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    New York attorney general Letitia James speaks on May 26, 2022Photo by Lev Radin/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.New York attorney general Letitia James’ civil fraud investigation into Donald Trump’s businesses is one of the few legal cases against the former president that has had real traction. On Friday, a federal judge ruled that the former president’s most serious attempt to stall it has no basis and the case can proceed. James has been investigating Trump’s finances since late 2019 and has recently focused on whether Trump had fraudulently manipulated the value of his business empire in the years before he became president to get favorable terms from banks, insurance agents, and tax assessors. Back in December, Trump sued James, asking New York district court judge Brenda Sannes to stop the AG’s investigation as a “fishing expedition” that amounted to political harassment because James is a Democrat. But on Friday Sannes rejected Trump’s argument entirely, tossing out the suit, writing that she didn’t...
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A court in Moldova placed former President Igor Dodon under 30-day house arrest on Thursday as he faces an investigation into suspected treason, corruption, illicit enrichment and illegal party financing. The ruling came after Dodon, who served as Moldova’s president from 2016 to 2020 and leads the Eastern European country’s pro-Russian opposition bloc, was detained Tuesday at his home in the capital of Chisinau after it was searched by investigators. Speaking as he left a courtroom Thursday, Dodon claimed the charges against him were politically motivated and at the behest of foreign powers. “It is a political issue aimed at neutralizing the opposition,” Dodon said in a video published by Moldovan news site Protv.md. “It is strange and despicable for those who … filled all the state institutions with foreign, Romanian, American and German advisers, who control all of the institutions, to accuse me of treason.” Following Dodon’s detention, senior anti-corruption prosecutor Elena Cazacov said the subjects of the police investigation were “mainly one of the former presidents of the Republic of Moldova...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Court rules former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in New York state’s civil investigation. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Atlanta (CNN)Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's dominant primary win over David Perdue was part of a resounding rejection Tuesday of 2020 election denialism by the state's Republican voters. But his victory also demonstrates how Kemp has written and executed the playbook for extinguishing Donald Trump's fury in a Republican primary.The incumbent governor dispatched with a Trump-backed rival who had promised to do more to prevent what the former President has falsely claimed was a "stolen" election in Georgia. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Attorney General Chris Carr did the same in their primaries. Trump's mission to elect more reliable allies on overturning his defeat in 2020 clearly failed."Just about every 'stop the steal' Republican is getting rejected by Republicans in Georgia tonight," Erick Erickson, the conservative radio host, tweeted Tuesday night just before taking the stage to emcee Kemp's victory party. "The message is voters want to move forward, not settle Trump's grievances for him." With strong lead over Perdue, Kemp shifts attention to Abrams in Georgia governors raceBut over the past 18 months, Trump's vendetta against Kemp got personal,...
    Florida House Rep. Randy Fine appeared to threaten President Joe Biden with gun violence on Wednesday in a tweet that quickly sparked controversy. “I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our President — try to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place,” the Florida Republican wrote on Twitter. I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our President — try to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place. — Rep. Randy Fine (@VoteRandyFine) May 25, 2022 Fine made his bombastic statement in regards to Biden’s address to the country following the deadly mass shooting at Texas elementary school on Tuesday, which has again sparked a debate about gun control in the United States. Fine called Biden “Traitor Joe” in a very similar post on his Facebook page. “Fine (R-Palm Bay) has a long history of incendiary comments that grab state and local headlines, which help to reinforce his reputation as a politically incorrect, conservative firebrand never...
    Republican Florida state Rep. Randy Fine issued a veiled threat against Joe Biden's life if he tried to take away guns after the president issued a call for gun control.  'I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our President — try to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place,' Fine wrote on Twitter, in a post that was heavily ratioed.  The tweet received nearly 6,000 replies, about 2,000 retweets and 147 favorites about three hours after it was posted.  On Tuesday evening Fine addressed the Uvalde school shooting as he called for the gunman to spend 'eternity in hell.'  'I will never forget presenting a bill on the Floor as I watched my colleagues become frenetic as we learned about Parkland. I think of how heartbroken we were — and are — as we pray for those children, staff, and families in Texas. May the murderer spend eternity in hell.' Republican Florida state Rep. Randy Fine issued a veiled threat against Joe Biden's life if he tried to...
    By STEVE PEOPLES and JEFF AMY ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia easily dispatched Donald Trump’s hand-picked challenger on Tuesday in a Republican primary that demonstrated the limits of the former president and his conspiracy-fueled politics in a critical swing state. Kemp will face Democrat Stacey Abrams this fall in what will be one of the nation’s most consequential governor’s races. The GOP results, combined with the loss of the Trump-backed candidate for secretary of state, served as a stinging rebuke for the former president in a state he prioritized above almost all others. Angered by Kemp’s refusal to go along with his extraordinary effort to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia, Trump personally recruited former Sen. David Perdue to challenge the sitting governor. He also helped clear the primary field and spent more than $3 million on the failed effort. Kemp ultimately emerged as a powerful candidate able to draw prolific fundraising totals that helped him flood Georgia with television and other ads. He tapped into the power of his office to show voters what he...
    (CNN)Tuesday's Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary between incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp and former US Senator and ardent Donald Trump supporter David Perdue was touted nationwide as an epic showdown between the former president and any Republican officeholder who dared to defy him after his defeat in the 2020 election. Kemp prevailed against Perdue Tuesday night in a major blow to the former president. Edward LindseyAfter Kemp's refusal to help block President Joe Biden's victory in Georgia in 2020, Trump condemned the governor and called on him to resign for his disloyalty, then repeatedly accused him of being a RINO -- "Republican in name only." Trump also said he was ashamed to have endorsed Kemp in 2018 and even asserted that Democrat Stacey Abrams "might be better" than Kemp as governor. Trump handpicked Perdue, his close political ally, to challenge Kemp, and then held rallies and fundraisers to support him. Trump and his aligned outside groups have poured millions of dollars into Georgia with one group flatly proclaiming in a video posted on Twitter, "You can't say you support Trump if...
    (CNN)Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will overcome a Republican primary challenge from US Rep. Jody Hice, a Donald Trump ally whose campaign was centered on false claims about the 2020 election, CNN projects.Raffensperger's victory caps a Georgia primary election in which Republican voters roundly rejected Trump's attempts at retribution against the state officials who refused to back his lie that the 2020 election was stolen. In the early hours after polls closed in Georgia on Tuesday, Raffensperger was the only one of the former President's targets in Georgia facing any doubt about his reelection bid. He held a clear lead over Hice, but the presence of two other Republican candidates threatened to keep the incumbent's total support below the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff.The Democratic primary to take on Raffensperger will head to a runoff, with state Rep. Bee Nguyen advancing and several candidates battling for the second spot as ballots continued to be counted.Raffensperger emerged as a national figure in the aftermath of the 2020 election, following the revelation of an early 2021 call with Trump...
    Democrats could face significant headwinds during the 2022 midterm election cycle — President Joe Biden continues to face poor job approval ratings. Americans have been getting walloped by roaring inflation and watching gas prices soar — as of Tuesday, the AAA national average price for a gallon of gas has reached $4.598. A recent AP-NORC poll of adults found that 67% disapprove of how the president is dealing with the economy, while just 33% approve. The poll also found that 56% think that high gas prices are more due to issues beyond Biden's control, while 44% think that the high prices are more due to the president's policies.
    (CNN)Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will win the Republican nomination for a third term in office, CNN projects, defeating state Land Commissioner George P. Bush in a runoff. Paxton, who has been beset by criminal probes and is under indictment, finished first in a four-way March 1 primary but failed to clinch a majority of the vote, forcing the runoff with Bush, whose defeat Tuesday marks another blow to his family's once-mighty political dynasty.The Texas runoff results came as news of a shooting at an elementary school gripped the state and the country. During the campaign, Bush and Paxton's other initial challengers, former state Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and US Rep. Louie Gohmert, warned that the incumbent's legal issues could come back to bite Republicans in a general election."This campaign is about good government -- making sure we don't have indicted felons serving at the top of the chain of command of our law enforcement officials here in Texas," Bush told Texas Public Radio ahead of the runoff.Read MoreBut Paxton has already won reelection once, in 2018, despite being...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger gives an afternoon update on the Georgia Primary Election at the election command center in Atlanta, Georgia, May 24, 2022.Alyssa Pointer | Reuters Georgia's Republican primary election for secretary of state was too early to call when polls closed Tuesday evening, according to NBC News. Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's current secretary of state, faced a primary challenge from U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump. The Georgia lawmaker, who is running to become the state's elections chief, has echoed Trump's false claims that the 2020 presidential election was marred by widespread voter fraud. Trump's endorsement of loyalists willing to embrace his falsehoods about the 2020 election has raised fears about how the candidates would handle future election results if they are voted into office. Trump has repeatedly attacked Raffensperger, along with Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, for stonewalling his efforts to overturn President Joe Biden's victory in the Peach State in the 2020 presidential election. In a January 2021 phone call, Trump urged Raffensperger to "find" enough votes to flip...
    Brandon Bell/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas on Friday, just days after a mass shooting killed 14 children and a teacher in the state. Texas, which changed its laws in September 2021 to make the state a “Second Amendment sanctuary state” according to the governor, became the latest scene of a mass shooting in the U.S. On Monday, the NRA announced Trump’s speech: Just a few days left until President Trump speaks at NRA’s Annual Meeting for the 6th time! Hear from Trump this Friday, May 27, 2PM in Houston, TX! Visit http://NRAAM.org for more info! ???????? Just a few days left until President Trump speaks at NRA’s Annual Meeting for the 6th time! Hear from Trump this Friday, May 27, 2PM in Houston, TX! Visit https://t.co/76lbF2FHBr for more info! pic.twitter.com/HmKCshDwKn — NRA (@NRA) May 24, 2022 The speech will take place just 72 hours after the deadly shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Other speakers at the meeting, which is being held by...
    Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) said on Monday he is “very appreciative” of Donald Trump despite the former president having trashed him as worse than likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams. Appearing on Fox News’ The Story With Martha MacCallum, Kemp was asked about Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich mocking former Vice President Mike Pence campaigning for Kemp. “Mike Pence was set to lose a governor’s race in 2016 before he was plucked up and his political career was salvaged,” Budowich told The New York Times in a statement. “Now, desperate to chase his lost relevance, Pence is parachuting into races, hoping someone is paying attention. The reality is, President Trump is already 82-3 with his endorsements, and there’s nothing stopping him from saving America in 2022 and beyond.” “What do you think about the Trump team’s attack on Mike Pence there?” asked MacCallum. “Well, Martha, I would just say, you know, I’m very appreciative, still am, of everything that President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence did for our state, especially during the pandemic,” responded Kemp. “I mean, we had a lot of things...
    Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman was released from the hospital on Sunday after he suffered a stroke just days before his successful primary election. The progressive populist checked himself into the hospital last Friday and had to have a pacemaker implanted on Election Day - meaning he was absent for his Tuesday night victory party over Rep. Conor Lamb, a moderate.  Meanwhile another Democrat vying for office in the Commonwealth, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, said on Sunday that he would 'welcome' President Joe Biden's help campaigning ahead of November's gubernatorial election. Shapiro is going to be up against Pennsylvania state Senator Doug Mastriano, who is backed by Donald Trump. Biden narrowly won the battleground state over Trump in the 2020 presidential election, though multiple crises including rising crime and record inflation have seen the president's popularity sink to record lows so far during his first term in office. It's served to alienate several politicians within Biden's own party like Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, who has previously said he has 'no interest' in national figures like the president...
    President Joe Biden will kick off his final day in Seoul by touting Korean automaker Hyundai's announcement that it will invest $5.5 billion to construct an electric vehicle and battery plant in Georgia.  Overall, Hyundai's fresh investment in the United States will total $11 billion, a senior White House official said on a call Sunday morning, with another $5.7 billion going toward advanced automotive technology.  While the senior official commended the work of the state's two Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in helping clinch the deal, it's also a win for Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp - who's on the ballot Tuesday.  Kemp is being challenged by former GOP Sen. David Perdue, who's been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, after Kemp allowed Biden's 2020 election win in the Peach State to stand.  President Joe Biden will kick off his final day in Seoul by touting Korean automaker Hyundai's announcement that it will invest $5.5 billion to construct an electric car plant in Georgia. He's pictured giving a toast at Saturday night's state dinner with Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol Perdue...
    Michigan's top election official said Donald Trump called for her arrest and execution for treason as he pursued anyone who stood in the way of his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. Jocelyn Benson, 44, Michigan's secretary of state, said armed protesters had turned up outside her home in the weeks after the election. But nothing, she said, was as shocking as learning from a source that the then president had suggested in a White House meeting that she be executed. 'It was surreal and I felt sad,' the Democrat told NBC News. 'It certainly amplified the heightened sense of anxiety, stress and uncertainty of that time — which I still feel in many ways — because it showed there was no bottom to how far he and his supporters were willing to stoop to overturn or discredit a legitimate election.' Trump's spokesman Taylor Budowich denied her claim. 'I have it on good authority that Secretary Benson knowingly lied throughout her interview with NBC News,' he said.  Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's secretary of state, said Donald Trump called for her execution...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) stated that President Joe Biden has been proven “just flat, dead wrong” about Georgia’s election laws by the “record turnout” the state has seen in the 2022 primaries. Raffensperger stated, [relevant remarks begin around 46:15] “You have to remember, when we passed the Election Integrity Act, President Biden came down to Georgia, they told everyone how they did so good up north. And yet, meanwhile, in Georgia, we added a day of early voting. We have record turnout. And President Biden’s home state of Delaware has ten days of early voting. We have 17 days. And right now, so far, we’re at 540,000 people have voted early or had their absentee ballots accepted. We’re going to see probably over 750,000 people vote before Election Day next week. So, we’re having record turnout, and it’s just tremendous to see that President Biden was just flat, dead wrong about Georgia’s Election Integrity Act of 2021.” According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, through Tuesday,...
    (CNN)New election. Same lies.Ex-President Donald Trump is injecting his democracy-damaging fraud claims into a new election cycle, urging his friend Mehmet Oz to simply declare he won a too-close-to-call race for the Republican Senate nomination in Pennsylvania -- a key state in Trump's desperate bid to steal the 2020 election.The cliffhanger contest between Oz and David McCormick, another claimant to Trump's legacy, is the marquee race from Tuesday's round of primaries -- and carries calamitous echoes of 2020 election controversy and ill omens for 2024.As does the runaway victor in the commonwealth's GOP gubernatorial primary -- state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who ran a campaign rooted in Trump's falsehoods about the last presidential election being stolen and who could oversee the 2024 White House race in the state if he wins in November. In a state that could be pivotal to control of the US Senate, top Republicans are raising concerns that Mastriano could drag the party's Senate nominee down, while Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro is already shaping the race by warning the state could fall into the clutches of a...