February 26, 2024

Trump ballot eligibility in the balance as he implores Jack Smith to ‘drop all litigation’: Latest updates

Supreme Court Justice Kagan questions Colorado ruling to disqualify Trump

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Thursday as it considers whether or not Donald Trump must be allowed to remain on 2024 ballot papers.

Colorado and Maine have moved to have Mr Trump eliminated citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, which argues that anybody discovered to have “engaged in insurrection” after swearing a loyalty oath shouldn’t be allowed to return to public workplace.

The highest court docket in the land, which has a conservative majority, will now rule if that applies to Mr Trump regarding the Capitol riot of 6 January 2021, when his supporters stormed Congress in an try to cease the formal certification of the 2020 election outcomes, erroneously believing the vote had been “rigged” in Joe Biden’s favour, as the then-president claimed.

The justices appeared highly sceptical of the arguments put ahead by Colorado yesterday.

Also on Thursday, Mr Trump urged Justice Department particular counsel Jack Smith to “drop all litigation” towards him in an try to spin a report into Mr Biden’s retention of classified documents that beneficial no legal fees towards the president and gained Republican caucuses in each the US Virgin Islands and Nevada.


Trump wins uncontested Nevada caucus

The Republican front-runner additionally gained the Nevada caucuses on Thursday, a victory even much less stunning than his repeat performances in Iowa, New Hampshire, and earlier in the night on the US Virgin Islands.

John Bowden has this one.

Joe Sommerlad9 February 2024 11:00


Trump clinches win at US Virgin Islands caucus, which defied Republican Party guidelines

You Know Who amassed one other win at a Republican caucus held on Thursday in the US Virgin Islands, the place officers flouted a number of GOP get together guidelines, together with holding the contest sooner than allowed.

The caucus is the third Republican contest held this election season with delegates at stake, with Trump receiving 73.98 per cent of the votes and Nikki Haley 26.02 per cent.

Joe Sommerlad9 February 2024 10:30


Supreme Court seems set to strike down Colorado ruling to kick Trump off 2024 ballot

US Supreme Court justices appeared to doubt state authority to disqualify Donald Trump from holding public workplace, after the former president challenged a landmark court docket ruling from Colorado’s highest court docket that discovered the former president ineligible for the presidency for his actions surrounding January 6.

A historic two-hour listening to at the nation’s highest court docket on Thursday heard oral arguments in a case that would decide whether or not the main candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for president can stay on ballots in major elections.

In December, justices on Colorado’s Supreme Court disqualified Trump underneath the scope of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which holds that “no person” can maintain any workplace, “civil or military, under the United States”, in the event that they “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same”.

But each conservative and liberal justices on the nine-member US Supreme Court appeared to forged doubt on the capacity of particular person states to disqualify federal candidates with out permission from Congress.

The justices will difficulty their choice in Trump v Anderson at a later date.

Alex Woodward was following the case intently.

Joe Sommerlad9 February 2024 10:00


Truth Social: Trump hits Biden over categorized paperwork report, urges Jack Smith to drop ‘all litigation’ towards him

After an eventful day in Trumpworld, right here’s what The Donald had to say for himself.

Joe Sommerlad9 February 2024 09:30


Giuliani claims Donald Trump’s marketing campaign owes him $2m

“I wouldn’t be bankrupt, up until that,” he instructed the court docket.

But Mr Giuliani has declined to maintain the former president accountable for what he says are unpaid authorized charges.

Oliver O’Connell9 February 2024 08:45


Montana man is discovered responsible for function in Capitol riot

A Montana equipment retailer proprietor and supporter of former President Donald Trump was convicted Wednesday for his function in the January 6, 2021, breach of the US Capitol that interrupted certifying the 2020 Electoral College vote.

The US Attorney’s Office in Montana introduced the verdict.

Henry Phillip Muntzer of Dillon was arrested primarily based on social media posts and movies taken inside the Capitol, in accordance to court docket information.

Muntzer, 55, was discovered responsible of obstructing an official continuing and civil dysfunction, each felonies, following a bench trial earlier than US District Court Judge Jia M. Cobb. Muntzer was additionally discovered responsible of 4 misdemeanour fees. Sentencing is ready for June 20.


Rove blasts ‘lunacy’ of ‘conspiratorial right’ claiming Michelle Obama will exchange Biden

Mr Rove, former deputy chief of workers to George W Bush, was being interviewed by Stuart Varney on Fox Business when the host introduced up the concept of the former first woman changing the incumbent president on the ticket forward of November’s election.

Oliver O’Connell9 February 2024 04:45


Analysis: How Trump soured on Ronna McDaniel after seven years of unyielding loyalty

After she met Mr Trump at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, Mr Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform that Ms McDaniel was “now Head of the RNC, and I’ll be making a decision the day after the South Carolina Primary as to my recommendations for RNC Growth”.

Ms McDaniel has reportedly been interested by resigning earlier than the finish of her time period for fairly some time.

Gustaf Kilander9 February 2024 03:45


In different (non-Biden) categorized paperwork information…

Oliver O’Connell9 February 2024 02:45


Takeaways from the Biden categorized docs report

A report on the investigation launched by the Justice Department into Joe Biden’s unauthorised retention of categorized supplies was made public on Thursday and was as troubling for the president and his public picture as it was vindicating for many who argued he had dedicated no crimes.

The report was authored by Robert Hur, a former US lawyer appointed by Donald Trump and later elevated to the rank of particular counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland. Delivered to Congress this week after many months of investigation and preparation, it beneficial no legal fees for the incumbent president, even had been he not protected by immunity from prosecution due to his stature.

It did, nonetheless, comprise a lot that may concern many Americans and was total removed from complimentary of the incumbent president. The investigators painted an image of a senile president with extreme reminiscence points whose innocence was much less clear than his supporters would hope whereas not essentially coming throughout to a possible jury as malicious or legal.

Let’s check out the key factors from Mr Hur’s report:

John Bowden9 February 2024 02:15