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The next steps for Trump’s Georgia election probe

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The investigation into whether Donald Trump and his associates engaged in illegal activities to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results is poised to move forward.

Recent developments indicate that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis will be taking her case to a grand jury in Atlanta after over two years of investigation. Two witnesses who had previously received subpoenas confirmed that they have been summoned to appear before the grand jury on Tuesday.

Geoff Duncan, the former lieutenant governor of Georgia, revealed that he has been asked to testify on Tuesday. Duncan, a Republican, has openly criticized Trump’s unfounded conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 election and has expressed his willingness to answer questions.

Independent journalist George Chidi also shared that he has received instructions to appear before the grand jury on the same day.

While no official comment has been provided by Willis’s office regarding the impending grand jury presentation, she has previously indicated her intention to seek charges by the end of the following week.

Increased security measures around the county courthouse have been noticeable in recent weeks.

In the event that Trump is indicted in Georgia, it would mark his fourth indictment in under five months. This would be the second indictment linked to his attempts to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

Earlier this month, he was charged in Washington federal court for his role in orchestrating a multistate conspiracy to challenge the election outcome.

Trump is facing legal challenges on multiple fronts, including charges brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith in Florida for illegally retaining classified documents and obstructing justice, as well as charges from Manhattan prosecutors related to falsifying business records.

Despite his ongoing legal issues, Trump is still a prominent contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

He has consistently portrayed the investigations against him as politically motivated attempts by Democrats to undermine his candidacy.

The Georgia investigation, which began after a phone call between Trump and Georgia’s top election official urging him to manipulate the vote tally, is expected to result in charges against multiple individuals.

Fulton County’s comprehensive racketeering statute may be employed for these charges.

The probe encompasses efforts to pressure Georgia officials, the breach of election machines in a rural county, and a scheme involving counterfeit electors with the aim of securing Georgia’s electoral votes for Trump.

The investigation has garnered significant attention as it delves into pivotal aspects of the 2020 election and its aftermath.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally

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Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
 
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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