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Trump accountant says years of financial statements can’t be trusted – follow live


Stormy Daniels obliquely denies having written statement on Trump affair

The Trump Organization’s long-time accounting firm, Mazars USA, is cutting ties with the company, writing in a court filing that a decade’s worth of Donald Trump’s financial statements could no longer be relied upon.

And that’s just the beginning of an onslaught of investigations encircling the former president. As a US congressional committee prepares to investigate Donald Trump’s handling of administration documents after 15 boxes of records were transferred from his Mar-a-Lago residence.

The former president insists he was “under no obligation” to hand over any materials – despite laws requiring him to do exactly that.

Mr Trump also reportedly used a secret service agent’s phone to call Melania Trump after news of his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels broke in 2018, it was revealed on Sunday.

CNN reported that the agent was not pleased that his phone was used in this manner.

“Unusual gaps” in Mr Trump’s White House phone log have frustrated the 6 January select committee that is investigating the Capitol riot as well.

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Biden faces his worst polling result yet

Joe Biden is facing potentially the most brutal finding of an opinion poll up to this point in this presidency; less than half of Democratic voters want him to run again in 2024.

A CNN poll released on Monday found that a whopping 51 per cent of the party’s voters say they’d prefer another candidate take the reins from Mr Biden in 2024, compared to 45 per cent who said the 79-year-old should once again be at the top of the ticket.

Presidents declining to run for reelection are unheard of in modern politics. Lyndon Johnson was the last president to do so, and just five others who have been eligible to run again have declined.

Republicans were equally divided over whether Donald Trump should be their party’s champion in the next cycle.

John Bowden15 February 2022 03:15

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Embattled pro-Trump Colorado official announces bid for secretary of state

Tina Peters said in a campaign announcement that “Colorado deserves a secretary of state who will stand up to the Biden administration that wants to run our country into the ground with nationalized elections”.

Her candidacy is just the latest example of Republicans who fought for Donald Trump’s false claims about voter fraud and the 2020 election to try for positions that would place them partially or completely in charge of election systems in their respective states.

Ms Peters was stripped of her duties as a result of the investigation against her and faces a separate lawsuit to bar her from any oversight duties in the 2022 election.

John Bowden15 February 2022 02:45

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Trump suggests Hillary Clinton should die

In one of his most vicious attacks aimed at his former 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump suggested on Monday that his Democratic foe would have faced the death penalty for allegedly spying on his campaign and presidency, which he has long alleged.

His latest comment came as the Justice Department’s special counsel accused a lawyer who formerly worked for Ms Clinton’s campaign of passing along data to the CIA and accusing the Trump team of using Russian-made cellphones in or around the White House; that allegation was never substantiated. The data in question was apparently compiled by a company whose executive admitted to exploiting a relationship with the Trump White House to look through White House data for damaging information about the president regarding a supposed relationship with Russia.

“This is a scandal far greater in scope and magnitude than Watergate and those who were involved in and knew about this spying operation should be subject to criminal prosecution. In a stronger period of time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death,” Mr Trump said in a shocking statement.

He then added: “In addition, reparations should be paid to those in our country who have been damaged by this.”

John Bowden15 February 2022 02:15

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Manchin says no SCOTUS nominee right before 2024

Sen Joe Manchin, a swing vote in the upper chamber credited with dooming President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act, said on Monday that he would not vote to confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court in 2024 before the presidential election took place that year.

He previously criticised then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for rushing through a Supreme Court nomination in 2020 in the weeks before Donald Trump lost the presidential election, which he said fanned the flames of division in the country.

“I’m not going to be hypocritical on that,” Mr Manchin said on Monday. “If it comes a week or two weeks before like it did with our last Supreme Court nominee, I think that’s a time it should go to the next election.”

John Bowden15 February 2022 01:15

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Judge rules against Sarah Palin in New York Times defamation case as jury deliberates

A judge handed a victory to The New York Times on Monday as it faced a lawsuit from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

The newspaper was accused of defaming Ms Palin over an editorial that falsely linked her political action committee to the 2011 shooting of then-Rep Gabby Giffords in Tuscon, Arizona. A judge ruled before a jury could finish deliberating on Monday that the former governor did not prove the “actual malice” standard that must be met for a public figure to successfully claim defamation against a journalist or publication.

“I think this [was] an example of very unfortunate editorializing on the part of the Times,” Judge Jed Rakoff said. “The law here sets a very high standard. The court finds that that standard has not been met.”

Read more from The Independent’s Alex Woodward:

John Bowden15 February 2022 00:45

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NYC fires small fraction of workforce for ignoring Covid-19 vaccine mandate

New York City moved forward with plans to fire just over 1,400 city workers this week after they failed to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate.

Republicans including former President Donald Trump are just about uniformly opposed to such mandates; some, however, have gone further and spread disinformation about vaccines and the virus itself.

Read more from The Independent’s Alex Woodward:

John Bowden15 February 2022 00:18

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Mueller considered charging Donald Trump Jr with computer crimes, new version of report states

When Robert Mueller issued his report on the investigation into unproven ties between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2019, many pages were redacted while the ones that were public declined to allege that Donald Trump was guilty of criminal wrongdoing.

But in previously-redacted pages published on Monday thanks to Buzzfeed News, the Justice Department revealed that another Trump family member narrowly escaped charges as well: the president’s eldest son, Donald Jr.

Read more from The Independent:

John Bowden14 February 2022 23:41

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Trump ‘not happy’ that Alaska governor won’t openly oppose Murkowski

Donald Trump was seen in a video from Mar-a-Lago published on Monday addressing a crowd of supporters regarding his feud with Lisa Murkowski, a centrist GOP senator from Alaska who was one of a handful to support his impeachment after the bloody assault on Congress.

In a video, Mr Trump tells a laughing group of supporters that he is “not happy” with Gov Jerry Dunleavy’s “neutral” stance on the issue. Mr Trump’s efforts to unseat Ms Murkowski are part of a wider battle to purge the GOP of anyone he views as disloyal.

John Bowden14 February 2022 22:50

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AOC trolls Turning Point’s Charlie Kirk

Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined in on mockery of Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk after the Republican and Trump ally posted a tweet blaming the NFL for spreading “sexual anarchy” with the Super Bowl halftime show.

“Like I said, weirdos,” she quipped on Sunday as the game came to an end.

The remark was a throwback to some of her previous mockery of Mr Trump’s allies for angry tweets they posted about her after the congresswoman was spotted on vacation.

Read more about her battles with the GOP on Twitter:

John Bowden14 February 2022 22:30

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