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Tuesday, a jury in Manhattan will hear closing arguments in the trial of former President Donald Trump. Local prosecutors allege Trump committed bookkeeping offenses as part of a conspiracy to corrupt the 2016 presidential election. The former president’s specific crime, prosecutors say, was labeling a nondisclosure agreement negotiated by his lawyer as a “legal expense” in Trump Organization books.

But bookkeeping offenses, even when done by Trump, are misdemeanors in New York, so prosecutors sought to raise the seriousness of the charge by alleging an additional crime. They haven’t said so precisely, but in court papers, they have offered a “theory” in which Trump, in addition to the bookkeeping, violated a New York state election law barring the “conspiracy to promote or prevent election … by unlawful means.” That is also a misdemeanor, but Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg argues that the two misdemeanors, when taken together, add up to 34 felony charges and a maximum sentence of 136 years in prison for Trump. Such is the state of the justice system in New York.

It doesn’t take a brilliant legal mind to see that it all depends — Trump’s future and the hopes of Democrats who seek to jail him and cripple his presidential candidacy — it all depends on that second misdemeanor, which the attorneys usually refer to as the “object crime.” So it is not surprising that there has been furious debate between the two sides about how Judge Juan Merchan will instruct the jury to consider the object crime when they decide Trump’s fate.

The debate has covered several questions. Among them, in no particular order, are: What is the object crime? Is there only one, or are there more? Does the object crime actually require an object crime of its own? What level of proof on the object crime do prosecutors have to reach before jurors can find Trump guilty? And most basically: Does the object crime even have to be a crime?

The most recent debate over the object crime took place last Tuesday, after testimony ended, when both sets of lawyers met with Merchan. There was much discussion of the prosecution’s most frequently mentioned possible object crime, the New York state election law outlawing promotion of an election by “unlawful means.” That, of course, requires a definition for “unlawful means,” and there has been a lot of discussion to suggest that the “unlawful means” prosecutors cite will be an alleged violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

Trump’s lawyers raised a question. Violations of FECA are often dealt with as a civil matter. How could a civil matter be the crime by which Trump is sent to prison? Can’t Trump only be convicted of those 34 felonies if the jurors decide that the object crime was a crime? That led the group to a discussion of the word “willfully.” The Trump defense wanted the judge to tell that jury that to convict they must find that Trump “willfully” violated the law — that is, he specifically knew that what he was doing was a crime and that he did it anyway.

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President Donald Trump has revealed that he’s been giving “very serious consideration” to pardoning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he wins re-election in November.

Trump revealed that he was considering a pardon when asked about the issue during an interview with conservative commentator Tim Pool’s podcast Timcast IRL.

The 45th president appeared on the show before his speech at the libertarian convention on Saturday.

During the interview, Pool asked Trump if he would pardon Assange if he won a second term in the Oval Office.

Trump said the decision is under “very serious consideration.”

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A disturbing new study has uncovered evidence from official government data showing that deaths among people vaccinated for Covid have been recorded as being unvaccinated.

The move apparently sought to make the Covid mRNA injections appear “safe” while also stoking fear among the unvaccinated by showing a false spike in deaths of people who purportedly hadn’t received the shots.

The alarming discovery was found in the database of the UK government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) for mortality rates in 2021.

Initially, the official figures suggested a large spike in deaths for the non-Covid vaccinated.

These figures appeared to support the narrative that people were more likely to die by not taking the “safe and effective” injections.

However, researchers discovered that the vaccination status of the dead had been altered.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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A jolting new study has found that deaths surge by over 1,200 percent among people who have received at least one Covid mRNA shot.

The study was conducted by a group of world-renowned epidemiologists, cardiologists, and data experts.

The pre-print paper for the study, co-authored by celebrated cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough, was published Monday.

The study, titled “Excess Cardiopulmonary Arrest and Mortality after COVID-19 Vaccination in King County, Washington,” sought to investigate concerns about major spikes in serious cardiovascular adverse events, including myocarditis, myocardial infarction, and venous thromboembolism, all of which can lead to cardiopulmonary arrest.

The team of experts analyzed data on deaths in King County, Washington between 2020 and 2023.

The county has one of the highest rates of vaccinations in the United States.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev is convinced that the United States, headed by President Joe Biden, is deliberately trying to distort the facts of history, he told TASS.

"Biden, like a complete ignoramous, said that the American military defeated fascism and liberated Europe. And this is not senile dementia, but a conscious policy to correct history. This is a war against our country," Medvedev said.

"Millions of our citizens who fell at the hands of fascists are behind us. We have no right to betray their memory," Medvedev emphasized. "Especially in the face of efforts to try to erase this memory and rewrite history," he added.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Georgia’s parliament has overridden a presidential veto of the “foreign agents” legislation that has fuelled Western concerns and set off weeks of street protests.

The legislature, controlled by the governing Georgian Dream party, dismissed on Tuesday President Salome Zourabichvili’s veto of the legislation that she and other critics have said will restrict media freedom and obstruct Georgia’s chances of joining the European Union.

The president now has five days to endorse the bill. If she doesn’t do so, the parliament speaker would be able to sign it into law.

The bill that was approved by the parliament earlier this month requires media, nongovernmental organisations and other nonprofit groups to register as “pursuing the interests of a foreign power” if they receive more than 20 percent of their funding from abroad.

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Former President Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign is receiving a financial boost from a group of billionaires as he aims to narrow the fundraising gap with President Joe Biden.

Fox Business Network reports that billionaire Stephen Schwarzman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone, announced on Friday that he will support former President Trump in the 2024 race. Schwarzman previously called for the Republican Party to turn to a “new generation of leaders.”

Worth an estimated $39 billion, Schwarzman said he shares many Americans’ concerns “that our economic, immigration and foreign policies are taking the country in the wrong direction” and added that the “dramatic rise of antisemitism has led me to focus on the consequences of upcoming elections with greater urgency.”

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The Biden administration is trying to take away the freedoms of the American people Ric Grenell, former acting Director of National Intelligence in President Donald Trump's White House in 2020 warned Newsmax on Monday.

"On the day that we wake up remembering that freedom is not free and that some gave all so that we can have freedoms, I am getting to the point where I am moving into the 'pissed off' phase' at what is happening in our country, because our freedoms are being taken away," Grenell said on "Newsline."

The former U.S. ambassador to Germany stressed that "we have got an administration that is hell-bent on trying to lock up Donald Trump. This is not freedom. This is campaign and election manipulation," adding that "this is the type of thing that we call out in other countries."

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A new Rasmussen survey finds that 70% of voters say politicians discuss racial issues just to be elected, and only 18% say most politicians raise racial issues to address real problems.

Twice as many voters (42%) say political candidates voice racial issues too much in their campaigns compared to 21% who say such issues are discussed too little. Twenty-nine percent say the level of discussion of racial issues in politics is about right.

More Republicans (82%) than Democrats (55%) or unaffiliated voters (74%) say most politicians raise racial concerns just to be elected. Fewer Democrats (22%) than Republicans (60%) or unaffiliated voters (46%) say political candidates discuss racial issues too much in their campaigns.

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The Biden campaign on Tuesday morning staged a press conference outside of the Manhattan courtroom where closing arguments were set to begin in the business records trial of former President Donald Trump.

Speaking at the press conference were actor Robert DeNiro, and two former Capitol police officers on January 6, Harry Dunn — who is running for Congress, and Michael Fanone.

De Niro unleashed full Trump Derangement Syndrome, claiming that if Trump were elected, he would “never” leave office.

“If he gets in, I can tell you right now, he will never leave! He will never leave! You know that. He will never leave,” DeNiro said, claiming that Trump would make himself “dictator for life.”

“What does that mean? Is that the country we want to live in? Do we want him running this country and saying, ‘I’m not leaving, I’m dictator for life’?” he added.

“I hope this new ad campaign reaches outside the bubble to remind supporters of what a danger he is to our lives. This is not a threat, this is a reality,” he continued.

De Niro also referred to Trump supporters as “clowns” and “gangsters.”

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Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are inching forward their support of Ukrainian strikes within Russia’s internationally recognized borders.

Current and former defense and diplomatic officials within NATO member nations have been deliberating for weeks on whether they should encourage the Ukrainian government to use NATO-donated weapons in cross-border strikes into Russia, particularly as Russian forces have launched a new offensive in the Kharkiv border region in eastern Ukraine.

The idea of encouraging Ukrainian strikes in Russia with Western-donated weapons has led to some concerns about further escalating the existing conflict.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Federal Judge Aileen Cannon on Tuesday denied Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith’s request to impose a gag order against former President Donald Trump in his federal classified documents case.

She said that Smith's request was “wholly lacking in substance and professional courtesy.”

Cannon warned Smith that "failure to comply" with the requirements she has outlined for "non-emergency motions" could result in sanctions. 

Trump is already under a gage order in another criminal trial, the ongoing one in a Manhattan courtroom in which he faces 34 counts related to allegedly trying in 2016 to falsify business documents for a hush money payment to porn start Stormy Daniels for alleged sexual encounter about 11 years earlier, to prevent the matter from interfering with his ultimately successful bid to become president.

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The World Health Organization’s proposed International Health Regulations (IHR) and Pandemic Agreement crashed and burned last week amid disagreements between member countries.

“This is not a failure,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday in his opening remarks at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. “Failure does not stop us,  should not stop us,” he added.

Nation states are convening at the WHO assembly from May 27 to June 1 to discuss ideas to improve global readiness for future pandemics like COVID-19.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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