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Andrew Giuliani officially throws his hat in the ring for NY governor

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Andrew Giuliani is following in the footsteps of his father Rudy Giuliani as he announced his gubernatorial bid in New York Tuesday. He will be running against four other Republican candidates and incumbent Governor Cuomo.

Most recently, Giuliani served as special assistant to former President Trump in 2019. Before that, he was Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison for the Trump administration.

While the other gubernatorial candidates are not free from scandal, Giuliani will likely have to answer to reported investigations into his father. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents recently seized father Rudy Giuliani’s computers in an alleged probe into Giuliani for reportedly illegally lobbying as a foreign agent.

“The search warrants involve only one indication of an alleged incident of failure to register as a foreign agent,” Robert Costello wrote in a statement. “The Biden department of justice has completely ignored clear evidence in texts and emails on Hunter Biden’s hard drive of failing to register numerous times as a foreign agent.”

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BREAKING: IL judge orders state election board to remove Trump from primary ballot

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Cook County Judge Tracie Porter issued a lengthy ruling Wednesday which orders the state election board to remove former President Donald Trump from the Illinois primary ballot on March 19. Porter wrote Trump is disqualified from the presidency due to his actions relating to the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Porter said she was aware her “decision could not be the ultimate outcome,” given that higher courts will have a chance to weigh in; she also put her order on hold until Friday in anticipation of an appeal.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the State Board of Elections voted unanimously last month to reject the same bid to block Trump from Illinois’ ballot under the 14th Amendment. But Porter found the board’s decision to be “clearly erroneous.”

The 14th Amendment bars from “any office, civil or military, under the United States” anyone who previously took an oath as an “officer of the United States” to support the Constitution but then engaged in “insurrection or rebellion.”

Trump’s lawyers have told the U.S. Supreme Court the amendment doesn’t apply because the president is not an “officer of the United States” under the Constitution and because he did not engage in “anything that qualifies as ‘insurrection.’”

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the “U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on the controversy soon — and appeared skeptical of the arguments to kick Trump off Colorado’s ballot. The clock is ticking on the nation’s high court given that Colorado’s primary election is Tuesday.” Porter also said her order would be put on hold if the Supreme court’s ruling is ultimately “inconsistent” with hers.

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