Trump News Today: Former president owes National Archives more lost records as Mary Trump says she plans ‘revenge’

Former US President Donald Trump claims he can declassify top secret documents just by ‘thinking’

Republicans are rallying behind Trump again despite his controversial comments, this time after he appeared to make a death threat earlier this week against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

On Sunday, Sen. Rick Scott of Florida declined to condemn the former president.

“I can never answer why somebody says what they said, but the way I looked at it, I think what the president is saying is, you know, a lot of money was spent over the last two years,” he told CNN.

Other Republican senators, such as Susan Collins of Maine, say the tone of violent rhetoric in US politics is increasing, to the point where she worries a member of Congress could be assassinated.

Meanwhile, historians say Trump may seek “revenge” on rivals and former allies such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSandis if he is re-elected president in 2024.

The debate over violent words in politics follows another campaign rally by Mr. Trump, who visited Michigan on Saturday.

In his speech he attacked the journalist Maggie Haberman The New York Timesand praised people like conservative activist Ginny Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who lobbied to overturn the 2020 election result.


The GOP won’t condemn Trump’s racist attacks

Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida refused to condemn former President Donald Trump for appearing to make death threats against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

On Friday, Trump criticized Mr. McConnell for voting with Democrats on the spending legislation.

“McConnell approves of all these Tris. the bogus and highly destructive Green New Deal and is willing to take the country with it?’ the former president wrote on Truth Social.


Will a disclaimer get Donald Trump out of a $250 million lawsuit against him in New York?

Armen Morian, a former prosecutor in the New York Attorney General’s Office, thinks Donald Trump might have a point.

The former president has argued that New York cannot bring a $250 million fraud suit against him and his family company because the Trump Organization has consistently warned banks and insurers to rely on their own valuations before offering him business.

“What the disclaimers say is, ‘Be careful when you read these financial statements,'” Mr. Morian told Insider. “That’s all he has to do.”

Here is more information about the lawsuit.


Trump finally comments on Hurricane Ian after silence on devastating storm

Former President Donald Trump opened a political rally in Michigan by breaking his week-long silence on Hurricane Ian, the category five storm that has devastated his home state of Florida.

Speaking in Warren, Michigan, Mr Trump said he wanted to send “our deepest sympathy and tremendous support to everyone in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas who have been hit by this brutal hurricane fury”.

“It’s not a good hurricane. That was big,” he said, adding that he wanted to “say hello to everyone” in the affected area.

“We want to say we love you so much … know that our hearts are with you and our prayers are with you,” she said.

Andrew Feinberg has the details.


Trump-backed Bolsonaro headed to runoff in Brazil’s presidential election

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s right-wing president who has received endorsements and support from Donald Trump and many other US Republicans, appears headed for a runoff in his re-election campaign against leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.


The militia leader plans to use Trump on defense on January 6

Stuart Rhodes, the founder of the extremist group Oath Keepers, plans to invoke a new legal defense at his trial on charges related to the January 6 riots at the US Capitol: that he was waiting for orders from Donald Trump.

Mr. Rhodes’ lawyers said the militia leader believed Trump would invoke the Sedition Act and call out a militia to support him, thus justifying the violent presence of the Oaths on Capitol Hill on January 6.


Trump administration Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will testify at the UAE trial

Rex Tillerson, who served as secretary of state during the early days of the Trump administration, will be called to testify Monday at the trial of Thomas Barak, a former fundraiser for Trump, who faces charges of illegally acting as a foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates .

The deposition will take place on Monday, Al Jazeera reports.


Trump’s Nevada Gubernatorial Candidate Rejects Big Lie About 2020 Election

During a debate on Sunday, Joe Lombardo, a Republican candidate for governor of Nevada who has been endorsed by Donald Trump, rejected Mr. Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

“It bothers me,” he said.

“I don’t shy away from that,” he added. “I don’t stand by him on that aspect.”

By and large, however, Mr. Lombardo said he still stood by Trump.

“You’re never going to agree with anyone 100% and everything they do. Even in my own party, there are people who don’t agree 100% with what I’m presenting, but you know, you have to look at the whole person and his leadership,” the candidate concluded.


Former White House aide condemns ‘despicable’ comments about Mitch McConnell

Former White House aide Alyssa Farah Griffin is one of the few Republicans to call out Donald Trump for comments he made about Mitch McConnell and his wife, which struck many observers as violent and racist.

“It’s not some crazy person on the Internet, this is the GOP front-runner for President if the Party doesn’t wake up and demand better,” Ms. Farah he wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “He’s not even trying to hide the racism at this point. Just despicable.”

Other Republicans, such as Florida Sen. Rick Scott, declined to criticize the president.


Why aren’t Florida Republicans voting for Hurricane Ian relief?

Representative Matt Gaetz voted against legislation that would have provided relief to victims of Hurricane Ian, which left a path of destruction in the lawmaker’s home state of Florida.

The House of Representatives voted 230 to 201 for a continuing resolution to keep the government open until Dec. 16 on Friday. The continuing resolution also gives the Federal Emergency Management Authority the authority to spend money through the Disaster Relief Fund.

The DRF pays for repairs and restoration of infrastructure damaged by natural disasters, hazard mitigation initiatives, financial assistance to survivors and fire management grants for large forest or wildfires, according to FEMA.

Only 10 Republicans voted against the continuing resolution in the House on Friday. The bill passed the Senate on Thursday with Florida Sen. Rick Scott voting against it. Sen. Marco Rubio, the Sunshine State’s other U.S. senator, was not present to vote for it.

Eric Garcia has the details for The independent.


The Trump lawsuits keep coming

Lawsuits and investigations have been pending against Donald Trump throughout his professional career, then into his presidency, and have continued into his current post-presidency phase.

More recently, there is the bombshell $250 million lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James against Mr. Trump and three of his children over a series of alleged fraudulent business practices. But there is much more.

Read all about them here.

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