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Trump calls to defund police as Fox News host rebukes him over judge comments – live

Donald Trump repeats resentments in first speech since arrest

Donald Trump has called on Republicans in Congress to defund both the Department of Justice and FBI, less than 24 hours after a historic and unprecedented day for America, when the former president was arrested and arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court over hush money payments including to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

He cut a glum figure in the courtroom as he pleaded not guilty to all 34 counts of falsifying business records. After the court appearance, he railed against Judge Juan Merchan, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, and their family members in a primetime speech at Mar-a-Lago.

In the televised address, he attacked Judge Merchan’’s “Trump-hating” family with critics, including Fox News anchor Steve Doocy, accusing Mr Trump of attempting to intimidate the judge.

While Mr Trump took aim at the people involved in his criminal case, Senator Lindsey Graham was begging Americans to send the former president money to help fight the charges.

On Wednesday, an apparently more upbeat Mr Trump thanked the “patriots” working at the courthouse in New York and claimed to have had an “unbelievable experience, perhaps the Best Day in History for somebody who had just suffered Unjustifiable Indictment!”


Central Park Five member takes out full page ad on Trump

Maroosha Muzaffar has the story.

Oliver O’Connell6 April 2023 04:45


Mary Trump says of uncle: ‘We saw humiliation’

“And during that brief glimpse, we saw the uncertainty, the fear, and the humiliation,” Ms Trump tweeted.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar reports.

Oliver O’Connell6 April 2023 03:45


Recap: Shamed ex-president pleads not guilty to 34 charges

Donald Trump, who just over two years ago sat atop the United States executive branch as the 45th president, has been formally charged with 34 felonies relating to falsifying business records around hush money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges during an appearance in the Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday.

Andrew Feinberg and Bevan Hurley filed this report.

Oliver O’Connell6 April 2023 02:45


Five times Trump said something untrue in his post-indictment speech

In one of the president’s typical rambling addresses, he swiped at any rival he could think of while decrying the Democrats as well as federal and state authorities around the nation as his mortal foes. And in trademark Trump fashion, he did it in a way that likely delighted the closest of his followers but probably left most Americans watching his speech wondering why it has taken so long for the legal system to catch up with him.

Oliver O’Connell6 April 2023 00:45


ICYMI: MSNBC boycotts Trump’s ‘untrue’ Mar-a-Lago speech

During a discussion segment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said the network wasn’t showing the full speech because it was “basically a campaign speech in which he is repeating his same lies and allegations against his perceived enemies.”

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2023 23:45


ICYMI: Trump attacks judge’s family and calls Alvin Bragg a ‘criminal’

Donald Trump publicly denounced the judge and prosecutor in his criminal case in a provocative speech from his Mar-a-Lago estate, just hours after being warned against rhetoric likely to incite violence.

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2023 23:15


With legal woes overlapping with the 2024 campaign, Trump’s bravado is being put to the test

When Donald Trump stepped into a Manhattan courthouse Tuesday afternoon, his usual bravado was replaced with palpable anger and notable silence as the former president was reduced to a criminal defendant in custody.

By the time he returned to his Mar-a-Lago club hours later, he was ready to unleash.

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2023 22:45


Donald and Melania Trump: A timeline of their relationship

Here’s their story, from the first meeting to now.

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2023 22:25


Voices: Mitch McConnell’s refusal to join in the sound and fury around Trump arrest says everything

Longtime McConnell watchers know that what he doesn’t say matters just as much, if not more, than what he says. And Mr McConnell clearly sees any mention of the former president as a losing game.

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2023 22:15


Dodgy checks, a ‘secret child’, and the Oval Office

“From August 2015 to December 2017, the defendant orchestrated a scheme with others to influence the 2016 presidential election by identifying and purchasing negative information about him to suppress its publication and benefit the defendant’s electoral prospects,” said Manhattan prosecutors in a 13-page “statement of facts” that accompanied the indictment.

“In order to execute the unlawful scheme, the participants violated election laws and made and caused false entries in the business records of various entities in New York. The participants also took steps that mischaracterised, for tax purposes, the true nature of the payments made in furtherance of the scheme.”

But beyond these historic claims, the prosecutors’ statement also includes new details about the long-running saga of the president and the porn star. Mr Trump, for his part, pled not guilty to all charges.

Here are the six key revelations.

Oliver O’Connell5 April 2023 22:05

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