Trump news – live: Ex-president strikes deal to delay deposition as Jan 6 committee finds ‘criminal conspiracy’

Joe Biden laughs off Donald Trump’s praise for Vladimir Putin

Lawyers of former President Donald Trump and the New York attorney general have reached an agreement to postpone depositions in the civil investigation, allowing Mr Trump to get at least a few months before he has to testify as part of an investigation into his business.

Meanwhile, short filing from the congressional 6 January US Capitol riot investigation alleges Mr Trump and a lawyer who assisted with his re-election campaign were part of a “criminal conspiracy” to overturn the 2020 election.

“The facts we’ve gathered strongly suggest that Dr (John) Eastman’s emails may show that he helped Donald Trump advance a corrupt scheme to obstruct the counting of electoral college ballots and a conspiracy to impede the transfer of power,” representatives Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney, who chair the 6 January investigation committee, said in a statement.

Among the documents released is an image of Mr Trump’s private schedule for the day, which includes various names scrawled in pen. Among them is Kelly Loeffler, the Georgia Senator who lost her seat the night before the riot.

On Thursday, Mr Trump unleashed a 415-word rambling tirade against the committee, repeating his allegations of a “rigged” election.

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Son testifies against father charged with storming Capitol

The son of a Texas man charged with storming the US Capitol with a holstered gun tested Thursday that he secretly recorded his father proudly describing his role in the riot and gave the audio file to an FBI agent after his father, a militia member, threatened him and his sister. Jackson Reffitt, then 18, said he was terrified and “pretty grossed out” when his father, Guy Wesley Reffitt, told him and his 16-year-old sister that they would be “traitors” if they reported him to law enforcement after the Capitol attack on Jan 6, 2021.

And he told his children that “traitors get shot,” Jackson Reffitt recalled.

Andrew Naughty4 March 2022 08:40

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Trump claims the media is lying about his repeated public praise of Putin

Former president Donald Trump has washed out at the press and much of the party he remains the de facto leader of for reporting on and criticizing his decision to praise Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a emailed statement sent out by his political action committee because he is banned from most social media platforms, Mr Trump accused “the RINOs [Republicans in Name Only]the Warmongers], and the Fake News” of “continuing[ing] to “blatantly lie and misrepresent my remarks on Putin”.

Stuti Mishra4 March 2022 08:00

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Trump strikes deal to delay deposition

Lawyers of former President Donald Trump and the New York attorney general have reached an agreement to postpone depositions in the civil investigation, allowing Mr Trump to get at least a few months before he has to testify as part of an investigation into his business.

The deal struck between the two sides agrees on delaying the deposition and for an expedited briefing schedule, with court papers due by 31 March.

The Trumps would be required to sit for depositions, if they lose the appeal, 14 days after a decision.

This comes after an appeal filed by Mr Trump against the order of a New York judge that mandated Mr Trump and his two eldest children, Donald Jr and Ivanka, to appear for a deposition as part of allegations into wrong business practices of Trump organizations and inflating the value of its assets.

(AP)

Stuti MishraMarch 4, 2022, 7:37 a.m.

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Why GOP governors who spurned Trump are refusing to run for Senate

Arizona’s Doug Ducey on Thursday joined a growing list of Republican governors who have spurned their party’s leadership in the Senate and ruled out bids for the upper chamber this year, writes John Bowden.

Mr Ducey made the announcement that he would not seek a Senate seat in a letter to some of his campaign donors that was obtained on Thursday by several news outlets.

Stuti Mishra4 March 2022 06:53

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Why GOP governors who spurned Trump are refusing to run for Senate

Arizona’s Doug Ducey on Thursday joined a growing list of Republican governors who have spurned their party’s leadership in the Senate and ruled out bids for the upper chamber this year, writes John Bowden.

Mr Ducey made the announcement that he would not seek a Senate seat in a letter to some of his campaign donors that was obtained on Thursday by several news outlets.

Stuti Mishra4 March 2022 06:53

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Takeaways as 6 January panel eyes Trump ‘criminal conspiracy’

The House panel investigating the 6 January insurrection at the Capitol has previewed some of its findings in a federal court filing, and investigators for the first time said they have enough evidence to suggest then-President Donald Trump committed crimes.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that Mr Trump will be charged, or even that the Justice Department will investigate. But the legal document offers an early look at some of the panel’s likely conclusions, which are expected to be submitted in the coming months.

Here are the takeaways from the 221-page filing:

Stuti Mishra4 March 2022 06:20

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Train Trump helps fails an on-air quiz about congressional district she’s running in

Former US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus appeared on local radio in Nashville earlier this week to participate in a quiz for local congressional candidates to showcase their knowledge of the district.

Problem was, Ms Ortagus didn’t appear to have any.

Abe Asher has more on this here:

Stuti Mishra4 March 2022 05:54

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Trump got ‘very angry’ after hearing election fraud claims were ‘bulls***’

“I told him that all this stuff was bulls***…about election fraud. And, you know, it was wrong to be shoveling it out the way his team was,” Mr Barr told NBC News.

Stuti Mishra4 March 2022 05:30

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Kimberly Guilfoyle receives Jan 6 subpoena

The House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection has issued a subpoena for documents and testimony to Kimberly Guilfoyle, the former Fox News host and ex-Trump campaign fundraiser who is also the fiancee of Donald Trump Jr.

In a letter to Ms Guilfoyle, select committee chairman Bennie Thompson the committee’s investigation “has revealed credible evidence” of her involvement in “events within the scope of the select committee’s inquiry”.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

Stuti Mishra4 March 2022 05:10

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How bad could things get for the ex-president?

The January 6 committee has made its boldest move yet.

In a short filing, the panel’s lawmakers have alleged that there is enough evidence to suggest that Donald Trump and his attorney, John Eastman, were engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States with their attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

Such an accusation is still a long way away from actually resulting in a criminal charge. But the late-Wednesday development is no doubt the most significant development of the January 6 committee’s work to hold those responsible for the attack on Congress accountable.

John Bowden explains how things might shape up.

Oliver O’Connell4 March 2022 04:55

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