Monday June 27, 2022

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

New images have emerged from unseen documentary footage showing Donald and Ivanka Trump being interviewed by filmmaker Alex Holder in the run-up to the 6 January Capitol riot.

The footage, which includes some 11 hours of interviews with the Trump family between the 2020 election and the insurrection, reportedly may contradict Ivanka Trump’s testimony that she agreed with Bill Barr that the election was not stolen.

Meanwhile, the committee has announced that with a flurry of law enforcement activity on Wednesday and a steady stream of new evidence, it is pausing its schedule after today’s hearing to resume once the House comes back from its 4 July recess.

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The panel is in the process of securing the co-operation of longtime right-wing activist Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. Congressman Mo Brooks, who spoke at the 6 January rally outside the White House, has also offered to testify, but says he will only do so in public.

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Right wing news channels face reckoning of their own over false election claims

Proponents of the lie that the 2020 election was stolen are currently facing a very public reckoning. Millions of Americans are tuning in to watch the January 6 House committee outline evidence of a concerted effort by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the election.

But another reckoning, largely out of view until now, may yet take place for the people and institutions that promoted those lies. In the courts, right wing media companies that broadcast false claims about voting machines being rigged are being hit with billion-dollar lawsuits — and they are not going away.

Richard Hall reports for The Independent.

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Images from Trump documentary subpoenaed by Jan 6 panel

CBS News has obtained two images from the hours of documentary footage subpoenaed by the 6 January committee.

Alex Holder’s thus-far-unseen three-part documentary has been bought by Discovery+. Its existence was reportedly a surprise to many core Trump aides, who only heard about it when the committee’s subpoena was revealed this week.

Graig Graziosi has more.

Andrew Naughtie23 June 2022 13:47

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Mo Brooks says he’ll talk to panel – but only in public

Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks, who spoke at the “Stop the Steal” rally outside the White House on 6 January before the Capitol riot, is clearly furious after losing his state’s Senate primary to a Trump-backed challenger on Tuesday night – and he appears to be preparing to have his revenge on the former president in the form of testimony to the committee, which he is insisting he will only give in public.

Mr Brooks was originally endorsed by Mr Trump in his run for the open seat, but the ex-president withdrew his backing after the congressman began to slide in the polls and told an audience of supporters they should stop fixating on the supposed “theft” of the 2020 election.

After the endorsement was pulled, Mr Brooks shared an unflattering story that Mr Trump was still asking people whether he could somehow be reinstalled as president before the next election.

Andrew Naughtie23 June 2022 13:14

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Report: New video contains 11 hours of interviews with Trumps around time of Capitol riot

The House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot has received 11 hours of previously unseen interviews and footage featuring former President Donald Trump and his family in the months leading up to and the immediate aftermath of the 6 January insurrection, reports indicate.

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According to CBS’s Bob Costas, the documentary footage the panel subpoenaed from British filmmaker Alex Holder includes more than 10 hours of interviews, including statements from Mr Trump.

That footage is in addition to many hours of footage Mr Holder shot that are not direct interviews with Mr Trump and his family.

Graig Graziosi reports.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 12:45

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With primary behind him, Dr Oz back away from Trump

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 reports.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 12:00

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Ron Johnson calls fake electors ‘non-story’ says he didn’t look in envelope

Senator Ron Johnson said today that he has not looked into the alternate electors’ controversy that involved his office any further.

He told CNN’s Ted Barrett: “No, I haven’t. Haven’t looked in any further because it’s a non-story.”

Asked if he had looked inside the envelope that supposedly contained the fake electors, he said: “I don’t believe I ever did, no.”

Here’s our earlier coverage of the senator’s initial reaction to being asked about the revelations from the January 6 hearing.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 11:15

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Watch: Minority Leader McCarthy says ‘President always has a right to question an election’

Kevin McCarthy says ‘the President always has a right to question an election’

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 10:15

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Poll shows more heard Elon Musk voted Republican than judge’s Trump takedown at Jan 6 hearings

The poll, which was carried out following last week’s initial televised January 6 hearings, suggests some of the damning revelations aired by witnesses have not been noticed by the American public.

Gino Spocchia reports:

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 09:15

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Watch: Senator caught by reporters avoiding questions by pretending to be on phone

Senator Ron Johnson caught by reporters pretending to be on the phone to avoid questions

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 08:15

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Senators Booker and Tester tackle each other in slapstick video about reforming agriculture

A slapstick political ad from senators Cory Booker and Jon Tester is hoping to draw focus to a topic not often discussed at the water cooler: agriculture reform.

“Consolidation in the agriculture industry is costing consumers and producers, so @SenBooker and I are teaming up to *tackle* it,” Sen Tester tweeted on Wednesday, teasing the video where he and his Democratic colleague ham it up on camera to jokingly showcase all the lengths – and friendly charges – they’re willing to take to get a bill that would place an immediate moratorium on acquisitions and mergers within the food and agriculture sector across the president’s desk.

Johanna Chisholm reports.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 07:15

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