Former President Donald Trump Claims He Can Declassify Top Secret Documents Just Thinking About It
Donald Trump took the stage Friday for his final campaign-style rally of 2022, this time in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The former president will be joined at the event by U.S. Representative Ted Budd, who is running for the U.S. Senate to fill Richard Burr’s seat.
Prior to the rally, Mr Trump appeared to be falling further into QAnon’s world after reposting a video on his own Truth Social network featuring images and slogans related to the fringe conspiracy.
Scenes including a US Capitol building with lightning bolts and the words “It’s getting biblical,” as well as the phrase “prepare for the storm,” were featured below the images along with “Q” symbols. Mr Trump has previously denied knowledge of the conspiracy, despite many of his supporters and Capitol rioters being associated with it.
In other news, Mr. Trump’s attorneys have been ordered to somehow say whether they really believe the FBI has placed incriminating evidence in the documents seized from Mr. Trump’s home — or that the former president is just bluffing to save face.
Trump says he threatened Taliban leader with satellite photo of his home
Donald Tump claimed that during his negotiations with the Taliban as US president, he used a satellite image of the home of a Taliban leader to threaten the terrorist group.
In a lengthy interview with Sean Hannity on TBEN News this week, Trump said he had provided Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar with a satellite photo of his home as a disguised warning amid talks with the designated terrorist group.
Trump says he threatened Taliban leader with satellite photo of his home
‘He said, I understand, Your Excellency’
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 11:25 PM
Five key conclusions from New York’s $250 million lawsuit against Trump and what it means for 2024
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a massive civil suit Wednesday accusing Donald Trump and his adult children of artificially inflating the value of multiple corporate entities. The suit aims to keep them from doing business in upstate New York, where the family has earned their bones for decades.
The extent and details of Mr Trump’s actions, with the help of Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, were unknown until now.
Eric Garcia summarizes the key conclusions of this new attempt by state officials in New York to get Mr. Trump to respond to long-standing fraud allegations:
Five Key Accusations From New York’s $250 Million Lawsuit Against Trump
The lawsuit details how the Trump organization falsified financial statements and the value of his property, the role of his children and his own bizarre attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills.
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 22:55
ICYMI: Gaetz wanted Trump’s pardon
Following reports Friday that Matt Gaetz is unlikely to be charged over a Justice Department investigation, another report last week revealed that the pro-Trump congressman had expressed a wish that the former president would grant a preemptive pardon before he left office.
Here is Gustaf Kilander with the data:
Gaetz wanted Trump to pardon him preemptively for sex research, report says
Florida Congresswoman Spokesperson Calls Accusation ‘Evil Rumor’
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 22:15
Trump PAC raises $40 in August
Donald Trump’s super PAC raised just $40 in the month of August, a sign that its name doesn’t have the fundraising it once did.
Along with the low August numbers, the Make America Great Again, Again! super PAC only raised $351,000 in July and nothing in June. In comparison, in the last fundraising quarter of last year, the super PAC raised $4 million to $5 million.
As Eric Garcia explains that the numbers come as Save America’s political action committee foots the bill for Mr. Trump’s legal fees, which last month rose to a reported $3.8 million that is likely to grow.
Trump’s Super PAC Raised Just $40 In August Despite Selling Branded Trinkets
Comes when he faces multiple legal challenges
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 21:45
Latest Behind the Scenes Efforts in Trump Lawsuit
Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are reportedly engaged in a closed-door lawsuit to prevent a federal grand jury from hearing testimony from White House advisers to the twice-indicted ex-president as part of an investigation into the 6th attack. January at the Capitol.
Trump lawyers fight to preserve grand jury Jan. 6 testimony, report says
The Trump team is reportedly asking a federal judge to honor the former president’s claims to executive privilege and to block ex-White House employees from testifying before a grand jury
Andrew FeinbergSeptember 23, 2022 21:33
Trump Holds ‘Truth’ing
In his latest quirky post on Truth Social, Donald Trump shared an image of a supporter who celebrates the former president as second “alone” after Jesus.
David TaintorSeptember 23, 2022 21:32
ICYMI: Trump criticized QAnon symbols during rally
Donald Trump came under fire earlier this week after a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, where he played a song related to QAnon, wore a “Q”-shaped pin and referenced QAnon beliefs and slogans.
“This is the week Trump became Qanon,” wrote an analyst from the rally in support of Republican Senate candidate JD Vance. “This is not a political statement; it’s just, however disturbing.”
It remains to be seen if QAnon will be seen again in North Carolina tonight.
Gustaf Kilander has the details:
Trump under fire for QAnon display at Ohio rally: ‘He’s gone crazy’
Trump has always been mentally ill, but this is a whole new level
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 21:05
Gates open at Wilmington International Airport
The gates of the Aero Center at Wilmington International Airport, where Mr. Trump is holding a rally tonight, was set to open at 2 p.m. local time, earlier than his 7 p.m. time slot.
According to The Carolina JournalNorth Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson, Representative David Rouzer, local GOP chairman Michael Whatley and Bo Hines, a Republican congressional candidate, will speak.
While the rally is in support of Ted Budd, the Republican senate candidate for the state, most of the attention will likely be on the twice-deposed former president.
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 20:25
Ted Budd Adopts Controversy — And Trump
In the run-up to November’s election, Republican candidates across the US are moving away from controversial policies and controversial people — namely abortion and former President Donald Trump — as Election Day approaches.
Not Ted Budd, the Republican Senate nominee from North Carolina, who, according to the The Bharat Express News, “is leaning toward support for abortion restrictions and friendship with the former Republican president as Democrats fight for an elusive southern swing state victory.”
Budd embraces Trump, abortion opposition in NC Senate race
North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Ted Budd backs his support for abortion restrictions and his allegiance to former President Donald Trump as Democrats fight for an elusive Southern swing state victory
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 19:45
How AOC Was Responsible for the NY Trump Inquiry
When New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her $250 million civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump on Wednesday, she specifically cited the testimony of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen in 2019 when he revealed the former president’s fraudulently inflated the value of its assets.
The question that prompted Mr. Cohen’s answer came in 2019 from Ms. James’ fellow New Yorker, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Eric Garcia and Andrew Feinberg report:
How AOC Accidentally Fueled New York Attorney General’s Trump Lawsuit
“This investigation began only after Michael Cohen … testified before Congress shed light on this misconduct,” said Letitia James.
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 19:05