GOP wonders if Trump’s endorsement still matters- POLITICO

With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross

SURE TO GET PEOPLE TALKING — “2024 intrigue: DeSantis declines to ask Trump for reelection endorsement,”“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”″,”_id”:”00000181-8aef-daee-af99-daef4bd00000″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-8aef-daee-af99-daef4bd00001″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”“2024 intrigue: DeSantis declines to ask Trump for reelection endorsement,” by Gary Fineout: “According to four people connected to the governor and former president, [RON] DESANTIS has not asked [DONALD] TRUMP for a formal endorsement and isn’t planning to. It’s a clear sign that DeSantis, who more than four years ago was a little-known congressman from northeast Florida, has risen high in the GOP stratosphere.” (For more on the debate within the GOP over the value of Trump’s endorsement, see our roundup of Tuesday’s election results below…)

LORDY, THERE ARE TAPES — Since we scooped on Tuesday morning that documentarian ALEX HOLDER was subpoenaed by the House Jan. 6 committee seeking previously unreported footage he recorded over several months of full access to DONALD TRUMP, his adult kids and VP MIKE PENCE, more details have emerged about what’s on the tapes.

CBS’ Bob Costa reports“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”00000181-8aef-daee-af99-daef4bd00004″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-8aef-daee-af99-daef4bd00005″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”CBS’ Bob Costa reports that Holder’s archive includes “11 hours of footage of interviews with members of the Trump family,” including the former president himself, recorded between September 2020 and January 2021. (That, of course, comes atop the many hours of footage Holder has that are not direct interviews with the Trumps.)

NYT’s Maggie Haberman was shown a portion of the footage“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:””,”_id”:”00000181-8aef-daee-af99-daef4bd00006″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-8aef-daee-af99-daef4bd00007″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”NYT’s Maggie Haberman was shown a portion of the footage featuring IVANKA TRUMP, in which she said her father must “continue to fight until every legal remedy is exhausted” because “the sanctity of our elections” was in question. Haberman writes that the clip is “striking for how it shows Ms. Trump using a different tone in describing her father’s efforts to overturn the outcome than she did in the portion of her deposition to the House committee that has been made public so far.” Stay tuned for more.

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