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Former Vice President Mike Pence ordered to testify in Trump election case
In this issue: Judge orders ex-VP Mike Pence to testify about talks with Trump on overturning 2020 election; FTX founder faces new $40m bribery charge; Biden urges action on gun violence.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has been ordered by a federal judge to testify about his conversations with former President Donald Trump about overturning the 2020 presidential election. Chief Judge James Boasberg made the order, which remains under seal, during an ongoing special counsel investigation into the events that led to the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol. While Pence can appeal the ruling, the judge stated that he can decline to answer questions about his role as President of the Senate during the January 6 election certification process. Pence had previously claimed that the Constitution’s “speech or debate” clause shields him from questions about official legislative actions.
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Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the bankrupt FTX cryptocurrency exchange, is facing a new bribery conspiracy charge. He is accused of paying a $40 million bribe to Chinese officials to unfreeze his hedge fund's accounts, which had more than $1 billion of cryptocurrency. Bankman-Fried is already facing a 13-count indictment over the collapse of FTX, including accusations of stealing billions of dollars in customer funds and orchestrating an illegal campaign donation scheme. Bankman-Fried intends to plead not guilty to the new charges. The case is part of an escalating crackdown on alleged abuses at digital asset exchanges by US prosecutors and regulators.
Following a recent school shooting in Nashville, President Biden has called on Congress to take action on gun violence. He has specifically called for an assault weapons ban, while Republicans have opposed tighter gun restrictions, arguing that they would erode Second Amendment liberties. Democrats are considering a procedural move to force floor votes on gun reform legislation, while the White House has criticized some GOP lawmakers' recent comments on the issue. Despite issuing executive orders and signing gun safety legislation, Biden has urged Congress to take further action. The issue of gun violence could be significant in the 2024 election, with Democrats framing it as an issue for Republicans to address.
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