New York Governor Kathy Hokul (D) said Thursday on CNN that former President Donald Trump is wasting his time doing rallies in New York while on trial there, while President Joe Biden is "out there" winning over swing state voters. 

Host of "The Lead" Jake Tapper appeared concerned about Trump making inroads with minority voters, but Hokul laughed off the concern.

"What won’t make a difference at all Jake, ... is for Donald Trump to be the ringleader and invite all his clowns to a place like the Bronx. New York will never, ever support Donald Trump for president. We know him better than anyone and that means we understand what he’s all about is just for himself. So this state will go solidly behind Joe Biden for president as it has in the past.”

She is clearly trying to put a positive spin on polling that Trump appears to be gaining minority votes. An average of voters in swing states shows that 23% of Black voters there now back Trump, while only 9% did so in Biden's narrow 2020 victory.

Driving Democrats to distraction

These numbers are driving Democrats to distraction. They know that if Black middle-class and working-class voters defect to Trump in these numbers come November, Biden will lose, and may take key congressional races away from Democrats, too.

This is why Biden is in swing states while he knows Trump is stuck in New York--although the trial is almost over.

The entire Democrat party is trying to carry his water, Hokul included.

She continued, “So he wants to spend his time doing these made-up fake rallies and pretending there is support here be my guest because while you’re doing that, Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s out there on the other side, making sure he is delivering for all Americans. And so go ahead, spend all the time you want New York because we’ll be with Joe Biden. And Joe Biden is out their winning over the rest of the battleground states.”

It's a lovely fantasy, but they know better. They just can't admit it or the whole thing will fall apart.

Connecting with minorities

Trump probably isn't going to win New York, despite the crowd estimates of 10,000 to 25,000 for that Bronx rally on Thursday.

But he doesn't have to win New York. If he wins Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, and maybe Wisconsin, he will likely pull enough electoral votes to win.

Connecting with minority voters in increasing numbers in any and every state can't hurt, either.

With close to six months until the election, there will be many developments that could change things to either side.

But Trump's chances are a lot better than they should be right now, and all the swing state campaigning in the world may not be able to save Biden from his own disastrous policies.

During Hunter Biden's congressional deposition earlier this year, Republicans in the House of Representatives have uncovered information that they claim indicates "indisputably" that he lied under oath on many dates. 

For the purpose of discussing papers that are protected under IRS code 6103, which is a section of the tax code that maintains the confidentiality of some information, the House Ways and Means Committee held a mark-up session on Wednesday, as Fox News reported.

In the House Ways and Means Committee, it is considered a criminal offense to discuss the material without first formally releasing it to the public.

The panel made the decision to make such material public on Wednesday.

Committee's Comments

"Hunter Biden has shown once again he believes there are two systems of justice in this country – one for his family, and one for everyone else," House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith told Fox News Digital on Wednesday.

"Not only did Hunter Biden refuse to comply with his initial subpoena until threatened with criminal contempt, but he then came before Congress and lied.

"The Ways and Means Committee’s investigation, and the documents released today, are not part of a personal vendetta against Hunter Biden, but are meant to ensure the equal application of the law."

During his deposition, Hunter Biden allegedly lied at least three times, according to Smith, who stated that the materials that the committee collected reveal this information.

Hunter's Reaction

Following the publication of the article, Abbe Lowell, the attorney for Hunter Biden, issued a statement in which she claimed that any of the three examples were false.

"Here they go again, grasping at straws and twisting Hunter’s testimony to try to revive an impeachment inquiry that was a complete and utter failure," Lowell said.

Smith noted that "lying during sworn testimony is a felony offense that the Department of Justice has prosecuted numerous individuals for in recent years, and the American people expect the same accountability for the son of the President of the United States."

More from Smith

"Hunter Biden’s lies under oath, and obstruction of a congressional investigation into his family’s potential corruption, calls into question other pieces of his testimony," Smith said.

"The newly released evidence affirms, once again, the only witnesses who can be trusted to tell the truth in this investigation are the IRS whistleblowers."

In his deposition, Hunter Biden claimed that he did not control bank accounts; however, the committee asserts that he misrepresented his role working for Rosemont Seneca and that he actually did control bank accounts.

Following allegations that federal officials who carried out a raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago property in August 2022 were prepared to use "deadly force" if it became necessary, former President Donald Trump called for the removal of President Joe Biden from his position in accordance with the 25th Amendment, Newsweek reported.

After leaving the courtroom in his criminal hush money trial in Manhattan, Trump claimed in a post to Truth Social on Tuesday afternoon that he  "was shown Reports that Crooked Joe Biden's DOJ, in their Illegal and UnConstitutional Raid of Mar-a-Lago, AUTHORIZED THE FBI TO USE DEADLY (LETHAL) FORCE."

Trump was referring to the fact that the Bureau of Investigation was authorized to use deadly force, something that Biden's DOJ would have had governance over, making the case that it was an illegal action.

The Raid

Guidelines for the raid, which resulted in the seizure of hundreds of secret papers and ultimately led to criminal charges being brought against Trump, were described in a court filing that was unsealed on Tuesday.

The filing included a section that stated that officials "of the Department of Justice may use deadly force when necessary."


For Context

Trump, who is accused of stealing classified documents from the White House and neglecting to return them to federal authorities, has entered a not-guilty plea to all forty felony charges. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida is currently adjudicating the case.

A motion filed by Trump attorney Christopher Kise in February that challenged the legality of the FBI raid was unsealed on Tuesday.

In obtaining certain documents stored at Mar-a-Lago, federal law enforcement allegedly breached the "attorney-client privilege" of Trump, according to the filing.

The court filing stated that FBI agents conducting the raid were instructed to don unmarked polos and bring "standard issue weapons, ammo, handcuffs and medium and large sized bolt cutters." The filing referenced a "Operation Order" that was obtained during the discovery process.

What We Know

Invoking the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which establishes procedures for replacing the president in the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation, Trump is not the first individual to demand Biden's removal.

Concerning his age and mental capacity, a number of Republicans have deemed Biden "unfit" to serve in office; however, experts have previously told Newsweek that the likelihood of any legal action against the president is minimal.

Considerations were also underway to impeach Trump under the 25th Amendment subsequent to the siege on the United States Capitol initiated by his supporters on January 6. A number of House Democrats advocated for the removal of Trump by the White House Cabinet and then-Vice President Mike Pence in the wake of the attacks.

On January 12, 2021, at a public event in Texas, the former president stated that the 25th Amendment "is at zero risk to me, but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration."

The Supreme Court has decided not to jump the line and consider a Maryland ban on assault weapons while a lower court was still considering it.

It was an expected ruling, and the court did not elaborate on it.

The court is also considering whether to weigh in on a similar ban in Illinois, which is already being appealed.

There was no action on that case on Monday, but could decide to go that route to decide the issue.

The arguments

Gun rights groups in the state said that since the weapons classified as assault weapons are some of the most popular, the ban is too much of an infringement on the Second Amendment to stand.

They cited the 2022 Supreme Court decision that expanded gun rights and caused gun laws around the country to be reconsidered.

The attorney general of Maryland argued that semi-automatic weapons are used in mass shootings and are "highly dangerous, military-style" weapons.

The plaintiffs in the case have accused the appeals court of dragging its feet on the case. Recently, the court moved the case from a three-judge panel to the full circuit court, which is an unusual move.

Years of challenges

The law dates back to 2012 and bans the sale, purchase, transfer or receipt of the weapons.

It has been challenged since 2013, with the 4th Circuit affirming it in 2013 and rejecting another challenge in 2016.

After the 2022 Bruen ruling, the court ordered the 4th Circuit to reconsider the 2016 challenge, and that's when the foot-dragging began.

Ten states and the District of Columbia have banned so-called assault weapons, but Maryland's ban is one of the strictest ones in the country, including bans on dozens of firearms and a 10-round limit on magazines.

Many of these laws may be overturned if the court takes its usual conservative viewpoint when it finally decides to rule on one of them.

Most of the laws and challenges are in Democrat-dominated states, so we may see a lot more foot-dragging before that happens.

Former President Jimmy Carter is "at home enjoying peanut butter ice cream" just days after his grandson said at a mental health forum that his grandfather was "coming to the end" of his life, the CEO of his foundation said Wednesday, according to the Daily Mail

"He has been in hospice, as you know, for almost a year and a half now, and he really is, I think, coming to the end that, as I've said before, there's a part of this faith journey that is so important to him, and there's a part of that faith journey that you only can live at the very end and I think he has been there in that space," Jason Carter said.

At age 99, the elder Carter has been on hospice with palliative care only for over a year-and-a-half.

Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander said on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Politically Georgia Podcast" Wednesday that "there really hasn't been a significant change" in the ex-president's health.

"Same remarkable man"

"I mean, he will always be one bad cold away from the end," Alexander told the podcast. "He is in hospice care, and there are palliative measures if he's in pain, but nothing else."

"He is just the same remarkable man. He has always been outliving and surprising us all," she added.

The last time he appeared in public was at his wife Rosalyn's funeral in November. He was in a wheelchair and had a blanket over his lap with his wife's face on it.

He survived metastatic brain and liver cancer before going into hospice.

"God's not done with him yet"

His grandson said Carter was happy to have survived his wife.

'He was really honored and glad that he made it to the end with my grandmother, and that was a real treasure for him,' Jason Carter told the New York Times in February.

'I think that for whatever reason, the way he approaches this is from a place of enormous faith. And so he just believes that for whatever reason, God's not done with him yet,' he added.

The Carters were married for 77 years and lived in the same house Jimmy Carter built for the family decades ago in Plains, Georgia--where Carter still lives.

The Biden connection

President Joe Biden, the oldest serving president, visited Carter, the oldest living former president, in April 2021 a few months after he was sworn in, because Carter could not go to the ceremony.

Biden has had similar problems with the economy and inflation to those Carter faced in the late 1970s and has similar poll numbers to Carter, who was a one-term president after Ronald Reagan won in 1980.

The Supreme Court of South Carolina suspended the law license of State Representative Marvin Pendarvis (D) in a shocking decision on Friday.

The order was approved and signed by Chief Justice Donald Beatty on Friday and will also block Pendarvis from making any withdrawals from his client's trust accounts until further notice.

The case stems from a lawsuit that alleged that Pendarvis had approved and witnessed the forgery of a client's signature without that client's knowledge.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division revealed they were investigating that allegation in early April in an announcement that was made just a day after the lawsuit against Pendarvis was announced.

Serious Breaches

The lawsuit was filed by one of Pendarvis's clients who identified himself as Adrian Lewis.

The lawsuit accused Pendarvis of failure to provide competent representation, settling a case without authorization, and forging his signature on the settlement agreement.

Pendarvis had been representing Lewis in a civil action suit against the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office. Lewis had been arrested after he was accused of kidnapping his daughter by his daughter's mother.

Lewis argued that as there was no court order denoting custody, the kidnapping accusations had no grounds which meant that the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office had wrongfully imprisoned him.

Lewis's arrest was a severe setback in his life as it led to loss of employment and income and he was suing for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

However, it turns out that Pendarvis broke nearly every ethical rule possible in his handling of Lewis's case.

Career In Jeopardy

If the allegations against Pendarvis are true, it is likely he will never work in law again. Lewis claims that Pendarvis had been non-communicative and Lewis received small checks that Pendarvis refused to explain.

Lewis proceeded to contact the Dorchester County Sheriff and discovered that his case had been settled for a paltry $10,000. So not only did Pendarvis settle the case without his client's approval but he forged his signature on the release.

A notary is also accused of having witnessed and notarized this forgery of Lewis's signature.

While the investigation is ongoing, there is substantial evidence supporting Lewis's claims. It's likely Pendarvis will never work in law again if convicted and voters should seriously consider if Pendarvis should be serving as a Representative.

Barron Trump, the youngest son of Donald and Melania Trump, recently graduated from high school but what should have been a special family moment was corrupted with talk of Trump's New York trial.

The mainstream media was quick to make the day about Trump's trial which wasn't unexpected but still tainted a special moment for the Trump family.

The media's coverage was likely especially upsetting for Melania Trump as she has been the one who has been primarily raising Barron Trump amidst her husband's presidency and fight against Democrats.

The pictures from the graduation were a real testament to the fortitude and closeness of the Trump family amid the incredible pressure and hostility they face.

But since the mainstream media was so intent on talking about Trump's trial, it's worth remembering that Donald Trump was almost prevented from attending his son's graduation in the first place.

Resilience against extreme adversity

Photos of Trump and Melania show the proud pair beaming as Barron received his diploma from Oxbridge Academy.

This is a real moment of accomplishment for the Trumps but especially for Melania who has been protecting Barron from the politics that surrounds the family.

Melania has been notably absent the past few years because of her need to keep Barron out of the public eye and away from a vicious leftist media that desperately wants to attack anything with the Trump name.

Donald Trump was nearly barred from attending the ceremony due to his hush-money trial in New York City.

Trump has been ordered to appear in court for the entirety of the trial, a move that was obviously taken to get Trump off the campaign trail.

However, Judge Juan Merchan wasn't brave enough to order Trump to miss his son's graduation as the public perception of the trial is already exceedingly low.

Political trial

The hush-money case against Trump was so weak that federal prosecutors refused to bring the case against Trump. That didn't stop Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg from bringing the charges against Trump as the opportunity for fame was too lucrative.

Bragg went from an unknown bureaucrat to a nationally notorious figure praised by the left and hated by the right for his partisan abuse of the justice system.

The aim was never conviction, but Democrats would love that, but rather Bragg's trial is designed to kneecap Trump's ability to campaign and and give President Biden an advantage in an election he is losing to Trump.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) revealed on Thursday that his wife Nadine has stage 3 breast cancer and will undergo a mastectomy, even as his lawyers seek to blame her at his corruption trial for his allegedly taking bribes from a number of New Jersey and foreign businessmen and governments. 

Menendez claimed that his wife asked him to reveal her diagnosis due to "constant press inquiries and reporters following [her]".

"We are of course, concerned about the seriousness and advanced stage of the disease," the senator added.

Nadine Menendez, 57, married Bob Menendez in 2020 when he was 66 and she was 53.

Not guilty plea

The FBI has testified at the trial that it found $486,000 in cash along with gold bars and a luxury Mercedes when it raided the Menendez home, which is shared by the couple.

Both have pled not guilty to 18 charges of bribery, corruption, extortion, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice. Menendez has had to step down from the Foreign Relations Committee amid the charges, although he has refused to resign from the Senate.

Husband and wife are being charged in separate trials, and over a month ago, prosecutors agreed to delay her trial by two months due to a "serious medical condition," which was not specified at the time.

It is not clear whether the trial will be delayed further while she heals from the mastectomy and undergoes further treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, both common in breast cancer cases.

Blaming her?

Bob Menendez's lawyers said in court on Wednesday during opening statements that she had "kept him in the dark" on financial matters, adding that they had separate bank accounts.

They also said some of the gold bars belonged to her.

Prosecutors flipped businessman Jose Uribe, who is now testifying against the Menendezes.

Uribe said in a grand jury court appearance that he worked with Nadine Menendez to hide the gift of a Mercedes in exchange for favors done by the Senator.

Other gifts were explained away as "loans" that Bob Menendez said he helped his wife repay.

Bob Menendez stood trial for bribery and corruption once before in 2017, but the jury could not agree on his guilt and a mistrial was declared in that case.

The former Trump attorney allegedly told a lawyer who had worked with Michael Cohen that the president had nothing to do with the hush money payment to pornographic artist Stormy Daniels and that Cohen personally oversaw the deal.

During the same week that Cohen has been testifying against his former employer in a Manhattan courtroom, Robert Costello, an attorney who advised Cohen when he was faced with federal charges in 2018, testified before the House Weaponization Committee on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, according to a report by Fox News.

As Costello, a former federal prosecutor in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, noted, "waived the attorney-client privilege and the duty of loyalty of a lawyer to a client," which allowed him to reveal his interactions with Cohen.

The Case

As part of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's case against Trump, Costello appeared before a grand jury. Just weeks before Trump was indicted on 34 charges of first-degree falsifying business records by Bragg's grand jury in March 2023, Costello gave a testimony.

On all counts, Trump entered a not-guilty plea.

After being indicted, the former Trump attorney was described by Cohen as "suicidal and desperately looking for an escape route" in a 2018 conversation that Costello recounted with Cohen.

"I advised him that the SDNY thought he had committed crimes and that he might have evidence they could use for a prosecution of President Trump," Costello testified Wednesday.

"I explained to Cohen how he was not the target of the investigation but was a bump in the road and that the U.S. Attorney’s Office would run over him if it led them to Donald Trump."

Costello's Testimony

Costello asserted in his testimony that he explained to Cohen that if he had "truthful information that would implicate Donald Trump, I could get him out his legal trouble by the end of the week — if he cooperated against Donald Trump."

"I emphasized that any information Cohen could give would have to be truthful, otherwise it was useless," Costello testified, saying he did this "numerous times" during their first meeting.

"Each time, Cohen said to me, ‘I swear to God, Bob, I don’t have anything on Donald Trump,’" Costello recalled Cohen saying. "Cohen must have said this at least ten times because I kept coming back to it from different approaches."

Cohen's Alleged Comments

According to Costello, Cohen promised to do "whatever" it took to avoid going to jail altogether during their conversation.

Cohen was allegedly said by Costello to have expressed "seriously contemplating jumping off" the roof of the New York City Regency Hotel due to his inability to cope with the impending criminal case, a reference to a phone call that took place a few days previously.

Costello stated that he encouraged Cohen to reconsider.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court deferred to review the Texas two-step bankruptcy of a Georgia-Pacific company, maintaining a legal shield that has been criticized by some U.S. senators and state attorneys general for allowing the company to evade lawsuits.

A North Carolina bankruptcy court order that prohibits cancer victims from bringing legal action against materials manufacturer Georgia-Pacific while its subsidiary, Bestwall, remains in bankruptcy is upheld by the Supreme Court's ruling, as Reuters reported.

Georgia-Pacific refutes the allegations in tens of thousands of lawsuits that its products, including plasterboard adhesive and other construction materials, contained asbestos and caused cancer.

Cancer victims' attorneys filed an appeal of the bankruptcy court order halting litigation against Bestwall's parent company, Georgia-Pacific, on the grounds that they were entitled to prosecute the non-bankrupt company.

Case History

In June 2023, the bankruptcy court's order was affirmed by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which determined that the litigation should be halted to provide Bestwall with an opportunity to restructure and resolve the disputes via bankruptcy.

The attorneys for the plaintiffs filed a petition for review with the Supreme Court in December 2023, subsequent to the 4th Circuit's denial of their petition for a complete court hearing.

"The issue of whether a fully solvent company can use the bankruptcy courts to renegotiate its liabilities is something that the Supreme Court will ultimately have to weigh in on," said Michael Shepard, an attorney representing cancer victims in the case.

Additionally, he stated that the court's denial of the petition does not necessarily indicate a reluctance to consider the Texas two-step at a later time.

Texas Two-Step

A predominantly Democratic group of twenty-four state attorneys general and three U.S. senators cited the Bestwall case as an example of bankruptcy abuse.

They urged the court to hear the appeal and prohibit wealthy corporations like Georgia-Pacific from evading lawsuits by utilizing bankrupt shell entities.

Georgia-Pacific was an innovator in 2017 when it implemented the Texas two-step legal strategy, so named due to its application of the Texas "divisional merger" law, to transfer its asbestos liabilities to a newly established subsidiary, Bestwall.

Subsequently, Bestwall initiated bankruptcy proceedings in North Carolina. As of the filing date, the organization was confronted with 64,000 asbestos-related legal actions.

In amicus briefs, the senators and state attorneys general contend that Georgia-Pacific, a corporation valued at tens of billions of dollars, is exploiting the U.S. bankruptcy system to shield its assets from plaintiffs whose litigation it has instigated against its products by halting the progression of their claims, all without resorting to initiating bankruptcy proceedings itself.

Bankruptcy, according to Georgia-Pacific and other corporations that have utilized the strategy, is a more efficient and fair method of compensating victims in mass tort cases.

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