Donald Trump vows to stay in 2024 race if he faces criminal charges
Donald Trump has claimed that he will be arrested on Tuesday in a furious Truth Social post calling for protests to “take our nation back”.
Law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels are preparing for the possibility that Mr Trump may be indicted as early as next week in relation to the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, according to NBC News.
Meanwhile, a federal judge ordered Mr Trump’s attorney Evan Corcoran to give evidence before a grand jury regarding conversations he had with the former president relating to the trove of classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida. The ruling pierces attorney-client privilege the pair would have otherwise been protected by.
On social media, Mr Trump triumphantly returned to Facebook and posted no less than eight videos to his Truth Social account on Friday. Earlier, YouTube announced an end to his ban from the platform. The video-sharing site and all other social media sites de-platformed the former president in the aftermath of the Capitol riot on 6 January 2021 for inciting violence.
‘I’M BACK!’: Trump returns to Facebook
Former president announced his return to Facebook on Friday with a video after the social media giant reinstated him.
Oliver O’Connell18 March 2023 12:45
Trump claims he will be arrested on Tuesday and calls for protests to ‘take our nation back’
Donald Trump has claimed that he will be arrested on Tuesday and called for protests to “take our nation back”.
In a furious all-caps post on his Truth Social page, the former president railed against “a corrupt & highly political Manhattan district attorney’s office” which is likely to bring charges against Mr Trump over a hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.
David Taintor18 March 2023 12:17
Mar-a-Lago papers probe: Trump lawyer must give evidence on conversations with ex-president
The chief judge of the Washington, DC federal district court has ordered Evan Corcoran, the Maryland-based attorney who represented former president Donald Trump in the weeks leading up to the 8 August FBI search of his Palm Beach, Florida property, to give evidence before a grand jury regarding conversations he had with Mr Trump about efforts to find and return classified documents to the US government.
According to multiple reports, Judge Beryl Howell granted a request made by Jack Smith, the DOJ special counsel supervising multiple probes into Mr Trump, to pierce the attorney-client privilege Mr Corcoran would normally enjoy as a member of the ex-president’s legal team.
Andrew Feinberg reports on the latest development in the case from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell18 March 2023 11:45
Law enforcement agencies planning security for possible Trump indictment
The network cites five senior officials familiar with the preparations.
Oliver O’Connell18 March 2023 10:45
Brett Kavanaugh’s former roommate could decide Trump’s fate
The new chief judge at the District Court in Washington, DC who will oversee the special counsel investigations into former President Donald Trump by the Department of Justice was once a roommate of Trump Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh while they were at law school.
Judge James Boasberg, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, has been lauded by both Republican and Democratic presidents in the past.
Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell18 March 2023 09:15
Ron DeSantis watched Guantanamo prisoner being tortured
A former detainee of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp has claimed that Florida governor and 2024 presidential contender Ron DeSantis witnessed him being tortured during the time he was stationed there.
Mansoor Adayfi, a Yemeni citizen who was held for 14 years on the US Naval base in Cuba, told The Independent in an extraordinary interview that he was brutally force-fed by camp staff during a hunger strike in 2006, and that Mr DeSantis was present for at least one of those sessions.
Richard Hall reports for The Independent.
Oliver O’Connell18 March 2023 07:45
Pence says Buttigieg ‘can’t take a joke’ as he doubles down on homophobic comment
Former Vice President Mike Pence has doubled down on the homophobic comments he made about Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg during his speech at the Gridiron Dinner in Washington, DC.
Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell18 March 2023 06:15
How Trump’s team plans to launch ‘smear campaign’ against Manhattan DA
Two of Mr Trump’s political allies told The New York Times that his campaign is preparing for a “political war” if or when DA Alvin Bragg’s office indicts the former president over the hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Rachel Sharp has the story.
Oliver O’Connell18 March 2023 04:45
Trump revels in his achievements for farmers and makes it awkward
Donald Trump posted another video (the seventh today) reveling in his achievements for farmers in battling China and doing away with death taxes on farms.
It wouldn’t be a Trump video without some level of awkward phrasing or bizarre overemphasis — watch below as he makes a point of telling farmers wondering about estate planning: “If you don’t love your children so much — and there are some people who don’t and maybe deservedly so — it won’t matter, because frankly, you don’t have to leave them anything.”
Oliver O’Connell18 March 2023 03:15
Different styles on display in Trump v DeSantis
While DeSantis has taken a cloistered approach, Trump has been maximizing his interactions with voters and the press as he begins to visit early voting states — an effort that aides say is part of a larger push to contrast Trump’s strengths with DeSantis’ perceived weaknesses.
Trump vs. DeSantis: Rivals’ very different styles on display
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a leading Republican presidential prospect who has emerged as a potent force in national politics while avoiding the personal connections, intimate moments and unscripted questions that have long fueled successful White House bids
Oliver O’Connell18 March 2023 02:15