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Idaho state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger has resigned amid rape allegations
A Republican state representative from Lewiston, Idaho has resigned following allegations that he raped a 19-year old House intern, according to KTVB.

On Thursday, a legislative ethics committee unanimously voted to suspend Von Ehrlinger without pay, and the lawmaker refused to answer questions about his conduct.
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'Rudy's an idiot' who 'drinks too much': Michael Cohen relishes Giuliani's legal woes and predicts he'll flip on Trump
  • Ex-Trump lawyer and convicted felon Michael Cohen celebrated current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's legal troubles.
  • "We have no idea how expansive this investigation is going to ultimately reveal itself because Rudy's an idiot," he told CNN.
  • Cohen also predicted that if prosecutors tighten the screws on Giuliani, he'll flip on Trump "in a heartbeat."
"Two things came straight to mind," Cohen told CNN's Alisyn Camerota in an interview. "The first is that I'm no longer the only one. And two, my parents always told me it's not nice to gloat, but Rudy, I told you so. I told you so!"

Cohen was responding to the FBI executing search warrants on Giuliani's home and office on Wednesday and seizing his electronic devices as well as a computer belonging to his personal assistant, Jo Ann Zafonte. Zafonte was served with a grand jury subpoena, and The New York Times reported that federal agents also raided the Washington, DC, home of Victoria Toensing, a fellow lawyer and associate of Giuliani's.

The raids are part of a wide-ranging investigation by the US attorney's office in the Southern District of New York into whether Giuliani broke foreign lobbying laws in his dealings with Ukraine.

Cohen said that he told Giuliani, "Donald Trump doesn't care about anyone or anything" and that Giuliani "will be the next one to be thrown under the bus."

"And that's exactly what's going to happen," he told CNN.

... Cohen added that Giuliani has "been shady for a long time" and that the investigation into whether he broke foreign lobbying laws could expand "into other areas that Rudy doesn't even possibly remember. Or if he does remember, he certainly didn't want it released."

He concluded, bluntly: "We have no idea how expansive this investigation is going to ultimately reveal itself because Rudy's an idiot. And that's the problem. Rudy drinks too much, Rudy behaves in such an erratic manner that who knows what's on those telephones or what's on his computers."

Camerota then asked Cohen what he thought Giuliani might do if prosecutors start tightening the screws on him, and whether he would "flip" and offer up information about Trump in exchange for leniency.

Cohen noted that before Trump became president, he and Giuliani did not like each other. "So do I think Rudy will give up Donald in a heartbeat? Absolutely," he said. "He certainly doesn't want to follow my path down into a 36 month sentence for something as innocuous as a hush money payment, right, to a porn star ... at the direction and for the benefit of Donald J. Trump."

Cohen also said it was ironic that Giuliani is now being targeted by the US attorney's office he once led.

"What's ironic here is the fact that these tactics of the Southern District of New York in terms of bullying you into a plea deal were created by Rudy Giuliani going back 30 years ago," he told CNN. "And it's just ironic that the tactics that he created for that office are now going to be employed against him" and could result in Giuliani giving up information about "all of the individuals in that garbage can orbit of Donald Trump."
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The FBI reportedly warned Giuliani in 2019 that Russia was using him as a tool to spread disinformation before the election
  • The FBI warned Rudy Giuliani in late 2019 that the Russian government was using him to spread disinformation about the Bidens, WaPo reported.
  • Giuliani ignored the warnings and continued his quest to dig up dirt on the Bidens.
  • He's now the target of a federal criminal investigation into whether he violated lobbying laws.
The raids mark an aggressive new phase in a long-running criminal investigation into whether Giuliani broke foreign lobbying laws through his dealings with Ukraine. The Times later reported that at least one of the search warrants sought evidence about the abrupt firing of Marie Yovanovitch, the US's former ambassador to Ukraine.

Specifically, prosecutors are said to be examining whether Giuliani was working on behalf of the Ukrainian prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, while pushing for Yovanovitch's dismissal.
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Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg said in a letter that Gaetz paid for sex with a minor
  • Matt Gaetz's associate, Joel Greenberg, said in a letter obtained by The Daily Beast that Gaetz paid for sex with a minor.
  • Gaetz is under a federal criminal investigation over whether he broke sex trafficking laws.
"On more than one occasion, this individual was involved in sexual activities with several of the other girls, the congressman from Florida's 1st Congressional District and myself," Greenberg said in the letter, referring to an individual who was 17 years old at the time of the alleged encounter with Gaetz, according to The Daily Beast. "From time to time, gas money or gifts, rent or partial tuition payments were made to several of these girls, including the individual who was not yet 18. I did see the acts occur firsthand and Venmo transactions, Cash App , or other payments were made to these girls on behalf of the Congressman."
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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.