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Donald Trump has complained that Fox News is deliberately using “horrible” photos of him in its coverage.

In an error-laden Truth Social post on Wednesday, the former president said he has been asked on the campaign trail about the right-wing network’s use of unflattering images and claimed this is why its ratings have fallen.

“Fox is just bad news, but I’m leading in the Polls by record numbers, so perhaps their bull…. is just not working. They are down 37% for a reason!” he said.

His comments came as rival GOP candidate Chris Christie weighed in on the saga surrounding Kevin McCarthy’s comments about the former president.

On Tuesday, the House speaker angered Trumpworld when he said “I don’t know” if Mr Trump is the strongest 2024 Republican candidate. He quickly walked back the comments nd accused the media of “driving a wedge” between them.

Mr Christie told CNN on Wednesday that he believes Mr McCarthy said what he truly meant the first time.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump is now suing E Jean Carroll for defamation – one month after he was found liable for sexually abusing and defaming her.

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Insider trading: Trump Media investors charged in $22m case

Three investors in the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that took Trump Media public have been indicted for insider trading concerning the deal, making $22m in alleged lillegal trades.

All three were charged with trading in securities of Digital World Acquisition Corporation (DWAC) based on non-public information about the company’s planned business combination with Trump Media & Technology Group — founded by former President Donald Trump — the parent company of social media platform Truth Social.

They were arrested on Thursday morning in Florida.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2023 18:05


Trump hails Supreme Court decision on affirmative action

Donald Trump hails Supreme Court decision on affirmative action as “a great day for America”.

The former president posted on Truth Social:

This is a great day for America. People with extraordinary ability and everything else necessary for success, including future greatness for our Country, are finally being rewarded. This is the ruling everyone was waiting and hoping for and the result was amazing. It will also keep us competitive with the rest of the world. Our greatest minds must be cherished and that’s what this wonderful day has brought. We’re going back to all merit-based—and that’s the way it should be!

Here’s our coverage of the ruling:

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2023 17:45


Did DeSantis break the law with Texas border trip?

The presidential campaign of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been accused of breaking the law after the team shared an image on Twitter of the candidate exiting a helicopter that records show is owned by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Mr DeSantis was in Eagle Pass, Texas on Monday to visit the US-Mexico border when the campaign shared the photo with the caption “MISSION: Stop the invasion STATUS: Critical LEAD: @RonDeSantis”.

Legal experts now say that the use of Texas government resources in a political ad is a campaign finance violation.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2023 17:30


Pence meets with Zelensky in Ukraine

Former vice president Mike Pence visited with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a sign of solidarity with Ukraine even as many Republicans sour on support for Ukraine, CNN reported.

Eric Garcia has the latest:

Mike Pence meets with Zelensky in Ukraine

Former vice president Mike Pence visited with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a sign of solidarity with Ukraine even as many Republicans sour on support for Ukraine, CNN reported.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2023 17:15


Is Rudy Giuliani negotiating a plea deal over efforts to overturn 2020 election?

Slate has followed up on reporting by CNN and The New York Times this week that Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York and Donald Trump’s personal attorney during his administration, has voluntarily met with investigators from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office as part of a “proffer agreement”.

This raises the possibility that he might flip against his former boss ex-president Trump.

Per Robert Katzberg, former federal prosecutor who has defended high-profile white-collar criminal cases for more than four decades, writing in Slate:

While the Times was not specific about what Giuliani’s voluntary interview means, such proffer sessions are almost always the final step towards a plea deal. If one is consummated in Smith’s investigation of Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election—which were spearheaded by Giuliani—it would both be a deeply ironic end for one of the country’s most bulldog former prosecutors and also a devastating blow to the former president.

As someone deeply enmeshed in the New York City white collar criminal defense world during Giuliani’s tenure as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, reports that he sat for an extensive proffer session with prosecutors investigating the events surrounding the Jan 6 riot boggles the mind.

He further explains the process:

Once counsel concludes the client has something valuable to offer prosecutors and that the client can be an effective witness, the next step can be taken. Counsel contacts the prosecutors and arranges an “attorney’s proffer,” in which the lawyer, without the client, meets prosecutors to outline the general contours of what the client can provide. If the contours are unacceptable, say the client wants an agreement he will not be prosecuted for providing evidence against a lesser target, the session ends quickly. If, however, both sides see the prospect for getting something they want without giving up too much, the session gets more and more specific. It is only if the attorney’s factual representations offer enough for prosecutors to offer sufficiently reduced criminal exposure, and thus, a realistic deal may be available, that the next to last step, the client proffer, is taken. Giuliani has reportedly now taken that step.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2023 16:55


Christie says McCarthy spoke correctly about Trump the first time

Former New Jersey governor and presidential Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie told CNN that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was right in his initial assessment about whether former president Donald Trump was the strongest candidate to beat Joe Biden in a general election contest.

Earlier this week, Mr McCarthy said he was not sure that Mr Trump was the strongest candidate to beat Mr Biden.

Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2023 16:45


Voices: Kevin McCarthy knows he crossed the line with Donald Trump

Eric Garcia explains what is currently happening between the two.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2023 16:15


DeSantis wants to abolish IRS to fight ‘woke ideology’

Mr DeSantis said that if Congress doesn’t allow him to cut agencies like the IRS — a move that could plunge the country’s tax collection system into chaos and hamper federal oversight — he is prepared to use those agencies to advance his political aims.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2023 15:30


Watch: Christie slams DeSantis’s response on January 6

Chris Christie slammed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s answer to a question about January 6 from a student in New Hampshire.

Mr DeSantis was asked whether he thought then-President Donald Trump has violated the peaceful transfer of power on January 6.

The Florida governor responded that he wasn’t anywhere near Washington that day and had nothing to do with the events of the day but did not like what he saw. He then added that the country should move forward and not be mired in the past.

Former New Jersey Governor Christie was not impressed with the answer from a candidate for president and told Kaitlan Collins on CNN: “’He wasn’t anywhere near Washington’? Did he have a TV? Was he alive that day? Did he see what was going on? I mean, that’s one of the most ridiculous answers I’ve heard in this race so far.”

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2023 15:25


Trump’s GOP support dips slightly after his indictment, poll finds

Former President Donald Trump‘s criminal indictment on charges of mishandling government secrets appears to have dented his popularity among Republicans — but only slightly —- according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2023 14:45

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