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Twitter will clear POTUS account followers: Biden campaign

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President-elect Joe Biden‘s campaign digital director on Tuesday said that the accounts which the official POTUS and White House Twitter accounts follow will all be unfollowed by Twitter when Biden becomes president in January, Twitter reportedly told Biden’s team, The Hill reports.

Retweeting the Wall Street Journal’s Emily Glazer, who herself shared an article she wrote about how President Donald Trump will be held to different Twitter rules once he’s no longer in office, Rob Flaherty, Biden’s Digital Director, on Tuesday morning made the statement about the POTUS and White House accounts.

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“In 2016, the Trump admin absorbed all of President Obama’s Twitter followers on @POTUS and @WhiteHouse — at Team 44’s urging,” Flaherty tweeted, referencing Barack Obama’s role as the 44th president. “In 2020, Twitter has informed us that as of right now the Biden administration will have to start from zero.”

Twitter spokesperson Nicholas Pacilio would not confirm Flaherty’s statement and stated that the social media platform is still talking with the Biden transition team about the transfer of the accounts.

“Twitter has been in ongoing discussions with the Biden transition team on a number of aspects related to White House account transfers,” Pacilio said in a statement.

In response to Pacilio, Flaherty reaffirmed his earlier statement, saying, “Hey @NickPacilio — happy to share the email thread where we pushed back and we were told this was unequivocal.”

Following this fiery retort, Pacilio replied, saying, “Hey Rob, no need i’m familiar with it!”

According to the Biden transition team, per The Hill, the social media platform will send out a one-time notification suggesting users who follow Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Twitter follow the “transition46” account which will be rebranded as the White House account. However, the POTUS, FLOTUS, and “PressSec” accounts will start with following zero accounts.

Both accounts together have 59.2 million followers, with the POTUS account having 33.2 million and the White House account having 26 million. Nonetheless, their total doesn’t even come close to the 88.5 million who follow President Trump’s personal account.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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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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