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The State Bar of Georgia is looking to discipline pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood who asked his 'Army of Patriots' to investigate its members
  • The Georgia State Bar filed a 1,600-page complaint against pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood.
  • Wood complained about the agency and implored his Telegram followers to investigate Bar members.
  • Wood became known for spreading conspiracy theories and filing lawsuits related to the 2020 election.
Wood's sharing of the complaint, which was marked as confidential, was first reported on Twitter by journalist Steven Fowler. Wood uploaded a link to the more than 1,600-page complaint.

In a subsequent post, Wood told his Telegram followers he had the right to challenge the "competency, qualifications, or objectivity of any member of the State Disciplinary Board" within 10 days.

"I could use the help of an Army of Patriots due to the time limitation," Wood said, sharing a list of the members he said were provided to him by the Georgia Bar.

"The GA State Bar has thrown the kitchen sink at me," he said.

Wood asked his followers to investigate the members, including directing them to comb through their social media accounts and examine their political affiliations. Wood also asked his followers to investigate who the members have represented as lawyers, probing his followers to see if any members had connections to Dominion Voting Systems, the company Trump allies have targeted with baseless conspiracy theories.
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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland says he would have voted to convict Trump in Senate impeachment trial
  • Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said he would have voted to convict Trump if he were in the Senate.
  • Hogan said that Trump's fate would likely be decided over the next two years.
  • "I think he's still going to face the courts and the court of public opinion," Hogan said.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland said on Sunday that he would have crossed party lines to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial if he were a member of the Senate.

During an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Hogan was asked by host Jake Tapper if he would have voted to convict Trump.

"I would have," he answered.

... Despite escaping a conviction yesterday, Hogan said that Trump's fate would likely be decided over the next two years.

"There was yesterday's vote, but there's definitely a number of potential court cases, and I think he's still going to face the courts and the court of public opinion," he said.
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Georgia prosecutor calls Giuliani's election claims 'various overt acts for an illegal purpose' that could warrant a racketeering charge
  • Giuliani could face racketeering charges in Georgia for election lies, The New York Times reported.
  • A District Attorney opened a criminal complaint into Trump's attempts to overturn the election.
  • Racketeering is usually associated with mob activity but can be applied to many illegal schemes.
A newly elected district attorney in Georgia is looking into potential racketeering charges against former President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for his repeated false claims of election fraud, The New York Times reported.

Fani Willis, the district attorney in Fulton County, said the racketeering charge could be applied to anyone who makes overt acts using a legal entity for an illegal purpose. In this case, it would apply because the former president and his allies pressured Georgia officials to change the election outcome.

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was enacted in 1970 with the purpose of combatting organized crime. The act encompasses a wide array of offenses, including kidnapping, murder, and bribery. Broadly, racketeering refers to engaging in an illegal scheme.

"(Racketeering's) not a specific crime – it's a way of thinking about and prosecuting a variety of crimes," G. Robert Blakey, a federal criminal law professor at Notre Dame University, told CNN.

RICO has mostly been associated with combatting organized crime, but Willis said when it comes to the election case, lawful organizations that break the law could also be considered racketeering.

"If you have various overt acts for an illegal purpose, I think you can — you may — get there," Willis told the Times.
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The far-right Proud Boys group is splintering in the wake of its being outed as a longtime informant for the FBI
  • The Proud Boys group is splintering and in disarray in the wake of the Capitol riot.
  • Its leader, Enrique Tarrio, was unmasked as an FBI informant, leading some chapters to secede.
  • It's main Telegram channel was renamed after some complained the brand had grown toxic.
Tarrio was unmasked as an informant on January 28, several weeks after the riot at the US Capitol where members of the "male chauvinist" street gang played a prominent role.

Tarrio had been arrested shortly ahead of the insurrection on destruction-of-property charges.

Since the riot on January 6, the group has been thrown into disarray, with Tarrio's exposure as informant spreading paranoia.

The groups is split into various regional groups, or chapters. The Daily Beast reported on Sunday that the revelation about Tarrio prompted chapters in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Indiana to distance themselves from the central leadership.

On Telegram, the encrypted app favored by the group after being banned by other platforms, its main channel was recently renamed. This, say experts, indicates that many adherents no longer want to be associated with the Proud Boys name.

"The Telegram channel dropping the name, different chapters breaking off from the national leadership, it all speaks to a rift that's occurring in the Proud Boys," said Jared Holt, a fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab to USA Today.

"That brand has become too toxic."

And to add to its woes, the group was designated as a terror group by the Canadian government on February 3.
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Nancy Pelosi says she will create a '9/11-type' commission to investigate the Capitol insurrection
  • Nancy Pelosi announced plans to establish a "9/11-type Commission" to investigate the Capitol riot.
  • She said she wanted the panel to look into the "preparedness and response" of Capitol police.
  • More than 250 people have been charged in connection to the Capitol riot.
"To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission," she wrote. The commission would "investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex," she wrote.

She said she also wanted the panel to look into the "preparedness and response" from Capitol police and other law enforcement officers at the attack, in which five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died.

Pelosi said that retired Lt. General Russel HonorΓ© has been reviewing the Capitol's "security infrastructure" in the weeks since the riot, and is currently looking into how to ensure an attack does not happen again.

"He has been working with Committees of Jurisdiction and will continue to make proposals. It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened," she said.

Nearly six weeks after the pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, more than 5,000 National Guard troops are still stationed at the Capitol complex, and are expected to stay until at least mid-March, Reuters reported.
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Trump directed an RNC member to tell GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger a 'vulgar message about what he should do with himself' in 2016, report says
  • Former President Trump and Rep. Adam Kinzinger clashed as early as 2016, The New York Times reports
  • In 2016, Trump asked an RNC member to "deliver a vulgar message about what he should do with himself."
  • When he heard the message, Kinzinger reportedly "laughed" and "invited Trump to do the same."
Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of the most vocally critical GOP critics of former President Donald Trump, clashed with the former president as far back as the 2016 election, The New York Times reports.

The Times said that prior to the 2016 presidential election, Trump queried Illinois Republican National Committee Richard Porter about Kinzinger, who had and whether he had an opponent.

After Porter told Trump that Kinzinger did not have an opponent that year, Trump "poked his finger in his chest and told him to deliver to Mr. Kinzinger a vulgar message about what he should do with himself."

... Kinzinger was one of the few sitting Republican politicians who did not support Trump's bid for the presidency in 2016 and continued to criticize and speak out against the former president throughout his four years in office, and now in his post-presidency.

"I don't see how I get to Donald Trump any more," Kinzinger told CNN in an August 2016 interview, the Guardian reported at the time. "Donald Trump for me is beginning to cross a lot of red lines of the unforgivable in politics."

Kinzinger was moved to publicly denounce Trump after the ex-president's insults and attacks on the Khans, a Gold Star family who spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in support of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, telling CNN in 2016, "I won't be silent. He can tweet all he wants. I have to do this for my country and for my party."
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by 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.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.