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‘C’ List of Headliners Highlight What Donald Trump Thinks Is ‘Great’
Live from Cleveland, Ohio, starting at 7:50 PM EDT, the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention!
Tonight, at some pointÂ â€“ there is no actual published schedule with times on itÂ â€“ Donald Trump will introduce Melania Trump, his wife, who will take the spot usually reserved for one of the most important leaders the party believes has the greatest potential to become, perhaps, president, or as a tribute to their contribution to the party.
Before that happens, RNC delegates will be entertained by the following “C” list of Republican politicians and conservative notables. Among them, Scott Baio, an actor best known for his role in “Charles in Charge” (1984-1990), and “Joanie Loves Chachi” (1982-1983). Baio was invited to speak at the convention after posting this tweet calling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a “c*nt.”
This may be the best meme out there. #NeverHillary @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/q1ovj80Skt
â€” Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) July 11, 2016
Here’s the lineup of tonight’s speakers (in order presumably but given the craziness of this convention, who knows?), via Vox:
Willie Robertson, star ofÂ Duck Dynasty
Rick Perry, former governor and presidential candidate (R-TX)
Marcus Luttrell, a retired Navy SEAL and Afghanistan/Iraq veteran who was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the filmÂ Lone Survivor
Scott Baio, an actor known for his roles as Chachi onÂ Happy DaysÂ andÂ Joanie Loves Chachi, andÂ Bob LoblawÂ onÂ Arrested Development
Mark GeistÂ andÂ John Tiegen, former members of the Benghazi Annex Security Team during the Benghazi attacks
Kent TerryÂ andÂ Kelly Terry-Willis, appearing in honor of their brother Brian Terry, a border patrol agent who died on duty
Antonio Sabato Jr., formerÂ General HospitalÂ actor
Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son died in a car accident involving an undocumented immigrant;Â Sabine Durden, whose son also died in a car accident involving an undocumented immigrant;Â Jamiel Shaw, whose son was killed in a gang shooting involving an undocumented immigrant
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), chair of the Committee on Homeland Security
David A. Clarke Jr., sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and aÂ vocal critic of criminal justice reform and Black Lives Matter
Sean Duffy, Congress member and formerÂ Real WorldÂ contestant (R-WI), and his wife, Rachel Duffy
Darryl Glenn, the Republican nominee for Senate in Colorado
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), an Afghanistan/Iraq veteran
Karen Vaughn, anti-Obama activist whose son, a Navy SEAL, was killed in Afghanistan
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), anÂ early Trump supporterÂ and anti-immigration advocate
Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and 2008 presidential candidate
Melania Trump, the presumptive presidential nomineeâ€™s wife
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former Defense Intelligence Agency director and Trump VP finalist
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), a retired lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard
Jason Beardsley, adviser for Concerned Veterans of America
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), a retired Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and won two Bronze Stars
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‘Disgraced’ Trump-Appointed Florida Judge Initially Assigned to Oversee Ex-President’s Criminal Case: Report
A federal judge whose highly-controversial rulings favoring Donald Trump were derided by legal experts and judges on a higher court, has been initially assigned to the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s criminal case against the ex-president, who appointed her to the bench three years ago.
Judge Aileen Cannon, known for agreeing to Trump’s request by assigning a special master to review the entirety of federal government documents the FBI retrieved from Mar-a-Lago last summer during the execution of a search and seizure warrant will, at least for now, oversee the government’s case allegedly charging Donald Trump with seven different felony categories in its classified documents probe, according to ABC News.
“The summons sent to former President Donald Trump and his legal team late Thursday indicates that U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon will be assigned to oversee his case, at least initially, according to sources briefed on the matter,” ABC News reports.
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“Cannon’s apparent assignment would add yet another unprecedented wrinkle to a case involving the first federal charges against a former president: Trump appointed Cannon to the federal bench in 2019, meaning that, if Trump is ultimately convicted, she would be responsible for determining the sentence – which may include prison time – for the man who elevated her to the role.”
Cannon, agreeing to Trump’s request to appoint a special master last September, also halted the Dept. of Justice’s use of those materials, which included at least one hundred classified documents, in its criminal investigation into Trump.
Harvard University professor emeritus of constitutional law, Laurence Tribe, called Judge Cannon’s special master decision “utterly lawless,” and said: “She has disgraced her position as an Article III judge.”
ABC News notes that “Legal experts [had] accused Cannon of handing Trump a series of head-scratching victories over the course of those proceedings,” and added, “Cannon’s order was ultimately thrown out in its entirety by an 11th Circuit Court of appeals panel, which found she overstepped in exercising her jurisdiction in the probe.”
The 11th Circuit issued a scathing rebuke of Judge’ Cannon’s decision to appoint the special master. One week later, without explanation or reasoning, she overruled the special master’s decision and extended deadlines – decisions which favored Donald Trump.
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Cannon is not the only judge whose name appears on the summons.
“In addition to Cannon, Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart’s name also appeared on the summons sent to Trump on Thursday, the sources said,” ABC adds. “Reinhart, who was sworn in as a magistrate judge in 2018, is also familiar with the proceedings against Trump: he signed off on the initial search warrant of Mar-a-Lago last year and later ruled to unseal the search affidavit – decisions that made him the target of antisemitic jabs on the internet.”
The New York Times in August of last year reported, “in a segment on Fox News, a host showed a manipulated photo that appeared to show Judge Reinhart seated on a plane with Ghislaine Maxwell, Mr. [Jeffrey] Epstein’s companion who had been convicted last year of aiding Mr. Epstein in sexually abusing minors.”
Brian Kilmeade, the Fox News host, the following day tweeted: “Last night while subbing for Tucker Carlson, we showed you an image of Judge Bruce Reinhart w/ Ghislaine Maxwell that was sourced on screen to a meme pulled from Twitter & wasn’t real. This depiction never took place & we wanted to make clear that we were showing a meme in jest.”
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The Times noted “the scrutiny of Judge Reinhart has also prompted the local authorities to step up security. His synagogue canceled a Friday night Shabbat service last week in response to multiple antisemitic threats, and the police in his neighborhood said officers had intensified patrols near his house.”
Professor of Law Joyce Vance, an NBC News/MSNBC contributor and former U.S. Attorney responded to the news of Cannon’s assignment. Pointing to an earlier case as precedent, Vance says: “This is persuasive authority that Judge Cannon must step aside if the case falls to her as a permanent assignment. Her court & certainly the 11th [Circuit] won’t tolerate the damage it would do to their credibility if she failed to voluntarily recuse.”
Trump Lawyers Blindsided by Existence of Bombshell Recording – ‘They Don’t Know How to Defend This’: Maggie Haberman
CNN on Friday morning obtained a bombshell transcript of a recording in which former President Donald Trump boasts of retaining “secret” military information that he never declassified while he was president.
Appearing on CNN shortly after this news broke, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman revealed that the former president’s team was essentially blindsided by this recording’s existence.
“I don’t think they quite know how to defend this… from what we have heard,” she said. “They were… startled by the existence of this tape. This tape was something that they learned existed when this aide to Trump testified. The prosecutors were already in possession of this tape. They didn’t get it from the aide, although it appears the aide had a copy when it was subpoenaed later, but this is has been described to us by multiple sources… as a really problematic piece of evidence for Trump.”
Haberman predicted that the recording’s existence would not change the Trump legal team’s overall defense strategy, however.
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“I think they are going to stick that their line: ‘He says things, he didn’t mean it a certain way,'” she said. “I am sure they can come up with all kinds of explanations for why he used the language he used. But it’s on tape.”
Trump is due in court in Miami next week to face seven felony counts related to his handling of top-secret government documents.
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Trump Indicted by Grand Jury: Reports
Donald Trump’s attorneys have been notified a grand jury has voted to indict the ex-president on numerous federal charges and ordered to appear in a Miami court next Tuesday, according to ABC News, CNN, and NBC News. Trump on his Truth Social account made a similar claim..
“Former President Donald Trump has been indicted in the special counsel’s classified documents probe, sources familiar with the matter tells CNN,” the network reports. “Trump has been charged with seven counts in the indictment, according to another source familiar with the matter.”
CNN has two sources confirming that Trump has been indicted pic.twitter.com/xY7aFXo9dL
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 8, 2023
“We’re learning from our sources that there appears to be at least seven counts here,” ABC News’ Katherine Faulders reported on-air, ABC News online reports.. “This ranges from everything from the willful retention of national defense information to conspiracy to a scheme to conceal to false statements and representations.”
MSNBC on-air reports NBC News has confirmed the Trump indictment, and NBC News online reports the indictment is “in connection with his mishandling of more than 100 classified documents that were discovered last year at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, making the twice-impeached former commander-in-chief the first former president to face federal criminal charges.”
Watch this currently ongoing ABC News live streaming video:
BREAKING: Former Pres. Trump has been indicted for a second time, sources familiar confirm to @ABC News.
@PierreTABC joins @DavidMuir: “This is perhaps one of the most consequential investigations the Justice Department has done in recent memory.” pic.twitter.com/klwOQjGoiK
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) June 8, 2023
In three separate entries on his Truth Social platform, Trump writes: “The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted,” along with several false allegations NCRM will not publish.
“I have been summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM,” he adds.
He also declares he is “innocent.”
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