Trump news – live: Fulton County election fraud grand jury concludes probe as Trump silent on Brazil unrest


A grand jury convened in Fulton County, Georgia, has concluded its work hearing testimony and evidence regarding whether Mr Trump and his legal team committed crimes in their effort to overturn the state’s 2020 election results. The county’s district attorney will now decide whether to file charges.

Over a weekend of multiple posts on Truth Social, Donald Trump has remained silent regarding the attack on the Brazilian presidential palace and national Congress that mirrored the events of 6 January 2021 when supporters of the former president stormed the US Capitol.

Hundreds of people have been arrested after supporters of Brazil‘s former president Jair Bolsonaro broke through a blockade set up by security forces and invaded ministries and the Congress building in the capital Brasília on Sunday.

Instead, Mr Trump congratulated himself for his part in helping Kevin McCarthy finally win the 15th vote to select the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.

In a post on Monday morning, the former president also lashed out at Mitch McConnell and other Republican senators, calling for them all to be challenged in primary elections as well as again using a racial slur against Mr McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao.

Key points

Trump posts all-caps attack on ‘old broken crow’ McConnell

20:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Former president Donald Trump has posted another all-caps attack on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — and yet again included a racist insult aimed at Elaine Chao, Mr McConnell’s wife.

The all-caps rant accuses Mr McConnell of giving in to Democrats in fights about the debt ceiling. Mr Trump argues that Republicans who fought over making Kevin McCarthy speaker of the House are the “right” negotiators for the next time the issue is tackled.

Judge rejects Trump’s claim that New York fraud lawsuit is ‘witch hunt’

20:30 , Oliver O’Connell

New York judge has swatted down Donald Trump’s attempt to dismiss a $250m fraud lawsuit against him and his family, saying the president’s repeated claims he’s been singled out in a political “witch hunt” are “frivolous.”

In September, New York attorney general Letitia James accused the former president, and his children Donald Trump, Jr, Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump, of manipulating the value of Trump Organization assets on the order of billions of dollars to receive undue insurance and loan benefits.

On Friday, New York Supreme Court justice Arthur F Engoron overruled Mr Trump’s arguments that Ms James was acting out of political bias and lacked standing to bring the bombshell civil suit, which seeks to bar the Trumps from being an officer in any company registered to do business in the state.

Josh Marcus reports.

Judge rejects Trump’s claim that $250m fraud lawsuit against him is ‘witch hunt’

Rep Mike Rogers steps down from committee role after lunging at Matt Gaetz

20:00 , Oliver O’Connell

GOP lawmaker who was at the centre of an awkward clash on the House floor is stepping down from a major committee after issuing an apology.

Mike Rogers of Alabama was seen being physically restrained by a colleague, Richard Hudson, as he spoke to Matt Gaetz on the floor of the House last Friday. The shocking moment ended after just a few seconds, but the fallout is apparently continuing.

John Bowden reports.

Mike Rogers steps down from committee role after lunging at Matt Gaetz

Key differences between the Jan 6 and Brazil riots

19:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Joe Sommerlad explains what differentiates the events in Brasilia over the weekend with what happened at the US Capitol two years and two days before.

What are the key differences between the Jan 6 and Brazil riots?

Sanders prepares to take office as governor

19:00 , Oliver O’Connell

After running a campaign heavily focused on national politics and her time as President Donald Trump‘s spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she wants to keep her attention on Arkansas as she takes charge as the state’s 47th governor.

Sanders will be sworn in Tuesday, becoming the first woman governor of Arkansas, her home state. She also is ascending to the post her father, Mike Huckabee, held for more than a decade.

Sanders, who served nearly two years as White House press secretary, is the best-known former Trump official to assume elected office.

Read more:

From Trump to governor: Sanders prepares to take on new role

Kemp aims to steer GOP past Trump

18:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is done being underestimated.

Having vanquished both a Donald Trump-backed Republican challenger and Democratic star Stacey Abrams to win reelection, Kemp is looking to expand his influence in his second term, free from the caricature of the gun-toting, pickup-driving, migrant-catching country boy that emerged during his first campaign for governor.

A new vision of Kemp steering his party toward a non-Trumpian conservatism made its debut in his November victory speech after it became clear that he had defeated Abrams by a much larger margin in their rematch than he had in their tight 2018 matchup.

Read more:

Kemp done being underestimated, aims to steer GOP past Trump

Trump ally calls Bolsonaro protesters ‘freedom fighters’

18:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon lauded supporters of Brazil’s former president and Trump ally Jair Bolsonaro who stormed the Congress and other government buildings in capital Brasilia.

Thousands of people attacked the country’s Congress, supreme court and the presidential palace in violence reminiscent of the US Capitol insurrection that took place two years ago.

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