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    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...
    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,...
    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 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,...
    Bumbling Rudy Giuliani sheepishly admitted that he 'got nothing' from his efforts to dig up dirt on the Bidens in Ukraine after teaming up with a suspected Russian agent in a bid to smear Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential race, a new book reveals. The former president's personal attorney made the confession in a text message to Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian associate who would later be jailed for campaign finance violations, journalist Andrew Kirtzman reveals in new biography, Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America's Mayor. Giuliani confessed that claims against the Bidens were 'very weak' and 'not consistent with the facts', despite daily calls from Trump who became 'obsessed' with them. The former mayor of New York spent weeks meeting Ukrainian officials and former prosecutors as he tried to link Joe Biden and his son Hunter to a Democrat plot to overthrow Trump. A 'deeply frustrated' Rudy Giuliani admitted that his efforts to dig up dirt on the Bidens were fruitless, according to a new book Giuliani infamously met with Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach (pictured) who took a...
    A legal expert recently weighed in with his take on the controversial court ruling handed down by Judge Aileen Cannon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In an op-ed published by Politico, Aziz Huq, a law professor at the University of Chicago, expressed concern about the ruling and what it might suggest about the conservative judges that former President Donald Trump strategically packed the court with. According to Huq, if the Trump-aligned, conservative judges ultimately rule in his favor during critical moments like this, it could create legal problems regarding cases involving the former president. READ MORE: Trump's lawyers are 'scrambling and they have nothing': legal expert Cannon's ruled in favor of Trump's legal team when he allowed for a special master to review the top-secret, classified documents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago estate by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The ruling has raised concerns about the court's level of integrity and independence. Huq also claims that "Trump judges" will face criticism for any decision they make going forward. He wrote,...
    The Lincoln Project's co-founder has dared Donald Trump to make good on his threat to sue the group after new adverts called his supporters 'suckers.' Rick Wilson called him a 'b****' and said he couldn't wait for the battle, adding: 'I double-dog dare you'. It comes after Trump launched a blistering attack on the Lincoln Project and Fox News for the adverts that attacked him. He branded them 'perverts and lowlifes' and said they should not be allowed to 'false advertise'. It is not clear if he plans to make good on his threat to sue. In a video released Thursday, The Lincoln Project's co-founder Rick Wilson (left) dared former President Donald Trump (right) to sue the group, as he had threated to on Truth Social  On Thursday, using Truth Social, Trump complained that the 'Perverts and Lowlifes of the Lincoln Project' were back on Fox News Channel 'Go for it! Go for it, b***h! Come at me!' Wilson said in a video he posted to Twitter Thursday. 'I can't wait! We're delighted by the thought you'd try to sue us, Donald....
    Donald Trump raged on his Truth Social app over a Lincoln Project advertisement he apparently saw while watching Fox News Donald Trump threatened to sue Fox News on Thursday for allowing the anti-Trump Republican group The Lincoln Project to run advertisements on its network. The former president's once-favorite network has been a subject of his scorn on multiple occasions as the conservative media giant has steadily drifted its attention away from him and his election fraud claims.   He accused it of allowing the Lincoln Project to 'false advertise' on its airwaves in an angry statement on his Truth Social app Wednesday morning, and appears to even suggest he himself may have struggled with 'high standards' for ad buys on the network. 'The Perverts and Lowlifes of the Lincoln Project are back on, where else, Fox News,' Trump wrote on his Twitter-like social media platform.  'I thought they ran away to the asylum after their last catastrophic campaign, with charges made against them that were big time sleaze, and me getting many millions more votes in 2020 than I got in 2016.'...
    How big of a security risk is former President Donald Trump following multiple reports of purloined classified documents reportedly seized at Mar-a-Lago? According to former Defense Secretary William Cohen, he is a “clear and present threat to democracy.” Cohen appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe following a new Washington Post report that among the 11,000 or so documents retrieved by the FBI from Trump’s Palm Beach manse were highly classified documents revealing the nuclear capabilities of an unnamed country Citing sources close to the documents, Post reporters Devlin Barrett and Carol Leonnig reported: A document describing a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, was found by FBI agents who searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and private club last month, according to people familiar with the matter, underscoring concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about classified material stashed in the Florida property. Some of the seized documents detail top-secret U.S. operations so closely guarded that many senior national security officials are kept in the dark about them. Only the president, some members of his Cabinet or a near-Cabinet level official could authorize other government officials...
    Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI and President Joe Biden in a post on his Truth Social platform on Labor Day. The former president claimed that federal agents should have raided Biden’s house over corruption allegations against the president's son. “So they riffled through the living quarters of my 16 year old son, Barron, and the loved and respected former First Lady of the United States, Melania,” the former president wrote Monday morning, “but, despite proven high crimes and treason, and just plain common theft, all pointed out in the Laptop from Hell (and elsewhere), they never Raided or Broke Into the house of Hunter Biden or, perhaps even more importantly, the house of Joe Biden - A treasure trove! This is a Country that’s unfair and broken. We are truly a Nation in Decline!!!” On Saturday, Trump branded Biden an "enemy of the state" as he hit back at the US president's assertion that the Republican and his supporters are undermining American democracy, and slammed last month's FBI raid of his Florida home. On Sunday, Trump insisted he...
    The questions are swirling around the gilded corridors of the Elysee Palace. Just what, if anything, has President Emmanuel Macron been up to behind the heavy doors of his private salon — while his wife Brigitte was away? After all, French presidents are notorious for being boudoir-hoppers. On the night Princess Diana died in Paris, for example, Jacques Chirac couldn’t be found. He was eventually discovered sleeping with Italian movie star Claudia Cardinale, rather than his wife. For the fresh rumours about Macron, we can thank Donald Trump. The former U.S. President claims he’s sitting on a whopper of a sexual scandal relating to his erstwhile French counterpart. On August 8, the FBI raided Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, seizing boxes of classified documents as part of a criminal investigation into his alleged mishandling of top-secret material. By now, almost everyone knows that Macron, 44, met his wife Brigitte, 69, when he was a 15-year-old schoolboy and she his 39-year-old teacher, a married mother of three One of the files is being referred to in Paris as — ooh la...
    Congressman Michael McFaul (TX) invoked the “[Donald Trump] can declassify a document on a moment’s notice” excuse as he defended the former president’s possession of the classified documents the FBI confiscated during their search at Mar-a-Lago. The House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Republican spoke with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on Sunday, who noted how Trump railed against the Justice Department for the umpteenth time during his speech in Pennsylvania. Asked for his reaction, McFaul brought up the Russia investigation and the Steele dossier as he spoke to the “distrust” Republicans have for the FBI. “It frankly saddens me because as an alumni of the DOJ, I hate to see people’s faith in our institutions being weakened,” McFaul said. Nonetheless, he skipped over Team Trump’s lies and resistance over the Mar-a-Lago documents in order to say “I have a lot of questions. Why didn’t they enforce the subpoena before they did this unprecedented search warrant on a former president of the United States? This will all come out factually as this case moves forward.” Raddatz kept the conversation going by asking...
    Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that he would not take classified documents from the government but insisted that former President Donald Trump "has a different set of rules." During an interview on ABC, host Martha Raddatz reported that Trump had recently referred to the FBI as "vicious monsters" because his Mar-a-Lago home was searched for stolen government documents. "I think the perception is what a lot of Republicans I know see on the heels of the Russian investigation, the Steele dossier -- there's a certain distrust-but-verify attitude when it comes to the Department of Justice and the FBI," McCaul opined. "And frankly, it saddens me because as an alumni of DOJ, I hate to see people's faith in our institutions being weakened." McCaul said that he was suspicious of the government's motives. "Why didn't they enforce the subpoena before they did this unprecedented search warrant on a former president of the United States?" he complained. "Do you see any reason he should have taken those documents?" Raddatz wondered. "Those classified, highly-classified...
    Nineteen months after leaving the White House, former President Donald Trump continues to post one insulting comment after another about his political opponents — often using familiar MAGA insults such as “fake news,” “really dishonest” and “angry haters.” If CNN does some negative reporting on him, he will slam the “Clinton News Network” for being “low rated” and having “totally biased” coverage. Trump still uses insulting names to belittle his opponents, from “Sleepy Joe” for President Joe Biden to “Crazy Bernie” for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont to “Crooked Hillary” for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump even has insulting names for some of his allies, including “Sloppy Steve” for “War Room” host and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Trump, however, wasn’t the first U.S. president to famously insult an opponent — although others didn’t do it as often or, critics argue, get as much sadistic pleasure out of it — and he isn’t the last. Biden’s famous way of being dismissive is the phrase, “Come on, man,” which has long been the former vice president/ex-U.S....
    Former President Donald Trump doubled down on one of his now familiar defenses for why the FBI found classified material at his Florida estate, claiming on his TruthSocial that he had already declassified the documents. The Department of Justice released a bombshell legal filing on Tuesday night, which included a picture of the documents taken in violation of the Presidential Records Act as well as potential national security violations. Trump responded to the photo during a wild posting spree on Wednesday, writing, “Terrible the way the FBI, during the Raid of Mar-a-Lago, threw documents haphazardly all over the floor (perhaps pretending it was me that did it!), and then started taking pictures of them for the public to see. Thought they wanted them kept Secret? Lucky I Declassified!” Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti pointed out on Wednesday that the DOJ had already debunked this notion from Trump. Mariotti explains that in the filing the “DOJ notes that Trump’s attorney and the custodian there did not assert executive privilege or claim Trump declassified the documents, and the lawyer signed...
    The federal judge considering the push to unseal the affidavit that bolstered the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago issued an order Monday rejecting the government's push to keep the entire document under seal and revealed his inclination to put make public at least some of the information. Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart in ahis new order rejects the government's argument that 'the present record justifies keeping the entire Affidavit under seal.' The judge instead calls for 'narrowly tailoring' what is made public and searching for the 'least onerous alternatives' – a posture that could make new information on the government's investigation public within days. It came in an order where the judge – who signed off the on the FBI's search warrant for parts of the former president's home and golf club – said there is a 'significant likelihood' that unsealing it 'could then impede the ongoing investigation through obstruction of justice and witness intimidation or retaliation.' He also said it is likely it 'would harm legitimate privacy interests by directly disclosing the identity of the affiant as well as providing evidence...
    Ousted WWE head Vince McMahon paid $5 million to the now-dissolved Trump Foundation the same years the president appeared in WWE storylines. McMahon has come under scrutiny over the past month after officials found he paid out $19.6 million in unrecorded company expenses. The majority of that money was found to have been paid out to women who accused him and another WWE executive of sexual misconduct, but the Wall Street Journal now reports that two payments totaling $5 million also went to the Donald Trump Foundation. Those payments were made in the same two years that the ex-president made appearances at WWE televised events, according to a recent securities filing viewed by the Journal. An attorney for WWE now says the payments should have been labeled as business expenses because McMahon was the principal shareholder and the payments benefited the company, though he would not say how. McMahon, 76, has since been ousted from the company he has headed more than four decades and built up to become wrestling's biggest enterprise amid a Securities and Exchange Commission and federal investigation into his undisclosed...
    Former Trump staffer Olivia Troye recalled finding classified documents left in the women's room of a bathroom in the White House complex during her time working under Vice President Mike Pence.  'I found classified information in the ladies' room of the White House one time in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building,' she said on MSNBC Friday. 'And I immediately walked it right up to security and said, "I just found this in the bathroom."'  'I covered it up, I put it in a folder. It wasn't marked properly,' she continued. 'I was not expecting to walk into the ladies' room and find a document like that.' Troye quit the administration in September 2020 over former President Donald Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, having served alongside Pence on the White House's coronavirus taskforce. She then publicly endorsed Democratic President Joe Biden.   In a follow-up interview Sunday on MSNBC, Troye characterized members of the previous administration as being sloppy with classified documents.  'I'm gonna tell you, look, it is a known thing. People would carry documents around, especially political appointees, around and traditionally you...
    Rudy Giuliani testifying before a grand jury is “suicidal,” MSNBC legal analyst and former prosecutor Cynthia Alksne declared shortly after it was revealed the former New York City mayor is the target of a criminal investigation. Robert Costello, a lawyer for Giuliani, told the New York Times that Giuliani had been informed he was the target of an investigation, which is focused on alleged election interference by Donald Trump’s campaign in Georgia. Costello’s client is expected to testify before a grand jury on Monday. Giuliani testifying is “shocking,” Alksne said when reacting to the news on Monday. The former mayor and Trump lawyer being informed he is a target of the investigation means the former mayor is “likely to be a defendant,” she added, and his testimony won’t help him. The “target letter,” Alksne said, means the grand jury believes there is “substantial evidence linking him to the crime.” “I find it shocking that he would show up,” the legal analyst told MSNBC’s Katy Tur. According to the former prosecutor, it would be “suicidal” for Giuliani to actually testify. “Anybody...
    CNN’s Brianna Keilar pressed Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) for defending Donald Trump despite the former president stoking vitriol against the FBI after the raid on Mar-a-Lago. The House Intelligence Committee’s ranking Republican spoke to Keilar on State of the Union, where he faced a major interrogation over Trump’s handling of sensitive information, and whether he would scrutinize the former president as he did with Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. As the interview went on, Keilar noted that Truth Social, Trump’s social media substitute, recently issued a push alert for a Breitbart story ID’ing the FBI employees involved in the Mar a Lago search. The story’s publication comes after an Ohio man attacked an FBI field office in Cincinnati, while Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray have been condemning increased threats toward federal law enforcement. Keilar acknowledged all of this as she asked Turner, “How is that not encouraging violence against federal law enforcement officers in this climate to identify them?” Turner dodged the question by saying he and other Republican members of Congress condemned violence toward law enforcement....
    One of the lawyers working for Former President Donald Trump signed a written statement in June confirming that all classified material had been returned to the government. The declaration was given to the Department of Justice on June 3 after a visit to Mar-a-Lago by top counterintelligence official Jay I. Bratt. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home this week was raided by the FBI after authorities claim that the former president held onto a trove of classified documents after leaving office. Four people with knowledge of the document told the New York Times that it is possible Trump and his team were not fully forthcoming with investigators about the material.  He is currently under investigation for obstruction of justice and violating the Espionage Act, according to the newly unsealed search warrant showing the FBI retrieved 11 sets of classified documents from Mar-a-Lago.   The former president insisted Friday that everything was 'declassified' and agents 'didn't need to seize anything.' Some of the documents were marked 'top secret' and are meant to be kept in specialized government facilities, according to a copy of the warrant. The FBI...
    The warrant was unsealed by a U.S. federal judge and revealed what was taken by the FBI at Trump's residence. The list of items taken from the residence lists 11 sets of classified documents, and several documents listed as "top secret." The warrant also indicated that Trump was being investigated for a potential violation of the Espionage Act. The search at Trump's residence was conducted on Monday morning and was confirmed by the former president in a scathing statement he released later that evening. The former president's supporters have accused the FBI of being politically motivated, but his critics hailed the development as being long overdue. After facing criticism about the raid, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday that he had signed off on the search warrant and said that the Department of Justice would ask a federal judge to unseal the order. The former president then released a statement declaring that he would not fight the unsealing of the search warrant but would actively seek for it to be unsealed. Defenders of...
    An armed Secret Service agent stands outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla.Terry Renna | AP The FBI's search warrant targeting former President Donald Trump's private club listed three statutes that were used to justify the seizure of boxes and documents from the property, some of them marked as top secret. Under a heading that reads "Property to be seized," the warrant refers to: "All physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 793, 2071 , or 1519." 18 U.S.C. §§ 793: Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. 18 U.S.C. §§ 2071: Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison and disqualification from holding office (more on this below). 18 U.S.C. §§ 1519: Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. ...
    Donald Trump has called for the release of the search warrant in the FBI raid on his Florida resort, following reports that the search was related to classified documents regarding nuclear weapons. Late on Friday, Trump said he would not challenge the release of the warrant, after Attorney General Merrick Garland said he would petition for the document to be unsealed. According to Garland, Trump's attorneys do have their own copies of both the warrant and the receipt for items seized in Monday's raid -- documents that are routinely provided to the target of a court-approved search.  If Trump does have the warrant and receipt as Garland says, it's unclear why he would not simply publish them himself, which he has a right to do. Trump announced his stance in a post on his Truth Social network. 'Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the un American, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents,' he...
    (CNN)A report that FBI agents searched for classified documents related to nuclear weapons at Donald Trump's Florida resort could explain the urgency of the unprecedented operation at the home of an ex-President and takes his showdown with the Justice Department to a grave new level.The account in The Washington Post could also undercut Republican lawmakers, who didn't wait for details of the case before criticizing a search they claimed was more typical of a tyrannical state. The latest development also further ups the stakes of an escalating legal battle after Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday called the former commander-in-chief's bluff and, in an unusual move, asked a court to unseal the search warrant and inventory of property taken from Trump's home.The details in the Post report came on yet another extraordinary day that reprised the chaos and recriminations of Trump's presidency, and carved acrimonious new political divides ahead of the former President's likely run for the White House.The Post cited people familiar with the investigation as saying that federal agents were looking for classified documents related to nuclear weapons,...
    Fox News legal analyst Jonathan Turley called for more transparency regarding the FBI’s execution of a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago — including from Trump’s team. In an America Reports segment Wednesday afternoon, Mike Emanuel commented that it had been “about 48 hours after that raid,” but there had been “no public comments” from either Attorney General Merrick Garland or FBI Director Christopher Wray. “I understand that’s typically their procedures during an ongoing investigation, but this is anything but your typical investigation,” Emanuel asked Turley. “Your thoughts on that? Turley agreed it wasn’t a “typical situation,” and mentioned a Newsweek report claiming a “confidential informant” had told the FBI what documents were being withheld and where they were located. “They also say that the FBI wanted to try to lower the profile by conducting the raid while the president was out of town,” Turley continued. “That almost borders on the delusional. I mean, any the first raid in history on a former president’s residence is not going to be a low profile.” What could have...
    Palm Beach police have notified surrounding police departments, including the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, that it received intelligence today informing them that armed pro-Trump protesters are expected near Mar-a-Lago following last night's FBI raid, a Florida law enforcement source has told DailyMail.com. The Palm Beach police has notified surrounding departments in the county, requesting that all departments be on the lookout for armed motorists parking near Donald Trump's home in the coming hours. Protesters often park in the parking lot of a Publix supermarket on Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach and walk to the area of the property, where street parking is not allowed. Dozens of furious Trump supporters began to descend on Mar-a-Lago last night shortly after he revealed the FBI had raided his  house as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to the Florida residence.  Pro-Trump protesters stands behind the Mar-a-Lago estate today following raid by FBI agents. The Palm Beach police has notified surrounding departments in the county, requesting that all departments be on the lookout for armed...
    Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida was raided by the FBI on Monday night, the former president revealed in a furious and lengthy statement. The unannounced search was related to White House documents sought by the National Archives, his son Eric Trump told Fox News later that night. Federal agents 'ransacked' his father's office, he said, and in his own statement the former president accused them of breaking into his safe. But Trump's issues with the National Archives reportedly began before he even left office.  Politico reported in 2018 that aides were forced to follow the then-president around to tape back documents that he had shredded - a habit the Republican was known for during his prior life heading the Trump Organization - in fear of running afoul of record-keeping laws. And late last year, Trump attempted to slow the release of presidential documents from the National Archives to the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack. It's not clear what specifically is being investigated, but it's worth noting there are laws on the books against tampering and destruction...
    Donald Trump posted to his social media platform late Monday night an eerie apocalyptic ad calling America 'a nation in decline' - while also promising a political future for himself where he says 'the best is yet to come.' The ad was posted to Truth Social, the former president's own alternative social media platform, just hours after his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida was raided by the FBI - reportedly as part of an investigation into whether he took classified documents with him when he left the White House. Trump's voice narrates the video ad which opens with a jolting clap of thunder over black and white photos of America.  'We are a nation in decline,' Trump said. 'We are a failing nation,' he continues, pointing to high inflation, high energy costs and leaving behind soldiers in Afghanistan.  Trump's voice narrates the video ad which opens with a jolting clap of thunder over black and white photos of America. Donald Trump posted to his social media platform Monday an apocalyptic ad calling America 'a nation in decline' - but promised a political...
    FBI agents who raided Donald Trump's Florida estate have been in discussions since June with his legal team about a trove of presidential documents on the property, it emerged on Monday night, as speculation continued to swirl about what exactly they were looking for. The raid was carried out on Monday, and confirmed by Trump himself. The White House is believed to have learnt of the raid when the rest of the world did, and was not informed in advance. In February it emerged that Trump had taken classified documents out of the White House when he left in January 2021, and some of those were handed over to the National Archives. Monday's raid is thought likely to be related to the remaining boxes of documents, although it remained unclear why the FBI decided to raid the estate. 'They even broke into my safe!' Trump complained of the raid. He is seen on Monday night leaving Trump Tower Trump's Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, was raided on Monday by FBI agents Trump himself was in New York City at the time, and...
    Former President Donald Trump spoke at CPAC in Dallas, Texas on Saturday where he joked that former White House physician, Rear Admiral, and current Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) would pick being a doctor over all else, solely because he enjoyed looking at Trump’s body. Trump spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, one of the largest gatherings of conservative Americans held over the course of a three-day convention. The conference kicked off with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and concluded with Trump. During his speech, the former President shouted out Jackson, who stood up in the audience, smiling to a round of applause. “He was a great doctor,” said Trump “You know, he was an admiral, a doctor, and now he’s a congressman.” Trump continued claiming that he asked Jackson which career he preferred and “he sort of indicated doctor because he loved looking at my body.” “It was so strong and powerful,” noted Trump. The former President added that Jackson told him that he is “the healthiest president that’s ever lived.” “I didn’t know who the hell he...
    The daughter of a firefighter who died in 9/11 denounced Donald Trump for hosting a tournament for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series at his golf courses. Trump’s properties in Doral, Florida and Bedminster, New Jersey are set to receive a lucrative financial injection by hosting the controversial golf league, and the former president doubled down on his decision by lashing out the PGA Tour as a continuation of his grudge against them. 9/11 Justice, a group of families who lost loved ones in the terror attacks, has condemned Trump for hosting the Saudi-sponsored league despite the fact that the former president held the Saudi government responsible for 9/11 in the past. On Tuesday, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins spoke to Juliette Scauso — daughter of firefighter Dennis Scauso, who died in the 9/11 attacks. Scauso expressed her shock that LIV Golf will now have an event “in the backyard of Ground Zero.” “And for that to be hosted by a former president is even more disgusting,” she said. “It’s hard to find the words.” Collins and Scauso discussed the evidence of Saudi...
    Top Democrats on the Jan. 6 committee say they have no idea what witness Rep. Liz Cheney is talking about after the Wyoming Republican accused former President Trump of witness tampering on Tuesday. Even the chairman of the committee - Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told reporters after Cheney made the bold accusation that he was unaware of who she was referring to.  Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said that the committee had known Trump had tried to contact a witness for 'a couple of days' but said that he also was unaware of the witness' identity.  Trump has not yet publicly commented on the accusation.   'After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation. A witness you have not yet seen in these hearings,' Cheney said during Tuesday's Jan. 6 committee hearing, without revealing a name. 'That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump's call, and instead alerted their lawyer to the call. Their lawyer alerted us. And this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice. ' 'Let me...
    Legal experts were stunned on Tuesday when GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming once again dropped a bombshell on witness tampering during her closing statement as vice-chair of the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol. "After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation," she said. "A witness you have not yet seen in these hearings," Cheney continued. "That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump's call and, instead, alerted their lawyer to the call. Their lawyer alerted us and this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice." "Let me say one more time, we will take any effort to influence witness testimony very seriously," she added. After the hearing, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) revealed the select committee has known about the call for a couple of days. He said, “this has been an ongoing pattern, and we're trying to send the message that witness tampering is a crime in the United States of America." Prof. Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law, who has argued...
    (CNN)Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice chairwoman of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection, said at the panel's hearing Tuesday that former President Donald Trump attempted to contact a witness who has not yet been publicly identified."After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation, a witness you have not yet seen in these hearings," the Wyoming Republican said at the conclusion of the hearing, which focused on ties between Trump and extremist groups that stormed the US Capitol. "That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump's call, and instead alerted their lawyer to the call. Their lawyer alerted us. And this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice."As notable as Cheney's revelation is, she also raised the possibility that the incident could prompt interest from Justice Department prosecutors. The comments were the first time the committee has explicitly described providing information to the DOJ that they discovered during their probe. However, it's not the first public suggestion of witness tampering the committee has made. Previously, the...
    Elon Musk's much-talked-about tiff with Donald Trump continued in full force this week - with the Tesla CEO this time taking to Twitter to question the ex-president's credibility and brain capacity. The online barrage from Musk - who pulled out of $44b deal to buy the social media platform last week - saw the outspoken mogul slam Trump as a liar, and 'too old' to run for president. The claims came in response to a recent appearance by the politician - who has repeatedly hinted at a second presidential run in 2024 - that saw him mock Musk by calling him a 'Bull***t artist.' The insult followed a claim from Trump that Musk lied about voting for him during his ill-fated presidential run in 2020. The accusation referred to a Tweet from Musk last month, which saw the South African businessman brag about voting for a Republican for the first time, casting a ballot for new Texas Congresswoman Maya Flores. Trump seemingly took issue with the endorsement, and accused Musk of lying about his political allegiance at the Alaska event Saturday....
    As part of a New York Times analysis on the impact that the Jan 6th hearings are on having on those who are skeptical that Donald Trump will be held to account for the Capitol riot that sent lawmakers fleeing, one Donald Trump insider is claiming that the former president knew fully well that he had lost the 2020 election and that he has been playing a part. As the Times' Baker wrote, "For a year and a half, Mr. Trump has been shielded by obfuscations and mischaracterizations, benefiting from uncertainty about what he was thinking on Jan. 6, 2021," before adding, "But for a man who famously avoids leaving emails or other trails of evidence of his unspoken motives, any doubts about what was really going through Mr. Trump’s mind on that day of violence seemed to have been eviscerated by testimony presented in recent weeks by the House committee investigating the Capitol attack." According to the report, the tide has been turning against the former president with each hearing and more witnesses come out of the woodwork to...
    Donald Trump suggested that January 6 witness Cassidy Hutchinson must be related to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson because they have the same last name and are both 'real losers'. The criticism comes as pro-Trump factions of the GOP continue to try and discredit Cassidy Hutchinson after her explosive testimony on Tuesday claiming that the ex-president lunged at his security detail and frequently threw plates of food in the White House when he was frustrated. 'How did the Great State of Arkansas ever have a total RINO Stiff like Asa Hutchinson as their Governor. Any relationship to Lyin' Cassidy Hutchinson, another real loser?' Trump wrote in a Truth Social post on Sunday. Governor Hutchinson has long been at the end of Trump's ire after the Arkansas GOP leader started breaking with the former president. In a separate post on Sunday, Trump said that 'proof' the former top aide to his then-chief of staff Mark Meadows knew he did nothing wrong was her desire to stay on the team when he was vacating the White House and moving his operation to his...
    At the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol's sixth public hearing on Tuesday, ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified under oath that then-White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Tony Ornato informed her that former President Donald Trump lunged at the shoulders of Bobby Engel, the head of his personal protective unit, after attempting to commandeer his presidential limousine when Engel refused to drive him down the street. "The president reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel," Hutchinson recalled Ornato saying. "Mr. Engel grabbed his arm, said, 'Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel, we're going back to the West Wing, we're not going to the Capitol.' Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel." Hutchinson added that Ornato, now the assistant director of the Secret Service's training office, "motioned towards his clavicles" to demonstrate what Trump did. According to Hutchinson, Engel was standing next to Ornato during their conversation and did not object to what...
    Retired Judge J. Michael Luttig testified under oath before the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack on Thursday that the former president, Donald Trump, and his MAGA supporters are a “clear and present danger to American democracy.” Luttig, a highly-respected conservative attorney and a former federal judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, advised then-Vice President Mike Pence that the John Eastman scheme to overturn the 2020 presidential election was illegal. “I have written, as you said, Chairman Thompson, that today – almost two years after that fateful day in January of 2021 – that still, Donald Trump and his allies and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy.” “That’s not because of what happened on January 6. Is because to this very day, the former president, his allies and supporters, pledge that in the presidential election of 2024 if the former president or his anointed successor as the Republican Party presidential candidate were to lose that election that they would attempt to overturn that 2024 election in the same way that they attempted...
    (CNN)The signs of Donald Trump's next White House run are there. He has hosted wannabe campaign managers at Mar-a-Lago and quizzed golf partners between shots on who he should put in charge, though no formal interviews have been conducted. His interest in 2024 polls -- especially how he stacks up against Florida's Ron DeSantis, his home-state governor -- has piqued in recent months, but Trump has yet to formally launch an exploratory committee. And he's made a series of midterm endorsements meant to impress Republican voters, proving that he has the magic touch -- though recent losses in Idaho, Georgia and North Carolina have begun to tell a different story. With virtually no formal campaign apparatus in place, mounting questions about the strength of his influence over GOP primary voters, and high-profile congressional hearings that are reinjecting Trump's 2020 election claims into the national conversation, sources close to the former President told CNN he is nevertheless closer than ever to announcing another run for office. As more and more Republicans add Iowa and New Hampshire to their schedules and work...
    Former French President Francois Hollande has finally married his former mistress at the centre of the 2014 scandal in which he cheated on his First Lady. Tabloids sensationally revealed how the-then president would ride on the back of a moped driven by a secret serviceman for his rendezvous with TV actress Julie Gayet. The infidelity resulted in the end of Hollande's four-year relationship with Paris Match political correspondent Valerie Trierweiler, 57. She briefly checked herself into hospital complaining of an emotional breakdown, before writing a kiss-and-tell bestseller portraying the president who was in office up until 2017 as a love rat who could not be trusted. Despite having no consort for the rest of his tenure, Mr Hollande, 67, kept up his romance with Ms Gayet, 50. France's former President Francois Hollande and actress Julie Gayet pictured during the friendly football match between France and China in May 2019 Actress Julie Gayet, 50, has married former President Francois Hollande, 67. The couple were reported to have married in a private ceremony on Saturday In an interview with Paris Match in...
    Don McLean has dropped out of his National Rifle Association Convention performance 'in light' of the second deadliest school mass shooting in US history. The American Pie singer-songwriter will no longer do the Houston, Texas show put on by the gun rights advocacy group, the NRA - where Lee Greenwood, Danielle Peck and Larry Gatlin are billed to perform. McLean said it would be 'disrespectful and hurtful' after 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at Robb Elementary School by an 18-year-old mass shooter in the Texas city of Uvalde. Former US President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott are still scheduled to appear at the NRA event. No thanks: Don McLean has dropped out of his National Rifle Association Convention performance 'in light' of the second deadliest school mass shooting in US history. Seen on May 12 in Nashville The 76-year-old musician told TMZ: 'In light of the recent events in Texas, I have decided it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week.  RELATED ARTICLES ...
    Former President Donald Trump has reportedly told his allies that he is concerned about the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade and how it could negatively impact his political aspirations if he chooses to run for president again in 2024. According to Rolling Stones, inside sources familiar with the situation have revealed Trump's assessment of the abortion controversy. The former president believes the looming abortion ban could turn "suburban women" against him; an adverse action that could greatly diminish his chances of re-election. "Suburban women have been a recurring concern for [former] President Trump, including during the 2020 campaign, when his smarter advisers were sounding the alarm to him about how he was losing suburbs," a source said, per Rolling Stone, adding, "He is … worried women in the suburbs could punish him for this one day, [too]." The former president has also raised concerns about the possibility of his "enemies" using abortion against him in the future as it is widely a Republican-motivated issue. Since the highly publicized leak of the U.S. Supreme Court's draft opinion on...
    Jimmy Kimmel has led the liberal freak out over Donald Trump's potential return to Twitter after Elon Musk confirmed the former president would be welcomed back once he completes his $44 billion takeover of the social media platform.  The late-night TV host poked fun at Trump during his opening monologue, calling the 75-year-old an 'infant' as he weighed in on his Twitter ban reversal.  'Speaking of babies, Elon Musk says that if his deal to buy Twitter goes through, he will reverse the ban on our infant former president, Donald Trump,' he joked on Tuesday night before quoting Musk who called the ban 'morally bad and foolish.'  'Oh good! We have the part-time DJ who makes flamethrowers and cars that fart in charge of morality now. The guy who named his kids Roman numerals will make sure they don’t do anything foolish!' he said of the billionaire.  Jimmy Kimmel (pictured) led the liberal freak out after Elon Musk confirmed former President Donald Trump would be allowed back on Twitter. He called the former president an 'infant' and slammed Musk as...
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk denied claims from the CEO of Truth Social that he was 'quietly encouraged' by former President Donald Trump to buy Twitter.  Devin Nunes, the CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group, claimed Trump spoke with Musk to push him to buy Twitter and that he was all for the $44 billion acquisition.  'President Trump basically, before Elon Musk bought it, actually said to go and buy it because the goal of our company is to build a community where people are in a family-friendly, safe environment,' Nunes told Fox Business on Thursday. On Friday, Musk called out Nunes' statement on Twitter, writing, 'This is false! I've had no communication, directly or indirectly, with Trump, who has publicly stated that he will be exclusively on Truth Social.'  Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes claimed both he and Donald Trump told Elon Musk to buy the social media platform before the Tesla CEO made his $44 billion acquisition Musk denied the claims and said he has not spoken to Trump about his deal Musk, the world's richest man, is...
    Voters are heading to the polls in Ohio Tuesday morning for the expensive and contentious primary election where it's still anyone's game to replace retiring GOP Senator Rob Portman.  Ohio's Republican race will put former President Donald Trump's influence to the test after he backed a candidate many GOP voters in the state claim isn't conservative enough – J.D. Vance. The wide open race shows Vance in the lead with 26.2 percent of the vote, according to a Trafalgar Group poll released Monday. But competitor and state Senator Matt Dolan isn't far behind with 22 percent and former state treasurer Josh Mandel earned 20 percent in the survey. 'Polls open in about 10 minutes here in Ohio, and I just want to say thank you to everyone,' Vance tweeted on Tuesday morning. 'To the volunteers and early supporters, to my staff and the campaign team, to my family who allowed me to do this, and to the people of Ohio who will vote today. God bless you all!' Author Vance is going up against six other candidates on the primary...
    (CNN)The Trump family's cooperation with the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol -- and Ivanka Trump's appearance in particular -- has proven useful in confirming other key testimony about the state of play inside the White House as well as then-President Donald Trump's state of mind that day.In a recent exclusive interview with CNN, committee Chairman Bennie Thompson gave the most extensive account yet of the testimony behind closed doors. "There were questions asked about what was she doing at the time that the insurrection was occurring at the Capitol, and she told us," the Mississippi Democrat said of Ivanka Trump. Investigators "asked certain questions about her awareness of what her father was doing. She told us." January 6 committee to hold 8 hearings in June, chairman saysWhile Thompson was careful to point out that Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law Jared Kushner did not give away any "trade secrets," and that their testimony was not against Trump himself, he said the couple did corroborate critical testimony from others who said the then-President...
    Piers Morgan thanked Donald Trump for a 'great interview' in audio obtained by DailyMail.com despite a preview of the interview from News Corp appearing to show the former president cutting it off early and storming out. After going for more than an hour back-and-forth with the television personality, Trump's staff told Morgan: 'We're an hour in, we need to wrap.' Morgan proceeded to get in about five more questions before he finally ended the interview. At that point, Trump asked for the cameras and lights to be turned off. 'That was a great interview. Thank you very much,' Morgan said to Trump.  The revelation of what appears to be a more cordial interview with the former president comes after Morgan's team put out a 30-second trailer previewing their sit down with what seemed like a confrontational Trump. Splices of several clips included a voiceover claiming Trump is a 'former president in denial' and shows him calling Morgan a 'fool'. It also shows Trump abruptly ending the interview, storming off set and ordering the crew to 'turn the cameras off.' 'Very...
    Washington (CNN)Members of President Donald Trump's family who work in his administration are "an influence that has to be dealt with," former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Tuesday. Though Kelly did not mention by name Trump's daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump or her husband Jared Kushner, who also serves as a senior adviser to the President, he regularly sparred with them during his tenure at the White House, which ended earlier this year. He also told Bloomberg Televisions' "The David Rubenstein Show" that he was not talking about first lady Melania Trump, whom he called "a wonderful person." CNN has reached out to the White House for comment on Kelly's remarks. What does Ivanka Trump do?The comments from the former chief of staff, who has kept a low profile since leaving his post in January, provide a fresh look at how he views the Trump family members working for the administration.Read MoreIvanka Trump's blurred line between staffer and daughter long irked Kelly, according to people familiar with the matter, who say his regimented sense of...