Appeals court rules Trump not immune from Jan 6 civil lawsuits
Former Republican lawmaker Liz Cheney, one of Donald Trump’s greatest foes, says while she still believes in her party’s traditional principles, its co-option by the former president is a danger to democracy.
She would therefore like the party to lose its majority in the House of Representatives as a safeguard to prevent Speaker Mike Johnson from handing the election to Mr Trump if the result was thrown over to the lower chamber of Congress.
Ms Cheney also gave a dire warning that the US was sleepwalking its way toward dictatorship during an interview with CBS News on Sunday.
Meanwhile, federal court judges have dealt two legal blows in Mr Trump’s attempts to evade criminal charges and lawsuits stemming from his alleged attempts to overturn 2020 presidential results.
A long-awaited federal appeals court ruling on Friday determined that Mr Trump can be held civilly liable for inciting the 6 January 2021 Capitol riot in the wake of his 2020 loss.
In his federal election subversion case, Judge Tanya Chutkan determined that he also does not have presidential immunity to avoid charges in a case from US Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith.
Tucker Carlson plans to vote for Trump
Former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has privately said he “passionately” hates Donald Trump. He has described him as a “demonic force” and a “destroyer” that he “can’t wait” to ignore. Carlson says he plans to vote for him in 2024.
On Thursday, he told Roseanne Barr on her podcast that he has “always agreed” with Mr Trump’s policies but became an “active Trump supporter” following the law enforcement search of his Mar-a-Lago estate last summer.
“That can’t stand. I agree with Trump on a lot, but even if I disagreed with Trump on a lot, I’d still be a Trump supporter because you cannot allow that,” he said.
He accused President Joe Biden’s “regime” of using the US Department of Justice “to knock the front runner out of the race.”
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2023 17:45
Trump’s ‘co-opted’ GOP should lose House majority, says Cheney
Ms Cheney spoke with John Dickerson of CBS News about the looming danger to democracy posed by Mr Trump as explored in her new book Oath and Honor.
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2023 17:21
After gag order reinstated in fraud trial, Trump immediately attacks judge’s wife
He also accused her of making anti-Trump memes that included AI images of Mr Trump in orange prison jumpsuits with captions saying he’s “headed for the big house.”
A statement from the court on Thursday denied that the judge’s wife had anything to do with those posts.
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2023 17:15
Court rules Trump can be sued over Capitol riot
The judgement was passed down today in US District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Mr Trump’s attorneys attempted to use “presidential immunity” to shield him from civil action resulting from his incitement of the Capitol riot.
The appeals court was asked to determine whether Mr Trump has “demonstrated an entitlement to official-act immunity for his actions leading up to and on January 6 as alleged in the complaints.”
“We answer no, at least at this stage of the proceedings,” they wrote in a ruling on Friday.
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2023 16:45
Olympic gold medalist swimmer gets six months in home detention for role at Capitol riot
Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller, who threw his USA team jacket in a trash can after he stormed the U.S. Capitol, was sentenced on Friday to six months of home detention for joining the mob’s Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the seat of American democracy.
At 6-foot-6, Keller towered over police officers guarding the Capitol and other Donald Trump supporters who breached the building, and he was quickly identified by authorities. He pleaded guilty in 2021 to a felony charge and was one of the first rioters to publicly agree to cooperate with authorities investigating the Capitol attack.
Video captured Keller leading profane chants directed at then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, both Democrats. He also joined a chorus of rioters in singing the national anthem in the middle of the Capitol. He resisted efforts to remove him from the Capitol, ripping an elbow away and shaking off a police officer, prosecutors said.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sentenced Keller to three years of probation, including six months of home detention, and ordered him to perform 360 hours of community service.
Watch: Cheney warns that a second Trump term could be the end of the republic
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2023 15:47
Lindsey Graham warns Liz Cheney ‘world will be truly on fire’ if Trump not re-elected
Senator Lindsey Graham, one of Donald Trump’s most ardent supplicants, had a warning for former rep Liz Cheney in an appearance on CNN this morning.
On State of the Union host Dana Bash turned to the topic of Ms Cheney’s new book Oath and Honor in which she dishes the dirt on fellow Republicans who reverted to backing Trump after the January 6 Capitol riot.
Bash asked the South Carolina senator about Ms Cheney saying that the US is “sleepwalking into a dictatorship” if Trump returns to the White House in 2024.
First Senator Graham bashed President Joe Biden:
Yeah. I think a continuation of the Biden presidency would be a disaster for peace and prosperity at home and abroad. Our border is broken. The only person really going to fix a broken border is Donald Trump.
When he was president, none of this stuff was going on in Ukraine. Hamas and all of these other terrorist groups were afraid of Trump. I think Liz’s hatred of Trump is real. I understand why people don’t like what he does and says at times, but in terms of actions and results, he was far better president [than] Biden.
Then he warned the former lawmaker:
If we have four more years of this, Liz Cheney, we won’t recognise America and the world will be truly on fire.
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2023 15:25
Analysis: Trump’s violent rhetoric charts his campaign warpath
They are also increasingly colliding with the multiple criminal investigations and lawsuits against him, as prosecutors and judges hope to rely on gag orders to rein in his rhetoric, which has invited hundreds of abusive messages and credible death threats from his supporters against the judges and prosecutors involved.
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2023 15:15
Speaker Johnson wrote intro for book with Pizzagate conspiracies and homophobic attacks on Pete Buttigieg
Indeed, the speaker pushed the book on social media and dedicated an episode of his podcast to it.
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2023 14:45
What happens at the GOP convention if Trump is convicted? Don’t ask the RNC…
Former President Donald Trump is under four criminal indictments that will proceed through the GOP primary season, an overlap of legal and political calendars with no precedent in American politics. Fifteen states and American Samoa hold their GOP primaries on 5 March, known as Super Tuesday, which is also the day after his first trial is scheduled to begin in Washington on charges that he unlawfully sought to overturn the 2020 election.
Trump is dominating the Republican field and may secure much of the support he needs by Super Tuesday, by which time almost half of the delegates who select the nominee at the GOP convention will have been awarded. Even if he were to be convicted in Washington or another trial, top party leaders and many voters have indicated they would stand by Trump anyway. And Trump and his allies are pushing to dismiss and delay the trials and have worked with state parties to craft rules favourable to him.
The RNC rules don’t include any provisions specific to the unprecedented scenario unfolding.