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Trump news – live: Ex-president sought ‘totally loyal’ generals like Nazis as pics show flushed documents

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-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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Report: Alex Jones’ Jan 6 texts turned over to House select committee

A trove of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ text messages spanning a two-year period has reportedly been turned over to the House January 6 select committee.

According to CNN, the text messages are from the same cache revealed last week during Mr Jones’ defamation trial in Travis County, Texas by attorneys representing parents of children killed during the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

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Trump celebrates Arizona candidate’s 2020 election obsession

Even some Trump allies have publicly called for the former president to stop talking about the 2020 election and start focusing on the future, but their entreaties have so far fallen on deaf ears – and in many key swing states, his anointed candidates are those who’ve grabbed his attention by being just as fixated as he is on the supposed “theft” of the presidency.

Top of the list is Arizona gubernatorial candidate, about whom Politico has this juicy quote:

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Anti-Trump Republicans run shocking ad against Herschel Walker

Republican Georgia Senate nominee Herschel Walker has worried many in his party with his frequently erratic public behaviour and string of false statements about his personal life – but far more troubling are serious accusations that he was a perpetrator of domestic violence.

Now, the anti-Trump group known as the Republican Accountability Project is on air with an ad excerpting an interview with Mr Walker’s ex-wife, who describes how he allegedly treated her.

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General Milley’s unsent resignation letter

Mark Milley, the four-star US army general whom former president Donald Trump picked to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, drafted a resignation letter to Mr Trump accusing him of “doing great and irreparable harm” to the United States in an undelivered resignation letter. It was written just days after the then-president ordered a violent crackdown on protesters near the White House so he could participate in a photo opportunity.

In the draft letter, which was obtained by New Yorker writer Susan Glasser and New York Times reporter Peter Baker for their upcoming book The Divider: Trump in the White House, Mr Milley wrote that he found that he could “ no longer faithfully support and execute” Mr Trump’s orders after “deep soul-searching” following the 1 June 2020 clearing of Lafayette Square by federal law enforcement.

Read more from Andrew Feinberg:

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Row in Michigan over Trump supporters’ ‘voting machine breach'

Michigan’s Democratic attorney general has called for a special prosecutor to investigate her Donald Trump-backed Republican rival after state police reportedly found evidence that he helped orchestrate attempts to illegally seize and gain access to voting equipment, an effort fuelled by conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election was marred by fraud.

Dana Nessel announced the probe following the results of a months-long investigation by the Michigan State Police finding that GOP candidate Matthew DePerno “orchestrated a coordinated plan to gain access to voting tabulators”, according to her petition for a special prosecutor.

“When this investigation began there was not a conflict of interest. However, during the course of the investigation, facts were developed that DePerno was one of the prime instigators of the conspiracy,” she writes in the petition.

Alex Woodward has more.

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Paul Manafort admits sharing data with Russians

Paul Manafort, the chairman of former president Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, has admitted sharing confidential campaign polling data with a suspected Russian intelligence officer at the same time Moscow was interfering in the 2016 election on Mr Trump’s behalf.

In an interview with Insider, Mr Manafort — who was later convicted of tax evasion but received a pardon from the ex-president — said he shared the data, which the Department of the Treasury described as “sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy”, with suspected Russian intelligence officer Konstantin Kilimnik in hopes of financial gain for himself, not to aid Russia’s efforts to help Mr Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

“The data that I shared with him was a combination of public information and stuff for the spring that was — it was old,” said Mr Manafort, whose claim is at odds with what he told his former deputy, Rick Gates, in an email seized by federal investigators during the Justice Department’s probe into whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia’s pro-Trump interference efforts.

Andrew Feinberg reports:

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Daily Show compares Greene, Boebert and Carlson to KKK

Talk of “Christian nationalism” and the protection of white America has been growing steadily louder on the right of the Republican party in recent months, and was on full display at CPAC this weekend.

To illustrate what a dark road this is to tread, Comedy Central’s Daily Show has produced the below montage putting comments from Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Tucker Carlson et al in context...

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Report: Trump wanted generals as loyal as Hitler's

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 whily 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?”

A bewildered Mr Kelly reportedly responded: “Which generals?” to which Mr Trump supposedly shot back, “The German generals in World War II.”

His chief of staff then allegedly told the president, “You do know that they tried to kill Hitler three times and almost pulled it off?”

John Bowden has more.

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Ron DeSantis to campaign for hardline 2022 candidates

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, increasingly seen as the natural alternative to Trump should the former president not run in 2024, is set to hit the road for this year’s midterm and gubernatorial elections on a tour that will see him campaigning alongside some of the GOP’s most controversial and extreme candidates – some of whom, like extremist Pennsylvania governor candidate Doug Mastriano, are being kept at arm’s length by the mainstream party itself.

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