Trump news today: Trump attacks ‘absolute loser’ McConnell as special master named in Mar-a-Lago papers probe

Jen Psaki says Democrats ‘love to be opposed’ to Donald Trump ahead of midterms

A Florida judge has appointed Donald Trump’s nominee as special master in the FBI investigation into top secret papers seized by agents from his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Judge Raymond Dearie will now review materials seized during the raid of the former president’s estate after Mr Trump successfully demanded someone be appointed.

US District Judge Aileen Cannon also rejected the Justice Department’s request to summarize its criminal investigation into the classified documents. Judge Cannon said that she was not willing to accept the government’s assertions that nearly 100 documents taken from Mr Trump’s estate were classified.

“The court does not find it appropriate to accept the government’s conclusions on these important and disputed issues without further review by a neutral third party in an expedited and orderly fashion,” she ruled.

Earlier, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows reportedly complied with a Justice Department subpoena tied to the investigation into the events surrounding the January 6 Capitol riot. He is the most senior member of the Trump administration to comply with such an order.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump took time to release a statement attacking “absolute loser” Mitch McConnell for being the Democrats’ “lapdog”.


National Guard activated to assist with DeSantis migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced he plans to activate the National Guard, among the relief efforts his administration is supplying for the 50 migrants who were flown into Martha’s Vineyard under Governor Ron DeSantis’s controversial relocation program.

“The island communities are not equipped to provide sustainable accommodation, and state officials developed a plan to deliver a comprehensive humanitarian response,” said the governor’s office in a statement released Friday.

Johanna Chisholm reports.


Only 26 per cent of voters say appropriate for Trump to take home government documents

A new Fox News poll shows a solid two-thirds majority of voters believe it was “inappropriate” for former president Donald Trump to have a stash of more than 11,000 documents belonging to the government at the end of his term in the White House.

The survey also found that just 26 per cent of US voters believe Mr Trump’s actions were “appropriate,” compared with the 65 per cent who said it was not.

Andrew Feinberg takes a look at the latest data.


Book reveals Trump tried replacing AG with two cabinet members in order to fire Mueller

Former president Donald Trump was so intent on firing the Department of Justice special counsel charged with investigating his 2016 campaign’s potential ties with Russia that he offered the job of attorney general to two members of his cabinet on condition that they would carry out his wish.

In their upcoming book The Divider: Trump in the White House 2017-2021authors Peter Baker and Susan Glasser report how Mr Trump responded to then-White House counsel Don McGahn’s refusal to order the firing of ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller by asking members of his cabinet to relieve then-attorney general Jeff Sessions and promptly sack the widely-respected ex-prosecutor.

Andrew Feinberg has the latest excerpt from the soon-to-be-released book.


Tucker Carlson claims ‘liberal’ Ken Burns compared DeSantis’ treatment of migrants to Holocaust

Fox’s Tucker Carlson raged at “liberals” for what he perceived as their uneven and hypocritical reaction to migrants being flown into Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

In a segment on his Thursday night program, the right-wing pundit specifically took filmmaker Ken Burns to task over comments the American documentarian had made earlier that day that compared the Florida governor to an authoritarian leader.

Joanna Chisholm reports on Carlson’s comments.


Biden slams GOP governors’ migrant flights: ‘Playing politics with human beings’

President Joe Biden on Thursday slammed Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ for using bus and plane-loads of migrants as a way to punish leaders of Democratic-led state and local governments.

Speaking at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual gala, Mr Biden hit out at the GOP governors less than a day after Mr Abbott sent two busloads of South and Central American asylum seekers to Washington and Mr DeSantis funded a planeload of migrants’ transportation from Texas to Massachusetts.

Andrew Feinberg reports on the president’s comments.


Marjorie Taylor Greene accused of kicking gun control activist

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared to kick a young gun control activist outside the Capitol when the pro-gun Republican was confronted about mass shootings in the US.

Ms Greene also asked another activist questioning her about gun safety to move to another country.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar reports.


Trump oversaw ‘coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn an election’

House select committee chair Bennie Thompson: “There can be no doubt that there was a coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn an election overseen and directed by Donald Trump… And so, there needs to be accountability. Accountability under the law. Accountability to the American people.”


Martha’s Vineyard community galvanized to aid migrants sent as part of DeSantis stunt

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida faced international condemnation and scrutiny as the latest GOP governor escalating the party’s widely derided scheme of shipping vulnerable groups of migrants out of their states in cold protest of President Joe Biden.

But the arrival of 50 migrants on Martha’s Vineyard – known as a summer getaway for wealthier Americans – has galvanized communities across the small island off the coast of Massachusetts, providing immediate shelter and relief for a group of people and families deceptively collected into plans out of Texas, more than 2,000 miles away, at taxpayers’ expense.

Alex Woodward reports on how a community came together to help the new arrivals.


Trump and his aides pushed for AT&T to sell CNN to Rupert Murdoch

Former president Donald Trump and his aides pushed for AT&T to sell CNN to Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch as the then-president was pushing to block the telecommunications company’s merger with Time Warner in the early days of his presidency.

According to a pre-release copy of authors Peter Baker and Susan Glasser’s book The Divider which The Independent obtained ahead of its’ 20 September publication date, Mr Murdoch twice offered to buy CNN as a way to smooth the way for the merger by taking over an independent news outlet which Mr Trump viewed as an enemy.

Andrew Feinberg has the details.


Trump helped release drug prisoners… now he wants to execute them

After helping release people convicted of drug crimes, Donald Trump now wants the death penalty for those same offences.

Experts and the people given a reprieve by the former president warn The Independent‘s Josh Marcus and Alex Woodward against the dangers of his rhetoric.

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