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Trump News Today: Ex-President finally settles inauguration hotel lawsuit and complains about Roe v Wade leak

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Biden roasts Trump’s ‘plague’ at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Donald Trump has settled a lengthy lawsuit by the DC Attorney General over funding for his 2017 inauguration, specifically focused on the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.

in one Explanation, Mr Trump claimed to settle the case “without admission of liability or guilt” and framed the message in the context of violent crime, essentially saying he was giving the capital’s law enforcement agencies a break. The settlement is reportedly worth around $750,000.

Meanwhile, the occasional president has also joined other Republicans in deciphering the leak of Supreme Court’s draft advisory opinion, Samuel Alito Deer vs Wade in a case that has yet to be formally decided.

Mr Trump told a right-wing radio show today that the leak was “a terrible thing” and called it “degrading and not good”. With the prospect of ending legal abortion, which is highly unpopular across the country, many Republicans and right-wing commentators are already pinning their eyes on the draft’s release.

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Hillary Clinton on Alito’s Roe Opinion

ICYMI: Hillary Clinton, whose defeat by Donald Trump paved the way for the appointment of three anti-abortion Supreme Court justices, has offered her opinion on Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion that would effectively overturn Deer vs Wade:

Graem MassieMay 4, 2022 04:00

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ICYMI: Grand Jury Selected in Georgia Trump Case

ICYMI: Authorities in Fulton County, Georgia yesterday began convening grand jurors in a case investigating whether Donald Trump illegally attempted to influence the outcome of the 2020 election by pressuring state officials enough “Finding” votes to reverse Mr Trump’s state path.

The case is one of the most serious of many legal threats to Mr Trump’s political future and hinges on a taped phone call from January 2021 in which then-President Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said: “I just want to find 11,780 votes, that’s one more than we have.”

Mr Trump continues to insist Georgia was stolen from him through organized fraud but has not provided any evidence to back his claims. Multiple reviews of the national votes have not revealed any abnormalities that could have influenced the result.

Graem MassieMay 4, 2022 3:13 am

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Trump holds three-hour meeting with “Speaker McCarthy.”

Donald Trumpo held a three-hour meeting with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, during which he repeatedly referred to him as “Speaker McCarthy.” The New York Times.

The meeting was scheduled ahead of the release of tapes in which McCarthy could be heard slurring the year-old president and weighing whether to ask him to resign after the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.

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Graem MassieMay 4, 2022 02:01

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Report: Anti-Trump GOV governor cracks up on speech

ICYMI: According to the Wall Street JournalMaryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who is one of the few well-known Republicans nationwide to be vehemently opposed to Donald Trump, is preparing to deliver a speech today in which he will heartily warn his party of the dangers of dealing with brings himself to bind himself to the yoke of a former president.

There has been speculation that Mr Hogan could run for president in 202, but it is unclear what he himself thinks about the merits of joining a field expected to be dominated if not entirely by a returning Mr Trump is resolved.

Graem MassieMay 4, 2022 1:08 am

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What you’ll find on Truth Social, Trump’s “free speech” social media platform

ICYMI: After the world’s richest person, Elon Musk, announced plans to buy Twitter for $44 billion, another social media platform climbed the Apple App Store charts.

Truth Social, former President Donald Trump’s platform to “oppose the tyranny of big tech,” as he described it, is the most prominent among several newer platforms seen as a direct challenge to mainstream platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter be introduced. Considered too restrictive or conspiratorial by right-wing figures and users to remove their views after being sacked for flouting rules on Covid-19 misinformation, violence and harassment.

Alex Woodward has the details.

Graem MassieMay 4, 2022 00:15

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GOP Senate nominee shrugs when Trump messes up his name

JD Vance isn’t taking it personally after Donald Trump blew his name in front of thousands of his fans.

The Ohio Senate nominee was questioned by Robert Costa for CBS News Monday after the former president quipped at a rally in Nebraska that he had backed a candidate named “JD Mandel” in the race.

The flub was a reference to Mr Trump’s announcement of support for JD Vance, the new race leader (according to recent polls), but combined Mr Vance’s name with that of his closest opponent, Josh Mandel. Even more embarrassing, Mr Mandel was known to seek Mr Trump’s endorsement with the same fervor Hillbilly Ellegie Author JD Vance did when the two launched their deals last year.

John Bowden has the story.

Graem MassieMay 3, 2022 23:04

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Trump settles hotel inauguration lawsuit

Since Donald Trump won the presidency, the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue has been a hotbed of controversy, with big questions over whether hosting foreign and business delegations could violate laws designed to prevent the president from leaving office benefit.

There have also been long-standing claims that the Trump organization overtaxed the inauguration committee on use of the hotel’s facilities – but now a lengthy lawsuit from the DC Attorney General has been settled for $750,000, with Mr Trump insisting on payment come about “without any guilt or acknowledgment of guilt”.

Andrew NaughtieMay 3, 2022 9:30 p.m

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Trump was furious at the arrival of the grand jury in Georgia

The Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney has convened a grand jury to hear evidence that Donald Trump illegally interfered with the outcome of the 2020 election by pressuring Georgia officials to “find enough votes.” ‘ to turn the state in his direction. He was heard speaking to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a recorded and leaked conversation.

The ex-president’s mood about the case is not good today.

“A ‘Special’ Get Trump Grand Jury was convened to discuss a ‘PERFECT’ phone call made by me as President directly from the White House and to many attorneys and others who were knowingly involved in the call and with my acceptance that the call was being recorded,” he wrote.

“As President, I am the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States. The election was rigged and stolen!”

Andrew NaughtieMay 3, 2022 8:30 p.m

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Report: Trump sits down with McCarthy

That New York Times‘s Maggie Haberman reports that Donald Trump yesterday had a meeting with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who recently denied having said in January 2021 that the then-President should resign over the Jan. 6 riots. Audio of him saying exactly that was released just hours after his rejection.

However, it quickly became clear that despite another damaging reception that later surfaced, the bulk of the House Republican faction is in no mood to bring down Mr McCarthy. There are also reports that Mr Trump responded well to the tapes, deciding they proved Mr McCarthy was on his feet.

Andrew NaughtieMay 3, 2022 7:30 p.m

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Trump on Roe v Wade leak: ‘degrading and not good’

Donald Trump has joined the chorus of Republicans expressing anger at the overturning of a draft Supreme Court opinion Deer vs Wade:

The prospect of ending legal access to abortion is so unpopular across the country that a decision is being overturned roe and the following Casey Opinion could provoke violent backlash against conservatives.

Andrew NaughtieMay 3, 2022 6:30 p.m

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