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Protestors DROWN OUT Trump Bootlickers at NY Trial




Comments:

1/ So glad people are showing them how tired we are of all their crap!!!

1a/ Exactly!

1b/ I guess they’re only letting people into the area if: they are dressed in the Trump costume, media, or protesting against Trump.
That kind of contradicts his statement about not being able to access the courthouse …because of police and barricades etc.
how is Fox going to spin that one?

1c/ They will pretend it never happened of course.

2/ That goes for Mike Johnson, Nikie Haley, judges, GOP and many others sucking up to Trump in exchange for a position or money

3/ Native New Yorker here.  I am going downtown this week.  Bootlickers need to be called out!!

3a/ New York/ thanks from Texas

3b/ Thank you!!  I wish I could be there with you!  I am in spirit!!  

3c/ I love to be there ...what's the location?

3d/ It's down by the Courthouse. Not sure of exact address.

3e/ Thanks from  California!

4/ This is so fucking sad that all these grown as people will get on their knees for the worst person on this

5/ Look at them in their red ties screaming 'I AM IN A CULT'.  Ridiculous

6/ No body is stopping the bootlickers from speaking! The people blowing whistle have just as much right to do what they’re doing as well.

6a/ Yes they are

7/ Well done, America! Well done, NY!
Speak TRUTH!

8/ Every one of those bootlickers is a traitor.

9/ This needs to be done more often whenever the GOP speaks .

9a/ I'm in. America 🇺🇸 is tired  of these election deniers  they need to move on. Find another job, I hear RUSSIA is hiring, and they also share the republican views. just a thought.

9b/ I'm in.

9c/ Me, too.

10/ They're fabulous!! Im so sick of the media allowing him to spew his lies every day!!

11/ Love this God Bless!!!The signs, the cowbell, the whistle, the yelling of bootlicker, azz kisser just great!!!!!

12/ Don't know how the hell they are standing up without a SPINE !

13/ They didn't expect this to happen, they thought they would be able to voice their lies.

13a/ That's why MTG didn’t go to NY. Last time she went, she got her ass handed to her and rightly so!

13a1/ that was awesome!

14/ COWBELL! Lots and lots of Cowbell! Way to shut these liars up! Thank you.

15/ They made it easy to spot future convicts.

15a/ That is a simple protest, and they have the right to. Look at the black man, his face saying what the fuc l'm doing here

15b/ Corrupt politicians.

16/ I’m proud of Americans standing up to these clowns  with there lies lies lies well done to all !

16a/ Good job.

16b/ So am I. I thank these protesters for calling them out.

16c/ It’s unbelievable how these men can agree with that man. Either they are blind or just kissing up to him

16d/ they're kissing up. Orange nosing

17/ They are supposed to be working for the people. Not for trump. Shame on them. Go do your jobs!!!

18/ They should be working for the nation’s people not wasting time waiting for the outcome of a trial.

19/ Three words to make america great again. GUILTY as charged...

20/ These spineless cowards would do anything for a tiny share of power.
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Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winning White House Photographer David Hume Kennerly, Part 1




At the age of 24, David Hume Kennerly won the Pulitzer Prize for photos he took as a combat photographer in Vietnam during the Vietnam war AND for photos he took at the legendary 1971 Ali vs. Frasier fight at Madison Square Garden. At age 27, he was asked by President Gerald Ford to be the White House Photographer.

Mr. Kennerly has photographed every American president from LBJ through Biden. And now, at age 77, he's made an important statement about the courage that is necessary in 2024 to meet the urgency of this moment in America's history, when our democracy is under attack from within.

His recent article in the Atlantic, titled "The Danger of a Small Act of Cowardice", explains the stand he decided to take by resigning from the board of trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, as we discuss in episode 2 of our two-part conversation.

I am thrilled to present this 2-part, in-depth conversation with Mr. Kennerly.

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The Danger of a Small Act of Cowardice in the Age of Trump; Interview w/David Hume Kennerly (part 2)




At the age of 24, David Hume Kennerly won the Pulitzer Prize for photos he took as a combat photographer in Vietnam during the Vietnam war AND for photos he took at the legendary 1971 Ali vs. Frasier fight at Madison Square Garden. At age 27, he was asked by President Gerald Ford to be the White House Photographer.

Mr. Kennerly has photographed every American president from LBJ through Biden. And now, at age 77, he's made an important statement about the courage that is necessary in 2024 to meet the urgency of this moment in America's history, when our democracy is under attack from within.

His recent article in the Atlantic, titled "The Danger of a Small Act of Cowardice", explains the stand he decided to take by resigning from the board of trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, as we discuss in episode 2 of our two-part conversation.
 
I am thrilled to present part 2 of this 2-part, in-depth conversation with Mr. Kennerly.
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Hình ảnh do AI tạo dựng có những chi tiết nhỏ (như bàn tay) không đúng và giả tạo .  Ví dụ: Ngón tay út của Trump ngắn ngủn, hoặc bàn tay của Trump có 4 ngón, và một người có thể có đến 3 cánh tay .

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Don't Fall For The Bullsh*t: Trumpers TARGET Black Voters With FAKE AI Generated Images




A Florida conservative radio host says he and his team are responsible for the AI-generated image of Donald Trump posing with Black voters, have caused fury online.

The image, created by Mark Kaye, is one of dozens discovered by BBC Panorama.   These fake images of black Trump supporters, generated by artificial intelligence, are one of the emerging disinformation trends ahead of November's presidential election.


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Trump supporters target black voters with faked AI images

3 March 2024
By Marianna Spring,BBC Panorama and Americast


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-68440150

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This image, created by a radio host and his team using AI, is one of dozens of fakes portraying black Trump supporters

Donald Trump supporters have been creating and sharing AI-generated fake images of black voters to encourage African Americans to vote Republican.

BBC Panorama discovered dozens of deepfakes portraying black people as supporting the former president.

Mr Trump has openly courted black voters, who were key to Joe Biden's election win in 2020.
But there's no evidence directly linking these images to Mr Trump's campaign.

The co-founder of Black Voters Matter, a group which encourages black people to vote, said the manipulated images were pushing a "strategic narrative" designed to show Mr Trump as popular in the black community.

A creator of one of the images told the BBC: "I'm not claiming it's accurate."

The fake images of black Trump supporters, generated by artificial intelligence (AI), are one of the emerging disinformation trends ahead of the US presidential election in November.

Unlike in 2016, when there was evidence of foreign influence campaigns, the AI-generated images found by the BBC appear to have been made and shared by US voters themselves.

One of them was Mark Kaye and his team at a conservative radio show in Florida.

They created an image of Mr Trump smiling with his arms around a group of black women at a party and shared it on Facebook, where Mr Kaye has more than one million followers.

At first it looks real, but on closer inspection everyone's skin is a little too shiny and there are missing fingers on people's hands - some tell-tale signs of AI-created images.

"I'm not a photojournalist," Mr Kaye tells me from his radio studio.

"I'm not out there taking pictures of what's really happening. I'm a storyteller."

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Radio show host Mark Kaye told the BBC that it was the individual's problem if their vote was influenced by AI images

He had posted an article about black voters supporting Mr Trump and attached this image to it, giving the impression that these people all support the former president's run for the White House.

In the comments on Facebook, several users appeared to believe the AI image was real.

"I'm not claiming it is accurate. I'm not saying, 'Hey, look, Donald Trump was at this party with all of these African American voters. Look how much they love him!'" he said.

"If anybody's voting one way or another because of one photo they see on a Facebook page, that's a problem with that person, not with the post itself."

Another widely viewed AI image the BBC investigation found shows Mr Trump posing with black voters on a front porch. It had originally been posted by a satirical account that generates images of the former president, but only gained widespread attention when it was reposted with a new caption falsely claiming that he had stopped his motorcade to meet these people.

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This image was widely viewed on social media with a caption saying Trump had stopped his motorcade to pose with these men

We tracked down the person behind the account called Shaggy, who is a committed Trump supporter living in Michigan.

"[My posts] have attracted thousands of wonderful kind-hearted Christian followers," he said in messages sent to the BBC on social media.

When I tried to question him on the AI-generated image he blocked me. His post has had over 1.3 million views, according to the social media site X. Some users called it out, but others seemed to have believed the image was real.

I did not find similarly manipulated images of Joe Biden with voters from a particular demographic. The AI images of the president tend to feature him alone or with other world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin or former US President Barack Obama.

Some are created by critics, others by supporters.

In January, the Democratic candidate was himself a victim of an AI-generated impersonation.

An automated audio call, purportedly voiced by the president, urged voters to skip the New Hampshire primary where he was running. A Democratic Party supporter has admitted responsibility, saying he wanted to draw attention to the potential for the technology to be abused.

Cliff Albright, the co-founder of campaign group Black Voters Matter, said there appeared to be a resurgence of disinformation tactics targeting the black community, as in the 2020 election.

"There have been documented attempts to target disinformation to black communities again, especially younger black voters," he said.

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Cliff Albright, who runs an organisation encouraging black people to vote, says younger black voters are targeted for disinformation

I show him the AI-generated pictures in his office in Atlanta, Georgia - a key election battleground state where convincing even a small slice of the overall black vote to switch from Mr Biden to Mr Trump could prove decisive.

A recent New York Times and Sienna College poll found that in six key swing states 71% of black voters would back Mr Biden in 2024, a steep drop from the 92% nationally that helped him win the White House at the last election.

Mr Albright said the fake images were consistent with a "very strategic narrative" pushed by conservatives - from the Trump campaign down to influencers online - designed to win over black voters. They are particularly targeting young black men, who are thought to be more open to voting for Mr Trump than black women.

On Monday, MAGA Inc, the main political action committee backing Trump, is due to launch an advertising campaign targeting black voters in Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

It is aimed at voters like Douglas, a taxi driver in Atlanta.

Douglas said he was mainly worried about the economy and immigration - issues which he felt Trump was more focused on. He said Democratic messaging about Trump's threat to democracy would not motivate him to vote, because he was already disillusioned with the electoral process.

The US economy is generally doing well, but some voters - like Douglas - don't feel better off because they've also been through a cost of living crisis.

What did he think of the AI-generated image of Trump sitting on a front porch with black voters? When I first showed it to him, he believed it was real. He said it bolstered his view, shared by some other black people he knows, that Trump is supportive of the community.

Then, I revealed it was a fake.

"Well, that's the thing about social media. It's so easy to fool people," he said.

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"It's so easy to fool people" on social media, says cab driver Douglas, after viewing one of the AI fakes

Disinformation tactics in the US presidential elections have evolved since 2016, when Donald Trump won. Back then, there were documented attempts by hostile foreign powers, such as Russia, to use networks of inauthentic accounts to try to sow division and plant particular ideas.

In 2020, the focus was on home-grown disinformation - particularly false narratives that the presidential election was stolen, which were shared widely by US-based social media users and endorsed by Mr Trump and other Republican politicians.

In 2024, experts warn of a dangerous combination of the two.

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At first glance, some voters miss the tell-tale signs of an AI-generated image - which sometimes can include extra arms

Ben Nimmo, who until last month was responsible for countering foreign influence operations at Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, said the confusion created by fakes like these also opens new opportunities for foreign governments who may seek to manipulate elections.

"Anybody who has a substantial audience in 2024 needs to start thinking, how do I vet anything which gets sent to me? How do I make sure that I don't unwittingly become part of some kind of foreign influence operation?" he said.

Mr Nimmo said that social media users and platforms are increasingly able to identify fake automated accounts, so as it gets harder to build an audience in this way "operations try to co-opt real people" to increase the reach of divisive or misleading information.

"The best bet they have is to try and land [their content] through an influencer. That's anyone who has a big audience on social media," he said.

Mr Nimmo said he was concerned in 2024 that these people, who may be willing to spread misinformation to their ready-made audiences, could become "unwitting vectors" for foreign influence operations.

These operations could share content with users - either covertly or overtly - and encourage them to post it themselves, so it appears to have come from a real US voter, he said.

All of the major social media companies have policies in place to tackle potential influence operations, and several - like Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram - have introduced new measures to deal with AI-generated content during elections.

Leading politicians from around the world have also highlighted the risks of AI-generated content this year.

Narratives about the 2020 election being stolen - which were shared without any evidence - spread online with simple posts, memes and algorithms, not AI-generated images or video, and still resulted in the US Capitol riot on 6 January.

This time around, there is a whole new range of tools available to political partisans and provocateurs which could inflame tensions once again.
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That annoying kid visits his teacher thirty years later...when she heard why he came she was shocked




Comments:

1/ This is, by far, the most amazingly written and beautifully narrated story I’ve ever heard!! I felt that I was walking with Ms. Archer and Joseph through every detail of their troubled lives, their lovely reunion, and the life changing events that would change not only their lives but the lives of many more Josephs. Thank you for taking me on such a wonderful journey!!

1a/ Delightful story.

1b/ Omg what a beautiful story

1c/ Yes I agree : stories and narrations can be as different as can music or foods or doctors or humans (like this teacher) or as gems where some are industrial some on crowns. I'm glad you noticed; thank you for saying it. 12:35

2/ My daughter is an educator and I can hardly wait to share this story to encourage she and others to persevere in doing their best for the children.

3/ We need lots of teachers like Sarah in the world today . So many children are neglected by parents that don't have time to live and care about them and their future. Teachers like Sarah would make a great difference to children's life. This article brought tears to my eyes.

4/ I loved this story. It was my favorite of all the stories i have read. It was wonderful how they found each other after so many years apart. And Joseph saved his teacher. Too bad our educational system has become broken. It has become the long arm of perversion, without a care for children. It has become evil, it breaks my heart to see how children will suffer in the end.

5/ What an endearing story. This teacher planted positive seeds into her student and years later she was rewarded for it. We never know when we are making a difference in peoples lives. Be kind and show love and encouragement. It could pay off in the end; but even if it doesn't you can bet you have changed their lives for good.
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Trump thích ba hoa chích choè, nhưng lại ngậm hột thị ...

So strange. That guy (Trump) loves to talk. Ramble. Dissemble. Blather. Bloviate. So he had his big chance, in court, and he did not say a word.

The lawyer next to tRump always looks so embarrassed!


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New York Times SURPRISES Trump With ELECTION BOMBSHELL


The New York Times just blindsided Donald Trump with a stunning admission about their polls that have consistently and falsely shown Trump “beating” President Biden in nearly every swing state. This is NOT good for Trump…

Comments:

1/ When Donald Trump says he'll be a dictator on day one that already makes him a dictator for life

1a/ He will declare martial law on day one! The Handmaids Tale on Netflix will happen if he’s elected! Scary shit!

2/ VOTE BIDEN. Unless you want a dictator...

3/ Trump’s comments tell you much about how much Trump lies.

3a/ only when his lips are moving

3b/ He lies as easily as he breathes.  Inhale... exhale lie... inhale.... exhale lie   repeat.

4/ President Biden is winning this November but we must all go out and vote

5/ The world’s biggest coward.
Never said a word in court to defend himself.
Spews rubbish 3 times a day for 6 weeks outside court - none of which has any affect on the court.

5a/ Free tv campaign time .

5b/ Wasted effort. Pathos personified.

5c/ a campaign of whining and crying like a kindergartner that lost his toy time.

5d/ Free tv to make a fool of himself.

5e/ So strange. That guy loves to talk. Ramble. Dissemble. Blather. Bloviate. So he had his big chance, in court, and he did not say a word.

5e1/ Bloviate is such a great word. All of what you wrote is spot on.

5e2/ Do any of his cult question why he never testifies?

5e3/ He knows he is indefensible

5e4/  his cult doesn't question him. They are not capable of questioning its leaders. The only thing they are capable of doing is worshipping him. That's what cults are all about. Stop thinking. Just worship

6/ Don't believe polls. Just vote Blue and until then work in your community for local folks you support.
Don't be scared, don't give up, just get on with working to keep our country safe from fascism

7/ Don’t listen to polls.  Get out and vote!

8/ No matter what anyone says...get out and vote!

9/ It's never been more important to vote!

10/  man’s poll numbers are as accurate to his rally crowd sizes!

11/ Why is there never anyone in the crowd to yell out, "bullshit", when he spews his word vomit? Why do they let him just go on?

11a/ There have been a few at his rallies he has them dragged away by security or the CNN reporter that was on him like a prized pit bull and wouldn't back down even when the defendant screwed up his face and said CNN is going to fire you.

12/ Trump relies on these polls to claim that "there is no way I lost".

12a/ Absolutely!! First thing he'll say is, I was leading in all the polls.

12b/ VOTES COUNT!

12c/ Fascists would disagree with you.

13/ I'm 68 years old and I never knew that you could run for dictator! In America? He should be disqualified. PERIOD.

14/ Trump's Lawyer always looks like he is either being held hostage or in desperate need of a BM.

14a/ Like those poor physicians did when they had to sit there and stare blankly at.the cameras while he said to inject bleach or shoving blue bright lights into people's orifices to heal covid saying didn't you say you thought that might work or should be tried the poor woman almost passed out.

14b/ ugh! Yes that was brutal to watch. The sad part is, wasn't there a man who turned blue from taking a pill that they were recommending on truth social or on right-wing media? I can't remember what it was.

15/ ugh! Yes that was brutal to watch. The sad part is, wasn't there a man who turned blue from taking a pill that they were recommending on truth social or on right-wing media? I can't remember what it was.

15a/ Chickens!

16/ CANT WAIT TILL NOVEMBER GO BLUE

17/ It has been that way for a very long time.  Poll numbers are manipulated so that voters think in terms of the bandwagon fallacy.  "I'm with the winner who happens to be a badass!  Yay!"

18/The lawyer next to tRump always looks so embarrassed!
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Former Trump attorney has Colorado law license suspended for attempting to overturn 2020 election results

BY LAUREN IRWIN - 05/28/24 8:01 PM ET

Jenna Ellis, an ex-attorney for former President Trump, has agreed to have her law license suspended for three years in Colorado for her role in attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

A presiding disciplinary judge approved the settlement between Ellis and Colorado’s Attorney Counsel on Tuesday.

Ellis pleaded guilty in October to one count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings. She reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in the Georgia 2020 election interference case, in which Trump and 17 others were indicted for engaging in an unlawful conspiracy to keep the former president in power.

She was first censured by Colorado’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel in March 2023 after she made “misrepresentations on national television and on Twitter regarding the 2020 presidential election.”

Ellis’s suspension will take effect on July 2 and last three years.

Two watchdog groups were attempting to have her disbarred, but the settlement said that while it’s the “presumptive sanction” for her misconduct, her “criminal culpability” was due to her actions as an “accessory,” not a principal.

“The evidence surrounding her plea reflects that she aided and abetted the false statements at issue through her presence at the Georgia Senate Subcommittee meeting but did not otherwise contribute to drafting or preparing the false statements,” the settlement said.

“She has also expressed remorse and has recognized the harm caused by her misconduct … and has taken significant, concrete steps to mitigate the harm her misconduct has caused,” the settlement said, noting that a three-year suspension would be an “appropriate sanction.”

Ellis must file a petition if she wants to reinstate her Colorado law license.

In a letter dated May 22, Ellis said she wanted to express her “deep remorse” and acknowledge the harm her misconduct caused.

“I do not do this as a political calculation, out of anger toward my former client, or for any other ways some may try to undermine or discredit my statement here, which is simply this: I am choosing to take responsibility for my actions and my association with the harm caused to this nation by the post-election activities of 2020 on behalf of then-President Donald Trump, she wrote. “I was wrong to be involved.”

She said she would gratefully accept the suspension as a consequence and encouraged others who still think the 2020 election was stolen to “consider changing their position.”

“I will continue to stand up for the truth, even when it requires admitting I was wrong,” Ellis concluded.

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🚨 Trump attorney finally gets what she DESERVES




Comments:

1/ Her crying was over the top A BUNCH of BS!!!

1a/ She and Kyle Rittenhouse went to the same acting school.

2/ I don’t think she should ever practice law again

2a/ I doubt she will ever get a decent job in that field again, at least in the near future.

2b/ who will hire her after this?

2c/ you'd  be surprised!  Shady people love shady representation.

3/ "Suspended," but not "disbarred." It's still a travesty of justice.

3a/ Disbarred  by legal board not judge

3b/ What helped her see the light?
The charges she's facing or the facts that were freely available but rejected until the charges were brought down on her?

3c/ Can't practice law for three years ... ya

4/ Telling the court that you’re a Christian is ridiculous. It doesn’t make you a better person than anyone else, as demonstrated by her actions.

4a/ Good point, it shirks her blame

4b/ Viewing from Europe, it seems bizarre. Why would anyone say that?

4c/ Lots of Bible thumpers in prison....

5/ “She’s not upset that she did it… but rather is upset that SHE GOT CAUGHT!”
FULL STOP

6/ Crocodile tears. Remember how smug she was? They need to take her law license away for LIFE!

7/ Suspension is nothing. Treasonous cry babies need to LOSE their license.

7a/ Honey those three years gonna hurt as she can’t make a high paying living for the next three years and that will hurt her to the core

7b/ Even after 3 years, she is not automatically reinstated, there is a whole review process which is all but totally impossible for her to pass. The chances she ever practices again is essentially 0.

7c/ she needs to be happy she isn't in prison!

8/ I think “Getting Trumped” could be become legal world slang for “I decided to lie blatantly in court for my client and now I can’t practice law.”

8a/ She cries like Justice Kavanaugh. Big crocodile tears.

8b/ My attorney gets an attorney.   MAGA Way. As Trump walks FREE. SMH

9/ She is dishonest. She should not be allowed to practice law again.

9a/ Good Riddance . Too bad I can't judge whether or not she's truly repentant, but her sustained efforts over time, to subvert the legal system speaks Volumes enough for me.

10/ So sick of people trying to pull out the ' christian' card which means nothing these days. As if non christians might be less honest. Ridiculous! And insulting.

11/ Rudy Giuliani should be the poster boy for warning what happens
when you hitch your livelihood to Trump.

11a/ Don't forget Mike Lindell.

12/ Imagine all of your years of trying to build a reputable legal career only to crash so disgracefully like Trump's attorneys

12a/ While Trump goes on!!!!

13/ All of Trump's attorneys should be disbarred.

13a/ And what about "his congress people" (?) (as he referred to them as)....why are they still there ? Safety in numbers. Despicable.
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Trump và MAGAs Quá Khích

Jack Smith, the special counsel overseeing the federal election interference case against Trump in Washington and the classified documents case in Florida, was the target of an attempted swatting on Christmas, NBC News reported. So, too, was Tanya Chutkan, the federal judge overseeing the election interference case in Washington, which is on pause while the Supreme Court decides whether the presidency is a license to commit crimes with total immunity.


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Cop nearly killed on Jan 6 called Trump ‘authoritian.’ Hours later, his mom was ‘swatted’

Story by Ariana Baio • 19h • 3 min read

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/cop-nearly-killed-on-jan-6-called-trump-authoritian-hours-later-his-mom-was-swatted/ar-BB1nhe2i?ocid=winp2fptaskbarhover&cvid=424734197342488cf406bff8e4dc7b84&ei=12

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Former DC police officer Michael Fanone outside of Manhattan Criminal Court on May 28, 2024 in New York City
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Just hours after former Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone stood outside of Manhattan criminal court and called Donald Trump an “authoritarian”, his mother’s home was reportedly swatted.

Mr Fanone told NBC News that his 78-year-old mother opened her door to law enforcement officers and SWAT team members on Tuesday night after an individual sent a fake “manifesto” posing as Mr Fanone threatening to harm others and claiming he killed his mother.

The email, viewed by NBC News, included Fanone’s mother’s home address in Virginia.

“How dangerous is it to send law enforcement to an address in which you essentially are describing an active shooter, in which the only person present is a 78-year-old f***ing woman,” Mr Fanone told the news outlet.

Earlier in the day, Mr Fanone joined actor Robert DeNiro, fellow retired police officer Harry Dunn and members of President Joe Biden’s campaign to denounce Mr Trump.

Mr Fanone invoked his experience being assaulted by rioters at the Capitol on January 6 to tell people Mr Trump will not serve the public if he is re-elected.

“This election is about Donald Trump and his vision for the office of the president of the United States, not as a public servant who answers to the people who elected him, but as an authoritarian who answers to and serves only himself,” he said.

Mr Fanone believes his anti-Trump rhetoric inspired someone to create the fake “manifesto” and email it to several, including email addresses associated with the high school he attended for one year.

“This is the reality of going up against or challenging Donald Trump,” Mr Fanone told NBC News. “These swatting calls are incredibly f***ing dangerous, especially when the target is somebody like my mom.”

The Independent has reached out to the FBI and Alexandria Police Department for comment.

Swatting is the criminal act of falsely reporting an emergency to law enforcement or other emergency services and directing them to a person’s address.

Over the last few years, the US has seen an increase in swatting incidents in connection to a politician or political event.

Earlier this year, former presidential candidate Nikki Haley said her elderly parents were swatted and around that time the White House was swatted after someone called with reports of a false fire. Representative Majorie Taylor Greene reported her home was swatted in December.

But many of the swatting incidents have been in connection to Mr Trump. Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing the former president’s federal election interference case, was swatted in January. Mr Trump repeatedly attacked Judge Chutkan on social media.

Similarly, the Maine Secretary of State who briefly disqualified Mr Trump from the state’s ballot was swatted in January. Mr Trump accused her of being biased in that case.

Jack Smith, the federal prosecutor who brought charges against Mr Trump in his classified documents and federal election interference case, had a swatting attempt in December.

The judge who oversaw the civil fraud trial against Mr Trump was also swatted after the former president railed against him.

Mr Fanone told NBC News that police received “more than two dozen calls” in connection to Tuesday’s swatting incident. He said his father also was a target but he was out of the country.

The Independent is the world’s most free-thinking news brand, providing global news, commentary and analysis for the independently-minded. We have grown a huge, global readership of independently minded individuals, who value our trusted voice and commitment to positive change. Our mission, making change happen, has never been as important as it is today.

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Mother of Jan. 6 officer Michael Fanone swatted after he called Trump 'authoritarian'

Fanone was abducted by the mob on Jan. 6 and nearly killed when a MAGA-hatted rioter who believed Trump's lies about the 2020 election drove a stun gun into his neck.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice...rcna154467

May 29, 2024, 9:28 AM CDT / Updated May 29, 2024, 6:57 PM CDT
By Ryan J. Reilly

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Former Washington, D.C., Police Officer Michael Fanone speaks to reporters Tuesday across the street from former President Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York.Seth Wenig / AP

WASHINGTON — Michael Fanone, a former police officer who was nearly killed by a mob during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, spoke outside the courthouse during closing arguments in Donald Trump's hush money trial Tuesday, calling Trump "an authoritarian" with "a violence fetish."

Hours later, Fanone's mother was "swatted" at her home in Virginia.

On Tuesday, a fake "manifesto" attributed to Fanone was sent to a number of email addresses, including some associated with a high school that Fanone attended for a year more than two decades ago. The "manifesto," viewed by NBC News, claimed that the writer had killed their mother and planned to go to the recipient's school Wednesday and shoot more people. It provided Fanone's mother's home address.

That night, Fanone told NBC News, his mother opened the door to law enforcement in her nightgown, "mortified" to find SWAT team officers at her home.

"How dangerous is it to send law enforcement to an address in which you essentially are describing an active shooter, in which the only person present is a 78-year-old f---ing woman," he said. "This is the reality of going up against or challenging Donald Trump. ... These swatting calls are incredibly f---ing dangerous, especially when the target is somebody like my mom."

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Pro-Trump protesters clash with Washington Police Officer Michael Fanone at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Shannon Stapleton / Reuters / Redux file

Police in Fairfax County, Virginia, said in a statement Wednesday that police responded to the block where Fanone’s mother lives at around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday for a welfare check.

“Officers made contact with the resident, who was confirmed to be okay, following a suspicious email that we were made aware of thanks to our partners with the Montgomery County Police Department” in Maryland, the police department said in a statement. “Detectives from our Threat Assessment Management (TAM) Unit are investigating the circumstances of this case and the swatting nature of the initial email.”

The FBI had no immediate comment.

Fanone said he understood that police had received more than two dozen calls in connection with the swatting incident. He said that his father was also targeted at his address but that he was out of the country.

“All I do is go out there and talk about what happened to me and so many other police officers, like I always have, and this is the recourse,” Fanone said. “This is the direct result of that.”

Fanone spoke out about the Capitol attack before the House Jan. 6 committee and has made remarks at the sentencing hearings of rioters who assaulted him. He left the Metropolitan Police Department in late 2021 after he was assigned a desk job and felt targeted by other Washington police officers.

Fanone, who voted for Trump in 2016, spoke outside the courthouse Tuesday as part of a campaign event for President Joe Biden. He blamed Trump's "lies" for the Capitol attack.

"These supporters were fueled by Trump’s lies and the lies of his surrogates, lies that the 2020 election was stolen," he said. "Those same lies have been spewed by Donald Trump and his surrogates about what happened to me and so many other police officers on Jan. 6, 2021, that day I was brutally assaulted."

Fanone named four people — all of them Trump supporters — who assaulted him on Jan. 6: Albuquerque Head, who is serving 7½ years in federal prison; Kyle Young, who is serving more than seven years; Thomas Sibick, who was sentenced to four years; and Danny "D.J." Rodriguez, who drove a stun gun into Fanone's neck and is serving one of the longest sentences given to a Jan. 6 rioter, 12½ years in federal prison.

"All four of these individuals are self-admitted Trump supporters, all four of them committed violent assault on law enforcement. I’m just one representative of the hundreds of police officers that were assaulted that day by Donald Trump supporters inspired by his lies, the lies that continue to this day to inspire my fellow Americans to turn against their fellow Americans to turn against police officers," Fanone said.

"At the end of the day, this election is about Donald Trump and his vision for the Office of the President of the United States, not as a public servant who answers to the elected, to the people who elected him, but as an authoritarian who answers to and serves only himself," he said.

Jack Smith, the special counsel overseeing the federal election interference case against Trump in Washington and the classified documents case in Florida, was the target of an attempted swatting on Christmas, NBC News reported. So, too, was Tanya Chutkan, the federal judge overseeing the election interference case in Washington, which is on pause while the Supreme Court decides whether the presidency is a license to commit crimes with total immunity.
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Live Updates: Trump Guilty on All Counts in Hush-Money Case

Donald Trump was convicted today of falsifying records to cover up a sex scandal that threatened to derail his 2016 presidential campaign. He is the first American president to be declared a felon.

After two days of deliberations, a jury of 12 New Yorkers found the former president guilty of all 34 felony charges. Their decision capped an extraordinary trial that tested the resilience of the American justice system and will reverberate into November’s election.

Trump did not visibly respond to the verdict, my colleague Jonah Bromwich reported from the courtroom. He slowly stood up as the jurors exited, with a frown on his face. He did not look at the jurors as they left, his eyes downcast.

Outside the courtroom, Trump recited a litany of complaints he has made for the last several months: that the judge was biased, that the prosecutors brought his case as an effort to keep him out of the White House, and that he should have been granted a venue change because of how liberal-leaning Manhattan is. “The real verdict is going to be Nov. 5, by the people,” Trump said.

The judge overseeing the case, Juan Merchan, will sentence Trump on July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention. He could impose a prison term of up to four years.

But Trump could receive probation instead, and may never see the inside of a prison cell. He is certain to appeal the verdict — meaning it may be years before the case is resolved — and he will remain free at least until sentencing, campaigning for the presidency while he awaits his punishment.

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Donald J. Trump, the former president and presumptive 2024 Republican nominee, was convicted on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in a case stemming from a payment that silenced a porn star.


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Donald Trump was convicted on 34 counts of falsifying business records.Credit...Pool photo by Seth Wenig

Donald J. Trump was convicted on Thursday of falsifying records to cover up a sex scandal that threatened to derail his 2016 presidential campaign, capping an extraordinary trial that tested the resilience of the American justice system and will reverberate into November’s election.

Mr. Trump was convicted on all 34 counts of falsifying business records by a jury of 12 New Yorkers, who deliberated over two days to reach a decision in a case rife with descriptions of secret deals, tabloid scandal and an Oval Office pact with echoes of Watergate. The former president sat largely expressionless, a glum look on his face, after the jury issued its verdict.

His sentencing was scheduled for July 11.

The jury found that Mr. Trump had faked records to conceal the purpose of money given to his onetime fixer, Michael D. Cohen. The false records disguised the payments as ordinary legal expenses when in truth, Mr. Trump was reimbursing Mr. Cohen for a $130,000 hush-money deal the fixer struck with the porn star Stormy Daniels to silence her account of a sexual liaison with Mr. Trump.

The felony conviction calls for a sentence of up to four years behind bars, but Mr. Trump may never see the inside of a prison cell. He could receive probation when he is sentenced, and he is certain to appeal the verdict — meaning it may be years before the case is resolved. Still, the jury’s decision is an indelible moment in America’s history, concluding the only one of four criminal cases against Mr. Trump that was likely to go to trial before Election Day.

Here’s what to know:

Trump can still be president: Nothing in the Constitution prevents a felon from running for president, or serving in the White House. Mr. Trump — who has long claimed the case against him is politically motivated — is expected to try to leverage the verdict to his advantage on the campaign trail, painting himself as the victim of a Democratic cabal.

Trump’s reaction: Mr. Trump showed little emotion as the verdict was read, then shook his son Eric’s hand after being dismissed from the courtroom. Outside, he appeared somber as he repeated a litany of complaints about the case, including that the judge in the case, Juan M. Merchan, was biased against him. “The real verdict is going to be Nov. 5, by the people,” he told reporters, without responding to a shouted question about why Americans should vote for a felon.

The jury deliberated roughly ten hours: The jurors asked to again hear portions of testimony by Mr. Cohen and David Pecker, the former publisher of The National Enquirer, who prosecutors say was part of a conspiracy to suppress unflattering stories on Mr. Trump’s behalf during the 2016 campaign. One portion of the testimony related to another hush-money deal, with Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who says she had a monthslong affair with Mr. Trump in 2006 and 2007. (Mr. Trump denies this.) Ms. McDougal, who did not testify, was paid $150,000 in August 2016 by The National Enquirer’s parent company in exchange for her story, which The Enquirer then did not publish. Read about what the jury wanted to hear again.

The jury also wanted Justice Merchan to repeat some of the instructions he gave the jury on Wednesday, which serve as a guide to their deliberations. But the jurors don’t have a copy of his instructions, which the law does not allow.

Dueling views of the case: A prosecutor from the Manhattan district attorney’s office said in closing arguments that Mr. Trump had tried to “hoodwink the American voter” with a conspiracy to influence the 2016 election. “All roads lead to the man who benefited the most: Donald Trump,” the prosecutor, Joshua Steinglass, told the jury.

Mr. Trump’s actions were not crimes, but merely business as it is commonly practiced. The case, he told jurors, hinged on the testimony of Mr. Cohen, whom he called “the greatest liar of all time.” Take a look back at the words that defined the closing arguments.

The core of the charges: Prosecutors say Mr. Trump tried to disguise repayments to Mr. Cohen as ordinary legal fees. Mr. Trump has pleaded not guilty and denies sleeping with Ms. Daniels, despite her testimony, under oath, about a sexual encounter with him in Lake Tahoe, Nev., in 2006. This is a refresher on the case.
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SEE HISTORY: Donald Trump found guilty on all 34 counts




A verdict has been reached in Trump's hush money criminal case. MSNBC’s Katie Phang brings you inside the New York City courtroom where Donald Trump was put on trial — the first former U.S. president to ever face a criminal trial. Phang, who has extensive trial experience as a prosecutor, will be joined by reporters who saw Trump inside that courtroom first-hand as well as legal analysts and Trump insiders. Follow along for live updates here:

https://www.msnbc.com/trump-investigatio...rcna153629

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1/ I like Presidents that are not convicted felons!

2/ Finally, the career criminal has been brought to justice. He is now officially a convict.

2a/ the orange genius that bankrupted 4 casinos

2b/ He still can run from prison.

3/ Don the con couldn’t bully his way outta this one! Thank you jurors!

3a/ Exactly!!

4/ I hope he wears an orange suit.

5/ He always did love to be the 1st in everything.. He finally made it ..Justice matters ..
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Biden's campaign issues statement after Trump guilty verdict

President Joe Biden himself has yet to weigh in on the verdict.

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/nation-...2f1c42b849

Author: Associated Press
Published: 3:55 PM PDT May 30, 2024
Updated: 3:55 PM PDT May 30, 2024
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NEW YORK — President Joe Biden’s campaign sought to keep the focus on the November election even as it said Thursday that former President Donald Trump’s criminal conviction showed that “that no one is above the law.”

Communications director Michael Tyler said in a statement: “There is still only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: at the ballot box. Convicted felon or not, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president.”

Biden himself has yet to weigh in on the verdict. He is spending the night at his family’s beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, after marking the anniversary of his son Beau’s death earlier Thursday at church in Wilmington.

Biden’s campaign has tried for months to remind Americans of what it sees as the peril of another Trump term in office, rather than the personal jeopardy faced by the former president in court.

“A second Trump term means chaos, ripping away Americans’ freedoms and fomenting political violence — and the American people will reject it this November,” Tyler said.

The White House offered only a muted statement saying that it respected the rule of law and would have no further comment.

Biden-Harris campaign full statement from Communications Director Michael Tyler

“In New York today, we saw that no one is above the law.

“Donald Trump has always mistakenly believed he would never face consequences for breaking the law for his own personal gain. But today’s verdict does not change the fact that the American people face a simple reality. There is still only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: at the ballot box. Convicted felon or not, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president.

“The threat Trump poses to our democracy has never been greater. He is running an increasingly unhinged campaign of revenge and retribution, pledging to be a dictator ‘on day one’ and calling for our Constitution to be ‘terminated’ so he can regain and keep power. A second Trump term means chaos, ripping away Americans’ freedoms and fomenting political violence – and the American people will reject it this November.”


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"There’s only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: At the ballot box. Donate to our campaign today."

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Joe Biden breaks silence following Donald Trump guilty verdict

Story by Rudi Kinsella • 1h • 2 min read

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Joe Biden responds to Donald Trump's guilty verdict
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Joe Biden has broken his silence following Donald Trump's guilty verdict on Thursday afternoon that saw the former president become a convicted felon.

The verdict of the trial, which began on April 15, was delivered by Judge Juan Merchan. Biden responded to this news with a brief social media post, shortly after the verdict was delivered.

It read: "There’s only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: At the ballot box. Donate to our campaign today."

While the current US president didn't rub salt into the wounds, the brief message was quite a timely one. It is unlikely that Biden will be too animated, as he is currently in Delaware paying tribute to his son Beau with the rest of his family.

Biden's son died on this day (May 30th 2015) nine years ago, and his family tend to spend this time of year with each other paying tribute to Beau.

A shell-shocked Trump spoke after the verdict, saying: "I'm a very innocent man...This was a rigged, disgraceful trial...This was done by the Biden administration in order to hurt a political opponent. It's a disgrace, and we'll keep fighting. Our country has gone to hell. We're a nation in decline.


"This was a rigged decision right from day one, with a conflicted judge who should never have been allowed to judge this case...The real verdict is in November."
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Xin tiền là nghề của chàng .  MAGAs nhịn ăn trưa đóng góp cho tỷ phú Trump dung dăng dung dẻ tán gái love .

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Donald Trump Asks for Donations After Being Found Guilty on All Counts in Criminal Trial, Lashes Out

Story by Michelle Tauber • 1h • 2 min read

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/donald-trump-asks-for-donations-after-being-found-guilty-on-all-counts-in-criminal-trial-lashes-out/ar-BB1nlQWb?ocid=winp2fptaskbarhover&cvid=c003d77efd234fecaacbb90354786a3f&ei=12

Calling the verdict "disgraceful," the former president-turned-convicted felon also appealed for campaign donations

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Donald Trump is using his guilty verdict as a fundraising opportunity — and lashing out at the justice system.

On May 30 in Manhattan, a jury delivered a guilty verdict in his six-week criminal trial. The former president, 77, was found guilty of all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.

Immediately after the guilty verdict was read, Trump — the presumptive Republican nominee for president in the November 2024 election — released a fundraising call on Truth Social, calling himself a "political prisoner" and blasting the court as "corrupt."

A defeated-looking Trump also spoke briefly outside of the courthouse as he departed, once again blaming the Biden administration for charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. (A claim that has no evidence.) “This was a rigged, disgraceful trial. The real verdict is going to be Nov. 5 by the people,” he said. “We’ll fight to the end and we’ll win.” When a reporter asked Trump why Americans should vote for a convicted felon, he did not respond, according to The New York Times.

The jury that determined Trump's fate comprised seven men and five women representing a variety of backgrounds and ideologies. The group deliberated for two days before reaching their decision.

Trump now faces up to four years in prison. As a first-time offender of a non-violent offense, he is likely to get off easy with probation and a fine, but sentencing is ultimately at the discretion of Judge Juan Merchan, with whom Trump has repeatedly sparred.

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AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah Donald Trump arriving at the courthouse for his criminal trial on April 15, 2024.© Provided by People

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office brought an unprecedented case against Trump that aimed to prove he not only falsified financial records "with intent to defraud" — in this instance, to mask a $130,000 hush money payment made to Stormy Daniels in the final days of his 2016 presidential election — but that he did so in order to conceal a second crime, which elevates the charges from misdemeanors to felonies.

In falsifying the records, the DA's office argued, Trump was more broadly attempting to bury evidence of an illegal conspiracy to influence the 2016 election.

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Trước khi tham gia vào "trận đánh cuối cùng" do Trump hô hào, MAGAs nên thận trọng vì có thể ngồi tù, mất việc, tốn tiền tốn bạc như đã từng xảy ra trong biến cố 6/1/2021.

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Donald Trump Shares Chilling ‘Final Battle’ Video For Supporters Following Conviction
The former president vows to “liberate America” in the clip.


By Lee Moran
May 31, 2024, 03:48 AM EDT | Updated 18 hours ago

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-tr...cf3f479ad4

Former President Donald Trump ramped up his rhetoric following his conviction in his hush money trial Thursday when he once again posted online a video in which he vowed to “liberate America” in what he described as the “final battle.”

Audio from a previous Trump campaign rally was layered over footage of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee walking in the 35-second video he shared on his Truth Social platform. Trump also shared the clip in 2023.

“This is the final battle,” he told supporters in the narration. “With you at my side, we will demolish the deep state. We will expel the warmongers from our government. We will drive out the globalists. We will cast out the communists, Marxists and fascists. We will throw off the sick political class that hates our country.”

He concluded, “We will rout the fake news media, and we will liberate America from these villains once and for all.”

The video is part of Trump’s pushback at being convicted by a jury on all 34 felony counts.

Outside the courthouse, Trump ranted about a “rigged, disgraceful trial,” claimed he “didn’t do a thing wrong,” and said he was “a very innocent man” while baselessly claiming that President Joe Biden was behind his prosecution.
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Training in the Royal Albert Hall at Alegria, Cirque du Soleil #gymnast #cirquedusoleil




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Watch The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell Highlights: May 31




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1/ So long as he remains at large, free to cheat at golf and undermine all of our institutions, that word (Guilty)  has made no difference to Donald Trump.

1a/ Remains at large … ??

1a1/ Yes, like a snake that has escaped from the zoo.

1b/ Vote ,cuz Justice matters.

2/ These verdicts were true justice, as pure as it could be. The judge gave Trump more leeway for his ill behavior than he would have ANY other person on earth. Thank you to the men and women of the jury.

2a/ And the witnesses and Judge Merchan.

3/ "Guilty" repeated 34 times sounds like Trump's prayers. Amen.

4/ I honestly was surprised, even though it was clear he was Guilty. I wasn't sure they would all agree, but they did.

5/ What Trump has done, does, and will continue to do is illegal, let alone immoral.  What the USA does will speak volumes about who we are.  Do we support rule of law, or do we let our favorites do as they please, uninhibited by morality or the law?
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What was Trump convicted of? Details on the 34 counts and his guilty verdict

By Stefan Becket
Updated on: May 31, 2024 / 3:31 PM EDT / CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-charg...y-verdict/

Former President Donald Trump's conviction in New York stemmed from a $130,000 "hush money" payment his attorney Michael Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the days before the 2016 election. Prosecutors said the deal was meant to keep voters in the dark about Daniels' allegation that she had sex with Trump years earlier, which he denies.

But the actual charges that Trump faced were far less salacious, and dealt with the comparatively mundane paperwork that was generated when he reimbursed Cohen for the payment.

Here's what to know about the charges Trump faced:

What was Trump convicted of?

Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsification of business records in the first degree, which is a felony in New York. He pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned last year.

In 2017, Cohen and Allen Weisselberg, an executive at the Trump Organization, reached an agreement about how Cohen would be repaid for the $130,000 that he sent to Daniels in exchange for her silence. Weisselberg detailed the calculations in handwritten notes that were shown to the jury at trial.

Cohen would receive $130,000 for the Daniels payment, plus $50,000 intended for a technology company that did unrelated work for Trump. That amount was doubled to account for taxes that Cohen would have to pay on the income. Weisselberg then tacked on an extra $60,000 as a bonus for Cohen, who was upset that his regular year-end award had been cut. The total worked out to $420,000.

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Handwritten notes from Allen Weisselberg showing the math behind payments to Michael Cohen, as shown at former President Donald Trump's trial in New York on Monday, May 13, 2024.
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Cohen would be paid in a series of monthly payments of $35,000 over the course of 2017. The first check was for $70,000, covering two months. Cohen sent an invoice to the Trump Organization for each check, portraying the payment as his "retainer." Every time he was paid, a bookkeeper generated a record for the company's files, known as a voucher, with the description "legal expense." The first three payments were made from Trump's trust, while the remaining nine came from his personal account.

Each of the 34 charges against Trump corresponded to a check, invoice and voucher generated to reimburse Cohen. The prosecution laid out the charges in a chart that jurors saw several times during the trial:

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The charges against former President Donald Trump are shown in a graphic prepared by Manhattan prosecutors.
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Prosecutors said Trump knew the payments were to reimburse Cohen for the Daniels payment, not for his legal expenses.

The jury voted to convict on all 34 counts. As Trump looked on, the court's clerk asked the foreperson of the jury for the verdict.

"How say you to the first count of the indictment, charging Donald J. Trump with the crime of falsifying business records in the first degree, guilty or not guilty?" the clerk asked.

"Guilty," the foreperson responded, repeating the answer 33 more times.

Why were the charges a felony?

Under New York law, falsification of business records is a crime when the records are altered with an intent to defraud. To be charged as a felony, prosecutors must also show that the offender intended to "commit another crime" or "aid or conceal" another crime when falsifying records.

In Trump's case, prosecutors said that other crime was a violation of a New York election law that makes it illegal for "any two or more persons" to "conspire to promote or prevent the election of any person to a public office by unlawful means," as Justice Juan Merchan explained in his instructions to the jury.

What exactly those "unlawful means" were in this case was up to the jury to decide. Prosecutors put forth three areas that they could consider: a violation of federal campaign finance laws, falsification of other business records or a violation of tax laws.

Jurors did not need to agree on what the underlying "unlawful means" were. But they did have to unanimously conclude that Trump caused the business records to be falsified, and that he "did so with intent to defraud that included an intent to commit another crime or to aid or conceal the commission thereof."


What was Trump's defense?

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Defense attorney Todd Blanche presents his closing argument in former President Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.
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Trump's lawyers argued that the payments to Cohen were for his work as Trump's attorney, not reimbursements for the Daniels payment.

The defense argued that the descriptions on the invoices and records were accurate — Cohen held the title "personal attorney to the president" once Trump took office, and was being paid for his legal services under an unwritten retainer agreement. Therefore, their argument went, no business records were falsified.

They also focused much of their firepower on portraying Cohen as a liar, with the goal of discrediting his testimony. Cohen was the only witness who testified that Trump knew about the true purpose of the reimbursements, a crucial pillar of prosecutors' effort to show Trump's intent.

Ultimately, the jurors rejected the defense's arguments and sided with prosecutors in finding Trump guilty.

When will Trump be sentenced?

Shortly after the verdict was handed down, Merchan, the judge, set Trump's sentencing date for July 11, just days before the start of the Republican National Convention.

Under New York law, each count of falsifying business records in the first degree carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $5,000 fine. But Merchan has broad discretion when it comes to imposing a sentence. Most legal observers expect him to punish Trump with little or no time behind bars, based on factors like Trump's status as a first-time offender and his age. Merchan could instead rely on options like probation, home confinement or solely a fine.

Trump has vowed to appeal the verdict, and any sentence could be delayed until that process plays out.

Stefan Becket
Stefan Becket is a managing editor of politics for CBSNews.com. Stefan has covered national politics for more than a decade and helps oversee a team covering the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, immigration and federal law enforcement.
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