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Mistrial motion for Trump’s New York fraud case will come ‘very soon,’ lawyer Alina Habba says

Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, said Sunday that she will be filing for a mistrial “very soon” in Mr. Trump’s New York fraud case.

Mr. Trump and Ms. Habba have repeatedly said that this fraud case is politically motivated and that the people involved are biased.

“I can tell you that we will be filing papers to address all of those issues,” Ms. Habba said on Fox News Sunday, acknowledging that she also has a partial gag order against her.

Asked if she would be filing a mistrial, she replied, “very soon.”

Ms. Habba said a key problem with the case is that there is only one judge who makes the decisions.

“The problem is, with all of these things, such as filing a motion for recusal, which we have done twice, is that the judge has to be the one that decides, is he going to recuse himself? Does he feel that there was a mistrial?” she said, referring to Judge Arthur Engoron.

“It’s a bench trial. We have one judge. And it’s the same judge that issued the gag order that has to make determinations,” Ms. Habba said. “So, at this point, I don’t have any reason to believe he shouldn’t after what we have learned, if it’s true.”

Judge Engoron is presiding without a jury over the case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat. The lawsuit, which involves Mr. Trump, the Trump organization and his two adult sons, alleges that the organization misled banks, insurers and others by exaggerating the net worth to get larger loans and better insurance rates.

Last month, Judge Engoron issued a gag order to stop Mr. Trump and others involved from publically speaking about the judge or his team. The former president has been fined $10,000

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Texas’ Paxton picks Kirkland lawyer, ex-Alito clerk as solicitor general

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks ahead of a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump, in Robstown, Texas, U.S., October 22, 2022. REUTERS/Go Nakamura Acquire Licensing Rights

Nov 13 (Reuters) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday said he has appointed a Brigham Young University law professor and attorney at law firm Kirkland & Ellis to serve as the state’s next solicitor general.

Aaron Nielson, a former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, will serve as Texas’ lead lawyer in state and federal appellate courts.

“In this position, he will lead the critical appellate work for some of our most significant, far-reaching cases,” Paxton, a Republican, said in a statement.

Paxton said Nielson will take a one-year leave of absence from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School to serve as solicitor general.

Nielson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement released by Paxton’s office, Nielson said he looked forward to “working alongside the team Attorney General Paxton has assembled.”

The appointment comes about two months after the Texas Senate acquitted Paxton on 16 articles of impeachment he faced before that body, allowing him to keep his state office. Paxton has been dogged by corruption allegations since taking office in 2014.

Paxton, an ally of former U.S. President Donald Trump, has repeatedly insisted that he is innocent and that the impeachment trial was a political witchhunt.

Nielson has worked at Kirkland for more than decade, according to his LinkedIn profile. The firm’s website said he is an of counsel in its Washington, D.C., and Salt Lake City offices.

Apart from Alito, Nielson has also served as a clerk to Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Jerry Smith of the

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South Florida lawyer sues Donald Trump, argues former president is ineligible for office due to indictment in Capitol attack – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather,

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida lawyer has filed a civil lawsuit against Donald Trump in which he argues that the former president is ineligible for office.

When asked why he is suing, Boynton Beach-based attorney Lawrence Caplan said on Friday it’s all laid out in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Caplan added other lawsuits may follow.

“I’m not political. I’ve voted for both Democratic and Republican presidents,” he said.

He may not be overly political, but Caplan said he has concerns if Trump becomes president of the United States again.

“I think we’ll be looking at the end of American democracy as we’ve come to know it,” he said. “There’s no hard and fast rule that says that a democracy has to last forever.”

Which is why the attorney said he filed a lawsuit to prevent Trump from running. His reasoning? Trump’s federal indictment following the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Caplan calls upon the 14th Amendment. The lawsuit states in part, “Section 3 of the 14th Amendment automatically excludes from future office and position of power in the U.S. government … any individual who has previously taken an oath to support and defend our Constitution and after which acts so as to rebel against that charter.”

“It’s really common sense, based upon the facts that we know them today, regarding specifically the January 6th indictment, that Donald Trump was very much involved in the planning,” he said.

Caplan claims Trump doesn’t even need to be convicted of the crime.

“But the fact that he was indicted by a federal court for these crimes that are specifically listed in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, it’s what’s called in the law self-executing,” he said.

Regarding that section of the 14th Amendment, Caplan

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Palm Beach County lawyer files legal challenge to disqualify Trump from 2024 presidential race

A lawyer from Palm Beach County has filed one of the first legal challenges to disqualify Donald Trump from the 2024 presidential race under a clause in the U.S. Constitution‘s 14th Amendment.

Boynton Beach tax attorney Lawrence Caplan filed the challenge in federal court in the Southern District of Florida citing the amendment’s “disqualification clause” for those who engage in insurrections and rebellion against the United States. The amendment was ratified in 1868 after the Civil War, during Reconstruction, and also addressed the citizenship status of freed slaves and the re-integration of the defeated Confederate states back into the Union.

Applying the 14th Amendment’s disqualification rule to Trump has been a rising talking point this month. Legal scholars, including from conservative corners, have advocated for it. And state elections officials have conceded they are having discussions about how they would respond if a challenge is lodged.

But constitutional scholar Kevin Wagner said invoking the amendment to kick Trump off the ballot is an endeavor that faces significant legal, constitutional and political hurdles.

“There’s a legitimate argument that one can make surrounding the plain wording of the 14th Amendment and the accusations of what the president did on Jan. 6,” said Wagner, a professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University. “But I think it’s a harder lift than people think and at the end of the day you have to find someone that’s willing to enforce it.”

Reconstruction era 14th Amendment punished insurrections, rebellions

The amendment’s Section 3 addresses the disqualification of any U.S. citizen from holding office if “having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution

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Who is Evan Corcoran, Trump lawyer with outsized role in documents case?

June 11 (Reuters) – Evan Corcoran, a lawyer hired by Donald Trump to fend off a federal investigation into his handling of sensitive documents, is now a central figure in the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal case against the former president.

The shift from lawyer to potential witness in the case is a sharp turn for Corcoran. The former Republican congressman’s son is described by former colleagues as soft-spoken and diligent, known for his steady presence in the courtroom and an affinity for fly fishing.

Corcoran, 58, was not charged in the indictment unsealed on Friday. It presents him as a key Trump confidant who was deceived by the former president as he allegedly sought to stymie Justice Department efforts to recover classified documents he kept at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after leaving the White House in January 2021.

The 37-count indictment said Trump suggested to Corcoran that he falsely tell the Justice Department that he did not have any sensitive documents to turn over after a May 2022 subpoena.

“Wouldn’t it be better if we just told them we don’t have anything here?” Trump asked, according to an account by “Trump Attorney 1” detailed in the indictment.

The indictment does not identify Corcoran by name, but a source familiar with the situation told Reuters that he is the lawyer listed as “Trump Attorney 1” in the document.

In an unusual move, Corcoran, a former federal prosecutor, was forced to testify and turn over detailed notes to a grand jury weighing evidence in the Trump documents probe after a U.S. judge ruled he could

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Access Hollywood tape ‘should not’ have been used in E. Jean Carroll case, Trump lawyer says

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Joe Tacopina, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump speaks

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Expert: Trump lawyer’s attempt to do “damage control” on TV may have done the opposite

Former President Donald Trump’s new lawyer struggled to defend his client’s actions ahead of a possible indictment in Manhattan over the 2016 hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels. 

Attorney Joe Tacopina, who appeared on multiple news networks this week, laid out Trump’s defense for his role in the $130,000 payment by lodging a series of questionable claims.

“When individuals facing charges are public figures, I think they sometimes want to engage in damage control in the court of public opinion,” former federal prosecutor Barb McQuade told Salon.

But Tacopina’s appearance on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber” may have done the opposite. 

Melber during the interview questioned Tacopina about why Trump lied at the time that he did not know about his then-attorney Michael Cohen’s payment to Daniels. The attorney disputed that Trump lied, arguing that the former president didn’t lie since the statement was not made under oath. 

“A lie to me is something material, under oath, in a proceeding,” Tacopina said

He went on to clarify why he didn’t consider Trump’s statement to not be a lie.

“Here’s why it’s not a lie,” Tacopina said. “Because it was a confidential settlement so if he acknowledged that, he would be violating the confidential settlement. Is it the truth? Of course it’s not the truth. Was he supposed to tell the truth? He would be in violation of the agreement if he told the truth. So by him doing that, he was abiding not only by his rights, but Stormy Daniels’ rights. I would advise my client to do the same thing.” 

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Cohen testified that he made the payment during the 2016 campaign and was later reimbursed by Trump.

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Trump asks for the moon in NY attorney general fraud case, demanding more time despite strict warning from judge

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  • Lawyers for Trump say they can’t meet their deadlines in the NY attorney general’s fraud lawsuit.

  • They want six more months, despite a judge’s prior warning that the trial date won’t budge.

  • AG Letitia James’ lawsuit seeks to ban the Trump family and company from doing business in New York.

Lawyers for Donald Trump, his family, and his real-estate business said Friday that the fraud case against them is far too complicated for them to be ready for trial this year.

They are pushing back on a deadline in a massive lawsuit brought by New York attorney general Letitia James — a 200-page filing that seeks to drive the Trump Organization out of her state.

In new court papers, the Trump lawyers asked for six extra months to prepare for a bench trial currently scheduled for October 2. They also asked to triple the number of witnesses they can deposit before the trial starts.

The request is the latest volleyball in a roiling pre-trial battle over the sprawling lawsuit — and is remarkable, given that the Manhattan judge who has predicted over the case for three years recently warned that the trial date is set in stone.

“I am determined to start the case on time come hell or high water,” New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron warned a roomful of lawyers in February, the last time the parties met in person.

Trump’s request would greatly increase the number of witnesses his side could depose before trial.

There are 16 defendants named in the attorney general’s lawsuit, a number that includes Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, and a dozen other executives and Trump Organization sub-entities.

Currently, the 16 defendants are allowed to conduct

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Biden selects top Democratic attorney as personal lawyer in classified documents probe

WASHINGTON– President Joe Biden is selecting top Democratic attorney Bob Bauer to serve as his personal lawyer following the Justice Department’s investigation into the handling of classified documents found at his office and Delaware home, according to Reuters and POLITICO. The White House announced last week that a “small number” of government records were discovered by the president’s personal lawyers at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, DC and in a storage space in the garage of his Wilmington, Delaware home.

The discovery prompted Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel to review Biden’s handling of classified documents. Garland also appointed a special counsel in November to oversee investigations related to former President Donald Trump’s retention of classified documents at his Florida estate.

President Joe Biden on Jan.  12, 2023.

President Joe Biden on Jan. 12, 2023.

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more: House Republicans launch investigations into Biden’s handling of classified documents

House Republicans announced Friday the plan to investigate Biden’s handling of the documents.

Bauer previously served as White House Counsel to President Barack Obama during the former president’s first term. He also served as Obama’s personal lawyer when former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was charged with corruption for soliciting money to fill Obama’s empty Senate seat after the 2008 presidential election. Former President Donald Trump later commuted Blagojevich‘s sentence in 2020.

During Obama’s two presidential bids, Bauer served as general counsel to Obama’s campaign organization.

Biden chose Bauer in 2021 to serve as co-chair of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United Stateswhich is composed of experts to analyze the Supreme Court reform.

Bauer currently serves as a professor in residence at the New York University School of Law where he is the co-director of NYU Law’s Legislative and

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Jim Jordan ‘Quite Likely’ Under Investigation by DOJ: Former US Attorney

Former US attorney Barb McQuade said Thursday that Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, are “quite likely” being investigated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for their alleged role in trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election results on January 6, 2021.

McQuade was asked by MSNBC host Alex Wagner whether or not she thinks the DOJ is looking more closely into the actions of Jordan and McCarthy, even as Republicans might use their recently gained control of the House to investigate members of the January 6 committee.

“I think they’re quite likely under investigation. Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy, I mean we know that they were having direct communications with Donald Trump on January 6,” McQuade said. “At this point, I suppose they [the January 6 committee] consider them to be witnesses, but I think they’d want to know what they have to say.”

McQuade added that Jordan and McCarthy might be requested for an interview or could possibly be subjected to a grand jury subpoena, with the DOJ having the ability to “compel” their testimony.

Jim Jordan 'Quite Likely' Under Investigation
Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, speaks before the arrival of former President Donald Trump during a rally on November 7 in Vandalia, Ohio. Former US attorney Barb McQuade said Thursday that Jordan and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are “quite likely” being investigated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for their alleged role in trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election results on January 6, 2021.
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Meanwhile, the House select committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot released a report on Thursday highlighting Jordan’s alleged role in undermining the 2020 presidential election. In its 845-page report, the committee described Jordan as a “significant player” in efforts by Trump

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