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Donald Trump news today: Trump defends Mike Pence over classified documents despite slamming Biden

Trump says no documents were found at Mar-a-Lago, only “cool” empty folders marked classified

Donald Trump defended Mike Pence on Tuesday after classified documents were found in the vice president’s Indiana home.

In a Truth Social post, Mr Trump called Mr Pence an “innocent man” and urged people to “leave him alone”.

It is a marked departure from his reaction to the discovery of classified documents in President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington and an office he used in Washington DC.

Now classified documents have been found in the homes of Mr Trump, Mr Biden and Mr Pence, prompting an investigation into the matters.

The latest discovery at Mr. Pence’s home comes on the same day a Georgia prosecutor said it was “imminent” whether or not to press charges against Mr. Trump and his allies for their efforts to 2020 elections in the state.

A Fulton County judge is expected to rule on the public release of a grand jury report following an eight-month investigation into Trump’s alleged actions.

On Tuesday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said she opposed the report being made public yet, suggesting that the special grand jury recommended multiple charges.

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Trump defends Pence over classified documents

Donald Trump defended Mike Pence on Tuesday after classified documents were found in the vice president’s Indiana home.

In a Truth Social post, Mr Trump called Mr Pence an “innocent man” and urged people to “leave him alone”.

“Mike Pence is an innocent man. He has never knowingly done anything dishonest in his life. Leave him alone!!!” he wrote.

Whether Trump’s defense of his former right-hand man was genuine remains to be seen.

However, his comments are a marked departure from his response to the discovery of classified documents in President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and an office he used in Washington DC.

Now classified documents have been found in the homes of Mr Trump, Mr Biden and Mr Pence, prompting an investigation into the matters.

Rachel SharpJanuary 25, 2023 12:30 PM

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Videos surface of Mike Pence denying taking classified documents

In an ABC News interview last year, Mike Pence strongly denied that he took any secret materials from the White House when he left administration after Joe Biden was sworn in.

“Did you take classified White House documents?” Mr. Pence is asked in ABC’s David Muir clip.

“I don’t,” he replies.

He then continues, digs the hole deeper and adds, “(T)there would be no reason to have classified documents, especially if they were in an unprotected area”.

It was reported today that a lawyer for the former vice president recently turned over a dozen classified documents to the FBI after they were found at his Indiana home.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 12:00 PM

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ICYMI: Trump again invokes racist attack on his transportation secretary, baselessly links her to Biden documents

Donald Trump has revived his thinly veiled racist attack on his former transportation secretary Elaine Chao, which baselessly linked the former president to Joe Biden’s classified documents case due to right-wing media attention related to their alleged storage in Washington DC’s Chinatown.

His January 23 statement on Truth Social includes a series of unrelated right-wing media claims and conspiracy theories, all of which are falsely intertwined by Mr. Trump’s continued attacks on Ms. Chao and her husband, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 11:00 AM

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Lawsuits, prison sentences and ‘enemy of the people’: Donald Trump’s endless war against the media

During the four years of his presidency, he called journalists and news outlets “fake news” about 2,000 times, an average of more than one daily to the press. the White House.

After ‘leaking’ a draft of what became the US Supreme Court ruling to strike down Roe against WadeMr. Trump has repeatedly demanded that the journalist and outlet that published the draft be thrown in jail if they don’t reveal their source, accelerating the former president’s public war on the media.

A brief history of his recent attacks:

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 10:00 AM

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ICYMI: Fox News mocked its latest obsession with culture wars: the “awakened” Xbox

After getting M&M’s to drop its spokes amid right-wing claims that the chocolate cartoon characters weren’t attractive enough, Fox News personalities have identified a new target in the culture wars: Xbox.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 09:00

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Nick Fuentes returns to Twitter

Twitter banned 24-year-old fascist influencer Nick Fuentes in 2021 for his “repeated violations” of the platform’s rules, sparking a wave of far-right accounts streaming to other platforms like Telegram, where he has more than 53,000 subscribers.

At 7:30 a.m. ET, a verified account using his name posted a meme of the character Patrick van Spongebob Squarepants to announce his return to the social media platform, where new owner Elon Musk has opened the door to white nationalist, neo-Nazi and other far-right extremist accounts.

Alex Woodward25 January 2023 08:00

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ICYMI: Georgia DA says impeachment decision imminent in Trump election meddling as grand jury report was kept secret

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has asked for a special jury report on the efforts of Donald Trump and his allies to overturn his 2020 election loss as she continues to consider filing criminal charges against people involved in the plans are.

Speaking before Judge Robert McBurney at a hearing Tuesday in Georgia to determine whether the report will be made public, Ms. Willis told the judge that disclosure at this time could harm future lawsuits against potential defendants.

“We don’t think it’s appropriate at this point to release the report to treat prospective defendants fairly,” she said. She added that “decisions are imminent” on whether she will press charges.

Alex Woodward25 January 2023 07:00

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ICYMI: Trump defends his ‘perfect’ phone call in Georgia in a series of Truth Social posts

In a series of Truth Social posts on Tuesday, Trump continued to lie about the results of the 2020 presidential election and defended his “perfect” call to officials in Georgia who wanted to “find” votes for his victory in the state.

He baselessly alleged “cheating” in the election and ballot “stuffing” that no courtroom or election official has confirmed.

His claims came as a judge in Georgia heard arguments over the release of a grand jury report of an investigation likely targeting the former president and his allies, which involved indictments from prosecutors in the state.

He followed his statements, claiming he had “done an amazing job as president” in an almost all-capital rant about two posts, calling federal law enforcement the “gestapo” for recovering documents on his property in Mar-a- Lago which he refused to return. and for prosecuting people who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 06:00

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ICYMI: Secret documents found in Mike Pence’s Indiana home

Former Vice President Mike Pence’s attorney turned over a dozen classified documents to the FBI after they were found at the former Vice President’s home.

A lawyer for Mr. Pence found the documents in Mr. Pence’s new home in Carmel, Indiana, where he was governor and congressman before being tapped as Trump’s vice president.

The FBI and the Justice Department’s National Security Division have launched an investigation into how the documents ended up in Mr. Pence’s home. Mr. Pence’s attorney told CNN that the FBI had asked to retrieve the documents marked classified that night, to which he agreed.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 05:00

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Khashoggi’s widow speaks out against Mike Pompeo’s ‘shameful’ comments

Former Trump secretary of state Mike Pompeo called slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi an “activist who supported the losing team” and whose murder received too much media attention.

“To be clear, Khashoggi was a journalist to the extent that I and many other public figures are journalists,” Pompeo writes in Never Give An Inch: Fighting For The America I Love.

That is what his widow Hanan El-Atr told The independent that his comments are “shameful”.

“I want to ask Mr. Pompeo if he ever met my husband? Did he ever talk to him? Where does he get this false information from,” she said.

Mr Pompeo has doubled down after facing widespread criticism, responding to a statement from The Washington Post‘s publisher and CEO Fred Ryan condemns his “shocking” and misrepresentation of Khashoggi’s life.

“Americans are safer because we have not labeled Saudi Arabia a pariah state,” Pompeo said. “I have never let the media bully me. Just because someone is a part-time stringer for WaPo doesn’t make their life more important than our military service in dangerous places to protect us all. I have never forgotten that.”

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 04:00

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