Appearing in court, Trump denied the accusations
Former US President Donald Trump surrendered to court as part of a lawsuit filed on charges of paying adult movie star Stormy Daniels a “shake-up” during the 2016 Presidential election.
Trump, the first ex-president in US history to appear in court on charges, dismissed the charges brought against him by the Manhattan Attorney General’s Office and left the court.
The front of the Manhattan Criminal Court, where Donald Trump will stand trial, was filled with members of the press the day before. While the police took extensive security measures by surrounding the court area with iron barriers, the streets and avenues in the court area were also closed to traffic.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who conducted the investigation against former President Donald Trump, came to the courthouse in the morning, while Republican Member of the House of Representatives George Santos entered the courthouse.
Small groups of anti-Trump and supporters also took their places in the park in front of the building reserved for them with police barriers since morning hours.
Trump, who came to the courthouse under intense security measures, listened to the accusations brought against him by the Manhattan Attorney General’s Office.
In the 16-page indictment, Trump was charged in 34 separate articles with the election campaign law violation regarding the $130,000 “hush share” payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and fraudulent business records as part of the payment.
Prosecutors argued that Trump was part of an illegal conspiracy to undermine the integrity of the 2016 election, suppressing negative information about him to promote his candidacy.
While Trump strenuously denied all the charges against him, saying “I am innocent”, the judge also warned Trump in court to avoid rhetoric that could cause social unrest.
Leaving the courtroom, where he stayed for more than an hour, Trump waved goodbye to his supporters, and set off for LaGuardia airport with his 8-car convoy to go to his mansion in Florida with his private plane.
Trump’s four lawyers, who were with him in the courtroom, made statements to the members of the media on the way out and stated that they would fight for the charges to be dropped.
The US media shared information that the next face-to-face hearing date for Trump’s case was set for December 4 in New York.
Trump is expected to make a statement regarding the charges against him at his Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida at around 8:15 p.m. local time this evening.
ATTACKS AGAINST TRUMP
Speaking to the press after Trump took his statement, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said about the payments he made to Michael Cohen, the former President’s lawyer during the 2016 election, “The grand jury has found a total of 34 documents containing critical misstatements.” he said.
Bragg said they were conducting a “deep investigation” into the allegations against Trump and that, according to the records, he violated the Federal Election Act limit or contribution limits.
“Under New York State law, it is a felony to falsify business records for the purpose of defrauding and concealing another crime.” said.
Bragg said Trump paid Cohen for “fictitious legal services” in 2017 “to cover up true crimes committed in the previous year”.
Stating that there is additional evidence about the allegations against Trump, Bragg said, “Whoever you are. We cannot and will not normalize serious criminal behavior.” used his words.
“WE WILL ASK BRAGG TO ACCOUNT”
Republican leader McCarthy reacted to Manhattan District Attorney Bragg in a post on Twitter after Trump gave his statement.
Noting that Bragg’s “attempt to interfere in the presidential elections” in 2024 has done irreparable damage to the United States, McCarthy continued:
“(Bragg) has armed our sacred justice system against President Donald Trump, while routinely releasing criminals who engage in violence to terrorize the public. The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power accountable.”
A CHALLENGE STARTED BETWEEN TRUMP’S SUPPORTERS AND THEIR OPINIONS
From time to time, verbal and physical taunts and clashes took place between people carrying banners calling for Trump’s support or punishment.
A Trump supporter, who gave his name as Dion, told AA that Manhattan Attorney General Bragg should focus on crimes in New York instead of Trump. he said.
Anti-Trump Zachary Machado, who is on the other side of the park, argued that Trump’s actions should not be tolerated and said, “Trump is a terrible person and should be punished for his actions. Just as justice is done to all of us, it must also be faced with justice.” used the phrases.
Despite Trump’s earlier protest and call for support, announcing that he expected his arrest regarding the investigation, it was noteworthy that Trump supporters did not exceed 20-30 people.
THE WHITE HOUSE MAINTAINS SILENCE
White House Spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre answered journalists’ questions at the daily press conference. Leaving unanswered questions about former US President Donald Trump’s appearance in New York district court at the same time as the meeting, Jean-Pierre reiterated that the White House would not comment on an ongoing criminal case.
Jean-Pierre was asked why President Joe Biden had spoken on the subject many times during the legal proceedings regarding the events of the January 6 Congressional raid, but for the first time in American history they did not comment on the impeachment of a former president.
Defending the congress raid as “an attack on American democracy” and “a different moment”, Jean-Pierre evaluated that people including security guards died in this process and that Biden did not spare his word when it comes to democracy.
Although tensions rose from time to time between Jean-Pierre and journalists, the White House remained silent about the impeachment of Trump.
“This is not what President Biden is focusing on,” spokesman Jean-Pierre said. used the phrase. Jean-Pierre said that they are prepared for the demonstrations that may occur in New York.
DISCUSSIONS ON “POLITICAL CALCULATING IN THE JUDICIARY” IN THE USA
Republican politicians in the US argued that the impeachment of former US President Donald Trump was “politically motivated” and that this move by the New York district court would deeply affect American politics.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, in his message on Twitter, said that the day Trump went before the judge was “a bad day for all Americans”.
“American politics today is crossing a line from which it can never return.” Rubio pointed out that from now on, prosecutors who want to make a name in the USA may target a politician with different views.
“Who’s going to stop a Republican or conservative prosecutor from saying, ‘Now I’m going after Joe Biden or his family or Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi? No one will stop it because today we have set a ‘new normal’.” he said.
Noting that after today, laws can be manipulated to accuse politicians, Rubio said that the accusations against Trump are “absurd”.
Rubio stated that the accusation against Trump was time-barred, but the prosecutor brought it up by associating it with election laws.
Arguing that Trump’s accusation is “political”, Rubio continued:
“However, this is more than political, it is poison for our country. This will permanently change American politics. Forever. Whether you like Trump or not, we will regret today. We are establishing a new normal that will disrupt American politics and put us on a destructive path, hurting us. We will live with today’s regret for a very long time.”
“THIS HAPPENS ONLY IN AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES”
Andy Biggs, a Republican lawmaker, argued in a program he attended that a former president could only testify in authoritarian regimes. “This is what you can see in communist China, Venezuela, Iran, North Korea and the former Soviet Union,” Biggs said. This is how it got out of control.” he said.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who stands out with his opposition to Trump, stated in his written statement on the subject that he thinks that Trump’s character and attitude are not suitable for the presidency, but that he believes that the New York Attorney’s office also accused the former President with a political agenda.
“No one is above the law, not even ex-presidents,” Romney said. However, everyone has the right to be treated equally before the law. The prosecutor’s oversight sets a dangerous precedent for criminalizing political dissidents and undermines the public’s faith in our justice system.” made its assessment.
Senator Ted Cruz also claimed that bringing Trump to court by the left-wing “(George) Soros prosecutor” amounted to mocking the “rule of law” principle.
Republican Deputy Marjorie Taylor-Greene, a member of the House of Representatives who came to New York to support Trump and participated in the protests, also addressed the crowd here, claiming that Prosecutor Alvin Bragg was “the tool of the Democrats.”
Arguing that such things “only happen in communist countries, not in the United States”, Greene said that Trump’s accusation is interference in the 2024 presidential election. Greene called Trump’s impeachment “a threat to American democracy”
Trump, who is a candidate for the 2024 presidential election in the USA, was indicted on March 18 by the grand jury as a result of the investigation conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office into paying adult movie star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 Presidential election.
Reacting to the accusations as a “political witch hunt”, Trump arrived in New York yesterday from his Florida mansion on a private plane to testify.
Trump became the first ex-president in American history to appear in court for an accusation against him.
Intense air strike from Russia on Kiev
Ukraine announced that Russia carried out an air strike on Kiev, destroying more than 40 targets in the air.
It was reported that an air attack was carried out by the Russian army on the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, and more than 40 targets were destroyed in the air by the Ukrainian air defense forces.
In a statement made by the Kyiv City Military Administration, it was stated that the Russian army carried out an air strike again on the capital, Kiev. It was stated in the statement that Russian forces launched missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) towards Kiev in the early hours of the morning, and that 15 airstrikes were carried out on the capital city in May alone.
In the statement, it was stated that more than 40 targets attacked on Kiev were detected by the Ukrainian air defense forces and destroyed in the air.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klichko also announced on his social media account that some missile fragments destroyed in the air hit the civilian infrastructure in various districts and caused damage.
Klichko later stated that there were explosions in the city again. Noting that Ukrainian air defense systems are working in Kiev, Klichko informed that missile fragments hit the Desnyan, Podilsk and Obolonskyi districts of the capital and one person was injured. Klichko stated the reason for the attack and stated that the enemy targeted the central districts of Kiev.
Justin Kluivert and his girlfriend were attacked in their own home
Three robbers broke into the home of football player Justin Kluivert near Valencia on Wednesday night.
His girlfriend was slightly injured. The thieves took a loot worth about 160,000 Euros.
Kluivert was not at home at the time of the robbery. He was in Mallorca with his club Valencia to duel with RCD Mallorca on Thursday evening.
Two victims were allegedly threatened and slightly injured. Several watches and jewelry were stolen.
There have been reports of more robberies in the homes of Valencia football players lately. Kluivert, 24, has been playing for Valencia since last summer and is on loan from AS Roma. He previously played for Ajax.
Russia: Arms shipment will not deter us from our goals
Spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mariya Zakharova, said that arms shipments to Ukraine will not deter Russia from its “special military operation” objectives.
Spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zakharova, made statements about current issues at the weekly press conference held in the capital Moscow.
Evaluating the possibility of supplying F-16 warplanes to Ukraine, Zakharova stated that the Western countries do not want the war in Ukraine to end and said, “This is another stage of escalation of conflicts and destabilization of the situation on the European continent. Any arms shipment to the Kiev regime will not detract from the targets set within the scope of the special military operation we have launched.” she used the phrase.
“EXTENDING THE NUMBER OF PRODUCTS AND PORTS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE GRAIN AGREEMENT”
Asked about the number of ports used and the expansion of the exported product list within the scope of the Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement, Zaharova said, “The Russian side repeatedly expressed to other interested parties that there is no question of expanding the product list and the number of ports during the expert meetings.” she replied.
Zaharova stated that there has been no progress in removing SWIFT sanctions on all Russian banks, including the Russian Agricultural Bank (Rosselkhozbank).
Regarding the entry of the Ukrainian sabotage group into the Belgorod region of her country at the beginning of the week, Zakharova said, “Terrorist acts like this will be strictly prevented in the future.” said.
Russian mercenary army withdraws from Wagner Bahmut
Wagner leader Prigozin announced that the fighters began to withdraw from Bahmut captured in Ukraine.
Yevgeny Prigozin, the leader of Russia’s mercenary force Wagner, announced that Wagner has begun withdrawing his troops from the Ukrainian city of Bahmut and transferring his positions there to regular Russian troops.
Prigozin said: “We are withdrawing troops from Bahmut. From five o’clock today to June 1, most of the troops will be withdrawn to the camps behind. We are handing over our positions to the army,” he said.
Prigozin announced the capture of Bahmut on Saturday, after the longest and bloodiest battle of the war.
Dutch team assisting in Colombia’s Amazon rain forest search for children
The Colombian military is working with a Dutch team to look for four kids who might be lost in the Amazon rain forest.
According to RTL Nieuws, there are indications that the children survived the crash of their Cessna C206 on May 1.
They were traveling in a tiny plane with three adults to San Jose del Guaviare in central Colombia when their aircraft vanished from the radar. Lesly (13), Soleiny (9), Tien (4), and Cristin (11 months) were on board. The accident’s origin is still a mystery.
The Colombian officials started looking right away. Only this week, on May 16, did they discover the plane and the bodies of the three adults. Three dogs and about 100 Colombian soldiers are looking for the kids. A plane flying over the neighborhood is equipped with a loudspeaker that is playing an audio message that the children’s grandmother recorded.
Since May 8, Anne van den Ouwelant, a Dutch woman, and her husband have actively participated in the search on behalf of the humanitarian group Rescue International. She works with a group that aids children who have experienced trauma. Additionally, her spouse Humberto is a data analysis specialist.
Rescue International was able to narrow the search by examining radar photos and other data, according to Van den Ouwelant, who spoke to RTL. “The plane could be found, in part because of this.” The Colombian army also discovered signs that the kids are still alive, such as a shelter, fruit that had been consumed, and a baby bottle.
“Now that they’ve got the plane, it’s critical to examine lost people’s actions. So, what do people in this circumstance do? A person will travel to locations with water because they require it. In terms of creativity and endurance, it matters that they are with a 13-year-old. Of course, the fact that it includes minors is still a drawback. A 13-year-old is likely to know to search for water or mark their previous locations so they don’t walk in circles, for example.
Van den Ouwelant could also advise the ground searchers to follow the path of least resistance because people in distress have a tendency to do so. Therefore, people are more likely to take that option if there are hiking trails or animal-use trails nearby. And now there’s something else: individuals frequently try to hike up to a high spot to use their phone.
The Dutch mother is afraid to speculate on whether these kids, including a baby, might survive in the bush for more than two weeks. “However, there is hope. Always maintain that, please. These kids might still be around. For instance, the fact that they are indigenous means that they may have some familiarity with the terrain.
World-famous singer Tina Turner dies
Breaking news.. The legendary name of the music world, Tina Turner, passed away at the age of 83.
Nicknamed the Queen of Rock’n Roll, the musician left her mark on the 1980s with songs such as What’s Love Got to Do with It and Private Dancer.
In the last years of his life, Turner suffered from health problems such as cancer, stroke and kidney failure.
Tina Turner first entered the music market with the band Ike & Tina Turner, which she founded with her husband Ike Turner in the 1960s. After 1976, Tina Turner continued her solo career and increased her fame even more.
During his solo career spanning more than 30 years, Turner has sold more than 180 million albums and won 8 Grammy Awards.
Human rights education will be given in the house where Hitler was born
After the house where Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria, was turned into a police station in line with the decision taken in 2019, it was announced that security forces would be trained in the field of human rights.
Historian Oliver Rathkolb, a member of the commission, which was created to prevent the building known as “Hitler’s house” or the house where the Nazi leader was born, from becoming a frequent destination for Nazi sympathizers and to ensure its reuse, made a statement to the press.
Rathkolb said that in the opinion polls on the fate of the house where Hitler was born, 53 percent of the public said that it should be turned into an anti-Nazi worldview institution, and 23 percent said that the building could not be demolished due to legal regulations.
Noting that the building, which will be used as a police station in 2026, will serve both ways, Rathkolb said, “The police in the Upper Austrian state will receive training in the field of human rights here in the future. At the same time, it will be open to service as a training center for all police forces in the country.” said.
Decision to turn it into a police station
The house where Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in the town of Braunau am Inn in the state of Upper Austria in 1889 caused serious controversy in the country.
In November 2019, it was decided to transform the house where Hitler was born into a police station, and within this framework, a project competition was held across Europe.
The Minister of the Interior, Karl Nehammer, shared with the public the project of the police station to be built in the house where Hitler was born in June 2020.
Critical decision expected for record penalty to Apple
The EU Commission argues that a legal error was made in the lower court decision that canceled Apple’s tax debt of more than 13 billion euros.
The appeal hearing of the court decision, which canceled the European Union (EU) Commission’s tax debt to Apple over 13 billion Euros, started at the European Court of Justice.
The European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, headquartered in Luxembourg, is today hearing the Commission’s appeal in the legal battle between the EU and Apple.
The EU Commission alleges legal errors were made in the lower court decision that canceled Apple’s over 13 billion euros in tax debt.
As a result of the legal battle, it will become clear whether Apple is required to pay 13 billion euros in taxes to Ireland.
AB-APPLE CASE PROCESS
In 2016, the EU Commission completed its 3-year investigation into the taxation of companies established in Ireland for the European activities of Apple, headquartered in the USA.
Deciding that the tax practices the company used in Ireland were against EU rules, the EU Commission decided to collect 13 billion Euros and interest from Apple for the period 2003-2014.
Apple accused the EU of acting unilaterally and changing the tax rules in Ireland retrospectively, and the Irish administration and Apple company initiated legal proceedings against the Commission’s decision.
The case was dealt with in the EU General Court, which is within the structure of the European Court of Justice.
This court reversed the EU Commission decision on taxation in Ireland in 2020 in favor of Apple.
The General Court ruled that the EU Commission’s decision that Apple had provided economic benefits in Ireland was insufficiently substantiated and erroneous.
The EU Commission claimed that legal errors were made in the decision of the General Court, that the Commission did not sufficiently evaluate the reasons for the decision to impose fines and that it used contradictory logic and appealed the case.
Decisions of the EU General Court can be brought to the European Court of Justice, which is the upper court for legality review.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Novak: Our energy shipments to China increased by 40 percent
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak stated that they continue to increase their energy shipments to China and said, “Our energy shipments to China increased by 40 percent in the first quarter of 2023.”
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak stated that they continue to increase their energy shipments to China and said, “Our energy shipments to China increased by 40 percent in the first quarter of 2023.”
Novak made evaluations at the meeting held in Shanghai and attended by officials from Russia and China.
Noting that they are working with Chinese companies on the supply of technological equipment, Novak said, “We are working with our partners to supply the missing technological equipment.”
DUE TO SANCTIONS OF WESTERN COUNTRIES
Novak stated that they continue to develop cooperation with China in the field of energy, and said, “Energy is one of the main areas where we have developed our cooperation with China. Our energy shipments to China increased by 40 percent in the first quarter of 2023.
While Russia is accelerating the search for alternative markets for its oil and natural gas due to the sanctions of Western countries, it is increasing its shipments to Asia, especially to China and India.
Russia hit Ukraine once again
Spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov said that they hit the weapons and ammunition at the Dnipro military airport in Ukraine with long-range high-precision missiles.
Konashenkov made a statement on the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine.
Explaining that they are carrying out attacks against certain targets in Ukraine, Konashenkov said, “Tonight, the Russian Armed Forces carried out a group attack on objects at the Dnipro military airport with air-launched long-range high-precision missiles. The attack reached its target. All identified objects were destroyed. As a result of the attack, the hangars containing aviation equipment, weapons and ammunition and the technical position for missile preparation were hit. used the phrases.
“WE HIT 17 UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES”
Noting that Russian air defense systems shot down a Mi-8 helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force near the Lozovoye settlement in the Donetsk region, Konashenkov stated that they shot down a total of 17 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in Kherson, Zaporizhia and Donetsk regions.
LAST STATUS ANNOUNCED
Konashenkov, so far, 428 aircraft, 235 helicopters, 4,262 unmanned aerial vehicles, 424 air defense missile systems, 9,257 tanks and armored vehicles, 1100 multi-barrel rocket launchers, 4,881 howitzers and mortars, 10,379 in Ukraine. shared the information that the private military vehicle was destroyed.