Former aide testifies about Trump statement denying he took classified documents: NBC

A former aide to Donald Trump was asked about statements made by the former president during testimony to a federal grand jury on Wednesday.

Taylor Budowich confirmed on Wednesday that he appeared before a grand jury in special counsel Jack Smith's investigation into the mishandling of classified documents.

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'Are you listening, Donald Trump?': Mormon church tells members to vote for 'integrity' regardless of party

In a letter to members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, leaders encouraged them to reconsider voting solely on political lines – and to give the merits of the individual getting their support serious consideration, The Salt Lake City Tribune reported on Wednesday.

“Citizens of the United States have the privilege and duty of electing officeholders and influencing public policy," the letter from the church leadership began. "Participation in the political process affects their communities and nation today and in the future. We urge Latter-day Saints to be active citizens by registering, exercising their right to vote, and engaging in civic affairs, always demonstrating Christlike love and civility in public discourse."

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'Dysfunction Caucus' effectively shuts down the House – and McCarthy was 'blindsided': report

Right-wing Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus plunged Congress into a stalemate to protest the debt limit deal brokered last week with Democrats and signed into law by President Joe Biden.

GOP leaders aren't sure what the 11 conservative lawmakers want, and some of them want different things – which two sources told the Washington Post made it difficult to address their concerns.

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'Fascists all!' Trump rages at investigators after Jack Smith forces a top aide to testify

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday threw a fit on Truth Social over the multiple criminal investigations he's facing.

Trump's latest angry rant came after aide Taylor Budowich was forced to testify before a grand jury in Florida in one of special counsel Jack Smith's probes into the former president.

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Clarence Thomas delays key financial disclosures amid scrutiny over links to billionaire

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has requested an extension to filing key financial disclosures amid scrutiny over the luxury vacations he has received from GOP megadonor Harlan Crow.

The Washington Post reports that Thomas' request for an extension, which was made public on Wednesday, will give him an additional 90 days to make all necessary financial disclosures.

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Chris Licht had no idea he was about to be fired by CNN: report

Chris Licht, the former CEO of CNN, didn't see his ouster coming, according to the New York Post's Page Six.

Sources speaking to Page Six said Licht had meetings scheduled right up to the point where he was told of his firing. On Wednesday, he announced that he was stepping down from his position.

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'Symbols of white supremacy': Judge refuses to end taxpayer funding for Confederate statues

A federal judge sided with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and dismissed a lawsuit seeking to end taxpayer funding for Confederate tributes.

The lawsuit filed by Jacksonville resident Earl Johnson Jr. claimed that using taxpayer money to fund Confederate monuments violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and sought a declaratory judgment against DeSantis and mayor Lenny Curry, reported First Coast News.

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Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert: McCarthy is threatening to 'send everyone home' after mutiny

Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) complained on Wednesday that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy threatened to send members of Congress home after the Freedom Caucus shut down floor debate.

Following tensions over a debt ceiling increase, 12 Republicans on Tuesday voted not to allow debate on gas stove regulations, effectively shutting down the House floor for legislation.

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Ex-Pence aide confesses he let her down with Jan. 6 inaction

Former Vice President Mike Pence announced he was running for president on Wednesday morning, but he might not be able to count on some previous supporters.

Speaking to MSNBC, former Homeland Security aide to Pence, Olivia Troye, explained that she liked many things about him, such as being pro-military and a man of faith.

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GOP candidates scramble 'to keep up with an electorate that has lost its mind': analysis

Vanity Fair columnist Molly Jong-Fast has taken stock of the early days of the 2024 Republican presidential primary and has found it to be very grim in terms of what one of America's two major political parties has to offer.

In particular, Jong-Fast despairs that most GOP candidates running for president can't think of a better way to pitch themselves as anything but slightly more electable versions of former President Donald Trump.

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Pence presidential launch mocked for suggesting drag queens are assaulting ‘American values’ – with no mention of Trump

Former Trump vice president Mike Pence on Wednesday officially launched his 2024 campaign for the White House, in a lengthy, polished video carefully constructed to position himself as the torch-bearer of American values, including Christian nationalism, while conveniently all but ignoring his four-plus years spent in service to Donald Trump, who recently was held liable by a jury for sexual abuse, is currently under a 34-count state felony indictment, and expected to soon be facing a slew of federal and state charges amid several other investigations.

"I believe in the American people, and I have faith God is not done with America yet," Pence tweeted atop his campaign video. "Together, we can bring this Country back, and the best days for the Greatest Nation on Earth are yet to come!"

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'Sick and broken': Trump aide lashes out after testifying before Florida grand jury

Taylor Budowich, an aide to former President Donald Trump, blasted the U.S. justice system after he testified before a federal grand jury hearing evidence about the alleged mishandling of government documents.

Reports said Budowich was questioned on Wednesday by Jay Bratt, a counterintelligence chief at the Justice Department.

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Whoopi goes to commercial break as Alyssa Griffin and Sunny Hostin's Mike Pence debate gets heated

The set of "The View" got heated on Wednesday as the show's co-hosts debated former Vice President Mike Pence, who announced he was running for president that morning.

After working for him for many years during Donald Trump's administration, Alyssa Farah Griffin has long been a Pence advocate and loyalist.

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