Trump "upset" and "angry" but "not worried" about indictment, attorney says

Trump "upset" and "angry" but "not worried" about indictment, attorney says

Former President Donald Trump is “upset” and “angry” by news of his indictment, but “not worried at all,” his attorney, Joe Tacopina, told “CBS Mornings” on Friday. 

A New York grand jury investigating the circumstances surrounding a “hush money” payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016, has voted to indict Trump, making him the first former president in U.S. history to face criminal charges. The charge or charges have not yet been unsealed. 

“Oh, he’s not worried at all,” Tacopina told “CBS Mornings.” “I mean, he’s upset, angry. He is being persecuted politically. That is clear to many people — not only on the right but on the left — and we, as Americans, honestly should be concerned. Today it’s Donald Trump, tomorrow, it’s gonna be a Democrat. The day after that it could be your brother, or your son, your daughter.”

“And we have to be concerned about the rule of law falling,” he continued, “because what’s happened here is this is a case that would not have been brought against another individual in this country if his name wasn’t Donald Trump, pursued by a prosecutor who has obviously very diverse political views from the president. So, it’s a very troubling case because there’s no crime here.”

Tacopina told “CBS Mornings” the president found out about the indictment around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. He told NBC News’ “Today” show Friday that Trump was “shocked” when he heard the news of his indictment. 

“Despite all the scuttlebutt and rumors and what not, we believed and hoped that rule of law would have prevailed,” Tacopina told “Today.” “So he initially was, was shocked. After he got over that, you know, he put a notch on his belt and he decided we have to fight now.”

Tacopina also said Trump is “ready to fight this.” 

The Trump lawyer told CBS News early Friday morning that the former president’s legal team expects him to surrender to authorities “likely Tuesday,” following discussions with the Manhattan district attorney’s office late into Thursday. Those discussions continue. 

Two law enforcement sources told CBS News Friday evening that Trump is likely to fly into LaGuardia Airport, which is located in Queens, in a private plane.   

Later, Tacopina told CBS News’ Robert Costa that his understanding is that Secret Service protocol will lead to the former president not being put in handcuffs when he surrenders. But he adds that it is a Secret Service matter and not a Trump legal team issue, and that discussions continue with the DA office on other fronts about Trump’s surrender next week.

Tacopina said Trump’s lawyers haven’t seen the sealed indictment and don’t know what it contains. 

“People are reporting how many counts are in it and what not. It’s all, you know, news to us,” Tacopina told “CBS Mornings.” “I mean, we’ve unfortunately gotten a lot of our information in this saga through media reports. We’ve not seen it. When it’s unsealed, we will take a look at it.”

— Robert Costa contributed to this report 

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"Rust" assistant director pleads guilty to gun charge in movie set death

"Rust" assistant director pleads guilty to gun charge in movie set death

A codefendant in the case against actor Alec Baldwin in the fatal 2021 shooting of a cinematographer on a movie set in New Mexico was convicted Friday of unsafe handling of a firearm and sentenced to six months of probation.

Safety coordinator and assistant director David Halls also must pay a $500 fine and complete a gun-safety course and 24 hours of community service after agreeing to plead guilty to the charge related to the death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Western movie “Rust.”

Under the plea agreement, Halls agreed to testify truthfully at any upcoming hearings or trials. That includes criminal proceedings against Baldwin and movie armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who have pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter in Hutchins’ death.

Halls appeared briefly by video to waive his right to challenge the negligence charge, as state District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer approved terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Defense attorney Lisa Torraco urged the court not to impose a prison sentence – the maximum possible penalty was 6 months behind bars – noting that Halls was “extremely traumatized and “rattled” with guilt.

Hutchins died shortly after she was shot on Oct. 21, 2021, during rehearsals on a film-set ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe. Baldwin was pointing a pistol at Hutchins when the weapon went off; a single live round killed her and wounded director Joel Souza.

If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed could face a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison and fines.

Torraco said Halls had checked the rounds in the revolver before handing it to Baldwin to see whether they were dummies or blanks with an explosive. She said it was “never in anyone’s imagination” that live rounds would be in the gun.

“When Ms. Gutierrez-Reed brought the firearm … on set into the church, he did check the firearm,” she said of Halls. “He wouldn’t have even thought that there was a live round in that, in that gun. … And he, like many others, is extremely traumatized.”

But prosecutor Kari Morrissey said Halls, a veteran filmmaker of more than 30 years, failed in his duty as the last line of defense for firearms safety, and that the fatal shooting took place after two earlier weapons misfires on set.

“Mr. Halls did not check every round that was in the gun to confirm that it was a dummy round and not a live round,” she said. “He then handed the gun to Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Baldwin began to practice his cross draw. And during that action of practicing the cross draw, the gun went off. And obviously Mrs. Hutchins was struck by the bullet and was killed. That is the factual basis for Mr. Halls taking the no-contest plea to the unsafe handling of a deadly weapon.”

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 Filmmaker Halyna Hutchins attends the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Official Kickoff Party Hosted By SundanceTV at Sundance TV HQ on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah.

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In separate regulatory proceedings, workplace safety authorities have asserted Halls shared responsibility for identifying and correcting any hazardous conditions related to firearms safety in the movie’s production.

Halls’ sentencing took place on the 30th anniversary of the death of Brandon Lee. The son of martial-arts legend Bruce Lee was hit by a .44-caliber slug from a gun that was supposed to have fired a blank while filming “The Crow.”

A weekslong preliminary hearing in May will decide whether evidence against Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed is sufficient to proceed to trial.

When the charges were announced, CBS News legal contributor Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said it was possible the case may not go to a jury. “At every step along the way … if there is a plea deal on the table, Alec Baldwin can consider a plea deal,” she said.

In her sentencing, Judge Marlowe Sommer confirmed with Halls that he would “testify truthfully in all hearings, trials, or settings involving any and all defendants and co-defendants in this matter.”

Santa Fe’s district attorney this week appointed two special prosecutors, Morrissey and Jason Lewis.

The original special prosecutor, Andrea Reeb, resigned following missteps in the initial filing of charges against Baldwin and objections that her role as a state legislator created conflicting responsibilities.

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Trump attorney believes legal team will move to quickly dismiss New York case

Trump attorney believes legal team will move to quickly dismiss New York case

Washington — An attorney for former President Donald Trump said he believes the legal team representing him in the case brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will quickly move to dismiss the case before it ever reaches trial.

James Trusty is representing Trump in special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation related to Trump’s handling of classified documents, but not in the Manhattan case. The grand jury in New York investigating the circumstances surrounding a “hush money” payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016 voted to indict Trump, making him the first former president in U.S. history to face criminal charges. Trump, who has denied all wrongdoing and says he never had an affair with Daniels, is set to surrender to police and appear in court for the first time on Tuesday.

In an interview Friday, Trusty told CBS News investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge that the New York case is “ripe for motions,” which he believes the former president’s legal team will file in “days or weeks.”

“I think there’s a good chance you’ll see motions, or at least one motion, to dismiss, and it’s the type of thing that could knock this case out before any jury ever hears an opening statement,” Trusty said. 

Trusty said any motions the Trump team files will be “well-founded,” and predicted that “even legal scholars on the other side of the political aisle are going to recognize that it’s a powerful motion.” Further, Trusty said he thinks any charges involving an intent to defraud will be difficult to prove under New York law, and claimed there will be weaknesses in the case. 

“We don’t even have a case number here yet,” Trusty said. “We’ve got a sealed indictment we haven’t read, so there’s a lot to do. But I would expect this in days or weeks, not weeks or months.” 

Joe diGenova, an attorney who has represented Trump in the past, also told CBS News on Thursday night he expects the Trump legal team to file at least one of three motions: to dismiss the case because of the relevant statutes of limitations, to move the case out of Manhattan and to dismiss the case for prosecutorial misconduct. 

Trump’s attorneys are still waiting to see the details of the indictment and the nature of the charge or charges, since it remains under seal.

While Trusty said it doesn’t appear the charges extend to involve the Trump Organization or Karen McDougal, another woman who alleged an affair with Trump, he couldn’t rule that out. 

“I would say it doesn’t look that way from where we sit right now but I don’t put much past this D.A.,” Trusty said. 

The Manhattan grand jury questioned witnesses about a $150,000 payment McDougal received from the National Enquirer in exchange for the rights to her story, CBS News reported Thursday. Trump has denied having an affair with McDougal. 

On another legal front for Trump, Trusty thinks Trump’s position in the classified documents probe is strong. Asked if he’s confident he will prevail, Trusty responded, “If there’s justice in this country still, yes.” 

Trusty said the former president is “remarkably tough, remarkably resilient.”

“He’s been persecuted in a number of ways … and he just kind of takes it and keeps swinging back,” Trusty said. 

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Navy sailor assigned to the USS Montana dies by suicide in Virginia

Navy sailor assigned to the USS Montana dies by suicide in Virginia

A sailor assigned to the USS Montana died by suicide this week, according to a spokesperson for Virginia’s office of the chief medical examiner. 

Electronics technician (navigation) Seaman Devon Faehnrich’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head. 

Faehnrich was found unresponsive on March 27 on the pier next to the submarine by another crew member at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipyard, a Navy official said. Faehnrich was then taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead.

He enlisted in the Navy in April 2021 and reported to the USS Montana at the end of March 2022. 

The submarine was commissioned in June 2022, and is docked at Newport News Shipbuilding, where it’s completing a planned maintenance period known as a post-shakedown availability.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is conducting an investigation into Faehnrich’s death. And the Navy is offering grief counseling services and support through the chain of command and the command chaplain.

Faehnrich’s death is the latest in a rash of Navy suicides. There have been at least eight other Navy suicides in Virginia over the past year. 

Four sailors assigned to the USS George Washington aircraft carrier have died by suicide since last April, with three occurring in a single week, and four sailors assigned to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) in Norfolk died by suicide late last year

A Navy investigation into the three April USS GW suicides concluded that the suicides were not connected, but did raise concerns about living conditions in a shipyard. The USS GW has been at Newport News Shipbuilding undergoing a years-long overhaul and maintenance period.  

The Navy is expected to release reports on two more investigations in the coming months — one on the quality of life on the USS GW and another on whether there are any connections between the MARMC suicides. 

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

For more information about mental health care resources and support, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email

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Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee to undergo surgery for "serious but curable" cancer

Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee to undergo surgery for "serious but curable" cancer

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FILE: Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., speaks during a news conference outside the Capitol on the on the Affordable Insulin Now Act vote in the House of Representatives on Thursday, March 31, 2022. 

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Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee said Friday that he has been diagnosed with a “serious but curable form of cancer” after a tumor was found in one of his tonsils.

Kildee, 64, said he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma that was detected very early by doctors and that he will undergo surgery in a few weeks to remove it.

“The prognosis after surgery and treatment is excellent,” the Flint-area Democrat said in a statement. “I am going to get through this. I’m going to beat cancer.”

Kildee said doctors have advised him that recovery from surgery could take a few weeks. He said that his office will be open while he is away from Congress for a period of time.

Kildee, who has served in the U.S. House since 2013, sits on the House Ways and Means committee and the Budget Committee.

He represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, which was redrawn last year to include the city of Flint. He defeated Republican challenger Paul Junge by over 10 percentage points to win reelection.

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Olympian Oscar Pistorius denied parole decade after killing girlfriend

Olympian Oscar Pistorius denied parole decade after killing girlfriend

Johannesburg — Former Olympic runner and Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius was again denied parole on Friday. South Africa’s parole board issued the ruling, keeping Pistorius jailed more than 10 years after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 

The board considered his conduct and disciplinary record in prison, his participation in educational or other training courses during the last decade of incarceration, and his mental and physical state to assess whether Pistorius, now 36, would still pose a threat to public safety.

He will be able to reapply for parole in another year.

As Steenkamp’s mother June arrived Friday at the parole hearing, she was asked if she believed Pistorius was remorseful. 

“No. Never,” she said. “It’s very hard to be in the same room as him.” 

The mother of Reeva Steenkamp, June Steenkamp smiles as she arrives at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, March 31, 2023, ahead of Oscar Pistorius’ parole hearing.


Steenkamp’s parents were expected to address the parole board, which met behind closed doors, to voice their opposition to Pistorius being granted early parole. 

“We don’t believe his story,” June Steenkamp told reporters as her car pulled into the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre in Pretoria on Friday.  

The 2014 murder trial kept viewers around the world glued to the live courtroom broadcast as prosecutors argued that the elite athlete had deliberately shot his girlfriend through a locked bathroom door in the middle of the night.

A picture taken on January 26, 2013 shows Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius posing next to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg.


Pistorius maintained throughout that it was a terrible accident and that he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder. He was ultimately convicted of murder after prosecutors successfully appealed an initial conviction for culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter. He was sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison in 2017, which took into account just over a year he had already served during the appeal process. 

Social workers had inspected his uncle Arno Pistorius’ property in Pretoria, which is where he would have served out the remainder of his sentence if parole had been granted.

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Police escort Oscar Pistorius before his sentencing at the Northern Gauteng High Court, in Pretoria, South Africa, July 6, 2016, for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


Pistorius was last up for parole in 2021, but that request was denied on technical grounds as he had not met with Steenkamp’s family as required under South Africa’s parole rules. That meeting has since taken place, but Steenkamp’s parents remain unconvinced that Pistorius has taken responsibility for his actions.  

Steenkamp’s mother had indicated before Friday that, along with her husband, she would oppose Pistorius’ early release, arguing that unless he admits he deliberately killed their daughter, he can’t be deemed to have shown remorse. 

“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, convicted in murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, up for parole


The year before the murder, Pistorius was a star at the London Olympics, achieving global recognition for becoming the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied sprinters. His prowess on twin carbon-fiber prosthetics earned him the nickname “Blade Runner.”

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