Donald Trump News Today: Trump nominee named special master in FBI raid as DoJ bid to take over investigation rejected

Jen Psaki says Democrats ‘love being up against’ Donald Trump ahead of midterms

A Florida judge has appointed Donald Trump’s nominee as special master in the FBI’s investigation into top-secret documents seized by agents from his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Judge Raymond Dearie will now examine documents seized during the raid on the former president’s property in August after Mr Trump successfully named one.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon also on Thursday denied the Justice Department’s request to resume its criminal investigation into the seized classified documents. Judge Cannon said she was unwilling to accept government claims that nearly 100 documents from Mr Trump’s estate were classified.

“The court does not find it appropriate to accept the government’s findings on these important and contentious issues without further review by a neutral third party in a timely and orderly manner,” the judge said in his ruling.

Earlier, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reportedly complied with a Justice Department subpoena related to the investigation into the events surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. He is the longest-serving member of the Trump administration to comply with such an order.


Trump won’t pick Pence as running mate in 2024 after former VP’s ‘political suicide’

Former President Donald Trump says in a new book that he won’t choose his former Vice President Mike Pence to serve as his running mate if he launches another White House bid in 2024.

Mr. Trump made the remarks in The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021written by Peter Baker of The New York Times and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker, The Guardian reported. Mr Baker and Ms Glasser interviewed Mr Trump in April and November last year.


John Fetterman is hunting for votes in Trump’s ‘ruby red’ country – can he find them?

The Independent‘s Richard Hall tells how John Fetterman, a very different type of Democrat, hopes to whittle away Trump’s support in rural Pennsylvania.


ICYMI | Melania told Trump he was ‘blowing that’ into Covid handling

Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, was reportedly so disturbed by her husband’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic that she began calling his response ‘wrong’.

News of one of the former president’s closest confidants, among others, expressing doubts about his ability to handle critical geopolitical issues comes from a forthcoming book by New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker and New Yorker CNN Global Affairs Writer and Analyst, Susan Glasser.

CNN has obtained an early copy of the book.

In one of the book’s most damning passages, the two veteran reporters cite interviews with Trump insiders who were able to confirm that the president’s one-term partner was concerned about how his administration was responding to the pandemic.

Reporting by Johanna Chisholm.


New York AG may sue Trump after rejecting settlement offer in fraud investigation

New York State’s law enforcement chief may soon file a civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, his eponymous real estate and licensing conglomerate, and at least one of his adult children after the proposed settlement by The twice-impeached ex-president who reportedly ended a years-long investigation into whether his companies defrauded state tax authorities has been dismissed.

Andrew Feinberg has the details.


Trump threatens ‘big trouble’ if indicted

Former President Donald Trump hinted Thursday that his supporters could engage in a protracted campaign of violence if he were to be indicted for any crimes uncovered in criminal investigations into his conduct.

Speaking on Tory broadcaster Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Mr Trump said an indictment would not deter him from running for president as he would have ‘no ban on running’ .

“But I think if that happened, I think you would have problems in this country like we may never have seen before. I don’t think the people of the United States would tolerate that,” he said. -he adds.

When asked what kinds of trouble he foresees if he is charged with a crime, Mr Trump added ominously: “I think you’d be in big trouble – big trouble.”

“I just don’t think they [his supporters] would bear it. They won’t,” he said. “They won’t stand still and put up with this ultimate hoax.”

Andrew Feinberg has more.


Biden appoints U.S. attorney for Florida Mar-a-Lago District

President Joe Biden has appointed a Miami litigator and longtime government attorney to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the office currently involved in the Justice Department’s investigation into the classified files of the Mar-a-Lago estate of former President Donald Trump.

Markenzy Lapointe would replace Juan Antonio “Tony” Gonzalez, who was one of South Florida’s top prosecutors involved in the investigation of the classified records and the debate over whether a judge should appoint a special master to examine the documents taken by the FBI in the search.


Democrats push back same-sex marriage vote past midterm

Democrats vote to protect same-sex and interracial marriages until after November’s midterm elections, backing down just days after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised to brief the Senate on the issue “in the coming weeks”.


Trump claims ‘absolute authority’ to declassify files

Donald Trump has claimed he has “the absolute right” to declassify top secret documents federal agents found at his Mar-a-Lago mansion.

The one-term president made the statement during an appearance on Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show this week and insisted he would not be prosecuted for it.

Graeme Massie listened to the interview.


Mitt Romney defends GOP governors for sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney had no sympathy for Democratic leaders in cities and states across the country on Thursday after news broke that GOP governors were stepping up efforts to transport groups of migrants to their jurisdictions.

The campaign, spearheaded by Greg Abbott of Texas and now joined by Ron DeSantis of Florida, aims to embarrass the Biden administration by taking the issue of immigration enforcement into the hands of the state. In recent months, governors have found groups of undocumented migrants and tricked them through various means into accepting bus rides, a dozen at a time, out of state to unknown destinations.

John Bowden has the story.


Protesters heckle GOP senators over Lindsey Graham’s proposed nationwide abortion ban

Republican senators were heckled in downtown Washington DC on Tuesday night as they attended a gala hosted by an anti-abortion group celebrating the fall of Roe versus Wade.

A handful of GOP lawmakers were guests of honor at an event hosted by Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, an anti-abortion nonprofit named after the famous (and staunchly religious) women’s rights activist . Among those present were the two US senators from South Carolina, Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham.

About 100 protesters gathered outside the National Building Museum in the late afternoon and chanted slogans that included “our bodies our choice” and “pro-life is a lie, you don’t care if people die.”

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