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‘Jury Tampering’: Internet Explodes After WH Threatens Senators Their Heads ‘Will Be on a Pike’ if They Vote to Convict

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The news was so shocking some thought it was fake. But as CBS News reports, the White House is threatening Republican Senators to not vote to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, or else.

That “or else” was revealed by CBS News’ Chief Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes, who reports, “One Trump confidant tells CBS News that GOP senators have been warned: ‘Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.'”

The revelation comes at the 1:17 mark:

Marketwatch described it as the Trump administration “getting medieval.”

Social media users were less reserved, pushing the hashtag #HeadOnAPike to the number two spot on Twitter’s trending list.

Some felt Chief Justice John Roberts should have taken action on the news. Others felt it was akin to jury tampering.

Take a look at some examples:

 

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Trump Under Investigation for Bank and Insurance Fraud by Manhattan District Attorney, Legal Filing Suggests

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. on Monday moved to dismiss a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s attorneys, and in that legal filing suggested he is investigating the president and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud.

Vance “made the disclosure in a new federal court filing arguing Mr. Trump should have to comply with its subpoena seeking eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns,” The New York Times reports. “Mr. Trump has asked a judge to declare the subpoena invalid.”

The filing cites “undisputed” news reports to make clear that Vance has a legal basis for his subpoena ordering Trump’s accounting firm to hand over 8 years of the president’s personal and corporate tax returns.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month supported Vance’s attempts to obtain the documents.

A nearly two-year old New York Times investigation found that “President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents,”

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20-Year Old Son of Federal Judge Shot Dead in Her Home, Husband in Critical Condition: Report

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Daniel Anderl, the 20-year old son of a federal judge was shot to death in his parents’ New Jersey home by a gunman posing as a FedEx driver. U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas’ husband was also shot. Mark Anderl, 63, is in critical condition.

The New Jersey Globe also reports Judge Salas was not physically harmed.

“Preliminary indications are that the husband answered the door and was shot multiple times,” NBC 4 New York reports, “the son came running to the door and was shot as well before the gunman fled, the sources said. Judge Salas was believed to be in the basement at the time of the shooting, and she was not injured.”

The FBI is looking for information:

Judge Salas “was nominated by President Barack Obama,” the AP reports, noting she “has presided over an ongoing lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors who claim the company made false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and failed to monitor ‘high-risk’ customers including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.”

On social media some legal experts warned against jumping to conclusions regarding the case.

 

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Scottish Lawmaker: Reasonable Grounds to Suspect Trump or His Associates ‘Have Been Involved in Serious Crime’

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A Member of the Scottish Parliament is asking his fellow ministers to investigate President Donald Trump’s deals through which he acquired his properties in Scotland, including Trump’s two multi-million dollar losing golf courses. President Trump prizes his Turnberry, Scotland  resort, but reports that the American president is using the U.S. federal government to help keep it afloat have dogged him.

MSP Patrick Harvie “said there were reasonable grounds for suspecting that the US president, or people he is connected with, ‘have been involved in serious crime,'” The Scotsman, Scotland’s national newspaper reports.

Harvie is urging lawmakers to seek an apply for an “unexplained wealth order” from a Scottish court, which would allow them to learn how the U.S. president “bankrolled his multimillion acquisitions of land and property in his mother’s homeland.”

Related: ‘I Know Nothing’: Trump Furiously Denies Having Anything to Do With Air Force and Mike Pence Staying at His Resorts

An unexplained wealth order (UWO) is a mechanism which allows the Scottish government “to target suspected corrupt foreign officials who have potentially laundered stolen money through the UK.”

If “a suspected corrupt foreign official, or their family, cannot show a legitimate source for their riches,” the Scottish government can seize properties.

Read the entire report here.

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