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Trump Faces Humiliation as GOP Senators Say They’ll Reject Mulvaney Ally as Judicial Nominee

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President Donald Trump has now confirmed over 150 far-right judges to federal courts, spurred by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and right-wing legal groups who seek to extend their influence long after Republicans are voted out of office.

But even Trump has struck out on some of his judicial picks. And it looks like one of his latest nominees is about to fail. According to Politico, Trump’s nomination of Halil Suleyman “Sul” Ozerden to the long-conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is in jeopardy, as the Judiciary Committee has put off voting for him four times.

Ozerden, a district court judge in Mississippi and an associate of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, was nominated over opposition from the White House Counsel’s office. He has Mulvaney’s support, as well as that of home-state Sen. Roger Wicker — but multiple far-right senators, including Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), oppose the nomination, and others, like Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) are undecided. Conservative activist groups like the Judicial Crisis Network also are unhappy with the nomination.

A key sticking point for many senators is that Ozerden questioned a “religious liberty” lawsuit against the ACA’s contraceptive mandate as premature. There are also reportedly issues with his FBI background check, and his ex-wife has alleged he violated judicial ethics rules. Moreover, JCN’s Carrie Severino has complained that Ozerden’s opinions have a high rate of reversal on the Fifth Circuit.

With Republicans divided on Ozerden’s nomination, Trump’s only hope is to win some crossover support from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. But that is also unlikely to happen, because the NAACP is lobbying them hard against the nomination with a letter warning Ozerden has a “record of hostility to civil rights protections.”

Barring any new developments, it seems as though Trump will have to find someone else.

 

 

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Dominion Lawsuit: Sidney Powell, Mike Lindell and Rudy Giuliani Pushed Trump Lies for Fame, Glory — and Pillows

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Attorneys for Dominion Voting Systems accused Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell of spreading lies about Donald Trump’s election loss for fame and glory.

The voting technology company’s lawyers argued Thursday in a court hearing that Trump’s former campaign lawyers and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell believed they could attain power and influence by helping the former president remain in office by overturning his election loss with baseless claims of fraud and tampering, reported CNN.

“That’s the place they could get in-person audiences,” said Dominion attorney Megan Meier. “[Washington was] the place where Powell could become a household name.”

Attorneys for Giuliani, Powell and Lindell — who have been sued for $1.3 billion in the defamation suit — at times attempted to re-litigate the election during the four-hour hearing, which began a few hours after a New York court suspended Giuliani’s law license over his election fraud lies.

The former New York City mayor did not attend the hearing, but Powell and Lindell did.

Another attorney for Dominion argued that the case can remain alive in court, even if jurors find the defendants’ claims “improbable,” because the case isn’t about “the marketplace of ideas,” as Lindell’s attorney has argued.

“There is a quantum of information available to [Lindell] by the time he made these statements,” Clare said. “He made the preconceived notion that the election was stolen.”

The lawsuit accuses Lindell of using election lies and Qanon conspiracy theories to promote his pillow company.

“[He] sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows,” the suit alleges.

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Rudy Giuliani Suspended From Practicing Law Over ‘Demonstrably False and Misleading Statements’: Report

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Rudy Giuliani has been temporarily suspended from practicing law over his  false and misleading statements about the 2020 presidential election.

“A disciplinary body says he made ‘demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump,'” Reuters’ Jan Wolfe reports, citing a New York Supreme Court document.

The document goes on to say that Giuliani’s “conduct immediately threatens the public interest.”

“The suspension is a stunning blow to Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who previously served as a top Justice Department official, and the head prosecutor for the federal Southern District of New York,” CNBC adds.

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

 

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‘You Don’t See Buildings Falling Down in America’ Shocked Mayor Says After 12-Story Condo ‘Literally Pancaked’

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Mayor Charles Burkett, on the scene of a partial collapse of a 12-story 100-unit condominium building in Surfside, Florida said he’s lived in the town his entire life and has never seen anything like this.

“You don’t see buildings falling down in America,” Burkett, stunned, told CNN Thursday morning, “and here we had a building literally fall down.”

He said it’s “less likely than a lightning strike.”

One person is reported dead after the building collapsed around 2 AM with CNN saying a “considerable portion” of the building is gone. Burkett suggests there may be more fatalities.

“The problem is the building has literally pancaked,” he says. “It’s heartbreaking because it doesn’t mean, to me, that we’re going to be successful, as successful as we want to be, to find people alive.”

 

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