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Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump investigations

Donald Trump’s Twitter account was reinstated early Sunday after being banned for nearly two years. The reinstatement came after Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk conducted a poll on the platform earlier on Saturday announcing that he would reinstate Mr Trump’s account after the majority voted in favour.

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Shortly after the announcement, Trump’s account reappeared on Twitter along with his previous tweets. It was restored with 0 followers and following 0 accounts, but within minutes the number of followers started to increase dramatically into the hundreds of thousands.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump and many Republicans are still outraged by Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of an independent special prosecutor to oversee two major investigations involving the former president — one over the January 6 attack on the Capitol. and another about Mr. Trump’s hoarding of government documents in March. -a-Lago.

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Jack Smith’s appointment to investigate Mr. Trump has led many in the GOP to claim that Joe Biden and Mr. Garland have “politicized” the Justice Department.

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A special counsel has been appointed to oversee the Trump investigations, but what are they actually doing?

EXPLANATION: What are special advisories and what do they do?

The appointment of a special counsel to oversee the remainder of two major investigations into former President Donald Trump draws new attention to the role such prosecutors have played in modern American history

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 02:40 AM

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ICYMI: Elon Musk reinstates Trump on Twitter, ending a two-year ban

Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been reinstated by Elon Musk after being banned for nearly two years.

Musk announced Saturday night that he would reinstate the former president’s account after it was banned for inciting violence in the wake of the Jan. 6 uprising, a move previously described as permanent.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 1:40 AM

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Trump has recovered on Twitter – but will he return to the platform in full?

The former US president has expressed his commitment to his Truth Social platform, he writes Chris Stevenson. But how long will he resist the temptation to return to Twitter?

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 00:44

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GOP’s lackluster fundraising fuels post-election infighting

Republican leaders in Washington are looking for someone to blame after some fundraising issues in the late games and poor overall showings in some key races across the country that left Joe Biden with the best midterm performance by a sitting president in decades. Among the targets: Donald Trump and the head of the Senate GOP campaign arm, Rick Scott.

Many of the GOP candidates in high-priced midterm contests were political newcomers with far-right positions who saw themselves outmatched by their Democratic opponents. It is a symptom of the loyalty above all that Donald Trump used this year to select candidates for his endorsement.

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John BowdenNovember 21, 2022 10:40 PM

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Who was at Trump’s 2024 Mar-a-Lago announcement, and who steered away?

A week after Donald Trump’s unsurprising announcement of a bid for the presidency in 2024, rifts in the GOP are beginning to emerge, and potential challengers to his bid for the Republican nomination aren’t giving up yet.

With that in mind, The Independents Oliver O’Connell looked at who accepted invitations to side with Trump for the historic moment at Mar-a-Lago — and who chose to stay behind.

John BowdenNov 21, 2022 10:20 PM

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Obama campaigns for Warnock on Dec. 1, ahead of the second round of Ga

Former President Barack Obama is headed to Georgia as Democrats hope to retain the seat currently held by Senator Raphael Warnock, who won a special election in 2021.

Still one of the Democrats’ top campaigners, Mr. Obama’s power will be tested as Donald Trump continues to fully support his scandal-ridden ally, Herschel Walker, and polls show the race remains tight. Mr Warnock had a small lead over Mr Walker in early results earlier this month.

John BowdenNovember 21, 2022 9:40 PM

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Manhattan prosecutors drop their case in the Trump Organization tax fraud trial

Prosecutors from DA Alvin Bragg’s Manhattan office have dropped their case in the proceedings against the Trump Organization.

The district attorney’s office alleges that the company committed tax fraud through a scheme in which ex-CFO Allen Weisselberg devised a lavish perk package for company executives so they could avoid paying taxes on what was in the business. were essentially large parts of their income.

The New York Times reported that the prosecutors’ decision was a sign of the “confidence” Mr Bragg’s team had in their case. Mr. Weisselberg has testified himself in recent days.

John BowdenNov 21, 2022 9:20 PM

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Georgia voting ban on Saturday ahead of Warnock vs Walker second round would ‘irreparably harm’ voters, judge rules

A judge in Georgia has ruled that a voting ban coming weekend would be an unnecessary burden on voters in the state and has voided the law for the state’s upcoming runoff election between Senator Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker.

State law prohibits early voting the weekend after a major holiday, which would mean no voting the following weekend after Thanksgiving. But a judge has ruled that it will take place, thanks in part to a separate law passed by Republicans this year that further limited early voting to late Friday for a runoff.

The development could be a boon to Democrats, who are hoping for a big turnout, especially in urban areas, as Mr. Warnock is challenged for his seat by Mr. Walker, a Trump-backed Republican.

John BowdenNov 21, 2022 8:40 PM

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Manhattan DA resumes investigation of Trump’s hush money to Stormy Daniels

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is reportedly resuming an investigation into whether Donald Trump paid hush money to Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who alleged she had an affair with the businessman and ex-president.

According to The New York Timesthe investigation was recently resumed after Mr Bragg made the decision to focus strictly on the issue of the alleged hush money payment and not, as his predecessor had done, investigate a wider range of statutory statutes that were perceived to be on firmer grounds for prosecution.

Mr Trump has long denied ever having a relationship with Ms Daniels, although his one-time fixer Michael Cohen has confirmed it did take place.

John BowdenNov 21, 2022 8:20 PM

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Biden scoffs at the Republican midterms slump by pardon by turkey

Joe Biden fired at Donald Trump and the failure of his hand-picked candidates to bring a “red wave” by the grace of Turkey to the White House lawn this year.

He mocked the GOP’s failure to win the Senate and marginal gains in the House, joking that the only red wave he’d see this year would come when his dog Commander knocked over the cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner.

Follow Andrew Feinbergs coverage of the annual tradition here:

John BowdenNovember 21, 2022 7:40 PM

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