Trump says he has chosen VP running mate as he insists his ‘rambling’ is a sign of ‘genius’: Live updates

Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail, imploring conservative Christians at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, DC to vote for him in an energetic and joke-filled speech, and telling a crowd in Philadelphia that his rambling is a sign of genius.

At the DC event, he bragged about having pitched a UFC league for migrants, claimed he has taken “more wounds” than any other president, and reeled out his bizarre stories about sharks, batteries, and Hannibal Lecter.

In Philadelphia, Trump told NBC News that he has chosen his running mate, that he hasn’t told anyone who it is yet, but they will be at the first presidential debate on Thursday when he faces Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Judge Aileen Cannon entertained a motion from Trump’s legal team that Jack Smith was unlawfully appointed as special counsel in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case.

The Trump argument that Smith’s appointment was illegal stems from the claim that Attorney General Merrick Garland doesn’t have the legal authority to appoint a special counsel who the Senate hasn’t confirmed.

Cannon seemed skeptical but also said that the prosecution’s argument was an excessively “malleable” reading of the Constitution.

Key Points

  • Trump says he has chosen running mate (but it’s a secret)

  • Trump claims his ‘rambling’ is sign of ‘genius'

  • Trump gives confused shout-out to Barry Loudermilk at Faith & Freedom conference

  • Cannon seems skeptical of Trump’s argument Smith was appointed illegally

  • Reclusive banking heir billionaire gave Trump $50m one day after hush money conviction

Trump mocked for half empty Philadelphia venue

15:30 , Oliver O'Connell

After digesting those highlights from Donald Trump’s Philadelphia rally last night, you might be wondering how well it was attended given that the city is something of a Democrat stronghold.

Well, Tennessee Democratic election commissioner Chris Jackson posted this video that shows an excited crowd on the lower level of the Liacouras Center at Temple University, but an entirely empty upper level.

Jackson then got into quite an amusing back-and-forth with disgraced former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis about crowd size which is worth a click.

Conservative Iraq War veteran Peter Henlein made the same observation and compared the crowd with Trump’s exaggerated numbers for his rallies in Wildwood, New Jersey, and the Bronx in New York City which he claims pulled in 107,000 and 30,000 people respectively.

[Estimates of the crowd size in Wildwood, New Jersey range from 30,000 to 60,000 people, and law enforcement sources put the Bronx rally crowd at 8,000-10,000 people]

Boebert rival teases her with ad filmed in Beetlejuice theater

15:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Colorado Republican Rep Lauren Boebert’s Democratic rival posted a hilarious new ad speaking from the lawmaker’s seat during her scandalous Beetlejuice outing last fall.

Democratic Congressional hopeful John Padora sat in a maroon movie theater chair, saying in his new ad: “I’m sitting in the very same seat Lauren Boebert got kicked out of. The same way she got kicked out of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district.”

Kelly Rissman has the story.

Lauren Boebert rival releases ad filmed in Beetlejuice theater she was kicked out of

And finally...

14:42 , Oliver O'Connell

“Now the fake news will say, ‘Trump is rambling.’ No, it’s genius what I’m doing up here, but nobody understands.”

OK then.

“We will fight this scum that we have to beat. We will fight them, and we will win.”

Inspiring words.

Watch: More highlights of Trump’s rally in Philadelphia

14:36 , Oliver O'Connell

Those pesky pollsters.

Oddly specific...

Debate rules state that candidates’ microphones will be shut off when they are not answering a question, so Trump may not have much choice.

He still doesn’t get how tariff costs are passed on to consumers in the US.

Let’s hear it for “luxuriant hair”... 💇‍♀️

Watch: Highlights of Trump’s rally in Philadelphia

14:22 , Oliver O'Connell

Imagine how surreal it would be to run into Trump in a Walgreens and you both had to patiently wait while they unlocked the “steel” to get your “little bar of soap”...

Crime is in fact down.

What a badge of honor.

He really loves this migrant fight league idea. Disturbing.

Huh?

Trump says he has chosen his running mate (but it’s a secret)

14:06 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump told NBC News reporters Jake Taylor and Dasha Burns on Saturday evening that he has chosen his vice presidential running mate.

Speaking to them at Tony and Nick’s Steaks in Philadelphia ahead of his rally in the traditionally Democrat city, the former president also said that he hasn’t yet told the person he has selected.

Whoever it is will be at the first presidential debate on Thursday, hosted by CNN at its Atlanta studios. Trump will face off against President Joe Biden for 90 minutes at 9pm with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash asking the questions.

Evangelicals on why they’re still backing Trump: ‘We’ve all broken the Ten Commandments’

14:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Bel Trew reports from the ‘Road to Majority’ policy conference in Washington, DC.

Wearing cowboy hats bejewelled with “Free Trump” broaches and waving American flags, evangelical Christians promised to vote for Donald Trump at a key gathering on Saturday, saying that while he is not perfect “he’ll do the right thing for America”.

Trump was the keynote speaker at the Faith & Freedom Coalition in Washington DC, a gathering of politically influential conservative Christian activists who advocate for strict abortion restrictions and a tougher stance on the southern border.

There he called on his religious supporters to go to the polls in a speech which notably quickly glossed over abortion, which has become a sensitive issue for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

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‘We’ve all broken the Ten Commandments’: The evangelicals still backing Trump

Analysis: Trump wants Republicans to ‘swamp’ early voting and mail-in ballots. But he can’t stop lying about elections

13:36 , Oliver O'Connell

Alex Woodward writes:

Former president Donald Trump wants you to vote early or cast a ballot by mail. He also thinks that mail-in voting is irreparably corrupt and should be banned.

His campaign and the Republican Party want to “promote the use of absentee and mail ballots and early in-person voting.”

They’re also suing states to block mail-in ballots, even in states where most people vote by mail.

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Trump wants Republicans to vote early. But he can’t stop lying about elections

Trump mixes up Jan 6 riot ‘suspects’ with Russian spies

13:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Giving his customary shout-outs to lawmakers in attendance at an event in Washington, DC on Saturday, Donald Trump gave a somewhat confused version of a story involving one of his allies in Congress.

Read on...

Trump mixes up Jan 6 riot ‘suspects’ with Russian spies in rambling speech

Trump says he suggested setting up a UFC migrant fighting league

12:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump told a room of conservative Christians that he pitched a migrant fighting league to UFC president and CEO Dana White.

“Not the worst idea I’ve ever had,” he told the conference in Washington on Saturday.

Trump says he suggested setting up a migrant fighting league to UFC’s Dana White

Trump’s fundraising has massively overtaken Biden’s but what will he do with the cash?

11:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia writes:

Former president Donald Trump blew out President Joe Biden in fundraising in May. According to campaign filings, Biden and the Democratic National Committee raised only $85 million in May, while Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $141 million.

Finding the reason for Trump’s cash advantage is not hard: On the second-to-last day of May, a jury found Trump guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records as part of a conspiracy to influence the 2016 presidential election. The day after the conviction, Trump’s campaign reported that it had raised $34.8 million in just 24 hours.

Read on...

Trump’s fundraising has massively overtaken Biden’s. What will he do with the cash?

Reclusive banking heir billionaire gave Trump $50m one day after hush money conviction

09:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A donor gave $50 million to Donald Trump’s campaign on the day of the former president’s hush money conviction, according to new filings.

The huge sum, donated by Timothy Mellon to Trump Super PAC MAGA Inc., was the largest federal individual campaign contribution so far this election cycle.

The donation made up most of the $68.8 million MAGA Inc. raised in May.

Filings show the donation was made on May 31, the same day that Trump became the first US president in history to receive a criminal conviction after he was convicted of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.

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Reclusive banking billionaire gave Trump $50m one day after hush money conviction

Criminal charges against Trump’s ‘fake electors’ in Nevada dismissed by judge

07:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A judge in Nevada has dismissed a criminal case against six so-called “fake electors” who tried to overturn Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election.

Friday’s ruling marks the first time that a case related to the Trump campaign’s efforts to reverse his election results has been dismissed.

Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus found that the case from state prosecutors was filed in the wrong county.

Alex Woodward reports.

Judge dismisses criminal charges against Trump’s ‘fake electors’ in Nevada

Trump suggests CIA stopped him releasing JFK assassination files

05:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Former President Donald Trump spoke about releasing the files surrounding the assassination of President John F Kennedy in a recent podcast appearance, suggesting the CIA had applied pressure to stop some information from being released.

Amelia Neath has the story.

Trump says he was stopped from releasing all JFK files

Trump proposes green cards for foreign graduates

03:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Former President Donald Trump has expressed interest in granting green cards to international students who graduate from US universities.

Speaking on The All-In Podcast on Thursday, Trump said: “What I want to do, and what I will do, is you graduate from a college, I think you should get automatically, as part of your diploma, a green card to be able to stay in this country.”

That move wouldn’t only apply to graduates of four-year universities either, Trump clarified.

Michelle Del Rey reports on the proposal.

Trump wants to give green cards to foreign graduates of US colleges

Trump mixes up Jan 6 riot ‘suspects’ with Russian spies

02:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Giving his customary shout-outs to lawmakers in attendance at an event in Washington, DC on Saturday, Donald Trump gave a somewhat confused version of a story involving one of his allies in Congress.

Read on...

Trump mixes up Jan 6 riot ‘suspects’ with Russian spies in rambling speech

Watch: Refute? Refutal? Refuttal?

01:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Supreme Court: Domestic abuse survivor will ‘sleep better’ after ruling banning abusers from possessing guns

Sunday 23 June 2024 00:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Laura Morris thought she died when she was struck by a bullet fired from her husband’s gun. Now, four decades after surviving the incident, she now gets to “sleep a little better” knowing that there is a law keeping firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers will remain in place.

Morris, who has a bullet in her shoulder, told The Independent she was “thrilled” after the Supreme Court upheld the federal law in United States v Rahimi on Friday.

Kelly Rissman reports.

Domestic abuse survivor will ‘sleep better’ after Supreme Court ruling

Evangelicals on why they’re still backing Trump: ‘We’ve all broken the Ten Commandments’

Saturday 22 June 2024 23:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Bel Trew reports from the ‘Road to Majority’ policy conference in Washington, DC.

Wearing cowboy hats bejewelled with “Free Trump” broaches and waving American flags, evangelical Christians promised to vote for Donald Trump at a key gathering on Saturday, saying that while he is not perfect “he’ll do the right thing for America”.

Trump was the keynote speaker at the Faith & Freedom Coalition in Washington DC, a gathering of politically influential conservative Christian activists who advocate for strict abortion restrictions and a tougher stance on the southern border.

There he called on his religious supporters to go to the polls in a speech which notably quickly glossed over abortion, which has become a sensitive issue for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Continue reading...

‘We’ve all broken the Ten Commandments’: The evangelicals still backing Trump

Watch LIVE: Trump speaks at a rally in Philadelphia

Saturday 22 June 2024 22:58 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump motorcade driving through Philadelphia

Saturday 22 June 2024 22:31 , Oliver O'Connell

Boebert rival teases her with ad filmed in Beetlejuice theater

Saturday 22 June 2024 22:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Colorado Republican Rep Lauren Boebert’s Democratic rival posted a hilarious new ad speaking from the lawmaker’s seat during her scandalous Beetlejuice outing last fall.

Democratic Congressional hopeful John Padora sat in a maroon movie theater chair, saying in his new ad: “I’m sitting in the very same seat Lauren Boebert got kicked out of. The same way she got kicked out of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district.”

Kelly Rissman has the story.

Lauren Boebert rival releases ad filmed in Beetlejuice theater she was kicked out of

Trump says he suggested setting up a migrant fighting league

Saturday 22 June 2024 21:51 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump told a room of conservative Christians that he pitched a migrant fighting league to UFC president and CEO Dana White.

Read the full story here:

Trump says he suggested setting up a migrant fighting league to UFC’s Dana White

Trump claims ‘more wounds’ than any other president

Saturday 22 June 2024 21:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump claims he’s taken ‘more wounds’ than any other president

Trump set to ask judge to revoke prosecutors’ access to memos by ex-attorney

Saturday 22 June 2024 21:00 , Gustaf Kilander

Donald Trump is set to ask Judge Aileen Cannon next week to restrict the access of prosecutors to memos created by Trump’s former attorney which became evidence of his attempts to obstruct the probe, according to The Guardian.

The request is set to be made on Tuesday during a sealed hearing.

Last month, Trump challenged prosecutors’ access to the transcripts of voice memos created by former Trump attorney Evan Corcoran.

The former president’s legal team is expected to claim that none of the memos should’ve been handed to prosecutors on the crime-fraud exception.

The exception allows prosecutors to view privileged communications between an attorney and a defendant if the legal advice was used as part of a crime.

Trump campaign raises $141m in May to close funding gap to Biden

Saturday 22 June 2024 20:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump significantly outraised President Joe Biden in May, despite becoming the first US president to be convicted of a crime.

Trump’s campaign and the Republic National Committee (RNC) reported that they raised a massive $141m in May, however, they declined to report how much money the campaign had left in their funds at the end of the month, which they are not legally required to report until July.

The Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $85 million in May, with $212m sitting in the campaign’s bank at the end of the month, federal filings released on Thursday detailed. Reports suggest Trump has upwards of $170m. Trump was $100 million behind Mr. Biden at the start of April.

Filings show the Trump campaign had $116.5m cash on hand – not committed elsewhere – at the start of June, compared to $91.6m for the Biden campaign.

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Trump campaign raises $141m in May to close funding gap to Biden

Now, on to Philadelphia...

Saturday 22 June 2024 20:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Former President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s ‘Road to Majority’ policy conference in Washington, June 22, 2024 (REUTERS)
Former President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s ‘Road to Majority’ policy conference in Washington, June 22, 2024 (REUTERS)

Trump wraps up Faith & Freedom speech by saying he doesn’t need votes

Saturday 22 June 2024 20:28 , Oliver O'Connell

After beginning his speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference by imploring conservative Christians to come out and vote in November and chiding them for not doing so in great numbers in the past, Donald Trump closed out his speech by saying that he doesn’t need votes.

Which is confusing messaging.

“I tell my people. I don't need any votes. We've got all the votes we need. I don't need votes. All I want to do is make sure we guard our votes. We stop the steal.”

Watch: Big cheer as Trump says he will shut down Department of Education

Saturday 22 June 2024 20:04 , Oliver O'Connell

Criminal charges against Trump’s ‘fake electors’ in Nevada dismissed by judge

Saturday 22 June 2024 20:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A judge in Nevada has dismissed a criminal case against six so-called “fake electors” who tried to overturn Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election.

Friday’s ruling marks the first time that a case related to the Trump campaign’s efforts to reverse his election results has been dismissed.

Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus found that the case from state prosecutors was filed in the wrong county.

Alex Woodward reports.

Judge dismisses criminal charges against Trump’s ‘fake electors’ in Nevada

Trump rambles into his shark and battery story

Saturday 22 June 2024 19:53 , Oliver O'Connell

Here’s our previous coverage of this curious story that has become part of Trump’s well-worn repertoire.

Stephen King compares Trump to a ‘senile uncle’ over weird shark rant

Trump mulls ‘Fort Al Sharpton’ while complaining about renaming military bases

Saturday 22 June 2024 19:47 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump says he pitched migrant fighting league

Saturday 22 June 2024 19:39 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump says he told UFC CEO Dana White that he should set up a migrant fighting league.

“It’s not the worst idea I’ve ever had,” Trump said. “These people are tough and they’re nasty, mean.”

Watch: Trump repeats lies about abortion and Christian persecution

Saturday 22 June 2024 19:24 , Oliver O'Connell

Saturday 22 June 2024 19:21 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump says he has “wounds all over” his body from defending religious liberty, then adds that he has been treated worse “than any president ever”... Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy, and Reagan, who were all shot, may have something to say about that.

Trump says if he took this shirt off, you would see a beautiful beautiful person. But you would see wounds all over. I’ve taken a lot of wounds I can tell you. More than I suspect any president ever.

Hannibal Lecter is back again

Saturday 22 June 2024 19:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Why does he keep bringing up Hannibal Lecter?

Here’s our coverage of one of Trump’s more bizarre mentions of the fictional serial killer:

Trump praises ‘late, great’ fictional mass murderer Hannibal Lecter at rally

Watch: Trump talks Ten Commandmentss at Faith & Freedom conference

Saturday 22 June 2024 19:11 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump gives confused shout-out to Barry Loudermilk at Faith & Freedom conference

Saturday 22 June 2024 18:59 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump kicked off his remarks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Road to Majority conference with a confusing shout-out to Rep Barry Loudermilk.

Watch here:

Loudermilk was accused of giving a guided tour of Congress on January 5 2021 to a group of people who were accused of taking part in the Capitol riot the next day — it’s not clear why Trump confused this with Russian spies...

He went on to chide the Christian audience for not voting.

‘He’s going to give us the freedom to live our faith'

Saturday 22 June 2024 18:49 , Oliver O'Connell

Bel Trew reports from the Road to Majority conference in Washington, DC:

Frank Pavone, an American anti-abortion activist and national director of Priests for Life who spoke at the event, dismissed criticism that Donald Trump does not practice privately what he preaches publicly. Mr Trump faced a slew of comments over his enthusiastic support for Louisiana’s divisive decision to require the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every public school classroom this week — with critics saying he had been publicly accused of breaking several commandments, including adultery.

“We’re not looking for somebody who necessarily is going to live out our faith in all its particulars. We’re looking for someone who’s going to defend our right to live our faith,” said Pastor Pavone, who has served on a number of advisory councils for Mr Trump and believes he will follow an anti-abortion agenda including supporting further legislation if he becomes president.

“He’s going to give us the freedom to live our faith. He’s going to talk today about how people of faith need to have their voice strong in this nation.”

“Donald Trump is not a person who wears his faith on his sleeve in terms of talking about his relationship with the Lord. But he has a strong relationship with Christ.”

Trump is ‘most pro-life president that we’ve ever had’ says RNC chair

Saturday 22 June 2024 18:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Bel Trew reports from the Road to Majority Conference in Washington, DC:

After addressing the conference, Republican National Committee chair Michael Whatley claimed “record turnout and record enthusiasm” for Donald Trump, as he dismissed concerns of divisions within the Republican Party, ahead of the Republican National Convention due to take place in three weeks in Milwaukee.

“We have absolutely an enthusiasm gap between President Trump and Joe Biden [that] is at record proportions. We have people that are coming out of the woodwork.”

“We are seeing Black families, Hispanic families, Asian American families, and they’re leaving the Democratic Party because President Trump fights for every single American family.”

“We saw him leave the courthouse in New York, go around the corner to a bodega, have a press conference, and command 48 hours worth of press, just like that.

“… He had a rally in New York City. 25,000 people showed up. He had a rally in New Jersey. 107,000 people showed up. Every single event that we’re going to all across the country.”

[Law enforcement sources put the Bronx rally crowd at 8,000-10,000 people and estimates of the crowd size in Wildwood, New Jersey range from 30,000 to 60,000 people]

“We’re having record turnout, record enthusiasm. We are very excited about where we are from an enthusiasm standpoint.”

Whatley said they were expecting 50,000 delegates, guests and alternates to attend the RNC in early July.

“We’re looking for... very unified delegate slates from all across the country, people who are going to be very excited to support President Trump and his vision for the next four years.”

Whatley, whose speech at the Road to Majority conference ended on his pro-life beliefs, defended Mr Trump who has been evasive about the abortion ban legislation.

“President Trump has made very clear his position on abortion which is that we fought for 50 years to end the tyranny of Roe v Wade.

“He’s is the most pro-life president that we’ve ever had.”

Trump to speak at 1.30pm

Saturday 22 June 2024 18:09 , Oliver O'Connell

Attendees at the Road to Majority conference organized by the Faith & Freedom coalition await a speech by Donald Trump on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)
Attendees at the Road to Majority conference organized by the Faith & Freedom coalition await a speech by Donald Trump on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)

ICYMI: Accused adulterer Trump professes ‘love’ for the Ten Commandments

Saturday 22 June 2024 18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump declared his “love” for the Ten Commandments and called for them to be displayed in schools and “many other places” in an all-caps, late-night post on his social media platform, Truth Social.

His post came after Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry signed legislation this week that requires the display of the Ten Commandments in every public classroom in the state, a move that will be challenged in court. Elementary, middle and high schools, as well as public colleges, must all display posters no smaller than 11 by 14 inches and the commandments must be “the central focus of the poster” and “in a large, easily readable font,” the law states.

Louisiana is the only state in the country with such a requirement — but Trump suggested he’d like to see that changed.

Martha McHardy reports.

Trump, an accused adulterer with Stormy Daniels, talks ‘love’ for Ten Commandments

Trump judge presses his attorneys on ‘shadow government’ claims

Saturday 22 June 2024 17:45 , Oliver O'Connell

After hundreds of complaints against her, and one day after a report revealed that she ignored other federal judges who urged her to step away from the case, District Judge Aileen Cannon kicked off the first of a three-day series of hearings in Donald Trump’s classified documents case.

Cannon has indefinitely delayed a trial against the former president. So the hearings in her Florida courtroom are instead putting special counsel Jack Smith under a microscope.

On Friday, Trump’s attorneys and his allies argued that Smith — who brought federal charges against the former president — was unlawfully appointed as special counsel. Cannon, who was appointed to the bench by Trump, appeared somewhat skeptical of their long-shot arguments, which join a long list of motions to dismiss the case.

Alex Woodward has been following the case for The Independent.

Mar-a-Lago judge presses Trump attorneys on ‘shadow government’ claims

Lauren Boebert was dodging foam pool noodles in one of her final campaign appearances

Saturday 22 June 2024 17:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Lauren Boebert danced in red stilettos down a gauntlet of Republicans wielding foam pool noodles in a faux “American Gladiator” event during one of the more surreal moments of a final campaign appearance Thursday – before voters in a district she’s just moved to decide whether they want her representing them in Congress.

Sheila Flynn reports from Centennial, Colorado.

Lauren Boebert was dodging foam pool noodles in one of her final campaign appearances

VIDEO: Debate prep heats up for Biden, Trump

Saturday 22 June 2024 16:45 , Oliver O'Connell

‘We’ve all broken the Ten Commandments haven’t we?'

Saturday 22 June 2024 16:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The Independent’s Bel Trew is speaking to delegates at the Faith and Freedom conference in Washington, DC ahead of Donald Trump’s remarks at lunchtime today.

Frank Collins, 69, a pastor who drove eight hours from Detroit to attend the event, prayed for Donald Trump with his son, also called Frank, who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap.

Attendees pray at the Faith and Freedom Coalition ‘Road to Majority’ conference in Washington, DC on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)
Attendees pray at the Faith and Freedom Coalition ‘Road to Majority’ conference in Washington, DC on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)

“We need someone who will speak the truth boldly, like a lion, and really, really tell people what’s going on in this nation,” Pastor Collins said.

about the criticism of Mr Trump supporting the new Louisiana law requiring classrooms to post the Ten Commandments, he said: “We’ve all broken the Ten Commandments haven’t we?”

“We’re not looking for a perfect person, but we’re looking for a person who has a heart for the American people and a heart for God. And I think I honestly believe in my heart that he’s the one that has it. I don’t see it in Biden. I didn’t see it in Obama,” Collins said.

“I didn’t vote for either one of them. I voted for Donald Trump the first time. I was here for the first inauguration, and I’ll be here for the second inauguration. So this is the man of the day. This is the man of the hour. And we’re praying, we are praying”.

His son Frank, 19, who will be voting for the first time said that he believed young people “want to have someone we can trust in office, which is Trump.”

“Everyone makes mistakes. He’s done a lot of things in office that have helped this country. I solely believe he is the answer to our problems.”

The family rejected the trial against Trump - saying members of the Black community in the USA felt solidarity with the former president as they felt the judicial “dice are stacked against us”.

“It’s a kangaroo trial. No, offense to the people from Australia, but [the USA] is a banana republic. It is really unfair what they did to him and people see through it. And I think it’s going to show in the polls now. Donald Trump went through something that Black Americans go do a lot. We have the dice stacked against us,” he said.

“We go to court and things are against us. And so not only us but poor people. So when they look at what they did to him, we can relate. What was done here was not fair and legal also. The judiciary has been has been militarized against him.”

Lauren Boebert: Get ready for a seriously messy primary

Saturday 22 June 2024 16:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Colorado’s congressional primaries could end up bringing about the downfall of one of the US’s most scandal-plagued members of the House of Representatives: Lauren Boebert.

If it doesn’t it will be because, as one of her opponents put it, there were too many horses in the race.

Voters will decide the fate of Boebert and other races across the state on Tuesday, June 25. One way or another, they make their judgment on the long, strange road the far-right Republican congresswoman has taken since her 2022 defeat, after which she became further embroiled in scandals and fled her district.

John Bowden and Sheila Flynn report from Colorado.

‘A lot of people here don’t like Boebert’: Get ready for a seriously messy primary

'I’m not voting for a pastor. I’m voting for someone that leads the country’

Saturday 22 June 2024 16:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The Independent’s Bel Trew is speaking to delegates at the Faith and Freedom conference in Washington, DC ahead of Donald Trump’s remarks at lunchtime today.

In the audience, Renata DaSilva, 49 — a Brazilian-American and host of the “God and Country” podcast — was proudly wearing a cowboy hat emblazoned with a broach reading “Free Trump” in diamanté jewels.

She had flown in from South Carolina especially for the event and to hear Donald Trump speak after meeting him at an event in Detroit earlier this year.

Renata DaSilva, the Brazilian-American host of the “God and Country” podcast, at the Faith and Freedom conference in Washington DC on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)
Renata DaSilva, the Brazilian-American host of the “God and Country” podcast, at the Faith and Freedom conference in Washington DC on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)

“He’s always a beacon of light. Whenever he comes in he just lights up the room. Trump speaks to people directly. That’s the difference between him and a lot of politicians. He speaks in the way that we understand and we believe him.”

She said under his presidency the economy “was at the highest.”

“I never lived so well. I purchased my home during his presidency.

Right now, with soaring interest rates, when you go to the gas station, the American people see the difference between his presidency when he was governing to what we see now during the Biden presidency.”

She supported Louisiana’s decision earlier this week to become the first state to require the the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every public school classroom - which has sparked concerns about the separation of church and state, and whether the action could be unconstitutional. Critics of Mr Trump, who enthusiastically showed his support for the move on social media, have pointed out he has been accused of breaking several commandments including adultery with Stormy Daniels and corruption over his felony conviction in New York.

His supporters brushed the criticism aside.

“I’m not voting for a pastor. I’m voting for someone that leads the country,” ” Ms Renata said.

“Like Jesus says, he who is not a sinner let him throw the first stone. So Donald Trump is not perfect. I’m not perfect. I don’t think you are perfect. The problem is we always want to visualize this perfect man. That perfect person does not exist.”

“And that’s why Trump speaks to us, because he’s not perfect.”

‘Huge red flags’: Giuliani’s ‘mess’ of finances is slammed in bankruptcy court

Saturday 22 June 2024 15:45 , Oliver O'Connell

The judge in former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case slammed on Monday his failure to comply with deadlines and inability to keep bookkeepers to manage his “mess” of financial records.

Giuliani’s bookkeeping was heavily criticized during a three-hour-long hearing in his high-profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Judge Sean Lane also heard heated arguments from Giuliani’s creditors, who want a trustee to seize control of his finances and force the disgraced mayor to file monthly operating reports on time.

“There are reasons to be concerned here,” the bankruptcy court judge declared, conceding that the former mayor’s records appear to be a “mess.”

“At a certain point, a failure to comply with [court] orders means my voice will take on a decided edge,” the judge warned. “If people don’t obey court orders, it’s a profound problem.”

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‘Huge red flags’: Giuliani’s ‘mess’ of finances is slammed in bankruptcy court

Donald Trump’s numerous celebrity obsessions over the years: The good, the bad, and the ‘unusually attractive’

Saturday 22 June 2024 15:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Gustaf Kilander writes:

Celebrities hanging around with US presidents is not a new phenomenon — but when it comes to hating on fellow celebrities no one does it quite like former president Donald Trump.

Other presidents simply befriended celebs — Bill Clinton famously played his saxophone for Arsenio Hall and has been photographed with numerous A-listers, including Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Charlize Theron, among others, both during and after his presidency.

Barack Obama’s inauguration was attended by Jay Z, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, and Magic Johnson, and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party was held on Oprah Winfrey’s estate.

But Trump has been starting fights and insulting other famous people for years — here’s some who’ve caught his attention and wrath.

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The good, the bad, the ‘unusually attractive’: Donald Trump’s celebrity obsessions

In pictures: Delegates pray as Faith & Freedom conference gets underway in Washington, DC

Saturday 22 June 2024 14:58 , Oliver O'Connell

A delegate prays at the Faith and Freedom Coaltion ‘Road to Majority’ conference in Washington, DC on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)
A delegate prays at the Faith and Freedom Coaltion ‘Road to Majority’ conference in Washington, DC on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)
Attendees pray at the Faith and Freedom Coalition ‘Road to Majority’ conference in Washington, DC on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)
Attendees pray at the Faith and Freedom Coalition ‘Road to Majority’ conference in Washington, DC on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)
Attendees pray at the Faith and Freedom Coalition ‘Road to Majority’ conference in Washington, DC on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)
Attendees pray at the Faith and Freedom Coalition ‘Road to Majority’ conference in Washington, DC on June 22, 2024 (Bel Trew)

Accused adulterer Trump who paid to keep Stormy Daniels affair secret professes ‘love’ for the Ten Commandments

Saturday 22 June 2024 14:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump has declared his “love” for the Ten Commandments and has called for them to be displayed in schools and other places in an all-caps, late-night post on his social media platform, Truth Social.

His post came after Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry signed legislation this week that requires the display of the Ten Commandments in every public classroom in the state. Elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as public colleges, must all display posters no smaller than 11 by 14 inches and the commandments must be “the central focus of the poster” and “in a large, easily readable font,” the law states.

Louisiana is the only state in the country with such a requirement however it appears that it is one that the former president would like to expand.

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Trump hits out at Bill Maher in breakfast time rant on Truth Social

Saturday 22 June 2024 14:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Good morning and welcome to today’s live coverage of Donald Trump, his myriad legal woes, and his quest to retake the White House in November’s presidential election.

The former president and convicted felon began his morning in the traditional style — lashing out at someone on Truth Social.

Today’s target is comedian and political panel show host Bill Maher. Here’s what Trump had to say:

Bill Maher, the highly overrated “Star” of the ratings challenged show with the Fake, Loud and Obnoxious laughter pouring out of your set every few seconds, even when nothing was said that was funny (which is most of the time!), suffers from a terminal case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, sometimes referred to as TDS. Republicans should stop using him as a reference point, his show is dead!

Judge dismisses criminal charges against Trump’s ‘fake electors’ in Nevada

Saturday 22 June 2024 13:00 , Alex Woodward

A judge in Nevada has dismissed a criminal case against six so-called “fake electors” who tried to overturn Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election.

Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus argued that the case from state prosecutors was filed in the wrong county.

Attorneys for the six defendants argued that the case should have been brought in Carson City, where they approved false certificates certifying Trump’s electors, or in Douglas County, where those documents were mailed.

Nevada’s Attorney General Aaron Ford is expected to appeal the decision.

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Judge dismisses criminal charges against Trump’s ‘fake electors’ in Nevada

Miami newspaper runs pro-Trump political ad filled with racial slurs

Saturday 22 June 2024 11:00 , Martha McHardy

A newspaper in Miami, Florida is under fire after running several pro-Trump political ads filled with racial slurs.

The full-page ad, which ran on the back cover of the Miami New Times’ June 13–19 print edition, features several uncensored uses of the n-word, as well as a misleading quote of President Biden using the slur in 1985.

The quote was taken from a 1985 hearing in which then-Senator Biden quoted racist remarks made by a state legislator during a redistricting process in Louisiana. At the time, Biden was questioning William Bradford Reynolds, a nominee for deputy attorney general, who oversaw the redistricting process.

During the hearing, Biden read verbatim from a memo highlighting racist language used by lawmakers to support the redistricting plan. “We already have a n----- mayor, we don’t need any more n-----big shots!” Biden quoted a lawmaker as saying, before arguing that Reynolds had ignored racist comments by lawmakers and allowed them to gerrymander Louisiana’s congressional districts in a way that underrepresented Black residents.

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Trump’s fundraising has massively overtaken Biden’s. What he does with the cash matters more

Saturday 22 June 2024 09:00 , Eric Garcia

Former president Donald Trump blew out President Joe Biden in fundraising in May. According to campaign filings, Biden and the Democratic National Committee raised only $85 million in May, while Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $141 million.

Finding the reason for Trump’s cash advantage is not hard: On the second-to-last day of May, a jury found Trump guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records as part of a conspiracy to influence the 2016 presidential election. The day after the conviction, Trump’s campaign reported that it had raised $34.8 million in just 24 hours. Staffers said that 485,000 people had contributed to the campaign; 29.7 percent of the donors were first time contributors to WinRed, the GOP’s preferred fundraising platform.

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Judge Judy calls out Trump trial as ‘nonsense’ and says taxpayer money better spent making NY subways safer

Saturday 22 June 2024 07:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Judy Sheindlin, better known as TV icon Judge Judy, has described Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial in New York as “nonsense.”

The retired judge spoke with CNN’s Chris Wallace on Friday about the former president and his recent felony conviction. Sheindlin was the star of reality TV hit “Judge Judy,” where she presided over small claims cases on the show, which ran from 1996 to 2021.

Sheindlin, who is originally from Brooklyn, said that she had not been in favor of Trump’s Manhattan prosecution.

“I would be happier as someone who owns property in Manhattan, if the district attorney of New York County would take care of criminals who are making it impossible for citizens to walk in the streets and use the subway, to use his efforts to keep those people off the street, than to spend 5 million or ten million of taxpayers money trying Donald Trump on this nonsense,” she said.

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VIDEO: Presidential debate preparations ramp up

Saturday 22 June 2024 05:00 , Gustaf Kilander

Trump could see an easy win in the polls after the first debate — but not because of Biden’s age

Saturday 22 June 2024 04:15 , Gustaf Kilander

Donald Trump may see a bump in the polls after the first debate because of a long-running trend: Incumbents tend to do worse in the first debate of the presidential election season.

Presidential debate historian Alan Schroeder explained to NBC News that a president’s life exists in a “protected bubble.” The first debate takes them outside of that bubble, where they’re forced to face off against a pumped up opponent who’s been itching for a showdown.

The first debate in this election cycle will be hosted by CNN in Atlanta on June 27. Biden is heading to Camp David on Thursday night to begin his preparations.

Incumbents tend to grow accustomed to the deference they’re shown within the White House, and after four years, they’re in for a rude awakening when their opponent throws punches on the debate stage, Schroeder said, noting that presidents tend not to hear much “conflicting information” during their four years in the “bubble.”

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Aileen Cannon: The judge with Trump’s fate in her hands was appointed by him

Saturday 22 June 2024 03:30 , Joe Sommerlad

A Florida district judge assigned to oversee Donald Trump’s classified documents case is attracting criticism given that it was Trump himself who elevated her to the bench.

Aileen Cannon is the federal judge with the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida overseeing the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice case against Trump, who’s charged with the illegal possession of classified documents at his Florida estate after leaving the White House in January 2021 and for impeding efforts by the US government to reclaim them.

According to the indictment, Trump allegedly attempted to hide boxes of classified documents following a grand jury subpoena that ordered their return.

Trump’s aide Walt Nauta and Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos de Oliveira were also indicted and have also moved to dismiss the charges against them. All men have pleaded not guilty.

If the former president is convicted, Cannon will be tasked with handing down a sentence to the very man who nominated her to that position.

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VIDEO: Biden-Trump to meet on debate stage next week

Saturday 22 June 2024 02:45 , Gustaf Kilander

Manhattan DA points to chilling bomb threats as he asks to extend Trump gag order

Saturday 22 June 2024 02:00 , Gustaf.Kilander

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicated on Friday that he’s willing to partially lift Donald Trump’s gag order in his hush money trial, but slammed the former president for his “patent disrespect” for the rule of law and warned the trial judge of credible bomb threats made against people involved in the case.

Trump — who is blocked from publicly attacking witnesses, jurors and other parties in the case, excluding Bragg and Justice Juan Merchan — has asked the judge to lift the gag order entirely, now that the criminal trial has come to an end with guilty verdicts on all 34 counts against him.

In a filing on Friday, Bragg said his office agrees that the gag order can be amended to lift the restrictions against trial witnesses — but that’s as far as he will go.

There is “no basis whatsoever” to let Trump attack attorneys and court staff and their families who are protected under the gag order, according to prosecutors with Bragg’s office.

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Who is Jack Smith? The special prosecutor who could take down Trump

Saturday 22 June 2024 01:15 , Andrew Feinberg

Jack Smith, the experienced war crimes prosecutor who has unveiled two unprecedented federal indictments against former US president Donald Trump, is no stranger to high-profile probes of public figures.

The US Department of Justice veteran oversaw anti-corruption prosecutions against multiple US politicians in his role as the head of the department’s public integrity section from 2010 to 2015.

One of those cases was against former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell, a Republican against whom he secured a conviction on bribery charges, though the case was later thrown out by the US Supreme Court.

He also won a conviction of former GOP representative Rick Renzi of Arizona, who received a sentence of three years in prison before being pardoned by Trump.

A Harvard Law School graduate, Smith also served in prosecutorial roles in US Attorney offices in the Middle District of Tennessee and the Eastern District of New York.

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Stefanik claims it’s ‘illegal’ and ‘unconstitutional’ to prosecute Trump

Saturday 22 June 2024 00:30 , Gustaf Kilander

Accused adulterer Trump who paid to keep Stormy Daniels affair secret professes ‘love’ for the Ten Commandments

Friday 21 June 2024 23:45 , Martha McHardy

Donald Trump has declared his “love” for the Ten Commandments and has called for them to be displaye in schools and other places in an all-caps, late-night post on his social media platform, Truth Social.

His post came after Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry signed legislation this week that requires the display of the Ten Commandments in every public classroom in the state. Elementary, middle and high schools, as well as public colleges, must all display posters no smaller than 11 by 14 inches and the commandments must be “the central focus of the poster” and “in a large, easily readable font,” the law states.

Louisiana is the only state in the country with such a requirement however it appears that it is one that the former president would like to expand.

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Trump proposes automatic green cards for foreign nationals who graduate from US colleges

Friday 21 June 2024 23:00 , Michelle Del Rey

Former President Donald Trump has expressed interest in granting green cards to international students who graduate from US universities.

Speaking on The All-In Podcast on Thursday, Trump said: “What I want to do, and what I will do, is you graduate from a college, I think you should get automatically, as part of your diploma, a green card to be able to stay in this country.”

That move wouldn’t only apply to graduates of four-year universities either, Trump clarified.

“That includes junior colleges too. Anybody graduates from a college — you go in there for two years or four years. If you graduate, or you get a doctorate degree from a college, you should be able to stay in this country.”

The former president made the comment after one of the podcast’s hosts, investor Jason Calacanis, asked him: “Can you please promise us you will give us more ability to import the best and brightest from around the world to America?”

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Trump judge presses his attorneys on ‘shadow government’ claims in Jack Smith hearing

Friday 21 June 2024 22:35 , Alex Woodward

On Friday, Trump’s attorneys and his allies argued that Smith — who brought federal charges against the former president — was unlawfully appointed as special counsel to prosecutor the Mar-a-Lago case.

Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed to the bench by Trump, appeared somewhat skeptical of their long-shot arguments.

She also pushed Trump’s attorneys to explain what they meant by saying that Smith’s position amounted to a “shadow government.”

“That sounds very ominous,” she said. “But what do you really mean?”

Mar-a-Lago judge presses Trump attorneys on ‘shadow government’ claims

VIDEO: Latino Voters' Trust in Biden on Immigration Wanes

Friday 21 June 2024 22:15 , Gustaf Kilander

The Supreme Court upholds a gun control law intended to protect domestic violence victims

Friday 21 June 2024 21:45 , Mark Sherman, AP

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a federal gun control law that is intended to protect victims of domestic violence.

In their first Second Amendment case since they expanded gun rights in 2022, the justices ruled in favor of a 1994 ban on firearms for people under restraining orders to stay away from their spouses or partners. The justices reversed a ruling from the federal appeals court in New Orleans that had struck down the law.

Last week, the court overturned a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, the rapid-fire gun accessories used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The court ruled that the Justice Department exceeded its authority in imposing that ban.

Friday’s case stemmed directly from the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision in June 2022. A Texas man, Zackey Rahimi, was accused of hitting his girlfriend during an argument in a parking lot and later threatening to shoot her.

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Miami newspaper runs pro-Trump political ad filled with racial slurs

Friday 21 June 2024 21:30 , Martha McHardy

A newspaper in Miami, Florida is under fire after running several pro-Trump political ads filled with racial slurs.

The full-page ad, which ran on the back cover of the Miami New Times’ June 13–19 print edition, features several uncensored uses of the n-word, as well as a misleading quote of President Biden using the slur in 1985.

The quote was taken from a 1985 hearing in which then-Senator Biden quoted racist remarks made by a state legislator during a redistricting process in Louisiana. At the time, Biden was questioning William Bradford Reynolds, a nominee for deputy attorney general, who oversaw the redistricting process.

During the hearing, Biden read verbatim from a memo highlighting racist language used by lawmakers to support the redistricting plan. “We already have a n----- mayor, we don’t need any more n-----big shots!” Biden quoted a lawmaker as saying, before arguing that Reynolds had ignored racist comments by lawmakers and allowed them to gerrymander Louisiana’s congressional districts in a way that underrepresented Black residents.

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No ruling from Cannon on Smith appointment

Friday 21 June 2024 21:29 , Gustaf Kilander

There was no ruling from the bench by Judge Cannon in the hearing on whether special counsel Jack Smith had been appointed illegally.

At the end of the hearing, Cannon asked the prosecution a number of questions, such as “Did the attorney general have any oversight role in seeking the indictment?”

Prosecutor James Pearce declined to answer, citing policy, according to NBC.

Cannon then asked why there would be a problem answering if Garland signed off on the indictment in the classified documents case, regardless of what the policy is.

Pearce responded that he didn’t want to appear to be hiding something, but still said it would be against policy to answer such a question.

Three outside groups also presented their cases on Friday.

Before court ended for the day, Cannon asked both the defense and the prosecution to file supplemental materials, such as case law and statutory citations, but to limit filings to five pages.

Trump keeps citing the Presidential Records Act in his Mar-a-Lago defense: What does it say?

Friday 21 June 2024 21:15 , Gustaf Kilander

Donald Trump keeps pointing to the Presidential Records Act (PRA) to argue that he has done nothing wrong in the classified documents case, but what does the legislation say?

In 2022, the FBI conducted a raid on Mar-a-Lago, finding more than 100 classified documents that had not been handed back to the government despite several requests and subpoenas being issued. He was subsequently hit with dozens of charges alleging that he withheld the classified documents after leaving the White House, then obstructed the federal governement’s investigation. Trump has pleaded not guilty.

In March of this year, Judge Cannon on the US District Court of South Florida heard arguments regarding the notion that the PRA protects Trump from prosecution and that the case should be dismissed. While Trump’s attorneys argued that the law is too vague about national defense information, experts say that Trump has misinterpreted the law.

Barack Obama-era US attorney Joyce Alene White Vance wrote on X on March 14 that the motions from the Trump team were “barely better than frivolous”.

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Trump’s fundraising has massively overtaken Biden’s. What he does with the cash matters more

Friday 21 June 2024 21:00 , Eric Garcia

Former president Donald Trump blew out President Joe Biden in fundraising in May. According to campaign filings, Biden and the Democratic National Committee raised only $85 million in May, while Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $141 million.

Finding the reason for Trump’s cash advantage is not hard: On the second-to-last day of May, a jury found Trump guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records as part of a conspiracy to influence the 2016 presidential election. The day after the conviction, Trump’s campaign reported that it had raised $34.8 million in just 24 hours. Staffers said that 485,000 people had contributed to the campaign; 29.7 percent of the donors were first time contributors to WinRed, the GOP’s preferred fundraising platform.

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NY prosecutors urge judge to keep gag order blocking Trump from criticizing jurors who convicted him

Friday 21 June 2024 20:45 , Jake Offenhartz, AP

Prosecutors on Friday urged the judge overseeing Donald Trump’s criminal hush money case to uphold provisions of a gag order that bar him from criticizing jurors and court staff, while agreeing to lift a restriction on his public statements about trial witnesses.

In court papers filed Friday, prosecutors with the Manhattan district attorney’s office argued that portions of the gag order remained necessary given the Republican former president’s “singular history of inflammatory and threatening public statements,” as well as efforts by his supporters to “identify jurors and threaten violence against him.”

“Since the verdict in this case, defendant has not exempted the jurors from his alarming rhetoric that he would have ‘every right’ to seek retribution as president against the participants in this trial as a consequence of his conviction because ’sometimes revenge can be justified,” the filing states.

The gag order, issued in March, prohibited Trump from making or directing others to make public statements about witnesses, jurors and others connected to the case. It does not restrict comments about the judge, Juan M. Merchan, or Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose office prosecuted the case.

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‘That sounds very ominous'

Friday 21 June 2024 20:37 , Gustaf Kilander

On Friday, Judge Cannon questioned Trump attorney Emil Bove on what he meant by that Smith’s appointment amounted to a “shadow government”.

“That sounds very ominous. But what do you really mean?” she asked, according to CNN.

Instead of answering the question, Bove went on to argue that Smith was improperly appointed. He added that there should be another hearing on the matter, including testimony regarding the relationship between Garland and Smith.

When Cannon said there are regulations Smith must follow, Bove replied that Smith wasn’t reporting to anyone.

Prosecutor James Pearce said Garland could fire Smith at “this very moment.” He noted later that Garland doesn’t look over each decision Smith makes.

Judge Judy calls out Trump trial as ‘nonsense’ and says taxpayer money better spent making NY subways safer

Friday 21 June 2024 20:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Judy Sheindlin, better known as TV icon Judge Judy, has described Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial in New York as “nonsense.”

The retired judge spoke with CNN’s Chris Wallace on Friday about the former president and his recent felony conviction. Sheindlin was the star of reality TV hit “Judge Judy,” where she presided over small claims cases on the show, which ran from 1996 to 2021.

Sheindlin, who is originally from Brooklyn, said that she had not been in favor of Trump’s Manhattan prosecution.

“I would be happier as someone who owns property in Manhattan, if the district attorney of New York County would take care of criminals who are making it impossible for citizens to walk in the streets and use the subway, to use his efforts to keep those people off the street, than to spend 5 million or ten million of taxpayers money trying Donald Trump on this nonsense,” she said.

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Judge dismisses criminal charges against Trump’s ‘fake electors’ in Nevada

Friday 21 June 2024 20:20 , Alex Woodward

A judge in Nevada has dismissed a criminal case against six so-called “fake electors” who tried to overturn Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election.

Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus argued that the case from state prosecutors was filed in the wrong county.

Attorneys for the six defendants argued that the case should have been brought in Carson City, where they approved false certificates certifying Trump’s electors, or in Douglas County, where those documents were mailed.

Nevada’s Attorney General Aaron Ford is expected to appeal the decision.

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Judge dismisses criminal charges against Trump’s ‘fake electors’ in Nevada

Trump goes on late-night rant about ‘love’ for Ten Commandments and backs forcing it in public schools

Friday 21 June 2024 20:15 , Martha McHardy

Donald Trump has declared his “love” for the Ten Commandments and has called for them to be displaye in schools and other places in an all-caps, late-night post on his social media platform, Truth Social.

His post came after Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry signed legislation this week that requires the display of the Ten Commandments in every public classroom in the state. Elementary, middle and high schools, as well as public colleges, must all display posters no smaller than 11 by 14 inches and the commandments must be “the central focus of the poster” and “in a large, easily readable font,” the law states.

Louisiana is the only state in the country with such a requirement however it appears that it is one that the former president would like to expand.

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Trump rants about ‘love’ for Ten Commandments and backs forcing it in public schools

Labor leader to speak at RNC, Trump says

Friday 21 June 2024 20:05 , Gustaf Kilander

Trump wrote on Truth Social on Friday that Sean O’Brien, the General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will speak at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Our GREAT convention will unify Americans and demonstrate to the nation’s working families they come first. When I am back in the White House, the hardworking Teamsters, and all working Americans, will once again have a country they can afford to live in and be respected around the world. Sean, I look forward to seeing you represent the Teamsters in Milwaukee,” Trump wrote.

Trump’s media company suffers another huge slump as share price falls nearly 15%

Friday 21 June 2024 19:45 , Katie Hawkinson

Share prices for Donald Trump’s media company fell nearly 15 percent on Thursday as the former president’s business continued to endure a tough month.

Shares of Trump Media and Technology Group — the business that runs Trump’s Truth Social platform — cost just $26.75 at the close of trading on Thursday, marking a 14.56 percent fall from opening.

Meanwhile, Thursday’s price marks a more than 40 percent drop from the beginning of June, when shares sold for about $49 and a Manhattan jury had just found Trump guilty of 34 felony counts related to falsifying business documents.

This drop comes amid high sharing activity, with some 13 million stocks trading hands on Thursday.

The former president’s 114 million shares of stock in the company are now worth just $3.2BN, CNBC reports, a major drop from $5.6bn just three weeks ago.

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Alvin Bragg gets more than 100 threats in the three weeks after Trump’s conviction - more than all of 2023

Friday 21 June 2024 18:45 , Josh Marcus

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has received more than 100 threats and abusive messages in the weeks since his office finished convicting Donald Trump in the former president’s unprecedented hush money case, more than all the threats the prosecutor received in the previous year.

The threats, analyzed by the DA’s New York Police Department security detail and obtained by the New York Daily News, included messages filled with hateful racial slurs, and ominous comments like “Bragg in Trouble” and a messenger who sent an email from an address named ThisMeansWar.

The volume of aggression far outpaces what Bragg has faced previously, according to court filings. There were 89 threats against the DA in 2023, New York prosecutors disclosed as they sought a gag order in the Trump hush money case, up from just one threat prior to when Trump was indicted.

Throughout the prosecution of Donald Trump, which ended in May, Bragg, who is Black, has received a deluge of threats, many of them racist, including a package sent to his campaign mailbox with a cutout of him hung from a noose.

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Manhattan DA points to chilling bomb threats as he asks to extend Trump gag order

Friday 21 June 2024 18:45 , Alex Woodward

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicated on Friday that he’s willing to partially lift Donald Trump’s gag order in his hush money trial, but slammed the former president for his “patent disrespect” for the rule of law and warned the trial judge of credible bomb threats made against people involved in the case.

Trump — who is blocked from publicly attacking witnesses, jurors and other parties in the case, excluding Bragg and Justice Juan Merchan — has asked the judge to lift the gag order entirely, now that the criminal trial has come to an end with guilty verdicts on all 34 counts against him.

In a filing on Friday, Bragg said his office agrees that the gag order can be amended to lift the restrictions against trial witnesses — but that’s as far as he will go.

There is “no basis whatsoever” to let Trump attack attorneys and court staff and their families who are protected under the gag order, according to prosecutors with Bragg’s office.

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VIDEO: Trump's Legal Team Challenges Special Counsel's Appointment

Friday 21 June 2024 18:42 , Gustaf Kilander

Trump attorneys argue classified documents case should be thrown out

Friday 21 June 2024 18:38 , Gustaf Kilander

Attorneys for former President Donald Trump argued in court in Fort Pierce, Florida on Friday that the case against him for hoarding classified documents should be thrown out because Special Counsel Jack Smith was unlawfully appointed.

It’s a longshot claim based on the notion prevalent in some right-wing groups that Smith should’ve been approved by the Senate following his appointment by Attorney General Merrick Garland.

The special counsel’s office said the argument was “unsound,” according to The Washington Post. They added that Garland has the legal authority to appoint attorneys for Department of Justice duties.

Other challenges of a similar nature, such as against former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, have been thrown out in court.

Trump’s lawyer said during the hearing on Friday that differences exist in their legal arguments compared to the ones made against Mueller in Washington DC.

Cannon seemed skeptical of the argument.

“The District court in D.C. did a fairly comprehensive review,” she said, according to The Post.

The hearing is just one of five hearings that Cannon has scheduled over the course of three days. Several hearings are set to take place on Monday and Tuesday, such as a hearing on whether Smith’s role is funded legally.

Trump attorney Emil Bove argued on Friday that Garland has said on a number of occasions that Smith is acting independently, which would make him a “principal officer” that has to be approved by the Senate.

James Pearce, for the prosecution, argued that many officials at the Department of Justice aren’t confirmed by the Senate but can make significant decisions.

He added that accepting the defense’s argument would have “pernicious consequences.”

Cannon appeared interested in the notion surrounding Smith’s independence, asking if Garland would have looked at the Trump indictment before filing.

Pearce said special regulations mean that the attorney general will review major decisions in the case, probably including the indictment.

Three outside lawyers are now arguing about the appointment of Smith. Cannon took the unusual step of allowing outside groups to join the hearing.

Trump could see an easy win in the polls after the first debate — but not because of Biden’s age

Friday 21 June 2024 18:15 , Gustaf Kilander

Donald Trump may see a bump in the polls after the first debate because of a long-running trend: Incumbents tend to do worse in the first debate of the presidential election season.

Presidential debate historian Alan Schroeder explained to NBC News that a president’s life exists in a “protected bubble.” The first debate takes them outside of that bubble, where they’re forced to face off against a pumped up opponent who’s been itching for a showdown.

The first debate in this election cycle will be hosted by CNN in Atlanta on June 27. Biden is heading to Camp David on Thursday night to begin his preparations.

Incumbents tend to grow accustomed to the deference they’re shown within the White House, and after four years, they’re in for a rude awakening when their opponent throws punches on the debate stage, Schroeder said, noting that presidents tend not to hear much “conflicting information” during their four years in the “bubble.”

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Cannon seems skeptical of Trump’s argument Smith was appointed illegally

Friday 21 June 2024 17:53 , Gustaf Kilander

During the morning session in the proceedings in the courtroom in Fort Pierce, Judge Aileen Cannon heard arguments from Trump’s defense attorney Emil Bove, while James Pearce argued for the office of the special counsel, according to Lawfare.

The focus of the Friday hearing is whether Special Counsel Jack Smith was lawfully appointed.

The judge questioned both Bove and Pearce about their arguments, focusing her queries on textual analysis of statutes and regulations governing the Department of Justice under which Attorney General Merrick Garland made the appointment of Jack Smith.

During parts of the hearing, Cannon seemed to be skeptical of Trump’s argument that Smith was appointed illegally. But she also seemed not to be in agreement with the prosecution. She said that their statutory analysis appeared to be an excessively “malleable” reading of the Constitution, Lawfare reported.

During the afternoon session, non-parties will make their arguments.

Trump suggests CIA was behind push to stop him releasing JFK assassination files

Friday 21 June 2024 17:45 , Amelia Neath

Former President Donald Trump spoke about releasing the files surrounding the assassination of President John F Kennedy in a recent podcast appearance, suggesting the CIA had applied pressure to stop some information being released.

Trump appeared on the All-In Podcast on Thursday, hosted by Silicon Valley technology investors, and spoke on an array of topics, from his political rival President Joe Biden and their upcoming debate to suggesting that foreign students should get green cards after they graduate US college.

The former president was also questioned by venture capitalist and podcast host Chamath Palihapitiya over a promise he made during his presidency that he would release files pertaining to the assassination of Kennedy that occurred on November 22, 1963.

Palihapitiya questioned Trump about what happened over the release of the JFK files and what he would do next should he be re-elected.

“I actually did do it,” Trump said. “I released a lot, as you know, but when it came to the whole thing, I was hit by some people that work for me that are great people, that you would respect and they asked me not to do it.

“And I’m saying why. Tell me why. And they said, ‘Sir, I think it needs a little more time’.”

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Reclusive banking heir billionaire gave Trump $50m one day after hush money conviction

Friday 21 June 2024 17:15 , Martha McHardy

A donor gave $50 million to Donald Trump’s campaign on the day of the former president’s hush money conviction, according to new filings.

The huge sum, donated by Timothy Mellon to Trump Super PAC MAGA Inc., was the largest federal individual campaign contribution so far this election cycle.

The donation made up most of the $68.8 million MAGA Inc. raised in May.

Filings show the donation was made on May 31, the same day that Trump became the first US president in history to receive a criminal conviction after he was convicted of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.

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Trump set to ask judge to revoke prosecutors’ access to memos by ex-attorney

Friday 21 June 2024 16:45 , Gustaf Kilander

Donald Trump is set to ask Judge Aileen Cannon next week to restrict the access of prosecutors to memos created by Trump’s former attorney which became evidence of his attempts to obstruct the probe, according to The Guardian.

The request is set to be made on Tuesday during a sealed hearing.

Last month, Trump challenged prosecutors’ access to the transcripts of voice memos created by former Trump attorney Evan Corcoran.

The former president’s legal team is expected to claim that none of the memos should’ve been handed to prosecutors on the crime-fraud exception.

The exception allows prosecutors to view privileged communications between an attorney and a defendant if the legal advice was used as part of a crime.

Trump ally Bannon asks the Supreme Court to delay his 4-month prison sentence on contempt charges

Friday 21 June 2024 16:30 , Lindsay Whitehurst, AP

Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, asked the Supreme Court on Friday to delay his prison sentence while he fights his convictions for defying a subpoena from the House committee that investigated the attack on U.S. Capitol.

The request came after a federal appeals court panel rejected his bid to avoid reporting to prison by July 1 to serve his four-month sentence. It was addressed to Chief Justice John Roberts, who oversees emergency appeals from courts in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols had previously delayed Bannon’s prison term as he appealed but ordered him to turn himself in after an appeals court panel upheld his contempt of Congress convictions.

Bannon was convicted nearly two years ago of two counts of contempt of Congress: one for refusing to sit for a deposition with the Jan. 6 House Committee and the other for refusing to provide documents related to his involvement in Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 presidential election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

Bannon has cast the case as politically motivated, and his attorney David Schoen has said the case raises “serious constitutional issues” that need to be examined by the Supreme Court.

His lawyer has also argued that the former adviser didn’t ignore the subpoena but was still negotiating with the congressional committee when he was charged. His previous attorney told him that the subpoena was invalid because the Republican former president has asserted executive privilege and the committee would not allow a Trump lawyer in the room.

In court papers, Bannon’s lawyers also argued that there is a “strong public interest” in allowing him to remain free in the run-up to the 2024 election because Bannon is a top adviser to Trump’s campaign.

Ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon loses appeal over jail sentence meaning he’ll go to prison within days

Friday 21 June 2024 16:15 , Amelia Neath

A federal appeals court has shot down former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s request to stay out of prison while he appeals his conviction for defying a subpoena to testify in an investigation over the US Capitol attack.

Bannon’s bid was denied by a three-judge panel on Thursday at the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia after they came to a 2-1 ruling, in which two judges said that his arguments did not present a “substantial question” of law that could see his conviction reversed.

“Bannon’s proposal – that to prove willful default, the government must establish that the witness knew that his conduct was unlawful – cannot be reconciled with the Supreme Court’s approach to the statute,” Judges Cornelia Pillard and Bradley Garcia said in the order.

The third judge, Justin Walker, however, said that “Bannon should not go to prison before the Supreme Court considers his forthcoming petition,” in a two-page dissent.

On Friday, Bannon submitted his appeal to the nation’s highest court.

He must turn himself over to federal prison by July 1 to serve a four-month sentence.

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Manhattan DA requests that Judge Merchan keep in place elements of Trump gag order

Friday 21 June 2024 16:01 , Gustaf Kilander

The office of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has asked that Judge Juan Merchan, who oversaw Trump’s hush money trial, extend large parts of a gag order that was placed on the former president.

The prosecutors pointed to dozens of death threats made against Bragg and other officials.

The order was issued before the hush money trial began in the middle of April. It restricts his ability to attack jurors, witnesses, court staff, and the judge’s family members. It doesn’t stop Trump from criticizing Bragg or Merchan.

Prosecutors said in a filing that the judge does not have to enforce the gag order in relation to trial witnesses but that he should keep the parts linked to jurors, prosecutors, as well as court staff, and their families.

The NYPD has recorded 56 “actionable threats” since the start of April, an affidavit included in the filing states.

Retired judge says Cannon is making sure ‘nothing’ happens by not setting classified documents trial date

Friday 21 June 2024 15:45 , Gustaf Kilander

Trump-appointed judge will decide if special counsel Jack Smith is legally assigned in Mar-a-Lago case

Friday 21 June 2024 15:23 , Alex Woodward

Donald Trump’s classified documents case in Florida is moving ahead without any trial date in sight.

Instead, the federal judge presiding over the case has heard motion after motion from defense attorneys in their long-shot attempt to dismiss the charges against the former president and his co-defendants while attacking the prosecutors who brought the case against them.

On Friday, US District Judge Aileen Cannon — who was appointed to the bench by Trump — will hold a daylong hearing that questions the credibility of special counsel Jack Smith, and whether he was lawfully appointed under the Constitution.

The pretrial hearing is the first of five that Judge Cannon has scheduled over three days. Trump is not required to attend.

In a rare move, she is allowing nonparties in the case to argue inside the courtroom on Friday, rather than in briefs submitted to the court.

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Trump campaign raises $141m in May to close funding gap to Biden

Friday 21 June 2024 15:15 , Amelia Neath

Donald Trump significantly outraised President Joe Biden in May, despite becoming the first US president to be convicted of a crime.

Trump’s campaign and the Republic National Committee (RNC) reported that they raised a massive $141m in May, however, they declined to report how much money the campaign had left in their funds at the end of the month, which they are not legally required to report until July.

The Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $85 million in May, with $212m sitting in the campaign’s bank at the end of the month, federal filings released on Thursday detailed. Reports suggest Trump has upwards of $170m. Trump was $100 million behind Mr. Biden at the start of April.

Filings show the Trump campaign had $116.5m cash on hand – not committed elsewhere – at the start of June, compared to $91.6m for the Biden campaign.

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Trump classified documents case hearing over Jack Smith’s appointment as special counsel set to begin

Friday 21 June 2024 14:50 , Gustaf Kilander

A hearing in former President Donald Trump’s classified documents case is set to begin on Friday as Judge Aileen Cannon entertains a motion from the ex-commander-in-chief’s legal team that Jack Smith was unlawfully appointed as special counsel.

Smith has brought charges for allegedly mishandling classified information in Florida and for his attempts to overturn the 2020 election in Washington DC.

The Trump argument that Smith’s appointment was illegal stems from the claim that Attorney General Merrick Garland doesn’t have the legal authority to appoint a special counsel who hasn’t been confirmed by the Senate.

The Department of Justice has argued that the attorney general has the power to appoint “inferior officers” – including special counsels.

In February, the Trump legal team filed a motion arguing that the appointments clause of the constitution “does not permit the Attorney General to appoint, without Senate confirmation, a private citizen and like-minded political ally to wield the prosecutorial power of the United States. As such, Jack Smith lacks the authority to prosecute this action.”

Cannon is giving more time to the challenge than other judges who have faced similar claims as other defendants have tried to argue that the work of the special counsel is invalid.

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Friday 21 June 2024 14:45 , Gustaf Kilander

Trump says foreign students who graduate from US colleges should ‘automatically’ get green cards

Friday 21 June 2024 14:15 , Gustaf Kilander

Trump has suggested that foreign students who graduate from US colleges should “automatically” receive green cards.

The former president made the suggestion on The All-In Podcast published on Thursday.

The comments are in stark contrast to his recent statements about making the biggest push for deportations of immigrants in the US illegally in American history.

The hosts of the podcast include tech venture capitalists David Sacks, Chamath Palihapitiya, and investor Jason Calacanis.

Calacinis asked Trump: “Can you please promise us you will give us more ability to import the best and brightest from around the world to America?”

“What I want to do, and what I will do, is you graduate from a college, I think you should get automatically, as part of your diploma, a green card to be able to stay in this country,” Trump said.

He added: “And that includes junior colleges too. Anybody graduates from a college, you go in there for two years or four years. If you graduate, or you get a doctorate degree from a college, you should be able to stay in this country.”

“You need a pool of people to work for your companies and they have to be smart people,” the former president told the podcast hosts.

“You need brilliant people and we force the brilliant people, the people that graduate from college, the people that are number one in their class from the best colleges,” he said. “You have to be able to recruit these people and keep the people.”

Biden allies ‘raising $10m’ to to fight Trump’s social media machine

Friday 21 June 2024 13:45 , Amelia Neath, Martha McHardy

A pro-Biden super PAC is said to be raising millions to fight the social media battle with Donald Trump – after a series of unflattering Biden videos were released from the former president’s camp.

The videos have amassed millions of views as Trump seeks to highlight Biden’s age, despite only being three years younger than his rival.

The super PAC Future Forward USA Action, backed by the likes of Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and LinkedIn founder Reed Hoffman, is reportedly raising at least $10 million to try and help better understand the algorithms that are helping Trump and his allies on social media platforms.

The plans also include collaborating with left-leaning influences to generate and spread new content online, two sources familiar with the plans told Reuters.

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Trump classified documents judge was privately urged to pass it up by two federal judges

Friday 21 June 2024 13:15 , Alex Woodward

The judge in former President Donald Trump’s classified documents case, Judge Aileen Cannon, declined private requests from federal judges that she step aside from the case after she was assigned to it last year.

Two more experienced South Florida judges told her it would be best if she passed the case on, but Cannon chose to remain in charge of the proceedings, according to The New York Times.

A series of hearings to dismiss the case is set to begin shortly before Judge Cannon, including one that questions the legitimacy of special counsel Jack Smith’s appointment...

Trump classified documents case judge Aileen Cannon was privately urged to pass it up

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