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Rep. Mondaire Jones deletes tweet calling for Rep. Boebert’s expulsion

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Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) demanded the expulsion of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) from Congress in a now-deleted tweet after a social media post falsely claiming a 2019 image depicted her with individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol made the rounds on the internet, Fox News reported Wednesday afternoon.

Sharing the post supposedly connecting Boebert to those who assaulted the Capitol one week ago, Jones wrote “Expel her.” The picture, however, was originally from an article published in December 2019 by the Colorado Times Recorder, as Will Sommer of The Daily Beast observed.

Neither Jones nor Boebert have commented publicly on the story at the time of publication.

Both Boebert and Jones, who are freshmen members, are already making names for themselves in Washington, D.C.

Jones is increasingly seen as an ally of “The Squad” of progressive House Democrats such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).

Boebert, on the other hand, has defined herself as a dedicated ally of President Donald Trump and has received criticism for insisting on carrying a firearm on Capitol Hill grounds.

The Colorado Republican has also turned heads for slamming the heightened security measures inside the Capitol such as the metal detectors at the entrance to the House chamber.

“I am legally permitted to carry my firearm in Washington, D.C. and within the Capitol complex,” Boebert tweeted Tuesday. “Metal detectors outside of the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week — it’s just another political stunt by Speaker Pelosi.”

The first-term congresswoman refused to let police look through her bag after she set off metal detectors on Tuesday, according to Colorado Public Radio. Prior to this, Boebert requested access to a gun locker from Captiol Police but they turned down her request, the Colorado Times Recorder reported. According to Fox News, lawmakers are supposed to limit carrying firearms to their personal offices.

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BREAKING: Trump ordered to pay over $350M, barred from operating his business in NY in civil fraud case ruling

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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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