Trump news today – live: Supreme Court allows handover of Trump tax returns to Congress, as fraud case reaches climax

Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump investigations

Donald Trump has finally lost his battle to block Democratic-led House committees from obtaining his tax returns, setting up a sprint by investigators with Democratic lawyers to review them before the next Congress is sworn in.

Having sought for years to shield his tax returns from being released Mr Trump saw a final defeat on Tuesday, ironically at the hands of the conservative majority that he himself installed on the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in New York are awaiting a verdict in the tax fraud trial against the Trump Organization after resting their case on Monday following just two witnesses taking the stand.

And in Washington, Dr Anthony Fauci, the Trump Covid response team member-turned top target of the Maga right, gave his final press conference on Tuesday as director of the nation’s top agency for combating the infectious disease.

Dr Fauci’s tenure at NIAID led to his celebration as a hero among Democrats and many other Americans who looked to him as the prime source for information about the government’s efforts to fight Covid-19.

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GOP’s Kevin McCarthy threatens to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas over border

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy called on Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign over management of the US southern border with Mexico, warning that the new House Conservative majority will open investigations that could lead to impeachment proceedings.

Mr McCarthy, who is positioned to become the new House speaker when the new Congress convenes in January, said the Republican majority would use “the power of the purse and the power of the subpoena” to hold president Joe Biden’s administration accountable for border security.

“If secretary Majority does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure to determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry,” Mr McCarthy said at a press conference yesterday.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 November 2022 06:30

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States move to keep court from lifting Trump asylum policy

A coalition of conservative-leaning states is making a last-ditch effort to keep in place a Trump-era public health rule that allows many asylum seekers to be turned away at the southern US border.

Late Monday, the 15 states filed what’s known as a motion to intervene — meaning they want to become part of the legal proceedings surrounding the public health rule referred to as Title 42.

The rule, first invoked by Trump in 2020, uses emergency public health authority to allow the United States to keep migrants from seeking asylum at the border, based on the need to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

It is set to end on 21 December.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 November 2022 05:30

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Judge warns Trump he needs to lawyer up days before E Jean Carroll expected to file rape case

A federal judge warned Donald Trump to decide on his lawyers, and fast, ahead of a coming suit from writer E Jean Carroll accusing Mr Trump of raping her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.

The warning came on Tuesday, during a conference in a defamation suit Ms Carroll filed after Mr Trump called the writer’s allegations, first aired in an excerpt of her memoir published in New York magazine, false and an attempt to drum up publicity.

Read more in The Independent:

john bowden23 November 2022 04:20

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Why do Democrats care about Donald Trump’s tax returns?

On Tuesday the Supreme Court dealt a final blow to Donald Trump in his years-long battle to shield his tax returns from Congress.

It was a victory for Democrats on an issue that seems almost antique now — the issue of Mr Trump’s finances took a back seat for many in the media and Democrats especially after January 6 and Mr Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

With the House Ways and Means Committee now set to receive copies of Mr Trump’s tax returns from numerous years, it’s worth looking back to refresh our memories of exactly why those documents are so important.

john bowden23 November 2022 03:20

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Woman who accused Herschel Walker of paying for her abortion asks to meet

The woman who accused Herschel Walker of pressing her to have an abortion called on the Republican Senate nominee in Georgia to meet with her after she played audio of their phone calls.

On Tuesday, the woman, who went simply by Jane Doe, held a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred. Ms Allred called on Mr Walker to meet with her client anywhere in Georgia before the December 6 election.

Read more about the latest developments Tuesday in Georgia’s Senate race:

john bowden23 November 2022 02:20

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Ways and Means chairman vows investigation into Trump’s taxes

Richard Neal, chairman of the power House committee looking into Donald Trump’s taxes, vowed that his committee would push forward with an investigation even though Democrats will only control the lower chamber for another month.

Mr Neal released a statement on Tuesday celebrating his committee’s victory over the former president at the Supreme Court.

john bowden23 November 2022 01:20

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Lindsey Graham testifies in Fulton County case

Senator Lindsey Graham confirmed on Tuesday that he had given testimony to a grand jury in Fulton County investigating the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the election results in that state.

Mr Graham said in a brief statement that he wouldn’t comment on the content of his testimony, while calling the courteous and professional prosecutors. His testimony of him follows a months-long bid to escape it.

Read his statement below:

john bowden23 November 2022 00:20

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Conservatives complain about Trump special counsel wife’s links to Michelle Obama

Conservatives are furious after it was revealed that the wife of the prosecutor appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to determine whether Donald Trump will face any criminal charges is apparently a Democratic donor who was involved in a documentary about Michelle Obama.

Jack Smith, a career prosecutor at the Justice Department, was tapped by Mr Garland to make the decision regarding Mr Trump’s legal fate earlier this month. It notably followed the announcement by Mr Trump that he would seek the White House a third time.

Now, it’s been revealed through media reports that Katy Chevigny, Mr Smith’s wife, was a producer on the former first lady’s 2020 documentary becoming, based on her memoir by the same name.

john bowden22 November 2022 23:20

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Georgia runoff: Why one Senate seat is crucial for Democrats

All eyes are on Georgia as the state’s hotly contested US Senate race heads to a runoff next month.

The race’s importance remains high, even as Democrats are now guaranteed a Senate majority for the next two years. Should they hold the seat currently occupied by Senator Raphael Warnock, the party will solidify its majority in the upper chamber to 51 votes even without the tiebreaker vote of the vice president.

On Tuesday, a woman came forward to detail her experience of having an abortion supposedly paid for by Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee, at a press conference hosted by Gloria Allred.

Read more about this key race in The Independent:

john bowden22 November 2022 22:20

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As Nancy Pelosi bows out, get ready for the era of Hakeem Jeffries

If Donald Trump returns to the White House in 2025, there’s a possibility that one of the Democrats who ran his first impeachment will be on the other side of the bargaining table.

Hakeem Jeffries, the congressman from New York, is set to take over as minority leader as Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week that she will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership.

Eric Garcia takes a look at what this means for Democrats in Congress as well as their Republican rivals in The Independent:

john bowden22 November 2022 21:22

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