Trump news today: Classified documents scandal ramps up as Trump congratulates Kim Jong-un

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Donald Trump is likely feeling the heat after a string of new allegations related to the special counsel probe of classified documents he’s accused of keeping at Mar-a-Lago after his presidency.

This week, multiple reports alleged that Mr Trump was caught on tape in 2021 acknowledging that he had held onto a classified Pentagon document outlining a potential attack on Iran. It later emerged that the document in question is missing.

While Mr Trump continues to profess that he did nothing wrong, the latest claims could prove pivotal in special counsel Jack Smith’s ultimate decision on whether to bring charges.

Meanwhile, the ex-president came under fresh fire – including from members of his own party – when he congratulated North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un on a deal with the World Health Organisation on Friday.

This followed a Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity where Mr Trump claimed he would solve most of America’s problems within six months of retaking office and have the US “hopping” again, while also boasting of his tough stance towards Russia and Iran.

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DeSantis wraps up first early states tour

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was wrapping up his first tour of early voting states as a presidential candidate on Friday, showcasing his personal side in South Carolina with a lighthearted sit-down with his wife and an emotional moment with a military spouse.

Oliver O’Connell3 June 2023 21:45

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DeSantis campaigning in Iowa today

Ron DeSantis is once again on the campaign trail – making stops in Iowa on Saturday.

The Florida governor was seen shaking hands at the Iowa state fairgrounds before giving a speech filled with perhaps his favourite word: “woke”.

“As president, I recognize that the woke mind virus represents a war on the truth so we will wage a war on the woke,” he said in a video posted to Twitter by @acyn.

“We will fight the woke in education, we will fight the woke in corporations, we will fight the woke in the halls of Congress.”

Megan Sheets3 June 2023 21:18

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McEnany v Trump: What happened?

Ms McEnany, who served as the former president’s fourth press secretary, was known as one of his most loyal aides and staunch defenders, something she continued when she joined Fox News as a contributor after he lost the 2020 election and left office.

Nevertheless, the former president pulled no punches in a Truth Social Post, complaining about a segment in which he claims she misreported his lead over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Oliver O’Connell3 June 2023 19:45

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Florida congressman shouts ‘f*** Ron DeSantis’ on stage at Paramore concert

The Florida congressman was asked by lead singer Hayley Williams if he had a message for the crowd as he took the stage to perform “Misery Business” with the group at the Capitol One Arena in Washington DC.

The Gen Z Democrat lawmaker responded: “F*** Ron DeSantis! F*** fascism!”

When a clip of Mr Alejandro Frost’s outburst was posted to Twitter by the Conservative War Machine account, he replied “lol they’re so mad”.

“I said what I said,” he wrote in another post.

Megan Sheets3 June 2023 18:28

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The case of the missing classified document

Donald Trump’s attorneys have been unable to find the classified document described in a recording of a 2021 conversation that is now in the possession of prosecutors, CNN reports.

Earlier this week, the network broke the news that a recording existed of the former president acknowledging that he had held onto a classified Pentagon document outlining a potential attack on Iran.

Citing two sources, CNN now reports that attorneys for Mr Trump could not find the document he referred to when they turned over material in mid-March in response to a federal subpoena relating to the investigation.

Oliver O’Connell3 June 2023 17:45

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Federal judge recuses himself from Disney v DeSantis

A federal judge set to preside over Disney’s lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has recused himself from the case, citing a relative who owns stocks in the company, according to an order filed on 2 June.

US District Judge Mark E Walker, who was appointed to the federal judiciary by Barack Obama, responded to a motion from Mr DeSantis’s legal team seeking his removal from the case.

Alex Woodward has the details.

Oliver O’Connell3 June 2023 15:45

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Trump slammed for congratulating Kim Jong-un

“Congratulations to Kim Jung Un!” the former president wrote on Truth Social, misspelling his name while sharing news of the admission.

The post drew immediate condemnation from GOP presidential candidates and state party leaders.

“Kim Jong Un starves his own people,” Mr Trump’s former UN ambassador and 2024 opponent Nikki Haley said on Twitter.

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Megan Sheets3 June 2023 15:16

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DOJ will not charge Pence for classified documents

The department sent a letter saying it will not charge Mr Pence after the former vice president’s attorney found classified documents in his home in Indiana. Mr Pence had asked his attorney to search his home after news reports that President Joe Biden had classified documents at his own personal residence.

Oliver O’Connell3 June 2023 12:45

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Sweeping racketeering case possible as Georgia could widen probe to other states, report says

Oliver O’Connell3 June 2023 09:45

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‘Are you blind?’: DeSantis lashes out at reporter on New Hampshire campaign visit

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis snapped at a reporter, asking him “are you blind?” after they asked him why he wouldn’t take questions from potential voters.

Mr DeSantis — who formally announced his 2024 presidential candidacy during a buggy Twitter spaces event hosted by Elon Musk — held a campaign event in New Hampshire on Thursday, after which he refused to take any questions.

Oliver O’Connell3 June 2023 06:45





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