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Trump news – live: Ex-president says Mar-a-Lago home in Florida searched by FBI

Destruction of papers could potentially violate the Presidential Records Act

Donald Trump addresses the CPAC conference in Texas

New reporting in The New Yorker has revealed that during his administration Donald Trump demanded to know why his generals could not be “totally loyal” like those who served Adolf Hitler.

According to the extract from an upcoming book, his then-chief of staff pointed out to him that Hitler’s generals in fact mounted an assassination attempt against their leader.

Meanwhile, photos have emerged purporting to show fragments of presidential documents that Donald Trump tried to flush down toilets, potentially violating the Presidential Records Act that requires him to preserve them.

The images come just after Mr Trump lashed out at Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell after Democrats passed a massive package of spending and deficit reduction measures.

“Mitch McConnell got played like a fiddle with the vote today by the Senate Democrats,” Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social. “First he gave them the fake Infrastructure Bill, then Guns, never used the Debt Ceiling for negotiating purposes (gave it away for NOTHING!), and now this. Mitch doesn’t have a clue - he is sooo bad for the Republican Party!”

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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home searched by FBI, former president says

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have executed a search warrant at former president Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida home at his Mar-a-Lago club, the ex-president said in a statement Monday evening.

Mr Trump said his Florida residence was “currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents” who, among other things, “broke into” a safe belonging to the ex-president.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

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Donald Trump vows to campaign against Joe Manchin in West Virginia

Donald Trump tore into US Senator Joe Manchin during his speech from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, vowing to campaign against the West Virginia Democrat who he claimed was “devastating” the state by signing onto the Democrats’ budget and climate deal.

“I’ll go down and campaign against him as hard as anybody can,” said Mr Trump, eliciting one of his biggest rounds of applause of the night.

Josh Marcus reported on the news over the weekend for The Independent.

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Trump didn’t want ‘wounded’ soldiers in military parade spectacle

Former president Donald Trump once ordered US military officials to exclude combat-wounded soldiers from the Soviet-style military parade he wanted held during his term in the White House, according to a new book by two veteran Washington reporters.

In an excerpt from their forthcoming chronicle of Mr Trump’s presidency, The Divider, journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser reveal that Mr Trump got the idea for a military parade when he witnessed Bastille Day festivities during a 2017 visit to France.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

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Russian state TV calls for Trump support and to ‘not be shy about it’

A pundit on Russian state television called on Russians and their government to declare openly their political support for Donald Trump in an eye-opening moment that comes as Mr Trump and his wing of the GOP have taken a softer stance towards Moscow amid the invasion of Ukraine.

The comments made by Igor Korotchenko, a pundit and editor-in-chief of National Defense, came during a panel discussion on Russia’s Channel 1 News, a state-run broadcaster. They were highlighted first by Julia Davis, founder of Russia Media Monitor.

“We should support Trump and not be shy about it,” he said. “We should support US politicians, like Trump, and other healthy conservative European powers who advocate for the normalisation of relations between Russia and the West.”

John Bowden reports.

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New photos show Trump tried to flush documents down White House toilet

Images obtained for an upcoming book on the Trump presidency appear to show torn documents floating in toilets – backing up reports that Donald Trump tried to destroy presidential paperwork by flushing it away.

The photos, shared by New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman and published by Axios, show torn fragments of handwritten documents floating in two separate toilets, one in the White House and the other in an unspecified location visited by Mr Trump on an overseas trip.

If proven to show what Ms Haberman’s sources claim, the photos would provide further evidence that Mr Trump destroyed or attempted to destroy presidential records that he may have been legally required to preserve.

Andrew Naughtie reports.

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Anti-Herschel Walker ad features ex-wife recalling him putting a gun to her head

A new advertisement meant to dissuade Georgia voters from electing Herschel Walker as the Peach State’s next senator features the former football star’s ex-wife describing how the Republican Senate nominee once put a pistol to her head and threatened to pull the trigger.

The 30-second spot, produced by the Republican Accountability Political Action Committee, opens with a voiceover asking if viewers think they know the ex-Georgia Bulldogs collegiate football standout. Mr Walker won the coveted Heisman Trophy — an award bestowed on the player deemed to be the best in college football — in 1982.

The ad then asks viewers to listen to Mr Walker’s ex-wife, Cindy Grossman, describe her ex-husband’s violent tendencies.

Andrew Feinberg reports.

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Giuliani won’t testify Tuesday in Gergia election probe, says lawyer

Rudy Giuliani will not appear as scheduled Tuesday before a special grand jury in Atlanta that’s investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia, his lawyer said.

A judge last month had ordered Giuliani, a Trump lawyer and former New York City mayor, to appear before the special grand jury Tuesday.

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Trump told top aide he wanted ‘totally loyal’ generals like Hitler had

Donald Trump complained to his most senior aide, then-chief of staff John Kelly, that he wanted the US’s top generals including retired military figures to show him absolute, unquestioning loyalty while specifically pointing to Nazi Germany as an example.

In a bizarre exchange described by reporters for The New Yorker and The New York Times in an upcoming book Mr Trump is said to have asked his top aide, who himself was a four-star general in charge of US Southern Command, “[W]hy can’t you be like the German generals?”

John Bowden reports on the rest of their conversation.

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Liz Cheney would find it ‘very difficult’ to support a DeSantis presidential run

Congresswoman Liz Cheney may be part of a very slim minority of Republican voters in 2024 when she casts her ballot in the GOP’s presidential primary, if her recent statements give any indication.

The Wyoming Republican and vice chair of the select committee investigating January 6 in the House spoke about the Florida governor and widely-speculated-about potential contender for the party’s 2024 nomination in an interview published on Sunday in The New York Times.

John Bowden reports.

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Trump-back rival to Rep Herrera Beutler surges in poll count

Joe Kent, the former green beret endorsed by Donald Trump, has surged to just 257 votes behind the Republican congresswoman he is trying to oust.

After the first votes were counted in Tuesday’s primary, Mr Kent, 42, was some way behind the incumbent, as well as Democratic candidate Marie Perez in the race for Washington’s third congressional district.

But as the count has continued, with more results being released, Mr Kent has seen his numbers soar.

Andrew Buncombe has the latest for The Independent.

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