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Former President Trump pressured two members of the Wayne County (Mich.) Board of Canvassers not to certify the 2020 election, Detroit News state politics reporter Craig Mauger writes, citing audio recordings.

  • Why it matters: Trump's false claims of voter fraud in Detroit and his allies' efforts to overturn Michigan's election results in 2020 play a major role in his indictment on charges related to Jan. 6, Axios' Sareen Habeshian reports.

In a phone call on Nov. 17, 2020, Trump told GOP Wayne County canvassers Monica Palmer and William Hartmann they'd look "terrible" if they signed documents certifying the election after initially voting against it, according to The Detroit News.

  • "We've got to fight for our country," Trump said on the recording. "We can't let these people take our country away from us."

The Trump campaign told Axios: "All of President Trump's actions were taken in furtherance of his duty as President of the United States to faithfully take care of the laws and ensure election integrity, including investigating the rigged and stolen 2020 Presidential Election."

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Trump paid me to find voter fraud. Then he lied after I found 2020 election wasn't stolen.

The cries that the 2020 election was lost or stolen due to voter fraud continue with no sign of stopping. But If voter fraud had impacted the 2020 election, it would already have been proven.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2024/01/02/trump-lies-voter-fraud-2020-impact-2024-election/72057016007/

2nd firm hired by Trump campaign to look into voter fraud claims subpoenaed by special counsel

The founder told ABC News that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/2nd-firm-hired-trump-campaign-voter-fraud-claims/story?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Jack Smith Keeps Telegraphing Some Seriously Scandalous Trump Crimes

As Special Counsel Jack Smith makes the case that former President Donald Trump shouldn’t have vast immunity to commit crimes, Smith has compiled a very curious list of theoretical misdeeds that seem to telegraph potential bombshells at his upcoming D.C. trial.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jack-smith-keeps-telegraphing-some-seriously-scandalous-trump-crimes?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Trump warns of "bedlam"

Two stunning moments at former President Trump's D.C. appeals court hearing today put on full display how bumpy this year's election could be:

  • A lawyer for Trump — taking a legal argument to extreme lengths — said a president couldn't be prosecuted for ordering SEAL Team 6 to assassinate a political rival unless they were first impeached and convicted.
  • Trump told reporters after the hearing there "will be bedlam in the country" if the case proceeds and hurts his chances in the election.

🔎 Zoom in: With Trump in attendance, his lawyers argued he was acting in his official duty as president when he challenged the 2020 election results — thus protecting him from criminal prosecution, Axios' Erin Doherty writes.

  • A three-judge panel appeared skeptical of Trump's argument.
  • James Pearce, an attorney on special counsel Jack Smith's team, said the Trump lawyer's assassination argument would lead to "an extraordinarily frightening future."

Go deeper: Keep reading ... Legal debate over whether Trump can pardon himself.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Trump's "Fifth Avenue" sequel
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Then-candidate Donald Trump famously remarked two weeks before the Iowa caucuses in 2016 that he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and he "wouldn't lose any voters."

  • Today, Trump's lawyer suggested in federal court that — unless he was convicted and impeached — a president could order SEAL Team Six to assassinate a political rival and be immune from criminal prosecution.

Why it matters: The two scenarios are provocative and hyperbolic, but they offer a useful window into the dueling political and legal realities in which Trump is operating.

  1. Trump commands an unprecedented degree of loyalty from the Republican Party, which has stuck by him through Jan. 6, two impeachments and four indictments.
  2. But the legal system — and in particular, the federal appeals panel weighing Trump's "absolute immunity" argument — appears to have far less tolerance for the notion that former presidents are above the law, even for their actions in office.

Driving the news: Trump, who attended today's hearing in D.C. in person, is seeking to toss out or at least delay his March 4 trial on federal charges related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

  • Trump attorney D. John Sauer argued that Trump's actions surrounding Jan. 6 were part of his presidential duties, and that impeachment and conviction by Congress are a prerequisite for prosecution.
  • But Trump's own lawyers noted during his January 2021 impeachment trial that he could be subject to future criminal liability, and several Senate Republicans voted to acquit him on that basis.

Zoom in: The three-judge panel today seemed deeply skeptical of the claim that former presidents cannot be prosecuted for actions that fall under their presidential duties.

  • "I asked you a 'yes' or 'no' question: Could a president who ordered SEAL Team Six to assassinate a political rival, who was not impeached, would he be subject to criminal prosecution?" asked Judge Florence Pan.
  • "My answer is: qualified yes. There is a political process that would have to occur under our Constitution, which would require impeachment and conviction by the Senate," Sauer replied.

Between the lines: This is where Trump's "Fifth Avenue" worldview and legal arguments begin to converge.

  • Under Trump's reasoning, all it would take is 34 loyal senators to vote for acquittal in an impeachment trial and give that president unchecked power to commit crimes.
  • "I think it's paradoxical to say that his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed allows him to violate criminal law," a skeptical Judge Karen Henderson noted.

What to watch: In remarks after the hearing, Trump warned that there would be "bedlam in the country" if the indictment is allowed to stand.

  • "When they talk about threat to democracy, that's your real threat to democracy," Trump declared.
  • Asked on his way out whether he would urge his supporters to refrain from violence "no matter what," Trump was silent.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Key moments in the arguments over Donald Trump’s immunity claims in his election interference case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Appeals court judges signaled Tuesday that they will likely reject Donald Trump’s claims that he is immune from prosecution in his election interference case. The outcome seemed clear during arguments that touched on a range of political and legal considerations.

https://apnews.com/article/trump-capitol-riot-immunity-arguments-takeaways-26e6e525c040d0e546b37f2786bfd132?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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He Was Accused of Sexual Misconduct. Then Trump Hired Him. Then He Was Indicted in Mar-a-Lago Case.

When Donald Trump invited his longtime White House valet, Walt Nauta, to join his post-presidential political operation in August 2021, he was hiring a body man with serious baggage.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/walt-nauta-was-accused-of-sexual-misconduct-then-trump-hired-him-then-he-was-indicted-in-mar-a-lago-case?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Federal judge in DC postpones Trump’s March trial on charges of plotting to overturn 2020 election

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Washington formally postponed Donald Trump’s March trial on charges of plotting to overturn the 2020 election as a key legal appeal from the former president remains unresolved in the courts.

https://apnews.com/article/trump-justice-department-us-capitol-9ab9da935bc620d57c4192134f81acde?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Trump is not immune from prosecution in his 2020 election interference case, US appeals court says

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday that Donald Trump can face trial on charges that he plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, rejecting the former president’s claims that he is immune from prosecution and breathing life back into a landmark prosecution that had been effectively frozen while the court considered the arguments.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/2024/02/06/trump-is-not-immune-from-prosecution-in-his-2020-election-interference-case-us-appeals-court-says/?

Trump can be prosecuted

A federal appeals court today rejected former President Trump's claims of "absolute immunity," ruling that he can be prosecuted for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election.

⚖️ Catch up quick: Trump argued that he cannot be prosecuted now for actions he took as president. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that claim, Axios' Erin Doherty reports.

  • "For the purpose of this criminal case, former President Trump has become citizen Trump," the court wrote.

What's next: Trump will likely ask the Supreme Court to decide whether he's immune from prosecution. That prosecution, though, will proceed in the meantime.

Trump is not immune from prosecution in his 2020 election interference case, US appeals court says

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday that Donald Trump can face trial on charges that he plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, sharply rejecting the former president’s claims that he is immune from prosecution while setting the stage for additional challenges that could further delay the case.

https://apnews.com/article/trump-capitol-riot-presidential-immunity-appeal-46c2d7fc7807cd3262764d35e47f390e?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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⚖️ Court eviscerates Trump's immunity play

A three-judge appeals panel unanimously rejected Trump's claim of presidential immunity from prosecution in his federal election interference case, delivering a major win to special counsel Jack Smith.

Why it matters: The smackdown was so thorough that some legal experts believe it could lower the odds of the Supreme Court taking up Trump's appeal, which the former president is counting on both as a potential legal defense and a delay tactic.

Key excerpts:

  • Trump's view of absolute immunity "would collapse our system of separated powers by placing the President beyond the reach of all three Branches," the D.C. Circuit Court judges wrote.
  • "We cannot accept former President Trump's claim that a President has unbounded authority to commit crimes that would neutralize the most fundamental check on executive power — the recognition and implementation of election results."
  • The judges also dismissed Trump's argument that his prosecution will "open Pandora's box," writing "the risk that former Presidents will be unduly harassed by meritless federal criminal prosecutions appears slight."

What to watch: The judges gave Trump until Monday to file an appeal with the Supreme Court, which would need just four of its justices to agree to hear the case and five to issue a stay keeping Trump's trial on hold.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Trump asks Supreme Court to put off his election interference trial, claiming immunity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to extend the delay in his election interference trial, saying he is immune from prosecution on charges he plotted to overturn his 2020 election loss.

https://apnews.com/article/supreme-court-trump-capitol-riot-immunity-60bd61263299a88e48d4005d70b6094f?

phkrause

By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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