Trump news latest: Ex-president to address Wisconsin rally tonight as Milwaukee chosen for 2024 GOP convention

Dick Cheney brands Donald Trump ‘greatest ever threat to our Republic’

Former President Donald Trump is set to address one of his “Save America” rallies in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Friday night, the same day that the Republican National Committee selected nearby Milwaukee as its choice of venue for the party’s 2024 convention.

With an eye on retaking Wisconsin in the next presidential election after Mr Trump’s shock victory in the state in 2016, which made him the first Republican to win there since Ronald Reagan in 1984. President Joe Biden won the state back for the Democratic Party in 2020 .

In related news, attorneys representing Mr Trump are reportedly in contact with the Department of Justice in hopes of shielding conversations with his former advisers from the criminal probe into his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Earlier, investigators leading the federal probe filed a lawsuit against former White House advisor Peter Navarro to recover emails relevant to its investigation into Mr Trump’s role.

The probe has also subpoenaed former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy Patrick Philbin. The counsel’s office is thought to have been crucial in refusing to let the former president politiese the executive branch’s legal apparatus to secure a second term.

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Jon Stewart claps back after Tucker Carlson mocks his height

Comedian Jon Stewart has struck back after Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked his height and called him “demented”.

Mr Carlson targeted the former Daily Show host on his program on Thursday night, saying that he looks like a “mental patient”.

“He’s shrieking and disheveled and very short. Really short, too short to date. Was he always that short? What happened? Where’s he been in the last seven years? If you know, let us know. We want answers,” he added sarcastically.

Gustaf Kilander reports on what Jon Stewart said in response.

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Trump-endorsed election denier Kari Lake wins the GOP Arizona gubernatorial nomination

The Donald Trump-endorsed candidate was confirmed to have won the Arizona Republican gubernatorial primary on Friday, meaning that all of Mr Trump’s preferred candidates in the state won their contests.

Former news anchor Kari Lake beat Karrin Taylor Robson, whom former vice president Mike Pence and current Republican Governor Doug Ducey had endorsed.

Ms Lake has been one of the most prominent parroters of Mr Trump’s lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Despite her victory, Ms Lake still claimed there was voter fraud in her race.

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Hungary’s Orban wows Republicans: ‘Less drag queens, more Chuck Norris!’

The Independent‘s David Harding reports on Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas on Thursday.

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Walker protégé faces Trump ally in Wisconsin race

Republican hopes to reclaim a crucial governor’s seat in swing-state Wisconsin this year long appeared to rest on Rebecca Kleefisch, a former TV news anchor who spent eight years as former Gov. Scott Walker’s heir apparent and vowed to continue his sharply conservative policies. Then a wealthy construction company owner jumped in, dumped $12m of his own money into the race, and won Donald Trump’s backing.

Now Tim Michels is in a competitive race against Kleefisch heading into Tuesday’s primary to decide who will face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in Nov.

The contest is part of a deepening proxy fight between Trump and his estranged former vice president, Mike Pence, who has thrown his support to Kleefisch.

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Trump lawyers reportedly in contact with DoJ about Jan 6 probe

Attorneys representing former president Donald Trump are reportedly in contact with the Justice Department in hopes of shielding conversations with his former advisers from the criminal probe into his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

According to CNN, Mr Trump’s lawyers have had “direct communication” with prosecutors with the Washington, DC US Attorney’s office who are working under Thomas Windom, the federal prosecutor overseeing cases related to January 6.

Andrew Feinberg has the story for The Independent.

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Indicted Colorado clerk lost election loses election, recount confirms

A recount has confirmed that an indicted Colorado county clerk who alleged voting fraud lost the primary election she ran in last month in her attempt to win the post of running the state’s elections, officials announced Thursday.

The results barely changed, with Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters picking up 13 more votes in the recount of the votes cast in the June 28 election to determine the Republican candidate for secretary of state.

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Dick Cheney calls Trump greatest threat US ever faced in campaign ad for daughter Liz

Former Vice President Dick Cheney came out swinging against Donald Trump and the “MAGA” wing of the GOP in an ad released by his daughter, Congresswoman Liz Cheney as she faces the toughest election of her political career.

Mr Cheney held nothing back in his criticism of the former president, who he blamed for leading a violent attempt to overthrow the lawful US government and labeled the greatest threat to the United States in the more than two-century history of the republic.

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Democrats could strip Iowa or opening spot in 2024 campaign

Democrats are aimed to strip Iowa from leading off their presidential nominating process starting in 2024, part of a broader effort allowing less overwhelmingly white states to go early and better reflect the party’s deeply diverse electorate.

The Democratic National Committee’s rule-making arm had planned to recommend on Friday which states should be the first four to vote, while considering adding a fifth prior to Super Tuesday, when a large number of states hold primary elections. But it delayed the decision until after November’s election, lest it become a distraction affecting Democrats in key congressional races.

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Sinema gives her nod to Democrats’ big bill

sen. Joe Manchin sealed the deal reviving President Joe Biden’s big economic, health care and climate bill. But it was another Democratic senator, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who intently, quietly and deliberately shaped the final product.

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CPAC mocked for ‘silent disco’ booth featuring fake Jan 6 prisoner

One of the booths at CPAC in Dallas, Texas, featured a “silent disco” with a man pretending to be a January 6 prisoner crying in a cell.

Freelance journalist Laura Jedeed shared on Twitter that it was “the most astonishing thing I have ever seen”.

He was allowed a visit from Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene… which somehow made it even more bizarre.

Gustaf Kilander has more details on the spectacle.

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