News from Trump today: Ex-president raises funds for new plane after emergency landing

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It has emerged that Donald Trump’s plane had to make an emergency landing in New Orleans shortly after taking off from the Louisiana city after the plane suffered an engine failure over the Gulf of Mexico, he revealed. The pilot immediately turned around and landed just before 11 p.m. Saturday. The former president’s campaign organization has since begun sending out emails asking for funds for a new “Trump Force One”, but without mentioning the incident over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee is suing the Jan. 6 select committee, accusing it of “illegal seizure of information.” The committee is also facing legal action from hard-line former White House aide Stephen Miller, whose phone records it sought to obtain via subpoena.

And in other news, an interview published yesterday, Mr Trump bragged about his supposed history of resisting Russia, reiterating his recent claims that the invasion of Ukraine did not happen under his watch. . However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy broke with his recent comments praising Mr Putin, saying there was nothing “scholarly or genius” about the Russian president.


Trump revisits hatred of windmills in bizarre interview

Addressing the Complete shipment podcast, hosted by Canadian YouTubers known as the Nelk Boys, Mr Trump answered a question about the war with Ukraine by launching a tirade against wind power, which he has harbored an antipathy to for years.

“Windmills don’t work,” he said. “They are too expensive. They kill all the birds. They ruin your landscapes. And yet, environmentalists love windmills,” he continued. “And I’ve been preaching that for years.

“Wind turbines – and I had them down – but wind turbines are the most expensive energy you can have. And they don’t work.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 10, 2022 3:40 p.m.


Officer’s suicide on January 6 declared a death ‘in the line of duty’

One of the many police officers who killed himself after his violent experience during the Capitol Riot has been officially declared dead in the line of duty. Jeffrey Smith, a Washington Metropolitan Police officer, suffered head trauma during the riot and committed suicide days later.

The declaration at his death means that his widow will be entitled to survivor benefits.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 10, 2022 3:10 p.m.


After several years in which Donald Trump and his allies have amplified the false claim that the US election infrastructure is deeply compromised, US election officials are reporting an alarming increase in the threats and abuses they receive.

A new survey from the Brennan Center shows workers are experiencing severe verbal abuse both online and offline, and many are quitting their jobs because of it. More worryingly, the pollsters write: “Nearly three times as many local election officials are very concerned about interference from political leaders in the way they and their fellow local election officials do their jobs in the future as they say the to be before 2020”.

You can read the full survey report here.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 10, 2022 2:40 p.m.


John Bolton: Trump ‘did Putin’s job for him’

Former Hawkish national security adviser John Bolton, who has spoken and written extensively about the experience working for Donald Trump, delivered another broadside against his former boss, explaining that his claims that he was “tough” towards Russia are more than a little off the mark.

“I think one of the reasons Putin didn’t budge during Trump’s tenure was that he saw the president’s hostility to NATO,” Bolton said yesterday when asked about the situation. in Ukraine.

“For Putin, it’s a binary proposition, a weaker NATO is a stronger Russia, so I think Putin saw Trump doing a lot of his work for him, and thought maybe in a second term , Trump would keep his promise to leave NATO.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 10, 2022 2:10 p.m.


Catch-up: The alleged Russian agent who sought to meet Trump

The FBI is looking for Elena Branson, a Russian-American dual citizen who allegedly worked as a Russian government agent while doing business in the United States for nearly a decade. She is accused of a long list of offenses – and also allegedly tried unsuccessfully to arrange a meeting with Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

As Alex Woodward reports:

In March 2016, she was tasked with arranging a meeting with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, attempts which appear to have been unsuccessful, according to the complaint.

She also emailed an adviser to Mr. Trump after the 2016 presidential election “congratulating him on his victory in the presidential election” as well as an invitation to the world chess championship.

Other correspondence collected by investigators as part of the complaint appears to show Ms. Branson coordinating meetings with US lawmakers and Russian officials.

Read more about Ms. Branson’s exploits below.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 10, 2022 1:20 p.m.


Far-right Trump ally charged again with driving offense

Madison Cawthorn, a hard-right congresswoman from North Carolina, has for the second time been charged with driving a car with a suspended license.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 10, 2022 12:50 p.m.


Background: Trump’s role in the Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping case

The case has been complicated by allegations that informants used by the FBI to infiltrate the plan may have ‘coerced’ some of the defendants into participating in the alleged plot, but the court has already heard undeniably disturbing details from the plot. The investigation – and furious anti-Whitmer rhetoric spouted by Donald Trump at the time became a factor.

As Justin Vallejo reports:

The trial against four militia members, which began this week, heard that the so-called ‘Wolverine Watchmen’ had been ‘sent overboard’ by Covid and the ‘tyrant’ governor’s mask mandates and lockdowns .

The FBI announced their arrest on Oct. 8, 2020, the same day Trump appeared on Fox News to stir up anger over his coronavirus policies.

Here he explains what is at stake in the case and why the former president’s name has come up.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 10, 2022 12:20 p.m.


ICYMI: “Trump Force One” fundraiser underway after emergency landing

Donald Trump began asking his supporters for money to finance the creation of a new personal plane. Here’s how he framed it in a fundraising email:

Do you remember Trump Force One? Before becoming the greatest president of all time, I flew across the country in my plane, known as Trump Force One. I have a very important update on my aircraft, but I need to be sure you won’t share it with anyone: my team is building a BRAND NEW Trump Force One. The construction of this aircraft remained secret – even the fake media don’t know – and I can’t wait to unveil it for everyone to see.

What the president failed to mention is that his current plane was forced to make an emergency landing last weekend in New Orleans after an engine failure over the Gulf of Mexico.

Sravasti Dasgupta has the story.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 10, 2022 11:50 am


Is extremism acceptable in the GOP? McCarthy hesitates

Kevin McCarthy has again dodged questions about whether extremist representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar should or will be punished for speaking at this year’s AFPAC, an openly far-right conference that featured homophobic speakers. , anti-Semites and white nationalists.

Asked if the two members would face any repercussions, Mr McCarthy said his conversations with them would not be made public – but confirmed that both “have the ability to get [committee assignments] depending on when he comes.

John Bowden has the story.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 10, 2022 11:20 a.m.


Why the RNC is suing the January 6 commission

The January 6 commission’s investigation has many facets, and therefore many people and organizations of interest, including the Republican Party itself. Now, GOP Chief Counsel Justin Riemer has claimed the panel is “seizing” confidential information from the RNC and its supporters as it seeks to understand their activities leading up to the Capitol Riot.

Filing a complaint to stop the committee’s decision, he said:

“Nancy Pelosi and the Committee have weaponized the investigative powers of Congress by issuing this incredibly broad subpoena that tramples on the basic First Amendment rights of the RNC and millions of Americans,” he said in a statement Wednesday. communicated. “The RNC challenges this unconstitutional scope so that one of the two major American political parties cannot use government force to unlawfully seize the other’s private and sensitive information.”

Eric Garcia has more on the latest setbacks.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 10, 2022 10:50 am

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