Donald Trump News Today: Pence wanted for questioning in Jan. 6 probe into attempted annulment of election

Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump investigations

The Justice Department is reportedly seeking to interview Mike Pence as part of its ongoing investigation into Jan. 6 and Donald Trump’s months-long effort to void the 2020 election.

Mr. Pence, its vice-president, was in the capital at the time of the attack to take part in the certification of the results. His life was directly threatened by rioters during the attack, and his security team was forced to rush him to a secure position a few meters from where the attackers had entered the building.

Since then, Mr. Pence has made it clear that Mr. Trump’s actions during the riot put his family at risk. The news is the first confirmation that the DoJ’s Jan. 6 investigation has definitely expanded to include the highest levels of the White House after months of pursuing lower-level offenders as well as members of a militia of right accused of seditious conspiracy.

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Trump rages at Bill Barr for saying it’s increasingly likely the ex-president will face criminal charges

Calling him ‘sloppy’, ‘weak’ and a ‘disgruntled former employee’, Donald Trump lashed out at his former attorney general this week after Bill Barr suggested he thought he was now likely that federal prosecutors would indict him for keeping documents at Mar-à-Lago.

Mr Trump also claimed the Mar-a-Lago documents affair was a hoax. “He knows nothing about the document hoax, and as a lawyer and former AG, he shouldn’t talk.”

Read more about Mr. Trump’s latest meltdown in response to the betrayal of a former ally:

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 06:20

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Judge warns Trump he needs a lawyer days before E Jean Carroll files rape complaint

A federal judge has warned Donald Trump to decide on his lawyers, and quickly, ahead of an upcoming lawsuit from writer E Jean Carroll accusing Mr Trump of raping her at a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.

The warning came on Tuesday, during a conference in a defamation lawsuit Ms Carroll filed after Mr Trump called the writer’s allegations, first aired in an excerpt from his memoirs published in New York magazine, false and an attempt to advertise.

“Your client has known this has been happening for months, and he would be well advised to decide who is representing him,” U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan told Alina Habba, the former president’s attorney in the case on Tuesday. defamation.

Read more about new developments in the case in The Independent:

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 05:20

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Why do Democrats care about Donald Trump’s tax returns?

The Supreme Court has dealt the final blow to Donald Trump in his years-long battle to protect his congressional tax returns.

It was a victory for Democrats on an issue that seems almost ancient now – the issue of Mr. Trump’s finances has been pushed into the background for many media outlets and Democrats, especially after Jan. 6 and Mr. Trump’s efforts to cancel the 2020 elections.

With the House Ways and Means Committee now ready to receive copies of Mr. Trump’s tax returns from many years back, it’s worth looking back to refresh our memories and learn exactly why these documents are so important. .

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 04:20

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Tucker Carlson guest says shootings will continue until ‘diabolical agenda’ of gender-affirming care ends

Twitter users who have shown support for gay and transgender Americans reacted with shock and disgust after a guest on Tucker Carlon’s hugely popular Fox show claimed more attacks like the Colorado Springs shootings would happen unless doctors stop providing voluntary gender-affirming care to every American. .

It was a moment seen as a direct threat of violence by those who posted the video on Twitter and came as some conservatives loudly protested being linked to the same rhetoric that is now accused of inspiring the attack.

Read more about the right-wing response to what looks increasingly like the most violent act specifically targeting a gay community since the Pulse nightclub shooting:

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 03:20

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Trump’s long-teased offer to the White House is low key in the first week

From his defeated departure from the White House last year, Donald Trump teased the prospect of a third presidential campaign. But in the week since he officially declared his candidacy, the former president has been uncharacteristically low-key.

There was no massive stadium launch gathering, remarkable for someone who has turned such events into a signature of his public life. His recently restored Twitter account, which helped fuel his political rise nearly a decade ago, remains silent with his more than 87 million followers.

With parts of the GOP in open rebellion, is Donald Trump really still the leader of the party?

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 2:27 a.m.

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Montana man gets 3 years in prison for role in Capitol riot

A Montana man who was among the first to illegally enter the US Capitol as Congress certified President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election has been sentenced to just over three years in federal prison.

Joshua Hughes, 39, and his brother, Jerod Hughes, 37, pleaded guilty in August to obstructing official process.

Learn more about this lawsuit and others involving Jan. 6 defendants as the DoJ expands its investigation to include former President Donald Trump himself:

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 01:20

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One setback after another for Donald Trump – but does it really matter?

The bad news is linked for Donald Trump. Following some of his high-profile endorsements getting the thumbs down from the electorate was his low-energy 2024 kickoff speech. Videos showed some of his own guests trying to escape as he snaked endlessly, moaning and squinting for all he was worth. Even Fox News cut for a while, perhaps to give its viewers a much needed break.

Absent from the speech were high profile supporters – including his own daughter and former assistant, Ivanka. But that’s no reason to count the former president just yet, writes Phillip Thomas in The Independent:

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 12:24 a.m.

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Like a Thanksgiving turkey, Joe Biden was ‘forgiven’ by midterms

If there was one particularly light-hearted joke about Joe Biden this week as he forgave the Chocolate and Chip turkeys, which had been brought over from North Carolina, it was understandable: Biden, now 80, was leaving for a family reunion in Nantucket after watching Democrats enjoy a midterm election result that hasn’t improved in 20 years.

Seeing a potential “red wave” and successfully clinging to the Senate, despite its low approval rating, a turbulent economy and a historical precedent that says the parties that occupy the White House tend to hurt each other in this cycle, the midterms might have also acted as the Democrats’ own pardon of sorts to the president.

Andrew Buncombe has more on the reprieve of the president in The Independent:

John BowdenNovember 23, 2022 11:15 p.m.

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Herschel Walker makes awkward ‘erection’ blunder amid abortion scandal

Former football star turned Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker appeared to confuse the democratic process with a highly sensitive anatomical process when he erroneously referred to an aroused male sex organ during an interview on Fox News.

Flanked by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Mr Walker was fielding a question from Fox News host Sean Hannity when he committed the Freudian slip.

Watch the moment and read more in this article from Andrew Feinbergfor The Independent:

John BowdenNovember 23, 2022 10:10 p.m.

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Arizona GOP governor praises Katie Hobbs as Kari Lake swears she won’t concede

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey congratulated Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs on her victory in the race on Wednesday even as her GOP opponent Kari Lake did not back down.

The race was called a week ago, but Ms Lake and her supporters have alleged that long queues and printer problems in constituencies are evidence of wrongdoing in the electoral process. His supporters have also long suspected fraud will take place given their buy-in to Donald Trump’s 2020 conspiracies as well as the fact that Ms Hobbs oversees the agency that runs state elections as secretary of state.

Despite their complaints, Lake’s campaign has yet to present credible evidence of widespread fraud or voting problems in precincts that could have had a measurable effect on the election results.

John BowdenNovember 23, 2022 9:30 p.m.

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