Trump news today: Ex-president sells DC hotel as ‘ultra-magical’ Kathy Barnette soars in Pennsylvania

Biden mocks Trump as ‘the great MAGA king’ in economics speech

The Trump Organization has announced the sale of a long-term lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, raised by the Miami-based CGI Merchant Group for $375 million.

The Pennsylvania Avenue hotel had served as a symbol of Donald Trump’s influence among politicians and other figures who gathered there, but had also faced multiple corruption charges, from questions about its use during its 2017 inauguration to concerns that bills paid by foreign delegations residing there could be contrary to the remuneration clauses of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, in New York, the former president has been ordered to pay $110,000 in fines when a judge lifted a contempt warrant against him over a legal dispute over Trump organization documents.

On another front, a hardcore pro-Trump candidate running from outside the GOP establishment is rising in the polls in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary to be held next Tuesday. Mr. Trump has backed Dr. Mehmet Oz for the open Senate seat, but many conservatives are disgusted by the TV medic’s track record with liberal stances.

Controversial Ms. Barnette has been criticized as “ultra-maga” by her opponents, but has suddenly raked in millions of dollars in ad spend from right-wing campaign groups.

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GOP donors divided on support for Trump ahead of midterms

Ahead of the midterm elections, some GOP donors are spending millions of dollars to oppose the Donald Trump-approved primary candidates, ABC News reported.

In several high-profile primaries, GOP donors have given large sums to support Republicans battling Trump-backed candidates, according to disclosure filings from the Federal Election Commission.

For example, the filings show that GOP groups spent more than $20 million to help Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has been approved by Mr. Trump, and support his main rival David McCormick in Pennsylvania.

In North Carolina, $18 million came in outside of GOP spending, split between Trump-backed candidate Ted Budd and his rivals.

Club for Growth chairman David McIntosh declined to comment on the alleged split in funding.

“What it means is there are just a lot of people who have energy and are ready to win back the majority, and people who are able to raise a lot of money and spend a lot of money,” said Mr. McIntosh.

FILE – Former President Donald Trump arrives at a rally on March 12, 2022 in Florence, South Carolina. Trump wants to use the November midterm elections to bolster his influence over the Republican party.

(Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Srivasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 09:30

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Audio Reveals Lindsey Graham Shooting Trump After January 6 Riots

According to recordings released by a couple New York Times reporters and played on CNN.

A recording captured Mr Graham saying he believed Mr Trump had misjudged “the passion” of his supporters and reprimanded the ex-president for speaking at the rally immediately preceding the riots.

“He’s playing the TV game and he went too far here,” Graham said. “That rally didn’t help, talking about prescribing Liz [Cheney] – he created a sense of revenge”.

Srivasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 08:34

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Trump sells DC hotel to Miami investor group

Donald Trump’s family hotel in Washington has been sold to a Miami-based investor group.

The Trump Organization announced on Wednesday that it has completed the sale of a long-term lease of the Trump International Hotel to the Miami-based CGI Merchant Group.

Srivasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 07:45

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Supreme Court judges meet for first time since Roe .’s draft ruling leaked

The nine Supreme Court justices will meet privately on Thursday for the first time since the leak of a draft opinion that would reject Roe v. Wade.

The meeting comes amid concerns about the future of abortion rights in the country.

The meeting will be held in the judges’ private, wood-paneled meeting room and could be an exciting affair.

No one is there other than the judges, and the youngest of them, Judge Amy Comey Barrett, is responsible for taking notes, the Associated Press reported.

Protests by abortion rights activists outside the US Supreme Court, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in Washington.

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Srivasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 07:18

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Michael Flynn says US military is “prosecuting” him for taking money from Russian TV channel

Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, claims he is being “persecuted” by the military, which is trying to recover nearly $40,000 paid to him by the Russian government.

Oliver O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 06:10

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National Archives releases more documents to panel of January 6

The National Archives will release another set of documents to the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol Hill riot of Jan. 6 last year, CNN reported.

According to a new batch of letters released by the agency on Wednesday, the document release will contain about 23,000 emails and attachments.

It will be the eighth installment of documents being processed by the Archives for the House committee.

The archives said on Wednesday that they are not withholding any data that Trump wants to keep secret from the home investigators.

The records have consulted with the White House, which does not want to keep the documents secret, CNN reported, citing a letter released Wednesday.

In March, Donald Trump had said he might want to claim administrative law over some of the documents in the National Archives’ collection.

FILE – Violent insurgents loyal to President Donald Trump storm the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Srivasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 05:42

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Emails show Trump’s lawyer told GOP officials to throw away absentee ballots in 2020 election

Newly revealed emails show that Donald Trump’s former attorney John Eastman urged Republican officials in Pennsylvania to throw away thousands of absentee ballots and tell the Commonwealth popular vote to leave Mr. Trump there in an effort to eventually reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Oliver O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 05:30 am

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Biden mocks Trump as ‘the great MAGA king’

President Joe Biden addressed his predecessor Donald Trump in Chicago on Wednesday, calling him “the great MAGA king.”

“Under my predecessor, the great MAGA king, the deficit increased every year he was president,” Biden said in a speech to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

“The first year of my presidency, I reduced the deficit by $350 billion.”

Although the president usually doesn’t mention Trump by name, he did so on Wednesday as he defended his own economic policies amid soaring inflation and an uneasy stock market.

Srivasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 05:09

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New York judge lifts contempt warrant against Trump but orders him $110k. to pay

Donald Trump has been ordered to pay $110,000 in fines after a judge overturned the contempt injunction against him after a dispute over Trump Organization financial documents.

New York judge Arthur Engoron lifted the injunction on the assumption that a number of requirements would be met.

Oliver O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 04:50

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Trump sells Washington hotel to Miami investor group

The Trump Organization said Wednesday it has completed the sale of a long-term lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington to Miami-based CGI Merchant Group.

The hotel had served as a symbol of his power to GOP politicians who gathered there and of corruption to his critics during his tenure as president.

Sources told the Associated Press that the hotel sold for $375 million, netting the Trump family a $100 million profit.

The new owners plan to remove the Trump name from the facade and rename the hotel Waldorf Astoria.

FILE – The Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, can be seen in Washington

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Srivasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 04:46

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