Trump News Today: Ex-president revives false Obama spy claims, amid new book revelations
‘I’m a more honest man than you’: Trump ends Piers Morgan interview
Donald Trump’s disgraced former campaign manager Paul Manafort is being sued by the Justice Department for $3 million he owes in penalties for failing to declare foreign financial interests for several years.
Mr Manafort was sentenced to prison in 2019 after being found guilty of various offenses including bank fraud, money laundering and illegal lobbying. The charges emerged from Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian agents and interests.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump has finally posted on his Truth Social app after months of silence. “I’M BACK! #COVFEFE,” he wrote, alongside a photo of the ex-president on the phone at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
Despite the hopes of various right-wing Republicans, Mr Trump insisted he would not return to Twitter even if Elon Musk reinstated his account. In fact, he said he doesn’t see social platforms as rivals.
Former Giuliani associate linked to Trump Ukraine scandal mocks Don Jr: ‘You weren’t allowed into the White House’
A former associate of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has mocked Donald Trump Jr, saying he was “not allowed into the White House”.
Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born Florida businessman who was implicated in former President Donald Trump’s plan to pressure Ukraine to smear Joe Biden and his family, mocked Donald Trump Jr on Twitter.
“You weren’t allowed in the White House, but I’d bet Ivanka & Jared were there 27+ times. #LevRemembers,” he wrote.
Johanna Chisholm talks more about the feud below.
Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 9:10 p.m.
Governor thought Trump was having a nervous breakdown during phone rant about George Floyd protests, book says
Former President Donald Trump reportedly became so obsessed with his demands that governors quell civil rights protests in the summer and fall of 2020 that Gov. Janet Mills of Maine thought he was ‘having a nervous breakdown’ , according to a new book of two New York Times journalists.
The excerpt comes from the book This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future by New York Times journalists Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns.
Andrew Feinberg has more in his report below.
Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 8:50 p.m.
Second Oath Keeper pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy
A second member of the Oath Keepers, a far-right gang that participated in the Capitol Riot, has pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy and obstruction.
The Justice Department said Oath Keeper Brian Ulrich will cooperate with federal investigators in their ongoing investigation into the Capitol riot.
He faces up to 20 years in prison for seditious conspiracy and an additional 20 years for obstruction.
Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 8:28 p.m.
Trump Jr calls Ukraine ‘one of the most corrupt countries on the planet’, says US shouldn’t give it money
Donald Trump Jr, son of former President Donald Trump, has called Ukraine ‘the most corrupt country in the world’ after Joe Biden asked Congress to approve a $33 billion aid package for the country besieged by war.
“Hard pass. What if we used it to help Americans in need? Or maybe to secure our border? Maybe revive our energy sector? Education? No, instead we will give it to one of the most corrupt countries in the world, where I am sure most will be plundered by corrupt politicians,” he wrote on Twitter.
Read more in Alisha Rahaman Sarkar’s report below.
Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 8:11 p.m.
Bob Woodward says generals and Pentagon officials are ‘apoplexy’ about Trump’s mental state
During a live recording of the Skullduggery podcast, famed journalist Bob Woodward said General Mark Milley and other Pentagon officials were “apoplexy” about former President Donald Trump and his mental state.
“General Milley and the people in the Pentagon weren’t just bothered, [they] were apoplectic about it, and apoplectic about Trump and his mental state,” he said.
Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 7:44 p.m.
Trump reportedly told lawyers he wouldn’t resign after impeachment, quoting Nixon
A new book claims former President Donald Trump allegedly told his impeachment lawyers he would not resign, citing former President Richard Nixon’s infamous resignation following the Watergate scandal.
“What good ****** did Nixon do?” Mr. Trump would have asked.
The exchange was documented in the book “This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future” written by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns.
Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 7:13 p.m.
The texts show constant communication between Fox News’ Sean Hannity and the former White House chief of staff
CNN got a treasure trove of text messages from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows from 2020 and 2021, showing he texted Fox News’ Sean Hannity more than 80 times between the 2020 election and the inauguration by Joe Biden.
In the texts, Mr. Hannity offers advice to Mr. Meadows and asks for advice, mixing his apparent role as a reporter with an unofficial adviser to Mr. Trump’s administration.
On Election Day afternoon, Mr. Meadows gave Mr. Hannity marching orders to push Republicans out and vote.
“Emphasize that every vote counts. Get out and vote. On the radio,” Mr. Meadows reportedly wrote.
“Yes sir,” replied Mr. Hannity. “On it. Any place in particular, we need a push.
“Pennsylvania. NC AZ, Nevada,” Mr. Meadows replied.
“I got it. Everywhere,” Mr. Hannity said.
Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 6:52 p.m.
Trump swears under oath New York AG Letitia James has not subpoenaed his personal documents
Former President Donald Trump has sworn that New York Attorney General Letitia James did not cite any of his personal documents.
On Monday, Mr. Trump was held in contempt of court by a New York judge for failing to turn over documents relating to his personal finances.
Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 6:31 p.m.
Pelosi invokes Madison Cawthorn gun complaint as she slams GOP for soft on security
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s recent run-in with police while trying to carry a gun on a plane as an example of why Capitol lawmakers need detectors of metals. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy opposes detectors.
Eric Garcia has more on the trade in his report.
Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 6:10 p.m.
Trump demands five-year texts from VA secretary in bizarre statement repeating false spying claims
Former President Donald Trump has released a bizarre statement accusing VA Secretary Denis McDonough of trying to nullify the 2016 election while serving as former President Barack Obama’s chief of staff.
Mr Trump also repeated the unsubstantiated claim that Mr Obama’s staff had “spied” on his presidential campaign.
Read more in Andrew Feinberg’s report.
Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 5:46 p.m.