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Trump/Eastman emails; new Omicron subvariants; loan forgiveness appeal

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A judge ordered the release of emails between former President Donald Trump and attorney John Eastman; health officials are warning of two new subvariants of COVID-19; and a taxpayers group has asked the Supreme Court to block the student loan forgiveness program. These stories highlight the Daily Rundown for Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022.

Judge orders release of Trump/Eastman emails – In an 18-page opinion issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge David Carter said emails between former President Trump and Eastman must be handed over to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Carter ruled the emails cannot be withheld because they include evidence of potential crimes. This includes allegations that Trump signed legal documents challenging the results of the 2020 election that included voter fraud claims he knew to be false.

“The emails show that President Trump knew that the specific numbers of voter fraud were wrong but continued to tout those numbers, both in court and to the public,” Carter wrote. He added the emails are “sufficiently related to and in furtherance of a conspiracy to defraud the United States.”

New Omicron subvariants – Health officials, including National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, are warning of a pair of “pretty troublesome” COVID-19 subvariants. BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, which both come from the Omicron variant of COVID-19, are responsible for more than 10% of all current U.S. cases, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released last week. A week prior, the subvariants weren’t even significant enough to list.

According to Fauci, both subvariants have dangerous “qualities or characteristics that could evade some of the interventions we have.”

Supreme Court appeal over student loan forgiveness – A Wisconsin taxpayers group has asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness program from taking effect. The Brown County Taxpayers Association filed the request to Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who has jurisdiction over the lower court that ruled on the case. She is likely to refer the matter to the full court.

The lower court threw out a lawsuit from the group, ruling that it didn’t have standing to bring the suit. According to the filing with Barrett, student loan cancellation could begin as soon as Sunday if the court does not intervene.

The Associated Press, CNBC and CNN contributed to this report.

A JUDGE SIDES IN FAVOR OF THE JANUARY SIXTH COMMITTEE.
A NEW STRAND OF THE CORONAVIRUS PROVING TO BE VACCINE-PROOF.
AND COULD THE SUPREME COURT TAKE UP BIDEN’S STUDEN LOAN FORGIVENESS?
GOOD MORNING I’M KARAH RUCKER. HERE’S YOUR DAILY RUNDOWN.
A JUDGE HAS ORDERED FORMER TRUMP ATTORNEY JOHN EASTMAN TO TURN OVER DOZENS MORE EMAILS TO THE JANUARY SIXTH COMMITTEE.
THIS COMES AFTER EASTMAN ALREADY HANDED OVER MORE THAN 100 EMAILS EARLIER THIS YEAR.
EASTMAN HAS BEEN A TARGET OF THE COMMITTEE ***AND F-B-I OVER INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE 20-20 ELECTION.
THE JUDGE LONG BEFORE TODAY HAD ACCUSED TRUMP OF COMMITTING SEVERAL FEDERAL CRIMES.
COVID-19 VACCINES HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE READILY ACCESSIBLE IN THE U-S. BUT ON THE SAME DAY THE F-D-A APPROVED ANOTHER VACCINE BOOSTER SHOT…
THE C-D-C WARNS VACCINES AREN’T WORKING AGAINST TWO NEW STRANDS OF THE COVID-VARIANT OMICRON.
THE TWO SUBVARIANTS AMOUNT FOR ONE FIFTH OF THE CASES IN NEW YORK CITY RIGHT NOW.
DOCTOR FAUCI SAYING IT’S SOMETHING TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON AS WE APPROACH WINTER.
THE SUPREME COURT HAS BEEN ASKED TO PUT BIDEN’S STUDENT LOAN DEBT RELIEF PROGRAM ON PAUSE.
A GROUP IN WISCONSIN ASKING THE JUSTICES TO SUSPEND STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS WHILE THERE ARE ACTIVE APPEALS IN LOWER COURTS STILL PENDING.
IT’S A LAST DITCH EFFORT AFTER STUDENT LOAN APPLICATIONS WERE RELEASED THIS WEEK.
THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION COULD BEGIN PROCESSING THOSE REQUESTS AND FORGIVING DEBT AS EARLY AS THIS WEEKEND.

A judge ordered the release of emails between former President Donald Trump and attorney John Eastman; health officials are warning of two new subvariants of COVID-19; and a taxpayers group has asked the Supreme Court to block the student loan forgiveness program. These stories highlight the Daily Rundown for Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022.

Judge orders release of Trump/Eastman emails – In an 18-page opinion issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge David Carter said emails between former President Trump and Eastman must be handed over to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Carter ruled the emails cannot be withheld because they include evidence of potential crimes. This includes allegations that Trump signed legal documents challenging the results of the 2020 election that included voter fraud claims he knew to be false.

“The emails show that President Trump knew that the specific numbers of voter fraud were wrong but continued to tout those numbers, both in court and to the public,” Carter wrote. He added the emails are “sufficiently related to and in furtherance of a conspiracy to defraud the United States.”

New Omicron subvariants – Health officials, including National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, are warning of a pair of “pretty troublesome” COVID-19 subvariants. BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, which both come from the Omicron variant of COVID-19, are responsible for more than 10% of all current U.S. cases, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released last week. A week prior, the subvariants weren’t even significant enough to list.

According to Fauci, both subvariants have dangerous “qualities or characteristics that could evade some of the interventions we have.”

Supreme Court appeal over student loan forgiveness – A Wisconsin taxpayers group has asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness program from taking effect. The Brown County Taxpayers Association filed the request to Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who has jurisdiction over the lower court that ruled on the case. She is likely to refer the matter to the full court.

The lower court threw out a lawsuit from the group, ruling that it didn’t have standing to bring the suit. According to the filing with Barrett, student loan cancellation could begin as soon as Sunday if the court does not intervene.

The Associated Press, CNBC and CNN contributed to this report.


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