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Senate Intelligence Committee members said they don't have a timeline as to when they'll obtain Biden's and Trump's classified documents. Classified documents were found at both Trump and Biden's private residences over the past several months. Sen. Marco Rubio told CBS it is "absurd" that the press had more info on the vague contents of the documents. In August of 2022, the FBI raided Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate and seized 11 sets of classified information, including some that were marked top secret. In November, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate Trump's handling of classified documents.
Wanted fugitive Ruja Ignatova hasn't been seen since October 2017. A recent property listing hints that Ignatova is alive and still on the run, reports say. Bulgarian-born Ignatova, 42, is wanted by the FBI for allegedly scamming investors out of $4 billion between 2014 and 2016 in a Ponzi scheme using her now-defunct company OneCoin. In October 2017, she vanished until documents related to a penthouse apartment in London seemingly pointed to her whereabouts, the New York Post reported. "It suggests she is still alive, and there are documents out there somewhere which contain vital clues as to her recent whereabouts," Bartlett said.
Three men were indicted on charges of money laundering and murder-for-hire, the DOJ said. The target, Masih Alinejad, told The Associated Press the FBI read her the messages the men exchanged. The indictment did not say if the Iranian regime was directly involved in the murder order. Alinejad told The Associated Press that the FBI read her the messages the men exchanged,"I'm not scared," Alinejad told the AP. While the man behind the plot is in Iran, the DOJ indictment did not say whether the Iranian government was behind the plot.
Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow is running for the state's Supreme Court in November. Dorow and her husband, Brian, have also applied to open an indoor gun range, Jezebel reported. The gun range would host weddings and holiday events and serve alcohol, city documents show. Dorow announced her candidacy for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in late November 2022. He also defended the proposal request for a liquor license in the same space as the gun range.
A former Trump aide said Biden's team should be nervous because federal prosecutors are like "hunting dogs." In November, Biden's team found 10 classified documents at Penn Biden Center, a DC think tank, and submitted them to the National Archive. This came as Trump was also being investigated for mishandling classified documents and not turning them over to the National Archives. In December, Biden's team found more documents in the garage of his Delaware home. On January 14, The New York Times reported that another batch of documents was also found in Biden's home.
Trump's former chief of staff did not trust how he handled classified information, NYT journalist says. Michael Schmidt said John Kelly was concerned that Trump "could damage national security." "Kelly did not trust that Trump knew how to handle classified information,' Schmidt said. "Kelly did not trust that Trump knew how to handle classified information,' Schmidt said. Schmidt added: "Here's the chief of staff to the president of the united state concerned that the president of the united states could damage national security.
A special counsel was appointed to look into Biden's mishandling of classified documents. The DOJ previously appointed special counsel to probe Trump for possible mishandling of documents. "The Justice Department has a whole series of problems right now. "The Justice Department doesn't just work on the statutory definition of the crime, which in this case is knowingly removing classified documents, it also looks at precedent," Isgur said. "The DOJ likes to treat like cases alike and that's going to be a huge problem when you have two of these moving at the same time," Isgur said.
House Minority leader Hakeem Jeffries says he can have a better relationship with McCarthy than Pelosi. Kevin McCarthy was elected House Speaker early Saturday after five days of voting. McCarthy had a very contentious relationship with former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. On Sunday, NBC News's "Meet the Press," host Chuck Todd asked Jeffries: "Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn't have a great relationship with Rep. Kevin McCarthy. "Kevin McCarthy and I have had some positive, forward-looking conversations over the last few weeks.
Marjorie Taylor Greene backed Kevin McCarthy's bid for House Speaker. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said Greene broke her promise by doing so. "I'm very surprised that the one — I won't name her name but it's Marjorie Taylor Greene — broke her promise," Lindell said on the far-right Be Reasonable podcast on Thursday. "And that includes Marjorie Taylor Greene." Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives went through a historic 15 rounds of voting to elect McCarthy to the House speaker position.
In an interview with NBC News, Cohen said President Trump only cares about himself. For some reason, we fell into the cult of Donald J. Trump. You've seen what's happening now to Rudy Guiliani. You see what's happening to [John] Eastman. You see what's happening to Sydney Powell, and a multitude of other people," Cohen said, referring to former and current Trump attorneys.
Chris Christie refuted arguments that Trump kept classified documents as leverage. Christie on Sunday said Trump kept them as "trophies." Chris Christie said former President Donald Trump kept the classified documents that were seized at Mar-a-Lago as a "trophy." Christie refuted speculation that Trump took the documents as "leverage" for future political gains. Christie said Trump kept the documents "to display to everybody down at Mar-a-Lago or up in Bedminster during the summer" and to draw back to his time in the White House.
President Biden is using a Trump-era rule to curb Venezuelans from entering the US at the southern border. Title 42 was invoked in 2020 under Trump to send migrants back to Mexico, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden's Justice Department, however, has been fighting the policy in court. According to the AP, Mexico has said it would only take in one Venezuelan migrant for each Venezuelan allowed to enter the US on humanitarian parole. Under the current policy, Venezuelan migrants who walk or swim across the border will be expelled and those who illegally enter Mexico or Panama won't be able to enter the US, DHS said.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger said it's now up to the American people to stop another insurrection. In an interview with ABC, 'This Week' Kinzinger added that Trump is required by law to testify. "The torch has been passed—yes to DOJ—but also to the American people," Kinzinger told ABC 'This Week' host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. Kinzinger, one of just two Republican lawmakers on the committee, said the panel is gathering facts and putting forth recommendations. During the same interview, Kinzinger emphasized that former President Donald Trump is required by law to testify after the committee subpoenaed him last week.
Bill Maher slammed Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker on Friday. Maher took aim at the candidate's recent scandals including one centered around Walker's former girlfriend's abortion. Maher took aim at several false statements made by Walker, who is running for Senate in Georgia, as well as allegations of violence against the former football player. "He's just a fucking idiot on a scale almost impossible to parody," Maher said on his show Real Time. Maher highlighted how Walker previously falsely claimed he was in the FBI, and a police officer.
Texas AG Ken Paxton ran away from being served a subpoena for an abortion access lawsuit. On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Paxton did not have to show up for a hearing on that lawsuit, CNN reported. In a motion, the judge said Paxton feared for his safety since the process server was "unidentifiable." "Top executive officials should not be called to testify absent extraordinary circumstances," the motion from Judge Robert Pitman said, CNN reported. The subpoenas required Paxton to testify at a hearing on Tuesday on a lawsuit filed by abortion rights groups.
Over 900 people have been arrested and charged in connection with the Capitol riot, according to Insider's database. A growing number of them have subsequently been charged with additional separate crimes, CBS News reported. The additional charges could complicate their efforts to get lenient sentences in their Capitol riot cases. In one instance, federal authorities said a Navy reservist went into "panic mode" after the Capitol riot and made $50,000 in firearms-related purchases, The Washington Post reported. Additionally, these additional charges could make it harder for the defendants to get lenient sentences in their Capitol riot charges and could mean that other defendants could struggle to secure pretrial releases.
Officials said they found mass graves and bodies that showed signs of torture in the city. Ukraine's ambassador to the US said the atrocities were "war crimes of massive proportions." "It's tortures, rapes, killings — war crimes of massive proportions. Last week, Ukraine's defense ministry said that mass graves were discovered in Izium after the city was retaken by Ukrainian forces. The largest burial site found has 440 unmarked graves.
Desantis flew 50 migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard. The migrants told NPR that they were under the impression they were going to Boston for work. Advocates have compared the tactic to the 1960s "Reverse Freedom Rides. Ron DeSantis to relocate 50 migrants to Martha's Vineyard last week resemble tactics used by southern segregationists during the 1960s "Reverse Freedom Rides," CNN reported. Three migrants told the outlets that a woman identified as "Perla" promised them expedited work permits in Boston.
GOP governors have been sending migrants to eastern cities in protest of Biden's immigration policies. The lawmakers say Biden's administration isn't doing enough at the border. Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said it's unfair to say the Biden administration is "lax" on immigration. Johnson added that border security is a lot tougher since he served as DHS Secretary eight years ago. His remarks come as several GOP governors began sending migrants to northern US cities.
Republican lawmakers are sending migrants to Democratic cities. AOC called the moves "crimes against humanity" and likened it to "trafficking." Ron DeSantis took credit for sending two planes to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. In recent weeks, other Republican lawmakers have sent migrants to cities like Washington D.C. and New York. "We're sending migrants to her backyard to call on the Biden Administration to do its job & secure the border."
The planes were organized with the help of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who used state funds for the transport. State records show that Florida paid an aviation company more than half a million dollars for the transportation, WTSP reported. State records showed that Florida paid Vertol Systems Company Inc. less than a week before 50 migrants were recently flown to Massachusetts. And, yes, that involves helping with transport," DeSantis said during a press conference.
A contractor busing the migrants has been banned from speaking with New York City officials, the AP reported. Manuel Castro, commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, told the AP that complicates efforts to meet and provide resources for migrants being sent from Texas. Volunteer groups rely in tips for help as they wait for hours in New York's Port Authority for buses from Texas to arrive. Greg Abbott has been sending buses of migrants to democratic cities like Washington D.C. and New York to President Joe Biden's immigration policies. The AP reported that so far about 8,000 migrants were bused from Texas to Washington D.C. and another 2,200 were bused to New York City.
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