REPORT: Trump to Lose RNC Funding if He Announces 2024 Run

WASHINGTON (Fox News)— The Republican National Convention would stop paying for former President Donald Trump’s legal expenses if he announces he’s running for president in 2024, according to a Thursday report.

The RNC is currently bankrolling several legal cases for Trump, including personal lawsuits and government investigations into him. That flow of cash would end once he announces his candidacy for president in 2024, according to ABC News. Some see the move as an incentive for Trump to delay announcing his candidacy at least until after the 2022 midterm elections, which Republicans are already poised to win.

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel has previously stated that the Republican Party cannot be biased in favor of any one candidate in the party’s presidential primary.

Top-level members of the Republican Party have encouraged Trump to delay announcing his candidacy until after the midterms. Many read that as Republicans fearing that a Trump announcement upsetting the status quo of voters focused on inflation, gas prices and President Joe Biden’s low approval rating.

“My point to him has always been, ‘Let’s go win ’22,'” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday of his conversations with Trump, adding that he encouraged Trump to hold off on an announcement.

Trump stated earlier in July that he as already made up his mind on whether to run, and that the main decision is now whether he will announce before or after the midterms.

The RNC has already paid nearly $2 million in legal fees for the former president.

‘SO LONG, CHARLOTTE!’: Republicans Eye New Site For RNC Amid Social Distancing Showdown

WASHINGTON — Republicans are on the lookout for a new location to hold the Republican National Convention this August. After a war of words with North Carolina officials lasting several weeks, fed up Republican officials have announced their intent to change venue, which could wind up costing the Tarheel State millions of dollars in revenue.

Tensions between the RNC and North Carolina officials began after President Donald Trump asked for assurances that the convention could be carried out hold without the restrictions imposed by masks and social distancing. But Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, refused writing in a letter to Trump officials Tuesday that “the people of North Carolina do not know what the status of COVID-19 will be in August, so planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity.”

The governor’s statement led Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the RNC, to let North Carolina officials know it was likely that the event would be moved.

According to a New York Times report, officials are planning to visit Nashville this week. Other cities reportedly under consideration include Las Vegas, Orlando, Jacksonville and Atlanta, Georgia.

‘NO WAY!’: Trump Warns Mail In Votes Would Equal ‘Rigged Election’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday shot down plans by California leaders to use mail ballots for the November election, warning that such an option would lead to a “rigged election.”

“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed,” the president wrote in a two part tweet. “The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one.”

The president was joined in outrage over the plans by Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, who also criticized the California governor Gavin Newsom’s plan, calling the effort an “absolute, brazen power grab.”

“What he is talking about is just sending ballots directly to registered voters,” McDaniel said during an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”

“In LA [Los Angeles] County alone, there are 1.5 million more registered voters than there are adults in the state because California never cleans up their voter rolls,” McDaniel declared.

On Sunday RNC officials announced they’d filed a lawsuit with the National Republican Congressional Committee and the California Republican Party in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to try and stop the mailed ballots.

“There will be ballots littering the streets,” McDaniel said of the Trump administration’s efforts to prevent mail in ballots. “If you don’t believe me look at what is happening in Nevada … thousands of ballots are littering mailboxes and garbage cans because Clark County did the exact same thing: sent ballots to inactive voters. Not a single state sends ballots to inactive voters. This is frightening and this is why we are suing the governor.”

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‘MORALLY UNFIT’: Former FBI chief James Comey strikes out at Donald Trump in scathing new interview

McLEAN, Va. — Former FBI chief James Comey is swinging back hard against his former boss, President Donald Trump.

In a newly published interview with USA Today, Comey, who was fired by Trump in 2017 for his alleged mishandling of the Clinton email case, calls the 45th president “morally unfit” to hold office.

“I actually believe he’s morally unfit to be president,” Comey told USA Today during an interview at his home in the Virginia suburbs, adding he views Trump as “someone who is able to see moral equivalence in (white nationalist protests in) Charlottesville or to speak and treat women like they’re pieces of meat and to lie constantly and who appears to lack an external moral framework of religion, philosophy or history.”

Further, Comey went on to claim that it wouldn’t surprise him if Trump had been compromised by Russian interests.

“It’s hard to explain some things without at least leaving your mind open to that being a possibility,” said Comey, who also served under former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

“There’s a non-zero possibility that the Russians have some, some sway over him that is rooted in his personal experience,” said Comey, adding, “I don’t know whether that’s the business about the activity in a Moscow hotel room or finances or something else,” referencing now infamous allegations of Trump’s alleged interactions with Russian prostitutes in 2013.

Accusations that Trump had rendezvoused with Russian prostitutes in 2013 stemmed from a dossier prepared by a former British intelligence agent at on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Trump has steadfastly denied the allegations and referred to them as part of an ongoing “witch hunt” to bring down his presidency.

Comey went on to say that his suspicions that Trump may have been compromised by Russian interests were piqued by the president’s reluctance to criticize Russian president Vladimir Putin.

“At least in my experience, he won’t criticize Vladimir Putin even in private,” said Comey. “I can understand why a president…might not want to criticize publicly another leader” in the interests of forging a good relationship. “But privately? Sitting with the person in charge of countering the Russian threat in the United States? Privately not being willing to do that? That always struck me.”

Comey’s comments come as works to promote a new book on his time with Trump, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” a book the RNC has called a “work of fiction”.

President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to respond to some of the allegations in Comey’s book, calling Comey a disgruntled criminal who wrote the book as a form of retaliation.

“Comey drafted the Crooked Hillary exoneration long before he talked to her (lied in Congress to Senator G), then based his decisions on her poll numbers. Disgruntled, he, McCabe, and the others, committed many crimes!” Trump tweeted.

The Republican National Committee has launched a new website, lyincomey.com in an effort to combat many of the allegations in Comey’s book. In it, they call the former FBI chief out on an array of alleged inconsistencies and half-truths they say he’s been caught up in.

Comey, when asked about the allegations in the website, says he believes his credibility speaks for itself.

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‘WE BEAT HIS OSSOFF!’: PRESIDENT BLAMES DNC CANDIDATE’S GEORGIA LOSS TO DEMOCRATS’ ‘OBSTRUCTION’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump took to social media on Tuesday night to congratulate Republican candidate Karen Handel on her devastating upset over Democratic rival Jon Ossoff in Tuesday’s 6th District race in Georgia.

In his comments, the president said Democrats have only themselves to blame for their recent string of losses and said it all comes down to what he called their history of “obstruction”.

“Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Health Care, Tax Cuts, Security. Obstruction doesn’t work!” Trump tweeted.

In a separate tweet, the president took a swing at the mainstream media, touting what he called another blow to “fake news”.

“Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and 0!” Trump tweeted late Tuesday. “All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0,” he wrote

Handel’s win over Democrat favorite Jon Ossoff follows a slew of Republican wins in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina.

“Republicans are going to get tired of winning if the Democrats don’t get an agenda,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News in response to the recent victories.

The Georgia race was one that Democrats had touted as an easy win amid what they called “a mounting resistance against President Donald Trump”. But in the end, despite the tens of millions of dollars in donations – Ossoff raised more than $23 million compared to underdog Handel’s $4.5 million – and Hollywood support that flowed into Ossoff’s campaign, voters proved that claim otherwise.

“We beat his Ossoff,” said one Handel supporter after Tuesday night’s victory. “The golden boy didn’t know what hit him!”

In its comments following the election, the RNC said Handel’s win was not only a victory for the state of Georgia, but for those who support president Trump and his “America first” agenda.

“Tonight, the people of Georgia’s 6th District overwhelmingly voted not only for Karen, but also for President Trump’s agenda of replacing our broken health care system, reforming an outdated tax code, and prioritizing infrastructure investment,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “For the fourth time since November, voters have rejected the Democrat’s agenda of obstruction and made it clear it’s time get to work for the American people and join President Trump’s administration in Making America Great Again.”

For their parts, Democratic leaders seem to be coming to terms with the fact that their party is in trouble.

“Race better be a wake up call for Democrats — business as usual isn’t working,” tweeted Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). “Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future.”

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