Tuesday June 28, 2022

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

A new report says that Donald Trump is not only watching the 6 January hearings closely, but that he is furious that there are no Republicans on the panel to fight his corner because House leader Kevin McCarthy pulled three nominees out of the committee when it was formed.

According to the Washington Post, the former president is “about to scream at the TV” during the sessions, which have so far laid out devastating evidence of his and his associates’ plot to illegally wrest the presidency back from Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, as the committee prepares to hold its fifth hearing of the summer this afternoon, chair Bennie Thompson 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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Trump screaming at TV while he watches Jan 6 hearings – report

Donald Trump is reportedly watching every January 6 Committee hearing in a rage, furious that no one is there to defend him, according to a report.

A close advisor told The Washington Post that Mr Trump is at “the point of about to scream at the TV” as he watches the hearings.

Read Gustaf Kilander below.

Andrew Naughtie23 June 2022 15:15

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FBI raids homes and new subpeonas issued as Jan 6 committee expands hearings over fresh evidence

The FBI confirmed to The Post that it conducted authorised law enforcement activity at the home of Brad Carver, who allegedly signed a document to be a Trump elector, as well as Thomas Lane, who worked on Trump’s effort to overturn the election in Arizona and New Mexico. Other would-be participants in former president Donald Trump’s scheme to send an alternate slate of electors to overturn the 2020 presidential election received subpoenas.

Eric Garcia and Andrew Feinberg report from Capitol Hill.

Andrew Naughtie23 June 2022 14:45

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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.

Andrew Naughtie23 June 2022 14:15

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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.

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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.

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

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

More Americans have heard about Elon Musk’s pledge to vote Republican than have heard about retired federal judge Michael Luttig’s takedown of Donald Trump during the January 6 hearings, a poll has found.

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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