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Nov 18 5 tweets 3 min read
BREAKING: A Colorado judge has ruled that Donald Trump can appear on 2024 ballots - she found that he *did* engage in insurrection by inciting the Jan. 6 attack, *but* that the Constitutional prohibition does not apply to the presidency. More to come.

NEW: A Colorado judge found Donald Trump engaged in insurrection by inciting the Jan. 6 attack.

But she held the Constitution's insurrectionist ban didn't apply to a president/the presidency, meaning he'll appear on 2024 ballots.

Story, more to come: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Oct 16 40 tweets 7 min read
Today at 10am: Prosecutors will make their case before a DC federal judge for a partial gag order restricting what Donald Trump can say about the election obstruction case against him.

Why DOJ says it's necessary:

Trump's oppo: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
bloomberg.com/news/articles/… On how as long as Donald Trump is facing criminal charges and civil claims in court, what he says and does in the outside world can have consequences in a courtroom:
Aug 31 4 tweets 2 min read
Justice Clarence Thomas's 2022 financial disclosure is in, noting three trips w/ expenses paid for by Harlan Crow:

Thomas notes 2014 sale of properties to Crow (1st reported by ProPublica), saying he "inadvertently" didn't realize that should be reported assets.bwbx.io/documents/user…

Justice Samuel Alito's 2022 disclosure is also out now:

No travel reported paid for by individuals, no note re: ProPublica reporting on earlier luxury trip reimbursed by GOP donor Paul Singer (Alito has publicly defended this/denounced the reporting)assets.bwbx.io/documents/user…
Aug 28 20 tweets 5 min read
Hello on this humid late August a.m. from the DC federal courthouse, where Judge Tanya Chutkan will hear arguments and is expected to set a trial date in Trump's 2020 election obstruction case. Special counsel wants to start Jan. 2. Trump wants April 2026:
Image Judge Chutkan is on the bench and starts by saying that *neither* trial date proposal is "acceptable" -- DOJ wants Jan. 2, Trump wants April 2026.

Says trial sched can't depend on a defendant's personal and professional obligations, so Trump will have to make a date work
Aug 3 29 tweets 6 min read
Hello on this not-too-hot August morning from the DC federal courthouse, where Donald Trump is expected to appear for a 4pm arraignment. It is obviously many hours until 4pm but here we are! A few streets are closed so far, barricades still going up, much heavier police presence https://t.co/UxzL1blKgWtwitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Coming up: Donald Trump returns to Washington
Aug 1 8 tweets 2 min read
UPDATE: Shortly after 5pm, a federal magistrate judge in DC accepted three new indictments -- the initials of the first two were read aloud, but not the third. The third was presented by prosecutor Molly Gaston, whose past work includes the Steve Bannon contempt of Congress case Gaston also made a motion to seal that third case, which the judge granted
Jul 21 8 tweets 3 min read
BREAKING: May 20, 2024, trial date set in Trump classified documents case. Judge Cannon's order means DOJ won't get to try the case this year as they'd hoped, but it's a significant setback for Trump, who was angling for a postelection delay. More to come.
Image During the hearing earlier this week in Fort Pierce, Cannon had signaled her skepticism with both sides' proposals -- and hinted at an interest in a spring/early summer timeline, asking how firm the NY trial date in March was
Jun 9 5 tweets 3 min read
NOW: Here is the 49-page federal indictment of former president Donald Trump and his aide Walt Nauta, more to come
assets.bwbx.io/documents/user… More updates and details from the federal indictment against Donald Trump, updating as we go (no paywall): bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
May 6 8 tweets 2 min read
NEW: After ethics complaints were lodged against Justice Clarence Thomas in 2011, a member of the federal judiciary's senior leadership body repeatedly raised concerns about how that was being handled internally
bloomberg.com/news/articles/… According to letters, other materials and accounts from people familiar with the events, US District Judge Mark Wolf, a member of the Judicial Conference, protested that the leadership body was being kept in the dark and shut out of potentially doing its own review
Apr 24 6 tweets 2 min read
NEW: Justice Clarence Thomas said he was advised he didn’t have to disclose trips and gifts from billionaire Harlan Crow because Crow, a close friend, “did not have business before the court.”

But in at least one case to reach the justices, Crow did.
bloomberg.com/news/articles/… In 2005, the justices declined to a hear a case involving a company that was part of the Crow family's real estate empire. Crow's office says the family holdings firm, which Crow led at the time, had a non-controlling stake in the parties and wasn't involved in the litigation.
Apr 4 5 tweets 3 min read
Ahead of tomorrow's arraignment for Donald Trump, here's @pathurtado37 on what to expect: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

And more on his newest lawyer, from Patty and @davidvoreacos: bloomberg.com/news/articles/… What to know about gag orders:

And venue change motions, from @eelarson: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Mar 30 5 tweets 2 min read
BREAKING: Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury for crimes connected to the alleged payment of illegal hush-money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels bloomberg.com/news/articles/… Answering one immediate question that might come to mind: An indictment in NY doesn't stop DOJ or the Fulton Co. DA's office from pursuing charges against Trump. But a logjam of cases likely will pose logistical challenges, esp. as 2024 campaign heats up bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Mar 10 4 tweets 2 min read
New: Donald Trump has called Special Counsel Jack Smith a “fully weaponized monster” whose Obama-era ties made him a “political hit man.”

One of Trump's own lawyers shares some of those ties, and used to call Smith something else: a colleague and friend.
bloomberg.com/news/articles/… A deep dive into the five years that Trump Special Counsel Jack Smith and Trump defense lawyer Jim Trusty served as DOJ Criminal Division section chiefs -- Smith tackling public corruption, Trusty going after gangs and organized crime
Mar 2 4 tweets 2 min read
NEW: DOJ won't back Trump's absolute immunity claim against civil lawsuits seeking to hold him liable for the Jan. 6 attack -- allegations of inciting violence, wouldn't fall within presidential duties, US says.

Doc, with more to come: assets.bwbx.io/documents/user… ImageImage Footnote #1, alluding to the elephant in the room: " the United States does not express any view regarding the potential criminal liability of any person for the events of January 6, 2021, or acts connected with those events" Image
Feb 13 7 tweets 3 min read
Dueling briefs are in from DOJ and NYT/Politico lawyers on media petition to unseal info about Trump or others reportedly claiming exec privilege re: Jan. 6 investigation. The judge asked for extra briefing on her authority to unseal docs related to grand jury proceedings... DOJ's brief: storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…

NYT/Politico brief: storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
Jan 30 5 tweets 2 min read
Just in: A NY federal judge denied a request to keep under seal the amount of $ Trump's 2016 campaign agreed to pay in attorney fees and a plaintiff incentive award to settle a long-running fight with an ex-staffer over NDA agreements. More to come

Prev: bloomberg.com/news/articles/… (ack just noted the duplicate "A" and "agreements" in that last tweet, pardon!)
Jan 20 4 tweets 3 min read
New: The US Supreme Court’s inconclusive report on the source of last year’s leaked draft opinion raises more big questions than it answers, including, critically: Were justices questioned and subject to the same process as staff?

From me + @swillmer:
bloomberg.com/news/articles/… The report was a disappointment across the spectrum, albeit for different reasons.

"Embarrassing" for the court to focus on the leak versus substance of stripping abortion rights, other potential ethics breaches, says @LiptonLubet of Take Back the Court
Jan 10 5 tweets 2 min read
Hello from the DC Court of Appeals, where en banc arguments are starting at 10am in the latest phase of E. Jean Carroll's defamation case against Donald Trump.

Previously: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Watch live (video!):
More to come on today's arguments, but a big takeaway is the DC judges expressed concern about being the ones to make a call about whether Trump was acting w/in official duties when he made statements about Carroll based on the record they have, which is limited to the complaint
Dec 23, 2022 5 tweets 3 min read
NOW: The January 6th committee's final report is out and available to the public, you can read it here january6th.house.gov/sites/democrat…

PDF clocking in at 845 pages.

Stay tuned for more updates. Not planning to read all 800+ pages of the Jan. 6 report tonight? We've got you covered -- highlights here, with more updates coming: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Dec 15, 2022 13 tweets 3 min read
Now: Rudy Giuliani likely violated at least one attorney practice rule in pressing a failed legal challenge to Biden’s 2020 win in Pennsylvania on behalf of Donald Trump, a DC Bar committee just announced. It's a tentative finding, but a setback for Giuliani.

More to come. The immediate next step after the announcement of a tentative finding by the DC Bar hearing committee is a mitigation phase, where Giuliani can present anything that might weigh against sanctions. He talks about post-9/11 fundraising/relief efforts, support for various charities
Dec 9, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
Spotted entering the DC federal courthouse: Evan Corcoran, one of Trump's attorneys. He declined to share what brought him here today, headed into the cafeteria.

Earlier from WaPo on some activity this week in this courthouse re: Trump: washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/12… And now we have two: Trump attorney Jim Trusty has entered the DC federal courthouse, also declined to share why he's here, has headed to the cafeteria where Evan Corcoran has been