Jan 6 hearings today: FBI raids, new subpoenas issued as committee expands investigation over fresh evidence


‘I’ve lost my name, I’ve lost my reputation’: Voting official givers testimony at Jan 6 hearings

As the ongoing 6 January committee hearings lay out a devastating account of his extensive effort to overturn the 2020 election, Donald Trump has criticised Kevin McCarthy for pulling Republicans out of the select committees.

Mr Trump told Punchbowl News that “I think in retrospect, I think it would have been very smart” to have Republican congressmen sit on the committee.

As things turned out, two Republicans were seated on the committee: unsparing Trump critics Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, both of whom voted to impeach him after the Capitol riot.

Meanwhile, it emerged that the previously unseen footage subpoenaed from a documentary filmmaker may contradict testimony given to the panel by Ivanka Trump in which the ex-president’s daughter said she agreed with Bill Barr that the 2020 election was not stolen.

Meanwhile, a flurry of law enforcement activity on Wednesday and a steady stream of new evidence has seen the committee decide to schedule further hearings after the House’s 4 July recess, with more dates set to be announced for when lawmakers return to Washington on 12 July.

Security for January 6 committee members is being increased in the face of a spike in threats against them.


DeSantis beating Trump in New Hampshire GOP primary polling

The survey from the University of New Hampshire indicated that Mr DeSantis would win the support of 39 per cent of GOP primary voters, compared to just 37 per cent who said they would support Mr Trump. Those were the only two names to even breach double digits in the poll.

Those results represent a surge in support for Mr DeSantis, who trailed the ex-president in a previous survey published by the university in October.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 04:30


Even Fox News analysts say Trump should face criminal charges

Fox News analysts have said evidence from the January 6 House select committee showed Donald Trump’s “unfitness” to lead the country and that he may be guilty of a crime.

“No, I don’t think so, I think the most plausible crime is obstruction of Congress,” Mr McCarthy replied.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 03:45


What we’ve learned, and what’s next in the Jan 6 hearings

The House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection heard from election workers and state officials on Tuesday as they described President Donald Trump’s pressure to overturn his 2020 election defeat. On Thursday, the nine-member panel will hear from former Justice Department officials who refused Trump’s entreaties to declare the election “corrupt.”

The committee’s fourth and fifth hearings, held this week, are part of an effort to show how Trump’s pressure eventually shifted to Congress, where his false declarations of widespread election fraud led directly to the riot on Jan. 6, 2021, when hundreds of his supporters violently breached the Capitol and interrupted the certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory.

In July, the panel will hold at least two more hearings that are expected to focus on the far-right domestic extremists who attacked the Capitol and what Trump was doing inside the White House as the violence unfolded.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 03:00


Three months in jail for former West Virginia lawmaker at Capitol riot

A former West Virginia lawmaker who livestreamed himself on Facebook storming the U.S. Capitol and cheering on what he described as a “revolution” was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison.

Derrick Evans, 37, who pleaded guilty to a felony civil disorder charge, told the judge that he regrets his actions every day and is a “good person who unfortunately was caught up in a moment.”

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 02:15


Senator busted faking phone call to dodge reporters’ questions over Jan 6 texts

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson attempted to avoid answering reporters’ questions as he left the Capitol by pretending to be on his phone, but he was called out by one of the journalists who spotted his screen.

The conversation took place not long after the congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s victory was halted by the violent mob of Trump supporters laying siege to the Capitol.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 01:45


Jan 6: Even Fox News analysts say Trump should face criminal charges

Fox News analysts have said evidence from the January 6 House select committee showed Donald Trump’s “unfitness” to lead the country and that he may be guilty of a crime.

“No, I don’t think so, I think the most plausible crime is obstruction of Congress,” Mr McCarthy replied.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 01:15


Jan 6: Previously unknown film of Trump and family at time of riot obtained by probe

The House January 6 select committee has taken possession of recently discovered video footage shot by Alex Holder, a documentary filmmaker who had access to former president Donald Trump, former vice president Mike Pence, Mr Trump’s children and other confidantes in the months leading to the Capitol riot.

A spokesperson for Mr Holder, Liz Trotter, told The Independent Mr Holder has provided the select committee with “all the footage” it requested in a 15 June subpoena, and said the documentarian will appear before the panel for a deposition on Thursday.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 00:45


Alabama primary: Katie Britt beats Mo Brooks after Trump switches his endorsement

Mr Trump took credit for Ms Britt’s victory on his Truth Social networking platform.

“With the great ALABAMA win by Katie Britt tonight, I am please to announce that WE (MAGA!) are 12 WINS & ZERO LOSSES in US Senate Primary races this cycle”, he said.

Eric Garcia reports on the Alabama results:

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 00:15


With primary behind him, Dr Oz backs away from Trump support

Pennsylvania Senate candiate Mehmet Oz is making a strong pivot towards a centrist electorate as he hurtles towards a general election showdown with the state’s lieutenant governor in November.

The celebrity TV doc better known as “Dr Oz” has removed any mention of former president Donald Trump from his Twitter bio, background image, campaign website splash page, and even recent advertisements, following a primary campaign that relied heavily on his endorsement from the 45th president. The changes were first reported on Wednesday by Axios.

John Bowden has the story.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 00:00


Former congressman sparks outrage with slavery tweet

Former Iowa congressman Steve King has sparked widespread outrage with a tweet comparing enslavement to abortion on Tuesday morning.

The condemnation Mr King faced was a throwback to his final years in the House, when his far-right politics frequently drew criticism from Republicans as well as Democrats.

Mr King’s ties to and defense of white nationalism saw him stripped of his committee assignments during his final term in the House of Representatives.

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 23:45


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