‘I’m a more honest man than you’: Trump ends Piers Morgan interview
Donald Trump’s disgraced former campaign manager Paul Manafort is being sued by the Justice Department for $3 million he owes in penalties for failing to declare foreign financial interests for several years.
Mr Manafort was sentenced to prison in 2019 after being found guilty of various offenses including bank fraud, money laundering and illegal lobbying. The charges emerged from Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian agents and interests.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump has finally posted on his Truth Social app after months of silence. “I’M BACK! #COVFEFE,” he wrote, alongside a photo of the ex-president on the phone at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
Despite the hopes of various right-wing Republicans, Mr Trump insisted he would not return to Twitter even if Elon Musk reinstated his account. In fact, he said he doesn’t see social platforms as rivals.
January 6: Raskin explains why interviewing Trump is such a tricky business
Jamie Raskin, a member of the January 6 committee, spoke with the Washington Post on his panel’s ongoing work, explaining that only a “fraction” of the evidence he has collected has so far become public, predicting an early September release date for a report and outlining some of the committee’s thoughts as he ponders how to ask Donald Trump himself to testify.
Committee chairman Bennie Thompson said yesterday that the committee will hold at least eight public hearings starting in June, with a mix of daytime and evening sessions aimed at “telling the story” of the riot.
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Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 2:30 p.m.
JD Vance gets a boost from Josh Hawley
Donald Trump’s decision to endorse JD Vance in the Ohio Senate race set many conservatives in check, and it put him on a different team than various Fox News pundits and even senators in exercise, including Ted Cruz.
But as Mr Vance, once a laggard, bounces atop the crowded field on the back of approval, he has begun to attract support from other types of establishments – and the latest to enter the fray is the Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who along with Turning Charlie Kirk of Point USA will be looking for Mr. Vance starting this weekend.
Mr. Hawley, lest we forget, stood with Mr. Cruz in opposing the 2020 election outcome even after Trump supporters violently stormed the halls of Congress in an attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.
Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 2:00 p.m.
Far-right congressman retweets ‘war on white people’ claim
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar, one of the most extreme members of the House GOP, was recently outraged for speaking at an openly white nationalist conference — and as he claimed at the time he wasn’t fully aware of the racist inclination of the event, he has now shared a remarkably blunt tweet from Charlie Kirk, the notoriously troll organizer of hardcore conservative band Turning Point USA.
Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 1:30 p.m.
ICYMI: Homeland Security Secretary responds to Republicans’ ‘deeply offensive’ questioning
In a House hearing yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas found himself accused of ‘treason’ by Trumpist Republican Congressman Ken Buck, who compared him to Benedict Arnold, the infamous revolutionary war traitor.
Left with little time to respond, a visibly appalled Mr Mayorkas remarked: ‘It’s so deeply offensive on so many different levels, in so many different ways. I won’t ask you for an apology.
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Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 1:00 p.m.
Donald Trump Jr delivers damning verdict on Ukraine
The Trump family’s relationship with Ukraine has been messy to say the least, with the ex-president sending Rudy Giuliani to investigate Hunter Biden’s dealings there while trying to extort the government into investigating the case by withholding military aid. Now Mr Trump’s son Donald Jr has weighed in, criticizing Joe Biden for sending the country billions of dollars in aid as he retaliates against a violent Russian assault.
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Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 12:25 p.m.
Trump-backed candidate suggests Hannity viewers take cognitive tests
Pennsylvania Senate candidate and controversial TV doctor Dr Mehmet Oz, who was endorsed by Donald Trump to the dismay of many conservatives, spoke to Fox News’ Sean Hannity last night about alleged issues with Joe Biden’s cognition — and oddly suggested that the host’s own viewers head to his website to take cognitive tests themselves.
Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 11:55 a.m.
Feds demand nearly $3 million from Manafort in undisclosed accounts
The Justice Department is suing former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, seeking to recover nearly $3 million from undeclared foreign bank accounts.
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Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 11:20 a.m.
Tennessee Republican backs burning banned books in schools
Tennessee is one of the frontline states in the growing conservative effort to purge school libraries and curricula of “inappropriate” content, a definition that can encompass everything from depictions of nudity to discussion of racial, sexual and gender equality. And a recent moment in the state legislature embodied what is happening in some quarters.
Like Alex Woodward reports, state Rep. Jerry Sexton introduced an amendment to the upcoming legislation that, if added to the bill, would require the commission to review the contents of every public school library in the state and give the power to reject them entirely.
Asked by a fellow Democrat what would be done with the books, Mr Sexton replied: ‘I have no idea, but I would burn them.’
Among the books in question is Maus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, which was notoriously banned by a rural school board in Tennessee, some of whose members admitted never having read it. The ban made international headlines and propelled the book to bestseller lists.
Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 11:00 a.m.
Bill Barr tells Newsmax Trump shouldn’t be nominated in 2024
While he served Donald Trump with extreme loyalty during his tenure as attorney general, constantly raising alarm that the independence of the Justice Department was seriously compromised, Bill Barr has since turned on his former boss – and now, s Speaking to former Trump spokesman Sean Spicer on Newsmax, he said the ex-president should not be the Republicans’ 2024 nominee.
Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 10:32 am
Member of the January 6 committee on McCarthy’s communications with Trump
Speaking on MSNBC last night, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren from the Jan. 6 committee discussed the implications of recently released audio recordings of Kevin McCarthy discussing Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol riot.
Ms Lofgren confirmed that the committee would send another letter asking Mr McCarthy for his testimony, which he has so far refused to give – and noted that the published private conversations are “not so different” from what the GOP leader said in public immediately after the uprising.
Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 10:05 a.m.