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    Jenna Bush Hager brought her daughters to the White House for the first time this weekend to watch Elton John perform at a musical event hosted by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.  The Today host, whose father George W. Bush served as the 43rd president, was joined by her mother, former First Lady Laura Bush; her husband, Henry Hager;  and her daughters, Mila, nine, and Poppy, seven, on Friday evening.  Bush Hager, 40, took to Instagram a few days later to post photos of her family at her old home, including sweet snapshots of them posing on the South Lawn and in front of the West Colonnade.  'A magical night we will never forget!' she wrote in the caption.  Jenna Bush Hager, 40, returned to the White House with her mother, former First Lady Laura Bush; her husband, Henry Hager; and her daughters, Mila and Poppy, on Friday evening The family was invited to watch Elton John perform at a musical event hosted by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, and Bush Hager shared photos from...
    The Heritage Foundation is ranked as the third most influential think tank – left or right – in the U.S. A right-wing D.C. organization, it’s where Donald Trump went to deliver a speech in April when he was trying to reposition himself as someone who was getting ready to run for president again, this time with “policies.” Policies are what once made the Heritage Foundation the jewel of the conservative movement. It provided Ronald Reagan with the backbone of his body of work that transformed the American right into what it was until Trump took it over. It’s now home to at least four former top Trump administration officials, including former Vice President Mike Pence. Critics on both sides of the aisle overnight were stunned and outraged when the new head of the Heritage Foundation, Dr. Kevin Roberts, applauded Italy’s election this weekend of a fascist, Giorgia Meloni, to be its new prime minister. READ MORE: How Trump’s Big Lie Is Threatening the Future of Elections “Italy’s far-right coalition led by Meloni wins election, exit polls say,” is the headline...
    Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, mocked his old boss for claiming he had the power to declassify top secret documents with merely a thought. Cohen joined Jonathan Capehart on Sunday to discuss the legal pressure Trump is under from the special master reviewing the case of the sensitive documents the former president was keeping at Mar-a-Lago. U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie not only tasked Trump’s lawyers to prove the former president’s claim that the FBI planted incriminating evidence against him during their search through his Florida estate, he is also demanding proof that the documents were, in fact, declassified as Trump claims. Capehart addressed all of this at the top of The Sunday Show for MSNBC, along with the fact that Trump just claimed to Fox News’ Sean Hannity that presidents can declassify by just “thinking about it.” When Cohen was welcomed onto the show, he laughed at the former president’s claims before busting out the Star Wars references and saying Trump is trying to pull off a “Jedi mind trick” with America. “Can you imagine?” Cohen...
    Former President Donald Trump offered a stunning rebuke of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as polls show the latter posing a significant obstacle to the former's 2024 plans. Trump shared his opinions about his former ally to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, whom he spoke to in an on the record capacity three times as part of the research for her new book: Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America. Haberman shared details of those conversations in an article for The Atlantic published Sunday, in which the former president claimed credit for DeSantis winning the GOP gubernatorial nomination back in 2018. NEWSOM SAYS HE'S MORE WORRIED ABOUT TUCKER CARLSON THAN TRUMP, CALLS DESANTIS A 'BULLY' The 45th president called Florida governor “fat,” “phony,” and “whiny" when Haberman asked about him during a meeting late this summer at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey. It is not clear if Trump offers additional disparaging remarks about DeSantis that are documented in the book and not the Atlantic article....
    Donald Trump spoke with New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman three times over the course of a few months, according to the excerpt of her forthcoming book Donald Trump called Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential rival, 'fat' and 'whiny,' a new book excerpt revealed on Sunday. He also referred to his former House Republican ally as 'phony' and took credit for his narrow 2018 victory over ex-Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the Florida governor's race, according to New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman. An excerpt from Haberman's forthcoming book, 'Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump And The Breaking of America,' was published in The Atlantic on Sunday. It details three separate meetings between the former president and the veteran New York journalist, who covered him even before the White House. The second, which occurred at Mar-a-Lago in the spring of 2021, saw Trump deny that he had been watching television as his supporters stormed the US Capitol in January of that year. He had been asked what exactly he was doing in the hours between when...
    Photo credit: Drew Angerer, Getty Images Former President Donald Trump went on the attack against Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence, and an assortment of his other foes during a series of interviews with New York Times’ Maggie Haberman. Haberman shared a series of Trump interviews she conducted with The Atlantic, which formed the basis of her upcoming book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America. In the first of Haberman’s interviews with Trump back in March 2021, the former president reminisced about Meade Esposito and other political figures he viewed as “tough.” Asked if he believed the presidency would function in a similar manner, Trump revived his feud with McConnell for not adopting Esposito-type tactics when he was Senate majority leader. From The Atlantic: “Well, I figured that the Mitch McConnells would be like him, in the sense of strength.” There were plenty of factual problems with the criticism. In fact, McConnell had kept Republican senators in line over and over to advance Trump’s policy and personnel concerns and generally protect his political standing as the leader...
    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...
    (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...
    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,...
    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...
    JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images Chris Christie chastised former President Donald Trump Thursday over his claim a day earlier a president is capable of declassifying documents simply by “thinking about it.” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday he was not in possession of any classified documents seized by the FBI at his home in August. Trump said he declassified all government documents at his residence. “If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, ‘It’s declassified,’ even by thinking about it because you’re sending it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you’re sending it,” Trump claimed. “There can be a process, but there doesn’t have to be,” he added. “You’re the president. You make that decision. So when you send it, it’s declassified. I declassified everything.” The statement generated widespread mockery, and Christie –  a former Trump confidante – was no exception. The New York Post reported the former Republican governor of New Jersey spoke for an hour at a business convention in New York Thursday. “We have a former president of the United...
    Last week, former President Donald Trump appeared to knock Chris Christie's weight. Now, the former New Jersey governor is ribbing Trump back. Christie, who once had a friendly rapport with Trump, mercilessly mocked him for his recent assertion that a president can declassify material "even by thinking about it" before throwing shade at Trump's management style during a convention Thursday. TREASURY DEPARTMENT MOVES TO EXPAND INTERNET ACCESS IN IRAN AMID MASS CENSORSHIP “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,'” Christie jabbed while attending a business convention Thursday, the New York Post reported. “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 2024,” he reportedly added. Last Friday, Trump took to Truth Social to post a picture of Christie preparing a meal, in what has been widely perceived as a swipe at his weight. ...
    Colombia President Gustavo Petro announced 'the war on drugs has failed' in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday while proposing changes to the nation's drug laws that could end in legalization cocaine. In a response to Petro's statements, the nation's former president, Ivan Duque, 46, told FOX News that he believes the current president's views could lead to the drug's legalization - and possible security risks in the United States. 'What worries me is that there is now the possibility of getting into the permission, or the legalization of, cocaine and consumption,' Duque said Friday. 'I think that it will be very bad for Colombia, and that will be very bad for the countries in the hemisphere, and I think that could generate also a majority security threat to the United States.' Petro, 62, who began his term on August 4, added that humanity's 'addiction to irrational power, profit and money' has been more damaging than drug addiction. 'What is more poisonous for humanity, cocaine, coal or oil?' he asked. 'The opinion of power has...
    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...
    Washington (CNN)Several top allies of Donald Trump will launch a new super PAC to buoy Republican candidates who have earned the former President's support in the midterm elections, CNN has learned, following months of minimal spending by Trump-aligned groups that has left party strategists frustrated as they work to fill the void. Called MAGA, Inc., the new group will meld with an existing Trump-sanctioned super PAC that has been mostly overseen by former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. As of last month, that group had spent slightly more than $2 million to boost Trump-backed Senate and House candidates in their primary races earlier this year."President Trump is committed to saving America, and Make America Great Again, Inc. will ensure that is achieved at the ballot box in November and beyond," Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich said in a statement Friday. Budowich has been charged with running the new super PAC, along with former Trump campaign aide Steven Cheung, who will serve as its communications director; longtime Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio; veteran GOP operative...
    At one point when Donald Trump was in the White House, the former president said he threatened one of the top members of the Taliban by sending him a satellite picture of his house and saying he would “obliterate” him. The conversation between Trump and Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is now the deputy prime minister of Afghanistan, happened as the former president sought to withdraw all U.S. troops from the country — a goal he was adamant about accomplishing that was later completed in August 2021 under President Joe Biden. However, Trump threatened that if the Taliban launched an attack as U.S. troops were exiting the country, “we're going to hit you harder than any country has ever been hit,” he said. TOP THREE TAKEAWAYS: TRUMP’S FIRST SIT-DOWN INTERVIEW SINCE MAR-A-LAGO “He said, 'I understand, your Excellency,'” Trump recalled, according to an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity released on Thursday. “I'm the one who got it down to very few soldiers. I wanted to get out.” Going further, Trump said he threatened to “obliterate”...
    New York Times correspondent and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman says confidantes of former President Donald Trump believe his “heart is not in” politics or campaigning, amid the news of a fraud case in New York. On Wednesday night’s edition of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, anchor Anderson Cooper asked Haberman what effect, if any, NY Attorney General Letitia James‘ fraud suit would have on Trump’s political plans. Haberman said she hears Trump is not enthusiastic about running but added she doesn’t know if he’d want to give up the attention — and the fundraising: COOPER: Maggie, obviously, this is not the only bad legal news the former President got today. What impact, if any, do you think this would have or do you think it would have any decision on whether or not he would run again? HABERMAN: You mean, the decision in New York? COOPER: You’re right, in New York. Yes. HABERMAN: Yes. I mean, look, Anderson, I think that you can look at this in two different ways. Number one, a lot of people have talked to the former President say that they don’t...
    Spencer Platt, Getty Images If anyone knows anything about the relationship between Donald Trump and CNN, it’s that the former president frequently places his deep dislike for the network on full-display during his constant complaints about their news coverage. Still, Trump’s transactional connection to the media didn’t prohibit him from posting an article from CNN which he clearly found to his liking. The former president went on a Truth Social binge on Thursday, posting articles about a broad range of topics including the new lawsuit against him from New York AG Letitia James, the ongoing fallout from the Mar-a-Lago documents scandal, the possibility that he’ll run for the White House again. The “Truthing” spree was entirely self-praising for Trump and came almost entirely from right-wing outlets, though there was one exception which came from one of his least favorite media sources. The article Trump “truth’d” bore the headline “Trump fields calls from Republican allies to speed up 2024 bid after FBI raid.” The article examines how Republicans have consolidated around Trump after the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago to retrieve the...
    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.
    Former President Donald Trump recently suggested that presidents don't necessarily have to conduct a formal process when it comes to declassifying documents. In fact, the former president claimed documents can be declassified “even by thinking about it.” During a recent interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump offered his take on the top-secret documents taken from the White House and transported to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. READ MORE: Team Trump refuses special master's order to list which Mar-a-Lago documents Trump 'declassified' “There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it,” Trump told Hannity. “If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, ‘It’s declassified.’ Even by thinking about it.” The former president went on to offer more context to his unfounded claim. According to Trump, a president has the power to make any decision he desires even without a formal process. “There can be a process, but there doesn’t have to be. You’re the president. You make that decision. So when you send it, it’s declassified,” Trump...
    Appearing on CNN on Thursday morning after Donald Trump suffered a string of legal defeats on Wednesday, one of his biographers claimed the case brought against the former president and his family should have be keeping him up at night. Speaking with "New Day" host John Berman, author Gwenda Blair -- who wrote "The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire," claimed that empire is now at risk after New York Attorney General Letitia James accused the Trump family of not only over-inflating the value of the properties, but claimed she was also turning over her findings to the IRS and the U.S Attorney's office in the Southern District of New York. "How does this compare to the other legal scrutiny Donald Trump has been under that you have covered so much over the years?' host Berman asked. "If I were him, I'd be pretty nervous," the biographer said with a little laugh. "She's got dozens of interviews, she alleges 200, I believe, violations of law. She's got a lot of documentation." "In what ways does it differ from the...
    (CNN)A day of double legal blows undermined ex-President Donald Trump's battle to avoid criminal action for hoarding classified documents and left him exposed to potential civil penalties targeting the business wealth on which his political mystique is built.Trump's lifelong capacity to thwart accountability is now facing its sternest test as investigations and evidence mount against him. Trump has not been charged with any crimes, but the legal and court processes he is a master at delaying and twisting in procedural knots are now making serious headway.Two huge developments on Wednesday crashed into Trump's legal teams, which were already fighting off serious investigations on multiple fronts. New York Attorney General Letitia James unveiled an astonishing 200-page civil lawsuit that alleged that the Trump family empire was essentially built on years of grift and self-enrichment by deceiving lenders, insurers and tax authorities and dodging the laws that apply to every American. James is seeking the redress of $250 million in allegedly ill-gotten funds and sanctions that would severely crimp the Trump Organization's capacity to do business and would effectively drive the former...
    by Nicholas Ballasy   The Job Creators Network rolled out a “small business prosperity plan” endorsed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday. Job Creators Network President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz said small businesses need regulatory and tax policy certainty, and the prosperity plan gives lawmakers a roadmap to follow. He said that Congress and President Biden should make the Trump-era Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent. Gingrich, who appeared virtually at the launch event, said small businesses are job creators and the center of “entrepreneurship.” Gingrich said the prosperity plan would help lawmakers foster the “next generation” of entrepreneurs. “I’ll do all I can to help further the concept of a small business prosperity plan,” he said. The prosperity plan calls for Congress to reduce government spending as a way to fight high inflation. Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State, also delivered remarks at the news conference and endorsed the prosperity plan. – – – Nicholas Ballasy has been breaking news for more than a decade in the nation’s capital and questioning political leaders about the most...
    Fox News anchor Sandra Smith asked former attorney general Bill Barr on Wednesday how he would respond to people essentially calling him a flip-flopper on ex-president Donald Trump, and he responded with a slam on media who frame questions the way Smith just did. After New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the civil fraud lawsuit against Trump, his adult children, and his company, Barr was one of many dozens of political somebodies brought on cable news to analyze and react. Mostly, those reactions echoed CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, who said, “It is amazing that it took so long for someone to hold him responsible.” Barr, on the other hand, slammed the attorney general for “gross overreach” and described it as a “political hit job.” “I think it will make people sympathetic for Trump, that this is another example of people piling on because of Trump Derangement Syndrome, the strong desire to punish him,” said Barr among his several criticisms. It was then that Smith asked him about seeming to defend Trump now after his many recent newsworthy attacks on the...
    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...
    Ex FBI Director James Comey has inked a multi-million dollar deal to write two fictional crime thriller novels, two years after the release of his last nonfiction book. The first book, 'Central Park West,' is described by Comey as a 'legal thriller' and is scheduled to release in spring of 2023.  The book, announced by Comey and Mysterious Press publishers Tuesday, follows an assistant U.S. attorney whose case against the mafia unfolds after the murder of a local politician.  The former FBI director surely pulled from his own experience as both Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush, as well as his previous time as the Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the Richmond Division of the United States Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Virginia. But he is best known for being fired as Director of the FBI by Donald Trump in 2017, allegedly for refusing to end a federal probe into the former president's alleged ties to Russia. Comey subsequently released a memoir blasting Trump called A Higher Loyalty, which was dismissed as a tissue of lies...
    Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner dismissed the announcement from New York Attorney General Letitia James of a major civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, casting the allegations as politically-motivated and of little interest to most people. On Wednesday, Fox News aired James for approximately 8 minutes as she announced her office is suing Trump, his real estate business, and his adult children for years of fraud. The suit accuses the Trumps of large-scale financial fraud. James is seeking $250 million in penalties, and if successful, the suit would permanently ban the Trump family from doing business in New York. James also said she is referring Trump and his family to the criminal division of the IRS for possible violations of tax law. What’s more, James outlined a series of astonishing allegation against Trump and his family at the press conference. In other words, it’s a big story. Shortly after James explained how Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg was involved in the alleged fraud, Faulkner cut away from the presser, referring to it as a “rather lengthy and detailed layout...
    Former Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and his wife, Marie, on Monday publicly placed their six-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot brick and limestone mansion in Lakeview on the market for $3.75 million. Now a consultant for Major League Baseball, Epstein, 48, oversaw the Cubs’ baseball operations from 2011 until stepping down in November. Among his achievements was leading the team to the 2016 World Series title. In Lakeview, Epstein and his wife paid $3.25 million in late 2011 for the house, which at the time was newly built. In purchasing the home, the Epsteins outbid then-Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Sharp. Now, with Epstein’s time with the Cubs over, he and his wife have put their house on the market. On Sept. 1, the couple first listed the house for sale for $3.6 million through the real estate agents’ private listing network, and the house briefly went under contract. After that deal fell through, the Epsteins and listing agent Jeff Lowe of Compass decided to list the mansion publicly at a higher $3.75 million asking price. Lowe declined to comment on...
    Donald Trump lawyer Alina Habba accused the Justice Department of tryin to pull off an 'October surprise' with the FBI raid on the former president – and even took at dig at the federal judge serving as a 'special master' in the case. The lawyer from Bedminister, New Jersey, said Judge Raymond Dearie 'showed a little bit of white gloves, which makes me nervous when you're not willing to get in the weeds on this.' But she said she was not 'ready to judge him yet.'  She accused the Justice Department of running a 'political' investigation geared toward the November elections, although in its latest filing Trump's team complained about the pace and sought to delay proceedings into November.  She was asked by Newsmax interviewer Rob Schmitt, who noted that Trump's legal team – Habba is not working on this particular case – had put forward the name of Judge Dearie as one of two recommendations.  Donald Trump lawyer Alina Habba accused the Justice Department of trying to engineer an 'October surprise' with the FBI's August 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago Schmitt...
    Former Trump administration official Miles Taylor — best known as the then-anonymous staffer who blasted the administration in a New York Times op-ed — claimed that former President Donald Trump directed the Department of Homeland Security to bus migrants to Democratic cities but the Department of Justice refused. Taylor’s claim, made during Tuesday’s CNN Tonight, comes as Govs. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Ron DeSantis (R-FL) have sent illegal migrants to Democratic enclaves such as Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Martha’s Vineyard amid high numbers of illegal crossings at the Southern Border. These moves have been characterized by critics as a stunt. Taylor, who served in DHS during the Trump years, recalled a time when Trump wanted to do what Abbott and DeSantis are currently doing: Not only did the Trump administration think about something like this, I think they’re the progenitors of the concept. This is a zombie Trump administration policy that had died and has now come back to life. And these two governors have brought it back to life. And I’ll tell you exactly when this happened. In January...
    Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) came close to casting a vote to convict former President Donald Trump, according to a new book. An excerpt from the upcoming Unchecked: The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump by Politico’s Rachael Bade and the Washington Post’s Karoun Demirjian was published in the Post on Tuesday, and it showed just how deeply McConnell’s relationship to the former president soured in the days after the January 6 Capitol riot. “But 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 coalescing around the former president. And they were about to put him in a bind,” the authors wrote. On January 26, 2021 McConnell was “agonizing over how to cast what he knew would be one of the most pivotal votes of his career,” according to the book, but his party’s support of the former president convinced him it may be best to “ignore” Trump, advice he reportedly tried giving to Rep. Liz Cheney...
    Former Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and his wife, Marie, on Monday publicly placed their six-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot brick and limestone mansion in Lakeview on the market for $3.75 million. Now a consultant for Major League Baseball, Epstein, 48, oversaw the Cubs’ baseball operations from 2011 until stepping down in November. Among his achievements was leading the team to the 2016 World Series title. In Lakeview, Epstein and his wife paid $3.25 million in late 2011 for the house, which at the time was newly built. In purchasing the home, the Epsteins outbid then-Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Sharp. Now, with Epstein’s time with the Cubs over, he and his wife have their house on the market. On Sept. 1, the couple first listed the house for sale for $3.6 million through the real estate agents’ private listing network, and the house briefly went under contract. After that deal fell through, the Epsteins and listing agent Jeff Lowe of Compass decided to list the mansion publicly at a higher, $3.75 million asking price. Lowe declined to comment on the...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis has widened his lead over former President Trump to eight points in Florida, scoring points with Republicans after a stunt that sent migrants from Texas to wealthy Martha's Vineyard.  A USA Today/Suffolk University poll found that in a hypothetical 2024 matchup DeSantis led the former president 48-40 percent. That's a reversal from January, when the same poll found Trump leading 47-40 percent.  Florida's prized 30 electoral votes are key for any Republican to make it to the presidency.  'This doesn't necessarily mean DeSantis would lead in any other GOP primary state,' David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, told USA Today. 'But it is one data point suggesting a shift in preferences from GOP voters away from Trump and toward DeSantis from Republicans who know both potential combatants quite well.' In a separate Politico/Morning Consult poll, 52 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump if the GOP 2024 primary were held today, 19 percent DeSantis.  Gov. Ron DeSantis has widened his lead over former President Trump to eight points in Florida, scoring points...
    As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wrestled with the question of whether to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, the top Republican knew his colleagues were looking to him for guidance. In the days following the Jan. 6 riot, McConnell was “all but certain” that his party would break from Trump once and for all, according to a new book detailing the Kentucky senator’s decision not to convict the former president. According to people familiar with McConnell’s thinking at that time, the Senate leader had decided he was done with Trump, but it was becoming clear his party was not. CRITICS QUESTION MCCONNELL’S LEADERSHIP AS GOP’S SENATE PROSPECTS DIM “The former president, [McConnell] was sure, had committed impeachable acts and posed a toxic danger to democracy,” according to the forthcoming book UNCHECKED: The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump by Rachael Bade and Karoun Demirjian obtained by the Washington Post. “To his chagrin, a large chunk of his members were once again coalescing around the former president. And...
    Former Russian MP and Putin advisor Sergei Markov claimed Putin will 'target  A former Russian MP and Putin advisor warned that British cities could be targeted by Putin's nukes in a bare-faced tirade this morning on the Today programme.  Sergei Markov had barely exchanged pleasantries with BBC Radio 4 host Justin Webb when he launched into a series of threats about nuclear war.  'It's not a good morning for everybody. In Russia there's partial mobilisation and for your British listeners Vladimir Putin told you that he would be ready to use nuclear weapons against Western countries... including against Great Britain. 'Your cities will be targeted.' Markov, who was elected to Russia's State Duma in 2007 representing Putin's United Russia party, is now a professor of international relations at a Moscow university and has a history of spouting Putin's rhetoric in Western media. 'If Great Britain will continue to be aggressor against Russia... if Prime Minister of Great Britain Liz Truss still has a plan to destroy Russia, people in London should understand the threat [of nuclear weapons],' he said. Markov's...
    These days, former President Donald Trump regards former U.S. Attorney General William Barr as one of the many Republicans who let him down. But before the 2020 presidential election, Barr was often described by critics as an unwavering Trump loyalist. It wasn’t until after Trump refused to accept the election results that Barr turned against him; the Big Lie was a bridge that even Barr would not cross. Barr, in 2022, hasn’t been shy about saying that he believes it would be a mistake for the Republican Party to nominate Trump in the 2024 presidential election — and many Trump critics have been glad to see him speaking out. But according to Never Trump conservative and former federal prosecutor Donald B. Ayer, who served as a principal deputy solicitor in the Reagan Administration and as deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, Barr’s motives are less than pure. The 73-year-old Ayer is vehemently critical of Barr in an article published by The Atlantic on September 20, describing him as unprincipled and not without authoritarian views. READ MORE: ‘Trump’s...
    Outgoing Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney claimed on Monday night that a Republican colleague of hers called Donald Trump 'orange Jesus' even as he signed a form formally objecting to the ex-president's election loss. The ousted conservative Trump critic recalled it happening in the GOP cloak room hours before the former president's supporters stormed the US Capitol to stop lawmakers from certifying his defeat. 'I was working on my remarks, I was supposed to speak that day and there were sheets of paper laid out on the desks. And I asked one of the staffers in the cloakroom, "what are these sheets of paper?" Because members were coming in and signing them,' Cheney said. The staffer told her they were objection sheets for whoever wanted to sign up to oppose President Joe Biden's victory. Only one objection is required, but Cheney said 'there were so many who wanted to show they were objecting that they’d set up these sign-up sheets in the cloakroom.' 'As I was sitting there, a member came in and he signed his name on each one...
    Vladimir Putin wants to end the 'problematic' war in Ukraine 'as soon as possible', Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed. The Turkish leader made the stunning declaration last night to US outlet PBS after sharing 'extensive discussions' with his warmongering Russian counterpart at a summit in Uzbekistan last week. 'He is actually showing me that he's willing to end this as soon as possible,' Mr Erdogan said.  'That was my impression, because the way things are going right now are quite problematic.'  The Turk's comments were made less than 24 hours before the United Nations' massive annual summit kicked off this morning in New York, where the war in Ukraine will be an 'unavoidable' topic at the top of the agenda, chief EU diplomat Josep Borrell said. It comes as highly influential Russian nationalist Igor Girkin declared that further economic struggles or military losses brought about by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine could spell the end of Putin's regime.  The former FSB officer, a chief architect in the 2014 annexation of Crimea and pro-Russian rebellion in the Donbas, said: 'All...
    During the Jan. 6 riot, former Vice President Mike Pence was “essentially the president,” taking charge as his former No. 1 reportedly failed to issue orders to deploy troops to the Capitol, according to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). As the crowd of protesters breached the Capitol, Pence took charge as the de facto president, “doing absolutely what you would expect anybody in that situation to do,” she said. The Wyoming Republican’s comments build on a timeline constructed by the Jan. 6 committee that details the 187 minutes from when the riot began to the time that President Donald Trump finally released a video telling rioters to leave the Capitol. LIZ CHENEY BLASTS PARTY FOR TREATING TRUMP ‘AS THOUGH HE WERE A KING’ “If you watched our hearings closely, you know that Mike Pence was essentially the president for most of that day,” Cheney said at an event at the American Enterprise Institute on Monday. “White House staff knew it, and so did every other Republican and Democratic leader in Washington.” The Jan. 6 committee has sought...
    Share this: Attorneys for the United States and for former President Donald Trump will be in Brooklyn on Tuesday when they appear before Hon. Raymond Dearie, who was appointed special master on the case Matter of Trump v. USA. Judge Dearie, who was born in 1944 in Rockville Centre and graduated from St. John’s University School of Law, was appointed to the Eastern District of New York bench by President Ronald Reagan on February 3, 1986 and was confirmed by the Senate on March 14, 1986. He was previously chief judge of the court from 2007 until 2011 when he took senior status on April 3, 2011. Judge Dearie was appointed special master by Judge Aileen Cannon to review the documents seized during a court-approved search of the twice impeached former president’s home in August. Dearie has a deadline of November 30 to issue interim reports and recommendations as needed.
    Actor Jon Voight recently interviewed Donald Trump on Newsmax and predicted that the former president will be running again in 2024 — a prediction Trump didn't confirm or deny. Voight said he is constantly asked whether Trump is going to pursue the presidency once again, to which he responds: “He certainly will run, but we can’t wait too long." WATCH: BILL CLINTON SAYS GOP 'MADE CRITICAL RACE THEORY SOUND WORSE THAN SMALLPOX' The interview, which aired on Newsmax on Sunday evening, was interspersed throughout a special hosted by Voight telling the story of Israel. Under Trump's presidency, the Abraham Accords, in which Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates moved to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel with the facilitation of the United States, were established. Trump was also responsible for the establishment of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Trump told Voight he's “always had a good relationship with people of the Jewish faith” and maintains a “great respect” for them. “We love Israel, and we hope everything is going to be OK," he continued,...
    Share this: The Brooklyn Bar Association held its Annual Awards ceremony last Wednesday where it honored eight people including three who received the inaugural Lynn R. Terrelonge Bridge to Diversity Awards. Lynn Terrelonge was president of the BBA in 2001 and served the association during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. She was the association’s first Black president and she died during her term. Though her term was short, Terrelonge’s impact was large. Joy Thompson, chair of the BBA’s Diversity Committee, and Armena Gayle, the BBA’s immediate past president, helped to create the award to honor Terrelonge.
    Former President Obama remembered Queen Elizabeth II as a 'kind' but 'no-nonsense' figure in a touching tribute to the late monarch, shared on the same day of her state funeral. Likening the late matriarch to his own grandmother, Obama offered some heartfelt words about his time spent with the Queen during his presidency, during which he and his family visited Buckingham Palace three times. Those visits, Obama said, saw Elizabeth leave a lasting impression on the family - and helped forge a special bond between the pair not seen prior. Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died on September 8 at age 96, putting an end to the royal's historic 70-year reign. Her funeral, held at Westminster Abbey in London this morning, saw hundreds bid a final farewell to the ruler as her casket was ceremoniously lowered into the royal tomb. A further, American procession is set for Wednesday - which Obama is set to attend. In the exclusive interview with the BBC - which aired last week but was not shared by Obama until Monday - the ex-head of state recalled some...
    Former NFL great Herschel Walker admits he’s “not that smart” as he seeks to downplay expectations for his upcoming Georgia Senate debate with Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) The Republican retired football great claimed he’s just a bumpkin who wouldn’t have a chance of out-talking the erudite Warnock when they spar face-to-face on Oct. 14. “I’m a country boy… He’s a preacher,” Walker said. “(Warnock) is smart and wears these nice suits.” Walker, who starred for the University of Georgia and the National Football League, warned supporters not to expect much from him when the pair face off. “He is going to show up and embarrass me at the debate,” Walker said. “I’m just waiting to show up and I will do my best.” Walker has run a rocky campaign and has faced attacks over his previous violent threats against his ex-wife. He suggested climate change couldn’t be real. He also admitted failing to acknowledge three children from former relationships, even though he often speaks about the importance of Black men being responsible fathers. Walker, who grew up in rural Wrightsville,...
    Jon Voight, a prominent Hollywood conservative, interviewed former President Donald Trump on Sunday night for a “new documentary … celebrating the historic Abraham Accords,” according to Newsmax’s billing of the event. “In 2020, the most significant advancement toward peace in the Middle East was formed,” Voight said, to open the special. “It was an agreement that created relationships in a manner that had never been attempted before and it has achieved results that have exceeded all expectations — and chances are, you’ve never even heard of it,” added the Oscar-winner. At one point in the interview, Voight got choked up recalling a story to Trump he had once heard about the former president. “I can’t go through this story without crying,” Voight says as he retells Trump about a time the former president was said to have offered to pay for the cancer treatments of one of his employees. In his new “special” with Trump, Jon Voigt says that he heard about a time when Trump supposedly said he would pay for cancer treatments for one of his golf course...
    Donald Trump mocked J.D. Vance for supporting him now after criticizing him previously, in an effort to win the former president’s support in his bid for the Senate. Trump held a wild rally in Youngstown, OH on Saturday night to gin up support for Vance after endorsing him months ago. The former president brought up the fact that Vance used to be a self-proclaimed “Never Trump” Republican, and was deeply critical of the former president before casting his political lot in with Trumpism. It started when Trump brought up a “fake story” from The New York Times about Republican candidates who seem like they want to keep some distance from him before the midterm elections. The report noted that Vance’s campaign didn’t invite Trump to speak before the latter chose to involve himself with the rally, and Trump belittled Vance while rejecting the underlying premise from the article. “JD is kissing my ass!” Trump said to a laughing audience. “He wants my support so much.” It was afterwards that Trump called Vance a “brilliant mind” and “an America First warrior.”...
    FORMER President Donald Trump has been keeping busy while out of the office. The 76-year-old businessman-turned-politician is often found holding large rallies across America. 2Trump will be giving a speech at a rally in Michigan on April 2, 2022Credit: Getty Where is Donald Trump today? Donald Trump is set to take the stage at his latest Save America Rally in Youngstown, Ohio, on September 17, 2022, at 7pm. The former President will be endorsing candidates like Ohio GOP Senate candidate, JD Vance. As per Newsweek, guest speakers include: Ohio congressmen Jim Jordan and Bill Johnson Republican congressional candidates Max Miller, Madison Gesiotto Gilbert and J.R. Majewski Read More on The US SunTRUMP TRAGEDY When was Ivana Trump married to Donald Trump?FIRST LADY FIGHT Inside Melania's relationship with Ivana who called herself 'first lady' What did Trump say during his interview with Hugh Hewitt? The rally comes a few days after Trump's viral interview with radio host, Hugh Hewitt, on September 15. During the segment, Trump was asked what would happen if he were indicted for keeping classified documents at his Florida...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) once referred to former President Donald Trump as a "lying motherf***er" during the Ukraine impeachment scandal, according to an excerpt from a new book. During a meeting with the authors of The Divider: Trump in the White House 2017-2021 Peter Baker, and Susan Glasser, around the time of Trump's first impeachment trial, the senator reportedly declared that it would be insane for Democrats to impeach the former president over allegations that he extorted the president of Ukraine in a phone call in July of 2019, but was not blind to Trump's misgivings. “He’s a lying motherf***er,” Graham reportedly said, before noting that the former president would not lose the support of the Republican Party. “He could kill fifty people on our side and it wouldn’t matter." MELANIA TRUMP BELIEVED HER HUSBAND WAS 'SCREWING UP' ON COVID-19 RESPONSE: BOOK "This guy is one of the dumbest human beings I've ever seen," Donald Trump said to an audience in Bluffton, S.C, about Lindsey Graham. "I think he's disgraced." (AP Photo) The meeting...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) once referred to former President Donald Trump as a "lying motherf***er," during the Ukraine impeachment scandal, according to an excerpt from a new book. During a meeting with the authors of The Divider: Trump in the White House 2017-2021 Peter Baker, and Susan Glasser, around the time of Trump's first impeachment trial, the senator reportedly declared that it would be insane for Democrats to impeach the former president over allegations that he extorted the president of Ukraine in a phone call in July of 2019, but was not blind to Trump's misgivings. “He’s a lying motherf***er,” Graham reportedly said, before noting that the former president would not lose the support of the Republican Party. “He could kill fifty people on our side and it wouldn’t matter." MELANIA TRUMP BELIEVED HER HUSBAND WAS 'SCREWING UP' ON COVID-19 RESPONSE: BOOK "This guy is one of the dumbest human beings I've ever seen," Donald Trump said to an audience in Bluffton, S.C, about Lindsey Graham. "I think he's disgraced." (AP Photo) The...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was reportedly convinced that Republicans would blindly follow and support former President Donald Trump regardless of the circumstances, according to a new book. In the new book titled, “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021,” journalists Susan Glasser and Peter Baker shared details about a previous conversation they'd had with the South Carolina lawmaker, reports HuffPost. “Trump could kill 50 on our side and it wouldn’t matter,” Graham told the two journalists. READ MORE: Lindsey Graham said Donald Trump 'could kill fifty people on our side and it wouldn’t matter': new book The remarks are said to have been a play on Trump's own comments when he boasted about his influence over the Republican Party during his 2016 presidential campaign. At the time, the former president, per HuffPost, claimed "he was so popular he 'could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.'” The book also discussed the impeachment inquiry into Trump's infamous phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Per HuffPost, on...