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Did Elon Musk “cosy up” to Donald Trump?

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A federal judge has brought attention to the possibility of Elon Musk’s involvement in trying to establish a rapport with former President Donald Trump during a criminal probe.

The revelation emerged from a court transcript released on Wednesday.

During a hearing on February 7, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell probed Twitter’s legal team about the delay in providing data related to Trump’s Twitter account to special counsel Jack Smith, who held a search warrant for the ex-president’s account.

At the time of the hearing, Twitter, now known as X, was resisting compliance with the warrant, citing legal arguments and its intention to notify Trump about the investigation.

Suspended account

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, acquired Twitter in late 2022 and reinstated Trump’s account, which had been suspended following the January 2021 Capitol riot.

Concerned about the delay in compliance, Judge Howell commented, “Twitter has had quite some time to comply with the warrant and have everything prepared to turn over, so I am a little bit concerned about where we are,” as per the transcript.

Subsequently, Twitter provided the necessary data related to Trump’s Twitter account to Smith’s team on February 9. The company was then fined $350,000 as part of a contempt sanction.

91 charges

Former President Trump is currently facing 91 felony charges across four criminal cases related to his efforts to overturn his loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

During the February hearing, Judge Howell engaged in a detailed exchange with Twitter’s legal team, questioning their understanding of the warrant’s scope and the nature of the information sought by the government.

Addressing the possibility of Musk’s involvement, Judge Howell inquired, “Is it because the CEO wants to cozy up with the former president, and that’s why you are here?”

Search material

The conversation between the judge and the defense team revolved around the search for material and the interpretation of rights related to the First Amendment and executive privilege. Twitter claimed that these rights could limit its ability to provide materials to the government.

In response to Judge Howell’s query about Twitter’s motivations, George Varghese, Twitter’s lawyer, stated, “Twitter has no interest other than litigating its constitutional rights, your honor.”

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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster

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Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing

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An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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U.S. home prices surge 47%

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American home prices are rising at faster pace now than in the last 20-years.

A recent analysis reveals a jaw dropping surge in the cost of American homes.

Since the start of 2020, U.S. home prices have surged 47% easily outstripping the gains seen in recent decades.

On top of that, home price growth so far this decade is on the verge of surpassing all the growth seen in the 2000s.

Many experts believe this decade’s housing market frenzy was ignited by a perfect storm — the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic triggering an unprecedented rush among buyers.

Tom Hutchens, the Executive Vice President of Production at Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

#IN AMERICA TODAY #economy #housing #housingmarket #homeprices #homesales #inflation #trending

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