Former President Donald Trump‘s YouTube channel will eventually be reinstated once the “risk of violence” has decreased, YouTube’s chief executive officer announced Thursday.
At an event hosted by the Atlantic Council, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the company will rely on a variety of indicators to determine the level of violence, including statements by government officials, the readiness level of law enforcement and any violent rhetoric YouTube may observe.
She added that it is difficult to say when Trump’s account may be restored, however, it will continue to be suspended for now due to ongoing concerns of potential unrest targeting the U.S. Capitol.
“We will turn the account back on, but when we see reduced law enforcement in capitals in the U.S. and fewer [threat] warnings, those would be signals to us [that it is] safe to turn the channel back on,” Wojciciki said.
“It’s pretty clear right now,” she added, “that there is still an elevated risk of violence.”
On the same day Wojcicki made the announcement, YouTube wiped the platform of all videos of Trump’s speech at the Conservative Political Actions Conference and suspended Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN), a conservative account that published Trump’s speech.
RSBN noted that Trump’s CPAC speech may have been allowed to remain on the channel if they would have provided “countervailing viewpoints.”
“Essentially we would have had to go on air and say everything Trump just said about election fraud is not true,” RSBN said. “We try to follow the rules. Don’t air certain things that we normally would—but we won’t censor President Trump or push back against things he says that, quite frankly, we agree with.”
“Our network provides very little in the way of commentary. We basically just turn a camera on and show you what’s happening- and let you decide,” RSBN wrote on Twitter. “People can choose to watch it, not watch it, hate it or love it. That’s called freedom. If that’s no longer allowed then God help us.”
“This sort of manipulation and interference only shows how much weight these monopolies put on the scale of freedom. It’s never going to end until we all band together to stop it,” tweeted Donald Trump Jr.
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Stormy Daniels lawyer in Trump trial, Michael Avenatti, sentenced to prison for stealing millions from clients
Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against former President Donald Trump was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Avenatti was sentenced for stealing millions of dollars from his clients. He was also fined a whopping $10 million.
U.S. District Judge James v. Selna said “Avenatti’s sentence in Southern California will be served after he finishes a five-year term for separate convictions in New York” reported the Associated Press.
“This was the last of three major federal criminal cases to wrap up against the 51-year-old Californian. Avenatti is currently serving prison time for stealing book proceeds from Daniels — who sued to break a confidentiality agreement with Trump to stay mum about an affair she said they had — and for trying to extort Nike if the shoemaker didn’t pay him up to $25 million” adds the AP.
Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., used the news of Avenatti’s conviction to bring up an old Tweet of his. On October 11 2018, Avenatti predicted Trump Jr. would be going to prison: “Donald Trump Jr. will be indicted before his birthday on 12-31-18. If you doubt my prediction, please check my record over the last 7 months. #winning.”
Trump Jr. is getting the last laugh. Jr. tweeted Avenatti’s 2018 prediction with the Associated Press headline of the conviction: “BREAKING: Incarcerated lawyer Michael Avenatti sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for cheating clients out of millions of dollars – AP.”
BREAKING: Incarcerated lawyer Michael Avenatti sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for cheating clients out of millions of dollars – AP pic.twitter.com/Rjo2iV2sYX
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 6, 2022
Earlier this year Avenatti plead guilty to “four counts of wire fraud and a tax-related charge despite not reaching a plea deal with federal prosecutors, saying he wanted to be accountable and spare his family further embarrassment” added the AP.
“He was accused of negotiating and collecting settlement payments on behalf of his clients and funneling the money to accounts he controlled, and spending it on his own lavish lifestyle, including a private jet.”
The Associated Press also went into further detail on Avenatti’s court hearing:
“Despite the significant advantages that this defendant had — a first-rate education, a thriving legal career — he chose to commit the deplorable acts in this case time and time again,” prosecutor Brett Sagel told the court in Santa Ana. “The defendant is just another criminal who thinks the law is something that applies to other people.”
His voice breaking, Avenatti apologized to the clients he bilked, including two who told the court about how losing the money and their trust in someone they thought had their back upended their lives.
“I am deeply remorseful and contrite,” Avenatti said. “There is no doubt that all of them deserve much better, and I hope that someday they will accept my apologies and find it in their heart to forgive me.”
Authorities in California said Avenatti carried out what amounted to a “sophisticated Ponzi scheme” by collecting settlement payments on behalf of vulnerable clients and using the money to fund his exorbitant lifestyle.
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