Donald Trump news today: Ginni Thomas faces Jan. 6 panel as Trump questions authority of special master of Mar-a-Lago

Former US President Donald Trump says he can declassify top secret documents just “by thinking about it”

While Hurricane Ian may have caused the Jan. 6 House Select Committee to postpone Wednesday’s supposed final public hearing, the panel nonetheless today questions conservative activist Ginni Thomas, wife of the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Meanwhile, in the ongoing legal fight over the FBI’s seizure of presidential documents from Donald Trump’s Palm Beach home, Mar-a-Lago, the former president’s team says the special master appointed to review the matter is beyond his authority. US District Judge Raymond Dearie asked them to confirm the Justice Department’s inventory of what was seized – they argue only the Justice Department should do that.

After the House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment against then-President Trump in 2019, he responded in the only way he possibly knew: threatening to sue Congress.

According to a forthcoming book by New York Times One-term president journalist Maggie Haberman has called for legal action after an investigation found Mr Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden.

“I’m just going to sue Congress. They can’t do this to me,” Mr. Trump said, according to excerpts from the book.


Trump Prepared Transphobic Response For 2016 Debate, Book Reveals

During his preparations to debate Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump’s response to a mock debate question about whether transgender teens should be allowed to use any restroom they choose at the school was so weird it shocked its assistants.


Trump pushes back on master’s special authority over Mar-a-Lago papers inventory

CNN reporting that former President Donald Trump is pushing back on a plan by the special master overseeing the review of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago that would require him to tell the court whether the Justice Department’s inventory from the search is accurate .

That would require the former president to officially state whether he truly believes the FBI filed evidence during the Aug. 8 search of the Florida property, the network reports.

Court documents filed late Wednesday by Trump’s attorneys confirmed the objection that had already been noted by the Justice Department in an earlier submission to Special U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie.

Trump’s team argued that the court order appointing Mr. Dearie only mentioned a statement by a government official to verify the DoJ’s search inventory, and that there was no mention of the Trump side having to do it.

They argue that being asked to verify the accuracy of the inventory goes beyond the authority granted to the Special Captain by the District Court.


Ginni Thomas dodges questions as she arrives for January 6 interview

Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, arrived Thursday to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot.

Ms Thomas arrived to give evidence virtually but did not answer questions from reporters.

Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC.


Marjorie Taylor Greene praises her husband as he files for divorce

In a statement to The Independent Regarding her divorce, Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene wrote:

“Together, Perry and I have made our family and raised three wonderful children. He gave me the best job title you could ever earn: Mom. I will always be grateful for the quality of a father he is to our children. This is a private and personal matter and I ask the media to respect our privacy at this time.”


Capitol rioter’s family called Michael Fanone ‘shit’ after sentencing

A Washington DC police officer who was tasered while defending the US Capitol on January 6 said the mother of the rioter involved in the attack called him a ‘piece of shit’ after the conviction of his son.

speaking on CNNit is Don Lemon tonight Following Kyle Young’s sentencing on Tuesday, Michael Fanone recounted how he was insulted by the rioter’s mother as he walked out of court.

Andrea Blanco has the story.


Ginni Thomas arrives for an interview with the January 6 committee

Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, arrived for an interview with the January 6 committee.

Here are three key questions for Ms. Thomas to answer:


Romance novel model pleads guilty to helping Jan 6 mob brutally assault DC police officer

A bodybuilder and romance novel cover model has pleaded guilty to assaulting law enforcement officers with a dangerous weapon during the January 6 riots at the United States Capitol.

Logan James Barnhart, 41, of Holt, Michigan, was among the crowd that broke into the arch leading to the Capitol Building from the Lower West Terrace where a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer was attacked with a truncheon by another rioter. .

He is accused of grabbing the collar of the officer’s ballistic vest and then dragging the officer down the steps in a prone position, leading him into the crowd where he was assaulted by other rioters with weapons, including a flagpole and a baton, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Marjorie Taylor Greene’s husband files for divorce

Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband Perry are said to be divorcing.

According to court documents obtained by The New Yorker, Mr Greene was the one who initiated the split, with a legal filing on Wednesday describing the marriage as “irretrievably broken”.

“Together Perry and I have made our family and raised three wonderful children. He gave me the best job title you can ever earn: Mom,” Ms Greene wrote in a statement to The Independent.

“I will always be grateful for the quality of a father to our children. This is a private and personal matter and I ask the media to respect our privacy at this time.”


Trump decides to end defamation lawsuit against rape accuser

Donald Trump is seeking a swift end to a defamation lawsuit brought by an author who accused the former president of raping her more than 25 years ago.

A lawyer for Mr. Trump on Wednesday asked a federal judge in Manhattan to replace the United States as a defendant in E Jean Carroll’s lawsuit, according to Reuters.

This decision could end the lawsuit since the government cannot be sued for defamation.

The request comes a day after the Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Mr Trump was a federal employee when he called Carroll a liar.

In a letter to District Judge Lewis Kaplan, Mr Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, said the decision meant the government “must be replaced as a defendant”.

She also asked to put the case on hold, saying it would be “very prejudicial” for Trump to spend time and money preparing for the trial if the Washington court rules in his favor.


Trump dodges deposition by cowering at Mar-a-Lago amid hurricane, court letter says

A lawsuit that has ensnared Donald Trump, his three eldest children and the family’s Trump Organization was put on the back burner after the former president boarded a plane to Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday night, hours before a Category 4 hurricane is about to hit. landfall on the southwest coast.

CNN reported that a court filing by attorney John Quinn, who represents a group of people who accuse Trump of fraud for allegedly promoting a scam company, said the lawyers tried to schedule a deposition with the single-term president , but he insisted on scheduling the interrogation at his Florida resort amid Hurricane Ian.

Trump’s attorney, Clifford Robert, reportedly called Quinn on Tuesday to tell him of the group’s plans to travel to Palm Beach this week, and there the former president is said to be ready to testify.

In the letter, Mr. Quinn writes that Mr. Robert called him on Tuesday to alert his team of Mr. Trump’s plans, saying, “to tell me that he and his colleague were boarding a flight to Palm Beach.” I expressed some surprise – I believe I used the word “rude” – but Mr. Robert indicated that they were stealing anyway.

“We contacted Mr. Robert and his colleague again this afternoon, both by phone and by email, but we were unable to contact them,” Mr. Quinn told the judge. “As a result, when we last heard that the defendants are insisting that deposition continue at Mar-a-Lago and Friday. With all due respect, we do not believe this is prudent or safe. . »

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