Trump team descends into infighting over Jan. 6
The Jan. 6 committee’s work might never lead to criminal charges against Trump or those around him. Perhaps the most pronounced example came Tuesday morning, when Rudy Giuliani effectively accused two top Trump campaign aides, Jason Miller and Bill Stepien, of perjury. Miller had said under oath that Trump’s former attorney was “definitely intoxicated” on election night 2020. AdvertisementThe other big clash to emerge from Monday’s hearing was between Trump and his former attorney general, William P. Barr. On Monday, they added clips of Barr saying he informed Trump that his theories were bogus — something that could be legally significant.washingtonpost.com
'Intoxicated' Rudy Giuliani wanted Trump to declare victory on election night, campaign staff says
A drunken Rudy Giuliani advised then-President Donald Trump to declare victory on election night 2020 despite the fact that Fox News had called Arizona for Joe Biden and votes had yet to be fully counted in other battleground states, former advisers to the president told the Jan. 6 select committee.news.yahoo.com
Jan. 6 Hearing Bombshell: Trump Knew He Lost
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstAn apparently drunk Rudy Giuliani was key to convincing former President Donald Trump to throw the nation into chaos and simply declare victory on election night in 2020, drowning out the voices of some of Trump’s closest advisers who preferred that he await final results.That was just one of the bombshells from the Jan. 6 Committee’s second hearing on Monday, as members of the panel sought to answer a famous question from another case of presidential impropriety: What didnews.yahoo.com
Scoop: Truth Social verifies white nationalist Nick Fuentes
Truth Social, Donald Trump's new social network, has verified an account for Nick Fuentes, who has been labeled a "white supremacist" in Justice Department filings, according to screenshots of the account shared with Axios. Why it matters: The Trump-backed network is welcoming a figure barred by mainstream social media and shunned by some other conservative platforms, including Gettr, the app from former Trump aide Jason Miller. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe fnews.yahoo.com
Baltimore Cop Stashed 15-Year-Old Stepson’s Body in Wall: Prosecutor
GettyA Baltimore police officer is facing charges after prosecutors say the body of his teenage stepson was found “secreted” in a wall in his home and he tried to steal a fellow officer’s gun as authorities made the grisly discovery.The chaotic chain of events kicked off on Tuesday, when prosecutors say Anne Arundel County police officers went to the home of Baltimore police officer Eric G. Banks Jr. to inquire about the whereabouts of his 15-year-old stepson, Dasan Jones. After first claiming tnews.yahoo.com
Trump's blog page shuts down permanently
Former President Trump's blog page has been shut down, aide Jason Miller confirmed Wednesday.Why it matters: The blog page, "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump", has been where the former president has shared his statements since it was unveiled last month. It was billed as an end-around to popular social media platforms which banned him. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Miller told CNBC, which first reported the page's shutdown, that the blog would not benews.yahoo.com
Trump hints at returning to social media with his own platform
Former President Donald Trump is making a social media comeback with a platform of his own, according to one of his senior advisors. Jason Miller, an adviser and spokesperson for Trump’s 2020 campaign told Fox News that the former president would be “returning to social media in probably about two or three months.” Miller went on to say that Trump is returning with his own platform that will attract “tens of millions” of new users and could “completely redefine the game.”This comes after Trump was permanently banned from Twitter and other social media platforms like Facebook after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. “This is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media,” Miller said. “It’s going to completely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what President Trump does, but it will be his own platform.”AdAccording to Miller, Trump has been approached by several companies about the new platform.
Newsmax hires Trump adviser Jason Miller, Giuliani's son
FILE - Jason Miller, Senior Adviser to the Trump 2020 re-election campaign, appears for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 9, 2021. Newsmax said Thursday it is hiring Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump as a contributor who will provide commentary on a variety of issues. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)NEW YORK – The conservative network Newsmax said Thursday it is hiring Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump as a contributor who will provide commentary on a variety of issues. With Biden inaugurated and Trump receding from the news, Newsmax has seen its ratings slip from heady post-election days. Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said Miller and Giuliani “have been Washington insiders without becoming part of the problem.
House impeachment manager sues Trump, allies over riot
In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., speaks during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Swalwell's attorney Philip Andonian praised Thompson’s lawsuit, filed under a Reconstruction-era law called the Ku Klux Klan Act, and said they were behind it 100%, but saw the need for this one, too. “We see ourselves as having a different angle to this, holding Trump accountable for the incitement, the disinformation,” he said. But the lawsuit, like the one by Thompson, was brought against Trump in his personal, not official, capacity. “Unable to accept defeat, Donald Trump waged an all out war on a peaceful transition of power,” Swalwell said in a statement.
Georgia prosecutor investigating Trump call urges patience
Her office confirmed that the probe includes a call in which Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state. Following the November general election, Trump refused to accept his loss by about 12,000 votes in Georgia, long a Republican stronghold. In a Jan. 2 telephone conversation with Raffensperger, Trump repeatedly suggested Raffensperger could change the certified results of the presidential election, an assertion the secretary of state firmly rejected. “BJay” Pak, the Trump-appointed U.S. attorney in Atlanta, was a “never-Trumper” — a term often used for conservative critics of Trump. That’s just logical.”Prior to his call with Raffensperger, Trump tried unsuccessfully to pressure others in Georgia.
Trump rages at top Republicans even as advisors urge him to focus attacks on Biden, Democrats
CNBC had asked which Republicans Trump intended to target during midterm primaries after the former president said he plans to back several primary contenders who support his Make America Great Again agenda. Advisors have told Trump that many Republican voters, who have been polled by the former president's strategists, do not want to see an all-out war in the GOP. Instead, they would rather see Trump focus his attacks on Biden and top Democrats. Gaetz has called for the ouster of Republican House leader Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., after she voted to impeach Trump. The South Dakota Republican voted with Trump over 90% of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight data.cnbc.com
Trump announces legal team after high-profile departures
Former President Trump said Sunday that he has selected a legal team, according to his office, less than 24 hours after several members of his legal team parted ways with the former president. Lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor Jr. will represent Mr. Trump, the office said. The statement said both lawyers believe the case against Mr. Trump is unconstitutional. CNN, which was first to report on the shakeup on the legal team, reported on Saturday night that five of Mr. Trump's attorneys had left the legal team. Mr. Trump was impeached by the House on January 13 on a charge of "incitement of insurrection."cbsnews.com
Trump attorneys have left legal team, less than two weeks before impeachment trial
Less than two weeks before his second impeachment trial, former President Trump has parted ways with two key members of his legal team. We have done much work, but have not made a final decision on our legal team, which will be made shortly," Miller said. CNN, which first reported the news, has also said that three other attorneys have left the legal team. Mr. Trump's star lawyers from his first impeachment trial, including Mr. Trump's long time attorney Jay Sekulow and former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, are not defending him this time. Barbier, who runs a small firm in Columbia, joined the legal team earlier this week, according to the South Carolina Post-Courier.cbsnews.com
Trial ahead, Trump turns to ethics lawyer for his defense
Trump turned to Bowers, a familiar figure in Republican legal circles, after other legal allies passed on the case. The first impeachment trial turned on charges that Trump improperly solicited Ukraine’s help for his reelection campaign. Pat McCrory and the South Carolina Election Commission in litigation over voter ID laws, as well as a former South Carolina sheriff who pleaded guilty to embezzlement and misconduct in office. In 2018, he was attorney for University of South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley in her successful defamation suit against Missouri’s athletics director. With degrees from the University of South Carolina and College of Charleston, Bowers graduated from Tulane University School of Law in 1998.
Trump meets with top election advisors as Biden's lead endures
U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, July 9, 2020. President Donald Trump met with his top election advisors on Wednesday as his chances for reversing an apparent win by President-elect Joe Biden in the race for the White House looked increasingly daunting. But the Electoral College vote, not the popular vote, determines who wins the White House. Every state, with the exceptions of Maine and Nebraska, award all of their electoral votes, which are equal to their number of congressional districts plus two, to the winner of their popular election votes. Trump is projected as of now to win 217 electoral votes.cnbc.com
Biden and Trump campaigns both claim to be winning the election
"I want to share with all of you that Joe Biden is on track to win this election and he will be the next president of the United States," said Biden campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon. But Trump's campaign, in its own press call, said the Republican incumbent will win those states, as well as Arizona and Nevada. Trump campaign official Jason Miller said, "There are anywhere between 1.2 to 1.4.million ballots yet to be counted in Pennsylvania. We know that there are outstanding ballots to be counted in Nevada's outlying Republican counties, and right now [Trump and Biden] are within 1% in Michigan and Wisconsin." Election Day on Tuesday ended without a clear winner being declared in any of the states highlighted during the press calls.cnbc.com
Trump is pushing for multiple events per day in election 'home stretch,' campaign says
President Donald Trump addresses a rally in support of law and order on the South Lawn of the White House on October 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump, recently hospitalized with the coronavirus, has been pushing his reelection campaign to schedule more in-person rallies and other events in the final weeks before the Nov. 3 election. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien assured on the call that "you're seeing really good really strong advertising that we're out of the box with this week that has tremendous appeal to seniors." "Whatever perceived slippage you're seeing in your numbers among seniors, I'm absolutely certain that it will be addressed," Stepien added. Trump has proclaimed himself cured of the virus, and White House physician Sean Conley has said the president is no longer contagious.cnbc.com
Trump suggests he won't 'allow' rule changes for next debates with Biden
"Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?" "President Trump fully plans on participating in and winning both the second and third debates in the presidential contest here," said Trump campaign official Jason Miller. However, multiple polls showed that voters believed Biden won the first debate. The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation that Williamson made those suggestions. Miller, the Trump campaign official, during the press call Thursday listed a number of online polls that showed Trump had won the debate.cnbc.com
The Latest: Trump in debate prep before faceoff with Biden
President Donald Trump listens to Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)
The Latest: Trump casts election doubts, Biden urges voting
(AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)WASHINGTON – The Latest on the 2020 presidential election (all times local):10:50 p.m.President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are painting a very different picture of the reliability of the upcoming election. ___10:20 p.m.President Donald Trump has sidestepped a question from moderator Chris Wallace about whether he was willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups. Biden made the comment during Tuesday night’s debate after President Donald Trump accused him of supporting abolishing private insurance. ___2:15 p.m.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, have released more of their personal tax returns ahead of the first presidential debate. ___12:30 p.m.President Donald Trump spent Tuesday morning in informal preparations for the first debate with Joe Biden.