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9/11 families launch ad criticizing Trump for hosting Saudi golf tournament

Department of Justice prosecutors are readying the legal fight to force aides and White House officials from the Donald Trump administration to testify in the ongoing investigation, people aware of the matter have said.

The former president’s aides could be asked to testify about his conversations and actions around the January 6 insurrection.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has confirmed that the department has no qualms about any political blowback as a result of criminally indicting him.

This comes at the time Mr Trump is already in hot water for hosting the contentious LIV Golf series to his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey. Both he and his son Eric joined a pro-am round on Thursday.

The fact the league is backed by Saudi money has disgusted the families of 9/11 victims who have long called on the US government to make clear what it knows about the alleged role of Saudi Arabia in the attacks.

In comments to ESPN, the former president called the attack “horrible” and said “nobody’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11, unfortunately”.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump has threatened to sue CNN for branding him a liar and calling his unfounded claims about the 2020 election the “Big Lie”.

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Biden no longer shy in singing out Trump, the ‘former guy’

One month into his presidency, Joe Biden made clear his distaste for even naming the man he had ousted from the Oval Office, declaring, “I’m tired of talking about Trump.”

“The next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people,” he said in a CNN town hall.

But now, Biden is eagerly naming and singling out the erstwhile “former guy” in prepared remarks and on social media, elevating Donald Trump in a way that Biden and White House aides didn’t do during the first 18 months of his term.

Speaking virtually to a group of Black law enforcement executives this past week, Biden accused the former president of stoking a “medieval hell” for police officers who fended off Jan. 6 rioters, adding that “Donald Trump lacked the courage to act.”

Biden’s Twitter feed repeated those words — a jarring sight for a White House that has tried to expunge any references to the former president and, in particular, his name.

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Fealty to Trump defines Republican Senate primary in Arizona

An interviewer asked Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters to pick a “subversive thinker” whom people should know more about.

Masters gave it some thought and came up with a risky response for someone running for an elected office.

“I’ll probably get in trouble for saying this,” Masters responded. “How about, like, Theodore Kaczynski?”

Masters was careful to point out he doesn’t condone the bombings that killed three people and injured dozens between 1978 and 1995 and terrorized the nation until Kaczynski’s arrest in 1996. But Master’s March interview on an obscure podcast is emblematic of the provocative style that has helped the 35-year-old first-time candidate connect with the segment of Republican primary voters eager to confront Democrats, technology companies and other enemies of the right in the midterm elections.

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Chad Wolf spoke to Jan 6 committee before revelation about missing texts

Former acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf has already spoken with the January 6 committee in Congress, long before his name surfaced in connection to the missing Secret Service messages investigators are seeking, CNN reported.

“It is extremely troubling that the issue of deleted text messages related to the January 6 attack on the Capitol is not limited to the Secret Service, but also includes Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli, who were running DHS at the time,” January 6 committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement.

Mr Wolf served in the Trump administration during and after January 6, and investigators may be interested in whether Mr Wolf discussed invoking the 25th amendment with other cabinet-level leaders to remove Mr Trump from office.

In a statement on Twitter on Thursday Mr Wolf has said that he complied with all data retention laws.

“Any issues with missing data needs to be addressed to DHS.”

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Meet the Trump-endorsed election denier looking to oust ‘a traitor’

Every Tuesday evening Republican Loren Culp lets rip with a live-streamed speech packed full of red meat.

He makes addresses in person as well, at events that give him the chance to meet people and speak to them one-on-one.

But it is at these regular Tuesday appearances, one senses, that the hardline, anti-abortion, America-first MAGA-chomping 59-year-old has most effectively distilled his message to voters.

“I want you guys to know and be reminded, and share with other people, what I stand for – I stand for truth, logic and common sense,” he said in one recent session.

“God, family and country, the Constitution, smaller government. We need to build a wall, we need to impeach Biden and Harris. We need to cut government spending. I’m pro-American energy.”

Andrew Buncombe have the full story.

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Donald Trump, 9/11 Truther

Donald Trump claimed that “nobody’s got to the bottom of 9/11” as he hosted the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf event at his country club in New Jersey.

The former president was asked about the families of the terror attack victims planning to protest the event in Bedminster because of the link to the Middle East country, and replied, “Nobody’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11, unfortunately”.

He went on to describe the terrorists behind 9/11 as “maniacs” and called the 2001 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, a “horrible thing to our city, to our country, to the world”.

“But I can tell you that there are a lot of really great people that are out here today, and we’re gonna have a lot of fun, and we’re going to celebrate. Money’s going to charity—a lot of money’s going to charity,” he added.

Here’s our report on the former president’s statements at the tournament.

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Trump isn’t the only leader getting criticized over Saudi ties

France’s presidency on Friday focused on global warming, the war in Ukraine and the Iran nuclear deal in relaying details about the controversial dinner in Paris between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and French President Emmanuel Macron.

In a generally celebratory communique, the presidential Elysee palace skirted over the issue of the thick Saudi killing of US-based journalist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Western intelligence has determined that Prince Mohammed was complicit in the killing.

The French statement said the president and prince in their meeting Thursday “welcomed the strengthening of exchanges between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and France (and) they expressed the wish to deepen the relationship between the two countries and to continue their consultation to meet regional and global challenges, in particular the fight against global warming.”

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Trump’s border wall is (kind of) back

Despite his promise that “not another foot” of border wall would be constructed under his administration, Joe Biden has authorized a plan to fill a gap in the barricade just south of Yuma, Arizona.

According to data from the Department of Homeland Security, four large gaps in that section of wall have made it one of the most used corridors for illegal crossings into the US by migrants.

The DHS under Mr Biden issued a statement saying that completing the wall would actually protect migrants who could become injured trying to scramble up the slops near the wall or drown while crossing the Colorado River.

Graig Graziosi with more details.

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Will Republicans finally get behind the burn pits bill?

Jon Stewart has slammed Republican senators who voted against burn pit legislation and joked on Fox News that the bill had not been altered by Hunter Biden.

Mr Stewart has been a leading supporter of the legislation to help veterans suffering from illnesses related to toxic burn pits, an earlier version of which passed 84-14 in June.

But GOP senators voted together against a procedural motion on Wednesday night that would have ended debate on the bill, allowing it to move forward for final passage.

For more context on the law, read Graeme Massie’s story for The Independent.

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More like Make Donald Trump Rich Again: How the MAGA hat made $80,000 a day

Donald Trump’s red MAGA hats earned $80,000 per day for his 2016 presidential election campaign, Jared Kushner writes in his upcoming memoir.

The former president’s son-in-law writes that Mr Trump’s aides only ordered 100 of the hats to begin with before they became a hit with his supporters on the campaign trail.

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Did Donald Trump betray 9/11 families by hosting the LIV golf tournament?

Many of them seem to think so.

The families of 9/11 victims have slammed Donald Trump and LIV golfers as “cowards” for failing to admit they are solely taking part in a Saudi-funded tournament for the money.

Dozens of members of the 9/11 Justice group protested the start of the cash-rich LIV tournament that started at Trump Bedminster National Golf Course in New Jersey on Friday, just 50 miles from Ground Zero.

Ben Hurley with the full story.