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A former aide to Rudy Giuliani says she was told that the ex-New York City mayor and then-president Donald Trump were offering to sell presidential pardons for $2m apiece, according to court documents.

The allegation was made by Noelle Dunphy, a New York-based public relations professional who is suing Mr Giuliani for “unlawful abuses of power, wide-ranging sexual assault and harassment, wage theft, and other misconduct” committed while she worked for him in 2019 and 2020.

Mr Giuliani has strongly denied the claims in the lawsuit.

Earlier it was reported that Mr Trump was shown tweets from Democrats blasting CNN for hosting the town hall with him to psyche him up during the live broadcast.

During the initial commercial break, Trump adviser Jason Miller showed the former president recent tweets backstage at the New Hampshire college where the event was hosted, according to Axios.

Mr Trump grew more bellicose as the night went on after being shown posts by several people slamming CNN, including New York progressive representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at the time, said: “CNN should be ashamed of themselves”.

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A former aide to former Trump attorney Rudolph Giuliani says she was told that the ex-New York City mayor and then-president Donald Trump were offering to sell presidential pardons for $2m apiece, according to court documents.

The bombshell allegation was levied in a complaint filed against Mr Giuliani by Noelle Dunphy, a New York-based public relations professional who is suing him for “unlawful abuses of power, wide-ranging sexual assault and harassment, wage theft, and other misconduct” committed while she worked for him in 2019 and 2020.

The lawsuit claims that she was forced to perform sex acts on him and work in the nude.

Mr Giuliani has strongly denied the allegations in the report.

Mr Giuliani reportedly claimed he would split the $2 million fee with then-president Donald Trump

Namita Singh16 May 2023 04:30
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Seemingly hoping to secure his support among evangelicals, Donald Trump appeared unwilling to speak plainly on his thoughts on abortion during a recent interview.

Mr Trump was asked by The Messenger what the right way if for the GOP to be taking on the subject during the 2024 campaign.

“First of all, I’m a believer in the exceptions, right? And just as Ronald Reagan was a believer in the exceptions, but I’m a believer in the exceptions … the life of the mother, raping and incest. … The other thing I really believe is that the radicals are people that would have a baby destroyed, killed at the end of the ninth month or even after birth,” he said.

The former president was asked if women do actually get abortions that late even in cases when the mother’s life isn’t a concern.

“Yeah, probably. You might not know about it,” he said.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “later in pregnancy abortions” are not common and take place because of “medical concerns such as fetal anomalies or maternal life endangerment, as well as barriers to care that cause delays in obtaining an abortion”.

Mr Trump’s said it was “shocking” and went on to claim that “it’s happening”.

“For 50 years, they’ve been trying to get rid of Roe v Wade. I was able to do it. Nobody else could have done that but me. And I was able to do it [by nominating] three excellent judges on the Justices of the Supreme Court,” he told The Messenger. “And I was able to do that. What it did more than anything else is it gave us a tremendous power of negotiation, which we didn’t have, the pro-life movement, a tremendous power of negotiation. … Now the pro-life movement has the power to negotiate a deal that’s acceptable for them.”

The ex-president was asked if it was right for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to sign a six-week abortion ban in the state.

“Well, he has to do what he has to do. If you look at what DeSantis did, a lot of people don’t even know if he knew what he was doing. But he signed six weeks, and many people within the pro-life movement feel that that was too harsh,” Mr Trump said.

Asked if that would be too harsh for him, Mr Trump said: “I’m looking at all alternatives. I’m looking at many alternatives. But I was able to get us to the table by terminating Roe v Wade. That’s the most important thing that’s ever happened for the pro-life movement.”

Mr Trump was pressed on the issue again: “Would you sign a six-week abortion ban or not?”

“I’m looking at all [options],” he said.

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The Georgia prosecutor who’s investigating whether Donald Trump and his allies broke any laws as they tried to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state fought back Monday against the former president’s attempt to remove her from the case and exclude certain evidence.

The Georgia prosecutor who’s investigating whether Donald Trump and his allies broke any laws as they tried to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state is fighting back against the former president’s attempt to remove her from the case and exclude certain evidence

Namita Singh16 May 2023 06:30
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Donald Trump has said that he would be “rebuked” by the Republican base if he stopped pushing his lies about the 2020 election being stolen from him.

While Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and President Joe Biden have both criticised Mr Trump for obsessing about the past and not moving forward, Mr Trump told The Messenger that he wouldn’t give up on the issue.

“If you look at the polls, almost 80 per cent in our party think the election was rigged … I feel that history is something that, if you don’t learn from it, you’re a fool,” Mr Trump said. “That doesn’t mean that I have to devote half of my speech to 2020, but devoting two per cent or three per cent or four per cent is okay. And I think if I didn’t I would actually be rebuked by a large portion of the Republican Party.”

A recent poll found that while more and more Republicans realize there’s no real evidence proving that the 2020 election was stolen, a majority – 63 per cent – still believe that it was.

Within that group, 52 per cent say they believe there’s “solid evidence” while 48 per cent based that belief on “suspicion,” according to the CNN poll.

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A special prosecutor has ended his four-year investigation into possible FBI misconduct in its probe of ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign with withering criticism of the bureau but a meagre court record that fell far short of the former president’s prediction he would uncover the “crime of the century”.

The report from special counsel John Durham represents the long-awaited culmination of an investigation that Mr Trump and allies had claimed would expose massive wrongdoing by law enforcement and intelligence officials.

Instead, the investigation delivered underwhelming results, with prosecutors securing a guilty plea from a little-known FBI employee but losing the only two criminal cases they took to trial.

A special prosecutor has ended his four-year investigation into possible FBI misconduct in its probe of ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign

Namita Singh16 May 2023 05:30
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An investigation into the origins of the FBI‘s probe into ties between Russia and Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign has finally been concluded, with the prosecutor leading the inquiry submitting a much-awaited report that found major flaws.

The report, the culmination of a four-year investigation into possible misconduct by US government officials, contained withering criticism for the FBI but few significant revelations. Nonetheless, it will give fodder to Mr Trump supporters who have long denounced the Russia investigation, as well as his opponents who say the Durham team’s meagre court record shows their probe was a politically motivated farce.

A look at the investigation and the report:

An investigation into the origins of the FBI’s probe into ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has finally been concluded

Namita Singh16 May 2023 05:00
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Donald Trump has said that his wife, former First Lady Melania Trump, is very “enthused” about his 2024 campaign.

Mr Trump was asked by The Messenger: “Is your wife, Melania Trump, going to be involved in your reelection?”

“She’s very enthused – very, very enthused about it,” Mr Trump said.

As the US marked Mother’s Day on Sundat, Mr Trump posted a predictably oddly phrased message celebrating mothers, in particular those of his main foes.

Perhaps in his rush to stick it to the “Radical Left Fascists” he failed to mention his wife, Melania, mother to his youngest son, Barron.

The former president wrote on Truth Social: “Happy Mother’s Day to ALL, in particular the Mothers, Wives and Lovers of the Radical Left Fascists, Marxists, and Communists who are doing everything within their power to destroy and obliterate our once great Country.”

He continued: “Please make these complete Lunatics and Maniacs Kinder, Gentler, Softer and, most importantly, Smarter, so that we can, quickly, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!”

Gustaf Kilander and Oliver O’Connell16 May 2023 04:15
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In an interview, Donald Trump was asked about the John F Kennedy assassination files, which he said he was going to release in full as president.

He didn’t end up fulfilling that pledge.

Judge Andrew Napolitano said in a podcast interview that Mr Trump had said that the information shouldn’t be made public.

“I released a lot, as you know. And I will release everything else,” Mr Trump told The Messenger.

Mr Trump was then asked: “So there was nothing in there that the public should be scared about or that makes the US look terrible?”

“Well, I don’t want to comment on that. But I will tell you that I have released a lot. I will release the remaining portion very early in my term,” he said.

Gustaf Kilander16 May 2023 03:45
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An investigation by a Trump administration prosecutor charged with undermining and discrediting the FBI’s probe into alleged ties between former president Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government has ended after four years and just a single criminal conviction.

The findings from the probe, led by Special Counsel John Durham, are laid out in a nearly 300-page report in which the once-respected career prosecutor — who was hand-picked to delegitimise the FBI’s efforts to determine whether Mr Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia’s efforts to boost his candidacy — railed against the FBI for opening a probe into Mr Trump’s campaign based on “raw, unanalyzed and uncorroborated intelligence” and accusing investigators of suffering from “confirmation bias”.

Over the four years Mr Durham worked to discredit the department’s investigation, he only brought a handful of cases against criminal defendants, including an FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to doctoring an email used to secure a surveillance warrant against an ex-Trump campaign adviser, and two other figures associated with the Trump-Russia probe who were acquitted at trial.

Trump administration officials commissioned Special Counsel John Durham’s probe in order to discredit prior investigations into former president Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign

Andrew Feinberg16 May 2023 03:15
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Saint Anselm College criticised both the comments of the ex-president and the reactions to his statements by the Trump-friendly audience in the auditorium.

CNN moderator Kaitlan Collins asked Mr Trump about the civil trial between him and writer and former advice columnist E Jean Carroll. Mr Trump was found liable for sexual abuse and defamation and has been ordered to pay her $5m. Mr Trump was not found liable for rape. His legal team is appealing the verdict.

Mr Trump denied Ms Carroll’s allegation, to laughter from the crowd in the room.

“A Manhattan jury found you sexually abused the writer E Jean Carroll and defamed her. You’ve denied this. But what do you say to voters who say it disqualifies you from being president?” Ms Collins said.

In response to ex-president’s comments, college says it ‘does not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual harassment’

Gustaf Kilander16 May 2023 02:45

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington,

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