Classified documents case arraignment set

4 Mins Ago

Pence urges DOJ to unseal indictment immediately

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks to supporters as he formally announces his intention to seek the Republican nomination for president on June 07, 2023 in Ankeny, Iowa. 

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Mike Pence, who was Donald Trump’s vice president, urged the Justice Department to unseal the indictment against his former boss immediately.

“I think the sooner we bring the facts forward to the American people, the better,” Pence told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Friday. “The American people have a right to know of the basis for both the facts and the law underpinning the unprecedented indictment of a former president of the United States under federal law.”

Pence also urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to explain the case to the country. “I think at very minimum, the Attorney General of the United States should appear before the American people, lay out all the facts that they know, all the relevant law in this case, and answer questions until every question is answered,” he said.

The former vice president has testified before a grand jury in Washington pertaining to special counsel Jack Smith’s probes of Trump’s attempt to hold on to power after he lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden.

Pence entered the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination earlier this week. He joins a field that’s currently led by Trump, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a distant second, according to polls.

– Mike Calia

53 Mins Ago

Trump said on tape he didn’t declassify ‘secret’ info that he shared, CNN reports

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.

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Trump acknowledged that he had not declassified “secret” military information that he kept after leaving the presidency, according to a transcript of a 2021 audio recording reported Friday morning by CNN.

“As president, I could have declassified, but now I can’t,” the transcript shows Trump saying during a 2021 meeting at his Bedminster, New Jersey, resort, according to CNN.

“Secret. This is secret information. Look, look at this,” Trump said at one point, CNN reported. “This was done by the military and given to me.” He made these remarks as he complained about Gen. Mark Milley, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Trump’s final days in office.

Multiple news outlets previously reported that prosecutors in the Trump documents probe had obtained the audio of that meeting, in which Trump indicated he had kept a classified record related to Iran. Details of the transcript had not been made public until Friday.

Kevin Breuninger

An Hour Ago

Trump’s birthday is the day after his arraignment

Trump’s arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday, a day before his 77th birthday.

While President Joe Biden’s age, 80, has become a concern for voters and fellow Democrats, Trump isn’t too far behind him. Already, Trump was the second-oldest man to serve as president, behind Biden and ahead of Ronald Reagan.

Come Election Day 2024, Biden will be 81 and Trump will be 78.

–Mike Calia

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