Trump calls Jan 6 a ‘beautiful day’ during CNN town hall

A top attorney to former President Donald Trump is leaving his legal defence effort, and blaming Mr Trump’s top aide Boris Epshteyn for supposedly being dishonest and unforthcoming in his work to assist the ex-president’s lawyers with his defence against an investigation into whether he retained classified documents illegally.

His exit comes as the National Archives announced it found a trove of records proving that Donald Trump and his advisors knew they were breaking rules by taking those classified documents to Mar-a-Lago, according to a report.

The agency sent a letter, obtained by CNN, to Mr Trump this week revealing it had found 16 records showing he and his top advisers were aware of the correct declassification process when he was president.

“The 16 records in question all reflect communications involving close presidential advisers, some of them directed to you personally, concerning whether, why, and how you should declassify certain classified records,” wrote archivist Debra Steidel Wall.

These records will be turned over to Special Counsel Jack Smith as part of the criminal investigation into Mr Trump’s handling of classified documents.


Ex-Trump lawyer reveals in-fighting among former president’s legal team

An attorney working Donald Trump’s legal team has quit, citing in-fighting among the former president’s inner circle.

In an interview with CNN on Saturday, Timothy Parlatore explained that the reason for his departure was ongoing friction with Boris Epshteyn, another legal adviser to Mr Trump.

Mr Epshteyn, according to Mr Parlatore, has been stonewalling the legal team in their attempts to ascertain whether all presidential records that Mr Trump took with him when he left the White House had been turned over to the National Archives.

John Bowden has the story:

John Bowden22 May 2023 08:00


Trump attorney quits legal team

One of Donald Trump’s attorneys, Timothy Parlatore, has departed the former president’s legal team and in a statement Saturday accused a top adviser to Mr Trump of being dishonest.

In an interview with CNN, he said that Mr Trump’s aide Boris Epshteyn was stonewalling members of the legal team and preventing them from adequately defending the former president against an investigation into whether he illegally retained classified documents.

“The real reason is because there are certain individuals that made defending the president much harder than it needed to be,” said Mr Parlatore on Saturday. “There is one individual who works for him, Boris Epshteyn, who had really done everything he could to try to block us, to prevent us from doing what we could to defend the president.”

John Bowden22 May 2023 08:00


CNN’s Christiane Amanpour criticises network over Trump town hall

CNN’s town hall with Donald Trump proved so divisive that even its own staff have taken issue with the event – with Christiane Amanpour the latest of the network’s high-profile names to voice their dissatisfaction.

The New Hampshire event drew 3.3 million viewers, who watched as the former president sparred with CNN moderator Kaitlan Collins, whom Mr Trump referred to as a “nasty person”.

Speaking in an address to Columbia Journalism School on Wednesday, Amanpour said if she were Collins, she would have “dropped the mic” as soon as Mr Trump called her nasty, adding that she had spoken with the network’s CEO Chris Licht and told him the ex-president should not have been able “to appear in that particular format”.

John Bowden22 May 2023 07:00


Village People slap Trump with cease-and-desist after his ‘Macho Man’ dance

70’s disco band the Village People has asked Donald Trump to stop using impersonators while playing their music without consent.

The wife of one of the band members on Monday sent a cease-and-desist letter to the former president, according to reports.

Mr Trump has been using the band’s songs such as “YMCA” and “Macho Man” at his events and rallies for years now.

John Bowden22 May 2023 06:00


Trump campaign knocks DeSantis over Disney’s cancelled Florida expansion

Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign is going after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the news that Disney is cancelling a $1bn plan to expand its business in Florida.

The campaign for the former president to return to the White House sent out a fundraising email on 18 May after the news broke about the shelving of the planned relocation of some thousands of staff to the Orlando area.

Headlined: “President Trump is always right”, the email included a Truth Social post from Mr Trump dated 18 April.

Oliver O’Connell and Alex Woodward report:

John Bowden22 May 2023 05:00


The most disturbing allegations from the Giuliani lawsuit

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and personal attorney to Donald Trump, has been hit by a $10m sexual assault and harassment lawsuit from a former aide who worked for him between 2019 and 2021.

In a civil complaint filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday, Mr Giuliani’s ex-employee Noelle Dunphy, 43, alleges that he began sexually abusing her almost immediately after hiring her as an off-the-books business development director and public relations consultant in January 2019, thereafter routinely pestering her for sex, drinking to excess, withholding her salary, bragging about being able to sell presidential pardons for $2 million apiece and engaging in alcohol-fuelled racist rants.

John Bowden21 May 2023 20:15


Damning new evidence spells trouble for Trump in Mar-a-Lago classified documents probe

Donald Trump’s legal troubles could be heating up after the National Archives found a trove of records proving the former president knew he shouldn’t have taken classified documents to Mar-a-Lago, according to a report.

The National Archives sent a letter, obtained by CNN, to Mr Trump this week revealing that it had found 16 presidential records showing he and his top advisers were aware of the correct declassification process when he was in the White House.

John Bowden21 May 2023 19:30


Chris Christie could enter 2024 race for president in a matter of days

Chris Christie will reportedly be entering the 2024 presidential race soon.

The Republican former New Jersey governor will make an announcement in a matter of days, and focus on the key primary state of New Hampshire, according to New Hampshire Today, citing multiple anonymous sources with knowledge of the campaign.

Josh Marcus has more in The Independent:

John Bowden21 May 2023 18:49


Trump uses Tim Scott’s announcement to mock Ron DeSantis

Former president Donald Trump’s campaign used the entrance of Sen Tim Scott (R – South Carolina) into the 2024 Republican presidential race to hit his main rival, Florida governor Ron DeSantis.

Mr Scott, the Senate’s sole Black Republican, filed paperwork to run for president. He is largely expected to announce his candidacy on Monday.

But Mr Trump’s campaign spokesman Taylor Budowich used Mr Scott’s planned announcement to continue the campaign’s attacks on Mr DeSantis.

John Bowden21 May 2023 18:04


Trump-supporting congressman dodges on six-week abortion ban

Rep Byron Donalds, a freshman Florida Republican who became a standout member of his caucus during the negotiations over the speaker’s gavel in January, wouldn’t commit on Sunday to supporting a six-week abortion ban at the national level. Such a ban has been introduced as legislation by Republicans in numerous states, including Florida where it recently became law.

Watch the moment, via Meet the Press:

John Bowden21 May 2023 17:10

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