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Trump Organization sues New York City for canceling contracts

Lawsuit alleges the mayor. had a "politically-based predisposition to terminate Trump-related contracts."

Jun 22, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Romney on impeachment: "It's pretty clear that the effort is constitutional."

The Utah senator signaled that he would potentially vote to convict Trump.

Jan 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Trump is on an island

Some of his closest advisers believe Rudy Giuliani and his team are on a dead-end path.

Nov 20, 2020 - Politics & Policy
Axios' Trump Loyalty Index: Trumpiest senator back on ballot

Sen. David Perdue has been President Trump’s top loyalist in the upper chamber.

Nov 13, 2020 - Politics & Policy
Scoop: Trump privately discussing 2024 run

It's the clearest indication that, despite tweets to the contrary, Trump understands that Joe Biden will be president.

Nov 9, 2020 - Politics & Policy
Trump's failing culture wars

The president's quest for a viral attack line against Biden may be driving him to diverge even more politically.

Jul 5, 2020 - Politics & Policy

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Scoop: Trump team blames conservative for loser endorsement

Donald Trump at rally in Texas. Photo: Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Donald Trump's advisers are angry at David McIntosh, president of the conservative Club for Growth, for persuading the former president to endorse a losing candidate in the special election for Texas' 6th District.

Why it matters: Susan Wright's defeat Tuesday in a Republican runoff with Navy veteran Jake Ellzey dealt a blow to Trump's aura of invincibility as a Republican kingmaker. It's critical to his 2022 midterm endorsements and continued hold on the GOP.

D.C. officer reveals threatening voicemail received during Jan. 6 testimony

D.C. Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone received a profanity-laced voicemail from a Trump supporter who directed violent threats at him as he testified before the Jan. 6 select committee on Monday.

Details: In the voicemail, which aired on CNN without censorship at Fanone's request, a person accuses the officer of lying about the insurrection before using derogatory language to lambast him.

Exclusive: New ad pits DeSantis against Trump for donor dollars

Gov. Ron DeSantis gives two thumbs up toward former President Trump at The Villages Polo Club in October. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The same political action committee that launched one of the first ads in the 2022 Florida gubernatorial race — trumpeting tension between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Trump — is back with a new spot.

Why it matters: Remove Ron says its first ad went viral, with 350,000 organic views on social media, so it’s launching another to highlight the "growing number" of Trump backers who are now donating to DeSantis’ re-election campaign.

Jul 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Capitol Police officer slams Trump for false claims about Jan. 6 rioters

Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell condemned former President Trump's false claims that the Jan. 6 rioters were "hugging and kissing" officers when they invaded the Capitol, calling it a "pathetic excuse" for the fact that he "helped to create this monstrosity.

Why it matters: Gonell is one of four police officers who testified at the first hearing of the Jan. 6 select committee on Tuesday. He recounted the surgery he was forced to undergo due to injuries sustained from the attack, and described how that day made him "more afraid" than his entire U.S. Army deployment to Iraq.

DOJ says Trump officials can testify in Jan. 6 investigations

Supporters of President Donald Trump protest inside the Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

The Justice Department told former Trump administration officials this week that they could testify to the committees investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The move counters the view of President Trump, who has argued that his decisions made as president are protected by executive privilege, per the Times.

Trump endorses Ken Paxton for Texas AG over George P. Bush

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and President Trump in Dallas, Texas, in June 2020. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump endorsed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for re-election in 2022 on Monday.

Why it matters: It's a blow for Texas land commissioner George P. Bush, the last of the Bush family still in office. In announcing his campaign for attorney general last month, Bush issued a scathing attack on Paxton, who is under investigation by the FBI and facing securities fraud charges.

Trump ally Tom Barrack pleads not guilty to illegal lobbying

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Former Trump inauguration chair Tom Barrack has pleaded not guilty to charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), ABC News reports.

Why it matters: Barrack is accused of using his connection to Trump to advance UAE interests during the former president's campaign in 2016 and when later informally advising the administration on foreign policy positions.

Jul 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump ally Tom Barrack pays $250 million bond to get out of jail

Tom Barrack speaking at a symposium in Tokyo in March 2019. Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Real estate investor Tom Barrack paid a federal court a bond of $250 million to get out of jail on Friday while awaiting trial after he was arrested and charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates earlier this week, AP reports.

Driving the news: A federal judge also ordered Barrack, a longtime ally of former President Trump and chair of his inaugural committee, to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet at all times and barred him from transferring funds overseas.

Defense Secretary Austin defends Joint Chiefs Chair Milley amid controversy

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, hold a press conference on July 21. Photo: OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin defended Gen. Mark Milley Wednesday, following allegations that the latter had made plans to prevent former President Trump from staging a coup during the 2020 election, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Austin's remarks come as Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faces criticism from conservatives over accusations presented in an upcoming book detailing the end of Trump's presidency.

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Jul 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump confidante Tom Barrack's fall from grace

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Tom Barrack is an extraordinarily successful private equity and real estate investor, building a multibillion-dollar empire that spans data centers to hotels to telecom towers. He's also under arrest and being held in federal custody.

Driving the news: Barrack, a longtime friend of Donald Trump and chair of his 2017 inaugural committee, was charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates.

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