Trump news – live: Trump tax returns will be seen by Congress after Supreme Court decides against him

Donald Trump has finally lost his battle to block Democratic-led House committees from obtaining his tax returns, setting up a sprint by investigators with Democratic lawmakers to review them before the next Congress is sworn in.

Having sought for years to shield his tax returns from being released Mr Trump saw a final defeat on Tuesday, ironically at the hands of the conservative majority that he himself installed on the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in New York are awaiting a verdict in the tax fraud trial against the Trump Organization after resting their case on Monday following just two witnesses taking the stand.

And in Washington, Dr Anthony Fauci, the Trump Covid response team member-turned top target of the Maga right, gave his final White House press conference on Tuesday as he prepares to retire after more than five decades of government service. He remains a hate figure for many on the Trump-aligned right, though the former president declined to fire him from his administration.

Key points

  • SCOTUS denies Trump’s bid to shield tax returns from Congress

  • Trump reinstated to Twitter after two-year ban

  • Trump sees ‘no reason’ to get back on Twitter

  • AG Garland names war crimes prosecutor Jack Smith as Trump probes special counsel

  • Hitting out at ‘worst politicisation of justice’, Trump says: ‘I am not going to partake in it’

Mike Pence backed away from anti-LGBT figures before five killed in Colorado shooting

12:31 , John Bowden

Former vice president Mike Pence appeared to take a step back from his party’s hard-right wing stand in an interview that was taped just days before the deadly attack at a gay nightclub that has been blamed on a rising tide of anti-LGBT hate.

His pivot occurred during an interview with CBS’s Margaret Brennan; it’s since been reported that Mr Pence is actively staffing up in anticipation of a 2024 bid for the White House.

The former vice president and longtime conservative seemed to back away from the rhetoric that has been embraced by many far-right commentators such as Matt Walsh, Chris Rufo, and Tucker Carlson seeking to link LGBT Americans to pedophilia in prescient remarks that took place just days before the Colorado Springs shooting.

Read more in The Independent from John Bowden:

Mike Pence backed away from anti-LGBT figures before five killed in Colorado shooting

Jury begins deliberating in Oath Keepers sedition trial

12:00 , Andrew Naughtie

A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four associates, who are charged with seditious conspiracy — the most serious charge to emerge from January 6 and the attack on the Capitol thus far.

If convicted, the members of the right-wing militia will face up to 20 years in prison.

Read more about this high-profile case that could have serious implications for the Justice Department’s January 6 prosecutions going forward:

Jury begins deliberating in Oath Keepers sedition trial

Supreme Court sides with Congress in Trump taxes case

11:30 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump has finally lost his battle to block Democratic-led House committees from obtaining his tax returns, setting up a dead sprint by investigators with Democratic lawmakers to review them before the next Congress is sworn in.

The president had sought for years to shield his tax returns from being released to the House Ways and Means Committee, but on Tuesday saw a final defeat ironically at the hands of the conservative majority that he himself installed on the nation’s highest court.

The victory for House members on Tuesday means that Democratic lawmakers will have the rest of November and December to issue reports based on the findings from the tax returns before control of the committee is turned over to Republicans in January. Democrats will still be able to release reports beyond that date, but will lack the power of the committee to pursue further documents or other evidence.

John Bowden reports.

Supreme Court denies Trump’s bid to shield tax returns from Congress

Appeals panel appears inclined to toss out Trump special master order

10:30 , John Bowden

Donald Trump could be on the verge of a major defeat in his lawsuit against the Justice Department, filed in response to the search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago.

A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals appears poised to toss out a district judge’s order blocking the Department of Justice from using documents seized during the 8 August search of former president Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida home and office.

Read more:

‘What are we doing here?’ Judges look inclined to toss Trump special master order

Fauci gives ‘final message’ to Americans in last public briefing after 54 years of service

09:31 , John Bowden

Dr Anthony Fauci, the White House Covid response coordinator appointed by Donald Trump and later turned into an object of villainy by the conservative right, gave his last press conference as NIAID director on Tuesday.

Speaking to Americans in the role for the last time, he urged listeners to get vaccinated and keep taking common sense preventative measures against the Covid virus — even as fewer and fewer Americans are masking up and practicing social distancing.

At one point, the briefing was disrupted by a right-wing reporter who demanded time to ask questions about the virus’s origin.

Watch that moment below:

Chaos in final Fauci press conference as yelling reporter drowns out questions

Trump posts bizarre video manipulating famous movie scenes into fans fawning over him

08:30 , John Bowden

Former President Donald Trump regularly "re-truths" posts that sing his praises, but one of his most recent posts includes an edited video featuring a bizarre mashup of scenes from movies in which characters watch in rapturous glee as the former president gives speeches and brags about himself.

As the video rolls, scenes from films including Napoleon Dynamite, Forrest Gump, Gremlins, Kill Bill, Fargo, Ed Wood and more play out, showing characters gathering to watch Mr Trump boast about himself during campaign speeches and more "candid" public meet-and-greets.

Watch the strange video and read more about Mr Trump’s latest attempt to seek the praise of his followers in The Independent:

Trump posts bizarre video manipulating famous movie scenes into fans fawning over him

Conservatives complain about Trump special counsel wife’s links to Michelle Obama

07:30 , John Bowden

Donald Trump and his inner circle are up in arms over the appointment of Jack Smith, a career Justice Department prosecutor, to the role of special counsel determining whether the ex-president will face criminal charges.

A target for their ire is Mr Smith’s wife, who was discovered to have been a Democratic donor in 2020 and previously worked on a documentary based on a memoir from Michelle Obama.

Some say the issue parallels the left’s outrage over Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and her role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election before her husband would rule on cases involving the White House and January 6.

Read more in The Independent:

Conservatives complain about Trump special counsel wife’s links to Michelle Obama

GOP’s Kevin McCarthy threatens to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas over border

06:30 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy called on Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign over management of the US southern border with Mexico, warning that the new House Conservative majority will open investigations that could lead to impeachment proceedings.

Mr McCarthy, who is positioned to become the new House speaker when the new Congress convenes in January, said the Republican majority would use “the power of the purse and the power of the subpoena” to hold president Joe Biden’s administration accountable for border security.

“If secretary Majority does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure to determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry,” Mr McCarthy said at a press conference yesterday.

Read more here.

GOP's McCarthy threatens to impeach Mayorkas over border

States move to keep court from lifting Trump asylum policy

05:30 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

A coalition of conservative-leaning states is making a last-ditch effort to keep in place a Trump-era public health rule that allows many asylum seekers to be turned away at the southern US border.

Late Monday, the 15 states filed what’s known as a motion to intervene — meaning they want to become part of the legal proceedings surrounding the public health rule referred to as Title 42.

The rule, first invoked by Trump in 2020, uses emergency public health authority to allow the United States to keep migrants from seeking asylum at the border, based on the need to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

It is set to end on 21 December.

Judge warns Trump he needs to lawyer up days before E Jean Carroll expected to file rape case

04:20 , John Bowden

A federal judge warned Donald Trump to decide on his lawyers, and fast, ahead of a coming suit from writer E Jean Carroll accusing Mr Trump of raping her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.

The warning came on Tuesday, during a conference in a defamation suit Ms Carroll filed after Mr Trump called the writer’s allegations, first aired in an excerpt of her memoir published in New York magazine, false and an attempt to drum up publicity.

Read more in The Independent:

Judge warns Trump he needs to lawyer up before expected E Jean Carroll rape case

Why do Democrats care about Donald Trump’s tax returns?

03:20 , John Bowden

On Tuesday the Supreme Court dealt a final blow to Donald Trump in his years-long battle to shield his tax returns from Congress.

It was a victory for Democrats on an issue that seems almost antique now — the issue of Mr Trump’s finances took a back seat for many in the media and Democrats especially after January 6 and Mr Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

With the House Ways and Means Committee now set to receive copies of Mr Trump’s tax returns from numerous years, it’s worth looking back to refresh our memories of exactly why those documents are so important.

Why do Democrats care about Donald Trump’s tax returns?

Woman who accused Herschel Walker of paying for her abortion asks to meet

02:20 , John Bowden

The woman who accused Herschel Walker of pressuring her to have an abortion called on the Republican Senate nominee in Georgia to meet with her after she played audio of their phone calls.

On Tuesday, the woman, who went simply by Jane Doe, held a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred. Ms Allred called on Mr Walker to meet with her client anywhere in Georgia before the 6 December election.

Read more about the latest developments Tuesday in Georgia’s Senate race:

Herschel Walker accuser says he paid for abortion and called himself ‘your stud farm’

Ways and Means chairman vows investigation into Trump’s taxes

01:20 , John Bowden

Richard Neal, chairman of the power House committee looking into Donald Trump’s taxes, vowed that his committee would push forward with an investigation even though Democrats will only control the lower chamber for another month.

Mr Neal released a statement on Tuesday celebrating his committee’s victory over the former president at the Supreme Court.

Lindsey Graham testifies in Fulton County case

00:20 , John Bowden

Senator Lindsey Graham confirmed on Tuesday that he had given testimony to a grand jury in Fulton County investigating the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the election results in that state.

Mr Graham said in a brief statement that he wouldn’t comment on the content of his testimony, while calling the prosecutors courteous and professional. His testimony follows a months-long bid to escape it.

Read his statement below:

Conservatives complain about Trump special counsel wife’s links to Michelle Obama

Tuesday 22 November 2022 23:20 , John Bowden

Conservatives are furious after it was revealed that the wife of the prosecutor appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to determine whether Donald Trump will face any criminal charges is apparently a Democratic donor who was involved in a documentary about Michelle Obama.

Jack Smith, a career prosecutor at the Justice Department, was tapped by Mr Garland to make the decision regarding Mr Trump’s legal fate earlier this month. It notably followed the announcement by Mr Trump that he would seek the White House a third time.

Now, it’s been revealed through media reports that Katy Chevigny, Mr Smith’s wife, was a producer on the former first lady’s 2020 documentary Becoming, based on her memoir by the same name.

Read more:

Conservatives complain about Trump special counsel wife’s links to Michelle Obama

Georgia runoff: Why one Senate seat is crucial for Democrats

Tuesday 22 November 2022 22:20 , John Bowden

All eyes are on Georgia as the state’s hotly contested US Senate race heads to a runoff next month.

The race’s importance remains high, even as Democrats are now guaranteed a Senate majority for the next two years. Should they hold the seat currently occupied by Senator Raphael Warnock, the party will solidify its majority in the upper chamber to 51 votes even without the tiebreaker vote of the vice president.

On Tuesday, a woman came forward to detail her experience of having an abortion supposedly paid for by Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee, at a press conference hosted by Gloria Allred.

Read more about this key race in The Independent:

Georgia runoff: Why one Senate seat is crucial for Democrats

As Nancy Pelosi bows out, get ready for the era of Hakeem Jeffries

Tuesday 22 November 2022 21:22 , John Bowden

If Donald Trump returns to the White House in 2025, there’s a possibility that one of the Democrats who ran his first impeachment will be on the other side of the bargaining table.

Hakeem Jeffries, the congressman from New York, is set to take over as minority leader as Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week that she will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership.

Eric Garcia takes a look at what this means for Democrats in Congress as well as their Republican rivals in The Independent:

As Nancy Pelosi bows out, get ready for the era of Hakeem Jeffries

Herschel Walker accuser says ‘stud farm’ Georgia Republican paid for abortion

Tuesday 22 November 2022 20:42 , Oliver O'Connell

The woman who accused Herschel Walker of accompanying her when she had an abortion called on the Republican Senate nominee in Georgia to meet with her after she played audio of their phone calls.

The woman, who went simply by Jane Doe, held a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred. The press conference began with the two playing audio of when the two spoke on the phone when they reportedly carried on a multi-year relationship even as Mr Walker, then a player for the NFL, was married.

Eric Garcia reports on the lurid details.

Herschel Walker accuser says he paid for abortion and called himself ‘your stud farm’

BREAKING — SCOTUS denies Trump’s bid to shield tax returns from Congress

Tuesday 22 November 2022 20:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump has finally lost his battle to block Democratic-led House committees from obtaining his tax returns, setting up a dead sprint by investigators with Democratic lawmakers to review them before the next Congress is sworn in.

The president had sought for years to shield his tax returns from being released to the House Ways and Means Committee, but on Tuesday saw a final defeat ironically at the hands of the conservative majority that he himself installed on the nation’s highest court.

John Bowden has the latest from Washington, DC.

Supreme Court denies Trump’s bid to shield tax returns from Congress

Chaotic scenes in final Fauci White House presser as yelling reporter drowns out questions

Tuesday 22 November 2022 19:51 , John Bowden

A chaotic scene erupted during the Dr Anthony Fauci’s final press conference on Tuesday when a reporter began shouting over his colleagues and demanding that White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre take a question about the origins of Covid-19.

Dr Fauci, the outgoing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, had just finished discussing the state of the Covid-19 pandemic and stepped back to wait for questions when a number of journalists began shouting their queries.

Watch the exchange below, and read more here:

Gisele Fetterman blames Fox News for inbox full of threats since husband took office: ‘It’s not normal’

Tuesday 22 November 2022 19:00 , John Bowden

The wife of Senator-elect John Fetterman says that she has been flooded with hateful messages after Fox News’s primetime opinion hosts began fixating on her.

Gisele Barreto Fetterman says that the wave of hate that she has experienced following her husband’s defeat of Trump-endorsed Dr Mehmet Oz has been like nothing she or her husband have ever previously experienced. Fox News’s opinion side began very personal coverage of Ms Fetterman in the days after the election, with hosts implying that she is pulling the strings behind her husband.

“Since entering the Capitol for training, my inbox has been completely filled with threats and horrible things. And that’s because I’ve been a non-stop loop on Fox News,” she says.

Read more:

Gisele Fetterman blames Fox News for inbox full of threats since husband took office

Trump asks judge for unsealed version of affidavit supporting the search of Mar-a-Lago

Tuesday 22 November 2022 18:34 , John Bowden

Donald Trump on Tuesday took another step to defend himself from one of the growing number of legal battles he is currently being forced to wage against a number of various agencies, including the Department of Justice.

His attorneys have requested that the affidavit used to justify a search warrant for Mr Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, be unsealed.

The judge overseeing his lawsuit against the DoJ, filed in response to the raid, has in the past made rulings favourable to Mr Trump’s defence team including the appointment of a special master to review the records recovered from Mar-a-Lago.

Fauci says he’ll cooperate with any GOP investigations

Tuesday 22 November 2022 17:50 , John Bowden

Dr Anthony Fauci said at his final press briefing on Tuesday that he would comply with any requests from a GOP-led House for testimony or documents as Republicans gear up for a series of politically-charged investigation in the lower chamber.

The GOP has long seethed at Dr Fauci’s comments about mask-wearing, stay-at-home guidelines and vaccines, to name just a few; some have also latched on to reports about federal medical testing involving dogs and used the issue as a convenient vessel for scoring political points against a hated enemy.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre offered some final words of praise for Dr Fauci on Tuesday, saying: “For so many Americans throughout our fight with COVID, Dr. Fauci has been a source of information and facts. But Dr. Fauci has leadership and legacy stretch far beyond the past couple of years as you all have known him. It it actually goes back even further as I was just stating, whether it be HIV AIDS, Ebola or COVID-19. For close to four decades, and under seven Republican and Democratic presidents Dr. Fauci has always led with the science in our country is stronger and healthier because of his leadership.”

Trump’s foe Fauci hits back at critics at final press briefing

Tuesday 22 November 2022 17:28 , John Bowden

Dr Anthony Fauci gave his last press conference as NIAID chief on Tuesday, appearing alongside White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at her daily news briefing.

At the event, Dr Fauci responded to those who had met his advice on preventing and treading Covid-19 with mockery, telling reporters he had no regrets even after the conservative right led by Donald Trump began a campaign to villify not only him but all doctors and nearly all public health advice.

“What I would like people to remember about what I’ve done is that every day for all of those years, I’ve given it everything that I have and I’ve never left anything on the field. So if they want to remember me whether they judge rightly or wrongly what I’ve done I gave it all I got for many decades,” he told reporters.

Prosecution rests in Trump Organization tax fraud case after just two witnesses

Tuesday 22 November 2022 16:15 , John Bowden

The New York City prosecutors hoping to convict former president Donald Trump’s eponymous real estate and licensing company of violating state tax laws by paying for apartments, cars and other benefits to top executives without reporting the cost as compensation finished presenting their case against the Trump Organization on Monday.

Prosecutors rested their case earlier than expected after presenting testimony from two of the company’s top executives over the last eight days in court.

Some analysts watching the case said that the development was a sign of the confidence that the prosecution had in its case.

Read more:

Prosecution rests in Trump Organization tax fraud case after just two witnesses

Are the House GOP gearing up to investigate Mayorkas?

Tuesday 22 November 2022 15:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Under the leadership Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican Party has spent months promising to use its control of committees to mount aggressive investigations of multiple members of the Biden administration, as well as the president’s family. And as Mr McCarthy tries to shore himself up for the speaker election on 3 January, he appears to be preparing to name a first name: the secretary of homeland security.

Mar-a-Lago: Trump team and DOJ go head-to-head in court

Tuesday 22 November 2022 15:15 , Andrew Naughtie

Today will see the Department of Justice and Donald Trump’s representatives appearing before a three-judge panel to argue over whether or not to retain. the special counsel appointed to review the 20,000-plus pages of material retrieved from the ex-president’s residence this summer. The special master was requested by the Trump team this summer in what many critics regarded as an attempt to slow the investigation down, and the request was granted by Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon.

However, the DOJ is now trying to get the special master’s review thrown out. It will be arguing its case before a panel of judges also appointed by Mr Trump – two of whom have nonetheless sided against Mr Trump in the matter already.

New poll shows Walker behind in Georgia

Tuesday 22 November 2022 14:45 , Andrew Naughtie

With the Georgia Senate runoff two weeks away, Trump-backed Republican nominee Herschel Walker is struggling to make up ground in his attempt to unseat Democrat Raphael Warnock – who if re-elected will provide his party with a crucial 51st vote in the US Senate.

In the first round of the election on 8 November, Mr Warnock fell just 0.6 points short of winning 50 per cent of the vote and thus avoiding a runoff. The latest poll’s four-point margin represents a substantial improvement – and his comfortable lead among independents spells trouble for Mr Walker’s efforts to expand his voter base.

The former NFL star’s campaign has been dogged by personal scandals and revelations that the candidate lied about major elements of his CV and educational history. He has also repeatedly come out with bizarre and confused statements that his campaign staff have struggled to explain (to the extent they’ve tried). Johanna Chisholm reports on a recent example:

Herschel Walker references vampires and werewolves in bizarre speech

ICYMI: Ivanka Trump ‘tried to escape judge’s order’ in Trump Organization probe

Tuesday 22 November 2022 14:15 , Andrew Naughtie

Former White House aide Ivanka Trump attemped to wriggle her way out of a court order appointing a special monitor to oversee the major transactions of the Trump Organization and individuals with connections to the company, according to The Daily Beast.

The news outlet reported on Monday that the ex-president’s eldest daughter sought through letters from her attorneys to the court to have her name removed from the order, a step that her two brothers Eric and Donald Jr did not take as the New York attorney general’s lawsuit against the company progresses.

She was unsuccessful, according to The Daily Beast, which did not report the reasoning that Ms Trump gave for attempting to separate herself from the case – though it could likely have something to do with the fact that she left the company in 2017 to join her father’s administration.

John Bowden reports:

Ivanka Trump tried to escape judge’s order to monitor family finances, report says

Kari Lake shares bizarre Trump ad

Tuesday 22 November 2022 13:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who is still baselessly alleging she was deprived of victory by organised election fraud, has shared a decidedly strange ad compiling some of the most memorable moments of Donald Trump’s political career with a montage of movie clips in which characters huddle enraptured in front of TVs.

Adding to the ad’s odd flavour is that many of the Trump clips she’s chosen come from his most controversial moments, such as his amicable hangout with Kim Jong-un, his elbowing past world leaders at a key summit, and his encounter in the oval office with a Maga-hatted Kanye West – now persona non grata in mainstream discourse after he threatened to “go death con three on Jewish people”.

Elon Musk lifts ban on Donald Trump's Twitter account

Tuesday 22 November 2022 13:15 , Andrew Naughtie

Elon Musk has lifted the ban on Donald Trump’s Twitter account as part of his takeover of the social media platform.

The former president originally had more than 80m followers before his account was permanently suspended in 2021 for inciting violence in the wake of the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

On Friday, 18 November, Mr Musk polled Twitter users to determine whether to reinstate Mr Trump’s account, acknowledging that the vote was being affected by automated bots.

Elon Musk lifts ban on Donald Trump's Twitter account

Woman convicted of storming Pelosi’s office during Capitol riot

Tuesday 22 November 2022 12:45 , Andrew Naughtie

A Pennsylvania woman linked to the far-right “Groyper” extremist movement was convicted Monday of several federal charges after prosecutors said she was part of a group that stormed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s office during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Riley June Williams was found guilty of six federal counts, including civil disorder.

Woman convicted of storming Pelosi's office in Jan. 6 attack

Manhattan prosecutors said to be re-examining Trump hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels

Tuesday 22 November 2022 12:15 , Andrew Naughtie

Prosecutors working under Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr are reportedly re-examining whether criminal charges can be brought against former president Donald Trump as a result of $130,000 payment his company made to cover up his affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

According to the New York Times, Mr Bragg’s office has recently sought to jump-start a long-dead investigation into the payments, which federal prosecutors used as evidence to prosecute Mr Trump’s ex-attorney, Michael Cohen, for campaign finance law violations.

Andrew Feinberg has the details.

Manhattan prosecutors re-examining Trump’s Stormy Daniels hush-money payments: report

Ted Cruz likens special counsel appointment to “banana republic” politics

Tuesday 22 November 2022 11:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Since he entered politics as a presidential candidate in 2015, Donald Trump has become fixated on the idea that he is the target of persecution by an array of political enemies hellbent on weaponising the “deep state” against him. (At least, that’s the claim he often makes; whether he believes it or not is debatable to say the least.) His followers and supporters too are increasingly likening the Justice Department’s investigations of him to the vindictive politicking seen in “banana republics”, where political power consists in deploying law enforcement entities against enemies:

Giving the lie to this analysis is that Mr Trump rose to power in large part by demonising Hillary Clinton as a criminal, threatening her with jail to her face and leading crowds in chants of “lock her up!”

Prosecution rests in Trump Organization tax fraud case

Tuesday 22 November 2022 11:15 , Andrew Naughtie

Prosecutors in the Trump Organization’s criminal tax fraud trial rested their case on Monday earlier than expected, pinning hopes for convicting Donald Trump’s company largely on the word of two top executives who cut deals before testifying they schemed to avoid taxes on company-paid perks.

Allen Weisselberg, the company’s longtime finance chief, and Jeffrey McConney, a senior vice president and controller, testified for the bulk of the prosecution’s eight-day case, bringing the drama of their own admitted wrongdoing to a trial heavy on numbers, spreadsheets, tax returns and payroll records.

Prosecution rests in Trump Organization’s tax fraud case

Report: Ivanka Trump tried to escape judge’s order to monitor Trump family finances

Tuesday 22 November 2022 10:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Former White House aide Ivanka Trump attemped to wriggle her way out of a court order appointing a special monitor to oversee the major transactions of the Trump Organization and individuals with connections to the company, according to The Daily Beast.

John Bowden has the story.

Ivanka Trump tried to escape judge’s order to monitor family finances, report says

Oath Keepers trial a major test for Justice Department

Tuesday 22 November 2022 08:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Hundreds of people have been convicted in the Capitol riot attack that left dozens of officers injured, sent lawmakers running for their lives and shook the foundations of American democracy. Now jurors in the case against the Oath Keepers will decide, for the first time, whether the actions of any January 6 defendants amount to seditious conspiracy — a rarely used charge that carries both significant prison time and political weight.

Was it sedition? Jan. 6 trial a major test for Justice Dept.

Growing list of challengers to Trump’s 2024 White House run — but might history repeat itself?

Tuesday 22 November 2022 06:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Memories of the tumultuous 2016 Republican primary hung over the Las Vegas ballroom this weekend during the first major gathering of the party's potential contenders for the 2024 nomination.

No fewer than 10 White House prospects stepped onto the stage to pitch their plans to fix the nation — and their party. The details varied, but within most speeches was an extraordinary sense of defiance rarely seen since former President Donald Trump seized control of the Republican Party six years ago.

Their central message: Trump can and should be beaten.

But haven’t we seen this before?

Trump's growing GOP challengers revive fears of 2016 repeat

Despite her defeat, Trump says Kari Lake’s election race ‘not over yet’

Tuesday 22 November 2022 04:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Days after Kari Lake’s defeat in the Arizona governor’s race, Donald Trump said that she went through “an incredible election” and claimed that “it’s not over yet”.

Speaking at an event, he claimed that “there were a lot of broken voting machines” and alleged that those were in “largely Republican areas.”

Maroosha Muzaffar reports.

Trump says Kari Lake’s election race ‘not over yet’ despite her defeat

Barr: ‘Increasingly likely’ Trump will be indicted on criminal charges

Tuesday 22 November 2022 03:40 , Oliver O'Connell

It is “increasingly likely” that Donald Trump will be “legitimately” indicted on criminal charges by the Justice Department, Bill Barr has said.

While speaking on PBS, the Republican former attorney general was asked about the legal danger facing the former president in light of a probe into sensitive documents the FBI found hidden at Mar-a-Lago.

“I personally think that they probably have the basis for legitimately indicting the president... I think it’s becoming increasingly more likely,” he said.

The comments came as current AG Merrick Garland installed a special counsel to oversee investigations into Mr Trump.

‘Increasingly likely’ Trump will be indicted on criminal charges, says Bill Barr