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Trump threatened by New York AG over payment of civil fraud fine: Live


Trump says his $355m fraud penalty is ‘a form of Navalny’

Donald Trump could see his assets seized and even lose his buildings in New York if he cannot pay the $355m fine in his civil fraud case, state attorney general Letitia James has warned.

“If he does not have funds to pay off the judgement, then we will seek judgement enforcement mechanisms in court, and we will ask the judge to seize his assets,” Ms James said in an interview with ABC News.

“We are prepared to make sure that the judgement is paid to New Yorkers, and yes, I look at 40 Wall Street each and every day.”

Mr Trump took part in a Fox News town hall event in South Carolina on Tuesday evening in which he again compared his own legal struggles to the shocking fate of the late Russian dissident Alexei Navalny.

The former president said last week’s verdict against him amounted to “a form of Navalny”, adding: “It is a form of communism or fascism.”

Elsewhere at the town hall, Mr Trump hinted at a shortlist of possible running mates as he pursues the Republican presidential nomination and committed to debating Joe Biden but struggled with questions about illegal immigration and classified documents.

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Biden’s brother accuses House Republicans of ‘flat-out lying’ at impeachment inquiry

James Biden, the brother of President Joe Biden, said in his opening statement as he testified in the Republican impeachment inquiry on Wednesday that those who argued that he used his connection to his brother to boost his business ventures are “either mistaken, ill-informed, or flat-out lying”.

“In every business venture in which I have been involved, I have relied on my own talent, judgment, skill, and personal relationships—and never my status as Joe Biden’s brother,” he said.

Republicans have long argued that the entire Biden family is corrupt and that they have used President Biden’s political influence in their business schemes – but the GOP has struggled to substantiate their claims.

Gustaf Kilander and Andrew Feinberg filed this report.

Joe Sommerlad22 February 2024 11:00

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Raskin rebukes Trump for ‘appalling’ Navalny comments

The Maryland Democrat rightly trashed the Republican for his tone-deaf comments about the late Russian dissident this week, accusing him of doing nothing to help him and “currying favour” with Vladimir Putin instead.

Joe Sommerlad22 February 2024 10:30

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Recap: Trump’s New York buildings could be seized if he can’t pay civil fraud fine, Letitia James warns

Here’s a reminder of our top story right now.

Trump could see his assets seized and even lose his buildings in New York if he cannot pay the $355m fine in his civil fraud case, state attorney general Letitia James has warned.

“If he does not have funds to pay off the judgement, then we will seek judgement enforcement mechanisms in court, and we will ask the judge to seize his assets,” Ms James said in an interview with ABC News.

“We are prepared to make sure that the judgement is paid to New Yorkers, and yes, I look at 40 Wall Street each and every day.”

With interest, the total Trump actually owes is nearly $454m — and the amount is going up by a whopping $87,502 per day until he pays.

You can read more on Trump’s latest financial headache below.

Joe Sommerlad22 February 2024 10:00

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Trump promises Melania will be on 2024 campaign trail ‘quite a bit’ in Fox town hall

Fox News last night broadcast some “bonus” clips of Trump’s Tuesday night town hall in South Carolina with Laura Ingraham, in which she (very carefully) questioned the former first lady’s absence from the campaign trail.

We’ll see her later on down the road, he assured her, adding, utterly hilariously, that his wife had done “a beautiful job in raising my very tall son”.

Elsewhere, Ingraham flattered her interviewee about his sense of humour and the following worrying answers were delivered by the man who would be America’s next president.

Here’s Mike Bedigan on missing-in-action Melania.

Joe Sommerlad22 February 2024 09:30

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Trump claims his $355m fraud penalty is ‘a form of Navalny’

Donald Trump has said that being hit with a $350m judgement following his recent high profile fraud case was “a form of Navalny,” in reference to the jailing and apparent murder of the late Russian dissident.

Mike Bedigan reports on the former president’s shocking comparison:

Oliver O’Connell22 February 2024 08:30

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DOJ warns FBI informant charged with lying about Biden could threaten US elections with Russian intel

Alexander Smirnov – who allegedly “provided false derogatory information” about the president and his son in interviews with the FBI – told authorities that he has “extensive and extremely recent” contacts with foreign intelligence officials, according to the US Department of Justice.

A court filing from the office of special counsel David Weiss on Tuesday seeking Mr Smirnov’s pretrial detention claims that he has “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies and had plans to leave the United States two days” following last week’s arrest.

After his arrest, he told law enforcement that “officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story” about Hunter Biden, prosecutors wrote.

Alex Woodward22 February 2024 06:45

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Kimmel rips ‘Hair Jordan’ Trump for selling sneakers and cologne ‘like he runs a bodega’

After being slammed with a court order to play around $350m following his recent fraud case in New York, the former president has wasted no time in creating shiny gold sneakers with a staggering $399 price tag.

Amelia Neath has the story:

Oliver O’Connell22 February 2024 04:45

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What to expect at CPAC this week…

Once again, a throng of conservative activists, Republican elected officials and young right-wingers will descend on National Harbor just outside of Washington, DC for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

CPAC has served multiple purposes throughout the years. It often showcases new conservative talent, sets the tone for what major policies conservatives will champion in the next election and often allows potential candidates for president to test the waters. Indeed, in 2011, Donald Trump gave his first political speech at the conservative gathering. It debuted his conservative star turn and laid the groundwork for him becoming the Republican nominee for president in 2016 and winning the presidency.

This year, though, with Mr Trump being the presumptive nominee, CPAC – which runs from Wednesday to Saturday – will have a different tone and will serve as a booster for his campaign against Joe Biden in the general election.

Here’s what to expect this week at CPAC:

Eric Garcia22 February 2024 03:45

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Trump frames himself as victim in Navalny death response

Joe Sommerlad reports on this unsurprising development:

Oliver O’Connell22 February 2024 02:45

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In final letters from prison, Navalny issued chilling warning about Trump

The staunch opponent of Vladmir Putin also read voraciously from Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov and Solzhenitsyn to occupy his mind and prevent himself from sinking into despair amid the brutal conditions in which he was held.

In one 3 December letter to Evgeny Feldman, a photographer who covered his attempted run for president in 2018 and now lives in exile in Latvia, Navalny wrote that he feared that if anything should happen to President Joe Biden – a distinct possibility, he felt, given the American’s advanced age – “Trump will become president”.

To Navalny, a second Mr Trump term was a “really scary” prospect for the wider world.

Oliver O’Connell22 February 2024 01:45



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