Trump news – live: Ex-president promises to deport ‘millions and millions’ if re-elected in 2024

Trump claims he can declassify top secret documents just ‘by thinking about it’

Former president Donald Trump has said that he would deport “millions and millions” of immigrants if he were re-elected in 2024.

During an interview with Fox News, when the host Sean Hannity asked him “if you were to win and became president… how long do you believe you could get things back to where you had it when you left?” the former president said: “Very quickly, except for one thing: millions of people are in our country now that shouldn’t be here. Many of them are prisoners, criminals.”

When the host asked him “would you deport them?” he responded: “The bad ones I would deport. Millions and millions of people have… they’re poisoning our country. They’re poisoning – I’d like to be nice about it.”

In other news, Mr Trump’s attorneys have been ordered to say one way or the other whether they actually believe the FBI planted incriminating evidence in the documents seized from Mr Trump’s home – or whether the former president is merely bluffing to save face.

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Trump claims ‘most’ FBI agents voted for him despite accusing agency of bias

Mr Trump’s back-and-forth support for law enforcement continues, as he claimed on Fox News this week that “most of the people within the FBI” — outside of “top groups” — “probably voted for Trump”.

It’s a somewhat bizarre claim given that just a few weeks ago, Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise was on the same network claiming that “rogue” FBI agents may have been behind the raid of Mar-a-Lago.

The former president’s latest claim was part of a rambling, off-the-rails interview with Sean Hannity, his first face-to-face sitdown interview since FBI agents raided his home for classified materials.

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Trump promises to deport ‘millions’ if reelected

Former president Donald Trump said that he would deport millions of immigrants if he were re-elected in 2024.

During an interview with Fox News, when the host Sean Hannity asked him “if you were to win and became president… how long do you believe you could get things back to where you had it when you left?” the former president said: “Very quickly, except for one thing: millions of people are in our country now that shouldn’t be here. Many of them are prisoners, criminals.”

When the host asked him “would you deport them?” he responded: “The bad ones I would deport. Millions and millions of people have… they’re poisoning our country. They’re poisoning – I’d like to be nice about it.”

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Explainer: Declassification in spotlight during Trump probe

In the weeks since the FBI searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate and seized about 100 documents with classification markings, the former president has insisted he had declassified the information. Presidents do have broad authority to declassify material, experts say, but there is a detailed process unlike what Trump described.

Read the full piece on how declassification works here:

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Bank directors urge firing of Trump official in ethics probe

Senior officials from the Inter-American Development Bank on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend firing a former Trump official as president of the Washington-based institution, it was reported.

Associated Press said that the move came after an investigation conducted at the bank board’s request determined that Mauricio Claver-Carone violated ethics rules by favouring a top aide with whom he had a romantic relationship.

A person familiar with the vote, said that the ultimate decision to fire Mr Claver-Carone now is with the finance officials who sit on the Board of Governors representing all 48 of the bank’s member nations.

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NY probe found potential crimes. Why isn’t Trump in cuffs?

New York’s attorney general says her three-year investigation of former President Donald Trump uncovered potential crimes in the way he ran his real estate empire, including allegations of bank and insurance fraud. So why isn’t Trump being prosecuted?

The state’s law is complicated. Letitia James, the attorney general, is bound by restrictions on what criminal investigations she can actually launch herself without partnering with local prosecutors. And those investigations have yet to bear fruit against Mr Trump himself, though his CFO Allen Weisselberg last month plead guilty to felony charges.

Read more about the intricacies of the New York investigations in The Independent:

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Trump flinging paper towels at Puerto Rico residents resurfaces as Biden pledges full support after hurricane

Videos of Donald Trump tossing paper towels into a crowd of Puerto Rico residents in October 2017 have resurfaced on social media, as president Joe Biden pledged full support for the island, which has once again been struck by a natural disaster.

Read the full story by Gustaf Kilander here:

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Three key questions Ginni Thomas must answer in January 6 panel interview

Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is set to give unprecedented testimony to the Jan 6 panel regarding her role in the effort to overturn the 2020 election.

Her involvement in the pro-Trump scheme has cast a massive shadow on the work of the Supreme Court, which already faced historic concerns about its legitimacy from the American public.

There are several questions that Ms Thomas is in a unique position to answer, both regarding her own activities as well as those of White House staff in the weeks leading up to the attack as well as the day of January 6 itself.

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Trump’s legal woes mount without protection of presidency

Donald Trump’s growing storm of legal battles illustrates just how much protection he was being afforded as president — and how that all has come to an end.

Mr Trump’s own attorneys have illustrated that fact as they have refused to support their own client’s argument that any of the documents seized by FBI agents were declassified (so far).

Read more in The Independent about the evolving nature of Donald Trump’s post-presidential legal defences:

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How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez inadvertently sparked the New York attorney general’s Trump lawsuit

As New York’s attorney general announces a massive civil lawsuit aimed at holding Donald Trump accountable for allegedly fraudulent business practices, the spotlight is returning to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her questioning of a former Trump ally that led to this week’s news.

In 2019, Mr Cohen testified against his former boss before the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. At the time, Ms Ocasio-Cortez asked questions about whether Mr Trump ever provided inflated assets to an insurance company.

Letitia James acknowledged Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s role this week, declaring: “I will remind everyone that this investigation only started after Michael Cohen, the former lawyer, his former lawyer, testified before Congress and shed light on this misconduct.”

Read more in The Independent:

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Pro-Trump host Alex Jones shouts ‘I’m done apologising’ at Sandy Hook parents crying in court

The second defamation trial of Alex Jones got off to a rocky start this week as the beleaguered Infowars host continues to face comeuppance for abetting years’ worth of right-wing harassment at the families of slain elementary schoolers.

The courtroom in Connecticut descended into chaos on Thursday as the far-right conspiracy theorist took the stand in his defamation case and refused to acknowledge any responsibility for causing a decade of harassment to the victims’ families.

“I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times. And I’m done saying sorry,” he shouted across the courtroom.

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