Trump breaking news today: E Jean Carroll files new lawsuit accusing the former president of battery and defamation

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Donald Trump is facing another lawsuit from author E Jean Carroll, who accuses him of raping her in a New York department store in the 1990s.

Taking advantage of a new state law that takes effect today, Ms. Carroll is suing Trump for rape and sexual assault and defamation over recent comments he made, calling her a “con job” and accusing her of lie about his claims.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department is reportedly seeking to question Mike Pence as part of its ongoing investigation into Jan. 6 and Donald Trump’s months-long effort to overturn the 2020 election.

Sir. Pence presided over the certification of the election results at the time when the Capitol was attacked by a horde of Trump supporters and right-wing extremists. His life was directly threatened by rioters during the attack and his security team was forced to rush him away to a safe position just meters from where the attackers had breached the building.

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Why do Democrats want Trump’s tax returns?

Since first running for president, Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns, falsely claiming he couldn’t do so because he was under audit by the IRS (he wasn’t, and that wouldn’t stop him anyway in releasing them). He has since spent years fighting Democrats on the House Oversight Committee to prevent them from getting a copy of the returns — and he appears to have finally lost the battle, with the Supreme Court this week authorizing the release of the returns to Congress .

Here is John Bowden to explain what it all means.

Andrew NaughtieNovember 24, 2022 4:25 p.m

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Club Q shooting: ‘Stop the steal’ lawyer Jenna Ellis spreads a hateful message

Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell may be better known, but attorney Jenna Ellis played as central a role in the post-2020 election “stop steal” effort as they did — but after failing across the board in her legal maneuvers between November 2020 and January 2021, she is now reduced to spouting conspiracy theories and hateful right-wing rhetoric.

Here’s her take on the Club Q shooting in Colorado, where five people at an LGBT+ bar were murdered by a single gunman before other patrons stopped him in his tracks:

Andrew NaughtieNovember 24, 2022 3:55 p.m

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Greene and Lake join the Mar-a-Lago singalong

Criminal investigations and political backsliding may hang in the air at Mar-a-Lago, but various figures on the far right are still more than happy to make the trip to Donald Trump’s Florida warehouse for a hangout with the former president.

And in this case “Travel” is the key word:

Andrew NaughtieNovember 24, 2022 3:25 p.m

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Analysis: How Trump lost in Alaska

With Democratic Congresswoman Mary Peltola now up for re-election to a full term and Sen. Lisa Murkowski discarding a right-wing rival, Alaska has joined various other states in declining to elect Donald Trump’s nominees. On today’s Inside Washington broadcast, Erik Garcia look at what it means:



Republicans had two problems: One, Ms. Palin and Republican Nick Begich III shared a visceral mutual hatred. Since both had refused to clear the way for the other to win, they spent much of the election attacking each other, likely making it harder for their respective supporters to stomach ranking the other candidate on a ballot.

Conversely, Ms. Palin and Ms. Peltola seem to like each other, even though they come from different parties.

Read the full piece below.

Andrew NaughtieNovember 24, 2022 2:55 p.m

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Tensions have been reported between Cheney and committee staff on January 6

Staff members of the House committee investigating the January 6 riots at the US Capitol are reportedly angry with Liz Cheney for her pressure to focus on former President Donald Trump in the final report.

Ms. Cheney, the Republican vice chair of the panel, has left behind staffers ranked on the panel by exercising a high level of control over the investigation and the final report, panel members said. That Washington Post.

Several staffers believe the outgoing Wyoming representative is turning the committee into a vehicle for his own political future, it reported.

Andrew NaughtieNovember 24, 2022 2:20 p.m

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Kanye West was spotted heading to Mar-a-Lago accompanied by a notorious white supremacist

Looks like Kanye West’s tweet about visiting Mar-a-Lago may have been real—at least judging by reports that he was seen at the golf club. A more disturbing detail, however, is that he was seen arriving at a Miami airport with Nick Fuentes, a notorious white nationalist and racist who has carved out a niche as one of the far right’s most extreme outriders.

Sir. Fuentes is particularly well-versed in the style of right-wing activism that deliberately blurs the line between sincere belief and trollish provocation. Among other things, he has extolled the virtues of wife-beating to keep them in line, encouraged right-wingers to debate the issue of “Jewish control” and dwelt on the issue of “racial differences in intelligence.” He is also a longtime proponent of false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.

Andrew NaughtieNovember 24, 2022 1:50 p.m

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GOP governor gives money to Trump to congratulate you governor-elect

Doug Ducey, the Republican governor of Arizona, landed himself in Donald Trump’s bad graces by refusing to help overturn his state’s 2020 election results — and now he’s again flying in the face of his party’s hardline orthodoxy by congratulating his Democratic successor , Katie Hobbs, even as her Republican rival, Kari Lake, falsely claims that the election was stolen from her:

Andrew NaughtieNovember 24, 2022 1:20 p.m

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E Jean Carroll files new rape case against Trump

Author E Jean Carroll has filed a new lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of raping her in the late 1990s, taking advantage of a new state law that allows survivors of sexual abuse to file a claim , after the limitation period has expired.

Ms Carroll is already suing Mr Trump for defamation over his earlier allegations that she is lying about her claim, but her new suit points to subsequent allegations he recently made in social media posts calling her a “con job”.

The former president has long denied all the allegations against him and has fought for years to prevent Ms Carroll’s case from going to court.

Andrew NaughtieNovember 24, 2022 12:53 p.m

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Woman convicted of storming Pelosi’s office in Jan. 6 attack

A Pennsylvania woman linked to the far-right movement “Groyper” has been convicted of multiple federal charges related to her actions on January 6th.

Riley June Williams joined a mob attack on the Capitol after attending the “Stop the Steal” rally where then-President Donald Trump addressed thousands of supporters earlier that day. When she entered Pelosi’s office, she found a laptop computer on a table and told another troublemaker, “Dude, put on gloves,” before someone with a black-gloved hand removed the computer, according to prosecutors.

Williams later bragged online that she stole Pelosi’s hammer, laptop and hard drives and that she “gave the electronic devices, or attempted to give them, to unspecified Russian individuals,” prosecutors said in a June 2022 lawsuit. To date, they have not been restored.

Read more about the sentence she could face and her involvement in far-right hate movements:

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 12:20 p.m

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Manhattan prosecutors are reconsidering Trump’s hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels, report says

Prosecutors working under Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr. are reportedly investigating whether to bring criminal charges against former President Donald Trump as a result of a $130,000 payment his company made to cover over his affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

According to New York TimesMr. Bragg’s office recently sought to revive a long-dead investigation into the payments, which federal prosecutors used as evidence to prosecute Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for campaign finance law violations.

Read more from Andrew Feinberg:

Andrew NaughtieNovember 24, 2022 11:50 am

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