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Trump suffers double court blow over Jan 6 cases: Latest

Federal court judges have dealt two legal blows in Donald Trump’s attempts to evade criminal charges and lawsuits stemming from his alleged attempts to overturn 2020 presidential results.

A long-awaited federal appeals court ruling on Friday determined that Mr Trump can be held civilly liable for inciting the riots at the US Capitol on 6 January, 2021 in the wake of his 2020 loss.

The ruling, which followed three lawsuits from law enforcement officers and members of Congress whose lives were threatened that day, finds that the former president cannot use presidential “immunity” as a shield from that litigation.

On Friday night, the judge overseeing his election subversion case in Washington DC determined that he also does not have presidential immunity to avoid charges in a case from US Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith.

The ruling followed his legal team’s debut in Georgia, where he is trying to dismiss charges on First Amendment grounds in a separate but parallel case related to his attempts to overturn election results in the state.

His attorneys argued he shouldn’t be on trial at all as he campaigns for the 2024 Republican nomination for president, and that he shouldn’t be on trial if he wins next year’s election, meaning that he shouldn’t be on trial until at least 2029, they argued.

Key Points

  • Trump shouldn’t be on trial until at least 2029, attorneys argue

  • Trump isn’t immune from January 6 lawsuits, federal appeals court rules

  • Faced with new gag order covering court staff, Trump attacks judge’s wife

  • Trump’s violent rhetoric charts his campaign warpath

Gaetz frets about House GOP’s precarious majority after Santos expulsion

22:01 , Oliver O'Connell

Florida Rep Matt Gaetz is worried.

The controversial right-wing lawmaker fears that following the expulsion of disgraced former congressman George Santos, the slim Republican majority in the House of Representatives is in peril

Specifically, he believes that other GOP lawmakers may also soon exit the lower chamber of Congress.

Speaking on The Charlie Kirk Show, Mr Gaetz, who in October led the ousting of former speaker Kevin McCarthy, said: “Our willingness to self-mutilate on these things really impairs our ability to get the job done.”

He called the expulsion of Mr Santos “tactically stupid” in the context of the narrow majority.

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Matt Gaetz frets about precarious Republican majority after George Santos exit

Watch: Asked about faith, Trump talks about polls

21:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump calls Biden ‘destroyer’ of democracy despite own efforts to overturn 2020 election

21:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday attempted to turn the tables on his likely rival in November, President Joe Biden, arguing that the man whose election victory Trump tried to overturn is “the destroyer of American democracy.”

Trump’s allegations about Biden, a Democrat, echo the ones that Biden has been making for years against his predecessor. As Trump has dominated the Republican presidential primary and talked about targeting his rivals and the news media if he wins the White House again, Biden has stepped up his own warnings, contending Trump is “ determined to destroy American democracy.”

On Saturday, Trump made his most explicit argument to date on why voters should instead see his rival as the bigger democratic threat. Trump repeated his longstanding contention that the four criminal indictments against him show Biden is misusing the federal justice system against his rival.

Trump calls Biden destroyer of democracy despite own 2020 election subversion cases

Trump’s ‘co-opted’ GOP should lose House majority, says Cheney

21:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Liz Cheney, the former Republican congresswoman and one of Donald Trump’s greatest foes, has given a dire warning about the possibility of the former president returning to the White House.

Speaking on CBS Sunday Morning she even went as far as saying she would like the GOP to lose its House majority to prevent “collaborator” Mike Johnson from holding onto his role as speaker.

Ms Cheney spoke with John Dickerson of CBS News about the looming danger to democracy posed by Mr Trump as explored in her new book Oath and Honor.

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Liz Cheney wants Trump’s ‘co-opted’ GOP to lose House majority

Trump does not have presidential immunity, judge rules

20:45 , Oliver O'Connell

The judge presiding over Donald Trump’s federal election conspiracy case in Washington DC has rejected a motion to dismiss the case based on his argument that he enjoys presidential immunty.

Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing the case, said that the former president’s time in officer did not bestow on him “the divine right of kings” to evade criminal accountability.

It comes as a long-awaited federal appeals court ruling also determined that Mr Trump can be held civilly liable for inciting the riots at the US Capitol on 6 January, 2021 in the wake of his 2020 loss.

Lawyers for Mr Trump had also tried to use his presidential “immunity” as a shield from the litigation.

In her ruling on Friday, Judge Chutkan said: “[The] defendant’s four-year service as Commander in Chief did not bestow on him the divine right of kings to evade the criminal accountability that governs his fellow citizens.”

The decision tees up a legal fight over the scope of presidential power that could ultimately reach the US Supreme Court.

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McCarthy limps towards possible exit from Congress

20:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was third in line to the presidency just a few months ago. Soon, he may not be in Washington at all.

The California congressman endured a grinding nine months as leader of a fractured and bitter Republican caucus, one that may have been destined to cast him aside from the very beginning. Following a last-minute deal with Democrats to avert a government shutdown in October, he was unceremoniously ousted by one of his most polarising foes: Matt Gaetz of Florida, leading a cadre of Republican malcontents with their own varying complaints about Mr McCarthy’s leadership.

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.

McCarthy limps towards possible exit from Congress after year of bruising speakership

Watch: Bizarre moment Trump claims even his opponents say he had ‘one of the great presidencies'

20:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Kenneth Chesebro begins cooperating in Nevada probe, reports say

19:45 , Oliver O'Connell

The state-level criminal investigation into the 2020 election “fake electors” plot in Nevada has secured the cooperation of a key witness — Kenneth Chesebro, the lawyer who orchestrated the scheme to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state.

Both CNN and The Washington Post report that Mr Chesebro has agreed to meet with investigators in the state in a bid to avoid prosecution there.

He pleaded guilty to charges relating to the plot in Georgia and as part of that plea deal has agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in the sprawling racketeering case against former president Donald Trump and 14 other co-defendants.

Mr Chesebro also agreed to cooperate with any relevant cases in the future both inside and outside the state.

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Trump ‘fake electors’ attorney begins cooperating in Nevada probe

DeSantis campaign chaos continues as super PAC ousts CEO after just nine days

19:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Just over one month before a critical test for his campaign, Ron DeSantis is watching his presidential bid become mired in personal conflicts, disagreement on strategy and the shadow of two surging opponents who appear to be slowly bleeding his campaign dry.

On Sunday, CNN reported that his allied Never Back Down PAC — the vessel for outside spending in support of his bid and more barbed attacks against his opponents — was losing its CEO after just nine days on the job. Two other senior operatives are also out, according to CNN, with one source describing the incident as “firings”, according to the network.

The end of their service to Never Back Down comes following a profile of the sputtering DeSantis presidential movement in The Washington Post, which described the Florida governor’s bid as in “extraordinary turmoil”. Senior campaign staffers were described as “gloomy” by a close ally of Mr DeSantis, the Post reported.

John Bowden has the story for The Independent.

Ron DeSantis campaign chaos continues as super PAC ousts CEO after just nine days

After he endorsed Trump, BLM slams ‘publicity seeking’ ex-activist

18:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Black Lives Matter (BLM) has slammed one of its ex-activists after he endorsed Donald Trump for president.

Mark Fisher, who was formerly associated with a Rhode Island BLM group, endorsed Mr Trump on Tuesday in an interview posted online.

Mr Fisher said he had decided to endorse the former president, who in the past has refused to condemn white supremacist groups, because “everybody else sucks.”

He added that he likes Mr Trump and thinks “who we have sitting in the Oval Office is a deep disappointment.”

The Black Lives Matter organisation condemned Mr Fisher’s comments as a “publicity stunt.”

BLM slams ‘publicity seeking’ ex-activist after he endorsed Trump

Watch: DeSantis dodges Trump Nazi rhetoric question, asks why Trump is running at all

18:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Tucker Carlson plans to vote for Trump

17:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has privately said he “passionately” hates Donald Trump. He has described him as a “demonic force” and a “destroyer” that he “can’t wait” to ignore. Carlson says he plans to vote for him in 2024.

The far-right commentator was fired from the network in the wake of a record-breaking settlement in a defamation case stemming from the former president’s election lies.

On Thursday, he told Roseanne Barr on her podcast that he has “always agreed” with Mr Trump’s policies but became an “active Trump supporter” following the law enforcement search of his Mar-a-Lago estate last summer.

“That can’t stand. I agree with Trump on a lot, but even if I disagreed with Trump on a lot, I’d still be a Trump supporter because you cannot allow that,” he said.

He accused President Joe Biden’s “regime” of using the US Department of Justice “to knock the front runner out of the race.”

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Trump’s ‘co-opted’ GOP should lose House majority, says Cheney

17:21 , Oliver O'Connell

Liz Cheney, the former Republican congresswoman and one of Donald Trump’s greatest foes, has given a dire warning about the possibility of the former president returning to the White House.

Speaking on CBS Sunday Morning she even went as far as saying she would like the GOP to lose its House majority to prevent “collaborator” Mike Johnson from holding onto his role as speaker.

Ms Cheney spoke with John Dickerson of CBS News about the looming danger to democracy posed by Mr Trump as explored in her new book Oath and Honor.

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Liz Cheney wants Trump’s ‘co-opted’ GOP to lose House majority

After gag order reinstated in fraud trial, Trump immediately attacks judge’s wife

17:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Moments after a New York appeals court reinstated a gag order in Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial, the former president unleashed a series of baseless Truth Social posts attacking the wife of the judge presiding over the case.

Mr Trump reshared several conspiratorial “reports” from far-right activist and failed congressional candidate Laura Loomer about the wife of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron.

He also accused her of making anti-Trump memes that included AI images of Mr Trump in orange prison jumpsuits with captions saying he’s “headed for the big house.”

A statement from the court on Thursday denied that the judge’s wife had anything to do with those posts.

Alex Woodward reports.

Trump immediately attacks judge’s wife after gag order reinstated in fraud trial

Court rules Trump can be sued over Capitol riot

16:45 , Oliver O'Connell

A US appeals court has ruled that Donald Trump can be sued for inciting the Capitol riot.

The judgement was passed down today in US District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Mr Trump’s attorneys attempted to use “presidential immunity” to shield him from civil action resulting from his incitement of the Capitol riot.

The appeals court was asked to determine whether Mr Trump has “demonstrated an entitlement to official-act immunity for his actions leading up to and on January 6 as alleged in the complaints.”

“We answer no, at least at this stage of the proceedings,” they wrote in a ruling on Friday.

Graig Graziosi reports.

Trump can be sued for inciting the Capitol riots, court rules

Olympic gold medalist swimmer gets six months in home detention for role at Capitol riot

16:15 , AP

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller, who threw his USA team jacket in a trash can after he stormed the U.S. Capitol, was sentenced on Friday to six months of home detention for joining the mob’s Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the seat of American democracy.

At 6-foot-6, Keller towered over police officers guarding the Capitol and other Donald Trump supporters who breached the building, and he was quickly identified by authorities. He pleaded guilty in 2021 to a felony charge and was one of the first rioters to publicly agree to cooperate with authorities investigating the Capitol attack.

Video captured Keller leading profane chants directed at then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, both Democrats. He also joined a chorus of rioters in singing the national anthem in the middle of the Capitol. He resisted efforts to remove him from the Capitol, ripping an elbow away and shaking off a police officer, prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sentenced Keller to three years of probation, including six months of home detention, and ordered him to perform 360 hours of community service.

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Watch: Cheney warns that a second Trump term could be the end of the republic

15:47 , Oliver O'Connell

Lindsey Graham warns Liz Cheney ‘world will be truly on fire’ if Trump not re-elected

15:25 , Oliver O'Connell

Senator Lindsey Graham, one of Donald Trump’s most ardent supplicants, had a warning for former rep Liz Cheney in an appearance on CNN this morning.

On State of the Union host Dana Bash turned to the topic of Ms Cheney’s new book Oath and Honor in which she dishes the dirt on fellow Republicans who reverted to backing Trump after the January 6 Capitol riot.

Bash asked the South Carolina senator about Ms Cheney saying that the US is “sleepwalking into a dictatorship” if Trump returns to the White House in 2024.

First Senator Graham bashed President Joe Biden:

Yeah. I think a continuation of the Biden presidency would be a disaster for peace and prosperity at home and abroad. Our border is broken. The only person really going to fix a broken border is Donald Trump.

When he was president, none of this stuff was going on in Ukraine. Hamas and all of these other terrorist groups were afraid of Trump. I think Liz’s hatred of Trump is real. I understand why people don’t like what he does and says at times, but in terms of actions and results, he was far better president [than] Biden.

Then he warned the former lawmaker:

If we have four more years of this, Liz Cheney, we won’t recognise America and the world will be truly on fire.

Analysis: Trump’s violent rhetoric charts his campaign warpath

15:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Alex Woodward writes:

News networks should be taken off air and investigated for treason. The nation’s top military official should be executed. A state judge presiding over a trial against him, and the attorney general suing him, should be arrested. People seeking asylum in the US are “poisoning the blood of our country” and should be turned away if they don’t accept “our religion.” Drug dealers should get the death sentence. “Liberal Jews” are voting to “destroy America and Israel.” The regime will “root out” political opponents who “live like vermin”.

Donald Trump’s latest violent, authoritarian visions in his 2024 campaign for the presidency are building on his platform of self-described retribution.

They are also increasingly colliding with the multiple criminal investigations and lawsuits against him, as prosecutors and judges hope to rely on gag orders to rein in his rhetoric, which has invited hundreds of abusive messages and credible death threats from his supporters against the judges and prosecutors involved.

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Trump’s violent rhetoric charts his campaign warpath

Speaker Johnson wrote intro for book with Pizzagate conspiracies and homophobic attacks on Pete Buttigieg

14:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Republican Speaker of the House Mike Johnson wrote the introduction to a 2022 book that included baseless debunked conspiracy theories as well as homophobic slurs.

In addition to writing the foreword, the Louisiana lawmaker actively promoted the book by Scott McKay, a politics blogger, CNN reported.

Indeed, the speaker pushed the book on social media and dedicated an episode of his podcast to it.

House Speaker Mike Johnson wrote foreword for conspiracy-laden book

What happens at the GOP convention if Trump is convicted? Don’t ask the RNC...

14:15 , AP

The Republican National Committee’s rules for next year’s nominating contest and convention were released this week without addressing a question the GOP could well face next summer: can the party’s delegates vote for a different candidate if the presumptive nominee is convicted of a felony?

Former President Donald Trump is under four criminal indictments that will proceed through the GOP primary season, an overlap of legal and political calendars with no precedent in American politics. Fifteen states and American Samoa hold their GOP primaries on 5 March, known as Super Tuesday, which is also the day after his first trial is scheduled to begin in Washington on charges that he unlawfully sought to overturn the 2020 election.

Trump is dominating the Republican field and may secure much of the support he needs by Super Tuesday, by which time almost half of the delegates who select the nominee at the GOP convention will have been awarded. Even if he were to be convicted in Washington or another trial, top party leaders and many voters have indicated they would stand by Trump anyway. And Trump and his allies are pushing to dismiss and delay the trials and have worked with state parties to craft rules favourable to him.

The RNC rules don’t include any provisions specific to the unprecedented scenario unfolding.

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Report: McCarthy claims he swore at Trump in tense phone call

13:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Multiple people familiar with a conversation between the former speaker and the ex-president after Mr McCarthy’s removal have told The Washington Post that he was so hurt by the ordeal that he exploded at Mr Trump for not ordering Mr Gaetz to back down.

“F*** you,” the Post reports those persons as quoting the former speaker.

John Bowden has the story.

McCarthy claims he swore at Trump in tense phone call, report says

ICYMI: Trump immediately attacks judge’s wife after gag order reinstated in fraud trial

13:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Moments after a New York appeals court reinstated a gag order in Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial, the former president unleashed a series of baseless Truth Social posts attacking the wife of the judge presiding over the case.

Mr Trump reshared several conspiratorial “reports” from far-right activist and failed congressional candidate Laura Loomer about the wife of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron.

He also accused her of making anti-Trump memes that included AI images of Mr Trump in orange prison jumpsuits with captions saying he’s “headed for the big house.”

A statement from the court on Thursday denied that the judge’s wife had anything to do with those posts.

Trump immediately attacks judge’s wife after gag order reinstated in fraud trial

Newsom trolls DeSantis over flailing 2024 bid

12:45 , Oliver O'Connell

During a fierce debate hosted by Fox News on Thursday night, California governor Gavin Newsom took a shot at opponent Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s 2024 presidential campaign, telling viewers that “neither of us will be the nominee for our party in 2024.”

According to a 538 average of Republican presidential polls, Donald Trump has 60 per cent support from GOP voters, nearly six times that of his nearest rival, Mr DeSantis, whose support has declined precipitiously since the beginning of the year.

The Fox debate, framed by host Sean Hannity as the “Great Red vs Blue State debate,” at times felt like a quasi-presidential debate.

Mr DeSantis hammered the California leader as practically a third member of the Biden White House, while Mr Newsom painted the Florida governor as a secret moderate corrupted by the Trumpian “fringe” of the GOP.

Newsom trolls DeSantis over flailing 2024 bid in hostile Fox News debate

Tucker Carlson ‘passionately’ hated Trump... but he’ll still vote for him

12:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has privately said he “passionately” hates Donald Trump. He has described him as a “demonic force” and a “destroyer” that he “can’t wait” to ignore. Carlson says he plans to vote for him in 2024.

The far-right commentator was fired from the network in the wake of a record-breaking settlement in a defamation case stemming from the former president’s election lies.

On Thursday, he told Roseanne Barr on her podcast that he has “always agreed” with Mr Trump’s policies but became an “active Trump supporter” following the law enforcement search of his Mar-a-Lago estate last summer.

Alex Woodward has the story.

Analysis: Was the DeSantis campaign doomed from the start?

11:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Ron DeSantis entered the Republican primary this spring as the preeminent challenger to former President Donald Trump and as the heir apparent taking on the old guard.

The Florida governor was “Trump without the baggage,” a far-right fighter ready to rumble with the “radical left” and govern more productively than the chaotic reality TV star, blustering real estate mogul and grievance-filled showman.

In a race against the oldest president in US history, being born in the late 1970s instead of the mid-1940s would also be helpful. Part of the thinking was that Mr DeSantis could win the White House by simply standing next to President Joe Biden on the debate stage and not looking old.

Gustaf Kilander asks: was the Florida governor’s floundering campaign always inevitable? Was Mr DeSantis always too awkward to be president?

Was Ron DeSantis lacklustre campaign doomed from the start?

Trump does not have presidential immunity, election conspiracy case judge rules

09:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The judge presiding over Donald Trump’s federal election conspiracy case in Washington DC has rejected a motion to dismiss the case based on his argument that he enjoys presidential immunity.

Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing the case, said that the former president’s time in officer did not bestow on him “the divine right of kings” to evade criminal accountability.

It comes as a long-awaited federal appeals court ruling also determined that Mr Trump can be held civilly liable for inciting the riots at the US Capitol on 6 January, 2021 in the wake of his 2020 loss.

Lawyers for Mr Trump had also tried to use his presidential “immunity” as a shield from the litigation.

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Judge in Trump election conspiracy case rules he does not have presidential immunity

Attorney argue Trump can’t be on trial in Georgia if he’s president

08:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Yes, they’re actually trying to push the trial back to 2029 when the former president may leave the White House after a possible second term. He will be 83 years old.

Alex Woodward reports.

Trump can’t be on trial in Georgia if he’s president, attorneys argue

Olympic gold medalist swimmer gets six months in home detention for role at Capitol riot

06:00 , AP

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller, who threw his USA team jacket in a trash can after he stormed the U.S. Capitol, was sentenced on Friday to six months of home detention for joining the mob’s Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the seat of American democracy.

At 6-foot-6, Keller towered over police officers guarding the Capitol and other Donald Trump supporters who breached the building, and he was quickly identified by authorities. He pleaded guilty in 2021 to a felony charge and was one of the first rioters to publicly agree to cooperate with authorities investigating the Capitol attack.

Video captured Keller leading profane chants directed at then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, both Democrats. He also joined a chorus of rioters in singing the national anthem in the middle of the Capitol. He resisted efforts to remove him from the Capitol, ripping an elbow away and shaking off a police officer, prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sentenced Keller to three years of probation, including six months of home detention, and ordered him to perform 360 hours of community service.

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What’s next for Gavin Newsom ‘shadow campaign’?

04:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The Fox News debate on Thursday between Florida governor Ron DeSantis and California governor Gavin Newsom was billed as the “Great Red vs Blue State debate,” a showdown between conservatism and liberalism itself.

But the spectre of the 2024 presidential election – and, well, maybe the 2028 one – hung over the conversation all night.

What exactly were these two men fighting for? And what comes next?

Josh Marcus reports for The Independent from San Francisco.

After Ron DeSantis debate, what’s next for Gavin Newsom ‘shadow campaign’?

Trump golf club server claims she was tricked into NDA after sexual harassment

03:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A former server is suing Donald Trump‘s National Golf Club in Bedminster, alleging she was sexually harassed and coerced into sex by one of her supervisors before being tricked into signing an illegal NDA by Mr Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba.

Alice Bianco filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in New Jersey’s Middlesex County Superior Court, according to Politico.

Mr Trump is not named as a defendant in the suit.

The alleged incident began in 2021, when Ms Bianco, then 21, claims that a manager harassed her and tried to force a kiss on her. When she refused, she allegedly was given an “unfair job assignment” in retaliation. The situation culminated in her having to agree to have sex with the manager “as a quid pro quo for continued employment and ‘protection’”, according to the lawsuit.

The manager is also not named as a defendant.

Graig Graziosi has the full story.

Woman claims she was tricked into NDA after sexual harassment at Trump golf club

BLM slams ‘publicity seeking’ ex-activist after he endorsed Trump

02:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Black Lives Matter (BLM) has slammed one of its ex-activists after he endorsed Donald Trump for president.

Mark Fisher, who was formerly associated with a Rhode Island BLM group, endorsed Mr Trump on Tuesday in an interview posted online.

Mr Fisher said he had decided to endorse the former president, who in the past has refused to condemn white supremacist groups, because “everybody else sucks.”

He added that he likes Mr Trump and thinks “who we have sitting in the Oval Office is a deep disappointment.”

The Black Lives Matter organisation condemned Mr Fisher’s comments as a “publicity stunt.”

Martha McHardy reports.

Watch: Trump tells supporters to ‘guard the vote’ in Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta

01:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump today told supporters in Iowa that the most important part of the upcoming election is to “guard the vote”. He specifically mentions Detroit, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, highlights the racial dimension of what the former president is saying — just as he did in 2020.

“Exactly what he said in 2020. Not sure why the racial dimension of Trump’s attack on the Constitution has been underplayed, but it was central to the effort. It’s not mysterious. And he’s doing it again.”

After debating DeSantis, what’s next for the Newsom ‘shadow campaign'

00:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The Fox News debate on Thursday between Florida governor Ron DeSantis and California governor Gavin Newsom was billed as the “Great Red vs Blue State debate,” a showdown between conservatism and liberalism itself.

But the spectre of the 2024 presidential election – and, well, maybe the 2028 one – hung over the conversation all night.

What exactly were these two men fighting for? And what comes next?

Josh Marcus reports from San Francisco.

After Ron DeSantis debate, what’s next for Gavin Newsom ‘shadow campaign’?

Trump attorney wants Georgia case dropped if he can’t get federal case evidence

Saturday 2 December 2023 23:00 , Oliver O'Connell

In his debut in the Fulton County election subversion case on Friday, Donald Trump’s attorney Steve Sadow told the judge overseeing the case that the former president should be dropped if his team can’t get evidence from the parallel federal case.

If he is denied that evidence, the case brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should be dismissed, he said, pointing to court precedent that would allow him access to overlapping evidence in the federal and state cases.

“This is a problem,” he said.

“I would issue a subpoena to both counsel for President Trump in DC as well as [the office of Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith] for disclosure of what I want,” Mr Sadow told the judge. “All I would ask for is a list of their discovery, so that we’re able to determine what they have.”

And if they fight that request, it “would come either before your honor for a determination or it would come, if they wanted to remove it, strangely enough, they could remove it to federal court,” he added.

Steve Sadow (EPA)
Steve Sadow (EPA)

Mr Smith’s office “has relevant and material information that deals with the allegations in this case,” according to Mr Sadow.

Indeed, the cases largely involve the multi-state scheme to overturn election results. Trump is charged in the federal case with conspiracy and obstruction. He faces 13 felonies in Georgia.

Fulton County prosecutors stressed they don’t have any authority over the Justice Department, and they don’t know what role they can play, if any, without the feds’ or the judge’s direction.

“Maybe we’ll have more enlightenment on it if we know what the Special Counsel’s position is on it,” Judge Scot McAfee said. “I don’t know who they’d be more open to taking a phone call from.”

Trump doesn’t have immunity from January 6 lawsuits or his election subversion case

Saturday 2 December 2023 22:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Lawsuits seeking to hold Donald Trump accountable for the violence that erupted at the US Capitol on January 6 can move forward, after a federal appeals court rejected his “immunity” claim to shield him from liability.

The decision on Friday will allow those three civil suits – from law enforcement officers and members of Congress whose lives were endangered that day – to proceed in federal court.

Hours later, the federal judge overseeing his election subversion case also denied his attempts to cite “presidential immunity” in his attempts to dismiss the case.

That litigation adds to a mountain of criminal and civil cases facing the former president as he seeks the 2024 nomination for president.

Judge in Trump election conspiracy case rules he does not have presidential immunity

Trump attacks judge’s wife for her alleged posts on X. She doesn’t have an account

Saturday 2 December 2023 21:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Moments after a New York appeals court reinstated a gag order in Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial, he unleashed a series of baseless Truth Social posts attacking the wife of the judge presiding over the case.

Trump reshared several conspiratorial “reports” from far-right activist and failed congressional candidate Laura Loomer about the wife of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron.

He also accused her of making anti-Trump memes that included AI images of Mr Trump in orange prison jumpsuits with captions saying he’s “headed for the big house.”

The judge’s wife not only didn’t make them, she doesn’t even have an account. according to a court spokesperson.

“Justice Engoron’s wife has sent no social media posts regarding the former president. They are not hers,” the statement added.

Trump’s attorneys also have never raised those alleged posts in court statements or in filings.

Alex Woodward reports.

Trump immediately attacks judge’s wife after gag order reinstated in fraud trial

Trump’s legal team says he can’t be on trial if he’s president. Or before that

Saturday 2 December 2023 20:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump shouldn’t be on trial in Georgia during his 2024 presidential campaign, according to his attorneys.

And, if he wins that election, he shouldn’t be on trial until he leaves the White House, they said.

They tried to make their case to the judge overseeing an upcoming criminal trial surrounding Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the last election he lost.

The latest from the Fulton County case:

Trump can’t be on trial in Georgia if he’s president, attorneys argue

Trump continues to claim BLM support him

Saturday 2 December 2023 19:31 , Oliver O'Connell

Here’s the background to the former president’s wild claims of having the support of Black Lives Matter:

BLM slams ‘publicity seeking’ ex-activist after he endorsed Trump

Tucker Carlson, who ‘passionately’ hated Trump, will still vote for him

Saturday 2 December 2023 19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has privately said he “passionately” hates Donald Trump. He has described him as a “demonic force” and a “destroyer” that he “can’t wait” to ignore. Carlson says he plans to vote for him in 2024.

The far-right commentator was fired from the network in the wake of a record-breaking settlement in a defamation case stemming from the former president’s election lies.

On Thursday, he told Roseanne Barr on her podcast that he has “always agreed” with Mr Trump’s policies but became an “active Trump supporter” following the law enforcement search of his Mar-a-Lago estate last summer.

Tucker Carlson says he plans to vote for Trump

Watch: Cheney says Trump ‘can’t do it by himself’ as she calls Speaker John ‘collaborator'

Saturday 2 December 2023 18:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Was the DeSantis campaign doomed from the start?

Saturday 2 December 2023 18:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Gustaf Kilander writes:

Ron DeSantis entered the Republican primary this spring as the preeminent challenger to former President Donald Trump and as the heir apparent taking on the old guard.

The Florida governor was “Trump without the baggage,” a far-right fighter ready to rumble with the “radical left” and govern more productively than the chaotic reality TV star, blustering real estate mogul and grievance-filled showman.

In a race against the oldest president in US history, being born in the late 1970s instead of the mid-1940s would also be helpful. Part of the thinking was that Mr DeSantis could win the White House by simply standing next to President Joe Biden on the debate stage and not looking old.

But was his floundering campaign always inevitable? Was Mr DeSantis always too awkward to be president?

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Was Ron DeSantis lacklustre campaign doomed from the start?

Donald Trump and Eric Trump are heading back to the witness stand

Saturday 2 December 2023 18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will return to the witness stand next month in his civil fraud trial in New York as the final witness for the defence in a case that threatens his brand-building real estate empire.

His son Eric Trump will also testify a second time as their attorneys begin to close their case.

Eric Trump is scheduled to testify on 6 December, and his father is scheduled to appear on the witness stand on 11 December.

Alex Woodward reports.

Donald Trump will take the stand again at fraud trial

GOP lawmaker makes not-so-veiled threat against Jack Smith

Saturday 2 December 2023 17:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Far-right US Rep Clay Higgins of Louisiana warned that the Justice Department’s special counsel Jack Smith’s “days are numbered” for his federal case against Donald Trump.

He baselessly characterised a recent court filing from Smith’s office for information about Trump’s Twitter account as a back-door tactic for spying on regular Americans.

Graig Graziosi has the story.

GOP lawmaker makes not-so-veiled threat against Jack Smith

Arizona GOP officials charged with refusing to certify 2022 election results

Saturday 2 December 2023 16:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Two Republican county supervisors from Arizona are now facing felony charges over what the state attorney general alleges was an organised conspiracy to delay the certification of the 2022 election.

A felony indictment filed this week accuses Cochise County supervisors Peggy Judd and Terry Crosby of interference with an election officer and felony conspiracy.

The charges stem from a 2022 election dispute, when Ms Judd and Mr Crosby refused to cooperate with the counting of ballots, and instead pushed for a hand count of roughly 44,000 of the county’s 47,000 ballots. A judge ruled against them and ordered them to participate, however, Mr Crosby continued to refuse to do so.

John Bowden has the full story:

Arizona GOP officials charged with refusing to certify 2022 election results

Former Trump golf club server claims his attorney pressured her into an NDA after she was sexually harassed

Saturday 2 December 2023 15:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A former server is suing Donald Trump’s National Golf Club in Bedminster, alleging she was sexually harassed and coerced into sex by one of her supervisors before she was tricked into signing an illegal non-disclosure agreement by his lawyer, Alina Habba.

The lawsuit was filed in New Jersey this week.

Graig Graziosi reports.

Woman claims she was tricked into NDA after sexual harassment at Trump golf club

Trump attorney wants Georgia case dropped if he can’t get federal case evidence

Saturday 2 December 2023 14:00 , Alex Woodward

In his debut in the Fulton County election subversion case on Friday, Donald Trump’s attorney Steve Sadow told the judge overseeing the case that the former president should be dropped if his team can’t get evidence from the parallel federal case.

If he is denied that evidence, the case brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should be dismissed, he said, pointing to court precedent that would allow him access to overlapping evidence in the federal and state cases.

“This is a problem,” he said.

“I would issue a subpoena to both counsel for President Trump in DC as well as [the office of Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith] for disclosure of what I want,” Mr Sadow told the judge. “All I would ask for is a list of their discovery, so that we’re able to determine what they have.”

And if they fight that request, it “would come either before your honor for a determination or it would come, if they wanted to remove it, strangely enough, they could remove it to federal court,” he added.

Trump attorney Steve Sadow appears in Fulton County Superior Court on 1 December. (EPA)
Trump attorney Steve Sadow appears in Fulton County Superior Court on 1 December. (EPA)

Mr Smith’s office “has relevant and material information that deals with the allegations in this case,” according to Mr Sadow.

Indeed, the cases largely involve the multi-state scheme to overturn election results. Trump is charged in the federal case with conspiracy and obstruction. He faces 13 felonies in Georgia.

Fulton County prosecutors stressed they don’t have any authority over the Justice Department, and they don’t know what role they can play, if any, without the feds’ or the judge’s direction.

“Maybe we’ll have more enlightenment on it if we know what the Special Counsel’s position is on it,” Judge Scot McAfee said. “I don’t know who they’d be more open to taking a phone call from.”

ICYMI: Trump doesn’t have immunity from January 6 lawsuits or his election subversion case

Saturday 2 December 2023 13:00 , Alex Woodward

Lawsuits seeking to hold Donald Trump accountable for the violence that erupted at the US Capitol on January 6 can move forward, after a federal appeals court rejected his “immunity” claim to shield him from liability.

The decision on Friday will allow those three civil suits – from law enforcement officers and members of Congress whose lives were endangered that day – to proceed in federal court.

Hours later, the federal judge overseeing his election subversion case also denied his attempts to cite “presidential immunity” in his attempts to dismiss the case.

That litigation adds to a mountain of criminal and civil cases facing the former president as he seeks the 2024 nomination for president.

Judge in Trump election conspiracy case rules he does not have presidential immunity

Georgia’s fake electors didn’t do anything illegal, attorneys argue

Saturday 2 December 2023 12:00 , Alex Woodward

Attorneys for the so-called “fake electors” who falsely certified Trump’s victory in Georgia argued that the case against them should be dismissed because they didn’t do anything illegal – arguments that fell flat when they were introduced in federal court earlier this year.

An attorney for David Shafer, the former chair of the Georgia Republican Party, claimed that there couldn’t be any lawful electors because Trump was challenging the state’s election results in court. Those electors, including those who lawfully certified Joe Biden’s victory, were merely “contingent” until Congress approved them, she said.

Prosecutors pointed to a recent rulings in federal court and at the US Supreme Court that shot down theories animating lawyers’ arguments.

“The elephant in the room is that none of them were presidential electors,” prosecutor Will Wooten told the judge. “None of them are presidential electors. They’ve never been presidential electors … Those arguments don’t apply.”

More from Friday’s massive hearing:

Trump can’t be on trial in Georgia if he’s president, attorneys argue

Donald Trump and Eric Trump are heading back to the witness stand this month

Saturday 2 December 2023 11:00 , Alex Woodward

Donald Trump will return to the witness stand next month in his civil fraud trial in New York as the final witness for the defence in a case that threatens his brand-building real estate empire.

His son Eric Trump will also testify a second time as their attorneys begin to close their case.

Eric Trump is scheduled to testify on 6 December, and his father is scheduled to appear on the witness stand on 11 December.

Donald Trump will take the stand again at fraud trial

Saturday 2 December 2023 10:00 , Alex Woodward

Trump attacks judge’s wife for her alleged posts on X. She doesn’t have an accountt

Moments after a New York appeals court reinstated a gag order in Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial, he unleashed a series of baseless Truth Social posts attacking the wife of the judge presiding over the case.

Trump reshared several conspiratorial “reports” from far-right activist and failed congressional candidate Laura Loomer about the wife of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron.

He also accused her of making anti-Trump memes that included AI images of Mr Trump in orange prison jumpsuits with captions saying he’s “headed for the big house.”

The judge’s wife not only didn’t make them, she doesn’t even have an account. according to a court spokesperson.

“Justice Engoron’s wife has sent no social media posts regarding the former president. They are not hers,” the statement added.

Trump’s attorneys also have never raised those alleged posts in court statements or in filings.

Trump immediately attacks judge’s wife after gag order reinstated in fraud trial

Trump’s violent rhetoric charts his campaign warpath

Saturday 2 December 2023 09:00 , Alex Woodward

Donald Trump sees the criminal indictments and civil cases against him as part of a Democratic conspiracy that is “weaponising” the federal government to keep him away from the White House, and he appears ready to do the same to his political opponents if he’s elected.

The leading candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination for president is giving his supporters permission to dehumanise and degrade his political opponents as he does, priming their acceptance of political violence against the “other” side, while absolving them of responsibility for it, according to urgent warnings from scholars and legal analysts.

Trump’s violent rhetoric charts his campaign warpath

ICYMI: Tucker Carlson ‘passionately’ hated Trump and couldn’t wait to ignore him. He’ll still vote for him

Saturday 2 December 2023 08:00 , Alex Woodward

Former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has privately said he “passionately” hates Donald Trump. He has described him as a “demonic force” and a “destroyer” that he “can’t wait” to ignore. Carlson says he plans to vote for him in 2024.

The far-right commentator was fired from the network in the wake of a record-breaking settlement in a defamation case stemming from the former president’s election lies.

On Thursday, he told Roseanne Barr on her podcast that he has “always agreed” with Mr Trump’s policies but became an “active Trump supporter” following the law enforcement search of his Mar-a-Lago estate last summer.

Tucker Carlson says he plans to vote for Trump

Trump’s legal team says he can’t be on trial if he’s president. Or before that

Saturday 2 December 2023 07:00 , Alex Woodward

Donald Trump shouldn’t be on trial in Georgia during his 2024 presidential campaign, according to his attorneys.

And, if he wins that election, he shouldn’t be on trial until he leaves the White House, they said.

They tried to make their case to the judge overseeing an upcoming criminal trial surrounding Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the last election he lost.

The latest from the Fulton County case:

Trump can’t be on trial in Georgia if he’s president, attorneys argue

GOP lawmaker makes not-so-veiled threat against Jack Smith

Saturday 2 December 2023 06:00 , Alex Woodward

Far-right US Rep Clay Higgins of Louisiana warned that the Justice Department’s special counsel Jack Smith’s “days are numbered” for his federal case against Donald Trump.

He baselessly characterised a recent court filing from Smith’s office for information about Trump’s Twitter account as a back-door tactic for spying on regular Americans.

GOP lawmaker makes not-so-veiled threat against Jack Smith

Arizona GOP officials charged with refusing to certify 2022 election results

Saturday 2 December 2023 05:00 , Alex Woodward

Two Republican county supervisors from Arizona are now facing felony charges over what the state attorney general alleges was an organised conspiracy to delay the certification of the 2022 election.

A felony indictment filed this week accuseses Cochise County supervisors Peggy Judd and Terry Crosby of interference with an election officer and felony conspiracy.

The charges stem from a 2022 election dispute, when Ms Judd and Mr Crosby refused to cooperate with the counting of ballots, and instead pushed for a hand count of roughly 44,000 of the county’s 47,000 ballots. A judge ruled against them and ordered them to participate, however, Mr Crosby continued to refuse to do so.

Arizona GOP officials charged with refusing to certify 2022 election results

Donald Trump and Eric Trump are heading back to the witness stand

Saturday 2 December 2023 03:00 , Alex Woodward

Donald Trump will return to the witness stand next month in his civil fraud trial in New York as the final witness for the defence in a case that threatens his brand-building real estate empire.

His son Eric Trump will also testify a second time as their attorneys begin to close their case.

Eric Trump is scheduled to testify on 6 December, and his father is scheduled to appear on the witness stand on 11 December.

Donald Trump will take the stand again at fraud trial

Full story: Judge in Trump election conspiracy case rules he does not have presidential immunity

Saturday 2 December 2023 01:30 , Alex Woodward

The judge presiding over Donald Trump’s federal election conspiracy case in Washington DC has rejected a motion to dismiss the case based on his presidential immunty.

US District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing the case, said that the former president’s time in office did not bestow on him “the divine right of kings” to evade criminal accountability.

Judge in Trump election conspiracy case rules he does not have presidential immunity

Just in: Federal judge shuts down ‘presidential immunity’ argument in election subversion case

Saturday 2 December 2023 01:02 , Alex Woodward

Donald Trump’s attempts to dismiss his election subversion case in Washington DC on presidential immunity grounds is denied.

On Friday night, US District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected the former president’s motion to dismiss the case, arguing that his “four-year service as Commander in Chief did not bestow on him the divine right of kings to evade the criminal accountability that governs his fellow citizens.”

More to come

A former server at a Trump golf club claims his attorney pressured her into an NDA after she was sexually harassed

Saturday 2 December 2023 01:00 , Alex Woodward

A former server is suing Donald Trump’s National Golf Club in Bedminster, alleging she was sexually harassed and coerced into sex by one of her supervisors before she was tricked into signing an illegal non-disclosure agreement by his lawyer, Alina Habba.

The lawsuit was filed in New Jersey this week.

Woman claims she was tricked into NDA after sexual harassment at Trump golf club

Trump attacks judge’s wife for her alleged posts on X. She doesn’t have an account

Saturday 2 December 2023 00:00 , Alex Woodward

Moments after a New York appeals court reinstated a gag order in Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial, he unleashed a series of baseless Truth Social posts attacking the wife of the judge presiding over the case.

Trump reshared several conspiratorial “reports” from far-right activist and failed congressional candidate Laura Loomer about the wife of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron.

He also accused her of making anti-Trump memes that included AI images of Mr Trump in orange prison jumpsuits with captions saying he’s “headed for the big house.”

The judge’s wife not only didn’t make them, she doesn’t even have an account. according to a court spokesperson.

“Justice Engoron’s wife has sent no social media posts regarding the former president. They are not hers,” the statement added.

Trump immediately attacks judge’s wife after gag order reinstated in fraud trial

Trump’s violent rhetoric charts his campaign warpath

Friday 1 December 2023 23:00 , Alex Woodward

Donald Trump’s latest violent, authoritarian visions in his 2024 campaign for the presidency are building on his platform of self-described retribution.

They are also increasingly colliding with the multiple criminal investigations and lawsuits against him, as prosecutors and judges hope to rely on gag orders to rein in his rhetoric, which has invited hundreds of abusive messages and credible death threats from his supporters against the judges and prosecutors involved.

The leading candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination for president is giving his supporters permission to dehumanise and degrade his political opponents as he does, priming their acceptance of political violence against the “other” side, while absolving them of responsibility for it, according to urgent warnings from scholars and legal analysts.

Trump’s violent rhetoric charts his campaign warpath

Mark Meadows and Jeffrey Clark get their delay in the Georgia case

Friday 1 December 2023 22:24 , Alex Woodward

Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark wanted to push back their deadlines for pre-trial motions and discovery in the Georgia election interference case.

After attorneys argued on their behalf in Fulton County court today, Judge Scott McAfee said he will grant a two-month extension to 1 February, which could significantly alter the timeline for the rest of the trial and their co-defendants.

Meadows and Clark, along with Trump, are reportedly not up for consideration for plea deals, and the judge overseeing the case will have to determine whether to try the 15 defendants all at once or split them up.

Prosecutors requested an August 2024 trial date.

Both men have busy legal calendars. Meadows and Clark are trying to move the case to federal court, and Clark is also facing his own possible disbarment in proceedings that are underway in Washington DC.

James Durham, attorney for Mark Meadows, speaks in Superior Court of Fulton County before Judge Scott McAfee on 1 December. (AP)
James Durham, attorney for Mark Meadows, speaks in Superior Court of Fulton County before Judge Scott McAfee on 1 December. (AP)

ICYMI: Tucker Carlson ‘passionately’ hated Trump and couldn’t wait to ignore him. He’ll still vote for him

Friday 1 December 2023 22:00 , Alex Woodward

Former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has privately said he “passionately” hates Donald Trump. He has described him as a “demonic force” and a “destroyer” that he “can’t wait” to ignore. Carlson says he plans to vote for him in 2024.

The far-right commentator was fired from the network in the wake of a record-breaking settlement in a defamation case stemming from the former president’s election lies.

On Thursday, he told Roseanne Barr on her podcast that he has “always agreed” with Mr Trump’s policies but became an “active Trump supporter” following the law enforcement search of his Mar-a-Lago estate last summer.

Tucker Carlson says he plans to vote for Trump