Former president Donald Trump claims he can declassify top secret documents just ‘by thinking about it’
Donald Trump took the stage on Friday for his latest campaign-style rally of 2022, this time in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The former president is scheduled to be joined at the event by US representative Ted Budd, who is running for US Senate to fill Richard Burr’s seat.
Ahead of the rally, Mr Trump appeared to fall further into the world of QAnon after he reposted a video on his own Truth Social network containing images and slogans associated with the fringe conspiracy.
Scenes including a US Capitol building with lightening bolts and the words “It’s going to be biblical”, as well as the phrase “prepare for the storm”, were among the images featured along with “Q” symbols. Mr Trump has previously denied having knowledge of the conspiracy despite many of his supporters and Capitol rioters being connected to it.
In other news, Mr Trump’s attorneys have been ordered to say one way or the other whether they actually believe the FBI planted incriminating evidence in the documents seized from Mr Trump’s home – or whether the former president is merely bluffing to save face.
Follow our man on the ground for the latest from the Trump rally
The Independent’s Eric Michael Garcia is on the ground in North Carolina for today’s Trump rally.
Right now, per Eric, the crowd is watching a Fox News clip about the Mar-a-Lago raid.
Josh Marcus24 September 2022 00:20
South Korean president calls US lawmakers ‘idiots’ on hot mic
Donald Trump is a man who famously values his image.
He probably wouldn’t like the reviews of America coming out of the top levels of South Korea right now.
The president of South Korea was been caught on camera calling US lawmakers “idiots” and saying that they could possibly embarrass US President Joe Biden if they don’t approve funding for global public health initiatives.
Gustaf Kilander has the full story.
Josh Marcus24 September 2022 00:13
Trump says he threatened Taliban leader with satellite image of his house
Donald Tump alleged that during his negotiations with the Taliban as US president he used a satellite image of a Taliban leader’s house to threaten the terrorist group.
Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News this week, Mr Trump said he gave Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar a satellite image of his home as a veiled warning amid talks with the designated terrorist group.
Gino Spocchia reports:
Gino Spocchia23 September 2022 23:25
Five key takeaways from New York’s $250m lawsuit against Trump and what it means for 2024
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a massive civil suit on Wednesday accusing Donald Trump and his adult children of artificially inflating the value of multiple business entities. The suit seeks to bar them from doing business in New York state, where the family made their bones for decades.
The extent and the detail of Mr Trump’s actions, with the assistance of Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, were not known until now.
Eric Garcia breaks down the main takeaways from this new effort by state officials in New York to make Mr Trump answer for longstanding allegations of fraud:
Gino Spocchia23 September 2022 22:55
ICYMI: Gaetz wanted Trump pardon
Following reports on Friday that Matt Gaetz will likely not face charges over an investigation into him by the Department of Justice, another report only last week revealed that the pro-Trump congressman had expressed a desire for the former president to issue a preemptive pardon before leaving office.
Here’s Gustaf Kilander with the details:
Gino Spocchia23 September 2022 22:15
Trump PAC raises $40 in August
Donald Trump’s super PAC raised only $40 in the month of August, in a sign that his name doesn’t have the fundraising pull it once did.
Along with the low August numbers, the Make America Great Again, Again! super PAC only raised $351,000 in July and nothing in June. By comparison, in the final fundraising quarter of last year, the super PAC raised $4m to $5m.
As Eric Garcia explains, the numbers come as the Save America political action committee foots the bill for Mr Trump’s legal fees, which last month came to a reported $3.8m are are likely to grow.
Gino Spocchia23 September 2022 21:45
Latest behind-the-scenes efforts in Trump legal case
Attorneys for former president Donald Trump are reportedly engaged in a closed-door court fight to keep a federal grand jury from hearing testimony from the twice-impeached ex-president’s White House advisers as part of a probe into the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Andrew Feinberg23 September 2022 21:33
Trump keeps ‘Truth’-ing
In his latest peculiar post on Truth Social, Donald Trump shared an image from a supporter celebrating the former president as second “only” to Jesus.
David Taintor23 September 2022 21:32
ICYMI: Trump faced criticism for QAnon symbols at rally
Donald Trump came under fire earlier this week following a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, where he played a song associated with QAnon, wore a “Q” shaped pin, and referred to QAnon beliefs and slogans.
“This is the week when Trump became Qanon,” wrote one analyst of the rally in support of Republican Senate candidate JD Vance. “This isn’t a political statement; it just is, however disturbing.”
It remains to be seen if QAnon will again feature in North Carolina this evening.
Gustaf Kilander has the details:
Gino Spocchia23 September 2022 21:05
Gates open at Wilmington International Airport
Gates at the Aero Center at Wilmington International Airport, where Mr Trump is holding a rally tonight, were due to open at 2pm local time, ahead of his 7pm time slot.
According to The Carolina Journal, North Carolina Lt Governor Mark Robinson, Rep David Rouzer, local GOP Chairman Michael Whatley, and Bo Hines, a Republican congressional candidate, are due to speak.
While the rally is in support of Ted Budd, the Republican senate candidate for the state, most of the attention will likely be on the twice-impeached former president.
Gino Spocchia23 September 2022 20:25