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‘The lie hasn’t gone away’: Jan 6 committee chairman says Trump threat to elections is ongoing

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’s top aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified before the committee investigating the 6 January attacks at the Capitol in a surprise hearing on Tuesday.

She told the committee that the president said, “I don’t f***ing care that they have weapons,” when he was warned his supporters were heavily armed in the moments before he encouraged them to march on the Capitol.

Once the president finished speaking to throngs of supporters on January 6, he reportedly became “irate” when his security staff didn’t want him to make an unplanned visit to the Capitol, so much so that he tried to grab the wheel of the presidential limousine and allegedly attacked a Secret Service agent, according to Ms Hutchinson.

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Eventually, according to Ms Hutchinson’s testimony, as rioters breached the Capitol, the president nonchalantly said vice-president Mike Pence “deserves” to have extremists chanting that he should be hung for refusing to overturn the 2020 election.

The former president attacked the testimony, claiming he barely knew the “sick” Ms Hutchinson.

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January 6 committee subpoenas ex-White House counsel Pat Cipollone

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has issued a subpoena commanding former Trump White House Counsel Pat Cipollone to give evidence in a deposition set for 6 July.

Mr Cipollone, who served as former president Donald Trump’s top White House lawyer from 2019 to the end of his term in 2021, met with committee investigators for an informal interview on 13 April, but has heretofore refused repeated requests for him to sit for a deposition or give evidence in a public hearing.

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In a statement, select committee chairman Bennie Thompson and vice-chair Liz Cheney said the panel’s year-long probe has surfaced evidence showing that Mr Cipollone “repeatedly raised legal and other concerns” about Mr Trump’s actions before and during the attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

“While the Select Committee appreciates Mr Cipollone’s earlier informal engagement with our investigation, the committee needs to hear from him on the record, as other former White House counsels have done in other congressional investigations,” they wrote.

Andrew Feinberg has the details.

Josh Marcus30 June 2022 00:20

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January 6 committee subpoenas Trump White House lawyer Pat Cipollone

The January 6 committee has issued a subpoena seeking an appearance from Pat Cipollone, an attorney who served as the White House counsel in the final days of the Trump administration.

Mr Cipollone already sat with the committee for an informal interview this April.

The subpoena marks an escalation however.

Mr Cipollone is legally bound to respond to the committee or could face contempt of Congress charges.

Read the full subpoena from the committee here.

Josh Marcus30 June 2022 00:10

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Marjorie Taylor Greene denies asking for pardon, but seeks reprieves for Julian Assange and Edward Snowden

Marjorie Taylor Greene is contradicting testimony from the January 6 hearings that she sought a pardon, but she is seeking protections for whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Wikileaks’ Julian Assange.

Watch more of her comments on the subject below.

It’s not the first time she’s denied asking for a pardon.

Mr Assange has been ordered extradited to the US.

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 23:50

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Former Trump White House aide is standing by Jan. 6 testimony amid denials from Secret Service agents

Cassidy Hutchinson is standing by her description of a confrontation between former president Donald Trump and Secret Service agents who were refusing to heed his command to drive him to the Capitol during the Jan 6 riot.

Ms Hutchinson, who served as former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’ principal assistant from April 2020 to the end of Mr Trump’s term in January 2021, stunned viewers across the US this week by giving evidence on a variety of outrageous interactions which detailed how the twice-impeached former president reacted to the worst attack on the US Capitol since 1814.

Her testimony on Tuesday before the House January 6 select committee revealed how Mr Trump and his top aides were indifferent to the violence that occurred during the pro-Trump Capitol attack, among other explosive information.

One anecdote that has drawn scrutiny involves Mr Trump’s former deputy chief of staff for operations, Tony Ornato — a Secret Service special agent who was detailed to the Executive Office of the President at Mr Trump’s request — and the head of his Secret Service protective detail, Robert Engel.

Read Andrew Feinberg’s full story.

Former Trump White House aide is standing by testimony amid denials

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson says two Secret Service agents told her that former president Donald Trump assaulted a member of his protective detail and tried to grab the wheel of an armoured SUV after he was told he could not join a riotous mob of his supporters at the US Capitol

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 23:21

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Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein calls Trump a ‘mad king’ and ‘seditious’ after bombshell Jan 6 hearing

“She gave a picture of a Mad King,” the legendary Watergate journalist told CNN on Tuesday night.

“The whole idea is now absolutely confirmed, proven, he is a criminal and a seditious president of the United States.”

Ms Hutchinson, a senior aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, gave a first-hand account of the run-up to the US Capitol riots on Tuesday at a surprise hearing of the select committee probing the insurrection.

She testified that Mr Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of his presidential limousine in an effort to go to the Capitol to join his supporters and ignored the warnings of his chief of staff who said things could get “real, real bad”.

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Josh Marcus29 June 2022 22:50

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AOC says members of Congress who asked for pardons from Trump should be expelled

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 22:30

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Giuliani appears to admit asking Trump for a pardon before quickly claiming he never did

Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s attempt at joining his Trumpworld compatriots in attacking House January 6 select committee witness Cassidy Hutchinson on Tuesday went awry. He posted a tweet denying allegations that he’d asked for a presidential pardon, which was worded in a way that seemed to confirm the claim.

“The January 6 Witch Hunt Cabal has now exceeded even its prior fraudulent,” he said. “The last witness was a reckless liar. Contrary to her false testimony she was never present when I asked for a pardon,” he wrote.

Mr Giuliani, who is currently under federal investigation for work he did on Mr Trump’s behalf in Ukraine, later added that he told former president Donald Trump that he “did not want or need” a presidential pardon.

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Josh Marcus29 June 2022 22:10

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WHO chief: U.S. abortion ruling ‘a setback,’ will cost lives

The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. calling the decision to no longer recognize a constitutional right to abortion “a setback” that would ultimately cost lives.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media briefing that decades of scientific data prove that access to safe and legal abortion saves lives.

“The evidence is irrefutable,” Tedros said. “Restricting (abortion) drives women and girls toward unsafe abortions resulting in complications, even death.” He said safe abortion should be understood as health care and warned that limiting its access would disproportionately hit women from the poorest and most marginalized communities.

“We hadn’t really expected this from the U.S.,” Tedros said, adding that he was concerned the Supreme Court’s decision was a move “backwards.” In recent years, the U.S. has supported numerous maternal health care programs in developing countries, including access to reproductive health care.

“We had really hoped the U.S. would lead on this issue,” Tedros said.

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Josh Marcus29 June 2022 21:50

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Ginni Thomas has ‘serious concerns’ about testifying to Jan 6 committee, her lawyer says

The lawyer for Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, said the conservative activist has “serious concerns” about testifying before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Mark Paoletta sent an eight-page letter, obtained by The Daily Caller, to the committee as it has sought her testimony. Mr Paoletta specifically cited how Supreme Court Justices have been subjected to threats after a draft opinion of the court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade.

“I would also note that this has been a particularly stressful time as the Thomases have been subjected to an avalanche of death threats and other abuse by the unprecedented assault on the conservative Supreme Court Justices and their families”, the letter said.

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Eric Garcia29 June 2022 21:30

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What happened to the Roe v Wade ‘night of rage’?

Matilda is one of the youngest so-called “violent radicals” and “political terrorists” taking a stand outside the US Supreme Court.

At just a few months old, she stares up wide-eyed from her stroller at the people holding brightly coloured banners and signs in the June sunshine.

While her mother Zoe chats to The Independent, the little girl gently dozes off and starts to snooze.

“It was important for us to be here to be a visual representation that this affects mothers,” says Zoe, holding a sign that reads “Here for her” protectively over her daughter.

“This affects children. This affects normal people. Whatever cooked-up image the pro-life people have in their minds, most people who have abortions already have children.

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Rachel Sharp29 June 2022 21:00

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