Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump investigations
Donald Trump is facing a second trial from author E Jean Carroll, who accuses him of raping her in a New York department store in the 1990s.
Citing new state law that goes into effect today, Ms. Carroll is suing Mr. Trump for rape and sexual assault as well as defamation over recent comments he made calling her “ crook” and accusing him of lying about his allegations.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department is reportedly seeking to interview Mike Pence as part of its ongoing investigation into Jan. 6 and Donald Trump’s months-long effort to nullify the 2020 election.
Mr. Pence was presiding over the certification of the election results when the Capitol was attacked by a horde of Trump supporters and right-wing extremists. His life was directly threatened by rioters during the attack, and his security team was forced to rush him to a secure position a few meters from where the attackers had entered the building.
The Rise of the ‘Crazy Caucus’: All the Ways the GOP Could Upset America Now It’s Won the House
How badly could things turn out for the United States now that the Republicans – as expected – will take control of the House of Representatives in January after the midterm elections?
The Independents Andrew Feinberg examined all the ways the GOP, with a far-right faction feeling increasingly emboldened by its ability to hijack the party’s agenda, could spoil the work and give Joe a two-year headache Biden.
John BowdenNovember 25, 2022 04:20
Trump accused of ‘stealing’ Herschel Walker campaign with misleading fundraising emails
Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s campaign has accused Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, of “misleading” fundraising.
Scott Paradise, Mr. Walker’s campaign manager, called Republicans who announced a fundraiser for Mr. Walker and called on them to share more money, NBC News reported.
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John BowdenNovember 25, 2022 03:20
Georgia’s ban on Saturday voting ahead of Warnock’s runoff against Walker would ‘irreparably harm’ voters, judge rules
Raphael Warnock’s campaign was victorious last week in a crucial lawsuit against a state law banning early in-person voting on Saturdays after a holiday, allowing voters to return to the polls the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Senator Warnock remains in a fight against Herschel Waklker, a former professional footballer turned Trump sidekick and GOP nominee for the US Senate. If Mr Warnock wins, Democrats will widen their majority by one upper house seat in a final rebuttal of the “red wave” predicted by Republicans this year.
John BowdenNovember 25, 2022 02:20
Herschel Walker tells a bizarre story about vampires and werewolves
Herschel Walker veered into a bizarre and seemingly inexplicable tangent on vampires, werewolves and faith as the Republican Senate candidate rallied in Georgia ahead of his December runoff against Sen. Raphael Warnock.
The former professional football player delivered the bizarre comment as he stood at the pulpit at an event in McDonough, Georgia on Wednesday.
John BowdenNovember 25, 2022 01:20
Fewer than 20 Kari Lake supporters turn out to protest his loss in the Arizona gubernatorial election
A small but vocal group of Holocaust deniers gathered outside the state capitol in Arizona to protest Kari Lake’s loss in the gubernatorial race to Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs.
About 15 people gathered at the Arizona State Capitol on Tuesday, some waving flags bearing pro-Trump and “SOS” messages.
Ms Lake has refused to concede her race and has raised voter suppression allegations – but she lacks the support of other Republicans in the state, including, crucially, Gov. Doug Ducey.
John BowdenNovember 25, 2022 12:20 a.m.
Arizona’s Republican governor congratulated the Democratic winner of the state’s gubernatorial race this week after her defeat of Kari Lake, a Trump-backed Republican candidate who made headlines for fighting with reporters and insisted the 2020 election was stolen.
Ms Lake continues to insist her race was the target of voter suppression tactics after some Lake supporters complained of long queues and problems with printers in constituencies – although very few said they were unable to vote in full.
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John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 11:20 p.m.
Trump holds comfortable lead over DeSantis in 2024 primary poll
Donald Trump still holds a comfortable lead over Ron DeSantis in the first major post-midterm poll of the hypothetical 2024 Republican primary, but don’t count the governor of Florida just yet.
The ex-president led his opponent by 30 points in an Emerson College survey of likely GOP primary voters released Tuesday. Mr. DeSantis was backed by 25% of respondents to Mr. Trump’s 55%, a sign of both the ex-president’s continued political strength and the Florida governor’s growing star power in GOP circles. .
John Bowden delves into the importance of the survey to The Independent:
John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 10:20 p.m.
Former President Donald Trump was asked to return to Twitter by the platform’s new CEO Elon Musk, but has so far refused to return. Instead, he spends his time on his own social media site, Truth Social, where he’s been posting some really weird stuff over the past few months.
Mr. Trump regularly ‘re-truths’ posts that sing his praises, but one of his most recent posts includes an edited video featuring a bizarre mix of movie scenes in which characters gaze in rapt glee at the former president giving speeches and bragging about himself. .
John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 9:18 p.m.
Pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell begs Elon Musk to contact him as he remains banned from Twitter
Pillow salesman and 2020 conspiracy mogul Mike Lindell publicly appealed to Elon Musk this week to have his Twitter account reinstated.
The MyPillow CEO was banned from the platform earlier this year after creating a second account to escape a temporary ban by the platform’s moderators, who flagged his account for spreading false information about the 2020 election .
In a broadcast as part of his “Lindell TV” program on a right-wing streaming site, he called on Mr Musk to get in touch with him and claimed the billionaire Tesla founder was ignoring him.
John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 8:21 p.m.
Kanye West says he asked Donald Trump to be his 2024 presidential running mate
Kanye West has revealed he asked former US President Donald Trump to be his “running mate” for the 2024 presidential election.
The exchange apparently happened when Mr West traveled to Mar-a-Lago with white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who marched at the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“What you guys think [Trump’s] answer was when I asked him to be my running mate in 2024? Ye, who ran for office in 2020, asked his fans on Twitter.
John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 7:20 p.m.
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