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Witness tampering or other means of obstructing a criminal proceeding, is among the charges

on Trump lawyer Jim Trusty mentioning that Section 1512, witness tampering or other means of obstructing a criminal proceeding, is among the charges

On CNN, Trump’s lawyer Jim Trusty said that Trump’s legal team had not been shown the indictment itself, but that the summons commanding Trump to appear in court had “some language in it that suggests what the seven charges would be.” He mentioned the Espionage Act, multiple false-statement charges and “several obstruction-based type charges.” Specifically, he mentioned Section 1519 (which relates to obstructing an official effort and was widely expected because it was listed on the F.B.I. search warrant affidavit), but also a new one: Section 1512, which criminalizes witness tampering or other means of obstructing an official proceeding.

Trusty also said he believed there was a conspiracy count, as has been reported. But he cautioned that he was not looking at the document and that it was vague in places. “This is not biblically accurate, because I’m not looking at a charging document. I’m looking at a summary sheet. There’s language in there that might actually be reflecting a single count instead of two, but I think there was a conspiracy count as well,” he said. He added that the team had not been told of anyone else being indicted.



Just Wow.
I never thought it would happen.


Appears there is a Gang of 8 briefing underway in the Capitol.

Schumer and McConnell have both headed into the Senate SCIF, as have Intel Committee heads from both chambers.

Trump learns he's a special counsel 'target,' turns to GOP allies

As Donald Trump is formally notified of his status as the target of a criminal probe, he’s begging congressional Republicans to help. This won’t work.


For reasons unknown, Trump genuinely seems to believe that congressional Republicans have a role to play in his intensifying legal troubles. Indeed, he and his team have been unsubtle about this for weeks: In late April, the Republican’s lawyers sent a strange, 10-page letter to the House Intelligence Committee, insisting that a “legislative solution,” to be approved by Congress, is “required” to prevent federal prosecutors from pursuing the case further.

The letter proposed that the Justice Department “should be ordered to stand down” — as if members of the legislative branch have the authority to direct federal prosecutors to drop a case. (They have no such authority.)

I honestly don’t know what he expects congressional Republicans to do. Congress has no control over who is or isn’t indicted. It’s possible that Trump has imagined a scenario in which lawmakers pass a bill to defund the special counsel’s office, thereby derailing the investigation, but even if the GOP-led House were to take up such a measure, it obviously couldn’t pass the Democratic-led Senate or receive President Joe Biden’s signature

What we’re seeing, in other words, is a desperate criminal suspect scrambling to find someone, anyone, who can help rescue him from a crisis of his own making. Whether Trump understands this or not, his pleas won’t work.



BREAKING Feds inform Trump he is target in Mar-a-Lago document case

Trump’s lawyers told he is target in Mar-a-Lago documents investigation
Move dramatically raises stakes for former president as investigation appears to near its conclusion

Federal prosecutors formally informed Donald Trump’s lawyers last week that the former US president is a target of the criminal investigation examining his retention of national security materials at his Mar-a-Lago resort and obstruction of justice, according to two people briefed on the matter.

The move dramatically raises the stakes for Trump as the investigation appears to near its conclusion after taking evidence before a grand jury in Washington and a previously unknown grand jury in Florida that was impaneled last month.

Trump’s lawyers were notified before they met on Monday with the special counsel Jack Smith leading the Mar-a-Lago documents case and the senior career official in the deputy attorney general’s office and made the case that prosecutors should not indict the former president in the matter.


NEW: Prosecutors are ready to ask for grand jurors to vote on a Trump indictment as early as tomorrow, on charges of obstruction of justice and Espionage Act violations.

The Independent has learned that prosecutors are prepared to ask grand jurors to vote on charges as early as Thursday

Federal prosecutors have notified Donald Trump that he is a criminal target and likely to be indicted imminently in a probe into alleged classified documents – even as the Justice Department declined to delay charges to give time to investigate allegations of witness tampering submitted by the former president’s legal team, according to multiple people on Wednesday familiar with the case.

Updated to add:
J. Solomon is a questionable source
so, not totally convinced
just want to be up front with DU


If Trump documents probe leads to charges, bulk of indictment would be in S. Florida

People familiar with the matter said special counsel Jack Smith wants to base the case where most of possible misconduct happened

Justice Department prosecutors are planning to bring a significant portion of any charges stemming from the possible mishandling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, the home of former president Donald Trump, at a nearby federal court in south Florida, according to people familiar with the matter.

The legal rationale for such a move is that the bulk of the conduct at issue in the investigation occurred in the southern district of Florida, in and around Trump’s Palm Beach residence and private club, even if much of the investigation — led by special counsel Jack Smith — has been handled by a grand jury in Washington. D.C., these people said.

That approach by prosecutors does not rule out the possibility of some charges, such as perjury or false statements, being filed in the nation’s capital in connection with out of grand jury appearances or law enforcement interviews that took place there, according to these people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the internal discussions.



Former Trump aide arrives at Miami courthouse to appear before grand jury in classified documents pr

Taylor Budowich, who has worked as a spokesman for Donald Trump, has arrived at the federal courthouse in Miami to appear before a grand jury as part of special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the former president’s handling of classified documents.

Budowich and his attorney, Stanley Woodward, declined to answer questions as they arrived.

Still aligned closely with the former president, Budowich now runs a super PAC backing Trump called MAGA, Inc.

The grand jury based in southern Florida has heard testimony from multiple witnesses in recent weeks as part of the federal investigation that has relied for months on grand juries in Washington, DC, to help gather evidence and witness testimony.


Lesson #2,482,520 that nothing good can come with association with Donald Trump.

🚨 SCOOP @PuckNews: CNN C.E.O. Chris Licht will soon step down. Amy Entelis will serve as interim leader. Announcement could come as early as today.

Full story: https://puck.news/lichts-out/


An absolutely heartwarming story.


A Spanish athlete, Ivan Fernandez, was right behind him, and after realizing what was happening, he started shouting at the Kenyan for him to continue running; but Mutai didn’t understand his Spanish. Fernandez eventually caught up to him and instead of passing him, he pushed him to victory.

A journalist asked Ivan, “Why did you do that?”

Ivan replied, “My dream is that someday we can have a kind of community life where we push and help each other to win.”

The journalist insisted “But why did you let the Kenyan win?”

Ivan replied, “I didn’t let him win, he was going to win.”

The journalist insisted again, “But you could have won!”

Ivan looked at him & replied, “But what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor of that medal? What would my Mom think of that?”

Values are transmitted from generation to generation. What values are we teaching our children? Let us not teach our kids the wrong ways to WIN.


Michael Beschloss Tweets

Look, there's an accidental flood in the resort club room where we kept the surveillance logs!l

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