Trump news today: Former campaign manager Paul Manafort sued for $3m over foreign bank accounts

‘I’m a more honest man than you’: Trump ends Piers Morgan interview

Donald Trump’s disgraced former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is being sued by the Department of Justice for $3m ​​he owes in penalties having failed to report foreign financial interests for several years.

Mr Manafort was sentenced to jail in 2019 after being found guilty of various offenses including bank fraud, money laundering and illegal lobbying. The charges emerged from Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian agents and interests.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump has finally posted on his Truth Social app after months of silence. “I’M BACK! #COVFEFE,” he wrote, alongside a photo of the ex-president on the phone at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

Despite the hopes of various right-wing Republicans, Mr Trump has insisted that he would not return to Twitter even if Elon Musk reinstated his account. In fact, he has said that he doesn’t view the social platforms as rivals.

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Feds seek nearly $3m from Manafort over undisclosed accounts

The Justice Department is suing Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, seeking to recover nearly $3 million from undeclared foreign bank accounts.

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Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 11:20 a.m.

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Tennessee Republican supports burning books banned from schools

Tennessee is one of the frontline states in the escalating conservative effort to purge school libraries and curriculums of “inappropriate” content, a definition that can encompass everything from depictions of nudity to discussion of racial, sexual and gender equality. And a recent moment in the state legislature has epitomized what is going on in some quarters.

ace Alex Woodward reports, state representative Jerry Sexton put forth an amendment to upcoming legislation that if added to the bill would require the commission to review the contents of every public school library in the state and give it the authority to reject them entirely.

Asked by a Democratic colleague what would be done with these books, Mr Sexton said: “I don’t have a clue, but I would burn them.”

Among the books at issue is Maus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, which was infamously banned by a rural Tennessee school board, some of whose members admitted to never having read it. The ban made international headlines and sent the book rocketing up bestseller lists.

Andrew Naughty29 April 2022 11:00

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Bill Barr tells Newsmax Trump shouldn’t be 2024 nominee

While he served Donald Trump extremely loyally during his tenure as attorney general, consistently causing alarm that the independence of the Justice Department was severely compromised, Bill Barr has since turned on his former boss – and now, speaking to former Trump spokespan Sean Spicer on Newsmax , he has given his view that the ex-president should not be the Republicans’ 2024 nominee.

Andrew Naughty29 April 2022 10:32

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Jan 6 committee member on McCarthy’s communications with Trump

Speaking on MSNBC last night, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of the January 6 committee discussed the implications of the recently released audio recordings of Kevin McCarthy discussing Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol riot.

Ms Lofgren confirmed that the committee will be sending another letter asking Mr McCarthy for his testimony, which he has so far refused to give – and noted that the private conversations released are “not that different” from what the GOP leader said in public immediately after the insurrection.

Andrew NaughtyApril 29, 2022 10:05 a.m.

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ICYMI: Missing informant who gave FBI details on Trump’s dealings with Deutsche Bank found dead at LA high school

Val Broeksmit, 46, was found dead on the campus of the Woodrow Wilson High School on the 4500 block of Multnomah Street on Monday.

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Andrew Naughty29 April 2022 09:30

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ICYMI: Elon Musk suggests new name for Trump’s Truth Social app

Elon Musk has suggested a new name for Donald Trump’s Truth Social app as he accused Twitter, which he has just agreed to buy for $44bn, of censorship.

The Tesla boss, whose takeover of the San Francisco-based platform was announced earlier this week, took to Twitter to compare it to the former president’s own social media company.

“Truth Social (terrible name) exists because Twitter censored free speech,” Mr Musk tweeted.

“Should be called Trumpet instead!”

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Maroosha Muzaffar29 April 2022 09:00

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Trevor Noah re-enacts Donald Trump’s claim that ‘dangerous fruits’ could have killed him

Trevor Noah on Thursday night called Donald Trump’s claim that “dangerous fruit” could have killed him, “one of the most crazy defenses I’ve ever heard.”

The former president made the comments — that he was afraid of protestors throwing fruit at him, possibly even killing him with produce — in October, court documents made public on Tuesday revealed.

Mr Noah taunted: “No comedy writer is going to come up with something funnier than this.”

Maroosha Muzaffar29 April 2022 08:00

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Trump accuses one-time close ally Kellyanne Conway of ‘destroying’ her husband George

Mr Conway is a conservative activist and a fouding member of The Lincoln Project, and has been one of the most vocal Republican critics of the one-term president, despite his wife’s job in the Trump administration.

Mr Trump put out a statement through spokesperson, Liz Harrington, in response to a tweet with a picture of Mr Conway from a CNN appearance, asking if the lawyer was “OK?”

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Maroosha Muzaffar29 April 2022 07:15

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Trump told authors of new book he’d still be in White House if it wasn’t for Mitch McConnell

In an exception of the new book This Will Not Pass obtained by Punchbowl NewsMr Trump told authors Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns that “Had Mitch stuck with many members of the party who knew the election was rigged, I think we wouldn’t be at Mar-a-Lago.”

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Maroosha Muzaffar29 April 2022 06:22

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Trump finally posts on his Truth Social platform – reviving one of his most famous phrases

Donald Trump has finally posted on his Truth Social app, the struggling Twitter rival he launched earlier this year.

“I’M BACK! #COVFEFE,” read the post, which included a photo of Mr Trump on the phone at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

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Maroosha Muzaffar29 April 2022 05:23

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