Trump news – latest: New York AG Letitia James set for ‘major announcement’, as E Jean Carroll to file new case

Trump claims his supporters are jailed for refusing to say bad things about him

New York attorney general Letitia James has said her office is set to make a “major announcement” on Wednesday morning.

The state’s top lawyer has rejected at least one settlement offer from former president Donald Trump, who her office has been investigating for the past three years, according to The New York Times.

But she has given no details of why she called the press conference for 10.30am ET, to which press have been invited.

Earlier, Judge Raymond Dearie, the independent arbiter tasked with inspecting documents seized in the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home said on Tuesday he intends to push briskly through the review process and appeared skeptical of the Trump team’s reluctance to say whether it believed the records had been declassified.

The legal team also appeared to acknowledge that the Department of Justice investigation into classified documents at Mar-a-Lago could result in criminal charges.

Mr Trump earlier criticised FBI agents for allegedly ruining carpets during the search last month and leaving his wife Melania Trump feeling “very violated”. More than 100 documents marked classified or top secret were recovered.

The files are among more than 11,000 taken from Mar-a-Lago in the investigation into the mishandling of official documents, which President Joe Biden described in recent days as being  “irresponsible”.

Meanwhile, the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot has announced the time and date for what could be the final public hearing on the matter before the group publishes its official findings.

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Trump says surveillance tape of FBI Mar-a-Lago search ‘looks like a military coup’

Former president Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed surveillance footage of the court-authorised FBI search of his Palm Beach, Florida, home shows a scene akin to one in which the military deposes a civilian government.

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Trump lawyers admit ex-president could be indicted over Mar-a-Lago papers

Attorneys for former president Donald Trump have admitted that the twice-impeached ex-president could face federal criminal charges as a result of his hoarding more than 100 classified, government-owned documents at his Palm Beach, Florida home.

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New York AG to make ‘major announcement’ – but will it be about Trump?

New York attorney general Letitia James has said her office is set to make a “major announcement” within hours.

The state’s top lawyer has rejected at least one settlement offer from former president Donald Trump, who her office has been investigating for the past three years.

But she has given no details of why she called the press conference for 10.30am ET, to which press have been invited.

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Ron Johnson mocked for slip saying he ‘condones’ white supremacism

Republican Senator Ron Johnson made an unfortunate slip during an interview on Fox News, accidentally saying he “condones” white supremacy before quickly correcting himself to say he “condemns” the ideology.

Mr Johnson appeared on Fox News opposite anchor Maria Bartiromo and discussed how other Congress members frequently cited white supremacy as an issue. That’s when he slipped up.

Graig Graziosi has the story.

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Federal lawsuit filed against DeSantis administration over migrant flights

Attorneys for a group of migrants who boarded unannounced flights to Martha’s Vineyard from San Antonio, Texas have filed a federal class action lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who allegedly directed a “fraudulent and discriminatory scheme” to transport a group of 50 people, including families with small children, as part of a political stunt.

The lawsuit alleges the governor and members of his administration targeted immigrants who were recently released from shelters with false promises of job opportunities, education and financial assistance before they landed on the island with only volunteered support from local groups and emergency assistance from state agencies.

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Voices:Tucker Carlson’s latest LGBT rant proves he’s become radicalized

Skylar Baker-Jordan writes:

Tucker Carlson is at it again. The far-right Fox News host spent much of his show last night stoking hatred and, as Kat Abu of Media Matters tweeted, “openly calling for violence against teachers and LGBTQ+ people.”

Abu included in her tweet a truly chilling clip of Carlson from his show, ranting about LGBTQ people allegedly grooming children — an age-old homophobic trope used to position gender and sexual minorities as perverts and threats.

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Don Jr likes clip of royal commentator saying Africans should pay slave trade reparations

Donald Trump Jr liked a Twitter post with a video of CNN host Don Lemon being stunned into silence by a royal commentator claiming descendants of British sailors should be paid reparations over the African slave trade.

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Trump aide follows him around giving positive reinforcement, report says

Citing people told of the practice, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reports that in the 20 months in which Donald Trump has been out of office, a rotating cast of aides has been tasked with following him around the golf course at the club he’s at to give him positive reinforcement from Twitter and wherever else they find it on the web.

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Judge tasked with reviewing Trump documents sceptical of ex-president’s legal strategy

The senior federal judge who is tasked with reviewing the more than 11,000 government-owned documents retrieved from former president Donald Trump’s home appeared sceptical of the ex-president’s lawyers’ claim that they need not tell him whether Mr Trump declassified any of the 100 records which still bore classification markings when they were found by investigators.

After Trump lawyer James Trusty told Senior District Judge Raymond Dearie that he and his colleagues were “not in a position” to tell him whether Mr Trump ordered any of the records at issue declassified before his term as president ended, Judge Dearie replied: “You did bring a lawsuit.”

Andrew Feinberg reports for The Independent.

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After Supreme Court ruling, why didn’t Coach Kennedy go back to school?

Lawyers for a high school football school who lost his job after repeatedly praying on the touchline with students have insisted he does want his position back even though he has not yet filled in the required paperwork and has been busy speaking on the “conservative celebrity circuit”.

Joe Kennedy, 53, made international headlines this summer after the conservative US Supreme Court ruled in his favour when he argued that school officials in Washington state had violated his right to free speech under the First Amendment.

Andrew Buncombe has the story.

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