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Judge Deals Major Blow To Trump’s Lawsuit Against Social Media Companies

A federal judge in Miami has handed down a ruling that all but guarantees failed, one-term former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against social media companies will be squashed.

Bloomberg reports that the venue of the lawsuit has been changed, and that’s bad news for Trump and his attorneys:

Google’s legal battle to keep Donald Trump banned from the company’s YouTube video-sharing platform has been transferred from Florida to a federal court in California over objections by the former president.

The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami means Trump’s lawsuit seeking a return to the social-media platform will be moved to the Northern District of California, near the headquarters of Google owner Alphabet Inc. Moore agreed with YouTube that its terms of service allow the company to choose the forum for lawsuits.

The suit against YouTube is one that Trump filed against Google — along with co-defendants Twitter and Facebook — for banning him from their platforms after he spread lies about the 2020 election being stolen from him and a mob of rioters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 in response to remarks the twice-impeached president made on social media.

“The Court finds that this case does not present a localized controversy that favors keeping this litigation in the Southern District of Florida,” the judge wrote. “To the contrary, this case involves issues that are national in scope.”

Trump’s lawsuit will now be heard by a court in the San Francisco Bay area, where the federal courts have more judges who were appointed by Democratic presidents.

In other words, Trump’s bogus lawsuit is doomed to fail, just as it always was. Now that it’s going to be heard by courts in California, he can count on the case being tossed out with prejudice in the near future.

 

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Big Court Loss For Donald Trump Jr. Could Wind Up Costing Him Millions

Donald Trump Jr. loves to run his mouth and toss around insults aimed at others. But a slur he used against a West Virginia Senate candidate is now one step closer to costing him a lot of money.

Remember the name Don Blankenship? He’s the former head of Massey Energy, which owns and operates coal mines in the Mountain State. He ran for the Republican nomination to be a U.S. Senator from West Virginia and had previously been convicted of conspiring to violate safety standards at the Upper Big Branch mine, which is a misdemeanor.

When someone mentioned on Twitter that Blankenship would face a tough race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, Junior replied:

“He’s probably never run against a felon.”

Even though Don Jr. later deleted the tweet, the damage had been done, and Blankenship filed a lawsuit for defamation. Why? Because he’s not a felon. He was convicted of a misdemeanor. Granted, that’s slicing it thin, but the suit was filed.

 

Since then, attorneys for Don Jr. have been trying to have the defamation suit dismissed, but a judge ruled Wednesday that the suit will move forward, according to Jan Wolfe of Reuters:

The defamation suit is still active and will proceed, according to the judge. That’s bad news for Junior because he could be facing a considerable financial judgment if he’s found guilty of having defamed Blankenship.

Of course, Junior and other members of his family are also facing criminal charges for their allegedly illegal actions regarding the Trump Organization, including possibly being indicted for tax fraud and other financial crimes.

It was a bad day for Donald Trump Jr. And it appears he’s facing many more bad days in the months ahead.

 

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Devin Nunes Sues MSNBC Because Rachel Maddow Exposed His Ties To Russia

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) — who is fresh off losing a lawsuit he filed against CNN — is now suing the parent company of MSNBC, NBCUniversal Media, for defamation because MSNBC host Rachel Maddow dared to reveal his many connections to Russia and Russian operatives who tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.

According to Bloomberg:

“California Republican Congressman Devin Nunes sued NBCUniversal Media alleging that MSNBC’s liberal talk show host Rachel Maddow defamed him with on-air suggestions he’d conspired with a Russian agent to rig the 2016 presidential election for Donald Trump.

“Nunes, who is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, says Maddow has repeatedly targeted him with defamatory statements that accuse him of obstruction of justice and treason. Nunes said Maddow has also called for him to lose his committee post and be stripped of his security clearances.”

What exactly did Maddow say that Nunes is claiming was defamatory? Well, she let the world know about his many ties to Russia and Russian nationals who played a part in running a smear campaign against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump, who was favored by the Kremlin.

Here’s what Maddow reported on March 8, 2021:

“Last summer, the Senate Intelligence Committee in the house learned that same guy, Derkach, had mailed a stack of unknown materials to Devin Nunes, who is the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee to this day. Andrei Derkach singled out by name by the Director of National Intelligence as someone under Vladimir Putin‘s direct purview who helped run this organization targeting our election last year. Congressman Nunes accepted a package from him. What was in it? Congressman Nunes has refused to answer questions about what he has received from Andrei Derkach.”

The problem for Nunes is that every single word of what Maddow said is true and easily fact-checked against declassified congressional and intelligence reports on the 2016 election.

So why is Nunes suing? He claims that Maddow and MSNBC never contacted him for comment and therefore he wasn’t allowed to present his side of the story. However, given the fact that Nunes constantly lies, his accusation is almost certainly false.

Also, a journalist as precise and seasoned as Maddow would never air a story without reaching out for comment from Nunes or an official representative who could speak on behalf of the congressman.

The highly litigious California Republican will lose the suit against NBCUniversal, the same way he’s lost all of the other defamation suits he’s filed against media companies — including Twitter — which dared to allow accounts that were critical of Nunes to remain on their platform.

Devin Nunes is a Russian asset. All the lawsuits in the world won’t change that fact.

 

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Trump Slapped With $1 Trillion Lawsuit For The Enormous U.S. COVID Death Toll

Everywhere he looks, failed, one-term former President Donald Trump sees legal obstacles, any one of which may wind up leading to him being put on trial and having to serve major prison time.

Now there’s a new legal problem for Trump, and this one could well send him to the poorhouse.

NewJersey.com reports that the Donald is being sued for the sum of $1 trillion for the way he mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic, and the person who filed the lawsuit isn’t even an attorney. Instead, he’s a convicted murderer who’s currently on parole:

“Arnett Thomas never thought he would be battling Donald Trump in court.  

“Thomas, now 71, disabled and living in a government-sponsored housing complex in Orange came to file a lawsuit in federal court in Newark that blames Trump for America’s massive — and growing — COVID-19 death toll.”

Thomas wastes no time explaining why he’s decided to file such a lawsuit, and he doesn’t spare any words:

“The former president literally became the very domestic enemy to the Constitution he swore to defend.

“The point of all of this is how Trump dealt with the pandemic. He drove people to dying.”

The punishment should fit the crime, Thomas believes. And since nearly 570,000 Americans are already dead from the disease, $1 trillion sounds like a fitting amount.

Even though Thomas wrote the lawsuit himself, he’s currently seeking to have an attorney take the case. And he’s also managed to round up 75 co-plaintiffs so far, but that number will probably increase as news of the suit begins to spread.

Thomas also believes that if Trump had done his job and battled the virus the way he should have, things would have been very different — for the nation and for the former president:

“Trump allowed the disease to spread. What he did was politically motivated. If Trump would have handled this pandemic in a proper way he would have been elected [again]. Trump got kicked out because of the way he handled it.”

Instead, Trump told the nation COVID would disappear just as quickly as it had arrived. He pooh-pooed the mounting death toll and muzzled medical experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci. He failed to do what he promised to do when he took the oath of office: To protect the country from all enemies, foreign and domestic. There should be a price to pay for that.

When you think of it that way, $1 trillion doesn’t seem like nearly enough.

 

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Donald And Don Jr. Having To Lawyer Up As Insurrection Lawsuit Against Them Draws Closer

Failed, one-term former President Donald Trump (along with his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.) is facing even more legal problems and is now having to lawyer up as the result of a civil lawsuit filed by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) earlier this month.

The lawsuit, the Washington Post reported on March 5, would hold the former president and his son liable for the injuries and destruction that resulted from their incitement of the insurrection which took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.:

“Swalwell … alleged the former president and his fellow speakers at a rally near the White House that day were directly responsible for mobilizing a crowd of tens of thousands of pro-Trump supporters to march on the Capitol and priming them for violence.

“The lawsuit claims the (Trumps) violated the Reconstruction-era Ku Klux Klan Act by conspiring to violently interfere in Congress’s constitutional duties and failing to act to stop the mob. It also accuses them of multiple counts of negligence under both federal and D.C. law, aiding and abetting, and infliction of emotional distress.”

And that has led the two Trumps to seek cover by acquiring one of the few attorneys willing to represent them, according to The Daily Beast:

“Former President Donald Trump, as well as his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., have retained attorney Jesse Binnall to represent each of them.

“Binnall, a Republican attorney based in Virginia, previously represented former Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn, alongside attorney Sidney Powell, after prosecutors charged him with lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.”

Be sure and note what that second paragraph references regarding Binnall’s former client: Mike Flynn, who pled guilty to lying under oath and had to be pardoned by Trump in the final days of his administration. Flynn is still facing penalties from the Department of Defense for accepting large sums of money from Russia to attend a dinner in Moscow and sit next to Russian President/mass murderer Vladimir Putin. That alone suggests that Binnall isn’t exactly the sort of lawyer who makes the A-list of legal minds.

More recently, Binnall made a fool of himself by working for Trump’s 2020 campaign in their pointless lawsuits seeking to overturn the will of the American voters:

“Binnall filed a lawsuit in Nevada on behalf of the Trump campaign which sought to overturn President Joe Biden’s electoral victory there, and he has also repped Defending the Republic, a legal group founded in part by Powell, in a defamation suit filed by Dominion Voting Systems.”

In other words, Binnall is a loser who associates himself with cases he cannot possibly win. Apparently, some attorneys prefer to be on the losing side of every issue.

The Swalwell lawsuit is a clear and present legal danger to Trump and Don Jr. Let’s hope they lose and wind up having to answer for the domestic terrorism that took place back in January.