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2024 Election Watch: Trump ‘dominates’ Iowa caucus with DeSantis ‘in distant second’

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After former President Donald Trump dominated Monday night’s Iowa caucus the GOP primary field tightened, leaving big statements and decisions to be made by all candidates.

“Donald Trump notched a commanding win in the Iowa GOP caucuses, more than doubling the 24% support he received in 2016. Caucusgoers braved subzero temperatures to deliver a resounding victory for the former president, whose 30-point win was the largest for a contested presidential caucus in modern Iowa history” Fox News reported.

“Underscoring the extent of his dominance, Trump won almost every demographic group by double-digit margins. He was particularly strong among some of the largest groups of Iowa Republican caucusgoers: those without a college degree, very conservative voters and rural voters” added Fox.

Vivek Ramaswamy came in fourth, therefore deciding to end his campaign and throw his support behind Trump: “Earlier tonight, I called Donald Trump to tell him that I congratulate him on his victory. And now going forward, he will have my full endorsement for the presidency,” he later said.

DeSantis spoke at an election-night party Monday evening to his supporters stating his fight in the race will continue: “We have a lot of work to do, but I can tell you this as the next president of the United States: I am going to get the job done for this country,” he said to a cheering crowd. “I am not going to make any excuses. And I guarantee you this, I will not let you down.”

After coming in behind DeSantis at third place, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced on social media that the next time she debates she will be on stage beside Joe Biden or Donald Trump. The message is clear, considering Trump has skipped all five Republican primary debates.

“We’ve had five great debates in this campaign. Unfortunately, Donald Trump has ducked all of them. He has nowhere left to hide,” Haley said. “The next debate I do will either be with Donald Trump or with Joe Biden. I look forward to it.”

Without mentioning Florida governor Ron DeSantis in her speech Monday night, Haley referenced the Republican primaries as a “two-person race” insinuating between herself and Trump.

“I can safely say tonight Iowa made this Republican primary a two-person race,” Haley told her supporters at the caucus site in Des Moines, Iowa. “Tonight, I will be back in the great state of New Hampshire, and the question before Americans is now very clear: Do you want more of the same, or do you want a new generation of conservative leadership?”

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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence

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In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”

Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.

“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.

The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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