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A potential Trump indictment has Palm Beach officials preparing 'contingency plans' around 'thorny extradition issues,' according to new report
  • Palm Beach County officials in Florida are reportedly prepping for Trump to get indicted.
  • Two officials involved told Politico Playbook that there could be "thorny extradition issues."
  • Trump has moved base to his club in Bedminister, New Jersey, for the next few months.
Two officials involved in the "contingency plans" told Politico that law enforcement personnel in Palm Beach County are looking at what to do if Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's investigation results in an indictment while Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

A Florida statute allows Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis — a staunch Trump ally — to step in and investigate whether a "person ought to be surrendered" upon indictment, per Politico.

An indictment arriving while Trump is in the Garden State could prove less tricky, according to Politico, because even though that state has a similar statute, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is less likely to be sympathetic to the one-term president.

Leaks involving Trump's tax returns have shed some light on how much evidence Vance could be working with in the investigation ahead of his planned retirement at the end of 2021.

The lingering investigation has provoked speculation that an indictment might come before Vance retires, but officials have kept their cards close to the vest.
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Rep. Liz Cheney said GOP leader Kevin McCarthy is 'not leading with principles right now' and called his actions 'sad' and 'dangerous'
  • Rep. Liz Cheney accused GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of "not leading with principle."
  • "I think that it is sad and I think it's dangerous," Cheney told the "Today" show on Wednesday.
  • House Republicans voted to remove Cheney from leadership over her criticism of Trump.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney in a new interview blasted her colleague House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy shortly after he voted to remove her from GOP leadership.

"I think that he is not leading with principle right now," Cheney told NBC's "Today" show host Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday. "And I think that it is sad and I think it's dangerous. And I think that we are at a moment where the Republican Party has to lead. The Republican Party has to have leaders that are focused on principle."

... "Given what the former president did, he's not just former president," Cheney said. "He provoked an attack on the Capitol, an attack on our democracy. I can't understand why you would want to go rehabilitate him. There's no principled reason to do that."

McCarthy has emphasized that his priority is winning back the House in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. Like many Republican lawmakers, McCarthy has welcomed Trump's support.

Cheney, however, told Guthrie that she is leading the charge to "restore" the GOP and bring it "back to substance and principle." She stressed that she will do "whatever it takes" to keep Trump from returning to the White House, as rumors swirl that the former president may launch a 2024 bid.
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Manhattan DA prosecutors subpoenaed an elite Manhattan private school as part of its investigation into Trump
  • Manhattan prosecutors subpoenaed a private school for its Trump investigation, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • It's reportedly examining whether tuition payments for the Trump Organization's CFO broke tax laws.
  • The school received more than $500,000 in tuition overall, according to Jennifer Weisselberg.
New York prosecutors have subpoenaed an elite private school in Manhattan as part of an investigation into former President Donald Trump and his Trump Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Sources told the Journal that Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School was subpoenaed by prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg's grandchildren are students at the school. Prosecutors are reportedly trying to "flip" Weisselberg, who also oversees the Trump family's finances, into cooperating with the investigation into irregularities in Trump's and the Trump Organization's finances.

Jennifer Weisselberg — the childrens' mother — previously told Insider that Trump would include school tuition in the compensation package for her former husband, Barry Weisselberg. She is a cooperating witness in investigations from both the Manhattan District Attorney's office and the New York Attorney General's office.

Prosecutors may be examining whether the tuition arrangement allowed Barry or Allen Weisselberg to avoid paying taxes, according to the Journal.

Jennifer Weisselberg told the Journal that more than $500,000 in tuition was paid for with checks written either by Trump or Allen Weisselberg. But the records in her possession don't show who made the payments, the Journal reported.

The subpoenas for the elite Upper West Side school will allow prosecutors to obtain copies of the transactions for tuition payments, which may tell them whether they came from Trump, Allen Weisselberg, Barry Weisselberg, the Trump Organization, or some other source.
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AOC calls Marjorie Taylor Greene a 'belligerent person that's not in control of themselves' after the GOP lawmaker chased her down a hallway in the Capitol
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a "pretty belligerent person."
  • The comments came after Greene reportedly chased after Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday.
  • "These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time," Ocasio-Cortez said.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for pursuing her down a hallway in the Capitol and berating her on Wednesday.

"I think it's pretty public record that this is a pretty belligerent person that's not in control of themselves," the New York Democrat told reporters on Thursday.

The confrontation unfolded after the two lawmakers exited the House chamber on Wednesday, according to reporting from The Washington Post. Greene shouted Ocasio-Cortez's name twice, in an apparent attempt to get her attention, then proceeded to hurry after the New York lawmaker when she did not respond.

"You don't care about the American people," Greene yelled. "Why do you support terrorists and antifa?"

Ocasio-Cortez threw her hands up, but did not engage further with the Georgia Republican.

When asked for her reaction to the situation, Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Thursday that "this isn't even about how I feel."

"It's that I refuse to allow young women, people of color, people who are standing up for what they believe, to see this kind of intimidation attempts by a person who supports white supremacists in our nation's Capitol," she said. "I'm not going to let kids see that we're going to be intimidated out of our fight for justice."

The comments come hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested the House Ethics Committee investigate Greene for reportedly chasing Ocasio-Cortez through the corridor and shouting at her.

Ocasio-Cortez said its up to the committee to make a determination. "She was certainly chasing," she told reporters.

The progressive Democrat compared the outburst to an incident last year, when she was accosted on the Capitol steps by former Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida, who called her a "f——— b——." At the time, she spoke on the House floor condemning the vulgar language and sent a message to women to stick up for themselves and not "accept abuse from men."

"I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time," Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Thursday.
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Project Veritas planned on hiring woman to go undercover to lure H.R. McMaster and FBI agents into saying bad things about Trump, new report says
  • Project Veritas tried to go undercover to get H.R. McMaster fired, The New York Times reports.
  • The group planned to secretly record McMaster disparaging Trump to undermine him.
  • McMaster, a former general, previously served as Trump's National Security Advisor.
Project Veritas planned an ultimately unsuccessful undercover sting operation to try to oust former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster as well as some FBI agents, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

The controversial conservative group, led by provocateur and self-styled media watchdog James O'Keefe, dedicates resources to surreptitiously recording government employees, Democratic campaign professionals, and members of the mainstream media.

McMaster's background as a general and record in the foreign policy establishment led groups like Project Veritas to derisively designate him as part of the "deep state" and his approach to foreign policy as "globalist" and at odds with Trump's "America First" positioning, The Times said.

When Project Veritas was forming its plan to expose and oust McMaster in 2018, Trump was critical of what he described as "the deep state" and the law enforcement apparatus that was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The idea to go undercover to get McMaster fired from the White House began after a November 2017 article in Buzzfeed News reported that McMaster referred to Trump as an "idiot," "dope," and someone with smarts on par with a kindergardener at a dinner in Washington, DC, The New York Times reported. (McMaster and others present at the event denied that he made such comments at the time).

Per the Times, Project Veritas then devised a plot to have a woman go to the same place, a high-end Italian restaurant called Tosca, with a hidden camera to engage McMaster in conversation and share a few drinks with him in the hope to catch him saying something similarly disparaging about Trump.

The Times reported that Project Veritas planned to pay a woman named Tarah Price $10,000 to be the uncover subject, citing emails written by Price's ex-boyfriend to a group called Expose Project Veritas.

But the plan became moot when McMaster left the administration of his own volition in March of 2018. He was replaced as National Security Advisor by John Bolton.

Project Veritas reportedly rented out an elaborate six-bedroom house in Georgetown that went for $10,000 a month as the headquarters for the failed operation and also hired women to go undercover on dates with FBI agents to secretly record them in the hopes that some would trash Trump on tape.

The women hired to bait FBI agents made fake dating app profiles, secretly brought reporting equipment to the dates, were given code names like "Tiger" and "Brazil," and were told to keep the location of the house top-secret at all costs, The Times reported.
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Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg will plead guilty to 6 felony counts including sex-trafficking, wire fraud, and identity theft
  • Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg will plead guilty to six felony counts as part of a plea deal.
  • The charges include sex-trafficking, wire fraud, and identity theft.
  • Greenberg's attorneys and federal prosecutors will formally announce the plea agreement to a judge Monday.
Ex-Florida county tax collector Joel Greenberg will plead guilty to six felony counts including sex trafficking, identity theft, and wire fraud, a significant downgrade from the 33 federal charges he was facing through multiple indictments, Insider has learned.

Greenberg is scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning to formalize the plea agreement with Justice Department prosecutors, who are investigating whether he and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz violated federal sex-trafficking laws. A judge will have to sign off on the agreement before its finalized.

Federal prosecutors in Orlando initially charged Greenberg in June 2020; after a series of superseding indictments, the total hit 33 felony counts covering everything from sex trafficking to stalking and cryptocurrency fraud.

But a source familiar with the plea deal said the ex-Seminole County tax collector will now admit to six of those charges.

The plea deal is expected to include standard language that Greenberg must cooperate fully with the US government in his case and any other related matters. That means potentially testifying in court or before a federal grand jury in the event of a trial. That could be bad news for Gaetz, a GOP congressman and longtime Trump loyalist.

Greenberg's cooperation with the federal government has been widely known. When news broke of his client's plea deal in April, Greenberg attorney Fritz Scheller told reporters, "I'm sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today."

Legal experts told Insider that the prosecutors' decision to whittle the charges down suggests he has information of significant value.

"His cooperation requires him to be providing truthful testimony and to provide it at the government's request," said David Weinstein, a former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of Florida. He told Insider that Greenberg's plea agreement will also be significant because it could mean that he will testify in front of a grand jury if Gaetz is charged with a crime and goes to trial.

Prosecutors accused Greenberg, among other things, of carrying out the sex trafficking of a minor between the ages of 14 and 17. Gaetz is also suspected of having had a sexual relationship with the same individual, who was 17 at the time of the alleged encounters in 2019.
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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.