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Donald Trump is reportedly ready to “burn it all down” as several investigations into his and his family’s conduct begin to close in on him.
The former president’s role in sowing distrust over the outcome of the 2020 election result is being looked at by the 6 January House Select Committee, while his company’s financial affairs are also being forensically examined by investigators in New York.
In a statement posted by spokesperson Liz Harrington on Tuesday, Mr Trump once against attacked the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, and said the panel should be focusing on Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, rather than himself.
He wrote: “The Unselect Committee should be investigating why Nancy Pelosi did such a poor job of overseeing security and why Mike Pence did not send back the votes for recertification or approval, in that it has now been shown that he clearly had the right to do so!”
Mr Trump said over the weekend that he would like to pardon January 6 rioters, an idea that has been dismissed by many in the Republican Party including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Donald Trump calls charges against 6 Jan attendees ‘out of proportion’
Former president Donald Trump said that the charges against attendees of 6 January are “out of proportion” and claimed that “these people are being persecuted.”
In an interview with Newsmax, Mr Trump said that the charges and sentences so far have been “like 20 times out of proportion. These people are being persecuted.”
He added: “These people are in jail, in a horrible, disgusting, dirty jail so bad that the court system – which is very left – is angry that people have to live like this. And some of these people are not guilty. Many of these people are not guilty.”
Maroosha Muzaffar2 February 2022 04:40
Donald Trump says Lindsey Graham is ‘wrong’ after senator claims Trump’s pardons inappropriate
After Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called Donald Trump’s promise to pardon all 6 January arrestees “inappropriate,” the former president lashed out at him and said that he is “wrong.”
During an interview with Newsmax, Mr Trump said: “Lindsey Graham’s wrong. I mean, Lindsey’s a nice guy, but he’s a RINO [Republican in name only]. Lindsey’s wrong.”
Mr Trump added: “I would absolutely be prepared, and Lindsey Graham doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about if he says that because you have to have equal justice.”
During a weekend rally, Mr Trump had suggested that he would pardon all 6 January arrestees — he considers them political prisoners, not offenders.
“It’s very, very unfair what’s happened to this group of people,” he added.
Maroosha Muzaffar2 February 2022 04:20
Trump admits he wanted Pence to ‘overturn’ election
“If the Vice President (Mike Pence) had ‘absolutely no right’ to change the Presidential Election results in the Senate, despite fraud and many other irregularities, how come the Democrats and RINO Republicans, like Wacky Susan Collins, are desperately trying to pass legislation that will not allow the Vice President to change the results of the election?” Mr Trump seethed in a statement on Sunday. “Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away. Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!”
Nathan Place2 February 2022 04:00
New York AG subpoenas records on Trump’s DC hotel
New York attorney general Letitia James’s long-running investigation into former President Donald Trump’s financial practices has expanded to include the process by which his real estate company won the lease on the historic Washington, DC building where his DC hotel is located.
According to The Washington Post, Ms James’s office has subpoenaed records from the General Services Administration – the government agency that manages federal real estate – pertaining to the process by which the GSA leased the historic Old Post Office building for renovation and redevelopment.
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Nathan Place2 February 2022 03:00
Trump rages as investigations close in on him
The recent avalanche of furious statements from Donald Trump come at an interesting juncture, just as multiple investigations make headway against him.
The former president’s role in sowing distrust over the outcome of the 2020 election result is being looked at by the 6 January Select Committee, while his company’s financial affairs are also being forensically examined by investigators in New York.
Here’s a look at the legal trouble surrounding Mr Trump’s “burn it all down” moment:
Nathan Place2 February 2022 02:00
Here’s what Trump said about ‘investigating’ Mike Pence
Donald Trump fumed on Tuesday that the Capitol riot committee should not be investigating the attempted coup, but his former vice president’s refusal to go along with it.
“The Unselect Committee should be investigating why Nancy Pelosi did such a poor job of overseeing security and why Mike Pence did not send back the votes for recertification or approval, in that it has now been shown that he clearly had the right to do so!” Mr Trump raged in a statement.
Here’s a look at what the former president said:
Nathan Place2 February 2022 01:00
Senator Ben Ray Lujan hospitalised after suffering stroke
In a statement, Mr Lujan’s chief of staff Carlos Sanchez said the first-term senator checked himself into Christus St. Vincent Regional Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Thursday after “experiencing dizziness and fatigue”.
Oliver O’Connell2 February 2022 00:25
Trump war chest tops $122bn
Former President Donald Trump continued a massive fundraising blitz through the end of 2021 and now has more than $122m cash on hand, his political team announced on Monday.
The ex-president remains in control of a fundraising juggernaut with more than 1.6 million individual donations, 98 per cent of which were under $200. The haul is on par with numbers his team was seeing during his two presidential campaigns, and shows little sign of slowing down ahead of either the 2022 midterms or the 2024 presidential race, when Mr Trump is thought to be considering a third bid for the presidency.
Naturally, he couldn’t help but complain that the news hadn’t received more coverage in the media, griping at The New York Times in a tweet issued by his spokesperson.
Oliver O’Connell1 February 2022 23:55
Someone apparently had to tape official Trump White House documents back together
The National Archives has said that some of the documents handed over by former president Donald Trump to the House Select Committee probing last year’s 6 January’s Capitol Hill riots had been ripped and had to be taped back.
In a statement to The Washington Post and CNN, the National Archives said that some of the records handed over by the White House “included paper records that had been torn up by former President Trump”.
While the National Archives did not confirm to CNN how it knew that the papers were ripped apart by Mr Trump himself, the Archives said that some documents had not been reconstructed at all.
Sravasti Dasgupta has the story.
Oliver O’Connell1 February 2022 23:25
Liz Cheney raises record funds in Wyoming House race
The Donald Trump-backed opponent of Liz Cheney finished 2021 with what in any previous year would have been a major fundraising haul for Wyoming but amounted to a small fraction of the over $2 million raised by Cheney for her best quarter yet.
Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman raised $443,000 over the last three months of the year, similar to what Cheney raised in her last full quarter before winning a third term in 2020.
Oliver O’Connell1 February 2022 23:10