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.
Protests grow after police kill 17-year-old in France: At least 150 people were detained
The demonstrations that started on Tuesday after a 17-year-old teenager was killed in Paris, the capital of France, after he did not comply with the stop warning of the traffic police, continued yesterday.
Clashes broke out between the police and the demonstrators in Paris, at least 150 people were detained. The demonstrations spread to other cities as well.
The most intense clashes took place in Nanterre, a suburb to the west of Paris, where the teenager, identified as Nahel M, was killed.
Demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails at the police in Nanterre and burned down an electrical installation. The newspaper Le Monde reported that the police had to partially withdraw from Nanterre.
In the videos circulating on social media, it is seen that vehicles are burned and shops are looted.
Molotov cocktails were thrown at many police stations in Paris.
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Luxembourgers will soon be able to legally keep and smoke weed
Luxembourgers of age will soon be allowed to keep a maximum of four cannabis plants at home for their own use. They may also smoke the ‘harvest’ thereof. Weed is prohibited in public.
It took the Luxembourg parliament five years to reach this agreement. It is a watered-down version of a plan to fully legalize marijuana.
The partial legalization is part of a package of measures. With this, the Luxembourg government wants to reduce drug crime in the country.
Among other things, the government wants to develop state-controlled supply chains and control cannabis sales.
Justice Secretary Sam Tanson said the drug policy of the past fifty years was a “failure”. Although weed was banned, it was widely used.
Public use and possession remain prohibited
The use and possession of marijuana in public remains prohibited. However, the fine will be reduced to 25 to 500 euros for possession of less than 3 grams. Anyone who carries more weed on the street risks six months in prison or a fine of 2,500 euros.
The government hopes that the new rules will prevent drug trafficking and protect Luxembourgers from contaminated weed. According to opponents, the illegal trade will continue and will not limit consumption.
UBS to lay off thousands of Credit Suisse employees
Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, is preparing to fire thousands of employees of the bank it bought after completing its state-aided takeover of rival Credit Suisse.
Swiss banking giant UBS is preparing for layoffs after taking over Credit Suisse. The giant bank will dismiss more than half of the employees at Credit Suisse, which has 45,000 personnel, next month.
The segments that will be most affected by the wave of layoffs will be bankers, processors and support personnel. Employees of Credit Suisse branches in London, New York and some Asian regions will be the ones most affected by this wave.
THERE WILL BE 3 SEPARATE WAVE OF WORK
There will be three separate waves of layoffs this year, according to sources who asked for anonymity as the plans have not yet been made public. It is stated that the first wave is expected to take place by the end of July, while the other two tours are planned in September and October.
Three months after UBS bought Credit Suisse in a government-brokered bailout, the full extent of the layoffs began to become clear.
When the deal was completed, UBS’ total headcount rose to nearly 120,000, and the company said it aims to save about $6 billion in personnel costs in the coming years.
IT WILL FIND 35 THOUSAND PEOPLE
It is thought that UBS plans to eventually cut its total headcount by around 35,000 people. UBS spokespersons are refusing to comment on the layoffs for now.
After the Wall Street investment banks, including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, announced that they would lay off thousands of their staff, UBS also started to lay off their staff, showing that things are getting worse for the global financial sector.
After the banking crisis that started in the USA in March, there was a Credit Suisse panic in Europe. The developments after the Saudi National Bank, the biggest partner of Credit Suisse bank, announced that it would not increase its capital, dragged the bank to the brink of bankruptcy.
Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, bought 167-year-old Credit Suisse for 3 billion francs, with the government’s liquidity support of 200 billion francs.
While the total number of employees of UBS and Credit Suisse reached 120,000 worldwide, UBS announced that it would make layoffs to reduce costs.
Streets in flames in France
After the death of a 17-year-old teenager by police fire in France, many vehicles were set on fire, and many people were detained in the incidents.
In the city of Nanterre, France, 13 people were detained in the events that started with the death of the 17-year-old driver yesterday as a result of the fire opened by the police.
Those who reacted to the incident took to the streets in different cities such as Nanterre, Suresnes and Mantes-la-Jolie and set garbage bins and vehicles on fire. While the firefighters were responding to the fires, a brawl broke out between the youth and the police in different neighborhoods of the city.
A fire broke out in the town hall and a school, and a total of 13 people were detained.
REACTION FROM POLITICIANS
Police opened fire on a vehicle in Nanterre, which had 3 people and did not comply with the “stop” warning, and the 17-year-old driver died. While one child in the vehicle was taken into custody, the other child fled the scene and an investigation was launched into the incident.
While the French politicians were reacting to the incident, in the images reflected on social media, it is seen that the police who opened fire were not in front of the vehicle, but at the level of the front left seat.
In the footage, it is evaluated that the vehicle hit the pole after the police fired the gun pointed at the driver.
2 people died in Spain due to hot weather
The first extreme heatwave of summer in Spain killed two people.
A 47-year-old farmer in Seville on 24 June and a 46-year-old farmer in Ciudad Real on 26 June died from extreme heat while working in the field, according to information from the civil aid organization and local governments.
Stating that the heat especially affects the farmers and construction workers working in the open field, the authorities demanded that measures such as drinking plenty of water, using a hat and not staying in the open area during the peak hours of the sun.
ALARM IS GIVEN
Due to the first extreme heat wave of summer, which started last weekend and is expected to leave the country from tomorrow, 8 of 17 autonomous administrations in Spain were given a 1st or 2nd degree alarm.
According to the meteorological forecasts, the air temperatures in the Andalusia region in the south of the country will decrease to 30-38 degrees from tomorrow.
On the other hand, the Public Health Agency in Spain announced that a total of 10 extreme heat waves were seen in the summer of 2022 and the hottest summer of the last 30 years was detected. In the data, it was shared that 10 people died from extreme heat in 2022 and that heat had an indirect effect on 337 deaths.
Coup attempt in Russia
Coup attempt in Russia: Wagner, the mercenary group condoned by Putin, rebelled against the Russian army!
The Federal Security Agency asked the Wagner fighters to arrest their leader, Prigojin.
Yevgeni Prigojin, the founder and leader of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, claimed that he ordered the leaders of the Russian army to strike the group’s camps and killed a large number of Wagner warriors.
Wagner’s leader, who has been making statements against the Russian Ministry of Defense for months, made an unorthodox statement against the leaders of the Russian army, saying he would “stop” them and asked Russian citizens to remain calm.
“Putin is aware of developments”
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “aware of the developments” and emphasized that “all necessary measures will be taken”.
According to Russia’s public broadcaster RIA Novosti, the Federal Security Agency has launched a criminal investigation for starting an armed uprising. Agency asks Wagner fighters to arrest their leader Prigojin
“The evil brought by the army of this country must be stopped”
“We were ready to make concessions to the Ministry of Defense, we were going to lay down our weapons. Today we see that the promises made have been broken. They launched missile attacks on our camps,” Prigojin said in the audio recording released by his spokespersons.
Prigojin said, “Wagner’s council of commanders has made a decision. The evil brought by the army of this country must be stopped” and called on the Russians “not to resist them”. “We’re 25,000 people, and we’re going to take a look at why there is total lawlessness in this country,” said the Wagner leader.
“Prigojin’s statements do not match reality”
“We are not carrying out a coup,” said Prigojin. “We are marching for justice. Our moves do not endanger ordinary Russian soldiers.”
“Prigojin’s statements do not match reality,” said the Russian Defense Ministry.
According to Vyorsyka’s report, Wagner members called their relatives on Friday and said goodbye to them before Prigojin’s statements.
“Coup Attempt in Russia”
T24 writer Hakan Aksay evaluated the developments with his social media account. Describing the tension as a “coup attempt in Russia”, Aksay announced that an investigation was launched. Aksay included the following statements in his message:
“The coup attempt in Russia. Prigojin, the owner of the mercenary Wagner units, which Putin allowed to develop and gain strength with dubious methods, announced that he took action with 25 thousand armed youth not only against the Minister of Defense Shoigu, but also “against the turmoil in the country.”
Kremlin spokesman Peskov said that President Putin is aware of everything and that necessary measures will be taken. The Russian intelligence agency FSB launched an investigation into Prigojin’s statement on the allegation of “coup attempt.”
Netflix opens its own restaurant
Streaming service Netflix is now opening a restaurant, too.
Netflix is opening a restaurant. The chefs in the cooking shows will cook.
Netflix is also stepping into the food industry after digital broadcasting and mobile gaming.
The company announced two days ago, Netflix Bites, to open its restaurant in Los Angeles, USA. At the restaurant, the Chef’s Table on the platform, Nailed It! and Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend (Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend), will present their dishes to customers.
Chefs include Curtis Stone, Dominique Crenn, Ming Tsai, Andrew Zimmern, Rodney Scott, Ann Kim and Jacques Tortres. Mixologists such as Frankie Solarik and Julie Reiner on the Cocktails are Our Business (Drink Masters) program will also showcase their drinks at the restaurant.
This temporary restaurant, which will open on June 30, will host its guests for two weeks.
Netflix’s statement said it would provide “fans and gourmets with a restaurant experience like no other.” Josh Simon, Vice President of Consumer Products at Netflix, said:
“With Netflix Bites, we’re creating a face-to-face experience where fans can immerse themselves in their favorite cooking shows. We’re excited to collaborate with these exceptional chefs who will bring that vision to life and showcase their delicious menus.”
Reservations for the restaurant can be made online.
There will be a fee to enter the New York city center by car
There will be a fee to enter the New York city center by car. In order to reduce traffic congestion in New York City, USA, it was decided to charge a vehicle entry fee to the Lower Manhattan area.
It is on the agenda to collect money from those who enter the busy Manhattan area of New York with their vehicles.
According to the news reported by CNN, the administration of US President Joe Biden has approved the program that will charge vehicles entering the Lower Manhattan area of New York City.
If the app goes live, it will work like any road toll. However, it will be a first in the United States, as there will be a special charge for driving in the high-traffic area below 60th Street in Manhattan.
WHO WANTS TO ENTER THE REGION WILL PAY 9-23 DOLLARS
According to the proposals, charges will be made from $ 9 to $ 23 during peak hours. The application will go into effect next spring.
Although the plan was discussed for years, it was delayed each time. But last month, the Federal Highway Administration took the first step by approving the publication of the environmental assessment on the subject. “This program is critical to the long-term success of New York City,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said last month.
ONE OF THE WORLD’S WORST TRAFFIC
Every day, 700,000 cars, taxis and trucks flock to Lower Manhattan, one of the busiest areas in the world. Lower Manhattan is known as one of the most congested traffic areas in the United States.
Since the traffic is very crowded, cars can only travel at a speed of 12.1 km per hour here. Bus speeds have dropped 28 percent since 2010, while New Yorkers lose an average of 117 hours each year in traffic.
It is planned to reduce the number of vehicles entering the congested area by at least 10 percent, if a toll is charged. It is thought that the application will increase public transportation.
Similar systems are currently being implemented in 7 cities in Europe. This system has already been implemented in London and Durham (England), Stockholm and Gothenburg (Sweden), Milan (Italy), Znaym (Czech) and Valletta (Malta).
On the other hand, there are also criticisms of the system. Commuters from New York City’s outer boroughs and New Jersey say the program will hurt drivers who have no viable means of getting to Manhattan other than by car, and it will disproportionately affect low-income drivers.
In addition, opponents of the application are of the opinion that traffic in Manhattan could be diverted to low-income areas of the city such as the Bronx.
Berlusconi, former prime minister of Italy, passed away
Famous businessman Silvio Berlusconi, who was the prime minister of Italy for many years, passed away.
Silvio Berlusconi, one of the former prime ministers of Italy, who has been struggling with health problems for a while and entered politics after building one of the country’s largest media empires, has passed away.
It has been announced that the billionaire businessman who steered Italian politics and led four governments from 1994 to 2011 died in San Raffaele Hospital in Milan.
Berlusconi, who allegedly had sexual intercourse with young women in a villa in 2010 and made orgies known as “bunga bunga”, had a very difficult time. It was claimed that Berlusconi had an affair with Moroccan Karima al-Mahroug.
Berlusconi, who continued his political life despite the corruption and sex scandals about him, was 86 years old.
HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE COALITION GOVERNMENT
Berlusconi, who was diagnosed with cancer, was hospitalized in April due to a lung infection and was treated in the hospital for a long time.
Berlusconi, who is the head of the centre-right party Forza Italia, of which he is the founder, found himself in the coalition government of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in the elections held in September. Berlusconi was also in the Italian Senate.
Berlusconi, the owner of the Italian football club AC Milan, had a hard time with sex scandals, also known as “Bunga bunga”, in the early 2010s.
Explosion sound heard in the USA!
F-16 warplanes caused panic in Washington, the capital of the USA. The sound of a huge explosion heard in Washington caused panic.
In the social media posts, it was stated that around 15:30 local time, a big noise similar to the sound of a sonic explosion was heard. While it was recorded that shaking was felt in the houses due to the explosion, some social media users commented that the explosion may be related to a possible military exercise.
It was recorded that the police asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about the incident after citizens called the emergency lines, and the US Department of Homeland Security tweeted, “We are aware of the explosion sound heard in the capital, there is no threat at the moment.” expression was used.
Later, on the social media account of the Annapolis Emergency Management Office, it was shared that the explosion was caused by an “authorized flight under the Ministry of Defense” and that the military plane exceeding the sound limit caused the sonic boom.
In a written statement from the Federal Aviation Administration, it was reported that the Cessna-type plane, which took off from Tennessee to Long Island, entered the no-fly zone over the capital, then crashed into a mountainous terrain in the southwest region of Virginia.
A few hours after the plane crashed, the local police announced that the rescue team had reached the wreckage of the plane. In the statement, which stated that there were no survivors in the accident, according to the first determinations, it was noted that the investigations at the accident site were continuing.
In the US press, there was information that the plane in question did not respond to the radio warnings, and thereupon, the F-16s took off with the emergency response authority at supersonic speed, which caused the explosion of sound.
It was also stated that during the incident, military jets used flares that could be seen by the public in order to attract the attention of the pilot, and that the flares did not pose a danger to the people on the ground due to their rapid and completely extinguishing feature.
No information was shared about why the plane did not answer the calls, how many people were in it, and why it crashed.
White House officials announced that US President Joe Biden, who was playing golf at the Maryland military base, was informed during the incident.
It was noted that the FAA is continuing its investigation into the incident and will relay the details later.