Esper says he stopped Trump from doing ‘terrible things’

GOP governor calls on fellow Republicans to ‘drop’ Trump

A new report has claimed former President Donald Trump was ‘completely baffled’ by the various grim stories swirling around Madison Cawthorn, the far-right young congressman who was recently embarrassed by unflattering pictures and videos of his obscene antics. Mr. Cawthorn was also caught twice carrying a handgun at an airport and had multiple encounters with police while driving.

Meanwhile, former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is making headlines with his soon-to-be-released book about his experiences serving Donald Trump. Among the claims he makes is that during the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020, Mr Trump wanted to deploy 10,000 troops to the streets of Washington and order them to open fire on the protesters.

Mr Trump hit back at the story, instead insisting he wanted a similar deployment on January 6, 2021 to maintain order before Joe Biden’s election victory was certified. He claims without proof that he was rebuffed.

Mr Esper, who was removed from office in November 2020 following differences with the former president, has made several startling revelations in his new book titled A sacred oathwhich should be out tomorrow.


Trump refuses to deny wanting to bomb drug labs in Mexico

Former President Donald Trump declined to comment on claims by former Defense Secretary Mark Esper that he suggested launching missiles at Mexico to “destroy the drug labs”.

In an interview with CBS, Mr. Esper claimed that in the last year of the Trump administration, he and other officials had worked tirelessly to prevent “really bad things” from happening under oversight of the former president.

When CBS sought comments from Mr. Trump, he responded by flatly denying all but one of the claims sent by the network.

Reporting by Johanna Chisholm.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarMay 10, 2022 05:25


Trump claims he personally led US military because of ‘lightweight’ defense secretary

Former President Donald Trump claimed he had to ‘lead the military’ while in office because his Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, was a ‘lightweight’.

Hitting Mr Esper, the former president in a written response to CBS said: “Mark Esper was weak and totally ineffectual and because of that I had to lead the military.

“Mark Esper was a badass who was desperate not to lose his job. He would do anything I wanted, that’s why I called him ‘Yesper’. He was a lightweight and a figurehead , and I realized that very early,” he added.

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Alisha Rahaman SarkarMay 10, 2022 04:54


‘The truth doesn’t benefit Donald’: Michael Cohen testifies in Trump lawsuit

Donald Trump’s longtime fixer and former personal attorney Michael Cohen told reporters on Monday that he was deposed for several hours in a lawsuit filed by protesters who say the organization’s security Trump attacked them outside Trump Tower.

According to Cohen, Donald Trump’s security guards attacked the protesters after being ordered by then-candidate Trump himself to “get rid of” them. The ex-president denied it.

“They asked me a series of questions and I answered them honestly and sincerely,” Mr. Cohen said on Monday, adding: “The truth does not benefit Donald.”

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John BowdenMay 10, 2022 04:26


Manchin won’t say if he’ll support Democrats’ bill to codify abortion rights

Joe Manchin, the centrist Democratic senator whose opposition to the president’s Build Back Better program torpedoed that legislation last year, may be about to break with his party again.

Asked by CNN on Monday if he would join Democrats in voting to advance their bill codifying abortion rights into federal law, he replied, “I’ll wait — until tomorrow,” which means apparently he hasn’t made up his mind.

The West Virginia senator opposed a similar bill in February and has long opposed the use of federal funds to support abortion services.

John BowdenMay 10, 2022 03:26


Mike Pence attacks Kamala Harris for abortion rights

Former Vice President Mike Pence hits out at his successor, Kamala Harris, after criticizing a seemingly imminent Supreme Court ruling that would upend 40 years of protected abortion rights in the United States.

Ms Harris was speaking at an event organized by the pro-choice group EMILY’s List when she asked last week: ‘These Republican leaders who are trying to weaponize the use of the law against women, well, how dare they? How dare they tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body?

Mr Pence hit back in response to an anti-abortion group’s event on Friday, exclaiming: ‘I say that with the lives of 62 million unborn boys and girls that have ended in abortion Since 1973, generations of mothers have endured heartbreaking loss that can last a lifetime: Madam Vice President, how dare you?

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John BowdenMay 10, 2022 02:26


Arizona high court rejects efforts to block GOP lawmakers from voting

Arizona’s highest court has ruled that activists seeking to block three GOP lawmakers from the ballot in November because of their support for efforts to nullify the 2020 election will not succeed.

The move ends the effort to bar U.S. House members Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar and state Rep. Mark Finchem from running for re-election in 2022; the three are staunch supporters of Donald Trump and have vocally backed his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen by Joe Biden.

Similar efforts have been launched in numerous states, including North Carolina and Georgia, targeting other allies of the former president like Madison Cawthorn and Marjorie Taylor Greene in response to the Jan. 6 violence.

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Arizona high court pushes to disqualify GOP lawmakers

The Arizona Supreme Court has rejected an effort to disqualify three Republican lawmakers from this year’s ballot because of their alleged role in planning or participating in the rally that led to the unprecedented attack on Congress on 6 January 2021.

John BowdenMay 10, 2022 01:26


ICYMI: Did a conservative judge or his staff leak Project Roe?

National Public Radio legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, a veteran U.S. Supreme Court coverage, speculated on Sunday that a conservative judge or clerk working for them may have leaked the project. opinion of the decision quashing Roe v. Wade in order to pressure one of the other members of the Court.

In an interview with ABC This week, she explained that many experts were considering the possibility that the draft had been leaked to avoid one of the conservative justices moving to support a more watered-down expansion of abortion restrictions by the Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts.

“The main theory is a conservative clerk who was afraid that one of the conservatives might be persuaded by Chief Justice Roberts to join a much more moderate opinion,” she said.

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John BowdenMay 10, 2022 12:52 a.m.


GOP candidate fined for bringing loaded gun to airport

A Republican congressional candidate from Wisconsin was cited last year for bringing a loaded gun to an airport

Derrick Van Orden’s campaign described what it called a “mistake” after the GOP candidate apparently brought a loaded gun to a security checkpoint; the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel first reported the incident this week.

Although relatively minor in nature, the incident mirrors a similar accident for which North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn was cited earlier this year.

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John BowdenMay 9, 2022 11:45 p.m.


Democrats set fire to GOP on Roe

Democrats are wasting no time in addressing the issue of protecting abortion rights from federal bans in swing district races.

Candidates embracing the issue as a talking point include Maggie Hassan, a senator seeking re-election from New Hampshire, as well as Beto O’Rourke, who is running to unseat the governor of Texas.

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John BowdenMay 9, 2022 11:25 p.m.


MAGA devotees rally around Dr. Oz

Although there has been some grumbling among the president’s conservative base, particularly from those on the religious right, about his endorsements for author JD Vance and TV host Dr Mehmet Oz, he seems like the vast majority of the president’s supporters are looking to Mr. Trump’s picks.

After Mr. Vance won the Ohio GOP Senate primary last week, more MAGA loyalists are rallying around Dr. Oz, who has risen to the top of the GOP pack in Pennsylvania.

John BowdenMay 9, 2022 10:45 p.m.

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