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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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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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