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Matt Gaetz Under Investigation Over Possible Sex Trafficking
Representative Matt Gaetz is said to be under investigation over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him.

The Justice Department is examining whether Mr. Gaetz, a Florida Republican and a close ally of Donald Trump, violated federal sex trafficking laws, people briefed on the matter said. It was not clear how Mr. Gaetz met the girl, believed to be 17 at the time of encounters about two years ago that investigators are scrutinizing.

The investigation was opened in the final months of the Trump administration by former Attorney General William Barr. It was part of a broader investigation of a political ally of Mr. Gaetz, Joel Greenberg, who was indicted last summer on several charges including the sex trafficking of a child and financially supporting people in exchange for sex, at least one of whom was an underage girl.
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Republicans are unloading on Rep. Matt Gaetz in gossipy texts and snide asides amid reports of a DOJ sex investigation: 'He's the meanest person in politics'
  • Matt Gaetz has a reputation as a showboat among his GOP colleagues in Washington.
  • Many of them were gloating about news reports that Gaetz is under a DOJ investigation.
  • Congressional staffers and former Trump White House aides say they'll be happy to see him go.
A former congressional aide said GOP leaders could soon be rid of the self-styled provocateur without having to get their hands dirty.

"Republican leadership will likely watch him completely implode in a matter of days without having to do a thing," the observer told Insider. Stripping him of committee assignments or taking other punitive steps "would require more action from the Justice Department."

Gaetz rose to prominence doing cable TV hits during the Trump era, and he's been chattered about for years as a possible Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate or even a White House contender in the style of Trump. He frequently bragged about his relationship with the Republican president and regularly rode on Air Force One. Gaetz even got engaged in December at Mar-a-Lago, the South Florida private club where Trump now lives.

Still, White House aides weren't enamored by Gaetz, and staffers tried to filter or block his influence on Trump, who in 2018 deemed Gaetz "one of the finest and most talented people in Congress."

"Good riddance," said another former Trump White House aide. "It sounds like he let whatever BS power he thought he had go to his head and he thought himself above the law."

... "The congressman is one of those that came to Washington to make an impression for fame and fortune rather than accomplishing anything in Washington for his constituents," said a national Republican campaign consultant who plays in Florida politics.

"Matt is going to have a popularity problem now, and may just fade into obscurity. No one will want to associate with him until there's a resolution — which probably won't be favorable," the Republican consultant added.

GOP sources were chattering about the Times' story on Capitol Hill, too, where Gaetz has a reputation as a conservative firebrand.

"He's not in the legislative business. He's just out there to blow shit up and get on TV," one Republican US House staffer told Insider.

"National Republicans are concerned and are carefully monitoring the situation," a senior Republican Party strategist also told Insider.
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Attack on Asian Woman in Midtown Prompts Another Hate Crime Investigation
An attack in Manhattan on a 65-year-old woman is the latest in a surge of anti-Asian violence.

The N.Y.P.D. said it was searching for a man who kicked the woman to the ground in broad daylight on a Midtown Manhattan sidewalk, stomped on her several times and made anti-Asian remarks. Building staff members who witnessed the attack and did not intervene have been suspended.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the video of the attack was “absolutely disgusting and outrageous” and that it was “absolutely unacceptable” that no one stepped in or came to the woman’s aid.

The assault on the woman came as hate crimes investigators were looking into the subway beating of a man on the same day.
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Trump's new website boasting of his contribution to US border security makes no mention of the wall that he never finished
  • Former president Donald Trump has launched a new website:
  • The website describes Trump's achievements and offers personalized greetings to followers.
  • Yet it makes no mention of the unfinished wall at the southern border that was his signature policy.
President Donald Trump launched a website describing his legacy as president in his typical hyperbolic style — and omitted all mention of the border wall with Mexico which he proposed but failed to build.

The website,, contains a page detailing his record on issues including the economy, national security and the coronavirus pandemic. Supporters can also use the site to request a personalized greeting from the former president.

In the section on immigration and borders, it claims that "President Trump achieved the most secure border in United States history."

It describes agreements with other countries on migration, visa reform, and tighter eligibility requirements brought in by his officials.

It took Trump some 400 executive actions in the hope of making good on his pledge to stem migration to the US.

But conspicuous by its absence is any mention of the wall, the proposed barrier along the US-Mexico border that was the signature policy during his successful run for the White House in 2016.

The wall became a symbol for the hardline anti-immigration policies that helped win him victory.

Yet when he left office only 80 miles of new wall had been completed, with much of the time during Trump's 4 years in office spent reinforcing the 400 miles of fences and other barriers that had been put in place under earlier administrations.

Trump had pledged that a wall 1,000 miles long would be built, and that it would be funded by Mexico. The $15 billion in funding instead came from US taxpayers.
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Trump's legal problems are growing with 2 grand jury investigations in Georgia and a possible Dominion lawsuit
  • Trump's latest legal woes include two new grand jury investigations in Georgia.
  • A Dominion attorney also declined this week to rule out a defamation suit against the former president.
  • Trump faces numerous civil and criminal investigations now he is out of office.
Former President Donald Trump's legal problems continue to grow with two new grand jury investigations in Georgia and the threat of an additional lawsuit from Dominion, the firm whose voting systems the president falsely blamed for his election defeat.

... The investigations are reportedly focusing on Trump's campaign over claims the former president sought unduly to pressure election officials to change the vote count in November's election to favor him.

Fani Willis, the Fulton County District Attorney, said she believed jurors were likely "in the very near future" to be asked to issue subpoenas from Trump and his allies requesting documents and recordings relevant to the investigation.

Willis told the Beast that three cases had been referred by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to her "public integrity unit," which is more typically tasked with investigating allegations of corruption among police officers.

They will focus on Trump's alleged efforts to influence the outcome of the presidential election in Georgia, which he falsely claimed he had lost as a result of widespread voter fraud.

The investigation may focus on evidence including the now-notorious phone call Trump made to Raffensperger in January, during his last days in the White House, when he asked the official to "find 11,780" votes to help him win Georgia.
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Fox News hires Lara Trump and promotes former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany
  • Fox is doubling down on its ties to Donald Trump.
  • On Monday, Fox announced it has hired the former president's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, as a paid contributor.
  • The network also announced that Kayleigh McEnany will be a co-host of the daily program "Outnumbered."
Trump, the 38-year-old wife of Eric Trump, served as a 2020 campaign adviser and helped lead Women for Trump. She had no experience in politics before her father-in-law ran for office, but she's now considering running for US Senate in North Carolina to fill retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr's seat. Trump said she hasn't yet decided whether or not to run, but would make a public decision "hopefully soon."

... She went on to discuss immigration and vaccinations with the Fox hosts. She called the fact that the Trump administration turned underage migrants away at the border and separated them from their parents "totally ridiculous," attacked infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, and claimed her father-in-law deserves "full and 100% complete credit" for the development of COVID-19 vaccines.

Lara Trump came under scrutiny recently when HuffPost reported that an animal welfare charity she's affiliated with, Big Dog Ranch Rescue, has spent nearly $1.9 million since 2014 at properties owned by Donald Trump. She has served as the "chairwoman" of the group's fundraisers for several years.
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Trump appeal rejected in NY defamation case, ex-'Apprentice' contestant's lawsuit can move forward
New York's highest court Tuesday dismissed Donald Trump's appeal of a defamation case against him by a former contestant on his reality TV show "The Apprentice," on the grounds that Trump's arguments are no longer valid since he is not president anymore.

The decision from the New York Court of Appeals puts back in motion the lawsuit from Summer Zervos, who says Trump defamed her in 2016 when he called her a liar after she accused him of sexually assaulting her years earlier.

"Now a private citizen, the defendant has no further excuse to delay justice for Ms. Zervos, and we are eager to get back to the trial court and prove her claims," Zervos' attorney, Beth Wilkinson, said in a statement.

Zervos claims Trump groped her in a hotel room in 2007. Shortly after she went public with her allegations, Trump said the women who have made allegations of sexual misconduct against him are "liars," and he has threatened to sue them.
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2 Capitol police officers who were on duty during the January 6 siege sued Trump for inciting riot
  • Two Capitol police officers have sued Trump, accusing him of inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6.
  • Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby claimed they sustained both physical and mental injuries in the riots.
  • The lawsuit from the two Capitol police officers followed two similar suits from Democratic lawmakers.
The lawsuit was in relation to injuries they sustained during the riots by the "insurrectionist mob, which that Trump had inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted," according to court documents.

The complaint was filed Tuesday by officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, claiming that they were assaulted by protesters who sprayed them with aerosol chemicals like pepper spray, bear spray, and tear gas, which left chemical burns on their skin. They were among other officers who were attacked with "rocks, bottles, fire extinguishers, metal poles," according to court documents.

Alongside the physical injuries he received during the riots, Blassingame also sustained a "severe emotional toll" in light of the incident, including depression, according to the lawsuit.

"He is haunted by the memory of being attacked, and of the sensory impacts – the sights, sounds, smells and even tastes of the attack remain close to the surface," the lawsuit reads. "He experiences guilt of being unable to help his colleagues who were simultaneously being attacked; and of surviving where other colleagues did not."

The lawsuit said the January 6 riots took a mental toll on Hemby as well.

"When he got home on the night of January 6, 2021, he was in a heightened emotional state and unable to sleep," the lawsuit read. "He relived the moments he was under attack. He felt unsafe and each time he drifted off to sleep, he was awakened by the fear that people were trying to break into his home."

The officers are seeking unspecified monetary damages with the lawsuit, but documents say the "amount in controversy exceeds $75,000, not counting interest and costs."
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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.