Trump news – latest: Ex-president demands ‘new election immediately’ in latest Truth Social rant

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In a “truth” posted on his bespoke social media platform Truth Social, Donald Trump has doubled down on dubious claims about the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop and insisted that new revelations about the coverage of the story mean the results of the last election should be nullified.

“So now it comes out, conclusively, that the FBI BURIED THE HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP STORY BEFORE THE ELECTION knowing that, if they didn’t, ‘Trump would have easily won the 2020 Presidential Election,’” he wrote.

“REMEDY: Declare the rightful winner or, and this would be the minimal solution, declare the 2020 Election irreparably compromised and have a new Election, immediately!”

Mr Trump’s post comes after Senator Lindsey Graham claimed that the FBI was told to “back off” investigating Joe Biden’s son in a bid to “make sure the story didn’t break before the 2020 election” – and warned of civil unrest if the former president is charged and brought to trial.


Trump lawyer compares Mar-a-Lago files to “overdue library book”

In an appearance on Fox News last night, Jim Trusty, a former Justice Department employee and federal prosecutor who is now representing Donald Trump in the Mar-a-Lago case, opined that the investigation into the documents Mr Trump took with him to his residence pales in comparison to the saga of Hillary Clinton’s emails – and that the FBI’s actions before the search, as detailed in the “oil slick” of a redacted affidavit, indicate that they did not take the classification of the material particularly seriously.

Mr Trusty’s remarks are inaccurate in that while the DOJ’s letter to Mr Trump’s counsel on 8 June did ask that the room where documents were stored be secured, it did not say this was the end of the matter, or that it was only a gentle suggestion.

As rendered in the affidavit, it reads:

…Mar-a-Lago does not include a secure location authorized for the storage of classified information. As such, it appears that since the time classified documents [redacted] were removed from the secure facilities at the White House and moved to Mar-a-Lago on or around Januaiy 20, 2021, they have not been handled in an appropriate manner or stored in an appropriate location. Accordingly, we ask that the room at Mar-a-Lago where the documents had been stored be secured and that all of the boxes that were moved from the White House to Mar-a-Lago (along with any other items in that room) be preserved in that room in their current condition until further notice.


Trump reiterates call to overturn 2020 election and doubles down on Hunter Biden obsession

Donald Trump last night reiterated his call to be reinstated as president on the dubious basis that the Hunter Biden laptop story was supposedly not covered closely enough during the last weeks of the campaign.

(Truth Social)

The latest outrage at the story was kicked off by an interview between erratic podcaster Joe Rogan and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who said his platform had initially limited the spread of a New York Post story about the younger Biden’s device in the first few days after it was published. The FBI has denied telling Facebook to do this, saying instead that it simply warned the platform about the potential spread of Russian misinformation targeting the Bidens.

“The FBI routinely notifies U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of potential threat information, so that they can decide how to better defend against threats,” the bureau said in a statement.

There is no obvious legal standard under which the election can be overturned or nullified nearly two years after the fact.


Bernie Sanders criticises ‘Republicans squawking’ over debt relief while supporting corporate tax breaks

Bernie Sanders has no time for Republicans criticising Joe Biden’s decision to cancel up to $10,000 of student loans for most borrowers.

The Vermont progressive hammered his GOP rivals on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday over their sudden concern for bailing out Americans after passing tax breaks that largely ended up benefiting wealthier Americans during the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.

“I know it is shocking … to some Republicans that the government actually, on occasion, do something to benefit working families and low-income people,” he said. “Suddenly when we do something for working people, it is a terrible idea.”

Read more in The Independent from Alex Woodward:


ICYMI: Justice Department says it has already reviewed seized documents after Trump asks for special master examination

The Justice Department says it has already completed Donald Trump’s requested review of materials seized from his home to determine whether any were protected by attorney-client privilege.

The former president had requested a special master be appointed to do so, but delayed for days before making the official request. It’s unclear if the documents will be reviewed again, or whether the court-appointed official would come to a different conclusion that the DoJ’s team.

Read more in The Independent from Andrew Feinberg:


Right-leaning Drudge website pictures Trump in orange jumpsuit

The right-leaning news aggregation website the Drudge Report pictured former president Donald Trump in an orange jumpsuit in a photoshopped image as it linked to several articles outlining his mounting legal problems.

Under the headline “Trump indictment watch”, the site linked to a Daily Beast Op-Ed arguing “It’s Over: Trump Will Be Indicted”.

Mr Trump is under investigation for bringing classified documents to his Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, after leaving the White House in January of last year.


ICYMI: Trump demands ‘new election immediately’ in bizarre post on Truth Social

Donald Trump is now openly demanding that the 2020 election be re-run, nearly two years after his defeat, after Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the site suppressed content about Hunter Biden following warnings from the FBI — then run by a Trump appointee — about misinformation and Russian election interference.

The ex-president made his latest demand on Truth Social on Monday after months of insisting that the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop would have swayed the election in his favour. There’s little evidence that wide swaths of Americans care about that so-called scandal, and Mr Biden has yet to be charged or accused of wrongdoing by a credible source.

“REMEDY: Declare the rightful winner or, and this would be the minimal solution, declare the 2020 Election irreparably compromised and have a new Election, immediately!” the ex-president wrote.

There iso provision in the US Constitution to “redo” an election.

Read more from The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg:


Michael Cohen warns Trump may have ‘given away’ sensitive information

Donald Trump’s former attorney believes that the former president may have “given away” sensitive information while travelling around the world during his tenure in the White House.

In a Tik Tok video, Mr Cohen reacted to a Washington Post report, which stated that Mr Trump would take unorganised boxes of classified documents with him on overseas trips.

“Let me be very clear, considering I know this ‘Mandarin Mussolini’ extremely well. Donald doesn’t take boxes of material around the world for no reason at all. He took it for nefarious reasons,” Mr Cohen said.

“Nothing that Donald Trump is doing is for the benefit of you, for me, for the American people, for this country.

“This is all about him. And I stand firm when I say that Donald wants to use this in order to hold the country hostage. That’s his goal,” he said.

“His goal, because he knows his ass is in the grinder right now. He knows that he’s cooked, that he’s going to use this information, look for all we know, he’s already given it away, but there’s definitely more that’s there.”

He added that Mr Trump would try to use the classified information to “ensure that he doesn’t spend the rest of his natural life behind bars charged with treason”.


Trump bragged he ‘knew illicit details’ about Macron’s ‘love life’: report

Former president Donald Trump reportedly bragged to his friends that he knew details about the “love life” of French president Emmanuel Macron.

Among the information that was seized from Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and office, was a document listed as “info re: President of France” and this disclosure has left officials on both sides of the Atlantic scrambling to find out what it is that Mr Trump thinks he knows, Rolling Stone reported.

According to sources quoted in the report, Mr Trump has had a “tawdry” interest in Mr Macron for years and bragged recently that he knew “illicit details” about his “love life”.

Mr Trump claimed that he learned about some of this dirt through “intelligence” he had seen or been briefed on, the sources told the American magazine.

However, it is not known if the Macron-related document had anything to do with the French president’s personal life. “But the mere revelation of its existence triggered a trans-Atlantic freakout,” the sources said.


Republicans use Pelosi’s own words against her as they urge her to press Biden on student debt

Republicans are pointing to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s past remarks indicating that she did not believe student debt could be cancelled unilaterally by the Executive Branch as they urge her to oppose Joe Biden’s decision to cancel up to $10,000 in loans for most borrowers.

“People think that the President of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness,” the Speaker of the House said in July of last year. “He does not. He can postpone, he can delay but he does not have that power. That has to be an act of Congress.”

GOP lawmakers sent Ms Pelosi a letter this week insisting that given her past stance, it is “imperative that you act immediately in defense of our Constitution and the powers of the legislative branch”.

Read more from Eric Garcia in The Independent:


Jim Jordan faces backlash over ‘real America’ tweet

Ohio congressman Jim Jordan caught the ire of Twitter users on Monday after a seemingly-innocuous tweet about “working hard” and paying your bills.

Mr Jordan posted the tweet on Monday morning, writing that “In Real America, you work hard, pay your bills, and provide for your family. Isn’t that how it should be?”

He was mocked by Democrats over the seeming hypocrisy of his belief in “working hard” given his support for Donald Trump, who has publicly used the bankruptcy system to his advantage and stands accused of defrauding banks and other financial authorities.


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