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Trump goes after DC judge in election fraud case



Former President Donald Trump has targeted the federal judge overseeing his case, where he is charged with attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election results

Trump’s lawyer argues that the actions Trump took after his election loss were mere “asks” rather than directives.

In response, Trump expressed doubt about receiving a fair trial under U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan and indicated his intention to seek her recusal and a change of venue outside of Washington.

“THERE IS NO WAY I CAN GET A FAIR TRIAL WITH THE JUDGE ‘ASSIGNED,'” Trump said in a social media post.

As of now, no formal request has been filed with the court, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has not provided an immediate comment.

Trump, a leading contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, was indicted for the third time last week.

He pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiring to defraud the U.S. by obstructing the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory, allegedly denying American voters a fair election.

A deadline of 5 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Monday has been set for Trump to respond to the U.S. government’s proposed protective order, designed to safeguard witnesses and evidence in the case. Judge Chutkan denied Trump’s request for a delay.

In television interviews on Sunday, Trump’s lawyer, John Lauro, defended Trump’s actions after the 2020 election as petitions rather than directives, and criticised the proposed protective order.

Lauro stated that everything Trump is being prosecuted for involves “aspirational asks,” including requests to state legislatures, governors, and electoral officials to take certain actions.

Lauro also noted that even Trump’s appeal to Vice President Mike Pence was protected by free speech.

In response, Pence, who is also eyeing the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, asserted on CNN that Trump was wrong then and remains wrong now.

Pence, who faced threats from Trump’s supporters during the certification of Biden’s victory on January 6, 2021, could potentially serve as a witness in the case.

Meanwhile, Special Counsel Jack Smith has requested a protective order to prevent Trump and his legal team from sharing discovery materials with unauthorised individuals.

This request was made in response to a Trump social media post that raised concerns.

Representative Pete Aguilar, chair of the House Democratic Caucus, characterised the situation as an attempt to throw various arguments at the wall to gauge their effectiveness.

Lauro declined to support the protective order sought by the Department of Justice, expressing concern that it would restrict relevant information from the public and the media as the case progresses.

He emphasised that they would not agree to withhold non-sensitive information from the press.

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Putin meets Saudi Crown Prince in Gulf visit



Russian President Vladimir Putin embarked on a rapid Gulf visit, meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The leaders discussed regional stability, energy cooperation, and potential arms deals during their whirlwind meeting.

Putin’s visit to Saudi Arabia underscores the growing diplomatic ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Both countries have found common ground on various issues, from oil production to efforts to stabilize the Middle East.

One of the key topics on the agenda was energy cooperation. Russia and Saudi Arabia are both major oil producers, and discussions centered on maintaining stable oil prices in global markets. This partnership has been crucial in stabilizing oil markets in the past.

Another significant aspect of the meeting was the discussion of potential arms deals. Russia has been a major arms supplier to Saudi Arabia in recent years, and the leaders likely explored the possibility of further military cooperation.

The visit also aimed to strengthen diplomatic ties and promote regional stability. Putin and Prince Mohammed bin Salman emphasized the importance of dialogue and cooperation in addressing regional challenges.


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U.S. terror alert “when, not if”



The FBI director has made a major announcement about the terror threat in the United States right now. So why is he so worried?

In a major announcement, the director of the FBI revealed that the United States is currently facing its most heightened terror threat level since October 7.

The nation’s security apparatus is on high alert, with officials reporting a surge in intelligence indicating potential terror plots. #ticker today #featured

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Desperate Zelensky cancels Congress video call



President Volodymyr Zelensky unexpectedly canceled a videolink appearance to appeal for continued US funding.

Ukraine is sounding the alarm, expressing a “big risk” of losing the ongoing conflict if the United States Congress delays crucial aid.

As tensions continue to escalate on the eastern front with Russian-backed separatists, Ukraine has been relying on international support to sustain its fight for sovereignty. #featured

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