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Georgia Grand Jury Forewoman Hints of Criminal Indictment Against Trump

Emily Kohrs, the forewoman of the Georgia Special Grand Jury that investigated election interference, gave the strongest hint yet that former President Donald J. Trump will be indicted in the Peach State. “It is not a short list,” Kohrs told the New York Times on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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Led by District Attorney Fani Willis, legal experts view Georgia as the place Trump has potentially the most legal exposure criminally.
Led by District Attorney Fani Willis, legal experts view Georgia as the place Trump has potentially the most legal exposure criminally.

By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire

Emily Kohrs, the forewoman of the Georgia Special Grand Jury that investigated election interference, gave the strongest hint yet that former President Donald J. Trump will be indicted in the Peach State.

“It is not a short list,” Kohrs told the New York Times on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

While the newspaper said she declined to discuss who specifically that grand jury recommended for indictment, Kohrs appeared to remove any suspense.

“You’re not going to be shocked. It’s not rocket science,” she responded when asked specifically whether the jury recommended indicting Trump.

Reportedly, the grand jury has recommended indictments of multiple people on what the Times said was a range of charges.

Most of the grand jury’s report remains under seal at the order of judge.

Led by District Attorney Fani Willis, legal experts view Georgia as the place Trump has potentially the most legal exposure criminally.

In January, the Manhattan district attorney’s office started presenting evidence to a grand jury on whether Trump paid off a porn star to keep her silent during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson, who chaired the Jan. 6 committee that investigated the Capitol insurrection, told the Black Press that the panel turned over a mountain of evidence against Trump to the U.S. Department of Justice.

“It would be tragic. A travesty of justice,” Thompson said, if Trump isn’t indicted.

As the Times pointed out, “A focal point of the Atlanta inquiry is a call that Trump made on Jan. 2, 2021, to Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, in which he pressed Mr. Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to recalculate the results and ‘find’ 11,780 votes, or enough to overturn his loss in the state.”

Said Kohrs, “We definitely started with the first phone call, the call to Secretary Raffensperger that was so publicized.”

“I will tell you that if the judge releases the recommendations, it is not going to be some giant plot twist,” Kohrs added. “You probably have a fair idea of what may be in there. I’m trying very hard to say that delicately.”

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Mayor Sheng Thao Says, “I Am Innocent” While Addressing Public First Time After FBI Raid

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao finally addressed the public Monday morning after four days of silence following an FBI raid on her home last week and the certification of signatures required to trigger a recall election. Thao and her family woke up to FBI officers entering her home last Thursday morning and leaving with several boxes of unknown content. The FBI has not commented on what the investigation is about, but it has been reported that they are working in collaboration with the IRS and USPS.

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Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao during a press conference following the FBI raid on her home. Photo courtesy ABC7 San Francisco.
Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao during a press conference following the FBI raid on her home. Photo courtesy ABC7 San Francisco.

By Magaly Muñoz

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao finally addressed the public Monday morning after four days of silence following an FBI raid on her home last week and the certification of signatures required to trigger a recall election.

Thao and her family woke up to FBI officers entering her home last Thursday morning and leaving with several boxes of unknown content. The FBI has not commented on what the investigation is about, but it has been reported that they are working in collaboration with the IRS and USPS.

“I want to be crystal clear. I have done nothing wrong,” Thao stated emphatically at the press conference.

Three other properties were also searched that morning, including the residences of California Waste Solutions owners Andy and David Duong. The Duongs are at the center of an investigation by the Oakland Public Ethics Commission for political money-laundering, as reported by the Oaklandside.

Thao said that she was unaware of the investigation or raid prior to Thursday and would have fully cooperated had the FBI contacted her beforehand. She says she still has not received any information on what the investigation is about or whether she is the focus of it.

Bay Area defense attorney Anthony Brass, who took on Thao as a client shortly after the incident, and talked to press on Friday afternoon, withdrew his representation Monday.

He asked to withdraw from her legal team, and she accepted, Brass told the Post, but did not elaborate as to why.

Thao also addressed the shooting at Lake Merritt on June 19 during a Juneteenth celebration where 15 people were injured by gunfire. The incident was a result of a fight during a car sideshow that occurred at the Lakefest festival around 8 p.m.

This event resulted in yet another conversation about the lack of public safety and police presence in the city, an issue many have blamed Thao for.

“I want every Oaklander to know that we will work hard to ensure that those responsible are held accountable,” Thao said.

The FBI raid happened only two days after the Alameda County Registrar of Voters certified the signatures needed to trigger a recall election on the November ballot. Recall proponents submitted over 40,000 signatures seven weeks before their July deadline.

Thao accused billionaires from San Francisco and Piedmont for being behind the attempts to oust her and “buying the recall election.” She blamed them for empowering people like Seneca Scott, a leader behind the recall, to overturn the election.

“They were not only aiming to undermine the outcome of a fair and free election, but they empowered a dangerous man with a history of assault weapons violations to further attack me in life,” Thao said.

The “dangerous man” in question is Scott, a failed 2022 mayoral candidate who is spearheading the recall alongside former Police Commissioner Brenda Harbin-Forte. The recall group has called on Thao to resign since the unraveling of events on Thursday.

The mayor also suggested that this situation would not be happening if she were a rich politician. She stated that she’s aware that former elected officials have committed campaign finance violations with “mountains” of evidence to prove the wrongdoing, but “their front doors remain intact.”

Because the press was told Thao would not take questions, following her lawyer’s advice, no one asked for further details about this claim.

Thao promised to continue her work to keep Oakland safe and fight against the “right-wing forces” behind her recall. She reiterated her commitment to major city projects like the sale of the Coliseum property to the African American Sports Entertainment Group, emphasizing that this investment would proceed without derailment.

“I will not be bullied, and I will not be disparaged, and I will not be frightened out of this office,” Thao said.

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Oakland Mayor’s Team is Jumping Ship: Personal Attorney, Chief of Communications Resigns Following FBI Raids

Mayor Sheng Thao’s Chief of Communications Francis Zamora announced his resignation from her administration Tuesday morning, following Thao’s attorney withdrawing representation Monday afternoon. The mayor’s office sent out a brief statement where Zamora thanked his colleagues for their dedication and professionalism. He had worked for Thao’s office for less than a year before this announcement.

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Mayor Sheng Thao.
Mayor Sheng Thao.

By Magaly Muñoz

Mayor Sheng Thao’s Chief of Communications Francis Zamora announced his resignation from her administration Tuesday morning, following Thao’s attorney withdrawing representation Monday afternoon.

The mayor’s office sent out a brief statement where Zamora thanked his colleagues for their dedication and professionalism. He had worked for Thao’s office for less than a year before this announcement.

“It was an honor to serve the City of Oakland beside them,” he said.

Zamora did not share any additional details on why he is choosing to leave the mayor’s team, but it does come only days after Thao’s home was raided by the FBI last Thursday.

“Francis was a valuable member of the team whose contributions are greatly valued and appreciated. I thank him for his service and wish him well,” Thao said in a statement.

Pati Navalta, who previously held the now vacant communications position, will step in as interim chief of communications until a new person is hired.

The mayor has had a tumultuous week following the raid on her home, along with three other residences, with no explanation provided by the FBI. The other properties are owned the Duong family, who are currently the focus of an Oakland Public Ethics Commission investigation on political money laundering.

Bay Area defense attorney Anthony Brass, who Thao hired to represent her after the raids, also announced that he was withdrawing from her legal team.

Brass confirmed his withdrawal with the Post but did not elaborate on his decision to leave.

In an interview with CBS Monday evening, Brass told reporters that he and Thao had “very different approaches or different philosophies about how to proceed” with her case.

Apparently, Brass had not even known that Thao was addressing the press that morning. Brass himself had spoken to reporters last Friday afternoon, assuring the public that Thao has “nothing to hide.”

At the time, neither Brass nor the mayor had any iknowledge that she was the target of the FBI investigation. Thao echoed similar statements at her press conference on Monday.

In less than a week, Thao has had her administration, and possibly her legacy, turned upside down. She’s not only juggling this crisis, but the city is also up in flames over the large budget deficit, the recent shooting at Lake Merritt on Juneteenth, and her upcoming recall election in November.

The optics are not favoring Thao, considering her former chief of staff is also coming out and alleging that the mayor’s office engaged in pay-for-play schemes in her tenure.

Renia Webb worked for Thao during her time as an Oakland City Councilmember and was with her briefly after she won the mayoral election in 2022. She told CBS that she was not surprised to see the FBI investigating Thao and has called on Thao to resign following the incident.

Webb is also being interviewed by the FBI.

Thao’s opponents have not wavered in using recent events to prove that she is not fit for office and must be removed.

Since Thursday, multiple groups and residents have called on Thao to resign and save the city the trouble and money to put the recall on the ballot. Opponents are alleging corruption and mismanagement of the city by several city leaders aside from Thao, such as Council President Nikki Fortunato-Bas and Carroll Fife.

Thao stated that she would not be bullied out of her position and will fight against anyone who is attempting to oust her.

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Hundreds of Revelers Cheer Parade, Join Fun at Juneteenth Festival in Nicholl Park

A bright sun greeted one of Richmond’s most important community gatherings on June 22: the annual Juneteenth Parade and Festival. Hundreds of people greeted the lengthy parade that began at Kennedy High School, passed under the recently-created Juneteenth Freedom Underpass Mural on 37th Street, and continued on to Nicholl Park, where a colorful festival took place through the afternoon.

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A marching band followed the parade route from Kennedy High School to Nicholl Park. Photos by Mike Aldax and Mike Kinney.
A marching band followed the parade route from Kennedy High School to Nicholl Park. Photos by Mike Aldax and Mike Kinney.

By Mike Aldax, Mike Kinney and
Kathy Chouteau
The Richmond Standard

A bright sun greeted one of Richmond’s most important community gatherings on June 22: the annual Juneteenth Parade and Festival.

Hundreds of people greeted the lengthy parade that began at Kennedy High School, passed under the recently-created Juneteenth Freedom Underpass Mural on 37th Street, and continued on to Nicholl Park, where a colorful festival took place through the afternoon.

Michelle Milam, crime prevention manager for the City of Richmond and an organizer, said the parade boasted 70 entries and the festival had 117 booths staffed with community organizations, businesses, and resources. Soul food was being served by a number of popular local eateries such as CJ’s BBQ & Fish, Snapper Seafood and Cousins Maine Lobster.

The annual event is supported via a partnership between the N.B.A., City of Richmond and Chevron.

The Standard asked dozens of community members at this event what Juneteenth means to them.

“It is a celebration of freedom,” said AJ Jelani, president of the Belding Woods Neighborhood Council.

Jelani founded the nonprofit organization A.J./Sealcraft, which honors African American individuals, organizations, groups, and businesses who contributed to empowering fellow African Americans to improve their communities.

“Juneteenth is a recognition of our culture, our history,” he said. “Our unique past was a functionality of the community. It brought us together.”

Richmond resident Gloria Wilson added, “Juneteenth is a day to remember our ancestors’ struggles for our freedom.”

Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia told us the celebration is “about our community coming together.”

“It’s about recognizing the struggles that it has taken up until now, and that there is still work ahead to achieve true equity and equality,” Gioia said.

Gioia noted Richmond is unique for having had an annual Juneteenth parade and festival years before Juneteenth was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.

“Richmond has had a great history of winning struggles,” Gioia said. “It is important for us to continue that work.”

“We all have the responsibility to uplift and celebrate how people persevered and continue to persevere in the face of challenge.”

Gioia said that is why the County has an Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice.

“I was just talking to the school board and superintendent about the work we’re doing, and the superintendent was talking about their equity plan for the school district, so it all comes together,” Gioia said. “Agencies working together.”

Richmond City Councilmember Doria Robinson, who helped carry the City Council banner in the parade alongside some of her Council colleagues, said Juneteenth is a celebration of perseverance.

“It’s the day where everyone…can reflect on what happened with slavery and can realize that we all carry that burden,” Robinson said, “and that we all have the responsibility to uplift and celebrate how people persevered, and continue to persevere in the face of challenge.”

Added Councilmember Cesar Zepeda, “Richmond has been at the forefront of making sure that our community is aware of Juneteenth. And just more recently, people are finding out about Juneteenth and celebrating it in their cities. Once again Richmond is at the forefront.”

Fast on the heels of Juneteenth, Richmond will get a jump on Independence Day by celebrating along the waterfront Wednesday, July 3.

The City of Richmond will celebrate the “3rd of July Fireworks & Celebration” July 3 from 5-10 p.m. at Marina Bay Park. The fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m., with the show lasting approximately 20 minutes. Along with the fireworks, festivities will include live music, a selection of food choices and an interactive Fun Zone for the kids. Marina Bay Park is located at Marina Bay & Regatta Blvd. in Richmond.

Also on Wednesday, July 3, “Fireworks at the Point at Riggers Loft Wine Company” will take place from 6-10 p.m. Andre Thierry, a.k.a. “the Zydeco king,” will entertain the crowd while they enjoy a choice of cuisine from five food tents prepared by Chef Frank Miller.

Games, wine, cider, and sodas will also be part of the mix. At 9:15 p.m., the venue—and its bayside patio—are perfectly poised to take in the City of Richmond’s fireworks show, for which beach chairs and blankets are suggested.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for those under 21 and free for kids 5 and under. Purchase tickets here and find Riggers Loft at 1325 Canal Blvd. in Richmond.

For those heading to San Francisco on the Fourth of July, the city’s fireworks are set off via two locations in front of Fisherman’s Wharf: The end of Municipal Pier and barges in front of Pier 39. Transit options from Richmond to San Francisco include the San Francisco Bay Ferry, which will operate on a weekend schedule from Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7—learn more https://sanfranciscobayferry.com/holiday-ferry-schedule

BART will run a Sunday schedule (8 a.m. until midnight) on Independence Day— go to https://www.bart.gov/guide/holidaysfor more information. And visit AC Transit for info on catching a bus.

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