Trump news live: Two New York attorneys general in ex-president’s case resign, State Department also absent from Putin’s remarks

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Donald Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as “smart” and described his move toward Ukraine as “genius” in a new interview.

Putin’s moves toward a possible full-fledged invasion of Ukraine have led a number of Republicans to seek to blame Joe Biden for the crisis, arguing that Russia had not invaded any country while Trump was president — despite the fact that he has repeatedly sided with Mr. Putin on the US military and intelligence agencies, disdain for NATO, and tried to blackmail the Ukrainian government to investigate the Biden family.

Trump initially broke his silence on the Russia-Ukraine crisis Tuesday morning with a tweet posted by his spokesperson claiming that his relationship with Putin would have prevented the crisis.

Last night, White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke to Trump about his characterization of Putin, saying in her briefing: “As a political matter, we try not to take advice from anyone praising President Putin and his military strategy, which I believe is what happened there.”

Regarding concerns that Mr. Trump’s comments could help turn the Russian invasion into a wedge issue in American politics, she said: “You know, I think it’s up to members of the Republican Party to decide and make the decision.”

Since then, several party members have spoken out about the president’s comments.

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Oliver O’ConnellFeb 23 2022 20:22

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Statement from President Biden on Nord Stream 2



Since Russia began deploying its forces to the Ukrainian border, the United States has worked closely with our allies and partners to provide a strong and united response. As I said when I met Chancellor Schulz earlier this month, Germany has been a leader in this effort, and we have closely coordinated our efforts to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine.

Yesterday, after more close consultations between our two governments, Germany announced that it would halt certification of the pipeline. Today, I directed my administration to sanction Nord Stream 2 AG and its affiliates’ officials. These steps are another part of the initial tranche of sanctions in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. As I made clear, we will not hesitate to take further steps if Russia continues to escalate.

Through his actions, President Putin has provided the world with an overwhelming incentive to move away from Russian gas and other forms of energy. I would like to thank Chancellor Schultz for his close partnership and continued dedication to holding Russia accountable for its actions.

White House

Oliver O’ConnellFeb 23 2022 20:17

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Proving Trump’s criminal case is more difficult than a civil investigation

The resignations and the apparent halt in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg v. Trump’s case coincide with increased activity in the parallel civil investigation by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, which is also looking into Trump’s business conduct.

James’ investigation focuses on the way the Trump Organization may have misinterpreted the value of its holdings. As of last week, she was able to question the former president, his son Don Jr., and his daughter Ivanka, who were both active in the field.

The state’s attorney general lacks the authority to bring criminal charges against Trump, but she can prosecute him.

Mr. Trump denies the accusations.

The Manhattan DA office must meet higher standards to file a criminal case against Trump and has been hampered by the inability to persuade any of the company’s executives to cooperate.

There are two other criminal investigations into Mr. Trump – one in Georgia over the 2020 election, and one in Westchester County, New York, similar in nature to the Manhattan investigation, but related to Trump’s golf course.

Oliver O’ConnellFeb 23 2022 20:05

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State of the Union 2022: What you need to know

Joe Somerlad explains everything you need to know.

Oliver O’ConnellFebruary 23, 2022 20:00

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Two attorneys general have resigned in the New York Trump investigation

New York times Reports Two of the prosecutors leading the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation into former President Donald Trump and his business practices abruptly resigned Wednesday.

Their resignations come amid a month-long hiatus in their presentation of evidence to a grand jury, and the future of the high-stakes investigation is now in grave doubt.

The paper cites people who have knowledge of the topic.

Sources said Carrie Dunn and Mark Pomerantz submitted their resignations after the new Manhattan attorney general, Alvin Bragg, indicated he had doubts about moving forward with a case against Trump.

Mr. Pomerantz confirmed to times In a brief interview he had resigned, but declined to go into details. Mr. Dunn declined to comment.

Oliver O’ConnellFeb 23 2022 19:47

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Trump: Putin’s ‘genius’ peacekeepers can help on US southern border

Donald Trump He says a few Russian peacekeeping tanks are moving in Ukraine He would be welcome on the southern border, where the former president claims 10 million illegal immigrants are “rushing” the United States.

“and he [Vladimir Putin] I will go and be one of the peacekeepers. This is the most powerful peace force…we can use it on our southern border,” said Mr. Trump. There were more Army tanks than ever. They will keep the peace just fine.”

Justin Vallejo has the story.

Oliver O’ConnellFeb 23 2022 19:25

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US warns Putin ‘as prepared as possible’ for all-out invasion of Ukraine

Russian President Russian President Vladimir Putin “As prepared as possible” for a large-scale invasion of Ukrainea US official warned.

The United States believes that the Russian military has 80 percent of the forces massed around Ukraine in a position to attack to launch an invasion at any time.

Oliver O’ConnellFeb 23 2022 19:04

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Majority of Florida Voters Oppose ‘Don’t Say Like Me’ Bill

FloridaThe House passed the so-called “Don’t Say Like Me” bill and put the abused law to a final vote despite widespread rejection among voters.

as legislators Final version passed Of the bill on Tuesday, a poll showed that about a third of voters (34 percent) support the legislation “somewhat or strongly.”

Oliver O’ConnellFeb 23 2022 18:40

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Voices: Attacking Bernie Sanders on US imperialism and Putin misses the point

Nathan McDermott wrote, Read the transcript of Putin’s recent speech and the truth of the situation will be crystal clear.

Oliver O’ConnellFeb 23 2022 18:21

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Steve Jobs’ son refuses to comment on report he may run for Pelosi’s seat

Red Jobs, son of an Apple founding partner Steve JobsHe refused to comment on an article about the rumors he once considered running for Nancy PelosiIn Congress when you finally retire.

The 81-year-old speaker Parliamentwho represented him San Francisco Since 1987, she announced last month that she would run for re-election this year. However, if the Republican Party retakes the House – as is widely expected – many expect that she may relinquish the Democratic leadership and retire from her seat at the end of the next term.

Oliver O’ConnellFeb 23 2022 18:01

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