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.
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:
Johanna Chisholm30 September 2022 11:45
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.
AOC rebukes anti-trans rant from GOP lawmaker during abortion rights hearing
Republican Andrew Clyde tried to ‘bully’ a physician by doubting that transgender people exist and can become pregnant
Oliver O’Connell30 September 2022 11:30 am
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.”
Case against source for Trump dossier advances, barely
A judge is allowing prosecutors to move forward with their criminal case against an analyst who provided key details for a flawed dossier of ex-President Donald Trump, but the judge called his decision “an extremely close call.”
Oliver O’Connell30 September 2022 10:30 am
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:
Tensions flare over special master process in Trump hoarded documents case
The FBI search of Donald Trump’s Florida estate has spawned a parallel “special master” process that has slowed the Justice Department’s criminal investigation and exposed simmering tensions between department prosecutors and lawyers for the former president
Oliver O’Connell30 September 2022 09:30
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.
Congressional Republicans proposed 52 anti-abortion laws since 2021, report finds
More than a dozen bills would criminalize providers, and four would prohibit interstate travel for care, according to House Oversight Committee analysis
Oliver O’Connell30 September 2022 08:30
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.
Trump plotted transphobic response during 2016 debate prep, book reveals
Mr Trump reportedly expressed concern over whether a hypothetical transgender student had had bottom surgery when he prepared to debate Hillary Clinton in 2016
Oliver O’Connell30 September 2022 07:30
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.
Trump avoids fraud deposition by staying in Florida as Hurricane Ian hits
‘I expressed some surprise – but they indicated they were flying down anyway’
Shweta Sharma30 September 2022 06:43
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.
Marjorie Taylor Greene calls Biden a ‘mob boss’ for helping Ukraine
The Georgia Republican complains, ‘all of this has been a scam.’
Oliver O’Connell30 September 2022 06:30
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.
GOP states its Biden administration over student loan plan
Six Republican-led states are suing the Biden administration to try and halt its plan to forgive student loan debt for millions of Americans
Oliver O’Connell30 September 2022 05:30
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.
High stakes for O’Rourke in Texas governor’s debate Friday
That stakes are high for Democrat Beto O’Rourke on Friday night in his only debate against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas
Oliver O’Connell30 September 2022 04:30