Donald Trump news today: Trump ‘prepares first tweet’ in Twitter return and formally demands Facebook reinstatement
‘Meet the Press’ anchor reveals the ‘most powerful person’ shaping the 2024 election
Donald Trump is reportedly poised to return to Twitter as part of his 2024 campaign and representatives have petitioned Facebook parent Meta for his account on that platform to be reinstated, according to reporting by NBC News.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen has met with New York prosecutors as part of an investigation into the Trump Organization’s involvement in paying hush money to Stormy Daniels.
Mr Trump’s former personal attorney arrived for a meeting with the Manhattan district attorney’s office on Tuesday, leaving roughly 90 minutes later where he told CNN he would likely be meeting with investigators again.
The apparent ramping up of the probe comes as newly-released logs reveal who paid a visit to Mr Trump’s White House in the days running up to the January 6 Capitol riot.
The visitor logs, which were obtained by the House select committee investigating Jan 6, reveal the president met with several far-right election deniers and conspiracy theorists including Sidney Powell.
The former president also continues to sound off about the parallel investigations into the discovery of classified materials at Mar-a-Lago and classified documents at President Joe Biden’s home and an office he once used.
Trump poised to return to Twitter as campaign demands Facebook reinstatement, report says
While Donald Trump was granted access to his Twitter account back on 19 November following the takeover of the company by Elon Musk and the decision to reverse the ban imposed on the former president in the wake of the Capitol riot, he has to tweet.
That could all change according to reporting by NBC News, which states that his 2024 campaign advisers have been workshopping ideas for his first tweet.
In addition, the campaign has also approached Facebook parent Meta to unblock his account on that platform which was also suspended two years ago.
“We believe that the ban on President Trump’s account on Facebook has dramatically distorted and inhibited the public discourse,” Trump’s campaign wrote in its letter to Meta on Tuesday, according to a copy reviewed by NBC News.
The campaign would like a meeting to discuss reinstatement. Meta has said it will announce a decision in the coming weeks.
Since his ban from the principal social media platforms, Mr Trump founded his own — Truth Social — but does not enjoy the audience and bully pulpit he had on the other sites. While he has 4.8 million followers on Truth Social, he had 88 million on Twitter and 34 million on Facebook.
Oliver O’Connell18 January 2023 14:26
Trump calls classified folders ‘cool keepsake’ while lashing out at ‘Gestapo’ FBI
Another day, another protestation of innocence from former president Donald Trump regarding the trove of classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago.
Mr Trump argues that he kept the inexpensive folders marked “classified” or “confidential” as a “cool” keepsake before accusing the “Gestapo” — the FBI — of taking these empty folders and counting them as classified documents.
Further, the former president then floated the conspiracy theory that “Trump Hating Marxist Thugs’ would “plant documents while they’re in possession of the material”.
He ended with a defiant: “I DID NOTHING WRONG. JOE DID!”
Oliver O’Connell18 January 2023 15:00
Anger and disbelief as Greene put on Homeland Security Committee
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is set to join the House Homeland Security committee in a decision that is drawing disbelief and disgust from her critics who find themselves unable to fathom that a onetime 9/11 truther and spreader of countless conspiracies will now si
John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell18 January 2023 13:45
How ominous is the debt limit problem?
On the brink of hitting the nation’s legal borrowing limit on Thursday, the government is resorting to “extraordinary measures” to avoid a default.
But — take a breath — the phrase technically refers to a bunch of accounting workarounds. Yes, accounting.
Rachel Sharp18 January 2023 12:45
Matt Schlapp denies new lawsuit claims he groped GOP strategist
Mr Schlapp, who is a close ally of Donald Trump and the chairman of the American Conservative Union, has been accused of fondling the man as they drove in his car towards an Atlanta-area hotel in October.
Graeme Massie has the latest on the scandal.
Oliver O’Connell18 January 2023 12:15
9/11 survivor condemns Marjorie Taylor Greene’s appointment to homeland security committee
A 9/11 survivor has condemned the appointment of Majorie Taylor Greene to a key House security committee – pointing out the Republican congresswoman long denied the attacks happened and instead peddled wild conspiracy theories.
Republicans said the Georgia congresswoman, who two years ago was stripped of committee assignments by Democrats after she spread QAnon conspiracies and falsely questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election, would join the House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee.
The committee has typically played a key role in acting as a safeguard on matters of national security, and the appointment of Ms Greene was widely seen as her reward for supporting Kevin McCarthy in his bid to be Speaker.
The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe has the full story:
Rachel Sharp18 January 2023 11:45
Trump accuses evangelicals of ‘disloyalty’
Former President Donald Trump is now accusing one of his largest support bases of “disloyalty” as it becomes clearer and clearer that he could face a competitive primary in 2024 for the Republican presidential nomination.
Rachel Sharp18 January 2023 11:15
Trump ‘fixer’ Michael Cohen meets with New York prosecutors over Stormy Daniels hush money
Donald Trump‘s former “fixer” Michael Cohen has met with New York prosecutors as part of an investigation into the Trump Organization’s involvement in paying hush money to Stormy Daniels.
Mr Trump’s former personal attorney arrived for a meeting with the Manhattan district attorney’s office on Tuesday, leaving roughly 90 minutes later where his attorny told CNN it went “very well” and that he would likely be meeting with investigators again.
“It appears that I’ll probably be meeting with them again,” said Mr Cohen.
The DA’s office is probing a $130,000 payment made to the adult film star to cover up an affair she claims she had with Mr Trump just before the 2016 election – an affair Mr Trump denies.
Mr Cohen previously cooperated with the DA’s office during its broad investigation into the Trump Organization, meeting with prosecutors more than a dozen times in the past.
Rachel Sharp18 January 2023 10:45
Newly revealed visitor logs show who was visiting Trump ahead before Capitol riot
John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell18 January 2023 08:45
Trump to be joined by Graham, McMaster at first public campaign event
Oliver O’Connell18 January 2023 06:45