‘Get ready’: Trump says he will ‘very probably’ run again for president in 2024
After Donald Trump told a rally crowd in Sioux City, Iowa, that he is likelier than ever to run for president in 2024, multiple outlets are now reporting that his aides are homing in on 14 November as a date to announce a new campaign.
“In order to make our country successful and safe and glorious, I will very, very, very probably do it again,” Mr Trump told the rally crowd last night. “Get ready, that’s all I’m telling you – very soon. Get ready.”
No final decision has apparently been made on the timing of the announcement, but Mr Trump has been trailing it heavily for more than a year.
In addition, CNN reports that as a Trump 2024 run looks likely, Justice Department officials have discussed the potential need for a special counsel for the January 6 and Mar-a-Lago documents investigations. A flurry of activity is expected after the midterms.
Meanwhile, the judge handling New York Attorney General Letitia James’ fraud lawsuit against the Trump Organization and the Trump family has ruled an independent monitor will oversee the company, restricting its ability to conduct business.
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Gustaf Kilander5 November 2022 09:00
Media preps for 2022 election with focus on democracy issues
Time was, a television reporter assigned to “democracy issues” would have a quiet time on election night sets, occasionally popping up to talk about broken voting machines at a polling place or two.
That’s not the case in 2022.
Between election deniers and threats to voting rights, news organizations have emphasized the beat. That will continue next Tuesday, with coverage plans for the midterms rounding into shape.
CBS News will have its first-ever “Democracy Desk” to look at those issues and how law enforcement is dealing with threats. NBC News‘ “Vote Watch Unit” is looking at election security and disinformation. ABC News has assigned the team of Dan Abrams, Pierre Thomas, Terry Moran and Kate Shaw to the topic.
News teams, mindful of public suspicion about journalists, also promise transparency in their own operations.
“Because there is an adamant disinformation campaign, there are efforts to sow chaos, one of the most important things we can do is stick to the facts,” said CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell.
Following a precedent set in the 2018 midterms, the broadcast networks will set aside their entire prime-time schedules to follow the action. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC will have wall-to-wall coverage. There will be a wealth of online options for those whom one screen won’t do.
Expect surprises. Close pre-election polls, with control of the House and Senate up for grabs, combined with the lingering question of whether any politician will take Donald Trump’s example from 2020 and not accept the results, make the night potentially combustible.
Gustaf. Kilander5 November 2022 08:00
Trump aide appears before Mar-a-Lago grand jury
An aide to former President Donald Trump who has said he was present as Trump declassified broad categories of materials has appeared before a federal grand jury after being given immunity for his testimony, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Kash Patel appeared Thursday after the Justice Departmen t agreed to grant him immunity from prosecution for his testimony and after a federal judge in Washington entered a sealed order to that effect.
He had invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during an earlier appearance before the grand jury, but the Justice Department — in an apparent acknowledgment of his importance as a witness — later offered him the form of immunity that protects him from having his testimony used against him.
The Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the discovery of top-secret records seized in an FBI search of Trump’s Florida property, Mar-a-Lago, on Aug. 8. The FBI removed more than 100 documents with classification markings during that search. T hat’s in addition to 15 boxes of records recovered in January by the National Archives and Records Administration, as well as more than three dozen classified documents turned over to investigators in June.
Eric Tucker, The Associated Press5 November 2022 07:00
Georgia professor says Trump supporters see him as ‘bringer of light’
Gustaf Kilander5 November 2022 06:00
Secret Service agents in car with Trump on Jan 6 interviewed by select committee
Gustaf Kilander5 November 2022 05:00
Carter Center to monitor US elections for the first time in response to rising threats to democracy
The democracy promotion organisation founded by former president Jimmy Carter will monitor US elections for the first time during this year’s midterms.
The Carter Center has monitored more than 110 elections in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia since 1989 as part of democracy promotion efforts around the world. But it has never before carried out similar operations in the US.
This year, however, it will dispatch monitors in three states — Georgia, Michigan, and Arizona — each with a different mission, but with the overall aim of building confidence in the integrity of the voting process.
David Carroll, director of the centre’s Democracy Programme, told The Independent that the move “represents a recognition that the threats to democratic institutions and norms are greater in the United States than in a number of other countries around the world.”
“And it merits close attention and prioritisation by groups like ours that work to advance respect for democracy and democratic principles,” he added.
Richard Hall5 November 2022 04:01
Ex-Republican blasts GOP: ‘I cannot continue to support a party that is consumed with overturning an election’
Gustaf Kilander5 November 2022 03:00
Kansas’s Laura Kelly is only Democratic governor running for reelection in state Trump won
Both major parties say the Kansas governor’s race is a tossup in its last days as abortion politics, lingering ill will toward former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and an independent conservative candidate make for a tighter-than-expected contest in the Republican-leaning state.
Democratic incumbent Gov. Laura Kelly should be on the defensive as the only Democratic governor in the U.S. running for reelection in a state carried by former President Donald Trump in 2020. But a decisive statewide vote in August affirming abortion rights energized Democrats and moderates and boosted Kelly’s chance of holding the votes crucial to her victory four years ago.
GOP challenger Derek Schmidt hopes to tap voter frustration with inflation and crime. Kelly has largely stayed on a message that Kansas is financially healthy again after past budget woes tied to Brownback, with Schmidt a key political ally.
“I am more confident than I have been,” said Joan Wagnon, a former Kansas Democratic Party chair and ex-Topeka mayor.
Schmidt, the state’s three-term attorney general, is ending his campaign on the attack with “Kansas Can Do Better” rallies around the state. Kelly allies closed with a “Back on Track, Can’t Go Back” tour.
John Hanna, The Associated Press5 November 2022 02:00
Justice Department may appoint a special counsel if Trump runs for election again, report says
The Justice Department is said to be considering appointing a special counsel to oversee its investigations into Donald Trump if the one-term president runs again in 2024.
Mr Trump has strongly hinted he will try and secure the Republican presidential nomination again, with the third week of November seen as a possible launch date for his campaign, according to CNN.
The DoJ has reportedly made no decision on the need for a special counsel in the unprecedented event it decides to prosecute a former president and active candidate.
Officials have discussed how a special counsel could insulate the Justice Department against allegations that the Biden administration is acting against a political rival during an election cycle, sources told the news network.
The Justice Department has observed the tradition of going quiet in the weeks leading up to an election ahead of the 8 November midterms.
Graeme Massie5 November 2022 01:00
Clinton Labor Secretary argues Donald Trump shouldn’t be able to run for reelection because he ‘engaged in insurrection’
Gustaf Kilander5 November 2022 00:00