‘Significant increase’ in online threats as potential Trump indictment looms – live

Most threats are directed at law enforcement and government officials, report says, after ex-president urged supporters to protest

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Good morning, US politics blog readers. We’re still waiting for the potential indictment of Donald Trump by Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg, allegedly for facilitating a hush money payment to adult film actor Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election. The grand jury Bragg has convened is said to be wrapping up its work, and there’s no saying when an indictment could be made public, but CBS News reports on one consequence of the looming charges: a “significant increase” in threats towards law enforcement officials by violent extremists. The report notes that none are yet viewed as credible, but they underscore the tense atmosphere surrounding the indictment, which would be a first in American history.

Here’s what else is going on today:

House Republicans are holding a retreat in Orlando, Florida, where they’re plotting strategy for the months ahead – including their response to Trump’s potential arrest.

Joe Biden is hosting the White House Conservation in Action Summit, where he’ll announce the designation of two new national monuments in Texas and Nevada at 1.45pm.

The Senate will continue working on legislation to repeal the legal authorizations behind America’s involvement in the Gulf war, and invasion of Iraq.

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Source of data and images: theguardian

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