‘I’m a more honest man than you’: Trump ends Piers Morgan interview
A new congressional report has detailed how senior officials in the Trump administration – including chief of staff Mark Meadows and treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin – intervened to send $700m in Covid-19 relief funds to a struggling trucking firm despite objections from the Department of Defence.
Meanwhile, the 6 January select committee is reportedly considering how to try and obtain testimony from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy after further leaked audio showed him discussing Mr Trump’s responsibility for the 6 January riot – and calling for extremist members of his caucus to be banned from Twitter.
New audio released last night included Mr McCarthy worrying aloud that some House Republicans were inciting violence, particularly singling out Florida’s Matt Gaetz, whom he said was “putting people in jeopardy”.
Mainstream Republican House members have so far declined to turn on their leader publicly, but Mr Gaetz has already come out swinging against Mr McCarthy, complaining that he and his deputy Steve Scalise “held views about President Trump and me that they shared on sniveling calls with Liz Cheney, not us.”
Here’s what Republican candidates spent currying favor at Trump’s properties
The Independent has compiled data from Federal Election Commission filings since the beginning of 2021 to the end of March 2022, which shows that Republican candidates spent $1.28m at Mr Trump’s properties in Florida, New York, California, Washington DC and Las Vegas.
One of the biggest sources of revenue was Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, where the former president has de-camped.
Since 2021, candidates have spent more than $700,000 at the Palm Beach club – some of them after receiving his endorsement, as was the case with Representative Ted Budd, who is running for Senate in North Carolina.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar28 April 2022 06:46
Piers Morgan Uncensored with Trump suffers 100,000-viewer drop-off
The second episode of Piers Morgan’s Uncensored TV series featuring former president Donald Trump was viewed by around 100,000 fewer people than the debut.
The special, which aired on April 26 on the newly launched talkTV channel, featured the concluding part of Morgan’s interview with Mr Trump.
According to Deadline, the episode was viewed by an average of 200,000 people across the hour. This was still more than the viewing figures for BBC News and Sky News, but substantially less than Monday’s premiere, which averaged 317,000 viewers.
In a one-star review of the first episode of Uncensored, The Independent’s Nick Hilton described it as “a truly tortured piece of broadcasting”.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar28 April 2022 06:10
McCarthy assures colleagues he never asked Trump to resign
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, defending his private conversations, has assured his colleagues that he never asked former president Donald Trump to resign over the January 6 Capitol riots.
It was Mr McCarthy’s first face-to-face meeting with House Republicans amid the fallout from his criticisms of the former president and the party’s most far-right members.
One Republican in the room said the meeting was “cathartic” for lawmakers, while another voiced confidence that McCarthy would be the “next speaker”, according to the Associated Press.
“He’s got the support of the conference and then some,” Rep Dan Meuser said as he left the private session at GOP headquarters. Nobody cares,” Rep. Glenn Grothman told reporters, adding that “it is history”.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar28 April 2022 05:39
Republicans fear a Trump return to an Elon Musk-owned Twitter
While some Republicans took to publicly cheering Elon Musk’s $44bn purchase of Twitter as a major victory for free speech, there were some who viewed it with trepidation, according to reports.
For a series of top GOP insiders told Politico Playbook of their grave concerns about the new Musk-led Twitter becoming a haven to welcome back previously banned accounts, namely Donald Trump.
“If I’m a Democrat, I’d pray that Elon Musk puts Trump right back on Twitter,” an anonymous House GOP leadership aide told Politico, who asked to remain unidentified in order to speak freely.
Justin Vallejo28 April 2022 05:00
Whistleblower in Deutsche Bank and Donald Trump case found dead
A whitsleblower who reportedly worked with authorities to investigate the activities of Deutsche Bank and its ties with former president Donald Trump was found dead at a Los Angeles high school.
Valentin Broeksmit, 46, was found dead on Monday at about 7am local time, more than a year after he went missing, Los Angeles County coroner’s office said. He was last seen on 6 April 2021 driving a red Mini Cooper in Griffith Park.
Broeksmit had offered hundreds of bank documents to the federal investigators and journalists looking into ties between the bank and Mr Trump, ABC10News reported.
Journalist Scott Stedman said he doesn’t suspect foul play in his friend’s death as he struggled with drugs on and off.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar28 April 2022 04:53
Republicans cheer as GOP candidate says Fauci should be executed by firing squad
John Bennett, who is also running for Congress, said Dr Fauci should be tried and executed without offering any explanation what for at a campaign stop ahead of his June primary.
Dr Fauci has been subjected to repeated death threats and harassment since becoming the public face of the White House’s Covid pandemic fight, and in 2020 revealed he and his family needed a permanent security detail.
Justin Vallejo28 April 2022 04:00
New York says its wrapping up probe into Trump’s ‘Russian nesting doll’ finances
The New York State Attorney General’s Office is close to unraveling the Trump Organization’s “Russian nesting doll” finances, according to reports.
Attorneys said they still waiting to search two cell phones belonging to Donald Trump, plus the laptop of a long time executive assistant, after they were pressed on why the three-year investigation was taking so long.
“The process is near the end,” Kevin Wallace, senior enforcement counsel at the New York State Attorney General’s Office, told a judge, according to CNN.
Justin VallejoApril 28, 2022 03:00
ICYMI: Tucker Carlson calls Kevin McCarthy ‘a puppet of the Democratic party’
Fox News host Tucker Carlson denounced Kevin McCarthy for sounding like “an MSNBC contributor” in private tapes in which the Republican Congressman supported the Silicon Valley censorship of his GOP colleagues.
In a segment titled “The Left’s Meltdown” over Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, Carlson said Democratic establishment and Republican party figures were united in their support of censorship for political ends.
Justin Vallejo28 April 2022 02:00
JD Vance surges in Fox News poll of Ohio Senate race following Donald Trump endorsement
In the survey, published on Wednesday, Mr Vance’s support has leapt from 11 per cent in March to 23 per cent, putting him at the top of the field over previous frontrunners Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons, who were respectively at 20 and 22 per cent in a March Fox News survey.
Justin VallejoApril 28, 2022 01:00
Elon Musk suggests new name for Trump’s Truth Social
Elon Musk has suggested a new name for Donald Trump’s Truth Social app as he accused Twitter, which has just agreed to buy for $44bn, of censorship.
The Tesla boss, whose takeover of the San Francisco-based platform was announced earlier this week, took to Twitter to compare it to to the former president’s own social media company.
“Truth Social (terrible name) exists because Twitter censored free speech,” Mr Musk tweeted.
“Should be called Trumpet instead!”
Graeme Massie has the story.
Justin VallejoApril 28, 2022 00:00