Ron DeSantis could block the extradition of Trump if he is indicted in New York probe

Florida officials are preparing options for what to do about Donald Trump should he be charged by New York prosecutors while he is in the Sunshine state.

The Manhattan district attorney’s criminal investigation into the former president is reaching its final stages and an obscure extradition clause in Florida law could benefit Trump if he’s indicted.

In Florida’s statute on interstate extradition, the state’s governor has the power to intervene over whether an indicted ‘person ought to be surrendered’ to law enforcement officials from another state, Politico revealed.

That means if Trump gets charged by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance – who is probing the former president’s business practices – it would be in the hands of Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a close Trump friend and ally, to decide if Trump should be handed over to New York authorities. 

Law enforcement officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., where Trump lives in his Mar-a-Lago club, are preparing for a possible indictment coming down from New York. 

And they’re discussing how to how to handle the thorny extradition issue that could come from it, two sources close to the matter told the news outlet. 

‘The statute leaves room for interpretation that the governor has the power to order a review and potentially not comply with the extradition notice,’ Joe Abruzzo, clerk of the Circuit Court of Palm Beach County, told Politico. 

He is the official who would be in charge of opening a potential fugitive-at-large case.

Abruzzo is also a close friend of President Joe Biden’s brother Frank, who works for a Florida-based law firm. Abruzzo said that, despite his friendship with the Biden family, ‘the full extent of the law will be followed and carried out appropriately, without bias.’ 

Pictures taken by DailyMail.com show Donald Trump boarding a private jet last week and thought to be headed to New Jersey, where he will spend the summer season at his Bedminister golf club

Florida officials are debating what to do about Donald Trump if he's indicted by New York prosecutors while in their state as an obscure state law gives Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis - seen with Trump at a 2018 campaign rally - the power to decide extradition

Florida officials are debating what to do about Donald Trump if he’s indicted by New York prosecutors while in their state as an obscure state law gives Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis – seen with Trump at a 2018 campaign rally – the power to decide extradition

It’s unclear if Vance will seek an indictment. Prosecutors in New York obtained the former president’s tax records in March, after a protracted legal battle that ended when the Supreme Court ruled Trump had to hand them over. 

Trump, however, has moved to his Bedminister, N.J., club as Mar-a-Lago has closed for the hot summer season. In moving, he lost the protection he had in Florida.

Even though New Jersey has a similar extradition statue – giving the governor power to decide – that state’s top executive is Democrat Phi Murphy, who is no fan of Trump’s and unlikely to help him. 

If there is an indictment, Trump’s lawyers could also negotiate a condition of surrender, which would not involve local law enforcement nor either state’s governors.

An attorney for the former president didn’t comment to Politico. But Trump has repeatedly maintained his innocence and declared himself to be the victim of a ‘witch hunt.’ 

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is probing the former president's business practices and believed to be wrapping up his investigation

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is probing the former president’s business practices and believed to be wrapping up his investigation

This week, President Donald Trump spent two days holed up in Trump Tower in Manhattan before he was pictured leaving Tuesday, along with his heavy security detail

This week, President Donald Trump spent two days holed up in Trump Tower in Manhattan before he was pictured leaving Tuesday, along with his heavy security detail

Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are close allies and friends - above DeSantis (in the black shirt) golfs with Trump at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach

Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are close allies and friends – above DeSantis (in the black shirt) golfs with Trump at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach

The issue took on a renewed sense of urgency when Vance said last month that he will retire at the end of 2021 and there is speculation his office will issue any indictments before that.

Vance’s investigation into the Trump Organization also intensified last month, when prosecutors interviewed several employees of Trump’s lender, Deutsche Bank, and his insurance brokerage, Aon. 

New subpoenas were issued and some witnesses were interviewed before a grand jury. 

Vance also hired financial accounting experts and people with extensive experience in white-collar crime for the Trump investigation.

And, in March, the Manhattan DA’s office received thousands of documents from Trump’s accounting firm Mazars USA, including tax returns from January 2011 to August 2019, as well as financial statements, engagement letters and communications related to financial disclosures.

Any state criminal charges are beyond the reach of federal pardons. 

Trump is also being investigated in two other matters: by Justice Department officials for his role in the January 6th MAGA riot on Capitol Hill and in Georgia, where state prosecutors are looking into Trump’s efforts to manipulate the state’s 2020 election results. 

AG Bill Barr ‘threatened to quit’ in 2020 after Trump attempted to fire FBI Director Chris Wray

AG Bill Barr ‘threatened to quit’ in 2020 after Trump attempted to fire FBI Director Chris Wray over his handling of the Hunter Biden email scandal

  • Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly threatened to quit in the spring of 2020 over former president Donald Trump’s attempt to fire FBI Director Chris Wray 
  • A source with knowledge of the matter said Barr was introduced to Bill Evanina, a top counterintelligence official, during a meeting at the White House
  • But when Barr realized that Evanina, was being suggested as a potential replacement for Wray, he walked out of the room
  • News that Trump was considering firing Wray made headlines after the election 
  • It was said at the time that Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with the FBI’s handling of the Hunter Biden email scandal

Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly threatened to quit in the spring of 2020 over former president Donald Trump’s attempt to fire FBI Director Chris Wray. 

A source with knowledge of the matter told Business Insider that Barr was introduced to Bill Evanina during a meeting at the White House.  

But when Barr realized that Evanina, a top counterintelligence official, was being suggested as a potential replacement for Wray, he walked out of the room. 

The move was an apparent threat to leave the Trump administration if the former president gave Wray the boot. 

Chris Wray

Attorney General Bill Barr (left) reportedly threatened to quit in the spring of 2020 over former president Donald Trump’s attempt to fire FBI Director Chris Wray (right)

At that point, it was the closest Wray had ever came to getting fired during the Trump administration. 

Wray is currently the FBI director in the Biden administration. he assumed his position in 2017. 

News that Trump was considering firing Wray made headlines after the election.

It was said at the time that Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with the FBI’s handling of the Hunter Biden email scandal.

The Washington Post first reported the possibility, citing sources familiar with Trump’s alleged discussions about Wray’s uncertain future as the FBI director.

Trump had previously voiced his anger at Wray’s public statements on issues like antifa, voting fraud and Russian election interference. 

News that Trump was considering firing Wray made headlines after the election. It was said at the time that Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with the FBI's handling of the Hunter Biden email scandal

News that Trump was considering firing Wray made headlines after the election. It was said at the time that Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with the FBI’s handling of the Hunter Biden email scandal

Trump had charged that emails found on Hunter's (pictured with his dad) laptop could implicate Biden in his son's dealings. Trump was disappointed that Wray hadn't given him a boost in the polls the same way James Comey did with the Hillary Clinton email scandal

Trump had charged that emails found on Hunter’s (pictured with his dad) laptop could implicate Biden in his son’s dealings. Trump was disappointed that Wray hadn’t given him a boost in the polls the same way James Comey did with the Hillary Clinton email scandal

That anger apparently grew, especially after Wray and Barr failed to announce an investigation into potential corruption by Joe Biden and his son Hunter. 

Trump and his allies had charged that emails discovered on Hunter’s laptop could implicate Biden in his son’s international business dealings.

The sources claimed that Trump was disappointed that Wray hadn’t delivered him a pre-election boost in the polls the same way his predecessor James Comey did with the Hillary Clinton email scandal 11 days before the 2016 election.

But Wray had sought to defend the FBI’s independence and its integrity even as it puts him at odds with Trump and his allies. 

At the time, the FBI also tried to avoid confrontations where possible, making clear that it is striving to be responsive to Republican lawmakers on politically charged investigations.

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Trump’s adult children are STILL costing taxpayers $4,700 a day in Secret Service protection

Taxpayers in the United States are spending $140,000 a month on Secret Service protection for Donald Trump’s adult children – despite them not being entitled, by convention, to protection.

A Washington DC think tank, Citizens for Ethics in Washington (CREW) obtained the data for February via a Freedom of Information Request. 

In the 30-day period, the transportation amounted to $52,296.75, and hotel costs totaled at least $88,678.39, according to the records. 

Among the costs were $62,599.39 for the hotel stay of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s security agents while the couple went on a 10-day vacation to Utah, immediately on leaving the White House.

Security then followed them, in just February, to Miami and Bedminster, New Jersey.

Ivanka Trump is seen being assisted by a Secret Service agent in New York City in February

The 39-year-old is seen again in New York City, with her protection, in February

The 39-year-old is seen again in New York City, with her protection, in February

Donald Trump Jr. also spent time in New York City, Long Island, and Upstate New York, with his travel costing taxpayers at least $13,337. 

Eric and Lara Trump spent much of the month of February in New York at the Trump Briarcliff property, with some short trips into Queens, one trip to Miami and two to Palm Beach, which cost the Secret Service at least $12,742. 

The Secret Service is normally tasked with protecting serving officials.

Only former presidents and their spouses, and their children aged under 16, are given protection for life.

Malia and Sasha Obama lost their Secret Service detail shortly after their parents left the White House, The Washington Post reported.

However, Trump negotiated a deal before his January 20 departure, by which his four adult children – Donald Jr, 43; Ivanka, 39; Eric, 37; and Tiffany, 27 – would have their protection extended for six months.

Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, and Eric’s wife, Lara, were also given a security detail. 

The extension was also granted to three of his officials – former treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, former chief of staff Mark Meadows and former national security adviser Robert O’Brien. 

Donald Trump Jr is seen with his Secret Service agent shadowing him in March in New York

Donald Trump Jr is seen with his Secret Service agent shadowing him in March in New York

Eric Trump is seen in New York City, with his security detail - still paid for by U.S. taxpayers

Eric Trump is seen in New York City, with his security detail – still paid for by U.S. taxpayers

The extension comes after a presidency which saw the Secret Service stretched, staffing the largest number ever of full-time security details — up to 42 at one point, according to former senior administration officials. 

CREW said that the $140,000-a-month, which amounts for $4,700 a day, was likely an underestimate.

The Secret Service ‘did not provide records of spending at Trump businesses, which is the most controversial aspect of the extended protection,’ CREW added. 

The watchdog has previously reported that the Trump family, while in office, took 12 times as many trips at the Obamas, with the taxpayers footing the security bill. 

‘While it may be tempting to put the story of the Trump family’s profiteering in the past, we cannot until they have actually stopped directing taxpayer money into their own bank accounts,’ said CREW. 

‘Thanks to Trump’s unusual extension of their protection, they’ve got a few more months to continue the grift.’ 

Trump teases 2024 run in interview with Candace Owens saying that he’s ‘absolutely enthused’

Trump teases 2024 run in interview with Candace Owens saying that he’s ‘absolutely enthused’ but will make announcement at the right time

  • Candace Owens interview Trump via telephone for her Daily Wire talk show 
  • Former POTUS did not rule out running for the White House in 2024
  • Trump dined with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at Mar-a-Largo on Tuesday night 

Donald Trump has teased a 2024 presidential run in a new interview with Candace Owens. 

The former Commander-in-chief told the conservative commentator to ‘stay tuned’ when asked Tuesday night whether he would make another bid for the White House.   

‘As you know, it’s very early,’ Trump stated during his phone interview with The Candace Owens Show, which was released on the Daily Wire website. 

‘But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement.’ 

The ex-POTUS claimed campaign finance rules currently prevent him from making a declaration, but he stated: ‘I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time.’ 

Trump even joked that Owens could run as his Vice Presidential nominee. 

‘What a good choice that would be,’the one-time Commander-in-chief cooed. 

‘That would be fantastic. You would be fantastic!’ 

Elsewhere in Owens’ wide-ranging interview, Trump blasted the media for ravaging his wife, Melania, and admitted he took ‘great pleasure’ in seeing Mitt Romney booed off the stage at an event last week. 

The interview, which was prerecorded, aired as Trump dined with Ted Cruz at Mar-a-Largo. 

The Texas Sen. shared a snap to Twitter which showed himself sitting alongside the former President inside the Florida resort. 

‘Had a great dinner tonight with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. He’s in great spirits! We spent the evening talking about working together to re-take the House & Senate in 2022,’ Cruz captioned.  

Donald Trump has teased a 2024 presidential run in a new interview with Candace Owens.

The former Commander-in-chief told the conservative commentator to 'stay tuned' when pressed as to whether he would make another bid for the White House

The former Commander-in-chief told the conservative commentator to ‘stay tuned’ when pressed as to whether he would make another bid for the White House

Owens and her husband are pictured with Trump in a social media snap taken last year

Owens and her husband are pictured with Trump in a social media snap taken last year 

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Giuliani allies want Trump to dip into $250M fund to help ex-lawyer

Rudy Giuliani’s advisers are pushing former President Donald Trump’s aides to dip into his $250 million election defense fund to pay his ex-lawyer who’s now under federal investigation.  

The New York Times reported Tuesday on the pressure campaign, on the heels of the FBI searching Giuliani’s home and office space last week. 

The newspaper also reported that Giuliani allies are disappointed the Trump lawyer didn’t receive a pre-emptive pardon from the now former president, despite knowledge of a probe into Giuliani’s Ukrainian dealings. 

Allies of Rudy Giuliani (pictured) want former President Donald Trump to dip into this $250 million election defense fund to pay Giuliani, who’s under federal investigation

Federal agents raided Rudy Giuliani's home and office in New York City last week as part of their investigation into his dealings with Ukraine

Federal agents raided Rudy Giuliani’s home and office in New York City last week as part of their investigation into his dealings with Ukraine

Trump amassed a whopping $250 million war chest, raising money from supporters as he contested the 2020 election result

Trump amassed a whopping $250 million war chest, raising money from supporters as he contested the 2020 election result

Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who led Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election result, needs payment for that work as he’s hired lawyers for himself to work on his defense in the federal case. 

Giuliani is under investigation for allegedly violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act. 

Last week, his Manhattan home and office were raided and his electronic equipment seized, as part of the investigation into whether the 76-year-old acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs. 

The investigation was prompted by a case against two Soviet-born men who assisted Giuliani in attempts to dig up incriminating information in Ukraine against Hunter Biden, who was on the board of an energy company there.    

During the late stages of campaigning in the 2020 election, photos that appeared to show Hunter Biden with drug paraphernalia, along with documents and emails, were released to The New York Post by Giuliani.

The authenticity of the information and how Giuliani came to obtain it were immediately called into question and he claimed that the media has been targeting him ever since.

‘This is totally done because they want to destroy my credibility because I have that entire hard drive,’ he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday night. 

Giuliani has additional legal woes as he’s being sued by voting machine companies Dominion and Smartmatic over false claims he made about the devices flipping votes from Trump to now President Joe Biden. 

The Times reported that while Giuliani spearheaded Trump’s effort to overturn election results in swing states, he was never paid for his work. 

‘I want to know what the GOP did with the quarter of $1 billion that they collected for the election legal fight,’ tweeted Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner on Sunday. 

Kerik had been appointed to his post by Giuliani. 

In a tweet Tuesday, Kerik followed up by saying that he ‘AGREED!’ that Giuliani ‘did more for the president than all of them combined,’ aiming his comments at the Republican National Committee and its chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel. 

‘The day after the election, they walked and never looked back. They abandoned Trump, Giuliani and the people of Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia,’ Kerik argued. 

The Times reported that Kerik made similar complaints behind closed doors, suggesting that Giuliani should get some of the money raised. 

The paper previously reported that Trump recoiled at the $20,000 a day fee an assistant to Giuliani asked that the ex-mayor be paid for his election-related efforts. 

Trump did reimburse Giuliani for more than $200,000 in expenses, the story said. 

Giuliani’s son Andrew, who worked for the Trump White House, told ABC News that he believed his dad should be compensated.

‘I think all those Americans that donated after November 3, they were donating for the legal defense fund. My father ran the legal team at that point. So I think it’s very easy to make a very strong case for the fact that he and all the lawyers that worked on there should be indemnified,’ the younger Giuliani said. 

‘I would find it highly irregular if the president’s lead counsel did not get indemnified,’ he added.          

Manchin: Trump called me all the time and I wanted to stay in fight during the MAGA riot

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin says Trump ‘called him all the time’ and he was ready ‘to stay and fight’ during the Capitol riot

  • Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said former President Donald Trump ‘called me all the time’ and said he was ready ‘to stay and fight’ during the Capitol riot
  • In an interview with USA Today, Manchin spoke of his chummy relationship with Trump, while also assigning him blame for January 6 
  • ‘I didn’t know there was that type of fever and pent-up hatred in people he allowed them to unleash,’ the West Virginia moderate said  

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said former President Donald Trump ‘called me all the time’ and said he was ready ‘to stay and fight’ during the Capitol riot. 

In a new interview with USA Today, the West Virginian who’s become the Senate’s pivotal swing vote, talked about his chummy relationship with Trump, while still holding the ex-president accountable for the events of January 6. 

‘I didn’t know there was that type of fever and pent-up hatred in people he allowed them to unleash,’ Manchin said. 

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said in an interview with USA Today that former President Donald Trump, a Republican, called him all the time. He also said he wanted ‘to stay and fight’ during the January 6 MAGA riot 

Manchin said he 'got along with Donald Trump (pictured). We had a good rapport. he called me all the time. We talked back and forth'

Manchin said he ‘got along with Donald Trump (pictured). We had a good rapport. he called me all the time. We talked back and forth’ 

Manchin said he had gotten accustomed to Trump's rhetoric and didn't realize what a danger it presented until the Capitol riot (pictured) on January 6

Manchin said he had gotten accustomed to Trump’s rhetoric and didn’t realize what a danger it presented until the Capitol riot (pictured) on January 6 

Manchin suggested he had gotten accustomed to Trump’s rhetoric and didn’t realize what a danger it presented until the Capitol riot. 

‘I heard the Trump rhetoric forever,’ he said. 

‘I got along with Donald Trump. We had a good rapport. He called me all the time. We talked back and forth,’ he continued. 

Manchin added that Trump ‘liked conflicts and he liked that turmoil.’ 

‘And that’s fine if you’re in business. But for public service, it doesn’t work,’ the Democrat continued. ‘The whole principle of public service is to bring people together to get a consensus. And Donald Trump’s not made that way.’

It all came to a head when thousands of Trump supporters broke into the Capitol Building on January 6. 

Manchin, who’s 6-foot-3, told USA Today he wanted to take the rioters on. 

‘My intention was to stay and fight: “Let ’em in. Let’s go at it.’ But I didn’t know what was going on,’ the 73-year-old senator said. ‘You had a lot of people chanting. I didn’t think anything of that. But within 10 or 15 minutes, a SWAT team comes in with all of their gear and says “You guys are out of here. Just go now. Don’t even stop.”‘  

Senators and House members were gathered in their respective chambers as the counting of Electoral College votes had been halted as Republicans filed an objection to Arizona, and later Pennsylvania’s, vote counts. 

Lawmakers were rushed to safety by Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers as the MAGA mob stormed the Capitol.  

Manchin said he learned from that day, ‘Politically, more than anything else. How fragile we are. How close we came to losing our country.’ 

But he also said the MAGA riot made him want to keep the filibuster in place – meaning that for most bills in the Senate, a 60-vote threshold, and thus bipartisan compromise, would be needed. 

‘It gave me more determination [to fight for the filibuster,] he told the newspaper. ‘If you want to lose it completely and you want to be a government that was not how we were formed to try and be a more perfect union – not perfect, but more perfect – this is not the way to do it.’   

Both parties have eroded the filibuster in recent years – first scrapping it for some judicial nominations and then applying it to the Supreme Court as well. 

However, it remains available to hold up most legislation in the Senate, with some Democrats pushing to get rid of it so they can pass bills with their 51 vote majority.  

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The CIA’s woke recruitment video gets panned

The CIA’s woke recruitment video gets panned: Recruit describes herself as ‘intersectional cisgender millennial’ diagnosed with ‘generalized anxiety disorder’ in clip ridiculed online

  • The CIA officer, known only as Mija, 36, tells viewers she is ‘unapologetically me’
  • The clip has sparked a fierce reaction online with users labelling it ‘woke’ 
  •  Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: ‘China and Russia will love this’

A new CIA recruitment video has been widely ridiculed online after the recruit described herself as an ‘intersectional cisgender millennial’. 

The CIA officer, known only as Mija, 36, tells viewers she is ‘unapologetically me’, adding that she to suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’ but now refuses to ‘internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be.’

But the clip has sparked a fierce reaction online with users labelling it ‘woke’. Another said: ‘The world is laughing at us.’

 Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: ‘China and Russia will love this.’

The clip was shared to Twitter on April 28 in a post which read: ‘I am unapologetically me. I want you to be unapologetically you, whoever you are. 

‘Whether you work at #CIA, or anywhere else in the world.  Command your space. Mija, you are worth it.’  

The CIA officer, known only as Mija, 36, tells viewers she is ‘unapologetically me’, adding that she to suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’ but now refuses to ‘internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be’

The clip was shared to Twitter on April 28 in a post which read: 'I am unapologetically me. I want you to be unapologetically you, whoever you are'

The clip was shared to Twitter on April 28 in a post which read: ‘I am unapologetically me. I want you to be unapologetically you, whoever you are’

But the clip has sparked a fierce reaction online with users labelling it 'woke'. Another said: 'The world is laughing at us.' Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: 'China and Russia will love this'

But the clip has sparked a fierce reaction online with users labelling it ‘woke’. Another said: ‘The world is laughing at us.’ Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: ‘China and Russia will love this’

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Senator Mitt Romney is BOOED by delegates at the Utah GOP convention for voting to impeach Trump

Senator Mitt Romney is BOOED by delegates at the Utah GOP convention for voting to impeach Trump and narrowly avoid his own CENSURE for going rogue

  • Senator Mitt Romney was booed on Saturday as he made a speech at the Utah Republican Party’s organizing convention
  • The 2,000-strong crowd jeered after Romney, a frequent critic of former President Trump suggested that he wasn’t a fan of Trump’s ‘character issues’
  • Romney has faced negative backlash and a censure threat by the GOP delegation for his votes to impeach Donald Trump earlier this year

More than two thousand Utah Republicans booed Senator Mitt Romney as he arrived to speak at a convention in his home state on Saturday.

The vocal backlash came after as a motion was put forward but ultimately rejected for him to be censurd for his votes at President Donald Trump´s impeachment trials.

‘Aren’t you embarrassed?’ said Romney in response to the catcalling as he walked onto the stage. 

Sen. Mitt Romney was booed as he addressed the Utah GOP convention on Saturday

Senator Mitt Romney addresses the Utah Republican Party 2021 Organizing Convention on Saturday in West Valley City, Utah

Senator Mitt Romney addresses the Utah Republican Party 2021 Organizing Convention on Saturday in West Valley City, Utah

‘I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I was not a fan of our last president’s character issues,’ he said.

Shouts of ‘traitor’ or ‘communist’ could be heard from the crowd. 

‘You can boo all you like,’ Romney continued. ‘I’ve been a Republican all of my life. My dad was the governor of Michigan and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012.’

Romney managed to elicit a few cheers when he asked the crowd if they were fans of Biden.

More than two thousand Utah Republicans booed Senator Mitt Romney as he arrived to speak at a convention in his home state on Saturday

More than two thousand Utah Republicans booed Senator Mitt Romney as he arrived to speak at a convention in his home state on Saturday

The 2,000-strong crowd jeered after Romney, a frequent critic of former President Trump suggested that he wasn't a fan of Trump's 'character issues'

The 2,000-strong crowd jeered after Romney, a frequent critic of former President Trump suggested that he wasn’t a fan of Trump’s ‘character issues’ 

Romney has faced negative backlash and a censure threat by the GOP delegation for his votes to impeach Donald Trump earlier this year

Romney has faced negative backlash and a censure threat by the GOP delegation for his votes to impeach Donald Trump earlier this year 

‘So, what do you think about President Biden’s first 100 days?’ Romney asked. 

The motion for Romney to be censured narrowly failed, 798 to 711, in a vote by delegates to the state GOP convention.

At one stage, the Chairman of the Utah GOP, Derek Brown, interrupted Romney’s speech to tell the rowdy crowd to simmer down.   

Despite the negativity, Romney ended his speech on a positive note. 

‘We need to come together in strength and unity,’ he said.

Senator Mitt Romney walks off the stage after addressing the Utah Republican Party 2021 Organizing Convention on Saturday

Senator Mitt Romney walks off the stage after addressing the Utah Republican Party 2021 Organizing Convention on Saturday

Davis County delegate Don Guymon, who authored the resolution, said Romney’s votes to remove Trump from office ‘hurt the Constitution and hurt the party.’

‘This was a process driven by Democrats who hated Trump,’ Guymon said. ‘Romney’s vote in the first impeachment emboldened Democrats who continued to harass Trump.’

The proposal, among several platform changes debated Saturday, also sought to praise the other members of Utah’s congressional delegation for their support of the former president.

Others warned supporting the censure risked defining the party around Trump instead of the conservative principles most delegates treasure.

‘If the point of all this is to let Mitt Romney know we’re displeased with him, trust me, he knows,’ said Salt Lake County delegate Emily de Azavedo Brown. ‘Let´s not turn this into a Trump or no Trump thing. Are we a party of principle or a party of a person?’

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Democrat Rep. Cheri Bustos announces she won’t seek reelection in 2022 in Illinois

Democrat Rep. Cheri Bustos announces she won’t seek reelection in 2022 in Illinois district that is becoming more conservative and Trump won twice

  • She is one of seven Democrats representing districts carried by former President Donald Trump
  • Bustos was elected by just 4 percentage points in 2020
  • She helped Democrats’ political arm in year where they barely kept the House 
  • 2020 Republican opponent Esther Joy King said Bustos ‘destined to lose’ and announced she’ll run 

Five-term Democratic Rep. Cherri Bustos announced she won’t seek reelection in an Illinois district that former President Donald Trump carried in 2020.

Bustos, who as head of the Democratic campaign arm helped preside over the elections where Republicans won back seats even as Trump lost the White House, was facing yet another tight race. 

She defeated Republican Esther Joy King by just 52 to 48 per cent of the vote. King immediately announced she would once again vie for the seat.

Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois announced Friday she won’t be seeking reelection in her district, which has been becoming more Republican

Bustos, 59, had been considered a lawmaker with potential to move up in leadership.

‘It has been an honor to be a voice for our family farmers, working families, those struggling to afford healthcare and so many more,’ she said in a statement, referencing her central Illinois district.

‘Each time I traveled to Washington, I brought those voices with me to elevate our region and bring real and lasting change.’

Illinois will lose a seat through redistricting next year under the latest count released by the Census Bureau this week. In that scenario, it would have been challenging for Democrats to do much to try to boost her chances by moving more Democratic areas into the district. 

Democrats ‘didn’t have great options for shoring up Bustos’s district,’ wrote Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report.

She is the fourth House Democrat to forego reelection – a group that included other lawmakers facing potential defeat or redistricting challenges. 

'I wish her the best!': Republican Esther Joy King released a statement saying 'Cheri was destined to lose'

‘I wish her the best!’: Republican Esther Joy King released a statement saying ‘Cheri was destined to lose’

Her retirement gives Republicans an opportunity in an open-seat in an off-year election where the party in power traditionally loses seats, with Democrats holding a narrow majority.

In her own statement, the Republican, Esther Joy King, announced she was running again – while kicking Bustos on the way out the door.

‘I want to thank Cheri Bustos for her service and I wish her the best going forward. Cheri has always claimed she knew this district well – so she clearly saw what we’re seeing every day: IL-17 was going to make a change in 2022 and Cheri was destined to lose. The people of the IL-17th accomplished this! I’m proud to be part of a movement to bring better representation to the best people I know,’ she said.  

‘Cheri Bustos made the right decision to retire rather than face defeat in 2022, said National Republican Campaign spokesman Mike Berg.

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‘We kicked him out months ago’: Four Seasons Total Landscaping mocks Rudy Guiliani over FBI raid 

The internet was set ablaze with news that federal agents had raided Rudy Giuliani’s Upper East Side apartment – but one tweet in particular was crowned ‘winner of the internet’ on Wednesday. 

Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia earned that unofficial title for its tweet mocking former Donald Trump lawyer Giuliani after his home and office were raided by Department of Justice investigators.   

Soon after news of the Giuliani raid broke, the company tweeted a photoshopped image of FBI agents leaving their yard with the caption: ‘Wrong apartment. We kicked him out months ago.’ 

The tweet had quickly 5000 retweets and 20,000 ‘likes’, and drew fawning praise.

Conservative lawyer George Conway, a prominent critic of Trump’s who is also married to his former counselor Kellyanne Conway, joined in the fun, tweeting: ‘I sense a great deal of schadenfrudy on this site.’

The Department of Justice executed a search warrant Wednesday on Giuliani’s New York City apartment and office, stepping up their investigation of his dealings in the Ukraine.

The probe centers on whether Giuliani acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs. 

Four Seasons Total Landscaping, the site of a bizarre Rudy Giuliani press conference in the fall, posted a tweet Wednesday that mocked the raid of his home and office

Rudy Giuliani and the Trump campaign staged their event about the alleged voter fraud outside the company in November

Rudy Giuliani and the Trump campaign staged their event about the alleged voter fraud outside the company in November

Police exit Rudy Giuliani's home on 66th Street in Manhattan on Wednesday

Police exit Rudy Giuliani’s home on 66th Street in Manhattan on Wednesday

Four Seasons Total Landscaping was unexpectedly thrust into the nation’s consciousness last year.  

Days after the 2020 presidential election, and with the result hanging in the balance, Trump announced there would be a ‘big press conference’ at the ‘Four Seasons’ on Saturday morning.

However, this was soon corrected, with the hotel itself tweeting: ‘To clarify, President Trump’s press conference will NOT be held at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia.

‘It will be held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping — no relation with the hotel.’

Four Seasons Total Landscaping is situated in an industrial part of Philadelphia next to Delaware Valley Cremation Center and Fantasy Island Adult Books, where owners host ‘Dildo Madness’ sales throughout the year. 

Giuliani turned up, along with a large contingent of media, and the location was pointed out for being an unlikely place to fight an election result. 

Since last year’s press conference, Four Seasons Total Landscaping has capitalized on its sudden internet fame, regularly trolling politicians on Twitter.

After posting the tweet making fun of Giuliani, Twitter users praised Total Landscaping’s sense of humor.

‘It’s obvious Four Seasons Total Landscaping is great at providing shade from more than just trees,’ a user called @bookworm474 posted. 

Ray McKigney said: ‘Four Seasons Total Landscaping – the hero we never saw coming’. 

‘Rumor has it Rudy Giuliani still haunts the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping to this day, yelling at the sky,’ @outofcontroljb wrote. 

‘Todays winner of the internet’, Someone called @PappyUnhappy wrote. 

'It's obvious Four Seasons Total Landscaping is great at providing shade from more than just trees,' a user called @bookworm474 posted

‘It’s obvious Four Seasons Total Landscaping is great at providing shade from more than just trees,’ a user called @bookworm474 posted

'Rumor has it Rudy Giuliani still haunts the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping to this day, yelling at the sky,' @outofcontroljb wrote

‘Rumor has it Rudy Giuliani still haunts the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping to this day, yelling at the sky,’ @outofcontroljb wrote

Ray McKigney said: 'Four Seasons Total Landscaping - the hero we never saw coming'

Ray McKigney said: ‘Four Seasons Total Landscaping – the hero we never saw coming’

'Todays winner of the internet', Someone called @PappyUnhappy wrote

‘Todays winner of the internet’, Someone called @PappyUnhappy wrote

Trump's former personal attorney also got in on the action, tweeting: 'Here we go folks'

Trump’s former personal attorney also got in on the action, tweeting: ‘Here we go folks’

The company has also sold merchandise, including a ‘Lawn & Order’ mask that plays on the president’s frequently used phrase ‘law and order’ for $10.

It is also selling ‘Make America Rake Again’ stickers for $5.

And it’s not the only one who’s been cashing in.    

The Philadelphia company announced on its Facebook Sunday that they were selling the masks and other store paraphernalia

The Philadelphia company announced on its Facebook Sunday that they were selling the masks and other store paraphernalia

Media gathers outside Giuliani's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Wednesday after federal agents raided it

Media gathers outside Giuliani’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Wednesday after federal agents raided it

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani addresses the media outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping last year

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani addresses the media outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping last year

The raid on Wednesday indicates the investigation of the former New York City mayor has entered an aggressive new phase. It is unusual for prosecutors to execute a search warrant on a lawyer, particularly one who has privileged conversations with his client, the former president of the United States.

To obtain the search warrant, investigators would have needed to convince a judge they had sufficient reason to believe that a crime was committed and the search would turn up evidence of that. It does not indicate guilt.

Investigators executed warrants at Giuliani’s home on Madison Avenue and his office on Park Avenue and seized electronic devices, a person familiar with the investigation told the AP.

Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, called the searches unnecessary and said Giuliani had offered to answer questions from prosecutors, except those regarding his privileged communications with Trump.

‘What they did today was legal thuggery,’ Costello told The New York Times . ‘Why would you do this to anyone, let alone someone who was the associate attorney general, United States attorney, the mayor of New York City and the personal lawyer to the 45th president of the United States.’

The United States Attorney’s office in Manhattan and the FBI had wanted to execute the warrant on Giuliani’s Upper East Side pad for months but had been stymied by the political leadership put in place at the Justice Department by President Trump.

The warrant was originally sought last summer but top officials at DOJ raised concerns about issuing a warrant so close to an election.

DOJ rules prevent actions close to an election that might be seen as interference – a matter that came up both in 2016 during the probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails and in 2020 during the investigation, not publicly revealed, into Hunter Biden over potential tax issues.

But after Merrick Garland was confirmed as President Biden’s attorney general, the Justice Department lifted its objection to the search.

Biden vowed to have an independent Justice Department and said he would not interfere in its work.

‘Here we go folks,’ tweeted Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney who was also subject of a federal raid and would eventually plead guilty to eight federal counts, including violating campaign finance law.

The Giuliani investigation grew out of a federal investigation of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who worked on gathering information about the Bidens during the election.