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Donald Trump is waiting to see if his principal business, the Trump Organization, will be hit with criminal charges by New York authorities. The company is reportedly under legal pressure over its handling of ‘fringe benefits’ paid to top executives, among them some of Mr Trump’s oldest allies – one of whom, Allen Weisselberg, reportedly could be charged with tax-related crimes as soon as tomorrow.The potential charges are part of a years-long probe into Mr Trump’s business dealings that has seen the Manhattan District Attorney convene a Grand Jury to weigh up possible cases against the former president and his associates. Video: Four additional Oath Keepers arrested and charged over Capitol riot (NBC News)

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Meanwhile, Mr Trump visited the US-Mexico frontier to promote the Texas governor’s plan to continue building a border wall using funds from the state and the private sector.His visit comes after months of trips by Republican members of Congress, who have been hammering the Biden administration over a supposed ‘crisis’ in illegal immigration. Kamala Harris, who has been deputised by Joe Biden to work on the immigration issue, made her first visit to the border last week.At the same time, Key Stories Trump jabs at Kama Harris at Mexico borderTrump says US is ‘sick in elections and it’s sick on the border’ during Texas visitTrump Organization CFO “to be charged” tomorrowTrump says US is ‘sick in elections and it’s sick on the border’ during Texas visit Good morning 08: 58 , Andrew NaughtieWelcome to The Independent’s coverage of Donald Trump’s return to public campaigning – and his growing legal problems. Stay with us for the latest updates and analysis. Why Trump is visiting the Mexican border wall 09: 05 , Andrew NaughtieA wall on the Mexican border was Donald Trump’s number one campaign promise in 2016, but was unable to get it built using federal money – or to force Mexico to pay for it, as he many times said he would. Instead, very little of the proposed wall was built, and Joe Biden has now cancelled construction.Now out of office and robbed of his social media platform, Mr Trump is today visiting Texas to meet with Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who has promised to use state funds and crowdfunding to continue building the wall. Also attending will be two-dozen Republican members of Congress – and then Mr Trump will hold a televised town hall event with Fox News’s Sean Hannity.Andrew Buncombe has the story.

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Trump to visit US-Mexico border to promote plan to build wall from private funds Trump rally blocked by local officials for being too “political” 09: 20 , Andrew NaughtieDonald Trump planned to spend 4 July rallying the faithful at a rally in Mobile, Alabama – but has had to cancel the event after local officials denied him a rally permit over concerns about the political tone of the event.It’s a setback to the president’s return to the “campaign” trail, which kicked off in earnest with a recent rally in Ohio.John Bowden has more.

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Trump July 4th rally in Alabama cancelled by concerned local officials New book: Trump never climbed White House stairs 09: 45 , Andrew NaughtieA wave of books dishing the dirt on the Trump administration is starting to break, offering myriad accounts of the president’s alleged behaviour. In his book Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency, author Michael Wolff offers up one particularly unflattering anecdote.According to Mr Wolff, some of the president’s top aides took to working in an office on the second floor of the White House to keep away from him because they knew he would never climb the stairs. In fact, Mr Wolff claims, he never did so during his entire presidency.Mr Trump’s struggles with stairs and ramps were well-observed during his term, most famously when he shuffled trepidatiously down from a stage at West Point.Read more here:

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Trump staffers sought refuge on second floor of White House as former president never climbed stairs How bad is it looking for the Trump Organisation? 10: 10 , Andrew NaughtieThe potential criminal charges facing the Trump Organization are not as lurid as some reports from the New York investigation have speculated – but they could spell disaster for the president’s bottom line. The company is highly indebted, and if it were indicted, its creditors might start recalling their loans while outside business dried up.Besides that, a trial involving the organisation might see the president’s business affairs and even his tax returns laid bare in public, something he has worked for years to avoid.Here’s an explainer.

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Why the Trump Organization could face criminal charges – and what it might mean for the ex-president Reports say Biden could overrule “thousands” of Trump-era deportations 10: 33 , Andrew NaughtieOne of the cornerstones of Donald Trump’s immigration policy was the mass deportation of undocumented people from Mexico and Central America. But even after Kamala Harris unambiguously told people migrating north not to come to the US, the Department of Homeland Security says it is “committed to reviewing the cases of individuals whose removals under the prior administration failed to live up to our highest values.”As John Bowden writes, that could provide hope for hundreds or thousands of people, among them military families and veterans. Read more here.

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Biden administration could see ‘thousands’ of Trump deportations reversed Atmosphere around Trump rallies remains dark 11: 01 , Andrew NaughtieCNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan, who has become famous for his coverage of the American far right, had some grim conversations with Trump supporters at his Ohio rally this weekend – including one who warned that a new civil war is on the way. Clips of his encounters have spread fast on Twitter.“He’s coming back soon, and you guys are going down.” One attendee of Donald Trump's campaign-style rally in Ohio this weekend warned CNN’s @donie O’Sullivan of a potential “civil war” if the former president were not reinstated this summer. https://t.co/MRx3RKpQJw— Mediaite (@Mediaite) June 29, 2021It’s the friends we meet along the way… pic.twitter.com/jCbziIeX6k— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) June 27, 2021Graeme Massie has more.

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Biden administration could see ‘thousands’ of Trump deportations reversed Trump books: just how badly did the administration handle the pandemic? 11: 36 , Andrew NaughtieOf the many, many forthcoming books picking over the Trump presidency, one of the most damning is Nightmare Scenario, a deeply reported account of the last administration’s chaotic and disastrous response to the Covid-19 pandemic.The two authors, Washington Post reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damien Paletta, have been giving interviews to put their book in context – that is, to drive home that the totality of the Trump White House’s handling of the pandemic is more devastating than any scandalous anecdote could reveal.Here’s Ms Abutaleb on MSNBC last night."400,000 people died during the last administration's watch... The totality of how the government had failed its people here was so much more devastating than any single anecdote or any single moment in the course of the pandemic response" - @yabutaleb7 w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/RoyHFDTvu0— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) June 29, 2021 Trump lashes out at “weak”, “pathetic” Bill Barr over book revelations 11: 29 , Andrew NaughtieAnother book picking over the Trump administration’s final days has incensed the former president with its description of how his top officials viewed his campaign to overturn the 2020 election – and his false claims that it was stolen.Jonathan Karl’s Betrayal quotes Mr Trump’s former attorney general Bil Barr reflecting that “If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it. But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bulls.”Mr Trump is predictably furious. “I lost confidence in Bill Barr long before the 2020 Presidential Election Scam,” the former president said in a statement yesterday. “He was afraid, weak, and frankly, now that I see what he is saying, pathetic.”Nathan Place has more.

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Trump calls Barr ‘afraid,’ ‘weak,’ ‘pathetic’ in second outburst at ex-AG after new revelations GOP House members prepare for Trump’s border trip 11: 51 , Andrew NaughtieA delegation of House Republicans travelling from Washington, DC to convene with Donald Trump at the Texas-Mexico border. Last night, some of them took their chance to shoot video of themselves standing in the darkness next to what has been built of the border fence – watch the footage below...Members making videos pic.twitter.com/zhGmFDHPfi— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) June 30, 2021 New book lays out scale of Trump’s failure on Covid-19 12: 20 , Andrew NaughtieOf the many, many forthcoming books picking over the Trump presidency and its downfall, one of the most devastating looks to be Nightmare Scenario, an account of the administration’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.According to the authors, Washington Post journalists Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta, the point of the book is that the totality of the chaotic pandemic response is far more scandalous than any number of shocking anecdotes could ever be.Here’s Ms Abutaleb on MSNBC last night."400,000 people died during the last administration's watch... The totality of how the government had failed its people here was so much more devastating than any single anecdote or any single moment in the course of the pandemic response" - @yabutaleb7 w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/RoyHFDTvu0— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) June 29, 2021 Has Joe Biden given Kamala Harris an impossible job? 12: 47 , Andrew NaughtieKamala Harris’s elevation to vice president was a historic moment, and given Joe Biden’s age, she may become his heir presumptive in just three years’ time. But the administration has burdened her with a list of monumentally difficult tasks – immigration reform, championing voting rights legislation, fighting vaccine hesitancy – and as Fordham University political scientist Christina Greer sees it, she may have been set up to fail.Here’s her take.

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Trump’s campaign against 2020 result faces another humiliation 13: 20 , Andrew NaughtieThe former president’s continued insistence that the 2020 election was stolen from him is not flattered by the failure of all his attempts to get it overturned. That hasn’t stopped hardcore fans from staging an “audit” of the vote in Arizona – and their fruitless efforts have caused plenty of trouble.In an embarrassing turn of events, officials in Maricopa County have announced that they will replace all the voting machines handed over to the “auditors” after warnings that the security of the technology may have been compromised by the so-called “Cyber Ninjas” conducting the audit.The county “will never use equipment that could pose a risk to free and fair elections”, the local elections board wrote.

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Arizona’s Maricopa County won’t reuse voting machines after GOP ‘audit’ compromised their security CNN: Trump Organization facing scrutiny for allegedly dodging taxes on employee bonuses 13: 40 , Andrew NaughtieNew reports indicate that New York prosecutors are specifically looking at whether the Trump Organization failed to pay taxes on bonuses provided to some employees.According to CNN, the investigators suspect that the company effectively paid bonuses in cash – and that if it did so while also giving senior employees untaxed fringe benefits, the organisation’s behaviour “could be construed as a company-wide scheme to defraud”.Read the report here. Flashback: Trump’s last visit to border as president 14: 01 , Andrew NaughtieAs Texas prepares to receive Donald Trump again, it’s worth looking back at his final presidential visit to the unfinished border wall he promised to complete.At the time, Mr Trump was still campaigning to overturn the election results and avert Joe Biden’s inauguration. The Capitol insurrection had cast his efforts in a new light, and that combined with his failure on the wall led much of the state’s media to reject him outright.“Trump didn’t keep the promise,” wrote the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle. “After four years, the ‘big, beautiful’ wall he promised from sea to shining sea includes a grand total of 30 new miles. And news flash: Mexico didn’t pay for it.”Here’s The Independent’s report from the time.

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Trump heads to US-Mexico border as people on the ground rebuke his visit Trump tears into New York election board amid mayoral election meltdown 14: 18 , Andrew NaughtieThe New York mayoral election was the city’s first held using ranked choice voting. The city’s electoral board has now had to remove more than 130,000 test ballots that were erroneously included in the total, scrambling the count at a crucial stage – and now Donald Trump, one of the city’s loudest residents, is weighing in.Of course, his statement – shared by his spokeswoman on Twitter – relates the electoral chaos back to his own problems.NEW! 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/dyfcXMvsA5— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) June 30, 2021 Pelosi’s 6 January committee reaches first test 14: 42 , Andrew NaughtieWhile Donald Trump is expected to maintain he won the 2020 election during his trip to Texas, the House of Representatives will today vote on legislation to create a Select Committee that will examine the events and the causes of the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol.Ever since Nancy Pelosi announced the committee, there has been abundant speculation that she may nominate a Republican of her own choice to sit among its members – presumably one of the 10 House members who voted to impeach Donald Trump a second time.

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House poised to launch new probe of Jan. 6 insurrection Report: Trump Organization CFO “to be charged” tomorrow 15: 01 , Andrew NaughtieThe Wall Street Journal reports that the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, is expected to be charged with tax-related crimes – possibly as soon as tomorrow.Mr Weisselberg, one of Mr Trump’s oldest associates, has been under intense pressure to co-operate with investigators as they seek to elicit as much evidence as they can against the ex-president and his empire.Read more:

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Trump Organization and CFO will be criminally charged, report says Greg Abbott’s fundraising for border wall rakes in cash 15: 21 , Andrew NaughtieDonald Trump is being hosted today by Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, has taken a hardline stance on immigration for years. Since Joe Biden cut off federal funding for the construction of the border wall, Mr Abbott has focused on funding it in other ways – including crowdfunding.According to the governor, this effort has met with some success, pulling in almost $400,000 so far.Thank you to those who have contributed to our ongoing effort to secure the border.Completing the wall means making Texas & America safer.In the Biden Administration's absence, Texas will get the job done. https://t.co/89D4KTFsOZ— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 23, 2021 Nancy Pelosi quotes Lincoln in letter to House members 15: 45 , Andrew NaughtieIn a letter released today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has implored members of the chamber she leads to back her proposed select committee to investigate the January insurrection.To drive home her point, she uses a quotation from Abraham Lincoln: “Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us.”Read the letter below.PELOSI: "We had hoped that Congress would establish an independent, bipartisan 9/11-type Commission. We were successful with a strong bipartisan vote in the House, but Mitch McConnell asked GOP Senators to ‘do him a personal favor’ and vote against the Commission." pic.twitter.com/yuMZUHpNri— Chris Cioffi (@ReporterCioffi) June 30, 2021 Biden to hold wildfires briefing with governors of western states 16: 04 , Andrew NaughtieAs punishing heatwaves, drought and fires ravage wide areas of the American west, Joe Biden is convening a meeting with leaders from the affected states to discuss their response and what can be done to prevent similar disasters in future. C-Span is streaming it live here.For a deeper dive into what’s happening, The Independent’s Louise Boyle has this long read on the catastrophe being wrought by climate change in California, Oregon and beyond.

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California is burning – now more than ever before Is this real life, or is it just fantasy? QAnon spreads Biden photo online claiming it shows Trump 16: 33 , Justin VallejoThis is the photo burning up in the QAnon sphere that purports to show Trump in the reflection of the window behind Biden.Squint to the right of Biden to see if it can be seen. Whether an optical illusion or part of the secret cabal’s plot, QAnon reckons it’s confirmation Trump will still be reinstated.Whatever the truth, this much is known: The dress was gold, not blue. And the audio said Yanny, not Laurel.

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‘Not out of the woods’ Trump lawyer says of ex-president 16: 50 , Justin VallejoTrump Organization lawyer Ron Fischetti told The Associated Press this week that there was no indication Donald Trump himself, as opposed to his company, was to be included in the first batch of charges.“There is no indictment coming down this week against the former president,” Fischetti said this week. “I can’t say he’s out of the woods yet completely.”The company’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg and The Trump Organization are expected to be charged on Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal. National Guard may deploy to Florida as hurricane season threatens Surfside rescue and recovery efforts 17: 07 , Justin VallejoJoe Biden said the National Guard may deploy to help managing hurricane season, which is relevant for search and rescue efforts at the Miami condo collapse.Search and rescue yesterday requested an additional federal team to help backfill the current teams conducting the search, citing a storm warning and strong winds in the next five days that could make conditions worse.The engineering expert hired by the City of Surfside, meanwhile, began on Tuesday assessing whether strong winds would topple the portion of the condo that remains standing.On that backdrop, the president said the administration was considering deploying the National Guard for hurricane season – which means sending them to Florida and it’s most vulnerable areas, like a half-standing building that could potentially fall at any minute.Here is the quote that was buried in his comments earlier today.“Think about how we’re relying on the military in ways we never, ever, ever anticipated. And now, I got my briefing at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) on what was going on in hurricane season, and it’s you know, and we’re looking for the National Guard there too,” he said Nancy Pelosi to launch new probe of 6 January Capitol riot 17: 23 , Justin VallejoHouse speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to launch her latest effort to keep attention on the 6 January Capitol riot.A special committee of 8 Democrat-chosen members and 5 Republican-chosen members would probe the attack after a 9/11 style commission failed to get the votes to go ahead.The resolution up for vote would possibly give Pelosi a veto on the members chosen by the Republicans, according to The Associated Press. The line being the GOP’s 5 picks will be named “after consultation” with Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.While it’s unlikely she’d approve of Marjorie Taylor Green on the committee, there are 10 Republicans who impeached Trump that would likely have a better chance.So Democrats could potentially have the final say on who is and who isn’t on the committee. Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues on Wednesday it’s “imperative that we seek the truth”, while Republican Steve Scalise told his colleagues it’s another effort to push a partisan agenda.Pass the popcorn. Trump’s immigration czar joining border trip 17: 38 , Justin VallejoStephen Miller, the architect of many of Donald Trump’s immigration policies, is joining the former president to the Mexico border today.“No one in American History has fought harder to protect and defend our territorial sovereignty. And no one has worked harder to abolish and erase our national boundaries than President Biden,” he said in a tweet announcing his attendance.Miller had big plans for a second Trump term, including limit asylum grants, outlaw sanctuary cities, expand travel bans, and reduce work visas.Here is a deeper dive on what that would look like.

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Why a second Trump term with Stephen Miller will be 'devastating' to American immigration Trump previews border speech in op-ed 17: 52 , Justin VallejoDonald Trump’s key talking points are pretty well known by now, and they’re expected to get a replay during his visit to the border with Mexico today.But waiting a few more minutes to hear them isn’t necessary, as the ex-president gave a preview of his grievances with the Biden administration in an op-ed in The Washington Times published today.Here are the key lines from the Times likely to be repeated very shortly: “I built the wall; Biden built a humanitarian catastrophe”“Biden has enacted the most radical open borders agenda imaginable”“To say that Biden has provoked a national security disaster does not even begin to do justice to the calamity”“In May, illegal border crossings were nearly 700% higher than when I was president during the same period last year”“Seizures of ultra-lethal fentanyl are up 265% from last year — more of the drug has already been intercepted than in the entirety of 2020”“The Biden administration has announced a new program whereby the U.S. government will literally pay to fly illegal aliens’ relatives from other countries to join them in the United States”“Biden sabotaged the completion of the wall, ordered an immediate halt to construction on his first day in office, impounded the funds Congress had appropriated and took steps to terminate the National Emergency declaration that had facilitated it” ‘Heading to the Southern Border’, says Trump again 18: 03 , Justin VallejoIn case there was any doubt, Trump just released a statement that he’s heading to the border with Mexico.Nothing particularly new in this latest salvo; appearing just a flex of using his new spox to disseminate the latest not-a-tweet.President Trump will be at the border soon, providing real leadership!"We had the most successful Border policy in American history—and now we have, by far, the least successful policy. People are coming in by the millions. They are destroying our Country!" pic.twitter.com/rOnCNzu0fC— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) June 30, 2021 Donald Trump and Greg Abbott to begin border briefing 18: 07 , Justin VallejoThe former president and the governor of Texas will soon begin their briefing at the Mexican border.Follow live with Independent TV.

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Watch live as Donald Trump visits US-Mexico border Democrats running ‘disinformation’ campaign on the border, says Trump 18: 33 , Justin VallejoThe ex-president began with a new line on the Democrat’s “disinformation campaign” on the border crisis.“They’re getting killed by the border so now they’re saying, ‘Oh, we’ve got a problem, so let’s blame the Sheriff’s, let’s blame the governors, let’s blame everybody else but them,” Trump said.He also pointed to Jen Psaki’s attempts to reframe Republicans as part of “Defund The Police” after the slogan backfired. ‘We lost’ Trump says of the presidential election 18: 39 , Justin VallejoDonald Trump slipped off message for a brief moment to recognize that he did, in fact, not win the presidential election.His go-to line is usually that he won two presidential elections and might even win a third.“Amazingly we lost, check out the New York election today by the way, it’s a disaster, they’re unable to count the votes,” he said. Maybe Democrats don’t want open borders, wonders Trump 18: 43 , Justin VallejoAfter more than for years of saying the Democrats want open borders, the ex-president’s thinking is evolving on whether he believes they actually do want to abolish the border.“The real question is, do they really want open borders or are they incompetent?” he said.“There’s only two things; you’re either incompetent or for some reason you have a screw loose and you want to have open borders.” The Berlin Wall might take issue with Trump 18: 46 , Justin VallejoThe ex-president seemed to overlook some pretty secure borders in their time“There has never been a border so secure as the border with the southern border that we have, and now it’s opened up,” Trump said. Trump jabs at Kama Harris at Mexico border 18: 51 , Justin VallejoThe former president mocked the current vice president’s trip to the southern border as made his wat to “admire the wall”.“So with that we’re going over to the border right now, but we’re going to the real part of the border where there’s real problems, not a part where you look around and don’t see anybody,” he said.Kamala Harris was criticised for visiting El Paso, Texas rather than areas more affected by the border migration. Trump calls on Mark Milley to resign for supporting critical race theory 19: 08 , Justin VallejoThe ex-president ramped up his feud with Mark Milley, calling on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to resign for bowing to the “woke mob” to defend critical race theory in an effort to keep his job.All according to Trump, of course.“When Black Lives Matter rioters were threatening to destroy Washington, DC, he practically begged me not to send in the military to stop the riots,” Trump began in a statement.“To further ingratiate himself with Biden, progressive Media, and the Radical Left, Milley went to Congress and actually defended Critical Race Theory being shoved down the throats of our soldiers. This Marxist, racist anti-American propaganda has no place in our Military.”The general thrust of this latest lines up with what was said earlier through his spokeswoman Liz Harrington, which suggested Milley was “on the side” of rioters.Go deeper on a reported argument between the two, and what Milley said about critical race theory that led to this escalating feud.

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Trump spokeswoman claims head of US military ‘on the side’ of rioters Trump says US is ‘sick in elections and it’s sick on the border’ during Texas visit 19: 25 , Justin VallejoDonald Trump complained about the “sick” state of the US-Mexico border and the American election system during his ongoing trip to South Texas. “We have a sick country,” the former president said, recounting once again his dubious version of the 2020 election.“It’s sick in elections, and it’s sick on the border.” During remarks with law enforcement officials and Texas governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday, the president touched on the border, but also went back to his favoured tangents about the “disinformation campaign” that was the Russia investigation, how many votes he got in 2020, the mayoral race for New York City.Josh Marcus reports.

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Trump says US is ‘sick in the elections and it’s sick on the border’ on Texas visit Here comes Trump again 19: 54 , Justin VallejoThe rally portion of Trump’s Mexico border programming is about to begin.Watch live with The Independent. Fox News continues ignoring Trump rallies 20: 09 , Justin VallejoThe ex-president’s new broadcasting home is no Newsmax, as Fox News focuses on Bill Cosby.Fox News is not carrying Trump's speech at the southern border. Newsmax is. pic.twitter.com/ngJEuX6wRA— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 30, 2021 Trump stopping funding to Wuhan virus lab had to do with gain of function dangers 20: 21 , Justin VallejoOne of the most difficult pretzels to untangle in the Covid pandemic mystery is the funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology by the National Institute of Health via the EcoHealth Alliance.A new book “Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History,” says Anthony Fauci clashed with Donald Trump on cancelling a $370,000 grant.Fauci testified to on Capitol Hill he didn’t know why the administration wanted to block the grant.Well, Trump just answered.“We pay money to China, you saw that with the Wuhan lab, we give money to the Wuhan lab, by the way do you notice who stopped it, I stopped it, when I heard,” Trump said.“It wasn’t about virus at that time, I stopped it because I said why the hell are we giving money to China, it was very simple.” ‘BOOOOOOOOOOOO’: Crowd reacts as Trump asked to apologise for Capitol Riot 20: 32 , Justin VallejoAfter Donald Trump finished his rally in Texas, an unknown person shouted from the crowd: “Mr Trump, will you apologize about January 6”.As the crown booed in response, Trump gave a thumbs up and smirk.Meanwhile, on that very same Capitol Hill, the House was voting on a committee to investigate the riot on 6 January.

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It was CNN’s Jim Acosta who got the boo 20: 39 , Justin VallejoThe old combatants went at it for nostalgia's sake on the Mexico border, with the CNN reporter acknowledging the boo from the “mostly GOP crowd”.At border event with Trump and Abbott I asked Trump if he’s going to apologize for January 6. He did not respond. Crowd of mostly GOP members and staff booed.— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 30, 2021 Fox News cuts off Trump’s 2020 election rant during Texas border trip 20: 45 , Justin VallejoIn the world of conservative politics, all eyes are on Texas right now, as Donald Trump continues his multi-state comeback tour with a visit to the US-Mexico border.But despite loads of hype ahead of the event, the reliably pro-Trump Fox News cut off the former president’s remarks just over a minute in, as Mr Trump began ranting about the 2020 election.“We had an election where we did much better than we did the first time and amazingly we lost,” Mr Trump said, sitting alongside Texas governor Greg Abbott.He continued raging against US elections, comparing them to a “banana republic,” before his audio feed was muted and Fox hosts cut in for commentary.Josh Marcus reports.

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Fox News cuts off Trump’s 2020 election rant during Texas border trip House approves select committee to investigate Capitol riot 20: 54 , Justin VallejoPer Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller.WASHINGTON (AP) — House approves select committee to investigate Jan. 6 attack on US Capitol, with nearly all Republicans voting against.— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 30, 2021 Trump makes dubious immigration claims and calls Biden policies ‘depraved’ in op-ed as he visits Mexico border 21: 05 , Justin VallejoDonald Trump lashed out at his successor’s border policies, calling Joe Biden’s agenda “depraved” while making a number of dubious claims about his own immigration record in a new op-ed, ahead of a visit on Wednesday to the US-Mexico border in Texas.“These policies are utterly depraved – the actions of someone who by all indications wants to completely abolish America’s southern border,” Mr Trump wrote in the Washington Times on Wednesday, adding, “This is perhaps the first time in world history a nation has purposely and systematically dismantled its own defenses to invite millions of foreign migrants to enter its territory and break its laws.”The Independent’s Josh Marcus reports.

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Trump makes dubious immigration claims and calls Biden policies ‘depraved’ in op-ed as he visits Mexico border Republican who rejected bipartisan riot commission complains special committee is not bipartisan 21: 25 , Justin VallejoAfter congressional Republicans widely rejected a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol riot, US Rep Michelle Fischbach claimed that “Democrats refuse to put together a truly bipartisan commission” – after she voted against the bipartisan attempt from both Democrats and Republicans.“Give me a break,” Democratic US Rep Jim McGovern told the House of Representatives on Wednesday.“I noticed there’s a lack of Republicans who have the backbone to come down here and explain ... why they won’t support the bipartisan commission or the select committee,” he said. “They don’t want to be on the record defending a position aimed at not getting the truth.”The Independent’s Alex Woodward reports.

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Republican who rejected bipartisan riot commission complains special committee is not bipartisan Allen Weisselberg: Who is the man who could bring down Donald Trump? 21: 55 , Justin VallejoThe man at the centre of investigations and pending criminal charges involving Donald Trump’s business, other than the former president whose name is emblazoned in gold on its Manhattan headquarters, is a press-averse accountant who has presided over the company’s finances for decades, writes The Independent’s Alex Woodward.“Mr Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, could be criminally charged on 1 July 2021 in an alleged tax evasion and fraud case stemming from a years-long probe from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and a parallel investigation from the New York State Attorney General. Since 2017, the company has been held under a trust controlled by the former president and his adult sons – along with Mr Weisselberg, the only person not named Trump to oversee the company’s accounting.”

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Allen Weisselberg: Who is the man who could bring down Donald Trump? Crowd boos CNN reporter who asks Trump if he will apologise for Capitol riot 22: 11 , Justin VallejoDonald Trump declined to answer if he’d apologise for inspiring many of the participants in the 6 January riots at the US Capitol, flashing the reporter who asked him a thumbs up as a crowd of onlookers audibly boo-ed during an event at the US-Mexico border.Josh Marcus has the full story from Trump’s earlier rally.

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Crowd boos reporter who asks if Trump will apologise for Capitol riot Public support for Biden border policies collapse, poll says 22: 25 , Justin VallejoA new poll released on the eve of Trump’s visit to the Mexico border shows a majority of people surveyed believe immigration has deteriorated under Joe Biden and his border czar, Kamala Harris.The poll from Harvard/Harris (no VP connection) says 80 per cent believe immigration is a very or somewhat serious issue, while 64 per cent say the White House should introduce “stricter policies” to stem the flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border.Just over a third, 36 per cent, said Biden’s current policies should continue while about two thirds, 68 per cent, believe his executive actions increase illegal immigration. ‘You won’, yells Lauren Boebert to Trump during border visit 22: 40 , Justin VallejoBlink and miss it, but Lauren Boebert yelled “you won” to Donald Trump as he was speaking about the 2020 presidential election, according to Politico reporter Olivia Beavers.Trump responded that “it’s a shame what happened”.“Lauren Boebert, you, ah, nobody can walk into your house that I promise you, you know the guns will be blazing, right, but you have been fantastic right from the beginning.” Trump added. Rep. Boebert just yelled “you won” as Trump was talking about the election.Trump: “it is a shame what happened”— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) June 30, 2021 ‘Keep it up on… [INSERT THEORIES HERE]’ Biden says to Pelosi 23: 02 , Justin VallejoThe president was pretty happy with Nancy Pelosi for some inaudible reason earlier.Biden’s mic caught him starting to say something seemingly of significance before it cut off: “By the way, keep it up on – “.What could he have been speaking about? It’s anyone guess and no speculation will be offered here.In other unrelated news, Pelosi’s special committee to investigate the Capitol riot passed the House along party lines today.The video is below, via CNN reporter Kevin Liptak.Biden encourages Pelosi to “keep it up on — “ something before his mic is cut pic.twitter.com/VUWAAhGgAP— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) June 30, 2021 Oath Keeper pleads guilty to conspiracy and obstruction on 6 January 23: 18 , Justin VallejoAn Oath Keeper from Alabama has flipped from the group after pleading guilty on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.Mark Grods, 54, will cooperate with the Justice Department after admitting to the charges of conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding, the wire reported.His case was reportedly kept secret until Wednesday to protect the investigation into more than a dozen people connected to the Oath Keepers group still fighting charges. Liz Cheney throws GOP leadership under the bus statement supporting Capitol riot committee 23: 47 , Justin VallejoA former leader of the party attacked the current leadership of the party in her statement of support for the House select committee into the Capitol riot.“Since January 6th the courage of my party’s leaders has faded. But the threat to our Republic has not. On an almost daily basis, Donald Trump repeats the same statement that provoked violence before,” she said in a statement.“I believe this select committee is our only remaining option.”Read the full statement.I've said before that a bipartisan independent commission would've been the best way to investigate the Jan. 6th attack.⁰That effort was unfortunately blocked. A select committee is now the only remaining option. I will vote to support it. See my full stmt: pic.twitter.com/C073yKWRWH— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) June 30, 2021 The prosecutor whose decision resulted in Cosby going free also defended Trump at impeachment trial 00: 20 , Justin VallejoThe prosecutor whose 2005 decision not to charge comedian Bill Cosby with the sexual assault of a Temple University employee is no stranger to the headlines this year: He previously defended former President Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial following the Capitol insurrection.Bruce Castor was serving as Montgomery County’s district attorney when he made the decision to not charge Mr Cosby, at the time stating that there was not enough evidence to charge Mr Cosby with a crime due to potential witnesses likely being barred from testimony and the lack of forensic evidence, according to court documents.The Independent’s John Bowden has the story.

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The prosecutor whose decision resulted in Cosby going free also defended Trump at impeachment trial Trump calls on Mark Milley to resign after top US military officer thrust into ‘critical race theory’ 00: 40 , Justin VallejoDonald Trump has called for the resignation of Mark Milley as the nation’s top military official, a position that the former president appointed him to, after the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff offered a rebuke to right-wing culture war attacks on “critical race theory” that broadly encompass any examination of systemic racism.In a statement, the former president falsely claimed that Mr Milley “went to Congress and actually defended Critical Race Theory being shoved down the throats of our soldiers”.Mr Trump said that Mr Milley must resign and “be replaced with someone who is actually willing to defend our Military from the Leftist Radicals who hate our Country and our Flag”.Ales Woodward has the story.

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Trump calls on Mark Milley to resign after top US military officer thrust into ‘critical race theory’ debate QAnon spreads Biden photo online claiming it shows Trump is secretly in the White House 00: 55 , Justin VallejoFollowers of the QAnon conspiracy theory believe an image of Joe Biden shows that Donald Trump was recently in the White House, and was in fact US president.The image, which shows the Democrat taking a phone call in the Oval Office, features a figure reflected in a window to the right of the US president, Mr Biden.It was shared to Mr Biden’s Instagram account last week, from where it was taken and shared to Telegram, a messaging platform favoured by the far right and followers of QAnon.Gino Spocchia has the most bizairre story from today.

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