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Exaggerated Claims Circulate About Judge Merchan’s Family

Exaggerated Claims Circulate About Judge Merchan’s Family

Social media posts seeking to discredit the judge who presided over former President Donald Trump’s criminal case in New York have been circulating online. Contrary to a popular meme, the judge’s wife works for a Republican district attorney, not the Democratic state attorney general, and his daughter was not personally paid by a high-profile Democrat.

Judge Hasn’t Ruled on Trump’s Graduation Request

Judge Hasn’t Ruled on Trump’s Graduation Request

On the first day of his criminal fraud trial in New York, former President Donald Trump requested that the judge not hold court proceedings on May 17 — the day of his youngest son’s high school graduation. The judge did not rule on the request, saying he preferred to wait to see how the trial unfolds.

The Whoppers of 2023

The Whoppers of 2023

Claims from the president, a former president and other presidential hopefuls made the list.

FactChecking Trump on ‘Meet the Press’

FactChecking Trump on ‘Meet the Press’

Kristen Welker’s first week as the new moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” featured an interview with former President Donald Trump, and she was busy trying to push back on his numerous false and misleading statements.

FactChecking Trump’s Interview with Carlson

FactChecking Trump’s Interview with Carlson

In lieu of joining his fellow Republican presidential candidates in the Aug. 23 debate, former President Donald Trump granted an interview to former Fox News host Tucker Carlson — who posted it to X minutes before the debate began. Trump made several familiar false and misleading claims.

Q&A on Trump’s Georgia Indictment

Q&A on Trump’s Georgia Indictment

For the fourth time in a little more than four months, former President Donald Trump was indicted. Here we answer some questions about the Georgia state indictment, as we did for two federal indictments and a state indictment that was brought against Trump in New York.

Trump’s Co-Conspirators in Georgia

Trump’s Co-Conspirators in Georgia

In addition to former President Donald Trump, the indictment handed up by a state grand jury in Georgia names 18 defendants. Here we identify them and what they are alleged to have done.

Trump’s Defense Lawyer Spins the Facts

Trump’s Defense Lawyer Spins the Facts

John Lauro, one of former President Donald Trump’s lawyers, went on five Sunday talk shows to present a counternarrative to a federal indictment that accuses Trump of engaging in a criminal conspiracy to remain in office despite losing to Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

Trump’s First Amendment Defense

Trump’s First Amendment Defense

Former President Donald Trump and one of his attorneys have invoked a First Amendment defense in response to the federal indictment charging Trump with trying to “subvert the legitimate election results.” But legal experts note Trump’s speech isn’t constitutionally protected if he engaged in a criminal conspiracy, as the indictment alleges.