president has his work cut out for him if he hopes to win the state's primary.

"President Trump starts the [New Hampshire] primary season as a frontrunner but his standing isn’t what it once was,” Merrill explained before conceding, “There is curiosity among voters and operatives alike to check out the potential field.”

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