Watch: Trump makes first public speech after federal indictment in docs case

Donald Trump on Saturday is scheduled to speak in Georgia, the first live event he has held since he became the first former president to be hit with a federal indictment.

Trump was indicted on 37 counts in connection with classified documents stored at Mar-a-Lago. He has since then claimed in social media posts that the indictment, which includes charges under the Espionage Act, is a "witch hunt."

Upon arrival in Georgia, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) greeted him as he departed the plane, and falsely posted on Twitter that Trump won the state in 2020.

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'Bumbling mafia don': legal expert explains how Trump made the prosecution's case stronger

Donald Trump acted like "the most bumbling mafia don in the history of mafia dons" when he coordinated the obstruction alleged in the confidential documents case, national security attorney Brad Moss said Friday night.

Moss, who said on Thursday that Trump is facing the legal challenge of his life with a legal team that isn't up for the job, was part of a panel discussing the case on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. Moss accused Trump of "showing off documents" and being careless in other ways.

"He's talking about it to a staffer from the political action committee. He's talking about it to the ghost writers of Mark Meadows," Moss said. "He's getting these subpoenas and acting like the most mafia don in the history of mafia dons. He was joking and talking to his lawyer like, can we say that we don't have anything?"

No, Moss said, you either "comply with the subpoena or move to quash it."

"You don't say, how do I lie? That is what is so dangerously concerning with this indictment," he added.

Moss further noted that Trump is presumed innocent, but added that, "if we do get the trial, I don't see much of a reason to believe that they won't be able to make their case."

"I don't see a lot of substantive defense that Donald Trump will make at trial," according to Moss.

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Prosecutors getting Trump's lawyer notes says 'all you need to know' about the case: ex-DOJ official

The fact that the government was able to pierce the barrier of attorney-client privilege and obtain Donald Trump's lawyer's notes tells you "all you need to know" about the strength of the prosecution's case, a former DOJ official said Friday evening.

In a wide-ranging interview on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal Katyal suggested that the prosecution's ability to work within the courts to get access to traditionally barred materials says a lot about how the trial will unfold.

Katyal echoed the sentiments of Andrew Weissman, a veteran federal prosecutor who worked on the special counsel investigation into Trump's ties to Russia, who said earlier on the same panel that the "gold" in the indictment "was revealed by having pierced the attorney-client privilege" and that it "relates to the obstruction charges."

"The basic rule is, attorney-client privilege is sacrosanct until and unless you as the client are trying to solicit a crime that your lawyer is participating in," Weissman said. "So that is not something that is privileged and you obviously need to go to a judge, and the judge has to agree that you established that."

Following Weissman's comments, Katyal elaborated even further, saying the key point was the overriding of attorney-client privilege.

"I think Andrew makes the very important point," Katyal said, adding that "what ultimately was litigated and brought to this very respected judge in Washington, D.C., and then ultimately to our nation's second highest court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, should attorney-client privilege in the current notes be given over to prosecutors?"

He further said the courts "took the radical step, really unique, of saying that this is so serious, this crime, and Trump was using his attorney to try to commit it," that it warranted the departure.

"They basically pierced attorney-client privilege," he added. "That to me, Lawrence, says that all you need to know about this case."

Katyal further noted that, because "this is such a serious matter, and Trump's actions were so lawless," that attorney-client privilege ultimately had to be pierced.

"We have to pierce attorney-client privilege, the most sacred privilege in Anglo Americana law going back centuries upon centuries. That to me is why I listened to Jack Smith's press conference today, and the most important words he said were to all Americans: read the indictment."

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'Ivanka has disappeared': Trump's daughter reportedly staying far away from him after indictment

Ivanka Trump is reportedly attempting to distance herself from her father after he was hit with a federal indictment for his alleged mishandling of classified documents in Florida.

Melania Trump is reportedly standing by her husband as he faces an unprecedented indictment, but Ivanka has been distancing herself from her father once again, according to a report from Page Six.

“Melania knows what she signed up for. She is in a wait-and-see position. He’ll either be in prison or be President. Or both. It’s not a time for fighting within the family," the reported quoted a source saying. "Ivanka Trump who lives in Miami, meanwhile, 'Will be staying far away from daddy,' says a source," the article adds.

It continues:

"Another insider tells us, 'Ivanka has disappeared.'"

According to Page Six, Ivanka has taken similar steps in the past when her father faced criminal issues.

"The former First Daughter has distanced herself from Trump during his latest White House campaign," it reported.

"When Trump was indicted on charges stemming from the Daniels scandal in March, Ivanka made a brief statement saying, 'I love my father and I love my country. Today, I am pained for both. I appreciate the voices across the political spectrum expressing support and concern.'"

"A source told Page Six at the time that Ivanka and her hubby, Jared Kushner, 'want nothing to do with this.' The insider explained, 'Ivanka lost a lot of friends and her social scenes during his presidency… They want to put it in the rearview. They want it behind them.'"

The story was also picked up by The Daily Beast.

'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.

Nauta was also indicted.

The question, according to Turley, is, "Can this get worse? Because it's pretty darned bad," he told the Fox host.

"And the answer is: 'Yeah.' This co-defendant, Nauta, if he were to flip, could really put the lights out on the defense," he said. "This indictment is clearly designed to concentrate his mind again on whether he will cooperate."

Turley added that the "key" for the defense team is that "they've got 37 counts in a 76-year-old client."

"In this deluge, they've got to walk through those counts and not get wet," he added. "They can't have a single count that actually lands with a guilty verdict because these are coming with ten to 20 year maximum sentences."

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Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump allies pivot indictment news to Biden criticism

Donald Trump Jr. and other top associates of Donald Trump are using news of the former president's federal indictment in the documents case to bring up recent allegations made against Joe Biden.

While some Democrats have questioned whether the allegations of Biden accepting a bribe were made to distract attention away from the senior Trump's own legal troubles, his son had a different theory after news of the indictment broke.

"On the same day that a story broke about a whistleblower alleging Joe Biden took a 5 million dollar bribe from Burisma in Ukraine, Biden's corrupt DOJ decides to indict Trump over BS charges," he wrote on Twitter. "Do you really think that's a coincidence??"

Trump Jr. further claimed in a follow-up tweet that, "We have a Two-Tiered Justice System in America under Biden and his corrupt DOJ!"

Those sentiments were echoed by House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, who said the new indictment was a "politically motivated indictment of Joe Biden's leading political opponent."

"The exact same day that the FBI is forced to turn over to Congress absolutely damning and credible allegations regarding Joe Biden's illegal, egregious, and treasonous corruption, Joe Biden weaponizes his Department of Justice to indict Donald Trump," Stefanik wrote.

She further added that the American people "are smart and understand that this is the epitome of the illegal and unprecedented weaponization of the federal government against Joe Biden's leading opponent, President Donald J. Trump."

"The radical Far Left will stop at nothing to interfere with the 2024 election in order to prop up the catastrophic presidency and desperate campaign of Joe Biden," Stefanik said Thursday.

She concluded by saying that she is "committed to ending the corrupt political weaponization of our federal government, cutting the rot in these agencies, and holding government officials accountable for their endless illegal witch hunt against President Trump. In 2024, we will vote like this country has never seen before and we will elect President Trump back to the White House to save America."

Slavery as punishment for crimes is on the chopping block in Ohio

The Ohio Constitution currently allows slavery when it's used "for the punishment of crime," but that may not be the case for long, according to a CNN report.

Rep. Dontavius Jarrells, a Democrat, reportedly teamed up with Republican Rep. Phil Plummer to introduce an amendment to the state constitution that would remove slavery and involuntary servitude entirely from the document. The proposed change was referred to the Constitutional Resolutions Committee on Wednesday, according to CNN.

"Lawmakers are proposing the language to change to, 'There shall never be slavery in this state; nor involuntary servitude,'" according to the report.

It continues:

"Jarrells told CNN that he wants to change 'archaic and outdated language.' He added that many people he has spoken to about the bill are shocked because they don’t know such language exists in the state Constitution."

“I want my children, when they grow up, to live in a state where the vestiges of slavery no longer exist,” Jarrells said, according to the CNN piece.

According to Jarrells, the proposal must be passed by the House and the Senate before it would be put on the general election ballot. At that point, he told CNN, it would require a 50% majority vote plus one to pass.

"While other lawmakers have tried to amend this clause before, this is the first time a measure has bipartisan support," CNN reported. "In 2016, former Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece introduced a bill to change the language and Rep. Cecil Thomas introduced another joint resolution in 2020 to remove the exception for slavery and involuntary servitude from the Constitution."

Trump may have been 'bluffing' about Iran doc in audio recording: former Trump lawyer

Former Trump attorney Tim Parlatore suggested Wednesday evening that his previous client was "bluffing" or "joking" about having a national security-related document in an audio recording that was recently revealed in media reports, but stopped short of calling Trump a liar.

In a wide-ranging interview on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Parlatore continued to defend Trump's actions in connection to classified documents that were purportedly kept without permission, and suggested Trump's defense might focus on forcing the government to define every single classified file that had been seized. Earlier in the day, during an appearance on CNN, host Poppy Harlow grilled Parlatore over his insistence that Trump did nothing illegal when there appears to be a plethora of evidence suggesting otherwise.

Speaking to O'Donnel, Parlatore said the Department of Defense and others associated with the reported letter have "denied that such a letter exists." He then said Trump was telling non-truths about the whole situation.

"So, is it one of those things where he, is you, know bluffing, or joking, saying yeah I've got something to prove..."

O'Donnel then interrupted, and suggested Trump is a liar. Parlatore partially fought him on that.

"People use a word other than bluffing for what Donald Trump says when it is not true," O'Donnel said.

Parlatore then replied, "He is my former client. I won't to use that word."

Parlatore also said he and the Trump team acknowledge that the two-state grand jury panels in D.C. and Florida mean the special counsel is considering bringing charges against Trump.

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Trump indictment for Jan. 6 may be 'just as imminent' as classified docs case: ex-prosecutor

It is going to be extremely difficult for former president Donald Trump to overcome testimony provided by Mark Meadows, and such testimony could mean a Jan. 6 indictment is "just as imminent" as in the confidential docs case, a former federal prosecutor and legal expert said Tuesday night.

Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade was on MSNBC when the host of The 11th Hour With Stephanie Ruhle asked her about what the Mark Meadows testimony could mean for Trump.

"Well, I think it could be very challenging for Donald Trump to get around testimony by Mark Meadows," McQuade said. "Mark Meadows was the right-hand man, he was the chief of staff. He's got key evidence in both cases."

McQuade added that, while the focus has been on the classified documents probe, there is reason to shift it.

"I know lately we've been talking a lot about the Mar-a-Lago case, because that one seems to be nearing completion. I think Mark Meadows is exceptionally important in the January 6th investigation," she said.

McQuade also noted that she thinks the testimony was "kind of a last piece that seemed necessary for Jack Smith to hear."

"We've been talking a lot about the imminence of the Mar-a-Lago indictment. I'm now thinking the January 6th indictment is just as imminent."

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Far-right 'Moms for Liberty' listed as a hate group for first time

Moms for Liberty, the far-right parental group known for protesting at school board meetings, has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "hate group" for the first time ever.

Moms for Liberty, which recently said it knows liberal groups are spying on its activities because it's doing the same thing to them, is among 12 parental groups added to the SPLC's list of hate groups, according to USA Today.

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"The Southern Poverty Law Center is for the first time labeling Florida-headquartered Moms for Liberty and 11 other right-wing 'parents' rights' groups as extremist groups in its annual report, released today," USA Today wrote.

"Moms for Liberty and the other organizations are being designated as 'anti-government extremist groups,' based on longstanding criteria, explained SPLC Intelligence Project Director Susan Corke. Corke said the grassroots conservative groups are part of a new front in the battle against inclusivity in schools, though they are drawing from ideas rooted in age-old white supremacy."

According to the report, Corke noted: “[The movement] is primarily aimed at not wanting to include our hard history, topics of racism, and a very strong push against teaching anything having to do with LGBTQ topics in schools. We saw this as a very deliberate strategy to go to the local level.”

The 12 new groups reportedly bring the total number of active extremist groups included in the 2022 report to 1,225 in the U.S.

The move has been protested by some on the right, including the conservative The Daily Signal.

"The Southern Poverty Law Center, which brands mainstream conservative and Christian organizations as 'hate groups,' placing them on a map with chapters of the Ku Klux Klan, added a slew of parental rights organizations to that 'hate map' for 2022 and labeled them 'antigovernment groups,'" it reported.

'No child of mine will ever attend': Meghan McCain slammed for attack on 'woke' schools

Meghan McCain recently railed against so-called "woke" universities, and said she will be teaching her children to avoid them as they reach the appropriate age.

McCain, in her most recent article for the Daily Mail, argues against “woke” colleges and universities, calling them “modern academic cesspools” that “no child of mine will ever attend.”

"Piling her rhetorical plate high with conservative red meat, McCain calls Stanford Law students and faculty who recently protested a conservative judge’s speech 'snowflakes'; conflates a CUNY Law graduate’s criticism of the Israeli government with 'antisemitism'; and cites a University of Connecticut course on anti-Black racism among the 'anti-American, anti-free speech, anti-capitalist garbage' plaguing higher education," the Daily Beast wrote in response Saturday.

It continues:

"'When the time comes,' McCain claims, her kids 'may be among those choosing a job over a major.' McCain cites declining college enrollment numbers as proof that millions who share her view aren’t 'buying what they’re selling,' and warns that 'American Universities better recognize that before they fail out'—an invocation of the right’s 'go woke, go broke' threat—perhaps hoping that the next target of conservative boycotts will be the country’s colleges."

The Daily Beast points out the McCain is demonstrating the opposite of her stated values.

"If the object of McCain’s diatribe is to affirm her position as a righteous freethinker opposed to institutions that 'no longer strive to teach students how to think, but what to think,' an odd way to go about it is with a column essentially stating that no one is going to tell McCain’s daughters how to think—except for her," the report states.

McCain added that she will not pay for her kids' colleges.

"College is the last place I would pay for my kids to attend,” McCain writes, according to the Daily Beast's recap. "Most wealthy parents are loath to admit weaponizing their money to manipulatively control their children. Not McCain apparently."

Trump second term would mean war with Iran is 'more likely' than peace: report

Donald Trump, if he were to win a second chance at the presidency, would likely be plagued by the looming threat of Iran, according to a news analysis.

Trump's past actions and stated attitudes would reportedly make a second presidency difficult for the former commander-in-chief. That means a vote for Trump could be a vote for war with Iran, according to a report from HuffPost.

"To hear Donald Trump tell it, a vote for him in 2024 is a vote for world peace," HuffPost senior foreign affairs reporter Akbar Shahid Ahmed wrote. "The narrative serves Trump’s goal of seeming like an outsider fighting a flawed establishment and suits his strategy of seeking votes by appealing to Americans’ fears. But it ignores the issue that would likely pose the biggest foreign policy challenge of a second Trump presidency and one Trump has shown little capacity to handle peacefully: Iran."

The reporter goes on to say that the Islamic Republic still "looms large for the former president."

"Trump twice risked a war with Tehran during his last year in office," the article states. "He first ordered the assassination of Iran’s top general, risking a cycle of tit-for-tat violence that tenuous diplomacy managed to prevent. After losing the 2020 election, he came close to launching another strike and risking a major conflagration, according to Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff."

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The report from HuffPost further states that the same negotiations responsible for past accords may not be doable if Trump is president.

"Trump acknowledges the higher chances of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon and insists he knows how to keep that from happening," it says. "Yet in a second Trump term, the U.S.-Iran diplomacy that was at the heart of the last nuclear deal would be difficult to achieve both because of Tehran’s view of the former reality television star and real estate mogul and also because of the extremely different circumstances from previous periods of negotiations. Meanwhile, Trump’s 2024 agenda would weaken guardrails on his approach to the delicate issue and make it hard to win foreign support that would enable a fresh agreement."

Ron DeSantis criticizes Trump for congratulating 'murderous dictator' Kim Jong Un

Ron DeSantis has been hesitant about direct attacks on Donald Trump, his primary competitor in the GOP race for the 2024 nomination, but on Saturday he criticized Trump for congratulating "murderous dictator" Kim Jong Un.

A reporter asked DeSantis what he makes of Trump congratulating the North Korean leader for North Korea's appointment to the World Health Organization. The Florida governor said, "I was surprised to see that."

"I think, one, Kim Jong Un is a murderous dictator. They just imprisoned for life a family, including an infant, which is just outrageous," the governor said. "And then, the World Health Organization is a bankrupt organization."

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DeSantis further noted that the U.S. should be leaving the WHO, and not celebrating its recognition of Kim.

"Like, Kim Jong Un is bad, but then joining that? We need to be getting out of that and rejecting the WHO lockdown treaty, and not congratulating about being involved" in it, DeSantis said Saturday to the reporter from Fox.

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'Deliver us from evil Knievel': Mike Pence mercilessly mocked for motorcycle photo op

Former Vice President Mike Pence decided to make a splash at an event in Iowa on Saturday by posing with a motorcycle.

Pence was reportedly the only 2024 presidential contender who participated in the morning motorcycle ride for charity that is a staple of the event. He wore jeans, boots, and "a leather vest with patches that said 'Indiana' and messages supportive of the military," according to the Omaha World-Herald.

"The former Indiana governor, who has made frequent trips to Iowa over the past year, is expected to launch his long-anticipated campaign at an event in Des Moines on Wednesday," the outlet reported.

"I'll be back a little later next week," Pence said to the crowd, according to the report. "I don't have anything to announce today."

Pence joked about what "lane we're going to be staying in today," but the real joke came after the event, when photos of Pence on a Harley wearing a white motorcycle helmet and a huge smile went viral.

One comedian, Brent Terhune, quickly put up a video mocking Pence, saying he is a politician trying to be "the common man." "Pence is looking like if a glass of milk was a person," the performer said Saturday.

"Looking like a wolf in biker's clothing," he added. "Looking like moved by the holy ghost rider."

He continued:

"Looking like deliver us from evil Knievel," the comedian said. "He looks like when a lawyer specializes in motorcycle-related accidents."

The Gateway Pundit went as far as to say Pence "is not fooling anyone" by showing up on a motorcycle and wearing a leather jacket.

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At least one verified Twitter user jumped to Pence's defense.

"Not that I’m a Pence fan, but he does own a Harley Davidson Streetglide and has rode in several charity rides, including Rolling Thunder the first year as Veep," they wrote.

'He really wants to hurt people': Anthony Scaramucci calls Trump a grifter worse than most

Donald Trump is a "grifter," and a worse one than disgraced former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, according to former White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci.

Scaramucci was on NBC to discuss his connections with Bankman-Fried, who was friends with Scaramucci before Bankman-Fried was arrested and accused of fraud. The former Trump official told the story of how he escorted Bankman-Fried to meet various wealthy individuals around the world in an effort to secure certain funding.

After discussing Bankman-Fried in the context of being a grifter, the host, Chuck Todd, asked Scaramucci a simple question: is Donald Trump considered a "grifter"?

Scaramucci thought for a moment before answering.

"Yeah, he's a different type of grifter than Sam Bankman-Fried," Scaramucci replies. "They have the same chemistry, these type of people. They objectify human beings. They don't look at you or me as flesh and blood and develop empathy for us. They see us as either means to get them to a place they need to get to... or they'll run over you with indiscrimination."

Scaramucci added that Trump is "meaner" than Bankman-Fried.

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"There's something a little meaner about Donald Trump... because Donald Trump, he really wants to hurt people," he added. "He excites the racism, he excites the division. Sam was really playing a video game and seeing if he could score more points than the rest of us. Donald Trump is more in that political sociopathic behavior where he wants power more than other things that are probably more important than power."

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