Trump news – latest: Ex-president avoids deposition by staying in Florida during Hurricane Ian

Former US president Donald Trump claims he can declassify top secret documents just ‘by thinking about it’

Donald Trump has avoided a deposition for a long-running class action fraud lawsuit by remaining in Florida as Hurricane Ian bore down.

Mr Trump’s deposition today had to be rescheduled as lawyers for the plaintiffs told a New York federal judge the former president would not move the meeting from his Florida residence to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, because of the severity of the storm.

The new deadline for Mr Trump to be deposed is now 31 October.

In another court filing by Mr Trump’s legal team, it was revealed that he hoarded some 200,000 pages of federal documents upon leaving office, spread between the 11,000 documents already mentioned following the search of Mar-a-Lago.

The filing was to argue that an early October deadline for scanning and reviewing the documents is unrealistic because they cannot be processed quickly enough.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump pleaded on social media for donations to his political campaign ahead of a fundraising deadline amid Hurricane Ian.

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Jimmy Kimmel spots Trump supporter waving Biden flag during Hurricane Ian

While a category 4 – knocking at the door of a category 5 – hurricane bore down on Florida, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel noticed something amid the footage of trees being knocked over from the peak winds of 155 mph.

A man, purportedly a supporter of former President Donald Trump, adorned with a flag to express his seeming displeasure at Joe Biden, which read: “F*** Biden”.

The footage of the man, who is seen waving the flag with the expletive directed at the US president in the midst of heavy winds and rain, evoked this response from the comedian.

“Down in Florida, Hurricane Ian appears to have a sense of humour,” Kimmel said. “I cannot think of a visual that better encapsulates what it’s like to be a Trump supporter than a shirtless moron using the power of Brandon to fight the wind.”

Watch the full monologue below:

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AOC anti-trans rant rebukes from GOP lawmaker

During a congressional hearing on the fragile state of abortion care in the US, Democratic US Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez admonished a Republican congressman’s attempt to undermine the idea that transgender people can become pregnant.

Republican US Rep Andrew Clyde asked a physician on the witness panel a series of transphobic questions and repeatedly interrupted his answers.

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Case against source for Trump dossier advances… just about

A judge is allowing prosecutors to move forward with their criminal case against an analyst who provided key details for a flawed dossier on ex-President Donald Trump, although the judge called his decision “an extremely close call.”

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Tensions flare over Trump Mar-a-Lago papers special master process

The parallel “special master” process spawned by the FBI search of Donald Trump’s Florida estate has slowed the Justice Department’s criminal investigation and exposed simmering tensions between department prosecutors and lawyers for the former president.

The probe into the presence of top-secret government information at Mar-a-Lago continues. But barbed comments in the past week’s court filings have laid bare deep disagreements related to the special master’s work And the filings have made clear that a process the Trump team initially sought has not been playing to the president’s advantage.

Here’s look at where things stand:

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Report: GOP proposed dozens of anti-abortion laws since 2021

Nearly 100 days after the US Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion, more than a dozen states have effectively outlawed or severely care restricted access to abortion.

A staff analysis from the House Oversight Committee reports that Republicans in Congress last year introduced 52 bills to outlaw or restrict abortion nationwide, including 16 bills that would criminally prosecute providers, and four bills that would prohibit interstate travel for abortion care.

Alex Woodward reports for The Independent.

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Trump prepared a transphobic response to 2016 debate question

During his preparations to debate Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump’s response to a mock debate question about whether transgender teens should be permitted to use the restroom of their choice at school was so bizarre that it left his aides shocked, a new book reports.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

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Donald Trump avoids fraud lawsuit deposition by staying in Florida as Hurricane Ian strikes

Donald Trump has avoided a deposition for a fraud lawsuit by remaining in Florida as Hurricane Ian bore down.

The former president had been due to be deposed in a civil class action lawsuit first filed in 2018. It accuses Mr Trump, his children, and the Trump Organization, of committing deception and fraud.

Read Andrew Buncombe’s report.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene calls Biden a ‘mob boss’ for helping Ukraine defend itself

Right-wing Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia compared President Joe Biden to a mob boss for sending aid to Ukraine to combat Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the country.

Ms Greene made the remarks on conservative activist Charlie Kirk’s show on Real America’s voice as Mr Biden has requested additional aid to Ukraine.

Her opposition to helping Ukraine has been consistent since the beginning of the Russian invasion. She is now framing it as a cover for money laundering.

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Republican-run states sue Biden administration over student loan plan

Six Republican-led states are suing the Biden administration in an effort to halt its plan to forgive student loan debt for tens of millions of Americans, accusing it of overstepping its executive powers.

It’s at least the second legal challenge this week to the sweeping proposal laid out by President Joe Biden in late August, when he said his administration would cancel up to $20,000 in education debt for huge numbers of borrowers.

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O’Rourke and Abbott face off in Texas governor’s debate Friday

Beto O’Rourke spent his 50th birthday this week behind the wheel of his pickup in Texas, fast approaching a big moment in his uphill climb for governor.

While a road trip through college campuses showed how the Democrat continues to draw big crowds — a photo line at the University of Texas snaked across an outdoor plaza in 90-degree heat — O’Rourke is still trying to close in on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott with six weeks until Election Day, Nov. 8.

That raises the stakes for O’Rourke on Friday night in his only debate against Abbott, who has tried to refocus the race to his hard-line immigration measures on the US-Mexico border as anger in Texas over a new abortion ban and the Uvalde school massacre continues flaring.

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