Trump news today: Manhattan DA updates on criminal investigation as New York AG files contempt motion

GOP senator dodges question over Trump’s praise of Putin

New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a motion to contempt former President Donald Trump for failing to comply with a court order to produce documents in her ongoing civil investigation. Your office wants him to pay $10,000 every day until he hands over the documents.

Meanwhile, investigators in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s criminal investigation into Mr Trump’s business dealings are reviewing “evidence not previously examined.”

In a new interview with the Washington PostDonald Trump has insisted he has no regrets urging his supporters to come to Washington, DC on January 6, 2021 – and has even said he would have marched to the Capitol himself had the Secret Service not held him back .

“The secret service said I couldn’t go,” the newspaper quoted him as saying. “I would have gone there in a minute.”

The interview comes after the House of Representatives voted 220 to 203 to quash ex-Trump White House staffers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino on criminal charges of contempt of Congress’ charges of disobeying subpoenas for the production of documents and testimony to the special committee investigating January 6 to indict sedition.

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Manhattan DA’s Trump criminal investigation is examining ‘evidence not previously examined’

The Manhattan District Attorney’s criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s dealings is underway, and investigators are reviewing “previously unexamined evidence” as Alvin Bragg’s office following the sudden departure of prosecutors in the case and the expiration of a Grand jury to hear evidence under closer scrutiny.

His April 7 statement reassured that the “investigation is continuing” and “following the facts without fear or benevolence” despite mounting public pressure.

Alex Woodward has the latest.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022 4:15 am

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Trump says Secret Service blocked him from marching to the Capitol on Jan. 6

Former President Donald Trump claims he wanted to join a rioting mob of his supporters to march from the Ellipse on January 6, 2021 en route to attack the Capitol, but was prevented from doing so by his security detail.

Oliver O’ConnellApr 8, 2022 3:30 am

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New York AG files motion to contempt Trump with $10,000 daily fine

New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a motion asking the state Supreme Court to sentence Donald Trump for failing to produce evidence as part of their investigation into his family’s business, with a daily fine of $10,000 for each day he refuses to comply with a court order.

“The judge’s order was crystal clear: Donald J. Trump must comply with our subpoena and deliver relevant documents to my office,” she said in a statement on April 7. “Rather than comply with a court order, Mr. Trump is attempting to evade it. We call for the court to intervene immediately, because no one is above the law.”

Alex Woodward has the latest.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022 2:45 am

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The refusal to share Trump’s Mar-a-Lago documents with Congress suggests the US Department of Justice is conducting an investigation

It’s the clearest indication yet that the issue is under investigation, CNN noted.

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022 02:00

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Ted Cruz slams Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ‘pro-pedophile’ insult to fellow Republicans

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticized Marjorie Taylor Greene, a fellow Republican and Georgia representative, for saying three GOP senators were “pro-pedophile” after expressing her support for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation announced to the Supreme Court.

When asked if he supported Ms Greene’s views, Mr Cruz laughed and said: “No, I think that’s silly”.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022 1:15 am

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Despite the governor’s veto, the Kentucky GOP could ban transgender athletes from women’s sports

Andy Beshear, the Democratic Gov. of Kentucky, has vetoed a law passed by the Republican-led state legislature banning transgender student-athletes from girls’ and women’s sports on the grounds that it is likely unconstitutional discrimination against transgender women and girls.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022 00:30

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Ted Cruz is accused of hypocrisy for attacking Mr T’s masking decision

The former wrestler and actor’s decision to continue masking after his second Covid-19 vaccine booster shot drew the ire of Senator Ted Cruz, who called it “bizarre”.

As one person commented, “Odd that you would have issues with someone making their own medical decisions.”

Graig Graziosi has the story.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 7, 2022 11:45 p.m

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The GOP can block Disney copyright on the “Don’t Say Gay” billing line

A number of Republican lawmakers have signaled they could block Disney from renewing the copyright on an iconic Mickey Mouse cartoon as punishment for the company’s stance on Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of the Republican Studies Committee, circulates a letter among the GOP faction telling Disney CEO Bob Chapek his intention to oppose a future renewal of Disney’s copyrights. National Review reports.

Bevan Hurley has the story.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 7, 2022 11:15 p.m

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GOP congressman who served as Trump’s medical examiner

In a statement, ethics committee chair Ted Deutch and rankings member Jackie Walorski said the panel had taken up a matter referred to it in December last year and would announce a “procedure” by May 23.

Andrew Feinberg has the latest from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 7, 2022 11:00 p.m

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Votes: Trump knows what the Jan. 6 committee is likely to ask Ivanka. That’s why he panics

“Ivanka spent eight hours testifying before the committee rather than declining a subpoena or appealing the Fifth, much to the surprise of many people. The week before, so did Jared Kushner. This points to an interesting new strategy,” writes Ahmed Baba.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 7, 2022 10:35 p.m

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