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Trump still under investigation in New York — but he’s confident charges will only make him more popular

Trump still under investigation in New YorkFormer president Donald Trump remains under investigation by prosecutors in New York after his family business and longtime accountant were indicted on tax-related crimes, but he’s reportedly confident that criminal charges would only make him more popular.

Two witnesses who testified before the Manhattan grand jury confirmed the ex-president is still being investigated, reported The Daily Beast, although longtime advisers have reassured Trump that his Republican base will remain loyal if he chooses to run again in 2024.

“The numbers don’t change — rock solid,” said Trump pollster John McLaughlin, who says his own polling data shows criminal charges would not dent that support. “Attacks on President Trump galvanize his base.”

Trump claimed at a Sarasota, Florida, rally over the weekend that he was ignorant of the tax laws his chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg is accused of breaking, but legal experts say his past claims to being the “king of tax law” could prove “devastating” to his defense.

“Those prior inconsistent statements will undermine his claim of lack of knowledge on cross-examination,” said Carl Bornstein, a former New York prosecutor who now teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Despite his alleged confidence in weathering a criminal case politically, the former president has privately lamented the continuing investigations into Trump Organization would add to his growing stack of legal bills, sources told The Daily Beast.

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House GOP bristles as a Jan. 6 investigation lands in its lap

Privately, lawmakers predict that McCarthy — if he opts to appoint members — will gravitate towards controllable Trump acolytes who can work to snarl the select committee’s progress. Already some of the GOP’s biggest firebrands are asking McCarthy to join the panel, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia publicly pushing to be seated on the panel. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is also openly expressing his interest. And Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado is also seeking to land a spot, according to GOP conference sources.

On the other end of the House Republican spectrum, two members who voted to certify Trump’s loss said on condition of anonymity that they want nothing to do with the select committee out of fear that its work would capture Trump’s notice.

“I worry that a more partisan committee will make it harder for the findings of the investigation to be viewed as credible by the broad swaths of the electorate, and that’s my main concern,” said Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), who voted to impeach Trump in February.

Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), another pro-impeachment voter who opposes the select committee, told POLITICO: “It’s exactly what I was hoping we wouldn’t have, because it’s going to be politicized.” Katko worked with Democrats to negotiate a 9/11-style commission to examine the insurrection, but GOP leadership ultimately torpedoed his efforts.

Yet two of Trump’s most active critics in the party, Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), have declined to pull their names from consideration as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s potential GOP appointee to the committee.

The vast majority of House Republicans who are wary of the select committee have their reasons: They claim it will be a partisan effort to attack Trump and warn that McCarthy could be called as a witness as Democrats seek further details from a profanity-laced phone call he had with the former president during the attack. McCarthy has said he’s willing to testify and repeated that sentiment Friday, responding that “I have no problem talking about Trump.”

Democrats are eager to use the moment to make McCarthy’s conversation an uncomfortable one. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the lead impeachment manager during Trump’s Senate trial in February, said most Republicans have moved on from the attack in record time.

“There were people who went from being brave defenders of the House door to revisionists, asserting that the whole thing was a ‘tourist group.’ And that did happen in record time,” Raskin said in an interview, adding that “we are all partisan to different degrees, but there’s certain things where we shouldn’t be partisan.”

Raskin’s party isn’t alone in looking for McCarthy to take a stronger stand against Republicans who have downplayed the pro-Trump riot. D.C. Police Officer Michael Fanone, who was injured during the response on Jan. 6, pressed McCarthy during a meeting Friday afternoon to chastise those GOP lawmakers. According to Fanone, McCarthy said he would handle it on a “personal level,” a response that disappointed the officer.

But House Republicans have their own scores to settle over the insurrection.

Chief among them is the allegation by Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) that some GOP members participated in reconnaissance of the Capitol ahead of the Jan. 6 attack — a claim she has yet to substantiate. Sherrill, a former Navy pilot who also previously worked in the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey, said she has turned over information about what she saw on the eve of the riot to federal investigators, noting that any action on such material tends to take time.

“We’re seeing information come out about the planning that went into that,” Sherrill said. “I don’t really want to comment on what I’ve seen. Some of it is still under investigation, so it hasn’t been publicly released right now.”

Author: Olivia Beavers
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Murder suspect dies at Travis County jail, investigation underway into death

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A suspect accused of murder died this weekend in the Travis County jail.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office reported that staff members found Anthony Ryan Lilley, 31, unresponsive in his cell Saturday morning at the Travis County Correctional Complex. Deputies said employees started CPR and called EMS, who also responded but ultimately could not revive Lilley.

Police arrested Lilley on June 15 following a shooting that killed Travis Ray Clements in southeast Austin.

The sheriff’s office stated an investigation into the in-custody death is underway by the Internal Affairs Unit, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Texas Rangers and the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy happened Sunday, and the sheriff’s office said the final report is pending toxicology results.

What happened on Todd Lane, according to police

According to the Austin Police Department, a woman called 911 on June 11, saying she had been robbed and shot. When officers arrived at 4123 Todd Lane, police found the woman and her husband, Clements, shot. Clements was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:29 p.m., police say.

APD says the couple knew Lilley, and drove to the southeast Austin location with their three children to meet with the suspect. During the meeting, shots were fired hitting both victims. Lilley reportedly left the scene.

The children were taken to a family member by crisis counselors. The woman was taken by medics to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police say.

Author: Will DuPree
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Georgetown husband facing murder charge after investigation into wife's disappearance

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A Georgetown man is facing a murder charge after an investigation into his wife’s disappearance this past February.

At last check, Travis Hall is being held in jail on a $ 1 million bond.

His wife, Julie Hall, reportedly disappeared Feb. 19. She was last seen at her apartment and didn’t report for work the following Monday. She was a Hutto Independent School District special education aide.

KXAN has reached out to the District Attorney’s Office to see if Hall’s murder charge is connected to Julie’s disappearance.

According to a previous arrest affidavit, Hall was caught lying about where she and he were and what he did in the days leading up to and after she was reportedly missing.

Hall lied about Julie’s whereabouts to his children and police, the affidavit says, saying she went to visit her sister the day she disappeared. Her sister told investigators there were no such plans and Julie didn’t visit her. He also told police he had gone to Houston on Feb. 20 for a plumbing job, but later admitted to police he had been unfaithful and used a debit card in Julie’s name while in Houston after having dinner with the woman he admitted to having an affair with, the affidavit says.

Hall said he deleted text messages from his phone that detailed the affair and used Julie’s phone to send text messages and lie about her status to other family members, according to the affidavit.

The Texas Rangers found a confession letter in the couple’s apartment days after Julie’s disappearance, which read, “I’m sorry! I killed your mother in her sleep.” The letter was signed, “Dad.”

That letter, which led to a search warrant, also led to the discovery of blood spatters in the bedroom and evidence of a cleaning agent used on the floor.

Hall’s previous charges included tampering with evidence.

Author: Chelsea Moreno
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Milton Keynes: Shots fired as man dies in ‘serious incident’ – investigation launched

A mandatory independent investigation into police conduct during the incident has been launched. Officers were called to Denmead, Two Mile Ash, Milton Keynes at around 9.40am on Friday morning after reports of an ongoing ‘serious disturbance’ at a residence.

Thames Valley Police said in a statement: “Within minutes officers attended the scene, [and] a forced entry was made into a property, acting on witness information.

“On entry officers observed a man in his 30s, who appeared to be deceased, as well as a young child with serious injuries.

“They encountered a man in his 20s, within the property.

“At this early stage of the investigation, it is understood that officers deployed Taser, before shots were fired at the man.”

The force described it as a “serious incident”.

Thames Valley Police said immediate first aid was given by officers to the man in his 20s before he was treated by ambulance crews.

However, the man was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been notified as part of a mandatory referral and they have launched an independent investigation.

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Christian Bunt, Assistant Chief Constable, said: “What has happened this morning can only be described as absolutely tragic and will no doubt have an impact on the community.

“Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by this incident.

“Our Major Crime Unit are working closely with the IOPC to understand exactly what has happened.

“At this stage no one else is being sought in relation to this investigation and we are seeking to support everyone involved.

“Members of the community will see an increased police presence.

“We would ask anyone who has any concerns or information to please speak to one of our uniformed officers.”

Anyone who may have information is urged to call 101 or report online quoting reference 20210626-0652

If they wish to remain anonymous they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Family of slain Austin mass shooting victim has ‘no faith’ in investigation

Family of slain Austin mass shooting victim

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The news that the Travis County District Attorney will drop all charges against the two teenagers previously in custody for the mass shooting in downtown Austin is not sitting well with the family of the man killed in the crossfire.

Nick Kantor, whose brother Douglas Kantor died after the June 12 incident on Sixth Street, said he has little faith in DA José Garza — and believes the investigation is heading in the wrong direction.

Douglas Kantor
Doug Kantor graduation photo from the University of Michigan. Kantor died several days after the mass shooting in downtown Austin. Photo provided by Kantor family

“Basically, what I took away from the press conference was that they are not prosecuting violent criminals anymore,” Kantor said. “Nothing we can do now is going to bring my brother back. And that’s something we have to accept and grieve in our own way. But moving forward, we don’t want to see more people going through what we are going through.”

The Austin Police Department has spent the last week and a half interviewing new witnesses and combing through video and ballistic evidence. It’s what led them to their sole suspect, 19-year-old De’ondre Jermirris White, of Killeen, a man they say is a fugitive and who is likely still armed.

Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said evidence shows the two previous teenage suspects also pulled out guns that night. However, not enough evidence exists to prove they actually fired the weapons.

Douglas Kantor died from his injuries just after 12 p.m. on Sunday June 13 at the age of 25. In addition to Kantor, 14 other people were injured in the incident.

Douglas Kantor’s uncle, Larry Lightner, expressed his disappointment about the teens’ release.

“If I go to Texas, I can now expect to be shot? Is that the idea? By a 15-year-old and he can leave and go do his homework?” Lightner told KXAN’s Alex Caprariello in a Tuesday interview. “… I’m not having it that these other two kids were sitting around eating ice cream…”

Garza said he plans to charge White, who investigators believe fired most of the shots, with murder. The district attorney said a special team of investigators, dedicated to murder and other major crimes, will be working with APD during the investigation.

“What we are focused on, what our responsibility is, is to hold the person who committed murder, and who injured 13 people on our streets a couple of weeks ago, accountable,” Garza said. “That is our focus. And what we are doing right now is ensuring that we have the best case possible in order to do that.”

Chacon said that during an investigation of this magnitude, new information comes in daily, which often conflicts and supersedes previous reports.

“The information starts coming in and that information always seems to change. And sometimes we will get information that proves to be incorrect,” Chacon said. “As the case progresses, we actually kind of zeroed in on the right person, the person who actually pulled the trigger and is responsible for the multiple shootings.”

The chief said through examining ballistic evidence, there is proof White’s gun was linked to Kantor’s murder. It’s also been linked to other violent crimes, which he says will also be investigated. Chacon said all resources in this investigation will now be poured into tracking White down.

Even still, Kantor believes this won’t bring his family justice. He wishes the other teenagers would also receive a punishment for their crimes, where evidence exists to prove their involvement.

“This was a planned hit. This was the making of an assassination. And my brother was caught in the crossfire. And these assassins were free to go,” Kantor said. “I have no faith in what is going on down there.”

Reach KXAN’s Alex Caprariello by email at [email protected] or by phone at 512-703-5365, or find him on Twitter and Facebook.

Author: Alex Caprariello
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Market Harborough stabbing: Man, 21, taken to hospital – investigation launched

He was found with stab wounds in the car park of Sainsbury’s in Market Harborough at 9.20pm and collected by Air Ambulance. Investigating officers believe he was attacked in the Britannia Walk and Nithsdale Crescent area of the town.

These areas have been cordoned off for forensic examination while inquiries continue.

Leicestershire Police has asked any witnesses – or those with useful information – to contact 101, quoting incident 662 of June 12.

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Joe Biden urges deep investigation into Covid origin as Wuhan lab leak theory persists

The US president has asked his own intelligence agencies to “redouble” their efforts to find the true origin of the Covid-19 outbreak. He also called upon the international community to pressure Beijing into allowing “a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation”. Mr Biden admitted that US intelligence agencies were split over the origins of the coronavirus.
While some in the intelligence community believed the deadly virus originated naturally, others claimed the virus leaked from a Wuhan laboratory.

The Democrat said that as yet there was no conclusive evidence to validate either theory.

In a statement on Wednesday, he said: “I have now asked the intelligence community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyse information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days.”

Earlier this year, a group of internationals scientists from the World Health Organisation visited Wuhan, believed to be the epicentre of the pandemic.

Their objective was to try and provide a definitive answer to the origins of the deadly virus.

The team concluded that the most plausible explanation was that the the virus was a naturally occurring phenomenon that jumped from animals to humans.

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She told journalists at the time that the report lacked “crucial data, information, and access.”

Suspicions that the virus originated from a laboratory accident in Wuhan were ignited once again by a report in the Washington Street Journal last week.

Citing previously undisclosed intelligence reports, the paper claimed that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology came down with Covid-like symptoms in November 2019, shortly before the first cases were reported.

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Couple says Leander police didn't conduct proper DWI investigation on suspect due to ties with governor

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — A Round Rock attorney says he and his clients want answers after a car crash in Leander on Valentine’s Day.

They say a proper DWI investigation wasn’t done after they claim police found out the driver who hit them worked for Governor Greg Abbott.

Roberto Flores of Carlson Law Firm is an attorney for the couple from Liberty Hill who says they’re sharing what happened to ensure police apply the law equally.

Flores says his clients were stopped at a Leander intersection when another driver rear-ended their car.

“We, in the process of investigating these claims, do open records requests and one thing we found was the dashcam of…from the police,” Flores said.

He sent that dash cam video to KXAN. You can see officers take the driver in question to a nearby gas station for a sobriety test, just out of view of the camera.

Police say the driver appeared to be “confused and incoherent at times.”

“What was your impression of that guy when they were talking to him?” One officer can be heard asking another when they enter their squad car.

“His eyes were really red,” the officer replies. “He wasn’t out in the wind that long, so I don’t think it’s from the wind. He was swaying a little bit.”

Police say a breath test showed no evidence of alcohol use but couldn’t provide the results of the field sobriety test because a case report wasn’t completed.

“A report was not required because the officers did not believe that a crime was committed,” said Leander’s assistant police chief.

While Leander police say there was no evidence of alcohol on the driver, they did not conduct a drug test.

Audio is cut from parts of the dash cam video but you can hear officers point out inconsistencies with the driver’s story and timeline — he had told them he had a meeting at the capitol.

“Can you and I agree that there’s — there’s something going on?” an officer says to the driver, who is in the back of the officer’s squad car.

On the dashcam video, officers also discuss calling the Texas Capitol.

“His coworker indicated that there was no meeting today,” one officer said.

Police say they took the man to the emergency center “out of precaution.”

Flores believes Leander police didn’t follow proper procedures.

“I would also like — and I think my clients would also like — answers about why Leander…did not go through the full process of this. I would like an unredacted version of the dashcam report, and I would like to know why they didn’t do something they would have likely done for any other person,” Flores said.

KXAN hasn’t been able to confirm that the driver is, in fact, an aide to the governor but did find a person with the same name listed on his staff directory page.

KXAN is not revealing his name because he hasn’t been charged with a crime.

It is also important to point out the video shows officers are aware the driver had connections at the Capitol, but it’s unclear they knew about his alleged ties to the governor.

KXAN has reached out to the governor’s office several times for comment, but they have not yet responded.

Author: Tahera Rahman
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin