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    Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump berated ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos in 2016 over asking “eight fucking follow-ups” about Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, according to a report. CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy reported on Wednesday excerpts of New York Times senior political reporter and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman’s upcoming book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America. Following Stephanopoulos’ interview with Trump, “Trump summoned an ABC producer into a small area away from the cameras, where Trump was surrounded by Secret Service agents, and snarled, ‘That was bullshit,’” according to Haberman. “The producer, John Santucci, asked which part of the interview he meant. ‘Russia,’ Trump replied. ‘Eight fucking follow-ups—are you fucking kidding me?’ he thundered. ‘It’s like asking me if I beat my wife. You ask me once, I say ‘Fuck no,’ and we move on. You don’t then ask if I hit her with a fucking baseball bat or a fucking golf club! That was bullshit and you better fucking fix it in the edit,’” she wrote. “Then Trump called...
    Alex Kent/Getty Images In a new filing, former President Donald Trump‘s legal team complained bitterly about the Justice Department for making “antagonistic” comments and for publicly sharing their own complaints, among other things. In their latest filing to Special Master in the Mar-a-Lago probe, Judge Raymond Dearie — who was one of two proposed candidates Team Trump suggested for Special Master — Trump attorneys James Trusty, Lindsey Halligan, and Evan Corcoran ticked through a laundry list of grievances. The first several paragraphs are devoted to arguing for more time because, among other things, the “11,000 documents” seized during the search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort home “contain closer to 200,000 pages.” The team also complained to Dearie that the Department of Justice used their filings as an opportunity “to lecture Plaintiff’s counsel with conclusory and antagonistic comments regarding counsel’s privately filed objections.” The Government also uses the opportunity of asking for an extension of deadlines to lecture Plaintiff’s counsel with conclusory and antagonistic comments regarding counsel’s privately filed objections to the Amended Case Management Plan. DOJ continues to mistake itself as having judicial authority. Its comments are not...
    Showtime Showtime has dropped a trailer for its upcoming five-part docuseries for the controversial Never Trump PAC the Lincoln Project, which will debut on Oct. 7. A two-minute trailer of the series highlights the group’s highs and lows since it formed in 2019 to oppose the reelection of former President Donald Trump. It offers a glimpse of how a group founded by disaffected former Republican Party strategists and advisers went from raking in $90 million in donations in 2020 to nearly collapsing under the weight of numerous leadership exits and one very high-profile sexual misconduct scandal. 2020 was just the beginning. A five-part docuseries about @ProjectLincoln, the fastest-growing super PAC in America, streams 10/7 on @SHOWTIME. #TheLincolnProject pic.twitter.com/Ad2jVsFcHD — SHOWTIME (@Showtime) September 28, 2022 Co-founders Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson are prominently featured, as is adviser Stuart Stevens. Schmidt and Stevens at different points in the trailer shoot shotguns. The series began filming before the 2020 election, and the cameras stayed on for a sexting scandal that nearly brought the Lincoln Project to its knees. Co-founder John Weaver was accused...
    The Senate Rules Committee green-lit a bill meant to clarify the procedure for certifying presidential election results in Congress to avoid another Capitol insurrection, though without the support of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) support the legislation, which is expected to have enough Republican support to garner the necessary 60 votes to advance in the 50-50 chamber. The Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act would amend the Electoral Count Act of 1887 by stating that the vice president’s role as presiding officer over election certification is merely ceremonial. It would also make it more difficult for lawmakers to object to a state’s election results. The aim is to provide more clarity surrounding certification after then-President Donald Trump called on then-Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify the results of the 2020 election in his role as presiding officer. Pence declined to attempt such a stunt, and a riot ensued at the Capitol. The Rules Committee voted 14-1 on Tuesday to advance the bill to the...
    by Natalia Mittelstadt   Journalist Glenn Greenwald is criticized the Democratic Party, calling members authoritarians trying to criminalize their opposition. After The Prospect managing editor Ryan Cooper complained about Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz not being indicted with in a sex-trafficking probe, Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept,  responded with his criticism. “Chickens*** club,” Cooper tweeted. Greenwald replied in a retweet: “This is a perfect illustration of how authoritarian so many Democrats are. This is a perfect illustration of how authoritarian so many Democrats are. This Democrat doesnt know or care why career DOJ prosecutors decided the evidence was insufficient to prosecute Matt Gaetz. What he knows is that Gaetz supports Trump, and thus wants him imprisoned: https://t.co/OvBKO9Sbau — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 24, 2022 “This Democrat doesn’t know or care why career DOJ prosecutors decided the evidence was insufficient to prosecute Matt Gaetz. What he knows is that Gaetz supports Trump and thus wants him imprisoned: “I can’t stress this enough: at its core, Democratic politics is about criminalizing opposition to their party and ideology. Dissenting ideas are ‘disinformation’...
    The Department of Justice has submitted a new inventory of the materials the FBI seized in the Mar-a-Lago raid with a few modifications as part of the special master review of the search of former President Donald Trump's residence. The Justice Department has also submitted an FBI affidavit indicating that the new inventory fully reflects what was taken. The special master, Judge Raymond Dearie, had requested the affidavit after Trump claimed the agency may have planted items during the raid last month, according to CNN. “I am not aware of any documents or materials seized from the Premises on that date by the FBI that are not reflected in the Revised Detailed Property Inventory, other than materials that the Privilege Review Team has not provided to the Case Team," an FBI agent, whose identity was redacted, wrote in the new affidavit. CONSERVATIVE SOCIAL NETWORKS STRUGGLE TO MAINTAIN USER GROWTH A comparison between the two inventories showed that the latest version has two fewer press clippings and two fewer empty envelopes with classified banners than the previous...
    The House select committee issued a subpoena over the weekend to Wisconsin House speaker Robin Vos seeking his testimony about a July phone call with Donald Trump. The panel wants Vos to testify Monday, but the Wisconsin Republican is suing to block the subpoena, which he argues is outside the scope of the committee's authority and posed an “undue burden” by requiring his cooperation on such short notice, reported Politico. “Speaker Vos’ conversations with former President Trump pertained to a recently decided Wisconsin Supreme Court decision about Wisconsin election law and any actions that could be taken in response to this decision moving forward,” the lawsuit states. “These topics do not pertain to the events of January 6th, or even (to construe the authorizing resolution broadly) the events leading up to it or its immediate aftermath.” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the select committee chairman, told Vos his interactions with the former president was relevant to the panel's investigation and proposed recommendations, but the lawsuit contends that the subpoena was timed to coincide with the public hearing scheduled for this week....
    Chris Christie said Donald Trump’s public comments about the FBI investigation into his handling of classified documents is pushing him towards a “self-inflicted indictment.” Christie, the former Republican governor of New Jersey, discussed the classified documents investigation into the former president on ABC News Sunday show This Week. Host George Stephanopoulos asked Christie about the prediction from Dan Abrams, ABC News chief legal analyst and Mediaite founder, that Trump will be indicted. “These are all self-inflicted wounds by Donald Trump,” Christie said. Christie explained that he always advises clients: “Don’t out-loud fight with the Department of Justice.” Trump is “doing the exact opposite,” he said. Christie added that prosecutors “are human too” and don’t respond well to being dared to indict someone under investigation. “The more you absolutely antagonize with nonsense arguments on television that your lawyers won’t make in court — because they’re afraid they’ll be sanctioned if they do because they have no evidence — you’re pushing yourself closer to a self-inflicted indictment,” he said. “I don’t want to see that happen just because I don’t think it’s...
    The No. 3 Republican in the Senate said Sunday that he doesn't think a president can declassify documents simply by 'thinking about it' - after the former president made the bold claim in an interview last week. Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democratic critic of Trump's who is investigating him on the January 6 select committee, put it even more bluntly: 'Those comments don't demonstrate much intelligence of any kind.' Trump's defense against accusations that he knowingly took classified documents from the White House when he left office last year raised eyebrows during an interview last week with Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity. He told the conservative host that the documents seized by the FBI during an unannounced search of his Mar-a-Lago mansion were declassified because he deemed them so with his mind. Senator Republican Conference Chair John Barrasso was asked about the claim during his own interview, with ABC News' This Week on Sunday. 'I've not heard that one before,' Barrasso told host George Stephanopoulos. 'I’ll tell you, in terms of national security documents, we have to always use...
    Former President Donald Trump told journalist Maggie Haberman that he thinks he would run for president in 2016 all over again, if given the choice, because he has "so many rich friends and nobody knows who they are." His "candid admission" was released as an excerpt in the Atlantic from Haberman's upcoming book Confidence Man, which features a relatively recent interview with the former president. In the excerpt, Trump also discusses allegations that he took classified documents and what he liked best about being president. Haberman interjects several criticisms of him between his statements. NEW YORK SUES TRUMP: OF COURSE IT'S POLITICALLY MOTIVATED "The answer is, yeah, I think so. Because here’s the way I look at it. I have so many rich friends and nobody knows who they are." He then went on to talk about how much easier his life would have been had he not run," Haberman wrote about Trump when asked if he would have chosen to run for president again with the knowledge he has now. "When I asked him in...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom tore into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday, calling him a "bully," and said he is more worried about Fox News host Tucker Carlson than he is former President Donald Trump. The comments in deep-red Texas mark an escalating feud between the two governors, both of whom who are seen as 2024 presidential contenders if they choose to run, and take aim at the most-watched cable news host in the United States. "I worry about Trump. I worry about Trumpism," Newsom said at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. "I worry more about Tucker Carlson. I worry about Ron DeSantis." DESANTIS ADMINISTRATION FACES LAWSUIT FROM FLORIDA LAWMAKER OVER MIGRANT FLIGHTS "He's a bully," Newsom said of DeSantis. "He threatened the Special Olympics with $27 million in fines. Who does that?" DeSantis made the threat after the 2022 Special Olympics attempted to enact a vaccine mandate for its games in Florida. The organization eventually withdrew the requirement. "Abbott is light years ahead in policy than DeSantis, but DeSantis...
    ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos cornered Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) into admitting he disagrees with Donald Trump’s claim he could declassify sensitive documents merely by thought. Speaking to Barrasso on Sunday for ABC’s This Week, Stephanopoulos asked the senator about the former president’s attempt to defend himself for keeping top secret documents at Mar-a-Lago. After repeatedly pushing his dubious claim that the Mar-a-Lago documents were declassified, Trump took his claims to a new level last week when he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday that presidents can declassify by just “thinking about it.” Trump’s claim has been dismissed by his fellow Republicans, and Stephanopoulos noted that the former president’s lawyers are struggling to make that claim in court. “Even his lawyers have provided no evidence that he declassified the documents,” Stephanopoulos said. Asked if he agrees with Trump’s claims about declassifying by thought, Barrasso answered “I’ve not heard that one before” before digressing in protest of the FBI’s search for the documents at Mar-a-Lago. “I don’t know anything about the rules for when a president declassifies documents and information,” he...
    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...
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says that Republicans “beating their chest” about running for president in 2024 “no matter what” Donald Trump does are not “tethered to reality.” But if Trump doesn’t run … Speaking with author and journalist David Drucker of the Washington Examiner on Saturday at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Sen. Cruz talked about why he hasn’t said he is running in 2024, and who he thinks will be running in the GOP presidential primary. The short answer? Everyone. If Trump isn’t. Drucker prefaced his question by listing previous examples of Ted Cruz stepping out of the conventional Republican path to party leadership, including his 2016 government shutdown fight to “force President Barack Obama to defund” Obamacare, and Cruz running for president with “maybe 5% national name I.D.” in 2016. “Now you’re waiting on Donald Trump to decide whether or not you want to do it again,” Drucker said of a second presidential run. “For somebody who has never waited for anybody, why are you waiting now?” “Oh, look, everybody’s waiting to see what Trump...
    by Julie Kelly   United States Representative Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) is a sterling example of the degradation of an Ivy League education. Following a lengthy riff about the horrors of the January 6 “insurrection” during which he described his Republican colleagues as fascists, Jones, a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard School of Law, unloaded a whopper. “How many more people needed to die to reach your definition of an insurrection?” Jones yelled across the room at Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) during a House Judiciary Committee meeting on Wednesday. “On January 6, at the direction of Donald Trump, a violent mob stormed the Capitol. In the process, 138 Capitol and D.C. police officers were injured. A Capitol police officer was bludgeoned to death.” Jones, of course, was referring to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. On January 8, 2021, the New York Times reported that Sicknick had been killed during the protest by Trump supporters using a fire extinguisher. For weeks, that false account, attributed to two anonymous law enforcement officials, persisted in the news media, prompting public outcry. Sicknick’s remains laid in honor in...
    Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich hurled an insult at a Capitol Hill reporter after the journalist pressed him on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. 'What do you think about the January 6 committee?' NBC senior congressional reporter Scott Wong asked Gingrich during a press scrum at the Capitol on Thursday.  'I don't,' he replied, before shaking his head. The 79-year-old Gingrich was there to help House Republicans with the upcoming elections. Wong continued: 'You have no thoughts about the committee itself?,' he asked holding his cell phone towards Gingrich as other reporters surrounded the former House Speaker.  Dressed in a dark suit and red tie Gingrich appeared to ignore the reporter before turning towards him: 'I think you have a learning disability,' he said. Wong appeared stunned by the humiliating remark and replied: 'Excuse me?'  Gingrich then gestured with his hands and pointed to his head: 'The fact is, I said three or four times I don't talk about it. Try the phrase - I don't talk about it.' Wong then...
    Behind closed doors, former President Donald Trump's advisors are reportedly expressing concerns about the pace of the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) investigation, according to a new report published by The Guardian. Per the report, the former president's advisors are beginning to panic because the DOJ's classified documents probe is moving faster than they'd anticipated. The latest development comes just days after special master Raymond Dearie raised questions about Trump's claim that he'd declassified the documents. Dearie also put the former president and his legal team on the spot regarding his unfounded claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had "planted" evidence during the Mar-a-Lago search. READ MORE: Mar-a-Lago smoking gun footage may mean DOJ may not have recovered all the classified material: legal experts The Guardian's Hugo Lowell also noted how the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision complicates the legal team's efforts as they attempt to slow the investigation. Per Lowell, that is one of the reasons for the panic. "The 29-page decision amounted to a sharp rebuke of the rulings by US district court...
    The Republican candidate for Michigan governor, Tudor Dixon, made fun of Democratic opponent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer twice Friday, turning the 2020 kidnapping plot against Whitmer into a punchline. During a pro-Dixon super PAC event in Troy, Michigan, hosted by former President Donald Trump's former adviser Kellyanne Conway, Dixon claimed that despite the governor's fear of being kidnapped, she took "business" hostage. The joke came after the FBI broke up a real plot to kidnap Whitmer at her summer home in 2020. WATCH: SOCIAL MEDIA CONFUSED AS BIDEN HOLDS HANDS WITH GOV. WHITMER AT AUTO SHOW “The sad thing is Gretchen will tie your hands, put a gun to your head, and ask if you’re ready to talk," the Republican hopeful said, according to a video shared on social media. "For someone so worried about being kidnapped, Gretchen Whitmer sure is good at taking business hostage and holding it for ransom.” Dixon made another remark later Friday at a second event, claiming that the governor looked like she would "rather be kidnapped by the FBI" than...
    (CNN) — The National Republican Congressional Committee is canceling its ad reservations in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, a sign that the party is losing faith in J.R. Majewski’s controversial bid to unseat the longtime Democratic incumbent. J.R. Majewski, Republican candidate for U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, speaks at a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio., Sept. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar, File)  The committee had planned to spend more than $700,000 on the northwest Ohio race, according to CNN’s ad tracker AdImpact, but it cut those reservations shortly after the Associated Press reported Majewski had misrepresented his military service. The report appears to have been the final straw for a candidate who was a participant in the Capitol rally on January 6, 2021, and has repeatedly shared pro-QAnon material. Majewski responded to the cancellations during a news conference on Friday, directing reporters to ask the committee  why it cut its planned spending. He also pushed back against the AP reporting that he misrepresented his military service, claiming he “flew into combat zones often, specifically in Afghanistan” and that...
    Thus, what the New York Times poll reveals is that Democrats' campaign against Trump is not working. Despite their best efforts, they are not persuading voters against Trump nor his policies. In fact, recent trends show that voter interest in issues like immigration and the economy continues to increase while interest in issues like abortion and the investigation into Trump, including the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, is dropping. Republicans sure appear to be well-situated for November, especially considering that polls could be once again overestimating support for Democrats.
    CNN anchor Chris Wallace asked retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer about Justice Clarence Thomas, and his decision to “side with President Trump” in one case in light of wife Ginni Thomas‘s activism in attempting “to overturn the 2020 election.” Justice Thomas has faced criticism for casting the lone vote to hide text messages and other documents from the Jan. 6 committee. It was later revealed that Mrs. Thomas exchanged text messages with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows prior to the events of Jan. 6. and has admitted she attended the rally. Wallace’s formerly CNN+ series Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, debuted on HBO Max this week, and the first episode features an in-depth interview with Justice Breyer. Mr. Wallace asked Justice Breyer if the Thomas/Jan. 6 episode is “harmful to the standing” of the Supreme Court: WALLACE: It turns out that Justice Thomas’s wife, Ginni Thomas, was a very active participant, both at the White House and in several states in trying to overturn the 2020 election. Do you think that that’s harmful to the standing of the court, especially when...
    Former President Donald Trump complained to Sean Hannity that he’s being “attacked” so close to an election he isn’t even running in. Thursday’s Hannity aired part two of the host’s interview with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate. On Wednesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the state filed a civil suit against the Trump Organization that alleges the company overvalued assets to obtain low-interest loans from financial institutions. The suit seeks $250 million, as well as the banning of Trump and his adult children at the company from operating businesses in the state. “Donald Trump falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and to cheat the system, thereby cheating all of us,” James said at a press conference. Trump called the lawsuit an attack by New York Democrats before claiming there’s a tradition of not bringing legal action against politicians so close to an election. Of course, Trump is not running this year. “And there’s a rule,” Trump said. “It’s an unwritten law. You never do this politically. You won’t see Hunter Biden...
    Dustin Franz/Getty Images The campaign arm of the House GOP is pulling funding from the race in Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District. The National Republican Congressional Committee is withdrawing advertisement funding for J.R. Majewski, a staunch Trump supporter, following an Associated Press report that he lied about his military service. Medium Buying first flagged this development, which was confirmed by Axios. FLASH —#OH09: NRCC IE is canceling TV ad schedules that it had booked for the final six weeks of the campaign (9/27-11/8) — Medium Buying (@MediumBuying) September 22, 2022 The AP, citing military documents, reported on Wednesday that, contrary to his claim, Majewski never deployed to Afghanistan. The records also debunked that he was a combat soldier, rather they showed that he, according to the AP, “completed a six-month stint helping to load planes at an air base in Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally that is a safe distance from the fighting.” He previously was stationed at Kadena Air Base. Majewski stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and has supported QAnon. Majewski faces longtime Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur...
    Megyn Kelly revealed an inside source who once worked at the Republican National Committee believes former President Donald Trump won’t be running in 2024. On the Wednesday episode of SiriusXM’s The Megyn Kelly Show, she was joined by the guys of The Ruthless Podcast, Comfortably Smug, Josh Holmes, Michael Duncan, and John Ashbrook. During the episode, they discussed the current state of politics and eventually rounded to the topic of a potential Trump 2024 run. Kelly claims she had inside information that Trump would not pursue re-election but just couldn’t announce it yet. “Now, let me run this by you. Talked to a guy, used to be high up in the RNC, right? And he said, Trump’s not gonna run again. Trump just can’t say that he’s not gonna run again,” she revealed. “He said he would never declare anyway, because as soon as he declares, like right? If he were to declare tomorrow, on the chance that he is gonna run again the RNC could no longer pay his legal bills,” Kelly said. “They couldn’t support him with his...
    The View co-hosts laughed out loud mocking former President Donald Trump for saying that documents can be declassified “even by thinking about it.” Thursday’s The View played a soundbite of Fox News host Sean Hannity’s Wednesday interview with Trump, who defended taking classified documents to Mar-a-Lago, which was raided by the FBI last month over Trump and his people allegedly not handing them back over to the National Archives in a timely manner and over the fear that sources and methods could be put at risk. “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 to wherever you’re sending it, and it doesn’t have to be a process,” he said. After playing the soundbite, co-host Whoopi Goldberg looked like she was meditating. “What are you doing, Whoopi?” asked co-host Joy Behar. “I’m thinking him into jail,” Goldberg said after a couple of moments, prompting laughter from her co-hosts. “You can just think about stuff,” said co-host Sunny Hostin. “Just think about…,”...
    Melania Trump and her ex-aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff went to war Wednesday over the former first lady's Christmas comments.  On Tuesday, Trump told Breitbart and then her office tweeted that Wolkoff 'spitefully edited' the conversation that was released back in October 2020 to make it sound like 'Christmas is not significant to me.'  In the taped recording, the then-first lady is heard complaining: 'I'm working…my a** off on the Christmas stuff, that you know. Who gives a f**k about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?' she said, before talking about how she was facing public pressure to do something about the separations of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border.  The fresh pushback comes just days after Trump launched a Christmas ornament collection featuring 'The Christmas Star,' engraved with Trump's signature and sold on MelaniaTrump.com for $45 alongside a corresponding animated NFT, along with six other Christmas ornaments on the website USA Memorabilia.  'This is laughable! Melania is lying and using MY name to garner attention to sell HER Christmas tchotchkes,' Wolkoff responded via Twitter on Wednesday. ...
    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...
    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...
    Michael Cohen disputed remarks made by Donald Trump in which the former president stated he provides a valuation disclaimer when applying for loans. During an interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday, Trump reacted to a civil lawsuit filed against the Trump Organization by New York Attorney General Letitia James earlier in the day. James is seeking $250 million from the company stemming from allegations it inflated the valuations of assets it put up as collateral to receive financing. Trump told Hannity said he provides lenders with valuations of assets he owns. However, Trump said, he has a disclaimer telling them to use their own appraisers. “Don’t rely on the statement that you’re getting,” is how Trump summed up his message to financial institutions. Cohen, a convicted felon and a former personal attorney for Trump, reacted to Trump’s claim by telling CNN’s Don Lemon that it’s nonsense. “He also said that he had a disclaimer when he applied for any loan, telling the lenders that they had to verify everything themselves,” Lemon noted. “Why would any bank go along with that?”...
    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...
    National security attorney Bradley P. Moss said he tried not to laugh when he heard former President Donald Trump claim a president can declassify documents merely by “thinking about it.” Trump sat down with Fox News host Sean Hannity for an hour-long interview at Mar-a-Lago that touched on several subjects, including the August FBI raid of his home where agents found thousands of government documents. At one point, Trump told Hannity he was able to declassify documents simply by “thinking about it.” Asked if a president has a process for declassification, Trump said: 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. And there doesn’t have to be a process. There can be a process but there doesn’t have to be. You’re the president. On The Last Word, host Lawrence O’Donnell played the clip and asked Moss for his thoughts. Moss responded: Yeah, I saw that clip right before I came on and I tried not to...
    Donald Trump claimed the president of the United States can declassify government documents simply by declaring them as such, or “even by thinking about it.” In August, FBI agents executed a search warrant at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where they found thousands of government documents Trump was supposed to give to the National Archives upon leaving office. Some of the material is classified. Trump has publicly claimed he declassified all the documents. However, his attorneys have not dared to make that claim in court as they tangle with lawyers from the Department of Justice in the case. Appearing on Wednesday’s Hannity, Trump told Sean Hannity he declassified the documents and that there isn’t much to the process – or lack thereof – as he understands it. “A president has the power to declassify,” the Fox News host stated. “You have said on Truth Social a number of times you did declassify.” “I did declassify, yes,” Trump said. “Is there a process?” Hannity asked. “What was your process?” “There doesn’t have to be a process as I understand...
    (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...
    Melania Trump chose an interesting morning to “set the record straight” about her attitude toward Christmas. The former first lady’s tweet about her “serious” feelings concerning Christmas came Wednesday morning, roughly an hour before New York Attorney General Letitia James had a press conference to announce that her office has filed a massive civil lawsuit against Former President Trump, three of his adult children and his business empire. The civil suit accuses Melania Trump’s husband and stepchildren, Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump, of large-scale fraudulent financial practices by allegedly overvaluing their company’s assets by billions of dollars to gain loans and other benefits, then devaluing the same property to get tax breaks, the New York Times reports. James also is seeking to bar the Trump family from ever running a business in the state again and alleges that their business violated several state criminal laws and “plausibly” broke federal criminal laws as well. As Melania Trump’s Twitter account showed, she was mentally focused on Christmas Wednesday morning — two years after she was heard in an explosive audio recording...
    Michigan GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon gave the media her definition of pornography during a bizarre press conference on Tuesday.  Dixon, 45, went on to offer to send some examples of pornography to the reporter.  Her remarks came amid a battle in Michigan over what texts are suitable for students in the state's public schools. The press conference was held on the steps of the Michigan Department of Education headquarters in Lansing. Dixon also said that she would be in favor of a statewide ban on books that were deemed to be pornographic.  The Donald Trump-backed nominee was asked by a reporter: 'Can you define what pornographic means for you in terms of books in K-12 schools?' The part-time actor answered: 'Do you need me to define pornographic?' According to her IMDb page, Dixon has appeared in several horror movies such as Buddy BeBop vs the Living Dead and Inception of Chaos.  She continued: 'So, there's two naked people and they are acting out a sexual act – multiple different sexual acts. Do you want me to send you some so...
    by Debra Heine   An attorney with a popular TikTok account has exposed a corrupt left-wing influence operation that pays social media personalities to post disinformation about former president Donald Trump and January 6. Atlanta-based attorney Preston Moore claimed on Saturday that he was offered $400 by the nonprofit “Good Information Foundation” to post manipulative “propaganda” ahead of the 2022 mid term elections. “I was just offered $400 to make an anti-Donald Trump propaganda video in a post related to the January 6 investigation that is completely not true,” said Moore at the beginning of a now-viral video posted to TikTok on Saturday. The “Good Information Foundation” is the non-profit arm of Good Information Inc., which is funded by left-wing billionaires George Soros and Reid Hoffman, among others. The “public benefit corporation” launched in October of 2021 to combat “disinformation” online. The 501(c)(3) proclaims on its website that “good information is the lifeblood of democracy,” and that it wants “to increase the flow of good, factual information online to counter and rebut the spread of misinformation and disinformation.” Moore, who practices law at the Beasley...
    Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump has aides whose specific jobs are to follow him around to recite positive things people are saying about him on Twitter and elsewhere, according to a report. The revelation comes from New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who cited multiple sources in a tweet about it Tuesday. As Trump has been out of office over the last 20 mos,a rotating cast of aides has been tasked with following him around the golf course at the club he’s at and giving him positive reinforcement from Twitter and wherever else they find it on the web, per ppl told of the practice. — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 20, 2022 Haberman did not expound on the claim, nor did she offer how many people are believed to be among Trump’s reported team of positive reinforcers. The claim is not the first of its kind, as Tara Palmeri of Puck News noted. In a reply to Haberman’s tweet, Palmeri shared reporting on the subject from her time with Politico. Reminds me of this story I wrote...
    (CNN)Judge Raymond Dearie, the special master overseeing the seizure of documents from Mar-a-Lago, signaled on Tuesday to lawyers for former President Donald Trump that if they don't make a case that any of the documents were declassified, he would determine that they're classified. Out of court, Trump has pushed the claim he declassified all the documents, and his lawyers have raised that possibility in court papers, though they have never explicitly argued that anything was declassified. Federal prosecutors have argued for weeks that documents seized from Mar-a-Lago that contain classification markings -- like "top secret" -- should be treated as if they are classified.During a hearing Tuesday, Dearie essentially called Trump's bluff by pointing out that Trump's lawyers haven't yet provided any proof of declassification."If the government gives me prima facia evidence that they are classified documents, and you don't advance any claim of declassification, I'm left with a prima facia case of classified documents, and as far as I'm concerned, that's the end of it," Dearie said.Read MoreTrump's lawyer Jim Trusty said they are not in a position to...
    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...
    The Daily Mail quietly scrubbed its own dispatch from former President Donald Trump’s Saturday rally in Ohio, removing all references to the “uncharacteristically thin crowd” at the event. The right-leaning tabloid wholesale excised several paragraphs from the story without any editor’s note or update and the reporter’s byline was removed and replaced with generic “DailyMail.com Staff Reporter” byline. The headline was also completely changed to a more neutral framing of Trump’s event. The Daily Mail did not respond to a request for comment. The piece as originally published featured Daily Mail politics reporter Elizabeth Elkind’s in-person coverage of the Trump rally in Youngstown, where he stumped for GOP Senate hopeful J.D. Vance and several other candidates. In the article, published Saturday evening and titled “Uncharacteristically thin crowd in Ohio an hour before Trump takes the stage for rally in support of Senate candidate JD Vance - just after saying most GOP candidates would LOSE without his endorsement,” Elkind noted that Trump had bragged hours before the event that it was “sold out” and he expected a “massive crowd”—only for the...
    L: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump was warned by former White House attorney Eric Herschmann about the legal peril of keeping classified documents last year, according to three sources in a new report from New York Times correspondent and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman. Haberman, a well-known conduit for Trumpworld reporting and Trump-Whisperer analysis, has dropped scoop after scoop since the bombshell search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort home, which is part of an investigation of Trump for crimes involving the Espionage Act. In her latest report, Haberman reveals not just that Herschmann warned Trump but that three sets of Trumpworld gums are flapping about it: A onetime White House lawyer under President Donald J. Trump warned him late last year that Mr. Trump could face legal liability if he did not return government materials he had taken with him when he left office, three people familiar with the matter said. The lawyer, Eric Herschmann, sought to impress upon Mr. Trump the seriousness of the issue and the potential for investigations and legal exposure if he did not return the documents, particularly any classified...
    Hillary and Chelsea Clinton struggled to count how many of her trademark pant suits the former first lady has in her wardrobe, after being put on the spot by Lisa Wilkinson. During her time as Secretary of State in the Obama administration and two runs for US president in 2016 and 2020, Hillary has rarely, if ever, been seen wearing anything else. The Project host on Sunday's edition asked the former presidential candidate just how many pant suits she actually owns, prompting the high-powered mother and daughter to burst out laughing. Former first lady and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (left) appeared with daughter Chelsea on Channel 10 show The Project 'What a great question!' Chelsea interjected as her mother chuckled. 'I have no idea,' Hillary shouted. 'Ball park, be honest,' Chelsea insisted. 'I'm trying, I'm trying, maybe 50, I don't know,' Hillary said. Chelsea and Hillary then agreed it was 'a lot'. The pair were appearing on the Aussie TV show to promote their new Apple TV documentary series Gutsy, which features stories of strong women. While there will be many...
    The Cook Political Report Charlie Cook, one of the country’s foremost experts on election forecasting, political polling and the state-of-play in American politics at any given time, spoke with Mediaite for an in-depth look at the challenges pollsters are facing and how both media and the public should read the barrage of polling ahead of the November midterm elections. Cook, who is the founder of the Cook Political Report as well as a political analyst for both the National Journal and NBC News, began by arguing that polling was not nearly as off in 2016 and 2020 as most people have been led to believe. While offering a handful of tips for how best to interpret polls, Cook emphasized that most people criticizing polling today “need to realize that the popular and electoral vote is not the same thing.” He also offered a detailed look at how the current election cycle has shifted toward the Democrats, but concluded “this election is far from over.” Read the full Q&A with Charlie Cook, which has been edited for length and clarity. Mediaite:...
    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...
    ‘The View’ co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin revealed she wasn’t briefed about the far-right group the Proud Boys when she was working for former President Donald Trump. Members of the Proud Boys stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In a debate before the 2020 election, Trump told the group to “stand back and stand by.” “The lesson I learned with Trump is you have to take him seriously and literally with what he says. And he uses language intentionally to reach certain audiences. I remember watching that ‘Proud Boys stand back and stand by,’ and honestly I had never even heard of the Proud Boys,” she said on Friday’s ‘The View.’ “But I was like ‘there was something weird about it’ and it was very clearly in retrospect after Jan. 6 was meant to tell them, you know, ‘you are my guys. Stand by.’” Co-host Sunny Hostin went after Griffin for how she responded to that debate moment when she was his White House communications director. “Did you not see that then? I think I remember reading when you were...
    One of former President Trump's head-scratching antics as president was his suggestion that the U.S. should buy Greenland, and according to a new book he got the bright idea from an old college friend, New York cosmetics heir Ronald Lauder.  While late-night TV and the internet poked fun at the idea as a passing Trump whim, in reality the idea had been studied internally and the former president even invoked his National Security Council to discuss the matter.  After Lauder, the billionaire heir of Estee-Lauder, planted the idea in Trump's head, he told his national security adviser: 'A friend of mine, a really, really experienced businessman, thinks we can get Greenland.'  'What do you think?' Trump asked.  That and other explosive revelations from Trump's presidency are revealed in a forthcoming book from New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker and New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser, 'The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021.'  One of former President Trump's head-scratching antics as president was his suggestion that the U.S. should buy Greenland, and according to a new book...
    A Russian analyst who was charged with lying to the FBI about the infamous Steele dossier had been a paid informant for the bureau, a court filing claimed on Tuesday. Igor Danchenko was allegedly recruited as an FBI mole in March 2017 - about three months after the bureau began investigating him and the gossip-filled dossier he helped create. It's also more than four years before he was indicted for lying to federal investigators about information he gave to former British spy Christopher Steele. Steele used information from Danchenko, among other sources, to compile a dossier with sordid details that accuse Donald Trump of being in Vladimir Putin's pocket. The dossier was used to launch the FBI's investigation of the Trump 2016 campaign's alleged links to Russia, known as Crossfire Hurricane. Much of the dossier has since been debunked.  In late 2021, Danchenko pleaded not guilty to five counts of making false statements to the FBI relating to sources for the material that wound up in the dossier. His charges were announced by Special Counsel John Durham, who former Attorney General Bill...
    Donald Trump and his supporters might’ve hoped John Durham’s special counsel probe would nail the former president’s political enemies for criminal misconduct. Still, Morning Joe snarked that the investigation seems like it’s about to end without unveiling a massive conspiracy of government corruption. The New York Times reported that Durham is nearing the end of his inquiry into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. The probe recently ran into a stumbling block when Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann was acquitted on charges of lying to the FBI. The Times report indicates that the Durham probe won’t end with the prosecution of officials who were behind the Russia investigation. From the report: The grand jury that Mr. Durham has recently used to hear evidence has expired, and while he could convene another, there are currently no plans to do so, three people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Durham and his team are working to complete a final report by the end of the year, they said, and one of the lead prosecutors on his team is leaving for a job with...
    A new analysis is explaining how former President Donald Trump may have lied about safety concerns to avoid appearing at the New York attorney general’s office weeks ago. In a new report, The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagilery breaks down Trump’s claims while also explaining why the former president’s arguments may be nothing more than an excuse to delay court proceedings. Days prior to Trump’s deposition, which was scheduled for August 10, the former president’s legal team submitted documents detailing his safety concerns about the attorney general’s office. READ MORE: Legal expert breaks down why Trump may be facing a 'greater legal threat' in Georgia as opposed to the Mar-a-Lago case Pagilery noted that Trump’s legal team, according to inside sources, “asked that the contentious interview at the AG’s office be relocated to a more comfortable, convenient spot for the former president: Trump Tower.” “In correspondence that was filed in secret, Trump’s legal team notified state investigators that the Secret Service was opposed to transporting him to the AG’s office in Manhattan’s Financial District, both sources said,” Pagilery wrote. “The...