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Trump’s lawyers ask for a last-minute meeting with AG Merrick Garland over docs investigation, signaling an indictment could be near

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  • Trump’s lawyers requested a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland in a Tuesday letter.
  • The letter argued Trump is being “treated unfairly,” and has been “baselessly investigated.”
  • Legal scholars indicate the move may signal Trump fears an indictment is looming.

Donald Trump’s lawyers in a Tuesday letter requested to meet directly with Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the ongoing investigation over classified documents.

“Unlike President Biden, his son Hunter, and the Biden family, President Trump is being treated unfairly,” the letter, posted by Trump to Truth Social, read. “No President of the United States has ever, in the history of our country, been baselessly investigated in such an outrageous and unlawful manner.” 

Legal scholars argue the move to request an audience with Garland, the individual in charge of determining whether charges will be brought, may signal the former president is anticipating a looming indictment.

“This may mean Special Counsel Jack Smith has ALREADY reached a charging decision — and now all that’s left is for Garland to make the final approval to seek an indictment of Trump,” Tristan Snell, a former assistant attorney general for New York state who prosecuted Trump over his fraudulent university, posted on Twitter. 

The DOJ and lawyers for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. However, Trump has denied wrongdoing in his handling of classified documents.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

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Texas AG Ken Paxton accused the state’s House Speaker Dade Phelan of being intoxicated during a late night vote as Texas House panel investigates AG

Texas House Speaker Dade PhelanTexas House Speaker Dade Phelan gavels in the 87th Legislature’s special session at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas.

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  • An intraparty GOP feud is brewing in Texas state politics between AG Ken Paxton and House Speaker Dade Phelan.
  • Paxton accused Phelan of being drunk during a late-night Friday legislative session in a now-viral clip.
  • After Paxton called on him to resign, Phelan said the incident was a distraction from an inquiry into Paxton’s alleged bribery.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accused the Texas state House Speaker of being drunk during a vote and called for his resignation, while Speaker Dade Phelan is calling the move political, amid a deepening intraparty feud.

During a late-night vote last Friday, Phelan, a Republican, appeared impaired and slurred his words at the tail end of a 14-hour session, per a video.

Paxton and other intraparty rivals of Phelan boosted a video of the incident over the weekend.

By Tuesday, Paxton publicly called on Phelan to resign.

“After much consideration, it is with profound disappointment that I call on Speaker Dade Phelan to resign at the end of this legislative session,” Paxton said in a statement on Twitter. “His conduct has negatively impacted the legislative process and constitutes a failure to live up to his duty to the public.”

According to the Tribune, an unnamed advocacy group also used the clip of Phelan for damaging campaign material, sending the video to journalists en masse, calling Phelan “Drunk Dade.”


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But Dade’s office maintained that the campaign launched by Paxton and other GOP legislators in Texas was politically motivated.

According to KXAN, some of the ultra-conservative GOP legislators who spoke out against Phelan over the weekend often clash heads with him for appointing Democrats to committees in the legislature.

Political consultant Derek Ryan tweeted that the legislature had sat through a 14-hour session last Friday and blamed Phelan’s speech on “exhaustion.”

In a statement sent to Insider, Phelan’s office noted an upcoming Wednesday state House committee hearing that is centered on Paxton’s dealings, related to four former aides-turned-whistleblowers who filed a lawsuit against the AG. Phelan’s office did not address whether Dade was intoxicated in the video from last Friday.

In 2020, Paxton’s former staff alleged that Paxton had abused his office and committed bribery, and two were fired while the other two were placed on leave after doing so. Paxton has denied the allegations.

In February 2023, Paxton’s office announced a $3.3 million settlement with the four whistleblowers and authorized taxpayer dollars to pay for it, according to the Texas Tribune.

Legislators, including Dade, have been reluctant to authorize taxpayer funds for the settlement, the Texas Tribune reported in March. On Tuesday, his office told Insider that Paxton’s office was subpoenaed in relation to the whistleblower investigation.

“The motives for and timing behind Paxton’s statement today couldn’t be more evident,” Dade’s office said in the statement. “Mr. Paxton’s statement today amounts to little more than a last-ditch effort to save face.”

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INTERNATIONAL EDITION: A Default On America’s Debt Could Roil US and Global Economies

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Priest Killed in Mexico; 9th Slain in Country in Past 4 Years

A Roman Catholic priest has been killed in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, the ninth slain in the country in the past four years.

The church’s Catholic Multimedia Center identified the priest as Rev. Javier García Villafaña, who had been assigned to the Capacho parish in Huandacareo just one month earlier.

The Michoacan state prosecutor’s office said that García’s body had several gunshot wounds and was found inside a vehicle.

The killing came one day after the Mexican Episcopal Conference expressed its solidarity and condemnation of an attack against Monsignor Faustino Armendáriz Jiménez, archbishop of the northern state of Durango.

On Sunday, an elderly man tried to stab Armendáriz in Durango’s cathedral. The archbishop escaped uninjured.

The conference said in a statement that it condemned García’s killing and called on authorities to find those responsible.

“It is a painful reminder of the serious situation we face as a society, in which the presence of organized crime and impunity continue threatening the lives and safety of so many,” the statement said.

The Catholic Multimedia Center said in the statement that García was shot while driving near Capacho on the shores of Cuitzeo lake.

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Transcripts of Kissinger’s Calls Reveal His Culpability

President Richard Nixon was in rare form, though in reality, it was none too rare. “The whole goddamn Air Force over there farting around doing nothing,” he barked at his national security adviser Henry Kissinger during a phone call on December 9, 1970. He called for a huge increase in attacks in Cambodia. “I want it done!! Get them off their ass and get them to work now.”

As Nixon rambled and ranted — calling for more strikes by bombers and helicopter gunships — Kissinger’s replies were short and clipped: “Right.” “Exactly.” “Absolutely, right.” We know this because, while Nixon was fuming about “assholes” who said there was a “crisis in Cambodia,” the conversation was being recorded. It wasn’t the secret White House taping system that finally laid Nixon low as part of the scandal that came to be known as Watergate, but Kissinger’s own clandestine eavesdropping system. Later, it was up to Kissinger’s secretary Judy Johnson to transcribe that night’s exchange and add in the single, double, triple, and even quadruple exclamation points to capture the spirit of the call and accurately punctuate the president’s words.

Johnson was new on the job when she heard the December 9, 1970, exchange. She was just one of many Kissinger secretaries and aides who, during his years working for the White House, either listened in on an extension and transcribed conversations in shorthand or typed up the transcripts later from Kissinger’s own Dictabelt recording system that, according to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s 1976 book “The Final Days,” was hooked up to a telephone “housed in the credenza behind his secretary’s desk and … automatically activated when the telephone receiver was picked up.”

The transcripts offer a window into policymaking in the Nixon White House, Kissinger’s key role, and how so many Cambodians came to be killed by American military aircraft. Johnson was somewhat reluctant to talk about them and expressed surprise that they were publicly available.

Decades later, the heated December 1970 exchange didn’t stick out in Johnson’s mind, she told The Intercept. None of their conversations did. It was a long time ago and, she said, “there was a lot of stuff going on” at the White House. Johnson didn’t know whether Nixon was aware of Kissinger’s eavesdropping activities or why her boss recorded all his calls. Ask him yourself, she said. When I tried to interview him, Kissinger stormed off and his staff ignored follow-up requests for more than a decade. Johnson also cautioned that it was very hard to get an accurate sense of a conversation from the transcripts alone. There were nuances, she said, that were missing.

“Those conversations were strenuously edited,” said Roger Morris, a Kissinger aide who resigned in protest of the U.S. invasion of Cambodia in 1970 and had listened to many conversations between Nixon and his national security adviser. The men and women who took down the text didn’t completely eliminate the spirit of the conversations, but if you were listening to calls in their raw, original form, it was more disconcerting. “It was worse because the words were slurred and you knew you had a drunk at the other end,” he said of Nixon.

Did Johnson suspect that Nixon had been drinking when he called to direct policy and give orders? “If I did, I wouldn’t tell you,” she said. Any evidence is apparently gone forever. In a 1999 letter to Foreign Affairs, Kissinger claimed that the tapes of phone calls made in his office were destroyed after being transcribed. No notes or other materials involved in the transcription survived either, according to a 2004 report by the Nixon Presidential Materials Staff of the U.S. National Archives.

President Richard Nixon meets with National Security Affairs Advisor Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office. (Photo by © Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

President Richard Nixon meets with national security adviser Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office on Oct. 15, 1971.

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Johnson joined Kissinger’s staff in late 1970, before moving on to the White House press office in 1971 where she stayed until Nixon’s resignation in 1974. After a brief stint in the administration of President Gerald Ford, she moved to California and worked as a researcher for Nixon, who was then writing his memoirs. She might have been starry-eyed when she first arrived at the White House, she told me, but listening in on high-level phone conversations quickly disabused her of the notion that these were “super people.” She termed Nixon’s coarse talk “typical male language.”

Johnson took down Kissinger’s conversations using shorthand, she told me, repeatedly emphasizing how difficult it was to transcribe conversations like these perfectly. A “shit” or a “damn” might go missing, but there was no deliberate censorship and nothing was sanitized, she said. Morris recalled it differently. While Nixon’s remarks might be prettied up, he told me, it was Kissinger’s own acid-tongued ripostes that subordinates were supposed to excise to protect their boss. Privately, Kissinger called Nixon a madman, said he had a “meatball mind,” and referred to him as “our drunken friend.” 

“I just had a call from our friend,” Kissinger told his aide Alexander Haig moments after getting off the phone with Nixon on that December night, according to Johnson’s transcript. The president “wants a massive bombing campaign in Cambodia,” Kissinger told Haig. “He doesn’t want to hear anything. It’s an order, it’s to be done. Anything that flies on anything that moves. You got that?” In a notation, Johnson indicated that while it was difficult to hear him, it sounded as if Haig started laughing.

When I mentioned these orders and asked about Nixon’s drinking, Johnson emphasized that there were buffers in place. Policy changes, she told me, weren’t as simple as a presidential order given by phone. Many discussions would occur before instructions were carried out. But Kissinger’s immediate and blunt relay of Nixon’s command suggests otherwise. The raw number of U.S. attacks in Cambodia does too. While they had no explanation for it at the time, The Associated Press found that compared with November 1970, the number of sorties by U.S. gunships and bombers in Cambodia had tripled by the end of December to nearly 1,700.

Was the reason for it — and the Cambodian deaths that resulted — a drunken president’s order, passed along swiftly and unquestioningly by Henry Kissinger? Nixon and Haig have been dead for many years, and Johnson passed away earlier this month. That leaves only Kissinger to answer the question — and to answer for the deaths.

The post Transcripts of Kissinger’s Calls Reveal His Culpability appeared first on The Intercept.

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Republicans, Democrats spar over immigration policy

(NewsNation) — As the national debate over immigration policy continues, Republicans and Democrats sparred in a hearing regarding current border policies.

Tammy Nobles, whose daughter Kayla Hamilton was allegedly murdered by an undocumented MS-13 gang member who entered the country as an unaccompanied minor, testified at one such debate.

Nobles’ emotional testimony kicked off a hearing where politicians on both sides of the aisle argued heatedly over immigration policy in the U.S.

Democrats stressed the need for increased legal pathways to remove cartel control over the border and reduce human smuggling, while Republicans placed blame for the border crisis at President Joe Biden’s feet.

Few lawmakers spoke to Noble over the course of the hearing, although she was questioned on whether or not she knew any other families with stories similar to her own. She did not and said that was why she was speaking up; to prevent another tragedy from happening to another family.

It’s difficult to track how many homicides are committed by undocumented immigrants, although such crimes are frequently brought up in the political debate over immigration policy. ICE data from 2020 showed 1,837 individuals arrested for violations of immigration policy had a homicide charge or conviction on their record.

FBI data from the same year showed 21,570 homicides committed in the U.S., meaning only 8.5% of homicides involved or were suspected to involve someone who crossed into the country illegally.

For families like Nobles, that can put them in the crosshairs of an ongoing political debate over immigration policy. During this latest hearing, Republicans and Democrats largely questioned their own witnesses, painting vastly different pictures of the U.S. immigration system.

While both sides of the aisle have blamed current and former presidents for the current state of the immigration system, Congress has failed to pass meaningful immigration reform since the 1990s.

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