Trump tells Logan Paul ratings for Biden debate will be ‘quite good’ as they talk UFOs and Taylor Swift: Live

Donald Trump was interviewed by Logan Paul for his podcast Impaulsive this week, presenting the host with a MAGA cap and t-shirt bearing his notorious mugshot.

The podcast began with questions about his felony convictions and why he is running again — allowing the former president to reel out many of his usual diatribe of falsehoods from his rallies — before moving on to a wide variety of topics from the upcoming debate on CNN to aliens to Taylor Swift and the rap beef between Kendrick Lamar and Drake.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump returned to Capitol Hill for the first time since the January 6 riot, to meet with Republican lawmakers about his campaign and potential second term in office.

During his meeting with members of the House of Representatives, the former president spoke about issues including abortion and immigration but sparked fury over a reported remark in which he called the Republican 2024 convention host city Milwaukee “horrible”. GOP lawmakers claim the quote was taken out of context but Democrats were quick to pounce in response.

It was a busy day in DC for Trump who also met with GOP senators and addressed a gathering of CEOs.

Key Points

  • Logan Paul interview: Trump asked about upcoming debate on CNN

  • Logan Paul interview: Trump gives surprising answer on the existence of UFOs

  • Trump makes first return to US Capitol since Jan 6

  • Trump sparks fury with Milwaukee comment

  • Ex-special prosecutor says he expects Trump will be tried in Georgia even if he wins election

Trump gives surprising answer on the existence of UFOs

Thursday 13 June 2024 23:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Josh Marcus reports:

Donald Trump has revealed whether he believes in UFOs during an interview with social media personality Logan Paul released on Thursday.

While the former president said he doesn’t personally believe in UFOs, he acknowledged the growing contingent of people in- and outside of government who believe aliens exist might have a point.

Trump described meeting with military pilots who had strange encounters with unidentified anomalous phenomena, as the government refers to them.

Read the full story...

I want to believe: Trump gives surprising answer on the existence of UFOs

Trump ‘ready to burn it all down’ as he returns to Capitol Hill, Biden campaign says

Thursday 13 June 2024 23:30 , Oliver O'Connell

As Donald Trump returns to the place where a riotous mob of his supporters tried to block certification of his 2020 election loss, President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is reminding voters of the ex-president’s willingness to embrace violence for political ends in a new advertisement.

The 30-second television spot, called Burn, opens with scenes of the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and a narrator stating that Trump “lit a fire in this country” that day before recalling how the riot left 140 police officers with injuries.

Andrew Feinberg reports:

Biden campaign says Trump ‘ready to burn it all down’ as he returns to Capitol Hill

Logan Paul interview: Trump asked about upcoming debate on CNN

Thursday 13 June 2024 23:06 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump was asked about his upcoming presidential debate on CNN against Joe Biden.

Trump: When they gave me the option, they said, would you do it and they didn't want to do it. He didn't want to do it. So they gave me everything. Fake Tapper.

And lots of other people that were going to, you know, were involved on CNN, they wanted to be seated, which I didn't like I said we should stand and I think we won that point. But I would have agreed to whatever I had to agree to because they didn't want to do it. They thought that I wouldn't do it because it's CNN but I've done plenty of CNN, I did a town hall. Not so long ago was CNN that worked out well. But I think there'll be fair, I think they're going to try and be fair.

I mean, it's fair as they can be. But I think it's important for there to be a debate. So they said you want to debate Yep, I'll accept. You don't even have to tell me that. They said CNN, they said, the different people that are involved, but it let's see what happens. I used to get along with Jake Tapper. We'll see what happens. But it doesn't matter. Whatever it is it is...

[After saying there was a 10 per cent chance CNN would be fair, he continued...]

No, they’re fake news? No, they're so bad. One of the good terms, right, fake news, but no, I don't think so. I thought maybe, you know, I had one with Kaitlan Collins, about four or five months ago. It was one of the highest rated shows they've ever had. And I really thought they were gonna go maybe sort of in the middle. But I was wrong about, I as I'm getting on and I'm hearing the way I'm being announced they said they these people are playing hardball. They're making a big mistake, but with the ratings for this debate, I guess will be quite, quite good.

The debate is set for June 27.

A source close to Paul’s team told The Independent that it was Trump’s camp who reached out to them asking for an interview. The podcast team has also reached out to President Biden’s people with an offer to come on the show as a guest so that they can provide their audience with both sides.

Furious Trump told Speaker Johnson ‘we have to overturn this’ in F-bomb tirade after conviction

Thursday 13 June 2024 23:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump was so angry when the guilty verdict was read aloud at his New York hush money trial last month that he was heard afterwards subjecting Mike Johnson, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, to a foul-mouthed rant by phone, according to a new report.

Politico’s Playbook newsletter recounts that the GOP presidential contender was overheard “dropping frequent F-bombs” in his call with Johnson on May 30 as he told the speaker: “We have to overturn this.”

Joe Sommerlad has the story:

Furious Trump told Speaker Johnson ‘we have to overturn this’ after conviction

Exclusive: Did Donald Trump Jr just break the law during his meeting with Hungarian leader Viktor Orban?

Thursday 13 June 2024 22:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Katie Hawkinson writes:

Donald Trump Jr, four months after being hit with a $4 million fine and a ban on serving as an officer of a New York company for two years, is seeking opportunities elsewhere — namely, Hungary.

The former president’s eldest child arrived in Budapest on Thursday morning on an invitation from the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry. There, he met with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and gave a talk entitled “The World According to Donald Trump Jr.,” an event first reported by Hungarian journalist Szabolcs Panyi.

Trump Jr’s visit focused on discussions about “the future of Hungarian-American relations, the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, and opportunities for peace creation,” according to Zoltan Kovacs, spokesperson for Orbán’s office.

Multiple legal experts say foreign policy discussions between Trump Jr — who is not employed by the US government — and a foreign prime minister raise questions about the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized diplomatic activity in certain circumstances.

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EXCLUSIVE: Did Donald Trump Jr just break the law by meeting with Viktor Orban?

Trump endorses Larry Horgan for Senate

Thursday 13 June 2024 22:23 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump told Fox News congressional correspondent Aishah Hasnie that he is endorsing Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland for the Senate.

The news is slightly surprising given Hogan’s comments that people should “respect the verdict” in the NY hush money trial and allies of the former president signaled that there would be an impending assault on his candidacy.

Hogan has never been an ally of Donald Trump. He supported both impeachment inquiries into the ex-president, distinguishing himself as a member of a small minority of his party’s elected officials. The ex-governor also issued a scathing condemnation of the Republican then-president after January 6, during which he sent Maryland police to aid law enforcement at the US Capitol.

Nevertheless, Trump said today: “I'd like to see him win. I think he has a good chance to win… I know other people made some strong statements, but I can just say from my standpoint, I'm about the party and I'm about the country. And I would like to see him win.”

Perhaps what is most confusing is that Hogan has previously said he will not vote for Trump and has reaffirmed that an endorsement from the former president is a gift to his Democrat rival Angela Alsobrooks.

Republicans can’t separate themselves from Trump now — even if they want to

Thursday 13 June 2024 21:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia writes:

Marc Molinaro is the exact type of Republican who should be trying to distance himself from Donald Trump. The Cook Political Report rates his race as a toss-up, and his district — New York’s 19th — voted for President Joe Biden in 2020.

Under typical circumstances, endangered incumbents hope to create some distance from a nominee who may drag them down. Joe Manchin, the now-retiring independent senator who won in coal-friendly West Virginia, famously shot an Obama-era climate bill with a rifle despite being a Democrat. And before she put herself in the running to be Trump’s running mate, Representative Elise Stefanik voted against the Trump tax cuts.

Yet Molinaro, a freshman Republican, joined his colleagues in heading over to the Capitol Hill Club on Wednesday morning to hear the former president rally the troops.

Read on...

Republicans can’t separate themselves from Trump now — even if they want to

Watch: Logan Paul releases teaser of interview with Trump

Thursday 13 June 2024 21:37 , Oliver O'Connell

After surviving Kevin McCarthy’s ‘revenge tour’, Nancy Mace now has to deal with Trump

Thursday 13 June 2024 21:30 , Oliver O'Connell

South Carolina Rep Nancy Mace is once again the victory of a Republican primary election against an opponent backed by a prominent foe.

The congresswoman won the Republican primary in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district over challengers Catherine Templeton and William Young; as votes came in, Mace pulled to an early lead and was declared the victor early on Tuesday evening.

Her victory comes after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy targeted her as one of the eight Republicans responsible for kicking him out of the speaker’s chair last fall.

John Bowden reports:

Nancy Mace survived Kevin McCarthy’s ‘revenge tour’. Now she has to deal with Trump

‘This is what we’re reduced to’: Trump gives mugshot T-shirt to Logan Paul

Thursday 13 June 2024 21:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump has promoted his upcoming interview with Logan Paul on his Impaulsive podcast by appearing in a video in which he presents the host with a pair of MAGA caps and two T-shirts bearing the infamous mugshot from his arraignment in Fulton County, Georgia, last summer.

Joe Sommerlad reports:

Trump gives mugshot T-shirt to Logan Paul: ‘This is what we’re reduced to’

Watch: GOP rep changes tack on reaction to Trump remark

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump humiliates Marjorie Taylor Greene, telling her to ‘be nice’ to Speaker Johnson

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:30 , Oliver O'Connell

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC:

Donald Trump tried to quell divisions within the House Republican conference on Thursday when he stopped by Washington DC to attend meetings with the full House and Senate Republican caucuses.

But he did so in a very Trumpian way — by publicly humiliating one of his own allies, Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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Trump humiliates Marjorie Taylor Greene by telling her to ‘be nice’ to Speaker

In pictures: Trump meets with Senate Republicans

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:23 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump gave a short speech following his meeting with Senate Republicans (REUTERS)
Donald Trump gave a short speech following his meeting with Senate Republicans (REUTERS)
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Biden and Milwaukee mayor join in reaction to Trump ‘horrible’ comment

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:15 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden gave his two cents response to Donald Trump’s remark that Milwaukee was “horrible”, posting: “I happen to love Milwaukee” along with a picture of him and the Milwaukee Bucks who won the NBA championship in 2021.

Meanwhile, Mayor Cavalier Johnson retorted: “All of us lived through his presidency, so right back at ya, buddy.”

Watch: Murkowski skipped Trump meeting, not happy with either candidate

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:10 , Oliver O'Connell

Jimmy Kimmel compares Trump to Hunter Biden

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:06 , Oliver O'Connell

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel drew a comparison between Donald Trump and Hunter Biden after the former president admitted he owned a gun.

Trump made the confession during his pre-sentencing probation interview on Monday, a required step after he was found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records in the hush money trial in New York City on May 31. The first-ever convicted former president had three firearms, two of which were handed to NYPD last March while a third weapon was “lawfully moved to Florida,” CNN reported.

Speaking about the weapon, Kimmel said on his Wednesday show: “That could be a violation of his parole and could be another potential felony.” He then joked: “Who does this guy think he is, Hunter Biden?”

Kelly Rissman has the story:

Jimmy Kimmel compares Trump to Hunter Biden in latest late-night rant

Senate Republicans block legislation to protect IVF

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:59 , Oliver O'Connell

Senate Republicans have blocked a bill to protect in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The Right to IVF Act, championed by a group of Democrats, will not be voted on by the US Senate as nearly every GOP member voted to block cloture — that is, an end to debate — on the legislation.

“It’s a very sad day for millions of Americans who want to become parents but struggle with infertility,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the vote. “Today, nearly every Republican just blocked a bill that would’ve protected peoples’ access to IVF.”

Katie Hawkinson and Eric Garcia report from Capitol Hill:

Senate Republicans block legislation to protect IVF

McConnell greets Trump

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:55 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke for the first time today since December 2020 at the former president’s meeting with Republican lawmakers.

House Judiciary Committee holds hearing on Trump hush money case

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:43 , Oliver O'Connell

The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee today held a hearing on Donald Trump’s hush money trial that began some 90 minutes late so that GOP members could attend the party meeting with the former president.

Just 45 minutes in, an extended recess was called because a motion to compel Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg was introduced, Rep Pramila Jayapal posted on X. She noted that Bragg is already scheduled to testify on July 12...

Rep Jerry Nadler accused Republicans of trying to rehabilitate 34-time convicted felon Trump with the hearing.

Rep Adam Schiff wasn’t going to let them get away with that.

Witness Norm Eisen, senior fellow in governance at the Brookings Institution, was asked by GOP Rep Chip Roy whether non-disclosure agreements like the one at the center of the Trump hush money case were illegal.

Eisen responded that when an NDA is used to facilitate an illegal campaign contribution over $127,000 in excess of the legal limits, then yes, they are.

Poll: Nearly half of US adults approve of Trump’s conviction

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Gustaf Kilander has the details:

Almost half of all American adults approve of the conviction of former President Donald Trump, an AP-NORC poll shows.

Trump became the first former US president to be convicted of felony charges after he was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection to a hush money payment to adult actor Stormy Daniels who alleged she had an affair with Trump in 2006. The payment was made shortly before the 2016 election in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women.

Forty-eight percent approve of the conviction, according to the poll, while 29 percent disapprove and 21 percent say they have no opinion.

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Nearly half of US adults approve of Trump’s conviction, poll shows

Full story: Trump blasts RNC host Milwaukee as a ‘horrible city’ ahead of party’s gathering

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump called Milwaukee a “horrible city” in front of top Republicans - despite the party holding its national convention there in the coming weeks.

On Thursday, Trump was in Washington, DC, to meet with Republican leaders. It is the former president’s first visit to the Hill since Jan. 6, when a mob stormed the Capitol to protest his losing the 2020 election.

At one point, Trump told the Republicans “Milwaukee, where we are having our convention, is a horrible city,” according to Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News.

Alex Lang has the story:

Donald Trump blasts RNC host Milwaukee as a ‘horrible city’

Watch: Trump asserts unity in Republican Party after meeting with lawmakers

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:04 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump campaign scrambles to react to Milwaukee remark

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The Trump campaign has scrambled to try and tamp down reaction to the former president calling Milwaukee “horrible” during a meeting with House Republicans — an especially awkward remark given the city will host this year’s GOP convention.

A statement emailed out by the campaign reads as follows:

FAKE NEWS: Debunking “Milwaukee” Hoax

In a desperate attempt to get likes, Fake News Jake Sherman—who wasn’t even in the room—falsely claimed that President Trump called Milwaukee a “horrible city.” It’s a total lie.

President Trump was explicitly referring to the problems in Milwaukee, specifically violent crime and voter fraud.

Multiple members of Congress—including members of Wisconsin’s own delegation—instantly debunked Fake Sherman’s false claim:

Rep. Bryan Steil (WI-01): “I was in the room. President Trump did not say this. There is no better place than Wisconsin in July.”

Rep. Glenn Grothman (WI-06): President Trump was “concerned about the election in Milwaukee” and “felt we need to do better in urban centers around the country.”

Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07): President Trump’s remarks were “in the context of election integrity … I think he lumps [election integrity and crime] together.”

Rep. Derrick Van Orden (WI-03): “@realDonaldTrump was specifically referring to … the CRIME RATE in Milwaukee.”

Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03): “I was in the meeting. President Trump never disparaged Milwaukee. Just another Democrat hoax.”

Aide to Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05): President Trump’s remarks “were about election integrity.”

‘Thanks!'

Thursday 13 June 2024 18:45 , Oliver O'Connell

The jury foreperson in Donald Trump’s hush money trial ended the verdict note to the judge, alerting the world that they had reached a decision in the first criminal case of a former US president but needed 20 minutes to fill out the forms, ended his request with a cheerful and polite: “Thanks!”

Republicans reveal what Trump talked about in his closed-door meeting at Capitol Hill

Thursday 13 June 2024 18:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia and Katie Hawkinson report for The Independent from Capitol Hill:

Donald Trump met with House Republicans on Thursday, marking his first visit to the Hill since before the January 6 2021 Capitol riots.

There, Trump is meeting with members of his party behind closed doors, just weeks ahead to the Republican National Convention — where Trump will be named the GOP presidential nominee — and just months ahead of the 2024 election.

Outside of the meeting dueling protesters heckled Republicans as they filed into the Capitol Hill Club, where Republicans often hold their meetings. Some protesters held signs calling Republicans “boot licker” and warned them “don’t drink the Kool-Aid.”

Continue reading...

Trump returns to Capitol Hill to “make majorities” for Republicans

‘Horrible’ Milwaukee remark argument continues

Thursday 13 June 2024 18:24 , Oliver O'Connell

The blowback from Donald Trump’s remark in which he reportedly referred to Republican convention host city Milwaukee as “horrible” continues.

Dan Shafer, a political columnist from Milwaukee, collected three different explanations for the comment from three different Wisconsin Republicans.

Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News, who first reported the former president’s remarks about the largest city in a state that the Republican Party likely needs to win in November, replied that their explanations proved Trump said it:

To which Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung responded: “Wrong. Total bullshit. He never said it like how it’s been falsely characterized as. He was talking about how terrible crime and voter fraud are.”

That kind of makes those who first claimed he hadn’t said it at all look bad...

Trump met with Virginia Gov Youngkin on Wednesday

Thursday 13 June 2024 18:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Former President Donald Trump met with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin yesterday at Trump National Golf Club Washington DC (which is actually in Loudoun County, Virginia).

Olivia Rinaldi of CBS News reports that this is not about the vice president spot on the ticket but instead about a strategy for winning Virginia in November. The Trump campaign believes the state is in play this election having been Democrat since 2008.

Trump claims Nancy Pelosi’s daughter said the two would be ‘perfect together’

Thursday 13 June 2024 18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Among the weirder moments that emerged from the House Republican meeting this morning...

Kelly Rissman has the story:

Trump claims Nancy Pelosi’s daughter said the two would be ‘perfect together’

Biden campaign blasts Trump Milwaukee comment

Thursday 13 June 2024 17:50 , Oliver O'Connell

The Biden campaign has blasted Donald Trump’s remark about Milwaukee, with Garren Randolph of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin saying: “If Donald Trump thinks Milwaukee is so horrible, then he shouldn’t come to our city. Milwaukee … deserves better than a convicted felon, racist, and wannabe dictator who hates us and our values.”

And another explanation has emerged as to why Trump said what he reportedly did:

Thursday 13 June 2024 17:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump allies forced to face protesters — including a bear — heckling lawmakers for their ‘failed coup’

Thursday 13 June 2024 17:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s closest congressional allies were forced to walk through protesters while they marched to meet with the former president during his first visit to the Capitol since a mob of his supporters stormed the halls of Congress on January 6.

Republican Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan passed through protesters blasting them for their “failed coup” to reverse Trump’s loss in the 2020 election.

Others shouted out “bootlicker” and “don’t drink the Kool-Aid.”

Another protester in a bear costume held up a sign reading “bigger tax breaks, bigger profit.”

Alex Woodward reports:

Trump’s MAGA allies forced to face heckling protesters before meeting ex-president

Trump sparks fury with Milwaukee comment

Thursday 13 June 2024 17:14 , Oliver O'Connell

Did he say it or didn’t he? What was the context?

He does have a history of similar comments...

Hands off: ‘Trump too small’ can’t be trademarked, Supreme Court rules

Thursday 13 June 2024 17:10 , Oliver O'Connell

A man’s attempt to trademark the phrase “TRUMP TOO SMALL” has run its course after the Supreme Court ruled that the law protecting individuals from having their name trademarked without their consent does not violate the First Amendment.

In a unanimous decision on Thursday, Justice Clarence Thomas said the law restricting the trademarking of names reflects the, “historic rationale of identifying the source of goods” to ensure “customers know the source of a product”.

“A party has no First Amendment right to piggyback off the goodwill another entity has built in its name,” Justice Thomas added.

Ariana Baio has the full story:

Hands off: ‘Trump too small’ can’t be trademarked, Supreme Court rules

DNC releases statement on Trump calling Milwaukee 'horrible’

Thursday 13 June 2024 16:55 , Oliver O'Connell

After Donald Trump reportedly called Milwaukee “a horrible city,” Democratic National Committee Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement:

Donald Trump and the RNC haven’t even bothered to set up a real campaign operation in Wisconsin — they’d rather stick to telling voters how much they hate the city they chose to hold their convention in. Let’s be clear: Milwaukee is not a horrible city — and Wisconsinites should remember what Donald Trump thinks of them when they vote in November.

Trump should pardon Hunter Biden if he’s elected, says ex-adviser

Thursday 13 June 2024 16:50 , Oliver O'Connell

A former Trump campaign adviser has suggested Donald Trump should pardon Hunter Biden if he “commits” to a sobriety program as an act of “humanity” that would surprise Democrats.

David Urban, who advised the former president’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, told CNN’s Erica Hill on Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s stance on pardoning his son versus commutating a potential sentence was “all too cute by half.”

Ariana Baio has the story:

Ex-adviser says Trump should pardon Hunter Biden if he’s elected

How are Democrats reacting to Trump’s return to Capitol Hill?

Thursday 13 June 2024 16:34 , Oliver O'Connell

We’ve already seen how the Biden campaign has reacted to Donald Trump’s return to Capitol Hill with the release of a new ad:

Biden campaign says Trump ‘ready to burn it all down’ as he returns to Capitol Hill

But here’s how Democrat members of Congress feel:

Statement From Former January 6 Select Committee Chairman Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) on Trump’s Return to Capitol Hill

After inciting a deadly insurrection that defiled the halls of Congress, how dare Trump show his face on these grounds? Congressional Republicans allow him to waltz in here when it’s known he has no regard for democracy. Since January 6th, Donald Trump, a twice-impeached convicted felon, has repeatedly doubled down on his disrespect for the rule of law and continues to sow hate and division. He still presents the same dire threat to our democracy that he did three years ago — and he’d be wise to head back to Mar-a-Lago and await his sentencing.

Meanwhile, Rep Eric Swalwell went on CNN and said: “The House Speaker runs a law firm. They only have one client, but it’s a pretty big firm. And they work every day on behalf of that client -- Donald Trump.”

He also called Trump a “serial loser”. Watch below:

Trump to address top CEOs at roundtable meeting

Thursday 13 June 2024 16:26 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s busy day in DC will also include an address to some of the world’s most powerful corporate leaders – although there will be some notable absences in the audience.

President Joe Biden’s chief of staff Jeff Zients will also speak to the Business Roundtable in DC in Biden’s place, while he attends the G7 meeting in Italy.

Approximately 100 chief executives will attend the meeting, according to a spokesperson for the group, which holds quarterly meetings in Washington.

CNBC yesterday asked companies listed as members of the group whether their CEOs planned to attend.

Only 17 responded to the network, with four saying they would attend: JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon; Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, and the CEO of Edison International Pedro Pizarro.

Another 13 of them said their CEOs will not be going to see Trump and Zients speak, including Blackstone CEO and Trump ally Steve Schwarzman; Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon; Steelcase CEO Sara Armbruster, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods; Delta CEO Ed Bastian; Morgan Stanley CEO Ted Pick and the company’s executive chairman James Gorman; and Lynn Good, the CEO of Duke Energy.

Some have travel conflicts (Armbruster, Good, and Solomon) while BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are reportedly at the G7 summit.

Biden spoke at a private meeting of the group in 2022.

Watch: Johnson says Trump ‘said very complimentary things about all of is’ at GOP meeting

Thursday 13 June 2024 16:20 , Oliver O'Connell

No mention of Israel in Trump remarks

Thursday 13 June 2024 16:10 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump didn’t bring up Israel in his remarks to the House GOP according to Rep Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Watch: Trump (again) references Hannibal Lecter

Thursday 13 June 2024 16:05 , Oliver O'Connell

This could have been eclipsed as one of Trump’s weirdest remarks by the sharks and batteries anecdote in his Las Vegas speech but he has apparently brought it back...

As Trump returns to Capitol Hill, Biden campaign pounces with new ad...

Thursday 13 June 2024 15:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump shares feelings on GOP convention city

Thursday 13 June 2024 15:44 , Oliver O'Connell

This is awkward. Don’t Republicans need to win Wisconsin?

Trump pushes deportations at GOP meeting

Thursday 13 June 2024 15:39 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump reportedly took a question on migrants already in the US and again pushed his plan for mass deportations.

Pelosi daughters responds to bizarre Trump claim about their mother

Thursday 13 June 2024 15:36 , Oliver O'Connell

One of the daughters of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has responded to Donald Trump’s bizarre claim to Republican members of the House about their mother.

Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News reports that Trump told GOP lawmakers: “Nancy Pelosi’s daughter is a whacko, her daughter told me if things were different Nancy and I would be perfect together, there’s an age difference though.”

Christine Pelosi posted in response: “Speaking for all 4 Pelosi daughters — this is a LIE. His deceitful, deranged obsession with our mother is yet another reason Donald Trump is unwell, unhinged and unfit to step foot anywhere near her — or the White House.”

Trump files motion to lift hush money gag order post-verdict

Thursday 13 June 2024 15:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump has filed a motion to have the limited gag order in his falsifying records case lifted now that a verdict has been handed down by the jury, finding him guilty of all 34 counts.

The former president argues that his rivals can speak about the case and the verdict during campaigning while he is not, and the first presidential debate is just two weeks away.

Attorneys for Trump argued in a 21-page filing made public on Wednesday that the former president is being attacked from all sides, including by two of the witnesses who testified against him — Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels — and he is specifically not allowed to talk about them.

New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan issued the gag order before the start of the six-week criminal trial, citing safety concerns for court staff, witnesses, the jury, and their families.

Trump and his attorneys argued throughout the trial that his rights were being trampled on, though the former president often incorrectly characterized the extent of the order — at one point claiming it didn’t allow him to testify, which was not true.

“President Trump’s opponents and adversaries are using the Gag Order as a political sword to attack President Trump with reference to this case, on the understanding that his ability to mount a detailed response is severely restricted by the Gag Order,” Trump lawyers Todd Blanche and Emil Bove wrote in the motion.

Here’s our coverage of their initial letter to the judge asking for the removal of the gag:

Trump lawyers ask New York judge to lift hush money trial gag order

In pictures: Trump allies pass protesters outside House meeting

Thursday 13 June 2024 15:19 , Oliver O'Connell

Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) arrives for a House Republicans Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club (Getty Images)
Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) arrives for a House Republicans Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club (Getty Images)
Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) (Getty Images)
Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) (Getty Images)
Rep Matt Gaetz (R-FL) (Getty Images)
Rep Matt Gaetz (R-FL) (Getty Images)
Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) (AP)
Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) (AP)

Trump's long history with WWE explained

Thursday 13 June 2024 15:15 , Joe Sommerlad

In light of today’s Logan Paul interview, here’s Indy100’s Catherine Shuttleworth on the Republican’s long association with the world of wrestling, whose trash-talking culture he surely learned a trick or two from.

Donald Trump's long history with WWE explained

What is happening in the closed door House GOP meeting with Trump?

Thursday 13 June 2024 15:10 , Oliver O'Connell

Well, here’s a few tidbits from those in the know.

We’ll try and make sense of them and bring you more as they come in...

Georgia files to dismiss Trump appeal on Fani Willis ruling

Thursday 13 June 2024 15:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The State of Georgia has filed a motion to dismiss an appeal by Donald Trump and his co-defendants in the Fulton County 2020 election subversion case on the ruling that allows District Attorney Fani Willis to remain on the case.

Trump and his co-accused have fought hard to have Willis removed from the case over her affair with colleague and lead prosecutor Nathan Wade. After a contentious hearing in February and March, Judge Scott McAfee ruled that while Willis could continue to prosecute the case, Wade would have to resign, which he did.

You can read the full filing on the motion to dismiss Trump’s appeal of the ruling here.

Last night, Wade spoke with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins about his removal from prosecuting the former president:

Nathan Wade defends Fani Willis affair during CNN interview that talked Trump case

Here’s our coverage of Willis accepting Wade’s resignation in March:

Fani Willis accepts Wade’s resignation stressing the stakes of Trump’s Georgia case

Thursday 13 June 2024 15:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Former President Donald Trump arrives at the Capitol Hill Club, on Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington (AP)
Former President Donald Trump arrives at the Capitol Hill Club, on Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington (AP)

Top Trump veep candidate dismissed as ‘extremely unlikely’ to get picked as running mate

Thursday 13 June 2024 14:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s Michelle Del Rey to tell us who is being briefed against as our man prepares to name his new sidekick at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee next month.

This top Trump veep candidate’s ‘extremely unlikely’ to get picked

Thursday 13 June 2024 14:43 , Oliver O'Connell

US Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (L) arrives for the House Republican Conference which former President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to attend on Capitol Hill (AFP via Getty Images)
US Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (L) arrives for the House Republican Conference which former President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to attend on Capitol Hill (AFP via Getty Images)

Watch: Scrum outside Capitol Hill Club as Trump set to meet with House GOP

Thursday 13 June 2024 14:29 , Oliver O'Connell

Protestors await arrival of Trump at GOP meeting

Thursday 13 June 2024 14:25 , Oliver O'Connell

Protesters outside the Capitol Hill Club where Donald Trump will meet with Republican lawmakers to discuss his plans for a potential second term in the White House (AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters outside the Capitol Hill Club where Donald Trump will meet with Republican lawmakers to discuss his plans for a potential second term in the White House (AFP via Getty Images)

Ex-Trump adviser says he would ‘love’ to see Republican pardon Hunter Biden

Thursday 13 June 2024 14:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump is surely waaay too petty and nowhere near magnanimous enough to do this, isn’t he?

Nevertheless, former Trump campaign aide David Urban suggested as much on CNN’s Out Front with Erin Burnett last night, telling the host:

“Listen, what I’d like to see happen is I’d like to see President Trump come out with a statement saying, ‘Look, if Hunter Biden commits to a program of sobriety, inpatient or maybe outpatient, shows up, keeps his sobriety, I’ll pardon him.

“I’d love for President Trump to say that. It would be a magnanimous offer on his part, shows humanity and, and really flip the tables on the Democrats.”

Hunter Biden (AP)
Hunter Biden (AP)

Vance: ‘If you break the law, you actually have to suffer some consequences for it’

Thursday 13 June 2024 14:00 , Joe Sommerlad

A day after CNN called out Fox’s hypocrisy over the Trump and Hunter Biden verdicts, here’s JD Vance and Laura Ingraham ably demonstrating precisely what Abby Phillip was talking about.

This was also pretty brazen from “Judge” Jeanine Pirro.

Trump takes two-point lead over Biden in new national poll

Thursday 13 June 2024 13:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump opened up a marginal two percentage point lead over Joe Biden this week in the race for the White House, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, as voters consider the recent criminal convictions of both the Republican candidate and the president’s son Hunter Biden.

An estimated 41 per cent of registered voters in the two-day poll, which closed on Tuesday, said they would vote for Trump if the election were held today, while 39 per cent opted for the Democratic incumbent.

Some 20 per cent of voters said they remained undecided, were leaning toward third-party options or might not vote at all on November 5.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden (AP)
Donald Trump and Joe Biden (AP)

Furious Trump told Speaker Johnson ‘we have to overturn this’ in F-bomb tirade after conviction

Thursday 13 June 2024 13:30 , Joe Sommerlad

The Republican was so angry when the guilty verdict was read aloud at his New York hush money trial last month that he was heard afterwards subjecting Mike Johnson, the speaker of the House of Representatives, to a foul-mouthed rant by phone, according to a new report.

Politico’s Playbook newsletter recounts that the GOP presidential contender was overheard “dropping frequent F-bombs” in his call with Johnson on May 30 as he told the speaker: “We have to overturn this.”

Here’s our report.

Trump ‘demanded House speaker help him overturn conviction’ in foul-mouthed call

Disturbing Trump campaign email screams: ‘Haul out the guillotine!’

Thursday 13 June 2024 13:15 , Joe Sommerlad

A fundraising email blast from the chief political action committees supporting Trump shared a troubling new message yesterday: “Haul out the guillotine.”

The email went on to blast “sicko” Kathy Griffin for her 2017 image holding a mock-severed Trump head and instead accused his Democratic rivals of wanting to behead him.

“The SAD and HORRIFIC TRUTH is that this is STILL the Sick Dream of every Trump-Deranged lunatic out there!” the message says.

“And it’s not just me they want gone, THEY’RE REALLY COMING AFTER YOU! SICK SICK SICK!”

You would think it is surely not a good idea to be conjuring the image of a gallows on the day Trump returns to the US Capitol for the first time since his supporters demanded the lynching of Mike Pence but here we are.

Alex Woodard has this report.

Disturbing Trump campaign email screams ‘haul out the guillotine!’

Steve Bannon asks court to keep him out of jail so he can advise Trump

Thursday 13 June 2024 12:45 , Joe Sommerlad

The former Trump aide and far-right podcaster, who was recently sentenced to prison, is asking a judge to intervene and keep him out of jail so that he can fulfill his “important” role in the Trump campaign.

Bannon filed an emergency motion to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, asking it to overturn a lower court’s order for him to report to prison on July 1.

He has asked for more time to appeal his contempt of Congress conviction – up to the Supreme Court if necessary – and continue serving as a “top advisor” to Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign.

Ariana Baio reports.

Steve Bannon asks court to keep him out of jail due to his importance to Trump

Trump gives mugshot T-shirt to Logan Paul: ‘This is what we’re reduced to’

Thursday 13 June 2024 12:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s more on Trump’s interestingly rueful tone as he handed a stack of merch to Logan Paul and co-host Mike Majlak earlier.

Trump gives mugshot T-shirt to Logan Paul: ‘This is what we’re reduced to’

House Democrats plot against Trump’s ‘dystopian’ manifesto for second term

Thursday 13 June 2024 12:15 , Joe Sommerlad

A group of House Democrats has launched a task force to combat a right-wing think tank’s roadmap for Trump’s agenda if he returns to the White House.

Project 2025 – a blueprint for Trump’s presidency spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation and Trump’s former aides and allies – is essentially a wishlist for his administration with plans to expand his executive authority and replace civil servants with ideologically-aligned appointees.

At the core of the plan is the gutting of checks and balances that would give Trump unprecedented, concentrated executive authority over federal agencies.

Alex Woodward has more.

How Demsts are plotting against Project 2025, the manifesto for Trump’s second term

White House for sale: Trump is selling policies for his second term to the highest bidders

Thursday 13 June 2024 11:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Desperate to return to the presidency for a belated second season, the Republican is selling off his legislative agenda to donors – even when that means reversing old promises.

Richard Hall and Andrew Feinberg report.

White House for sale: Trump is selling his policies to the highest bidders

Nearly half of US citizens approve of Trump’s conviction, poll shows

Thursday 13 June 2024 11:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Almost half of all Americans approve of Trump’s conviction at his New York hush money trial last month, a new AP-NORC poll shows.

Forty-eight percent approve of the verdict, according to the survey, while 29 per cent disapprove and 21 per cent say they have no opinion.

Gustaf Kilander takes a closer look.

Nearly half of US adults approve of Trump’s conviction, poll shows

Former special prosecutor says he expects Trump will be tried in Georgia even if he wins the White House

Thursday 13 June 2024 10:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Nathan Wade gave an interview to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins last night in which he said of the prospect of a future President Trump facing justice in his state: “I don’t believe it looks good to the rest of the world. But I don’t think there is anything that would prevent that from happening.”

He also said that his personal relationship with Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis, which forced him to leave the Trump case, was simply a matter of “bad timing”.

Here’s Alex Lang’s report.

Nathan Wade defends Fani Willis affair during CNN interview that talked Trump case

Not every Republican is pleased to welcome Trump back to Capitol Hill

Thursday 13 June 2024 10:15 , Joe Sommerlad

While the former president plans to address the Republican congressional conference today in the hope of unifying the party, his detractors don’t plan to listen to him at all, writes Eric Garcia.

Not every Republican is pleased to welcome Trump back to Capitol Hill

Trump to address top CEOs during DC visit

Thursday 13 June 2024 09:45 , Joe Sommerlad

On what is already looking like a busy day for Trump, he will also reportedly address some of the world’s most powerful corporate leaders on Thursday – although there will be some notable absences in the audience.

President Joe Biden’s chief of staff Jeff Zients will also speak to the Business Roundtable in DC in Biden’s place, while he attends the G7 meeting in Italy.

Approximately 100 chief executives will attend the meeting, according to a spokesperson for the group, which holds quarterly meetings in Washington.

CNBC yesterday asked companies listed as members of the group whether their CEOs planned to attend.

Only 17 responded to the network, with four saying they would attend: JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon; Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan and the CEO of Edison International Pedro Pizarro.

Another 13 of them said their CEOs will not be going to see Trump and Zients speak, including Blackstone CEO and Trump ally Steve Schwarzman; Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon; Steelcase CEO Sara Armbruster, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods; Delta CEO Ed Bastian; Morgan Stanley CEO Ted Pick and the company’s executive chairman James Gorman; and Lynn Good, the CEO of Duke Energy.

Some have travel conflicts (Armbruster, Good and Solomon) while BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are reportedly at the G7 summit.

Biden spoke at a private meeting of the group in 2022.

Trump to appear on Logan Paul podcast on Thursday

Thursday 13 June 2024 09:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The former president will appear on the latest episode of Impaulsive, the podcast of social media sensation Logan Paul, on Thursday, a guest spot he trailed by gifting the host with a couple of MAGA caps and a T-shirt featuring his Georgia mugshot, which he claimed had helped him to “eclipse” Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

Trump used his new TikTok account to announce the appearance:

Meanwhile, Jake Paul, the podcaster’s brother, told Jesse Watters on Fox last night that Joe Biden’s failure to appear on Impaulsive was reason enough for young people not to vote for him.

We live in strange times.

Here’s the latest from Indy100’s Catherine Shuttleworth.

Logan Paul facing backlash for interviewing Donald Trump

Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 riot

Thursday 13 June 2024 08:45 , Joe Sommerlad

The Republican will make his first return to Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Thursday since his supporters laid siege to the US Capitol on January 6 2021 in protest at his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump was already scheduled to meet behind closed doors with GOP senators but will now also reportedly sit down with their House counterparts in a separate session.

House GOP Conference chairwoman and prospective Trump running mate Elise Stefanik notified lawmakers on Tuesday about the upcoming meeting with their party’s presumptive nominee.

Here’s our report.

Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 to meet with top Republicans

Trump plans Wisconsin rally for next week

Thursday 13 June 2024 08:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will hold a rally in Racine, Wisconsin on June 18.

The former president will deliver remarks at 3pm CT as part of his effort to win the state that he lost in 2020 but won in 2016.

In early May, President Joe Biden visited Wisconsin to announce plans to invest $3.3bn in a high-tech data center. The facility in Racine County is being built on the same site where Trump had once planned with Foxconn to construct a $10bn factory, that he referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The planned factory was never built.

Biden trolls Trump by replacing his ‘eighth wonder of the world’ in Wisconsin

‘So rude!’: Republican snaps at rival for reminding him Trump was found guilty by a jury

Thursday 13 June 2024 06:20 , Ariana Baio

Republican Representative Ralph Norman reprimanded his Democratic colleague Jerry Nadler after he interrupted to correct him about Donald Trump’s conviction during a House Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday.

During his allotted time, Norman said that he spent hours of the hearing “listening to these smokescreens” from Democrats about Trump’s New York criminal trial where the former president was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records.

“They bring up the trial of Donald Trump, a convicted felony. Really? By a judge that is a known anti-Trumper,” Norman said.

At that moment, Nadler interrupted to correct his colleague that he was not found guilty by a judge, a lie that Trump has amplified, but rather by a jury.

Read on...

Republican snaps at rival for reminding him Trump was found guilty: ‘So rude!’

ICYMI: Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg set to be dragged to the Hill one day after Trump’s sentencing

Thursday 13 June 2024 04:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is set to testify before a Republican-controlled House committee one day after Donald Trump is scheduled for sentencing on 34 felony convictions that were secured by Bragg’s office.

A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office confirmed to The Independent Tuesday that Bragg and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Colangelo have agreed to “voluntarily appear” before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government on July 12.

“The Manhattan DA’s Office is proud to play a crucial role in upholding and enforcing the rule of law for the people of New York,” a spokesperson for the office said in a statement shared with The Independent.

Alex Woodward reports:

Alvin Bragg set to be dragged to the Hill one day after Trump’s sentencing

CNN calls out Fox News hypocrisy over reactions to Hunter Biden and Trump guilty verdicts

Thursday 13 June 2024 02:20 , Oliver O'Connell

CNN aired a montage on Tuesday evening comparing and contrasting the very different reaction of Fox News hosts to the criminal convictions of Donald Trump and Hunter Biden at their respective trials, a surprisingly direct attack on a media rival.

Joe Sommerlad unpacks what was said:

CNN calls out Fox’s very different reactions to Hunter Biden and Trump convictions

Coming up: Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 riot

Thursday 13 June 2024 01:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will make his first return to Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Thursday since his supporters laid siege to the US Capitol on January 6 2021 in protest at his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

The Republican presidential candidate and convicted felon was already scheduled to meet behind closed doors with GOP senators but will now also reportedly sit down with their House counterparts in a separate session.

House GOP Conference chairwoman and prospective Trump running mate Elise Stefanik notified lawmakers on Tuesday about the upcoming meeting with their party’s presumptive nominee, according to the Associated Press.

Joe Sommerlad has the details...

Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 to meet with top Republicans

AOC says Hunter Biden verdict is proof Dems are ‘willing to accept when our justice system works’

Thursday 13 June 2024 00:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said the Democratic reaction to the Hunter Biden verdict demonstrates that the party is “willing to accept” negative legal outcomes, unlike their Republican counterparts.

The New York congresswoman, who is known for her liberal stance and activism, blasted previous accusations of a “two-tiered justice system” from the GOP.

Her statement comes after a jury found the president’s son guilty on felony gun charges. The decision marks the first time a sitting president’s child has been found guilty of a crime.

Mike Bedigan reports:

AOC speaks out after Hunter Biden verdict on Republican claims of ‘two-tier’ justice

New poll: Nearly half of US adults approve of Trump’s conviction

Wednesday 12 June 2024 23:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Almost half of all American adults approve of the conviction of former President Donald Trump, an AP-NORC poll shows.

Trump became the first former US president to be convicted of felony charges after he was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection to a hush money payment to adult actor Stormy Daniels who alleged she had an affair with Trump in 2006. The payment was made shortly before the 2016 election in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women.

Forty-eight percent approve of the conviction, according to the poll, while 29 percent disapprove and 21 percent say they have no opinion.

Gustaf Kilander has the details:

Nearly half of US adults approve of Trump’s conviction, poll shows

Rep Nancy Mace faces ethics investigation

Wednesday 12 June 2024 23:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Congresswoman Nancy Mace is facing scrutiny over expenses she claimed on her $1.6m townhouse in Washington DC while also allegedly advertising it as a short-term rental for events and vacations.

The House Ethics Committee has begun a preliminary review of $23,000 in lodging costs that the South Carolina representative expensed in 2023 after receiving a complaint, according to the New York Times. The expenses amount was notably higher than what other members had filed in claims.

Ariana Baio has the story:

Nancy Mace faces potential ethics probe after listing DC townhouse on VRBO

Trump meeting with House GOP has second link to Jan 6

Wednesday 12 June 2024 22:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump attorney Alina Habba says she ‘can’t be fact-checked’ on hardscrabble childhood story

Wednesday 12 June 2024 22:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba is defending her supposedly hardscrabble background as her detractors on social media question whether she is concocting a false rags-to-riches story.

Habba appeared on Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk’s show on the right-wing channel Real America’s Voice on Monday and defended remarks she had made over the weekend at a summit held by Kirk’s group.

John Bowden has the story:

Trump attorney says she ‘can’t be fact-checked’ on strange childhood story

Trump to address major CEOs on Thursday

Wednesday 12 June 2024 22:10 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will address some of the world’s most powerful corporate leaders on Thursday — though some notable absences — CNBC reports.

President Joe Biden’s chief of staff Jeff Zients will also speak to the group in Biden’s place, while he attends the G7 meeting in Italy.

Approximately 100 chief executives will attend the meeting according to a spokesperson for the Business Roundtable which holds quarterly meetings in Washington, DC.

CNBC asked companies listed as members of the group whether their CEOs planned to attend. Only 17 responded to the network with four saying they would attend: JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon; Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser; Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan; and the CEO of Edison International Pedro Pizarro.

Another 13 of them said their CEOs will not be going to see Trump and Zients speak, including Blackstone CEO and Trump ally Steve Schwarzman; Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon; Steelcase CEO Sara Armbruster, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods; Delta CEO Ed Bastian; Morgan Stanley CEO Ted Pick and the company’s executive chairman James Gorman; and Lynn Good, the CEO of Duke Energy.

Some have travel conflicts (Armbruster, Good, and Solomon), while BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are reportedly at the G7 summit.

Biden spoke at a private meeting of the group in 2022.

Not every Republican is pleased to welcome Trump back to Capitol Hill

Wednesday 12 June 2024 21:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia writes that while the former president will address the Republican congressional conference on Thursday, and his supporters hope he’ll unify the party, his detractors don’t plan to listen to him at all...

Not every Republican is pleased to welcome Trump back to Capitol Hill

Trump to appear on Logan Paul podcast tomorrow

Wednesday 12 June 2024 21:46 , Oliver O'Connell

Tomorrow Donald Trump will appear on an episode of Impaulsive, the podcast of Logan Paul, the social media influencer, professional wrestler, and entrepreneur.

A source close to Paul’s team told The Independent that Trump’s camp reached out to them asking for an interview and the podcast team has also reached out to President Biden’s people with an offer to come on the show as a guest so that they can provide their audience with both sides.

Trump used his new TikTok account to announce the appearance:

Trump plans Wisconsin rally for next week

Wednesday 12 June 2024 21:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will hold a rally in Racine, Wisconsin on June 18.

The former president will deliver remarks at 3pm CT as part of his effort to win the state that he lost in 2020 but won in 2016.

In early May, President Joe Biden visited Wisconsin to announce plans to invest $3.3bn in a high-tech data center. The facility in Racine County is being built on the same site where Trump had once planned with Foxconn to construct a $10bn factory, that he referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The planned factory was never built.

Biden trolls Trump by replacing his ‘eighth wonder of the world’ in Wisconsin

Veepstakes: Tim Scott slips down list, report says

Wednesday 12 June 2024 21:05 , Oliver O'Connell

The New York Post reports that South Carolina Senator Tim Scott has slipped down the list of potential Trump vice presidential picks.

Citing “people close to the presumptive Republican nominee”, the tabloid says the one-time frontrunner to be Trump’s running mate is “extremely unlikely” to be selected.

Scott rose through the ranks of possible contenders amid talk that he might help draw Black voters to the party. While he remains a strong contender for the role, the Post sources say the chances are becoming more remote.

Tim Scott, Doug Burgum, and Vivek Ramaswamy have all attended a number of events with former President Donald Trump recently (Getty Images)
Tim Scott, Doug Burgum, and Vivek Ramaswamy have all attended a number of events with former President Donald Trump recently (Getty Images)

Per the Post:

“I think it is extremely unlikely he will be picked,” said one insider. “You go down the list of reasons to choose a VP, and he isn’t a standout or game-changer in any category.”

“His star has become less bright, for sure,” said a second well-connected source. “Still a top five pick — but not the strongest.”

This person also warned that Scott, who has repped South Carolina in the Senate since 2013, “might not resonate with the black community in a way that’s worth putting him on the ticket.

“There are stronger options, and Tim has the potential to serve in the Cabinet, so I think he’ll still play an important role.”

And perhaps most damningly given how Trump likes people to look the part he wants them to play:

A third insider indicated that Scott was “still in the mix, but I suspect his biggest issue is that he’s just not very good on TV.”

Another insider told the tabloid that Trump “doesn’t believe that the VP matters electorally”, implying that demographics won’t play as big a role in the decision as one might expect.

Here’s our earlier coverage of the veepstakes:

Trump’s potential VP picks narrow to four men - here are the frontrunners

Former Trump staffer calls latest fundraising appeal ‘reckless, dangerous, shameful’

Wednesday 12 June 2024 20:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Former Trump White House staffer turned political analyst Alyssa Farah Griffin has called the rhetoric of the former president’s latest fundraising email “reckless, dangerous, & shameful’.

The View co-host and regular CNN contributor wrote on X: “This kind of rhetoric is so reckless, dangerous, & shameful.”

“When will the Right wake up to the fact that the Trump that kicked back & enjoyed 1/6 is who Trump is?”

Why the Hunter Biden guilty verdict is a new conundrum for Trump

Wednesday 12 June 2024 20:30 , Oliver O'Connell

John Bowden writes:

The lack of a unified response from Republicans on Tuesday as the Hunter Biden verdict played out illustrated one thing, however: Donald Trump and the Magasphere were largely unprepared for this outcome. Especially because it came in such close succession with Trump’s conviction in New York, it put the Trump-loving side of the GOP in a tough spot.

Trump himself — usually quick to comment on every twist and turn in politics — had not even commented on Truth Social hours after the verdict was announced. His campaign issued a brief statement; press secretary Karoline Leavitt called the trial “a distraction from the real crimes of the Biden Crime Family”.

Democrats have just been handed a clear counter to Trump’s argument that the justice system is treating him unfairly or holding him to a different standard.

Read more...

A guilty verdict for Hunter Biden means a new conundrum for Trump

Full story: Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 riot

Wednesday 12 June 2024 20:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will make his first return to Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Thursday since his supporters laid siege to the US Capitol on January 6 2021 in protest at his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

The Republican presidential candidate and convicted felon was already scheduled to meet behind closed doors with GOP senators but will now also reportedly sit down with their House counterparts in a separate session.

House GOP Conference chairwoman and prospective Trump running mate Elise Stefanik notified lawmakers on Tuesday about the upcoming meeting with their party’s presumptive nominee, according to the Associated Press.

Joe Sommerlad has the full details:

Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 to meet with top Republicans

McConnell will attend GOP Senate meeting with Trump

Wednesday 12 June 2024 19:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked whether he’ll attend the Senate Republican meeting tomorrow with former president Donald Trump on Capitol Hill.

Said McConnell: “I support him. He’s earned the nomination by the voters all across the country. And of course, I’ll be at the meeting tomorrow.”

White House for sale

Wednesday 12 June 2024 19:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Richard Hall and Andrew Feinberg report on how Donald Trump, no stranger to quid pro quo, is selling policies for a second term to the highest bidders.

White House for sale: Trump is selling his policies to the highest bidders

How Democrats are plotting against Project 2025, the ‘dystopian’ manifesto for Trump’s second term

Wednesday 12 June 2024 19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Alex Woodward writes:

A group of House Democrats have launched a task force to combat a right-wing think tank’s roadmap for Donald Trump’s agenda if he returns to the White House.

Project 2025 — a blueprint for Trump’s presidency spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation and Trump’s former aides and allies — is essentially a wishlist for his administration with plans to expand his executive authority and replace civil servants with ideologically aligned appointees.

At the core of the plan is the gutting of checks and balances that would give Trump unprecedented, concentrated executive authority over federal agencies.

Read on...

How Demsts are plotting against Project 2025, the manifesto for Trump’s second term

Bannon asks appeals court to keep him out of prison for Trump’s campaign

Wednesday 12 June 2024 18:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Steve Bannon, the former Trump aide and far-right podcaster who was recently sentenced to prison, is asking a judge to intervene and keep him out of jail so that he can fulfill his “important” role in the Trump campaign.

Bannon filed an emergency motion to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, asking it to overturn a lower court’s order for him to report to prison on July 1.

He has asked for more time to appeal his contempt of Congress conviction - up to the Supreme Court if necessary - and continue serving as a “top advisor “to Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign.

Ariana Baio has the story:

Steve Bannon asks court to keep him out of jail due to his importance to Trump

Disturbing Trump campaign email screams ‘haul out the guillotine!’

Wednesday 12 June 2024 18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A fundraising email blast from the chief political action committees supporting Donald Trump shared a troubling new message: “haul out the guillotine.”

The email went on to blast “sicko” Kathy Griffin for her 2017 image holding a mock-severed Trump head and instead accused his Democratic rivals of wanting to behead him.

Alex Woodward has the story:

Disturbing Trump campaign email screams ‘haul out the guillotine!’

Biden campaign responds to Johnson’s remarks about Trump and peaceful transfer of power

Wednesday 12 June 2024 17:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Speaker Mike Johnson was asked about Donald Trump coming to the US Capitol to meet with Republicans for the first time since the January 6th attack on Congress.

Specifically, he was asked whether he had spoken with the former president about not inciting violence against committing to respecting the peaceful transfer of power that forms the bedrock of US elections.

Johnson responded that of course, Trump respects that.

The Biden campaign doesn’t think he does...

New poll: About half of American public approves of Trump conviction

Wednesday 12 June 2024 17:30 , Oliver O'Connell

About half of the American public approves of Donald Trump’s conviction on the felony charges of falsifying business records in the case stemming from a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels who said he had an affair with her. Just under 3 in 10 disapprove of the conviction, according to newly released polling by AP-NORC.

The public is closely divided on whether his conviction by a Manhattan jury was motivated by politics.

People are more likely to say Trump’s conviction benefits President Biden’s campaign than the Trump 2024 campaign. There is little consensus on whether the first conviction of a former president is a positive or a negative for either the country’s democratic system or the country as a whole.

A large portion of the country is paying attention to Trump’s conviction. Eighty per cent of adults report reading or hearing at least something about the felony convictions, including 43 per cent who say they’ve read or heard a lot. Just 4 per cent report they haven’t been attending to the news at all. Partisans on both sides of the aisle are more likely to be paying attention to the conviction than independents.

Opinions about Trump’s conviction are highly influenced by partisanship. Most Republicans disapprove of his conviction and consider it to be driven by politics. Democrats tend to approve of the conviction and disagree that there were any political motivations. About half of independents lack an opinion and say they neither approve nor disapprove of the conviction.

Half of Americans approve of Trump’s conviction according to AP-NORC polling (AP-NORC)
Half of Americans approve of Trump’s conviction according to AP-NORC polling (AP-NORC)

White House not ruling out potential commutation for Hunter Biden after conviction

Wednesday 12 June 2024 17:20 , AP

The White House is not ruling out a potential commutation for Hunter Biden, the president’s son who was convicted on three federal gun crimes.

“As we all know, the sentencing hasn’t even been scheduled yet,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Wednesday on Air Force One as President Joe Biden traveled to the Group of Seven summit in Italy.

She said she has not spoken to the president about the issue since the verdict was delivered Tuesday.

Biden definitively ruled out pardoning his son during an ABC News interview last week.

“He was very clear, very upfront, obviously very definitive,” Jean-Pierre said of the president’s remarks about a potential pardon. But on a commutation, “I just don’t have anything beyond that.”

Hunter Biden was convicted of lying on a mandatory gun purchase form by saying he was not illegally using or addicted to drugs, and illegally having the gun for 11 days.

The three counts carry up to 25 years in prison. But whether the president’s son actually serves any time behind bars will be up to US District Judge Maryellen Noreika. The judge, who was nominated to the bench by former Republican President Donald Trump, didn’t immediately set a date for sentencing.

Senator Collins won’t attend Trump meeting

Wednesday 12 June 2024 17:10 , Oliver O'Connell

Senator Susan Collins of Maine say she won’t be attending the meeting between Senate Republicans and Donald Trump on Thursday.

NBC News reports that she says: “I have a conflict.”

Asked if she would attend if she did not have a conflict, she replies: “I don't really see a purpose for my going, but I truly do have a conflict.”

Watch: Sitting US senator appears to imply interference in justice system to help Trump

Wednesday 12 June 2024 17:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Alvin Bragg set to be dragged to testify on the Hill one day after Trump’s sentencing

Wednesday 12 June 2024 16:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is set to testify before a Republican-controlled House committee one day after Donald Trump is scheduled for sentencing on 34 felony convictions that were secured by Bragg’s office.

A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office confirmed to The Independent Tuesday that Bragg and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Colangelo have agreed to “voluntarily appear” before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government on July 12.

“The Manhattan DA’s Office is proud to play a crucial role in upholding and enforcing the rule of law for the people of New York,” a spokesperson for the office said in a statement shared with The Independent.

Alex Woodward filed this report:

Alvin Bragg set to be dragged to the Hill one day after Trump’s sentencing

Watch: Johnson quizzed on Jan 6 committee subpoenas and Trump respecting transfer of power

Wednesday 12 June 2024 16:30 , Oliver O'Connell

At this morning’s House Republican press conference, Speaker Mike Johnson was asked about the importance of Attorney General Merrick Garland complying with a congressional subpoena versus Republican members declining to appear before the January 6 committee while under subpoena.

He was also asked about Donald Trump’s first visit to the US Capitol since his supporters attacked Congress on January 6, 2021, and whether he had spoken with the former president about respecting the peaceful transfer of power.

Watch his responses below:

‘So rude!’: Republican snaps at rival for reminding him Trump was found guilty by a jury

Wednesday 12 June 2024 16:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Republican Representative Ralph Norman reprimanded his Democratic colleague Jerry Nadler after he interrupted to correct him about Donald Trump’s conviction during a House Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday.

“They bring up the trial of Donald Trump, a convicted felony. Really? By a judge that is a known anti-Trumper,” Norman said.

At that moment, Nadler interrupted to correct his colleague that he was not found guilty by a judge, a lie that Trump has amplified, but rather by a jury.

“A jury. A jury. Not by a judge,” Nadler said.

Ariana Baio reports:

Republican snaps at rival for reminding him Trump was found guilty: ‘So rude!’

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