Trump news today: Ex-president’s first statement since accountant cut ties blames ‘vicious bullying tactics’

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Former President Donald Trump has released his first statement since his accounting firm Mazars USA severed ties.

The former president’s longtime accounting firm dropped him as a client, writing in a court filing that a decade of Donald Trump’s financials could no longer be relied upon.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump said: “We have a great company with fantastic assets that are unique, extremely valuable and, in many cases, far more valuable than what was listed in our financial statements.”

He added that Mazars severed ties with him due to “vicious bullying tactics” by the New York attorney general and the district attorney.

The president’s company papers are at the center of a New York investigation into his affairs, an investigation he has decried as a political witch hunt.

Meanwhile, a US congressional committee is preparing to investigate Donald Trump’s handling of paperwork after 15 boxes of documents were transferred from his Mar-a-Lago residence.

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Trump’s first statement since accounting firm cut ties

Former President Donald Trump has released his first statement since his accounting firm Mazars USA severed ties.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump said: “We have a great company with fantastic assets that are unique, extremely valuable and, in many cases, far more valuable than what was listed in our financial statements.

“Anyone with even a minor degree of financial acumen would recognize that these financial disclosure statements, prepared for the Trump Organization, are unaudited, which is also evidenced in the disclaimer on pages one and two of the documents themselves.

“My business has some of the best real estate and other assets anywhere in the world, has ample cash on hand, and has relatively very little debt, which is very current.”

He added that Mazars severed ties with him due to “vicious bullying tactics” by the New York attorney general and the district attorney.

“Mazars has been threatened, harassed and insulted like virtually no other company has ever been. They were essentially forced out of a major long-term account by the misconduct of the prosecutor of a highly political but failed gubernatorial candidate, Letitia James.

Sravasti DasguptaFebruary 16, 2022 05:00

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Ex-congressman retweets post mocking Trump for ‘b****ing’ about Clinton ‘spying’

Former Republican Congressman Justin Amash, who quit the party over his differences with former President Donald Trump and the GOP leadership, retweeted a conservative columnist who mocked the former president and his allies for complaining about Hillary Clinton allies who were supposedly “spying”. about his administration and campaign.

The original tweet from Washington Examiner contributor Brad Polumbo read: “So many elected Republicans bitching about how Hilary spied on Trump also voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act. Unless they have issued a mea culpa on this and are working to repeal mass surveillance of Americans, they can weep Daddy Trump crocodile tears.

Mr. Amash, whose district is now represented by another anti-Trump Republican, Peter Meijer, added in his own quote tweet: “Trump himself signed legislation to reauthorize the Patriot Act – and FISA! also referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. such as legislation that allowed unwarranted international and domestic wiretapping of Americans and others.

John BowdenFebruary 16, 2022 04:15

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A legal battle looms over Trump’s finances

New York Attorney General Letitia James will go to court on Thursday to seek the execution of a subpoena for Mr. Trump’s testimony in a civil investigation.

Ms James, she says, has uncovered evidence that her company used “fraudulent or misleading” valuations of her properties to secure loans and tax benefits.

On Monday, a court filing showed that Trump’s accounting firm recently advised him to stop using financial statements he prepared on his behalf.

Earlier Wednesday, the former president’s son, Eric Trump, denounced the attorney general after Trump’s accounting firm cut ties.

Mr Trump tweeted that lawyers “will be before a New York judge outlining grossly unethical behavior by New York Attorney General Tish James” on Thursday after Mazars’ announcement was made public in a court case Monday.

Gino Spocchia of The Independent has more:

Sravasti DasguptaFebruary 16, 2022 04:01

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Biden touts legal victory for Newtown parents

President Joe Biden released a statement late Tuesday afternoon celebrating a legal victory won by the parents of nine children killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

In his remarks, Mr. Biden also stressed that the victory showed that the legal protections for gunmakers were not absolute.

“They have demonstrated that state and city consumer protection laws — like Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act — offer the opportunity to hold gun manufacturers and dealers accountable for wrongdoing despite the persistence of the federal immunity shield for these companies,” he said.

The Biden administration has faced calls from gun control activists like those involved in the March for Our Lives to take more action at the administrative level to address gun violence and mass shootings, especially this week which marks the fourth anniversary of the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

John BowdenFebruary 16, 2022 03:45

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Biden: US can’t verify Russian troops are pulling out

President Joe Biden warned in a nationwide address on Tuesday that a war between Ukraine and Russia remains very possible, saying the United States could not verify Russian claims that some military forces in the region would be withdrawn.

Mr Biden reiterated during his speech that the US response to any attack would be swift and damaging.

“We have not yet verified that Russian military units are returning to their home bases. Indeed, our analysts indicate that they remain in a very threatening position,” he said. “The fact remains that ‘Currently, Russia has over 150,000 troops and is encircling Ukraine and Belarus and along the Ukrainian border and invasion remains entirely possible.’

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John BowdenFebruary 16, 2022 03:15

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Jan. 6 committee wants Pennsylvania Republican to explain his ‘agitator’ plot

Lawmakers on the Jan. 6 committee revealed on Tuesday that they wanted a Republican senator from the state of Pennsylvania who was present during the Capitol riot to explain to them what he meant when he claimed to have seen ‘agitators’ fight with law enforcement during the riot.

To declare Sen. Doug Mastriano, the committee wrote that it “understands[s]“he was” present during the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and that you saw “agitators… get in front of the police” and “agitators… start pushing the police to the top “. [Capitol] not'”.

“We would like to better understand these and other statements, the events you witnessed or participated in, and the communications we believe you may have had with national, state and local officials and others regarding the November 2020 election results and the events of January 6, 2021,” committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson wrote.

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John BowdenFebruary 16, 2022 2:15 a.m.

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Los Angeles becomes latest city to ease Covid restrictions

Los Angeles is the latest city to choose to ease Covid-19 restrictions in response to declining case numbers following the spread of the Omicron variant over the winter and late fall.

Residents will now be able to go mask-free at major outdoor events as well as outdoor activities hosted by K-12 schools and daycares.

The move comes as the CDC continued to recommend masking, but the Biden administration warns federal guidelines are being reviewed. Many Democratic-run jurisdictions now appear to be moving in the same direction when it comes to mask orders and, in some cases, vaccination mandates.

The Independents Graeme Massie has more:

John BowdenFebruary 16, 2022 01:45

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The Onion mocks ‘cannibal terrorist’ Sarah Palin after her court loss

Satirical news site onion shot Sarah Palin after the former Alaska governor lost her battle with The New York Times in court this week.

Ms. Palin was unable to convince a judge or jury that the time the op-ed linking his political group to the shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords was not done with “genuine malice”. As a result, her defamation lawsuit ended this week unless she plans a long-term appeal.

Tuesday, onion took the opportunity to draw more unfounded links between Ms Palin and controversial topics, calling her a “cannibalistic terrorist” in a tweet.

John BowdenFebruary 16, 2022 01:15

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Conway says Trump’s accounting firm abandoning him is worse than being impeached

Conservative lawyer George Conway weighed in on news that the Trump Organization was being let down by his accounting firm which had identified 10 years of claims as unreliable.

Mr Conway, a longtime critic of the ex-president, called the news worse for the former president than his two dismissals. He also predicted that it would be “almost impossible” for Mr Trump’s company to find a willing new firm as an accountant.

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John BowdenFebruary 16, 2022 12:45 a.m.

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Billionaire tech investor funds dating app for Trump supporters who can’t find love in liberal cities

Trump-supporting billionaire Peter Thiel is funding a project that could appeal to conservatives who have been rejected by Tinder or Bumble for their support of Donald Trump.

He is investing $1.5 million in a first round of seed funding for The Right Stuff, a conservative-targeted dating app that hopes to be an alternative for those who want to date their right-wing beliefs.

The company follows its investment in Rumble, an alternative to other mainstream social media platforms that also seeks to target a conservative audience.

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John BowdenFebruary 16, 2022 12:15 a.m.

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