A federal judge wrote that Trump “more likely than not” broke the law by obstructing Congress trying to block Biden’s 2020 win; Trump sues Clinton over 2016 election, Fla. passes anti-indoctrination law, and more in politics.
A federal judge presiding over a civil suit concluded on Monday that, in 2020, then-President Donald Trump engaged in conduct constituting a federal crime by trying to obstruct the congressional count of electoral college votes on January 6, 2021, the Washington Post reported.
The judge argued that Trump and lawyer John Eastman engaged in criminal conduct in their plan to have then-Vice President Mike Pence determine the results of the 2020 election, The Hill reported.
“Based on the evidence, the Court finds it more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021,” Judge David Carter wrote Monday, CNN reported.
“The illegality of the plan was obvious,” Judge David Carter wrote in a 44-page decision.
“Their campaign was not confined to the ivory tower — it was a coup in search of a legal theory,” Carter wrote, rejecting Eastman’s bid to withhold documents from a select House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, CNBC reported.
Republican Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed the “parental rights in education bill,” dubbed the “don’t say gay bill” by its opponents and critics, until the law on Monday. The legislation bans classroom instruction on gender identity or sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade. The law further states that education on such topics cannot occur “in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards,” according to the legislation, HB 1557, ABC reported. Parents will have the right to sue the school district if they believe any requirements or restrictions have been violated.
“We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination,” DeSantis said before signing the bill into law, which goes into effect on July 1.
Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit four days ago against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and others. The lawsuit alleges the parties “maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative” that accuses his campaign of colluding with Russia during the 2016 presidential race, the Washington Post reported. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of “acting in concert” and “falsifying evidence, deceiving law enforcement, and exploiting access to highly-sensitive data sources.”
In the lawsuit, Trump claims he incurred over $24 million to defend himself against the accusations. He is seeking damages of triple the amount.
The lawsuit comes more than five years after the 2016 election, and as the probe and indictments filed by special investigator John Durham start to bring evidence to light.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign or face impeachment.
“Clarence Thomas should resign,” AOC wrote on Twitter. “If not, his failure to disclose income from right-wing organizations, recuse himself from matters involving his wife, and his vote to block the Jan 6th commission from key information must be investigated and could serve as grounds for impeachment.”
The backlash from AOC and other Democratic lawmakers comes in the wake of reports revealing Thomas’ wife’s involvement in efforts to assist in overturning the electoral defeat of former President Donald Trump, the Hill reported. Thomas was the only dissenting vote in a ruling clearing House investigators in obtaining Trump-era White House records involving the Capitol’s January 6, 2021 storming.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to the Supreme Court on Monday requesting Justice Thomas recuse himself from any future cases involving the January 6 incident at the capitol or efforts to overturn the 2020 election, the Washington Post reported. Warren also called for a “written explanation for his failure to recuse himself” in previous cases on those subjects.