CNN plays a tape showing Trump showing what appear to be top-secret military documents
Despite his huge lead in a crowded Republican primary, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy says he doesn’t know if Donald Trump is the “strongest” candidate to rival President Joe Biden in the 2024 election.
In an interview on CNBC, Mr McCarthy said Mr Trump could beat Mr Biden but he wasn’t sure another Republican couldn’t do better. Later in the day, the speaker appeared to review the remarks tell beard that the former president is “stronger today than in 2016”.
On Monday night, a deafening audio recording revealed that after leaving the White House, the former president appeared to boast that he still possessed classified military documents on Iran.
In the recording from a July 2021 meeting at Mr. Trump’s bedminster Golf Club and released by CNN, the former President can be heard audibly shuffling the documents.
Mr Trump took to Truth Social to rant about the tape, railing against “deviant special prosecutor” Jack Smith and flatly accusing the Justice Department and FBI of leaking it.
Meanwhile, the indictment of Trump’s co-defendant in the classified documents case, his adviser Walt Nauta, in Miami was postponed after his flight was delayed due to inclement weather in New Jersey.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 27, 2023 10:31 p.m
Watch: Trump responds to a recording obtained by CNN
Former President Donald Trump responds to the airing of a recording in which he discusses secret documents he took from the White House when he left the White House.
He says he has not seen the recording and the rustling of the paper can be heard, having previously said he has no classified documents.
Mr Trump continues to deny doing anything wrong.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 27, 2023 10:25 p.m
“It doesn’t get any more stressful,” Trump critics say of the CNN audio recording
The former president, who was indicted earlier this month and charged with 37 counts related to his alleged misuse of classified documents after leaving the White House, appeared to show the papers related to a possible attack on Iran, which he says were by US military formations were created by Chief of Staff Mark Milley and which he himself said were still classified.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 27, 2023 10:15 p.m
Watch: Former NSA and FBI director speaks out against Trump over Mar-a-Lago documents
General Michael Hayden says he has never seen anything like it in 40 years in the Secret Service and Donald Trump must face consequences for his actions.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 27, 2023 10:04 p.m
Is Trump the best candidate to beat Biden? McCarthy isn’t so sure…
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday disagreed over whether former President Donald Trump was the best candidate Republicans could field for next November’s meeting with President Joe Biden.
In an interview on CNBC, Mr McCarthy said Mr Trump could beat Mr Biden but he wasn’t sure another Republican couldn’t do better.
Abe Asher reports what he said.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 27, 2023 21:45
Ivanka Trump has dismissed the New York AG fraud lawsuit against her father
A New York appeals court on Tuesday dismissed Ivanka Trump from a wide-ranging fraud lawsuit brought by the attorney general against her father and his company last year.
The civil lawsuit, filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, accused former President Donald Trump of adding billions of dollars to his net worth and deceiving banks, insurance companies and others about the value of his assets, including golf courses and the Mar-a-Lago- Estate. His three eldest children – Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump – as well as several executives of the Trump Organization were named as defendants.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 27, 2023 21:22
According to books, Stephen Miller blew up refugee boats with drones
In a new book by a former Trump administration aide, former top White House official Stephen Miller is accused of wanting to break international law by proposing to use military force against unarmed civilians attempting to emigrate to the United States.
A spokesman for Mr Miller denied that the conversation, which will be first detailed in an upcoming book by Miles Taylor, took place. Excerpts from the book were obtained from Rolling Stone and published on Tuesday.
John Bowden Reports from Washington, DC
Oliver O’ConnellJune 27, 2023 21:15
Florida’s largest police union leaves Trump in support of DeSantis
Florida’s largest police union is breaking with former President Donald Trump to support the state’s Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
The Florida Police Benevolent Association, which has 30,000 members, announced Monday that it had endorsed Mr. DeSantis, giving the governor a boost. Florida FBA President John Kazanjian said in a statement that Mr. DeSantis was the best choice for union members.
Eric Garcia has the story.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 27, 2023 8:45 p.m
Watch: Trump continues to protest his innocence despite the recording
Oliver O’ConnellJune 27, 2023 8:30 p.m
The Republican presidential candidate is at a loss over the Uyghur question
Mr. Suarez, who launched his campaign for the Republican nomination for president earlier this month, is a no-brainer in the crowded Republican primary.
Audio clips like the ones he produced in his interview with Hewitt probably won’t improve his odds Abe Asher reports.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 27, 2023 8:15 p.m