Trump calls Jan. 6 a “beautiful day” during CNN town hall

A lawyer for Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he would be leaving the legal team representing the former president in the investigation being conducted by Department of Justice in classified documents found on him Mar-a-Lago property in palm beach, Florida.

Timothy Paraltore told The Associated Press that his resignation had nothing to do with Trump, nor was it a reflection on the investigation, which he has long called misguided and overly aggressive.

In recent months, special counsel Jack Smith has been looking into the hundreds of classified materials found in the Republican’s home and possible attempts to obstruct the probe.

Paraltore’s announcement comes as Trump tries to take “credit” for the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Trump claimed in several interviews with conservative media outlets, as well as on Truth Social, that without his three nominees to the court, abortion prohibition would not be possible.

Despite that stance, Trump has also proposed Florida’s governor Ron DeSantisThe six-week abortion ban could be “too harsh” as he loses popularity among female voters, as the war of words between the two rivals continues.


‘We will not be erased’: Critics slam Ron DeSantis for unprecedented bills attacking LGBTQ+ people

Speaking of Florida’s governor, his term has ushered in a sweeping package of bills targeting transgender people in what has been described as the most impactful series of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in state history.

The bills — which restrict gender-affirming care for minors, threaten drag shows, ban people from using bathrooms that match their gender identity and prevent people from using their chosen pronouns in schools — have been roundly criticized by LBGTQ+ advocates and are out of step with established practices for transgender people back by major medical organizations such as the American Medical Association.

Former Florida state representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, the first openly LGBTQ+ Latino elected to the state legislature, wrote on Twitter that the bills “repeal our freedoms and destroy people’s lives in his quest for political power.”

“We will NOT be erased,” he added. “We will RESIST. We will FIGHT BACK. We will proudly HOIST OUR FLAGS. We will win.”

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Joe Sommerlad18 May 2023 at 11.30 am


‘Ron’s magic is GONE!’: Trump floods Truth Social with negative DeSantis posts

The Donald has been up late again “recovering” bad news for Florida’s governor wherever he can find it, posting stories from e.g. Newsweek and The New York Times to undermine his likely rival for the Republican presidential nomination—a sure sign that he is intimidated by the threat Ron “DeSanctimonious” represents.

Trump was happy his pick of the Republican nominee for Kentucky’s next governor, Daniel Cameron, won the race Tuesday night while DeSanti’s pick, Kelly Craft, finished third in the GOP primary.

DeSanti’s run for mayor of Jacksonville also lost that night when Democrat Donna Deegan defeated Republican Daniel Davis.

Joe Sommerlad18 May 2023 at 11 a.m


More Trump impeachments would give Biden and Democrats a huge boost in 2024, poll finds

US President Joe Biden would have a huge lead over Donald Trump if the latter faces additional criminal charges from the federal and state criminal investigations into his conduct, according to a new survey obtained by The independent.

The poll of 1,571 registered voters was conducted by WPA Research, a Republican polling firm.

The CEO of the WPA is an adviser to Never Back Down, the Super PAC that supports Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, but the survey was conducted independently without his input and was not sponsored by the Super PAC.

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Joe Sommerlad18 May 2023 at 10.30 am


Trump takes ‘credit’ for overturning Roe v Wade while raising questions about DeSanti’s six-week ban

The former president has been busy trying to take “credit” for the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade last year by pointing out that he nominated justices who disagreed with the 1973 precedent.

On Tuesday night’s episode of Rob Schmitt tonight On Newsmax, Trump compared his anti-abortion action to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, saying he has done more for pro-life people.

“I was the one who got rid of Roe v Wade and everybody said it was an impossible thing to do,” Trump boasted.

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Joe Sommerlad18 May 2023 at 10.00


A key Trump lawyer says he is leaving the legal team as the Mar-a-Lago probe intensifies

A key lawyer for former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is leaving his legal team, a move that comes as a special counsel investigation into the storage of classified documents shows signs of being in its final stages.

Timothy Parlatore told The Associated Press that his resignation had nothing to do with Trump and was not a reflection of his views on the Justice Department’s investigation, which he has long called misguided and overly aggressive, or on the strength of the government’s evidence. He said he believed he had served Trump well.

Other lawyers, including former Justice Department prosecutor James Trusty, continue to represent Trump in Washington investigations.

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Namita Singh18 May 2023 at 09.30


Trump goes after AOC’s “handsome boyfriend” in wild rants

Donald Trump has been on another bizarre rant on Truth Social over the fallout from his controversial town hall hosted by CNN at a New Hampshire college last week.

“It’s truly amazing to see the head of CNN totally pissed off for asking me to do a so-called town hall,” Trump wrote, referring to the network’s CEO Chris Licht.

He continued: “To be fair, no one had any problem with what he wanted to do until after the show started, when they quickly realized that (Kaitlan) Collins wasn’t exactly Barbara Walters, or even close. That’s when the Radical Left row started. Neurotic little AOC with the bad boyfriend, went crazy. He owns CNN, he’s in their head, they yelled. CNN, get the BIG RATINGS!”

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Ariana Baio18 May 2023 at 09.00


Justice Department watchdog finds US attorney in Massachusetts tried to influence DA election

The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, who has announced her resignation, tried to influence the outcome of a race for Boston district attorney and violated multiple policies, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog said in a report released Wednesday.

The inspector general’s 161-page report alleges a wide range of misconduct by U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins.

It accuses her of disclosing to a journalist non-public information about a Justice Department investigation, soliciting and accepting 30 free tickets to a Boston Celtics game and accepting payment from a sports and entertainment agency for travel and funds.

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Namita Singh18 May 2023 at 08.30


At least 80 calls to the National Archives since 2010 regarding mishandling of classified information

The National Archives has been subpoenaed more than 80 times over the past decade, plus about classified material found in the papers of former members of Congress and other US officials, according to newly released congressional testimony.

That number underscores the weaknesses in how the US government tracks and protects its most important secrets.

Investigations are ongoing into the classified material found in former President Donald Trump’s possession and in later searches of files held by President Joe Biden before he won the White House and those held by Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence.

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Namita Singh18 May 2023 at 07.30


Summary: Trump lawyer quits legal team as Mar-a-Lago investigation into classified documents heats up

In case you missed it, former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Timothy Parlatore is leaving his legal team, CNN reported Wednesday.

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Ariana Baio18 May 2023 at 07.00


“Don’t Look Now, But Ron DeSantis Just Suffered Some Big Losses”

So far, Gov. Ron DeSantis has yet to announce his candidacy for president, despite the fact that he will almost certainly jump in the ring.

But his decision to wait until the end of Florida’s legislative session and not directly attack former President Donald Trump has left him uniquely vulnerable to the former president’s barbs, writes our Washington bureau chief. Erik Garcia.

Joe Sommerlad18 May 2023 at 06.30