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The Noose Tightens
Author: BobR    Date: 05/01/2024 13:45:45

Things keep getting worse in tRumpyLand. He's quickly learning that he's no omnipotent , and those who've long been at his side are not willing to go down with his ship. That is to say - the rats are fleeing.

His bad day began with the judge in his current case charging him with Contempt of Court for violating gag orders. For now it's just a small financial penalty, but the judge has sad he won't rule out jail if it continues:
Judge Juan Merchan found Donald Trump in contempt of court on Tuesday for repeatedly violating the gag order in the former president’s New York hush money case. Merchan fined Trump a total of $9,000 for bucking the order against publicly commenting on court staff, prosecutors, prospective jurors, or the judge’s family — and lamented that New York state law prevented him from laying down a steeper penalty.

Penalizing Trump $1,000 for each infraction “unfortunately will not achieve the desired result,” the judge said, adding that the court “must therefore consider whether in some instances jail may be a necessary punishment.”

On top of this, a law firm with a long-standing relationship with him is trying to cut the cord:
A law firm that has long defended Donald Trump’s campaign and businesses from employment lawsuits has abruptly asked to withdraw from a yearslong case over what it calls an “irreparable breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.”

The firm — LaRocca, Hornik, Greenberg, Rosen, Kittridge, Carlin and McPartland — has represented Trump’s political operation in numerous suits dating to his first presidential run, helping secure several settlements and dismissals and billing nearly $3 million in the process.


In the request, filed in federal court in Manhattan, the lead lawyer, Jared Blumetti, did not provide any details about the dispute, asking permission to “explain” the matter privately with the judge. Blumetti did not respond to a request for comment.

Even a local FOX channel puff piece in Detroit isn't giving him a hall pass anymore:
Donald Trump leaned into his anti-immigrant rhetoric when he made a claim about immigration from Venezuela to America. But the former president then struggled to back up his assertion when quizzed on the source of his statistic.

Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, ended an interview with Fox 2 Detroit anchor Roop Raj by saying: “One stat before we go. Venezuela was very crime-ridden. They announced the other day 72% reduction in crime in the last year. You know why? They moved all their criminals from Venezuela right into the good old U.S.A. and [President Joe] Biden let them do it. It’s a disgrace.”

Raj asked Trump, “But sir, where are those numbers coming from?”

Trump floundered in response: “Uhhh, I guess I get them from the papers in this case. I think it’s a federal statement or, well, they’re coming actually from Venezuela. They’re coming from Venezuela.”

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