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June 25, 2020

A New York judge on Thursday dismissed President Trump's brother Robert's attempt to block the release of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, a tell-all book written by their niece, Mary Trump.

On Tuesday, Robert Trump filed a request in Queens County Surrogate Court for a temporary restraining order against Mary Trump and her publisher, Simon & Schuster. The Trump family argues that a nondisclosure agreement Mary signed in 2001, following a settlement over her grandfather Fred Trump Sr.'s estate, prevents her from writing a book. Judge Peter J. Kelly dismissed the motion, citing a lack of jurisdiction.

Mary Trump's lawyer, Ted Boutrous, said in a statement the court "has promptly and correctly held that it lacks jurisdiction to grant the Trump family's baseless request to suppress a book of utmost public importance. We hope this decision will end the matter. Democracy thrives on the free exchange of ideas, and neither this court nor any other has authority to violate the Constitution by imposing a prior restraint on core political speech."

Robert Trump's lawyer said he will file a new lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court. Too Much and Never Enough is set to be released on July 28, with its publisher saying the book "shines a bright light on the dark history" of the Trump family. Catherine Garcia

February 14, 2020

President Trump has a message for Attorney General William Barr: I will never log off.

Barr in a rare rebuke of Trump on Thursday criticized the president's tweets about Department of Justice cases in an interview with ABC News, begging him to knock them off because they're making his job difficult.

"I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases," Barr said in the interview, saying tweets like these from the president "make it impossible for me to do my job." This came amid an ongoing controversy over the Department of Justice reversing its sentencing recommendation for longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone after Trump angrily tweeted about it.

So what was Trump's response to Barr begging him to stop it with the DOJ-related tweets? Another DOJ-related tweet, of course. Trump on Friday quoted a different part of the interview in which Barr said Trump has "never asked me to do anything in a criminal case," with Trump claiming this is true but only because he has "chosen not to" — at least "so far." Perhaps Trump's DVR cut off the "stop tweeting" portion of the interview, or he saw it but will just go ahead and decline to take that advice. Brendan Morrow

October 16, 2019

Well, that backfired.

After an explosive meeting on Wednesday afternoon between President Trump and Democratic leaders — which included Trump insulting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats walking out — the president decided to unwind by continuing the fight on Twitter. He posted several photos from the meeting, including one showing Pelosi standing and pointing at a sitting Trump. "Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown!" he captioned the picture.

Trump may have thought this was a sick burn, but most of the comments under the picture were not favorable. Some people told him he was the one who appeared nervous, and others pointed out that several of his advisers looked like they would rather be anywhere else in the universe than in that room. As for Pelosi, she's a big fan of the photo that literally shows her standing up to the president — it's now her Twitter banner. Catherine Garcia

February 4, 2019

Somebody needs to stop the Patriots, but it's not going to be Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas).

After New England's sixth Super Bowl win Sunday night, the freshman congressman confusingly suggested in a tweet that taxing a team directly determines its performance, and sarcastically asked if Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) proposal to put a 70 percent tax on the super-rich would slow down the Patriots' winning streak.

Historical references to New England's tax uprisings aside, the Patriots already do face a list of handicaps intended to let other teams have a chance, as outlined by Bleacher Report's Tyler Conway.

All these obstacles haven't stopped the Patriots from becoming a nearly unstoppable success. And as for how the actual tax plan would affect players outside the game? As Ocasio-Cortez explained, it largely wouldn't. Kathryn Krawczyk

January 8, 2019

A piece of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is now out in the open — not that Paul Manafort's lawyers wanted it to be.

On Monday, Manafort's lawyers submitted a filing in the U.S. government's case against him, and a redacted version was made public on Tuesday. Except the public document wasn't redacted very well, and revealed that Mueller is alleging Manafort shared 2016 polling data with a supposed Russian operative.

The filing refers to Konstantin Kilimnik, an aide of Manafort's who's also been charged with conspiracy and is thought to be a Russian intelligence agent. Manafort "conceded" he "may have discussed a Ukraine peace plan" with Kilimnik, and said they met up in Madrid, another not-quite-reacted portion shows.

Yet another mistaken redaction shows Mueller alleges Manafort talked to "a third party" who wanted to use Manafort's name "as an introduction" if they met President Trump. In response to Mueller's allegations that Manafort lied to government prosecutors, Manafort's lawyers say any "misstatements ... were not intentional."

Manafort was Trump's 2016 campaign chair, and is currently in jail after being charged with obstruction of justice and financial crimes. He was cooperating with Mueller until the special counsel's office found that he told them "multiple discernable lies." Lawyers say his legal troubles and imprisonment are taking a toll on his health. Kathryn Krawczyk

July 13, 2018

President Trump denied criticizing British Prime Minister Theresa May when taking questions from the press Friday, despite there being easily accessible audio of his scathing interview with British tabloid The Sun. "I didn't criticize the prime minister," Trump falsely claimed. "I have a lot of respect for the prime minister. And unfortunately there was a story that was done, which was generally fine, but it didn't put in what I said about the prime minister, and I said tremendous things."

Trump then appeared to contradict himself by saying "fortunately we tend to record stories now, so we have it for your enjoyment," adding "it's called fake news," although it isn't clear how an audio recording of his interview could be fake news.

In his interview with The Sun, Trump slammed May over her "soft" Brexit plan, which has put May's standing as the head of the Conservative Party in jeopardy. "I actually told Theresa May how to do [Brexit], but she didn't listen to me," Trump said in the Sun interview, and then mused that May's Conservative Party rival, Boris Johnson, "would be a great prime minister."

Later in the press conference, Trump slammed reporter Kristen Welker after a question about Russia. "Of course that's coming from NBC, which is possibly worse than CNN," he said, adding that her question was "dishonest reporting." In denying a query from CNN anchor Jim Acosta, Trump said that "CNN is fake news. I don't take questions from CNN," and then called on "John Roberts of Fox. Let's go to a real network."

Watch Trump's response about May below, and listen to the "fake news" audio here. Jeva Lange

December 21, 2017

Fox News host Sean Hannity went to dunk on NBC News on Thursday morning, only for the result to be so confusing that some people are convinced he actually just dunked on himself. The whole thing started when the host tweeted links to NBC News stories while calling out "fake news @CNN" and "conspiracy TV @NBCNews."

People quickly pointed out the evident error in Hannity's attack:

Hannity had at least one defender, though:

Still, not everyone was convinced:

Either way, this appears to be less of a dunk — and more of an air ball. Jeva Lange

November 16, 2017

Rick Gates, the business associate of President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is arguing that he should be released from house arrest so he can do things like, you know, take his kids to birthday parties.

Gates and Manafort were both arrested in October as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's sweeping probe, and the pair face a dozen charges, including financial crimes and conspiracy against the United States. Mueller's team believes Manafort and Gates are serious flight risks, and the pair are required to check in with authorities daily. Additionally, they are only allowed to leave their homes to meet with lawyers, appear in court, or for religious or medical reasons, Newsweek reports. Hence house arrest.

Nevertheless, Mueller's team writes that an optimistic Gates submitted a motion to "modify the conditions of his release," including to be allowed to leave "every weekday morning (to take his children to school); every weekday afternoon (for after school activities, including 'birthdays and other gatherings with classmates and friends'); on weekends; for holidays (including Christmas more than a month away); and to allow him to conduct his consulting business."

Mueller was not amused. "The defendant makes this request without the posting of a single asset or the signature of a single surety" to meet his $5 million bail, Mueller's team wrote in a skeptical opposition, adding that Gates' actions to date are "not sufficient to warrant the modifications to his release conditions the defendant now seeks." Read the opposition below. Jeva Lange

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