‘I’m a more honest man than you’: Trump ends Piers Morgan interview
A new congressional report has detailed how senior officials in the Trump administration – including chief of staff Mark Meadows and treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin – intervened to send $700m in Covid-19 relief funds to a struggling trucking firm despite objects from the Department of Defense.
Meanwhile, the 6 January select committee is reportedly considering how to try and obtain a testimony from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy after further leaked audio showed him discussing Mr Trump’s responsibility for the 6 January riot – and calling for extremist members of his caucus to be banned from Twitter.
New audio released last night included Mr McCarthy worrying aloud that some House Republicans were inciting violence, particularly singling out Florida’s Matt Gaetz, whom he said was “putting people in jeopardy”.
Mainstream Republican House members have so far declined to turn on their leader publicly, but Mr Gaetz has already come out swinging against Mr McCarthy, complaining that he and his deputy Steve Scalise “held views about President Trump and me that they shared on sniving calls with Liz Cheney, not us.”
New York says its wrapping up probe into Trump’s ‘Russian nesting doll’ finances
The New York State Attorney General’s Office is close to unravelling the Trump Organization’s “Russian nesting doll” finances, according to reports.
Attorneys said they are still waiting to search two cell phones belonging to Donald Trump, plus the laptop of a long time executive assistant, after they were pressed on why the three-year investigation was taking so long.
“The process is near the end,” Kevin Wallace, senior enforcement counsel at the New York State Attorney General’s Office, told a judge, according to CNN.
Justin Vallejo28 April 2022 03:00
ICYMI: Tucker Carlson calls Kevin McCarthy ‘a puppet of the Democratic party’
Fox News host Tucker Carlson denounced Kevin McCarthy for sounding like “an MSNBC contributor” in private tapes in which the Republican Congressman supported the Silicon Valley censorship of his GOP colleagues.
In a segment titled “The Left’s Meltdown” over Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, Carlson said establishment Democratic and Republican party figures were united in their support of censorship for political ends.
Justin Vallejo28 April 2022 02:00
JD Vance surges in Fox News poll of Ohio Senate race following Donald Trump endorsement
In the survey, published on Wednesday, Mr Vance’s support has leapt from 11 per cent in March to 23 per cent, putting him at the top of the field over previous frontrunners Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons, who were respectively at 20 and 22 per cent in a March Fox News survey.
Justin Vallejo28 April 2022 01:00
Elon Musk suggests new name for Trump’s Truth Social
Elon Musk has suggested a new name for Donald Trump’s Truth Social app as he accused Twitter, which has just agreed to buy for $44bn, of censorship.
The Tesla boss, whose takeover of the San Francisco-based platform was announced earlier this week, took to Twitter to compare it to the former president’s own social media company.
“Truth Social (terrible name) exists because Twitter censored free speech,” Mr Musk tweeted.
“Should be called Trumpet instead!”
Graeme Massie has the story.
Justin Vallejo28 April 2022 00:00
Morning Joe host says new poll exposes ‘fascist’ viewpoint of large number of Republicans
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough held nothing back on Wednesday when confronted with the results of a new Morning Consult/Politico poll finding that most GOP voters would not find accusations of racist or antisemitic behavior by a candidate disqualifying.
Mr Scarborough, himself a former Republican congressman, lamented that the poll in his view showed that wide swaths of the GOP voter base were showing “fascist” leanings.
John Bowden has the scoop.
Justin Vallejo27 April 2022 23:00
Marjorie Taylor Greene says Christians who help undocumented migrants are being controlled by Satan
Speaking to the far-right Catholic activist Michael Voris, the Georgia Republican, said she wanted to see moderate groups such as Catholic Relief Services that aid resettlement stripped of federal funding.
“What it is, is Satan’s controlling the church,” Ms Greene, an evangelical Protestant, said in an interview for Mr Voris’s Church Militant website.
“The church is not doing its job, and it’s not adhering to the teachings of Christ, and it’s not adhering to what the word of God says we’re supposed to do and how we’re supposed to live.”
Bevan Hurley has the story.
Justin Vallejo27 April 2022 21:31
McCarthy says leaks ‘laced context’ in first defense of Trump comments
Kevin McCarthy defended himself for the first time after The New York Times leaked recordings of him criticizing Donald Trump following the US Capitol riot.
He “gave a full-throated defence” of his comments, including calls for big tech to delete the Twitter and social media accounts of his GOP colleagues.
Two sources in the room told The Washington Examiner that McCarthy told House Republicans they “need to talk about every scenario out there” about Trump’s future.
He added that the tape was deceptively cut before he received a standing ovation.
“There’s no problem. He’s going be the next speaker,” Rep Roger Williams of Texas said told the outlet.
Justin Vallejo27 April 2022 20:56
Republican candidates spent $1.3m currying favor at Trump’s properties
The Independent compiled data from Federal Election Commission filings since the beginning of 2021 to the end of March 2022, the most recent FEC data available. FEC filings show that Republican candidates – both incumbent and challengers – spent $1.28m at Mr Trump’s properties in Florida, New York, California, Washington DC and Las Vegas.
One of the biggest sources of revenue was Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, where the former president has de-camped. Since 2021, candidates have spent more than $700,000 at the Palm Beach club – some of them after receiving his endorsement, as was the case with Representative Ted Budd, who is running for Senate in North Carolina.
Eric Garcia crunches the numbers.
Justin Vallejo27 April 2022 20:06
Trump feared killer tomatoes: ‘It’s very violent stuff’
Windmills are apparently not the only benign object that former president Donald Trump considers potentially lethal threats to human life.
In a transcript of a deposition he gave as part of a lawsuit against protesters allegedly assaulted by his private security guards in front of his eponymous New York City skyscraper, the twice-impeached ex-president was asked about his exhortation to attendees at a February 2016 campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to “knock the crap” out of anyone they might see preparing to throw a tomato.”
Andrew Feinberg has the story.
Justin Vallejo27 April 2022 19:30
Boeing CEO says it should have refused Trump’s Air Force One deal that has cost it $660m
Boeing’s CEO says the company should have refused Donald Trump’s Air Force One deal that has so far cost it $660m to build two presidential airplanes.
Dave Calhoun spoke frankly about the company’s huge loss on converting two 747 airliners for the White House on a quarterly earnings call on Wednesday.
“Air Force One I’m just going to call a very unique moment, a very unique negotiation, a very unique set of risks that Boeing probably shouldn’t have taken,” Calhoun said.
“But we are where we are, and we’re going to deliver great airplanes. And we’re going to recognise the costs associated with it.”
Graeme Massie has the story.
Justin Vallejo27 April 2022 19:00