Mitch McConnell explains why he will still support Donald Trump
Ali Alexander, the organizer of several “Stop the Steal” rallies protesting the 2020 election, will cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation of the 2021 Capitol riot, his lawyer says.
Meanwhile, the US State Department says Donald Trump and other White House officials left office without providing a record of the gifts they received from foreign governments.
In other news, Mitch McConnell says he will be voting for Mr Trump in 2024 if the former president runs for another term, saying it is his “obligation” to support the party’s nominee.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s legal woes continue as New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a motion to hold him in contempt for not complying with a court order to turn over documents in his ongoing civil probe. His office wants him to pay $10,000 per day until he turns over the documents.
In a statement, Mr Trump slammed Ms James for an “absolute violation” of his civil rights and called her an “operative for the Democrat Party in a political prosecution” of him.
Meanwhile, investigators in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s criminal probe into Mr Trump’s business dealings are reviewing “evidence not previously explored”.
In other legal news, a North Carolina man became the second member of the extremist group Proud Boys to plead guilty to conspiracy regarding the Capitol riot. He will cooperate with prosecutors against other members of the group.
‘Stop the Steal’ organize co-operating with Capitol riot probe
A key figure behind the “Stop the Steal” movement that fueled protests, conspiracy theories and violence to reject the outcome of the 2020 presidential election will cooperate with the US Department of Justice in its investigation of the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Ali Alexander – who previously claimed he “schemed up” with a group of House Republicans to put “maximum pressure” on Congress as it convened to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election – is the first high-profile figure to confirm their cooperation with the government probe.
Nathan PlaceApril 9, 2022 5:30 p.m.
Donald Trump Jr texted about plan to ‘control’ 2020 election results
After the 2020 election, Donald Trump Jr discussed a plan to “control” the results with a top White House official, according to text messages uncovered by the congressional 6 January investigation.
“We have operational control,” Mr Trump told then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows two days after the election, as final vote tallies were still being certified. “We have multiple paths. We control them all.”
Nathan Place9 April 2022 17:01
Expert says Clarence Thomas’ wife may be part of ‘Trump cult’
An expert on cults believes Ginni Thomas may be under the influence of one, judging by some of her recently revealed texts.
“Ginni used to be anti-cult and pro-freedom, and the fact she was sending those messages seemed very culty,” Dr Steven Hassan told The Independent. “I think someone is unduly influencing Ginni Thomas to believe those things.”
Nathan PlaceApril 9, 2022 4:30 p.m.
New York AG doubles down on subpoenas: ‘No one is above the law’
New York Attorney General Letitia James is piling on the pressure for the real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield to testify in her probe of Donald Trump’s finances.
“No one is above the law, which is why Cushman & Wakefield cannot defy our lawful subpoena,” she tweeted on Friday. “We will not be deterred in our efforts to continue this investigation.”
Ms James recently filed a motion to compel Cushman & Wakefield to comply with her subpoenas, which the firm had been refusing.
Nathan Place9 April 2022 16:00
DOJ is probably investigating White House documents taken to Mar-a-Lago
The Department of Justice is most likely investigating the boxes of documents – including classified information – that were removed from the White House and taken to Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, experts say.
The DOJ recently blocked the National Archives from sharing information with Congress concerning the 15 boxes. This is the clearest sign so far that the issue is under investigation.
Nathan Place9 April 2022 15:30
New York AG forces real estate firm to testify in Trump probe
New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a motion to compel Cushman & Wakefield, a global real estate company, to testify in her investigation of Donald Trump’s financial dealings. Until now, the firm had been refusing to comply with her office’s subpoenas.
“There should be no doubt that information about Cushman’s appraisal work for the Trump Organization is relevant to our efforts and that Cushman — like any other party — cannot defy a lawful subpoena because no one is above the law,” Ms James said in a statement on Friday.
Nathan Place9 April 2022 15:00
McConnell explains why he would support Trump in 2024 despite loathing him
Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are all but sworn enemies. Their mutual antipathy dates back years, and deepened even further when Mr McConnell first refused to say the 2020 election was stolen and then condemned the president for his role in inciting the 6 January insurrection (though he voted to acquit him at his impeachment trial).
And yet, Mr McConnell has said he will be voting for Mr Trump in 2024 if the former president runs for another term, as is widely expected.
“Well as the Republican leader of the Senate, it should not be a front-page headline that I’ll support the Republican nominee for president,” he said in an interview with Axios‘s Jonathan Swan. “I think I have an obligation to support the nominee of my party.”
Oliver O’ConnellApril 9, 2022 2:30 p.m.
Ali Alexander plans to cooperate with Justice Department
Ali Alexander, the organizer of several “Stop the Steal” rallies protesting the 2020 election, will cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation of the Capitol riot, reports say.
The activist’s lawyer told The New York Times he plans to take “a cooperative posture.”
Nathan PlaceApril 9, 2022 2:29 p.m.
Missing: White House gift records for Trump and Pence
The State Department says it is unable to compile a complete and accurate accounting of gifts presented to form President Donald Trump and other US officials by foreign governments during Trump’s final year in office, citing missing data from the White House.
In a report to be published in the Federal Register next week, the department says the Executive Office of the President did not submit information about gifts received by Trump and his family from foreign leaders in 2020. It also says the General Services Administration didn’t submit information about gifts given to former Vice President Mike Pence and White House staffers that year.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 9, 2022 1:45 p.m.
Proud Boys member pleads guilty to plan to storm Capitol, will cooperate against others
A North Carolina man on Friday became the second member of the extremist group Proud Boys to plead guilty to conspiring with other group members to stop Congress from formally certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.
Charles Donohoe, 34, pleaded guilty during an appearance in federal court in Washington to charges of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and assaulting or impeding federal officers. His plea agreement includes a provision to cooperate in the ongoing Justice Department cases against other Proud Boys members.
Federal sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of about six to seven years, although terms of his sentence will be up to a federal judge.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 9, 2022 1:00 p.m.