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Trump’s former AG Bill Bar says Jan. 6 indictment legitimate, willing to testify

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Former Attorney General Bill Barr said he is willing to testify in the recent criminal case against his former boss, ex-President Donald Trump, stating that he believes the 2020 election interference indictment against Trump is “legitimate.”

In an interview on CBS News, Barr dismissed the argument presented by Trump’s legal team that the charges stem from statements protected by the First Amendment.

“It’s certainly a challenging case, but I don’t think it runs afoul of the First Amendment,” Barr said on “Face the Nation.”

“From a prosecutor’s standpoint, I think it’s a legitimate case,” he said.

Barr indicated that he would testify in the case if called upon but evaded questions about his involvement in the inquiry by Special Counsel Jack Smith that led to Trump’s four-count indictment.

Another Trump administration member, former Vice President Mike Pence, conveyed that he does not intend to testify unless compelled to do so.

Pence had previously raised constitutional concerns regarding his obligation to testify before a grand jury but eventually testified earlier in the year.

In June, Barr had expressed that the January 6th case would be challenging due to First Amendment interests.

Trump’s legal team has emphasised First Amendment concerns in this case, which marks the third indictment against the former president within four months.

Barr highlighted the distinction that federal prosecutors are not solely targeting Trump for making dubious election fraud claims but are also focusing on procedural actions.

He explained that a conspiracy crime is considered completed when an agreement is reached and initial steps are taken.

“There’s a lot of confusion out there,” Barr said Sunday of the free speech concerns.

“This involved a situation where the states had already made the official authoritative determinations … sent the votes and certified them to Congress,” he continued.

“The allegation essentially by the government has been at that point, the president conspired, entered into a scheme that involved a lot of deceit, the object of which, was to erase those votes.”

Trump’s lawyer, John Lauro, asserted on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Trump’s actions were lawful and transparent, asserting that they were protected under free speech rights.

Lauro cited the Supreme Court decision in Hammerschmidt to support the argument that exercising free speech does not constitute fraud against the government.

Barr stressed that the allegations involve a situation where states had already made official determinations, certified votes, and sent them to Congress.

The government’s contention is that the president engaged in a scheme involving deception with the intention of nullifying those votes.

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Trump & Biden prepare for the earliest debate in modern U.S. history

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The first debate of the year between President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump will take place this week in Atlanta.

This debate marks a milestone as the earliest presidential debate in modern U.S. history, and will prove to be a critical event for both candidates.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in national opinion polls, with a considerable slice of the electorate still undecided five months before the Nov. 5 vote. #featured #trending

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Ferrari’s debut high-performance electric vehicle will be priced above $500,000

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Ferrari has unveiled details about its inaugural electric car, slated to be priced upwards of $500,000, as first reported by Reuters.

This announcement comes amidst growing global interest and competition in electric vehicles, with Ferrari aiming to blend its iconic design prowess with sustainable technology.

The Italian automaker, renowned for its high-performance sports cars, is expected to maintain its commitment to superior craftsmanship and engineering excellence in its electric offering.

Following the EV announcement, Ferrari also confirmed plans to establish a new manufacturing plant aimed at enhancing production flexibility and significantly reducing car development times.

Mike Costello from Cox Automotive joins to discuss the latest in EVs. #featured #trending

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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