Trump news live: Latest updates as president must hand over financial documents

Trump news live: Latest updates as president must hand over financial documents

Trump news live: Latest updates as president must hand over financial documents

Trump news live: Latest updates as president must hand over financial documents

The Trump Organization has been ordered to hand over financial documents relating to a New York property, following allegations that the president’s family and their associates inflated assets to gain millions in tax benefits. 

A judge on the New York County State Supreme Court made the ruling on Tuesday, stipulating that the documents must be turned over by 18 December. 

In a statement, the attorney general, who is investigating allegations of wrongdoing, said that “justice and the rule of law prevailed”, adding that the Trump Organization would be made to comply with the order.

Elsewhere, first lady Melania Trump was accused of breaching health guidelines during a visit to a children’s hospital in Washington, DC, after taking off her mask while she was reading stories to patients. 

The White House denied that any rule had been broken, insisting that public speakers do not have to wear masks if their audience is more than six feet away from them. 


GOP senators acknowledge Biden victory

After Mitch McConnell publicly congratulated Joe Biden on winning the presidency, other GOP senators have followed suit. 

Trump ally Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, and Mitt Romney, of Utah, confirmed they had spoken to Mr Biden.

This comes as Donald Trump and some of his supporters continue to peddle the myth about election fraud in November’s election. 

Rory Sullivan16 December 2020 12:28


Elizabeth Warren’s book ‘Persist’ to come out in April

Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren is releasing a new book called “Persist” in April, her publisher has revealed. 

The Massachusetts Democrat became associated with the word “persist” after the Republicans tried to silence her in Congress in 2017. 

Referring to the speech she made against the appointment of Jeff Session as attorney-general, Republican senator Mitch McConnell said: “Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Rory Sullivan16 December 2020 11:59


Trump turns on McConnell

Donald Trump has turned on his long-time ally Mitch McConnell, after the Kentucky lawmaker acknowledged on Tuesday that Joe Biden had won the presidential election.

The incumbent president retweeted a news article by the Daily Mail which referenced tweets by Trump loyalists that questioned Mr McConnell’s allegiance to the US. 

My colleague Matt Mathers has more on this story of Republican in-fighting: 

Rory Sullivan16 December 2020 11:41


Buttigieg poised to be first openly LGBT+ cabinet member

Pete Buttigieg is poised to become the US’ first openly LGBT+ permanent cabinet member, after Joe Biden nominated him for the role of transport secretary. 

The 38-year old came to prominence running against Mr Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year.

Rights groups praised the president-elect’s decision, calling it “a new milestone in a decades-long effort” to have LGBT+ representation in the US government.

“Its impact will reverberate well-beyond the department he will lead,” said Annise Parker, the president of the LGBTQ Victory Institute.

Rory Sullivan16 December 2020 11:21


Mitch McConnell tells GOP senators not to contest EC result

The Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has warned fellow Republican senators not to contest the outcome of the Electoral College vote, as it might have a negative effect on GOP candidates in the Georgia Senate runoffs. 

The advice comes after Mr McConnell acknowledged Joe Biden as the next US president, a move which alienated him from Donald Trump, who continues to spout lies about voter fraud in last month’s election. 

Rory Sullivan16 December 2020 10:53


Trump considers appointing special prosecutor for Hunter Biden investigation

Donald Trump has reportedly asked officials about appointing a special prosecutor to advance a federal tax investigation against Hunter Biden, the president-elect’s son. 

Unnamed sources told AP that the president had spoken about the matter with top aides including White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

This comes after Mr Trump’s ire at attorney general William Barr, who will be stepping down from the role next week, for not publicly announcing a two-year investigation into Hunter Biden’s finances. 

Rory Sullivan16 December 2020 10:28


Iranian president hits out at Trump

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said he is pleased Donald Trump is near the end of his time in office, calling him “the most lawless U.S. president” and a “terrorist”.

Delivering a televised speech to the cabinet, Mr Rouhani said: “We are not overjoyed about Mr. Biden’€™s arrival, but we are happy about Trump leaving.”

Rory Sullivan16 December 2020 10:08


Neighbours seek to block Trump’s Mar-a-Lago move

People living near the president’s private club Mar-a-Lago are not pleased by the possibility he will move there after his presidency finishes. 

The neighbours have sent a letter to the authorities of Palm Beach, which states that Donald Trump lost the legal right to live permanently at Mar-a-Lago in a 1993 deal he signed to convert it from a private residence into a private club.

Here’s Mayank Aggarwal with the details: 

Rory Sullivan16 December 2020 09:52


US ‘in a dangerous hour’, warns former Republican strategist

Former Republican political strategist Steve Schmidt has warned that a second Trump coup is on its way, saying “the country is in a dangerous hour”.

In an interview with MSNBC, Mr Schmidt, the co-founder of the Lincoln project who renounced the GOP in 2018, said that the Democratic Party was now the only pro-democracy party in the US.

He then poured scorn on Republicans who joined Texas in bringing a bogus lawsuit before the Supreme Court to challenge the president election result.

“What happened in the month of November premeditatedly, deliberately, faith and belief in American democracy was poisoned by President Trump, culminating with 126 members of the House of Representatives and 18 Republicans attorney generals signing an amicus brief to a garbage lawsuit that is, in essence, a declaration of repudiation of American democracy,” he said.

My colleague Namita Singh has the details:

Rory Sullivan16 December 2020 09:27


Biden urges Georgia to give Democrats control of Senate

Joe Biden has been on the campaign trail in Georgia, ahead of the run-off Senate elections in January that will determine which party controls the upper chamber.

The president-elect encouraged voters to support Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock so as to prevent GOP obstruction in Congress.

Mr Biden, who won Georgia in the presidential election, said on Tuesday: “We can get so much done, so much that can make the lives of the people of Georgia and the whole country so much better.”

Rory Sullivan16 December 2020 09:12

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