Trump news – live: Judge could make Georgia grand jury report public in Trump election crimes case

Trump says there were no documents found at Mar-a-Lago, just ‘cool’ empty folders marked classified

A judge in Georgia is set to hear arguments on Tuesday over the public release of a grand jury report following an eight-month probe into Donald Trump’s allleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in that state.

The panel heard testimony and evidence about the abuse and harassment of election workers, a fake elector scheme, and Mr Trump’s infamous phone call to election officials to “find” enough votes for his victory.

The report from the special grand jury, which is barred from issuing indictments, likely includes a summary of its investigative work and recommendations for indictments for alleged misconduct that prompted the investigation and its conclusions.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and a coalition of media groups have sought the public release of the report, while attorneys for the former president have claimed that they were never involved with the probe.

“The grand jury compelled the testimony of dozens of other, often high-ranking, officials during the investigation, but never found it important to speak with the President,” attorneys said in a statement on Monday. “Therefore, we can assume that the grand jury did their job and looked at the facts and the law, as we have, and concluded there were no violations of the law by President Trump.”

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Trump supporter Diamond died of heart disease, according to death certificate

Lynette Hardaway – aka Diamond of the pro-Trump duo “Diamond and Silk” – died earlier this month of a heart condition, according to a death certificate obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

She died at age 51 on 8 January of heart disease caused by chronic high blood pressure, according to the report.

The report puts to rest rampant online speculation – fuelled by her sister’s own rambling remarks at her Diamond’s memorial service – that Diamond had died from Covid-19-related causes.

“Instead of asking if Americans are vaxxed or unvaxxed, the real question to ask is: Are Americans being poisoned?” Rochelle “Silk” Richardson asked the pro-Trump crowd in North Carolina on Saturay.

“In the wild, when they want to depopulate and sterilize a large group of animals, they usually inject one animal, and that one animal infect the rest of the animals,” she said. “People are dropping dead around here, and nobody is talking about it. They are dropping dead suddenly and unexpectedly.”

Alex Woodward24 January 2023 14:56

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Trump declared winner of golf tournament at his club – despite missing first day

The former president has claimed another victory in a competitive tournament at one of his clubs in Florida – despite missing the first day of the weekend-long event.

Alex Woodward24 January 2023 14:19

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ICYMI: Four more Oath Keepers convicted of seditious conspiracy for Jan 6 attack

Within a year, 10 people have been convicted of seditious conspiracy for their roles in the attack on the US Capitol on 6 January, 2021 – an otherwise rare charge in US history that was initially aimed at prosecuting secessionists in slaveholding states.

On Monday, four more members of the far-right self-appointed militia group the Oath Keepers were found guilty of seditious conspiracy after brief jury deliberations. Their conviction follows the conviction of their leader, Stewart Rhodes, just weeks earlier for the same crime.

They join one other Oath Keepers member convicted of the treason-related charge and three other members who pleaded guilty to the charge in the hopes of receiving a lighter sentence.

Alex Woodward24 January 2023 12:00

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Judge to hold hearing over Georgia special grand jury report

A judge is set to hear arguments Tuesday on whether to release a report by a special grand jury tasked with investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies broke any laws as they sought to overturn his narrow 2020 election loss in Georgia.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney will hear arguments from the district attorney’s office, news outlets and potentially other parties before making a decision on the release of the report. The special grand jury, whose work was overseen by McBurney, recommended that the report be made public.

The report is expected to include recommendations for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on possible criminal prosecution, though it’s unclear just how specific those recommendations will be. The special grand jury did not have the power to issue indictments, and it will ultimately be up to Willis to decide whether to seek indictments from a regular grand jury.

Read the full story by Kate Brumback here:

Judge to hold hearing over Georgia special grand jury report

A judge is set to hear arguments on whether to release a report by a special grand jury tasked with investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies broke any laws as they sought to overturn his narrow 2020 election loss in Georgia

Maroosha Muzaffar24 January 2023 11:30

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Today: Judge to hear arguments in Trump grand jury investigation

On Tuesday, a judge in Georgia will hear arguments about the release of a grand jury’s report, eight months in the making, about the former president’s efforts, with his allies, to subvert the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in the state.

After months of private testimony from Trumpworld figures, the release of the report could trigger a decision from the Fulton County district attorney’s office to seek criminal charges against Trump and others invovled with the scheme, which was central to the House select committee’s investigation in the January 6 attack.

A statement from Trump’s attorneys on Monday said they “have never been a part of this process”.

“The grand jury compelled the testimony of dozens of other, often high-ranking, officials during the investigation, but never found it important to speak with the President,” they added. “He was never subpoenaed nor asked to come in voluntarily by this grand jury or anyone in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Therefore, we can assume that the grand jury did their job and looked at the facts and the law, as we have, and concluded there were no violations of the law by President Trump.”

A group of media outlets have petitioned the court for the public release of the grand jury’s report.

More on the case here:

Alex Woodward24 January 2023 11:00

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ICYMI: Trump schedules appearance in New Hampshire to kick off 2024 campaign before South Carolina event

Trump will head to early-primary state New Hampshire for his first appearance on the 2024 campaign trial, just hours before his planned stop in South Carolina on Saturday.

The former president will deliver remarks to the New Hampshire GOP.

“We are excited to welcome President Trump back to the Granite State to be the keynote speaker at our 2023 Annual Meeting,” according to a statement from New Hampshire Republican Chairman Stephen Stepanek. “President Trump has long been a strong defender of New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Primary Status and we are excited that he will join us to deliver remarks to our Members.”

The state’s three-term Republican governor, Chris Sununu, is a vocal Trump critic who allegedly once called the former president “f****** crazy” and has urged his party to find another candidate in 2024.

“I don’t think he can win in November of ‘24,” he said last month. “He could be the nominee. But I do not believe, and I think most people would agree, he’s just going to … be able to close the deal.”

Alex Woodward24 January 2023 10:30

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‘Trump thinks Politico journalists should be jailed. This should be a turning point’

Clayton Weimers with Reporters Without Borders writes in The Independent that it is “difficult to overstate the danger to democracy” presented by Trump’s rhetoric, which does not constitute mere “idle talk”:

At a time when it matters more than ever for democracies such as the US to lead by example, Trump’s words and actions send the signal that the values of free expression don’t matter. Would-be strongmen around the world — from former Philippines president Duterte to recently ousted Bolsanaro in Brazil — have taken their cues from Trump.

Alex Woodward24 January 2023 10:00

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Trump declared winner of golf tournament at his club – despite missing first day

Golf-loving former US president Donald Trump has claimed another victory in a competitive tournament at one of his clubs in Florida – despite missing the first day of the weekend-long tournament.

He announced his win in the Senior Club Championship at Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Florida on his social media platform Truth Social.

Mr Trump’s announcement, however, may have come as a surprise to those following his movements this weekend, since a video appeared online of him delivering a eulogy at the funeral of the North Carolina vlogger Diamond on Saturday.

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Maroosha Muzaffar24 January 2023 09:58

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Judge to hold hearing over Georgia special grand jury report

A judge is set to hear arguments Tuesday on whether to release a report by a special grand jury tasked with investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies broke any laws as they sought to overturn his narrow 2020 election loss in Georgia.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney will hear arguments from the district attorney’s office, news outlets and potentially other parties before making a decision on the release of the report. The special grand jury, whose work was overseen by McBurney, recommended that the report be made public.

Read the full story here:

Judge to hold hearing over Georgia special grand jury report

A judge is set to hear arguments on whether to release a report by a special grand jury tasked with investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies broke any laws as they sought to overturn his narrow 2020 election loss in Georgia

Maroosha Muzaffar24 January 2023 09:30

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ICYMI: White House says Trump call to jail Supreme Court leak journalists is an ‘insult to the rule of law’

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told The Independent during a briefing last week that President Biden “believes the freedom of press is part of the bedrock of American democracy”.

“That is something that he truly believes and that we should continue to fight for,” Ms Jean-Pierre told The Independent when asked about Trump’s persistent threats to jail reporters who refuse to five up their sources of the Roe v Wade “leak”.

“Calling for egregious abuses of power in order to suppress the constitutional rights of reporters is an insult. It is a complete insult to the rule of law and undermines fundamental American values and traditions,” she added.

Alex Woodward24 January 2023 09:00

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