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Jurors in a civil trial in which author E. Jean Carroll accuses Donald Trump of rape were finally shown footage of Trump’s testimony on Thursday, where he mistook a picture of Carroll for one of his ex-wives, Marla Maples.

Jurors in a civil trial in which author E. Jean Carroll accuses Donald Trump of rape were finally shown footage of Trump’s testimony on Thursday, where he mistook a picture of Carroll for one of his ex-wives, Marla Maples.

During the same testimony that was taped in Mar-a-Lago in October, Trump visits incredibly strange places, telling Carroll’s lawyer that, like her client, she’s not his “type” either.

In accordance with reports from the courtroom, the testimony shows an agitated Donald Trump becoming snarky and annoyed when Roberta Kaplan interrogated him seven months ago. Trump chose not to attend the civil trial, but jurors reviewed the tape on Thursday. Carroll is suing Trump for battery and defamation, alleging he raped her in a locker room at Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990s.

Trump has denied the allegations since Carroll first came forward, and his main defense has argued that Carroll is not his “type”. But during his testimony, Trump made a breach in his own defense. When Kaplan showed Trump a picture of him talking to Carroll at a party in the past, Trump confused Carroll for Maples.

“This is Marla,” he said, according to reports. It’s Marla, yes. This is my wife.”

Kaplan later reportedly asked Trump questions about other women who had accused him of sexual harassment. It was then that the former president got heated, telling Kaplan, “Honestly, you’re not my choice either.”

“Under no circumstances will I have any interest in you,” he said, bringing the rejected dude to defend the bar.

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In Israel, McCarthy vows to continue supporting Ukraine



Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican who became Speaker of the House in January, publicly vowed on Monday to continue supporting Ukraine’s war effort, dropping previous suggestions that a new House majority could cut U.S. military and financial investment in Kiev’s efforts to repel Russian invasion. .

Speaking at a press conference in Jerusalem shortly after speaking in the Israeli Knesset, Mr. McCarthy resolutely fought back after being asked by a reporter for the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti if he could turn down aid and weapons for Ukraine.

“I vote for aid to Ukraine, I support aid to Ukraine,” Mr. McCarthy told a reporter, who prefaced his question by saying: “We know that you do not support the current unrestricted and uncontrolled supply of arms and aid. to Ukraine”.

Mr. McCarthy, who had earlier said there would be no “blank check” for Ukraine, then denounced Russia’s actions in the conflict.

“I do not support what your country has done with Ukraine; I also do not support your killing of children,” McCarthy told a Russian reporter. “And we will continue to support because the rest of the world sees it for what it is.”

These statements stood in stark contrast to Mr. McCarthy’s recent signals of aid to Ukraine amid pressure from far-right Republican lawmakers to test US support for Kiev and stop US funding of the conflict.

Mr. McCarthy’s words drew a storm of applause from Republican hawks, including former Vice President Mike Pence, who thanked Mr. McCarthy. on twitter “For making a convincing statement about Russia on the world stage.”

Mr. McCarthy’s promise may embarrass him because of the small but critical fact of his conference, which openly opposed Ukraine’s further funding of the war.

This group of mostly ultra-conservative Republicans includes several members of the House of Representatives who voted to remove Mr. McCarthy’s speaker’s gavel in several consecutive ballots earlier in the year. It also includes right-wing representative Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia, who has become one of Mr. McCarthy’s closest allies.

In recent weeks, as Republicans struggled to unite around a spending cut plan ahead of talks with the White House on a debt ceiling, Ms. Green has waged a relentless campaign against continued military and other forms of aid to Ukraine.

She called for zeroing this part of the budget, accusing the Biden administration ofdeceived” by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and arguing that the aid being provided makes the United States too active a participant in the country, stating that “Ukraine is not the 51st state.”

Under pressure from Ms. Green and others, Mr. McCarthy has recently been reticent in his public comments about Ukraine. Last month, the speaker declined to share details of a phone call with Zelenskiy, simply saying it was a “good conversation.”

But right-wing Ukraine skeptics recently lost one of their most effective platforms for getting their message across to voters after Tucker Carlson was fired by Fox News. Mr. Carlson, who promoted a similar message about Ukraine in his prime time, provided Ms. Green and others with a permanent platform to reach out to millions of Republican-leaning viewers as a means of putting pressure on Mr. McCarthy.

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Capitol Lens | twelve years ago



On May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama briefed the nation on the assassination of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In this file photo, the crowd celebrates the news in front of the White House following the president’s address.

Post Lens Capitol | Twelve years ago, he first appeared at roll call.

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Leaked footage shows Tucker Carlson trashing the Fox News streaming platform



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Leaked footage from filming Tucker Carlson The Fox Nation show saw the former Fox News host smash the network’s streaming platform.

The footage got into the network of leaked observers. Media matters and shows how Carlson is talking on the phone with an unknown person, while on the set of his Tucker Carlson today program.

The conversation appeared to coincide with Carlson’s interviews with controversial influencers. Andrew Tate, whose misogynistic views went viral last year, months before he was arrested in Romania as part of a human trafficking and rape investigation. While the video is undated, Media Matters noted that Carlson’s interview with Tate aired in August 2022.

“I don’t want to be a slave to Fox Nation, which I think people don’t watch anyway,” Carlson said during a speakerphone call. “We’re here because, you know, I’m in the US media right now talking to an exile in Romania and welcoming him back to the fraternity of journalists.”

The back and fourth seemed to refer to what Carlson was going to wear for the interview.

“Yeah. It would help us if you were wearing a sweater, because we asked him not to wear a suit,” an unknown voice said on the phone. “Like he panicked about this, and we said:” You do not need. Tucker will look casual. That’s what our show looks like. Is that okay?”

“I mean it’s on a late night show and I want it to look official. I don’t want this to sound like bro talk. If you understand what I mean?” Carlson said.

An unidentified speaker on the phone insisted that if the interview went on for more than 45 minutes, it would be uploaded to Fox Nation.

“But no one will watch it on Fox Nation. Nobody watches Fox Nation because the site sucks. So I would really like to just put it all on YouTube,” Carlson said. But anyway, that’s just my point of view. I’m just disappointed – this site is hard to use. I don’t know why they don’t fix it. It drives me crazy. And they kind of make Lifetime movies, but they don’t work with the site’s infrastructure. Like what? This is madness. And it drives me crazy because we do all this extra work and no one can find it.”

“It’s incredible, really. I don’t know who runs this site,” Carlson said irritably.

An unidentified person over the phone explained to Carlson that a “significant” portion of the interview would be shown on Tucker’s Fox News show. Tucker Carlson tonightin the hope that it will attract the audience to watch the full episode on Fox Nation.

“I know, but we’re doing our job. We work like animals to produce all this content and the people in charge of it, whoever this guy is – whatever his name is, like they’re ignoring the fact that the site is down and I think that’s like a betrayal. . our efforts. I feel. So, of course, I am outraged by this,” Carlson said.

Fox Nation produces many shows featuring Fox News stars as well as Nancy Grace, Kelsey Grammer, Roseanne Barrand actor Kevin Costner.

When Carlson signed a new deal with Fox in 2021, he expanded his presence on Fox Nation with documentaries and a flagship show. Tucker Carlson today – Broadcast three times a week. That is, until it was ousted from the network last week.

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