The Daily Populous

Friday August 19th, 2022 night edition

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Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg on Thursday pleaded guilty to tax violations and admitted to helping run a years-long tax fraud scheme at the former president’s business.

Driving the news: Weisselberg on Thursday admitted to all 15 felonies that prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney’s office accused him of, but steered away from Trump and his family.

Weisselberg has refused to cooperate with prosecutors in their investigation into Trump and his family, the New York Times notes.

Under the plea deal, Weisselberg must also testify as a prosecution witness at the forthcoming trial for the Trump Organization, per AP.

Prosecutors alleged that the scheme allowed Weisselberg to skirt paying taxes on rent and private school tuition, per the Times.

Weisselberg, 75, is the only person facing criminal charges so far in the investigation into the Trump organization's business practices.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization have tried to get the charges dismissed, claiming they were politically motivated. »

Trump aides think a family member informed on him to the FBI because agents knew where to find a specific leather case, report says

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Some think only a member of Trump's family could have done it, The Guardian reported.

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Aides to former President Donald Trump believe that a member of his family may have tipped off the FBI about the presence of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, The Guardian reported. »

GOP group apologizes for mistakenly posting KKK image

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A Republican group in Alabama is apologizing after accidentally using a picture of a GOP elephant that contained Ku Klux Klan imagery.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A Republican group in Alabama is apologizing after accidentally using a picture of the GOP elephant that contained Ku Klux Klan imagery.

The Lawrence County Republican Party intended to post an image of the GOP elephant on its page, but ended up using one in which the white spaces between the animal's legs were drawn to resemble hooded Klansmen. »

Police call for Bolsonaro to be charged for spreading Covid misinformation

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Brazilian federal police have called for President Jair Bolsonaro to be charged with spreading fake information about a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 680,000 of his citizens, including bogus claims of a link between Aids and Covid vaccines.

On Wednesday night a senior federal police investigator was reported to have written to the supreme court asking for Bolsonaro to be questioned and charged with the crime of incitement, when someone encourages another person to commit an offense.

The federal police inquiry into Bolsonaro’s alleged Covid crimes was ordered last December at the end of a congressional inquiry into his handling of the public health emergency. »