Trump News Today: Mark Meadows ordered to testify before grand jury in Georgia election interference investigation

Liz Cheney says ‘no one’ should vote for ‘election deniers’ midterm

Mark Meadows, who served as Donald Trump’s chief of staff at the end of his presidency, failed in his latest attempt to avoid testifying to Georgia investigators probing the former president’s efforts to pressure government officials. State to cancel the 2020 elections.

The news comes just after Hope Hicks, formerly one of Mr Trump’s closest aides, gave an interview to the January 6 select committee. A former communications employee, she played a number of roles in the Trump campaign and in the White House, leaving the administration a week after the Capitol riot.

Mr. Trump himself was formally subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 select committee last week. He was asked to sit for “one or more days of depositional testimony” around November 14.

On another legal front, the Justice Department’s investigation into documents accumulated by Mr. Trump at Mar-a-Lago reportedly focuses on a former White House valet, Walt Nauta, who worked closely with Mr. Trump during and after his presidency – and who was apparently sometimes accused of moving documents between rooms as Mr Trump moved around the building.

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Meadows must testify in Georgia election inquiry, judge says

A judge on Wednesday ordered former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to testify before a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies unlawfully attempted to influence the 2020 election in the state.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis opened the investigation early last year into steps taken by Trump and others to reverse his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

Meadows is one of the former Republican president’s many high-level associates and advisers whose testimony Willis has requested.

Judge orders Meadows to testify in Georgia election inquiry

A judge has ordered former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to testify before a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies unlawfully attempted to influence the 2020 elections in Georgia.

Olivier O’ConnellOctober 26, 2022 5:21 p.m.

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Woodward details how obsessed Trump is with himself

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward, author of three books on Donald Trump and a new audiobook of recordings of their conversations, said the former president’s narcissism was evident throughout these interviews.

Speaking on CNN on Tuesday, Mr Woodward explained what he had observed during his long interactions with Mr Trump during his presidency.

“My assistant, Claire McMullen, has listened to these tapes many, many times,” Mr. Woodward said. “And she found that once Trump referred to the American people, 100 times he referred to himself, which he knows.”

Olivier O’Connell see you.

Andrew NaughtyOctober 26, 2022 4:55 p.m.

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Meadows must testify before GA grand jury, judge rules

Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s last White House chief of staff, lost an attempt to avoid testifying before the grand judge summoned to Fulton County, Georgia, to investigate the Trump circle’s efforts to quash the state elections.

Andrew NaughtyOctober 26, 2022 4:25 p.m.

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Trump donor says ex-president ‘couldn’t spell the Middle East’

Tom Barrack, 75, also described how his business has been affected by the near-constant “drama” emitted by Trump’s White House.

Some of his clients at his private equity firm, Colony Capital, “were upset that I was friends with the president,” he testified Monday, noting that Mr. Trump was seen as someone who “doesn’t couldn’t spell ‘Middle East’. … It was a nightmare.”

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Andrew NaughtyOctober 26, 2022 3:50 p.m.

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Kinzinger: US Closer to Civil War Than People Think

The Daily show A segment last night examined how close the United States was to a large-scale political violence outbreak and even a civil war, with two Republican voters wearing Oath Keepers T-shirts weighing in on the subject.

But alongside die-hard members of the Maga movement, the show also spoke with January 6 committee member Adam Kinzinger, who agreed the United States was closer to civil conflict than many would like. ‘accept.

Andrew NaughtyOctober 26, 2022 3:20 p.m.

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Trump goes after McConnell again

Donald Trump’s hatred for Mitch McConnell is no secret, nor is his contempt for the handful of Republican senators who voted to impeach him after the January 6 attack. Topping the slate in this year’s election cycle is Lisa Murkowski, often described as a ‘moderate’ member of her party’s caucus, who is running for re-election under Alaska’s new ranked choice system. .

Mr. McConnell is invested, both figuratively and literally, in getting her re-elected rather than having a Democratic or Trump-backed alternative in his chamber. And the former president is not impressed, as you might expect:

Andrew NaughtyOctober 26, 2022 2:50 p.m.

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Hope Hicks meets the January 6 panel

The select committee of January 6 would have collected the testimony of Hope Hicks, formerly one of the closest collaborators of Donald Trump.

Ms. Hicks held several positions under Mr. Trump after joining his campaign at the start of the 2016 cycle. She served as White House communications director for a time before ending her service with Mr. Trump less than a week after January 6, when she held the position of “senior adviser” at the time.

She was one of the few high-ranking Trump loyalists, outside of her own family members, to have gone through virtually the entire term of Donald Trump’s presidency. His breaking point eventually came in the wave of resignations that followed the Capitol attack, which included many high-ranking officials such as Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Here is John Bowden with a little background.

Andrew NaughtyOctober 26, 2022 2:20 p.m.

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Report: Trump eyeing Swift Boat strategist for 2024 job

As the endless speculation of another Trump presidential election continues, The Washington Post reports that the ex-president is considering appointing veteran Republican agent Chris LaCivita to a leadership position in a future campaign.

Mr. LaCivita is best known for spearheading efforts to smear 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry for allegedly lying about his military record in Vietnam, which was central to his political brand in the ‘era.

It remains unclear whether Mr. Trump will run for another term, despite hinting at it countless times. Previous reports said members of the GOP leadership convinced him that declaring before the midterm elections would risk turning the vote into a referendum on him, possibly to their detriment.

Andrew NaughtyOctober 26, 2022 1:50 p.m.

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Watch: Trump pressed candidate AZ to utter a big lie

In a somewhat eerie clip from a Tucker Carlson documentary, Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters – who is controversial for many reasons, including his long history of racist posts online – is seen talking on the phone with Donald Trump, who berates him for not doing enough to push the lie that the 2020 election was stolen.

In the clip, Mr. Trump specifically tells Mr. Masters to look more like Kari Lake, a candidate for governor in the same state, who became famous for bringing up the fictitious theft of the election in response to almost every questions put to him.

Polling in the Arizona race shows Trump-backed Masters about four points behind incumbent Democratic Mark Kelly, who is a top Republican target.

Andrew NaughtyOctober 26, 2022 1:20 p.m.

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Ryan: Trump won’t be nominated in 2024

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was the GOP running mate in 2012, said he didn’t expect his party to nominate Donald Trump in the 2024 election — for the simple reason that it would make them lose the presidency.

“We won’t nominate Trump because we want to win,” he told Fox News. “The new swing voter in America is the suburban voter. And it’s really clear that the suburban voter doesn’t like Trump. We are so much more likely to lose with Trump due to the fact that he is not popular with suburban voters.

“Why would we want to risk giving a nomination to someone we know – we haven’t … my party hasn’t lost as fast as we have with Trump.”

Sravasti Dasgupta to the story.

Andrew NaughtyOctober 26, 2022 12:50 p.m.