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Trump’s bid to move election conspiracy trial out of Washington won’t be easy

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Former President Donald Trump and his legal team are confronting significant challenges in their attempt to relocate the trial regarding his alleged involvement in the 2020 election conspiracy.

Trump’s defense contends that the trial should be moved out of Washington, arguing that the prevailing Democratic environment in the nation’s capital would prevent a fair trial for the Republican figure.

Prosecutors, under the guidance of special counsel Jack Smith, have presented a request to U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, urging her to schedule the trial to commence on January 2.

The case revolves around allegations that Trump conspired to overturn the results of the 2020 election through various means, including spreading falsehoods about election fraud.

Should Judge Chutkan approve the prosecutors’ proposal, the trial would initiate just prior to the anniversary of the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, which was exacerbated by Trump’s baseless assertions concerning the election outcome.

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The suggested date falls approximately two weeks before the initial votes are cast in the Republican presidential primary, with Iowa’s caucuses scheduled for January 15.

Prosecutors are pushing for a swift trial within Washington’s federal court jurisdiction, a stance that’s likely to spark opposition from defense attorneys who have hinted at a strategy to prolong the proceedings. Smith’s team asserts that the government’s case can be adequately presented in a span of four to six weeks.

In response, Trump’s legal representatives have yet to propose their preferred trial date. The final decision regarding the trial date is anticipated to be announced during a court hearing slated for August 28.

Presently, Trump is set to face trial in another case in New York, scheduled for March 25, focusing on allegations of financial improprieties related to hush money payments during the 2016 campaign. Additionally, another trial is scheduled for May, initiated by Smith’s team, over Trump’s handling of classified materials at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

 

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s President Raisi crashes

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A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog.

The official said the lives of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were “at risk following the helicopter crash”, which happened on the way back from a visit to the border with Azerbaijan in Iran’s northwest.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi takes off, May 19, 2024. Ali Hamed Haghdoust/IRNA/WANA via REUTERS

State TV quoted an official as saying at least one passenger and one crew member had been in contact with rescuers. It also said the helicopter had been found, though Iran’s Red Crescent denied this report.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power with a final say on foreign policy and Iran’s nuclear programme, sought to reassure Iranians, saying there would be no disruption to state affairs. #iran #trending

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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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