Nov 19 (Reuters) - Donald Trump on Saturday said he had no interest in returning to Twitter even as a slim majority voted in favor of reinstating the former U.S. President, who was banned from the social media service for inciting violence, in a poll organized by new owner Elon Musk.
Slightly over 15 million Twitter users voted in the poll with 51.8% voting in favor of reinstatement.
"The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated," Musk tweeted.
Manhattan DA's office is looking to restart its criminal investigation into Donald Trump over $130,000 of hush money paid to former porn star Stormy Daniels. Daniels claims they had a one-night stand in 2006, while Melania was pregnant with Barron, now 16. Trump denies the assignation. The payment was made on the eve of the 2016 presidential election by Trump fixer Michael Cohen, who was later jailed for it. DA Alvin Bragg is now said to be hoping he can embroil Trump in the same conspiracy, which could see the ex-president charged with making an improper campaign donation. Previous investigations came to nothing after investigators instead chose to focus on Trump's wider business practices. D.A. Alvin Bragg is now considering adding new charges to Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization with the idea of pressuring him to give testimony on the payment that was made. Weisselberg recently took a plea deal on unrelated tax fraud charges. He's refused to turn on his boss in return for a lighter sentence. On Friday, in a criminal trial against the Trump Organization on similar charges, Weisselberg implicated other executives along with Trump's sons Eric and Donald Jr.
There is nothing worse than a bad sequel.Yet that's exactly what we are watching right now - it's Trump's version of Jaws 2. Just like the movie, Trump has completely lost the plot. He's forgotten what made him a success the first time he ran for president. Now he's - sadly - stuck between playing the big orange gorilla of 2016 and the tame politician of 2024. And it just doesn't work. In fact, it is becoming more and more apparent every single day that Trump's once iron grip on the GOP is slipping away. The Trump reboot hit the theaters about two weeks ago with a completely lackluster, low-energy 2024 announcement. Then one week ago, in the lead-up to Thanksgiving, Trump hosted noted antisemite Kanye West, white supremacist/Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, and pedophilia-phile Milo Yiannopolous for dinner at Mar-a-Lago. It sounds like a dinner party in hell. But as they say, you are the company you keep.
A federal jury has found Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes guilty of seditious conspiracy in a high-stakes trial stemming from the U.S. Capitol attack. Rhodes and his co-defendants are accused of a weekslong plot to stop the transfer of power from Republican Donald Trump to Democrat Joe Biden. One co-defendant, Kelly Meggs, was also found guilty of seditious conspiracy on Tuesday, while three others - Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins, and Thomas Caldwell - were acquitted of that charge. All were found guilty of obstructing an official proceeding on Jan 6. The maximum sentence is 20 years in prison. Hundreds of people have been convicted in the Capitol attack that left dozens of officers injured and sent lawmakers running for their lives.