Biden roasts Trump ‘plague’ at White House Correspondents Dinner
A new book claims that former president Donald Trump wanted George Floyd protesters to be shot in the legs.
“Can’t you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?” former Defense Secretary Mark Esper claims Mr Trump asked at the time.
Speaking at an Ohio rally yesterday, Mr Trump drew ridicule for forgetting the name of JD Vance, the Senate candidate and former Hillbilly Elegy author he has endorsed for the state’s open Senate seat. Instead, he mangled Mr Vance’s name with that of Josh Mandel, another late-developing Trumpist who was previously considered a frontrunner for the crucial seat.
At another rally, this one in Nebraska, Mr Trump appearead with Charles Herbster, a gubernatorial candidate accused of sexual misconduct by at least eight women. Mr Trump complained that Mr Herbster has “been badly maligned, and it’s a shame. That’s why I came out here.” He added: “It would have been easy for me to say: ‘I am not gonna come.’”
Meanwhile, in Fulton County, Georgia, prosecutors have begun the process of selecting members of a special grand jury convened to hear evidence as to whether Mr Trump or any of his allies broke the law with their efforts to pressure state officials into throwing out Joe Biden’s victory in the state in 2020.
Georgia forming special grand jury to investigate Trump’s bullying of official after election loss
Grand jurors are due to start being impanelled in Georgia on Monday to examine whether former President Donald Trump and his allies tried to illegally influence the 2020 election.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who has been investigating election interference in the state since early last year, requested the grand jury in January to allow her to issue subpoenas to those who have refused to cooperate otherwise.
The District Attorney’s office is looking into a January 2021 phone call in which Trump pushed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the votes needed for him to win the state.
“I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Mr Trump said during the conversation.
The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more in the story below.
Graig Graziosi3 May 2022 04:00
House January 6 committee asks Reps Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks and Ronny Jackson for information
The House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection has requested interviews with Republican Representatives Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, and Ronny Jackson of Texas as part of its probe into the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814.
In a statement, Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice-Chair Liz Cheney said the panel has found “several of our colleagues” are in possession of “information relevant to our investigation into the facts, circumstances, and causes of January 6th”.
Read more from Andrew Feinberg on the requests in the story below.
Graig Graziosi3 May 2022 03:00
New book says Trump wanted troops to open fire on BLM protesters: ‘Can’t you just shoot them?’
Former president Donald Trump reportedly asked if law enforcement could “just shoot” George Floyd protesters who took to the streets in 2020 to demonstrate against police violence.
Read more in Nathan Place’s story below.
Graig Graziosi3 May 2022 02:00
NYPD veteran found guilty of assaulting officer at Capitol riot
A former New York City Police Department officer and a US Marine Corps veteran has been convicted of assaulting a police officer during the Capitol riot. Jurors rejected his argument that he acted in self defence when he tackled an officer to the ground.
Thomas Webster is the direct 6 January defendant to be tried for assault and to attempt to make a self defece claim to justify his actions.
Alex Woodward has more in the story below.
Graig Graziosi3 May 2022 01:00
Republican Governor of Arkansas mulling presidential run in 2024
Republican Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson said he was considering a 2024 presidential run, and said former president Donald Trump’s involvement in that race would not impact his decision.
Mr Hutchinson, a two-term governor, cannot run for a third term due to Arkansas state law.
He told CNN that he was not aligned with Mr Trump’s ideas and wanted to take the country in a different direction.
“I think he did a lot of good things for our country, but we need to go a different direction. And so that’s not a factor in my decision-making process,” he said.
Graig Graziosi3 May 2022 00:00
A Republican Federal Communications Commission member backed Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, arguing that his “state intention to ease Twitter’s restrictions on speech … would almost certainly enhance competition and better serve those Americans, the majority, who value free speech.”
Nathan Simington, the official, said Monday the FCC “cannot, and should not, block this sale.”
“We should instead applaud Mr. Musk for doing something about a serious problem that government has so far failed to address,” he said.
Ars Technica reports that Mr Simington was nominated to the FCC by then-president Donald Trumo in 2020. He replaced another Republican commissioner who disagreed with Mr Trump that the FCC needed to crack down on social media “censorship.”
Graig Graziosi2 May 2022 23:00
Fox News correspondent says Trump will run again and lose
Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored and said he believed former president Donald Trump will run again, but that he will lose.
“His ego has been rattled and it’s a grudge now,” Mr Rivera said.
Graig Graziosi2 May 2022 22:00
What you’ll find on Truth Social, Trump’s social media platform for ‘free expression’
The Independent’s Alex Woodward writes,
“Truth Social, former President Donald Trump’s platform to ‘stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech,’ as he described it, is the most high profile among several newer platforms to launch as a direct challenge to mainstream platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, viewed among right-wing figures and users as too constrictive or conspiring to remove their views after they were kicked off for flouting rules about Covid-19 misinformation, violence and harassment.”
Take a deep dive into the former president’s social media venture in the story below.
Graig Graziosi2 May 2022 21:45
Trucker convoy members suing Washington DC over barricades, citing First Amendment rights
Sixteen truckers who participated in the Washington DC trucker protest earlier this year are suing the district for erecting barricades that prevented them from exercising their “constitutionally protected right to free speech” within the city.
The case alleges the truckers’ First Amendment rights were violated, according to DCist. It claims that the truckers were not able to excercise their First Amendment rights to protest a “continued state of emergency declaration and Covid-19 related policies” due to the obstacles.
DC Metropolitian Police and the city’s Department of Public Work blocked exits on I-395 and I-695 on days during the protest. Police said they closed the exits to allow traffic to continue moving safely.
The blockades did not prevent total access to the city, and affected all drivers, not just the truckers.
Graig Graziosi2 May 2022 21:10
Trump to support Liz Cheney’s opponent in Wyoming
Former president Donald Trump will reportedly campaign against Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney in Wyoming later this month.
Mr Trump will reportedly back Harriet Hageman, an attorney who is set to take on Ms Cheney in the state’s Republican primary.
“It will be a tremendous honor and incredibly exciting to have President Trump visit with us and it will no doubt be the largest political event in Wyoming history. His policies were the best that we have ever seen, from building the greatest economy in the world, to driving America to energy independence, to enforcing our immigration laws, and I expect thousands of Wyomingites to come out to thank him enthusiastically,” Ms Hageman said in a statement.
Read more in Eric Garcia’s story below.
Graig Graziosi2 May 2022 20:45