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David Perdue files for 2022 run against Sen. Warnock

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On Monday, former Georgia Sen. David Perdue (R) has filed to run in 2022 against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D), Fox News reported.

While Warnock himself won in the January 5 runoff elections against Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R), Perdue lost reelection to Sen. Jon Ossoff (D).

Whereas the Perdue-Ossoff race was for a normal, six-year term, the Loeffler-Warnock race was a special election, meaning that the election’s winner, Warnock, will have to run for reelection early in 2022.

Both 2020 Georgia Senate races went into runoffs due to no candidates getting more than 50% of the vote, in accordance with the state’s election laws.

The former senator filed for reelection with the Federal Election Commission on Monday evening, according to Fox News, but did not say anything about it on Twitter as of midday Tuesday. On top of that, his former campaign website is inactive.

A source familiar with the matter reportedly told the news outlet that Perdue is leaning toward running.

Perdue only served one term as senator. His and Loeffler’s losses in January gave the Democrats the two seats they needed to control 50 out of the 100 seats in the Senate, along with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris.

While President Joe Biden won the Peach State by a razor-thin margin, former President Donald Trump has claimed that the election was rigged and has gone after the state’s Republican governor and secretary of state.

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BREAKING: Hunter Biden Found Guilty on All Three Felony Charges

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Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was found guilty on all three felony charges on Tuesday. After a six-day trial, a jury concluded that the first son lied on a federal gun-purchase background-check form by falsely claiming he was not a drug addict. The jury deliberated for three hours, starting Monday afternoon following the conclusion of closing arguments.

Hunter Biden was convicted on two charges for lying about his crack-cocaine addiction on federal gun paperwork when he purchased a Colt Cobra revolver on October 12, 2018. Additionally, he was found guilty of a third charge for possessing the firearm while addicted to crack cocaine.

According to National Review, the criminal trial exposed deep rifts within the Biden family. Hunter’s ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and his deceased brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden, testified against him. This created an emotional divide within the family, especially when Naomi Biden, the eldest daughter of Buhle and Hunter, testified for the defense, pitting mother against daughter.

Federal prosecutors Derek Hines and Leo Wise led the case against Hunter Biden as part of special counsel David Weiss’s legal team. Throughout the trial, Weiss was present in the courtroom, often seen conversing and eating chocolates during breaks.

Prosecutors presented what they described as “overwhelming evidence” of Hunter Biden’s drug addiction at the time he completed the gun purchase. This evidence included witness testimony, text messages, videos, images, bank records, and excerpts from Hunter’s memoir. Key testimonies from Hallie Biden, gun salesman Gordon Cleveland, and ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan were crucial in establishing Hunter Biden’s pattern of drug use and his decision to lie about his addiction.

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell argued that Hunter Biden’s behavior had improved around the time of the gun purchase, asserting that he did not “knowingly” lie on the federal paperwork. However, the testimonies of Kestan and Cleveland, along with Hunter Biden’s own admissions of drug use in texts and memoir excerpts, posed significant challenges to the defense’s narrative.

Throughout the trial, Lowell conducted extensive cross-examinations of the prosecution’s witnesses and disputed the context of the evidence presented. However, Leo Wise’s cross-examination of Naomi Biden, where he scrutinized her text messages with her father from October 2018, proved to be a pivotal moment, undermining her defense testimony.

Before the verdict, President Biden stated he would respect the jury’s decision and would not pardon his son if convicted. At the trial’s onset, President Biden issued a statement expressing pride in his son’s efforts to overcome his drug addiction.

Hunter Biden is scheduled to face another trial in September on nine federal tax charges related to his alleged failure to pay over $1.4 million in taxes over four years.

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