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After suing Mike Lindell, Sidney Powell, and Rudy Giuliani, Dominion says it is going after others who spread claims of election fraud — and it's 'not ruling anyone out'
  • Dominion's defamation lawsuit against Mike Lindell is "definitely" not its last, its CEO told CNBC.
  • Lindell, Sidney Powell, and Rudy Giuliani had claimed Dominion's voting machines helped "steal" the election.
  • When asked if the company would sue Fox News, John Poulos said Dominion was "not ruling anyone out."
Dominion Voting System's CEO said the company would continue to take legal action against people who spread baseless claims that its voting machines were used to "steal" the 2020 presidential election – and it isn't ruling anyone out.

Dominion has already filed defamation lawsuits against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell and former president Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, seeking at least $1.3 billion in damages in each case.

... Dominion has sent cease-and-desist notices and warnings to preserve documents to more than 150 people, The Washington Post reported. This includes the media outlets Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News.
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The Manhattan DA is reportedly looking into Donald Trump Jr. as part of its investigation into his dad’s business dealings
  • The Manhattan district attorney is amping up its investigation into the Trump Organization.
  • The Daily Beast reports that the office is now looking into Donald Trump Jr. too.
  • Trump Jr. and his brother Eric ran the family business while their father was president.
The Daily Beast reported that the probe into the Trump enterprise has been expanded, and that investigators have become interested in the activities of Trump Jr. and Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization's chief financial officer.

... When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, it was announced that his two eldest sons, Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, would continue to lead the family business in his absence, rebuffing calls to completely divest from the business or put his assets in a blind trust.

To avoid conflicts of interest, the company promised not to enter any new overseas deals and would only undertake new domestic projects with the approval of a company ethics advisor, Reuters reported at the time.

But ethics experts told Reuters at the time that the arrangement did not go far enough to separate the president from his business, due to his sons still being involved.

While the Trump Organization didn't enter into any new foreign business deals during Trump's four years in office, it still continued previously hatched overseas projects.

Illustrating the kind of problems this presented was a 2018 trip Trump Jr. took to India to tour Trump-branded properties. Trump Jr. had planned to give a foreign-policy speech during the trip, but it was abruptly canceled after ethics watchdogs and Democratic lawmakers questioned why the president's son would be discussing US foreign policy during a business trip as a private citizen, according to The Guardian.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene faces a 'bloodbath' of a reelection race in 2022 — if she isn't expelled from Congress first, district organizers say
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is one of the most contentious new figures in Congress.
  • Republicans and Democrats in her district say she'll face a tough reelection challenge in 2022.
  • But she will be hard to beat with her fundraising skills and ability to rile up constituents.
Greene was highly scrutinized even before winning her seat in Congress in November, thanks to her connections to the QAnon conspiracy-theory movement and ardent support of false election-fraud claims. More recently, she faced backlash for her past support for social-media posts advocating for the execution of Democrats and claiming the Parkland school shooting was staged.

Greene's behavior has made her a target for Democratic upstarts in her district, as well as challengers within her own party, which is grappling with whether to accept or shun the faction of Trumpist Republicans that Greene typifies.

A dozen Democrats are already planning to run in Greene's district in 2022, 11 Alive reported, but in this ultraconservative corner of Georgia, the best bet of kicking Greene out of office will likely come from within her own party, local leaders said.

"The next Republican primary is going to be a bloodbath," David Boyle, the Democratic Party chair of Walker County, told Insider. "The middle-of-the-road traditional Republicans are tired of all of this craziness. They're going to put out strong candidates."

Luke Martin, the Republican Party chair of Floyd County, said he "would be shocked" if Greene "didn't receive a primary challenger."
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Liz Cheney says the GOP risks becoming known as 'the party of white supremacy'
  • Rep. Liz Cheney said the GOP needed to "make clear we aren't the party of white supremacy."
  • Cheney, a Republican, said her party must speak out against the hate symbols seen at the Capitol riot.
  • She said Republicans have "a duty and obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection."
"It's very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away," Cheney, who is the third highest-ranking House Republican, said on Tuesday during an online event hosted by the Reagan Institute as reported by CBS News.

"You certainly saw anti-Semitism. You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial... you saw a Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda.

She added: "It's very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren't the party of white supremacy."
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Gucci has reportedly extended its lease in the Trump Tower. Other companies, including Tiffany's, have pulled away from the former president.
  • Gucci has extended its lease in Trump Tower, where it's the biggest commercial tenant, the NYT reported.
  • In 2020, the company extended its lease beyond 2026 and reduced its rent, sources told the publication.
  • Gucci was paying $18.7 million in annual rent for the space in 2012, per an SEC filing.
Shannon Coulter, who has led boycotts against companies including Molson Coors, LVMH, and New Balance because of their connections with former President Donald Trump, told The New York Times the news was "disgusting."

"They are essentially doing business with a white supremacist," she said. "That's what that decision means."

... Trump-branded Manhattan buildings have lost more than 20% their value since he first took office.

"The Trump name is probably pretty radioactive right now," realtor Mark Cohen told Insider's Juliana Kaplan.
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The FBI has arrested a Capitol riot suspect who boasted on TV that she 'would do it again tomorrow'
  • Lori Vinson and her husband were arrested by the FBI on Tuesday in connection to the Capitol riot.
  • Vinson previously told a TV interview she wasn't sorry for attending the riot and "would do it again."
  • "I felt like I've done nothing wrong and I wouldn't change it," Vinson told 14News on January 14.
Thomas and Lori Vinson were arrested in Owensboro, Kentucky, on Tuesday, the FBI said, and charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business; disruptive conduct in the Capitol; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing the Capitol.

... The criminal complaint cited interviews Vinson gave to news stations in Evansville, Indiana, and Nashville, Tennessee, where she detailed how she and her husband entered the Capitol during the pro-Trump protest, and said she was fired from her job as a nurse when her social-media posts about the trip came to light.

... "I would do it again tomorrow," she told 14News on January 14, according to the criminal complaint. "I felt like I've done nothing wrong and I wouldn't change it."
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Donald Trump Jr. deposed in DC attorney general probe of 2017 inauguration funds
Donald Trump Jr. was deposed on Feb. 11 as part of a probe of alleged misuse of contributions for the 2017 inauguration of his father, former President Donald Trump, court records show.

Donald Jr.'s testimony "raised further questions about the nature of" an invoice related to the inauguration, "and revealed evidence that Defendants had not yet produced to the District," according to the court filing Tuesday by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine's office in Washington Superior Court.

The deposition came two months after Donald Jr.'s sister, former White House advisor Ivanka Trump, herself was deposed in the case.

Racine last year sued the Trump Inaugural Committee, the Trump Organization and the Trump International Hotel for what he called "blatantly and unlawfully abusing nonprofit funds to enrich the Trump family."

The attorney general said at the time that an investigation by his office "revealed that the Inaugural Committee made exorbitant and unlawful payments to the Trump Hotel to rent event space for Inaugural activities."

"This came as a result of coordination between Inaugural Committee Deputy Chairman Rick Gates, Trump International Hotel management, and members of the Trump family," Racine said in announcing the suit, which alleges more than $1 million in improper payments to the hotel by the inaugural committee.
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Here's what Trump's tax returns could mean for the investigations into his finances
  • The Supreme Court has paved the way for the Manhattan DA to get Donald Trump's tax returns.
  • A former Trump Organization executive and Trump's personal lawyer told Congress he kept two sets of books: One to pay low taxes, another for bank loan rates.
  • Prosecutors will be able to look at the evidence and see if the filings rise to financial crimes.
The ruling cleared the way for Manhattan prosecutors — who have been pursuing them for years — to finally get their hands on financial documents belonging to the former president and his companies.

Trump's tax returns have become the subject of mystique over the past five years, as he became the first major-party nominee since Gerald Ford to not voluntarily release them.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office, led by Cyrus Vance Jr., first sought Trump's tax documents since it opened an investigation into his finances in 2017.

... Trump initially said he would make them public, and then suggested the IRS would not allow their release while he was under audit. No such IRS rule exists.

He has also lied about severing ties to his own businesses, raising questions of whether he used his vast powers as president to make money for himself. Trump said in 2019 that the presidency was costing him up to $5 billion, but has steadfastly refused to furnish documents proving that claim.

... A 2020 investigation from The New York Times found and analyzed nearly two decades' worth of Trump's returns. It cited major revelations, including:
  • Trump paid $0 in federal taxes for the majority of the years reviewed and $750 during his first two years as president. At the same time, he paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes to foreign governments.
  • He received tens of millions of dollars from foreign sources.
  • $300 million in loans are due to be paid back over the next several years.
  • He vastly overstated his charitable giving.
  • He has been involved in a years long battle with the IRS over a $73 million refund, which he may owe back to the federal government.
  • He appeared to have worked with his daughter Ivanka Trump to make up fake consulting fees as tax write-offs.
  • He apparently mischaracterized his 200-acre family retreat in upstate New York in tax filings to write off millions of dollars more.
... In addition to the Manhattan District Attorney's office investigation, New York Attorney General Letitia James is also looking into whether the Trump Organization kept two sets of books for its properties.

The House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee is also seeking to obtain Trump's tax returns as part of an investigation into whether he interfered with the IRS's audit program.
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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger called out Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for placing a transphobic sign across the hall from a lawmaker with a trans daughter
  • Adam Kinzinger criticized Marjorie Taylor Greene for hanging a transphobic sign across from Marie Newman's office.
  • Newman, who has a trans daughter, placed a transgender flag across from Greene's office.
  • The lawmakers are sparring over the Equality Act.
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A close associate of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene participated in the Capitol riots, according to a report
  • Social media posts revealed close associate of Greene participated in the Capitol riots, CNN reported.
  • Conservative activist Anthony Agüero posted on social media saying he had been among the mob that entered the Capitol building.
  • Aguero said in a January 7 video that it was "Trump supporters" who stormed the Capitol. "I'm the first to admit it, being one myself."
An ally whom Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene described as "one of my closest friends" admitted to participating in the Capitol riots on January 6, CNN's KFile reported.

... Conservative activist and videographer Anthony Agüero, an associate of Greene, took to social media to say he had been among the mob that entered the Capitol building and refuted the false claims that the attack was done by members of "antifa," a "far-left" anti-fascist and anti-racist political movement often villainized by Republicans.

"We were all there. It was not Antifa, and it was not BLM," Agüero said in a video the day after the insurrection, citing a report from CNN. "It was Trump supporters that did that yesterday. I'm the first to admit it, being one myself."
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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.