ATLANTA — Georgia Democrats filed an ethics complaint Wednesday that accuses Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker of improperly benefiting from digital advertisements promoted by U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. The Democratic Party of Georgia’s complaint cites about $3,000 in “excessive and unreported in-kind contributions” to Walker’s campaign when Greene posted three paid Facebook ads in September and October boosting the former football star’s Senate bid. It asks regulators to immediately investigate the “blatant disregard” of federal finance laws. “Because the advertisements expre...
A woman who says she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell testified in court this Wednesday that Epstein took her to meet Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, when she was 14-years-old, CNBC reports.
The woman did not accuse Trump of any wrongdoing. She also did not go into detail about what happened at the meeting.
"Maxwell is charged with procuring the woman, who was testifying under the pseudonym 'Jane,' and other then-underage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein, a money manager who for years socialized with Trump, former President Bill Clinton, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and other wealthy and powerful people," the CNBC report stated. "Jane is the first of those accusers to testify at the trial, which began Monday."
Maxwell’s lawyer, Laura Menninger, asked Jane if Epstein introduced her to Trump.
"Yes," Jane replied.
Maxwell, the 59-year-old daughter of the late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell, faces an effective life sentence if convicted in New York of sex trafficking minors for Epstein, her former lover.
Following the death of Epstein -- a multi-million-dollar money manager who befriended countless celebrities, including Britain's Prince Andrew -- prosecutors vowed to pursue co-conspirators, resulting in Maxwell's arrest in July 2020.
She has since been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn -- where she has complained of unsanitary and inhumane conditions -- under rigorous surveillance that one of her lawyers compared to that surrounding serial killer Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs."
On Tuesday, a pilot testified at Maxwell's trial that Trump flew on Epstein's private plane. "I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him," pilot Larry Visoski told the court. He also named Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker as passengers.
Maxwell's alleged crimes occurred between 1994 and 2004, and relate to four unnamed women, including two who say they were just 14 and 15 years old when they were sexually abused.
Prosecutors say Maxwell befriended girls with shopping and movie theater trips, later coaxing them into giving Epstein nude massages at his various residences, during which he would engage in sex acts before giving them money.
US government attorneys say Maxwell sometimes participated in the alleged abuse, at her London home and at Epstein's properties in New Mexico, Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida.
Epstein died aged 66 in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges, in what New York's official coroner ruled a suicide.
With additional reporting by AFP
President Donald Trump argued this week that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is evidence that he won the 2020 election.
Trump made the remarks during an interview with GBN host Nigel Farage. The interview was recorded on Monday and it aired on Wednesday.
While speaking to Farage, the former president declined to characterize his Jan. 6 rally as a "mistake" despite the attack on the Capitol.
"January 6 was a protest," he insisted. "I have never spoken in front of a crowd that size. Nobody ever talks about that. And then, unfortunately, some bad things happened. But also, the other side had some very bad things happen."
Trump accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of failing to prepare for the riot that he incited.
He also said that he understood how the crowd felt.
"They were so angered and so upset and people crying," he recalled. "They were so angered by it. Now, if you lost the election, people don't act that way. And they knew that we won the election and they went there."
Watch the video below from GBN.
Trump biographer details how being elected to the presidency made it hard for him to conduct 'business as usual'
Biographer of former President Donald Trump, David Cay Johnston, wrote in his new book that the kind of business practices in the Trump Org. couldn't exactly happen under the radar if he was the president.
"Maintaining such long-term business relationships required Trump to restrain his grasping instincts," wrote Johnston in The Big Cheat. "And it exposed him to a whole new kind of risk from partners smarter and more devious than he. He could no longer stiff or cheat his business partners and move on to the next victim, which had always been his modus operandi."
Even the promises made about his businesses didn't hold true. Trump said he would put his businesses into a blind trust. He never did. Trump swore he wouldn't have any foreign deals while president. That promise lasted about two weeks, until Eric Trump was discovered to be in the Dominican Republic "at a resort that originally was to bear the Trump name."
"Cap Cana was a massive resort project covering more land than the island of Manhattan," Johnston describes in the book. "Temporary wooden platforms were built so prospective buyers could climb up and see what a magnificent unobstructed view they would have of the turquoise Caribbean waters beneath the cliffs."
That deal went sideways when the recession hit and all of the promises Trump made to investors were abandoned. Some even told reporters that they were losing their life's savings. But, as Johnston points out, it was the same story as other projects Trump did in Manhattan, Arizona, Florida and Baja California, where investors also never got what they were promised.
It made it strange that Eric Trump would show up when he did in 2017, particularly given the bad blood of the project. It also seemed odd given Trump had promised there would be no new foreign businesses deals. The Trump Org. attorney said that their position still stood. Oddly, Trump included on his financial disclosure a licensing agreement to his name for the DR project that never happened and the jungle has since grown over.
"Global Witness, a nonprofit that exposes global corruption, especially as it relates to land use, sent an undercover investigator to Cap Cana in 2018, after Eric’s visit," Johnston recalls. "Posing as the agent for a wealthy investor, the investigator met with a sales representative who was captured on video. “And then here,” the sales agent says, pointing to a map, 'we’re [going to] have a new development with the Trump Organization of apartments and [a] commercial area.'"
Trump called it all "fake news."
You can check out further lists of corruption in Johnston's new book, The Big Cheat, which is on sale now.