2024 Elections

'Lights out': Lawyer says Trump's valet could 'flip' on him and end his defense

Donald Trump's former personal valet Walt Nauta could "flip" on Trump, which would result in "lights out" for the former president's legal case, a constitutional attorney said on Fox News on Friday.

George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley, who has been a frequent defender of Trump but has recently acknowledged the severity of the legal threat posed by Jack Smith's charges, appeared on Fox to address the question of how things could get worse for the former president, who was hit with 37 counts in the case over classified document handling.

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GOP lawmaker spouts conspiracy about timing of Trump indictment

Invited on CNN to discuss Donald Trump's 7-count indictment by the Department of Justice, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) instead invoked Hunter Biden's legal problems and then ranted about Hillary Clinton before suggesting the DOJ had an ulterior motive regarding the timing of the former president's charges.

Speaking with host Kate Bolduan, who gamely tried to keep the South Carolina Republican on topic, Mace complained about the "weaponization" of the Department of Justice and said it was no "coincidence" that the Trump news came out when Republicans were claiming an FBI memo suggests Joe Biden was involved in criminality.

"I heard you say that you don't believe that it is a coincidence or a coordination, and do you have evidence of that?" Bolduan pressed.

"No, but I called it on Tuesday and that is exactly what happened and this president [Trump] primaried me last year and so I am trying to come at this from a measured nonpartisan way, but the irony is not lost on me that it happened yesterday," Mace attempted.

"No one has seen the actual charges or the indictment, and we continue to remind everyone, and everyone is waiting to see what happens there," Bolduan countered.

"Are you open, congresswoman to, after reading the indictment, to being persuaded that a crime was committed here?"

"I am always going to follow the facts, and I'm always going to follow the Constitution in any of these cases," Mace replied. "I always have been as I mentioned earlier, and I've even held the members of the Republican Party in contempt of Congress, so I feel like I can be credible looking at the evidence or the indictment. But the timing of it is too eerie for me, and the president is trying to take out the number one opponent for next year, and the timing is very suspicious to me, regardless."

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Re-elected Trump could hand over control to his veep if he's in prison: analyst

Taking up the question of what would happen if Donald Trump wins re-election in 2024 while serving time in prison, one political analyst suggested the 25th Amendment could come into play – with his running mate assuming his powers.

In his column for Bloomberg, longtime political observer Noah Rothman considered the very real possibility that the former president could squeak out a win in 2024 despite his legal travails that now -- with a federal indictment -- may include jail time.

That would take the country into uncharted territory since there is no prohibition -- depending on the charges -- that keeps a convicted Trump from becoming president, even if he is sitting in a prison cell.

According to Rothman, that could make whomever Trump chooses as his running mate -- a range of reported candidates includes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), failed Arizona candidate Kari Lake and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) -- taking over as acting president as he awaits his release.

Explaining that the Constitution is "silent" on imprisoned presidents, Rothman suggested, "The 25th Amendment could be used, I suppose, with Trump’s agreement — although it is hard to imagine that as a matter of Trump’s personal psychology. If Trump cooperated, however, the vice president could do his job until he was released from prison."

He then added that, even if Trump didn't agree, it could still be invoked despite his wishes, writing: "where it would take a two-thirds in both chambers to hand Trump’s powers to his vice president."

Admitting that the premise sounds "far-fetched" he continued, "There are some technical issues here, to be sure. The 25th Amendment requires the existence of a cabinet. If Trump were to be imprisoned after his election but before his new cabinet could be confirmed, things could get messy. If the 25th were invoked by the remaining members of Biden’s cabinet, Trump would certainly fire them. That could lead to a failure of the amendment, because it would raise the question of whether Trump’s firing of those cabinet officers was effective given his nominal 'incapacity'"

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CNN host shuts down GOP consultant changing subject from Trump indictment to Hunter Biden

"CNN This Morning" co-host Phil Mattingly pulled a prominent Republican Party campaign consultant up short on Friday morning after he tried to make a discussion about Donald Trump's 7-count indictment by a Florida grand jury on Thursday night about President Joe Biden's son Hunter.

Appearing with fellow GOP adviser David Urban, Jennings immediately claimed the Trump federal indictment -- that reportedly includes conspiracy, obstruction and Espionage Act violations -- is bad news for the younger Biden before bringing up former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"If I were Hunter Biden I would be very nervous," Jennings laughed. "The Republican answer to these overnight has been how is it that Donald Trump's the only person that gets -- first of all you have Hunter Biden running around doing stuff, you got Joe Biden documents in the garage, Hillary Clinton bleaching servers. You know, the one guy who is under federal investigation -- I was postulating outside. What if they did indict him today? Would take that off the table?"

"To be clear, all of those things either have been had been investigated or still part are being investigated," Mattingly interjected.

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"That what I'm saying, it's happening right now," Jennings soldiered on. "But the Republican mindset is if you're a Republican or if you're Donald Trump you get held to one standard then if you are the other people. That is the mindset."

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Trump played DJ for Bedminster crowd as advisers begged for money following indictments: report

After sending a flurry of Truth Social postings reacting to seven indictments from the Department of Justice including conspiracy and Espionage Act violations, Donald Trump returned to a dinner party at his Bedminster resort and acted as a DJ playing the hits.

According to a report from the New York Times, the former president was surrounded by close advisers instead of his legal team when the announcement was made and they quickly went into action, posting a video of him defending himself to social media before sending out an email begging for cash.

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'He's just not that smart': Trump buried by Morning Joe for handing investigators all they need

Twelve hours after it was announced that Donald Trump has been indicted by a Florida grand jury on seven charges including obstruction of justice, conspiracy and Espionage Act violations, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough stated the former president has no one else to blame but himself as he faces years in prison if convicted.

After sharing a clip of the former president talking with Sean Hannity on Fox News and admitting that he took sensitive documents to Mar-a-Lago, as the host tried to get him to back off his comments, Scarborough marveled at how the former president keeps admitting to criminal activities.

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Florida prosecutor applauds Jack Smith's 'gangster move' indictment strategy

Appearing on MSNBC's "Way Too Early" with host Jonathan Lemire, a visibly pleased Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg praised special counsel Jack Smith for moving the 7-count federal indictment of Donald Trump to Florida instead of Washington D.C., calling it a "gangster move."

Speaking with the host, the prosecutor claimed no one saw the indictments coming out of a Florida grand jury and praised the DOJ for keeping it under wraps until the last minute.

As Aronberg explained, by filing the indictments in Florida, Smith avoided having to deal with Trump's lawyers delaying the case by arguing for a change of venue by saying they couldn't get a fair trial in the nation's capital where the former president is highly unpopular.

"You know, Washington, D.C. they voted 92% for Joe Biden to 5% for Donald Trump in 2020," he told the host. "In Palm Beach County they voted 43% for Donald Trump and Miami-Dade County they voted 46% for Donald Trump, so you can see why the jury pool is better for prosecutors in D.C."

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"Prosecutors have to bring charges against defendants in the jurisdiction where the crime took place," he continued. "It looks like the obstruction clearly took place at Mar-a-Lago in the Southern District of Florida as well as the espionage. And filing in South Florida eliminates Trump's inevitable venue challenges in court -- that could have undone the case, it would have delayed the case."

'It's because Jack Smith wanted the public to buy into this," he elaborated. "And I'm sure he bristles at accusations this is a political witch hunt and to show it is not political he wanted to go into a red state, Donald Trump's home state and get an indictment. It's a bit of a gangster move and will be harder to get a conviction, but not impossible."

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Trump's espionage charge 'neutralizes' his 'declassification' defense plan: Legal expert

Appearing on MSNBC just hours after it was reported that Donald Trump is on the receiving end of seven federal indictments related to special counsel Jack Smith's investigations, former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade explained that the espionage charge that is reportedly included will cripple a key Trump lawyer defense strategy.

Speaking with MSNBC's Jonathan Lemire on "Way Too Early," McQuade stated that, based on what she has heard about the still-sealed indictments, the inclusion of a charge tied to the Espionage Act takes Trump claim that the documents in question were declassified by him off the table.

"We know his explanations and justifications for having classified documents have changed quite a bit including the idea he just declassified them just by thinking about them,' Lemire prompted. "It also seems his defense is trotting out a strategy of prosecutorial misconduct noting this is a charge brought by the Department of Justice that was underneath the president of the United States, Joe Biden, who is Donald Trump's top rival for the White House next year. Walk us through the assessment of potential defenses, and do you think it could work?"

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Former adviser accuses Trump of running a 'Ponzi scheme' as he scrambles for cash to pay legal bills

According to a former top adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the ex-president is bypassing the traditional fundraising apparatus at the state level and is using what they called a "Ponzi' scheme" to raise cash now that his legal bills have exploded due to his legal woes.

As the Daily Beast's Jake Lahut is reporting, Trump, who was slammed with a 7-count Federal indictment late Thursday, is skipping over paid organizers in multiple states and has set up a pyramid scheme that relies on unpaid volunteers who are expected to recruit ten contributors who are then expected to do the same and so forth.

"There’s a reason presidential campaigns tend to rely on paid talent for the most important organizing gigs. In 2016, Trump ponied up for those positions. While he personally shirked from the nitty-gritty of retail politicking in New Hampshire, his paid field organizers built an effective voter outreach operation that carried the campaign to a resounding victory," the report states.

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What does Roger Stone think of Trump’s indictment? He has a T-shirt for that.

What’s Roger Stone think of former President Donald Trump’s pending indictment?

While he didn’t pick up his phone when Raw Story rang, the informal – if powerful in ways we’ll never fully knowTrump adviser texted back.

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‘Remember, Hitler went to prison’: moderate Republicans warn Trump prosecutors to ‘get this right’ or risk chaos

Even as some Democrats are cheering this latest pending Trump indictment, some more moderate Republicans fear the former president will ride his mounting legal troubles back into the White House next year.

“I’m waiting for the smoke to clear, but in the short term, in the context of the Republican Party, this probably strengthens Trump, because they feel he’s being picked on,” former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) told Raw Story in an exclusive interview Thursday evening. “There are a group of Americans who are going to feel this is a double standard.”

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Republican National Committee raised money with Nikki Haley on night of Trump's indictment

On the night news broke that former President Donald Trumphas been indicted in connection with a federal probe into his alleged mishandling of classified material, the Republican National Committee blasted out a survey and fundraising email to its massive list of supporters.

It contained a message from a notable 2024 presidential candidate.

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‘In over their heads’: Legal expert says Trump’s ‘D-list’ legal team is outmatched by DOJ

Donald Trump is facing the legal challenge of his life with a legal team that reportedly isn't up for the job.

That's according to national security attorney Brad Moss, who said Thursday night during an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell” that Trump's legal team lacks the chops to compete against the Department of Justice in the case over the handling of classified documents, in which the former president confirmed he has been indicted.

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