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Conservative activist Matt Schlapp accused of groping; Trump to hit the campaign trail: Live updates

Prominent conservative activist Matt Schlapp faces groping allegations from former Herschel Walker campaign aide, and former President Donald Trump will return to the campaign trail.

In the meantime discovery of classified documents in President Joe Biden’s residence and office continued to reverberate Wednesday as newly authorized The Republicans pressed on with congressional investigations into Biden’s handling of the documents.

The White House has blasted them for “fake outrage” while refusing to answer many questions, even after several documents were discovered and Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special adviser to research.

Over on Capitol Hill, lawmakers continue to argue as the deadline approaches raise the limit on the nation’s debt ceiling.

Here’s what happens:

  • Conservative Matt Schlapp is being sued for $9 million, denies groping accusations

  • Trump on his way to South Carolina

  • Kevin McCarthy blasts Dems for double standards on documents

  • White House accuses Republicans of ‘faking outrage’

  • Go deeper on the docu-drama: Everything gathered in one place

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Lawsuit accuses conservative activist Matt Schlapp of groping Walker campaign staffer

A staffer for Herschel Walker’s 2022 Republican Senate campaign filed a lawsuit against prominent conservative activist Matt Schlapp on Tuesday, accusing Schlapp of groping him during a road trip in Georgia before the midterm elections.

Schlapp denies the allegation and his attorney says they are considering a countersuit.

The employee’s battery and defamation lawsuit was filed in Alexandria Circuit Court in Virginia, where Schlapp lives, and seeks more than $9 million in damages. It accuses Schlapp of “aggressively caressing” the employee’s “genital area in a persistent manner” while the employee was driving Schlapp back to his hotel from a bar in October, the day of a Walker campaign event. The allegations were first reported earlier this month by The Daily Beast.

The employee filed the case anonymously as “John Doe,” citing his status as an alleged sexual assault victim and fearing backlash from supporters of Schlapp, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump and president of the American Conservative Union, which organizes Conservative Political. Action conference.

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Trump plans to hit the campaign trail Jan. 28 in Columbia

Former US President Donald Trump speaks during an event at his Mar-a-Lago home on November 15, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida.  Trump announced he was seeking another term in office and officially launched his 2024 presidential campaign.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks during an event at his Mar-a-Lago home on November 15, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump announced he was seeking another term in office and officially launched his 2024 presidential campaign.

More than two months after announcing he would seek the presidency again, Donald Trump hits the campaign trail next week with a low-key stop in the early primary state of South Carolina.

It will not be a convention; instead, the former president will travel to Columbia, SC, to appear alongside prominent Republican supporters, including Gov. Henry McMaster and Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Trump, who is blamed by some Republicans for the party’s shaky performance in last year’s election, will also appear with “members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation and state legislators as he unveils his South Carolina Leadership Team,” the campaign said in a statement.

With a number of Republicans considering challenging Trump for the Republican nomination, he appears eager to show his support in a state that is once again expected to hold an early primary.

South Carolina also happens to be home to two potential Trump opponents: former Gov. Nikki Haley and current U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

David Jackson

House Republicans are plowing ahead with investigations into Biden documents

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, had barely taken the Judiciary Committee’s gavel from Democrats when he announced that the panel’s first investigation would target Biden’s document findings.

Jordan fired off a letter Friday to the attorney general, who asked who knew what and when about the documents at the president’s Delaware residence and office in Washington. He said some were marked as “sensitive classified information” and kept in an unsecured room, suggesting mishandling of the most sensitive intelligence information in the US government.

“The American people deserve transparency and accountability from our most senior law enforcement agencies,” Jordan wrote.

Republicans take over: Biden’s most vocal Republican antagonists are emerging from the sidelines — with subpoena power

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., sent one letter Sunday to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain asking for more information, claiming that Biden’s “mishandling of classified material raises the question of whether he has put our national security at risk.”

White House officials declined to say Tuesday whether they would provide documents requested by Republicans in their investigation. “We have received a couple of letters from the House Oversight Chairman on this issue,” said White House spokesman Ian Sams. “We are reviewing those letters. We will make a decision on our response in due course.”

Donovan Slack and Michael Collins

This is how the GOP got here: The rise of ultraconservatives from Barry Goldwater to Donald Trump

In this montage, Rep.  Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left and Rep.  James Comer, R-Ky, during a news conference at the US Capitol on November 17, 2022 in Washington, DC.  House Republicans held a press conference to discuss

In this montage, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left and Rep. James Comer, R-Ky, during a news conference at the US Capitol on November 17, 2022 in Washington, DC. House Republicans held a news conference to discuss “Biden family business dealings.”

Kevin McCarthy: Double standards on Biden and Trump

Congressional leaders talk about Biden's classified documents

Congressional leaders talk about Biden’s classified documents

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Republican investigators are looking into both Biden’s and Trump’s handling of classified documents with the goal of ensuring fair treatment and handling of both cases.

He challenged Democrats for criticizing former President Donald Trump to store classified documents at his home in Florida, when it turns out Biden had some too.

“We’ve had all the Democrats under attack — they even have a special counsel, prosecutors, to go after President Trump on this,” McCarthy told reporters Tuesday. “Before the election, they found out that President Biden had these documents… At no point was he raided by the FBI.”

In November, Garland appointed former federal prosecutor Jack Smith a special counsel to oversee the Trump dossier investigation. Federal agents found the documents while executing a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago in August.

The first Biden documents were discovered in an office in Washington of the president’s personal lawyers before the November election—and more than two weeks before Garland announced the appointment of Smith. But it wasn’t until the discovery became public and more Biden documents were found that Garland singled out another special counsel, Robert Hurto investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents.

Donovan Slack

White House blasts Republicans for ‘fake outrage’ over secret documents

President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden

The White House accused congressional Republicans of “political theater” and “rampant hypocrisy” for investigating how classified documents ended up in President Joe Biden’s home and former personal office.

“They are faking outrage even though they were defending the former president’s actions,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said Tuesday, referring to Donald Trump storing classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Sams also slammed GOP lawmakers for claiming they care about disclosure and transparency “at the same time, for example, that they won’t ask their speaker to release the secret deals he made to get support from the far right , extreme MAGA members of his caucus for speeches.”

Michael Collins

This is how the GOP got here: The rise of ultraconservatives from Barry Goldwater to Donald Trump

Karine Jean-Pierre refuses to answer questions

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre repeatedly declined to answer questions about the Biden document’s findings Tuesday, saying she wanted to allow the Justice Department to continue its investigation without interference.

She referred inquiries to Ian Sams, the White House spokesman, and to the Justice Department and the special counsel.

“I’m just not going to go down any rabbit holes here,” she said. “I’m going to be very consistent. I’m going to be very careful. And again, I’ve been asked, just asked that question. I’ve answered it. It’s been noted, the question, and we’ll just move on.”

Donovan Slack

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Matt Schlapp trial; Joe Biden, Donald Trump documents: live updates

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