👋 Away Message: So we had a little scheduling snafu here at WTF HQ, where both myself and Joe (voice of the pod) double-booked ourselves with personal and professional obligations next week. Oopsie! Not a very great job using a calendar on my part, I guess. On the other hand, it appears the government isn't going to be open for business anyway... Unless something truly WTF-y happens, I'll see you all again on Tuesday, October 10th, because Monday is a holiday (Indigenous Peoples' Day).
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1/ Trump pleaded not guilty to charges that he conspired to overturn the 2020 election results to keep himself in power. It was the third time in four months Trump stood before a judge on criminal charges. Trump will remain free while the case moves forward, but was prohibited from speaking to any a witness about the case except through his lawyers. Following the hearing, Trump claimed that “this is a very sad day for America. This is a persecution of a political opponent. This was never supposed to happen in America.” The next hearing in Trump’s 2020 election conspiracy case was set for Aug. 28 – days after the first debate in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. (Associated Press / New York Times / Bloomberg / NBC News / CNN / Washington Post)
- 📌 Day 924: Trump was indicted by special counsel Jack Smith on federal charges over his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and subvert the will of American voters. Trump was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against the right to vote and have that vote counted.
poll/ 45% of Republicans said they would not vote for Trump if he were convicted of a felony, while 35% said they would. 52% of Republicans said they would not vote for Trump if he were “currently serving time in prison,” while 28% said they would. (Reuters)
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