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Trumps hits out at former White House aide

Donald Trump may announce a 2024 bid for the White House as soon as this month, according to new reporting from The New York Times.

Meanwhile, polling shows a narrowing gap with Ron DeSantis, and other potential candidates’ aides told the AP they felt increasingly emboldened.

As speculation about shifts in support grows, Donald Trump has lashed out at Ms Hutchinson on Truth Social and in a Newsmax interview. Calling her a “whack job”, Mr Trump questioned whether she had in fact told the truth under oath. He also claimed that she asked for a job when he decamped to Florida when he left office.

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Her testimony that Mr Trump lunged for the wheel of a car and grabbed a Secret Service agent when told he would not be taken to the Capitol on 6 January 2021 has been denied by Tony Ornato, the former agent she told her the story.

He says that no such event occurred but more than one former Trump aide has said he has a reputation for denying the truth of well-known conversations and events after the fact.

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Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law and ‘critical race theory’ ban are in effect

Parallel efforts from state programmes and activist groups to censor classrooms and rewrite history join a long-running campaign to undermine public schools, Alex Woodward reports.

Oliver O’Connell2 July 2022 15:30

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Kinzinger ribs Fox News political analyst Brit Hum

Republican Rep Adam Kinzinger has poked fun at Fox News’ political analyst Brit Hume’s complaint that the January 6 committee members, Mr Kinzinger included, were all chosen by one party.

Mr Hume wrote: “I’ve covered Washington for more than 50 years, including 11 years covering Congress specifically. I’ve never seen a committee all of whose members were chosen by one party, and where there is no cross-examination or any attempt to present both sides.”

He continued: “And as you well know, Kevin McCarthy took his ball and went home,” adding: “You all sound nervous.”

Oliver O’Connell2 July 2022 15:10

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Multiple reports: Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony of Trump’s altercation with Secret Service detail did happen

The story of an altercation between former president Donald Trump and members of his Secret Service detail on the day of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol was widely repeated and discussed by Secret Service agents and other law enforcement officials when it happened, according to multiple reports.

Andrew Feinberg has the story from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell2 July 2022 14:50

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Trump-endorsed candidate Blake Masters picks up endorsement from publisher of neo-Nazi site

Less than a week after he picked up a coveted endorsement from Donald Trump, Arizona GOP Senate hopeful Blake Masters also secured the backing of an infamous neo-Nazi troll who runs a racist news site named for the Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer.

According to Jewish Insider, Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin said he “[could not] give a more forceful endorsement” of Mr Masters and called for “anyone in Arizona” who is not a known neo-Nazi adherent to reach out to the Republican candidate’s campaign with queries as to “what kind of help” he might need.

Andrew Feinberg reports.

Oliver O’Connell2 July 2022 14:30

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Twitter users think they’ve found footage of Trump trying to grab steering wheel

Twitter users believe they’ve found footage of Donald Trump allegedly trying to grab the steering wheel in the presidential SUV after his speech at the Ellipse on January 6 2021 that preceded the attack on Congress by his supporters.

The alleged altercation took place when Mr Trump’s security detail refused to take him to the Capitol.

Gustaf Kilander reports on what they’ve found.

Oliver O’Connell2 July 2022 14:00

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Poll: Half of Americans say Trump should be charged for Capitol riot

The survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 48 per cent of US adults say the Republican former president should be charged with a crime for his role, while 31 per cent say he should not be charged. An additional 20 per cent say they don’t know enough to have an opinion. While 58 per cent say Trump bears a great deal or quite a bit of responsibility for what happened that day.

The poll was conducted after five public hearings by the House committee investigating January 6, which has sought to paint Trump’s potential criminal culpability in the events that led to deadly insurrection. But it was taken before Tuesday’s surprise hearing featuring former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Her explosive testimony provided the most compelling evidence yet that the former president could be linked to a federal crime, experts say.

Views on Trump’s criminal liability break down predictably along party lines, with 86 per cent of Democrats but only 10 per cent of Republicans saying Trump should be charged with a crime. Among Republicans, 68 per cent say he should not be charged and 21 per cent say they don’t know. Still, the fact that nearly half the country believes he should be prosecuted is a remarkable position for the former president, pointing to the difficulties he could face if he makes another run at the White House in 2024.

Oliver O’Connell2 July 2022 13:30

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Trump pilloried for ‘gaslighting’ Newsmax attack on Cassidy Hutchinson

The response to Donald Trump’s Newsmax interview has been highly negative – and given that the January 6 committee has described efforts to intimidate Ms Hutchinson and possibly others into withholding their testimony, some have even accused him of trying to up that pressure on her in public.

Andrew Naughtie reports:

Oliver O’Connell2 July 2022 13:00

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Arizona Senate president who ordered 2020 election audit cooperating with FBI Jan 6 probe

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann has recieved a subpoena from a Washington DC grand jury as part of the FBI investigation into the 6 January 2021 attack on the Capitol.

According to CBS 5 in Phoenix, officials have confirmed that Ms Fann is cooperating with the probe and has turned over emails and text messages to FBI agents.

Andrew Feinberg has the story:

Oliver O’Connell2 July 2022 12:00

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DeSantis closing gap with Trump in latest national poll

Per Yahoo News:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis now trails Donald Trump by just 9 percentage points in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll — the only single-digit gap between the two potential rivals in any major national survey to date.

In a striking sign of vulnerability for the former president — and a possible warning that his vice-like grip on the GOP base is slipping — less than half of registered voters who identify as Republicans or Republican-leaning independents say they would choose Trump (45%) over DeSantis. Another 36% say they would pick DeSantis, while 18% say they’re not sure yet.

Oliver O’Connell2 July 2022 11:00

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New testimony exposes Trump’s political vulnerabilities in 2024 race

Stunning new revelations about former President Donald Trump’s fight to overturn the 2020 election have exposed growing political vulnerabilities just as he eyes another presidential bid.

A former White House aide this week described Trump as an unhinged leader with no regard for the safety of elected officials in either party as he clung to power on Jan. 6, 2021. The testimony from the congressional panel investigating the Capitol attack provided a roadmap for prosecutors to potentially charge Trump with a crime, some legal experts say.

Republican voters — and Trump’s would-be rivals in the 2024 presidential race — took notice.

Oliver O’Connell2 July 2022 10:00

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