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Trump speech - live: Trump thanks Ginni Thomas for support as he attacks ‘disgusting’ Maggie Haberman book

Trump stumps for GOP candidate for governor

Former US president Donald Trump claims he can declassify top secret documents just ‘by thinking about it’

Donald Trump heads to Michigan, a state that spurned him in 2020 after he saw a surprise victory there four years earlier, on Saturday.

He’s in the state for a rally in Warren where he hopes to bump the candidacy of Tudor Dixon, his chosen acolyte in the race to unseat incumbent Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The president is eager to have a supporter of his bogus conspiracies about his 2020 defeat in the governor’s mansion should he make another bid for the White House in 2024.

Polls show Ms Dixon badly trailing the governor, who was the intended victim of a shocking kidnapping plot foiled by the FBI in 2020. The most recent poll of the race, from the GOP-aligned Trafalgar Group, showed Ms Dixon down by six points.

In Mr Trump’s other legal news, it was just revealed that he hoarded some 200,000 pages of federal documents at his Palm Beach home. The new court filing was to argue that an early October deadline for scanning and reviewing the documents is unrealistic because they cannot be processed quickly enough. There are reports that Mr Trump is ignoring some of the legal advice he is receiving over the matter.

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Will Trump exact revenge against Ron DeSantis?

Mary Trump, niece of former president Donald Trump, has predicted that the former president will take revenge against Florida governor Ron DeSantis if Mr Trump secures another term in the White House.

Mr Trump is perhaps most responsible for Mr DeSantis’s political rise, but the Florida governor now threatens to overshadow the former president as both men jockey for position ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

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GOP senator Rick Scott’s awkward interview

Sen Rick Scott, chair of the GOP Senate’s campaign arm, refused to confront former president Donald Trump over recent attacks againt Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Elaine Chao, who served as Mr Trump’s transportation secretary.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene under fire for Trump rally comments

Conservative firebrand Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene has been sharply criticised for her violent rhetoric at last night’s Trump rally.

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Trump thanks wife of Supreme Court justice for sticking to stolen election lies

Donald Trump gave his first public commendation to Ginni Thomas, the deeply controversial wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, on Saturday.

At his rally in Michigan he shouted out the activist Ms Thomas, who testified before the January 6 committee this week about her newly-reported efforts to help Mr Trump overturn the election in states he rightfully lost. And Mr Trump thanked her for sticking to those nonsensical conspiracies during his remarks.

The praise was likely heartfelt but could complicate matters for Ms Thomas and her husband, who sits on the nation’s highest court and faces questions about whether she used her connection to him while pressing Mr Trump’s lies about the 2020 election in conversations with state lawmakers around the US.

Read more from Andrew Feinberg in The Independent:

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Trump attacks Maggie Haberman book as ‘disgusting’

Donald Trump took special time at his rally on Saturday to attack Maggie Haberman, a New York Times reporter well-sourced in the Trumpworld beat who has continued to speak with the ex-president since he left office.

She is set to publish a number of embarrassing claims and bits of reporting about the ex-president in her upcoming book Confidence Man.

One particular part of the book was denounced by Mr Trump as “disgusting”.

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Archives: Records from Trump WH staffers remain missing

The National Archives and Records Administration informed lawmakers in Congress on Friday that a number of electronic communications from Trump White House staffers remain missing, nearly two years since the administration was required to turn them over.

"While there is no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we do know that we do not have custody of everything we should," wrote the acting archivist.

It’s the latest confirmation that the former president has documents without the permission of the agency that has absolute legal control of such records.

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Maggie Haberman says Trump tried to have her phone records seized to expose sources

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said that Donald Trump went above and beyond in his attempts to stop her widely-sourced reporting of Trumpworld.

In her upcoming book Confidence Man, she claims: “Trump, angry about my published stories, would bellow that he wanted administration officials to obtain my phone records and identify my sources.”

Read more from Oliver O’Connell in The Independent:

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Trump reportedly ignoring advice from lawyer he paid $3m retainer for Mar-a-Lago documents case

Weeks after paying a respected Florida defence attorney a $3m retainer to represent him in dealings with the Department of Justice following the 8 August search of his home, former president Donald Trump is reportedly ignoring the attorney’s advice in favour of tactics that are far more combative but place him at greater legal risk.

Sources close to Mr Trump told theThe Washington Post that Chris Kise remains on the ex-president’s team but is likely to have “a less public role” in the Mar-a-Lago documents matter because Mr Trump “seems ... to be heeding advice from those who have indulged his desire to fight”.

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Trump rally ends with ex-president touting ongoing movement

Former President Donald Trump ended his rally Saturday evening touting the ongoing Maga movement as he continues to clearly set himself up for a 2024 presidential run.

The de facto leader of the GOP called the Maga right “one movement, one People, one family and one glorious American nation” before his fans mouthed along with his vow to “make America great again”.

The rally ended at just about 9pm est on the dot.

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Trump winds down rally vowing to take back White House in 2024

Donald Trump winded down his rally with a vow that the GOP would retake the White House in 2024, while being careful to not say that it would be he himself that would run.

And he once again lashed out at his supporters’ Democratic political opponents, blasting them for creating a “failing nation”.

“This nation does not belong to them. It belongs to you,” he told his cheering supporters.

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