Trump News Today: Ex-president revives false Obama spy claims, amid new book revelations

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

Donald Trump’s disgraced former campaign manager Paul Manafort is being sued by the Justice Department for $3 million he owes in penalties for failing to declare foreign financial interests for several years.

Mr Manafort was sentenced to prison in 2019 after being found guilty of various offenses including bank fraud, money laundering and illegal lobbying. The charges emerged from Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian agents and interests.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump has finally posted on his Truth Social app after months of silence. “I’M BACK! #COVFEFE,” he wrote, alongside a photo of the ex-president on the phone at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

Despite the hopes of various right-wing Republicans, Mr Trump insisted he would not return to Twitter even if Elon Musk reinstated his account. In fact, he said he doesn’t see social platforms as rivals.

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Nebraska Trump rally canceled due to weather

A rally for former President Donald Trump has been canceled due to weather conditions, according to a local broadcaster.

KETV reports that the rally, scheduled for Friday evening, has been postponed to Sunday.

“Thank you to everyone who lined up for our Save America Rally tonight in Greenwood, Nebraska. Due to extreme weather conditions including the possibility of winds over 60 mph, hail and possibly even tornadoes , I will not be coming to Nebraska tonight, but rather, weather permitting, I will be there this Sunday evening, May 1,” Mr. Trump said in an email Friday. “The most important thing is to protect you, and that can’t be done with such dire forecasts. Thanks to Charles W. Herbster and his wonderful staff for working so professionally with us. See you Sunday!”

Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 11:00 p.m.

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Newly released texts show Sean Hannity complaining about ‘crazy people’ hurting Trump’s cause

Text exchanges between Sean Hannity and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows between Election Day and Joe Biden’s inauguration show the Fox News host growing infuriated that the ‘crazy of MAGA are pushing for former President Donald Trump to cancel the 2020 election.

“You fight, it’s good. Fing fools (sic) are NOT fine. They are NOT helping him. I’m sick of these people,” Mr Hannity wrote in a text to Mr Meadows, who said he was “fighting like crazy”.

Learn more in Bevan Hurley’s report below.

Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 10:40 p.m.

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Madison Cawthorn accuses ‘establishment’ of targeting him as video with staff member becomes latest embarrassment

Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn has accused establishment Republicans of targeting him with a “drip campaign” to erode his re-election chances.

A video that emerged in which a male colleague puts his hand on Mr Cawthorn’s crotch made waves on social media this week, and a Policy story centered on footage of Mr. Cawthorn wearing women’s lingerie at a party.

He claims the “RINOs” — Republicans in name only — are trying to smear him.

Craig Graziosi has more in the report below.

Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 10:15 p.m.

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Former Republican Idaho state legislator found guilty of raping intern

A former Republican lawmaker from Idaho has been convicted of raping an intern.

Aaron von Ehlinger, 39, a former Idaho state representative, was convicted on Friday of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern. During the trial, the intern left the witness box as she testified, saying she “can’t do this”.

He is expected to be sentenced on July 28.

Gustaf Kilander has more in his report below.

Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 10:00 p.m.

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Trump set up a MAGA gift booth at the White House, new book claims

Former President Donald Trump reportedly set up a MAGA gift shop inside the White House, according to a new book.

This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future a new book by New York Times authors Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, claims the former president has set up a place where his followers can buy MAGA-themed gifts when they visit.

“They literally hand you a shopping bag and you’ve taken everything you want,” Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey recalls in the book.

Read Andrew Feinberg’s full report below.

Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 9:30 p.m.

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Former Giuliani associate linked to Trump Ukraine scandal mocks Don Jr: ‘You weren’t allowed into the White House’

A former associate of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has mocked Donald Trump Jr, saying he was “not allowed into the White House”.

Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born Florida businessman who was implicated in former President Donald Trump’s plan to pressure Ukraine to smear Joe Biden and his family, mocked Donald Trump Jr on Twitter.

“You weren’t allowed in the White House, but I’d bet Ivanka and Jared were there 27+ times. #LevRemembers,” he wrote.

Johanna Chisholm talks more about the feud below.

Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 9:10 p.m.

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Governor thought Trump was having a nervous breakdown during phone rant about George Floyd protests, book says

Former President Donald Trump reportedly became so obsessed with his demands that governors quell civil rights protests in the summer and fall of 2020 that Gov. Janet Mills of Maine thought he was ‘having a nervous breakdown’ , according to a new book of two New York Times journalists.

The excerpt comes from the book This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future by New York Times journalists Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns.

Andrew Feinberg has more in his report below.

Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 8:50 p.m.

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Second Oath Keeper pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy

A second member of the Oath Keepers, a far-right gang that participated in the Capitol Riot, has pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy and obstruction.

The Justice Department said Oath Keeper Brian Ulrich will cooperate with federal investigators in their ongoing investigation into the Capitol riot.

He faces up to 20 years in prison for seditious conspiracy and an additional 20 years for obstruction.

Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 8:28 p.m.

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Trump Jr calls Ukraine ‘one of the most corrupt countries on the planet’, says US shouldn’t give it money

Donald Trump Jr, son of former President Donald Trump, has called Ukraine ‘the most corrupt country in the world’ after Joe Biden asked Congress to approve a $33 billion aid package for the country besieged by war.

“Hard pass. What if we used it to help Americans in need? Or maybe to secure our border? Maybe revive our energy sector? Education? No, instead we will give it to one of the most corrupt countries in the world, where I am sure most will be plundered by corrupt politicians,” he wrote on Twitter.

Read more in Alisha Rahaman Sarkar’s report below.

Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 8:11 p.m.

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Bob Woodward says generals and Pentagon officials are ‘apoplexy’ about Trump’s mental state

During a live recording of the Skullduggery podcast, famed journalist Bob Woodward said General Mark Milley and other Pentagon officials were “apoplexy” about former President Donald Trump and his mental state.

“General Milley and the people in the Pentagon weren’t just bothered, [they] were apoplectic about it, and apoplectic about Trump and his mental state,” he said.

Graig GraziosiApril 29, 2022 7:44 p.m.

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