Mike Pence admits he was ‘angered’ by Trump’s Jan 6 tweet
Donald Trump defended hosting the rapper formerly known as Kanye West at Mar-a-Lago, writing on Truth Social on Thursday that “the story in AP, written by the untalented and very unreliable Jill Colvin, who I unfortunately got to know at the White House, is Fake News”.
“We have very strong security, especially with the extremely talented Secret Service Agents on premises, but when I know someone, as I did Ye, we’re not going to have my guests strip searched, thrown against walls, and otherwise physically beaten. The anonymous sources don’t exist. Stories to the contrary are FAKE NEWS!”
Mr Trump didn’t mention Ye’s latest antisemitic comments on Infowars in which he praised Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
“I see good things about Hitler,” Ye told host Alex Jones.
Late on Thursday, an appeals court dealt a blow to Mr Trump in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case.
House Judiciary Committee Republicans delete “Kanye. Elon. Trump.” tweet after West’s praise of Hitler
The Judiciary Republicans tweeted the first names of Mr West, Tesla executive Elon Musk and former president Donald Trump on 6 October of this year. But that was before Mr West began tweeting antisemitic remarks, including saying he wanted to go “death with 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.”
But Matt Gertz of Media Matters tweeted on Thursday that the tweet was taken down amid Mr West, who now goes by the name Ye, appearing on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s show and praising the late Nazi leader.
“You’re not Hitler, you’re not a Nazi, so you don’t deserve to be demonized,” Mr Jones said. In response, Mr West praised Mr Hitler.
“Well, I see good things about Hitler too,” he said. “I am done with the classifications. Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”
Eric Garcia1 December 2022 23:00
Appeals court says FBI can use all documents seized in Mar-a-Lago search and ends special master review
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has reversed a Florida federal judge’s ruling that has prohibited the FBI from using nearly all documents seized during the 8 August search of former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club to further the criminal probe into the ex-president.
Andrew Feinberg1 December 2022 22:45
Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg sentenced to 11 years in prison for charges including sex trafficking a minor
Joel Greenberg, a friend and business associate of US Representative Matt Gaetz, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for sex trafficking a minor and stalking a political opponent.
Greenberg became a person of public interest after the Justice Department announced it was investigating minor sex trafficking allegations against Mr Gaetz.
Mr Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing and no charges have been brought against the lawyer.
Greenberg pleaded guilty to six federal crimes, which include sex trafficking of a minor, identity theft, stalking, wire fraud, and conspiracy to bribe a public official, according to court records.
Graeme Massie1 December 2022 22:00
VIDEO: Treasury Making Trump Taxes Available To House Committee
Treasury Making Trump Taxes Available To House Committee
Gustaf Kilander1 December 2022 21:15
Hogan raises money amid speculation of White House bid
Term-limited Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan raised money and launched a political action committee on Wednesday amid speculation he will run for president in 2024, telling hundreds of supporters he’ll make a decision after he leaves office in January.
The governor acknowledged the speculation about his political future in a speech to supporters.
“Next year, I’m going to sit down and talk to my family, talk to my friends and determine how I can best serve our great nation,” Hogan said.
Hogan, who has been a fierce critic of Trump, would be an underdog in a Republican primary, a point he noted that in his speech.
“I know there is no shortage of naysayers, but I’ve always been an underdog, and people have always counted us out, but every single time, we’ve beaten the odds,” Hogan added.
The Republican candidate Hogan endorsed for governor, Kelly Schulz, lost the GOP primary for governor in Maryland to Trump-endorsed Dan Cox. Cox, however, went on to lose by a large margin in the November general election for Democrat Wes Moore.
Associated Press1 December 2022 20:30
House panel says lax screening helped facilitate PPP fraud
Financial technology firms abdicated their responsibility to screen out fraud in applications for a federal program designed to help small businesses stay open and keep workers employed during the pandemic, a report by a House investigations panel said Thursday.
The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis launched its investigation of the firms in May 2021 after public reports that the firms were linked to disproportionate numbers of fraudulent loans issued under the Paycheck Protection Program.
Former President Donald Trump rolled out the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses stay open and keep their workers employed. President Joe Biden maintained the program and directed money to more low-income and minority-owned companies. All told, $800 billion was spent on the program.
The financial technology firms reviewed PPP applications for lenders, which would ultimately distribute PPP money to businesses.
The report said two start-ups, Blueacorn PPP and Womply Inc. — which reviewed one in every three funded PPP loans in 2021 — were connected to significant percentages of PPP loan applications with indicators of fraud.
It said the firms used questionable screening procedures and business practices in reviewing the loans, leading to “the needless loss of taxpayer dollars,” the report said. The firms “took billions in fees from taxpayers while becoming easy targets for those who sought to defraud the PPP.”
Associated Press1 December 2022 19:45
VIDEO: Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Plea to Stall Democrats on His Tax Returns
Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Plea to Stall Democrats on His Tax Returns
Gustaf Kilander1 December 2022 19:00
January 6 panel to release all evidence and witness transcripts alongside final report this month
6 select committee is set to release all its evidence – including transcripts of testimony – along with its final report by the end of this month, according to one of its members.
Appearing on CNN, Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren said that the panel is keen to make sure it does not leave its findings open to attack by the Republican leadership now poised to take control of the House.
“They’ve been pretty clear that they’d like to undermine the work that we’ve done,” she said, “but we’re going to prevent that. We’re going to release all the information we’ve collected so it cannot be selectively edited and spun.”
Confirming that “everything” would be released, Ms Lofgren declined to commit to a precise publication date, explaining that the vagaries of the official legislative printing process meant pinning one down is not possible; however, she did confirm that the report should be expected by the end of this month. She also said the committee is preparing to release the report in an “interactive” form, though what this will entail she did not say.
The committee’s summer hearings saw the panel screen video of testimony from a variety of witnesses close to Donald Trump himself, among them former attorney general Bill Barr, former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, and Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
Andrew Naughty1 December 2022 18:15
Catch up: Why House Democrats want Trump’s tax returns
Donald Trump has lost his fight to stop House Democrats obtaining his tax returns just in time for the Ways and Means Committee to pore over them before Republicans take back the majority in January.
If you’re just arriving to the story, john bowden has this explainer on what’s going on and why Mr Trump has fought so hard and so long to keep his finances private.
Andrew Naughty1 December 2022 17:30
Jan 6 investigators subpoena filmmaker’s footage
Filmmaker Alex Holder’s documentary about the 2020 presidential election and Donald Trump’s effort to overturn it got plenty of press this summer, containing as it did footage of interviews with core members of the Trump inner circle before and after the attack on the US Capitol. It has since faded from prominence somewhat given the sheer quantity of evidence and testimony unveiled by the January 6 select committee – but now it seems Mr Holder is having a moment of relevance again, with Justice Department investigators subpoenaing him for raw footage he shot on the day of the riot itself:
Andrew Naughty1 December 2022 17:00