Donald Trump news today: My Pillow’s Mike Lindell says the FBI seized his phone as Sununu projected to win New Hampshire primary

Liz Cheney says new revelations reveal true ‘danger’ of Trump

Mike Lindell, the pro-Donald Trump conspiracy theorist and CEO of My Pillow, said Tuesday that the FBI has seized his cell phone at a fast food restaurant in Minnesota.

The CEO said that he was returning from a hunting trip in Iowa when his car was surrounded at a Hardee’s drive-thru in his hometown of Mankato in southern Minnesota.

“Cars pulled up in front of us, to the side of us, and behind us and I said those are either bad guys or the FBI,” Mr Lindell said. “Well, it turns out they were the FBI.”

“They surrounded me at a Hardee’s and took my phone that I run all my business, everything with. What they have done is weaponise the FBI, it’s disgusting. I don’t have a computer, that phone, everything was on everybody,” he rued in a social media post.

Meanwhile, governor Chris Sununu is projected to win the Republican primary in New Hampshire, setting him up for a likely fourth term.


White House confirms Trump not invited to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

President Joe Biden will not be bringing his predecessor – or any other former president – ​​to accompany him when he travels to London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the White House has said.

In response to a question on whether Mr Biden would invite Donald Trump or any of the three other living ex-presidents to join an official delegation to the late sovereign’s memorial service, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that the official invitation from the British government extended only to the incumbent president and his spouse, first lady Jill Biden.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.


Sununu projected to win New Hampshire primary

Governor Chris Sununu is projected to win the Republican primary in New Hampshire, setting him up for a likely fourth term.

First elected in 2016, Mr Sununu will now face Democratic nominee Tom Sherman.


Giuliani’s ex wife says he’s embarrassing himself

Rudy Giuliani’s ex-wife claims that the man she married more than 20 years ago possesses little resemblance to the election denying Trump-pundit she sees in today’s political arena.

“I can certainly tell you – the person you see now is not the man I married,” Judith Giuliani said in an interview with Inside Edition, set to air on Tuesday night. “We, for a long time, were a very good team. Then things changed.”

Johanna Chisholm has the story.


Fox News anchor says Republicans ‘going down the wrong road’ with abortion ban

Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier warned Republicans that they are “going down the wrong road” heading into the midterm elections after senator Lindsey Graham introduced a proposal for a national 15-week abortion ban.

In an appearance alongside John Roberts on the programme America Reports on Tuesday afternoon, Baier sounded the alarm that the party’s attempts to limit and criminalise access to abortion has the potential to upend their efforts to retake the US House and Senate in November.

“I do think the Dobbs case and the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade had a big effect on independents and women in particular — and suburban voting areas especially,” Baier said.

“And now with Sen Graham’s effort, it is raising eyebrows about — are Republicans going down the wrong road with the nationwide abortion ban after 15 weeks, after saying it’s up to the states in the wake of Dobbs?”


Justice Department warns against delay in Trump investigation

The Justice Department yesterday tore into former president Donald Trump’s lawyers for their delaying the investigation of classified documents seized at his Florida resort.

In a court filing, the department said: “Plaintiff [Trump] has characterized the government’s criminal investigation as a ‘document storage dispute’ or an ‘overdue library book scenario’.”

“In doing so, plaintiff has not addressed the potential harms that could result from mishandling classified information or the strict requirements imposed by law for handling such materials,” the filing read, according to NBC News.

It added that the documents had “markings signifying that their unauthorized disclosure ‘reasonably could have been expected to result in damage to the national security,’ including ‘exceptionally grave damage'”.

A further delay would cause “irreparable harm” to the government and the public.

The department has also urged district judge Aileen Cannon to allow it to proceed for now with its criminal investigation into the over 100 classified documents that were recovered from the 45th president’s Mar-a-Lago resort.


Lindsey Graham unveils nationwide abortion ban after 15 weeks

Republican senator Lindsey Graham introduced a nationwide abortion ban Tuesday, sending shockwaves through both parties ahead of the mid-term elections.

Mr Graham’s own Republican Party leaders did not immediately embrace his abortion ban bill, which would prohibit the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy with rare exceptions, and has almost no chance of becoming law in the Democratic-held Congress.

Democrats torched it as an alarming signal of where “MAGA” Republicans are headed if they win control of the House and Senate in November.

“America’s got to make some decisions,” Mr Graham said at a news conference at the Capitol.


Who is Raymond Dearie, the Brooklyn judge Trump wants as ‘special master’?

Donald Trump’s legal team has suggested judge Raymond Dearie be appointed as the “special master” to review top-secret documents taken during the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago.

The former president and the Justice Department had earlier reached the rare agreement that a special master, or court-appointed legal professional, should be appointed for the process.

Shweta Sharma looks at the former president’s suggestion for the position.


ICYMI: DoJ accepts Trump nominee as ‘special master’ in top secret papers probe

The Justice Department has said that it is prepared to accept a candidate put forward by Donald Trump’s legal team as “special master” to review top-secret documents taken during the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago.

Federal prosecutors stated in a filing late on Monday that senior Judge Raymond Dearie is acceptable, along with its own two nominations, retired federal judges Barbara Jones and Thomas Griffith.

“Each have had a substantial judicial experience, during which they have presided over federal criminal and civil cases, including federal cases involving national security and privilege concerns,” the DoJ prosecutors wrote.


Cheney says new revelations reveal true ‘danger’ of Donald Trump

Congresswoman Liz Cheney said Donald Trump’s unwillingness to leave the White House after being defeated in the 2020 presidential election “affirms the reality of the danger” of his efforts to overturn the election.

Ms Cheney made the remarks in response to revelations made in a new book by New York Times Reporter Maggie Haberman, which claimed that the former president told his aides that he would remain in the White House even after Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar reports.


Mike Lindell brands seizure of his phone by FBI ‘disgusting’

“They told me not to tell anybody,” said Mr Lindell waving a piece of paper at a camera and explaining his phone was taken at a Hardee’s fast food restaurant.

“Okay, I won’t. Well, I am, so there you go.”

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