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Trump's loose-lipped lawyers overheard spilling secrets in a restaurant: report
The internal frustrations within Donald Trump's legal team started almost immediately after the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago last year, and they spilled into public view not long afterward.
Federal investigators seized 101 classified materials from the former president's private residence in August, and his four-person legal team at the time -- Jim Trusty, Evan Corcoran, Chris Kise and Lindsey Halligan -- worked together to persuade U.S. district court judge Aileen Cannon to grant a special master, but cracks soon emerged, reported The Guardian.
"But Trusty, who played a leading role in the special master litigation, was already frustrated with how things were going," reported Hugo Lowell for the newspaper. "Trusty’s private frame of mind emerged over dinner with Halligan and Corcoran at the five-star Breakers hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida, hours after the special master court hearing.
"The conversation was overheard by this Guardian reporter who happened to be sitting at the table next to them."
Trusty was frustrated that Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn was making the attorneys run legal decisions through him, even though he didn't consider him to be a trial lawyer, and Trusty didn't like that Epshteyn seemed to focus more on Trump's public-relations problems than legal issues.
Lowell then overheard the attorney rip Epshteyn for trying to "troubleshoot" legal problems instead of letting him candidly brief his own client himself, which he compared to "'Game of Thrones' nonsense," and Trusty and Parlatore agreed several weeks later, after the Justice Department told them they believed Trump still had classified documents, that Epshteyn improperly inserted himself into their work.
"The pair chafed that when they spoke to Trump on the phone, Epshteyn was typically also on the line," Lowell reported. "At other times, they sniped that Epshteyn would give overly rosy outlooks to Trump and, in March, traveled to Mar-a-Lago to seek Trump’s permission to exclude him from future deliberations."
There won't be any rainbow flags outside the city hall of Redlands, California, this Pride month.
Councilmembers voted in May to outlaw the flying of the flag outside the building, arguing by 3-2 votes that the flying of the flag has been a violation of the town's longstanding flag policy, KTLA reported.
“To roll this back, especially after flying it for the past two years, sends a horrifying message to the community,” one woman argued during a council meeting.
The Redlands City Council was being asked to amend the policy, which outlaws any non-official flag, before Pride Month began.
But Redlands Mayor Eddie Tejeda said, “It is my opinion that if we adopt changes to our flag policy, that we do so at our own risk … In this case, it will demonstrate favor of one group over others.
“For these reasons, I will change my vote and not support changing our flag policy.”
“I knew that I was gay in elementary school so, for me, seeing that (flag) as a little kid, growing up here I would be like … okay, there’s a space for me,” said Redlands native Courtney Kidd.
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'Not a fact': Trump accused of fudging the numbers in his brags about polls
Former President Donald Trump's frequent bragging that he destroys opponent Ron DeSantis in polling is relying on some dubious math, the Washington Post revealed Thursday.
Polling has largely shown Trump leading Florida Gov. DeSantis for the 2024 primary, but DeSantis' argues that he's never lost an election and, since he won his governorship by about 15 points more than Trump carried the state of Florida in 2020, he is a safer bet for voters.
Trump has countered by citing a particular stat over and over: he actually got more votes in Florida than DeSantis did. But of all the electability counterarguments he could be making against DeSantis, this is probably the weakest and most misleading, wrote Aaron Blake for The Washington Post on Thursday.
"'[S]houldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?' Trump wrote on Truth Social on Nov. 9.
Blake reported: "By February, the claim was adjusted upward, with Trump claiming he 'got 1.2 Million Votes MORE than Ron DeSanctimonious in the Great State of Florida.' At a dinner in Florida in April: 'We did much better in 2020 in Florida. I got 1.2 million more votes than your successful governor’s campaign.' Two weeks ago: 'I got 1.2 million more votes than he did.' Last week: 'I got 1.2 Million more votes in Florida than DeSanctus.' And this week: 'p.s. I got 1.2 Million more votes in Florida than Ron, a little reported fact!'"
In fact, wrote Blake, that statistic is "wholly unsurprising" — and doesn't really mean anything.
"Because, of course, voter turnout is higher in presidential elections," wrote Blake. "Virtually every presidential nominee will get significantly more votes than a gubernatorial candidate running in a midterm two years before or after, because lots more people are voting.
"Trump’s edge sounds like a lot because there are a lot of people and a lot of voters in Florida. For example, while Trump had 1.055 million more votes than DeSantis, President Biden actually won 2.2 million more votes than DeSantis’s Democratic opponent in 2022, Charlie Crist — 5.3 million to 3.1 million."
In light of that, Blake wrote, Trump's performance of 1.1 million more votes than DeSantis is actually "rather underwhelming." It's actually less of a difference as a percentage of registered voters than most other competitive states in 2020 that had a gubernatorial election in 2022.
Naturally, though, Blake concluded, none of the real facts matter to Trump. "As it almost always is with Trump, it’s about muddying the waters — this time regarding what is arguably DeSantis’s best argument for securing the 2024 GOP nomination: electability," he concluded. "And right now, Trump is succeeding in doing that."
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