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Donald Trump vows to stay in 2024 race if he faces criminal charges
A federal judge ordered Donald Trump’s attorney Evan Corcoran to give evidence before a grand jury regarding conversations he had with the former president relating to the trove of classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida. The ruling pierces attorney-client privilege the pair would have otherwise been protected by.
Meanwhile, Law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels are preparing for the possibility that Mr Trump may be indicted as early as next week in relation to the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, according to NBC News.
New York prosecutors are expected to reach a decision soon as to whether Mr Trump should face criminal charges. In a sign that his campaign is worried about a possible indictment, they released a statement attacking the Manhattan DA’s office.
Meanwhile on social media, Mr Trump triumphantly returned to Facebook and posted no less than eight videos to his Truth Social account on Friday. Earlier, YouTube announced an end to his ban from the platform. The video-sharing site and all other social media sites de-platformed the former president in the aftermath of the Capitol riot on 6 January 2021 for inciting violence.
Judge rules Trump lawyer must give evidence on conversations with ex-president in Mar-a-Lago probe
The chief judge of the Washington, DC federal district court has ordered Evan Corcoran, the Maryland-based attorney who represented former president Donald Trump in the weeks leading up to the 8 August FBI search of his Palm Beach, Florida property, to give evidence before a grand jury regarding conversations he had with Mr Trump about efforts to find and return classified documents to the US government.
According to multiple reports, Judge Beryl Howell granted a request made by Jack Smith, the DOJ special counsel supervising multiple probes into Mr Trump, to pierce the attorney-client privilege Mr Corcoran would normally enjoy as a member of the ex-president’s legal team.
Andrew Feinberg has the latest from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2023 21:00
YouTube to lift Trump ban
YouTube has reversed its ban on Donald Trump, and he will be allowed to post videos once again.
Mr Trump was banned from posting on YouTube in the wake of 6 January, when it joined other platforms such as Twitter and Facebook amid fears his account could be used to promote violence.
Many of those platforms have already reversed their bans. He has been allowed back on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Andrew Griffin reports.
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2023 20:45
Trump spokesperson responds to judge ruling on Mar-a-Lago papers probe
Donald Trump’s spokesperson responds to Judge Beryl Howell’s ruling that his lawyer Evan Corcoran must give additional testimony regarding the Mar-a-Lago classified documents probe, piercing attorney-client privilege.
Whenever prosecutors target the attorneys, that’s usually a good indication their underlying case is very weak. If they had a real case, they wouldn’t need to play corrupt games with the Constitution. Every American has the right to consult with counsel and have candid discussions — this promotes adherence to the law. We will fight the Department of Justice on this front and all others that jeopardize fundamental American rights and values. Interfering with Americans’ right to an attorney is a serious and weighty matter. For a judge to do so in violation of due process, without allowing for any real hearing, and within a few hours of her expiration date — as chief judge supervising the grand jury — is unAmerican.
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2023 20:33
Trump returns to Facebook with first post since January 6 Capitol riot
“Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business.”
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2023 20:21
Trump: Biden leading us toward a great depression
In his eighth video of the day, Donald Trump accuses Joe Biden of leading the US toward a great depression and that last week’s bank failures “no one believed possible”, saying there should be no bailouts.
He vows that when he is back in the White House he will “immediately unleash energy production, slash regulations like I did just three years ago and repeal Biden’s tax hikes to get inflation down as fast as possible”.
Mr Trump conveniently sidesteps noting that part of the reason for last week’s bank failures was his slashing of regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis.
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2023 20:15
Judge order Trump lawyer to give additional testimony about Mar-a-Lago papers
A federal judge has ordered Donald Trump’s attorney Evan Corcoran to give additional testimony as part of the investigation into the former president’s handling of classified documents, according to reports.
Mr Corcoran has the potential to become one of the most crucial witnesses in special counsel Jack Smith’s criminal investigation into the Mar-a-Lago documents probe and the possible obstruction of justice.
District Judge Beryl Howell said in an order under seal that Justice Department prosecutors have met the threshold for the crime-fraud exception for Corcoran, a source told CNN.
Mr Trump’s lawyers have been trying to hold off investigators from learning about direct conversations between the former president and his closest advisers. Mr Corcoran had previously argued attorney-client privilege, but the DOJ argued that his discussions with Mr Trump may have been part of an attempt to plan a crime.
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2023 19:59
Trump claims Apple temporarily removed Jan 6 song from iTunes chart
Donald Trump claims Apple temporarily removed his number one song “Justice for all” from the iTunes chart. He posted on Truth Social
Apple temporarily removed the Number One song on the iTunes Chart, “Justice For All.” Doing massive business, beating every other song, so why was it removed? They said it is going back up. BUT GUESS WHAT REPLACED IT AT #1? “TRUMP WON,” by Natasha Owens. I’m sure the Radical Left Is happy about that!
A quick check of the chart shows Taylor Swift has come to the rescue of the “radical left”.
1 NEW Taylor Swift – All Of The Girls You Loved Before
2 NEW Taylor Swift – If This Was A Movie (Taylor’s Version)
3 NEW Jimin – Set Me Free, Pt. 2
4 NEW Taylor Swift – Eyes Open (Taylor’s Version)
5 NEW Taylor Swift, Joy Williams & John Paul White – Safe & Sound (Taylor’s Version)
6 -5 Natasha Owens – Trump Won
7 -4 Donald J. Trump & J6 Prison Choir – Justice for All
8 -4 Miley Cyrus – Flowers
9 -4 Morgan Wallen – Last Night
10 NEW Hozier – Eat Your Young
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2023 19:45
Only one Jan 6 clip broadcast by Tucker Carlson was reviewed by Capitol Police
Politico reports that House Republicans repeatedly ignored the Capitol Police’s requests to review and approve any January 6 security footage that would be released to the public, according to a sworn affidavit filed on Friday.
Just one clip out of 40 that were broadcast on Fox News by Tucker Carlson was previewed by the Capitol Police and approved for transmission, Capitol Police general counsel Thomas DiBiase said in the court filing.
The remainder, he said, were “never shown to me nor anyone else from the Capitol Police”.
The six-page affidavit is part of a Capitol riot criminal case and within it Mr DiBiase describes the timeline over which House Republicans were given access to the 41,000 hours of footage captured as pro-Trump rioters stormed Congress.
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2023 19:37
Trump revels in his achievements for farmers and makes it awkward
Donald Trump posted another video (the seventh today) reveling in his achievements for farmers in battling China and doing away with death taxes on farms.
It wouldn’t be a Trump video without some level of awkward phrasing or bizarre overemphasis — watch below as he makes a point of telling farmers wondering about estate planning: “If you don’t love your children so much — and there are some people who don’t and maybe deservedly so — it won’t matter, because frankly, you don’t have to leave them anything.”
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2023 19:14
Trump’s fate could be decided by Brett Kavanaugh’s former roommate
The new chief judge at the District Court in Washington, DC who will oversee the special counsel investigations into former President Donald Trump by the Department of Justice was once a roommate of Trump Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh while they were at law school.
Judge James Boasberg, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, has been lauded by both Republican and Democratic presidents in the past and he has also overseen some legal proceedings in connection to the insurrection on January 6, 2021, as he placed one defendant under home confinement, according to Newsweek.
Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2023 18:45