Former President Donald Trump says he can only release top secret documents ‘if he thinks about it’
Donald Trump took the stage Friday for his final 2022 campaign-style rally, this time in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The former president is expected to be joined at the event by U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, who is running for the U.S. Senate to fill Richard Burr’s seat.
Before the rally, Mr. Trump appeared to fall even further into the world QAnon after reposting a video containing images and slogans related to a fringe conspiracy on his own Truth Social network.
Scenes including for US Capitol a building with lightning bolts and the words “It’s going to be biblical” and the phrase “prepare for the storm” were among the images along with “Q” symbols. Mr Trump has previously denied knowledge of the plot, despite many of his supporters and Capitol rioters being linked to it.
In other news, Mr. Trump’s lawyers have been ordered to say one way or the other whether they actually believe FBI planted incriminating evidence in documents seized from Mr. Trump’s home — or is the former president simply bluffing to save face.
Donald Trump takes the stage in North Carolina
The former president took the stage after a long wait at his Friday rally in Wilmington, North Carolina.
We will follow all the news from his pre-election speech.
Josh MarcusSeptember 24, 2022 00:52
Trump’s Bizarre Theory About Biden and ‘Phantom of the Opera’
He played a song from the musical before Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina on Friday Phantom of the Opera for the crowd.
The former president has a deep, somewhat strange attachment to the Broadway show.
He even believes that his recent incarceration is connected to the Biden administration.
Andrew Feinberg has more.
Trump is bizarrely trying to attribute the shutdown of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ to the Biden administration
Mr. Trump is a fan of Reagan-era Broadway shows and often includes them in the soundtrack that plays before his political rallies.
Josh MarcusSeptember 24, 2022 00:40
Follow our man on the ground for the latest news from the Trump rally
The Independent‘s Eric Michael Garcia is on the ground in North Carolina for today’s Trump rally.
Right now, Eric says, the crowd is watching Fox News footage of the Mar-a-Lago attack.
It follows @EricMGarcia for the latest.
Josh MarcusSeptember 24, 2022 00:20
The South Korean president called American lawmakers “idiots” after a hot microphone.
Donald Trump is a man who values his image.
He probably wouldn’t like criticism of America now coming from the highest levels of South Korea.
The South Korean president was caught on camera while making a call USA lawmakers “idiots” and say they might be able to embarrass the President of the United States Joe Biden if they do not approve funding for global public health initiatives.
Gustav Kilander has the full story.
‘It would be so humiliating for Biden if these idiots didn’t pass it in Congress’
Josh MarcusSeptember 24, 2022 00:13
Trump claims he threatened the Taliban leader with a satellite image of his house
Donald Trump has claimed that he used a satellite image of the Taliban leader’s house to threaten the terror group during negotiations with the Taliban as US president.
In a wide-ranging interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News this week, Mr Trump said he gave Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar a satellite image of his home as a veiled warning during talks with the designated terrorist group.
“He said I understand your excellency”
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 11:25 p.m
Five key takeaways from New York’s $250 million lawsuit against Trump and what it means for 2024
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a massive civil lawsuit on Wednesday accusing Donald Trump and his grown children of artificially inflating the values of several business entities. The lawsuit seeks to prevent them from doing business in New York state, where the family has made bones for decades.
The extent and details of Mr. Trump’s actions with the help of Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg were not known until now.
Eric Garcia breaks down the main takeaways from this new effort by state officials in New York to hold Mr. Trump accountable for years of fraud allegations:
The lawsuit details how the Trump Organization falsified financial statements and the value of his assets, the role of his children and his bizarre attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills.
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 10:55 p.m
ICYMI: Gaetz wanted Trump’s pardon
According to reports on Friday, yes Matt Gaetz he is unlikely to face charges as a result of the investigation she is conducting against him Ministry of Justiceanother report just last week revealed that a pro-Trump congressman expressed his desire for the former president to issue a preemptive pardon before he leaves office.
Here is Gustav Kilander with details:
A spokesman for the Florida congressman called the allegations “malicious rumors.”
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 10:15 p.m
Trump PAC raises $40 in August
Donald Trump’s super PAC raised just $40 in the month of August, a sign that his name doesn’t have the fundraising appeal it once did.
Along with the low August numbers, the Make America Great Again, Again! the super PAC raised just $351,000 in July and zero in June. By comparison, in the last quarter of fundraising last year, the super PAC raised between $4 million and $5 million.
Like Eric Garcia explains, the numbers come as political action committee Save America foots the bill for Mr. Trump’s legal fees, which last month totaled $3.8 million and are likely to rise.
It comes as he faces a number of legal challenges
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 23, 2022 9:45 p.m
The latest efforts behind the scenes of the Trump court case
Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers are reportedly engaged in a closed-door legal battle to prevent a federal grand jury from hearing testimony from the former president’s twice-indicted White House advisers in the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Trump’s team is expected to ask a federal judge to honor the former president’s requests for executive privilege and prevent former White House aides from testifying before a grand jury
Andrew FeinbergSeptember 23, 2022 21:33
Trump insists on ‘the truth’
In his latest unusual post on Truth Social, Donald Trump shared a picture of a supporter celebrating the former president as second “only” to Jesus.
David TaintorSeptember 23, 2022 21:32