Former President Donald Trump has once again called for investigations into President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, echoing the conduct that led to his first impeachment. During a rally in Pennsylvania, Trump suggested that Republicans in Congress should withhold support for Ukraine until the White House cooperates with their probes into the Bidens’ business dealings. He stated that Congress should refuse to authorize any shipments of weapons to Ukraine until the FBI, DOJ, and IRS hand over all evidence they have on the “Biden Crime Family’s corrupt business dealings.” This statement mirrors Trump’s previous actions when he used military aid to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate then-candidate Biden in 2019.
In other news, Trump’s Super PAC Save America has reportedly spent $40 million on legal fees in the first six months of this year. The Washington Post reported this expenditure, highlighting the significant amount of money being used for legal purposes by Trump’s team.
Moving on to the GOP debates, several Republican candidates have qualified to participate. Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador, has met the debate polling requirements and emphasized her electoral successes and international experience during her campaign. Another candidate, Tim Scott, a senator from South Carolina, has focused his campaign resources on the state’s evangelical voters. Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, has been seen as Trump’s top rival but has faced challenges in recent weeks, including staff layoffs and financial issues.
In a surprising turn of events, a federal judge dismissed Trump’s defamation lawsuit against CNN. Trump claimed that the network referring to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election as “the Big Lie” likened him to Adolf Hitler. However, the judge ruled that these references were opinions and not factual statements, and the lawsuit did not hold up.
Additionally, Trump made controversial comments about Philadelphia during his rally, stating that the city “has gone to hell.”
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was an ally of Trump, criticized the former president and his team, calling them “the Corleones with no experience.” He expressed concern about potential crimes committed by Trump, including the withholding of confidential classified information from the government.
Regarding the GOP debates, Donald Trump, the current front-runner, has not made a final decision about participating. His campaign advisers have suggested that he may boycott the debates and hold a competing event. Alternatives, such as an interview with Tucker Carlson, have been considered.
Nikki Haley has urged Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Dianne Feinstein to step aside after recent health concerns. She called for a new generation of leaders to take the helm, emphasizing the need for fresh faces in politics.
Overall, Trump’s recent statements and ongoing legal issues have once again brought attention to his controversial presidency and his impact on the Republican Party. The GOP debates will likely play a significant role in shaping the future of the party and determining its leadership.