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Trump booed by college football fans as he tries to upstage Nikki Haley: Live

Donald Trump was booed by a crowd of South Carolina football fans on Saturday when he made an appearance at Clemson University for the Palmetto Bowl. While there was a sizeable contingent of Trump fans in the crowd, several videos captured the overwhelming jeers aimed at the former president upon his arrival at the alma mater of his GOP primary rival Nikki Haley.

In what was bizarrely named a “Happy Thanksgiving” post on Truth Social, the former president unleashed once again on what he described as “the Racist & Incompetent Attorney General of New York State, Letitia ‘Peekaboo’ James”, “the Radical Left Trump Hating Judge, a ‘Psycho,’ Arthur Engoron” and “his Politically Biased & Corrupt Campaign Finance Violator, Chief Clerk Alison Greenfield”.

Hours earlier, a court security official said Mr Trump’s violation of his fraud trial gag order led to Justice Arthur Engoron and his staff facing hundreds of “serious and credible” threats.

“When Mr Trump violated the gag orders, the number of threatening, harassing and disparaging messages increased,” according to Wednesday’s filing, supporting the judge’s opposition to the gag order pause.

Many of the threats were antisemitic and came by phone, text, email, and social media, with transcriptions of voicemails delivered to Judge Engoron’s law clerk amounting to 275 pages, the filing noted.

Key Points

  • Trump struggles to get into holiday spirit with scathing Thanksgiving post

  • Trump’s fraud trial court flooded with credible death threats and antisemitic abuse

  • Trump lawyers dismiss death threats as ‘irrelevant’ to federal gag order

  • Fani Willis makes courtroom debut in Trump election interference case

Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity Action group plans won’t back Trump in 2024, report says

Sunday 26 November 2023 21:00 , Graig Graziosi

ABC News reported that Charles Koch’s Americans for Prosperity Action donor organisation will reportedly not throw its substantial wealth behind Donald Trump in 2024.

The organisation is reportedly planning to back another Republican candidate in the upcoming Iowa caucus on 15 January, though it is not clear who will receive the group’s support.

Americans for Prosperity reportedly has research that suggests “as many as 75% of Republicans just might be open to a Trump alternative if they think that that person can win,” according to ABC News Political Director Rick Klein.

Trump could face more criminal charges over ‘fake electors’ scam, report says

Sunday 26 November 2023 19:29 , Graig Graziosi

Four swing-states are reportedly still investigating the slates of so-called “fake electors” which Donald Trump allegedly hoped to use to falsely certify that he had won the 2020 election.

The results of those investigations could bring more charges down onto the already embattled former president, according to The Hill, which contacted numerous state attorneys general offices to determine if investigations were ongoing.

The investigations are being carried out while Mr Trump faces four criminal cases, including one in Georgia focused on his alleged efforts to steal the 2020 election.

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Trump could face more criminal charges over ‘fake electors’ scam, report says

Heckler shouts ‘armchair murderer’ at Biden as he shops in Nantucket

Sunday 26 November 2023 18:37 , Graig Graziosi

As he spent Thanksgiving with his family, Joe Biden was heckled by a member of the public who called him an “armchair murderer”.

The president was pictured shopping with his granddaughter Maisy in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Saturday, though did not respond when shouted questions at by bystanders.

According to the White House pool, Mr Biden visited several local shops on Nantucket, including a bookstore and Ralph Lauren outlet. He also appeared to stop for a milkshake at a local pharmacy.

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Heckler shouts ‘armchair murderer’ at Biden as he shops in Nantucket

Trump met by persistent booing at South Carolina college football game

Sunday 26 November 2023 17:45 , Graig Graziosi

Donald Trump attended a beloved college football bowl game over the weekend at the alma mater of one of his chief rivals, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. Rather than showing up Ms Haley in her own home, he was greeted with a chorus of boos by the assembled football fans.

The scene played out during the Palmetto Bowl, a much-anticipated annual showdown between rivals Clemson University and the University of South Carolina.

Ms Haley is a graduate of Clemson University.

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Trump met by persistent booing at South Carolina college football game

Bob Woodward undermines Trump excuse for not giving back secret papers: ‘He’s not busy’

Sunday 26 November 2023 16:24 , Graig Graziosi

Famed journalist Bob Woodward rejected the idea that Donald Trump was “too busy” to return boxes of classified documents that had been stored at Mar-a-Lago, recalling long conversations he had with the former president at the time while he was researching a book.

Woodward, who has written four books focused on Mr Trump and serves as an associate editor of The Washington Post, sat down for an interview on MSNBC during which he recalled the former president frequently insisting he was “too busy” to talk for long, but ultimately would spend more time than Woodward had allotted chatting with him.

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Bob Woodward undermines Trump excuse for not returning secret papers: ‘He’s not busy’

The latest: Trump’s attorneys in his New York fraud trial are targeting the accountants

Sunday 26 November 2023 13:00 , Alex Woodward

Judge Arthur Engoron already found Donald Trump and his co-defendants liable for fraud outlined in New York Attorney General’s blockbuster lawsuit.

In the eighth week of a trial stemming from her bombshell complaint, attorneys for the former president have narrowed their defence: blame the accountants.

Ex-Trump Organization executive breaks down during fraud trial testimony

Read some of the ‘serious and credible’ death threats against Trump’s fraud trial judge and his staff

Sunday 26 November 2023 12:00 , Alex Woodward

“You should be executed,” one message reads.

“Trust me when I say this,” reads another. “I will come for you. I don’t care. Ain’t nobody gonna stop me either.”

Those are just a few of the messages collected by a top security official with the New York court system who reviewed hundreds of threatening, antisemitic and homophobic messages targeting the judge overseeing Donald Trump’s fraud trial, as well as members of his staff.

We have the court filing detailing the threats they received:

Trump’s fraud trial court flooded with credible death threats and antisemitic abuse

Trump lawyers dismiss death threats as ‘irrelevant’ to federal gag order

Sunday 26 November 2023 11:00 , Alex Woodward

This week, security official with the New York court system shared just a sample of the wave of death threats and antisemitic messages against the judge and clerk overseeing Trump’s fraud tril.

Federal prosecutors also shared those threats with the federal appeals court judges who will decide whether Trump should be gagged in his election interference case.

But on Friday, the former president’s attorneys dismissed those threats as “irrelevant”.

Trump lawyers dismiss death threats as ‘irrelevant’ to federal gag order

ICYMI: Trump plans to visit Javier Milei, according to Argentina’s new president-elect

Sunday 26 November 2023 10:00 , Alex Woodward

Trump reportedly told Argentina’s far-right president-elect Javier Milei that he plans to travel to meet him, Mr Milei’s office said on Thursday.

The office did not provide a date. Mr Milei is scheduled to be inaugurated on 10 December.

“The president-elect received a call last night from the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, who congratulated him and pointed out his triumph by a wide margin in last Sunday’s election had a great impact on a global scale,” according to a statement from Mr Milei’s office.

In a video on Tuesday, Trump said: “I am very proud of you. You will turn your country around and truly make Argentina great again.”

President Joe Biden, meanwhile, also has called Mr Milei following his election victory to discuss “the strong relationship between the United States and Argentina on economic issues, on regional and multilateral cooperation, and on shared priorities, including advocating for the protection of human rights, addressing food insecurity and investing in clean energy.”

Meet South America’s incoming new MAGA-like leader:

South America’s Trump wins election: Meet Argentina’s new MAGA-like leader

Will the Supreme Court stop this Voting Rights Act wrecking ball?

Sunday 26 November 2023 09:00 , Alex Woodward

A federal court ruling is teeing up another major Supreme Court case that could radically weaken the Voting Rights Act by blocking private citizens and civil rights groups from filing lawsuits to protect what has become America’s bedrock voting protections.

On Monday, a three-judge panel with the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit agreed that citizens and groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP cannot legally challenge discriminatory state and local election laws.

Voters instead would have to rely only on the Justice Department to step in.

But if a highly politicised Justice Department under a Republican president hostile to voting rights declines, they’re out of luck.

Legal analysts and voting rights advocates say the ruling is so extreme that even the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is likely to stop it.

Trump-appointed judges dealt a ‘body blow’ to the Voting Rights Act

ICYMI: Ex-Univision boss slams network’s Trump interview as ‘propaganda’

Saturday 25 November 2023 21:00 , Alex Woodward

Univision’s former president has joined the growing criticism of the Hispanic network over an interview with Donald Trump that was panned by journalists for softball questions.

Reporters at the network, which has US offices and merged with a Mexican media giant in 2022, have found themselves at the middle of a discussion over their network’s ability to cover the 2024 presidential race fairly and accurately after a recent Trump interview.

He did not face any difficult questions about his criminal prosecutions or policy positions in the interview, and was also able to spout unfounded claims about his immigration policies without accurate pushback.

Ex-Univision boss slams network’s Trump interview as ‘propaganda’

ICYMI: Colorado Supreme Court will decide if Trump can stay on the state’s ballots

Saturday 25 November 2023 20:00 , Alex Woodward

Last week, a Colorado judge decided Trump can stay on the state’s ballots in 2024, following a lawsuit arguing that he is constitutionally barred from office because of his role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

An appeal of that decision now heads to the state’s Supreme Court, but Colorado officials have urged that a final decision must be made by 5 January, 2024, when primary ballots must be finalised.

The plaintiffs, watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, argued in an appeal filing that “there would be no reason to allow presidents who lead an insurrection to serve again while preventing low-level government workers who act as foot soldiers from doing so.”

“And it would defy logic to prohibit insurrectionists from holding every federal or state office except for the highest and most powerful in the land,” the filing added.

ICYMI: Trump’s Truth Social sues 20 media outlets over financial loss reports

Saturday 25 November 2023 18:00 , Alex Woodward

Donald Trump’s Truth Social platform has filed a lawsuit against 20 media organisations for making what it claims to be defamatory statements about the company’s financial losses.

In the lawsuit, filed in the 12th Judicial Court of Sarasota County, Florida, on Monday, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) accuses the “reckless and malicious” outlets of falsely reporting that the company had lost $73m since its launch.

Trump’s Truth Social sues 20 media outlets over financial loss reports

Trump’s attorneys in his New York fraud trial are targeting the accountants

Saturday 25 November 2023 17:00 , Alex Woodward

Judge Arthur Engoron already found Donald Trump and his co-defendants liable for fraud outlined in New York Attorney General’s blockbuster lawsuit.

In the eighth week of a trial stemming from her bombshell complaint, attorneys for the former president have narrowed their defence: blame the accountants.

The latest:

Ex-Trump Organization executive breaks down during fraud trial testimony

Saturday 25 November 2023 16:00 , Alex Woodward

One of Trump’s co-defendants in his Georgia case won’t be going back to jail, for now

Harrison Floyd, the leader of Black Voices for Trump, has “engaged in a pattern of intimidation” against his co-defendants and witnesses since he was released on bond in the Trump election interferference case in Georgia in August, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office.

But following a three-hour hearing on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee declined to send Mr Floyd back to jail and directed the parties to draft an order that reels in his public statements.

The hearing marked District Attorney Fani Willis’s courtroom debut in the case.

She delivered a fierce defence of her move to strip Mr Floyd’s bond.

“I’m threatened everyday anyway,” she told the judge. “I’m a public official, voters elected me, and I’ve put myself in that position. That does not give him the right to contact co-defendants or intimidate other witnesses. And quite frankly, it’s really in the defendant’s interest to shut his mouth about this case because it can and will be used against him.”

Read more in The Independent:

Fulton County DA Fani Willis makes Trump courtroom debut

Eric Garcia: ‘The Maga release of the Jan 6 tapes is about vengeance’

Saturday 25 November 2023 15:00 , Alex Woodward

Newly elected Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson released more than 44,000 hours of raw footage from the January 6 attack on the US Capitol this week.

It’s less about transparency and more about revenge against Democratic officials who investigated the riot and the former president’s role, The Independent’s Eric Garcia writes:

Republicans know that January 6 is a huge albatross around their necks and they hope to reshape the narrative about the riot so that they can move on. The problem is that the loudest voices are giving away the game and revealing this is not only an attempt to whitewash the events but rather to run interference and defend Mr Trump.

The Maga release of the Jan 6 tapes is about vengeance

Trump lawyers dismiss death threats as ‘irrelevant’ to federal gag order

Saturday 25 November 2023 14:00 , Alex Woodward

A wave of death threats and antisemitic and homophobic messages were sent to the judge overseeing Donald Trump’s fraud trial, as well as his chief clerk, according to a state court filing this week.

A filing to support New York Justice Arthur Engoron’s opposition to a freeze on a gag order in the case includes a statement from the court’s top security official, who has collected “hundreds of threats, disparaging and harassing comments and antisemitic messages” that followed the former president’s harassment.

Federal prosecutors – who are seeking a separate gag order – shared those threats with the federal appeals court judges who will decide whether Mr Trump should be gagged in his election interference case.

But on Friday, the former president’s attorneys dismissed those threats as “irrelevant”.

Read more from The Independent:

Trump lawyers dismiss death threats as ‘irrelevant’ to federal gag order

Read some of the ‘serious and credible’ death threats against Trump’s fraud trial judge and his staff

Saturday 25 November 2023 13:00 , Alex Woodward

“You should be executed,” one message reads.

“Trust me when I say this,” reads another. “I will come for you. I don’t care. Ain’t nobody gonna stop me either.”

Those are just a few of the messages collected by a top security official with the New York court system who reviewed hundreds of threatening, antisemitic and homophobic messages targeting the judge overseeing Donald Trump’s fraud trial, as well as members of his staff.

We have the court filing that details the threats they received:

Trump’s fraud trial court flooded with credible death threats and antisemitic abuse

Will the Supreme Court stop this Voting Rights Act wrecking ball?

Saturday 25 November 2023 12:00 , Alex Woodward

A federal court ruling is teeing up another major Supreme Court case that could radically weaken the Voting Rights Act by blocking private citizens and civil rights groups from filing lawsuits to protect what has become America’s bedrock voting protections.

On Monday, a three-judge panel with the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit agreed that citizens and groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP cannot legally challenge discriminatory state and local election laws.

Voters instead would have to rely only on the Justice Department to step in.

But if a highly politicised Justice Department under a Republican president hostile to voting rights declines, they’re out of luck.

Legal analysts and voting rights advocates say the ruling is so extreme that even the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is likely to stop it.

Trump-appointed judges dealt a ‘body blow’ to the Voting Rights Act

ICYMI: Colorado Supreme Court will decide if Trump can stay on the state’s ballots

Saturday 25 November 2023 11:00 , Alex Woodward

Last week, a Colorado judge decided Trump can stay on the state’s ballots in 2024, following a lawsuit arguing that he is constitutionally barred from office because of his role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

An appeal of that decision now heads to the state’s Supreme Court, but Colorado officials have urged that a final decision must be made by 5 January, 2024, when primary ballots must be finalised.

The plaintiffs, watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, argued in an appeal filing that “there would be no reason to allow presidents who lead an insurrection to serve again while preventing low-level government workers who act as foot soldiers from doing so.”

“And it would defy logic to prohibit insurrectionists from holding every federal or state office except for the highest and most powerful in the land,” the filing added.

Trump attorneys continue to fight federal gag order

Saturday 25 November 2023 09:00 , Alex Woodward

Days after a federal appeals court panel grilled Trump’s legal team over their opposition to a gag order in his election interference case in Washington DC, his attorneys struck back in a letter to the court clerk to blast both the gag order and the case itself.

They dismissed death threats in his New York fraud case as irrelevant, while accusing special counsel Jack Smith of bringing “an inflammatory, lawless indictment” against Trump, making “false and misleading statements” about him, and leading “confidential information in order to harm” him.

“Both the indictment and the Gag Order represent an unconstitutional attempt to silence President Trump; they are clearly election interference,” they wrote.

The words echo the former president’s campaign-trail remarks and rhetoric on social media, where he posts conspiracy theories accusing prosecutors and judges of working with Democratic officials to keep him away from the White House.

Wife of Iowa GOP official found guilty on 52 counts of election fraud from 2020

Saturday 25 November 2023 08:00 , Alex Woodward

The wife of a Republican politician in Iowa has been convicted of dozens of criminal charges related to a 2020 voter fraud scheme aimed at getting her husband into office.

Kim Phuong Taylor submitted absentee ballots on behalf of voters who had not given her permission to do so.

She was convicted of 52 counts in total, including 26 counts of providing false information in registering and voting, 23 counts of voter fraud, and three counts of fraudulently registering to vote. She could face up to five years in prison for each charge.

The Independent’s John Bowden has more:

Wife of Iowa GOP official found guilty on 52 counts of election fraud from 2020

Trump lawyers dismiss death threats as ‘irrelevant’ to federal gag order

Saturday 25 November 2023 07:00 , Alex Woodward

A wave of death threats and antisemitic and homophobic messages were sent to the judge overseeing Donald Trump’s fraud trial, as well as his chief clerk, according to a state court filing this week.

A filing to support New York Justice Arthur Engoron’s opposition to a freeze on a gag order in the case includes a statement from the court’s top security official, who has collected “hundreds of threats, disparaging and harassing comments and antisemitic messages” that followed the former president’s harassment.

Federal prosecutors – who are seeking a separate gag order – shared those threats with the federal appeals court judges who will decide whether Mr Trump should be gagged in his election interference case.

But on Friday, the former president’s attorneys dismissed those threats as “irrelevant”.

Read more from The Independent:

Trump lawyers dismiss death threats as ‘irrelevant’ to federal gag order

Trump’s attorneys in his New York fraud trial are targeting the accountants

Saturday 25 November 2023 05:00 , Alex Woodward

Judge Arthur Engoron already found Donald Trump and his co-defendants liable for fraud outlined in New York Attorney General’s blockbuster lawsuit.

In the eighth week of a trial stemming from her bombshell complaint, attorneys for the former president have narrowed their defence: blame the accountants.

The latest:

Ex-Trump Organization executive breaks down during fraud trial testimony

One of Trump’s co-defendants in his Georgia case won’t be going back to jail, for now

Saturday 25 November 2023 04:00 , Alex Woodward

Harrison Floyd, the leader of Black Voices for Trump, has “engaged in a pattern of intimidation” against his co-defendants and witnesses since he was released on bond in the Trump election interferference case in Georgia in August, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office.

But following a three-hour hearing on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee declined to send Mr Floyd back to jail and directed the parties to draft an order that reels in his public statements.

The hearing marked District Attorney Fani Willis’s courtroom debut in the case.

She delivered a fierce defence of her move to strip Mr Floyd’s bond.

“I’m threatened everyday anyway,” she told the judge. “I’m a public official, voters elected me, and I’ve put myself in that position. That does not give him the right to contact co-defendants or intimidate other witnesses. And quite frankly, it’s really in the defendant’s interest to shut his mouth about this case because it can and will be used against him.”

Read more in The Independent:

Fulton County DA Fani Willis makes Trump courtroom debut

Appeals court judges aren’t convinced with Trump’s gag order opposition

Saturday 25 November 2023 02:00 , Alex Woodward

A federal appeals court will determine whether to keep a gag order in place in Donald Trump’s federal election interference case.

In court this week, Trump’s attorney John Sauer repeatedly argued his client’s statements are “core political speech” protected under the First Amendment.

But Circuit Judge Patricia Millett cut him off at one point to ask whether those comments are merely protected political speech or “political speech aimed at derailing or corrupting the criminal justice process.”

Judges aren’t buying Trump’s gag order appeal

Read some of the ‘serious and credible’ death threats against Trump’s fraud trial judge and his staff

Saturday 25 November 2023 01:00 , Alex Woodward

“You should be executed,” one message reads.

“Trust me when I say this,” reads another. “I will come for you. I don’t care. Ain’t nobody gonna stop me either.”

Those are just a few of the messages collected by a top security official with the New York court system who reviewed hundreds of threatening, antisemitic and homophobic messages targeting the judge overseeing Donald Trump’s fraud trial, as well as members of his staff.

We have the court filing detailing the threats they received:

Trump’s fraud trial court flooded with credible death threats and antisemitic abuse

Trump-appointed judges landed a ‘body blow’ against the Voting Rights Act. Will the Supreme Court stop them?

Saturday 25 November 2023 00:00 , Alex Woodward

A federal court ruling is teeing up another major Supreme Court case that could radically weaken the Voting Rights Act by blocking private citizens and civil rights groups from filing lawsuits to protect what has become America’s bedrock voting protections.

On Monday, a three-judge panel with the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit upheld a lower court ruling that determined that citizens and groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP cannot legally challenge discriminatory state and local election laws.

Voters facing discriminatory laws would have to rely only on the Justice Department to take up their case.

If a highly politicised Justice Department under a Republican president hostile to voting rights declines, they’re out of luck.

Legal analysts and voting rights advocates say the ruling is so extreme that even the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is likely to cut it down.

Trump-appointed judges dealt a ‘body blow’ to the Voting Rights Act

Eric Garcia: ‘The Maga release of the Jan 6 tapes is about vengeance'

Friday 24 November 2023 23:00 , Alex Woodward

Newly elected Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson released more than 44,000 hours of raw footage from the January 6 attack on the US Capitol this week.

It’s less about transparency and more about revenge against Democratic officials who investigated the riot and the former president’s role in the first place, The Independent’s Eric Garcia writes:

Republicans know that January 6 is a huge albatross around their necks and they hope to reshape the narrative about the riot so that they can move on. The problem is that the loudest voices are giving away the game and revealing this is not only an attempt to whitewash the events but rather to run interference and defend Mr Trump.

The Maga release of the Jan 6 tapes is about vengeance

The latest: Trump lawyers dismiss death threats as ‘irrelevant’ to federal gag order

Friday 24 November 2023 22:00 , Alex Woodward

A wave of death threats and antisemitic and homophobic messages were sent to the judge overseeing Donald Trump’s fraud trial, as well as his chief clerk, according to a state court filing this week.

A filing to support New York Justice Arthur Engoron’s opposition to a freeze on a gag order in the case includes a statement from the court’s top security official, who has collected “hundreds of threats, disparaging and harassing comments and antisemitic messages” that followed the former president’s harassment.

Federal prosecutors – who are seeking a separate gag order – shared those threats with the federal appeals court judges who will decide whether Mr Trump should be gagged in his election interference case.

But on Friday, the former president’s attorneys dismissed those threats as “irrelevant”.

Read more from The Independent:

Trump lawyers dismiss death threats as ‘irrelevant’ to federal gag order

Wife of Iowa GOP official found guilty on 52 counts of election fraud from 2020

Friday 24 November 2023 21:30 , Alex Woodward

The wife of a Republican politician in Iowa has been convicted of dozens of criminal charges related to a 2020 voter fraud scheme aimed at getting her husband into office.

Kim Phuong Taylor submitted absentee ballots on behalf of voters who had not given her permission to do so.

She was convicted of 52 counts in total, including 26 counts of providing false information in registering and voting, 23 counts of voter fraud, and three counts of fraudulently registering to vote. She could face up to five years in prison for each charge.

The Independent’s John Bowden has more:

Wife of Iowa GOP official found guilty on 52 counts of election fraud from 2020

The latest: Trump attorneys continue to fight federal gag order

Friday 24 November 2023 21:00 , Alex Woodward

Days after a federal appeals court panel grilled Trump’s legal team over their opposition to a gag order in his election interference case in Washington DC, his attorneys struck back in a letter to the court clerk to blast both the gag order and the case itself.

They dismissed death threats in his New York fraud case as irrelevant, while accusing special counsel Jack Smith of bringing “an inflammatory, lawless indictment” against Trump, making “false and misleading statements” about him, and leading “confidential information in order to harm” him.

“Both the indictment and the Gag Order represent an unconstitutional attempt to silence President Trump; they are clearly election interference,” they wrote.

The words echo the former president’s campaign-trail remarks and rhetoric on social media, where he posts conspiracy theories accusing prosecutors and judges of working with Democratic officials to keep him away from the White House.

Just in: Dean Phillips won’t seek re-election to Congress

Friday 24 November 2023 20:34 , Alex Woodward

Dean Phillips, who is pursuing a long-shot challenge against President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination in 2024, announced that he won’t be seeking his re-election to Congress.

He is currently a state representative for Minnesota.

Mr Phillips already was facing several interparty challenges for his seat in Congress after he began mulling plans to challenge Mr Biden.

ICYMI: Fani Willis made her courtroom debut in the election interference case

Friday 24 November 2023 19:15 , Alex Woodward

Georgia prosecutor Fani Willis made her debut arguing before a judge and questioning witnesses in a case surrounding Donald Trump’s sprawling election interference case this week.

She ressed a judge to revoke a bond order for one of Trump’s co-defendants who repeatedly posted about several people involved the case despite the terms of his release prohibiting him from communication with witnesses or co-defendants “directly or indirectly”.

The appearance from Ms Willis previewed the arguments, evidence and list of witnesses expected to testify in the upcoming trial, among several criminal cases surrounding the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination for president.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee declined to send Harrison Floyd back to jail and directed the parties to draft an order that reels in his public statements.

Fulton County DA Fani Willis makes Trump courtroom debut

Georgia Supreme Court rejects GOP attempts to remove state prosecutors – including Fani Willis

Friday 24 November 2023 18:35 , Alex Woodward

Georgia’s Supreme Court rejected a commission’s authority to remove state prosecutors, which Republican officials had hoped to use against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, whose sprawling racketeering case against Donald Trump and his co-defendants is steering towards a criminal trial in Atlanta.

A ruling from the court on Wednesday surrounding the Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission – which was established by Republican Governor Brian Kemp earlier this year – argued it does not have the constitutional authority to do so.

Mr Kemp said the committee was created to remove local prosecutors who did not fulfill their “constitutional and statutory duties” or were “driven by out-of-touch politics.”

Republican lawmakers in the state intended to wield that authority against Ms Willis and other Democratic elected prosecutors.

But the state’s highest court has “grave doubts that we have the constitutional power to take any action on the draft standards and rules,” according to the ruling.

DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston, among several Georgia prosecutors who sued to overturn the commission, said they are “pleased the justices have taken action to stop this unconstitutional attack on the state’s prosecutors.”

“While we celebrate this as a victory, we remain steadfast in our commitment to fight any future attempts to undermine the will of Georgia voters and the independence of the prosecutors who they choose to represent them,” she added.

Fani Willis argues before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee on 22 November. (Getty Images)
Fani Willis argues before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee on 22 November. (Getty Images)

Elise Stefanik takes credit for gag order ruling she had nothing to do with

Friday 24 November 2023 17:45 , Alex Woodward

Elise Stefanik is among congressional Republicans defending the former president in the court of public opinion as he faces a potentially crushing judgment in his civil fraud trial.

She filed an ethics complaint against the judge overseeing the trial, and then took credit for an appeals court ruling that temporarily paused a gag order in the case.

Ms Stefanik, the third-ranking House Republican, now appears to be using the gag order in her election messaging.

From her personal campaign account, she claimed that she “fought to lift President Trump’s gag order and won.” Her statements did not appear to have anything to do with the order.

“But the fight doesn’t end here. We must work to re-elect Trump on November 5, 2024,” she added. “Together, we can protect ALL Americans’ First Amendment and due process rights.”

Rudy Giuliani sued for allegedly skipping out on $10k payment to accounting firm

Friday 24 November 2023 17:20 , Alex Woodward

Rudy Giuliani is facing yet another lawsuit.

A former associate is suing him for $10,000, adding to the mountain of debt the former New York City mayor and Trump attorney is facing.

BST & Co. CPAs, LLP, an accounting firm based in Latham, New York, claims he had the company conduct an appraisal of his business interests while he separated from his wife, Judith Nathan, without paying them.

Including interest, the firm now seeks to recover about $25,000.

Michelle Del Rey reports:

Giuliani sued for allegedly skipping out on $10k payment to accounting firm

Michael Cohen: Trump is watching himself lose in court ‘every single day'

Friday 24 November 2023 16:45 , Alex Woodward

Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who testified against him in the civil fraud trial in New York, said his former boss is “seeing himself lose every single day” he is in court.

“That case is going to financially put Trump on his a**, not to mention it is going to unwind the Trump corporation, at least here in the state,” he said on his podcast on Thursday.

“It becomes what’s known as the death spiral where you’re no longer able to operate,” he added.

Judge Arthur Engoron, who is overseeing the case, already found Trump liable for fraud, in a pretrial judgment that effectively dissolved his ability to do business in the state. That part of the order has been temporarily frozen on appeal.

Michael Cohen leaves New York State Supreme Court after testifying in the civil fraud trial on 25 October. (REUTERS)
Michael Cohen leaves New York State Supreme Court after testifying in the civil fraud trial on 25 October. (REUTERS)

Trump has called the judgment “the corporate death penalty” against him, as he continues to base his campaign a conspiracy theory that the multiple criminal and civil cases against him are intended to keep him away from the White House.

In his two-day testimony in the fraud trial, Cohen claimed he was “tasked by Mr Trump to increase the total assets based upon a number that he arbitrarily elected” for his statement of financial condition, the documents at the centre of the case.

Cohen and convicted former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg were instructed to “reverse engineer the various different asset classes – increase those assets – in order to achieve the number that Mr Trump had tasked us with,” Cohen said.

Asked by counsel for the attorney general’s office what that number was, Cohen replied: “Whatever number Mr Trump told us to.”

Under questioning from Trump’s attorneys, Cohen agreed that his former boss never explicitly asked him to “inflate” the figures at the centre of the case.

“Donald Trump speaks like a mob boss,” Cohen testified. “He tells you what he wants without specifically telling you … That’s what I was referring to.”

Trump plans to visit Javier Milei, according to Argentina’s new president-elect

Friday 24 November 2023 16:10 , Alex Woodward

Trump reportedly told Argentina’s far-right president-elect Javier Milei that he plans to travel to meet him, Mr Milei’s office said on Thursday.

The office did not provide a date. Mr Milei is scheduled to be inaugurated on 10 December.

“The president-elect received a call last night from the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, who congratulated him and pointed out his triumph by a wide margin in last Sunday’s election had a great impact on a global scale,” according to a statement from Mr Milei’s office.

In a video on Tuesday, Trump said: “I am very proud of you. You will turn your country around and truly make Argentina great again.”

President Joe Biden, meanwhile, also has called Mr Milei following his election victory to discuss “the strong relationship between the United States and Argentina on economic issues, on regional and multilateral cooperation, and on shared priorities, including advocating for the protection of human rights, addressing food insecurity and investing in clean energy.”

Meet South America’s incoming new MAGA-like leader:

South America’s Trump wins election: Meet Argentina’s new MAGA-like leader

Trump’s lawyers dismiss death threats as ‘irrelevant’ to federal gag order case

Friday 24 November 2023 15:20 , Alex Woodward

That was fast.

Hours after Jack Smith’s team directed a federal appeals court judge to the mountain of threats to court staff surrounding Trump’s fraud case, the former president’s attorneys dismissed it as “irrelevant”.

A federal appeals court is considering whether to keep a gag order in place in Trump’s federal election interference case.

On Wednesday, attorneys for the judge overseeing Trump’s fraud trial in New York told a separate appeals court – also considering a gag order – about the wave of threatening messages his staff has received after Trump’s comments.

Mr Smith’s team included that statement in a Thanksgiving Day filing to support its push for a gag order in the federal case, but on Friday, Trump’s attorney’s called it “an impermissible attempt to supplement the record on appeal with irrelevant information that could have been, but was not, submitted to the district court below.”

“To date, the prosecution has never submitted any evidence of alleged ‘threats’ or ‘harassment’ to any prosecutor, court staffer, or potential witness in this case,” the letter from Trump’s attorney states.

“This falls short of the ‘solidity of evidence’ required to justify a prior restraint,” they argue.

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Jack Smith’s team points to fraud trial death threats in latest gag order filing

Friday 24 November 2023 15:00 , Alex Woodward

Good morning from New York.

Donald Trump’s supporters unleashed a wave of death threats and antisemitic and homophobic messages to the judge overseeing his fraud trial, as well as his chief clerk, according to a court filing this week.

A gag order prohibited all parties in the case from making disparaging remarks towards the judge’s staff, including his principal law clerk, but a state appeals court judge paused the order earlier this month.

A filing this week to support Justice Arthur Engoron’s opposition to the pause includes an affidavit from a court security official who has collected “hundreds of threats, disparaging and harassing comments and antisemitic messages” that followed the former president’s harassment.

Now, Jack Smith’s team – which is seeking a separate gag order in Trump’s federal election interference case – is including those statements in a filing to another appeals court judge taking up the issue.

Federal prosecutors referred the appeals court judge to reffered to the filing, as well as “harassing voicemail messages that have been transcribed into over 275 single spaced pages.”

Read more about the threats in The Independent:

Trump’s fraud trial court flooded with credible death threats and antisemitic abuse

Analysis: Trump un-gagged could prime his fraud trial for more chaos

Friday 24 November 2023 13:00 , Mike Bedigan

For six weeks, lawyers with New York Attorney General Letitia James put more than two dozen witnesses on the stand and introduced dozens of documents to connect Donald Trump and his business empire to a decade of fraud allegations.

When the attorney general handed the case to his team of lawyers on 13 November, their first witness was Donald Trump Jr, who spent several hours testifying to his father’s “artistry” and “sexy” properties.

Two days later, Mr Trump’s attorneys demanded a mistrial. They lost. His attorneys also sued the judge overseeing the case, hoping to strike down a gag order that has blocked the former president from attacking court staff. They won.

Meanwhile, other members of Mr Trump’s legal team – a stable of attorneys defending him in four criminal cases and lawsuits across the country – are preparing for a separate courtroom battle to revoke a different gag order that prevents him from attacking witnesses and others in case accusing him of a conspiracy to overturn 2020 presidential election results.

In a filing to a federal judge, Mr Trump’s attorneys argued that the gag order blocks his “core political speech” – including his abilities to spread false claims about the chief court clerk in his fraud trial, in a courthouse that has been inundated with threatening messages.

Trump un-gagged could prime his fraud trial for more chaos

Tim Ryan: Democrats must fix their ‘brand’ – and ditch Biden – to win in 2024

Friday 24 November 2023 11:00 , Mike Bedigan

Democrats saw a series of welcome victories across Ohio, Virginia, and Kentucky last week as voters in statewide elections delivered the GOP key defeats chiefly tied to the issue of abortion rights.

Left-leaning activists in Virginia and Ohio in particular appeared energised by their victories, a much-needed boost to their confidence and optimism after heartbreaking defeats for the party in 2022 and 2021. Ohioans saw the election of author and Trump convert JD Vance to the US Senate, while Virginians witnessed the downfall of Terry McAuliffe, their state’s former governor, as he sought to defeat Republican Glenn Youngkin. Both were considered blows to Joe Biden for different reasons — in Virginia, Mr McAuliffe ran aligned with Mr Biden and was beaten soundly just months into the latter’s presidency, and in Ohio the president lost a much-needed opportunity to pick up a vote for his agenda in the US Senate.

But 2024 is on the horizon, and Democrats are looking ahead to the future — though not without some considerable sense of unease.

John Bowden spoke with Mr Tim Ryan.

Tim Ryan warns Democrats must fix ‘brand’ – and ditch Biden – to win in 2024

Cassidy Hutchinson gives dire warning about another Trump presidency

Friday 24 November 2023 09:09 , Mike Bedigan

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide under the Trump administration, issued a grim warning about the state of democracy in the US should Donald Trump win the presidential election in 2024.

“If Donald Trump is elected president again in 2024, I do fear that it will be the last election where we’re voting for democracy because if he is elected again, I don’t think we’ll be voting under the same Constitution,” Ms Hutchinson told Jen Psaki onInside with Jen Psaki.

Ms Hutchinson worked in close proximity to Mr Trump, especially toward the end of his presidency when the events on January 6 unfolded. She testified to Congress that Mr Trump knowingly said and did things leading up to the attack on the Capitol that encouraged the mob.

Now she’s warning voters to choose wisely next year, should the election be another matchup between President Joe Biden and Mr Trump.

Read the full story

Trump rants about delay in Hamas hostage release

Friday 24 November 2023 07:00 , Mike Bedigan

In an angry Truth Social post on Wednesday night, Donald Trump hit out at the delay in the release of hostages being held captive by Hamas militants in Gaza – and unsurprisingly sought to blame President Joe Biden.

“Hostage deal substantially delayed. Too much talk, no action!!! Some hostages held by criminal syndicates of which Hamas has no control,” Mr Trump wrote.

“ZERO RESPECT FOR THE UNITED STATES, & OUR INCOMPETENT LEADERSHIP!”

On Wednesday, the Israeli government approved a truce agreement – brokered by the US, Qatar and Egypt – to secure the release of hostages kidnapped by Hamas in the 7 October attacks on Israel which left 1,400 Israelis dead.

Under the terms of the deal, 50 hostages – many of them women and children – would be freed by Hamas in exchange for a four-day pause in Israel’s air and ground campaign in Gaza. An unknown number of Palestinian women and children held in Israeli prisons will also be released as part of the agreement,The Independent learned.

The hostage release had been expected to begin on Thursday morning but is now expected to commence on Friday morning local time.

While Mr Trump seeks to blame Mr Biden for the delay, the Biden administration actually played a key role in getting the deal over the line.

The negotiations are said to have begun when the president travelled to Israel last month and met face to face with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu.