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    Former Republican National Committee communications director Douglas Heye told CNN Monday former President Donald Trump epitomizes everything he vowed to fight when he was elected in 2016. Heye, a veteran GOP political strategist, went as far as to designate the former president “the swamp.” He joined CNN Newsroom with Victor Blackwell and Alisyn Camerota to discuss the current state of the Republican Party. Blackwell questioned Heye whether Trump is now the party’s establishment, given he was the last elected Republican president, and his endorsements matter to many voters. “We talk about narratives of Trump vs. the establishment of the GOP,” Blackwell noted, before he asked, “Is Trump the establishment of the GOP? He’s the former president, a front runner likely for the nomination in 2024.” Blackwell noted if Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) loses her Tuesday primary, then eight of 10 Republicans in the House who voted to impeach Trump last year will have been ousted by voters. Heye agreed Trump has become the party’s establishment, and said Republican voters should be cautious about embracing him. He also issued a warning to elected...
    The former president had two vastly different reactions to the GOP leaders' anger at him following the January 6 Capitol riot  Donald Trump said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had an 'inferiority complex' and that he didn't take the lawmaker's anger following the January 6 Capitol riot seriously, according to a new book excerpt released on Thursday. The criticism from McCarthy's fellow Republican leader Mitch McConnell, however, did not sit as easily with the former president.   Trump thinks he would still be in the White House had it not been for the Senate Minority Leader, he told New York Times journalists Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns for their book 'This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America's Future.' The former president called the Kentucky legislator 'bad news' months after the January 6 Capitol riot, in the spring of 2021, in an excerpt obtained by Punchbowl News.  'Had Mitch stuck with many members of the party who knew the election was rigged, I think we wouldn’t be at Mar-a-Lago,' the ex-leader said. 'We would be at the White House...
    'Secret Service said I couldn’t go. I would have gone there in a minute,' Trump told the Washington Post Donald Trump wanted to march on the U.S. Capitol with his supporters on January 6 last year but was stopped by his Secret Service, the former president claimed in an interview published Thursday.  He shrugged off the furor surrounding the seven-hour gap in White House phone logs that day, which includes the deadly hours during which rioters breached the Capitol.  'Secret Service said I couldn’t go. I would have gone there in a minute,' Trump told the Washington Post in an interview at his Mar-a-Lago resort. The former president once again took aim at lawmakers investigating what led to the events of January 6, claiming he offered to shield her with 'privilege' -- which other reports indicate she did not invoke. The eight-hour interview between Ivanka Trump and the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol was 'shame and harassment,' Trump claimed.  He also denied suggestions that he destroyed call logs or used burner phones...
    Donald Trump has lashed out at his former attorney general Bill Barr, calling him 'weak, ineffective, and totally scared of being impeached' after Barr criticized him in an interview earlier on Friday. Trump was furious at Barr's interview with NBC's Lester Holt, in which Barr said his former boss was responsible for the January 6 insurrection, and had surrounded himself with 'a clown show' of lawyers. Barr also said he offered to resign. Trump says he in fact forced Barr to resign.  'Former Attorney General Bill Barr wouldn't know voter fraud if it was staring him in the face – and it was,' Trump said in a statement on Friday evening.  'The fact is, he was weak, ineffective, and totally scared of being impeached, which the Democrats were constantly threatening to do. They 'broke' him.' Donald Trump is seen on Friday in Florida, playing golf at his Palm Beach course. The former president later issued an angry statement attacking his former attorney general Trump looks on as his caddies stand by, and his playing partner takes a shot Trump and...
    Former Attorney General Bill Barr recounted the dramatic moment when former President slammed his hand on his desk and ordered him to go home without delay after he disputed Trump's election fraud claims. Barr resigned his post shortly before Christmas in 2020, just weeks before the end of Trump's term – in an event that has since been revealed to be a sign of inner White House turmoil over Trump's efforts to push his fraud claims even after they were thrown out of a succession of courts.  'I told him that all this stuff was bulls*** about election fraud,' Barr told NBC in an interview. 'And, you know, it was wrong to be shoveling it out the way his team was. And he started asking me about different theories. And I had the answers. I was able to tell him, ‘This is wrong because of this,’” Barr said. Barr, who is promoting a new book, also described his dramatic confrontation with Trump. NBC News Privacy Policy 'Boom!' Former Attorney General Bill Barr says former President Donald Trump slammed...
    The publicly traded company that plans to merge with Donald Trump's new social media venture revealed on Monday that it is being investigated by federal regulators. The disclosure came in a filing by Digital World Acquisitions Corp - a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) or 'blank check' company - that said the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and FINRA regulatory agencies had asked for details of stock trading and communications with Trump’s company before the deal was announced. It deals a blow to Trump's plans for an anti-censorship site two days after he announced his Truth Social had raised a further $1 billion in investments. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for an investigation last month, citing press reports that DWAC had been in talks with Trump since March, before the SPAC went public -possibly in breach of rules. In a filing on Monday, DWAC said it had been asked by FINRA for information about its activities ahead of announcing a merger with Trump's company.  'According to FINRA’s request, the inquiry should not be construed as an indication...
    Former President Donald Trump went after his former communications director Alyssa Farah in a statement Monday, calling her a 'backbencher' who was 'terrible' when she recently guest hosted The View.   'Heard that Alyssa Farah was terrible on The View - they could have asked the people who know her and saved a lot of time,' Trump said. 'She was a "backbencher" in the White House and is now a nobody again. We put her out there to face the public as little as possible,' he added.  Trump's statement was seemingly prompted by comments Farah made to CNN on Saturday, when she told anchor Pamela Brown that the ex-president previously admitted to her that he lost the 2020 presidential election.  Former President Donald Trump (right) went after his former communications director Alyssa Farah (left) in a statement Monday, calling her a 'backbencher' who was 'terrible' when she recently guest hosted The View. Trump's statement was seemingly prompted by comments Alyssa Farah made to CNN on Saturday, when she told anchor Pamela Brown that the ex-president previously admitted to her that he...
    Former Trump official Alyssa Farah, who resigned as White House communications director more than a month before the end of the former president’s term, condemned the rhetoric that led to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. In an interview with MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan on Sunday night, Farah commended Liz Cheney for telling the truth about the 2020 election (i.e. that Donald Trump lost it) and warned against the Republican Party embracing those who sought to overturn the election. “The GOP is careening down what I would say is both a strategically unwise path but also a morally reprehensible one,” Farah said. “Liz Cheney did the right thing.” Hasan noted that Farah “admirably” referred to the pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol as “terrorists” who had been inspired by Trump’s lies about the election. “Would you accept the logic of your own argument that your former boss, former President of the United States Donald Trump, is an inciter of terrorism?” Hasan asked. “He played a role in inciting the violence on the Capitol,” Farah said. “It’s very clear. The...
    Rudy Giuliani denied that he was asking individuals for $2 million in order to get President Donald Trump to pardon them.   'The claims that I asked for, or received, any compensation for a pardon for myself or anyone else is false, defamatory, and malicious,' Giuliani tweeted Monday.  Giuliani was responding to a story from Sunday's New York Times that detailed how more than three dozen lobbyists and lawyers have cashed in considerably by charging fees to sway the president to issue pardons.  Rudy Giuliani, photographed on January 6 at the infamous 'Save America' rally, denied Monday that he was asking individuals for $2 million in order to get them pardoned by President Donald Trump  In a tweet Monday afternoon, Rudy Giuliani denied reporting by The New York Times. He said the claims he had been selling presidential pardons were 'false, defamatory, and malicious'  Trump is expected to use his final days in office to issue a slew of clemencies.      In one document, a former top adviser to Trump's campaign agreed to receive a payout of $50,000 if he could...
    Candace Owens blasted Barack Obama on Thursday night accusing him of turning his back on the country and stating that he was the only president who had ever come out of the White House 'hating America'.  The author told Fox News' Sean Hannity that Obama's recent comments about the Republican party and racism in the United States were 'absolutely despicable' as white Americans had voted him into office.  She also accused him for showing a lack of respect to those who voted for him who 'gave him literally everything he has.' Owns also took a hit at the Democratic party in general as she accused them of seeing black voters as a 'means to an end' and said that the Obama presidency did nothing to help black people because the party wants them to be a 'permanent voting block'.   The activist was speaking in answer to a questions about the comments Obama made about the GOP in his upcoming memoir 'A Promised Land', in which he accused Republicans of being xenophobic and paranoid.    Scroll down for video  Candace Owens accused...
    LeBron James, Barack Obama. Getty/Katelyn Mulcahy/Chip Somodevilla LeBron James told Barack Obama his mother voted for the first time, and the former United States president said he loved and respected her for it. "You tell her I'm proud of her! You tell her Barack and Michelle give her much love and respect for that," Obama said when hearing Gloria James, 52, had voted. "She was so, so damn proud of herself and I was so proud of her too," James added.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. LeBron James told Barack Obama his mother likely voted for the first time ever this year, and the former US president said he loved and respected her for it. "My mom sent me a video today of her voting," James told Obama of 52-year-old Gloria James in a video he shared to Twitter on Wednesday. "And, I don't know if this is her first time voting, but this is the first time she's ever talked about it. I believe it was her first time voting, and she was so proud...
    Getty Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Wednesday told CNN that he wishes President Donald Trump would recognize that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not his friend.  “I wish President Trump would just realize…Vladimir Putin is not his friend,” McMaster said to CNN’s Jim Sciutto. “It’s self-delusion…Putin is the best liar in the world.” Trump at a rally on Monday told supporters: “I like Putin. He likes me.” The intelligence community has repeatedly warned that Russia is engaged in ongoing efforts to interfere in the US electoral process.  Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Wednesday told CNN that he wishes the commander-in-chief would recognize that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “not his friend.” “I wish President Trump would just realize…Vladimir Putin is not his friend,” McMaster said to CNN’s Jim Sciutto. “It’s self-delusion…Putin is the best liar in the world.” This came a day after McMaster warned that efforts from Trump and GOP leaders in Congress...
    Former FBI agent Peter Strzok said Sunday that he believed President Donald Trump was 'compromised' by the Russians.   'I believed at the time in 2016 and I continue to believe that Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians,' Strzok told NBC's Chuck Todd on 'Meet the Press.' 'And when I say that I mean that they hold leverage over him that makes him incapable of placing the national interest, the national security ahead of his own.'   Strzok is one-half of the 'FBI lovers,' who Trump targeted after anti-Trump texts the agent sent to his ex-mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, came to light.  Former FBI agent Peter Strzok said Sunday he believes President Donald Trump is 'compromised' by the Russians  Peter Strzok (left) was one-half of the 'FBI lovers,' which also included his former mistress Lisa Page (right), a former FBI lawyer  The president has tried to use the text messages as evidence that the FBI's Russia probe was biased, as Strzok was - for a time - the most senior agent working on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's...
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