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Trump can't protect himself from New York prosecutors with a self-pardon, says the state senator who wrote the law to explicitly stop this from happening
  • President Donald Trump can't prevent New York prosecutors from pursuing him and his family even if he pardons them, said a state senator who wrote the law to stop this from happening.
  • In October 2019, New York Sen. Todd Kaminsky helped write legislation that closed the state's double-jeopardy loophole, which had stopped the state from pursuing cases pardoned by a president.
  • Trump and his organization currently face a string of investigations in New York, and the president is reportedly considering pardons for his family and associates.
  • "We knew that the president was corruptly using the pardon power," Kaminsky told Insider, citing Trump's 2017 pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
  • "If the president pardoned his own family member for something he did running the president's business ... that would fall squarely into our law," he said.

Rudy Giuliani says Trump's legal team is 'not finished' after the Supreme Court defeat and vows to bring the case back to lower courts
  • Rudy Giuliani has vowed the president's legal team will keep filing lawsuits even after the Supreme Court dismissed a Texas-led effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
  • "The case wasn't rejected on the merits, the case was rejected on standing," Giuliani told Newsmax in an interview on Friday, adding that the Trump team could still bring the case back to lower courts.
  • However, any legal challenge in the lower courts is unlikely to succeed as rulings have already been handed down and the Electoral College is already meeting on Monday to certify the election results.

Mike Pompeo has cemented his legacy as the most self-serving Secretary of State in recent US history
  • Mike Pompeo has cemented his legacy as a terrible Secretary of State.
  • Pompeo's misuses of the office bring shame to the position on a domestic and international level.
Mike Pompeo stepped into the job of Secretary of State promising to put swagger back in the step of American diplomats. They instead got the most self-serving Secretary in our country's history.

The damage done by Pompeo is about much more than the shame that he brought to a role once occupied by Thomas Jefferson. He leaves the post having irreversibly weakened the office and the Department. Pretty much the only thing he strengthened was his desire to seek higher office.

In case you didn't notice, the former Congressman from Kansas shamelessly used the role of the nation's top diplomat to brandish not only his credentials, but brazenly build for a future campaign. Some speculated he would leave the job early to run for an open Senate seat in his home state. But it seems like he may harbor even bigger dreams.

Having grand ambitions is a common trait of our secretaries of State. None demonstrated such Machiavellian manipulation of our nation's oldest cabinet agency.

He gave a primetime address to the Republican National Convention during his taxpayer-funded trip to Jerusalem. The speech was an unprecedented and unethical break with centuries of past precedent.

... Indeed, the violations he appears to have racked up got so serious the Inspector General was hot on his case. So, in true "nothing to see here" fashion, the Secretary had the President fire that IG. It is hard to overstate the problematic precedent he has set, both for career and political officials. Most concerning, is no one in the administration or on Capitol Hill has held him to account.

He trampled over the rules. He bullied and even fired those who had the temerity to question his actions. He tarnished the office and America's moral standing around the world. For all of his absurdity and abuses, there remains one more accounting. Pompeo will be remembered as the most corrupt person ever to serve as Secretary of State.

New Jersey representative asks Pelosi to 'refuse to seat' any House members who supported Trump's election lawsuits
  • Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat from New Jersey, urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to "refuse to seat" any members who supported President Donald Trump's baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
  • After the race was called for President-elect Joe Biden, Trump launched a series of legal defenses to overturn the results. Of the dozens of lawsuits filed, he's won none.
  • "These lawsuits seeking to obliterate public confidence in our democratic system by invalidating the clear results of the 2020 presidential election undoubtedly attack the text and spirit of the Constitution, which each Member swears to support and defend," Pascrell said on Friday.
"Stated simply, men and women who would act to tear the United States government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress," he said in a statement. "These lawsuits seeking to obliterate public confidence in our democratic system by invalidating the clear results of the 2020 presidential election undoubtedly attack the text and spirit of the Constitution, which each Member swears to support and defend."

Pascrell cited section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which states that no elected member "shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against" the United States or its various governing bodies.

"The text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States," Pascrell said. "Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."

Ivanka Trump is eyeing Florida to kick-start her political career and could opt to run for Senate, sources say
  • Ivanka Trump is considering the state of Florida as the place to launch her political career, sources close to her told CNN on Friday.
  • The reports come as the first daughter and husband Jared Kushner recently spent over $30 million on a waterfront lot on Indian Creek village, a private island for the super-rich in Miami's Biscayne Bay.
  • "Ivanka definitely has political ambitions, no question about it," one source told CNN. "She wants to run for something, but that still needs to be figured out."
  • One option for Ivanka Trump could be a run for the US Senate, Adam C. Smith, the former Tampa Bay Times political editor, told CNN.
The first daughter, who has plenty of experience campaigning for her father, is drawn to The Sunshine State not only because her family owns property there — but also because it offers a good political opportunity, a source told CNN.

Florida voted for President Trump in the 2016 and the 2020 presidential election.

... However, Ivanka would need to have resided in Florida for at least two years before the election.

The exclusive island has been nicknamed "Billionaire Bunker" because of its very wealthy residents, including billionaire investor Carl Icahn and supermodel Adriana Lima.

The couple is turning to Florida as New York City's social elite are likely to reject them, even though both lived in the city before moving to the Capitol.

In a tell-all essay on Vanity Fair last month, the first daughter's childhood friend, Lysandra Ohrstrom, wrote that she hopes the pair would not be able to reclaim their old social life after Trump's presidency.

"I expect Ivanka to find a soft landing in Palm Beach instead, where casual white supremacy is de rigueur, and most misdeeds are forgiven if you have enough money," Ohrstrom wrote.

After Biden's win in Georgia, the state's GOP House Speaker wants to strip voters from choosing the Secretary of State
  • Georgia House Speaker David Ralston on Thursday called for a constitutional amendment to allow state legislators to choose the Secretary of State, which would take away the responsibility from voters.
  • The proposal is seen as a response to lingering Republican dissatisfaction with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and President-elect Joe Biden's statewide victory in Georgia.
  • Voters would have to approve the constitutional amendment for the drastic change to be made.
  • "In a clear power grab, Ralston and the Trump campaign want to give the General Assembly the power to select winners of elections and violate the will of the people," Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs said in a statement.

Proud Boys chairman boasted a 'last minute invite' to the White House as protesters flock to Washington DC — but he was there on a public Christmas tour
  • On Saturday morning, Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio posted photos taken at the White House on the social media platform Parler, saying that he accepted a "last minute invite to an undisclosed location."
  • The posts raised questions of whether the leader of the male-only, right-leaning organization had a personal meeting with President Donald Trump.
  • The White House responded, saying that Tarrio was not invited and was simply part of a public Christmas tour.

Republican legislators are refusing to pay two Wisconsin counties the $3 million they're owed for conducting election recounts
  • A committee that's part of the Republican-led state legislature in Wisconsin is refusing to pay two Wisconsin counties the $3 million they're owed for conducting election vote recounts, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  • It is unclear why these unnamed Republicans are withholding the money.
  • Residents in Dane and Milwaukee counties overwhelmingly voted for President-elect Joe Biden.
Candidates requesting officials to recount votes are responsible for the cost, according to Ballotpedia, unless the recount alters the result in favor of another candidate. In that case, the state will cover the recount cost.

... A letter from the state's Joint Finance Committee said one of its 16 members opposed paying the two counties the $3 million they're owed. The member was not named in the letter.

Dane County Board Chair Analiese Eicher tweeted out the letter, sent to her from Republican committee leaders Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. Mark Born.

"Just learned that the republicans are objecting to reimbursing Dane County for Donald Trump's recount," Eicher said. "Expenses were incurred. We did our job. Time to pay the bill. We're not a contractor Trump and his allies in the WIGOP can stiff."

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

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