Trump news – live: Trump in double legal bind on tax and Mar-a-Lago papers, as Ginni Thomas to speak on Jan 6

Fomer president Donald Trump speaking in Ohio

New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing Donald Trump and the Trump Organization for engaging in “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation” in preparing annual financial statements between 2011 and 2021.

The lawsuit says the fraud was approved at the highest levels of the company, including by Mr Trump himself as well as his children Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump. The fraud and misrepresentation also grossly inflated Mr Trump’s personal net worth by billions of dollars.

False and misleading statements were used “repeatedly and persistently” to induce banks to lend money on favourable terms, to satisfy loan covenants, and to induce insurers to provide coverage for higher limits and lower premiums.

The former presiden’s legal drama continued on Wednesday, as a federal appeals court held the Department of Justice can use the classified documents it seized in its search of Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of its ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, agreed on Wednesday to a voluntary interview with the January 6 committee in Congress.

Ms Thomas urged numerous top Trump administration officials and allies to challenge the 2020 election result.

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Michael Cohen thanks Letitia James for shout-out at Trump lawsuit announcement

Michael Cohen, the disbarred attorney for former president Donald Trump who has become a vocal critic of his former boss, thanked New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday after she acknowledged his role in revealing the misconduct that is now the subject of a $250m lawsuit against the Trump Organization.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

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Appeals court says Justice Department can use classified documents in criminal probe of Trump

A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a Florida federal judge’s order which effectively barred the Department of Justice from using classified documents found at former president Donald Trump’s Palm Beach home to further a criminal investigation into him and his associates.

Follow the details on this breaking news story here.

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Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice, agrees to voluntary interview with Jan 6 committee

Conservative activist Virginia Thomas, the wife of right-wing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to a voluntary interview with the January 6 committee.

Mark Paoletta, a lawyer for Ms Thomas said that she is “eager to answer the committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election.”

Ms Thomas reportedly contacted lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin, both vital swing states, as part of Donald Trump’s attempt to remain in office following his 2020 defeat to Joe Biden, according to the Associated Press.

The announcement that she will speak with the House committee investigating the violent pro-Trump insurrection comes after the panel announced it would hold its next, and possibly last, public hearing on 28 September.

Graeme Massie has the story.

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‘Let’s move on’: Fox News cuts away from Trump lawsuit press conference

Fox News abruptly cut away from a press conference held by New York Attorney General Letitia James after she announced the state was suing former President Donald Trump and his adult children for allegedly engaging in fraud.

The network was covering the live press conference but cut away just as Ms James was beginning to lay out the specific crimes the Trump family is being accused of committing.

Graig Graziosi watched the network’s coverage.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene launches 10-minute rant about being asked to help Ukraine

Marjorie Taylor Greene filmed a 10-minute rant complaining that she was being asked to support Ukraine in its war with Russia.

The Georgia lawmaker’s bizarre video from her congressional office came as Vladimir Putin announced the call-up of 300,000 Russian reservists and hinted he would think about using nuclear weapons.

But the QAnon-supporting congresswoman was more worried that a Ukrainian lobbyist had visited her office and left a letter, and a used Russian shell.

Graeme Massie reports.

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Pence hints at possible 2024 bid at Utah speaking engagement

Mike Pence, the former vice-president who a pro-Trump mob hoped to hang from a Capitol Hill gibbet, teased a possible campaign to be the next Republican chief executive on Wednesday while speaking to students at Utah Valley University.

One member of the audience asked Mr Pence whether he’ll be a candidate for the Republican nomination in 2024. Though he has recently been spotted in early primary states including Iowa and New Hampshire, the former Indiana governor declined to give a definitive answer.

Andrew Feinberg reports on what the former vice president said.

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203 GOP lawmakers try to vote down bill to make it harder to overthrow election

All but 11 Republicans voted down a measure in the House of Representatives to reform the Electoral Count Act to make sure that the presidential election results cannot be overthrown.

Republican Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming co-sponsored the legislation with Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren. Both members sit on the House select committee to investigate riot at the US Capitol on January 6.

Eric Garcia reports from Capitol Hill.

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How lawsuit penalties could cripple Trump businesses

Donald Trump and his family business are in serious legal and financial jeopardy, after New York attorney general Letitia James filed a $250m civil lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the Trump Organization of serially lying about the value of its assets to lenders and insurers to obtain financial benefits.

The suit, the result of an investigation that began in 2018, accuses the former president, his three eldest children, and the Trump Organization of breaking state laws and suggests that the conduct uncovered also goes against federal statues.

If Ms James is successful, the suit could kneecap the Trump business empire in New York and beyond.

Josh Marcus reports.

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Could a shuttered auto plant in Ohio doom Democrats from picking up a key Senate seat?

There were a lot of single-issue voters in Youngstown, Ohio, last weekend when Donald Trump and JD Vance rolled into town.

Thousands of the former president’s supporters poured into the Covelli Centre as the sun set over a warm summer evening, neglecting an intra-state matchup between Ohio State and Toledo which kicked off around the same time.

And though Mr Trump delivered one of his trademark rambling addresses, aiming denouncements at the “radical left” and the FBI for the ongoing investigation into his retention of apparently classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, there was one subject on the mind of just about everyone in the room: the 2019 retreat of General Motors from Lordstown, the massive industrial complex and auto plant just a few miles away.

John Bowden travelled to Youngstown for The Independent.

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After failing to change DNA with Covid, Michael Flynn claims globalists will try to turn humans into cyborgs

Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn has claimed that globalists will try to turn humans into cyborgs after failing to change their DNA with Covid vaccines.

The retired three-star general has become a leading figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory movement and has previously suggested that the US military consider a Myanmar-style coup.

Graeme Massie reports on this absolute insanity.

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