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LIVE: Trump Trial in Civil Fraud Case



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President Donald J Trump recently faced legal scrutiny as Judge Arthur Engoron ruled against him and his company, finding that they had deceived various entities by inflating asset values and exaggerating his net worth on documents. This ruling followed Trump’s use of the Fifth Amendment during an initial deposition in August 2022, though he later cooperated and answered questions in a subsequent deposition in April 2023.

According to reports from Fox News, Trump’s legal spokeswoman, Alina Habba, criticized the judge’s decision, labeling it as “fundamentally flawed,” while praising the Trump Organization as “an American success story.” Additionally, a New York Appeals Court in June narrowed the scope of the civil lawsuit brought by state Attorney General Letitia James against the Trump family, excluding Ivanka Trump as a defendant and citing statute of limitations constraints for certain alleged fraud claims.

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Historic House Vote Expels Rep. George Santos Amidst Scandal



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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.

Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.

Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.

Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.

Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.

Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.

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