Trump news – live: Trump foe Fauci hits critics at final press briefing and prosecution rests in fraud investigation

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Dr Anthony Fauci, the Trump Covid response team member-turned top target of the Maga right, gave his final press conference on Tuesday as director of the nation’s top agency for combatting infectious disease.

Dr Fauci’s tenure at NIAID led to his celebration as a hero among Democrats and many other Americans who looked to him as the prime source for information about the government’s efforts to fight Covid-19. However, the public health guidelines that he endorsed (but was not responsible for enforcing) led to him being villified by right-wingers who spread misinformation and lies about various treatments for the disease as well as preventative measures.

His embrace of measures including stay-at-home advisories was a sore spot for conservatives including Donald Trump who quickly turned on his adviser and joined in the villification of him and other health professionals, exacerbating a trend of violence and dangerous sentiment that led to confrontations in hospitals and some doctors and nurses leaving the field entirely at a time when shortages exist in both fields.

Elsewhere this week, 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.

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Fauci says he’ll cooperate with any GOP investigations

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.”

John Bowden22 November 2022 17:50

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

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.

John Bowden22 November 2022 17:28

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

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.

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

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.

John Bowden22 November 2022 16:15

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Are the House GOP gearing up to investigate Mayorkas?

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.

Andrew Naughtie22 November 2022 15:45

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

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.

Andrew Naughtie22 November 2022 15:15

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New poll shows Walker behind in Georgia

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:

Andrew Naughtie22 November 2022 14:45

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

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:

Andrew Naughtie22 November 2022 14:15

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Kari Lake shares bizarre Trump ad

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”.

Andrew Naughtie22 November 2022 13:45

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Elon Musk lifts ban on Donald Trump’s Twitter account

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

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. Sign up for our newsletters.

Andrew Naughtie22 November 2022 13:15

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Woman convicted of storming Pelosi’s office during Capitol riot

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.

Andrew Naughtie22 November 2022 12:45

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