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GOP governor calls on fellow Republicans to ‘drop’ Trump

President Joe Biden took aim at his predecessor Donald Trump in Chicago on Wednesday and called him a “great MAGA king.”

“Under my predecessor, Great King MAGA, the deficit grew every year he was president,” Biden said, speaking to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

“The first year of my presidency, I reduced the deficit by $350 billion.”

Also on Wednesday, the Trump Organization said it had completed the sale of a long-term lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington to Miami’s CGI Merchant Group.

The hotel had served as a symbol of his power to the GOP politicians who congregated there and of corruption to his critics during his tenure as president.

Meanwhile, newly leaked emails show Mr Trump’s former lawyer John Eastman urging GOP officials in Pennsylvania to reject thousands of mail-in ballots in a bid to ultimately overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election, Politics reports.

And in New York, the former president was ordered to pay $110,000 in fines as a judge lifted a contempt order against him stemming from a legal dispute over documents from the Trump Organization.

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GOP donors divided on support for Trump ahead of midterms

Ahead of the midterm elections, some GOP donors are spending millions of dollars opposing primary candidates endorsed by Donald Trump, ABC News reported.

In several high-profile primaries, GOP donors have given large sums to support Republicans running against Trump-backed candidates, according to Federal Election Commission disclosure documents.

The documents show, for example, that GOP groups spent more than $20 million attacking Dr. Mehmet Oz who has been endorsed by Mr. Trump and backs his main rival David McCormick in Pennsylvania.

In North Carolina, $18 million was paid outside of GOP spending, split between Trump-backed candidate Ted Budd and his rivals.

Club for Growth president David McIntosh declined to comment on the alleged funding split.

“What that means is that there are just a lot of people who are energetic and ready to win back the majority, and people who are able to raise a lot of money and spend a lot of money,” he said. said Mr. McIntosh.

FILE – Former President Donald Trump arrives at a rally, March 12, 2022, in Florence, South Carolina. Trump wants to use the November midterm elections to consolidate his influence on the Republican Party.

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Audio reveals Lindsey Graham blasted Trump after Jan. 6 riot

According to recordings released by a pair of New York Times journalists and performed on CNN.

A recording captured Mr Graham saying he thought Mr Trump ‘misjudged the passion’ of his supporters and blasting the ex-president for speaking at the rally immediately before the riot .

“He’s playing the game show and he’s gone too far here,” Mr Graham said. “That rally didn’t help, talk about primary Liz [Cheney] — it created a feeling of revenge”.

Sravasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 8:34 a.m.

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Trump sells DC hotel to Miami-based investor group

Donald Trump’s family hotel in Washington has been sold to a group of Miami-based investors.

The Trump Organization announced on Wednesday that it has completed the sale of a long-term lease of the Trump International Hotel to Miami’s CGI Merchant Group.

Sravasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 07:45

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Supreme Court justices to meet for first time since draft Roe decision leaked

The nine Supreme Court justices will meet privately on Thursday for the first time since a leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

The meeting comes amid concerns over the future of abortion rights in the country.

The meeting will be held in the judges’ private paneled conference room and could be a tense affair.

No one but the judges is present, and the youngest of them, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is responsible for taking notes, the Associated Press reported.

An abortion rights activist protests outside the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in Washington.

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Sravasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 07:18

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Michael Flynn says US military ‘persecutes’ him for taking money from Russian government TV station

Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, claims he is being “persecuted” by the military trying to recover nearly $40,000 he was paid by the Russian government.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 06:10

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The National Archives will release more documents at the January 6 panel

The National Archives is set to release another set of documents to the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots on Jan. 6 of last year, CNN reported.

According to a new set of letters released by the agency on Wednesday, the release of the document will contain around 23,000 emails and attachments.

This will be the eighth installment of records processed by the Archives for the House committee.

The Archives said Wednesday it would not withhold records Trump wants to keep secret from House investigators.

The Archives has consulted with the White House, which does not want to keep the documents secret, CNN reported citing a letter published Wednesday.

In March, Donald Trump said he potentially wanted to claim executive privilege tied to some of the documents in the National Archives collection.

FILE – Violent insurgents loyal to President Donald Trump storm the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

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Sravasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 05:42

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Emails show Trump’s attorney told GOP officials to reject mail-in ballots in 2020 election

Newly leaked emails show Donald Trump’s former lawyer John Eastman urged Republican officials in Pennsylvania to discard thousands of mail-in ballots and recount the popular Commonwealth vote to show that Mr Trump leads there in an effort to finally overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 05:30

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Biden mocks Trump as ‘great MAGA king’

President Joe Biden took aim at his predecessor Donald Trump in Chicago on Wednesday and called him a “great MAGA king.”

“Under my predecessor, Great King MAGA, the deficit grew every year he was president,” Biden said, speaking to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

“The first year of my presidency, I reduced the deficit by $350 billion.”

Although the president does not usually mention Mr. Trump by name, he did so on Wednesday while defending his own economic policies amid rising inflation and a volatile stock market.

Sravasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 05:09

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New York judge lifts contempt order against Trump but orders him to pay $110,000

Donald Trump has been ordered to pay $110,000 in fines as a judge lifts the contempt order against him put in place following a dispute over financial records from the Trump Organization.

New York Judge Arthur Engoron lifted the order assuming a number of requirements would be met.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 04:50

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Trump sells Washington hotel to Miami-based investor group

The Trump Organization said Wednesday it had completed the sale of a long-term lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington to CGI Merchant Group of Miami.

The hotel had served as a symbol of his power to the GOP politicians who congregated there and of corruption to his critics during his tenure as president.

Sources told The Associated Press that the hotel was sold for $375 million, giving the Trump family $100 million in profit.

The new owners plan to remove the Trump name from the facade and rebrand the hotel as Waldorf Astoria.

FILE – The Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, is seen in Washington

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Sravasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 04:46


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