Trump news live: Michael Cohen testifies before grand jury today in hush money investigation as indictments loom

Donald Trump vows to stay in the 2024 race if he faces criminal charges

Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen is expected to testify today before a grand jury investigating hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election.

Two sources said The associated press that Cohen will appear before the Manhattan grand jury on Monday as possible criminal charges against the former president loom.

The office of Manhattan Attorney General Alvin Bragg has also invited Trump to testify in the investigation this week — an invitation he is unlikely to accept, but which sends the clearest signal yet that he may face criminal charges. sued.

As the investigation continues, Mr. Trump’s former vice president, Mike Pence, has also lashed out at him for his role in the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

At the annual Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington DC on Saturday, Mr. Pence said that Mr. Trump’s reckless words that day endangered my family and everyone in the Capitol, and I know history will hold Donald Trump to account.

The former president is also under fire following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank – the largest bank failure in the US since 2008 – after he slackened regulation while in office.

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Trump celebrates as the choir’s January 6 song tops the iTunes chart

Donald Trump took to Truth Social late Sunday night to celebrate the Jan 6 Prison choir’s song topping the iTunes chart this weekend.

The former president’s song with the J6 Prison Choir called “Justice for All” reached number one on iTunes’ Top 100 list on Saturday, knocking Miley Cyrus and her hit song “Flowers” into second place.

Trump celebrated and wrote “Wow!” on his social media platform.

Trump celebrated the success of the Jan 6 Prison Choir song

(Truth Social)

Rachel SharpMarch 13, 2023 1:45 PM

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Trump would have aides call Fox to get them to ‘fix’ bad coverage

A former Trump administration official said the one-time president maintained such close ties to Fox News that he sometimes had aides call the network to pressure employees to turn anything that annoyed him into news stories.

Stephanie Grisham, the former White House communications director under Donald Trump, recalled her interactions with Fox News during an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta.

During the discussion, Acosta said he recalled Fox News personalities such as Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham being openly invited to meet with White House officials, despite the fact that they were ostensibly members of the press.

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Rachel SharpMarch 13, 2023 1:15 PM

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Will Trump testify in hush money investigation?

Last week, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg invited Trump to testify in the grand jury’s investigation into hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election.

While it’s an invitation he’s unlikely to accept, it sends the clearest signal yet that he could face criminal charges over the case.

Under New York law, a person has the right to appear before a grand jury before a prosecutor asks the grand jury to indict him or her.

If prosecuted, Trump would become the first former president in US history to face criminal charges.

Rachel SharpMarch 13, 2023 12:45 PM

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Mike Pence: ‘History will hold Trump accountable’

Mike Pence said he knows history will hold Donald Trump responsible for the January 6 uprising and also joked at his former boss’s expense about classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago.

The comments from the former vice president and Trump loyalist are among the harshest he’s made about the former president.

“President Trump was wrong,” he said at the event attended by politicians and journalists.

“I had no right to overturn the election. And his reckless words endangered my family and everyone in the Capitol that day, and I know history will hold Donald Trump accountable.”

Graig GraziosiMarch 13, 2023 12:15 PM

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Trump claims he “loves dogs” – despite being one of the few presidents without pets

President Donald Trump recently told a crowd at a charity event that he “loves dogs,” though the claim seems dubious, as he doesn’t have pets of his own and often likens negative actions to dogs.

The Washington Postcompiled a collection of his numerous dog-related comments. It includes phrases like “Choked like a dog,” “Fired like a dog,” and “Sweat like a dog.”

He’s also directly called people dogs, and not in a way that suggests he’s especially fond of animals.

Referring to the firing of Omarosa Manigault Newman, former student contestant and White House staffer, he said “great job General Kelly for firing that dog quickly!”

His first wife, Ivana Trump, wrote in her memoir that she wanted to take her dog Chappy to New York. Mr. Trump simply replied “no”.

He is one of the few presidents — and the only president in more than a century — not to have pets.

Graig GraziosiMarch 13, 2023 11:45 am

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Trump would have aides call Fox to complain about poor reporting and get them to ‘fix it,’ ex-press secretary says

“It almost seemed like there was a pretty cozy relationship between the White House and Fox News,” Acosta said before asking Ms. Grisham if she had similar experiences.

She laughed and said remembering those times was like “PTSD,” before saying it was a “very cozy relationship” and claiming that the network’s star personalities would berate her if she didn’t give them what they wanted right away.

Graig GraziosiMarch 13, 2023 11:15 am

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Michael Cohen testifies today in hush money investigation

Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen is expected to testify today before a grand jury investigating hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election.

Two sources said The associated press that Cohen will appear before the Manhattan grand jury on Monday as possible criminal charges against the former president loom.

Last week, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg also invited Mr. Trump to testify in the investigation sometime in the next week.

While it’s an invitation he’s unlikely to accept, it sends the clearest signal yet that he could face criminal charges for his role in paying Daniels hush money.

Mr Trump furious about the matter on Truth Social writing: “I have done absolutely nothing wrong, I have never had an affair with Stormy Daniels, nor would I have wanted to have an affair with Stormy Daniels.

“This is a political witch hunt, trying to bring down the by far leading candidate in the Republican Party.”

If prosecuted, Trump would become the first former president in US history to face criminal charges.

Rachel SharpMarch 13, 2023 10:44 am

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GOP senator says Republicans “are in dire need of new leadership”

Senator Kevin Cramer told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the Republican Party should not focus on “who they love most,” but who can win an election for Republicans.

“Donald Trump will not take advice from the party or from me, but I think if he is indicted, that will be one of the factors.” [on] whether he wins primaries or not. The other factor is who else is in the race and who can make the best case,” said Mr. Cramer. “At the end of the day, the most important thing for primary voters is to think not only about who they love most, but who can win for the country and who can win for the party, because we urgently need new leadership.”

Graig GraziosiMarch 13, 2023 10:00 AM

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20 major lawsuits and investigations Trump faces

Of course, this is nothing new for the real estate billionaire.

Graig GraziosiMarch 13, 2023 9:00 AM

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Former Trump official launches PAC and pushes for DeSantis 2024 run

A former White House official who helped implement Donald Trump’s tough immigration policy is breaking with the former president and instead encouraging Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis to pursue the presidency in 2024.

Graig GraziosiMarch 13, 2023 8:00 AM

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