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Third Trump call in Georgia emerges, as Stormy Daniels questioned over pay-off – live

Donald Trump vows to stay in 2024 race if he faces criminal charges

Porn actor Stormy Daniels met with prosecutors at the request of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Monday, her attorney confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. She responded to questions relating to Donald Trump’s role in hush money payments made to her during the 2016 election campaign. Ms Daniels has agreed to make herself available as a witness.

Mr Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen also concluded his testimony as investigators continue to ramp up the probe.

The former president’s lawyer Joseph Tacopina reached for MSNBC host Ari Melber’s papers live on air as they argued over the case against the former president on Tuesday night. Mr Melber was reading from a transcript of Mr Trump saying that he didn’t know of the payment to Ms Daniels to prevent her from going public with her claim about their 2006 affair.

Meanwhile, exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, an ally of far-right activist and former Trump aide Steve Bannon, was arrested and charged by federal prosecutors in connection with a sprawling fraud case.

He owned the 152-foot-long yacht on which Bannon was arrested in August 2020 and helped found a media group that also is under a separate federal investigation.


Paris Hilton admits she ‘pretended’ to vote for Trump in 2016

Paris Hilton has addressed her controversial fib about having voted for former US President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

During an interview with an Australian TV station days after Trump won the election, the American media personality said that she had voted for the Republican nominee, who she said she’s known “since she was a little girl”.

Now she has admitted the full truth, as Inga Parkel reports.

Oliver O’Connell16 March 2023 02:45


Early GOP 2024 field divided by Ukraine support

Former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are emerging as leading rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. But when it comes to Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine, they are united in arguing that stopping the aggression isn’t a vital US strategic interest.

This puts them at odds with many others in the Republican Party.

Divide on Ukraine support emerges in early 2024 GOP field

Former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are emerging as leading rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, but when it comes to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, they are united in arguing that stopping the aggression isn’t a vital U.S. strategic interest

Oliver O’Connell16 March 2023 01:45


How the Stormy Daniels hush money payment that could lead to first Trump charges

Former President Donald Trump has been out of office for two years, and is already itching to go back.

But one figure from his first run for president has refused to go away, and may end up being a major headache for him as he pursues a third White House bid.

We’re talking, of course, about adult film star Stormy Daniels, also known by her real name, Stephanie Clifford. Ms Daniels made headlines in 2018 when she came forward with an allegation that she had been in a romantic extramarital relationship with the president in 2006, and had been threatened and later bribed to keep her mouth shut.

At the time, the basis of her claim took on an interesting angle thanks to a lawsuit she filed against then-President Donald Trump. Alleging that the hush agreement was invalid because Mr Trump had not signed it, she sued him and triggered what would become a years-long investigation into whether the scheme was legal at all points. That question remains unanswered today, as Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is reportedly considering charges against the former president and possibly others as part of the long-running probe into the 2016 payment.

Let’s go back to the beginning, and look at the major milestones of the Trump-Stormy relationship:

Oliver O’Connell16 March 2023 00:45


Study shows Fox News now referencing DeSantis more than Trump

Hosts and guests appearing on air on the right-wing network mentioned Mr Trump more than Mr DeSantis every week until last week when the Florida governor was mentioned 177 times and Mr Trump 142 times, according to Media Matters, which noted that the shift may reveal a change in focus towards the 44-year-old governor as he gears up to announce his expected run for president.

Gustaf Kilander has the details.

Oliver O’Connell15 March 2023 23:45


Another recording surfaces of Trump’s 2020 pressure campaign in Georgia

A special grand jury in Georgia reportedly heard a recording of Donald Trump attempting to get then-state House Speak David Ralston to convene a special session of the legislature to overturn Joe Biden’s narrow 2020 election win in the state.

Ralston, who has since passed away, reportedly deflected the outgoing president’s request, allegedly telling Mr Trump, “I will do everything in my power that I think is appropriate,” according to jurors who spoke with the Altanta Journal-Constitution, which first reported the news of the call.

A special session was never called, though Republicans in the state did organise a plan to serve as unauthorised fake electors and cast their votes in the Electoral College for Donald Trump, even though Mr Biden won the state’s vote.

More details in our full story.

Josh Marcus15 March 2023 23:45


Trump-appointed judge presides over high-stakes abortion drug case

An imminent decision from US District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk to potentially block access to mifepristone, even temporarily, could upend access to medication abortion nationwide, even in states where access to care is legally protected. Abortion rights advocates are protesting the challenge in a series of demonstrations in Texas.

Alex Woodward is following the case.

Oliver O’Connell15 March 2023 23:00


Asked to define ‘woke’, conservative author left speechless

Conservative author Bethany Mandel was widely mocked after she appeared on the Rising morning show broadcast by The Hill and was seemingly unable to define “wokeness” – the slogan some on the right have used as a cudgel against liberals.

Gustaf Kilander has the story.

Oliver O’Connell15 March 2023 22:15


When is a lie not a lie?

Donald Trump’s lawyer has defended the former president and said he lied about payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels to avoid breaking a confidentiality agreement.

In an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, Mr Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina was asked to address the former president denying a $130,000 payment made to Ms Daniels during the 2016 presidential election to buy her silence over an alleged affair.

“He lied about it,” said MSNBC host Ari Melber, referring to the hush payment allegedly made to Ms Daniels.

Mr Tacopina responded that a lie is only one when said under oath.

Sravasti Dasgupta reports:

Oliver O’Connell15 March 2023 21:45


Voices: Ron DeSantis feels the heat of the 2024 spotlight

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is now feeling the heat – both from former president Donald Trump and over the governor’s remarks about Ukraine’s war with Russia as he prepares his run for the White House…

…It amounts to Mr DeSantis’ first time facing serious scrutiny both nationally on the world stage as he prepares an impending presidential bid.

Oliver O’Connell15 March 2023 21:25


Michael Cohen finishes testifying to Manhattan prosecutors

Michael Cohen has finished testifying again before the Manhattan grand jury, saying that he complied with everything prosecutors asked of him.

In total, the former fixer for Donald Trump testified for more than five hours over two days this week

Oliver O’Connell15 March 2023 21:05

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