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Former Vice President Mike Pence said former President Donald Trump ‘was wrong’ to meet with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West. WASHINGTON—Donald Trump should apologize for having dinner with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and Kanye West, former Vice President Mike Pence said, adding to fellow Republicans’ criticism of the meeting just as Mr. Trump is attempting to ramp up a third presidential bid. “President Trump was wrong to give a white nationalist, an anti-Semite and a Holocaust denier a seat at the table, and I think he should apologize for it,” Mr. Pence said Monday in an interview with NewsNation. “He should denounce those individuals and their hateful rhetoric without qualification.”
WASHINGTON—Criticism of Donald Trump‘s recent dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist and far-right personality, mounted over the weekend, with some members of both political parties condemning the former president and calling for him to take a firmer stance on anti-Semitism. The controversy over the Tuesday dinner came about a week after Mr. Trump announced he is running for president again. Mr. Trump said he didn’t know Mr. Fuentes and was accommodating a meeting request from Mr. West, the rapper who goes by Ye. The former president already is facing legal problems and resistance from some fellow Republicans who want to see another party standard-bearer emerge for the 2024 election.
Former Vice President Mike Pence hasn’t complied with a House committee’s request to be interviewed regarding the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. WASHINGTON—Justice Department investigators want to speak with former Vice President Mike Pence as part of a continuing probe into efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn his 2020 election loss, according to people familiar with the outreach. Mr. Pence has declined to speak to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol by Mr. Trump’s supporters and hasn’t made a decision on whether to be interviewed by Justice Department officials. But the former vice president views the Justice Department investigation as different from what he considers a partisan House probe, according to the people familiar with his thinking.
LAS VEGAS—A roster of potential candidates effectively opened the race for the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination over the weekend, testing campaign themes and seeking to distinguish themselves from former President Donald Trump. The Republican Jewish Coalition gathering here concluded a weighty week for the GOP, after underwhelming midterm election results secured a narrow House majority, but also triggered friction over Mr. Trump’s role. The former president, denying culpability, said on Nov. 15 that he would seek the nomination.
Not since the early days of his 2016 presidential campaign has Donald Trump’s standing in the Republican Party been under such attack. Increasingly vocal GOP elected officials, strategists, major donors and prospective 2024 candidates are citing losses in the midterm elections as a reason to finally move past him. It won’t be easy.
Not since the early days of his 2016 presidential campaign has Donald Trump’s standing in the Republican Party been under such attack. Increasingly vocal GOP elected officials, strategists, major donors and prospective 2024 candidates are citing losses in the midterm elections as a reason to finally move past him. It won’t be easy.
When the National Archives said in early February it had retrieved boxes of government records from Donald Trump’s home the month before, the former president had his lawyers ask for a favor: Get the agency to explicitly say that there had been no raid on his Florida estate, according to people familiar with the matter. The next day, the archives issued another statement saying it had “obtained the cooperation of Trump representatives” and that its officials “did not visit or ‘raid’ the Mar-a-Lago property.”
Donald Trump Set to Announce 2024 Presidential Bid
  + stars: | 2022-11-15 | by ( Alex Leary | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
PALM BEACH, Fla.—Donald Trump is poised to launch a third consecutive White House bid, aiming to reaffirm his position as the Republican standard-bearer despite disappointing midterm election results that have led some party leaders to suggest the polarizing former president step aside. Mr. Trump, who has set a 9 p.m. Tuesday announcement from his Mar-a-Lago estate, has fired back in recent days at intraparty critics and potential rivals for the nomination, primarily Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis , whose overwhelming re-election win Tuesday confirmed his standing as the leading current alternative to Mr. Trump.
Donald Trump Announces Third Consecutive Presidential Bid
  + stars: | 2022-11-15 | by ( Alex Leary | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
PALM BEACH, Fla.—Donald Trump launched a third consecutive White House bid Tuesday, aiming to reaffirm his position as the Republican standard-bearer despite disappointing midterm election results that have led some party leaders to suggest the polarizing former president step aside. “In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Mr. Trump said during a prime-time event from his Mar-a-Lago estate.
WASHINGTON—Republicans face a week that will be crucial in deciding the future direction and leadership of the party in the wake of disappointing midterm elections. Former President Donald Trump is expected to announce another bid for the White House at 9 p.m. Tuesday in Palm Beach, Fla. House Republicans are scheduled to vote the same day on whether to choose House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) as their candidate for speaker. Some Senate Republicans are pushing to delay beyond this week a decision on whether to hand Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) another term as their leader.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—Gov. Ron DeSantis ’s huge win in Florida, a standout for Republicans amid disappointments, is fueling a surge in support for his presidential prospects from party leaders, donors and activists in the GOP’s Donald Trump-averse wing, as well as fresh attacks from the former president. Candidates Mr. Trump endorsed in some pivotal races for Senate and governorships lost Tuesday, hurting GOP efforts to regain congressional majorities and control of statehouses. That has prompted some Republicans to more openly call for the party to move past the former president.
PALM BEACH, Fla.—High-profile candidates endorsed by Donald Trump struggled and his GOP rivals in Florida and Georgia had smashing victories in Tuesday’s election, presenting a formidable challenge to the former president’s assertion of dominance in the party and his bid to clear the field in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Mr. Trump, like many Republicans, expected a “red wave” to carry the party to complete control of Congress. What came instead was far more measured. The GOP is favored to take the House, though with a smaller-than-anticipated margin. The Senate, where Mr. Trump staked much of his political capital, may stay in Democratic hands—with losses by Trump-backed candidates possibly making the difference.
Donald Trump Prepares to Launch 2024 Campaign
  + stars: | 2022-11-04 | by ( Alex Leary | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
WASHINGTON—Former President Donald Trump is preparing to announce a comeback White House bid by the end of November, people familiar with the discussions say, moving him to the center of attention as Republicans work to capitalize on momentum ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections. “In order to make our country successful and safe and glorious, I will very, very, very probably do it again,” Mr. Trump said Thursday night at a rally in Iowa, one of four events he is holding before Tuesday. “Get ready, that’s all I’m telling you. Get ready.”
WASHINGTON— Kash Patel , a close associate of former President Donald Trump, is set to soon testify before a federal grand jury probing the handling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago after receiving immunity for his information, people familiar with the matter said. A federal judge recently decided the Justice Department couldn’t force Mr. Patel to testify without such protection against his statements being used against him in some future prosecution. That ruling, the people said, opens the door for Mr. Patel, who says Mr. Trump broadly declassified White House documents while still president, to answer questions.
WASHINGTON—Federal investigators spoke to at least two aides to former President Donald Trump months before the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago resort and have sought to talk to them again in recent weeks, people familiar with the matter said, as the Justice Department examines possible obstruction of its efforts to retrieve hundreds of government and classified documents. The aides, Walt Nauta and Will Russell, are witnesses in the Justice Department’s investigation into the handling of presidential and classified records taken from the White House but aren’t formally cooperating with the probe, the people said.
WASHINGTON—A lawyer for Donald Trump has told federal investigators that a fellow attorney assured her that he had conducted a thorough search of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate before asking her to certify in June that all government records requested in a subpoena had been returned, according to a person familiar with the matter. The certification by Christina Bobb was undermined two months later when the FBI searched the Florida compound and retrieved boxes of presidential records that belong to the National Archives along with classified documents. Ms. Bobb’s interview with Justice Department investigators on Friday marked the latest twist in the confrontation between the former president and the government over missing records.
MIAMI—In closely divided Florida, gubernatorial candidates usually tack toward the middle in the general election after courting their party bases in the primary. Not Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis . Last week, he sent two planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, infuriating immigrant-rights groups, triggering lawsuits and garnering praise from some Republicans and conservative media outlets. Mr. DeSantis recently campaigned for conservative GOP candidates in Kansas and Pennsylvania while asserting that Florida has “gotten redder.” His speeches often focus on critical race theory, school policies on gender issues and liberals, who he says are “trying to render the conservative half of the country second-class citizens.”
Lindsey Graham Defends Abortion Proposal Despite GOP Worries
  + stars: | 2022-09-19 | by ( Alex Leary | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
‘I’m pro-life, even in an election year,’ Sen. Lindsey Graham said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’WASHINGTON—Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) defended his proposal to ban doctors from performing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, even as concerns continued to rise among fellow Republicans worried about the proposal’s impact on the midterm elections. “I’m pro-life, even in an election year,” Mr. Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.” “And to those who suggest that being pro-life is losing politics, I reject that. So, listen to what I’m saying and you decide today who you’re with.”
WASHINGTON—President Biden said the Covid-19 pandemic was over, while reiterating comments that U.S. troops could defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, during a televised interview that addressed questions about whether he would seek a second term. “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with Covid,” Mr. Biden said in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” airing Sunday. “We’re still doing a lot of work on it … but the pandemic is over. And so I think it’s changing.”
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