Trump tries to turn tables by claiming he was victim of attempted coup
It has emerged that the committee investigating the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol has identified gaps in the White House call logs from the day of the riot, posing another obstacle to establishing what Mr Trump said and did in the hours before and during the event. According to the New York Times, there is no evidence the records were deliberately deleted, but it is well known that Mr Trump frequently used his own and others’ cellphones to talk to his allies while in office.
Meanwhile, as the saga of the Trump administration documents wrongly taken to Mar-a-Lago continues to deepen, an new book has reported that Donald Trump himself clogged a White House toilet with torn-up documents that should have been preserved.
The story is featured in Confidence Man, a soon-to-be-released account of the president’s White House years written by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. Mr Trump has called the story “fake news” and accused Ms Haberman – whose work he follows closely – of making it up for publicity.
Manchin slams rising inflation numbers
West Virginia Sen Joe Manchin, who doomed the Biden White House’s Build Back Better Act by announcing his opposition to the bill, reacted with dismay on Thursday after the US Labor Department announced that inflation had reached a four-decade high.
In a statement, he appeared to further dampen expectations for the passage of more spending bills, declaring: “We must get serious about the finances of our country. It’s time we start acting like stewards of our economy and the money the American people entrust their government with. Now, more than ever, we must remember it is not our money, it’s the American people’s money. It is not our economy, it’s their economy.”
But in an interview with a local West Virginia radio station, he also identified a target for Democrats to eliminate in their efforts to fight rising consumer prices: the 2017 tax cut bill passed under the Trump administration and dual Republican majorities in the House and Senate.
“We’ve got to get our financial house in order, get a tax bill that really puts us on a path to financial solvency,” said the senator.
John Bowden10 February 2022 18:54
Trump remains in contact with North Korea’s Kim as ‘love letters’ taken to archives
Donald Trump is still in contact with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un — or at least is telling people that he is, according to The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman.
Axios reported this morning, citing an interview with Ms Haberman for her upcoming book Confidence Man: “Trump has told people that since leaving office, he has remained in contact with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un — whose ‘love letters,’ as Trump once called them, were among documents the National Archives retrieved from Mar-a-Lago.”
It has been reported before that Mr Trump exchanged…
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