Trump calls Jan 6 a ‘beautiful day’ during CNN town hall
Donald Trump has lashed out what he described as “cockroaches” in Washington, DC, following the release of the Durham report.
The 300-page report – from an investigation led by Trump-appointed special counsel John Durham – railed against the FBI for opening a probe into alleged ties between Mr Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.
“THEY ARE SCUM, LIKE COCKROACHES ALL OVER WASHINGTON, DC,” the former president frothed on Truth Social in response to the findings.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s name has cropped up in a bombshell $10m lawsuit brought against Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and his former personal attorney.
Mr Giuliani’s former aide Noelle Dunphy is suing him over sexual harassment that she alleges took place between 2019 and 2021 while she worked for him as a business development manager and public relations consultant. Mr Giuliani has strongly denied the claims.
In the lawsuit, Ms Dunphy also claims that she was told that her employer and then-president Mr Trump were offering to sell presidential pardons for $2m apiece.
She further claims that she was forced to give Mr Giuliani oral sex while he was on speakerphone to Mr Trump.
Accounts of Trump’s inappropriate behavior validated by Access Hollywood tape
A 2016 story in The New York Times included accounts from more than 50 women who had become acquainted with the future president over the years, either socially or professionally, or as models or beauty pageant contestants.
The Times said the women’s stories showed a history of “unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct” in settings ranging from construction sites of his projects, at his various homes, beauty pageant dressing rooms, and his eponymous Manhattan skyscraper.
These written accounts of alleged bad behavior — all of which Mr Trump and his spokespersons have strenuously denied — surfaced again and again throughout Mr Trump’s 2016 campaign, and were further validated by what became known as the “Access Hollywood tape” in October 2016.
Andrew FeinbergMay 17, 2023 09:00
Trump-backed Daniel Cameron to face Democratic Kentucky governor Andy Beshear in November
Daniel Cameron won the Republican primary for Kentucky governor on Tuesday, becoming the first major-party Black nominee for governor in the state’s history and setting up a November showdown with Democratic incumbent Andy Beshear.
Mr Cameron, the state’s attorney general who was endorsed by former president Donald Trump, claimed a convincing victory over a 12-candidate field that included Kelly Craft, who served as United Nations ambassador in the Trump administration, and state agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles.
Mr Beshear easily dispatched two under-the-radar Democratic challengers in his own primary.
Mr Cameron, the state’s first Black attorney general, would be the state’s first Black governor if elected. He played up the historic nature of his nomination in his victory speech Tuesday, saying his campaign aims to “embody the promise of America, that if you work hard and if you stand on principle, anything is possible.”
“To anyone who looks like me, knows that you can achieve anything,” Mr Cameron told his supporters. “Know that in this country and in Kentucky, all that matters are your values.”
The race now shifts to the election, which will be one of November’s most closely watched contests and could provide clues heading into next year’s presidential race. Mr Beshear, a popular Democratic governor, will face a tough re-election bid in a Republican-dominated state after a first term marked by a series of tragedies – the Covid-19 pandemic, natural disasters and a mass shooting that killed one of his closest friends of the.
namita singhMay 17, 2023 08:30
‘When you’re a star, they let you do it’
On 7 October 2016 — one month before voters went to the polls on Election Day — The Washington Post published a video taken of Mr Trump and then-NBC host Billy Bush.
The footage was taken on a bus while the two men were traveling to a taping of Access Hollywood eleven years prior to the 2016 campaign. The film’s audio track included a lewd exchange in which Mr Trump described his efforts to seduce a woman who he knew to be married, starting with an unwanted kiss.
“I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything,” he said.
While some top Republicans strongly condemned the then-GOP presidential nominee—with a few even calling on him to drop off the Republican ticket—Mr Trump remained defiant and shrugged off the criticism.
A month later, he was elected president of the United States.
Andrew FeinbergMay 17, 2023 08:00
Durham report takesaways: A ‘seriously flawed’ Russia investigation and its lasting impact on the FBI
A 306-page report by Justice Department special counsel John Durham is refocusing negative attention on one of the most politically significant investigations in FBI history: the probe into whether Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was colluding with Russia to tip the outcome of the election.
Here is a look at some of the best findings of the Durham report:
namita singhMay 17, 2023 07:30
Village People demand Trump stop using their music after his viral ‘Macho Man’ dance at fake Mar-a-Lago gig
Mr Trump has been using the band’s songs such as “YMCA” and “Macho Man” at his events and rallies for years now.
The former president was sent the cease-and-desist letter over a video of him and a Village People lookalike group of musicians dancing to “Macho Man” at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
After the video was widely shared on social media, fans of the band started accusing them of endorsing Mr Trump. That is when the band realized things had gone too far. They have now asked him to stop hiring impersonators to perform their songs at Mar-a-Lago or any events and rallies.
The cease-and-desist letter to Mr Trump stated that the band “tolerated” his use of their music in the past and threatened that they will file a lawsuit against the former president if he doesn’t stop using the band’s images and music.
Maroosha MuzaffarMay 17, 2023 07:00
Unsuccessful Republican candidate in Arizona attorney general race pushes for new trial
The Republican candidate who lost last year’s election for Arizona attorney general returns to court Tuesday to request a new trial in his efforts to overturn the results of the November contest.
Attorneys for candidate Abraham Hamadeh were set to appear at an afternoon Superior Court hearing in Mohave County in Arizona’s northwestern corner to claim they have fresh evidence some votes were not tallied in the election won by Democrat Kris Mayes, who was sworn in early this year.
Hamadeh wants Judge Lee Jantzen to allow a thorough inspection of all ballots in the election.
The case is among several still alive in Arizona courts six months after an election that saw Democrats win the top races in the former Republican stronghold.
Anita Snow, A.P.May 17, 2023 06:30
Three female former Trump officials describe inappropriate behavior
After myriad accusations having been leveled against him during the election and the near-disaster of the Access Hollywood tape, one might have predicted that Mr Trump would have been hyper-vigilant about how he conducted himself around women once he was sworn in as president and fully moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
But, according to multiple women who served in top roles during his four-year term, such a prediction would have been dead wrong.
In the days since the Manhattan jury in Ms Carroll’s lawsuit rendered a verdict against the twice-impeached ex-president, three former high-ranking female Trump administration officials have come forward to describe inappropriate behavior on Mr Trump’s part towards other female public servants in his employ.
The trio includes two of Mr Trump’s top lieutenants, Alyssa Farah Griffin — his ex-White House communications director who now co-hosts ABC’s The view — and Stephanie Grisham, who served as press secretary both Mr Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump in addition to serving as Ms Trump’s chief of staff.
Andrew FeinbergMay 17, 2023 06:00
Lara Trump bombarded with Donald Trump falsehoods after claiming everything he says comes true
Lara Trump faced a barrage of examples of her father-in-law getting things wrong after she claimed that “pretty much everything” he has ever said has come true.
Ms Trump, the wife of Eric Trump, appeared on Newsmax on Monday to discuss special prosecutor John Durham’s report criticizing the FBI’s handling of the investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.
“How many times has what he said actually come true? Pretty much everything he ever talked about — and, by the way, he was mocked for saying — have all come true,” Ms Trump said on Newsmax.
Donald Trump claimed before the report was released that Mr Durham was set to reveal the “crime of the century” but the report instead called the actions of the FBI “extremely troublesome”.
The report stated that the FBI shouldn’t have started its full investigation of the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but the report didn’t suggest that “wholesale changes” be made to guidelines or policy.
Gustaf KilanderMay 17, 2023 05:30
VIDEO: E. Jean Carroll Mulling Another Defamation Lawsuit Against Trump: ‘Weighing All Of Our Options’
E. Jean Carroll Mulling Another Defamation Lawsuit Against Trump: ‘Weighing All Of Our Options’
Gustaf KilanderMay 17, 2023 05:00
A suspect looking for a Virginia congressman attacked two of his staffers with a baseball bat. What happened?
A Democratic congressman’s office is reeling after two staffers were attacked by a baseball bat-wielding man who was allegedly looking for the lawmaker.
Xuan Kha Tran Pham was arrested on Monday for the attack at the district office of Rep Gerry Connolly in Fairfax, Virginia.
Authorities are now working to determine the suspect’s motive as the two staffers recover from non-life-threatening injuries to the staffers.
It’s believed that Mr Connolly was the intended target – while the lawyer himself said he doesn’t think the motive was political.
“I have the best team in Congress,” Mr Connolly said in a statement. “My district office staff make themselves available to constituents and members of the public every day. The thought that someone would take advantage of my staff’s accessibility to commit an act of violence is unconscionable and devastating.”
Here’s what we know so far:
Independent StaffMay 17, 2023 04:30