How Stormy Daniels might lead to Donald Trump’s first charges
Donald Trump continues to ratchet up violent rhetoric and lash out on social media at New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg who is leading the probe into hush money payments allegedly made to Stormy Daniels.
After posting an image in which he appeared to wield a baseball bat beside Mr Bragg’s head, he later called him a “degenerate psychopath” while proclaiming no crime had been committed and warned of “potential death and destruction” if he is charged.
In the wake of Mr Trump’s violent rhetoric, an envelope containing white powder was found at the Manhattan DA’s office.
Meanwhile, Mary Trump, the former president’s niece, called on Americans to flood her uncle’s campaign website with ticket requests for his Saturday rally and then not show up leaving seats empty.
Writing on Twitter, Ms Trump said the Waco location is a ploy to remind his cult of the infamous 1993 siege, where an anti-government cult battled the FBI. A Texas newspaper published an editorial arguing the same point.
Distant Melania ‘still angry’ at Trump over Stormy Daniels case
According to People, Ms Trump isn’t interested in commiserating with her husband and is instead focused on a small, close-knit group of friends and family, including her 17-year-old son Barron Trump.
“She doesn’t sympathise with Donald’s plight,” one source told the magazine.
Andrew Feinberg has the story.
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2023 04:20
Are the Clinton and Edwards scandals anything like Trump is facing?
Podcaster Joe Rogan compared Donald Trump’s hush money case involving payments to Stormy Daniels to two previous scandals involving formerly centre-stage US politicians during his show this week.
Specifically, he referred to social media posts circulating in which the case is compared with those of President Bill Clinton and former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards — both Democrats.
But how similar are they?
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2023 03:20
Trump darkly warns of ‘potential death and destruction’ if he is charged
In a dark late-night Truth Social post attacking Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Mr Trump warned of “potential death and destruction” should charges be brought against him.
No stranger to apocalyptic language, his posts protesting his innocence have taken on a darker tone with violent rhetoric, on top of his calls for supporters to protest should an indictment be announced.
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2023 02:20
Another Trump lawyer gave evidence in Mar-a-Lago papers probe in December
Another attorney for former president Donald Trump said he appeared before the Washington DC grand jury probing whether the twice-impeached ex-president broke US law by unlawfully retaining classified documents at his home or obstructed a Justice Department investigation into the documents matter.
Andrew Feinberg has the details.
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2023 01:20
Trump gave a chilling warning about what might happen after his indictment
Alex Woodward reports on the former president’s dark visions of a looming civil war…
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2023 00:20
What was the reaction from the far-right to Trump’s call to protest?
Prominent QAnon influencers, Trump loyalists, Christian nationalists and civil war accelerationists – including figures who were once central to the “Stop the Steal” effort that fuelled the crowds before the riot in the halls of Congress two years ago – have expressed some sceptism over the former president’s latest demands, or have refused to participate in his defence at all.
Oliver O’Connell24 March 2023 23:20
What would an indictment and arrest mean for the Trump 2024 campaign?
Should Mr Trump actually be charged with a crime, it would be the first time an investigation into his inner circle (of which there have been several, with the most famous leading to multiple indictments for figures connected to the 2016 campaign) actually drew blood from the president himself.
But could he still become president?
Oliver O’Connell24 March 2023 22:20
How did a porn star become one of the most powerful people in politics?
Io Dodds explains how Stormy Daniels landed in the middle of a political firestorm.
How Stormy Daniels became one of the most powerful people in politics
Stormy Daniels was dancing her way through a ‘Make America Horny Again’ tour when news emerged that she had received hush money payments from Donald Trump. As those payments sit at the centre of a possible indictment against Trump, Io Dodds explains how Daniels landed in the middle of a political firestorm
Oliver O’Connell24 March 2023 21:20
How Michael Cohen’s efforts to help Donald Trump could land his ex-boss in jail
Former attorney Michael Cohen was once Donald Trump’s top operative: a “fixer” who handled matters both legal and otherwise for the celebrity businessman-turned-political candidate.
Oliver O’Connell24 March 2023 20:20
White powder discovered in Manhattan DA’s office after Trump’s violent Truth Social posts
White powder was discovered inside an envelope at the New York County district attorney’s office shortly after noon on 24 March, hours after former president Donald Trump raged at Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg and suggested “death and destruction” would follow any potential criminal indictment.
A grand jury has been convened to review evidence and hear witness testimony involving the former president’s alleged hush money payment to an adult film star in the lead up to the presidential election in 2016.
Mr Trump has repeatedly asserted that no crimes have been committed while accusing prosecutors of leading a politically motivated investigation. In a late-night post on 23 March, he wrote that “it is known” that “potential death [and] destruction” following a “false” charge against him would be “catastrophic for our country.” He also labelled Mr Bragg a “degenerate psychopath who truely [sic] hates the USA.”
Alex Woodward24 March 2023 20:03