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    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) predicted on Sunday that former President Donald Trump might be headed to a "self-inflicted" indictment. During a panel discussion on ABC, Christie said that lies told by Trump and his surrogates were not being backed up in court after the FBI recovered classified government documents from his Mar-a-Lago estate. "I think these are all self-inflicted wounds by Donald Trump," Christie said. "And you know, one of the things that I always say to clients are, you know, don't out loud fight with the Department of Justice. Like, you know, we'll fight in court and do the things we need to do. He's doing the exact opposite." "His lawyers aren't fighting any of this in court," he continued. "They're really not. They're not putting forward any of these arguments. He's putting forward all these arguments on television. There comes a point where prosecutors are human too. And you want to keep daring them, they may just actually do it." Christie was reluctant to predict that Trump would definitely be indicted. "The more you absolutely...
    Conservative Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis lit into the Republican Party for frittering away their chances of taking control of both chambers of Congress in the upcoming November midterms, claiming they only have themselves to blame because they are still in the thrall of Donald Trump. In his column, Lewis bluntly asked, "What the hell was the GOP thinking pushing such garbage candidates?" At issue, as he notes, is a wide slate of candidates that Trump threw his support behind that are so unelectable in the general election, that the Senate may be out of reach and reclaiming the House is no longer the slam dunk that was expected by election observers. To make his case, he cited the nomination of J.R. Majewski in conservative Ohio who was expected to have a good chance of unseating Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D) after her district became more Republican. "So how did he win the GOP nomination? During an Ohio rally in April, Trump gave Majewski a shout-out. 'He’s a great guy,' Trump said. 'I love him.' A little over a week later,...
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) pledged to renounce the GOP and leave the party altogether if former President Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president in 2024. Cheney made the comments while speaking to Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith as part of an event at the paper’s annual festival on Saturday, after being asked if she would remain a Republican regardless of what happens in the 2024 presidential election. The Wyoming lawmaker, a lifelong conservative, was ousted by a double-digit margin last month to a Trump-backed challenger in her House GOP primary. Her loss came after Republican voters and operatives soured on her anti-Trump stance, which arose over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and escalated into a bitter GOP feud. LIZ CHENEY BLASTS PARTY FOR TREATING TRUMP 'AS THOUGH HE WERE A KING' "I'm going to make sure Donald Trump — I'm going to do everything I can to make sure he's not the nominee," Cheney told Smith, "And if he is the nominee, I won't be a Republican." [email protected]_Cheney says if...
    Contrary to the spirit if not the letter of California’s ban on taxpayer-funded travel to Texas, far-left Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom went to Austin for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday to bash the Republican governors he’s been trying to start fundraiser-ready feuds with. While doing so, he slapped Tucker Carlson, too, for good measure. Speaking with MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, Newsom said that while he does still worry about ex-president Donald Trump, his particular concerns now are for the likes of Carlson, and of course Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. “I worry about Trump, I worry about Trumpism,” said Newsom during his one-on-one on the TribFest stage. “I worry more about Tucker Carlson. I worry about Ron DeSantis.” Newsom said that Gov. DeSantis is a “bully,” and that while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is “light years ahead in policy” than DeSantis, the Florida governor has “weaponized” it. “I worry about Trump, because Trump has proven that Democracy is now partisan, which is remarkable,” he added. At another point during his remarks, he pointed the finger more broadly at Republican...
    (CNN)Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney said at The Texas Tribune festival Saturday that if former President Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party's nominee for president in 2024, she will not remain a Republican. "I'm going to make sure Donald Trump, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure he is not the nominee. And if he is the nominee, I won't be a Republican," Cheney said. Cheney also said she will campaign for Democrats to ensure that Republican candidates who promote election lies do not get elected. Cheney was talking about the Arizona gubernatorial race, and how she will work to ensure that GOP nominee Kari Lake, the former television journalist who has become a leading voice behind Trump's lies about election fraud, does not get elected. "I'm going to do everything I can to make sure Kari Lake is not elected," Cheney said. Read MoreWhen asked if that includes campaigning for Democrats, Cheney said, "Yes." But, Cheney would not go as far as saying that she wants Democrats to keep control of the House of Representatives after...
    Desjardins said the security staff "clearly had been directed to watch for this kind of gesture and to shut it down." \u201cThe man in this photo held up 1 finger and told me he meant it as a WWG1WGA sign - and then the security guard in the next photo told him to take it down.\n\nHe was furious \u201cthats my Constitutional right!\u201d the man in the crowd told me after I saw that interaction happen.\u201d — Lisa Desjardins (@Lisa Desjardins) 1663975110 Hillary Clinton said the MAGA supporters making the finger gesture were like Adolf Hitler supporters doing the Sieg Heil salute of the Nazis. On Friday, Clinton spoke at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Texas. Clinton said, "I remember as a young student, you know, trying to figure out, how people get basically brought in by Hitler. How did that happen? I'd watch newsreels and I'd see this guy standing up there ranting and raving, and people shouting and raising their arms. I thought, 'What's happened to these people? Why do they believe that?'" She continued, "You...
    Donald Trump baffled his audience at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina Friday night, going off on a bizarre tangent to give his thoughts on the New York Jets' last NFL game. The 45th President took to the stage for a Save America rally ahead of the midterm elections, discussing all things immigration, crime, the 2020 election - and, strangely, the New York Jets' win over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.  'The Jets game last week,... so there's like a minute and 37 seconds left, they're down by 13 points and they were having a tough game, and they don't even have the ball,' Trump began, with onlookers blankly awaiting the relevancy of New York's Week 2 win. 'I think the chances of them winning was one one-hundredth of one per cent, and nobody would take the bet. 'They got some kind of fumble, they threw a long pass it was caught, they got to seven... and then they got an onside kick, this took place over like about a minute and a quarter. 'They received... they got an onside kick,...
    Getty New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh and former United States President Donald Trump. The New York Jets are getting a lot of roses thrown at their feet for their unbelievable upset win over the Cleveland Browns. Gang Green is now 1-1 on the season after winning their first game in the month of September in over four years. With that in mind, the team has earned a ton of national praise although none bigger than the surprising phone call that head coach Robert Saleh received after the dub.Donald Trump Gave Robert Saleh a Phone CallDuring a rally in North Carolina former United States President, Donald Trump got a little off track and decided to provide a recap for the Jets-Browns Week 2 game. That wasn’t even the craziest thing, as a matter of fact, Trump revealed that after the game he jumped on his phone to make an important call: “That was the craziest thing and I called the coach [Robert Saleh] because I think the coach is like a great guy, the general manager too....
    Appearing on MSNBC's "The Katie Phang Show," former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade claimed that Donald Trump's actions following the search at his Mar-a-Lago resort that led to the discovery of boxes of stolen documents have made it difficult for the DOJ to not file charges against him. Speaking with the host, McQuade stated that the search of Mar-a-Lago likely would have gone unnoticed if Trump hadn't taken to social media to announce it and that has put the DOJ on the spot to follow up with criminal indictments. Adding to that, she suggested he is not listening to his lawyers. With host Phang stating it was "put up or shut up time" for Trump to make a solid case for keeping the documents, McQuade said it may be too late. "So often Donald Trump's defense is to win the court of public opinion, to win the news day; he's thinking about today," she explained. "He's not really thinking about tomorrow and most lawyers will tell their clients not to say anything. because whatever you say can be used against you....
    If former President Donald Trump decides to enter the 2024 presidential race, his campaign journey will be far different than most. Trump's time on the campaign trail would likely include ongoing legal battles in several courts across the country. Now, analysts are weighing in with their take on the road ahead for the former president. "The long-running panoply of investigations into Trump – over his business practices, his handling of classified information, his efforts to overturn his election loss in 2020, and his role in the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021 – will burden any 2024 presidential run by the former chief executive," analysts said, per USA Today's David Jackson. READ MORE: Does Donald Trump have 'too much baggage' for a successful 2024 presidential run? Experts think so So, will the court cases help or hinder Trump's chances of running for president again? While some believe the cases could pose problems for the former president, his allies believe the cases might help him. "With a separate tax fraud case also moving against the Trump Organization, Trump's legal...
    Donald Trump Jr. has joined the chorus of critics of a transgender teacher in Ontario, Canada who went viral after she was pictured wearing extremely large breast prosthetics in class. The image shared by Trump, 44, reads 'wheels on the shopping car be like' and features three identical images of his sister, Ivanka, 40, and one of the teacher, Kayla Lemieux.  Three images of Ivanka encircle the viral image of Lemieux in a square below the text. Trump appears to be comparing Ivanka and Lemieux to a stereotypical shopping cart, which reliably has three functional wheels and one which squeaks. 'Sorry @ivankatrump but what kind of big brother would I really be if I showed restraint and didn't post this ???' the caption reads.  Trump appears to be comparing Ivanka and Lemieux to a stereotypical shopping cart, which reliably has three functional wheels and one which squeaks Donald Trump Jr., 44, posted the meme to his Instagram after the transgender teacher, Kayla Lemieux, went viral over the weekend for wearing very large prosthetic breasts in school Pictured: Ivanka Trump, 40, with...
    Former President Donald Trump‘s attorneys are fighting a secret court battle to block a federal grand jury from gathering information from an expanding circle of close Trump aides about his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, people briefed on the matter told CNN. The high-stakes legal dispute — which included the appearance of three attorneys representing Trump at the Washington, DC, federal courthouse on Thursday afternoon — is the most aggressive step taken by the former President to assert executive and attorney-client privileges in order to prevent some witnesses from sharing information in the criminal investigation events surrounding January 6, 2021. The court fight over privilege, which has not been previously reported and is under seal, is a turning point for Trump’s post-presidency legal woes. How the fight is resolved could determine whether prosecutors can tear down the firewall Trump has tried to keep around his conversations in the West Wing and with attorneys he spoke to as he sought to overturn the 2020 election and they worked to help him hold onto the presidency. This dispute came to light...
    Legal experts on Wednesday rejected former President Donald Trump's claim that he could declassify secret national security documents with his mind. Trump in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity made a series of claims entirely untethered from reality while defending himself amid an FBI criminal investigation into classified documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago residence. Trump suggested that last month's FBI search of the property may have actually been in search of Hillary Clinton's deleted emails. "There's also a lot of speculation, because of what they did, the severity of the FBI coming in, raiding Mar-a-Lago, were they looking for the Hillary Clinton emails that were deleted — but they are around someplace," Trump said. "Wait, you're not saying you had it?" Hannity interjected. "No, no, they may be saying — they may have thought that it was in there," Trump replied. "And a lot of people said that the only thing that would give the kind of severity that they showed by actually coming in and raiding with many, many people is the Hillary Clinton deal, the Russia...
    ABC News political and legal analyst and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a shot at Mehmet Oz, the GOP Senate nominee in Pennsylvania. During an event on Thursday, Christie, a Republican, said, “I defend Dr. Oz because he is a longtime New Jerseyan — problem is he’s running in Pennsylvania.” Fetterman leads Oz in the RealClearPolitics average by 4.2 percentage points. Oz has been mocked by Fetterman and his supporters for his New Jersey residency. In addition to Oz, Christie went after California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, and said that “his hair is ready to be president.” He called Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, “the soup of the day.” Christie went after former President Donald Trump. “We have a former president of the United States who [went] on national television last night and said ‘I declassified the documents thinking about it,’” he said. “Imagine all I could have accomplished if I only knew that I didn’t actually have to do it. I just had to think about it — this is a credible candidate for...
    Elton John reached out to President Joe Biden's administration to ask if he could play at the White House despite Donald Trump's long admiration for the singer and his attempt to get him to play his inauguration.  'His team expressed an interest on his behalf,' a White House official said of John, who will perform on the South Lawn on Friday night.  While the current first couple are fans, Biden's predecessor in the White House, Donald Trump, long considered John a personal friend and was reported to be 'obsessed' with him.  John declined to play at Trump's inauguration but did tell him if he ever hosted offiicials from the UK for a state dinner he would perform - similar to what he did in February 1998 when John performed at a State Dinner during Bill Clinton's presidency for then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Trump never hosted the Brits for such an occasion.  Now John will perform for a commander in chief when he headlines 'A Night When Hope and History Rhyme' that will celebrate the healing power of music and commend the life...
    Jeff Swensen/Getty Editor’s note: This column by David Corn first appeared in his newsletter, Our Land. But we wanted to make sure as many readers as possible have a chance to see it. Our Land is written by David twice a week (most of the time) and provides behind-the-scenes stories about politics and media; his unvarnished take on the events of the day; film, book, television, podcast, and music recommendations; interactive audience features; and more. Subscribing costs just $5 a month—but you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Our Land here. Please check it out. And please also check out David’s new New York Times bestseller: American Psychosis: A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy. Those of us paying attention the past few years know that the answer to the oft-repeated question— have we reached the bottom of Trumpism?—is, there’s no bottom. Donald Trump and the Republican Party proved that once again in recent days, as Trump merged MAGA extremism with the conspiratorial lunacy of QAnon, and nary a Republican batted an eye. In retrospect, the melding of...
    Former President Donald Trump has revealed he asked FOX News host Sean Hannity go easier on his successor. The revelation came as Trump was concluding an exclusive two-part sit-down interview with Hannity at his Mar-a-Lago resort, in a segment that aired on Thursday. The FOX News host thanked the former president for his time, to which Trump asked whether he thought Joe Biden would provide him with that much time for an interview. 'Want my honest answer?' Hannity replied. 'I don't think he knows that today's Wednesday is my honest answer.' 'I hope he does, for the sake of this country, I hope he does,' Trump said. At that point, Hannity said he was 'very gracious,' adding: 'I should tell a story about how one time you requested I go easier on him. 'You did say that to me, you thought I was being too flippant.' Trump then recounted how he 'thought it was too tough, I thought you were very tough,' even as Hannity doubled down on his coverage of the president saying: 'I was telling the truth.' Former President Donald...
    Former President Trump blasted President Biden's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal in a sit-down interview with Fox News as he told told Sean Hannity a story of why the Taliban feared him too much to take over the nation.  'Under my conversations with Abdul, who's the leader of the Taliban, for 18 months, we didn't lose one soldier,' Trump said Thursday night, referring to Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder and senior member of the Taliban.  Trump then told Hannity he threatened to 'obliterate' Abdul if he did not follow his orders.  'Didn't you at one point tell him, 'I know exactly where you are,' and give him the exact coordinates where he was?' Hannity asked.  'No,' Trump replied. 'I sent him a picture of his house.'  'He said, 'But why but why do you send me a picture of my house?' I said, 'You have to figure that one out.''  'Didn't you at one point tell him, 'I know exactly where you are,' and give him the exact coordinates where he was?' Hannity asked. 'No,' Trump replied. 'I sent him a picture of...
    As Donald Trump's legal team deals with a special master in Brooklyn and a federal appeals court in Georgia, his lawyers were also reportedly dealing with a Jan. 6 investigation in Washington, D.C. "Spotted this afternoon at the DC federal courthouse: Trump lawyers Evan Corcoran, John Rowley and Timothy Parlatore," Daniel Barnes of NBC News reported, posting a photo to Twitter. "Also in the building was prosecutor Thomas Windom," Barnes reported. "It's unclear why all were in attendance - Corcoran, Rowley and Parlatore did not respond to questions." MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin wrote, "whatever brought them there does not appear to be on this calendar for hearings, conferences, etc." The details were supplied by Washington Post correspondent Jacqueline Alemany, who reported, "They were present in capacity representing Trump RE the Jan. 6 investigation, per person familiar." In June, The New York Times profiled Windom under the headline, "The Man Helping Drive the Investigation Into Trump’s Push to Keep Power." "It is Mr. Windom, working under the close supervision of Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s top aides, who is executing...
    Fox News contributor Lara Trump ended all suspense by weighing in on the lawsuit filed against the Trump Organization, which employs her husband Eric Trump as an executive vice president. She’s not a fan. So yeah, you probably guessed her opinion on the lawsuit. On Wednesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a $250 million civil suit against the company, alleging it overvalued its assets to obtain loans from financial institutions. The suit also seeks to prevent Donald Trump and his adult children Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump who have worked for the company from running any business in New York state. Appearing on Thursday’s edition of The Story with Martha MacCallum, Lara Trump slammed James and the suit she filed against her husband et al. “This was an investigation, by the way, in search of a crime.” she told MacCallum “There was no merit to any of this. And then she got to the end of it three years later and millions of documents later, and she found gosh, there was no crime that was...
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about transgender athletes during the America First Agenda Summit, at the Marriott Marquis hotel July 26, 2022 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images Former President Donald Trump assailed New York Attorney General Letitia James as "racist" and "grossly incompetent" in an indignant social media post Thursday, one day after she filed a sweeping fraud lawsuit against him and his family members. Trump's post on the Twitter-like platform Truth Social called James "a terrible A.G. when it comes to protecting the people of New York State" and praised her Republican campaign rival, Michael Henry, as a "strong crime fighter." He also shared a number of attacks on James from news sources and other social media accounts. In addition, Trump posted numerous messages apparently endorsing the view that he should run for president again in the 2024 election cycle. One headline reads, "Trump Should Announce His Candidacy Before the Midterms." James announced a civil lawsuit Wednesday accusing Trump, three of his adult children and some of his longtime business associates of submitting years of fraudulent...
    Immediately following the execution of the search warrant at Donald Trump's resort in Palm Beach, Florida, both the former president and his allies began alleging that the FBI "likely" or "could have" been there to "plant" evidence against him. "Planting information anyone?" Trump said on his social media site attacking the FBI. Fox News host Jesse Watters similarly asked the question on his show on Aug. 9. "What the FBI is probably doing is planting evidence," he claimed. Two days later, Watters was saying, it wasn't so much planting evidence as Trump wanted to take home some reminders of his time in the Oval Office. Even Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Fox News that no one is certain that the FBI wouldn't "put things in the boxes to entrap him." By September, Trump was recycling the same tune on his social media. "They leak, lie, plant fake evidence, allow the spying on my campaign, deceive the FISA Court, RAID and Break-Into my home, lose documents, and then they ask me, as the 45th President of the United States, to trust...
    A Trump-inspired think tank has reportedly unveiled its secret "Sheriff Fellowship" revealing the far-right's level of investment in law enforcement. According to Slate magazine's assessment, the Claremont Institute's curriculum "reveals a program that presented for the sheriffs two sets of people in America: those communities sheriffs should police as freely and brutally as they see fit, and those “real” Americans who should be considered virtually above the law." "Public information requests and other reporting have provided insight into the stated and unstated reasons behind the Claremont Institute’s recruitment of county sheriffs, and revealed the curriculum of the fellowship," Slate's Jessica Pishko wrote. READ MORE: 'The institute is badly damaged': Think tank behind John Eastman is reeling after sticking by him Pishko's report also offers a brief breakdown of the curriculum. "The first day was focused on policing and heavily featured the Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald, a lawyer who has written dozens of articles arguing that law enforcement in America does not have an implicit or explicit racism problem," she wrote. "The supplemental readings for this section included articles...
    Share this: Former President Donald Trump padded his net worth by billions of dollars and habitually misled banks and others about the value of prized assets like golf courses, hotels and his Mar-a-Lago estate, New York’s attorney general said Wednesday in a lawsuit that seeks to permanently disrupt the Republican’s ability to do business in the state. Attorney General Letitia James dubbed it “The art of the steal.” The lawsuit, filed in state court in Manhattan, is the culmination of the Democrat’s three-year civil investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization. Trump’s three eldest children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump, were also named as defendants, along with two longtime company executives.
    Share this: New York Attorney General Letitia James hit former president Donald Trump with a US$250 million lawsuit on Sept. 21, 2022, citing “staggering” amounts of falsified business information and fraud. The civil lawsuit alleges that Trump, his company – the Trump Organization – and three of his children lied to lenders and insurers about billions of dollars’ worth of assets. This follows a three-year investigation  into Trump’s New York-based real estate business. “The Conversation” spoke with Bridget J. Crawford, an expert on tax and property law at Pace University, to help navigate the various dimensions and the potentially broader, criminal implications of this lawsuit.
    Former President Donald Trump threw a fit on his failing fake Twitter app Truth Social on Thursday following the passage of the Presidential Election Reform Act in the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon. Trump also repeated his debunked Big Lie that the 2020 election was "fraudulent" and "stolen" by President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. "The House just passed a Bill which prohibits the Vice President from doing what all the 'great' Democrat & RINO legal scholars said he couldn’t do, 'under any circumstances,' regarding sending election results back to State Legislatures. If the V.P. couldn’t do it, then why are they passing legislation saying he can’t do it. BECAUSE HE COULD HAVE DONE IT, and should have, based on large scale fraudulent election results," Trump truthed. "Would have been a different result. REPUBLICAN SENATORS SHOULD VOTE NO!" READ MORE: Jamie Raskin wallops Republicans for trumpeting 'utterly frivolous rabbit hole conspiracy theories' After he lost in a landslide to Biden, Trump and his allies in Congress incorrectly insisted that then-Vice President Mike Pence could reject Electoral...
    No president in U.S. history has faced more investigations than Donald Trump — not even Richard Nixon. Twenty months after leaving the White House, Trump is being simultaneously investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, New York State Attorney General Letitia James and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 select committee. At a time when DOJ continues to investigate the government documents that Trump was storing in a locked room at Mar-a-Lago — which is separate from DOJ’s in-depth January 6 investigation — James has filed a civil lawsuit against the Trump because of his financial activities with the Trump Organization. Despite all that, Trump’s diehard MAGA supporters are hoping that he will seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2024. “Real Time” host Bill Maher, a scathing Trump critic, fears that if Trump is the Republican Party nominee in 2024 and loses the election, he will try to pull off a coup d’état and will be better equipped for it than he was in 2020 — setting off a constitutional crisis along with...
    (CNN)Amid the 200-plus page lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James against Donald Trump this week, one allegation comes bursting through: The former president is simply not as rich as he has long said he is.Consider: * Trump estimated that his triplex unit in Trump Tower was more than 30,000 square feet and was worth $327 million at one point. The apartment, according to James' suit, was 11,000 square feet. And she noted that no apartment in the history of New York real estate has ever sold for that sort of sum.* Trump's Mar-a-Lago home was valued as high as $739 million, but should have been, according to James, assessed more in the $75 million range.* Trump's property on Park Avenue was assessed in 2010 as worth $72.5 million, but Trump's company claimed in financial statements that it was worth $292 million, the lawsuit stated.Read MoreIt goes on like that, but you get the idea. Time and again, according to James' lawsuit, Trump vastly exaggerated the value of his properties in order to gain favorable loan terms on...
    U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) has once again achieved “national treasure” and “hero” status to the many Americans who watched his unrelenting destruction of Republican talking points and conspiracy theories about the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, on which he serves. Congressman Raskin, a former constitutional law professor, was the lead impeachment manager for the second impeachment of Donald Trump, and has repeatedly been the subject of praise for his passionate defense of democracy. On Wednesday, as many were focused on the New York Attorney General’s announcement of a civil fraud lawsuit against Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, other Trump associates and several of the former president’s businesses, and still others focused on President Joe Biden’s historic speech before the United Nations, Congressman Raskin was sitting in a House Judiciary Committee hearing fielding a conspiratorial question from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), as Mediaite reported. READ MORE: In Scathing Rebuke DOJ Wins Stay of Trump Judge’s Ruling in National Security Appeal Over Classified Documents Massie is perhaps best known for his conspiracy theories, along...
    Former President Donald Trump could be allowed to return to Facebook after the suspension of his account expires in 2023. Nick Clegg, president of global affairs AT Meta Platforms revealed the news on Thursday.
    Donald Trump was once paid in gold bars that were wheeled into the Trump Tower apartment, new book claims as he faces sweeping $250m lawsuit from New York AG Letitia James for 'lying about the value of his property.' The forthcoming book by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman called 'Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America' and obtained by CNN, reveals new details about his business dealings, including the gold bar payment.  She wrote that Trump used to sometimes receive lease payments in cash and that a leaseholder once gave him the gold bars covering the cash portion of the lease on a parking garage. The parking garage was in the General Motors building in Manhattan, bought by Trump in 1998. According to Haberman's book, Trump was clueless about what to do with the gold bars. He told Matt Calamari who was a security guard that became CEO of Trump's Organization to take the bars to his apartment in Trump Tower. But it is not known where the gold bars ended up. CNN reported that...
    United States Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) tore into Republicans over their schismatic fusion to former President Donald Trump's false assertion that the 2020 election was stolen during a hearing in the House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon. Raskin is a member of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol, which will hold its 10th public hearing on Wednesday, September 28th. Raskin also serves on the House Judiciary, Oversight, House Administration, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. As the Rules Committee was debating the Presidential Election Reform Act before it was passed by the House nearly along party lines, Raskin decried the "conspiracy theories afoot in the far reaches of the internet which somehow crawl into Congress" that are embosomed by the confederacy of right-wing lawmakers who are allegiant to Trump: If at least our colleagues would accept the reality of what the rest of the country has embraced – Donald Trump's Big Lie is nothing but propaganda and disinformation. And the moment one of them says,...
    Legal experts on Wednesday largely disagreed with Donald Trump's Fox News argument that he had the ability to declassify documents with his mind. "There doesn't have to be a process, as I understand it. You know, there's different people, say different things," Trump told Sean Hannity. "If you're the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, 'it's declassified' — even by thinking about it." Attorney and former FBI Agent Asha Rangappa joked, "he’s actually invoking the Secret Telepathic Unilateral Preemptive Irreversible Declassification (S.T.U.P.I.D.) defense." The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) wrote, "that's beyond wrong, it's insane." On MSNBC, anchor Lawrence O'Donnell played a clip of the interview and asked national security lawyer Bradley Moss for analysis. "Yeah, I saw that clip right before I came on and I tried not to burst out laughing," Moss replied. Moss noticed that judges ruled three times during the Trump administration that the declassification process must occur. "If he is sitting there and thinking in his mind 'hey, I decided I'm going to declassify these...
    During an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity at Mar-a-Lago, which was raided last month by the FBI in search of classified documents, former President Donald Trump claimed the president can declassify material “even by thinking about it.” When Hannity asked about the declassification process, Trump replied: “There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it.” “Different people see different things. But as I understand it, there doesn’t have to be. If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified. Even by thinking about it,” he asserted. “It doesn’t have to be a process. It can be a process but it doesn’t have to be. You’re the president. You make that decision. So when you send it [to Mar-a-Lago or “wherever”], it’s declassified. We — I declassified everything,” Trump insisted, even though his lawyers have not made that claim in court. On another legal front, Trump was accused earlier Wednesday, along with his three oldest children, of business and tax fraud in a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General...
    Donald Trump on Wednesday night claimed that the FBI agents who raided Mar-a-Lago seized his will. Speaking to Fox News's Sean Hannity, the former president told of his shock at learning, while in New Jersey, that his Florida estate was being searched.  Trump said that the agents 'shopped' through his posessions. 'They took a lot,' he said. 'I think they took my will - I found out yesterday. I said, where is it?' Hannity joked: 'Am I in it?' Trump, laughing, replied: 'That could cause a lot of problems for people who won't be happy - or maybe will be very happy.' He added: 'I think the fact they took my will is a horrible thing. They shopped.' Donald Trump on Wednesday night spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity about the Mar-a-Lago raid Hannity told Trump he had heard 'they took your passport, the medical records, they took your tax records' - adding that they also 'took 500 pages of attorney-client privilege information.' Trump said the agents went through his personal quarters, and searched the rooms of his wife Melania...
    Former President Donald Trump appeared in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday night and slammed President Joe Biden for 'dismantling' his achievements in the White House.  Trump listed his accomplishments while he was President and said he was 'so proud' of what his administration did, including tax and regulation cuts, energy independence and the border wall.  Former President Donald Trump appeared on Fox News in an interview with Sean Hannity to discuss New York AG Letitia James and the current Biden administration He went on to say 'we did things nobody ever thought possible' and then tore into Biden and his current administration when they 'came along and just dismantled that.' He said Biden's reluctance to deal with the border crisis has allowed an influx of drugs into the country, and said 'we were doing great, and now you've got drugs pouring into the country at a level that nobody has seen. Trump claimed 'we had drugs down 19% from what they were the previous year' and also said the border crisis has allowed 'millions' of people...
    (CNN)An intricately detailed, 200-plus page civil lawsuit lays out New York Attorney General Letitia James' case that former President Donald Trump, three of his children, his companies and his business executives defrauded lenders, insurers and other entities. "This conduct cannot be brushed aside and dismissed as some sort of good-faith mistake," James told reporters Wednesday."No one, my friend, is above the law," she added.Trump and his company used "false and misleading" financial statements, her lawsuit alleged, "repeatedly and persistently to induce banks to lend money to the Trump Organization on more favorable terms than would otherwise have been available to the company, to satisfy continuing loan covenants, and to induce insurers to provide insurance coverage for higher limits and at lower premiums." Trump responded to the lawsuit by calling James "a fraud who campaigned on a 'get Trump' platform, despite the fact that the city is one of the crime and murder disasters of the world under her watch." New York attorney general files civil fraud lawsuit against Trump, some of his children and his businessRead MoreFiling the lawsuit allows...
    Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) unloaded on House Republicans over their criticisms of the House Jan. 6 select committee investigating the 2021 Capitol insurrection on which he serves. During a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Raskin went off on Thomas Massie (R-KY) and other GOP lawmakers opposed to the Jan. 6 committee. Massie questioned the integrity of the committee and floated a right-wing conspiracy theory about a man Ray Epps, who was at the Capitol on that day. The theory holds that Epps was acting as an agent provocateur working for the deep state who was at the Capitol to rile up supporters of Donald Trump and get them to cause mayhem. Trump himself held a rally that morning and encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol as the 2020 presidential election was being certified by members of Congress. The former president falsely claimed the election was stolen from him. Massie’s mention of Epps sent Raskin raging. The Maryland Democrat rehashed House Republicans’ initial support of a panel to investigate the insurrection, but that support faltered after...
    In a top national security case the U.S. Dept of Justice Wednesday evening was granted its request for a partial stay of a ruling handed down by a federal district judge who refused to allow DOJ to access or use the 100 classified documents it seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and residence. In its scathing 29-page rebuke of Trump and U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, published by Politico, the three judges on the 11th Circuit court of appeals – two appointed by Trump, one by President Barack Obama – blasted the arguments Trump’s legal team had made. “For our part, we cannot discern why Plaintiff [Trump] would have an individual interest in or need for any of the one-hundred documents with classification markings,” the judges wrote in their opinion. “Classified documents are marked to show they are classified, for instance, with their classification level.” “They are ‘owned by, produced by or for, or . . . under the control of the United States Government.'” “And they include information the ‘unauthorized disclosure [of which] could reasonably be expected to cause...
    Former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr is defending Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump after New York Attorney General Tish James announced she is suing them, the family business, and other people associated with their business in a massive civil fraud case. James says she expects to be able to stop Trump from engaging in certain business operations in the state of New York, after alleging he fraudulently inflated and deflated the value of his assets based on if it would help or hurt him. Barr, who gained a brief moment of praise from Americans for making clear Trump should not have stolen classified government documents and should have returned them, is being equally criticized after going to bat for the Trump family. READ MORE: NY AG Referring Criminal Charges Against Trump to the Feds, Alleges He ‘Grossly Inflated’ Net Worth by ‘Billions’ Despite years of investigations from James’ Office and other investigations, like out of the Manhattan DA’s office, Barr called the filing of charges a “political hit job” and “gross overreach,” while suggesting the...
    Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal addressed New York Attorney General Letitia James's recent announcement that she was filing civil charges won't land Donald Trump in prison. One of the things that James said while giving her briefing about the 200-page legal filing is that there are criminal actions that could be charged and that she was referring it to the Southern District of New York for their investigation. Speaking to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Katyal explained that there might be serious criminal probes forthcoming. "On page two, the attorney general isolated a list of federal crimes she thought were potentially violated," he said. "And the thing this lawsuit did was collect all the reporting from our friends on this show, but then add to it all the evidence from the accountants, the evidence from the CFO and others, and it's tremendous. It's a case based on a huge amount of paperwork, which is unlike a lot of the other investigations that trump has faced, where his allies can just make up stories to protect him. This is based on cold...
    A former U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official who worked for the Trump administration believes the former president orchestrated an even more deviant plot that expands further than shipping immigrants to Democratic-led states. According to HuffPost, the latest controversy stems from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) actions shipping dozens of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard. The seemingly political plot has led to more debates about border policies. Now, Miles Taylor, a former DHS chief of staff, is weighing in on the controversy and revealing Trump's take on the situation. Per the news outlet, Taylor recalled how Trump "once took the idea of shipping migrants north to the next level." READ MORE: Former Trump aide who was 'Anonymous': Why he stayed, why he left and how the GOP became more dangerous than ISIS Although Taylor noted that in 2019 Trump instructed officials to transport immigrants to blue cities and states across the country, he also emphasized that the former president had specific instructions. Speaking about the situation during an appearance on CNN, Taylor elaborated. “He wanted us to identify...
    New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg is yet again under fire for appearing to have dropped the longtime criminal investigation into Donald Trump and his real estate empire, after New York Attorney General Tish James announced a bombshell civil suit against Trump and his family members for many of the same acts the criminal case was presumed to cover. Bragg, a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), took office on January 1, 2022, after winning the election following the retirement of Cyrus Vance, Jr. Many had expected Vance to file charges, but almost immediately Bragg was accused of slow-walking the last portion of the investigation. By February 23, the investigation’s top two prosecutors abruptly quit. The news rocked the country and New York. READ MORE: NY AG Referring Criminal Charges Against Trump to the Feds, Alleges He ‘Grossly Inflated’ Net Worth by ‘Billions’ One day later The New Yorker’s award-winning investigative reporter, Jane Mayer, wrote: “After promising to prioritize the case, the new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, seems to have abandoned it.”...
    Democratic strategists and liberal pundits have been laying out a variety of reasons why they dread the possibility of Republicans recapturing the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate in the 2022 midterms, from abortion rights to climate change to same-sex marriage to voting rights. Foreign policy and the war in Ukraine aren’t mentioned as often, but in an opinion column published by the Washington Post on September 20, liberals Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent argue that Ukrainians will be among the losers if Democrats fail to keep their House majority in November. “Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the U.S. government and many Americans have treated it as a given that we are deeply invested in this conflict, in practical and moral terms,” Waldman and Sargent explain. “But there are some dissenters, many aligned with Donald Trump’s right-wing nationalist project, who for numerous reasons, have been deeply skeptical of the Ukrainian cause and our support for it. Now, with Congress debating a new round of funding for Ukraine, a question has arisen: If Republicans take back one or both houses...
    Former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu told CNN on Wednesday that “obviously there’s tax fraud” by former President Donald Trump, his three oldest children, and the Trump Organization. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced earlier a civil suit against Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and the Trump organization over alleged fraud between 2011 and 2021. Appearing on Inside Politics With John King, Wu said that James’ case is open and shut. [T]he evidence that she has amassed for this suit, which was very hard-fought to get it after a lot of litigation, would provide the basis for those criminal actions, tax fraud. Obviously, there’s tax fraud going on given the massive inflation of these values. And same thing for the Southern District [of New York]. So she’s giving them a very valuable head start on all this evidence they have taken so long to gather. And that’s what really strikes me about this complaint is how well documented it is. I mean, there are facts you can’t spin your way out of. I mean, claiming that the...
    Former President Donald Trump unloaded on New York Attorney General Letitia James after she unveiled a whopping $250 million civil lawsuit against him, three of his adult children, and the Trump Organization. "Another Witch Hunt by a racist Attorney General, Letitia James, who failed in her run for Governor, getting almost zero support from the public, and now is doing poorly against Law & Order A.G. candidate, highly respected Michael Henry," Trump wrote in a post to his Truth Social platform. NEW YORK AG LETITIA JAMES ANNOUNCES FRAUD LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP AND CHILDREN Trump has long bashed James, accusing her of harboring political motivations in her "witch hunt" investigation into his business empire, which began in 2019. He hailed her midterm election rival Michael Henry as "highly respected" and reiterated his long-standing criticisms that she has been "a total crime-fighting disaster in New York." James unveiled a civil fraud lawsuit against the Trumps for allegedly engaging in fraudulent business practices. She is also hoping to ban Trump and the Trump Organization from buying New York real...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York. New York’s attorney general sued former President Donald Trump and his company on Wednesday, alleging business fraud involving some of their most prized assets, including properties in Manhattan, Chicago and Washington, D.C. AP Photo/Brittainy Newman Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday filed a $250 million lawsuit against Donald Trump, accusing the former president of committing a variety of fraudulent business practices for a decade in the run-up and during his presidency. James—who also named Trump’s adult children, top executives at his companies, and a slew of LLCs owned by the former president—is accusing the Trumps of falsely valuing various properties they owned, hundreds of times, to secure beneficial terms for loans and insurance coverage and to reduce what they owed in taxes. James is seeking $250 million in repayments—a figure she says represents the minimum amount she believes Trump benefitted from the alleged fraudulent activity. She...
    A new book is shedding light on how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) really felt about former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. According to The Guardian, McConnell reportedly referred to Trump as "crazy" in the aftermath of the insurrection. McConnell's concerns are detailed in the book Unchecked: The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump, co-written by Politico's Rachael Bade and The Washington Post's Karoun Demirjian. The news outlet's report is based on an excerpt of the book that has been released. READ MORE: 'Political blowback' from Mitch McConnell’s Supreme Court maneuvers may cost him the Senate: journalist According to the authors, McConnell expressed concern about Trump during a conversation with staffers in his office at the U.S. Capitol. “We’ve all known that Trump is crazy,” he said. “I’m done with him. I will never speak to him again.” The authors added, “while McConnell was ready to be done with Trump, his party, it seemed, was not. To his chagrin, a large chunk of his members were once again...
    CNN’s John King began his coverage of New York Attorney General Letitia James’s lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his adult children, filed Wednesday, with a brutal recap of the allegations of James’s allegations against the Trump family. “Letitia James, outlining a nearly 300-page civil lawsuit filed against the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, and his children, alleging that the Trump Organization is a sham built on lies,” King began, recapping the allegations. “Lies to banks, lies to insurance companies, lies to the state of New York about the valuation of Trump Organization properties,” King continued. “She is seeking here to limit Donald Trump’s ability to do business in New York, to limit his family’s ability to do business in New York. And she is seeking damages to she alleges the fraud amounted to more than $250 million worth over a decade,” King continued. “Let’s begin our coverage with CNN’s Kara Scannell, who was there at that announcement. Kara, you asked the question, was the attorney general willing to settle this? She said past efforts have...
    (CNN)Donald Trump is not big on loyalty to anyone else -- with one major exception.When it comes to his immediate family -- especially his three adult children -- Trump is uncharacteristically loyal, demonstrating a fatherly pride and protectiveness that he shows to no one else in life."I have a lot of good relationships," Trump has said. "I have good enemies, too, which is okay. But I think more of my family than others."In all of his endeavors -- from his real estate business to his reality TV empire to his White House tenure -- Trump has installed his children as his deputies, a clear signal that he only really trusts the people who are related to him by blood.Consider that fact in light of the news on Wednesday that New York Attorney General Letitia James filed suit against Trump as well as his three eldest children (Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric), alleging they broke a variety of state laws including insurance fraud, the falsification of business records and false financial statements. Read More"These acts of fraud and misrepresentation were similar...