News from Trump today: Ex-president could face legal complaint after being accused of raising illegal funds for 2024 race

Former US President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a rally in South Carolina

A Democratic Party fundraising committee has said it will hold Donald Trump accountable by filing a formal complaint against him after he was accused of illegally spending political donations to campaign for president without registering as a candidate.

American Bridge, a Democratic-aligned political action committee, said late Monday that it had already filed a complaint with the US Federal Election Commission regarding Mr Trump’s conduct.

“We hold him accountable for breaking the law,” the group said.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump boasted to his supporters that, contrary to reports that he had failed to deter Vladimir Putin’s ambitions in the post-Soviet sphere, “no one has been tougher with Russia” than him – and that “my personality is what kept us out of the war”. .

He also speculated that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “could lead to World War III”, adding that his successor Joe Biden can still “end this tragedy without dragging Americans into a horrible war. and very bloody”.

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QAnon conspiracy theorists have proven themselves remarkably adept at finding new ‘evidence’ that their grand theory of a global paedophile-cannibal-Democratic Party cabal is in fact accurate – but now they’ve gotten hold of something brand new: a theory that Donald Trump’s distinctive pronunciation of the word “China” is actually code for a biological weapons development site in Ukraine.

Unsurprisingly, the theory does not hold up to scrutiny. Craig Graziosi has the details:

For context, here’s an infamous video compilation of Mr. Trump’s bizarre brand of Chinoiserie.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 15, 2022 2:03 p.m.

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Fox on Ukraine: Zelensky ‘wishes’ Trump was still in power

fox and friends Host Rachel Campos-Duffy yesterday gave a quirky assessment of the US relationship with the Ukrainian government, repeating the rewritten version of history in which Donald Trump stood up to Russia on behalf of the country – instead to withhold military aid in an attempt to extort his government into investigating the Bidens.

Zelensky probably ‘wants’ Donald Trump to be president of the United States, Fox News host says

A Fox News host has claimed that Volodymyr Zelensky probably “wants” Donald Trump to be President of the United States instead of Joe Biden. During an episode of Fox and Friends, conservative TV personality Rachel Campos-Duffy and her co-hosts slammed Kamala Harris for her comments. about NATO and Ukraine last week. Administration. Click here to subscribe to our newsletters.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 15, 2022 1:30 p.m.

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Mitt Romney at Liz Cheney fundraiser: American democracy faces ‘extraordinary challenge’

CBS News’ Robert Costa reports on an appearance by Utah Senator Mitt Romney at a fundraiser for Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who is fighting against the odds to keep her seat in opposition to pro-Trump forces who effectively dominate his party.

As noted, Mr. Romney’s remarks are a call to action in defense of liberal democracy — and a warning that the United States is vulnerable to whore autocrats if the power of democratic institutions is undermined.

Read the summary of his speech below.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 15, 2022 12:30 p.m.

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Tucker Carlson again on Russian state television…

The Daily Beast’s Julia Davis shares a screenshot of Russian state TV re-screening part of Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show – specifically a segment with his “Russian policy scholar” Clint Ehrlich, who has already tweeted about his work with the Russian Foreign Ministry. Foreign Affairs.

Mr Carlson recently gambled on the bogus conspiracy theory about US-funded bioweapons labs in Ukraine, taking an expert out of context to twist the truth about the research facilities in question.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 15, 2022 11:55 am

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Republican Accountability Project slams key GOP numbers in new ad

The anti-Trump Republican Accountability Project has put together a new ad compiling critical statements from key GOP figures — including Mitch McConnell and Bill Barr — with their insistence that they vote for Mr. Trump again in 2024. he is the Republican candidate.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 15, 2022 11:19 am

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Kinzinger versus Greene on Russian propaganda

After refusing to appear on Tucker Carlson’s show, citing the Fox News host’s pro-Kremlin propaganda lyrics, Republican Trump critic Adam Kinzinger launched into a back-and-forth hosted with fellow extremist House member Marjorie Taylor Greene:

Andrew NaughtyMarch 15, 2022 10:30 am

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Trump: Putin’s invasion motivated by “a lot of love”

Social media users are tearing up Donald Trump for his recent remarks to Fox News host Jeanine Pirro in which he appeared to claim Vladimir Putin was motivated by good feelings in his assault on Ukraine.

“You say, what’s the point of that?” Mr. Trump ponders. “They had a country. You could see it was a country where there was a lot of love and we do it because, you know, somebody wants to make their country bigger or they want to put it back the way it was when in fact that didn’t go very well.”

Andrew NaughtyMarch 15, 2022 10:00

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Federal prosecutors agree to break the law in case against alleged Jan. 6 rioter

Federal prosecutors revealed in a new court filing on Monday that they have lost track of an imprisoned defendant accused of storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.

They acknowledged that the indictment against him should be dropped but urged that charges be refiled due to the seriousness of his alleged assault during riots.

In a case related to Lucas Denney, who is accused of attacking a cop with a metal pole, the prosecutor said they made mistakes and oversights that led to him being in jail for weeks.

“There was nothing intentional or nefarious about the delay. This was an isolated incident, unlikely to happen again, and the delay – while regrettable no doubt – is nonetheless not egregious enough to warrant termination with prejudice,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Rozzoni.

Shweta SharmaMarch 15, 2022 9:30 a.m.

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Tulsi Gabbard hits back after Mitt Romney accused her of ‘repeating fake Russian propaganda’

Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard responded to Republican Senator Mitt Romney by saying she was making “treasonous lies” about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with a simple statement: show your work or quit.

The Utah Republican and 2012 GOP presidential nominee lambasted the former Hawaii congresswoman who has shifted to the right in recent years. He specifically referenced a video that Ms. Gabbard posted in which she talked about “25 to 30” US-funded labs that “if breached would release and spread deadly pathogens in the US/global world”.

In response, Ms. Gabbard tweeted in a thread describing that Mr. Romney’s claim that securing the labs would result in loss of life was the exact opposite of what could happen.

Read Eric Garcia’s full report

Shweta SharmaMarch 15, 2022 09:00

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Ukraine’s president will address Congress on Wednesday

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to address Congress on Wednesday morning, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday.

The leader of the country, which is under attack from Russia, is about to brief members of the House and Senate about the ongoing invasion.

The US Congress spent an estimated $14 billion in humanitarian aid to Ukraine as the Biden administration imposed sanctions to isolate Moscow.

“Congress remains steadfast in its commitment to support Ukraine in the face of Putin’s cruel and diabolical aggression,” Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer wrote in a letter to their colleagues.

“Congress, our country, and the world stand in awe of the people of Ukraine, who have shown extraordinary courage, resilience, and determination in the face of Russia’s unprovoked, vicious, and illegal war.” , the Democratic leaders wrote.

“As war rages in Ukraine, it is with great respect and admiration for the people of Ukraine that we invite all members of the House and Senate to attend a virtual address to the United States Congress delivered by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday, March 3. 4 p.m.

Shweta SharmaMarch 15, 2022 07:58