Live updates: Fani Willis disqualification probe enters final stage

Trump lawyers accused of trying to ‘embarrass and harass’ Fani Willis

There were two key hearings in Donald Trump’s criminal cases on Friday, as Judge Aileen Cannon considered a trial date for the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case and closing arguments were heard concerning the disqualification of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

The former president attended the Florida hearing at which Judge Cannon called the prosecution’s request for the trial to begin in July ‘unrealistic’ given the potential for preparation to overlap with the New York hush-money trial scheduled for six weeks from 25 March. She is yet to set a trial date.

It was clarified by special counsel Jack Smith’s team that, as charges have already been filed, they comply with Justice Department policy on investigative actions not coming 60 days before an election.

In Georgia, Judge Scott McAfee did not rule on Ms Willis’s continued involvement in the sprawling election interference case after each side presented their case, promising to post a decision on the docket in the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, the former president’s plea for “presidential immunity” in his federal election interference case will now be heard by the conservative-leaning Supreme Court with oral arguments scheduled to take place on 22 April.


The ABCs of Donald Trump as he coins a new nickname

Donald Trump is well-known for a lot of things: his divisiveness, his career in real estate, The Apprentice, his lawsuits, for being the only president to be impeached twice. But perhaps nothing has infiltrated society more than Mr Trump’s unique linguistic style.

Whether he’s posting on Truth Social, speaking at a campaign rally, or testifying in court, Mr Trump never seems to be at a loss for words — and sometimes, he even makes up new ones.

From uttering gaffes to tweeting typos (like “covfefe”) to misreading words (like “Nambia”) to dismissing his opponent with a harsh nickname, his terminology quickly turns iconic.

Here, The Independent offers a dictionary guide to the Mr Trump’s most memorable phrases:

Kelly Rissman2 March 2024 07:45


GOP lawmakers balk at Trump playing a role in the fight to replace McConnell

Eric Garcia and Gustaf Kilander report from Capitol Hill:

After they got over the initial shock of McConnell’s announcement on Wednesday, the race to replace him – namely among the “Three Johns,” Senate Minority Whip John Thune, Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso and Senator John Cornyn of Texas – has begun at a quick pace. Friends of The Independent’sInside Washington newsletter Stef Kight and Stephen Neukam at Axios reported that Trump wants National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Steve Daines of Montana to run for the job.

But Republicans expressed scepticism about Trump playing a role in replacing McConnell, his longtime nemesis.

Oliver O’Connell2 March 2024 05:45


Trump is disqualified from the 2024 Illinois ballot — here’s what…

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