Trump news: Ex-president’s attempt to sue rape accuser E Jean Carroll dismissed

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Trump refuses to call Putin a ‘bad guy’ on Fox News

Donald Trump has had his cross-suit against writer E Jean Carroll in the defamation case against him dismissed by a federal judge in New York.

In a scathing opinion, Judge Lewis Kaplan criticized the former president’s attempt to delay proceedings. Ms Carroll accuses Mr Trump of raping her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s. After writing about the incident during his presidency, he called her a liar and she sued him for defamation.

In other news, the former president is outraged by YouTube’s decision to remove an interview he did earlier this week with the NELK Boys, an encounter in which he repeated false claims about the election of 2020 that violate the platform’s misinformation policy.

A furious statement released after the interview was deleted falsely claimed the platform was violating its First Amendment rights, compared the move to the Russian government’s crackdown on reports of its invasion of Ukraine, and said that “our country is going to hell!”

Meanwhile, Mr Trump was reluctant last night to backtrack on his praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with Fox News late Thursday, even as host Sean Hannity gave him several opportunities to do so, leading him even to call the Russian leader. “wrong”.

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Biden and Trump tied in 2024 according to new poll

A new survey of The Wall Street Journal shows that President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are statistically tied in a hypothetical 2024 rematch.

The new poll polled 1,500 known registered voters between March 2 and March 7 with a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points. When asked who they would choose in the 2024 election, Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump each got 45% of voters, 9% of whom said they were undecided.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 11, 2022 8:40 p.m.

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The DC convoy surprised by the hostility of the other drivers 🤔

The leader of the truck convoy currently camped in Hagerstown, Md., called on his followers to “inundate 911” with calls about angry drivers if Maryland State Police did not help them.

Brian Brase, the Ohio trucker organizing the protesters, filed complaints after one of the drivers claimed he took the day off after a group of girls flipped his middle finger.

“We go around the Beltway, the birds are flying. Birds fly everywhere. These are the kind of people who live up there,” said one driver, according toThe daily beast Zach Petrizzo, who followed the evolution of the convoy.

The driver appeared shocked that Washington DC drivers were angered by an intentional attempt to disrupt traffic on one of the region’s busiest freeways.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 11, 2022 8:17 p.m.

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Trump compares YouTube pulling his NELK boys interview to Russia’s censorship war

Former President Donald Trump reacted Friday to YouTube’s decision to remove a podcast episode showing him lying about the 2020 election by saying the move amounted to massive censorship imposed by the Russian government.

Earlier this week, Mr. Trump appeared on an episode of Full shipment, a popular podcast from Canadian media company NELK.

Here’s what happened next:

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 11, 2022 7:52 p.m.

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Voice: If Zelensky is too “woke” for Madison Cawthorn, Putin-loving Republicans have a problem

Asked about Cawthorn’s statement insulting Zelensky, Republican Senator Joni Ernst said she would remind him that Russia had invaded Ukraine and called Putin “a real murderous thug”. It looks like the GOP might finally find its backbone, writes Skylar Baker-Jordan.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 11, 2022 7:32 p.m.

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What happens next in E Jean Carroll’s libel lawsuit against Trump?

The IndependentMegan Sheets explains what happens next in E Jean Carroll’s libel lawsuit against Donald Trump.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 11, 2022 7:12 p.m.

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In more Trump-Putin news…

“This is a bracelet made in Ukraine,” Ms. Yovanovitch told Mr. Colbert, adding that she “ordered them in bulk” in 2017.

“I gave them to all the visitors, including our congressmen,” she said.

Ms Yovanovitch was removed from office in 2019 after strong criticism from then President Donald Trump.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 11, 2022 6:50 p.m.

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Trump dodges chance to call Putin ‘evil’ in Hannity interview

Donald Trump has faced a wave of condemnation for his comments in February calling Vladimir Putin ‘smart’, ‘genius’ and ‘knowledgeable’, and despite speaking out about the violence in Ukraine, he still refuses to say anything negative about the chef.

Calling on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Thursday night, the former president even had the perfect opportunity to sternly rebuke Mr Putin’s unprovoked war on Ukraine and mounting war crimes accusations.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 11, 2022 6:30 p.m.

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GOP senator berates Madison Cawthorn from the ground over Zelensky’s comments

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 11, 2022 6:10 p.m.

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Statement from the E Jean Carroll legal team

E Jean Carroll’s attorney, Roberta A Kaplan, released the following statement after Donald Trump’s attempt to counter-sue her client was dismissed by a federal judge in Manhattan.



As the Court said in its opinion today: a “characterization of [Donald Trump’s] past and future actions threatened as dilatory, bad faith or unduly prejudicial would be a useless exercise. They are, to varying degrees, all three. Judge Kaplan further noted that this case “could have been tried and decided – one way or another – a long time ago.” My client E. Jean Carroll and I are in total agreement.

Roberta A. Kaplan

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 11, 2022 6:00 p.m.

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From “alternative facts” to the “problem of fact”

Former Trump administration White House official Kellyanne Conway is being ridiculed for saying the Biden administration had a “problem of fact” remembering her own words while working at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 11, 2022 5:52 p.m.

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