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'He did nothing!': Video shows Minneapolis cop throwing 64-year-old Black man to the ground

A Minneapolis police officer is under investigation after he was caught on video throwing a 64-year-old Black man to the ground inside a grocery store for unknown reasons.

"In the almost five-minute video, officer Christopher Lange is seen aggressively grabbing Troy Lee Billups and pushing him onto the ground in an attempt to arrest him" inside an Aldi store on Wednesday, according to a report from Fox Channel 9.

"The person recording the video is heard telling officer Lange that it was 'two people having a conversation together, and you decided to escalate the situation by shoving him,'" the station reported.

"You’re supposed to de-escalate. How is this de-escalating?" the person recording can be heard saying. "What are you doing? Why is he under arrest?"

After Lange says "You're under arrest," Billups can be heard responding "For what?" and yelling "Let me go."

"When Lange did let go, Billups rebuked him for apparently shoving a young man in the store earlier," the Star Tribune reported.

"You gotta keep your hands off him," Billups told Lange. "You don't put your hands on no young kid."

Lange eventually escorted Billups outside before handcuffing him.

"All I did was tell him, 'Don't touch the kid,'" Billups told another nearby officer as Lange emptied his groceries on the hood of a squad car.

Billups was charged with obstructing legal process with force, and later released without bail. Minneapolis police said the matter is being evaluated by the Office of Police Conduct Review.

"Department policy and training continues to emphasize the importance of de-escalation efforts to stabilize and resolve situations when safe and feasible," MPD spokesperson Garrett Parten said.

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Judge grills Trump lawyer over rape allegation: How is saying 'she's not my type' part of presidential duties?

On Friday, a federal appeals court in New York heard arguments over whether the Justice Department should take over the defense of former President Donald Trump in the defamation suit by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who has accused him of raping her in a department store in the late 1990s.

One of the pivotal moments of the arguments, according to BuzzFeed News, came when one judge asked Trump's legal counsel how the former president's statements against Carroll were part of his official duties.

"In one interview responding to Carroll’s accusation, he was quoted as saying, 'I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened,'" reported Zoe Tillman. "That comment jumped out to Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who pressed Trump’s personal attorney Alina Habba to explain why the court should find that making that kind of comment was within Trump’s 'scope of employment' as president. 'Who is he serving when he says something like, ‘she’s not my type?’ Is he serving the United States of America when he makes that statement?' Chin, who was confirmed under former president Barack Obama, asked."

According to the report, "Habba replied that it was part of his job as president because he had to respond to Carroll’s allegation to the extent it affected his ability to serve."

The Justice Department announced in June that it is continuing to try to take over the case. In September, they asked the court to stay all proceedings, but this request was denied.

'I am never a minute late': Trial unearths Elizabeth Holmes's bizarre written daily schedule

The fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has unearthed her written daily schedule in which she makes a series of bizarre proclamations about her diet and her communications style.

The schedule was admitted into evidence at Holmes's trial this week and it begins with her waking up at 4 a.m. with instructions to "rise and thank God."

A couple of hours later, Holmes would pray for ten minutes before having a breakfast consisting of a banana and whey.

Odder then the schedule itself, however, were Holmes's notes to herself to seemingly remind herself of how to behave throughout her day.

"I am never a minute late," she wrote. "I show no excitement calm, direct, pointed... ALL ABOUT BUSINESS."

Other Holmes notes made claims such as "I know the outcome of every encounter" and "I am fully present."

Holmes was indicted in 2018 on nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for her role in allegedly promoting a false product as CEO of Theranos.

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Mark Meadows may have inadvertently blown up his own executive privilege claims: legal expert

Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows has a book coming out about his experiences in the Trump White House -- and members of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots think that it blows up his claims of executive privilege.

Politico reports that members of the committee believe that Meadows's book will make it difficult for him to maintain his stance that all of his conversations with former President Donald Trump fall under executive privilege.

"It's… very possible that by discussing the events of Jan. 6 in his book, if he does that, he's waiving any claim of privilege," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told Politico. "So, it'd be very difficult for him to maintain ‘I can't speak about events to you, but I can speak about them in my book.'"

Mark Rozell, a George Mason University professor and expert on executive privilege, shared Schiff's assessment that Meadows's book could hinder his ability to claim blanket executive privilege.

"Executive privilege covers information vital to the national interest to protect, as well as the privacy of some internal White House deliberations," he said. "If the same information is made public, there can be no valid claim to a right to withhold it from Congress."

Rozell added that "it is hard to imagine a stronger measure of contempt for Congress' authority than to refuse to cooperate with an investigation but being willing to present the requested information in the public domain to sell books."

Trump DOJ official to plead the 5th — and Capitol riot committee will 'hang it around his neck': CNN analyst

CNN legal analyst Elie Honig on Wednesday told CNN's Erin Burnett that the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots was about to make things very uncomfortable for former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark.

Even though the committee voted to move forward with criminal contempt charges against Clark on Wednesday, the former Trump official is nonetheless slated to appear before the committee soon, where he is expected to assert his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

Burnett pointed out that "it's going to sound damning" if Clark pleads the Fifth on every question at the hearing, and Honig replied that this is exactly why the Capitol riot committee wants to make him do it.

"The committee wants to make Jeffrey Clark own it," he explained. "The want to hang that Fifth Amendment [response] around his neck. Make him said it over and over, 'I take the Fifth, I take the Fifth, I take the Fifth.'"

Honig went on to explain that Clark is well within his rights to assert his Fifth Amendment rights -- but only if he believes that speaking truthfully could implicate him in a crime.

Burnett then played a supercut of all the times former President Donald Trump attacked aides of one-time Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for asserting their Fifth Amendment rights.

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'No, shame on you!' Sparks fly at Wisconsin hearing after Dem exposes Trump ties to election investigation

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who is leading a partisan investigation into the 2020 election, clashed with state Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D) on Wednesday.

At a hearing before the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections, Spreitzer challenged Gableman for hiring investigators with a history of working to overturn the 2020 election. Gableman has been previously criticized over the "shamefully biased" investigation.

"It seems that you are firmly in the lane of suggesting that the outcome of the election should have been overturned," Spreitzer pointed out.

"I'm going to stop you right there, Mr. Spreitzer!" Gableman interrupted. "I'm not going to let you put words in my mouth for your cheap political advancement."

"Stop!" the former justice screamed. "I have not said anything about overturning any election! Stop making things up, Mark."

"Then why hire [Ron Heuer]?" Spreitzer wondered.

"Shame on you!" Gableman shouted.

"Shame on you!" Spreitzer shot back. "Why have you hired Mr. Heuer who tried to overturn the will of the people of Wisconsin?"

"I'll get to Ron Heuer in a second," Gableman stated.

"I'd like you to get to him now," Spreitzer pressed.

"I listened to you. You're going to listen to me," Gableman grumbled before saying the election may have been "rigged."

Spreitzer continued to press: "If you wanted this investigation to have the appearance of legitimacy, if you wanted people to withhold judgment and wait for your final report and then to have confidence in that final report, shouldn't you have avoided hiring people who sued to try to change the outcome of the past election? Shouldn't you have avoided hiring people with direct ties to the Trump Organization and, frankly, shouldn't this investigation be headed up by somebody other than you?"

The Republican committee chair then cut off Spreitzer by accusing him of "disparaging" Gableman.

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Reporter details how Kevin McCarthy's attempt to control his party blew up in his face

On CNN Tuesday, congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) simply blew off a plea from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to cease her feud with fellow Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC).

"Just this evening, behind closed doors, Kevin McCarthy summoned each of them for private meetings, discussing with them and telling them this message, he wanted them to, quote, 'stop it,'" explained Raju. "That message ... did not take hold. Greene emerged from the meeting and told our colleague Melanie Zanona that she would support a primary challenge against Nancy Mace. And she also said that Donald Trump would support a primary challenge against Nancy Mace."

Greene and Mace have been in a feud all day that started with Mace criticizing Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for her Islamophobic attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Greene lashed out, saying that Mace was "trash," to which Mace responded that Greene is "insane."

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Donald Trump flew on Jeffrey Epstein's private jet, pilot testifies at Ghislaine Maxwell trial

Donald Trump was one of many famous passengers who flew on Jeffrey Epstein's private jet, a pilot testified on Tuesday.

During Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial, pilot Larry Visoski testified that he remembered Trump flying with Epstein before becoming president.

"I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him," Visoski said.

Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker were also named by the pilot.

Epstein's jet was informally known as the "Lolita Express" because it was also allegedly used to transport underage girls.

'You will not live much longer': Rep. Omar plays threatening voicemail she received after call with Boebert

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Tuesday played a threatening voicemail that she received from an apparent supporter of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), whom she has been feuding with for the last several days.

At a press event, Omar again condemned Boebert for likening her to a suicide bomber, and then played audio of the voicemail that she received shortly after her ill-fated call with Boebert earlier this week.

"I would love the opportunity to take you off the face of the f*cking Earth, you Muslim piece of sh*t jihadist," the caller said. "We know what you are, you're a f*cking traitor. You will not live much longer, I can almost guarantee you that."

Last week, unearthed video showed Boebert likening Omar to a suicide bomber in front of cheering supporters, while also labeling Omar as a member of the "jihad squad."

Tensions in Congress have been running high all year, starting with the January 6th riots by Trump supporters at the United States Capitol and continuing through to Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) earlier this month posting a cartoon on social media that depicted him murdering Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-MN).

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Trump attorney goes down in flames after judge asks hypothetical question on executive privilege

Justin Clark, an attorney for Donald Trump, reportedly struggled on Tuesday after an appeals court judge asked him why the former president has more authority than the current president when it comes to decisions about executive privilege.

During a hearing in federal court, Clark argued that Trump should be allowed to invoke executive privilege to prevent the Jan. 6 committee from viewing documents related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"Is there a circumstance where the former president ever gets to make this sort of call?" Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson reportedly asked Trump's attorneys.

Judge Patricia Ann Millett presented a hypothetical in which the current president needed to use the former president's documents for national security reasons.

"Wow. Trump lawyer Justin Clark just stepped in it with Judge Millett," justice correspondent Andrew Feinberg reported. "He's telling her that a former president could sue to stop a current president from using a previous administration's records to conduct foreign policy and national security decision-making."

"Clark can't give Millett a situation in which he thinks a court could let a current president use those documents under her hypothetical," Feinberg added.

A judge has previously rejected Trump's attempts to use executive privilege to keep his documents hidden.

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