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

Donald Trump has filed a $475m lawsuit against CNN for defamation, claiming the network “fears” that he will run again in 2024.

Meanwhile, lawyers for Mr Trump are seeking to delay a hearing in the case of classified documents recovered from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home.

After the US Justice Department appealed a recent ruling appointing a so-called “special master” to review the documents seized from the former president’s property, Mr Trump’s lawyers want to push back a hearing on the matter to January 2023.

Meanwhile, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared silent days after his wife and Mr Trump’s former transportation secretary was subjected to “racist” comments from the former president.

Mr Trump said Elaine Chao was “China loving” in a Truth Social post and that her husband, the most senior GOP figure in Congress, had made “a DEATH WISH” by agreeing to a spending plan that would see the government funded until 16 December and after the midterm elections.

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Trump nicknames Maggie Haberman ‘Maggot’ after serving as source for her book

Donald Trump nicknamed New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman “Maggot” after serving as a source for her book.

“Maggot Hagerman of the Unfunded Liability plagued New York Times is my self appointed Biographer, even though she got the Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax & the Mueller Report conclusion completely wrong, & refused to write about the FACT that the Democrats spied on my campaign, Lied to Congress, & Cheated and Lied to the FISA Court,” Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social about Ms Haberman’s new book Confidence Man.

Read the full story by Gustaf Kilander here:

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Stewart Rhodes urged allies to reject 2020 outcome hours after Election Day, trial hears

Hours after Election Day on 3 November 2020, the leader of a far-right anti-government militia group called on his allies to resist a potential Joe Biden victory, which would not be declared until several days later.

“The left, including the Democratic Party … seek our destruction,” Stewart Rhodes allegedly wrote in a message on the encrypted chat app Signal after 1am on 4 November, just hours after polls had closed.

“We must defeat them,” the message continued. “Even if one of them occupies the White House.”

Read the full story by Alex Woodward here:

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Trump ally Gaetz votes against hurricane relief money in home state of Florida after Ian devastation

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, a vocal ally of Donald Trump, just voted against setting aside funds for hurricane relief efforts in his home state of Florida as part of his bid to vote against any Democrat-led spending bills floated in Congress.

The far-right Republican’s hardline stance has won some support from other hardline conservative in the House but did not materialize into anything close to what would have been necessary to tank the continuing resolution passed by the House and Senate to fund the government and provide relief funding.

Read more in The Independent:

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Tillerson to testify at corruption trial of Trump adviser

Donald Trump’s first secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, testified on Monday against the ex-chair of Trump’s inaugural committee.

Tom Barrack, a billionaire private equity manager and Trump confidante, is accused of secretly working as a foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates.

The former Exxon Mobil CEO, famously fired by the ex-president via tweet in 2018, was the highest-profile witness so far at the trial.

Read more in The Independent:

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Donald Trump plans to ‘take revenge’ on Ron DeSantis if reelected, niece Mary Trump says

Donald Trump is likely to escalate simmering tensions between his wing of the GOP and those who have moved on in favour of Florida’s Ron DeSantis should he win election to the White House in 2024, his niece Mary Trump says.

On a recent episode of her podcast, she agreed with the assertion made by Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat that Mr Trump would seek reelection both as a means of escaping consequences and to enact revenge on his rivals.

Read more in The Independent:

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Senator Susan Collins warns of violent threats: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if a senator or House member were killed’

Maine’s centrist GOP senator is warning that increasingly heated rhetoric from Donald Trump and other far-right GOP figures is contributing to dangerous escalations of threats against sitting US lawmakers.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if a senator or House member were killed,” she said. “What started with abusive phone calls is now translating into active threats of violence and real violence.”

Read more from Eric Garcia in The Independent:

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Mike Lindell’s appeal denied by Supreme Court, will face Dominion defamation suit

Add Mike Lindell to the list of people who will face legal action over false claims made about the 2020 election.

The Supreme Court handed a victory to Dominion Voting Systems on Monday, rejecting an appeal from Mr Lindell. His defamation case will now go forward.

Mr Lindell had sought to block the costly suit — seeking damages of $1.3bn — on grounds that political speech is protected by the First Amendment. A lower court had ruled that the standard did not apply to obviously false statements, and today’s ruling in effect upholds that decision.

Read more from The Independent’s John Bowden:

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Trump sues CNN for defamation claiming network ‘fears’ his political comeback

Donald Trump has just filed a massive lawsuit against CNN, claiming the news network “fears” that he will run again in 2024. Mr Trump is seeking a whopping $475m in damages.

Read more on the lawsuit from The Independent’s Graeme Massie:

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Greg Abbott sends more migrants to Kamala Harris’s Washington DC home

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sent a new group of migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris’s Washington DC home.

The latest 46 migrants arrived by bus on Monday morning at the Naval Observatory in the northwestern parts of the US capital, according to an aid group.

The Republican leader, along with his ally Ron DeSantis in Florida, are plotting to continue the busings in an attempt to keep immigration enforcement a top issue on voters’ minds as midterms approach.

Read more from The Independent:

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Anger mounts over Trump’s McConnell ‘death wish’ but Republicans stay quiet

Few Republicans are speaking out — publicly — after Donald Trump’s latest unhinged attack on Mitch McConnell, including a racist jab at his wife.

The former president criticised Mr McConnell on his Truth Social account for supporting Democratic-led legislation after Mr McConnell voted for a continuing resolution to keep the government open.

Read more about this developing intra-party feud from Eric Garcia:

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