Stormy Daniels obliquely denies writing a statement on the Trump case

Racist far-right French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour’s campaign claims that Donald Trump personally called the candidate to offer his encouragement. According to one of Mr. Zemmour’s top aides, Mr. Trump “told Eric Zemmour not to back down, to hold on, to stay brave” – ​​this after the campaign reportedly contacted Mr. Trump’s office directly. Mr Zemmour, who was recently fined for inciting racial hatred, is currently in a three-way fight for second place in the first round of elections.

Meanwhile, the Trump Organization’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA is cutting ties with the company, writing in a court filing that a decade of Donald Trump’s financial statements could no longer be relied upon. The president’s company papers are at the center of a New York investigation into his affairs, which he has decried as a political witch hunt.

The news comes as a US congressional committee prepares to investigate Donald Trump’s handling of paperwork after 15 boxes of documents were transferred from his Mar-a-Lago residence.

The former president insists he was ‘not obligated’ to hand over any documents – despite laws requiring him to do just that.

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Billionaire tech investor funds dating app for Trump supporters who can’t find love in liberal cities

Trump-supporting billionaire Peter Thiel is funding a project that could appeal to conservatives who have been rejected by Tinder or Bumble for their support of Donald Trump.

He is investing $1.5 million in a first round of seed funding for The Right Stuff, a conservative-targeted dating app that hopes to be an alternative for those who want to date their right-wing beliefs.

The company follows its investment in Rumble, an alternative to other mainstream social media platforms that also seeks to target a conservative audience.

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John BowdenFebruary 16, 2022 12:15 a.m.

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Hillary Clinton ignores shouted questions about Durham allegations

Former 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was confronted by a reporter on Monday over allegations raised by John Durham claiming that a lawyer who previously worked for his campaign was involved in an effort to search the data of the White House of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia by exploiting a business relationship with the Trump administration.

Mrs. Clinton ignored the shouted questions, giving the reporter a small wave.

John BowdenFebruary 15, 2022 11:45 p.m.

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Republicans furious over Durham allegations

Republican lawmakers continued to issue furious statements on Tuesday after Justice Department special counsel John Durham alleged in court papers that a company contracted to work with the Trump White House exploited his relationship. to seek information that some employees believed could link Donald Trump to Russia.

Senator Chuck Grassley wrote that he was “outraged” by the allegation and claimed the Clinton campaign had been proven to spy on the Trump campaign.

But a deep dive by The Associated Press reveals that the truth is a bit more complicated than Mr. Grassley’s assertion:

EXPLAINER: How the latest Trump-Russia dossier generated buzz

Special Counsel John Durham’s latest filing in his probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation has been seized upon by conservative media and Donald Trump himself to substantiate the former president’s oft-repeated claims that he would have been “spied on”.

John BowdenFebruary 15, 2022 11:15 p.m.

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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Republicans involved in ‘substitute voters’ effort

The January 6 committee decided on Tuesday to issue a new set of subpoenas. The latest batch targets various state-level conservative figures accused of involvement in a scheme to send “substitute voters,” who are not constitutionally permitted, to Washington in hopes that the Senate would recognize their votes for Donald Trump instead of Joe Biden.

Among the latest targets are Kelli Ward, leader of the Republican Party of Arizona, as well as Sen Doug Mastriano of the state of Pennsylvania.

John BowdenFebruary 15, 2022 10:59 p.m.

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Legal analyst: ‘No future president’ will have reason to obey the law if Trump leaves

Glenn Kirschner, a veteran former prosecutor and current MSNBC and YouTube legal analyst, warned Monday that “no future president” would have reason to obey the law if former President Donald Trump was not held accountable. of his actions.

Mr. Trump is currently the subject of a criminal investigation into his efforts to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 state election, as well as an entirely separate effort by the New York State Attorney General to suing his company for allegedly concealing the value of his assets for tax purposes.

“To be clear, if the DOJ does not prosecute Trump and his corrupt associates for their many crimes, no future politician or senior government official will have reason to obey the law. Such failure will drag us to the end of our republic,” Kirschner tweeted.

John BowdenFebruary 15, 2022 9:55 p.m.

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Virginia’s lieutenant governor ordered a session of the state Senate on Monday with his high heel after the gavel went missing.

Winsome Sears, the state’s first female lieutenant governor, told reporters afterwards that “[o]A shoe can change your life. Just ask Cinderella.

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John BowdenFebruary 15, 2022 9:33 p.m.

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GOP conspiracy theorist who ruined $600,000 voting machines for Colorado secretary of state

Trump’s Republican sidekick, accused of helping other Trump supporters steal voting machine passwords, costing the state hundreds of thousands of dollars, hopes voters will give her control of the entire state electoral system.

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters declared her candidacy Monday; she is battling a multi-term incumbent of Secretary of State Jena Griswold, a Democrat, but could potentially receive a long-term campaign boost in the form of an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, who is determined to fill key state positions with Republicans who would theoretically carry out his demands for interference in election processes if Mr. Trump runs and receives fewer votes than his opponent in 2024 or in a future election .

The Independents Andrew Feinberg says more about Ms. Peters’ candidacy:

John BowdenFebruary 15, 2022 8:45 p.m.

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Protests erupt in state capitals against voter fraud conspirators

Protesters took to the state capitals of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Florida on Tuesday to demand that Republicans who backed Donald Trump’s efforts to nullify the election be banned from running for office. elections under a constitutional provision preventing insurgents from serving in government.

Among the members of Congress targeted by the effort are Representatives Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and Scott Perry.

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John BowdenFebruary 15, 2022 8:28 p.m.

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Jury agrees with judge’s ruling in New York Times case

A jury handed Sarah Palin her second loss in as many days on Tuesday when it found The New York Times not responsible for defaming her with an op-ed that falsely linked her political action committee to the shooting of Gabby Giffords.

The jury’s decision came a day after the judge hearing the case indicated he would dismiss the lawsuit given that Ms Palin had failed to demonstrate that a standard of actual malice had been met in the trial, given that given that the Time corrected the editorial shortly after it was published.

Ms Palin can appeal, but a judge’s dismissal in addition to the jury’s verdict would indicate her chances of success are slim.

John BowdenFebruary 15, 2022 7:44 p.m.

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Biden to address the nation on Ukraine and Russia

President Joe Biden will deliver a national address on the state of tensions between Ukraine and Russia as the United States has warned that a Russian attack could occur imminently. The Russian government has denied such plans.

Mr Biden will speak at 3:30 p.m. EST and is expected to reiterate his promise to enact punitive economic consequences against Moscow in the event of an invasion or an outbreak of violence.

John BowdenFebruary 15, 2022 6:25 p.m.