10/26/2022

CHINA/SOCIAL MEDIA: “Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner this week praised former President Donald Trump’s strong stand against TikTok’s ties to communist China.

Warner, D-Va., told an Australian newspaper Tuesday during a visit to the country that TikTok posed privacy and national security concerns to the American public.

‘This is not something you would normally hear me say, but Donald Trump was right on TikTok years ago,’ Warner told The Sidney Morning Herald. ‘If your country uses Huawei, if your kids are on TikTok … the ability for China to have undue influence is a much greater challenge and a much more immediate threat than any kind of actual, armed conflict.'”

-Haris Alic, “Democrat praises Trump for calling out TikTok as a national security risk,” foxnews.com, October 26, 2022

10/27/2022

LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP FAMILY: “Donald Trump’s namesake company urged a New York judge to reject a demand by the state’s attorney general to appoint a monitor to oversee its financial practices, after she accused it of ‘staggering’ fraud.

The Trump Organization’s filing on Wednesday night [October 26, 2022] came in connection with Attorney General Letitia James’ civil lawsuit accusing the former U.S. president and three of his adult children of lying to banks and insurers by fraudulently overvaluing his real estate assets and net worth.”

-Jonathan Stempel, “Trump’s company: We don’t need a monitor,” reuters.com, October 27, 2022

10/27/2022

2022 MIDTERM ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE: “With Election Day fast approaching and some Donald Trump-endorsed Republican nominees battling in highly competitive and high-profile races, the former president is dipping into his massive war chest to make some sizable investments to back those candidates.

After facing complaints that the GOP’s most ferocious fundraiser had failed to spread his wealth to help fellow Republicans in crucial Senate and gubernatorial contests, Trump over the past three weeks has opened his wallet to back MAGA-friendly Republican nominees in six key battleground states.”

-Mark Meredith and Paul Steinhauser, “Trump putting his money where his mouth is in midterm elections,” foxnews.com, October 27, 2022

10/31/2022

HILLARY CLINTON/LAWSUIT: “Hillary Clinton asked a federal judge to sanction former President Donald Trump and his lawyers for filing an allegedly frivolous lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to undermine his term in office.

Trump and his attorneys should be ordered to pay $1.06 million in legal fees and costs that were racked up by Clinton, her 2016 presidential campaign and several other Democratic-linked defendants for filing the suit as a ‘political stunt,’ according to a filing Monday in federal court in Florida.”

-Erik Larson, “Hillary Clinton Seeks Sanctions on Trump Over Failed Conspiracy Suit,” bloomberg.com, October 31, 2022

10/31/2022

2020 ELECTION/MIKE PENCE/RUDY GIULIANI: “A post-election meeting at which advisers led by Rudy Giuliani attacked campaign lawyers and urged Donald Trump not to accept his election defeat was ‘a new low’ for a president ‘well acquainted with rough-and-tumble debates’, Mike Pence writes in a forthcoming memoir…

By openly blaming Trump for events leading to the January 6 insurrection, when a pro-Trump mob attacked the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, Pence risks angering Republicans he must court as he considers the next nomination for president.”

-Martin Pengelly, “Pence blames Trump for events leading to January 6 in new memoir,” theguardian.com, October 31, 2022

10/31/2022

CRIME/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump dug deep in an exclusive interview with Americano Media…

‘Look at what’s happened to San Francisco generally,’ Trump said, speaking to the uptick in violent crime in American cities. ‘Look at what’s happening in Chicago. It was far worse than Afghanistan, okay? We have Chicago. When I had Afghanistan…18 months we went without one soldier being shot. And you look at what happens in Chicago in one weekend – last weekend was brutal; it was like a warzone.’ …

In his interview with Americano, Trump posited that he had warned American voters that if ‘we don’t straighten this country out’ you’re ‘going to end up – you are literally going to end up with a Venezuela on steroids.'”

-Summer Lane, “‘Venezuela on Steroids’: Trump Warns What Will Happen if We Don’t ‘Straighten This Country Out,’” rsbnetwork.com, October 31, 2022

10/31/2022

TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP TAXES: “The criminal tax fraud trial of Donald J. Trump’s family business kicked off in Manhattan on Monday [October 31, 2022]…

The two entities, the Trump Corporation and Trump Payroll Corp., which employ and pay Mr. Trump’s top executives, are accused of 17 counts of tax fraud, conspiracy, scheme to defraud and falsifying business records…

If the corporations are convicted, the company faces the maximum $1.62 million penalty, a rounding error for Mr. Trump, who routinely collected hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue during his presidency.

Other than the money and reputational damage, there might be limited fallout for Mr. Trump’s business.”

-Jonah E. Bromwich, Ben Protess, William K. Rashbaum, and Maggie Haberman, “Prosecutor Says Trump’s Company Evaded Taxes on Lavish Perks to Executives,” nytimes.com, October 31, 2022

11/1/2022

SUPREME COURT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP TAXES: “Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday [November 1, 2022] temporarily blocked the House Ways and Means Committee from obtaining years of federal income tax returns of former President Donald Trump and related business entities from the IRS…

Trump wants the Supreme Court to block the committee from getting his tax returns and those of the related entities for the years 2015 through 2020 until he formally asks the high court to allow him to appeal lower court rulings that cleared the way for the records to be handed over.

The Democratic-controlled Ways and Means Committee has said it wants the returns as part of a probe of how the IRS audits presidential taxes.”

-Dan Mangan, “Supreme Court temporarily blocks Congress from getting Trump income tax returns,” cnbc.com, November 1, 2022

11/1/2022

NANCY PELOSI: “Former President Donald Trump has joined a chorus of conservative voices who have shared baseless conspiracy theories about the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi.

During an appearance on the Chris Stigall radio show that aired Tuesday morning in Philadelphia, Trump called the attack a ‘sad situation’ but questioned if there was more to the story being detailed by law enforcement…

[Trump said,] ‘The glass it seems was broken from the inside to the out so it wasn’t a break in, it was a break out … The whole thing is crazy, and if there’s even a little bit of truth to what’s being said. The window was broken in and it was strange the cops were standing there practically from the moment it all took place. So, you’re going to have to explain that to your audience, including me.’”

-Meridith McGraw, “Trump joins conspiracists stoking doubts about Pelosi attack,” politico.com, November 1, 2022

11/9/2022

2020 ELECTION/MIKE PENCE: “In a Dec. 5 call, the president [Donald Trump] for the first time mentioned challenging the [2020] election results in Congress…

Early on New Year’s Day, the phone rang. Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert and other Republicans had filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to declare that I had “exclusive authority and sole discretion” to decide which electoral votes should count. ‘I don’t want to see ‘Pence Opposes Gohmert Suit’ as a headline this morning,’ the president said. I told him I did oppose it. “If it gives you the power,” he asked, ‘why would you oppose it?’ I told him, as I had many times, that I didn’t believe I possessed that power under the Constitution.

‘You’re too honest,’ he chided. ‘Hundreds of thousands are gonna hate your guts. . . . People are gonna think you’re stupid.’ …

The president laid into me. ‘You’ll go down as a wimp,’ he said. ‘If you do that, I made a big mistake five years ago!'”

-Mike Pence, “Mike Pence: My Last Days With Donald Trump,” wsj.com, November 9, 2022

11/9/2022

2020 ELECTION/FLORIDA/RON DESANTIS: “Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?”

-Donald Trump, truthsocial.com, November 9, 2022

11/10/2022

PENNSYLVANIA: “You know the sticker in Pennsylvania that says, ‘I voted’? Some people are wearing them saying, ‘I thought I voted.’ Pennsylvania is a very corrupt State with voting, but nobody ever wants to check that. How does Oz (smart guy!) lose to a guy who can’t string together two sentences? They don’t want to check, because they don’t want to make me right. It happened to me in 2020, I lost one million votes with possibly one of the biggest drops in History, happening in the middle of the night.”

-Donald Trump, truthsocial.com, November 10, 2022

11/10/2022

2024 ELECTION/MEDIA/RON DESANTIS: “Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games! The Fake News asks him if he’s going to run [in the 2024 election] if President Trump runs, and he says, ‘I’m only focused on the Governor’s race, I’m not looking into the future.’ Well, in terms of loyalty and class, that’s really not the right answer…

This is just like 2015 and 2016, a Media Assault (Collusion!), when Fox News fought me to the end until I won, and then they couldn’t have been nicer or more supportive. The Wall Street Journal loved…

…Low Energy Jeb Bush, and a succession of other people as they rapidly disappeared from sight, finally falling in line with me after I easily knocked them out, one by one. We’re in exactly the same position now. They will keep coming after us, MAGA, but ultimately, we will win. Put America First and, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

-Donald Trump, truthsocial.com, November 10, 2022

11/10/2022

HILLARY CLINTON/LAWSUIT: “A federal judge on Thursday [November 10, 2022] excoriated and sanctioned several members of Donald Trump’s legal team, saying the former president’s massive lawsuit against his former rival, Hillary Clinton, and dozens of other adversaries amounted to an intentional abuse of the legal system.

‘These were political grievances masquerading as legal claims,’ said U.S. District Court Judge Donald Middlebrooks, a Florida-based jurist who dismissed Trump’s lawsuit in September. ‘This cannot be attributed to incompetent lawyering. It was a deliberate use of the judicial system to pursue a political agenda.’”

-Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney, “Judge slaps sanctions on Trump lawyers for ‘frivolous’ Clinton lawsuit,” politico.com, November 10, 2022

11/11/2022

CHINA/CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/IRAN: “Donald Trump’s lawyers provided a more detailed explanation in a court filing Thursday evening [November 10, 2022] as to why they say the former president had the authority to personally declassify sensitive government documents, though they again stopped short of saying Trump actually declassified materials that he kept after leaving the White House…

The president, they said in the filing, would be considered the supervisor of whoever classified any of the documents, some of which deal with the most sensitive government secrets involving countries including Iran and China.”

-Perry Stein, “In filing, Trump lawyers again claim he had right to declassify documents,” washingtonpost.com, November 11, 2022

11/11/2022

ENDORSEMENTS: “I had such great success on Endorsements, perhaps success like no one has had before, both for Republican Nominations and the General Election itself, and I continue to get Fake News, RINO, and Radical Left criticism, but seldom congratulations or praise. That’s the way it is, and that’s the way it will always be!”

-Donald Trump, truthsocial.com, November 11, 2022

11/11/2022

2024 ELECTION/RON DESANTIS: “Donald Trump is keeping up his attacks on GOP rival Ron DeSantis following the Florida Governor’s impressive showing in the midterm elections and increased discussion of his potential as a 2024 presidential candidate.

In a long and at times surreal statement last night, Mr Trump claimed that in 2018, he single-handedly saved Mr DeSantis’s first gubernatorial campaign – and that he dispatched the FBI and US Attorneys to protect the governor from defeat in the face of supposed electoral fraud in key counties. There is no evidence that his story is true.”

-Io Dodds, Andrew Naughtie, Oliver O’Connell, and Gustaf Kilander, “Trump news – live: Trump claims he sent FBI to save DeSantis in 2018 in bizarre Truth Social rant,” independent.co.uk, November 11, 2022

11/15/2022

2024 ELECTION/GOP/FLORIDA: “Former President Donald Trump announced that he is running for the 2024 Republican nomination for president, seeking to stage a dramatic return to the White House after having lost his bid for re-election to Joe Biden in 2020.

Trump, a Republican and the leader of the ‘Make America Great Again’ movement, announced his third presidential bid on Tuesday during a speech at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, home after having teased a bid since leaving office in 2021.”

-Brooke Singman, “Donald Trump announces 2024 re-election run for president,” foxnews.com, November 15, 2022

11/18/2022

2020 ELECTION/DOJ/INVESTIGATIONS: “Attorney General Merrick Garland tapped longtime federal prosecutor Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee a multi-pronged investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to subvert the 2020 election and the unauthorized transfer of highly classified government documents to his Florida estate after exiting the White House.

Garland’s appointment is an attempt to shield the Justice Department from conflicts of interest in an unprecedented criminal investigation after Trump recently announced a bid to retake the White House now occupied by Garland’s boss, President Joe Biden.”

-Kevin Johnson, “AG Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump criminal investigations,” usatoday.com, November 18, 2022

11/21/2022

SOCIAL MEDIA/TWITTER: “Donald Trump is allowed back on his longtime social media app of choice: Twitter. Musk announced the Trump decision in a tweet on Saturday evening, reversing Twitter’s permanent ban on the former president after his supporters stormed the capitol on January 6, 2021. The decision comes just days after Trump announced his candidacy for president in the 2024 election…

So far, though, Trump seems to have snubbed his old platform of choice. As of Monday afternoon [November 21, 2022], he had not posted any new tweets since his account was reinstated and has recently said that he has ‘no intention’ of returning to the platform.”

-Shirin Ghaffary, “Trump’s return to Twitter prompts outrage and confusion,” vox.com, November 21, 2022

11/22/2022

CONGRESS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP TAXES: “The Supreme Court cleared the way on Tuesday [November 22, 2022] for a House committee to obtain former President Donald J. Trump’s tax returns, refusing his request to block their release after a yearslong fight…

The decision means the Treasury Department is likely to soon turn over six years of his tax returns to the House, which has been seeking his financial records since 2019.”

-Charlie Savage, “In Blow to Trump, Supreme Court Permits House to Obtain His Tax Returns,” nytimes.com, November 22, 2022

11/22/2022

LAWSUIT: “Former President Donald Trump faces an unwelcome Thanksgiving Day entrée – a new lawsuit accusing him of battery in the alleged assault of E. Jean Carroll, a former magazine advice columnist…

Carroll, who’s already suing Trump for defamation over his denials and comments about her following the assault allegations, will file the new battery lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Thanksgiving Day, according to a court filing last week.

That’s when New York state’s recently approved Adult Survivors Act opens a one-year window for survivors of sexual assault that occurred when they were past age 18 to sue alleged abusers, no matter when an assault may have occurred.”

-Kevin McCoy, “Donald Trump faces new lawsuit from E. Jean Carroll, who’s already suing him for defamation,” usatoday.com, November 22, 2022

11/22/2022

2024 ELECTION/POLLS/RON DESANTIS: “Ex-President Donald Trump would defeat Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by a wide margin in a hypothetical 2024 Republican presidential primary, according to a new poll.

Trump received 55% of Republican registered voters’ support, while DeSantis, his potential rival for the White House nomination, received just 25%, the Emerson College poll found.”

-Ashley Capoot, “Trump would beat DeSantis in 2024, as Biden approval rate remains underwater, new poll finds,” CNBC.com, November 22, 2022

11/23/2022

TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP TAXES: “Donald Trump reported losses on his tax returns every year for a decade, including nearly $700 million in 2009 and $200 million in 2010, his longtime accountant testified Tuesday [November 22, 2022], confirming long-held suspicions about the former president’s tax practices.

Donald Bender, a partner at Mazars USA LLP who spent years preparing Trump’s personal tax returns, said Trump’s reported losses from 2009 to 2018 included net operating losses from some of the many businesses he owns through his Trump Organization.”

-Michael R. Sisak, “Accountant testifies Trump claimed decade of huge tax losses,” apnews.com, November 23, 2022

11/23/2022

DEMS/JOE BIDEN/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP TAXES: “Former President Trump on Wednesday [November 23, 2022] ripped the Supreme Court after it rejected his emergency appeal seeking to shield his tax returns from House Democrats…

‘Why would anybody be surprised that the Supreme Court has ruled against me, they always do!’ Trump wrote on Truth Social. ‘It is unprecedented to be handing over Tax Returns, & it creates terrible precedent for future Presidents. Has Joe Biden paid taxes on all of the money he made illegally from Hunter & beyond.’”

-Zach Schonfeld, “Trump rips Supreme Court after ruling he hand over tax records,” thehill.com, November 23, 2022