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Midterm results: Trump impeachment lawyer Daniel Goldman wins in heavily Democratic New York district

Daniel Goldman has prevailed in his heavily Democratic New York district, easily triumphing over GOP nominee Benine Hamdan in the midterm elections.

The lawyer, who served as lead counsel during the first impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump, sailed to victory in the 10th Congressional District, which has a D+69 partisan voter index. He also carried roughly a quarter of the vote in August’s hotly contested primary race for the open district, even defeating an incumbent member of the New York delegation, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY).


Jones relocated to the urban district after redistricting prompted him to leave the 17th Congressional District, where Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), the powerful chairman of the Democratic Party’s fundraising arm, announced his intent to run. Jones came in third behind New York City Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou in the Aug. 23 primary races.

An aggressive map signed by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul that would have locked in an expected 22-4 partisan advantage for Democrats was stricken by a series of courts culminating in a court ruling appointing a special master to draw new boundaries for the Empire State congressional delegation. Special master Jonathan Cervas’s map created only 16 districts that heavily favor Democrats, leaving a handful of incumbents vulnerable to challenges from Republican candidates. The state lost one of its 27 congressional seats following population loss recorded in the 2020 census.


Goldman previously ran for attorney general of New York, but he suspended that bid when Attorney General Letitia James decided to seek reelection.

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Kise ‘Sidelined’ Cuz Won’t Lie for Trump

CNN anchor Don Lemon and CNN legal analyst Elie Honig have a strong hunch that Trump attorney Chris Kise has been “sidelined” from leading the Mar-a-Lago defense because he won’t lie for former President Donald Trump.

Kise is the attorney who quit his job at a prestigious firm and got a $3 million payday to lead the defense team for the Mar-a-Lago Espionage Act investigation. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reported that after only a few weeks, Kise has been “sidelined” from that case, but that “reason for the shift in Kise’s role remains unclear.”

On Tuesday night’s edition of CNN’s Don Lemon TonightLemon and Honig settled on a likely reason, without definitively saying so — that Kise may have been unwilling to lie for Trump:

LEMON: I want to ask about this. Trump has a new addition to his legal team. His name is Chris Kise. He’s getting sidelined from Mar-a- Lago documents investigation. He was the big name brought up less than a month ago to really represent Trump on the issue, even negotiated a $3 million-payment up front. He may still focus on other Trump investigations. But what is happening with him? Why is he being sidelined?

HONIG: Well, it’s hard to say. Chris Kise is one of the sorts of more accomplished lawyers on Trump’s legal team. Really the quality of his lawyering so far has been poor, and I think I’m being sort of generous at even stating it that way. The arguments have been weak, the strategy has been all over the map, and we are seeing it backfire, for example, with the special master.

These claims that Trump is making, that he declassified documents, the documents were planted, the judge now, the special master, is calling him out on it. And

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Trump attorney questions DOJ actions after Mar-a-Lago raid

An attorney for former President Donald Trump scolded the Justice Department for fighting the appointment of a special master to review documents secreted from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

James Trusty, a former federal prosecutor, told Fox News host Mark Levin it is a “fair question” to ask whether the Justice Department is attempting a cover-up as it conducts a criminal investigation into Trump’s handling of records after leaving office.

“What we have in this situation is a historical first. And I mean that in a very negative way, to have this search warrant based on failed [National Archives] negotiations, I suppose, that allowed the government to basically ransack the president’s residence,” he said in a clip from this week’s Life, Liberty and Levin. “You’d think in this era of the attorney general constantly talking about rule of law and transparency, that we would be the first one to say, ‘Sure another set of eyes is perfectly fine.'”

US District Judge Aileen Cannon granted Trump’s request for a special master despite the Justice Department’s opposition, and the two sides have since turned in proposals for how to move forward, including nominees, access, and speed of the third-party review. The Justice Department, which was ordered to stop the use of secreted materials for its criminal investigation while the special master review takes place, has said it will appeal the order granting an independent review and asked the judge in Florida to issue an emergency order to allow investigators to continue using classified material due to national security concerns while the appeal plays out.


As Trump claims he did nothing wrong and is being unfairly targeted, Trusty said an “overarching theme” is the Justice Department taking on a view that it should not be

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