Trump-Piers Morgan interview today: Ex-president rants about Megan Markle as supporters call for his return to Twitter

‘I’m a more honest man than you’: Trump ends Piers Morgan interview

Piers Morgan aired part two of his much-trailed interview with Donald Trump, an encounter that he said found the ex-president in a foul mood – even as Mr Trump insisted the conversation ended perfectly amicably.

In the interview’s first segment, which was shown last night, the ex-president insisted he had deterred an invasion of Ukraine during his administration by threatening Vladimir Putin “like he’s never been threatened before”.

In advance of their conversation’s screening, Mr Morgan described Mr Trump as “pathological” in his fixation on the supposed theft of the 2020 election, a conspiracy theory for which the journalist insisted there is no evidence.

Meanwhile, the president’s supporters are hopeful that he will go back on his own words and seek to return to Twitter after self-proclaimed “free-speech absolutist” Elon Musk struck a deal to buy the platform.

And on another front, Mr Trump has been found in contempt of proceedings brought against him by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating allegations of fraud in the Trump Organization’s real estate dealings. The ex-president and his associates have now been ordered to pay a $10,000 daily fine until the records are turned over.

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Jan 6 panel to give second invitation to McCarthy before considering action

The committee investigating the riots in the US Capitol is considering to send a second request GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to appear for an interview after he previously declined to voluntarily appear before the panel.

The panel is also looking at summoning a widening group of House Republicans for interviews, chairman Bennie Thompson said, as more information is emerging about their private conversations with the Trump White House in the run-up to the Capitol siege.

“We will probably look at engaging some of the lawmakers by invitation at this point, and we’ll go from there,” Mr Thompson said at the Capitol.

Mr Thompson said that the earlier invitation to Mr McCarthy was sent “before this latest revelation that was reported on tape.” He told reporters that “in all probability” Mr McCarthy would get another invitation.

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Matt Gaetz rips into ‘sniveling’ McCarthy over leaked calls

Republican representative Matt Gaetz slammed Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Whip Steve Scalise after their leaked audio revealed concerns of a Florida man inciting violence on 6 January.

“Rep McCarthy and Rep. Scalise held views about President Trump and me that they shared on sniveling calls with Liz Cheney, not us,” Mr Gaetz wrote. “This is the behavior of weak men, not leaders.”

“While I was protecting President Trump from impeachment, they were protecting Liz Cheney from criticism,” he argued. “On the bright side, you no longer have to be a lobbyist with a $5,000 check to know what McCarthy and Scalise really think. You just have to listen to their own words as they disparage Trump and the Republicans in Congress who fight for him.”

Earlier on Tuesday, a New York Times report revealed details of a call of Mr McCarthy with GOP leadership on 10 January. Mr McCarthy said that Gaetz was “putting people in jeopardy”. He referred to Mr Gaetz and Mo Brooks of Alabama for endangering the security of other lawmakers and the Capitol complex.

Shweta Sharma27 April 2022 05:45

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US Capitol riots panel to hold public hearings in June, says chairman

The House of Representatives Select Committee that is investigating the 6 January 2021 riots on Capitol Hill is to likely hold public hearings in June before they will issue a final report, the chairman of the committee said on Tuesday.

The committee’s members previously said they were aiming for hearings in early spring.

Representative Bennie Thompson said that the panel is “still looking at probably early fall” for releasing the final report in the case.

The revised timeline would allow the panel to release the findings before the midterm elections that would be held on 8 November and would determine who would control the Congress for next two years.

The panel is investigating then-president Donald Trump’s role in the riots when thousands of his supporters attacked police and stormed into the building.

Shweta Sharma27 April 2022 05:02

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Biden’s plan to blunt migrant surge without Trump-era Covid order

The Biden administration plans to implement an “aggressive application of immigration law” as part of a government-wide plan to blunt an expected surge of migrants at the US-Mexico border after expiration of a Trump-era policy which closed the border to most migrants on public health grounds.

A memorandum authored by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas outlines the Department of Homeland Security’s role in leading a “whole-of- government plan to prepare for and manage increased encounters of noncitizens” starting on 23 May, when the Centers for Disease Control’s order barring most migrants from entering the country will no longer be enforced.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

Justin Vallejo27 April 2022 04:00

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Madison Cawthorn caught with gun at North Carolina airport, report says

According to unnamed sources with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who spoke to WSOC-TV, the loaded 9mm handgun was found in Mr Cawthorn’s luggage at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday morning. It is not clear whether the congressman will face charges, but the station said he’s been “cited.”

The news echoes a similar incident in February 2021, when TSA agents found a weapon – also a 9mm handgun – in Mr Cawthorn’s carry-on at Asheville Regional Airport. He was not charged over that incident.

Nathan Place has the story,

Justin Vallejo27 April 2022 03:00

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Watch: Trump says whether he’ll run again in 2024

”Let me just say this, I think a lot of people will be happy,” Trump says. But will he run? Watch the full exchange below.

Trump refuses to say if he’ll run in 2024 but says a lot of people will be happy

Justin Vallejo27 April 2022 02:00

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Psaki hits out at Trump for spending $15bn on border wall

White House press secretary Jen Psaki slammed former president Donald Trump’s approach to managing the US immigration system on Monday in response to questioning about the situation the Biden administration is facing at the southern border today.

Under repeated questions about the death of a National Guardsman who drowned last week while attempting to assist migrants in the treacherous Rio Grande, Ms Psaki blamed the Trump White House for spending four years in power without passing meaningful immigration reform legislation through Congress.

“Well, I would just say — if we just dial it back a few years to, kind of, what we inherited here — the former president invested billions of dollars in a border wall that was never going to work or be effective, instead of working towards comprehensive immigration reform,” Ms Psaki said.

John Bowden has the story.

Justin Vallejo27 April 2022 01:00

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Watch: Donald Trump says he’s ‘much more honest’ than Piers Morgan

”I think I’m a very honest man… much more honest than you actually,” Trump tells Morgan. “Because I don’t think you’re real”. Watch the full exchange below.

Donald Trump says he’s ‘much more honest’ than Piers Morgan

Justin Vallejo27 April 2022 00:00

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Trump accuses Piers Morgan of ‘overreacting’ after he walked off Good Morning Britain

Piers Morgan’s new show Uncensored aired for the second time on TalkTV today (26 April), with the final instalment of his interview with one-term US president Donald Trump.

During the scattered interview, Trump said Morgan “overreacted” when he walked off the set of Good Morning Britain last year, after being confronted about negative remarks he’d made about Meghan Markle. “I thought you overreacted by the way,” said Trump.

Amanda Whiting has the story.

Justin Vallejo26 April 2022 23:00

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Key takeaways from Trump’s interview with Piers Morgan

Walking out, holes-in-one and Meghan Markle. The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg has the key takeaways from the Trump-Morgan tapes.

Justin Vallejo26 April 2022 22:00

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