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Trump news today: Ex-president ‘illegally retaliated’ against impeachment


Donald Trump is supposedly writing a book on how presidency was stolen from him

As the 6 January committee prepares for a summer of what promise to be shocking and disturbing hearings about the Capitol riot, Donald Trump has laid into committee member Liz Cheney, claiming that she has taken her topposition to him to extremes.

In an interview with The Washington Post, he called her a “crazed lunatic.” The committee’s first public hearing since last year is set for 9 June.

Meanwhile, Enrique Tarroio, a former leader of the Proud Boys and one of the key figures in the many 6 January-related cases underway, is appearing in a virtual court hearing. He is seeking release from pre-trial detention while he awaits trial on conspiracy charges related to the Capitol attack.

Elsewhere, a report from an inspector general with the US Department of Defense has found that the ex-president’s administration unlawfully retaliated against a whistleblower who sounded alarms about his dealings with Ukraine that led to his first impeachment.

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Justice Department expands indictment of Trump ally accused of illegally lobbying White House for UAE

The US Department of Justice has updated its indictment against Thomas Barrack, a Trump ally and chair on his inauguration committee who is alleged to have sought investments from United Arab Emirates while illegally lobbying the administration on its behalf.

This week, federal prosecutors replaced an initial charging document with a 55-page superseding indictment that details how the billionaire allegedly relied on his proximity to the Trump universe to facilitate his dealings with the UAE.

Prosecutors allege that he sought money from the UAE for an investment fund to elecate the Trump agenda and “garner political credibility for its contributions” of the administrations policies, according an aide to Mr Barrck included in the indictment.

The fund would make money by “sourcing, financing, operationally improving and harvesting assets” in areas that would “benefit the most” from Trump being in office, according to the filing.

Alex Woodward19 May 2022 05:00

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Trump administration unlawfully punished impeachment whistleblower, report finds

Several Trump-era administration officials unlawfully retaliated against a whistleblower on the National Security Council who raised concerns about Trump’s call with Volodymyr Zelensky that was central to his first impeachment.

Alex Woodward19 May 2022 04:10

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From Madison Cawthorn to Dr Oz, who really won and lost on Trump’s big primary night

From The Independent’s Eric Garcia:

Trump saw many of his preferred candidates triumph in Pennsylvania and North Carolina while others flopped or are in races that are too tight to call; we can expect plenty of arguments about who triumphed and who truly lost.

It’s clear that while Trump’s endorsement helps, it isn’t a guarantee.

Alex Woodward19 May 2022 03:00

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A ‘bat****’ bill shows how far Louisiana lawmakers will push an anti-abortion agenda

With the end of Roe v Wade in sight, Republican legislators emboldened by the loss of federal protections for abortion care are eying severe restrictions on abortion access and criminalising physicians – and patients – while millions of vulnerable Americans’ lives and families are at stake.

One bill in Louisiana proposed charging patients with homicide.

Alex Woodward19 May 2022 02:10

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Kinzinger: Cawthorn’s loss is ‘good for the country’

Illinois Republican congressman and Trump critic called the loss of the former president’s pick in North Carolina “good for the country.”

“It’s good for the party. It’s good for the 11th District of North Carolina,” he told CNN.

“DC has become kind of a growing ground for people that are just more interested in fame than governing, that are more interested in becoming famous than in actually doing the really serious work, at a time when we have a lot of challenges here at home and a lot of challenges overseas.”

Kinzinger is notably not running for re-election. He joins Liz Cheney as the only two Republican House members on the congressional committee investigating the Capitol attack. Both of them are routinely attacked by far-right members of their party.

Alex Woodward19 May 2022 01:00

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Elon Musk predicts Democrat ‘dirty tricks campaign’ against him after switching his vote to Republican

Now the world’s wealthiest person is going to “vote Republican” – though it’s unclear what that means, or for which candidates in what races – as he describes a presidential administration as rudderless and “captured” by labour unions, which he opposes.

Alex Woodward19 May 2022 00:00

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Breaking: Biden invokes Defence Production Act and orders Pentagon airlift to boost baby formula supply

President Biden has invoked a national defense law to speed production of baby formula and allow overseas imports for…



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