What to Know in Washington: Trump Fundraises Before Arraignment

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Donald Trump will fly to New York today, one day before his historic arraignment in a Manhattan courtroom. The former president said in a Truth Social post he plans to leave Mar-a-Lago at noon.

Trump’s presidential campaign says it raised more than $4 million in the 24 hours after reports that he had been indicted by a grand jury on charges related to a hush-money payment.

News of the indictment came Thursday — the day before the end of a quarterly reporting period for campaign contributions, when federal candidates often escalate their fundraising efforts to demonstrate the strength of their support.

Those numbers can’t be confirmed until the campaign files its first quarter report by April 15.

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Trump at his first 2024 campaign rally in Waco, Texas, on March 25.

“This is the battle I willingly signed up for when I decided to take on the entire Washington Machine as a political outsider 8 years ago, and be YOUR voice,” Trump said in a Friday fundraising email, which dubiously promised that donations would have “1,500% impact.”

Trump is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. His fundraising appeal, quoting a New York Times article, reveled in the details of his arraignment: “He will be fingerprinted. He will be photographed. He may even be handcuffed.” Gregory Korte has more.

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A bipartisan group of US lawmakers is taking their concerns about China to California this week where they plan to meet with top technology and entertainment executives, as well as with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

The trip, led by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) who chairs a new House panel focused on China, is aimed at understanding how the Chinese Communist Party influences different parts of American society, according to a person familiar with the committee’s plans.

The group will also meet with tech executives, including Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, as well as film and entertainment industry representatives, such as Disney’s CEO Bob Iger.

A stop will include a meeting with Tsai, who will be returning from a trip to Central America. Tsai is also expected to meet Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in his home state. She met last week with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) in his home state of New York, according to people familiar with the event. Read more

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To contact the reporter on this story: Michaela Ross in Washington at mross@bgov.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Brandon Lee at blee@bgov.com

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