Trump vows to ‘take over’ Washington DC: ‘We are going to make it beautiful’
Donald Trump used President Joe Biden’s 81st birthday to tout his own apparent weight loss and “excellent” overall health.
The former president posted a letter from his doctor Bruce Aronwald on Truth Social on Monday, reading: “His physical exams were well within the normal range and his cognitive exams were exceptional.”
The letter added that Mr Trump has “reduced his weight through an improved diet and continued daily physical activity, while maintaining a rigorous schedule”.
The former president’s boasts about his apparent good health came the same day that his legal team was in federal court in Washington DC for oral arguments concerning the partial gag order in his federal election interference case.
Mr Trump’s team argued that restrictions during his 2024 campaign would violate his right to free speech.
A panel of judges didn’t appear to buy that argument, but an official ruling is yet to be made.
Meanwhile, his New York civil fraud trial enters its eighth week. The gag order has been paused in that case.
Fulton County: Fani Willis argues for first time in sprawling Georgia election case
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is arguing why her office believes Harrison Floyd’s bond should be revoked and he should be sent back to jail for intimidating witnesses.
My Floyd’s defence team argues that the tweets that landed him back in court were not intended to be intimidating.
Ms Willis said she’ll call three witnesses: Michael Hill, an investigator in her office; Gabe Sterling, a key deputy in the Secretary of State’s office; and Ruby Freeman’s attorney Von DuBose.
Ms Freeman was one of the election workers who were harrassed after working on the 2020 election in Fulton County.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2023 18:40
Happening now: Fulton County judge considers revoking Trump co-defendant’s bond
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis last week filed a motion asking county Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee to revoke the bond of Harrison Floyd. She wrote in her motion that Floyd has been attempting to intimidate and contact likely witnesses and his co-defendants in violation of the terms of his release.
Floyd’s attorneys wrote in a court filing that Willis’ allegations are without merit and that the motion is a “retaliatory measure” against their client. Floyd “neither threatened or intimidated anyone and certainly did not communicate with a witness or co-defendant directly or indirectly,” they wrote.
Here’s a recap of how Mr Floyd ended up here:
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2023 18:33
Much has been made of Biden’s age, but Trump is only four years younger…
When Donald Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, he became the oldest commander-in-chief sworn in at the age of 70 years and 220 days old.
That was surpassed by his successor Joe Biden, who was 78 years and 61 days when he became the country’s 46th president in January 2021.
Before Mr Trump, Ronald Reagan was the oldest person to assume the presidency at 69 years and 349 years old at his first inauguration in 1981.
Reagan was the oldest president when he left office at the age of 77 in 1989, just 22 days away from turning 78.
But depending on who wins the 2024 presidential election, a new record could be set as both Mr Biden and Mr Trump are running for reelection.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2023 18:30
Pizzagate: The Return
On Monday, an X user attempted to link the founder of Media Matters – the left-leaning non-profit group that last week accused X of promoting adverts from global companies alongside pro-Hitler content – to the owner of the so-called “Pizzagate restaurant”.
Mr Musk then boosted the post by replying to it, with the one-word phrase: “Weird.”
Now, the three-year-old conspiracy theory and baseless claims of its ties to Media Matters have been promoted to the tech mogul’s 160 million followers.
Martha McHardy has the story.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2023 18:00
‘Propaganda’ Trump interview slammed by ex-Univision boss
Reporters at the network, which has US offices and merged with a Mexican media giant in 2022, have found themselves at the middle of a discussion over their network’s ability to cover the 2024 presidential race fairly and accurately after Mr Trump sat down with Enrique Acevedo for an interview that aired just over a week ago. Mr Trump did not face any difficult questions about his criminal prosecutions or policy positions in the interview, and was also able to spout unfounded claims about his immigration policies without accurate pushback from Acevedo.
The controversy has grown over the past several days as prominent Latino Americans such as comedian John Leguizamo have called for boycotts of the network in response.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2023 17:30
NY fraud trial: McConney tears up on witness stand
Questioning turns to a discussion of the Trump golf course properties, some of which were built from scratch and others of which were bought and rehabilitated by the Trump Organization, with a 30 per cent premium added to their value as a “fully operational branded facility”.
Mr McConney says that this premium was added as the clubs were taken into a new more luxurious category. Asked if Mazars were notified of this premium, he replies that they were and he does not recall getting any pushback from the accountants about the premium.
Direct examination of Mr McConney concludes with the witness crying and getting emotional when asked why he no longer works for the Trump Organization. A court officer hands him a tissue.
He says he was very proud of his work for the company and wishes the accusations of misrepresenting assets would stop.
Before cross-examination begins, Justice Arthur Engoron and counsel for the New York Attorney General’s office ask if he is OK.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2023 17:07
Full story: Trump’s Truth Social sues 20 media outlets over financial loss reports
In the lawsuit, filed in the 12th Judicial Court of Sarasota County, Florida, on Monday, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) accuses the “reckless and malicious” outlets of falsely reporting that the company had lost $73m since its launch.
The company claims that the “false reporting” was part of a “seemingly coordinated effort to destroy TMTG and Truth Social”.
“This case is about an unprecedented and seemingly coordinated media campaign, by no less than 20 major media outlets, to attack Trump Media & Technology Group (“TMTG”) and its social media platform, Truth Social, by falsely reporting that TMTG had lost $73 million,” the lawsuit reads.
“This number was an utter fabrication. Each defendant, in apparent coordination, reported the exact same false number within approximately 24 hours of one another, each citing to a public Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filing, in which the mystery $73 million loss appears nowhere.”
Rachel Sharp has the details.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2023 16:45
NY fraud trial: Mar-a-Lago valuation
Trump co-defendant Jeff McConney is asked about the valuation of the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, where former president Donald Trump now lives. Mr McConney concedes that in 2014 they valued it as a private residence when it is not. Local law states that it can only be used as a private members’ club.
With its function restricted to that of a social club, the value of the property was constrained compared to if it was a plot of land that could be developed in any way.
Mr McConney says he does not recall why they valued it in this way but says: “Our intention was always to reflect as best we could the value of these properties.”
Nevertheless, a key part of the New York Attorney General’s case is that this was done to inflate the net worth of Mr Trump.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2023 16:27
Watch: Former Trump staffer and Jan 6 witness throws support behind Biden
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2023 16:14
Trump to attend Palmetto Bowl college football clash this weekend
Former President Donald Trump will attend the Clemson-South Carolina game this weekend, bringing the Republican front-runner to Williams-Brice Stadium for the state’s biggest college football spectacle of the year.
Trump’s presidential campaign confirmed the visit Nov. 21 to The Post and Courier after increasing levels of chatter, rumors and speculation peaked in recent days that he would take up supporter Gov. Henry McMaster’s standing invitation to attend a game.
Asked if Trump would be attending as McMaster’s guest, Trump’s spokesman Steven Cheung replied: “I believe McMaster will be a guest of POTUS.”
In addition to the governor, Trump is expected to be joined at the game by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Lt. Gov. Pam Evette. All are members of the Trump campaign’s South Carolina leadership team.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2023 16:04