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Biden calls MAGA crowd “most extreme political organization in American history”
Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Publishing date:May 04, 2022 • 11 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation

President Joe Biden referred to the MAGA supporters as “the most extreme political organization” in “recent American history.”


His comment came after he was asked about the U.S. Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

As written, it also tears into landmark LGBTQ civil rights cases.

Biden warned that if Roe v. Wade is struck down, conservatives might try to ban LGBTQ children from classrooms.

“This is about a lot more than abortion,” Biden told reporters. “The idea that somehow there is no right of privacy … What happens if you have a state that changes the law, saying that children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children?”

“Is that legit under the way the decision is written?” he continued. “What are the next things that are going to be attacked?

“Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history, in recent American history.”



MAGA is short for former U.S. president Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Biden added: “I believe I have the rights that I have not because the government gave them to me… but because I’m just a child of God. I exist.”

Without the Roe precedent, there are 26 states that will likely ban all or most abortions, according to pro-choice policy group Guttmacher Institute.



Five of the nine justices had given their preliminary opinion to overturn Roe, reported Politico.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,’ Justice Samuel Alito wrote. ”We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
 

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Trump-backed candidate wins Republican nomination for Ohio U.S. Senate seat
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Publishing date:May 04, 2022 • 1 day ago • 4 minute read • Join the conversation

CINCINNATI — J.D. Vance, a candidate for the U.S. Senate who is backed by Donald Trump, won the Republican primary vote in Ohio on Tuesday, in an early test of the former president’s sway over his party as he eyes a possible White House run in 2024.


Trump upended the Ohio race last month by endorsing author and venture capitalist Vance ahead of the Nov. 8 congressional elections, catapulting him ahead of former state Treasurer Josh Mandel, also a staunch Trump supporter.

With almost all ballots counted, Vance led the Republican field with 32% of the vote, followed by Mandel with 24% and state lawmaker Matt Dolan with 23%, according to Edison Research.

While Vance’s victory is a sign of Trump’s endorsement power, every other major candidate besides Dolan had lobbied for Trump’s support while advocating for his policies and parroting his false claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

“It was a big night for Trumpism in the Ohio Republican Party. Not just in Vance’s win but in a field that was dominated by candidates trying to out-Trump each other,” said University of Cincinnati political science professor David Niven.


“It was still a close race. He wasn’t able to shut this race down with a simple wave of his magic wand.”

Vance, author of the “Hillbilly Elegy” book and a former Trump critic, will face Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, who won his Senate primary as had been expected.

“I have absolutely gotta thank the 45th, the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump,” Vance told the crowd at his election party in Cincinnati, before criticizing unnamed media outlets which he said had sought his and Trump’s defeat. “Ladies and gentlemen, it ain’t the death of the America First agenda.”

Trump has not announced his plans for 2024, but he regularly hints that he intends to mount another presidential campaign.

Ryan, who briefly ran for president in 2020, has focused his campaign on working-class voters and the rejuvenation of manufacturing while taking a hardline on China and courting Trump supporters. After winning Tuesday’s primary, he sent out a fundraising ad calling Vance an “out-of-touch millionaire.”


“I want us to be the manufacturing powerhouse of the world. I want us to help this country leapfrog China,” Ryan told a gathering of supporters. “We can do it by coming together.”

Vance led the field in almost all the counties where most ballots had been counted, from deeply conservative rural counties to suburban areas that could be crucial to his hopes of beating Ryan. Vance’s lead was especially wide in places like Clermont County, a suburb of Cincinnati, where he led Mandel 35% to 22%, with almost all ballots counted. Vance also had a large lead in rural Athens County in southern Ohio, one of the state’s few counties won by U.S. President Joe Biden in 2020.

Nonpartisan election analysts favour Republicans’ chances of winning in November to keep retiring Senator Rob Portman’s seat.


Tuesday’s contests, which included a Democratic rematch for a U.S. House seat in Ohio and primaries in Indiana, kicked off a series of critical nominating contests in the coming weeks, including primaries in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

The influence of Trump, who has endorsed more than 150 candidates this year, will help determine whether Republicans, as expected, reverse their slim deficit in the House and also take control of the Senate, which is split 50-50 with Democrats owning the tie-breaking vote.

A loss of control of either chamber would allow Republicans to block Biden’s legislative agenda and also to pepper his administration with politically damaging investigations.

REPUBLICAN PUSHBACK

Not all Republicans are blindly following Trump’s lead. As in Ohio, where Senate candidates spent an unprecedented $66 million on advertising, Trump-backed candidates in Pennsylvania and North Carolina face well-funded Republican challengers.

Some Republicans worry that Trump’s picks, like former football star Herschel Walker in Georgia, could prove too controversial to prevail against Democrats in November, imperiling the party’s bid for Senate control.

Vance was not the choice of many party leaders in Ohio, and some have grumbled publicly about Trump’s decision. The Club for Growth, a powerful conservative advocacy group, broadcast ads bashing Vance and stuck by their pick in the race, Mandel.


In the Republican primary for governor, incumbent Mike DeWine held off three far-right Republican challengers to win the nomination, despite criticism from many conservatives for his business shutdowns and other policies during the pandemic.

DeWine will face former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who won the Democratic primary, becoming the first woman in Ohio history to secure a major party’s backing for the governorship.

In a closely watched Democratic race, incumbent Shontel Brown handily defeated progressive candidate Nina Turner in the congressional district which includes Cleveland. The contest was seen as a measure of the power balance between the establishment — represented by Brown — and more liberal wings of the party.

In Indiana, Air Force veteran Jennifer-Ruth Green beat six Republican challengers to win the nomination for a congressional district in a historically Democratic stronghold outside Chicago increasingly seen as having the potential to be competitive. She will attempt to oust freshman Democratic Representative Frank Mrvan, who easily won his primary on Tuesday night.
 

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Voting machine seized as Michigan State Police expand probe into possible election breaches
The seizure adds to the tally of potential voting equipment breaches.

Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:May 06, 2022 • 20 hours ago • 1 minute read • 38 Comments

Michigan State Police have seized the voting tabulator in a small town an hour west of Lansing as an investigation into the unauthorized access of election equipment expands into new regions of the state, officials said on Friday.


State police raided Irving Township Hall in Barry County on April 29 and took possession of its ballot-processing tabulator, the county clerk and township supervisor told Reuters, confirming earlier media reports.

The raid shows that state police have expanded their probe into potential breaches of voting equipment and data into at least one more county, following the state’s disclosure of an investigation into Roscommon County in February.

“As we found out more information we’ve expanded our area to see if any other places were compromised,” said Michigan State Police Lieutenant Derrick Carroll, declining to comment on Irving specifically. “We have gone to other regions.”

Irving Township Supervisor Jamie Knight said the state police and office of Attorney General Dana Nessel seized the town’s tabulator “pursuant to a search warrant” last Friday.


“The Township intends to fully cooperate with law enforcement, and the Township attorneys have been in contact with the Michigan State Police regarding this matter,” Knight said in an emailed statement, declining further comment.

The seizure adds to the tally of potential voting equipment breaches. Last week, Reuters reported on eight known attempts to gain unauthorized access to voting systems in five U.S. states since the 2020 election, all involving local Republican officeholders or party activists who have promoted former President Donald Trump’s false claims about voter fraud or conspiracy theories about rigged voting machines.

The Michigan investigation was launched at the request of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who in February disclosed that an unauthorized party had “allegedly gained inappropriate access to tabulation machines and data drives used in Richfield Township and Roscommon County” without providing details.

Richfield Township officials have declined to comment.
 

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Indiana candidate accused of killing wife wins GOP primary from jail
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Publishing date:May 06, 2022 • 19 hours ago • 5 minute read • Join the conversation
This undated photo provided by the Boone County Sheriff's Office shows Andrew Wilhoite, who received 60 of the 276 total votes Tuesday, May 3, 2022, for Republicans for three positions on the Clinton Township Board.
This undated photo provided by the Boone County Sheriff's Office shows Andrew Wilhoite, who received 60 of the 276 total votes Tuesday, May 3, 2022, for Republicans for three positions on the Clinton Township Board. PHOTO BY BOONE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE /AP

An Indiana man who is accused of killing his cancer-stricken wife as she was seeking a divorce won his GOP primary this week from jail and will be on the November ballot – if he has not been convicted.


Andrew Wilhoite was charged in March in connection to the killing of his wife, Elizabeth “Nikki” Wilhoite, 41. She had completed her last chemotherapy treatment for her breast cancer diagnosis and was seeking a divorce after she found out her husband had been having an affair, according to the Lebanon Reporter.

When the Lebanon, Ind., couple got into a domestic dispute in late March, Wilhoite “allegedly struck her in the head” with a cement, gallon-size flower pot, placed her in his car and dumped her body in a nearby creek, according to the Indiana State Police.

Despite the circumstances surrounding his wife’s killing, Wilhoite – who initially lied about her whereabouts but later admitted to killing her after she attacked him, according to prosecutors – won his Republican primary on Tuesday for one of the three open seats on the Clinton Township Board.


Election data shows that Wilhoite received 60 votes, while two other Republican candidates for the three seats received 106 and 100 votes, respectively. No Democratic candidates were on the ballot in the Clinton Township Board primary, but candidates in other parties could still make the ballot by November, reported WXIN.

The 40-year-old GOP candidate is charged with first-degree murder and is being held in Boone County Jail without bond. If he’s convicted, he could face up to life in prison, or even the death penalty, according to state law.

REMOVED IF CONVICTED
Wilhoite, whose jury trial is scheduled to begin in late August, will be removed from the ballot if he is convicted of a felony before the Nov. 8 general election. The Indiana man also has the option of removing his name from the ballot before July 15, but has not yet done so as of early Friday, records show.


Wilhoite’s attorneys are not listed in court records. The Clinton Township Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Friday.

Andrew Wilhoite was a farmer who raised livestock in Lebanon, located about 28 miles outside of Indianapolis, according to the Lebanon Reporter. He helped run the family business, Wilhoite Family Farms. Nikki Wilhoite worked in dentistry, according to her obituary.

On March 18, Nikki Wilhoite submitted a petition for legal separation in Boone County Circuit Court after she found out that her husband had allegedly cheated on her, according to court records. That same week, she documented how she had finished up her last round of chemotherapy to treat breast cancer, with which she was diagnosed the previous fall.


On the day she formally sought a split from him, Andrew Wilhoite posted a photo of his smiling wife of 12 years, expressing his support for her as she went through cancer treatment.

‘VERY PROUD OF YOU’
“This lady just finished her last round of chemo today,” Wilhoite wrote in a Facebook post that has since been made private. “Very proud of you.”

The unravelling marriage became more tenuous about a week later. The farmer told authorities that his wife initially attacked him on March 24 and yelled at him to leave the house, but that he ended up pushing her out the front door. Wilhoite said that as she charged at him around 10 p.m., he reached for a cement flowerpot in the dirt and struck her with it, according to the affidavit.


“Andrew was asked if Elizabeth was still breathing, and Andrew stated he didn’t know because he didn’t check,” police wrote.

Not knowing what to do, Wilhoite placed his unconscious wife in his truck and drove to Ross Ditch, wrote Indiana State Police Detective Adam Buell. From there, “Andrew described that he drove to a bridge over the creek and threw her over the wall and into the creek,” according to police. He disposed of the broken planter along the highway as he was making a corn delivery, the affidavit says.

Elizabeth “Nikki” Wilhoite was discovered in a creek on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
Elizabeth “Nikki” Wilhoite was discovered in a creek on Saturday, March 26, 2022. PHOTO BY HANDOUT /Boone County Sheriff's Office
After Nikki Wilhoite failed to report to work, detectives were called to investigate her whereabouts on March 25.

“An exhaustive search of the area with K-9 bloodhounds and deputies continued for several hours and we were not able to locate Nikki,” the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release of the initial efforts. “The investigation eventually evolved into a possible homicide investigation.” Since Andrew Wilhoite’s mother is a county councilwoman, the sheriff’s office said it asked the state police to run the investigation to avoid a conflict of interest.


Authorities found traces of blood in the couple’s bedroom, and Wilhoite acknowledged that they had been fighting about his extramarital affair. But the farmer initially told detectives that he had slept on the couch and did not see her by the time he left for work the next morning, according to authorities.

When detectives continued to question him and relatives around the farm, the GOP candidate eventually asked to speak to an attorney, WTHR reported. It was at that point that Wilhoite changed his account of the events, acknowledging he had hit her in the head with the planter and dumped her body in the creek. At around 3 a.m. on March 26, the Indiana State Police said they had recovered Nikki Wilhoite’s body “partially submerged in approximately three feet of water” after Andrew Wilhoite told them where to find her.


“All signs point to that she died at home,” Boone County Prosecutor Kent Eastwood said in March. “Nothing indicates that she drowned.”

BLOW TO THE HEAD
The coroner later confirmed that she died from the blow to the head.

The news has rocked the rural community in recent months. Nikki Wilhoite’s obituary lists her spouse not as her husband but as the “father of her children.” Neighbor Laura Vaughn told WXIN in March that if Andrew Wilhoite is guilty, then “he should pay severely for what he did to his wife and mother of his children.”

“How can you do that to the mother of your kids?” she asked.

Even though Wilhoite faces the murder charge, that did not stop his candidacy for the township board. He still has a right to be on the ballot unless he’s convicted, Brad King, co-director of the bipartisan Indiana Election Division, told the Tribune-Star.

“There is no legal reason he can’t be a candidate,” King said. “Under our system you are innocent until you are proven guilty. If a person is convicted of a felony, then they are no longer eligible to be a candidate and are ineligible to hold office.”

Boone County Republican Chairwoman Debbie Ottinger told the outlet that she cannot remember a time when an incarcerated candidate has won a primary.

“Our hope is that he asks to be removed from the ballot and we can just replace him,” she said, “but I don’t know if anyone has talked to him about that.”
 

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Two plead guilty for assaulting ex-cop Fanone during U.S. Capitol riot
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:May 06, 2022 • 16 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation

WASHINGTON — Two men pleaded guilty this week for their roles in assaulting former Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone, who was beaten and electrocuted with a taser during the January 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington by throngs of former President Donald Trump’s supporters.


On Friday, defendant Albuquerque Cosper Head, 42, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a federal court in Washington to assaulting or impeding a police officer. In the hearing, he acknowledged he was responsible for pulling Fanone into the crowd.

“Did you in fact use riot shields to strike at the police or push against the police?” Berman Jackson asked.

“Yes,” Head responded.

Another defendant, Kyle Young, also pleaded guilty to assaulting or impeding a police officer in a separate court hearing before the judge on Thursday.

More than 800 people have been charged so far in connection with the Jan. 6. 2021 attack, a failed bid to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election.


About 140 police officers were assaulted during the riot, with the attack on Fanone being one of the most high-profile cases.

In an emotional congressional hearing last summer, Fanone testified about the assault against him.

“I heard chanting from some in the crowd, ‘Get his gun and kill him with his own gun.’ I was aware enough to recognize I was at risk of being stripped of and killed with my own firearm,” Fanone told lawmakers.

“I was electrocuted again, and again, and again, with a taser. I’m sure I was screaming, but I don’t think I could even hear my own voice.”

A total of four people have been charged in connection with the assault on Fanone. The government’s cases against the other defendants accused of assaulting him – Thomas Sibick and Daniel Rodriguez – are still pending.

At least two more suspects in the Fanone assault remain at large, according to the FBI’s wanted page.

In a statement sent to Reuters, Fanone said: “I look forward to looking each of these f***ers in the eye in court when they are sentenced.”
 

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Donald Trump's lawsuit challenging his Twitter ban dismissed
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Publishing date:May 06, 2022 • 14 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation

WASHINGTON — A U.S. judge on Friday dismissed former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Twitter Inc that challenged his suspension from the platform.


In a written ruling, U.S. District Judge James Donato in San Francisco rejected Trump’s argument that Twitter violated his right to freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Twitter and other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol in a deadly riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

That assault followed a speech by Trump in which he reiterated false claims that his election loss in November was because of widespread fraud, an assertion rejected by multiple courts and state election officials.

Trump’s lawyers alleged in a court filing last year that Twitter “exercises a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and profoundly dangerous to open democratic debate.”

At the time of removing Trump’s account permanently, Twitter said his tweets had violated the platform’s policy barring “glorification of violence.” The company said then that Trump’s tweets that led to his removal were “highly likely” to encourage people to replicate what happened in the Capitol riots.

Before he was blocked, Trump had more than 88 million followers on Twitter and used it as his social media megaphone.
 
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Trump's ex-defence chief says he won't back Trump in 2024
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Publishing date:May 10, 2022 • 1 day ago • 1 minute read • 8 Comments

WASHINGTON — Former Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he would not vote for Donald Trump in 2024 if the Republican former president runs again, saying Trump lacked integrity and would not put the United States ahead of his own personal interests.


Asked if he would vote for Trump in 2024, Esper told MSNBC, “No,” making him one of the first Trump Cabinet members to openly reject their former boss for another White House run.

“Any elected official needs to meet some basic criteria: They need to be able to put country over self. They need to have a certain level of integrity and principle. They need to be able to reach across the aisle and bring people together and unite the country. Donald Trump doesn’t meet those marks for me,” he said.

Instead, the former defence chief urged his political party seek new leadership and focus on four core issues — a strong military, lower taxes, deregulation and conservative judges — before midterm congressional elections in November and the 2024 presidential contest.


Trump, who lost his re-election bid to Democrat Joe Biden in 2020, has not declared his candidacy but has repeatedly said his supporters will be “happy.”

Trump faces multiple investigations, including over his company’s financial dealings, his handling of classified documents and his role in his supporters’ attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in an effort to block Biden’s win.

Other Republicans, including Trump’s former Attorney General Bill Barr and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — who have both drawn Trump’s ire – have said they would back the party’s presidential pick in 2024 even if it is Trump.

Esper, who like Barr is selling a book detailing his time in the Trump administration, has called Trump a threat to democracy in recent media interviews. Trump, in response, called Esper “weak and totally ineffective.”
 

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Trump must pay $110,000 fine, meet other conditions to purge contempt: Judge
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Publishing date:May 11, 2022 • 14 hours ago • 3 minute read • 23 Comments

NEW YORK — Former U.S. President Donald Trump must pay a $110,000 fine and meet other conditions to purge a contempt of court order over his failure to comply with a subpoena in a civil probe into his business practices by New York state’s attorney general, a judge said on Wednesday.


The judge, Arthur Engoron, also accused Trump during a virtual hearing of making a false statement in an affidavit relating to the subpoena seeking documents concerning his family real estate business, the Trump Organization.

Engoron said a $10,000-per-day fine he imposed on Trump in April for his failure to comply with the subpoena stopped accruing on Friday, when the former president and his lawyers filed new affidavits detailing steps they took to find documents relevant to Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation.

Trump said in the May 6 sworn statement that he does not have any relevant documents.

Engoron took issue with Trump’s claim in the affidavit that he has not communicated digitally since 2010, pointing to his past posts on Twitter and current posts on Truth Social, a network he founded.


“We all know he uses electronic communication – 80 million people were on his Twitter feed,” Engoron said. “A sentence has to be true. That sentence is just not true.”

Michael Madaio, a lawyer for Trump, said the statement was not meant to imply that Trump did not post on social media. Alina Habba, another Trump lawyer, said Trump did not use direct messaging on Twitter and that his tweets were not relevant to the investigation.

“Everything relevant to the (attorney general’s) subpoena has been produced,” Habba said.

The judge gave Trump until May 20 to comply with the additional conditions, or else the contempt order could be restored and the fine reinstated retroactively.

The conditions include having a third-party firm that has been hired to search the Trump Organization’s records submit a report about Trump’s compliance with the subpoena.


Engoron also asked for affidavits from several Trump Organization employees and lawyers, as well as a sworn statement from a Trump assistant about how the assistant handled Trump’s documents.

Once Trump pays the fine, the funds will be held in escrow pending his appeal of the contempt order.

PARALLEL CRIMINAL PROBE
James has said her probe has turned up evidence that the Trump Organization – which manages hotels, golf courses and other real estate around the world – has given banks and tax authorities misleading financial information to obtain benefits such as favourable loans and tax breaks.

A Republican, Trump denies wrongdoing and calls the investigation politically motivated. James is a Democrat.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, now run by Alvin Bragg, is also conducting a criminal investigation into how the Trump Organization valued its assets, which led to last summer’s indictment of the company’s chief financial officer on tax fraud charges.


Trump in February appealed a ruling by Engoron that he and his oldest children Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump testify in James’ civil probe, saying their words could be used against them in Bragg’s probe in violation of their constitutional rights.

Some lawyers from James’ office are working with Bragg’s team on the criminal probe.

At a Wednesday afternoon hearing, a four-judge panel of a state appeals court in Manhattan appeared skeptical of Trump’s bid to overturn Engoron’s ruling.

Rolando Acosta, the presiding justice, noted that Trump and his children could simply invoke their right against self-incrimination and decline to answer questions.

“You cannot avoid a civil investigation,” Acosta said. “The only remedy that you have is to invoke your privilege of not incriminating yourself.”

The court did not say when it will rule.
 

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Musk says he prefers 'less divisive' candidate than Trump in 2024
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Publishing date:May 12, 2022 • 13 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation

WASHINGTON — Billionaire Elon Musk made clear on Thursday that even though he wants Twitter to lift its permanent ban on former President Donald Trump, that doesn’t mean he supports Trump in a prospective 2024 presidential campaign.

Musk, the world’s richest person and CEO of Tesla, is attempting to close a deal to acquire Twitter.

Musk told a Financial Times conference on Tuesday that Twitter’s decision to ban Trump was “morally bad.”

He followed up on those remarks in a tweet on Thursday evening, stressing he does not back Trump as a presidential candidate.

“Even though I think a less divisive candidate would be better in 2024, I still think Trump should be restored to Twitter,” he said.



Trump has said he does not want to return to Twitter, but instead wants to build up his own Truth Social platform.

He was banned from Twitter permanently in January 2021 because of the “risk of further incitement of violence” following the storming of the U.S. Capitol, the company said then. Trump is considering another run for the presidency in 2024 after losing his re-election bid in 2020.
 

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Trump pays $110,000 for failing to comply with subpoena in civil probe: N.Y. AG
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Publishing date:May 20, 2022 • 17 hours ago • 1 minute read • 53 Comments

NEW YORK — Former U.S. President Donald Trump has paid a $110,000 fine for his failure to respond to a subpoena in a civil investigation into his business practices, a spokesperson for the New York attorney general said on Friday.


The payment of the fine was one of three steps Trump needed to take for a judge to lift a contempt of court order issued last month for his lack of cooperation with Letitia James’ probe into whether the Trump Organization gave banks and tax authorities misleading financial information.

The judge, Arthur Engoron, held Trump in contempt and fined him $10,000 per day starting last month after finding it was not clear Trump had conducted a complete search for additional documents James had requested.

Engoron conditionally lifted the contempt order and the fine stopped accruing last week after Trump submitted details of his search for records. But Engoron said he would start fining Trump again if he did not pay by May 20.


He also required that a third-party firm complete its review of the Trump Organization’s records for relevant documents, and that Trump employees must submit affidavits on his practices for handling records, by that date. As of Friday afternoon, the former condition had been met but the latter had not, the spokesperson said.

Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

James has said her probe has found evidence that the company – which manages hotels, golf courses and other real estate throughout the world – misstated asset valuations to get benefits such as favorable loans and tax breaks.

A Republican, Trump denies wrongdoing and has called the investigation politically motivated. James is a Democrat.

The fine money will be held in escrow until a higher court weighs in on Trump’s appeal of the contempt order.