Mary Trump predicted on her podcast that if Donald Trump gets back into power, he will “take revenge” on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“Donald Trump, visiting Michigan for the second time in six months to rouse his base ahead of the midterm elections, delivered a grim speech Saturday mired in grievances against Democrats, characterizing himself as persecuted by enemies and the nation as threatened by rising prices, crime and the possibility of a Third World War,” the Detroit Free Press reports,
“Describing Democrats as ‘cruel and vindictive left-wing tyrants’ and calling them ‘sinister’ and ‘venomous,’ the former president called on his followers to elect a slate of Republicans he has endorsed to office on Nov. 8, warning that a failure to do so could have dire results.”
Said Trump: “These are dangerous people who are willing to burn every American institution to the ground.”
“The National Archives and Records Administration said that it hasn’t recovered all the presidential records that were supposed to be turned over at the end of the Trump administration,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Some White House staff had conducted official business using accounts that weren’t forwarded to their official electronic accounts, the National Archives said in a Sept. 30 letter to House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).”
“The Justice Department moved to quickly dismantle the independent review of documents seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, contending that the review — ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon — is impeding its criminal investigation,” Politico reports.
“In a 15-page filing asking a federal appeals court to speed its consideration of the issue, prosecutors complained the “special master” review prevents DOJ from accessing thousands of non-classified records recovered from the former president’s estate.”
“Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to be deposed in the defamation lawsuit brought by a former magazine columnist on October 19,” CNN reports.
“After attorney Christopher Kise accepted $3 million to represent Donald Trump in the FBI’s investigation of government documents stored at Mar-a-Lago, the veteran litigator argued that Trump should adopt a new strategy,” the Washington Post reports.
“Turn down the temperature with the Department of Justice, Kise — a former Florida solicitor general — counseled his famously combative client… But quiet has never been Trump’s style — nor has harmony within his orbit.”
“Instead, just a few weeks after Kise was brought aboard, he finds himself in a battle, trying to convince Trump to go along with his legal strategy and fighting with some other advisers who have counseled a more aggressive posture. The dispute has raged for at least a week, Trump advisers say, with the former president listening as various lawyers make their best arguments.”
USA Today: Judge gives Trump more time to challenge Mar-a-Lago documents.
“Barack Obama told reporters in his last days as president that he wasn’t worried about a single Donald Trump term, but was concerned about a ‘sustained period’ of political norms being undermined if he served two terms,” according to newly released documents obtained by Bloomberg News.
“Obama met with reporters three days before Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 17, 2017, for an off-the-record conversation. A White House transcript of the meeting — which was never reported under the ground rules agreed upon by the journalists — was included in a cache of documents released by the Justice Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.”
“According to a new book, Donald Trump came up with his famous excuse for not releasing his tax returns on the fly – literally, while riding his campaign plane during the 2016 Republican primary,” The Guardian reports.
“Trump thought for a second about how to ‘get myself out of this’, as he said. He leaned back, before snapping up to a sudden thought.”
“‘Well, you know my taxes are under audit. I always get audited,’ Trump said … ‘So what I mean is, well I could just say, ‘I’ll release them when I’m no longer under audit. ‘Cause I’ll never not be under audit.'”
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman reports in her book, Confidence Man, out Tuesday — that former President Trump had threatened internally to go after her phone records to expose leakers, Axios reports.
Writes Haberman: “Trump, angry about my published stories, would bellow that he wanted administration officials to obtain my phone records and identify my sources. It did not appear that anyone ever acted on it.”
“U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon brushed aside an order from the special master in the Mar-a-Lago case requiring former President Trump to back his claims the FBI planted evidence in his home in an order that also extends the deadline for completing the review,” The Hill reports.
“Boris Epshteyn, one of former President Donald Trump’s most prominent lawyers, testified on Thursday before a special grand jury in Atlanta that has been convened as part of a criminal investigation into election interference by Mr. Trump and his allies,” the New York Times reports.
“Mr. Epshteyn played a central role in efforts to keep Mr. Trump in power despite his loss in the 2020 election. He now serves as an in-house counsel for the former president, helping coordinate the Trump team’s various legal defense efforts; a separate federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s mishandling of classified documents is underway, along with the inquiry by the Congressional committee investigating the attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021.”
“A company that organized a lucrative series of post-White House paid speeches for former president Donald Trump is now struggling to pay vendors, investors and employees, angering Trump allies who supported the effort,” the Washington Post reports.
“The American Freedom Tour, which struck a multimillion-dollar deal with Trump after he left office, has lost two top executives and canceled events in a number of locations as it has failed to pay its bills… Its founder and owner, who has a history of bankruptcy filings, recently sought bankruptcy protection again.”
“The group has promised events in a number of locales but canceled them before they began and appears to be banking on a large event at Mar-a-Lago in December to turn its financial position around.”
“Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are resisting a federal judge’s instruction to submit a sworn declaration on whether they believe the government’s list of property taken from Trump’s Florida estate is accurate,” Reuters reports.
“According to a letter publicly filed by Trump’s lawyers on Wednesday, the former president’s legal team told Senior U.S. Judge Raymond Dearie, who is reviewing the materials taken in the federal raid of the Florida property, that they don’t believe Dearie has the authority to require them to make such a filing.”
“Former President Donald Trump’s request that a judge intervene in the criminal investigation into his hoarding of government documents by appointing a special master increasingly looks like a significant blunder,” the New York Times reports.
Said legal scholar Peter Shane: “Maybe from Trump’s point of view, creating delay and chaos is always a plus, but this has the feel of a giant backfire.”
Rolling Stone: “It was January of 2017, and a newly inaugurated President Donald Trump held a reception at the White House to meet with top congressional leaders. Hors d’oeuvres were on the menu. And the new president turned to a row of racially diverse Democratic staffers and asked them to retrieve the canapes, according to a new book.”
“‘Why don’t you get’ the food, Trump told staffers for Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and others, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s new book, Confidence Man.”
“Shortly after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, as authorities began arresting people across the country in connection with the violence, the political operative Roger Stone Jr. started texting with a lawyer representing President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, seeking a pardon,” the New York Times reports.
Said Stone: “There will be mass prosecutions. Mark my words.”
Donald Trump may be able to avoid the lawsuit filed against him by New York columnist E. Jean Carroll because he qualified as a government employee at the time he allegedly defamed her, Bloomberg reports.
“The newest addition to former President Donald Trump’s legal team, Chris Kise, has been sidelined from the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation less than a month after he was brought on to represent Trump in the matter,” CNN reports.
“Kise is expected to remain on Trump’s legal team but is not leading the work related to the federal government’s investigation into how the former President handled 11,000 documents seized from his Florida home in August following a lengthy effort by the government to retrieve them. The reason for the shift in Kise’s role remains unclear and he may instead focus his efforts on the other investigations Trump is facing, which range from his business practices to the January 6 insurrection.”
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