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Twitter CFO: If Trump runs again, his ban will remain

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Even if former President Donald Trump runs again in 2024, his ban from Twitter will remain permanent, the company’s chief financial officer said Wednesday.

In an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program Wednesday morning, host Rebecca Quick asked Twitter CFO Ned Segal whether the social media site would still keep its ban on Trump if he ran again and became president again.

“The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO or you are a former or current public official,” Segal responded.

“Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence,” he added, “and if anybody does that, we would have to remove them from the service and our policies don’t allow people to come back.”

“So, no?” Quick asked.

“He was removed when he was president, and there’d be no difference for anybody who [was] a public official once they’ve been removed from the service,” Segal replied.

Shortly following a mob violently storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6—the same day that Congress, overseen by then-Vice President Mike Pence, was set to certify the states’ Electoral College votes and thus President Joe Biden‘s 2020 election victory—multiple social media sites either suspended or permanently banned his accounts. Generally speaking, they argued that Trump violated their policies and was using the platforms to spread misinformation and undermine the democratic process.

Prior to Twitter permanently banning Trump, he was protected by the platform’s world leader policy, which exempts currently serving global leaders from penalties for posting certain policy-violating content. Trump, the company argued, needed to be held accountable for violating its policies, despite still being a world leader at the time.

Exactly one week after the riot, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” On Tuesday, the trial in the U.S. Senate began, the first one ever for a former president. If the chamber successfully convicts him, which isn’t expected to happen, one result would be a ban on Trump—who hasn’t ruled out a 2024 campaign—from running for office ever again.

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In their arguments, those in favor of convicting the former commander-in-chief have especially pointed to certain comments Trump made at the January 6 White House rally shortly before the riot and in the lead-up to the rally.

RELATED: Joe Scarborough calls for arrests of Trump, Giuliani, Trump Jr. for insurrection in fiery speech

In one of those comments among several others, Trump said toward the end of his speech to a fiery crowd of supporters: “We’re going to the Capitol” to give Republicans the “boldness that they need to take back our country.”

“Let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue,” he added, then telling the crowd he would “be there with you.”

On the other hand, those defending the former president, aside from claiming it’s unconstitutional to impeach Trump now that he’s out of office, have argued that he did not specifically tell his supporters to commit acts of violence and that there is no objective way to prove the election wasn’t stolen from Trump.

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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”

Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.

RELATED: ‘Let’s play strip poker’: Fmr. Cuomo aide accuses NY governor of sexual harassment

Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.

RELATED: De Blasio ‘sickened’ by Cuomo sexual harassment claims

“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”

“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”

This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”

RELATED: Cuomo responds to sexual harassment claims, saying he ‘may have been insensitive’

During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.

“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”

“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”

Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.

RELATED: ‘Eat the whole sausage: Gov. Cuomo in hot water for resurfaced video

Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.

“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.

“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”

He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.

Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”

“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.

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