House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) laid into “the Squad” when discussing the group of House progressives to author Susan Page, whose book “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power” hits store shelves next week.
In Monday’s Axios report on some tidbits from the biography, the top House Democrat during one instance adopted a child-like voice when discussing the Squad and its figurehead, self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
“You’re not a one-person show. This is the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi said in some blunt advice to the progressive clique, in the book.
Page, USA Today‘s Washington D.C. bureau chief, conducted 10 interviews with Pelosi for the biography that’s coming out on Tuesday, April 20, according to a lengthy, adapted excerpt from the book published Friday on the newspaper’s website.
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Pelosi asked friends and family to partake in the process too, with Page having interviewed more than 150 other friends, family members, political allies and adversaries for the biography.
In Page’s second meeting with Pelosi—sometime in July 2019—the author said that Pelosi’s dispute with the Squad had “exploded” and that “her anger at the four new progressive congresswomen was palpable.” This meeting would have occurred a little over six months after all four founding Squad members—Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), and Ocasio-Cortez—took office for the first time.
Pelosi held a meeting with Ocasio-Cortez later that month in order to reduce tensions, according to The Daily Mail.
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BREAKING: Trump ordered to pay over $350M, barred from operating his business in NY in civil fraud case ruling
Former President Donald Trump and his business empire faced a significant setback as a New York judge ruled against them in a civil fraud case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The 92-page ruling, handed down by Judge Arthur Engoron, barred Trump from operating his business in New York for three years and imposed over $350 million in damages.
The case, which unfolded over months of trial proceedings, stemmed from allegations that Trump inflated his assets and engaged in fraudulent practices. Engoron’s ruling cited a litany of charges, including persistent fraud, falsifying records, issuing false financial statements, and conspiracy to commit fraud.
Moreover, the judge imposed restrictions on key figures within the Trump Organization, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, barring them from serving in certain corporate roles in New York for a specified period.
Engoron’s scathing assessment of Trump’s testimony during the trial further undermined the former president’s credibility. The judge criticized Trump for evasive responses and irrelevant digressions, highlighting the detrimental effect on his credibility.
In response to the ruling, Trump’s attorney, Christopher Kise, lambasted the court’s decision, alleging political bias and a disregard for established legal principles. Kise argued that the evidence presented during the trial failed to support the allegations of fraud and emphasized Trump’s substantial net worth.
Kise’s assertions were echoed by Alina Habba, another attorney representing Trump, who denounced the verdict as a “manifest injustice” resulting from a politically motivated witch hunt.
Throughout the proceedings, Trump consistently dismissed the trial as politically motivated, accusing both Engoron and James of partisan bias. His legal team also criticized the absence of a jury in the trial, questioning the fairness of the proceedings.
Attorney General Letitia James, who spearheaded the lawsuit against Trump and his organization, portrayed the ruling as a victory for accountability and transparency in business practices. The lawsuit alleged fraudulent conduct and sought substantial financial penalties, a portion of which would contribute to the state treasury.
The fallout from the case extends beyond Trump and his business interests, with implications for the broader business community and the rule of law. The contentious nature of the trial and its outcome underscored deep divisions and raised questions about the integrity of the legal system.
Trump vows to appeal the decision.
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