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Week in politics, Trump pleads not guilty, Biden, DeSantis in Florida – USA TODAY
September 2, 2023
Hurricane Idalia made landfall this week, hitting Florida and making its way up to Georgia and the Carolinas. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stepped away from his presidential campaign to return home and assure constituents. President Joe Biden will also head to the state Saturday.
Former President Donald Trump continues to make headlines, this week for developments in his Georgia case. Trump pleaded not guilty to charges in his fourth indictment, waiving his right to a hearing and avoiding appearing in Georgia for an arraignment.
Here’s what else you need to know from the week in politics:
Mitch McConnell froze — again
The Senate minority leader was in the middle of a press conference in his home state of Kentucky Wednesday, when he abruptly paused until an aide stepped in.
This was the second time in just weeks McConnell, 81, had such an incident. In July, the senator had to be escorted out of a Capitol press conference with his Republican colleagues. That and his latest scare Wednesday have raised concerns about McConnell’s health.
McConnell’s doctor cleared him to continue his schedule Thursday, saying his “occasional lightheadedness” was due to dehydration and a past concussion.
Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, who had been in Iowa for his presidential campaign, returned to his home state last weekend. DeSantis said in briefings ahead of the storm and after it made landfall that his administration was prepared to respond to the damage and effects.
“We’re going to do whatever we need to do to help these local communities get back on their feet,” DeSantis said.
Biggs, Rehl and three other members of the far-right group appeared before a judge in Washington, D.C. this week to receive their sentences, after being convicted back in May.
Dominic Pezzola, who was the first to breach the Capitol on January 6, 2021 after smashing a Senate window with a police shield, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly referred to Pezzola as the “tip of the spear” for allowing other rioters to enter the building that day.
“The reality is you smashed that window in and let people begin to stream into the Capitol building and threaten the lives of our lawmakers,” Kelly told Pezzola. “It’s not something that I ever dreamed I would have seen in our country.”