Trump news live: Judge gives long-awaited update on fraud trial verdict

By Isaac M February 14, 2024

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Donald Trump’s remarks concerning Nato allies and Russian aggression have been slammed by Joe Biden as he urged the House of Representatives to act quickly on Ukraine aid.

Over the weekend, Mr Trump said if countries did not pay their fair share toward the alliance there would be no US protection and he would “encourage” Russia to do “whatever the hell they want”.

The president said his predecessor’s comments amounted to bowing down to a Russian dictator, calling them “dumb”, “shameful”, “dangerous”, and “unAmerican”.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump has asked the Supreme Court to block a ruling that struck down his “immunity” defence against prosecution for crimes allegedly committed in office, potentially teeing up the nation’s highest court to weigh in on another huge question hanging over his campaign.

Last week an appellate court ruling rejected his “immunity” claim against charges connected to the attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

The Supreme Court met last week to hear opening arguments in another case to determinewhether states have the power to exclude Mr Trump from ballot papers under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, which bars insurrectionists from returning to public office.

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Georgia election interference: Judge to hold hearing on Fani Willis over two days

Judge Scott McAfee, the presiding justice in the sprawling Fulton County election interference case in Georgia, will hold two days of hearings into the motion to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and lead prosecutor Nathan Wade from the case.

The motion was brought by defendant Michael Roman after allegations of an improper relationship between the two prosecutors came to light, and then joined by several other defendants, including former president Donald Trump.

Here’s our latest reporting on the case, by Alex Woodward:

Oliver O’Connell14 February 2024 01:45

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Allies ‘wonder whether they can rely on America’, warns Romney after ‘outrageous’ Trump Nato remarks

Mr Romney, now a Utah Senator after being the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and serving as the governor of Massachusetts, told The Independent on Monday: “He says outrageous things to get people riled up. It works at the rallies. Unfortunately, it also has an impact around the world where our friends wonder whether they can rely on America.”

Oliver O’Connell14 February 2024 00:45

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Biden has a trust gap problem

Joe Biden is less trusted on key issues than Donald Trump, according to a new poll that suggests voters have become weary with his administration’s handling of major crises and upset about the state of the economy.

An ABC News/Ipsos poll that was released on Sunday provided several vexing results for the incumbent president. One startling result that suggests the depth of Mr Biden’s problems: voters were more likely to blame him over Mr Trump for the collapse of border security talks in Congress — even despite Mr Trump publicly coming out against the legislation, while Mr Biden supported it.

It’s a maddening survey result that suggests two problems: insufficient or ineffective messaging on the issue of immigration in general and the Senate’s bipartisan compromise legislation specifically on the part of the White House and Biden campaign; and a failure by the beltway media to succinctly describe the state of both America’s immigration system and the politics behind it to the American public.

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC:

Oliver O’Connell13 February 2024 23:45

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‘Cowboys for Trump’ leader turns to Supreme Court over insurrection challenge

Nearly two years ago, an elected official from New Mexico was convicted on charges for his role in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, then removed from office under a constitutional clause banning anyone who “engaged in insurrection” from holding office.

The case of Couy Griffin, a now-former Otero County commissioner, is in front of the US Supreme Court, just days after Donald Trump challenged a Colorado court’s decision that disqualified him from 2024 ballots under the same rule.

Justices are scheduled to consider Griffin’s case in a private conference on Friday.

Alex Woodward has the details of the case:

Oliver O’Connell13 February 2024 22:45

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Watch: Biden says Trump Nato remarks are ‘dumb’, ‘shameful’, ‘dangerous’, and ‘unAmerican’

Oliver O’Connell13 February 2024 22:15

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Trump civil fraud trial verdict due Friday

Molly Crane-Newman of the New York Daily News reports that the verdict in Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial will be handed down by Judge Arthur Engoron on Friday.

She cites a source familiar with the plans as saying that it will be published “barring unforeseen circumstances”.

The former president could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars and may even be barred from working in real estate in New York state.

His codefendants from his company include both his adult sons Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump as well as former senior Trump Organization executives.

The verdict had been expected by the end of January but was delayed:

Oliver O’Connell13 February 2024 21:59

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House GOP seek testimony from special counsel in Biden classified documents probe

Mr Hur, a Republican former US attorney for Maryland appointed to the task by US attorney general Merrick Garland, caused a furore last week after publishing a report that found the president had “wilfully” held onto highly-sensitive material after leaving office as Barack Obama’s vice president in January 2017 and that they had not been securely stored at his Delaware home or Washington DC office.

He did not charge Mr Biden with a crime but did include an astonishingly personal attack, describing his subject as likely to appear to a jury as “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory”.

Oliver O’Connell13 February 2024 21:45

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Georgia election interference: Judge to hold hearing on Fani Willis over two days

Judge Scott McAfee, the presiding justice in the sprawling Fulton County election interference case in Georgia, will hold two days of hearings into the motion to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and lead prosecutor Nathan Wade from the case.

The motion was brought by defendant Michael Roman after allegations of an improper relationship between the two prosecutors came to light, and then joined by several other defendants, including former president Donald Trump.

Here’s our latest reporting on the case, by Alex Woodward:

Oliver O’Connell13 February 2024 21:29

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Rosenmontag Carnival floats lampoon Trump

A carnival float depicting Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump who cut a swastika out of the U.S. national flag appears in the annual Rose Monday (Rosenmontag) Carnival parade in Dusseldorf, Germany, 12 February 2024. Rose Monday is the traditional highlight of the carnival season in many German cities.

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Another float shows the former president stabbing a Ukrainian soldier in the back

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Oliver O’Connell13 February 2024 21:15

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ICYMI: Haley accuses Trump of ‘attacking all veterans’ by disrespecting her husband’s military service

Donald Trump’s challenger for the Republican presidential nomination was interviewed by CNN’s Jake Tapper last night and continued to go after her rival for his absurd attack on her husband’s absence from the campaign trail (he’s serving overseas, something Mr Trump never cared to).

She shrewdly extended her attack as part of a strategy to make it about the former president’s cynical disdain for “all veterans” and the US military generally.

Yesterday, she had this to say on the same subject, which is a cute line.

She has also been hitting back at him on social media, fighting the war on many fronts.

Joe Sommerlad13 February 2024 20:45

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