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CNN legal analyst on Trump impeachment defense: ‘You don’t have a First Amendment right to lie’

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A CNN legal analyst, when asked about the legal brief filed Tuesday by former President Donald Trump‘s lawyers ahead of his February 9 impeachment trial, said that people “don’t have a First Amendment right to lie.”

Exactly one week following a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the House of Representatives voted 232-197 to charge then-President Trump with “incitement of insurrection.”

Shortly before the Capitol assualt to stop Congress from certifying the state’s Electoral College votes and President Joe Biden‘s 2020 victory, Trump and his staunchest allies held a “Save America” rally in front of the White House. There, he and his allies made comments continuing to allege that widespread fraud stole the election from him as well as remarks many have cited as inciting the subsequent riot.

Legal analyst Jennifer Rogers was asked by CNN host John King to comment on the 14-page brief from Trump’s legal team arguing that the upcoming impeachment trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer in office and that what Trump said at the January 6 rally was protected by the First Amendment.

“Yeah, those are wrong and they’re well countered by the very long brief the House filed earlier today,” Rogers said.

“You don’t have a First Amendment right to lie, you don’t have a First Amendment right to put people in danger, and he did both of those things,” she added.

Rogers also said that the much longer brief filed by House Democrats covered the jurisdictional arguments.

“It’s not surprising that, in only 36 hours with what are clearly not [Trump’s] A-listers of defense lawyers, they weren’t able to come up with compelling arguments,” Rogers continued. “But it also highlights that there really aren’t any compelling defense arguments here at all.”

Recently, Trump parted ways with a group of attorneys who were formerly set to defend him, but on Sunday named two new attorneys to lead his defense: David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor.

While Rogers said that Trump’s legal brief was “mostly what was to be expected,” she noted that the one thing to surprise her was that the brief claims that a person cannot prove that the 2020 presidential election results were valid and thus one cannot accuse Trump of lying about his repeated allegations.

“Insufficient evidence exists upon which a reasonable jurist could conclude that the 45th President’s statement were accurate or not, and he therefore denies they were false,” the brief reads under the section titled “Answer 4,” per The New York Times.

“You can definitely prove” that the results were valid, Rogers said about that, adding that it “has been done.”

Rogers, a former federal prosecutor, is most likely referencing the over 60 court cases filed by Trump’s team and his allies that failed to properly demonstrate that such alleged widespread election fraud occurred.

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Five returned rental cars used by Biden’s Secret Service burst into flames

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A bizarre situation involving rental cars used during one of President Joe Biden’s trips has social media and conspiracy theorists busy with speculation.

The day after President Joe Biden left Nantucket for his Thanksgiving holiday, five Hertz rental cars hired by his Secret Service detail burst into flames in the airport parking lot.

The Nantucket Current tweeted out photos and wrote, “The cars were owned by Hertz, and had just been returned by members of the Secret Service who had been using them during President Biden’s visit, sources said.”

A fire “involving multiple rental vehicles recently used by Secret Service agents erupted early Monday morning at Nantucket Memorial Airport,” reported the Current.

According to a statement from Nantucket Memorial Airport, at 5:22 a.m. on Monday, airport staff observed an active fire through the closed circuit TV system in the rental car overflow area. Local fire and police departments responded and contained the fire.

“Something very fishy going on,” one YouTube user commented on the Nantucket Current’s video. “No freakin’ way was this a coincidence. Absolutely no way,” wrote another.

An investigation is underway. The working theory is that the fire started in a Ford Expedition, which was under a safety recall since May due to a faulty battery junction box that has been known to cause underhood fires. The recall affects 66,000 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators manufactured between December 2020 and April 2021.

“We believe these vehicle fires can be traced to a circuit board supplier that changed manufacturing locations during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to Ford’s website. “The printed circuit boards produced there are sometimes susceptible to a high-current short.”

“Of the eight fire allegations, six occurred while the vehicle was parked and off, and two occurred while driving,” says the initial March 2022 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the part of the Department of Transportation that investigates car safety issues. Interestingly, the eight vehicles were owned by multiple rental car companies at various locations.

By mid-May, the government had 16 reports of underhood fires in 2021 Expedition and Navigator vehicles. Of those, 14 were rental vehicles and 12 of the fires had occurred while the vehicle was parked with the engine off. Consequently, Ford has advised owners that these vehicles should be parked outdoors and away from buildings.

In an email to Forbes, Hertz confirmed that it was working with the local authorities on their investigation but did not confirm that the Explorer in question had been scheduled for service under the recall.

 

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