Trump news – latest: Blake Masters wins Arizona GOP nomination after support from ex-president

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Blake Masters has won the Arizona GOP nomination race this year after former president Donald Trump endorsed him two months ago. Mr Masters will now face off against incumbent Democratic senator Mark Kelly in a November general election.

Meanwhile, text messages received and sent on the day of the January 6 attack on the Capitol last year were “wiped” from government-issued phones of senior defence officials in the Trump administration, according to court documents.

The Pentagon wiped phones belonging to officials such as ex-acting defence secretary Chris Miller, ex-army secretary Ryan McCarthy, and Mr Miller’s former chief of staff, Kashyap Patel, after they turned them in upon their resignations on 20 January.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s endorsement of “Eric” for the Republican primary election for a US Senate seat to replace retiring Senator Roy Blunt has caused a stir among the party members.

There are two GOP front-runners named Eric in that race – former governor Eric Greitens and state Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Both of them have seemed to assume that they were endorsed by Mr Trump. There is also a third GOP candidate named Eric McElroy on the Republican primary ballot.

Mr Schmitt won the Republican Senate primary on Tuesday.

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Blake Masters wins Arizona GOP nomination

10:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Blake Masters has won the Arizona GOP nomination race this year after former president Donald Trump endorsed him two months ago.

Mr Masters will now face off against incumbent Democratic senator Mark Kelly in a November general election.

He also won the former president’s endorsement two months ago — mainly due to his hardline stance on border and immigration issues.

Kevin Costner dons ‘I’m for Liz Cheney’ shirt

10:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Wyoming Rep Liz Cheney has found unlikely support for her fast-approaching primary next month in Kevin Costner, touting the Hollywood actor’s support by tweeting a picture of him wearing a tee saying as much.

“Real men put country over party,” tweeted the Republican congresswoman on Tuesday night alongside a picture of the Yellowstone star donning a black cowboy hat and white shirt offset with the text: “I’m for Liz Cheney.”

Johanna Chisholm has the story.

Kevin Costner dons ‘I’m for Liz Cheney’ shirt while filming ‘Yellowstone’

Trump ‘deserves life in prison’ says daughter of jailed Capitol rioter

09:15 , Oliver O'Connell

One of the daughters of a Capitol Hill rioter sentenced to more than seven years by a federal judge on Monday has said the sentencing was “unfair” and that it is Donald Trump who “deserves life in prison”.

Guy Reffitt, who brought a gun to the Capitol riot on 6 January last year and threatened Nancy Pelosi, was handed one of the longest sentences that any of the insurrectionists have received so far.

“Trump deserves life in prison if my father is in prison for this long,” one of Mr Reffitt’s daughters, Peyton Reffitt, was quoted as saying outside the courthouse by CBS News.

Maroosha Muzzafar reports.

Daughter of jailed Capitol rioter says Trump ‘deserves life in prison’

Sheriff Arpaio tries to become suburban mayor after losses

08:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Joe Arpaio, the 90-year-old former Phoenix metro sheriff who was ousted by voters frustrated with his headline-grabbing tactics and legal troubles, is attempting another political comeback as he runs for mayor of the affluent suburb where he has lived more than two decades.

The stakes for Arpaio in Tuesday’s election are far smaller than when he served as the top law enforcement officer for 4 million people as the six-term sheriff of Maricopa County.

Now he is trying to unseat Ginny Dickey, the two-term Democratic mayor of Fountain Hills, a Republican-heavy community of about 24,000 on the edge of Phoenix.

Arizona's Arpaio tries to become suburban mayor after losses

Killing of al-Qaeda leader Biden’s ‘Bin Laden moment’ says Fox News host

07:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Fox News host Bret Baier called the killing of Al-Qaeda’s top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden’s “Bin Laden moment.”

Mr Baier told viewers of the right-wing news channel that the drone strike that killed the terror boss was a “major, major get” for the country moments after news of it broke on Monday.

Graeme Massie reports.

Fox News host calls killing of al-Qaeda leader Biden’s ‘Bin Laden moment’

Judd Deere joins Sarah Sanders campaign

05:30 , Oliver O'Connell

A former White House spokesman whose testimony was broadcast before a House committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot is joining Sarah Sanders’ campaign for Arkansas governor.

Sanders’ campaign on Tuesday announced Judd Deere will serve as its communications director. Deere was among several senior staff hires announced.

Former White House spokesman joins Sarah Sanders' campaign

Federal grand jury subpoenas Pat Cipollone

04:47 , Shweta Sharma

Pat Cipollone, a White House counsel to former President Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating the 6 January 2021, riot at the US Capitol Building, ABC News reported on Tuesday.

ABC News, citing unnamed sources, reported that attorneys for Mr Cipollone were expected to negotiate terms of his testimony before the grand jury.

Mr Cipollone late last month testified by videotape before Jan 6 committee in a lengthy closed-door interview, which was also part of committee’s most recent public hearings.

“I was pretty clear there needed to be an immediate and forceful response, statement, public statement, that people need to leave the Capitol now,” Mr Cipollone said in his testimony to Jan 6 committee.

What’s next for global jihad?

04:01 , Oliver O'Connell

After al-Zawahiri killing, what’s next for global jihad?

Cyber Ninjas ‘dead voters’ claim debunked by Arizona attorney general

03:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A company whose investigation into alleged voter fraud at the behest of Trump loyalists in Arizona was only able to uncover one single instance of a fraudulent ballot cast under the name of a voter who was dead, according to the state’s top elections official.

Mark Brnovich, Arizona’s attorney general, issued a letter to Republicans who led the effort to demand a recount of the 2020 election in the state Senate on Monday. In the letter, Mr Brnovich outlines how the Cyber Ninjas’s investigation had led to hundreds of baseless allegations of fraud involving the names of “dead” voters who in fact turned out to be alive.

John Bowden has the story.

Cyber Ninjas ‘dead voters’ claim debunked by Arizona attorney general

Biden task force reunites 400 migrant children with families separated under Trump

02:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A Biden administration task force has reunited 400 migrant children separated under Donald Trump with their families, but advocates say more than 1,000 still remain apart.

The youngsters were from around 5,000 families separated during the Trump administration as migrants crossing into the United States at the southern border with Mexico.

Graeme Massie reports.

Biden admin reunites 400 migrant children separated under Trump with their families

Ron DeSantis plans to fight ‘woke CEOs’ at financial services firms

01:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis has set his sights on the next horizon in his government’s battle in the so-called culture wars: “woke CEOs”.

The Republican governor, who is considered to be a likely contender in the 2024 presidential election, said during a press briefing last week that he plans to tackle money transfer giants, such as PayPal, as well as investment funds and banks who try to impose a supposed “woke ideology” on their potential clients. He also hopes to introduce a flurry of legislative and executive initiatives that would hinder these companies’ abilities to “discriminate” against clients based on their political or religious beliefs.

Johanna Chisholm reports.

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis vows to fight ‘woke CEOs’ at financial services like Paypal

Marjorie Taylor Greene says she ‘would be honoured’ to be Trump’s running mate

Wednesday 3 August 2022 00:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Republican Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene has publicly come out in support of the notion that she could hitch a ride on Donald Trump’s potential bid for the presidency in 2024, stating that she’d be “honoured” to run alongside him as his vice-president.

“I think if he asked me I would definitely give that some strong consideration,” she said when asked by hosts during an interview on America’s Real Voice last week whether she’d be interested in being the twice-impeached president’s running mate.

Marjorie Taylor Greene ‘would be honoured’ to join Trump on 2024 presidential ticket

Trump ‘significant drag’ for GOP Senate chances

Tuesday 2 August 2022 23:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Negative impressions of former president Donald Trump are dragging down Republican candidates for the US Senate in four key swing state races, according to a recent poll commissioned by a political action committee affiliated with a top former Trump adviser.

The survey of 1200 voters — 300 general election voters each in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia — was commissioned by the John Bolton Super PAC. The PAC is run by Ambassador John Bolton, Mr Trump’s third national security adviser.

It found that Trump-endorsed candidates in three of the four states trail their Democratic opponents and have largely unfavourable ratings with “independent and undecided voters”.

Andrew Feinberg reports on the findings.

Trump is ‘significant drag’ on GOP Senate chances, poll finds

What would happen if the Jan 6 committee issues a criminal referral for Trump?

Tuesday 2 August 2022 22:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Speculation continues to swirl regarding whether Donald Trump would face criminal charges resulting from the Jan 6 attack after it became clear that the select committee was laying out a case to prove his various wrongdoings.

Attention has turned in recent weeks to the committee’s chair and vice chair, who have appeared to take the opposite positions from a majority of their respective parties regarding whether the committee itself would formally call for Donald Trump’s prosecution.

John Bowden reports.

What would happen if the Jan 6 committee issues a criminal referral for Donald Trump?

Trump repeats claim about wanting troops at Capitol on Jan 6

Tuesday 2 August 2022 21:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump has again repeated his claim that he wanted 10,000 troops at the Capitol on January 6, but the request was turned down by Nancy Pelosi and the Mayor of DC Muriel Bowser.

He wrote on Truth Social:

The Unselect Committee of Political Thugs has not devoted one hour to the massive Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election, the reason that hundreds of thousands of people went to Washington on January 6th. When will they start? The Unselects also refuse to look at why Crazy Nancy Pelosi and the Mayor of D.C. turned down from 10-20,000 troops. Why is this, I wonder?

But testimony at the January 6 hearings denies that this order ever happened.

Trump’s ex-defence secretary contradicts his own sworn Jan 6 testimony on Fox News

Report: Jan 6 texts wiped from phones of Trump Pentagon officials

Tuesday 2 August 2022 21:30 , Oliver O'Connell

CNN reports that the Defense Department wiped the phones of top departing officials at the end of the Trump administration, deleting any texts from key witnesses to events surrounding the Capitol riot, according to court filings.

The acknowledgment that the phones from the Pentagon officials had been wiped was first revealed in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit American Oversight brought against the Defense Department and the Army. The watchdog group is seeking 6 January 2021 records from former acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, former chief of staff Kash Patel, and former Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, among other prominent Pentagon officials — having filed initial FOIA requests just a few days after the Capitol attack.

Here’s Andrew Feinberg with the latest:

Trump Pentagon officials ‘wiped’ Jan 6 messages off phones

Trump hits out at “Crazy Nancy Pelosi” in Taiwan

Tuesday 2 August 2022 21:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Former President Donald Trump couldn’t resist taking a pot shot at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her trip to Taiwan.

He wrote on Truth Social: “Why is Crazy Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan. Always causing trouble. Nothing she does turns out well (Two failed Impeachments, loss of House, etc.). WATCH!”

 (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Reuters)
(Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Reuters)

Trump lashes out at ‘weak’ Arizona GOP House speaker

Tuesday 2 August 2022 21:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Former president Donald Trump slammed speaker of Arizona’s state house Rusty Bowers after Mr Bowers’ repeated criticisms of the former president.

The former president criticised Mr Bowers on his social media platform Truth Social this week and called on Republican primary voters to vote him out in a GOP primary.

Eric Garcia reports.

Trump lashes out at ‘weak’ Arizona GOP House speaker after fierce criticism

Trump rails against GOP Rep impeachment voters

Tuesday 2 August 2022 20:55 , Oliver O'Connell

The former president marked today’s primaries by calling on the electorate to vote out “Impeachment Slime” Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dan Newhouse, and Peter Meijer.

He posted on Truth Social:

Knock out Impeachment Slime Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dan Newhouse, Peter Meijer, TODAY. The rest, including the now disgraced RINO, Liz Cheney, are either gone, or soon will be. Five are already quitters because they were so far behind. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

‘What a heinous human being’

Tuesday 2 August 2022 20:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough has torn into Donald Trump for his “heinous” remarks about imprisoned WNBA star Brittney Griner.

“We have Donald Trump calling Brittney Griner ‘spoiled,’ and we have Donald Trump talking about her, quote, ‘loaded up with drugs.’ There’s been no testimony, no evidence, no suggestion that she was, quote, ‘loaded up with drugs’,” Mr Scarborough said during the MSNBC show on Monday morning.

“It once again shows just what a terrible guy this is, what a heinous human being. How cruel it is. And you cannot help but wonder if he’s saying that because she’s a black basketball player,” the former Congressman added.

Morning Joe host tears into ‘heinous’ Trump over Brittney Griner criticism

Why is Pelosi’s Taiwan trip so contentious?

Tuesday 2 August 2022 19:55 , Oliver O'Connell

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the highest-level trip by a US official in 25 years, has sparked a diplomatic crisis between the US and China.

Beijing warned the United States that it was “playing with fire” if it allowed the speaker’s visit to take place, and even Joe Biden had cautioned against it.

So why is Ms Pelosi’s trip so controversial? Richard Hall reports.

Why is Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan so contentious?

Four things to watch in tonight’s primaries

Tuesday 2 August 2022 19:25 , Oliver O'Connell

Michigan, Kansas, Arizona and Missouri will all hold primary elections Tuesday evening. As usual, former president Donald Trump has made endorsements in multiple Republican primaries, hoping to expand his influence in the GOP as he promotes candidates who will spread his lies about the 2020 presidential election.

He might also be getting some help from Democrats in Michigan, as they hope to elevate an election-denier to beat a Republican congressman who voted to impeach Mr Trump. Meanwhile, Kansas will be the first test for abortion rights in a post-Roe v Wade world.

Here’s what to watch in tonight’s primaries.

Four things to watch in tonight’s primaries in Michigan, Missouri, Arizona and Kansas

Why is Pelosi, not Biden, visiting Taiwan?

Tuesday 2 August 2022 19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s US Air Force jet touched down at Taiwan’s Taipei Songshan airport, she became the highest-ranking American official to visit the island since Newt Gingrich in 1997.

Andrew Feinberg explains the significance of this high-level visit and why the president is not making the trip.

Why is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — not President Joe Biden — in Taiwan?

Voices: Senate Republicans lose control of the narrative on veterans’ bill

Tuesday 2 August 2022 18:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia writes:

In the past week, Senate Republicans have caught hell from the press, public opinion and from veteran activists, after 25 Republicans reversed their previous vote for the PACT Act. The act would have provided care for US veterans who were exposed to toxic exposure from burn pits.

Veterans have also seen a boost in publicity for their fight thanks to Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, who has been vocally railing against GOP Senators who opposed the legislation. But now, likely sensing that public opinion is not on their side, Republican Senators have a new line of complaint: Democrats started it.

Senate Republicans lose control of the narrative on veterans’ bill

Multiple candidates celebrate after Trump simply endorses ‘ERIC’

Tuesday 2 August 2022 18:05 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s endorsement in the Missouri GOP Senate primary turned a lot of heads late Monday, baffling supporters and critics alike.

The former president, facing down Tuesday’s primary election with only hours left to make an endorsement that could have an impact on the race, issued a statement Monday evening declaring his support behind the campaign of “ERIC”, without specifying which frontrunner he meant: former Governor Eric Greitens, or current Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

John Bowden reports.

Multiple candidates celebrate after Trump endorses ‘ERIC’ in Missouri Senate race

JD Vance finally on air in Ohio

Tuesday 2 August 2022 17:45 , Andrew Naughtie

JD Vance, who has metamorphosed from a critic of white working-class dependency and grievance to a vicious participant in the right’s culture wars, rocketed up the Ohio Senate primary polls earlier this year when Donald Trump endorsed him. Since winning the nomination, however, he has left many Republicans concerned with his approach to the race – or rather, his disengagement from it, visiting Israel without having launched a single post-primary TV ad.

That finally appears to be changing, with news that he and the GOP’s Senate campaign operation are buying up on-screen minutes at last.

Kevin Costner comes out for Liz Cheney

Tuesday 2 August 2022 17:20 , Andrew Naughtie

While filming Yellowstone in Wyoming, actor Kevin Costner donned a shirt supporting Jan 6 committee vice chair Liz Cheney – whom the conventional wisdom says is on track to lose her primary as she campaigns for re-election to the state’s at-large House seat.

Watch: AZ candidate Kari Lake refuses to explain election fraud claims

Tuesday 2 August 2022 17:09 , Andrew Naughtie

Kari Lake, the Trump-backed candidate leading the Republican pack in the Arizona gubernatorial primary, has become a zealous promoter of election fraud conspiracy theories, and not just about elections that have already been held. She now claims to have evidence of machinations to steal the current election from Trumpist candidates...but in the clip below, refuses to discuss those claims of illegality with the mainstream media.

Non-Eric Missouri candidate clings to faint hope

Tuesday 2 August 2022 16:36 , Andrew Naughtie

After Donald Trump decided to endorse two competing candidates named “Eric” in today’s Missouri Senate primary, other candidates were left high and dry. This hasn’t stopped Congressman Billy Long from half-jokingly trying to reinsert himself into the top tier as his candidacy fades from view:

Is Dr Oz collapsing in Pennsylvania?

Tuesday 2 August 2022 15:50 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump endorsed Dr Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary over the objections of many conservatives, and the controversial TV medic ultimately only just scraped through. Now, he seems to be struggling badly in the must-win race to hold a what’s currently a Republican seat.

The Independent’s Eric Garcia has this take on the latest polling.

Liz Cheney contradicts Fox News host on fake electors

Tuesday 2 August 2022 15:18 , Andrew Naughtie

Fox News host Mark Levin, a dependably pro-Trump commentator who has indulged conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, last night went on an extended on-air rant about the “electors” convened by Trump allies in late 2020 to form fake slates that could be submitted to Congress on 6 January 2021 in an effort to essentially throw out the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

Mr Levin’s view of this plan, he made clear, is that it is well within the bounds of acceptability.

You might not like it. You might think it’s weird, you might think it’s unethical, but it’s not a crime. So to criminalize politics, to criminalize many of these things that have gone on in this country through its history, to completely misunderstand what the Electoral College is all about. And when the election is finally over, which is why they meet on January 6, to make that decision is to take the criminal law process and project it on top of the Constitution to pervert it.

In response, Liz Cheney – vice chair of the Jan 6 committee – flatly contradicted him, emphasising that the evidence gathered and made public by her committee plainly details that those involved in the plot knew that it was illegal.

Accused Jan 6 rioter wants “death list” excluded from trial evidence

Tuesday 2 August 2022 14:30 , Andrew Naughtie

Thomas E. Caldwell, one of several members of the Oath Keepers militia facing charges over the 6 January Capitol attack, has asked a court to exclude several pieces of evidence from being introduced by the prosecution.

Among them are “any evidence” of various firearm-related actions, including purchases by other Oath Keeepers and “Quick Reaction Forces (QRFs) and guns that were located outside the District of Columbia at any time during the alleged conspiracy”. The filing also asks the court to exclude “A doodle pad—characterized by the Government as a “death list”—recovered from Caldwell’s residence on January 19, 2021.”

According to the government, the document “included the words ‘DEATH LIST’ handwritten across the top with the name of a Georgia election official, a purported family member of that official, and the county and state associated with that official all handwritten underneath.”

Read his full court filing here.

Trump-backed candidate compares abortion to Holocaust

Tuesday 2 August 2022 14:00 , Andrew Naughtie

The GOP nominee for Governor of Illinois, Darren Bailey, is in hot water for comments on abortion – ones that go further even than many right-wing Republicans are prepared to tread,

“I believe that abortion is one of the greatest atrocities of our day and I believe it’s one of the greatest atrocities probably forever,” he said in a video unearthed by nonprofit outlet The Forward. “The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion since its legalization.”

Read the report below.

Both Erics offer Trump their thanks

Tuesday 2 August 2022 13:30 , Andrew Naughtie

Eric Schmitt and Eric Greitens have spent months jockeying for Donald Trump’s endorsement in the Missouri Senate primary, and now they’ve both been handed nothing more than a first-name endorsement that fails to exclude either candidate from Mr Trump’s favours – arguably as momentous move than an actual endorsement.

Still, both of them are claiming his support as their own...

Trump calls WNBA star Brittney Griner ‘spoiled’

Tuesday 2 August 2022 13:00 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Donald Trump blasted the proposed prisoner swap between the US and Russia, involving WNBA star Brittney Griner and ex-marine Paul Whelan in exchange for Russian weapons dealer Viktor Bout.

“She knew you don’t go in there loaded up with drugs, and she admitted it”, Mr Trump said on The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.

Ms Griner has been in jail in Russia for months and is now on trial on drug charges.“It certainly doesn’t seem like a very good trade, does it?” the former president added, concerning Bout.

“He’s absolutely one of the worst in the world, and he’s going to be given his freedom because a potentially spoiled person goes into Russia loaded up with drugs.”

Read more here.

Trump calls Brittney Griner ‘spoiled’ and says he wouldn’t make deal for her release

Trump lashes out at ‘weak’ Arizona GOP House speaker after fierce criticism

Tuesday 2 August 2022 12:15 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Former president Donald Trump slammed speaker of Arizona’s state house Rusty Bowers after his repeated criticisms of the former president.

The former president criticised Mr Bowers on his social media platform Truth Social this week and called on Republican primary voters to vote him out in a GOP primary.

“Remember Arizona, your so-called ‘Speaker,’ Rusty (an appropriate name because he is Rusty, just like steel gets rusty and weak) Bowers, is absolutely terrible,” Mr Trump said.

“He is ‘weak’ and wrong on everything, including your horrible Open Border and your pathetic election ‘counting.’ Vote him out!”

Eric Garcia reports.

Trump lashes out at ‘weak’ Arizona GOP House speaker after fierce criticism

Marjorie Taylor Greene says she ‘would be honoured’ to join Trump on 2024 presidential ticket

Tuesday 2 August 2022 11:30 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has publicly come out in support of the notion that she could hitch a ride on Donald Trump’s potential bid for the presidency in 2024, stating that she’d be “honoured” to run alongside him as his vice-president.

“I think if he asked me I would definitely give that some strong consideration,” she said when asked by hosts during an interview on America’s Real Voice last week whether she’d be interested in being the twice-impeached president’s running mate.

“I love president Trump. I never hide that fact,” she added, emphasising how she has both a “great relationship” with the one-term president and speaks with him “frequently”.

Johanna Chisholm has more.

Marjorie Taylor Greene ‘would be honoured’ to join Trump on 2024 presidential ticket